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Followup: McCartney signature on guitar challenged 

A music industry autograph expert is challenging the authenticity of Paul McCartney's signature on a guitar being offered for auction next month in Bethel, CT. The milky white Fender Squier electric guitar was bought by St. Thomas Episcopal Church from a vendor that sells autographed memorabilia to nonprofits for fundraisers.

Related Articles  Source: News Times, Danbury, CT
Confirmed: Paul McCartney to play Candlestick's final show 

Paul McCartney will headline the final concert at Candlestick Park in August, the former Beatle and San Francisco officials said Thursday, ending a back-and-forth drama that had the city competing against the 49ers for the right to play host to the music legend. The Beatles played their final concert there on Aug. 29, 1966.

Related Articles  Source: SFGate, San Francisco
Business of the Beatles conference to be held in Liverpool 

The Beatles Story in Liverpool is to host a free two-day conference on "The Business of the Beatles" on June 26 and 27, part of the city's International Festival for Business. Delegates will get an insight into how Liverpool approaches music heritage tourism and the wider global industry of Beatles-related business.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Sir Peter Blake
Peter Blake creates digital mural for London's Royal Albert Hall 

Peter Blake, the UK artist often described as the godfather of British Pop Art, and most famous for the Sgt. Pepper's album cover, has created a monumental new digital piece for the Royal Albert Hall. Ten feeet high, it is a montage of all the personalities who have appeared at the famous music and sports venue in London which opened in 1871.

Source: The Art Newspaper

Neil Innes
Two Rutles will get back to the backbeat in Swansea 

The Beatles reunion can never happen, but two Rutles, Neil Innes and John Halsey, will get back to the backbeat in Swansea, Wales on May 25. Innes, ex-Bonzo and member of the original prefab four, says while The Beatles were thoroughly cheesed off with being The Beatles by the time they packed it in, The Rutles is a continuing pleasure for him.

Source: South Wales Evening Post, UK
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
McCartney signed guitar to top auction

A new electric guitar autographed by Paul McCartney tops the offerings at this year's benefit auction at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bethel, CT. The ivory Fender Squier guitar wasn't played by McCartney, but it's similar to those he played when he was a member of The Beatles. The opening bid is $1,685.

Related Articles  Source: News Times, Danbury, CT
Paul McCartney to boycott Russia

Paul McCartney has secretly met up with Pussy Riot, amid speculation he could become the biggest-name star to snub Russia. He held a summit with the controversial protest group in Los Angeles two weeks ago as they thanked him for his support during their prison ordeal.

Source: The Irish Mirror

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rocks through Pomona

The love of music reached hundreds of children Tuesday as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Kingsley Elementary School in Pomona, Ca., to teach kids about music and the recording industry. Though music programs have suffered cuts throughout the state, tour officials say their work is turning the sentiment toward music education around.

Source: San Bernardino Sun

Vivek J. Tiwary
Interview: Vivek J. Tiwary, writer of the The Fifth Beatle

Vivek J. Tiwary is the writer of the graphic novel, "The Fifth Beatle" about Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and will be writing the script to the film adaptation of his acclaimed book. Tiwary answered questions at WonderCon about his many accomplishments, the relevance of his work and answered if he ever met the living members of The Beatles.

Source: The Daily Aztec, San Diego
Video: Polish Prime Minister sings Hey Jude

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's brief rendition of Hey Jude has earned him a keen internet following after being posted on YouTube, with almost a quarter of a million views. It shows the prime minister singing the first lines of the song from behind his office desk, with the country's flag and coat of arms behind him.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends including John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be closing in June after 47 years, although production will continue outside the U.S. One former factory worker called it "the end of an iconic American brand."

Source: Albany Times Union
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
United Supermarkets in Texas will not sell Paul McCartney tickets

The United Supermarket "family" in Texas will not be Select-A-Seat outlets when tickets for Paul McCartney's June 14 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. A United Supermarkets rep said, "We have not had great success at these big events due to limited availability, and it seems it makes people more frustrated than happy."

Related Articles  Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Beatles festival snags The Beach Boys for Beatlemania tribute

To help celebrate 50 years of Beatlemania, the Abbey Road on the River music festival has enlisted another iconic band from the same era. The Beach Boys will perform on Sunday, May 25, preceded by John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful. The festival will feature more than 200 performances on eight stages.

Source: Louisville Business First
Listen: Sean Lennon's new album Midnight Sun

Recorded in the four-year gap following the release of their Acoustic Sessions LP, Midnight Sun finds the atmospheric duo of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl diving into an even deeper sonic territory, which takes listeners on "a guided tour of bold, shape-shifting sonic murals and evocative lyrical panoramas."

