December 7, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of November 29, 2015, Ringo Starr's first drum kit, which dates back to 1963, sold for a whopping $2.2 million at auction. Other historic Beatles memorabilia on the auction block included Starr's copy of The Beatles' "White Album," the first one ever printed, which sold for $790,000.
Also that week, a new larger than life-size statue of The Beatles was unveiled in their hometown of Liverpool on the 50th anniversary of their last performance in that city (December 5, 1965).
KC & The Sunshine Band recently released their first-ever Christmas album titled "A Sunshine Christmas" which includes both new original holiday songs and covers of old chestnuts. Several of Pink Floyd's earliest songs were also recently re-released as a limited edition vinyl EP titled "Pink Floyd 1965 -- Their First Recordings." Also, a new vinyl box set of Eric Clapton's early studio albums titled "The Studio Album Collection 1971-1980" will be coming out in January.
Bruce Springsteen will be launching a North American tour this January with The E Street Band in support of the recent reissued 1980 album, "The River." Steven Tyler announced a series of solo concerts beginning next February. Also, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull will be returning to the U.S. next April for a series of performances of his new rock opera, "Jethro Tull," based on the life of the 18th century agriculturalist after whom his band was named.
Also that week, it was announced that Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Fogerty will be joining the lineup for "Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert," to be broadcast December 19 on AMC. Dolly Parton's autobiographical "Coat Of Many Colors" movie will air December 10, 2015 on NBC. Also, "Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia" is currently being shown on PBS and will continue to be shown throughout the month of December as part of this network's annual pledge drive.
Finally, The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album turned 50 on December 3, 2015.
Below is some rare footage from Bob Dylan's 1965-1966 European tour as featured in "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" from the soon-to-be-released "The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966."
December 1, 2015: 'Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia' Airing On PBS
"Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia," a new orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera, is currently being shown on PBS and will continue to be shown throughout the month of December as part of this network's annual pledge drive. "Classic Quadrophenia" stars Alfie Boe as Jimmy and features musical accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
December 1, 2015: Ian Anderson To Bring 'Jethro Tull' Rock Opera Back To U.S.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull will be returning to the U.S. next spring for a series of performances of his new rock opera, "Jethro Tull," based on the life of the 18th century agriculturalist after whom his band was named. This upcoming trek begins on April 1, 2016 in Waukegan IL and ends on April 16 in Atlanta, GA, with stops in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For more info, visit JethroTull.com.
December 1, 2015: Steven Tyler Schedules First Solo Concerts For 2016
Steven Tyler announced two solo concerts to take place on March 29 and 31, 2016 in Niagara Falls, Canada. He will also be giving a solo performance on February 6 in New Orleans at the Endymion Extravaganza. These performances, to be backed by the Nashville-based Loving Mary, are the first of what is expected to be a tour in support of his upcoming debut solo album.
December 1, 2015: Dolly Parton 'Coat Of Many Colors' Movie To Air On NBC
On December 10, 2015, Dolly Parton's autobiographical "Coat Of Many Colors" movie based on her 1971 hit will air on NBC. Besides making several TV appearances in support of this upcoming film, Parton has also made a movie titled "Jolene" based on her 1974 hit of the same name which will also be shown on NBC at some later date.
December 2, 2015: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty To Join In John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert
A tribute concert in honor of the 75th birthday of the late and great John Lennon titled "Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert" is set to take place on December 5, 2015 at NYC's Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast December 19 on AMC. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will make special video appearances, and John Fogerty will also join the lineup of featured performers.
December 3, 2015: Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul’ Turns 50
On December 3, 1965, The Beatles' album, "Rubber Soul," was first released in the U.K., and its 50 year anniversary is being observed worldwide. Highlights of this seminal album include such classic songs as "Drive My Car," "In My Life," "Girl," "Michelle," and "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)."
December 3, 2015: KC & The Sunshine Band Release First Christmas Album
KC & The Sunshine Band recently released their first-ever Christmas album titled "A Sunshine Christmas." Highlights of this 12-track collection include new original Christmas tunes such as "Let's Go Dancing With Santa" and "Jingle Bell Boogie" as well as covers of various old chestnuts.
December 3, 2015: New Beatles Statue Unveiled In Liverpool
A new larger than life-size statue of The Beatles based on photos of the band taken in 1963 is set to be unveiled in their hometown of Liverpool, England on December 4, 2015. This event will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band's last performance in Liverpool, which took place at the Liverpool Empire on December 5, 1965. The statue was a gift from the Cavern Club, the famous venue where The Beatles often performed before they became internationally famous.
December 4, 2015: Bruce Springsteen To Launch 'The River' Tour
Bruce Springsteen will soon be launching a North American tour with The E Street Band in support of the recent reissued 1980 album, "The River." This upcoming 24-trek begins on January 16, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA and ends on March 17 in Los Angeles, with additional stops in Pennsylvania and California, as well as in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin, plus Ontario, Canada.
December 4, 2015: New Eric Clapton Vinyl Box Set To Be Released
A new vinyl box set of Eric Clapton's early studio albums will be coming out on January 29, 2016. Titled "The Studio Album Collection 1971-1980," this collection includes "Eric Clapton" (1970), "Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs" (1970, Derek And The Dominos), "461 Ocean Boulevard" (1974), "There's One In Every Crowd" (1975), "No Reason To Cry" (1976), "Slowhand" (1977), "Backless" (1978), and "Another Ticket" (1981). Highlights include such classic hits as "After Midnight", "Cocaine," "Layla," "Bell Bottom Blues," "I Shot The Sheriff," and "Lay Down Sally."
December 5, 2015: Pink Floyd's Early Songs Re-released
Several of Pink Floyd's earliest songs were recently re-released as a limited edition vinyl EP to commemorate their 50th anniversary. Titled "Pink Floyd 1965 -- Their First Recordings," this collection includes five Pink Floyd-penned songs, "Lucy Leave," "Double O Bo," "Remember Me," "Butterfly," and "Walk With Me Sydney," plus a cover of Slim Harpo's "I'm A King Bee."
December 5, 2015: Ringo Star Drum Kit Sells For $2.2 Million At Auction
Ringo Starr's first drum kit recently sold for a whopping $2.2 million at Julien's Auctions in Santa Barbara, CA. This historic instrument, which dates back to 1963, was used in over 200 Fab Four live performances and was also used to record such early classics as "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
December 5, 2015: Ringo Starr's 'White Album' Copy Sells At Auction For $790,000
On December 5, 2015, Ringo Starr's copy of The Beatles' "White Album," the first one ever printed, sold for a record-breaking $790,000 at Julien's Auctions in Santa Barbara, CA. Other Beatles memorabilia that sold at auction included Starr's Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit from 1963 at $2.2 million, a Rickenbacker guitar given to him by Lennon which sold for $910,000, his drum kit from the "Hello Goodbye" video which sold for $112,000, and his suit from "A Hard Day's Night" which sold for $50,000.