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Monday, August 11, 2014
Paul McCartney in vintage form at Dodger Stadium

On Sunday night, Paul McCartney returned to Dodger Stadium, looking fit and giddy and fully recovered from a recent illness. Throughout the night, McCartney swapped instruments, bass to hollow-body electric guitar to grand piano to ukulele, the latter for an emotionally rich version of "Something" dedicated to George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, August 8, 2014
Beatles fans come together for Abbey Road cover-photo anniversary

On Aug. 8, 1969, Iain MacMillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the road near EMI Studios in London and snapped six photos of the Beatles walking through a zebra crossing. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the historic 10-minute photo shoot, Beatles fans, gathered at the crossing near Abbey Road Studios.

Related Video  Source: Washington Post
Unseen Beatles photo collection from Candlestick in 1964

To commemorate the Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park on Aug. 14, almost 50 years after the Beatles' last gig there, San Francisco Art Exchange is offering a selection of five intimate, limited-edition archival photos shot by Jim Marshall at the final concert. 25 prints of each image will be for sale individually or in a set of five.

Related Articles  Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Paul McCartney to create vidoe game score and release theme as single

The music of upcoming video game Destiny was a collaborative effort between Bungie's in-house composers and Paul McCartney. One of McCartney's contributions to the soundtrack, the game's theme song, fully orchestrated and recorded at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin, will be released as a single later this year.

Source: Polygon
Penn State Beatles conference receives award

Penn State Altoona's spring conference, "It Was 50 Years Ago Today: An International Beatle's Celebration," will be recognized with an Association for Continuing Higher Education's 2014 Distinguished Program award. The award will be presented to members of the program's staff at their annual conference Oct. 28 in Las Vegas.

Source: Penn State

Why Paul and John needed each other to create The Beatles

If you're looking for some creative inspiration, your best bet may be to brainstorm with a friend. Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, explains how John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Beatles partnership is a prime example of two brains being better than one for creative genius.

Source: Huffington Post
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The night The Beatles were trapped in Dodger Stadium

Paul McCartney is getting back to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday for the first time since he played there with The Beatles 48 years ago. Back in 1966, he and the rest of the Beatles ended up trapped in a Lincoln Continental that was smothered fender-to-fender by a frenzied blanket of screaming fans.

Related Articles  Source: Ventura County Star
Restored Hard Day's Night to stream exclusively on Hulu Plus

The Beatles' classic 1964 film A Hard Day's Night will be available for streaming starting Friday, exclusively on Hulu Plus. Last month, the movie was released theatrically in 50 U.S. cities, after it was digitally restored from the original camera negative with a new remixed soundtrack produced by Giles Martin.

Source: Variety
Mother, daughter get Paul McCartney's signature tattooed after concert

Sharon and Laurel White, mother-daughter McCartney super fans, traveled all the way from San Francisco to Missoula to see him perform on Tuesday. They made signs asking for a signature that caught Paul's eye and he pulled them up on stage to answer their request. They had the autographs made permanent the next day.

Related Articles  Source: KTMF TV, Missoula
Paul McCartney invited to perform at Alien Woodstock

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been invited to perform at "Alien Woodstock" in Malibu. UFO expert Michael C. Luckman has a theory there is a huge underwater alien base located six miles off of Malibu's Point Dume in the Pacific Ocean and he wants to use pop stars who believe in alien life to coax them out of their base.

Source: AZCentral, Arizona
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Vendors slammed with customers at Paul McCartney concert

More than 25,000 people attended Paul McCartney's concert in Missoula, and many stopped to get food. Vendors were slammed for a good four hours with people coming to get food, and it was a good day for sales. Despite long lines, the vendors had fun with the people and just kept working to make sure the line moved fast.

Related Articles  Source: KECI TV 13, Missoula
New film seeks fans who attended final Beatles concert at Candlestick

Were you at Candlestick Park on Aug. 29, 1966? Beatles fans who attended their famous farewell concert at Candlestick Park, and plan to see Paul McCartney pay farewell to the stadium this month, are urged to participate in a new documentary about the band's touring years that will be directed by Ron Howard.

Related Articles  Source: SF Weekly
Hindu leader calls For George Harrison tree to be replanted

Hindu leaders have joined fans of George Harrison in calling for Los Angeles to replant a tree tribute to the singer/songwriter after learning the pine that bore his name. U.S. Hindu leader Rajan Zed has urged L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to investigate the tree and plant another immediately.

