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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Beatles Story museum expecting much-loved John Lennon piano

The piano played by John Lennon during his last years in New York is currently making its way to Liverpool to be put on display at The Beatle's Story museum in the city's Albert Dock. According to Jack Douglas, it became known as "the John Lennon Piano" because he would move it to every studio he was working in.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Memorabilia dealer offers no-cost Beatles stuff valuations

UK memorabilia dealer Tracks Ltd will be offering free valuations on items of Beatles and rock and roll memorabilia at this years Liverpool Beatles Convention at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Tracks Ltd are particularly interested in Beatles autographs, letters and notes written by members of the group and handwritten song lyrics.

Source: Press Release Rocket
Pictures: Very rare drawings by Paul McCartney to be sold in Liverpool

Some rare sketches drawn by Paul McCartney are expected to sell for over 10,000 (roughly $15,696) next week at the Liverpool Beatle Auction held during International Beatle Week, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. The sketches were discovered in an attic, they include include Beatlesque faces drawn in ink and writing by Paul McCartney on the reverse.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Pictures: House in Pasadena has hidden Beatles connection

A Midcentury Modern residence among eucalyptus trees in northwest Pasadena, California, has an interesting Beatles connection. One of its two original owners was Brown Meggs, the Capitol Records executive who signed the Beatles to the label in 1963. The single-story home is distinguished by its diamond-shaped roof line.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Site of Aunt Mimi's bungalow goes up for sale

A house in a millionaires' seaside resort where John Lennon bought a bungalow for his beloved Aunt Mimi who raised him as her own son has been put on the market for 4.5 million. Lennon bought the bungalow in 1965 for the, at the time, princely sum of 26,500. Mimi Smith lived there until her death at 85 in December 1991.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Paul McCartney announces more new North American dates

Paul McCartney will play five North American concerts in October, beginning with his first stop in a decade at Columbus, Ohio. McCartney will also play his first-ever concert at State College, Penn. McCartney also plays Toronto for the first time since 2010, Detroit first time since 2011, and his concert debut in Buffalo.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko

If he was an ordinary musician without the famous last name, the projects keeping Sean Lennon busy right now might cry out creative restlessness or workaholic. But the youngest son of John Lennon finds himself these days, not so much addicted to keeping busy, just focused on making the things that make him happy.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Joe Perry on working with Paul McCartney on Hollywood Vampires

Aerosmith's Joe Perry is one of the many famous musicians who Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp tapped to record the soon-to-be-released album Hollywood Vampire. As big a star as Perry is, he admits that he was in awe of one of the album's other contributors with whom he had the chance to collaborate...Paul McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Looking Back: Overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

In the sad sweepstakes for Worst Paul McCartney Solo Album, it would have taken a lot to zoom past the cutesy London Town, the self-conscious Driving Rain or the undercooked Wild Life, to say nothing of the synthy disaster that is McCartney II. Paul McCartney got there with Press to Play, released on Aug. 25, 1986.

Source: Something Else Reviews
The Beatles' Help! turns 50

The Beatles' Help! opened on Aug. 25, 1965, and the general consensus at the time was that it was the second-best Beatles movie ever made. A Hard Day's Night took everyone by surprise, even earning two Oscar nominations, setting the bar awfully high for Help! As in the first film, the quartet played themselves.

Source: Variety
Church where McCartney auditioned for Lennon to hold auction

Items from the church where Sir Paul McCartney auditioned for John Lennon are set to be auctioned off. St Peter's Church Hall in Woolton, which will open its doors as part of International Beatleweek, is selling its weather vane and a hymnal and prayer book in a Beatles auction which will take place on Saturday at LIPA.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, August 24, 2015
Paul McCartney confirms added Columbus and Toledo tour dates

Fresh off a historic performance at Lollapalooza, Paul McCartney has confirmed two new North American dates on his Out There tour. He returns to Columbus, OH nearly 10 years to the day since his last appearance there on October 13. Also, October 17 will see Paul back at Toronto's Air Canada Centre for the first time since 2010.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Broadway World
Tweet teases Paul McCartney concert in Detroit

It looks like Paul McCartney is headed to Detroit for his first show here in four years. "One of my first acts as Mayor was to get to work on making Toronto a more music friendly city, and hosting an artist like Sir Paul McCartney is another example of how growing the music culture in Toronto is delivering results".

Related Articles  Source: Press Examiner
Fab Tech: Abbey Road console inspires free plug-in

From Shattered Glass Audio, the Code Red Free is inspired by a classic, all tube, British console form the late 60s. They say that the original console was known for its EQ, bold and punchy character, and the warmth it imparted. A spokesperson said, "The Beatles recorded most of their material using this."

