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Listen: Ringo Starr's new song with Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr celebrates goofing off on the tour bus in his new all-starr track "We're on the Road Again," featuring Paul McCartney, the Eagles' Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and the song's co-writer, Toto's Steve Lukather. Lukather's snarling guitar riff and McCartney's surprisingly punk-styled bass guitar anchor the arena-rock track.

Source: Rolling Stone
Review: Dhani Harrison Live at The Echo, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison headlined the first show ever played under his own name at The Echo Monday night. Upon taking the stage, Harrison dropped straight in to a In///Parallel banger, the Floydian "Summertime Police." Heavy thump came courtesy of thick and crunchy bass from Blas Perez and the drumming of Chris Hornbrook.

Source: Mxdwn
Beatles win court battle over Shea Stadium footage

Apple Corps on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking the rights to the master tapes of the band's 1965 concert at New York's Shea Stadium. A U.S. District Judge said Sid Bernstein Presents failed to show it deserved sole control over the Aug. 15, 1965, footage and deserved damages reflecting its many subsequent uses.

Source: Reuters, UK
Yoko Ono albums reissued and reevaluated

It wasn't long ago when the notion of Yoko Ono's discography getting the deluxe reissue treatment would have sounded like a pipe dream. But recent years have been kind to Ono, whose importance to contemporary conceptual art, feminism, and even popular music has finally outpaced her reputation as the Woman Who Broke Up the Beatles.

Source: Slant Magazine
Sean Lennon says Asians are never cast as normal human beings

American British Japanese Sean Lennon, the son John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has spoken up about the representation of Asians in movies, slamming the industry for their casting processes. He said, "If it's going to be an Asian male in a film, he's going to be a goofy tourist or a science nerd or an evil character or a Kung Fu guy."

Source: Resonate
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Paul McCartney delivers Beatles history lesson in Tinley Park

Paul McCartney arrived in a Beatles mood Tuesday at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. McCartney devoted a majority of his wide-ranging 165-minute concert to music he created with the Fab Four, taking on the role of informed historian, a decision that sat well with the sold-out crowd.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Video: Two fans get engaged on stage with Paul McCartney in Omaha

An Iowa man got help from a Beatle in telling his girlfriend "I want to hold your hand." During Sunday's Paul McCartney concert in Omaha, McCartney's crew brought the couple up after McCartney apparently spotted their signs asking if Locke could pop the question on stage. "We just go nuts," said Jared Locke.

Related Articles  Source: World-Herald, Omaha
George Harrison's Sgt. Pepper Vox UL730 amp goes up for sale

One of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George Harrison used on the Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now for sale online. The amplifier, which has been exhibited in The Beatles Story, Liverpool, comes with two provenance documents confirming that it indeed belonged to George Harrison.

Source: Guitar World
Sean Lennon on the golden age of music

Sean Lennon is heavily involved in all aspects of the music industry, playing and writing music, and running a record label, Chimera Music, that just reissued 11 of his mother's albums. He spoke passionately about the lack of media representation of Asian narratives and why the 60s and 70s were a golden age of creativity.

Source: Paper Magazine
Beatles to be brought to life as tree trunk statues Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles will be immortalised in a series of life-sized tree trunk statues. Award-winning wood sculptor Simon O'Rourke, will be carving statues of the Fab Four members out of wood and will be displayed on Liverpool's Pier Head. He will begin with Paul McCartney on August 6, a week later, George Harrison will be brought to life.

Source: Click Liverpool, UK
Fire, evacuation at Miami Beach hotel that hosted Beatles

An electrical fire at a Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles in 1964 sent guests scrambling to find another place to stay. Fire crews responded to the oceanfront Deauville Beach Resort early Tuesday. News outlets report malfunctioning wiring in a temporary unit being used to supplement the building's air conditioner caught fire.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Production manager talks about setting the stage for McCartney magic

Paul McCartney's live concerts feature state of the art multimedia technology, including impressive pyrotechnics. Mark Spring, Paul McCartney's production manager, said it's interesting to help build the McCartney show for Chicago-area fans. "Putting on a stadium show outdoors is fun. And it's the right thing to do here," he said.

Related Articles  Source: Northwest Indiana Times
John Lennon Songwriting Contest now accepting entries

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is now open for Session II of its 2017 competition. Judges include such notable writers/artists as Fergie, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, George Clinton, Bob Weir, Jim Steinman, Sheila E and Sean Paul. Contestants can enter online until December 15, winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.

Source: All Access Music
Cartoonist creates designs inspired by The Beatles

Cartoonist George Brooks was looking for inspiration for his next artwork when it dawned on him that his background growing up in Liverpool was all he needed. He created a limited-edition trio of colourful cartoons depicting three of The Beatles' most well-known songs, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Source: Runcorn and Widnes World, UK
10 times the Beatles used pseudonyms on records Warning: Page opens with sound

Sometimes, even the most famous musicians want a little anonymity. John Lennon remains the proud possessor of the record for having the most pseudonyms. George tended to disguise himself with a wink and a nod; many of his outside credits were a twist on his name. Ringo took the Mad Libs approach, and Paul was the most secretive.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles' accountant: They were scruffy boys who didn't want to pay tax

Many people claim to have been in The Beatles' inner circle, but their accountant, Harry Pinsker, truly was. From 1961 to 1970 he oversaw their finances, set up their companies, helped buy their homes, and even signed off their grocery shopping. "I first met them in my office, they were just four scruffy boys," recalls Pinsker, now 87.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Tribute band performer Mark Ehmann dead at 55

Mark Ehmann, a longtime member of the Beatles tribute act Hard Night's Day, died last Friday, July 21. He was 55. On Friday, the band released a statement with pictures documenting Ehmann's tenure with the group. Ehmann played left-handed just like Paul McCartney. A memorial show is being organized.

Source: Dallas Observer
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
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.

Related Articles  Source: Sys-Con
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

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