PAUL AND RINGO ROCK AT BEATLES TRIBUTE TAPING
CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 with the special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, set to air this February 9 at 8p. The show was taped Monday night in Los Angeles, where Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” Earlier, Sir Paul and his band performed “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday,” “Get Back,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
STARR AND HIS ALL-STARR BAND TO KICK OFF NEW 28-STOP TOUR
Amid all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Ringo Starr announced the 12th edition of his All Starr Band will break ground on their latest round of North American shows, starting June 6 in Ontario, Canada. The 28-stop trek will hit major markets such as New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas and Cleveland before coming to a close in Los Angeles on July 19.
MOTLEY CRUE PACKING IT IN FOLLOWING 72-STOP FAREWELL TOUR
Hard rock icons Motley Crue are going away, mad or otherwise, announcing their retirement at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The four band members – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – were on hand to make the announcement which had been expected for months, and according to various sources, the four are adamant that they will never use the name “Motley Crue” again after completing “The Final Tour,” a 72-show trek featuring Alice Cooper as their special guest. The band’s last tour will begin in Grand Rapids, MI on July 2 and will come to a close on November 21 in Vancouver. The group will spend the next two years performing across the planet before finally calling it quits for good.
ALLMAN GIVES STRONG HINT ABB WILL STOP TOURING AFTER 2014
In a recent interview with relix.com, Gregg Allman said the Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after the end of this year. Asked about the band’s future following the recent announcement that key members Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks would be leaving the group after 2014, Allman said, “This is it – this is the end of it…45 Years is enough and I want to do something else, anyway. Everyone has their own real good perspective bands.”
MAY HINTS NEW QUEEN TOUR ON THE WAY
It appears Queen will, Queen will rock you in 2014. During a recent blog post, guitarist Brian May made mention of an upcoming tour, writing: “I saw an amazing working list of dates, and…well, I think we’re up for one more swing out there. In fact, in our Queen meeting today, we drank on it!” He also updated fans on the long-talked about compilation album featuring Freddie Mercury vocals, writing about the forthcoming album “with at least THREE previously unheard tracks with Freddie singing.”
FLEETWOOD MAC COULD BE EYEING RETURN TO STUDIO WITH MCVIE
Though there has been no official announcement, Fleetwood Mac may be making plans to record a new studio album with returning member Christine McVie in the not-too distant future. According to Maui News writer Jon Woodhouse, who spoke with Mick Fleetwood at a local blues festival, the two talked about McVie’s return and the reporter wrote in his article that the band is “already composing new songs, McVie will begin recording with most of the band members in March.” Woodhouse’s article also alleges that “the Mac will head out on the road again in the fall.”