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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, December 8, 2017

Lennon and Ono's Bed-In for Peace remembered in Tokyo

Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo, has opened an exhibit remembering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's antiwar performance, "Bed-In for Peace," on the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. The exhibit features journalist Gerry Deiter's photos of the couple's peace-promoting response to the Vietnam War in 1969.

Source: Kyodo News, Japan
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

Source: Best Classic Bands
2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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Never-before-seen photos of The Beatles from Eight Arms to Hold You

Eight Arms to Hold You is a new collection of rare and unseen photographs of the Beatles from the movie Help! Curated by British author Simon Wells, the photos were remastered by art and image restorer Paul Skellett, who took the original black-and-white photos and transformed them into colorful stories on each page.

Source: Parade Magazine
Beatles album imagery coming to new line of stationery

The agency responsible for The Beatles' licensing program together with Apple Corps has signed a new deal for a range of Beatles stationery. A wide selection of stationery items is planned, including notebooks, pin badges, pens and pencils, illustrated with imagery from covers and logos from Sgt Pepper, Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road.

Source: Licensing.biz

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Liverpool's Epstein Theatre falls into financial trouble

Liverpool's famous Epstein Theatre has collapsed into administration, but the company has insisted the show will go on over Christmas. The historic playhouse, which first opened its doors in 1913, has appointed FRP Advisory as administrator after falling behind on its rent, who promises the theatre will continue to operate as normal, retaining all 30 staff.

Source: Oxford Mail, UK
Official Beatles Gold Record awards up for auction

Auction website Catawiki, based in the Netherlands, who's goal is to make special objects universally available, has recently put up for auction several framed Beatles Official Awards. The special rare pieces include a Hey Jude 45 gold record, a Revolver LP UK gold record, a Sgt. Pepper platinum record award, and many more.

Source: Catawiki
Cops and Surgeon remember trying to save John Lennon Warning: Page opens with sound

"You just threw your whole life away!" Those were the words roared by NYPD Officer Peter Cullen to the man who moments earlier had fatally shot John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. Cullen and his partner, Steve Spiro, were the first to arrive at the Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side that fateful Monday night in New York City.

Fan Content Warning  WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: Inside Edition
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
McCartney signs 16-year-old student's bass drum onstage

Paul McCartney has made a Scotch College student's year, signing his bass drum at his Melbourne concert last night. The Scotch College Pipe Band joined McCartney onstage for Mull Of Kintyre. Will Mountney said, "It was very exciting but I was just really nervous. It's going to go straight up on the wall and we'll keep it there forever."

Related Articles  Source: 3AW AM, Melbourne
Paul McCartney's secret Beatles hit he wrote in New Zealand

Paul McCartney remembers when the Beatles toured New Zealand at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, and while trapped in their Wellington hotel, he requested a guitar so he could work on a song. He got the guitar, accounts differ on how, but no one knows what song he was working on. "Let's pretend it was Yesterday," he quipped.

Source: New Zealand Herald
John Lennon to be celebrated Friday at Lake Worth music festival

The music and spirit of John Lennon will be celebrated at a festival in Lake Worth, Florida, on Friday, the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. Imaginefest will feature singalongs of classic Lennon and Beatles songs performed by more than 20 bands and prizes for a contest for costumes capturing the 1960s, '70s and Beatles lookalikes.

Source: Palm Beach Post
See Yoko Ono's public artwork at three places in New Orleans

A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono's monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the Beatles. It appears at three different locations, where Ono's work asks, "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?"

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

Harry Benson
Harry Benson's new book celebrates his extraordinary career Warning: Page opens with sound

For nearly 70 years, one man has pointed his lens at the country's most important events and people, including each of the last 12 presidents. When the Beatles had their famous pillow fight, Harry Benson was there, and it became his favorite picture ever. The Beatles were celebrating after they were told they were number one in America.

Source: CBS News

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy: I owe my career to the Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Ozzy Osbourne says that he owes his whole career to the Beatles, saying She Loves You changed his life. He said, "I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life...they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game."

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Extreme security requested for Queensland Paul McCartney concert

Suncorp Stadium was asked to screen every concert goer with handheld metal detectors ahead of Paul McCartney's show in Queensland, Australia, this weekend. It would have been the first time security screening at the venue had been boosted to such a high level, but the request was revoked yesterday by the event's promoters.

