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Conan O'Brien to pay a week-long musical tribute to George Harrison 

Next week, Conan on TBS TV will feature daily performances by artists including Beck, Norah Jones and Dhani Harrison to celebrate the music of George Harrison by singing one of his songs. George Harrison week coincides with the release of the box set, The Apple Years: 1968-75, also due out September 22.

Source: Rolling Stone
Did The Beatles really eat at Bob's Big Boy in Los Angeles? 

In 1965, the Beatles wanted to eat at an authentic American diner. They got their chance when they were in Los Angeles for their concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. According to legend, The Beatles visited the Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. But there are no pictures of this visit, and it is hard to believe they weren't mobbed by fans.

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Proud dad at Stella McCartney's Green Carpet Collection event 

Being the daughter of a Beatle certainly has its perks, and Stella McCartney had plenty of famous faces in the house as she showed off her 2014 Green Carpet range at London Fashion Week on Sunday evening. Always a fan, Paul McCartney showed up to support his little girl. Stella said, "It's a very holistic approach for me."

Source: Gossip Center

Yoko Ono brings John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Harlem 

"I love you and I'm so glad that I'm here today," Yoko Ono said at New York City's Patrick Henry Prep this morning. The 81-year-old visited the East Harlem school along with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile studio that lets kids learn about songwriting, recording, and music videos and lay down their own tracks.

Source: Billboard
Jeff Lynne hints at further dates for ELO 

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra performed at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London last night, marking their first concert return to the UK stage in 28 years. During the 75-minute set, Lynne, also known for being in The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, told the 50,000-strong crowd, "I'll do this again."

Source: NME, UK
Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson dies 

John Gustafson, who collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the "second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool" for his work in the groundbreaking early '60s power trio the Big Three, which was recommended to sign with Brian Epstein by John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Paul McCartney confirms video game track to get official release

Following positive response, Paul McCartney's original track, "Hope," from the biggest video game release of the year, "Destiny," will get an official release later in the year with more details to be announced in the coming weeks, according to his official website. This is the first time that McCartney has ever written for a computer game.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Artist creates quirky illustrations depicting Beatles tunes

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA, will open a Beatles exhibition Saturday featuring illustrations by Enoch Doyle Jeter. The 14 prints interpret every song on the With the Beatles album. They're featured in the new John Lennon biography "She Loves You" by Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: WWNO, New Orleans
Author recalls The Beatles 1964 New Orleans concert

Tuesday night, Sept. 16, New Orleans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1964 concert at City Park Stadium with a re-creation of the event starring The Fab Four. "It was an incredible night, but it was also kind of a scary night," said Ivor Davis, who covered The Beatles' entire 1964 North American tour.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Ozarks Beatlemania Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago, the Beatles performed in an unscheduled stop in Kansas City during their second concert tour of America. Afterward, they took an unplanned vacation in the Ozarks. To mark the anniversary, there's an Ozarks Beatlemania Festival this weekend in Alton, Mo., in the southern part of the state.

Source: WDAF TV, Kansas City
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ringo Starr to rock for #PeaceRocks international day of peace

Ringo Star and An All Starr Band, which includes Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette, Richard Page and Steve Lukather, is slated to perform in front of the John Varvatos store in Hollywood to promote the #PPeaceRocks campaign. This continues the campaign that was launched by designer Varvatos on Ringo's birthday, July 7.

Source: Digital Journal
Forgotten George Harrison gems from The Apple Years

News of a forthcoming box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 led to renewed praise for charttopping early-period solo moments like My Sweet Lord and Give Me Love. But Harrison's catalog, even more than a decade after his early passing, is widely underappeciated outside of the radio hits, a grievous thing.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Lost sixties Beatles cartoon TV series now on YouTube

A cheaply made cartoon series called The Beatles ran on ABC TV from 1965 to 1969, and while its shabby production quality has resulted in it being missing from being on DVD and largely forgotten outside of hardcore Beatles fandom, a YouTube account called Beatles Planet has now made all 39 episodes available for curious viewers.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Paul McCartney lookalike recalls his brush with Beatlemania

Back in the early '60s, Herb Van Dam was the first kid in Cape Cod to be told to cut his hair. Within months, it would give him the story of a lifetime. His fashionable look would land him, for one brief, unexpectedly terrifying moment, at the epicenter of Beatlemania, when he realized he was the spitting image of Paul McCartney.

