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Netflix original Beat Bugs removed from Netflix

The kids series made exclusively for Netflix called Beat Bugs has been mysteriously removed from Netflix as of July 19. The series which sees bugs learning lessons and singing famous songs by The Beatles was first released in 2016 with two seasons and third season that was added in 2018. Netflix said it was due to a licensing issue.

Source: What's On Netflix
Paul McCartney writing It's a Wonderful Life musical

Paul McCartney has confirmed that he is working on a musical stage adaptation of the classic film It's A Wonderful Life. Based on Philip Van Doren Stern's "The Greatest Gift," the movie was directed and produced by Frank Capra and released in 1946. The project is McCartney's first musical theatre work.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Only known color photos of Beatles 1966 US tour go under the hammer

What are believed to be the only color photographs of The Beatles taken during their famous tour of America in 1966 have been put up for sale for the first time. The incredible, rarely-seen images capture the Fab Four on stage during their concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. They are expected to fetch about $50,000 at auction.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Statue of John Lennon heading to Liverpool this summer

A bronze statue of John Lennon is heading to Liverpool this summer all in the name of peace. St. George's Hall will welcome the John Lennon Peace Statue on August 1 until the end of September following its time at Glastonbury Festival. The artwork is about 6 feet tall and was created by artist Laura Lian.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Author says Beatles Helter Skelter did not inspire Manson murders

Investigative reporter and award-winning author Ivor Davis, one of the nation's foremost experts on the topic of the Manson Murders, has revealed that Beatles songs like Helter Skelter, Piggies, Blackbird, and Revolution were not the reason behind the murders, despite the district attorney's astonishing "Helter Skelter" theory.

Source: PR Newswire
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Monday, July 15, 2019
Beatles reissues: What will be next?

With 50th anniversary expanded editions of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the White Album, Beatles fans have now come to expect similar treatment of the rest of the group's catalog. With the upcoming 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, the signs are all there for a deluxe reissue of the classic album.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Airplane fan restores old jet, finds hidden John Lennon boarding pass

A German airplane enthusiast restoring an old jet found an unexpected lost treasure hidden in a wall, a boarding pass used by John Lennon and showing The Beatles once flew on his plane. "When I disassembled the whole cockpit, that boarding pass showed up...A flight attendant must have kept it and certainly lost it at some point."

Source: NY Post
All four Beatles were meant to appear in Yesterday film

In a monster feature interview with Empire Magazine, Yesterday screenwriter Richard Curtis revealed scenes with all four Beatles members were filmed, but only John Lennon's made the theatrical cut. Curtis wanted to go a step further, with two more scenes featuring the other three members of the Beatles.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Video: Ringo Starr joins Paul McCartney on stage at Dodgers Stadium

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage last night for the final date of McCartney's 2019 Freshen Up tour at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. During the evening's encore, Paul announced the surprise and the pair of Beatles joined together for two songs, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band and Helter Skelter.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
First Beatles management contract sells at auction for $347,000

The very first management contract signed by The Beatles and Brian Epstein on Jan. 24, 1962, sold for $347,875 at a Sotheby's auction this week in a sale benefiting the Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation. The contract guaranteed Epstein a 10% fee that would rise to 15% if the band's income exceeded $150 a week.

Source: Billboard
Beatles catalog gets boost from Yesterday

A number of Beatles songs have re-entered the Billboard charts thanks to the release of the Beatles-themed film Yesterday. Per Billboard, the following five Beatles tracks are ranked within the top 20 of their Hot Rock Songs chart, Here Comes The Sun, Let It Be, Yesterday, Hey Jude and Come Together.

Related Articles  Source: WROR FM, Boston
Beatles begin experimenting on A Hard Day's Night 55 years ago

For their third LP, A Hard Day's Night, released on July 10, 1964, the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney would be responsible for all 14 of its songs for the first time. It is the only Beatles album to consist solely of Lennon-McCartney originals and showcased precisely how quickly they were growing as composers.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, July 8, 2019
Ringo says Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary to be more expressive

Ringo Starr says an upcoming documentary on the Beatles from filmmaker Peter Jackson will be "more expressive and more like we were". Speaking to SiriusXM about the upcoming film, Starr says the original 1970 documentary Let It Be, which ends with the Beatles' famous rooftop concert in London, misrepresented the band.

