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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paul McCartney signed guitar sells at auction for $50,000

A Martin D-28 left-handed guitar signed by Paul McCartney was put up for auction and raised an astonishing $50,000. Posted to eBay with a starting bid of $10,000 it quickly reached the impressive final amount in minutes. Proceeds from the auction will go to The Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
A lackluster tribute to Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl

Still a hot ticket fifty years after the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl debut, "sold out" still shows up under their name on the Bowl marquee, so it's easy to understand why the L.A. Philharmonic would want to celebrate with a three-night tribute. What's harder to understand is why Dave Stewart was chosen to organize the show.

Source: Orange County Register
Paul McCartney on the Beatles' breakthrough with Revolver

Revolver, released in August of 1966, is seen by many today as the Beatles' big-bang moment. Over the course of 14 tracks, they consolidated everything they'd mastered even while hinting at most of the experiments still to come. "Me and John were starting to really cook on our writing," says Paul.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Interview: Original Beatles drummer Pete Best has no complaints

Watching him perform at a tiny music club in a suburb of Santiago, Chile, one couldn't help being moved by Pete Best's affection for live music, the apparent zeal with which he plays the drums, and his almost-embarrassed response to the crowd's adulation. Offstage, 72 year-old Best is soft spoken and friendly.

Source: Pop Matters
Artists and authors to open Arkansas Beatles festival on September 19

The 4th annual Beatles at the Ridge has expanded their two day music festival with free lectures and gallery shows from world-renowned Beatles authors, experts and artists. The authors and artists symposium will open with displays on Friday, September 19th and be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

Source: Beatles News
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Seattle celebrates 50th anniversary of the Beatles at Get Back concert

Seattle paid tribute to the Beatles in Seattle Friday night at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The program consisted of musicians performing the set the Beatles did August 21, 1964 at the Seattle Coliseum, followed by the full 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, plus an opera piece and encores.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Photos: Stella McCartney takes the ice bucket challenge

They were both nominated to do the ALS ice bucket challenge by Gwyneth Paltrow, so its no surprise estranged husband Chris Martin and her fashion designer pal Stella McCartney joined forces to complete the charity stunt, which involves being drenched in ice cold water. Afterwards, Martin challenged Paul McCartney to the stunt.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney lead guitarist issues new EP

This weekend, longtime Paul McCartney Lead guitarist Rusty Anderson celebrated the release of his new album "Rusty Anderson Afternoon EP II" with a gala performance in Fullerton, CA. The EP is the latest in a series of personal successes for Anderson, who recently released the Gibson Rusty Anderson ES-335 signature guitar.

Source: Broadway World Music
Previously unseen Beatles photos to be for sale in Ohio

A photographer who had special access to the Beatles' 1964 Cincinnati appearance will offer previously unseen photos to the public starting Oct. 18 at a regional photography festival, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The photos include their airport arrival, a press conference and performing their Cincinnati Gardens concert.

Source: The Tribune, San Luis Obisbo
Beatles historian claims Fab Four not discovered in the Cavern

A Beatles historian has claimed manager Brian Epstein first spotted the Fab Four when they performed in a youth club in Tuebrook, England. Gerry Murphy, co-founder of the Cavern City Tours, claims to have discovered that the group was first seen by Epstein at St John's Youth Centre in Tuebrook, an area of inner-city Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's killer denied parole for eighth time

Fearing he may commit more crimes, a three-person Parole Board panel announced Friday it has denied John Lennon's killer an eighth bid for release, and won't be eligible for parole again for another two years. He is serving a 20-year to life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in upstate NY after gunning down Lennon in 1980.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Friday, August 22, 2014
Creme Tangerine celebrates Beatles 50th anniversary in Seattle

Seattle tribute band Creme Tangerine paid homage to the Beatles yesterday at Seattle Center with an energetic and lively outdoor concert on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first concert there, within sight of the spot the Beatles performed that historic day, playing the exact set the Beatles did at the Coliseum.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Scientists create algorithm that can sort Beatles songs by date

Fans no doubt know that She Loves You came before All You Need Is Love. But what about Yellow Submarine or I am the Walrus? Researchers from Lawrence Technological University have created an algorithm that can analyze the evolving structure of the Beatles' music and correctly place Beatles albums in chronological order.

Source: Scientific American
Cirque du Soleil commemorates Beatles arrival in Las Vegas

Cast members from Cirque du Soleil danced on baggage carousels, did handstands on the moving sidewalks and rode a vintage Volkswagen Beetle into the terminal Thursday afternoon at McCarran International Airport to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas, their only time in Sin City.

