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Latest Beatles News as of Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Photos: Paul McCartney mobbed by fans as he leaves Daily Show studios

Paul McCartney was mobbed by fans offering him album covers to sign, with the Abbey Road LP a firm favorite, as he left the Daily Show studios in New York City on Monday night. Ever generous with his time, Macca signed a multitude of autographs in rainy Manhattan with an assistant holding an umbrella over the star.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Paul McCartney talks about Destiny on The Daily Show

Paul McCartney appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show last night to talk about "Hope for the Future," his song for the Destiny video game. During the course of his funny back-and-forth with Jon Stewart, McCartney talks about how he got involved with the project and revealed that he's not very good at video games.

Source: Game Spot
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation, Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Parents fight plan to expand Beatles' old school

Dovedale Junior School, off Penny Lane in Liverpool, has remained virtually unchanged since John Lennon and George Harrison were pupils there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. But parents today launched a campaign to halt a plan that would see the present school, built in the 1930s, expanded to accommodate 840 pupils from 630.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Ringo Starr to receive special Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees, and Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence. Starr was inducted as part of The Beatles in 1988, though his three other bandmates have since entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists. "This means recognition to me," he said.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles autographs sell for 1.5k at auction

Rare autographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, collected by a fan who spotted them staying in Newquay in Cornwall, England during their Magical Mystery Tour almost 50 years ago, sold at a London auction house for 1,500 (about $2,350) last week. They would have been more valuable had Ringo also signed.

Source: Cornish Guardian, UK
Paul Mccartney reveals he shuns Beatles anniversaries

Paul McCartney says he never takes notice of The Beatles milestones, insisting he has no interest in marking important anniversaries or birthdays. He said, "Someone says, 'Oh, this is the 50th anniversary of when you walked in Abbey Road or the 50th anniversary of your first single'. The truth is, I'm not counting!"

Source: Contact Music
Inside the Beatles: The Beatles Christmas Records

While they may have initially been seen as throwaways, today the Beatles Christmas records reveal how the Beatles were evolving creatively and developing separate artistic identities. In addition, these recordings provided a rare glimpse into their comedic roots, namely Liverpudlian humor and Goons-style banter.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, December 15, 2014
Guitar signed by Paul McCartney stolen from West Vancouver store

West Vancouver police are looking for a suspect after someone broke into a store last Thursday and made off with a framed Peavey electric guitar bearing the signatures of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and others. It is possible someone was hired explicitly to steal that piece, as more expensive pieces in the store were ignored.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Pictures: Paul McCartney and wife Nancy arrive at JFK

Paul McCartney kept a low profile in tinted shades as he arrived with wife Nancy Shevell at JFK International Airport in New York on Sunday. Paul was returning to the US after promotion of his new single, Hope For The Future, for which the music video debuted on Monday, and included McCartney immortalized as a hologram.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Elvis Presley's connection to the Beatles featured in new exhibit

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar while Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage. This famous pool table is now on display at "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

Source: The Examiner
The day Paul McCartney found the Devil in Atlanta

In 1999, the McCartneys visited Atlanta to support Heather McCartney as she unveiled her line of houseware items. Paul and his son, James, went out to explore the side streets of Atlanta, and there, in "the funky side of town," stopped in front of Miller's Rexall Drugs and saw something intended to ward off Satan.

Source: Like The Dew
John and Yoko launch War Is Over! campaign 45 years ago today

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global War Is Over! campaign, performing at UNICEF's "Peace for Christmas" concert in London. George Harrison also performed, it was he first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles' last show in 1966.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, December 12, 2014
Pictures: Beatles-themed hotel goes up for sale priced at 1.3m

A Beatles-themed hotel is on the market for more than 1m (more than $1,571,000). The 13-bedroom Liverpool Boutique Hotel in Allerton has a Fab Four theme throughout, every room in the hotel is named after either John, George, Paul, Ringo or one of their favorite songs and pictures of the band adorn the walls inside.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool and London tours feature Beatles insider Tony Bramwell

BeatleTour.com, offering escorted group travel to Beatle historical sites in Liverpool and London has announced an exclusive "Bramwell's Beatles Britain Tour." Guest Apple recording exec and real-life longtime Beatle friend Tony Bramwell will travel with the group to share his Beatles stories and adventures with tour members.

