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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, March 21, 2019

Paul McCartney Opens 2019 Freshen Up Tour in Chile

Paul McCartney resumed his "Freshen Up" tour in Santiago, Chile on March 20 with a 39-song career-spanning set at National Stadium that included several songs from his well-received 2018 album, Egypt Station. The tour continues this month with four other South American shows. Sir Paul had performed 18 dates on the tour in 2018.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in for peace returns to Amsterdam

They invited one shy, Dutch photographer to breakfast, they were constantly watched for any untoward activities, and they did pay the hotel bill. These were some of the memories revealed at the launch of a new exhibition at the Amsterdam Hilton of 50 photographs taken in 1969 of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Dutch News
John Lennon's rare Beatles Butcher Cover record to be sold

John Lennon's own copy of a Beatles record that caused controversy due to its graphic cover is expected to fetch 136,000 at auction at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. Lennon had his personal copy of the album on the wall of his The Dakota apartment, it has a sketch Lennon had scrawled on the back.

Source: Billboard
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You Hits #1

Imagine one of your recordings has just knocked another of yours out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! In the chart for the week ending March 21, 1964, She Loves You replaced I Want to Hold Your Hand. It would give way on April 4 to Can't Buy Me Love.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rolling Stones film Rock & Roll Circus in theaters

To time with the upcoming North American leg of The Rolling Stones' No Filter tour, the band's 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will screen in theaters during the first week of April. The program features the Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Film tells tale of Cunard Yanks who created the Mersey Beat

The story of the Cunard Yanks will be shown in a special screening in Liverpool. The one-hour documentary chronicles the story of the Liverpool men who brought the music and fashions of America that became the basis of the Mersey Beat era, including one seafarer who came back with a guitar and sold it to a young George Harrison.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon marries Yoko Ono 50 years ago today

50 years after the iconic image of John Lennon holding up their marriage certificate standing next to Yoko Ono with the Rock of Gibraltar as the backdrop was taken, it has travelled the world several times over. That day will forever live on in the words of Lennon's The Ballad of John and Yoko, a song he recorded shortly after the wedding.

Source: Gibraltar Chronicle
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
John Lennon's iconic round glasses up for auction

A pair of John Lennon's iconic round glasses could sell for over $20,000 when they go up for auction in the U.K next week, with other Beatles memorabilia and rare records. They come from the private collection of Barry Finch, a designer who worked with The Beatles in the late 60s as part of a Dutch art collective known as "The Fool".

Source: Just Collecting
Artists revitalize John Lennon wall in Prague

The John Lennon Wall in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic was reinvigorated yesterday with new paintings by Czech and visiting artists. The event called Meet Art was to mark 30 years since the fall of communism. Two dozen artists participated in the new murals, a 150 square meter section of the wall was repainted.

Source: Prague TV
Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida dies at 79

Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as the opening act for the Beatles' concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said Monday. He died Sunday morning at 79. Uchida was regarded as a key figure in spreading rock 'n' roll music in Japan.

Source: Japan Times
Photographer Gordon Baer dies at 78

Award-winning photographer Gordon Baer, whose work appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, People, National Geographic, The New York Times, London Daily Mail and other publications, has died at age 78. One of Baer's claims to fame was photographing The Beatles concerts at Cincinnati Gardens in 1964, and Crosley Field in 1966.

Source: WVXU Cincinatti
Monday, March 18, 2019
Jeff Lynne's ELO picks Dhani Harrison as summer tour opener

Jeff Lynne has handpicked Dhani Harrison, the son of his old friend George Harrison, to serve as the opening act on all dates on Lynne's ELO North American tour this summer. The two collaborated on the production of George's final album, 2002's Brainwashed, which was finished after the former Beatle's death the year before.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ringo Starr reveals he's working on a new album

Ringo Starr is apparently working on new music. Steve Lukather, who plays in Starr's All-Starr Band, posted a photo of the group in a recording studio on his facebook page, and Starr posted a photo of the pair together on Twitter and wrote "In the studio again with the great Steve Lukather what a guy."

