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Monday, August 7, 2017

Beatles Revolver released 51 years ago week

The Beatles released their album Revolver 51 years ago this week, in the UK on August 5, 1966. Though the album's significance was largely overlooked at the time, it only had 11 tracks in the US, the work is now widely thought of as even better than The Beatles' acknowledged classic released a year later, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.

Source: The Inquisitir
Friday, August 4, 2017
A quieter portrait of John Lennon during his Lost Weekend

In Beatles lore, it's known as John Lennon's "Lost Weekend," the 18-month period starting in 1973 where Lennon and Yoko Ono separated, and Lennon lived with May Pang, the couple's personal assistant and production coordinator. "There are a lot of myths about that time, and myths have become truths," says Pang.

Source: The Boston Globe

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney talks about her career

Fashion designer Stella McCartney says she was told she wouldn't have a successful accessories line, but was adamant she was going to prove the naysayers wrong. She said, "I take it as a good challenge. If you can find that aesthetic in design and construct [the bags] in a way that's mindful, responsible and conscious, then magic happens."

Source: Fashion.ie, Ireland

Peter Blake
How the Beatles immortalized the legacy of Peter Blake

The 1967 album cover for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with its technicolor marching band and star-studded crowd, has come to define Peter Blake's legacy. Today, the 85-year-old artist regards its fame with mixed emotions. "You get stuck with a certain kind of image...I'm proud of it, but I'll never get away from it."

Source: Artsy
Beat-lele: An ukulele tribute to the Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

After performing around Oahu for over 4 years, Beatles tribute band Day In The Life decided to re-invent themselves to distinguish them from the 100s of other Beatles tribute bands around the world. They now perform the Beatles music accompanied only with Hawaii's most beloved instrument, the ukulele and a cajon for percussion.

Source: Hawaii News Now
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney plays drums on upcoming Foo Fighters LP

Foo Fighters has recruited Paul McCartney to play drums on one track from their upcoming ninth LP, Concrete and Gold. In a new interview, Dave Grohl called the Beatle "the most wonderful guy in the world." However, Grohl clarified that McCartney isn't the surprise "pop star" guest Foo Fighters have been teasing for over a month.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles Fan Fest invades Rosemont next week

Beatlemania will invade Rosemont, IL, this month when the Fest for Beatles Fans makes its annual return to the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Aug. 11-13. Now in its 32nd year in the village, the Fest celebrates all things Beatles, drawing fans from all over Chicagoland and beyond. Special guests include Louise Harrison and Mark Hudson.

Beatles Calendar  Source: Journal Online, Chicago
Rare ticket from Beatles' final Cavern Club performance goes on display

A rare ticket from The Beatles' final appearance at The Cavern Club goes on display 54 years after the event at the award-winning The Beatles Story in Liverpool. Dated August 3, 1963 the ticket marked the band's 292nd and final performance at the world-famous venue since making their debut at the club on February 9, 1961.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Longtime Ringo Starr engineer talks new album

Bruce Sugar, Ringo Starr's longtime recording engineer, is very enthusiastic about Ringo's forthcoming album, Give More Love, which will be released Sept. 15. "We're real happy with it. Everyone who's heard it can't wait till it's put out there in the universe." Sugar also said the songs that McCartney played on were challenging.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard

Eric Clapton
New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, September 7th to 17th, before airing on Showtime in 2018. The film features interviews with Clapton's family, friends, musical collaborators, peers and heroes, including late musicians like B.B. King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Rolling Stone
Photos: Beatles captured during infamous more popular than Jesus tour

Iconic pictures of John, Paul, George and Ringo show the band relaxing at the height of their fame are being released in a reissued book by iconic photographer Harry Benson, who captured the Fab Four in the midst of a pillow fight at the George V Hotel, a spontaneous moment which came to epitomize the spirit of the band.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Paul McCartney answers questions ahead of New Zealand visit

On his website today, Paul McCartney answers, some from fans, including how did they keep in key at those concerts where they couldn't hear anything, would he ever write a musical, what is his warm up routine before going on stage, and after all these years, how does he keep his creative juices flowing?

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Is Paul McCartney top secret guest vocalist on next Foo Fighters album?

Back in June, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl revealed the band's newest project, Concrete and Gold, during an interview on BBC Radio 1. Grohl made it clear this album will be full of surprises, he said, "the biggest pop star in the world" lends a hand on one of the tracks. Among the possible stars this could be is Paul McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: Baeble Music

The Concert For Bangladesh: Looking back

On August 1, 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Not only was it Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring five years earlier, it would go down as one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history, with appearances by Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Another magical mystery drum: Ringo's golden snare

On September 5, 1964, the Ludwig Drum Company presented Ringo Starr with a Super–Sensitive snare, plated in gold. Pictures were taken the moment he received it, and then the gilded drum disappeared. Ringo's golden snare failed to reappear in a single photo, recording session notebook, or snippet of concert footage.

