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Tokyo cops arrest organized crime boss for scalping McCartney tix 

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of an organized crime boss for scalping tickets for a concert by Paul McCartney last week. The suspect was taken into custody for selling a ticket with a face value of 18,000 yen for the McCartney concert at Tokyo Dome to a male company employee for 80,000 yen.

Related Articles  Source: Tokyo Reporter
The Beatles Story celebrates its 25th birthday 

The Beatles Story celebrates a special landmark this week when it turns 25. It was on May 1, 1990 that the Albert Dock attraction first opened its doors to the public, and since then the museum of all things Fab Four has welcomed more than four million visitors and boosted the Liverpool economy by an estimated 300m.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Aston Martin restores Paul McCartney's Hey Jude DB6 

Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB6 has been restored at Aston Martin's the automaker's restoration shop. It originally had a tape recorder installed in its dashboard, so Macca could record ideas for songs as they came to him, as he reportedly did for Hey Jude one day as he was going to visit John Lennon's son, Julian.

Source: Bold Ride
Beatles, Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper dies at 96 

Sid Tepper, who wrote songs recorded by The Beatles and Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 96. Tepper, with writing partner Roy C. Bennett, wrote The Beatles' "Glad All Over" (not to be confused with the Dave Clark Five song of the same name), which they performed on the BBC. He died of natural causes in Miami Beach on Friday.

More Information  Source: Digital Spy
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Paul McCartney to play Philly for the first time in five years

Paul McCartney is following up his Firefly Music Festival headlining appearance on Friday, June 19 in Dover, Delaware, with a huge Philadelphia show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, June 21. Live Nation made the announcement at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Tickets will hit the market on Friday, May 1 at noon.

Official Page  Source: Philly.com
Audio: Todd Rundgren's Beatles cover

Now available on the net is an advance stream of Todd Rundgren's new take on "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" from the forthcoming multi-artist album "Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles." The surprise is how straight forward, even reverent he is with John Lennon's Help-era lament. This guy simply loves the Beatles.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Electro-pop band covers Rutles song

Ryan DeRobertis, the one-man electro-pop band known as Skylar Spence, says, "I like the Beatles enough too, but I actually like this Rutles song more than most Beatles songs." On the second edition of the Faux Real compilation, coming next week, he covers "I Must Be In Love," by The Rutles, a 1970's Beatles parody created by Neil Innes.

Source: Flavorwire
The history of Pete Ham and Badfinger

Like the Beatles, the band with which they're inextricably linked, Badfinger included four men capable of writing and singing lead. Though they didn't have a traditional frontman, Pete Ham, as the composer and voice of their biggest hits, has often been called the heart and soul of the group. His story is a complicated and tragic one.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Paul McCartney tops list of musical millionaires

Paul McCartney has not had a UK number one single in decades but that has not stopped him being the richest man in music. Macca is said to have amassed a personal fortune of 730 million (more than $1 billion), 20 million up from last year, well ahead of his nearest rival Andrew Lloyd Webber, estimated to be worth 650 million.

Source: ITV, UK
Jeff Lynne's productions with the Beatles rank with his best work

As the young artist behind Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne hardly made his admiration for the Beatles a secret. So it made sense that he would go on to become the defining producer for the group's post-1960s work, including with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and the Free as a Bird and Real Love tracks.

Source: Variety
Vintage Beatles record is most valuable disc

Rare Record Price Guide has a list of the ten most valuable vinyl records commercially available. The top ten are dominated by just two major groups, and half of them are by the Beatles. The most valuable: the original pressing of That'll Be The Day by the Quarrymen, the only copy currently owned by Paul McCartney.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Fab Faux to recreate 'Abbey Road' album in its entirety at UMass concert

Except for a brief rooftop concert in 1970, the Beatles hadn't performed live since August 1966, in part because their later recordings had arrangements that were too complex to be produced live. But tribute band the Fab Faux has modern concert sound systems, and five veteran musicians who are all confirmed Beatlemaniacs.

Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette
The Beatles' course directions that made them famous

What can a highly productive rock band could teach us about what best motivates successful change? The Beatles are the most commercially triumphant and critically acclaimed pop music team in history. What brought about their biggest career-changing moves, which in the end turned out to be spectacularly successful?