Source: Exclaim, Canada
Miami home Beatles visited on first trip to US to be demolished

A home in Miami, Fl., the Beatles visited on their first trip to America in 1964 is to be demolished. Owned by a prominent hotelier, the Beatles came to the house after Life Magazine moved a photo shoot slated to be held at the Deauville Hotel after the mob there was uncontrollable and the shoot had become impossible.

Source: Realty Today
The Decca debacle: When the Beatles blew their big chance

Decca Records will forever be known as the label that rejected the Beatles, an epic, billion-dollar blunder considered by many to be one of history's greatest commercial missteps. But if you listen closely, you may just decide that it was the Beatles, as much as any Decca exec, who blew their big chance that day.

Source: OZY
New book includes first color photo of The Quarrymen

So, what does it take to research The Beatles? How do Beatles authors and historians find the information they document in their books? David Bedford, author of "The Fab one hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles from The Quarrymen to the Fab Four," says sometimes, just finding out a date can take weeks.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, April 21, 2014
Paul McCartney seen hanging out with Beyonce at gym

Beyonce and Paul McCartney have apparently been hitting the gym together during their downtime in California. The UK Mirror reports the pair started working out together during their stays at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. A witness said, "They strolled in laughing and joking like old pals and hopped on the treadmill."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Paul McCartney sells fishing boat he bought with first wife Linda

Paul McCartney is selling his 52ft converted fishing boat named Barnaby Rudge. He is selling it anonymously for £60,000. The boat is where he spent a lot of time with first wife Linda Eastman, and after talking it over with his kids, decided to part with it because it holds too many painful memories.

Source: Daily Mail, UK
Update: Pandora plans to fight record companies in court

Record labels including EMI are in the process of suing streaming music provider Pandora for back royalties. Specifically, they want to raid Pandora's wallet for songs played that were made before 1972 that aren't subject to federal copyright protection. Pandora says that it is confident in its legal position and of course plans to fight.

Related Articles  Source: Daily Tech
Paul McCartney postpones concert in Chile, announces 5 new US dates

Paul McCartney had to postpone the second show of the Latin American leg of his Out There Tour in Santiago, Chile, this evening because a plane carrying his equipment didn't arrive on time. Also, McCartney confirmed five new US shows in Chicago, Fargo, North Dakota, Lincoln, Nebraska, Kansas City, Missouri and Minneapolis.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Video: Liverpool striker Suarez interviews Paul McCartney

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez turned interviewer as he quizzed one of the city's favourite sons Paul McCartney. The pair conducted a video chat before McCartney was due to play in Suarez's native Uruguay. Suarez, who spoke in Spanish, asked Paul about Liverpool, Uruguay and the World Cup this summer in Brazil.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
McCartney wows Uruguay in packed stadium concert

Paul McCartney wowed fans at a concert in Uruguay late Saturday, performing classics from his long career and dazzling the crowd with his rendition of Let It Be. More than 45,000 people crammed into the Centenario football stadium, built to host the 1930 World Cup, which Uruguay won, to enjoy the concert.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! News
Friday, April 18, 2014
Paul McCartney adds more dates to American tour

Paul McCartney has confirmed six more performances for the American leg of his 2014 Out There tour on his official website. New dates include Lubbock, TX on June 14, June 16 in Dallas, TX, June 21 in Atlanta, GA, June 22 in Jacksonville, FL, Nashville, TN on June 25, and Salt Lake City, UT on August 7.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Trove of old film now online includes rare Beatles footage

British Pathé has been uploading its newsreels to its YouTube channel for several years, about 85,000 film clips from the 1890s through 1976. Among dozens of clips following the Beatles around the world, there is a six-minute featurette showing them performing Twist and Shout and She Loves You in Manchester, England, in 1963.

Source: NY Times

Mike McCartney
McCartney's brother says it's good he wasn't a Beatle

"I was nearly in The Beatles," remembers Mike McCartney. "I was The Beatles drummer, but I broke my arm in the Scouts. It was when John [Lennon] used to come to the house in Forthlin Road with The Quarrymen, before George [Harrison] was even there." Mike, now 70, is the lesser-known brother of that very famous McCartney, Sir Paul.

Source: Daily Mail, UK
Neil Innes and The Rutles back on the road

The Rutles have probably had more comebacks than Frank Sinatra, although according to Neil Innes, this really is it. The Rutles are an affectionate, and at times hilarious, pastiche of The Beatles conceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes in the mid-1970s. But what started out as an irreverent bit of fun soon took on a life of its own.

