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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Paul McCartney paid $1 million to perform at conference

Paul McCartney was over paid $1 million to perform at billionaire Ron Baron's New York investment conference on Friday. McCartney and Carrie Underwood, who also collected a large fee, headlined the company meeting at the Metropolitan Opera. A spokesperson said, "It was fabulous. Paul McCartney put on a great show."

Source: NY Post
Close encounters of the Fab kind

As fans of The Beatles celebrate the 50th anniversary of their American invasion this year, only a small percentage of them can say they attended a Beatles concert or met one in person. This is the story of one man who attended The Beatles' only two New England concerts and had close encounters with three of them.

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader
Director discusses controversial John Lennon play

A controversial new play about John Lennon is being staged next week. The play, directed by Paul Blinkhorn, sees a man in jail visited by John Lennon, the man he shot dead years earlier. Set in the cell of a New York maximum security prison, it has drawn criticism from fans who say the play is fulfilling the killer's bid for notoriety.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Bolton News, UK
Monday, November 10, 2014
Ringo sets new All Starr 2015 tour dates

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band has revealed a February-March run that includes shows in South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic as well as in the U.S. Destinations include Orlando, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Las Vegas. "We have so much fun playing together," Ringo said. "We don't want it to end!"

Source: Pollstar
John Lennon Paperback Writer guitar expected to fetch 630,000 at auction

A Gretsch guitar that John Lennon played for the recording of the Beatles' Paperback Writer and then gave to his cousin is expected to fetch up to 630,000 at auction in Britain this week. It is said the Gretsch 6120 is one of the most significant Lennon guitars to come on the market in the last 30 years.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
New Liverpool exhibition tells story of The Beatles in America

A new show opening in Liverpool will tell the story of how 1960's beat groups, spearheaded by The Beatles, conquered the United States. The exhibition at The Beatles Story at the Pier Head was put together by the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, and is drawn from historical music artefacts never seen outside the US.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Woman seriously hurt by car while crossing Abbey Road

A female pedestrian has been hospitalized after she was run down by a car at the Beatles' famous Abbey Road crossing in London. The busy street is a Mecca for Beatles fans but it became the scene of a horrific accident on Friday when a woman was struck by a Volkswagen hatchback and thrown across the road.

WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: London Free Press
Friday, November 7, 2014
Photos: Linda McCartney Retrospective opens in South Korea

South Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney is now open to the public. Combining images of top musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles with shots of precious moments in her everyday life, Linda's reputation for unembellished images offers candid glimpses into the emotions of her subjects.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Famed producer reveals Bob Dylan/Beatles album that never was

According to a new book from producer and engineer Glyn Johns, at a chance meeting at a NY airport, Bob Dylan shared the idea with him of possibly recording together with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. "And he asked me if I would find out whether the others would be interested. I was completely bowled over," Johns says.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
It was 50 years ago today Beatlemania hit Cardiff

On Saturday, 7 November 1964 The Beatles arrived in Wales at the very zenith of their powers. A total of 5,000 fans saw them in two performances held that day, but many thousands more missed out on tickets. The concert was the second of three visits to Cardiff and came just months after the band had conquered America.

Source: BBC News Wales
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Remastered Listen To What The Man Said now available online

Issued in 1975, Venus And Mars finds Wings grappling with then-current trends, shades of funk and disco make appearances, while also staying true to McCartney's love of classic songwriting. Spruced up by the award-winning team at Abbey Road, the newly remastered Venus And Mars has rarely, if ever, sounded better.

Source: Clash Music
Video: Billy Joel's cover of Maybe I'm Amazed

Nov. 18 will see possibly the biggest tribute yet to Sir Paul's compositional talents with the release of The Art of McCartney, a massive collection of covers by some of the biggest musicians of the past 50 years. Billy Joel contributes two covers to the collection, Live and Let Die and Maybe I'm Amazed, which is now available online.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
Beatles secretary to lecture at East Tennessee State University

The 2013 docu "Good Ol' Freda" will be shown on Nov. 10 at East Tennessee State University. The films tells the story of Freda Kelly, who started working as the secretary for the Beatles when she was 17. Director and producer Kathy McCabe and Kelly will be present for a question and answer session after the screening.

Related Articles  Source: East Tennessean
Video: Tom Odell covers John Lennon's Real Love for Christmas ad

Tom Odell has covered John Lennon's track Real Love for this year's UK retailer John Lewis Christmas advert which tells the story of Monty the penguin. John Lewis's Christmas adverts have become well-known for their use of slow, stripped-down covers of older songs in recent years. The video of the ad is now online.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles fan's novel gets back to Paul is dead craze

Aaron Mermelstein's new novel "Octopus' Garden" is about the "Paul is dead" phenomenon, a conspiracy theory circulating in the late '60s that claimed Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike. "People who worked in college radio go absolutely nuts for the book," said Mermelstein.

