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Tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014

There’s plenty of chances to see Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr in concert this spring or summer. There have been some recent updates to Paul’s tour schedule and I’ve posted the latest list of tour dates and venues below.

 

Ringo Starr/Paul MCCartney tours in 2014

 

Paul McCartney

  • April 19: Montevideo, Uruguay – Estadio Centenario
  • April 21: Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
  • April 22: Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
  • April 25: Lima, Peru – Estadio Nacional
  • April 28: Quito, Ecuador – Estadio de Liga
  • May 1: San José, Costa Rica – Estadio Nacional
  • May 17: Tokyo, Japan, National Stadium
  • May 18: Tokyo, Japan, National Stadium
  • May 24: Osaka, Japan, Yanmar Stadium Nigai
  • June 14: Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
  • June 16: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • June 19: New Orleans, LA ­ Smoothie King Center
  • June 21: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • June 22: Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
  • June 25: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • June 26: Louisville, KY ­ Yum! Center
  • July 5: Albany, NY ­ Times Union Center
  • July 7: Pittsburgh, PA ­ Consol Energy Center
  • July 9: Chicago, IL – United Center
  • August 7: Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

Ringo Starr & The All-Starr Band (w/Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette)

  • June 6: Ontario, Canada
  • June 7: Canandaigua, NY
  • June 8: Williamsport, PA
  • June 10: Albany, NY
  • June 11: Westbury, NY
  • June 12: Vienna, VA
  • June 14: Wallingford, CT
  • June 15: Providence, RI
  • June 17: New York, NY
  • June 18: New York, NY
  • June 20: Red Bank, NJ
  • June 21: Atlantic City, NJ
  • June 22: Durham, NC
  • June 24: Buffalo, NY
  • June 25: Verona, NY
  • June 27: Detroit, MI
  • June 28: Chicago, IL
  • June 29: Cleveland, OH
  • July 1: Toledo, OH
  • July 2: Dayton, OH
  • July 3: Tunica, MS
  • July 5: Thackerville, OK
  • July 9: Albuquerque, NM
  • July 11: San Diego, CA
  • July 12: Santa Barbara, CA
  • July 13: San Jose, CA
  • July 15: Vancouver, BC
  • July 16: Woodenville, WA
  • July 19: Los Angeles, CA

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Ringo Starr Tour Dates for 2014

With Ringo Starr heavily in the news these days after his appearance with Paul McCartney at the Grammys, I thought it a good time to announce the dates for his upcoming summer tour as well so those who are interested can make their plans.

The All-Starrs will be along for the ride and the line-up remains: Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr.Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey) and Gregg Bissonette.

 

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

 

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The U.S. Albums Box Set – A final word on mixes used

This past week as the new Beatles box set The U.S. Albums was coming out, I published a little comparison of 37 tracks and whether certain aspects matched up with the versions heard on the original U.S. releases (see here). After word got out that this collection of 13 U.S. Beatles albums would largely be sourced from the recent 2009 remasters instead of the Capitol master tapes where they were sourced originally, Beatles fans all over the Internet began to talk about whether these unique Americanisms in the mixes would still be there. I’m talking about things like the false starts in “I’m Looking Through You” or the extra verse in “I’ll Cry Instead.” These interesting anomalies were heard on the original American albums but missing on the U.K. versions that the 2009 remasters were previously prepared for. Unfortunately, a few people took my posted results in a way I did not intend and actually thought I was criticizing the way certain tracks did not match up. The truth of the matter is that I applaud the new set and feel it offers improved versions of the original U.S. albums.

 

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

 

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The U.S. Albums Box Set – A comparison with the original Capitol releases

See an update to this information here.

Last week I announced a few details about the upcoming 13-CD box set The U.S. Albums (full article here). I explained there how and why Apple has – at least for the most part – created each album by re-sequencing the remasters issued in 2009 instead of using the original Capitol master tapes that were used in the sixties. There are a few tracks that had unique edits and various overdub differences between the U.S. versions and the ones heard on the U.K. based 2009 remasters and for a handful of these, the Capitol remasters are used.

 

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

 

There’s been a lot of discussion and debate among Beatles fans with most of the opinion that it would have been much better to give it to us the way it originally was in sixties as the earlier two 4-CD Capitol box sets did. But just how different is the new set when compared to the original releases? Now that the set is on the shelves, so to speak, I am addressing that question in a brass tacks manner with an album-by-album, track-by-track series of comparison tests for 36 recordings that differed somehow between the U.S. and 2009 re-issued U.K. releases. If they match, it’s a pass and if they don’t, it’s a fail. Some of these differences you may call trivial (like fade out times, and minor mixing tweaks made over the years, etc.) but they provide a good reference point as to how close to the originals the new set is. Let’s take it one album at a time.

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The U.S. Albums box set – a more detailed look

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

The Beatles US Albums 13-CD Box Set released on Jan. 20/21, 2014

 

Last month I announced here that on January 20, 2014 (Jan. 21 in U.S.), Apple will release The US Albums – a new Beatles 13-CD box set that contains mono and stereo versions of all of the unique Capitol albums released by The Beatles. Since then, The Beatles Rarity Headquarters has been inundated with questions about this new release – mostly concerning the mixes used. I thought an update was in order but first a little recap.

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The Beatles Rarity Holiday Contest 2013 Solution

Before taking down the Holiday Contest in a few days I want to thank everyone again who tried it out and glad for those of you who won a prize. If you did not win one – you’ll likely get another chance in 2014. If you never got a chance to try the puzzle, you can do so through December 31, 2013, but it’s just for fun at this point since the prizes are now long gone (click here to try it now). For those that are interested, I am now providing all the answers to the puzzle. If you tried it and got stuck and just want to know the answers then read on. Otherwise, I’m giving you the spoiler warning now.

The Beatles with music publisher Dick James at EMI Studio 2

The Beatles with music publisher Dick James at EMI Studio 2

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