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Listen to cassette recording of The Beatles final concert

For their last concert, The Beatles had press officer Tony Barrow record the concert on cassette. But the closing song, Long Tall Sally, was never recorded in full. To this day only two tapes, the original and one copy, were known to have been made. [Editor's Note: Check this out soon, this could be taken offline at any moment!]

Source: Consequence of Sound
Paul McCartney remembers his favorite family holiday

Oh his official website, Donna Simmons in the US asked, "As a child, what was your favorite holiday and why?" Macca remembered, "When I was about 11 or 12 our family went to a holiday camp in Wales called Butlins Pwllheli. It was the first time we had done anything like it and I was very excited."

New book chronicles Beatles American tour

As the West Coast bureau chief for the London Daily Express, Ivor Davis was assigned to cover the Beatles first U.S. tour in 1964. From young women bargaining with him to get near them to the late night Monopoly games (where Lennon was known to cheat), Davis recounts those times in his new book, "The Beatles and Me On Tour."

Source: San Angelo Standard-Times, TX
True tale of John Lennon's mum revealed in new book

Most Beatles fans know stories about John Lennon's mother Julia, whose early death in 1958 scarred him for life and inspired his music. On his 1970 song Mother, he sang "You had me but I never had you". But Kevin Roach says many don't know the true story, and hopes his new interactive book, Julia, will set the record straight.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles' cry of freedom: Money, 50 years later

The Beatles loved Motown. They covered everything they could, even if it wasn't a hit, as "Money," issued in Britain in 1960, wasn't. So much the better: They could start a song from the ground up, take it to pieces, put it back as something new. What they made in the studio on June 18, 1963, was the biggest sound imaginable.

Source: Los Angeles Times
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney enjoys lunch in the Hamptons

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell made the most of the weather in East Hampton last week, where they were spotted dining al fresco with pals. Macca walked hand in hand with his spouse of two years while dressed casually in black shorts and a white Tee, with brown sandals and black aviators shades.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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Olivia Harrison named to MusiCares Foundation board

Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison, was among those announced Aug. 28 as the one of the newest board members of the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. Olivia was co-producer of the "Concert for George" in 2003 and the Martin Scorsese documentary "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" in 2011.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: John Lennon murder film causing controversy

A new film has gone into pre-production in New York looking at the events that took place on the night John Lennon was shot and killed outside his Manhattan home in December 1980. The film will focus on the efforts of first responders at the site of the shooting, and at the hospital where Lennon was taken.

Source: BBC News
Audio: John Lennon's lost Tower Records commercial

John Lennon taped a promotional spot for the Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in 1974, reportedly while in studio at KHJ radio in Los Angeles. The clip surfaced in a post at Dangerous Minds on the history of Tower Records and in particular the Sunset Strip store, a focal point of local record culture for three decades-plus.

Source: LA Observed
Yoko Ono to visit new World War I memorial

Yoko Ono will visit a new war memorial in Folkestone in Kent, south-east England next month. Ono is among the artists showing work around the town for the Triennial arts festival, which opens on Saturday. The arch was opened by Prince Harry earlier this month to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Production issues delay latest Paul McCartney Archive Collection releases

Paul McCartney's re-releases of Wings albums Venus And Mars and At The Speed of Sound have been delayed by six weeks. The reissues were originally supposed to come out on September 22, however, the records will now be released on November 3 "due to production issues". No further information about the delay has been released.

More Information  Source: NME, UK
Enraged McCartney fans petition for refund after Candlestick parking debacle

Thousands of fans who were kept from the Paul McCartney at Candlestick Park concert on August 14 due to poor parking organization were pained to learn that they would not be receiving refunds. Today, a petition is online to reclaim the ticket costs after what would-be concert-goers are calling "negligent lack of planning."

Related Articles  Source: Live 105, San Francisco
The Beatles top U.S. favorite musical act poll

The Beatles are one of three foreign acts to make the top 10 of America's favorite musical artist. According to the results of a Harris Poll released today, The Beatles, who moved up for a tie from third place in the 2010 poll, rank number one, with Elvis Presley coming in at number two and Beyonce at number three.

Source: The Examiner
Beatles memorabilia event to benefit food pantry

Boston-area Beatles historian and collector Jim Cushman and Old Rochester Community TV will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance in New England on Saturday, Sept. 13, with a memorabilia show in Marion, MA, including Beatle worn clothing, and band autographs, to benefit a local food pantry.

