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John Lennon once revealed his least favourite Beatles song

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JOHN LENNON revealed his least favourite Beatles song was one he “knocked off” from Elvis Presley.

The Beatles were obsessed with Elvis Presley growing up. And when they met The King in LA back in 1965 they were speechless. But did you John Lennons least favourite Beatles song is one he says was a knock off of one of The Kings records?

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During his iconic Rolling Stone interview, John Lennon revealed he didnt like Run For Your Life from The Beatles 1965 album Rubber Soul.

The singer-songwriter said: “It was a song I just knocked off.

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“It was inspired from – this is a very vague connection – from Baby Lets Play House.

“There was a line on it – I used to like specific lines from songs – Id rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man.”

John Lennon added: “So I wrote it around that but I didnt think it was that important.

“Girl I liked because I was, in a way, trying to say something or other about Christianity which I was opposed to at the time.”

While Lennon wasnt keen on Run For You Life, he did one reveal his favourite Beatles songs and album.

The late star was a big fan of 1968s The White Album.

Paul McCartney shares John Lennon secrets

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PAUL MCCARTNEY shared some of the recording secrets imparted by The Beatles legend John Lennon with Jon Bon Jovi during a private meeting.

Paul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi got together for a “playdate” where the latter shared his forthcoming album with The Beatles icon. It was during this private listening session that the Bon Jovi frontman received some advice from John Lennon, shared via Paul McCartney. In a recent interview with Howard Stern for SiriusXM, he spilled all.

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Bon Jovi revealed it was his wife who set up the session with Paul McCartney though her friendship with the former Beatles wife Nancy Shevell.

Dorothea Hurley, who married the rockstar in 1989, called the meeting a “playdate”, and extended the invitation to Paul McCartney by telling his wife Bon Jovi wanted to invite him to the house.

The singer went on to tell Stern how he had sat on the sofa with the music legend and played him a handful of songs from his upcoming record.

“Because Im so proud of it, I had no issue playing it for him,” he said.

But there was one song he was particularly excited about which hadnt been recorded yet, so he picked up a guitar.

“That is something that 18-year-old me might have done but 50-year-old me would have been too scared,” he admitted, impressed at his own boldness to be performing a new track live in front of a Beatle.

When he had finished, Paul McCartney had some thoughts on the song and took the guitar from him to explain.

“Now, hes a lefty so hes flipping my guitar over and talking through the song with me after I play it,” Bon Jovi recalled.

Freddie Mercury: Queen icon’s birthday celebrations CANCELLED

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FREDDIE MERCURY birthday party and celebrations, due to be held in September, have been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis, the official Queen website announced.

Freddie Mercurys annual birthday celebrations will not be held this September, with an announcement being shared by the Queen icons official Twitter account as well as the bands. “*Announcement: Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party and Freddie Celebration Days 2020 Cancellation,” the post read. “@The_MPT sadly announce that the events in Montreux will not take place this September, due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus.”

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A statement on Queens website said: “The pandemic affects all major cultural events and has severe consequences and repercussions for the organisation of future gatherings.

“The health of our party and festival-goers remain our priority.

“Our thoughts go directly to all attendees of both events who have already planned their trip to Montreux and the inconvenience that this decision will cause,” it continued. “We can only promise that we will do our very best to present you with an exceptional weekend of activities in 2021.”

The late Bohemian Rhapsody singer would have been 74 on September 5.

That day, the official birthday was scheduled to take place at Casino Barriere in Montreux, Switzerland.

The night was to feature live entertainment from Queen tribute act Bulsara and His Queens as well as a DJ set, food and drink.

The birthday party has been rescheduled for September 4, 2021.

The Freddie Celebration Days around the statue of the Queen star, which were to run from September 3 to 6, have also been cancelled.

How coronavirus is jeopardising music festival

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Big festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury and Download are cancelled. Londons month-long Meltdown festival has shifted to 2021 and the entire lineup – featuring hard-to-obtain stars such as Solange and also its curator Grace Jones – has shifted with it. Arena tours are being moved, repurposing some: David Grays 20th anniversary play-through of White Ladder will become a 21st birthday tour next year instead.

But other large events, keen not to lose a years worth of planning, are applying a best-case reading of the crisis. They hope to reschedule for after the pandemic has passed its peak in summer, but before a potential second wave of infection in winter.

In the UK, the large-scale Newcastle indie festival This Is Tomorrow has been moved from May to August. In the US, Augusts desert gathering Burning Man has been scrapped, but in September and October there are revised dates for Detroits Movement, Tennessees Bonnaroo, EDC in Las Vegas and both legs of Coachella in California – all important income for touring musicians and the local economy alike. In Ibiza, a marketing blitz is under way to move spring events to autumn, beseeching islanders and would-be tourists alike “to celebrate the end of this bad dream”.

