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Latest Beatles News as of Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beatlemania hits Madame Tussauds Orlando 

The wax figures of the Fab Four to be featured in Orlando for a limited time. The figures of The Fab Four set in a pose like the 1969 Abbey Road album cover, Madame Tussauds artists utilised measurements taken from previous sittings with the band, as well as image research from the Abbey Road album photo shoot to style each figure.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono announces new all-star remix LP 

Yoko Ono follows up her all-star 2007 covers and remixes LP Yes, I'm a Witch this January with a sequel titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too. Ono will collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, Cibo Matto and her son Sean Lennon and many more artists who contributed either remixes or covers of tracks culled from Ono's catalog.

Source: Rolling Stone
Photos: The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1964 

Almost 51 years ago, screaming young people ran amok in the streets of Toronto, proving definitively that Beatlemania was alive and well in Canada. CBC was there, capturing the pandemonium as well as talking to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison about the fan fury that follows them around the world.

Source: CBC Music, Canada
Lincoln Center honors Richard Lester with film retrospective 

A Hard Day's Night and Help! director Richard Lester's 1968 film, "Petulia," screens Aug. 10 and 13 at the Walter Reade Theater, the high point of Lincoln Center's weeklong 15-film retrospective, "Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast," beginning August 7th, which also includes "The Knack ... and How to Get It."

Source: NY Times
Help! film premieres in London 50 years ago today 

The Beatles' second movie, Help!, had its world premiere in London on July 29, 1965 at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus, with Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon, in attendance. As with A Hard Day's Night, Help! was directed by Richard Lester and included the Beatles' pal Victor Spinetti in the cast.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Two Ringo Starr radio specials now streaming online 

Two of Beatles talk show host Ken Michaels' recent live broadcasts celebrating Ringo Starr's 75th birthday are now available online, a 2-hour birthday show, highlighted by a 30-minute set of Ringo's collaborations and a "Ringo Starr Album Sampler" in which he featured one song each from all 18 Ringo studio albums in chronological order.

Source: Beatles News Blog
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sir Paul McCartney back in Liverpool for annual LIPA graduation

Paul McCartney was back in Liverpool today for the annual LIPA graduation ceremony. Sir Paul was on hand to honor the institute's new Companions, who this year included Gemma Bodinetz, the artistic director of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres since 2003. Around 280 students from 16 countries graduated at today's ceremony.

Source: Liverpool Echo
British actor Tom Hughes cast as John Lennon in BBC radio drama

British actor Tom Hughes is to play John Lennon in a forthcoming radio drama. Hughes, known for several roles on BBC One, will portray the iconic singer-songwriter in BBC Radio 2's When Elvis Met The Beatles. Hughes said, "John Lennon is a hero of mine. I'll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing."

Source: NME, UK
Beatles song re-imagined in album of eclectic instrumentals

On the new Spaghetti Eastern Music debut album "Sketches of Spam," a solo project by singer-guitarist Sal Cataldi, the Beatles song Ticket to Ride is reworked into in a wonderfully moody ballad. Cataldi explained, "Lennon's words to me always conveyed a sort of blues-y melancholy, which was perfect for the slow ballad treatment."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Rapper discusses Beatles-inspired cover art of upcoming album

In a new interview, rapper Casey Veggies explained the Beatles-inspired cover of his upcoming debut album, Live & Grow, to be released Sept. 25. He said, "It was an idea we came up with one day just in the studio chilling. I was looking at the evolution chart and then I was looking at The Beatles cover and it just looked classic."

Source: Hip Hop DX
Monday, July 27, 2015
Photo Collection: Paul McCartney Out There 2015 crowd photos

Over the past months Paul McCartney has taken his Out There tour around several different countries including Japan, his first visit to South Korea, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, United States, Norway and Sweden. Each of these shows has been captured by tour photographer MJ Kim and are now online at Paul's official website.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Lost Beatles photos to be revealed in UK at music and arts festival

Organisers of the Woodbridge music and arts event north of Ipswitch, England, have announced this summer's line-up and an expansion of the festival. This year's event will include books about music, with the preview of a new work about The Beatles, featuring never seen before photos from the first years of Beatlemania.

Source: Ipswitch Star, UK
Gene Simmons recalls first seeing the Beatles

Years before the Gene Simmons joined Kiss and helped to cultivate their iconic black and white face paint and dramatic outfits, he was enthralled by the Beatles, but he initially found it hard to relate to them. He said, "I remember thinking they look weird," but later thought they looked cool because his mother "thought they looked silly."

