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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Paul McCartney dons rainbow flag for Orlando tribute

Paul McCartney showed his support and solidarity for the 49 men and women who were shot and killed at gay nightclub Pulse on Sunday during his concert on Tuesday night in Berlin. McCartney walked out on stage for his encore carrying a huge rainbow flag. Holding it up for his fans to see, McCartney shouted, "We stand together with Orlando!"

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Paul McCartney delights Berlin fans with open-air concert

Paul McCartney attracted a sell-out crowd for his one-off performance on Tuesday night, drawing fans stretching to the very edges of the historic Waldbühne amphitheatre. A simple "Guten Abend Berlin" from McCartney was greeted a huge cheer, and he launched into classics including Hard Day's Night and Can't Buy Me Love.

Related Articles  Source: Famagusta Gazette
New book on making of A Hard Day's Night coming

According to noted Beatles author Mark Lewisohn, a new book to be published in September will feature unseen photos and historical items from the making of the first Beatles' movie, A Hard Day's Night." The 284-page book will feature 325 color and black-and-white pictures taken on the set and between takes of the film.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney recalls discovering the meaning of life with Bob Dylan

In an episode of McCartney's new virtual reality documentary, he remembers when he discovered the meaning of life with Bob Dylan in his hotel room one night, and that he wrote it down. The next day, he found the words "there are seven levels" written on a piece of paper. McCartney said, "I think that was our first pot experience."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Classic Albums Live performs Beatles Revolver album

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release, Classic Albums Live returns to Clearwater, Florida, performing the Beatles Revolver album on Friday. Classic Albums Live forgoes the gimmickry of costumes and impersonations, putting the music first. The attention to detail is staggering, every sound from the album is re-created live on stage.

Source: Tampa Bay Newspapers
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Henry McCullough

Paul McCartney has paid a glowing tribute to his late Wings bandmate Henry McCullough. "The solo he played on My Love was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his," he said. McCullough also played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme, Live And Let Die.

Source: AOL, UK

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Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough has died

Henry McCullough, who was a member of Paul McCartney and Wings on the "Red Rose Speedway" album, and also played with Spooky Tooth and the Grease Band, and backed Joe Cocker, Donovan, Leon Russell, Ronnie Laine and others, has died after a long illness, according to former Beatles associate and author Tony Bramwell.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, June 13, 2016
Singer dedicates John Lennon's Imagine to Orlando victims

On Monday night, on the first night of The Voice Australia's live shows for season five, contestant Adam Ladell didn't leave a dry eye in the room. While taking to the stage for his first sing-off, the 16-year-old dedicated his performance of John Lennon's Imagine to the victims of the Orlando shooting in a touching tribute.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Amid tragedy, Ringo Starr wants to spread more peace, love

Ringo Starr, who spreads a message of peace and love every year on his birthday in July, said he wants that message to hit home even harder this year in the wake of Sunday's Orlando shooting. Starr said in an interview Monday that he doesn't understand the attack that left 49 victims dead and more than 50 hurt.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney charity song one of Christina Grimmie's last recordings

Christina Grimmie, the young singer who was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando Florida on Friday, was one of the contributors to the Paul McCartney and Friends "Love Song to the Earth" charity single. It was one of her final recordings and according to Billboard her final recorded appearance.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, June 10, 2016
Review: Pure Paul McCartney is rich celebration of shared memories

Paul McCartney's collection of his post-Beatles work, compiled by Sir Paul himself, features all the well-loved songs of the past five decades. McCartney has always been refreshingly adventurous. His talent shone brightest immediately after The Beatles split up in 1970, but there are some relatively recent pearls, too.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
All Things Must Pass Orchestra returns to Henley

The All Things Must Pass Orchestra is returning to Henley, England. This amazing 10-piece group of Brighton musicians is the only touring band in the UK dedicated to playing the music of former Beatle George Harrison live. Their performance will include Beatles' classics and songs from Harrison's solo career.

Source: Bucks Free Press, UK
New study finds that Beatles brand will generate $600 million in 2016

Markets that have formed around the Beatles and their music, including tribute bands, art, conventions, memorabilia, album sales and music downloads, generate more than half a billion dollars annually according to a new study. Tribute bands and live performances of Beatles music generate about approximately 40% of the total.

