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Paul McCartney unveils expanded edition of New

Paul McCartney's New is about to get even newer. McCartney will be reissuing his 2013 solo album this fall in an expanded collector's edition that includes some extra tracks. Due out on October 28, this juiced-up version expands the album to a whopping three discs: two CDs which include two new tracks, plus a DVD.

Source: Exclaim
Album Review: Everything Changes by Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon's Everything Changes, released last year, got a deluxe box set this month, released on Sept. 10 to mark his mother's birthday. Everything Changes is an interesting title for the album, since it sounds like it could have been made decades ago. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you share Julian's taste in music.

Source: Celebrity Cafe
Ringo Starr on the future of rock music

Ringo Starr believes that bands will always be popular in music and has never believed that rock music is dying out. In a new interview, he told NME that he doesn't think the rock genre will disappear, and that bands will always "come through in the end". He said, "I think people wanna see people playing and singing."

Source: NME, UK
New series of books reveals deep history of Beatles' Apple Records

The first volume of "a is for apple," a series of exclusive books that goes deep into the history of the Beatles' Apple Records, is almost finished and can now be pre-ordered. Co-authored by Axel Korinth from Germany and Ed Dieckmann from The Netherlands, the book will be the first in a four-part "tetralogy."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Former Beatles girlfriends to appear at bookfair in Germany

Two former Beatle girlfriends are in Germany for a photo exhibit and book fair this week. May Pang, John Lennon's former girlfriend, and Nancy Lee Andrews, Ringo's former beau, will be guests at "Biography Days" in Nordwalde, Germany, along with former Beatles secretary Freda Kelly. Photos by Nancy and May will be on display.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Book Review: The Beatles Bible

Ever wake up in the morning wondering what the Fabs were doing on this calendar day decades ago? Turns out that there's an amazing online resource for this, The Beatles Bible, which has chronicled where the Fabs were playing, and anything else of Beatles importance, on nearly every day of their existence.

Also See...  Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Update: Second unreleased George Harrison track sneaked on net

After releasing an early version of Dark Horse yesterday, a second unreleased track is now on the net, I Don't Care Anymore, a rare pre-1980s Harrison country song from the new George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set, which is set for release next week. This song has never been released on CD before.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
All-star Sept. 28 George Harrison benefit moves to Fonda Theatre

An all-star tribute to the music of George Harrison scheduled for September 28 has sold out and will move from the original site at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, event organizers announced Monday. The move will allow 400 more tickets to be sold to the event.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sneaked: Unreleased George Harrison track from new box set

George Harrison wrote "Dark Horse" in 1973, and in the following years, the track became something of a theme song for the ex-Beatle, he gave the same name to his subsequent album, as well as his tour with Ravi Shankar and his new record label. An early take of the song can now be heard on the Internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Linda McCartney photos to be exhibited in South Korea

Daelim Museum in Seoul, South Korea, will present "Linda McCartney Retrospective", Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney, from November 6, 2014 to May 25, 2015. The exhibition consists of around 200 of Linda's iconic photographs including images of some of the leading musicians and artists of this era.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fans complain Ringo Starr sounds Irish in new Cilla biopic

Nearly seven million viewers watched the opening episode of the Cilla Black biopic starring Sheridan Smith on ITV in the UK on Monday night. But while the performances were hailed, some viewers claimed the accents left a lot to be desired, particularly Ringo Starr, played by Tom Dunlea, who viewers claimed sounded Irish.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Photo exhibit brings Beatles back to Royal Albert Hall

London's Royal Albert Hall is to host an exhibition celebrating NME's music photography. Opening on September 23, the "Behind NME Lines" exhibition is a retrospective of iconic covers from our 62-year history, profiling an array of music icons including the Beatles. The free exhibition will run until October 23.

Source: NME, UK
Susan Boyle fears Beatles backlash

Scottish singer Susan Boyle is expecting a major backlash from Beatles fans after covering John Lennon's iconic hit Imagine. She is to release her sixth album in November and the record includes covers of classic songs, which she admits is a "risk". Boyle admitted Lennon's peace anthem was the toughest to cover.

