Beatles’ ‘Butcher Cover’ Album Fetches More Than
A mint copy of the Beatles’
infamous “butcher” cover for the now-deleted ‘Yesterday and Today’ collection,
still in the shrink wrap, has fetched a staggering $15,300 on eBay.
‘Yesterday and Today’ was
put together by the group’s U.S. record company from leftover tracks that had
been excised from their two most recent U.K. LPs, three songs from an upcoming
release and a single. It immediately drew the ire of the Beatles, who put a lot
of work into the sequencing of their albums. In retaliation, they submitted a
brutal cover image, in which the band appeared in butchers’ smocks covered with
raw meat and body parts from baby dolls.
Capitol Records ended up
printing roughly 750,000 copies of the album with the image before widespread
complaints forced a recall. ‘Yesterday and Today’ was subsequently reissued
with a far less inflammatory shot of the Beatles gathered around a piece of
luggage. The album went out of print once the original versions of the Beatles’
albums were released on CD.
The copy of ‘Yesterday and
Today’ that recently went up for sale and drew 31 bids was produced in 1966 at
a factory in
Capitol Records executive, who provided documentation on its authenticity.
McCartney Sponsors Sumo Wrestling Tournament
Paul McCartney recently
sponsored the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in
NME is reporting that the
album cover artwork for McCartney’s most recent effort, ‘New,’ appeared on
flags and bamboo billboards throughout the stadium. He also caught the action
the Yafuko Dome on Nov. 15th.
“Bizarrely, Macca really got
into sumo wrestling when he first toured
took his crew to one of the matches when they were over there recently and was
explaining to everyone the rules and the scoring and how it all worked.”
According to Japan Times,
Hakuho, one of the most successful sumo wrestlers ever, defeated Toyoshima in
the match, which helped him keep pace as one of the tournament’s leaders. But
it was McCartney who stole the show with his presence. The crowd chanted “Paul,
Paul” when he was spotted after the show.
McCartney has not always
been so warmly welcomed by the sumo wrestling community. In 1966, the Beatles
caused controversy in
played the venue – was seen by some as offensive to the sport, which holds a
sacred place in Japanese society.
Mercury's Collaboration with Jackson to be Released
Freddie Mercury's duet with
the late Michael Jackson could soon be released.
Queen members Brian May and
Roger Taylor have confirmed that the 1983 collaborations are being finished by
May told Mojo magazine:
''There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. I'm a
little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few
tracks ... We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos.''
Mercury and Jackson worked
together 30 years ago in
record further tracks.
May said: ''We thought we'd
exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a
number of things have come to light from various sources that we'd just plain
forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson.''
The guitarist compared the
project to Queen's 1995 album ‘Made In Heaven,’ released four years after
Mercury's death. As with those tracks, Queen are taking Mercury's unused takes,
cleaning them up, and adding original music. "If we find an analogue
24-track of Freddie singing something that never got finished, the first thing
we do is ... make [a digital] copy at the highest resolution you can," May
said. "Then we start weaving our tapestry."
Drummer Roger Taylor said no
one could decide what to do with the tracks so the Queen musicians stepped in. ''They've
been hanging around for years and years and Michael's estate haven't really
been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we
finish them and see. They're pretty good - one of them is great.''
May Succeeds In Stopping Badger Cull
Brian May‘s long-running
campaign to stop a cull of badgers in the U.K. has become a success. The British
government announced on Nov. 29th that they have put an end to the practice in
Earlier in the week,
according to Vintage Vinyl News, May filed an “extremely urgent” High Court
Judicial Review Claim through his Save Me organization. In the motion, the
group said that an eight-week extension of the mass slaughter, which had been
granted in October by Natural England, was “unreasonable” and ran contrary to
their scientific advisor’s advice. Despite the court originally ruling against
May, the National Farmers Union, who were behind the cull, gave in to May and
said that it will end immediately, three weeks ahead of schedule.
May’s campaign to stop the
badger cull began in August 2012, when he wrote a piece in the Daily Mail
saying that the cull would have little impact on stemming the outbreak of
bovine tuberculosis in
called ‘Badger Swagger’ to raise awareness of their plight.
