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Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Beatles' course directions that made them famous

What can a highly productive rock band could teach us about what best motivates successful change? The Beatles are the most commercially triumphant and critically acclaimed pop music team in history. What brought about their biggest career-changing moves, which in the end turned out to be spectacularly successful?

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Howard Stern channel to feature Flaming Lips Beatles tribute show

The Flaming Lips will be playing songs from their tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on Howard Stern's SirusXM Channel Howard 101 on Friday. The program will be hosted by Fred Armisen. Last year, the Flaming Lips released With a Little Help From My Fwends, a song-for-song remake of Sgt. Pepper's.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles

A new Beatles tribute album featuring an interesting variety of pop and rock stars is scheduled to be released next Tuesday. "Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles" boasts acoustic renditions of classic Fab Four tunes by artists including KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, David Clayton-Thomas, Leo Sayer, Jack Bruce and Todd Rundgren.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Joan Jett on jamming with Paul McCartney at Rock Hall

Joan Jett had a huge Saturday night being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, moments after stepping offstage, a still-emotional Jett reflected on the night. I remember getting Paul's [McCartney] album and listening to it in my bedroom, and then all of a sudden I'm onstage with him. And it's very surreal."

Source: Rolling Stone
Celebrating the music of George Harrison

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard, which has taken Alex away from his drumming and put him back on the guitar where he started. As a song-writer, Harrison was very much underrated, Eberhard believes.

Source: Worthing Herald, UK
6 filmmaking tips from Richard Lester

Director Richard Lester didn't leave America in order to become a filmmaker. Rather, he found in England a home he never quite knew existed. Lester unwittingly became a major figure in transforming British cinema during the heyday of "Swinging London" by pursuing radically unconventional means of filmic expression.

Source: Film School Rejects
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
John Lennon albums to come Out as vinyl box set

Eight of John Lennon's solo albums will comprise a new, nine-LP vinyl box set called Lennon. Each record has been remastered from its original analog master and has been cut to 180-gram vinyl from an ultra-high-res digital file and packaged in artwork that faithfully replicates its original U.K. release.

Source: Rolling Stone
Garden gnome featured on Sgt. Pepper's cover sells for 29,000

A tiny garden gnome that appeared on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album and was signed by all four band member has sold for 29,000 ($43,400). Following the album's cover shoot, a photography assistant was given the 20-inch tall cardboard gnome as a souvenir by The Beatles, who each signed it.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Audio: Kurt Cobain's chilling, unreleased Beatles cover

Director Brett Morgen sorted through hundreds of hours of unheard Kurt Cobain audiotapes for his upcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. One gem the filmmaker unearthed was a snippet of the Nirvana frontman recording a chilling cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her." A full version has leaked online.

Source: Rolling Stone
Why every fan should visit Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road

Liverpool is known all over the world as the birthplace of The Beatles. The National Trust operates tours inside Mendips, Lennon's home, and 20 Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney's home, other tours can only see them from the street. The homes are remarkably preserved, the folks who lived in the houses after hardly changed much.

Source: Jaunted
7 facts that will change the way you see Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was showing her conceptual work at a gallery in London in 1966 when she met John Lennon. This year, Ono will have a survey at MoMA, "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971," a look back at the early years, gathering roughly 125 performances, films, works on paper, installations, and archival materials.

Source: Artnet
Liverpool restaurant undergoes Beatles-inspired makeover

Closed for nearly two weeks, Cafe Rouge in Liverpool One re-opens later this week after undergoing a Beatles-inspired makeover with a redesigned interior and brand new menu. The restaurant will have an "All you Need Is Love" theme, which pays homage to both Parisian romance and Liverpool's Merseybeat heritage.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, April 20, 2015
Paul McCartney says hi from Japan

Paul McCartney and his band will be playing in Japan this coming week as part of his "Out There" tour. Macca filmed a new video at rehearsals for the tour, and posted it for his fans on his official website. Starting tomorrow, Paul plays the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, and Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome and next Tuesday at Budokan.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell mobbed by fans in Japan

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy were mobbed by a sea of fans as they arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, on Monday. The warm reception is a stark contrast to when he arrived in Japan on January 16, 1980. Touring the world with his band Wings, he was caught with 8oz of marijuana and arrested by officials.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono call Ringo Starr the most influential Beatle

Yoko Ono paid a surprising tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductee Ringo Starr last night. "No one is probably going to believe it but he was the most influential Beatle," Yoko said to Rolling Stone. "For some reason John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn't they think about Ringo?"

