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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, March 5, 2015

Video: Ringo Starr debuts first song from new album

Ringo Starr will release his 18th studio release, Postcards From Paradise, on March 31. The album contains 11 original tracks, and is the first to include a song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band. The video for the very "Beatley" title track is now available online exclusively on the Yahoo! Music site.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Paul McCartney announces UK tour

Paul McCartney has announced his first UK shows in three years including one gig marking the 50th anniversary of "Yesterday". McCartney will play London's O2, Birmingham and Liverpool in May as part of a European tour. He last played the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 10am in the UK.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Paul McCartney to make cameo appearance with Johnny Depp supergroup

It has been released that Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry's supergroup, called the Hollywood Vampires, will make an album and tour in the fall, including a cameo appearance by none other than Paul McCartney, who will dust off the song he wrote for Badfinger, Come and Get It, for the occasion.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles author asks fans to help save Penny Lane attraction in Liverpool

Author Judith Kristen, author of "A Date With a Beatle," says it's important that the Penny Lane Wonder Wall in Liverpool be saved from demolition, and is asking fans for help. The site was formally the home to Liverpool School Boys Football Association, in 1998, the Liverpool City Council decided to sell it for housing.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Photos: Linda McCartney portfolio

Linda McCartney amassed a major portfolio of photographs of rock musicians from the 1960s to the 1990s. Paul McCartney said, "I can think of no one else whose work was so comprehensive and who captured the essence better than Linda." She met Paul McCartney in London in 1967, they married in March 1969.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The cowriter of Kayne West and Paul McCartney's Only One

In the last two years, Kirby Lauryen, cowriter of Kanye West and Paul McCartney's new song Only One, has worked with Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Rodney Jerkins, and Timbaland. Lauryen also cowrote their song "FourFiveSeconds," which features Rihanna and which debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 the first week of February.

Related Articles  Source: Berklee College of Music
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Listen: Paul McCartney releases free unreleased Wings downloads

Today, after a string of Kanye West and Rihanna-focused posts, Paul McCartney took his fans a few decades back to when Wings ruled the charts, and posted three previously unreleased Wings tracks on his official site. Hinting there's still more, he posted "Check back regularly to see what new downloads have been added."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Kanye West releases another Paul McCartney collaboration

Kanye West has released "All Day", his third collaboration with Paul McCartney this year. West debuted "All Day" last week at the BRIT Awards. It is the fourth track from West in 2015, the first was McCartney collaboration "Only One", the second was with McCartney and Rihanna. Kanye West will release his next album "soon".

Related Articles  Source: Noise 11
Fans to travel to Westchester later this month for Beatles Fest

One of the largest gatherings of Beatles enthusiasts, the Fest for Beatles Fans, will be coming to the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY, the weekend of March 20. Numerous guests and an eclectic group of musicians, all of whom have performed with different members of the group, will make appearances at the convention.

Source: The Daily Voice
Magical Mystery Psych Out Beatles tribute album released today

A new generation of psych rock bands seek to bring back the sense of radical 60's danger to the Beatles' music, taking twelve Beatles classics and filtering them through modern sensibilities to bring them a whole new perspective. The Magical Mystery Psych Out - A Tribute To The Beatles, is released on CD and vinyl today.

Source: Broadway World
NTSB gets petition to reopen plane crash that killed Buddy Holly

The crash that took the life of the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly, who influenced the music of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Elvis Costello, happened 56 years ago. Now, the NTSB is being asked to reopen the investigation into the crash to clear the name of the 21-year-old charter plane pilot.

Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Ringo's Rock Hall induction to air May 30 on HBO

We already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, including the induction of Ringo Starr, is scheduled for April 18 in Cleveland, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on TV. The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Signed With The Beatles LP sells for $36,250 at auction

A fully signed With The Beatles LP has fetched $36,250 in a Bonhams auction. The Album, a mono Parlophone PMC 1206, was inscribed by Paul McCartney on the front cover, "To Katina/love from The Beatles" and then signed on the reverse side by McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Source: What Sells Best
Escape from L.A. stress in the Pacific Palisades

The Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, located on Sunset Boulevard just off Pacific Coast Highway, is an urban oasis, a space designated for contemplation and serenity. After George Harrison's death, his family and friends gathered here for a private memorial service.

Source: San Diego Reader
Brian Wilson tribute concert planned for Los Angeles

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, Heart's Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more.

