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Latest Beatles News as of 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.

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
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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."

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.

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
Friday, September 26, 2014
Paul McCartney to record Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson

Paul McCartney is set to release a Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson. McCartney joins a host of celebrities for a version of A Great Big World's "Say Something," recorded at Abbey Road earlier this week, according to The Sun.

Source: Digital Spy
McCartney, Ringo almost come together in San Antonio

The Beatles never played San Antonio, Texas. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have played San Antonio before, but now, Paul McCartney arrives in San Antonio next Wednesday, October 1, and Ringo Starr hits town just six says later on October 7, both at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Source: San Antonio Express-News
Paul McCartney's official site starts #FanArtFriday

For the past year Paul MCartney's official website has been regramming their favorite fan images at the "New" Instagram account. They've been so impressed by all of the talent and creativity that they've decided to start a new feature called #FanArtFriday. Fans can post their pictures with the hashtag #whatsnewpaul.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Norah Jones covers George Harrison on Conan

Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer, whose father was sitar master Ravi Shankar, delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from Harrison's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass.

Source: Rolling Stone
Yellow submarine used at film premier in 1968 gets plaque in Liverpool

A yellow submarine made in diving enthusiast Arthur Johnson's garden in Grimsby, England, for 50, appeared at the world premier of The Beatles movie at The London Pavilion in July, 1968. Today Arthur and his family have been invited to Penny Lane in Liverpool to unveil a plaque to honor his iconic submarine.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph, UK

Track by Track: The Beatles' Abbey Road turns 45

On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of the Abbey Road album is practically a miracle, when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught with tensions and on the verge of breaking up.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon gets lost among the Walls and Bridges 40 years ago

Like most of John Lennon's solo albums, his fifth came with its share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon's work starting around the time of the White Album, many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono when he began recording Walls and Bridges in July 1974.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Video: Dhani Harrison performs two George Harrison songs on Conan

George Harrison Week continued on Conan on Wednesday night as the Beatle's son Dhani Harrison and his talented friends performed a pair of tracks from his father's 1970 classic All Things Must Pass. Harrison paid tribute to his father with performances of "Let It Down" and "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)."

Source: Rolling Stone
Dhani Harrison felt responsibility to release his dad's music

George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his passing. She said, "There's still a huge archive of material that still needs working on. You can't just let tapes degrade and never be heard again."

Source: The List, UK
Spain picks John Lennon film for Oscar nomination

Spain's film academy has selected the movie "Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)" as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film tells the true story of a teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet Lennon, who was staying there.

Source: Billboard
San Diego fans advised to ride train to Paul McCartney concert

Fans of Paul McCartney are being advised to take public transportation to the concert this Sunday at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The North County Transit District plans two southbound trains before the concert, and has scheduled an additional northbound Caster trip departing the Santa Fe Depot at midnight.

Source: Times of San Diego
Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray's dream gig

Since making his debut as a member of Paul McCartney's band at the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans, Brian Ray has done nine world tours with Paul and played with him at Coachella, Bonnaroo and the Isle of Wight. But one of the most memorable performances he recalls doing with McCartney was also one of the smallest.

Source: UT San Diego
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Video: Paul Simon covers Here Comes The Sun on Conan

Conan's week-long tribute to George Harrison continued last night with a performance from Paul Simon. Paul covered the timeless Beatles classic "Here Comes The Sun," off the group's iconic Abbey Road album and written by Harrison. The two previously played together during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1976.

Source: KRTH, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison makes surprise live appearance

It was beyond beautiful, a huge pleasant jolt, in the midst of a wonderful, sold-out "The Fab Faux" Beatles tribute performance at Valley Performing Arts Center, when Dhani Harrison made a surprise appearance on stage. Harrison, in Los Angeles for an appearance during Conan O'Brien's tribute week to his Beatle father, performed Savoy Truffle.

Source: Huffington Post
Wife Olivia remembers how George had a way of looking at you

"He had this way of looking at you," George Harrison's widow Olivia says about his wide appeal. "Once you'd been with him, he had this way of making you want to bring out a truer version of yourself, unlocking something. It was profound and electrifying, and it can still bring prickles to the back of my neck."

Source: Huffington Post
Section of Ed Sullivan Show set signed by The Beatles to be sold

A portion of the famous Ed Sullivan Show set displayed during The Beatles' US television debut is to be sold at The Fest for Beatles Fans, which takes place in Los Angeles the weekend of October 10. It is expected to go for $550,000. Other items to be auctioned include a rare Butcher cover album, priced at $4,500.

Source: NME, UK

Billy Preston
Billy Preston's bankruptcy case finally settled

The legendary "fifth Beatle," Billy Preston, died eight years ago at the age of 59, but not without controversy, the target of bitter legal battles for his lucrative, multi-million dollar estate. On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that Preston, despite a long history of cocaine addiction, was not incapacitated when he filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

Source: OC Weekly
Silly and even Sillier Love Songs

It's 1976, everyone is excited about Paul McCartney coming to play in their town. But they're not excited about his new Wings album, Wings at the Speed of Sound. Silly Love Songs wasn't the silliest song on the album, McCartney and the other Wings set new standards for frivolity on the album, which was at best a rush job.

Source: Like The Dew
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Beatles release free post-Beatles EP on iTunes

A new free sampler from iTunes presents a song from each of the Beatles, showcasing the distinctive musical journeys they undertook as solo artists. It includes John Lennon's gorgeous piano ballad Love, Paul McCartney's simmering Call Me Back Again, George Harrison's explosive Let It Down and Ringo's lush Walk With You.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fab Faux succeed in emitting authentic Beatles vibes

The Fab Faux's goal is to show the Beatles catalog with as much respect and justice as possible, and they succeeded in doing so Saturday night at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Northridge campus. Their nearly sold-out performance would make any Beatles fan feel proud and nostalgic.

Source: CSUN Sundial
Iconic Liverpool club Jacaranda set to reopen

Appearing originally as Long John & the Silver Beatles, the Beatles helped to establish the Jacaranda club as the musical hub of Liverpool, now re-opening next month after two-years. Its owners are hoping to replicate their success with a new generation of local musicians, even relaunching their famous open mic nights.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Beck kicks off Conan O'Brien's George Harrison week

Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Last night, Beck covered the Harrison song "Wah-Wah," a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. The video of this now available on the net.

Source: Zumic
Monday, September 22, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney's new video for Meatless Monday

Meat Free Monday recently invited fans to pick a lyric from Paul McCartney's song "Meat Free Monday" and represent that lyric in a creative way for their fifth anniversary video. They are included in a new video that also features Woody Harrelson, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Fearne Cotton and Sharleen Spiteri.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney's superhero Jaguars take the Paris streets by storm

Stella McCartney-designed XE Experience XE Jaguars will transport VIPs to the Paris Fashion Week next week. The Jaguars are limited edition and designed by Stella McCartney. She said, "It was interesting to adapt my playful superhero print for the XE. Jaguar is a British brand that's full of heritage and charm."

Source: Jewish Business News
Inside the long-unopened storage locker of the Beatles' American lawyer

Paul LaRosa, researching a new book on Brian Epstein, was allowed access to a storage locker that belonged to Beatles' lawyer Nat Weiss. He said, "I cannot tell you how exciting it was the first time we opened that locker. It was dark and the locker and cabinets were stuffed and the boxes of records were taped shut."

Source: Huffington Post

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