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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, May 22, 2015

Eddie Redmayne rumored to star in the Fifth Beatle movie

According to the Daily Mail, Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is being considered for the role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the upcoming movie The Fifth Beatle. Redmayne, who just won an Academy Award for "The Theory Of Everything," is also in discussions for the Harry Potter spinoff film "Fantastic Beasts".

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World West End
Simon Cowell talks about upcoming Fifth Beatle movie

Paul McCartney said, "if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian." In new interview, Simon Cowell said, "I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein, and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles incredible success and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Pics: Behind the scenes on tour with Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's Out There tour is about to begin in the UK, and his official website is giving fans a look behind-the-scenes into life on the road with Paul, including many photos of Paul and his fans at his concerts at the Tokyo Dome, and a view of the concert from the mixing desk which is one of the best seats in the house.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Pics: Paul McCartney buys $15.5M penthouse on Central Park East

Paul McCartney is the proud new owner of a $15.5 million penthouse in New York City. The duplex apartment was created and customized by the co-op building's developer where he lived until his passing, and is a glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood décor. Paul McCartney is probably a fan of 60's, so that worked out.

Source: Curbed, NY
Paul McCartney celebrates 50 years of his classic song Yesterday

It was 50 years ago that Paul McCartney wrote one of his greatest songs but it only seems like Yesterday. Written after a dream at girlfriend Jane Asher's home, its original title was "Scrambled Eggs." Macca is certain to delight 20,000 fans by performing the classic as the climax to his gig at the O2 in London on Saturday night.

Source: The Mirror, UK
John Lennon bronze sculpture unveiled in Lithuania

Many people attended as a bronze sculpture of John Lennon was unveiled in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday. After the ceremony, people rushed to take selfies with the bust. Photographer Saulius Paukstys, behind the idea, said the sculpture of Lennon should make Vilnius more beautiful and peaceful, "just like Lennon wanted."

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Lithuania Tribune
How the Beatles almost met Doctor Who

On May 22, 1965, on the increasingly popular BBC 1 program, Doctor Who, companions Ian and Barbara, both from the 1960s, gathered around a device the Doctor called a Time and Space Visualizer, which the Doctor described as a sort of "time television," as four young mop tops started harmonizing, "She's got a ticket to ride."

Source: Something Else Reviews
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
John Lennon's iconic glasses sell at auction for $22,870

John Lennon's iconic glasses have been sold at auction in England. They were expected to fetch up to £10,000, but following a tight bidding war the glasses were sold to a mystery buyer for a staggering £14,600. A collection of Beatles photographs from their 1963 performance at the ABC cinema in Manchester sold for £1,800.

Related Articles  Source: Warrington Guardian, UK
Beatles exhibit coming to Austin, Texas

The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin has announced a The Grammy Museum's traveling exhibit "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" to open in June. It is the largest private collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world, featuring original instruments, clothing worn by the band, and more than 400 pieces of memorabilia.

Source: KVUE TV, Austin, TX
Paul McCartney played melody to Kanye West collaboration on TV in 1999

On TV in 1999, Paul McCartney revealed a guitar melody he had written whilst in the hospital for the birth of his second child Mary. He'd noticed a painting of a man playing guitar with only two fingers and decided he wanted to replicate that style. He starts to play the riff and whistles the melody for what would become "All Day."

Source: Gigwise
Queen's Brian May thought Beatles should have entered Eurovision

In an Interview recently, Queen's Brian May said, "I suppose there's a very trite formula to win [the Eurovision Song Contest] but there's been some great songs. Abba notably scored a success with a song that is immortal. I remember when I was younger thinking, why don't The Beatles just put all their songs in there and win all the prizes?"

Source: Express and Star, UK
Bob Belden who set Beatles to jazz dies at 58

Bob Belden, a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer, died yesterday at a hospital in New York. He was 58. Mr. Belden was known for conceiving and producing multi-artist thematic albums, and released a series of albums that turned the music of the Beatles, Puccini, Prince, Sting and Carole King into jazz.

Source: Washington Post
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Paul McCartney's secret project with Lady Gaga revealed

It has been revealed that Paul McCartney has taken on a new soundtrack project, he will be writing songs for the animated adaption of his own 2005 children's novel, High in the Clouds. McCartney will voice one of the main characters, and has also written "seven or eight" new songs, including one to be sung by Lady Gaga.

