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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, October 19, 2018

Paul McCartney to reissue Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway 

The 11th and 12th classic works from the Paul McCartney catalog to be remastered, reissued and expanded, Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, will be released across multiple formats on December 7. Also set for release is the 11-disc Paul McCartney and Wings 1971-73 numbered limited edition super deluxe compilation.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Streaming: Three unreleased versions of While My Guitar Gently Weeps 

An acoustic demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps has now been released ahead of the White Album Special Edition re-release on November 9. The acoustic release is also accompanied by a demo of the track recorded at Harrison's bungalow in Esher, Surrey, and a 2018 mix, which are now streaming on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Lamborghini recreates Beatles Abbey Road cover 

2018 marks 50 years of the Lamborghini Espada, with the model recently being hosted at the Royal Automobile Club in London. It also paid a visit to the iconic Abbey Road, where, seen as too good an opportunity to pass up, Lamborghini parked the Espada on the crossing to recreate the famous Beatles cover art.

Source: Auto Classics
That insane time Elton John jammed with John Lennon 

Having played nearly 3,000 shows with Elton John since 1972, guitarist Davey Johnstone says it's tough to pick favorites. But there is one 1974 concert at the Garden that stands out, that's when John Lennon joined them onstage on Thanksgiving Day when Elton played piano on the Beatle legend's single Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.

Source: NY Post
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Listen: Previously unreleased, acoustic While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The new Super Deluxe Edition of the Beatles White Album, which arrives on November 9th, includes a previously unheard version of the classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps which you can now hear online. It's an early acoustic take, as George Harrison tinkers with the ballad that would turn into one of his most powerful statements.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles album recreated for horror film festival

It's Sgt. Freddy's Severed Hearts Club Band in Sheffield with the Celluloid Screams film festival poster for their tenth annual edition. For the occasion, The Beatles' 1967 album cover has had a horror makeover courtesy of Mute Art. The poster includes some of the characters and films that have been screened in the last ten years.

Source: Bloody Disgusting
Name another 85-year-old making music this combative

In Warzone, reworkings of what you might call Yoko Ono's big hits are absent. There's no Walking on Thin Ice, nothing from 1981's Season of Glass, her most commercially successful solo album. Warzone proves that at 85, its creator is still capable of raging away with an undimmed intensity. A slip into genteel retirement looks unlikely.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Paul McCartney debuts a second and third video for Come On to Me

The video for Paul McCartney's recent single "Come On to Me", featuring a department store security guard who enthusiastically sings and dances his way through the tune, has been followed by two similar videos, featuring two different people, a young Syrian working in a food truck, and a cleaning woman in a high-rise office building.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM
Elvis Costello amused by Paul McCartney's auto-tune quip

Paul McCartney has said that he has heard Elvis Costello, with whom he has worked on a number of occasions, as a voice in his head scolding him for using Auto-Tune. Reacting to Macca's comments, Costello said, "Can you imagine my shock? I never quite get over that I know Paul. Because he's Paul, and yet he's so very kind."

Source: RTE, Ireland
John Lennon's face returns to Prague's iconic wall

First painted following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, throughout the years Prague's John Lennon Wall filled up with graffiti and Beatles' lyrics. In the late '80s it was the source of a political clash between the communist regime and young Czechs, and was painted over in 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Source: Expats.cz
Book Review: Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly

There are several "definitive" biographies of John Lennon, and even more books claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles' well-documented career. Veteran journalist and screenwriter Ray Connolly's book "Being John Lennon: A Restless Life" offers insights into Lennon's complex, contradictory character.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
First look: Podcast goes Inside The Studio with Paul McCartney

For the latest episode of their "Inside The Studio" podcast, host Joe Levy meets with Paul McCartney in Winnipeg surrounding a show on his current tour in support of his chart-topping Egypt Station album. Paul McCartney telling stories about John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr is every bit the magic you would expect.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
John Lennon mural part of Paint Love Across America tour

A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn't plan to paint John Lennon's face and the lyrics to his "Imagine" on a garage in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. It just felt right. "Everyone is depressed, what we all need right now is love," said traveling graffiti artist Menace Two.

