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Go behind the scenes for free at The Beatles Love in Las Vegas

The new Magical Technical Tour is a 30-minute behind-the-scenes experience of the Beatles Love at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas that fans can now have for free at 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Among the cool parts are watching the unique stage-in-the-round shift and move like a Transformer and the theatre's sound system demo.

Source: Las Vegas Sun
Stella McCartney is weaving a new way forward

Stella McCartney has never used leather, skins, fur, or feathers in her products. Her latest venture is a collaboration with Bolt Threads, who have created a product called Microsilk, which is bioengineered to mimic the chemistry and strength of real silk created by spiders in nature, without harming insects or using petroleum.

Source: Fast Company
Ford Museum to exhibit Rock & Roll memorabilia

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit is coming to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids next month. "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics" features exhibits including George Harrison's visit to the White House, and explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights to stimulate thought and effect change.

Source: WXMI TV, Grand Rapids

Long Island students record love song aboard John Lennon bus

Select Herricks High School students spent last Thursday aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, recording an original song written over the course of the day. The song written by the Herricks students has an "acoustic coffee shop, beach vibe, surreal feeling" but will "even include a horn section," said Lennon Bus engineer Steven Meloney.

Source: The Island Now
Rolling Stone magazine prints its first issue 50 years ago today

In the fall of 1967, Rolling Stone began operating out of a loft in San Francisco. Just a couple days before printing, co-founder Jann Wenner selected a photo for the cover, John Lennon from the film How I Won the War, which was hitting theaters the same time as the magazine. "It was the last piece of the puzzle for the issue," Wenner said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Georgia gallery hosts Ringo art show to coincide with upcoming concert

An opportunity to meet a music icon is coming soon to the Ann Jackson Gallery in downtown Roswell, Georgia. Beginning on Nov. 8 and running through Nov. 11, the gallery will host "The Ringo Starr Fine Art Show." Ringo will take a photo backstage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta with fans who purchase select pieces of his signed art work.

Source: North Fulton Neighbor, GA
Interview: Dhani Harrison on debut solo LP and missing Tom Petty

Dhani Harrison says the spirit of the late Tom Petty help drive him as he launched his first-ever solo album, In///Parallel. Harrison said he spent "a lot of time" in the immediate aftermath with the Heartbreakers and Wilburys mate Jeff Lynne. "Yeah, my heart's broken... I definitely haven't felt any loss like this since my dad."

Source: Billboard
Record Store Day 2017 includes special Paul McCartney vinyl

Annual Record Store Day has revealed this year's exhaustive list of vinyl exclusives set for release on Black Friday 2017, Nov. 24. Among this year's releases includes a pair of 7-inch singles from Paul McCartney. One is on red vinyl, the other green, both feature the new version of his classic "Wonderful Christmastime" featuring the Roots.

Source: Radio.com News
Video: ELO Turn To Stone at Wembley Stadium

A video of Jeff Lynne's ELO performing "Turn To Stone" at Wembley Stadium in London is now on the internet. The entire show, called "Wembley Or Bust", is being released as a live CD/DVD showing the legendary concert in all its glory. Lynne said, "It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined."

Source: The Independant, UK
The absurdly violent and gay Beatles movie that never got made

Up Against It, a film commissioned at the Beatles' height, was to feature the band assassinating a female PM, sparking a brutal civil war and engaging in group sex. The script was the work of playwright Joe Orton, a rising British master of blackly comic plays. Not only did they not make it, the Beatles didn't even return Orton's calls.

Source: National Post, Canada
Beatles make their television debut 55 years ago today

In the fall of 1962, the Beatles were just starting out. Ringo Starr had been in the band only a couple of months, and the group's debut single, Love Me Do, had just been released in the U.K. On Oct. 17, 1962, The Beatles went to Granada's studios in Manchester to perform on the channel's regular People and Places program.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 16, 2017
Audio: Ringo Starr talks new album, reuniting with Paul McCartney

In a new radio interview, Ringo Starr talks about his latest album, and why Paul McCartney is still the most melodic bass player in the industry. About the song Show Me The Way, Ringo said, "You know, one part of that track he plays just four straight notes, and they are so moving. Anyway, I love the man, what more do you want me to say?"

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Video: Ringo Starr begins 2017 tour of his All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr kicked off the 2017 edition of his All Starr Band with the first two of eight performances at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas last Friday and Saturday. The current lineup of All Starrs first came together in 2012 and is the band's longest-running. Ringo performed songs that he sang lead for The Beatles as well as many solo hits.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles music scholar debuts new Flip Side Beatles book and brand

Full-time Beatles music scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz has just released his sixth book, Flip Side Beatles, in a departure from his typical style of publication. It features two of Krerowicz's musical analysis presentations in a unique book form, one on the first side, and the other on the "flip side".

