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Rare Beatles autographs sell for £3,340

A signed Beatles band card belonging to a former musician from King's Lynn in Norfolk, England, was sold at auction on Saturday for £3,340 (about $4,650) to a buyer in Baltimore. The highly collectible card, which previously belonged to Mike Nicholson, was estimated to be worth around £1,00 to £1,500.

Source: Lynn News, UK
Beatles burglars foiled by George Martin's 89-year-old widow

Burglars have forced their way into the home of the late Sir George Martin. After discovering two masked intruders, Sir George's widow, Judy, 89, hid in an upstairs bathroom and called 999 (Britain's 911). Officers arrived and the pair fled empty-handed. The intruders possibly thought priceless Beatles memorabilia was in the house.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney stuns fans by sitting with commuters on train

Paul McCartney was spotted rushing onto a train yesterday just before it pulled out of Charing Cross railway station. Rather than opting for first class, down-to-earth Sir Paul settled down in second class, sitting alongside ordinary commuters and their bicycles. He kept a low profile as he sat quietly on his own in the carriage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Justin Timberlake teams with Stella McCartney on tour wardrobe

Stella Mccartney has designed Justin Timberlake's wardrobe for his Man Of The Woods Tour. Justin kicked off his trek around the world on Tuesday in Toronto, with the star and his dancers all decked out in clothes by the British designer. It comes after Stella dressed Justin for his Super Bowl halftime show in February.

Mending the world, one teacup at a time, Yoko Ono style

A Yoko Ono installation dating back to 1966 is on now at the Rennie Museum in Vancouver. The conceptual piece is designed to bring people together through an act of reparation that is both physical and symbolic. In Ono's Mend Piece, up to 10 people, using twine and tape, attempt to assemble porcelain shards into a semblance of a teacup.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition Wembley book due

At a price of £495 and £245 (about $690 and $340), it's not for the faint of heart, but Jeff Lynne fans will be excited to hear about a deluxe, limited edition book, Wembley or Bust, that is being released by Genesis Publications. The book, coming September 2018, is limited to just 1,500 signed copies–in Deluxe and Collector editions.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Paul McCartney joined by his lookalike grandson at film screening Warning: Page opens with sound

On Wednesday night, Paul McCartney stepped out with his daughter Mary and his 18-year-old lookalike grandson Arthur, as he attended a screening of the new film My Generation in London. Mary was flanked by her handsome son and father as they posed on the red carpet outside the English capital's BFI Southbank ahead of screening.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Michael Caine hangs out with Paul McCartney to mark 85th birthday

Michael Caine is undoubtedly one of the biggest Brit acting icons of all time. The acting legend turned 85 on Wednesday and to celebrate he attended the My Generation film screening at the British Film Institute. He was joined by Paul McCartney at the unveiling of his new documentary that pays tribute to the swinging sixties.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Paul McCartney superfan buys signed Sgt. Pepper box set at auction

A Paul McCartney superfan bid £900 (about $1,250) to win a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band super deluxe six-disc, signed by Paul, in an auction to benefit the Nottingham charity Forever Stars. She said she's been a fan of the Beatles and McCartney for 56 years, even traveling as far as Paris to see him perform.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Liverpool John Lennon Airport Travelodge pays tribute to the Beatles

Ahead of the opening of Travelodge's new hotel located at the John Lennon Airport, the brand has paid homage to some of Liverpool's biggest legends. The hotel's five floors will be named after Cilla Black, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, while one of the meeting rooms will be dedicated to Ringo Starr.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Video: Matt Bellamy and Miles Kane practicing with their Beatles cover band

Muse's Matt Bellamy has shared a rehearsal video of his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which will be supporting The Who's Roger Daltrey at a Teenage Cancer Trust show next week. Blur's Graham Coxon will join forces with Bellamy for the performance, which takes place in London on March 22.

Source: NME, UK
Bravo's series adaptation of The Fifth Beatle will include songbook

Bravo is adapting Vivek J. Tiwary 's graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story as a miniseries, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has access to the Lennon-McCartney, and hopefully some of the Harrisong catalog. The graphic novel detailed the untold story of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.