Source: Noise 11
Artist creates controversial comic strip on John Lennon's Imagine

Pablo Stanley has used his illustration skills to create a visual representation of John Lennon's 1971 song, "Imagine." The comic strip depicts lyrics from the song along with images of legendary activists for change such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: World Religion News
Letter about John Lennon's death from his aunt Mimi to be sold

An emotional letter from John Lennon's aunt Mimi Smith written on her personal letterhead less than two months after the Beatle was murdered in New York City will be sold in an online auction next month. Deadline for bidding in the auction is Aug. 12. Previously, a letter Mimi wrote to a fan in 1964 sold for 250 in 2013.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Book Review: John Lennon and the Bronte Connection

A new book published by Jewelle St. James, "John Lennon and the Bronte Connection," is about the author's journey in discovering a past life connection between former Beatle John Lennon and the tragic poet Branwell Bronte. St. James discovers she lived in 15th Century England and John Lennon had been her lover.

Source: The Examiner
Book Review: Wings Over New Orleans by John Taylor

The new book Wings Over New Orleans: Unseen Photos of Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975 is author John Taylor's account and photos of when Paul and Linda McCartney, along with their band Wings, came to New Orleans in 1975 to record their album Venus and Mars. The book is definitely a must have for all McCartney and Wings fans.

Source: Beatles Freak
Friday, July 24, 2015
Ringo's Help! jacket sells for more than $46K at auction

A black wool double-breasted suit jacket worn by Ringo Starr during the filming of the 1965 Beatles movie Help! was sold today for more than $46,500 at a music-memorabilia auction by Boston-based RR Auction company. Also, a Hard Day's Night album cover autographed by all four Beatles auctioned for more than $30,200.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles celebration returns to Orillia today

The Orillia Beatles Celebration is set to return to downtown Orillia, Ontario, Canada, for two days. Spanning five city blocks, the July 24 and 25 festival features music, dancing, vendors, memorabilia, contests and trivia. All events are free, except for the Saturday afternoon concert by "Replay" at the Orillia Opera House.

Source: Simcoe
Hard Day's Night Hotel launches new Beatle themed afternoon tea

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is set for the warmer months with the introduction of its new Summer Cooler Afternoon Tea. Their aptly named Beatles inspired cocktails include Strawberry Fields with Pepper a refreshing grass infused vodka based beverage, and Honey Can't Buy Me Love made with sweet amaretto and chocolate flavors.

Source: Liverpool Echo
8 subtle Easter eggs hidden in Beatles songs

The Beatles were always known for being a bit playful with the general public. The band's entire discography, particularly that which came out after they decided to quit touring and commit to the recording booth, is chock full of in-jokes, shout-outs and other cool tidbits explicitly snuck in there for their fanbase to obsess over decades.

Source: What Culture
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rare John Lennon letter up for auction

A hand-written note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor circa 1969, referencing instructions for an unspecified concert is currently up for auction at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction that ends today, its current bid is $1000. Also in the auction, Ringo's Help! jacket currently stands at over $14,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Author Ivor Davis tells all about Beatles first U.S. tour

When Ivor Davis was invited join The Beatles on their first American tour over 50 years ago, nothing prepared him for the wild adventure that lay ahead. Davis briefly became the fifth member of the band, documenting their U.S. escapades and ghost-writing George Harrison's column for his London newspaper.

Source: Sunday World, Dublin
Radio play recreates Elvis' meeting with Beatles

The historic moment the Fab Four met the king of rock 'n' roll will be recreated in a new radio play almost 50 years to the day since it happened. A Radio 2 play will revisit the Beatles' trip to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion on August 27 1965, the meeting was not filmed or taped and only a few people know what really happened.

Source: Western Daily Express, UK
Beatles Help! screening July 30 in Pasadena for 50th anniversary

For the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of the Beatles movie Help!, the South Pasadena Library will host a free screening on July 30 following a performance of Beatles songs by an ad hoc group of Fab Four-inspired musicians. The screening comes 50 years and a day after Help! premiered in London on July 29, 1965.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Help! single released 50 years ago today

Today marks 50 years since the release of Help! Recorded at Abbey Road in 12 takes on April 13, 1965, Help! was written by John Lennon in a moving attempt to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success, he later described it as one of his favorite ever songs and one of his first ever attempts at writing from the heart.

Source: Liverpool Echo
British journalist Peter Jones dead at 85

Peter Jones, widely-respected British music and show business journalist, died on July 10 at 85. Jones was a much-loved figure on the U.K. scene for decades, especially noted for his early support of The Beatles, wrote the highly popular Beatles Monthly under the pen name Billy Shepherd and is the author of "The True Story of the Beatles."

