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Cirque aerial artist falls during Beatles Love performance in Las Vegas

Cirque De Soleil says one of their aerial artists fell during the finale of their show, "The Beatles LOVE" Sunday night. It happened during the 9:30 p.m. show at the Mirage. The show stopped to allow the emergency team to bring the artist backstage and receive medical attention, which is part of their emergency response protocol.

Source: KLAS TV, Las Vegas
Beatles company score $77 million win in counterfeit merch case

Apple Corps last week won a $77 million ruling against 77 online operations that sell knock off Beatles merch. So that's fun. It was a default judgement in Apple's favor because none of the 77 accused companies bothered to respond to the lawsuit. Which is quite common in cases involving the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Source: Complete Music Update
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Friday, February 14, 2020
New Beatles-themed festival taking place in September on Long Island

The Beatles-themed festival Abbey Road on the River is partnering with New York's Long Island University to launch the first Abbey Road on the Island event, a three-day celebration of the Fab Four taking place September 4-6 at the school's LIU Post campus. The festival will feature performances by more than 30 music acts.

Source: Rock 107, Scranton
Why Keith Moon attended All You Need Is Love worldwide broadcast

When Beatles manager Brian Epstein secured the Fab Four's spot on the 1967 Our World broadcast, he considered it a major coup for his group. The Beatles decided to make it a happening. That meant bringing in friends and family to sing along and clap, including The Who's Keith Moon sitting next to Ringo Starr.

Source: Cheat Sheet
How Maybe I'm Amazed brought Paul McCartney back to life

In the autumn months of 1969, Paul McCartney died. First up were the rumors, invented and spread by DJs and college students, that he had perished in a 1966 automobile accident and that the other Beatles were accomplices in the coverup. But during that same period, he had also suffered a spiritual death of sorts with the Beatles' disbandment.

Source: Salon
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Video: Schoolboys burst into rendition of Beatles classic on train

Friends Alfie King, 11, and Jack Mullen, 13, sang a rousing rendition of The Beatles classic Let It Be during their journey on a train, and have been praised on social media for their singing voices. The pair were returning from a gig at King Tut's in Glasgow at which they had both performed. Both have plenty of singing experience.

Source: STV, Glasgow
New book provides in-depth look at the making of Abbey Road

Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, the new work by Kenneth Womack, dean of humanities and social sciences at Monmouth University, and veteran Beatles historian, is essentially two books, a look at the Fab Four's swan song, and a much darker look at the world's most influential musical act of the 1960s imploding.

Source: PJ Media
John Lennon becomes first solo Beatle to appear on Top of the Pops in 1970

On this day, fifty years ago, John Lennon became the first member of The Beatles to appear on the legendary chart show, Top of the Pops, when he arrived with the Plastic Ono Band to perform Instant Karma! The track has gone on to become a symbol of The Beatles' disbandment and the seedling growth of Lennon's all-too-short solo career.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, February 10, 2020
Billie Eilish preforms a beautiful cover of Yesterday at the Oscars

Rising alternative pop-star Billie Eilish performed a somber rendition of The Beatles Yesterday at the 2020 Oscars. Eilish sang the iconic song during the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. The five-time Grammy winner kept the integrity of the original 1965 hit while ditching the acoustic guitar for a grand piano.

Source: KSL FM, Salt Lake City
The Beatles' Love show still dazzles in Las Vegas

Although nearly a decade and a half has passed since it arrived in Las Vegas, Cirque Du Soleil's Beatles-themed Love show remains a fresh, singular and must-experience event. There's no possible way to fully absorb the entirety of this show in just one night, but every Beatles fan owes it to themselves to at least try.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
The Beatles Story are hiring for every fan's absolute dream job

The Beatles Story in Liverpool are on the lookout for somebody to talk about The Beatles. They are on the hunt for an education officer to teach people all about The Beatles' history and legacy around the world. If you've ever wished you could get paid to talk about your favorite band then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's favourite pub given Grade I listed status

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool was a favorite watering hole of John Lennon, who once famously said, "The price of fame is not being able to go to the Phil for a quiet pint." The pub has been Grade I listed, putting it in the top 2.5 percent of protected historic buildings, the same category as Buckingham Palace.

