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300 additional tickets open up for Paul McCartney in Missoula

An extra 300 seats have opened up for Paul McCartney's performance at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The newly available tickets are part of a block reserved by McCartney's tour that weren't filled. Most of the tickets are in the floor or bowl areas and cost $150 to $250, with a limited number of tickets still available at $49.50.

Related Articles  Source: The Missoulian
Luke Skywalker feels the Force of the Beatles in Liverpool

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill enjoyed a Magical Mystery Tour while he was in Liverpool as he visited a series of The Beatles' landmarks. Hamill visited the city while he is in the UK and Ireland filming for the new Star Wars film. Sporting a Jedi Knight beard, he surprised fans at the Cavern Club and the Beatles museum at the Albert Dock.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney concert considered a big coup for new Tobin Center

Paul McCartney commands top billing in big stadiums, and it's rare to find McCartney at a small venue. So officials with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, which will officially open this fall, are understandably giddy over the fact that McCartney will bring his portfolio of hits to the 1,750-seat venue on Oct. 1.

Related Articles  Source: San Antonio Business Journal
Beatles fans travel great distances to attend A Hard Day's Night screening

Two friends from Virginia recently proved how far they would go to view A Hard Day's Night and meet Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison. They recently traveled to Avalon from Yorktown, VA, which is approximately 2,357 miles, for the Catalina Island Museum's 50th anniversary screening of the film and book signing.

Source: eCatalina
Ken Michaels' Beatles website a treasure trove for interviews

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has accumulated a massive amount of interviews with people connected to the Beatles on his website, including musicians that worked with them, family members and various Beatles authors. There is also weekly Beatles trivia, contests and listings of New York area Beatles events.

Source: Beatles News
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Paul McCartney tells LIPA graduates 'go out there and be wonderful'

Paul McCartney told students at LIPA to "go out there and be wonderful" at its annual graduation ceremony. He joked students should ignore what they had learned and "be yourself." LIPA, co-founded by Paul and opened in 1995, is housed in Paul and George Harrison's old grammar school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys.

Source: Liverpool Echo
British journalist Ivor Davis speaks at LA area Hard Days Night screenings

The Malibu Film Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night with special showings on Aug. 8 and 9, and at The Grove in Hollywood on Aug. 7. Special guest Ivor Davis, the journalist who befriended the Beatles early on, traveling with them as they developed into international superstars, will speak at the screenings.

Source: Pasadena Independent
Paul McCartney New Orleans ticket refunds available until Sept. 1

This spring, due to health reasons, Paul McCartney was forced to postpone his scheduled June 19 concert in New Orleans until Oct. 11. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored in October or refunded, but for the latter, time is ticking. Refunds will be offered only until Monday, Sept. 1, via Ticketmaster.

Related Articles  Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Wings' Denny Laine lands at new Midwest Music Museum

Former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, the only other musician besides Linda who was in the group for the duration of Wings, will perform an intimate gig Friday in the new Midwest Music Museum at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. Think of it as a preview for Paul McCartney's sold-out show Saturday in Minneapolis.

Source: St. Paul Pinoeer Press
Fans burned Beatles records 48 years ago today

On this day in 1966 some of us went a little nuts and at the urging of apparently some disc jockeys in the American south, ministers and our parents decided to burn our Beatles pictures and break our Beatles records. It came as a response to John Lennon's remarks about the Beatles being more popular.

Source: Birmingham News, Alabama
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Paul McCartney to give award to Nashville resident

Paul McCartney present the "Honored Friend" award to Nashville-area singer, songwriter and educator Suzahn Fiering on July 31 at his Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. Fiering has co-hosted fundraising events for LIPA in the U.S., including a meet-and-greet with McCartney at last year's Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

Source: The Tennessean
Mark Lewisohn says long sought after Beatles track is disappointing

Beatles fans waiting to hear "Carnival of Light," the mysterious 14-minute sound collage the band recorded but never released, are in for a disappointment, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. He's one of the few people ever to have heard this most desired Beatles track which has never been bootlegged.

