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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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
Paul McCartney to perform for first time in South Korea

Paul McCartney will hold his first-ever concert in South Korea next month, organizers said Thursday. The show, scheduled for May 28 at Seoul's Jamsil Stadium, is part of his 2014 Out There world tour. "Paul McCartney is one of the greatest musicians who can be called the alpha and omega of pop music around the world," said organizers.

More Information  Source: Antara News, Indonesia
Star-studded McCartney tribute LP to feature Dylan, Brian Wilson

"The Art of Paul McCartney," a 32-track tribute album featuring covers of Paul McCartney songs both from his Beatles days and solo career by the likes of Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne and more, was announced today. Songs to be covered include Live and Let Die, Yesterday and Listen to What the Man Said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Brian Epstein made rock 'n' roll history behind the scenes

He never wrote a song, fronted a band or played a concert, but Brian Epstein is one of the important men in the history of rock 'n' roll. He discovered the Beatles and helped turn them into the biggest band in rock history. Epstein will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in New York.

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John Lennon's infamous 'Lost Weekend' revisited

By the summer of 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's marriage was on the rocks. As an unusual remedy, Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That led to Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18 months he lived with Pang in her New York apartment and a rented home in Los Angeles.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney shares his photos and memories of The Beatles

Dubbed Flash Harry by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Paul's brother Mike McCartney shares some of his favourite photos of The Beatles, Liverpool and the architects of rock 'n roll at the Grand Theatre in Swansea, Wales, on April 25. His photographs of The Beatles, back when they were still combing their hair up and back like Elvis, have become iconic.

Source: South Wales Evening Post, UK
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Rock Hall of Fame induction will be full of no-shows

Next week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show looks like it's going to be a mess. Of the nominees, Linda Ronstadt isn't coming at all. Cat Stevens is still considering his options. KISS won't perform because they're all fighting with each other. Nirvana can't perform because Kurt Cobain. Brian Epstein's family weren't even invited.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411

Ken Scott
Inside Abbey Road with Beatles engineer Ken Scott

The Sound Of Abbey Road Studios season begins later this month and offers a unique insight into the groundbreaking recordings made there. It's hosted by Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the forensic and fascinating book, Recording The Beatles. Joining them on the podium will be legendary recording engineer and producer Ken Scott.

Source: Mojo Magazine
Paul McCartney backs new Everyone Matters campaign

People around the world have been uploading "I Am!" selfies to express pride in identity for today's 2014 Everyone Matters day, a campaign Paul McCartney has supported since it launched in 2012. Today, Paul posted a picture of himself holding a sign saying "I Am A Scouser," which is slang for someone from Liverpool.

The Beatles first tour to US voted UK's greatest departure

Heathrow Airport says the public's choice of the most iconic departure from the UK over the last century by aircraft, train, boat or car is The Beatle's first tour of the US in 1964. 3,000 fans were present to see them off. Coming second was Bob Geldof's departure to Ethiopia, in Africa. His visit in 1985 led to the creation of Live Aid.

Source: Airport World
Paul Hoax went viral before there was viral

In 1969, Fred LaBour, a student at the University of Michigan, was listening as disc jockey Russ Gibb in Detroit took a call from someone claiming that, if one played the Beatles' Revolution 9 backwards, one heard a clear voice saying, "Turn Me On." He was scheduled the next day to write a record review of Abbey Road.

Source:, Alabama

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren gives 'Unpredictable' concert in Niagara Falls

"An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren" certainly proved to be an unpredictable concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night. Rundgren, who arguably has been recording for more than four decades and been a producer on some of the biggest hit albums of the past and present, and is still going strong with no end in sight.

Source: Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune
Lost films from Peter Sellers to play at Southend Film Festival

Two lost films from comedy legend Peter Sellers' early career, "Dearth of a Salesman" and "Insomnia is Good For You," will be shown for the very first time at this year's Southend Film Festival in Southend-on-sea, Essex, England. Also screened will be one of Sellers' more outlandish films, The Magic Christian, co-starring Ringo Starr.

Source: Southend Standard, UK
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Label says new Beatles Star Club CD is best sounding ever

According to OxTango Music, the new CD release of the Beatles' "Star Club" tapes by OxTango Music is isn't just another reissue of the same old material. The sound is opened up and the vocals stand out a bit more. In addition, long-time edits have been restored and one cut, "Red Hot," is now more complete.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles Story reports record-breaking visitor numbers

Liverpool's Beatles Story museum has broken through the 250,000 visitors-in-a-year mark for the first time. The Albert Dock attraction welcomed 254,451 visitors in the 2013/14 financial year, a big rise on the 241,265 figure for the previous year. July 2103 saw its busiest day ever with more than 1,996 visitors.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lennon's visit to Bermuda remembered in Chelsea Flower Show

John Lennon's visit to Bermuda in 1980 will be a feature of this year's famous Chelsea Flower Show in London by way of a "Bermuda Double Fantasy Garden" exhibit. Double Fantasy was the name of Lennon's last album, inspired by the native Bermuda flowers Lennon saw during his walk through the Botanical Gardens.

Source: Royal Gazette, Bermuda
Liverpool Legends to perform in Texas for Beatles Night 2014

Grammy nominees the Liverpool Legends will peform May 10 at the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano, TX, as part of Beatles Night 2014. Dubbed "The Complete Beatles Experience," this band of Brits has traveled the world astounding audiences with their realistic delivery of Fab Four hits.

Source: Star Local Media
The Beatles: Part II arrives in Minnesota

Hear the music of the Beatles while watching news and film clips about the group's Sgt. Pepper's years at "The Beatles: Part II," a concert and rockumentary by Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks on April 5 at the State Theatre in Zumbrota, MN. The Throwbacks performed "The Beatles: Part I" at the theater in the beginning of March.

Source: Red Wing Republican Eagle, MN

Billy Preston
Session legends: Billy Preston

Thought by many to be the fifth Beatle, Billy Preston's greatest asset was his ability to play to the song. You don't get to back The Beatles unless you've got a supernatural understanding of band dynamics, and Preston's affable personality was able to slot right in to any set up. His playing ran from tender to downright savage, and he could sing to boot.

Source: MusicRadar

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