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Ringo Starr hiking in Colorado high country

Ringo Starr has been hiking in Colorado and Tweeting his approval of the Centennial State this week. "Another great day hiking in Colorado peace and love," Starr, dressed in black pants with white trim, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap, worn backward, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Source: The Denver Post
Paul McCartney treats local group to VIP treatment in Wichita

Thousands of Paul McCartney fans braved the heat for up to two hours before the Intrust Bank Arena opened it's doors, but one local group received the VIP treatment from Paul. Employees at Wichita's Envision, who are blind or visually impaired, entered to win tickets by writing an essay about how music inspires them.

Related Articles  Source: KAKE TV, Wichita
Number of first class degrees soar at McCartney university

The proportion of degrees given the highest award by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), the performing arts college co-founded by Paul McCartney, has more than doubled in the last five years, rising by 22.3 percentage points between 2010 and 2016, with more than a third earning the top honor last year.

Source: ITV, UK
On this day: Paul McCartney recorded his Snova v SSSR album

"Snova v SSSR" is the seventh solo album by Paul McCartney, exclusively created and released in the Soviet Union. The title is Russian for "Back in the U.S.S.R," the name of the famous 1968 Beatles song. Usually called the "Russian album," Paul McCartney recorded the album on July 20 to 21, 1987 and it was released on Oct. 31, 1988.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This Friday is declared as Paul McCartney Day in Des Moines

Paul McCartney is performing in Des Moines on Friday, as part of his "One on One" summer tour. So it's only fitting that July 21, 2017, is declared "Paul McCartney Day" there. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald tweeted a photo of the proclamation at the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning.

Related Articles  Source: Des Moines Register
Paul McCartney thrills packed Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd

At Monday night's packed Paul McCartney concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Paul ran through 60 years of material at maximum volume and sincerity as thousands of concertgoers sang along. The concert felt like years of studying for the biggest karaoke test ever. It was impossible not to giddily sing with the band.

Related Articles  Source: The Oklahoman
Man arrested for threatening to blow up Oklahoma City McCartney concert You Heard It Here First

A 55-year-old man was arrested Monday night outside the Paul McCartney concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena when an employee at the box office told security officers he said he would blow up The Peake if he couldn't get into McCartney's show. The man apparently had bought tickets to the music legend's show from a scalper.

Related Articles  Source: KOCO TV 5, Oklahoma City
New video game Easter egg features Paul McCartney song

Players of the new Destiny 2 video game beta with a keen sense of hearing and a willingness to go a bit off the beaten path will find an Easter egg in the Tower hangar. While exploring it, players will notice that the jukebox is glitching and looping "Hope For the Future", the Paul McCarthney song that plays during the original credits.

Source: Game Rant
Stella McCartney shoots new Fall campaign at garbage dump

Fashion designer Stella McCartney took over a Scottish landfill dump to shoot models in her latest creations for her Fall 2017 campaign. McCartney wanted to explore the idea of waste and the lifecycle of clothes, and recruited photographer Harley Weir and artist Urs Fischer to capture her models on location.

Source: TV3, Ireland
UK store unveils new Beatles Sgt. Pepper merchandise

Beatles fans will now be able to wear their band passion on their sleeves, literally, as Selfridges dept. stores in the UK unveils a brand new T-shirt, hoodies and jackets collection to celebrate 50 years of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and coinciding with Selfridges' Music Matters campaign.

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Wichita streets temporarily renamed in honor of McCartney concert Warning: Page opens with sound

In honor of the record-breaking Paul McCartney concert at Intrust Bank Arena this Wednesday, July 19, the city has approved the temporary renaming of Waterman Street at the intersection of St. Francis to Penny Lane and English Street at the intersection of St. Francis to Abbey Road. They will remain in effect through the concert.

Related Articles  Source: KSN TV, Wichtia
Paul McCartney delights fans of all ages in Bossier

Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Paul McCartney performed for almost three hours straight to a sold out crowd of all ages. McCartney delivered everything I could have imagined and way more. Of course a former member of The Beatles saw several known hits trotted out, but Paul reminded everyone of his prolific career.

Related Articles  Source: Bossier Press-Tribune, New Orleans
Ringo Starr on his emoji-filled twitter and why Beatles eternally relevant

Ringo Starr may get old, but as far as he's concerned, being Ringo never does. "I love joy," he says. "I love the light. I'm still doing what was my dream at 13, and that's playing. I think that helps. I promise you this, though -- I'm not this happy-go-lucky every day. But overall, my general demeanor is peace and love and joy."