Source: Contact Music
John Lennon book republished as eBook

"Peace At Last," by author Jason M. Leen has been republished through the efforts of his partner Jan Klyce as an eBook with extra material. It is available on both Amazon U.S. and Amazon UK. It was the first book to communicate channeled conversations from the Beatle.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
What John Lennon can teach us about workforce engagement

John Lennon, when performing with the Quarry Men, played in a band competition and was twice soundly trounced by Nicky Cuff and the Sunnnyside Skiffle Group, who put on a madcap show. Lennon recognized that his own band had more talent than Cuff's, and it finally dawned on him that excitement mattered.

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Former Beatles promoter arrested

A British music promoter who worked with superstars including The Beatles and Johnny Cash has been arrested. Police swooped on 79 year-old Mervyn Conn at Gatwick Airport in England in July as he was about to board a plane to Italy. He was questioned and then released.

Source: 3 News, New Zealand
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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Interview: Tom Petty remembers George Harrison

Tom Petty spent quite a bit of time with George Harrison, and sang with him in the Traveling Wilburys. When asked what did he think was Harrison's biggest influence on him, he said, "I think [spirituality], probably, was the greatest gift he gave me. He gave me a way of understanding a higher power without it being stupid or tons of rules and books to read."

Source: NPR
Video: Mexican-American group's new take on Strawberry Fields

Mexican-American band La Santa Cecilia, who won a Grammy earlier this year, paid tribute to migrant workers in an emotional new music video for John Lennon's Strawberry Fields Forever. "One day, we started leaving L.A to play in Bakersfield, and we saw the strawberry fields. Listening to the song I thought, man, it connected."

Source: Latina Magazine
Beatles come second in poll of most bewildering song lyrics

I Am The Walrus was named runner-up in the "baffle of the bands." The chorus of "I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob" was the line which left music fans scratching their heads. Almost two-fifths of the 2,000 adults surveyed said say they do not usually understand the words they hear in pop songs.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles echoes: Liverpool still rocks

Aboard the Magical Mystery Tour bus, Penny Lane plays over the speaker, as Beatles fans sing along and gaze at "the shelter in the middle of a roundabout" and the barber shop where "the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain." This two-hour guided bus tour is a terrific way to get a Liverpool trip off to a unique start.

Source: Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Ontario
Monday, August 4, 2014
Front door from 20 Forthlin Road up for auction

Beatles fans are expected to pay out thousands of pounds for the old front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home. The door, from McCartney's home in Forthlin Road in Liverpool, up for auction on Sept. 3, is expected to fetch around 8,000 (about $13,500). It was removed when the house was refurbished in 1978.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Photos: Macca fans find Mecca at Target Field

Kurt Bauer of Houston said, "This is our second time seeing Paul. We're going to see Ringo in November." Damara Scheeler of St. Paul said, "We saw him last year and I cried the whole show and I'm pretty sure I'll do the same thing tonight." Scott Webster of Minnetonka said, "Nine years old, Ed Sullivan, had to watch, changed my life."

Related Articles  Source: Minnesota Post
Governor of Minnesota declares August 2 Sir Paul McCartney Day

August 2 has been declared Paul McCartney day in Minnesota, coinciding with the former Beatles member's live show at Target Field on Saturday. It was only McCartney's fourth appearance in the state since 1965 and his first since a gig at the Metrodome in 1993. The Beatles first played Minnesota in 1965 at the Metropolitan Stadium.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Band from Manilla pays homage to Beatles in Liverpool show

The Reo Brothers from Tacloban in the Philippines have become the first Filipino musicians to perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Manila-based band, composed of four real life brothers, embarked on a short UK tour between August 1-3, kicking off with a performance where their musical heroes first rose to fame.

Source: ABS-CBN News, Manilla
Ringo Starr cancels one concert date in October

Ringo Starr's press office confirmed Aug. 4 that the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band concert scheduled for Oct. 12 at Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Mississippi has just been canceled because of travel issues. "They hope to make it back there on a future tour," Ringo's press representative said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Unheard George Harrison tape has Beatle doing tunes sung by John Lennon

Beatles author Dave Morrell has confirmed the existence of a rare George Harrison tape that was on auction in 2010 but not sold, featuring him singing Beatles songs he didn't do with the Beatles. The approximately 45 minute tape was described as an impromptu jam session with musicians at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa, India.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Flaming Lips reveals track list for Sgt. Pepper's tribute album

The Flaming Lips are working on a full-length tribute album to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Today, the band Instagrammed the track list for With A Little Help From My Fwends. Miley Cyrus, one of the collaborators on the project, performed Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds at the Billboard Music Awards in May.

Source: Billboard
Review: Epstien: The Man Who Made The Beatles in London

Fiercely protective of his privacy, Brian Epstein preferred to keep the limelight on the bands he looked after. After his untimely death in August, 1967, there were so many questions left unanswered. Liverpool writer Andrew Sherlock has attempted to answer some of those with Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thousands visit Candlestick Park to bid farewell to stadium

Thousands flocked to Candlestick Park yesterday to say goodbye to the stadium after more than 50 years of playing host to multiple sporting and entertainment events. The Beatles had their last concert at Candlestick Park on Aug. 29, 1966. The final public event at the stadium will be a concert by Paul McCartney on Aug. 14.

