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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ed Sheeran sought Paul McCartney's advice

Ed Sheeran has revealed Sir Paul McCartney gave him advice about life when they met at an Oscars after-party. Sheeran says McCartney encouraged him to take note of how other big names, such as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Justin Timberlake, interact with people, saying, "they're all comfortable in their own space."

Source: Contact Music

Strawberry Field gates to return to their rightful home

The iconic Strawberry Field gates are to return to their rightful home in South Liverpool. The wrought-iron gates which were put in storage for safe keeping by the Salvation Army which owns the Beaconsfield Road site, are to be put on permanent public display for Beatles fans on the Strawberry Field grounds if city planners give approval next week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Irish pub celebrates John Lennon's 74th birthday

In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 74th birthday, Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana will throw its annual birthday bash for the late Beatle on October 9. Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler said, "It's the 35th year for the party started in 1979 by a group of Lennon fans who were regulars at the pub."

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Dad makes coolest breakfast ever

Nathan Shields looks likely to take the crown of Coolest Dad of the Year with his fabulous family pancakes. Nathan created the pancakes, which are made into the shape of the fab four, for his children, and filmed his efforts for his YouTube channel. His children were delighted with his work (presumably because they got to eat them).

Source: Parent Dish
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Monday, September 29, 2014
New video reveals Paul McCartney's real phone number

Wings has unveiled a new lyric video for single "Call Me Back Again", which somewhat surprisingly features Paul McCartney's actual phone number. But fans expecting to get hold of The Beatle will be disappointed as the number is no longer in use. The song will feature on the forthcoming reissue of Venus and Mars on November 3.

Source: Gigwise
Video: Statue to honor forgotten Beatles manager Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein is hardly a household name in Liverpool. There is the Epstein Theatre, but campaigners argue more is needed to celebrate the man who discovered The Beatles, they want a statue in Liverpool. "Without Brian there would have been no Beatles," said Billy Kinsley, lead singer of 60s band The Merseybeats.

Source: BBC News
Video: Musicians salue George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

Dozens of famous musicians gathered at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre this weekend to honor George Harrison at an event aptly named George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, including Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Ann Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, Perry Farrell and Dhani Harrison.

Source: Rolling Stone
Bids pass $25k for rare Beatles album

The price has been pushed past $25,000 for a scarce fully-signed Beatles album on eBay. The rare mint-condition copy of the Please Please Me LP includes signatures from each member of the group on the upper-back-side of the sleeve and is described by the seller as "an artifact worthy of the finest museum-grade collections."

Source: What Sells Best
Upcoming guests on John Lennon Hour to include Brian Epstein author

Beatles expert Jude Southerland Kessler has announced her special guests that will be appearing on her radio show during the month of October. On Octover 23, Vivek Tiwary, author of The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, will discuss Brian's part in making the Beatles the greatest band in the world.

Source: PR Log
Ivor Davis touring with the Beatles in the summer of 1964

In the summer of 1964, The Beatles embarked on a record-breaking tour of America and Canada. Ivor Davis' new book, The Beatles and Me On Tour, presents an insider's chronicle of that tour. Davis, then a young reporter for the London Daily Express, traveled with The Beatles as the only British writer on the tour.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Friday, September 26, 2014
Paul McCartney to record Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson

Paul McCartney is set to release a Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson. McCartney joins a host of celebrities for a version of A Great Big World's "Say Something," recorded at Abbey Road earlier this week, according to The Sun.

Source: Digital Spy
McCartney, Ringo almost come together in San Antonio

The Beatles never played San Antonio, Texas. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have played San Antonio before, but now, Paul McCartney arrives in San Antonio next Wednesday, October 1, and Ringo Starr hits town just six says later on October 7, both at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Source: San Antonio Express-News
Paul McCartney's official site starts #FanArtFriday

For the past year Paul MCartney's official website has been regramming their favorite fan images at the "New" Instagram account. They've been so impressed by all of the talent and creativity that they've decided to start a new feature called #FanArtFriday. Fans can post their pictures with the hashtag #whatsnewpaul.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Norah Jones covers George Harrison on Conan

Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer, whose father was sitar master Ravi Shankar, delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from Harrison's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass.

