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Al Di Meola to release second Beatles covers album

Jazz fusion legend Al Di Meola is to release a new album celebrating the music of The Beatles. Across The Universe will be released on March 13, it's a follow-up to Di Meola's 2013 collection All Your Life: A Tribute To The Beatles. "I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar," Di Meola says.

Source: Louder Sound
Cirque du Soleil's Love cast reveal how the Beatles' music affects them

Highly acclaimed since it made its stage debut in 2006, Love is a theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil which combines the re-produced and re-imagined music of The Beatles with an interpretive, circus-based artistic and athletic stage performance. The show plays at a specially built theatre at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Source: U Discover Music
Original Beatles drummer Pete Best recalls his sacking

The Beatles original drummer Pete Best has said that John, Paul and George continued to "put the boot in" even after they had dismissed him from the band and replaced him with Ringo Starr. Best is still touring the world with his own band and recently opened the Magical Beatles Museum on Matthew Street in Liverpool.

Source: RTE, Ireland
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Symphony orchestra to perform all-Beatles concert in Chicago

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will come together with Jeans 'n Classics to perform "Abbey Road: The Beatles" on Jan. 24 in Chicago, and on Jan. 25 in Elgin. The first part of the concert features selections from their 1968 White Album, while the second part is 1969's Abbey Road in its entirety.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Video: 2 year old correctly names 21 Beatles songs in 2 minutes

A two-year-old boy named Walter has an ear for music like no other tiny human. This boy can correctly name 21 different Beatles songs in just two minutes. And he does it with an adorable amount of excitement! His dad wrote, "When our son Walter isn't jamming on the drums to Abbey Road, he's strumming the uke to Rubber Soul."

Source: KOST 103.5, Los Angeles
Memoir coming from Jenny Boyd to be called Jennifer Juniper

The title of her new memoir is a reference to the popular "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan. Through her sister Pattie, Jenny Boyd was George Harrison's (and later Eric Clapton's) sister-in-law, and married Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, twice, becoming entrenched in the rock 'n roll world of fame, money, drugs and betrayal.

Source: Best Classic Bands
George Harrison song that had Beatles rolling their eyes in the studio

While George Harrison was working on his songwriting, he wasn't getting much help from the other Beatles. Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick backs up that account in the book, "Here, There and Everywhere." George faced more criticism than usual when he introduced "Only a Northern Song" in the studio, and then also with "Within You Without You".

Source: Cheat Sheet
Julian Lennon pays tribute to late Rush drummer

Julian Lennon recently took to social media via Twitter to pay his respects to Neil Peart who lost a battle with brain cancer this past week. Lennon wrote, "RIP Neil... You were one of the Best... And Rush was one of the 1st Live Shows I went to see as a Teenager... Always Loved them, always will.. My Sincere Condolences to All Family & Friends."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, January 13, 2020
Animator Ron Campbell to make appearance in South Carolina

Ron Campbell directed the Beatles cartoon series and was involved in other popular Saturday morning cartoons. He will offer some of his works for sale on January 21 and 22 in Greenville, South Carolina. Campbell's 50-year career in animation also includes animator of the film Yellow Submarine.

Source: Go Upstate
Handwritten lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps up for auction

The handwritten lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps are up for auction for $195,000. George Harrison and Ringo Starr both took turns writing the words to the tune out on the back of a studio recording sheet. A hand-writing expert authenticated the lyric sheet, a working draft used during the recording of The White Album.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles releases: What's coming in 2020?

We learned in 2019 that director Peter Jackson is working on a new film based on 55 hours of never-released footage from Let it Be. With 2020 being the 50th anniversary, that would be the most likely target release date, but neither an expanded edition of the album or the Jackson film have show up yet as official 2020 releases.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 10, 2020
First Beatles single ever played on the radio to sell at auction

The demonstration copy of the Beatles' debut single Love Me Do, played first on Radio Luxembourg on October 5, 1962, the same day it was released, could sell for more than $25,000 when it goes up for auction this month. It was part of the Radio Luxembourg record archive for three decades, it is also signed by Paul McCartney.

