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Grand Central Hall in Liverpool celebrates International Beatle Week

International Beatle week 2019 will feature 70 bands from 20 countries and is worth an estimated 2.8m to the city's economy. Fab Four fans from around 40 countries across the world, including Brazil, Russia, the US, Spain and the Netherlands, will converge on the Mersey for the seven-day event which is organised by Cavern City Tours.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
What to expect when Strawberry Field opens its gates with new exhibition

Strawberry Field opens its gates to the public for the first time next month, with a new heritage attraction, cafe and training hub. The site immortalised by Beatles hit Strawberry Fields Forever will offer visitors a tranquil experience, following in John Lennon's footsteps through an interactive exhibition.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney shows off in shirtless photo from 1970

For #ThrowbackThursday, Paul McCartney's official and certified Instagram account has posted a really rare and special photo of The Beatles legend and showed how Paul did a handstand on the beach. As the official page indicates, this photo was taken in 1970 by Linda McCartney on the beach at Antigua.

Source: Metalhead Zone
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Audio: Joel Paterson to release Beatles covers album

Popular Chicago-area guitarist Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles' catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles. The album will be out on September 20, and is available now for pre-order now on vinyl LP, CD, and digital.

Source: Bloodshot Records
Audio: Joel Paterson to release Beatles covers album

Popular Chicago-area guitarist Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles' catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles. The album will be out on September 20, and is available now for pre-order now on vinyl LP, CD, and digital.

Source: Bloodshot Records
British Columbia policemen re-create the Beatles Abbey Road album cover

Today, August 22nd, marks the 55th anniversary of when the Beatles played their first Canadian concert in Vancouver. To celebrate, officers from the Delta Police Traffic Unit in British Columbia re-created the rock band's iconic Abbey Road album cover. In the photo, 10 police officers are crossing 114th Street in Delta.

Source: 604 Now, Vancouver
Orchestra Kentucky to celebrate the Beatles with Abbey Road at 50

Orchestra Kentucky will celebrate 50th anniversary of the Beatles' iconic Abbey Roa" with a performance of entire album at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center on September 21. "The Beatles have been a big part of the Retro Series since the series began," said Orchestra Kentucky Music Director Jeff Reed.

Source: Lane Report, Kentucky
All You Need Is Love tops the charts this month in 1967

The warm months midway through 1967 became known as the Summer of Love as the hippie counterculture's message of peace and love gathered steam across the country. On WABC in New York, All You Need Is Love by The Beatles hit #1, its only week at the top of the station's chart and the perfect song for the Summer of Love.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The Beatles' final photo shoot 50 years ago today

On this day, 50 years ago, the Beatles gathered for a photo shoot, what incidentally also became the last ever shots of all of them together. It was August 22, 1969. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their newly purchased 72-acre estate, Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire.

Source: The Week
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Paul McCartney makes guitar picks by flattening coins on railway track

He's one of the wealthiest musicians in the world, yet Paul McCartney has come up with a thrifty way to make, rather than buy, his own guitar picks as he was spotted creating DIY plectrums by flattening coins on a railway track. Paul was pictured on Thursday placing a dozen one-cent coins on the Long Island Rail Road in New York's Hamptons.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon song Beatles thought was too weird for The White Album

By the late '60s, the Beatles' full commitment to the studio and maturity as songwriters encouraged them to take their music as far as they could. For the White Album, while the nutty Why Don't We Do It in the Road, Piggies and John's highly experimental Revolution 9 made the cut, one truly weird Lennon tune did not.

Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Randy Bachman on why he loves George Harrison and The Beatles

In a new article, Randy Bachman says, "The Beatles changed the world, but they also changed every band. And for me, that was because I got to sing the George Harrison songs with The Guess Who. I'd wait for a new Beatles album to come out, so I could learn the George song. George played guitar like me, like a violin player."

