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Beatles statue to be unveiled this week in Liverpool 

A new statue of the Beatles is due to be officially unveiled at Liverpool's Pier Head this week. The giant bronzes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr by artist Andrew Edwards, which were wrapped in a tarpaulin against the stormy weather this morning, were donated to the city by the Cavern Club.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney answers the mystery of his first name (sort of) 

Asked why he's called Paul, James Paul McCartney explained, "I was told that it was because if letters arrived at the house for James McCartney, you wouldn't know whether it was my Dad, that was James McCartney, or me, James McCartney. So that worked until they called my brother, whose name was Peter Michael McCartney, Michael!?"

Last interviewer of John Lennon reveals dark side of Yoko Ono 

Millions heard the John Lennon Interview in January 1981 with Andy Peebles of BBC Radio One. Lennon died just two days later. Peebles has never before told the story of Lennon's close, if improbable, friendship with Yoko Ono. But now, in a frank interview, he raises a series of disturbing questions about her fame-hungry behavior.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Beatles fans in Mexico City Get Together to set record 

Beatles fans in Mexico City set out to break a record of the largest gathering of fans dressed as the members of the world-famous group on Saturday. Almost 300 people gathered in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park dressed in costumes reflecting the various styles of the Beatles. The Guiness Book of World Records previous record was 250 people.

Source: NBC News
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute 

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation. Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me," in fact, appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon to be remembered in Hollywood 

John Lennon will be remembered and honored 35 years after his tragic death at a "John Lennon 35th Annual Public Tribute and Memorial Remembrance" to be held at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on December 8. The featured speaker at the event will be Suzanne Verge of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Source: Beatles News Blog
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Friday, November 27, 2015
Alternate Abbey Road photos now on exhibition

For the first time in many years, Snap Galleries is showing the ultra-rare complete series of seven Abbey Road photographs by Iain MacMillan in an exhibition called "Abbey Road: The Complete Sessions." The fascinating collection of variants from the famous photo shoot that day outside Abbey Road Studios in London is on show at the gallery now.

Source: Beatles News Blog
McCartney family sends open letter to British Prime Minister

Ahead of the climate conference in Paris, Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney have written to David Cameron urging him to include meat reduction in the new global climate agreement. In their open letter, the McCartney family highlight how intensive meat production is a major contributor to global environmental devastation and climate change.

Beatles recording engineer to give free talk in Leeds

Ken Scott, who worked as an engineer for The Beatles and producer for David Bowie, is to give to a public talk at Leeds Beckett University next month, sharing his memories of working with some of the biggest names in rock and pop. Mr. Scott is a visiting senior lecturer in the University's School of Film, Music and Performing Arts.

Source: The Yorkshire Post, UK
John Lennon play to return home to the Epstein Theatre

The musical play Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is being staged in Liverpool for two weeks next spring after runs in Australia and New York. The show is part concert, part biography and celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of the Liverpool musician, featuring 31 iconic hits by John Lennon and Lennon/McCartney.

Source: Liverpool Echo

All Things Must Pass
George Harrison releases All Things Must Pass 45 years ago

George Harrison had already released a pair of albums before All Things Must Pass in November 1970. But they didn't sound like the Beatles, they really didn't sound like much of anything at all (Electronic Sound and Wonderwall Music). This was Harrison's first proper solo album, and the most definitive statement by a former Beatle that it was time to move on.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Will the Beatles ever come around on streaming services?

Will the world's biggest band ever make it to Spotify or Apple Music? Universal Music, Apple Corps, streaming services, all either declined to comment or didn't reply. Still, industry insiders predict the Beatles' catalogue will be available on streaming services, sooner or later. And it will be on the Beatles' terms.

Source: Vulture

Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr on his 35-year romance with wife Barbara Bach

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach have been together nearly 35 years, so what's their secret to marital bliss? As it turns out, it comes down to one of the Beatle's oft-quoted lyrics: Love is all you need. Ringo says, "There's no escape ... I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met], and I'm beyond blessed that she loves me and we're still together."

Source: People
Ringo Starr admits he's a big Adele fan

In a new interview, Ringo Starr said that everyone has to listen to Adele's hit single "Hello," adding that there were so many emotional moments in her performance of the song, "It is fabulous," Ringo said. He also revealed that he listens to blues, country music, and all the big bands, adding, "I have always had a broad scope of what I listen to."

Source: Big News Network
Sitting in Paul McCartney's 1966 Aston-Martin DB6

James Bond's Aston-Martin DB5, driven in the 1964 film "Goldfinger," had machine guns in the front fenders, an ejector seat, tire slicers in its wheels and other handy accessories. But did 007 write "Hey, Jude" in it? The 1966 Aston-Martin DB6, which Paul McCartney sold in 1971, was hand-built to the cute Beatle's specifications.

