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Paul McCartney offers exclusive download from upcoming Wings release

Next week the remastered classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will be reissued. To celebrate, Paul McCartney's official website is giving fans an exclusive extended and remastered version of "Letting Go" to download. The track received its worldwide premiere this morning on BBC Radio 6 Music.

New Liverpool hospital glass panes inspired by the Beatles

A life-long Beatles fan was chosen to design a unique installation for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. Award-winning glass artist Alexander Beleschenko took inspiration from the years he spent listening to his favorite Liverpool band to design the stunning artwork, saying the light reflections mimic the intonations of music.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles Love joins Las Vegas Phil

Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic performed a tribute to The Beatles last Sunday, playing original scores adapted specifically for Life is Beautiful, under the guidance of The Beatles Love Music Director Giles Martin, while artists from Love danced energetically and aerialists soared across the Downtown Stage.

Source: Broadway World
Review: Flaming Lips fail with Sgt. Pepper cover

The Flaming Lips have recorded a full-length tribute to the Beatles' 1967 album, "With a Little Help from My Fwends, "and the music is even more far-out and psychedelic than the landmark original. The songs lack the melodic charm and rhythmic bounce of the originals, there's so much distortion not even "Lovely Rita" is pretty.

Source: Reporter-Herald, Loveland, CO
Interview: Beatles radio host and expert Ken Michaels

Radio host Ken Michaels' passion for the Beatles is just as deep as his knowledge of their work, from their earliest recordings to their work as solo artists to the books, movies, remasters of albums, and countless other Beatles projects. His radio show Every Little Thing takes a weekly look at The Beatles' catalogue from every angle.

Source: Stereo Embers
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Collector's Edition of Paul McCartney's New out today

Paul McCartney's New is to be released today as special 2CD & DVD Collector's Edition in a hard bound book featuring bonus content including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks, packed full with exclusive content that tells the story of the making of the album.

Source: Broadway World Music
Iconic Liverpool bar The Jacaranda announces official re-opening date

Liverpool's iconic Jacaranda has announced its re-launch night, with its famous doors finally open again on Nov. 6 to unleash a new generation of Merseyside musicians. It all kicks off with a live music night, sure to return Merseysiders to the days when the Beatles used to play at the venue as Long John and the Silver Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison: The notes you never hear

Dhani Harrison recently sparked conversation regarding his father's guitar playing while rehearsing his song "Let It Down." It began when one of Harrison's band members overheard him playing his father's solo, telling him he was playing the notes wrong. Harrison said he was "doing my own solo, not the one in the song."

Source: Vidette Online, Illinois State Univesity
The Hollies' drummer talks about their role in the British Invasion

The Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott paid a visit to the new Grammy Museum exhibition in Liverpool, and he reminisced about his part in the British Invasion of America in the early 1960s which was led by fellow bands like the Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones. Elliot has loaned a number of items of The Hollies' memorabilia to the show.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Review: Confessions of a Beatlemaniac by Dee Elias

"Confessions of a Beatlemaniac" by Dee Elias recounts the author's hilarious and harrowing experiences as a young 14-year old fan in the 1960s who desperately loved the Beatles, and did what it took to finally meet them in person. Luckily she kept a diary that has provided the fuel for this book, nearly fifty years later.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
How Charlie O. brought The Beatles to Kansas City

Charles Oscar Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, saw an open date on the Beatles' second American tour, September 17, 1964. Finley agreed to pay them $150,000 to play that evening at Kansas City Municipal Stadium. The Beatles would've enjoyed their day off, but $150,000 was huge money then.

Source: Like The Dew
Monday, October 27, 2014
John Lennon's iconic specs on sale for $40,000

A pair of John Lennon's iconic glasses, which he lent to a flirty girl who had pinched his bottom during a conga, will go on sale for 25,000 (about $40,300). Wendy Baker, now 75, used his "granny" specs to read the menu in a Soho, London, club in 1966, and he left without them. The specs will be sold in Los Angeles on November 7.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney surprises college students in Florida

Paul McCartney surprised students at a Florida college, the event was kept secret until the last minute. McCartney spoke to around 100 students at the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park about songwriting and his fame as a member of The Beatles, then treated them to a performance of Blackbird.

More Information  Source: Contact Music
John Lennon letter praising Yoko Ono sells for 28,171 at auction

A letter written by John Lennon to the radio and TV host Joe Franklin to endorse Yoko Ono's music sold for $28,171, flying past its presale estimate of $15,000-20,000, at the Marvels of Modern Music sale last Thursday. The letter was written on official Apple Records letterhead and dated December 13, 1971.

