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Creme Tangerine celebrates Beatles 50th anniversary in Seattle

Seattle tribute band Creme Tangerine paid homage to the Beatles yesterday at Seattle Center with an energetic and lively outdoor concert on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first concert there, within sight of the spot the Beatles performed that historic day, playing the exact set the Beatles did at the Coliseum.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Scientists create algorithm that can sort Beatles songs by date

Fans no doubt know that She Loves You came before All You Need Is Love. But what about Yellow Submarine or I am the Walrus? Researchers from Lawrence Technological University have created an algorithm that can analyze the evolving structure of the Beatles' music and correctly place Beatles albums in chronological order.

Source: Scientific American
Cirque du Soleil commemorates Beatles arrival in Las Vegas

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on baggage carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas, their only time in Sin City.

Source: The Gazette Times, Las Vegas
Beatles give first Canadian concert 50 years ago today

The Beatles' first Canadian concert took place on Aug. 22, 1964 at Vancouver's Empire Stadium, where tickets topped out at $5.25. The concert was broadcast live on radio station CKNW and, for a performance that lasted 27 minutes, the band was contracted to be paid 60 percent of the $100,000 box-office take.

Source: The Globe and Mail, Toronto
The Beatles pose for their final photo session 45 years ago today

The final pictures of the Beatles were taken on August 22, 1969, including a portrait of the foursome lined up in front of Tittenhurst's assembly hall, which ended up as the cover for the Hey Jude compilation album, released in the U.S. in February 1970. It was also the last time that all four members were together as a band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Paul McCartney waxwork set to be auctioned for more than $1,600

A waxwork model of Paul McCartney will take pride of place at a Beatles-themed auction in Liverpool this weekend. The mannequin could go for between 800 and 1,000, the auction's organizer believes. There will also be 330 items up for grabs, including signatures, clothes, books, posters and other memorabilia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Bob Eubanks on bringing the Beatles to Hollywood Bowl in 1964

Veteran Top 40 DJ and TV host Bob Eubanks literally bet the house on a hunch when he arranged for the Beatles to play at the Hollywood Bowl 50 years ago. "They only wanted to play the Hollywood Bowl, because of its iconic status," says Eubanks, now 76. "Their fee for the night was $25,000, a princely sum half a century ago."

Source: Los Angeles Times
John Lennon's first ever self portrait on sale for 3million

Before the Beatles even began, John Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. His first ever self-portrait is set to sell for 3million at a London auction house. Dating back to 1958, the painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly.

Source: Metro, UK
Australian-based John Lennon show comes to New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, a theatrical tribute to John Lennon, will play in New York City beginning Oct. 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the show explores Lennon's life and talent through performances of 31 of his songs.

Source: Theatermania
Producers seek new Fab Four for hit Beatles Show in the West End

The producers of London's hit Beatles show "Let It Be" are holding open auditions on Sept. 3 to continue the show on the West End and on tour. Hopefuls must prepare three songs demonstrating their ability to play guitar, drums, or the trio of bass, piano and acoustic guitar and sing Beatles songs convincingly in the original key.

Source: Classicalite
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Paul McCartney tops Richest Bassist list

A new list of the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World unsurprisingly is topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he's got more money than the next four bassists combined. Sting and Gene Simmons, both worth $300 million, tied at second.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Grammy Museum Director visits Liverpool to discuss exhibit plans

Robert Santelli, the Executive Director of the Gramy Museum in Los Angeles is in Liverpool this week to plan the Grammy Museum exhibition with The Beatles Story which opens in October. It will include never seen before items from the world of music from the personal collections of Donovan, Chad & Jeremy and Peter & Gordon.

Source: Bdaily, Liverpool
Play to perform on anniversary

A very special performance of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles will take place in London on August 27, the anniversary of Brian Epstein's death. A special post show Q&A will take place with actors Andrew Lancel and Will Finlason and Joe Flannery, lifelong friend and business partner of Brian Epstein.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles put Las Vegas on show biz map 50 years ago this week

Fifty years ago this week, Las Vegas was engulfed by Beatlemania. The hottest act in the world at the time, had personally chosen Las Vegas to be on the band's first North American tour. Trying to avoid crazed fans, they arrived at the airport in the middle of the night, hoping they might be able to kick back and see the sights.