Source: EconoTimes
George Harrison Twitter hacker attempts explanation

J5Z, an internet troll, has claimed the hacks on George Harrison, who he didn't know was deceased, among other music personalities. Now, in a bizarre turn of events, the alleged hacker is saying that the attacks are meant to raise awareness for internet security. "I never wanted to do this to ruin people's careers," the hacker says.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Music

30 Years Ago: Ferris Bueller sends Beatles back to the Top 40

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick, one if the era's most innately likable actors, and stuffed with an impeccably eclectic assortment of songs, was always destined to be a hit. The movie's soundtrack included the Beatles' cover of Twist and Shout. 20 years old when Ferris Bueller came out, the song took off all over again.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Paul McCartney joins Facebook in launching 360° photos

Facebook today is launching a new way of sharing those special moments with friends and family: 360 photos. To celebrate the launch, Paul McCartney is one of the first to share a 360 photo on Facebook. Paul's inaugural photo was taken during his recent concert in Cordoba, Argentina, and will be posting from Munich tomorrow.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com

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Julian Lennon to write earth-friendly children's books

Musician and environmentalist Julian Lennon is going to be a children's book author. The son of Beatles musician John Lennon and Cynthia Lennon has signed a deal to co-author three bedtime story books, the first to be released on Earth Day in April 2017. Titled "Touch The Earth," it is inspired by Lennon's 2007 documentary film, Whaledreamers.

Source: Samaritan Mag
Iconic photographer Harry Benson in Connecticut this Saturday

Harry Benson's photographs of the Beatles are perhaps his best known images, but over the last five decades, Benson has captured riveting images of world leaders, artists and crucial historical moments. He will be in Connecticut this weekend for a special screening of a new documentary on his life at the Greenwich International Film Festival.

Source: Greenwich Post
Ringo Starr remembers George Martin, teases new music

On June 3rd, Ringo Starr launched a month-long summer tour across North America with his All-Starr Band. When he's not bringing music to the masses, he can usually be found in his home studio in Los Angeles, working on a new album with a little help from his rock-star friends. He said, "I play because this is what I do."

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney pretends to be someone else when recognized

Paul McCartney says he acts like someone else when he gets recognized in public. Macca says he enjoys traveling by public transport, but on the occasions where a fellow traveler spots him, he insists they are mistaken about his identity. He tells them, "Are you kidding? Do you think he'd be on the Underground?"

Source: Business Standard
Review: Beatle makes Pure McCartney mixtape for fans

The "Pure McCartney" compilation is McCartney's own mixtape, one version of how he sees his career. Just like the fans, McCartney has favorites among his hits and album cuts. Eight tracks from "Flaming Pie" and five from "New" while none from "Flowers in the Dirt" or "Driving Rain" indicate clear preferences.

Related Articles  Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney talks about the birth of The Beatles

Paul McCartney has discussed the beginnings of The Beatles in the newest clip of his six-part documentary series PURE McCartney VR. He talks about walking round Liverpool with John Lennon, and shares his memories of late producer George Martin, the production of Love Me Do and a "mystical experience" at a party with Bob Dylan.

Source: Uncut, UK
Ringo Starr brings peace, love and hits to New Jersey

Last night Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band hit the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, and thrilled the audience for nearly two hours. On his own songs, he'd often play the frontman, away from his drums. As much fun as that is, there's still a magic to seeing him behind the kit, where he spent much of the show.

Related Articles  Source: K-EARTH 101, Los Angeles
Beatles rank number 18 streaming, beating other younger stars

The Beatles are number 18 so far this year among all recording acts, the only act on the Top Streaming Artists Year to Date not considered contemporary or from this generation of pop stars. The Beatles were long time hold outs from streaming until Christmas Eve, 2015. The most popular Beatles track on Spotify is still Here Comes the Sun.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
George Harrison Twitter account hacked, hacker didn't know he's dead

The Twitter account for George Harrison, run by the late Beatle's estate, was hacked yesterday, the latest in a series of similar hacks suffered by music stars. Harrison's Twitter was hacked to change his bio information, the hacker's twitter account, now suspended, then claimed to not know of Harrison's death

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
George Harrison featured on lost 1972 Gary Wright album

Cherry Red Records announced yesterday it has unearthed a previously unreleased album from 1972 by Gary Wright called '"Ring of Changes" that features at least one and possibly more guest appearances by George Harrison. The album will be released for the first time on July 29 in the UK and about a week later in the U.S.

Source: George Harrison Examiner
Music scholar Aaron Krerowicz says The Beatles were innovators

At just thirty years old, Aaron Krerowicz has managed to obtain a university grant to study the Beatles' music and write three books about the Beatles. In a new interview he says, "The Beatles are the perfect balance between accessibility and sophistication. Their music is quite complex, and yet still easy on the ears."

