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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, April 17, 2015

Beatles piano sells for almost $100,000 at auction 

The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build Program raised $98,888 on Friday by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Originally purchased for $100, it was restored, custom painted with a Beatles theme, and then trucked around to their gigs for the Beatles autographs.

Source: Nola Defender
Set of Beatles autographs and Sgt. Peppers mike for sale 

A piece of paper signed by all four members of the Beatles and a microphone used during the recording of their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are up for auction next week. The autographs are valued at around 1,500 (around $2,250) and the microphone could go for as much as 600 (about $900).

Source: The Irish Examiner
5 Starr classics: Ringo's essential albums 

John, Paul, George, Ringo. You'll usually find poor Richard Starkey's name at the bottom of the list. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose to honor him last. But, perhaps the best argument for reconsidering Ringo's place the rankings are his own post-Beatles albums, the most underrated of any of the Fab Four's solo works.

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr life 

After five decades, the happy-go-lucky sidekick in the greatest band of all time is finally getting his moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. "Paul said he's going to do the Hall of Fame speech," says Ringo. "I really think I'm doing it just to give Paul a night out. He likes to keep busy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Rishikesh wildlife park could become Beatles fan pilgrimage spot 

The government in Northern India hopes to turn Rajaji National Park in Rishikesh into a pilgrimage site of sorts for the band's followers. The park in the foothills of the Himalayas houses Chaurasi Kutia where the Beatles stayed with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his ashram in the late sixties. It became a national park in 1983.

Source: Hindustan Times
Paul and Linda McCartney's love story in the form of song 

On April 17, 1998, Paul McCartney's first wife, Linda McCartney, lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 56. Luckily, Paul and Linda's love for each other will permanently be on display through photographs taken of the two together over the years. Their love will also live on in immortality through Paul's music.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
8 ways George Harrison saved British cinema 

After the Beatles, his solo work and the Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison turned film producer and helped bring some of Britain's very best films to the screen when others wouldn't. His film studio Handmade arrived at a time when the entertainment industry was in flux and crying out for change in order to survive.

Source: What Culture
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Interview: Dave Grohl on vinyl and Record Store Day

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is this year's ambassador to Record Store Day, which will see 400 new and limited-edition releases go on sale, including the re-release of Paul McCartney's soundtrack album "The Family Way." Grohl said, "I have albums from the last 40 years of my life. I still have the first record I ever bought."

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney launches new avatar on Line Play game

Last May Paul launched an account on the game Line Play, a smartphone community that allows players to create their own unique avatars and personalize their chat rooms. To celebrate Paul getting back Out There in Japan this month, a brand new set of official Paul McCartney Gacha personal game items are now available to collect.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fisheries say Paul McCartney misleading public on seal hunt

As Paul McCartney calls again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial seal hunt, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said on Tuesday, "We continue to tell the truth about sealing, and the effects of seal populations on our marine ecosystems, to combat misleading attacks on the hunt from radical animal rights activists."

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, Canada
It's now a Kid's Day's Night at Liverpool hotel

The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has unveiled its new Children's Menu, with many of its signature dishes offering suitably portioned meals with younger palates in mind. Children can choose from tomato sauce and cheese pasta, mini fish and chips or mini beef burger, with a chocolate sundae or ice cream for afters.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Black Jacket Symphony to perform songs by The Beatles in Montgomery

The Black Jacket Symphony will return to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre stage in Montgomery, Alabama, to present "The Symphony of Our Generation" on May 2. Known for its incredible recreation of classic albums in a live setting, they will be performing The Beatles' Abbey Road and The Who's Who's Next.

Source: AL.com
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Video: Ringo's new shoes

As reported here earlier. Ringo Starr is now the face of Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear. Ringo said, "I love to be relaxed. I don't know why people think because you're a well-known pop star that we relax differently. We don't." The first look at Ringo's new commercial for Skechers is now available streaming on the internet.

Source: Artist Direct
Beatles fans can now take a digital tour of Abbey Road

Beatles fans can now take a digital tour of Abbey Road studios using Google. The world famous studios have never before been open to the public, but in a Google first the web giant has made an app with a virtual tour that includes archived Beatles photos and music videos of stars at the studio embedded in the tour.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Traveling Wilburys guitar to be auctioned to benefit South Carolina school

Thomas Heyward Academy in South Carolina will hold its fourth annual Spring Gala on Saturday and one item on the auction list sure to draw some attention is a rare collector's item, a guitar from the 1990s Traveling Wilburys collection, donated by Gretsch. Similar guitars sold for as much as $10,000 in past auctions.

