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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, July 22, 2016

George Harrison Early Takes, Volume 2 could be on the way

Olivia Harrison has told Billboard that she and Dhani are looking to put out more unreleased tracks by George Harrison. "There are a lot of songs. I think there is a project there. I just need time to get to it," she said. Early Takes: Volume 1, which came out in 2012, was a companion piece to Harrison bio film "Living in the Material World."

Source: AXS
New John Lennon film scheduled for October release

Emerging Pictures has set an October 7 launch for "The Lennon Report," which re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon. The film will open in 10 markets, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Tampa, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Cleveland, and then expand nationwide on October 14.

Source: Variety
Video: Local pipe band joins Paul McCartney on stage in Hamilton, Ontario

During his first ever show at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Thursday night, Paul McCartney brought the local pipe band the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on stage with him last night to back him up on the Wings classic Mull of Kintyre. Vancouver is the only other city on the tour where Paul has played the track.

Related Articles  Source: CBC News
Paul McCartney takes Hershey on a Magical Mystery Tour

On Tuesday night at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA, Paul McCartney had the crowd of 30,000 feeling both entertained and inspired, and he seemed to do it all with great ease. For Sir Paul, it was just a day at the office. When you watch him perform, you are keenly aware that you are listening to a Bach or Beethoven of our times.

Related Articles  Source: The 570
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Paul McCartney named the UK's most successful albums act of all time

Paul McCartney, who has recorded 22 number one albums and over a career that spans six decades, and has sold 700 million albums across the globe, has been awarded the Official Chart Record Breaker Award, which recognizes him as the UK's most successful albums act of all time. McCartney said, "It feels unbelievable."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Ringo Starr wants to perform with Paul McCartney again

Ringo Starr would be thrilled to perform with fellow former Beatle Paul McCartney again. "I would tour with Paul McCartney tomorrow!" Starr told Closer Weekly. "I'm doing my own tours right now so we'd have to work it out." Starr and McCartney are a long way from their Beatles days, the drummer recently turned 76.

Source: Fox News
Insider's tales of Beatles in 1966 at Harrogate art gallery

Two insiders of music and art will unveil their first-hand accounts of Paul McCartney and others in 1966 in an exclusive event at a Harrogate art gallery next week. The show, Spirit of 66, may be the closest fans will get to knowing what it was like to be in the world's greatest rock groups at the time of classic albums like Revolver.

Source: Harrogate Advertiser, UK
Author Sara Schmidt on why the Beatles were a big hit in St. Louis

St. Louis is a big baseball town, but it also had a lot of love for the Beatles, as Sara Schmidt shows in her book, "Happiness Is Seeing the Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis." She said, "When I started to read about the St. Louis concert, it was often skimmed over or skipped all together, so I decided to get to the bottom of the issue myself."

Source: AXS
Hong Kong tribute show explores what if The Beatles never broke up?

Chris McBurney was seven years old when he heard his elder brother playing the White Album in the basement. "There will never be another band like them," he says. McBurney's current band, however, is trying to be. He plays Ringo Starr in The Beatles tribute musical Let It Be, running in Hong Kong from July 22 to 24.

Source: South China Morning Post
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Beatles to finally release Live At The Hollywood Bowl on CD

The Beatles are to release an updated version of their only fully official live in concert album. Originally released in 1977, Live At The Hollywood Bowl documents their three shows at the 17,000-capacity arena in 1964 and 1965. The 17 newly remastered tracks were sourced directly from the original three-track mixing desk recordings from the shows.

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr to stage first Korea concert in November

Ringo Starr will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea in November, a local concert planner said on Wednesday. This would be his first event in Korea in his 54-year music career. The concert is set for Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at Jamsil Stadium in southeastern Seoul. Ticket pre-sales will begin at 2 p.m. on July 28.

Source: The Korea Times
Long-lost Beatles demo discovered by Cilla Black's family

A long-lost Beatles demo disc sent to Cilla Black has been rediscovered 52 years later. Black had a UK Top 10 hit with the Lennon-McCartney penned It's for You in 1964 which was produced by George Martin at Abbey Road, but Paul McCartney had earlier that year recorded his own version on a 7 inch Dick James demo disc.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Dhani Harrison
Video made by Dhani Harrison breaks the internet

A skateboarding video broke the internet. Twelve years in the making, the four-minute video is a gorgeous "4D" sequence of impossible maneuvers, paired with an equally stunning musical score by longtime rocker, skater and composer Dhani Harrison. In a new interview, Dhani said it was "the most fun and most complicated thing I've ever worked on."

Source: Redbull
The Quiet Beatle's huge influence

George Harrison is known for his work with The Beatles, his solo albums All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, and Cloud Nine, and for his association with South Asian spirituality and music. He is largely responsible for the fact that Westerners know the name Ravi Shankar, and thus our familiarity with the sound of the sitar.