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
My name is Ringo and I play drums: Ringo's accepts Rock Hall award

Ringo Starr was applauded by a stellar array of friends, colleagues and admirers Saturday night when he took the stage at Cleveland's Public Hall to accept the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence from his former bandmate Paul McCartney. His entire acceptance speech is now on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo nailed it: Paul McCartney inducts Starr into Rock Hall of Fame

When it came to handing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence out to Ringo Starr, there was certainly no one more appropriate for the task than Paul McCartney. He bestowed ample praise upon his old mate, along with the award. You can now read his entire speech on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
The Fabricated Four: Were the Beatles real?

One of the more persistent myths in rock lore contends that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was secretly replaced. But, what if the Beatles never really existed at all? This is the claim made by the authors of "The Beatles Never Existed." There are several competing (and sometimes contrasting) theories and a bounty of "evidence."

Source: Black Bag
Cavern Beatles celebrate golden anniversary of Beatles' MBE

On February 9, 1961, The Beatles made their first of their 292 appearances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Just four years later, in May 1965, the Fab Four were each honored with an MBE from the Queen for their services to music. Now, the event is being remembered by The Cavern Beatles, the Cavern's official ambassadors.

Source: Saddleworth Independent, UK
Friday, April 17, 2015
Beatles piano sells for almost $100,000 at auction

The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build Program raised $98,888 on Friday by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Originally purchased for $100, it was restored, custom painted with a Beatles theme, and then trucked around to their gigs for the Beatles autographs.

Source: Nola Defender
Set of Beatles autographs and Sgt. Peppers mike for sale

A piece of paper signed by all four members of the Beatles and a microphone used during the recording of their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are up for auction next week. The autographs are valued at around 1,500 (around $2,250) and the microphone could go for as much as 600 (about $900).

Source: The Irish Examiner
5 Starr classics: Ringo's essential albums

John, Paul, George, Ringo. You'll usually find poor Richard Starkey's name at the bottom of the list. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose to honor him last. But, perhaps the best argument for reconsidering Ringo's place the rankings are his own post-Beatles albums, the most underrated of any of the Fab Four's solo works.

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr life

After five decades, the happy-go-lucky sidekick in the greatest band of all time is finally getting his moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. "Paul said he's going to do the Hall of Fame speech," says Ringo. "I really think I'm doing it just to give Paul a night out. He likes to keep busy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Rishikesh wildlife park could become Beatles fan pilgrimage spot

The government in Northern India hopes to turn Rajaji National Park in Rishikesh into a pilgrimage site of sorts for the band's followers. The park in the foothills of the Himalayas houses Chaurasi Kutia where the Beatles stayed with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his ashram in the late sixties. It became a national park in 1983.

Source: Hindustan Times
Paul and Linda McCartney's love story in the form of song

On April 17, 1998, Paul McCartney's first wife, Linda McCartney, lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 56. Luckily, Paul and Linda's love for each other will permanently be on display through photographs taken of the two together over the years. Their love will also live on in immortality through Paul's music.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
8 ways George Harrison saved British cinema

After the Beatles, his solo work and the Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison turned film producer and helped bring some of Britain's very best films to the screen when others wouldn't. His film studio Handmade arrived at a time when the entertainment industry was in flux and crying out for change in order to survive.

Source: What Culture
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Interview: Dave Grohl on vinyl and Record Store Day

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is this year's ambassador to Record Store Day, which will see 400 new and limited-edition releases go on sale, including the re-release of Paul McCartney's soundtrack album "The Family Way." Grohl said, "I have albums from the last 40 years of my life. I still have the first record I ever bought."

