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Thursday, July 17, 2014
McCartney says he'll retire when he feels like it, but that's not today

Paul McCartney's recent forced vacation didn't last long, he is currently back on tour. "The answer to Are you going to retire? is When I feel like it," McCartney said. "But that's not today." Also, on his concerts, he said, "I don't want those people in my audience thinking, Hey, we came for big hits, and you played a bunch of s?t."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Novelist Meg Wolitzer on the Beatles' Penny Lane

One day in 1967, as the family was driving to a diner in suburban New York, the Beatles' Penny Lane came on the radio. I remember shouting, in a staccato burst, for my mother and father and older sister to be quiet. Everyone politely listened to the song. To a 7-year-old, Penny Lane was a children's fantasy world.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Twickenham Studios to host UK's first film university

Iconic Twickenham Studios will house the first university film school when it opens its doors to aspiring film-makers later this year. The only facility of its kind in London that provides both production and post-production studios, Twickenham first opened in 1913 and has provided facilities for films including those by the Beatles.

Source: Your Local Guardian, UK
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ron Howard to direct new Beatles doc focusing on band's early years

Academy Award-winner and long-time Beatles fan Ron Howard has signed on to direct and produce an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the Beatles' touring years. The documentary is scheduled for a tentative late-2015 release, and Howard says he is eager to begin interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney releases 5 classic albums as iPad apps

Paul McCartney is the latest musician to experiment with the idea of albums as apps, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Jay-Z. Five of his classic albums, Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America, have been turned into iPad apps and released by Concord Music through Apple's App Store.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles memorabilia fills Arizona home

We may not all live in a Yellow Submarine, but given the opportunity, Kingman, Arizona, residents Scott Wilfong Sr. and his wife Helen would probably choose to do so. What started as a hobby has turned into a fun obsession, one room of their house is even full of artwork by Shannon McDonald, world-renowned Beatles artist.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner
George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun turns 45 today

45 years ago today, George Harrison skipped out on a recording session for Abbey Road and went over to his friend Eric Clapton's house. Harrison said, "The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote Here Comes the Sun."

Source: FDRMX
Photo exhibition uncovers John Lennon's lost weekend

May Pang was the special guest at the Hotel Zetta reception in San Francisco on Monday to kick off an exhibition of unusual photographs. A very relaxed and happy John Lennon can be seen in the photos, taken by May during the two years they spent together from 1973 to 1975 during the commonly misnamed "Lost Weekend."

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Beatlemania comes to New Hampshire on Thursday

The Conway, New Hampshire, Arts Jubilee kicks off the 2014 summer outdoor concert series this Thursday with the official Beatlemania Stage Show. Featuring an all-star cast of talented musicians, this family-friendly event brings all generations together to celebrate the timeless music of the Beatles.

Source: Conway Daily Sun
Diary of a Beatlemaniac 50 years later

I hadn't thought about my Beatle diary. It was somewhere, stuffed in a box with other Beatle mementos. Caught up again in Beatle awe and wonder, I knew I had to find my two hand-written composition notebooks. What I found was innocence, tenacity, imaginings and some predictions that actually have come true.

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles have one of the smallest vocabularies in pop music

The Beatles have one of the smallest vocabularies in pop music, they used just 688 words in their first three albums compared to 1890 used by Elvis Costello and 1748 by David Bowie. "Love" really is all they needed though, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney using the word 151 times, the most for any artists.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney uses his first guitar in recent video

Paul McCartney has brought his first-ever guitar out of retirement for the video for his new single, Early Days. Macca can be seen in the video playing the Zenith Model 17 acoustic guitar, which is 58 years old and was the first guitar he ever owned. According to the Mail Online, the instrument was originally worth just ?15.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Monday, July 14, 2014
Paul McCartney to play benefit show in Texas

Paul McCartney is slated to play a fund raising event to benefit the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 1, with a rare intimate performance with only 1,750 seats. The announcement was revealed to the public this morning, just before tickets went on sale, which were being sold for $250 to $3,500 each.

Source: KSAT TV, San Antonio
Photos: Omaha Kid snaps selfie with Paul McCartney

A young man snapped one of the selfies of the year on Sunday, catching Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett lounging on a bench outside an ice cream shop in Omaha, Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, Macca had vanilla. McCartney and Buffet went for ice cream after dining at an Italian restaurant.

Source: Time
Beatles open Norwegian Film Festival

A movie based on Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen's 1984 novel will launch this summer's Norwegian International Film Festival on August 17th. "Beatles," the film adaptation from one of Norway's most popular coming-of-age stories, will open the 42nd Norwegian film festival in Haugesund next month.

