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Paul McCartney adds second show in Sacramento

Paul McCartney fans in Northern California will be excited to learn Macca is adding a second show at downtown Sacramento's Golden 1 Center. Following his performance on Oct. 4, which will be the very first event at the new arena, McCartney will put on a second concert on Oct. 5. Tickets go on sale for both shows at 10 a.m. Friday.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Video: Paul McCartney's tribute to Prince in Minneapolis

Paul McCartney comforted Prince's hometown with a rousing cover of "Let's Go Crazy" during the encore of his concert in Minneapolis last night. "Here's to the man," McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. "Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Hey Jude becomes first-ever Beatles song to be licensed for use in China

For the first time, The Beatles' publisher has licensed a song by the Fab Four for use in China. "Hey Jude" appears in "Yesterday Once More," a coming-of-age film from noted Chinese ≠director Yao Tingting. The song commanded a six-figure sum, believed to be one of the highest fees ever paid for usage in China.

Source: Billboard
The 10 best Beatles books

Considering that it takes some formidable organizational chops to serve as a competent Beatles bibliographer, it can be downright daunting if you're coming to the stacks of Fab Four literature as a neophyte reader wondering where you might start. This is a look at 10 of the best Fab Four volumes to date from Rolling Stone.

Source: Rolling Stone
Video: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in Syracuse

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971. The visit included the opening of Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," which ran for three weeks and drew celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper. A hoped-for Beatles reunion concert didn't happen.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Video: Sacramento fans frustrated over Paul McCartney tickets

Ron Maged is a big fan of Paul McCartney, but getting tickets to see Paul in concert has been like a Magical Mystery Tour. Ron was shut out, he said, because his promotional code didn't work. But even if he could buy tickets, they were for many folks unaffordable. Tickets are selling on line for as much as $4,600.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Hulu acquires Ron Howard's Beatles documentary

Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary produced with the full cooperation of McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison and directed by Ron Howard. This purchase signals the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service to build a library of non-fiction movies.

Source: /Film

James McCartney
James McCartney refuses to talk about his dad in BBC interview

Paul McCartney's son refused to talk about his legendary dad live on the radio while promoting his latest album, telling the presenter, "I'm not asking you about YOUR father." The cringeworthy chat on BBC Three Counties Radio lasted just three minutes before presenter Nick Coffer was forced to end it abruptly, announcing that James had "blown it".

Source: The Sun, UK
Rare Beatles Strawberry Feilds photos and autographs sell for $4,200

A selection of rare photographs of the Beatles filming in Kent has been sold for £2,900 (about $4,200), well over the expected price. The pictures were taken when the group, along with manager Brian Epstein, appeared for the filming of the Strawberry Fields Forever at Knole Park in Sevenoaks on the last two days of January 1967.

Source: Kent News, UK
Signed Beatles Apple headquarters papers included in huge music auction

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon, the contract for the sale of The Beatles' Apple headquarters, signed by all four Beatles, is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000. Other items going on sale at the auction is a signed Sgt Pepper album.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Man who inspired Yellow Submarine's Jeremy Hilary Boob has died

Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams didn't live a life in music, but it will be the thing he'll always be remembered for. Adams, a longtime professor at SMU, became a part of music history when he was immortalized as the inspiration for a major character in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. On Monday, Adams passed away at the age of 82.

Source: Dallas Observer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Paul McCartney adds second Washington, D.C. Date

Paul McCartney continues to add to his One On One Tour, as the legendary Beatle has tacked on a second night at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center on August 10. Tickets for the new date will go on sale May 6 at 10am ET. McCartney's One On One tour is currently underway and will make its next stop with a two-nights in Minneapolis.

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A McCartney night to remember in Sioux Falls

Beatles legend Paul McCartney charmed the capacity crowd at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls last night. A collective sigh of "ahhhh" when up from the 11,000 fans when McCartney invited a woman and her son up on stage, and the little boy proceeded to hug him around the legs. McCartney then picked him up in his arms.

Related Articles  Also: Concert Pics  Source: KELO AM, Sioux Falls
Revolver turns 50 but it still sounds brand new

The Beatles' best album turns 50 this year, and it's hard to conceive that half a century has elapsed since its recording. Paul McCartney's frenetic bass line in the pre-chorus of Taxman, and his blistering guitar solo in the same song, can't be so old as that. Got To Get You Into My Life would sound fresh were it released today.

