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Friday, November 3, 2017
Gary Clark Jr. says he hopes Paul and Ringo dig his Beatles cover

Gary Clark Jr. says he'd never considered covering the Beatles' Come Together until he was asked to play on a version of it for the Justice League soundtrack. "I don't know what 'toe-jam football' is, but I'll sing the s--t out of it," he told Rolling Stone, adding, "I just hope that when Paul and Ringo hear it, they dig it. That's all you can hope for."

Source: Rolling Stone
X Factor stars The Cutkelvins are related to Beatles legend John Lennon

It has been revealed that Scots siblings The Cutkelvins, finalists on the X Factor UK TV show, are descendants of ex-Beatle John Lennon, via their grandmother, Barbra Lennon, who was John's second cousin. Sources say they have tried to keep their family link to Lennon quiet, adding, "Sadly, they're too young to have met him."

Source: The Sun, UK
New Beatles book is a Rosetta Stone to their hit recordings

Musician, recording engineer and producer Jerry Hammack has released The Beatles Recording Reference Manual, a new book that reveals the secrets behind the recording of the band's first four albums, the first of a four-volume set. Long mired in myth and confusion, this is the story of how The Beatles recorded their classic hits.

Source: Beatles News
Manhattan College professor announces another Beatles class

Last spring at Manhattan College, students went in depth in the Abbey Road class, studying the history of The Beatles, musical form, and music theory, later getting to perform it in a free show for the student body. This year, the college will offer a class another Beatles class, this time focusing on Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: The Quadrangle, Manhattan College
Review: Cilla The Musical, New Theatre, Cardiff

Cilla The Musical's storyline neatly weaves itself around a soundtrack of Mersey Beat hits by The Big Three, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Beatles and Cilla herself. Kara Lily Hayworth fully embodies the persona and spirit of the young Cilla through sassiness, song and performance. It's nostalgic, fun, dramatic and musically entertaining.

Source: South Wales Argus, UK
Australian band brings the Flexi-Disc back to life

In 1998, the Eva-Tone Soundsheets company, which developed, patented and manufactured the flexi-disk, declared bankruptcy. Now, Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala will release a deluxe edition of its 2015 Currents album which will include two albums, one 45, a poster and a booklet, and a bright red, translucent, space age-looking flexi disc.

Source: Colorado Springs Independent
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Beatles Christmas Records box set on colored vinyl coming Dec. 15

After many rumors, this morning Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol Records and Universal Music formally announced The Beatles Christmas Records Box, a limited-edition collection of 7″ singles, pressed on colored vinyl. Also coming Dec. 15 is the Sgt. Pepper 2017 stereo mix as a 1-LP, 180g vinyl edition and as a limited, collectible picture disc.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney guitar part of NYC memorabilia auction

A guitar once played by Paul McCartney will be up for bid at a music memorabilia auction on December 2 in New York City. The Legendary Guitars & Musical Treasures sale also features other rare instruments, including guitars from Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, as well as various historic concert and studio recordings.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Campaign to turn Beatles' Strawberry Fields into youth support center

The children's home made famous by a Beatles song is to be given a new lease of life. The Strawberry Field home in Liverpool closed in 2005, but now a fundraising campaign could see it transformed into a support centre for young people with learning disabilities. The charity says they need 2 million to make their plans a reality.

Source: ITV, UK
Paul McCartney announces new documentary short for Meat Free Monday

In a new interview with National Geographic, musician, activist and global icon Paul McCartney talks about a new documentary short he has released in support of his campaign Meat Free Monday, which can now be viewed online. In the interview, McCartney also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, Lady Madonna.

Official Page  Source: Look to the Stars
Nov 2, 1974: George Harrison first solo tour begins

It was the very first time an ex-Beatle would be touring America since 1966. George Harrison's triumphant Concert for Bangladesh benefit three years earlier had proven he could hold a concert stage on his own, albeit with a little help from his friends. On November 2, 1974, Harrison performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver BC.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band have a Halloween party at Austin concert

In Austin last night, Ringo Starr and his six-piece backing band charged onstage just past 8 p.m. sporting all manner of goofy masks, a skeleton-cranium helmet and, in drummer's Gregg Bissonette's case, a gorilla suit. "That's enough of that!" Ringo declared, tossing aside his cartoon-animal mask after the first song.

Related Articles  Source: Austin 360
Create art with Yoko Ono at Cape Town's cool new gallery

Among the artworks currently on view at A4 Arts Foundation, a new arts space in Cape Town, South Africa, is a so-called "instructional piece" by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to mend broken pieces of crockery laid out on a table.Mend Piece dates from 1966, the same year Ono met John Lennon at her exhibition in London.

Source: The Sunday Times, South Africa
Tom Petty joins John Lennon and David Bowie on top-earning dead celebs list

Tom Petty passed away less than a month ago, but the beloved rocker already has made it onto Forbes' annual list of top-earning deceased celebrities. Petty landed at #6 on the list, with earnings of $20 million. Michael Jackson is the #1 top-earning celeb for the fifth year in a row, John Lennon came in at the appropriate #9 with $12 million.

