Ringo Starr reacted angrily to hearing that nicknames inspired by the Beatles were being used to identify ISIS terrorists, the London Evening Standard reported Thursday. “It's b--------,” he said. “What they are doing out there is against everything The Beatles stood for. If we stood for anything we never stood for that. The four of us absolutely stood for peace and love. But we are not in control.” A former captive told of the names, including “Jihadi John.”
A very spiffy looking Ringo was in London for the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Awards, where he was honored for his humanitarian work. Photos of his appearance at the ceremony and the opening of the first John Varvatos store the following day are in the slideshow.
Chart news: In the Sept. 13 Billboard charts, published Friday, the Beatles have a very small presence. Their “Abbey Road” album is at #15 on the Vinyl Albums chart.
George Harrison tribute: A benefit concert in memory of George Harrison, called he show, titled “The Best Fest Presents George Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison,” will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The list of talent is led by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Ann Wilson of Heart, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Dhani Harrison. Proceeds benefit the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to Benefit Sweet Relief.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The show is a benefit for the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to Benefit Sweet Relief.
OxTango update: Several people have noticed that the website for OxTango Music has been down. The company issued the recent Beatles “Star Club” set and just announced several new Beatles live discs.
When asked about the situation, a spokesman told Beatles Examiner, "Contrary to current appearances, OxTango Music isn't going anywhere and remains a viable, long-term concern. We remain steadfast in our mission to service our customers with products of unsurpassed quality that extend and enhance the reputation of the works in question."