Source: PR Web
Hong Kong protesters to rebuild Lennon Wall

Pro-democracy protesters have vowed to rebuild the famous "Lennon Wall" which sat at the heart of Hong Kong's main protest camp, after it was swept clear by police. The wall was inspired by the original in Prague, a focal point for dissidents in the 1980s, often using images and lyrics inspired by John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: Sinchew, Malaysia
John Lennon book review: All you need is love of wordplay

When they were first published in 1964 and 1965, John Lennon's slim volumes of offbeat prose and poetry went straight to the top of the bestseller list. They may only be a footnote in the history of the Beatles, but there's still enough here to entertain anyone with a liking for John Lennon's off-the-wall humor.

Source: The Independent, UK
Yoko Ono to have MoMA solo show in 2015

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City announced it will mount a solo show of Yoko Ono's work in May 2015. The exhibition will survey the works from the tumultuous decade that led up to her 1971 performance art action, including objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films.

Source: Artnet News
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Audio: Paul McCartney lines up female singer for film role

Paul McCartney has told XFM in the UK he's making an animated movie called "High In The Clouds" featuring a female singer, and he dropped a heavy hint about who he wants to play her. He said, "I'm writing the music for characters in the film, one of whom is a female rock star who kind of rules this city."

Source: XFM, UK
Video: Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl track featured in new Polo ad

A commercial for the new Polo Red fragrance features "Cut Me Some Slack," the Grammy-winning collaboration between Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. The track was written for Grohl's "Sound City" documentary in 2012.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Rare and unseen photos of John Lennon go on display in Liverpool

An exhibition by legendary rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen opened last week in Liverpool, featuring many rare and unseen photos of John Lennon's time in New York, the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of London and New York. Guest of honor at the launch event was Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's sketches released though exclusive US exhibitions

Prints of three of John Lennon's rare sketches from the Bag One Arts program will be released through exclusive exhibitions across the US. Yoko Ono and Epic Rights have partnered to launch prints of Lennon's original artwork love and communication, in exclusive exhibitions in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Source: Licensing.biz
Wings over America remains a pinnacle for Paul McCartney

Recorded in the summer of 1976, Wings Over America, arrived on December 10 of that year feeling like a triumphant musical summation for Paul McCartney. McCartney hadn't at this point toured America in 10 years, and so Wings Over America was greeted with what can only be described as unfettered joy.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Controversial John Lennon artwork to be auctioned

An artwork by John Lennon depicting himself is going up for auction. "The Shroud" was created in the autumn of 1966 after Lennon commented that the Beatles were more popular. The piece is estimated to be sold for 75,000 in London on December 15.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Bob Geldof explains Paul McCartney's omission from Band Aid 30

Bob Geldof has defended his decision not to include Paul McCartney in the latest version of Band Aid. "Macca's always done stuff. He was in the band in 2004, him, Radiohead and Damon," Geldof said. "But look, on this we've got from the newest to the hippest to the oldest, and he hasn't made the cut, what can I tell you?"

Source: entertainment.ie
New book claims John Lennon needed help

Liverpool writer Francis Kenny, author of the new painstakingly researched and detailed book The Making of John Lennon: The Untold Story of The Rise and Fall of The Beatles, believes Lennon was all but emotionally destroyed by his Aunt Mimi. "All the evidence is already out there, but I'm looking at it in a Liverpool light," he says.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew
Video: Beatles fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Beatles fans gathered Monday to remember John Lennon on the 34th anniversary of his death. Musicians played Beatles classics in Central Park's Strawberry Fields to celebrate Lennon's life. Fans said his legacy is still felt in today's music. "He's had an impact on anybody that's ever picked up a guitar, " said one Lennon fan.

Source: NY1
Monday, December 8, 2014
Beatles Tribute Let It Be to return to the London West End

Let It Be is returning to the West End. The Beatles tribute will begin performances on February 28, 2015 at the Garrick Theatre in London and will play a limited engagement through September 27, before commencing a UK tour. The show originally opened at the West End's Savoy Theatre in January 2013.

