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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keith Richards
Keith Richards criticises The Beatles as a live band

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has criticised The Beatles' ability as a live band. Richards told Radio Times, "Musically, The Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there." He also admitted he "excommunicated" them when they fell under the influence of mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.

Source: NME, UK
Seven rare vintage photos from the Beatles' Toronto concerts

A new exhibit, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, on now through Nov. 12, marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' final show in Toronto, features three rooms of pictures, posters and other memorabilia, including never-seen images from the personal archives of three photographers, Boris Spremo, John Rowlands and Lynn Ball.

Source: Toronto Life
The time George Harrison and Eric Clapton had a drunken guitar duel

Muses can bring out the best in creative types. Pattie Boyd inspired George Harrison's "Something" and a pair of Eric Clapton tracks, "Wonderful Tonight," and "Layla." Boyd just penned an autobiography called Wonderful Today, as Rolling Stone reports, and it divulges some insider tidbits about the two musical icons.

Source: Nerdist
Monday, July 18, 2016
Video: Bob Weir and Gronk join Paul McCartney on stage in Boston

On Friday and Saturday night, Dead and Company performed in front of a sold-out crowd in Boston. On Sunday, Paul McCartney's tour swooped into town. Thankfully, Bob Weir was still in town and, for the first time ever, the Grateful Dead guitarist and McCartney shared the stage together during the encore portion of Macca's show.

Source: Rolling Stone
Concert Review: Paul McCartney hits a home run in concert at Fenway Park

No one present at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday night left with any doubts that Paul McCartney is assuredly rock 'n' roll royalty. McCartney's "One on One" tour delighted the sellout crowd of about 40,000 fans without a break, around 2 hours, 42 minutes of constant music, spanning 40 songs from every era of his career.

Source: Providence Journal
Rumors: Yoko Ono suffering from mystery illness

Yoko Ono has apparently been battling with her health as of late. Despite attending the tenth anniversary of The Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love it seems that her health is deteriorating. Earlier in the year, Ono spent some time in the hospital with flu-like symptoms and hasn't made many public appearances since.

Source: Starts At 60

Ron Campbell
Ron Campbell to host free Beatles artwork exhibit

This weekend, you can see the original Saturday morning Beatles cartoon art up close and personal in metro Detroit. Ron Campbell, the director of the 1960's Beatles cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, will have his work on display in West Bloomfield Township. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Source: Click on Detroit

Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas opens up about working with John Lennon

Deeply influenced by The Beatles as a kid, record producer Jack Douglas ended up having a long friendship and working relationship with Lennon, co-producing several of his solo albums. He was also one of the last people to see Lennon the night he was killed. In this interview, Douglas discusses meeting Lennon for the first time while working on Imagine.

Source: Gothamist
Good Ol' Freda documentary to be screened at Beatles festival

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Beatles at the Ridge 2016 will feature the award-winning film "Good Ol' Freda," the story of Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career. The film was released in 2013 to great acclaim at South By Southwest, and since then, it has won award after award.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 15, 2016
Paul, Ringo and friends celebrate revamped LOVE show in Vegas

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell and Yoko Ono were among the all-star guests at Thursday's 10th-anniversary celebration for the Beatles' LOVE show in Las Vegas. "I can see this going on for another century or something," said Yoko with a smile. "The Beatles' music is growing, which is really nice."

Source: Rolling Stone
McCartney boosts love at Philadelphia concert

A New Jersey couple will never forget the Paul McCartney concert at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday. After seeing their signs, McCartney invited them on stage so the man could propose to his girl. McCartney advised the young man "to get on one knee boy" and then hugged the couple after the proposal.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Giles Martin says he's open to Paul and Ringo collaboration

At the 10th anniversary of the Cirque Du Soleil LOVE show in Las Vegas, Giles Martin said he would consider working with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr if they decided to reunite but "it wouldn't be The Beatles". He told the Press Association, "I think the reason you ask that is because would it be like The Beatles? And no, it wouldn't be."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney letter to Prince sells for $14,822 at auction

A two-page, handwritten letter from Paul McCartney to Prince has sold for nearly $15,000 at Boston's RR Auction. The note, which begins "Dear Princely person," reveals the former Beatle asking for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which McCartney co-founded in 1996.

Source: Rolling Stone
Did Ringo Starr want Paul McCartney to Back Off Boogaloo?

Back Off Boogaloo was Ringo Starr's follow up to his 1971 hit It Don't Come Easy. Many critics and music commenters think the track was a targeted attack on Paul McCartney, based on Ringo's public criticism of Paul's solo albums. But Ringo has repeatedly stated it has nothing to do with Paul and is simply is a fun song.

