Beatles’ ‘Butcher Cover’ Album Fetches More Than
A mint copy of the Beatles’
infamous “butcher” cover for the now-deleted ‘Yesterday and Today’ collection,
still in the shrink wrap, has fetched a staggering $15,300 on eBay.
‘Yesterday and Today’ was
put together by the group’s U.S. record company from leftover tracks that had
been excised from their two most recent U.K. LPs, three songs from an upcoming
release and a single. It immediately drew the ire of the Beatles, who put a lot
of work into the sequencing of their albums. In retaliation, they submitted a
brutal cover image, in which the band appeared in butchers’ smocks covered with
raw meat and body parts from baby dolls.
Capitol Records ended up
printing roughly 750,000 copies of the album with the image before widespread
complaints forced a recall. ‘Yesterday and Today’ was subsequently reissued
with a far less inflammatory shot of the Beatles gathered around a piece of
luggage. The album went out of print once the original versions of the Beatles’
albums were released on CD.
The copy of ‘Yesterday and
Today’ that recently went up for sale and drew 31 bids was produced in 1966 at
a factory in
Capitol Records executive, who provided documentation on its authenticity.
McCartney Sponsors Sumo Wrestling Tournament
Paul McCartney recently
sponsored the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in
NME is reporting that the
album cover artwork for McCartney’s most recent effort, ‘New,’ appeared on
flags and bamboo billboards throughout the stadium. He also caught the action
the Yafuko Dome on Nov. 15th.
“Bizarrely, Macca really got
into sumo wrestling when he first toured
took his crew to one of the matches when they were over there recently and was
explaining to everyone the rules and the scoring and how it all worked.”
According to Japan Times,
Hakuho, one of the most successful sumo wrestlers ever, defeated Toyoshima in
the match, which helped him keep pace as one of the tournament’s leaders. But
it was McCartney who stole the show with his presence. The crowd chanted “Paul,
Paul” when he was spotted after the show.
McCartney has not always
been so warmly welcomed by the sumo wrestling community. In 1966, the Beatles
caused controversy in
played the venue – was seen by some as offensive to the sport, which holds a
sacred place in Japanese society.
Mercury's Collaboration with Jackson to be Released
Freddie Mercury's duet with
the late Michael Jackson could soon be released.
Queen members Brian May and
Roger Taylor have confirmed that the 1983 collaborations are being finished by
May told Mojo magazine:
''There's more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. I'm a
little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few
tracks ... We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos.''
Mercury and Jackson worked
together 30 years ago in
record further tracks.
May said: ''We thought we'd
exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a
number of things have come to light from various sources that we'd just plain
forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson.''
The guitarist compared the
project to Queen's 1995 album ‘Made In Heaven,’ released four years after
Mercury's death. As with those tracks, Queen are taking Mercury's unused takes,
cleaning them up, and adding original music. "If we find an analogue
24-track of Freddie singing something that never got finished, the first thing
we do is ... make [a digital] copy at the highest resolution you can," May
said. "Then we start weaving our tapestry."
Drummer Roger Taylor said no
one could decide what to do with the tracks so the Queen musicians stepped in. ''They've
been hanging around for years and years and Michael's estate haven't really
been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we
finish them and see. They're pretty good - one of them is great.''
May Succeeds In Stopping Badger Cull
Brian May‘s long-running
campaign to stop a cull of badgers in the U.K. has become a success. The British
government announced on Nov. 29th that they have put an end to the practice in
Earlier in the week,
according to Vintage Vinyl News, May filed an “extremely urgent” High Court
Judicial Review Claim through his Save Me organization. In the motion, the
group said that an eight-week extension of the mass slaughter, which had been
granted in October by Natural England, was “unreasonable” and ran contrary to
their scientific advisor’s advice. Despite the court originally ruling against
May, the National Farmers Union, who were behind the cull, gave in to May and
said that it will end immediately, three weeks ahead of schedule.
May’s campaign to stop the
badger cull began in August 2012, when he wrote a piece in the Daily Mail
saying that the cull would have little impact on stemming the outbreak of
bovine tuberculosis in
called ‘Badger Swagger’ to raise awareness of their plight.
In a statement on Save Me’s
website, May said, “Now that the failure of this whole shameful badger cull
shambles can be seen so clearly seen, in spite of many moves of the goalposts,
it must be time to abandon the concept, and get on with the only strategy which
can ultimately succeed in eradication of bovine TB – vaccination of badgers and
other wildlife, and prioritization of work to license the vaccine for cattle.
