Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesAn appeal has been filed in the copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" one month after a Los Angeles jury ruled that the band's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the opening of their classic song from the 1968 Spirit tune "Taurus."
The Wrap reports that Michael Skidmore, who initiated the suit and oversees the trust of late Spirit frontman Randy Wolfe -- a.k.a. Randy California -- filed a notice of appeal on Saturday. During a six-week trial held last month, Skidmore's attorney argued that the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from "Taurus," an instrumental written by Wolfe, but the jury ruled that the songs weren't similar enough to constitute plagiarism.
Plant, Page and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones all took the stand during the initial trial, and testified that they weren't familiar with "Taurus." Their attorneys also argued that aspects of "Stairway to Heaven" that are similar to "Taurus" appear in many compositions that pre-date both tunes.
In conjunction with the verdict, the jury also ruled that Wolfe's trust is the rightful owner of "Taurus," and found that Led Zeppelin's members did have access to the Spirit song before before "Stairway to Heaven" was written.
Dot RecordsAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's foray into country music has gotten off to a great start, as his twangy debut solo record, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, has bowed at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums. According to Nielsen Music, the album sold 17,000 copies during its first week of release, which also was good enough for a #19 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Tyler recorded We're All Somebody from Somewhere in Nashville, co-produced the album, and co-wrote most of the songs with various collaborators. Three singles have been released from the album so far -- "Love Is Your Name," "Red, White & You," and the title track.
In early July, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched a North American solo tour in support of the album called the …Out on the Limb trek, which is mapped out through a September 13 show in Toronto.
After his solo tour winds down, Tyler will rejoin Aerosmith for a series of concerts, including a September 17 appearance at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, California, and a run of fall Latin American dates.
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesFounding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has been confirmed to play two nights during the 2016 edition of the Lockn' festival, which is scheduled from August 25 to August 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Lesh will be playing with two completely different lineups of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective on the final two days of the event.
On Saturday, August 27, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined by Phish drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell; Joe Russo, one-time drummer for the Dead spinoff group Furthur; and acoustic bluegrass band The Incredible Stringdusters. On Sunday, August 28, Lesh will team up with ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's current group, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, while acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will sit in during the set. Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Clark also will play their own sets that same day.
The 2016 Lockn' festival's headliners will be Ween on August 25, Phish on August 26 and 28, and My Morning Jacket on August 27. Other artists scheduled to perform during the four-day extravaganza include J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey's McGee and reggae greats The Wailers.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images for F1 Rocks in India with VladivaNew York's Central Park will host rock, R&B, rap, EDM and metal this September, as the Global Citizen Festival returns for its fifth year this September.
The free-ticketed festival will feature a headline performance by Metallica, as well as guest performances from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
Martin and Coldplay headlined last year's festival, and Martin himself is the Global Citizen Festival Curator. Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.
Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek and Seth Meyers will host the proceedings, which take place on September 24. Other acts on the bill include Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer and Usher.
You can get tickets for the festival by personally taking action in the fight against extreme poverty. Visit GlobalCitizen.org for details. You can also watch the event live on MSNBC or online at YouTube.
Townshend's custom Strat differs from Clapton's in that features a piezo pickup, which allows the player to switch the guitar to a more acoustic sound. Pete's tribute model also boasts a fourth control knob for mixing the electric and acoustic signals.
In a new YouTube video promoting his custom guitar, Townshend says he's been enamored with Stratocasters since his childhood because he was a fan of the famed U.K. instrumental group The Shadows, and that was the type of guitar they played.
"I just remember thinking it's a perfectly proportioned, beautifully balanced design in every respect," Pete says of the Stratocaster. "And then when you pick one up to hold it, you know that thing about it being contoured to the body…it really is."
Speaking about the added pickup, he points out, "I wanted to play acoustic guitar but sometimes I wanted to strap on a Fender Stratocaster so that the Who fans would think that I was playing electric guitar when I actually was still playing acoustic."
Townshend also notes that when he mixes the piezo pickup sound with the other pickups, "you get this singing, you get extra harmonics so I can have kind of a dirty Pete Townshend kind of sound…but with this kind of zing in it."
