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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Listen: Old demo of Kurt Cobain singing the Beatles

In 2015, Universal Music amassed a large selection of old demos that Kurt Cobain had taped in the very early years, for the album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, the soundtrack for the documentary of the same name. Amid the plethora of demos, there's a rather eerie cover of the Beatles' And I Love Her.

Source: Radio Nova, Dublin
Interview: Randy Bachman talks about the Beatles

Randy Bachman has won the music band lottery twice, first with the Guess Who, and then a few years later with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. His new solo album, By George - By Bachman features new interpretations of Harrison classics. In this interview, he talks about his love for the music of the Beatles, and George Harrison in particular.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Moog is reissuing a legendary 1960s synthesizer design

Synthesizer manufacturer Moog is making just 40 new units of one of its most legendary designs, the Moog Synthesizer IIIp, originally released in 1969 to the joy of musicians like George Harrison, who bought an IIIp model to use while the Beatles were recording Abbey Road, where it was on songs including Here Comes The Sun.

Source: Co.Design
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Rare photos of the Beatles to go under the hammer

Rare photographs of The Beatles' final appearance at Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland, will go under the hammer later this month. The 33 photographs and negatives capture the mayhem around the Fab Four's show on October 24, 1964. The set of photos is expected to fetch between 5,000 and 8,000 (between about $6,950 and $11,100).

Source: BBC News, UK
Former Beatles hangout faces bulldozer

The Silver Fox Cafe in Kent, England which served the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their UK tours could be demolished after 70 years serving stars, truckers and motorists. The transport cafe launched in 1947 and was bought at auction eight years ago for 280,000 (about $390,000), and has been empty since.

Source: The Forest Review, UK
Video: Chris Martin teaches daughter to play the Beatles

Video footage has emerged which sees Chris Martin teaching his eldest child, 13-year old daughter Apple, to play the The Beatles song Blackbird from 1968 on guitar. The short video, which was shared by his former wife Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram, was captioned, "Guitar time," and followed by an apple emoji.

Source: Radio X, UK
UK music bible NME closes print edition

Its publishers have announced that NME is to print its final edition this Friday, saying it is "no longer financially viable". It will continue to be published online. NME launched as newspaper the New Musical Express back in 1952. Celebrities and music fans took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the loss.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Beatles release Past Masters 30 years ago today

30 years ago today, March 7, 1988, The Beatles released Past Masters Vol. 1 and 2. The two-disc compilation album set was released as part of the first issue of their entire catalog on compact disc. Compiled by noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, it includes every song released by the band that was not available on an original UK album.

Source: Glide Magazine
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Hotel directory signed by The Beatles expected to sell for 10,000

A hotel directory signed by all four of The Beatles is estimated to sell for 10,000 (about $13,900) at auction. The 1962 document from The Bull Hotel in Peterborough was filled in by the Fab Four ahead of a gig in the town with John Lennon and Paul McCartney perhaps expecting to bring some friends back to the room.

Source: BT, UK
Argument over Lennon bike authenticity Warning: Page opens with sound

A 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey originally owned by John Lennon sold at auction for over 50,000 this week. However, another Monkey, also wearing the front number plate XUC91H, was sold at an entertainment memorabilia auction a decade ago. That machine's previous owner claimed to have been given the bike by Ringo Starr.

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Tour guides could advise tourists to stay away from Mathew Street Warning: Page opens with sound

Tour guides are on the brink of telling visitors to avoid Mathew Street in Liverpool on the weekends. Charlotte Martin, vice chair of the Association of Liverpool Tour Guides, said the main problem is touting bar reps. "We are trying to promote the city but it isn't easy when there are people in our faces promoting bar offers for shots."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo isn't even the best drummer in his family

When asked him if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, John Lennon once supposedly replied, "He isn't even the best drummer in The Beatles." However, it's pretty indisputable that Ringo isn't even the best drummer in his family. Zak Starkey has been the drummer for The Who since 1996, and also the drummer for Oasis and Johnny Marr.

