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Quick Takes On Broadway Play 'Let It Be', Linda Rondstadt, And The Smiths
Monday, July 29, 2013
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/
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