Source: Louder Sound
Monday, August 19, 2019
How Peter Fonda's LSD trip with Beatles produced classic John Lennon lyric

Peter Fonda, who passed away on Friday, once famously uttered a statement that John Lennon wrote into the Beatles song She Said She Said. Under the influence of LSD, he attempted to calm George Harrison, who feared he was dying. He said, "I told him there was nothing to be afraid of, I knew what it was like to be dead."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ringo Starr played a rooftop concert in New York City

New York City was treated to a Beatle on a rooftop when Ringo Starr stopped by on Sunday night for a show at the Rooftop at Pier 17 with His All Starr Band. At 79 years young, Ringo's voice hasn't aged one bit, the show included Ringo's classic It Don't Come Easy and a handful of Beatles songs including Don't Pass Me By and Yellow Submarine.

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Friday, August 16, 2019
Beatles historian Kenneth Womack's new book is about Abbey Road

Beatles author Kenneth Womack has a new book, "Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles," documenting the technical side of the writing, recording, mixing and reception of The Beatles final studio album. The book comes around the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic Beatles album in 1969.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
San Diego musician named ambassador for Beatles museum

Ocean Beach resident Chris Leyva of the band Falling Doves has been selected as an official good will ambassador for the Magical Beatles Museum in Liverpool, England. The announcement was made in a press release by Roag Best, museum founder and CEO and, notably, the brother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Source: San Diego Community Newspapers
Joel Paterson to release Beatles cover album

As a follow up to his holiday album Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles' catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar, out on September 20. A sneak-peak stream of the song Michelle was launched today via the label's site.

Source: Broadway World
Peter Asher on the song that The Beatles didn't want

When Paul McCartney moved in with Jane Asher, Jane's brother Peter heard Paul playing a song John Lennon didn't like. Peter and his friend Gordon had just signed a recording contract and needed songs for their first recording session. Peter remembered the rejected Beatles song and asked if Peter and Gordon could record it.

Source: ABC, Australia
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band show celebrates 30th anniversary

Last night at The Met in Philadelphia, music icon Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band took the stage for a sold out performance. The tour marks the 30th anniversary of the supergroup's debut back in August of 1989. With this run, Ringo and company are soaking up every moment of the celebration.

Related Articles  Source: The Rock Revival
Pattie Boyd to release new book next year

A book described as an "extraordinary visual memoir" is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. The model, photographer and author is, of course, the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens, is being published April 7, 2020, and is available for pre-order now.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Woman jailed for stabbing to death artist friend of the Beatles

A drug addicted former -prostitute has been jailed for the murder of her neighbor, an elderly artist, over 20 loan. Peter Flux, 74, worked at the Apple Record label in London and was friends with John Lennon and the Beatles. Police said, "Throughout his life, the victim was known for his generosity and kindness."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Beatle's son gets lift from ELO

George Harrison's son Dhani is now 41 and his performing career recently got a big lift when his five-man band opened as the front act for Jeff Lynne's ELO 20-city US tour that ended in Pittsburgh last Aug. 1. Lynne worked closely with George throughout his solo career and from 1987 to 1991 with the Traveling Wilburys supergroup.

Source: The Philippine Star
International Beatle Week to celebrate Abbey Road anniversary

The world's largest and longest-running Beatles festival returns to Liverpool this month, with special guests including John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Alan White. International Beatleweek 2019 will feature 70 bands from 20 countries and is worth an estimated 2.8m to the city's economy.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Drake infuriates Beatles fans with Abbey Road tattoo

Drake is apparently so impressed with all of his career milestones, he got John, Paul, George and Ringo from famous Abbey Road album cover tattooed on his arm, and placed himself walking in front of them. The new ink has caused Beatles fans to unleash on the 32-year-old Grammy Award winner on Twitter.

Source: Hip Hop DX
Interview: Designer of Abbey Road and Let It Be covers

Classic albums naturally start with the cover, and some of the most memorable covers were designed by John Kosh. He started off with a bang, the Beatles' Abbey Road was his first, and went on to provide the wrappings for some of classic rock's greatest gifts. Like Let It Be, Who's Next, and The Eagles' Hotel California.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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