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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Lost Beatles tapes from legendary Hamburg concerts to be auctioned

The historic lost recordings of the Beatles' concerts at a tiny club in Germany that set them on the road to stardom are tipped to sell for 200,000 ($295,000) after being found. The vintage Phillips tape machine used to record the show has also survived and is being sold for an estimated 35,000 ($51,550).

Source: The Mirror, UK
Kristin Scott Thomas receives damehood

Kristin Scott Thomas has been made a dame by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Best known for Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient and Gosford Park, she was nominated for a Bafta for playing John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in 2009's Nowhere Boy. She will next play the Queen on stage in London next month.

Source: BBC News
Music institute opens in Beatles' Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios has announced it's own educational institute. Students 18 and over will study for a 12-month advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering at the institute, which will be housed in the legendary north London studio complex where the Beatles recorded nearly all their albums and singles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Paul McCartney to induct Ringo Star into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It was announced today that Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr, who's entering the Hall this year as a solo artist, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on April 18 in Cleveland. Presenters also announced today also include Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Firefly Festival nears first-ever sell-out with help from Paul McCartney

The 2015 edition of the Firefly Festival may sell out months in advance. Organizers say a strong demand for four-day passes to this June's event. featuring Paul McCartney, The Killers, Kings of Leon. means Firefly is nearing the first sell-out in its four year existence. Close to 90,000 fans are expected each day.

Source: WDDE, NPR Delaware
Piers Morgan condems Heather Mills' recent comments

British television personality Piers Morgan has slammed Heather Mills, the ex wife of Paul McCartney, describing her as a "greedy, ghastly, lying fantasist" and condemning the comments she made in a recent interview. Her comments outraged Morgan, who described them as "excruciating," "contemptible" and "deluded."

Related Articles  Source: TVNZ, New Zealand
Family selling John Lennon photograph to support Robert Freeman

The family of photographer Robert Freeman is re-releasing a 1965 photograph of John Lennon n a bid to raise funds to care for Freeman, 78, who is suffering the effects of a stroke, and to secure the preservation of his collection of work, spanning 60 years. Freeman also photographed Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali.

Source: London Evening Standard
Strawberry Fields Forever tops NME's list of greatest Beatles songs ever

Strawberry Fields Forever has been named as the greatest Beatles song ever in a new poll by NME. The 1967 single came out on top of a poll of music's biggest names with Beatles producer George Martin and Pete Townshend of The Who both opting for the song as their favorite as well as members of Hot Chip and Palma Violets.

Source: NME, UK
A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney now on Blu-ray

A MusicCares Tribute to Paul McCartney is a fast-paced 60-minute concert that focuses on the music. There are no verbose testimonials, just Beatle and McCartney music. McCartney performs Magical Mystery Tour and Junior's Farm, other artists include Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Coldplay. Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl.

Source: Audiophile Audition
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Ringo Starr announces fall North American tour with All Starr Band

After wrapping up a series of U.S. tour dates this past Sunday in Las Vegas, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band now have announced a new North American leg that's scheduled for the fall. The trek will get under way with an October 1 concert in San Francisco and is mapped out through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, NY.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Julian Lennon photography exhibit opens in New York City

Julian Lennon was on the top of the charts 30 years ago and nominated for a Grammy as best new artist, he seemed to be following in John Lennon's footsteps. But in recent years, he has switched his focus. "I really have fallen in love with photography," he said. His work is now on exhibit at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in Chelsea.

Source: WABC TV, NY
With a little help from your 3D printer: Digital Paul McCartney

Now that Paul McCartney had been scanned in 3D for his innovative "Hope For The Future" music video, his official website asked if they could get hold of the file. From this scan of Paul they were able to turn him into a 3D printable figure. The file is now available to any fan who wishes to try making their own Paul!

Meet the Beatles before Ed Sullivan with reissue of Beatles first official book

A special collector's edition of Meet The Beatles: An Informal Date in Words and Personal Album Pictures has been reissued. It is a behind the scenes look at what life was like for The Beatles before they hit it big in America and became a global sensation, and is an exact reproduction of the original which was published in 1963.

