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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Beatles fan pays 155,000 for John Lennon's mum's former home

John Lennon's mum's former home sold at auction this afternoon for 155,000 ($230,000) to a Beatles fan who last year bought George Harrison's childhood house. The semi-detached property in Allerton was where Lennon was taught how to play the banjo and where he was given his first guitar by his mum Julia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: How Ringo originally wrote new album on drums alone

Ringo Starr produced and recorded his new album, Postcards From Paradise, at his home studio in Los Angeles. In a new video interview, Starr discusses writing and recording the album, revealing he originally wrote all the album's tracks only by playing the drums before inviting other musicians to record their various parts.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Jeff Beck's expanded concert album includes Beatles cover

An expanded "Special Edition" version of Jeff Beck's acclaimed 2008 concert album, "Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's," will be released on June 2. It features Beck visiting various periods of his career, and includes an instrumental rendition of A Day in the Life that garnered Beck a Grammy Award in 2009.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
How signed piano made its Beatles connections

On Thursday, a piano signed by both surviving Beatles goes up for auction online, to raise money for veterans and their families. But without a little help from some friends in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the piano might not have survived the long and winding road between Ringo Starr's and Paul McCartney's separate tour stops.

Source: Tuscaloosa News, AL
Audio: New song from Todd Rundgren's next album

It's prolific year for Todd Rundgren. Already part of Ringo Starr's latest All-Starr Band, with playing and writing credits on the new Postcards From Paradise album, Rundgren will be releasing his 25th solo studio album, Global, on April 7, and will be touring to support it. A new song from that album, Rise, can now be heard online.

Source: Billboard
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Monday, March 30, 2015
Paul McCartney to release new single with Ed Sheeran and Jamie Oliver

Paul McCartney latest new musical collaborators are Ed Sheeran and Jamie Oliver. McCartney is believed to have recorded the bass line and backing vocals for the new track, which is being released to promote Food Revolution Day, aimed at educating children about food. TV chef Jamie co-wrote song with Ed, to be released in May.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Unreleased 1962 Beatles Cavern recording to be auctioned

A long-lost original recording of The Beatles singing an unreleased version of the song "Some Other Guy" at The Cavern in 1962 that was discovered in a desk drawer 50 years later is to go under the hammer later this year in Liverpool. According to a press release, the owner of the tape will donate all of the proceeds of the sale to charity.

Source: The Examiner
Woman who inspired The Beatles' Dear Prudence once dated Robert Durst

Two months before she went missing, Kathie Durst received a call from her husband's mistress. On the other end of the phone was Prudence Farrow, the sister of Mia Farrow, the muse behind the Beatles song "Dear Prudence." Prudence later told police investigators that she was worried Robert Durst might come after her.

Source: NY Post
Michigan man's Beatles memorabilia collection on display at museum

William Stidham's collection of Beatles memorabilia is now featured at the Lakeshore Museum Center, in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Album covers and calendars, towels, cards, key chains, pictures and action figures complete with a Yellow Submarine are all on display at the museum center's Collector's Corner.

Source: Michigan Live
Friday, March 27, 2015
Audio: Bamboula is newest track released from Ringo's Postcards

Today, Ringo Starr premiered Bamboula, a standout track from his new album Postcards From Paradise on the Mojo website. It's an extrovert package, with accordion, Rhodes and brass conjuring a Pan-American street party vibe, and an exotic groove concocted in consort with arranger lyricist Van Dyke Parks.

Related Articles  Source: Mojo Magazine
Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel up for sale

Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel is being put up for sale today with a price tag of 11m (more than $16m). The luxury hotel in North John Street opened its doors in 2008 and since then has proved a hit with Fab Four fans from all over the world. It is housed in a historical building that was built in 1884.

Source: Liverpool Echo
How Danny Collins movie secured nine John Lennon songs

Securing rights to Beatles and their solo recordings is notoriously difficult. Director Dan Fogelman cut a version of his film that used Lennon songs in the ways he wanted, then sent it to Yoko Ono and hoped for the best. Ono approved, granting permission for Lennon songs including Imagine, Working Class Hero, and Beautiful Boy.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Stella McCartney reveals challenges of being animal-friendly

Stella McCartney, as a brand, is animal-friendly, and doesn't use leather or fur in its fashions. She said, "We are the most ethical and loving company in the fashion industry. We always have this conversation about our non-leathers. I always have to apologize to my designers and creative team for the limitations [this creates]."

