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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Beatles Hollywood Bowl 50th anniversary

The iconic Hollywood Bowl has seen it's share of milestones, but probably nothing could compare to the three appearances by The Beatles. This August marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first concert there, and this weekend the Bowl will celebrate with a program hosted by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart.

Source: The Examiner
Reporter recalls Beatles interview 50 years ago today

Beatlemania was in full flower on this date in 1964, and for Bay Area Beatles fans, it was D-Day, as well as the day intrepid KCBS, San Francisco, reporter Hilly Rose scored an exclusive interview with the Fab Four. "The Beatles were big but really with teenagers. And so guys our age, we didn't know a lot about them."

Source: KCBS, San Francisco
Paul McCartney and Kanye West secretly recording together

Kanye West and Paul McCartney are allegedly collaborating on an album. The rapper and the former Beatle are said to be working in secret on "a number of tracks", with the possibility of expanding the project into a full LP. A spokesperson for McCartney would neither confirm nor deny the collaboration, stating, "No comment."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Historic St. Peter's Church Hall in Woolton to be open during Intl. Beatle Week

St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, where John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in 1957, will hold special events during International Beatles Week from Aug. 21 through 25. Visitors will be able to stand in the spot where Lennon and McCartney were first introduced. The church is also the site of real-life Eleanor Rigby.

Source: Beatles Examiner
No refunds for Paul McCartney fans stuck in Candlestick traffic

The promoter of last week's Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park says they will not be offering refunds to ticketholders who missed the show due to traffic. About 2,000 of the nearly 49,000 people who had tickets never made it, because of a horrendous parking situation that had backed up traffic for hours.

Related Articles  Source: KCBS, San Francisco
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, August 18, 2014
Don Was wins Emmy for Grammy Beatles salute

Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards, held one week before the Emmy telecast. Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a Beatles 50th anniversary special that included performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Rare Beatles photos discovered at London children's home

Rare pictures of The Beatles meeting youngsters from a children's home while filming A Hard Day's Night have been discovered in a Children's Society archive with a copy of the charity's supporters' magazine from 1964. It featured an article on children meeting the band while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.

Source: NME, UK
50th anniversary of the Beatles in Pittsburgh concert set for Sept. 18

Fifty years ago, the Beatles made their only Pittsburgh appearance on September 14, 1964. Legendary concert promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting a series of events, including a tribute concert on September 13th at the Benedum Center.

Source: Broadway World Music
Fab Fun: Hey Groot by the Guardians of the Galaxy

Take one hit Marvel Studios movie and combine it with a classic Beatles song and what do you get? You get "Hey Groot." YouTube user Whatever It Takes rewrote The Beatles song "Hey Jude" with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme, and made a video featuring the Guardians super heroes themselves performing the song.

Source: Comicbook.com
Audio: Larry Jane remembers the Beatles' Legendary Atlanta Concert

It was 49 years ago today... the Beatles came to Atlanta to play. The show opened with Twist and Shout and ended with I'm Down. John Lorinc on NPR radio station WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta interviews Beatles biographer Larry Kane who covered the Beatles' U.S. tours, including their legendary 1965 show in Atlanta.

Source: WABE FM, Atlanta
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Paul McCartney Candlestick farewell concert stark contrast to his last visit

Paul McCartney's Candlestick Farewell concert last Thursday has received high accolades from fans and music critics alike. In contrast to the last Beatles 1966 performance which used the baseball speakers, was just half an hour long and only drew 25,000 fans, Paul McCartney sold out and featured state of the art sound and video.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
McCartney reveals never-seen-before photo from last Beatles show

Paul McCartney has revealed a previously-unseen picture of The Beatles from their last ever official gig in San Francisco in 1966. It shows them walking across the grounds of the park, wearing sharp suits, with John, Paul and George each carrying their guitars, while Ringo walks ahead, flanked by police and officials.

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, UK
Company to follow release of Beatles Star Club tapes with four new CDs

OxTango Music, which earlier this year released its version of the Beatles' Star-Club tapes, announced today it will release four new CDs of rare Beatles material Sept. 20, three 2-CD sets of "Historic Live Recordings," and a fourth called "The Get Back Nagra Tape Remasters," they say taken from "the best possible sources."

