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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, April 26, 2018

Filming for Danny Boyle's new Beatles musical spotted in north Essex 

Astonished onlookers watched as Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle started shooting his new Beatles musical blockbuster in north Essex this week. Lucky locals got the chance to appear as extras during filming in Clacton yesterday, before moving up the coast to Frinton. Yesterday the crew were staying tight-lipped about the film.

Source: Essex County Gazette Standard
Stella McCartney announces new kid's clothing collection 

Stella McCartney has teamed up with Beano Studios once again for the latest comic-inspired collection featuring Korky the Cat and Cuddles and Dimples. Paul McCartney had a cameo feature in The Dandy's final issue in 2012 after he said in 1963 it was his life's ambition to appear in the strip. The new clothes will be available in June.

Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
Interview: Denny Laine Saves the World 

Two weeks ago, Denny Laine entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Moody Blues, whose 1964 UK chart-topper "Go Now" features his lead vocal. The British guitarist also holds the distinction of being the only constant member of Wings alongside Paul and Linda McCartney. He appears at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

Source: The Austin Chronicle
Mersey Beatles want your memories of the Fab Four in Blackburn 

The Beatles only played Blackburn once in their career on June 9, 1963. If you were there, you could play a starring role in a new show coming to Blackburn later this year. As part of their interactive show, The Mersey Beatles will feature treasured stories and memories from fans who saw the Beatles perform in 1963.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, UK
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Memphis teen music star to shine at Beatles Symposium

Musician Cameron Hicks, who is only 16, will be returning to Beatles at the Ridge's Authors and Artists Symposium in September for the third time as a guest presenter. An integral part of the Symposium, Cameron will be performing Beatles tunes several times during the busy weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

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American English's Ringo continues to study Beatles style

Tom Gable, Ringo Starr in American English, admits when he first got the gig he thought he already knew all about Ringo's style. "I thought I had it down and I wasn't even close. I was playing total different inaccurate parts. It was then that I realized how deep the planning was and the mechanics of all of Ringo's drumming," he said.

Source: Chicago Tribune
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on Saturday Night Live

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on SNL. He joked, "This is made out to The Beatles. You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo less, that's up to you." What he didn't know was, at that very minute, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were watching the show at the Dakota.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, April 23, 2018
Tommy Chong teases unreleased George Harrison outtakes

Among the many notable music names who contributed to Cheech & Chong's comic 1973 hit "Basketball Jones" was the late George Harrison, who played lead guitar on the session. Tommy Chong told Billboard, "We've got a ton of outtakes, where he's trying different things." He did not give specific plans for releasing the Harrison material.

Source: Billboard
Portraits by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler going for $54K

A portrait by John Lennon depicting himself as Hitler is being sold for $54,000. The crude sketch, which the Beatle did at art college in the 1950s, shows Lennon on a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute and the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if being chanted by an audience below.

More Pictures  Source: Page Six
Julian Lennon urges kids to heal the planet in new book

For Earth Day, Julian Lennon hopes to lay the foundation for a whole new crop of environmentalists. He just has to wait a decade or two before they bloom. The firstborn son of the late John Lennon is the coauthor of "Heal the Earth," the second in his picture book series teaching kids as young as three years old ways to help the planet.

Source: The Inquirer
The everlasting appeal of the Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison was one of the main coordinators of the Concert for Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, to raise international awareness and funds for Bangladesh's liberation war. Part of the record's beauty is that Harrison staged a concert worthy of his purpose in every respect.

Source: The Daily Star
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Stella McCartney does not dispel rumors she designed royal wedding dress

Since Meghan Markle announced her engagement to Prince Harry, fans have been wanting to know who will design her royal wedding dress. Now, in an interview with The Guardian, Stella McCartney played coy when asked about designing the dress. When asked if she was, she replied, "How many designers have you said that to today?"

Source: Stylecaster
Video: Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard covers The Beatles

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard has covered The Beatles' And I Love Her for the album "Universal Love". Appearing on Conan last night, the Death Cab member gave a stirring live airing of the cut. The rendition forms part of an album of wedding song covers, which sees classic tracks reimagined to be more inclusive of the LGBT community.

