Music News: George Harrison's first electric guitar going up for auction


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George Harrison’s first electric guitar is going up for auction, where it's estimated to fetch $200,000 to $300,000. The Beatles were still called the Quarrymen when Harrison started playing the Hoffner Club 40 after trading his acoustic guitar to Ray Ennis of the Swinging Blue Jeans ("Hippy Hippy Shake").

Harrison's axe won't even be the most valuable guitar sold at the May 19 auction in New York. A Telecaster owned by Robbie Robertson and played by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Harrison is expected to sell for about twice as much. (Billboard)

NEW YORK (AP) — George Harrison’s first electric guitar is up for auction. Julien’s Auctions says Harrison played the Hoffner Club 40 when The Beatles played around Liverpool, England, as The Quarrymen. Harrison traded his acoustic guitar for the electric model with Ray Ennis, who was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans. Harrison donated it to a band competition in 1965 and it was won by a member of a German band who died in 2017. His widow is putting it up for auction. The auction house estimates the guitar will sell for between $200,000 and $300,000. A 1965 Fender Telecaster owned by The Band’s Robbie Robertson played by Harrison, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan is also on the block and estimated to sell between $400,000 and $600,000. The auction will take place at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe on May 19.

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Ocasek, Porizkova split

One of the oddest couples — and most unexpectedly long-lived marriages — in rock and roll is splitting up after almost three decades. Ric Ocasek of the Cars wed supermodel Paulina Porizkova in 1989 after they met on the set of the "Drive" music video in 1984. In a statement, Porizkova says the two are now "peacefully separated" as a couple, although they still have love for each other and their two children. (Billboard)


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George Michael's family asks fans to remove memorials

George Michael’s family is respectfully asking fans to remove memorial items left outside the late musician's two homes in England, out of consideration for neighbors. "Long term," Michael's survivors wrote in a statement on his website, "we know he would not want to disturb or change the quiet neighbourhoods he so loved, for the people in the local area, who honestly , despite reports otherwise have been gracious and very understanding." (Billboard)

Janelle Monáe might sell "Pynk" pants

If you've been wondering where you can buy a pair of those ruffled pink pants Janelle Monáe and her dancers wear in the video for her song "Pynk," you'll be glad to hear that Monáe is considering selling the pants as merch due to fans' enthusiastic response. She says they're not meant to be interpreted as literally as it might seem, though.

"Sometimes I think people interpret those as vagina pants, they call them vulva pants, they call them flowers, but it just represents some parts of some women," she told People magazine. "There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don't believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman. I have one I'm proud of it, but there's a lot of policing and controlling that people are trying to have over our vaginas."

Celine Dion performs with Deadpool

Legendary diva Celine Dion has a new ballad, "Ashes," on the soundtrack for the forthcoming movie Deadpool 2. A video for the song co-stars the cynical superhero himself, and Rolling Stone describes a spoken exchange the two share after Dion unleashes her powerful vocals.

The clip ends with Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, applauding Dion, but informing the singer that she'll have to shoot the video again because her performance was too good. "This is Deadpool 2, not Titanic," Deadpool cracks. "You're at like an 11, we need to get you down to a five, five-and-a-half tops. Just phone it in."

Not missing a beat, Dion retorts: "Listen, this thing only goes to 11. So beat it, Spider-Man."

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