Source: Block Club Chicago
All You Need Is Love UK tour

All You Need is Love is The Beatles like you've never heard them before, over 40 of the Fab Four's greatest hits performed alongside The National Philhamonic Concert Orchestra. A spectacular multi-media concert, All You Need is Love will get its world premiere in 2019 on an 10-date UK and Ireland tour, including London's Cadogan Hall.

Source: British Theatre.com
Review: John Lennon's Imagine Ultimate Collection

Originally a 10-track, 40-minute album, John Lennon's chart-topping Imagine has been expanded for this release to include...well, more than you could have possibly imagined. Four CDs deliver 61 tracks and upwards of four-and-a-half hours of playing time. The set also includes two Blu-ray discs with 88 additional selections.

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Monday, October 15, 2018
John Lennon's birthday celebration packs Louisiana pub

"We all know what John Lennon would tell us if he were with us today. He would tell us to piss off," said Enoch "Doyle" Jeeter of Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana. With a packed pub, it was obvious everyone did just the opposite. The 39th annual John Lennon birthday celebration featured local bands playing Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: The Hawkeye
Stella McCartney launches breast cancer charity

Stella McCartney has launched a new charity Stella McCartney Cares. McCartney has created the organisation to work towards the "prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer." Stella has been personally touched by the illness as her mother Linda McCartney was 56 when she tragically died from breast cancer.

Source: Female First
Urban experts tasked with transforming Liverpool's Mathew Street

A team of urban regeneration experts is to create a new vision for Liverpool's world-famous Mathew Street, home of the Beatles. Consultants will develop a plan which will enable the city council to steer the future use of existing buildings and identify opportunities to attract new investment and more coordinated music tourism.

Source: Liverpool Business News
Sgt. Pepper named favorite album in the UK

The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been named the most popular British album in history. The Official Charts Company said Saturday that the band's 1967 classic is Britain's favorite album based on physical sales, downloads and streams in the U.K. The album came ahead of Adele and Oasis.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, October 12, 2018
Fans disappointed with new Linda McCartney veggie pizza

Linda McCartney's new line of vegetarian pizza has been branded "disappointing" by fans who claim the late activist would have been a vegan by now. The pizzas hit the shelves yesterday, but prompted something of an outcry among plant-based eaters who demanded to know why no vegan options had been included.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yellow Submarine animator showing artwork in Duluth

Ron Campbell, an animator who worked on The Beatles' movie Yellow Submarine, is showing off his many works at the "Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show" at PrÝve Gallery in Duluth this weekend. Campbell is also known for his work on popular cartoons like Scooby Doo, The Flinstones, and The Jetsons.

Source: WDIO TV, Duluth
How the Beatles got their famous logo

For the band's first few years, there was no Beatles logo. In April 1963, Drum City in London gave Ringo Starr a £238 Ludwig Downbeat kit in oyster black pearl finish for free in exchange for keeping the Ludwig brand on the front. They created the original logo, and Epstein paid them £5 to paint it on the drum head.

Source: Fast Company
Oct 12, 1969: Paul McCartney death rumors begin

On this day Russ Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit, MI takes a call from a listener who tells him that in "Revolution 9," a voice says, "Turn me on, dead man." And it's a sign that Paul McCartney is dead. His phone lines light up with more callers offering clues that indicate that Macca "blew his mind out in a car" and was replaced by a lookalike.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, October 11, 2018
New Video: Security guard dancing to Paul McCartney's Come On To Me

Paul McCartney has unveiled a new music video for his track "Come On To Me" from the new album, Egypt Station. The video, directed by TG Herrington, follows security guard Fred "Little Freddie" Maxwell as he hijacks the in-store sound system. Freddie's energy is contagious and the video has gone viral on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Paul McCartney.com
Rare first pressing of Revolver album to go up for auction

A rare first pressing of The Beatles' Revolver LP is coming up for auction in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. The record has the rare XEX 606-1 matrix engraved between the run-off grooves on side two, signifying that it contains a different master of Tomorrow Never Knows, with a longer fade-out with more prominent piano.

Source: Lichfield Live, UK

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