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Paul McCartney reveals why he named tour One On One

On his website, a fan asked how Paul McCartney named his new tour. He said, "When people would talk about going to the Out There shows, they said that even though it was a huge stadium, there was an intimate feeling about it. And I thought that was interesting really because with the big screens, we can make it a bit "One On One."

Ringo Starr concert in Spokane moves to another venue

The October 16 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band concert in Spokane, originally scheduled at the Spokane Arena's Star Theatre, will now be at the INB Performing Arts Center. Tickets must be exchanged in advance by phone no later than Wednesday to arrange for new seats, or comparable seats will be assigned.

Source: The Spokesman-Review, Spokane
Fonseca and Ringo Starr team up to sing about Colombia peace deal

Colombian singer-songwriter and four-time Latin Grammy winner Fonseca wrote and recorded a verse in Spanish for a new version of Ringo Starr's peace anthem "Now The Time Has Come," at the request of Ringo, all done in just one day. The song will be released Friday in honor of the recently reached Colombian peace treaty.

Source: Fox News Latino
Photos: The Beatles Magical History Tour memorabilia exhibit

The Beatles Magical History Tour is now on exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The exhibit includes Ringo's drum set from the Cavern Club, John Lennon's personal jukebox, original hand-written letters by the band, John's last autograph, and outfits they wore and equipment they used on stage.

Source: America JR
Yoko Ono makes donation to charity in honor of late Beatles engineer

Yoko Ono has made a substantial donation to disability charity White Lodge in Chertsey, Surrey, England, in memory of music engineer Allan Rouse who used the centre's facilities before his passing this year. They became friends after working closely together at Abbey Road Studios when The Beatles back catalogue was remastered.

Source: Get Surrey, UK
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Paul McCartney and Harry Styles share similarities in their career

Both Paul McCartney and Harry Styles can claim to have been part of the biggest band in the world. In a new interview, they realized they have more in common. Styles revealed he was feeling like he wasn't able to do what he wanted with One Direction, and McCartney said he felt the same when The Beatles disbanded in 1970.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Video: Beatles tune parodied in commercial to legalize marijuana

A new viral YouTube video turns a classic Beatles tune into an anthem for legalization. "Yes on 64" takes Paul McCartney's hit song about growing older, "When I'm 64," and turns it into a parody version of Paul getting arrested for marijuana, as he was during the 1970s in Japan, and asks, "will you please free me? Yes on 64."

Source: The Leaf
Abbey Road Studios opening its doors to overnight guests one night only

Airbnb is offering four lucky guests a free overnight stay in the most famous townhouse in North London, the iconic Abbey Road Studios. The split-level Studio 3 in St. John's Wood, where many of music's greatest artists have been discovered, will be converted into a temporary bedroom for one night only on October 15.

Source: Business Insider

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Former power plant featured in Help! to be new home of Apple

The four chimneys of London's iconic Battersea Power Station, featured in a scene in the Beatles' movie Help! will soon be Apple Computer's brand new London offices. Apple announced today it plans to relocate 1,400 employees to a new campus inside London's famed Grade II building in 2021, which is currently undergoing renovation.

Source: Gizmodo
Buffalo Philharmonic adds second show for Beatles' Classical Mystery Tour

The original show of the "Classical Mystery Tour" show with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is virtually sold out. Tickets for an additional show on Friday, Nov. 4, are sale now. "Every time we bring this group back to Buffalo, we get a tremendous response," said Susan Schwartz, spokesperson for the BPO.

Source: Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune
Why the Beatles created Apple Music

The Beatles' Apple Music was created in 1967 to bring the band's enterprises together for tax purposes. The idea was that they would quietly announce to the tax authorities that they would be opening a string of shops. The Beatles opted to open a clothes boutique on December 7, 1967, it closed seven months later.

Source: Cuepoint
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tickets still available for Paul McCartney at Desert Trip

The upcoming music festival featuring the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Paul McCartney, dubbed unofficially as "Oldchella, " has been sold out for months. But tons of tickets are also still available on secondary market sites like Vivid Seats and StubHub, sometimes for less than their original purchase price.

Source: Time Magazine
Sacramento declares Meatless Mondays to honor Paul McCartney

The city of Sacramento passed a resolution Tuesday night declaring all Mondays from here on to be meat-free in Sacramento in honor of Paul McCartney, a noted vegetarian who will play the opening night concert at Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4 and 5. Food vendors at the venue will also add meatless chow to their menus for his shows.

Go Meatless!  Source: Sacramento Bee

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Tom Petty to be honored as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

It was announced today that Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, to be presented in February. Three-time Grammy winner and former Travelling Wilbury, Petty is being honored for his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the work with the homeless in Los Angeles.