Source: The Express, UK
Wings restored to WKRP reissue but not Beatles

The music in classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati was an integral part of its charm, but when music licensing expired, producers avoided expensive royalties by using generic "sound-alikes." Now, on the new DVDs, most of the original music has been restored, including a track by Paul McCartney and Wings, but not one by the Beatles.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Price of John Lennon's island in Ireland slashed by 100k

An island that was once owned by John Lennon has had its asking price slashed. Dorinish Island, which is located off the west coast of Ireland, was first listed for sale in 2012 with an original price tag of 300,000. After two years on the market, the island's price has been cut to a bargain price of just 200,000.

Source: The Independent, Ireland
Monday, September 15, 2014
Conan O'Brien to pay a week-long musical tribute to George Harrison

Next week, Conan on TBS TV will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. George Harrison week coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75, also due out September 22.

Source: Rolling Stone
Did The Beatles really eat at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles?

In 1965, the Beatles wanted to eat at an authentic American diner. They got their chance when they were in Los Angeles for their concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. According to legend, The Beatles visited the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. But there are no pictures of this visit, and it is hard to believe they weren't mobbed by fans.

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Proud dad at Stella McCartney's Green Carpet Collection event

Being the daughter of a Beatle certainly has its perks, and Stella McCartney had plenty of famous faces in the house as she showed off her 2014 Green Carpet range at London Fashion Week on Sunday evening. Always a fan, Paul McCartney showed up to support his little girl. Stella said, "It's a very holistic approach for me."

Source: Gossip Center

Yoko Ono brings John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem

"I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono said at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that lets kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos and lay down their own tracks.

Source: Billboard
Jeff Lynne hints at further dates for ELO

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra performed at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London last night, marking their first concert return to the UK stage in 28 years. During the 75-minute set, Lynne, also known for being in The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, told the 50,000-strong crowd, "I'll do this again."

Source: NME, UK
Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson dies

John Gustafson, who collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the "second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool" for his work in the groundbreaking early '60s power trio the Big Three, which was recommended to sign with Brian Epstein by John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, September 12, 2014
Paul McCartney confirms video game track to get official release

Following positive response, Paul McCartney's original track, "Hope," from the biggest video game release of the year, "Destiny," will get an official release later in the year with more details to be announced in the coming weeks, according to his official website. This is the first time that McCartney has ever written for a computer game.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Artist creates quirky illustrations depicting Beatles tunes

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA, will open a Beatles exhibition Saturday featuring illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter. The 14 prints interpret every song on the With the Beatles album. They're featured in the new John Lennon biography "She Loves You" by Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: WWNO, New Orleans
Author recalls The Beatles 1964 New Orleans concert

Tuesday night, Sept. 16, New Orleans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1964 concert at City Park Stadium with a re-creation of the event starring The Fab Four. "It was an incredible night, but it was also kind of a scary night," said Ivor Davis, who covered The Beatles' entire 1964 North American tour.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Ozarks Beatlemania Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago, the Beatles performed in an unscheduled stop in Kansas City during their second concert tour of America. Afterward, they took an unplanned vacation in the Ozarks. To mark the anniversary, there's an Ozarks Beatlemania Festival this weekend in Alton, Mo., in the southern part of the state.

Source: WDAF TV, Kansas City
Singer songwriter Bob Crewe passes away at 82

Bob Crewe, the veteran singer, songwriter and producer who penned a string of hits for Beatles contemporaries the Four Seasons, including Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and Rag Doll, died Thursday at the age of 82. Crewe made an indelible impact on pop music and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ringo Starr to rock for #PeaceRocks international day of peace

Ringo Star and An All Starr Band, which includes Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette, Richard Page and Steve Lukather, is slated to perform in front of the John Varvatos store in Hollywood to promote the #PPeaceRocks campaign. This continues the campaign that was launched by designer Varvatos on Ringo's birthday, July 7.

Source: Digital Journal
Forgotten George Harrison gems from The Apple Years

News of a forthcoming box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 led to renewed praise for charttopping early-period solo moments like My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love. But Harrison's catalog, even more than a decade after his early passing, is widely underappeciated outside of the radio hits, a grievous thing.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Lost sixties Beatles cartoon TV series now on YouTube

A cheaply made cartoon series called The Beatles ran on ABC TV from 1965 to 1969, and while its shabby production quality has resulted in it being missing from being on DVD and largely forgotten outside of hardcore Beatles fandom, a YouTube account called Beatles Planet has now made all 39 episodes available for curious viewers.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Paul McCartney lookalike recalls his brush with Beatlemania

Back in the early '60s, Herb Van Dam was the first kid in Cape Cod to be told to cut his hair. Within months, it would give him the story of a lifetime. His fashionable look would land him, for one brief, unexpectedly terrifying moment, at the epicenter of Beatlemania, when he realized he was the spitting image of Paul McCartney.

