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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Judge quotes Beatles in ruling against John Lennon's son

The judge said, "No one I think is in my tree," as a long, drawn-out lawsuit between Sean Lennon and his New York City neighbors over an intrusive tree came to an end on Tuesday. Sean was ordered to remove a 60-foot tree in front of his Greenwich Village townhouse after his neighbors said it was damaging their front stoop.

Related Articles  Source: Patch, New York
Ivor Davis recalls his experiences on the road with The Fab Four

In the Summer of 1964 as a young America-based foreign correspondent for the London Daily Express, Ivor Davis flew to San Francisco and was introduced to the Beatles who were about to embark on their first American tour. For the next five weeks and 25 concerts, he had a front row seat watching them change rock 'n' roll.

Source: Heat Street
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sold-out Desert Trip to release more tickets

Organizers are releasing more tickets for the Desert Trip concerts at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, on Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16. The concerts feature an appearance by Paul McCartney. The additional passes will go on sale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at their official website DesertTrip.com.

Related Articles  Source: The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA
Stevie Van Zandt's foundation to host NYC Beatles documentary premiere

This Thursday, September 15th, Stevie Van Zandt's non-profit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years. Van Zandt's foundation offers extensive educational materials free-of-charge to middle and high school teachers.

Source: Morning Ticker
Apple Corps is sued over Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium film rights

The Beatles' Apple Corps was accused in a lawsuit on Monday of infringing copyrights of a master recording of the group's famous 1965 concert in New York's Shea Stadium by Sid Bernstein Presents LLC, which claims to own the recording. Sid Bernstein, who died in 2013, was a promoter who helped bring the Beatles to America.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
How Stella McCartney changed the face of fashion as we know it

Stella McCartney may be the daughter of a world-famous Beatle, but she has undoubtedly carved her own inimitable path in the world of fashion. Having launched her eponymous label in April 2001 under the Gucci Group, the designer not only introduced her infamous tailoring to fashion critics but her committed animal rights support.

Source: Grazia Daily
Monday, September 12, 2016
Ron Howard wants to make second Beatles film

Ron Howard wants to make a follow-up to his rock documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. Howard says he was so taken with the subject he'd love to make another film about the history of the Fab Four. "I found this to be so fascinating that I'd be very open to that," he tells British newspaper The Times.

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
Album Review: Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl LP hit stores in May 1977, then fell out of print and never officially made it to compact disc. Now, the retooled The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, produced by Giles Martin, is a new "demix" (splitting mono tracks into different parts), made from better quality tapes located in Capitol Records' vaults.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Controversy surrounding Toronto debut of Fifth Beatle documentary

"The Sixth Beatle," which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, opened with an unusual and lengthy disclaimer stating that author Mark Lewisohn, one of the world's foremost Beatle historians, felt that "many of the comments" made in the film "allege matters that are factually erroneous."

Source: SF Gate
Beatles at the Ridge celebrates band's legacy

When the Beatles stepped foot in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in September 1964, to the delight of several hundred fans, they created a legacy to be celebrated in the town decades later. Beatles at the Ridge, which takes place Sept. 16-17, pays tribute to the moment the Fab Four landed in Walnut Ridge on their way to a Missouri vacation.

Source: Arkansas Online
A behind-the-scenes look at the Beatles and A Hard Day's Night

"The Beatles A Hard Day's Night: A Private Archive," a newly released photobook by Phaidon that features a trove of previously unseen publicity stills from the Fab Four's 1964 debut movie of the same name, as well as collected ephemera from their ascent to the global cultural pantheon and rare behind-the-scenes moments.

Source: NY Times
Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

Given the breathtaking melodies and arrangements propelling Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, it's a wonder that the venue's stage and shell didn't blast off into the cosmos as the concert was ending. It was a dazzling concert that seemed beamed from another galaxy.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 9, 2016
No Beatles in Yoko Ono's upcoming memoirs

Much has been written about Yoko Ono and The Beatles, she was even dubbed the woman who broke up the group, but she says somewhat disappointingly that her forthcoming memoirs won't mention the band at all. She says, "they're my very best friends still and I just don't want to invade their privacy."

Source: The Daily Express, UK
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
New Play: The Beatles Present The Lord Of The Rings: The Musical

In the late 1960s, the Beatles contacted Stanley Kubrick, asking him to direct them in a musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Kubrick declined. That's pretty much where this epic dream died... Until now. The Beatles Present: The Lord of the Rings, The Musical rewrites history as the band decides to pursue the project anyway.

