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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Howard Stern enlists rock all-stars for tribute to The Beatles Revolver

This morning, Howard Stern announced his team has put together a special honoring the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. Cheap Trick, Jewel, Living Colour, Grace Potter and James Taylor all contributed to the project. The tribute will premiere next Friday, October 7.

Source: JamBase
Tribute band pays homage to The Traveling Wilburys

Tribute band The Unravelling Wilburys puts their own spin on British American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. The band was formed from members of Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band which toured with its highly successful Beatles project for 21 years. They are performing in Dorchester, England, next month.

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
John Lennon play returns to Sydney for 25th anniversary

Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon - Through A Glass Onion features 31 iconic John Lennon hits. Part concert and part biography, the exploration of music icon John Lennon has been entertaining audiences around the world for the past 25 years.

Source: The AU Review
Local music shop recreates Beatles roof-top concert with scarecrows

Every year, scarecrows invade Meaford, Ontario, Canada. This year, the theme is music, and local music store Kerry's Computers and Music has recreated the Beatles very last live performance together on the rooftop of Apple Corps in London. The life-sized scarecrows are dressed as authentically as possible.

Source: The Meaford Independant
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Monday, September 26, 2016
John Lennon Los Angeles birthday bash to benefit pancreatic cancer

Celebrate the birthday of John Lennon at "John Lennon: Working Class Hero," a unique performance taking place October 9, at 1:30 pm at the legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood on the day John would have turned 76. Proceeds from the one-time only concert will go to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.

Source: Beatles News Blog
UNICEF releases world music version of John Lennon's Imagine

UNICEF has released an all-star world version of John Lennon's classic song Imagine today with the support of Yoko Ono, David Guetta and people from over 140 countries around the world. This world version of Imagine shines a spotlight on the 28 million children around the world who have been driven from their homes due to conflict.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Julian Lennon shares insight on his latest photo exhibition

Earlier this month, Julian Lennon's latest photography exhibition opened at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Titled "Cycle," it explores the cycle of life along the South China Seas. He said, "I find that color sometimes is more distracting. I find black & white draws you in with a more empathetic view to the world... it's more emotive to me."

Source: Glide Magazine
Fight to save Lennon and McCartney childhood hangout in Liverpool Warning: Page opens with sound

Once a bustling community hub used by a young Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Woolton baths now stands eerily quiet. The baths opened 123 years ago but closed abruptly in October 2010 when tests revealed the filter system had corroded. A determined campaign continues to get the facility up and running again.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles release Abbey Road 47 years ago today

It was 47 years ago today that the Beatles released their eleventh album, Abbey Road. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison's contributions, Something and Here Comes the Sun, are considered to be among the best songs he wrote for the group.

Source: Patheos
Friday, September 23, 2016
More hits for the Beatles in new documentary film

Ron Howard's Beatles documentary has played so strongly in its first week in theaters that virtually all are holding it over for at least a second week, and the film's distributor is nearly doubling its number of screens beginning Friday. The film also has generally positive reviews, scoring a 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sean Lennon fights back against order to chop down his tree

John Lennon's son has headed back to court in his $10 million dollar legal battle over a 70-year-old tree in his yard. Sean Lennon was ordered to remove the tree by a New York judge earlier this month, but in court documents filed Monday, Lennon is not giving up and is now demanding that the appeals court overturn the decision.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
First-ever song made by artificial intelligence sounds just like the Beatles

Sony's Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has produced two songs using artificial intelligence, a software they're calling Flow Machines. One of their first tracks, "Daddy's Car," nails The Beatles style and captures a transcendental, nostalgic pop vibe. Sony claims Flow Machines "can compose in any style."

Source: Mic

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Monty Python and Rutles actor Terence Bayler dies at 86

Terence Bayler, known for his acting roles with Monty Python and in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has died aged 86. Bayler was also in the cast of Eric Idle and Neil Innes' BBC sketch show Rutland Weekend Television, and played band manager Leggy Mountbatten in the Rutles: All You Need Is Cash mockumentary of the Beatles.

Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK

1930s Hollywood musicals star Bobby Breen dies at 88

Bobby Breen, the celebrated boy soprano and child actor who appeared in a quick succession of popular 1930s films before puberty set in, has died. He was 88. He was a big box-office attraction for RKO Radio Pictures, and his likeness appears on the album cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He started performing at age 8.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Listen: Ringo Starr drops surprise track for International Day of Peace

Ringo Starr dropped a surprise new song, "Now The Time Has Come," on Wednesday to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace. Ringo said, "I worked on this record with peace and love. It was a joy to be part of this project. Making this record was incredibly personal for me."

