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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Rare signed Beatles concert programmes go under hammer

An original Beatles concert programme signed by Paul McCartney is among a number of relics set to go under the hammer at an auction in Suffolk, England. Created when the legendary band played at the Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich the lot is expected to fetch around £150 to £250 (about $200 to $320) at auction on Saturday.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times, UK

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector plans new single and U.S. tour dates

Ronnie Spector has confirmed plans for a new single, "Love Power", to be released in late July, as well as a series of U.S. tour dates. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, "Try Some, Buy Some", written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Source: Jazz Corner
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fox and Hounds pub to be honored with blue plaque

BBC Radio Berkshire has announced the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham and its former owners will be honored with a UK historical blue plaque for inspiring John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who worked behind the bar there in 1960 and where they performed as the Nerk Twins, a few months before they formed The Beatles.

Source: Get Reading, UK
Documentary goes inside Apple Corps with the staff who worked there Warning: Page opens with sound

The revealing new film "The Beatles, Hippies And Hell's Angels" isn't an official documentary. It tells the story about the Beatles' Apple Corps through interviews with the secretaries, journalists, DJs, sound engineers, musicians, accountants, hairdressers and freeloaders who lived, worked and hung out there.

Source: The Independent, UK
Book Review: Dreaming the Beatles is a fan's love letter

Rob Sheffield, a music columnist with twenty years experience who currently writes for Rolling Stone magazine, has recently released a new book, "Dreaming the Beatles." It's entertaining with informative tidbits throughout, while seamlessly interweaving Beatles lyrics and various other music references into the narrative.

Source: Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Paul McCartney once punched Eddie Vedder in the face

Eddie Vedder has revealed that Paul McCartney once accidentally punched him in the face. The Pearl Jam frontman hosted a guest DJ set on SiriusXM's new Beatles channel yesterday, during which he recalled the incident. McCartney was telling a story and mimed punching someone, but accidentally caught Vedder in the face.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney No. 32 Richest British Celeb

Paul McCartney is currently number 32 on the list of the richest celebrities in the world. McCartney comes in behind Elton John on Forbes' annual rich list who listed at number 26. British singer-songwriter Adele slipped from number nine to 18. Number one on the list was Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
Yoko Ono announces second batch of album reissues

Yoko Ono's massive reissue project continues this July with the arrival of three more LPs, 1971's Fly and a pair of 1973 albums, Approximately Infinite Universe and Feeling The Space. Like the initial wave of reissues, each album reconstructs the original vinyl packaging alongside remastered audio, and are available to pre-order now.

Source: Rolling Stone
Meat the Beetles: Turkey's own Beatles cover band

Many people world round love the Beatles, and Turkey is no exception. You may not know, however, that Turkey has its very own Beatles cover band, Meat the Beetles. They have received well-deserved international recognition having been invited to festivals around Europe, and can be seen regularly playing in Istanbul.

Source: Daily Sabah, Turkey
Monday, June 12, 2017
John A. Logan College awards inaugural Imagine Scholarship

Savannah Jennings, a Johnston City high school senior, was awarded the first-ever "Imagine Scholarship" to John A. Logan College in Illinois. The award procedure includes letters of reference, high school transcripts, and a written essay. "I grew up listening to my parents playing music by The Beatles," Jennings said.

Source: Beatles News
Paul McCartney reported close to setting dates to rock Australia

It's been 24 years since Paul McCartney last performed in Australia, but Macca is reportedly just months away from returning Down Under. Sources told the Herald Sun today that rock promoter Michael Gudinski has the legend "set to rock AAMI Park this summer." McCartney abruptly cancelled two shows in Melbourne in 2002.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Stella McCartney unveils Sean Ellis film with Paul McCartney soundtrack

Stella McCartney says she's known Sean Ellis forever, having met in Paris. "Black Park" is a short film which highlights McCartney's collection for Autumn/Winter 2017 in a haunting, elliptical way, featuring Cillian Murphy, star of "Anthropoid." Paul McCartney made the soundtrack, and it's as ominous as the movie.

Source: Business of Fashion
Rare poster that hides the Beatles is sold for $54,000

A rare poster advertising Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which only appeared for a few days in the window of the HMV store in London, has sold for $54,000. The Beatles are shaded in black, as Paul McCartney was worried that the album might only be selling thanks to the name Beatles, George Harrison thought that was silly.