Source: The Express, UK
Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo's grandson in court over grocery store fight

Turns out Liam Gallagher's son, and Ringo Starr's grandson, are both 18, and surprise or no surprise, they're mates. Now the duo have gotten themselves into a bit of late-night grocery-store themed trouble and on Friday they appeared in court facing criminal charges. They plead not guilty to all the charges.

Source: Happy Mag
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Tourists still writing on Prague's Lennon Wall despite recent ban

The situation around the Lennon Wall in Prague has calmed down substantially since the wall reopened in November 2019 as an open-air art galley, but tourists are still writing on it. According to the new rules that began in November 2019, people should only write on the wall with a marker or chalk in reserved places.

Source:, Czech Republic
Student debuts play based on George Harrison

To Boston's Suffolk University senior Alice Byrne, there was something in the way George Harrison moved her, with a lifetime of music she found inspirational enough to turn into an original play. Byrne wrote and directed "Here Comes The Moon," which will debut at the Sullivan Studio theater on Friday as part of the Suffolk Spotlight Series.

Source: The Suffolk Journal, Boston
Dhani Harrison to open 2020 ELO tour again

Jeff Lynne has revealed the opening act for his upcoming 2020 tour of Europe and U.K, Dhani Harrison. The 15 dates, dubbed the "From Out of Nowhere Tour," are Jeff Lynne's ELO first European and U.K. dates since 2018. There was no mention of any North American dates, the band did a run there last summer.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, February 3, 2020
Peter Jackson's forthcoming film shows Let It Be sessions were happy

On the basis of the Beatles' 1970 film Let It Be, the album's sessions were downright morose. But an entirely different, much more cheerful narrative will be presented in Peter Jackson's forthcoming film, on the basis of a several-minute-long preview that was screened for an invite-only audience during Grammy weekend.

Source: Variety
Julian Lennon reveals health scare

In a February 1 post on his Facebook page, Julian Lennon announced that tests for a biopsy he's just had have revealed a malignant cancer. The procedure, which took place late last week, involved removing a mole that he's had his entire life, from the top of his head. He said, "I'm still shaking inside... but my faith is strong."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Pete Best wins internet with Beatles tweet

On Jan. 29, the Beatles official Twitter account posed a new question: "Who or What Got You Into the Beatles?" The next day, one of the responses stood out over all others. The comment, "Paul phoned me and asked me to join. That's what got me into The Beatles," came from the Twitter account @BeatlesPeteBest.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Just how important was George Martin to the Beatles?

George Martin, who died in 2016, was, of course, the producer of The Beatles. He was not only the man guiding the creation of their records, but also the one responsible for getting them signed to EMI. The degree and dimension of Martin's contribution as producer has been the subject of much discussion over the years.

Source: American Songwriter
Friday, January 24, 2020
John Lennon: Final Year documentary coming

The final year of John Lennon's life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend's death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Blackpool to have its first ever Beatles themed pub

Its owner says their long-time dream has been to dedicate his pub of 23 years to his all-time favorite band, The Beatles. Now, in a first for Blackpool, and as part of a major renovation project, they are working eight days a week to make open a Beatles-themed Yellow Submarine Pub Ltd at the Scot's Bar on Rigby Road.

Source: Blackpool Gazette, UK
Guitar-shaped private Greek island that Beatles wanted to buy

Just a 15-minute helicopter ride from the Athens airport, this guitar-shaped private island in Greece caught the eye of the Beatles in 1967, when the four British musicians were yachting around the Mediterranean searching for a private piece of paradise where they might live together. It's for sale for 9 million (about $10 million).

Source: Mansion Global
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Who did John Lennon leave his fortune to?

The details of John's will were kept under wraps for a long time, until his first son, Julian Lennon, revealed there had been some tension. In an interview with the Telegraph in May 1998, Julian spoke about the pain he felt of being excluded from his father's will, while his half brother Sean is reported to be the main inheritor of the fortune.

Source: The Express, UK
Video: George Harrison performing Something at his last ever concert

George Harrison's last full concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall just a few days before the British General Election in 1992, the evening a benefit concert for the National Law Party. As such, Harrison banned all commercial filming of the performance but luckily the touching performance of his 1971 tune Something has surfaced online.

Source: Far Out Magazine

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