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Latest Beatles News as of Monday, May 2, 2016

Remo Belli, Pioneer of Synthetic Drumheads, Dead at 88 

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California. A 20-inch Remo drumhead was seen on Ringo Starr's Ludwig kit when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
Beatlesplay their final scheduled U.K. concert 50 years ago today 

A few weeks into recording Revolver, the Beatles appeared at the NME Annual Poll Winners concert on May 1, 1966. Wembley's Empire Pool arena was packed with 10,000 screaming fans to see The Beatles joined by the Rolling Stones and the Who, among others. Fans didn't know that it would be the Beatles' final scheduled concert in the U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Book looks back on 35 years of Paul McCartney interviews

As a journalist with NME, Q and Word, Paul Du Noyer has interviewed Paul McCartney more times over the last 35 years than any other magazine writer. His book, Conversations With McCartney, soon to be released in paperback, covers all aspects of his five-decade career as the world's most revered songwriter.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles at Abbey Road Studios goes on the road in the UK

Following a triumphant sell-out world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sessions - A live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios now embarks on an ten-date UK tour commencing at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on April 30. The show is a thrilling, authentic voyage through the events that shaped popular music history.

Source: South Wales Argus, UK
Beatles Day to go ahead in Twickenham

Twickenham, England, is to host "Beatles Day" to commemorate the final Beatles gig in London. The event next month, 50 years after the Beatles played their historic gig, will be held where scenes of the movie A Hard Day's Night were filmed. Special guests will include former chief executive of Apple Records, Tony Bramwell.

Source: Minuteman Press, UK
Computer makes Beethoven sound like The Beatles

The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has taught a computer how to recognize the core features of different types of music. The team then tasked the AI with playing the pattern of Beethoven's classical classic "Ode To Joy" but with the characteristics of more modern genres, including the style of The Beatles.

Source: Tech Crunch
Painter channels Beatles fandom into poignant Yellow Submarine art

In his quarter century in comics, painter Alex Ross has tackled pretty much every single major superhero from both Marvel and DC Comics. But his latest project sees the artist tackling a group of completely different, albeit equally notable, icons, the Beatles, depicting the Fab Four as they appeared in Yellow Submarine.

Source: Comic Book Resources
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Beatles magic fills Henry Ford exhibit this weekend

An exhibit opening Saturday at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, brings the magic of the Beatles back to life with music, memorabilia and more. The exhibit chronicles the rise of the John, Paul, George and Ringo from humble beginnings in Liverpool to phenomenal success in the United States and around the globe.

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Detroit News

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd pulls out of event due to broken elbow

George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd has pulled out of her own photo exhibition launch after breaking her elbow. Boyd, who was also married to Eric Clapton, was due to launch her candid show, Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me, on May 5, but has to scrap an appearance on the opening night at The Beatles Story in Liverpool as she recovers from a fall.

Source: Contact Music
Stella McCartney unveils Team GB 2016 kit

Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB kit for the London Games in 2012, has unveiled the kit that Team GB will wear at the Olympic Games in Rio. Stella says she is very "proud" to have collaborated with Adidas on the outfits which will be worn by the 600 athletes from Great Britain in Brazil in August.

Source: Otago Daily Times
Public Library in Rockford, Illinois, kicks off Beatles Month

Rockford Public Library will be hosting a month long celebration of the Beatles. On May 6th they start off the month with a live program and book signing with Beatles Scholar Aaron Krerowicz. Aaron will speak about the music of the Beatles in a 60-minute multimedia presentation at in the Sullivan Theater at the Nordlof Center.

Source: WIFR TV, Rockford, IL.
Accounting firm is giving away handful of Paul McCartney tickets

Attention audit senior associates and managers. Connect with the Lurie accounting firm in Minneapolis and receive two Paul McCartney row 12 tickets for the Thursday, May 5th concert at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Lurie will provide two floor seat concert tickets to the first five candidates that visit the firm.

Related Articles  Source: Going Concern
Beatles recorded Eleanor Rigby 50 years ago

50 years ago today when the Beatles began recording "Eleanor Rigby" at the EMI studios in London. Actually, the only thing that the Beatles contributed were the vocals. The instrumentation came from an eight-piece string ensemble that was brought in. They performed a score composed by producer George Martin.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Grand Rapids date added to Paul McCartney's One On One tour

Paul McCartney is set to make his first ever Grand Rapids appearance at Van Andel Arena this summer, as he brings his brand new One On One tour to West Michigan on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Grand Rapids concert pre-sale tickets will be available through the Ticketmaster ticket service tomorrow.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Paul McCartney to discuss career on BBC Radio 4

Paul McCartney will be the subject of a special edition of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4 ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection. McCartney will talk about his music career and answer questions from the audience. The special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday May 28.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Fab Four Fest scheduled for London, Ontario in September

The London Beatles Festival is set for Sept. 23-Sept. 25, celebrating all things Beatles in London, Ontario, Canada. There will be performance of The Fab Four's hits by tribute artists on the fest's main stages, and London-region musicians will showcase their interpretations of Beatles music at partnering venues in downtown London.

