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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, March 28, 2017

US supreme court will not hear appeal over Vimeo music ruling 

The US supreme court will not hear an appeal from record companies including Capital Records which want to pursue copyright infringement claims against Vimeo for hosting unauthorised recordings from The Beatles and other classic artists. The ruling protects websites from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Source: The Independent, Dublin

1964 John Lennon suit up for auction 

A suit that was custom made for John Lennon is set to go under the hammer this week. Featuring a gray houndstooth pattern, the woollen suit was worn by the music icon in 1964 while performing with The Beatles. It was designed by the band's tailor Douglas Millings and features two handwritten labels marked "John" on the breast pocket interior and on the trousers.

Source: Yahoo! News
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for £1.4m 

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking £1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: ITV News, UK
Are the Traveling Wilburys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy? 

The Traveling Wilburys are the only band to have every member inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame individually without the band being inducted. If the band were inducted, Dylan, Petty and Orbison would also become two-time inductees, while Harrison would be only the second three-time inductee (along with Eric Clapton).

Source: Cleveland.com
Behind-the-Scenes of Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles Love Warning: Page opens with sound 

The Beatles Love at The Mirage in Las Vegas is a mesmerizing show that touches all of the senses. From sound and color, to astounding acrobatics and beautiful memory-elicitation, the show is a magical mystery tour that takes audiences into a world of timeless music, revisiting the classics while carving out a spectacular new experience.

Source: Parade
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Monday, March 27, 2017
Ringo Starr announces 2017 US dates with All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr announced today new fall tour dates with his All Starr Band. The tour will begin at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. From there they head south with stops in Texas and Oklahoma and then east with stops in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, making their way north to New Jersey and New York, and more dates are to be added soon.

Full Concert Dates  Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney working on a new album

Speaking with BBC 6 Music over the weekend, Paul McCartney said, "I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that." McCartney went on to confirm that the album is being produced Greg Kurstin, who co-wrote and produced Adele's global smash, "Hello." He said, "Greg is musical and he's great to work with."

Source: Gigwise
The Beatles, Pete Shotton and Me

Beatles journalist Bill King looks back fondly on an evening of Beatles stories and more with the late Pete Shotton. He said, "Although Pete and John's relationship grew more distant after the arrival of Yoko Ono on the scene, Shotton particularly disagreed with portrayals of Lennon as being dominated by his wife...he totally adored her."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Fan Magazine
A few words about Pete Shotton

It wasn't easy being John Lennon's friend, and Yoko didn't make things any easier. The late Pete Shotton, John's childhood and closest friend, said, "He always made me feel special, made it clear he was desperate for my company, especially when he was depressed and fed up, which he was for many years."

Related Articles  Source: Scholars and Rogues
Tributes paid after Pete Shotton passes away

On the passing of Pete Shotton, his step son, Phillip Gouldbourn, said, One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person...who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording." Mersey Beat newspaper founder Bill Harry said, "Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from The Beatles."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's best friend Pete Shotton dies at 75

Pete Shotton, John Lennon's best friend during their childhood days in Liverpool and a member of Quarrymen, has passed away. He was 75. Shotton met Lennon at Dovedale Primary School when they were six. In 1956, Lennon decided to form a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, March 24, 2017
Day John Lennon met Paul McCartney being recreated 60 years on Warning: Page opens with sound

When St Peter's Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon, who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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James McCartney coming to Richmond

James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney, returns to The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, March 28, in support of his latest album, 2016's "The Blackberry Train." On his latest album, the singer and songwriter said he played "everything. Conventionally: my vocal cords, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Two at a time usually."

More Tour Dates  Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Video: Broadway stars come together to record all-star Beatles cover

A group of Broadway's finest have gathered a galaxy of voices and performers in New York City for an all-star single and video to benefit Americans For The Arts. Their stirring gospel-tinged cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" was released this week, to support the National Endowment for the Arts.

Source: Billboard
Wonderwall Music: Macca's banjo, Mellotron and a Monkee

What do you get if you cross a Monkee, two Beatles, the man they called God, Paul McCartney's banjo and India's musical elite? The answer is Wonderwall Music. Released on November 1, 1968, three weeks before the White Album, George Harrison's heartfelt, eccentric film soundtrack was the first solo record by a Beatle.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds debut Beatles cover in London

According to the davematthewsband.com website, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds wrapped up their two-night run at the Apollo in London on Tuesday night. Towards the end of the show, the acoustic duo performed a brand new cover of the beatles' She's A Woman. Their European tour then went on to Dublin.

Source: Jam Bands
Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt album is regarded as one of his best of the '80s, and inspired his first world tour in 10 years. Now, as the record is re-released, Sir Paul speaks to the BBC 6 about collaborating with Elivis Costello, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, but why he'll never work with anyone better than John Lennon.

Source: BBC News, UK

Lennon statue in Cuba
Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, fans in Cuba kept their Beatlemania a secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist island's Cold War-era censorship of rock music a thing of the past, they are making up for lost time, especially at the Yellow Submarine bar in Havana.

Source: Yahoo! News
How teenager's John Lennon interview became award-winning cartoon

In 1969, Jerry Levitan became known as the boy who interviewed John Lennon for a full 45 minutes, a recording that he sat on for another 40 years. It didn't occur to the busy lawyer and part-time actor to create something of Lennon's interview until he met filmmaker Josh Raskin. They called their short animated film "I Met The Walrus."

