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Friday, June 27, 2014
Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 50th anniversary of 1964 concert

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics will head up the Hollywood Bowl's all-star tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary first LA concert on Aug. 22?24. "I think the Hollywood Bowl concert in '64, next to Woodstock, is probably the most famous concert of all time," said Bob Eubanks, host of the concert in 1964.

Source: LA Confidential
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Friday, June 6, 2014
How the Beatles music changed Australia

Fifty years ago, on June 11, 1964, four lads from Liverpool, England, arrived in Australia on their first world tour, John, Paul, George... and Jimmy. Ringo, newly recovered from tonsillitis, took over from Jimmy Nicol and assumed his rightful place a couple of days later. They had shot up the Australian charts the previous December.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band coming to Albany

The first of the two living Beatles will play the Albany, NY, area Tuesday, when Ringo Starr will be at the Palace Theatre in Albany with his All-Star Band. Paul McCartney will be at the Times Union Center on July 5. Ringo's All-Stars include Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette.

Source: Saratogian Entertainment
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Beatles Japanese albums to be boxed in 50th anniversary set

Five Japanese Beatles albums from 1964 to 1965 will be issued on CD in June in a limited edition set called "The Japan Box" to commemorate the Beatles 50th anniversary. Each CD will include reproductions of the original albums' covers and will be compiled from the 2009 remasters, as was the recent American box set.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, April 4, 2014
How the Fab Four high-fived the Hot 100

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's remarkable Billboard coup, when on April 4, 1964, their songs occupied the top five slots of the singles chart, a feat never repeated. "It was a unique moment in time, something that likely will never happen again," says Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts/retail.

Source: USA Today
Friday, March 7, 2014
Exhibition celebrates 50 years since Beatlemania hit Australia

From newspaper clippings to old records and clothing, an exhibition at the Melbourne Arts Centre recaptures the Fab Four Fever of 1964 when the Beatles spent 13 days touring Australia. The special collection is a collaborative effort, with contribution from fans, which brings together some of Australia's best Beatles memorabilia.

Source: SBS News, Australia
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Nutopians celebrate music of John Lennon Beatles 50th anniversary

On April 4, The Nutopians will celebrate the artistry and genius of John Lennon with a performance at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore. The band will feature songs from their newest CD "Lennon Re-Imagined," 16 originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers.

Source: Long Island Exchange
Friday, February 28, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney backstage at the 2014 Grammys

Last month Paul McCartney picked up five Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Paul McCartney's official website was on hand to capture an exclusive look behind-the-scenes from the night, including Paul rubbing shoulders with Ringo and all the other celebs on hand for the evening.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, February 24, 2014
Beatles return to New York City in library exhibition

Fifty years after their first visit, the Beatles have returned to New York City, this time in the form of an exhibition at the New York Public Library. The exhibition covers the history of the Beatles' influence in America, from the band's premiere on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964 to their final full concert in 1966 in San Francisco.

Source: Washington Square News

Yoko Ono
Yoko on her dancing at Beatles Grammy shows

In a Q&A with fans, Yoko Ono has addressed some questions involving recent Beatles-related events she attended, including the 56th annual Grammy awards and the 50th anniversary concert filmed a day later. Ono was the only one seen unselfconsciously dancing in the aisles during both tapings. "I was just being myself," Yoko says.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Help Beatles tour guide Jackie Spencer locate badge stolen at JFK

Shortly after Beatles tour guide from Liverpool Jackie Spencer touched down in the U.S., her money was stolen as well as her distinctive tour guide badge featuring a Rickenbacker on it, and she's asking for Beatles fan's help to get it back. She said, "I have always worn [my badge] with pride, and really do miss it!"

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Harford Library celebrates the four British lads who changed America

In commemoration of the Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Harford County Public Library in Maryland has Beatles-themed events planned starting this month and lasting through the spring to examine the group's influence and give Beatlemaniacs of all ages an opportunity to remember and learn.

Source: The Baltimore Sun
Beatles boom on SoundScan chart after 50th Anniversary Special

The Beatles catalog received an enormous lift in the week following their CBS 50th anniversary special. 13 Fab Four titles crowded onto SoundScan's 200-position chart, scanning a total of 65,000 units. The top title was the hits compilation "1," which tracked 18,000 copies, seeing a 90% gain and landing at No. 20.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The Beatles met Muhammad Ali 50 years ago today

It's rare to find two of the greatest performers in their respective crafts appear together in the same place. As boxing legend Muhammad Ali prepared for the first of his two famous bouts against Sonny Liston, he had a photo-op to attend. It was with the Beatles in 1964, just at the launching point of Beatlemania.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Monday, February 17, 2014

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon slams Beatles tribute concert as karaoke

Julian Lennon says he was unimpressed by the celebration in Los Angeles marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic arrival in America. "The last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else, clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles' karaoke session. Give me the originals any day."

