The Grammys announced today that The Eurythmics are reuniting for music’s biggest night of the year to pay tribute to the biggest band ever, The Beatles.
On February 9, 1964, the Fab Four played The Ed Sullivan Show and music was changed forever. Exactly 50 years later, The Grammys is airing and they have some of the biggest names in music singing the tunes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star. Annie Lennox and her former partner, Dave Stewart, will get high off The Beatles’ hits with a little help from their friends Alicia Keys and John Legend, Maroon 5, and John Mayer and Keith Urban.
Sorry if this doesn’t seem like a sweet dream to me, but Ken Ehrlich’s tribute to 2/9/64 was such a bust at the Emmys that I have low expectations for this one. I mean are we going to go into every commercial break with some music legend singing a Beatles song. I like most people went through a Beatles phase and understand their greatness, but do people under 30 feel the same way? Their Beatles is Nirvana, and to be honest I am not sure they know their songs well enough to care to hear them performed at The Grammys.
And if you are going to do the tribute to The Beatles, then you are sure as hell better have Sir Paul, Sir Ringo, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon, Stella McCarthy and the rest of the second generation doing something during the show. Otherwise to me the tribute is a complete bust.
Finally, whatever else Ehrlich has planned for the night; please don’t have Carrie Underwood sing Yesterday again because that was beyond painful to our ears. I love her, but I hated her rendition of the Macca song.
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Back when Paul McCarthey was a young lad, he asked the world if we would still love him at 64. Well now the Beatle is 69 years and wearing only swimming trunks while on vacation in St Barths; and I have to say the answer is yes. I can’t believe what a good body he has months before he enters his seventh decade.
I don't know I find it kind of strange that it took Paul McCartney so long to deny that he didn't have an angioplasty, don't you think. I am glad he is doing well and passed his medical tests with flying colors!
Israel is apologizing to the surviving Beatles for banning them 43 years ago and will invite them to play Israel's 60th anniversary in May according to EarthTimes.
Here is what the Israeli UK Ambassador said is in the letter while he was in Liverpool this weekend.
"we would like to take this opportunity to rectify an historic missed opportunity which unfortunately took place in 1965 when you were invited to Israel.
"Unfortunately, the State of Israel cancelled your performance in the country due to lack of budget and because several politicians in the Knesset had believed at the time that your performance might corrupt the minds of the Israeli youth.
"There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of a generation, to come to Israel and perform before the young generation in Israel who admired you and continues to admire you."
The Ambassador will give the letter to John Lennon's sister today at the Beatles' museum and will send the letter to George Harrison's relatives and to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Hopefully Paul and Ringo will follow John Lennon's words and Give Peace a Chance and do Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations!
1. Elvis Presley (Â£29m)
2. John Lennon (Â£22m)
3. Charles M. Schulz (Â£17.5m)
4. George Harrison (Â£11m)
5. Albert Einstein (Â£9m)
6. Andy Warhol (Â£7.5m)
7. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) (Â£7.5m)
8. Tupac Shakur (Â£4.5m)
9. Marilyn Monroe (Â£3.5m)
10. Steve McQueen (Â£3m)
11. James Brown (Â£2.5m)
12. Bob Marley (Â£2m)
13. James Dean (Â£1.7m)
According to NME, Kurt Cobain fell off the charts after being number #1 last year when Courtney Love started selling him off.
The name on that list that shocks me most is Albert Einstein, I guess brains count for something too.
NME is reporting that Julian Lennon has sold off his stake of his father’s compositions from the Beatles to Primary Wave Music Publishing. Primary Wave Music Publishing reportedly bought the Nirvana rights last year from Courtney Love for $50 million, so it will be interesting to see how much Julian Lennon got. The announcement of Julian Lennon’s sale is expected later today.
In other Beatles news, EMI and the surviving Beatles and family have settled their argument and their music could be available for download soon!
Back to Julian Lennon, I met him once in Miami at some and all I can say is he a great hugger!