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Audio: Bamboula is newest track released from Ringo's Postcards

Today, Ringo Starr premiered Bamboula, a standout track from his new album Postcards From Paradise on the Mojo website. It's an extrovert package, with accordion, Rhodes and brass conjuring a Pan-American street party vibe, and an exotic groove concocted in consort with arranger lyricist Van Dyke Parks.

Related Articles  Source: Mojo Magazine
Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel up for sale

Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel is being put up for sale today with a price tag of 11m (more than $16m). The luxury hotel in North John Street opened its doors in 2008 and since then has proved a hit with Fab Four fans from all over the world. It is housed in a historical building that was built in 1884.

Source: Liverpool Echo
How Danny Collins movie secured nine John Lennon songs

Securing rights to Beatles and their solo recordings is notoriously difficult. Director Dan Fogelman cut a version of his film that used Lennon songs in the ways he wanted, then sent it to Yoko Ono and hoped for the best. Ono approved, granting permission for Lennon songs including Imagine, Working Class Hero, and Beautiful Boy.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Stella McCartney reveals challenges of being animal-friendly

Stella McCartney, as a brand, is animal-friendly, and doesn't use leather or fur in its fashions. She said, "We are the most ethical and loving company in the fashion industry. We always have this conversation about our non-leathers. I always have to apologize to my designers and creative team for the limitations [this creates]."

Source: Bustle
Review: Louise Harrison's new book

Louise Harrison has recently published her book entitled, "My Kid Brother's Band...a.k.a the Beatles!" The 359-page book includes many interesting facets of the Harrison family history and Louise's life, as well as her brother, George Harrison's rise to fame with the Beatles, and will earn a valuable spot in Beatles history.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr begins his Sentimental Journey 45 years ago today

After wild experiments with keyboards and soundscapes from George Harrison and John Lennon, Ringo Starr followed with his debut post-Beatles album that explored the pre-rock standards of his parents' generation. "I wondered, What shall I do with my life now that it's over?" Starr mused in Sentimental Journey's original liner notes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Audio: Ringo Starr gets lovestruck in next song released from Postcards

Ringo Starr's 18th studio album "Postcards From Paradise" is out next week and features 11 new originals, including "Touch and Go," premiering on the web today. Starr wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Gary Burr. The song is an upbeat, three-and-a-half minute organ-driven number, where Starr sings about the fluttery feelings of new love.

Related Articles  Source: Wall Street Journal
Paul McCartney to be featured on cover of next Q Magazine

Ahead of the "Out There" tour resuming next month, Paul McCartney spoke to British music magazine Q about his recent collaborations with Kanye West and Lady Gaga. His official website now has an exclusive look at the cover photographed by Alex Lake. The May issue of Q hits the newsstands in the UK on March 31.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Paul McCartney's two-line postcard from Mull of Kintyre sells for 1,000

A rare postcard sent by Paul McCartney has been sold for almost 1,000 (about $1,400) at auction. The message read, "With love from the 'four Macs'. Now on tour in Scotland." McCartney sent it from his Kintyre farmhouse to his housekeeper Rose. Auction organizers had valued it at between 250 and 350 ($520).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo Starr says a Beatles reunion could have happened

The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison quashed the notion of a true Beatles reunion, but Ringo Starr believes that, had they lived, they could have pulled it off. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Starr said, "I think the stumbling block was just sitting around and saying, 'Okay, let's do it.' And we never got to that."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Odds are 500-1 that next royal baby will be named Ringo

As Duchess Kate Middleton approaches her delivery date for the second royal baby, bettors are furiously placing wagers on what they will name the newest member of the British Royal Family. And if your guess is "Ringo," well, you could win a lot of money, if you're right, as British bookies are giving 500-1 odds that would happen.

Source: The Inquisitr
The people's Beatles Fest returns to Southern California

The "Tribute to the Beatles Festival" which is billed as the people's Beatles Festival is coming to Pico Rivera, California, on September 26. Organizers decided to bring the festival to a more centralized location after being held at the Santa Monica Pier, the Queen Mary in Long Beach and other locales over the last 6 years.

