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Watch John Lennon and George Harrison in newly surfaced video

John Lennon and George Harrison appear together in a newly surfaced video. In the previously unseen footage they are recording "How Do You Sleep" for the Imagine album. Lennon plays guitar in the footage from Ascot Sound Studios, Harrison can be seen playing slide guitar alongside Nicky Hopkins, Alan White and Klaus Voormann.

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The music of Paul McCartney with the Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony opens its 2018-19 Fox Motors Pops series with "McCartney and More" starring jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli toured and recorded with Paul McCartney in the past, and Paul personally asked Pizzarelli to do an album of McCartney's post-Beatles songs in a classic jazz style.

Source: WOOD TV, Grand Rapids
Study proves octopus truth Beatles knew

Octopuses exposed to "ecstasy" display unusual social behaviour with surprising parallels with human responses to this psychoactive drug, scientists reported on Thursday, nearly 50 years after Beatles' Ringo Starr wrote and sang lyrics that link octopuses with happiness. The scientists' findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Source: The Telegraph
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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Paul McCartney confirms new version of Let It Be film is in the works

Paul McCartney has indicated that the Beatles film Let It Be is set to be re-released in "a new version" to mark its fiftieth anniversary in 2020 with a special DVD/Blu-Ray release. In addition, McCartney has said that the "latest gossip" is that the re-release will feature a new edit of Let It Be based on never-before-seen footage.

Source: NME, UK
New Monkees Christmas album to include Paul McCartney cover

The Monkees will release Christmas Party, their first holiday album, featuring new vocals by Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, with vocals by the late Davy Jones taken from vintage recordings. The album features a wide array of classic Christmas tracks, including Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime."

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Beatles-themed bar has its very own replica Abbey Road crossing

Hard Days Night, a new bar themed around the fab four, will open in Newcastle next month on the same day as John Lennon's birthday. The bar will serve Beatles-inspired cocktails and food in its restaurant named for Brian Epstein, and includes a replica of the Abbey Road crossing outside along with a gravestone to Eleanor Rigby.

Source: Stoke Sentinel, UK
This guy's a Ringer for Starr

Michael Callahan doesn't have to do anything special to portray Ringo Starr in upcoming concerts in Minnesota. All he has to do is act naturally. Callahan, a drummer just like Starr, is "Ringer Star" in a tribute to the Beatles drummer and his music. In 2013, he took his Ringer Star show on the road, including performing in Liverpool.

Source: Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN
He Saw Them Standing There in India

Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman is in Mumbai for an exhibition of the candid pictures he took with the Beatles at Maharshi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh in 1968. His book containing the photos, The Beatles in Rishikesh, was published in 2000. Earlier this year, a special 50th anniversary edition, The Beatles in India, was released.

Source: Mumbai Guide
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Before remastering, McCartney hadn't listened to White Album in 50 years

The White Album is getting a 50-year reissue next month, and Paul McCartney has told the Canadian Press that helping to prepare the reissue inspired him to actually give it a listen. "I haven't listened to it in 50 years," he admits, and says when he listens, "I remember where we were and the circumstances of recording each of the tracks."

Source: WFJA FM
Video: Back In Brazil from Egypt Station

On the day that Paul released his new #1 album Egypt Station, he also published a new music video for the track "Back In Brazil" to his Facebook fans in the country, which was also Independence Day in Brazil. Today, Paul's official website unveiled the Back In Brazil video to all fans. The video follows the story Paul lays out in the song.

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Sedona Film Festival presents restored Imagine encore Sept. 24

The Sedona International Film Festival will join theaters around the world to present a one-night only world encore of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Imagine on Monday, Sept. 24. It includes previously unreleased cinema-exclusive bonus material, restored footage, and a remixed, remastered and immersive soundtrack mix.

US Senate votes to ensure royalties for older songs

The US Senate voted Tuesday to guarantee royalties for digital broadcast of songs from before 1972, in a rare bipartisan effort. The passage of the Music Modernization Act came despite objections by satellite broadcaster SiriusXM, which prompted a boycott threat of the platform by top names in music including Paul McCartney.