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Hot Wheels unveils Beatles' Yellow Submarine 50th anniversary collection

Hot Wheels aren't just for kids anymore. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' 1966 song Yellow Submarine, Hot Wheels will release a special collection which includes the Hot Wheels Yellow Submarine replica, complete with orange track-compatible wheels, as well as six cars featuring the art of the 1968 Yellow Submarine film.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Video: Sean Lennon covers Tomorrow Never Knows

Les Claypool and Sean Lennon have teamed up to form the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and they're on the road with a set list that includes their own distinct takes on some rock 'n' roll classics. On June 4, the group's performance in Orlando included covers of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Rare Beatles memorabilia to be sold at auction in Darlington, England

Signed Beatles photographs, early edition singles and a personal letter from Paul McCartney will be included in the Thomas Watsons' Summer Antiques Catalogue Sale, which takes place on June 21 in Darlington, England. The collection also contains a number of original vinyl singles, two of which are signed.

Source: The Northern Echo, UK
Paul McCartney presides over another couple's engagement in Madrid

On June 2, the last show before taking a break, Paul McCartney got to see two more of his fans get engaged on stage, as they did the previous show in Paris. McCartney had a bemused look as the couple Rubén and Marina kissed after deciding to get married. His next show is June 10 at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles mural likely to be removed from downtown Chico

A mural of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road that has been on the wall of the building for 20 years is likely leaving downtown Chico, Ca., because of planned building modifications. However, the building's owner says that there is already an agreement to replace the artwork with another Beatles mural on another wall in the city.

Source: KRCR TV, Redding, CA
Guy Hands sues Citigroup for second time over EMI deal

Private equity tycoon Guy Hands has renewed his legal battle with Citigroup following his firm's disastrous takeover of EMI, whose roster included the Beatles, in 2007. The Terra Firma chief is seeking damages of £1.5 billion and has alleged that the US investment bank misled him. Citigroup has denied the allegations.

Source: BBC News, UK

Ringo Starr on the time Muhammad Ali picked him up

On Sunday, as the world mourned the death of Muhammad Ali at age 74, Ringo Starr shared his memories of the day in 1964 when he stepped into the ring with the soon-to-be champ. The photos taken in Miami that day all look so perfectly choreographed, like a lost scene out of A Hard Day's Night, though Starr insists that they weren't staged in advance.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, June 6, 2016
Paul McCartney didn't realize it was him on the Kanye track

Paul McCartney says didn't realize he was on Kanye West's FourFiveSeconds until he was told by the rapper. He said, "Suddenly in the post I get this Rihanna record and I thought it was great but I had to ring up and say, What's this got to do with me? Kanye said, Well that's you on guitar. I didn't recognize it cos they'd sped it up."

Source: Metro, UK
Paul McCartney says he was racist as a kid but he didn't know it

Paul McCartney has spoken about being unintentionally "racist" when he was younger, explaining that while growing up in Liverpool in the '50s and '60s, he used "certain words" that he now knows are offensive. He said, "Along the way we suddenly realized how it would make the people you were talking about feel."

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr responds to Lou Reed calling the Beatles garbage

In a 1987 interview, the late Lou Reed said, "I never liked The Beatles. I thought they were garbage." In a new interview, Ringo said, "Everybody has their choice. That's OK. Everyone didn't like us, you know? Some of them couldn't understand it. Some of them thought we were worthless. But thank God the majority didn't think like that."

Source: Syracuse.com

Flashback: The day Muhammad Ali met the Beatles

The Beatles had only been in America for 11 days when they found themselves in a Miami Beach gym for a photo op with a 22-year-old boxer named Cassius Clay. As photographer Harry Benson furiously snapped photos, the five of them spent the next few minutes goofing around. A Hard Day's Night filming was weeks away, but they were already great at slapstick.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr issued statements on Saturday on the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed on Friday at the age of 74 in Phoenix. Paul McCartney wrote, "I loved that man...He was a beautiful, gentle man with a great sense of humor." Ringo said on Twitter, "God bless Muhammad Ali. Peace and love to all his family."

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45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Frank Zappa jam at the Fillmore East

On June 6, 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention onstage at the Fillmore East. At the end of a radio interview, Howard Smith, who was off to talk to Zappa, asked Lennon if he would like to come along. Lennon, a Zappa fan, said yes. The audience was surprised to see Lennon and Ono take the stage.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 3, 2016
Ringo Starr is working on a new album for 2017

For over twenty-five years, Ringo has failed to produce an album with his All-Starr band. The drummer is currently working on eight new songs, two of which were co-written with his current All-Starr Band guitarist, Steve Lukather. A third track features Dave Stewart, and additional tracks will feature other All-Starr Band regulars.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Paul McCartney plays Cupid on stage in Madrid

Paul McCartney plucked concert goers Rubén and Marina out of the crowd at Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium after he saw them waving banners. After telling him they weren't married, Paul asked, "Do you want to be? Do you want to do it now live on stage? Here before all of Madrid?" Ruben got down on one knee and proposed.

Related Articles  Source: The Evening Standard, UK

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