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Paul McCartney tickets for June shows averaging above $300 in resale 

Paul McCartney embarks on tout through the U.S. this summer, including Philadelphia on June 21, in Virginia on June 23 and in South Carolina on June 25. Prices on the secondary ticket market show that there is a high demand to see McCartney, with an average ticket price of $320.46 over his three June shows.

Source: Forbes
May Pang to appear at opening of Lennon exhibit in Seattle 

May Pang will appear in Seattle on May 9 for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. The exhibit features nine of May's photographic prints of John, taken during John's "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s. Pang will also be appearing at the International Beatles' week in Liverpool in August.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr sells his 13million Surrey home to Czech billionaire 

Ringo Starr has just sold his luxurious Surrey home to a Czech billionaire for 13.5 million. Starr put 17th Century Rydinghurst on the market eight months ago because he's spending more time in L.A., the 200-acre estate was snapped up by property magnate Radovan Vitek, who already owns a palatial home in Belgravia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo rehearses with Paul in video from Rock Hall Induction ceremony 

Ringo Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from his induction into the Rock Hall of Fame on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel. The footage includes Ringo running through his hit It Don't Come Easy and working out the arrangement of I Wanna Be Your Man with Paul.

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Beatles cathedral gallery in Maharishi's abandoned ashram 

On a recent trip to Rishikesh, an aimless walk along the Ganga River toward Swarg Ashram led travelers to an abandoned, dilapidated structure, once occupied by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. At the entrance of a lecture hall, they discovered portraits of the Beatles and Maharishi amid colorful strokes of pop art.

Source: Mid-Day, Mumbai
New Kurt Cobain unreleased demos album to include Beatles covers 

Tracks recorded before Kurt Cobain died in 1994 will now be collected into a new LP. Among the recordings are duets with his wife Courtney Love and covers of The Beatles. The collection emerged when filmmaker Brett Morgen was allowed unrestricted access to videos and cassettes for his documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

Source: National Ledger
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Friday, May 1, 2015
Paul McCartney in South Korea for world tour

Paul McCartney arrived in South Korea Friday to hundreds of fans eager to see the rock 'n' roll icon. His flight was delayed by an hour much to the anxiety of his fans who had been waiting hours beforehand. Interestingly, the crowd at the airport was mostly Japanese, many in South Korea just to see McCartney.

Source: Yohap News, South Korea
Paul McCartney's Philadelphia show sells out in minutes

Tickets for Paul McCartney's first Philadelphia show in five years weren't on the market very long. The show, taking place at the Wells Fargo Center on June 21, sold out in minutes after going on sale today at noon. Four-day passes are still available for Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, where McCartney will be headlining on June 19.

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Julian Lennon speaks out against closure of remote aboriginal communities

Following in the footsteps of his humanitarian father, Julian Lennon has taken to Facebook to show solidarity against the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Protests have been planned all across the country today, and Julian has urged his over one million followers to support the movement against the closures.

Source: Triple M Radio, Australia
Liam Gallagher's personal Oasis is really fab

Liam Gallagher's new home is a shrine to The Beatles. The former Oasis rocker has snapped up a penthouse apartment in London and has decorated his new home with thousands of items celebrating the iconic four-piece band, which he has been obsessed with since he was a teenager, including old posters and collectors' items.

Source: Northumberland News, UK
Paul McCartney compares Kanye West to John Lennon

Paul McCartney has stated that working with Kanye West is a lot like working with his late bandmate John Lennon. McCartney spent a lot of time in the studio with the rapper last year, releasing three tracks. "When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar. I would sit down. We'd ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that."

Source: Huffington Post, UK
Roger Waters stunned first time he heard Sgt. Pepper's

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd has recalled the important lesson he learned from the Beatles, and his shocked reaction to hearing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the first time. He said, "Somebody played the whole thing on the radio. I remember sitting in this old beat-up Zephyr 4, just completely stunned."

Source: Classic Rock
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Paul McCartney VIP Concert package being auctioned for charity

Now up for bid is a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience with Paul McCartney. Two people will attend one of McCartney's upcoming concerts in Europe, as well as to meet Paul backstage and watch his soundcheck before the show. The experience is valued at $75,000, proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Foundation.

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Photos: Paul McCartney at the Budokan

On Tuesday night, Paul McCartney performed a very special concert at the Budokan in Tokyo. He last appeared at the historic venue in 1966 with The Beatles, and during the performance the audience surprised Paul with flashing wristbands, lighting up the room. Tour photographer M.J. Kim was on hand to capture the evening.