Source: Baker City Herald, OR
Young actor who played Ringo in TV movie mysteriously dies aged just 38

Kristian Ealey, known for acting in two British soap operas set in Liverpool, has passed away at age 38. Kristian also played Ringo Starr in the TV film In His Life: The John Lennon Story. He was also a keen musician and was a member of Liverpool based band Tramp Attack. The exact cause of Kris' death is unknown.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Paul McCartney plays his first post-Beatles U.S. concert 40 years ago today

On May 3, 1976, Paul McCartney performed at Tarrant County Convention Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. He hadn't played a concert in the U.S. in a decade, since the Beatles' last tour in 1966. In the meantime, he'd founded Wings, a new band featuring his wife, Linda. On this night, Paul McCartney reconquered America.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 2, 2016
Sacramento date added to Paul McCartney's One On One Tour

Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will return to Sacramento, CA for the first time since the US Tour in 2005. On Tuesday, October 4, Paul's One On One Tour will be the first ever concert at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Pre-sale tickets for the concert will be available through Ticketmaster at 8am (PT) tomorrow.

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Video: Paul McCartney confirms involvement in California Mega-festival

A couple of weeks ago, Roger Daltry confirmed the Who would be sharing the stage with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young for a "mega-festival" on October 7 to 9 in Indio, California. The Who, Bob Dylan, and Roger Waters made their cryptic official Facebook announcements on Friday. Paul McCartney followed suit yesterday.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Paul McCartney meets women who inspired Blackbird

During the Little Rock, Arkansas stop of his One On One Tour on Saturday, Paul McCartney was introduced backstage to two women of the Little Rock Nine, black students enrolled in an all-white high school in Arkansas during the height of the civil rights movement following the Supreme Court's Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
I would only do this for Paul says woman in line for McCartney tickets

More than 100 fans who showed up at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday to buy tickets for Paul McCartney's Aug. 15 concert, but the show sold out quickly, mainly due to online ticket buyers on Ticketmaster. "I would only do this for Paul," said Haley Gerlofs, who arrived outside the arena at 7:15 a.m.

Related Articles  Source: M Live, Minnesota

Mal Evans
Book Review: The Death and Life of Mal Evans by Peter Lee

The late Mal Evans was, with Neil Aspinall, among the Beatles' closest contacts throughout the sixties. Evans was gunned down by LAPD police in 1975 while intoxicated on valium and brandishing an air pistol. This happened before he was able to publish his memoir, Living With the Beatles, said to have been an explosive insider's expose in the making.

Source: The Examiner
Remo Belli, pioneer of synthetic drumheads, dead at 88

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California. A 20-inch Remo drumhead was seen on Ringo Starr's Ludwig kit when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
Beatles play their final scheduled U.K. concert 50 years ago today

A few weeks into recording Revolver, the Beatles appeared at the NME Annual Poll Winners concert on May 1, 1966. Wembley's Empire Pool arena was packed with 10,000 screaming fans to see The Beatles joined by the Rolling Stones and the Who, among others. Fans didn't know that it would be the Beatles' final scheduled concert in the U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, April 29, 2016
Book looks back on 35 years of Paul McCartney interviews

As a journalist with NME, Q and Word, Paul Du Noyer has interviewed Paul McCartney more times over the last 35 years than any other magazine writer. His book, Conversations With McCartney, soon to be released in paperback, covers all aspects of his five-decade career as the world's most revered songwriter.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles at Abbey Road Studios goes on the road in the UK

Following a triumphant sell-out world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sessions - A live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios now embarks on an ten-date UK tour commencing at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on April 30. The show is a thrilling, authentic voyage through the events that shaped popular music history.

Source: South Wales Argus, UK
Beatles Day to go ahead in Twickenham

Twickenham, England, is to host "Beatles Day" to commemorate the final Beatles gig in London. The event next month, 50 years after the Beatles played their historic gig, will be held where scenes of the movie A Hard Day's Night were filmed. Special guests will include former chief executive of Apple Records, Tony Bramwell.

Source: Minuteman Press, UK
Computer makes Beethoven sound like The Beatles

The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has taught a computer how to recognize the core features of different types of music. The team then tasked the AI with playing the pattern of Beethoven's classical classic "Ode To Joy" but with the characteristics of more modern genres, including the style of The Beatles.

Source: Tech Crunch
Painter channels Beatles fandom into poignant Yellow Submarine art

In his quarter century in comics, painter Alex Ross has tackled pretty much every single major superhero from both Marvel and DC Comics. But his latest project sees the artist tackling a group of completely different, albeit equally notable, icons, the Beatles, depicting the Fab Four as they appeared in Yellow Submarine.

