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Paul McCartney okays use of Beatles tune for first Animal Requiem concert

Paul McCartney has approved a unique reworking of the Beatles classic song Blackbird, which will be performed during the first Animal Requiem, a memorial concert celebrating the lives of deceased pets. The Animal Requiem is a work composed by Rachel Fuller, the singer-songwriter who is married to Pete Townshend of The Who.

Source: iNews, UK
Backbeat, tale of original 5th Beatle, coming to Blu-ray in February

Backbeat is the story of the Beatles in Hamburg during the time when Pete Best was the drummer and Stu Sutcliffe was the first "fifth Beatle" that actually played with them. It is being released by Shout Factory on Blu-ray on February 19, with extras including a conversation with Astrid Kirchherr and deleted scenes.

Source: Inside Pulse
Rock trumpeter Steve Madaio dies at 70

Steve Madaio, a trumpeter who played in the studio and on stage with many of the biggest names in classic rock, died Tuesday in Palm Desert, California. His trumpet can be heard on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna, and was closely associated with many of Stevie Wonder's 1970s-era studio recordings.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Jan 18, 1964: Beatles hit the charts for the first time in the U.S.

I Want To Hold Your Hand was released in the U.K. on November 29, 1963, and then on Capitol Records in the U.S. on December 26. On January 18, 1964, it debuted on the Hot 100 Singles Chart at #45. When it hit #1 two weeks later on February 1, 1964, it became the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in a one-year period.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert out this Friday

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert will be released in CD, CD/DVD, and LP packages on Friday, January 18. The concert film features a collection of legendary singers and superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in New York City to celebrate the songs of music icon John Lennon.

Source: Grateful Web
Aladdin star to perform Beatles live with symphony orchestra

Following starring in the Disney musical Aladdin, Broadway actor Telly Leung will join the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for two performances of Beethoven and The Beatles in April at the Harris Concert Hall at the University of Memphis and Playhouse on the Square. Leung takes his final bow in Aladdin on February 17.

Source: Playbill
People see image of Paul McCartney in pothole

Almost a million potholes have been recorded on Britain's roads each year since 2015. But admittedly, they don't all look a bit like Sir Paul McCartney. Reader Ian Fortt on Facebook said, "I can see him the animated Paul in the Beatles cartoons! Even the mop-top is there! It's Paul circa 1965!"

Source: Lancashire Post, UK
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Not looking like Paul McCartney is headlining Glastonbury 2019 after all

The chances of Paul McCartney headlining Glastonbury 2019 now look extremely unlikely after he announced US tour dates for the same weekend. The Beatles legend was previously among the favorites rumored to be headlining at Worthy Farm this summer, but now two newly announced shows in America have ruled him out.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney adds concert in Las Vegas to 2019 Freshen Up Tour

Paul McCartney and his band will jet over to Las Vegas this summer for a concert at the T-Mobile Arena. The show, scheduled for June 29, is the latest addition to the 2019 U.S. leg of McCartney's Freshen Up Tour. It ill be McCartney's first full-length concert in Sin City since he played the MGM Grand Garden Arena in June of 2011.

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Ringo is 10th richest rock star

Richard Starkey, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is now the 10th richest rock star in the world, as of 2019, his net worth is roughly $350 Million dollars. Much of his multi-million dollar fortune is from his time with the Beatles, today considered to be one of the most popular and best bands in the history.

Source: Wealthy Gorillla
Monday, January 14, 2019
Early Beatles venue sells for just 1

A run-down venue where the Beatles played their "worst ever gig" to just three people has sold for just 1. The historic Subscription Rooms in Stroud, Gloucester, hosted the Beatles in March 1962, a year before their big break. Stroud District Council decided to sell the historic venue after years of hemorrhaging money.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The Lennon Bus kicks off 22nd year at the 2019 NAMM show

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, makes its return to the 2019 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center next weekend, with special guests including Derek Smalls, the bassist formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap.

