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The Beatles Shout My Glorious Return From The Rooftop

I got back! It was a fantastic trip but I’m too tired for a full report tonight. In the meantime, please enjoy some Beatles from the rooftop concert.

 

The Dirty Mac And An Oops, Our Bad

The super group The Dirty Mac performed together only one time on December 11, 1968 for The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus TV special. This was the first time John Lennon performed without the Beatles. It’s nice to see the lad was able to muddle through somehow. =)

When I first heard “Yer Blues” I thought it was a parody. I thought John was mocking the whole blues culture notion that a song with a message of misery can make people feel better. Today I read that John said in a Rolling Stone interview that the song was not a parody. He said it was an actual reflection of his state of mind at the time he wrote it. All I have to say about that is “yipes!” Yoko “Destroyer Of Beatles” Ono has taken a lot of flack over the years. I’ve even made my fair share of jokes at her expense even though I really have nothing against the woman. But assuming she’s the “girl” mentioned in the song, she’s probably the reason we had John here with us as long as we did. I think we all owe her a big apology. I’m thinking giant cookie and balloon bouquet but I’m open to suggestions.

Jeff Beck Honors John Lennon and I Bare My Sad, Sick Soul

John Lennon would have been 70 today. He was 27 in 1967 when he and Paul McCartney wrote “A Day In The Life.” They wrote the verses separately. Paul’s focused on memories of his school days and John’s focused on current news headlines. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks the song at number 26 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

This video is from 2009 Madison Square Garden concert celebrating Jeff Beck’s second induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He closed the show with this fantastic number.

It is said that sharing shameful secrets is good for the soul. It is only by bringing the skeletons in our closets out into the bright light of day that we can see that they are not as horrible and scary as we may think and that we are still loved and lovable in spite of them. As a general rule I completely agree. Dirty little secrets can eat away at us needlessly and make us miserable. But occasionally there are secrets so horrible that we really do need to bury them down deep under dense, rocky mountains of shame and never ever share them under any circumstances. Here’s one of mine:

For several years after I saw the 1978 Bee Gees “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, I loudly proclaimed to anyone who would listen that it was not only one of the finest movies ever made but also that the Frampton/Bee Gee remakes of Beatles songs were far superior to the original Beatles versions.

Okay, okay, but in my early adolescent defense there were serious hormonal forces at work on me at the time. I was 11 so I probably started puberty, the minute the opening credits started to roll. It’s a proven scientific fact that tweenage girls imprint just like newborn baby birds. At the onset of puberty, the adolescent female will develop a hopeless crush on the very first pop idol with tight pants and a great head of hair that crosses her path.

Of course Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees have large bodies of work of which they can be immensely proud. I am still a big fan but I’m sure we can all agree that the Sgt. Pepper movie probably wasn’t one of their best career moves. But, and here’s the really terrible part, even though I no longer thinkĀ  those songs are the best possible Beatles remakes, I do still like them. Yes I know, I’ll just pop out to the shed to fetch my shovel. I’m sure we’ll all be much more comfortable once I’ve got this secret deeply stowed under Shame Mountain once again!

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