Source: Sonic State
Audio: David Gilmour's tender cover of Beatles ballad

David Gilmour has shared his tender, sweeping rendition of the Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere," which Gilmour recorded with his son Joe. Gilmour said, "I really wish I had been in the Beatles. [They] taught me how to play guitar; I learnt everything. The bass parts, the lead, the rhythm, everything."

Source: Rolling Stone
Hear a funky remastered single from an eighties Paul McCartney classic

Paul McCartney's Tug of War album was a major success in 1980, going platinum and spawning two Top 10 hits. Now available on the internet is a remastered single edit of one of those songs, "Take It Away," a version that won't be among the many bonus tracks featured on McCartney's upcoming Tug of War reissue on CD.

Official Page  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney feared for his life after John Lennon was killed

Paul McCartney has admitted that he feared for his own life after John Lennon was killed. McCartney said he was on "high alert" when an assasin gunned down Lennon outside his New York home in 1980, but also remembered that his own home in rural south England was still largely unprotected and in a remote woodland location.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NME, UK
Artists and Authors Symposium lineup at Beatles at the Ridge

Beatles at the Ridge will return to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas this September 18 and 19, featuring the Third Annual Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium, a two-day event featuring Beatles experts from all over the globe. Headlining the symposium will be two distinguished Beatles authors, Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, August 21, 2015
Paul McCartney announces Toronto concert date

Paul McCartney has now confirmed an added performance to his "Out There" tour with a Toronto date at the Air Canada Centre on October 17. "I am pleased to welcome Sir Paul McCartney to perform in our city," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. Tickets for the Toronto show will go on sale August 28.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Exclaim
Exhibit in Vancouver follows Beatles from the beginning to the end

Saturday is the 51st anniversary of the Beatles concert at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The Magical History Tour, a walk through the Beatles story through over 200 Beatles artifacts, is now on exhibit at the PNE in Vancouver. Included is the drum set from the original Quarry Men, some of the instruments they played and clothing they wore.

Source: The Vancouver Sun
Mojo Magazine free CD include David Gilmour Beatles cover

A previously unreleased cover of the classic Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere" by former Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour is featured on a new CD that comes packaged with the latest issue of Mojo. Gilmour recorded the track with his son Joe two years ago. "I really wish I had been in The Beatles," Gilmour says.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Kids' book author tells early story of Beatles to youngsters

The Beatles' music reaches across many generations. Author Susanna Reich says that was the motivation for writing "Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles," a new biography of the Beatles aimed at young readers who are Beatles fans. It gives kids something to relate to, that the Beatles weren't always adults.

Source: Beatles Examiner
George Harrison's sister pens memoir of her kid brother's band

In her memoir, "My Kid Brother's Band: aka The Beatles," George Harrison's older sister, Louise, presents an insider's take on The Beatles. The book includes Harrison's memories of her family's pre-Beatles life in Liverpool and her 1963 publicity work for The Beatles in the United States, where the group still was unknown.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Video: Sir Cliff Richard sings at Cilla Black's funeral

Sir Cliff Richard was among 300 close family and friends at Cilla Black's funeral ceremony today in Woolton in Liverpool. He paid tribute to her life in a speech and told several anecdotes about their friendship before singing his song Faithful One, raising his hands in the air during the emotional performance.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Turn out for Cilla Black's funeral would have made her proud

The day the council installed a bathroom in her family's flat was the day 12-year-old Cilla Black decided she would be famous. Cilla said, "It took me all of 20 seconds to discover the echo." Spending lunchtimes earning five bob a day as Cavern Club's cloakroom girl, she would badger bands to let her sing alongside them on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Photos: Cilla Black celebrity floral funeral tributes led by Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, Joan Collins and celebrities from the world of entertainment led the floral tributes to Cilla Black in Liverpool on the day of her funeral. Former Beatle Ringo Starr wrote, "Cilla, Peace and Love, Ringo and Barbara." Another tribute said, "All our love to our darlin' Cilla and family, the McCartney family."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pictures: Beatles auction includes sign from Lennon-Ono bed-in

Rare Beatles memorabilia from the group's first recording contract to the sign John Lennon and Yoko Ono had in their Montreal hotel room during their 1969 "Bed in for Peace" are to be sold at auction in New York next month. The sign mentions Murray The K and is signed by both John and Yoko including a John Lennon doodle.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Review: John Lennon: In His Own Write in Edinburgh

Not staged in full in the UK since Victor Spinetti turned it into a play at the National Theatre in 1968, the new staging of In His Own Write is very good, with an animated backdrop of John Lennon's sketches from the book guiding us through stories like the pantomime-esque "Treasure Ivan" and the television news parody "Panorasthma (BBC)."

