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Friday, July 13, 2018
How George Martin recorded Hey Jude to be hypnotic

"Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin - The Later Years, 1966 - 2016" is Kenneth Womack's concluding book of his two-volume biography of the life of Sir George Martin. It looks at Martin's work with the Beatles in their later years with the albums that included Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, The White Album and Abbey Road.

Source: Variety
Paul McCartney announcing new tour gigs one at a time

Yesterday, Paul McCartney announced he'll make his first appearance ever in Krakow, Poland, on December 3, on his new "Freshen Up" tour. Today he added a date on December 5 in Vienna, Austria, his first time playing the city in five years, bringing the total for 2018 to 11 concerts. The tour begins September 17 in Quebec.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Charity concerts celebrating the White Album announced for Liverpool

Two unmissable nights celebrating the classic album's 50th birthday will see Genesis, Badly Drawn Boy and Miles Kane pay tribute at Liverpool Pier Head this September. Over two nights the 30 song collection will be performed in full by a host of musicians accompanied by a full band. All profits from the events will go to charity.

Source: The List, UK
Paul McCartney adds to 2018 Freshen Up tour

Today, Paul McCartney announced he'll make his first appearance ever in Krakow, Poland, on Dec. 3, bringing the total for his new 2018 "Freshen Up" tour to 10 concerts. Registration for the Paul McCartney Poland Presale, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan will close this Sunday July 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 20.

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Menu signed by all four Beatles from a BOAC flight up for auction

On February 22, 1965, the Beatles left London Airport aboard a specially chartered Boeing 707 BOAC – Cunard flight for the Bahamas, to film their second feature film, Help! The Lunch and Afternoon Tea Menu, signed that day by all four Beatles and other stars of the film, is expected to auction for £5,000 - £6,000 (about $6,600 - $7,900).

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette
Where did the Beatles buy their first guitars?

The Beatles bought instruments at Hessy's and Rushworth's in Liverpool, only a couple of hundred yards from the Cavern. They heard new US singles they wanted to cover at NEMS closeby. They signed their first management contract at NEMS and Pete Best was sacked there. These locations are so crucial to the Beatles story.

Source: Reverb
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Paul McCartney Freshen Up tour dominates ticket best-sellers

Paul McCartney has announced the first round of dates for his 2018 Freshen Up Tour, taking multiple spots on yesterday's top-selling events list, according to sales data from Ticket Club. McCartney will kick-off his tour in Canada in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec in support of his forthcoming record, Egypt Station.

Related Articles  Source: Ticket News
Dave Grohl says he wishes i could sing like John Lennon

Dave Grohl has talked about his vocals and how he wished he could sing the late Beatles legend John Lennon and Adele. He said, "You know I was raised on some really dissonant, noisy, crazy punk rock. They just belted out to scream it but the raw passion in that is what I appreciated the most because I find beauty in imperfection."

Source: Radio X, UK
Video: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson cover Helter Skelter

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are celebrating tonight's kick off of their 29-show North American tour with a collaboration on the Beatles Helter Skelter. From the Beatles White Album, Helter Skelter is perhaps the Beatles' heaviest song, that made it easy for Manson and Zombie to quickly navigate through their cover version.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Recording studio of first ever Beatles disc to be featured at exhibition

The debut recording of The Quarrymen, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison years before they became the Beatles, took place 60 years ago on July 12 1958 at Percy Phillips' Sound Recording Services in Liverpool. That acetate disc, the most valuable record in the world, will be remembered at an exhibition on August 26.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, UK
Vinyl sales are up almost 20 percent this year

It has been reported that Vinyl album sales this year grew 19.2 percent in the U.S. compared to the first six months of 2017. 7.6 million vinyl albums sold between December 29, 2017, and June 28, a notable increase from last year's 6.4 million during the same time period. Top sellers on the list included The Beatles.

