Scott Ian: 'If You're Not Listening to Beatles, You're Not Listening to Music'

Anthrax guitarist talks musical influences in new interview.

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Scott Ian has been talking to Radio.com about the bands that influence Anthrax's music. As the guitarist notes, the Beatles are still a major force on inspiration: "If you're not listening to the Beatles, you're not listening to music. If you don't educate yourself on the Beatles ... whether you're a fan or a musician, there's nothing better. As a kid, I wasn't into the Beatles. I didn't dislike the Beatles, but as a teenager I was into hard rock and metal ... but I loved 'Cheap Trick,' and then when you find out that everything Cheap Trick does is basically from the Beatles, you think 'God, I've got to start listening to the Beatles.'" Ian also noted the importance of Black Sabbath on Anthrax, stating that the group has "ruled his life" since he first heard them: "There would be no Anthrax if there was no Black Sabbath. As a kid growing up, hearing Sabbath for the first time ... they've ruled my life since I first heard them in the late '70s. I could compare the first five Sabbath records to the Beatles, because what they were doing had never been done before. Everything they did invented new territory. Everything they did broke new ground. "Everything we do comes from Black Sabbath, just like everything for the generation before came from the Beatles, and everything for the generation before that came from the blues."

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    MaXiMuse
    Ugh, everybody is sooooo WRONG! If yuo d0nt liek them Gregorian Chant yuo d0nt liek music, 1ts s00 brut4lz... But seriously though, I'm really for people getting into music history and respecting (not per se listening or liking) the biggest influential bands/artist. You got to respect The Beatles as well as Black Sabbath as well as Miles Davis and Bach if you ask me.
    LazerMoose420
    All the metalheads seem to forget that the beatles were one of the biggest influences on Black sabbath. Also gregorian chant is one of the purest most beautiful forms of music.
    JOHNSTONE6
    I'm kinda the same in initially not enjoying The Beatles at first but when I started doing a bunch of drugs WOOOO The Beatles became a fave...then I got off drugs... honestly The Beatles are their OWN, NO ONE could be compared musically, people say Oasis...ehhh they're sorta like them but still doesn't cut it. Tomorrow Never Knows, Flying, Helter Skelter or even blackbird ALL VERY DIFFERENT,whats not to like. Revolver is still one of my favorite albums.
    jamie_hough
    I honestly, sincerely don't like much of the Beatles. I have no problem with people who do, but there seems to be this 'if you don't like the Beatles you don't know anything about music' and it annoys me. I feel like I'm balls deep in the music scene, just because I don't like 1 band doesn't mean I'm 'not listening to music'
    vikkyvik
    It's not about liking the Beatles. He even said he wasn't a particular fan. It's more about what they accomplished, given the time period in which they were around. That said, I'm not particularly concerned whether someone appreciates the Beatles or not.
    RiesenRatte
    Actually, it's an attitude I experience a lot. Jemie Hough might not relate on the interview, but to the entire community. Basically the attitude is for all of the older and Successfull Bands (Queen is also a great exsample). I'm a Metalhead and I sirously don't like the Music of Metallica, Slayer and all their similar Bands. Does that make me less a Metalhead? Appearently it does, according to alot of people.
    christianonbass
    Not even Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, or Reign in Blood? Is it too old school? I am not pissed, I'm just curious as a musician
    buddy1991
    As a guitar player of 10 years I can tell you I don't likr metalica because I find them extremely boring. I used to learn songs by them way back.because I thought the guitar parts were cool, but over time I realized just how awfully boring they are (to me of course).I know plenty of people who love them but it ain't for me. EVERYONE should.be allowed to have their own opinion on music. I love the beatles but I don't expect others to. People should realize how influential they are on music(even metal). If you don't think so then you clearly have never listened to them other than the obvious radio hits. These same people refer to the beatles as a 'pop' band. If ypu don't know what you are talking about then don't say anything.
    bongburn3r666
    I agree with you Jamie. When I tell people that I do not care for the Beatles. I get this instant stigma that "I don't know what real music is" and that im an idiot. Ive never had any problems with their fans either, but they are very overrated. Most of the praise they get is for fusing "raw RnB with Rock n Roll signatures", personally I can think of many other bands who did that first. but besides the fact, I agree with you wholeheartedly
    notaconotaco
    It might not mean that you're "not listening to music", but anyone who tells me that they don't like the Beatles would not be a person I would trust to give me new bands to listen to.
    skull_king
    As long as you think that they are better than Nickelback unlike this one kid in my school
    christianonbass
    One of the many amazing things about The Beatles was their transformation from a British Pop band to a Pop sensation, to a never before witnessed Pop phenomenon, to an experimental Rock band, to the most innovative, popular and successful Rock group and cultural/fashion icons to the quintessential Rock legends...and they did all of this in less than ten years, before the age of 30! About Ian's comment: Rob Halford once said (after Sebastian Bach was seen wearing an "AIDS kills fags dead" shirt) that 'Metal musicians often say dumb things'. He was right.
    Kueller917
    Not the biggest fan but they are a band to know about. They reached unmatched popularity while the era of recording distribution was still relatively young. Also the engineers working on their albums came up with methods that greatly advanced concepts of studio recordings.
    Rockeagle540
    Its not about liking the beatles, you can hate the beatles all you want, but people should appreciate everything they did for music, as people say, before anyone did anything, the beatles did everything
    HitmanJenkins
    It's not so much about liking the Beatles, but appreciating what they've accomplished, they've influenced such a wide range of artists, changed the landscape of pop music, helped to pioneer new studio techniques and push boundaries to their limits.
    jordo246
    Never once been interested in the Beatles and doubt I ever will be.
    notaconotaco
    I'm gonna assume you've never really listened to the Beatles only because they're so popular and you want to be cool. Based on your avatar, it appears you're a heavy metal fan, and yet you have no interest in the group that invented heavy metal? Classic case of trying to hard to be different.
    bramdaursingh
    The Beatles invented heavy metal? What kind of sh*t are you smoking man?
    notaconotaco
    Helter Skelter? The Beatles inventing heavy metal is a pretty widely accepted fact.
    jonathanb2
    The Beatles were far too simplistic to have invented heavy metal.
    LazerMoose420
    complexity has nothing to do with metal... look at sabbath, arguably the first metal band... Also if you think that there is no complexity in the beatles you just arent listening, people are still disecting their chord arrangements, books have been written about the hard days night chord.
    MaidenisGOD89
    I don't know why this is downvoted really. Look, I respect The Beatles and know that they have made an indisputable impact on music and metal, but they themselves did not 'create' metal. Sure they influenced it, but they themselves were not 'the first' metal band, so they were technically not the creators. I have a lot of respect for them though, despite the fact I myself prefer to listen to heavier music.
