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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ringo's Rock Hall induction to air May 30 on HBO 

We already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, including the induction of Ringo Starr, is scheduled for April 18 in Cleveland, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on TV. The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Signed With The Beatles LP sells for $36,250 at auction 

A fully signed With The Beatles LP has fetched $36,250 in a Bonhams auction. The Album, a mono Parlophone PMC 1206, was inscribed by Paul McCartney on the front cover, "To Katina/love from The Beatles" and then signed on the reverse side by McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Source: What Sells Best
Escape from L.A. stress in the Pacific Palisades 

The Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, located on Sunset Boulevard just off Pacific Coast Highway, is an urban oasis, a space designated for contemplation and serenity. After George Harrison's death, his family and friends gathered here for a private memorial service.

Source: San Diego Reader
Brian Wilson tribute concert planned for Los Angeles 

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, Heart's Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more.

Source: Rolling Stone
You need this: Yellow Submarine butter spreader 

Spreading butter onto a hot piece of corn fresh off the grill is a tricky task that's made a lot easier with this butter spreader that also happens to make your cob look like The Beatle's yellow submarine. It looks like the raised section on top, you fill it with butter and then rub it back and forth across the top of your corn.

Source: Gizmodo
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Ringo Starr presented with Key to the City of Sarasota

Last Tuesday, moments before taking the stage to perform to a sold out house for the Van Wezel 45th Anniversary Celebration, Ringo Starr was presented the Key to the City of Sarasota, Florida, by City Commissioner Susan Atwell. Ringo graciously accepted, proclaiming "Peace!" and then posing for a photo.

Source: WWSB TV, Sarasota
Man honored to make Buddy Holly guitar for Paul McCartney

A guitar maker from Canterbury, England, has crafted an instrument for Paul McCartney. The extraordinary commission was given to Alister Atkin, who hand-builds custom acoustic guitars from his own workshop. Based on the Gibson J45 model used by rock legend Buddy Holly, it was presented to Paul during his tour in Texas.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Review: Beatles White Album revisited at benefit concert

There was something peculiarly endearing about an audience of pop music geeks cheering the details of Saturday night's sold-out benefit performance of the Beatles' "White Album" in its entirety at Glendale's Alex Theatre. Musicians and guests took turns at the mike on the journey through the Beatles' most eclectic album.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Calgary man reveals his life with the Beatles in new documentary

Brian Griffiths was the guitarist in The Big Three, one of the most popular bands in England, sharing the stage, a manager and many pints with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Now, filmmaker Todd Kipp is turning The Big Three's untold story into a documentary called Some Other Guys: The Story of The Big Three.

Source: Metro News, Canada
Ringo admits Paul Is Dead rumors were true... not

Last week, websites reported on an "exclusive Ringo Starr interview" in the Hollywood Inquirer in which Starr admits the 1966 Paul Is Dead conspiracy is true, and quotes him as saying, "When Paul died, we all panicked!" However, the Hollywood Inquirer doesn't actually exist, the story was created by a satirical news website.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, February 27, 2015
Lliverpool City Council challenges move to stop Welsh Streets demolition

A decision to halt the demolition of Liverpool's Welsh Streets area has been challenged by the city council, saying, "The long-suffering residents have now been waiting more than a decade for new homes and we are standing up against this unacceptable political interference." The area includes Ringo Starr's birthplace.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News
Author Ivor Davis to speak on The Beatles 1964 tour

Ivor Davis had the unique opportunity to travel with The Beatles on their first American tour almost 50 years ago. His stories, vividly described in his book, The Beatles and Me on Tour, gives a first-hand account of the the legendary group on the verge of stardom. He will be speaking in Palm Springs on March 5.

Source: Palm Springs Life
Sir Peter Blake creates Sgt. Pepper parody to promote new film

Sir Peter Blake has created "the Welsh Sgt. Pepper" to promote the new film, Under Milk Wood. Postcards based on his iconic Beatles album cover including many Welsh personalities and celebrities will be handed out during a private London St. David's Day screening. The film was shot on location in West Wales last year.

Source: Wales Online
Now on Blu-ray: Ringo Starr in Caveman

Caveman starring Ringo Starr revolves around Atouk (Ringo) falling in love with and pursuing cavewoman Lana, played by Barbara Bach, even though she is the mate of the huge and hunky alpha male Tonda, played by John Matuszak. In real life, Starr and Bach were married ten days after the theatrical release of this film.

