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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Beatles artifacts to rock Los Angeles Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will soon examine the phenomenon of Beatlemania starting on July 1,when "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!" opens at the LA Live-based music history institution. The exhibit "explores and celebrates The Beatles' impact on pop culture from the perspective of their fans."

Source: KNBC TV, Los Angeles

The Cavern named in UK's top 10 best rated landmarks

Liverpool's Cavern Club has today been named as the ninth best-rated landmark in the UK, beating Buckingham Palace, in the Travellers' Choice awards for Landmarks, announced by the travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor. It is the only landmark to be named among the UK's top ten landmarks for the first time this year.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Monday, May 16, 2016
Video: Behind-the-scenes of Paul McCartney's One On One Tour

Last month Paul unveiled his brand new One On One tour. The tour is already booked up to travel across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Today Paul's official website is giving fans the chance to go behind-the-scenes in two new videos from the tour, including a look at the tour rehearsals and opening night in Fresno.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
House next door to John Lennon's Mendips goes on the market

The house next door to Mendips, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi, has gone on the market for nearly £370,000 (about $532,850). If walls could talk, the five-bedroom home would have plenty of tales to tell about John, who lived next door for 17 years. Estate agents say it would make a "wonderful family home."

Source: Liverpool Echo

45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney offers handmade genius on Ram

An overlooked precursor to the current handmade-pop phenomenon, Paul McCartney's Ram was initially criticized for everything that makes it sound unexpectedly bold, fascinatingly unedited and utterly misjudged today. But the loss of longtime writing partner John Lennon, not to mention Beatles producer George Martin, can be keenly felt at times.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney pays tribute following death of Tony Barrow

Following the news of his passing, Paul McCartney took to Twitter to pay tribute to former Beatles press officer Tony Barrow. "Tony Barrow was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of The Beatles. He was super professional but always ready for a laugh," McCartney wrote, adding, "He will be missed but remembered by many of us."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Former Beatles publicist Tony Barrow dies at 80

Tony Barrow, the longtime Beatles press officer who coined the term "Fab Four," died Saturday at his home in Morecambe, England. He had turned 80 just three days prior. Barrow served as press officer for the legendary band during their heyday, from 1962 to 68, and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, May 13, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney pays tribute to Philadelphia rocker Charlie Gracie

Philadelphia rock Charlie Gracie turns 80 on Saturday, his 1956 hit "Fabulous" was influential to early rock and roll, particularly in the UK, where it had a major impact on the four Liverpool lads who would later become The Beatles. Paul McCartney in particular is a big fan, this week he sent birthday wishes to his old friend via YouTube.

Source: The Philadelphia Enquirer

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James McCartney brings angst rock style to Fresno

The small crowd at Fulton 55 in Fresno last night saw how James McCartney, son of Paul McCartney, has the musical skills of his dad when it comes to playing guitar, but that's where the similarities end. All of his songs were presented with the kind of angst rock feel one would expect from a musician who has had to live under an imposing shadow.

Source: The Fresno Bee
Ringo drum kit to be sold in upcoming Music Icons auction

Julien's Auctions has announced a massive sale of music-related memorabilia to take place May 16 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Among the items in the sale is the Ringo Starr drum kit that was used in a 2000 Super Bowl commercial, and is accompanied by a signed drum head and a pair of signed Ringo Starr drum sticks.

Source: Beatles Examiner
New Rock Hall exhibit on rock and politics includes John Lennon pieces

As the Republican National Convention in Cleveland nears, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mount a new exhibit on the link between rock music and politics. Opening May 20th, the exhibit will include John Lennon's acoustic guitar from the 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam "Bed-ins for Peace", handwritten lyrics, and famous clothing.

Source: WJW TV, Cleveland
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Desert Trip tickets sell out in three hours

Tickets for Desert Trip, the mega-festival featuring performances from Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters, reportedly sold out just three hours after being made available to the public on May 9, and the resulting box office windfall is expected to set an all-time record.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Famous watchmaker pays tribute to the Beatles

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil will be producing unique Maestro Beatles Limited Edition timepieces as a salute to the legendary band, the company announced today. The Maestro Beatles Limited Edition is the latest in the brand's famed music icons series. It also marks Raymond Weil's 40th anniversary.

Source: Trade Arabia
Beatles tribute set for free show in Columbus at the end of this month

Shadowbox Live will once again be performing their popular Beatles tribute show, Bigger Than Jesus, for free at the Columbus Commons in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, May 29. The show chronicles the life and times of The Beatles, just 6 short years from 1964 to 1970, through video, storytelling, dance and live music.

