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Four Paul McCartney 2018 catalogue titles out now on vinyl

The NEW album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Wings Greatest and Thrillington are out today in single CD digipak, 180gram black vinyl and, for the first time, in limited edition 180 gram color vinyl pressings. All vinyl LPs will include a download card. Every release was supervised by Paul himself, who oversees all aspects of each title.

Ron Howard reveals Han Solo is all of The Beatles combined

Asked in a recent interview, "You directed The Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week, if Han Solo was a Beatle, which would he be?" Ron Howard answered, "He might be a bit of all of them. I see Ringo's swagger and sense of humor...Paul's willingness to put himself out there...bit of John's intelligence and sense of cynicism."

Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK
Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison recreate pic their dads took 49 years ago

A photo, posted online this week, shows the Beatles' sons Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison on a boat on the Thames, 49 years after their fathers took a similar snap. John Lennon captioned the original photo, "The Thames they are a Changin!" a nod to the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a-Changin".

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Frail Yoko Ono visits John Lennon's two childhood homes in Liverpool

A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon. While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where Lennon grew up. It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Lost photos of the Beatles to go on show for first time ever

Lost photographs of musical legends including The Beatles are to go on show for the first time. The forgotten gems, discovered in the archives of celebrity photographer Terry O'Neill, include behind the scenes shots of The Beatles filming in London for A Hard Day's Night in 1964 and their meeting with then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

Source: London Evening Standard
Magical Mystery Tour second best selling album of 1968

Released in 1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album sold so well in 1968 that it was the year's #2 biggest seller. Magical Mystery Tour may as well have been considered a greatest hits collection, with its boatload of huge chart hits, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love and Hello, Goodbye among them.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Beatles musical inspired by Across the Universe opens in London

Inspired by Julie Taymor's musical-movie Across The Universe which takes a poignant look back at an inspiring and turbulent time in American culture, A Trip Across The Universe - Music & Lyrics by The Beatles is a concert of some of the most loved songs in the world. It's playing now through May 19 at the Bob Hope Theatre in London.

Source: Broadway World
Seattle hotel adds new memorabilia to Beatles suite

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle is paying tribute to the property's rich music history with its Beatles Suite. The hotel hosted the Beatles during their 1964 tour and became famous for a photo of the band fishing from their suite window. The suite was revamped this year to include new band memorabilia, turntables and records.

Source: Travel Weekly
7,400 people sign up for concert in Danny Boyle Beatles film

An appeal for thousands of unpaid extras to appear in a movie has already exceeded its target, within 24 hours. Director Danny Boyle has recently been spotted shooting a Beatles-inspired film across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The concert scene will be filmed on Gorleston beach in Norfolk on June 27.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Buy a piece of Strawberry Field and help transform iconic Beatles location

The Salvation Army is looking to redevelop the famous site of Liverpool's Strawberry Field into a hub to help young adults with learning disabilities. The Strawberry Field Buy A Brick initiative will allow Beatles fans to own a piece of the building, with the bricks cleaned, presented in a box, numbered and embossed with a hologram.

Source: Louder
Organizer says Paul McCartney the biggest act ever at ACL Fest

Amy Corbin, who booked the lineup for this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, admits that getting legendary Beatle Paul McCartney was an above-and-beyond coup. Would she call Sir Paul the biggest act ever booked to play ACL Fest? "I would," she said. "I don't know of any living musician that can beat Paul McCartney."

Source: Austin 360
Beatles help deliver church's Mother's Day message

St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island, Illinois, used the music of the Beatles to help deliver their message on Mother's Day, as kids and adults came ready to sing Let It Be and All You Need Is Love. The pastor said that many of the songs featured words that reinforced many of the teachings found in scripture, like Here Comes the Sun.

Source: Our Quad Cities, Illinois
Cutting-edge composer, musician and Beatles fanatic dies at 38

Matt Marks, composer, musician and founding member of the contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, died on Friday in St. Louis. A passionate Beatles fan, he contributed one of the group's signature pieces, an eerily accurate arrangement for live performers of the Beatles' Revolution 9. He was 38.

