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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, November 27, 2020

Pete Townshend names his all-time favorite Beatles songs

Pete Townshend is known for his uncompromising scathing nature. Infamously, there are very few of his contemporaries that Townshend hasn't unleashed fury upon with his famously sharp tongue. The Beatles are no exception, with The Who's axeman speaking on plentiful occasions about what he doesn't like about the iconic band from Liverpool.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
George Harrison's All Things Must Pass to get 50th anniversary release

The George Harrison Estate has released a 2020 stereo mix of the title cut from Harrison's landmark solo album All Things Must Pass in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The new mix "is just a taste of more things to come in 2021 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father's legendary album," says Dhani Harrison.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Major BBC Radio series salutes Beatles and Python pal Neil Innes

The late Neil Innes, thecomedic-musical genius behind the Bonzo DogBand and the Rutles, who had close creativelinks and friendships with the Beatles and Monty Python,is the focus of a new180-minute, three-episode BBC radio documentary series. The series, titled"Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy", will air on BBC Radio in December.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, November 20, 2020
Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo grandson allegedly attack Tesco worker

Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo Starr's grandson will face trial after they denied assault and affray charges following a late-night bust up in a Tesco Express store in Hampstead, north London, a court heard. A pal of theirs allegedly stole a can of beer at midnight after the shop had stopped selling alcohol, an earlier hearing was told.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Ringo wears odd-coloured socks against bullying

Ringo Starr has marked anti-bullying week by sharing a photo of himself on Instagram in which he wears odd-coloured socks. In the picture, Ringo, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, is wearing a blue tracksuit and two different-colored socks, a metaphorical image for individuality and diversity.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Here's where George Harrison's Aston Martin DB5 is now

One of George Harrison's prized possessions was his iconic Aston Martin DB5, Harrison purchased one in 1965. A decade after the Beatles star passed away, his vintage Aston Martin was sold at an auction in London. The classic vintage car was auctioned off for a mammoth price, reportedly around $550,000.

Source: Hot Cars
Flashback: Bob Dylan sings Yesterday with George Harrison in 1970

On May 1st, 1970, just weeks after the world learned that the Beatles were breaking up, George Harrison and Bob Dylan met up in New York City. They were to start work on Dylan's album New Morning, but soon they switched gears and started jamming on old favorites without any thought that the results would ever be heard by the public.

Source: Rolling Stone
McCartney III album delayed one week

Paul McCartney will be releasing a new solo album in 2020, with the title officially McCartney III, but fans will just have to wait one additional week. Yesterday, the legend's social media platforms noted "unforeseeable production delays" have caused the album to move from Dec. 11 to December 18.

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Yoko Ono hands over Beatles and John Lennon business to Sean

Ailing Yoko Ono is handing her Beatles business interests over to their son Sean Lennon. Yoko has not been seen in public for more than a year. Sean has been appointed director of eight companies, including Lensolo, managing John's solo material, Maclen, which publishes John's work in the US, and Subafilms, a music film company.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney mentally consults with John Lennon while songwriting

Paul McCartney has admitted he still turns to John Lennon for advice when writing new songs. McCartney said, "I'm working on one at the moment that was going one way but I didn't like the lyric. This would have been the point where John and I would have said, You know what, let's have a cup of tea and try rethink this."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles memorabilia from Bedford, England performance up on eBay

An original concert programme from a Beatles show is up for sale on eBay. The Beatles Tour Programme is described as in "very good condition" and is up for sale for 875 (about $1,150). The concert at the Granada Theatre took place on March 12 1963, the Beatles' third and final appearance at the theatre, which was demolished in 1991.

Source: Bedford Today, UK
2020 in Review: Best Boxed Sets, Collections & Reissues

In their first installment of their annual look back, Best Classic Bands rounds up the most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2020, including Flaming Pie from Paul McCartney, John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth, Goats Head Soup from The Rolling Stones, and Elton John's Jewel Box.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Author dives deep into John Lennon's alleged male lovers

A lot has been discussed about who John Lennon was behind the camera, notably regarding his love life. His marriage with Yoko Ono has been heavily talked about over the years, although there was apparently a lot more going on with him when it came to who he bedded. And according to a new book, it didn't include just women.

