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Monday, February 16, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney performs at SNL after party

Paul McCartney was among the stars who performed at Saturday Night Live's mega anniversary after party on Sunday night. Many of the stars and comedians attended the invite-only event, held at New York's Plaza Hotel after appearing on the three-and-a-half hour 40th birthday special. Prince and Miley Cyrus also performed.

Source: Gigwise
Video: Paul McCartney performs on SNL 40th Anniversary show

Paul McCartney delivered a killer performance of Maybe I'm Amazed for the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday night. While critics may say Paul's vocals may not have been as powerful as they once were, we were blown away by how he could still kill it on the piano and rock it with his backup musicians, all totally live.

Source: Pop Crush
Paul McCartney plays urprise Valentine's Day show in NYC

On Saturday morning, Paul McCartney announced a surprise intimate Valentine's Day concert at Irving Plaza. Tickets quickly sold out, but those who did get to go, including many celebrities in town for the SNL 40th Anniversary, were treated to all the classic silly love songs that have made Macca an icon for generations.

Source: Gothamist
Photos: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band in Birmingham

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band made a rare appearance Sunday night at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabama, performing a show that lasted more than two hours and featured a handful of tunes by the Beatles, including Don't Pass Me By, Yellow Submarine and With a Little Help From My Friends.

Source: AL.com
Beatles 1962 Hamburg master tapes head to auction

This original master recording of the Beatles performing in December 1962 at the Club-Star in Hamburg, Germany, the basis for the Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 album, are set to go to auction reserve price will be between £100,000 and £150,000 ($230,375), but are expected to go for more.

Source: Exclaim!
Abbey Road Studios to get multimillion-pound overhaul

The historic Abbey Road studios will be given a multi-million-pound overhaul to assure its status as one of the world's pre-eminent recording venues. Abbey Road will now become the first European studios to be equipped with a Dolby Atmos system, a new form of surround sound designed to make films more immersive.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, February 13, 2015
Kanye West says Paul McCartney liked his John Lennon-like angst

Rapper Kanye West says his similarities to John Lennon are why his collaboration with Paul McCartney was a success. "We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more 'angst' than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really 'angst' working with him, the type of music they made?"

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Behind-the-scenes with Ringo Starr for his Skechers campaign

Ringo Starr is the new face of Skechers Relaxed Fit, and they have released a behind-the-scenes preview of the campaign. Starr commented on his unexpected gig as a Skechers footwear model, saying, "I'm still a working musician, I'm still on tour, I love to be relaxed and I'm wearing the shoes because they're comfortable."

Source: Artist Direct
Beatles museum puts George Martin Help! notes on display

Rare hand-written notes penned by Sir George Martin during recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios are going on display at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. The notes were made by the producer in February 1965 during the first week of recording for the Help! album. It is the 50th anniversary of the record this weekend.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Documents reveal details of John Lennon's turbulent first marriage

Secret papers revealed by John Lennon's housekeeper detail his aggressive ≠behavior with his first wife Cynthia, increasing drug use and mood swings during the latter days of their crumbling marriage nearly 50 years ago. The maid also told how she found Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono, who visited while Cynthia was away.

Source: The Irish Mirror
Pictures: Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox 50 years ago today

Fifty years ago today, the media massed outside Caxton Hall registry office in London as Ringo Starr married Liverpool hairdresser Maureen Cox. They met at the Cavern before the band were household names and Maureen was eventually forced to give up her career as jealous Ringo fans had been known to attack her in public.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's marriage up for auction

Documents detailing the breakdown of John Lennon's marriage to first wife Cynthia will go to auction in Warrington next month. The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia includes a draft statement made by Lennon's former housekeeper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo releases new fan video and new album cover

Out in March, Postcards From Paradise is Ringo Starr's 18th studio release and is the first to feature his current All-Starr band made up of Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Greg Bissonette. Family and friends also feature on the new album which was recorded at Ringo's home studio in LA.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Q&A with international designer Stella McCartney

Designer Stella McCartney is famous for a number of things: Beatles offspring, Order of the British Empire honoree, and now she's opened her first Bay Area boutique in Palo Alto. 7x7 talks with Stella about the inspiration behind her spring collection, her leather-free legacy, and what it was like growing up as that guy's kid.

Source: 7x7
Legendary concert promoter's book #12 on Amazon Bestsellers List

Award-winning author and music industry veteran Pat DiCesare has reached #12 on Amazon with his new book, Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones... Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter. Spaning over 40 years in the music industry, it details how he brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh.

