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Brian Wilson Added to Bridge School Benefit Concert

The Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert lineup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has just signed on to perform at both shows this year, taking place October 25th and 26th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins the likes of Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones’ Puss N Boots.  You can grab tickets for the concerts are available now at LiveNation.com, the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster, or by calling 800-745-3000.


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Alice Cooper Covers Eleanor Rigby

A video of Alice Cooper’s cover of The Beatles’ classic Eleanor Rigby for the tribute album, The Art of McCartney, has been posted on the album’s official website and YouTube channel here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdsevtSO_FU.  The video includes footage of Cooper singing as well as other surprises.

Many other notables can be heard on the upcoming project include Bob Dylan, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, KISS, Heart, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar, Chrissie Hynde, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, and Willie Nelson.

Pick your poison, the Art of McCartney will be available in many formats, including a limited run of 1,000 box sets featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book, and the full album on digital, vinyl and CD.  There will also be a vinyl box set, a triple vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a regular CD, a standard digital album, and an iTunes version with a couple of extra tracks.


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Rod Stewart Impersonator Roams New York

According to the NY Post, there is a Rod Stewart imposter in New York City tricking fans and restaurant owners into thinking he’s the singer.

The Stewart lookalike, sporting an English accent and spiked hair, has been spotted riding the subway, partying around town, and even loitering near a schoolyard, sources tell the newspaper.

The sources say several Manhattan shop owners have been so eager to impress, they’ve showered the imposter with free cocktails and meals.

The impersonator, dubbed “Rockaway Rod,” may have even been caught on camera, sitting on a subway train earlier this month.

“Wait, is that Rod Stewart?” the poster writes, accompanied by a picture of a man wearing eyeglasses and sporting the singer’s trademark haircut.

The real Rod Stewart’s longtime manager, Arnold Stiefel, has confirmed the man is a fake.  Stiefel tells the Post, “The real Rod has seen the picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, ‘Please let people know it isn’t me.’ ”  Stiefel notes, “This has been going on for years.”


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Norah Jones Wraps Up Salute George Harrison

Norah Jones brings an end to Conan O’Brien’s week-long salute to the late George Harrison.

The Grammy Award-winning singer performed “Behind That Locked Door” from Harrison’s 1970 album All Things Must Pass.

Beatles fans will remember, Jones is the daughter of the late sitar master Ravi Shankar, who was a collaborator and close friend of Harrison’s.

George Harrison Week on Conan coincided with the release this week of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.


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Piece of Ed Sullivan Show Signed By The Beatles Goes On Sale

Do you have $550,000 tucked away for that something special?  Well, I think this is your chance.  As Beatles fans flock LAX Airport Marriott Hotel on October 11th & 12th for The Fest, a piece of stage backdrop signed by the Fab Four during their debut visit to The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City in February 1964.  And if seeing it wasn’t cool enough, its available for buy.

All four Beatles autographed and doodled on the backdrop just before hitting the Sullivan Show stage.  The piece of wall also includes the signature of a member of fellow Liverpool band The Searchers and some other Sullivan guests.

If half a million is too steep, how about the group’s first U.S. contract with Vee Jay Records, for $100,000 or maybe a collection of 1964 Fab Four bobblehead dolls for $17,500 interests you.  Still too much, how about a sealed copy of the infamous “butcher” version of the 1966 album Yesterday and Today for only $4,500. 

This year marks the first time since 2000 the Fab Four convention has been in Los Angeles and also marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles invading the US.

For more details about the convention, visit TheFest.com.


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