    Dakatsu
    The Beatles often used odd time signatures, and some of their songs (Helter Skelter, Revolution) had some nice gain. That's pretty metal.
    nbzeppelin
    The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial Beethoven over classical musicians who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success: the Beatles sold more than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore they must have been the greatest. Jazz critics grow up listening to a lot of jazz music of the past, classical critics grow up listening to a lot of classical music of the past. Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worth of being saved.
    HitmanJenkins
    To be fair, Rock music is relatively a young genre in comparison to Jazz and Classical music. Even if The Beatles did sell a lot of records and amass a fortune, they're still an influential group and I'm not talking about what critics say here, I'm convinced that critics ultimately have little to no power, Rolling Stone hated Black Sabbath and Rush, yet they're still immensely popular as an example, I'm talking about musicians. And you know what? I really don't care that Rock isn't seen as a serious art, I don't think that was ever meant to be the point of the genre.
    MaidenisGOD89
    Not really a fan of the beatles, but they really did influence a lot of bands, and for that I have a lot of respect for them. I'm just into louder, heavier music.
    notaconotaco
    Wow... what a shitty bunch of comments. Who doesn't like the Beatles? They invented heavy metal and basically inspired Ozzy Osbourne to start a band, so all of you metal heads who roam here should be worshipping them.
    LazerMoose420
    Genrists dont let them bother you, I'm sure they don't like anything recorded before 1979...
    shredman123
    I like the Beatles but I don't expect people to like them or appreciate them. I mean yeah they were huge but there's no reason trying to change someone's mind about liking or appreciating them, it's just gonna make them dislike you.
    LazerMoose420
    Well considering literally every guitar based band today owes their success to the beatles, I think It's fair to say that if you don't appreciate the beatles you dont really like music. I mean I can understand if it's not your thing, but music is like reading or watching a movie, you may prefer horor over comedy, but if you cant enjoy a good narative then you arent a movie/reading fan
    bongburn3r666
    Youre an idiot
    LazerMoose420
    Nice comback!
    MattHessing
    Please explain how "literally every guitar based band today owes their success to the beatles". No, you're an idiot.
    LazerMoose420
    Okay so guitar got popular in america thanks to eddie cochran and surf rock and stuff. Then that stuff got to england... The beatles being the best and most public examp0le of that... All the kids that ran out and started bands because of that... Yeah you can thank the beatles... Bands playing arena, music videos, lyric sheets, double albums, concept albums... Open your damn eyes...
    CharlesDickens
    Even if you don't like the Beatles, I'm sure there is a lot you can learn from a songwriting standpoint. I mean Howard Goodall dedicated a whole 50min episode to them.
    Beatlephenia
    Look turds, The Beatles created "Rock" music. Before them in was Rock and Roll.....music to dance too. They came along and ushered in the singer song writer. Invented studio album rock and single handedly legitimized Rock as an art form. Dudes, the beatles are when people stop dancing and started listening to the music.
    WholeLottaIzzy
    Stones > Beatles. FACT.
    mitchy86
    People need to stop comparing bands like this. Music isn't a competition.
    Tiago Sa
    Fuck the beatles. I listen to whatever I want. Fucking tired of people telling me how to do my shit. Fuck you!
    youwon'tseeme
    George Harrison at only age 14 would stay up playing his guitar until he got all of the chords exactly right and his fingers were bleeding. And One of The Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick says that in early 1966 when The Beatles were recording John's song I'm Only Sleeping, George Harrison played backwards guitar the most difficult way possible even though he could have taken an easy way,and it took him 6 hours just to do the guitar overdubs! He then made it doubly difficult by adding even more distorted gitars and Geoff says this was all George's idea and that he did all of the playing. The 1992 Rolling Stone Album Guide calls Paul a remarkable bass player and rightfully calls John & Paul the 2 greatest song writers in rock history! Both Phil Collins and Max Weinberg both Beatles fans and both praise Ringo's drumming and Phil Collins says that Ringo's great drumming on A Day In The Life can't be repeated even by him! Also on Rankopedia The Beatles are # 1 Greatest Rock Band,# 1 Greatest Most Innovative Rock Band,John &Paul are # 1 Greatest Rock Song Writers, John & Paul are on The Greatest Rock Male Vocalist list, and Paul McCartney is # 2 after John Enwistle as Greatest Rock Bass Players, John Paul Jones is # 6, and Bill Wynman is # 20! And on Digitaldreamdoor where many musicians post,The Beatles are # 1 Greatest Rock Artists,John &Paul are # 1 Greatest Rock Song Writers, they are both on The Greatest Rock Male Vocalists list, and Paul McCartney is # 8 out of 100 Greatest Rock Bass Players, John Paul Jones is # 21, and Bill Wynman is # 95! George Harrison is # 30 On The Greatest Rock Guitarists out of over 100. Also check out Keno's Classic Rock n Roll Site he also runs a Rolling Stones &John Lennon fan site. And he made a Top 10 List and voted and the fans voted. He voted John &Paul # 2 after Bob Dylan as Greatest Rock Song Writers, the fans voted them # 1! He voted Paul McCartney # 2 after John Entwistle as Greatest Rock Bass Player, the fans voted Paul # 3. He voted John Lennon # 2 after Keith Richards as Greatest Rock Rhythm Guitarist, and the fans voted John in a tie with Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones at # 4 .He voted John Lennon # 1 in a tie with Elvis as Greatest Male Rock Vocalist and the fans voted John # 1, he voted Paul # 6 and the fans voted him # 7.
    youwon'tseeme
    Paul inherited his father Jim McCartney's natural musical talent,he was a self taught jazz pianist and the leader of his own jazz band,Jim Mac's Band and they were popular playing in Liverpool clubs.Jim wrote his own instrumental called,Walking In The Park With Eloise which Paul and Wings recorded in 1974 using the name The Country Hams and included it on their 1976 Wings At The Speed Of Sound album.Paul's paternal grandfather also played several instruments in a band and he sang and had a good singing voice.Please see these very good reviews for Wings 1976 concert film Rockshow.On Blog Critics.org Glen Boyd who was at Paul's Seattle June 10th 1976 concert said that the former Kingdome arena was the sort of acoustical nightmare that was never meant to play host to rock shows,even of stadium-sized variety.And he says over time,the NFL eventually figured out the Kingdome wasn't that great for football either and in March 2000 it finally fell victim to the wrecking ball.He says that even so-and despite the fact that loud amplified music really has nowhere else to go inside a gigantic cement cavern,but to bounce off the walls-many superstar rock acts braved the challenges of the venue,and made the attempt anyway.He says some other things about Led Zeppelin playing there and Jeff Beck was so pissed off at the horrendous sound,at one point he even made a crack welcoming the crowd to "the Kingdome echo chamber"He then says,but in 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings were the first to break the Kingdome in for rock shows.He says most of us old school veterans of Seattle's rock scene agree to this day,that from the Stones and the Eagles to U2 and The Who,Macca still remains the only guy who was able to really pull it off.He then says at the time Wings Kingdome performance also set an indoor concert attendance record for North America-drawing in an astounding 67,000 fans.http://blogcritics.org/music-dvd-review-... And on Pop Matters.com http://blogcritics.org/music-dvd-review-...
