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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Kicking off a week of Beatles magic with International Beatleweek

International BeatleWeek festival returns to Liverpool for it's 30th year from 24th to 30th August. The week-long festival that celebrates the music of the Fab Four in the city where it all began is organised by The Cavern and typically attracts 10,000 people over the week. Guests will include Mickey Dolenz, Klaus Voorman and Pattie Boyd.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Early Beatles poster art gets first exhibition in Liverpool

Before the internet, posters were the main way of promoting a gig. One of those who helped sell Merseybeat to Liverpool was Tony Booth. Now more than 50 years after he created posters for Brian Epstein and his stable of rising stars, artist Tony is set to hold his first ever exhibition of his work, coinciding with International Beatleweek.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Paul McCartney recalls early songwriting in documentary

Paul McCartney can be seen discussing some of his early songwriting experiences in Get Back, a documentary that has just been released on DVD and digitally. The documentary film features interviews and live performances from bands, club owners and managers including previously unseen footage of Paul McCartney.

Source: Live4ever, UK
Opinion: If the Beatles had one more album in them

Since their break-up in 1970, the individual Beatles have had mixed solo success. In the '60s, they combined to reach UK Number One 17 times, yet since that, they've only had a few number ones. But if they hadn't broken up and their work over the next 20 years had been collated into one final Beatles album, it would be their best.

Source: Impact Nottingham, UK

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John Lennon spots UFO over New York City 42 years ago

42 years ago, John Lennon spotted a UFO hovering across the skies of Manhattan. On August 23, 1974, John Lennon went out to the balcony for some fresh air together with May Pang, his assistant back then. Unexpectedly, the two saw a flying saucer flying over the East river. There were also seven other reports claiming to have seen the UFO that day.

Source: iTech Post
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Paris Jackson loves the Beatles, just like her late dad

Paris Jackson has inherited her dad's love of the Beatles. During a visit to NYC, the King of Pop's s daughter paid a visit to the John Lennon memorial, Strawberry Fields, in Central Park. She shared a photo of herself and her drummer boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, placing flowers atop the "Imagine" mosaic on Sunday.

Source: Yahoo! Celebrity News
Claypool Lennon Delirium to do live, free show in Buffalo

On Thursday, the Claypool Lennon Delirium will be performing beneath the Buffalo Skyway this Thursday. The Claypool Lennon Delirium is Les Claypool, progenitor of Primus, bass wunderkind, funk-rock freak, and Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko Ono Lennon. Admission is free, although VIP tickets are available at $55.

Source: Buffalo.com
Are these really the Beatles' best and worst songs?

Beatles biographer Hunter Davies has revealed his picks for what he considers their worst songs, while cheerfully admitting he is "asking for trouble." He said, "I know that for the real hardcore Beatles fan there is no such thing as a bad Beatles song! Hopefully the way we have done it will inspire people and provoke some discussion."

Source: Liverpool Echo
New book features high-def Beatles images

Direct to fan publishers Archivum has partnered with LumeJet Print Technologies Limited to create a series of projects designed to take advantage of the company's extraordinary high definition photographic printing system. A new book featuring the "Mad Day Out" photos by photographer Tom Murray is due out later this week.

Source: ePHOTOzine
Video: Beatles colorized by a computer

A group of programmers trained a computer to add color to black and white images. Now on the internet, watch what happens when the same neural network attempts to color black-and-white footage of The Beatles performing I Want To Hold Your Hand. The result is a surreal music video that The Beatles definitely would have enjoyed.

Source: Castanet
50th anniversary of Beatles in Seattle to be recreated live on Thursday

Seattle's favorite Beatles cover band, Creme Tangerine, will perform the Beatles' 1966 Seattle concert, note for note and in its entirely, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this iconic moment in the city's rock history. The Beatles 1966 Seattle concert was performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum, now called the Key Arena.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, August 22, 2016
$1 Yellow Submarine toys selling for as much as $500 on eBay

Beatles Yellow Submarine Hot Wheels toys, normally sold for $1.09, are being listed for as much as $500 on eBay. A replica Yellow Submarine and six cars make up the collection for the 50th anniversary of the kid-friendly Beatles song. The toys were rolled out exclusively to Wal-Marts nationwide June 15.

Source: Sun Herald
Fan memorabilia to be appraised at Beatles Story

The Beatles Story in Liverpool has teamed up with auction house Julien's Auctions to appraise fan memorabilia at an event next month. Fab Four enthusiasts and merchandise collectors can have their paraphernalia valued up by experts at Memorabilia Day, set to be held at the Albert Dock attraction on October 26.

