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Friday, April 4, 2014
Paul McCartney's manager named Manager of the Year

Scott Rodger, the man behind Sir Paul Mccartney's current success, was named Manager of the Year by the Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition at the Artist and Manager Awards in London on Thursday night. The longtime industry player was lauded for his work with artists like McCartney and rockers Arcade Fire.

Source: Contact Music

Tim Piper
Interview: John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper

Musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by the Beatles, distinguishing himself as the preeminent John Lennon tribute performer. In this new interview, he talks about performing for over 25 years around the world, remembers his first performance, and describes the best day of his life.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Eraserheads recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover

Reunited members of the Eraserheads on Thursday crossed Abbey Road in London, recreating the iconic album cover of their idols The Beatles. Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala, who are staging a reunion concert in London Friday night, had photos taken of them crossing the famous road.

Source: ABS-CBN News
Rare audio, images augment Beatles history

Rock 'n' roll was never the same after the release of the Beatles' Revolver. Noted Beatles scholar Scott Freiman will tell the story of the album during a program presented by the International Film Series at the University of Colorado-Boulder, over three evenings next weekend. The programs include rare photos, videos and audio clips.

Source: The Daily Camera, Boulder
How the Fab Four high-fived the Hot 100

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's remarkable Billboard coup, when on April 4, 1964, their songs occupied the top five slots of the singles chart, a feat never repeated. "It was a unique moment in time, something that likely will never happen again," says Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts/retail.

Source: USA Today
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Classic Albums Live plays Abbey Road the way The Beatles intended

Classic Albums Live will perform the Beatles "Abbey Road" album note for note this Saturday, April 5, at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. "The toughest thing about replicating any Beatles album is the vocals," says Toronto-based musician/vocalist Marty Morin, who serves as drummer and vocalist in the show.

Source: La Grange Sun Times, IL
Paul McCartney to perform for first time in South Korea

Paul McCartney will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea next month, organizers said Thursday. The show, scheduled for May 28 at Seoul's Jamsil Stadium, is part of his 2014 Out There world tour. "Paul McCartney is one of the greatest musicians who can be called the alpha and omega of pop music around the world," said organizers.

More Information  Source: Antara News, Indonesia
Star-studded McCartney tribute LP to feature Dylan, Brian Wilson

"The Art of Paul McCartney," a 32-track tribute album featuring covers of Paul McCartney songs both from his Beatles days and solo career by the likes of Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne and more, was announced today. Songs to be covered include Live and Let Die, Yesterday and Listen to What the Man Said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Brian Epstein made rock 'n' roll history behind the scenes

He never wrote a song, fronted a band or played a concert, but Brian Epstein is one of the important men in the history of rock 'n' roll. He discovered the Beatles and helped turn them into the biggest band in rock history. Epstein will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in New York.

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
John Lennon's infamous 'Lost Weekend' revisited

By the summer of 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's marriage was on the rocks. As an unusual remedy, Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That led to Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18 months he lived with Pang in her New York apartment and a rented home in Los Angeles.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney shares his photos and memories of The Beatles

Dubbed Flash Harry by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Paul's brother Mike McCartney shares some of his favourite photos of The Beatles, Liverpool and the architects of rock 'n roll at the Grand Theatre in Swansea, Wales, on April 25. His photographs of The Beatles, back when they were still combing their hair up and back like Elvis, have become iconic.

Source: South Wales Evening Post, UK
New Eric Clapton band lineup for spring and summer tour dates

Eric Clapton's 2014 Tour resumes April 27 with his first headlining appearance at the 45th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Joining Eric will be Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Dave Bronze (bass), Henry Spinetti (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (keyboards), and Sharon White and Michelle John (backing vocals).

Source: Where's Eric!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Rock Hall of Fame induction will be full of no-shows

Next week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show looks like it's going to be a mess. Of the nominees, Linda Ronstadt isn't coming at all. Cat Stevens is still considering his options. KISS won't perform because they're all fighting with each other. Nirvana can't perform because Kurt Cobain. Brian Epstein's family weren't even invited.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411

Ken Scott
Inside Abbey Road with Beatles engineer Ken Scott

The Sound Of Abbey Road Studios season begins later this month and offers a unique insight into the groundbreaking recordings made there. It's hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the forensic and fascinating book, Recording The Beatles. Joining them on the podium will be legendary recording engineer and producer Ken Scott.

