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Monday, November 16, 2015
Video: Pianist performs Imagine outside Bataclan concert hall

The day after music fans were massacred during a gig by the Eagles of Death Metal, a soloist played a touching rendition of the John Lennon classic outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris. The pianist attracted huge media attention as he performed a jazzy version of the late Beatle's classic ballad which was posted on Twitter.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Video: Crowd sings Beatles Hey Jude in tribute to Paris attack victims

Crowds have gathered to sing The Beatles Hey Jude in tribute to the victims of Friday's Paris terror attacks. The crowd sang at Place de la République, where flowers, candles and letters have been left in tribute to the 129 victims of the attacks. The crowd chanted the chorus of the hit song before erupting in applause.

Source: ITV News, UK
Friday, November 13, 2015
John Lennon tribute show to feature Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson

An impressive collection of John Lennon's fans and peers including Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler will gather to celebrate what would have been the singer-songwriter's 75th birthday this year with a star-studded tribute concert at Madison Square Garden on December 5th. The show will be broadcast on AMC on December 19.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Video: Justin Bieber compares his new song to Let It Be

In a new interview, Justin Bieber sheds light on the process behind creating his latest hit single "Sorry," praising collaborator Skrillex's "unorthodox" approach, and comparing the simplicity of the track to The Beatles' 1970 track "Let It Be." His new single topped the streaming record he set with September's "What Do You Mean?"

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr auction features Can't Buy Me Love drums

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach have collected over 1,200 items for a Julien's Live auction that will take place in December. Items include Starr's 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, used in the recording of I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You and a Gretsch guitar gifted to Starr from George Harrison.

Source: Rolling Stone

Beatles ashram in Rishikesh to reopen for tourists this month

The ashram in India where The Beatles wrote almost their entire self-titled White Album, abandoned in 1997, is slowly being reclaimed by the forest and overrun by wild animals. But the Uttarakhand forest department, which owns the land, is being spruced up and will be thrown open for tourists this month, with bird watching and a nature walk.

Source: Catch News
Beatles Gear book gets reboot

Noted guitar author Andy Babiuk has updated his book, Beatles Gear: The Ultimate Edition – All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage to Studio, out next month. Babiuk said, "In the years since I wrote the original Beatles Gear (2001), I kept discovering more stories, more secrets, and photos that have never been published before."

Source: Gibson
The Beatles: Why Liverpool should never take them for granted

You could argue anyone who lives or works in Liverpool doesn't need to own any Beatles music as we absorb the Fab Four's brilliant back catalogue on a daily basis. It can become easy to take them for granted, because we know the songs and the stories so well. But we shouldn't, and we should always be incredibly proud of them.

Source: Liverpool Echo

15 Years Ago: The Beatles compile their biggest hits on 1

No artist in the history of music has logged more No. 1 hits on the pop charts across the globe than the Beatles, although stars like Elvis, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson have come close. On Nov. 13, 2000, the Beatles collected all of those huge hits into a single-disc collection titled 1 that itself blew away expectations and shattered records.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Paul McCartney discusses stories behind three Beatles favorites

The new reissue of the Beatles' 1 compilation has Paul McCartney digging deeper into some of the group's best-known songs. For years, fans have heard that Eight Days A Week was first uttered by Ringo Starr, only it wasn't. And few fans have any idea just how problematic the switch from "Jules" to "Jude" in Hey Jude was.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Hey Jude tops ITV poll of Beatles number ones

Hey Jude hit the top spot tonight in ITV's nationwide poll to find The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One. In second place was Yesterday, Let It Be came third, Eleanor Rigby fourth and All You Need Is Love was number five in the chart. The top four, though credited to Lennon-McCartney, are all effectively Paul McCartney compositions.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon book wins Goldsmiths Prize

A fictional book about John Lennon has won the Goldsmiths Prize, celebrating the novel at its most innovative. Kevin Barry's "Beatlebone" is described as a novel "that takes its reader to the edge - of the Western world, of sanity, of fame, of words". Barry, who beat five other contenders, was awarded a £10,000 prize.

Source: BBC News, UK

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono celebrates book launch at childhood home

Yoko Ono was among those this week celebrating the launch of a book featuring the Philippine ambassador's official residence in Tokyo, a historic building where Ono herself lived for a while during her childhood. The book contains valuable photos, including some from Ono's childhood. "I remember when I was a little girl. My uncle was living here," Yoko said.

Source: Chicago Tribune

The Beatles at Shea changed everything

Just after Ed Sullivan introduced them with five quick lines, the Beatles ran onto the field at Shea Stadium to a deafening roar. It was the beginning of a concert like none ever before, one that would change rock forever and, according to at least one musical expert, highlight a brief time when Queens, NY, was "the entertainment capital of the world."

