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Friday, November 2, 2018
Nov 2, 1974: George Harrison first solo tour begins

On November 2, 1974, George Harrison performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver BC. It was called the "Dark Horse" tour after his current single and album of the same name that came out midway through the trek on December 2. Co-headlining was Dark Horse label artist Ravi Shankar, who the tour was intended to also promote.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Paul McCartney celebrates Halloween in Tokyo

Paul McCartney put on a spooky display at his Halloween concert at Tokyo Dome in Japan on Wednesday. McCartney and his band donned freaky masks and waved the flags of Japan, the Union Flag and the LGBTQ+ rainbow. The performance broke the record for the most concerts ever as an international artist at the 55,000-capacity stadium.

Related Articles  Source: The List, UK
New animated video for Glass Onion premieres on Apple Music

With the release of the 50th anniversary reissues of The White Album less than two weeks away, a newly created animated video for Glass Onion has premiered on Apple Music. The clip brings to life the poster that was packaged with the original two-LP set, which featured a collage of photos and drawings provided by all four Beatles.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM
Yoko Ono's latest LP continues career of meritless prominence

Yoko Ono is one of the most unbearably pretentious and talentless voices in popular music, and that status remains unchanged on her most recent effort, "Warzone," a stupendously pretentious assemblage of avant-garde schlock that utterly fails to enthrall, entertain or provoke thought, three things it seems to try to do more than anything else.

Source: Collegiate Times
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Beatles pinball machine to be released in three editions

Stern Pinball has announced what it describes as a "one-of-a-kind" limited edition Beatles pinball machine, featuring eight Beatles songs and the voices of Ed Sullivan and WABC disc jockey Cousin Brucie. It will be available in three models named for the recording industry's sales award levels, and has a suggested retail price of $7,999.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney remembers his Wild Life album

In a new interview on his official website, Paul McCartney talks about the recording of the Wild Life album. He remembers writing and recording the album, and what it was like touring with Wings at the time. Paul admits there were some songs on the album he'd forgotten about, and revealed he doesn't listen to his old albums much.

Source: Paul McCartney
Japanese fans lose court fight for historic Beatles footage

Japanese Beatles fans have lost their bid to get police to hand over historic footage they recorded of the band's 1966 Japan visit. Japan's supreme court did not accept the argument that the images were a "historical document". Police had offered to release the film, but only after blurring the faces of everyone in it, citing privacy reasons.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Why Beatles song you may never have heard is one of their most important

Amongst the large, deservedly legendary, and oddly expanding pile of officially released Beatles material, there is probably nothing as off the radar as You Know My Name (Look Up the Number). On the surface, it's a throwaway tune, and many students of the Beatles have regarded the song in that fashion for half a century.

Source: Real Clear Life
Monday, October 29, 2018
Paul McCartney arrives in Tokyo for Japan tour dates

Paul McCartney was greeted by about 500 fans upon arrival at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Monday night, ahead of his seventh concert tour in Japan. McCartney is scheduled to perform at Tokyo and Nagoya. Clad in a traditional "happi" coats with his wife Nancy, McCartney said in Japanese, "saiko!" which means "I feel fantastic."

Related Articles  Source: Kyodo News, Japan
Documentary about Magical Mystery Tour opens film festival

The eighth annual Gold Coast Film Festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 2 at venues around the North Shore of Long Island, NY. Opening-night films include "Deconstructing the Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour," part of a series of Beatles docs from Scott Freiman, who will be on hand to discuss his film about the making of the 1967 film.

Source: Newsday, NY
Stormzy on his on incredible piano lesson from Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Stormzy may seem like an unlikely pair. However, the duo appeared to hit it off when the 25-year-old rapper asked Paul to teach him something, and that turned out to be how to play any song on the piano. Stormzy said, "He went to the piano, and I just thought, Shut up, listen. What he taught me was incredible."

Source: Metro, UK
Artists celebrate 50th anniversary of White Album in major exhibition

Artists from across the pond and America will pay homage to the last music the Beatles created, The White Album, at the Soho Contemporary Art gallery in November. Artists will include painter Shannon MacDonald and Tom Murray, photographer of the legendary The Mad Day: Summer of 68 photographs taken in London in 1968.