Source: Mojo Magazine
Paul McCartney backs new Everyone Matters campaign

People around the world have been uploading "I Am!" selfies to express pride in identity for today's 2014 Everyone Matters day, a campaign Paul McCartney has supported since it launched in 2012. Today, Paul posted a picture of himself holding a sign saying "I Am A Scouser," which is slang for someone from Liverpool.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
The Beatles first tour to US voted UK's greatest departure

Heathrow Airport says the public's choice of the most iconic departure from the UK over the last century by aircraft, train, boat or car is The Beatle's first tour of the US in 1964. 3,000 fans were present to see them off. Coming second was Bob Geldof's departure to Ethiopia, in Africa. His visit in 1985 led to the creation of Live Aid.

Source: Airport World
Paul Hoax went viral before there was viral

In 1969, Fred LaBour, a student at the University of Michigan, was listening as disc jockey Russ Gibb in Detroit took a call from someone claiming that, if one played the Beatles' Revolution 9 backwards, one heard a clear voice saying, "Turn Me On." He was scheduled the next day to write a record review of Abbey Road.

Source: Al.com, Alabama

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren gives 'Unpredictable' concert in Niagara Falls

"An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren" certainly proved to be an unpredictable concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night. Rundgren, who arguably has been recording for more than four decades and been a producer on some of the biggest hit albums of the past and present, and is still going strong with no end in sight.

Source: Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune
Lost films from Peter Sellers to play at Southend Film Festival

Two lost films from comedy legend Peter Sellers' early career, "Dearth of a Salesman" and "Insomnia is Good For You," will be shown for the very first time at this year's Southend Film Festival in Southend-on-sea, Essex, England. Also screened will be one of Sellers' more outlandish films, The Magic Christian, co-starring Ringo Starr.

Source: Southend Standard, UK
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Label says new Beatles Star Club CD is best sounding ever

According to OxTango Music, the new CD release of the Beatles' "Star Club" tapes by OxTango Music is isn't just another reissue of the same old material. The sound is opened up and the vocals stand out a bit more. In addition, long-time edits have been restored and one cut, "Red Hot," is now more complete.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles Story reports record-breaking visitor numbers

Liverpool's Beatles Story museum has broken through the 250,000 visitors-in-a-year mark for the first time. The Albert Dock attraction welcomed 254,451 visitors in the 2013/14 financial year, a big rise on the 241,265 figure for the previous year. July 2103 saw its busiest day ever with more than 1,996 visitors.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lennon's visit to Bermuda remembered in Chelsea Flower Show

John Lennon's visit to Bermuda in 1980 will be a feature of this year's famous Chelsea Flower Show in London by way of a "Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden" exhibit. Double Fantasy was the name of Lennon's last album, inspired by the native Bermuda flowers Lennon saw during his walk through the Botanical Gardens.

Source: Royal Gazette, Bermuda
Liverpool Legends to perform in Texas for Beatles Night 2014

Grammy nominees the Liverpool Legends will peform May 10 at the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano, TX, as part of Beatles Night 2014. Dubbed "The Complete Beatles Experience," this band of Brits has traveled the world astounding audiences with their realistic delivery of Fab Four hits.

Source: Star Local Media
The Beatles: Part II arrives in Minnesota

Hear the music of the Beatles while watching news and film clips about the group's Sgt. Pepper's years at "The Beatles: Part II," a concert and rockumentary by Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks on April 5 at the State Theatre in Zumbrota, MN. The Throwbacks performed "The Beatles: Part I" at the theater in the beginning of March.

Source: Red Wing Republican Eagle, MN

Billy Preston
Session legends: Billy Preston

Thought by many to be the fifth Beatle, Billy Preston's greatest asset was his ability to play to the song. You don't get to back The Beatles unless you've got a supernatural understanding of band dynamics, and Preston's affable personality was able to slot right in to any set up. His playing ran from tender to downright savage, and he could sing to boot.

Source: MusicRadar
Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson release Son of Dracula 40 years ago

Two of the biggest rock stars of the '70s filming a comedy inspired by the legend of Dracula. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turned out. But on paper, having Harry Nilsson team up with Ringo Starr for "Son of Dracula" must have looked like a great idea. Sadly, the fun failed to translate to the screen.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 31, 2014
Ecuador to give special award to Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney will be awarded by the Ecuadorian government next month during a visit to this South American country. According to an Ecuador official, the decision of President Rafael Correa to award the former Beatle was due to his contribution to the universal culture. McCartney will perform in Quito Stadium on April 28.

Related Articles  Source: Prensa Latina
Paul McCartney jokes about what keeps him going

Each month, Paul McCartney answers a question from his fans on his official website PaulMcCartney.com. This month, Kevin McCarren from the USA asked, "Where do you get your energy from?" McCartney replied, "My energy comes from... NO! I'm joking! It's simply from having enthusiasm for life. It never runs out!"

