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Friday, July 3, 2015
Pictures: Paul McCartney celebrates Fan Art Friday

For the past year Paul McCartney's official web site has been posting a piece of fan art every Friday. They have now added their favourites to the #FanArtFriday website photo collection, they say the quality of the artwork has blown them away and they're inspired by all of the talent and creativity fans have shown.

John Lennon Songbook returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The John Lennon Songbook is returning to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in a new staging as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Summer Pops and the Liverpool Phil's 175th anniversary. First performed in Liverpool to sell-out audiences in 2008, Liverpool actor and vocalist Mark McGann reprises his role as Lennon in the concert.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Heather Mills tired of being a trophy wife

Despite the publicist's warning that the 'M' word must not be mentioned, in a new interview, Heather Mills is willing to recall the horrendous fall-out she suffered from her acrimonious divorce from Paul McCartney. Today Mills, 47, is determined to proclaim a positive outcome from those traumatic times.

Source: Sunderland Echo, UK
Pictures: Nobody wants to live in Yoko's building

Apartment 46 in The Dakota in New York City has been on and off the market for over eight years. It's on again for $14.5 million. But, even if you have the cash, you might not have to be Yoko Ono's neighbor. The Dakota co-op board is famously picky, it has denied everyone from Billy Joel to Judd Apatow to Madonna.

Source: SF Gate
Black Dyke Mills band still doing their Thingumybob

Dubbed "the world's most famous brass band," tomorrow Black Dyke Band will be performing at St Mary's Church in Portsmouth on the south coast of England. Winners of the National Brass Band Championships and British Open 2014, they have collaborated with the likes of Elton John and The Beatles during their illustrious history.

More Information  Source: The News, Portsmouth, UK
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
New details announced for Ringo Starr's 75th birthday in L.A. on Tuesday

There are new details about Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering this Tuesday at noon at the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. On hand for the event will Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner, Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Last section of Candlestick Park demolished

The home of the San Francisco 49ers and so many more, and the site of the last Beatles concert, had its final upper-deck taken down this week. Candlestick Park's deconstruction started earlier this year following the stadium's final event, which was a concert with Paul McCartney. The 49ers now play at their new home, Levi's Stadium.

Related Articles  Source: 247 Sports
Interview: Paul McCartney: No one will ever live up to the Beatles

Paul McCartney is interviewed and on the cover of the new edition of Esquire Magazine. Asked about, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make," McCartney said, "That little one, it surprises me. I don't remember coming up with it. It just sort of popped out, like a lot of my stuff. I'm kind of proud of it."

Source: Esquire
You Must Hear This: The Cyrkle's insane Beatles cover

The Cyrkle, a very talented, very non-threatening psychedelic-lite band, had Brian Epstein as their manager, opened for the Beatles at Candlestick Park and John Lennon is said to have come up with the strange spelling of their name. They also recorded an insane cover of the Beatles' "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You."

Source: Salon
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Sony blocks Beatles Lost Concert film in U.K. copyright case

Sony won a U.K. court ruling blocking a documentary-maker from showing a movie about the Beatles' first concert in the U.S. The film about the 1964 performance in Washington called "The Beatles: The Lost Concert," infringed Sony's copyrights in the U.K. and the U.S., according to a ruling in London Wednesday.

Source: Bloomberg News
Signed Beatles postcard up for auction

Several pieces of autographed Beatles memorabilia, including a postcard signed during their stay in Miami Beach while filming an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show currently priced at over $12,500, are up for auction. Also up for sale are three Apple Records bank checks signed by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Source: Rolling Stone
Olivia Harrison supports auction to save Asian elephants in India

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have launched an ambitious fund-raising drive for conservation of Asian elephants in India with a royal auction of auto-rickshaws in London. An exquisite "Calcutta 74" rickshaw created by Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was bought by Olivia Harrison for 55,000.

Source: New Indian Express
Beatles memorabilia exhibition starts in Shanghai this week

An exhibition at the Lafayette Arts Center in Shanghai, "The Beatles, Tomorrow," will transport fans back the 1960s with a large number of photos and personal items of the Beatles as well as more than 250 newspaper and magazine articles about the Fab Four. The exhibit's world tour made a stop in Taipei earlier this year.

Source: Eastday, Shanghai
They say it's your birthday, John Lennon Airport

On this day in 1933, Liverpool Airport officially opened making July 1, 2015, the airport's 82nd birthday. Almost closed in 1974 and privatised in 1990, originally simply called Liverpool Airport, it was renamed in honor of John Lennon in 2002, a 7ft bronze statue of Lennon stands overlooking the check-in hall.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Man sentenced for assault during 2014 Paul McCartney concert

A Devils Lake, North Dakota man has been ordered to pay the uncovered medical bills and reimburse a Fargo man for concert tickets for slamming the man's head into an aluminum shelf in a men's room at the Fargodome during the Paul McCartney concert last July. The victim says he asked the man to be quiet during the concert.