One problem is that postponements, rather than cancellations, are leaving ticketholders out of pocket. Ticketmaster quietly changed its terms last week so that it would only deem cancelled events eligible for refunds. And even if rearranged festivals take place, there will be logistical difficulties for artists, vendors and fans. New dates in late August and early September for Primavera Sound in Barcelona, NOS Primavera in Porto and Kala in Albania are now wedged into the same time already occupied by – in the UK alone – End of the Road, Reading and Leeds, Lost Village and Notting Hill carnival, not to mention countless smaller promoters who hope to juice whatever they can from a summer in suspension.

For Judy Miller Silverman, owner of US publicity firm Motormouth Media, whose roster of electronic artists includes Caribou, Thundercat and Floating Points, this makeshift approach seems untenable. “My glass is half empty,” Silverman says of salvaging the festival season, adding that any in-person promotion by artists is almost impossible: “We have no idea what individual territories will do with travel restrictions.”

Mat Schulz, the artistic director of Krakóws Unsound, says the experimental arts festival is still set to run in October, but will take a hybrid form. “We cant simply plough ahead as per usual,” Schulz says. “Were trying to consider what form Unsound could take in practical terms, as well as consider how we can respond to the current crisis conceptually.”

The role of live music at this years festival will be diminished, he says, supplanted by an edition that probes existential quandaries generated by the pandemic, via talks and other ideas in development: “What does local mean now? Globalisation? Closeness? Isolation? These are the questions that we are asking ourselves.” He is in contact with other independent promoters through EU-funded platforms such as Shape, looking for ways to mitigate the effects of the crisis.

Barcelonas wide-ranging Primavera Sound, which begins each year at the end of May, is the starting gun for the European festival season. It has been postponed until the end of August, with an announcement that generated anger for its lack of refund options. Comparisons were made by fans to the troubled All Tomorrows Parties, the 2000s festival that became a byword for opacity and incompetence after numerous events were cancelled and refunds became difficult to secure.

Last week, the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, prolonged the countrys state of emergency – which bans people from leaving their homes unless they are going to work, or to buy food or medicine – until 26 April. Sánchez suggested that he seek a further extension until 10 May (the head of the regional government in Catalonia said he would not comply with any premature easing of the lockdown anyway). Primavera commented by pointing to its official statement: “Until the state of alarm is over we wont reactivate the ticket sales, nor are we allowed to give more information about the ticket policy.”

Separately, Dice, a ticketing partner, confirmed in emails that “emergency regulations have been introduced in Spain to help promoters through this crisis”, with the government suspending the need for festivals to process refunds until the state of alarm is over. This could be another month, or more. Primavera is perhaps unable to invoke a force majeure clause – that coronavirus was unavoidable and thus insurers should pay out – owing to the complexities of Spanish insurance law. In previous relevant cases, a clause has been invoked that would allow insurers to modify contracts rather than see them cancelled. As taking the decision to cancel 2020s edition is likely to inflict a heavy financial loss on Primavera, the festival is left to kick the can down the road and hope for the best. International ticketholders, who make up a substantial proportion of its audience, are low on empathy.

Spice Girls reunion: Will the Spice Girls get back together? Discussed ‘weekly’

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SPICE GIRLS is a band which gets the hearts of young girls fluttering – but will they be heading back on tour?

Sporty, Scary, Ginger, Baby and Posh: for many it may seem like a random string of words, but for a generation it only means one thing. The Spice Girls was a phenomenon which still gets fans excited even years after the band split. But now it looks as though a reunion could be on the cards once again.

The Spice Girls have reunited a few times, most recently for an arena tour in 2019.

However, the last time the full five-piece was back together was at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, where the girls performed a medley like no other.

It now seems Mel C has hinted there may be another reunion on the card, even saying the band members talk about it “weekly.”

She told Musicfeeds.com.au: “Touring is up in the air right now but that was my wish.

“I wanted to make the solo record but I wanted to carve out time for that and those shows.”

Those shows are the famous shows of the Spice Girls, and hopefully there will be one on the cards.

She added: “But getting four people to agree on times, places and duration is really, really hard.

“We stay in touch, the door and the dialogue is open. We are discussing opportunities on a weekly basis, so I like to think that at some point we’ll be back out on the road.”

The Rolling Stones release Living In a Ghost Town, first original music since 2012

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The Rolling Stones have released their first original music since 2012, a new – and rather apocalyptic – single called Living in a Ghost Town.

Mick Jagger said the band were “recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that were living in right now. Weve worked on it in isolation. And here it is.”

Keith Richards said: “We cut this track well over a year ago in LA for a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan. Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it.”

