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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Paul McCartney says Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison part of the Beatles now

Paul McCartney says he now considers the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon to be part of The Beatles now and they both help agree every decision about the band. About his relationship with Yoko, McCartney said, "My big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that's gotta be right."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Peter Asher charms audience with stories of the Beatles

Peter Asher appeared at the Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company on Friday night, where he and guitar virtuoso Albert Lee mesmerized a Milwaukee audience for two hours. Asher told the story, "Paul shouted up the stairs to me: 'Hey Peter, come down here and listen to this new song John and I just finished.'" It was Want to Hold Your Hand.

Source: Something Else! Reviews
Rare Photos: The Beatles' last show in Detroit

Doug Elbinger was a high school student and aspiring photojournalist when he got himself through the backstage door at Olympia Stadium in Detroit on Aug. 13, 1966, and talked his way onto the Beatles' stage. Fifty years later, the photos he captured are among the few surviving high-quality images of the show.

Source: Detroit Free Press
How the Beatles influenced a Monkees song

The Monkees' first single "Last Train To Clarksville" debuted 50 years ago today. It may sound uncannily familiar to another upbeat, twangy rock song, Paperback Writer by the Beatles, which came out just three months earlier. In this audio interview, Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart explains why.

Source: MPR News
Monday, August 15, 2016
Paul McCartney performing in Grand Rapids tonight

Paul McCartney will take the stage in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the first time Monday evening. The tour sold out in less than 10 minutes when tickets went on sale earlier this year. There are still some tickets available on ticket website StubHub ranging from $150 to $600 depending on where the seats are located.

Related Articles  Source: WOOD TV, Grand Rapids
Video: Street in Cleveland temporarily renamed for Paul McCartney

East 9th Street in Cleveland all the way from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Quicken Loans Arena has temporarily been renamed "Paul McCartney Boulevard" for the upcoming week. Macca will be in Cleveland next week for two performances at the Q. There are still a limited number of tickets left for Thursday's concert.

Related Articles  Source: WJW TV, Cleveland
Upcoming Beatles book calls 1966 the Fab Four's best year

Coming in October, Steve Turner, who's authored several previous books on the Beatles, will make his case for 1966 in "Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year." The book hits the streets Oct. 25 in the States and Nov. 3 in the UK. Turner's story actually begins in December, 1965, with the Beatles heading out on a UK tour.

Source: AXS
Beatles artist Jay Kelly debuts new work

Up-and-coming artist Jay Kelly has just signed with 910 Public Relations, an independent PR firm specializing in Beatles and music-related artists and authors. Based in Dorset, England, Jay Kelly is a fan of the 1960s and particularly The Beatles, interests that are heavily reflected in his work, which often lends itself to the "pop art" genre.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Kids who met the Beatles by pretending to be their opening act

On Aug. 15, 1966, six friends pretended to be the Beatles' opening act, the Cyrkle, and their management team, in an attempt to meet the Beatles. Striving for authenticity, they even went so far as to hire a limo and request a police escort to the venue. They ended up sharing a laugh with Ringo Starr and John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
50 Years Ago: Beatles bonfire radio station struck by lightning

On Aug. 13, 1966, radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas, hosted a "Beatles bonfire" to protest John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" remarks. The following day, KLUE's transmission tower was struck by lightning, hit by a bolt powerful enough to not only wreck their equipment, but actually knock out the news director.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, August 12, 2016
Traffic woes make McCartney fans a band on the run

You're in your 60s, but last Sunday you were just as stoked as you were as a teen, because in another hour, Paul McCartney would be transporting you and 50,000 other fans back to a time when you were young and all things were possible... if only you could get through the gridlocked roads into the equally crowded MetLife Stadium parking lot.

Related Articles  Source: NorthJersey.com
McCartney third highest-grossing tour in the world

Paul McCartney is currently the third highest-grossing tour in the world. According to Pollstar, the former Beatle is grossing $3.2 million a night, only behind Beyonc?and Bruce Springsteen. McCartney's average ticket price is $130, the most expensive on the list. His tour hits St. Louis' Busch Stadium on Saturday night.

Related Articles  Source: KMOX, St. Louis
Paul McCartney shares touching John Lennon memory

Paul McCartney has recalled an unusually tender encounter with John Lennon a few years after the band split. Remembering their meeting following the break-up, McCartney said, "He hugged me. It was great, because we didn't normally do that...It's irreplaceable, that time, friendship and bonding."

Source: Team Rock
Beatles record set to fetch more than ?10,000 at auction

A rare first-edition signed copy of the Beatle's first LP, Please Please Me, is set to fetch more than ?10,000 (about $12,900) when it goes up for sale at Omega Auctions Ltd in Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, England, next month. It is one of the star lots in Beatles collection auction set to go under the hammer on September 14.