Source: Broadway World
Legendary artist behind The Beatles cartoon comes to Roanoke

Artist Ron Campbell is in Roanoke, VA, this week. Campbell was an animator for the Beatles' animated Yellow Submarine movie and director of The Beatles Saturday morning TV cartoon series. Campbell is displaying his Beatles cartoon art, as well as newly painted pieces. All works of art are available to purchase.

Source: WSLS TV, Roanoke
A tribute to Lennon to benefit community art studio and gallery

"Imagine Lennon," a benefit for Aurora Studio & Gallery, will take place Friday, Oct. 7 at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC. The concert will feature over 20 local musicians. Aurora Studio & Gallery is a supportive art studio for artists in recovery from behavioral health needs, addiction and/or homelessness.

Source: Mountain Express, NC
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Howard Stern enlists rock all-stars for tribute to The Beatles Revolver

This morning, Howard Stern announced his team has put together a special honoring the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. Cheap Trick, Jewel, Living Colour, Grace Potter and James Taylor all contributed to the project. The tribute will premiere next Friday, October 7.

Source: JamBase
Tribute band pays homage to The Traveling Wilburys

Tribute band The Unravelling Wilburys puts their own spin on British American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. The band was formed from members of Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band which toured with its highly successful Beatles project for 21 years. They are performing in Dorchester, England, next month.

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
John Lennon play returns to Sydney for 25th anniversary

Created and performed by Australian actor/musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon - Through A Glass Onion features 31 iconic John Lennon hits. Part concert and part biography, the exploration of music icon John Lennon has been entertaining audiences around the world for the past 25 years.

Source: The AU Review
Local music shop recreates Beatles roof-top concert with scarecrows

Every year, scarecrows invade Meaford, Ontario, Canada. This year, the theme is music, and local music store Kerry's Computers and Music has recreated the Beatles very last live performance together on the rooftop of Apple Corps in London. The life-sized scarecrows are dressed as authentically as possible.

Source: The Meaford Independant
Monday, September 26, 2016
John Lennon Los Angeles birthday bash to benefit pancreatic cancer

Celebrate the birthday of John Lennon at "John Lennon: Working Class Hero," a unique performance taking place October 9, at 1:30 pm at the legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood on the day John would have turned 76. Proceeds from the one-time only concert will go to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.

Source: Beatles News Blog
UNICEF releases world music version of John Lennon's Imagine

UNICEF has released an all-star world version of John Lennon's classic song Imagine today with the support of Yoko Ono, David Guetta and people from over 140 countries around the world. This world version of Imagine shines a spotlight on the 28 million children around the world who have been driven from their homes due to conflict.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Julian Lennon shares insight on his latest photo exhibition

Earlier this month, Julian Lennon's latest photography exhibition opened at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. Titled "Cycle," it explores the cycle of life along the South China Seas. He said, "I find that color sometimes is more distracting. I find black & white draws you in with a more empathetic view to the world... it's more emotive to me."

Source: Glide Magazine
Fight to save Lennon and McCartney childhood hangout in Liverpool Warning: Page opens with sound

Once a bustling community hub used by a young Paul McCartney and John Lennon, Woolton baths now stands eerily quiet. The baths opened 123 years ago but closed abruptly in October 2010 when tests revealed the filter system had corroded. A determined campaign continues to get the facility up and running again.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles release Abbey Road 47 years ago today

It was 47 years ago today that the Beatles released their eleventh album, Abbey Road. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time. In particular, George Harrison's contributions, Something and Here Comes the Sun, are considered to be among the best songs he wrote for the group.

Source: Patheos
Friday, September 23, 2016
More hits for the Beatles in new documentary film

Ron Howard's Beatles documentary has played so strongly in its first week in theaters that virtually all are holding it over for at least a second week, and the film's distributor is nearly doubling its number of screens beginning Friday. The film also has generally positive reviews, scoring a 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sean Lennon fights back against order to chop down his tree

John Lennon's son has headed back to court in his $10 million dollar legal battle over a 70-year-old tree in his yard. Sean Lennon was ordered to remove the tree by a New York judge earlier this month, but in court documents filed Monday, Lennon is not giving up and is now demanding that the appeals court overturn the decision.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
First-ever song made by artificial intelligence sounds just like the Beatles

Sony's Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has produced two songs using artificial intelligence, a software they're calling Flow Machines. One of their first tracks, "Daddy's Car," nails The Beatles style and captures a transcendental, nostalgic pop vibe. Sony claims Flow Machines "can compose in any style."

