In The News: Sir Paul is named an ultimate legend and more

TRIBUTE CONCERTThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual “American Music Masters” series honored guitar legend Les Paul at a sold-out tribute concert Nov. 15 at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare’s State Theater. Paul was joined onstage by artists including James Burton, Duane Eddy, Billy Gibbons, The Ventures, Jennifer Batten, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Eric Carmen, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Kaye, Steve Lukather, Alannah Myles, Richie Sambora and Slash

REUNION… Former Rainbow members Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Tony Carey (keyboards), Bobby Rondinelli (drums) and Greg Smith (bass) have united with guitarist J.R. Blackmore (son of former Rainbow founder/guitarist Ritchie Blackmore) to form Over The Rainbow. The band will begin touring in Russia during February of 2009. For an expanded story, visit www.goldminemag.com

NEW RELEASES… Five days before he takes the stage at the Super Bowl, Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will release Working on a Dream, a new album written and recorded during breaks in their concert tour…

LAW AND ORDER… Fort Lupton, Colo., Municipal Judge Paul Sacco says his novel punishment for noise violators has cut down on the number of repeat offenders. About four times a year, those guilty of noise ordinance violations are required to sit in a room and listen to music from the likes of Barry Manilow, Barney the Dinosaur and The Platters (crooning “Only You.”)… Travis Barker has sued companies linked to the Learjet that crashed Sept. 19 in South Carolina, injuring him and artist DJ AM and killing two friends plus two pilots. He is seeking more than $25,000 in damages…

MOTOWN…
Vanity Fair is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Motown with an oral history and portfolio, presenting stories and images from Hitsville, USA, told by people who were there, including Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy Jr., Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, The Temptations’ Otis Williams and The Four Tops’ Abdul “Duke” Fakir. The issue is on newsstands now…

BEATLES NEWS…
Vatican media are praising The Beatles’ musical legacy and sounding philosophical about John Lennon’s boast that the band was more popular than Jesus. Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano recalls that Lennon’s comment outraged many when he made it in 1966. But it says in its Nov. 22, 2008, edition that the remark can be written off now as the bragging of a young man wrestling with unexpected success… Paul McCartney says it’s time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. He wants to release “Carnival of Light,’’ a 14-minute track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band played the recording for an audience just once. McCartney had wanted to include the track on the Beatles’ Anthology compilation but was vetoed by his bandmates. McCartney would need permission from Ringo Starr and the widows of Lennon and George Harrison to release the track… For the first time, The Beatles’ music will be featured in

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