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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
New book travels back in time to the Beatles before they were famous

"The Time Traveler's Handbook," a new book that hit the streets yesterday, looks at past events covering history, sports, music and literature. The book includes a chapter with a special moment of Beatles history, the years 1960 to 1962, when the pre-fame Beatles were playing away night after night in Hamburg.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Beatles tribute The Fab Faux come together in Pennsylvania in September

The Fab Faux will take the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA., on September 10. With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux are known for their painstaking note-for-note recreations of the songs, especially the later works the Beatles never performed live.

Source: NEPA Scene
Vintage Paul and Linda McCartney interview coming out on CD

A radio interview from the mid-1980s done with Paul and Linda McCartney will be released on CD June 10. The interview, titled "Paul and Linda McCartney - Interview By Robin Ross 1986," which runs approximately 40 minutes, was recorded to promote the release of McCartney's "Press To Play" album.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Listen: The Melvins' raucous cover of the Beatles I Want to Tell You

Melvins' upcoming album, Basses Loaded, will include a raucous cover of the Beatles' I Want to Tell You. Where the original is a bright, jagged deep cut on Revolver's second side, the sludge trio's take blossoms into a heavy, undulating pop dirge punctuated by noisy keyboard hiss. The album is out June 3rd.

Source: Rolling Stone

Barbara Bach
Pictures: Barbara Bach shopping at Stella McCartney's boutique

One of the biggest pin-ups of the 70s, Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach cut a youthful figure when out shopping in London on Monday. The one-time Bond girl, now 68, proved the years have been no match for her as she enjoyed some retail therapy and indulged in a spot of shopping at Stella McCartney's swish boutique in Knightsbridge.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Allan Williams
Man Who Gave The Beatles Away made Citizen of Honour

Allan Williams, the self proclaimed Man Who Gave The Beatles Away has received one of the city's top accolades, Liverpool Citizen of Honour. The founder of the Jacaranda and the Blue Angel, and the first ever manager of the Beatles in the early 1960s, joins an elite group of people who have played a part in Liverpool's growth and development.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Desert Trip tickets sold out in hours, crushing dreams

Tickets for Desert Trip, ranging from $400 to $1,600, went on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and within four hours sold out for both weekends. If you were among the many who went online Monday in hopes of getting into the rock music festival of your life, you belonged to a club of people sitting in front of a computer, patiently waiting...

Related Articles  Source: San Diego Tribune
Monday, May 9, 2016
Ringo Starr adds second concert date in Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, has added a second date to Ringo Starr's performance in June. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band had already announced a show Sunday, June 19. The Ryman announced a second show on Saturday, June 18. Tickets for the Saturday show will go on sale Friday at noon.

Source: WKRN TV, Nashville
Second weekend added to Desert Trip super-concert

Thanks to overwhelming demand, Desert Trip has added a full second weekend. The festival boasts some serious name power, including Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who and takes place at the same location in Southern California where Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is held.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston

Pattie Boyd
Pattie Boyd exhibition launches at The Beatles Story

A photographic exhibition from Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton launched today at The Beatles Story, Liverpool. The exhibition, which features 57 original images will be open to the public until Autumn 2016. Pattie Boyd unfortunately injured her hip and elbow in an accident while walking her dog and was unable to attend the opening.

Source: Click Liverpool
Friday, May 6, 2016
Veggie butcher serves Paul McCartney dinner in Minneapolis

A local vegan butcher shop had the honor of serving dinner to Paul McCartney before his concert in Minneapolis Wednesday night. On the menu was summer sausage, breakfast sausage, two different kinds of ham, all meat-fee, a brie cheese and a garlic pepper Havarti. For dessert, Macca had a homemade blackberry lavender compote.

Source: WCCO TV, Minneapolis
Liverpool Hard Days Night hotel a hit for new owners despite travel slump

The Beatles-themed Hard Days Night hotel in Liverpool has given Millennium & Copthorne a much-needed boost. The 110-room hotel, where luxury rooms include the McCartney and Lennon suites, was bought by M&C last August for £13.8million. The hotel is yards from the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played in their early years.

Source: This Is Money, UK

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus rolls up to Hollywood, Florida

Imagine every student, it's easy if you try, learning how to play, when John Lennon's Educational Tour Bus, rolls up on a school day. In its 19th year travelling the US and Canada, the bus arrived at Mary M. Bethune Elementary School of the Arts in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, as excited students and teachers formed a human peace sign on the campus field.