Source: Warrington Guardian, UK
Video: John lennon says 'the world is run by insane people'

Always a bit of a rebel, John Lennon helped millions to think differently about their world. His song "Give Peace a Chance" is an anthem for the anti-war movement and is still heard today at peace marches. Foremost a Beatle, he always had strong views about politics and today might be equally as known for his activism and wisdom.

Source: Collective Evolution

Photographer who was witness to a Beatles' Mad Day Out

One summer day in 1968, then 25-year-old photographer Tom Murray had a remarkable experience. After only a few months working for The Sunday Times, he was given the assignment to spend a day with the Beatles. He had snapped the British royal family and some of the world's biggest movie stars, but says that day still stands above the rest.

Source: Time Magazine
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Paul McCartney considers releasing long-lost Carnival of Light You Heard It Here First

Paul McCartney is considering going back to the Beatles' vaults and unearthing more recording sessions outtakes to see if they are fit for release. Macca is also thinking about revisiting the Beatles' 14-minute experimental work Carnival of Light, which the band only played once in 1967 and has never been heard by the public.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Ringo Starr set to get lei'd in November

Ringo Starr has announced he and his All Starr Band will make a first appearance in Hawaii on Nov. 8. The Honolulu concert follows dates on the West Coast, in Japan and South Korea. A Hawaii residents-only presale for the concert begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Aug. 20.

Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser

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Sam Leach documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary called The 6th Beatle about Sam Leach, who was The Beatles' agent during their early years in Liverpool, will premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival next month. The movie takes a look at Leach's alleged role in helping to draw attention to the rock legends, and include the story behind Pete Best's ouster.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies

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Beatles statue artist to immortalize Cilla Black

A sculpture of singer Cilla Black, who died in 2015, is being made for display at the old entrance to Liverpool's Cavern Club. Black's family approached the Castle Fine Arts Foundry after being impressed with statues it produced of The Beatles, one of Liverpool's "must see landmarks" of the Fab Four. The statue is set to be completed in early 2017.

Source: BBC News, UK
Connecticut Harp Ensemble will perform music of The Beatles

The Connecticut Harp Ensemble (CTHE) will perform the music of The Beatles this Sunday at the New England Carousel Museum. The ensemble is a group of harpists from Connecticut and Massachusetts who regularly perform around New England and New York tri-state area. They are currently in their third season.

Source: The Bristol Press, CT
Liverpool Beatles tour guide honored with Sgt. Pepper's funeral

Pallbearers donned Sergeant Pepper outfits to pay their respects to Liverpool photographer Phil Coppell, who became one of the city's first Beatles tour guides. A photographer in Liverpool during the Merseybeat era, he was also at the forefront of the campaign to save Number 9 Madryn Street, the birthplace of Ringo Starr.

Source: Liverpool Echo
50 years ago: Beatles land at Logan Airport in Boston for final U.S. tour

The Beatles ended their touring years as a group with a series of U.S. shows in August 1966. The U.S. shows came just weeks after a disastrous tour of the Philippines after an unintentional snub of first lady Imelda Marcos, and the controversy sparked by John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles popularity and Christianity.

Source: Mass Live
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sir Paul on fans, the Beatles and himself

Paul McCartney played a nearly three-hour, 38-song show on his current "One on One" tour on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In a phone interview recently with the NY Times, McCartney discussed his philosophy for entertaining an audience and the re-emergence of Beatles songs in his show.

Related Articles  Source: NY Times
Teacher thrilled to be onstage with Paul McCartney during sound check

James Liverani still can't talk about it without getting emotional. On Sunday, at the Paul McCartney concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, he was invited up onstage to play a song with the former Beatle during the pre-show soundcheck. He says he still can't believe it. "There's no words to describe that," he said.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Ron Howard premieres his Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week

Ron Howard was in London for a special screening of his hotly anticipated documentary about the Fab Four, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, featuring exclusive footage and produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The London screening drew some famous faces.

Related Articles  Source: AOL, UK
Business lessons learned from Paul McCartney

People say you can't go home again. My evening at Fenway with McCartney proved them wrong. The show opened up with a classic Beatles tune, which brought everyone back to another place in time. All you had to do was close your eyes and imagine you were at Shea Stadium, along with thousands of screaming teenage fans.

Source: Forbes
Why the U.S. version of Revolver is better than the U.K. one

For the 50th anniversary of Revolver, everyone has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the British release, which came out August 5. On August 8, the neglected stepchild, the American Revolver, was released, the one with three less songs, all John Lennon ones. But here are 10 arguments why it was better than the U.K. version.

