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First Beatles contract could fetch £300,000 at auction

The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein, signed on January 24, 1962, marking the start of their transformation into world-conquering pop band, is going under the hammer. The paperwork could fetch £300,000 (about $380,500) in Sotheby's English Literature Online sale which runs from July 1-9.

Source: The Irish News
What Ringo Starr does to deal with stage fright

In a recent interview with Al Roker, Ringo Starr admitted he still gets stage fright even after all these years of performing. He said, "I do still get stage fright. Seconds before I go on, I want to go to bed. I wanna go anyway bar there. And then I run on. Once I've run on, I grab the mic and I'm fine."

Source: The Express, UK
Yoko Ono's art offers optimism and hope by looking skyward

It's easy to forget that Yoko Ono was a boundary-pushing and successful conceptual artist long before a certain Mr. Lennon entered the picture. The exhibition Yoko Ono, Sky Pieces, marks the artist's return to Cambridge 50 years since her first visit and her debut public concert with John Lennon in 1969.

Source: Creative Boom
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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Image of John Lennon 51-years-old typewritten lyrics released

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared yet another golden worth document from 1968. It is a picture of John's typewritten lyrics for Revolution, with the third verse in his own handwriting. Unlike the actual performances, the printed lyrics include the line, "Don't you know it's going to be alright."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Is Paul McCartney in the new Yesterday movie?

The new movie Yesterday touches upon the power of The Beatles in creative and exciting fashion, so it's possible that a certain musical icon could drop by to surprise fans. Some celebrity superstars appear as themselves, most notably pop megastar, Ed Sheeran. But is one of the men behind the original music set to steal the show?

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Photo: John Lennon plays one of the weirdest instruments

John Lennon's official Instagram page has revealed a really rare photo of Lennon playing a bizarre instrument, an alphorn, also known as labraphone. The picture also includes a young Julian Lennon and was photographed by Beatles Book Monthly photographer Leslie Bryce at Lennon's Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, home on June 29, 1967.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, June 7, 2019
Pictures: Paul McCartney in Madison

When Paul McCartney took the stage at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday night, he and his tight four-piece backing band delivered a joyful and energetic 39-song, three-hour show, from his earliest songs, including one pre-Beatles song, to the newest tunes off his 2018 album "Egypt Station."

Related Articles  Source: The Capitol Times, Madison
New ABBA music tries to emulate the Beatles

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus has teased new music, and said, "Some people give up when they have a great chorus, they think the verse is not that important. But we never worked that way. We try to emulate The Beatles in that respect that every part of the song is important, every instrumental, every little backing vocal, every note is important."

Source: The Express, UK
Video Premiere: John Lennon's supergroup The Dirty Mac

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, has been released in restored, expanded editions, including previously unheard performances from The Dirty Mac, a supergroup formed especially for the film, consisting of John Lennon, Keith Richards (on bass guitar), Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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Brian Wilson postpones tour

In a letter to his fans, Brian Wilson has postponed his June tour, writing that he is "mentally insecure." The classic rock legend shared the news yesterday on his Facebook page. He was scheduled to perform next this evening, June 7, with his Pet Sounds: The Final Performances tour. His most recent performance was May 4.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Radio: Beatles-Inspired play makes its American debut in Hollywood

The Beatles-inspired play "And Now It's All This," makes its American debut at the Hollywood Fringe Fest this month. The play follows John Lennon in 1966 when he made his infamous quote that "the Beatles were bigger than Jesus." The Wave's host Dave Caprita sat down with Trevor Boelter, writer/producer of the play.

Source: KTWV, Los Angeles
Green Bay honors Paul McCartney with Abbey Road sign

Ahead of the highly anticipated Paul McCartney concert at Lambeau Field Saturday, the city of Green Bay is adding some British flare to its downtown. Today, the city temporarily turned City Deck Court into Abbey Road. Complete with a road sign and vintage parked cars, visitors can recreate their own crossing Abbey Road photos.