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Rapper says his new album is inspired by The Beatles

Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky's eagerly awaited new record "At.Long.Last.A$AP," his second studio album, will released on May 12. He told NME in an interview that he was inspired by The Beatles when recording the album, and called them geniuses. "It's just so inspirational to go against the grain," he said.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: NME, UK
Wes Carr channels George Harrison in Here Comes The Sun

Wes Carr will sing the songs of George Harrison in his new show "Here Comes The Sun," which features Wes retelling tales and anecdotes from Harrison, the man known as "the quiet Beatle". Carr says, "George wasn't just a Beatle, he was more than that, and I celebrate his views and outlook on life."

Source: Noise 11
Wedding bells again for Pattie Boyd at 71

Photographer and author Pattie Boyd, famous for marriages to George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has tied knot for the third time, marrying Rod Weston on Thursday in London, accompanied by their dog Freddie at the registry office. This is her third marriage, her first was to George Harrison in 1966, her second to Eric Clapton in 1979.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pressure-filled Red Rose Speedway fractures Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Wings' Red Rose Speedway, released on April 30, 1973, was supposed to be a double album, indicative of a band at the peak of its powers. Instead, not long after, Wings disintegrated, with drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Henry McCullough leaving. It was as shocking as the resulting studio effort was uneven.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
New book features Beatles Help! photograph collection

A Beatles collector from San Diego's stunning photographic collection of the Fab Four is about to be featured in the upcoming hardbound book chronicling the movie Help!, "Eight Arms to Hold You: the Forgotten Archives." Due out in July, each photograph was restored and remastered by renowned artist Paul Skellett.

Source: The Examiner
Zak Starkey ignites the Who

Zak Starkey, who turns 50 in September, son of Ringo Starr, has now powered the Who even longer than Keith Moon, his godfather. The group's Tazmanian drum demon counted Ringo among his closest friends. Monday night in Austin, Texas, Moony was alive and quakin' in the maelstrom of Starkey.

Source: Austin Chronicle
Video: Paul McCartney answers Japanese fan's question

This past week, has been getting Out There with Paul in Tokyo, Japan to help with the launch of a new set of sound stickers on the free call and messaging app Line. As part of the launch, Paul took part in a special Line Q&A last Thursday. One his answers is available now on the website.

Beatles' influence topic of lecture in North Carolina

On May 9, The New Bern chapter of The English Speaking Union will feature "The Empire Strikes Back! The Beatles and Britain's Imperial Legacy," a lecture that will look at the artistic evolution of the Fab Four, their influence on rock and roll, their embrace of the culture of India, and their invention of the all-star charity concert.

Source: New Bern Sun Journal
Video: Meghan Linsey covers the Beatles' Something on The Voice

Country singer Meghan Linsey made coach Blake Shelton proud on Monday night's episode of The Voice. She went a little out of her comfort zone, opting to sing a classic Beatles song, George Harrison's Something. Shelton seemed very pleased while she sang, both he and Adam Levine sang her her praises after she finished singing.

Source: Taste of Country
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Paul McCartney adds two US arena shows to 2015 Out There tour

Paul McCartney has revealed two additional arena concerts in the United States, confirming an appearance on June 23 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, his first concert in Charlottesville, and on June 25 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, the first performance in Columbia in 22 years.

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Paul McCartney plays 1965 track live for first time on tour

Paul McCartney gave his fans in Japan a treat when he played a Beatles track live for the first time, half a century after it was released. Another Girl, which features on the Fab Four's 1965 album Help, was on the set list at his gig at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo. His two-hour set also included Let It Be and Can't Buy Me Love.

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK
Paul McCartney launches stickers for Line messaging app

Paul McCartney has released exclusive stickers on the free call and messaging app Line, to celebrate Paul getting back "Out There" in Japan. A few weeks ago, Macca recorded a variety of phrases for Line in both English and Japanese, they have been combined with 24 illustrated stickers with a wide range of expressions.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono charts dance hit with remix of '70s track

Yoko Ono is shooting up the dance charts with a reworking of her 1973 song, "Woman Power." Remixed by DJ/Producer Alyson Calagna, the track is currently #13 position on the Billboard Dance Club Songs charts. The original version, featuring John Lennon on guitar, appeared on Ono's fourth record "Feeling the Space."