Source: PR Newswire
Pictures: Owner of Liverpool Football Club visits Beatles museum

Liverpool FC owner John Henry visited the Beatles Story museum at Liverpool's Albert Dock with his daughter on Tuesday ahead of Liverpool's 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He said, "I was 14 when The Beatles landed in America and from then on I was a Beatles fan. My daughter became a Beatles fan like me at the same age."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Soldiers record Beatles song in a snow bank

The US Army Field Band released a cover this week of the Beatles' song Here Comes The Sun on its Facebook page. Four soldiers from the band went into the snow of Massachusetts to perform the tune from within a snowbank, adding special significance to the line, "I see the ice is slowly melting."

Source: We Are The Mighty
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Diana Krall's latest album includes unreleased Paul McCartney ballad

Singer-pianist Diana Krall's 12th album, called Wallflower, includes a previously unreleased ballad by Paul McCartney, If I Take You Home Tonight. Written for Paul's Kisses on the Bottom album, but not making the album's final cut, Krall asked McCartney if she could record it, saying, "It's one of my favorite tracks."

Source: The Globe and Mail, UK
Abbey Road's upright piano recreated digitally

New software, called The Tack, is a recreation of "Mrs Mills," a tack piano from Abbey Road Studios with which The Beatles, Elliot Smith and many others recorded some of their tracks. A "tack piano," sometimes also called a honky-tonk piano, is permanently altered to give the instrument a tinny, more percussive sound.

Source: Sonic State
Fest for Beatles Fans to move site of NY Metro show in March

The New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans will be moving the site for its upcoming New York Metro convention to be held March 20 to 22 from the original location at the Empire Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. The move comes after a parking garage at the hotel collapsed during a snowstorm in late January.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Amazing Paul McCartney comment to Queen Mother revealed

Amazing comments from Paul McCartney have been revealed from the Caird Hall autograph book, signed by McCartney during a visit to the concert auditorium in Dundee, Scotland with Wings in 1975. It contains a tongue in cheek drawing and comment directed towards the late Queen Mother, who had signed the previous page.

Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
Julia Baird talks new doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek

A new documentary, titled Come Together, follows a handful of the world's estimated 8,000 Beatles tribute bands as they set out to pay homage to the most influential band of all time. In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird, who narrates the documentary, discusses her involvement with the project.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Grammy Awards bring gold to revitalized Capitol Records

Sunday night's Grammy Awards ceremony put a gold crown on Capitol Music Group's rise from the No. 5 label in market share in 2012 to No. 2 in 2014, with all four of the top awards, record, album, song and new artist, going to Capitol artists Sam Smith and Beck. In all, Capitol artists took home 12 Grammys.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 9, 2015
Paul McCartney caught dancing in the audience at the Grammys

Paul McCartney was really getting in to ELO's performance of Evil Woman at the Grammys last night and was caught in a hilarious moment as he was seen clapping and bopping along, only to realize he was being filmed, promptly sitting down in embarrassment, but at 72 he can probably be forgiven for the dodgy moves.

Source: London Evening Standard
Paul McCartney seen but not heard at Grammys

Paul McCartney took to the stage last night in Los Angeles with Kanye West and Rihanna last night, singing their new song FourFiveSeconds. But some of his fans took to social media to complain that they could not hear Paul's singing, and speculated that his microphone was turned off during the performance.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo Starr asking fans for pics for Postcards from Paradise video

Ringo Starr is making a video for the title track of his upcoming album, Postcards from Paradise, and he's seeking a little help from his fans. Ringo has launched a new promotion asking his followers to submit photos of what they consider a depiction of paradise, and some will be chosen to be included in the video.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Ringo's Beatles drum case and George Harrison's Mercedes Benz for sale

A drum case used by Ringo Starr and a Mercedes Benz owned by George Harrison are being offered for sale. Ringo's name is stenciled on the case, and a sticker found inside the drum case features his signature in faded ink. George Harrison owned the 1984 Mercedes Benz 500 SEL with AMG package for 16 years.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Liverpool's Welsh Streets from the air

Amazing video shot using an unmanned aerial drone shows the current state of the Welsh Streets properties in Liverpool. The neighborhood was slated to demolished, but development plans are now on hold again, because of the cultural importance of Ringo Starr's former home in Madryn Street.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Recreation of John Lennon's Rolls Royce to tour UK auto shows

John Lennon's iconic customized Rolls Royce has been recreated for a fraction of the original's asking price. The original model is apparently held within a private collection somewhere in North America at a price of over £20 million. The car will be taken to a number of motoring shows and exhibitions in the UK.

