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Restored Shea Stadium concert to be screened with new Beatles doc

A fully restored version of The Beatles' historic concert at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965, will be shown with theatrical screenings of the upcoming documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years." The 30-minute, 11-song performance in front of more than 55,000 people was the first rock show in a stadium.

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Gary Wright
Gary Wright's lost 1972 album includes George Harrison solo

Keyboardist Gary Wright first played keyboards on Harrison's Isn't It a Pity, then went on to play on most of the rest of the All Things Must Pass album, as well as George's sessions for Ringo Starr. His lost 1972 Album, "Ring of Changes," finally released today, features a George Harrison slide guitar solo that sounds like an outtake from All Things Must Pass.

Source: PR Newswire
Ringo Starr announces new Asia and North America tour dates

Ringo Starr and his current and longest running group of All Starrs, featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, has announced new tour dates with the latest leg starting in North America and including Japan and South Korea, and says more will be added soon.

Source: RingoStarr.com
50 Years Ago: John Lennon's Jesus quote sparks protests

There was little immediate reaction when John Lennon said the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" in the London Evening Standard on March 4, 1966. But then the U.S. teen mag Datebook republished the article on July 29. Outrage turned to threats, some serious enough that the Beatles considered halting a planned tour.

More Information  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Photos: Inside the Beatles' LOVE 10th anniversary bash in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil celebrated the 10th anniversary of the monumentally successful Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas on July 14. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Peter Asher, Yoko Ono and Ron Howard appeared, the night also featured a moving speech by Giles Martin about his father, the late George Martin.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Interview: Ron Howard describes his Beatles film as a survival story

"This a survival story of these young guys," Ron Howard told ET about his new Beatles documentary. "They're boys in the beginning and men at the end, and they've been through an amazing journey." About their Ed Sullivan appearance, he said, "I watched that. It was so important everybody tuned in. It was amazing."

Related Articles  Source: ET Online
New trailer for Ron Howard's Beatles documentary contains rare footage

A new trailer for Ron Howard's documentary called The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years has been released on the internet. It includes archive footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo in the years between getting their start in Liverpool and their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

Related Articles  Source: Empire Online

Sean Lennon
Interview: Sean Lennon diving headfirst into creative projects

Despite being the son of the late John Lennon, and activist/artist Yoko Ono, the 40-year-old musician has continuously carved a path his own. His latest has the artist combining forces with Primus frontman Les Claypool as the psychedelic duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, which he talks about, plus his art's inextricable ties to his father.

Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Beatles tribute band to play at legendary Cavern Club

Victoria, Australia-based Beatles tribute band BackBeat is off to the UK after being invited to take up a prestigious slot at the International Beatleweek festival. Their gig venues include The Cavern Club, the birthplace of The Beatles in the late 1950s. Drummer Lisa Stuart said the invite was a dream come true for the band.

Source: Diamond Valley Leader, Victoria, Australia
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Paul McCartney releases new VR film for Kisses On The Bottom track

In this fifth installment of the "Pure McCartney VR" documentary series released today, Paul takes fans behind-the-scenes of "My Valentine" from his 2012 album Kisses On The Bottom. Paul talks about Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp in the music video and accompanies himself on his Wurlitzer electric piano as his discusses the song.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
BeatlesFest returns to Ireland

It's that time of year again when Moville, Ireland, rocks to the sound of the Fab Four at BeatlesFest on the Lough. The festival marks its 10th milestone this year with music in multiple indoor and outdoor venues around the seaside town over the Bank Holiday and has now grown into Ireland's longest running festival of Beatles music.

Source: Inishowen News, Donegal, Ireland
Beatles still attracting thousands of people to Liverpool

Since being unveiled last December, the giant bronze tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo in Liverpool has become one of the must-see landmarks for tourists visiting the city. Fans make a beeline for the Fab Four statue as their buses arrive at the Pier Head, its now one Liverpool's most popular tourist attractions.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono's album delayed by flu

Yoko Ono says she won't be returning to work on her new upcoming 10-track album until she feels "a little more normal" after being hospitalized with flu earlier this year. She told Billboard magazine, "That derailed the whole situation. Everything in my body is OK now, except I have a problem walking." She also recently insisted she won't ever retire.

Source: The List, UK
Denny Laine gets special Beatles tour of Los Angeles

Last Sunday, Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles had a very special guest, founding member of The Moody Blues and guitarist with Paul McCartney and Wings, Denny Laine. According to Gillian, there were "No Words" to describe how thrilling it was having Denny Laine come on her tour.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Beatles Photographer Harry Benson honored to be exhibited in Scotland

Harry Benson is famous for his pictures of the Beatles in the US as well as his photos of every American president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Benson said he was delighted after it was revealed his work is to go on display in Scotland. He said, "It is a distinct honor to have my photographs on display at the Scottish Parliament."

