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Friday, March 24, 2017
Day John Lennon met Paul McCartney being recreated 60 years on Warning: Page opens with sound

When St Peter's Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon , who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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James McCartney coming to Richmond

James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney, returns to The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, March 28, in support of his latest album, 2016's "The Blackberry Train." On his latest album, the singer and songwriter said he played "everything. Conventionally: my vocal cords, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Two at a time usually."

More Tour Dates  Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Video: Broadway stars come together to record all-star Beatles cover

A group of Broadway's finest have gathered a galaxy of voices and performers in New York City for an all-star single and video to benefit Americans For The Arts. Their stirring gospel-tinged cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" was released this week, to support the National Endowment for the Arts.

Source: Billboard
Wonderwall Music: Macca's banjo, Mellotron and a Monkee

What do you get if you cross a Monkee, two Beatles, the man they called God, Paul McCartney's banjo and India's musical elite? The answer is Wonderwall Music. Released on November 1, 1968, three weeks before the White Album, George Harrison's heartfelt, eccentric film soundtrack was the first solo record by a Beatle.

Source: The Guardian, UK
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds debut Beatles cover in London

According to the davematthewsband.com website, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds wrapped up their two-night run at the Apollo in London on Tuesday night. Towards the end of the show, the acoustic duo performed a brand new cover of the beatles' She's A Woman. Their European tour then went on to Dublin.

Source: Jam Bands
Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt album is regarded as one of his best of the '80s, and inspired his first world tour in 10 years. Now, as the record is re-released, Sir Paul speaks to the BBC 6 about collaborating with Elivis Costello, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, but why he'll never work with anyone better than John Lennon.

Source: BBC News, UK

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Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, fans in Cuba kept their Beatlemania a secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist island's Cold War-era censorship of rock music a thing of the past, they are making up for lost time, especially at the Yellow Submarine bar in Havana.

Source: Yahoo! News
How teenager's John Lennon interview became award-winning cartoon

In 1969, Jerry Levitan became known as the boy who interviewed John Lennon for a full 45 minutes, a recording that he sat on for another 40 years. It didn't occur to the busy lawyer and part-time actor to create something of Lennon's interview until he met filmmaker Josh Raskin. They called their short animated film "I Met The Walrus."

Source: Resource Magazine

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Legendary label Geffen Records relaunches after disappearing

Once it was one of the most influential record labels in the music industry. Then, through a series of buyouts and reshufflings, it disappeared. Now, after many years, Geffen Records is officially back in business. In 1980, Geffen released John Lennon's final album, Double Fantasy, which went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Source: Forbes
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Andre 3000 to release Beatles cover for Record Store Day 2017

This year for Record Store Day, Andre 3000 will release a 7" single version of his Beatles cover All Together Now, which he recorded in 2010 for a Nike commercial. This marks the first time it will be released on vinyl, backed with a previously unreleased instrumental version of the track. Only 5,000 copies will be available.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Video Preview: Ringo's All Starr Band concert on AXS TV

A 2016 concert from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific. Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band performing hit after hit. You can now watch Ringo sing Photograph from the performance online.

Source: Best Classic Bands
San Diego Beatles Fair to celebrate all things Fab this Saturday

Saturday's 2017 San Diego Beatles Fair, to be held at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in North Park, the 15th since 1995, is set to be the biggest yet. More than three dozen bands and solo artists are scheduled to perform on four stages, including Billy J. Kramer and former Billy Joel band drummer Liberty DeVito.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

How Sgt. Pepper's changed music forever

June 1 will mark the 50th birthday of Sgt. Pepper's, still considered a groundbreaking, influential album, not only for the Beatles but also as one of the most important albums ever recorded. It was the first to consider production quality as important as writing and performing, a concept that has heavily influenced pop music today.

Source: Lifezette
Liverpool arts festival to mark 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's

A festival to mark one of The Beatles' most famous albums, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is to be held in Liverpool 50 years after it was launched. A host of world-renowned artists have collaborated for the festival of art, dance, music, poetry and theatre in tribute to what is widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time.

More Information  Source: BT News, UK
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Gregg Rolie talks about the All Starr Band and Ringo

The original lead vocalist and keyboardist for Santana, Gregg Rolie then formed with another Santana member to form Journey. Since 2012 Rolie has been a key figure in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, adding his distinctive Hammond B-3 organ flourishes to an array of "All-Starr" hits, including, of course, Beatles material.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The Who's residency at Caesars in Vegas starts with six concerts

The Who, the British rock band that announced its first farewell tour in 1982, is back again, coming to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency starting with six shows this summer. Joining original rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, on guitar and vocals, and Ringo's son Zak Starkey on drums.

Source: Los Angeles Times
10 Beatles covers you really need to hear

There's probably no other band as widely covered as The Beatles. Practically from the moment they first emerged, they've been fodder for interpretations by artists from just about every genre. And in the modern era there's a bigger bag of Beatles covers to sift through than ever before. This is a handy guide to some of the best.

Source: Good Men Project
Paul McCartney releases another unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

In 1988, as he was preparing to go on his first ever solo tour and his first major live tour in a decade, Paul McCartney wanted to new songs to perform. One such song was This One, you can listen to the previously unreleased demo version of the song now streaming on YouTube, teasing the upcoming Flowers in the Dirt reissue.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You hits #1

Imagine being so popular that one of your recordings has just knocked another one of your records out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! It's only happened once in the history of Billboard, not surprisingly, the artist behind the feat was The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney explains how Beatles wouldn't exist without Chuck Berry

In early 1958, Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen," a song that would change the course of music history. It ignited the urge to celebrate rock and roll in kids throughout America, but it also traveled the world and influenced the Beatles during their defining years, some of their biggest hits were covers of Berry songs.

