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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Review: Dhani Harrison confident as father's son, free agent

On his album In///Parallel, Dhani Harrison doesn't hide from, nor does he duplicate, the sounds of his late father, George Harrison. The younger Harrison builds on the legacy in a way that seems at once familiar, original and assured. In///Parallel is a sonic marvel that should reveal and reward over repeated listening.

Related Articles  Source: DR Reports
Paul McCartney reveals pre-show ritual learned from a rock 'n' roll hero

In response to a question on his website, "How do you look after your voice," Paul McCartney has revealed that he has a pre-show ritual that he learned in part from one of his rock 'n' roll heroes, Little Richard when "we were kids in Hamburg." He holds his head over a steaming bowl of water, but admits he doesn't know if it works.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Sgt. Pepper jukebox to mark 50th anniversary

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's anniversary is being marked with a limited edition vinyl-playing jukebox. zit features artwork from the iconic album cover, holds 70 7" singles and is capable of playing both A and B sides, as well as incorporating a Bluetooth receiver to stream digital music wirelessly from any compatible device.

Source: Music Week

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher explains how Yoko Ono inspired a new song

It's been revealed a new Liam Gallagher track was inspired by Yoko Ono. At a meeting in New York, he inquired about the meaning of a massive banner that was hanging up. She said, "It says, 'While I've been hibernating I've been gathering my wings.'" Gallagher wrote it down and now, those lyrics have finally worked their way into a song called "I've All I Need."

Source: Exclaim! Canada
Primal Scream therapist Arthur Janov dies at 93

Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, has died. His 1970 book "The Primal Scream," made him an international celebrity. His patients included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was 93.

Source: CBS News
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Free Fallin': Tom Petty wrote his biggest hit to make Jeff Lynne laugh

As easy tunes go, Tom Petty's 1989 hit "Free Fallin'" is good for a laugh. And as it turns out, that's exactly what Petty had in mind when he wrote it. He says he began writing the song spontaneously during sessions for his debut solo album, "Full Moon Fever," as a way to make producer Jeff Lynne crack up.

Source: Guitar World
In pictures: Tom Petty (1950 - 2017)

Pictures from the life and career of Tom Petty, who passed away on Monday, including with Bob Dylan in New York in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage in 1979, with the Heartbreakers after their 40th anniversary tour, with his wife Dana York in 2001, and his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year.

Source: The London Times, UK
Tom Petty tributes pour in from rock stars, fans

On Tom Petty, Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom." Olivia and Dhani Harrison tweeted, "Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. We will love and miss him for the rest of our days. Our thoughts are with his family and all the heart breakers."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tom Petty, a mainstay of rock with the Heartbreakers, dies at 66

Tom Petty, who melded California rock with his Southern heritage to produce a long string of hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with some of his elders and influences to form the Traveling Wilburys, writing and recording with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Source: New York Times
Friday, September 29, 2017
George Harrison's sitar auctioned for $62,500

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison has been sold for $62,500. The instrument, purchased from a shop on London's Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The name of the successful bidder has not been disclosed by the auctioneers.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK

Netflix's Beatles-inspired animated series heading to the stage

The Netflix animated series Beat Bugs, featuring songs by The Beatles, is being adapted as a new stage musical. The Emmy-winning series about the adventures of a group of four backyard bugs incorporates numerous songs from the iconic Lennon/McCartney catalog. A timeline for the stage musical's release has not been announced.

Source: Playbill
Beatles release a Yellow Submarine Happy Socks collection

When Viktor Tell, the creative director of Happy Socks (aka the happiest sock brand in the world), was presented with the opportunity to do a limited edition capsule collection in partnership with The Beatles, the goal was immediately obvious to him: to pay homage to The Yellow Submarine. It was a no-brainer.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sir George Martin
George Martin's film scores, orchestral works to be released

The orchestral works of the late George Martin will be released on a new album, George Martin: The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Compositions, November 10. The LP will feature music by Martin for films like Yellow Submarine and Live and Let Die, as well as his previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission.

Source: Rolling Stone
First Listen: Dhani Harrison, In///Parallel

After years of collaborations, the son of The Beatles' George Harrison is finally releasing his solo debut album, the mesmerizing In///Parallel. Dhani could have done the George Harrison tribute circuit forever. Instead, he went searching for what he alone might contribute to the ongoing conversation of rock.

