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Listen: Unreleased 1963 Beatles Demo Up for Sale on eBay

A rare, unreleased demo of The Beatles song "What Goes On" is currently on sale through a listing on eBay. This 1963 demo version predates the Beatles recording sung by Ringo Starr on the Rubber Soul album in 1965. This earlier version was sung by John Lennon, who wrote the song, and features Lennon singing different lyrics.

Source: Billboard
Video: Beatles' final concert recreated on Syracuse rooftop

Paul McCartney will perform in Syracuse this Saturday. To welcome him, several Syracuse musicians teamed up to perform "Get Back" on the roof of's downtown newsroom, as a tribute to The Beatles' famous 1969 rooftop concert. The drummer even wore a red jacket like Ringo Starr did at the original rooftop show.

Montreal hotel turns Lennon/Ono bed-in suite into memorial exhibit

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel has opened their redesign of the suite 1742, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent eight days during their now-famous "bed-in for peace." The rooms now feature virtual reality exhibits, archival TV and radio footage, and furnishings and artwork inspired by the landmark moment in time.

Source: Toronto Sun
Lucky man to sing with Paul McCartney after winning charity contest

British Columbia fan Gregg Anderson was stunned on Sunday to discover that he'd been selected to attend McCartney's show at the Barclays Center in New York tonight, as well as meet Macca for an informal chat and, incredibly, join him onstage for a performance of Get Back, thanks to online fundraising platform Omaze.

Related Articles  Source: Vancouver Sun
Insane photos show how intense Beatles fans were

KatyCats and Beliebers ain't got nothing on Beatlemania. This collection of photos on Buzz Feed show how intense Beatles fans were in the '60s, including fans collapsing on the ground from exhaustion during a concert, and fans attempting to enter the Customs Hall at London Airport by crawling into the baggage conveyor belt.

Source: Buzz Feed
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney sings Happy Birthday to Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney took some time out of his One-on-One tour concert performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday night to call out Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and wish him a happy birthday, and then, of course, sing the Beatles song "Birthday" to Fallon, who was in the audience losing his freakin' mind the whole time.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Latest Rick and Morty episode sneaks in surprise for Beatles fans

Fns on Reddit have discovered an Easter egg in the latest episode of the animated series of Rick and Morty that references one of music nerds' favorite conspiracy theories. In the episode, the Truth Tortoise grumbles out an indecipherable, Satanic-sounding message, which when played backwards is a secret message to Beatles fans.

Source: Vice
Listen: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon's Mind Games

Arcade Fire has recorded a new cover of John Lennon's Mind Games. They previously covered the song on a number of occasions, including at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this summer. In this new cover, Arcade Fire have stuck to the violin riff and strong bass-line and Win Butler's Lennon-like vocals really shine through.

Source: Live Arena, UK
Abbey Road Studios mentoring the next generation of music startups

The mere mention of Abbey Road conjures up images of the most iconic music studio of all time. Yet Abbey Road Studios has never been one to rest on its laurels, and the past two years have seen the company dive into the tech space from a different perspective with Abbey Road Red, Europe's first-of-its-kind music-focused incubator.

Source: Forbes
Band on the Run: The LP that saved McCartney

As late as the summer of 1973, Paul McCartney was still trying to find his musical footing in a post-Beatles world. Each of his four solo albums, including two with his band Wings, had featured superb moments, but none matched the high standard set by his work with the Fab Four. His fifth album, Band on the Run, changed all that.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Video: Annie Lennox, Dhani Harrison sing Isn't It a Pity

Following singer Annie Lennox's acceptance speech at an event in New York City last night (Sept. 18) honoring her with the George Harrison Global Citizen Award, she invited Dhani Harrison to join her onstage. The pair then performed George Harrison's Isn't It a Pity as well as a brief portion of the Beatles' Hey Jude.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Patti Smith named 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award honoree

Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within's 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City. During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, and Sgt. Pepper will be covered in its entirety.

Source: Rolling Stone
Liverpool schools to celebrate John Lennon Imagine picture book

Children from a Liverpool school choir will sing John Lennon's Imagine at Liverpool One on the International Day Of Peace on Thursday. John lennon's iconic Imagine lyrics will be published for the first time as a picture book on the same day by Amnesty International, Yoko Ono and renowned French illustrator Jean Jullien.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Yoko Ono sues John Lemon lemonade

A tiny start-up company from east London has become embroiled in a legal fight with Yoko Ono over the sale of a lemonade called John Lemon, who says it infringes on the John Lennon EU trademark and his legacy. The company that distributes John Lemon in the UK says its name is not connected with John Lennon, but cannot afford to fight the lawsuit.

Source: East London Advertiser
How police solved mystery of stolen rare John Lennon artwork

When Detective Constable Steve Crilley received a call from a member of the public claiming a painting stolen from him had now been put up for auction he knew he was onto something. What he cannot have imagined is that his inquiries would lead him to uncover a haul of rare prints, including several by John Lennon.