    youwon'tseeme
    Not only did The Beatles give The Rolling Stones one of their first hits with their rock n roll song I Wanna Be Your Man as you know,and they wrote it right in front of them and Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were impressed and like wow how can you write a song just like that and it motivated them to start writing their own songs.And as I already said The Rolling Stones were good friends with and fans of The Beatles.Mick Jagger was at 4 Beatles recording sessions and Keith Richards was at 2 of them with him.Also Mick Jagger was such a big Beatles fan that in May 1967 when The Beatles were redording their song Baby You're A Rich Man he came there and stood on the sidelines to watch and listen to them recording it. His name is also on the tape box and he likely sang at the end verses.In Mark Lewishon's great detailed music diary book, The Beatles Recording Sessions there is a big black and white picture of Mick Jagger sitting in between John and Paul in the recording console room during The Beatles Revolver recording sessions too. Mick Jagger also was with The Beatles in August 1967 in Bangor to study with the Maharishi when they got the sad call that their manager Brian Epstein was found dead at only age 32.Mick Jagger had gone up with them on the train and in The Beatles great Anthology video series,there is a black and white news film of Mick standing with them next to John right after they arrived there. As I said,The Beatles remastered albums sold much more 40 years after their break up than The Rolling Stones remastered albums and they are still together. The Beatles have the best selling album of the last decade with their CD 1.And soon after thir music went on iTunes,it went to the top.And Brian Jones played the saxaphone on the strange Beatles song, You Know My Name Look Up The Number and he and Mick Jagger's girlfriend at the time Marriane Faithful contributed sound effects on the song Yellow Submarine.As this guy Sal66 who is also a musician and has also posted on sites debunking ignorant cr*p about The Beatles has rightfully pointed out, The Beatles wrote,played and recorded I Feel Fine (which The All Music Guide says has brilliant,active ,difficult guitar leads and riffs) in the Fall of 1964 which was the first use of feedback guitar on a pop rock record and it also had a prominent guitar riff throughout this very good song almost a year *before* The Rolling Stones's Satisfaction came out.And on John's great Norwegian Wood recorded in the Fall of 1965,George Harrison was the first to play a sitar on a pop rock song and it was released on their great album Rubber Soul in December and then in May 1966 The Rolling Stones song Paint It Black came out with Brian Jones playing a sitar.And in Paul McCartney's authorized biography Many Years From Now, Mick Jagger's former girlfriend singer Marianne Faithful says that she and Mick used to go over to Paul's house a lot and hang out in his music room. She said he never went to see them at their house they always went to visit him because he was Paul McCartney.She also said that Mick was intimidated by Paul but that Paul was totally oblivious to this.Paul also says in this book that he turned Mick on to pot in his music room and he said which is funny because a lot of people would assume it was the other way around. Mick Jagger was also with The Beatles in Bangor when they got the call that Brian Epstein was found dead because he went on the train with them with his then girl friend singer Marianne Faithful to see the Maharishi to study meditation that weekend. Also Mick Jagger is quoted on a Rolling Stones fan site,timeisonourside.com saying that Keith Richards liked The Beatles because he was quite interested in their chord sequences and he says he also liked their harmonies which he said were always a slight problem for The Rolling Stones.He said Keith always tried to get the harmonies off the ground but they always seemed messy.Mick then says,that what they never really got together were Keith and Brian singing backup vocalsand he said it didn't work because Keith was a better singer and to keep going,oooh,ooh,ooh(he laughs) and he said Brian liked all of those oohs which Keith had to put up with.He also said Keith was capable of much stronger vocals than ooh,ooh,ooh.On this same fan site Keith Richards is quoted from 1971 saying that The Beatles were perfect for opening doors,when they went to America they left it wide open for them and he said that The Rolling Stones could never have gone to America without them.He also said that The Beatles are so f**king good at what they did.
    youwon'tseeme
    Many people have said about The Rolling Stones ,that their albums have a few good or great songs but the rest is filler.But a radio host who was a former DJ once said that The Beatles are one of the only if not only bands that almost all of their songs were great including the album tracks that weren't released as singles.On a message board discussion some years ago about what bands and artists people consider overrated,quite a few said The Rolling Stones and some said The Beatles or both,and a guy said if you ask almost anybody in the music business they will tell you that The Beatles were the Greatest Band Ever!I once spoke to a rock DJ about The Beatles and even though he said they aren't his favorite,he said nobody can say that The Beatles weren't great,he said especially John Lennon and Paul McCartney as song writers.And I once spoke to another rock DJ who is a huge Beatles fan & who has hosted a 2 hour Breakfast With The Beatles radio show for over 20 years & I said that The Beatles work in the recording studio described in details in The Beatles Reording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn,is so impressive & brilliant & he said oh it's the work of genuises. I said how can anyone not recognize what extraordinary singer song composers John Lennon & Paul McCartney were? And he said oh you can ask anyone in the music business & they will tell you that.
    youwon'tseeme
    The Boston Globe has an online article from March 2009,called I Confess I Don’t Like… written by all of their music critics and Luke O’Neil wrote that when people talk of classic bands they don’t like they’re really speaking in coded language.He said for example “I don’t like The Beatles.” is the same as saying,”I’m a liar” he said but when I say I don’t like Led Zeppelin there’s no subtext. He then says a lot of it has to do with Robert Plant’s fiendish helium-powered caterwauling. He says he tends to prefer bands with vocalists not police sirens in tight pants.He also said the lyrics which run the gamut unimaginative doggerel to too-imaginative fantasy goofs don’t help. He then says sure they inspired a lot of great bands,but should we not then hold them accountable for the thousands of downright awful imitators they’ve inspired? Rememner that whole hair metal thing in the 80’s? He says who do you think put the bustle in those dudes hedgerow? And grunge? He says that was basically goateed Led Zeppelin on Smack. Rock music critic John Mendelson never liked Led Zeppelin either.