Source: Broadway World
When The Beatles were almost beaten up in Manila

A brief layover in Singapore for the Beatles after a concert in Hong Kong during a 1964 tour ended in brief terror over an unfortunate misunderstanding. Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda had invited to the band to attend a reception at the Presidential Palace, but, evidently, the band and their management didn't get the memo.

Source: Bandwagon SG
Paul McCartney and Elton John attend George Martin's memorial service

His celebrity friends, including Paul McCartney and Elton John, got the opportunity to pay their respects, say farewell and celebrate the life and work of producer George Martin at a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London on Wednesday. Paul's daughter Stella and Yoko Ono were also in attendance.

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Everything you need to know about the biggest festival of all time

Later this year, one of the biggest festivals of all time will be taking place in California, its lineup including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. NME has compiled info on the full lineup, how to get there and how much you'll have to pay to afford tickets, travel and more. But it'll be worth it because it is gigantic.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Fab Four exhibit at Henry Ford is a must-see

The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit is now hosting a traveling exhibit of Beatles memorabilia called "Magical History Tour," the most exhaustive Beatles exhibition ever assembled. A brick-by-brick re-creation of the Cavern Club, complete with period instruments, amplifiers, and scratched graffiti, is the standout of the exhibit.

Related Articles  Source: Detroit Metro Times
Marblehead coffeehouse hosts 11th annual Beatles benefit show

Me & Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA, will once again host a Beatles music benefit concert next weekend. "All You Need is Love" features a variety of different acts all playing their own unique takes on Beatles songs. Part of the proceeds go to a special fund to send musicians into local schools for workshops and concerts.

Source: Marblehead Reporter
New book travels back in time to the Beatles before they were famous

"The Time Traveler's Handbook," a new book that hit the streets yesterday, looks at past events covering history, sports, music and literature. The book includes a chapter with a special moment of Beatles history, the years 1960 to 1962, when the pre-fame Beatles were playing away night after night in Hamburg.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Beatles tribute The Fab Faux come together in Pennsylvania in September

The Fab Faux will take the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA., on September 10. With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux are known for their painstaking note-for-note recreations of the songs, especially the later works the Beatles never performed live.

Source: NEPA Scene
Vintage Paul and Linda McCartney interview coming out on CD

A radio interview from the mid-1980s done with Paul and Linda McCartney will be released on CD June 10. The interview, titled "Paul and Linda McCartney - Interview By Robin Ross 1986," which runs approximately 40 minutes, was recorded to promote the release of McCartney's "Press To Play" album.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Listen: The Melvins' raucous cover of the Beatles I Want to Tell You

Melvins' upcoming album, Basses Loaded, will include a raucous cover of the Beatles' I Want to Tell You. Where the original is a bright, jagged deep cut on Revolver's second side, the sludge trio's take blossoms into a heavy, undulating pop dirge punctuated by noisy keyboard hiss. The album is out June 3rd.

Source: Rolling Stone

Barbara Bach
Pictures: Barbara Bach shopping at Stella McCartney's boutique

One of the biggest pin-ups of the 70s, Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach cut a youthful figure when out shopping in London on Monday. The one-time Bond girl, now 68, proved the years have been no match for her as she enjoyed some retail therapy and indulged in a spot of shopping at Stella McCartney's swish boutique in Knightsbridge.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Allan Williams
Man Who Gave The Beatles Away made Citizen of Honour

Allan Williams, the self proclaimed Man Who Gave The Beatles Away has received one of the city's top accolades, Liverpool Citizen of Honour. The founder of the Jacaranda and the Blue Angel, and the first ever manager of the Beatles in the early 1960s, joins an elite group of people who have played a part in Liverpool's growth and development.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Desert Trip tickets sold out in hours, crushing dreams

Tickets for Desert Trip, ranging from $400 to $1,600, went on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and within four hours sold out for both weekends. If you were among the many who went online Monday in hopes of getting into the rock music festival of your life, you belonged to a club of people sitting in front of a computer, patiently waiting...

Related Articles  Source: San Diego Tribune
Monday, May 9, 2016
Ringo Starr adds second concert date in Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, has added a second date to Ringo Starr's performance in June. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band had already announced a show Sunday, June 19. The Ryman announced a second show on Saturday, June 18. Tickets for the Saturday show will go on sale Friday at noon.