Source: Bustle
Review: Louise Harrison's new book

Louise Harrison has recently published her book entitled, "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a the Beatles!" The 359-page book includes many interesting facets of the Harrison family history and Louise's life, as well as her brother, George Harrison's rise to fame with the Beatles, and will earn a valuable spot in Beatles history.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr begins his Sentimental Journey 45 years ago today

After wild experiments with keyboards and soundscapes from George Harrison and John Lennon, Ringo Starr followed with his debut post-Beatles album that explored the pre-rock standards of his parents' generation. "I wondered, What shall I do with my life now that it's over?" Starr mused in Sentimental Journey's original liner notes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Audio: Ringo Starr gets lovestruck in next song released from Postcards

Ringo Starr's 18th studio album "Postcards From Paradise" is out next week and features 11 new originals, including "Touch and Go," premiering on the web today. Starr wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Gary Burr. The song is an upbeat, three-and-a-half minute organ-driven number, where Starr sings about the fluttery feelings of new love.

Related Articles  Source: Wall Street Journal
Paul McCartney to be featured on cover of next Q Magazine

Ahead of the "Out There" tour resuming next month, Paul McCartney spoke to British music magazine Q about his recent collaborations with Kanye West and Lady Gaga. His official website now has an exclusive look at the cover photographed by Alex Lake. The May issue of Q hits the newsstands in the UK on March 31.

Paul McCartney's two-line postcard from Mull of Kintyre sells for 1,000

A rare postcard sent by Paul McCartney has been sold for almost 1,000 (about $1,400) at auction. The message read, "With love from the 'four Macs'. Now on tour in Scotland." McCartney sent it from his Kintyre farmhouse to his housekeeper Rose. Auction organizers had valued it at between 250 and 350 ($520).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo Starr says a Beatles reunion could have happened

The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison quashed the notion of a true Beatles reunion, but Ringo Starr believes that, had they lived, they could have pulled it off. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Starr said, "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'Okay, let's do it.' And we never got to that."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Odds are 500-1 that next royal baby will be named Ringo

As Duchess Kate Middleton approaches her delivery date for the second royal baby, bettors are furiously placing wagers on what they will name the newest member of the British Royal Family. And if your guess is "Ringo," well, you could win a lot of money, if you're right, as British bookies are giving 500-1 odds that would happen.

Source: The Inquisitr
The people's Beatles Fest returns to Southern California

The "Tribute to the Beatles Festival" which is billed as the people's Beatles Festival is coming to Pico Rivera, California, on September 26. Organizers decided to bring the festival to a more centralized location after being held at the Santa Monica Pier, the Queen Mary in Long Beach and other locales over the last 6 years.

Source: Mid Valley News
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Paul McCartney to headline Lollapalooza in July

Paul McCartney announced this morning that he will headline this year's Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago. The appearance, set to take place on Friday July 31, will mark Paul's first visit to the festival. Lollapalooza 3-day general admission passes sold out yesterday within an hour of going on sale.

Audio: Ringo Starr debuts new song from Postcards album

Today, Billboard exclusively premiered a track from Ringo Starr's 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, which hits on March 31. This new song pays tribute to the Memphis sound. "Postcards From Paradise is me doing what I do. It's part of my being. I play. We make records. We do the best we can," Starr told Billboard.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
The last photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono revealed

Moments in the months before December 8, 1980, during the creation of what would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono's last album together, are captured in a collection of never-before-seen photographs of the couple, published for the first time in the book, "Double Fantasy." The photographs were taken by Kishin Shinoyama.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Bootleg Beatles hit the road for 35th anniversary tour

Marking 35 years in the business for the band, The Bootleg Beatles are now touring the UK. They started in 1980, and are described as the best Beatles' imitation group. The Bootleg Beatles are formed from the original cast of London's West End hit show "Beatlemania", and feature note-perfect recreation of the Beatles' hits.

Source: Kent News, UK
John and Yoko tage first Bed-In for peace 46 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a "Bed-in" in Amsterdam. They took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war.

Source: BT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Legendary 1990 Live at Knebworth concert gets Blu-ray release

This month, one of the world's most notable British rock concert events celebrates its 25th anniversary with its long-awaited Blu-ray release. Live at Knebworth includes performances from icons like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Elton John. The new Blu-ray features improved audio and video quality.