Source: The Gazette Times, Las Vegas
Beatles give first Canadian concert 50 years ago today

The Beatles' first Canadian concert took place on Aug. 22, 1964 at Vancouver's Empire Stadium, where tickets topped out at $5.25. The concert was broadcast live on radio station CKNW and, for a performance that lasted 27 minutes, the band was contracted to be paid 60 percent of the $100,000 box-office take.

Source: The Globe and Mail, Toronto
The Beatles pose for their final photo session 45 years ago today

The final pictures of the Beatles were taken on August 22, 1969, including a portrait of the foursome lined up in front of Tittenhurst's assembly hall, which ended up as the cover for the Hey Jude compilation album, released in the U.S. in February 1970. It was also the last time that all four members were together as a band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Paul McCartney waxwork set to be auctioned for more than $1,600

A waxwork model of Paul McCartney will take pride of place at a Beatles-themed auction in Liverpool this weekend. The mannequin could go for between 800 and 1,000, the auction's organizer believes. There will also be 330 items up for grabs, including signatures, clothes, books, posters and other memorabilia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Bob Eubanks on bringing the Beatles to Hollywood Bowl in 1964

Veteran Top 40 DJ and TV host Bob Eubanks literally bet the house on a hunch when he arranged for the Beatles to play at the Hollywood Bowl 50 years ago. "They only wanted to play the Hollywood Bowl, because of its iconic status," says Eubanks, now 76. "Their fee for the night was $25,000, a princely sum half a century ago."

Source: Los Angeles Times
John Lennon's first ever self portrait on sale for 3million

Before the Beatles even began, John Lennon studied at Liverpool College of Art along with the original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe. His first ever self-portrait is set to sell for 3million at a London auction house. Dating back to 1958, the painting is rather unflattering expressionist piece showing Lennon with a pot belly.

Source: Metro, UK
Australian-based John Lennon show comes to New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, a theatrical tribute to John Lennon, will play in New York City beginning Oct. 3. Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the show explores Lennon's life and talent through performances of 31 of his songs.

Source: Theatermania
Producers seek new Fab Four for hit Beatles Show in the West End

The producers of London's hit Beatles show "Let It Be" are holding open auditions on Sept. 3 to continue the show on the West End and on tour. Hopefuls must prepare three songs demonstrating their ability to play guitar, drums, or the trio of bass, piano and acoustic guitar and sing Beatles songs convincingly in the original key.

Source: Classicalite
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Paul McCartney tops Richest Bassist list

A new list of the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World unsurprisingly is topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he's got more money than the next four bassists combined. Sting and Gene Simmons, both worth $300 million, tied at second.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Grammy Museum Director visits Liverpool to discuss exhibit plans

Robert Santelli, the Executive Director of the Gramy Museum in Los Angeles is in Liverpool this week to plan the Grammy Museum exhibition with The Beatles Story which opens in October. It will include never seen before items from the world of music from the personal collections of Donovan, Chad & Jeremy and Peter & Gordon.

Source: Bdaily, Liverpool
Play to perform on anniversary

A very special performance of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles will take place in London on August 27, the anniversary of Brian Epstein's death. A special post show Q&A will take place with actors Andrew Lancel and Will Finlason and Joe Flannery, lifelong friend and business partner of Brian Epstein.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles put Las Vegas on show biz map 50 years ago this week

Fifty years ago this week, Las Vegas was engulfed by Beatlemania. The hottest act in the world at the time, had personally chosen Las Vegas to be on the band's first North American tour. Trying to avoid crazed fans, they arrived at the airport in the middle of the night, hoping they might be able to kick back and see the sights.

Source: KLAS TV, Las Vegas
Google search shows more Beatles fans in Mexico than in Liverpool

An analysis of Google Trends search data from the last ten years has found that more people in the Mexican capitol Mexico City have searched online for the Beatles than in any other city in the world. Buenos Aires in Argentina had the second biggest volume of Beatles searches, with Chile capital Santiago coming in third.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles together at Abbey road for last time 45 years ago today

Aug. 20, 1969 was the last time that all four Beatles were at EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. No actual music was recorded, according to Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Recording Sessions", they took three-and-a-half hours mixing I Want You (She's So Heavy), then they spent seven hours discussing the album's sequence.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Beatles Hollywood Bowl 50th anniversary

The iconic Hollywood Bowl has seen it's share of milestones, but probably nothing could compare to the three appearances by The Beatles. This August marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first concert there, and this weekend the Bowl will celebrate with a program hosted by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart.

