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Friday, April 18, 2014
Paul McCartney adds more dates to American tour

Paul McCartney has confirmed six more performances for the American leg of his 2014 Out There tour on his official website. New dates include Lubbock, TX on June 14, June 16 in Dallas, TX, June 21 in Atlanta, GA, June 22 in Jacksonville, FL, Nashville, TN on June 25, and Salt Lake City, UT on August 7.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Trove of old film now online includes rare Beatles footage

British Pathé has been uploading its newsreels to its YouTube channel for several years, about 85,000 film clips from the 1890s through 1976. Among dozens of clips following the Beatles around the world, there is a six-minute featurette showing them performing Twist and Shout and She Loves You in Manchester, England, in 1963.

Source: NY Times

Mike McCartney
McCartney's brother says it's good he wasn't a Beatle

"I was nearly in The Beatles," remembers Mike McCartney. "I was The Beatles drummer, but I broke my arm in the Scouts. It was when John [Lennon] used to come to the house in Forthlin Road with The Quarrymen, before George [Harrison] was even there." Mike, now 70, is the lesser-known brother of that very famous McCartney, Sir Paul.

Source: Daily Mail, UK

Neil Innes
Neil Innes and The Rutles back on the road

The Rutles have probably had more comebacks than Frank Sinatra, although according to Neil Innes, this really is it. The Rutles are an affectionate, and at times hilarious, pastiche of The Beatles conceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes in the mid-1970s. But what started out as an irreverent bit of fun soon took on a life of its own.

Source: Yorkshire Post, UK
45 singers to take part in Beatles concert in Malta

A concert with Beatles music is to be held at Smart City in Malta on April 26 as part of celebrations of special anniversaries falling this year. 45 singers and Maltese musicians will be taking part. The programme, organised by the Fondazzjoni Ċelebrazzjonijiet Nazzjonali Maltin, includes more than 60 artistic activities for all ages.

Source: The Malta Independent
VIP tickets for Beatles Love in Las Vegas up for auction

Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction off an incredible experience that celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles to raise funds for One Drop. The winner will receive two premium seats to Love, Cirque du Soleil's spectacular show that explores the songs of the Beatles, and access to a backstage tour and a photo op.

Source: Beatles News Blog
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
John Lennon audio interviews surface on new CD collection

"I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews" is now on CD, six radio interviews conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-72. Lennon and Ono talk about the Beatles, from specific songs and what they meant, to the hazards of the touring lifestyle, to Lennon's feelings about subsequent solo projects.

Source: Deseret News, Utah
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
Pandora sued by record companies over music made before 1972

The biggest online radio service, Pandora, infringed copyright playing music recorded before 1972, including songs by the Beatles, a group of record companies, including Capitol Records, has claimed in a lawsuit, accusing Pandora of "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation" of thousands of recordings.

Source: Bloomberg News

Sir Peter Blake
Beatles album cover artist to appear in South Wales

Sir Peter Blake, best known for designing the iconic sleeve to the Beatles album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of the guests appearing at the Mumbles Marvellous Weekend, being held in the grounds of Oystermouth Castle in South Wales. The weekend-long event takes place over the spring bank holiday, May 23 to 26.

Source: South Wales Evening Post
Yoko Ono's NY horse stable-turned-home sells for $8.3M

About six months ago the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million. Ono purchased the co-op in 1995.

Source: Curbed NY
Former Beatles venue to be developed into landmark building

A local businessman is behind a multi-million pound  plan  to transform the  once legendary Kingsway Casino site in Southport, UK, into a luxury apartment complex with  leisure and retail  facilities. The Beatles played the  Kingsway during the early 60s,  just before their stratospheric  international success.

Source: Southport Visitor, UK

Paul McCartney urges people to try veggie this Good Friday

Famously strict vegetarian Paul McCartney is encouraging people to try a vegetarian meal this Good Friday. He said, "Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised. And something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Review: Reading the Beatles

Forget the recent spate of books on the Beatles, the only volume you need was published 20 years ago today. Revolution in the Head, by the music critic Ian MacDonald, is a song-by-song guide to the music of the Beatles, mini essays that begin with their Hamburg-era version of "My Bonnie" and ends with 1970's "I Me Mine."

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Peter Asher inducts Brian Epstein into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Brian Epstein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Peter Asher with the presentation of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award last Thursday at The Barclays Center in New York. For the first time on the internet, this is the verbatim transcript of the induction speech delivered by Peter Asher that night.

