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NY Attorney General investigating ticket complaints for McCartney concert

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office confirms it's beginning to receive complaints about tickets to the Paul McCartney concert. Some tickets for McCartney's September show in Syracuse are listed for $10,000, and some are "speculative tickets," which the seller doesn't even have yet.

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James McCartney
James McCartney, Paul's son, follows his own muse

James McCartney has released a pair of EPs and two albums since 2010, and flies quietly under the pop culture radar. A guitarist since he was 9, when his father Paul McCartney gave him a Fender Stratocaster once owned by Carl Perkins, McCartney played on a pair of Paul McCartney and Wings albums, taking a guitar solo on 1997's Flaming Pie.

Source: The Daily Herald, Provo, UT
HandMade films to be honored by Edinburgh's film festival

The films made by The Beatles' George Harrison's movie company, HandMade Films, are to be celebrated by Edinburgh's international film festival this year. The films, including Time Bandits, Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising, will be part of the film festival's retrospective theme looking at Great Britain.

Source: The Sunday Herald, Scotland
New film tells the story behind the recording sessions for Rubber Soul Warning: Page opens with sound

The latest Deconstructing the Beatles film by Beatleologist Scott Freiman, the fourth in the series, focuses on the Fab Four's first foray into mind-bending psychedelia: 1965's Rubber Soul. The film chronicles day-to-day progress to illustrate the high-pressure conditions under which the Beatles created their first true masterpiece.

Source: Miami New Times
How the Beatles helped Twist and Shout conquer the world

The new documentary "Bang! The Bert Berns Story" shows the changes the song Twist and Shout went through, from its original R&B version by the Top Notes, to the Isley Brothers recording, which became a massive hit on both the R&B and pop charts. But, when the Beatles got hold of Twist and Shout, music was never the same.

Source: New York Post
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Giles Martin defends his new stereo Sgt. Pepper's

On his new stereo remix of Sgt. Pepper's, Giles Martin says, "Originally, I was against remixing the Beatles. But there's a technical answer, which is that the stereo mix was never theirs and the mono mix, which they did themselves and is superior, does sound 'old', like it was done 50 years go...I don't want it to ever sound 'old'. Nor do the Beatles."

Related Articles  Source: Mojo Magazine
Audio: Previously unreleased outtake of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper title track

The Beatles have released a sneak peek at the the 50th anniversary deluxe reissue of the band's classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a previously unreleased take on the title track. Similar to the one we all know by heart, it is obviously a rougher early run-through, crowd noises and a brass arrangement are missing.

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John Lennon's original Sgt. Pepper sketch headed to auction

John Lennon's original album art sketch for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band will be up for on May 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The drawing was found in a sketchbook uncovered at Lennon's former home in Surrey, England, where he lived in 1964, and is estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $60,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
BBB warns against McCartney ticket scams

Tickets for Paul McCartney in Wichita go on sale Monday, however some websites are already selling tickets. Denise Groene, State Director of the Better Business Bureau, said, "While that's not illegal per say, it does raise some concerns as to how they know that they're going to have these tickets available."

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New John Lennon documentary premieres in Liverpool tonight

The childhood of John Lennon is explored in a new documentary showing in Liverpool this evening. Looking for Lennon, directed by Roger Appleton, catches up with Lennon's closest childhood friends, schoolmates and fellow musicians to find out more about the young man who had no idea such worldwide fame was around the corner.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles film will share never-before-seen footage from Abbey Road

Never-before-seen footage of the Beatles, including songs, out-takes and studio chats by the band, will be broadcast in a new documentary film. It will be part of a range of special BBC programmes celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the group's biggest-selling and most acclaimed records, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Related Articles  Source: Irish Examiner
Video: Adam Levine performs the Beatles' Hey Jude on The Voice

On Tuesday night, The Voice's Adam Levine paid the most touching tribute to his late mentee, Christina Grimmie. Christina, who was tragically killed after her concert in Orlando last summer, was memorialized on last night's episode by Adam's team, who performed a cover of the Beatle's hit Hey Jude in honor of her.

Source: Teen Vogue
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sgt. Pepper's anniversary to be remembered on BBC Radio

Special programs to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles will air on BBC Radio 2, 4 Extra and 6 Music. Sgt. Pepper Forever, hosted by Martin Freeman, will feature "work-in-progress" versions of Sgt. Pepper tracks, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

Related Articles  Source: Radio Today, UK

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Klaus Voormann announces Revolver 50: The Collage Series

Fifty years after designing the cover for The Beatles' Revolver album, Klaus Voorman is creating 250 unique artworks that are immediately recognisable as the Revolver cover in progress. REVOLVER 50: The Collage Series from Voorman and Genesis Publications will contain new collages individually hand-crafted by Voorman himself.