    youwon'tseeme
    Pete Townsend along with John Bonham, John Paul Jones and David Gilmore played on 2 songs on the last Wings album Back To The Egg that came out in 1979 . They also all played with Paul and Wings in the last Wings concerts in December 1979. Pete also along with Phil Collins who is also a big Beatles fan since he was 13 in the concert scene in the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night, played on Paul's 1986 album Press To Play. And I have found about 100 former Beatles haters on different message boards who are now big Beatles fans,many call them The Greatest Rock Band Ever and most say they now think they were brilliant song writers. I didn't communicate with these people, but they said in their posts that they hadn't even heard most of their songs and albums,and had inaccurate misperceptions of them like the ridiculous one that they ever were a "boy band." Which besides knowing even most of their music and knowing their history knows is totally false. As a poster ReverendRock who is a reverend,a rock musician and a big Beatles fan said on a classic rock site said about 10 years ago,that anyone who knows The Beatles history knows it's ludicrous to even suggest such a thing. John was 16,Paul 15 and George only 14 when they started playing guitars in John's group The Quarry Men and Then John,Paul,George and Pete Best,and then Ringo played in the sleazy strip clubs in Hamburg Germany from 1960-1962 for 8 hours a night taking speed pills to stay awake to do it,and they also played successfuly live in the Liverpool Cavern for two years. They really worked their as*s off to get where they did. A few years ago a musician posted on some message board about the new John Lennon biography, and he said watch The Beatles Anthology video series and learn how truly immensely talented this band was. Most people don't hate The Beatles in the first place and people don't usually go from hating a band to loving them, so it just goes to show how great and timeless their music really is/was! I once found a post a few years ago of a 35 year old musician in Jamaica who said on his blog that when he was younger and a big Who fan he used to think The Beatles were overrated, but that he did a 300 degree turn around and he said he now truly believes that The Beatles were the greatest rock band ever.
    youwon'tseeme
    Home Arts/Life Entertainment Syd Birrell discovers Beatles in 2009 Posted By WERNER BERGEN , EXAMINER ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR For most of Syd Birrell's music life it has been about "learning about Bach and how to direct an orchestra," he says. Sure he knew and heard about the Beatles but it wasn't until a year ago that the director of The Peterborough Singers "discovered" the Fab Four. Now he's a convert to the extent that the Peterborough Singers will present a concert of Beatles music on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Calvary Church, Lansdowne St. W. The Singers will be presenting 25 songs in two hours in various combinations including the 100- MUSICerformed by Cosima Grunsky voice choirs, various smaller ensembles, duets, and solos, Birrell, said in anExaminerinterview. The choir will also be joined by a full band of musicians: Andrew Affleck -bass guitar, Barry Haggarty -guitar, Curtis Cronkwright -drums, Paul Grecco -keyboard, Rob Bulger - guitar, Doug Sutherland -trumpet, Marlowe Bork -trumpet and Steve McCracken sax/clarinet. "They're all Beatles nuts," said Birrell. In fact Haggarty recorded an album at Abbey Road, the same studio the Beatles used. Master of ceremonies will be Mike Melnik, of Kruz-FM, who is also a Beatles nut, said Birrell, who will share Beatles stories with the audience. There will be some special guests who will also share Beatles stories. Birrell explained a friend in New York City was trying out a new piano in his home overlooking Central Park. "He put music in front of me...Strawberry Fields,"said Birrell. The view included The Dakota where John Lennon had lived and the original strawberry fields of Central Park. "I got really interested. I find their music incredible. These guys are the Shuberts of the 20th century," said Birrell. "They have really great melodies. They are the greatest composers of the 20th century." Birrell said he searched the internet for Beatles information listened to their albums like Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and the White Album for three months. "I found their music incredible," he said The Singers are known for performing classical music and Birrell said in years to come the music of the Beatles will be considered the classical music of the century. Birrell said the Singers are not trying to replicate the Beatles but we're "celebrating what the songs mean to us." He said some of the music had to be changed because the audience wouldn't be able to sing along in the keys the songs were originally written in....including Hey Jude. There will be displays of memorabilia and even trivia opportunities (Why is Feb. 7, 1964 important?). - - - Concert facts What: Come Together! The Music of the Beatles Who: The Peterborough Singers When: Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Where: Calvary Church, Lansdowne St. W., with guest MC Mike Melnik, of KRUZ-FM. Tickets: $28 (adult and senior) and $10 (students). Tickets available at Titles Bookstore, Emmaus Family Books, Graingers Cleaners, Pammett's Flower Shop in Peterborough, Happenstance Books & Yarns (Lakefield) or call 705-745- 1820 or email singers@peterboroughsingers.com. Beatles in 1964 January 20: Meet The Beatles LP. (Capitol Records) is released in the U.S. It hits the #1 spot on Billboard chart and stays for eleven weeks.) January 27: MGM Records releases My Bonnie/The Saints single. January 30: Vee Jay Records re-releases Please Please Me/From Me to You in the US. February 1: I Want To Hold Your Hand makes #1 on the U. S. charts selling 2,000,000 records. She Loves You sells 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. February 3: MGM Records releases The Beatles with Tony Sheridan LP (recorded for Bert Kaempfert in Germany and originally marketed as Die Beat Brothers und Tony Sheridan) February 5: The Beatles return from Paris. February 7: The Beatles arrive at Kennedy Airport in New York, aboard Pan Am's Yankee Clipper, flight 101, greeted by some 3,000 screaming fans. New York pop radio stations play Beatles records practically around the clock for days. February 9: The Beatles make their first appearance on CBS television's Ed Sullivan Show in New York. The network claims some 50,000 applied for 728 available studio seats. They open with All my Loving, followed by Till there was You and She Loves You and close with I Saw her Standing There and I Want to Hold your Hand. February 11: The Beatles make their first live concert appearance in the U.S. at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., drawing an audience of 20,000 fans. February 12: The band gives two concert performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City. February 16: The Beatles make their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, performing She Loves You, All My Loving, This Boy, I Saw her Standing There, From Me to You and I Want to Hold your Hand. From www.Beatles.ws/1964 Article ID# 2465776 Share facebook MySpace Twitter
    youwon'tseeme
    'The Beatles At Barnum' Returns To Samohi This Friday, October 5 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012, 2:220 AM Mitch James Photo by D'Lynn Waldron 'The Beatles at Barnum' returns to Santa Monica High School this Friday, Oct. 5.A celebration of the music of The Beatles featuring the award-winning Samohi Symphony Orchestra returns to Santa Monica this Friday, Oct. 5. Beatles historian and bon vivant Martin Lewis will again host the show called The Beatles at Barnum,which includes full orchestral arrangements of Beatles favorites, audience sing-a-longs, the rock band FKB, and a multimedia presentation. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. in Barnum Hall, on the campus of Santa Monica High School. This is a rare opportunity to see the music of the Beatles performed by a live orchestra, fronted by a rock band, said Steve Nemzer, of the Samohi OPA. "Last year's show was an absolute knockout this is an event not to be missed by anyone who loves the Beatles. General admission tickets are $20, and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2... Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Beatle, a Mod or a Rocker. All proceeds will be used to underwrite orchestral music programs at Santa Monica High. A protege of Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, host Martin Lewis will share personal anecdotes about the Beatles and their music. We're thrilled to have Martin Lewis again as emcee for The Beatles at Barnum, said Scott Ferguson, event producer. He's a world-renowned Beatles expert, a humanitarian, and brings a personal Beatles connection to the performance. Among his many credits, Martin Lewis wrote and hosted the documentary Re-Meet The Beatles!, and produced The Fab 40!, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit. The Beatles at Barnum features guest vocalists and instrumental performers, such as guitarist Jake Noveck, who in 2011 brought down the house with his solos on While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Barnum Hall has a long history as a stellar venue for pops collaborations between student performers and local artists, such as David Crosby, Jackson Browne, and the band America.said Ferguson. The Beatles at Barnum continues in this tradition. And besides being a fantastic show, the event helps raise funds for the Samohi Orchestra program. Visit Samohi Orchestras online at Facebook at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2... and on the web at www.samohiorchestras.org. Copyright © 2011 by Santa Monica Mirror. All rights reserved.