A moody, typically strutting track, its lyrics seem to reference the coronavirus crisis, in the lines: “Life was so beautiful / Then we all got locked down … Please let this be over / Stuck in a world without end.”

Last Sunday, the isolated band performed together You Cant Always Get What You Want via four separate video links for One World: Together at Home, a concert to benefit charities and the World Health Organisation, co-organised by Lady Gaga. A 79-song album version of the eight-hour event has since been released.

The Rolling Stones most recent original material came out as part of the 2012 best-of compilation Grrr!, which featured two new songs: Doom and Gloom, and One More Shot. They have since released an album of blues covers, Blue and Lonesome, in 2016, and another hits compilation, Honk, in 2019. Their last album of original material was 2005s A Bigger Bang.

The quartet are approaching the milestone of 60 years in the business, after Jagger and Richards formed the group in 1962.

Despite a combined age of 302, they still frequently perform live, and have toured each year since 2012. Their No Filter tour began in September 2017, with the next leg originally scheduled for north America in early May. The band postponed it due to the coronavirus crisis, apologising and saying they were “hugely disappointed”. Replacement dates have not yet been scheduled.

Speaking in more depth about Living In a Ghost Town to Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Jagger said he originally wrote the song in 10 minutes, but made minor rewrites in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

He also sympathised with those suffering: “Its 20 million people lost their jobs completely for something thats nothing to do with them at all. And also the less money you have, the more worries you have. So for lots of people, its really tough. I mean, I have friends and they live in really small apartments in a big city and they dont have anywhere to go and theyve lost their job. Im very, very lucky and Im very aware how lucky I am, but not everyones as lucky as me.”

Paul McCartney: Beatles star reveals what John Lennon REALLY thought of Let It Be

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PAUL MCCARTNEY opened up about tensions within The Beatles in a recent interview, revealing the truth about rumours John Lennon hated Let It Be.

Paul McCartney joined Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show last week, speaking out about the latter years of The Beatles reign before their split. While relationship were strained to a point, he said footage from the upcoming Get Back documentary, which is based on hours of never-before-seen footage from the Let It Be recording sessions, reveals the truth. The musical legend said, in fact, the film shows the friendships and creative spark between the band members and dispels the narrative which has grown and solidified over the years: that he and John Lennon hated each other and were “rivals” by the end.

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The Beatles star also went on to share what Lennon really thought of his hit Let It Be amid assumptions there was a fiery disagreement about the song.

McCartney is said to have introduced his idea for Let It Be during the Let It Be sessions, saying he had been inspired to write it after a dream about his late mother.

However, Lennon reportedly wasnt a fan of the song.

Back in 1980, shortly before he died, the Imagine singer opened up about his thoughts on McCartneys smash hit.

“Thats Paul,” he said. “What can you say?”

Saying the track wasnt the right fit for the band, he added: “Nothing to do with The Beatles. It couldve been Wings.

“I dont know what hes thinking when he writes Let It Be.”

On the album, Lennon can even be heard mocking the title song in the track which precedes it, Dig It.

John Lennon wife: Who is Yoko Ono?

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JOHN LENNON is one of the most iconic singers of the 20th century – but who is his wife Yoko Ono?

Yoko Ono is known for her relationship with John Lennon, which many fans blamed for the break up of the Beatles.She is an artist and musician in her own right, but a great deal of her life was spent maintaining the legacy of her husband. So who is Yoko Ono and how did she meet her husband and the Beatles?

Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan.

After years moving back and forth between Tokyo and the USA with her banker father, the family were forced to stay in Tokyo during World War Two and the fire-bombing which devastated the city.

The Ono family were forced to beg for food after the war, until Ono could return to school in 1946.

After time in New York with her family, and a college career at Sarah Lawrence College, Ono eloped with Japanese composers Toshi Ichiyanagi in 1956.

Their marriage was short-lived and they filed for divorce in 1962, around the time Ono went home to live with her parents as she struggled with mental health issues.

After this Ono married Anthony Cox, a jazz musician, and she gave birth to a daughter Kyoko Chan Cox.

Their marriage was not successful, but they stayed together for their careers, as Cox did a great deal of the childcare as well as managing publicity for Onos artistic career.

In 1966, a few years before her divorce from Cox, Ono met John Lennon at a gallery in London, where she was putting together an exhibition.

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown – review

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Fifty years since their dissolution in April 1970 the Beatles live on. The bands music, their significance and their individual personalities exert a hold on the cultural consciousness that seems to tighten as their heyday recedes. But is there anything new to say? Craig Browns One Two Three Four, the latest to enter the crowded library of Beatles books, is not a biography so much as a group portrait in vignettes, a rearrangement of stories and legends whose trick is to make them gleam anew.

