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FLASHBACK: JOHN LENNON & PAUL McCARTNEY MEET

It was 63 years ago today (July 6th, 1957), in Liverpool, England, that the most successful and beloved songwriting team of all time -- John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- first met, kick starting the Beatles' career. McCartney was brought to the St. Peter's Church Garden Fete in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton by his and Lennon's mutual friend Ivan Vaughan, to watch Lennon's group the Quarrymen perform. Vaughan recalled to Lennon biographer Ray Coleman that he told McCartney: "You've got to come and meet this guy John Lennon. You'll get on well with him." In recent years, McCartney has revealed that he had seen the older Lennon around Liverpool more than once and took notice of his hardened "Teddy Boy" dress and demeanor.

Vaughan said that the 15-year-old McCartney was more interested in checking out the girls attending the Church social than the musical acts. At the moment that McCartney first laid eyes on the 16-year-old Lennon on stage, he was performing the Del Vikings' hit "Come Go With Me" -- with almost completely improvised lyrics. After the Quarrymen's set, the left-handed McCartney impressed Lennon and the rest of the group by turning over one of the group's right-handed acoustic guitars and belting out a few Little Richard numbers and Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock." Lennon was immediately impressed at the number of chords McCartney knew, as well as his ability to remember the correct lyrics to the songs.

In 1964, McCartney jokingly described the historic meeting in the forward to Lennon's first book, In His Own Write, recalling that, "At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and as he leaned his arm over my shoulder, I realized that he was drunk."

In 1967, Lennon recalled his first impressions of McCartney, remembering that, "I was very impressed with Paul playing 'Twenty Flight Rock.' He could obviously play guitar, I half thought to myself, 'He's as good as me'. . . He also looked like Elvis (Presley). I dug him."

Throughout the years McCartney has always maintained that the meeting was one of the most amazing twists of divine intervention: "I kind of just count my blessings, y'know? I feel very lucky -- and there is so much fate involved. Y'know, my friend Ivan Vaughn taking me to Woolton village fete, me seeing John there, me going backstage -- talking to him, me happening to know the words to 'Twenty Flight Rock,' him happening to be impressed. Don't ask me about conclusions about life -- never mind the Beatles' career -- or that aspect of it."

Just after the Beatles' breakup in 1970, Lennon told Rolling Stone that he was faced with a dilemma in forging a partnership with McCartney, recalling, "Was it better to have a guy who was better than the people that I had in? To make the group stronger? Instead of going for an individual thing we went for the strongest format -- equals."

A recording from that evening's performance, containing several songs including "Puttin' On The Style," was purchased by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in the mid-'90s. A low-fi snippet of the tune, which has made the collectors rounds over the years, shows that Lennon's distinctly nasal rasp was already in full effect by the summer of 1957.

Although Lennon often stated that he asked McCartney to join the band that night, McCartney has long stuck by the story that a week or so passed before Lennon had his then-best friend and Quarrymen bandmate Pete Shotton ask McCartney to join. McCartney said that he needed to ask his father's permission, and that wouldn't actually be able to officially join until he returned from Boy Scout camp later that summer.

McCartney made his official live debut with Lennon and the Quarrymen on October 18th, 1957 at Liverpool's Conservative Club's New Clubmoor Hall -- by which time he and Lennon had begun their first songwriting collaborations.

George Harrison met Lennon in November 1957 through his friendship with McCartney, and eventually joined the Quarrymen in March 1958. Harrison felt that Lennon's tumultuous childhood not only shaped Lennon's life -- but the Beatles' entire career: "John was, like, very tough. I mean, he had that ability to be gentle and soft and was lovely, but, y'know, he was acid, too. He gave that hard edge to the Beatles. He was an orphan, y'know? Well, he. . . his father left home and you've heard the songs, (sings) ‘Mother, you left me, but I didn't leave you.'"

Ivan Vaughan, who stayed friends with both Lennon and McCartney over the course of their lives, went on to study the classics at University College, London. His wife transcribed McCartney's English lyrics to French for the Beatles' 1965 classic "Michelle." In 1968 he briefly worked for the Beatles' Apple Corps. helping out with the short-lived and ill-fated planning of an "Apple School." In 1977, Vaughan was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and in 1986 published a book, Ivan: Living With Parkinson's Disease.

Vaughan's eventual death in 1994 due to complications from the disease inspired McCartney to begin writing his first book of poetry, 2001's Blackbird Singing, which included a poem titled "Ivan."

