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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
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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."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
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
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Paul McCartney announces more new North American dates

Paul McCartney will play five North American concerts in October, beginning with his first stop in a decade at Columbus, Ohio. McCartney will also play his first-ever concert at State College, Penn. McCartney also plays Toronto for the first time since 2010, Detroit first time since 2011, and his concert debut in Buffalo.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko

If he was an ordinary musician without the famous last name, the projects keeping Sean Lennon busy right now might cry out creative restlessness or workaholic. But the youngest son of John Lennon finds himself these days, not so much addicted to keeping busy, just focused on making the things that make him happy.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Joe Perry on working with Paul McCartney on Hollywood Vampires

Aerosmith's Joe Perry is one of the many famous musicians who Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp tapped to record the soon-to-be-released album Hollywood Vampire. As big a star as Perry is, he admits that he was in awe of one of the album's other contributors with whom he had the chance to collaborate...Paul McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Looking Back: Overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

In the sad sweepstakes for Worst Paul McCartney Solo Album, it would have taken a lot to zoom past the cutesy London Town, the self-conscious Driving Rain or the undercooked Wild Life, to say nothing of the synthy disaster that is McCartney II. Paul McCartney got there with Press to Play, released on Aug. 25, 1986.

Source: Something Else Reviews
The Beatles' Help! turns 50

The Beatles' Help! opened on Aug. 25, 1965, and the general consensus at the time was that it was the second-best Beatles movie ever made. A Hard Day's Night took everyone by surprise, even earning two Oscar nominations, setting the bar awfully high for Help! As in the first film, the quartet played themselves.

Source: Variety
Church where McCartney auditioned for Lennon to hold auction

Items from the church where Sir Paul McCartney auditioned for John Lennon are set to be auctioned off. St Peter's Church Hall in Woolton, which will open its doors as part of International Beatleweek, is selling its weather vane and a hymnal and prayer book in a Beatles auction which will take place on Saturday at LIPA.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, August 24, 2015
Paul McCartney confirms added Columbus and Toledo tour dates

Fresh off a historic performance at Lollapalooza, Paul McCartney has confirmed two new North American dates on his Out There tour. He returns to Columbus, OH nearly 10 years to the day since his last appearance there on October 13. Also, October 17 will see Paul back at Toronto's Air Canada Centre for the first time since 2010.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Broadway World
Tweet teases Paul McCartney concert in Detroit

It looks like Paul McCartney is headed to Detroit for his first show here in four years. "One of my first acts as Mayor was to get to work on making Toronto a more music friendly city, and hosting an artist like Sir Paul McCartney is another example of how growing the music culture in Toronto is delivering results".

Related Articles  Source: Press Examiner
Fab Tech: Abbey Road console inspires free plug-in

From Shattered Glass Audio, the Code Red Free is inspired by a classic, all tube, British console form the late 60s. They say that the original console was known for its EQ, bold and punchy character, and the warmth it imparted. A spokesperson said, "The Beatles recorded most of their material using this."

Source: Sonic State
Audio: David Gilmour's tender cover of Beatles ballad

David Gilmour has shared his tender, sweeping rendition of the Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere," which Gilmour recorded with his son Joe. Gilmour said, "I really wish I had been in the Beatles. [They] taught me how to play guitar; I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything."

Source: Rolling Stone
Hear a funky remastered single from an eighties Paul McCartney classic

Paul McCartney's Tug of War album was a major success in 1980, going platinum and spawning two Top 10 hits. Now available on the internet is a remastered single edit of one of those songs, "Take It Away," a version that won't be among the many bonus tracks featured on McCartney's upcoming Tug of War reissue on CD.

Official Page  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney feared for his life after John Lennon was killed

Paul McCartney has admitted that he feared for his own life after John Lennon was killed. McCartney said he was on "high alert" when an assasin gunned down Lennon outside his New York home in 1980, but also remembered that his own home in rural south England was still largely unprotected and in a remote woodland location.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NME, UK
Artists and Authors Symposium lineup at Beatles at the Ridge

Beatles at the Ridge will return to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas this September 18 and 19, featuring the Third Annual Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium, a two-day event featuring Beatles experts from all over the globe. Headlining the symposium will be two distinguished Beatles authors, Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: Beatles News

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