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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
All-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band makes U.S. debut

The Mersey Beatles, the world's only all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for 10 years at the Cavern Club will perform in the Chicago area next week. John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will also be in attendance, she will be signing copies of her book "Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon".

Source: Chicago Tribune
Beatles musical Let it Be to re-launch Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre

The Internationally performed show that celebrates the music of The Beatles is coming to their home town later this year to mark the official re-launch of the multi-million pound refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. The opening of Let It Be is also set to coincide with John Lennon's 75th birthday.

Source: ATV, UK
Steve Lukather says George Harrison inspired him to play

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather spoke in a recent interview about his early influences and says George Harrison was chief amongst them. "George Harrison, 'I Saw Her Standing There.' Off the Beatles' first album. That was the one where I said, 'I want to be that guy.' I was able to tell George that because we became friends later in life."

Source: RTT News
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Jeff Lynne to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star next week

Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne finally will be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 23. Tom Petty and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on hand to speak at the event, which will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Paul McCartney again urges Canada to stop seal hunt

Paul McCartney is calling again for an end to Canada's East Coast commercial hunt, roiling supporters who say it's a humane source of cash for struggling outports. McCartney appeals for a stop to what he calls a "senseless slaughter" in a statement released Tuesday.

Related Articles  Source: Metro News, Canada
Julian Lennon's artistic horizons

Julian Lennon is charting new artistic territories with his photography exhibition Horizons, on view in New York until May 2nd. Most noted as a musician and the first son of Beatles member John Lennon, Julian has found his true voice as a photographer and philanthropist, while exploring the world and his life's purpose.

Source: Huffington Post
Beatles animator brings Yellow Submarine art to Fargo

Ron Campbell, known to Fab Four fans as the artist behind The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show and the animated feature film The Yellow Submarine, will set up shop in downtown Fargo Friday through Sunday, showing and selling illustrations from his 50-year career, including many from his years drawing the Beatles.

Source: Inforum
Liverpool Beatles society backs Morecambe birdman

The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society has backed pensioner John Wilkinson after he was punished again for feeding pigeons in Morecambe, Lancashire, England. John Chambers, the group's president, said, "We are big animal lovers, we are like Paul McCartney, we campaign for the rights of animals."

Source: The Visitor, UK
Looking Back: 1982 Beatlefan interview with Cynthia Lennon

In early 1982, Bill King interviewed Cynthia Lennon for Beatlefan magazine. She talks about her then touring art exhibit, working with Paul and Linda McCartney, how John and Paul got along, Brian Epstein, meeting fans at Beatlefest, and what it was like being in the public eye and the ex-wife of John Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Blog
Monday, April 13, 2015
Billy J. Kramer reveals how he got his name

Born William Ashton in 1943, manager Brian Epstein thought Billy J. Kramer needed a new name. "They made a list and of all the names on it, they thought that Kramer was the best. Then John Lennon suggested the J." Billy has recently released a new album and is now heading back to the UK for his first British tour for 16 years.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Ringo Starr didn't get over Beatles breakup for 20 years

Ringo Starr admitted in a new interview that he didn't get over the 1970 breakup of The Beatles for two decades, where he turned to alcohol in an attempt to make the pain of the breakup go away. "I was mad for 20 years," Ringo said, presumably meaning he went crazy. "I had breaks in between of not being."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
The X-rated reason why John Lennon called Eric Burdon the Eggman

One of the most widely quoted lyrics from the Beatles classic "I Am the Walrus" was an inside, and X-rated, joke between John Lennon and Animals singer Eric Burdon, who was called Eggman, or Eggs, by some of his pals. The true story of how this nickname came to be is told here for the first time in Burdon's own words.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Photos: Beatles Day in Hastings raises thousands for charity

This year's 16th Beatles Day in Hastings, East Sussex, England, featured a record 95 acts on three stages. For the first time there was an acoustic stage set up in top floor bar area which was packed for much of the day. Around 20,000 (about $29,300) was raised on the day.

Source: Sussex Express, UK
Photos: First view from inside Paul and Heather's doomed wedding

New photos have emerged of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills' 2002 wedding, but after tying the knot, Paul's daughters looked decidedly glum The pair were said to have been less than overjoyed at their father's partner. The pictures and other memorabilia are to be auctioned for charity next month.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, April 10, 2015
Blu-ray Review: A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney

Now available on blu-ray, A MusiCare Tribute to Paul McCartney captures a fun night for both the honoree and the performers allowed to play his tunes. McCartney gets a chance to remind fans why he's important and why he's not a complete nostalgia act. He's still got songs inside him that people will hum for the rest of the century.

