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Video: Phish debuts the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever 

Phish kicked off their second of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden with their debut cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour standout Strawberry Fields Forever. The song was streamed across the band's social media accounts as all set openers are during this run. The video of the performance is now available on the internet.

Source: Relix
Video: 14-Year Old Dave Grohl Covering The Beatles 

Audio has surfaced of what a YouTube uploader claims is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing with one of his first bands called Nameless when he was a freshman in high school in 1983/1984, the band documented in the Dave Grohl biography titled "This is a Call." In the video, Grohl covers the Who and the Beatles.

Source: Alternative Nation
July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper's Movie Opens 

The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is unanimously recognized as an artistic triumph. The movie of the same name, which opened on July 24, 1978? Not so much. A shoe-in box-office success by the power of their popularity and the appeal of Beatles songs from the Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road albums, right? No.

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Friday, July 21, 2017
SiriusXM's Beatles Channel announces new Billy Joel guest shots

SiriusXM announced today that Billy Joel will host various guest DJ sessions on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel that will feature Joel commenting on songs from every one of The Beatles' original U.S. studio albums. While sitting at the piano playing snippets of classic Beatles songs, Joel will reflect on every American Beatles LP.

Related Articles  Source: Sys-Con
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tunabunny releases a sprawling, Beatles-inspired opus

Adventurous local Georgia rock group Tunabunny isn't afraid to take an idea and run with it. The band's next undertaking will be a double LP mirroring The Beatles' self-titled White Album titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. While the record is intended as a response to the White Album, it carries its own weight.

Source: Flagpole, Athens, GA
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Paul McCartney says Rolling Stones should stick to their hits

Throughout their respective 60-year careers, they have maintained a staunch chart rivalry. Now, Paul McCartney appears to have taken something of a pop at his frontman nemesis, Mick Jagger, claiming bands like The Rolling Stones should concentrate on belting out more of their hits rather than obscure new music.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl

Three decades after it was abandoned, Sony will start making records again amid surging demand. A factory south-west of Tokyo will churn out freshly pressed records, Sony Music Entertainment said today. Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen lists his 10 favourite Beatles songs

Like so many fellow musicians of a certain vintage, Cheap Trick guitarist and Beatles nut Rick Nielsen first saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. "They completely changed music, especially in America," Nielsen says. "They changed me, too. Until that point I was a drummer. But I became a massive fan."

Source: Team Rock
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ryan Adams discovers the greatness of The Beatles' Revolver

Ryan Adams is currently on the road to discovering the Beatles. Yes, he is well aware he's coming into the game a little later than most, but as Adams explains, he heard far more Rolling Stones growing up in North Carolina than he did Beatles, so it is never something he came across. Last night Adams tweeted his thoughts on Revolver.

Source: Relix
Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Ronnie Spector plans new single and U.S. tour dates

Ronnie Spector has confirmed plans for a new single, "Love Power", to be released in late July, as well as a series of U.S. tour dates. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, "Try Some, Buy Some", written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Source: Jazz Corner
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Raspberries 2004 reunion concert includes Beatles covers

On November 24, 2004, the original four members of the Raspberries came together to play their first concert in over thirty years. The 27 song set was captured on tape and will be released on August 18. Mixed in with songs from all four of the Cranberries' albums were covers of tunes from the likes of the Beatles and the Who.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The sad and protracted end of Beatles sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and an even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems in 2006, decades after work with the Beatles led to a string of solo hits in the '70s and a lengthy stint with the Rolling Stones. "Musically, my favorite moment was on the roof for Let It Be," Preston said in 2004.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 5, 2017
35 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder top the charts

When Paul McCartney hooked up with Stevie Wonder to make a plea for racial harmony in 1982, the result was one of the biggest hits in either artist's distinguished career. Ebony and Ivory, produced by George Martin, seemed like a natural for the duet treatment, and McCartney immediately knew who he wanted for a partner.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 26, 2017
New book to tell story of the Beatles' hairdresser

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era by Leslie Cavendish will be published in September. Cavendish was the hairdresser of the Beatles and many more 60s celebrities including the Bee Gees, The Who, James Taylor, Peter Cook, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Source: The Bookseller
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Beatles dominate tracks on free rail station jukebox

There's a new retro-style jukebox at St. Pancras station in London, so commuters can play every top 40 hit from the past 50 years for free. Out of a whopping 57,000 tunes available, The Beatles claimed the most top 40 tracks on the music box, a huge 280. Other artists range from Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to Ed Sheeran.

Source: Timeout London
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Liam Gallagher creates Sgt. Pepper clothing line

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is launching a range of Beatles-inspired clothing via his Pretty Green clothing company. The Fab Four fanatic plans to honour the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a new collection of coats, jackets, shirts and T-shirts.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Apple Records artist Mary Hopkin to sell off 1960s memorabilia Warning: Page opens with sound

Sixties star Mary Hopkin is to auction off a collection of memorabilia from the height of her fame. The collection, which includes items worn at the height of her fame and a rare Beatles poster, is being auctioned off in Cardiff. Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with her number one single, the Paul McCartney-produced Those Were The Days.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, April 24, 2017
Badfinger: Bad breaks, dumb luck and sheer tragedy

It's probably one of the most tragic stories in rock 'n' roll. Badfinger could have been huge. Their connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of "the new Fab Four". But instead, despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music, Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons.

