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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Liverpool Legends carry on Beatles tradition

Many bands have been formed to pay tribute to the Beatles over the years, but the Liverpool Legends, who will kick off the Ozarks Beatlemania Festival on Friday, have a real connection to the Fab Four. Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, put the band together with the goal of presenting a live history of the Beatles.

Source: Areawide News, Missouri
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
First track released from Paul McCartney tribute album

An early taste of the forthcoming multi-artist Paul McCartney tribute project, the Cure take on "Hello Goodbye" is now streaming on the net. It's a largely faithful issue, save for a few psychedelic flourishes here and there, and maybe most notable for the inclusion of James McCartney, Paul's son, on keyboards.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Review: The Beatles' complete mono catalog released on vinyl LPs

The release of the Beatles in Mono on vinyl LPs is the most technologically ambitious attempt yet to take the most significant body of recorded music in the pop era and do ... absolutely nothing. Recording engineer Steve Berkowitz said, "The goal here was to replicate as closely as possible what their original intention was."

More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Beatles photo collection coming to Walnut Ridge Festival

A huge collection of Beatles photographs and images is set for display at the Beatles at the Ridge music festival Sept. 19 and 20 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The collection contains 229 large format photos. After the festival, the collection will be on rotating display at the Lawrence County Library in Arkansas.

Source: Arkansas Matters
Beatles expert to discuss Fab Four in New Orleans

Internationally recognized Beatles authority Bruce Spizer will discuss the Fab Four on Oct. 7 in Metairie, Louisiana. Spizer has written eight books about the Beatles and has served as a consultant for EMI and Apple Records for their CD re-releases of the American configurations of the Beatles catalogue.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Epstein comic book wins two Harvey Awards

At the Harvey Awards on Saturday, Vivek Tiwary's graphic novel, "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story," won two honors, Best Original Graphic Album and Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation. Tiwary said it was "a happy and humbling experience for me to win two awards chosen by the creative community."

Source: Washington Post
Monday, September 8, 2014
Ringo Starr moving to Los Angeles

Ringo Starr is planning to make Los Angeles his permanent home once he sells off his base in the U.K. He said, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there. The weather is better over there. I'm really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A."

Source: The Express, UK
London flat shared by George and Ringo up for sale

A three-bedroom flat shared by George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the height of Beatlemania is to go on the market for 2.5million (more than $4million). They moved into the apartment in Knightsbridge in 1964, the year of their first world tour, and also briefly lived in two other flats in the central London apartment building.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Flaming Lips release Sgt. Pepper cover album tracklist

The Flaming Lips have revealed the final track list for With a Little Help From My Fwends, their Beatles Sgt. Pepper tribute. The eclectic group of "fwends" includes featured performances from Miley Cyrus, Foxygen, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, J. Mascis, Electric Wurms, Grace Potter, Chuck Inglish and Autumn Defense.

Source: Paste Magazine
Dublin Beatles Festival returns to Ireland

The Dublin Beatles Festival will bring Beatlemania back to the Irish on November 7. Many events are scheduled including performances by several musical artists including The Newspaper Taxi Men, Beatles For Sale and Vyvienne Long, also renowned Dublin artist Georgina Flood and special guest former Rutle Neil Innes.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Gerry Marsden pulls out of nostalgia tour due to illness

Gerry and the Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden has been forced to pull out of a British nostalgia tour after falling ill. He'll be replaced on the British Invasion Tour across the U.S. by former Hollies star Terry Sylvester. A spokesperson for the Ferry Across the Mersey singer said, "Gerry is extremely sad to be letting his fans down."

Source: Contact Music
Chuck Berry Box set includes introduction by Paul McCartney

n October 17, Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music Any Old Way You Choose It The Complete Studio Recordings Plus! will be released. The box set will include every single and LP track recorded in the studio by Chuck Berry, plus two hardcover books including an exclusive introduction by Paul McCartney.

Source: The Second Disc
Friday, September 5, 2014
McCartney releases behind-the-scenes footage of jam with Johnny Depp

Paul McCartney fans can now watch an exclusive 29 minute behind-the-scenes jamming session filmed at the "Early Days" video shoot on his official website. The song's video was launched earlier this summer and the end of it sees Paul playing with a group of blues guitarists, including Johnny Depp.

