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Beatles news: When 'The Beatles' opened for Pink Floyd; McCartney magazine alert

The cover of the June 2014 issue of Bass Player.
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The Beatles themselves never actually opened for Pink Floyd. But according a story on Yahoo News May 8, Andre Barreau, who plays “George Harrison” in the Bootleg Beatles tribute band, says the Floyd's David Gilmour set up a gag where his Beatles tribute opened for another tribute band, the very excellent Australian Pink Floyd, and a few friends playing with them.

“It was his (Gilmour's) gag really because he also hired the Australian Pink Floyd and his gag was that The Beatles would support Pink Floyd, which of course never happened in history," said Barreau. "And so we did the first part of the evening's entertainment and then the Australian Pink Floyd performed, with three members of the real Pink Floyd playing with them.”

The clincher to the story, though, is that the real George Harrison was in attendance. "The first thing he (Harrison) said to us was, `Who's the bootleg Brian Epstein because he's got all the money?'"

Cult movies: The latest entry in Rolling Stone's love of lists, revealed April 7, is the 25 best cult movies. One movie with a direct Beatle link made the cut. It was Number 24, “Withnail and I,” one of the film's produced by George Harrison's HandMade Films. The film also has a Beatles song in it, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

The entry noted, “This has become a hugely beloved movie in England, though most Americans have never even heard of it.” And #17, though not a Beatle's film, was by a group loved by Harrison, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Chosen was “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” a film, the magazine, said was loved by nerds and “is pretty much their official comedy.” No surprise: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was chosen as the #1 film.

Covering the basses: Paul McCartney is the cover feature of the June 2014 issue of Bass Player magazine. The cover story is titled “The Bass That Changed America.” No exaggeration there.

More honors for 'Fifth Beatle'?: “The Fifth Beatle” graphic novel could be on the verge of some very big awards. The book is nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, the industry's equivalent of the Oscars. Voting for that ends June 13. And nominations close May 19th for The Harvey Awards, another big comic award. It's also nominated for Best LGBT Graphic Novel in The 26th Annual LAMBDA Literary Awards which will be named June 2.

Mark Rivera on the air: Ringo All-Starr Band member Mark Rivera will be on the air with Scott Shannon at 8 a.m. ET Thursday on WCBS-FM talking about playing with Billy Joel and Rivera's great CD “Common Bond.”

Win Laurence Juber's book: You can win a copy of Laurence Juber's book, “Guitar With Wings” starting Saturday. Go to Ken Michael's website for details.