The whole country will get behind this: David Cameron only needs to press the
Van Halen Working On New Album
During a recent interview
David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen are in the early stages of working on a
"I was up at Edward’s
house, maybe three days ago…and we're starting to put music together. Not to
give away exactly what the package will be, it's gonna be about 18 months, I
"We start way, way, way
in advance, 'cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of
saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc.," he
"We don't hire out and
have somebody design a bunch of album covers for us and then choose.... we
start from scratch ourselves. Same thing with the merchandise - if you buy a
t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room. On and on... stage
design, lighting rig, putting the show together - it takes about a year and a
half, 18 months, because any idea that you have is 85 phone calls. Anybody can
go, 'I got an idea, it's a stage that's shaped like, uh, like a square on top
of a circle'. Great, my question never was, 'were you able to dream up a stage
design', my question is, 'are you prepared to do the 87 phone calls that are
about to follow now, to make sure it came out the way we decided'. And then
there's another 80 phone calls that are gonna follow that because we have to
figure out how to take the f**kin' thing apart and put it in the trucks and
buses. And, and, and. So if you really want to generate the ideas from scratch
and bring them all the way to the finish, you're gonna have to learn a few
other languages, and you're gonna have to speak those over a lot of extra phone
calls. And that's usually the break point for most artists."
Guitarist Issues GN’R Ultimatum
Current Guns N’ Roses
guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has run out patience with the way the band’s
plans affect his solo career.
Axl Rose’s outfit tend
towards last-minute decisions about touring, while most other acts prepare many
months ahead of time. That leaves Bumblefoot faced with either cancelling solo
engagements or not making them at all – and he says that’s got to stop.
He tells Radio Future (via
Blabbermouth): “It seems like the running gag was, ‘If you want Guns N’ Roses
to hit the road, all you have to do is book your own tour. They’ll book one at
the same time and you’ll have to cancel yours.’ I could be planning something
for next April, then Guns will book something on March 31 for April. Suddenly
you’re in this situation where you have to choose.”
Bumblefoot – who joined in
2006 and appears on their last album, ‘Chinese Democracy’ – cites the example
of a solo tour he’d planned for a previous January and February. GN’R made
their own plans forcing him to change his – but then things changed again and
everything was scrapped.
“The changes came at a very
big loss,” he says. “It also came at a detriment to my name. You book something
with agents and promoters, and their biggest concern is you’re going to cancel
because Guns is going to book something. When you do that, they’re going to be
very reluctant to book again. I can’t let that happen any more.”
He’s also unhappy that his
own musical work has fallen into the background after having released nine
albums and a live
growing,” he says. “As soon as I joined Guns it’s like everyone hit ‘delete’ on
everything I did. Even after 20 years of putting out music people say, ‘Oh, I
didn’t know you sang. I didn’t know you did other things.’ That’s not right;
that’s not good – I’ve put out more music than Guns.”
Bumblefoot underlines that
he doesn’t have any problems with mainman Rose, and he’s still hoping GN’R will
be back in action next year.
“I’m trying to work
something out with management so I don’t have to choose. Because if I do have
to choose, I’m choosing my own life. I have to. If I’m going to be painted into
a corner where I have to choose between Guns and the rest of my life, and if
they’re not willing to help me keep the two functioning together, then I’m
Collins Considers Genesis
Phil Collins is thinking
about coming out of retirement – and he says a Genesis reunion is possible as a
The singer and drummer
retired in 2011, explaining: “I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to
my two young sons on a daily basis.”
Other reports had suggested
he was unable to perform due to back problems caused by years of bad posture
while drumming. The damages allegedly resulted in Collins having to tape his
sticks to his hands.
Now, speaking to German
press via the Guardian, Collins says: “I have started thinking about doing new
stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could
Collins adds that he ignored
pressure from his manager to do more work – but he’s been motivated by the fact
that his sons, 12 and 8, want him to return to the stage.
Collins played his last show
in 2010, but his most recent appearance with Genesis was in 2007. Later plans
to stage classic album ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ with Peter Gabriel were
shelved after the original frontman felt the project was growing out of
Thin Lizzy Guitarist Recalls On-Stage Injury
Former Thin Lizzy/current Black
Star Riders guitarist Scott Gorham has recalled the “absolute bar-none worst
thing” that ever happened to him on stage.
