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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Hard Rock Universal Orlando unveils new collection of music memorabilia

Memorabilia experts and rock historians have assembled an entirely new collection of some of the greatest music memorabilia this side of the 20th century at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Pieces include the suit John Lennon wore in the Beatles' classic 1964 film debut, A Hard Day's Night.

Source: PR Web
Monday, February 1, 2016
New Beatles exhibit to hit Dearborn in April

A major Beatles exhibit, "The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition," will run April 30-Sept. 18 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit features artifacts and galleries tracing the Beatles' trajectory from the band's Liverpool origins up through the post-breakup days.

Source: Detroit Free Press
Paul McCartney to be featured on Super Bowl halftime shows TV special

CBS TV will take a look back at the best Super Bowl halftime shows on a special airing Friday, February 5, two days before the big game. The two-hour program will feature highlights and new interviews with some of the most memorable halftime performers, including Paul McCartney, who played at the Super Bowl in 2005.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Beatles fans anxious for new Philip Norman book on Paul McCartney

The eyes of Beatles fans will again be on author Philip Norman when he turns his sights on Paul McCartney in his next book, "Paul McCartney: The Life," which is coming out this May. It will be published in the U.S. on May 3, and then two days later in the UK, both in hardcover, digital and audio versions.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Bill Gates says Beatles song perfectly explains relationship with Steve Jobs

Yes, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs were fierce rivals as they revolutionized personal computing, but the competition mellowed into a good friendship. So when Gates, when asked on the BBC to choose eight songs and why they are meaningful to him, he had one picked out for the Jobs, Two of Us by The Beatles.

Source: Cult of Mac
Friday, January 29, 2016
Phoenix Symphony joins in Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute

Tribute band Classical Mystery Tour will join with the Phoenix Symphony tonight at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona. Classical Mystery Tour performs the Beatles exactly as they were originally recorded, so these will original orchestrations performed with a full Phoenix Symphony just as the original recordings were.

Source: KTAR FM, Phoenix

Britt Daniel
Video: Britt Daniel covers I Me Mine at George Fest

In September 2014, George Fest honored George Harrison at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. On February 28, the live tribute will be be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, and digital download. To celebrate, George Fest has unveiled a clip of Spoon's Britt Daniel covering the Beatles' Harrison-sung hit I Me Mine, from their 1970 album, Let It Be.

Related Articles  Source: Spin
Liverpool's Beatles Story museum up for national awards

The Beatles Story has been shortlisted for national awards for two campaigns it has run in the past year. The Albert Dock attraction is shortlisted for Integrated Campaign of The Year and Digital Campaign of the Year for its Imagine No Food Poverty and Beatles Ambassadors campaigns in the Marketing Minds Awards.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Recovered photos tell story of Beatles' 1964 visit to U.S.

Life Magazine photojournalist Bill Eppridge's six-day period with the Beatles is now being shared with a new audience at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The exhibit features features a collection of 55 black-and-white photos taken during the Beatles' visit to New York and Washington from Feb. 7-12, 1964.

Source: Litchfield County Times, CT
Has record dealer unearthed inspiration for Sgt. Pepper artwork?

A record dealer wants Paul Mccartney to confirm whether an obscure disc by a Swedish brass band was the secret inspiration for the famous Sgt. Pepper's album. The EP, which ironically features covers of four Beatles song, features the musicians standing in front of a bass drum with the band's name, while wearing military jackets.

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, January 28, 2016
AIR studio is symbol of Montserrat's lost era as pop music hub

George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat, the once state-of-the-art recording facility, opened in 1979 in the Caribbean, is the place behind some of the 80s biggest hits, and it's now decaying. Seventy-six albums were made there before the studio shut its doors in 1989, when the island was devastated by a hurricane.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles included in new Amazon Prime Music channels

This week the Amazon Prime Music service launched hundreds of ad-free internet radio stations, including Top Pop, Classic Rock and The Beatles. Members just need to select a genre, artist or decade and hit play to hear a continuous stream of this kind of music. A new feature of the service now includes on-screen song lyrics.

