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Paul McCartney shares studio footage from '80s-era Elvis Costello session

Paul McCartney has released a video featuring a demo of the track My Brave Face which he recorded with Elvis Costello in 1987. The song features on McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt, which is being reissued on March 24. About Costello, Paul said, "We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

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McCartney guitarist Brian Ray debuts track at Guitar World

Brian Ray released a two-track digital-only single today. Brian Ray has been a guitarist in Paul McCartney's band since 2002. He was also musical director for Etta James for over a decade and written and performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele, Shakira and Adam Lambert.

Source: Broadway World
The Voice UK recreates The Beatles Abbey Road cover

The Voice UK coaches came together at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and have recreated The Beatles' classic zebra crossing from the Abbey Road album cover to promote two very special shows coming up, as all four coaches will be rehearsing with their teams at the same place where the Beatles recorded.

Source: Digital Spy
Santa Cruz high school students record inside John Lennon Bus

Students from Scotts Valley High in Santa Cruz, California, recorded in the mobile studio of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Wednesday. In its 20th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus provides young people with tours of the studios and participation in free digital media production workshops.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
It's Sgt Pepper's 50th birthday, and Liverpool is throwing a party

Jun 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Liverpool wants you to celebrate. The city has put a bunch of events under the title 50 Summers of Love, and later in the summer, there's the Mersey River Festival and the Liverpool International Music Festival.

Source: The List, UK
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Paul McCartney to auction off limited edition Shure microphone

The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world's most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with Paul McCartney to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 graphic painted SM58s.

Source: Music Instrument Professional
Band takes Beatles tributes back to the USSR

The Balalaikas are a Russian tribute act to the Beatles and perform all their hits in Russian. Musicians from Russian University Tomsk State use a balalaika guitar famously mentioned in the Beatles' 1968 hit Back in the USSR. As well as hearing The Beatles' songs in a new language, they also discuss the significance of the band in Russia.

Source: Blog Preston, UK
Why does a duck cross Abbey Road?

A large family of ducks have been pictured waddling across a zebra crossing in Australia as they headed to a nearby pub to wet their beaks on Wednesday, resembling the famous Beatles album cover. An amused passer-by captured the adorable moment on camera and posted it to Reddit, much to the delight of others.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
When the Beatles brought psychedelia to prime time

On February 25, 1967, promotional films for Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever debuted on ABC's Hollywood Palace. Fans had never seen films like these before, and they hadn't seen the Beatles look or sound like they did now, in full psychedelic splendor. WABC DJ Dan Ingram said, "That's not a song, that's an experience."

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles, Elton John and the Who illustrator Alan Aldridge dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John and filled the bestselling book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, has died at the age of 73. Aldridge also designed the Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. His daughter Lily poster on Instagram, "thank you for the years of magic."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Los Angeles Beatles tour remembers George Harrison this weekend

This weekend, February 25, would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday. To celebrate, Gillian Lomax will be taking Los Angeles Beatles fans on a special Magical History Tour this Sunday that will highlight many of the places in the Los Angeles area that were special to him, including Blue Jay Way and Lake Shrine in Pacific Pallisades.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Beatles number one on list of top 40 British artists of all time

The Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll. The Fab Four beat out famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot, with David Bowie taking third place on the list. Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five. Paul McCartney came in as a solo act at number 20 on the list.

Source: The Sun, UK

Beatles animator Ron Campbell to be showcased in Boise

Ron Campbell, the man behind some of the most iconic pop art of the 1960s, including the film Yellow Submarine, The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon series, will be in Boise in March to showcase some of his work at the LaBry Fine Art Gallery. Promoters say Campbell will also be painting some new works during the three-day appearance.

Source: Boise Weekly
Don't Bother Me made George Harrison Beatles' third song writer

John Lennon and Paul McCartney have long been ranked among the premiere songwriters of the 20th century. But the Fabs didn't have two great songwriters, they had three. The second most covered Beatles song is "Something," and the rest of George Harrison's catalogue is as impressive as those of John and Paul.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Let It Be star talks about the challenges of portraying a Beatles reunion

Let It Be, a musical based on the career of the Beatles, attempts to create the concert the band would have given had it reformed on October 9, 1980, John Lennon's 40th birthday. Chris McBurney, who portrays Ringo Starr, said, "I try to look like Ringo and play like Ringo and move like Ringo as I try to inhabit his character."

Source: Cleveland Scene
A Hard Day's Night ... with Jimmy Page?

Before gaining worldwide fame as the guitarist, writer, and producer for Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a popular session player throughout the 1960s. Jimmy never contributed to any songs recorded by the Beatles, but in 1964, he did work at EMI studios with George Martin on the score for A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Beatles filmmaker Cevin Soling to appear at Beatles symposium

Beatles at the Ridge 2017 has announced Cevin Soling will be its Featured Filmmaker for the "Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium" in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, on September 16. Soling will preview segments of his new film, "The Summer of Hate," about The Beatles and the backlash against them during their final tour in 1966.

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Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
John Lennon's voice features on record with Yoko Ono's permission Warning: Page opens with sound

A musician has used a sample of John Lennon on his debut album after getting permission from Yoko Ono. It's something of a coup for Gizmo Varillas, the Lennon estate very rarely grants permission for Lennon's voice to be sampled, but he managed to persuade Ono to allow him to sample a Lennon interview on his song No War.

