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Paul McCartney rejects offer to be a coach on The Voice

A report from The Sun recently stated that ITV in the UK was "desperate" for McCartney to be one of the four coaches on their new version of the reality singing contest The Voice in 2017. But a source close to McCartney has told NME unofficially, "An approach was made, but Paul won't be doing it."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Why Paul McCartney nixed Weird Al's Wings parody

Although he's never tested it in court, "Weird Al" Yankovic doesn't technically have to get permission from the artists he parodies. Still, he always makes sure artists are cool with it before he goes ahead with a new song. Paul McCartney drew the line about 25 years ago when he was approached about a "Live and Let Die" take-off.

Source: Rolling Stone
Review: The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

While Vivek J. Tiwary succeeds in The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story in passionately giving credit to Epstein for his role in promoting the biggest band of all time, he also raises concern by presenting inaccurate facts in his graphic novel, which may then be carried over into the forthcoming movie and TV series.

Source: Daytrippin'

John and Yoko started Montreal bed-in 47 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono had staged their first bed-in for peace in Amsterdam. The second week-long bed-in was planned for New York, but Lennon was barred from the US for a previous marijuana conviction. The Bahamas proved too hot and humid, and so on May 26, 1969 John and Yoko arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Source: Radio Canada International
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was awestruck by Paul McCartney

Thousands of excited fans packed the Sanford Premiere Center recently for Paul McCartney's first ever performance in South Dakota. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and his wife had a chance to meet McCartney personally prior to the concert. He said, "All of the sudden I just went, uhhhh, uhhhhh. I was just in shock."

Related Articles  Source: KELO AM, Sioux Falls
Paul McCartney admits fans demands are frustrating

Paul McCartney has admitted to feeling annoyed when all people want to hear in concert is the Beatles' classic tunes, such as Love Me Do, and Yellow Submarine. But he also said he can empathize with Beatles fans, revealing that during his younger years, he spent a lot of money to hear his idol Bill Haley perform his favorite song.

Source: Otago Daily Times

James McCartney
James McCartney comes home to Tucson

James McCartney has some fond memories of Tucson. His mom and dad, Linda and Paul McCartney, lived there in the late 1970s and although he was born and raised in England, he says Tucson and the Southwestern United States are among his favorite spots in the U.S. His current US tour brings him to Club Congress at the Hotel Congress in Tucson this Friday.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Prudence Farrow
Prudence Farrow to lead free yoga class

Prudence Farrow, who is the woman named in The Beatles' song Dear Prudence from The Beatles White Album, will host a free yoga at 10:30 a.m. on May 29 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, KY. The yoga class, open to the public, is in conjunction with the Beatles festival Abbey Road on the River, which will take place this weekend.

Source: The Examiner
Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland looks back on the making of Straight Up

As the first band signed to The Beatles' Apple Records, Badfinger enjoyed worldwide Top 10 hits with Come and Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, and No Matter What. When they began working on their third album, Straight Up in 1971, they had been on the road, and recorded with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Paul McCartney invites virtual reality users into his studio

In 1967, Paul McCartney used revolutionary studio technology on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Now Paul is pushing the high-tech envelope again by peddling his latest album with the help of virtual reality. A series of six VR mini-documentaries will promote his new album, Pure McCartney, due out on June 10.

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney defends Kanye West's use of the n-word

Speaking during a recording of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, Paul McCartney referred to Kanye West as a "monster" and "a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me". He also revealed that Oprah Winfrey had warned him against working with the rapper, she told him she thought even black people shouldn't use that word.

Source: NME, UK

Sean Lennon
Why Sean Lennon feels guilty about growing old

Sean Lennon says he felt guilty last year when he surpassed the age his father John Lennon had reached when he died at age 40. "It was really difficult turning 40," he tells Britain's MOJO magazine. "I felt kind of guilty or something. But there's also something freeing in being older than he ever was because I feel like I'm in new territory."

Source: Yahoo! News, Australia
John Lennon's Liverpool ancestry re-examined with new findings

It has long been written that John Lennon's grandfather, John Lennon, known as "Jack", was born in Ireland, and was in America for a time before moving to Liverpool. However, new research reveals the Lennons came to Liverpool a generation earlier than originally thought, and his grandfather was born in Liverpool, not Ireland.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tommy Chong says he smoked dope with John Lennon and George Harrison

During a 2015 interview, Tommy Chong, who turns 78 today, opened up about some of the stars he's gotten high with. Chong says that he ran into John Lennon at a house party after sneaking off into a bedroom to smoke a joint. And, George Harrison not only smoked with Chong but also collaborated with him and Cheech on a song.