Source: You Move, Liverpool
Inside the Beatles Revolver cover collage

Klaus Voormann's large portraits of The Beatles dominate the Revolver cover, there are also the swirl of over 20 small photos and a handful of drawings. According Voormann and Pete Shotton, Klaus was given a large collection of "private" and published photos which he then copied, enlarged and/or reduced, and cut out to fit into his collage.

Source: Something New Blog
Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles concert

This Friday, The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate the Beatles 50th anniversary of playing one of their final concerts at Dodger Stadium. Special ticket packages are being made available that include your ticket to the game vs. the Chicago Cubs and a special Beatles Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary Beach Towel.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Teen musician to shine at Beatles at the Ridge Festival

This year, talented young musician Cameron Hicks is returning to Beatles at the Ridge as a Guest Presenter for the Beatles Artists and Authors Symposium. He swept the judges away and brought the crowds to their feet at last year's festival's Youth Talent Contest. Cameron will be performing three times during the weekend.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
48 years ago today: Ringo Starr quits beatles during White Album sessions

48 years ago today, Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during The White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded Back in the USSR, with Paul on drums. Ringo's departure was kept secret, he rejoined the sessions on September 3.

Source: Glide Magazine
Friday, August 19, 2016
Lennon tribute show is starting over on UK tour

After receiving rave reviews earlier this year in Liverpool, a stage production about Beatles legend John Lennon will set out on an extensive 36-date tour. Part-concert and part-biography, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion showcases 31 hits of Lennon and the Beatles in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion.

Source: Derbyshire Times, UK
Spirit of John Lennon lives on in Canadian clothing line

Fashion designer Kelly Pettit has created a clothing line inspired by John Lennon. Drawing cues from Lennon's solo years, Pettit calls the collection "vintage with a little modern twist." It draws on Lennon's minimalist jeans-and-t-shirt style, while steering clear of more dated garb that could be seen as passe instead of nostalgic.

Source: CTV News
Site of Paul McCartney's old school could become housing development

The site of a school in south-east Liverpool once attended by Paul McCartney has been earmarked for a major housing development including 110 houses. The vacant site was formerly home to the Joseph Williams School until its closure in 1997. Paul McCartney attended Joseph Williams School from 1949 to 1953.

Source: Insider Media
It's only rock 'n' roll and sometimes it's better in mono

The Beatles in Mono box set was released a couple of years ago, and will now be joined by The Rolling Stones in Mono. So why this return to what many might think an outmoded and inferior way of reproducing sound? Can there really be anything that these monophonic mixes have to offer in 2016?

Source: The Conversation
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Paul McCartney treats Cleveland crowd to captivating career retrospective

Last nighT at Quicken Loans Arena, Paul McCartney, playing in Cleveland for the first time in more than a decade, quickly enthralled the capacity crowd. "We are going to have a party in this joint tonight," he said. Throughout the concert, McCartney, who also plays the Q tonight, shared stories about his late Beatles bandmates.

Related Articles  More Info: Pictures  Source: Cleveland Scene

While My Guitar Gently Weeps cover touching take on a classic

In the stop-motion animated family adventure movie Kubo And The Two Strings, Regina Spektor covers "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and you have to hear her interpretation. Her performance of the song sets the perfect melancholy tone for the film, a young boy's journey after being separated for the first time from his ill mother.

Source: Bustle
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney say the Beatles could have toured again

The Beatles walked away from touring in 1966, but looking back now, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say that decision was never final. "We could maybe have gone out live again," Ringo told Mojo, adding Paul had "tried one time to get us to go out again." "But you didn't listen to me!" McCartney replied in mock outrage.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Business lessons from rock: Playing the hits

Since April of this year Paul McCartney has been knocking out three-hour sets for sellout crowds in arenas and stadiums all over Europe and North America on his latest One on One Tour. What's refreshing about the approach of this 74-year-old entertainer, is his commitment to give audiences what they want.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Are the Beatles still more misunderstood than Jesus?

John Lennon's "Jesus" controversy is often considered a watershed Beatles moment. In the aftermath, they abandoned live shows and, according to biographer Jon Weiner, Lennon took his "first steps towards radical politics". And yet the controversy remains largely misunderstood and misrepresented in the vast literature on the band.

Related Articles  Source: The News Minute
RTE Radio One to broadcast Beatles play on Sunday

The national broadcaster in Ireland, RTE Radio One, will broadcast the play "Death and the Beatles Fan" by Stephen Kennedy on Sunday, August 21. The play is a black comedy about what happens when Death attempts to kill a Beatles' fan who really has no interest in dying, basically a Beatles-filled spoof of The Seventh Seal.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Listen: Weaves covers the Beatles' Help!

Canadian indie pop group Weaves has shared their cover of the Beatles track Help! Group's vocalist Jasmyn Burke said, "Like most people we love the Beatles, and I felt like those lyrics were living inside of me at the time so I wanted to try and personalise it. It was a really fun experience and an interesting experiment."

