Bits and Pieces: Special “About Time!” Edition.

As usual, I must forward the actual news with an announcement/proclamation. I must thank the VIC Radio team for their shout-out on the air, and I must congratulate them on the success of their annual 50 Hour Marathon. You guys were fantastic, and I am proud to help out an event and team that goes toward an excellent cause. This year, VIC’s beneficiary for the marathon was the Loaves and Fishes Organization, which is a ministry whose mission is to help feed and clothe the homeless, as well as provide advocacy for their causes. Excellent work all around, and thank you for letting me be your Hour 22.

The Vatican Forgives the Beatles.

After years of deeming the Beatles as forerunners of everything that is hedonistic, dissolute, and generally everything the hippies stood for, the Catholic Church have forgiven the Beatles for the whole ‘bigger than Jesus’ thing, among everything else. The official newspaper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, has recently run tributes to the Fab Four in its weekend editions, lauding the lasting quality of the Beatles’ music. “[Listening] to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless,” the paper says of the church’s former views on the band. “Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels.” As for that specific thing that John Lennon said, editor of L’Osservatore Romano Giovanni Maria Vian said “in reality it wasn’t that scandalous, because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time.”

Jack Bruce Says No More Cream.

Bassist and lead singer of influential psych rock pioneers Cream Jack Bruce says we should not expect another reunion anytime soon. The short-lived  band last reunited for a small series of gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2005, and have since reportedly split amicably. However, in an interview with BBC 6, Bruce promoted his new project, saying,  “I’m now doing something very exciting, so much so I can’t even talk about it. It’s the most exciting project I’ve ever been involved in.”

Similarly, Cream guitarist Eric Clapton ruled out a reunion last year: “”I think I was clear that I don’t think we need to go there again… I think we’ve gone as far as we could with that.” And though he has yet to put out an official statement on it, drummer Ginger Baker is not likely to reunite with his former bandmates, as evidenced in a rather damning Rolling Stone article on his current life in Africa.

Roger Waters to Tour “The Wall” in North America.

Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has announced that he will be touring North America later this year, performing “The Wall” in its entirety. In an explanation posted on his website, Waters states that by reviving the full concert experience of the influential concept album, he hopes to bring about debate regarding how he felt about modern communication in 1977 and how it’s expanded since then. He ends his note by referencing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” saying: “I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, ‘You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.'” The tour begins in September, and will end in December.

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