Only 75 custom Townshend Stratocasters are being produced, and the guitars will ship to select instrument dealers starting in September or October. You can find out more about the limited-edition guitar at FenderCustomShop.com.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalLazarus, the stage production co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh that debuted off-Broadway last November, will premiere at London's Kings Cross Theatre on October 25. The project was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, and focuses on the character Thomas Newton, whom Bowie famously portrayed in the 1976 film version of the book.
Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C. Hall, who starred in the New York City production, will reprise his role for the London version of the play. The show features a variety of classic Bowie tunes as well as the song "Lazarus," which appeared on Bowie's 2016 studio album, Blackstar.
Ivo van Hove, who directed the play's off-Broadway run, also will direct the London production. Performances of Lazarus are scheduled through January 22, 2017.
As Rolling Stone points out, Bowie's last public appearance was at Lazarus' November 18, 2015, off-Broadway opening. The sold-out production ran until January 20 of this year, 10 days after David died.
Credit: Jay BlakesbergNeil Young will be heading to the heart of the Rocky Mountains this fall to play his first shows ever in Telluride, Colorado, on September 30 and October 1. The folk-rock legend and his current backing band, Promise of the Real -- the group fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas -- will be performing on a new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Thursday, July 28, at 11 a.m. MT, while a presale at local Telluride outlets begins on Tuesday at 11 a.m., and a Neil Young fan club pre-sale starts on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
"Neil Young is in that genre and demographic that for me screams 'Telluride,'" says promoter Steve Gumble, who also founded the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. "He's been a part of many people's lives for decades. His style, his environmentalism -- it's a really good fit for Telluride."
The shows take place about two weeks after Young and Promise of the Real will play the 2016 edition of Farm Aid, which is scheduled on September 17 in Bristow, Virginia.
Neil and company will follow their Telluride gigs with October 8 and 15 performances with Paul McCartney at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California. As usual, Young also will perform at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which this year is scheduled for October 22 and 23 in Mountain View, California.
9/17 -- Bristow, VA, Farm Aid - Jiffy Lube Live 9/30 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park 10/1 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park 10/8 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Field 10/15 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Field 10/22 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tibrina Hobson/WireImageOzzy Osbourne said his very public split from wife Sharon Osbourne earlier this year was just a "bump in the road" and the two are now "back on track again."
"Oh, she's back on track again," the Black Sabbath frontman, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. “You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think.”
After tabloid reports of turbulence in their 33-year marriage, Sharon announced on CBS' The Talk in May that she had kicked her husband out of their home.
"I'm 63 years of age and I can't keep living like this," she said on the show, which she co-hosts. "I don't know where I'm going, who I'm going with. And I just need time to think."
Now, two months later, Ozzy, who has three children with Sharon, put a different perspective on their marital troubles.
"No, it's just a bump in the road," he said. "Some days it's good, some days it's terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while. But you get back on the horse, you know."
Osbourne's son, Jack, who is married with two children of his own, defended the fact that marriage is not always perfect.
"As a married person myself, you know, marriage is not like, 'Hey, we're married. All is good,'" Jack told GMA. "I mean, it's just life."
The Osbourne father and son are hitting the road together for their new, offbeat travelogue reality series, Ozzy and Jack's World Detour, which airs Sundays on the History Channel.
Parlophone RecordsAn archival David Bowie box set titled Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976), a follow-up to 2015's Five Years (1969-1973) compilation, will be released on September 23. The expansive collection will include remastered versions of four Bowie albums -- Diamond Dogs, David Live, Young Americans and Station to Station -- as well as a previously unreleased 1974 studio effort called The Gouster recorded just before Young Americans.
In addition, Who Can I Be Now? contains previously unreleased alternate mixes of David Live and Station to Station; Live Nassau Coliseum '76, a concert album previously available only on the 2010 deluxe reissue of Station to Station; and Re:Call 2, a 13-track compilation featuring non-album singles, single versions and B-sides from the 1974-1976 period.