Source: Yorkshire Post, UK
45 singers to take part in Beatles concert in Malta

A concert with Beatles music is to be held at Smart City in Malta on April 26 as part of celebrations of special anniversaries falling this year. 45 singers and Maltese musicians will be taking part. The programme, organised by the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali Maltin, includes more than 60 artistic activities for all ages.

Source: The Malta Independent
VIP tickets for Beatles Love in Las Vegas up for auction

Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction off an incredible experience that celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles to raise funds for One Drop. The winner will receive two premium seats to Love, Cirque du Soleil's spectacular show that explores the songs of the Beatles, and access to a backstage tour and a photo op.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, April 17, 2014
John Lennon audio interviews surface on new CD collection

"I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews" is now on CD, six radio interviews conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-72. Lennon and Ono talk about the Beatles, from specific songs and what they meant, to the hazards of the touring lifestyle, to Lennon's feelings about subsequent solo projects.

Source: Deseret News, Utah
Beatles Japanese albums to be boxed in 50th anniversary set

Five Japanese Beatles albums from 1964 to 1965 will be issued on CD in June in a limited edition set called "The Japan Box" to commemorate the Beatles 50th anniversary. Each CD will include reproductions of the original albums' covers and will be compiled from the 2009 remasters, as was the recent American box set.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Pandora sued by record companies over music made before 1972

The biggest online radio service, Pandora, infringed copyright playing music recorded before 1972, including songs by the Beatles, a group of record companies, including Capitol Records, has claimed in a lawsuit, accusing Pandora of "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation" of thousands of recordings.

Related Articles  Source: Bloomberg News
Beatles album cover artist to appear in South Wales

Sir Peter Blake, best known for designing the iconic sleeve to the Beatles album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of the guests appearing at the Mumbles Marvellous Weekend, being held in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle in South Wales. The weekend-long event takes place over the spring bank holiday, May 23 to 26.

Source: South Wales Evening Post
Yoko Ono's NY horse stable-turned-home sells for $8.3M

About six months ago the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million. Ono purchased the co-op in 1995.

Source: Curbed NY
Former Beatles venue to be developed into landmark building

A local businessman is behind a multi-million pound  plan  to transform the  once legendary Kingsway Casino site in Southport, UK, into a luxury apartment complex with  leisure and retail  facilities. The Beatles played the  Kingsway during the early 60s,  just before their stratospheric  international success.

Source: Southport Visitor, UK

Paul McCartney urges people to try veggie this Good Friday

Famously strict vegetarian Paul McCartney is encouraging people to try a vegetarian meal this Good Friday. He said, "Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised. And something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Review: Reading the Beatles

Forget the recent spate of books on the Beatles, the only volume you need was published 20 years ago today. Revolution in the Head, by the music critic Ian MacDonald, is a song-by-song guide to the music of the Beatles, mini essays that begin with their Hamburg-era version of "My Bonnie" and ends with 1970's "I Me Mine."

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Peter Asher inducts Brian Epstein into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Brian Epstein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Peter Asher with the presentation of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award last Thursday at The Barclays Center in New York. For the first time on the internet, this is the verbatim transcript of the induction speech delivered by Peter Asher that night.

Related Articles  Source: Brian Epstein.com
Paul McCartney adds six more American tour dates

Paul McCartney has confirmed another six dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Paul makes his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing in Lubbock, Texas, on June 14, Paul returns to Dallas and Atlanta, his first ever full headline show in Jacksonville, then off to Nashville and Salt Lake City.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Photos: Paul McCartney goes for a spin in Beverly Hills

If there's one car the people of California will see Paul McCartney in when he's hanging out Stateside, it'll be his blue Chevy Corvette convertible. Paul always drives around in the classic C5 when on the West Coast, and that was no different on Tuesday when he took it for a spin. McCartney has had the convertible since 2005.

Source: Daily Mail, UK
George's big sister makes sure Liverpool Legends are Beatles at heart

Louise Harrison remembers The Beatles as kind and sincere young men who loved their music and fans. So the late George Harrison's sister tried to find musicians with similar values when she formed the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. "They would be the guys that George would have wanted to hang out with," said Louise.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat
Interview: Beatles Star Club tapes deserve a better place in their history

The Beatles' Star Club sessions, revived by a recent CD release, have never gotten much respect. They aren't the best quality, even on the new release, but there are some really rocking moments on the Star-Club set that are not only great, but also enlightening. But author Alan Kozinn says the Beatles didn't like the recordings.

Source: Beatles Examiner

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