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Beatles historian writes Abbey Road 50th anniversary book

In the new book Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. The book takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio.

Source: Broadway World
Abandoned former Beatles venue being brought back to life

In its heyday, the former EMD Cinema in Walthamstow saw performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Alfred Hitchcock used to watch films there when he was a lad. The spectacular art deco auditorium has been closed to the public for almost two decades, but there are now plans to restore it to its former glory.

Source: TimeOut London, UK
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Yoko Ono to exhibit artwork in Syracuse

Yoko Ono is bringing her work back to Syracuse this summer for a show at the Everson Museum of Art. The museum is planning for Ono to attend this year's show and to perform in at least one of the pieces. "Yoko Ono: Remembering the Future'' will run through Oct. 27, taking up nearly the full interior of the Everson and some outdoor space.

Source: Syracuse.com
Victoria choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

The music of the Beatles is being given a new twist this month, as the Victoria vocal ensemble Soundings sing Fab Four hits a capella. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' last studio album, Abbey Road, and the choir's concerts take place May 24 and 25 in Oak Bay and Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Source: Victoria News, Canada
How John Lennon and Yoko Ono finished a whole album in one night

John Lennon's official Instagram account shared a little-known story about how "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Kenwood, Lennon's home in Surrey. John Lennon told Rolling Stone, "It was midnight when we started, and then we made love at dawn. It was very beautiful."

Source: Metalhead Zone
The Beatles project that fans and critics agreed was terrible

If you wanted to define "on top of the world," you could just point to The Beatles in 1967. In July, the band released Sgt. Pepper's, widely hailed as a masterpiece. However, the Magical Mystery Tour film, which was mainly the work of Paul McCartney, got received with such contempt at the time it's hard to believe.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet
Friday, May 17, 2019
Beatles podcast to host live Beatles at the Ridge show

The knowledgeable and vivacious podcast duo of Allison Boron and Erika White, "BC The Beatles," will be front and center at Beatles at the Ridge's 7th Annual Symposium, Sept. 20-21, 2019. They will be interviewing the event's featured guests and host a "live on-air" podcast directly from The Studio, Main Street, Walnut Ridge.

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Video: BTS channels the Beatles on late-night appearance

Korean pop idols BTS have found their inner Beatles, paying tribute to their forebears with an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, filmed at New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre. They played up their moptop looks and echoed the Liverpool quartet's famous appearance on the show hosted by Sullivan himself in 1964.

Source: UDiscover Music
McCartney issues Egypt Station II with more studio and live tracks

Paul McCartney has released Egypt Station Explorer's Edition on Capitol Records, comprised of the original Egypt Station record plus a second album, Egypt Station II, which includes the surprise single "Get Enough" to live performances at London's Abbey Road Studios, Liverpool's The Cavern and New York's Grand Central Station.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Review: The Beatles UK Albums on SHM-CD

The limited edition Japanese 16 SHM-CD collection of all The Beatles UK albums are the supreme, the best sounding and certainly most beautiful Beatles CDs out there. Not only is the artwork superb, these SHM-CD issues have an edge sound wise compared to there non-SHM-CD cousins, with richer bass and better separation.

Source: Recods CDs and Music
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Book Excerpt: Howard Stern on the Beatles

In his new book, Howard Stern talks about discovering the Beatles and sharing them with his mother. He said, "To my astonishment, she actually enjoyed the music. It made me so proud that as an older woman she could get into the Beatles, especially because all of her friends hated them. I was so happy to share that with her."

Source: Rolling Stone
George Harrison's Mercedes 500 SEL AMG goes up for sale

George Harrison's black-on-black Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL AMG will be up going up for grabs at an Anglia Car Auctions sale in the UK next January. George clearly loved his AMG as it is one of the few cars he kept for a long time, some 18 years. The car also made a brief cameo in the Beatles music video of Real Love.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Liverpool's Cavern Club named the UK's favorite small music venue

Out of the thousands of music venues across the UK, from hidden intimate gig spots to major stadiums that hold world tours, the Cavern Club, on Mathew Street in Liverpool, has been awarded the top small venue in the country. The Cavern was the most Instagrammed and the most highly rated venue on TripAdvisor.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Photographer shoots Ringo and his All-Starrs

Vulcan contacted me this past September. They needed a photographer in San Jose, California, to photograph Ringo. As in Ringo Starr. Yes, the Beatles drummer. What was he like? Very laid-back, super personable, no attitude. He let his personality shine throughout the shoot and he was as he's always appeared: a pretty happy guy.

