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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, July 20, 2018

Paul McCartney to answer fans' questions

Paul McCartney has announced plans for a Facebook Live question and answer session next week. McCartney will be taking questions from students at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts from 2pm BST next Wednesday, according to his Twitter page. Fans from around the world can also submit questions in advance.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney invites fans to a secret London show

As many were upset this week that they missed out on his forthcoming UK tour, Paul McCartney is inviting his fans to a secret gig in London next week. McCartney has asked his 3.8 million followers to record a short video on Twitter explaining why they are worthy of a place at the show, the location of which is currently undisclosed.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
High fashion gets green makeover in Stella McCartney's new store

Stella McCartney has flung open the doors to her new flagship London store at number 23 Bond Street, the future of high-end fashion retail. The new flagship reflects the luxury brand's philosophy to reclaim, re-use and recycle. Even the mannequins are biodegradable, made from a bioplastic material composed of 72 percent sugar cane derivatives.

Source: Living Etc, UK
New book explores making of John Lennon's Imagine album

The creation of John Lennon's 1971 album Imagine will be the subject of a new book. Compiled by Yoko Ono, Imagine John Yoko will be released on Oct. 9, what would have been Lennon's 78th birthday. Ono said, "A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of Imagine, mainly by people who weren't there."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Bush covers the Beatles' Come Together in Nashville

Last Wednesday night, English post-grunge rock band Bush took the stage for an early set at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. During their 50 minutes on stage, they covered The Beatles 1969 hit Come Together. A roving reporter for the Go See Live Music website was on hand and got video of the track.

Source: Go See Live Music
Pete Best's brother's Beatles museum opens in Liverpool

Roag Best, brother of Beatles original drummer Pete, has opened the Magical History Museum in Liverpool to house just some of the items from his huge Beatles collection. Roag, whose mother Mona ran the Casbah Club where the band started their career, is displaying 200 rare exhibits including more than 1,200 items from his collection.

Source: The Express, UK
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Ultimate Classic Rock to livestream Randy Bachman concert

Randy Bachman will play a special concert at the world-famous Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday, and Ultimate Classic Rock will livestream five songs from the show. Bachman's greatest hits will be interspersed with selections from his most recent album, By George by Bachman, a collection of songs written by George Harrison.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
All You Need Is Love adapted for picture book

Two new children's books will add pictures to the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced Thursday that the series will begin with "All You Need Is Love," featuring illustrations by Marc Rosenthal. It comes out in January through the imprint Little Simon.

Source: Newsday, NY
Beatles' greatest hits with Classical Mystery Tour and the Pasadena POPS

Back by popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles with The Pasadena POPS brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life with a fresh set list of favorites from the early years to Sgt. Pepper's through their solo careers, with a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the White Album, on Saturday, August 4.

Source: Broadway World
Cover vs. Cover: I Wanna Be Your Man

I Wanna Be Your Man was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, in the same room and right in front of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. There's no real production on the Stones' version. The Beatles followed the Stones' arrangement pretty closely, but jump right in with Ringo shouting his face off doing the lead vocals.

Source: The Z Review
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Liam Gallagher reveals John Lennon helps him battle his demons

Liam Gallagher has revealed how listening to John Lennon proves the perfect medicine in battling his demons. Liam has been locked in an ongoing feud with brother Noel since Oasis split up in 2009. But if he's ever battling "dark clouds", he said in an interview that it's simply a case of sticking Beatles icon John Lennon on the stereo.

Source: NME, UK
Phil Collins box set includes Paul McCartney and George Harrison

Phil Collins announced today the release of a box set of his collaborative highlights, covering more than four decades of work with other recording artists. The set, Plays Well With Others, features performances with classic rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and many more. It will be released on Sept. 28.