Source: NY Daily News
How Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band saved him from alcoholism

In a new Rolling Stone interview, Ringo Starr recalled how the formation of his All-Starr Band in 1989 saved him from becoming lost in alcoholism, and set him on a road to a "fun" life once again. He said he'd reached rock bottom with his addiction issues, and needed to be persuaded to return to work after a stint in rehab.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney shares unseen photo to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Paul McCartney recently tweeted an unseen photo of himself to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. He wrote a simple message, "Happy St Paddy's Day to y'all. #StPatricksDay" McCartney also mentioned Meat Free Mondey's contribution tweet about Climate Change and promote the movement on his official Twitter account.

Source: Metalhead Zone
March 18, 1967: The Beatles Penny Lane hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with Strawberry Fields Forever on the flip side, The Beatles' Penny Lane hit #1 in the U.S. on March 18, 1967, and their first Parlophone release in the U.K. to not reach #1 since 1963, it peaked at #2. Both were recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Tickets for Ringo Starr's show at Woodstock on sale next week

Tickets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock at the original festival site with artists incluing Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band will be available this week. Tickets for Ringo go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday,and a presale for Bethel Woods members begins 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets to see Ringo start at $38.50.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal
The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Easily Charmed by Fools

Three decades into one of rock's loopiest careers, Les Claypool finally had his "Lennon-McCartney moment." Coincidentally, it happened with a real-life Lennon, Sean Lennon, his collaborator in The Claypool Lennon Delirium. "Les is a great songwriter," Lennon says. "He's the kind of guy who can play with anyone he wants."

Source: Relix
New owner of rare Beatles 45 wants to show it at museum

The Beatles Story museum, based in the fab four's hometown of Liverpool, has confirmed it has been dealing with the new owner of the rare Beatles single. The demo copy of Love Me Do, of which fewer than 25 exist, turned up at Midhurst charity shop, and sold for an astonishing 9,400 on Wednesday night.

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How the 45 RPM single changed music forever

When it arrived 70 years ago today, the 45 rpm single was a format that would revolutionize pop music. On March 15th, 1949, RCA Victor became the first label to roll out records smaller than 78s. In the decades that followed, everyone from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones released their first music on 45s.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Australian supergroup ARC to perform The Beatles Abbey Road live

Supergroup ARC, featuring members of Jet, Spiderbait, You Am I and Powderfinger will perform the Abbey Road album from start to finish across Australia. The Beatles stopped performing live in 1966 and never performed anything from Abbey Road live. They said, "It is going to be interesting to do something that they never got to do."

Source: Noise 11
Rare Beatles record accidentally donated to thrift store sells for $11,000

An incredibly rare Beatles record, a demo copy of the band's debut single Love Me Do, has sold for $11,000 on eBay this week, after it was "accidentally" given to a UK thrift store by an anonymous donor. Employees at the store were shocked to discover it hidden amongst a bag of 25 old vinyl records.

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World premiere of Danny Boyle's Yesterday to close Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that Danny Boyle's anticipated film "Yesterday" will world premiere at the festival's closing night on May 4. Himesh Patel stars as struggling songwriter Jack Malik in the movie, in which a global blackout wipes the world's memory of The Beatles and all of their songs, except for Jack's.

Source: AM New York
David Lee Roth reveals little-known fact about Paul McCartney

During a recent interview, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has revealed little-known facts about The Beatles members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He said that "The Beatles songs written by Paul McCartney was always kinda happy. I've actually bumped into Sir Paul over at Henson Studios and he's really happy."

WARNING: Includes Adult Language  Source: Metalhead Zone
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Paul McCartney adds additional Las Vegas tour date

Due to high demand, Paul McCartney is adding a second date at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this June. The tour is in support of his top-selling album Egypt Station, and the show is loaded with hits from his days with The Beatles, Wings and his solo career. Tickets for the added performance date go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.

Related Articles  Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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