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Roger Waters discusses the Beatles' impact on Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd recorded its 1967 debut just one studio over from the Beatles at Abbey Road studios. But that's where the similarities between Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band end, says Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and that his entire approach to songwriting was forever altered.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Eleanor Rigby was almost called Miss Daisy Hawkins

On April 28, 1966, The Beatles recorded the vocal tracks for Eleanor Rigby. According to Paul, the recording session started off with him sitting down at the piano and getting the first line of the melody, and then "playing around with his words". Originally, instead of Eleanor Rigby, Paul sang "Miss Daisy Hawkins."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Monday, April 27, 2015
Tokyo cops arrest organized crime boss for scalping McCartney tix

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of an organized crime boss for scalping tickets for a concert by Paul McCartney last week. The suspect was taken into custody for selling a ticket with a face value of 18,000 yen for the McCartney concert at Tokyo Dome to a male company employee for 80,000 yen.

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The Beatles Story celebrates its 25th birthday

The Beatles Story celebrates a special landmark this week when it turns 25. It was on May 1, 1990 that the Albert Dock attraction first opened its doors to the public, and since then the museum of all things Fab Four has welcomed more than four million visitors and boosted the Liverpool economy by an estimated 300m.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Aston Martin restores Paul McCartney's Hey Jude DB6

Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB6 has been restored at Aston Martin's the automaker's restoration shop. It originally had a tape recorder installed in its dashboard, so Macca could record ideas for songs as they came to him, as he reportedly did for Hey Jude one day as he was going to visit John Lennon's son, Julian.

Source: Bold Ride
Beatles, Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper dies at 96

Sid Tepper, who wrote songs recorded by The Beatles and Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 96. Tepper, with writing partner Roy C. Bennett, wrote The Beatles' "Glad All Over" (not to be confused with the Dave Clark Five song of the same name), which they performed on the BBC. He died of natural causes in Miami Beach on Friday.

More Information  Source: Digital Spy
Friday, April 24, 2015
Paul McCartney to play Philly for the first time in five years

Paul McCartney is following up his Firefly Music Festival headlining appearance on Friday, June 19 in Dover, Delaware, with a huge Philadelphia show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, June 21. Live Nation made the announcement at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Tickets will hit the market on Friday, May 1 at noon.

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Audio: Todd Rundgren's Beatles cover

Now available on the net is an advance stream of Todd Rundgren's new take on "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" from the forthcoming multi-artist album "Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles." The surprise is how straight forward, even reverent he is with John Lennon's Help-era lament. This guy simply loves the Beatles.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Electro-pop band covers Rutles song

Ryan DeRobertis, the one-man electro-pop band known as Skylar Spence, says, "I like the Beatles enough too, but I actually like this Rutles song more than most Beatles songs." On the second edition of the Faux Real compilation, coming next week, he covers "I Must Be In Love," by The Rutles, a 1970's Beatles parody created by Neil Innes.

Source: Flavorwire
The history of Pete Ham and Badfinger

Like the Beatles, the band with which they're inextricably linked, Badfinger included four men capable of writing and singing lead. Though they didn't have a traditional frontman, Pete Ham, as the composer and voice of their biggest hits, has often been called the heart and soul of the group. His story is a complicated and tragic one.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Gerry and the Pacemakers to play Weymouth next weekend

Gerry Marsden and his band Gerry and the Pacemakers were due to travel across the US last September, but had to drop out when Gerry fell seriously ill. But Gerry is raring to go again, and they will be performing in Weymouth on Saturday, May 2. He said, "When I'm on the stage and the audience are getting into it there's no nicer feeling."

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Paul McCartney tops list of musical millionaires

Paul McCartney has not had a UK number one single in decades but that has not stopped him being the richest man in music. Macca is said to have amassed a personal fortune of 730 million (more than $1 billion), 20 million up from last year, well ahead of his nearest rival Andrew Lloyd Webber, estimated to be worth 650 million.

Source: ITV, UK
Jeff Lynne's productions with the Beatles rank with his best work

As the young artist behind Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne hardly made his admiration for the Beatles a secret. So it made sense that he would go on to become the defining producer for the group's post-1960s work, including with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and the Free as a Bird and Real Love tracks.

Source: Variety
Vintage Beatles record is most valuable disc

Rare Record Price Guide has a list of the ten most valuable vinyl records commercially available. The top ten are dominated by just two major groups, and half of them are by the Beatles. The most valuable: the original pressing of That'll Be The Day by the Quarrymen, the only copy currently owned by Paul McCartney.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Fab Faux to recreate 'Abbey Road' album in its entirety at UMass concert

Except for a brief rooftop concert in 1970, the Beatles hadn't performed live since August 1966, in part because their later recordings had arrangements that were too complex to be produced live. But tribute band the Fab Faux has modern concert sound systems, and five veteran musicians who are all confirmed Beatlemaniacs.

Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette

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