Source: Financial Review, Australia

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Gene Simmons says streaming is killing the next Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In an interview on the Fox Business Channel, Gene Simmons was asked, do streaming services hurt artists when it comes to ownership, when it comes to earnings? He said, It's a disaster because the fans have decided, and they've been trained, to not pay for music. And that means that the next Beatles and the next Elvis...[they think] it's free."

Source: Digital Music News
Beatles fan has waited for Paul McCartney to play in Syracuse since 1993

Chip Dutch of Syracuse met Paul McCartney in 1993 at a rehearsal and taping of "Saturday Night Live." Later that year, McCartney scheduled a tour date at the Carrier Dome, but then canceled the show to get ready for a Fox TV-televised concert. Dutch has tickets to see McCartney on Saturday at the Carrier Dome, 24 years later.

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Video: Bruce Springsteen joins Paul McCartney on stage in New York City

Paul McCartney got a little help from his friend to close out his first full concert at Madison Square Garden in a dozen years. The legendary musician brought his pal Bruce Springsteen onstage Friday to perform the early Beatles hit "I Saw Her Standing There," not once, but twice, during his encore. Steven Van Zandt also joined in.

Related Articles  Source: NY Daily News
Special Beatles tribute to open year of Liverpool culture celebrations

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles have teamed up to bring back their production of "It Was 10 Years Ago Today" for the 10th anniversary of when Liverpool became the European Capital of Culture, and the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper. The show is accompanied by never-seen-before visuals.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Mystery of why Eleanor Rigby score was pulled from Beatles auction

An original Eleanor Rigby score penned by Sir George has become the subject of an extraordinary family dispute. Musical entrepreneur Colin Sanders is understood to have won the score from the band several years after the song's release, but it has become center of a bizarre whodunit involving his widow and their adopted daughter.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Liam Gallagher's son Lennon looks the spitting image of his dad

Lennon Gallagher, Liam Gallagher's oldest son, is the spitting image of his dad. And it's not just like he has a few similar features, he could play his dad in a film about Oasis in 90s and people would question if a time machine has been used to film it. Lennon was born in 1999, and was named after John Lennon, a tribute to Liam's favorite musician.

Source: LAD Bible
When The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour came to Plymouth

In 1967, the brightly painted coach with the Beatles on board which was making its way across the West Country, became wedged on Newbridge, near Poundsgate, on Dartmoor. Tempers frayed, and the band made an unscheduled escape to Plymouth, lunching at the Grand Hotel and enjoying the sea views.

Source: The Plymouth Herald, UK
Gisele Bundchen tears up as she sings John Lennon's Imagine Warning: Page opens with sound

Gisele Bundchen made an appearance with Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo at the Rock in Rio music festival on Friday, where she took to the stage to give a passionate speech and sing John Lennon's "Imagine." Bundchen was nearly brought to tears as she spoke to the crowd at the Rio de Janeiro-based festival.

Source: In Style

Rolling Stone magazine is up for sale

Trailblazing music and popular culture magazine Rolling Stone is putting itself up for sale. It comes after Jann Wenner, who launched the magazine in 1967 and now runs it with his 27-year-old son Gus, told The New York Times, "I love my job, I enjoy it. I've enjoyed it for a long time." But he said selling now is "just the smart thing to do".

Source: Sky News, UK
Friday, September 15, 2017
New Ringo Starr album out now

Out today is Give More Love, the 19th solo album by Ringo Starr. The 10-track album features a wealth of guest co-writers and players, including Paul McCartney and brother-in-law Joe Walsh, as well as appearances by friends and All-Starr Band alumni such as Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and others.

Related Articles  Source: WROR, Boston
Fan gets thrill on stage with Paul McCartney in New Jersey

Sarah Lindenbaum was in the eighth row this week for Paul McCartney's concert in Newark, holding a bright yellow sign reading, "Ballroom Dance For A Vegetarian Librarian?" in hopes it would catch McCartney's eye. The sign got his attention. He asked her to come on stage for some playful banter, an awkward solo ballroom dance, and then a hug.

Related Articles  Source: WGLT FM, Illinois State University
Beatles art show opens in Greenwich, Connecticut

The C. Parker Art Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, has opened a new exhibit featuring hand-signed artwork from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as well as works of the Beatles including pieces done by the legendary Andy Warhol. It runs through Septemer 24 and is open to the public.

Source: Greewich Time

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus returns to New York City

Yoko Ono has announced the return to New York City of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the mobile music and video production studio, for a month-long tour starting this weekend. Entitled Come Together: NYC, this year's tour visits schools and public events across the city where students will create original music, videos, poetry, photos, and art.

