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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Man accused of stealing more than 250,000 from Epstein Theatre

A 27 year old man who lives in Shotton, a town in Wales, has appeared in court accused of stealing more than a quarter of a million pounds (more than $362,000) from the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool over 18 months. Formerly the Neptune, in recent years the theatre was renamed in honor of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Source: North Wales Daily Post, UK
Beatle Things Twist Shake Shout (Workout Version) goes viral

A brand new viral dance called the "Twist Shake Shout (Workout Version)" blends fitness and music. Beatle Things has scientifically reproduced and recomposed the song with contemporary beats, exercise music, and trendy melodies, as an alternative to the current "boom-boom" generic gym electronic workout music.

Source: Digital Journal
Letter details Lennon's anger with labels over his first album with Yoko

A letter written by John Lennon in 1971, in which he details his anger with his record label and the music industry at large over the Two Virgins album he released with Yoko Ono, will be sold at an auction in Boston tomorrow. The letter, written to journalist Martin George, has recently resurfaced and is expected to reach a price of $20,000.

Source: NME, UK
Celebrity tributes to Hal Blaine include Ringo Starr

Between 1966 and 1971, Hal Blaine played on six consecutive Grammy Record of the Year winners. Following his passing, the musicians and singers who worked with Blaine or were influenced by his talent, shared their appreciation and grief. Ringo Starr tweeted, "Peace and love to all his family Goodbye Hal an incredible musician."

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Monday, March 11, 2019
Charity auctioning extremely rare version of The Beatles debut single

The British Heart Foundation is auctioning an extremely rare version of The Beatles' debut single, after digging it out of a pile of donations. One of the only 250 promo discs made of Love Me Do, which was the sent to radio stations to promote the song, is now up for grabs on eBay, the price currently at 2,556 (about $3,380).

Related Articles  Source: The London Economic
Alan White reflects on his years playing with John Lennon and Yes

If Alan White's resume was limited to playing drums on John Lennon's Imagine and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, it would be pretty impressive. But about two years later, he was recruited by Yes to replace the outgoing Bill Bruford. He talks to Rolling Stone about his stint in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and his early days with Yes.

Source: Rolling Stone
Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew drummer on 100s of hits, dies

Hal Blaine, legendary drummer with the Los Angeles-based studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, died March 11. During The Wrecking Crew's heyday in the 60s and 70s, they were the musical backbone on hundreds of classic rock recordings, including scores of Top 10 pop hits, including the Beach Boys, the Monkees and many others.

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Friday, March 8, 2019
Paul McCartney celebrates International Women's Day on Instagram

Rock stars and metal legends are celebrating International Women's Day on their social medias with a lots of different messages. Paul McCartney has shared a photo of himself with his female relatives on Instagram. He wrote, "Have a great day ladies everywhere! #InternationalWomensDay #PaulMcCartney"

Source: Metalhead Zone
New Cavern Club tour allows Beatles fans to go behind the scenes

A brand new tour of the Cavern Club in Liverpool is launching next week. The free tour will allow visitors to take a peek behind the scenes at the famous Mathew Street venue. For the first time in the club's 62-year history, Beatles fans can enjoy a 45-minute tour "behind the curtain" to see what happens backstage.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Joe Walsh with Ringo Starr and James Taylor at VetsAid 2018

Ringo Starr, James Taylor and more helped Joe Walsh raise and disburse $795,000 in grants at his 2nd annual VetsAid music festival, held last November on Veterans Day. Video clips include the night's surprise guest, Ringo, leading a rousing performance of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends.

Source: Rolling Stone
Phil Spector's infamous Alhambra hilltop estate up for sale at $5.5 million

High on an Alhambra hilltop, the French Chateau-style mansion owned by Phil Spector, and where actress Lana Clarkson died, is up for sale at $5.5 million. Spector, famous for his "wall of sound" recording technique and producing iconic groups such as the Ronettes, the Ramones and the Beatles, paid $1.1 million for the home in 1998.

Source: Los Angeles Times
On this day in 2016: Sir George Martin passes away

On this date in 2016, producer, arranger, conductor, composer and audio engineer Sir George Martin passed away at the age of 90. Referred to as the "fifth Beatle," Martin played an integral role in adding sonic depth and texture to all of the group's recordings, and is credited with producing 30 U.K. no. 1 hits for the Beatles.