Source: Beatles News
The Beatles' Apple Corps still make $98,000 a day

The Beatles still rake in 67,000 (about $98,000) a day from a company they formed before they split, nearly 50 years ago. Apple Corps, set up in 1968 to manage their affairs, which doesn't even own the Beatles back catalogue of songs, made 10 million from the 2016 documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.

Source: The Mirror
The rock 'n' roll revival of Walnut Ridge

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, population 5,000, is about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock. The Beatles landed at the Walnut Ridge airport for about an hour in September 1964. The city has transformed that brief encounter with the Beatles into an attraction that draws thousands to its annual "Beatles at the Ridge" festival in September.

Source: Charleston Express
Friday, October 13, 2017
Dhani Harrison on working with his dad and breaking out on his own

"I've just spent 17 years remastering everything for vinyl and CD and getting it all in one box set. So I'm taking a little break. That's taken up a lot of my bandwidth for most of the past 20 years. I even played on Travelling Wilburys stuff and worked on the remaster of All Things Must Pass, an album that was made before I was born."

Source: INews, UK
Air Studios wins two-year legal battle over next-door basement build

Hampstead's world-famous Air Studios is celebrating today after a planning application to build a basement swimming pool next door was withdrawn. Founded by Sir George Martin, and having welcomed recording artists from Paul McCartney to U2, Air Studios is one of just two London studios that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra.

Source: PSN Europe
Interview: Yoko made two films for me

Jonas Mekas first met Yoko Ono in New York in 1960. A few years later, she went to London and met John Lennon. "In December 1970...I organised a little film festival and Yoko made two films for me in 10 days...At the time I saw a lot of John and Yoko, and I always enjoyed our time together. He was open, relaxed, very spontaneous."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tommy Live now available on DVD and Blu-ray

Tommy is considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time, but it has taken nearly 50 years for the Who to perform the double album live in its entirety. Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall comes to DVD, Blu-ray, 2 CD and 3 LP packages today. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are joined by Zak Starkey on drums.

Source: The Music Universe
Thursday, October 12, 2017
New book from Yoko Ono to document history of Imagine

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon's album "Imagine" in a "landmark publication" with book publisher Thames & Hudson. The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain "unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews" with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded.

Source: The Bookseller
Beatlemania thrives at store in Kentucky

This upcoming weekend marks the six month anniversary of Octopus's Garden, "the ultimate Beatles store and more," in Louisville, Kentucky. The store is stocked with three full rooms that hold Beatles, Beatles, and more Beatles, from the common to the obscure and if it is not there, they will try to find it for you.

Source: Digital Journal
Which sounds better, analog or digital music?

Record players have made a comeback over the past decade. So what's the deal with the vinyl phenomenon? Is it really possible that records just inherently make a fuller sound? To have any hope of answering these questions, we have to start with something more basic: What is sound and how do we hear it?

Source: Scientific American
Paul McCartney death rumors begin on this day in 1969

On Oct 12, 1969, disc jockey Russ Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit, MI, took a call from a listener who tells him that when the song "Strawberry Fields Forever" is played backwards, a voice says, "Turn me on, dead man." And it's a sign that Paul McCartney is dead. One week later, WKNR devoted a two-hour show to the mystery.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paul McCartney to take part in 60th anniversary Grammy special

The 60th Annual Grammys will be held on January 28, 2018, and in honor of the milestone, CBS is airing a retrospective TV special about the award show. The two-hour program, which will air November 24, will include appearances from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Sting, among others.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Paul McCartney pens letter to urge for proper care for mistreated dogs

Paul McCartney has joined forces with PETA to petition to the parent company of The Pet Blood Bank's distributor, Patterson Veterinary Supply, to provide proper care for some 150 greyhounds living in squalor in dirt-floored pens. Yesterday, McCartney penned a letter appealing for better treatment of the animals.

Source: Billboard
Video: Dhani Harrison performs song from new solo album on TV

Dhani Harrison's debut solo album, In///Parallel, was released on October 6. Dhani performed two songs from it on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, as he gears up for his first-ever tour as a headliner. Earlier this year, Dhani gave a humorous speech for the Electric Light Orchestra's Rock Hall Class of 2017 induction.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Two letters from John Lennon explain why he meditated

In early 1968, The Beatles travelled to India to learn the value of transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. While staying in the Himalayas, John Lennon wrote several letters to fans, expressing the value of their newfound meditative practices. These letters were published in book, The John Lennon Letters.