Source: Source Wire
Friday, February 6, 2015
Video: Bettye LaVette covers the Beatles' Wait on Letterman

Last night, R&B/soul singer Bettye LaVette appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. She covered the Beatles' song Wait, but it doesn't really sound much like the original version. Instead, LaVette gives it a somewhat somber transformation, really making the song her own. The video of her performance is now online.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Video: Skechers previews Ringo Starr ad campaign

Ringo Starr is taking on a new role as a spokesman for Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear this spring and the company released a behind-the-scenes video with Ringo talking about the new campaign, his upcoming tour and his new album to Beatles Examiner on Feb. 5. The video also includes him showing his skills on the drums.

Source: Beatles Examiner
New book contains never before seen photos of John and Yoko

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Shinoyama's photograph of John and Yoko's kiss at Central Park Pond appeared on the cover of their final studio album, "Double Fantasy."

Source: New York Times
Billy J. Kramer set for U.K. tour

Beatles pal Billy J. Kramer lives in America, but now he's set to play in the U.K. once again. In a new interview, he says, "If you survive 50 years in the music industry, then you deserve more than a five-star medal, but I've got this great feeling of goodness and serenity now." He also talks about his forgotten manager, Brian Epstein.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, UK
John Lennon rushes out Instant Karma 45 years ago today

Written, recorded and released over just 10 days, John Lennon's Instant Karma! was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills, and had sweeping implications for the Beatles. It immediately shot to No. 5, two weeks later, it reached No. 3 in the U.S. The only problem? The Beatles were ostensibly still together.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Paul McCartney hits Billboard Hot 100 with Kanye Rihanna collaboration

Paul McCartney returns to the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to "FourFiveSeconds," his new collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West. The song has jumped from #54 to #15 on the tally, making it McCartney's highest-charting hit in 28 years. The last time McCartney had a tune that high on the Hot 100 was back in 1986.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Video: Dana Carvey impersonates John Lennon and Paul McCartney

While being interviewed for The Hollywood Reporter recently, Dana Carvey busted out an impression of John Lennon talking to Paul McCartney about his recent collaborations with Kanye West. Carvey's confused Lennon asks "Well, what does he do? Does he sort of just hum along?" and McCartney tries to explain auto-tuning to Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Mystery of The Beatles mural in Grimsby solved

The mystery has been solved. Workmen are renovating the former Barry Stemp upholstery business in the seaport town of Grimsby, England. One of the workers had a rush of artistic talent and drew the Fab Four after the wet cement dried. The premises is about to be turned into a professional recording studio.

Related Articles  Source: Grimsby Telegraph, UK
The 10 most unexpected Paul McCartney collaborations

There's absolutely no denying Paul McCartney's cultural significance and immense musical talent, especially since his legacy is an ongoing one. From Carly Simon or his secret band The Fireman, to rocking out on stage with Jay-Z and Linkin Park, these are the most unexpected Paul McCartney alliances we've been blessed with.

Source: VH1
John Lennon and Yoko Ono make strangest donation 45 years ago today

On Feb. 4, 1970, to support the Black House, a youth home in London, having recently cut off their hair, John Lennon and Yoko Ono offered to exchange it for a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing shorts, with the hair auctioned to support the Black House and the shorts being sold to raise money for John and Yoko's peace campaign.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Photos: Lady Gaga in the studio with Paul McCartney

After his work with Kanye West and Rihanna, Paul McCartney is now teaming up with another relative rookie, Lady Gaga. "Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends," Gaga wrote on Instagram, with a photo of herself, Macca and a room full of musicians, including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

Source: Billboard
Demolition begins on San Francisco's Candlestick Park

Crews have started tearing down San Francisco's storied Candlestick Park. Ramps were being knocked down Wednesday, and the upper portions of the iconic stadium will follow. A spokesman for the developers said the demolition started Monday. The Beatles held one of their most famous concerts there in 1966.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Beatles images included in Pop Art exhibition in Nottingham

Iconic works by celebrated Pop artist Richard Hamilton will go on display at Nottingham Lakeside Arts in Nottingham, England. Dubbed the forefather of Pop Art, the themes and concerns of Hamilton's paintings and drawings were also pursued in his graphic works. The 43 works go on display from March 7.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK

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