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Latest Beatles News as of Monday, July 24, 2017

Cilla The Musical to open in Liverpool in September 

Cilla The Musical opens at the Liverpool Empire on September 7. The musical, featuring the hits from Alfie to Anybody Who had a Heart and many more, is the final project to which Cilla gave her approval to before her death three years ago, and tells the story of the teenage girl from Liverpool and her rise to fame.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Geoff Emerick speaks out about misinformation regarding Sgt. Pepper remix 

In a new interview in Variety, EMI Abbey Road recording Engineer Geoff Emerick has spoken out the publicity surrounding the new Sgt. Pepper remix, which he says he found "defamatory and disrespectful." Emrick said, "I've read that we put no time into the stereo mix, which is just inaccurate."

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Try on Stella McCartney's Amagansett cottage for the summer 

Fashion designer Stella McCartney is opting to rent out her house in the Hamptons this summer. Stella and her husband Alasdhair Willis have chosen to list their recently purchased Amagansett cottage for $30,000 a month. McCartney and Willis also own a townhouse in London as well as a summer estate in the English countryside.

Source: Observer
Video: Phish debuts the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever 

Phish kicked off their second of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden with their debut cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour standout Strawberry Fields Forever. The song was streamed across the band's social media accounts as all set openers are during this run. The video of the performance is now available on the internet.

Source: Relix
Video: 14-Year Old Dave Grohl Covering The Beatles 

Audio has surfaced of what a YouTube uploader claims is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing with one of his first bands called Nameless when he was a freshman in high school in 1983/1984, the band documented in the Dave Grohl biography titled "This is a Call." In the video, Grohl covers the Who and the Beatles.

Source: Alternative Nation
July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper's Movie Opens 

The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is unanimously recognized as an artistic triumph. The movie of the same name, which opened on July 24, 1978? Not so much. A shoe-in box-office success by the power of their popularity and the appeal of Beatles songs from the Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road albums, right? No.

Source: Best Classic Bands
50 Years Ago: The Beatles argue for legalization of marijuana in the U.K. 

The Beatles, who publicly came out in favor of the legalization of marijuana 50 years ago. The band members and manager Brian Epstein were all among the signatories when 64 of Britain's best and brightest were rounded up to urge discussion of the issue by taking out a full-page ad in the London Times on July 24, 1967.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison announces debut solo album

In///Parallel, the debut solo album by Dhani Harrison, will be released via BMG Records on Oct. 6. Dhani, the son of George and Olivia Harrison, will also perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, next Monday, July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City, July 30. It is now available for pre-order.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Fans span generations as McCartney makes his Kansas debut

Paul McCartney made his long awaited debut in Kansas Wednesday night, setting a box office record at Wichita's Intrust Arena and thrilling legions of fans. McCartney's charming personality and onstage showmanship, along with the songs spanning the generations, kept the crowd cheering and singing.

Related Articles  Source: The Hutchinson News, Kansas
Paul McCartney posts meme mocking the Westboro Baptist Church

Paul McCartney was greeted on Wednesday night by members of the Westboro Baptist Church holding protest signs. After the show, McCartney posted a doctored image of some of the protestors on Twitter, changing the signs to Beatles lyrics including "We can work it out" and "All you need is love."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Yoko Ono's rare 16mm films will headline the Media City Film Festival

Artist and peace activist, Yoko Ono will be headlining the opening night of the The Media City Film Festival in August. The festival will feature six of Yoko Ono's 16mm film pieces that were all created between 1966 and 1971, including Fly and Freedom from 1971, and Apotheosis, made with John Lennon in 1970.

Source: Metro Times, Detroit
SiriusXM's Beatles Channel announces new Billy Joel guest shots

SiriusXM announced today that Billy Joel will host various guest DJ sessions on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel that will feature Joel commenting on songs from every one of The Beatles' original U.S. studio albums. While sitting at the piano playing snippets of classic Beatles songs, Joel will reflect on every American Beatles LP.

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Sgt. Pepper artist saves Brighton school in need

A Brighton school facing cuts has received a little help from their friend, Sir Peter Blake, who co-designed one of The Beatles' most famous album sleeves. The artist donated a limited edition box set of five Brighton-inspired prints to Middle Street Primary School, which hopes that the art will raise some much needed funds for them.