Source: Instinct Magazine
Captain Beefheart's bizarre cover of The Beatles' Yesterday

There have been countless covers of The Beatles' hit Yesterday. But while Paul McCartney, the song's principal creator has his favorite versions of the song, we'd like to throw Captain Beefheart's bizarre whistling homage to Yesterday as a contender for the best, largely because it is so inherently dismissive of the content.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, November 6, 2020
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall confesses she's a Beatles fan

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made a surprising confession during her latest virtual engagement. The Duchess told an elderly fan she was a great Beatles fan. In the virtual chat to help a support group for elderly people isolated by the pandemic, she said, "I was a great fan of the Beatles. I used to go to their concerts."

Source: The Express, UK
Revisit Blondie's cover of Please, Please Me

Blondie can make an absolute delight out of any song you put in front of them. Once you couple the prowess of Blondie with the greatness of The Beatles' classic track from their debut LP Please, Please Me you have something unfathomably brilliant, taking the song kicking and screaming into their trademark new wave style.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Ringo Starr picks his favorite song

Ringo has said his favorite Beatles song, the best they ever created, is Rain. With a bass masterclass from Paul McCartney and a vocal performance of the highest calibre from John Lennon, the song even featured backwards vocals topped off with a rousing drumming performance from Ringo that creates a beautifully mesmerising result.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Palm Beach home John Lennon never lived in sells for $36 million

John Lennon's Palm Beach home which he bought shortly before his death in 1980 but never visited has been sold for $36 million, $11 million less than the asking price. The luxury 14,145-square-foot home, located on on the street known as "Billionaire's Row", originally hit the market for a whopping $47.5 million in May.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, October 30, 2020
Ethan Hawke to star in film about George Harrison

Ethan and Maya Hawke will both star in a film in which Maya will portray a teen who's determined to lose her virginity to George Harrison. Revolver, which is being helmed by Finding Nemo co-director Andrew Stanton, will see Ethan and Maya portray father and daughter in the '60s-set romantic comedy.

Source: NME, UK
Tribute to John Lennon helps to raise money for cancer support

Record store owner Alan Barnsdale has paid homage to a musical legend while also raising money for a good cause, by creating a tribute wall to John Lennon at Uptown Records to mark what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday. Sales of the Imagine single at the store is raising money for the Spalding and Holbeach's Macmillan Cancer Support.

Source: Spalding Today, UK
Yoko Ono unveils how to prevent war in the world

Yoko Ono has shared a crucial video message, in which she explained the way to make the world better by eliminating the chances of war, about the upcoming presidential election. In the short but quite meaningful video, Ono says that anybody participating in the peace industry is making the world better.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Synthwave artists drops haunting cover of Eleanor Rigby

Covering iconic artists like The Beatles is not something any artist should take lightly. Synthwave artists Gunship have not only risen to the challenge, they've done the legendary classic Eleanor Rigby justice. Released in time for Halloween, the UK-based retro-futurists have added their own sinister, modern spin on the track.

Source: Icon Vision
Beatles and comics collection sells for 170k

A treasure trove of rare and valuable items, including Beatles memorabilia and vintage comics, has gone for 170,000 (about $220,100) at auction. The collection consisted of more than 60,000 items. During the the four-day auction, a Rickenbacker guitar sold for 1,450 and a book and record set signed by George Harrison made 750.

Source: BBC News
Friday, October 23, 2020
Paul McCartney on new album McCartney III

In a new interview, Paul McCartney, who will release his new solo album McCartney III on December 11, said people often ask him when he will retire from music but that he never commits to the idea. He said, "Everything I do is always supposed to be my last...When we did Abbey Road I was dead, so everything else is a bonus."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney announces new McCartney III album

Paul McCartney will be releasing a new solo album in 2020, with the title officially McCartney III. On October 21, the legend formally announced the album's Dec. 11 release, with an official trailer. The new album's release date is December 11 via Capitol Records. It's available for pre-order on vinyl in the U.S.

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