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Friday, September 16, 2016
8 reasons even non-Beatles fans should watch their new feature-length doc

A Beatles film? In 2016? Why should anyone bother? Because, incredibly, there's still plenty to say half a century on. "But I don't like The Beatles!" Even so. The Digital Spy website has put together eight reasons why, Fabs fan or not, you have to watch Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Spy
Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan

Eight Days A Week, Ron Howard's new documentary about the Beatles' touring days in the 1960s, has contributions from familiar faces such as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Less expected is Larry Kane, who as a young journalist at the Top 40 music station WFUN Miami accompanied the band on every date of their first two US tours.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Beatles symposium speakers to raise money for local fire department

Guest speakers for the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium, taking place this weekend, have offered to donate proceeds to a worthy cause in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where the symposium is being held. "We want to make a difference and leave Walnut Ridge a happier place when we go," said journalist and author Ivor Davis.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
How new Beatles film reunited the Fab Four

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are back to where they once belonged, sharing a joke at Abbey Road. Paul McCartney said, "I started to see photos and footage of us all just as mates, that's all we were, just mates and it was great to be reminded of that. We kind of get reunited with John and George again. Which is very special."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul and Ringo haven't seen new documentary yet

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say they haven't yet seen the band's new tour film documentary Eight Days A Week. In a Facebook Q&A, Paul and Ringo said the first time they will watch the movie will be at tonight's London premiere. McCartney said, "We haven't seen it, so we're looking forward to tomorrow night's premiere."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Video: How Beatles created strange sound of Tomorrow Never Knows Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years features fascinating archival footage and some new interviews. In a new clip now available on the internet, Paul and Ringo talk about just how they managed to create sounds that no-one ever heard before, including the tape loops on Tomorrow Never Knows.

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Apple says Shea Stadium footage lawsuit is frivolous

Sid Bernstein Presents LLC is suing apple over the rights to footage of the Beatles at Shea Stadium concert footage. The suit is entirely frivolous, Apple Corps' lawyer said in an interview. Bernstein's agreement with the Beatles at the time explicitly barred him from any filming rights and a copy of the deal will prove it easily, he said.

Related Articles  Source: Bloomberg
George Harrison to receive first George Harrison Global Citizen Award

Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and Colbert Show bandleader Jon Batiste will curate this year's Global Citizen: The World On Stage event, where Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously, for his deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's missing Rolls-Royce rides again

John Lennon's white 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V is back on the road this summer for the first time in more than 30 years. It was made custom for Lennon, who wanted everything white, the interior, upholstery, the carpets and even the steering wheel. It was seen recently at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club annual rally in England.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Paul McCartney renews agreement with ASCAP for his songs in the U.S.

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced that Paul McCartney has renewed his agreement with the organization for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog in the US. McCartney has been represented by ASCAP for performing rights in the US for multiple decades.

Source: Market Wired
Eight Days A Week: How Ron Howard brought the Beatles back to life

Eight Days A Week strips away layers of myth to give us back the Beatles who made the whole world scream. It puts us inside the bubble of their skyrocketing fame, an experience that these four men alone shared, and which only they fully understood. It was all about being four boys in a band. Until suddenly it wasn't.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
The eight Beatles films you probably haven't seen

No one had too much hope for the Beatles' movie debut, but, like the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night exceeded all expectations. It was quickly followed up by Help! and Yellow Submarine. But there were other Beatles film projects, too, some solo, many bizarre. A few, like Ringo's "Caveman" comedy, were even hits.

Documentary about George Harrison's time in Benton coming to DVD

Filmmaker and Beatles aficionado Bob Bartel released "George Harrison: A Beatle in Benton, Illinois" in 2005. The film documents Harrison's visit to see his sister, Louise, in Benton in 1963. Bartel is rereleasing the DVD, now with more interviews and rare footage. The film has recently gone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Judge quotes Beatles in ruling against John Lennon's son

The judge said, "No one I think is in my tree," as a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Sean Lennon and his New York City neighbors over an intrusive tree came to an end on Tuesday. Sean was ordered to remove a 60-foot tree in front of his Greenwich Village townhouse after his neighbors said it was damaging their front stoop.