Source: Brighton Journal, UK
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Ringo Starr hiking in Colorado high country

Ringo Starr has been hiking in Colorado and Tweeting his approval of the Centennial State this week. "Another great day hiking in Colorado peace and love," Starr, dressed in black pants with white trim, a black T-shirt and a black baseball cap, worn backward, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Source: The Denver Post
Paul McCartney treats local group to VIP treatment in Wichita

Thousands of Paul McCartney fans braved the heat for up to two hours before the Intrust Bank Arena opened it's doors, but one local group received the VIP treatment from Paul. Employees at Wichita's Envision, who are blind or visually impaired, entered to win tickets by writing an essay about how music inspires them.

Related Articles  Source: KAKE TV, Wichita
Number of first class degrees soar at McCartney university

The proportion of degrees given the highest award by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), the performing arts college co-founded by Paul McCartney, has more than doubled in the last five years, rising by 22.3 percentage points between 2010 and 2016, with more than a third earning the top honor last year.

Source: ITV, UK
On this day: Paul McCartney recorded his Snova v SSSR album

"Snova v SSSR" is the seventh solo album by Paul McCartney, exclusively created and released in the Soviet Union. The title is Russian for "Back in the U.S.S.R," the name of the famous 1968 Beatles song. Usually called the "Russian album," Paul McCartney recorded the album on July 20 to 21, 1987 and it was released on Oct. 31, 1988.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This Friday is declared as Paul McCartney Day in Des Moines

Paul McCartney is performing in Des Moines on Friday, as part of his "One on One" summer tour. So it's only fitting that July 21, 2017, is declared "Paul McCartney Day" there. Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald tweeted a photo of the proclamation at the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday morning.

Related Articles  Source: Des Moines Register
Paul McCartney thrills packed Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd

At Monday night's packed Paul McCartney concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Paul ran through 60 years of material at maximum volume and sincerity as thousands of concertgoers sang along. The concert felt like years of studying for the biggest karaoke test ever. It was impossible not to giddily sing with the band.

Related Articles  Source: The Oklahoman
Man arrested for threatening to blow up Oklahoma City McCartney concert You Heard It Here First

A 55-year-old man was arrested Monday night outside the Paul McCartney concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena when an employee at the box office told security officers he said he would blow up The Peake if he couldn't get into McCartney's show. The man apparently had bought tickets to the music legend's show from a scalper.

Related Articles  Source: KOCO TV 5, Oklahoma City
New video game Easter egg features Paul McCartney song

Players of the new Destiny 2 video game beta with a keen sense of hearing and a willingness to go a bit off the beaten path will find an Easter egg in the Tower hangar. While exploring it, players will notice that the jukebox is glitching and looping "Hope For the Future", the Paul McCarthney song that plays during the original credits.

Source: Game Rant
Stella McCartney shoots new Fall campaign at garbage dump

Fashion designer Stella McCartney took over a Scottish landfill dump to shoot models in her latest creations for her Fall 2017 campaign. McCartney wanted to explore the idea of waste and the lifecycle of clothes, and recruited photographer Harley Weir and artist Urs Fischer to capture her models on location.

Source: TV3, Ireland
UK store unveils new Beatles Sgt. Pepper merchandise

Beatles fans will now be able to wear their band passion on their sleeves, literally, as Selfridges dept. stores in the UK unveils a brand new T-shirt, hoodies and jackets collection to celebrate 50 years of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and coinciding with Selfridges' Music Matters campaign.

Source: Contact Music
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Wichita streets temporarily renamed in honor of McCartney concert Warning: Page opens with sound

In honor of the record-breaking Paul McCartney concert at Intrust Bank Arena this Wednesday, July 19, the city has approved the temporary renaming of Waterman Street at the intersection of St. Francis to Penny Lane and English Street at the intersection of St. Francis to Abbey Road. They will remain in effect through the concert.

Related Articles  Source: KSN TV, Wichtia
Paul McCartney delights fans of all ages in Bossier

Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Paul McCartney performed for almost three hours straight to a sold out crowd of all ages. McCartney delivered everything I could have imagined and way more. Of course a former member of The Beatles saw several known hits trotted out, but Paul reminded everyone of his prolific career.

Related Articles  Source: Bossier Press-Tribune, New Orleans
Ringo Starr on his emoji-filled twitter and why Beatles eternally relevant

Ringo Starr may get old, but as far as he's concerned, being Ringo never does. "I love joy," he says. "I love the light. I'm still doing what was my dream at 13, and that's playing. I think that helps. I promise you this, though -- I'm not this happy-go-lucky every day. But overall, my general demeanor is peace and love and joy."

Source: Billboard
Paul McCartney: How I approach live shows

Recently, Paul McCartney kicked off his latest let of U.S. "One on One" Tour. Even though he is also playing large stadiums, McCartney also likes some more intimate venues. He told Rolling Stone, "When I do the show, I feel like I'm kind of talking to someone like me in the audience. So I'm relating to the people."