Source: The Boston Globe
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Video: Destiny's theme song from Paul McCartney

Activision spent $500 million making and promoting Destiny, and you can now hear online the Paul McCartney song that some of that money paid for. McCartney worked with Bungie on a theme song for the massively multiplayer sci-fi shooter, and you can hear it over the end credits when you beat the game.

Source: Venture Beat
Pictures: Sean Lennon plays in Liverpool city centre

Last night, Sean Lennon performed in front of a packed house at the Kazimier in Liverpool city centre, with his band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. The band was formed by Sean and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The couple have said they started the band as a way to spend more time together.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Watch Beatles fans recreating iconic Abbey Road cover

The Beatles marched across Abbey Road and into pop history when in September, 1969, they produced one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Now, 45 years later, the famous zebra crossing is an English Heritage site and a shrine for Beatles fans worldwide to visit and annoy traffic, which can now be viewed streaming live.

Source: Irish Mirrror
Liverpool Legends carry on Beatles tradition

Many bands have been formed to pay tribute to the Beatles over the years, but the Liverpool Legends, who will kick off the Ozarks Beatlemania Festival on Friday, have a real connection to the Fab Four. Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, put the band together with the goal of presenting a live history of the Beatles.

Source: Areawide News, Missouri
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
First track released from Paul McCartney tribute album

An early taste of the forthcoming multi-artist Paul McCartney tribute project, the Cure take on "Hello Goodbye" is now streaming on the net. It's a largely faithful issue, save for a few psychedelic flourishes here and there, and maybe most notable for the inclusion of James McCartney, Paul's son, on keyboards.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Review: The Beatles' complete mono catalog released on vinyl LPs

The release of the Beatles in Mono on vinyl LPs is the most technologically ambitious attempt yet to take the most significant body of recorded music in the pop era and do ... absolutely nothing. Recording engineer Steve Berkowitz said, "The goal here was to replicate as closely as possible what their original intention was."

More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Beatles photo collection coming to Walnut Ridge Festival

A huge collection of Beatles photographs and images is set for display at the Beatles at the Ridge music festival Sept. 19 and 20 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The collection contains 229 large format photos. After the festival, the collection will be on rotating display at the Lawrence County Library in Arkansas.

Source: Arkansas Matters
Beatles expert to discuss Fab Four in New Orleans

Internationally recognized Beatles authority Bruce Spizer will discuss the Fab Four on Oct. 7 in Metairie, Louisiana. Spizer has written eight books about the Beatles and has served as a consultant for EMI and Apple Records for their CD re-releases of the American configurations of the Beatles catalogue.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Epstein comic book wins two Harvey Awards

At the Harvey Awards on Saturday, Vivek Tiwary's graphic novel, "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story," won two honors, Best Original Graphic Album and Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation. Tiwary said it was "a happy and humbling experience for me to win two awards chosen by the creative community."

Source: Washington Post
Monday, September 8, 2014
Ringo Starr moving to Los Angeles

Ringo Starr is planning to make Los Angeles his permanent home once he sells off his base in the U.K. He said, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there. The weather is better over there. I'm really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A."

Source: The Express, UK
London flat shared by George and Ringo up for sale

A three-bedroom flat shared by George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the height of Beatlemania is to go on the market for 2.5million (more than $4million). They moved into the apartment in Knightsbridge in 1964, the year of their first world tour, and also briefly lived in two other flats in the central London apartment building.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Flaming Lips release Sgt. Pepper cover album tracklist

The Flaming Lips have revealed the final track list for With a Little Help From My Fwends, their Beatles Sgt. Pepper tribute. The eclectic group of "fwends" includes featured performances from Miley Cyrus, Foxygen, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, J. Mascis, Electric Wurms, Grace Potter, Chuck Inglish and Autumn Defense.

Source: Paste Magazine

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