Source: OZY
Citilink offers chance for free Paul McCartney tickets

Citilink is offering riders a chance to win two tickets to the sold out Paul McCartney concert at the Fort Wayne Coliseum on June 3. To enter, purchase a "ticket to ride" on a Citilink bus. Take as many photos (selfies) as you want on or around a Citilink bus. Then post them to Facebook. The prize drawing will be May 28.

Source: News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne
What's new this year at Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, will return to Jeffersonville, Indiana, over Memorial Day weekend. More than 20,000 fans and 60 bands from around the world are expected to come together to celebrate the music of the 60's and experience the magic of The Beatles at the five-day event.

Source: The Lane Report, Kentucky
Video: New extended clip from Beatles film Yesterday

A new clip from the Beatles-themed film Yesterday is now available and features actor Himesh Patel singing a beautiful rendition of the iconic Beatles tune "Yesterday." Yesterday centers struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik who wakes up to find the Beatles never existed. The film hits theaters on June 28.

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Liverpool supporters boo WWE star's insensitive Beatles parody

On Sunday evening, WWE wrestler Elias risked the wrath of angry Liverpool supporters after teasing fans about Manchester City's Premier League title triumph. "Earlier today, Man City won their biggest game. Now Liverpool has no more games to play," he sang to the tune of the Beatles hit Yesterday.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Best Motown Beatles covers: When Motown met the Beatles

The four Beatles all loved Motown, and would search the racks of Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop for hidden treasures from the Detroit label, hoping to find unheard gems. As the 60s became dominated by Liverpool's Fab Four, Motown's finest paid tribute to The Beatles, with a string of top class covers of their songs.

Source: UDiscover Music
Canadians pay tribute to 50th anniversary Lennon-Ono Bed-In for Peace

Prior to their concert in Montreal on Saturday night, Canadian singers Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida paid homage to the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace. On Saturday, they staged a similar scene, in the very same room as Lennon and Ono once lay at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Source: CTV News, Montreal
Paul McCartney remembers Doris Day

Paul McCartney today remembered his longtime friend and fellow animal lover, Doris Day. The legendary singer and actress died Monday at age 97 after contracting pneumonia. "She was a true star in more ways than one," he wrote on his website. One of those ways was as a lifelong animal welfare activist.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, May 10, 2019
New Elvis Costello EP features Paul McCartney collaboration

Elvis Costello collects songs he co-wrote with Paul McCartney and others on the rocker's new EP Purse, which arrived digitally today. The EP includes Costello and the Impostors' take on "The Lovers The four-song EP That Never Were," a song co-written by Costello and McCartney that the latter released on his 1993 LP Off the Ground.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's copy of Beatles butcher album sells for $234,000

John Lennon's copy of the controversial Beatles butcher cover LP has sold for 180,000 (about $234,000), the third-highest price for a vinyl record. Sold at Beatles Story in Liverpool, the LP is signed by Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and is believed to be the only butcher album bearing three Beatles' signatures.

Source: BBC News, UK
Beatles-inspired animated series Beat Bugs heading to big screen

MGM has picked up the film rights to Beat Bugs, the Emmy Award-winning animated children's series. The Canada-Australia series on Netflix follows the adventures of five childlike bugs who live in an overgrown backyard, using Beatles songs performed by modern artists, that are threaded into the story.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Paul McCartney drops to #2 on list of the UK wealthiest musicians

Paul McCartney has been ranked the wealthiest musician in the U.K. for many years, but he has now been replaced by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, according to The Sunday Times 2019 Rich List. McCartney now is the second richest British musician, with an estimated worth of $974 million, down from $1.1 billion in 2018.

Source: WFJA FM

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