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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sgt. Pepper's anniversary to be remembered on BBC Radio

Special programs to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles will air on BBC Radio 2, 4 Extra and 6 Music. Sgt. Pepper Forever, hosted by Martin Freeman, will feature "work-in-progress" versions of Sgt. Pepper tracks, Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

Source: Radio Today, UK

Klaus Voormann
Klaus Voormann announces Revolver 50: The Collage Series

Fifty years after designing the cover for The Beatles' Revolver album, Klaus Voorman is creating 250 unique artworks that are immediately recognisable as the Revolver cover in progress. REVOLVER 50: The Collage Series from Voorman and Genesis Publications will contain new collages individually hand-crafted by Voorman himself.

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Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon says he'll never perform with Paul McCartney

Julian Lennon has ruled out a musical get together with Paul McCartney, because there would be too much pressure to come up with a Beatles sequel. "They did it well enough, I think it's easier left alone," he told Access Hollywood. Julian admits he and Paul are still close, but there's no chance they would ever get together in the studio or onstage.

Source: New Magazine
The Beatles photos among crime assets sale in Belfast auction

Limited edition prints from the last official publicity and promotional shoot for The Beatles are up for grabs at auction. Seized by the Northern Ireland National Crime Agency, the auction take place in Belfast, but with online bidding open to a world-wide audience and with no reserve, all items will be sold as seen to the highest bidder.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Strawberry Field
Help! Strawberry Field needs donations to open to public

The children's home that inspired the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever is appealing for help so it can open to the public for the first time. Strawberry Field took in Liverpool's most vulnerable children from 1936 until 2005. Contributions will go to creating a visitors' centre complete with an exhibition about John Lennon's early life.

Source: Irish News
Official announcement: Paul McCartney announces 14 new tour dates

Paul McCartney has added a massive new run of US dates to his One On One tour. The newly announced dates kick off July 5th in Miami, then head northwest to Tampa, though Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, then five shows in the New York/New Jersey area, finally ending up in Detroit on October 1.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo's Budokan

Paul McCartney first appeared at Tokyo's legendary Budokan two years ago and famously performed there with The Beatles in 1966, playing just 11 songs. In 2015, he performed 28 songs at the Budokan. Tonight, McCartney outdid himself with a career-spanning 31-song set that mixed in Beatles numbers and Wings songs.

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Paul McCartney announces new 2017 One on One tour dates

On the day that he performed his first official concert of the year, at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Paul McCartney has begun to reveal the dates for his 2017 "One on One" tour. They have not yet been formerly announced, but the Best Classic Bands has identified nine North American dates, including New York, New Jersey and Detroit.

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Paul McCartney arrives in Tokyo

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is back in Japan for one concert Tuesday night at the Budokan, and three concerts at Tokyo Dome on April 27, 29 and 30. About 700 fans were on hand to greet McCartney, 74, and his wife Nancy, when they arrived at Haneda airport late Sunday night. The singer called out "Hi Japan" to his fans.

Related Articles  Source: Japan Today
Ringo Starr throws birthday brunch for charity

Ringo Starr is offering fans the chance of a lifetime, brunch with him on his 77th birthday. Fans can enter for their chance to win through a minimum $10 donation to the David Lynch Foundation through Omaze. The winner and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles on July 7 to join Ringo for brunch and birthday celebration at Capitol Records.

Official Page  Source: Radio.com
New Beatles-themed Hot Wheels feature five of the band's album covers

Last June, Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a collection of Hot Wheels cars inspired by Yellow Submarine. Now they have released a new series of Hot Wheels based on five of the band's classic albums. Each car's packaging also includes a miniature replica of the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle's design.

Source: WFJA 105.5

Mike McCartney
Liverpool in the eyes of McCartney

Photographer Mike McGear McCartney is holding a specially curated exclusive exhibition of his photography to commemorate Liverpool John Moores University's 25th anniversary. An exhibition titled, "A Story of My Liverpool Life" was held in Kuala Lumpur to showcase his favorite compositions of his home city past and present.

Source: The Star
Ultimate Beatles Collection opens in Florida

Penny Lane, billed as "the Ultimate Beatles Collection," is now open on the second floor of Stirling Commons in downtown Dunedin, Florida. The exhibit contains many extremely rare and highly collectible mementos from signed guitars to strands of Beatles hair, from Yellow Submarine paraphernalia to Beatles puppets and pins.

Source: TBN Weekly, Florida
Monday, April 24, 2017
Very sweet letter from Paul McCartney to Prince sells for $15k

Paul McCartney once asked his pal Prince for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which he co-founded in 1996. He also suggested that Prince might stop by the Institute to "teach some moves." The handwritten letter was auctioned in Boston over the weekend and sold for $14,822.

