RIP: Neil Aspinall 1942 – 2008

Neil Aspinall has always been known as the “fifth” Beatle, he was the original road manager for the Beatles and was the band’s business empire owner for over 40 years. After the breakup of the beatles in 1970, Neil Aspinall continues to hold that title of the “fifth” Beatle by keeping the Beatles legacy alive. He was also the chief exceutive of Apple Ltd. Aspinall continued to help defend the band by the never ending lawsuits thrown at the band over the years. He is the one that went on tours to bring the Beatles to all their concerts.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/24/db2405.xml

Another Beatle gone!

Only Ringo and Sir Paul left.

RIP Neil.

Kev

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NEW: U2 “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew”…new single for next album?

U2 just debuted a new song titled “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew”, they debuted it live on the Late Late Show. The lyrics to the “Ballad of Ronnie Drew” was written by Robert Hunter who was the longtime lyricist for the Grateful Dead. U2 wrote the music for the song. U2 performed the song as a special tribute to Ronnie Drew who is the frontman of the band The Dubliners. Musician Ronnie Drew is battling cancer and the band U2 wanted to pay respects to this Irish musician.

The musicians special guesting on the song “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” are Sinead O’ Connor, Andrea Corr (from the Corrs), Moya Brennan, Damien Dempsey, Shane McGowan, Christy Moore, and more.  All Irish musicians.

It’s a beautiful song, I hope U2 put this on their next album! Get well Ronnie!

Kev

Edit to add: I found the lyrics to the song.

The Ballad of Ronnie Drew

words by Robert Hunter

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Here’s to the Ronnie, the voice we adore
Like coals from a coal bucket scraping the floor
Sing out his praises in music and malt
And if you’re not Irish, that isn’t your fault

Raise up our voices like dogs in a pack
Thankful for honest men we never lack
We got ’em by twenties, we got ’em by ones
Them and their daughters and all of their sons

Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
Ronnie Drew, we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you

And what’s it to any man whether or no’
Whether I’m easy or whether I’m true
As I lifted her petticoat easy and slow
And I tied up me sleeve for to buckle her shoe

Get up and go at it, five until five
When the whistle says budge it we come back alive
He’ll sing to the heavens, he’s stormy as hell
And wherever he goes, we’ll be wishing him well

Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
Ronnie Drew, we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you

The dawn and the dust, the wise, the unjust
Kids in gambling games
The unheard, the unseen, the unwashed and the clean
Where the streets all have names
Baggot Street, Leeson Street, right on to Stephens Street
With lovers and loners who can hear all intoners
The goths and the ravers, invalids and traders
Sing out Ronnie Drew

A life for a life or a hand for a hand
Trust in the music and strike up the band
The more that we sing the less that we fight
Time and again this is proved to be right

Build you a statue on St. Stephen’s Green
No fairer monument ere to be seen
The statue of Ronnie Drew holding the hand
Of a girl with her hair in a black velvet band

Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
No stranger to devils or angles to tell
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
A friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend to you
Ronnie Drew, we love you, yes we do
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you, Ronnie Drew
Here’s to you, Ronnie Drew, here’s to you, Ronnie Drew

And what’s it to any man whether or no’
Whether I’m easy or whether I’m true
As I lifted her petticoat easy and slow
And I rolled up me sleeve for to buckle her shoe!

Report: Jamie Lee Curtis poses topless for magazine cover…

The former horror movie scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, poses topless for AARP Magazine.

Quote from the article:

She says, “I want to be older. I actually think there’s an incredible amount of self-knowledge that comes with getting older. I feel way better now than I did when I was 20. I’m stronger, I’m smarter in every way, I’m so much less crazy than I was then… Getting older means paring yourself down to an essential version of yourself.”

She also refused to dye her hair adding, “I’ve let my hair go grey. I wear only black and white. Every year, I buy three or four black dresses that I just keep in rotation.”

http://sify.com/movies/hollywood/fullstory.php?id=14628199

She’s probably one of the very few women celebrities who’s living it real.

Meaning no plastic surgery at all, no botox, etc.

Kudos to Jamie for being a real person! She’s still looking pretty fine at 50!

Kev

Report: B.B. King buys nightclub in his hometown…

Legendary bluesman, B.B. King just bought a nightclub in his Mississippi Delta hometown, the club was formerly owned by Mary Shepard and the club is called “Club Ebony” in Indianola. It is a club where only black people mostly hang out at. She sold the club to the legendary bluesman so she can move on with her life and spend time with her family.

More on it here:

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20080323/D8VJB0RG0.html

B.B. is almost 85 years old and still rockin’ on the gee-tar after all these years.

You’re never too old rock, and you’re never too old to party!

Kev

Report: B.B. King buys nightclub in his hometown…

Legendary bluesman, B.B. King just bought a nightclub in his Mississippi Delta hometown, the club was formerly owned by Mary Shepard and the club is called “Club Ebony” in Indianola. It is a club where only black people mostly hang out at. She sold the club to the legendary bluesman so she can move on with her life and spend time with her family.

More on it here:

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20080323/D8VJB0RG0.html

B.B. is almost 85 years old and still rockin’ on the gee-tar after all these years.

You’re never too old rock, and you’re never too old to party!

Kev

Report: Owen Wilson’s “Drillbit Taylor” flops in the box office…

Owen Wilson’s new movie “Drillbit Taylor” flopped in the box office, making it to No. 4 with a 10.4 million budget, it made the top 5 but not so good money wise. According to reports, they assume that his suicide attempt is the reason for the movie that flopped. That’s a horrible way to think of that in my opinion.

The reason that the movie “flopped” is because I think the movie simply looks “no good”, the movie looks like crap whether it has Owen Wilson in it or not. It has nothing to do with the suicide attempt.

 More on it here:

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20080323/D8VJDL0G2.html

Even if Heath Ledger is gone, that is gonna help make “The Dark Knight” the highest selling movie of all times, not beating out “Titanic” but it could be close.

Never blame movies that bombed ’cause of a celebrity death or a suicide.

It’s just wrong.

Kev

Thought: Eddie Vedder doing acoustic folk music…he should do “more” of it…

While many are not fans of Eddie Vedder’s longtime band Pearl Jam, I would still strongly suggest you check out his acoustic solo work for his soundtrack to the movie “Into the Wild”. Vedder composed all the music on the soundtrack except for one track Kaki King has a song in the movie too but it’s not included in the soundtrack since “Into the Wild” is strictly Eddie Vedder’s album.

Eddie Vedder’s acoustic work is truly beautiful stuff….really, he does a very good job at it. I really think Vedder should continue the acoustic folk genre whenever he takes a break from Pearl Jam. He should definitely do another acoustic solo CD in the future.

Next time I go to the mall, I also plan on picking up the DVD for “Into the Wild” and Vedder’s soundtrack album to the movie as well. Eddie Vedder’s acoustic music is probably the best acoustic music I’ve heard in years…

Listen to these tracks to see what I mean, check out these songs “Society” and “Rise”. I’m actually thinking about learning the chords to these songs so I can cover them myself. I’m just blown away and Vedder’s singing just sends chills down my spine in these songs with the great melody and vocal lines. I’m kind of upset at the Oscars for not nominating Eddie Vedder for Best Soundtrack, he truly deserves an Oscar for this.

Enjoy and happy easter.

Kev

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