Source: Team Rock
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack includes ELO and George Harrison

2014's smash Guardians of the Galaxy movie was laced with eight-track-era gems, including Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." The music in the upcoming sequel Vol. 2, out on May 5, will include George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky."

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ringo thinks the Beatles are bigger than Justin

No one's bigger than The Beatles, not even Justin Bieber, according to Ringo Starr himself. The legendary drummer did dinner Tuesday night in Bel Air with ex-Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who once played in Ringo's All-Starr Band. TMZ asked Ringo, if the Beatles and Bieber had both been around at the same time, who'd open for who?

Source: TMZ
Monday, April 10, 2017
Dhani Harrison helps ELO light up their Rock Hall 2017 induction

ELO was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame by Dhani Harrison on Friday night. Harrison told of seeing ELO in concert at age seven, and said Jeff Lynne is "a great songwriter, producer, musical [genius] of our time, a rare genius, a real live legend, ELO's mastermind for nearly 50 years. Jeff is one of my father's dearest friends."

Video: Dhani's Speech  Source: Best Classic Bands
Veteran BBC radio broadcaster Brian Matthew dies at 88

Veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew has died aged 88. Matthew was once dubbed Britain's oldest DJ, having worked at the BBC from 1954 to 2016, hosting Radio 2's Sounds Of The 60s since 1990. As a TV presenter on Thank Your Lucky Stars, Matthew introduced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to a television audience.

Source: Sky News, UK
Friday, April 7, 2017

David Peel
Anti-establishment icon David Peel dies at 73

David Peel, the anti-establishment New York street singer and political activist known for his songs about marijuana and John Lennon, died Thursday, his longtime friend and former bandmate Jeff S. Levy, who knew him for more than 40 years, confirmed to Billboard. Peel was signed to Apple Records label for his album The Pope Smokes Dope in 1972. He was 73.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Gregg Rolie to be 22nd musician inducted twice into Rock Hall of Fame

Legendary keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Gregg Rolie will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City on Friday. He was first inducted as a founding member of Santana, and now for this year's class, Journey, for whom he was the original lead singer. Gregg is currently touring with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Paul McCartney Elvis Costello collaboration guide

When Paul McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world's most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.

Related Articles  Source: People

Denny Laine
Denny Laine talks Wings, Moody Blues

Denny Laine played in Wings and penned songs including "Mull of Kintyre," the then-best-selling single ever in the U.K. He was also one of the founding members of The Moody Blues, singing their hit "Go Now." He talked about both groups as well as his current tour in a recent interview, including how he originally got involved with Paul McCartney.

Source: Herald Tribune, Sarasota
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
US supreme court will not hear appeal over Vimeo music ruling

The US supreme court will not hear an appeal from record companies including Capital Records which want to pursue copyright infringement claims against Vimeo for hosting unauthorised recordings from The Beatles and other classic artists. The ruling protects websites from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Source: The Independent, Dublin
Monday, March 20, 2017
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website PaulMcCartney.com, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

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Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork talk Beatles and the 60s Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles, and especially John Lennon, were fans of the Monkees TV show. Davy Jones brushed elbows with the Beatles when they both appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on the same historic night in 1964. The Monkees would continue to mingle with the Beatles quite a few times over the years, even during the Sgt. Pepper sessions.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Laurence Juber premieres acoustic version of And Your Bird Can Sing

Today Laurence Juber premiered his new acoustic arrangement of the Beatles' And Your Bird Can Sing, from his new album, "LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles!" which will be released this Friday. The album is Juber's third collection of solo acoustic arrangements of Beatles tunes, produced at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Source: Guitar World
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Beatles, Elton John and the Who illustrator Alan Aldridge dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John and filled the bestselling book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, has died at the age of 73. Aldridge also designed the Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. His daughter Lily poster on Instagram, "thank you for the years of magic."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, February 13, 2017
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison join Tom Petty at Heartbreakers reunion

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend. During the show, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, joined Petty on "I Won't Back Down." Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh were in the audience. The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.

Source: CBS Local
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Could the Beatles unveil a holy grail of unreleased material this year?

Could this year see the release of material from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones? Until recently all recorded works were copyrighted for 50 years. This law changed in 2011, extending it to 70 years. But there's one loophole that applies to the released music, which still expires after 50 years.

Source: Hit The Floor Magazine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for 7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Liverpool statue selfie tour

Liverpool was once again back in the spotlight earlier this month as Cilla Black returned to Mathew Street in the form of a bronze statue. Following the mad influx of selfies with Our Cilla, The Guide Liverpool website put together a Liverpool Statue Selfie Tour, made up of 15 of the best famous faces and scouse legends they could find.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

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