Source: Phoenix New Times
50 years ago this month, the Beatles played their only St. Louis show

Beginning on August 12, 1966, the Beatles were scheduled to play nineteen American and Canadian cities. By the time the Beatles came to St. Louis, John Lennon had apologized for his controversial Jesus statement, but only 23,000 tickets were sold, half the available seats, and the concert just broke even.

Source: Riverfront Times, St. Louis
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
McCartney-signed guitar to be raffled for charity

The stars came together to personalize the ?200 Fender acoustic in aid of this year's Guitars On The Beach, which will be raising money for Cancer Research at the massive guitar festival in Lyme Regis, West Dorset, England on September 3 and 4. But by Paul McCartney adding his signature, the value of the unique guitar has rocketed.

Source: View News, UK

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney buys $1.5M Hamptons beach cottage

Designer Stella McCartney has just bought a $1.5 million beach cottage in Amagansett, a wealthy town in the Hamptons. The bayfront cottage is 1,350 square feet and comes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and open floor plan, but sources say, considering the size of her own family, the home will likely be expanded or torn down altogether.

Source: NY Post
Video: Regina Spektor's haunting While My Guitar Gently Weeps cover

Regina Spektor transports the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps to ancient Japan with her haunting rendition of the George Harrison anthem, arranged by Dario Marianelli. The track is featured in Kubo and the Two Strings, Laika and Focus Features' new 3D stop-motion adventure film, which hits theaters August 19th.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles created the first gateway song for children with Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine was one of my own favorite songs back when I was my three-year-old son's age, who loves the Beatles with every bit of enthusiasm as I did back when I was his age. "Yellow Submarine is a visual song with a catchy chorus and the repetition that makes it very singable for kids," legendary children's recording artist Raffi said.

Source: Observer
Photographer remembers Beatles' last performance in Detroit 50 years ago

Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the last time the Beatles performed in Detroit, Aug. 13, 1966. That day, a budding photographer talked his way on to the stage to take pictures. From there, his career took off. A then 16-year-old ambitious photographer Doug Elbinger remembers is like it was yesterday.

Source: WXYZ, Detroit
Special event to commemorate 50th Anniversary of last Beatles concert

On Friday, August 12, 2016, Connecticut-based Beatles fan club Liverpool Productions will present a very special "An Evening of Beatlemania" in East Haven, CT. The event commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles' very last concert in 1966. The Hofners, one of the finest Beatles tribute bands, will perform.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, August 8, 2016
The 7 best moments from Paul McCartney's One on One Tour in New Jersey

Paul McCartney brought his One on One tour to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday night. McCartney weaved back and forth deftly through his catalog, his voice sounding youthful and energetic. McCartney demonstrated his instrumental prowess, played old and new songs, and told stories, including one in a funny Russian accent.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Pictures: Paul McCartney's One On One Tour

Since the Paul McCartney's One On One tour kicked off in Fresno in April, his website has been taking photos and documenting all the cities he's been to along the way, plus some of the thousands of the fans he's played in front of! You can see a selection of these shots in the One On One photo collection now on Paul's official website.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Sir Ivan releases new version of Imagine to help victims of PTSD

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Sir Ivan has released a new electronic dance music version of John Lennon's Imagine to help victims of PTSD. This release commemorates the passing of John Lennon 35 years ago. Imagine is the first single released off Sir Ivan's new 10-song album called "Peaceman Shines."

Source: Broadway World
Video: Pearl Jam covers the Beatles at Boston's Fenway Park

Pearl Jam played Boston's famed Fenway Park last Friday night, where they performed a rare cover of the Beatles' rooftop concert song "I've Got a Feeling." It came at the request of a fan who asked for it in memory of his late father. According to JamBase, it was Pearl Jam's first time performing the song since 2004.

Source: Spin Magazine
UK Sport: Why do Nottingham Forest fans sing Mull of Kintyre?

Why do Nottingham Forest fans sing Mull of Kintyre? The Paul McCartney & Wings song, released in late 1977, was then adopted by the Forest faithful during the the season they won the First Division in 1978. Supporters changed the lyrics including words about their travels around the country, and it has stuck ever since.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Abbey Road Studios marks Revolver 50th with new merchandise

On August 5, 1966, The Beatles released their landmark album Revolver. To mark the 50th anniversary, Abbey Road Studios is launching a range of exclusive "1966" merchandise including a t-shirt, notebook and tote bag, all emblazoned with a bold 1966 graphic incorporating Klaus Voormann's iconic album artwork.

Related Articles  Source: Creative Boom
Beatles music scholar debuts new journal-style book

Beatles music scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz has just released his fourth book, Days in the Life, co-written with his father, about their life on the road. Days in the Life follows Aaron and John Krerowicz as they toured through seven U.S. states across the South and West, while Aaron gave presentations on The Beatles at each stop.

Source: Beatles News

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