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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, October 24, 2014

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
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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
John and Cynthia's wedding reception venue to be luxury apartments

A former ballroom where Beatle John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia held their wedding reception is being redeveloped into luxury apartments. The Reeces Ballroom, one of the city's landmark Beatles locations, hosted the iconic reception in 1962. It remained a popular dance and music venue up until the 1980s.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Photos: Inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Millions of tourists flock to Liverpool each year, eager to take in the birthplace of the Fab Four and see where it all began. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the history of the Beatles than with a tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon, Mendips on Menlove Avenue, and Paul McCartney, 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton.

Source: Liverpool Echo
BBC Beach Boys tribute contains hidden Beatles message

There are so many music legends in the BBC's God Only Knows video, 32 at the last count, that it's hard to spot every one. But the creator behind the super-lavish promo has revealed there's an extra reference which has so far remained secret: a nod to The Beatles which he's challenging Insider readers to find.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Even for a pro, playing with a Beatle is a heady experience

Earlier this year, Steve Lukather played guitar in the band that was backing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Grammy Salute to the Beatles. "I was standing there looking at Paul, looking at Ringo, and all of a sudden they start to show a clip of Hard Day's Night and it hit me really hard," Lukather said recently.

Source: Florida Weekly, Ft. Meyers
Review: Lennon's spirit shines through in Glass Onion

In "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion," John R. Waters effectively channels John Lennon's spirit, imagining that Lennon had survived and is now 74 and performing solo acoustic shows in intimate venues. Waters began performing a version of the show in Sydney 22 years ago, and he's clearly comfortable in his subject's skin.

Source: NY Post
Dream Weaver Gary Wright was best friends with a Beatle

Some of the best passages in Gary Wright's book "Dream Weaver" describe his deep and lasting friendship with George Harrison since Wright played on All Things Must Pass. Initially bonding over music, the two began to talk about more religious and spiritual matters, in particular Hinduism and guru teachings.

Source: Houston Press
Unused Abbey Road photos up for auction

Unused photos from The Beatles Abbey Road photoshoot are set to go on sale at auction. The shots were taken on 8 August 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only ten minutes to complete the entire shoot. The collection will hit auction on November 21, with a sales estimate of between 50,000-70,000.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles to be featured at film fest in New Jersey

Friday night's opening reception of the Cape May Film Festival which takes place this weekend will feature Beatles cover band, "Love Me Dudes" preceding the feature film "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" hosted by Beatle Historian Denny Somach. Also, more seldom-seen Beatle films will be presented on Saturday morning.

Source: Shore News Today
Reissued mono White Album reveals new layers to the glass onion

Recorded and released as they began to fall apart, the White Album is the longest and most eclectic album John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ever made. It is still capable of great surprise, even discovery, in the right circumstance. In this case: freshly pressed monaural vinyl, especially via headphones.

Source: Rolling Stone

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Julian Lennon joins the family business 30 years ago today

With his debut album, "Valotte," John Lennon's eldest son Julian proved he was more than just a famous surname. but vocally and melodically, he can't help but sound a lot like his dad. "It's not a conscious effort to sing like that. When you sing, you sing. It was just what came natural," he said in an interview with Creem magazine in 1986.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Video: Beatles fan returns Billy J. Kramer's sock after 50 years

A video of author Dee Elias now online shows you know how far a teenage girl during the very height of Beatlemania in the mid 1960s would go to get close to their favorite stars. In the video, Elias finally gets to meet Billy J. Kramer at the 2014 Beatlefest, 50 years after she stole his sock from his hotel room while he slept.

Source: Beatles Freak
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Paul McCartney adds three new tour dates in Brazil

Paul McCartney returns to Brazil with three new dates on his Out There Tour, starting with Vitoria on November 10, Brasilia on November 23 and Sao Paulo on November 25. Pre-sale tickets for Vitoria went on sale on Paul's official website PaulMcCartney.com today. Paul's first concerts in Brazil in 1990 broke attendance records.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Chelsea Clinton and Stella McCartney on defying parents while growing up

Chelsea Clinton and Stella McCartney have admitted they wanted to grow up completely "different" from their famous parents. In a new interview, Stella said, "I think that my slight rebellion was going into fashion and not music or photography or something directly related to what my parents did."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Audio: The Band that made The Beatles

In October 1957 John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed together for the first time in The Quarrymen, which went on to become The Beatles. Rod Davis played banjo in The Quarrymen, and in this program from the BBC now available on line, he speaks about the origins of the most famous group in the world.

Source: BBC
George Harrison childhood friend Geoff Nugent dies aged 71

The Undertakers' guitarist Geoff Nugent passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. Nugent was born in Liverpool in 1943 within a couple of days of George Harrison, the two were childhood friends growing up in Speke, where they learned to play guitar together. Over the years he raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, October 13, 2014
Beatles exhibit now on display in Miami

HistoryMiami's newest exhibit will give Beatles' fans a chance to enjoy memorable moments and cool swag from the Fab Four. The exhibition is titled "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" which derives from the opening line Ed Sullivan used to introduce the group back in 1964 during his show on Miami Beach.

Source: CBS Miami
Ringo's childhood home in Liverpool is now worth less than 600

Accounts show that Ringo Starr's childhood home, the terraced house on Madryn Street, worth 60,000 in April 2013, now has a value of just 525. The property is one of hundreds in the Welsh Streets area of the Dingle that were all together worth around 17m when bought by the council but are now worth around 1m.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: San Antonio fan has massive Beatles memorabilia collection

Redbone Guitar Boutique owner Richard Turner has one of the largest, if not the largest collection, of Beatles memorabilia and collectibles in San Antonio, Texas. It is part of the shopping experience at Redbone that includes a mural of the famed Abbey Road crosswalk and a small reproduction of Liverpool's Cavern Club.

Source: KSAT TV, San Antonio

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