Source: Forbes
Avid Fab Four fan parting with some of her collection

Over the years, Sue Vollmar in Sarnia, ON, amassed hundreds of Beatles collectibles that filled an entire bedroom of her home. She has at least 100 LPs sealed, in mint condition. When Dairy Queen began offering glasses etched with images of John, George, Ringo and Paul, she stored a few away. They're now worth $130 each.

Source: The Sarnia Journal, ON
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ringo's auction stash to include Beatles White Album No. 0000001

Ringo Starr's auction of some 1,300 items between now and early December will include his copy of the UK's first pressing of the White Album, numbered "No. 0000001." Widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, it was not known that Starr was given the No. 0000001 album.

More Information  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Beatles festival donating ticket sales to Paris bombing victim's family

The Abbey Road on the River Beatles tribute festival announced they will donate 15 percent of all ticket sales through Nov. 30 to the family of Paris bombing victim Nohemi Gonzalez, and to Kentucky Refugee Ministries. The Beatles-inspired festival returns to Louisville for its 12th year over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.

Source: Beatles Examiner

All Things Must Pass still inspires 45 years later

1970 was a year of dramatic transition for all four Beatles, and Beatle fans, as the group called it quits, and each member of the quartet moved forward with solo endeavors. The biggest surprise of all, however, may have been George Harrison's emergence from the long shadow under working for so long in the same band with Lennon and McCartney.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Eleanor Bron
Eleanor Bron: I didn't want to be like other little girls

Actress Eleanor Bron has had a long career, from the satire boom of the 1960s to appearances on stage and in Alfie and Help!, the Beatles' 1965 film, that she says, "taught me that fame is not all it's cracked up to be. It is going back to the Greeks: it is Orpheus and his tearing apart by the Maenads ... you set up these demigods, and they are torn apart."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Lauren Bacall's Dakota apartment sells for less than originally expected

Lauren Bacall's apartment in the Dakota Building in New York City, the same building where John Lennon lived and Yoko Ono still does, first listed for $26 million, then slashed to $23.5 million, was recently sold for a mere $21 million. The apartment still has much of its original details, including the original fireplace.

Source: The Observer
Monday, November 23, 2015
Video: Behind the scenes of Say Say Say remix

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's Say Say Say has now been revitalised with a new remix, which switches Macca and MJ's voices, and appears on the reissue of Paul McCartney's Pipes of Peace album. The video, created by Sia and Lady Gaga collaborator Ryan Heffington, has routines MJ himself would be proud of.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK

Two men in the Netherlands fight for Beatles Let it Be tapes

Two Dutch Beatles fans are involved in a legal wrangle over their claim to own 504 tapes made during a Beatles recording session in 1969. The two men say the recordings were illegally taken from them by Dutch and British police 12 years ago and should be returned. They also want damages from the Dutch state in compensation for wrongful arrest.

Source: Dutch News
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell enjoy romantic stroll through NY

On Saturday Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell were seen enjoying a romantic Autumnal stroll in New York. Strolling through the Big Apple's sunny streets, the couple, who tied the knot in 2011, were clearly enjoying their day out, as they stopped to joke around with members of the public outside a restaurant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Mary McCartney's dad makes low key appearance at book signing

Paul McCartney's daughter Mary McCartney, an accomplished photographer in her own right, talked about her latest book "Monochrome Colour" Saturday at Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Her dad made an appearance at the event, but managed to keep it pretty quiet, most people didn't know he was there.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Glyn Johns
Audio: Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits by Glyn Johns

Glyn Johns' work as a producer and engineer of the most seminal rock records of his time not only contributed to an unsurpassed string of hits, but helped to define a sound of a generation. In his memoir Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits, Johns opens up about his life and career in the studio, contributing to the annals of music history and sharing anecdotes.

Source: WAMC,
Book Review: Previously unseen Beatles photos from the set of Help!

In 1964, Italian photographer Emilio Lari was 24, newly arrived in London and looking for work. Beatles films director Richard Lester liked his photos and invited him to work on his next film, which turned out to be the Beatles' Help! In vivid color and crisp black and white, this book shares dozens of the results.

Source: Boing Boing
Friday, November 20, 2015
Paul McCartney discloses details of Say Say Say remix on vinyl

In celebration and support of independent record stores, it has been announced that "Say Say Say (2015 Remix)" will be released on 12" vinyl next Friday, November 27 for Record Store Day in the US. The track will also be released as part of Universal Records' "12 Days of Christmas" Campaign in the UK on November 28.