Source: Civilized
Monday, May 23, 2016
Paul McCartney thanks his Argentine fans for a great week

At the end of his latest tour stops in Argentina, Paul McCartney thanked all his fans for a great week and for being so loyal. Paul said, "Argentina has been great...I was surprised that the audiences were predominately young which is great because they come to the shows to party. I expected to see a few more people of my age."

Related Articles  Source: Merco Press, Montevideo
Paul McCartney reveals he almost quit music after Beatles split

Paul McCartney has revealed he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music after The Beatles broke up. Macca said he ended up forming Wings when he stopped enjoying the party lifestyle. Paul also acknowledged that some of the criticism leveled at Wings was fair but he doesn't regret collaborating with his wife Linda.

Source: The Irish News, Belfast
Video: Ringo Starr surprises fans at Joe Walsh concert on Friday

At Joe Walsh's concert at the Forum in Inglewood, Ca., on Friday, his brother-in-law Ringo Starr came out to join him for the first encore, which was "Rocky Mountain Way." Starr's wife, Barbara Bach, is the sister of Walsh's wife, Marjorie. "That don't happen every day," Walsh dryly said upon the song's conclusion.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney reveals what she learned from her mother

Linda McCartney launched a career as a rock photographer after photographing The Rolling Stones in New York during the 1960s. Her daughter Mary, who is now a professional photographer, was a guest speaker at Photo London, where she talked about advice her mother had given her that she has taken forward in her own career as a photographer.

Source: Amateur Photographer, UK
Ringo Starr sues Indonesian firm over 'Ringgo Star' brand

Ringo Starr was not amused when he learned that Indonesian company Asia Global Media registered a brand name that is very similar to his own name. Starr filed a lawsuit at the Commercial Court in Central Jakarta in February, 2016, over the use of the "Ringgo Star" brand. The case is scheduled to be heard later this week.

Source: Indonesia Investments
British Prime Minister mocked for recreating Beatles' Abbey Road cover

On Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron visited London's Abbey Road Studios and, like uncountable people before him, got a picture of himself walking across the crosswalk, as the Beatles did on the cover of Abbey Road. However, his action raised the hackles of his detractors after he posted the photo on Twitter.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John Lennon handwritten Mr. Kite lyrics sell for over $350,000

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite from the Sgt. Pepper's album has sold for $354,400 at an auction in New York. Also sold was a guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father, going for $334,000. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, May 20, 2016
Paul McCartney wanted as judge on The Voice TV show in the UK

The Voice TV show in the UK is reportedly desperate to land Paul McCartney as one of the coaches for the next series, but Macca isn't convinced. An insider said, "His One on One world tour does not end until October, when filming for the show is likely to begin. Paul really doesn't need the money and wants to focus on his own music."

Related Articles  Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Video: Famous rock photographer visits Folsum, CA

Ethan Russell didn't shoot the birth of rock and roll, but he was certainly there for its early childhood. He's photographed some of the most enduring names in rock, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles and the Doors. Russell will be at the Harris Center in Folsom, CA., on Friday night.

Source: KXTV TV, Sacramento
Why Kate Beckinsale confuses her father's death with John Lennon's

In a new interview, actress Kate Beckinsale revealed she often blends memories of her father's death with those of John Lennon. Kate was only 5-years-old when her dad, Richard Beckinsale, a famous British comedian, passed away. Beckinsale died in 1979 and Lennon in 1980, and both caused deep public sadness in the U.K.

Source: Ora TV
Rare black and white photos show John Lennon dressed as a woman

A remarkable set of family photos that show John Lennon larking around and dressing as a woman in 19th century costume have emerged for sale. The five original black and white pictures, taken in Massachusetts in 1977, show Lennon, his wife Yoko Ono and their baby son Sean having fun in costume while on holiday in America.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
25 Years Ago: Paul McCartney pares down on Unplugged album

"This is how we started out you know," says Paul McCartney during the 1991 all-acoustic performance captured on Unplugged: The Official Bootleg, referencing the Beatle's humble beginnings. When McCartney made his MTV Unplugged appearance, the show had been around a couple of years, but hadn't gained much attention.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Paul McCartney shares memories of late wife Linda in touching new video

Paul McCartney has released a series of videos celebrating his late wife Linda and her vegetarian food empire. Paul reflects on his life with Linda and their decision to go veggie, saying, "We decided to go vegetarian, then Linda said, Ok well I'm going to try and make this food." Paul is joined in the video by daughters Stella and Mary.

Also See...  Source: The Express, UK
Friends reveal the secret side of Paul McCartney

In its new issue, Closer Weekly magazine provides an in-depth look inside the secret side of Paul McCartney that only his closest associates know, including the his heartbreak over the years and his journey to find true happiness. "We always think of him as happy-go-lucky, but Paul...was a tough kid," says biographer Bob Spitz.

