April 17, 2006

Beatle heirs soon to be even richer

It's reported that The Beatles, or rather, what's left of them, are close to selling their songs online after years of reluctance to do so. The timing of this could have a lot to do with a lawsuit against Apple Computer. The judge's decision is expected after Easter, and I would guess it'll be in their (Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and the estate of George Harrison) favor.

Childhood friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and now managing director of Apple Corps, Neil Aspinall, says the company was digitally remastering (again again!) the entire Beatles catalog, which would pave the way for selling the songs online. It'll be interesting to see how they do this. Will it be through iTunes? Surely not! But stranger things have happened.

From the point of view of someone who already owns nearly everything the Fabs recorded, the best thing about the news is maybe now Led Zeppelin will follow.

In honor of this "historic" occasion, here they are, as they were, performing "She's a Woman" at Budokan Hall (long before Cheap Trick) in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966. The next stop on the tour was their "nightmare" visit to Manila, Philippines. Reportedly, even Paul had had enough of touring after the Far East tour.

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