BIG Music News: The Beatles, Rolling Stones

THE BEATLES:  Yellow Submarine is coming as a comic book

The Beatles have a deal for a comic book adaptation of Yellow Submarine to coincide with the animated classic's upcoming 50th anniversary.

Bill Morrison, the incoming editor of MAD magazine, will write and illustrate the special edition.

Apple Corps is partnering with Titan Comics on the project. There will also be a line of vinyl collectibles based on the film's characters. Replica versions of the band, as well as Blue Meanies, the Apple Bonker and the Four-Headed Bulldog will go on sale this summer. (Hollywood Reporter)

THE ROLLING STONES:  May be headed to Broadway

The Rolling Stones may be headed to London's West End and New York's Broadway. Not for a series of intimate shows, but to create a musical based on their catalog.

The Sun reports that top-secret workshops are under way. The paper quotes a source who says, "The workshops are being kept very much under wraps and only incredible ­talent is being invited to attend. The idea came from top ­theater execs who know the concept of a Stones musical has the potential to be a worldwide hit. But they know the show has to be outstanding for the band members to back it. Only then will it ever see the light of day -- and at the same time make the rockers an absolute fortune.”

Should this reach the stage, it would follow in the footsteps of The Four Seasons with Jersey Boys, Queen and We Will Rock You, Carole King's Beautiful and ABBA’s Mamma Mia!  A spokeswoman for the Stones was unavailable for comment.

LINDA RONSTADT:  Reissue of her classic Simple Dreams album is on the way

Linda Ronstadt will mark the 40th anniversary of her Simple Dreams album with a deluxe re-issue.

Coming September 22nd, Simple Dreams: Expanded Edition adds live recordings of "It's So Easy," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" and "Blue Bayou" that were taped for a 1980 HBO special.

Simple Dreams continued a winning streak that paved Ronstadt's way to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Containing her Top 5 reboots of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy" and Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," its other highlights included her takes on The Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" and Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me." It snapped the 29-week run at number-one by Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and went to number-one in Canada and Australia.

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