Source: The Examiner
Albert Maysles' Beatles films an enduring relic of their early years

The huge contribution made by Albert Maysles with his brother David to the art of cinematography included a Granada TV programme that they were commissioned to film in 1964. It was a wonderfully exhilarating example of freewheeling cinema verite vividly capturing the Beatles' American welcome in February 1964.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Two Beatles authors make NY Beatles Fest debut this weekend

Dee Elias, author of "Confesssions of a Beatlemaniac", the true story of a 14 year old Dee's two year adventure to try to meet the Beatles, and sociologist Candy Leonard, author of "Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World", will be making their New York debut at the Fest for Beatles Fans this weekend.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, March 16, 2015
Paul McCartney has two top 15 hits for the first time in 45 years

Paul McCartney now has two simultaneous top 15 hits for the first time in 45 years. McCartney's collaboration with Kanye West, "All Day," debuted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, his collaboration with West and Rihanna, "FourFiveSeconds," is at #5. In 1970, he and The Beatles did it with Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Ringo Starr among lineup for 2015 Sonoma Music Festival

Headliners for the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival in Sonoma, CA, in October have been announced, including Chicago and America on October 2, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Pablo Cruise, and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Gregg Allman, the Edgar Winter Band and Tommy Castro on October 4.

Source: The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
Heather Mills slams Paul McCartney for not being relevant

During an appearance on a talk show in Ireland, it became apparently clear that Heather Mills had nothing positive to say about her ex, Paul McCartney, especially when it came to his relevance in the public eye today. "When I go down the street, I get kids coming up to me, half of them don't even know who [Paul McCartney] is."

Source: The Inquisitr
Former Capitol Records plant in Jacksonville now Goodwill warehouse

The Beatles helped build the Capitol Records plant in Jacksonville, IL. The plant was opened in 1964 to help meet the surge in demand for Beatles records, eventually the plant switched to making 8 tracks and then CDs. The building is now a warehouse and distribution center for Goodwill Industries.

Source: The State-Journal Register, Springfield, IL
Fan hopes to get Paul McCartney to sign his tattoo at Liverpool show

27-year-old Luke Owens has launched a social media campaign to grab Paul McCartney's attention in a bid to sign his signature below a tattoo of the Beatles on his back. He will then get the signature permanently tattooed. Luke has more than seven Beatles tattoos and is currently having a sleeve on his arm completed.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, March 13, 2015
Paul McCartney adds second show in Amsterdam

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets a second Amsterdam concert has been added to Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour. Paul will also perform on Monday June 8 at the ZiggoDome in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tickets for the second show are on sale now with only a few left for his concert of June 7.

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Laurence Juber's new album and new book

Laurence Juber's new album, Fingerboard Road encompasses a spectrum from those that have a deep personal resonance to others that are representative of particular styles or musical eras, mostly 1960s and '70s. His heralded coffee table "photo memoir" Guitar With Wings garnered impressive accolades when first released in 2014.

Source: Broadway World
A history of Paul McCartney's amazing post-Beatles guitarists

Among his many talents, Paul McCartney has an uncanny facility for scouting out superb guitarists, including Denny Laine, Henry McCullough, Brian Ray, Laurence Juber and Robbie McIntosh. Of course, when you come of age accompanied by George Harrison and John Lennon, your standards are bound to be high.

Source: Gibson
The letter from John Lennon which became basis for new movie

In 1971, a British folk singer named Steve Tilston gave an interview to ZigZag, a small, underground-rock rag. John Lennon read Mr. Tilston's interview, and scribbled him a letter, but it was sent to Tilston care of ZigZag and lost for 34 years. Mr. Tilston's story is the loose inspiration for "Danny Collins," a film opening March 20.

Source: New York Times
Ringo cancels second concert date due to illness

After announcing the postponing of Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at the Masonic theater in San Francisco tonight, it has now also been released that the concert Thursday at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez has also been postponed due to an unspecified illness. No new date has yet been released for the Santa Ynez show.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Ringo Starr postpones tonight's show in San Francisco

Ringo Starr has postponed his San Francisco show tonight due to illness. Ringo and His All Star Band are now set to perform on Oct. 1 at The Masonic in San Francisco. Tickets for the old date (March 13) will be honored at the rescheduled show. Also, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Source: Contra Costa Times
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Paul McCartney sells out his day at Danish music festival

The Roskilde Festival in Denmark said Wednesday that one-day tickets for Saturday July 4th, the day Paul McCartney will grace the stage, are already sold-out. The tickets disappeared just days after the festival confirmed McCartney would headline. According to festival organizers, ticket sales are brisk all around for 2015.

Source: The Local, Denmark
Sean Lennon to appear in Minneapolis

The annual Rock the Garden music festival in Minneapolis, which this year takes place on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, has their 2015 lineup, and it includes Sean Lennon and his group (with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl) the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tyger. Tickets go on sale to the public next Tuesday.

Source: Minn Post
Review: Ringo Starr's Right Side of the Road from new album

Ringo Starr's aw-shucks persona, all peace-and-love, peace-and-love, often obscures his very real talents as a drummer. Then you hear a song like "Right Side of the Road," co-written with old All-Starr Band-mate Richard Marx and advancing Ringo Starr's forthcoming album Postcards from Paradise.