Source: Mid Valley News
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Paul McCartney to headline Lollapalooza in July

Paul McCartney announced this morning that he will headline this year's Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago. The appearance, set to take place on Friday July 31, will mark Paul's first visit to the festival. Lollapalooza 3-day general admission passes sold out yesterday within an hour of going on sale.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Audio: Ringo Starr debuts new song from Postcards album

Today, Billboard exclusively premiered a track from Ringo Starr's 18th solo album, Postcards From Paradise, which hits on March 31. This new song pays tribute to the Memphis sound. "Postcards From Paradise is me doing what I do. It's part of my being. I play. We make records. We do the best we can," Starr told Billboard.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
The last photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono revealed

Moments in the months before December 8, 1980, during the creation of what would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono's last album together, are captured in a collection of never-before-seen photographs of the couple, published for the first time in the book, "Double Fantasy." The photographs were taken by Kishin Shinoyama.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Bootleg Beatles hit the road for 35th anniversary tour

Marking 35 years in the business for the band, The Bootleg Beatles are now touring the UK. They started in 1980, and are described as the best Beatles' imitation group. The Bootleg Beatles are formed from the original cast of London's West End hit show "Beatlemania", and feature note-perfect recreation of the Beatles' hits.

Source: Kent News, UK
John and Yoko tage first Bed-In for peace 46 years ago today

John Lennon and Yoko Ono attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a "Bed-in" in Amsterdam. They took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war.

Source: BT
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Legendary 1990 Live at Knebworth concert gets Blu-ray release

This month, one of the world's most notable British rock concert events celebrates its 25th anniversary with its long-awaited Blu-ray release. Live at Knebworth includes performances from icons like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Elton John. The new Blu-ray features improved audio and video quality.

Source: The Examiner
Moscow discusses plans for John Lennon monument

Moscow city council is currently discussing a proposal to commission a statue of John Lennon in the Russian capital, according to notes for an upcoming council meeting. Alexey Bogaevsky, the founder of Russia's 30,000-strong Beatles fan community beatles.ru, says Lennon was very influential in Russia during the Cold War.

Source: Newsweek
Laurence Juber says working with McCartney was educational experience

In a new interview, guitarist Laurence Juber describes his time with Paul McCartney and Wings as an educational experience. "He has a certainly eccentric style on acoustic guitar, particularly his way of left-handed picking. I learned a lot about the music business, about music production and about being an artist from him."

Source: Lehigh Valley Live
Comedian Marty Allen still laughing at 93

On the cusp of his 93rd birthday, funny man Marty Allen has booked two intimate shows the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas. Marty was part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, creating albums and making 40 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, even once on the same night as The Beatles historic first appearance on the show.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, March 23, 2015
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy party on International Day of Happiness

The United Nations Foundation and Pharrell Williams teamed up to make this year's International Day of Happiness really special. On Friday, everybody was invited to join a global "Happy Party" online to spread happiness and increase awareness about climate change, and Paul McCartney was happy to join in.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Smash-hit Beatles musical to relaunch Liverpool's Royal Court theatre

The Beatles musical Let It Be is to open in the band's home city later this year. Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, which recently underwent a 2.8 million refurbishment, will host the show for five-and-a-half weeks starting October 8, coinciding with John Lennon's 75th birthday on October 9. Tickets go on sale next Monday.

Source: Digital Spy
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes a stop at SXSW

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile studio which provides students with the technology to produce songs and music videos, spending 10 months out of the year visiting schools across the country, took a three-day travel break, giving tours of the bus at the SXSW Music Gear Expo in Austin, Texas.

Source: The Daily Texan
Ringo Starr's Photograph book to receive a full release

In 2013, Ringo Starr put out a limited edition book combining photos from his archives along with writings about his life. It was originally conceived as a limited edition book of only 2,500 copies. Now, Ringo Starr has announced announced the "Open Edition," an affordable printing of his book to be released this September.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tommy Chong talks about getting high with the Beatles

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong, recounted the many famous musicians and other figures he ended up getting high with, among the most famous are The Beatles. Chong said, "I've gotten high with every one of The Beatles except Paul, and he's the only one that really was a pothead."

Source: The Inquisitr
Friday, March 20, 2015
Yoko Ono talks about John, art and peace

"When John passed away, I thought that one of the things I better do is make sure that his artwork is known in the world," Yoko Ono says. "He would like that. I didn't know that it would bring so much happiness to people. It just keeps on going. I think he would be very pleased by how much people enjoy and respect his art now."

Source: Houston Chronicle
Tribute band keeps George Harrison's musical legacy alive

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard. Alex explains. "I was a George Harrison fan since I was 13 back in Austria when I started playing guitar. I got into The Beatles and started playing, and for me George Harrison was the obvious choice."

