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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Recap: Paul McCartney begins Freshen Up tour 

Paul McCartney began his 2018-2019 Freshen Up tour Monday night in Quebec City. He played 39 songs including such "required" numbers as Hey Jude, Yesterday, Band on the Run and Live and Let Die, plus three songs from Egypt Station. On several occasions, McCartney peppered his between-songs banter with a bit of French.

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Ringo and his All-Starrs deliver diverse set of tunes in Saratoga Springs 

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band gave their all to the crowd on Friday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, supplying a diverse set of tunes by different band members. Along with Ringo were Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc.

Source: The Saratogian
French soccer team recreates iconic Abbey Road cover 

This morning French sports newspaper L'Equipe printed a mock up of Paris Saint-Germain's star players as The Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing. Their headline, "A Road To Cross" in French, is fitting as the Paris soccer team launches their latest attempt to win Europe's biggest club competition against last year's finalists, Liverpool.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Lost Lennon letter man performs in Worcestershire 

Award-winning musician and songwriter Steve Tilston plays Folk in the Foyer at Evesham Arts Centre in Worcestershire, England, next Thursday. Widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music, the story of Steve's "lost" letter from John Lennon inspired the 2015 Hollywood movie Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.

Source: Worcester News, UK
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Monday, September 17, 2018
Paul McCartney says he'll never play a Beatles album in full

Paul McCartney says he'll never play a Beatles album in full on stage because it would be "too limiting." The Beatle, who has just released his 18th solo studio album, Egypt Station, sat down with NME to talk about his career and latest record. He added that while he'd never do it himself, he applauds others for trying it.

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Paul McCartney's Egypt Station opens at #1

Billboard has announced that Paul McCartney's new album, Egypt Station, will make its chart debut at #1, his first album to top the charts in the United States since 1982's Tug of War and his first ever to open at the coveted #1 position. The album has now sold the equivalent of 153,000 units (including streams).

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Beatles fan Rosanne Cash honored with John Lennon award for her work

As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee, even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club. Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the "John Lennon Real Love Award," acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist. "He's still alive in so many ways," she said from Nashville.

Source: NY Daily News
Audio: New edit of Beatles movie Let It Be could happen soon

Paul McCartney has said a new edit of the Beatles movie Let It Be could enter production in the near future, according to The Daily Beatle. The original 1970 documentary hasn't been available in home formats since 1982 as a result of scenes that showed the band in a negative light as the members moved toward their split.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to recreate a Beatles show

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is pairing up with the Classical Mystery Tour to take audience members back in time. A Tribute to The Beatles is a performance that will feature more than a dozen favorite Beatles songs. The symphony's goal is to recreate a Beatles show, something WSO Conductor Julian Pellicano said is not easy.

Source: Global News
Friday, September 14, 2018
Spotify announces special Paul McCartney playlist

Spotify is about to release a new playlist, Paul McCartney & Spotify Singles: Under The Staircase, exclusive audio and video recordings captured at one of McCartney's gigs at the famed Abbey Road Studios this summer. The first of its kind audio and video playlist features 17 songs and a feature length concert film.

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Video: Paul McCartney answers web's most searched questions

McCartney sat down with Wired for an interview in which he answers the most popular questions Google users enter into the search bar when looking for information about the music icon. It's super charming, and it's fun to see him answer some interesting and sometimes ridiculous questions about himself and his career.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Compare new John Lennon imagine ultimate mixes to original LP

The upcoming John Lennon Imagine box set features what's being called the "Ultimate Mixes." Now on the internet, you can view two videos that allow listeners to compare parts of the original 1971 mix with the new 2018 versions. Arriving on Oct. 5, Imagine: The Ultimate Collection contains 140 tracks including outtakes.

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Review: Ringo Starr A star among All-Starrs

With outstanding contributions from Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band's performance at New York's Radio City Music Hall Thursday night was as exuberant and polished a concert as an audience could hope for. Starr sang half of the songs on the 24-song set, mostly from the front of the stage.