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney launches new avatar on Line Play game

Last May Paul launched an account on the game Line Play, a smartphone community that allows players to create their own unique avatars and personalize their chat rooms. To celebrate Paul getting back Out There in Japan this month, a brand new set of official Paul McCartney Gacha personal game items are now available to collect.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fisheries say Paul McCartney misleading public on seal hunt

As Paul McCartney calls again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial seal hunt, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said on Tuesday, "We continue to tell the truth about sealing, and the effects of seal populations on our marine ecosystems, to combat misleading attacks on the hunt from radical animal rights activists."

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, Canada
It's now a Kid's Day's Night at Liverpool hotel

The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has unveiled its new Children's Menu, with many of its signature dishes offering suitably portioned meals with younger palates in mind. Children can choose from tomato sauce and cheese pasta, mini fish and chips or mini beef burger, with a chocolate sundae or ice cream for afters.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Black Jacket Symphony to perform songs by The Beatles in Montgomery

The Black Jacket Symphony will return to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre stage in Montgomery, Alabama, to present "The Symphony of Our Generation" on May 2. Known for its incredible recreation of classic albums in a live setting, they will be performing The Beatles' Abbey Road and The Who's Who's Next.

Source: AL.com
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Video: Ringo's new shoes

As reported here earlier. Ringo Starr is now the face of Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear. Ringo said, "I love to be relaxed. I don't know why people think because you're a well-known pop star that we relax differently. We don't." The first look at Ringo's new commercial for Skechers is now available streaming on the internet.

Source: Artist Direct
Beatles fans can now take a digital tour of Abbey Road

Beatles fans can now take a digital tour of Abbey Road studios using Google. The world famous studios have never before been open to the public, but in a Google first the web giant has made an app with a virtual tour that includes archived Beatles photos and music videos of stars at the studio embedded in the tour.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Traveling Wilburys guitar to be auctioned to benefit South Carolina school

Thomas Heyward Academy in South Carolina will hold its fourth annual Spring Gala on Saturday and one item on the auction list sure to draw some attention is a rare collector's item, a guitar from the 1990s Traveling Wilburys collection, donated by Gretsch. Similar guitars sold for as much as $10,000 in past auctions.

Source: Savannah Morning News
All-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band makes U.S. debut

The Mersey Beatles, the world's only all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for 10 years at the Cavern Club will perform in the Chicago area next week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will also be in attendance, she will be signing copies of her book "Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon".

Source: Chicago Tribune
Beatles musical Let it Be to re-launch Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre

The Internationally performed show that celebrates the music of The Beatles is coming to their home town later this year to mark the official re-launch of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. The opening of Let It Be is also set to coincide with John Lennon's 75th birthday.

Source: ATV, UK
Steve Lukather says George Harrison inspired him to play

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather spoke in a recent interview about his early influences and says George Harrison was chief amongst them. "George Harrison, 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Off the Beatles' first album. That was the one where I said, 'I want to be that guy.' I was able to tell George that because we became friends later in life."

Source: RTT News
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Jeff Lynne to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star next week

Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne finally will be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. Tom Petty and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on hand to speak at the event, which will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney again urges Canada to stop seal hunt

Paul McCartney is calling again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial hunt, roiling supporters who say it's a humane source of cash for struggling outports. McCartney appeals for a stop to what he calls a "senseless slaughter" in a statement released Tuesday.

Related Articles  Source: Metro News, Canada
Julian Lennon's artistic horizons

Julian Lennon is charting new artistic territories with his photography exhibition Horizons, on view in New York until May 2nd. Most noted as a musician and the first son of Beatles member John Lennon, Julian has found his true voice as a photographer and philanthropist, while exploring the world and his life's purpose.

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles animator brings Yellow Submarine art to Fargo

Ron Campbell, known to Fab Four fans as the artist behind The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show and the animated feature film The Yellow Submarine, will set up shop in downtown Fargo Friday through Sunday, showing and selling illustrations from his 50-year career, including many from his years drawing the Beatles.

Source: Inforum
Liverpool Beatles society backs Morecambe birdman

The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society has backed pensioner John Wilkinson after he was punished again for feeding pigeons in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. John Chambers, the group's president, said, "We are big animal lovers, we are like Paul McCartney, we campaign for the rights of animals."

Source: The Visitor, UK

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