Beatles Mono Vinyl Box Set launches at Abbey Road Studios

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, to mark the launch of The Beatles In Mono vinyl remasters, Apple Records hosted a special gathering at Abbey Road's legendary Studio 2 in London to listen to tracks from the new versions and hear a panel of distinguished guests discuss how the group recorded and mixed their songs.

More Information  Source: Mojo Magazine
Musicians to honor George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

The music of George Harrison will be celebrated in a star-studded, one-night only event at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 28. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will pay tribute to his acclaimed solo works with a lineup of performers including Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Harrison's son Dhani.

Source: KRTH, Los Angeles
Paul McCartney selects his favorite Paul McCartney songs

Like most artists, Paul McCartney is loathe to talk about his favorite songs, often comparing it to picking one child over another. Pressed, however, at a BBC Q&A session, McCartney offered three suggestions, "Here, There and Everywhere," "Let It Be," and "Here Today," a tribute to Lennon on his 1982 solo album Tug of War.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon's island in Ireland still up for sale

John Lennon's "Beatle Island" is still up for sale. With panoramic views of Clew Bay, it's no wonder Lennon fell in love with it. Dorinish Island, which has a price tag of 300,000 ($388,700) is set in a stunning location with views out across Clare Island to the Atlantic. Lennon bought the island at auction in 1967 for 1,700 ($2,775).

Source: RTE Ten, Ireland
History of the Beatles to be celebrated at Phoenix Public Libraries

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America, the Phoenix Public Library is hosting a one-hour celebration of the Beatles. Professional musician Dulais Rhys will talk about their evolution and history and why the Beatles were so culturally important. The program will include clips, examples and audience interaction.

Source: East Valley Tribune, Tempe, AZ
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ringo Starr disgusted by British terrorists Beatles nickname

Ringo Starr says he is disgusted that British jihadis in Syria have been nicknamed "The Beatles", because of their Liverpool accents, calling it "B.S." He said, 'What they are doing out there is against everything The Beatles stood for." But, he admits that he and Paul McCartney are powerless to stop it.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sean Lennon gets mixed reaction in Glasgow after urging Scotland no vote

Sean Lennon was met with a mixed reaction when he called for Scotland to stay with England at his latest gig. Playing with his band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger in Glasgow, they cheered and booed when he said, "Scotland is a beautiful country but is better sticking together. But I won't hold it against anyone wanting to vote."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Record, Scotland
John Lennon leaves legacy in battle over illegal US immigration

Current US immigration policy goes back to 42 years ago with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Fighting Richard Nixon's government to stay in the country, Lennon's case is an integral part of the legal foundation the Obama administration relied on to defer the deportation of immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

Source: The Guardian, UK
London Beatles landmark to be transformed

London's iconic Battersea Power Station is set to be demolished. The building's notable chimneys, which have had a cameo in the Beatles' Help! and were on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, will be torn down and rebuilt. A new mixed use facility will be built in its place, the iconic chimneys to be painstakingly reconstructed.

Source: AntiMusic
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Ringo Starr honored at GQ Awards

Ringo Starr was given the humanitarian award for his work with the David Lynch Foundation at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Fans remember Beatles' Indy concert 50 years later

It was loud,it was crowded and it was The Beatles. Fifty years ago tonight, John, Paul, George and Ringo played the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with over 29,000 Hoosiers there to see them. Tickets were $3, $4 and $5, the concert only lasted 30 minutes, gross receipts for the two shows totaled $125,000.

Source: WTHR, Indianapolis
New Cilla Black drama launches in UK on September 15

ITV in the UK has now confirmed that the new Cilla drama will launch on Monday September 15 at 9pm. The three-part drama stars Sheridan Smith as the famous Liverpudlian songbird. Set in 1960s Liverpool, the looks at how she met Brian Epstein, the young businessman who also guided the career of The Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
More Info: George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

George Harrison's first six solo albums have been digitally remastered for CD and digital release on September 23. This project has been overseen by Dhani Harrison, who said, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions."

Related Articles  Source: Rock and Roll Truth
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
McCartney gets backlash for backing no vote in Scottish independence

Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to suffer a stream of online abuse from pro-independence Scots, after he signed a letter calling for a no vote in this month's independence referendum. The comments probably make Macca glad his 1977 song Mull of Kintyre was released before Twitter was invented.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Gene Simmons says The Beatles changed men's fashion

Kiss bass guitarist Gene Simmons credits The Beatles for the biggest impact on fashion in the past century. He said, "Not since the Renaissance have men felt comfortable in public wearing long hair, which opened the door to the counter culture. The Beatles had a societal impact on par with the advent of the birth control pill."

