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Monday, October 9, 2017
Speakers selected for Beatles at the Ridge 2018 Symposium

In celebration of John Lennon's 77th birthday, Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler announced the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium 2018 in Walnut Ridge, AR. Slated for September 14-15, 2018, it is the educational component for the two-day music festival.

Source: Beatles News
Beatles family remembers John Lennon on 77th birthday

Paul McCartney has remembered John Lennon on what would have been his 77th birthday. McCartney wrote he was "reaching out to Johnny on his birthday" in a post on Twitter alongside an old photograph of the pals. Ringo Starr also paid tribute with a photo of the pair in their Beatles days, and Yoko tweeted he was "still with us."

Related Articles  Source: TV3, Ireland
John Lennon quotes on what would've been the his 77th birthday

John Lennon might have been one of the most important musicians in British history, but he was also known for his inspirational insights into the world. Before his tragic and untimely death in 1980, Lennon became the voice of his generation thanks to his heartfelt lyrics and quotes on love, peace, religion and war.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
6 stunning John Lennon songs to play on his birthday Warning: Page opens with sound

John Lennon's catalog extends far beyond Beatles classics like Strawberry Fields Forever and solo highlights like Imagine. Some of his greatest musical moments come via his deep cuts, tunes off the beaten path of FM radio that cement his status as one of rock's greatest songwriters. Here is a list of six songs, in honor of his 77th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: Entertainment Weekly
New comedy announced about John Lennon

In about six months, a new comedy play Lennon's Banjo will premiere in Liverpool, telling the fascinating and touching story behind the beginning of the singer's musical journey, influenced by his mother Julia. The show will open at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre on Tuesday April 24, 2018, for a two-week run.

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon turns 42 today

Today is Sean Lennon's 42nd birthday. In 1998, in an interview in the Los Angeles Times, Sean said, "I feel very strongly about experimenting with different styles. That's what appeals so much to me about the Beastie Boys records and Beck's records today and the Beatles records before. That's what the future of music needs to be all about."

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Foo Fighters cover Beatles with Liam Gallagher, Aerosmith's Joe Perry

At their one-day Cal Jam festival on Saturday in San Bernardino, California, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry joined the Foo Fighters on stage to perform the Beatles' Come Together with vocals by Liam Gallagher, who performed a solo set earlier in the day. Gallagher was so into the moment, he jumped into the audience to crowd-surf.

Source: Billboard
Miles Kane and Matt Bellamy play Beatles songs at Los Angeles party

Miles Kane and Matt Bellamy from Muse, who recently performed at the KAABOO Music Festival, have recently joined together on stage at a Los Angeles party to perform Beatles songs. They performed songs including I Saw Her Standing There, Please Please Me, Can't Buy Me Love, Back In The USSR and Twist and Shout.

Source: Mxdwn
Friday, October 6, 2017
Ringo Starr dedicating first All Starr Band show to Las Vegas victims

With Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band set to launch a new U.S. tour next week with a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Starr has dedicated the group's first Vegas show, which takes place October 13, to the shooting victims, and also will make a donation to them from his Lotus Foundation charity.

Events Calendar  Source: WFJA 105.5 FM
Paul McCartney 8-LP Archive Collection reissues announced

MPL/Capitol/UMe will reissue the first eight titles in Paul McCartney's Grammy-winning Archive Collection on Nov. 17 as single CD digipaks and 180gram black vinyl single LP formats, as well as limited edition 180gram color vinyl pressings. All of the vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork.

Official Page  Source: Best Classic Bands
Liam Gallager's awkward encounter with Paul Mccartney

In a new interview, frontman Liam Gallagher recalled a meeting with McCartney, where he couldn't tell if Paul McCartney was offering him a drink or a pizza. Gallagher asked Paul, Do you like margaritas? But Paul answered he doesn't "eat at this time of night," possibly thinking Liam meant a Neopolitan pizza, known as a margherita.

Source: Diffuser
Beatles Day to be celebrated at the Workman's Club, Dublin this November

Beatles Day will be celebrated at the Workman's Club in Dublin on Saturday, November 4. '60s tribute band the Rockits, who perform at the legendary Liverpool venue, the Cavern Club every weekend, will appear at the celebration. There will also be a performance of the BBC Radio 2 play John Lennon's Last Day.

Source: Hot Press
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Nutopian Embassy now for rent

The Tribeca townhouse that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used as the address for their "Nutopian Embassy" in 1973 just hit the rental market. Lennon and Ono never actually lived in the townhouse at 1 White Street, but for years, mail addressed to "John Lennon and Yoko Ono, c/o Nutopian Embassy" was delivered there.

Source: Architectural Digest
Thursday, October 5, 2017
We spent a night at the newly renovated John and Yoko suite

John and Yoko's Bed-In for Peace is a major part of the Beatles story, and the hotel room high over downtown Montreal was where he recorded his first solo single, Give Peace A Chance, on the room's bed, has been a pilgrimage site for decades. The suite just reopened and I was one of the first invited to spend a night there.