Related Articles  Source: NPR
Founding member of the Fourmost passes away

Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I'm In Love, released later that year, were produced by George Martin and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Billy Joel joins Paul McCartney onstage on Long Island

For the second-to-last show of Paul McCartney's eight-night "residency" in the New York metropolitan area last night, the star was joined onstage by native son Billy Joel for two Beatles favorites. Joel came onstage midway through McCartney's eight-song encore to join the band for Get Back and Birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands

Yoko Ono Mural
Yoko Ono's latest large-scale mural unveiled in Washington, DC

Yoko Ono has exhibited her artwork at museums around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. Now her artwork graces the side of Union Market in Washington, DC. The large-scale, public-art mural, Relax, Your Heart is Stronger Than What You Think! can be seen on the Union Market's 1000 sq ft exterior western wall.

Source: Lonely Planet
The Allah-Las celebrate psych roots with George Harrison cover

Psych-rock revivalists Allah-Las have long incorporated the shimmering guitar tones and sensuous pop hooks of the genre's forebears into their own music, and they continue to wear their influences proudly with a new cover of George Harrison's "Fish on the Sand," which is premiering today exclusively on the Billboard website.

Source: Billboard
Beatles signatures up for auction

A single sheet of paper signed by all four Beatles will go up for auction at Baltimore auctioneer Alex Cooper's October two-day gallery auction on Oct. 3 and Oct. 7. The signed item, which is framed with a copy of the album cover "With the Beatles" from 1965, carries an estimated value of $5,000 to $7,000.

Source: The Daily Record, Baltimore
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Super rare mono pressing of The Beatles' White Album up for sale on eBay

An original UK mono version of The Beatles' 1968 The Beatles LP has been listed for sale on eBay for $2,599.99. The record, in VG+ condition according to its seller, is especially rare because of its low pressing number number, which is 0000441. It also includes the original poster/lyrics sheet and the 4 photographs of the Beatles.

Source: The Vinyl Factory
Why the Beatles' Abbey Road was streets ahead of its time

Abbey Road is for many, the absolute pinnacle of the band's achievements. It was The Beatles' very last to be recorded, Let It Be was mostly recorded prior to this. Abbey Road is a masterpiece, far greater than the sum of its parts, a record that, more than any other Beatles album, stands the test of time when played as a whole.

Source: U Discover Music
The Beatles release Abbey Road' LP 48 years ago today

48 years ago today, September 26, 1969, The Beatles released Abbey Road. Their eleventh studio album is considered one of the finest of all time, recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. In this look back, John Lennon talks about the newly released Abbey Road, track by track.

Source: Glide Magazine
Monday, September 25, 2017
PBS to air Ron Howard's Beatles documentary in November

PBS today announced the U.S. broadcast premiere of Academy Award-winner Ron Howard's documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years will be on Saturday, November 25. The film will be followed by Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, which continues the story through the months the band spent creating Sgt. Pepper.

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World
Photos: Paul McCartney fans tailgating in Syracuse

Some fans arrived for Paul McCartney's concert at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse at 2pm, six hours before the show, far earlier than the 90 minutes suggested by Syracuse Police. They were seeking shade and super excited to be here for McCartney's show. Fans were joined by 17 tractor trailers that carry all the supplies for the show.

Related Articles  Source: Syracuse.com
Beatles' hairdresser reveals what is was like working with the fab four

It was an ordinary Saturday in October 1966 and Leslie Cavendish had just finished styling Jane Asher's hair at his salon in London. She asked whether Leslie was free later that day to do a house visit "as my boyfriend needs a haircut". Her boyfriend was of course McCartney. Leslie was McCartney's hairdresser for nearly a decade.

Source: The Express, UK

Beatles cartoon TV series debuts on this day in 1965

The Beatles cartoon TV show debuted on ABC TV on September 25, 1965. Created by Al Brodax, like the film A Hard Day's Night, the show placed the band members into humorous (if often exaggerated) situations. Each of the 39 episodes was titled after a Beatles song, which was played during the episode, with its story roughly based on the lyrics.

Source: Best Classic Bands
DJ who first played Beatles in Miami passes away

For 51 years Rick Shaw's resonant and melodious voice echoed through the airwaves, from St. Louis to Omaha to Denver and finally to Miami. In 1964, while he worked for WQAM, Shaw was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. He met them later that year in Jacksonville. Shaw passed away on Friday, he was 78.

Source: Miami Herald
Friday, September 22, 2017
Paul McCartney fans travel hundreds of miles to attend Syracuse concert

James Migliore's first ever concert was The Beatles on Aug. 17, 1965. He's driving about three hours to Syracuse from Buffalo to see Paul McCartney. Other fans are driving or flying hundreds of miles to see McCartney on Saturday. Luis Lopez of California will make one of the longest trips of any fan to see McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: Syracuse.com
Paul McCartney wears his own concert t-shirt out on the town in NYC

After wrapping up another show at Barclays Center, McCartney relocated to the East Village of Manhattan to make a surprise appearance at actor Alan Cumming's club and sing some karaoke songs with Emma Stone, Cumming and others while partying the night away in a shirt that said "I Saw Paul McCartney In Brooklyn."

