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Friday, October 2, 2015

Beatles statues set to be installed on Liverpool waterfront

During the summer it was revealed that the Cavern Club is paying 200,000 for the 8ft tall bronzes of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, and hoped they would be placed at the Pier Head. Now a planning application has been submitted by Liverpool City Council for the statues to be placed prominently at the waterfront.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon 75th birthday concert next friday in New Haven

On Friday, October 9, 2015, John Lennon would have turned 75 years of age, and Beatles fans from all over the New Haven area will "come together" for a very special theatrical concert event entitled "Remember Lennon: Imagine 75," starring Peter Gendron, who portrayed John Lennon in the 90s in a group called "A Fab Four."

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Eleanor Rigby's signed Bible to be auctioned in Liverpool

A miniature Bible signed by Eleanor Rigby is to go up for auction next month in Liverpool. The item, thought to be one of only two documents signed by Eleanor, is to go under in Liverpool. The miniature Bible has been brought to auction after being handed down from Eleanor's half-sister to the father of its current owner.

Source: Liverpool Echo

Freda Kelly
Freda Kelly to appear at Dublin Beatles Festival

Freda Kelly will take part in a public interview with broadcaster Tom Dunne on Sunday, November 8, as part of the Dublin Beatles Festival. Freda worked as secretary for The Beatles during the 1960s and is the subject of the recent award-winning documentary "Good Ol' Freda," which documents her life with the world's most celebrated band.

Source: Dubin People
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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Rare 1962 tape of The Beatles' Some Other Guy to be auctioned

An original Beatles recording is going on auction in Liverpool, after sitting undiscovered in a desk drawer for half a century. The rare tape of "Some Other Guy", recorded at The Cavern in 1962, was made for Granada Television programme Know The North. It will go on auction in Liverpool on November 4.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Paul McCartney and Beck perform at charity gala

Paul McCartney performed a career-spanning set at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday. Midway into the set, Beck joined him for two Beatles numbers, I've Just Seen a Face and Drive My Car. A clip of them performing together is now online.

Source: Rolling Stone
Interview: Macca meets Preacher

In a wide-ranging interview with the Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, Paul McCartney talked about the rerelease of Pipes of Peace and discussed how he always writes "from the heart", recalled his collaborations with the late Michael Jackson, and how he still finds it hard to come to terms with tough reviews.

Santa Barbara area songwriters pay tribute to John Lennon

You have to wonder what John Lennon might have done with an additional 35 years, but his tragic murder requires Lennon be remembered for the vast catalogue he compiled during his 40 years. Several local performers will offer their own interpretations of those songs during tribute concerts tonight and on Oct. 13 in Santa Barbara.

Source: The Tribune, San Luis Obisbo
A look back at John Lennon's life in photos

John Winston Lennon would have reached his 75th birthday on October 9 this year. He only lived to 40, but those four decades left their lasting imprint on the world of music and an archive of photographs which illustrate just how influential he was, and reveal his life from cheeky young man through the Beatle years and beyond.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Podcast: Ringo Starr in Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun recently had a very special opportunity to talk with Ringo Starr ahead of a performance with his All-Starr Band at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. Now online, Starr discussed performing in Vancouver on the night of John Lennon's birthday, his new book Photograph and new album, and his shoes.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Beatles to feature in new documentary looking back at their hit songs

A new documentary from UK TV network ITV will uncover the stories behind the Beatles' biggest songs. Titled The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number One, it will include interviews with Beatles insiders, close friends, musicians and celebrity fans, and will look at the 27 Beatles hits that reached number one in the UK and USA.

Source: Liverpool Echo

McCartney says competition with Lennon was necessary

In Paul du Noyer's new book, Conversations With McCartney, Paul is quoted as deeming his friendly competition with Lennon as necessary, crediting him for making him a better musician both during his time in The Beatles, and later on in his music career. He said, "People sometimes see it as an arch rivalry. It wasn't. It was a friendly competition."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Beatles meet classical music in concert in New Jersey

If the Beatles had performed backed by a symphony orchestra, what would that sound like? Billed as "The Best Show The Beatles Never Did," this Saturday, the Classical Mystery Tour performs with the Philly Pops the Patriot's Theater in Trenton. The program excels at delivering the music the Beatles created in the studio live.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
CD Review: Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace

Paul McCartney's ongoing Archive Collection received two more editions this year, taking another look at one of the most successful periods of his solo career. Tug of War is an absolutely essential album for any collection, and the bonus discs for each album are dominated by demos McCartney recorded at his home studio.