Source: Yahoo! News
Look Back: Radio hits in September 1968

On the playlist of Los Angeles Top 40 station KHJ in late September, 1968, making a big leap from #24 to #12, was the smash hit "Those Were the Days" from Mary Hopkin on the Beatles' Apple label, produced by Paul McCartney. And at #1 on KHJ and nationally was The Beatles' Hey Jude, it held the top spot for nine weeks.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Recap: Paul McCartney begins Freshen Up tour

Paul McCartney began his 2018-2019 Freshen Up tour Monday night in Quebec City. He played 39 songs including such "required" numbers as Hey Jude, Yesterday, Band on the Run and Live and Let Die, plus three songs from Egypt Station. On several occasions, McCartney peppered his between-songs banter with a bit of French.

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Ringo and his All-Starrs deliver diverse set of tunes in Saratoga Springs

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band gave their all to the crowd on Friday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, supplying a diverse set of tunes by different band members. Along with Ringo were Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc.

Source: The Saratogian
French soccer team recreates iconic Abbey Road cover

This morning French sports newspaper L'Equipe printed a mock up of Paris Saint-Germain's star players as The Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing. Their headline, "A Road To Cross" in French, is fitting as the Paris soccer team launches their latest attempt to win Europe's biggest club competition against last year's finalists, Liverpool.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Lost Lennon letter man performs in Worcestershire

Award-winning musician and songwriter Steve Tilston plays Folk in the Foyer at Evesham Arts Centre in Worcestershire, England, next Thursday. Widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music, the story of Steve's "lost" letter from John Lennon inspired the 2015 Hollywood movie Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.

Source: Worcester News, UK
Monday, September 17, 2018
Paul McCartney says he'll never play a Beatles album in full

Paul McCartney says he'll never play a Beatles album in full on stage because it would be "too limiting." The Beatle, who has just released his 18th solo studio album, Egypt Station, sat down with NME to talk about his career and latest record. He added that while he'd never do it himself, he applauds others for trying it.

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Paul McCartney's Egypt Station opens at #1

Billboard has announced that Paul McCartney's new album, Egypt Station, will make its chart debut at #1, his first album to top the charts in the United States since 1982's Tug of War and his first ever to open at the coveted #1 position. The album has now sold the equivalent of 153,000 units (including streams).

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Beatles fan Rosanne Cash honored with John Lennon award for her work

As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee, even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club. Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the "John Lennon Real Love Award," acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist. "He's still alive in so many ways," she said from Nashville.

Source: NY Daily News
Audio: New edit of Beatles movie Let It Be could happen soon

Paul McCartney has said a new edit of the Beatles movie Let It Be could enter production in the near future, according to The Daily Beatle. The original 1970 documentary hasn't been available in home formats since 1982 as a result of scenes that showed the band in a negative light as the members moved toward their split.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to recreate a Beatles show

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is pairing up with the Classical Mystery Tour to take audience members back in time. A Tribute to The Beatles is a performance that will feature more than a dozen favorite Beatles songs. The symphony's goal is to recreate a Beatles show, something WSO Conductor Julian Pellicano said is not easy.

Source: Global News
Friday, September 14, 2018
Spotify announces special Paul McCartney playlist

Spotify is about to release a new playlist, Paul McCartney & Spotify Singles: Under The Staircase, exclusive audio and video recordings captured at one of McCartney's gigs at the famed Abbey Road Studios this summer. The first of its kind audio and video playlist features 17 songs and a feature length concert film.

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Video: Paul McCartney answers web's most searched questions

McCartney sat down with Wired for an interview in which he answers the most popular questions Google users enter into the search bar when looking for information about the music icon. It's super charming, and it's fun to see him answer some interesting and sometimes ridiculous questions about himself and his career.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Compare new John Lennon imagine ultimate mixes to original LP

The upcoming John Lennon Imagine box set features what's being called the "Ultimate Mixes." Now on the internet, you can view two videos that allow listeners to compare parts of the original 1971 mix with the new 2018 versions. Arriving on Oct. 5, Imagine: The Ultimate Collection contains 140 tracks including outtakes.

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