Source: Broadway World
45 Years Ago: John Lennon reclaims his legacy with Imagine

Imagine, which was released on Sept. 9, 1971, in the U.S., a month later in the U.K., became John Lennon's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. But more important, it allowed him to reclaim his legacy with a record that, by toning down Plastic Ono Band's abrasiveness, sounded more like the Lennon fans fell in love with in the '60s.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 8, 2016
George Harrison's I Me Mine book to be released in expanded edition

George Harrison's I Me Mine, a collection of the late Beatles guitarist's handwritten lyric sheets and written commentaries and memories first published in a limited edition in 1980, is getting re-release in an expanded edition. I Me Mine - The Extended Edition will be available in the U.S. October 18 with a retail price of $55.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Sean Lennon stands up for his mom's meeting with Kim Kardashian

John Lennon's son Sean defended Yoko Ono in a lengthy Facebook rant after haters took over his page on Tuesday, slamming his mother for meeting and taking a photo with Kim Kardashian. It quickly ignited hate from social media users who felt Ono should not associate herself with "attention seeker" Kim and "shameless" Kanye.

Source: NY Daily News
Review: The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl offers raw frenzy

The way the screams and music dance across the 17 songs, recorded during three nights in 1964 and 1965 and spliced into a seamless rush of manic love, is what makes Live at the Hollywood Bowl such a thrill. You can find live Beatles tracks on the Anthology compilations with sharper sound, but not with this kind of adrenaline jolt.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney tour shatters Grand Rapids arena sales record

In a show that sold out in minutes, Paul McCartney's Aug. 15 concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shattered sales records to become the highest grossing show in the arena's 20-year history. McCartney's first appearance in Grand Rapids topped the previously highest grossing show by Fleetwood Mac in 2015.

Related Articles  Source: Michigan Live
Donovan looks back on his time spent hanging with the Beatles

Sept. 3 marked the 50th anniversary since "Sunshine Superman," a song that took British singer and guitarist Donovan to the top of the Billboard charts, hit No. 1. In a new interview, Donovan took a look back at the song that became synonymous with the psychedelic era, and time spent with his buddies The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Hearse owned by John Lennon is up for sale for $250,000

The hearse owned by John Lennon will be auctioned off on Wednesday in London by RM Sotheby's and is expected to fetch more than $250,000. Lennon purchased the 1956 Austin Princess for his personal use from a mortuary in Manchester in 1971. The classic car was also featured in Lennon's 1972 film "Imagine."

Source: Business Insider
Rare photos of Beatles in 1963 to go up for auction

The Beatles performed in Weston-super-Mare in 1963 an spent a week in the town, performing at the Odeon twice a night. Very little exists from their visit, aside from a few publicity photos, shaky home movies and some press reports. An autograph book containing the signatures of all four Beatles from that time has been found.

Source: The Weston Mercury, UK
Rare Beatles photography and art exhibition set to go on display in Glasgow

Fifty years ago in Japan, the Beatles created Images of a Woman, the only known painting they ever made. Paul McCartney said, "We painted Images of a Woman because we had nowhere to go, locked down in our room." The painting will be part of an exhibition that runs starting tomorrow until September 25 in Glasgow.

Source: Glasgow Live
New insights from recent Paul McCartney interviews

Paul McCartney gave three major print media interviews this summer that were generally more interesting than his usual press outings. Macca spoke about why he held off so long performing the Beatles songs A Hard Day's Night and Love Me Do in concert as a solo artist, and talked about possible upcoming film projects.

Source: Something New Blog
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Author to have book release party at Beatles festival

Renowned Beatles blogger Sara Schmidt will have a book release party for her recent publication, "Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis," on Saturday, September 17, at the Beatles at the Ridge festival. Schmidt will be giving a presentation, as well as signing copies of her book for purchase.

Source: Beatles News Blog
The truth about how John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever

On September 19, 1966, John Lennon arrived in Almeria, Spain, for six weeks to be in the film, "How I Won The War." Beatles fan and researcher J. Adolfo Iglesias gave a fascinating presentation about the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's visit to Almeria, and how John came to write Strawberry Fields Forever during his stay.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono announces reissue project

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music have announced they are partnering to reissue Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 through 1985. The Yoko Ono Reissue Project will span 11 studio albums, remastered and in recreations of their original packaging, complete with unseen photos and content from the album's recording sessions.

Source: Pitchfork

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Denny Laine of Wings to perform Band on the Run live

Denny Laine of Wings and Moody Blues fame will headline the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Oct. 9. Laine will appear with a full backing band and perform the Band on the Run album in its entirety. Laine not only contributed playing with Wings, he also co-wrote several tunes, including the hit Mull of Kintyre.

