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Beatles festival Meet and Greet to feature Beatles poet, artist, and musician

On Friday, September 20, Beatles at the Ridge will host its 6th Annual "Meet and Greet" Party where attendees may meet the guest speakers, authors, artists, poets, musicians, craftsmen, and vendors who will make the weekend so special. Refreshments are provided, door prizes are given, and attendance is free.

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Video: Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison sing Wilburys' favorite

Jeff Lynne opened his North American tour last night with a 20-song show in Anahem, Calif. The performance was his first since he completed a European tour last October. Eight songs in, Lynne welcomed Dhani Harrison, son of Lynne's friend and bandmate, George Harrison, to perform the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Details on Ringo Starr's 2019 birthday celebration and tour

Ringo Starr has announced details for his annual birthday celebration. On July 7, 2019, he'll turn 79 and will return to Capitol Records Tower at 1750 N Vine St. in Los Angeles for his annual Peace & Love celebration, where he and a starr-studded group of classic rock stars and other celebrities will join gathered fans.

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Video: Tammy Wynette's spellbinding cover of Yesterday

In 1968, Tammy Wynette recorded one of her signature songs, the Bobby Braddock-Curly Putman classic, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." Serving as the title tune from Wynette's third solo LP, the single, as well as the album, topped the charts. The album contained a mournful rendition of Paul McCartney's oft-covered Yesterday.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Beatles in Liverpool: A walking and driving tour

If you look past the souvenir shops, pubs named for band members and rampant urban redevelopment, a visitor on a Beatles pilgrimage to Liverpool can encounter plenty of sites that contributed to the beloved group's musical heritage. All you need is love, plus a little imagination and a decent pair of walking shoes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra plays first full-length Beatles concert

Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at its finest as it plays its first ever full-length Beatles concert. Led by some of Australia's most talented rock singers, All You Need Is Love plays for one night only at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on Sunday, July 28.

Source: The Scoop, New Zealand
Why do Manchester City supporters sing Hey Jude at matches

Manchester City fans can be heard belting out Beatles classic Hey Jude in celebration of their team's achievements, with the tune being blasted out at home matches. It is curious, however, as to why a song from a band that hails from Liverpool has been adopted by the Sky Blues due to the intense rivalry between the two cities.

Source: Goal, UK
Flashback: Elvis covers The Beatles in Las Vegas

The Beatles may have followed the frenetic energy of Elvis Presley over ten years later but their power pop sensibilities clearly resonated with the King of Rock and Roll. So much so that during some of his performances in Las Vegas in the August of 1969 the King would cover not only Yesterday but also the anthemic Hey Jude.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Thursday, June 13, 2019
First Beatles contract could fetch £300,000 at auction

The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein, signed on January 24, 1962, marking the start of their transformation into world-conquering pop band, is going under the hammer. The paperwork could fetch £300,000 (about $380,500) in Sotheby's English Literature Online sale which runs from July 1-9.

Source: The Irish News
What Ringo Starr does to deal with stage fright

In a recent interview with Al Roker, Ringo Starr admitted he still gets stage fright even after all these years of performing. He said, "I do still get stage fright. Seconds before I go on, I want to go to bed. I wanna go anyway bar there. And then I run on. Once I've run on, I grab the mic and I'm fine."

Source: The Express, UK
Yoko Ono's art offers optimism and hope by looking skyward

It's easy to forget that Yoko Ono was a boundary-pushing and successful conceptual artist long before a certain Mr. Lennon entered the picture. The exhibition Yoko Ono, Sky Pieces, marks the artist's return to Cambridge 50 years since her first visit and her debut public concert with John Lennon in 1969.

Source: Creative Boom
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Image of John Lennon 51-years-old typewritten lyrics released

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared yet another golden worth document from 1968. It is a picture of John's typewritten lyrics for Revolution, with the third verse in his own handwriting. Unlike the actual performances, the printed lyrics include the line, "Don't you know it's going to be alright."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Is Paul McCartney in the new Yesterday movie?