Related Articles  Source: Patch, New York
Ivor Davis recalls his experiences on the road with The Fab Four

In the Summer of 1964 as a young America-based foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, Ivor Davis flew to San Francisco and was introduced to the Beatles who were about to embark on their first American tour. For the next five weeks and 25 concerts, he had a front row seat watching them change rock 'n' roll.

Source: Heat Street
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sold-out Desert Trip to release more tickets

Organizers are releasing more tickets for the Desert Trip concerts at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, on Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16. The concerts feature an appearance by Paul McCartney. The additional passes will go on sale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at their official website

Related Articles  Source: The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA
Stevie Van Zandt's foundation to host NYC Beatles documentary premiere

This Thursday, September 15th, Stevie Van Zandt's non-profit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years. Van Zandt's foundation offers extensive educational materials free-of-charge to middle and high school teachers.

Source: Morning Ticker
Apple Corps is sued over Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium film rights

The Beatles' Apple Corps was accused in a lawsuit on Monday of infringing copyrights of a master recording of the group's famous 1965 concert in New York's Shea Stadium by Sid Bernstein Presents LLC, which claims to own the recording. Sid Bernstein, who died in 2013, was a promoter who helped bring the Beatles to America.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
How Stella McCartney changed the face of fashion as we know it

Stella McCartney may be the daughter of a world-famous Beatle, but she has undoubtedly carved her own inimitable path in the world of fashion. Having launched her eponymous label in April 2001 under the Gucci Group, the designer not only introduced her infamous tailoring to fashion critics but her committed animal rights support.

Source: Grazia Daily
Monday, September 12, 2016
Ron Howard wants to make second Beatles film

Ron Howard wants to make a follow-up to his rock documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. Howard says he was so taken with the subject he'd love to make another film about the history of the Fab Four. "I found this to be so fascinating that I'd be very open to that," he tells British newspaper The Times.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Album Review: Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl LP hit stores in May 1977, then fell out of print and never officially made it to compact disc. Now, the retooled The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, produced by Giles Martin, is a new "demix" (splitting mono tracks into different parts), made from better quality tapes located in Capitol Records' vaults.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Controversy surrounding Toronto debut of Fifth Beatle documentary

"The Sixth Beatle," which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, opened with an unusual and lengthy disclaimer stating that author Mark Lewisohn, one of the world's foremost Beatle historians, felt that "many of the comments" made in the film "allege matters that are factually erroneous."

Source: SF Gate
Beatles at the Ridge celebrates band's legacy

When the Beatles stepped foot in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in September 1964, to the delight of several hundred fans, they created a legacy to be celebrated in the town decades later. Beatles at the Ridge, which takes place Sept. 16-17, pays tribute to the moment the Fab Four landed in Walnut Ridge on their way to a Missouri vacation.

Source: Arkansas Online
A behind-the-scenes look at the Beatles and A Hard Day's Night

"The Beatles A Hard Day's Night: A Private Archive," a newly released photobook by Phaidon that features a trove of previously unseen publicity stills from the Fab Four's 1964 debut movie of the same name, as well as collected ephemera from their ascent to the global cultural pantheon and rare behind-the-scenes moments.

Source: NY Times
Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

Given the breathtaking melodies and arrangements propelling Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, it's a wonder that the venue's stage and shell didn't blast off into the cosmos as the concert was ending. It was a dazzling concert that seemed beamed from another galaxy.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 9, 2016
No Beatles in Yoko Ono's upcoming memoirs

Much has been written about Yoko Ono and The Beatles, she was even dubbed the woman who broke up the group, but she says somewhat disappointingly that her forthcoming memoirs won't mention the band at all. She says, "they're my very best friends still and I just don't want to invade their privacy."

Source: The Daily Express, UK
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
New Play: The Beatles Present The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical

In the late 1960s, the Beatles contacted Stanley Kubrick, asking him to direct them in a musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Kubrick declined. That's pretty much where this epic dream died... Until now. The Beatles Present: The Lord of the Rings, The Musical rewrites history as the band decides to pursue the project anyway.