Source: WLUK TV, Green Bay
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell at NYC charity event

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell attended the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services 2019 Spring Benefit in New York City on Tuesday. They were in good spirits at the charity event, and they certainly dressed to impress, Paul put on a dapper display in a black suit, a white shirt and a black tie.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Become The Beatles experience launches for Isle Of Wight Festival

With only a week to go until this year's Isle of Wight Festival, organisers have today announced a new immersive virtual reality experience dedicated to The Beatles. "Become The Beatles" will allow fans the opportunity to learn more about the Fab Four and witness Beatlemania through the eyes of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Source: Isle of Wight Radio
Rock stars set Beatles White Album tribute tour

One year after the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' White Album, several classic rock greats have announced a tour to celebrate the landmark LP. Tour 2019 – A Tribute to the Beatles' White Album features Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Jason Scheff of Chicago.

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Canadian teen thrilled with McCartney shoutout

Emma Stevens said she was almost moved to tears when she learned her Mi'kmaq rendition of The Beatles' classic song "Blackbird" had earned her a shoutout from none other than Paul McCartney. She said she and her music teacher first heard McCartney had singled her out for praise through comments on YouTube.

Source: BC Local News, Vancouver
Yoko Ono to send message of peace at festival opening

Yoko Ono is inviting people to send a message of peace to the world at the opening event of the Manchester International Festival. Yoko will hold the event, Bells For Peace, in the city's Cathedral Gardens on July 4. Members of the public will be able to gather and an orchestra of bells will ring out for peace.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Monday, June 3, 2019
Paul McCartney praises Nova Scotia teen's cover of Blackbird

A Nova Scotia teen who has drawn global attention for her Mi'kmaq rendition of The Beatles' classic song "Blackbird" can now add Paul McCartney to her growing list of fans. In concert footage published Sunday on Twitter, the McCatney praises Emma Stevens' recording and encourages his fans to look it up online.

Source: Yahoo! News
Inside story of how John Lennon's longlost guitar was found in San Diego

In 2014, John Lennon's 1962 Gibson J160e guitar, once thought lost, was discovered in San Diego at Marc Intravaia's Sorrento Valley Sanctuary Art and Music Studio. The following year, it went up for one of the most publicized auctions in Beatles history. The guitar sold at auction for 2.41 million dollars.

Source: San Diego Reader
Paul McCartney reveals an unseen photo of Linda

For Throwback Thursday last week, Paul McCartney shared a new photo on his official Instagram page and revealed a never-before-seen photo of his late wife, Linda McCartney who died at the age of 56 on 1998, at the McCartney family ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Last week Paul announced the reissue of four live albums.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, May 31, 2019
Oregon Historical Society Museum exhibit mad for The Beatles

An exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum is an impressively thorough traveling exhibit about the Fab Four's early, touring years. The exhibit remains on display through Nov. 12, featuring rare American tour memorabilia, TV and film clips and interactive opportunities to sit in for Ringo on drums and vocals.

Source: The Columbian, Vancouver
Paul McCartney meets and greets fans for charity

Paul McCartney is doing a meet and greet with lucky fans for a Charitybuzz auction that is already up to $50,000. The auction will benefit SFAH, a non-profit residential camp that offers programs for physically challenged youth. To date, Charitybuzz has helped raise nearly $400 million for thousands of non-profit organizations.

Source: Alternative Nation
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Star of Beatles-inspired film takes to Cavern Club replica stage

The star of Danny Boyle's new Beatles-inspired film Yesterday has taken to the stage in a replica of The Cavern Club to perform some of the Fab Four's songs. Himesh Patel, who plays struggling musician Jack in the film, made a surprise appearance at The Beatles Story museum on Liverpool's Albert Dock on Thursday evening.

Related Articles  Source: The Independent, Ireland
How Rocketman brought a bit of Beatles spirit to the Elton John biopic

The Elton John biopic, Rocketman, which lands in the US on Friday and is out now in the UK and Australia, saw its set list balloon from 13 songs in the initial script to 26 in the final cut. Musical director Giles Martin said he followed in his dad's footsteps by taking an old-school approach to the movie's musical energy.

Source: CNET
Video: Footage of Beatles' only Top of the Pops live show found

Footage of The Beatles' only live appearance on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops has been discovered in an attic. A teenager used a wind-up camera to record the performance on the long-running BBC music show in June 1966, recorded weeks before the Fab Four's last-ever performance. The video has no sound.

Source: BBC News, UK

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