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Breaking: Paul McCartney recording with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp 

Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project. According to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Perry revealed the group recorded together but he refused to give any more detail about the top secret project. "Paul was really nice," Perry said.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney tickets have highest stadium average an secondary market 

Every summer some of the biggest names in music bypass arenas and instead opt to play stadiums, usually at least twice the size. The artist with the most expensive stadium concerts this summer is Paul McCartney, his tickets for stadium dates this year have an average price of $246.29 on the secondary market.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
Danbury celebrates the Beatles this weekend 

Danbury, CT, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in the U.S. this weekend. The two-day event will take place at the Western Connecticut State University campus Saturday and Sunday. The family-friendly music, food and arts festival is celebrating its third year and will feature 10 bands playing music of the Beatles.

Source: WVIT TV, West Hartford
Artificial intelligence identifies the musical progression of the Beatles 

Computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into the musical progression of the Beatles. Their study demonstrates scientifically how the structure of the Beatles music changes from one album to the next.

Source: PR Newswire

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Peter Asher thrilled for Linda Ronstadt's Medal of Freedom 

Peter Asher, half of Peter and Gordon, the man who discovered James Taylor and started Apple Records with the Beatles, says he is thrilled for Linda Ronstadt, who's getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington DC next week. Asher produced Linda's biggest hit albums in the 70s and managed her during her incredible ride on the charts.

Source: Showbiz 411
John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero in Phoenix 

When producer Gordy Deems was working at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he noticed the studio's owner and engineer/producer Otto D'Agnolo bore a striking resemblance to John Lennon, and said he should be in a tribute show. "I told him I sounded even more like Lennon than I looked," said D'Agnolo.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Video: Susan Boyle forgets words to Mull Of Kintyre 

With an estimated global audience of one billion people watching it was no wonder that nerves got the better of Susan Boyle at Wednesday night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. She took to the stage to sing the Paul McCartney and Wings' Mull Of Kintyre but struggled to remember the song's second line.

Source: Huffington Post
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Group campaigning for a new Beatles statue in Liverpool

They're already immortalised with a group tribute inside Cavern Walks, but now there's a campaign for a new Beatles statue in the Liverpool city centre. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society want to name it She Loves You, capturing the Beatlemania era and particularly the band's 1963 all-time best-selling hit in the UK.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Stella McCartney to design British kit for 2016 Summer Olympics

Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, has once again been selected to design her country's Olympic uniforms for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, according to reports in the British media. McCartney was responsible for the Union Jack-adorned outfits that British athletes wore at the 2012 London Games.

Source: Los Angeles Times
50th Anniversary of Beatles in Seattle to be celebrated by Creme Tangerine

The Beatles arrived in Seattle August 21, 1964 and performed an historic set of their hits at Seattle Center Coliseum that evening. Local Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the concert and recreate the Seattle concert note for note at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater on August 21.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Priscilla Presley wants Paul and Ringo to pose for Elvis book

Priscilla Presley, former wife of Elvis, has her sights set on Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for an upcoming book project. She hopes for them to be part of a second edition of her popular book Shades of Elvis which features over 75 celebrities striking an Elvis-inspired pose while wearing a pair of The King's sunglasses.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
All new John Lennon Hour debuts on BlogTalkRadio tomorrow

The all new John Lennon Hour, hosted by Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler, will be returning to the airwaves on BlogTalkRadio on July 24. The weekly show will discuss the life and career of John Lennon & the Beatles and will include interviews with guest authors, musicians, and experts from the Beatles world.

Source: PRLog
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
George Harrison Memorial Tree meets a rather ironic end

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, LA Councilman Tom LaBonge announced Saturday that the tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation. Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Liverpool school kids record song to raise 70,000 for Brian Epstein statue

Kids in Liverpool have recorded song to help a campaign to raise 70,000 ($119,450) to erect a statue of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Bob Pitt, a presenter on Mersey Radio, said, "Brian Epstein did so much and changed music. Without him we wouldn't have had acts like the Beatles, Gerry Marsden and the Merseybeats."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Why do Beatles fans care so much about mono?

Apple Records recently announced the September release of the Beatles' mono catalog reissued on vinyl. This came as welcome news to a small but passionate subsection of the Fab Four's fanbase that have been waiting for this since the group's catalog was remastered in 2009. But, seriously, what's all the fuss about mono?