Source: The Boston Globe
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Video: Destiny's theme song from Paul McCartney

Activision spent $500 million making and promoting Destiny, and you can now hear online the Paul McCartney song that some of that money paid for. McCartney worked with Bungie on a theme song for the massively multiplayer sci-fi shooter, and you can hear it over the end credits when you beat the game.

Source: Venture Beat
Pictures: Sean Lennon plays in Liverpool city centre

Last night, Sean Lennon performed in front of a packed house at the Kazimier in Liverpool city centre, with his band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. The band was formed by Sean and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The couple have said they started the band as a way to spend more time together.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Watch Beatles fans recreating iconic Abbey Road cover

The Beatles marched across Abbey Road and into pop history when in September, 1969, they produced one of the most iconic album covers of all time. Now, 45 years later, the famous zebra crossing is an English Heritage site and a shrine for Beatles fans worldwide to visit and annoy traffic, which can now be viewed streaming live.

Source: Irish Mirrror
Liverpool Legends carry on Beatles tradition

Many bands have been formed to pay tribute to the Beatles over the years, but the Liverpool Legends, who will kick off the Ozarks Beatlemania Festival on Friday, have a real connection to the Fab Four. Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, put the band together with the goal of presenting a live history of the Beatles.

Source: Areawide News, Missouri
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
First track released from Paul McCartney tribute album

An early taste of the forthcoming multi-artist Paul McCartney tribute project, the Cure take on "Hello Goodbye" is now streaming on the net. It's a largely faithful issue, save for a few psychedelic flourishes here and there, and maybe most notable for the inclusion of James McCartney, Paul's son, on keyboards.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Review: The Beatles' complete mono catalog released on vinyl LPs

The release of the Beatles in Mono on vinyl LPs is the most technologically ambitious attempt yet to take the most significant body of recorded music in the pop era and do ... absolutely nothing. Recording engineer Steve Berkowitz said, "The goal here was to replicate as closely as possible what their original intention was."

More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Beatles photo collection coming to Walnut Ridge Festival

A huge collection of Beatles photographs and images is set for display at the Beatles at the Ridge music festival Sept. 19 and 20 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The collection contains 229 large format photos. After the festival, the collection will be on rotating display at the Lawrence County Library in Arkansas.

Source: Arkansas Matters
Beatles expert to discuss Fab Four in New Orleans

Internationally recognized Beatles authority Bruce Spizer will discuss the Fab Four on Oct. 7 in Metairie, Louisiana. Spizer has written eight books about the Beatles and has served as a consultant for EMI and Apple Records for their CD re-releases of the American configurations of the Beatles catalogue.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Epstein comic book wins two Harvey Awards

At the Harvey Awards on Saturday, Vivek Tiwary's graphic novel, "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story," won two honors, Best Original Graphic Album and Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation. Tiwary said it was "a happy and humbling experience for me to win two awards chosen by the creative community."

Source: Washington Post
Monday, September 8, 2014
Ringo Starr moving to Los Angeles

Ringo Starr is planning to make Los Angeles his permanent home once he sells off his base in the U.K. He said, "We're selling our house in Surrey and moving to L.A. We've had it for 15 years but we don't spend enough time there. The weather is better over there. I'm really into the healthy lifestyle that they have out in L.A."

Source: The Express, UK
London flat shared by George and Ringo up for sale

A three-bedroom flat shared by George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the height of Beatlemania is to go on the market for 2.5million (more than $4million). They moved into the apartment in Knightsbridge in 1964, the year of their first world tour, and also briefly lived in two other flats in the central London apartment building.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Flaming Lips release Sgt. Pepper cover album tracklist

The Flaming Lips have revealed the final track list for With a Little Help From My Fwends, their Beatles Sgt. Pepper tribute. The eclectic group of "fwends" includes featured performances from Miley Cyrus, Foxygen, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, J. Mascis, Electric Wurms, Grace Potter, Chuck Inglish and Autumn Defense.

Source: Paste Magazine
Dublin Beatles Festival returns to Ireland

The Dublin Beatles Festival will bring Beatlemania back to the Irish on November 7. Many events are scheduled including performances by several musical artists including The Newspaper Taxi Men, Beatles For Sale and Vyvienne Long, also renowned Dublin artist Georgina Flood and special guest former Rutle Neil Innes.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Chuck Berry Box set includes introduction by Paul McCartney

n October 17, Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music Any Old Way You Choose It The Complete Studio Recordings Plus! will be released. The box set will include every single and LP track recorded in the studio by Chuck Berry, plus two hardcover books including an exclusive introduction by Paul McCartney.

