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Paul McCartney answers fan question from Australia 

On his official website, a fan from Australia asked Paul McCartney, "I always wondered what the song 'That Day Is Done' is about. It sounds to me like it is someone talking from the grave?" Paul answered Elvis Costello told him about a funeral of a favourite relative of his and it became the inspiration for the song.

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Review: Paul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt reissue 

Following a rough patch in the mid-'80s with albums that weren't met with great critical acclaim, Paul McCartney sought to close out the decade on a higher note. Partnering with Elvis Costello, that helped to yield Flowers In The Dirt, which hit #1 in the UK but just barely missed out on the top 20 on the Billboard 200 at #21.

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Paul McCartney claims Sony is devaluing his Beatles rights 

On Wednesday, Paul McCartney responded to Sony/ATV's claim that he brought an "unripe" lawsuit seeking confirmation he'll reclaim rights to Beatles songs next year. His lawyer wrote the judge, "As long as Sony/ATV refuses to disavow any right to sue...McCartney has a cloud over the title to his works, which devalues his rights."

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Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper art: 10 things you didn't know 

It's one thing for an album to come along and press itself so deeply into the culture that little feels the same after its arrival, but what are the chances that that same album would have the most iconic LP artwork of all time? So it goes with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and its front cover courtesy of Pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
George Harrison's son Dhani to induct ELO into Rock Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today that ELO would be inducted into its Class of 2017 by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, who was a frequent collaborator with ELO's Jeff Lynne, most notably in the '80s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. The 2017 ceremony will once again exclusively premiere on HBO, on April 29.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr Barbara Bach jewelry to be auctioned this weekend

An Estate Jewelry Show and Sale taking place this Friday and Saturday in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will include jewelry that once belonged to the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his actress wife, Barbara Bach. The jewelry was auctioned when the couple sold their home in England, with auction proceeds going to charity.

Source: Oak Ridge Today, TN
Paul McCartney Elvis Costello collaboration guide

When Paul McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world's most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.

Related Articles  Source: People
Beatles Story launches 'With A Little Help From My (little) Friends'

The Beatles Story museum has teamed up with a local charity to bring "a little help" to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children across the Liverpool city region. The fundraising campaign will be launched today, March 29, to mark 50 years since The Beatles began recording With A Little Help From My Friends.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

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Raymond Weil unveils new timepiece dedicated to the Beatles

Abbey Road, the last album released by the Beatles, has been reimagined as a tribute timepiece by Swiss maison Raymond Weil. Part of a limited-numbered edition of 3,000 pieces, the Abbey Road Maestro has a dial that resembles a vinyl record, complete with microgrooves, plus John, Paul, George and Ringo Starr are engraved between 3 and 4 o'clock.

Source: The National

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Denny Laine talks Wings, Moody Blues

Denny Laine played in Wings and penned songs including "Mull of Kintyre," the then-best-selling single ever in the U.K. He was also one of the founding members of The Moody Blues, singing their hit "Go Now." He talked about both groups as well as his current tour in a recent interview, including how he originally got involved with Paul McCartney.

Source: Herald Tribune, Sarasota
Beatles tribute concert to benefit honey bee research

A fundraiser for Asheville, North Carolina's Center for Honey Bee Research, 100% of the proceeds collected at the "Beatles for the Bees" event on April 1, featuring 16 of the area's most talented musicians, will be donated to benefit research of honey bee colony collapse disorder which continues to impact and devastate bee colonies.

Source: Mountain Express, NC
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
US supreme court will not hear appeal over Vimeo music ruling

The US supreme court will not hear an appeal from record companies including Capital Records which want to pursue copyright infringement claims against Vimeo for hosting unauthorised recordings from The Beatles and other classic artists. The ruling protects websites from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Source: The Independent, Dublin

1964 John Lennon suit up for auction

A suit that was custom made for John Lennon is set to go under the hammer this week. Featuring a gray houndstooth pattern, the woollen suit was worn by the music icon in 1964 while performing with The Beatles. It was designed by the band's tailor Douglas Millings and features two handwritten labels marked "John" on the breast pocket interior and on the trousers.