Source: London Free Press, Ontario
Beatles tribute show in Minnesota canceled

The Tribute: Best Beatles Show on Earth, scheduled to perform Friday in Bemidji, Minnesota, has been canceled, officials said Wednesday. The concert was to be held at the Sanford Center. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase, officials said. Fans should contact the box office for more info.

Source: Bemidji Pioneer
Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach 35 years ago today

They met when Ringo Starr was well past the height of fame, and then struggled through years of dependency. But Barbara Bach's unlikely pairing with the former Beatles star endures to this day, despite their early struggles. They were married in a civil ceremony, rather than a splashy gala, on April 27, 1981, in London.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Unseen footage of The Beatles backstage in Australia in 1965 unveiled

Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles messing around in a dressing room has been uncovered after it was shot more than 50 years ago by an Australian makeup artist. The 49-second silent clip shows the Fab Four getting their makeup done for television special The Music of Lennon & McCartney on November 1, 1965.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Book uncovers details of Paul McCartney's relationship with Heather Mills

Paul McCartney's divorce from former model Heather Mills was one of the most explosive in showbiz history. Their relationship was fraught with drama since their first meeting in 1999 to their final day in divorce court in 2008. Author Philip Norman details the highs and lows in his new book Paul McCartney: The Biography.

Source: The Independent, UK
Billy Connolly on his long-standing jokes with Paul McCartney

Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly has revealed how he and Paul McCartney play jokes on each other by sending Christmas cards months after the festive period. It started after he had forgotten to send McCartney a card one year, and they now try to outdo each other by sending festive greetings as late as possible each year.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
Ringo Starr went to primetime variety special hell 38 years ago today

Ringo Starr appeared in a celebrity-laden primetime special on NBC called Ringo on April 26, 1978, playing himself and fictional half-brother "Ognir Rrats." The show, including a special appearance by George Harrison, was a campy, corny, indifferently acted embarrassment which finished near the bottom of the ratings that week.

Source: A.V. Club
Monday, April 25, 2016
Paul McCartney adds second show in Cleveland

Due to "overwhelming demand," Paul McCartney has added a second night to his One On One Tour in Cleveland. McCartney now will play Quicken Loans Arena at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18. McCartney last appeared in Cleveland in 2015, when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Ringo Starr as a solo artist.

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
John Lennon tribute show strikes a special chord in Liverpool

The John Lennon tribute "Lennon -- Through a Glass Onion" is not a chronological re-telling of John's life, but a series of memories told in monologue form by Daniel Taylor, who plays John, accompanied by bits of songs that highlight key moments or themes of John's life, with Taylor accompanied by Stewart D'Arrietta on piano.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner

Geoff Emerick
Abbey Road engineer to speak at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland will host its first public program featuring one of the most innovative and influential GRAMMY-winning audio engineers of all time, the legendary Geoff Emerick, best known for his work at Abbey Road Studios with The Beatles on Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, The White Album and Abbey Road, on Saturday, April 30.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch
The Real Pure McCartney: 100 essential tracks

A lot of fans have expressed dissatisfaction with the song selection for the forthcoming "Pure McCartney" career retrospective, noting that the 67-song lineup has serious omissions and doesn't accurately reflect Paul McCartney's entire solo career. It's missing numerous big hits, and it is horrifically short, barely one track per year.

Source: Something New Blog
Who's older than who? Surprising photo of Ringo and Jason together

Ringo Starr was photographed with son Jason Starkey out shopping in Chelsea together this week, but his dad once again cut a sharp figure, making it hard to believe he's 75. The 48-year-old Jason does not seem to have benefited from the same age-defying gifts as his Beatle father, who has still managed to stave off the greys.

