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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, January 29, 2015

Video: Paul McCartney sends message to Japanese fans 

Paul McCartney has made a special video to speak directly to his Japanese fans. He is to play there in April, and has thanked fans for their kind messages after he was taken ill last May and reluctantly had to cancel his gigs. He told fans, "We're going to rock, we're going to roll, we're going to have some fun!"

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney announces new Japan tour dates 

Last year for reasons beyond his control Paul McCartney was forced to cancel his "Out There" tour dates in Japan. Today it is confirmed that Paul will bring his show back to Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, on April 21 through 27. Tickets will go on sale on February 28, at 10 am, local time, Japan. Paul was last in Japan in November, 2013.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Ringo Starr releases date of next solo album Postcards From Paradise 

About a month before his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ringo Starr will release his 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, containing 11 original songs. Among them are "Island in the Sun," the first he has written with his All-Starr Band, and songs featuring appearances by a number of his famous friends.

Source: Rolling Stone
The Beatles contribute to growth in online English language learning 

According to global learning company, Pearson, both iconic rock band The Beatles and the Harry Potter book and film series were chosen as the most popular sources of culture which help non-native speakers learn the English language; contributing as a result to the growth in the online English language learning market.

Source: Companies and Markets
5 easter eggs you didn't know The Beatles hid in their songs 

The Beatles were known for adding layers of experimental and uncommon noises to their recordings, but there are some fairly deep-cut and often funny Beatles Easter eggs. A few of their classic songs may have been way dirtier than you remembered, including a "hidden" harmony line and a double-entendre German mispronunciation.

Source: Huffington Post
John's mum's neighbor recalls hearing Beatles through bathroom wall 

The neighbor of John Lennon's mum has recalled how the Fab Four's playing used to keep her baby awake. Thelma Cain lived next door to Julia Lennon in Allerton, she moved into the semi-detached house 58 years ago and said she remembered The Beatles playing music in the bathroom, where the acoustics were better.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform at the Grammys with Rihanna and Kanye West

Rihanna will reportedly perform her new single FourFiveSeconds with Kanye West and Paul McCartney and the Grammy Awards next month. A source said, "Rihanna's seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

Related Articles  Source: MTV UK
Ringo tweets funny Abbey Road parody for snow-bound fans

Even Ringo Starr got into the act making jokes about the blizzard-that-wasn't here on the East Coast. Ringo posted a photo of the legendary Abbey Road album as if the Beatles had to record it in New York during a blizzard, with the tweet, "I love this photo peace and love be safe in New York and the East Coast."

Source: New Jersey 101.5
In Photos: Rare, unusual Beatles photos surface via eBay sale

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon into the air in 1964 in Bel-Air. Images from a trove of 3,500 previously unpublished photos of the Beatles shot from 1964 to 1966 by their road manager, Bob Bonis, are to be sold over eBay starting Feb. 2.

Source: Los Angeles Times
John Lennon's mum's house to go under the hammer

The former home of John Lennon's mum, dubbed the "House of Sin" by his Aunt Mimi, is up for auction. The semi-detached home on Blomfield Road, in Allerton's Springwood estate, was where Lennon's mum Julia lived when he was a teenager and is due to go under the hammer at Liverpool Town Hall on March 31.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Seven ways The Beatles changed boomer childhood overnight

Screaming teenage girls got a lot of attention in 1964 and they're the ones immortalized in the black and white footage, but the largest number of first-generation Beatle fans were actually boys and girls between five and 10 years old, boomers born in the mid-to-late 1950s. The Beatles changed their childhoods in seven significant ways.

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Produceer of Grammy Beatles Salute to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Ken Ehrlich will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday. Ehrlich produces the Grammy telecast and produced "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" last year. LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and John Legend will join Ehrlich at the ceremony in front of Capitol Records.

Source: My News LA
Rare 1964 unpublished photos and color Beatles footage to be auctioned

A collection of unreleased Beatles photos from 1964 featuring the group rehearsing for The Ed Sullivan Show and on several stops from their U.S. debut, plus roughly three and a half minutes of rare color footage of the Beatles backstage at the ABC Blackpool Theatre in 1964 will both go under the hammer Feb. 5 in the UK.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon's Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

A still-resonant tune with biting introspection, John Lennon's "I Don't Wanna Face It" begins with the smeared sound of a tape machine engaging, this powerful reminder that Milk and Honey includes the incomplete, posthumous recordings a murdered genius. Even so, you'll find that all of the parts are still there.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma 45 Years ago today

"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's how John Lennon described the speedy creative process leading up to the release of his Instant Karma! single, and although it wasn't literally true, it came impressively close. Recorded on Jan. 27, 1970, it was a hit one month later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Pioneer recording engineer-producer John Palladino dies at 94

Sound engineer turned Capitol Records producer John Palladino, who worked on classic recordings by Frank Sinatra, the Steve Miller Band, Paul McCartney, The Beatles and more, died last week, he was 94. He edited tracks on Capitol's U.S. version of Beatles Rarities and created "The Beatles' Movie Medley" in 1982.