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    I recently watched the whole Rockshow concert on Youtube and there is well over a 1,000 views and a ,majority of over 1,000 likes.Many people are saying there,and on blog reviews that this Wings concert shows what a music genius Paul is,his musical brilliance and how musicaly diverse he is going from playing and singing love songs, ''pop'' songs,to hard rockers that he wrote,and playing piano,bass,and electric piano great,with in minutes.I have always had a very sensitive good ear for music and I wrote poetry and stories and did good drawings since I was a child.And even though I'm a very word oriented person,when I listen to *music* that's what I'm listening for,not a poetry reading.I don't care about song lyrics,if the music is great the lyrics could be about pop corn and I would still love it.I like instrumental jazz music with no lyrics at all. And something that so many people even many Paul fans don't get is that Paul Mccartney has always been a true natural *music* genius more than a lyric genius.He can write very good lyrics and there are many examples even from his Wings/solo music where he did,but in a lot of his solo music he often didn't have deep heavy lyrics.But even when he did have very good lyrics,he didn't have to and that's not what is so great about his songs when he did,it was his brilliant *music*,musicianship,(he's rightfully widely regarded by many well known respected successful rock musicians as being one of the greatest bass players ever,and he could always play anything great,acoustic guitar,lead guitar and piano)and singing that is what makes his songs so great.Back in 2007 I found a guy's blog who is a play write,I don't remember his name now,and I'd really like to find it again. He had an 8 part series on Paul Mccartney and said he has been a big John Lennon and Beatles fan since he was 12 when The Beatles Red and Blue albums came out in 1973. But he said he used to (irrationaly) hate Paul McCartney,he now gave good reviews to some of his Wings/solo music and said that he now loves Paul and said he's a music genius.I posted on his blog in 2007 that many people including some Paul fans,don't understand that he's always been more of the Beethoven of rock more than a lyric genius.No other music artist can take a song about a Bluerbird and make it sound so good, but again it's his *music* brilliance that makes it so,his 1976 Wings live version is great,even better than the really good version on the Band On The Run album.Well,3 years later I found out that he had answered me on his blog,and said I agree with you,but Paul is more of the Mozart of rock. I don't know what the difference is,because I don't like classical music,I just have heard all of my life that Bach,Beethoven and Mozart are widely considered music genius classical composers.None of them wrote any lyrics did they? And I like Paul's first solo album McCartney where he played every instrument,and so many all by himself so great,Red Rose Speedway is a really good album,and the critically acclaimed Band On The Run is very good,and I love his 1975 Wings Venus and Mars album,it's a great rock album of Beatles quality,every song is very good or great,and Paul produced these albums by himself. I think his greatest post Beatles music was from 1970-1975. He's written some good interesting sounding instrumentals too.But also in Hunter Davies only authorized Beatles biography from 1968 George Martin says he felt Paul had the most all around musical talent,although elsewhere he said that John could write great music (John obviously inherited his musical talent to a rare extreme degree from his musically talented mother Julia who played the banjo and taught John at 15 how to play,and she gave him away to her older sister to raise when John was 5 and then just when he was getting a closer relationship with his mother,she was killed by an off duty cop who was drunk when she crossed the street right near the house John was living in when he was only 17.And that is what he wrote the beautiful song Julia on The White album about 10 years after her tragic death)and Paul could write great lyrics. And Hunter Davies who knew escape the pain from his mother's sudden death.Paul movingly says in his authorized biography,Many Years From Now that he wrote his beautiful song Let It Be after he had a vivid realistic dream where he saw his mother Mary ,(who had been dead for 12 years already)alive and telling him to just accept things as they are.He said when he woke up he thought how beautiful it was to see and ''be'' with her again.So that is what his lines,When I find myself in Times of Trouble mother Mary comes to me,speaking words of wisdom Let It Be.And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me etc Even his 1976 Wings hit,Let Em In which is good once again because of his music,it's the marching band sounding drumming,the flutes,a piano,trumpets and his vocal,has more deeper meaning in it that only big Paul fans would know.The brother Michael that he sings to let em in,is of course his younger brother Mike and the auntie Jin was one o
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    I recently watched the whole Rockshow concert on Youtube and there is well over a 1,000 views and a ,majority of over 1,000 likes.Many people are saying there,and on blog reviews that this Wings concert shows what a music genius Paul is,his musical brilliance and how musicaly diverse he is going from playing and singing love songs, ''pop'' songs,to hard rockers that he wrote,and playing piano,bass,and electric piano great,with in minutes.I have always had a very sensitive good ear for music and I wrote poetry and stories and did good drawings since I was a child.And even though I'm a very word oriented person,when I listen to *music* that's what I'm listening for,not a poetry reading.I don't care about song lyrics,if the music is great the lyrics could be about pop corn and I would still love it.I like instrumental jazz music with no lyrics at all. And something that so many people even many Paul fans don't get is that Paul Mccartney has always been a true natural *music* genius more than a lyric genius.He can write very good lyrics and there are many examples even from his Wings/solo music where he did,but in a lot of his solo music he often didn't have deep heavy lyrics.But even when he did have very good lyrics,he didn't have to and that's not what is so great about his songs when he did,it was his brilliant *music*,musicianship,(he's rightfully widely regarded by many well known respected successful rock musicians as being one of the greatest bass players ever,and he could always play anything great,acoustic guitar,lead guitar and piano)and singing that is what makes his songs so great.Back in 2007 I found a guy's blog who is a play write,I don't remember his name now,and I'd really like to find it again.He had an 8 part series on Paul Mccartney and said he has been a big John Lennon and Beatles fan since he was 12 when The Beatles Red and Blue albums came out in 1973. But he said he used to (irrationaly) hate Paul McCartney,he now gave good reviews to some of his Wings/solo music and said that he now loves Paul and said he's a music genius.I posted on his blog in 2007 that many people including some Paul fans,don't understand that he's always been more of the Beethoven of rock more than a lyric genius.No other music artist can take a song about a Bluerbird and make it sound so good, but again it's his *music* brilliance that makes it so,his 1976 Wings live version is great,even better than the really good version on the Band On The Run album.Well,3 years later I found out that he had answered me on his blog,and said I agree with you,but Paul is more of the Mozart of rock. I don't know what the difference is,because I don't like classical music,I just have heard all of my life that Bach,Beethoven and Mozart are widely considered music genius classical composers.None of them wrote any lyrics did they?And I like Paul's first solo album McCartney where he played every instrument,and so many all by himself so great,Red Rose Speedway is a really good album,and the critically acclaimed Band On The Run is very good,and I love his 1975 Wings Venus and Mars album,it's a great rock album