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Beatles parody band The Rutles announce 2018 tour 

Veteran Beatles parodists The Rutles have announced a rare UK tour for May and June. Original members Neil Innes, Rutle Ron Nasty, and John Halsey, Rutle Barrington Womble, will be joined by "Rutling" Ken Thornton, Phil Jackson and Jay Goodrich. Among many other venues, they will perform in London in May and Liverpool in June.

Source: Uncut, UK
Extremely rare letter signed by all the Beatles could fetch 12,000 

An "extremely rare" letter signed by all four Beatles is set to fetch up to 12,000 (about $16,725) at auction. The typed letter to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who travelled with the band, was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in September 1965. John, Paul and Ring all signed with their first names only.

Source: British Telecom
Mercedes formerly owned by George Harrison heads to auction 

A cherished Mercedes-AMG luxury limo is set to make as much as 40,000 (about $55,750) when it heads to auction next month. Presented in very good condition with stacks of history, the rare 'bahnstormer also benefits from a very special former owner, ex-Beatle George Harrison, who purchased the car new in May 1984.

Source: AOL Cars, UK
Bootleg Beatles auditioning for a new John Lennon 

Beatles tribute band Bootleg Beatles have been performing together since 1980. This week an ad appeared in Music Week this week suggesting that Adam Hastings, who plays John Lennon, is set to leave the group. The ad read, "Searching for a new John Lennon. Must have the look, the voice, basic keyboard and rhythm guitar skills."

Source: NME, UK
Area musicians cover the Beatles for fifth annual Beatlefest in Ohio 

Guitar-slinging, harmonica playing musicians will entertain crowds for free at every corner coffee shop, bar and venue on Friday for the fifth annual Kent Beatlefest in Kent, Ohio. The festival is spread out among 20 venues in downtown with 22 acts and musicians like Beatles cover bands Abbey Road and Babies in Black.

Source: Record Courier, Kent, OH
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Celebrate George Harrison's 75th birthday at Beatles Story museum

To celebrate what would've been George Harrison's 75th birthday, The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool is hosting a free event dedicated to telling the story of George's introduction to Indian music and spirituality this Sunday. Dr. Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool will give a talk exploring the Indian influence on the Beatles.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Fans to mark George Harrison's birthday at Beatles hangout in Wales Warning: Page opens with sound

An event celebrating the 75th birthday of George Harrison is being held at Portmeirion in North Wales. The Italian Renaissance-style village was the distinctive setting for the '60s television series The Prisoner and was also a favorite spot for The Beatles with George holding his 50th birthday party there in 1993.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Jamie Skylar delivers ethereal message from John Lennon in new single

The second single, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too," from the new album by international recording artist Jamie "Sky" Skylar will be released on Wednesday. The song, "I Know You Know the Walrus Too", tells the story of how John Lennon came to Skyler in a dream and basically provided the scenario and lyrics for the third verse.

Source: Prophet Records
Video: Baby knows the words to all of the Beatles songs

He's just two-years-old, but Theo Stehler from Henrietta, NY, is a Beatles buff. "He started randomly saying lyrics from Beatles songs. We are the dinner table and he's like, 'I am the egg man!'" said his Dad. One by one, he started to remember them all. His parents hum a song, and he can identify it within seconds.

Source: WHAM TV, Rochester
Author to recount Beatles' visits to Cleveland, share rare footage

Beatles fans in Alliance, Ohio, are invited to reminisce about the legendary band's visits to Cleveland during a visit by author Dave Schwensen to Rodman public Library. Schwensen, author of "The Beatles in Cleveland," will share insider stories, rare concert films and never-before-published photos and memorabilia during the talk.

Source: Canton Rep, Ohio
Mythical guitar maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence. Gibson, in Nashville, Tennessee since 1894, is working with an investment bank to set up a debt refinancing plan, the company said in a statement.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, February 19, 2018
How the Beatles in India changed America

The Maharishi supposedly didn't know who the Beatles were when he met them in 1967, but he knew they were very famous, so he invited them all to a ten-day conference in Bangor, Wales. It was there that the four men became devotees, and the plan emerged to spend a few months in early 1968 at Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh.