Related Articles  Source: Something Else Reviews
Audio: Three songs from Ringo's Postcards From Paradise

Ringo Starr is preparing to release his new studio album, Postcards from Paradise, on March 31. This week, three songs from the album surfaced online. After releasing the first track, the title track Postcards from Paradise, last week, now online are the new tracks Right Side of the Road and Not Looking Back.

Related Articles  Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Clueless travelers diss Abbey Road on Trip Advisor

Abbey Road is a must-see for Beatles fans, but visitors have been left disappointed with the traffic and slammed the tourist attraction saying things on the Trip Advisor web site like "It really is just a zebra crossing..." Reviews call the crossing as "Extremely Disappointing" and say it "Could be a pedestrian crossing anywhere really".

Source: ITV, UK
Teen from India wins John Lennon scholarship

An 18 year old from Mangaluru, India, has been selected for the John Lennon Scholarship, instituted in the name of John Lennon by Yoko Ono in collaboration with world-wide famous SAE institute of Australia. Nisthula Anatole Murphy, a student of AAT Media College, is pursuing his Diploma in Sound Engineering.

Source: Times of India
A week in the life of the Beatles

Looking at what the Beatles were up to during the week of March 9 to March 15 in different years, we can see the Beatles were action-oriented and results-obsessed. They continually pushed the envelope, from song craft to engineering and production, and album design. They would even become fashion trendsetters.

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
George Harrison guitar and John Lennon bathrobe up for auction

George Harrison's electric guitar and John Lennon's bathrobe are among the eclectic highlights going under the hammer at an upcoming memorabilia sale. Harrison's stage-played Mastersound guitar is expected to be the big money item at the sale, but Lennon's bathrobe is also expected to fascinate bidders.

Source: Contact Music
Stella McCartney unveils 'fur free fur'

Stella McCartney unveiled a range of "fur free fur" coats during her Paris Fashion Week show. Stella, a life-long vegetarian and pioneer of non-leather shoes and handbags, has until now refused to include even fake fur in her collections, but says now "modern fake fur looks so much like real one can tell it's not the real thing."

Source: The Sun
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Albert Maysles

Paul McCartney has issued a statement remembering acclaimed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles on his official website. He said, "I was so sad to hear of the death of my friend and work colleague Albert Maysles. Albert, it was a pleasure to know you and thanks from all of us who did simply love you."

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The bitter battle over Billy Preston's estate

Producing a string of acclaimed albums and hits through the 1960s and '70s, Billy Preston's talent is knitted into the fabric of rock and roll, soul, gospel and funk. He passed away in 2005, and for nearly a decade, Preston's manager has waged a battle with bankruptcy trustee lawyers over Preston's debt and royalties owed to him.

Source: Houston Press
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Paul McCartney to reissue super-rare vinyl for Record Day 2015

As the day when Record Store Day 2015 approaches with loads of exclusive releases, April 18th is already circled on the calendars of vinyl collectors everywhere. Today, the complete list of releases has been officially revealed, and includes a reissue of Paul McCartney's rare 1967 The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Paul McCartney explains why he's working with Kanye West

Paul McCartney has opened up about his recent collaborations with Kanye West, saying that Ye and Jay Z turned him on to rap during a joint concert at Barclays in 2012. He said, "Oh it's great, it's hip-hop, it's loud. I hadn't until then got the urban poetry aspect. Like, Bob Dylan is a poet. And so is Jay Z and Kanye."

Source: RTT News
Ringo Starr rocks the Yucatan

Last Sunday, Ringo Starr appeared at the Coliseo Yucatan and the audience went absolutely crazy. "Gracias amigos" were his first words in Spanish after taking his place behind the drums, when he played Yellow Submarine some of the attendees showed yellow balloons while chanting, clapping and raising their hands in the air.

Source: The Yucatan Times
Just how much are the Beatles worth to Liverpool?

A study has been launched by University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University has been launched to find the true worth of The Beatles to Liverpool. Researchers will look into the monetary, social and cultural value of The Beatles to the city, as well as any gaps in provision for tourists.

Source: Liverpool Echo
How George Harrison helped Gary Wright strike gold

When Gary Wright's The Dream Weaver was certified gold in 1976, it only solidified the importance of George Harrison as a collaborator and confidant. Their relationship began to flourish just as Harrison began his solo career, with Wright contributing piano to Harrison's 1970 release All Things Must Pass.

Source: Something Else Reviews

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