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Latest Beatles News as of Monday, March 19, 2018

Orange Amplification to raise funds for Strawberry Field campaign 

UK guitar amp company Orange Amplification is helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army's Strawberry Field campaign. This charitable cause aims to reopen the Strawberry Field site in summer 2019. Everyone who donates on Orange's website could win one of two Sgt. Pepper CDs signed by its remastering producer, Giles Martin.

Source: Music Talkers
Paul McCartney's classic Lamborghini fails to sell at auction 

A classic Lamborghini that once belonged to Paul McCartney and valued at between £400,000 and £500,000 (about $562,000 to $702,300) failed to sell at auction on Sunday. The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe is one of only four shipped to Britain, and was converted by McCartney to right-hand drive in the late 1960s.

Source: The Sunday Times, UK
Author writes about John Lennon's effect on her life in new book 

"When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lennonaid: What John Lennon's Life Did For Mine," by Kaya John, is a story of how John Lennon saved the author from a path of self-destruction due to, among other things, abusive parents. Kaya said, "They helped me survive a very challenging childhood and, I feel, kept me from despair."

Source: New Jersey Arts
An opera inspired by The Beatles to be performed Melbourne 

La Beatles Boheme, a series of opera fusion, will be performed on on the Melbourne CBD Flagstaff Carpark rooftop over two weekends, from Saturday April 21 until Sunday April 29. The 90-minute performance mixes Puccini's La Boheme with the best of the Beatles discography, and features both operatic and contemporary singers.

Source: The Beat, Australia
March 1977: Maybe I'm Amazed hits the Top 40 

In March of 1977, the playlist on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse, WLS, featured the live version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Maybe I'm Amazed from their 3-LP Wings Over America, coming in at #18. It would ultimately hit #10 in the U.S. Also, Electric Light Orchestra's cover of Do Ya jumped from #38 to #31.

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Friday, March 16, 2018
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

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