Source: The Examiner
Moscow discusses plans for John Lennon monument

Moscow city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting. Alexey Bogaevsky, the founder of Russia's 30,000-strong Beatles fan community, says Lennon was very influential in Russia during the Cold War.

Source: Newsweek
Laurence Juber says working with McCartney was educational experience

In a new interview, guitarist Laurence Juber describes his time with Paul McCartney and Wings as an educational experience. "He has a certainly eccentric style on acoustic guitar, particularly his way of left-handed picking. I learned a lot about the music business, about music production and about being an artist from him."

Source: Lehigh Valley Live
Comedian Marty Allen still laughing at 93

On the cusp of his 93rd birthday, funny man Marty Allen has booked two intimate shows the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas. Marty was part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, creating albums and making 40 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, even once on the same night as The Beatles historic first appearance on the show.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, March 23, 2015
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy party on International Day of Happiness

The United Nations Foundation and Pharrell Williams teamed up to make this year's International Day of Happiness really special. On Friday, everybody was invited to join a global "Happy Party" online to spread happiness and increase awareness about climate change, and Paul McCartney was happy to join in.

Smash-hit Beatles musical to relaunch Liverpool's Royal Court theatre

The Beatles musical Let It Be is to open in the band's home city later this year. Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, which recently underwent a 2.8 million refurbishment, will host the show for five-and-a-half weeks starting October 8, coinciding with John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Source: Digital Spy
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a stop at SXSW

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile studio which provides students with the technology to produce songs and music videos, spending 10 months out of the year visiting schools across the country, took a three-day travel break, giving tours of the bus at the SXSW Music Gear Expo in Austin, Texas.

Source: The Daily Texan
Ringo Starr's Photograph book to receive a full release

In 2013, Ringo Starr put out a limited edition book combining photos from his archives along with writings about his life. It was originally conceived as a limited edition book of only 2,500 copies. Now, Ringo Starr has announced announced the "Open Edition," an affordable printing of his book to be released this September.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tommy Chong talks about getting high with the Beatles

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong, recounted the many famous musicians and other figures he ended up getting high with, among the most famous are The Beatles. Chong said, "I've gotten high with every one of The Beatles except Paul, and he's the only one that really was a pothead."

Source: The Inquisitr
Friday, March 20, 2015
Yoko Ono talks about John, art and peace

"When John passed away, I thought that one of the things I better do is make sure that his artwork is known in the world," Yoko Ono says. "He would like that. I didn't know that it would bring so much happiness to people. It just keeps on going. I think he would be very pleased by how much people enjoy and respect his art now."

Source: Houston Chronicle
Tribute band keeps George Harrison's musical legacy alive

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard. Alex explains. "I was a George Harrison fan since I was 13 back in Austria when I started playing guitar. I got into The Beatles and started playing, and for me George Harrison was the obvious choice."

Source: West Sussex Today, UK
Pacino is a total rock star in Danny Collins

In 1971, singer/songwriter Danny Collins is asked who inspired him. John Lennon, he says. He becomes a big star, but 40 years later, he's the caricature of a sellout. Then, Collins receives a letter from Lennon, written four decades earlier, and he wonders how his career might have been different if he had connected with Lennon.

Source: USA Today
Spanish film recounts '60s meeting with John Lennon

The film "Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" builds its story around a 1966 meeting between teacher Juan Carrion and John Lennon in the Spanish coastal village of Almeria. There, Lennon took a break from filming "How I Won the War" to discuss Beatles lyrics that Carrion used to teach English to his students.

Source: SF Gate
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform at benefit in New York this May

Paul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation today announced that McCartney and his band will be performing at Robin Hood's annual benefit, to be held May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. No stranger to Robin Hood, after 9/11, McCartney donated his talents to the Concert for New York City.

Source: Broadway World Music
Paul McCartney annouces special concert in Japan

Paul McCartney finally returns to Japan with his "Out There" tour, as he announced today a special one off show at the Nippon Budokan on Tuesday April 28. The special show was originally planned for last year but for reasons beyond his control, Paul was forced to cancel his Japanese tour dates. Ticket presale starts this Saturday.

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Beatles albums in top ten sellers of this millenium in the U.K.

In the newly released list of the top selling albums of the millenium, so far, in the U.K., the Beatles hits album 1 is the sixth biggest selling album of the last 15+ years in England even though none of the songs were recorded even in the last three decades. Adele was number 1 on the list, followed by Amy Winehouse.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News

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