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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Tim Freedman to Honor Harry Nilsson in Melbourne

Tim Freedman will be honouring the legacy of one of the 20th century's great singer-songwriters, the legendary Harry Nilsson in Melbourne on July 18. In a 1968 press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously referred to Nilsson as their "favourite American group" after Lennon had listened to his second album for 36 hours straight.

Source: Broadway World Australia
Monday, April 14, 2014
Rare Beatles photos about to hit the auction block

Photos of the Beatles and its fans taken during The Beatles' one and only trip to Dallas 50 years ago will go up for auction on April 26. The collection reveals heretofore unseen photos of the band on stage at Memorial Auditorium, from their press conference, and fans pressed against chain-link fence at Love Field.

Source: Dallas News
49ers, San Francisco fighting for rumored Paul McCartney concert

Recently, Paul McCartney's people let it slip Levi's Stadium, new home of the 49ers, was interested in an opening concert with McCartney, but San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had personally invited McCartney to close down Candlestick Park, where the Beatles played their last concert in 1966, and it was thought to be a "done deal."

Source: NBC Bay Area
Paul McCartney tickets quickly sell out in Albany

Tickets quickly sold out Monday for Paul McCartney's July 5 show at the Times Union Center. Thousands bought tickets on the Internet, and more than 80 people lined up at the Times Union Center to score ducats for the former Beatle's first-ever show in Albany. Tickets for the show range in price from $29.50 up to $253.00

Source: Times Union, Albany
Paul McCartney asks fans for help with new music video

Paul McCartney is putting together a new promotional clip for "Save Us," a song from his latest album, New, and he's asking fans to submit photos of themselves that also include one line of lyrics from the tune. Fans can post your photos on either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewPaul until 7 a.m. ET on April 22.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Friday, April 11, 2014
Cilla Black biopic well underway in Liverpool

Filming for the new three-part ITV drama about Cilla Black, starring Sheridan Smith, is well underway in Liverpool. The '60s-set drama will tell the story of how the singer and Blind Date star met Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and how she got the attention of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin.

Related Articles  Source: Radio Times, UK
New Gospel album includes Beatles and John Lennon covers

"Hey Jude," a collection of new gospel versions of classic pop songs, will be available on iTunes beginning April 29. It includes covers of three Beatles songs, Hey Jude, Let It Be and All You Need Is Love, plus John Lennon's Imagine. It also includes Stand By Me, which John Lennon himself covered on his Rock 'n' Roll album.

Source: Broadway World
Business lessons from rock: Not everyone can be the Beatles

"The Mozart problem" is a market-clearing talent in one's chosen profession. The Beatles, by nearly any measurement of artistic or commercial success, have blown away the pop music competition since they exploded on the world stage in 1964. But in business, even Apple, once deemed invincible, seems to be slipping.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Let It Be, Reconsidered

The Beatles White Album turned out to be compilation of songs by solo acts rather than an ensemble band. Paul McCartney believed the best way to improve relations was to get the band back in the studio to mark the return of their rock 'n' roll roots. On New Years Day, 1969, The Beatles returned to the studio to record Let It Be.

Source: Counterpunch
Brian Epstein inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Last night, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein in New York City. "Brian loved, protected and respected the Beatles," said Peter Asher, who inducted Epstein. "He took his responsibilities extremely seriously.... His biggest fear was letting the Beatles down in any way, whatsoever."

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Beatles fans crash South Korean ticket site

A ticket website in South Korea crashed on Tuesday as fans scrambled to book tickets for the Seoul concert of Paul McCartney. The site offered its members the chance to book early tickets from lunchtime but within minutes the card payments were not going through. Demand was high and apparently overloaded the system.

Source: Chosun, South Korean
Video: Epstein campaigner on 15 year fight to have Brian inducted

Getting Brian Epstein into the Hall Of Fame has been a 15 year battle for Martin Lewis. The Beatles were inducted the third year it was open in 1986. Their legendary producer George Martin got in 13 years later, but there had been no such honor for Epstein until tonight. He will then be inducted along with the rest of the class on 2014.

Related Articles  Source: KTTV, Los Angeles
How Beatles manager Brian Epstein made the Rock Hall of Fame

Beatles manager Brian Epstein is being inducted as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Without their talent, he would have had nothing to manage," said Beatles historian Martin Lewis, who started the campaign a decade and a half ago to get Epstein into the Rock Hall.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Preview: The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus cover A Day in the Life

According to Wayne Coyne on Instagram, The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus' cover of The Beatles cover is almost ready for release. He wrote, "Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!! @mileycyrus singing the Paul McCartney bit on A Day In The Life!!!!! Yesss!!" He also shared a short video teasing the cover.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles on this day in 1970

On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney made an announcement that lead to the breakup of the Beatles. All four were already pursuing solo projects, McCartney was to release his debut solo album. In a "self-interview," he said he did not foresee a time when Lennon-McCartney would become an active songwriting partnership again.

