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Paul McCartney teases possible new project amid birthday celebrations

Sir Paul McCartney decided to give back to his fans on his birthday this year with a teaser for a possible new project via Instagram this afternoon. The short video shows a 2-D Egyptian pyramid surrounded by palm trees with the scribbled text "Egypt Station". It's the latest of similar photos that McCartney has posted within the last day.

Source: Billboard
Paul McCartney net worth: His fortune at age 76

As Paul McCartney turns 76 today, his net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K. as of May 2018, The Sunday Times reported, and in 2017, he landed the No. 13 spot on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid musicians, earning $54 million for the year.

Source: AOL Finance
Video: Paul McCartney sings at his nephew's wedding

Paul McCartney was at a nephew's wedding on Saturday at the Fresh Meadow Country Club on Long Island, New York, and joined the band for an impromptu performance of I Saw Her Standing There. Now, the band that performed at that wedding can legitimately add "Paul McCartney backup band" to their list of credentials.

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Alice Cooper says Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life

Alice Cooper says that Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life after he appeared on the band's self-titled debut album in 2015. It featured a cover of Badfinger's Come And Get It, written by McCartney in 1969. In a new interview, Cooper says that everyone was in awe when the former Beatle appeared in the studio to guest on the track.

Source: Louder
Flashback: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard cover the Beatles' Yesterday

Paul McCartney had a handful of country hits as a songwriter, and forty-four years ago this month, Paul and the members of Wings arrived in Nashville for a month-long vacation and rehearsal. In 1987, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded a duets LP, with included their laid-back rendition of Paul's Beatles classic, Yesterday.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Friday, June 15, 2018
Documentary shows how Nixon tried to deport John Lennon

Richard Nixon tried to get John Lennon thrown out of America because he saw him as a "counter-culture enemy", according to a new documentary, "John Lennon: It Happened Here". Lennon biographer Tim Riley says that Nixon regarded Lennon as a "dangerous political leader" and wanted him gone before the 1972 US election.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The man behind legendary bootleg of last Beatles concert in Canada

On Aug. 17, 1966, amid the din and hullabaloo of what would be the last-ever Beatles concert in Canada, nobody seemed to notice the middle-aged man in the stands with a tape recorder. The recording made by George Drynan on his German UHER portable deck is often referred to today as "the Amos Tape" among bootleg collectors.

Source: The Globe and Mail, Toronto
A nod to the Beatles as the Duchess of Kirkcaldy turns 50


It was 50 years ago this week that Lennon & McCartney 
were recording at Abbey Road ahead of the November 1968 release of the White Album. A favorite song of fans in one Scottish town is Cry Baby Cry, which mentions the mythical Duchess of Kirkcaldy, misspelt on the album lyric sheet, but which put the town on the map in Beatleworld.

Source: Fife Today, UK
Beatles solo albums ranked worst to best

In 1970, all four Beatles put out their own records, and Let It Be was finally released, to boot. In 1973, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both issued their most-heralded solo projects, in fact, McCartney released two. But as you'll see in this list of Beatles Solo Albums Ranked Worst to Best, however, it wasn't always so great.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Abbey Road zebra crossing dug up to disappointment of fans

The iconic zebra crossing featured on the Abbey Road album has been dug up as part of resurfacing work, meaning fans of the Fab Four, who flock to the spot from across the world, had to contend with diggers and trucks spoiling the scene. Work including ripping up original tarmac, replacing it and repainting the lines, finished today.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Listen to Death Cab For Cutie's Yoko Ono-Sampling new single

"Gold Rush", the new first single from Death Cab For Cutie's forthcoming ninth album "Thank You For Today", features a sample of Yoko Ono's "Mind Train," a 17-minute track taken from her 1971 John Lennon-produced album "Fly". It's their first single since 2015, the album will be out August 17th on Warner Music.

Source: Voice Noisey
New Stella McCartney store features exclusive music by Paul McCartney

Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue were among the guests at the opening of Stella McCartney's new Bond Street store on Wednesday. She and her team designed the store's interior, which includes an elevator, called a "Stellavator," paved with pink faux fur, and three hours of original music by Paul McCartney made especially for the store.