Source: Rock 107, Scranton
Video Flashback: George Harrison plays sublime Something at last concert

For reasons he never explained, George Harrison never set any more dates after a tour of Japan with Eric Clapton in 1991. The only exception was an April 6th, 1992 show at London's Royal Albert Hall, his last full concert. The show wasn't professionally filmed, but here's decent amateur footage of Harrison performing Something.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin to go under the hammer

An iconic Aston Martin owned by Paul McCartney at the height of Beatlemania is set to fetch a staggering 1.5m (about $2m) at auction. McCartney was just 22 when he bought the Aston Martin DB5 in 1964, which came with a built-in Philips record player. McCartney ordered the car having just finished filming A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Metro News, UK
Video: Dhani Harrison performs on Conan

On Monday night, Dhani Harrison performed the track "All About Waiting" off his album In///Parallel on the Conan O'Brien Show. In his introduction, Conan called Dhani his "good friend." The video of this performance is now streaming on the Internet. Dhani's first solo album was released on October 6.

Source: Team Coco
Paul McCartney is not dead, and he doesn't believe in ghosts

On his official website, a fan asks Paul McCartney, "Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had any paranormal experiences?" He answered, "I would say no, not really. I've heard bumps in the night, but it's usually the plumbing! I'm a bit too practical so if I see or hear something, I normally will reach for a rational explanation."

Jewelry company releases Beatles-themed charm collection

Persona is expanding its retail network for its Beatles-themed silver jewelry and charm collection. The 36-piece collection will be available in stores beginning in November. The charms and pieces commemorate the '60s group's imagery and songs, including Strawberry Fields, Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine.

Source: JCK
John Lennon's murderer boasts he has been forgiven by Jesus

John Lennon's killer has boasted that he has been forgiven by Jesus for assassinating the former Beatle. The murderer, in jail since shooting Lennon in New York City in 1980, admits in a letter to a US pen pal, that he had committed a "heinous crime," but he says, "[Jesus] chose to die so that our sins, even mine, could be forgiven."

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Mirror, UK
Ed Sullivan sees Beatlemania on this day in 1963

U.S. television variety show host Ed Sullivan and his wife were on their way home from a European talent scouting trip, changing planes at London's Heathrow Airport. The Beatles were arriving back from a tour of Sweden. They were greeted by hundreds of screaming teenage girls and a crowd of journalists. Sullivan saw the commotion.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, October 30, 2017
Gary Clark Jr. releases video for Justice League of Beatles' Come Together

Grammy Award-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. releases a new video today for his hit single Come Together from the upcoming film Justice League. The track is a powerful, guitar-heavy update featuring Clarks' soulful vocal delivery and signature guitar impact, and has entered the Billboard Rock Charts at number 20.

Source: Broadway World
John Lennon Christmas card could sell for $15k at auction

A Christmas card written by John Lennon is on sale for $15,000. The festive note from 1968 was for his wife Yoko Ono's ex, music producer Tony Cox, and the former couple's daughter, Kyoko Cox. In one of the notes on the card, John asks Tony where the mastertapes of a 1968 concert Yoko performed are, and two of her short films.

Source: Brampton Guardian
Paul McCartney lifts spirits in quake-hit Mexico

Paul McCartney lifted spirits in quake-hit Mexico at a concert punctuated with the cry "Fuerza Mexico!" More than 48,000 fans gathered at the Azteca Stadium Saturday to hear McCartney in his first Mexico City concert in five years. During the show, McCartney called for silence during the search for survivors in the ruins left by the Sept. 19 earthquake.

Source: GMA News
Re-examining the underrated Ringo Starr

Many musicians say Ringo Starr is a great musician, but he's often treated as a second-class Starr. Sure, musicologists and Beatles superfans might appreciate exactly what he did, but too often the drummer for the most influential rock band of all time is regarded as a fortunate goofball lucky to be keeping the beat for such a group.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Friday, October 27, 2017
All-star Sony Music lineup covers The Beatles for Australian charity

Sony Music All Stars have come together to record a special version of The Beatles' classic With A Little Help From My Friends for Sony Foundation. The charity single is available to stream and purchase from Friday October 27, with all of the funds donated to the Sony Foundation to support Australia's most vulnerable young people.

Source: Media Week, Australia
Yoko Ono to exhibit at TULCA Festival in Ireland

Work by Yoko Ono will be displayed as part of the 2017 TULCA Festival of Visual Art. The festival, now in its 15th year, runs from November 3 to 19 at various locations around Galway, this year the visual arts festival is inspired by The Screamers and primal scream therapy, which has connections to both Ono and the west of Ireland.

Source: Galway Advertiser, Ireland
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes stop in Jacksonville

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida, and some lucky students got to experience music and film in an incredible way. Fifth-grade students were on the John Lennon bus Thursday learning how to write, record and produce original songs, music video, documentaries and more.

