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Monday, December 4, 2017
Paul McCartney surpasses expectations as Australia tour kicks off

The anticipation throughout endless lines around Perth's nib Stadium was fuelled by the crystal clear sounds of a music legend soundchecking right up until doors opened. Once inside and amped to the max by a DJ smashing Beatles songs, Paul McCartney arrived to a standing ovation. "G'day, Perth," he said with a grin.

Related Articles  Source: The Music, Australia
Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 auctions for £1.3m

On Friday, an anonymous bidder paid £1,345,500 (about $1,810,750) at auction for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, once owned by Paul McCartney, who bought it for £3,800 in the summer of 1964. Also, a 1966 Mini Coopers S that was adapted to carry Ringo Starr's drum kit went under the hammer for £102,300 (about $137,675).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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Pete Best to play himself in new John Lennon play

The original Beatles drummer is set to appear on stage playing himself in a new show. Pete Best, who was a member of the band until 1962, when he was replaced by Ringo Starr, will appear in the comedy production Lennon's Banjo, in Liverpool next year. The show tells of a quest to find the first instrument John Lennon learned to play.

Source: ITV, UK

Paul McCartney reveals bizarre recurring Beatles nightmare

Paul McCartney has revealed a nightmare­ that has haunted him for 50 years. Despite wowing audiences around the world since the 1960s, Paul said in an interview, "You are in a stadium playing with The Beatles or with this band and people start leaving and it is like 'OK what are we doing wrong' we try to pull out the bigs ones but they're still leaving."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Kit O'Toole's top Beatles albums, books, collectibles and movies for 2017

A busy year for Beatles and solo-themed books, DVDs, compact discs and more, 2017 has culminated in the Christmas Records box set, a long-awaited item for Beatles fans. That special release is just one of many gifts that top numerous gift lists, and probably your own. This guide highlights some notable items issued this year.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, December 1, 2017
Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime makes Top 25 Holiday Songs list

Quite a few classic-rock artists have penned memorable Christmas tunes, but only one has made it onto the 2017 list of the top 25 most-played holiday songs compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Paul McCartney's 1979 "Wonderful Christmastime" sneaked onto the tally at #25.

Source: WEZX 107 FM, Scranton
Sir Paul McCartney's gift to Manchester attack families

A gift from Paul McCartney is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack back in May. McCartney has offered to personalise a copy of the special edition 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which is being auctioned by Bonhams.

Source: BBC News, UK

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack nominated for a Grammy

The soundtrack for James Gunn's Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The album, which includes classic tunes from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, and more, also includes My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York on Jan. 28.

Source: Comic Book.com
Listen: The Weeklings resurrect Beatles' Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

The Weeklings, who last month released their "Revolution Wonderland" single, combining "Winter Wonderland" and The Beatles' "Revolution", are following it up with another Beatles-themed holiday single, "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," a song that was written by all four Beatles and sent to fan club members for Christmas, 1967.

Source: NJArts.net
Listen: Motley Crue covers The Beatles in 1983

On this date in 34 years ago, a year after the success of their debut album, Too Fast For Love, Motley Crue closed out their set at the San Antonio Civic Center with a cover of The Beatles' hardest-rocking song, Helter Skelter, from Paste Magazine's world's largest collection of live music recordings, now on their website.

Source: Paste Magazine
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Paul McCartney wows Aussie fans with live Q&A and impromptu concert

Speaking to fans in Perth, the location for the start of his first Australian tour in decades, Paul McCartney said he did not even think he'd still be in demand in the 1970s, let alone when he was in his seventies. "It is amazing, it's something we never expected. We thought we might last 10 years if we were lucky," he said.

Related Articles  Source: ABC News, Australia
Beatles ex-staffer invited to catch up with Paul McCartney in Australia

Former Londoner Joanne Petersen, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s, has received an invitation to catch up with a friend and former work mate, Paul McCartney, while's he on tour in Australia. She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.

More: Brian Epstein  Source: ABC News, Australia
New Beatles festival to debut in Texas in fall 2018

The city of Tomball, Texas, in the Houston metropolitan area, has announced the creation of a new festival celebrating the music of the Beatles and Volkswagen Beetle vehicles. Titled "Fab Fest," the festival will debut on Sept. 15, 2018, and include live music and Beatles-themed merchandise for sale.

Source: Community Impact, TX
Artist behind Beatles cartoon show coming to Indianapolis

The standard rule for cartoon artists is that a single animated character requires 12 drawings per second. That's 720 pictures per minute. Ron Campbell recalls the math from his years as series director for "The Beatles" Saturday morning TV cartoon in the 1960s. Now retired, he is touring galleries around the US.