Source: Yahoo! News
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for 1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking 1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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Are the Traveling Wilburys Rock & Roll Hall of Fame worthy?

The Traveling Wilburys are the only band to have every member inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame individually without the band being inducted. If the band were inducted, Dylan, Petty and Orbison would also become two-time inductees, while Harrison would be only the second three-time inductee (along with Eric Clapton).

Behind-the-Scenes of Cirque du Soleil's The Beatles Love Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles Love at The Mirage in Las Vegas is a mesmerizing show that touches all of the senses. From sound and color, to astounding acrobatics and beautiful memory-elicitation, the show is a magical mystery tour that takes audiences into a world of timeless music, revisiting the classics while carving out a spectacular new experience.

Source: Parade
Monday, March 27, 2017
Ringo Starr announces 2017 US dates with All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr announced today new fall tour dates with his All Starr Band. The tour will begin at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. From there they head south with stops in Texas and Oklahoma and then east with stops in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, making their way north to New Jersey and New York, and more dates are to be added soon.

Full Concert Dates  Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney working on a new album

Speaking with BBC 6 Music over the weekend, Paul McCartney said, "I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that." McCartney went on to confirm that the album is being produced Greg Kurstin, who co-wrote and produced Adele's global smash, "Hello." He said, "Greg is musical and he's great to work with."

Source: Gigwise
The Beatles, Pete Shotton and Me

Beatles journalist Bill King looks back fondly on an evening of Beatles stories and more with the late Pete Shotton. He said, "Although Pete and John's relationship grew more distant after the arrival of Yoko Ono on the scene, Shotton particularly disagreed with portrayals of Lennon as being dominated by his wife...he totally adored her."

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A few words about Pete Shotton

It wasn't easy being John Lennon's friend, and Yoko didn't make things any easier. The late Pete Shotton, John's childhood and closest friend, said, "He always made me feel special, made it clear he was desperate for my company, especially when he was depressed and fed up, which he was for many years."

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Tributes paid after Pete Shotton passes away

On the passing of Pete Shotton, his step son, Phillip Gouldbourn, said, One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person...who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording." Mersey Beat newspaper founder Bill Harry said, "Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from The Beatles."

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John Lennon's best friend Pete Shotton dies at 75

Pete Shotton, John Lennon's best friend during their childhood days in Liverpool and a member of Quarrymen, has passed away. He was 75. Shotton met Lennon at Dovedale Primary School when they were six. In 1956, Lennon decided to form a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard.

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Friday, March 24, 2017
Day John Lennon met Paul McCartney being recreated 60 years on Warning: Page opens with sound

When St Peter's Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon, who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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James McCartney coming to Richmond

James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney, returns to The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, March 28, in support of his latest album, 2016's "The Blackberry Train." On his latest album, the singer and songwriter said he played "everything. Conventionally: my vocal cords, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Two at a time usually."

More Tour Dates  Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Video: Broadway stars come together to record all-star Beatles cover

A group of Broadway's finest have gathered a galaxy of voices and performers in New York City for an all-star single and video to benefit Americans For The Arts. Their stirring gospel-tinged cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" was released this week, to support the National Endowment for the Arts.

Source: Billboard
Wonderwall Music: Macca's banjo, Mellotron and a Monkee

What do you get if you cross a Monkee, two Beatles, the man they called God, Paul McCartney's banjo and India's musical elite? The answer is Wonderwall Music. Released on November 1, 1968, three weeks before the White Album, George Harrison's heartfelt, eccentric film soundtrack was the first solo record by a Beatle.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds debut Beatles cover in London

According to the website, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds wrapped up their two-night run at the Apollo in London on Tuesday night. Towards the end of the show, the acoustic duo performed a brand new cover of the beatles' She's A Woman. Their European tour then went on to Dublin.

Source: Jam Bands
Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt album is regarded as one of his best of the '80s, and inspired his first world tour in 10 years. Now, as the record is re-released, Sir Paul speaks to the BBC 6 about collaborating with Elivis Costello, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, but why he'll never work with anyone better than John Lennon.

