Musical legends of ‘60s and ‘70s still going strong

Paul McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down yet. The 71-year old legend is releasing his latest album, New, in October and premiered three songs at a Las Vegas festival on Sept. 21. Save Us, Everybody Out There and New took their place alongside selections from his mighty back catalog, including Magical Mystery Tour, Lady Madonna, Let me Roll It and the epic 1975 James Bond theme, Live and Let Die. The Beatle also appears – in image at least – at an exhibition now on in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The exhibition celebrates 50 years since the moptops shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at the same venue – one of only two times the groups appeared on the same bill. Lots of never before seen photos of the gig are on show as part of the venue’s free Reflect series. It runs until Oct. 22, and there are also original designs and giant posters, including John Pasche’s internationally recognizable tongue logo for the Stones. 

A key venue in Beatlemania was Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Although the original club was demolished in 1973, a replica was built on the same site 10 years later that includes some of the seminal venue’s cellar area. It’s also being put up for auction, alongside the nearby Cavern Walks shopping center. The price? A cool 1 million pounds sterling (US$1.6 million). That’s a lot of tourists’ pints to make up. 

Another legendary vocalist, Robert Plant, is remaining active, too, with a surprise appearance on harmonica on a track by the bluesy North Mississippi Allstars. The former Led Zeppelin singer has been supported by NMA on previous tours and popped up during the recording of their new LP, World Boogie is Coming, to lay down his part at Royal Studios, Memphis. Apparently, the microphone they used to capture Mr. Plant’s performance was owned by Al Green – that’s some lineage. 

One of The Kinks’ less famous but very interesting albums is to be reissued. Muswell Hillbillies first came out in 1971, moving on from the 1960s sound as the band debuted for new label RCA. It’s considered to be one of main songwriter Ray Davies’s first steps into expanding the quintessentially British band into a more expansive sonic landscape, including blues, vaudeville and country. The new deluxe version will feature five previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions and BBC sessions, all remastered and with a comprehensive booklet in a two-CD set. 

Rapper Eminem isn’t retiring or coming out of retirement this week, but he has revealed artwork for the Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to his 2000 classic. It features his childhood Detroit home, which is also up for auction. Typically, the wordsmith was in contrary form when asked by ESPN about the new album, which is out in November, saying that “nothing” excited him about the album. 

“I’ll probably be most excited to just be done with it,” he intoned. A ringing endorsement by his standards. 

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Paul McCartney performing live in Dublin, Ireland.
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