O M G! Before I go any further, my deepest gratitude to Anne Raso and Gail Worley for getting me into such a marvelous event. Ringo Starr was in New York to celebrate an exhibit of his art. As you can imagine, the gallery was packed to the rafters with art aficionados, Beatles fans and press all trying to get a piece of a living legend. As Ringo was making his way out of the gallery, I made my move and asked for a photo. Because he was utterly mobbed, he said “if you can take it as I walk, it’s ok.” As I was trying to get my shot, a ton of people crowded in and it became quite a mess. I ended up getting pushed into other people and I nearly tripped over someone. Ringo saw the transaction and said “that’s not peace love and understanding” and kept walking. Though it was not entirely my fault, I apologized to Ringo Starr because the last thing I’d ever want to do is make a Beatle upset. It was not looking likely that he was going to stop now and I was certain that my opportunity was nearly blown. What happened next was sort of dumb luck, but it ended up working out perfectly! One of the security guards with Ringo literally grabbed my shirt and was trying to push me out of the way. It was unnecessary and excessive force and I yelled out “Hey! That is not peace love and understanding either!” Ringo saw what happened and he stopped and let me get my photo! WOW! What a class act! Ringo – thanks for being so cool and of course for being in the best band of all time! This is a night I will never forget!
Are you familiar with Carney? Of course if you read this site, you’re already in the know (and you’re welcome!) If you do not know the music of Carney, today is your lucky day. This band is great! When lead singer Reeve Carney has a day off from being the lead in Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway, he moonlights in his rock and roll band with his brother Zane. They are great performers and if you like what you are about to watch (which you will), you should definitely pick up Carney’s album “Mr. Green, Volume 1.”
Carney is extra awesome because as you are about to see, they tackle covering two of the greatest songs of all time, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” by two of the greatest bands of all time – Queen and The Beatles. Their versions of both songs are fantastic! After seeing this video, you’ll agree that when Carney play in your town, they should not be missed under any circumstance.
New York Beatles fans will want to head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before June 30, 2011 to see a very rare artifact from the Fab Four. Taken from Ringo Starr’s personal collection, the Met is displaying a gold drum that was presented to Ringo by the Ludwig Drum Company in 1964. When The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Ringo was such a fan of Ludwig Drums, he insisted that the brand name be shown on camera. Sales of Ludwig drums went through the roof after the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and as a thank you, the Ludwig Drum Company made and presented Ringo Starr with a drum made out of gold.
Ringo and The Beatles with the gold drum.
The drum is on display at The Met (located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York) through June 30, 2011. The golden drum is located in the Andre Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments.
The Smoking Series by Michael Houghton. Showing for a limited time at 19 Kenmare Street in NYC.
Combine the worlds of art and music with a smokin’ hot pop-up exhibit in New York by Michael Houghton. Entitled “Smoking Series,” you’ll see many rock and roll gods depicted – having a cigarette. The Beatles, David Bowie, The Clash, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger are just a few of the works on display at the pop-up gallery. This exhibit of smoking rock and roll legends is anything but a drag.
The Beatles by Michael Houghton
The exhibit is located at 19 Kenmare Street in New York. As my luck would have it, artist Michael Houghton was in the gallery. He advised that the exhibit will probably only be up until the middle of May, 2011, so you don’t have much time to see these cool works of art in person.
You can see a photo of the artist in front of a few more of his works, after the jump.