Source: The Toronto Star
New life for childhood haunt of Paul McCartney and George Harrison

A popular childhood haunt of Paul McCartney and George Harrison is to be given a new lease on life. The local government has received almost 50,000 to regenerate the Oglet, an area on the shore of the River Mersey in Hale. The area used to be popular with families but in recent times has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Broadway-hopeful new musical about John and Yoko seeking funding

The team behind a new rock musical about John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rock & Roll's Greatest Lovers, are seeking funding for a concept album, a bigger stage production and a film. The show includes groovy 60s sounds to rock ballads. A sold-out condensed version of the show ran at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Source: Classicalite
A month in the life of a Beatles White Album collection

A collection of more than 1,000 first pressings of The Beatles' White Album will be displayed in Liverpool next month, to coincide with International Beatleweek from Aug. 20 to 26. Artist Rutherford Chang has been working on the project for over eight years and said he hoped to add more copies of the LP while in Merseyside.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Jeff Lynne on the Beatles reunion's tense initial moments

"They hadn't been in the same room for, like, 20 years or so, the three of them, all at once," says Beatles reunion producer Jeff Lynne. "We sat and listened to these tales of the Beatles, and all of the things you ever wanted to know. I was just thrilled to bits with that. I was in the club. There was just them three, and me, that was it."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Mark McGann talks about his ongoing portrayal of John Lennon

The role set him on course for a three-decade acting career and gained him an Olivier Award nomination when he first appeared in the West End. Despite the plaudits from John Lennon's own family, including Julian Lennon, Mark McGann admits he has generally shied away from playing the legendary Beatle.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles continue to inspire youth

Fifty years after The Beatles made their North American debut, their music continues to attract young audiences. "They are one of my favourite bands. They are really inspiring for people to play musical instruments," said 11-year-old Alex Wyant, who won the Ringo Starr lookalike contest Saturday at the Orillia Beatles Celebration.

Source: Packet & Times, Orilla Canda
Monday, July 28, 2014
New Paul McCartney Wings releases to include DVD extras

Venus and Mars and At The Speed of Sound will be the next releases from the Paul McCartney archive, out on Sept. 22 in the UK and Sept. 23 in the US. The reissues will include two discs, the original remastered album, and bonus audio including demos and unreleased tracks. 3-disc versions will include a photo and interview DVD.

Source: Digital Spy
Fifth Beatle graphic novel wins award at 2014 Comic-Con

The 26th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were presented on Friday night at the San Diego Comic-Con. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek Tiwary with art by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, received an Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work. The book won against a formidable line-up in its category.

Source: Publisher's Weekly
Friend says Brian Epstein paid for success with his life

London West End theatregoers are about to view him as The Man Who Made The Beatles, but for veteran Liverpool solicitor and newspaper columnist Rex Makin he was, first and foremost, a friend and next-door neighbor. "I didn't see this play when it was on in Liverpool. It pains me as it brings back too many sad memories."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles Beginnings CD series shows the group's rich tastes in music

Anyone interested in studying the musical influences of the Beatles and how wide-ranging they are will be interested in the "Beatles Beginnings" CD series available now in the U.S. and the UK. The seventh volume, "Beatles Beginnings: Northern Songs," just released, focuses songs that influenced the Beatles' songwriting.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Peter Jackson talks about how Beatles wanted to make Lord of the Rings

In a recent interview director Peter Jackson said, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord of the Rings. They approached him and he said no. Paul [McCartney] was very gracious, he said, 'It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.'"

Source: 3 News, New Zealand
Friday, July 25, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney Early Days video shoot

Earlier this month, Paul McCartney released his latest music video, "Early Days." His official website has now published a new photo collection of shots from the video shoot. Video director Vincent Haycock said, "Paul's scene was incredibly fun to create. It was just him, some blues players and Johnny Depp jamming on set all day."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Hotel exhibit showcases Beatle-mania in Minneapolis

Recently, the son of the Beatles' U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, found 32 photos from the Beatles' first and only concert in Minnesota in 1965. Now, those images are on display in the lobby of the W Hotel, and they give a rare glimpse of John, Paul, George and Ringo at the peak of their popularity from just a few feet away.

Source: KMSP TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul
Julian Lennon plays with Bono at green fundraiser

Julian Lennon rocked out with U2 frontman Bono at an exclusive fundraising gala at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's inaugural fundraising gala in Saint-Tropez this week. The duo performed a rendition of Stand By Me before playing a few riffs. Bono also donated one of his guitars to the charity auction.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
With new girlfriend, Sunder the elephant moves towards recovery

Sunder, the former temple elephant saved from abuse by a campaign of celebs including Paul McCartney, is now happy and adjusting beautifully to his new elephant family at the Bannerghatta National Park outside Bangalore, India. Wounded caused by constant chaining, he is now allowed to wander with the other elephants.