Source: KLAS TV, Las Vegas
Google search shows more Beatles fans in Mexico than in Liverpool

An analysis of Google Trends search data from the last ten years has found that more people in the Mexican capitol Mexico City have searched online for the Beatles than in any other city in the world. Buenos Aires in Argentina had the second biggest volume of Beatles searches, with Chile capital Santiago coming in third.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles together at Abbey road for last time 45 years ago today

Aug. 20, 1969 was the last time that all four Beatles were at EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. No actual music was recorded, according to Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Recording Sessions", they took three-and-a-half hours mixing I Want You (She's So Heavy), then they spent seven hours discussing the album's sequence.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Beatles Hollywood Bowl 50th anniversary

The iconic Hollywood Bowl has seen it's share of milestones, but probably nothing could compare to the three appearances by The Beatles. This August marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first concert there, and this weekend the Bowl will celebrate with a program hosted by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart.

Source: The Examiner
Reporter recalls Beatles interview 50 years ago today

Beatlemania was in full flower on this date in 1964, and for Bay Area Beatles fans, it was D-Day, as well as the day intrepid KCBS, San Francisco, reporter Hilly Rose scored an exclusive interview with the Fab Four. "The Beatles were big but really with teenagers. And so guys our age, we didn't know a lot about them."

Source: KCBS, San Francisco
Paul McCartney and Kanye West secretly recording together

Kanye West and Paul McCartney are allegedly collaborating on an album. The rapper and the former Beatle are said to be working in secret on "a number of tracks", with the possibility of expanding the project into a full LP. A spokesperson for McCartney would neither confirm nor deny the collaboration, stating, "No comment."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Historic St. Peter's Church Hall in Woolton to be open during Intl. Beatle Week

St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, where John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in 1957, will hold special events during International Beatles Week from Aug. 21 through 25. Visitors will be able to stand in the spot where Lennon and McCartney were first introduced. The church is also the site of real-life Eleanor Rigby.

Source: Beatles Examiner
No refunds for Paul McCartney fans stuck in Candlestick traffic

The promoter of last week's Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park says they will not be offering refunds to ticketholders who missed the show due to traffic. About 2,000 of the nearly 49,000 people who had tickets never made it, because of a horrendous parking situation that had backed up traffic for hours.

Related Articles  Source: KCBS, San Francisco
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, August 18, 2014
Don Was wins Emmy for Grammy Beatles salute

Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards, held one week before the Emmy telecast. Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a Beatles 50th anniversary special that included performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Rare Beatles photos discovered at London children's home

Rare pictures of The Beatles meeting youngsters from a children's home while filming A Hard Day's Night have been discovered in a Children's Society archive with a copy of the charity's supporters' magazine from 1964. It featured an article on children meeting the band while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.

Source: NME, UK
50th anniversary of the Beatles in Pittsburgh concert set for Sept. 18

Fifty years ago, the Beatles made their only Pittsburgh appearance on September 14, 1964. Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert on September 13th at the Benedum Center.

Source: Broadway World Music
Fab Fun: Hey Groot by the Guardians of the Galaxy

Take one hit Marvel Studios movie and combine it with a classic Beatles song and what do you get? You get "Hey Groot." YouTube user Whatever It Takes rewrote The Beatles song "Hey Jude" with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, and made a video featuring the Guardians super heroes themselves performing the song.

Audio: Larry Jane remembers the Beatles' Legendary Atlanta Concert

It was 49 years ago today... the Beatles came to Atlanta to play. The show opened with Twist and Shout and ended with I'm Down. John Lorinc on NPR radio station WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta interviews Beatles biographer Larry Kane who covered the Beatles' U.S. tours, including their legendary 1965 show in Atlanta.

Source: WABE FM, Atlanta
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Paul McCartney Candlestick farewell concert stark contrast to his last visit

Paul McCartney's Candlestick Farewell concert last Thursday has received high accolades from fans and music critics alike. In contrast to the last Beatles 1966 performance which used the baseball speakers, was just half an hour long and only drew 25,000 fans, Paul McCartney sold out and featured state of the art sound and video.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
McCartney reveals never-seen-before photo from last Beatles show

Paul McCartney has revealed a previously-unseen picture of The Beatles from their last ever official gig in San Francisco in 1966. It shows them walking across the grounds of the park, wearing sharp suits, with John, Paul and George each carrying their guitars, while Ringo walks ahead, flanked by police and officials.