More Information  Source: Life Hacker

New hope for Liverpool's historic Welsh Streets

New plans have been revealed by council chiefs to refurbish "a significant" number of homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets, which includes the home of Beatle Ringo Starr, and have been "in limbo" for years. The move follows a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to block the council's initial plans to demolish the historic homes.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Bert Berns
Bert Berns to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Bert Berns, who wrote the classic song Twist and Shout that became a hit for The Beatles, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with a lifetime achievement award. Berns was a prolific songwriter and sought-after producer during the 1960s, but was only 38 when he died of a heart attack in December 1967.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Ringo Starr's Liverpool home to be auctioned at the Cavern Club

Number 10 Admiral Grove, in the Dingle, where Ringo Starr lived until he was 21, is up for auction. The two-up-two-down will go to the highest bidder at a special March auction at the Cavern Club with a guide price of 55,000 (about $78,340). Restrictions have been placed on the sale so the house cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.

Source: Liverpool Confidential

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher reportedly exits Beatles film project

British rocker Liam Gallagher has reportedly exited a beatles film project he has been working on since 2010. The singer bought the rights to adapt Richard DiLello's 1973 book, The Longest Cocktail Party, about the Beatles' Apple company, for the big screen. The film has been in the works for more than five years, but has hit a series of roadblocks.

Source: Contact Music
Paul McCartney post causes anger among Australian fans

Paul McCartney's Australian fans have been hammering him with abuse on Facebook after he posted an ill thought out post yesterday attempting to wish them a "Happy Australia Day." McCartney innocently included a picture of himself taken in 2002 draped in an Australian flag, but it was a promo shot from the Australian tour he cancelled.

Related Articles  Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Video: Trailer for new animated film includes George Harrison cover

The new trailer for the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings uses a cover of the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps to set the mood for Kubo's adventure. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Rooney Mara and McConaughey, the film will be released later this year on August 19th.

Source: Bleeding Cool
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Paul McCartney wishes fans down under a happy Australia Day

On his official website today, Paul McCartney has posted a quick statement sending his best wishes for Australia Day, along with a picture of him standing behind a large Australian flag. Macca said, "Salutations to our cousins down under on Australia Day. Have a great one. Watch out for flying kangaroos!"

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
1967 Paul McCartney portraits star in artist retrospective

Two portraits of Paul McCartney that John Bratby painted in 1967 will be reunited for the first time in an exhibition at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, East Sussex, England, but a third McCartney by Bratby has so far eluded curators. Bratby, who died in 1992, was one of the British art scene's great "radical realists" of the 1950s and '60s.

Source: Mojo
Ultimate guide to 48 fab hours in Liverpool

Tens of thousands of Fab Four followers plan weekends in the band's home city of Liverpool each year, with the most famous group in the world generating millions of pounds for the city. Liverpool has always been a popular destination for Beatles fans, despite the fact that John, Paul, George and Ringo parted ways almost five decades ago.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Professor shares his passion for The Beatles in new college course

A music professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia is teaching a new course about the life and times of The Beatles. Sixty-six students have registered in the course that examines how the band was formed and its meteoric rise to become one of the biggest names and most influential groups in entertainment history.

Source: CTV, Canada

Meet the Beatles!
52 years ago this month, Capitol releases Meet the Beatles!

The Beatles went on to release albums far superior to their Capitol Records debut, but in the realm of popular culture, there was no greater milestone than Meet the Beatles! Although Vee-Jay label's Introducing... The Beatles, which was released 10 days prior, Meet the Beatles! was, for all intents and purposes, the band's real introduction for most Americans.

Source: Gibson
Monday, January 25, 2016
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band announce new 2016 tour dates

Ringo Starr announced today that he and his All-Starr Band will be out on the road again this summer all over America. The tour begins June 3 in Syracuse, New York, and will hit the East Coast, the South, the Midwest and the mountain states, concluding in July in California with shows in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Caption lets slip that Paul McCartney will get back to touring in 2016

According to an item that's easy to miss in the Jan. 28 issue of Rolling Stone just popping into mailboxes, Paul McCartney will be touring again in 2016. That bit of information is contained in the caption on a picture of McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell on a Caribbean beach in the magazine's Random Notes feature.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Woman's autograph book signed by all four Beatles sells for 1,800

A Sutton Coldfield, England, woman gave up her beloved collection of famous names, which sold at auction this week for 1,800 (about $2,560). The precious book includes autographs of each member of The Beatles from when they performed in Coventry in the 1960s, plus football legends including Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.