Source: KFGO, Fargo
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Apple Music goes live without the Beatles

The Apple Music streaming service went live today with a flashy radio station and artist exclusives, including Taylor Swift who agreed, after a heated dispute, to stream her blockbuster album "1989" only on the service. However, The Beatles, who refused to sell their music on iTunes until 2010, remain off the new service.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Paul McCartney remembers his earliest childhood memory

On his official Website, Paul McCartney has answered this month's "You Gave Me Answer" question, which was sent in by John from the UK, who asked, "What is your earliest memory, Paul?" There is also link on the site to a video of Paul's crew and band wishing him happy birthday backstage at the Firefly Music Festival.

Award-winning musical biography of Beatles coming to Tacoma

The closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert is In My Life A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, which comes to the Rialto Theatre at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma on Friday, October 16. Touring since 2008, the show in Tacoma is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Source: The Suburban Times, Tacoma
Happiness is a Ringo birthday blowout at Minneapolis record store

Ringo Starr turns 75 on July 7. To celebrate, both the Minneapolis and Duluth locations of the Electric Fetus record store are throwing birthday bashes to honor the lovable lad from Liverpool. Festivities will include 20 percent off all Beatles and Ringo Starr music and merchandise, plus rings, sunglasses, and "Ringo" style T-shirts.

Source: City Pages, Minneapolis
Tom Cruise film Vanilla Sky heads to Blu-ray

Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise was released today on Blu-ray, with two versions of the film, the 2001 original theatrical cut and the new Alternate Ending Version. The film's title song, music and lyrics by Paul McCartney, was nominated for best original song in 2001 for an Academy Award and in 2002 for a Golden Globe.

Source: Broadway World
Monday, June 29, 2015
John Lennon's nonsense poetry to be performed at Edinburgh Festival

John Lennon's nonsense poetry will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival after more than 5,000 was raised through crowdfunding. Actor Jonathan Glew was granted the rights to Lennon's poetry collection In His Own Write by his widow Yoko Ono. The book, including short stories, poems and drawings, was first published in 1964.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney to headline anniversary gala

Paul McCartney will perform at a gala event to celebrate the 35th anniversary. The event will be held Sept. 30 in Hollywood. McCartney has a long history in support, in an interview in 2005 he said, "When I first heard, the idea appealed to me."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Autographed McCartney guitar shows up at appraisal event

A blue Fender Squier Bullet guitar autographed by Paul McCarttney was among the items brought in for free appraisals at the Ela Area Public Library fifth annual antiques and collectibles appraisal event in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Purchased for $500 seven years ago, the appraisal expert advised the owner of the guitar to hold onto it.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Peter Frampton reissue includes emotional George Harrison tribute

After an incredible run through the 1970s, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986, these albums, including his album called "Now" will be rereleased in August and September. On "Now," Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing, emotional cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Noise 11
Ringo Starr gets his due in new book

In the first major biography of the "funny Beatle" in nearly a quarter century, Michael Seth Starr (no relation) charts the life and career of drummer Ringo Starr. The book "Ringo: With a Little Help" separates Starr's life into three parts, pre-Beatles, Beatles and Post-Beatles, and is filled with fascinating stories and quotes.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Statement says John Lennon's great uncle not prolific Victorian criminal

A statement has been released denying recent reports claiming that the great uncle of John Lennon was a prolific criminal living in Victorian Liverpool. Website Find My Past now says "the William Lennon in our records, who was also born in Liverpool in the same year, was not related to John Lennon."

Original Article  Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 26, 2015
McCartney delivers show-stopping Charleston tribute in South Carolina

Performing in Columbia, South Carolina last night, Paul McCartney dedicated a song to the victims in Charleston. "We pray that people of all colors will be able to live together in peace and harmony," McCartney said before playing the 1970 Beatles classic, "The Long And Winding Road."

Source: Huffington Post
Sean Lennon talks about Yoko, Kanye and his favorite Beatles songs

Sean Lennon recently gave an interview where discussed his musical inspirations, his favorite Beatles songs, and what he thinks about Kanye West working alongside his father's former collaborator, Paul McCartney. He said, "I think at first my inspiration came from just wanting to find some connection to my dad."