AUDIO: GEORGE HARRISON ON JOHN LENNON'S HARD EDGE
AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON MEETING JOHN LENNON

NEIL YOUNG BLASTS PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR USING HIS MUSIC

Neil Young does not want Donald Trump to use his music. After "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Like a Hurricane" played during the president's Mount Rushmore event in South Dakota, he posted his opinion. He wrote "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me." He was referring to the fact that Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota's Black Hills, which is a sacred area to the Lakota Sioux. Native Americans protesters attempted to block the president's path to the event.

Last month, family members of the late Tom Petty called out the president for using his song, "I Won't Back Down" during a rally campaign in Tulsa.

Young has been battling with the president over the use of "Rockin' in the Free World" for the past five years. The campaign purchased a license for the song after announcing his plans to run for president in 2015.

TL;DR:

  • After "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Like a Hurricane" played during the president's Mount Rushmore event in South Dakota, Neil Young posted: "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me."
  • Young has been battling with Trump over the use of "Rockin' in the Free World" for the past five years. The campaign purchased a license for the song after announcing his plans to run for president in 2015.

PINK FLOYD'S DAVID GILMOUR SHARES FIRST SOLO SONG IN FIVE YEARS

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has released new music for the first time in 5 years. Titled, "Yes, I Have Ghosts," Gilmour sings, "Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead. Making dust of my dreams, spinning round and around, around in my head."

It's a bit of a family effort. His daughter Romany is featured on vocals. And the song itself comes as an insert of a book that his wife, Polly Sampson wrote. The audio book, which is a coming of age novel, is called A Theatre For Dreamers.

Gilmour commented: "I am surprised more musicians have not creatively collaborated with authors, narrators and audiobook producers in this way before. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways."

Gilmour's last studio set was 2015's Rattle that Lock, which went to #1 on the U.K. Album Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard 200.

TL;DR:

  • Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has released new music for the first time in 5 years.
  • Titled, "Yes, I Have Ghosts," features vocals by his daughter Romany. The song itself comes as an insert of a book that his wife, Polly Sampson wrote. The audio book, which is a coming of age novel, is called A Theatre For Dreamers.
  • Gilmour's last studio set was 2015's Rattle that Lock, which went to #1 on the U.K. Album Albums Chart and #5 on the Billboard 200.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT RELEASE EPISODE 2 OF VIDEO SERIES

Queen Adam Lambert launched episode #2 of the band's video series, Roadies In Lockdown. It gives fans a chance to get to know the crew and see what it takes to produce a live concert. It's available on their social media.

The backstage footage was shot at different venues across the globe, however due to the pandemic, the crew interviews took place at home. The feature not only shows you how things get done but demonstrates the effect the shutdown has had on the live music business.

In other Queen news: They recently recorded a new version of "We Are The Champions" and retitled it as "YOU Are The Champions" as a tribute to workers on the frontline fighting coronavirus.

All proceeds made from the song will go towards the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

TL;DR:

  • Queen Adam Lambert recently launched episode #2 of their video series Roadies In Lockdown.
  • Available to watch on social media, the backstage footage was shot at different venues across the globe, however due to the pandemic, the crew interviews took place at home.
  • The feature not only shows you how things get done but demonstrates the effect the shutdown has had on the live music business.

UPDATE FROM SLASH ABOUT NEW GUNS N' ROSES MUSIC

There's more confirmation that new music from Guns N' Roses is in the works. During an interview with music store Sweetwater, Slash was asked if he'd finished any music projects while in lockdown and said, "I've been jamming with Duff McKagan and Axl Rose and I've been doing stuff like that, so we've been getting some work done that way. But I haven't been doing much else."

The band was all set to tour in September but are now using their lock down time for new music. According to Slash, He's been "Pretty much a homebody." Says he basically has only back and forth to the studio that's in his house to record demos and "guitar stuff."

Although they haven't officially announced it, He says that they want to release a full album, acknowledging that released music is done a lot differently than when they first started out.

Slash announced over a year ago that the band was "just getting started" on a new record.

TL;DR:

  • Guns N' Roses' guitarist, Slash says he's been jamming with Duff McKagan and Axl Rose while being a "home body" during the pandemic.
  • The band was all set to tour in September but are now using their lock down time to work on new music.
  • Although they haven't officially announced it, He says that they want to release a full album.
  • They started working on it over a year ago.

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