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Ringo Starr rocks Segerstrom Center in California's Orange County 

At Segerstrom Center last Thursday, Ringo Starr treated the crowd of thousands, mostly boomers, as if personal friends visiting him at an intimate nightclub, pointing at various individuals and speaking directly to them. For their first number, the rollicking "Matchbox," Ringo and company were positively on fire.

Source: The OC Register
Johnny Marr says he felt like Yoko Ono 

Johnny Marr thinks the only person to have had as much a "hard time" over a band splitting as he did is John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. He says he thinks Ono, who was widely blamed for splitting up The Beatles, is the only person to have reached the level of hatred over the end of a band as he did when he left The Smiths in 1987.

Source: The List, UK
NY teens produce songs and videos on John Lennon Educational Bus 

A group of students in Rego Park spent their Friday writing songs and making music videos with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a nonprofit mobile recording studio, which arrived at the school as part of its Come Together: NYC tour. The bus has been traveling around the country for nearly 20 years.

Source: DNA Info
George Martin's daughter accuses him of hiding his fortune 

Alexis Stratfold, eldest daughter of the late Sir George Martin, has accused him of hiding his "vast wealth" so he can pass it on to his "favored" children. She says the 1 million left in his will was "a joke" and only a small portion of the fortune he had hidden in offshore accounts, estimated at up to 400 million.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Get your piece of Beatles history valued this week in Liverpool 

Do you have a piece of Beatles memorabilia hidden at home? The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool has teamed up with Julien's Auctions to hold a special Memorabilia Day this Wednesday. Fab Four fans and collectors will have the chance to get their Beatles bits and bobs valued by expert auctioneers and curators.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Nobel authorities say Bob Dylan is rude and arrogant Warning: Page opens with sound 

Bob Dylan is known for being uncomfortable in the spotlight. But, following his elusiveness after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, they be having second thoughts on their decision. Per Wastberg, who chairs the Nobel Committee for Literature 2016, described Dylan's lack of response to the accolade as "rude and arrogant."

Source: CNBC
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Liverpool getting Yellow Submarine LEGO set before rest of the world

Three days before the new Yellow Submarine model, which includes mini figures of all four Beatles, has its international launch, the LEGO Store in Liverpool ONE will host a special box signing session on Saturday, October 29, where fans can pick up the set for themselves and meet the man who designed it.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Giles Martin
Interview: Producer Giles Martin on his Beatles projects

Giles Martin got his first Beatles assignment in 2003 for what would become The Beatles Love/Cirque du Soleil theatrical production. "I basically just started chopping stuff up. And I remember my father saying, You went a bit too far with that. And then Paul McCartney came in and we did a mix and he said, This is great but you should go further."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles move to dismiss Shea Stadium copyright suit as frivolous

On Wednesday, defendants Apple Corps filed a motion to dismiss the claim that Sid Bernstein Presents owns the rights to the footage of the Beatles Shea Stadium concert, rejecting it as "frivolous." The footage was most recently included as supplemental material following screenings of the Eight Days a Week documentary.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Paul McCartney offered to write songs for the Four Tops

The only surviving original member of the Four Tops, Duke Fakir, has revealed when he met Paul McCartney at manager Brian Epstein's party in London in 1966, McCartney said he'd love to write some songs for them. Fakir said, "He asked me, Do you need some new music? And I said we will call you, but I never called."

Source: The List, UK
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Photos: An All-Starr evening with Ringo Starr in Portland

On the third night of its latest tour, Ringo Starr, in his signature tinted glasses and punk-black pants, told the crowd, "When I joined the Beatles, I wrote a lot of songs. None of them were recorded, until we got to this one." The band launched into Don't Pass Me By. Starr did his solo hits, too, such as Photograph and You're Sixteen.

Related Articles  Source: The Oregonian
12-year-old Beatles superfan meets second Beatle in as many weeks

You might remember Tatum Verbeck as the girl who wanted to hold Paul McCartney's hand during his concert in Sacramento two weeks ago. Now, for an article for American Girl Magazine, she interviewed Ringo Starr backstage while he was performing in Reno. The two exchanged autographs before the interview was over.

Related Articles  Source: KXTV, Sacramento
REI opening store where Beatles made history in Washington, DC

The Washington D.C. arena where the Beatles played their first concert in America, on Feb. 11, 1964, reopens tomorrow as a massive retail store that nods to the past. The big building with the curved roof was built in 1945, and used to be called the Washington Coliseum. More recently it was used as a parking garage.

Source: WTOP, Washington DC
Scholar has a made a career Introducing... The Beatles

Aaron Krerowicz, the world's foremost "professional Beatles music scholar," travels the country lecturing about the Beatles. He has given 119 talks this year, with many more scheduled. He said, "I was listening to 'I Am the Walrus' when it dawned on me that the Beatles were much more than a pop group," and a career was born.