Source: PopMatters
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Paul McCartney's childhood home sells for more than $231,000 at auction

Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool has sold for 150,000 at auction. The three-bedroom, mid-terrace former council house in south Liverpool fetched 50,000 over the guide price, and was snapped up by an anonymous bidder in the UK despite international interest in the sale at the city's Cavern Club.

Source: ITV, UK
Pictures: Inside the Beatles' childhood homes in Liverpool

As the childhood home of Paul McCartney is being sold at an auction, The Beatles' homes have always been a great source of interest to fans across the world, who want to see where their heroes grew up. The Liverpool Echo takes you inside some of the homes that John, Paul, George and Ringo lived in before they found fame.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison tree replaned in Los Angeles

A shrubby yew pine which can withstand ice, drought and above all, beetles, has replaced the original George Harrison tree, which succumbed last year to a beetle infestation. Relatives and admirers gathered in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on Wednesday for a planting ceremony on what would have been George's 72nd birthday.

More Pictures  Source: The Guardian, UK
Interactive eBook explains How the Beatles Did It

In the first project of its kind, rock historian Marc Platt guides readers through a complete history of "How The Beatles Did It" showcasing the unsung heroes that inspired the creation of history's best-selling band. The eBook incorporates songs, video and other multimedia to literally put history at his readers' fingertips.

Source: Digital Journal
Hard Days Night Hotel launches Fab Four wines

To celebrate George Harrison's birthday this week, The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has launched its very own exclusive range of "Fab Four" wines. The four bottles feature caricature impressions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and are now being served throughout the hotel's in-house bars and Blakes Restaurant.

Source: Bdaily Business News
The Beatles clean their closet with Hey Jude LP 45 years ago

As the Beatles were winding down, there were still some songs that Capitol had never put on an album in the US. To that end, Hey Jude was released on Feb. 26, 1970. Paperback Writer and its B-side, Rain, got placed on an LP for the first time, as did Lady Madonna, and its covers include photos from their last-ever photo shoot.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
It's official: Paul McCartney to headline Firefly Music Festival

Forty days after the rumor first surfaced that Paul McCartney would headline Firefly Music Festival, it's finally official: Sir Paul will join Kings of Leon and The Killers as the headliners of the fourth edition of the Firefly, one of the fastest growing festivals in the country. The rest of the 2015 roster was announced last week.

Source: USA Today
Listen: George Harrison's lost solo in Here Comes the Sun

George Harrison recorded a guitar solo for Here Comes The Sun that was cut from the album. George Martin, Harrison's son Dhani, and Martin's son Giles, rediscovered the solo while listening back to the master tracks in 2012, over 40 years after it was recorded. Dhani says, "It's totally different to anything I've ever heard."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
A History of George Harrison's HandMade Films

George Harrison created HandMade Films because he wanted to see a movie, Life of Brian, this thing the Monty Python crew was peddling all over London. George thought it would be funny. So Harrison mortgaged his house and put out the cash for what might have been the most expensive home movie ever made.

Source: Den of Geek
George Harrison's 7 most spiritual songs and the lessons they teach

George Harrison would have turned 72 years old today. In honor of his birthday and his life, this article highlights the former Beatle's seven most popular spiritual songs, seven because of the affinity he had to that number. What did they mean? What did he want to teach the world? And more importantly, did he succeed?

Source: The Examiner
Looking Back at some of George Harrison's best collaborations

Something Else Reviews celebrates George Harrison's birthday by revisiting some signature moments with collaborators from his earliest days of post-Beatles music making, including Gary Wright, Alan White, and Joey Molland, who reminisce about what George meant to them, sharing new insights into both the man and his music.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Paul McCartney rules iTunes chart with Rihanna And Kanye West

"FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West with special guest Paul McCartney is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes chart. Further down the iTunes chart, Macca is at No. 89 singing "Only One" with Kanye West. Paul recently performed "FourFiveSeconds" with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys.

Related Articles  Source: The Inquisitr
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy spotted skiing in Vermont

A restaurant in Vermont had royalty from the music world drop by for dinner Sunday afternoon. After spending a day on the slopes at nearby Bromley Mountain, Sir Paul McCartney and five other people spent about an hour in the dining room enjoying a quiet meal that included margherita pizza and organic kale salad.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Brian Epstein statue concert to take place at venue which bears his name

A star-studded concert is the latest fundraiser in the Statue 4 Eppy campaign. The two-part concert, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside's Billy Butler will celebrate the life and career of "Fifth Beatle" Brian Epstein. The show will also be the official launch of the Statue4Eppy single Our Friend, the official song of the campaign.