Source: WKRN TV, Nashville
Second weekend added to Desert Trip super-concert

Thanks to overwhelming demand, Desert Trip has added a full second weekend. The festival boasts some serious name power, including Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who and takes place at the same location in Southern California where Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is held.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd exhibition launches at The Beatles Story

A photographic exhibition from Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton launched today at The Beatles Story, Liverpool. The exhibition, which features 57 original images will be open to the public until Autumn 2016. Pattie Boyd unfortunately injured her hip and elbow in an accident while walking her dog and was unable to attend the opening.

Source: Click Liverpool
Friday, May 6, 2016
Veggie butcher serves Paul McCartney dinner in Minneapolis

A local vegan butcher shop had the honor of serving dinner to Paul McCartney before his concert in Minneapolis Wednesday night. On the menu was summer sausage, breakfast sausage, two different kinds of ham, all meat-fee, a brie cheese and a garlic pepper Havarti. For dessert, Macca had a homemade blackberry lavender compote.

Source: WCCO TV, Minneapolis
Liverpool Hard Days Night hotel a hit for new owners despite travel slump

The Beatles-themed Hard Days Night hotel in Liverpool has given Millennium & Copthorne a much-needed boost. The 110-room hotel, where luxury rooms include the McCartney and Lennon suites, was bought by M&C last August for £13.8million. The hotel is yards from the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played in their early years.

Source: This Is Money, UK

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls up to Hollywood, Florida

Imagine every student, it's easy if you try, learning how to play, when John Lennon's Educational Tour Bus, rolls up on a school day. In its 19th year travelling the US and Canada, the bus arrived at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School of the Arts in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, as excited students and teachers formed a human peace sign on the campus field.

Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
How an East L.A. band opened for The Beatles and inspired a new musical

A new musical called "Eastside Hearbeats" was inspired by the Sunday night on Aug. 29, 1965, when a band called Cannibal and the Headhunters, made up of four Mexican-American kids who grew up in a Boyle Heights housing project, became the pride of East L.A. That night, they opened for The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Tourist in Liverpool: Beatles pub crawl

The Beatles loved a drink! In the late 50's and early 60's they could be seen enjoying a few pints around Liverpool. But where exactly would they have a few pints and do they still stand today? The Guide Liverpool has compiled a list of locations that still do, including Ye Cracke, The White Star, The Jacaranda and The Grapes.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Paul McCartney adds second show in Sacramento

Paul McCartney fans in Northern California will be excited to learn Macca is adding a second show at downtown Sacramento's Golden 1 Center. Following his performance on Oct. 4, which will be the very first event at the new arena, McCartney will put on a second concert on Oct. 5. Tickets go on sale for both shows at 10 a.m. Friday.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Video: Paul McCartney's tribute to Prince in Minneapolis

Paul McCartney comforted Prince's hometown with a rousing cover of "Let's Go Crazy" during the encore of his concert in Minneapolis last night. "Here's to the man," McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. "Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Hey Jude becomes first-ever Beatles song to be licensed for use in China

For the first time, The Beatles' publisher has licensed a song by the Fab Four for use in China. "Hey Jude" appears in "Yesterday Once More," a coming-of-age film from noted Chinese ≠director Yao Tingting. The song commanded a six-figure sum, believed to be one of the highest fees ever paid for usage in China.

Source: Billboard
The 10 best Beatles books

Considering that it takes some formidable organizational chops to serve as a competent Beatles bibliographer, it can be downright daunting if you're coming to the stacks of Fab Four literature as a neophyte reader wondering where you might start. This is a look at 10 of the best Fab Four volumes to date from Rolling Stone.

Source: Rolling Stone
Video: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in Syracuse

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971. The visit included the opening of Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," which ran for three weeks and drew celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper. A hoped-for Beatles reunion concert didn't happen.

Source: Syracuse.com
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Video: Sacramento fans frustrated over Paul McCartney tickets

Ron Maged is a big fan of Paul McCartney, but getting tickets to see Paul in concert has been like a Magical Mystery Tour. Ron was shut out, he said, because his promotional code didn't work. But even if he could buy tickets, they were for many folks unaffordable. Tickets are selling on line for as much as $4,600.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Hulu acquires Ron Howard's Beatles documentary

Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary produced with the full cooperation of McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison and directed by Ron Howard. This purchase signals the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service to build a library of non-fiction movies.

Source: /Film
James McCartney refuses to talk about his dad in BBC interview

Paul McCartney's son refused to talk about his legendary dad live on the radio while promoting his latest album, telling the presenter, "I'm not asking you about YOUR father." The cringeworthy chat on BBC Three Counties Radio lasted just three minutes before presenter Nick Coffer was forced to end it abruptly, announcing that James had "blown it".

Source: The Sun, UK

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