Source: U Discover Music

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon says he'll never perform with Paul McCartney

Julian Lennon has ruled out a musical get together with Paul McCartney, because there would be too much pressure to come up with a Beatles sequel. "They did it well enough, I think it's easier left alone," he told Access Hollywood. Julian admits he and Paul are still close, but there's no chance they would ever get together in the studio or onstage.

Source: New Magazine
The Beatles photos among crime assets sale in Belfast auction

Limited edition prints from the last official publicity and promotional shoot for The Beatles are up for grabs at auction. Seized by the Northern Ireland National Crime Agency, the auction take place in Belfast, but with online bidding open to a world-wide audience and with no reserve, all items will be sold as seen to the highest bidder.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Strawberry Field
Help! Strawberry Field needs donations to open to public

The children's home that inspired the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever is appealing for help so it can open to the public for the first time. Strawberry Field took in Liverpool's most vulnerable children from 1936 until 2005. Contributions will go to creating a visitors' centre complete with an exhibition about John Lennon's early life.

Source: Irish News
Official announcement: Paul McCartney announces 14 new tour dates

Paul McCartney has added a massive new run of US dates to his One On One tour. The newly announced dates kick off July 5th in Miami, then head northwest to Tampa, though Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, then five shows in the New York/New Jersey area, finally ending up in Detroit on October 1.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo's Budokan

Paul McCartney first appeared at Tokyo's legendary Budokan two years ago and famously performed there with The Beatles in 1966, playing just 11 songs. In 2015, he performed 28 songs at the Budokan. Tonight, McCartney outdid himself with a career-spanning 31-song set that mixed in Beatles numbers and Wings songs.

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Paul McCartney announces new 2017 One on One tour dates

On the day that he performed his first official concert of the year, at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Paul McCartney has begun to reveal the dates for his 2017 "One on One" tour. They have not yet been formerly announced, but the Best Classic Bands has identified nine North American dates, including New York, New Jersey and Detroit.

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Paul McCartney arrives in Tokyo

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is back in Japan for one concert Tuesday night at the Budokan, and three concerts at Tokyo Dome on April 27, 29 and 30. About 700 fans were on hand to greet McCartney, 74, and his wife Nancy, when they arrived at Haneda airport late Sunday night. The singer called out "Hi Japan" to his fans.

Related Articles  Source: Japan Today
Ringo Starr throws birthday brunch for charity

Ringo Starr is offering fans the chance of a lifetime, brunch with him on his 77th birthday. Fans can enter for their chance to win through a minimum $10 donation to the David Lynch Foundation through Omaze. The winner and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles on July 7 to join Ringo for brunch and birthday celebration at Capitol Records.

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New Beatles-themed Hot Wheels feature five of the band's album covers

Last June, Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a collection of Hot Wheels cars inspired by Yellow Submarine. Now they have released a new series of Hot Wheels based on five of the band's classic albums. Each car's packaging also includes a miniature replica of the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle's design.

Source: WFJA 105.5

Mike McCartney
Liverpool in the eyes of McCartney

Photographer Mike McGear McCartney is holding a specially curated exclusive exhibition of his photography to commemorate Liverpool John Moores University's 25th anniversary. An exhibition titled, "A Story of My Liverpool Life" was held in Kuala Lumpur to showcase his favorite compositions of his home city past and present.

Source: The Star
Ultimate Beatles Collection opens in Florida

Penny Lane, billed as "the Ultimate Beatles Collection," is now open on the second floor of Stirling Commons in downtown Dunedin, Florida. The exhibit contains many extremely rare and highly collectible mementos from signed guitars to strands of Beatles hair, from Yellow Submarine paraphernalia to Beatles puppets and pins.

Source: TBN Weekly, Florida
Monday, April 24, 2017
Very sweet letter from Paul McCartney to Prince sells for $15k

Paul McCartney once asked his pal Prince for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which he co-founded in 1996. He also suggested that Prince might stop by the Institute to "teach some moves." The handwritten letter was auctioned in Boston over the weekend and sold for $14,822.


Sir Peter Blake
Sgt. Pepper's artist made honorary Scouser in Liverpool

The artist who created the album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album has been given a top honor in the Beatle's home city of Liverpool. 84-year-old Sir Peter Blake received Liverpool's Citizen of Honor at a ceremony at the city's Liver building. Sir Peter said he hopes that the Liverpool people will accept him as an "honorary Scouser".