Source: St Louis Light
Paul White Capitol Records Canada's original A&R Man

Paul White's achievements during his tenure at Capitol Records Canada from 1957-1978 are significant. He is credited for breaking The Beatles in Canada six months before the U.S., sparking Beatlemania in North America, and responsible for the release of too many noteworthy Canadian albums to count throughout the '60s and '70s.

Source: Cashbox Canada
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Lost Paul McCartney track released on the web

With extras-stuffed reissues of Wings' Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound now out, Paul McCartney isn't finished cleaning out his vaults just yet. The latest previously unreleased nugget from his past to see the light of day is a 75-second track called "Love My Baby," recorded for the 1974 TV special "One Hand Clapping."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Sgt Pepper's artist house for sale

The house which was home to Brit Pop Art pioneer, Sir Peter Blake, while he was an evacuee during World War II, is for sale with estate agent Mullucks Wells. Sir Peter, who is best known for his work on some of the world's most famous record covers including Sgt. Pepper's, stayed at Hilldrop House in the 1940s.

Source: Haverhill Echo, UK

Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne confirms he is working on a new album

Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne has confirmed that he is working on a new album Speaking at the Classic Rock Honors in Los Angeles yesterday, where he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, he said, "I'm working on a new album and that'll be involved in the new times when we play." He also said they'd tour again.

Source: NME, UK

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney launches exclusive clothing line in Brazil

Stella McCartney launched an exclusive range for Brazilian consumers at Sao Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday, saying she was targeting a "cool and sexy" market. "For me, Brazilian women are cool and sexy I have to say, and they are definitely aware when it comes to fashion," Stella said as she launched the apparel for C&A.

Source: Global Post
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Paul McCartney and Wings classic albums rereleased today

The official reissues of Wings' classic albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed of Sound are out today, both available as a 2 CD Standard Edition and a 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition with hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews, material from Paul's archives and expanded track-by-track information.

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World Music
Book Review: The Beatles Invade Cincinnati by Scott Belmer

When the Beatles came to U.S. cities, the press extensively covered the event from the often amusing press conferences to the swooning fans. Scott Belmer captures the hysteria surrounding Beatlemania in The Beatles Invade Cincinnati, a scrapbook chronicling the Beatles' 1964 and 1966 visits to the city.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Beatles original Cavern Club fan attends lecture at Texas State

In the audience for professor Kenneth Womack's Beatles presentation Monday at Texas State University was Erika Bale, who saw the Beatles more than 200 times beginning when she was 15 at the Cavern Club in 1961. She was there the day the Beatles sacked drummer Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr in 1962.

Source: San Antonio Express-News
Chrissie Hynde streams her cover of Let it Be

Due Nov. 18, the Paul McCartney tribute album "The Art of McCartney" collects more than 40 covers of songs originally recorded by the former Beatle, including a new version of Let It Be performed by Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde. Her take on the song now has its own lyric video which is now streaming online.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Theatre Within's annual John Lennon tribute set for December 5 in NYC

Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit dedicated to furthering the performing arts as a positive social force, will stage its 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 5 in New York City. Rock icon Debbie Harry will top a stellar line-up including Ben E. King, who along with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote "Stand By Me."

Related Articles  Source: Artist Direct
Monday, November 3, 2014
Unseen photos of Paul McCartney's Kintyre hideaway

He once sang that his desire was always to be there, but previously unpublished photos taken by Linda McCartney reveal that life was not always so idyllic on Kintyre for Paul McCartney. The images show the former Beatle practicing on his bass guitar in a chilly converted barn in front of an electric fire, next to an old curtain.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
For Don Henley, John Lennon remains his primary influence

Asked about his primary influence in music, Don Henley answered, "John Lennon is still a great influence on my life, and my career. He was my biggest hero, even bigger than Elvis. I admired John Lennon more than anybody in the music industry. I loved what he stood for, what he believed in, everything about him, really."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Previously unheard 1986 Kurt Cobain mixtape contains Beatles samples

A previously unheard mixtape made by a 19-year-old Kurt Cobain has been unearthed. Put together a couple of years before Nirvana's 1989 debut "Bleach" and made using a four-track cassette recorder, the 36-minute long recording is a collage of noises, sounds and extracts from Cobain's own music collection, including the Beatles.