Movie's heartwarming tribute to boyhood includes Beatles mix CD

Richard Linklater's new movie Boyhood, shot over the course of 12 years, follows its protagonist as he grows up. On his 15th birthday, he receives a mix CD from his father, played by Ethan Hawke. Called The Black Album, it's a compilation of the best of John, Paul, George, and Ringo's solo work, post-Beatles.

Source: Buzz Feed
Jazz legend who toured with Beatles Gene Walker

Internationally renowned tenor sax player Gene Walker. Walker toured with greats including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and The Isley Brothers. He also toured with the Beatles, including their first ever American tour, and played in front of a packed crowd at Shea Stadium.

Source: WBNS TV, Ohio
Monday, July 21, 2014
Paul McCartney posts new song about Meatless Monday

The celebrate five years of Meatless Mondays (Meet Free Mondays in the UK), Paul McCartney has posted a new song on his website about it, and has invited fans to take photos of themselves with some words from the song, the best of which will be included in a music video. Fans can email the picture or use Instagram or Twitter.

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Paul McCartney working on 'experimental' new music

Paul McCartney is working on some new music, which he calls "experimental stuff." He said, "Over a week, I did a couple of tracks. They were just funky little experimental things, instrumentals. The first one I did was kind of African, so I gave it the working title 'Mombasa.' The next one was faster, and that one I called 'Botswana.'"

Source: Rock Square
It's Mini Macca! Paul McCartney's teenage grandson Arthur Donald

Paul McCartney's children have been making waves in their respective careers for years. But now it looks like it's time for the next generation of McCartneys to step into the limelight after the rocker's eldest grandchild, 15-year-old Arthur Alistair Donald, was spotted partying in a London club on Sunday night.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Newspaper tracks down two women in Beatles picture

Two of the mystery fans in an early picture of the Beatles have been tracked down thanks to the Liverpool Echo. It was taken at a gig at St John's Hall in 1961, as they posed with six fans. This was their first concert after they returned from playing The Star Club in Hamburg and shows the original line up including Pete Best.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Richard Lester on success of A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night director Richard Lester, when asked if he ever dreamed he would still be talking about the black-and-white comedy 50 years later, admitted, "I didn't expect to be asked to talk about it in 1965 because it wasn't that sort of film. When it came out, someone said it was the Citizen Kane of rock musicals, but we didn't plan it to be."

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Video: Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's Imagine

Eddie Vedder expanded upon his pro-peace stance over the weekend with an emotional cover of John Lennon's 1971 favorite Imagine. Vedder introduced the song by saying, "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it." Vedder drew criticism last week for anti-war comments during a show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, July 18, 2014
Video: Paul getting Out There in Pittsburgh

Paul and the band recently celebrated Ringo's birthday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in a new video posted today to his official website,, Paul reminisces about when he and Ringo first took to the stage together. The second leg of the Out There world tour will resume August 2 in Minneapolis.

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Audio: Homage to John Lennon heads to Australia

A homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon is coming to the Wide Bay area of Australia next month. Looking Through The Glass Onion is part concert and part biography as John Waters captures the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time. Waters talks about the show in this interview.

Source: ABC, Brisbane
Video: Five-year-old Beatles fan catches the attention of Ringo Starr

A 5-year-old King Tobias lives and breathes Beatles music, and has been listening to the fab four since he could barely walk, but he has been fighting for 13 years. His mom called to get special tickets to see Starr in concert in San Jose. One call led to another and they all ended up with Starr backstage.

Source: ABC 7, San Francisco
Open Championship at Royal Liverpool visited by Ringo icon

A betting company has planted a giant octopus on the course of the Open Championship in Liverpool, just by the fourth green as spectators and players were met with disbelief. The octopus was placed in a garden by the green in acknowledgement to Liverpool's Beatles and their song Octopus's Garden.

Source: Give Me Sport, UK

Beatles wax figures travel down under

The Sydney, Australia, branch of Madame Tussauds is currently home to a late 1960s themed wax version of the Beatles. The sculptures have come to Sydney from Tokyo as part of a tour and are set to head to San Francisco in September. Visitors can stand with George, Paul, Ringo and John and create a personalized LP cover at the museum.

Source: Opodo, UK
McCartney spent off time amassing songs for new album

A recent bout with a virus forced Paul McCartney to postpone tour dates in May and June, but he says he appreciated the unplanned break. "It was like summer holidays in school or something." McCartney also said he's now amassing material for his next album, some of which are completed and "some that I need to finish."

