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Published on February 23rd, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Badfinger’s Joey Molland On The “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today” Tour, Post-Tour Plans In 2022, Liverpool, Minnesota & More

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles is a tour starring Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Denny Laine (founding member of The Moody Blues and Wings) and Jason Scheff (Chicago’s lead singer from 1985-2016). Within this touring show, these artists will be performing their hits plus selected songs from The Beatles’ albums Rubber Soul and Revolver. In turn, you get to hear classics like “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Sailing,” “Ride Like The Wind,” “No Matter What,” and “Go Now” alongside plenty of Beatles classics.

The aforementioned Joey Molland joined Badfinger after a successful run with Gary Walker & The Rain. After leaving Badfinger in 1974, he would form Natural Gas with Humble Pie’s Jerry Shirley, which led to a big tour alongside Peter Frampton. He would ultimately rejoin Badfinger in 1978, recording a pair of albums alongside Tom Evans, and has single-handedly kept Badfinger brand alive for the past few decades. If that isn’t enough, Molland also holds the distinction of playing on albums by George Harrison and John Lennon, beyond having worked alongside Paul McCartney via Badfinger.

On February 23, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Joey Molland via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond It Was Fifty Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles, we spoke about his long-term career plans, hobbies outside of music, his hometown of Liverpool, and why he moved to Minnesota. More on Molland and the It Was Fifty Years Ago Today tour can be found by clicking here, here, here and here.


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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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