Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts
Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Ringo talks new EP, life during COVID and climbing Mount Everest in new interview

There's a fresh Q&A with Ringo on the Vulture website.

You’re 80 years old but have the aura of someone half your age.

I’m 24 in my mind. [Laughs.] I think that helps. I’m sticking with the 24 number.

What’s the most ambitious thing that you have left to do?

It’s funny that you bring that up. Barbara and I were watching something last night and they mentioned how Mount Everest was opening up again for climbers.

Ringo. Do you really want to climb Mount Everest?

We looked at each other and I said, “Uh, I don’t want to climb Everest.” [Laughs.] Everest is not one of the dreams. I can’t really imagine anything at this point. It’s been a great life. As a kid I was a bit dangerous and now these are the results of it. So if I do everything right in my mind, I’m truly grateful. And that’s how I live now.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Masks appear on Beatles and Cilla Black statues in Liverpool

With COVID-19 on the rise again in England, Liverpool's real service is encouraging people to help stop the spread by placing masks on notable statues around town, including those honoring the Beatles and their pal, singer Cilla Black.

As face coverings are now mandatory on public transport, Merseyrail has gone one step further to reinforce the message to customers by covering up five of its trains. A large yellow face covering has been added to the outside of five of the rail operator’s trains alongside the message “Have you got it covered?” and is now visible traveling around the network.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ringo announces The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" sing-along set for Saturday!



All aboard for the Yellow Submarine YouTube Dress-Up Sing-A-Long Watch Party! This Saturday, 25th April, join us at 9am PDT (12pm EDT/5pm BST) for the Beatles' celebration of love, music, and surfacing from strange seas into a beautiful world free of the Blue Meanies!  
Dress-up as your favourite character from the film and escape with us to a place where, for a little while, nothing is real.
Apparently, the entire "Yellow Submarine" film will be shown with bouncing-ball sing-along lyric captions. You can watch it at the appointed time on the Beatles' YouTube channel.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Paul's performance on "One World: Together at Home"

Here's Paul's rendition of "Lady Madonna" from the "One World: Together at Home" TV special last night.

Paul gave a passionate intro, thanking public health workers for their heroic services during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and mentioned his wife, Mary, who was a midwife during World War II and after.

His performance is a bit rough. As anyone who's seen him live in recent years knows, his voice takes a bit of time these days to warm up. He's not warmed up here and the arrangement of the song seems completely off the cuff. So, a disappointment and a lost opportunity, in my opinion. He might've done something really great given a bit of forethought and preparation. "Lady Madonna" was a great, and unexpected choice, though. And it was good to see him taking part.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Paul joins celebrity COVID-19 charity special

Paul McCartney will join Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Elton John and others on "One World: Together at Home," a COVID-19 charity special, Rolling Stone reports.

The program is set to air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. It will air on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks, iHeart Media and Bell Media. It will be livestreamed on various digital platforms including Amazon

Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, TIDAL, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube.
The event boasts a star-studded lineup curated by Lady Gaga and hosted by late-night titans Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, plus the cast of Sesame Street. It will serve as a celebration of healthcare workers, with several doctors, nurses and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak speaking throughout the special. Donations raised will benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as local and regional charities providing food, shelter and healthcare to those in need. 
Other musicians and celebrities set to take part in the special include Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, John Legend, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Lizzo, Keith Urban, Billie Joe Armstrong, Alanis Morissette, Kerry Washington, Maluma, David Beckham and Burna Boy.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

John Lennon's "Imagine" returns to Billboard charts after Gal Gadot cover

Billboard reports that "Imagine," released by John Lennon nearly 50 years ago, is now Number 16 on its "Hot Rock Song" thanks a cover of the tune by Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot and other stars who are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Imagine” re-enters the tally at No. 15, surging by 7% to 1.3 million U.S. streams and 138% to 1,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending March 19, according to 
Nielsen Music/MRC Data. (As with the Billboard Hot 100, older songs are allowed to enter the 50-position Hot Rock Songs chart if ranking in the top half and have a meaningful reason for their returns.)“Imagine” concurrently returns to the Rock Digital Song Sales chart for the first time since December 2015, at No. 13. 
The song’s latest bump in sales and streams was spurred by a video, posted March 19, that was helmed by Gal Gadot and features a variety of other celebrities singing the song, including Jimmy Fallon, John Mayer, Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman and Sia (who shows her face), with its intention to boost morale during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Watch: Dhani Harrison sing "The Inner Light" Challenge for COVID-19 relief fund

George Harrison's son Dhani sings the Beatles' "The Inner Light" to kick-off a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief.

Fans are invited to post their own videos of themselves singing the song and using the hashtag #innerlight2020.

More info via the Harrison Family's Material World Foundation:
The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison in 1973, is today donating $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) charities, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth.Without looking out of my window, I can know the ways of heaven." 
 Olivia Harrison said, "These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let’s get and stay connected at this difficult time.  There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light.” 
THE INNER LIGHT CHALLENGEMaterial World Foundation will donate another $1 (up to $100,000) for every one of you who shares their own "Inner Light" moment on social media using the hashtag #innerlight2020 
This can be a verse, a chorus or a line from the song. Sing it, play it, hum it, strum it, paint it, knit it, chant it, plant it, pray or meditate and post it to social media.