Source: The Local, Norway
Beatlemania Week kicks off In River City

Huntington, West Virginia, Mayor Steve Williams has proclaimed this week as Beatlemania Week, which will include a Beatles look-a-like contest, and culminating in a special Beatles edition of Picnic with the POPS Saturday by the Huntington Symphony, which will perform 37 Beatles songs throughout the evening.

Source: WCHS TV, Charleston WV

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Cilla Black blames Beatles' old Cavern Club for hearing loss

Cilla Black has blamed Liverpool's Cavern Club for damaging her hearing. The entertainer, who worked at the music venue as a coat check girl in the 1960s so she could see bands such as The Beatles, now uses a hearing aid. "I blame the Cavern. All those years in a place with no proper acoustics. It's rock 'n' roll that has done my hearing in," she said.

Source: The Herald, Ireland
Drummer Tommy Ramone

Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last original member of 1970s punk band The Ramones. All named Ramone but not brothers, the four neighborhood pals adopted the last name in homage to an early alias used by Paul McCartney. Tommy only played on the band's first three studio albums.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, July 11, 2014
Beatles on Liverpool town hall balcony re-enacted for anniversary

The famous scene of The Beatles standing on the balcony of Liverpool town hall was re-enacted on the 50th anniversary of their triumphant homecoming by the Cavern Club Beatles tribute band. The Fab Four returned to Liverpool on July 10, 1964, for a civic reception and for the northern premiere of A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Shows I'll Never Forget: Paul McCartney, July 9, 2014

At a Paul McCartney concert, you know he will play a lot of Beatles and Wings, toss in some recent tracks, and astound with seemingly boundless energy. On July 9, he treated sold-out crowd to a nearly three-hour show packed with memories, emotions, and a desire to demonstrate that at 72, he has no plans to slow down.

Related Articles  Source: Something Else Reviews
Pizza parlor owners feel connected to McCartney song

Paul McCartney's first appearance in North Dakota will be this Saturday night. The owners of a pizza parlor in Fargo, ND, named after a Beatles song written by McCartney, say they can't take time off to attend his concert but would love to cook for him and his entourage, and pointed out that they do take vegan requests.

Related Articles  Source: Modesto Bee
How to experience The Beatles in Las Vegas

If you're looking to share in The Beatles love this summer, take the long and winding road to Vegas. Beatles attractions in the city include Las Vegas Convention Center where they played on August 20, 1964, the great Beatles Love show at The Mirage, and also at The Mirage, the Revolution Lounge, a retro psychedelic bar and nightclub.

Source: USA Today
10 criminally underrated Beatles tracks

The biggest band in history underrated? It does seem strange to use that tag when it comes to The Beatles, but there are many hidden gems in their back catalogue that are due a moment in the spotlight. Classic singles like Hey Jude have become embedded in the public's consciousness, yet other songs have been overlooked.

Source: What Culture
Sony/ATV threatens to withdraw from ASCAP and BMI

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has said it may completely withdraw from two U.S. groups that distribute songwriter royalties if changes are not made to the regulations that govern those organizations. Sony/ATV's big catalog includes songs by the Beatles, they want the option to negotiate rates directly with streaming services.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Beatles TV special scores six Emmy nominations

"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, received six Emmy Awards nominations this morning. The special is up for Outstanding Variety Special and in the categories of direction, music direction, writing, lighting design and sound mixing.

Source: Billboard
10 most daring collectibles heists in history includes Beatles tapes

The world's top collectibles have a history of attracting the attention of the nefarious parts of society. In 2003, police announced they had recovered over 500 lost Beatles tapes, which had been stolen from the band's 1969 Get Back sessions. The reels contained dozens of priceless, never previously released songs.

Source: Picolecta
Beatles photography exhibition to open

An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is coming to the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in Shrewsbury, England, this summer, opening on July 19. As a celebrated photo-journalist for LIFE magazine, Terry captured momentous events from the swinging sixties and the rise of The Beatles.

Source: Music-News.com
The book that inspired Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven. Easy, right? Now imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky. Then imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in. These "instructions," as Yoko Ono called them, spoke to John Lennon after she gave him a collection of more than a hundred of them not long after they met in 1966.

Source: The Slate
Oscar winning composer Ken Thorne

Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning composer Ken Thorne passed yesterday. The composer of Help!, Superman II and III, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum had enjoyed success on both the big and small screens throughout his career. The Beatles' film Help! in 1965 was first feature film composition.