Related Articles  Source: The Queensland Times, Australia

Love Me Do promo 45
Rare Beatles promo most expensive single ever sold on Discogs

A Parlophone promo 7″ for the Beatles' Love Me Do has become the most expensive single ever sold on the music database and marketplace website Discogs, missing the all-time high for most expensive record ever sold on the site, a copy of Prince's lost Black Album, by just $243. It was purchased for a whopping $14,757 (£11,250).

Source: The Vinyl Factory
Jerry Garcia Foundation unites music and art at Lennon inspired benefit

In this "season of giving," the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual "Imagine There's No Hunger" holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert.

Source: PR Newswire
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Nashville-based country pop singer Emily Hackett has recorded a fantastic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" just in time for the holidays. She said, "Recording this song has always been on my bucket list and the timing of it just seemed so appropriate with everything going on in the world this year."

Source: Grateful Web
U2 recreates the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover

Irish group U2 takes their smash hits to the iconic Abbey Road studios as they perform their chart-topping tracks for a BBC special, where they recreated the legendary Beatles cover. U2 At The BBC will not only see an intimate performance from the quartet, but will also feature a discussion on the group's undeniably strong musical chemistry.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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Jeff Lynne's ELO adds additional North American tour dates

Jeff Lynne's ELO has added dates added to its first North American tour in 30 plus years. Due to high ticket demand, the tour announced additional shows in Los Angeles, and New York. The announcement comes just after the release of the live concert CD/DVD, Wembley or Bust. Jeff Lynne's last extensive U.S. tour with ELO was in 1981.

Source: The Music Universe
Monday, December 4, 2017
Listen: Paul McCartney's lost 1965 Christmas record

An extremely rare record, only three copies were known to exist, made by Paul McCartney for his bandmates at Christmastime in 1965 has made its way online. It was found by the Dangerous Minds website, who also shared an interview with McCartney from 1995 where he talked about it. McCartney said, "It was just something for the mates."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney helps couple get engaged at Perth concert

Martyn Davison may have gotten more than he bargained for when he attended the Paul McCartney concert in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night, holding a sign that read "Can I propose to my love on stage?" McCartney invited the lucky couple on stage during his encore so they could have their special moment.

Related Articles  Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Paul McCartney surpasses expectations as Australia tour kicks off

The anticipation throughout endless lines around Perth's nib Stadium was fuelled by the crystal clear sounds of a music legend soundchecking right up until doors opened. Once inside and amped to the max by a DJ smashing Beatles songs, Paul McCartney arrived to a standing ovation. "G'day, Perth," he said with a grin.

Related Articles  Source: The Music, Australia
Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 auctions for £1.3m

On Friday, an anonymous bidder paid £1,345,500 (about $1,810,750) at auction for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, once owned by Paul McCartney, who bought it for £3,800 in the summer of 1964. Also, a 1966 Mini Coopers S that was adapted to carry Ringo Starr's drum kit went under the hammer for £102,300 (about $137,675).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Pete Best
Pete Best to play himself in new John Lennon play

The original Beatles drummer is set to appear on stage playing himself in a new show. Pete Best, who was a member of the band until 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr, will appear in the comedy production Lennon's Banjo, in Liverpool next year. The show tells of a quest to find the first instrument John Lennon learned to play.

Source: ITV, UK

Paul McCartney reveals bizarre recurring Beatles nightmare

Paul McCartney has revealed a nightmare­ that has haunted him for 50 years. Despite wowing audiences around the world since the 1960s, Paul said in an interview, "You are in a stadium playing with The Beatles or with this band and people start leaving and it is like 'OK what are we doing wrong' we try to pull out the bigs ones but they're still leaving."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Kit O'Toole's top Beatles albums, books, collectibles and movies for 2017

A busy year for Beatles and solo-themed books, DVDs, compact discs and more, 2017 has culminated in the Christmas Records box set, a long-awaited item for Beatles fans. That special release is just one of many gifts that top numerous gift lists, and probably your own. This guide highlights some notable items issued this year.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, December 1, 2017
Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime makes Top 25 Holiday Songs list

Quite a few classic-rock artists have penned memorable Christmas tunes, but only one has made it onto the 2017 list of the top 25 most-played holiday songs compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Paul McCartney's 1979 "Wonderful Christmastime" sneaked onto the tally at #25.

