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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Very special John Lennon show Just Imagine back in LA

Musician/actor Tim Piper brings his stage show Just Imagine back to the Los Angeles area on October 9th, the anniversary of John Lennon's birthday. The show tells the "what if" story of Lennon coming back to speak about his life and its failures and successes in a loving tribute by Tim and his band Working Class Hero.

Source: Mid Valley News
Renowned John Lennon author appearing at Beatlefest this weekend

After a 14 year absence, the Fest for Beatles Fans is returning to Los Angeles this weekend, and Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler will be there, her first appearance in California with the first three books in her John Lennon Series, a nine volume narrative biography of the life of John Lennon.

Source: PR Log
Study shows Rubber Soul might have been better without marijuana

The Beatles Rubber Soul album is regarded as one greatest albums in pop music history. But a new study suggests it could have been even better if the band had not written it while high on cannabis. Dutch scientists have discovered that smoking pot does not make people more creative. In fact, it has the opposite effect.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Fun facts: 9 things you didn't know about John Lennon's glasses

Do you know the actual term for the small round sunglasses John Lennon wore? Do you know what other celebrities wore similar glasses? Did you know you can see the glasses he wore when he composed "Imagine" in person? Or that there's a statue of John from which the glasses are constantly being stolen?

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
John Lennon's full catalog now on Spotify

All of the studio albums that John Lennon released between 1970 and 1984, including Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Mind Games, are now available for streaming on Spotify alongside three Lennon 2010 compilations. Also, a collection of Lennon's singles includes non-album cuts like Give Peace a Chance and Cold Turkey.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon childhood photo to be auctioned next month

A a typical family album snap of its era, a 1952 picture of John Lennon in blazer and cap, with his aunt Harriet and cousin David Birch, is one of several being auctioned next month. Another shows a young Lennon pulling a funny face while on a holiday with cousin David and relatives in Edinburgh in 1952.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
In L.A. this weekend for Beatlefest? Take the Beatles Magical History Tour!

John Lennon's birthday is this week, and fans in L.A. this weekend for Beatlefest can make their visit complete and celebrate John's birthday with Gillian Lomax on her Magical History Tour. No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, October 6, 2014
John Lennon's Paperback Writer guitar heading to auction

The guitar John Lennon used on the recording of Paperback Writer is going up for auction. The Gretsch 6120 has been in the possession of Lennon's cousin David Birch since he received it as a gift from John in 1967. It's expected to bring in somewhere between $640,000 to $960,000 at auction later this month.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Popular John Lennon biography now available in all eBook formats

She Loves You, the third in a nine book series about John Lennon by Jude Southerland Kessler, is now available in all eBook formats. She Loves You takes the reader from John Lennon's trip to the Spanish Rivera with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the spring of 1963, through the Beatles taking America by storm in 1964.

Source: PR Log
In Pictures: Look inside George Harrison's childhood home

George Harrison's childhood home is to be sold at auction for a guide price of just 100,000. The modest three bedroom mid-terrace is where George, Paul McCartney and John Lennon held some of their first rehearsals before achieving worldwide success as the Beatles. George lived at 25 Upton Green in Speke from the age of six.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney backs campaign to save historic church

A campaign to keep St Luke's church in use as a cultural venue for the Liverpool community has received the backing of Paul McCartney, who joins Yoko Ono in calling for the bombed out church on Leece Street. Developers wanted to convert the land into a wedding hotel and venue, but the plan caused a public outcry.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Friday, October 3, 2014
Paul McCartney recites Shakespeare at San Antonio concert

Paul McCartney performed a benefit concert the Tobin Center in San Antonio on Wednesday night. Inspired by the intimate space, McCartney said, "In a theater like this, I feel like I should be doing Shakespeare or something," and then recited a few lines of Hamlet's "O that this too solid flesh would melt" soliloquy.

Related Articles  Source: Hollywood Reporter
Your chance to record in the The Beatles' Abbey Road studios

The Big Music Project competition will give some budding performers the chance to record in the hallowed surroundings of Abbey Road. Winners will get VIP tickets to the BRIT awards, a private recording session at the Abbey Road studios, a solo performance at the Royal Albert Hall and your track on the BRIT Awards 2016 album.

