In the latest Billboard charts for the week of April 19 released publicly on April 11, The Beatles “1” album sits at #157 on the Billboard 200, down from the previous week when it was at #143. The album also is at #26 on the Catalog Albums chart, down nine spots from #17 the previous week.
Brian Epstein inducted in Rock Hall: Peter Asher inducted Brian Epstein in the Rock Hall of Fame Thursday night. In his speech, quoted by Ultimate Classic Rock, he said, “Brian loved, protected and respected the Beatles. He took his responsibilities extremely seriously…. His biggest fear was letting the Beatles down in any way, whatsoever.” A lengthy story by Los Angeles Times music writer Randy Lewis on what it took to get Epstein inducted was published Thursday in the Los Angeles Times.
More to come from Paul: Beatles Examiner is hearing that the four U.S. shows announced by Paul McCartney this week will not be the only ones. We're also hearing that he will be playing cities he has not played before. Guitarist Brian Ray tweeted Friday morning, "I'm getting pretty excited to tour with Paul and the guys.. It just sort of hits you, after weeks of prepping and practice. Hope to see you all #OutThere soon."
Really big shoe: Meanwhile, Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson thanked fans on Facebook for all the love after he broke his toe and posted a picture of himself wearing a special shoe.. “Thanks for all of the toe sympathy! Ahh, the little landmarks of our lives.”
“Things We Said Today”: You still have time to hear the latest “Things We Said Today” show with author Chuck Gunderson (“Some Fun Tonight!”). Coming Saturday at noon ET will be the next show with former L.A. radio deejay Dave Hull, who recently published his 576-page autobiography, “Hullabaloo! The Life and (Mis)adventures of L.A. Radio Legend Dave Hill.”
Hull was at KRLA during the Beatlemania years and talks about an interview he did with the Beatles at Los Angeles International Airport, and reveals the person who gave him all sorts of Beatles insider secrets that he passed onto radio listeners. It's a great show, if we do say so ourselves.
O, say can you hear!: Ringo Starr All-Starr Mark Rivera played the National Anthem before Thursday's opening game in the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series at Yankee Stadium that the Yanks won 4-1. Rivera tweeted a picture after the game.
“What a Blast last night was. Playing the National Anthem for The Yankees and bringing them a Little Luck. A 4-1 win over The Red Sox. Thanks so much to the organization for making me feel Right At Home,” he said on Facebook.
Surprise, surprise?: Fellow All-Starr Gregg Bisonnette dropped a hint Wednesday on Twitter that he has a big announcement to make. He told followers to check back, but there's been no word yet.
Paul is alive: In her weekly Friday Q&A on her Imagine Peace website, Yoko Ono was asked “Yoko, did John ever tell you the truth if Paul McCartney was really killed in a car crash years ago and was replaced by another look alike? I doubt he did but I will ask anyhow.” Her answer: “I just spoke with Paul a few days ago. He is definitely alive and well. And getting wiser and wiser. Writing good new songs.”