Source: Indianapolis Star
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Ringo Starr Announces All Starr Band 2018 dates

Ringo Starr announced today a revamping of his long-running lineup of his All Starr Band for a 2018 tour of Europe and Israel. Re-joining the All Starr Band for the 2018 dates is Colin Hay. The former Men at Work frontman previously performed with the lineup in 2008. Joining for the first time is 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman.

Official Page  Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about going down under

On his official website, Charles in the UK asked Paul McCartney, "Do you have any favourite memories from visiting Australia and New Zealand on previous tours?" Paul answered, "The welcome we got in Australia was crazy! People were lining the streets and it was really special. We...were very pleased to get such a great reception."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney: Fashion must change its wasteful ways

The fashion industry urgently needs to reform its wasteful, polluting ways, British designer Stella McCartney says. "Fashion is allowed to be fun, and it's allowed to be sexy," said McCartney, "The reality is we just need to be a bit more mindful and curious about the way we're consuming and have a level of responsibility."

Source: Irish Times, UK
Remembering George Harrison: Appearing on Dick Cavett Show in 1971

Today marks 16 years since The Beatles guitarist George Harrison sadly passed away at the age of 58. Just over 46 years ago on November 23, 1971, Harrison was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show, along with Gary Wright, who previously appeared on George's 1970 double album All Things Must Pass, and Ravi Shankar.

Source: Jambase
George Harrison video trove now available online

With little fanfare, dozens of George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube, including live performances, videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. Though there is no explaination why the videos have been posted at this time, the date they were uploaded, today, marked the 15th anniversary of his death.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Listen: Albert Hammond Jr. combines Christmas and George Harrison Warning: Page opens with sound

Albert Hammond Jr. has reimagined "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot" as part of Amazon's annual Indie for the Holidays music series. Midway through the track, the Strokes guitarist segues into the chorus from George Harrison's 1970 hit My Sweet Lord, and then veers back into the original song structure.

Source: Rolling Stone
Video: Ringo Starr plays Yellow Submarine in bed

Each year, children with cancer spend their holidays in bed. To show solidarity and raise funds, the Bedstock online music festival has recruited A-list stars to perform songs from their own beds. This year, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band sung Yellow Submarine while in bed, ending with Ringo wishing everyone Peace and Love.

Source: Radio.com News
Virginia Beach Beatles-themed pub celebrates 35 years

The Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia, turns 35 this year, with a celebration on Dec. 17. A giant mural based on the Abbey Road album cover can be seen in the pub's parking lot, and inside, memorabilia can be found in every nook and cranny. There are album covers and posters, ticket stubs and more.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot
Uncut Special Edition: The Beatles: A Life In Pictures

Uncut Magazine's next special is The Beatles: A Life In Pictures, an extravaganza of rare and in some cases totally unseen photographs. This is the life of the Beatles, in 100 pages, from their residencies at disreputable Hamburg clubs, to recording their hits, to charming a whole new medium, TV, and conquering America.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Monday, November 27, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison on NPR's World Cafe

On World Cafe on NPR, Dhani Harrison shares happy memories of his dad sending dad jokes by fax to his friends (apparently a dad joke is still a dad joke, even if your dad is a Beatle). He also shares a harrowing memory from the hospital on the night an attempt was made on his parents' lives. And he performs live music from In///Parallel.

Related Articles  Source: NPR
People are finally recognizing Ringo Starr as one of rock's great drummers

For decades, he was a figure of fun. But of all the things you might think of Ringo Starr for, wry comic relief, cute off-key singing on Yellow Submarine, his ability to get along with everyone in a group that eventually disintegrated, you might not think of him as a drummer, the same way you'd think of Keith Moon or Charlie Watts as a drummer.

Source: LA Weekly
The Beatles Story sales boosted by record visitors

Record visitor numbers have helped drive turnover past the £5m mark at The Beatles Story in Liverpool. During the year, The Beatles Story secured worldwide publicity when John Lennon's letter to the Queen handing back his MBE went on show at the Albert Dock tourist attraction after being valued at £60,000.

Source: Insider Media
2017 in Review: Best of the Boxed Sets & Collections

The list of most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2017, includes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Editions and The Beatles Christmas Records Box. The various Sgt. Pepper packages, including a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and 34 previously unreleased recordings are amazing.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Today in Rock History: George Harrison's solo masterpiece

On this date in 1970, George Harrison released his first solo album after the dissolution of The Beatles, the 3-LP masterwork, All Things Must Pass. Produced by "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector, including the hits My Sweet Lord and What Is Life, it revealed how deep Harrison's talents ran and resulted in substantial record sales.

