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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Musician pens novel on John Lennon's return

In his new book, "Saint John Lennon," Hartwell imagines Lennon is alive through a wrinkle in time and has returned to Earth on Dec. 8, 2020, exactly 40 years to the day that he was murdered.The fallen Beatle has no recollection of what happened, he's the age he was when he died, and he pops up in front of the Dakota in New York City.

Source: The Telegram, Worcester, MA

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Original Beatles drummer Pete Best on his acting debut

Pete Best, who was the Beatles' drummer for just over two years before he was replaced by Ringo Starr, is about to take on his first try at acting in a new play, Lennon's Banjo, that opens in April in Liverpool. In an interview he said he took an interest in it after being sent the manuscript by the authors. He said, "Being an ex-Beatle, I could relate to a lot of the stuff."

Source: Billboard
The Beatles Christmas Records a perfect retro gift

The Beatles Christmas Records were originally sent to fan club members as flexi-discs each year from 1963 to 1969, and a compilation album was sent out in 1970, after the band broke up. The seven discs have been "remastered and pressed on seven inch coloured vinyl for the first time" replicating the original releases.

Source: Forbes
Dec 14, 1998: Billy Preston found guilty of insurance fraud

Soul-gospel musician the late Billy Preston, originally from Houston, TX, first met the Beatles in 1962 and was one of a number of people who came to be known as "The Fifth Beatle." In 1998 he pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants, included his former manager.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John Lennon to be honored with US postage stamp in 2018

The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year. Among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon, which will be released with next installment of the USPS' Music Icons series of "Forever" stamps. No release date has been announced yet for the stamp.

Source: WEZX Rock 107, Scranton
Paul McCartney's gift raises funds for Manchester attack families

An auction of a gift from Paul McCartney has raised more than 3,000 (about $4,000) for Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack. Paul offered to personalise the 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which sold for 2,700, but the auctioneers also donated their commission.

Source: BBC News, UK
Paul McCartney becomes first Beatle to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney has become the first Beatle to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The rock legend's effort on Wednesday afternoon local time was made all the more impressive given his 75-years of age. More impressive still, he managed the 2-hour climb to the top after going all-out for an epic three-hour concert on Monday night.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

The Beatles Story celebrating 50 years of Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool is celebrating 50 years since the release of Magical Mystery Tour with the launch of an exciting new exhibit, which opened at The Beatles Story 50 years to the day of the soundtrack's UK release (December 8), and features revealing facts and figures about the Magical Mystery Tour film and soundtrack.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Developer pays homage to the Beatles with 50m plan for Liverpool

Developer YPG has outlined plans to pay homage to The Beatles and the history of the local area with its forthcoming 50m scheme in Liverpool, which features three new apartment blocks called Fab One, Fab Two and Fab Three. The scheme will also incorporate rooftop gardens providing residents with communal green space.

Source: Insider Media, UK
Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio dies at 62

The lead singer and primary songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, passed away yesterday. In 2007 with the Smithereens, he recorded Meet the Smithereens, on which the group covered the entire Meet the Beatles album. Pat DiNizio had been rehabilitating from a fall, he was 62.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Review: Christmas Time Is Here Again

Beginning in 1963, the Beatles started a holiday tradition of recording Christmas messages for their fans. The records were not available for sale, but were distributed free to Fan Club members. Although the Christmas recordings have been bootlegged for decades, they have never been officially released to the general public until now.

Source: Bruce Spizer
New alternate history novel imagines five more decades of Beatles

Imagine the Beatles stayed together instead of breaking up in 1970. What new adventures would they get in? Could they have continued to play for years, like the Rolling Stones? These are the questions that author Bryce Zabel answers in his new alternate history novel, "Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together?"