Source: Rolling Stone
George Harrison's song lyrics unveiled in Tokyo

The I Me Mine exhibition of George Harrison's handwritten song lyrics, faithfully reproduced in facsimile, and rare photographs from the Harrison Estate has now opened in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition will run from February 17 to March 11, and will include a special event this Sunday, February 25, for George Harrison's 75th birthday.

Source: Genesis Publications
Tour is a Ticket to Ride in Hamburg

The fascinating story of how the Beatles were moulded into the supergroup they became by their experiences in Hamburg was the highlight of a guided tour of the St Pauli district by professional musician Stefanie Hempel. Stefanie has pieced together the tour by talking with local residents who worked with the Beatles of the early 1960s.

Source: The Express, UK
The Traveling Wilburys to come together again on stage

An tantalising glimpse of five of the very best rock legends on stage together is coming to Rhyl, Wales this weekend. The Traveling Wilburys perform live together again, as Paul Hopkins as the iconic Roy Orbison leads the very best tributes to Tom Petty, George Harrison, ELO's Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan at The Pavilion Theatre.

Source: Rhyl Journal, UK
Evolutionary Films seals deals on John Lennon doc

UK-based finance, production and sales outfit Evolutionary Films has closed deals on the music documentary "Looking For Lennon". It has sold to North America, China, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Poland. Garry Popper is producing the film which is being directed by Roger Appleton. "Looking For Lennon" will be released in the UK in April.

Source: Screen Daily
Former fan club president to address Beatles symposium

Marti Edwards will make her first appearance as a Guest Author at award-winning Beatles at the Ridge in September. In 1964, Marti founded and became the President of the Chicagoland Beatles Fan Club, and also spearheaded a movement to present a lovely token of the club's appreciation to The Beatles in person.

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Author releases Volume 2 of Beatles Recording Reference Manual

Musician, recording engineer and producer Jerry Hammack has just released volume 2 of The Beatles Recording Reference Manual - a book that reveals the secrets behind the recording of some of the band's most famous albums. It is an essential companion for any Beatles fan, scholar, student, or music professional.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, February 16, 2018
Video: Interview with Beatles animator Ron Campbell

Animator Ron Campbell worked for more than 50 years as an animator on several shows including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, and the Flinstones. He also animated the Beatles cartoon TV show, and worked on the Beatle's animated movie Yellow Submarine. He spoke about his animation career with Elizabeth Campbell at TCU.

Source: TCU 360
The Beatles' Mayfair mansion up for sale

A house owned by Apple Corps in the late 60s on Charles Street in Mayfair, England, was the Beatles' hang out of choice during the height of their fame. They spent time writing in the house during their psychedelic period, John Lennon even wrote lyrics from Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the kitchen tiles.

Source: City AM, London
That time the Beatles wanted to make a Lord of the Rings movie

Back in the 1960's the Beatles apparently wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings. Paul wanted to play Frodo, Ringo wanted to play Sam, John wanted to play Gollum and George would been Gandalf. They went to Stanley Kubrick and J.R.R. Tolkien in the attempt to get it made, but were shot down both times.

Source: TV Over Mind
Happy birthday to legendary artist and peace activist Yoko Ono

"Yoko Ono" is often synonymous with "John Lennon" in the media, but there is much more to Yoko than her connection to The Beatles and her iconic marriage to the late Lennon. Born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, Yoko's personal mission statement has seemingly always been about peace, and it still is.

Source: Hello Giggles
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Laurence Juber shares the story behind a Wings unreleased song

Laurence Juber re-released Standard Time, which includes an the unreleased Wings track, "Maisie," this month. Standard Time was originally released as a vinyl EP back in 1982, and the new version presents the full set after Juber was able to get the rights to the recordings and release them on his own label.

Source: Billboard
Lennon Through A Glass Onion returns to Melbourne

Lennon Through a Glass Onion will return to Melbourne for a limited run in March to celebrate this major milestone of 25 years on the road. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, the play is part concert and part biography.

Source: Broadway World
Nick Jonas shares Valentine's Day cover of a Beatles classic

Yesterday, Nick Jonas posted a video to Instagram of an acoustic cover of The Beatles' song Til There Was You. The song originally appeared in the 1957 play The Music Man, and was later covered by The Beatles in 1963 with Paul McCartney singing lead. He said, "Thought I'd share one of my favorite love songs..."

Source: Billboard

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