Source: Rolling Stone
Yellow submarine used at film premier in 1968 gets plaque in Liverpool

A yellow submarine made in diving enthusiast Arthur Johnson's garden in Grimsby, England, for 50, appeared at the world premier of The Beatles movie at The London Pavilion in July, 1968. Today Arthur and his family have been invited to Penny Lane in Liverpool to unveil a plaque to honor his iconic submarine.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph, UK

Track by Track: The Beatles' Abbey Road turns 45

On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of the Abbey Road album is practically a miracle, when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught with tensions and on the verge of breaking up.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon gets lost among the Walls and Bridges 40 years ago

Like most of John Lennon's solo albums, his fifth came with its share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon's work starting around the time of the White Album, many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono when he began recording Walls and Bridges in July 1974.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Video: Dhani Harrison performs two George Harrison songs on Conan

George Harrison Week continued on Conan on Wednesday night as the Beatle's son Dhani Harrison and his talented friends performed a pair of tracks from his father's 1970 classic All Things Must Pass. Harrison paid tribute to his father with performances of "Let It Down" and "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)."

Source: Rolling Stone
Dhani Harrison felt responsibility to release his dad's music

George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his passing. She said, "There's still a huge archive of material that still needs working on. You can't just let tapes degrade and never be heard again."

Source: The List, UK
Spain picks John Lennon film for Oscar nomination

Spain's film academy has selected the movie "Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)" as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film tells the true story of a teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet Lennon, who was staying there.

Source: Billboard
San Diego fans advised to ride train to Paul McCartney concert

Fans of Paul McCartney are being advised to take public transportation to the concert this Sunday at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The North County Transit District plans two southbound trains before the concert, and has scheduled an additional northbound Caster trip departing the Santa Fe Depot at midnight.

Source: Times of San Diego
Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray's dream gig

Since making his debut as a member of Paul McCartney's band at the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans, Brian Ray has done nine world tours with Paul and played with him at Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Isle of Wight. But one of the most memorable performances he recalls doing with McCartney was also one of the smallest.

Source: UT San Diego
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Video: Paul Simon covers Here Comes The Sun on Conan

Conan's week-long tribute to George Harrison continued last night with a performance from Paul Simon. Paul covered the timeless Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun," off the group's iconic Abbey Road album and written by Harrison. The two previously played together during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1976.

Source: KRTH, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison makes surprise live appearance

It was beyond beautiful, a huge pleasant jolt, in the midst of a wonderful, sold-out "The Fab Faux" Beatles tribute performance at Valley Performing Arts Center, when Dhani Harrison made a surprise appearance on stage. Harrison, in Los Angeles for an appearance during Conan O'Brien's tribute week to his Beatle father, performed Savoy Truffle.

Source: Huffington Post
Wife Olivia remembers how George had a way of looking at you

"He had this way of looking at you," George Harrison's widow Olivia says about his wide appeal. "Once you'd been with him, he had this way of making you want to bring out a truer version of yourself, unlocking something. It was profound and electrifying, and it can still bring prickles to the back of my neck."

Source: Huffington Post
Section of Ed Sullivan Show set signed by The Beatles to be sold

A portion of the famous Ed Sullivan Show set displayed during The Beatles' US television debut is to be sold at The Fest for Beatles Fans, which takes place in Los Angeles the weekend of October 10. It is expected to go for $550,000. Other items to be auctioned include a rare Butcher cover album, priced at $4,500.

Source: NME, UK

Billy Preston
Billy Preston's bankruptcy case finally settled

The legendary "fifth Beatle," Billy Preston, died eight years ago at the age of 59, but not without controversy, the target of bitter legal battles for his lucrative, multi-million dollar estate. On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that Preston, despite a long history of cocaine addiction, was not incapacitated when he filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

Source: OC Weekly
Silly and even Sillier Love Songs

It's 1976, everyone is excited about Paul McCartney coming to play in their town. But they're not excited about his new Wings album, Wings at the Speed of Sound. Silly Love Songs wasn't the silliest song on the album, McCartney and the other Wings set new standards for frivolity on the album, which was at best a rush job.