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Beatles tour guides recall magic of receiving Lennon's white feather

A mysterious white feather floated down to three Beatles tour guides in front of a notorious Beatles landmark during one of their tours in New York City on February 8. Most people wouldn't have noticed. But fans who know much about John Lennon understand the mystical significance of the white feather.

Source: John Lennon Examiner

Larry Kane
Penn Libraries symposium and exhibition celebrates Beatles 50th

The University of Pennsylvania will host a special exhibit and symposium exploring the phenomenon of the Beatles' popularity that spawned a musical and cultural revolution during the rapidly changing political and social climate of the 1960s. Participants in the symposium will include noted authors Larry Kane and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: University of Pennsylvania
Photos: Paul and Ringo at the Grammy Beatles Salute

Earlier this month CBS broadcast The Grammy Salute To The Beatles at the same time and date of the now legendary first TV appearance by the band on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th 1964. Paul McCartney's official photographer was on hand to capture exclusive photos from the rehearsals and the show.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, February 14, 2014
International broadcasters acquire rights to Beatles tribute special

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America ? A Grammy Salute." In Japan Wowow has acquired the programme as have Foxtel in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand. In Latin America, Mexican broadcaster Televisa has bought the show and in Canada Rogers has picked it up.

Related Articles  Source: Television Business International
Beatles gain in charts after CBS tribute special

Following CBS' airing of the "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Feb. 9, the band's catalog got a lift. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, for example, is up 38% while the greatest hits album "1" at No. 37 rises by 91%. In total, there are eight albums by the Beatles on the chart this week.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Unseen photo of the Beatles 1964 party in L.A.

Photos and video of the charity fundraising party held in Brentwood during the Beatles first trip to Los Angeles in August 1964 have been slowly emerging. Now recently posted on Facebook is perhaps the most fun picture yet, the photo is from onnie Cowan Fleming, whose father Warren Cowan did the PR for the L.A. Beatles trip.

Source: LA Observed
NYC celebrates Beatles 50th Anniversary with four concerts for charity

Over 90 amazing performing bands, artists and celebrity presenters from all over the world recently came together last weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles in New York City by performing at a series of four concerts for charity held over four consecutive nights, February 6th through 9th.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Drummer Kenny Aronoff on playing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Drummer Kenny Aronoff is probably best known for his work with John Mellencamp. But it was a triple-play of opportunities to jam with Ringo Starr that meant the most to Aronoff as he got the chance to play alongside Starr at the David Lynch tribute, the Grammy Awards and then with both Ringo and Paul on the Grammy salute.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
New York Hard Rock plays lost Lennon interviews at private Beatles event

The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York, hosted a private function Sunday night in honor of the exact 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. The Liverpool Beatles friends in attendance included the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Freda Kelly, Julia Baird and Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
DC celebrates 50th anniversary of the Beatles first U.S. concert

50 years ago, the Beatles descended on the nation's capital with their first full concert in America at what is now the Washington Coliseum. On Tuesday, thousands of aging Beatlemaniacs and many younger fans showed up for a reenacted celebration, as a group called Beatlemaniacs Now belted out a slew of Beatles favorites.

Source: My Fox DC
NYC Fest for Beatles Fans highest attendance ever

Over 8,000 Beatles fans attended the NYC Fest for Beatles Fans in Manhattan on Saturday. It was the highest attendance of any Fest for Beatles Fans, breaking all attendance records, and the largest of any held with 4 floors of exhibits, speakers, special guests, multiple marketplaces, Beatles authors and more.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
All hail Ringo, for 50 years the unsung Beatle

Dear Ringo, congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your appearance with the lads on Ed Sullivan. Savor the moment. After all, you are The World's Most Famous Drummer. But people forget that, don't they? For some Beatles fans, you're the Fab Four's version of Joey Bishop. It's that old "Pete Best was a better drummer" nonsense.

Source: NY Post
Video: Paul and Ringo rehearse Queenie Eye for Grammys

Paul McCartney's official website has posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes video shot at the rehearsals for the Grammys featuring Paul and Ringo practicing "Queenie Eye." The clip includes interviews, Paul says that "playing with Ringo is very special," and Ringo says of his lifelong friend, "Paul McCartney is the finest."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Albert Maysles looks back at filming the Beatles invasion

Even though it was fifty years ago, Albert Maysles, who with his late brother David were the most in demand film documentary team of their time, recalls how he received a call out of the blue from a UK TV station that he'd never heard of, asking if he would be available to make a documentary of a pop group he'd never heard of.