Source: Savannah Morning News
All-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band makes U.S. debut

The Mersey Beatles, the world's only all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for 10 years at the Cavern Club will perform in the Chicago area next week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will also be in attendance, she will be signing copies of her book "Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon".

Source: Chicago Tribune
Beatles musical Let it Be to re-launch Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre

The Internationally performed show that celebrates the music of The Beatles is coming to their home town later this year to mark the official re-launch of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. The opening of Let It Be is also set to coincide with John Lennon's 75th birthday.

Source: ATV, UK
Steve Lukather says George Harrison inspired him to play

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather spoke in a recent interview about his early influences and says George Harrison was chief amongst them. "George Harrison, 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Off the Beatles' first album. That was the one where I said, 'I want to be that guy.' I was able to tell George that because we became friends later in life."

Source: RTT News
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Jeff Lynne to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star next week

Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne finally will be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. Tom Petty and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on hand to speak at the event, which will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney again urges Canada to stop seal hunt

Paul McCartney is calling again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial hunt, roiling supporters who say it's a humane source of cash for struggling outports. McCartney appeals for a stop to what he calls a "senseless slaughter" in a statement released Tuesday.

Related Articles  Source: Metro News, Canada
Julian Lennon's artistic horizons

Julian Lennon is charting new artistic territories with his photography exhibition Horizons, on view in New York until May 2nd. Most noted as a musician and the first son of Beatles member John Lennon, Julian has found his true voice as a photographer and philanthropist, while exploring the world and his life's purpose.

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles animator brings Yellow Submarine art to Fargo

Ron Campbell, known to Fab Four fans as the artist behind The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show and the animated feature film The Yellow Submarine, will set up shop in downtown Fargo Friday through Sunday, showing and selling illustrations from his 50-year career, including many from his years drawing the Beatles.

Source: Inforum
Liverpool Beatles society backs Morecambe birdman

The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society has backed pensioner John Wilkinson after he was punished again for feeding pigeons in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. John Chambers, the group's president, said, "We are big animal lovers, we are like Paul McCartney, we campaign for the rights of animals."

Source: The Visitor, UK
Looking Back: 1982 Beatlefan interview with Cynthia Lennon

In early 1982, Bill King interviewed Cynthia Lennon for Beatlefan magazine. She talks about her then touring art exhibit, working with Paul and Linda McCartney, how John and Paul got along, Brian Epstein, meeting fans at Beatlefest, and what it was like being in the public eye and the ex-wife of John Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Blog
Monday, April 13, 2015
Billy J. Kramer reveals how he got his name

Born William Ashton in 1943, manager Brian Epstein thought Billy J. Kramer needed a new name. "They made a list and of all the names on it, they thought that Kramer was the best. Then John Lennon suggested the J." Billy has recently released a new album and is now heading back to the UK for his first British tour for 16 years.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Ringo Starr didn't get over Beatles breakup for 20 years

Ringo Starr admitted in a new interview that he didn't get over the 1970 breakup of The Beatles for two decades, where he turned to alcohol in an attempt to make the pain of the breakup go away. "I was mad for 20 years," Ringo said, presumably meaning he went crazy. "I had breaks in between of not being."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
The X-rated reason why John Lennon called Eric Burdon the Eggman

One of the most widely quoted lyrics from the Beatles classic "I Am the Walrus" was an inside, and X-rated, joke between John Lennon and Animals singer Eric Burdon, who was called Eggman, or Eggs, by some of his pals. The true story of how this nickname came to be is told here for the first time in Burdon's own words.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Photos: Beatles Day in Hastings raises thousands for charity

This year's 16th Beatles Day in Hastings, East Sussex, England, featured a record 95 acts on three stages. For the first time there was an acoustic stage set up in top floor bar area which was packed for much of the day. Around 20,000 (about $29,300) was raised on the day.