Source: The Mirror, UK
George Harrison's childhood home to be auctioned at Cavern Club

A three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Upton Green, Speke, the childhood home of George Harrison, goes up for auction later this month. It as a guide price of 100,000-plus ($159,000). John Lennon's first home in Newcastle Road, Wavertree, sold at auction for 480,000 last year, from a guide price of 150,000-plus.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion plays Off-Broadway starting tonight

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, arrives in NY tonight at The Union Square Theater. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters, and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the 20-week limited engagement will officially open Oct. 15.

Source: Playbill
Book Review: The Beatles and Me on Tour by Ivor Davis

We might never fully comprehend what it was like to be in the center of the Beatlemania hurricane of their 1964 North American tour. Journalist Ivor Davis paints a vivid picture for readers in The Beatles and Me on Tour, an account of his month traveling with the band as a correspondent for the London Daily Express.

Source: Something Else Reviews
El Paso exhibit includes rare Beatles photo

A photo exhibit at the Glass Gallery of the Fox Fine Arts Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus will include a rare photograph of the Beatles by photographer Mike Mitchell who earned worldwide fame in 2011 when his photographs of the Beatles' first U.S. concert in 1964 were auctioned by Christies in New York.

Source: Borderzine, El Paso
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Steve Luthaker says Ringo treats All Starrs like kings

Steve Lukather is hitting the road again with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band. Ringo and his collective of fellow famous musicians embark on a new U.S trek that begins tonight in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and runs through an October 23 show in Clearwater, Florida. "We've become really good friends. He treats us like kings." he says.

Source: WFJA, North Carolina
Brian Ray shares guitar licks with McCartney

Brian Ray never dreamed he'd become a member of Paul McCartney's band. McCartney has no audition process, says Ray. They talked for close to an hour after his first gig with Paul in 2002 before McCartney said, "OK, I'll see you in LA." After the performance, Paul looked at Brian, smiled and said, "Welcome aboard."

Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Video: Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's Imagine

Eddie Vedder has released a cover of John Lennon's Imagine benefit Heartbeat which works to create dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth around music. Vedder said Tuesday, "I think it is the most powerful song ever written." The track is from his performance of the 1971 Lennon classic at a July concert in Portugal.

Source: USA Today
Update: Rare Beatles album sells on eBay for $36,655

A bidding-war for a scarce fully-signed Beatles album on eBay has ended with a final bid price of $36,655. The mint-condition Please Please Me album has a signatures from each member of the group on the back side of the sleeve. Last year, a rare 1967 Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Album sold for $290,500.

Source: What Sells Best
Classic Albums Live to perform Abbey Road on Oct. 25 in Illinois

Classic Albums Live will perform The Beatles' Abbey Road at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park on Saturday, October 25. They will perform every song from the rock masterpiece, note for note, cut for cut. It's all about the music, there are no gimmicky costumes or impersonations.

Source: eNews, Park Forest, IL
Review: McCartney makes his mark at the Tobin Center

Last night, Paul McCartney performed a special concert for an audience of about 1,750 people at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, and it was an evening of magic. McCartney normally plays in large stadiums and arenas, so It's rare for him to do a more intimate performance like this one.

Source: The Rivard Report
Beatles band does farewell concert in Northeast Somerset

One of the world's best known Beatles tributes and regulars at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band, will retire following an autumn tour which takes in the Merlin Theatre at Frome in Northeast Somerset, England, on October 4 and returning to where they started 20 years ago in 1995.

Source: Somerset Guardian, UK
The Black Dyke Band returns to St. Chad's Church

The world famous Apple records recording artists Black Dyke Band will return to St. Chad's Church in Shrewsbury, England, on 26 October in this year's exciting Shropshire Music Season. Director Kate Hogwood said, "No other ensemble in the world of music can boast such a record of innovation and success."

Source: Shropshire Live, UK
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Paul McCartney backs instrument amnesty campaign

Paul McCartney and Ronnie Wood have given their backing to a national musical instrument "amnesty" which has already collected 3,000 items. It was launched by pianist James Rhodes to coincide with his Don't Stop the Music Campaign to help provide instruments for primary school children in need.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Julian Lennon records new song for charity

Music Is Hope Foundation has released the music EP "Summertime" featuring Julian Lennon and Meninos do Morumbi & Friends. The track includes Lennon's longtime friend, co-writer and guitarist, Justin Clayton and Grammy Award winning producer John Jones, who first conceived the project, on bass, guitars and keyboards.