Source: Artnet News
Join campaign to get John Lennon on a stamp in 2015

There is now a call for John Lennon's face to be put on a British stamp in 2015, the year the Beatles icon would have turned 75, and the campaign is endorsed by Yoko Ono. Lennon has appeared as the main image on postage stamps all over the world, but he has never been granted the same honor in his home country.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The man who broke the news of John Lennon

Former TV producer Alan Weiss was among the first to learn about John Lennon. A dramatic sequence of events put Weiss at the scene, watching doctors unsuccessfully try to bring Lennon back to life. Weiss went on to break the news to the world and win an Emmy for his next-day coverage of the story.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Five Beatles songs that Elvis Presley sang

Although it was rumored that Elvis Presley felt threatened by The Beatles and their success in the 1960s, he didn't let that prevent him from singing several of their songs. Beginning in 1969 when he returned to the concert stage after an eight-year absence, Presley incorporated several of The Beatles' hits into his live act.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, October 24, 2014
McCartney signed guitar sells for $23,877 on eBay

A vintage bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney has fetched $23,877 on eBay. The signed left-handed-bass, a 1964 Hofner 500/1 handmade in Germany, included a black hard shell case and brown leather guitar strapset. Paul signed it while backstage during rehearsals for his performance at this year's Grammy Awards.

Source: What Sells Best
Video: The Flaming Lips on recording Within You Without You

Next week the wait for "With a Little Help From My Fwends," The Flaming Lips' track-for-track cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is finally over, and yes, Cyrus does appear on two tracks, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life. A mini-documentary about the making of the project is now online.

Source: Death and Taxes
All You Need Is Love cover reaches Billboard Top 10

The Beatles' All You Need Is Love is back in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since 1967. The Fab Four's original topped the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 19, 1967. Four weeks later, it dipped to No. 8. This week, Dave Koz & Friends' version rose from 11 to 10 on the Smooth Jazz Songs radio airplay chart.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, October 23, 2014
New book lifts lid on life on the road with the Beatles

In the summer of 1964, the Beatles embarked on a pandemonium-inducing record-breaking tour of America and Canada. A new book, The Beatles and Me on Tour tells the story of Ivor Davis, then a young reporter for the London Daily Express. Ivor traveled with the Beatles as the only British newspaper writer invited on the tour.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New edition of Larry Kane book includes interview CD

Originally published in 2003, Larry Kane's "Ticket to Ride" is out in a new edition that includes a CD sampling of some of the author's many hours of interviews with the group. It's one of the best first-person accounts of the sheer madness, lunacy and occasional run-for-your-life portrait of the early days of Beatlemania.

Source: Houston Press
Vintage Beatles EP reissued for Black Friday Record Store Day

A vintage Beatles EP for Long Tall Sally, the fifth Beatles 4 song 7" EP to be released in the U.K., will make a special reappearance for Record Store Day on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The EP, to be released in limited quantities, will include the same lineup that the original British EP had back in 1964, and is also being released in mono.

Source: Beatles Examiner
The technical constraints that made Abbey Road so good

The sanctum sanctorum of Abbey Road is Studio Two, the room where the majority of The Beatles recordings were made. Studio Two's reverberant qualities are so well known that Abbey Road's rental contract actually prohibits any sampling of its distinctive acoustic signature. Even today, Abbey Road is still producing hits.

Source: The Atlantic
Beatles classics to be revisited by signing choir in Liverpool

Classic Beatles songs are revisited by the Warrington British Sign Language Signing Choir which will be signing along to some of John, Paul, George and Ringo's best songs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Sunday. The choir's organizer said, "We are so proud to have received wonderful words from Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney."

Source: Warring Guardian, UK
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
John Lennon leather jacket expected to fetch more than $32,000

A leather jacket owned and worn by John Lennon is expected to fetch between 20,000 and 30,000 (between $32,100 and $48,200) when it is auctioned next Thursday. The unbranded, lined black leather jacket was purchased by Lennon when he and Paul McCartney were in New York opening the new Apple Offices in 1968.

Source: Newbury Today, UK
Paul McCartney meet and greet to be up for auction

The "Wheely Good Time" fundraiser to benefit Wheelchairs 4 Kids has announced that the event's silent auction will now include a meet-and-greet with Paul McCartney and two tickets to a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Oct. 30, the last of his stops in the United States before heading to South America.

Source: The Suncoast News, FL
Shakespeare meets The Beatles in new play

Robert Anderson has combined the classic story of "The Tempest" with the classic sounds of The Beatles in "The Magic of Theatre: Another Tempest" which will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Anderson said, "When I started rehearsing and the project started coming together, something magical happened."