Source: Mic

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Monty Python and Rutles actor Terence Bayler dies at 86

Terence Bayler, known for his acting roles with Monty Python and in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has died aged 86. Bayler was also in the cast of Eric Idle and Neil Innes' BBC sketch show Rutland Weekend Television, and played band manager Leggy Mountbatten in the Rutles: All You Need Is Cash mockumentary of the Beatles.

Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK

1930s Hollywood musicals star Bobby Breen dies at 88

Bobby Breen, the celebrated boy soprano and child actor who appeared in a quick succession of popular 1930s films before puberty set in, has died. He was 88. He was a big box-office attraction for RKO Radio Pictures, and his likeness appears on the album cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He started performing at age 8.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Listen: Ringo Starr drops surprise track for International Day of Peace

Ringo Starr dropped a surprise new song, "Now The Time Has Come," on Wednesday to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace. Ringo said, "I worked on this record with peace and love. It was a joy to be part of this project. Making this record was incredibly personal for me."

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Paul McCartney's odd request for Desert Trip concert

Paul McCartney apparently wants to make sure he isn't dwarfed by any fellow rock gods, from the Rolling Stones to The Who, at the upcoming Desert Trip concert, which has also been dubbed "Oldchella." A source close to the show says that Macca requested the stage be raised a whole 6 inches every time he's on it.

Related Articles  Source: New York Post
Liverpool's Hard Days Night Hotel welcomes renowned Beatles artist

The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool welcomed a very special guest to its Fab Four inspired venue, as part of this year's International Beatleweek celebrations. Acclaimed Beatles artist Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of The Beatles' Revolver album, visited the hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the record's release.

Source: Click Liverpool
Internet data reveals most famous Beatle

Data from Google has shown who the most searched for Beatles is in England. The data from Google trends looks at the number of times people have searched for a particular celebrity since September 2011 and the results are illuminating. According to the internet, Paul McCartney is 10% more popular than John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
John Lennon birthday celebration in Hollywood starts at new, later time

Music, poetry, birthday cake and the decorating of John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star will all be taking place as Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages are invited to come together on Sunday, October 9 starting 6:00pm, until 8pm, to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and peace advocate on his 76th birthday.

Source: Beatles News
Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace

A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh earned the record in 2001 for creating the "world's largest painting on canvas by a single artist. His Lennon tribute, "Imagine Again," is to be displayed in Central Park, according to his Facebook page.

Source: USA Today
John Lennon's custom-made Suit to be featured in upcoming live auction

John Lennon's suit is to be auctioned in Boston. The custom-made, grey and black tweed houndstooth two-piece suit was created by Beatles tailor Douglas Millings. Lennon gave the suit to Madame Tussauds in London for use in the museum. The suit is estimated to be sold at auction for 50,000 (about $65,000).

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon called overpopulation a joke during vintage interview

A vintage interview with John Lennon which has been posted on YouTube reveals he did not believe in overpopulation, and referred to it as a "joke." The book "The Population Bomb" was in the news, Lennon said, "I don't really believe it, you know. I think whatever happens will balance itself out and work itself out and work itself out."

Source: Live Action News
Pictures: Five guys who've been called the Fifth Beatle

In the history of The Beatles, a number of people have been dubbed the "fifth Beatle." George Matin was "the inventive Beatle." Klaus Voormann was "the secret Beatle." Brian Epstein was "the enterprising Beatle." Stu Sutcliffe was "the lost Beatle." And Pete Best, "the forgotten Beatle," was the most unluckiest of them all.

Source: Deutsche Welle
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hollywood Bowl hits at #7 on Billboard Top 10

The Beatles' new concert album, Live at the Hollywood Bowl, has debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it the band's 32nd record to reach the chart's top 10. The record had a total of 36,000 equivalent album units, 35,000 of which were pure album sales. Only three artists have scored more top-10 albums on the Billboard list.

Source: KWBE, Nebraska
New Beatles doc getting deluxe DVD/Blu-ray release

Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years will come out on DVD and Blu-ray on November 18 in a couple of configurations, all featuring extended, full-length performances of several songs, including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Can`t Buy Me Love. A two-disc Special Collector's Edition will feature a special 64-page booklet.

More Information  Source: WROR FM, Boston

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Giles Martin explains why 'there's still no one like the Beatles'

Giles Martin, son of George and a Grammy Award-winning producer himself who has spent hundreds of hours listening to the music of the Fab Four, says there isn't a band like the Beatles today, they were unique "and not just because they were the Beatles. They were almost three bands in one... the three writers, John and Paul, then George later."

Source: Huffington Post

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