In a statement on Save Me’s
website, May said, “Now that the failure of this whole shameful badger cull
shambles can be seen so clearly seen, in spite of many moves of the goalposts,
it must be time to abandon the concept, and get on with the only strategy which
can ultimately succeed in eradication of bovine TB – vaccination of badgers and
other wildlife, and prioritization of work to license the vaccine for cattle.
The whole country will get behind this: David Cameron only needs to press the
Van Halen Working On New Album
During a recent interview
David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen are in the early stages of working on a
"I was up at Edward’s
house, maybe three days ago…and we're starting to put music together. Not to
give away exactly what the package will be, it's gonna be about 18 months, I
"We start way, way, way
in advance, 'cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of
saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc.," he
"We don't hire out and
have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose.... we
start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise - if you buy a
t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on... stage
design, lighting rig, putting the show together - it takes about a year and a
half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls. Anybody can
go, 'I got an idea, it's a stage that's shaped like, uh, like a square on top
of a circle'. Great, my question never was, 'were you able to dream up a stage
design', my question is, 'are you prepared to do the 87 phone calls that are
about to follow now, to make sure it came out the way we decided'. And then
there's another 80 phone calls that are gonna follow that because we have to
figure out how to take the f**kin' thing apart and put it in the trucks and
buses. And, and, and. So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch
and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few
other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone
calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists."
Guitarist Issues GN’R Ultimatum
Current Guns N’ Roses
guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has run out patience with the way the band’s
plans affect his solo career.
Axl Rose’s outfit tend
towards last-minute decisions about touring, while most other acts prepare many
months ahead of time. That leaves Bumblefoot faced with either cancelling solo
engagements or not making them at all – and he says that’s got to stop.
He tells Radio Future (via
Blabbermouth): “It seems like the running gag was, ‘If you want Guns N’ Roses
to hit the road, all you have to do is book your own tour. They’ll book one at
the same time and you’ll have to cancel yours.’ I could be planning something
for next April, then Guns will book something on March 31 for April. Suddenly
you’re in this situation where you have to choose.”
Bumblefoot – who joined in
2006 and appears on their last album, ‘Chinese Democracy’ – cites the example
of a solo tour he’d planned for a previous January and February. GN’R made
their own plans forcing him to change his – but then things changed again and
everything was scrapped.
“The changes came at a very
big loss,” he says. “It also came at a detriment to my name. You book something
with agents and promoters, and their biggest concern is you’re going to cancel
because Guns is going to book something. When you do that, they’re going to be
very reluctant to book again. I can’t let that happen any more.”
He’s also unhappy that his
own musical work has fallen into the background after having released nine
albums and a live
growing,” he says. “As soon as I joined Guns it’s like everyone hit ‘delete’ on
everything I did. Even after 20 years of putting out music people say, ‘Oh, I
didn’t know you sang. I didn’t know you did other things.’ That’s not right;
that’s not good – I’ve put out more music than Guns.”
Bumblefoot underlines that
he doesn’t have any problems with mainman Rose, and he’s still hoping GN’R will
be back in action next year.
“I’m trying to work
something out with management so I don’t have to choose. Because if I do have
to choose, I’m choosing my own life. I have to. If I’m going to be painted into
a corner where I have to choose between Guns and the rest of my life, and if
they’re not willing to help me keep the two functioning together, then I’m
Collins Considers Genesis
Phil Collins is thinking
about coming out of retirement – and he says a Genesis reunion is possible as a
The singer and drummer
retired in 2011, explaining: “I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to
my two young sons on a daily basis.”
Other reports had suggested
he was unable to perform due to back problems caused by years of bad posture
while drumming. The damages allegedly resulted in Collins having to tape his
sticks to his hands.
Now, speaking to German
press via the Guardian, Collins says: “I have started thinking about doing new
stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could
Collins adds that he ignored
pressure from his manager to do more work – but he’s been motivated by the fact
that his sons, 12 and 8, want him to return to the stage.