Source: Happy
California high school string quartet joins Beatles musical tour

The Buchanan High School string quartet from Clovis, California, will be joining professional actors on stage during the show "In my Life - A Musical Theater Tribute to the Beatles," next Friday, October 20. The show is the story of the Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, and features live music from the tribute band Abbey Road.

Source: Your Central Valley
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney Pirates Of The Caribbean behind the scenes clip

Footage has emerged of Paul McCartney singing behind the scenes on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean, while Johnny Depp completely fangirls over him. McCartney made a cameo in Dead Men Tale No Tales, and in the clip he serenades the crew with Maggie Mae, which features on the Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be.

Source: Radio X, UK
Liam Gallagher believes John Lennon is looking out for him

Liam Gallagher says John Lennon is his spiritual guide and he believes the music legend is watching over him. "(He's my) spiritual guide. I do believe he's here. I do believe that he's looking out for me," ardent John Lennon fan Gallagher told Rolling Stone magazine, who also named his eldest son, Lennon, 18, after him.

Source: Business Standard
Online auction selling one of America's largest record collections Requires Subscription

An online estate sale auction house is auctioning off 250 albums in what is said to be maybe the largest vinyl record collection in America. The collection contains about 2,500 Beatles albums alone, every pressing that Capitol Records ever released of the Beatles, some of the things like the box sets in the collection are very rare.

Source: Cincinnati Business Journal
Iconic Marylebone Town Hall now open for bookings

The diary is now open for bookings at one of London's most recognisable civil wedding venues, The Old Marylebone Town Hall, a celebrity favorite for weddings including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Reopening in January 2018, the Town Hall will offer intimate ceremonies for four people to larger weddings for up to 100 guests.

Source: London Loves Business
Monday, October 9, 2017
Speakers selected for Beatles at the Ridge 2018 Symposium

In celebration of John Lennon's 77th birthday, Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler announced the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium 2018 in Walnut Ridge, AR. Slated for September 14-15, 2018, it is the educational component for the two-day music festival.

Source: Beatles News
Beatles family remembers John Lennon on 77th birthday

Paul McCartney has remembered John Lennon on what would have been his 77th birthday. McCartney wrote he was "reaching out to Johnny on his birthday" in a post on Twitter alongside an old photograph of the pals. Ringo Starr also paid tribute with a photo of the pair in their Beatles days, and Yoko tweeted he was "still with us."

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
John Lennon quotes on what would've been the his 77th birthday

John Lennon might have been one of the most important musicians in British history, but he was also known for his inspirational insights into the world. Before his tragic and untimely death in 1980, Lennon became the voice of his generation thanks to his heartfelt lyrics and quotes on love, peace, religion and war.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
6 stunning John Lennon songs to play on his birthday Warning: Page opens with sound

John Lennon's catalog extends far beyond Beatles classics like Strawberry Fields Forever and solo highlights like Imagine. Some of his greatest musical moments come via his deep cuts, tunes off the beaten path of FM radio that cement his status as one of rock's greatest songwriters. Here is a list of six songs, in honor of his 77th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
New comedy announced about John Lennon

In about six months, a new comedy play Lennon's Banjo will premiere in Liverpool, telling the fascinating and touching story behind the beginning of the singer's musical journey, influenced by his mother Julia. The show will open at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre on Tuesday April 24, 2018, for a two-week run.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon turns 42 today

Today is Sean Lennon's 42nd birthday. In 1998, in an interview in the Los Angeles Times, Sean said, "I feel very strongly about experimenting with different styles. That's what appeals so much to me about the Beastie Boys records and Beck's records today and the Beatles records before. That's what the future of music needs to be all about."

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Foo Fighters cover Beatles with Liam Gallagher, Aerosmith's Joe Perry

At their one-day Cal Jam festival on Saturday in San Bernardino, California, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined the Foo Fighters on stage to perform the Beatles' Come Together with vocals by Liam Gallagher, who performed a solo set earlier in the day. Gallagher was so into the moment, he jumped into the audience to crowd-surf.

Source: Billboard
Miles Kane and Matt Bellamy play Beatles songs at Los Angeles party

Miles Kane and Matt Bellamy from Muse, who recently performed at the KAABOO Music Festival, have recently joined together on stage at a Los Angeles party to perform Beatles songs. They performed songs including I Saw Her Standing There, Please Please Me, Can't Buy Me Love, Back In The USSR and Twist and Shout.

Source: Mxdwn
Friday, October 6, 2017
Ringo Starr dedicating first All Starr Band show to Las Vegas victims

With Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band set to launch a new U.S. tour next week with a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Starr has dedicated the group's first Vegas show, which takes place October 13, to the shooting victims, and also will make a donation to them from his Lotus Foundation charity.

Events Calendar  Source: WFJA 105.5 FM

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