You will find below all the latest relevant Beatle News from around the globe with stress on the word "relevant" as far too many pointless and many totally untrue or incorrect news items spring to life almost every day.So to save you all worrying unnecessarily we will filter all news stories for you plus we will sort them into categories of your fave Fabs.Also when appropriate we will give you links to the full reports.
Now on with the news!
George receives film award
At the British Independent Film Awards George received a posthumous award for his contribution to film making. The awards ceremony which was held at the Pacha Club in London on October 30th was attended by Olivia & Dhani who received the award on George's behalf.
George Tribute Concert
Olivia Harrison and Eric Clapton organised a very special tribute concert in honour of George on the anniversary of his death. The concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 29th. Performers included: Paul & ringo, Dhani, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar, Jim Keltner, Joe Brown, Billy Preston, Jools Holland & various members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Proceeds from the concert were donated to The Material World Charitable Foundation. Olivia Harrison said in the press release " This tribute for George will resound not only within Albert Hall but hopefully reach the spirit of the man so loved by his friends who will be performing and attending". Tickets went on sale on October 11th and were a complete sell out within hours. Prices varied from £25 - £150. The concert from all accounts was a fantastic tribute to Hari. For full list of the night's performers and what songs they sang go to the George Harrison Tribute Page.
Back In The US live album & DVD released
Paul's live album
and DVD,.both titled "Back In the US" were both issued in America
on November 26th. Australia has had the DVD cancelled but the CD came out
the same day. The CD & DVD will not be available in Europe till next March.
Because of Paul's Japan tour the CD & DVD were released there on November
11th. The album is a double CD containing the whole of Paul's concert from
the first leg earlier this year. Rumours suggest that the tracks have been
heavily overdubbed due to the inconsistencies of the band. Supporting this
is the lack of any recording dates in the liner notes plus all the introductions
have been removed. The CD also contains a 36 page colour booklet with pics
from the tour.
Also in America the DVD was shown on network TV during late November and has also been shown in selected theatres across America. The DVD contains backstage footage and some soundchecks as well as most but not all of the concert.
The track listing for the double cd is as follows:
Proposed 2003 Concerts
According to close sources, it has been reported that in 2003 Paul intends on performing in small venues throughtout England. There is also fairly strong reports of an European tour. On top of this Paul supposedly has firm plans to play tow major concerts, one in Red Square in Moscow and one in China. And of course he fully intends on returning to Australia and New Zealand. He also has said that he wants to record a new album.
All Starr's look likely to tour again in 2003
Looks as though Ringo will be taking his All Starr Band out on the road again in 2003. Apparently he has already sent out invitations to possible All Starr inclusions. The first musician to reportedly take Ringo up on his invite is John Waite (ex lead singer of The Baby's).No news on possible other inclusions but we will keep you posted when more come to light.
JOHN & YOKO NEWS
Yoko recieves Honorary Doctorate
Yoko was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Bard College Annandale on Hudson, New York on October 29th.
Sue you sue me blues for Yoko & Paul ???
Yoko is supposedly considering
suing Paul over changing the Lennon/ McCartney songwriting credits on his
recently released Back In The US CD. Paul has replaced the Lennon/McCartney
credit on 19 songs with Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Yoko's lawyer Peter
Shuka said " The change is ridiculous, absurd and petty. This was done
against her wishes"
"The Lennon/McCartney agreement was made 40 years ago and John is not here to argue against the change." Geoff Baker has said on the issue "This is not a divisive thing. It's not Lennon or McCartney. Even if Paul did 95 percent or more on these songs, he's not asking that John's name be taken off. He just doesn't think it should be first."