Source: NME, UK
Ringo Starr releases details of his 10th Peace & Love celebration

On July 7, 2008, Ringo Starr joined fans in front of Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to celebrate his birthday, inviting everyone everywhere to say, think or post #peaceandlove at noon. Today, Ringo announced this year he will return to Hard Rock Cafe, celebrating his birthday and joining fans in Nice, France, where he will be with his All Starr Band.

Official Page  Source: Best Classic Bands
Monmouth University to host symposium on The Beatles White Album

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the double album The Beatles, commonly referred to as The White Album. Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, will host an academic symposium on the album, November 8 through 11. Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn will be the keynote speaker at the symposium.

Source: NJ Arts
How the Beatles influenced the Rolling Stones

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Rolling Stones formed in London two years later. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones shared many similar qualities, however, since the Beatles erupted into the music scene two years prior to their London peers, they had a profound influence on the Rolling Stones both musically and visually.

Source: SFC Today, Brooklyn
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Stella McCartney concerned that only 1% of clothing is recycled

Ahead of a new V&A show, fashion designer Stella McCartney has talked about reclaiming her name, the joy of nature and the trouble with fast fashion. She said, "1% of clothing is recycled! Only 1%. I mean, what are we doing? Everything comes from nature. I mean, where does color come from, if not from nature?"

Source: The Guardian, UK
Klaus Voorman rejects honor amid German Music awards racial controversy

Winners at this year's Echos, Germany's top music awards, including Klaus Voorman, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, have returned their trophies to protest rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang for anti-semetic lyrics. The audience gave an artist who criticized the rappers a standing ovation.

Related Articles  Source: Hollywood Reporter
Paul McCartney remembers Linda on the anniversary of her passing

Paul McCartney took a moment Tuesday to remember his late wife, Linda, on the 20th anniversary of her passing. McCartney posted a color photo of Linda on his Twitter and Instagram, one that appears to have been taken in the early 1970s. "Remembering Linda with love today," McCartney wrote.

Source: WFJA FM
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
John Lennon's MBE rejection letter is up for auction in New York

John Lennon's MBE rejection letter to Queen Elizabeth II is on the auction block for an upcoming The Beatles memorabilia sale in New York. It has been valued at around $86,000. The letter was discovered tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection picked up for just $14 two decades ago.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Stunning book Visualizing The Beatles due May 1

Visualizing The Beatles, by John Pring and Rob Thomas, is a magical "history" tour of the Beatles career, arranged chronologically beginning with the band's pre-Beatles days through to Abbey Road and Let It Be. In the book, Pring and Thomas use data and infographics to present a new way of looking at the Fab Four's career.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Discovery Day arrives at Hard Rock Cafe New York

Following the success of previous events held in Liverpool and London, The Beatles Story and Julien's Auctions will bring Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll Discovery Day to Hard Rock Cafe New York in May. The event will give fans and collectors the chance to have their Beatles and Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia appraised for free by experts.

Source: Arts and Collections
Remembering Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney died 20 years ago Tuesday after a three-year battle with breast cancer. Photography, horses and animal rights were among her interests outside of music. She also inspired a number of songs, most of which were composed by her husband Paul McCartney. But the first one was written when she was just a little girl.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Monday, April 16, 2018
Ed Sheeran rumoured for film about The Beatles never existing

Ed Sheeran is reportedly set to make an onscreen cameo in a new film set in a world where The Beatles never existed, and also provide music for the soundtrack. The Mail On Sunday reports that the singer-songwriter will appear in the new musical comedy project thought to be tentatively titled All You Need Is Love.

Source: NME, UK
Klaus Voormann honored with Lifetime Achievement award

At the German Echo Music Awards in Berlin on Thursday, Klaus Voormann received the lifetime achievement award. The two-time Grammy winner and "fifth" Beatle played with Manfred Mann, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Eric Clapton, and won a Grammy for designing the artwork for the Beatles' Revolver album.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard

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