Source: New York Times
Monday, May 14, 2018
5,000 extras sought for Danny Boyle Beatles film

Five thousand extras are being sought to appear in a "Beatles-inspired" film directed by Danny Boyle. A tweet from the makers of the film said that 5,000 extras were being sought for a "brilliant concert on Gorleston beach". The company will also be seeking an audience for a "concert scene" in Liverpool on June 5.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Bert Berns documentary includes Paul McCartney interviews

"BANG! The Bert Berns Story" will be released on DVD on June 1. It tells the story of one of the most important songwriters, producers and label chiefs of the '60s whose hits include "Twist and Shout." The DVD include a full hour of additional footage, including interviews with Keith Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham and Paul McCartney.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Ron Howard says Star Wars as big as The Beatles

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard said Saturday directing a movie in the "Star Wars" universe was as daunting as making his Beatles documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week", thanks to the intense fan love. He said, "The level of anticipation is unlike anything that I've done...It was a little bit like the Beatles documentary."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Interview: Fab Four secrets from biographer Mark Lewisohn

About his book "The Beatles: All These Years, Volume One - Tune In", author Mark Lewisohn says, "It's about four war babies from an unlikely place in England who ended up, through force of personality and originality and talent, changing the world. I decided that I was going to tell the story as faithfully, honestly and as accurately as I can."

Source: Closer Weekly
Friday, May 11, 2018
Preview: Double Fantasy - John and Yoko at Museum of Liverpool

A new ground-breaking free exhibition Double Fantasy - John and Yoko is their story in their own words. The exhibition, opening on May 18, explores the chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign. From the intimate to the iconic, the exhibition brings together unmissable objects and artworks.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
New Like Father Like Son release contains Wilburys cover

Frank Gallo, of Brooklyn's award-winning titans of kindie music, Rolie Polie Guacamole, and his dad, veteran children's musician Lou Gallo, have teamed up to form Like Father Like Son. Their new album, Sun is a Star, includes a splendid cover of "Handle with Care," written by George Harrison for the legendary Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles animator Ron Campbell brings his Yellow Submarines to Florida

Ron Campbell was a leading animator, director and producer on many of animation's most popular cartoons, including Popeye, Scooby Doo, The Beatles Cartoon Series and the iconic Beatles' animated movie, Yellow Submarine. He will be appearing at Libertine Contemporary Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Beatles dominate UK musicians rich list

Members of The Beatles dominate a newly-published list of the UK richest musicians by the UK's Sunday Times. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell lead the musicians list at 820 million, with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, the widow and son of George Harrison, at No. 7 with 230 million, while Ringo Starr sits at No. 8 with 220 million.

Source: antiMusic
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Paul McCartney remains the richest person in the British music industry

On May 13, the Sunday Times will publish its 2018 "Rich List," ranking the 1,000 wealthiest people in the UK. After crunching the numbers, they found McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell had a combined wealth of 820 million ($1.1 billion). McCartney has been part of the Sunday Times' Rich List since their first list in 1989.

Source: Quartz
U.S. John Lennon stamp to be issued in four varieties

The John Lennon forever stamp in the Music Icons commemorative series will be issued Sept. 7 in New York City, according to the United States Postal Service. The same photograph of Lennon taken by Bob Gruen in August 1974 in each horizontal row will be treated in different gradient colors, creating four different major varieties.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Paul McCartney to miss Wolf Prize ceremony due to scheduling conflict

The Wolf Foundation announced today that Paul McCartney will not be attending the Wolf Prize official ceremony in Jerusalem this month. "It's very flattering and I am grateful to be this year's Wolf Prize winner in music," McCartney wrote to the foundation. "But after reviewing my schedule...I will not be able to arrive at the date set."

Source: Jerusalem Online
Beach Boys With Royal Philharmonic to be Released

Capitol will release The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on June 8 on CD, digitally, and on August 17 on vinyl. The 17-track album pairs The Beach Boys' original vocal performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

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