Source: Tone Deaf
Monday, March 5, 2018
John Lennon's Monkey Bike motorcycle sells for record-breaking price

A motorcycle once owned by John Lennon has fetched a record-breaking 57,500 (about $79,500) at auction. The 1969 Honda Z50A Monkey Bike sold for almost double the estimated 30,000 (about $41,500). Lennon used the bike to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire, where he lived from 1969 to 1971.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Video: Foo Fighters' live mash up of Van Halen and John Lennon

On their Twitter page, The Foo Fighters have posted a live mashup of Van Halen's "Jump" and John Lennon's "Imagine." Dave Grohl tweeted, "Woodshedding for the summer tour has never felt so good....see you out there....(I'll learn the words by then, I swear). Thanks to Mighty Mike for the inspirado. (Oh, and Halen and Lennon, too)."

Source: WAAF FM, Boston
Ethical fashion is order of the day for Stella McCartney in Paris

The invite for Stella McCartney's show in Paris came with a pair of yellow socks made from yarn using no chemicals, dyes or pesticides. McCartney has been exploring ethical fashion since 2001, when it seemed like an eccentricity to many in the industry. Now, more and more fashion brands are pledging their commitment to sustainability.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles' hairdresser Leslie Cavendish shares experiences of the Fab Four

In his recently-published book, "The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined An Era," Leslie Cavendish lifts the lid not just on Beatlemania, but also on popular culture in an era when the BBC only played "safe and proper" music. He was introduced to the Beatles by Paul McCartney's girl friend, Jane Asher.

Source: Jewish News
Video: Smith's soulful 1969 cover of Baby It's You

The 1969, Los Angeles-based band Smith released their #5 hit "Baby, It's You." The song, written by Burt Bacharach, had already been recorded and released as a single by, first, the Shirelles, #8 in 1961, and not long after that was added to the repertoire of the Beatles, who recorded it in 1963 for their first album.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies Warning: Page opens with sound

Russ Solomon, the bigger-than-life personality who founded Tower Records, died Sunday of a heart attack. He founded Tower Records in 1960 in Sacramento, in less than a decade he had expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. Eventually the company would become a worldwide empire, with stores from New York to Tokyo.

Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
March 4, 1966: John Lennon declares Beatles more popular than Jesus

On March 4th, 1966, in an interview John Lennon told the London Evening Standard, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink...We're more popular than Jesus now." It wasn't until that quote was reprinted by Datebook magazine in the United States, completely out of the context of the British church, that the scandal began.

Source: Live for Live Music
Friday, March 2, 2018
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about jet lag

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, with all his travelling, does he have any advice on jet lag. Paul said, "I have ways to hopefully avoid it. If I'm flying from the UK to America for instance, I try and stay up. I just try and swap to the new time zone straight away. I try not to have anything very important on the next day."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Zak Starkey and Sshh debut new single and video

Zak Starkey, with drumming credentials for The Who and Oasis, has stepped out from the drum kit to sling on his guitar and form a duo with vocalist Sshh. Their new single "Rising Tide" was released worldwide today. They have recently been on tour in Australia supporting Liam Gallagher, and are now currently on tour across Australia.

Source: Vents Magazine
Danny Boyle filming a Beatles musical

Powerhouse film-makers Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are joining forces to make a picture built around the music of The Beatles. Boyle, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, will direct the film which has the tentative title of All You Need Is Love, although London-based studio Working Title has insisted that the secretive project is still untitled.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles would have been even bigger had Brian Epstein lived longer

One man who knows more about Brian Epstein than most is Andrew Lancel, who played him in Brian Epstein - The Man Who Made The Beatles in the West End and on a national tour, and who's back in Brian's shoes in Cilla - The Musical. "He had so much more to do," says Andrew, "I think he'd have made both The Beatles and Cilla even bigger."

Source: The Sunday Post, Dundee
Under the microscope: George Harrison's Vox AC30

A Vox AC30 amplifier from the company's highly sought after early period is quite a valuable item in its own right. But this particular amp has an additional pedigree in that it once belonged to none other than George Harrison. Last owned by Chas McDevett, an opening act for The Beatles, at the end of a gig the amp was passed onto him.

Source: Music Radar
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Jimmy Vivino on covering the Beatles and that Quincy Jones interview

Guitarist Jimmy Vivino has been a member of Conan O'Brien's late-night band since the host's first television broadcast in September 1993. For 20 years he's also made time to tour consistently with the Fab Faux, a wildly popular Beatles tribute act, dedicated to to reproduce the albums that the Fab Four never played live.

Source: Miami New Times

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