Source: Glasgow Live
Video: Pattie Boyd's stories behind photos of Harrison and Clapton

Model, muse and photographer Pattie Boyd is in Liverpool to visit her exhibition of candid photos at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The exhibition, which features a total of 57 images, also includes a selection of the 60s style icon's vintage dresses. Pattie will also be in Liverpool next month for International Beatle Week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Welsh Streets building collapse forces evacuation of family

A building has collapsed in the Welsh Streets regeneration area of Liverpool. Nobody was hurt but a family living in a flat above a neighboring shop has been evacuated. Pedestrians and motorists are being warned to avoid the area. The regeneration of the Welsh Streets, which include Ringo Starr's birthplace, is set to start next month.

Source: BBC News, UK
Illinois teacher's book tells Fab Four's St. Louis story

True-blue Beatles fan Sara Schmidt's passion began when she was introduced to the Fab Four's music as a teenager in the '80s. "I'm a second generation fan," said Schmidt, a second through fifth grade teacher in Alton, IL. The testament to her dedication is her "all-things-Beatles" room in her basement, filled with memorabilia.

Source: The Telegraph, Alton, IL
Warning: New Let It Be on Amazon just another old, bad copy

There is a new listing in Amazon for a Limited Collector's Edition Let It Be to be released on DVD on August 5, 2016, and available for pre-order now. However! This does not appear to be an official release, and does not appear to be the restored, remastered new release from the Beatles and Apple we've been waiting for all these years.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, July 25, 2016
Hulu's fall lineup includes Beatles documentary

Streaming service Hulu has released its fall schedule of original programming. The new schedule includes the Hulu premier of "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years," to air on Sept. 17. Directed and produced by Ron Howard, the documentary will cover the early years of The Beatles' career.

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Australian filmmaker turns Beatles into perfect kid's show soundtrack

Josh Wakely's idea for a children's animated series, called Beat Bugs, was heartfelt but mad. Impossible. It would require securing the rights to more than 300 songs by the Beatles, and then getting some famous contemporary singers to record those songs. And that was never going to happen. Until it did.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Classic car owned by John Lennon is set to be auctioned

A classic 1956 Austin Princess owned by John Lennon will be included in a forthcoming sale. Lennon purchased the vehicle in August 1971 and went on to use it the following year in a promotional film for his album Imagine. The auction will take place in London on September 7, estimates say the car could end up selling for 265,000 (about $348,150).

Source: NME, UK

Klaus Voormann
Klaus Voormann tells how he drew Beatles pop art masterpiece

Half a century after the release of Revolver, the Beatles album hailed not only as the group's creative summit but arguably pop's greatest achievement, the artist who designed the record's monochrome sleeve, itself acclaimed as one of the finest pop artworks, has revealed how he did it: in an London suburb attic flat, on a kitchen table, for 50.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Unique art collections to highlight Beatles at the Ridge Festival

Two exquisite collections will be on hand at 2016's Beatles at the Ridge Festival, taking place September 16-17, The Argenta Collection, nearly 230 Beatles photographs and images, and Ken Orth's "Meet the Look-Alikes," which includes over 1,800 pieces of commercial artwork that resemble a Beatles album cover.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 22, 2016
George Harrison Early Takes, Volume 2 could be on the way

Olivia Harrison has told Billboard that she and Dhani are looking to put out more unreleased tracks by George Harrison. "There are a lot of songs. I think there is a project there. I just need time to get to it," she said. Early Takes: Volume 1, which came out in 2012, was a companion piece to Harrison bio film "Living in the Material World."

Source: AXS
New John Lennon film scheduled for October release

Emerging Pictures has set an October 7 launch for "The Lennon Report," which re-creates the aftermath of the 1980 murder of John Lennon. The film will open in 10 markets, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Tampa, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Cleveland, and then expand nationwide on October 14.

Source: Variety
Video: Local pipe band joins Paul McCartney on stage in Hamilton, Ontario

During his first ever show at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Thursday night, Paul McCartney brought the local pipe band the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on stage with him last night to back him up on the Wings classic Mull of Kintyre. Vancouver is the only other city on the tour where Paul has played the track.

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Paul McCartney takes Hershey on a Magical Mystery Tour

On Tuesday night at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA, Paul McCartney had the crowd of 30,000 feeling both entertained and inspired, and he seemed to do it all with great ease. For Sir Paul, it was just a day at the office. When you watch him perform, you are keenly aware that you are listening to a Bach or Beethoven of our times.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Paul McCartney named the UK's most successful albums act of all time

Paul McCartney, who has recorded 22 number one albums and over a career that spans six decades, and has sold 700 million albums across the globe, has been awarded the Official Chart Record Breaker Award, which recognizes him as the UK's most successful albums act of all time. McCartney said, "It feels unbelievable."