Source: The Good Men Project
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Rare Beatles books to be auctioned

Three extremely rare books, to be auctioned next week, are all signed and valued at more than 22,000 (about $28,800). One of the books includes a collection of Beatles photos valued at 3,750 (about $4,900) and was signed by John Lennon and George Harrison at the stage door of the Nottingham Odeon cinema in 1963.

Source: York Press, UK
Judge urges Sean Lennon to settle tree dispute

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon lives next door to Actress Marisa Tomei's dad Gary Tomei in Greenwich Village. The Tomeis are asking the court to order the celebrity scion to chop down his tree because the roots have cracked their stoop and their basement walls. A judge has urged the two sides to settle the dispute.

Source: NY Post
Photos: Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and Ron Howard at LOVE anniversary

On July 14, 2016, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and many more celebrities came together in Las Vegas for the 10th anniversary of The Beatles LOVE show by Cirque du Soleil. This is the fourth time that Paul and Ringo have publicly attended the show together, the first time was when the show opened in 2006.

Source: Daytrippin'
Beatles tribute band concert to support school supplies for kids

Beatles tribute band Penny Lane will perform on Saturday, July 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the new amphitheater in Stafford's Hyde Park in Connecticut. The concert will benefit Safe Net, which will use the proceeds for its back to school programs, where it provides backpacks and supplies to as many kids as it can.

Source: Hartford Courant

Keith Richards
Keith Richards criticises The Beatles as a live band

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has criticised The Beatles' ability as a live band. Richards told Radio Times, "Musically, The Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there." He also admitted he "excommunicated" them when they fell under the influence of mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.

Source: NME, UK
Seven rare vintage photos from the Beatles' Toronto concerts

A new exhibit, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, on now through Nov. 12, marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' final show in Toronto, features three rooms of pictures, posters and other memorabilia, including never-seen images from the personal archives of three photographers, Boris Spremo, John Rowlands and Lynn Ball.

Source: Toronto Life
The time George Harrison and Eric Clapton had a drunken guitar duel

Muses can bring out the best in creative types. Pattie Boyd inspired George Harrison's "Something" and a pair of Eric Clapton tracks, "Wonderful Tonight," and "Layla." Boyd just penned an autobiography called Wonderful Today, as Rolling Stone reports, and it divulges some insider tidbits about the two musical icons.

Source: Nerdist
Monday, July 18, 2016
Video: Bob Weir and Gronk join Paul McCartney on stage in Boston

On Friday and Saturday night, Dead and Company performed in front of a sold-out crowd in Boston. On Sunday, Paul McCartney's tour swooped into town. Thankfully, Bob Weir was still in town and, for the first time ever, the Grateful Dead guitarist and McCartney shared the stage together during the encore portion of Macca's show.

Source: Rolling Stone
Concert Review: Paul McCartney hits a home run in concert at Fenway Park

No one present at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday night left with any doubts that Paul McCartney is assuredly rock 'n' roll royalty. McCartney's "One on One" tour delighted the sellout crowd of about 40,000 fans without a break, around 2 hours, 42 minutes of constant music, spanning 40 songs from every era of his career.

Source: Providence Journal
Rumors: Yoko Ono suffering from mystery illness

Yoko Ono has apparently been battling with her health as of late. Despite attending the tenth anniversary of The Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love it seems that her health is deteriorating. Earlier in the year, Ono spent some time in the hospital with flu-like symptoms and hasn't made many public appearances since.

Source: Starts At 60

Ron Campbell
Ron Campbell to host free Beatles artwork exhibit

This weekend, you can see the original Saturday morning Beatles cartoon art up close and personal in metro Detroit. Ron Campbell, the director of the 1960's Beatles cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, will have his work on display in West Bloomfield Township. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Source: Click on Detroit

Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas opens up about working with John Lennon

Deeply influenced by The Beatles as a kid, record producer Jack Douglas ended up having a long friendship and working relationship with Lennon, co-producing several of his solo albums. He was also one of the last people to see Lennon the night he was killed. In this interview, Douglas discusses meeting Lennon for the first time while working on Imagine.

Source: Gothamist
Good Ol' Freda documentary to be screened at Beatles festival

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Beatles at the Ridge 2016 will feature the award-winning film "Good Ol' Freda," the story of Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career. The film was released in 2013 to great acclaim at South By Southwest, and since then, it has won award after award.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 15, 2016
Paul, Ringo and friends celebrate revamped LOVE show in Vegas

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell and Yoko Ono were among the all-star guests at Thursday's 10th-anniversary celebration for the Beatles' LOVE show in Las Vegas. "I can see this going on for another century or something," said Yoko with a smile. "The Beatles' music is growing, which is really nice."