Source: NY Post
Video: Beatles invaded Milwaukee 50 years ago this week

Fifty years ago this Thursday, the Beatles took the stage for the first and only time in Milwaukee. On their first U.S. tour in 1964 they played a show at the Milwaukee Arena, now known as the UWM Panthers Arena. It was a huge moment in the city's cultural history, and an even bigger moment for the people who were there.

Source: WUWM, Milwaukee
Rolling Stone boss gets John Lennon peace award

Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner is among the 2014 recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace awards. Wenner, who founded the influential rock bible in the 1960s, will be handed the honor at the annual ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9, what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday.

Source: The Express, UK
First six George Harrison solo albums to get lavish reissues this month

George Harrison's first six studio albums on the Beatles' Apple label will be available as newly remastered individual releases and as part of a box set this fall. The eight-disc box, The Apple Years 1968-75, will contain a DVD with videos and a never-before-seen, seven-minute film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, September 1, 2014
Paul McCartney urges no vote on Scottish independence

Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay part of the UK ahead of the independence referendum. Paul added his name to an open letter to voters which says, "What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together." The Let's Stay Together campaign is also supported by Mick Jagger.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News
Producers defend controversial Lennon film

The producers of The Lennon Report, a film examining the aftermath of John Lennon's assassination and those who tried to save him, have defended their project from accusations of cashing in on the 35th anniversary of Lennon's death. The film will star Kevin Dillon as a motorcycle cop on the scene when Lennon was shot.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NME, UK

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Interview: Laurence Juber: Guitar with Wings

In 1978, Laurence Juber was plucked from the London studio world by Paul McCartney, who asked him to play lead guitar in what was to become the final incarnation of Paul's post-Beatles group, Wings. He recorded and toured with the band for three years, during which time they won a Grammy and scored numerous chart hits.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
The Beatles make history with All You Need Is Love

On June 1st, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Two weeks later, they started work on their next musical event: participating in the Our World TV show on June 25th, the first live global TV broadcast, for which they agreed to perform a new song as the representatives of the United Kingdom.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, August 29, 2014
Listen to cassette recording of The Beatles final concert

For their last concert, The Beatles had press officer Tony Barrow record the concert on cassette. But the closing song, Long Tall Sally, was never recorded in full. To this day only two tapes, the original and one copy, were known to have been made. [Editor's Note: Check this out soon, this could be taken offline at any moment!]

Source: Consequence of Sound
Paul McCartney remembers his favorite family holiday

Oh his official website, Donna Simmons in the US asked, "As a child, what was your favorite holiday and why?" Macca remembered, "When I was about 11 or 12 our family went to a holiday camp in Wales called Butlins Pwllheli. It was the first time we had done anything like it and I was very excited."

New book chronicles Beatles American tour

As the West Coast bureau chief for the London Daily Express, Ivor Davis was assigned to cover the Beatles first U.S. tour in 1964. From young women bargaining with him to get near them to the late night Monopoly games (where Lennon was known to cheat), Davis recounts those times in his new book, "The Beatles and Me On Tour."

Source: San Angelo Standard-Times, TX
True tale of John Lennon's mum revealed in new book

Most Beatles fans know stories about John Lennon's mother Julia, whose early death in 1958 scarred him for life and inspired his music. On his 1970 song Mother, he sang "You had me but I never had you". But Kevin Roach says many don't know the true story, and hopes his new interactive book, Julia, will set the record straight.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles' cry of freedom: Money, 50 years later

The Beatles loved Motown. They covered everything they could, even if it wasn't a hit, as "Money," issued in Britain in 1960, wasn't. So much the better: They could start a song from the ground up, take it to pieces, put it back as something new. What they made in the studio on June 18, 1963, was the biggest sound imaginable.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Photos: Paul McCartney enjoys lunch in the Hamptons

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell made the most of the weather in East Hampton last week, where they were spotted dining al fresco with pals. Macca walked hand in hand with his spouse of two years while dressed casually in black shorts and a white Tee, with brown sandals and black aviators shades.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Olivia Harrison
Olivia Harrison named to MusiCares Foundation board

Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison, was among those announced Aug. 28 as the one of the newest board members of the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation. Olivia was co-producer of the "Concert for George" in 2003 and the Martin Scorsese documentary "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" in 2011.

Source: Beatles Examiner

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