Official Page  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Ringo Starr wants to perform with Paul McCartney again

Ringo Starr would be thrilled to perform with fellow former Beatle Paul McCartney again. "I would tour with Paul McCartney tomorrow!" Starr told Closer Weekly. "I'm doing my own tours right now so we'd have to work it out." Starr and McCartney are a long way from their Beatles days, the drummer recently turned 76.

Source: Fox News
Insider's tales of Beatles in 1966 at Harrogate art gallery

Two insiders of music and art will unveil their first-hand accounts of Paul McCartney and others in 1966 in an exclusive event at a Harrogate art gallery next week. The show, Spirit of 66, may be the closest fans will get to knowing what it was like to be in the world's greatest rock groups at the time of classic albums like Revolver.

Source: Harrogate Advertiser, UK
Author Sara Schmidt on why the Beatles were a big hit in St. Louis

St. Louis is a big baseball town, but it also had a lot of love for the Beatles, as Sara Schmidt shows in her book, "Happiness Is Seeing the Beatles: Beatlemania in St. Louis." She said, "When I started to read about the St. Louis concert, it was often skimmed over or skipped all together, so I decided to get to the bottom of the issue myself."

Source: AXS
Hong Kong tribute show explores what if The Beatles never broke up?

Chris McBurney was seven years old when he heard his elder brother playing the White Album in the basement. "There will never be another band like them," he says. McBurney's current band, however, is trying to be. He plays Ringo Starr in The Beatles tribute musical Let It Be, running in Hong Kong from July 22 to 24.

Source: South China Morning Post
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Beatles to finally release Live At The Hollywood Bowl on CD

The Beatles are to release an updated version of their only fully official live in concert album. Originally released in 1977, Live At The Hollywood Bowl documents their three shows at the 17,000-capacity arena in 1964 and 1965. The 17 newly remastered tracks were sourced directly from the original three-track mixing desk recordings from the shows.

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr to stage first Korea concert in November

Ringo Starr will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea in November, a local concert planner said on Wednesday. This would be his first event in Korea in his 54-year music career. The concert is set for Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at Jamsil Stadium in southeastern Seoul. Ticket pre-sales will begin at 2 p.m. on July 28.

Source: The Korea Times
Long-lost Beatles demo discovered by Cilla Black's family

A long-lost Beatles demo disc sent to Cilla Black has been rediscovered 52 years later. Black had a UK Top 10 hit with the Lennon-McCartney penned It's for You in 1964 which was produced by George Martin at Abbey Road, but Paul McCartney had earlier that year recorded his own version on a 7 inch Dick James demo disc.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Dhani Harrison
Video made by Dhani Harrison breaks the internet

A skateboarding video broke the internet. Twelve years in the making, the four-minute video is a gorgeous "4D" sequence of impossible maneuvers, paired with an equally stunning musical score by longtime rocker, skater and composer Dhani Harrison. In a new interview, Dhani said it was "the most fun and most complicated thing I've ever worked on."

Source: Redbull
The Quiet Beatle's huge influence

George Harrison is known for his work with The Beatles, his solo albums All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, and Cloud Nine, and for his association with South Asian spirituality and music. He is largely responsible for the fact that Westerners know the name Ravi Shankar, and thus our familiarity with the sound of the sitar.

Source: The Good Men Project
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Rare Beatles books to be auctioned

Three extremely rare books, to be auctioned next week, are all signed and valued at more than 22,000 (about $28,800). One of the books includes a collection of Beatles photos valued at 3,750 (about $4,900) and was signed by John Lennon and George Harrison at the stage door of the Nottingham Odeon cinema in 1963.

Source: York Press, UK
Judge urges Sean Lennon to settle tree dispute

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon lives next door to Actress Marisa Tomei's dad Gary Tomei in Greenwich Village. The Tomeis are asking the court to order the celebrity scion to chop down his tree because the roots have cracked their stoop and their basement walls. A judge has urged the two sides to settle the dispute.

Source: NY Post
Photos: Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and Ron Howard at LOVE anniversary

On July 14, 2016, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and many more celebrities came together in Las Vegas for the 10th anniversary of The Beatles LOVE show by Cirque du Soleil. This is the fourth time that Paul and Ringo have publicly attended the show together, the first time was when the show opened in 2006.

Source: Daytrippin'
Beatles tribute band concert to support school supplies for kids

Beatles tribute band Penny Lane will perform on Saturday, July 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the new amphitheater in Stafford's Hyde Park in Connecticut. The concert will benefit Safe Net, which will use the proceeds for its back to school programs, where it provides backpacks and supplies to as many kids as it can.

Source: Hartford Courant

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