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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week

This Thursday at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, February 23, 2015
Plaque for Beatles manager Brian Epstein unveiled in Liverpool

A plaque commemorating Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool. It was unveiled by a former employee of Epstein, who said she was "very proud" to honor "the man who made the Beatles". John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and a secretary of The Beatles fan club were also at the ceremony.

Source: BBC News
Paul McCartney takes top prize at 2015 concert industry awards

Paul McCartney received the top honor at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, held Saturday at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. McCartney won the Major Tour of the Year prize for the 2014 edition of his Out There World Tour. This marks Paul's third time, he also won this award in 2002 and 1990.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney has top five single for the first time in 31 years

Paul McCartney has reached the top five of the Billboard 100 chart for the first time in 31 years with his Kanye West and Rihanna collaboration FourFiveSeconds. This is McCartney's first Top five single in 31 years, and a new record for longest gap between Top 5 hits, his last was Say Say Say with Michael Jackson.

Related Articles  Source: RTT News
Stella McCartney accidentally steals limelight at fashion show

It wasn't her catwalk show, but all eyes were on Stella McCartney when she stepped out on Monday to a fashion show wearing a dangerously plunging blazer, teamed with a pair of wide-fitting trousers and a matching elegant scarf. McCartney was joined in the front row of the show by Welsh actor Luke Evans and Salma Hayek.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
New issue of Beatlefan highlights an All Starr

In honor of Ringo Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the newest issue of Beatlefan Magazine has special articles that include a couple of recent fan encounters, including how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector. Also a new look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, February 20, 2015
Video: Footage of Sigourney Weaver at Beatles Hollywood Bowl concert

On Wednesday, Sigourney Weaver appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. They talked about breaking news of a possible new Alien movie, and Weaver remembered seeing the Beatles live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 when she was 12 years old, and how actual footage of her at the concert was found.

Source: Geeks of Doom
Conversations with Peter Asher and Denny Laine

In new interviews, Peter Asher talks about how Peter & Gordon came together, and which has been his favorite job, producer, manager, background vocalist, or songwriter, and Denny Laine talks about talks about his new tour, his early influences, the Moody Blues and his experiences with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Huffington Post
Historic Beatles Help! notes show why Sgt. Pepper was in their future

The information contained in George Martin's handwritten notes from the first recording session for the Beatles' song Help! show The Beatles were exploring possibilities of the recording studio that eventually would lead to the landmark Sgt. Pepper's album, according to Beatles historian and author David Bedford.

Source: Beatles Examiner
George Harrison birthday celebrations in Hollywood and Rochester

The annual George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration will take place 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Also, fans in the Rochester area are invited to come out and celebrate as they salute George Harrison on Tuesday, February 24th at the Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Paul McCartney says making music was easier in the past

In the music industry since 1957, Paul McCartney has seen changes in technology affect how he produces his hit tracks, encouraging him to brand modern music production "luxurious." He said, "The process of making the music, I do go]on sometimes to younger people I'm working with, and say it was kind of easier before."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Julian Lennon exhibition to open in New York City

Next month, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York will host an exhibition of Julian Lennon's most recent collection of photographs. Julian said, "I have always felt that I have observed life in a different way to others. Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I am happy to add another one too, that being photography."

Source: Art Media Agency
Yoko Ono duets with Antony Hegarty for her 82nd birthday

For her 82nd birthday yesterday, Yoko Ono eleased a new duet of her 1985 song, "I Love You Earth," with Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, one of two new 10-inch vinyl singles from Ono, the other a duet with John Zorn. "I Love You Earth" pays homage to our planet.

Source: Radio.com
New Lead Belly documentary traces roots of the Beatles

Folksinging legend Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter is being celebrated next week with a documentary on the Smithsonian Channel. Among those inspired by Lead Belly was Lonnie Donegan, the founding father of British pop. George Harrison once said, "No Lead Belly, no Lonnie Donegan. Therefore no Lead Belly, no Beatles."

