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Latest Beatles News as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Handwritten George Harrison letter sells for almost $20,000 

A handwritten letter by George Harrison has been sold for £13,000. The letter, postmarked May 7, 1966, written to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who traveled with The Beatles during their 1964 and 1965 American tour, describes how they considered breaking from producer George Martin to record with Jim Stewart at Stax in Memphis.

Related Articles  Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Cavern Club gets new endorsement from Beatle guitar maker 

Two brands synonymous with The Beatles have come together in a new partnership deal as Hofner musical instruments announced it has endorsed Liverpool's Cavern Club and their resident Beatles tribute band The Cavern Club Beatles. The partnership is set to be officially launched on June 11 at a special event to be held at the club.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Jacaranda to open coffee shop and record store above iconic bar 

The iconic Liverpool venue The Jacaranda, which reopened its doors back in November, is to go back to its roots with a new space on its first floor which will function as a coffee shop and vinyl record store during the day, and become a bar and events space at night. They hope to have the new space open in late June or early July.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney turned down guest shot in Friends TV show 

The casting director of the hit TV show Friends, Leslie Litt, has revealed that she made contact with Paul McCartney in the hope of getting him to appear in season four's wedding finale, as the quirky father of Emily, eventually played by Tom Conti. Paul wrote back declining, saying "it was a very busy time for him."

Source: Digital Spy
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Video: Dave Grohl joins Paul McCartney onstage in London

Paul McCartney surprised fans at his gig in London on Saturday night when he introduced Dave Grohl to duet with him on "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney also performed "Temporary Secretary" from his album McCartney II, which was released 35 years ago, the first time McCartney had ever performed the song live.

Source: RTE News
Paul McCartney collects Yesterday award

Paul McCartney as been given a special award ahead of his first concert in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the composition of The Beatles' song Yesterday. The song is one of the most covered of all time, having been recorded at least 2,200 times, and was voted best song of the 20th century in a BBC Radio 2 poll in 1999.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph
Pictures: Paul McCartney at LIPA for song-writing masterclasses

Paul McCartney was in good spirits at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts as he arrived to carry out his masterclasses with students, and waved hello to onlookers and fans before heading inside. Three LIPA students were to receive one-to-one sessions with Sir Paul, and he was also expected to speak to a gathering of students.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's guitar gets first-class treatment

Paul McCartney has admitted his iconic 1963 Hofner bass guitar gets the special treatment whenever he flies with it, with the instrument sometimes being treated to it's own first-class seat and seatbelt. He said, "My guy [assistant John Hammel] looks after it like his own child and he won't let anyone take it."

Source: The Sun Daily
Abbey Road Beatles festival in doubt after 2016

Abbey Road on the River organizers said Monday that next year's Beatles-themed festival will be the last in Louisville, KY, unless the event is sold, citing issues with the Galt House hotel complex who they say are undermining the festival and believe the festival belongs to them. The event might have to move to another city.

More Information  Source: The Courier-Journal, Louisvillle, KY
Liverpool Echo readers say Penny Lane should keep its name

Liverpool Echo readers have rejected the call for Penny Lane to be renamed due to its supposed links to the slave trade. In a poll on their website, 94% of people have so far said the name should stay, and in comments fans urged the city to embrace its Beatles even more, suggesting there should be more Beatles street names.

Source: Liverpool Echo
UK kickboxer calls for Liverpool's Penny Lane to be renamed

Stephen French revealed in a TV documentary that he had written to Liverpool city council on several occasions to call for Penny Lane, immortalised by the Beatles, to have its name changed, because of its apparent links to the slave trade. The street bears the name of James Penny, a slaveship owner who opposed the abolition of slavery.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Previously unseen letter reveals aborted plan for Beatles to record at Stax

A previously unseen letter by George Harrison reveals how the Beatles pulled out of a planned recording at the famed Stax studios in Memphis in 1966 because they did not want to be exploited. Harrison wrote that at the mere mention of the word "Beatles" people involved in the deal got "insane with money."

Related Articles  More Information  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, May 22, 2015
Eddie Redmayne rumored to star in the Fifth Beatle movie

According to the Daily Mail, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is being considered for the role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the upcoming movie The Fifth Beatle. Redmayne, who just won an Academy Award for "The Theory Of Everything," is also in discussions for the Harry Potter spinoff film "Fantastic Beasts".