Source: Just Collecting News
Abbey Road named best-selling vinyl LP of the 2010s

Nielsen Music's report on U.S. music sales in the '10s confirmed the Beatles' Abbey Road as the best-selling vinyl album of the decade. Year-to-year album sales increased nearly 15 percent in 2019, up to 18.8 million sold. Abbey Road returned as an expanded box-set reissue last year in commemoration of its 50th year.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ravi Shankar centennial concerts to feature Dhani Harrison

Indian sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar, who passed away in 2012, will be commemorated with a series of concerts in May to celebrate 100 years since his birth on April 7, 1920. The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will feature family members Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, with special guests including Dhani Harrison.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 6, 2020
New Beatles film by Peter Jackson speculated for October release

It's been nearly a year since the announcement of the still-untitled Beatles film being helmed by Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, but some release details may have leaked. A listing has been found on Amazon for a companion book titled "Get Back: The Beatles", which is slated for release on October 15, 2020.

Source: KKLZ FM, Las Vegas
Liam Gallagher picks his favorite John Lennon song ever

Once dubbed "the angriest man in the world" by his guitarist brother Noel, as affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.

Source: Far Out Magazine
Peter Asher to share stories and songs in Cincinnati

Peter Asher, who with Gordon Waller recorded such British Invasion hits as "A World Without Love," "Woman" and "I Go to Pieces" in the mid-1960s, has had a series of career reinventions that have kept him a vital presence in the world of popular music. Asher performs Friday, Jan. 10 at Oakley's 20th Century Theater in Cincinnati.

Source: City Beat
Paul McCartney bizzare party video leaked by daughter Stella

Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella McCartney posted a hilarious yet bizarre video to ring in the new year. The video is of Stella singing along to the classic Rhianna track "We Found Love" with Sir Paul right behind her, dancing and trying on weird New Years' Eve hats. You can now view the video online.

Source: Alternative Nation
Special Report: George Harrison's HandMade Films saluted in Hollywood

An exclusive in-depth report with pix, video and music of the private party held recently in L.A. at the launch of the film festival celebrating the 40th anniversary of George Harrison's film company. Friends of George attending included Pete Townshend, Peter Asher, Tim Rice, Jim Keltner, Martin Lewis, and Laurence Juber.

Source: This Small Planet
Friday, January 3, 2020
Al Di Meola celebrates the Beatles again on new album

Back in 2012, Al Di Meola walked through the doors of Abbey Road studios to record an intimate take on a selection of Lennon and McCartney classics. Now, Di Meola returns to the music that inspired him to play the guitar in the first place with a new album of Beatles arrangements, titled "Across The Universe - The Beatles Vol 2".

Source: Guitar.com
VW Beetle gets send-off with Beatles song

2019 was the final year of production for the VW Beetle. As a final send-off, VW put together an animated short film commemorating the nameplate's contributions to pop culture over the past eight decades. The film is set to a cover of The Beatles' Let it Be, performed by the Pro Musica Youth Chorus of Oak Park, Illinois.

Source: Auto Blog
Ringo Starr says his Sgt. Pepper suit still fits

The Beatles released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, almost 53 years ago in May 1967, and Ringo Starr's bright pink outfit still fits him. In a recent interview, he showed off some pretty spectacular photographs from his career. When he got to a photo in his infamous suit he quipped, "the suit still fits!"

Source: iHeart Radio
Paul McCartney makes a stunning confession about his music

During a recent podcast, Paul McCartney recently made an interesting confession about his own music, revealing why he doesn't listen to The Beatles' hit songs. He said, "I don't listen to a lot of Beatles music, I don't listen to a lot of my own music. You're often onto the next thing and I'm always there doing something because I enjoy working."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Neil Innes: I'm just like Shakespeare, except with better songs

Music was always on Innes' radar, though he attributes his love of satire to the Bonzos, who he first played with in his student days at the Royal College Of Art canteen. By late 1966 they were making a decent penny as a live act, touring clubland Britain with their surrealist explosion of trad jazz, avant-pop and music-hall nonsense.

Source: Louder Sound
Ninja of comedy and melody touched Python, Beatles, Oasis and beyond

His Beatles connection cemented Neil Innes' legend. After Python, Innes and Eric Idle joined forces on Rutland Weekend Television, which spawned the sensation that was The Rutles, nicknamed The Pre-Fab Four. His mimics of classic Beatles songs were so convincing that his "Cheese And Onions" even found its way onto a Beatles bootleg.

Source: NME, UK

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