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, UK
Paul McCartney's website asks for fan's input

Paul McCartney's official website is now inviting fans to take part in the new Paul McCartney Online survey. The website says, "As Paul's fans, your input is invaluable to us and the time has come again to ask for your opinion and ideas to ensure that we are giving you the best possible online experience."

Cilla Black musical planned forWest End is now on hold

Although reports said that Cilla Black had a meeting with producers interested in turning her life story into a musical, these plans are now on hold for the time being. Sheridan Smith, who played Cilla in ITV's recent hit drama series, is frontrunner to play the lead role. Cilla had been "thrilled" by the idea, according to the BBC.

Related Articles  Source: Bulletin Leader
When The Beatles met Elvis, who was Presley's biggest fan?

The most infamous rock and roll meeting of all time occurred when Elvis Presley met The Beatles in 1965. While many stories circulated in later years that the meeting was a flop or The Beatles or Elvis were disappointed, that doesn't seem to be the case. The new book Elvis: Behind The Legend recounts this legendary summit.

Source: The Examiner
The legendary tale of Paul McCartney's untimely death in 1966

Paul McCartney died in November 1966 and was replaced with a lookalike. Sure, it sounds crazy, until you read all the evidence. Then it sounds even crazier. But it's an impressive example of the way a rumour can get, like, seriously out of hand decades before social media's inventors were a twinkle in their fathers' eyes.

Source: Techly
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Beatles first recording contract to be auctioned next month

The Beatles' first recording contract was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft. The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie," released in Germany, and led to the Beatles' discovery back home. The six-page contract will be auctioned in New York on Sept. 19 for an estimated $150,000.

Source: NY Daily News
Animal welfare supporter Stella McCartney drops wool supplier

Fashion designer and daughter of Paul, Stella McCartney says she was "devastated" to watch her wool suppliers mistreating sheep. Stella has immediately ceased buying material from Patagonian farms in Argentina and Chile after she was presented with video footage from Peta, which showed scenes of cruelty toward the animals.

Source: The Daily Sun
Dave Grohl has dinner with The Beatles

Dave Grohl recently said in an interview that he had dinner with the surviving Beatles, and that Ringo Starr told Grohl that he was a fan of the Washington DC episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways on HBO. "Ringo was like, 'Man, I watched the DC episode, I love Go-go!' I was like, oh my god, I just turned Ringo Starr onto Go-go music!"

Source: Alternative Nation
Henry Winkler remembers meeting 'quiet and shy' John Lennon

Happy Days star Henry Winkler has revealed he was left starstruck by John Lennon. Winkler recalled how Lennon attended a recording of the popular TV show in 1974, with his son Julian. John was very quiet and shy. I didn't know how to engage him in conversation till I started talking about how much I loved his first solo album."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Duo brings life of fifth Beatle to stage in South Africa

"If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian," said Paul McCartney in 1997. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles which opened on Sunday in Johannesburg is a window into the private world of the man whose career as The Beatles' manager made him a household name, yet whose controversial personal life remained in the closet.

Source: Independant Online
Fans reminisce about 1965 Atlanta Beatles show

50 years ago today the Beatles came to play in Atlanta. "It was the ultimate excitement that the Beatles were coming to Atlanta. I remember the high pitched screaming of the crowd (mostly female) when the Beatles ran out on the field," said Maureen Sellers. Jim Warren remembers, "I was there. It was a night to remember always."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Beatles played their last show in Boston 49 years ago today

Beatlemania swept over Boston for the final time on this date 49 years ago. Much like the band's first trip to the city in 1964, 25,000 screaming fans showed up to Suffolk Downs for a chance to see them in person on August 18, 1966. The energy at the racetrack was electric, The Beatles played 11 songs for around 30 minutes.

Source: The Boston Globe
Monday, August 17, 2015
Unseen Beatles pictures show Ringo tending to his octopus's garden

Ever wondered why Ringo sang Octopus's Garden? He looks like a natural gardener in an off-duty moment at the height of the band's fame, in a snap that is part of a unique private collection now released for the first time. The photos were taken from 1963 to 1968 for the magazine The Beatles Book, but never made it into print.

Source: Irish Mirror
Beatlefan magazine examines Help! cover photo

In the upcoming issue of Beatlefan, there is going to be a trivia competition where the winner will get a 16" x 16" print of the image used on the cover. The photo comes from the Vincent Vigil collection, and is one of the images which will be going into the permanent collection of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Source: WogBlog
Video: Beatles concert photographer Bob Bonis

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles only performance in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul. Bob Bonis, who was The Beatles' U.S. Tour Manager was also an avid photographer and had his trusted Leica M3 camera with him as he stood at the side of the stage watching over the performance.

Source: KARE TV, Minneapolis, St. Paul

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