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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paul McCartney releases Tug of War remix on his website 

In another nod to the forthcoming October reissues of Paul's classic '80s albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, now available for pre-order, Paul McCartney's official website has worked together with Q Magazine and Entertainment Weekly to bring fans an exclusive preview of "Tug of War (Remix 2015)," which you can listen to online.

Keith Richards disses the Beatles again 

In a new interview in which he said rap was for "tone-deaf people," and after recently calling the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album "a mishmash of rubbish," today Keith Richards said about their 1965 Shea Stadium appearance, "As a band, they weren't in sync with each other," and added, "When it got to [seeing the guru] Maharishi, I gave up."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Video: Korg reveals new Beatles keyboard with 100 backing tracks 

Synthesizer manufacturer Korg has released a new keyboard themed around The Beatles. The instrument, which is named The Liverpool, comes with the backing tracks of 100 of the Fab Four's songs built-in and is also decorated with a giant Union Jack. A new video of the keyboard in action at the Cavern is now online.

Source: NME, UK
Famed guitarmaker Ovation to re-open Connecticut shop 

A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will resume making the renowned instruments, thanks to the efforts of factory employees. Music legends who have played Ovations include John Lennon, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Glen Campbell, Mick Jagger and Eddie Van Halen.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon 75th birthday celebration at Hollywood star 

John Lennon's 75th birthday will be celebrated Friday, October 9, in Hollywood, California at the Capitol Records Tower Building. The event, called "The John Lennon 75th Birthday Milestone Celebration in Hollywood, CA," is free to the public and will include October 9 will be officially declared "John Lennon Peace Day."

Source: The Examiner
Interview: Legendary drummer Alan White 

What sets Alan White, drummer for Yes, John Lennon and George Harrison, apart from other rock stars, is the fact that he literally has never been on an audition. He never even tried to be a rock legend. John Lennon once called him to offer a spot in The Plastic Ono Band, and Alan hung up on Lennon, assuming it was a prank call.

Source: LA Music Blog
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Paul McCartney lends his voice to new climate change single

A handful of music legends and celebrities have come together to record a new single aimed at building awareness and support. The piece, called "Love Song to the Earth," is collaborative effort from Paul McCartney and many other artists including Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow. It will be released on Sept. 4 on iTunes.

Source: Mother Nature Network
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell's Hamptons holiday

He's enjoying a break from his epic Out There world tour, which he recently added new US dates to. And Paul McCartney had the perfect summer retreat, heading off the the Hamptons with his wife Nancy Shevell and family. Macca enjoyed the East coast sunshine during a sailing trip, while Nancy kept busy at the gym.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Guitar effects pedal company releases Joe Walsh sound box

Guitar effects pedal company Analog Alien has announced the launch of a new exclusive guitar pedal, the Joe Walsh Double Classic, available on October 1. It is a dual effects pedal designed in collaboration with legendary guitarist Joe Walsh of The Eagles and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. (Joe is also Ringo's brother-in-law.)

Source: Premier Guitar
Video: Do the Beatles need Spotify to remain timeless?

The data-driven website Polygraph made a splash recently with its report on the most timeless songs in history. But they used the number of times a song has been played on Spotify, this created some big omissions like The Beatles and Taylor Swift, who are not available on Spotify and couldn't be included in the rankings.

Source: Huffington Post
Webiste claims newly discovered tape proves Beatles never broke up

In 2009 the owner of the website claims he had a life-changing experience he still can't explain, when he mysteriously came into the possession of a cassette containing a Beatles album that was never released. Called Everyday Chemistry, it makes him believe that The Beatles never broke up.

Source: CJWA FM, B.C., Canda
Public domain Beatles recordings cause publishing fight

In early February, due to Canadian copyright law, Love Me Do became the top-selling CD at Walmart stores in Canada. The recordings may have been public domain, but the publishing rights aren't. The trouble started when publishers sent out instructions to a Canadian agency charged with the licensing to stop issuing them to the CD reissuer.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Gerry and the Pacemakers singer to play Hampshire gig

It was more than 50 years ago that Gerry and the Pacemakers were signed by Brian Epstein as his second group to The Beatles. The Pacemakers' might have changed over the years but Liverpool legend Gerry Marsden is still going strong on the sixties revival circuit. He will appear on Sept. 17 at The Concorde in Eastleigh, England.

Source: Southern Daily Echo, UK
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Ringo Starr: In Conversation coming to Los Angeles this month

To celebrate the publication of Ringo Starr's Photograph memoir, on September 25, at 8 p.m., Ringo Starr will appear on stage at LA's historic El Rey Theater. During the course of a moderated conversation, the audience will be invited to join Ringo Starr looking through rare and unseen photographs drawn from his personal archives.

Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Beatles artworks highlight UK fair

Works of art by or inspired by the Beatles and their followers will be a major attraction at The Cheshire Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Tatton Park, Knutsford, England, from September 18 to 20. On sale will be original prints by John Lennon and original drawings by Klaus Voorman, who designed the Revolver album cover.

Source: Art Fix Daily
Dhani Harrison creates original music for new film

Learning to Drive, with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley as a Sikh Indian driving instructor, is now in limited release. At last year's Toronto International Film Festival, it was runner-up for the audience award. Sharing credit with Paul Hicks on the film's original music is Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison.

Source: The Reporter
John Lennon's 75th will be celebrated with 2 special concerts in Seattle

John Lennon's 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his passing will be commemorated in the Seattle area this season with bookend concerts called "The John Lennon Jam" starring world-renowned Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam. Lennon's birthday will be celebrated Friday, October 9, at Bake's Place in Bellevue, Washington.

Source: The Examiner
Iconic Lava Lamps become Fab for their 50th anniversary

This year marks a half-century of the Iconic Lava Lamps in the United States. A new collection of Beatles-themed Lava Lamps became available today, featuring designs inspired by the albums Help!, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as a series based on their timeless animated classic Yellow Submarine.

Source: PR Newswire
Monday, August 31, 2015
Why you couldn't get McCartney tickets and who you should blame

If you're wondering why tickets for Paul McCartney's Oct. 22 show in Buffalo, NY, sold out so quickly Monday or how they were being offered for sale even before the official pre-sale last week, you're not alone. What happened was an example of a practice called speculative ticketing, an attempt to sell something that isn't actually there.

Source: The Buffalo News
Four sketches drawn by Paul McCartney sell for $23,000 at auction

Four sketches of Beatles-esque faces drawn by Paul McCartney sold for a combined 15,000 at an auction in Liverpool on Saturday. Also, a handkerchief signed by the late Cilla Black was estimated to fetch 20-30 but sold for 230. The items were among more than 300 lots up for sale at the Annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction at LIPA.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Pattie Boyd makes International Beatleweek debut

Pattie Boyd has spoken about her life with George Harrison during her debut at International Beatleweek. The model and photographer was interviewed by Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn in front of a packed ballroom at the Adelphi. Boyd first met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964, they married in 1966.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles' rooftop gig recreated at Liverpool Central Library

The Beatles' famous rooftop gig was recreated in Liverpool as part of the International Beatleweek celebrations. Scottish tribute band Them Beatles performed three sets on the roof terrace of Liverpool Central Library, but unlike the original 1969 concert in London's Savile Row, the Liverpool shows weren't broken up by the police.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo Starr performing Tommy's Holiday Camp surfaces

Ringo Starr will feature on the upcoming reissue of the Who's rock opera Tommy. The 1972 performance, featuring the 104-piece London Symphony Orchestra, includes Ringo in the role of Uncle Ernie adding vocals on "Tommy's Holiday Camp." Out of print since 1972, Tommy lands on CD, vinyl and digital download September 11.

Source: RTT News
Abbey Road institute to open music studio school in Australia

London's Abbey Road Studios is about to set up shop in Sydney after acquiring Studios 301. The second Australian Abbey Road Institute, the famed studio's first Aussie school was launched in Melbourne over the weekend. Studios 301 was established in 1926 and is the longest running professional recording studio in Australia.

Source: Music Feeds, Australia
Wife of John Lennon lookalike to sell rare Beatles memorabilia

A woman whose husband has been described as a look-alike John Lennon is selling some rare Beatles memorabilia. The woman, who has decided to remain anonymous, will release a fascinating selection of transparency images from the film Help! and other rare Beatles memorabilia in an auction in Plymouth, England, next month.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
The Beatles and Elvis Presley

Shortly before 6 p.m. on August 27, 1965, I got a call from Beatles road manager Mal Evans. "Get over to the house right away-we're going to see Elvis." The historic visit was to take place at Elvis' mansion in Bel Air. But then he added the disappointing kicker: "Brian says no photographers or tape recorders. Everything is off the record."

Source: Beatles News
Friday, August 28, 2015
Songs that fans wish Macca was singing

In Beatlefan Magazine #214, Bill King asked readers to send in songs they'd love to hear Paul McCartney do in concert that he's never performed live before as well as songs he's done in the past that they'd like to see brought back. Tied with "Wanderlust" atop the list was "Take It Away," another tune from the same album, Tug of War.

Source: Beatlefan
McCartney Q&A: Paul remembers working with Stevie Wonder

About the upcoming rerelease of the Tug of War album and working with Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney said, "Stevie was great...I'm a big fan of his. So I got in touch and said, 'I'm going to be recording out in Montserrat, are you interested? Would you like to do it?' So he said yes...It was great fun, we really struck up a great friendship."