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Howard Stern channel to feature Flaming Lips Beatles tribute show

The Flaming Lips will be playing songs from their tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on Howard Stern's SirusXM Channel Howard 101 on Friday. The program will be hosted by Fred Armisen. Last year, the Flaming Lips released With a Little Help From My Fwends, a song-for-song remake of Sgt. Pepper's.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles

A new Beatles tribute album featuring an interesting variety of pop and rock stars is scheduled to be released next Tuesday. "Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles" boasts acoustic renditions of classic Fab Four tunes by artists including KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, David Clayton-Thomas, Leo Sayer, Jack Bruce and Todd Rundgren.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Joan Jett on jamming with Paul McCartney at Rock Hall

Joan Jett had a huge Saturday night being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, moments after stepping offstage, a still-emotional Jett reflected on the night. I remember getting Paul's [McCartney] album and listening to it in my bedroom, and then all of a sudden I'm onstage with him. And it's very surreal."

Source: Rolling Stone
Celebrating the music of George Harrison

George Harrison's fabulous musical legacy lives on in the band All Things Must Pass, fronted by Austrian-born jazz drummer Alex Eberhard, which has taken Alex away from his drumming and put him back on the guitar where he started. As a song-writer, Harrison was very much underrated, Eberhard believes.

Source: Worthing Herald, UK
6 filmmaking tips from Richard Lester

Director Richard Lester didn't leave America in order to become a filmmaker. Rather, he found in England a home he never quite knew existed. Lester unwittingly became a major figure in transforming British cinema during the heyday of "Swinging London" by pursuing radically unconventional means of filmic expression.

Source: Film School Rejects
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
John Lennon albums to come Out as vinyl box set

Eight of John Lennon's solo albums will comprise a new, nine-LP vinyl box set called Lennon. Each record has been remastered from its original analog master and has been cut to 180-gram vinyl from an ultra-high-res digital file and packaged in artwork that faithfully replicates its original U.K. release.

Source: Rolling Stone
Garden gnome featured on Sgt. Pepper's cover sells for 29,000

A tiny garden gnome that appeared on the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album and was signed by all four band member has sold for 29,000 ($43,400). Following the album's cover shoot, a photography assistant was given the 20-inch tall cardboard gnome as a souvenir by The Beatles, who each signed it.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Audio: Kurt Cobain's chilling, unreleased Beatles cover

Director Brett Morgen sorted through hundreds of hours of unheard Kurt Cobain audiotapes for his upcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. One gem the filmmaker unearthed was a snippet of the Nirvana frontman recording a chilling cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her." A full version has leaked online.

Source: Rolling Stone
Why every fan should visit Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road

Liverpool is known all over the world as the birthplace of The Beatles. The National Trust operates tours inside Mendips, Lennon's home, and 20 Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney's home, other tours can only see them from the street. The homes are remarkably preserved, the folks who lived in the houses after hardly changed much.

Source: Jaunted
7 facts that will change the way you see Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono was showing her conceptual work at a gallery in London in 1966 when she met John Lennon. This year, Ono will have a survey at MoMA, "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971," a look back at the early years, gathering roughly 125 performances, films, works on paper, installations, and archival materials.

Source: Artnet
Liverpool restaurant undergoes Beatles-inspired makeover

Closed for nearly two weeks, Cafe Rouge in Liverpool One re-opens later this week after undergoing a Beatles-inspired makeover with a redesigned interior and brand new menu. The restaurant will have an "All you Need Is Love" theme, which pays homage to both Parisian romance and Liverpool's Merseybeat heritage.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, April 20, 2015
Paul McCartney says hi from Japan

Paul McCartney and his band will be playing in Japan this coming week as part of his "Out There" tour. Macca filmed a new video at rehearsals for the tour, and posted it for his fans on his official website. Starting tomorrow, Paul plays the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, and Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome and next Tuesday at Budokan.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell mobbed by fans in Japan

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy were mobbed by a sea of fans as they arrived at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, on Monday. The warm reception is a stark contrast to when he arrived in Japan on January 16, 1980. Touring the world with his band Wings, he was caught with 8oz of marijuana and arrested by officials.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono call Ringo Starr the most influential Beatle

Yoko Ono paid a surprising tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductee Ringo Starr last night. "No one is probably going to believe it but he was the most influential Beatle," Yoko said to Rolling Stone. "For some reason John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn't they think about Ringo?"