The subtitle, The Beatles in Time, marks out the books difference from the rest. Brown goes on Beatles jaunts around Liverpool and Hamburg, visits fan festivals, tests the strength of the industry that has agglomerated around them. So many of the clubs where they played are now lost or changed beyond recognition – “a memory of a memory” – and the fans who do the pilgrimages are simply chasing shadows.

Brown, the arch-satirist, is wry about the 1,000-plus Beatles tribute acts worldwide. At times, the slightly desperate nostalgia of International Beatle Week in Liverpool reminds him of his parents watching The Good Old Days in the 1970s, a collective delusion that the dead can be revived. But then he watches tribute band the Fab Four play She Loves You and hes transported. A double fantasy is at work – “for as long as they play, we are all 50 years younger, gazing in wonder at the Beatles in their prime.”

The book is a social history as well as a musical one. Success came slowly at first, and then quickly, “as a landslide, flattening those ahead”. Cliff Richard, once the golden boy of British pop, sounds (even decades later) mightily miffed about the way the Beatles displaced him. Prime ministers were as susceptible as teenagers: Harold Wilson sought an audience with them and later arranged their MBEs.

In the US, their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show had a seismic effect: it seemed nobody could talk about anything else. Some responded in bemusement. Cassius Clay, after a jokey photo session with “the boys”, asked a reporter: “Who were those little sissies?” The actor Eleanor Bron recalls girls screaming “like starlings” as the Beatles landed at Heathrow – “a high sighing hopeless poignant sound, unrequitable”. You can almost feel the 1960s bloom from monochrome into colour as the band plays irresistibly on.

Brown is an able memoirist, with an instinct for selection that quite eludes the Beatles most exhaustive chronicler, Mark Lewisohn, whose basic principle is to include everything he knows. One Two Three Four hasnt the authority or the insight of Ian MacDonalds sacred Revolution in the Head, and lacking an index it isnt as useful as Philip Normans 1981 biography Shout! But it does an intriguing sideline in characters who were tangential to the Beatles story – such as Richard and Margaret Asher, who welcomed Paul as one of the family into their Wimpole Street home when he was going out with their daughter, Jane. Or the drummer Jimmie Nicol, a Beatle-surrogate for 10 days when Ringo had tonsilitis and whose life thereafter fell through the cracks. Or the sad figure of Eric Clague, former police constable, who discovered by chance that the woman he had accidentally run down and killed years before was Julia Lennon, Johns mum.

This is the strange paradox of the Beatles. Listening to the sound that John, Paul, George and Ringo created still plugs us right into the “happiness and exhilaration” that their producer, the gentlemanly George Martin, talked of. Reading about them, conversely, is quite a melancholy experience, because the end seems always in sight.

Its noticeable in this book how, once they are famous, they become prey to the most outrageous hangers-on. This vulnerability is most evident in John, the prickliest of the four, and also the neediest. He was first seduced by Magic Alex, a Greek conman whom he appointed his guru and electronics expert. Then he and George fell under the spell of the Maharishi.

Finally, and fatefully, came Yoko Ono, who John initially assured his wife Cynthia was “crackers, just a weirdo artist who wants me to sponsor her”. Brown reserves a particular scorn for Yoko, not because she “broke up the Beatles” – that was inevitable – but because her narcissism egged Lennon on to painful extremes of silliness and self-importance.

The saddest irony was that the Beatles once did have someone to take care of them. The Hamlets Ghost of this book is Brian Epstein, whose story Brown plots in reverse – from the eclipse of his lonely suicide to the bright-eyed overtures as manager and impresario. It makes a poignant epilogue. Of course that story is nothing without the Beatles talent, but here is the reminder of how Epstein discovered it, packaged it, and sold it. Had he not taken himself down the steps of the Cavern Club one lunchtime in November 1961, the world might never have heard of the Beatles. As Lennon once admitted: “Brian … made it all seem real. We were in a daydream til he came along … We stopped chomping at cheese rolls and jam butties onstage.”

Madonna postpones her New York Madame X show after knee injury

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Madonna recently celebrated her 61st birthday in style (Picture: Instagram)

Madonna announced she will be postponing Monday nights Brooklyn Academy of Music residence show after she sustained a knee injury.

A statement posted on her website read: Unfortunately, Madonnas Madame X concert this evening at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is postponed.

Madonna is currently dealing with a knee injury and has been advised rest for the next three days to assist in her recovery. Fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets pending information on rescheduling.

The Madame X concerts this Thursday October 10 and Saturday October 12 are expected to proceed as scheduled, according to Daily Star.

We regret the inconvenience to fans. Thank you for understanding.

The Queen of Pop posted on Instagram that she is not a quitter and it is hard to admit to being a human made of flesh and blood.

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She wrote: Its Hard for Madame X to admit that she is also a human being made of flesh and blood and she must rest for the next 3 days to insure full recovery for her knee.

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