Source: Wales Online, UK

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Yoko Ono: A rare interview, from the Dakota in 2003

In the summer of 2003, music journalist Jeff Tamarkin was invited to interview Yoko Ono for a now-defunct world music magazine, to take place inside of her apartment at The Dakota. At the time this interview was conducted, Ono's own music and art were only just beginning to enjoy greater appreciation, after decades of being misunderstood and often ridiculed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
A day in the life of the Beatles barber of Buenos Aires Warning: Page opens with sound

There's a barbershop in Buenos Aires where you can have any haircut you want - as long as it's a Beatles haircut. The most popular style is the John Lennon 1967 Sergeant Pepper cut. Hairdresser Gerardo Weiss has brought together his twin passions to create what he claims is one of only four Beatles-inspired barbershops in the world.

Source: CCTV
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK
Washington state Imagines a John Lennon-inspired license plate

Washington state has 27 specialty license plates celebrating law enforcement, snow sports, firefighters, rhododendrons and more. Some lawmakers think using John Lennon to fight hunger justifies issuing a 28th. The new license plates would feature a self-portrait of the former Beatle with the word "imagine" across the bottom.

Source: The Olympian, Washington
George Harrison pop-up exhibition announced

To mark George Harrison's birthday and the publication of I Me Mine Extended Edition, Genesis Publications will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store in Los Angeles nex Sunday. The exhibition will include George Harrison's handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, and pictures from the family albums.

Source: Anti-Music
George Harrison's Porsche 928 rescued from the scrapheap

When Raj Sedha bought a battered old Porsche 928 S in 2003, he planned to strip it for parts. But he got a surprise when his wife flicked through the paperwork and spotted Beatles star George Harrison's name on the original registration document. It is expected auction for 20,000 (about $25,000) next month.

Source: Motoring Research
Painting copied for Paul McCartney could go on display alongside original

Sir Peter Blake's version of The Monarch Of The Glen, made for Paul McCartney in the sixties, could go on display alongside the 19th-century original. The National Galleries of Scotland is trying to secure the original, and if they do, they'd like to hang it along with Paul's copy, which been hanging for years in his office in London.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
45 Years Ago: McCartney's controversial Give Ireland Back to the Irish

In February 1972 Paul McCartney reacted to a horrific event by writing and releasing "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," an action that could have put his fledgling post-Beatles career on the line. Written and recorded in two days, McCartney was promptly phoned by the chairman of EMI, explaining that they wouldn't release it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 17, 2017
John Lennon leather jacket sells for 10,400 at auction

A leather jacket worn by John Lennon sold for 10,400 (about $12,900) at an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Other items sold at the auction included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for 2,900, and a velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix, for 8,000.

Source: BBC News, UK
Historic site of Strawberry Fields to be revived Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's Strawberry Field, inspiration for one of the Beatles' greatest hits, is to be revived. The former Salvation Army children's home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates under new plans to redevelop the historic site. Plans will include an exhibition on the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Weird Al Yankovic releases long-lost Beatles parody

Unless you were an avid fan of the Dr. Demento radio show about 36 years ago, then you have likely never heard a non-bootlegged version of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Pac-Man," a parody of the Beatles' "Tax Man." Beatles lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist letter back then, but it has been released finally as part of a new Weird Al box set.

Source: Nerdist
Pro-Ject reveals limited edition 1964 Beatles turntable

Audiophile equipment company Pro-Ject has revealed a limited edition, 1964 Beatles turntable. It's their second Beatles-related turntable, and four more special edition Beatles turntables are on the way. The design includes copies of original tickets for the band's concerts between 1962 and 1966.

Source: What Hi-Fi?

Beatles extended family charting Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary

June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A new book called "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, the Beatles, and the World in 1967″ is due May 9. Otherwise, Olivia Harrison and other members of the Beatles extended family are talking right now about what they'll do to mark occasion.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney's secret instrumental cover of Ram

Back in 1971, Paul McCartney recorded an instrumental version of his just-released album Ram. Made under the name Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, and simply titled Thrillington, the record didn't see release until six years later. Nobody knew it was McCartney, and he wouldn't admit that it was his work until two decades later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 16, 2017
George Harrison video trove released online You Heard It Here First

With little fanfare, 19 diverse George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube recently, including live performances, standard videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. The collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison's best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Story about the man who replaced Ringo to be made into film

The movie rights for The Beatle Who Vanished, a book by Jim Berkenstadt about the life of drummer Jimmie Nicol who was a Beatle for 13 days, have been secured by Alex Orbison, son of Roy Orbison. The book, first self-published by Berkenstadt in 2013, told Nicol's story in detail and included many archival photos.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon's sunglasses which he stamped on in rage to be auctioned

A pair of John Lennon 's sunglasses which he stamped on and threw in the bin have emerged at auction. His uncle Charlie Lennon saved them had them repaired and they are now estimated to sell for 3,500 (about $4,375). His uncle, who passed away in 2002, said, "The boy had a temper, but I thought it was a silly waste of money."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Yoko Ono mocked for bizarre tweet about the World Cup

Yoko Ono has been widely ridiculed for a bizarre social media post on Valentines day which read, "Who will win the World Cup? A child who believes in a peaceful world." The 83-year-old artist and musician was soon met with a string of hilarious tweets from other twitter users, including one who said, "More chance than England."

Source: The London Evening Standard
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Museum in Vermont rocks out with Backstage Pass exhibit Warning: Page opens with sound

"Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, features work by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, from photo shoots in the 1970s and '80s. It includes the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a T-shirt reading "New York City" with arms-folded in front of the Big Apple skyline.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Video: John Lennon and Chuck Berry jam out 45 years ago today

45 years ago today, 2/16/72, John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously co-hosted the daytime talk show for a week in February 1972. One of Lennon's guests that week was his idol, rock pioneer Chuck Berry and the two had the rare opportunity to perform together.

Source: Glide Magazine

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