Source: Inside Pulse
Tribute band to perform Sgt. Pepper album with orchestra

Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine will perform the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album in its entirety in Kirkland, Washington on April 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m. The band will be accompanied by a twenty-one-piece orchestra and electric violin virtuoso Geoffrey Castle to perform note for note, the iconic album in its entirety.

Source: The Examiner
Apple Jam to return to Seattle with new Beatles show

The Seattle-based Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam, is making a return engagement in Seattle with their new show, "Rarefied Beatles" at the Chop Suey nightclub on June 12. The group promises to deliver a stunning show featuring a wide repertoire of well-known Beatles songs, solo hits, rare tracks and more.

Source: The Examiner
Ten little-known facts about Paul McCartney

Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney. Scores of biographies have been written, many filled with the minutest details about the former Beatle. Still, the Gibson.com website managed to uncover a handful of less-well-known tidbits about Sir Paul's remarkable life.

Source: Gibson
The Fifth Man: Brian Epstein and the Beatles

In a ceremony last year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Beatles' original manager, Brian Epstein, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Epstein's early oversight of what many consider to be the most popular musical act of the 20th century led some to call him the fifth Beatle.

Source: New York Times
Paul McCartney quits the Beatles 45 years ago today

An Associated Press story published on April 10, 1970, said, "Paul McCartney announced today that he's split from the Beatles but said he may be back. Paul ... blamed the break on 'personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most all because I have a better time with my family.' "

Source: Poynter
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ringo Starr steps to the front as the last Beatle enshrined in Rock Hall

Ringo Starr is entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act on April 18. With a few notable exceptions, drummers usually are not that great as frontmen. "I was offered a job to be a bass player with Gerry and the Pacemakers,'' Starr said. "Standing in front? That sounds pretty cool. The only drawback is, I never played bass.''

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
Ringo's drums, clothes to be displayed in Rock Hall of Fame exhibit

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it will display memorabilia from each of its new inductees in an exhibit that will include a set of Ringo Starr's drums, used during the years from 1964 to 1968. Also on view will be the shirt Ringo wore on the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album that was released in 1974.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Modern mansion has a Beatles connection

Blue Jay is set within the grounds of former royal residence Claremont House Gardens in Surrey, according to the site's developer. The new five-bedroom home in Esher, England, was built on part of the site of George Harrison's 1960s country property Kinfauns, and the property takes its name from Harrison's song Blue Jay way.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Paul McCartney set for VE Day concert in London

Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Rod Stewart will headline a special concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, aka VE Day. The special concert will be 1940s-themed and it will commemorate the end of the Second World War in 1945. It will be held at London's Horse Guards Parade on May 9.

Source: Artist Direct
Sergeant Pepper's signed cardboard gnome goes to auction

The tiny garden gnome that appeared on 1967 Sgt. Pepper's album cover next to the legs of George Harrison, signed by all four Beatles, is expected to sell for 17,000 (about $25,275) when it goes to auction. It was created by the album cover's designer Peter Blake, and given to an assistant photographer after the shoot.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Chicago a cappella to celebrate The Beatles

The nine singers of Chicago a cappella will take on the classic songs of the Fab Four in their concert, "Beatlemania," this weekend and next in four locations around the Chicago area. The acclaimed vocal ensemble will put a dynamic a cappella spin on familiar favorites by Lennon & McCartney and George Harrison.

Source: Suburban Life
First-ever US Ravi Shankar exhibition to open at L.A. Grammy Museum

"Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music" will be unveiled at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 29, marking the first exhibition in the U.S. to celebrate India's most esteemed musician, who died in 2012. April 29 would also have been the renowned sitar player and Beatles' inspiration's 95th birthday.

Source: The American Bazaar
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Beatles memorabilia among most expensive at auction

The Beatles top the list of the most expensive items to ever go under the hammer. Recent items include John Lennon's psychedelic 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, sold for 1,748,462 in 1985, the piano John Lennon wrote Imagine on, sold for 1.45 million in 2000, and handwritten lyrics A Day In The Life, sold for 810,966 in 2010.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon tribute to benefit Connecticut theatre company

On April 25, "In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute" will be performed as a one-night-only fundraiser for TheatreWorks New Milford. The show faithfully recreates the sounds, stories, and songs of John Lennon as performed by Carlo Cantamessa, who has portrayed Lennon in The Cast of Beatlemania shows for over 30 years.

