Monday, 20 January 2020


In an interview published in the Anthology project, Ringo said he generally preferred playing songs John Lennon wrote to those penned by Paul. It was a matter of the songwriters’ individual styles.

John was much more of a rocker. For the Revolver album, John’s sound was getting heavier on songs like “Rain” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” That was the sort of stuff Ringo liked playing drums on.

In Anthology, Ringo spoke of how the two sides of the Lennon-McCartney partnership began going their separate ways in the late ’60s. “By then it was Lennon or McCartney,” he said. “It was up to about 80% separately written songs.”

Ringo didn’t need to wait for the publishing credits on the album to know which track came which bandmate. “I could tell which were John’s songs,” Ringo said. “I always preferred to play on them — they always had a bit more rock ‘n’ roll to them.”

“Rain,” Ringo’s all-time favorite Fab Four track (at least for his drumming), ranks among John’s finest work.
On several occasions, he’s also pointed to John’s “Yer Blues” as one of the high points from his time with The Beatles. “‘Yer Blues,’ you can’t top it,” he also said in Anthology. “It was this group that was together; it was like grunge rock of the sixties, really. Grunge blues.” Ringo must have enjoyed playing other hard-edged Lennon tracks like “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “Come Together.” (Ringo also played drums on John’s first solo record.)

Saturday, 18 January 2020


Jazz fusion legend is to releasee a new album celebrating the music of The Beatles. Across The Universe will be released through Ear Music on March 13. It's a follow-up to Di Meola's 2013 collection All Your Life: A Tribute To The Beatles.
Di Meola also reenacts the famous John Lennon cover for his 1975 solo album Rock ‘n’ Roll for the artwork for Across The Universe.

“I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar,” Di Meola tells Prog. “That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong.”
Across The Universe sees the guitarist mixing "lightening-speed electric guitar orchestrations balanced with lavish acoustic arrangements".
The full tracklisting is:
1. Here Comes The Sun
2. Golden Slumbers Medley
3. Dear Prudence
4. Norwegian Wood
5. Mother Nature’s Son
6. Strawberry Fields Forever
7. Yesterday
8. Your Mother Should Know
9. Hey Jude
10. I'll Follow The Sun
11. Julia
12. Till There Was You
13. Here, There And Everywhere
14. Octopus's Garden

Monday, 13 January 2020


Indian sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) will be commemorated with a series of concerts in May to celebrate 100 years since his birth on April 7, 1920. The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will feature family members Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar as well as special guest artists Philip Glass, Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison), and an orchestra of Shankar’s disciples performing at several venues across the globe (see the concert listings below for which guest artists will appear at each show).

The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will be presented at San Diego Civic Theatre (San Diego: May 16, a fundraiser for Shankar Foundation), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles: May 19), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Chicago: May 22), Carnegie Hall (New York: May 29) and Southbank Centre (Shankar 100 Series, London, U.K.: January-November 2020). A centenary concert in New Delhi, India, in November 2020 will be announced soon.

The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts includes the following disciples: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Mohan veena), Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Kartik Seshadri (sitar, only U.S.A.), Partho Sarothy (sarod), Shubhendra Rao (sitar), Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar), Barry Phillips (cello), Sanjeev Shankar (shehnai), Ashwani Shankar (shehnai), Ravichandra Kulur (flute), Bickram Ghosh (tabla), Tanmoy Bose (tabla), Pratik Shrivastava (sarod), Pirashanna Thevarajah (mridangam, ghatam, morsing), B.C. Manjunath (mridangam), Kenji Ota (tanpura), and Nick Able (tanpura).

To celebrate the centennial of Ravi Shankar, author Oliver Craske will release a biography, Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar (Faber Books, April 2020). Additional centenary releases will be announced in 2020.

Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar will perform at Southbank Centre (April 7) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 19); Anoushka also performs at San Diego Civic Theatre (May 16), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (May 22), and Carnegie Hall (May 29). Philip Glass to perform at Carnegie Hall (May 29), and Dhani Harrison will perform at San Diego Civic Theatre (May 16) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (May 19).

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