Source: Billboard
Paul McCartney: How I approach live shows

Recently, Paul McCartney kicked off his latest let of U.S. "One on One" Tour. Even though he is also playing large stadiums, McCartney also likes some more intimate venues. He told Rolling Stone, "When I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience. So I'm relating to the people."

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Songs of Fab Four inspire cartoonist

A cartoonist from Bootle, England, who loves The Beatles has used some of their most famous songs to create some unique artwork. George Brook, who has been a cartoonist for more than 35 years, has used Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds as inspiration to come up with his own take on the Fab Four.

Source: Champion News, UK
Monday, July 17, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Blu-Ray out October 3

Disney announced on Friday that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on Digital HD September 19 and Blu-Ray on October 3. Blu-Ray extras will include a feature called Wings Over the Caribbean, in which Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Paul McCartney, who appeared in the movie as Uncle Jack.

Related Articles  Source: Read Junk
Paul McCartney brings One On One Tour to Georgia

Paul McCartney brought his One on One Tour to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA on Thursday night for a sold-out crowd. While most bands play about 20 songs, McCartney, who turned 75 last month, and his band played for nearly three hours running through 39 hits, highlights included the pyrotechnics during Live and Let Die.

Related Articles  Source: The Chattanoogan
Double Fantasy album signed by John Lennon's killer up for sale again

The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for sale for the third time. A building superintendent found the album in a flower planter outside the Dakota after the murder, turned it into police, who used it as evidence against Lennon's killer. It is expected to sell for for $1.5 million.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
50 Year Flashback: Inside John Lennon's long history with Rolling Stone

The relationship between John Lennon and Rolling Stone magazine started with his appearing on their first cover in 1967, and ended with his nude picture with Yoko Ono on the cover in 1981. Over the years, Lennon explained the Beatles' breakup, Richard Nixon's attempts to deport him, and shared the stories behind his songs.

Source: Rolling Stone
July 17, 1968: Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiere

The animated feature film inspired by and adapted from themes and ideas in songs by The Beatles and starring cartoon characters based on John, Paul, George and Ringo made its world premiere at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus on July 17, 1968. All four Beatles were in attendance, as were Keith Richards and members of The Who.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 14, 2017
Fender debuts new signature George Harrison guitar

Fender has announced four new artist signature models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including the limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, which embodies Harrison's elegantly restrained playing style and sound, based on his original Telecaster. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

Source: Guitar World
Eight Days a Week Beatles documentary nabs five Emmy nominations

The nominations for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and the Ron Howard-directed The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years came away with a fab five nods, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, outstanding writing, picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Beatles concert pops up in Havana suburb

"Imagine" a Beatles concert popped up in the middle of your street right outside your home. That's basically what happened in Havana one night. Beatles cover bands took the massive stage and for hours performed the hits from the English rock band. Nearly every person was wearing some kind of shirt with the Beatles on it.

Source: WREX TV, Rockford
Paul McCartney produces robust musical memories in Duluth

At the Infinite Energy Arena Thursday in Duluth last night, Paul McCartney frequently chatted with the crowd, about the chord progression that jumpstarted "You Won't See Me," giving The Rolling Stones their first No. 1 hit with "I Wanna Be Your Man," and wanting to provide hope during the civil rights movement with "Blackbird."

Related Articles  Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City of Benton says no to George Harrison mural

Benton City Council members nixed the idea of a proposed Beatles-themed mural near Interstate 57, saying it has no economic benefit to the city. Artist John Cerney had the idea of painting the 16-foot mural depicting George Harrison and his fans in Benton because of the story behind George visiting his sister Lousie there.

Source: Benton News
Stella McCartney furious after Beckhams share picture of her daughter

Fashion designer Stella McCartney is said to be "furious" after David Beckham shared a picture of her daughter on social media at Harper Beckham's Buckingham Palace birthday party, and the picture went viral. Stella likes to keep her children out of the public eye and makes a point of not posting pictures of them online.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Photos: Lucky woman gets kiss from Paul McCartney at concert

Lakeland veterinarian Kecia Howell and her son Noah Horowitz were called up on stage to sing with Paul McCartney at his show in Tampa on Monday. Howell was called from the audience on stage because of the handmade Sgt. Pepper's jacket she was wearing, they sang Get Back with Paul, and then Kecia got a kiss.

Related Articles  Source: The Ledger, Lakeland
Unemployed Architects a modern-day Beatles

One of Pontiac's biggest bands, The Unemployed Architects, can cite a myriad influences, but one that's particularly striking is The Beatles. Like the Fab Four of Liverpool, the band's original lineup were all Pontiac friends who went to school together, have had a change in drummers, and have adapted their playing over the years.