Source: Soundtrack.net
Hungarian Beatles tribute band celebrates Hard Day's Night anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night. To celebrate, Hungarian Beatles Supergroup The Bits has created a video playing the song. Rather than putting on costumes and fake mustaches like other tribute bands, the Bits instead concentrate on creating an authentic recreation of the sound of the Beatles as possible.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Paul McCartney to play San Diego for first time since 1976

Paul McCartney confirmed today that he will bring his "Out There" world tour to Petco Park Sept. 28, the first time he has played San Diego since 1976. This will be the first full-venue concert at the ballpark since Madonna played there in 2008. McCartney resumed his tour Saturday in Albany after being ill for more than two months.

Source: Fox 5 TV, San Diego
Ringo Starr becomes fashion model

Ringo Starr has teamed up with fashion designer John Varvatos. Ringo announced in Los Angeles on Monday he will be the face of Varvatos' 2014 Peace Rocks autumn fashion collection. He said, "John Varvatos made me a male model finally."

Source: The Express, UK
Ringo Starr on the 'mystery train song' from A Hard Day's Night

In writing about "the train song" in the film "A Hard Day's Night," and recent efforts to identify who recorded it, at least one reader commented, "Why doesn't someone simply ask Paul or Ringo?" My response to some was "No one 'simply' asks a Beatle anything," knowing the hoops that must be cleared to gain access.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
2014 New Orleans Beatles Festival celebrates 50 years of Beatlemania

New Orleans musicians will converge on the House of Blues on Saturday for the 2014 New Orleans Beatles Festival. Now in its 12th year, the four hour concert showcases the entire career of the Beatles, from the early days in Hamburg through the Sgt. Pepper Psychedelic Revolution to their solo material in the 1970s and 80s.

Source: Off Beat, Louisiana
Why The Beatles still worth a fortune to Liverpool 50 years on

Fifty years since screaming crowds jostled for a glimpse of the Beatles on the Liverpool Town Hall balcony, a new report on the value of the UK's music heritage has put the benefit of the Beatles to the city at around ?70m a year. And, according to Liverpool's tourism industry, they're still yet to fully realise their special value.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles begin recording Maxwell's Silver Hammer 45 years ago today

On July 9, 1969, the Beatles began recording the track with one of the most famous stories in Beatles lore, and a memorably old-fashioned sound to boot. "Sometimes Paul would make us do these really fruity songs," George Harrison once said. Ringo concurred, "the worst session ever was Maxwell's Silver Hammer."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Concord Music Group acquires Vee-Jay Records

Concord Music Group has acquired the catalog of renowned American R&B/soul label Vee-Jay Records, including more than 5,000 master recordings from renowned artists such as Little Richard, Gene Chandler, Betty Everett and The Dells, among many others. Vee-Jay was the first U.S. record company to release recordings by The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Interview: Eight Minutes with Ringo Starr

How do you interview a Beatle in just eight minutes? Very carefully. Ringo Starr doesn't actually like being interviewed. He will cut the interview short if he doesn't like the questions, which includes asking too many Beatles questions. He's much happier just having a conversation. In a new interview, he talks about his artwork.

Source: Radio.com
Ringo Starr's 74th birthday bash in Hollywood

With a portion of Vine Street blocked off, a couple hundred fans gathered in front of the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood to celebrate the 74th birthday of former Beatles member Ringo Starr. Mr Starr looks like a man 20 years younger, jumping off the stage to toss out wrist bands to the press and fans alike.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr celebrates his birthday in style

The excitement was electric all morning, as it was Ringo Starr's 74th birthday, and the Beatle himself was in Hollywood. He met with friends and fans both in front of Capitol Records on Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood to give the old peace sign, urging fans around the world to post peace sign photos at #peacerocks.

Related Articles  Source: American Songwriter
First Beatles record tops ten most valuable albums of all time

Your treasured record collection contains some real investment hits. The first Beatles album, Please Please Me, first pressed on the gold and black Parlophone label, in mint condition, is worth ?5,000 or more. The 1958 acetate That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All The Danger by The Quarrymen is worth more than ?200,000.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
LA Beatles Tour guide helps fans reach out to Ringo on his birthday

Yesterday, July 7, 2014, was Ringo Starr's 74th birthday. To let him know how his fans feel on his birthday, Los Angeles Beatles Tour guide Gillian Lomax gathered birthday wishes for Ringo on twitter and combined them into a massive birthday card which she presented to Ringo by delivering it to his house in Beverly Hills today.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News

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