Source: Daily Press, Tidewater
Ten things you may not know about the Gretsch Guitar

George Harrison, Ringo Star, and John Lennon were all pretty fond of Gretsch guitars and had at least one during their Beatles career. George owned at least four Gretsch Guitars. While John Lennon is widely associated with Rickenbaker guitars, he used a Gretsch 6120 during the recording of Paperback Writer.

Source: Rock Square
The Beatles supported me...and I'm still touring 50 years later

In 1958, as Lonnie Donegan topped the charts with Rock Island Line, Joe Brown joined his first Skiffle band at 17. The Beatles appeared with him in Liverpool in 1962, it was George Harrison who was Joe's biggest fan and after he sang Joe's big hit Pictures of You on the Beatles' first radio broadcast, the two became close friends.

Source: Southport Visitor, UK
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Video: 17-year-old covers Abbey Road with various instruments

17-year-old Dylan Gardner has posted incredible videos of the Beatles on his Instagram feed. "In honor of the Beatles breakup on April 10, 1970, I decided to cover the entire second side of their last album, Abbey Road, with different instruments for 15-second intervals. It's just me around the house having a blast covering my heroes!"

Source: Boing Boing
Bombay High Court orders release of elephant

The Bombay High Court has ordered the release of elephant Sunder. The campaign for Sunder's release spanned 21 months as people in India and around the world worked to save him from his abusers, including famous names such as Paul McCartney.

Source: Daily Mail, UK

Laurence Juber
Review: Small club show was Laurence Juber at his best

Seeing Laurence Juber is always a treat because his guitar work and music is such a joy to hear. But the April 6 show at the intimate Club Fox in Redwood City, CA., was even better than usual because the layout of the venue made the show so up close and personal. The tiny club held only about 75 people, and they got quite a memorable night.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Joey Molland
Joey Molland keeps Badfinger's music alive

Joey Molland, one of the original members of Badfinger, will perform the band's biggest hits in Hermosa Beach, CA, on April 17. Molland, who recently released a solo album, "Return to Memphis," said it's "quite phenomenal" that you can still hear Badfinger records on the radio decades later. "The music lives on whether I'm doing it or not," he said.

Source: The Beach Reporter, CA
Beethoven to The Beatles celebrates musical innovations

Beethoven may not seem to have much in common with The Beatles, but a concert by The Anthracite Philharmonic, "Beethoven to The Beatles," this Saturday in Pottsville, PA, will bring them all together. The concert will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor and Beatles classics from all stages of their career.

Source: Republican Herald, Pottsville, PA
High school string quartet joins touring Beatles musical

The touring show "In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles" will join with the Arizona School for the Arts string quartet in Peoria, Arizona, on April 17. "In My Life" is the musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road.

Source: Your West Valley, Peoria
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Paul McCartney announces 2014 US tour dates

Paul McCartney has announced his first Stateside dates of 2014 for his Out There tour. On June 19, Paul will return to New Orleans, will play his first shows ever in Louisville KY and Albany NY on June 26 and July 5 and will return to Pittsburgh on July 7. Tickets will be on pre-sale for pre-registered fans on tomorrow.

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Video: Animals from Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

In 1973, director Alejandro Jodorowsky made a psychedelic film called The Holy Mountain that became an underground sensation, partly because John Lennon and Yoko Ono put their stamp of approval on it by underwriting its costs. Somewhere along the way, their son Sean must have spent a few nights drinking in its bizarre delights.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Review: Let It Be at the Empire

Winning over a theater full of Liverpudlians is no mean feat. In the Beatles tribute show Let It Be, the band generates bundles of energy, rip-roaring its way through a first half that sets off at a lick with I Saw Her Standing There and barely lets up until the closing piano chord of A Day in the Life some 24 songs later.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Only Let It Be LP signed by all four Beatles to be auctioned

A framed Beatles Let It Be US stereo LP, the only example known to exist bearing all four signatures, is to be auctioned in New York City on April 26. Since this album was released soon after the announced breakup of the band, there was never an occasion to get a Let It Be LP signed by all at the same time. It is estimated to sell for $30,000.

Source: Heritage Auctions
The true and forgotten story of Havana's John Lennon Park

In December 1990, a John Lennon tribute concert was held in a park in Havana, and years later, a statue of Lennon was unveiled there. But the concert almost never happened. It was to be held in the lower terraced roof of the Habana Libre Hotel, without any previous announcement, to surprise the city and passersby.