Source: Queens Chronicle
How Canada embraced the Beatles first (Yes, before America)

We've been told the story for more than fifty years: Beatlemania hit after The Beatles arrived in America and performed on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. It was the rock'n'roll equivalent of the Big Bang. But is this the truth? Actually, no. Beatlemania hit Canada long before that Pan Am flight landed in New York.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Paul McCartney wakes up the ISS 10 years ago today

Ten years ago today Paul McCartney performed a special wake up call to the 12-person crew of the Atlantis and International Space Station. Flying 220 miles above the Earth, the astronauts were treated to a first-ever live concert link up from the spacecraft to Paul's "US Tour" performance at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Nuns banned Elvis Costello from taking Beatles name

Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school in Middlesex. "They forbade us to take John or Paul...even though they were saints", he said.

Source: RTE News, Ireland

Rubber Soul
50 Years Ago, Rubber Soul first true album in pop history

When Brian Wilson heard Rubber Soul for the first time, he knew something in pop had changed. "I listened to Rubber Soul, and I said, 'How could they possibly make an album where the songs all sound like they come from the same place?'" Wilson said in 2008. It inspired him to write his masterpiece Pet Sounds, which in turn inspired the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's.

Source: Mic Music
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Ringo Starr to release All-Star Tribute Concert live LP

The music of Ringo Starr was celebrated on January 20th, 2014 at a tribute concert in Los Angeles as Ringo was honored by the David Lynch Foundation. The show that featured Joe Walsh, Ben Folds, Ben Harper and even Starr himself will be released as Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert on December 4th.

Source: Yahoo! Music

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney joins the fight to end violence against women

To show her support for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and its White Ribbon for Women campaign, Stella McCartney has created a limited edition brooch that will be distributed across 41 countries and in over 800 boutiques next week. Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and her famous father are also helping on Instagram.

Source: The Telegraph, UK

Giles Martin
Interview: Giles Martin on remixing the Beatles in 3D

In a new interview for the BBC, Giles Martin reveals how he took The Beatles master tapes and remixed them in surround sound for the Fab Four's new video collection. "The goal is to bring the band closer to you," says Martin. "To have that same feeling at home that I get when I put on the tapes in the studio. All of the songs should sound like you remember them."

Source: BBC, UK
Unused Beatles tickets and other memorabilia to be auctioned

Included at an auction at Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY, next Thursday will be several unsold tickets to Beatles concerts, a John Lennon signed and inscribed album cover with certificate of authenticity, a 1975 WFIL handbill signed by Lennon and a two-page handwritten letter with drawings by Beatles' friend Astrid Kirchherr.

Source: News-Antique
Book Review: The Complete Beatles Songs

The Complete Beatles Songs has gone through several editions over the last 20 years as author Steve Turner continues to dig deeper to find the origins of every Beatles song. Turner interviewed hundreds of people and pored over warehouses of archives to learn the often surprising circumstances that led to the Beatles' lyrics.

Source: Boing Boing
Paul McCartney on the passing of Allen Toussaint

On his official website, Paul McCartney has issued a statement about musician, composer, arranger and record producer Allen Toussaint, who passed away yesterday. "Sorry to hear that Allen Toussaint died after a concert in Spain...His songs will be cherished by people like me who will have fond memories of Allen forever."

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com

Andy White
Fifth Beatle Andy White dead at 85

Andy White, the Scotland-born session musician who played drums on the Beatles' debut single "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," passed away Monday in New Jersey after suffering a massive stroke. He was 85. White was paid £5 for the three-hour session and received no royalties for performing on the band's legendary first single.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Purchaser of $2.125 million Ringo drum head was Colts owner Jim Irsay

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay already had spent $530,000 on a 1963 Gretch guitar once owned by John Lennon, $408,000 on a 1966 Vox played by Lennon and George Harrison and $567,000 for a 1964 Gibson SG once owned by Harrison. So it was no surprise he was the $2.125 million purchaser last weekend of the 1964 Ringo drum head.

