Paul McCartney on the Olympics opening ceremony

Paul McCartney at the 2012 Olympics

Paul McCartney, whose Twitter account rarely is from him personally, made an exception to the rule to comment on the Olympics opening ceremony he played on Friday night.

“Thanks for the great response guys! Tonight was terrific, great, really cool. It was a trip and very exciting. It was a great opening ceremony! Didn’t realize Her Majesty was such a good parachutist!”

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via Paul McCartney on the Olympics opening ceremony: ‘terrific, great, really cool’ – National Beatles | Examiner.com.

Darlene Love Suffers Heart Attack

Darlene Love

Singer Darlene Love had a heart attack over the weekend without even realizing what was happening.

As WCBSFM reports, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was about to perform at Tim McLoone’s in Asbury Park, N.J., when she started experiencing stomach pains and acid reflux. She did the show after her husband gave her aspirin, but the pain got worse the following day.

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via Darlene Love Suffers Heart Attack, Performs Show Anyway – Spinner.

The Beach Boys’ Last Wave

The Beach Boys in 2012

The Beach Boys’ founding members, Brian Wilson, 69, and Mike Love, 71, are relaxing at a casino steakhouse in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner together is not an everyday thing for Love and Wilson. Or even an every-decade thing. The last holiday together Love remembers was Thanksgiving ’99. “I invited him up,” Love says. “He said, ‘Yeah, Mike. Family first.’ ” But it’s usually not like that. The Southern California cousins have been estranged for much of the Beach Boys’ career, their relationship fractured by disagreements over the group’s musical direction and hard-fought lawsuits, mostly instigated by Love, over issues like songwriting credits and some of the pettiest financial squabbles imaginable. “Our family’s been pretty screwed up,” says Wilson, who himself has battled mental illness since the Sixties. “It’s sad.”

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via The Beach Boys’ Last Wave | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Bobby Rydell Recovering From Organ Transplant Surgery

Bobby Rydell in hospital for organ transplant

Entertainer Bobby Rydell is expected to be released later today from a center city hospital. The ’60s teen idol underwent life saving organ transplants.

“Frankie Avalon called me the other day — he went to church, prayed,” Rydell said.

Bobby Rydell, 70, was counting his blessings.

“It’s truly a miracle,” he said.

Bobby Rydell, whose real name is Robert Ridarelli, needed a new liver and kidney. His doctor was not expecting him to live much longer without transplant surgery.

“Maybe a month,” Rydell recalls.

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via Bobby Rydell Recovering From Organ Transplant Surgery « CBS Philly.

Ringo Starr: 72 and still going strong!

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band in Clearwater, FL, July 2012

Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on July 7, 2012 in Tennessee, first at the Hard Rock Nashville—where at 12:00 noon local time he asked the world to join him in a wish for Peace & Love—and then at the Ryman Auditorium, where he performed with the 13th edition of his All Starr Band. Members of the group this year, along with Ringo, are Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette, and newbies Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie.

One of the stops on Ringo’s tour was Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, on July 1. I had the pleasure of attending that concert and have uploaded the photos I took to an album on Facebook. Click here to check them out; no Facebook account or login required!

The happiest of birthdays to my favorite Beatle. Here’s to many more years of music, entertainment … and Peace & Love.

Concert review: The Beach Boys show Phoenix that they are still cruisin’

Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys

They were a band. Take them for all in all. We shall not look upon their like again. With apologies to Shakespeare, watching The Beach Boys perform Saturday night, July 7, 2012 at the Grand Canyon University Arena, one felt as if they were witnessing history. (Read more by clicking the link below)

via Concert review: The Beach Boys show Phoenix that they are still cruisin’ – Mesa Classic Rock Music | Examiner.com.