Source: Rolling Stone
You need this: Yellow Submarine butter spreader

Spreading butter onto a hot piece of corn fresh off the grill is a tricky task that's made a lot easier with this butter spreader that also happens to make your cob look like The Beatle's yellow submarine. It looks like the raised section on top, you fill it with butter and then rub it back and forth across the top of your corn.

Source: Gizmodo
Monday, March 2, 2015
Ringo Starr presented with Key to the City of Sarasota

Last Tuesday, moments before taking the stage to perform to a sold out house for the Van Wezel 45th Anniversary Celebration, Ringo Starr was presented the Key to the City of Sarasota, Florida, by City Commissioner Susan Atwell. Ringo graciously accepted, proclaiming "Peace!" and then posing for a photo.

Source: WWSB TV, Sarasota
Man honored to make Buddy Holly guitar for Paul McCartney

A guitar maker from Canterbury, England, has crafted an instrument for Paul McCartney. The extraordinary commission was given to Alister Atkin, who hand-builds custom acoustic guitars from his own workshop. Based on the Gibson J45 model used by rock legend Buddy Holly, it was presented to Paul during his tour in Texas.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Review: Beatles White Album revisited at benefit concert

There was something peculiarly endearing about an audience of pop music geeks cheering the details of Saturday night's sold-out benefit performance of the Beatles' "White Album" in its entirety at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Musicians and guests took turns at the mike on the journey through the Beatles' most eclectic album.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Calgary man reveals his life with the Beatles in new documentary

Brian Griffiths was the guitarist in The Big Three, one of the most popular bands in England, sharing the stage, a manager and many pints with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Now, filmmaker Todd Kipp is turning The Big Three's untold story into a documentary called Some Other Guys: The Story of The Big Three.

Source: Metro News, Canada
Ringo admits Paul Is Dead rumors were true... not

Last week, websites reported on an "exclusive Ringo Starr interview" in the Hollywood Inquirer in which Starr admits the 1966 Paul Is Dead conspiracy is true, and quotes him as saying, "When Paul died, we all panicked!" However, the Hollywood Inquirer doesn't actually exist, the story was created by a satirical news website.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, February 27, 2015
Lliverpool City Council challenges move to stop Welsh Streets demolition

A decision to halt the demolition of Liverpool's Welsh Streets area has been challenged by the city council, saying, "The long-suffering residents have now been waiting more than a decade for new homes and we are standing up against this unacceptable political interference." The area includes Ringo Starr's birthplace.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News
Author Ivor Davis to speak on The Beatles 1964 tour

Ivor Davis had the unique opportunity to travel with The Beatles on their first American tour almost 50 years ago. His stories, vividly described in his book, The Beatles and Me on Tour, gives a first-hand account of the the legendary group on the verge of stardom. He will be speaking in Palm Springs on March 5.

Source: Palm Springs Life
Sir Peter Blake creates Sgt. Pepper parody to promote new film

Sir Peter Blake has created "the Welsh Sgt. Pepper" to promote the new film, Under Milk Wood. Postcards based on his iconic Beatles album cover including many Welsh personalities and celebrities will be handed out during a private London St. David's Day screening. The film was shot on location in West Wales last year.

Source: Wales Online
Now on Blu-ray: Ringo Starr in Caveman

Caveman starring Ringo Starr revolves around Atouk (Ringo) falling in love with and pursuing cavewoman Lana, played by Barbara Bach, even though she is the mate of the huge and hunky alpha male Tonda, played by John Matuszak. In real life, Starr and Bach were married ten days after the theatrical release of this film.

Source: PopMatters
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Paul McCartney's childhood home sells for more than $231,000 at auction

Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for 150,000 at auction. The three-bedroom, mid-terrace former council house in south Liverpool fetched 50,000 over the guide price, and was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in the UK despite international interest in the sale at the city's Cavern Club.

Source: ITV, UK
Pictures: Inside the Beatles' childhood homes in Liverpool

As the childhood home of Paul McCartney is being sold at an auction, The Beatles' homes have always been a great source of interest to fans across the world, who want to see where their heroes grew up. The Liverpool Echo takes you inside some of the homes that John, Paul, George and Ringo lived in before they found fame.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison tree replaned in Los Angeles

A shrubby yew pine which can withstand ice, drought and above all, beetles, has replaced the original George Harrison tree, which succumbed last year to a beetle infestation. Relatives and admirers gathered in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on Wednesday for a planting ceremony on what would have been George's 72nd birthday.