Source: Rolling Stone
McCartney boosts love at Philadelphia concert

A New Jersey couple will never forget the Paul McCartney concert at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. After seeing their signs, McCartney invited them on stage so the man could propose to his girl. McCartney advised the young man "to get on one knee boy" and then hugged the couple after the proposal.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Giles Martin says he's open to Paul and Ringo collaboration

At the 10th anniversary of the Cirque Du Soleil LOVE show in Las Vegas, Giles Martin said he would consider working with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr if they decided to reunite but "it wouldn't be The Beatles". He told the Press Association, "I think the reason you ask that is because would it be like The Beatles? And no, it wouldn't be."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney letter to Prince sells for $14,822 at auction

A two-page, handwritten letter from Paul McCartney to Prince has sold for nearly $15,000 at Boston's RR Auction. The note, which begins "Dear Princely person," reveals the former Beatle asking for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which McCartney co-founded in 1996.

Source: Rolling Stone
Did Ringo Starr want Paul McCartney to Back Off Boogaloo?

Back Off Boogaloo was Ringo Starr's follow up to his 1971 hit It Don't Come Easy. Many critics and music commenters think the track was a targeted attack on Paul McCartney, based on Ringo's public criticism of Paul's solo albums. But Ringo has repeatedly stated it has nothing to do with Paul and is simply is a fun song.

Source: Starts At 60
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Paul McCartney releases new Mull of Kintyre VR Documentary

On its release in 1977, Mull of Kintyre became somewhat of a phenomenon, selling over two million copies and taking the much desired number one position at Christmas. In a new VR documentary, with sound engineering by Geoff Emerick, Paul tells how he fell in love with Scotland all over again through Linda's eyes.

Rare Beatles and Stones photos coming to Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica

Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica, CA., is celebrating its 10th anniversary this July. As part of the celebration, they are presenting a curated collection of rare photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The photographs will be on display for an opening reception next Thursday and will remain at the shop through October.

Source: Daily Coffee News

Pattie Boyd
The tales behind Pattie Boyd's photos of George Harrison

Pattie Boyd is set to visit the Beatles Story next week to meet fans and sign copies of her autobiography. The photographer and former model, who was famously married to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will be at the attraction's Mann Island venue which is currently staging her photography exhibition George, Eric and Me.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles come alive in tribute show in the Phillippines

The Bootleg Beatles made good on their promise not to disappoint a sell-out crowd with a 32-song repertoire and a moving production experience at the Resorts World Manila last Tuesday. The show was billed as a commemoration of 50 years of Beatles music and the golden anniversary of the Fab Four's only Philippine tour.

Source: The Philippine Star
Yoko Ono donates peace art to Dallas museum to help city heal

The Dallas Museum of Art has a temporary but meaningful exhibit from artist Yoko Ono, in response to the recent police shootings in downtown Dallas. Yoko's Imagine Peace Forever, an original work of art displayed in both Spanish and English, has been installed on the museum's Ross Avenue Plaza, now through August 22.

Source: Culture Map, Dallas
50 years ago, this band toured with The Beatles, then broke up immediately

On August 18, 1966, the Beatles performed at Suffolk Downs in Boston, on what would be their last tour. Their opening act, The Remains, was a burgeoning garage rock quartet comprised of Boston University friends. It ended up being the final tour for The Remains as well, but not before they experienced Beatlemania firsthand.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Philladelphia police snap photo with Paul McCartney

Seven Philadelphia police officers found themselves in the midst of rock royalty following Paul McCartney's sold-out Citizens Bank Park performance Tuesday, with the former Beatle stopping to pose for photos with the group post-show. The officers in the photo had worked security and traffic control for McCartney's concert.

Related Articles  Source: Philadelphia Inquirier

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon says Beatles' Revolver puts you in a trance

Sean Lennon says Revolver ranks up there with the Beatles' best work. He told Classic Rock, "Revolver's one of my favorite Beatles records, up there with Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album. Those records have influenced me more than any other music on the planet. A song like Tomorrow Never Knows puts you almost in a trance."

Source: Team Rock

George Martin
Giles Martin talks about his late father

Even before the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin died in March, his son Giles found himself the recipient of a staggering family inheritance. For years, the 46-year-old, a producer in his own right, has acted as a custodian of the music of the Beatles, and in recent months, he has been in charge of several major Beatles-related assignments.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles ticket stubs and autographs go under the hammer

Ticket stubs for a Beatles concert in Nottingham and a scrap of paper featuring the Fab Four's signatures could fetch up at least 4,000 (about $5,275) when they go under the hammer. They belong to 71-year-old grandmother in Keyworth, England, she has put them up for auction as she wants to see better use made of them.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK

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