Source: Comic Book Resources
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Beatles magic fills Henry Ford exhibit this weekend

An exhibit opening Saturday at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, brings the magic of the Beatles back to life with music, memorabilia and more. The exhibit chronicles the rise of the John, Paul, George and Ringo from humble beginnings in Liverpool to phenomenal success in the United States and around the globe.

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Detroit News

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd pulls out of event due to broken elbow

George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd has pulled out of her own photo exhibition launch after breaking her elbow. Boyd, who was also married to Eric Clapton, was due to launch her candid show, Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me, on May 5, but has to scrap an appearance on the opening night at The Beatles Story in Liverpool as she recovers from a fall.

Source: Contact Music
Stella McCartney unveils Team GB 2016 kit

Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB kit for the London Games in 2012, has unveiled the kit that Team GB will wear at the Olympic Games in Rio. Stella says she is very "proud" to have collaborated with Adidas on the outfits which will be worn by the 600 athletes from Great Britain in Brazil in August.

Source: Otago Daily Times
Public Library in Rockford, Illinois, kicks off Beatles Month

Rockford Public Library will be hosting a month long celebration of the Beatles. On May 6th they start off the month with a live program and book signing with Beatles Scholar Aaron Krerowicz. Aaron will speak about the music of the Beatles in a 60-minute multimedia presentation at in the Sullivan Theater at the Nordlof Center.

Source: WIFR TV, Rockford, IL.
Accounting firm is giving away handful of Paul McCartney tickets

Attention audit senior associates and managers. Connect with the Lurie accounting firm in Minneapolis and receive two Paul McCartney row 12 tickets for the Thursday, May 5th concert at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Lurie will provide two floor seat concert tickets to the first five candidates that visit the firm.

Related Articles  Source: Going Concern
Beatles recorded Eleanor Rigby 50 years ago

50 years ago today when the Beatles began recording "Eleanor Rigby" at the EMI studios in London. Actually, the only thing that the Beatles contributed were the vocals. The instrumentation came from an eight-piece string ensemble that was brought in. They performed a score composed by producer George Martin.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Grand Rapids date added to Paul McCartney's One On One tour

Paul McCartney is set to make his first ever Grand Rapids appearance at Van Andel Arena this summer, as he brings his brand new One On One tour to West Michigan on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Grand Rapids concert pre-sale tickets will be available through the Ticketmaster ticket service tomorrow.

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Paul McCartney to discuss career on BBC Radio 4

Paul McCartney will be the subject of a special edition of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4 ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection. McCartney will talk about his music career and answer questions from the audience. The special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday May 28.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Fab Four Fest scheduled for London, Ontario in September

The London Beatles Festival is set for Sept. 23-Sept. 25, celebrating all things Beatles in London, Ontario, Canada. There will be performance of The Fab Four's hits by tribute artists on the fest's main stages, and London-region musicians will showcase their interpretations of Beatles music at partnering venues in downtown London.

Source: London Free Press, Ontario
Beatles tribute show in Minnesota canceled

The Tribute: Best Beatles Show on Earth, scheduled to perform Friday in Bemidji, Minnesota, has been canceled, officials said Wednesday. The concert was to be held at the Sanford Center. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase, officials said. Fans should contact the box office for more info.

Source: Bemidji Pioneer
Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach 35 years ago today

They met when Ringo Starr was well past the height of fame, and then struggled through years of dependency. But Barbara Bach's unlikely pairing with the former Beatles star endures to this day, despite their early struggles. They were married in a civil ceremony, rather than a splashy gala, on April 27, 1981, in London.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Unseen footage of The Beatles backstage in Australia in 1965 unveiled

Never-before-seen footage of The Beatles messing around in a dressing room has been uncovered after it was shot more than 50 years ago by an Australian makeup artist. The 49-second silent clip shows the Fab Four getting their makeup done for television special The Music of Lennon & McCartney on November 1, 1965.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Book uncovers details of Paul McCartney's relationship with Heather Mills

Paul McCartney's divorce from former model Heather Mills was one of the most explosive in showbiz history. Their relationship was fraught with drama since their first meeting in 1999 to their final day in divorce court in 2008. Author Philip Norman details the highs and lows in his new book Paul McCartney: The Biography.

Source: The Independent, UK
Billy Connolly on his long-standing jokes with Paul McCartney

Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly has revealed how he and Paul McCartney play jokes on each other by sending Christmas cards months after the festive period. It started after he had forgotten to send McCartney a card one year, and they now try to outdo each other by sending festive greetings as late as possible each year.

Source: The Scotsman, UK

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