JUST WATCHING THE WHEELS: Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune wrote a blog Wednesday about interviewing Cheap Trick at SXSW. In it, guitarist Rick Nielsen talked about working with John Lennon on “Double Fantasy.” He and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos worked on three tracks with Lennon. Nielsen told Kot, “He let us play how we play and it was fun. But our [heavier] tracks didn’t fit in with the rest of the album” and went unreleased. There’s a video on YouTube here with Cheap Trick’s rocking version of “Losing You” and some great animation.
PETER ASHER AS AN “IDOL” JUDGE?: There is a Facebook group that wants Peter and Gordon’s Peter Asher to replace Simon Cowell on “American Idol.” Yes, seriously. The group is called “Yes it’s brilliant – Peter Asher should be the new American Idol Judge.” Makes more sense, certainly, than bringing in Howard Stern.
HARRISON DOCUMENTARY MAY GET RELEASED IN U.S.: Showbiz 411 has reported that Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary will be aired in the U.K. and may be out in theaters here. “We’ve talked to everyone. We did Paul and Ringo, and Olivia Harrison. She’s the one who gave us the rights for this,” Scorsese told Showbiz 411.
SAD NEWS: Alex Chilton of the Box Tops (“The Letter”) has passed away at 59. We wrote about this on the Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll Examiner side.
MORE SAD NEWS: Gerald Roberts, a man who helped make the Beatles’ 1966 appearance in Boston possible, has died, reports the Boston Globe. The Globe recounts that Roberts negotiated to hold the concert at Suffolk Downs with entrepreneur Bill Veeck for $1,000. “I returned his call and after a barrage of choice expletives he screamed, ‘You never told me it was the Beatles,’ ’’ Roberts wrote in notes for a planned book, the Globe obituary says.
AND MORE: Charlie Gilllett, a BBC DJ and author of the seminal rock history book “The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll” that discussed the Beatles and many others, has died at 68, reported the BBC. Our condolences for all of the passings we’ve mentioned.
FINAL DAYS: Tim Piper’s “Just Imagine” John Lennon tribute is ending March 28 at the Platinum Theater in Los Angeles. For tickets, http://www.justimaginetheshow.com/.
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