Source: Den of Geek
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Paul McCartney donates signed Sgt. Pepper box set to charity Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney has donated a signed Sgt. Pepper six CD box set to charity. It will be sold in a special sale tomorrow, money raised will go to Forever Stars charity for parents who have lost a child. Richard Daniels of the charity said, "I was in shock when we received the email confirming the gift from Sir Paul McCartney's office."

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Meet Jenny Boyd, ambassador for The Beatles Story in Liverpool

In a new interview in TTG Magazine in the UK, Jenny Boyd, sister of George Harrison's first wife, Pattie, and an ambassador for The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, talks about how she first met the Beatles, the story of the Beatles' trip to India in 1968, meditation, and how India influenced The Beatles and their music.

Source: TTG Media
Council to buy iconic theatre where The Beatles played

An iconic building where The Beatles once performed is set to have new life breathed into it after Waltham Forest Council purchases it for £2.6 million (about $3.6 million). The former Granada cinema is set to become a new 1,000-seat live performance and film theater, renovation of the site is expected to take three years.

Source: East London Guardian
March 13, 1967: Penny Lane hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with Strawberry Fields Forever, The Beatles' Penny Lane hit #1 in the U.S. on March 13, 1967. The two songs, both about actual places in Liverpool, were recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and never included on an official original Beatles album.

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Keith Richards admits Rolling Stones owe their success to The Beatles

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has previously been outspoken in his lack of regard for the Beatles. However, the 74-year-old has now confessed that without The Beatles making it big in America in the mid-1960s, the Stones wouldn't have become the phenomenon they are today. He said, "They opened the door and I guess we kicked it in."

Source: The Star-Magazine, UK
Original Beatles drummer Pete Best to appear at San Diego Beatles Fair

Often called the fifth Beatle, Pete Best was a member of the Fab Four between 1960 and 1962. Then the band, with the help of manager Brian Epstein, decided to replace Best with Ringo Starr. Pete and his brother Roag Best will be performing, answering questions and signing autographs at the San Diego Beatles Fair on March 30 and 31.

Source: KNSD TV 7, San Diego
Olivia gives OK for George Harrison memorial garden in Henley

Henley mayor Kellie Hinton has written to Olivia Harrison to see if she would back a plan to create a memorial garden to George Harrison in Henley, and George's charity confirmed she is in favor of the idea. The town council will now work with Mrs. Harrison and the Material World Foundation to find a suitable location.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
Teenager's rare Beatles photos of first US tour expected to sell for £250,000

A teenage's shots of The Beatles' first US concerts are expected to sell for £250,000 (about $347,300) at auction. Mike Mitchell, just 18 at the time, snapped hundreds of photos of the band's performances at the Washington Coliseum and the Baltimore Civic Centre in 1964. The more than 400 negatives will go under the hammer on March 24.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
March 12, 1974: John Lennon kicked out of Hollywood nightclub

It happened during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" when he was separated from Yoko Ono and moved out of the Dakota in Manhattan and was spending time in Los Angeles. The Smothers Brothers were playing the Troubadour nightclub, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson arrived for the March 12, 1974, late show lit on Brandy Alexanders.

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Limited series biopic on Brian Epstein coming to TV

Bravo is developing a TV series based on the life of Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager who helped steer them to fame from the early 1960s until his death of an accidental drug overdose in August 1967 at the age of 32. The project is based on "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story," the graphic novel penned by Vivek J. Tiwary.

Source: Variety
Let It Be tops the Top 40 charts this week in 1970

In mid-March 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" was the #1 U.S. pop hit, but unfortunately to many it also signaled the end of the group. Its composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter. "Instant Karma!" by the Plastic Ono Band was charting at #4, and Badfinger's first hit "Come and Get It" entered the charts at #5.

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Friend and colleague of Brian Epstein passes away at 87

Geoffrey Ellis, who worked closely with the Beatles and Brian Epstein during the 60's has passed away, aged 87. Ellis was contacted in 1963 by his childhood friend Epstein to help with the Beatles' first US trip, and left his job to help Epstein manage his quickly expanding business empire, becoming chief administrator of Epstein's NEMS Enterprises.

Source: M Magazine, UK
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Matt Bellamy's Beatles cover band books gigs at SXSW

Matt Bellamy is headed to South by Southwest next week, but not with Muse. Instead, he'll be playing with his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which also features members of Jet and Nine Inch Nails. Also, Bellamy and Dr. Pepper will be playing with Roger Daltrey at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 22.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL

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