Source: Creative Loafing, Tampa
50 Years Ago: Beatles make a semi-soundtrack, Magical Mystery Tour

Six weeks after Sgt. Pepper came out in 1967, the Beatles released All You Need Is Love backed with Baby, You're a Rich Man. Those two songs, along with a pair of tracks recorded at the start of the Sgt. Pepper's sessions, ended up on the U.S. edition of Magical Mystery Tour LP, which was released on Nov. 27, 1967.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 24, 2017
Perth fans to get a chance to chat with Paul McCartney Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth next Thursday. Fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking Macca the question they have always wanted to ask, then upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Lucky fans will be picked from the uploads to attend the Q&A live.

Source: The West, Australia
Eight Days a Week: A must-see for Beatles fans

Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years presents The Beatles as a young band circling the globe at a feverish pace, from their early club gigs in 1962 to their final show in 1966. Director Ron Howard's film manages the neat trick of bringing the pop-cultural gods known as Ringo, Paul, John and George down to human scale.

Source: Newsday, NY
The Recording Guitarist: 'Sgt. Pepper's' Lonely Solo Button

As most Beatles geeks know, Sgt. Pepper was created on 4-track tape machines, mixing down to two tracks to be able to record more tracks. But what if some of the music's magic didn't occur despite these primitive techniques, but because of them? This is discussion what the newly released Sgt. Pepper outtakes reveal.

Source: Premier Guitar Magazine
Dhani Harrison, the caretaker of dad George Harrison's legacy

It was only after his after his dad died in late 2001 that Dhani Harrison turned to music as more than an avid hobby. He and ELO leader Jeff Lynne oversaw the completion of 2002's "Brainwashed," and the same year saw Dhani act as a driving force in the all-star "Concert for George" tribute show at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Source: San Diego Tribune
Parsing the Beatles' most nonsensical song

My parents had John Lennon's In His Own Write on the shelf, and I recognized a kindred spirit. Lennon too must have grown up cherishing the surreal, imagistic language of Lear and Carroll. But his greatest work of nonsense was not on our bookshelves, it was over in the record cabinet, on the Magical Mystery Tour LP, I Am the Walrus.

Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Record Store Day's Black Friday includes two Paul McCartney discs

The famed Record Store Day, where indie record stores offer up hundreds of new and limited edition titles each April, has its fall iteration this Black Friday, Nov. 24. Paul McCartney releases two 7" discs, one on red vinyl and one on green, both featuring a new version of his song Wonderful Christmastime, with the help of The Roots.

Source: Pollstar
Director Julie Taymor ready to bring Across the Universe to Broadway

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor is ready to bring her 2007 Beatles movie musical Across the Universe to the stage. "I've wanted it for so many years. Hopefully in the next two years, we finally get to see [it] onstage," she told Broadway.com. She said she hopes the show can inspire today's youth with its story of 60s activism.

Source: Broadway.com
Sir Peter Blake reveals new Sgt. Pepper-inspired mural

Sir Peter Blake is working on a new version of his Sgt. Pepper album cover on the side of a Tube tunnel in Chiswick, England, to celebrate the west London neighbourhood's show business history. The mural will feature singers, actors, comedians and music hall artists who performed at the now demolished Chiswick Empire Theatre.

Source: London Evening Standard
The day the BBC banned The Beatles for saying knickers

The Fab Four were not so fabulous in the eyes, or ears, of the BBC in 1967, as the band released I Am The Walrus, including the lyrics "Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess / Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your knickers down." The obvious reference to sex, as well as the word "knickers", was all too much for the BBC airwaves.

Source: IBTimes, UK
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release The White Album

The Beatles' ninth studio album, the White Album, was a sign that it was the beginning of the end. Each Beatle worked on their own songs separately and only worked with their band mates when necessary. Despite this divide and tension, The Beatles still managed to deliver one of the boldest albums in the history of rock.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Broadway Sings The Beatles moves theatres and updates line up

The lineup is complete for the next installment of the Broadway Sings concert series, honoring the most influential rock act with Broadway Sings The Beatles. The one-night-only concert, held December 4, will feature completely new arrangements of the Beatles hits, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations.

Source: Broadway World
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Eight Days a Week: The Beatles' touring history in 8 concerts

For those of us who weren't lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert, Ron Howard's Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary debuts this Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. on PBS, and People Magazine put together a detailed look at the Beatles' touring career, told through eight of their concerts.

Source: People Music

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