Source: The Weekender, PA
New Shirley Bassey album includes Beatles cover

Shirley Bassey has announced that she will release her first album in five years in November to celebrate 60 years in the music industry, which will include covers of some of her personal favorites including Hey Jude by The Beatles. The new collection was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London.

Source: The List, UK
Hard Days Night Hotel takes trip down Penny Lane with new wine collection

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is now stocking the highly acclaimed Penny Lane wine collection. Served in the venue's popular Bar Four and Blakes Restaurant, they are set to be a firm favorite amongst Beatles fans and wine connoisseurs alike. Bar Four and Blakes Restaurant feature Beatles memorable and stylish decors.

Source: Incentive Travel, UK
McCartney stumbles badly with Give My Regards to Broadstreet 30 years ago

Any album that finds Paul McCartney collaborating with David Gilmour, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Dave Edmunds, members of Toto and Eric Stewart of 10cc. should have worked. Any album featuring both George Martin and Ringo Starr should have worked. But Give My Regards to Broadstreet stalled at No. 21 on Billboard.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, October 20, 2014
George Harrison's childhood home sells for 156k at Liverpool auction

The former childhood home of George Harrison has sold for 156,000 at auction, to a bidder who tried to buy John Lennon's home last year. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul Mccartney debuts Bonham song during Twitter chat

During a live chat on Twitter today, Paul Mccartney debuted a previously unreleased version of Wings' Beware My Love featuring late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The 1976 track will feature on the upcoming reissue of Wings at the Speed of Sound. Bonham also played on two tracks on Back to the Egg in 1979.

Source: Contact Music
Ringo Starr is the new face of Skechers

Skechers must be in need of a little "peace and love", because the footwear brand just recruited Ringo Starr to appear in their Relaxed Fit Footwear commercials campaign. This isn't his first time modeling in the fashion world, he also recently posed for a John Varvatos campaign tied to his charity Peace Rocks.

Source: People Magazine
Researchers name new tarantula species after John Lennon

Researchers who discovered a new species of tarantula in Western Amazonia, Brazil, named it Bumba lennoni after one of their musical heroes: John Lennon. The researchers explain, "The name is patronymic in honor of John Winston Lennon, the legendary creator of The Beatles, who contributed to make this world a gentler place."

Source: NBC News
Friday, October 17, 2014
Beatles/Roy Orbison program sells for $12,100 on eBay

A historic and very rare Beatles/Roy Orbison tour program fully signed by all four Beatles has sold for $12,100 on eBay. The program was created for the Beatles and Orbison when they teamed up for a short three-week-tour, May 18 to June 9, 1963. To date, this is one of the highest priced tour programs sold on eBay.

Source: What Sells Best
McCartney-signed guitar to be auctioned for charity in New Jersey

A guitar signed by Paul McCartney will be included in a gala auction at Temple Shalom in Roxbury Township, New Jersey on November 15. The auction will feature about 150 items, also included in the auction will be a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and two tickets to a show in David Letterman's final season.

Source: Roxbury Register
Video: Paul McCartney plays pool in lost Wings TV ad

By June 26th, 1975, Wings' Venus and Mars had been out for a month, and its lead single, Listen to What the Man Says, was continuing to climb the charts. To give the record some additional push, however, the label debuted a television commercial that featured the band engaged in a loose game of snooker.

Source: Rolling Stone
Michigan coffee shop houses trove of Beatles memorabilia

Brad Wilderman and his wife have turned their coffee shop, Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium, in Bay City, Michigan, into a shrine to the Fab Four. The walls are covered with Beatles records and photos. Some are vintage, others are reproductions or home-made memorabilia, collected over 25 years from all over the world.

Source: Interlochen Public Radio
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Liverpudlians reveal new Beatles stories at Beatlefest panels

At the Los Angeles Fest for Beatles Fans held October 10 thru 12 at the LA Airport Marriott hotel, there were several panel discussions that offered new stories into the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool as experienced by a diverse group of Liverpudlians, including Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister and Angie and Ruth McCartney.

Source: Beatles News
Photos: Paul McCartney is amazing in Atlanta

Paul McCartney made up for lost time on Wednesday night at his sold out concert at Philips Arena in Atlanta that had been postponed from June by putting on a show that defied superlatives. To say that Paul McCartney playing live was amazing would be an understatement. His show is everything you'd expect and much more.

Source: Atlanta Live Music Examiner
Dhani Harrison on his father's incredible archives

Since George Harrison's passing, his son Dhani has been active in the archiving and release of his father's solo legacy. In a new interview, Dhani says Wonderwall is his favorite album in the new The Apple Years box set, and admits he is still surprised by his father's music, even records as familiar as All Things Must Pass.

Source: Rolling Stone

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