Source: Jewish Business News
Monday, February 10, 2014
Photo exhibit in Hollywood celebrates 50 years of the Beatles

A new photo exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Hollywood features images from photographers with intimate access to the Beatles over the course of their first two-weeks in America, including the Beatles' arrival at JFK Airport, their shows in Washington, D.C. and Miami and even their encounter with Cassius Clay.

Source: Daily Trojan, USC
Apple TV streams Ed Sullivan on its new Beatles channel

Commemorating 50 years since legendary band The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, Apple TV was given a quiet update on Monday, featuring content from the band available on iTunes, along with the band's landmark U.S. television appearance in 1964. The same content is also available on Mac or PC via the iTunes Store.

Source: Apple Insider

Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl plays quintessential Beatles rocker on TV tribute

As part of Dave Grohl's never-ending Beatles love fest, the Foo Fighters frontman played the Yellow Submarine track "Hey Bulldog" during last night's TV tribute to the band. Grohl sang and played guitar alongside Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne. Grohl also played drums with Joe Walsh and Gary Clark, Jr. on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Ratings for Beatles special solid for CBS but no match for NBC's Olympics

NBC rolled Sunday to another easy primetime ratings victory courtesy of the Winter Olympics, but CBS provided stronger-than-usual counter-programming with its Beatles salute special. According to Nielsen, the show was watched by 13.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:30 p.m., peaking in the final half-hour.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
What you didn't see in the CBS Beatles salute

A couple of noteworthy bits of the Grammy Salute to the Beatles wound up on the editing room floor.The biggest surprise was the edit of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr's performance of "Hey Jude," the extended vamp of the song's signature singalong was considerably longer than what ended up in the 2 1/2-hour telecast.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr steal the show at Beatles Grammy Tribute

Despite a two-hour parade of musical tributes, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney effortlessly stole the show last night. Starr's three-song set served as a reminder of just how charming and charismatic a live frontman the Fab Four's drummer has become. McCartney icked off their set with the totally appropriate "Birthday."

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Video: Katy Perry blasted for changing Beatles song

Sunday night on "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America ? A Grammy Salute," one particular performance had Twitter angrily abuzz. Katy Perry sang "Yesterday" and changed the word "man" to "girl." It seems like a simple switch, but Beatles fans were not amused. One fan tweeted, "Katy Perry changed the lyrics. Not cool."

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! TV
Katy Perry, John Mayer, Maroon 5 celebrate Beatles' 50th Anniversary

Many of music's most popular artists came out to celebrate with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr last night. Alicia Keys, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder and many more took the stage to sing some of band's most iconic songs, plus many celebrity presenters including LL Cool J, Sean Penn and Johnny Depp.

Related Articles  Source: E! Online
Taping of Beatles Grammy Salute turned celebs into giddy kids

There's an easy way to give pop music's most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies, ask them to perform in front of The Beatles. Many of today's top artists gathered to honor The Beatles with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance at taping of the Grammy Salute to The Beatles which aired Sunday night.

Related Articles  Source: Associated Press
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Julian Lennon reflects on big Beatles anniversary

Fifty years ago, Julian Lennon's father, John, and the rest of the Beatles boarded a plane for the U.S. "Anyone must remember that dad left when I was 3 years old. Mom and I lived out of the limelight. We lived a totally different life. People seem to forget that. In many respects, as much as I'm tied in [with Beatles history] I am also quite distant from it."

Source: Fox News
Video: Arctic Monkeys cover the Beatles at Madison Square Garden

The Arctic Monkeys joined in the Beatles celebrations last night, kicking off their encore with a cover of All My Loving. "We thought, seeing as we're in New York, as they were all those years ago, that we'd play a little Beatles song for you tonight," Alex Turner told the crowd at their first ever headlining gig at Madison Square Garden.

Source: Rolling Stone
Why the Ed Sullivan Show paid Elvis much more than the Beatles

Elvis Presley was paid $50,000 for three performances in late 1956/early 1957, The Beatles made a measly $10,000 for three shows. The Beatles had never performed on U.S. TV before, and Brian Epstein was willing to accept a lower payment in exchange for The Beatles receiving top billing for three consecutive Sunday nights.

Source: The Examiner
Pattie Boyd Harrison remembers night Beatles heard Brian had died

At today's "A Salute to Brian Epstein" discussion panel at the NYC Fest for Beatles Fans, Pattie Boyd Harrison talked about the evening she found out Brian had died. She said, "They as a group would never be the same. I'll never forget the look on the Beatles face's that they would have to look after themselves."

Source: Beatles News

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