Source: SCV News
Monday, January 26, 2015
Kanye West reps deny that Paul McCartney co-produced new album

Paul McCartney has not co-produced the entirety of Kanye West's new album, representatives for both artists have stated. The pair recently followed their collaboration on West's track "Only One" by teaming up with Rihanna for "Four Five Seconds." The reports stemmed from an Instagram comment.

Related Articles  Source: Digital Spy
Listen: Rihanna releases new single featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney

Singer Rihanna has unveiled a clip of her latest music which features Paul McCartney and Kanye West. On her single Four Five Seconds, Rihanna sings the vocals, Paul McCartney plays guitar and Kanye West provides a rap. It is first single since 2012 and the second time McCartney has worked with rapper Kanye West.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
All-star indie pop group to perform entire Beatles White Album

The Wild Honey Orchestra's latest benefit concert will serve up the Beatles' White Album on Feb. 28 in Glendale, with an all-star lineup of musicians from L.A. and beyond raising money. Guests performers include Gary Wright, Vicki and Debbie Peterson of the Bangles and Keith Allison of Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Source: Los Angeles Times
All You Need Is Love for Beatle themed Valentine's dinner

Love, and 45 per head, is all you need at the Hard Day's Night hotel restaurant in Liverpool. General Manager Mike Dewey says, "To add to the romance, we will set the scene by playing Beatles love songs throughout the evening. This will create an idyllic atmosphere for lovers to relax, unwind and enjoy."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Three-year-old boy performs Beatles song with his dad

Performing a duet with his father of Love Me Do, in a new video a toddler shows talent way beyond his tender years. Singing along without a care in the world and playing his harmonica, the blonde boy happily bobs to the music as he belts out the tune, taking turns with his father to sing each verse to the guitar music.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
In Photos: Liverpool bands of the 1960s remembered

There were more than 300 bands active in Liverpool at the height of the Merseybeat era. Of course the Beatles is the first name which springs to mind, but there were other big hitters like Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and The Searchers, some still with us, others long gone, but their music lives on.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, January 23, 2015
Paul McCartney urges NYC to adopt Meatless Monday resolution

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to enjoy meat-free meals on Mondays to improve their health and sustain the planet. Paul McCartney has lent his support to a New York City Council resolution to make meat-free options more widely available and encourage New Yorkers to skip meat on Mondays.

More Information  Source: Eco Watch
UK memorabilia dealers on the search for Beatles autographs

A leading dealer in Beatles autographs and memorabilia in the UK is on the search for Beatles Autographs, and will pay 100,000+ ($150,000) for handwritten Beatles lyrics and 60,000 plus ($90,000) for fully signed Sgt Peppers Albums. Signed copies of the White Album, Abbey Road and Let It Be could be worth far more.

Source: Press Release Rocket
Liverpool author finds new clue to Lennon's Strawberry Fields lyrics

"The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story Behind the Rise and Fall of The Beatles" is an investigative biography which explores Lennon's childhood and his life until the end of The Beatles. Among the revelations in it are facts he discovered concerning Strawberry Fields Forever, including the line, "No one I think is in my tree."

Source: Beatles Examiner
In Pictures: John Lennon's most moving sketches

"Lennon's art changed considerably over time," Scott Gutterman, of New York's Neue Galerie, writes in the introduction to "John Lennon: The Collected Artwork," "The freewheeling figures he drew in his twenties gave way to sophisticated line drawings depicting his newfound daily life, including his delight in becoming a father."

Source: Rolling Stone
Audio Interview: Guitarist who inspired the Beatles

Even if you haven't heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you've heard his influence. He said, "They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him, How did you start playing the guitar? He said, From picking at Angel Romero's records." Romero also influenced the Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio
Man who brought the Beatles to Las Vegas dies at 94

Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager has died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles at age 94. Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Johnny Carson, and was credited for bringing artists like Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin and the Beatles to perform in Las Vegas.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Book Review: John Lennon: The Collected Artwork

John Lennon's humor and comments always seemed to have more of an edge to them than the other Beatles. His public persona was his true face, what we saw in his appearances and heard in interviews was who he was. You only need to glance through a new book, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, for proof.