Source: Beatles Examiner
City council concerned Abbey Road might need crossing guard

After dealing with several decades' worth of pedestrians clogging the crosswalk at Abbey Road, local officials are mulling over hiring a crossing guard to keep fans from being mowed down by motorists. The BBC reports that the Westminster City Council recently met to discuss the possibility, although no decisions have been made.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ivor Davis reveals what life was like on tour with The Beatles

In the summer of 1964, Ivor Davis was the 25-year-old West Coast correspondent of the UK's Daily Express charged with chronicling the activities of Hollywood celebrities. On August 19, his editor in London called to give him the assignment of a lifetime, to fly up to San Francisco to cover The Beatles first tour of America.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 15, 2014
Fans frustrated over traffic nightmare at final Candlestick show

Traffic was so bad for Candlestick Park's last show that some fans heading to watch Paul McCartney actually gave up and went home without seeing him. There were people who say they felt like the traffic was worse than other events and that it felt like someone dropped the ball. Those who made it in say it wasn't easy getting out.

Related Articles  Source: KGO TV, San Francisco
Paul McCartney helps say farewell to Candlestick Park

The Beatles ended their disappointingly short set on Aug. 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park with a barely-audible-above-the-screams version of "Long Tall Sally." John Lennon promised "We'll see you next year!" More than half a lifetime later, Paul McCartney returned for probably the last major event at the 54-year-old stadium.

Related Articles  Source: SF Gate
Phoenix couple gets married on stage at Paul McCartney concert

Adam Kowal and Andrea Copado will marry on Oct. 11. Copado read on the Internet that McCartney was ordained (he's not, really), and they decided to make a sign that read, "You're ordained, we're engaged, please marry us tonight!" In between his encores, McCartney stopped the concert and brought the couple on stage.

Related Articles  Source: KTAR, Phoenix
Lineup announced for Get Back Beatles concert in Seattle

The lineup of performers for "Get Back", the concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles in Seattle in 1964 has just been announced, and includes "an all-star cast spanning generations" including members of Heart, the Original Kingsmen and the Foo Fighters. The concert occurs on August 23 at McCaw Hall in Seattle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Museum to display rare Beatles photos in Seattle

The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle will present an exhibit of photos taken from the Beatles' first Seattle concert in 1964 starting Friday. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first trip to the United States, the images capture the Aug. 21, 1964 concert at Seattle Center Coliseum.

Source: Seattle PI
Kanye West wants to record collaboration with Paul McCartney

Recently spotted backstage at a Macca gig, Kanye West, having previously teamed up with Chris Martin, Jay Z and Elton John, reportedly now wants to duet with Paul McCartney. A source said, "Kanye and Paul have known each other for a long time. There's every chance they'll head into the studio together."

Source: OK! Magazine, UK
Guide to International Beatleweek 2014 in Liverpool

International Beatleweek kicks off at the Cavern Club on August 20. The annual celebration of the Fab Four will bring together fans and musicians from over 40 countries around the world. As well as live gigs, there will also be exhibitions, guest speakers, sightseeing tours and memorabilia sales throughout the week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Paul McCartney to rock fans at last Candlestick show

Paul McCartney will perform at Candlestick Park in San Francisco tonight. It will be the last public event at the stadium, where The Beatles performed their final concert nearly 50 years ago. This morning it was announced that the stage has been moved back, opening the way for hundreds of new tickets to be available.

Related Articles  Source: KGO TV, San Francisco
Palo Alto hotel suite lets you relive Beatles' 1965 San Francisco visit

Fans can stay in the suite and sleep where The Beatles slept in 1965 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. They had hoped to keep a lower profile by overnighting there, rather than in San Francisco, which would have been closer to the gigs. Nevertheless, their visit caused a 48-hour frenzy among local fans.

Source: SF Gate
Book Review: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four

Numerous Beatles books tell the group's story, or focus on specific periods in their history. Now, all the major topics are included in one convenient place in The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, the latest work by Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack, an educational and entertaining addition to any Beatle fan's library.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Pattie Boyd
How to dress like rock's most famous muse Pattie Boyd

When it comes to finding style inspiration, you can't go wrong with a woman like Pattie Boyd. She's muse to both a Beatle, George Harrison, and the 'god' of guitar, Eric Clapton. A top model and It-Girl in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, Pattie was in the ranks with Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy thanks in part to her enormous blue eyes and racehorse legs.

Source: The Gloss
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney on his farewell Candlestick show

Paul's "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert" at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Thursday will mark the last-ever concert in the iconic stadium, also the venue where The Beatles played their final concert date on August 29, 1966. To mark the occasion, Paul and his band have filmed a special message.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Paul McCartney autographed guitar to be auctioned

A Martin D-28 left-handed guitar signed by Paul McCartney is up for auction, with proceeds going to the Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative. Bidding began on Wednesday on eBay with a starting price of $10,000. Along with his signature, McCartney also scrawled on the guitar, "This guitar saves elephants."