Source: WEZX 107 FM, Scranton
Sir Paul McCartney's gift to Manchester attack families

A gift from Paul McCartney is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack back in May. McCartney has offered to personalise a copy of the special edition 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which is being auctioned by Bonhams.

Source: BBC News, UK

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack nominated for a Grammy

The soundtrack for James Gunn's Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The album, which includes classic tunes from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, and more, also includes My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York on Jan. 28.

Source: Comic Book.com
Listen: The Weeklings resurrect Beatles' Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

The Weeklings, who last month released their "Revolution Wonderland" single, combining "Winter Wonderland" and The Beatles' "Revolution", are following it up with another Beatles-themed holiday single, "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," a song that was written by all four Beatles and sent to fan club members for Christmas, 1967.

Source: NJArts.net
Listen: Motley Crue covers The Beatles in 1983

On this date in 34 years ago, a year after the success of their debut album, Too Fast For Love, Motley Crue closed out their set at the San Antonio Civic Center with a cover of The Beatles' hardest-rocking song, Helter Skelter, from Paste Magazine's world's largest collection of live music recordings, now on their website.

Source: Paste Magazine
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Paul McCartney wows Aussie fans with live Q&A and impromptu concert

Speaking to fans in Perth, the location for the start of his first Australian tour in decades, Paul McCartney said he did not even think he'd still be in demand in the 1970s, let alone when he was in his seventies. "It is amazing, it's something we never expected. We thought we might last 10 years if we were lucky," he said.

Related Articles  Source: ABC News, Australia
Beatles ex-staffer invited to catch up with Paul McCartney in Australia

Former Londoner Joanne Petersen, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s, has received an invitation to catch up with a friend and former work mate, Paul McCartney, while's he on tour in Australia. She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.

More: Brian Epstein  Source: ABC News, Australia
New Beatles festival to debut in Texas in fall 2018

The city of Tomball, Texas, in the Houston metropolitan area, has announced the creation of a new festival celebrating the music of the Beatles and Volkswagen Beetle vehicles. Titled "Fab Fest," the festival will debut on Sept. 15, 2018, and include live music and Beatles-themed merchandise for sale.

Source: Community Impact, TX
Artist behind Beatles cartoon show coming to Indianapolis

The standard rule for cartoon artists is that a single animated character requires 12 drawings per second. That's 720 pictures per minute. Ron Campbell recalls the math from his years as series director for "The Beatles" Saturday morning TV cartoon in the 1960s. Now retired, he is touring galleries around the US.

Source: Indianapolis Star
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Ringo Starr Announces All Starr Band 2018 dates

Ringo Starr announced today a revamping of his long-running lineup of his All Starr Band for a 2018 tour of Europe and Israel. Re-joining the All Starr Band for the 2018 dates is Colin Hay. The former Men at Work frontman previously performed with the lineup in 2008. Joining for the first time is 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman.

Official Page  Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about going down under

On his official website, Charles in the UK asked Paul McCartney, "Do you have any favourite memories from visiting Australia and New Zealand on previous tours?" Paul answered, "The welcome we got in Australia was crazy! People were lining the streets and it was really special. We...were very pleased to get such a great reception."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney: Fashion must change its wasteful ways

The fashion industry urgently needs to reform its wasteful, polluting ways, British designer Stella McCartney says. "Fashion is allowed to be fun, and it's allowed to be sexy," said McCartney, "The reality is we just need to be a bit more mindful and curious about the way we're consuming and have a level of responsibility."

Source: Irish Times, UK
Remembering George Harrison: Appearing on Dick Cavett Show in 1971

Today marks 16 years since The Beatles guitarist George Harrison sadly passed away at the age of 58. Just over 46 years ago on November 23, 1971, Harrison was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show, along with Gary Wright, who previously appeared on George's 1970 double album All Things Must Pass, and Ravi Shankar.

Source: Jambase

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