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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, May 25, 2018

Former Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie McIntosh to release solo album 

Robbie McIntosh, best known as lead guitarist with iconic artists including Paul McCartney and The Pretenders, has signed a deal with Universal Music to release his new solo album Thanks Chet in June. McIntosh's new record is inspired by his tours with McCartney, where he performed a self-composed tribute to the late legend Chet Atkins.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Beatles song to be used in charity single 

Paul McCartney has been approached by ITV bosses for permission to use The Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends for a Band Aid-style charity single to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS in the UK. Sir Paul gave the OK, and American super-producer Timbaland has now been brought in to pull the project together.

Source: The Sun, UK
Sgt. Pepper styled scarf to mark Liverpool capital of culture anniversary 

Liverpool-based designer Ryan James is launching a special collection of culture-themed scarves and digital prints to raise money for local homeless charity, The Whitechapel Centre. The designs are based on small sections of Liverpool landmarks that were key to the Capital of Culture, created in the style of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Demand for rare Beatles footage refused in Japanese high court

Footage of The Beatles filmed in 1966 during their only Japanese tour will remain in the Tokyo metropolitan government vaults after a high court upheld a ruling dismissing a Nagoya-based citizens' group's demand for its release. The footage was taken by the Tokyo Police Department as part of a security operation for the Beatles.

Source: Asahi Shimbun, Japan
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Steven Tyler expresses interest in collaborating with Paul McCartney

Steven Tyler has revealed that he has asked Paul McCartney to do a collaboration together. "I'd like to write something with some other folks," he said. "I've already asked Paul, he goes, 'Well, you know, send me something if you got it'. I went, 'That's not what I mean!'" He has also expressed interest in working with Elton John.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Concert celebrates the genius of George Harrison

A busy summer lines up for the ten-piece All Things Must Pass Orchestra, a tribute to the genius of George Harrison. They anticipated playing three gigs around England. Instead they are playing seven, in June, July and September. Guitarist Alex Eberhard said, "We have been going for five years now, and we have got a growing following."

Source: West Sussex County Times, UK
The fifth Beatle, Derek Taylor

Derek Taylor was the proto multihyphenate, serving as press officer, PA and confidante to The Beatles while still finding time to master journalism, launch The Byrds, brand The Beach Boys and fulfil a "promise to save mankind". In this article, GQ discovers the remarkable hinterland of the Fab Four's true plus-one.

Source: GQ Magazine
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine graphic novel is coming this August

The Beatles' animated masterpiece Yellow Submarine is being brought to life again with an upcoming graphic novel adaptation. Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison and colored by Nathan Kane, the Yellow Submarine graphic novel is scheduled for release on August 28, 2018 to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary.

Source: Nerdist
Sony takes controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing

Sony, who's publishing business already includes 2.3 million tracks, including the Beatles catalogue, is buying a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing, giving it control over two million songs from artists including Queen and Carole King. The $2.3 billion (1.7 billion) deal will make Sony the world's biggest music publisher.

Source: BBC News, UK
Liverpool's Cavern Club named UK's eighth best landmark

Liverpool's Cavern Club was revealed as the eighth best-rated landmark in the UK, according to list on TripAdvisor which is dominated by London landmarks. The world-famous live music venue, which launched The Beatles' career along with that of many other famous British musicians, has been steadily climbed in the rankings.

Source: Liverpool Echo
May 1969: Get Back #1

According to Record World magazine, in May 1969, at the top of the chart was The Beatles' Get Back, jumping from #8. It was #1 for a total of four weeks. It beat out the Cowsills' "Hair," which was at #2, from #1 the previous week, and Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer", the first of four hits from Bridge Over Troubled Water, was #3.

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Passenger's fury at Mary McCartney candid photo

Professional photographer Mary McCartney has revealed that she got into trouble with a member of the public recently, for taking their picture without permission while on the Tube. She has been working on a project entitled #someone, for which she photographs strangers who are striking or well-dressed on her phone.

