Quick Takes On Pink Floyd, Ringo Starr, John Mellencamp And The Beach Boys
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon album, the band has launched a special website, darkside40.pinkfloyd.com . At 7:01 PM ET on Saturday, March 23rd, the site will be streaming the legendary album in its entirety. Floyd fans and followers are "encouraged to send messages and photos related to the album via Twitter using the hashtag "DarkSide40." The tweets will automatically cause a side of a specially-designed moon on the groups website to darken." Running through Sunday (March 24th), the site will feature new variation of the albums iconic cover, which Floyd is planning to use for a downloadable commemorative poster. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Ringo Starr has announced a special release for Record Store Day. The Ringo Starr: Singles Collection, featuring three seven-inch vinyl singles in lift-top box includes a trio of Ringo's classic '70s Apple Records singles -- "Photograph" backed with "Down And Out," "It Don't Come Easy" backed with "Early 1970" and "(It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna" backed with "Oo-Wee." The three vinyl singles feature replicated original artwork.
Ringo told us he'll always have a soft spot for his first solo Number One hit, "Photograph": "'Photograph,' y'know, was a huge song for me. And (it) was probably the best structured of mine, which was helped by George. The thing about 'Photograph' -- the emotion I get from it -- is that I was in Spain at the time when I wrote it. But the sentiment of that song I love, but now it has a different meaning, of course. Just because of the fact that George has left. Y'know the song's a song that fits into the universe and that's good. And I still do it now, a hundred years later."
John Mellencamp will perform on April 20th at St. Louis' Fox Theatre for the 2013 Bob Costas Benefit. The Bob Costas Cancer Center is housed in St. Louis' SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Mellencamp had previously performed at the Center's 2004 fundraiser. (ABC)
The Beach Boys have just released an 11-song CD as part of Universal Music Enterprises' (UMe) ICON series. The disc features nearly a dozen of the band's most beloved hits between 1963 and 1966. Included in the set are the band's chart-toppers, 1966's "Good Vibrations" and 1964's "I Get Around," along with their 1965 Top Three smash, "California Girls."
Frontman Mike Love told us that although the group is frequently saluted for their progressive work on such studio albums as Pet Sounds, Smile, Sunflower, and Holland, it's their early pop hits that's remained their bread and butter: "Those are the pillars of our success. That's the basis of our popularity to today, because even if their parents hadn't met yet in the '60s, they'll still have the Beach Boys on their iPods. Groups like the Beatles and the Beach Boys -- and maybe the Motown groups -- I mean, that's some seriously great music."
The tracklisting for The Beach Boys' ICON collection is: "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Help Me, Rhonda," "God Only Knows," "California Girls," "I Get Around," "Dance, Dance, Dance," "Be True To Your School," and "Surfer Girl."
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