Source: Newser
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
New George Harrison tour of Liverpool to mark Beatle's birthday

A new Liverpool tour is to celebrate the life of George Harrison, with backing from famous race car driver Sir Stirling Moss. Beatle guide Jackie Spencer is running the tour this weekend to mark what would have been his birthday next week. It will be a four hour coach tour followed by an afternoon event at The Jacaranda.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison tree to be replanted in Los Angeles

The tree in Griffith Park dedicated to George Harrison will be replanted on the former Beatle's birthday of February 25. The Cayman Island Pine that was planted in tribute to the ex-Beatle in 2003 up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles made headlines last year when it was reported that the tree had died.

Source: The Examiner
Looking at negative fan reaction to Paul McCartney collaborations

One would think that all of this involvement with 21st century pop luminaries such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Lady Gaga would produce a good deal of excitement among Paul's fandom. But it's been quite the opposite, as fans have reacted as if Paul's going to catch hip-hop cooties from working with them.

Source: Beatlefan Blog
Inquest reveals info about killer of former George Harrison bodyguard

A security guard who shot dead two colleagues in Iraq was a dangerous man who should not have been allowed to carry weapons, an inquest has heard. Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare were murdered by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009. McGuigan, a former Royal Marine, had previously worked as a bodyguard for George Harrison.

Source: BBC News
Artist creates new 6-foot Yellow Submarine poster

Acclaimed painter Alex Ross has produced a limited-edition print based on the 1968 animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine. Measuring 72 inches long, the officially licensed prints are each signed by Ross. The paper edition, limited to 295 copies, costs $375, the canvas edition, limited to 125 pieces, is $550.

Source: Comic Book Resources
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Two jailed in Italy after claiming credit for Paul McCartney songs

Two crooks in Italy who tried to swipe royalties for famous songs written by Paul McCartney and others have been sentenced to jail and fined around $284,000. They took advantage of a loophole in the Italian song publishers computer system in which many famous original compositions had somehow gone unregistered.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fans hope Paul McCartney will headline 2015 Firefly music festival

The official 2015 Firefly Festival lineup poster was made public Tuesday afternoon, although the very first headliner's name has been blurred out, leaving that slot open to speculation. The general consensus among fanatics is that name is none other than Paul McCartney, whose name was leaked last month.

Source: WDDE, NPR Delaware
BBC Radio 1 cites McCartney as example to deny Madonna ban

Madonna was recently was ousted from BBC Radio 1's playlist reportedly because she was too old. However, on Facebook, BBC Radio 1 posted, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone—please don't believe the papers, an artist's age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks on the Radio 1 playlist."

Source: E! Online
Lou Reed trashes the Beatles in lost interview

In a recently rediscovered interview, Lou Reed talks harshly about other bands in the sixties and says, about the Beatles, "I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage." In the interview now available on the net, he also says his purpose was "to elevate the rock & roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before."

Source: Rolling Stone
Former ATV managing director Peter Phillips passes away at 80

Music publishing veteran Peter Phillips died suddenly on February 10, 2015, following a short illness. In the music business since 1958, in 1977 Phillips joined ATV/Northern Songs as managing director. Over eight years at ATV he looked after not only The Beatles catalogue but also artists such as Neil Diamond and The Pretenders.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
John Lennon returns to his Rock 'N' Roll roots 40 years ago today

John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' Let It Be was supposed to be. And like Let It Be, Phil Spector had a hand in it, and also, it sat around for a while before anyone got the chance to hear it. It managed to make it to No. 6, and was Lennon's last album before his five-year retirement.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, February 16, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney performs at SNL after party

Paul McCartney was among the stars who performed at Saturday Night Live's mega anniversary after party on Sunday night. Many of the stars and comedians attended the invite-only event, held at New York's Plaza Hotel after appearing on the three-and-a-half hour 40th birthday special. Prince and Miley Cyrus also performed.

Source: Gigwise
Video: Paul McCartney performs on SNL 40th Anniversary show

Paul McCartney delivered a killer performance of Maybe I'm Amazed for the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on Sunday night. While critics may say Paul's vocals may not have been as powerful as they once were, we were blown away by how he could still kill it on the piano and rock it with his backup musicians, all totally live.

Source: Pop Crush
Paul McCartney plays urprise Valentine's Day show in NYC

On Saturday morning, Paul McCartney announced a surprise intimate Valentine's Day concert at Irving Plaza. Tickets quickly sold out, but those who did get to go, including many celebrities in town for the SNL 40th Anniversary, were treated to all the classic silly love songs that have made Macca an icon for generations.