Source: Resource Magazine

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Legendary label Geffen Records relaunches after disappearing

Once it was one of the most influential record labels in the music industry. Then, through a series of buyouts and reshufflings, it disappeared. Now, after many years, Geffen Records is officially back in business. In 1980, Geffen released John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy, which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Source: Forbes
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Andre 3000 to release Beatles cover for Record Store Day 2017

This year for Record Store Day, Andre 3000 will release a 7" single version of his Beatles cover All Together Now, which he recorded in 2010 for a Nike commercial. This marks the first time it will be released on vinyl, backed with a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. Only 5,000 copies will be available.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Video Preview: Ringo's All Starr Band concert on AXS TV

A 2016 concert from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific. Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band performing hit after hit. You can now watch Ringo sing Photograph from the performance online.

Source: Best Classic Bands
San Diego Beatles Fair to celebrate all things Fab this Saturday

Saturday's 2017 San Diego Beatles Fair, to be held at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in North Park, the 15th since 1995, is set to be the biggest yet. More than three dozen bands and solo artists are scheduled to perform on four stages, including Billy J. Kramer and former Billy Joel band drummer Liberty DeVito.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

How Sgt. Pepper's changed music forever

June 1 will mark the 50th birthday of Sgt. Pepper's, still considered a groundbreaking, influential album, not only for the Beatles but also as one of the most important albums ever recorded. It was the first to consider production quality as important as writing and performing, a concept that has heavily influenced pop music today.

Source: Lifezette
Liverpool arts festival to mark 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's

A festival to mark one of The Beatles' most famous albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to be held in Liverpool 50 years after it was launched. A host of world-renowned artists have collaborated for the festival of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre in tribute to what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time.

More Information  Source: BT News, UK
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Gregg Rolie talks about the All Starr Band and Ringo

The original lead vocalist and keyboardist for Santana, Gregg Rolie then formed with another Santana member to form Journey. Since 2012 Rolie has been a key figure in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, adding his distinctive Hammond B-3 organ flourishes to an array of "All-Starr" hits, including, of course, Beatles material.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The Who's residency at Caesars in Vegas starts with six concerts

The Who, the British rock band that announced its first farewell tour in 1982, is back again, coming to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency starting with six shows this summer. Joining original rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, on guitar and vocals, and Ringo's son Zak Starkey on drums.

Source: Los Angeles Times
10 Beatles covers you really need to hear

There's probably no other band as widely covered as The Beatles. Practically from the moment they first emerged, they've been fodder for interpretations by artists from just about every genre. And in the modern era there's a bigger bag of Beatles covers to sift through than ever before. This is a handy guide to some of the best.

Source: Good Men Project
Paul McCartney releases another unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

In 1988, as he was preparing to go on his first ever solo tour and his first major live tour in a decade, Paul McCartney wanted to new songs to perform. One such song was This One, you can listen to the previously unreleased demo version of the song now streaming on YouTube, teasing the upcoming Flowers in the Dirt reissue.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You hits #1

Imagine being so popular that one of your recordings has just knocked another one of your records out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! It's only happened once in the history of Billboard, not surprisingly, the artist behind the feat was The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney explains how Beatles wouldn't exist without Chuck Berry

In early 1958, Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen," a song that would change the course of music history. It ignited the urge to celebrate rock and roll in kids throughout America, but it also traveled the world and influenced the Beatles during their defining years, some of their biggest hits were covers of Berry songs.

Related Articles  Source: Esquire Magazine
Monday, March 20, 2017
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates 35th anniversary

Long ago a friend of his at the college radio station where Ken Michaels was hosting several music formats from Top 40 to album rock, suggested he do a Beatles radio show. This month, Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates his 35th anniversary since starting his weekly Beatles radio program "Every Little Thing."

Source: Beatles News
Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia will go on auction in Paris on Saturday. Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album "A Hard Day's Night." Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records and more besides.

Source: Voice of America
Mersey Beatles celebrate Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary in Liverpool

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's and to celebrate the occasion The Mersey Beatles will be performing the whole album live at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, the theatre named for the late Beatles manager, on April 1. The Mersey Beatles have been recreating the sights and sound of the Beatles since 1999.

Source: Broadway World, UK
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website PaulMcCartney.com, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Friday, March 17, 2017
Look up or you'll miss these Mathew Street Beatles masterpiecesz Warning: Page opens with sound

A real treat for fans of the Fab Four can now be found directly over the heads of visitors to Mathew Street in Liverpool. The windows directly above the Rubber Soul pub are now covered with psychedelic renditions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, in the style of the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Excerpt: Counting Down The Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs

Something is the finest complete song on Abbey Road. It is also tops on the list of Fab Four songs suitable for slow dancing with one's significant other, thanks to the gorgeous sway of the music and the stirring pull of the words; you practically just have to stand there and this song will move you around by the force of its beauty.

Source: American Songwriter
Concert Review: Beatles tribute Rain poured with good will

There probably won't be a Justin Bieber experience 20 years from now, or an Ariana Grande tribute show. But it's unlikely an act could attain the kind of influence the Beatles had on several generations. Hearing their songs in "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" explains plenty and shows just how evolutionary they were.

Source: Sioux City Journal
Thursday, March 16, 2017
John Lennon's doodles for Walls and Bridges could sell for huge sum

A record sleeve covered in doodles by John Lennon as he brainstormed ideas for an album cover has emerged for sale for £15,000 (about $18,550). The black felt tip pen sketchings are believed to have been Lennon's initial ideas for the cover of his 1974 album Walls and Bridges and span both sides of an opened-out record sleeve.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Rent the flat George Harrison and Pattie Boyd shared with Ringo Starr

A Knightsbridge flat that was home to two of The Beatles is available to rent. Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with Harrison's fiancée, Pattie Boyd, moved into Whaddon House, William Mews, in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Beatles manager Brian Epstein lived upstairs on the fifth floor.

Source: Homes & Property, UK

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