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Guitar
Songs of Fab Four inspire cartoonist

A cartoonist from Bootle, England, who loves The Beatles has used some of their most famous songs to create some unique artwork. George Brook, who has been a cartoonist for more than 35 years, has used Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds as inspiration to come up with his own take on the Fab Four.

Source: Champion News, UK
Monday, July 17, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Blu-Ray out October 3

Disney announced on Friday that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on Digital HD September 19 and Blu-Ray on October 3. Blu-Ray extras will include a feature called Wings Over the Caribbean, in which Captain Jack has a memorable encounter with Paul McCartney, who appeared in the movie as Uncle Jack.

Related Articles  Source: Read Junk
Paul McCartney brings One On One Tour to Georgia

Paul McCartney brought his One on One Tour to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA on Thursday night for a sold-out crowd. While most bands play about 20 songs, McCartney, who turned 75 last month, and his band played for nearly three hours running through 39 hits, highlights included the pyrotechnics during Live and Let Die.

Related Articles  Source: The Chattanoogan
Double Fantasy album signed by John Lennon's killer up for sale again

The Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for his killer hours before his death is up for sale for the third time. A building superintendent found the album in a flower planter outside the Dakota after the murder, turned it into police, who used it as evidence against Lennon's killer. It is expected to sell for for $1.5 million.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
50 Year Flashback: Inside John Lennon's long history with Rolling Stone

The relationship between John Lennon and Rolling Stone magazine started with his appearing on their first cover in 1967, and ended with his nude picture with Yoko Ono on the cover in 1981. Over the years, Lennon explained the Beatles' breakup, Richard Nixon's attempts to deport him, and shared the stories behind his songs.

Source: Rolling Stone
July 17, 1968: Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiere

The animated feature film inspired by and adapted from themes and ideas in songs by The Beatles and starring cartoon characters based on John, Paul, George and Ringo made its world premiere at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus on July 17, 1968. All four Beatles were in attendance, as were Keith Richards and members of The Who.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Fender debuts new signature George Harrison guitar

Fender has announced four new artist signature models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including the limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, which embodies Harrison's elegantly restrained playing style and sound, based on his original Telecaster. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

Source: Guitar World
Eight Days a Week Beatles documentary nabs five Emmy nominations

The nominations for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and the Ron Howard-directed The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years came away with a fab five nods, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, outstanding writing, picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Beatles concert pops up in Havana suburb

"Imagine" a Beatles concert popped up in the middle of your street right outside your home. That's basically what happened in Havana one night. Beatles cover bands took the massive stage and for hours performed the hits from the English rock band. Nearly every person was wearing some kind of shirt with the Beatles on it.

Source: WREX TV, Rockford
Paul McCartney produces robust musical memories in Duluth

At the Infinite Energy Arena Thursday in Duluth last night, Paul McCartney frequently chatted with the crowd, about the chord progression that jumpstarted "You Won't See Me," giving The Rolling Stones their first No. 1 hit with "I Wanna Be Your Man," and wanting to provide hope during the civil rights movement with "Blackbird."

Related Articles  Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City of Benton says no to George Harrison mural

Benton City Council members nixed the idea of a proposed Beatles-themed mural near Interstate 57, saying it has no economic benefit to the city. Artist John Cerney had the idea of painting the 16-foot mural depicting George Harrison and his fans in Benton because of the story behind George visiting his sister Lousie there.

Source: Benton News
Stella McCartney furious after Beckhams share picture of her daughter

Fashion designer Stella McCartney is said to be "furious" after David Beckham shared a picture of her daughter on social media at Harper Beckham's Buckingham Palace birthday party, and the picture went viral. Stella likes to keep her children out of the public eye and makes a point of not posting pictures of them online.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Photos: Lucky woman gets kiss from Paul McCartney at concert

Lakeland veterinarian Kecia Howell and her son Noah Horowitz were called up on stage to sing with Paul McCartney at his show in Tampa on Monday. Howell was called from the audience on stage because of the handmade Sgt. Pepper's jacket she was wearing, they sang Get Back with Paul, and then Kecia got a kiss.

Related Articles  Source: The Ledger, Lakeland
Unemployed Architects a modern-day Beatles

One of Pontiac's biggest bands, The Unemployed Architects, can cite a myriad influences, but one that's particularly striking is The Beatles. Like the Fab Four of Liverpool, the band's original lineup were all Pontiac friends who went to school together, have had a change in drummers, and have adapted their playing over the years.

Source: The Register-Mail, IL

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