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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, February 5, 2016

The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios to come to Liverpool

A live re-staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios is to come to Liverpool's ECHO arena. The show is part of an 11 date tour, following a sold out premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The Sessions, a live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road, is part blockbuster stage show, part access-all-areas musical documentary.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Could Paul McCartney join Hollywood Vampires for their TV debut?

The Hollywood Vampires, including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry "and friends," will make their TV debut at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced yesterday. Paul McCartney's camp issued a "no comment" on whether the Beatle, who performed on the group's album, will join them for the show.

Source: The Examiner

Harry Styles
Harry Styles goes 'Paul McCartney-esque' for solo sound

With One Direction on hiatus, Harry Styles is throwing himself into his solo career. And, according to "Marvin Gaye" singer Charlie Puth, Styles is already on his way with some tracks that seem to be inspired by fellow Brit, Beatles singer Paul McCartney. He said, "The last time I saw Harry we talked about McCartneyesque chord changes."

Source: uinterview
Author talks about the early Beatles years at book signing

Bank of Books in Malibu hosted acclaimed journalist and author Ivor Davis last Saturday, as he discussed his book, "The Beatles and Me: On Tour." When he was 26, Davis was sent to write and accompany The Beatles on its 1964 tour, and went to every concert on that tour, experiences he accounts in detail in his book.

Source: Malibu Surfside News
The Beatles' first visit to New York City in 1964: A Day by Day Diary

At 1:20 pm on Friday, February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed in America for the very first time, and music history would never be the same. It would be a busy weekend for The Beatles leading up to their historic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night as they took New York City by storm.

Source: The Examiner
Full-time Beatles scholar to launch North American tour

Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz is embarking on a national tour beginning this month, giving presentations on many subjects related to the band. Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Krerowicz is one of the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholars.

Source: Beatles News Blog
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico

Peter Asher
A Peter & Gordon reunion - almost

When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press, "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher's British Invasion tribute show in Laguna Beach will include duets with his old partner through video segments.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Kentucky Beatles fan's impressive collection of memorabilia

Louisville, Kentucky Beatles collector Paul Ratterman's collection is on display at the Jeffersontown Historical Museum, now until June 17th. On February 13th a dinner and evening tour of the Beatles exhibit will include a performance by local tribute band "The Rigbys" at Loui Loui's in Louisville.

Source: WHAS TV, Louisville, Kentucky
Beatles signed photo, sealed Butcher cover up for auction

A photo of The Beatles performing in 1963 in Liverpool taken by Dezo Hoffman and signed by all four members of the group that one memorabilia expert called the best Beatles signed photo ever and is already bidding at $20,000 is among the huge selection of Beatles memorabilia to be auctioned this month in Dallas, Texas.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles author to speak at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi symposium

Dr. Candy Leonard, author of Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade The World, the first sociological analysis of the impact of the Beatles and their music, will be discussing her book at the new Cleveland, MS GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's first Beatles Symposium, "From Cavern to Candlestick,"April 1-2.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
John Lennon's locks from How I Won the War expected to go for $10,000

On September 6, 1966, John Lennon got a very short haircut in preparation for his upcoming dramatic role as Private Gripweed in the film "How I Won the War." A clump of John's hair from this famous haircut will be auctioned off at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas on February 20.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Why Ringo rules

John Lennon reportedly said, "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles," but the Beatles would not have been the group we know today without Ringo Starr. When Ringo joined the Beatles, the chemical reaction of the combination of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Source: The Maine Edge
Photo of George Harrison on his 21st birthday to go under the hammer

A photograph of the late George Harrison celebrating his 21st birthday in Los Angeles is expected to attract worldwide attention. The 1964 color image of George, dressed in a blue shirt and grey trousers, opening a huge "key to the door" to celebrate the milestone, has a guide price starting at just 30 (about $44).

