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September 6, 2013 1 Comment
It wasn’t much fun being a Beatle in their final days, according to John Lennon.
In a long lost interview with the Village Voice, Lennon said recording Let It Be, the Beatles’ final album, was “hell.” Journalist Howard Smith conducted the interview with Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, in 1969, just after the Beatles finished work on the album. The taped interview sat forgotten in Stern’s attic for more than 40 years. It’s now being sold at auction.
Lennon says making Let It Be was an ordeal:
We were going through hell. We often do. It’s torture every time we produce anything. The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with the Beatles: It’s tough.
He added, “It’s tense every time the red light goes on.”
“We never really finished it,” said Lennon about the album. “We really didn’t want to do it. Paul was hustling us to do it.”
August 6, 2013 Leave a Comment
Elton John is recuperating at his home in the south of France following an operation to remove his appendix.
The BBC says the 66-year-old singer was forced to cancel several upcoming concert dates, but that he’s expected back on stage next month.
The Diving Board, John’s first solo album in seven years, will be released next month.
July 25, 2013 Leave a Comment
For a 71-year-old guy, Paul McCartney has a huge amount of stamina. As his Out There! Tour winds down, McCartney tells Rolling Stone he can’t imagine not doing live performances.
He’s added more Beatles songs to the set list – “For the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Lovely Rita” from the Sergeant Pepper album. McCartney says singing “Mr. Kite” and playing its bass line at the same time is a challenge… “like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.”