Source: The Second Disc
Friday, September 5, 2014
McCartney releases behind-the-scenes footage of jam with Johnny Depp

Paul McCartney fans can now watch an exclusive 29 minute behind-the-scenes jamming session filmed at the "Early Days" video shoot on his official website. The song's video was launched earlier this summer and the end of it sees Paul playing with a group of blues guitarists, including Johnny Depp.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Beatles Mono Vinyl Box Set launches at Abbey Road Studios

A once-in-a-lifetime experience, to mark the launch of The Beatles In Mono vinyl remasters, Apple Records hosted a special gathering at Abbey Road's legendary Studio 2 in London to listen to tracks from the new versions and hear a panel of distinguished guests discuss how the group recorded and mixed their songs.

More Information  Source: Mojo Magazine
Musicians to honor George Harrison at George Fest in Los Angeles

The music of George Harrison will be celebrated in a star-studded, one-night only event at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 28. George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will pay tribute to his acclaimed solo works with a lineup of performers including Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Harrison's son Dhani.

Source: KRTH, Los Angeles
Paul McCartney selects his favorite Paul McCartney songs

Like most artists, Paul McCartney is loathe to talk about his favorite songs, often comparing it to picking one child over another. Pressed, however, at a BBC Q&A session, McCartney offered three suggestions, "Here, There and Everywhere," "Let It Be," and "Here Today," a tribute to Lennon on his 1982 solo album Tug of War.

Source: Something Else Reviews
John Lennon's island in Ireland still up for sale

John Lennon's "Beatle Island" is still up for sale. With panoramic views of Clew Bay, it's no wonder Lennon fell in love with it. Dorinish Island, which has a price tag of 300,000 ($388,700) is set in a stunning location with views out across Clare Island to the Atlantic. Lennon bought the island at auction in 1967 for 1,700 ($2,775).

Source: RTE Ten, Ireland
History of the Beatles to be celebrated at Phoenix Public Libraries

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America, the Phoenix Public Library is hosting a one-hour celebration of the Beatles. Professional musician Dulais Rhys will talk about their evolution and history and why the Beatles were so culturally important. The program will include clips, examples and audience interaction.

Source: East Valley Tribune, Tempe, AZ
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Ringo Starr disgusted by British terrorists Beatles nickname

Ringo Starr says he is disgusted that British jihadis in Syria have been nicknamed "The Beatles", because of their Liverpool accents, calling it "B.S." He said, 'What they are doing out there is against everything The Beatles stood for." But, he admits that he and Paul McCartney are powerless to stop it.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sean Lennon gets mixed reaction in Glasgow after urging Scotland no vote

Sean Lennon was met with a mixed reaction when he called for Scotland to stay with England at his latest gig. Playing with his band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger in Glasgow, they cheered and booed when he said, "Scotland is a beautiful country but is better sticking together. But I won't hold it against anyone wanting to vote."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Record, Scotland
John Lennon leaves legacy in battle over illegal US immigration

Current US immigration policy goes back to 42 years ago with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Fighting Richard Nixon's government to stay in the country, Lennon's case is an integral part of the legal foundation the Obama administration relied on to defer the deportation of immigrants who entered the country illegally as children.

Source: The Guardian, UK
London Beatles landmark to be transformed

London's iconic Battersea Power Station is set to be demolished. The building's notable chimneys, which have had a cameo in the Beatles' Help! and were on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, will be torn down and rebuilt. A new mixed use facility will be built in its place, the iconic chimneys to be painstakingly reconstructed.

Source: AntiMusic
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Ringo Starr honored at GQ Awards

Ringo Starr was given the humanitarian award for his work with the David Lynch Foundation at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Fans remember Beatles' Indy concert 50 years later

It was loud,it was crowded and it was The Beatles. Fifty years ago tonight, John, Paul, George and Ringo played the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, with over 29,000 Hoosiers there to see them. Tickets were $3, $4 and $5, the concert only lasted 30 minutes, gross receipts for the two shows totaled $125,000.

Source: WTHR, Indianapolis
New Cilla Black drama launches in UK on September 15

ITV in the UK has now confirmed that the new Cilla drama will launch on Monday September 15 at 9pm. The three-part drama stars Sheridan Smith as the famous Liverpudlian songbird. Set in 1960s Liverpool, the looks at how she met Brian Epstein, the young businessman who also guided the career of The Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
More Info: George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

George Harrison's first six solo albums have been digitally remastered for CD and digital release on September 23. This project has been overseen by Dhani Harrison, who said, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions."

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