Source: Closer Weekly
Denny Laine exhibit includes Paul and Linda McCartney and Ringo art

For the first time, Denny Laine, guitarist and singer for Wings, exhibited his own work at an art show last Friday in Tinley Park, in the suburbs south of Chicago. Aside from his works, the show featured 12 paintings by Paul McCartney, eight signed photographs from Linda McCartney and a handful of paintings from Ringo Starr.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Pictures: A private tour of Capitol Records in Hollywood

You can't miss the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles as you drive down the freeway. As the historic building prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Cpaitol will open their doors for an unprecedented two-day event this weekend that will allow the public to go inside the same building where Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and many others once roamed its halls.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Schoolboy's exercise book contains unpublished Beatles song

Believed to be a cast-off song from The Beatles' White Album, doomed to be forgotten without ever being heard in concert or recorded, the lyrics and chords for Pensioner's Waltz were curiously left hidden by Paul McCartney in an exercise book owned by a Hampstead schoolboy. It goes up for auction in New York on Saturday.

Source: Camden New Journal, UK
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Video: 10-year-old girl jams with Paul McCartney in Argentina

When Paul McCartney invited 10-year-old Leila to come on stage last night in Argentina, his intentions were to sign her stuffed monkey, but she said, "I want to play the bass with you." After strumming along to the first verse of "Get Back" with McCartney, he lowered his mic so she could join him on vocals for the chorus.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Liverpool Phil and Bootleg Beatles to perform at Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is teaming up with the Bootleg Beatles to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper. The orchestra and the UK's top Fab Four band will perform It Was 50 Years Ago Today at the Royal Albert Hall on June 1 next year, half a century to the day the seminal album went on sale.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Rockford Public Library presents Beatles Month

Rockford Public Library in Rockford, IL, is hosting a month long celebration of the Beatles. This Sunday, the library presents a Beatles Fab 4 Film Festival, starting at noon, with back to back Beatles movies and a special 4 part viewing of Ed Sullivan Show appearances. These screenings are free, but fans are advised to arrive early.

Source: WIFR TV, Rockford, IL.

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh to perform in Lancaster, PA

Joe Walsh, guitarist of the California country rock band the Eagles, will perform at American Music Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on July 31. Aside from his work with the Eagles, Walsh has performed in James Gang, Barnstorm, the Party Boys and Ringo Starr & his All-Starr Band. Tickets for "An Evening With Joe Walsh" go on sale May 28.

Source: Lancaster Online

Freda Kelly
Freda Kelly remembers her good friend Tony Barrow

Former Beatles Fan Club secretary Freda Kelly said in an interview Tuesday with Beatles Examiner that news of the death of Beatles PR man Tony Barrow, which was announced last Sunday, was very sad because he had worked closely with her. "I go way way back," she said. "Tony gave me a lot of help. I always kept in contact with him over the years."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Eric Clapton says George Harrison does not appear on his new album

Shortly after Eric Clapton announced the release of his upcoming album, I Still Do, it was believed, based on a pseudonymous credit, that one song featured a performance by the late George Harrison. However, Clapton, in a new interview, says that it's not Harrison, and won't reveal who it is. The album will be released this Friday.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles artifacts to rock Los Angeles Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will soon examine the phenomenon of Beatlemania starting on July 1,when "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!" opens at the LA Live-based music history institution. The exhibit "explores and celebrates The Beatles' impact on pop culture from the perspective of their fans."

Source: KNBC TV, Los Angeles

The Cavern named in UK's top 10 best rated landmarks

Liverpool's Cavern Club has today been named as the ninth best-rated landmark in the UK, beating Buckingham Palace, in the Travellers' Choice awards for Landmarks, announced by the travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor. It is the only landmark to be named among the UK's top ten landmarks for the first time this year.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Monday, May 16, 2016
Video: Behind-the-scenes of Paul McCartney's One On One Tour

Last month Paul unveiled his brand new One On One tour. The tour is already booked up to travel across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Today Paul's official website is giving fans the chance to go behind-the-scenes in two new videos from the tour, including a look at the tour rehearsals and opening night in Fresno.

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House next door to John Lennon's Mendips goes on the market

The house next door to Mendips, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi, has gone on the market for nearly 370,000 (about $532,850). If walls could talk, the five-bedroom home would have plenty of tales to tell about John, who lived next door for 17 years. Estate agents say it would make a "wonderful family home."

Source: Liverpool Echo

45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney offers handmade genius on Ram

An overlooked precursor to the current handmade-pop phenomenon, Paul McCartney's Ram was initially criticized for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold, fascinatingly unedited and utterly misjudged today. But the loss of longtime writing partner John Lennon, not to mention Beatles producer George Martin, can be keenly felt at times.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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