Related Articles  Source: Brian Epstein.com
Paul McCartney adds six more American tour dates

Paul McCartney has confirmed another six dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Paul makes his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing in Lubbock, Texas, on June 14, Paul returns to Dallas and Atlanta, his first ever full headline show in Jacksonville, then off to Nashville and Salt Lake City.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Photos: Paul McCartney goes for a spin in Beverly Hills

If there's one car the people of California will see Paul McCartney in when he's hanging out Stateside, it'll be his blue Chevy Corvette convertible. Paul always drives around in the classic C5 when on the West Coast, and that was no different on Tuesday when he took it for a spin. McCartney has had the convertible since 2005.

Source: Daily Mail, UK
George's big sister makes sure Liverpool Legends are Beatles at heart

Louise Harrison remembers The Beatles as kind and sincere young men who loved their music and fans. So the late George Harrison's sister tried to find musicians with similar values when she formed the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. "They would be the guys that George would have wanted to hang out with," said Louise.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat
Interview: Beatles Star Club tapes deserve a better place in their history

The Beatles' Star Club sessions, revived by a recent CD release, have never gotten much respect. They aren't the best quality, even on the new release, but there are some really rocking moments on the Star-Club set that are not only great, but also enlightening. But author Alan Kozinn says the Beatles didn't like the recordings.

Source: Beatles Examiner
No Brian Epstein? No Beatles!

It's 46 years since Brian Epstein. He gave us the Beatles, the least he deserves in return is our respect, gratitude and love. Brian was one of nine inductees to the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but in five and half hours, the amount of time Peter Asher had to speak about Brian was only two and a half minutes.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Restored first Beatles film looked fantastic at film fest premiere

The newest restoration of the Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, premiered April 12 at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film features a new 4K digital film restoration, approved by AHDN director Richard Lester. The film also has a new 5.1 surround soundtrack supervised by Giles Martin, son of Sir George Martin.

More Information  Source: Beatles Examiner
Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Classical Mystery Tour for Beatles tribute

The Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling "Classical Mystery Tour" for a symphony show all about the Beatles at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall in July. From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style they were originally recorded.

Source: Philly.com
Cunard Line to host Beatles cruise

The U.K.-based Cunard Line has announced plans for a Beatles-themed cruise for later this year. A commemoration of the British band's first crossing of the Atlantic, which took place 50 years ago, the trans-Atlantic sailing on the Queen Mary 2 will feature tribute band The Beatles Experience, and departs from New York on Oct. 28.

Source: USA Today
Hard Days Night Hotel to be official hotel of Rock 'n Roll Liverpool Marathon

The BT Rock'n'Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon has named the Hard Days Night Hotel at its official hotel headquarters. As a community partner of the Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon, the Beatles' inspired hotel will offer on-going support to participants of the debut race, via a series of exclusive promotions and competitions.

Source: Click Liverpool

Harry Nilsson
Tim Freedman to Honor Harry Nilsson in Melbourne

Tim Freedman will be honouring the legacy of one of the 20th century's great singer-songwriters, the legendary Harry Nilsson in Melbourne on July 18. In a 1968 press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously referred to Nilsson as their "favourite American group" after Lennon had listened to his second album for 36 hours straight.

Source: Broadway World Australia
Monday, April 14, 2014
Rare Beatles photos about to hit the auction block

Photos of the Beatles and its fans taken during The Beatles' one and only trip to Dallas 50 years ago will go up for auction on April 26. The collection reveals heretofore unseen photos of the band on stage at Memorial Auditorium, from their press conference, and fans pressed against chain-link fence at Love Field.

Source: Dallas News
49ers, San Francisco fighting for rumored Paul McCartney concert

Recently, Paul McCartney's people let it slip Levi's Stadium, new home of the 49ers, was interested in an opening concert with McCartney, but San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had personally invited McCartney to close down Candlestick Park, where the Beatles played their last concert in 1966, and it was thought to be a "done deal."

Source: NBC Bay Area
Paul McCartney tickets quickly sell out in Albany

Tickets quickly sold out Monday for Paul McCartney's July 5 show at the Times Union Center. Thousands bought tickets on the Internet, and more than 80 people lined up at the Times Union Center to score ducats for the former Beatle's first-ever show in Albany. Tickets for the show range in price from $29.50 up to $253.00

Source: Times Union, Albany
Paul McCartney asks fans for help with new music video

Paul McCartney is putting together a new promotional clip for "Save Us," a song from his latest album, New, and he's asking fans to submit photos of themselves that also include one line of lyrics from the tune. Fans can post your photos on either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewPaul until 7 a.m. ET on April 22.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Friday, April 11, 2014
Cilla Black biopic well underway in Liverpool

Filming for the new three-part ITV drama about Cilla Black, starring Sheridan Smith, is well underway in Liverpool. The '60s-set drama will tell the story of how the singer and Blind Date star met Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and how she got the attention of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin.