of Beatles quality,every song is very good or great,and Paul produced these albums by himself. I think his greatest post Beatles music was from 1970-1975. He's written some good interesting sounding instrumentals too.But also in Hunter Davies only authorized Beatles biography from 1968 George Martin says he felt Paul had the most all around musical talent,although elsewhere he said that John could write great music and Paul could write great lyrics. And Hunter Davies who knew them all well since 1967 said that John was the most original and he said as he thinks most people would agree, a strange one off personality,but that he always felt that Paul was the most naturally musically gifted and music flowed out of him all of the time. And he said Paul is also gifted with the aptitueds to make the most of his talents.He also said that Geore was a combination both orginal and talented but different yet in ways different from John and Paul. Also, ironically it was Paul who started writing songs *before* John did,a year before he met John when Paul was only 14(John was writing heavy poetry as a teen,but he hadn't put to music until he met Paul when John was almost 17,and he was impressed that Paul was already writing his own songs and it inspired him to start writing his own songs,and then as we know they both never stopped!) right after his beloved nurse and mid wife 47 year old beloved mother Mary died of breast cancer(so sad,unreal and painful for Paul that his beloved wife Linda also died of breast cancer at age 56,and left Paul and their children behind too!) and Paul's brother Mike was only 12.His brother said that Paul became obssessed with playing his guitar and that he even played it in the bath tub,and on the toilet!Mike says in Hunter Davies great book,The Beatles,you lose a mother and gain a guitar? And he said it was an escape,but an escape from what? Obviously he should have figured out that Paul was trying to escape the pain from his m
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    I have been a huge highly impressed Beatles fan(specifically a big John and Paul fan) since I was 11 when I got my first Beatles book for my 11th birthday,I started collecting their albums at age 9,and I had every great album by age 13, I was born after 1964 too.My father had a lot of different music in the house and was a big Bob Dylan fan and had many of his albums,he also had a Peter Paul and Mary album,a Leonard Cohen album and Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass albums which I liked even at age 4.I also had my own radio at age 9 and I listened to a lot of music.My sister 4 years older had an even bigger diverse music collection, and she always loved The Beatles too.She bought Paul McCartney and Wings great 1975 rock album,Venus and Mars when it came out in 1975 and she said years later it's one of the best rock albums she ever heard and that it's unique and she knows no album like it and it is a great album.When I was 9 I had a teacher in library class play The Beatles great rock album Abbey Road on a little record player and she said they were genuises. When I was 11 my music teacher asked us to guess who he was talking about when he said they were genuises and they wrote about 200 mostly popular acclaimed great songs and many great critically accl;aimed albums in just an 8 year recording career,and I already being a big fan guessed it exactly right and said,John Lennon and Paul McCartney,The Beatles and he smiled and said yes thats right!I'm really very happy to say that most people I have known throughout my life recognized they The Beatles specifically John and Paul were brilliant singer song writers and very good musicians.The only Beatles haters I ever knew were 14 and 15 year old boys in school and one of them became a huge Beatles fan on his own. A guy I was friends with for many years who lived down the street and was 2 years older was a big fan too and he also liked Frank Zappa and his brother who was 10 years older than me had a big music collection and he loved The Beatles too,so did his mother and sister.I once spoke with their stepfather about how John and Paul are rightfully widely rearded by most people,most rock and music critics,and many other well known respected rock musicians and artists as 2 of the greatest song writers of the 20th century and he said I think so too.
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    I wanted to delete the half repeated post above the longer one I just posted but once again this site isn't working right and I can't cancel it!
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    In 2010 read an online article that had an interview with Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers about a recent tribute to Jimi Hendrix,in which he says that Jimi played for The Isley Brothers & lived with them & that they & he were fans of The Fab Four from the moment they all watched them on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. I always thought that Jimi was only a later period Beatles fan,I knew he played Sgt.Pepper live the weekend it came out,& he played Day Tripper live also,& several people on different message boards said that when he was asked where the direction of music was going,he said ask The Beatles.
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    Bob Dylan ,Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and music critic William Mann of The London Times as early as 1963 and 1964 pointed out that even in early Beatles songs like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand had unusual and interesting chords and they arranged them. And as early as late 1963 a music critic Richard Buckle in The London Times called John and Paul the two of the most briliant composers since Beethoven after John and Paul composed the music for a ballet Mods and Rockers. And John and Paul wrote one of The Rolling Stones first hits, I Wanna Be Your Man in late 1963 right in front of them. And Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were impressed and said wow,how can you write a song just like that and it inspired them to start writing their own songs. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were such amazingly talented singer song writers that they were already writing hit songs for other artists as early as 1963 when their own song writing success was getting off the ground,besides The Rolling Stones,they also wrote hit songs in 1963 for Billy J.Krammer and The Dakatos,Celia Black,and Peter and Gordon etc. Paul wrote his first song at age 14 and was playing guitar,John wrote heavy deep poetry but didn't start writing songs until he met Paul and was impressed that he wrote his own songs,and he too started to write his own songs at age 17,and they wrote together and never stopped from then on.Paul wrote the very pretty song I'll Follow The Sun at only 16!
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    In the 2012 Newsweek Beatles special celebrating 50 years since their music came out,Steve Jobs was quoted from Walter Isaacson's biography as talking about how the band's approach to recording "refining and refining" influenced his own creative process. He said they were such perfectionists they kept it going and going he said. Steve Jobs said that this made a big impression on him when he was in his thirties.Newsweek rightfully says,that it's hard to imagine another rock band that influenced the way computers are made just as it is to think of one whose name became an adjective. And Newsweek said and that's why The Beatles still stand apart. THey quote Steve Jobs saying,"Somebody else could have replicated the Stones,(Newsweek then says,nailing the difference between artists shaped by their times and those who shape them),no one could have been Dylan or The Beatles."
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    The Rolling Stones also wrote quite a few soft sentimental pop kind of songs,Lady Jane,As Tears Go By,Rubey Tuesday,Angie, We Love You (which John said was their She Loves You backwards but both John and Paul sang backing vocals on it)Wild Horses,Waiting On A Friend and the 2 dreadful disco imitations,Miss You and Emotional Rescue. At least when Paul McCartney did a disco like song,Good Night tonight it was good interesting sounding music!
