LONDON (AP) — Boxes that sat forgotten in a storage locker in Florida were auctioned off by the storage company. Only then did the buyer open the boxes and discover what is being dubbed “the lost archive” of the Beach Boys, one of America’s greatest and most commercially successful bands.
The collection of thousands of documents included what seems to be the band’s first royalty check, for $990, dozens of signed contracts, and handwritten and copied scores to “Good Vibrations”, “California Girls” and many other hits from their heyday in the 1960s.
“We thought it would be a crime to break it up,” said Ted Owen, who heads the Fame Bureau, the London-based firm handling the sealed-bid auction, which ends on May 15.
There is no firm reserve price, but Owen said the “single sale” approach may be scrapped if bids don’t meet expectations.
Rush jams into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Canadian rockers were welcomed into the musical fraternity at Thursday’s 28th annual induction ceremony by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.
“We’ve been saying for a long time that this wasn’t a big deal,” said drummer-lyricist Neil Peart. “It turns out, it kind of is.”
Rush gained entry following its first appearance on the ballot after repeatedly being left off the list since gaining eligibility in 1998, to the great consternation of the legion of Rush fans who cried bias against progressive rock.
Rush was among this year’s eight eclectic inductees, which also included fellow classic rockers Heart, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, rap group Public Enemy, disco queen Donna Summer, bluesman Albert King, and producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.
Country star George Jones hospitalized
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star George Jones has been hospitalized.
Jones postponed weekend concerts after doctors admitted him to a Nashville hospital on Thursday.
A news release says Jones had a fever and irregular blood pressure during a routine checkup.
The 82-year-old singer, considered one of the genre’s greatest singers, is in the midst of a yearlong goodbye tour that wraps up in November in Nashville. He has occasionally canceled or postponed shows in the last year because of health issues.
Prince Harry to lead a team to the South Pole
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry says he will take part in a race to the South Pole, leading a team of wounded British military personnel against counterparts from Australia, Canada, and the United States.
In a tongue-in-cheek challenge to his competitors, the 28-year-old royal said Friday that he would have a cup of tea “ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”
Harry and his fellow teammates are taking part in the 208-mile (335-kilometer) Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in November and December of this year — at the height of the Antarctic summer.