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World West End
Simon Cowell talks about upcoming Fifth Beatle movie

Paul McCartney said, "if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian." In new interview, Simon Cowell said, "I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein, and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles incredible success and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Pics: Behind the scenes on tour with Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's Out There tour is about to begin in the UK, and his official website is giving fans a look behind-the-scenes into life on the road with Paul, including many photos of Paul and his fans at his concerts at the Tokyo Dome, and a view of the concert from the mixing desk which is one of the best seats in the house.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Pics: Paul McCartney buys $15.5M penthouse on Central Park East

Paul McCartney is the proud new owner of a $15.5 million penthouse in New York City. The duplex apartment was created and customized by the co-op building's developer where he lived until his passing, and is a glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood décor. Paul McCartney is probably a fan of 60's, so that worked out.

Source: Curbed, NY
Paul McCartney celebrates 50 years of his classic song Yesterday

It was 50 years ago that Paul McCartney wrote one of his greatest songs but it only seems like Yesterday. Written after a dream at girlfriend Jane Asher's home, its original title was "Scrambled Eggs." Macca is certain to delight 20,000 fans by performing the classic as the climax to his gig at the O2 in London on Saturday night.

Source: The Mirror, UK
John Lennon bronze sculpture unveiled in Lithuania

Many people attended as a bronze sculpture of John Lennon was unveiled in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday. After the ceremony, people rushed to take selfies with the bust. Photographer Saulius Paukstys, behind the idea, said the sculpture of Lennon should make Vilnius more beautiful and peaceful, "just like Lennon wanted."

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Lithuania Tribune
How the Beatles almost met Doctor Who

On May 22, 1965, on the increasingly popular BBC 1 program, Doctor Who, companions Ian and Barbara, both from the 1960s, gathered around a device the Doctor called a Time and Space Visualizer, which the Doctor described as a sort of "time television," as four young mop tops started harmonizing, "She's got a ticket to ride."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, May 21, 2015
John Lennon's iconic glasses sell at auction for $22,870

John Lennon's iconic glasses have been sold at auction in England. They were expected to fetch up to £10,000, but following a tight bidding war the glasses were sold to a mystery buyer for a staggering £14,600. A collection of Beatles photographs from their 1963 performance at the ABC cinema in Manchester sold for £1,800.

Related Articles  Source: Warrington Guardian, UK
Beatles exhibit coming to Austin, Texas

The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin has announced a The Grammy Museum's traveling exhibit "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" to open in June. It is the largest private collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world, featuring original instruments, clothing worn by the band, and more than 400 pieces of memorabilia.

Source: KVUE TV, Austin, TX
Paul McCartney played melody to Kanye West collaboration on TV in 1999

On TV in 1999, Paul McCartney revealed a guitar melody he had written whilst in the hospital for the birth of his second child Mary. He'd noticed a painting of a man playing guitar with only two fingers and decided he wanted to replicate that style. He starts to play the riff and whistles the melody for what would become "All Day."

Source: Gigwise
Queen's Brian May thought Beatles should have entered Eurovision

In an Interview recently, Queen's Brian May said, "I suppose there's a very trite formula to win [the Eurovision Song Contest] but there's been some great songs. Abba notably scored a success with a song that is immortal. I remember when I was younger thinking, why don't The Beatles just put all their songs in there and win all the prizes?"

Source: Express and Star, UK
Bob Belden who set Beatles to jazz dies at 58

Bob Belden, a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer, died yesterday at a hospital in New York. He was 58. Mr. Belden was known for conceiving and producing multi-artist thematic albums, and released a series of albums that turned the music of the Beatles, Puccini, Prince, Sting and Carole King into jazz.

Source: Washington Post
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Paul McCartney's secret project with Lady Gaga revealed

It has been revealed that Paul McCartney has taken on a new soundtrack project, he will be writing songs for the animated adaption of his own 2005 children's novel, High in the Clouds. McCartney will voice one of the main characters, and has also written "seven or eight" new songs, including one to be sung by Lady Gaga.

Source: Exclaim
Why a Beatle just might be on the final David Letterman show

Right now, it's still a mystery as to who will appear on tonight's final "The Late Show With David Letterman." The big question for fans of the Fab Four, of course, is whether a member of the Beatles could be one of the guests. And, that door does appears to be open at least a little, as spokespeople are refusing to comment.