He severely injured his leg
during a Thin Lizzy show after a jump went wrong – but he was on so much
cocaine that he didn’t know how much damage he’d done, and went back to finish
Gorham doesn’t say when the
incident took place, but he’s remembered performing a number of shows with his
leg strapped up during 1981′s
He tells Total Guitar: “I
made a move, something I did a hundred times with Phil. I’d jump on the drum
riser, play with Brian Downey a bit, do a big leap off, land, and Phil and I would
be doing our thing.
and I just crumble on the floor. I couldn’t get up; I’m looking at my guitar
tech going, ‘You’ve got to help me here.’ Two guys unceremoniously drag me off
stage behind my amps. I’m sitting there going, ‘Oh man, I guess I just
dislocated my knee. I’m okay now!’ I was coked up to the eyeballs – feeling no
Things got worse when Gorham
went back on. He climbed onto a monitor and heard a sickening cracking noise,
and looked down to see his skintight trousers were filling with blood. He once
again needed help climbing down – but remained on stage for the last 40 minutes
of the show.
“As soon as we came off they
took me straight to the emergency ward,” he remembers. “They told me I’d ripped
my kneecap off. The next half of the tour Darren Wharton had to put me in a
wheelchair and wheel me through all the airports.
“It was so painful it was
unbelievable. It was a real game-changer; I never want to go through that again.”
R.E.M.'s Buck and McCaughey
R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and
Scott McCaughey joined Pearl Jam on stage to perform a cover of Neil Young’s
'Rockin’ In The Free World’ at
Pearl Jam also brought out
Carrie Brownstein (currently on
‘Portlandia’), Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney during the cover.
The onstage reunion marks the first time all three members of Sleater-Kinney have
performed together since 2006.
Happy Hanukkah! Billboard’s List of the Top 30 Jewish
In honor Hanukkah, Billboard
magazine has compiled a list of the Top 30 Jewish Musicians, based on the
impact they’ve had on the charts over the years.
The top three spots on the
list go to Billy Joel, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand. Also making it into
the top 10 are Simon & Garfunkel at #10 (interestingly, Paul Simon also
made the list as a solo artist, at #13). Rockers making the list include Chris
Stein of Blondie, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, the members of the J. Geils Band,
and Mark Knopfler.
Billboard‘s Top 30 Jewish
1. Billy Joel
2. Neil Diamond
3. Barbra Streisand
4. Pink (her mother is
5. Barry Manilow
6. Paula Abdul
7. Neil Sedaka
8. Maroon 5′s Adam Levine
9. Michael Bolton
10. Simon & Garfunkel
11. Helen Reddy
12. Taylor Dayne
13. Paul Simon
14. Carly Simon
15. Herb Alpert
16. Susannah Hoffs of The
17. Rap superstar Drake (his
18. Chris Stein of Blondie
19. Van Halen’s David Lee Roth
20. Bette Midler
21. Carole King
22. Lesley Gore
23. Eric Carmen
24. The J. Geils Band (four Jewish members)
25. Bob Dylan
26. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
27. Steely Dan’s Donald
28. KISS (Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons)
29. Lenny Kravitz (his dad’s
30. DJ/Producer David Guetta
Garth Brooks Covers Classic Rock on New ‘Roots’
Country superstar Garth
Brooks’ new eight-disc box set, ‘Blame It All on My Roots,’ released on
Thanksgiving Day, features four discs of covers, two of which are packed with
his favorite rock songs.
The disc titled ‘Classic
Rock’ contains 11 tracks, including Lynyrd
Skynyrd‘s ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ Free‘s
‘All Right Now’ and ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ by The Eagles. But he doesn’t neglect the ballads, covering Elton
John‘s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ and Bob Seger‘s ‘Against the Wind.’ Another 11-song disc, called ‘The
Melting Pot,’ is devoted to folk-rock and country-rock, with Simon &
Garfunkel‘s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ sitting alongside ‘Operator’ by Jim Croce and
‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight’ by James Taylor.
Brooks leaves plenty of
space for his country roots, devoting an entire disc to country classics and
another to soul. The other two CDs contain 33 of his biggest hits.
It All on My Roots’ is available exclusively at Walmart