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Ringo Starr reveals friends joining him for annual birthday celebration

Ringo Starr celebrates his 77th birthday on July 7. Among those joining Ringo at this year's event will be Joe Walsh, David Lynch, Edgar Winter, Eric Burdon, Jim Keltner, Nils Lofgren and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette. Fans everywhere are invited to post #PeaceandLove at Noon their local time.

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Would you pay $2,000 for a Paul McCartney VIP ticket? Warning: Page opens with sound

How much would you pay to see your favourite artist? Frontier Touring is asking a whopping $2,000 for a front row seat at Paul McCartney's concert in Perth on December 2. The package also includes an invitation to his sound check, priority entry, pre-show hospitality, a "limited-edition numbered" lithograph and commemorative ticket.

Related Articles  Source: The West Australian
The top five best uses of Beatles songs in movies

The Beatles music is the soundtrack of our lives. Their rich variety of tunes and poetic lyrics can fit just about any occasion. Usually, when we hear a Beatles song as part of a film, it's a cover version, but it works nonetheless. From wedding scenes to a Michael Moore documentary, here are five of the best uses of Beatles songs in films.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
John's idea for a song for BBC TV show becomes world-wide love anthem

In 1967, when Brian Epstein told the Beatles they were to be filmed making their next record, they were already deeply involved in making Sgt. Pepper. With a distinct lack of enthusiasm, John finally said, "Oh, OK, I'll do something for that." Brian told him, "You have a platform, why don't you use it for this universal message?"

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All You Need is Love goes live to the world 50 years ago today

Capitalizing on the capabilities of satellite technology, on June 25, 1967, the BBC program "Our World," featuring segments from 20 countries, was beamed out live to the entire planet. Given the Beatles' world-wide popularity, it only made sense that the UK's segment would spotlight them, broadcast from EMI's Studio 1.

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Stella McCartney proud of her Beatle dad's song

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has chosen her dad Paul McCartney's song Blackbird as one of her records for Desert Island Discs. She said she found it "incredible how contemporary the song feels" and was "proud" of Paul for writing it. She also praised the late David Bowie, choosing his song Starman as one of her tracks.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, June 23, 2017
The LA You May Not Know: The Beatles Tour

When you think of LA, you think of the stars. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the Beatles have left their mark on Los Angeles. They performed here as a group, as well as individually. Each member of the Beatles has lived here at one time or another, and George Harrison actually wrote a song about a real place in the city where he stayed.

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Duplicate of John Lennon's last car on display in Missouri

A duplicate of former Beatle John Lennon's 1979 cream-colored Mercedes Benz station wagon is now on display at Dave Clark's Forever Endeavor Cycles in Pacific, MO, part of the 5th annual downtown Pacific Car Show which starts tomorrow. It was the last vehicle Lennon owned and specially equipped for the American market.

Source: Pacific Missourian
60s legends to talk on Sgt Pepper in Harrogate

Leading psychedelic artist and counterculture legend Mike McInnerney will be talking about and signing copies of his new book Sgt Pepper at Fifty in Harrogate, England, on Saturday, July 22. Also appearing will be Dudley Edwards, the Swinging 60s designer who was in the studio when The Beatles were actually recording Sgt. Pepper.

Source: Harrogate Advertiser, UK
How the Beatles taught me English

"Dad, Dad, wake up," I yelled in Polish as I stormed into my father's bedroom. "That song from the movie we saw yesterday. I wanted to sing it to myself and I forgot! How did it go?" My father didn't complain. Instead, he sang "Yellow Submarine" for me. At seven years old, I saw the animated movie, it was the beginning of a life-long love affair.

Source: Noisey
Thursday, June 22, 2017
David Lynch Foundation DVD to feature Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

On April 4, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall, a benefit concert brought the David Lynch Foundation to the world's stage, with flagship performances from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. On September 1, the concert will be released on DVD as Change Begins Within: A Benefit Concert For The David Lynch Foundation.

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Paul sets record straight on why he cancelled Australia gig 15 years ago

Paul McCartney cancelled his 2002 Melbourne shows, following the infamous Bali bombings. At the time, in an official statement, he claimed the country needed time to recover. In a new interview, he has now confirmed this. "[We were] all ready to go, then there was the news of the bomb in Bali. We thought we can't show up all cheery."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Here's how the Welsh Streets could look Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's famous Welsh Streets, which includes Ringo Starr's birthplace, was slated for demolition. Heritage campaigners fought to preserve the homes, eventually the Government rejected the demolition plans. A new masterplan now calls for the area to be rebuilt including 294 new homes, a mix of refurbishment and new build.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Raymond Weil releases Abbey Road limited edition watch

After celebrating its 40th anniversary with The Beatles in 2016, Raymond Weil continues its collaboration by releasing a limited edition watch paying homage to Abbey Road. Its dial is a copy of a vinyl record engraved with microgrooves, the outlined figures of John, Paul, George and Ringo stride along the outside groove.