Collins played his last show
in 2010, but his most recent appearance with Genesis was in 2007. Later plans
to stage classic album ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ with Peter Gabriel were
shelved after the original frontman felt the project was growing out of
Thin Lizzy Guitarist Recalls On-Stage Injury
Former Thin Lizzy/current Black
Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham has recalled the “absolute bar-none worst
thing” that ever happened to him on stage.
He severely injured his leg
during a Thin Lizzy show after a jump went wrong – but he was on so much
cocaine that he didn’t know how much damage he’d done, and went back to finish
Gorham doesn’t say when the
incident took place, but he’s remembered performing a number of shows with his
leg strapped up during 1981′s
He tells Total Guitar: “I
made a move, something I did a hundred times with Phil. I’d jump on the drum
riser, play with Brian Downey a bit, do a big leap off, land, and Phil and I would
be doing our thing.
and I just crumble on the floor. I couldn’t get up; I’m looking at my guitar
tech going, ‘You’ve got to help me here.’ Two guys unceremoniously drag me off
stage behind my amps. I’m sitting there going, ‘Oh man, I guess I just
dislocated my knee. I’m okay now!’ I was coked up to the eyeballs – feeling no
Things got worse when Gorham
went back on. He climbed onto a monitor and heard a sickening cracking noise,
and looked down to see his skintight trousers were filling with blood. He once
again needed help climbing down – but remained on stage for the last 40 minutes
of the show.
“As soon as we came off they
took me straight to the emergency ward,” he remembers. “They told me I’d ripped
my kneecap off. The next half of the tour Darren Wharton had to put me in a
wheelchair and wheel me through all the airports.
“It was so painful it was
unbelievable. It was a real game-changer; I never want to go through that again.”
R.E.M.'s Buck and McCaughey
R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and
Scott McCaughey joined Pearl Jam on stage to perform a cover of Neil Young’s
'Rockin’ In The Free World’ at
Pearl Jam also brought out
Carrie Brownstein (currently on
‘Portlandia’), Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney during the cover.
The onstage reunion marks the first time all three members of Sleater-Kinney have
performed together since 2006.
Happy Hanukkah! Billboard’s List of the Top 30 Jewish
In honor Hanukkah, Billboard
magazine has compiled a list of the Top 30 Jewish Musicians, based on the
impact they’ve had on the charts over the years.
The top three spots on the
list go to Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. Also making it into
the top 10 are Simon & Garfunkel at #10 (interestingly, Paul Simon also
made the list as a solo artist, at #13). Rockers making the list include Chris
Stein of Blondie, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, the members of the J. Geils Band,
and Mark Knopfler.
Billboard‘s Top 30 Jewish
1. Billy Joel
2. Neil Diamond
3. Barbra Streisand
4. Pink (her mother is
5. Barry Manilow
6. Paula Abdul
7. Neil Sedaka
8. Maroon 5′s Adam Levine
9. Michael Bolton
10. Simon & Garfunkel
11. Helen Reddy
12. Taylor Dayne
13. Paul Simon
14. Carly Simon
15. Herb Alpert
16. Susannah Hoffs of The
17. Rap superstar Drake (his
18. Chris Stein of Blondie
19. Van Halen’s David Lee Roth
20. Bette Midler
21. Carole King
22. Lesley Gore
23. Eric Carmen
24. The J. Geils Band (four Jewish members)
25. Bob Dylan
26. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
27. Steely Dan’s Donald
28. KISS (Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons)
29. Lenny Kravitz (his dad’s
30. DJ/Producer David Guetta
Garth Brooks Covers Classic Rock on New ‘Roots’
Country superstar Garth
Brooks’ new eight-disc box set, ‘Blame It All on My Roots,’ released on
Thanksgiving Day, features four discs of covers, two of which are packed with
his favorite rock songs.
The disc titled ‘Classic
Rock’ contains 11 tracks, including Lynyrd
Skynyrd‘s ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ Free‘s
‘All Right Now’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ by The Eagles. But he doesn’t neglect the ballads, covering Elton
John‘s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and Bob Seger‘s ‘Against the Wind.’ Another 11-song disc, called ‘The
Melting Pot,’ is devoted to folk-rock and country-rock, with Simon &
Garfunkel‘s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ sitting alongside ‘Operator’ by Jim Croce and
‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight’ by James Taylor.