Source: The Washington Post

Lennon/McCartney Monterey Pop poster sells for $175,000

Joint Lennon/McCartney is extremely rare. An anonymous collector recently paid $175,000 for a poster Lennon and McCartney created to help promote the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The "Peace to Monterey" poster was sold by Rockaway Records, the used-record shop in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles that specializes in Beatles recordings and collectables.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney selling custom rocking horse for charity

Paul McCartney is selling a specially-commissioned rocking horse, inscribed with Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds lyrics, to raise money for Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. The wooden creation was modelled in the likeness of his own Appaloosa horse and Paul signed it "rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Audio: Death Cab For Cutie remix Yoko Ono's Forgive Me My Love

Death Cab For Cutie have remixed Yoko Ono's Forgive Me My Love. The band are one of a number of collaborators who will feature on Ono's forthcoming album, Yes, I'm a Witch Too. The album is set for release on February 19 and features covers and remixes of material from throughout her career by other artists.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, November 9, 2015
New Beatles video sheds light on John Lennon's Revolution

With the context-less and wide-ranging lyrics such as, "But if you want money for people with minds that hate, all I can tell you is brother, you have to wait," John Lennon's intentions with the song Revolution were not explicitly clear. But in an interview with Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Lennon provides a new insight for the song.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Details from night of John Lennon's death at hospital called into question

Dr. David Halleran told Fox News yesterday that he was actually the primary physician who worked on John Lennon the night he died. Saying he has decided to come forward with his story now, he refutes the claims of other doctors who have been interviewed many times over the years about their roles that night.

Source: John Lennon Examiner

Freda Kelly
Freda Kelly was knocked out the first time she saw the Beatles

The Beatles played the Cavern Club around 300 times and Freda estimates she was at 200 of those shows, but she got a much closer look at the Fab Four over the following 10 years, as secretary of the official Beatles fan club. Speaking on Sunday at the Dublin Beatles Festival, Freda said, "When I first saw them I was just knocked out by them."

Source: Irish Mirror, UK

Ringo Starr celebrates Halloween to end U.S. tour

On Oct. 31, the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, which closed in 1977 and reopened this year after extensive renovation, was the site of the final show of the current U.S. tour of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. The entire band came out in Halloween costumes for the first song, with Ringo in a skull mask matching his sequined skull T-shirt.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Collector plans unique display of Beatles photos in India

Raj Prem, internationally acclaimed collector and curator of rock music photography, will showcase his unique collection of Beatles photographs in Mumbai, India in the coming year. Prem's collection consists of pictures taken by Robert Freeman in the early 1960s. The exhibit will focus on the Beatles when they visited India in 1968.

Source: Market Wired
Jeff Lynne's ELO to play Liverpool show

Jeff Lynne is to play Liverpool with ELO, starting his national tour at Echo Arena Liverpool. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne worked with The Beatles a number of times. They will be also performing a live set for BBC Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's long-lost guitar auctions for record-breaking $2.41 million

John Lennon's acoustic Gibson J-160E guitar, which he used to record hits such as "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me," sold for a whopping $2.41 million at an auction of rock relics on Saturday, more than tripling the estimated winning bid of $800,000. Also, The Beatles drum head used on The Ed Sullivan Show went for $2.1 million.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, November 6, 2015
New Beatles +1 video collection: The 10 fabbest moments

The new deluxe 1+ DVD/Blu-ray collection is a treasure of Beatle footage from every phase of their career, promo videos, TV appearances, Abbey Road studio footage, a few drastically restored favorites already familiar from Anthology and loads of little-seen gems, and all of it revelatory for fans, including some commentary from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone

Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg talks about the Beatles videos

Michael Lindsay-Hogg had a five-decade career as television, film, and theater director, there was also a period, in the mid-1960s, when he made something called promos for the Beatles. Lindsay-Hogg, who shot the Beatles at critical career junctures, remembers what it was like to turn a camera on "the four most famous people in the world."

Related Articles  Source: Vanity Fair
Interview: Author reveals details behind Scrapbook of Madness

The first volume in the "Lennonology" series by Chip Madinger and Scott Raile has just been published, "Strange Days Indeed – A Scrapbook of Madness." Fifteen years in the making, the book chronicles John Lennon and Yoko Ono's artistic journey in diary format, from 1966-1980, including many pictures, documents and news articles.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Beatles Yellow Submarine could be reborn in Lego

A Lego version of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine has received 10,000 votes on the toy giant's website and is now in with a chance of being turned into a real kit for kids for young and old to play with. Canadian designer Kevin Szeto created his version of the Yellow Submarine using Lego design software.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Peter Asher, Chad and Jeremy to team up at N.Y. Beatles Fest

Oe of the highlights of the upcoming 2016 New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans on April 15 to 17 will be an expansion of Peter Asher's "Musical Memories" show to include performers Chad and Jeremy. Also appearing will be musicians Mike Pender of the Searchers, Billy J. Kramer and All-Starr Band musical director Mark Rivera.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, November 5, 2015
McCartney brings joy to a strife-filled world

For three hours or so, the troubles of the world were suspended, and in the world inside First Niagara Center, Paul McCartney spoke to us as friends. I sat there mesmerized by his style of working a concert. He was speaking to all of us. He was speaking to me. It was clear that McCartney enjoyed the audience and his own interaction with everyone.

Source: Buffalo News

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