Source: Starts At 60
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Paul McCartney releases new Mull of Kintyre VR Documentary

On its release in 1977, Mull of Kintyre became somewhat of a phenomenon, selling over two million copies and taking the much desired number one position at Christmas. In a new VR documentary, with sound engineering by Geoff Emerick, Paul tells how he fell in love with Scotland all over again through Linda's eyes.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Rare Beatles and Stones photos coming to Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica

Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica, CA., is celebrating its 10th anniversary this July. As part of the celebration, they are presenting a curated collection of rare photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The photographs will be on display for an opening reception next Thursday and will remain at the shop through October.

Source: Daily Coffee News

Pattie Boyd
The tales behind Pattie Boyd's photos of George Harrison

Pattie Boyd is set to visit the Beatles Story next week to meet fans and sign copies of her autobiography. The photographer and former model, who was famously married to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will be at the attraction's Mann Island venue which is currently staging her photography exhibition George, Eric and Me.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles come alive in tribute show in the Phillippines

The Bootleg Beatles made good on their promise not to disappoint a sell-out crowd with a 32-song repertoire and a moving production experience at the Resorts World Manila last Tuesday. The show was billed as a commemoration of 50 years of Beatles music and the golden anniversary of the Fab Four's only Philippine tour.

Source: The Philippine Star
Yoko Ono donates peace art to Dallas museum to help city heal

The Dallas Museum of Art has a temporary but meaningful exhibit from artist Yoko Ono, in response to the recent police shootings in downtown Dallas. Yoko's Imagine Peace Forever, an original work of art displayed in both Spanish and English, has been installed on the museum's Ross Avenue Plaza, now through August 22.

Source: Culture Map, Dallas
50 years ago, this band toured with The Beatles, then broke up immediately

On August 18, 1966, the Beatles performed at Suffolk Downs in Boston, on what would be their last tour. Their opening act, The Remains, was a burgeoning garage rock quartet comprised of Boston University friends. It ended up being the final tour for The Remains as well, but not before they experienced Beatlemania firsthand.

Source: Boston.com
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Philladelphia police snap photo with Paul McCartney

Seven Philadelphia police officers found themselves in the midst of rock royalty following Paul McCartney's sold-out Citizens Bank Park performance Tuesday, with the former Beatle stopping to pose for photos with the group post-show. The officers in the photo had worked security and traffic control for McCartney's concert.

Related Articles  Source: Philadelphia Inquirier

Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon says Beatles' Revolver puts you in a trance

Sean Lennon says Revolver ranks up there with the Beatles' best work. He told Classic Rock, "Revolver's one of my favorite Beatles records, up there with Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album. Those records have influenced me more than any other music on the planet. A song like Tomorrow Never Knows puts you almost in a trance."

Source: Team Rock

Giles Martin
Giles Martin talks about his late father

Even before the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin died in March, his son Giles found himself the recipient of a staggering family inheritance. For years, the 46-year-old, a producer in his own right, has acted as a custodian of the music of the Beatles, and in recent months, he has been in charge of several major Beatles-related assignments.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles ticket stubs and autographs go under the hammer

Ticket stubs for a Beatles concert in Nottingham and a scrap of paper featuring the Fab Four's signatures could fetch up at least 4,000 (about $5,275) when they go under the hammer. They belong to 71-year-old grandmother in Keyworth, England, she has put them up for auction as she wants to see better use made of them.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Hard Days Night hotel shortlisted in Work Hard Play Hard awards

Liverpool's iconic Hard Days Night Hotel has been shortlisted in this year's Work Hard, Play Hard Awards. After beating off stiff competition from across the North West, the Beatles inspired venue located on North John Street, has become a finalist in the "Best Customer Service" category. The award ceremony is in Liverpool in September.

Source: Click Liverpool
Tribute band to perform free concert in Tennessee tomorrow

Nashville-based Beatles tribute band The WannaBeatles will perform a free, live concert at Music on the Main in Portland, Tennessee tomorrow. The WannaBeatles consists of award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have "Come Together" to play the music they grew up with.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Beatles authors to headline Beatles at the Ridge Festival

Beatles at the Ridge, the award-winning festival that USA TODAY named as "One of the 10 Best Places in the World to Learn About the Beatles," will return to Walnut Ridge, Arkansas this September 16 and 17. The weekend will include the Fourth Annual Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium, including discussions with noted Beatles historians.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Beatles covers film reissued with new footage

Take a group of some of the most famous solo artists of the 70's, gets them to sing cover versions of some of the most famous Beatles songs ever written. Add a considerable dollop of authentic documentary footage of the Second World War telling the story of that epic encounter...and what do you have? "The Beatles and WWII"!