New source reveals untold story of why the Beatles really broke up

In a new article in 1843 Magazine titled "A Rockers Guide to Management," author Ian Leslie says the reason The Beatles broke up was a disagreement over marketing plan, when their next albums would be released, and "it was because the Beatles were such good friends to begin with that they fell out irreconcilably."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, January 11, 2019
John Lennon's Mercedes among celeb cars going up for auction

Among the rare cars to be sold at the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction next weekend will be a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster once owned by John Lennon. Other celeb cars will include Bruce Willis' 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup and a 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback used in "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Source: AZ Central
Police investigating theft of vintage Beatles records worth $45,000

Police say a collection of vintage Beatles records valued at roughly $45,000 has been stolen from a home in a community near Goderich, Ontario, Canada. Among them was a collection of 26 Beatles records, including a Spanish album pressed in 1964 and titled "Lost Beatles," which police say is valued around $7,000.

Source: CTV News, Canada
Cuba organizing a Beatles Week

The Cinematheque of Cuba is organizing The Beatles Week on January 16 in Havana with a varied program in homage to the legendary band. The Week will make available to the public records, images and books related to their life and career. In Havana there is a bronze sculpture in tribute to John Lennon in a park named for him.

Source: Prensa Latina, Cuba
Woman who introduced Beatles to Vee-Jay records passes away

Barbara Gardner Proctor was the first African-American female to own an ad agency. Before that, as international director of black-owned Vee-Jay in the early 1960s, she traveled to Europe four times a year to swap records with other recording companies. In late 1962, she traded Vee-Jay Four Seasons records for singles by the Beatles.

Source: Chicago Business
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Unseen Paul McCartney animated movie coming to theaters

Paul McCartney's The Bruce McMouse Show will premiere in select theaters around the world on Jan. 21. The previously unseen film tells the story of how Paul McCartney and Wings "came to meet the inimitable impresario Bruce McMouse," and features footage from Wings' 1972 European tour, interspersed with animated scenes.

Source: Best Classic Bands
You can now travel the world through Beatles lyrics

A new video uses Google Maps to take Beatles fans on a world tour, using the group's lyrics as a guide. It begins in Liverpool, moves to Blackburn ("A Day in the Life") and the Scottish town of Kircaldy before flying to London, where Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and the House of Lords and Bishopsgate are.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Kate Moss stars in new Stella McCartney campaign

Stella McCartney has unveiled her fun new summer 2019 campaign featuring Kaia Gerber and Kate Moss. The images show Kaia, 17, and Kate, 44, striking a variety of poses in images grouped into color schemes. Stella said she chose the stars because the two models represent the "wonder of women" across the generations.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
First U.S. Beatles album released on this day in 1964

The first U.S. Beatles album, Introducing The Beatles, was released on this day in 1964. The album went to number two on the Billboard charts and was eventually certified Platinum. Introducing The Beatles still stands up today with songs like Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There and their cover of Twist and Shout.

Source: Paste Magazine
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Crate and Barrel showcases Beatles photography

Crate and Barrel has launched a collection of The Beatles photography on canvas. The Beatles x Crate and Barrel collection includes more than 20 archival images of the Fab Four as well as artwork. Printed on stretched canvas, each piece captures The Beatles at the height of their fame over the years they spent together.

Source: License Global
Paul McCartney shares behind-the-scenes music video footage

Last month, Paul McCartney unveiled the official video for Egypt Station track "Who Cares" featuring actress Emma Stone. Today, McCartney shared a clip that takes viewers behind-the-scenes at the making of the "Who Cares" video. Both McCartney and Stone discuss their roles in the video and the sentiment behind the clip.

Source: JamBase
Video: Rob Zombie performs Beatles classic at Ozzfest

Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx to perform The Beatles' Helter Skelter at Ozzfest 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, and video from the event is streaming online. Zombie and Manson released their own version of the 1986 track in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America.

Source: hennemusic
Monday, January 7, 2019
All You Need Is Love: Beatles festival returns to Birmingham

The All You Need Is Love Fest is set to return to King's Heath in south Birmingham, England, next month, 56 years after the iconic group brought their Cavern Club show to the area's Ritz Ballroom. Local musicians will perform at Fletchers Bar opposite the ruins of the old Ritz Ballroom to celebrate the occasion.

Source: Shropshire Star, UK

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