Source: Blog Critics
Spire Arts Center sponsors Beatles bonanza

Fans can immerse themselves in the Fab Four during the Beatles Weekend Extravaganza at Spire Center for the Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA, this weekend. The two-day festival features four area tribute bands, five feature and documentary films, as well as vinyl listening sessions using high quality speakers and sound systems.

Source: Wicked Local, Quicy MA
52nd anniversary first Birmingham concert celebrated with Beatles Fest

The Beatles played their first ever gig in Birmingham, England, on February 15, 1963. 52 years later, their appearance will be celebrated with two events, local musicians will play their favorite Beatles songs at Fletchers Bar, and then the Hare & Hounds will host a performance from Midlands tribute band The Born Again Beatles.

Source: Birmingham Mail, UK
11-year-old boy is called a young George Harrison

Riley White does not take singing or guitar lessons, yet the 11-year-old struck a big chord with the judges of the Times Youth Music Scholarship and was named as a finalist. Riley simply picked up a guitar and started singing along to his tunes 18 months ago and has not looked back. He impressed the judges with Blackbird by The Beatles.

Source: Milton Ulladulla Times, Australia
John Lennon's final interview with Rolling Stone

On January 22, 1981, Rolling Stone published the last ever print interview with John Lennon, conducted on December 5, 1980, just 3 days before he was shot. The main focus was the upcoming Double Fantasy that he was working on with Yoko, and followed them into the studio as they remixed several songs for the album.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Soul of Billy Preston being fought over in a courtroom

Producing a string of acclaimed albums and hits in the 1960s and '70s, Billy Preston's defied gravity. The same goes for the financial mess that has followed his death in 2005. Besides settling what the bankruptcy trustee believes to be Preston's $4 million debt, there's the fight over money from his intellectual property and royalties.

Source: OC Weekly, CA
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney to be released on DVD

On 10th February 2012, Paul McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year. Paul and a cast of superstar guests performed some of the quintessential songs from his career. On March 24, 2015, Shout! Factory will release a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Review: George Harrison: The Apple Years: 1968-1975

When George Harrison passed away in 2001, the world lost a great voice, a great humanitarian, and an astonishing musician who never stopped trying to encourage higher thought through music. The new box set, The Apple Years: 1968-1975, does Harrison a great service, further cementing his bright legacy.

Source: PopMatters
Dress like a Beatle for a mere $200

A listing recently seen on Craigslist: "I previously performed in a Beatle tribute band, and have retired. I am offering my high quality costumes for sale. The Sgt Pepper costume was made by Rubies in New York. It is very well made, with high quality materials. The Abbey Road costume is made by Liz Claiborne."

Source: Philebrity
Monday, January 19, 2015
Report shows helicopter carrying Paul McCartney within seconds of crashing

A report published by the UK Department of Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch shows the pilot of a helicopter carrying Paul McCartney missed two urgent warnings that he was seconds from crashing in May, 2012. The aircraft then avoided hitting treetops near the couple's East Sussex home by just 2ft.

Source: The Argus, UK
Author of The Beatles and Me On Tour visits Washington state

Ivor Davis was the only British journalist with total access to the Beatles for the entire Summer '64 tour. He lived it and now talks about everything he saw as he traveled across America and Canada with the Beatles. The author will tell about his experiences and sign copies of his book in in Kirkland, Washington, on January 28.

Source: Kirkland Reporter
Paul McCartney and Wings CDs are reissue magic

The first time the post-Beatles work of Paul McCartney was put on CD it was, in most cases, totally botched with weak-sounding, thin, lazy transfers, but there's an extensive Paul McCartney/Wings reissue project underway and Venus and Mars feels like a brand new album, and Band on the Run is a long-lost gem.

Source: Stuff, New Zealand
Friday, January 16, 2015
Musicians unite for a statue of Brian Epstein in Liverpool

Musicians are to unite in a concert to raise money for a statue of Brian Epstein in Liverpool. The concert, fittingly at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre, is the latest fundraiser in the Statue 4 Eppy campaign. The campaign has been working to raise 70,000 to have Brian's efforts formally recognised with a permanent statue in Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Mark Ronson played Paul McCartney song at Macca's own wedding

Mark Ronson says he played a song by Paul McCartney as he performed a DJ set at Macca's wedding to Nancy Shevell three years ago. Ronson, who produced two tracks on McCartney's album New in 2013, described the evening as an intimate, family event, and insisted his decision to play Band on the Run by Wings went down well.

Source: Irish Mirror

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