Source: Best Classic Bands
50 Years Ago: The Beatles record 27-minute version of Helter Skelter

Initial sessions for Helter Skelter were so intense they ultimately included the longest song the Beatles ever recorded: a 27-minute version of the track that later appeared on the White Album in abbreviated form. Put simply, they were running out of tape, and nobody wanted to interrupt the band's collective train of thought.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Top Radio Hits in July 1973 include two former Beatles

As summer heated up in 1973, two former Beatles were among the artists dominating Top 40 radio. Just outside the Top 10 but flying up the charts, from #26 to #15, was Wings' Live and Let Die, as Paul McCartney's My Love was on its way down the chart at #8. George Harrison's second solo #1, Give Me Love, was #6 this week.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Fan pays over 1,000 for Paul McCartney tickets by mistake

A die-hard Paul McCartney fan accidentally paid four times the price for tickets when he used resale site Viagogo. He thought he was purchasing three 89 (about $117) tickets from the official ECHO arena website but was left gobsmacked when he received a confirmation email thanking him for his 1247.66 (about $1,636) order.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Yellow Submarine graphic novel celebrates movie's 50th anniversary

It's the 50th anniversary of the release of Yellow Submarine, and to mark the occasion, exclusive artwork from Titan Comics' upcoming comic book adaptation has been released. Written and illustrated by current Mad Magazine editor Bill Morrison, the 112 page hardcover graphic novel will be released on Aug. 28.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Beatles tops UK vinyl singles chart

The Beatles are currently leading the UK Vinyl Singles Chart. Yellow Submarine has jumped up the Top 20 to chart at #1. Reflecting their surge in popularity, dedicated vinyl album and singles charts were launched in 2016 with the singles chart compiled from sales of 7″ and 12″ records. The Beatles' Long Tall Sally came in on the list at #20.

Source: Live4Ever
How the Beatles changed the future of animation

The Simpsons wouldn't exist without Yellow Submarine. The movie fundamentally changed the way viewers experience animation. Yellow Submarine is frequently named one of the most influential animated films in history, serving as a template for modern cartoons geared towards adults, from The Simpsons to Adventure Time.

Source: Esquire
Monday, July 16, 2018
Paul McCartney fans rage as tickets for UK tour sell out within seconds

Paul McCartney's fans have hit out online, after tickets for his UK tour sold out within seconds. McCartney is set to play Liverpool, Glasgow and London this December. But as they went on sale at 10AM, fans claimed that they were completely unable to secure tickets, although they immediately appeared on secondary resale sites.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Some not happy that gift shop near Abbey Road wants longer hours

The gift shop near the iconic Abbey Road studios wants to extend its hours, prompting fears it would cause traffic disruption at the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles. But the concerns are likely to be over-ruled by Westminster planners. The store offers gifts such as an I am the Walrus egg cup and Yellow Submarine Monopoly.

Source: Get West London, UK
New book explores the Beatles' tensions over Hey Jude

A new book about Beatles producer George Martin explores the tensions surrounding the recording of Paul's Hey Jude, 50 years ago this month. In an excerpt, George Martin remembers, "I thought that we had made the song too long....I couldn't understand what he was on about by just going round and round the same thing."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Noted authors to co-chair 2018 Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

In its sixth year celebrating The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the September 14-15, 2018 event. And at the helm this year are symposium co-chairs Jude Southerland Kessler and Lanea Stagg.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 13, 2018
Yellow Submarine now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, France and Italy to members of Prime for no additional cost. In addition, Prime members can now stream the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.

Related Articles  Source: uDiscoverMusic
Rare Beatles memorabilia from 1964 Ed Sullivan Show up for auction

Rare memorabilia from a 1964 appearance by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in Miami Beach is up for auction.The items are from the collection of Jane Sollogub, who served as president of the South Florida chapter of the official Beatles fan club when she was 15. Items include John Lennon's signature and a TV show ticket stub.

Source: WPLG TV, Miami
Rare photos of John Lennon stolen in Wirral raid

A range of music memorabilia, including rare and signed photographs of The Beatles, have been stolen from a house in Neston, Cheshire, England. Burglars broke into the house on Tuesday, signed photographs of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and rare photographs of John Lennon were among the items stolen.

Source: Chester Standard, UK

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