Related Articles  Source: NDTV, India

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Heather Mills' non-dairy yogurt found to contain milk

VBites, the vegan food company owned by Heather Mills, has recalled thousands of vegan yogurts that have been found to contain milk. Raspberry and black cherry flavors from VBites Foods' Wot, No Dairy? tested positive for the milk protein casein, and could be a possible health risk for anyone who has allergy or intolerance to milk.

Source: Holy Moly
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Paul McCartney recording with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp

Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project. According to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Perry revealed the group recorded together but he refused to give any more detail about the top secret project. "Paul was really nice," Perry said.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney tickets have highest stadium average an secondary market

Every summer some of the biggest names in music bypass arenas and instead opt to play stadiums, usually at least twice the size. The artist with the most expensive stadium concerts this summer is Paul McCartney, his tickets for stadium dates this year have an average price of $246.29 on the secondary market.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
Danbury celebrates the Beatles this weekend

Danbury, CT, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in the U.S. this weekend. The two-day event will take place at the Western Connecticut State University campus Saturday and Sunday. The family-friendly music, food and arts festival is celebrating its third year and will feature 10 bands playing music of the Beatles.

Source: WVIT TV, West Hartford
Artificial intelligence identifies the musical progression of the Beatles

Computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into the musical progression of the Beatles. Their study demonstrates scientifically how the structure of the Beatles music changes from one album to the next.

Source: PR Newswire

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Peter Asher thrilled for Linda Ronstadt's Medal of Freedom

Peter Asher, half of Peter and Gordon, the man who discovered James Taylor and started Apple Records with the Beatles, says he is thrilled for Linda Ronstadt, who's getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington DC next week. Asher produced Linda's biggest hit albums in the 70s and managed her during her incredible ride on the charts.

Source: Showbiz 411
John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero in Phoenix

When producer Gordy Deems was working at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he noticed the studio's owner and engineer/producer Otto D'Agnolo bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon, and said he should be in a tribute show. "I told him I sounded even more like Lennon than I looked," said D'Agnolo.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Video: Susan Boyle forgets words to Mull Of Kintyre

With an estimated global audience of one billion people watching it was no wonder that nerves got the better of Susan Boyle at Wednesday night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. She took to the stage to sing the Paul McCartney and Wings' Mull Of Kintyre but struggled to remember the song's second line.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Group campaigning for a new Beatles statue in Liverpool

They're already immortalised with a group tribute inside Cavern Walks, but now there's a campaign for a new Beatles statue in the Liverpool city centre. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society want to name it She Loves You, capturing the Beatlemania era and particularly the band's 1963 all-time best-selling hit in the UK.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Stella McCartney to design British kit for 2016 Summer Olympics

Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, has once again been selected to design her country's Olympic uniforms for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, according to reports in the British media. McCartney was responsible for the Union Jack-adorned outfits that British athletes wore at the 2012 London Games.

Source: Los Angeles Times
50th Anniversary of Beatles in Seattle to be celebrated by Creme Tangerine

The Beatles arrived in Seattle August 21, 1964 and performed an historic set of their hits at Seattle Center Coliseum that evening. Local Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the concert and recreate the Seattle concert note for note at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater on August 21.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Priscilla Presley wants Paul and Ringo to pose for Elvis book

Priscilla Presley, former wife of Elvis, has her sights set on Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for an upcoming book project. She hopes for them to be part of a second edition of her popular book Shades of Elvis which features over 75 celebrities striking an Elvis-inspired pose while wearing a pair of The King's sunglasses.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
All new John Lennon Hour debuts on BlogTalkRadio tomorrow

The all new John Lennon Hour, hosted by Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler, will be returning to the airwaves on BlogTalkRadio on July 24. The weekly show will discuss the life and career of John Lennon & the Beatles and will include interviews with guest authors, musicians, and experts from the Beatles world.

Source: PRLog
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
George Harrison Memorial Tree meets a rather ironic end

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, LA Councilman Tom LaBonge announced Saturday that the tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation. Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Liverpool school kids record song to raise 70,000 for Brian Epstein statue

Kids in Liverpool have recorded song to help a campaign to raise 70,000 ($119,450) to erect a statue of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Bob Pitt, a presenter on Mersey Radio, said, "Brian Epstein did so much and changed music. Without him we wouldn't have had acts like the Beatles, Gerry Marsden and the Merseybeats."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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