Related Articles  Source: Esquire Magazine
Monday, March 20, 2017
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates 35th anniversary

Long ago a friend of his at the college radio station where Ken Michaels was hosting several music formats from Top 40 to album rock, suggested he do a Beatles radio show. This month, Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates his 35th anniversary since starting his weekly Beatles radio program "Every Little Thing."

Source: Beatles News
Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia will go on auction in Paris on Saturday. Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album "A Hard Day's Night." Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records and more besides.

Source: Voice of America
Mersey Beatles celebrate Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary in Liverpool

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's and to celebrate the occasion The Mersey Beatles will be performing the whole album live at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, the theatre named for the late Beatles manager, on April 1. The Mersey Beatles have been recreating the sights and sound of the Beatles since 1999.

Source: Broadway World, UK
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."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
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
Friday, March 17, 2017
Look up or you'll miss these Mathew Street Beatles masterpiecesz Warning: Page opens with sound

A real treat for fans of the Fab Four can now be found directly over the heads of visitors to Mathew Street in Liverpool. The windows directly above the Rubber Soul pub are now covered with psychedelic renditions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, in the style of the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Excerpt: Counting Down The Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs

Something is the finest complete song on Abbey Road. It is also tops on the list of Fab Four songs suitable for slow dancing with one's significant other, thanks to the gorgeous sway of the music and the stirring pull of the words; you practically just have to stand there and this song will move you around by the force of its beauty.

Source: American Songwriter
Concert Review: Beatles tribute Rain poured with good will

There probably won't be a Justin Bieber experience 20 years from now, or an Ariana Grande tribute show. But it's unlikely an act could attain the kind of influence the Beatles had on several generations. Hearing their songs in "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" explains plenty and shows just how evolutionary they were.

Source: Sioux City Journal
Thursday, March 16, 2017
John Lennon's doodles for Walls and Bridges could sell for huge sum

A record sleeve covered in doodles by John Lennon as he brainstormed ideas for an album cover has emerged for sale for £15,000 (about $18,550). The black felt tip pen sketchings are believed to have been Lennon's initial ideas for the cover of his 1974 album Walls and Bridges and span both sides of an opened-out record sleeve.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Rent the flat George Harrison and Pattie Boyd shared with Ringo Starr

A Knightsbridge flat that was home to two of The Beatles is available to rent. Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with Harrison's fiancée, Pattie Boyd, moved into Whaddon House, William Mews, in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Beatles manager Brian Epstein lived upstairs on the fifth floor.

Source: Homes & Property, UK
Hunt for John Lennon holy grail begins in Liverpool next year Warning: Page opens with sound

A new play described as "The Beatles meets The Da Vinci Code" is set to premiere in Liverpool next year. "Lennon 's Banjo" is the intriguing tale of the very first instrument John learned to play and the ongoing search for it. The instrument belonged to Lennon's mum Julia, following her death in 1958, the banjo disappeared.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Paul McCartney unveils unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

To celebrate the upcoming reissue of Paul McCartney's 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album an exclusive demo of the album track "Distractions" has been made available for download on PaulMcCartney.com. Paul said, "It's always nice to be in the mood to write a ballad and that was the case when I sat down to write this."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Never-before-seen photos show The Beatles in the Abbey Road canteen

Some incredible black and white shots of The Beatles taking a break at Abbey Road studios, never before seen by the public, are now being exhibited. Photographer David Magnus captured the images at EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road, for the BBC, in June 1967 as the band was preparing to perform the All You Need Is Love live broadcast.

Source: Metro, UK
Opinion: In Retrospect, Yoko Ono is a genius

Yoko Ono is, according to revered music critic Robert Palmer, the bridge which connects the popular rock culture of The Beatles with the avant garde work of composers such as Philip Glass and John Cage. As a musician in her own right, Yoko's body of work consists of some of the most avant-garde, boundary pushing music of the 20th century.

Source: Highlander News, UC Riverside
No Reply: the Beatles write a breakup song

On the British release Beatles for Sale and the American Beatles '65, No Reply opens both albums. John Lennon has said it was his version of "Silhouettes" by The Rays, later covered Herman's Hermits. But John's song is a much bleaker version of a lover's realization that he has loved and lost, in it John conveys what it feels like to break up.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sony says Paul McCartney lawsuit over Beatles songs is unripe

Paul McCartney waited decades for his opportunity to reclaim rights to songs he authored as a member of The Beatles. Now, Sony/ATV Music Publishing is telling a judge he should have to cool his heels a little longer. McCartney sued in the US in January, but Sony clearly wants an English court deciding limitations on the rights reclamation.

Source: The Hollywood Reorter
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, what inspired him to write the song "Distractions." Paul answered, "It just occurred to me that if you love someone, one of the problems is that you don't always spend enough time with that person. Because...you've got work or you've got other obligations to other people or whatever."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Pentatonix's hauntingly beautiful spin on John Lennon's Imagine

Few songs have stood the test of time quite like John Lennon's 1971 hit Imagine. Last Friday, Pentatonix released their own version of Lennon's legendary song, putting their a cappella spin on the moving lyrics and giving the song a new angle, all the while respecting Lennon's original intention and vision.

Source: Rare
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
Beatles pervade March Madness in the Top 40 in 1970

In mid-March 1970, Badfinger had their first of four consecutive hits with Come and Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, The Plastic Ono Band's Instant Karma! was written, recorded and released within a matter of days, and the Beatles' Let it be was a #1 U.S. pop hit and to many it signals the end of the group.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Grammy-winning producer and label exec Tommy Lipuma dead at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a veteran producer and industry executive whose name appeared in the liner notes for a long string of hit records including Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom, has died at the age of 80. LiPuma also worked with Dr. John, Miles Davis, and Willie Nelson, and co-founded Blue Thumb records in 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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