Related Articles  Source: Radio Times, UK
New Gospel album includes Beatles and John Lennon covers

"Hey Jude," a collection of new gospel versions of classic pop songs, will be available on iTunes beginning April 29. It includes covers of three Beatles songs, Hey Jude, Let It Be and All You Need Is Love, plus John Lennon's Imagine. It also includes Stand By Me, which John Lennon himself covered on his Rock 'n' Roll album.

Source: Broadway World
Business lessons from rock: Not everyone can be the Beatles

"The Mozart problem" is a market-clearing talent in one's chosen profession. The Beatles, by nearly any measurement of artistic or commercial success, have blown away the pop music competition since they exploded on the world stage in 1964. But in business, even Apple, once deemed invincible, seems to be slipping.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Let It Be, Reconsidered

The Beatles White Album turned out to be compilation of songs by solo acts rather than an ensemble band. Paul McCartney believed the best way to improve relations was to get the band back in the studio to mark the return of their rock 'n' roll roots. On New Years Day, 1969, The Beatles returned to the studio to record Let It Be.

Source: Counterpunch
Brian Epstein inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Last night, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein in New York City. "Brian loved, protected and respected the Beatles," said Peter Asher, who inducted Epstein. "He took his responsibilities extremely seriously.... His biggest fear was letting the Beatles down in any way, whatsoever."

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Beatles fans crash South Korean ticket site

A ticket website in South Korea crashed on Tuesday as fans scrambled to book tickets for the Seoul concert of Paul McCartney. The site offered its members the chance to book early tickets from lunchtime but within minutes the card payments were not going through. Demand was high and apparently overloaded the system.

Source: Chosun, South Korean
Video: Epstein campaigner on 15 year fight to have Brian inducted

Getting Brian Epstein into the Hall Of Fame has been a 15 year battle for Martin Lewis. The Beatles were inducted the third year it was open in 1986. Their legendary producer George Martin got in 13 years later, but there had been no such honor for Epstein until tonight. He will then be inducted along with the rest of the class on 2014.

Related Articles  Source: KTTV, Los Angeles
How Beatles manager Brian Epstein made the Rock Hall of Fame

Beatles manager Brian Epstein is being inducted as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Without their talent, he would have had nothing to manage," said Beatles historian Martin Lewis, who started the campaign a decade and a half ago to get Epstein into the Rock Hall.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Preview: The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus cover A Day in the Life

According to Wayne Coyne on Instagram, The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus' cover of The Beatles cover is almost ready for release. He wrote, "Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!! @mileycyrus singing the Paul McCartney bit on A Day In The Life!!!!! Yesss!!" He also shared a short video teasing the cover.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles on this day in 1970

On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney made an announcement that lead to the breakup of the Beatles. All four were already pursuing solo projects, McCartney was to release his debut solo album. In a "self-interview," he said he did not foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney would become an active songwriting partnership again.

Source: Daily Press, Tidewater
Ten things you may not know about the Gretsch Guitar

George Harrison, Ringo Star, and John Lennon were all pretty fond of Gretsch guitars and had at least one during their Beatles career. George owned at least four Gretsch Guitars. While John Lennon is widely associated with Rickenbaker guitars, he used a Gretsch 6120 during the recording of Paperback Writer.

Source: Rock Square
The Beatles supported me...and I'm still touring 50 years later

In 1958, as Lonnie Donegan topped the charts with Rock Island Line, Joe Brown joined his first Skiffle band at 17. The Beatles appeared with him in Liverpool in 1962, it was George Harrison who was Joe's biggest fan and after he sang Joe's big hit Pictures of You on the Beatles' first radio broadcast, the two became close friends.

Source: Southport Visitor, UK
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Video: 17-year-old covers Abbey Road with various instruments

17-year-old Dylan Gardner has posted incredible videos of the Beatles on his Instagram feed. "In honor of the Beatles breakup on April 10, 1970, I decided to cover the entire second side of their last album, Abbey Road, with different instruments for 15-second intervals. It's just me around the house having a blast covering my heroes!"

Source: Boing Boing

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