Source: Mass Live
Video: The Lennon Report unlocks new info on John's final moments

A new feature film is taking a deep dive into the tragedy on Dec. 8, 1980 that took the lives of one of the world's most iconic songwriters. The Lennon Report, in theaters Oct. 7, trailer online now, gives a dramatic look at what transpired behind the scenes when John Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

Source: Billboard
Richard Neville And The John Lennon Connection

Richard Neville, the rebel journalist who inspired two songs by John Lennon, died on Sunday in Sydney at age 74. Neville started Oz magazine in 1963, a radical publication popular with university students. He championed legalised usage of marijuana in the U.K. and John Lennon and Yoko became huge fans and supporters.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Eric Clapton joins Beatles for While My Guitar Gently Weeps 48 years ago

On September 6, 1968, Eric Clapton joined The Beatles for a day, for the recording of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The song now famously features lead guitar by Clapton, though he wasn't officially credited on The White Album. Clapton at first balked at the idea, saying "Nobody ever plays on the Beatles' records."

Source: Hit Fix
Monday, September 5, 2016
Paul and Ringo say new film jogged their memories about Beatlemania

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recently came together to give a rare joint interview to chat about the upcoming Beatles documentary. They both noted that watching the movie helped jar their recollections of that time period, during which the band was subjected to unprecedented fan hysteria while touring the world.

Related Articles  Source: NCN

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Rocker helps Beatles fans Imagine John

Singer Carm Castiglione says, "I just started doing John Lennon a year ago. I think everything happens for a reason and I think the time is right to do this now. It doesn't hurt the fact that I look like him and I really love his songs. John Lennon's music really resonated with me." He will perform as John at the first London Beatles Festival September 23 through 25.

Source: Our London, Canada
Larry Kane's front-row travels with the Beatles

About Ron Howard's new Beatles movie, Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, legendary local Philadelphia newsman Larry Kane, who had a unique, front-row seat to the Beatles' invasion of America, says, "The reason this film is so unprecedented, and so unique, is that it takes you there. I got chills feeling like I was back in '64."

Related Articles  Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Untold story of when young Beatles annoyed Leeds Hotel staff

The Beatles had only released two singles before had come to Harrogate during a year of non-stop touring in 1963, the very earliest days of Beatlemania. Harrogate record shop owner Derek Arnold booked then little-known Beatles in December 1962, because his customers kept asking for the single Love Me Do.

Source: Harrogate Advertiser, UK
Friday, September 2, 2016
City of Sacramento to give away free Paul McCartney tix

The city of Sacramento expects to have 40 free tickets to celebrate the opening of the new Golden 1 Center, 20 for each of the two McCartney shows scheduled to open the new arena Oct. 4 and 5. The coveted passes might be given to lucky community organizations and nonprofits, according to a new City Council ticketing policy.

Related Articles  Source: The Sacramento Bee
The Cavern, Albert Dock and more to host Beatles film celebrations

Various organizations across Liverpool are staging special events to celebrate Liverpool hosting the world premiere of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years. Cavern City Tours, Liverpool ONE, The Beatles Story, Liverpool Town Hall and BBC Radio Merseyside will be putting on a host of special activities.

Related Articles  Source: The Guide, Liverpool
How Ron Howard's new documentary unearthed rare new footage

Ron Howard's new documentary Eight Days A Week offers a fresh take on the band's touring years, thanks to fan treasures and a meticulous restoration process. Software that monitors Twitter and other social platforms for, in this case, specific Beatles concerts, helped them find people who might have stories or footage to share.

Related Articles  Source: Fast Company
Andy Peebles discloses his last dinner with John Lennon after BBC interview

Former BBC radio host Andy Peebles recently shared new unpublished information from his time spent with John Lennon over dinner on December 6th, 1980, with Beatles fans at last Sunday's Liverpool International BeatleWeek. Andy revealed some new information about the story leading up to the historic interview.

Source: Beatles News
Video Tribute: Fifth Beatle Billy Preston would have turned 70 today

The only artist to be featured on a Beatles record by name, Billy Preston, on "Get Back," died in 2006. Today would have been his 70th birthday. Billy played on records by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Sly and the Family Stone. He also had major hits like "Nothing from Nothing" and "Will it Go Round in Circles."

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Paul McCartney signed one-off guitar to be raffled

Paul McCartney and Tracey Emin have paired up to design a one off guitar. The acoustic instrument boasts a special design by Tracy Emin on the reverse, with Sir Paul McCartney adding his distinctive signature. Valued at 50,000 the instrument will be raffled off, with each ticket costing a mere 1.

Source: Clash Music

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