Source: The Register-Mail, IL
July 13, 1985: Live Aid rocks the planet

Live Aid was a 16-hour show simultaneously staged at London's Wembley Stadium and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA, and broadcast around the world to 1.5 billion viewers. Superstars that performed among the 50-plus acts were Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Beatles festival to celebrate 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

This year's Beatles at the Ridge Festival, set for Sept. 15-16 in downtown Walnut Ridge, will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper. Branson's Liverpool Legends will again headline the music festival, which also features the renowned Artists and Authors Symposium, bringing in Beatles experts from across the country.

Related Articles  Source: The Times Dispatch, Arkansas
John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce returns to Britain

John Lennon's famous psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V will be going on show along with seven other historic Phantoms in London. It marks the 50th anniversary of Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and coincides with the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom next week.

Source: This is Money, UK
Tunabunny releases a sprawling, Beatles-inspired opus

Adventurous local Georgia rock group Tunabunny isn't afraid to take an idea and run with it. The band's next undertaking will be a double LP mirroring The Beatles' self-titled White Album titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. While the record is intended as a response to the White Album, it carries its own weight.

Source: Flagpole, Athens, GA
Derelict Art Deco theatre where Beatles played to be restored

4.5million of UK National Lottery money will be used to restore the Globe Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees into a live music and comedy venue. From the 1950s to the 1970s it was was a major venue hosting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Cliff Richard and Buddy Holly. The Beatles played the Globe twice in 1963.

Source: Hartlepool Mail, UK
Gregg Rolie plans to finish new solo album by the end of the year

During the past couple of years, Gregg Rolie reunited with his old Santana band mates to record a new album, toured with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey. Now the veteran singer/keyboardist says he's taking some time to focus on a new solo project.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Review: Paul McCartney delights sold-out crowd in Tampa

During Paul McCartney's long-awaited Tampa return Monday night, he addressed his 2005 concert where he fell down a hole in the stage, briefly causing alarm. I'm lucky to be here," McCartney said. The crowd surely felt the same way, as McCartney delivered a nearly three-hour, 40-song set of solo, Wings and Beatles songs with nary a stumble.

Related Articles  Source: Herald-Tribune, Sarasota
Take a free back-stage tour of the Beatles Love in Las Vegas

Beatles fans can enjoy a free, behind-the-scenes look at one of Sin City's most popular shows. The "Magical Technical Tour" of the set of "The Beatles Love" takes place 1 p.m. Saturday afternoons at the Mirage. Guests learn about the Love Theater technology that supports cast members as they fly through the air.

Source: Los Angeles Times
World's greatest songwriter has world's worst grammar Warning: Page opens with sound

Everyone on the planet knows that Paul McCartney is the greatest songwriter of all time, but what has been swept under the carpet during his six-decade billion-dollar career is that he has absolutely terrible grammar. In fact, many of McCartney's biggest hits are plagued by basic grammatical errors and non-sequiturs.

Source:, Australia
Pictures: The Beatles' cars, what did they drive?

The Beatles had many incredible, iconic cars throughout their time. With appearances from the Rolls-Royce Phantom to Aston Martin DB5, money can't buy you love but it did buy the fab foursome a collection of motoring masterpieces. One of the cars was even involved in the notorious 1969 "Paul is dead" conspiracy theory.

Source: Car Keys, UK
A Hard Day's Night still the greatest jukebox movie ever made

The Beatles were "an early clue to a new direction." They were also "troublemakers" who missed the memo saying "the new thing" was to "care passionately and be right wing." They revolutionized music, but they also helped bring revolution nine to the film industry, which would never be able to discount the art in rock and roll movies again.

Source: Den of Geek
Monday, July 10, 2017
Talented couple to headline Beatles at the Ridge

Doyle and Yvette Jeter are happily married Beatles fans, and as their passion for "all things Beatle" has morphed into artistic expression, both will be featured at Beatles at the Ridge in September. Doyle will direct two exciting Art Happenings with local students, Yvette will be exhibiting her "Peace and Love" themed hand-made soaps and candles.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Beatles mark Yellow Submarine 50th anniversary with comic book

For the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, Apple is authorizing a comic book adaptation of the classic film with Titan Comics. The book is slated for release in 2018. MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison wrote and illustrated The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, which follows the band and sub as they encounter the Blue Meanies.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney spans 60 years of music at tour opener in Miami

Paul McCartney began the latest leg of his One on One tour with a lengthy show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami Friday night. The set list contained his earliest recorded song and some of his most recent ones, ranging from "In Spite of All the Danger" to "My Valentine" and "Save Us" and "Queenie Eye" from his "New" album.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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