Source: West Sussex Today, UK
Pacino is a total rock star in Danny Collins

In 1971, singer/songwriter Danny Collins is asked who inspired him. John Lennon, he says. He becomes a big star, but 40 years later, he's the caricature of a sellout. Then, Collins receives a letter from Lennon, written four decades earlier, and he wonders how his career might have been different if he had connected with Lennon.

Source: USA Today
Spanish film recounts '60s meeting with John Lennon

The film "Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed" builds its story around a 1966 meeting between teacher Juan Carrion and John Lennon in the Spanish coastal village of Almeria. There, Lennon took a break from filming "How I Won the War" to discuss Beatles lyrics that Carrion used to teach English to his students.

Source: SF Gate
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform at benefit in New York this May

Paul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation today announced that McCartney and his band will be performing at Robin Hood's annual benefit, to be held May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. No stranger to Robin Hood, after 9/11, McCartney donated his talents to the Concert for New York City.

Source: Broadway World Music
Paul McCartney annouces special concert in Japan

Paul McCartney finally returns to Japan with his "Out There" tour, as he announced today a special one off show at the Nippon Budokan on Tuesday April 28. The special show was originally planned for last year but for reasons beyond his control, Paul was forced to cancel his Japanese tour dates. Ticket presale starts this Saturday.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Beatles albums in top ten sellers of this millenium in the U.K.

In the newly released list of the top selling albums of the millenium, so far, in the U.K., the Beatles hits album 1 is the sixth biggest selling album of the last 15+ years in England even though none of the songs were recorded even in the last three decades. Adele was number 1 on the list, followed by Amy Winehouse.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Lost Beatles tapes from legendary Hamburg concerts to be auctioned

The historic lost recordings of the Beatles' concerts at a tiny club in Germany that set them on the road to stardom are tipped to sell for 200,000 ($295,000) after being found. The vintage Phillips tape machine used to record the show has also survived and is being sold for an estimated 35,000 ($51,550).

Source: The Mirror, UK
Kristin Scott Thomas receives damehood

Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a dame by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient and Gosford Park, she was nominated for a Bafta for playing John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in 2009's Nowhere Boy. She will next play the Queen on stage in London next month.

Source: BBC News
Music institute opens in Beatles' Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios has announced it's own educational institute. Students 18 and over will study for a 12-month advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering at the institute, which will be housed in the legendary north London studio complex where the Beatles recorded nearly all their albums and singles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Paul McCartney to induct Ringo Star into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It was announced today that Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr, who's entering the Hall this year as a solo artist, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on April 18 in Cleveland. Presenters also announced today also include Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Firefly Festival nears first-ever sell-out with help from Paul McCartney

The 2015 edition of the Firefly Festival may sell out months in advance. Organizers say a strong demand for four-day passes to this June's event. featuring Paul McCartney, The Killers, Kings of Leon. means Firefly is nearing the first sell-out in its four year existence. Close to 90,000 fans are expected each day.

Source: WDDE, NPR Delaware
Piers Morgan condems Heather Mills' recent comments

British television personality Piers Morgan has slammed Heather Mills, the ex wife of Paul McCartney, describing her as a "greedy, ghastly, lying fantasist" and condemning the comments she made in a recent interview. Her comments outraged Morgan, who described them as "excruciating," "contemptible" and "deluded."

Related Articles  Source: TVNZ, New Zealand
Family selling John Lennon photograph to support Robert Freeman

The family of photographer Robert Freeman is re-releasing a 1965 photograph of John Lennon n a bid to raise funds to care for Freeman, 78, who is suffering the effects of a stroke, and to secure the preservation of his collection of work, spanning 60 years. Freeman also photographed Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali.

Source: London Evening Standard
Strawberry Fields Forever tops NME's list of greatest Beatles songs ever

Strawberry Fields Forever has been named as the greatest Beatles song ever in a new poll by NME. The 1967 single came out on top of a poll of music's biggest names with Beatles producer George Martin and Pete Townshend of The Who both opting for the song as their favorite as well as members of Hot Chip and Palma Violets.

Source: NME, UK
A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney now on Blu-ray

A MusicCares Tribute to Paul McCartney is a fast-paced 60-minute concert that focuses on the music. There are no verbose testimonials, just Beatle and McCartney music. McCartney performs Magical Mystery Tour and Junior's Farm, other artists include Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Coldplay. Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl.

Source: Audiophile Audition

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