Brooks leaves plenty of
space for his country roots, devoting an entire disc to country classics and
another to soul. The other two CDs contain 33 of his biggest hits.
It All on My Roots’ is available exclusively at Walmart
3rd thru December 9th
Tuesday December 3
1910 French physicist
Georges Claude displayed the neon lamp for the first time at the Paris Motor
1931 Alka-Seltzer was
introduced by the Dr. Miles Medicine Company.
1947 Tennessee Williams'
play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ opened on Broadway.
1965 Keith Richards was
knocked unconscious by an electric shock from an ungrounded microphone on stage
1967 Lewis Washkansky
received the first human heart transplant in
inches in an attempt to improve scoring. The strike zone was also reduced from
the knees to the shoulders to the top of the knees to the armpits.
1969 Andrew Lloyd Webber and
Tim Rice offered John Lennon the title role in the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’
Lennon declined but said he would have been interested if wife Yoko One could
play Mary Magdalene. The offer was withdrawn the following day.
1973 Ringo Starr released his second consecutive No. 1
single, ‘You're 16.’
1976 The 40-foot-long
inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's ‘Animals’ broke loose from its mooring
at Battersea Power Station in
before finally coming down in
1979 11 died and another 26
were injured in a stampede to claim unreserved seats at The Who’s concert at
1992 Bill Wyman told MTV
Europe that he "had it" and quit The Rolling Stones.
1999 A young man returned
Bono’s missing computer after he discovered he had the laptop, which contained
lyrics for the forthcoming U2 album.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, Black
Sabbath and solo vocalist
Wednesday December 4th
1918 President Wilson became
the first chief executive to travel outside the
1971 The Montreux Casino in
incident inspired Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water.’
1973 Space probe Pioneer 10
1976 Tommy Bolin, guitarist
for Deep Purple and The James Gang, was found dead at age 25 in a
1980 Led Zeppelin publicly
announced they’re disbanding following the death of drummer John Bonham.
1991 Pan American World
Airways ceased operations.
1992 President George H.
aid to starving Somalis.
1997 The NBA suspended the
Golden State Warriors’ Latrell Sprewell for one year after he attacked
Warriors’ coach P.J. Carlesimo.
1997 The original lineup of
Black Sabbath reunited in
2001 John Mellencamp
received the Century Award at the Billboard Music Awards in
2001 KISS was given the New
York Heroes Award by the
chapter of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Thursday December 5th
1848 President Polk
triggered the Gold Rush Of 1849 by confirming that gold had been discovered in
1933 The 21st Amendment to
the Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end
to prohibition era.
1985 ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’
starring Eddie Murphy, opened in theaters.
1991 Guitarist Gilby Clarke
played his first show as replacement for Izzy Stradlin in Guns N' Roses.
2004 U2’s ‘How to Dismantle
an Atomic Bomb’ entered the album chart at No. 1.
2008 OJ Simpson was
sentenced to 15 to 27 years in prison in a
1960 Jack Russell, Great
Friday December 6th
1865 The 13th Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified.
1884 Army engineers
completed construction of the
1877 Thomas Edison makes the
first sound recording, reciting ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ onto a cylinder.
1923 The first presidential
address broadcast on radio occurred, as President Coolidge spoke to a joint
session of Congress.
1964 ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed
Reindeer’ first aired on NBC.
1968 The Rolling Stones
released the ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ album.
1969 The ill-fated Altamont
Festival was held in
and killed by Hell's Angels who'd been hired as security. One other man
drowned, two men were killed in a hit-and run accident and two babies were
1970 ‘Gimme Shelter,’ the
film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S tour, opened.
1973 Gerald R. Ford is sworn
in as Vice President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew.
1980 U2 performed their
first North American concert at The Ritz in
1986 Ringo Starr became the
first Beatle to get into advertising after signing a seven-figure deal to be
the spokesperson for a wine cooler company.