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Rare Beatles footage is among historical moments now on YouTube

The Beatles at the Liverpool premiere of A Hard Days' Night and a mob of Fab Four fans calling for Harold Wilson to save the Cavern will be part of the largest upload of historical news footage ever uploaded, as Associated Press and British Movietone together bring more than 1 million minutes of digitised film footage to YouTube.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono to get new neighbor in the Dakota

Movie star Lauren Bacall's apartment at the Dakota has been bought by a mystery buyer, last priced at $23.5 million. Bacall lived in the 4,000-square-foot wood-paneled apartment for more than half a century up until last year. Meanwhile, Roberta Flack put her apartment in the building on the market for $9.5 million in May.

Source: NY Daily News
Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band to appear in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre announced Tuesday a Beatles tribute band would be making a stop in the Summit City on its first American tour. The Mersey Beatles were born in Liverpool, they played for a decade at the Cavern Club where the Beatles got their start, and they also kind of look like the band members.

Source: WANE TV, Fort Wayne
Beatles animator to visit Atlanta suburb

The cherished characters of both the Yellow Submarine film and the Beatles animated TV series were all brought to life by celebrated animator Ron Campbell. Fans of the artist will have the opportunity to meet Campbell and view and purchase his art when he visits the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell, GA, on Aug. 7 and 8.

Source: Neighbor Newspapers, Atlanta
Library walking its books to new home recreates Abbey Road cover

Book lovers have begun the process of carrying piles of books to the new home of Ashburton Library, which is moving from its current site in the town hall to its new home in Ashburton Post Office in St Lawrence Lane. Moving the books to the new site, they have been recreating the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover.

Source: Torquay Herald Express, UK
Studio Profile: George Martin's AIR Studios

In August 1965, records were still largely produced "in-house" by the major record companies, in the UK it was EMI, Decca and Pye. Then, Associated Independent Records (London) Limited, or AIR for short, was created by George Martin, Ron Richards and John Burgess from EMI, and Peter Sullivan of Decca.

Source: Audio Media International
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
May Pang to speak at university music programs

May Pang, music executive, confidante and companion of John Lennon, will give lectures at music programs at universities around the U.S. beginning this fall. May is well known for her relationship with John Lennon during the infamous "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s, she worked him in the studio and was his personal assistant.

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Ringo Starr's jacket from Beatles film Help!

The jacket Ringo Starr wore in the Beatles' 1965 film 'Help!' will be sold at auction this week. The auction house describes the jacket as a predominantly black wool and double-breasted suit coat with soft gray vertical line patterns, a label from tailor D.A. Millings & Sons marked "Ringo" is sewn on inside the inner right pocket.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Jedward gets help with Sharknado theme from Sir Paul

Jedward makes a cameo appearance in new movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and given the task by producers of writing the theme song for the B movie, they turned to Paul McCartney, who admitted he's a fan of the band. McCartney told them "not to mention the name of the film, to make it universal for people."

Source: The Sun, UK
Beatles makes Bhagavad Gita fun for kids

The Bhagvad Gita has been a universal, all-time bestseller. But even its translated versions have been rather difficult for adults and the young alike to fathom in its true spirit. Now, author Roopa Pai's version of the book is peppered with interesting anecdotes, fun and trivia and even using analogies of The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Source: Times of India
The truth behind the worst ever Beatles cover album

"Beatle Barkers" is a 1983 LP that features barnyard animal noises played in the tune of Fab Four classics. Although he's responsible for bringing it again to light to sell old stock of the LP, Virginian born Jerry Williams, a.k.a. Swamp Dog, did not perform on the album as he originally hinted as part of his sales pitch.

Source: Austin Chronicle
Monday, July 20, 2015
1st volume of new books on John Lennon and Yoko Ono gets release date

Author Chip Madinger has announced that the first volume of his "Lennonology" series is near completion. Fifteen years in the making, "Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness" reflects John Lennon and Yoko Ono's partnership for the entire time period they were together, and is written in the form of a daily journal.

Source: The Examiner
2005 Beatles documentary now streaming on Qello

The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco is a 2005 documentary that is now available on streaming service Qello. The documentary explores the career of The Beatles, including their daily busy schedules and the rise of Beatlemania, and begins with an explanation of how each of The Beatles grew up in Liverpool.

Source: Mxdwn Music
Heather Mills disses Paul McCartney's musical background

Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's ex, says that she is "very musical" and is in charge of teaching their 11-year-old daughter Beatrice music because McCartney cannot read music. McCartney and John Lennon never learned how to write down music, McCartney has compared reading music in his childhood piano lessons to "homework".

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Sydney Channel 9 commentators recreate the Abbey Road cover

Channel Nine's commentary team, in London from Sydney for a cricket match at Lord's, has recreated The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover. They studied the intricacies of the original that the foursome attempted to observe in their recreation, however, one of them refused to hold a cigarette as McCartney had.

Source: 9 News, Sydney

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