Source: Billboard
And in the end... The last impression you leave is important

The Beatles' final recording was Abbey Road. The Fabs sensed their days were numbered so they decided to put their bickering aside and pull it together for a grand finale. Concluding their band career with their biggest-selling album, their most joyful recording, and some of their most uplifting lyrics was no small accomplishment.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Sirius XM to pay $210 million to record companies for Pre-1972 songs

Satellite-radio broadcaster Sirius XM has resolved a two-year legal battle for its use of recordings created before 1972, agreeing to pay $210 million to five record companies, including Capitol Records, which includes recordings by the Beatles. "This is a great step forward for all music creators," the RIAA chairman and CEO said.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Hearing Yoko Ono all over again

A small but vocal fan club has rediscovered Yoko Ono's records from the 1970s and found in "Fly" or "Sisters O Sisters" forgotten feminist anthems or anticipations of punk. However, curators Christophe Cherix and Klaus Biesenbach affirm in "One Woman Show" that Ono was a musician and composer from the start of her career in 1962.

Source: NY Times
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney plays John Lennon medley in 1990

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt tour hit in Liverpool on June 28th, 1990. The year marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's birth, and McCartney wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion, performing a long medley that incorporated Strawberry Fields Forever, Help! and Give Peace a Chance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Paul McCartney honored by the City of Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Wednesday that Thursday, June 25 will be recognized as Paul McCartney Day. The move correlates with McCartney's concert Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena. Wednesday also saw Mayor Benjamin rename a part of Gadsen Street, "Paul McCartney Way."

Source: WACH TV, Columbia, SC
May Pang says John Lennon UFO drawing is fake

May Pang, the former girlfriend of John Lennon, is reported to have claimed a rare drawing of a UFO by the Beatles legend, acquired by an expert on one of North Wales' greatest mysteries, is a fake, and is not anything close to Lennon's drawing style. Pang was with Lennon at the time of their alleged UFO sighting in New York.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
Video: Billy Corgan covers The Beatles' Something on piano

Billy Corgan has performed The Beatles' Something on piano. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is currently on an acoustic tour, covering the Fab Four's 1969 Abbey Road cut at an intimate VIP pre-show in Des Moines, Iowa on June 20. Corgan is soon to go on tour called "End Of Times Tour" with Marilyn Manson.

Source: NME, UK
Art expert awaits fate of Beatles mural he painted in 1970s

An Omaha teenager who as really into the Beatles created a "Yellow Submarine" mural in his bedroom in 1977. Visitors to a late-spring estate sale at his childhood home still were able to see his pop-art masterpiece more than 35 years after he painted it, but buyers still are trying to figure out what to do with the art.

Source: Omaha World-Herald
The Beatles in Israel: The concert that never was

The Beatles are still enormously popular in Israel, but this was not always so. While Beatlemania was sweeping the world in the mid-1960s, the Beatles were generally viewed in Israel as a bad influence, so there was no logical reason for the Beatles to perform in Israel. But in 1964, an Israeli promoter had other ideas.

Source: The Jewish Press
John Lennon publishes A Spaniard in the Works 50 years ago

Following the surprising commercial and critical reaction to his first book, In His Own Write, John Lennon was given the opportunity to produce a sequel. A Spaniard in the Works was published on June 24, 1965. As with In His Own Write, Works was a slim collection of short stories and poems, 18 in total, punctuated by Lennon's drawings.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Paul McCartney gives his regards to Philly's Broad Street

Paul McCartney returned to Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center June 21 and fans say the show was outstanding. "The place was packed, and the crowd was stoked! And Paul was energetic and engaged with the crowd," "Another fantastic and lengthy show, with several surprises and firsts," "Paul was in good voice," fans said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson tribute in NYC in July

The new free At the Inn concert series at Manhattan Inn continues with on July 13 as legendary songwriters John Lennon and Harry Nilsson will be paid tribute to by an impressive cast of musicians, including Nicole Atkins and Invisible Familiars, the project of Jared Samuel, who's worked with Sean Lennon.

Source: Brooklyn Vegan
Book Review: How Allen Klein landed both Beatles and Rolling Stones

He entranced The Stones and beguiled three-fourths of The Beatles. Allen Klein managed the careers of them all for a good spell, making him one of the most important money men in the history of the music business. Until Fred Goodman's well-researched new book, however, no one had the full skinny on the guy.

Source: NY Daily News
Wanted: Your memories of iconic Liverpool bar The Jacaranda

This week sees the launch of The Jacaranda's new coffee shop and vinyl record emporium, and the Liverpool Echo is asking for fan's photos of it through the years. The historic Liverpool bar, which reopened last November, will now function as a coffee shop and record store during the day, becoming a bar and events space at night.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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