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
My name is Ringo and I play drums: Ringo's accepts Rock Hall award

Ringo Starr was applauded by a stellar array of friends, colleagues and admirers Saturday night when he took the stage at Cleveland's Public Hall to accept the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence from his former bandmate Paul McCartney. His entire acceptance speech is now on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo nailed it: Paul McCartney inducts Starr into Rock Hall of Fame

When it came to handing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence out to Ringo Starr, there was certainly no one more appropriate for the task than Paul McCartney. He bestowed ample praise upon his old mate, along with the award. You can now read his entire speech on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
The Fabricated Four: Were the Beatles real?

One of the more persistent myths in rock lore contends that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was secretly replaced. But, what if the Beatles never really existed at all? This is the claim made by the authors of "The Beatles Never Existed." There are several competing (and sometimes contrasting) theories and a bounty of "evidence."

Source: Black Bag
Cavern Beatles celebrate golden anniversary of Beatles' MBE

On February 9, 1961, The Beatles made their first of their 292 appearances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Just four years later, in May 1965, the Fab Four were each honored with an MBE from the Queen for their services to music. Now, the event is being remembered by The Cavern Beatles, the Cavern's official ambassadors.

Source: Saddleworth Independent, UK
Friday, April 17, 2015
Beatles piano sells for almost $100,000 at auction

The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build Program raised $98,888 on Friday by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Originally purchased for $100, it was restored, custom painted with a Beatles theme, and then trucked around to their gigs for the Beatles autographs.

Source: Nola Defender
Set of Beatles autographs and Sgt. Peppers mike for sale

A piece of paper signed by all four members of the Beatles and a microphone used during the recording of their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are up for auction next week. The autographs are valued at around 1,500 (around $2,250) and the microphone could go for as much as 600 (about $900).

Source: The Irish Examiner
5 Starr classics: Ringo's essential albums

John, Paul, George, Ringo. You'll usually find poor Richard Starkey's name at the bottom of the list. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose to honor him last. But, perhaps the best argument for reconsidering Ringo's place the rankings are his own post-Beatles albums, the most underrated of any of the Fab Four's solo works.

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr life

After five decades, the happy-go-lucky sidekick in the greatest band of all time is finally getting his moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. "Paul said he's going to do the Hall of Fame speech," says Ringo. "I really think I'm doing it just to give Paul a night out. He likes to keep busy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Rishikesh wildlife park could become Beatles fan pilgrimage spot

The government in Northern India hopes to turn Rajaji National Park in Rishikesh into a pilgrimage site of sorts for the band's followers. The park in the foothills of the Himalayas houses Chaurasi Kutia where the Beatles stayed with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his ashram in the late sixties. It became a national park in 1983.

Source: Hindustan Times
Paul and Linda McCartney's love story in the form of song

On April 17, 1998, Paul McCartney's first wife, Linda McCartney, lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 56. Luckily, Paul and Linda's love for each other will permanently be on display through photographs taken of the two together over the years. Their love will also live on in immortality through Paul's music.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
8 ways George Harrison saved British cinema

After the Beatles, his solo work and the Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison turned film producer and helped bring some of Britain's very best films to the screen when others wouldn't. His film studio Handmade arrived at a time when the entertainment industry was in flux and crying out for change in order to survive.

Source: What Culture
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Interview: Dave Grohl on vinyl and Record Store Day

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is this year's ambassador to Record Store Day, which will see 400 new and limited-edition releases go on sale, including the re-release of Paul McCartney's soundtrack album "The Family Way." Grohl said, "I have albums from the last 40 years of my life. I still have the first record I ever bought."

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney launches new avatar on Line Play game

Last May Paul launched an account on the game Line Play, a smartphone community that allows players to create their own unique avatars and personalize their chat rooms. To celebrate Paul getting back Out There in Japan this month, a brand new set of official Paul McCartney Gacha personal game items are now available to collect.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Fisheries say Paul McCartney misleading public on seal hunt

As Paul McCartney calls again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial seal hunt, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said on Tuesday, "We continue to tell the truth about sealing, and the effects of seal populations on our marine ecosystems, to combat misleading attacks on the hunt from radical animal rights activists."

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, Canada
It's now a Kid's Day's Night at Liverpool hotel

The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has unveiled its new Children's Menu, with many of its signature dishes offering suitably portioned meals with younger palates in mind. Children can choose from tomato sauce and cheese pasta, mini fish and chips or mini beef burger, with a chocolate sundae or ice cream for afters.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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