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, UK
Company to follow release of Beatles Star Club tapes with four new CDs

OxTango Music, which earlier this year released its version of the Beatles' Star-Club tapes, announced today it will release four new CDs of rare Beatles material Sept. 20, three 2-CD sets of "Historic Live Recordings," and a fourth called "The Get Back Nagra Tape Remasters," they say taken from "the best possible sources."

Source: Beatles Examiner
City council concerned Abbey Road might need crossing guard

After dealing with several decades' worth of pedestrians clogging the crosswalk at Abbey Road, local officials are mulling over hiring a crossing guard to keep fans from being mowed down by motorists. The BBC reports that the Westminster City Council recently met to discuss the possibility, although no decisions have been made.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ivor Davis reveals what life was like on tour with The Beatles

In the summer of 1964, Ivor Davis was the 25-year-old West Coast correspondent of the UK's Daily Express charged with chronicling the activities of Hollywood celebrities. On August 19, his editor in London called to give him the assignment of a lifetime, to fly up to San Francisco to cover The Beatles first tour of America.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 15, 2014
Fans frustrated over traffic nightmare at final Candlestick show

Traffic was so bad for Candlestick Park's last show that some fans heading to watch Paul McCartney actually gave up and went home without seeing him. There were people who say they felt like the traffic was worse than other events and that it felt like someone dropped the ball. Those who made it in say it wasn't easy getting out.

Related Articles  Source: KGO TV, San Francisco
Paul McCartney helps say farewell to Candlestick Park

The Beatles ended their disappointingly short set on Aug. 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park with a barely-audible-above-the-screams version of "Long Tall Sally." John Lennon promised "We'll see you next year!" More than half a lifetime later, Paul McCartney returned for probably the last major event at the 54-year-old stadium.

Related Articles  Source: SF Gate
Phoenix couple gets married on stage at Paul McCartney concert

Adam Kowal and Andrea Copado will marry on Oct. 11. Copado read on the Internet that McCartney was ordained (he's not, really), and they decided to make a sign that read, "You're ordained, we're engaged, please marry us tonight!" In between his encores, McCartney stopped the concert and brought the couple on stage.

Related Articles  Source: KTAR, Phoenix
Lineup announced for Get Back Beatles concert in Seattle

The lineup of performers for "Get Back", the concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in Seattle in 1964 has just been announced, and includes "an all-star cast spanning generations" including members of Heart, the Original Kingsmen and the Foo Fighters. The concert occurs on August 23 at McCaw Hall in Seattle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Museum to display rare Beatles photos in Seattle

The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle will present an exhibit of photos taken from the Beatles' first Seattle concert in 1964 starting Friday. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first trip to the United States, the images capture the Aug. 21, 1964 concert at Seattle Center Coliseum.

Source: Seattle PI
Kanye West wants to record collaboration with Paul McCartney

Recently spotted backstage at a Macca gig, Kanye West, having previously teamed up with Chris Martin, Jay Z and Elton John, reportedly now wants to duet with Paul McCartney. A source said, "Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time. There's every chance they'll head into the studio together."

Source: OK! Magazine, UK
Guide to International Beatleweek 2014 in Liverpool

International Beatleweek kicks off at the Cavern Club on August 20. The annual celebration of the Fab Four will bring together fans and musicians from over 40 countries around the world. As well as live gigs, there will also be exhibitions, guest speakers, sightseeing tours and memorabilia sales throughout the week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Paul McCartney to rock fans at last Candlestick show

Paul McCartney will perform at Candlestick Park in San Francisco tonight. It will be the last public event at the stadium, where The Beatles performed their final concert nearly 50 years ago. This morning it was announced that the stage has been moved back, opening the way for hundreds of new tickets to be available.

Related Articles  Source: KGO TV, San Francisco
Palo Alto hotel suite lets you relive Beatles' 1965 San Francisco visit

Fans can stay in the suite and sleep where The Beatles slept in 1965 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. They had hoped to keep a lower profile by overnighting there, rather than in San Francisco, which would have been closer to the gigs. Nevertheless, their visit caused a 48-hour frenzy among local fans.

Source: SF Gate
Book Review: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four

Numerous Beatles books tell the group's story, or focus on specific periods in their history. Now, all the major topics are included in one convenient place in The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, the latest work by Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack, an educational and entertaining addition to any Beatle fan's library.

Source: Something Else Reviews

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