Source: New Zealand Herald
Stella McCartney releases Beatles-inspired collection

Stella McCartney takes on uniting people through music, color, and fashion with the new All Together Now collection. Inspired by Yellow Submarine, Stella has created a Fall/Winter 2019 capsule of womenswear, menswear, and kids-wear that features whimsical graphics from the movie and classic iconography of the band.

Source: Yahoo! Lifestyle
Review: Paul McCartney's Vancouver performance near perfect

At BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday night, Paul McCartney pulled out plenty from his catalog of more than 60 years' worth of music with songs ranging from the earliest days of The Quarrymen, to Wings, to his latest work from his 2018 album Egypt Station, from which the song "Fuh Yu" is a standout.

Related Articles  Source: CTV News, Vancouver
Ringo Starr celebrates 79th birthday and tour begins soon

Ringo Starr celebrated his 79th birthday on Sunday with a little help from his friends. The beloved Beatle returned to the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles for his annual Peace & Love celebration, where he and a starr-studded group of classic rock stars and other celebrities joined gathered fans.

Source: Best Classic Bands
50 years since the Beatles released Here Comes the Sun

It's been 50 years sinceHere Comes the Sun was released by Apple Records. As George Harrison said in the Beatles Anthology, while on a break from a business meeting, he took a stroll through the garden outside Eric Clapton's home and wrote this song about how good spring feels after a dreary English winter.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
Friday, July 5, 2019
Billboard columnist says BTS and the Beatles are comparable

Jeff Benjamin, a New York-based music journalist, has been writing about K-pop for Billboard since 2013. He also boasts a special bond with K-pop phenomenon BTS. He said the Beatles changed the perception of the British pop music as well as the definition of attractiveness, and he believed BTS had done the same.

Source: Korea Times
Julian Lennon blames his father for his not yet starting a family

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Julian Lennon has revealed that John Lennon was a really bad father and that his relationship with him pushed him not to start a family or have a baby. He said, "He was young and didn't know what the hell he was doing...I didn't want to do the same thing. No, I'm not ready."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Every Beatles Easter egg and reference in Yesterday

Yesterday doesn't just feature the songs of The Beatles, the film also includes several Easter eggs and references to the legendary band's career. In addition to the 16 Beatles songs, others are referenced in the dialogue. Screen Rant has compiled every Beatles reference and Easter egg they caught in the film.

Related Articles  Source: Screen Rant
Rare poster for Beatles concert in Leeds on sale for 11,000

A rare poster for a concert in Leeds which was headlined by The Beatles is on sale for 11,000 (about $13,775). Someone has taken to Ebay to sell the 56-year-old poster, which was used to promote the "Jazz 'N' Pop Ball" at Queens Hall in June 1963. Sharing top billing on the poster was clarinetist and vocalist Acker Bilk.

Source: Leeds Live, UK
Magazine that lampooned the Beatles calling it quits

An American literary institution for the past 67 years, Mad Magazine, is winding down publication. Known for its mascot, the gap-toothed Alfred E. Neuman, Mad Magazine made Ringo Starr the target of an ad parody for Blecch shampoo, and later, lampooned the Beatles and the Maharishi on the cover of its September 1968 issue.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Yesterday dodges real implications of a Beatle-less world

There were musicians, wildly popular ones, before the Beatles, but none approached their worldwide multimedia explosion. A world without the Beatles would be a vastly different one, socially and culturally. It's a world that the new movie Yesterday and its director Danny Boyle largely dare not to imagine.

Related Articles  Source: Post and Courier, Charleston
The story behind George Harrison's Rosewood Telecaster

Fifty years back, on January 30, 1969, George Harrison stepped on to the roof of Apple in London and plugged in a Fender Telecaster. Famously, it would be The Beatles' last ever public performance. Not quite so famously, his guitar was an unusual model, a new Rosewood Telecaster that he'd recently received from Fender.

Source: Reverb
John Lennon's first selfie ever revealed after 52 years

John Lennon's official and verified Instagram page has shared a really rare photo with its followers. For the photo, John took a self-portrait with mirrors and managed to take his first selfie ever with Leslie Bryce's Rollieflex camera in his recording studio upstairs at home at Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, on June 29, 1967.

Source: Metalhead Zone

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