Quick Takes On Broadway Play 'Let It Be', Linda Rondstadt, And The Smiths
Let It Be opened on Broadway this week and despite a disclaimer that reads, "This production is not endorsed by Apple Corps or the Beatles," the show is still a cash cow for the former group members. The only authorized Beatles show is Cirque du Soleil's Love. So while Sony/ATV provides a license for Let It Be to use the group's songs, the Beatles maintain a healthy distance from the show and their names are never mentioned although Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono all see a pretty penny from it. A source said, "Yoko likes the checks."
Linda Ronstadt doesn't plan to do any singing when she hits the road in support of her new book, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, in September. Although she has planned appearances on Fallon and Letterman, Ronstadt no longer sings on a daily basis and she doesn't want to disappointment. A friend told Showbiz411,"She's 67, and she's doing other things." Ronstadt's book isn't a tell-all but rather focuses on her work with the Eagles, Jackson Browne and JD Souther.
A letter Smiths frontman Morrissey wrote when he was 17 years old has turned up and caused quite a firestorm as he was dissing the Sex Pistols. Following seeing the Sex Pistols at a gig in Manchester in 1976, Morrissey wrote NME magazine, "The bumptious Pistols had those few that attended dancing in the aisles despite their discordant music and barely audible audacious lyrics . . . I'd love to see them make it. Maybe then they will be able to afford clothes which don't look like they've been slept in." You can view the letter at http://www.lettersofnote.com/