Historic events this week from U2, Brian Wilson, Queen & Paul McCartney
NOVEMBER 4, 1988: U2 RELEASES RATTLE & HUM
The hybrid studio/live album featured covers of Bob Dylan and The Beatles as well as the hits “Desire”, “Angel of Harlem”, “All I Want Is You”, and the BB King collaboration, “When Love Comes to Town”.
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NOVEMBER 5, 1982: BEACH BOYS FIRE BRIAN WILSON
Brian’s weight and addictions were out of hand by November 1982, leading the Beach Boys to fire their onetime leader and withhold tour disbursement money until he sought help.
The harrowing details of the treatment he received under Dr. Eugene Landy are laid out in Brian’s 2016 autobiography I Am Brian Wilson and the 2014 biopic Love & Mercy.
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NOVEMBER 6, 1995: QUEEN RELEASE MADE IN HEAVEN
Queen’s 15th & final studio album arrived 4 years after Freddie Mercury’s death.
Through his illness, Mercury laid down as many vocal tracks as possible, in hopes Queen would one day finish the songs.
Queen returned to the recordings in ’93 and completed the album in February ’95.
Brian May called Made In Heaven “possibly the best Queen album we ever made.” (MOJO, December 2013)
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NOVEMBER 7, 1969: “PAUL’S STILL WITH US”
The Paul Is Dead theory is one of the most complex & intriguing “conspiracies” in music.
LIFE magazine tracked “the missing Beatle” to a Scottish farm whre he spent time away from the spotlight.
He allowed LIFE to take a photo of him to dispel the rumors that he was dead.
The magazine’s cover declared Paul is still with us