Source: Beatles News
Film with Ringo cameo streaming in August and on DVD in September

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, comes to Digital HD on August 16, On Demand on August 30, and Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, 2016. It includes cameos from music-world VIPs including Ringo Starr.

Source: PR Newswire
Video: Fans join in on show closing number at Beatles musical in Leeds

The cast of the musical Let It Be led a rousing sing-along to Hey Jude in Leeds last night, and the uplifting moment was caught on camera. The musical about the rise of the Fab Four opened at Leeds Grand Theatre last night and soon had the audience on its feet as the talented cast performed hit after Beatles hit.

Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner, UK
New play The Beatles Slept Here opens this week in Tennessee

"The Beatles Slept Here" opens this week at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum Theater in Fayetteville, TN. Featuring a cast of some of the brightest teens and young adults in Lincoln County, this show is sure to draw laughs from the whole family and elicit nostalgia from those who know all of the Beatles songs by heart.

Source: Elk Valley Times, Fayetteville, TN
Paul McCartney makes more fans happy in Cincinnati

Paul McCartney took over US Bank Arena in Cincinnati July 10 as the One On One tour continued its swing through the States. A fan reported, "Something that absolutely blew me away was when he started singing In Spite of All the Danger, one of the first songs he ever did. It was really really powerful to me."

Related Articles  Source: AXS
7 rock tracks you didn't know were based on classical music

Led Zeppelin may be off the hook for plagiarising Spirit's Taurus due to the existence of a number of 17th century compositions using the allegedly stolen riff. While we might not all be well versed in classical canon, these popular oldies show up more often in modern music more than you may think, including the Beatles.

Source: Happy
Monday, July 11, 2016
Ringo Starr to hold first South Korean concert in November

Ringo Starr will hold his first concert in South Korea later this year in November as part of the fall world tour of the Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band. Starr's trip to South Korea is expected to draw the attention of local Beatles fans as it comes after fellow-Beatle Paul McCartney performed in South Korea in May last year.

Source: KBS, South Korea
Lisztomania vs. Beatlemania

It's the battle of all battles... the 19th century vs. the 20th century! It's Franz Liszt vs. The Beatles! It's Lisztomania vs. Beatlemania. Who drove more women to fits of passion? Who wore their hair longer? Who caused the biggest mob scene? Well, the truth of the matter is they both did and the similarities are remarkable.

Source: Beatles Freak
Video: Pianist plays Imagine for a grieving Dallas

A man who attended the Dallas memorial for the fallen officers last night at police headquarters rode in on a bike and brought along a grand piano. He played John Lennon's "Imagine," and then rode off. It was part of Davide Martello's mission "to promote peace." Martello also played in France after terrorist attacks there last year.

Source: KRTK TV, Houston
The 10 best Beatles songs of all time

How does one narrow the entire Beatles catalog down to just 10 essential songs? In truth, you can't. In less than a decade, they churned out 20 No. 1 hits all worthy of inclusion, but that's not even mentioning their 11 studio LPs of fascinating experimental material, with deep tracks capturing The Beatles at their most inventive.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet
Radio: Beatles song based on a single chord tops the charts

Paperback Writer by the Beatles hit the top of the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. When writing the music, Paul McCartney challenged himself to see if he could write an entire melody based on a single chord, and John Lennon insisted that the engineers boost the bass part so it would sound like a Wilson Pickett record.

Source: NPR
Friday, July 8, 2016

Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake pop art Bentley sells for $323,900

A one-off Bentley Continental created by the famous pop artist Sir Peter Blake has sold at auction for 250,000 (about $323,900) with all of the proceeds going to charity. Blake is best-known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. He said, 'I'm pleased with the prettiness of it... we've made a pretty car."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
New Arthur Alexander compilation is released

The Beatles were big fans of songs done by Arthur Alexander. They released "Anna (Go To Him)" on LP and also covered other songs he recorded on the BBC and in Hamburg. This week, Jasmine Records is releasing a new compilation of his work called "Lay Down Your Arms." It includes all his early recordings for the Dot label in 1961-62.

Source: AXS
Ringo Starr reveals Beatles were worried to come to America

"Coming to America, was a most incredible moment in my life," said Ringo Starr. "We landed in New York. All the music I loved came from America, and we were weeks before like unknown, and we were worried. 'Well they don't know us there. They knew us in Denmark. They knew us in England. They knew us in Spain.'"

Source: Fox News
Fans and friends join Ringo Starr for 76th birthday Peace and Love ceremony

Ringo Starr's annual "Peace and Love" birthday ceremony seems to get bigger each year. 200 to 300 fans gathered outside the Capitol Records Tower, closing down part of Vine Street north of Holywood Boulevard. Friends in attendance included Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Dave Stewart, Edgar Winter and members of his All-Starr Band.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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