Source: The Examiner
Reporter recalls Beatles interview 50 years ago today

Beatlemania was in full flower on this date in 1964, and for Bay Area Beatles fans, it was D-Day, as well as the day intrepid KCBS, San Francisco, reporter Hilly Rose scored an exclusive interview with the Fab Four. "The Beatles were big but really with teenagers. And so guys our age, we didn't know a lot about them."

Source: KCBS, San Francisco
Paul McCartney and Kanye West secretly recording together

Kanye West and Paul McCartney are allegedly collaborating on an album. The rapper and the former Beatle are said to be working in secret on "a number of tracks", with the possibility of expanding the project into a full LP. A spokesperson for McCartney would neither confirm nor deny the collaboration, stating, "No comment."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Historic St. Peter's Church Hall in Woolton to be open during Intl. Beatle Week

St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, where John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in 1957, will hold special events during International Beatles Week from Aug. 21 through 25. Visitors will be able to stand in the spot where Lennon and McCartney were first introduced. The church is also the site of real-life Eleanor Rigby.

Source: Beatles Examiner
No refunds for Paul McCartney fans stuck in Candlestick traffic

The promoter of last week's Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park says they will not be offering refunds to ticketholders who missed the show due to traffic. About 2,000 of the nearly 49,000 people who had tickets never made it, because of a horrendous parking situation that had backed up traffic for hours.

Related Articles  Source: KCBS, San Francisco
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, August 18, 2014
Don Was wins Emmy for Grammy Beatles salute

Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards, held one week before the Emmy telecast. Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a Beatles 50th anniversary special that included performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Rare Beatles photos discovered at London children's home

Rare pictures of The Beatles meeting youngsters from a children's home while filming A Hard Day's Night have been discovered in a Children's Society archive with a copy of the charity's supporters' magazine from 1964. It featured an article on children meeting the band while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.

Source: NME, UK
50th anniversary of the Beatles in Pittsburgh concert set for Sept. 18

Fifty years ago, the Beatles made their only Pittsburgh appearance on September 14, 1964. Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert on September 13th at the Benedum Center.

Source: Broadway World Music
Fab Fun: Hey Groot by the Guardians of the Galaxy

Take one hit Marvel Studios movie and combine it with a classic Beatles song and what do you get? You get "Hey Groot." YouTube user Whatever It Takes rewrote The Beatles song "Hey Jude" with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, and made a video featuring the Guardians super heroes themselves performing the song.

Source: Comicbook.com
Audio: Larry Jane remembers the Beatles' Legendary Atlanta Concert

It was 49 years ago today... the Beatles came to Atlanta to play. The show opened with Twist and Shout and ended with I'm Down. John Lorinc on NPR radio station WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta interviews Beatles biographer Larry Kane who covered the Beatles' U.S. tours, including their legendary 1965 show in Atlanta.

Source: WABE FM, Atlanta
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Paul McCartney Candlestick farewell concert stark contrast to his last visit

Paul McCartney's Candlestick Farewell concert last Thursday has received high accolades from fans and music critics alike. In contrast to the last Beatles 1966 performance which used the baseball speakers, was just half an hour long and only drew 25,000 fans, Paul McCartney sold out and featured state of the art sound and video.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
McCartney reveals never-seen-before photo from last Beatles show

Paul McCartney has revealed a previously-unseen picture of The Beatles from their last ever official gig in San Francisco in 1966. It shows them walking across the grounds of the park, wearing sharp suits, with John, Paul and George each carrying their guitars, while Ringo walks ahead, flanked by police and officials.

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, UK
Company to follow release of Beatles Star Club tapes with four new CDs

OxTango Music, which earlier this year released its version of the Beatles' Star-Club tapes, announced today it will release four new CDs of rare Beatles material Sept. 20, three 2-CD sets of "Historic Live Recordings," and a fourth called "The Get Back Nagra Tape Remasters," they say taken from "the best possible sources."

Source: Beatles Examiner
City council concerned Abbey Road might need crossing guard

After dealing with several decades' worth of pedestrians clogging the crosswalk at Abbey Road, local officials are mulling over hiring a crossing guard to keep fans from being mowed down by motorists. The BBC reports that the Westminster City Council recently met to discuss the possibility, although no decisions have been made.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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