Source: The Mirror, UK
45 Years Ago: The Beatles' solo singles all hit the charts

Paul McCartney announced on April 10, 1970 the Beatles had broken up. For two weeks in 1971, they all had singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The week of April 24, 1971, Harrison's What Is Life, Lennon's Power to the People and McCartney's Another Day all made the list. The following week, Starr's It Don't Come Easy made the Hot 100.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
New Beatlefan Magazine celebrates life of Sir George Martin

The latest issue of Beatlefan Magazine celebrates the life of Sir George Martin with a special section led off by Allan Kozinn's assessment of the career of the man Paul McCartney said deserved, more than anyone, to be called the fifth Beatle. Also, Beatlefan marks the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, April 22, 2016
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon mourn Prince

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and members of the Beatles family reacted today to the shocking news of the death of Prince. On Twitter, Paul recalled his personal friendship with the singer, Ringo also tweeted out some personal thoughts. But the person who appeared to be taking his death the hardest was Sean Ono Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Prince's legendary solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Prince's appearance alongside Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Dhani Harrison,  to celebrate the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in 2004,  achieves the kind of alchemy producers dream of when assembling a one-off supergroup. It is electric. He enjoys it and he knows it is transcendent.

Related Articles  Source: MTV

The Quarrymen
The Quarrymen to rock Alcester with special concert

The first Beatles group, The Quarrymen, formed by John Lennon in Liverpool in 1956, are set to rock Alcester in Warwickshire, England, with a special performance at Alcester Members Club this weekend. There will also be all the classic Beatles tracks performed by tribute band The Help. A spokesman for the event said, "Come and see music history."

Source: Redditch Advertiser, UK

The Beatles to be removed from Rock Band

Harmonix's licence to use music from The Beatles in Rock Band is about to expire, and on their blog the studio says that they won't renew it. That means that starting May 5, all DLC songs will be removed from the store. If you've purchased the songs before that, you will be able to use them in the future. The Beatles: Rock Band was launched back in 2009.

Source: Gamereactor
The Beatles' top 5 Queen Elizabeth moments

Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 yesterday. The Queen did considerable work to honor musicians, and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr got their due over the years, even at the very beginning. She honored them, they honored her, and at times, the Beatles spoke their minds.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Video: Jimmy Fallon steals the show at Paul McCartney's Vancouver concert

At Paul McCartney's encore during his Wednesday performance in Vancouver, he brought a special guest with him, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. The two sang "I Saw You Standing There," but while Sir Paul was confined to his guitar, Fallon took over the stage with his dance moves, including the worm and the moon walk.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post, Canada
Paul McCartney to return to Fenway Park this summer

Paul McCartney is expected to make a return to Boston, a little more than three years after his last concert set a local record. McCartney will return to Fenway Park on July 17 with his new One on One tour, which will be his fourth at the venue. In 2013, McCartney set a record for the largest single concert attendance in Fenway history.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: The Boston Globe
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr donating signed items to charity auction

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton are among the major pop and rock stars who have contributed signed and/or worn neck ties and other fashion accessories to an online auction to benefit a U.K. charity that raises awareness about cancers that specifically affect men. The auction runs through this Sunday on eBay.co.uk.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh bows out of Cleveland show because of politics

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh has withdrawn from a July concert in Cleveland after he learned the event was associated with the opening of the Republican National Convention. Walsh says he was told the July 18 show was a nonpartisan event to benefit families of veterans, and claims he was misled as to the event's true purpose.

Source: Cleveland.com
New book delves into the myths around The Beatles

The Beatles: Myths and Legends by Neil Nixon exams the wealth of strange stories and little known "facts" that have sprouted up around the pop legends. The book includes a list of records that are widely, if wrongly, believed to feature The Beatles, one of which even fooled Yoko Ono into believing she was listening to her dead husband.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Traveling Wilburys catalog to be available on streaming services

The music of legendary band The Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup composed of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, will be available for streaming on a number of platforms starting June 3. Also to be reissued will be the 2007 Traveling Wilburys Collection box-set in several limited-edition formats.

Source: JamBase
Paul McCartney still Britain's wealthiest musician with 760million

Paul McCartney is still Britain's wealthiest musician with a huge 760million in the bank. McCartney, 73, held off Andrew Lloyd Webber while U2 took third spot. The list revealed the top 50 stars in the industry are worth more than 7billion combined. Adele was Britain's wealthiest female artist and richest musician under 30.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Origins of mysterious Paul McCartney house remix revealed

A limited pressing of 300 white labels of a "mysterious" house remix of Paul McCartney's Wings track "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five" was made available on the Phonica Records website on March 31 and soon sold out, and fans begin to speculate that it had been officially commissioned by Macca. Today it was revealed it was.

Source: NME, UK

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