Source: Like The Dew
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Beatles release free post-Beatles EP on iTunes

A new free sampler from iTunes presents a song from each of the Beatles, showcasing the distinctive musical journeys they undertook as solo artists. It includes John Lennon's gorgeous piano ballad Love, Paul McCartney's simmering Call Me Back Again, George Harrison's explosive Let It Down and Ringo's lush Walk With You.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fab Faux succeed in emitting authentic Beatles vibes

The Fab Faux's goal is to show the Beatles catalog with as much respect and justice as possible, and they succeeded in doing so Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Northridge campus. Their nearly sold-out performance would make any Beatles fan feel proud and nostalgic.

Source: CSUN Sundial
Iconic Liverpool club Jacaranda set to reopen

Appearing originally as Long John & the Silver Beatles, the Beatles helped to establish the Jacaranda club as the musical hub of Liverpool, now re-opening next month after two-years. Its owners are hoping to replicate their success with a new generation of local musicians, even relaunching their famous open mic nights.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Beck kicks off Conan O'Brien's George Harrison week

Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Last night, Beck covered the Harrison song "Wah-Wah," a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. The video of this now available on the net.

Source: Zumic
Monday, September 22, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney's new video for Meatless Monday

Meat Free Monday recently invited fans to pick a lyric from Paul McCartney's song "Meat Free Monday" and represent that lyric in a creative way for their fifth anniversary video. They are included in a new video that also features Woody Harrelson, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Fearne Cotton and Sharleen Spiteri.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney's superhero Jaguars take the Paris streets by storm

Stella McCartney-designed XE Experience XE Jaguars will transport VIPs to the Paris Fashion Week next week. The Jaguars are limited edition and designed by Stella McCartney. She said, "It was interesting to adapt my playful superhero print for the XE. Jaguar is a British brand that's full of heritage and charm."

Source: Jewish Business News
Inside the long-unopened storage locker of the Beatles' American lawyer

Paul LaRosa, researching a new book on Brian Epstein, was allowed access to a storage locker that belonged to Beatles' lawyer Nat Weiss. He said, "I cannot tell you how exciting it was the first time we opened that locker. It was dark and the locker and cabinets were stuffed and the boxes of records were taped shut."

Source: Huffington Post
Ringo selling his English estate

Ringo Starr and his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their 200-acre abode in Rydinghurst in Surrey, south east England up for sale because they no longer spend enough time in the six-bedroom mansion. The house boasts several impressive features including two music rooms and a cinema.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Friday, September 19, 2014
Album Review: George Harrison, The Apple Years 1968-75

The Apple Years 1968-75 box set gathers George Harrison's first six solo albums in a post-Fab career that had its share of ups and downs before Harrison passed away in 2001. The seven years were marked by creative indulgences that didn't always pay off, but were right up there with the best of the Beatles' solo material.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles biographer reveals original Beatles song manuscripts

Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard was one of the first journalists to write intelligently and revealingly about The Beatles. John showed her the words of A Hard Day's Night, written down on an old birthday card given to his son Julian. This manuscript and others are on show today at the British Library.

Source: The Independent, UK
Beatles' Eleanor Rigby sculpted from 1m of bank notes

A sculpture of The Beatles' song character Eleanor Rigby, made from 1m of used bank notes, will be unveiled at the Museum of Liverpool later. Liverpool-born sculptor Leonard J. Brown said it was "to show people that money isn't the only way to make you happy." It will be on show at the museum until January 2015.

Source: BBC News
Top 23 John Lennon quotes

John Lennon wasn't just a songwriter, he was a man who inspired millions of people with his wisdom, he yearned for a peaceful world, where only love reigned. It is worth revisiting some of his most famous quotes. Very few modern performers entire back catalogue could match the impact of one of his quotes.

Source: The London Economic
Why Paul Rudd And Justin Long were terrified of playing Beatles

Justin Long has revealed that he was petrified when he was cast as George Harrison in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, even though the Beatles were a small part of the movie. "It was such a daunting task to play the Beatles, even though it was a comedic movie, we wanted to respect how sacred they are," he explained.

Source: Cinema Blend
Tyler Ritter remembers dad's Beatles influence

Three's Company star John Ritter's sons Tyler and Jason are now both successful actors. Tyler said of his parents, "They were both obsessed with The Beatles, which by the way is a great role model. You have All You Need Is Love, and the work ethic that The Beatles had, of just working hard every day."

Source: E! Online

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