Related Articles  Source: Relix
NY Attorney General looking into exorbitant Paul McCartney tix prices

The NY Attorney General office is still conducting an investigation prompted by complaints of "exorbitant" ticket prices for this Saturday's Paul McCartney show at the Carrier Dome. The investigation began more than four months ago, but the AG's office would not release any details about whether anything has been uncovered so far.

Related Articles  Source: New York Upstate
Listen: Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon, the Roots' Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots kick off the holiday season with a giddy remake of the former Beatle's 1980 track, "Wonderful Christmastime." The a cappella instrumental, with some seasonal bells thrown in, will appear on Holidays Rule, Vol. 2, a new compilation out October 13 on Capitol Records.

Source: Rolling Stone
In defence of Ringo Starr: Masterful drummer and Beatles' unsung genius

The public's perception of Ringo Starr, a non-musician who got lucky, a journeyman alongside three musical geniuses, is total nonsense. Ringo, whose new album Give More Love has just come out, wasn't just the funniest Beatle, and he wasn't just the best drummer in the Beatles. He was the best drummer for the Beatles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Listen: Unreleased 1963 Beatles demo up for sale on eBay

A rare, unreleased demo of The Beatles song "What Goes On" is currently on sale through a listing on eBay. This 1963 demo version predates the Beatles recording sung by Ringo Starr on the Rubber Soul album in 1965. This earlier version was sung by John Lennon, who wrote the song, and features Lennon singing different lyrics.

Source: Billboard
Video: Beatles' final concert recreated on Syracuse rooftop

Paul McCartney will perform in Syracuse this Saturday. To welcome him, several Syracuse musicians teamed up to perform "Get Back" on the roof of syracuse.com's downtown newsroom, as a tribute to The Beatles' famous 1969 rooftop concert. The drummer even wore a red jacket like Ringo Starr did at the original rooftop show.

Source: Syracuse.com
Montreal hotel turns Lennon/Ono bed-in suite into memorial exhibit

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel has opened their redesign of the suite 1742, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent eight days during their now-famous "bed-in for peace." The rooms now feature virtual reality exhibits, archival TV and radio footage, and furnishings and artwork inspired by the landmark moment in time.

Source: Toronto Sun
Lucky man to sing with Paul McCartney after winning charity contest

British Columbia fan Gregg Anderson was stunned on Sunday to discover that he'd been selected to attend McCartney's show at the Barclays Center in New York tonight, as well as meet Macca for an informal chat and, incredibly, join him onstage for a performance of Get Back, thanks to online fundraising platform Omaze.

Related Articles  Source: Vancouver Sun
Insane photos show how intense Beatles fans were

KatyCats and Beliebers ain't got nothing on Beatlemania. This collection of photos on Buzz Feed show how intense Beatles fans were in the '60s, including fans collapsing on the ground from exhaustion during a concert, and fans attempting to enter the Customs Hall at London Airport by crawling into the baggage conveyor belt.

Source: Buzz Feed
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney sings Happy Birthday to Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney took some time out of his One-on-One tour concert performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday night to call out Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and wish him a happy birthday, and then, of course, sing the Beatles song "Birthday" to Fallon, who was in the audience losing his freakin' mind the whole time.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Latest Rick and Morty episode sneaks in surprise for Beatles fans

Fns on Reddit have discovered an Easter egg in the latest episode of the animated series of Rick and Morty that references one of music nerds' favorite conspiracy theories. In the episode, the Truth Tortoise grumbles out an indecipherable, Satanic-sounding message, which when played backwards is a secret message to Beatles fans.

Source: Vice
Listen: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon's Mind Games

Arcade Fire has recorded a new cover of John Lennon's Mind Games. They previously covered the song on a number of occasions, including at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this summer. In this new cover, Arcade Fire have stuck to the violin riff and strong bass-line and Win Butler's Lennon-like vocals really shine through.

Source: Live Arena, UK
Abbey Road Studios mentoring the next generation of music startups

The mere mention of Abbey Road conjures up images of the most iconic music studio of all time. Yet Abbey Road Studios has never been one to rest on its laurels, and the past two years have seen the company dive into the tech space from a different perspective with Abbey Road Red, Europe's first-of-its-kind music-focused incubator.

Source: Forbes
Band on the Run: The LP that saved McCartney

As late as the summer of 1973, Paul McCartney was still trying to find his musical footing in a post-Beatles world. Each of his four solo albums, including two with his band Wings, had featured superb moments, but none matched the high standard set by his work with the Fab Four. His fifth album, Band on the Run, changed all that.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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