CNN just rebroadcast a Larry King interview with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr this past weekend. Originally broadcast last June, the interview also features Olivia Harrison, Yoko Ono Lennon, and Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil. They celebrated the first year anniversary of the LOVE show, a high tech blend of modern circus theatre set to an exciting mashup of Beatles music remixed by Sir George Martin and his son Giles.
CNN filmed the tribute show from the Beatles Revolution Lounge at the Mirage in Las Vegas. There’s great dialog between Paul and Ringo, and an interesting story from Olivia talking about how George and Guy came to be friends and fans of each other’s work, and combined their talents to create the LOVE show, the first of it’s kind to celebrate the art and music of the Beatles.
The show’s soundtrack features the Beatles music remixed by Sir George Martin and his son Giles, from the original Abbey Road studio master tapes. LOVE The soundtrack album has both the stereo CD and the 5.1 surround sound DVD, which does sound awesome. The album won a Grammy this year for the surround sound mix.
40 years after releasing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles are still on the charts and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world. It’s amazing to watch new generations of kids pick up on their music, too. And if fans have their way, the Beatles huge catalog of music just might be available soon online.
But meanwhile…Paul McCartney’s latest album Memory Almost Full sold over a million copies for HearMusic, the Starbucks music label.
EMI has released Ringo’s catalog online for digital downloads last August, plus he’s got a new greatest solo hits album, “Photograph.” This is the first time any of the Beatles music or solo albums have been available as digital downloads. EMI has plans to release more Beatles catalog soon.
A double disc of John Lennon’s solo songs were recorded with today’s artists trying to reinterpret his music on the benefit album “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur.” The proceeds go to support Amnesty International.
Olivia Harrison, widow of former Beatle George Harrison, is executive producer of the reissue of the new Traveling Wilburys collection, Volumes One & Three. The Traveling Wilburys were George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
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Monday, March 31st, 2008
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Classic Rock, Video