The Gouster was produced by Tony Visconti, and was recorded and mixed in Philadelphia before Bowie headed to New York City to work with John Lennon and producer Harry Maslin on what became 1975's Young Americans. The album includes previously unreleased alternate mixes of three songs that ended up on the latter record -- "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "Can You Hear Me" and "Right" -- as well as two tunes that were first released as bonus tracks on the 1990 reissue of Young Americans.
Meanwhile, Re:Call 2 features such rarities as the original single mix of "Rebel Rebel," an Australian single edit of "Diamond Dogs," and a single edit of the version of "Rock 'n' Roll with Me" that appeared on the David Live album.
Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) will be available as a 12-CD package, a 13-LP vinyl collection and in various digital formats. The CD and vinyl editions will come packaged with a hardback book offering rare and previously unseen photos, vintage reviews and notes from Visconti and Maslin.
Here is the list of albums featured in the Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) CD and vinyl box sets:
Diamond Dogs (remastered) David Live (original mix) (two-CD, two-LP)* David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (two-CD, three-LP) The Gouster* Young Americans (remastered) Station to Station (remastered) Station to Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix)* Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (two-CD, two-LP) Re:Call 2 (remastered)*
L-R: Nancy & Ann Wilson of Heart; Michael Stewart/WireImageEvery election cycle, there’s always at least a few stories about candidates using a singer or band’s song in their campaign without the artist’s permission. Most recently, it’s the Donald Trump campaign that’s taken heat for that from Queen, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison. Now, John Oliver is giving the artists their say.
A segment that aired Sunday night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver features some A-list artists all performing “Stop Using Our Songs” -- a tongue-in-cheek, “We Are the World”-type anthem appealing to politicians to, well, stop using their songs without permission.
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Usher, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, John Mellencamp, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons all take turns singing the verses, then join in on the chorus:
“Stop using our songs, you won’t sing along/It might seem appealing, but you’re just stealing.”
The video does give candidates an alternate song they can use for free: a cat walking across an electric organ’s keys, then laying down on them for a nice nap.
Frans Schellekens/RedfernsAlmost 20 years after his death, we're going to get a feature-length documentary about the late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchenece.
Director Richard Lowenstein will both direct and produce the documentary. He goes way back with the band: he directed the music videos for "What You Need," "Listen Like Thieves," "Need You Tonight/Mediate," "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation" and other hits, as well as the short documentaries INXS: Swing and Other Stories and INXS: Kick: The Video Flick.
“I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years," Lowenstein said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.”
Hutchence died in his hotel room in Sydney, Australia in 1997. His death was ruled a suicide.
The documentary is expected to premiere late next year.
Axl Rose; Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesState troopers arrested 30 people at the Guns N’ Roses concert at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams, said, including one woman charged with assaulting two officers.
The Record of North Jersey reports that Kimberly Goodman, 30, of Matawan, N.J., was charged with aggravated assault against two state troopers in the MetLife parking lot. Those officers sustained minor injuries, according to Williams.
Williams also said that there were also 11 arrests for solicitation without a permit; nine arrests for disorderly conduct; three for criminal trespassing; two for simple assault; and one each for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, resisting arrest, open lewdness and harassment.
Saturday was the start of a two-night stand for GnR in East Rutherford, on their “Not in This Lifetime … Tour.” Saturday was also Slash’s 51st birthday.
Credit: Glenn GottliebYes launches a new long-distance U.S. runaround tonight in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On this tour, the famed prog-rockers will be playing their 1980 album Drama in its entirety, sides one and four of the band's 1973 double-disc Tales from Topographic Oceans, and a few classic tunes.
Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes is very familiar with Drama, of course, having played on the original album and tour, but he tells ABC Radio that it was a challenge to learn the long pieces from Tales from Topographic Oceans, which he'll be performing live for the first time.
"I'm actually looking forward to it," he explains, "because…once you start really focusing in on the music you start to realize what it took for these guys to put it together."
Unfortunately, Yes will be without longtime drummer Alan White for at least part of the new tour. As Downes explains, White soldiered through severe back pain during the group's recent European trek, then had to undergo surgery after the jaunt wrapped up.
"He's had the operation and everything went well," Geoff reports. "So, hopefully, we'll be seeing him sooner rather than later."