Source: Exclaim
Why a Beatle just might be on the final David Letterman show

Right now, it's still a mystery as to who will appear on tonight's final "The Late Show With David Letterman." The big question for fans of the Fab Four, of course, is whether a member of the Beatles could be one of the guests. And, that door does appears to be open at least a little, as spokespeople are refusing to comment.

Source: Beatles Examiner
The important Beatles connection in the Mad Men finale

The song in the Mad Men finale, the iconic Coca Cola ad "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke," was written British pop-writing duo Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, who, as "David & Jonathan," recorded several Beatles covers, including "She's Leaving Home," which shows how George Martin might have arranged the song for Sgt. Pepper's.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney's oft-criticized Ram was handmade gem

An overlooked precursor to the current handmade-pop phenomenon, Paul McCartney's Ram was initially criticized for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold, fascinatingly unedited and utterly misjudged today. But it is hampered, even now, by the long-forgotten sniping then engulfing McCartney and Lennon.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon Tour Bus inspires young musicians in Missisippi

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled into Biloxi High School Tuesday, equipped with cutting-edge technology encouraging students to write songs, record music, shoot short films and produce videos. The non-profit outreach program was established 18-years ago to inspire young people to express their creativity.

Source: WLOX TV, Biloxi
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Paul McCartney says he still learns from his mistakes

Paul McCartney is no longer worried about making mistakes on stage because they can be inspiring "eureka moments", he has revealed. Sir Paul, 72, also says he is flattered still to be popular after five decades in music, and amazed younger stars such as Rihanna and Kanye West want to collaborate with him.

Source: London Evening Standard
Al Pacino apologizes for his singing in new John Lennon film

Al Pacino apologized on Monday for his singing in the movie in which he plays the aging rock star Danny Collins. The 75-year-old Pacino delivers a rare comic turn in the film about a singer who discovers a letter written to him by John Lennon four decades earlier. "It's really hard to hang onto the words," he said.

Source: Reuters
Lollapalooza announces full 2015 schedule

The schedule for this year's Lollapalooza Festival has been announced. The Chicago-based music festival, which is being held at Grant Park from July 31 to August 2, will feature performances from Paul McCartney and Metallica, although there will be some time conflicts amongst Paul McCartney and other groups on Friday.

Related Articles  Source: Gigwise
Impersonators create McCartney and Jagger show that never happened

On May 22 Connecticut College will present special Paul McCartney "fantasy" concert performing with special guest "Mick Jagger" to celebrate 50 years of both The Beatles and Rolling Stones invading the U.S. It's called the "Nothing Is Real" tour, because a show like this would never actually happen with the real two.

Source: WTNH TV, New Haven
Monday, May 18, 2015
Guitar George Harrison played in concert sells for $485,000 at auction

George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during Beatles' live performances in 1963, sold for $485,000 at auction on Friday. Estimated to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000, it was lent to Harrison by Barratt's Music Store while Harrison's legendary Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar was being repaired.

Source: Rolling Stone
Mary McCartney: Photographing food is no picnic

17 years since her mother Linda's death from cancer, photographer Mary McCartney is well regarded for sharing another of her mom's passions, as she she publishes a new book, "At My Table - Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends," but she admits, it wasn't easy. "It's so much work. And food photography is not spontaneous," she laughs.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Get a ticket to ride at Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, takes place in Louisville, KY, this Memorial Day weekend. Several events will be held at the festival to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday, including Julia Baird, Lennon's sister and renowned John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper.

Source: The Winchester Sun, KY
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is UK's most reliable

Passengers traveling via Liverpool John Lennon Airport are more likely to have their flights operate on time compared to flights operating from 10 other top UK airports. According to the latest research published by the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, in 2014, 90% of scheduled flights operated on time, making it the most punctual.

Source: Click Liverpool
Friday, May 15, 2015
Book about Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be adapted for big screen

A big-screen version of the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle is in the works, producers announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday. The movie will be a collaboration of writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell. The producers said they anticipate bringing a director on board shortly, no casting has been announced yet.

Related Articles  Source: UPI
New Let It Be and other videos appear on Beatles YouTube channel

Over a dozen assorted new superb quality videos by The Beatles, including several from the movie Let It Be which has yet to appear on DVD, plus Help! and other projects, popped up suddenly on the Beatles' official YouTube channel this morning. Could the long-awaited Let It Be movie be finally on the way on DVD?

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles guitar headlines NY music auction

A guitar played by George Harrison in the Beatles' early days, previously on display in a British museum, goes on auction in New York today, valued at $400,000 to $600,000. Harrison borrowed the guitar while his was under repair and was photographed and filmed playing it at the Cavern Club in the early 60s.