Source: Sussex Express, UK
Photos: First view from inside Paul and Heather's doomed wedding

New photos have emerged of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' 2002 wedding, but after tying the knot, Paul's daughters looked decidedly glum The pair were said to have been less than overjoyed at their father's partner. The pictures and other memorabilia are to be auctioned for charity next month.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, April 10, 2015
Blu-ray Review: A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney

Now available on blu-ray, A MusiCare Tribute to Paul McCartney captures a fun night for both the honoree and the performers allowed to play his tunes. McCartney gets a chance to remind fans why he's important and why he's not a complete nostalgia act. He's still got songs inside him that people will hum for the rest of the century.

Source: Inside Pulse
Tribute band to perform Sgt. Pepper album with orchestra

Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine will perform the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album in its entirety in Kirkland, Washington on April 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m. The band will be accompanied by a twenty-one-piece orchestra and electric violin virtuoso Geoffrey Castle to perform note for note, the iconic album in its entirety.

Source: The Examiner
Apple Jam to return to Seattle with new Beatles show

The Seattle-based Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam, is making a return engagement in Seattle with their new show, "Rarefied Beatles" at the Chop Suey nightclub on June 12. The group promises to deliver a stunning show featuring a wide repertoire of well-known Beatles songs, solo hits, rare tracks and more.

Source: The Examiner
Ten little-known facts about Paul McCartney

Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney. Scores of biographies have been written, many filled with the minutest details about the former Beatle. Still, the Gibson.com website managed to uncover a handful of less-well-known tidbits about Sir Paul's remarkable life.

Source: Gibson
The Fifth Man: Brian Epstein and the Beatles

In a ceremony last year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Beatles' original manager, Brian Epstein, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Epstein's early oversight of what many consider to be the most popular musical act of the 20th century led some to call him the fifth Beatle.

Source: New York Times
Paul McCartney quits the Beatles 45 years ago today

An Associated Press story published on April 10, 1970, said, "Paul McCartney announced today that he's split from the Beatles but said he may be back. Paul ... blamed the break on 'personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most all because I have a better time with my family.' "

Source: Poynter
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ringo Starr steps to the front as the last Beatle enshrined in Rock Hall

Ringo Starr is entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act on April 18. With a few notable exceptions, drummers usually are not that great as frontmen. "I was offered a job to be a bass player with Gerry and the Pacemakers,'' Starr said. "Standing in front? That sounds pretty cool. The only drawback is, I never played bass.''

Source: Cleveland.com
Ringo's drums, clothes to be displayed in Rock Hall of Fame exhibit

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it will display memorabilia from each of its new inductees in an exhibit that will include a set of Ringo Starr's drums, used during the years from 1964 to 1968. Also on view will be the shirt Ringo wore on the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album that was released in 1974.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Modern mansion has a Beatles connection

Blue Jay is set within the grounds of former royal residence Claremont House Gardens in Surrey, according to the site's developer. The new five-bedroom home in Esher, England, was built on part of the site of George Harrison's 1960s country property Kinfauns, and the property takes its name from Harrison's song Blue Jay way.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Paul McCartney set for VE Day concert in London

Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Rod Stewart will headline a special concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, aka VE Day. The special concert will be 1940s-themed and it will commemorate the end of the Second World War in 1945. It will be held at London's Horse Guards Parade on May 9.

Source: Artist Direct
Sergeant Pepper's signed cardboard gnome goes to auction

The tiny garden gnome that appeared on 1967 Sgt. Pepper's album cover next to the legs of George Harrison, signed by all four Beatles, is expected to sell for 17,000 (about $25,275) when it goes to auction. It was created by the album cover's designer Peter Blake, and given to an assistant photographer after the shoot.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Chicago a cappella to celebrate The Beatles

The nine singers of Chicago a cappella will take on the classic songs of the Fab Four in their concert, "Beatlemania," this weekend and next in four locations around the Chicago area. The acclaimed vocal ensemble will put a dynamic a cappella spin on familiar favorites by Lennon & McCartney and George Harrison.

Source: Suburban Life
First-ever US Ravi Shankar exhibition to open at L.A. Grammy Museum

"Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music" will be unveiled at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 29, marking the first exhibition in the U.S. to celebrate India's most esteemed musician, who died in 2012. April 29 would also have been the renowned sitar player and Beatles' inspiration's 95th birthday.

Source: The American Bazaar

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