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Thursday, July 14, 2016
50 years ago, this band toured with The Beatles, then broke up immediately

On August 18, 1966, the Beatles performed at Suffolk Downs in Boston, on what would be their last tour. Their opening act, The Remains, was a burgeoning garage rock quartet comprised of Boston University friends. It ended up being the final tour for The Remains as well, but not before they experienced Beatlemania firsthand.

Source: Boston.com
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Philladelphia police snap photo with Paul McCartney

Seven Philadelphia police officers found themselves in the midst of rock royalty following Paul McCartney's sold-out Citizens Bank Park performance Tuesday, with the former Beatle stopping to pose for photos with the group post-show. The officers in the photo had worked security and traffic control for McCartney's concert.

Related Articles  Source: Philadelphia Inquirier

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon says Beatles' Revolver puts you in a trance

Sean Lennon says Revolver ranks up there with the Beatles' best work. He told Classic Rock, "Revolver's one of my favorite Beatles records, up there with Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album. Those records have influenced me more than any other music on the planet. A song like Tomorrow Never Knows puts you almost in a trance."

Source: Team Rock

Giles Martin
Giles Martin talks about his late father

Even before the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin died in March, his son Giles found himself the recipient of a staggering family inheritance. For years, the 46-year-old, a producer in his own right, has acted as a custodian of the music of the Beatles, and in recent months, he has been in charge of several major Beatles-related assignments.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles ticket stubs and autographs go under the hammer

Ticket stubs for a Beatles concert in Nottingham and a scrap of paper featuring the Fab Four's signatures could fetch up at least 4,000 (about $5,275) when they go under the hammer. They belong to 71-year-old grandmother in Keyworth, England, she has put them up for auction as she wants to see better use made of them.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Hard Days Night hotel shortlisted in Work Hard Play Hard awards

Liverpool's iconic Hard Days Night Hotel has been shortlisted in this year's Work Hard, Play Hard Awards. After beating off stiff competition from across the North West, the Beatles inspired venue located on North John Street, has become a finalist in the "Best Customer Service" category. The award ceremony is in Liverpool in September.

Source: Click Liverpool
Tribute band to perform free concert in Tennessee tomorrow

Nashville-based Beatles tribute band The WannaBeatles will perform a free, live concert at Music on the Main in Portland, Tennessee tomorrow. The WannaBeatles consists of award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have "Come Together" to play the music they grew up with.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Beatles authors to headline Beatles at the Ridge Festival

Beatles at the Ridge, the award-winning festival that USA TODAY named as "One of the 10 Best Places in the World to Learn About the Beatles," will return to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas this September 16 and 17. The weekend will include the Fourth Annual Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium, including discussions with noted Beatles historians.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Beatles covers film reissued with new footage

Take a group of some of the most famous solo artists of the 70's, gets them to sing cover versions of some of the most famous Beatles songs ever written. Add a considerable dollop of authentic documentary footage of the Second World War telling the story of that epic encounter...and what do you have? "The Beatles and WWII"!

Source: Beatles News
Film with Ringo cameo streaming in August and on DVD in September

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, comes to Digital HD on August 16, On Demand on August 30, and Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, 2016. It includes cameos from music-world VIPs including Ringo Starr.

Source: PR Newswire
Video: Fans join in on show closing number at Beatles musical in Leeds

The cast of the musical Let It Be led a rousing sing-along to Hey Jude in Leeds last night, and the uplifting moment was caught on camera. The musical about the rise of the Fab Four opened at Leeds Grand Theatre last night and soon had the audience on its feet as the talented cast performed hit after Beatles hit.

Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner, UK
New play The Beatles Slept Here opens this week in Tennessee

"The Beatles Slept Here" opens this week at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum Theater in Fayetteville, TN. Featuring a cast of some of the brightest teens and young adults in Lincoln County, this show is sure to draw laughs from the whole family and elicit nostalgia from those who know all of the Beatles songs by heart.

Source: Elk Valley Times, Fayetteville, TN
Paul McCartney makes more fans happy in Cincinnati

Paul McCartney took over US Bank Arena in Cincinnati July 10 as the One On One tour continued its swing through the States. A fan reported, "Something that absolutely blew me away was when he started singing In Spite of All the Danger, one of the first songs he ever did. It was really really powerful to me."

Related Articles  Source: AXS
7 rock tracks you didn't know were based on classical music

Led Zeppelin may be off the hook for plagiarising Spirit's Taurus due to the existence of a number of 17th century compositions using the allegedly stolen riff. While we might not all be well versed in classical canon, these popular oldies show up more often in modern music more than you may think, including the Beatles.

Source: Happy
Monday, July 11, 2016
Ringo Starr to hold first South Korean concert in November

Ringo Starr will hold his first concert in South Korea later this year in November as part of the fall world tour of the Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band. Starr's trip to South Korea is expected to draw the attention of local Beatles fans as it comes after fellow-Beatle Paul McCartney performed in South Korea in May last year.