Source: Liverpool Echo
Secondary school pupils to star in Beatles themed musical

Pupils from a secondary school in South Derbyshire, England, are set to star in a Beatles-themed musical this month. Year 7 pupils from the William Allitt School, in Newhall, will be showcasing their talents in a show called Come Together. The show will go towards the pupils achieving their bronze performing arts badges.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
McCartney reps say no comment to report he is working on new album

Paul McCartney representatives issued a firm "no comment" today in response to a British newspaper report that the Beatle is working on a new album with celebrated record producer Greg Kurstin. Using contemporary producers is not something new for McCartney. He used four producers for his last album, "New."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney to record new album with Adele's producer Greg Kurstin

The Sun in the UK says it can now reveal that Paul McCartney is working on new material with producer Greg Kurstin, the mastermind behind Adele's now-iconic single Hello. McCartney has songs ready for a new album and, having been so impressed by Adele's comeback, called on Greg to help him hone them.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Work begins to transform Paul McCartney's birthplace into housing

Work to transform the former Walton Hospital site, birthplace of Paul McCartney, into a housing development is now underway. The 25m (more than $36m) project to regenerate the site will create 125 affordable homes and a further 70 properties for private sale. Also, a new supermarket will be built on part of the site.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Hard Rock Universal Orlando unveils new collection of music memorabilia

Memorabilia experts and rock historians have assembled an entirely new collection of some of the greatest music memorabilia this side of the 20th century at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Pieces include the suit John Lennon wore in the Beatles' classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day's Night.

Source: PR Web
Monday, February 1, 2016
New Beatles exhibit to hit Dearborn in April

A major Beatles exhibit, "The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition," will run April 30-Sept. 18 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit features artifacts and galleries tracing the Beatles' trajectory from the band's Liverpool origins up through the post-breakup days.

Source: Detroit Free Press
Paul McCartney to be featured on Super Bowl halftime shows TV special

CBS TV will take a look back at the best Super Bowl halftime shows on a special airing Friday, February 5, two days before the big game. The two-hour program will feature highlights and new interviews with some of the most memorable halftime performers, including Paul McCartney, who played at the Super Bowl in 2005.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Beatles fans anxious for new Philip Norman book on Paul McCartney

The eyes of Beatles fans will again be on author Philip Norman when he turns his sights on Paul McCartney in his next book, "Paul McCartney: The Life," which is coming out this May. It will be published in the U.S. on May 3, and then two days later in the UK, both in hardcover, digital and audio versions.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Bill Gates says Beatles song perfectly explains relationship with Steve Jobs

Yes, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs were fierce rivals as they revolutionized personal computing, but the competition mellowed into a good friendship. So when Gates, when asked on the BBC to choose eight songs and why they are meaningful to him, he had one picked out for the Jobs, Two of Us by The Beatles.

Source: Cult of Mac
Friday, January 29, 2016
Phoenix Symphony joins in Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute

Tribute band Classical Mystery Tour will join with the Phoenix Symphony tonight at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. Classical Mystery Tour performs the Beatles exactly as they were originally recorded, so these will original orchestrations performed with a full Phoenix Symphony just as the original recordings were.

Source: KTAR FM, Phoenix

Britt Daniel
Video: Britt Daniel covers I Me Mine at George Fest

In September 2014, George Fest honored George Harrison at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. On February 28, the live tribute will be be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, and digital download. To celebrate, George Fest has unveiled a clip of Spoon's Britt Daniel covering the Beatles' Harrison-sung hit I Me Mine, from their 1970 album, Let It Be.

Related Articles  Source: Spin
Liverpool's Beatles Story museum up for national awards

The Beatles Story has been shortlisted for national awards for two campaigns it has run in the past year. The Albert Dock attraction is shortlisted for Integrated Campaign of The Year and Digital Campaign of the Year for its Imagine No Food Poverty and Beatles Ambassadors campaigns in the Marketing Minds Awards.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Recovered photos tell story of Beatles' 1964 visit to U.S.

Life Magazine photojournalist Bill Eppridge's six-day period with the Beatles is now being shared with a new audience at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The exhibit features features a collection of 55 black-and-white photos taken during the Beatles' visit to New York and Washington from Feb. 7-12, 1964.