Source: Broadway World
Illinois church using Beatles to deliver holiday message

The worship staff at Aurora's Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora, Illinois, is using the Beatles to help deliver the message of the holiday season. "People all know the words to these songs since for many, they are part of the soundtrack of their lives," said the Rev. John Bell, who added, reaction to the music has been noticeable.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Drummer Alan White remembers playing with 2 Beatles before joining Yes

In a new interview, drummer Alan White talked about appearing on two albums with former Beatles before joining Yes, John Lennon's Imagine (1971) and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (1970) and Radha Krsna Temple (1971). He said, "I played with John, and I played with George. They were landmark albums."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Monday, December 11, 2017
Paul McCartney rocks Sydney for three-hours Warning: Page opens with sound

Rock icon Paul McCartney wowed Sydney with a three-hour show packed with Beatles classics, and a few new tunes, leaving fans in an absolute frenzy, as his One on One tour finally arrived in Sydney for his two final Australian concerts at Qudos Bank Arena. McCartney was superb whether plucking heart strings or rocking out.

Source: News.com.au Australia
Opinion: Worst Christmas song and possibly the worst song ever

Wonderful Christmastime is the worst of Christmas songs, but it makes up for it by also being the worst of all songs, the worst song ever written by a human, Beatle or otherwise, the worst melody, the worst synthesizer, the worst production, the worst Wings song, the worst pronunciation of the word "here," and the worst lyrics.

Source: Golf Digest

Ringo Starr albums get vinyl reissues

Two Ringo Starr albums, 1973's Ringo and 1974's Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered for worldwide reissue vinyl. Both albums, remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering, will be released on January 19, 2018. In addition, Ringo's 1999 Christmas album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus, has been released on vinyl for the first time ever.

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Ringo Starr's Mini Cooper now owned by a Spice Girl

Ringo Starr's 1966 Mini Cooper S Radford has sold at Bonham's auction for 102,000 (about $136,500), bought by former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. Not noted for her driving skills, it's probably as well the 1960s Mini isn't especially quick. Also in the auction, Paul McCartney's Aston Martin DB5 sold for 1,345,500 (about $1,801,000).

Source: Cars UK
Rare Beatles photo featured in on-line charity auction

A rare photograph of the Beatles in which they pose with an unsuspecting man sleeping on a park bench is among the star lots of a Suffolk, England-based global online auction which is set to break the 1million mark. The Ultimate Charity Auction, which ends at 4pm tomorrow, will support the League Manager Association Charity.

Source: Ipswich Star, UK
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lennon and Ono's Bed-In for Peace remembered in Tokyo

Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo, has opened an exhibit remembering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's antiwar performance, "Bed-In for Peace," on the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. The exhibit features journalist Gerry Deiter's photos of the couple's peace-promoting response to the Vietnam War, in a hotel room in Montreal during their honeymoon in 1969.

Source: Kyodo News, Japan
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Never-before-seen photos of The Beatles from Eight Arms to Hold You

Eight Arms to Hold You is a new collection of rare and unseen photographs of the Beatles from the movie Help! Curated by British author Simon Wells, the photos were remastered by art and image restorer Paul Skellett, who took the original black-and-white photos and transformed them into colorful stories on each page.

Source: Parade Magazine
Beatles album imagery coming to new line of stationery

The agency responsible for The Beatles' licensing program together with Apple Corps has signed a new deal for a range of Beatles stationery. A wide selection of stationery items is planned, including notebooks, pin badges, pens and pencils, illustrated with imagery from covers and logos from Sgt Pepper, Yellow Submarine and Abbey Road.

Source: Licensing.biz

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Liverpool's Epstein Theatre falls into financial trouble

Liverpool's famous Epstein Theatre has collapsed into administration, but the company has insisted the show will go on over Christmas. The historic playhouse, which first opened its doors in 1913, has appointed FRP Advisory as administrator after falling behind on its rent, who promises the theatre will continue to operate as normal, retaining all 30 staff.

Source: Oxford Mail, UK
Official Beatles Gold Record awards up for auction

Auction website Catawiki, based in the Netherlands, who's goal is to make special objects universally available, has recently put up for auction several framed Beatles Official Awards. The special rare pieces include a Hey Jude 45 gold record, a Revolver LP UK gold record, a Sgt. Pepper platinum record award, and many more.

Source: Catawiki
Cops and Surgeon remember trying to save John Lennon Warning: Page opens with sound

"You just threw your whole life away!" Those were the words roared by NYPD Officer Peter Cullen to the man who moments earlier had fatally shot John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. Cullen and his partner, Steve Spiro, were the first to arrive at the Dakota Building on Manhattan's Upper West Side that fateful Monday night in New York City.