Beatles on the menu in Dedham, England

A lunch menu signed by the Beatles when they dined at Le Talbooth is set to go under the hammer. The fabs visited the restaurant in Dedham in northeast Essex, England, in 1963. The lot includes several photographs, including a picture showing John and Ringo trying on chef hats, and is expected to sell for between 200 and 300.

Source: The Essex County Standard, UK
Beatles universe comes together to help keep fan from losing his home

Beatles friends and fans are rallying through an online Go Fund Me fundraiser to help Beatles fan Ken Barker, who may lose his home unless he comes up with enough money by Sept. 28. Barker was a vendor at Fests for Beatles Fans for 20 years, and he and his wife Laura also have been involved in rescuing pets for 30 years.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon art work on display in Omaha

An art show of John Lennon's art work is now on display at Regency Court in Omaha. There are 80 pieces in all, including self portraits and family drawings of Yoko and son Sean. Beatles and John Lennon music fully round out the experience. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will go to the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Source: KMTV 3, Omaha
Pictures: The week the Beatles went skiing

To mark International Beatleweek, a week-long festival this weekend organised by the Cavern Club to celebrate all things Beatles, the Telegraph in the UK have found some pictures of their visit to the Austrian resort of Obertauern for scenes in their 1965 film Help!, they also recorded the video for Ticket to Ride while there.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Thursday, August 27, 2015
50 unusual things to bid on at the Beatles Auction this weekend

Saturday sees the annual Beatles auction at LIPA, and some of the most interesting items on offer include the front door from 12 Arnold Grove, Liverpool, the birthplace of George Harrison, a NEMS original plastic sign from the record department in NEMS Whitechapel and an original Yellow Submarine sketch of George Harrison.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Double digit growth in Beatles trade as fans flock to Liverpool

Liverpool's tourism businesses have enjoyed as much as 15% annual growth in Beatles-related trade every year since 2008, and Cavern Club owner Cavern City Tours has seen its turnover double in the past seven years. International Beatleweek culminates this weekend when thousands of tourists are expected to flock to the city.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Why Miley Cyrus made Paul McCartney feel a bit awkward

Last night, as she did the same thing to Jimmy Kimmel, Miley Cyrus said her revealing outfits made Paul McCartney feel awkward. "I was talking to Paul McCartney and I saw him not knowing how to talk to me. I don't know how to talk to Paul McCartney, so it made me very comfortable, because it made him more uncomfortable."

Source: Digital Spy
Beatles Let It Be play heads for Royal Court in Liverpool

Let It Be, billed as a "celebration of the music of the Beatles" and currently on stage in the West End, includes more than 40 Fab Four hits played live, from Twist and Shout to Get Back. More than 800,000 people worldwide have already seen the show, which charts the band's rise from its beginnings in Liverpool to world domination.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The cupboard in Edinburgh where John Lennon wrote songs

It has emerged that a house in Edinburgh that John Lennon frequently visited is where he wrote the Beatles song Rain. Its current owner said, "When we first moved in, surrounding neighbors told us of how Lennon would often visit his aunt who lived in the property, both as a teenager and with his wife Yoko Ono."

Source: The Scotsman, UK
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Beatles Story museum expecting much-loved John Lennon piano

The piano played by John Lennon during his last years in New York is currently making its way to Liverpool to be put on display at The Beatle's Story museum in the city's Albert Dock. According to Jack Douglas, it became known as "the John Lennon Piano" because he would move it to every studio he was working in.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Memorabilia dealer offers no-cost Beatles stuff valuations

UK memorabilia dealer Tracks Ltd will be offering free valuations on items of Beatles and rock and roll memorabilia at this years Liverpool Beatles Convention at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Tracks Ltd are particularly interested in Beatles autographs, letters and notes written by members of the group and handwritten song lyrics.

Source: Press Release Rocket
Pictures: Very rare drawings by Paul McCartney to be sold in Liverpool

Some rare sketches drawn by Paul McCartney are expected to sell for over 10,000 (roughly $15,696) next week at the Liverpool Beatle Auction held during International Beatle Week, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. The sketches were discovered in an attic, they include include Beatlesque faces drawn in ink and writing by Paul McCartney on the reverse.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Pictures: House in Pasadena has hidden Beatles connection

A Midcentury Modern residence among eucalyptus trees in northwest Pasadena, California, has an interesting Beatles connection. One of its two original owners was Brown Meggs, the Capitol Records executive who signed the Beatles to the label in 1963. The single-story home is distinguished by its diamond-shaped roof line.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Site of Aunt Mimi's bungalow goes up for sale

A house in a millionaires' seaside resort where John Lennon bought a bungalow for his beloved Aunt Mimi who raised him as her own son has been put on the market for 4.5 million. Lennon bought the bungalow in 1965 for the, at the time, princely sum of 26,500. Mimi Smith lived there until her death at 85 in December 1991.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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