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Paul McCartney's odd request for Desert Trip concert

Paul McCartney apparently wants to make sure he isn't dwarfed by any fellow rock gods, from the Rolling Stones to The Who, at the upcoming Desert Trip concert, which has also been dubbed "Oldchella." A source close to the show says that Macca requested the stage be raised a whole 6 inches every time he's on it.

Related Articles  Source: New York Post
Liverpool's Hard Days Night Hotel welcomes renowned Beatles artist

The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool welcomed a very special guest to its Fab Four inspired venue, as part of this year's International Beatleweek celebrations. Acclaimed Beatles artist Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of The Beatles' Revolver album, visited the hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the record's release.

Source: Click Liverpool
Internet data reveals most famous Beatle

Data from Google has shown who the most searched for Beatles is in England. The data from Google trends looks at the number of times people have searched for a particular celebrity since September 2011 and the results are illuminating. According to the internet, Paul McCartney is 10% more popular than John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
John Lennon birthday celebration in Hollywood starts at new, later time

Music, poetry, birthday cake and the decorating of John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star will all be taking place as Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages are invited to come together on Sunday, October 9 starting 6:00pm, until 8pm, to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and peace advocate on his 76th birthday.

Source: Beatles News
Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace

A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh earned the record in 2001 for creating the "world's largest painting on canvas by a single artist. His Lennon tribute, "Imagine Again," is to be displayed in Central Park, according to his Facebook page.

Source: USA Today
John Lennon's custom-made Suit to be featured in upcoming live auction

John Lennon's suit is to be auctioned in Boston. The custom-made, grey and black tweed houndstooth two-piece suit was created by Beatles tailor Douglas Millings. Lennon gave the suit to Madame Tussauds in London for use in the museum. The suit is estimated to be sold at auction for 50,000 (about $65,000).

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon called overpopulation a joke during vintage interview

A vintage interview with John Lennon which has been posted on YouTube reveals he did not believe in overpopulation, and referred to it as a "joke." The book "The Population Bomb" was in the news, Lennon said, "I don't really believe it, you know. I think whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out and work itself out."

Source: Live Action News
Pictures: Five guys who've been called the Fifth Beatle

In the history of The Beatles, a number of people have been dubbed the "fifth Beatle." George Matin was "the inventive Beatle." Klaus Voormann was "the secret Beatle." Brian Epstein was "the enterprising Beatle." Stu Sutcliffe was "the lost Beatle." And Pete Best, "the forgotten Beatle," was the most unluckiest of them all.

Source: Deutsche Welle
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hollywood Bowl hits at #7 on Billboard Top 10

The Beatles' new concert album, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, has debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it the band's 32nd record to reach the chart's top 10. The record had a total of 36,000 equivalent album units, 35,000 of which were pure album sales. Only three artists have scored more top-10 albums on the Billboard list.

Source: KWBE, Nebraska
New Beatles doc getting deluxe DVD/Blu-ray release

Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years will come out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18 in a couple of configurations, all featuring extended, full-length performances of several songs, including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Can`t Buy Me Love. A two-disc Special Collector's Edition will feature a special 64-page booklet.

More Information  Source: WROR FM, Boston

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Giles Martin explains why 'there's still no one like the Beatles'

Giles Martin, son of George and a Grammy Award-winning producer himself who has spent hundreds of hours listening to the music of the Fab Four, says there isn't a band like the Beatles today, they were unique "and not just because they were the Beatles. They were almost three bands in one... the three writers, John and Paul, then George later."

Source: Huffington Post
Rift tearing apart the family of Fifth Beatle Sir George Martin

The family of the late Sir George Martin is being torn apart because of a dispute over his will, it has been reported. Alexis Stratfold, one of two children from Martin's first marriage, has described her inheritance as "a pittance," the bulk of Martin's estate going to his 87-year-old widow, Judy Lockhart Smith, mother of Giles.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Rare Beatles photo portfolio to go on sale online

A rare portfolio of 10 images taken by Rowland Scherman at the first American Beatles concert will be sold on online auction platform Paddle8, for the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania's final live concerts. Scherman worked for LIFE, TIME, and Newsweek in the 1960s, but most of these 10 pictures have never been published.