1992 Jerry Rice of the
breaking the record for most career touchdowns previously held by Steve
1993 Travis Tritt taped a
video for his version of ‘Take It Easy.’ The Eagles appeared in the video,
which helped kick-start a reunion.
1994 The Beatles’ ‘Live at
the BBC’ was released by Capitol in the
performances of their early hits and covers.
2002 Steven Tyler played
himself and Santa Claus on an episode of the Disney Channel’s ‘Lizzie McGuire.’
2002 Guns N' Roses canceled
a show in
2005 Valerie Bertinelli
filed for divorce from Eddie Van Halen. The couple, who had been married for 20
years, had separated in 2001.
2005 Queen guitarist Brian
May received his Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire (
1956 Peter Buck, R.E.M.
1956 Randy Rhodes, Quiet
Riot/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist
Saturday December 7th
1796 John Adams was elected
the second President of the
1939 Lou Gehrig was elected
to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. The required waiting period was waived due to his
1941 The Japanese attacked
1963 Instant replay was used
for the first time during the Army-Navy football game on CBS TV.
1969 ‘Frosty The Snowman’
first aired on CBS.
1969 Led Zeppelin made their
debut on the
1991 U2 were No.1 on the
album chart for the 3rd time with 'Achtung Baby.’
1993 Jimmy Page was inducted
into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1993 Guns N' Roses announced
they will keep the Charles Manson song, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ on their
covers album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ Royalties from the song will go to the
son of one of Manson's victims.
1999 The Eagles’ ‘Greatest
Hits, 1971-1975’ was named "Best Selling Album of the Century" by the
RIAA, with sales of 26 million.
2001 The remake of ‘Ocean's
Eleven,’ starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts,
2008 Roger Daltrey &
Pete Townshend received the Kennedy Center Honors.
Sunday December 8th
1775 Col. Benedict Arnold
and Gen. Richard Montgomery began an American siege of
Championship game 73-0, the largest margin of defeat in NFL history.
1941 Congress declared war
1952 An episode of ‘I Love
Lucy’ aired in which “Lucy Ricardo” became the first television character to
announce being pregnant.
1969 After eight hours of
deliberation at his
Jimi Hendrix not guilty of drug charges after he testified that he had
1980 John Lennon was shot
and killed in
Mark David Chapman.
1984 After 29 years on the
air, the last episode of ‘Captain Kangaroo’ aired.
1984 Bryan Adams made his
2nd appearance on American Bandstand, performing ‘Run to You’ & ‘Kids Wanna
1987 Ron Hextall of the
Philadelphia Flyers became the first
1987 President Reagan and
Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce nuclear
1997 Mick Jagger and Jerry
Hall have a son who they name Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger.
2000 Sting’s star was
unveiled on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1943 Jim Morrison, Doors
1947 Gregg Allman, Allman
1957 Phil Collen, Def
Monday December 9th
1854 Alfred Lord Tennyson's
poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ was published.
1965 ‘A Charlie Brown
Christmas’ first aired on CBS.
1966 Eric Clapton and Cream
released their debut album ‘Fresh Cream.’
1967 Jim Morrison was
arrested during a Doors concert in
his treatment by the
1974 George Harrison
released ‘Dark Horse’ in the
1974 John Lennon appeared on
‘Monday Night Football’ and talked sports with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.
1983 ‘Scarface,’ starring Al
Pacino, opened in theaters.
1992 British Prime Minister
John Major announced the formal separation of Charles and Diana.
1992 Rolling Stones’ bassist
Bill Wyman quit after a 30 year tenure with the band.
1992 Marines arrived in
restoring order in the conflict-ridden country.
1992 Tom Petty presented
George Harrison the first Billboard Century Award.
1993 Astronauts completed
repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
1995 The Beatles’ ‘Anthology
1’ entered the album chart at No. 1, the first of three weeks at No.1.
2000 U2 made their first
appearance on 'Saturday Night Live,' performing ‘Beautiful Day’ and
2003 Ozzy Osbourne broke his
collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck in a quad-bike accident.