Source: Gothamist
Photos: Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band in Birmingham

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band made a rare appearance Sunday night at the BJCC Concert Hall in Birmingham, Alabama, performing a show that lasted more than two hours and featured a handful of tunes by the Beatles, including Don't Pass Me By, Yellow Submarine and With a Little Help From My Friends.

Source: AL.com
Beatles 1962 Hamburg master tapes head to auction

This original master recording of the Beatles performing in December 1962 at the Club-Star in Hamburg, Germany, the basis for the Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962 album, are set to go to auction reserve price will be between £100,000 and £150,000 ($230,375), but are expected to go for more.

Source: Exclaim!
Abbey Road Studios to get multimillion-pound overhaul

The historic Abbey Road studios will be given a multi-million-pound overhaul to assure its status as one of the world's pre-eminent recording venues. Abbey Road will now become the first European studios to be equipped with a Dolby Atmos system, a new form of surround sound designed to make films more immersive.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, February 13, 2015
Kanye West says Paul McCartney liked his John Lennon-like angst

Rapper Kanye West says his similarities to John Lennon are why his collaboration with Paul McCartney was a success. "We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more 'angst' than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really 'angst' working with him, the type of music they made?"

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Behind-the-scenes with Ringo Starr for his Skechers campaign

Ringo Starr is the new face of Skechers Relaxed Fit, and they have released a behind-the-scenes preview of the campaign. Starr commented on his unexpected gig as a Skechers footwear model, saying, "I'm still a working musician, I'm still on tour, I love to be relaxed and I'm wearing the shoes because they're comfortable."

Source: Artist Direct
Beatles museum puts George Martin Help! notes on display

Rare hand-written notes penned by Sir George Martin during recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios are going on display at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. The notes were made by the producer in February 1965 during the first week of recording for the Help! album. It is the 50th anniversary of the record this weekend.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Documents reveal details of John Lennon's turbulent first marriage

Secret papers revealed by John Lennon's housekeeper detail his aggressive ­behavior with his first wife Cynthia, increasing drug use and mood swings during the latter days of their crumbling marriage nearly 50 years ago. The maid also told how she found Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono, who visited while Cynthia was away.

Source: The Irish Mirror
Pictures: Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox 50 years ago today

Fifty years ago today, the media massed outside Caxton Hall registry office in London as Ringo Starr married Liverpool hairdresser Maureen Cox. They met at the Cavern before the band were household names and Maureen was eventually forced to give up her career as jealous Ringo fans had been known to attack her in public.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's marriage up for auction

Documents detailing the breakdown of John Lennon's marriage to first wife Cynthia will go to auction in Warrington next month. The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia includes a draft statement made by Lennon's former housekeeper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo releases new fan video and new album cover

Out in March, Postcards From Paradise is Ringo Starr's 18th studio release and is the first to feature his current All-Starr band made up of Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Greg Bissonette. Family and friends also feature on the new album which was recorded at Ringo's home studio in LA.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Q&A with international designer Stella McCartney

Designer Stella McCartney is famous for a number of things: Beatles offspring, Order of the British Empire honoree, and now she's opened her first Bay Area boutique in Palo Alto. 7x7 talks with Stella about the inspiration behind her spring collection, her leather-free legacy, and what it was like growing up as that guy's kid.

Source: 7x7
Legendary concert promoter's book #12 on Amazon Bestsellers List

Award-winning author and music industry veteran Pat DiCesare has reached #12 on Amazon with his new book, Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones... Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter. Spaning over 40 years in the music industry, it details how he brought the Beatles to Pittsburgh.

Source: PR Newswire
Pictures: Owner of Liverpool Football Club visits Beatles museum

Liverpool FC owner John Henry visited the Beatles Story museum at Liverpool's Albert Dock with his daughter on Tuesday ahead of Liverpool's 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He said, "I was 14 when The Beatles landed in America and from then on I was a Beatles fan. My daughter became a Beatles fan like me at the same age."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Soldiers record Beatles song in a snow bank

The US Army Field Band released a cover this week of the Beatles' song Here Comes The Sun on its Facebook page. Four soldiers from the band went into the snow of Massachusetts to perform the tune from within a snowbank, adding special significance to the line, "I see the ice is slowly melting."

Source: We Are The Mighty

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