Source: Wicked Local
History in a handshake when Dylan met the Beatles

Friday marks one of the bigger 50th Beatles anniversary year landmarks. On Friday 28 August 1964, in a room in the Delmonico hotel in New York City, the Beatles encountered Bob Dylan for the first time. Here the folk-singing scarecrow-prophet introduced the excitable Scousers to marijuana for (allegedly) the first time.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Paul McCartney signed guitar sells at auction for $50,000

A Martin D-28 left-handed guitar signed by Paul McCartney was put up for auction and raised an astonishing $50,000. Posted to eBay with a starting bid of $10,000 it quickly reached the impressive final amount in minutes. Proceeds from the auction will go to The Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative.

A lackluster tribute to Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

Still a hot ticket fifty years after the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl debut, "sold out" still shows up under their name on the Bowl marquee, so it's easy to understand why the L.A. Philharmonic would want to celebrate with a three-night tribute. What's harder to understand is why Dave Stewart was chosen to organize the show.

Source: Orange County Register
Paul McCartney on the Beatles' breakthrough with Revolver

Revolver, released in August of 1966, is seen by many today as the Beatles' big-bang moment. Over the course of 14 tracks, they consolidated everything they'd mastered even while hinting at most of the experiments still to come. "Me and John were starting to really cook on our writing," says Paul.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Interview: Original Beatles drummer Pete Best has no complaints

Watching him perform at a tiny music club in a suburb of Santiago, Chile, one couldn't help being moved by Pete Best's affection for live music, the apparent zeal with which he plays the drums, and his almost-embarrassed response to the crowd's adulation. Offstage, 72 year-old Best is soft spoken and friendly.

Source: Pop Matters
Artists and authors to open Arkansas Beatles festival on September 19

The 4th annual Beatles at the Ridge has expanded their two day music festival with free lectures and gallery shows from world-renowned Beatles authors, experts and artists. The authors and artists symposium will open with displays on Friday, September 19th and be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, August 25, 2014
Seattle celebrates 50th anniversary of the Beatles at Get Back concert

Seattle paid tribute to the Beatles in Seattle Friday night at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The program consisted of musicians performing the set the Beatles did August 21, 1964 at the Seattle Coliseum, followed by the full 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, plus an opera piece and encores.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Photos: Stella McCartney takes the ice bucket challenge

They were both nominated to do the ALS ice bucket challenge by Gwyneth Paltrow, so its no surprise estranged husband Chris Martin and her fashion designer pal Stella McCartney joined forces to complete the charity stunt, which involves being drenched in ice cold water. Afterwards, Martin challenged Paul McCartney to the stunt.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney lead guitarist issues new EP

This weekend, longtime Paul McCartney Lead guitarist Rusty Anderson celebrated the release of his new album "Rusty Anderson Afternoon EP II" with a gala performance in Fullerton, CA. The EP is the latest in a series of personal successes for Anderson, who recently released the Gibson Rusty Anderson ES-335 signature guitar.

Source: Broadway World Music
Previously unseen Beatles photos to be for sale in Ohio

A photographer who had special access to the Beatles' 1964 Cincinnati appearance will offer previously unseen photos to the public starting Oct. 18 at a regional photography festival, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The photos include their airport arrival, a press conference and performing their Cincinnati Gardens concert.

Source: The Tribune, San Luis Obisbo
Beatles historian claims Fab Four not discovered in the Cavern

A Beatles historian has claimed manager Brian Epstein first spotted the Fab Four when they performed in a youth club in Tuebrook, England. Gerry Murphy, co-founder of the Cavern City Tours, claims to have discovered that the group was first seen by Epstein at St John's Youth Centre in Tuebrook, an area of inner-city Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's killer denied parole for eighth time

Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied John Lennon's killer an eighth bid for release, and won't be eligible for parole again for another two years. He is serving a 20-year to life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate NY after gunning down Lennon in 1980.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Friday, August 22, 2014
Creme Tangerine celebrates Beatles 50th anniversary in Seattle

Seattle tribute band Creme Tangerine paid homage to the Beatles yesterday at Seattle Center with an energetic and lively outdoor concert on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first concert there, within sight of the spot the Beatles performed that historic day, playing the exact set the Beatles did at the Coliseum.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Scientists create algorithm that can sort Beatles songs by date

Fans no doubt know that She Loves You came before All You Need Is Love. But what about Yellow Submarine or I am the Walrus? Researchers from Lawrence Technological University have created an algorithm that can analyze the evolving structure of the Beatles' music and correctly place Beatles albums in chronological order.