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Gimme Some Truth: John Lennon's political rebirth

Three years before writing his political anthem Gimme Some Truth, John Lennon said in an interview, "I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives...It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends."

Source: U Discover Music
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Paul McCartney Abbey Road concert film due

When Paul McCartney played the second of a number of private concerts at smaller venues on July 23 in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, fans were banned from using their smartphones. Now we know why. He announced today that a documentary of the performance will premiere on Friday, September 14 on Spotify.

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Paul McCartney says he never meant to offend Jews with Hey Jude

In 1968, Hey Jude didn't go over well with everyone. Paul McCartney said a furious Jewish man called him up about the name, the word "jude" (Jewish in German) conjured up bad memories in the post-war era. But McCartney explained it's just a name, the song was originally titled "Hey Jules," a reference to John Lennon's son Julian.

Source: Times of Israel
NY Times best-selling author to headline Beatles at The Ridge festival

New York Times best-selling author Vivek Tiwary, who wrote the book "The Fifth Beatle," will be the featured author at the Beatles at The Ridge festival this weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band will play Saturday night, while Tiwary is slated to speak Friday night at the festival's symposium.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ringo Starr coming together with Yoko Ono at NYC event tomorrow

Ringo Starr will join Yoko Ono at a special "Bed-In" event in New York City tomorrow, celebrating the return to the city of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The gathering, marking the launch of a monthlong residency in New York for the bus, will feature speeches by student activists and a group sing-along of Give Peace a Chance.

Source: WFJA FM
iHeartRadio to rebroadcast Paul McCartney secret NYC concert this Friday

iHeartRadio will present an exclusive, 90-minute radio broadcast of "iHeartRadio Secret Sessions with Paul Mccartney" on Friday, September 14th at 7pm local time. The special will air nationwide across 80 iHeartRadio Classic Rock and Classic Hits stations and digitally on The Classic Rock Channel on iHeartRadio.

Related Articles  Source: All Access
Beatles at the Ridge festival is this weekend

The annual Beatles at the Ridge music festival and symposium will kick off on Friday in downtown Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. This year's event, which is free to attend, includes two outdoor stages featuring a variety of music and culminating with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday by Branson's Liverpool Legends.

Related Articles  Source: The Times Dispatch, Arkansas
Paul McCartney says he censored himself for his grandkids

Paul McCartney says he didn't want to use the "F" word in a song because of his grandchildren. His new album "Egypt Station" features a track called "Fuh You" and though he admitted the ambiguous title was a "schoolboy prank" that could be interpreted in a raunchy way, he never wanted to sing anything too offensive.

Related Articles  Source: The List, UK
George Harrison's Beatles guitar sells for $452,000

A guitar used by George Harrison at the Beatles' last appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club has been sold at auction for almost 350,000 (about $452,000). The Australian-made guitar was used by Harrison after he had originally borrowed it from a guitar shop in Manchester while his own Gretsch guitar was being repaired.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Paul McCartney releases charming new video for Fuh You set in Liverpool

Paul McCartney weaves a charming tale of young love in his native Liverpool in the video for "Fuh You," the raunchy new single off the Beatle's latest LP Egypt Station. McCartney also performed the new single during his secret concert at New York's Grand Central Station. Both videos are now streaming on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
George Harrison tribute at Blakefest 2018

The ten-piece All Things Must Pass Orchestra brings their tribute to the late George Harrison to the 2018 Blakefest in Bognor Regis in West Sussex, England, this weekend. Harrison singer and guitarist Alex Eberhard says, "If you talk to a lot of musicians, they will tell you that George was the most advanced of all The Beatles."

Source: Chichester Observer, UK
Top 11 British phrases heard in Beatles songs

After the Beatles' arrival on our shores in 1964, we grew our hair, dressed in Carnaby Street fashions and overnight, British words like "fab" and "gear" entered our language. But Beatles lyrics contain many expressions that many American fans still don't understand, even decades later. This is a list of 11 of them.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine

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