Source: Beatles Examiner
The important Beatles connection in the Mad Men finale

The song in the Mad Men finale, the iconic Coca Cola ad "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke," was written British pop-writing duo Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, who, as "David & Jonathan," recorded several Beatles covers, including "She's Leaving Home," which shows how George Martin might have arranged the song for Sgt. Pepper's.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney's oft-criticized Ram was handmade gem

An overlooked precursor to the current handmade-pop phenomenon, Paul McCartney's Ram was initially criticized for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold, fascinatingly unedited and utterly misjudged today. But it is hampered, even now, by the long-forgotten sniping then engulfing McCartney and Lennon.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon Tour Bus inspires young musicians in Missisippi

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled into Biloxi High School Tuesday, equipped with cutting-edge technology encouraging students to write songs, record music, shoot short films and produce videos. The non-profit outreach program was established 18-years ago to inspire young people to express their creativity.

Source: WLOX TV, Biloxi
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Paul McCartney says he still learns from his mistakes

Paul McCartney is no longer worried about making mistakes on stage because they can be inspiring "eureka moments", he has revealed. Sir Paul, 72, also says he is flattered still to be popular after five decades in music, and amazed younger stars such as Rihanna and Kanye West want to collaborate with him.

Source: London Evening Standard
Al Pacino apologizes for his singing in new John Lennon film

Al Pacino apologized on Monday for his singing in the movie in which he plays the aging rock star Danny Collins. The 75-year-old Pacino delivers a rare comic turn in the film about a singer who discovers a letter written to him by John Lennon four decades earlier. "It's really hard to hang onto the words," he said.

Source: Reuters
Lollapalooza announces full 2015 schedule

The schedule for this year's Lollapalooza Festival has been announced. The Chicago-based music festival, which is being held at Grant Park from July 31 to August 2, will feature performances from Paul McCartney and Metallica, although there will be some time conflicts amongst Paul McCartney and other groups on Friday.

Related Articles  Source: Gigwise
Impersonators create McCartney and Jagger show that never happened

On May 22 Connecticut College will present special Paul McCartney "fantasy" concert performing with special guest "Mick Jagger" to celebrate 50 years of both The Beatles and Rolling Stones invading the U.S. It's called the "Nothing Is Real" tour, because a show like this would never actually happen with the real two.

Source: WTNH TV, New Haven
Monday, May 18, 2015
Guitar George Harrison played in concert sells for $485,000 at auction

George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during Beatles' live performances in 1963, sold for $485,000 at auction on Friday. Estimated to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000, it was lent to Harrison by Barratt's Music Store while Harrison's legendary Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired.

Source: Rolling Stone
Mary McCartney: Photographing food is no picnic

17 years since her mother Linda's death from cancer, photographer Mary McCartney is well regarded for sharing another of her mom's passions, as she she publishes a new book, "At My Table - Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends," but she admits, it wasn't easy. "It's so much work. And food photography is not spontaneous," she laughs.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Get a ticket to ride at Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, takes place in Louisville, KY, this Memorial Day weekend. Several events will be held at the festival to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday, including Julia Baird, Lennon's sister and renowned John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper.

Source: The Winchester Sun, KY
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is UK's most reliable

Passengers traveling via Liverpool John Lennon Airport are more likely to have their flights operate on time compared to flights operating from 10 other top UK airports. According to the latest research published by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, in 2014, 90% of scheduled flights operated on time, making it the most punctual.

Source: Click Liverpool
Friday, May 15, 2015
Book about Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be adapted for big screen

A big-screen version of the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle is in the works, producers announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The movie will be a collaboration of writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell. The producers said they anticipate bringing a director on board shortly, no casting has been announced yet.

Related Articles  Source: UPI
New Let It Be and other videos appear on Beatles YouTube channel

Over a dozen assorted new superb quality videos by The Beatles, including several from the movie Let It Be which has yet to appear on DVD, plus Help! and other projects, popped up suddenly on the Beatles' official YouTube channel this morning. Could the long-awaited Let It Be movie be finally on the way on DVD?

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York today, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at the Cavern Club in the early 60s.

Source: Yahoo! News
Residents win right to rename their street after Beatles song

A group of residents in Exeter, Devon, have renamed their street after the Beatles song Blue Jay Way, written by George Harrison, following a lengthy battle. Their choice of name was inspired by the song from the Magical Mystery Tour album, the film of which was made largely in Devon. Their new street sign was unveiled on Thursday.

Source: Western Morning News, UK
Video: Candlestick Park demolition nearly complete

For several months crews have been tearing down San Francisco's storied Candlestick Park so houses, a hotel and a shopping center can be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium, and where the Beatles held their last live concert in 1966. Recent video shows just how little is left of the old stadium.

Source: KRON TV, San Francisco

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