Source: Blouin Artinfo

Donovan
Donovan's fingerstyle that became the Beatles' White Album

Donovan Leitch, who's gone by his first name only for more than five decades, wrote and recorded hit songs like Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, yet his influence as a songwriter and musician reaches beyond his own music. As George Harrison noted in the 1995 documentary The Beatles Anthology, "Donovan was all over the White Album."

Source: Westword
Monday, September 19, 2016
The Beatles a chart-topper in crowded movie weekend

A competitive weekend on Specialty screens saw The Fab Four land the top spot, as Ron Howard's doc The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years bowed with a mix of one-nighters and traditional engagements, grossing over $615K in its slated week-long engagements via Abramorama.

Source: Deadline
Ed Sheeran tribute cut from Beatles documentary

British musician Ed Sheeran is a devoted Beatles fan and has grown friendly with Paul McCartney in recent years. As a result he jumped at the chance to appear in director Ron Howard's new film about the band. However due to time constraints, Howard says Sheeran's talking head segment didn't make it to the final cut of the movie.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Ringo Starr to drum on new Jon Stevens recording

Australian singer Jon Stevens is getting by with a little help from his friends, Ringo Starr and Eurythmics guru Dave Stewart. Stevens is working on a new album with Stewart in the US, and Starr has joined them to play drums. The trio performed together at Starr's 76th birthday celebration in Los Angeles in July.

Source: The Courier Mail, Australia
Garden City schools to give course about the Beatles

Garden City Public Schools Continuing Education in Long Island, New York, is now offering a five week course entitled "The Beatles Story." Historian and life long Beatle fan John Ellis Kordes will explore the origins of the group in Liverpool, England, and how they struggled in the early years before exploding on the world scene in 1964.

Source: The Garden City News

Paris Jackson honors John Lennon with new tattoo

18-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of late King of Pop Michael Jackson, had John Lennon's image inked onto her arm. Paris, who recently opened up about being a victim of cyber bullying, had words from Lennon's song Imagine, "Imagine all the people living life in peace," inked under the image of his face. She showed off the new tattoo on social media.

Source: Irish Examiner
Friday, September 16, 2016
Pictures: The McCartneys party after Beatles film London premiere

He may be well into his seventies, but Paul McCartney proved he can still party like the best of them as he left an after-show party for the new Beatles documentary on Thursday night. Paul's fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney was also on hand, as was son James. Paul paid plenty of attention to his fans, giving them high-fives.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Die-hard Beatles fan Liam Gallagher at Beatles film premiere

He is an enormous Beatles fan, even naming his son Lennon. So it was no surprise to see Liam Gallagher arriving at the world premiere of director Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, in London on Thursday night. Liam and his older brother Noel have made no secret of their love of the 1960s band.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul and Ringo appear together for emotional Beatles film premiere in London

Last night at the premier in London of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Paul McCartney said looking back at footage from the Beatles' touring years was "emotional and very special." He said, "We're getting great memories obviously of playing with John and George. So that's very emotional and very special to see that again."

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
New film shows how the Beatles helped fight segregation

Music aside, the true power of The Beatles wasn't the volume of their fans or the popularity of their hairstyles, it was the pull of their politics. The band's refusal to play to segregated American audiences in 1964 is one striking example explored in a new documentary about the band's tireless years on the road in the 1960s.

Related Articles  Source: NY Times
8 reasons even non-Beatles fans should watch their new feature-length doc

A Beatles film? In 2016? Why should anyone bother? Because, incredibly, there's still plenty to say half a century on. "But I don't like The Beatles!" Even so. The Digital Spy website has put together eight reasons why, Fabs fan or not, you have to watch Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Spy
Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan

Eight Days A Week, Ron Howard's new documentary about the Beatles' touring days in the 1960s, has contributions from familiar faces such as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Less expected is Larry Kane, who as a young journalist at the Top 40 music station WFUN Miami accompanied the band on every date of their first two US tours.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Beatles symposium speakers to raise money for local fire department

Guest speakers for the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium, taking place this weekend, have offered to donate proceeds to a worthy cause in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where the symposium is being held. "We want to make a difference and leave Walnut Ridge a happier place when we go," said journalist and author Ivor Davis.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
How new Beatles film reunited the Fab Four

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are back to where they once belonged, sharing a joke at Abbey Road. Paul McCartney said, "I started to see photos and footage of us all just as mates, that's all we were, just mates and it was great to be reminded of that. We kind of get reunited with John and George again. Which is very special."

Source: Liverpool Echo

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