Source: Look to the Stars
New official website goes behind the scenes of two Wings albums

In celebration of the forthcoming Wings reissues, Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, there is now a new interactive microsite telling the story of Wings, its members, their influences and the music. The site includes info about the albums, rare photos and videos, including the new video, "Call Me Back Again."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Several Beatles-related events to take place in Los Angeles

Several exciting Beatles-related events are happening in Los Angeles next weekend, timed to celebrate John Lennon's 74th birthday, Oct. 9, including The Fest for Beatles Fans at LAX, tours to Beatle sites by acclaimed Beatles expert Gillian Lomax, and a visit to John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles Love show to team with Las Vegas Phil

Life is Beautiful festival-goers later this month will experience a special collaboration between The Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil and members of Southern Nevada's premier professional symphony, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, as they come together in a one-of-a-kind showcase of artistic creativity and expression.

Source: Broadway World
Video: Alice Cooper covers Eleanor Rigby

When first approached about contributing a cover to "The Art of Paul McCartney," a tribute to the former Beatle set to be released in mid-November, Alice Cooper naturally assumed they'd want to hear him taking on I'm Down or one of the rockers. Not Eleanor Rigby. "It was so weird," Cooper says, but he agreed.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Sneak Peek: Brian Wilson's track on The Art of McCartney

The crown jewel of the forthcoming multi-artist Art of McCartney tribute album, it would seem, from the first, was going to be Brian Wilson's take on "Wanderlust." The track, from Tug of War, is uniquely suited for Wilson's sense of roving wonder, an advance clip shows that it will be more than worth the wait.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ed Sheeran sought Paul McCartney's advice

Ed Sheeran has revealed Sir Paul McCartney gave him advice about life when they met at an Oscars after-party. Sheeran says McCartney encouraged him to take note of how other big names, such as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Justin Timberlake, interact with people, saying, "they're all comfortable in their own space."

Source: Contact Music

Strawberry Field gates to return to their rightful home

The iconic Strawberry Field gates are to return to their rightful home in South Liverpool. The wrought-iron gates which were put in storage for safe keeping by the Salvation Army which owns the Beaconsfield Road site, are to be put on permanent public display for Beatles fans on the Strawberry Field grounds if city planners give approval next week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Irish pub celebrates John Lennon's 74th birthday

In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 74th birthday, Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana will throw its annual birthday bash for the late Beatle on October 9. Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler said, "It's the 35th year for the party started in 1979 by a group of Lennon fans who were regulars at the pub."

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Dad makes coolest breakfast ever

Nathan Shields looks likely to take the crown of Coolest Dad of the Year with his fabulous family pancakes. Nathan created the pancakes, which are made into the shape of the fab four, for his children, and filmed his efforts for his YouTube channel. His children were delighted with his work (presumably because they got to eat them).

Source: Parent Dish
Monday, September 29, 2014
New video reveals Paul McCartney's real phone number

Wings has unveiled a new lyric video for single "Call Me Back Again", which somewhat surprisingly features Paul McCartney's actual phone number. But fans expecting to get hold of The Beatle will be disappointed as the number is no longer in use. The song will feature on the forthcoming reissue of Venus and Mars on November 3.

Source: Gigwise
Video: Statue to honor forgotten Beatles manager Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein is hardly a household name in Liverpool. There is the Epstein Theatre, but campaigners argue more is needed to celebrate the man who discovered The Beatles, they want a statue in Liverpool. "Without Brian there would have been no Beatles," said Billy Kinsley, lead singer of 60s band The Merseybeats.

Source: BBC News
Video: Musicians salue George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

Dozens of famous musicians gathered at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre this weekend to honor George Harrison at an event aptly named George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, including Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Ann Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, Perry Farrell and Dhani Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Bids pass $25k for rare Beatles album

The price has been pushed past $25,000 for a scarce fully-signed Beatles album on eBay. The rare mint-condition copy of the Please Please Me LP includes signatures from each member of the group on the upper-back-side of the sleeve and is described by the seller as "an artifact worthy of the finest museum-grade collections."

Source: What Sells Best
Upcoming guests on John Lennon Hour to include Brian Epstein author

Beatles expert Jude Southerland Kessler has announced her special guests that will be appearing on her radio show during the month of October. On Octover 23, Vivek Tiwary, author of The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, will discuss Brian's part in making the Beatles the greatest band in the world.

Source: PR Log
Ivor Davis touring with the Beatles in the summer of 1964

In the summer of 1964, The Beatles embarked on a record-breaking tour of America and Canada. Ivor Davis' new book, The Beatles and Me On Tour, presents an insider's chronicle of that tour. Davis, then a young reporter for the London Daily Express, traveled with The Beatles as the only British writer on the tour.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine

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