Fan Content Warning  WARNING: Includes Distressing Content  Source: Inside Edition
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
McCartney signs 16-year-old student's bass drum onstage

Paul McCartney has made a Scotch College student's year, signing his bass drum at his Melbourne concert last night. The Scotch College Pipe Band joined McCartney onstage for Mull Of Kintyre. Will Mountney said, "It was very exciting but I was just really nervous. It's going to go straight up on the wall and we'll keep it there forever."

Related Articles  Source: 3AW AM, Melbourne
Paul McCartney's secret Beatles hit he wrote in New Zealand

Paul McCartney remembers when the Beatles toured New Zealand at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, and while trapped in their Wellington hotel, he requested a guitar so he could work on a song. He got the guitar, accounts differ on how, but no one knows what song he was working on. "Let's pretend it was Yesterday," he quipped.

Source: New Zealand Herald
John Lennon to be celebrated Friday at Lake Worth music festival

The music and spirit of John Lennon will be celebrated at a festival in Lake Worth, Florida, on Friday, the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. Imaginefest will feature singalongs of classic Lennon and Beatles songs performed by more than 20 bands and prizes for a contest for costumes capturing the 1960s, '70s and Beatles lookalikes.

Source: Palm Beach Post
See Yoko Ono's public artwork at three places in New Orleans

A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono's monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the Beatles. It appears at three different locations, where Ono's work asks, "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?"

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

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Harry Benson's new book celebrates his extraordinary career Warning: Page opens with sound

For nearly 70 years, one man has pointed his lens at the country's most important events and people, including each of the last 12 presidents. When the Beatles had their famous pillow fight, Harry Benson was there, and it became his favorite picture ever. The Beatles were celebrating after they were told they were number one in America.

Source: CBS News

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Ozzy: I owe my career to the Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Ozzy Osbourne says that he owes his whole career to the Beatles, saying She Loves You changed his life. He said, "I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life...they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game."

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Extreme security requested for Queensland Paul McCartney concert

Suncorp Stadium was asked to screen every concert goer with handheld metal detectors ahead of Paul McCartney's show in Queensland, Australia, this weekend. It would have been the first time security screening at the venue had been boosted to such a high level, but the request was revoked yesterday by the event's promoters.

Related Articles  Source: The Queensland Times, Australia

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Rare Beatles promo most expensive single ever sold on Discogs

A Parlophone promo 7″ for the Beatles' Love Me Do has become the most expensive single ever sold on the music database and marketplace website Discogs, missing the all-time high for most expensive record ever sold on the site, a copy of Prince's lost Black Album, by just $243. It was purchased for a whopping $14,757 (11,250).

Source: The Vinyl Factory
Jerry Garcia Foundation unites music and art at Lennon inspired benefit

In this "season of giving," the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual "Imagine There's No Hunger" holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert.

Source: PR Newswire
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Nashville-based country pop singer Emily Hackett has recorded a fantastic cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" just in time for the holidays. She said, "Recording this song has always been on my bucket list and the timing of it just seemed so appropriate with everything going on in the world this year."

Source: Grateful Web
U2 recreates the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover

Irish group U2 takes their smash hits to the iconic Abbey Road studios as they perform their chart-topping tracks for a BBC special, where they recreated the legendary Beatles cover. U2 At The BBC will not only see an intimate performance from the quartet, but will also feature a discussion on the group's undeniably strong musical chemistry.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, December 4, 2017
Listen: Paul McCartney's lost 1965 Christmas record

An extremely rare record, only three copies were known to exist, made by Paul McCartney for his bandmates at Christmastime in 1965 has made its way online. It was found by the Dangerous Minds website, who also shared an interview with McCartney from 1995 where he talked about it. McCartney said, "It was just something for the mates."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney helps couple get engaged at Perth concert

Martyn Davison may have gotten more than he bargained for when he attended the Paul McCartney concert in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night, holding a sign that read "Can I propose to my love on stage?" McCartney invited the lucky couple on stage during his encore so they could have their special moment.

Related Articles  Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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