Source: KBS, South Korea
Lisztomania vs. Beatlemania

It's the battle of all battles... the 19th century vs. the 20th century! It's Franz Liszt vs. The Beatles! It's Lisztomania vs. Beatlemania. Who drove more women to fits of passion? Who wore their hair longer? Who caused the biggest mob scene? Well, the truth of the matter is they both did and the similarities are remarkable.

Source: Beatles Freak
Video: Pianist plays Imagine for a grieving Dallas

A man who attended the Dallas memorial for the fallen officers last night at police headquarters rode in on a bike and brought along a grand piano. He played John Lennon's "Imagine," and then rode off. It was part of Davide Martello's mission "to promote peace." Martello also played in France after terrorist attacks there last year.

Source: KRTK TV, Houston
The 10 best Beatles songs of all time

How does one narrow the entire Beatles catalog down to just 10 essential songs? In truth, you can't. In less than a decade, they churned out 20 No. 1 hits all worthy of inclusion, but that's not even mentioning their 11 studio LPs of fascinating experimental material, with deep tracks capturing The Beatles at their most inventive.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet
Radio: Beatles song based on a single chord tops the charts

Paperback Writer by the Beatles hit the top of the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. When writing the music, Paul McCartney challenged himself to see if he could write an entire melody based on a single chord, and John Lennon insisted that the engineers boost the bass part so it would sound like a Wilson Pickett record.

Source: NPR
Friday, July 8, 2016

Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake pop art Bentley sells for $323,900

A one-off Bentley Continental created by the famous pop artist Sir Peter Blake has sold at auction for 250,000 (about $323,900) with all of the proceeds going to charity. Blake is best-known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. He said, 'I'm pleased with the prettiness of it... we've made a pretty car."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
New Arthur Alexander compilation is released

The Beatles were big fans of songs done by Arthur Alexander. They released "Anna (Go To Him)" on LP and also covered other songs he recorded on the BBC and in Hamburg. This week, Jasmine Records is releasing a new compilation of his work called "Lay Down Your Arms." It includes all his early recordings for the Dot label in 1961-62.

Source: AXS
Ringo Starr reveals Beatles were worried to come to America

"Coming to America, was a most incredible moment in my life," said Ringo Starr. "We landed in New York. All the music I loved came from America, and we were weeks before like unknown, and we were worried. 'Well they don't know us there. They knew us in Denmark. They knew us in England. They knew us in Spain.'"

Source: Fox News
Fans and friends join Ringo Starr for 76th birthday Peace and Love ceremony

Ringo Starr's annual "Peace and Love" birthday ceremony seems to get bigger each year. 200 to 300 fans gathered outside the Capitol Records Tower, closing down part of Vine Street north of Holywood Boulevard. Friends in attendance included Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Dave Stewart, Edgar Winter and members of his All-Starr Band.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Ringo Starr announces new All-Starr tour dates

It was a very happy birthday for Ringo Starr who was joined today in front of Capitol Records in Hollywood for his #PeaceAndLove birthday celebration. Ringo has revealed a new set of tour dates with the current and longest running All Starrs that takes them to Japan, Korea bookended by dates up and down the West Coast.

Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Historical Beatle gems hidden among Grammy Museum's new fab exhibit

Originally launched in 2014 in New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the U.S., the "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!" exhibit has finally made its way to the West Coast. Memorabilia on exhibit include Ringo's Abbey Road jacket and Paul McCartney's Shea Stadium jacket.

Source: Daytrippin'
A look back at Paul McCartney's five Milwaukee concerts

Paul McCartney, who is headlining a sold-out Marcus Amphitheater tomorrow, was just in Milwaukee three years ago, and he's only performed in the city five times across five decades. As a Beatle he played only one Wisconsin concert, lasting just 30 minutes, in 1964. A year shy of three decades later, McCartney finally returned.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Giggles: Definitive ranking of every song Ringo Starr wrote for The Beatles

This is a conclusive list of Ringo's songwriting credits for The Beatles. Jokes aside, this list has helped us unearth what we believe to be a brand new Beatles' conspiracy: Ringo's go-to peace sign pose isn't intended to signify love and acceptance. Rather, it's a constant reminder to his public of how many Beatles songs he wrote.

Source: Revelist
Paul McCartney posts throwback photo of Ringo Starr on his birthday

Paul McCartney has posted a "throwback" photo of fellow Beatle Ringo Starr to mark his birthday. Starr turns 76 today, with McCartney's Twitter account posting a photo of the pair together at AIR Studios in the Caribbean island of Montserrat. It is thought that the picture was taken during the recording of Tug of War in 1981.

