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Sean Lennon and Miley Cyrus to sing Happy Xmas on SNL 

Singer Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern this morning that she and Sean Ono Lennon will sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singing star is the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.

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Video: Eddie Vedder covers the Beatles for South African School choir 

In 2005, Eddie Vedder released an album called The Molo Sessions, recorded with The Walmer High School Choir of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and all proceeds went to help fund local schools in South Africa. Now, he has reunited with the choir and gave them a special performance, including The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun.

Source: iHeart Radio
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 

Nashville-based singer Emily Hackett has re-released her cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from last year, with a lyric video to accompany it, which you can now watch online on YouTube. She said she wanted something that "felt real and raw and would have gotten a John Lennon stamp of approval."

Source: Vents Magazine
Jazz artists talk about covering the Beatles for new album 

As someone who grew up in the dual worlds of jazz and the Beatles, Tony Bennett's son Danny saw the perfect opportunity to make an addition to the ever-ongoing conversation between bop and the Beatles by paying homage to them in the form of the tribute album "A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper".

Source: Billboard
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Pipers lament as Paul McCartney drops Mull of Kintyre from tour setlist

He famously sang about how his desire was always to be there, but Paul McCartney has chosen not to always play his hit Mull Of Kintyre and has dropped it from the setlist for his world tour's only Scots show. His decision emerged after Kintyre Schools Pipe Band asked if they might join him on stage to perform the hit.

Related Articles  Source: The Sunday Post, Scotland
New book shows young Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in 1963

On September 12, 1963, Norman Parkinson photographed the Fab Four as they recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The photos show a young John, Paul, George and Ringo singing, playing guitar and harmonica, having tea and joking around. Initially published that year, they are now part of a new book, "The Beatles: London, 1963."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko and fans pay tribute to John Lennon on 38th anniversary of his death

On Saturday, on the 38th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, Yoko took to Twitter to share his philosophy, writing, "Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that." Fans gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park to share a moment of silence and sing Lennon's songs.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, December 7, 2018
Blossoms release cover of Wonderful Christmastime

Blossoms have shared their version of Paul McCartney's evergreen festive classic "Wonderful Christmastime." Released in 1979 the song signals the beginning of Advent, with Christmas trees being hoisted across the land, it's now been given the Blossoms treatment. The Salford lads re-worked the single in their own slick style.

Source: Clash Music
Paul McCartney reveals why he nearly didn't do Carpool Karaoke

It's not unusual to think fondly of your childhood home, but it would be strange to step inside many decades later with it looking almost exactly the same. That was the situation that faced Paul McCartney when he returned to 20 Forthlin Road, in Allerton, earlier this year. "I'd always felt it might just be a bit creepy,"Paul said.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles' failed Apple Boutique opened on this day in 1967

On this date in 1967, the Beatles opened the Apple Boutique. Paul McCartney said the shop was supposed to be "a beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things." The Apple Boutique wound up being a commercial failure that lost money at a staggering rate, it shut its doors just seven months later.

Source: Creative Loafing
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Paul McCartney's carpool karaoke is biggest you tube video of 2018

Paul McCartney's appearance on carpool karaoke has been named the top trending YouTube video of the year in the UK. The video, which has been viewed more than 35 million times, included a trip around Liverpool with visits to Penny Lane and Paul's old home on Forthlin Road, and McCartney's secret pub performance.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Inside the hotel room where John and Yoko had their 1969 bed-in

The suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their Montreal bed-in, on the 17th floor of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, has been revamped recently as part of a hotel-wide refurbishment, costing more than $100 million. The suite features artefacts from the bed-in, including room service orders and housekeeping records.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Composer ranks Beatles up with best in classics

Christopher Donison will be performing a solo-piano transcription concert performance of the entire Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road at Victoria International Marina. On who is likely to be considered the Mozart of our era, he says he believes that posterity might well consider the Beatles to be that late-20th-century Mozart.