Source: Reverb
Rare footage of when the Beatles visited Dublin in 1963

Newly uncovered black-and-white footage shows The Beatles being interviewed upon their arrival at Dublin Airport on November 7, 1963. In an interview with Radio Telefis, the band members talk about their hair, their music and their Irish heritage. Their appearance that night was their only time in concert in the Republic of Ireland.

Source: Irish Central
Monday, July 31, 2017
Paul McCartney explains why he's written a song about Donald Trump

Paul McCartney has written a song about Donald Trump on his new album. Macca was speaking to students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) when he made the announcement. While McCartney, 75, didn't imply whether the song was in favour of the US President or not, he did say that he felt he HAD to write it.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Concert Review: McCartney on Tour: Still worth it? Oh, yeah!

Say what you will about Paul McCartney's mostly unchanging show and his occasionally faltering voice, it's still a wonder of nature watching him onstage, thoroughly pleasing an audience for nearly three hours with pop music's most stellar songbooke. I had the usual big smile on my face, as did every other concertgoer I saw.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Magazine
Trailer: New Beatles documentary, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

An all-new Beatles documentary, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond, is being released in the U.S. on September 8 on DVD, Blu-ray and Video-on-Demand. The film features rare archival footage unseen since the 1960s plus rare interviews with Pete Best, Julia Baird, Tony Bramwell, Jenny Boyd, and more.

Source: Best Classic Bands

Brian Epstein
50 Years Ago: Beatles lose manager gay manager Brian Epstein

In August 1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein passed away at the age of 32. He spent his entire adult life introducing The Beatles to a global audience and helping them spread their message of love around the world. Yet Brian himself died lonely, never having had a proper boyfriend, and with UK's laws declaring homosexuality illegal still in force.

Source: Beatles Story, Liverpool
Friday, July 28, 2017
Video: Exclusive clip from new Beatles documentary

A new documentary, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond, will be released on DVD on Sept. 8. In a clip now on internet, American DJ Tommy Charles explains his ban on playing Beatles records, adding that he wants the band to "grow up." John Lennon counters, "I don't mind if he never plays them again."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh on working with brother-in-law Ringo Starr

Since they're brothers-in-law, it doesn't take much to find Ringo and Joe Walsh working on each other's projects. They have a long history playing together, Walsh was in the original All-Starr Band in 1989, and it continues on Starr's new album with Walsh playing on two tracks, including the just-released rocker that also features Paul McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: WROR, Boston
Beatles 1963 concert poster shows demand for early memorabilia at auction

Demand for Beatles memorabilia is always high, so for rarities in this collecting field the prices will naturally be hefty. So it was not a huge shock when top lot in an auction on July 21 turned out to be a poster advertising the Fab Four in concert. Estimated at £1,500-2,000 (about $2,600), it sold for a hammer price of £5,500 (about $7,200).

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette
The Beatles enter their studio years with Revolver

Released on Aug. 5, 1966, in the United Kingdom, the Beatles' Revolver album directly preceded the band's final concert on Aug. 29, 1966, in front of 25,000 people at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. "Musically, I felt we were progressing in leaps and bounds," Ringo said. "There was nothing like it."

Source: The Spectrum
Which of the Beatles had the best movie career?

Which of the Beatles had the best movie career? This is a tough question as all four of them were in the great Beatles movies, and their songs have been used to great effect in countless films. But individually, each Beatle's film work has run the gamut in quality and quantity. It was possibly Ringo who scored the best TV/film career.

Source: Omaha World-Herald
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Listen: Ringo Starr's new song with Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr celebrates goofing off on the tour bus in his new all-starr track "We're on the Road Again," featuring Paul McCartney, the Eagles' Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and the song's co-writer, Toto's Steve Lukather. Lukather's snarling guitar riff and McCartney's surprisingly punk-styled bass guitar anchor the arena-rock track.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Review: Dhani Harrison Live at The Echo, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison headlined the first show ever played under his own name at The Echo Monday night. Upon taking the stage, Harrison dropped straight in to a In///Parallel banger, the Floydian "Summertime Police." Heavy thump came courtesy of thick and crunchy bass from Blas Perez and the drumming of Chris Hornbrook.

Source: Mxdwn

Beatles win court battle over Shea Stadium footage

Apple Corps on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking the rights to the master tapes of the band's 1965 concert at New York's Shea Stadium. A U.S. District Judge said Sid Bernstein Presents failed to show it deserved sole control over the Aug. 15, 1965, footage and did not deserve damages reflecting its many subsequent uses.