Source: Globe Newswire
Beatles symposium honoring the legendary Beatles/Arkansas connection

In 1964, the Beatles made a two day detour to Pigman's dude ranch in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, taking off some time from their first U.S. tour. That visit is commemorated to this day, with the annual "Beatles at the Ridge" celebration, with merchandise vendors, bands, impersonators, and panel discussions by Beatle-ologists.

Source: The Memphis Flyer
Book Review: The Beatles All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In

I thought I knew quite a lot about the Beatles. But then, Mark Lewisohn announced that he was preparing to publish the first of a three-volume history entitled The Beatles All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In. It's only Volume 1, and these 1,500 pages only take the band through 1962, more than a year before their U.S. debut.

Source: Something Else Reviews
DJ Emperor Rosko on his return to broadcasting: Controlled chaos

Legendary prirate radio and BBC Radio One DJ from the sixties, Emperor Rosko, has launched Last Pirate FM week to commemorate Remember a Charity In Your Will Week 2017. Rosko says he still loves classics like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles but expressed his dislike for modern music. "I don't get the message," he says.

Source: Bournemouth Echo, UK
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Ringo Starr supports Brexit, but don't tell Bob Geldof

The Beatles drummer appeared on BBC's Newsnight yesterday to encourage the powers that be to "get on with it". "The people voted," he said, but he explained, not all rockstars feel the same way as him, adding, "Don't tell Bob Geldof." Paul McCartney has stated he was against Brexit, neither voted as they were out of the country at the time.

Source: Gigwise
Original Lennon stars to reunite in concert

Members of the original Broadway company of Lennon, which opened on Broadway in 2005, will reunite for a concert presentation of the musical in New York City in October. The musical show Lennon follows the life of John Lennon and features actors of different sexes, ages, and skin colors, taking on the title character.

Source: Broadway World
Yoko Ono honored with Hirshhorn concert and Union Market mural

This weekend, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. will pay tribute with a special Concert for Yoko Ono, Washington and the World. Also, after the Hirshhorn exhibits close, Ono's legacy will remain with a new mural at Union Market titled "Relax. Your Heart is Stronger Than What You Think."

Source: WTOP, Washington

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Across the Universe: Revisiting the songs 10 years later

This month marks ten years since Across the Universe, a.k.a. The Beatles movie that isn't actually about the Fab Four in the slightest. Though it's a bit polarizing amongst diehard Beatles fans, the film, directed by Julie Taymor, can definitely be credited with creatively reinventing the band that changed music, alongside incredible visuals.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
It was fifty years ago today...when the Beatles rolled up in Teignmouth

50 years ago this week, the Beatles arrived "unannounce" at Teignmouth in Devon, England, filming the surreal film The Magical Mystery Tour. The one-night visit was hushed up as much as possible, but inevitably the news soon spread around, and the former Royal Hotel on the seafront was besieged by fans and press.

Source: Teignmouth Today, UK
Penny Lane classical musician passes away

Michael Winfield, who played oboe on the Beatles' Penny Lane, has passed away. Mike played oboe and cor anglais in the Halle and London orchestras for almost half a century. He taught oboe at the Royal College of Music, in London, and was hugely influential on three generations of players. His funeral will be next Friday.

Source: Slipped Disc
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Paul McCartney unleashes Maccamania live in New Jersey

At 75, Paul McCartney refuses to coast, his enthusiasm and vigor and humor are slightly terrifying to behold. Last night in Newark, New Jersey, he held nothing back. He played nearly three hours, from the opening guitar crash of "A Hard Day's Night" to the piano ripples of "The End." The audience wasn't holding back either.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Philadelphia art dealer brings Beatles artwork together at exhibit

Philadelphia art dealer Neal Glaser first worked with Ringo Starr, exhibiting his work around the country and at shows with his All-Starr Band. He also is the distributor of fine art lithographs signed by Paul McCartney, the proceeds of which go to charities. His latest exhibit brings together the art of Paul, Ringo and George Harrison.

Source: Connecticut Post
John Lennon merchandise to be available on Amazon

Global retail branding and merchandising company Epic Rights has teamed up with Merch by Amazon program to sell official apparel and cellphone accessories on Amazon. This deal includes products featuring John Lennon. Other artists also to be on sale will include KISS, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Wham! and Def Leppard.

Source: Billboard
Beatles fans, start planning your pilgrimage to India now

Fifty years after John, Paul, George, and Ringo descended on an ashram in Rishikesh, the country is making the religious site a tourist destination. Opened in 1961 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, it has been abandoned for years. In 2015 the forestry department finally began to allow paying tourists to wander the overgrown grounds.

Source: Bloomberg News
Mark Hamill has extensive Beatles memorabilia collection

Mark Hamill has revealed he is a Beatles memorabilia collector. The 65-year-old Star Wars legend said, "The Beatles, I never paid any attention to their merchandising except for their records. Of course the minute they broke up, I wanted all that stuff. So I have a pretty nice Beatles memorabilia collection. That was my 'Star Wars'."

Source: Sunday World, UK

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