Source: Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Paul McCartney adds stadium dates to US leg of Freshen Up tour

Paul McCartney has announced four additional U.S. stadium dates to his 2019 Freshen Up tour, including Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, both of which hosted McCartney performances to capacity crowds on his 2014 Out There tour. Tickets will be on sale for the new dates at 10 a.m. on December 13.

Related Articles  Source: U Discover Music
Band on the Run: The LP that saved McCartney

Strange as it seems, as late as the summer of 1973, Paul McCartney was still trying to find his musical footing in a post-Beatles world. Each of his four solo albums had featured superb moments, but none had matched the high standard set by his work with the Fab Four. His fifth album, Band on the Run, changed all that.

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How Yoko Ono hooked John Lennon by relentlessly pursuing him

John Lennon became mesmerized by Yoko Ono after she relentlessly pursued him everywhere he went, a new book reveals. Yoko initially targeted Lennon to be her art sponsor, claiming to have bumped into him out of sheer luck at an art gallery in London, writes author Ray Connolly in Being John Lennon: A Restless Life.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Jenny Lewis recruits Ringo Starr for new LP

Jenny Lewis will release her fourth solo LP, On the Line, in spring 2019. The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman announced some of the high-profile musicians who played on the 11-track set, including Ringo Starr. Lewis will promote the record on a North American tour launching in March in Bloomington and wrapping in San Diego.

Source: Rolling Stone
Lennon/McCartney coloring book now available

Crayola has released a new adult coloring book featuring some of the most iconic lyrics from John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The new coloring book is available exclusively on and comes in two different sets, the Book/Marker set, and the Deluxe Set featuring the book, markers and colored pencils.

Source: WROR, Boston
When the Beatles met Elvis, things got awkward

In the new book Being John Lennon: A Restless Life, author Ray Connolly recounts the surprisingly awkward first, and only, meeting between two of music's massive megastars: Elvis Presley and The Beatles. At the meeting on August 27, 1965, at Elvis's Bel Air home, they did a lot of staring, but not a lot of talking.

Source: Real Clear Life
Monday, December 3, 2018
Paul McCartney adds dates to 2019 Freshen Up tour

Paul McCartney has added 2019 dates to his Freshen Up tour, adding yet another continent, with shows in South America. More 2019 dates are forthcoming, including a performance at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home of the Packers. The tour supports the release of his Egypt Station album, which arrived Sept. 7.

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Retire from what? Why Paul McCartney keeps on going

In the last 12 months, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne and Neil Diamond have announced end-of-the-road tours. But Paul McCartney steadfastly refuses to finally hang up his famous Hofner bass. "I was talking to Willie Nelson, about this whole retiring thing, because he's older than I am, even," he said. "And he says, Retire from what?"

Related Articles  Source: The Herald, Scotland
Israeli TV performance of Here Comes The Sun goes viral

Shalva band, eight musicians with disabilities ranging from blindness to Down and Williams syndromes and autism, riveted millions when it performed Here Comes The Sun on an Israeli TV program which is similar to The Voice in America. Videos of the performance went viral on social media, touching hearts around the world.

Source: Digital Journal
Paul McCartney's Egypt Station explores styles and stories

Paul McCartney added another hit album to his repertoir this September with "Egypt Station." It reaches across genres, even across time, to produce a stylistically and narratively diverse, yet still coherent and understandable "train," as McCartney designed the album, stopping at "stations" (each song) as the album advances.

Related Articles  Source: Penn State Underground
Infamous Beatles hangout Bag O'Nails to reopen

A London venue that once boasted The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix as regulars is being transformed into a new members' club named The Court, located on the site of the infamous Bag O'Nails. Opening in February after a 2 million refurbishment, the venue will also be going back to its musical roots with live entertainment every night.

Source: Hospitality and Catering News
Friday, November 30, 2018
Paul McCartney releases two new live tracks on iTunes

To mark the forthcoming Paul McCartney reissues, two special live tracks have been made available as "instant grats" on iTunes. Newly mastered and never before released, "Best Friend" is a live version recorded during the Wings European tour in 1972, "The Mess" is a live version recorded at The Hague, Netherlands.

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