Source: Broadway World
45 Years Ago: John Lennon reclaims his legacy with Imagine

Imagine, which was released on Sept. 9, 1971, in the U.S., a month later in the U.K., became John Lennon's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. But more important, it allowed him to reclaim his legacy with a record that, by toning down Plastic Ono Band's abrasiveness, sounded more like the Lennon fans fell in love with in the '60s.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 8, 2016
George Harrison's I Me Mine book to be released in expanded edition

George Harrison's I Me Mine, a collection of the late Beatles guitarist's handwritten lyric sheets and written commentaries and memories first published in a limited edition in 1980, is getting re-release in an expanded edition. I Me Mine - The Extended Edition will be available in the U.S. October 18 with a retail price of $55.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Sean Lennon stands up for his mom's meeting with Kim Kardashian

John Lennon's son Sean defended Yoko Ono in a lengthy Facebook rant after haters took over his page on Tuesday, slamming his mother for meeting and taking a photo with Kim Kardashian. It quickly ignited hate from social media users who felt Ono should not associate herself with "attention seeker" Kim and "shameless" Kanye.

Source: NY Daily News
Review: The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl offers raw frenzy

The way the screams and music dance across the 17 songs, recorded during three nights in 1964 and 1965 and spliced into a seamless rush of manic love, is what makes Live at the Hollywood Bowl such a thrill. You can find live Beatles tracks on the Anthology compilations with sharper sound, but not with this kind of adrenaline jolt.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney tour shatters Grand Rapids arena sales record

In a show that sold out in minutes, Paul McCartney's Aug. 15 concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shattered sales records to become the highest grossing show in the arena's 20-year history. McCartney's first appearance in Grand Rapids topped the previously highest grossing show by Fleetwood Mac in 2015.

Related Articles  Source: Michigan Live
Donovan looks back on his time spent hanging with the Beatles

Sept. 3 marked the 50th anniversary since "Sunshine Superman," a song that took British singer and guitarist Donovan to the top of the Billboard charts, hit No. 1. In a new interview, Donovan took a look back at the song that became synonymous with the psychedelic era, and time spent with his buddies The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hearse owned by John Lennon is up for sale for $250,000

The hearse owned by John Lennon will be auctioned off on Wednesday in London by RM Sotheby's and is expected to fetch more than $250,000. Lennon purchased the 1956 Austin Princess for his personal use from a mortuary in Manchester in 1971. The classic car was also featured in Lennon's 1972 film "Imagine."

Source: Business Insider
Rare photos of Beatles in 1963 to go up for auction

The Beatles performed in Weston-super-Mare in 1963 an spent a week in the town, performing at the Odeon twice a night. Very little exists from their visit, aside from a few publicity photos, shaky home movies and some press reports. An autograph book containing the signatures of all four Beatles from that time has been found.

Source: The Weston Mercury, UK
Rare Beatles photography and art exhibition set to go on display in Glasgow

Fifty years ago in Japan, the Beatles created Images of a Woman, the only known painting they ever made. Paul McCartney said, "We painted Images of a Woman because we had nowhere to go, locked down in our room." The painting will be part of an exhibition that runs starting tomorrow until September 25 in Glasgow.

Source: Glasgow Live
New insights from recent Paul McCartney interviews

Paul McCartney gave three major print media interviews this summer that were generally more interesting than his usual press outings. Macca spoke about why he held off so long performing the Beatles songs A Hard Day's Night and Love Me Do in concert as a solo artist, and talked about possible upcoming film projects.

Source: Something New Blog
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Author to have book release party at Beatles festival

Renowned Beatles blogger Sara Schmidt will have a book release party for her recent publication, "Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis," on Saturday, September 17, at the Beatles at the Ridge festival. Schmidt will be giving a presentation, as well as signing copies of her book for purchase.

Source: Beatles News Blog
The truth about how John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever

On September 19, 1966, John Lennon arrived in Almeria, Spain, for six weeks to be in the film, "How I Won The War." Beatles fan and researcher J. Adolfo Iglesias gave a fascinating presentation about the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's visit to Almeria, and how John came to write Strawberry Fields Forever during his stay.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono announces reissue project

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music have announced they are partnering to reissue Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 through 1985. The Yoko Ono Reissue Project will span 11 studio albums, remastered and in recreations of their original packaging, complete with unseen photos and content from the album's recording sessions.

Source: Pitchfork

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Denny Laine of Wings to perform Band on the Run live

Denny Laine of Wings and Moody Blues fame will headline the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Oct. 9. Laine will appear with a full backing band and perform the Band on the Run album in its entirety. Laine not only contributed playing with Wings, he also co-wrote several tunes, including the hit Mull of Kintyre.

Source: Mass Live

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