Source: Entertainment.ie

Sir Peter Blake
Sgt. Pepper's artist made honorary Scouser in Liverpool

The artist who created the album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album has been given a top honor in the Beatle's home city of Liverpool. 84-year-old Sir Peter Blake received Liverpool's Citizen of Honor at a ceremony at the city's Liver building. Sir Peter said he hopes that the Liverpool people will accept him as an "honorary Scouser".

Source: BBC News, UK
Lena Hall Performs The Beatles' Oh! Darling

Lena Hall has posted her cover The Beatles' Oh! Darling on her YouTube channel, as part of her Stripped series where she performs one "stripped down" acoustic version of a different song each week for twenty weeks. Lena Hall is a Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee for her performance in Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway.

Source: Broadway World
Book Review: Rob Sheffield on the Beatles' solo wilderness years

Rob Sheffield's new book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stone columnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up, yet somehow just kept getting bigger.

Source: Rolling Stone
Badfinger: Bad breaks, dumb luck and sheer tragedy

It's probably one of the most tragic stories in rock 'n' roll. Badfinger could have been huge. Their connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of "the new Fab Four". But instead, despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music, Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons.

Source: Team Rock
On When We Was Fab, George Harrison embraces his past

Looking back, Cloud Nine, released thirty years ago by George Harrison, seems like just another in the long line of triumphant solo albums released by The Beatles. Yet at the time, no one seemed like a longer shot to create a hit record than Harrison, whose reputation as wanting nothing to do with making records peaked in the '80s.

Source: American Songwriter
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on SNL

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke, of course. But what he didn't know was that Paul McCartney had shown up unannounced at John Lennon's home in Manhattan that actual evening, were watching the show together, and actually briefly considered doing it.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, April 21, 2017
NY area Beatles-themed music festival announces 2017 line-up

The "Fab 4 Music Festival," New York/New England's only regional Beatles-themed outdoor Music, Food & Arts festival taking place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017, has announced its entertainment line-up. The roster of talent includes the tribute bands The Hofners, Mystery Tour, Penny Lane and many more.

Source: Beatles News
Paul McCartney lands new production deal for High in the Clouds movie

Paul McCartney is one step closer to getting his long-in-the-works animated movie High In The Clouds onto the big screen after securing a new production deal. The company originally producing the film closed, now famed French firm Gaumont has taken up the project, based on McCartney's children's book from 2005.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Video: An Amazing all-brass cover of the Beatles Helter Skelter

Lucky Chops blew the ceiling off the Paste Studio on Wednesday, with some brassy cuts from their new EP, Walter. The quintet, which got its start in high school more than a decade ago, rocks a sousaphone-saxophone-trombone-trumpet-drums lineup. In this video they perform rollicking rendition of the White Album classic, Helter Skelter.

Source: Paste Magazine

Illinois High school students board the Lennon Bus

Students from Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Illinois, who share a passion for music spent two days aboard a mobile recording studio when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to Woodstock High last week. The hope of the Lennon bus is to give students who are passionate about music a better idea of how it is produced.

Source: Woodstock Independant, Il.
5 famous backwards messages on records

"Backmasking" started with The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. John Lennon said one night while smoking pot, he mistakenly played the tapes for the song "Rain" in reverse and liked the sound. So the band began recording messages that could only be deciphered when the record was played backwards, including in Revolution #9.

Source: College Times
Alabama DJ who introduced the Beatles

"Ladies and gentlemen... the Beatles!" How many people have been able to say this at a concert, facing a roaring crowd? Dan Brennan, a former radio host, station manager, concert promoter and prime mover at WVOK-AM did, at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., when the Fab Four played there on Sept. 11, 1964.

Source: Al.com, Alabama
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Paul McCartney admits Sgt. Pepper was a risk

In a new interview, Paul McCartney talked to Mojo Magazine about Sgt. Pepper's. Paul remembered, "We were always being told, 'You're gonna lose all your fans with this one.' And we'd say, 'Well, we'll lose some but we'll gain some.' We've gotta advance." He also compares the original stereo mix to the new mix by Giles Martin.

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Book Review: I Me Mine The Extended Edition tells all about the quiet one

The six hundred and thirty pages of George Harrison's I Me Mine - The Extended Edition reads more like a scrapbook than a formal autobiography. It is not a book to read and file on the shelf, but instead to leave out to pick up on a whim as a means of grasping how the various themes of George Harrison's life intertwine.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Lana Del Rey has a new song with Sean Lennon

Lana Del Rey's fifth studio album, Lust for Life, will arrive sometime this spring. During an interview, the singer revealed she collaborated with Sean Lennon for one song, "Tomorrow Never Came," on the upcoming album. She said, "I played it for him and he liked it. He rewrote his verse and had extensive notes."