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    Also, classical composer Leonard Bernstein called John and Paul the greatest composers of the 20th century so did Elton John on a 1991 CBS Morning news show,he was asked who he musically admires and he said you can talk about your Rogers and Hammerstein but for the quanity of quality songs that Lennon and McCartney wrote in that short period of time,he said he thinks they were the greatest song writers of the 20th century.Brian Wilson said this too on a 1995 Nightline Beatles tribute show. The Beatles are in the Vocal Hall of Fame and John and Paul have been in the song writing Hall of Fame since 1987,Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have been in it since 1993,but as of now no members of The Who,or Led Zeppelin(who I totally can't stand even a half of a second of) are in The Song Writing Hall Of Fame or The Vocal Hall Of Fame,The Rolling Stones aren't in The Vocal Hall of Fame either and The Beatles were awarded about 20 prestigious Ivor Nevello awards as great singers and song writers in just a remarkable 8 year recording career,John and Paul won the first one in early 1964! They also won an Oscar for their film score of their 1970 film Let It Be.
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    Below is part of a Beatles review by a Epionions reviewer.He's one of the most respected and trusted reviewer on the site. Home Epinions Music Please Please Me by The Beatles Please Please Me by The Beatles20 consumer reviews Lowest Price: $5.90 at Amazon Marketplace Back to All Reviews About the Author The Beatles Debut - Please Please MeWritten: Apr 28 '06 (Updated Sep 28 '09)Product Rating: Pros: Good Debut Cons: Only eight original songs The Bottom Line: The Birth of The Beatles, well in the UK anyway.scapp70's Full Review: Please Please Me by The Beatles and now a word from Scapp70 straight from his Beatles Soap Box Are you a Beatles fan? Are you a Beatles nut? Are you insane for The Beatles? No? Yes? Well, I am - I'm not sure if you noticed. One of the duties of being a Beatles fan, which should really be a non-existent duty, is defending The Beatles. The Beatles were and are the greatest band in history, yet oddly not everybody knows that. The people that do not know that The Beatles are the greatest will more likely than not, argue that they aren't. It is the same thing as debating politics with a person who is not informed of the arguments, yet they passionately will tell you how you're wrong. Does that mean that any person who argues that The Beatles are not musical god-men, that they do not have all the albums and therefore do not know the position and the reasons why The Beatles are the greatest? Yes, I say to you - YES! If you as a Beatle fan have to argue that an album like say The White Album or Abbey Road are not five star albums, just sit and be quiet and let them talk. They will soon give hints of their Beatle un-savviness. For example, they may say that Sgt Pepper is a concept album, does any real thinking Beatles fan think that? They may say something as silly as Paul McCartney's bass playing ability is any less than stellar, or even worse...mediocre. Do we have ears? What are we comparing The Beatles to? Phish? U2? '90s College Music? What or who is out there who is better? The Beatles are not kings of the musical hill, they are an island unto themselves. So far no one has been able to come close to what The Beatles have accomplished. The Beatles were not just pioneers with each new release, The Beatles were amazing songwriters, fine musicians, forward thinkers and they are pretty funny too. Any other musician or musical group who would wish to accomplish the magnitude of what The Beatles had done in just six years would need a magical pocket watch that stops time. Six short years includes thirteen albums, four movies, and three world tours, enough singles to fill up two CDs and not to mention they changed the face of pop rock with each new release. When the Beatles broke up, each member had varied success, some more than another. No matter how successful The Beatles were individually in the 70s and 80s, and no matter how great the songs were during these times, it was apparent that the four guys still needed one another in order to change the world every six months as they did in the sixties. So even if the uniformed debater tries to come across as musically intellectual by praising dopey bands from the 90s that no one has ever heard of, just remember theyre still just uninformed. They try to mask their unsavvy musical taste by pointing to pointless music that you had never heard of. and now… the music that changed pop culture. Sorry about that above, I have just been reading a lot of negative things about The Beatles in print and online lately. It’s just so wild, but I guess when you are as big as The Beatles, there is bound to be some negativity out there.
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    Thank you Beatlephina and LazerMoose for knowing something accurate about The Beatles! And thanks Charles for posting that link to the Howard Goddall's Twentieth Century Greats,I forgot about that show from years ago.I'm sure I'm going to be misjudged because nobody knows me as a stranger on here or any sites,and I'm sure some of you are going to get mad at me for posting all of my information but there is so many ignorant misperceptions about The brilliant Beatles everywhere online and I have know * a lot* of great information about them and how truly creative innovative,diverse and prolfic they really were more than any other rock band ever.I have known all of this information for most of my life.I got my first Beatles book for my 11th birthday and when I was 13 a guy at school who was about two years older than me and he was a Beatles fan,but his older brother was an even bigger fan,lent me the great and only authorized Beatles biography,The Beatles by Hunter Davies and he told me I could keep it.I learned even more impressive information about them and I started to collect their albums when I was 9 and I had every album by age 13.And the ''information'' that nbzeppelin posted is the totally inaccurate,deliberately biased,ignorant,ridiculous nonsense made up by ''music critic'' Scaruffi!Even on a heavy metal site which I think is called metalpedia a heavy metal fan posted years ago,that it goes like this Scaruffi makes up a bunch of contrived bullsh*t about The Beatles and he said a lot of people listen to him because he's a cognitive scientist so they think he knows what he's talking about.
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    As The All Music Guide says in their excellent Beatles biography "That it's difficult to summarize their career without restating cliches that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans, to start with the obvious,they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century." "Moreover they were among the few artists of *any* discipline that were simultaneously the best at what they did *and* the most popular at what they did." THey also say as singers John Lennon and Paul McCartney were among the best and most expressive in rock. Also on an excellent site,The Evolution of Rock Bass Playing McCartney Style by Dennnis Alstrand,Stanley Clarke,Sting,Will Lee,Billy Sheehan,George Martin and John Lennon are quoted saying what a great,melodic and influential bass player Paul has always been. And Wilco's John Stirratt was asked in Bass Player which bass players have had the most impact on his playing and the first thing he said was, Paul McCartney is one of the greatest bass players of all time,if you listen to what he was tracking live in the studio it's unbelievable." "With his tone and musicality he was a huge influence,he covered all of his harmonic responsibilities really well but his baselines were absolutely melodic and inventive." And in an online 1977 Eric Clapton interview,Eric Clapton In His Own Words he says that there was always this guitar game between John and George,and he said partly because John was a pretty good guitar player himself.He played live with John as a member of John's 1969 Plastic Ono Band. And there is a great online article by musician and song writer Peter Cross,The Beatles Are The Most Creative Band Of All Time and he says that many musicians besides him recognize Paul as one of the best bass guitar players ever.He too says that John and Paul are the greatest song composers and that to say that John and Paul are among 2 of the greatest singers in rock and roll is to state the obvious,and that John,Paul and George were all excellent guitarists and that George is underrated by people not educated about music but that Eric Clapton knew better,he also says that both John and Paul played great leads as well as innovative rhythm tracks. John Lennon co-wrote,sang and played guitar on one of David Bowie's first hits Fame in 1975 and David invited John to play guitar on his version of John's beautiful Beatles song Across The Universe.Brain May,Ozzy Osbourne,and Liam Gallagher and many more call The Beatles The Greatest Band Ever. Also on MusicRadar Tom Petty,Joe Perry and Richie Sambora in What The Beatles Mean To Me all say how cool and great they thought The Beatles were when they first saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 when they were just teen boys,Richie was only 5.Tom Petty said he thought they were really really great. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick said he's probably one of the biggest Beatles fans on the planet.Brad Whitford of Aerosmith said that a lot of that Beatles influence comes from Steven Tyler's collaborartion with Mark Hudson both whom are absolute Beatles freaks and he said I guess the goal is to try and emulate probably some of the best music of the last 50 years which has to be The Beatles.
