In honor of Ringo Starr's induction on his own into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beatlefan #212 has a special package of articles that includes a couple of recent fan encounters (including a tale of how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector!) from Cortney Kintzer and Dave Persails and interviews by Ken Sharp with some of the current All Starr Band. Also in the new Beatlefan is All About That Bass, in which Rick Glover, who is a bassist in addition to being the original Fan on the Run, takes a look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years, with a focus on the iconic Hofner and its place in his legend.Among the other features in the new issue are Ken's interview with legendary record producer Glyn Johns, who talks about The Beatles' "Get Back"/"Let It Be" sessions; Bruce Spizer's 50th anniversary look back at the "Eight Days a Week" single; and Howie Edelson talking with Nick Lowe of Rockpile fame about opening for Wings in 1973. We also have an opinion piece by Jeff Cochran inspired by the recent reissue of "Wings at the Speed of Sound" and Bill Harry's tale of the girl The Beatles left behind. Plus, four pages of reviews and all the latest news!
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Ringo Starr's new album, "Postcards From Paradise," will be released March 31 by Capitol/Universal. Ringo's 18th solo studio album has 11 tracks and is the first to include a song written and recorded with his current All Starr Band - Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. The song is titled "Island in the Sun." "Postcards From Paradise" was produced by Ringo and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as usual, features friends and family. "If I am recording and you're in town and drop by, you're going to be on the record," Starr said in a statement. The guest artists include: Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, singer Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East and Glen Ballard. ... Paul McCartney has returned to the charts thanks to his recent collaborations with a couple of hip-hop stars. First up was "Only One," a gentle ballad released just after midnight on New Year's Day featuring an autotuned Kanye West singing over electric keyboards played by McCartney, who is credited as featured artist. Then, on Jan. 24, "FourFiveSeconds," featuring Rihanna trading vocals with West backed by McCartney on acoustic guitar, was released. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that, as part of 2015's class of inductees, Ringo will be given the Award for Musical Excellence. Starr was inducted as part of The Beatles in 1988, and the other three Fabs previously had entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall April 18. George Harrison was honored by the Recording Academy with its Lifetime Achievement Award Feb. 7 at the invitation-only Special Merit Awards Ceremony at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, and a brief acknowledgment was made during the 57th annual Grammy Awards telecast,the next night on CBS. Son Dhani Harrison accepted the award at the earlier ceremony. ... The former home of John Lennon's mother Julia is due to be auctioned at Liverpool Town Hall March 31. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Julia lived when John was a teenager... For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA! . . . And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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