Source: Broadway World
George Harrison releases the very dark Dark Horse 40 years ago today

Produced during a particularly turbulent period of George Harrison's life, Dark Horse marked the beginning of a '70s-era downward turn for the ex-Beatle that was as sudden as it was complete and surprising. After all, this all-star project, released on Dec. 9, 1974, followed a pair of bestselling, mind-changing solo studio efforts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Liverpool Beatles appreciation society remembers John Lennon

Fans of late Beatle John Lennon paid respects to the legendary musician on the 34th anniversary of his death with prayers for peace. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society held a small ceremony at a statue of the band in Cavern Walks shopping centre on Mathew Street, where candles and memorabilia were laid.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. "It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in. It was really difficult for everyone. For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again, and we weren't going to hang out," McCartney said.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon: 12/8/80

In 1980, critical reaction to Double Fantasy, John Lennon's first new album in more than 5 years, was mixed, perhaps due to the album's co-billing of Yoko Ono, but most fans were pleased. On December 8, the TV news said something about John Lennon being shot outside his home in New York. It was a real punch in the gut.

Source: Like The Dew
Imagine Peace Tower 40 years in the making

It all started with Yoko Ono's 1964 book, Grapefruit, where she talked about her artistic concept of creating a lighthouse. Forty years later on October 9, 2007, the Imagine Peace Tower was launched by Yoko Ono in collaboration with the city of Reykjavk, Iceland. It shines every year between October 9 and December 8.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, December 5, 2014
Beatles EP proves vinyl sales can make dent in Billboard 200

The release of The Beatles' Long Tall Sally EP proves that vinyl sales are doing enough to at least make a dent in the Billboard 200, even during the busiest of sales months. It went to no. 1 on the British vinyl charts and moved enough copies of the 7" release in the United States to land on the overall album charts.

Source: Music Times
Paul McCartney unhappy about shift to lo-fi listening habits

In an interview promoting "Hope for the Future," his new song included in the video game Destiny, Paul McCartney expressed distaste for the way young people consume music on cell phones. "A lot of kids listen to music on their smartphones through these tiny little speakers. Argh, I spent hours making that high-fidelity sound!"

Source: Rolling Stone
In Pictures: Mike McCartney's images of Liverpool's Jacaranda revealed

Mike McCartney never goes anywhere without a camera. And now the photographer and Scaffold performer has uncovered some 50-year-old negatives of images he captured with his Rolleiflex camera at Liverpool's famous Jacaranda coffee bar, where the Beatles, then the Silver Beetles, played on a number of occasions.

Source: Liverpool Echo
McCartney's willingness to fail made Band on the Run enduring masterpiece

More than four decades later, Paul McCartney's Band on the Run still represents the creative highpoint of his solo career. No other album so completely underscores his difficult quest for freedom, and none is more personal. It always sounded the most to me like something the old band might have put together.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Paul McCartney admits he made video game song for his kids

Paul McCartney says he recorded the theme tune for new game "Destiny" and agreed they could use "Hope for the Future" because it's the only way he can now get his family to listen to his music. ''I know from my kids and my grandkids, they just bury themselves in a game and I don't think they've got time to listen to my music."

Source: Contact Music
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion to close Off-Broadway

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, which celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon, will play its final performance at The Union Square Theater Jan. 11, 2015. The production, officially opened Oct. 15, was originally scheduled for a 20-week limited engagement. A national tour is scheduled for fall, 2015.

Source: Playbill
Couple keeping Lennon's sailing spirit alive

The sailing boat on which John Lennon voyaged to Bermuda in 1980 is still in immaculate condition 34 years later. Every summer Stephen Fuller and his wife Susan sail it between Washington, DC and Maine. A plaque on board commemorates the journey Lennon took from Newport, Rhode Island to St George's in June 1980.

Source: The Royal Gazette
Curtiss A reflects on his Twin Cities John Lennon tribute

"They're still Beatles songs. They still make you feel good. They're still what I'd want to listen to if I get sent to the moon by myself," said Curt Almsted, better known as Curtiss A, who returns to First Avenue in The Twin Cities on Monday for his 35th annual John Lennon tribute concert. "I'm still happy to play any of these songs."

Source: Vita.mn

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