Source: The Week
July 11, 1922: Hollywood Bowl opens

A good three decades-plus before rock 'n' roll was even heard by the general public, the Hollywood Bowl, one of the most famed venues in classic rock debuted with a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Concerts by The Beatles on August 23, 1964 and August 29-30, 1965 were recorded there and came out on LP in 1977.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
More details of USPS stamp to be dedicated to John Lennon

The U.S. Postal Service revealed on Dec. 12, 2017 that John Lennon would be honored with a stamp. Today, the USPS shared details of the dedication ceremony to be held September 7 in New York City's Central Park. The photograph of Lennon on the stamp was taken by Bob Gruen in 1974 during the photo session for Walls and Bridges.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Cast announced for UK tour of Let It Be

Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to the UK for a national tour starting in Summer 2018. A cast of talented musicians have been revealed that will take to stages across the country as the Fab Four, wowing audiences with their effortless and indistinguishable portrayal as John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Source: Broadway World
Stella McCartney says designers aren't taking responsibility

Speaking in a new interview at her newly opened London flagship store, fashion designer Stella McCartney explained her frustrations with other designers and how she believes a movement towards sustainable materials is necessary. She said, "We need to impose new laws on designers because sadly people aren't taking responsibility."

Source: Dezeen
Pattie Boyd on the struggles of being married to George Harrison

In a new interview, Pattie Boyd has spoken about being married to George Harrison at the height of Beatlemania. She tells of seeing the Beatles in London, and George telling her she should leave before the end of the show. She said, "There were these girls behind me. They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair."

Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 9, 2018
Beatles memorabilia on display at new Hard Rock in Atlantic City

The suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino, which opened on June 28 in what used to be the Trump Taj Mahal. Also on display is the cream-colored Rolls that Elvis used to pick up the Beatles from the airport in Los Angeles.

Source: Las Vegas Sun
Restorer of Yellow Submarine talks about film's state of the art version

Starting today, fans in the U.S. will be treated to theater screenings of the best-looking version of Yellow Submarine they've ever seen. That's according to Paul Rutan Jr. who led the team that re-scanned the film to the 4k resolution used on the Blu-ray and DVD release in 2012, as well as the theatrical cut to be debuted this week.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Mary McCartney's son is spitting image of his very famous grandfather

Paul McCartney's grandson Arthur Donald, the eldest child of his daughter Mary, enjoyed a spot of tennis at Wimbledon this afternoon, looking uncannily like a younger version of his pop star relative. With his curling top lip and striking eyebrows, it's pretty clear that the apple didn't fall far from the Beatle tree.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Ringo Starr interviewed from Las Vegas

Over the weekend, recently-knighted Sir Ringo Starr celebrated his 78th birthday. Back in late 2017, Rock Cellar was fortunate enough to be granted an audience with Ringo in Las Vegas, where he was on tour with the All-Starr Band. He discusses a number of things, from the Beatles to the formative albums of his childhood and songwriting.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Ringo Starr celebrates 78th birthday in France

Ringo Starr celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday in Nice, France, where he and his All-Starr Band are currently on tour, joining with fans to say "Peace & Love" at noon all around the world and also giving a short concert, performing Act Naturally and With a Little Help From My Friends. Also on hand was Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh.

Source: Billboard
July 1970: Let It Be album number 1, McCartney album hits number 4

In July 1970, American Top 40 with host Casey Kasem debuted. At #4 on the Record World top albums sales chart was Paul McCartney's solo debut album, McCartney, which includes such classics as Maybe I'm Amazed. Sitting comfortably at #1 was Let It Be, the final studio album released by the Beatles, roughly a month after their break-up.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 6, 2018
Sony/ATV seeks dismissal of latest case over Beatles concert documentary

Sony/ATV has asked a New York court to dismiss the latest legal battle in relation to a documentary film about the first ever Beatles US concert. This dispute goes back years, when in 2013 Ace Arts sued music publisher Sony for going back on a provisional agreement to license the use of certain songs in its documentary.

Source: Complete Music Update
Ringo Starr to host his Peace & Love birthday celebration on Saturday

Ringo Starr will host the 10th annual edition of his "Peace & Love" birthday celebration this Saturday, July 7, at the Hard Rock Café in Nice, France. Since 2008, Ringo has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and say "peace and love," or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media.

Source: WFJA FM
Followup: EU Parliament rejects changes to copyright law

The European Parliament rejected Thursday a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal that has pitted Paul McCartney against Internet giants and the creators of Wikipedia. Lawmakers are now expected to return in September to the plans, which are aimed at ensuring creators of creative content are paid fairly in a digital world.

Source: CGTN

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