Source: Classic Hits WFJA
Youngsters perform The Beatles at celebratory concert in London

300 parents and friends were awed by the performance given by the Ealing Junior Music School of seven to 18-year-old pupils at St Barnabas Church in West London. They played an eclectic mix of music ranging from Stravinksy and Haydn to The Beatles, performed by 18 different bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles.

Source: Get West London, UK
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Candlestick Park to be featured in upcoming Ron Howard Beatles doc

San Francisco's Candlestick Park will play a part in the Beatles movie due out next year. Ron Howard, a long-time fan of the fab four, is directing and producing a documentary about the Beatles' touring years, including their final public concert at Candlestick Park in 1966. The film is being made with the cooperation of the Beatles.

Related Articles  Source: KCBS, San Francisco
Relive Beatlemania with Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn

The Revue Cinema in Toronto marks the half-century of A Hard Day's Night with an evening devoted to Beatlemania, including a screening of the restored movie and a talk by Mark Lewisohn, considered the foremost Beatles historian in the world, on Thursday, July 31. This will be Lewisohn's only public appearance in Canada.

Source: Inside Toronto
McCartney says he'll retire when he feels like it, but that's not today

Paul McCartney's recent forced vacation didn't last long, he is currently back on tour. "The answer to Are you going to retire? is When I feel like it," McCartney said. "But that's not today." Also, on his concerts, he said, "I don't want those people in my audience thinking, Hey, we came for big hits, and you played a bunch of s?t."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Novelist Meg Wolitzer on the Beatles' Penny Lane

One day in 1967, as the family was driving to a diner in suburban New York, the Beatles' Penny Lane came on the radio. I remember shouting, in a staccato burst, for my mother and father and older sister to be quiet. Everyone politely listened to the song. To a 7-year-old, Penny Lane was a children's fantasy world.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Twickenham Studios to host UK's first film university

Iconic Twickenham Studios will house the first university film school when it opens its doors to aspiring film-makers later this year. The only facility of its kind in London that provides both production and post-production studios, Twickenham first opened in 1913 and has provided facilities for films including those by the Beatles.

Source: Your Local Guardian, UK
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Ron Howard to direct new Beatles doc focusing on band's early years

Academy Award-winner and long-time Beatles fan Ron Howard has signed on to direct and produce an authorized, as-yet-untitled documentary about the Beatles' touring years. The documentary is scheduled for a tentative late-2015 release, and Howard says he is eager to begin interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney releases 5 classic albums as iPad apps

Paul McCartney is the latest musician to experiment with the idea of albums as apps, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Jay-Z. Five of his classic albums, Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America, have been turned into iPad apps and released by Concord Music through Apple's App Store.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles memorabilia fills Arizona home

We may not all live in a Yellow Submarine, but given the opportunity, Kingman, Arizona, residents Scott Wilfong Sr. and his wife Helen would probably choose to do so. What started as a hobby has turned into a fun obsession, one room of their house is even full of artwork by Shannon McDonald, world-renowned Beatles artist.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner
George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun turns 45 today

45 years ago today, George Harrison skipped out on a recording session for Abbey Road and went over to his friend Eric Clapton's house. Harrison said, "The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote Here Comes the Sun."

Source: FDRMX
Photo exhibition uncovers John Lennon's lost weekend

May Pang was the special guest at the Hotel Zetta reception in San Francisco on Monday to kick off an exhibition of unusual photographs. A very relaxed and happy John Lennon can be seen in the photos, taken by May during the two years they spent together from 1973 to 1975 during the commonly misnamed "Lost Weekend."

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Beatlemania comes to New Hampshire on Thursday

The Conway, New Hampshire, Arts Jubilee kicks off the 2014 summer outdoor concert series this Thursday with the official Beatlemania Stage Show. Featuring an all-star cast of talented musicians, this family-friendly event brings all generations together to celebrate the timeless music of the Beatles.

Source: Conway Daily Sun
Diary of a Beatlemaniac 50 years later

I hadn't thought about my Beatle diary. It was somewhere, stuffed in a box with other Beatle mementos. Caught up again in Beatle awe and wonder, I knew I had to find my two hand-written composition notebooks. What I found was innocence, tenacity, imaginings and some predictions that actually have come true.

Source: Huffington Post

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