Source: WWD
Former Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana dies at 87

D.J. Fontana, the drummer on early Elvis Presley hits like "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel," died on Wednesday at 87. Fontana played drums for Presley from 1954 to 1968, on more than 450 recordings. He also played with many other musicians including Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on Beaucoups of Blues.

Source: Pop Culture
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Confirmed: Paul McCartney to make appearance on Carpool Karaoke

James Corden made it official today that Paul McCartney has taped an episode of Corden's popular, recurring Carpool Karaoke series. On social media, Corden revealed the program will air next week during the program's four nights in London. James and Paul will sing his hits, including an exclusive sing-along to brand new material.

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Beloved Beatles mural removed, will be repainted

The Beatles are no longer walking along Main Street in Chico, California, but they will soon return. The mural depicting the Fab Four as they were on the "Abbey Road" album cover was removed was part of a compromise with the building's new tenant and the artwork will be repainted nearby, hopefully by the mural's original artist.

Source: Chico Enterprise-Record
The secret behind Back In The USSR

With the planet's football teams heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we've been reminded of the classic Beatles song Back In The USSR. But the song hides a secret. The Beatles had started to split up, and at one point, Ringo Starr had walked out, which meant that Back In The USSR was recorded without Ringo on drums.

Source: Radio X, UK
When Sailors' Society fed The Beatles

A Christian maritime charity that helped The Beatles when they fell on hard times has released a new book, which includes how it fed George Harrison horsemeat in Hamburg. John and George both had fathers who were seafarers, the centre manager at the time said they were never any trouble, were well behaved and didn't even smoke.

Source: Inspire Magazine, UK
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Officials excited to welcome Ringo Starr and Beatles fans to Binghamton

Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band is coming to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY, and officials from the organization said they are excited to welcome the rock star to the community. The arena's General Manager said, "To have a stop here in Binghamton, we feel very fortunate."

Source: WBNG, Binghamton
Yellow Submarine returns to theaters this July

The Beatles are celebrating the theatrical return of Yellow Submarine to big screens this July with a number of events and new licensed items, including a Yellow Submarine video game based on classic Pac-Man! Fans can now play as John, Paul, George, or Ringo to traverse the maze and avoid the Blue Meanies, all to fun Beatles music.

Source: SpyVibe
Poster shows the instruments played in every single Beatles song

If you're the kind of Beatles fan who truly worships them and knows every word to every song, and maybe even every instrument used, a poster from Pop Chart Lab is a brilliant way to put your fandom on display. The poster, appropriately named "Come Together," breaks down each instrument played in every Beatles song.

Source: Simplemost
Radio Hits June 1974: Band on the Run

On the hits that were in heavy rotation on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse WLS this month in 1974, at #1 this week was Paul McCartney and Wings' magnificent title track from Band on the Run. It only just beat out "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods, a group that was discovered when they toured with the Osmonds.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, June 11, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney debuts new song at Liverpool pub

On Saturday, Paul McCartney's visit to in his hometown of Liverpool culminated with a performance for a select few at the Philharmonic Pub on Hope Street. Amidst the set's list of Beatles tunes, Paul premiered an upbeat, new song without revealing its title. He's currently teasing a new album which will be released by Capitol Records.

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Paul McCartney returns to childhood home for the first time in 54 years

Paul McCartney was persuaded to return to the house where he grew up in the Liverpool suburb of Allerton for the first time in more than five decades, to film a skit over the weekend with comedian James Corden for his US talk show. Paul moved to the three-bedroom terrace with his parents and brother Mike in 1955.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Did Paul McCartney tease a Beatles' White Album?

2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' White Album. On Saturday, Paul McCartney changed his Facebok profile photo and cover photo to all-white. None of the other Beatles or the Beatles page itself had followed suit. Nothing on McCartney's website either, although he did change his Twitter pic to the all-white image as well.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Film festival presents Deconstructing: The Birth Of The Beatles

Sedona International Film Festival will be the official host of the second season of "Deconstructing the Beatles", joining hundreds of theatres around the country for this special series. Historian and composer Scott Freiman traces the birth of the Beatles from their days as the Quarrymen to the recording of Love Me Do.

Source: Verde News

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