Source: Celebrity Cafe
Ringo Starr still on the move

Ringo Starr wasn't happy when he had to postpone his All-Starr Band's San Francisco date earlier this year. This week Starr will wrap up a tour in support of his 18th studio record, "Postcards From Paradise," with a makeup date at the Masonic on Thursday, Oct. 1 and headlining set at the Sonoma Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Source: SF Gate

Giles Martin
Beatles producer helps change the way we hear music

Sir George Martin's son Giles wants to bring the recording studio experience into your home. He is working as the Sound Experience Leader at Sonos, the high-fidelity smart speaker company. "People don't think about how records are made," says Martin. "But it is important, because that's what we're playing on these speakers."

Source: Fast Company

John Lennon Bus makes stop at Queens, NY, public school

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour made a stop in Jackson Heights, NY, Monday and gave students from PS 69 the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries all in one day. The state-of-the-art rolling recording studio is now in its 18th year.

Source: Times Ledger, NY
Beatles' Brian Epstein contract sells for 365,000

The contract that launched the Beatles as one of the most successful bands of all time has been sold for 365,000 (about $553,150) at auction in London. The only contract signed between manager Brian Epstein and the final line-up of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, it went to an anonymous buyer.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, September 28, 2015
Ringo Starr and Conan O'Brien trade one-liners at live book event

Beatles fan Conan O'Brien interviewed Ringo Starr for a discussion about Starr's new book, Photograph, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 25, and from the very beginning, the jokes started flying. Ringo seemed extremely relaxed with Conan, as Starr has appeared many times on O'Brien's late night talk show.

Source: The Examiner
UK Labor spokesman says Ringo should be given a knighthood

Ringo Starr should be awarded a knighthood, says UK Labor's culture spokesman. All the Beatles were appointed MBEs in 1965 and Paul McCartney was made a Sir in 1997, but not drummer Ringo. Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher said the Beatles' drummer had waited far too long and should finally get a top honor.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Paul McCartney says he loves just being with ordinary people

In a new book, Paul McCartney reveals his contempt for fawning restaurants and his lengths to stay ordinary. "I'd ring up and say, Have you got a table? 'Sorry sir, we're fully booked.' It's Paul McCartney here. 'Oh! Certainly! Mr McCartney, please! Come at 8 o'clock!' Oh yeah? You'll let me in now, will yer? I don't like that."

Source: Liverpool Confidential

Photographer recalls John Lennon Double Fantasy sessions

When New York photographer David M. Spindel arrived at the recording studio The Hit Factory in November, 1980 for his latest job, he was unaware his subjects would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was given full access to photograph what turned out to be the final day of recording sessions for their Double Fantasy album.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Abbey Road wasn't just a showcase for Paul McCartney

Try as he might, Abbey Road, released on Sept. 26, 1969, is no Paul McCartney record. Sure, this is among McCartney's brightest, most artistically satisfying, moments. But it's Lennon's punctuations undoubtably, that make it so, and, to a quickly emerging degree, George Harrison's, with his No. 1 hit Something and Here Comes the Sun.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, September 25, 2015

Video: Shakira performs Imagine for Pope Francis at UN

Shakira, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, performed during the opening ceremony at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Friday, before Pope Francis delivered a powerful speech to the world leaders. The 38-year-old wowed the crowd, which included Bond star Daniel Craig, with a moving rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paddington director wants to make a new Beatles cartoon

It may not be Yellow Submarine, but there is a new Beatles cartoon on the way. Paul King, director of Paddington in 2014, is in talks to direct the animated musical Meet The Beatles. Not much is known about the movie other than it will be chasing a song considered the "one that got away," featuring songs spanning the Beatles career.

Source: Den of Geek
Musicians come together for a Beatles themed fundraiser

Some of the region's most prominent musicians and artists will unite this weekend in Newcastle as part of a two-day Beatles themed live music and visual art spectacular to raise funds and awareness. A collaborative recording of Help! by stars of the North East music scene will be unveiled.

Source: Bdaily, UK
Video: Paul McCartney talks about Michael Jackson collaboration

Paul McCartney's new deluxe reissues of Tug of War and Pipes of Peace come out next Friday. Tug of War featured his collaboration with Stevie Wonder on Ebony and Ivory, while Pipes of Peace featured the duet with Michael Jackson on Say Say Say. In a new special mini-documentary, McCartney discuses those collaborations.

Source: The Guardian, UK

Julia Baird
Beatles sister and choir welcomes Beatles hotel's new owners

Hard Days Night Hotel teamed up with John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and two Liverpool choirs to show the love for the hotel's new owners, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. Julia, together with The Choir With No Name and twenty members of The Liverpool Signing Choir, performed a special rendition All You Need is Love on the grand entrance of the hotel.

Source: Purple Revolver

Beatles' wonderfully wacky cartoon series, 50 years later

Even Beatles completists sometimes have a blind spot when it comes to the band's whimsical eponymous cartoon, which ran on ABC TV for four years, starting exactly 50 years ago, on September 25th, 1965. Al Brodax produced both Yellow Submarine and The Beatles, and the series functioned almost as a workshop for the later, much-loved feature.

Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr goes country with Beaucoup of Blues 45 years ago

Ringo Starr's countrified Beaucoup of Blues harkened back to Beatles-era covers like Buck Owens' Act Naturally and Starr's own rootsy original Don't Pass Me By. There's an innate sadness in Starr's voice which seems perfectly suited to this kind of music, and he completely inhabits the songs on Beaucoup of Blues.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Streaming: Ebony and Ivory remix includes new Stevie Wonder vocals

Paul McCartney has released another track from the upcoming re-release of his classic '80s album Tug of War. Now streaming in the internet, Paul's "Ebony and Ivory (Remix 2015)" includes new vocals by Stevie Wonder. Ebony and Ivory was a No.1 hit in both the US and UK, spending seven weeks at the top of the US charts.

Pictures: Beatles contract with Brian Epstein

The contract between The Beatles and Brian Epstein is set to fetch up to 500,000 (about $761,250) at auction this month. The document, signed by all four Beatles, is the only managerial contract signed by both the band's final line-up and their manager. It was signed in October 1962, just days before the release of Love Me Do.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Ringo Starr's private Beatles photos

To know what it was like to be in The Beatles, there's no better source than their own personal pictures. In his new book, Ringo Starr reveals more unseen treasures from his archive along with his memories of that time, and shows how four lads from Liverpool tried to have a normal life amid the frenzy of 1960s Beatlemania.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Playwright researched John Lennon play for over a year

"John Lennon's Last Day" will be presented on BBC Radio 2 on October 8 to honor John Lennon's 75th birthday. Playwright Stephen Kennedy said, "The research took me over a year. I read various books, newspapers and magazines; I listened to old radio interviews; I watched hours of documentaries and relevant footage online."

Source: John Lennon Examiner

Stella McCartney
New fashion by Stella McCartney honors her mother Linda

Fashion designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul, who lost her mother Linda in 1998, is using her creative talents to help women feel just as feminine and beautiful as they've always have. She said, "We wanted to bring something feminine and beautiful into a bra that is taboo."

Source: Today
The Beatles were the greatest boy-band ever, actually

Today Rolling Stone published a list of the 50 greatest songs by boy bands. The rankings span from the Monkees to One Direction while highlighting underrated boy-band fare (the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" and Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie"), but there was one glaring omission: the Beatles. (Fine, two: the Beach Boys.)

Source: Vulture
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tug of War remixed for upcoming re-release

Until now the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series have been remastered versions, but for forthcoming release of Tug of War, the album has been completely remixed. Painstaking work by Paul along with the project's chief engineer Steve Orchard has enhanced the sound to make it more open, dynamic and expansive.


Vivek J. Tiwary
The Fifth Beatle author to emcee Harvey Awards at Comic-Con

Broadway producer Vivek J. Tiwary will emcee this year's Harvey Awards, held this weekend at Baltimore Comic-Con. The Harvey Awards, named for MAD Magazine founder Harvey Kurtzman, honor achievements in the comics industry. Tiwary said this week, "I grew up reading MAD Magazine. Harvey Kurtzman is a hero of mine."

Source: WMAR TV, Baltimore

Cilla Black
Ringo Starr opens up about his childhood pal Cilla Black

Ringo Starr knew Cilla Black far longer than his bandmates and says he was devastated by her death. "She was in the Cavern doing the coats, and all the bands would call her on stage, saying 'Come on, Cill, give us a song'," Ringo says. "And she'd be 'Oooh no, no, I couldn't possibly'. But you couldn't keep her back, she'd trample on you to get up on stage!"

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Historic letter sent by the Beatles to the Crickets unearthed in Nashville

A letter from The Beatles sent to the rock 'n' roll group The Crickets at the personal request of Paul McCartney was recently re-discovered in Nashville. The discovery was made by Freda Kelly, the former secretary of the Beatles Official Fan Club, on a recent trip she made to the Music City's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

Source: Beatles Examiner
School report shows John Lennon gave his teacher a hard day's night

A school report from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool, showing how John Lennon got five detentions in a day could fetch 3,000 (about $4,575) at auction. The sheet lists the naughty future Beatle's 29 detentions from 1955 to 1956. His misdemeanours included "Foolish remarks", "Not wearing school cap" and "Impertinence".

Source: The Mirror, UK
Five ways you can mark John Lennon's 75th birthday in Liverpool

John Lennon would have been 75 next month, and there are a number of events being planned in Liverpool for his birthday. The Cavern Club will mark the day with a special 75th Birthday Tribute Concert, and The Hard Days Night Hotel is celebrating birthday week with a special John Lennon Commemorative Afternoon Tea.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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