Filling in for White will be Jay Schellen, who previously worked with the Yes-related bands Conspiracy and Circa. Geoff notes that Jay "played a lot of the material that we're playing now" with those groups, so he should fit in well.
Of course, Yes experienced a major loss last year when founding bassist Chris Squire died. Downes tells ABC Radio that moving forward without Squire was tough for the band, but says his "appointed replacement," Billy Sherwood, ably "stepped up to the plate and we decided to carry on."
In spite of all the lineup changes, Downes says, "Yes seems to sort of transcend all generations and just keep going."
7/25 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre 7/27 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center 7/28 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 7/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana 7/31 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center 8/2 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 8/4 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium 8/5 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre 8/6 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 8/9 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre 8/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 8/12 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theater 8/13 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 8/14 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 8/16 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 8/17 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 8/19 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre 8/20 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center 8/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 8/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 8/26 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove 8/27 -- Las Vegas, CO, Downtown Events Center 8/28 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre 8/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theater 8/31 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/2 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino 9/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Winery 9/4 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's
Eagle Rock EntertainmentA home video documenting founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord's final performance as a member of the band, will be released as a standalone DVD and digital download for the first time ever on August 26.
Live at the NEC, which was shot at a September 14, 2002, show in Birmingham, England, previously only wasavailable as part of Deep Purple's 2008 Around the World Live box set. It features Lord joining the group's current lineup -- including his successor, Don Airey -- for a career-spanning performance.
The concert finds the band playing such classic tunes as "Hush," "Woman from Tokyo," "Space Truckin'," "Highway Star," "Perfect Strangers" and, of course, "Smoke on the Water." The show marked a symbolic passing of the torch from Lord to Airey with the latter musician handling keyboard duties by himself for the first part of the show, and Jon joining him onstage for the remainder of the gig.
The Live at the NEC video also includes bonus interviews with longtime Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. Lord died of lung cancer at the age of 71 in July 2012. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple this past April.
Meanwhile, Bombay Calling and Total Abandon -- two other Deep Purple concert videos that were first released as part of the Around the World Live collection and later were made available as standalone DVDs -- now will be released as digital videos on August 26.
Here is the full list of performances featured on the Live at the NEC video:
"Fireball" "Woman from Tokyo" "Mary Long" "Ted the Mechanic" "Lazy" "The Well Dressed Guitar" "When a Blind Man Cries" "Space Truckin' Keyboard Solo "Perfect Strangers" "Speed King" Guitar Solo "Smoke on the Water" "Hush" "Black Night" "Highway Star"
Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA new dramatic film focusing on the events immediately following the December 1980 shooting of John Lennon will premiere in select theaters on October 7, Variety reports.
The Lennon Report, which debuted in April at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, takes a look at the aftermath of the tragic event, including doctors' efforts to save the rock legend's life and the TV producer tasked with breaking the news of John's death.
The film's cast includes Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as ABC news producer Alan B. Weiss, as well as Orange Is the New Black star Adrienne C. Moore. The movie was directed and written by Jeremy Profe, who co-wrote the script with Vincent.
The Lennon Report initially will open in 10 cities -- New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. It will get a wider release on October 14.
Previous theatrical movies made about former Beatles star's murder include 2007's The Killing of John Lennon and 2008's Chapter 27.
C Flanigan/Getty ImagesDuring their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden earlier this year, Pearl Jam invited Sting on stage to sing The Police song "Driven to Tears." Now, Eddie Vedder has returned the favor.
During his show in Seattle Thursday night, Sting, who's currently on tour with Peter Gabriel, was joined by the Pearl Jam frontman for another rousing rendition of "Driven to Tears." You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Not content with just singing with Sting, Vedder also joined Gabriel for a performance of his track "Red Rain." Footage of Vedder and Gabriel together is also streaming on YouTube.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam's summer tour will continue August 5 and 7 with two shows at Boston's Fenway Park, followed by two shows at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 20 and 22. On August 27, Vedder will play a one-off solo show at the Ohana Music Festival in California.