Source: Creative Loafing
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Documentary on George Harrison's HandMade Films in the works

The story of groundbreaking British film studio HandMade Films, which was founded by George Harrison and made such films as "Monty Python's Life of Brian," will be told in "An Accidental Studio," a feature documentary from AMC U.K. The film will bow on the British channel on May 4 and on AMC channels internationally later in the year.

Source: Variety
Claypool Lennon Delirium balances a classic sound with light madness

Just when it seems the shadow of The Beatles can't get any longer and everything in rock has been done before, along come Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, asking: What if, instead of ducking The Beatles, you embraced the band's tricks, the galumphing marches, the sun-dazed harmonies, and then made them a little weird?

Source: WCBE, Columbus
Making of John Lennon's Imagine album to be profiled on A&E Biography

A new two-hour TV special titled John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, about the making of John Lennon's classic 1971 album, Imagine, and its title track, will premiere this Monday, March 11, as an episode of the A&E series Biography. The documentary features previously unseen footage from the archives of the John and Yoko Ono.

Source: WFJA FM
Paul McCartney shares heartwarming photo with his son

For Throw back Thursday and World Book Day, Paul McCartney has shared an old photo of himself with his son, James McCartney, taken by the late Linda McCartney, to his official Instagram channel. He posted the photo with this caption, "Paul reading to @jamesmccartneyofficial Polaroid by @lindamccartney"

Source: Metalhead Zone
How Harry Nilsson used Beatles to create rock's first great mashup

Harry Nilsson's 1967 recording of You Can't Do That isn't a straight cover song, it squeezes in somewhere between 15 and 20 Beatles songs while somehow clocking in at less than two and a half minutes. More than a medley and well beyond a megamix, this customized counterpoint homage must be considered the first great original mash-up.

Source: Variety
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Stars turn out for Stella McCartney's bid to save rainforest

Stella McCartney showed what can be done with upcycled clothes and fabrics at her Fall-Winter 2019/2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris, where the front row was filled with celebrity fans led by Oprah Winfrey. The British designer used the show to launch her Instagram campaign to save the Sumatran rainforest.

Source: The Gazette
National Trust refuses Ringo's childhood home as heritage attraction

The National Trust was accused of "turning its back" on an important part of Beatles history yesterday after refusing to adopt Ringo Starr's childhood home. The house in Liverpool attracts thousands of fans every year. Being renovated, the hope was it would be turned into a heritage attraction, like the former homes of other Beatles.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, March 4, 2019
Fundraiser to feature guitar signed by Paul McCartney

The Mass Music & Arts Society will hold its annual fundraising gala Friday, March 29, with auction items including a bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney. The event in Foxboro, Massachisetts, will include a silent auction, raffles and a live auction that features a vacation getaway, sports tickets, and the memorabilia.

Source: The Sun Chronicle, UK
Yes drummer Alan White to appear at Fest for Beatles Fans

Drummer Alan White is best known as the longtime drummer for Yes, though his many other credits include John Lennon's Imagine and Live Peace in Toronto 1969 albums and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass. He'll be among the guests at this year's annual Fest for Beatles Fans, March 29-31 at Hyatt Regency in Jersey City.

Source: NJ Arts
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first gig celebrated 50 years on

A new plaque has been unveiled in commemoration of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first public gig, 50 years ago at Cambridge University. Ono held a jazz performance at Lady Mitchell Hall at Cambridge on March 2 1969, Lennon joined her as "her band". A recording of Lennon and Ono's set was played at the dedication of the plaque.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney's wealth to rocket with a little help from his friends

A blockbuster new movie, Yesterday, by director Danny Boyle, will introduce a whole new generation to the immortal hits of the Beatles, according to industry experts. The comedy musical is expected to boost the band's annual revenue by tens of millions of pounds, with a heavily promoted soundtrack and huge spin-off sales of previous albums.

Source: The Daily Express, UK
March 4, 1966: John Lennon says Beatles bigger than Jesus

In the London Evening Standard, John Lennon said, "Christianity will go, It will vanish and shrink.... We're more popular than Jesus now." It wasn't until the following July that the quote emerged in the U.S. in teen magazine Datebook. A DJ in Birmingham reacted, "That does it for me. I am not going to play the Beatles any more."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 1, 2019
Listen: Yngwie Malmsteen covers While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen's cover version of The Beatles classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps is now streaming on the internet. The song is taken from his upcoming album, "Blue Lightning", which will be released globally on March 2. He said, "I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original."

Source: Blabbermouth

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