Source: Broadway World Music
Beatles' lyrics inspire misguided Florida law enforcement probe

Recently, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state's elite equivalent of the FBI, sent an agent to investigate a blogger who had used Beatles lyrics to poke fun at Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In a post on Google Plus, Daniel Tilson called governor's proposed tax changes demo "Gov. Scott's Magical Mystery Tax Cut Calculator."

Source: News Herald, Panama City
Beatles Story celebrates record visitor numbers

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool has revealed record-breaking numbers of visitors as it prepares to mark its 25th anniversary. The attraction welcomed 253,096 visitors from all corners of the world over the past 12 months, up almost 3,000 on the same time last year and 11,353 more than the year before that.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Beatles' 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

The Beatles were inducted as a band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono accepted the honor. Mick Jagger inducted the band, Ringo then came to the mike to deliver a few jokes. George and Ringo later hit the stage with an all-star lineup to perform I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Cleveland.com
Monday, April 6, 2015
Video: Over 500 celebrities answer: Lennon or McCartney?

A new documentary poses the question, who was the better Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney, to over 500 celebs, including some of the biggest actors and musicians in the world. They were asked to answer in one word, most could, although a few felt it necessary to qualify their answer. Some couldn't chose. Can you?

Source: Channel 24
Psychologists discover The Beatles can enhance food enjoyment

Scientists have revealed research shows specific music can make certain food taste better. For example, High-pitched music highlights sourness while sweetness is a rich sound. As any Beatles fan, but science now verifies, listening to the Beatles makes your fish and chips taste better, and Pavarotti does wonders to a chocolate mousse.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Original Yellow Submarine drawing to auction for 10,000 this week

The first ever drawing of The Beatles' famous Yellow Submarine which is dubbed the "holy grail of memorabilia" is set to fetch more than 10,000 (about $15,000) at auction. The rare cell painting includes handwritten notes instructing artists on the correct colors to use when recreating the submarine in the film.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Cynthia Lennon remembered at John's Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood

An intimate gathering for Cynthia Lennon was held in Hollywood at John Lennon's Walk of Fame Star outside Capitol Records last week. Event organizer Jerry Rubin greeted the guests at Capitol and talked about when he met Cynthia, and Nicole Alexandra read a poem she composed, entitled, "Ain't She Sweet."

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Friday, April 3, 2015
Page signed by all four Beatles in Manchester to be sold on eBay

One piece of paper signed by all four Beatles before their 1964 gig at Manchester's O2 Apollo, formerly known as the ABC Cinema, and a fan letter addressed to George are on sale on eBay for 6,000 (about $9,000). The fan letter contains a six-verse poem about the fab four and has never been published or seen in public before.

Source: Mancunian Matters, UK
Ringo says he still misses his Beatles brothers

Former Beatle Ringo Starr says he still misses his "brothers" in the band. He said, "We proved everybody wrong that music is more important than a name. We made some great music and I am really proud of it to this day. I was in a band suddenly with three brothers. Yeah, I do miss the others, you can't not miss your brothers."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Nellie McKay sings Beatles classic If I Fell

Boundary-breaking and internationally acclaimed recording artist, concert performer and Broadway headliner Nellie McKay is set to releases a new album of cover songs this month titled "My Weekly Reader," and a new music video for her cover of the classic Beatles track "If I Fell" is now available online.

Source: Broadway World Music
Audio: Cynthia Lennon's final radio interview

In one of her last interviews, speaking to presenter Alex Belfield in a BBC radio interview in 2007, Cynthia Lennon revealed she would have to deal with John's mood swings. "It was like living on a knife edge," she admitted. "He was very, very jealous and very possessive and I was aware of his jealousy, but not his violence."

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Mirror
More tributes to Cynthia Lennon from friends and admirers

The expressions of sympathy from friends and fans of Cynthia Lennon continue, among the latest are Freda Kelly, longtime Beatles Fan Club Secretary, Angie McCartney, Paul's stepmother, author Mark Lewisohn and Beatlefan editor Bill King, and Julian Lennon has acknowledged fan's support on his Facebook page.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ringo Starr cancels Saskatchewan concert

Ringo Starr was scheduled to perform with his All-Starr Band in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Brandt Centre on Oct. 14. However, venue officials announced today that the concert has been cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts". Ringo's shows in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary are still on.

Source: CBC, Canada

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