BIG Music News: The Beatles, Steve Winwood

THE BEATLES:  TV documentary as Sgt. Pepper's turns 50 this year

The Beatles are heading to PBS.

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, a BBC documentary on the making of the band's iconic album, will start airing on public broadcasting June 3rd.

In celebration of the album's 50th anniversary on June 1st, the hour-long special promises “material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road Studios, including recordings of studio chat between band members and isolated instrumental and vocal tracks.” It will also tell the story of how the album came together and its cultural impact.

And speaking of Beatles rarities, a number of previously unseen photos of the Fab Four from 1967 will go on display at the Morrison Hotel gallery in New York's SoHo neighborhood on June 17th.

STEVE WINWOOD:  Talks about his upcoming album release

Steve Winwood has revealed more details about his upcoming album, Greatest Hits Live.

Set for release in September, it will be a two-CD, four-LP set, and it's his first-ever solo live release.

It will contain 23 songs, including rare, previously unreleased material from all eras of his career, including The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic.

Among the songs on this collection are "I’m a Man," "Can’t Find My Way Home," "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys," "Back in the High Life Again," "Higher Love," "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Gimme Some Lovin'."


Toto started rehearsing for their tour this week. Guitarist Steve Lukather says they’ve “freshened up the setlist.” He also says the band’s new album is mixed and will be out early next year.

John Mellencamp has been nominated for a CMT Music Award for Performance of the Year for his duet of "Pink Houses" with Darius Rucker on CMT Crossroads. The awards show will air live from Nashville on June 7th on CMT.

Aerosmith just finished up another round of rehearsals. Bassist Tom Hamilton says they “played the crap out of some songs we haven't been playing. Lots of different stuff to play!”

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