So…our music news headlines this week cover no fewer than three bands (or former bands) celebrating 50-year anniversaries. Call it a mostly retro-themed week in review. Anyhow…here are a few headlines you might have missed recently.
BEATLES FANS OBSERVE 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY BREAKING RECORD IN LIVERPOOL
You’ll find lots of odd facts in the Guinness Book of World Records—among them, the most number of Beatles fans who gathered in Liverpool to sing “Love Me Do.” Up until this weekend, the number was 897. That record was smashed this weekend by over 1600 fans gathering to sing the Fab Four’s debut single in honor of the song’s 50th anniversary as a chart hit. Fans came from as far away as South America and the Far East to participate in the event. Not a bad legacy for a band whom Decca Records passed on, saying they had no future…
ROLLING STONES RELEASE SECOND DOCUMENTARY IN A MONTH
These guys know how to celebrate 50 years. Even though their widely touted tour was postponed to 2013, the band has released a second documentary on the heels of last month’s Crossfire Hurricane, which takes an unflinching look at the band’s rise to fame. The “new” documentary, titled The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling-Ireland 1965, actually is not new. It is mainly footage shot of the band over a 2-day period for the primary purpose of getting them used to being followed around with cameras. The film premiered at this week’s New York Film Festival, and will be available to the public via DVD and Blu-Ray next month.
MIKE LOVE FIRES THE BEACH BOYS—OH, WAIT, NEVER MIND…
Confusing rumors have been swirling for weeks over the idea spread by the press that Mike Love had “fired” Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys after their 50th Anniversary tour, or maybe the whole band, or whatever. Yesterday, Love wrote a piece in The Los Angeles Times setting the record straight, letting fans know he didn’t fire Brian Wilson, that he couldn’t have fired Wilson even if he’d wanted to. Apparently, the confusion was over extending the band’s original 50 tour dates being extended to 75, and then beyond that. Wilson and Al Jardine (who do not always tour with The Beach Boys, by the way), wanted to do the extension, but there were several pre-scheduled tour dates of the “smaller” version of the band that conflicted with them. The confusing announcement detailing the differences between the two incarnations of The Beach Boys and where they would be performing eventually led to the mixup. Anyhow…you don’t have to understand it all. Apparently, everyone’s still friends.
MUMFORD & SONS SET 2012 SALES RECORD WITH “BABEL”
The only news clip this week about a band that is NOT 50 years old: Mumford & Sons’ new release Babel not only topped the Billboard 200, but this week, but set a first-week U.S. sales record for the year with over 600,000 units sold. Contrary to the belief of some critics of album streaming, Billboard suggests that streaming of the record actually helped boost overall sales of the record. Spotify alone recorded over 8 million streams of the new record.
Those are the music news review headlines for the week. Have a great weekend!