Source: Miami Sun-Sentinel
How an East L.A. band opened for The Beatles and inspired a new musical

A new musical called "Eastside Hearbeats" was inspired by the Sunday night on Aug. 29, 1965, when a band called Cannibal and the Headhunters, made up of four Mexican-American kids who grew up in a Boyle Heights housing project, became the pride of East L.A. That night, they opened for The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Tourist in Liverpool: Beatles pub crawl

The Beatles loved a drink! In the late 50's and early 60's they could be seen enjoying a few pints around Liverpool. But where exactly would they have a few pints and do they still stand today? The Guide Liverpool has compiled a list of locations that still do, including Ye Cracke, The White Star, The Jacaranda and The Grapes.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Paul McCartney adds second show in Sacramento

Paul McCartney fans in Northern California will be excited to learn Macca is adding a second show at downtown Sacramento's Golden 1 Center. Following his performance on Oct. 4, which will be the very first event at the new arena, McCartney will put on a second concert on Oct. 5. Tickets go on sale for both shows at 10 a.m. Friday.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Video: Paul McCartney's tribute to Prince in Minneapolis

Paul McCartney comforted Prince's hometown with a rousing cover of "Let's Go Crazy" during the encore of his concert in Minneapolis last night. "Here's to the man," McCartney said after playing the Purple Rain track. "Loved that guy. Thank you Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he's your guy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Hey Jude becomes first-ever Beatles song to be licensed for use in China

For the first time, The Beatles' publisher has licensed a song by the Fab Four for use in China. "Hey Jude" appears in "Yesterday Once More," a coming-of-age film from noted Chinese ≠director Yao Tingting. The song commanded a six-figure sum, believed to be one of the highest fees ever paid for usage in China.

Source: Billboard
The 10 best Beatles books

Considering that it takes some formidable organizational chops to serve as a competent Beatles bibliographer, it can be downright daunting if you're coming to the stacks of Fab Four literature as a neophyte reader wondering where you might start. This is a look at 10 of the best Fab Four volumes to date from Rolling Stone.

Source: Rolling Stone
Video: John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in Syracuse

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971. The visit included the opening of Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," which ran for three weeks and drew celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper. A hoped-for Beatles reunion concert didn't happen.

Source: Syracuse.com
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Video: Sacramento fans frustrated over Paul McCartney tickets

Ron Maged is a big fan of Paul McCartney, but getting tickets to see Paul in concert has been like a Magical Mystery Tour. Ron was shut out, he said, because his promotional code didn't work. But even if he could buy tickets, they were for many folks unaffordable. Tickets are selling on line for as much as $4,600.

Related Articles  Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Hulu acquires Ron Howard's Beatles documentary

Hulu has acquired The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a new documentary produced with the full cooperation of McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison and directed by Ron Howard. This purchase signals the launch of Hulu Documentary Films, a new arm for the streaming service to build a library of non-fiction movies.

Source: /Film

James McCartney
James McCartney refuses to talk about his dad in BBC interview

Paul McCartney's son refused to talk about his legendary dad live on the radio while promoting his latest album, telling the presenter, "I'm not asking you about YOUR father." The cringeworthy chat on BBC Three Counties Radio lasted just three minutes before presenter Nick Coffer was forced to end it abruptly, announcing that James had "blown it".

Source: The Sun, UK
Rare Beatles Strawberry Feilds photos and autographs sell for $4,200

A selection of rare photographs of the Beatles filming in Kent has been sold for £2,900 (about $4,200), well over the expected price. The pictures were taken when the group, along with manager Brian Epstein, appeared for the filming of the Strawberry Fields Forever at Knole Park in Sevenoaks on the last two days of January 1967.

Source: Kent News, UK
Signed Beatles Apple headquarters papers included in huge music auction

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon, the contract for the sale of The Beatles' Apple headquarters, signed by all four Beatles, is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000. Other items going on sale at the auction is a signed Sgt Pepper album.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Man who inspired Yellow Submarine's Jeremy Hilary Boob has died

Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams didn't live a life in music, but it will be the thing he'll always be remembered for. Adams, a longtime professor at SMU, became a part of music history when he was immortalized as the inspiration for a major character in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. On Monday, Adams passed away at the age of 82.

Source: Dallas Observer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Paul McCartney adds second Washington, D.C. Date

Paul McCartney continues to add to his One On One Tour, as the legendary Beatle has tacked on a second night at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center on August 10. Tickets for the new date will go on sale May 6 at 10am ET. McCartney's One On One tour is currently underway and will make its next stop with a two-nights in Minneapolis.

Related Articles  Source: JamBands
A McCartney night to remember in Sioux Falls

Beatles legend Paul McCartney charmed the capacity crowd at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls last night. A collective sigh of "ahhhh" when up from the 11,000 fans when McCartney invited a woman and her son up on stage, and the little boy proceeded to hug him around the legs. McCartney then picked him up in his arms.

