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Friday, October 16, 2020
Noel Gallagher working on John Lennon tribute with Sean Lennon

Oasis' Noel Gallagher has made his love for The Beatles and John Lennon well known over the years. Now, Gallagher is reportedly back in the studio, working on a new song for a John Lennon tribute album. The tribute is being put together by his son, Sean Lennon, in celebration of what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

John Lennon's life and legacy explored on upcoming 20/20

It's been almost 40 years since John Lennon was fatally shot outside his West 72nd Street home at the age of 40. ABC News' esteemed 20/20 will open its 43rd season tonight with a look at the life and legacy of the former Beatle. In addition to the archival footage, the two-hour program will feature the last interview Lennon did the day he died.

Source: Den of Geek
Bob Eubanks to tell stories of his time with The Beatles

Legendary DJ Bob Eubanks currently presents a show nationwide entitled "Backstage With the Beatles," telling the unique stories only Eubanks can tell about his Beatle experiences, while tribute band "Ticket to Ride" performs. There will be a "Concert in the Car" version of this show tomorrow at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Source: Santa Ynez Valley Star
Video: Sean Lennon lights Empire State Building blue for John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue last week to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday. Sean Lennon was given the honors to flip the switch and light up the iconic building. Sean shares a birthday with his father, he turned 45 on October 9.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 9, 2020
Beatles and Yoko Ono remember John Lennon

Paul McCartney has marked what would have been the 80th birthday of his late Beatles band mate John Lennon by sharing a black and white photograph of the pair together. Paul wrote, "I love this picture, it reminds me of the bond between us. Happy 80th John. Love Paul". Ringo Starr also remembered Lennon on Instagram.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Video: Sean Lennon covers John for his 80th Birthday on Colbert

Sean Lennon marked what would've been his father John Lennon's 80th birthday with a cover of "Isolation" for The Late Show's #PlayAtHome music series. The younger Lennon's rendition was fittingly faithful to the the original, with Lennon playing guitar and singing in front of a red wall, with just drums and bass accompanying him.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's mother joined in as Beatles rehearsed in their kitchen

John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on TV in the UK today to mark what would have been the music legend's 80th birthday, and revealed their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. She also said their mother, who was also called Julia, always "encouraged" the singer's dreams.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Empire State Building shines blue to honor John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue with a white peace sign rotating in the mast last night to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday today. Sean Ono Lennon was on hand to flip the switch and light up the iconic building in honor of his father.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 2, 2020
Yoko Ono sues Fred Seaman again

Yoko Ono is suing the former personal assistant of John Lennon again, claiming that he has once again tried to profit from her family, despite him previously agreeing not to give any interviews about working for Lennon, after Seaman gave a sit-down interview on Sept. 10 where he discussed Lennon's life, surrounded by John Lennon memorabilia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon spent Lost Weekend for sale

The Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon lived for 18 months in what he referred to as his "Lost Weekend" has hit the market for $5.5 million. Lennon shared the home on East 52nd Street in New York City with May Pang before going back to Yoko Ono in 1975. From the terrace of this apartment, the pair reported seeing a UFO.

Source: The Sacramento Bee
Audio: Book details the Beatles' last year

In his book And in the End: The Last Days of The Beatles, author Ken McNab details this historic year on a month-by-month account. It opens with the infamous rooftop concert, takes us through the recording of the albums Let It Be and Abbey Road, and gives us an inside look at the chaotic business side of the band.

Source: Song Facts
Early images of the Beatles brought to life in color

A series of black and white photos of The Beatles have been brought to life in color ahead of what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday. Dating from 1960 to 1962, the images show them performing at clubs in Hamburg and Taunton's Wyvern Social Club. They feature drummer Pete Best, as well as original bass guitarist Stuart Sutcliffe.

Source: MSN Entertainment
Paul McCartney happy he reunited with John Lennon before his death

Speaking to John and Yoko Ono's son Sean for Radio 2's John Lennon at 80 event, Paul McCartney said he was "so happy" he had the chance to reconnect with John Lennon before his death, and admitted, "It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn't have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 25, 2020
Sept 25, 1965: Beatles cartoon series debuts

After the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, an animated series was created that, like A Hard Day's Night, would place the band members into humorous situations. 3 years of first-run cartoons running from 1965-1967 were produced. The Beatles themselves were not involved in the cartoon series, which debuted September 25, 1965.

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40th Annual Lennon tribute goes online

Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct. 9 birthday has been forced online because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday, not on the tribute's 40th year.

Source: NBC29, Charlottesville
John Lennon glasses up for auction again

An early pair of John Lennon's famous round glasses is now up for auction. Lennon adopted round Windsor eyeglasses in in public in 1966, wearing them first whilst playing Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's film How I Won The War. This pair of Windsor glasses predate the film so may well be the first pair of the glasses that he ever owned.

Source: Sothebys
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Paul McCartney to share never-before-heard Beatles song

Paul McCartney is set to treat Beatles fans next month when he plays a segment of an unheard track by his former band. The release will be tied in with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday. The song, called Just Fun, will be played as part of a special radio series airing on the BBC next month.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
John Lennon 80th birthday livestream to feature Peter Gabriel and 10cc

The second annual Dear John concert will stream live on Friday, October 9th, at 3:00 p.m. ET from London's Hard Rock Hotel on YouTube. The virtual show will feature performances from Peter Gabriel, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Lawrence Gowan of Styx, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, and more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles manager Brian Epstein's watch to go up for auction

The watch Brian Epstein used to to keep the Beatles on track is to go under the hammer. Although "scratched and worn" the lady's 18-karat white gold Cartier watch will fetch up to 25,000 (about $31,800). It was worn by Epstein on The Beatles' world tour in 1966, a year before he died of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.

Source: Lifesly
Paul McCartney speaks about the first time he met John Lennon

Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment "like a fan" and "how lucky" he was to meet him, and revealed how the the pair "complemented each other". McCartney spoke to Sean Ono Lennon for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, to mark John Lennon At 80.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 18, 2020
Fans notice Ringo made big mistake about John Lennon on social media

Ringo Starr posted a confusing tweet on his Twitter account recently. Attached to a picture of John Lennon, Starr celebrated Lennon's birthday. With his post coming on September 9, many fans pointed out Starr's mistake that the great legend's birthday is actually on October 9 and that Starr was a month early.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Beatles fan to open British-themed pub in Wisconsin

A soon-to-be British-themed pub and eatery named Let It Be, located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, will be without televisions to encourage patrons to talk with each other. The red brick building, formerly a brewery, will be built to look like the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. The goal is to finish the project by the summer of 2021.

Source: Patch, Wisconsin
Beatles Story voted one of best family friendly experiences in UK & Ireland

One of Liverpool's best loved attractions, The Beatles Story museum, the world's largest permanent exhibition dedicated to the Fab Four, has been voted one of the best family friendly attractions, and among the top 5 destinations in the UK and Ireland. The awards come in the attraction's 30th anniversary year.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Beatles' Get Back book to tell official account of final album

Peter Jackson's Beatles Let It Be documentary is currently scheduled to be released on August 27, 2021. A companion book, who's authors according to Amazon are The Beatles themselves, is now scheduled for August 31, 2021. The book's Amazon listing indicates that The Beatles: Get Back weighs in at 4.6 pounds.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The only Beatles covers that John Lennon actually liked

John Lennon was a famously harsh critic, but on a few occasions, Lennon did surprisingly give cover versions of Beatles songs his seal of approval. Lennon said, "Well, Ray Charles' version of Yesterday, that's beautiful," he said, before adding, "And Eleanor Rigby is a groove. I just dig the strings on that."

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK

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