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Newly released photo shows Beatles backstage at the Cavern in 1963

The San Francisco Art Exchange's newly released 1963 photo of the Beatles at the Cavern taken by Shahrokh Hatami is a rare look at the Beatles before Beatlemania. The photograph captures the Fab Four backstage at The Cavern with their images dramatically reflected in the mirror mounted on the wall backstage.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Lennon UFO drawing sells for 10 times expectation

John Lennon says he saw a UFO above the Manhattan skyline in 1974, while sober, and it put it all down on paper. A drawing of that 1974 sighting, sketched for his "Walls and Bridges" album, was auctioned in London on March 21st. The drawing was originally expected to bring in between $1600 to $2500, but ended up selling for just over $16,600.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post

Photos: Bob Gruen's Iconic Rock 'n' Roll Portraits

Even the most casual consumers of rock 'n' roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen's iconic images. He's shot album covers and portraits that have come to be so associated with superstar musicians, including John Lennon's New York City T-shirt photo. New York's Pop International Galleries will host Gruen's photos in a show opening April 4.

Source: Flavorwire
Organizers proclaim San Diego Beatle Fair a big success

Beatles fans of all ages attended Saturday's 2014 San Diego Beatle Fair held at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center. According to local media, over 600 Beatles fans attended the one-day event that featured Beatle authors including Ken Mansfield and tribute bands, highlighted by the Dave Humphries Band tribute to Tony Sheridan.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatlemania on display at original location of Woodstock

America Meets the Beatles! an exhibition of Beatles memorabilia, including Beatles bobblehead dolls, an original Beatles jigsaw puzzle and a rare black-and-white photo of the Beatles' first recording session with Ringo, opens on April 5 in Bethel, NY, the same town where the 1969 Woodstock festival took place.

Source: The Herald Record, Bethel, NY
Friday, March 28, 2014

Hofner changes Beatles guitar names

Hofner has changed the model names of its famous Violin Bass to reflect their Beatles lineage, and to clear up confusion about the order they were issued. The Vintage '61 Re-issue, based on the first bass Paul McCartney picked up in Hamburg, becomes the 500/1 "Cavern," and the Vintage '62 Re-issue becomes the 500/1 "Liverpool."

Source: MusicRadar
John Lennon letter about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson fetches $88,200

A letter written by John Lennon complaining about Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson's bad conduct at a recording studio has sold almost 53,000. Lennon was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behaviour in the studio they all shared in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The note had a pre-sale estimate of 4,000 to 6,000.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Visiting Ringo Starr at the Grammy Museum in LA

Titled "Peace and Love," the Ringo Starr exhibit at The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles showcases the life and times of Ringo Starr. Viewing the artifacts, letters, photographs and videos is like discovering Ringo all over again, and learning things about him not generally known during The Beatles' heyday.

Related Articles  Source: The Inquirer
Luxury London penthouses to overlook Abbey Road crossing

London faces a housing crisis due to lack of centrally located homes, and now, luxury developers are creating homes atop existing buildings. The flat roof of Grove End Gardens, which overlooks the crosswalk on the Beatles famous Abbey Road album cover, will soon be the location of six new luxury penthouses.

Source: Wall Street Journal
The Beatles get waxed 50 years ago today

On March 28, 1964, the Beatles were immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London, the first pop stars to be given the honor of being among the celebrities honored by the famous museum. Almost exactly three years later, the four figures were loaned out for the photo shoot for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John Lennon and Paul Mccartney reunite 40 years ago today

After the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon only collaborated once, on March 28, 1974 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles. Lennon was producing his drinking buddy Harry Nilsson's forthcoming release "Pussy Cats" when Paul and Linda McCartney unexpectedly stopped by. Also on hand was Stevie Wonder.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, March 27, 2014
A night in the life of a busy Beatles tribute band

Beatles cover band Yesterday and Today that's set to hit Colrado's Lone Tree Arts Center this week has a working knowledge of the Fab Four's entire catalogue. The group based out of Nebraska have mastered tunes off of early records like A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles' final songs on albums like Abbey Road, and everything in between.

Source: Aurora Sentinel, CO
Musical biography of Beatles comes to Temecula

While many people don't have the opportunity to see Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" at the Old Town Temecula Community Theatre in Fallbrook, CA on April 30 and May 1.

Source: Fallbrook Village News, CA
Video and Audio: Aqueous covers 11 Beatles songs in Buffalo

Last month, upstate New York jam act Aqueous played a weekly residency at Nietzsche's in their hometown of Buffalo. For the final show of the residency, which was billed as "Mystery Artist Night," Aqueous mixed originals along with 11 Beatles covers. Ten of the Beatles classics were debuts for Aqueous.

Source: JamBase

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