Courtesy of Prog MagazineEx-Yes frontman Jon Andersonwill receive the prestigious Prog God prize at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards, which will take place September 1 at the Underglobe venue in London. The honor acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.
"After all these years, it's just wonderful to be getting this very special award," Anderson says in a statement. "Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I'm forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music."
He adds, "Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you."
In addition to his decades fronting Yes, which he co-founded with the late Chris Squire, Anderson has collaborated with a wide variety of artists over the years. During the year alone, he's released collaborative albums with acclaimed jazz-fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Swedish prog-rock guitarist Roine Stolt, and he will launch a tour later this year as part of the new group ARW with former Yes band mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.
Meanwhile, Anderson's recently released record with Stolt, Invention of Knowledge, has been nominated for a 2016 Progressive Music Award in the Album of the Year category. Other artists that will be vying for various awards at the event include Wakeman, David Gilmour, Rush, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. You can cast your vote for your favorite 2016 Progressive Music Awards nominees at 2016.Prog.Awards.TeamRock.com. The event is organized by the U.K.'s Prog magazine.
Credit: Claude GassianIn May, The Rolling Stones demanded that Donald Trump stop playing their music at his campaign events, but you can't always get what you want. On Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after Trump gave his acceptance speech as his party's presidential nominee, the band's classic song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played at the event.
Now The Stones have issued a statement via their Twitter feed that they "do not endorse Donald Trump," and pointing out that their tune "was used without the band's permission."
The Rolling Stones are one of many artists who have complained about Trump's unauthorized use of their music, including Queen, Neil Young, R.E.M. and The O'Jays.
In other Rolling Stones news, BBC News reports guitarist Keith Richards confirmed during a U.K. radio interview Friday that Eric Clapton did indeed do some recording for the band's upcoming studio album. Richards says his fellow British guitar legend "dropped by for a couple of numbers," during the sessions, which he added made it seem "like old times down in Richmond." The Stones and Clapton's old band The Yardbirds both used to play at the Crawdaddy Club in the Richmond section of London.
In addition, Keith revealed that the new album would be "coming out in the autumn some time," and that it would feature "a lot of Chicago blues."
As for what songs would be featured on the record, Richards said, "The titles I can't reveal at the moment, for the reason that I can't quite remember them and I haven't got a list with me."
Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood first revealed in April at the opening of the group's Exhibitionism exhibit in London that his band had been working on an album featuring various classic blues covers.
MPL Communications/MJ KimThe U.K.'s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.
The 74-year-old musician's old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.
In a video message, McCartney says the honor "feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award]."
He adds, "So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"
The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four's first album, 1963's Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.
Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 -- with pop star Robbie Williams -- with 15. Phil Collins is tied with Elvis Presley and Madonna for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums. David Bowie is #9 with 11.
McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.
Brian Rasic/WireImage"American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean pleaded guilty to assaulting his now-ex-wife, Patrisha, this past January, the Portland Press-Herald reports. The plea came Thursday as part of a plea deal in a Rockland, Maine court.
According to the newspaper, the 70-year-old musician pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief and criminal restraint. The court ruled that if McLean abides by the agreed-upon stipulations for one year, he will then be required to pay $1,000 for each count, while the domestic violence assault charge will be dismissed.
The Portland Press-Herald further reports that McLean must stay away from his ex-wife and avoid direct or indirect contact her, and is a required to undergo a mental health evaluation within 60 days, or else there will be no dismissal of the domestic violence assault charge and he may also face an open plea.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred January 18 at the McLean residence in Camden, Maine, during which Patrisha alleged that Don assaulted her and threatened her life. The singer was arrested but was released later that day on $10,000 bail. He also claimed that the charges were untrue.
Don and Patrisha later announced that they were reconciling, but in March she filed for divorce on grounds of "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment and irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized last month.
At the court proceedings on Thursday, Patrisha said in a statement, "Don took away 30 years of my life by controlling every aspect of it through violence and fear of violence," adding that she still feared him because he repeated told her he'd kill her if she left him.
Meanwhile, McLean's attorney, Walter McKee, later maintained in an email sent to the newspaper that Patrisha's statements were "provably false."