Source: Liverpool Echo
82 year old Yoko Ono slams ageist critics

Yoko Ono has a message for anyone who wants her to act age-appropriate, "Get my energy or shut up." She has grown frustrated with narrow-minded critics who insist she should "act her age," and makes her frustration very clear in an impassioned letter on her website to those who feel she isn't acting the way an octogenarian should.

Source: UT San Diego
Walls and Bridges worthy of re-evaluation

Walls and Bridges is unique in the Lennon canon as his only post-Beatles musical statement comprised of his own words and music crafted entirely without Yoko Ono at his side. It therefore merits special attention not only for the music contained within but also because of how it was received and his own regard for it.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Beatles DJ celebrates Yoko Ono's birthday with special contest

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is celebrating Yoko Ono's recent 82nd birthday and her extraordinary life and career by giving away on his website, a combo package of two new releases, the photo book "See Hear Yoko" by famous photographer Bob Gruen and Jody Denberg, and the new tribute CD compilation "Cut Pieces."

Source: Beatles News
Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week

This Thursday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, February 23, 2015
Plaque for Beatles manager Brian Epstein unveiled in Liverpool

A plaque commemorating Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool. It was unveiled by a former employee of Epstein, who said she was "very proud" to honor "the man who made the Beatles". John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and a secretary of The Beatles fan club were also at the ceremony.

Source: BBC News
Paul McCartney takes top prize at 2015 concert industry awards

Paul McCartney received the top honor at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, held Saturday at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. McCartney won the Major Tour of the Year prize for the 2014 edition of his Out There World Tour. This marks Paul's third time, he also won this award in 2002 and 1990.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney has top five single for the first time in 31 years

Paul McCartney has reached the top five of the Billboard 100 chart for the first time in 31 years with his Kanye West and Rihanna collaboration FourFiveSeconds. This is McCartney's first Top five single in 31 years, and a new record for longest gap between Top 5 hits, his last was Say Say Say with Michael Jackson.

Related Articles  Source: RTT News
Stella McCartney accidentally steals limelight at fashion show

It wasn't her catwalk show, but all eyes were on Stella McCartney when she stepped out on Monday to a fashion show wearing a dangerously plunging blazer, teamed with a pair of wide-fitting trousers and a matching elegant scarf. McCartney was joined in the front row of the show by Welsh actor Luke Evans and Salma Hayek.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
New issue of Beatlefan highlights an All Starr

In honor of Ringo Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the newest issue of Beatlefan Magazine has special articles that include a couple of recent fan encounters, including how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector. Also a new look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, February 20, 2015
Video: Footage of Sigourney Weaver at Beatles Hollywood Bowl concert

On Wednesday, Sigourney Weaver appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. They talked about breaking news of a possible new Alien movie, and Weaver remembered seeing the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 when she was 12 years old, and how actual footage of her at the concert was found.

Source: Geeks of Doom
Conversations with Peter Asher and Denny Laine

In new interviews, Peter Asher talks about how Peter & Gordon came together, and which has been his favorite job, producer, manager, background vocalist, or songwriter, and Denny Laine talks about talks about his new tour, his early influences, the Moody Blues and his experiences with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Huffington Post
Historic Beatles Help! notes show why Sgt. Pepper was in their future

The information contained in George Martin's handwritten notes from the first recording session for the Beatles' song Help! show The Beatles were exploring possibilities of the recording studio that eventually would lead to the landmark Sgt. Pepper's album, according to Beatles historian and author David Bedford.

Source: Beatles Examiner
George Harrison birthday celebrations in Hollywood and Rochester

The annual George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration will take place 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Also, fans in the Rochester area are invited to come out and celebrate as they salute George Harrison on Tuesday, February 24th at the Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Paul McCartney says making music was easier in the past

In the music industry since 1957, Paul McCartney has seen changes in technology affect how he produces his hit tracks, encouraging him to brand modern music production "luxurious." He said, "The process of making the music, I do go]on sometimes to younger people I'm working with, and say it was kind of easier before."

Source: TV3, Ireland

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