Source: 92.3 Amp Radio, NY
Cabin Club which inspired Beatles song to get 1.5m refurb Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's famous Cabin Club building that once inspired a Beatles song is finally set to undergo a 1.5m refurbishment. The club is set to have inspired George Harrison to write his first song for The Beatles, Don't Bother Me, in 1963. It's said he was inspired after being harassed by photographers on his way into the club.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack includes ELO and George Harrison

2014's smash Guardians of the Galaxy movie was laced with eight-track-era gems, including Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." The music in the upcoming sequel Vol. 2, out on May 5, will include George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky."

Source: Yahoo! Music
Why Hitler and Jesus weren't on the cover of Sgt Pepper's

It was 50 years ago this summer that The Beatles released their legendary eighth studio album Sgt . Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is a look back on some fascinating facts about the iconic record, including song inspirations, historical figures who didn't make it to the cover, and who was the real Sgt. Pepper.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Beatles biographer reveals Ringo tricked him into smoking cabbage leaves

Writer Hunter Davies has revealed he was once duped into smoking a joint that was made with cabbage leaves by Ringo Starr during the 18 months he spent with the group at the peak of their fame in the 1960s. He says, "I'd never taken any drugs my whole life..and puffed away for half-an-hour, but felt no different."

Source: The Scottish Sun
Beatles are undisputed leaders of British Invasion

The Beatles were the undisputed leaders of the British Invasion. In 1963, they released their first U.S. single, Please Please Me. 1964 was the year of the Beatles' American conquest, with the Jan. 25 appearance of I Want to Hold Your Hand on Billboard's Top Forty. Overnight, Beatlemania swept the country.

Source: Tri-County Times, MI
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Last chance to see John Lennon sculptures on display in Liverpool

Eight sculptures showing different stages in the life of former Beatle John Lennon are on display in Liverpool, but you haven't got long to see them. Busts of the legendary musician can be seen at the View Two Gallery in Mathew Street before the exhibition closes on Sunday. The exhibition is free to attend.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney visits the cast of LOVE in Las Vegas

Paul McCartney stopped by The Mirage on Sunday night to see a performance of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. The 74-year-old (although he's technically immortal) even posed for a photograph with cast and crew. McCartney was just at LOVE last summer, when he and Ringo Starr were at the show's 10th anniversary event.

Source: Vegas Seven
11 things you might not know about the Sgt. Pepper cover

Sgt. Pepper is the Mona Lisa of album covers, an iconic image recognised the world over. It presents The Beatles' alter egos surrounded by what Sir Peter Blake described as a "magic crowd." The sleeve design won a Grammy and went on to be parodied by everyone from Mad Magazine to Sesame Street to The Rutles.

Source: Team Rock
DJ who partied with Elvis, Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney

If you were a young pop fan in the late 1960s to 70s, chances are you grew up listening to DJ Tony Prince on Radio Luxembourg on a crackling transistor radio. In 1960 at age 15 he sang backed by the drumming of a pre-Beatles Ringo Starr. Three years later Tony, by now a successful DJ, introduced The Beatles on stage in Oldham in 1963.

Source: The Express, UK
Jimmy Webb on John Lennon's Lost Weekend

During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive. Webb's new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, follows his rise from Oklahoma preacher's son to L.A. pop aristocrat. Rolling Stone spoke to the songwriter about his famous collaborators from Sinatra to John Lennon.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, April 17, 2017
Grand Rapids Pops concert celebrates iconic Beatles album

The Grand Rapids Pops will join with Classical Mystery Tour, who look and sound like The Beatles, to perform songs from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, celebrating its 50th anniversary, performed exactly as originally recorded, from Penny Lane with solo piccolo trumpet to Yesterday with an acoustic guitar and string quartet.

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The Mother of all Film Bombs: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1978's musical film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and numerous other artists in an incomprehensible train wreck of a story, which makes "Xanadu" seem like Shakespeare. The accompanying soundtrack initially sold well until it was torpedoed by the film release a few weeks later.

Source: The Daily Republic
Looking back at the original Beatles films

Of all the art that the Beatles brought into the world, their cinematic misadventures are probably less fondly remembered than their music. But the Fab Four released five films in their comparatively few years together. Looking back now, these films provide a fascinating insight into the phenomenon of Beatlemania.

Source: Den of Geek

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