The new movie Yesterday touches upon the power of The Beatles in creative and exciting fashion, so it's possible that a certain musical icon could drop by to surprise fans. Some celebrity superstars appear as themselves, most notably pop megastar, Ed Sheeran. But is one of the men behind the original music set to steal the show?

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Photo: John Lennon plays one of the weirdest instruments

John Lennon's official Instagram page has revealed a really rare photo of Lennon playing a bizarre instrument, an alphorn, also known as labraphone. The picture also includes a young Julian Lennon and was photographed by Beatles Book Monthly photographer Leslie Bryce at Lennon's Kenwood, Weybridge, Surrey, home on June 29, 1967.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, June 7, 2019
Pictures: Paul McCartney in Madison

When Paul McCartney took the stage at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday night, he and his tight four-piece backing band delivered a joyful and energetic 39-song, three-hour show, from his earliest songs, including one pre-Beatles song, to the newest tunes off his 2018 album "Egypt Station."

Related Articles  Source: The Capitol Times, Madison
New ABBA music tries to emulate the Beatles

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus has teased new music, and said, "Some people give up when they have a great chorus, they think the verse is not that important. But we never worked that way. We try to emulate The Beatles in that respect that every part of the song is important, every instrumental, every little backing vocal, every note is important."

Source: The Express, UK
Video Premiere: John Lennon's supergroup The Dirty Mac

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, has been released in restored, expanded editions, including previously unheard performances from The Dirty Mac, a supergroup formed especially for the film, consisting of John Lennon, Keith Richards (on bass guitar), Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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Brian Wilson postpones tour

In a letter to his fans, Brian Wilson has postponed his June tour, writing that he is "mentally insecure." The classic rock legend shared the news yesterday on his Facebook page. He was scheduled to perform next this evening, June 7, with his Pet Sounds: The Final Performances tour. His most recent performance was May 4.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Radio: Beatles-Inspired play makes its American debut in Hollywood

The Beatles-inspired play "And Now It's All This," makes its American debut at the Hollywood Fringe Fest this month. The play follows John Lennon in 1966 when he made his infamous quote that "the Beatles were bigger than Jesus." The Wave's host Dave Caprita sat down with Trevor Boelter, writer/producer of the play.

Source: KTWV, Los Angeles
Green Bay honors Paul McCartney with Abbey Road sign

Ahead of the highly anticipated Paul McCartney concert at Lambeau Field Saturday, the city of Green Bay is adding some British flare to its downtown. Today, the city temporarily turned City Deck Court into Abbey Road. Complete with a road sign and vintage parked cars, visitors can recreate their own crossing Abbey Road photos.

Source: WLUK TV, Green Bay
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell at NYC charity event

Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell attended the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services 2019 Spring Benefit in New York City on Tuesday. They were in good spirits at the charity event, and they certainly dressed to impress, Paul put on a dapper display in a black suit, a white shirt and a black tie.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Become The Beatles experience launches for Isle Of Wight Festival

With only a week to go until this year's Isle of Wight Festival, organisers have today announced a new immersive virtual reality experience dedicated to The Beatles. "Become The Beatles" will allow fans the opportunity to learn more about the Fab Four and witness Beatlemania through the eyes of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Source: Isle of Wight Radio
Rock stars set Beatles White Album tribute tour

One year after the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' White Album, several classic rock greats have announced a tour to celebrate the landmark LP. Tour 2019 – A Tribute to the Beatles' White Album features Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland of Badfinger and Jason Scheff of Chicago.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Canadian teen thrilled with McCartney shoutout

Emma Stevens said she was almost moved to tears when she learned her Mi'kmaq rendition of The Beatles' classic song "Blackbird" had earned her a shoutout from none other than Paul McCartney. She said she and her music teacher first heard McCartney had singled her out for praise through comments on YouTube.

Source: BC Local News, Vancouver
Yoko Ono to send message of peace at festival opening

Yoko Ono is inviting people to send a message of peace to the world at the opening event of the Manchester International Festival. Yoko will hold the event, Bells For Peace, in the city's Cathedral Gardens on July 4. Members of the public will be able to gather and an orchestra of bells will ring out for peace.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK

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