Source: The Star, Toronto

Imagine Peace Tower
Yoko Ono will attend illumination of Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon on Monday 9th October, his birthday. The illumination will be at 9 pm. Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko, dedicated to John by Yoko in 2007.

Source: Iceland Monitor
University screens John Lennon-inspired film

The film "Living is Easy with Eyes Closed" by David Trueba premiered last Friday on the campus of St. John's University in Queens, NY. John Lennon and the Beatles were the motivation behind this film, based on the song, Strawberry Fields Forever, in addition to Lennon's movie role in How I Won the War in 1966.

Source: The Torch
Interview: Alan Parsons reveals what The Beatles were really like

Alan Parsons has been the major influence behind some of the most successful albums in rock history, including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be albums. Parsons and his songwriting partner Eric Woolfson achieved major success in their own right with The Alan Parsons Project.

Source: The Express, UK
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Free evaluations for Beatle collectors in Liverpool this month

Memorabilia Day returns to Liverpool on Wednesday, October 25 for Beatle fans to have their collection appraised by experts from Julien's Auctions. It takes place at The Beatles Story's Fab4 Cafe, Albert Dock on Wednesday, October 25. At last year's Liverpool event a letter written by John Lennon addressed to the Queen was uncovered.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Concert for John Lennon's 77th birthday this Saturday in Geneva, NY

Had he lived, John Lennon would have turned 77 this Monday, October 9, and in honor of the late Beatles legend's birthday, a special concert featuring a variety of musicians will be held on Saturday, October 7, in Geneva, New York. Performances include Lennon session guitarist Earl Slick and one-time Ringo Starr producer Mark Hudson.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Review: Dhani Harrison confident as father's son, free agent

On his album In///Parallel, Dhani Harrison doesn't hide from, nor does he duplicate, the sounds of his late father, George Harrison. The younger Harrison builds on the legacy in a way that seems at once familiar, original and assured. In///Parallel is a sonic marvel that should reveal and reward over repeated listening.

Related Articles  Source: DR Reports
Paul McCartney reveals pre-show ritual learned from a rock 'n' roll hero

In response to a question on his website, "How do you look after your voice," Paul McCartney has revealed that he has a pre-show ritual that he learned in part from one of his rock 'n' roll heroes, Little Richard when "we were kids in Hamburg." He holds his head over a steaming bowl of water, but admits he doesn't know if it works.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Sgt. Pepper jukebox to mark 50th anniversary

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's anniversary is being marked with a limited edition vinyl-playing jukebox. zit features artwork from the iconic album cover, holds 70 7" singles and is capable of playing both A and B sides, as well as incorporating a Bluetooth receiver to stream digital music wirelessly from any compatible device.

Source: Music Week

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher explains how Yoko Ono inspired a new song

It's been revealed a new Liam Gallagher track was inspired by Yoko Ono. At a meeting in New York, he inquired about the meaning of a massive banner that was hanging up. She said, "It says, 'While I've been hibernating I've been gathering my wings.'" Gallagher wrote it down and now, those lyrics have finally worked their way into a song called "I've All I Need."

Source: Exclaim! Canada
Primal Scream therapist Arthur Janov dies at 93

Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, has died. His 1970 book "The Primal Scream," made him an international celebrity. His patients included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was 93.

Source: CBS News
Friday, September 29, 2017
George Harrison's sitar auctioned for $62,500

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison has been sold for $62,500. The instrument, purchased from a shop on London's Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The name of the successful bidder has not been disclosed by the auctioneers.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK

Netflix's Beatles-inspired animated series heading to the stage

The Netflix animated series Beat Bugs, featuring songs by The Beatles, is being adapted as a new stage musical. The Emmy-winning series about the adventures of a group of four backyard bugs incorporates numerous songs from the iconic Lennon/McCartney catalog. A timeline for the stage musical's release has not been announced.

Source: Playbill
Beatles release a Yellow Submarine Happy Socks collection

When Viktor Tell, the creative director of Happy Socks (aka the happiest sock brand in the world), was presented with the opportunity to do a limited edition capsule collection in partnership with The Beatles, the goal was immediately obvious to him: to pay homage to The Yellow Submarine. It was a no-brainer.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sir George Martin
George Martin's film scores, orchestral works to be released

The orchestral works of the late George Martin will be released on a new album, George Martin: The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Compositions, November 10. The LP will feature music by Martin for films like Yellow Submarine and Live and Let Die, as well as his previously unrecorded choral and orchestral score for The Mission.

Source: Rolling Stone
First Listen: Dhani Harrison, In///Parallel

After years of collaborations, the son of The Beatles' George Harrison is finally releasing his solo debut album, the mesmerizing In///Parallel. Dhani could have done the George Harrison tribute circuit forever. Instead, he went searching for what he alone might contribute to the ongoing conversation of rock.