Source: BBC News, UK

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Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, fans in Cuba kept their Beatlemania a secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist island's Cold War-era censorship of rock music a thing of the past, they are making up for lost time, especially at the Yellow Submarine bar in Havana.

Source: Yahoo! News
How teenager's John Lennon interview became award-winning cartoon

In 1969, Jerry Levitan became known as the boy who interviewed John Lennon for a full 45 minutes, a recording that he sat on for another 40 years. It didn't occur to the busy lawyer and part-time actor to create something of Lennon's interview until he met filmmaker Josh Raskin. They called their short animated film "I Met The Walrus."

Source: Resource Magazine

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Legendary label Geffen Records relaunches after disappearing

Once it was one of the most influential record labels in the music industry. Then, through a series of buyouts and reshufflings, it disappeared. Now, after many years, Geffen Records is officially back in business. In 1980, Geffen released John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy, which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Source: Forbes
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Andre 3000 to release Beatles cover for Record Store Day 2017

This year for Record Store Day, Andre 3000 will release a 7" single version of his Beatles cover All Together Now, which he recorded in 2010 for a Nike commercial. This marks the first time it will be released on vinyl, backed with a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. Only 5,000 copies will be available.

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Video Preview: Ringo's All Starr Band concert on AXS TV

A 2016 concert from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific. Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band performing hit after hit. You can now watch Ringo sing Photograph from the performance online.

Source: Best Classic Bands
San Diego Beatles Fair to celebrate all things Fab this Saturday

Saturday's 2017 San Diego Beatles Fair, to be held at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in North Park, the 15th since 1995, is set to be the biggest yet. More than three dozen bands and solo artists are scheduled to perform on four stages, including Billy J. Kramer and former Billy Joel band drummer Liberty DeVito.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune
How Sgt. Pepper's changed music forever

June 1 will mark the 50th birthday of Sgt. Pepper's, still considered a groundbreaking, influential album, not only for the Beatles but also as one of the most important albums ever recorded. It was the first to consider production quality as important as writing and performing, a concept that has heavily influenced pop music today.

Source: Lifezette
Liverpool arts festival to mark 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's

A festival to mark one of The Beatles' most famous albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to be held in Liverpool 50 years after it was launched. A host of world-renowned artists have collaborated for the festival of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre in tribute to what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time.

More Information  Source: BT News, UK
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Gregg Rolie talks about the All Starr Band and Ringo

The original lead vocalist and keyboardist for Santana, Gregg Rolie then formed with another Santana member to form Journey. Since 2012 Rolie has been a key figure in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, adding his distinctive Hammond B-3 organ flourishes to an array of "All-Starr" hits, including, of course, Beatles material.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The Who's residency at Caesars in Vegas starts with six concerts

The Who, the British rock band that announced its first farewell tour in 1982, is back again, coming to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency starting with six shows this summer. Joining original rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, on guitar and vocals, and Ringo's son Zak Starkey on drums.

Source: Los Angeles Times
10 Beatles covers you really need to hear

There's probably no other band as widely covered as The Beatles. Practically from the moment they first emerged, they've been fodder for interpretations by artists from just about every genre. And in the modern era there's a bigger bag of Beatles covers to sift through than ever before. This is a handy guide to some of the best.

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Paul McCartney releases another unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

In 1988, as he was preparing to go on his first ever solo tour and his first major live tour in a decade, Paul McCartney wanted to new songs to perform. One such song was This One, you can listen to the previously unreleased demo version of the song now streaming on YouTube, teasing the upcoming Flowers in the Dirt reissue.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You hits #1

Imagine being so popular that one of your recordings has just knocked another one of your records out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! It's only happened once in the history of Billboard, not surprisingly, the artist behind the feat was The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney explains how Beatles wouldn't exist without Chuck Berry

In early 1958, Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen," a song that would change the course of music history. It ignited the urge to celebrate rock and roll in kids throughout America, but it also traveled the world and influenced the Beatles during their defining years, some of their biggest hits were covers of Berry songs.

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