Source: Yahoo! News
Residents win right to rename their street after Beatles song

A group of residents in Exeter, Devon, have renamed their street after the Beatles song Blue Jay Way, written by George Harrison, following a lengthy battle. Their choice of name was inspired by the song from the Magical Mystery Tour album, the film of which was made largely in Devon. Their new street sign was unveiled on Thursday.

Source: Western Morning News, UK
Video: Candlestick Park demolition nearly complete

For several months crews have been tearing down San Francisco's storied Candlestick Park so houses, a hotel and a shopping center can be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium, and where the Beatles held their last live concert in 1966. Recent video shows just how little is left of the old stadium.

Source: KRON TV, San Francisco
How McCartney II foretold the sound of 1980s pop

McCartney II, Paul McCartney's quirky, synth heavy second solo album, released 35 years ago this weekend, has the feel of an album ahead of its time. In 2011, McCartney said, "I really just was fascinated with these things called synthesizers which had appeared on the scene, particularly with sequencers, I loved them."

Source: NME, UK
Musicians remember blues legend BB King, dead in Las Vegas at 89

Blues legend BB King passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, he was 89. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton and John Lennon. Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless BB King peace and love to his family."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Unseen Beatles photos to be auctioned this month

Thirty unpublished photos of the Beatles taken in 1963 as they were about to release their second album are to be put up for auction. The black and white negatives of the band were taken by a local photographer as they played the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, near Manchester. The collection has an estimated price of £5,000 to £7,000.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Paul McCartney: Will rap for food

Working with UK chef Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran has written a song calling on people to sign up to a "Food Revolution." Paul McCartney, Alesha Dixon and Hugh Jackman also lend their vocals to the track, now online. The Food Revolution Day project is aiming to get millions of children around the world eating healthily.

Source: Pirate FM, UK
NYC hammer attacks reminiscent of Beatles song

Yesterday, David Baril, who "dreamed of completing a college degree in biology," was arrested wielding a hammer at a police woman, after attacking four people in NYC with his hammer. Was he influenced by the Beatles' song about Maxwell Edison, who majored in medicine, and bangs people on the head with his silver hammer?

Source: The Examiner
Pops puts a classical spin in program devoted to Beatles music

On Wednesday night, the Boston Pops devoted a program to the Beatles. For the first of two nights, Symphony Hall was the site of, as Pops conductor Keith Lockhart put it, "a British Invasion of classical music." After some classical pieces, the orchestra launched into A Hard Day's Night, without attempting to replicate its famous opening chord.

Source: Boston Globe
Ringo Starr home owner Margaret Grose passes away aged 91

Margaret Grose, who died last week at the age of 91, had lived on number 10 Admiral Grove, the former home of Ringo Starr, since the seventies. Instead of tiring of the hordes of Beatles fans showing up at her front door, Margaret opened up her home to fans, raising £10,000 through collection boxes for the Linda McCartney Centre.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Paul McCartney performs at Robin Hood Foundation benefit in NYC

Paul McCartney was in New York City on Tuesday to headline the annual benefit concert for the Robin Hood Foundation. The event, which was attended by more than 4,000 of the charity's supporters, raised over $101 million. McCartney and his band played Beatles songs and solo hits, including Let It Be, Band on the Run and Hey Jude.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney urges Oasis reunion should happen

Oasis are the Beatles' biggest fans but we never knew the feeling was mutual. Now Paul McCartney says the brothers Gallagher should put their feelings to one side for the sake of their music. McCartney, who thinks they are "pretty cool guys" said, "My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music!"

Source: The Mirror, UK
Japanese picture sleeve first in Apple's new series of 45 RPM lithos

The cover of the Japanese single release of The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue makes up the first in a new series of lithographs taken from the covers of The Beatles 45 RPM singles that went on sale on Monday. The new lithographs will each be limited to a worldwide edition size of only 400 per print.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Sgt. Pepper's is on the test! Help!

Britain's biggest exam board is to make Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band a central theme of a refreshed GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) music course, requiring all students to study three songs from the album, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, With A Little Help From My Friends and Within You Without You.

Source: The Independent, UK
900 kid dancers in Columbus to tell the story of the Beatles

If you're a Beatles fan with a free hour in Downtown Columbus, Ohio this Friday, you won't want to miss Imagine: A Celebration of John Lennon, a free performance featuring about 900 elementary-school children dancers set to a live professional band. The high-energy dancing tells the story of both John Lennon and the Beatles.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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