Source: The Weekly Observer, UK
45 Years Ago: Lennon goes off the deep end on Some Time in New York City

John Lennon's move to New York City coincided with a political shift leftward and, perhaps not coincidentally, lingering issues with immigration. The result was one of his most determinedly topical, most critically reviled and most often ignored solo albums, Some Time in New York City, a double album released on June 12, 1972.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 9, 2017

Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert reveals he regrets not signing the Fab Four

Herb Alpert's cover of the Beatles' Michelle from his upcoming album Music Vol. 1 was released streaming on the internet today. He told Billboard, "In 1962, after A&M Records started, the Beatles were hunting for a record company. I was thinking, 'Man, if I had flown over to London just to see if we could do something...' but the timing was off."

Source: Billboard
Sheffield musician helps reveal the last untold Beatles story

A concert revealing new insights into how George Harrison and The Beatles were influenced by Indian music is being held this evening. The biographical concert reveals new stories and rare images from the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The event also features two surviving musicians who played on the album.

Source: The Star, UK
Dave Grohl reveals how Paul McCartney saved him after broken leg

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed breaking his leg in a new radio interview. "They said, 'You have to have surgery.' So we thought, okay, well let's fly down to London. But I don't know any doctors in London,but I have a couple friends there, so I actually texted McCartney and...he hooked me up with this doctor."

Source: Alternative Nation
Stella McCartney shows clothes made from ocean pollution

Fashion designer Stella McCartney will use garbage from under the sea in her next line. McCartney is incorporating plastic debris from the ocean in her designs this summer, including actual fishnets and bottles. The material will replace woven and recycled polyesters, and it will also be used it as a leather alternative.

Source: NY Daily News
Beatles scholar analyzes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper, Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz is paying a visit to the Van Buren District Library in Decatur, MI, to analyze the album on Monday. Krerowicz is a classical musician with degrees in music composition and musical theory. Now he uses those classical skills to analyze the Beatles.

More: Beatles Calendar  Source: WMUK FM, Western Michigan University
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Fab 4 Music Festival this Saturday

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the East Coast's only Beatles Music Festival, the "Fab 4 Music Festival," will be held this Saturday, June 10th, from 1pm-10pm. 20 bands will be playing on two stages, special Guest of Honor for the festival is Gene Cornish of The Rascals.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono project at new art centre in Vietnam

Hundreds of art lovers attended the opening of an exhibition showcasing works by 18 Vietnamese and foreign artists in Hanoi on June 6. The exhibition includes the Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the installations are invited to write their wishes on small pieces of paper, known as "wish-tags," and hang them onto the tree branches.

Source: Vietnam Plus
Raspberries 2004 reunion concert includes Beatles covers

On November 24, 2004, the original four members of the Raspberries came together to play their first concert in over thirty years. The 27 song set was captured on tape and will be released on August 18. Mixed in with songs from all four of the Cranberries' albums were covers of tunes from the likes of the Beatles and the Who.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
All 213 Beatles songs, ranked from worst to best

Last week was the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But Pepper doesn't make sense if it's not put in context. And the only way to do that, given the weight of the Beatles' presence, is to take a look at everything the band put on record over its eight-year recording career.

Source: Vulture
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Another original cutout from Sgt. Pepper cover up for auction

Following the news on Monday about the auction of the cutout of Tony Curtis, it was announced today that the original cutout of Canadian child star Bobby Breen used on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now up for auction online. It is expected to sell between $50,000 and $70,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Critic who slammed Pepper admits he was wrong, and blames his speakers

Fifty years on from his damning appraisal for the New York Times, in which he infamously labelled the album "an undistinguished collection of work," music critic Richard Goldstein has apologised for his remarks, blaming faulty speakers. He says, "My speakers weren't working properly, so I missed a lot of the stereo effects."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Film version of Sgt. Pepper coming to Blu-ray

The film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band starring Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees and Aerosmith returns on Blu-ray this fall. Due in North America on Sept. 26 via Shout! Factory, original Beatles producer George Martin served as musical director for the film, which also included Alice Cooper, Billy Preston and Heart.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Liverpool to sing When I'm Sixty-Four in Beatles tribute

Sixty-four choirs will pay tribute to The Beatles across Merseyside tomorrow morning, Thursday June 8, as they sing at the same time. Performances of When I'm Sixty-Four will take place at locations including Alder Hey Children's Hospital, supermarkets, schools and on the streets as the Sgt. Pepper at 50 celebrations continue.

Related Articles  Source: Your Move Magazine
Billy Joel, Eddie Vedder to DJ SiriusXM Beatles Channel

Billy Joel and Eddie Vedder are among the celebrity DJs SiriusXM has lined up for its new Beatles Channel. Vedder kicks off the specials on Friday, playing his favorite music from the Fab Four and talking about his favorite songs. Joel's special is set for July 28. Don Henley and Ron Howard are also set for the initial run of Beatles specials.

