On the Beat Music News – The Struts cover Motown; Ringo Joins McCartney on Stage (Video); McCartney’s new Children’s Book
The Struts teamed up with Dodge Challenger for a new ad campaign.
The Struts can be seen in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat ad campaign where the guys challenge each other to a race. They can also be heard asa they cover the legendary Motown song “Dancin in the Streets,” originally by Martha & the Vandellas and covered by the likes of Bowie & Jagger and Van Halen. Frontman Luke Spiller tells ABC Radio they put their own twist on the song.
“I really wanted to give more of an energized vocal on this new version. I think David Lee Roth’s vocal is different but…I did not want to approach it like that. I wanted to give it a lot more soul, closer to the original.
It’s really hard for us not to put our own spin on anything, because we’re just bursting with personality,”
Paul McCartney’s new children’s book and Ringo Starr joins him onstage
Paul McCartney’s upcoming illustrated children’s book, Hey Grandude!, will be published on September 5, and now the former Beatles star has revealed that he’s narrating the audio edition himself.
McCartney has posted a video of him reading a segment of the book, in which he portrays the main character, on his official YouTube channel.
McCartney also created some original music to accompany his narration, a snippet of which can be heard in the video.
As previously reported, Hey Grandude! was inspired by McCartney’s own experiences as a grandparent, and tells the tale of an elderly explorer who takes his four grandkids on a series of magical adventures. Among the exploits Grandude and his chillers enjoy are riding flying fish, dodging stampedes and escaping avalanches.
The book features colorful illustrations by Kathryn Durst.
You can order Hey Grandude! now at PenguinRandomHouse.com. It’s available as a hardback book, on CD, and as a digital download.
In other McCartney/Beatles news, fans got a big surprise at McCartney’s final show of the US tour in Los Angeles as fellow Beatle Ringo Starr joined him during the encore to perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Helter Skelter.