Source: London Evening Standard
Duchess of Sussex wears Stella McCartney at Royal wedding reception

On Saturday night, the newlywed Duchess of Sussex wore a bespoke Stella McCartney gown made of lily white silk crepe to an exclusive Royal wedding reception hosted by Prince Charles. "I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design," McCartney said.

Source: Royal Central, UK
George Harrison guitar sells for $430,000 at auction

On May 19, Julien's held their Music Icons auction, including over four hundred lots from the early days of rock. An electric guitar owned by George Harrison sold for $430,000. It was George Harrison's first electric guitar, a Hofner Club 40. Also, the guitar that Bob Dylan played on his first electric tour sold for an incredible $490,000.

Source: Noise 11
Rare Beatles poster set for auction

A rare poster promoting The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night are among hundreds of sought-after posters going under the hammer. Film and TV memorabilia company Prop Store is selling 400 hard to get posters at a live auction in June, which is expected to fetch more than 250,000 (about $335,800).

Source: Farm Week
Abbey Road on the River to celebrate 50 years of the White Album

The Beatles' White Album turns 50 this year. Abbey Road on the River, which returns May 24-28, will celebrate the album with special concerts and programs. The festival will again be held in Jeffersonville, Indiana, at Big Four Station Park, last year drawing an estimated 15,000 people over the course of the Memorial Day weekend.

Source: Insider Louisville
Friday, May 18, 2018
Four Paul McCartney 2018 catalogue titles out now on vinyl

The NEW album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Wings Greatest and Thrillington are out today in single CD digipak, 180gram black vinyl and, for the first time, in limited edition 180 gram color vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs will include a download card. Every release was supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each title.

Ron Howard reveals Han Solo is all of The Beatles combined

Asked in a recent interview, "You directed The Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week, if Han Solo was a Beatle, which would he be?" Ron Howard answered, "He might be a bit of all of them. I see Ringo's swagger and sense of humor...Paul's willingness to put himself out there...bit of John's intelligence and sense of cynicism."

Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK
Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison recreate pic their dads took 49 years ago

A photo, posted online this week, shows the Beatles' sons Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison on a boat on the Thames, 49 years after their fathers took a similar snap. John Lennon captioned the original photo, "The Thames they are a Changin!" a nod to the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a-Changin".

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Frail Yoko Ono visits John Lennon's two childhood homes in Liverpool

A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon. While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where Lennon grew up. It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Lost photos of the Beatles to go on show for first time ever

Lost photographs of musical legends including The Beatles are to go on show for the first time. The forgotten gems, discovered in the archives of celebrity photographer Terry O'Neill, include behind the scenes shots of The Beatles filming in London for A Hard Day's Night in 1964 and their meeting with then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Source: London Evening Standard
Magical Mystery Tour second best selling album of 1968

Released in 1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album sold so well in 1968 that it was the year's #2 biggest seller. Magical Mystery Tour may as well have been considered a greatest hits collection, with its boatload of huge chart hits, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love and Hello, Goodbye among them.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Beatles musical inspired by Across the Universe opens in London

Inspired by Julie Taymor's musical-movie Across The Universe which takes a poignant look back at an inspiring and turbulent time in American culture, A Trip Across The Universe - Music & Lyrics by The Beatles is a concert of some of the most loved songs in the world. It's playing now through May 19 at the Bob Hope Theatre in London.

Source: Broadway World
Seattle hotel adds new memorabilia to Beatles suite

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is paying tribute to the property's rich music history with its Beatles Suite. The hotel hosted the Beatles during their 1964 tour and became famous for a photo of the band fishing from their suite window. The suite was revamped this year to include new band memorabilia, turntables and records.

Source: Travel Weekly
7,400 people sign up for concert in Danny Boyle Beatles film

An appeal for thousands of unpaid extras to appear in a movie has already exceeded its target, within 24 hours. Director Danny Boyle has recently been spotted shooting a Beatles-inspired film across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The concert scene will be filmed on Gorleston beach in Norfolk on June 27.

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