Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson said July 7 he’ll be including a Beatles song during his upcoming tour in the UK. The show will feature songs from Anderson’s solo career, collaborations with Vangelis and classic Yes songs, along with new compositions and stories. Anderson’s history with Yes includes covers of the Beatles’ “Every Little Thing” and a fantastic version of, would you believe, “I’m Down.” (You can hear a stereo version in the video spot.) There’s also a second version of an audience recording of “I’m Down” on YouTube with guest Jimmy Page.
NOT LETTING IT BE?: A recent blog by drummer Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater adds to the buzz that the Beatles’ “Let It Be” may be in the works to be released on DVD, perhaps even this year. In the post from his website, Portnoy says he met Paul McCartney after a concert through his friend Abe Laboriel Jr. Portnoy, who says he found McCartney very engaging, asked McCartney about releasing “Let It Be.” Quoting Portnoy’s post, “He said there’s been technical and legal reasons its been tied up all these years (didn’t go into details), but that it is indeed happening and finally in the pipeline for a release soon..and told me about all of the incredible hours and hours of unused footage there is (and I told him most of us hardcore fans know about and have it!) But it was pretty surreal to talk about it directly with him and hear it from the horse’s mouth!!” We attempted to contact Portnoy without success. Cross your fingers. (Thanks to Bill King of Beatlefan for the link.)
FRONT ROW FAN: Mega-Paul McCartney fan Yvan Tessier, who had a front-row seat for Sunday’s concert in Ottawa, told CTV Friday he owned over 5,000 vinyl Beatles albums estimated at worth $70,000. If that’s Canadian dollars, though, the number drops a bit, but still.
BEATLE BEST PICKS: Ringo Starr sent out tweets celebrating his 73nd birthday Sunday. “What a great day I am having what a great birthday peace and love peace and love. R***” was one of his messages. To tie into Ringo’s birthday, Horror Happenings Examiner Charles Rosenay, who is also a big (to put it mildly) Beatle fan himself, published a list of favorite horror movies by a Beatle drummer, none other than original Beatles drummer Pete Best. Rosenay is spearheading “Danbury Fields Forever,” a Beatles tribute event on Aug. 3 to raise money for Sandy Hook charities.
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