Source: Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, UK

Robert Burns
Paul McCartney sends a message for Burns Night

Paul has been in touch to send his best wishes for Burns Night in Scotland. He said, "Wishing our Scottish buddies a tremendous Burns Night! Enjoy a wee dram on me!" Burns Night, held in honor of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The tradition started a few years after the poet's death in 1796.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson announces Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour

Founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former Beach Boy Al Jardine.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Video: Paul Mccartney appears on MTV Unplugged 25 years ago today

25 years ago today, following the vastness of his world tour captured on Tripping the Live Fantastic, Paul McCartney took on the chance to strip back his songs and appear on the newly launched acoustic-only show MTV Unplugged. In this video McCartney performs "That Would Be Something" from his debut album McCartney.

Source: Glide Magazine
Beatles Fan Club Secretary to speak at Beatles symposium

Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career will be the Honored Guest of the symposium presented by GRAMMY Museum of Mississippi and Delta State University. The film "Good Ol' Freda," will be shown on Saturday, 2 April and Ms. Kelly will speak to attendees and answer questions.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, January 22, 2016
Beatles set records on Spotify

In less than a month since the Beatles' tunes hit Spotify, Amazon Prime, Apple Music and six other services, the band's songs have been played 250 million times and counting on Spotify alone. Most of the people listening aren't Baby Boomers indulging in nostalgia, 79 percent weren't even born yet when the band broke up in 1970.

Source: NBC News

Milos Karadaglic
Classical guitarist says Beatles are as important as Bach

Virtuoso guitarist and heartthrob Milos Karadaglic is the world's most popular classical guitarist, renowned for his fluent and expressive playing. But he always wanted to be a rock star. He argues The Beatles are "as important as Bach" and should be considered part of the core classical music catalogue. His fourth album is comprised of Beatles songs.

Source: BBC News, UK
Beatles animator Ron Campbell In Sioux Falls this weekend

If you've watched any famous cartoon on TV, there's a good chance you've seen some of the work done by Ron Campbell. He was director of the legendary Beatles cartoon in the 1960's, and he worked on shows like Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh and more. Campbell will be in Sioux Falls for a meet and greet this weekend.

Source: KDLT TV, Sioux Falls
Video: Paul McCartney recalls recording In Spite of All The Danger

The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen in 1958. George, John, and Paul recorded "In Spite of All The Danger" on acoustic instruments Percy Phillips' home studio in Liverpool. Now available on the internet is a video of Paul McCartney, many years later, talking about "In Spite of All The Danger" and performing it solo on guitar.

Source: Boing Boing
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Steven Page aims for more than tribute with Beatles concert

Songwriter and former Barenaked Lady Steven Page has long been an encyclopedic Beatles fan, and credits the band with greatly influencing his own music. On Thursday, he mounts a tribute to the Beatles, singing the songs of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, with the Art Of Time Ensemble.

Source: CBC, Canada
Video: Perry Farrell sings Here Comes the Sun at George Harrison tribute

The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles played host to a special tribute show to the late George Harrison in September, 2014. To be released on Blu-Ray on February 26, now another video has been released from the show, Here Comes the Sun led by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell along with Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne and others.

Related Articles  Source: Relix
Photos of Beatles' first U.S. tour to be exhibited in Connecticut

Bill Eppridge was sent on a photo assignment for Life Magazine on Feb. 7, 1964. He had no way of knowing it would be one of the most important days of his career. He tagged along on their U.S. journey for six days. "The Beatles: Six Days That Changed The World" will be on exhibit at Western Connecticut State University until March 13.

Source: Hartford Courant
Beatles fan Happy Nat retires his Beatles Rarity website

The Beatles Rarity website has for years had regular postings about unreleased Beatles tracks. Happy Nat (who prefers to be called that), the owner of the site, recently announced he was ending the series, though the website will remain online, explaining that for the last seven years or so, it has become a full-time job.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Mersey Beat was the first social network for new music fans

Fifty years ago before Facebook and Spotify, Mersey Beat Magazine was the unsung hero of a scene that placed Liverpool at the centre of the musical universe. In 1959, Bill Harry was getting the cash together to fund a jazz publication but, after becoming friendly with a then little known group called The Beatles, he decided to change tack.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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