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Audio: Premiere of Ben Folds Oh My My from Ringo tribute concert

On January 20, 2014 the David Lynch Foundation presented Ringo Starr the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award in Los Angeles. "Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert," which presents the music from that evening, will be released on December 4. Ben Folds' version of Oh My My from that concert is now online.

Source: Relix
Audio: Beach Boys' stripped-down Beatles cover

An upcoming, expanded edition of the Beach Boys' 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! will present the group's original unplugged, raw recordings of the album's songs without the original LP's canned audience cheering. The band's cover of the Beatles' song Tell Me Why, as it was recorded, is now streaming online.

Source: Rolling Stone

Bob Gruen
Q&A: John Lennon's photographer Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen, John Lennon's personal photographer and close friend when he was living in New York City in the 1970s, is known for his iconic portraits capturing rock stars in relaxed, casual moments. Gruen has photographed everyone from the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Madonna to Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen.

20 Years Ago: The Beatles reunite for Anthology

On Nov. 20, 1995, the Beatles released Anthology 1, a double-CD set that was part of a massive historical project that gave the world the first new Beatles recording since 1970. The first two hours of the Anthology documentary premiered on ABC TV two days before the CD's release and with the premiere of the video of Free as a Bird.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Photo exhibit captures the legendary McCartney family

A new show of photographs by Mary McCartney and her mother, Linda McCartney, opens this weekend at Gagosian Gallery's uptown space in New York City. It is the first time that Mary has created an exhibition that centers on the relationship between her work and her mother's.

Source: Vanity Fair
Barnes & Noble getting in on vinyl trend

Vinyl is booming, thanks in no small part to the Record Store Day initiative. Now, Barnes & Noble is getting in on the vinyl trend with its own day, this Saturday. Exclusive vinyl items include the Beatles' "The Singles" box set and Paul McCartney's "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Piece" albums packaged with limited-edition seven-inch singles.

Source: Audio Ink Radio

Rediscovering George Harrison's Don't Let Me Wait Too Long

Living in the Material World, George Harrison's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed solo debut, the triple-LP All Things Must Pass, contains one song that remains largely undiscovered. "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long," recorded at Abbey Road, is a Beatlesque pop-oriented track deserving of bona fide hit status with expertly crafted backing harmonies, all done by Harrison.

Source: The Examiner
Doctor's story of night he tried to save John Lennon inspires movie

For 30 years, Doctor David Halleran did not talk about his work in the ER on the night John Lennon died. Just a few years ago he learned another doctor gave interviews saying he was the one who tried to save Lennon's life, not Halleran. A new film titled "The Lennon Report" will be based on the true events of that night.

Source: WSTM, Syracuse
Liverpool landmarks to feature in new music video

Liverpool is to star in a new music video to be launched at the world famous Cavern Club. The video accompanies the single What's It Like In Liverpool, written and recorded by Liverpool musician Marc Kenny. The Albert Dock, The Cavern, The Beatles Story and Mersey Ferries all feature in the video.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
All you need to know about Ringo's record-breaking $2m drum head

Last week a drum head used by Ringo Starr had sold for more than $2 million at auction. The 20" Remo head was used during the Beatles' Ed Sullivan debut, after the Beatles' first American tour the drum head was kept at Abbey Road Studios, London, until it was auctioned by Sotheby's in 1984 for just under $9,000.

Source: Music Radar
Audio: Transdimensional thief claims he has unreleased Beatles album

James Richards claims to have traveled to another dimension and brought back an unreleased Beatles album entitled Everyday Chemistry. The album is best described as a strange mashup of the Fab Four's solo projects, with a few instrumental flourishes sprinkled in. It's not a bad effort, all things considered.

Source: Consequence of Sound

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney in talks to open store on Madison Avenue

Stella McCartney is negotiating to open its first Madison Avenue store, just north of the Upper East Side's "Gold Coast" corridor, a 1,600-square-foot, ground-floor space on Madison Avenue, asking rent about $1,000 per square foot. There are five other Stella McCartney locations, in Los Angeles and Palo Alto in California, Bal Harbour, Fla, Las Vegas, and Dallas.

Source: The Real Deal, NY
Liverpool Legends headed to India

The Liverpool Legends, who normally perform in Branson, will take advantage of a "once in a lifetime chance" to perform a private concert in India next week. They said, "This is one of the coolest things we've ever gotten to do, and it's going to be an experience, that's for sure." In addition, they will perform at Carnegie Hall next March.

Source: Branson Tri-Lakes News
Why do we always turn to John Lennon's Imagine after a violent tragedy?

It's not surprising musicians turn to John Lennon's Imagine in the aftershocks of tragedy. The writer John Blaney called Imagine a "humanistic paean for the people," a kind of secular prayer, Rolling Stone described it as "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself."

Source: The Slate

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