Related Articles  Source: NPR
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Billy Joel joins Paul McCartney onstage on Long Island

For the second-to-last show of Paul McCartney's eight-night "residency" in the New York metropolitan area last night, the star was joined onstage by native son Billy Joel for two Beatles favorites. Joel came onstage midway through McCartney's eight-song encore to join the band for Get Back and Birthday.

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Yoko Ono Mural
Yoko Ono's latest large-scale mural unveiled in Washington, DC

Yoko Ono has exhibited her artwork at museums around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art. Now her artwork graces the side of Union Market in Washington, DC. The large-scale, public-art mural, Relax, Your Heart is Stronger Than What You Think! can be seen on the Union Market's 1000 sq ft exterior western wall.

Source: Lonely Planet
The Allah-Las celebrate psych roots with George Harrison cover

Psych-rock revivalists Allah-Las have long incorporated the shimmering guitar tones and sensuous pop hooks of the genre's forebears into their own music, and they continue to wear their influences proudly with a new cover of George Harrison's "Fish on the Sand," which is premiering today exclusively on the Billboard website.

Source: Billboard
Beatles signatures up for auction

A single sheet of paper signed by all four Beatles will go up for auction at Baltimore auctioneer Alex Cooper's October two-day gallery auction on Oct. 3 and Oct. 7. The signed item, which is framed with a copy of the album cover "With the Beatles" from 1965, carries an estimated value of $5,000 to $7,000.

Source: The Daily Record, Baltimore
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Super rare mono pressing of The Beatles' White Album up for sale on eBay

An original UK mono version of The Beatles' 1968 The Beatles LP has been listed for sale on eBay for $2,599.99. The record, in VG+ condition according to its seller, is especially rare because of its low pressing number number, which is 0000441. It also includes the original poster/lyrics sheet and the 4 photographs of the Beatles.

Source: The Vinyl Factory
Why the Beatles' Abbey Road was streets ahead of its time

Abbey Road is for many, the absolute pinnacle of the band's achievements. It was The Beatles' very last to be recorded, Let It Be was mostly recorded prior to this. Abbey Road is a masterpiece, far greater than the sum of its parts, a record that, more than any other Beatles album, stands the test of time when played as a whole.

Source: U Discover Music
The Beatles release Abbey Road' LP 48 years ago today

48 years ago today, September 26, 1969, The Beatles released Abbey Road. Their eleventh studio album is considered one of the finest of all time, recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. In this look back, John Lennon talks about the newly released Abbey Road, track by track.

Source: Glide Magazine
Monday, September 25, 2017
PBS to air Ron Howard's Beatles documentary in November

PBS today announced the U.S. broadcast premiere of Academy Award-winner Ron Howard's documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years will be on Saturday, November 25. The film will be followed by Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution, which continues the story through the months the band spent creating Sgt. Pepper.

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World
Photos: Paul McCartney fans tailgating in Syracuse

Some fans arrived for Paul McCartney's concert at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse at 2pm, six hours before the show, far earlier than the 90 minutes suggested by Syracuse Police. They were seeking shade and super excited to be here for McCartney's show. Fans were joined by 17 tractor trailers that carry all the supplies for the show.

Related Articles  Source: Syracuse.com
Beatles' hairdresser reveals what is was like working with the fab four

It was an ordinary Saturday in October 1966 and Leslie Cavendish had just finished styling Jane Asher's hair at his salon in London. She asked whether Leslie was free later that day to do a house visit "as my boyfriend needs a haircut". Her boyfriend was of course McCartney. Leslie was McCartney's hairdresser for nearly a decade.

Source: The Express, UK

Beatles cartoon TV series debuts on this day in 1965

The Beatles cartoon TV show debuted on ABC TV on September 25, 1965. Created by Al Brodax, like the film A Hard Day's Night, the show placed the band members into humorous (if often exaggerated) situations. Each of the 39 episodes was titled after a Beatles song, which was played during the episode, with its story roughly based on the lyrics.

Source: Best Classic Bands
DJ who first played Beatles in Miami passes away

For 51 years Rick Shaw's resonant and melodious voice echoed through the airwaves, from St. Louis to Omaha to Denver and finally to Miami. In 1964, while he worked for WQAM, Shaw was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. He met them later that year in Jacksonville. Shaw passed away on Friday, he was 78.

Source: Miami Herald
Friday, September 22, 2017
Paul McCartney fans travel hundreds of miles to attend Syracuse concert

James Migliore's first ever concert was The Beatles on Aug. 17, 1965. He's driving about three hours to Syracuse from Buffalo to see Paul McCartney. Other fans are driving or flying hundreds of miles to see McCartney on Saturday. Luis Lopez of California will make one of the longest trips of any fan to see McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: Syracuse.com

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