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The controversial review that bugged Paul McCartney Aussie fans Warning: Page opens with sound

Twenty-four years ago, The West Australian's then arts editor, Ron Banks, was criticised on an international scale for a scathing review of a Paul McCartney concert. The public backlash prompted Banks to defend himself days after the Perth concert with another piece in the newspaper with the headline "Perils of a pressured critic".

Source: The West Australian
49th anniversary of The Beatles notorious track Revolution 9

The lead vocalist on which Beatles track was not a member of The Beatles? What is the longest ever Beatles track? The final chord of Sibelius's Symphony No 7 features on which Beatles' track? Which Beatles track have few people listened to more than once? The answer to all these questions is the same: Revolution 9.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Paul McCartney reveals Australia/NZ tour dates and locations

Paul McCartney has revealed he will be performing five concerts across Australia and New Zealand at the end of this year. He will play one concert each in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland, however there are plenty of free days in between each show should McCartney wish to add any more dates to the tour.

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Paul McCartney asked about Rihanna's FourFiveSeconds, Am I on this?

He returned to the top of the pop charts two years ago thanks to his Rihanna and Kanye West collaboration FourFiveSeconds, but Paul McCartney didn't even realise that he was included in the song when he heard it for the first time. Paul says Kanye told him his guitar was sped-up and manipulated during the production process.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Abbey Road sculpture installed on Siberian University campus

A new sculpture reproducing the famous street crossing depicted on the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover has been installed on the campus of the Tomsk State University in Russia's Siberia. In the sculpture by local artist Anton Gnedykh, unveiled on June 20, the Beatles appear to be heading to the university's main building.

Source: Radio Free Europe
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit started with a simple question in crafting a clothing line inspired by John Lennon: Can she imagine the legendary singer-songwriter wearing it? Pettit, who premieres her vision in Toronto on Saturday, says her development process was driven by a deep reverence for Lennon's artistry.

Source: National Post, Canada
Mercedes once owned by George Harrison to go up for sale

A customised black 500SEL Mercedes owned by George Harrison for 16-years will be sold by its owner, a rock memorabilia collector owner, at auction in late November. The car, which Harrison also used to give Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr lifts to the studio, was found in Brighton while researching his lifelong love affair with Mercedes.

Source: Cambridge News, UK
New sign for Blackburn town centre honors Beatle connection

A new sign's being installed in Blackburn to show off the town's history. There'll be things on it all the way from the Middle Ages to now. There'll be a nod to the Thwaites' brewery that opened in 1807. And then of course the The Beatles will also get a feature, after the lyrics in A Day in the Life that referred to Blackburn, Lancashire.

Source: 2BR, Lancashire, UK
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Paul McCartney set to announce first Australian tour in 24 years

Paul McCartney will announce details of his highly anticipated tour of Australia and New Zealand with a special Facebook Live event on Wednesday. McCartney hasn't toured there since 1993. McCartney is staying tight-lipped about the dates and other arrangements, but you can tune in on Facebook and learn them first-hand.

Related Articles  Source: Music Insight, Australia
Paul McCartney adds tour date in Colombia

Paul McCartney will be getting "One On One" with Colombia this October. Paul announced on his official website PaulMcCartney.com today that he will perform at Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Colombia on October 24. Paul said, "The last time we played in Colombia we had a blast and I always wanted to go back."

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Former Beatle's house open to public for temple open day

A Hindu temple is welcoming members of the public to share their culture in its annual family open day. Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, Hilfield Lane will be opening its doors to people of all faiths on Saturday, July 1. The building and the grounds in Radlett were donated by the late Beatles member George Harrison.

Source: Hendon & Finchley Times, UK
Monday, June 19, 2017
Paul McCartney's daughters led tributes as he celebrates his 75th birthday

Paul McCartney's daughters led the tributes as the singer celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. Paul's birthday fell on the same day as Father's Day, and Designer Stella shared on Instagram a photo of herself cuddling up to her dad, who she said inspires her every day. Photographer Mary posted a snap of her "daddy cool" riding a horse.

Source: Irish News
Paul McCartney knighthood elevated with Companion Of Honour award

Twenty years after Queen Elizabeth II first knighted Sir Paul McCartney, he has been elevated with a Companion Of Honour award for services to music. McCartney is one of only a handful of distinguished music artists who have received the Companion Of Honour award. "I'm very happy about this huge honour," McCartney said.

Source: U Discover Music
Video: Billy Joel covers Beatles' A Day in the Life in Green Bay

Billy Joel covered the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's classic "A Day in the Life" during his concert Saturday night int Green Bay, Wisconsin. The performance marked the second time this year that Joel had played the song. Joel said, "They were my favorite band, and they inspired me to do what I do now and what I've done all my life."