Source: Item Live
15 Years Ago: Paul McCartney headlines the Concert for New York City

Thirty years after George Harrison had organized the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, Paul McCartney planned a similar event in the same place. The Concert for New York City took place Oct. 20, 2001, 39 days following the attacks of Sept. 11, while the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smoldering.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
One of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, Phil Chess, dies at 95

Legendary hit man Phil Chess has passed away at the age of 95. Chess and his brother, Leonard Chess, cofounded Chess records in Chicago in the late 1940s, through which they played a huge role in shepherding the careers of blues and R&B performers including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.

Source: The Forward
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Paul McCartney says small venues important for musicians

Paul McCartney has affirmed his support for Music Venue Trust's efforts to protect the UK's grassroots music venues. He said, "Without grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. I support Music Venue Trust because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft."

Source: IQ Magazine

The Beatles LOVE invites guests to rehearsals

The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas has announced an opportunity for fans to see the show's inner workings. Starting last week, the production began welcoming visitors to see the acts practice their routines before the evening show. The rehearsals are free to attend, and guests will also get access to special deals on tickets for the full performance.

Source: Travel Weekly
Festival set to feature works by Yoko Ono

Works by Yoko Ono will go on display in Blackpool, England, as part of the inaugural Lightpool Festival. The new six-night festival will transform the Blackpool town centre, encouraging visitors to explore on foot. Ono will have two works, created 50 years apart, on display at the festival, which will run from October 28 to November 2.

Source: Blackpool Gazette, UK
Video: Krief covers John Lennon's Grow Old With Me

The Dears' guitarist Patrick Krief, who records and performs under his last name, has released his fourth solo album Automatic. It's 81 minutes long and even Krief says it's "not meant to be listened to in one sitting." He recently performed a cover of John Lennon's Grow Old With Me in an interview in Toronto.

Source: National Post, Toronto

Todd Rundgren
Interview: Todd Rundgren on John Lennon and Ringo Starr

Since his start with garage rockers The Nazz in 1968, Todd Rundgren has worked with a dazzling array of bands, and achieved recognition with a series of critically acclaimed solo albums. He shares some of his moments from more than 40 years in music, which include some spiky exchanges with John Lennon, and experiences with a drunk and sober Ringo Starr.

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Review: Ringo Starr brings his pals to Spokane for a lively, music-filled night

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band performed at the INB Performing Arts Center on Sunday. They packed 25 songs into a little more than two-hour set. There wasn't too much banter, but Starr cracked a joke or two. At one point, he asked all the women in the audience to cheer. "I just like to hear the screams," he said. "It's memories."

Source: The Spokesman-Review, Spokane
Yoko Ono unveils lotus petal sculpture in Chicago park

Artist and singer Yoko Ono has unveiled her first permanent public installation in the US. Ono has created a piece in Jackson Park in Chicago, which is to become home to President Barack Obama's library. The work is called Skylanding, and has 12 large steel lotus petals that emerge from the ground.

Source: AOL Entertainment, UK
Photos: Paul McCartney does Desert Trip

Paul McCartney's official website has posted photos they've also added to Instagram of his performances over the past week with two star-studded performances at Desert Trip, a three day music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. There are also pics of his surprise show at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.

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Rarely seen Abbey Road photoshoot outtakes up for sale

Led by a white suited John Lennon, the Fab Four cross from left to right on the cover of Abbey Road. Paul, of course, is barefooted. But there are other versions, including the group crossing the other way, and there are even shots with Paul wearing sandals. Now these rarely seen alternative takes are being put up for auction in New York City.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
17 classic Chuck Berry covers on his birthday

To commemorate his 90th birthday on October 18, Best Classic Bands has compiled a list of 17 of the greatest-ever Chuck Berry covers, including covers of Back in the U.S.A. by Linda Ronstadt, Rock and Roll Music by The Beatles and Roll Over Beethoven by The Electric Light Orchestra, which the Beatles also covered.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Chuck Berry turns 90 and announces first studio album in 38 years

Chuck Berry celebrates his 90th birthday today. With his revolutionary style, the singer and guitarist paved the way for rock music in the 1960s, inspiring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more. He's not done yet, he announced today that he would be releasing his first studio album in 38 years, entitled "Chuck," to come out in 2017.

Related Articles  Source: Deutsche Welle
Monday, October 17, 2016
Fans cook up fantasy concert lineups for possible Desert Trip sequel

Desert Trip organizers have not issued a formal yea or nay to a follow-up. It's pure speculation whether they'll mount another grand-scale event next fall, or in subsequent years. The Los Angeles Times put as a question to concertgoers to find out who they'd like to see on stage if there is to be a sequel to the event.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Rihanna surprises Desert Trip fans to John Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney brought out a surprise guest at the Desert Trip festival this past weekend, Rihanna, the pop star with whom he collaborated on the 2015 song "FourFiveSeconds." "We have finally found somebody under the age of 50!" McCartney joked. (70-year-old Neil Young was the youngest artist to play Desert Trip.)