Related Articles  Also: Concert Pics  Source: KELO AM, Sioux Falls
Revolver turns 50 but it still sounds brand new

The Beatles' best album turns 50 this year, and it's hard to conceive that half a century has elapsed since its recording. Paul McCartney's frenetic bass line in the pre-chorus of Taxman, and his blistering guitar solo in the same song, can't be so old as that. Got To Get You Into My Life would sound fresh were it released today.

Source: Baker City Herald, OR
Young actor who played Ringo in TV movie mysteriously dies aged just 38

Kristian Ealey, known for acting in two British soap operas set in Liverpool, has passed away at age 38. Kristian also played Ringo Starr in the TV film In His Life: The John Lennon Story. He was also a keen musician and was a member of Liverpool based band Tramp Attack. The exact cause of Kris' death is unknown.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Paul McCartney plays his first post-Beatles U.S. concert 40 years ago today

On May 3, 1976, Paul McCartney performed at Tarrant County Convention Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. He hadn't played a concert in the U.S. in a decade, since the Beatles' last tour in 1966. In the meantime, he'd founded Wings, a new band featuring his wife, Linda. On this night, Paul McCartney reconquered America.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 2, 2016
Sacramento date added to Paul McCartney's One On One Tour

Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will return to Sacramento, CA for the first time since the US Tour in 2005. On Tuesday, October 4, Paul's One On One Tour will be the first ever concert at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Pre-sale tickets for the concert will be available through Ticketmaster at 8am (PT) tomorrow.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Paul McCartney confirms involvement in California Mega-festival

A couple of weeks ago, Roger Daltry confirmed the Who would be sharing the stage with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young for a "mega-festival" on October 7 to 9 in Indio, California. The Who, Bob Dylan, and Roger Waters made their cryptic official Facebook announcements on Friday. Paul McCartney followed suit yesterday.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Paul McCartney meets women who inspired Blackbird

During the Little Rock, Arkansas stop of his One On One Tour on Saturday, Paul McCartney was introduced backstage to two women of the Little Rock Nine, black students enrolled in an all-white high school in Arkansas during the height of the civil rights movement following the Supreme Court's Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
I would only do this for Paul says woman in line for McCartney tickets

More than 100 fans who showed up at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday to buy tickets for Paul McCartney's Aug. 15 concert, but the show sold out quickly, mainly due to online ticket buyers on Ticketmaster. "I would only do this for Paul," said Haley Gerlofs, who arrived outside the arena at 7:15 a.m.

Related Articles  Source: M Live, Minnesota

Mal Evans
Book Review: The Death and Life of Mal Evans by Peter Lee

The late Mal Evans was, with Neil Aspinall, among the Beatles' closest contacts throughout the sixties. Evans was gunned down by LAPD police in 1975 while intoxicated on valium and brandishing an air pistol. This happened before he was able to publish his memoir, Living With the Beatles, said to have been an explosive insider's expose in the making.

Source: The Examiner
Remo Belli, pioneer of synthetic drumheads, dead at 88

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California. A 20-inch Remo drumhead was seen on Ringo Starr's Ludwig kit when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
Beatles play their final scheduled U.K. concert 50 years ago today

A few weeks into recording Revolver, the Beatles appeared at the NME Annual Poll Winners concert on May 1, 1966. Wembley's Empire Pool arena was packed with 10,000 screaming fans to see The Beatles joined by the Rolling Stones and the Who, among others. Fans didn't know that it would be the Beatles' final scheduled concert in the U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, April 29, 2016
Book looks back on 35 years of Paul McCartney interviews

As a journalist with NME, Q and Word, Paul Du Noyer has interviewed Paul McCartney more times over the last 35 years than any other magazine writer. His book, Conversations With McCartney, soon to be released in paperback, covers all aspects of his five-decade career as the world's most revered songwriter.

Source: NME, UK
Beatles at Abbey Road Studios goes on the road in the UK

Following a triumphant sell-out world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sessions - A live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios now embarks on an ten-date UK tour commencing at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on April 30. The show is a thrilling, authentic voyage through the events that shaped popular music history.

Source: South Wales Argus, UK
Beatles Day to go ahead in Twickenham

Twickenham, England, is to host "Beatles Day" to commemorate the final Beatles gig in London. The event next month, 50 years after the Beatles played their historic gig, will be held where scenes of the movie A Hard Day's Night were filmed. Special guests will include former chief executive of Apple Records, Tony Bramwell.

Source: Minuteman Press, UK
Computer makes Beethoven sound like The Beatles

The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris has taught a computer how to recognize the core features of different types of music. The team then tasked the AI with playing the pattern of Beethoven's classical classic "Ode To Joy" but with the characteristics of more modern genres, including the style of The Beatles.

Source: Tech Crunch

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