Billy Joel and Eddie Vedder are among the celebrity DJs SiriusXM has lined up for its new Beatles Channel.
Vedder will kick off the specials on Friday at 5 p.m., playing his favorite music from the Fab Four and talking about his favorite songs. Joel’s special is set for July 28.
“The Beatles, not surprisingly, have fans that span generations and backgrounds, and now our exclusive new channel will allow them to come in and play their favorite Beatles songs,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM president and chief content officer. “The artists, musicians, actors, celebrities, and super fans will reveal the songs they love, and the songs that have influenced their lives and their work. What they choose will be a revelation in itself that our subscribers will want to experience.”
Don Henley (June 23) and Ron Howard (July 14) are also set for the initial run of Beatles specials.
Joel recently covered The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” as a tribute to those killed and injured in the Manchester terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert. “I’m glad to say you weren’t terrorized, you came,” Joel told the crowd at his Madison Square Garden show, just days after the attack. “If they can’t terrorize you, then they lose.”
Joel then went on to discuss his love of The Beatles and their “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. “It was a remarkable album and they were my favorite band,” Joel said. “They inspired me to do what I do now and what I’ve done all my life.”