Source: Rolling Stone
Ryan Adams discovers the greatness of The Beatles' Revolver

Ryan Adams is currently on the road to discovering the Beatles. Yes, he is well aware he's coming into the game a little later than most, but as Adams explains, he heard far more Rolling Stones growing up in North Carolina than he did Beatles, so it is never something he came across. Last night Adams tweeted his thoughts on Revolver.

Source: Relix
Olivia Harrison gifts lost George Harrison song to Ringo Starr

Olivia Harrison has given Ringo Starr a lost Beatles song her husband George wrote. Olivia found typed lyrics to "Hey, Ringo" forgotten in a piano bench. George is thought to have written it as a plea for the band to stay together around the time of their 1970 split. She says she hopes Ringo and Paul McCartney could put it to music.

Source: The Sun, UK
Friday, June 16, 2017
New website celebrates the legacy of Victor Spinetti

On Sunday, June 18, it will be five years since the passing of beloved character actor and Beatles fans' favorite Victor Spinetti. Today it was announced that a new website has been created which is dedicated to preserving the memory, and celebrating the legacy, of Mr. Spinetti, who was in the first three Beatles movies.

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Dhani Harrison readies first solo album, solo shows

Dhani Harrison announced today that he's signed with BMG Records and will release his first solo album this fall. It was also announced that next month, he'll perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, on July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City on July 30. The upcoming album is still unnamed.

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Sean says mom's Imagine credit proudest day of his life

Yoko Ono was one of the influences behind Imagine, and the National Music Publishers Association gave it the Centennial Song Award at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday, where it was revealed that Ono would be added to the song's writing credits. Sean Lennon attended the event with his mum, and said it was the "proudest day" of his life.

Source: Metro, UK
Will you still need him, will you still feed him, when he's 75?

When Paul McCartney was 16, he wrote "When I'm 64." McCartney turns 75 on Sunday, and he appears destined to keep performing his songs, new and old. Early next month, McCartney heads out on a U.S. tour that begins a day after the 60th anniversary of Paul's first meeting John Lennon at a church fair in Liverpool.

Source: NBC TV
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beatles' Sgt. Pepper spends second week in Top 5

The Beatles once again have the top album in the U.S. by a veteran artist as the deluxe versions of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band fall just 3 to 4 on the list of releases by artists who have been recording twenty years or more. The 1 greatest hits album by the Beatles is number 20 on the list, and Abbey Road is number 21, up from 125.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
George Harrison's extended I Me Mine inspires London pop-up

Genesis Publications is to host a free pop-up exhibition in London this weekend to celebrate the UK launch of George Harrison I Me Mine - The Extended Edition. The exhibition will be open from Friday to Sunday at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London, and will include reproductions of Harrison's handwritten lyrics, and personal photographs.

Source: U Discover Music
Yoko Ono to get co-writing credit for John Lennon's Imagine

Although John Lennon has always received sole authorship credit for the song Imagine, it turns out he didn't believe that he wrote it himself. In a 1980 interview, Lennon claimed that Yoko Ono deserved co-credit for the song. According to Variety, the process is now underway for Ono to be awarded half of the writing credit for the song.

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She helps Ringo Starr find the perfect cymbal

Imagine helping Ringo Starr choose cymbals for his drum kit. The cymbal expert is Sarah Hagan of the legendary Zildjian cymbal manufacturer, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the US. A drummer herself, Hagan is director of artist relations for Zildjian, and works with 2,500 artists worldwide.

Source: The Boston Globe
Rare signed Beatles concert programmes go under hammer

An original Beatles concert programme signed by Paul McCartney is among a number of relics set to go under the hammer at an auction in Suffolk, England. Created when the legendary band played at the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich the lot is expected to fetch around 150 to 250 (about $200 to $320) at auction on Saturday.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times, UK

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Ronnie Spector plans new single and U.S. tour dates

Ronnie Spector has confirmed plans for a new single, "Love Power", to be released in late July, as well as a series of U.S. tour dates. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, "Try Some, Buy Some", written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Source: Jazz Corner
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fox and Hounds pub to be honored with blue plaque

BBC Radio Berkshire has announced the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham and its former owners will be honored with a UK historical blue plaque for inspiring John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who worked behind the bar there in 1960 and where they performed as the Nerk Twins, a few months before they formed The Beatles.

Source: Get Reading, UK
Documentary goes inside Apple Corps with the staff who worked there Warning: Page opens with sound

The revealing new film "The Beatles, Hippies And Hell's Angels" isn't an official documentary. It tells the story about the Beatles' Apple Corps through interviews with the secretaries, journalists, DJs, sound engineers, musicians, accountants, hairdressers and freeloaders who lived, worked and hung out there.

Source: The Independent, UK

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