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Why Elvis Presley got paid much more than The Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show

Elvis vs. The Beatles
Surprisingly, inflation did not play a role in the fee The Beatles were paid for performing on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. When compared to the amount Elvis Presley was paid, $50,000 for three performances in late 1956/early 1957, The Beatles worked for peanuts, a measly $10,000 for three shows.

The fact is The Beatles were paid five times less than The King of Rock and Roll for the same number of appearances eight years later. Was it simply due to the superior management skills of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, compared to The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, or were additional circumstances at play?

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Ringo Starr ‘Peace and Love’ concert special to air on AXS TV

ringo-sideCAXS TV announced on July 1 that it will celebrate the life and legacy of Ringo Starr, with the once-in-a-lifetime tribute concert “Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love,” on Sunday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET. The David Lynch Foundation hosts the benefit event, presenting Starr with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award for his dedication to spreading peace and love throughout the world as a pioneer of transcendental meditation—a method for self-development, stress reduction, and relaxation, that Starr famously began practicing during the Beatles’ trip to India in 1968.

Filmed at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on January 21, 2014 the unprecedented event is packed with heartfelt moments and great performances from some of music’s biggest names who have come together for the first ever tribute celebrating Starr’s music. Highlights include video tributes from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono; Betty LaVette performing “It Don’t Come Easy”; Ben Folds with “Oh My My”; Ben Harper on “Walk With You”; Joe Walsh with the rocking “Back Off Boogaloo”; Brendon Benson revving up “Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go”; The Head and the Heart doing the timeless classic “Octopuses Garden”; and kicking it all off Giles McWilliams from Ark Life with “Can’t Do it Wrong.”

Serving as house band for the evening is a super-group of rock royalty led by GRAMMY®-winner Don Was on bass; Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) on keyboards; iconic axemen Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather (Toto) on guitars; and Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp) on drums.

The guest of honor himself, Ringo Starr, closes out the evening with a spectacular three song set, “Photograph” and “Boys,” and then for the finale, inviting all of the night’s performers—along with members of the star studded audience including Eric Burdon, Gary Wright, Gregg Bissonette, Jeff Lynne, Colin Hay, Richard Page, Sheila E., Edgar Winter, and comedian Jim Carrey—back on stage to join in an epic sing-along of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Watch an excerpt from the show here:

“Ringo Starr is one of the true unsung heroes of rock n’ roll,” said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. “The wide-reaching impact he’s had on the industry—both as an artist and a humanitarian—is on full display here, as evidenced by the variety of high-level performers that came out to pay tribute to his legacy. This is absolutely one of the most unique events you will see this year, and AXS TV is proud to be a part of it.”

The David Lynch Foundation was founded in 2005, as a means of providing transcendental meditation training to adults and children throughout the world. Since that time, the foundation has treated tens of thousands of people, with special programs developed for underprivileged students, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The foundation launched the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund in January of 2014.

For information on how to make a donation to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund, please visit:

(Source: Press release)

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Review: Paul McCartney’s Good Evening New York City live CD/DVD set

Paul McCartney’s new live CD/DVD, Good Evening New York City, was released on November 17. It features performances recorded at New York’s Citi Field on July 17, 18 and 21, 2009. McCartney’s shows were the first concerts ever held at the new Citi Field, which replaces Shea Stadium.

If you want to feel like you’re really at a live show watching the legendary ex-Beatle do what he does best, make sure you definitely watch the Good Evening New York City DVD first, BEFORE you listen to the CDs. On the DVD, you get to hear Paul tell a few stories in-between songs, like his experience hearing Jimi Hendrix play “Sgt. Pepper” only two days after it was released back in 1967. You also get to hear how Paul came up with the melody to “Blackbird.”

And most striking to this longtime Beatles fan was when McCartney sings “Here Today”, his tribute to the late John Lennon, and gets extremely choked up during the performance. As many times as I’ve seen Paul in concert or watched previous live performances, I can’t recall ever seeing him get this emotional during this touching song. “As you can tell, sometimes that song catches me out,” Paul explains to the audience afterwards.

But, warning, you don’t necessarily get the same experience on the live McCartney CDs. To me, the purpose of a live concert recording is to be able to re-live over and over the magic that was created that one special night. However, it seems like Paul doesn’t see it that way. On the CDs, all his comments in-between songs have been deleted. At the beginning, he declares, “Good Evening New York City,” and that’s the extent of his spoken words throughout the recording, except when he shouts out “Billy Joel” after their duet on “I Saw Her Standing There.”. This is not the first time he’s done this on a live CD. For the 2002 release of Back in the US, Paul did the same thing and deleted all his comments in-between songs on the live CD.

Not only that, but there are instances where a different vocal recording appears on the CD compared to the one that was used on the DVD. For example, the vocal used on the DVD for “Here Today”, in which I just mentioned that McCartney gets noticeably choked up, is a different performance on the CD where there is no crack in Paul’s voice whatsoever. As a result, while the live CDs are a great performance of McCartney’s solo and Beatles hits, they sound way too smooth and polished to offer the true, authentic live concert experience.

And in the end… the DVD (not the CDs) really recreates the magic of seeing Paul McCartney in concert. At the age of 67, he still puts on a great live show. There’s no mistaking that the man loves what he does. My recommendation is that you get the deluxe edition of the set (available exclusively at Best Buy) which also includes a second DVD featuring Paul’s news-making performance from July 2009 on top of the Late Show with David Letterman’s marquee in Manhattan.

TV alert: A Paul McCartney Thanksgiving special will air on ABC at 10 pm on November 26 featuring excerpts from “Good Evening New York City” as well as original footage from The Beatles Shea Stadium concert.