Source: Litchfield County Times, CT
Has record dealer unearthed inspiration for Sgt. Pepper artwork?

A record dealer wants Paul Mccartney to confirm whether an obscure disc by a Swedish brass band was the secret inspiration for the famous Sgt. Pepper's album. The EP, which ironically features covers of four Beatles song, features the musicians standing in front of a bass drum with the band's name, while wearing military jackets.

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, January 28, 2016
AIR studio is symbol of Montserrat's lost era as pop music hub

George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat, the once state-of-the-art recording facility, opened in 1979 in the Caribbean, is the place behind some of the 80s biggest hits, and it's now decaying. Seventy-six albums were made there before the studio shut its doors in 1989, when the island was devastated by a hurricane.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles included in new Amazon Prime Music channels

This week the Amazon Prime Music service launched hundreds of ad-free internet radio stations, including Top Pop, Classic Rock and The Beatles. Members just need to select a genre, artist or decade and hit play to hear a continuous stream of this kind of music. A new feature of the service now includes on-screen song lyrics.

More Information  Source: Life Hacker

New hope for Liverpool's historic Welsh Streets

New plans have been revealed by council chiefs to refurbish "a significant" number of homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets, which includes the home of Beatle Ringo Starr, and have been "in limbo" for years. The move follows a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to block the council's initial plans to demolish the historic homes.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Bert Berns
Bert Berns to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Bert Berns, who wrote the classic song Twist and Shout that became a hit for The Beatles, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with a lifetime achievement award. Berns was a prolific songwriter and sought-after producer during the 1960s, but was only 38 when he died of a heart attack in December 1967.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Ringo Starr's Liverpool home to be auctioned at the Cavern Club

Number 10 Admiral Grove, in the Dingle, where Ringo Starr lived until he was 21, is up for auction. The two-up-two-down will go to the highest bidder at a special March auction at the Cavern Club with a guide price of 55,000 (about $78,340). Restrictions have been placed on the sale so the house cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.

Source: Liverpool Confidential

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher reportedly exits Beatles film project

British rocker Liam Gallagher has reportedly exited a beatles film project he has been working on since 2010. The singer bought the rights to adapt Richard DiLello's 1973 book, The Longest Cocktail Party, about the Beatles' Apple company, for the big screen. The film has been in the works for more than five years, but has hit a series of roadblocks.

Source: Contact Music
Paul McCartney post causes anger among Australian fans

Paul McCartney's Australian fans have been hammering him with abuse on Facebook after he posted an ill thought out post yesterday attempting to wish them a "Happy Australia Day." McCartney innocently included a picture of himself taken in 2002 draped in an Australian flag, but it was a promo shot from the Australian tour he cancelled.

Related Articles  Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Video: Trailer for new animated film includes George Harrison cover

The new trailer for the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings uses a cover of the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps to set the mood for Kubo's adventure. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara and McConaughey, the film will be released later this year on August 19th.

Source: Bleeding Cool
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Paul McCartney wishes fans down under a happy Australia Day

On his official website today, Paul McCartney has posted a quick statement sending his best wishes for Australia Day, along with a picture of him standing behind a large Australian flag. Macca said, "Salutations to our cousins down under on Australia Day. Have a great one. Watch out for flying kangaroos!"

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
1967 Paul McCartney portraits star in artist retrospective

Two portraits of Paul McCartney that John Bratby painted in 1967 will be reunited for the first time in an exhibition at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England, but a third McCartney by Bratby has so far eluded curators. Bratby, who died in 1992, was one of the British art scene's great "radical realists" of the 1950s and '60s.

Source: Mojo
Ultimate guide to 48 fab hours in Liverpool

Tens of thousands of Fab Four followers plan weekends in the band's home city of Liverpool each year, with the most famous group in the world generating millions of pounds for the city. Liverpool has always been a popular destination for Beatles fans, despite the fact that John, Paul, George and Ringo parted ways almost five decades ago.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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