Source: NME, UK
I woke up on the train and Paul McCartney was there

Two weeks ago, I was on a train coming back from London. I slept for the first part of the journey and, when I woke up, Paul McCartney was sitting on the other side of the aisle. I decided not to ask Paul for his autograph. Instead, I would be cool, and tweet to all my friends that I was on a train with Paul McCartney.

Source: New Statesman
Leader of group George Harrison played with in 1963 has died

Funeral services will be held Friday for Gerald "Gabe" McCarty, who was the leader and founder of the group the Four Vests that George Harrison played guitar with during his pre-Beatlemania trip to the U.S. in 1963. The two became good friends and kept in touch in later years. McCarty died last Sunday in the hospital at age 83.

Source: AXS
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

James Bay
James Bay wants Paul McCartney collaboration

James Bay has revealed his ultimate collaboration would his hero Sir Paul McCartney. Bay says he couldn't turn down the chance to work with the Beatles legend and sees it as more of a possibility after he did the song "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and Rihanna, but admits he hasn't got "the guts" and is too shy to ask him.

Source: The List, UK
The Beatles among top artists on Amazon

The Beatles were one of the top streamed artists on Amazon Prime in a top 10 dominated by British artists including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Little Mix and David Bowie. The timeless Fab Four have been named in a revealing list of the most popular items in the UK on the online retailer.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Studio where John Lennon recorded Imagine now on the market

40,000 square feet in The Plant on West 44th Street in New York City is currently up for rent. A destination for creative tenants looking to be in the heart of the Theatre District, The Plant is renowned for the many iconic artists who recorded there, including John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

Source: Real Estate Weekly

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler covers the Beatles in concert in Hollywood

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who has been hinting at a possible Aerosmith farewell tour in 2017, has been out on a solo tour, and performed in front of a packed house at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood yesterday. During the show, Tyler did back-to-back Beatles songs, "I'm Down" and "Come Together" as the audience roared right along.

Source: The Orange County Register
Is this one of the earliest photographs of Paul and Mike McCartney?

Is this one of the earliest known pictures of a very young Paul McCartney, with his even younger brother Mike? It was taken at Oglet Shore, near Speke, possibly in the late 1940s, and a Liverpool Echo reader is convinced it's the McCartney boys. Mike McCartney told the Echo, "I couldn't say it is definitely us, but it might well be!"

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Photos: Ringo Starr delights 6000 friends in L.A. Saturday night

Ringo Starr, looking ever so relaxed and fit, stepped in front of more than 6,000 fans as he wrapped a 21-show 2016 U.S. tour concert with the sold-out show on Saturday night, July 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which he now calls home. He bounced around on stage as if he was half his age, the energy was electric.

Source: The Pasadena Indepedent
Genesis releases new extended edition of George Harrison's I Me Mine

The closest we have come to a George Harrison autobiography, I Me Mine - The Extended Edition has been significantly updated since the 1980 original, covering for the first time the full span of George Harrison's life and work, with written contributions from Olivia Harrison and Derek Taylor and previously unpublished material.

Source: Genesis Publications
Sgt. Pepper's number 3 on list of the biggest-selling albums of all time

For its 60th anniversary, OfficialCharts.com has unveiled the 60 biggest-selling albums in the chart's history. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is at No 3 on the list, also is also the only other release to break the five million UK sales barrier (5.1 million copies). Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits came in at number 1 with 6.1 million.

Source: Uncut, UK
Bootleg Beatles to surprise Phillipino fans

The premier Beatles tribute band, the Bootleg Beatles, formed in 1980 and in demand for concerts around the globe, will be returning to the Philippines a series of concerts in Manila, on July 12, in Davao on July 15 and in Cebu on July 16. After Manila, they will travel to gigs in the UK, Norway, Australia, Singapore and Denmark.

Source: The Phillipine Star
Monday, July 4, 2016
Video: Ringo's wish for Peace and Love on his birthday Thursday

In a new video on YouTube, Ringo Starr again renews his wish for all of his fans and everyone worldwide to wish each other Peace and Love at noon on his birthday, July 7. Ringo has also invited everyone to a big birthday party for him in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood this Thursday, July 7, at Noon.

Official Page  Source: YouTube
Ringo's All-Starr Band wraps 2016 tour but new music on the horizon

"The tour is great," Ringo Starr said of his latest All-Starr Band, which wrapped their 2016 U.S. tour concert with the sold-out show at the Greek in Los Angeles. Backstage, Ringo said, "I'm more than halfway through a new album." So far, his songwriting partners include Steve Lukather, Dave Stewart and Van Dyke Parks.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Ringo Starr says Brexit Britain can work it out

Ringo Starr has said he was "huge fan" of the EU when it started but it had failed to turn into a "love fest". Starr has praised the UK's decision to leave the European Union, saying Brexit will allow the country to get back on its "own feet". "I was a huge fan when (the EU) started....But it never really got together, I didn't think."

Source: BT, UK

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