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Paul McCartney snaps selfies with his wife while sightseeing in Athens

Paul McCartney put on a cosy display with his wife Nancy Shevell at the Acropolis of Athens in Greece on Thursday while they were on a romantic getaway. Hitting all the right style notes, the couple, married since 2011, looked closer than ever, as they leaned in close to snap selfies together while wearing the same fedora hats.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo Starr lands in Israel with message of peace and love

Ringo Starr landed in Israel Thursday afternoon ahead of two planned concerts in Tel Aviv. Starr arrived in the country and sent his fans a message of "Peace and Love," inviting them to attend the Saturday and Sunday shows. Starr will become the second former Beatle to perform in Israel, after Paul McCartney's shows there in 2008.

Source: The Jerusalem Post
Owners of The Grapes unsure about future of iconic pub

Mystery has surrounded the closure of the legendary Liverpool pub The Grapes, which failed to open for business a month ago, with many asking if it will ever reopen. A spokesperson for the company that owns the pub said they had no further info, but appeared to suggest the famous Beatles hang-out will reopen at some stage.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New book Dreaming The Beatles tells the world's greatest love story

Rob Sheffield's new book, Dreaming The Beatles, is less an exercise in reading than it is strapping into a carnival ride, full of highs and lows, bright lights, impossible emotions, and the head-over-heels kind of love only temporary bliss can breed. It's thrilling to participate in a piece of writing that is so meticulously and lovingly constructed.

Source: Uproxx
Paul McCartney: I could have died at Beatles gigs

Paul McCartney has revealed how some of his worst gigs were in his early Beatle days at Liverpool's legendary Cavern, and that he often risked life and limb playing with the band. Paul remembered, "The early days tend to be the worst. In the Cavern, the condensation from the sweat from people would get into the amps."

Source: Radio X, UK
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Paul McCartney confirms White Album repackage all in place

In a newly published interview, Paul McCartney has confirmed that a deluxe edition of the The Beatles, the 1968 double package better known as The White Album, is on its way. Asked about the White Album's 50th anniversary, Paul said, "It's all in place. I've just got a couple of essays [to approve]. It's all lined up and it's really good."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney reveals new Egypt Station album

On the same day that Paul McCartney released a double A-sided single, he revealed further details of his upcoming studio album, Egypt Station. Sharing a title with one of his own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013's New. The new album will be available on September 7.

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Listen: Paul McCartney's new double A-side single

Following yesterday's reveal of some of the details of his upcoming album, today, Paul McCartney released a double A-sided single, "I Don't Know" and the instantly catchy "Come On To Me." The tracks are from his upcoming album, Egypt Station, to be released on Sept. 7 via Capitol Records, available now for pre-order in the U.S. and the U.K.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Video Preview: Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke

Paul McCartney's recently announced "Carpool Karaoke" appearance airs Thursday on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and now there's a first look at the segment posted on YouTube. The clip begins with Corden in a car talking on his cellphone, a conversation that suspiciously resembles the lyrics to The Beatles' Help!

Source: WFJA FM
Logo mix-up forces Indie festival to deny Paul McCartney will be appearing

Organizers of a small indie music festival, the Last Train Home festival, were amazed to see tickets selling across the world, then they realized Paul McCartney fans mistakenly thought the ex-Beatle was to appear at the festival, because a doodle McCartney is using to tease his upcoming album is very similar to the festival's logo.

Source: Teesside Live, UK
Liverpool Beatles museum upgrades its kid's Discovery Zone

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool has done a full refurbishment of their Discovery Zone, incorporating exciting new features linking the story of The Beatles, their early lives and rise to fame with key areas of the UK's National Curriculum. New features include a giant interactive floor piano and interactive touch-screens.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Paul McCartney releasing double A-side single

At 12 Noon Eastern today, Paul McCartney finally, formally revealed some of the details of his upcoming album. On his various social platforms, it said, "Paul McCartney is done keeping the world in suspense: "I Don't Know" and "Come On To Me" will be released tomorrow (June 20) as a double A-Side single."

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Monday, June 18, 2018
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.

Related Articles  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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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
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

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