Source: Stereoboard
How deal with Paul McCartney made Lisa Simpson go veggie

To get Paul McCartney on The Simpsons in 1995, the team behind the animated series had to make Paul a premise-altering promise, that the young Lisa Simpson character would become a vegetarian like the McCartneys and never be considered a meat eater ever again. However, writers are may now be reconsidering the deal.

Source: Huffington Post
Yoko announces winners of Lennon Ono peace prize

Yoko Ono has announced that British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor is among the recipients of this year's Lennon Ono Grant For Peace. Also to be honored are Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, Hungarian poet and performance artist Katalin Ladik. The awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 9.

Source: Irish Examiner
50 years ago today: Beatles' last show in Canada

The Beatles' last concert in Canada, which took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Aug.17, 1966, if you remember hearing the music clearly, you probably weren't there. "The volume of the screaming was such that you could just barely hear the music," said Toronto Mayor John Tory who was there when he was 12 years old.

Source: CBC News
Paul McCartney signs deal to return to Capitol Records

Paul McCartney is returning to Capitol Records, signing a new worldwide recording agreement. What's being billed as a "historic deal" will encompass McCartney's entire catalog of master recordings beginning with the 1970 McCartney album. It also marks a return to the label where he started his solo career.

Official Page  Source: Billboard
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ringo Starr is the first Beatle to become a great-grandfather

Ringo Starr has become a great-grandfather at the age of 76. Starr's granddaughter, Tatia Starkey, gave birth to a baby boy, Stone Zakomo Low, on Sunday. It is her first child with partner Adam Low. Singer in the band Belakiss, Tatia Starkey is the daughter of Ringo's drummer son, Zak Starkey.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney says Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison part of the Beatles now

Paul McCartney says he now considers the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon to be part of The Beatles now and they both help agree every decision about the band. About his relationship with Yoko, McCartney said, "My big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that's gotta be right."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Peter Asher charms audience with stories of the Beatles

Peter Asher appeared at the Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company on Friday night, where he and guitar virtuoso Albert Lee mesmerized a Milwaukee audience for two hours. Asher told the story, "Paul shouted up the stairs to me: 'Hey Peter, come down here and listen to this new song John and I just finished.'" It was Want to Hold Your Hand.

Source: Something Else! Reviews
Rare Photos: The Beatles' last show in Detroit

Doug Elbinger was a high school student and aspiring photojournalist when he got himself through the backstage door at Olympia Stadium in Detroit on Aug. 13, 1966, and talked his way onto the Beatles' stage. Fifty years later, the photos he captured are among the few surviving high-quality images of the show.

Source: Detroit Free Press
How the Beatles influenced a Monkees song

The Monkees' first single "Last Train To Clarksville" debuted 50 years ago today. It may sound uncannily familiar to another upbeat, twangy rock song, Paperback Writer by the Beatles, which came out just three months earlier. In this audio interview, Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart explains why.

Source: MPR News
Monday, August 15, 2016
Paul McCartney performing in Grand Rapids tonight

Paul McCartney will take the stage in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the first time Monday evening. The tour sold out in less than 10 minutes when tickets went on sale earlier this year. There are still some tickets available on ticket website StubHub ranging from $150 to $600 depending on where the seats are located.

Related Articles  Source: WOOD TV, Grand Rapids
Video: Street in Cleveland temporarily renamed for Paul McCartney

East 9th Street in Cleveland all the way from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Quicken Loans Arena has temporarily been renamed "Paul McCartney Boulevard" for the upcoming week. Macca will be in Cleveland next week for two performances at the Q. There are still a limited number of tickets left for Thursday's concert.

Related Articles  Source: WJW TV, Cleveland
Upcoming Beatles book calls 1966 the Fab Four's best year

Coming in October, Steve Turner, who's authored several previous books on the Beatles, will make his case for 1966 in "Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year." The book hits the streets Oct. 25 in the States and Nov. 3 in the UK. Turner's story actually begins in December, 1965, with the Beatles heading out on a UK tour.

Source: AXS
Beatles artist Jay Kelly debuts new work

Up-and-coming artist Jay Kelly has just signed with 910 Public Relations, an independent PR firm specializing in Beatles and music-related artists and authors. Based in Dorset, England, Jay Kelly is a fan of the 1960s and particularly The Beatles, interests that are heavily reflected in his work, which often lends itself to the "pop art" genre.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Kids who met the Beatles by pretending to be their opening act

On Aug. 15, 1966, six friends pretended to be the Beatles' opening act, the Cyrkle, and their management team, in an attempt to meet the Beatles. Striving for authenticity, they even went so far as to hire a limo and request a police escort to the venue. They ended up sharing a laugh with Ringo Starr and John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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