The end of Paul McCartney ‘Out There!’ tour is the subject of a two-page ad in the latest issue of Billboard, dated Nov 29, that was published on Nov. 28. The ad, which features the logos of McCartney’s MPL Productions Ltd., Marshall Arts USA, Concerts West, TMG, GoldenVoice and AEG Live, features a huge picture of McCartney spread over the two pages with the words “Paul, with you OUT THERE, the world is a better place. Sixteen amazing sell outs! Thank you.”
That’s not the only place The Beatles were represented in this week’s issue. Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney made Billboard’s list of Radio’s Top 26 Holiday Hits with McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” at #16, just ahead of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas,” and Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” charting at number 10.
The top five were, in descending order, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (the only recent entry), “The Christmas Song” by Nat “King” Cole, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives (which Dr. Demento in the same issue ranked as one of the worst Christmas songs)” and, at the top, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee. Now if we could only get Apple Corps to release the Beatles Christmas Records.
The previous issue featured a 40-year anniversary tribute to John Lennon’s Thanksgiving night appearance with Elton John at Madison Square Garden. Elton John noted Lennon was shaking before he came onstage, but got a 10-minute standing ovation when he appeared. The gig was the last time he appearaed on stage before his death.
Silvia Chialli, who is the curator of the “All You Need Is Paint” exhibition we wrote about last week, told us the exhibit just been approved for a showing in Liverpool. It’ll happen in the summer of 2016, she said.
Hollywood’s annual John Lennon public memorial candlelight ceremony will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Lennon’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star at the Capitol Records Tower at 1750 North Vine St. in Los Angeles. As he did with the George Harrison memorial held there last week, Chris Carter of KLOS-FM’s “Breakfast With the Beatles” will emcee the event. Guest speakers will include “Instant Karma” correspondent Harry Bluebond and longtime Lennon and Beatles fans Pat Tyson and Nancy Hutchins. Admission is free and all are welcome.
And don’t miss the latest segment of “Things We Said Today,” which premieres a new format with additional co-hosts. You can hear it today on Fab4Radio or at our Podbean website.