Source: Havana Times
The EMI Saga in 10 Beatles Songs

The battle between the private-equity firm founded by Guy Hands and Citigroup over the firm's ill-fated investment in EMI is set to be reignited in court by 2016. Funds managed by Terra Firma are claiming at least $3.61 billion in damages amid new allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation. The allegations are denied by Citigroup.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Rolling Stones manager skips own induction to protest Rock Hall of Fame

Former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will skip his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. He says he objects to the way cameras are allowed to record award show highlights for subsequent TV specials, and is unhappy he and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were being inducted jointly.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 7, 2014
Richard Marx back for another song on Ringo Starr's forthcoming album

Richard Marx says Ringo Starr only needed some additional melody and lyric help with "Mystery of the Night" for Y Not. Now, Starr's level of trust has grown to the point where, Marx says, Starr is letting him come up with his own ideas for an as-yet-untitled forthcoming Starr release that also features Toto's Steve Lukather.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Pics: Paul McCartney caught on kiss cam at LA Lakers game

When it comes to Sir Paul McCartney showing his affection for his wife, he certainly isn't shy about it. Paul took the opportunity to plant a kiss on his wife, Nancy Shevell, for the Kiss Cam at the Staples Center during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Source: Daily Mail, UK
Liv Warfield's Blackbird calls out Paul McCartney in defiance to Beatles' song

R&B singer Liv Warfield performed Friday night on David Letterman singing her high-intensity song called "Blackbird." The original song is a defiant response to The Beatles' song of the same name, its lyrics including, "Paul McCartney got it wrong, I ain't never want no song, I ain't special, I ain't strong Black... bird."

Source: The Examiner

Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz on how Beatles got into final Monkees TV show

Monkees fans will remember that Good Morning, Good Morning from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appears as part of the Micky Dolenz-directed final episode of their TV show. Turns out the song has always had special meaning for Dolenz, as he'd heard an early playback of the song at Abbey Road Studios. "I was so wiped out," he remembers.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Yoko Ono denies long-held rumor of Paul McCartney

Each week, Yoko Ono answers fan questions. This week, she confirmed something that's long been perculating among conspiracy theorists who think Lennon's former bandmate Paul McCartney at the height of their fame. "I just spoke with Paul a few days ago," Ono said. "He is definitely alive and well."

Source: Something Else Reviews
DJ's collection includes very rare George Harrison autograph

Breakfast With The Beatles host Chachi Loprete has collected several autographs of the Beatles over the years. His most prized Beatles autograph is from his personal favorite Beatle, George Harrison. It's inside George's autobiography I Me Mine, a limited edition of the book, only 2,000 copies of Chachi's version were ever produced.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, April 4, 2014
Paul McCartney's manager named Manager of the Year

Scott Rodger, the man behind Sir Paul Mccartney's current success, was named Manager of the Year by the Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition at the Artist and Manager Awards in London on Thursday night. The longtime industry player was lauded for his work with artists like McCartney and rockers Arcade Fire.

Source: Contact Music

Tim Piper
Interview: John Lennon tribute artist Tim Piper

Musician, actor and songwriter Tim Piper has traveled the world performing music made famous by the Beatles, distinguishing himself as the preeminent John Lennon tribute performer. In this new interview, he talks about performing for over 25 years around the world, remembers his first performance, and describes the best day of his life.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Eraserheads recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover

Reunited members of the Eraserheads on Thursday crossed Abbey Road in London, recreating the iconic album cover of their idols The Beatles. Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala, who are staging a reunion concert in London Friday night, had photos taken of them crossing the famous road.

Source: ABS-CBN News
Rare audio, images augment Beatles history

Rock 'n' roll was never the same after the release of the Beatles' Revolver. Noted Beatles scholar Scott Freiman will tell the story of the album during a program presented by the International Film Series at the University of Colorado-Boulder, over three evenings next weekend. The programs include rare photos, videos and audio clips.

Source: The Daily Camera, Boulder
How the Fab Four high-fived the Hot 100

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's remarkable Billboard coup, when on April 4, 1964, their songs occupied the top five slots of the singles chart, a feat never repeated. "It was a unique moment in time, something that likely will never happen again," says Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts/retail.

Source: USA Today
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Classic Albums Live plays Abbey Road the way The Beatles intended

Classic Albums Live will perform the Beatles "Abbey Road" album note for note this Saturday, April 5, at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. "The toughest thing about replicating any Beatles album is the vocals," says Toronto-based musician/vocalist Marty Morin, who serves as drummer and vocalist in the show.

Source: La Grange Sun Times, IL

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