Related Articles  Source: San Francisco Examiner
Friday, August 1, 2014
300 additional tickets open up for Paul McCartney in Missoula

An extra 300 seats have opened up for Paul McCartney's performance at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The newly available tickets are part of a block reserved by McCartney's tour that weren't filled. Most of the tickets are in the floor or bowl areas and cost $150 to $250, with a limited number of tickets still available at $49.50.

Related Articles  Source: The Missoulian
Luke Skywalker feels the Force of the Beatles in Liverpool

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill enjoyed a Magical Mystery Tour while he was in Liverpool as he visited a series of The Beatles' landmarks. Hamill visited the city while he is in the UK and Ireland filming for the new Star Wars film. Sporting a Jedi Knight beard, he surprised fans at the Cavern Club and the Beatles museum at the Albert Dock.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney concert considered a big coup for new Tobin Center

Paul McCartney commands top billing in big stadiums, and it's rare to find McCartney at a small venue. So officials with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, which will officially open this fall, are understandably giddy over the fact that McCartney will bring his portfolio of hits to the 1,750-seat venue on Oct. 1.

Related Articles  Source: San Antonio Business Journal
Beatles fans travel great distances to attend A Hard Day's Night screening

Two friends from Virginia recently proved how far they would go to view A Hard Day's Night and meet Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison. They recently traveled to Avalon from Yorktown, VA, which is approximately 2,357 miles, for the Catalina Island Museum's 50th anniversary screening of the film and book signing.

Source: eCatalina
Ken Michaels' Beatles website a treasure trove for interviews

Veteran Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has accumulated a massive amount of interviews with people connected to the Beatles on his website, including musicians that worked with them, family members and various Beatles authors. There is also weekly Beatles trivia, contests and listings of New York area Beatles events.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Paul McCartney tells LIPA graduates 'go out there and be wonderful'

Paul McCartney told students at LIPA to "go out there and be wonderful" at its annual graduation ceremony. He joked students should ignore what they had learned and "be yourself." LIPA, co-founded by Paul and opened in 1995, is housed in Paul and George Harrison's old grammar school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys.

Source: Liverpool Echo
British journalist Ivor Davis speaks at LA area Hard Days Night screenings

The Malibu Film Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night with special showings on Aug. 8 and 9, and at The Grove in Hollywood on Aug. 7. Special guest Ivor Davis, the journalist who befriended the Beatles early on, traveling with them as they developed into international superstars, will speak at the screenings.

Source: Pasadena Independent
Paul McCartney New Orleans ticket refunds available until Sept. 1

This spring, due to health reasons, Paul McCartney was forced to postpone his scheduled June 19 concert in New Orleans until Oct. 11. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored in October or refunded, but for the latter, time is ticking. Refunds will be offered only until Monday, Sept. 1, via Ticketmaster.

Related Articles  Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Wings' Denny Laine lands at new Midwest Music Museum

Former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, the only other musician besides Linda who was in the group for the duration of Wings, will perform an intimate gig Friday in the new Midwest Music Museum at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. Think of it as a preview for Paul McCartney's sold-out show Saturday in Minneapolis.

Source: St. Paul Pinoeer Press
Fans burned Beatles records 48 years ago today

On this day in 1966 some of us went a little nuts and at the urging of apparently some disc jockeys in the American south, ministers and our parents decided to burn our Beatles pictures and break our Beatles records. It came as a response to John Lennon's remarks about the Beatles being more popular.

Source: Birmingham News, Alabama
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Paul McCartney to give award to Nashville resident

Paul McCartney present the "Honored Friend" award to Nashville-area singer, songwriter and educator Suzahn Fiering on July 31 at his Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. Fiering has co-hosted fundraising events for LIPA in the U.S., including a meet-and-greet with McCartney at last year's Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

Source: The Tennessean
Mark Lewisohn says long sought after Beatles track is disappointing

Beatles fans waiting to hear "Carnival of Light," the mysterious 14-minute sound collage the band recorded but never released, are in for a disappointment, according to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. He's one of the few people ever to have heard this most desired Beatles track which has never been bootlegged.

Source: The Toronto Star
New life for childhood haunt of Paul McCartney and George Harrison

A popular childhood haunt of Paul McCartney and George Harrison is to be given a new lease on life. The local government has received almost 50,000 to regenerate the Oglet, an area on the shore of the River Mersey in Hale. The area used to be popular with families but in recent times has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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