Source: Reuters, UK
Yoko Ono albums reissued and reevaluated

It wasn't long ago when the notion of Yoko Ono's discography getting the deluxe reissue treatment would have sounded like a pipe dream. But recent years have been kind to Ono, whose importance to contemporary conceptual art, feminism, and even popular music has finally outpaced her reputation as the Woman Who Broke Up the Beatles.

Source: Slant Magazine
Sean Lennon says Asians are never cast as normal human beings

American British Japanese Sean Lennon, the son John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has spoken up about the representation of Asians in movies, slamming the industry for their casting processes. He said, "If it's going to be an Asian male in a film, he's going to be a goofy tourist or a science nerd or an evil character or a Kung Fu guy."

Source: Resonate
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Paul McCartney delivers Beatles history lesson in Tinley Park

Paul McCartney arrived in a Beatles mood Tuesday at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. McCartney devoted a majority of his wide-ranging 165-minute concert to music he created with the Fab Four, taking on the role of informed historian, a decision that sat well with the sold-out crowd.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Video: Two fans get engaged on stage with Paul McCartney in Omaha

An Iowa man got help from a Beatle in telling his girlfriend "I want to hold your hand." During Sunday's Paul McCartney concert in Omaha, McCartney's crew brought the couple up after McCartney apparently spotted their signs asking if Locke could pop the question on stage. "We just go nuts," said Jared Locke.

Related Articles  Source: World-Herald, Omaha
George Harrison's Sgt. Pepper Vox UL730 amp goes up for sale

One of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George Harrison used on the Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now for sale online. The amplifier, which has been exhibited in The Beatles Story, Liverpool, comes with two provenance documents confirming that it indeed belonged to George Harrison.

Source: Guitar World

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon on the golden age of music

Sean Lennon is heavily involved in all aspects of the music industry, playing and writing music, and running a record label, Chimera Music, that just reissued 11 of his mother, Yoko Ono's albums. He spoke passionately about the lack of media representation of Asian narratives and why the 60s and 70s were a golden age of creativity.

Source: Paper Magazine
Beatles to be brought to life as tree trunk statues Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles will be immortalised in a series of life-sized tree trunk statues. Award-winning wood sculptor Simon O'Rourke, will be carving statues of the Fab Four members out of wood and will be displayed on Liverpool's Pier Head. He will begin with Paul McCartney on August 6, a week later, George Harrison will be brought to life.

Source: Click Liverpool, UK
Fire, evacuation at Miami Beach hotel that hosted Beatles

An electrical fire at a Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles in 1964 sent guests scrambling to find another place to stay. Fire crews responded to the oceanfront Deauville Beach Resort early Tuesday. News outlets report malfunctioning wiring in a temporary unit being used to supplement the building's air conditioner caught fire.

Source: Associated Press
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Production manager talks about setting the stage for McCartney magic

Paul McCartney's live concerts feature state of the art multimedia technology, including impressive pyrotechnics. Mark Spring, Paul McCartney's production manager, said it's interesting to help build the McCartney show for Chicago-area fans. "Putting on a stadium show outdoors is fun. And it's the right thing to do here," he said.

Related Articles  Source: Northwest Indiana Times
John Lennon Songwriting Contest now accepting entries

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is now open for Session II of its 2017 competition. Judges include such notable writers/artists as Fergie, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, George Clinton, Bob Weir, Jim Steinman, Sheila E and Sean Paul. Contestants can enter online until December 15, winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.

Source: All Access Music
Cartoonist creates designs inspired by The Beatles

Cartoonist George Brooks was looking for inspiration for his next artwork when it dawned on him that his background growing up in Liverpool was all he needed. He created a limited-edition trio of colourful cartoons depicting three of The Beatles' most well-known songs, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Source: Runcorn and Widnes World, UK
10 times the Beatles used pseudonyms on records Warning: Page opens with sound

Sometimes, even the most famous musicians want a little anonymity. John Lennon remains the proud possessor of the record for having the most pseudonyms. George tended to disguise himself with a wink and a nod; many of his outside credits were a twist on his name. Ringo took the Mad Libs approach, and Paul was the most secretive.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles' accountant: They were scruffy boys who didn't want to pay tax

Many people claim to have been in The Beatles' inner circle, but their accountant, Harry Pinsker, truly was. From 1961 to 1970 he oversaw their finances, set up their companies, helped buy their homes, and even signed off their grocery shopping. "I first met them in my office, they were just four scruffy boys," recalls Pinsker, now 87.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Tribute band performer Mark Ehmann dead at 55

Mark Ehmann, a longtime member of the Beatles tribute act Hard Night's Day, died last Friday, July 21. He was 55. On Friday, the band released a statement with pictures documenting Ehmann's tenure with the group. Ehmann played left-handed just like Paul McCartney. A memorial show is being organized.

Source: Dallas Observer

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