Source: Scientific American
Cirque du Soleil commemorates Beatles arrival in Las Vegas

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on baggage carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas, their only time in Sin City.

Source: The Gazette Times, Las Vegas
Beatles give first Canadian concert 50 years ago today

The Beatles' first Canadian concert took place on Aug. 22, 1964 at Vancouver's Empire Stadium, where tickets topped out at $5.25. The concert was broadcast live on radio station CKNW and, for a performance that lasted 27 minutes, the band was contracted to be paid 60 percent of the $100,000 box-office take.

Source: The Globe and Mail, Toronto
The Beatles pose for their final photo session 45 years ago today

The final pictures of the Beatles were taken on August 22, 1969, including a portrait of the foursome lined up in front of Tittenhurst's assembly hall, which ended up as the cover for the Hey Jude compilation album, released in the U.S. in February 1970. It was also the last time that all four members were together as a band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Paul McCartney waxwork set to be auctioned for more than $1,600

A waxwork model of Paul McCartney will take pride of place at a Beatles-themed auction in Liverpool this weekend. The mannequin could go for between 800 and 1,000, the auction's organizer believes. There will also be 330 items up for grabs, including signatures, clothes, books, posters and other memorabilia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Bob Eubanks on bringing the Beatles to Hollywood Bowl in 1964

Veteran Top 40 DJ and TV host Bob Eubanks literally bet the house on a hunch when he arranged for the Beatles to play at the Hollywood Bowl 50 years ago. "They only wanted to play the Hollywood Bowl, because of its iconic status," says Eubanks, now 76. "Their fee for the night was $25,000, a princely sum half a century ago."

Source: Los Angeles Times
John Lennon's first ever self portrait on sale for 3million

Before the Beatles even began, John Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. His first ever self-portrait is set to sell for 3million at a London auction house. Dating back to 1958, the painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly.

Source: Metro, UK
Australian-based John Lennon show comes to New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, a theatrical tribute to John Lennon, will play in New York City beginning Oct. 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the show explores Lennon's life and talent through performances of 31 of his songs.

Source: Theatermania
Producers seek new Fab Four for hit Beatles Show in the West End

The producers of London's hit Beatles show "Let It Be" are holding open auditions on Sept. 3 to continue the show on the West End and on tour. Hopefuls must prepare three songs demonstrating their ability to play guitar, drums, or the trio of bass, piano and acoustic guitar and sing Beatles songs convincingly in the original key.

Source: Classicalite
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Paul McCartney tops Richest Bassist list

A new list of the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World unsurprisingly is topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he's got more money than the next four bassists combined. Sting and Gene Simmons, both worth $300 million, tied at second.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Grammy Museum Director visits Liverpool to discuss exhibit plans

Robert Santelli, the Executive Director of the Gramy Museum in Los Angeles is in Liverpool this week to plan the Grammy Museum exhibition with The Beatles Story which opens in October. It will include never seen before items from the world of music from the personal collections of Donovan, Chad & Jeremy and Peter & Gordon.

Source: Bdaily, Liverpool
Play to perform on anniversary

A very special performance of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles will take place in London on August 27, the anniversary of Brian Epstein's death. A special post show Q&A will take place with actors Andrew Lancel and Will Finlason and Joe Flannery, lifelong friend and business partner of Brian Epstein.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles put Las Vegas on show biz map 50 years ago this week

Fifty years ago this week, Las Vegas was engulfed by Beatlemania. The hottest act in the world at the time, had personally chosen Las Vegas to be on the band's first North American tour. Trying to avoid crazed fans, they arrived at the airport in the middle of the night, hoping they might be able to kick back and see the sights.

Source: KLAS TV, Las Vegas
Google search shows more Beatles fans in Mexico than in Liverpool

An analysis of Google Trends search data from the last ten years has found that more people in the Mexican capitol Mexico City have searched online for the Beatles than in any other city in the world. Buenos Aires in Argentina had the second biggest volume of Beatles searches, with Chile capital Santiago coming in third.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles together at Abbey road for last time 45 years ago today

Aug. 20, 1969 was the last time that all four Beatles were at EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. No actual music was recorded, according to Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Recording Sessions", they took three-and-a-half hours mixing I Want You (She's So Heavy), then they spent seven hours discussing the album's sequence.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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