Source: Broadway World
Plaque to commemorate Beatlemania in Dublin

A short chapter in Dublin's musical history will be commemorated next month when a plaque marking The Beatles' first, and only, appearance in Ireland is unveiled where the band played two shows at what was then the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin on November 7th, 1963. Their debut album Please Please Me came out earlier that year.

Source: Irish Times
Friday, October 26, 2018
Paul McCartney praises modern White Album

Paul McCartney listened back to The Beatles' iconic White Album while preparing for the new reissue, and he told Giles Martin, son of the famed "fifth Beatle" Sir George Martin, how contemporary it still feels. Giles said, "We listened to The White Album mix and Paul said, I never realised how modern this record sounds."

Related Articles  Source: The List, UK
John Lennon exhibit documents 50th anniversary of White Album

Images of the Beatles taken by Paul Saltzman in India at an ashram with the Maharishi in 1968 will be on display from Nov. 2 to 4 at the Pacific Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach. The exhibition is in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' White Album. The band wrote many of the songs at the ashram.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
David Lynch writes foreword for New Ringo Starr book

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch has written the foreword for the new Ringo Starr book "Another Day In The Life". The book has a limited run of 2000 copies and are signed by Ringo. The 176-page book includes over 500 images and 13,000 words by Starr, and covers the recent All-Starr tour and last month's "bed-in" protest with Yoko Ono.

Source: Noise 11
Fab Foods: Uncle Albert's butter pie

Lancashire butter pie is a rich, potato-filled dish that used to be popular with Catholics on meatless Fridays. In addition to being a beloved local specialty, available in fish and chip shops and sold at soccer matches, it also has the honor of being a part of Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles number 1 single, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Abbey Road on the River commits to five more years in Jeffersonville

Organizers of Abbey Road on the River, the City of Jeffersonville, and Southern Indiana Tourism announced today that the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival will extend its commitment to the area for five more years. The five-day annual event is held over Memorial Day weekend and draws a crowd of about 20,000.

Source: Jeffersonville News and Tribune
Unseen photos of Paul McCartney go on display in new exhibition

Previously unseen images of stars including Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, and Annie Lennox have gone on show in a new exhibition at Brownsword Hepworth Gallery in Chelsea. "Unseen Icons" will feature a series of intimate portraits taken across a 25 year period by photographer and documentary director Phil Griffin.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Listen: Jacques covers The Beatles' Blackbird

Second in a new series of videos in which favorite artists of Fact Magazine in London reinterpret songs by their heroes, French multi-instrumentalist and all round musical mastermind Jacques plays his own rendition of The Beatles' 1968 track Blackbird. Jacques' cover makes full use of his guitar, effects pedals and loopers.

Source: Fact Magazine
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Universal Pictures to develop a John Lennon and Yoko Ono film

In news first reported by Deadline Hollywood, it has been revealed that Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Big Little Lies", is set to direct a film about John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Universal Pictures. Yoko will be co-producing the currently untitled drama about Ono and her relationship with Lennon.

Source: Variety
Beatles White Album to be recreated for 50th anniversary

In 2016 a group of local, national and international musicians gathered together in Liverpool to recreate Revolver, 50 years to the day since its release. In 2017, Sgt Pepper received the "50 Years of" treatment. On November 22, they will be recreating the 30 song double album The Beatles, known to everyone as the White Album.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
The Beatles White Album Giles Martin interview

Best Classic Bands attended Giles Martin's recent presentation for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles White Album in which he played many of the Super Deluxe Edition's demos and spoke about the enormous undertaking. Giles said, "A lot of people have said that The Beatles is the sound of the Beatles breaking up. I don't hear that."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Beatles pinball machine could be most expensive table of all time

The Beatles are the subject of what's rumored to be the most expensive pinball machine of all time, according to industry sources. Set around the band's record-breaking year of 1964, the limited-edition Beatlemania game is a collaboration between Stern and Ka-Pow, and a total of only 1,964 machines will be released.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Rare copy of Beatles Butcher cover goes up for auction

George Harrison himself once called the Butcher cover "the definitive Beatles collectible", and Ringo grumbled in Anthology that he hadn't saved a copy for himself. John Lennon, however, did save a copy and he kept it on his wall for years. A first-state copy now up for auction is estimated to sell for more than $15,000.

Source: Just Collectinng

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