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Video: Foo Fighters Perform The Beatles’ “Come Together” with Liam Gallagher and Joe Perry

posted by Oscar October 8, 2017

The epic inaugural edition of the Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 17 festival took place this weekend with a bill that included Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Royal Blood, The Kills, Liam Gallagher and the Foos themselves. The latter two united forces and recruited Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to perform a live cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Liam Gallagher has always been known to be a major fan of the Fab Four and Foo Fighters lead singer has a growing working friendship/relationship with former Beatle, Paul McCartney, so this was a dope way to celebrate their admiration for their iconic group.

Check out the performance above.

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Video: The Last Shadow Puppets Cover The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

posted by Oscar March 25, 2016

The Last Shadow Puppets are gearing towards the release of their latest project Everything You’ve Come to Expect, and last night they kicked off their tour with a show in Cambridge, England.

The setlist featured something more for fans to take away from the show… That being a live cover from Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Beatles’ Abbey Road tune “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

Peep that scorching rendition above via Live Nation TV.


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Video: Dave Grohl Performs The Beatles’ “Blackbird” at ‘The Oscars’

posted by Oscar February 29, 2016

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was present at last night’s Oscars, where he hit the stage play a cover of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the “In Memoriam” portion of the award show.

The performance was gorgeous and it was a fitting way to pay our respects to some of the big stars we lost over the last year like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Leonard Nimoy. Check out the tribute above.

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Kurt Cobain – “And I Love Her” (The Beatles Cover)

posted by Oscar April 21, 2015

Kurt Cobain

Director Brett Morgen’s full access to the personal archives of the late Kurt Cobain for his new documentary Montage of Heck has delivered yet another gem in a newly surfaced cover of a Beatles track. Raw sound footage has been uploaded to YouTube featuring the Nirvana frontman playing a cover of “And I Love Her.”

The new documentary features all sorts of rarities that never previously saw the light of day including home videos, artwork, photography, journals, and unreleased recordings and demos.

Hear Cobain’s acoustic cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” below. Continue Reading

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Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney Cover)

posted by Oscar November 6, 2014

The Art Of McCartney

The latest song to drop from the Paul McCartney tribute cover album is Billy Joel’s rendition of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” The song largely stays true to the original, but Joel’s version has a nice contemporary spin to the classic love song but with a proper upgrade on the energy. The new guitar work is definitely defining update.

Just another reminder of how awesome McCartney is as a songwriter. Also, a couple of days ago the organizers behind this project also shared Chrissie Hynde’s rendition of the Macca-penned Beatles staple “Let It Be,” which in itself is a thrilling cover.

Hear both of the new Art of McCartney tracks below. Continue Reading

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Video: Lauryn Hill – “Something” [The Beatles Cover] (Live on ‘Letterman’)

posted by Oscar February 8, 2014

For the final installment of “Beatles Tribute Week” on The Late Show with David Letterman, the show featured none other than Lauryn Hill covering “Something.” Written by “the quiet Beatle,” this song has been considered one of the best ever (definitely in my top 10 list) and even Frank Sinatra thought it to be the band’s best love song. Lauryn Hill’s version was pretty good as well. Compared to the original, this cover had a sped up tempo and even feels like it has a faint Caribbean twist. See that above.

The week-long tribute was celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America with performances from Broken Bells, Sting, Flaming Lips, and Lenny Kravitz at The Ed Sullivan Theater, where The Beatles first played to American audiences and is now the studio where Letterman currently tapes. Don’t miss the two-hour special, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on CBS featuring Alicia Keys, John Legend, Gary Clark, Jr., and John Mayer are some of the big stars set to perform that evening.

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Video: Sting feat. Ivy Levan – “Drive My Car” (Live on ‘Letterman’)

posted by Oscar February 5, 2014

For the second night of  “Beatles Tribute Week” at Late Show with David Letterman, Sting called on guests Ivy Levan and Mike Einsinger to help him perform “Drive My Car.” The original number, as heard on Rubber Soul, helped define the path that Rock would take in the second half of the ’60s and their cover was a straight-on rendition. While not an imaginative cover like Monday’s Broken Bells cover of “And I Love Her” and the vocals were “OK,” the music makes it worth a view. See it above.

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The Flaming Lips – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Beatles Cover)

posted by Oscar December 30, 2013

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The Flaming Lips will be playing New Year’s Eve in Aspen’s Belly Up. The show, featuring a set list of John Lennon-led Beatles songs, will be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio Jam On will broadcast the show. Some of the tracks the OKC band have been rehearsing include “Tomorrow Never Knows,” ”Come Together,” “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except for Me and My Monkey,” “Across the Universe,” and “Dear Prudence.

One of the tracks the Lips are set to play, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” was actually recorded and you can hear their trippy cover below. Continue Reading

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Video: Mumford and Sons & Others – “…Help From My Friends” (The Beatles Cover) at Glastonbury 2013

posted by Oscar July 1, 2013

Mumford and Sons Glastonbury 2013

Modern Folk Rockers Mumford & Sons closed out Glastonbury 2013 in great fashion with a massive cover of a Beatles classic. With a little help (ha! good one, me) from members of the Vaccines, First Aid Kit, and Vampire Weekend, the UK band played The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends.” While this performance was definitely awesome, it was technically a cover of Joe Cocker’s cover of the Beatles’ song he and his band famously played at the original Woodstock. Which gets me thinking, am I the only one that prefers the peppier, less dramatic sounds of the original?

Most importantly, this all-star performance makes a good case for attending music festivals; there’s always a chance you’ll get to witness a bit of magic in the name of Rock & Roll.

(Pigeons and Planes)