More Video  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
5 reflections from Paul McCartney's intimate Pappy & Harriet's show

On Thursday, Paul McCartney stopped by an intimate venue in the high desert to play a show for fans in the hundreds, not the tens of thousands. Watching McCartney really lock into the groove with his band up close was one of the most enjoyable things about the night. But the real treat was watching Macca rock out on the guitar.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Todd Rundgren shares details about new All Starr Band Tour

Ringo Starr's All Starr Band launched a new fall tour of the West Coast and the Far East that kicked off Saturday in Snoqualmie, Washington. Todd Rundgren told ABC Radio the band's lineup remains the same as it has for the last few years, and the shows will feature pretty much the same set as the group's been playing recently.

Related Articles  Source: Rock 107, Scranton
Record collection including Beatles auctions for $7,000

There has been a real revival in the demand for vinyl records, as enthusiasts keen to acquire records from the 1960s and 70s are pushing values up to unprecedented levels. One man's lifetime collection of vinyl records including Beatles, Rolling Stones and Queen albums raised an impressive 5,800 (about $7,000) at auction this week.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK

Phil Collins
Phil Collins reveals 14-year grudge against Paul McCartney

It has been revealed that Phil Collins has never forgiven Paul McCartney for an awkward encounter at Buckingham Palace back in 2002. Collins claims he asked his hero to sign a copy of Hunter Davies' book The Beatles during a celebration marking the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was left a little jarred by the rocker's condescending response.

Source: London Free Press, London, Ontario
Friday, October 14, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney plays surprise show at former biker bar

With a week off between Desert Trip gigs, Paul McCartney squeezed in a decidedly different type of show, lining up an intimate performance at a small nearby club. The surprise concert took place at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Yucca Valley. "This is the biggest gig we ever played," McCartney quipped during the show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beat Bugs soundtrack featuring celeb Beatles covers due in November

Beat Bugs: Best of Seasons 1 & 2 will be released on November 4, featuring reinterpreted Beatles songs that appeared or will appear on the animated Netflix series Beat Bugs. Songs include Rod Stewart's rendition of Sgt. Pepper's, Eddie Vedder's take on Magical Mystery Tour and Chris Cornell's performance of Drive My Car.

Source: WEZX Rock 107, Scranton
Six-wheeler Mini once used by The Beatles now up for sale

A Mini Cooper, rumored to have been used by The Beatles could be yours for just 30,000 (about $36,600). The eye-catching unique six wheeler Mini limo is being sold by it's designer who rebuilt the car from scratch 6 years ago. Its owner said, "Hopefully, it will go to someone who will love it as much as I do."

Source: Deadline, UK
Can song lyrics ever be poetry?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize has reignited the debate about whether song lyrics can ever be considered literature. It's been going on since the early 1960s, John Lennon published a volume of nonsense verse In His Own Write. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, taking their cue from Dylan, began to tackle more serious subject matter.

Source: BBC News, UK
Is Paul dead? Conspiracy theories aren't

Once upon a time Paul McCartney was rumored to have died in a car crash, which was hushed up by the other Beatles for years so they could continue to knock out hit records. A body double for McCartney was allegedly used for photo shoots and public appearances. Pretty goofy, right? But many folks at the time believed it.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Warning: Page opens with sound

Bob Dylan, one of the world's most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Former Travelling Willbury with George Harrison, Dylan appeared last weekend at Desert Trip on the same bill with Paul McCartney.

Source: New York Times
New book Conversations With McCartney now available

Since 1989 former MOJO editor Paul Du Noyer has regularly interviewed Paul McCartney, and over the years he accumulated hours and hours of formal recorded conversations. Du Noyer has released the US edition of Conversations With McCartney, his fifth book, which draws from their extensive interview sessions.

Original play tells the story of the night the Beatles broke up

"Nowhere Men" is an original play about the night The Beatles decide to break up the band. Shannon Doherty, who co-wrote the play, describes it as being as close to the truth as possible as it takes the audience inside the drugs, the sex, the rage, and the bonds that The Beatles shared. It will have two performances in the Portland area.

Source: The Oregonian
Harrifest celebrates the Beatles in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Harrifest isn't just a celebration of George Harrison's music. Over the years since it started in 2004, it's evolved into a two-day celebration highlighted with an array of live bands, seminars, yoga, Beatles-related artwork and Beatles experts. This year's Harrifest will be held Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 in Fairhaven.

Source: The Herald News, MA

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