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    Around 2003 I found an online interview with George Martin and he said that even though he has produced many other music artists,he has never known or worked with anyone as brilliant as The Beatles. He was also interviews in the 1990's on a Breakfast With The Beatles show on a local rock station,and he said that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were incredibly talented people and he said it like he still couldn't believe it.And he also said they both were extraordinarily talented song writers and great singers. And in the excellent thorough book by Mark Lewisohn,The Beatles Recording Sessions,George Martin,and so many of The Beatles tape operators and recording engineers are interviewed,(and in the beginning there is a great 1987 interview with Paul McCartney) and they describe in detail how truly innovative,brilliant and creative especially John and Paul were in their amazing 8 year recording career. And my cousin who was born in 1968 who used to be a lawyer,and his brother born in 62 who is still a lawyer,and their sister born in 64,their oldest brother born in 60,and their parents have always been Beatles fans.My cousin born in 68,went to England around 1991 and he told me that he was at a British Museum where the works of Shakespeare,Dickens,Wodsworth and Keats,Lennon and McCartney's lyrics are right in the same case. And he said the majority of visitors always said,forget the Shakespeare etc,lets go over to the Lennon and McCartney lyrics. When I once asked him,if he still liked The Beatles he said,best band there ever was.My step cousin born in 1958,said they probably were the greatest band ever.He saw Paul McCartney and Wings in May 1976 in concert when he was 18 and he said it was a great show.
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    As The All Music Guide says in their excellent Beatles biography "That it's difficult to summarize their career without restating cliches that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans, to start with the obvious,they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century." "Moreover they were among the few artists of *any* discipline that were simultaneously the best at what they did *and* the most popular at what they did." THey also say as singers John Lennon and Paul McCartney were among the best and most expressive in rock. Also on an excellent site,The Evolution of Rock Bass Playing McCartney Style by Dennnis Alstrand,Stanley Clarke,Sting,Will Lee,Billy Sheehan,George Martin and John Lennon are quoted saying what a great,melodic and influential bass player Paul has always been. And Wilco's John Stirratt was asked in Bass Player which bass players have had the most impact on his playing and the first thing he said was, Paul McCartney is one of the greatest bass players of all time,if you listen to what he was tracking live in the studio it's unbelievable." "With his tone and musicality he was a huge influence,he covered all of his harmonic responsibilities really well but his baselines were absolutely melodic and inventive." And in an online 1977 Eric Clapton interview,Eric Clapton In His Own Words he says that there was always this guitar game between John and George,and he said partly because John was a pretty good guitar player himself.He played live with John as a member of John's 1969 Plastic Ono Band. And there is a great online article by musician and song writer Peter Cross,The Beatles Are The Most Creative Band Of All Time and he says that many musicians besides him recognize Paul as one of the best bass guitar players ever.He too says that John and Paul are the greatest song composers and that to say that John and Paul are among 2 of the greatest singers in rock and roll is to state the obvious,and that John,Paul and George were all excellent guitarists and that George is underrated by people not educated about music but that Eric Clapton knew better,he also says that both John and Paul played great leads as well as innovative rhythm tracks. John Lennon co-wrote,sang and played guitar on one of David Bowie's first hits Fame in 1975 and David invited John to play guitar on his version of John's beautiful Beatles song Across The Universe.Brain May,Ozzy Osbourne,and Liam Gallagher and many more call The Beatles The Greatest Band Ever. Also on MusicRadar Tom Petty,Joe Perry and Richie Sambora in What The Beatles Mean To Me all say how cool and great they thought The Beatles were when they first saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 when they were just teen boys,Richie was only 5.Tom Petty said he thought they were really really great. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick said he's probably one of the biggest Beatles fans on the planet.Brad Whitford of Aerosmith said that a lot of that Beatles influence comes from Steven Tyler's collaborartion with Mark Hudson both whom are absolute Beatles freaks and he said I guess the goal is to try and emulate probably some of the best music of the last 50 years which has to be The Beatles.
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    As The Rolling Stone Album Guide said,not liking The Beatles is as perverse as not liking the sun. And Ozzy Osbourne said not loving The Beatles is like not loving oxogen he's been a huge Beatles fan since he was a teenager when they first came to America,and he picked She Loves as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Greatest Songs of All Time,and he loves the Sgt.Pepper album.Some years ago he told I think Spin Magazine,that Paul McCartney is a genius and The Beatles are The Greatest Band Ever.Countless other well known successful,respected rock musicians and music artists have said this too,over their own selves as solo artists and over their own groups.I have found posts on different message boards over the years from over 100 former ignorant Beatles haters who are now big fans,and most of them now had said they were brilliant singer song composers and many said they think they were the greatest band ever.Most of these people hadn't even heard most of their great music,and many unfortunately had the common ridiculous ludicrous misperception that The Beatles were ever a ''boy band'',which as a poster ReverandRock who is both a reverend,rock musician,and a big Beatles fan said on a classic rock site years ago,that anyone who knows The Beatles history knows it's totally ludicrous to even suggest such a thing.And a guy who runs Keno's Classic Rock n Roll Site and who runs a Rolling Stones and John Lennon fan site says in his review of The Beatles 1967-1970 Blue Album damn The Beatles were one great group and he said in his great review of The Beatles 1962-1966 Red album, that if you don't love or at least like The Beatles and their music then you are not a true rock fan and more than likely will never ever get it. He also says that John Lennon showed on Paul's rocker Get Back why he should have played lead guitar more often because he did such a good job of it. He also said he played a pretty good slide guitar on George's For Your Blue and he said John also played one of the first and best acid guitar parts on his great rocker Revolution.