Related Articles  Source: Newsday, NY
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
The true story of the Vox UL730: the amp behind Sgt. Pepper

So much has been made of The Beatles' musical gear over the years, even Fab Four lovers who normally couldn't care less about equipment know about the Rickenbacker 12–string guitar, the Hofner violin bass, and the Vox AC30 amplifiers. But there is one piece of Beatles equipment fans should know and revere but don't: the Vox UL730.

Related Articles  Source: Reverb
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Womack to present new book on George Martin at Ridge Festival

Dr. Ken Womack, author of the two-volume Beatles Encyclopedia and Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles will be feted at Beatles at the Ridge, Sept. 15-16, as he releases his new work on Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years 1926-1966).

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Giles Martin talks Sgt. Pepper on the Tonight Show

Giles Martin was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and shared insights about his work on the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary reissue. Martin said, "No one's ever said, 'Sgt. Pepper doesn't sound very good. I work for Paul and Ringo and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. They're my bosses."

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Sgt. Pepper hits No. 1 in Billboard 50 years later

The 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band jumped to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart a week after the release of the new stereo remix. Factoring in streams, Sgt. Pepper was topped only by rapper Bryson Tiller's "True to Self," on Billboard's sales-only ranking, however, Sgt. Pepper is No. 1.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Sgt. Pepper is the bestselling studio album in the U.K. ever

This week in the U.K., The Beatles are back at No. 1 after half a century away with the newly-released anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This past week, the title shifted another 37,000 equivalent units, which adds to the already impressive total the record has been able to move over the decades.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
Finding Penny Lane beneath the blue Florida skies

Tucked into a corner of Stirling Art Studios in Dunedin, Florida, is one of the most fascinating collections of pop culture ephemera in the Tampa Bay area. Penny Lane: The Ultimate Beatles Collection includes autographs, gold records, Beatle-played musical instruments, '60s merchandising, posters and photos.

Source: Creative Loafing, Tampa
The sad and protracted end of Beatles sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and an even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems in 2006, decades after work with the Beatles led to a string of solo hits in the '70s and a lengthy stint with the Rolling Stones. "Musically, my favorite moment was on the roof for Let It Be," Preston said in 2004.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 5, 2017
Only All-Beatles radio station in U.S. celebrates one year anniversary

All-Beatles 890 Yesterday radio celebrated their one-year anniversary last Memorial Day weekend. Last year on May 30, the station launched as "Yesterday," playing the original 193 songs from the 13 UK release Beatles Albums. By July 4, the station had grown to be 890 Yesterday and started playing songs from the Beatles solo careers.

Source: Beatles News
Pictures: Beatles Sgt. Pepper at 50 extravaganza in Liverpool

Hundreds of Beatles fans dressed in costumes turned out for a huge extravaganza at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool to celebrate 50 years of their hit Sgt Pepper album. The free event featured 460 performers, 75 Beatles songs and even horses dressed up as the Fab Four, and was inspired by Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tony Curtis cut-out from Sgt Pepper album cover up for auction

The cardboard cut-out of Tony Curtis used on the Sgt Pepper album cover, signed by Tony Curtis, is expected to sell for about $60,000 in the Heritage Auctions sale on June 17-18 in Beverly Hills. Also up for auction is a sealed copy of the infamous Yesterday and Today butcher cover LP, expected to sell for $30,000.

Related Articles  Source: Antiques Trader Gazette
Cubans rock to once-censored Beatles at Havana tribute concert

Communist-run Cuba, which once frowned upon the Beatles, on Thursday held an open-air covers concert in a Havana park celebrating 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper. Beatlemania has flourished belatedly on the island, where authorities in the 1960s and 1970s considered Beatles songs "ideological diversionism".

Source: Nation News, Barbados
Lana Del Rey's perfect praise for Sean Lennon track

Sean Lennon nearly cried with joy after Lana Del Rey declared their collaboration was "perfect". The Born to Die singer teamed up with Sean on track Tomorrow Never Came, which is about John and Yoko, from her new album Lust for Life. "She has exceptional taste," Sean commented of her approach to making music.

Source: Music News, UK
Beatles superfan from Glasgow puts collection under the hammer

A Beatles superfan from Glasgow has put rare memorabilia up for auction. The collection features everything from ceramic busts, posters and records to framed prints, autographs and even a model yellow submarine. Music memorabilia experts believe the 144 lot collection could fetch in the region of £10,000 (about $13,000).

Source: Glasgow Evening Times

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