Source: BBC News, UK
Lena Hall Performs The Beatles' Oh! Darling

Lena Hall has posted her cover The Beatles' Oh! Darling on her YouTube channel, as part of her Stripped series where she performs one "stripped down" acoustic version of a different song each week for twenty weeks. Lena Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee for her performance in Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway.

Source: Broadway World
Book Review: Rob Sheffield on the Beatles' solo wilderness years

Rob Sheffield's new book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up, yet somehow just kept getting bigger.

Source: Rolling Stone
Badfinger: Bad breaks, dumb luck and sheer tragedy

It's probably one of the most tragic stories in rock 'n' roll. Badfinger could have been huge. Their connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of "the new Fab Four". But instead, despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music, Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons.

Source: Team Rock
On When We Was Fab, George Harrison embraces his past

Looking back, Cloud Nine, released thirty years ago by George Harrison, seems like just another in the long line of triumphant solo albums released by The Beatles. Yet at the time, no one seemed like a longer shot to create a hit record than Harrison, whose reputation as wanting nothing to do with making records peaked in the '80s.

Source: American Songwriter
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on SNL

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke, of course. But what he didn't know was that Paul McCartney had shown up unannounced at John Lennon's home in Manhattan that actual evening, were watching the show together, and actually briefly considered doing it.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, April 21, 2017
NY area Beatles-themed music festival announces 2017 line-up

The "Fab 4 Music Festival," New York/New England's only regional Beatles-themed outdoor Music, Food & Arts festival taking place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017, has announced its entertainment line-up. The roster of talent includes the tribute bands The Hofners, Mystery Tour, Penny Lane and many more.

Source: Beatles News
Paul McCartney lands new production deal for High in the Clouds movie

Paul McCartney is one step closer to getting his long-in-the-works animated movie High In The Clouds onto the big screen after securing a new production deal. The company originally producing the film closed, now famed French firm Gaumont has taken up the project, based on McCartney's children's book from 2005.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Video: An Amazing all-brass cover of the Beatles Helter Skelter

Lucky Chops blew the ceiling off the Paste Studio on Wednesday, with some brassy cuts from their new EP, Walter. The quintet, which got its start in high school more than a decade ago, rocks a sousaphone-saxophone-trombone-trumpet-drums lineup. In this video they perform rollicking rendition of the White Album classic, Helter Skelter.

Source: Paste Magazine

Illinois High school students board the Lennon Bus

Students from Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Illinois, who share a passion for music spent two days aboard a mobile recording studio when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to Woodstock High last week. The hope of the Lennon bus is to give students who are passionate about music a better idea of how it is produced.

Source: Woodstock Independant, Il.
5 famous backwards messages on records

"Backmasking" started with The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. John Lennon said one night while smoking pot, he mistakenly played the tapes for the song "Rain" in reverse and liked the sound. So the band began recording messages that could only be deciphered when the record was played backwards, including in Revolution #9.

Source: College Times
Alabama DJ who introduced the Beatles

"Ladies and gentlemen... the Beatles!" How many people have been able to say this at a concert, facing a roaring crowd? Dan Brennan, a former radio host, station manager, concert promoter and prime mover at WVOK-AM did, at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., when the Fab Four played there on Sept. 11, 1964.

Source:, Alabama
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Paul McCartney admits Sgt. Pepper was a risk

In a new interview, Paul McCartney talked to Mojo Magazine about Sgt. Pepper's. Paul remembered, "We were always being told, 'You're gonna lose all your fans with this one.' And we'd say, 'Well, we'll lose some but we'll gain some.' We've gotta advance." He also compares the original stereo mix to the new mix by Giles Martin.

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Book Review: I Me Mine The Extended Edition tells all about the quiet one

The six hundred and thirty pages of George Harrison's I Me Mine - The Extended Edition reads more like a scrapbook than a formal autobiography. It is not a book to read and file on the shelf, but instead to leave out to pick up on a whim as a means of grasping how the various themes of George Harrison's life intertwine.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lana Del Rey has a new song with Sean Lennon

Lana Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, will arrive sometime this spring. During an interview, the singer revealed she collaborated with Sean Lennon for one song, "Tomorrow Never Came," on the upcoming album. She said, "I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes."

Source: 92.3 Amp Radio, NY
Cabin Club which inspired Beatles song to get 1.5m refurb Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's famous Cabin Club building that once inspired a Beatles song is finally set to undergo a 1.5m refurbishment. The club is set to have inspired George Harrison to write his first song for The Beatles, Don't Bother Me, in 1963. It's said he was inspired after being harassed by photographers on his way into the club.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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