Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Beatles Get Ready to Drop Final Single, “Now and Then,” Remixed from John Lennon 1978 Song (9am Thursday)


The Beatles are ready to drop their so-called final single. It drops Thursday morning 9am Eastern, 6am Western.

“Now and Then” is a reworking of a 1978 John Lennon song, just as “Real Love” was 30 years ago.

The Beatles’ social media pages have added a mysterious picture of a cassette about to end on its A side. This is a Bat signal that the record, which Paul McCartney first mentioned months ago, is on its way.


This is NOT artificial intelligence. It’s just Paul and Ringo adding their contributions to Lennon’s original recording. They’ve got a George Harrison bit on it that George added years ago, obviously before he died. “Now and Then,” which you can hear below in the demo recording, is a haunting, melancholy Lennon melody. I can’t wait to hear what Paul and Ringo made of it.

Will there be more than just the single? Stay tuned. If ever we needed a distraction like this, its now.
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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