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles documentary to open Maryland film festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival will return to Easton, Maryland, on Sept. 19 to 21. On opening night, the festival is screening "Good Ol' Freda," the tell-all documentary of Freda Kelly, a shy teenager from Liverpool asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big. Freda finally tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.

Source: Chesapeake Star Democrat
Gary Wright to reveal all about George Harrison friendship in new book

Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatle George Harrison in a new memoir. Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, ravailable in October, will offer an insider's look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms.

Source: New Magazine, UK

Ron Campbell
Yellow Submarine' animator to appear at art show in Pittsburgh

Ron Campbell, one of the main animators for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, will appear in Pittsburgh next month as part of The Beatles Fine Art Show & Sale Sept. 5-7 at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel downtown, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's lone local visit. Campbell also directed the Beatles' Saturday morning TV cartoons.

Source: Beaver Pennsylvania Times
John Lennon to have a 40-year-old whisky named for him in 2020

Liverpool collectibles company Winston Elizabeth and Windsor will be bringing to market a limited edition of "John Lennon 40-year old whisky" in 2020 to mark the 40th anniversary. Only forty bottles will be made, at a Scotland distillery. Each will come in a black suede box, and inside will be an 18-carat gold guitar.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon's enormous musical legacy overshadows his drawing

When John Lennon met Yoko Ono in a London art gallery in 1966, it was a thunderclap moment in modern pop-culture history. Ono said, "When we first met, we talked about our favorite artists. I was really surprised that we liked the same artist." Lennon's visual art is the subject of a new three-day event in Santa Cruz.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Peter Asher
Peter Asher remembers Robin Williams

Record producer Peter Asher, formerly of vocal group Peter and Gordon and his wife were close friends of Robin Williams. He said, "Robin was one of the cleverest, funniest, most intellectually agile and well-read people it has ever been my privilege to call a dear friend. But beyond all of these qualities, he was the most generous man I have ever met."

Source: Showbiz 411
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Beatles tribute sound engineer launches new high tech company

A new high-tech communications services company, FitzPro Ltd, has opened its first office in Mid Devon, England. Managing Director Rich Denham, who has more than 25 years' experience in electronic engineering, was also sound engineer and logistics manager for the Exeter-based tribute band The Fab Beatles.

Source: Western Morning News, UK
Convention Center marks 50th anniversary of Beatles Vegas concerts

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has declared next Wednesday as Beatles Day in Southern Nevada. Cast members from Cirque du Soleil's "Love" show launched a celebration in a lobby area between convention halls believed to be the exact location of the stage where the Beatles performed in 1964.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Audio: Fest is Chicago's original and longest running Beatles celebration

In this radio interview from WGN in Chicago, Beatles historian Wally Podrazik talks to Dave Plier about the Chicago's Fest for Beatles Fans, taking place this weekend with special guests Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits, historians, biographers, Beatles' musicians and concert promotors.

Source: WGN, Chicago
Veteran music stars react to Robin Williams

Many top musicians took to Twitter on Tuesday, including Brian Wilson, who said, "I'm very sad to hear about Robin Williams. He made the world laugh and was a very special talent," and Ringo Starr, who said, "Goodbye and God bless Robin Williams peace and love."

Source: WFJA, North Carolina
Monday, August 11, 2014
One of earliest photos of The Beatles to be auctioned

One of the earliest photos of The Beatles in Liverpool's Cavern Club is being auctioned later this month along with other recently unearthed snaps taken at the beginning of their career. The picture, taken in 1961, features Paul McCartney at the front of the stage and Pete Best on drums, a year before he was replaced by Ringo.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Unseen photos of John Lennon ready to be presented to Yoko Ono

A documentary photographer from Faversham, England, is ready to present his photos of John Lennon to Yoko Ono. There are twelve pictures of Lennon, the negatives of which were left undiscovered in a loft for around 45 years. They went on display for the first time earlier this year at The Proud Gallery in Chelsea, London.

Source: Canterbury Times, UK
Photos: The British invade Boston in 1966

At the height of John Lennon's "Beatles are bigger" controversy, the Beatles flew to Logan airport in Boston to catch another flight to Chicago, where they played the first gig of their 1966 tour. But, like everywhere the Beatles went in the mid-'60s, they had to get to their next flight through police escort.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston

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