Source: NME, UK
Win Paul McCartney and Wings reissues deluxe editions

Paul McCartney is reissuing two of his bestselling Wings albums of the '70s, Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound, and Ultimate Classic Rock will be giving away copies of the expanded three-disc sets which includes a hardback book with unpublished photographs and a bonus DVD with never-before-seen video.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, October 31, 2014
Billboard names Paul McCartney to 2014 Touring Award finalists

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards were announced yesterday, and Paul McCartney was among the finalists. The award recognizes artists with outstanding achievement in the touring world, and is based considerably off of Billboard's Boxscore chart data reflecting gate receipts for live shows.

Source: Hypebot
Soundgarden rarities album to include Beatles covers

Soundgarden will release a three-disc rarities album Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path next month on November 24, which will feature a handful of classic rock cover tunes, including versions of two songs by the Beatles, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey and Come Together.

Source: RTT News
Paul McCartney signed guitar to be auctioned on November 23

An ESP electric guitar signed by Paul McCartney in black marker pen is to be sold by UK based Tracks Auction. The guitar was a prop in a promotional video that McCartney commissioned to promote Appreciate, a track off his 2013 album, New.

Source: Digital Journal
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Dublin Beatles Festival to kick off next week

The Dublin Beatles Festival kicks off on Friday, November 7, celebrating the 51st anniversary of the culture-shifting performance of The Beatles in Ireland. The festival runs until Sunday across the city centre with top Irish and international bands, art, film, merchandise and an exclusive Irish appearance by Neil Innes.



Source: Business & Leadership

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren memorabilia up for auction next week

A collection of memorabilia belonging to Todd Rundgren will go on the block November 7 and 8 in Beverly Hills, including a stage-played Italia electric guitar, and awards he's has received over the years. Last week, Rundgren wrapped up another tour leg as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and he's just kicked off his own U.S tour.

Source: WFJA, North Carolina

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono on art, New York and John Lennon

For the past 60 years, Yoko Ono has channeled her experiences and encounters into conceptual art, first with the avant-garde movement in New York, and later, with John Lennon, with their "Bed-in for Peace" protests in 1969. Her body of work has now been compiled in a lavish, limited-edition book, "Infinite Universe at Dawn."

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Bank forces teen to shorten her Beatles name

A teenager named Summer Strawberry Fields Forever Cole by her Beatles-mad dad has been forced to cut it short by a bank for her first card. The 16 year-old went into a local branch to open her first current account. But staff said her name was too long to fit on a debit card, she agreed to cut it to Summer Cole.

Source: Irish Mirrror
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Paul McCartney offers exclusive track free download

Next week the remastered classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will be reissued. To celebrate, Paul McCartney's official website is giving fans an exclusive extended and remastered version of "Letting Go" to download. The track received its worldwide premiere this morning on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
New Liverpool hospital glass panes inspired by the Beatles

A life-long Beatles fan was chosen to design a unique installation for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. Award-winning glass artist Alexander Beleschenko took inspiration from the years he spent listening to his favorite Liverpool band to design the stunning artwork, saying the light reflections mimic the intonations of music.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles Love joins Las Vegas Phil

Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic performed a tribute to The Beatles last Sunday, playing original scores adapted specifically for Life is Beautiful, under the guidance of The Beatles Love Music Director Giles Martin, while artists from Love danced energetically and aerialists soared across the Downtown Stage.

Source: Broadway World
Review: Flaming Lips fail with Sgt. Pepper cover

The Flaming Lips have recorded a full-length tribute to the Beatles' 1967 album, "With a Little Help from My Fwends, "and the music is even more far-out and psychedelic than the landmark original. The songs lack the melodic charm and rhythmic bounce of the originals, there's so much distortion not even "Lovely Rita" is pretty.

Related Articles  Source: Reporter-Herald, Loveland, CO
Interview: Beatles radio host and expert Ken Michaels

Radio host Ken Michaels' passion for the Beatles is just as deep as his knowledge of their work, from their earliest recordings to their work as solo artists to the books, movies, remasters of albums, and countless other Beatles projects. His radio show Every Little Thing takes a weekly look at The Beatles' catalogue from every angle.

Source: Stereo Embers
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Collector's Edition of Paul McCartney's New out today

Paul McCartney's New is to be released today as special 2CD & DVD Collector's Edition in a hard bound book featuring bonus content including behind the scenes footage, music videos, live recordings, album documentary and previously unreleased tracks, packed full with exclusive content that tells the story of the making of the album.

Source: Broadway World Music

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