More Pictures  Source: The Guardian, UK
Interactive eBook explains How the Beatles Did It

In the first project of its kind, rock historian Marc Platt guides readers through a complete history of "How The Beatles Did It" showcasing the unsung heroes that inspired the creation of history's best-selling band. The eBook incorporates songs, video and other multimedia to literally put history at his readers' fingertips.

Source: Digital Journal
Hard Days Night Hotel launches Fab Four wines

To celebrate George Harrison's birthday this week, The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has launched its very own exclusive range of "Fab Four" wines. The four bottles feature caricature impressions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and are now being served throughout the hotel's in-house bars and Blakes Restaurant.

Source: Bdaily Business News
The Beatles clean their closet with Hey Jude LP 45 years ago

As the Beatles were winding down, there were still some songs that Capitol had never put on an album in the US. To that end, Hey Jude was released on Feb. 26, 1970. Paperback Writer and its B-side, Rain, got placed on an LP for the first time, as did Lady Madonna, and its covers include photos from their last-ever photo shoot.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
It's official: Paul McCartney to headline Firefly Music Festival

Forty days after the rumor first surfaced that Paul McCartney would headline Firefly Music Festival, it's finally official: Sir Paul will join Kings of Leon and The Killers as the headliners of the fourth edition of the Firefly, one of the fastest growing festivals in the country. The rest of the 2015 roster was announced last week.

Source: USA Today
Listen: George Harrison's lost solo in Here Comes the Sun

George Harrison recorded a guitar solo for Here Comes The Sun that was cut from the album. George Martin, Harrison's son Dhani, and Martin's son Giles, rediscovered the solo while listening back to the master tracks in 2012, over 40 years after it was recorded. Dhani says, "It's totally different to anything I've ever heard."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
A History of George Harrison's HandMade Films

George Harrison created HandMade Films because he wanted to see a movie, Life of Brian, this thing the Monty Python crew was peddling all over London. George thought it would be funny. So Harrison mortgaged his house and put out the cash for what might have been the most expensive home movie ever made.

Source: Den of Geek
George Harrison's 7 most spiritual songs and the lessons they teach

George Harrison would have turned 72 years old today. In honor of his birthday and his life, this article highlights the former Beatle's seven most popular spiritual songs, seven because of the affinity he had to that number. What did they mean? What did he want to teach the world? And more importantly, did he succeed?

Source: The Examiner
Looking Back at some of George Harrison's best collaborations

Something Else Reviews celebrates George Harrison's birthday by revisiting some signature moments with collaborators from his earliest days of post-Beatles music making, including Gary Wright, Alan White, and Joey Molland, who reminisce about what George meant to them, sharing new insights into both the man and his music.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Paul McCartney rules iTunes chart with Rihanna And Kanye West

"FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West with special guest Paul McCartney is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes chart. Further down the iTunes chart, Macca is at No. 89 singing "Only One" with Kanye West. Paul recently performed "FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys.

Related Articles  Source: The Inquisitr
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy spotted skiing in Vermont

A restaurant in Vermont had royalty from the music world drop by for dinner Sunday afternoon. After spending a day on the slopes at nearby Bromley Mountain, Sir Paul McCartney and five other people spent about an hour in the dining room enjoying a quiet meal that included margherita pizza and organic kale salad.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Brian Epstein statue concert to take place at venue which bears his name

A star-studded concert is the latest fundraiser in the Statue 4 Eppy campaign. The two-part concert, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside's Billy Butler will celebrate the life and career of "Fifth Beatle" Brian Epstein. The show will also be the official launch of the Statue4Eppy single Our Friend, the official song of the campaign.

Source: Liverpool Echo
82 year old Yoko Ono slams ageist critics

Yoko Ono has a message for anyone who wants her to act age-appropriate, "Get my energy or shut up." She has grown frustrated with narrow-minded critics who insist she should "act her age," and makes her frustration very clear in an impassioned letter on her website to those who feel she isn't acting the way an octogenarian should.

Source: UT San Diego
Walls and Bridges worthy of re-evaluation

Walls and Bridges is unique in the Lennon canon as his only post-Beatles musical statement comprised of his own words and music crafted entirely without Yoko Ono at his side. It therefore merits special attention not only for the music contained within but also because of how it was received and his own regard for it.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday and her extraordinary life and career by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces."

Source: Beatles News

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