Source: WJXT TV, Jacksonville
Paul McCartney's sweater, Ringo Starr's suit pants up for auction

A short-sleeve knit sweater worn by Paul McCartney, a suit jacket worn by George Harrison and a pair of suit pants worn by Ringo Starr are up for sale through Heritage Auctions, which bills itself as "the world's largest collectibles auctioneer." The Beatles memorabilia is part of a large auction of classic rock and film-related items.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney discusses importance of Twist and Shout writer to Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Bang! The Bert Berns Story relates the life an work of the relatively unknown but hugely influential songwriter and producer, whose hits include Twist and Shout. The film features recollections from artists including Paul McCartney, who in a just-released clip talks about the importance of Twist and Shout to the Beatles' career.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Unseen John Lennon images revealed in Liverpool

A set of unseen images of John Lennon, which were in a "junk drawer" for over 30 years because they were thought to have no value, have been unveiled. The 26 negatives from 1970 were brought to a valuation day at Liverpool's Beatles Story museum. The intimate portraits are a rare find and could be worth 10,000 (about $13,150).

Source: BBC News, UK

Beat Bugs
Beat Bugs returns with special, new Beatles cover

Netflix will premiere Nov. 21 a 48-minute Beat Bugs special called Beat Bugs: All Together Now, featuring an original cover of The Beatles' classic Here Comes the Sun by Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. Beat Bugs premiered on Netflix in 2016, the animated children's series is inspired by themes and characters found in The Beatles' iconic music.

Source: Animation World Network
Play Review: John Lennon and Me

This past Friends and Family weekend, The Bryant Players put on their annual fall show. The show choice for this year, John Lennon and Me, follows the life of Star, a thirteen-year-old girl who is a huge Beatles fan and is suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. The Players had about a month to put this show together, the show was both funny and heartfelt.

Source: Bryant Archway, Rhode Island
Schoolteacher to perform Beatles hits for Irish Cancer Society

A schoolteacher from County Cork, Ireland, is going on the road to perform The Beatles Greatest Hits in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Girish Paul, a singer/song-writer, and teacher at the secondary school, decided to tour in aid of the Irish Cancer Society after a hard working colleague was diagnosed with cancer.

Source: The Avondu Press, Ireland
How Paul McCartney was lied to by Jann Wenner over his Rock Hall induction

There are many great stories in "Sticky Fingers," the biography of Rolling Stone and Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner. The book details Wenner's sucking up to the memory of John Lennon, and his Velcro-ing to Yoko Ono to win her favor. In the process, however, Wenner made an enemy of Paul McCartney by lying to him about the Rock Hall.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney writes touching tribute to Fats Domino

Fats Domino, who died Tuesday at 89, was one of the main pioneers of early rock and roll, influencing virtually everyone who followed him, including the Beatles, who covered his songs and met him on one of their first trips to America. Today, Paul McCartney issued a statement on his website remembering the legendary rocker.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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John Lennon's copy of the Butcher Cover goes to auction

John Lennon's personal copy of Yesterday And Today by the Beatles, featuring the controversial "Butcher Cover," will go to auction next month. John Lennon added an original piece of art in black ink to its rear cover, the album also features Lennon's signature along with those of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. It's expected to sell for more than $200,000.

Source: Team Rock

Fats Domino
The Day the Beatles met Fats Domino

In 1964, a bunch of rock 'n' roll legends met face-to-face in New Orleans. The Beatles were in the Big Easy for their City Park concert that September and were determined to meet one of their idols, Fats Domino, whom they named as a major influence. Another New Orleans musician, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, agreed to help set up a meeting.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Fats Domino: a huge talent who inspired ska, the Beatles and bling

Fats Domino, the boogie-woogie master, who passed away today at the age of 89, shaped the course of popular music over and over again. Elvis Presley proclaimed him "the real king of rock'n'roll", his influence proved vast, not least on the Beatles. Ain't That a Shame was the first song John Lennon learned to play.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Book review: The story of the man who shaped the Beatles

One very significant piece of the Beatles story was largely left untouched, the story of George Martin, the producer who helped shape and mold the music which defined one of the greatest bands in history. Martin penned three autobiographies, but acclaimed author Kenneth Womack has stepped in to tell the rest of the story.

Source: New Jersey Stage

George Martin film & orchestral recordings due

He helped bring The Beatles recordings to life, but the late SIr George Martin was also a talented composer and arranger in his own right. Now, his major orchestral works and film scores are being released, recorded by the Berlin Music Ensemble, conducted by Craig Leon. The album features Martin's music from the films Yellow Submarine and Live and Let Die.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Mary McCartney launches photo-print scarves with MatchesFashion

Mary McCartney is applying her photography art to new mediums through the launch of a scarf collection with MatchesFashion. The six-piece line will include archival photographs and specially made portraits, reprinted onto silk and woven wool. Produced in Italy, the scarves are made in limited edition runs of 99 individually-numbered units.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Business of Fashion

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