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Friday, May 3, 2019
Beatles in Twickenham Exhibition open to the public

A free Beatles in Twickenham Exhibition has opened at St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London. The project celebrates a unique period in the 1960's when "Swinging" London was at the heart of the pop, film, art and fashion worlds, and the Twickenham area developed a long association with the most famous pop group in the world.

Source: St. Mary's University, UK
Nine movies that almost starred the Beatles

The Beatles starred in three full-length movies, a made-for-television special and an authorized cartoon. There were a lot more films that didn't get made, however. Many films were offered, but having seen earlier movies starring Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and many other rock stars, the Beatles wanted something different.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Ringo Starr pays tribute to Don Was at 2019 Jazz FM Awards

At last night's Jazz FM Awards, the most prestigious event in the UK jazz calendar, Don Was and Blue Note Records collected the prestigious PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing the label's contribution to jazz history for the past eight decades. Ringo Starr was on hand to congratulate his friend and collaborator.

Source: UDiscover Music
Photo: Paul McCartney playing an unexpected instrument

Paul McCartney shared yet another interesting photo on his verified Instagram account showing himself playing trumpet with Hot City Horns. Along with the photo, Paul wrote, "Have a jazzy time today!" Paul can also be seen in a video playing a trumpet before a concert of his Out There tour in 2014.

Source: Metalhead Zone
New Woolton cafe bar where John Lennon used to rehearse in the cellar

Nowhere, Woolton Village's quirky new cafe-bar, where John Lennon and his Quarrymen used to rehearse in the cellar, will open its doors for the first time for the Bank Holiday weekend. Open from Friday, May 3, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday.

Source: Liverpool Business News, UK
DJ who began Paul is Dead rumors, Russ Gibb, dies

Russ Gibb, the disc jockey who, nearly 50 years ago, fueled a rumor that Paul McCartney was dead, has himself died. He was 87. On October 12, 1969, on-air at WKNR-FM in Detroit, Gibb took a call from a listener who told him about playing Revolution 9 backwards. Two days later, more "clues" started to emerge.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Julian Lennon on Yoko, Cynthia, Ringo and Sean

In new interviews and Q&As, Julian Lennon talks about the two distinct worlds he occupied as a child spending separate time with his two parents, his admiration for the musical talent of his brother Sean and the other sons of Beatles, Yoko Ono's involvement in the Imagine album, and reuniting with Ringo Starr after decades.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Home in Venice owned by Dhani Harrison up for sale

In the canals of Venice, California, an architectural home with Beatles ties is looking to find a fan. Owned by Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, the waterfront residence is up for grabs at $3.99 million, that's $1.37 million more than he paid for it in 2008. The home includes spiral staircases, balconies and a rooftop deck.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Sgt. Pepper inspired dance comes to Brooklyn Academy of Music

Members of a dance troupe will pirouette, jump, and groove to the tunes of the Beatles at Brooklyn Academy of Music in "Pepperland", giving fans young and old a chance to relive the sensation from Liverpool, with dance. "This helps audiences hear, feel, and see the music in a deeper way all these decades later," said dancer Lauren Grant.

Source: Brooklyn Paper
Liverpool jeweller puts Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

A Liverpool jeweller is giving one lucky shopper a free diamond today if they can locate "Lucy", in the sky, with diamonds. Hundreds of balloons will be floating across the ceiling of the store, with the name Lucy hidden inside one. The lucky customer that finds Lucy in the sky, will then receive a real sparkling diamond pendant.

Source: Business Up North, UK
Friday, April 26, 2019
Paul McCartney reacts to government pulling funding from LIPA

Paul McCartney has reacted to the UK government taking 16 million in funding away from his Liverpool's Institute of Performing Arts. He said, "LIPA is my passion and part of my legacy. It would not be fair to allow injustice to affect its future. I sincerely hope the Government will correct this error."

Source: Alternative Nation
Why the Beatles almost quit the music business

In a new interview, John Lennon's sister Julia Baird told DailyMailTV that Paul McCartney and John Lennon almost quit music before The Beatles made it big, as they considered going into another line of work. John's aunt Mimi famously said to John, "The guitar is all very well John but you will never make a living out of it."

Source: Alternative Nation
Thursday, April 25, 2019
John Lennon-owned album to be included in upcoming Beatles auction

A special Beatles auction on May 9 in Liverpool, "Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool," will feature nearly 300 items, including Ringo Starr's wristwatch, a drawing by George Harrison, four of Paul McCartney's signed bass guitars and a rare copy of the Yesterday and Today album owned by John Lennon.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Paul McCartney to Issue Egypt Station II with additional tracks

Paul McCartney has announced a May 17 release for Egypt Station - Explorer's Edition on Capitol Records. The expanded version of his #1 charting 2018 album includes a bonus disc with studio tracks including the surprise single "Get Enough" to live performances captured at stops such as London's Abbey Road studio.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Liverpool students come together to play The Beatles

Four Liverpool students are set to star in a brand new Warner Bros biopic. The quartet, who are in their final year at Liverpool Media Academy studying acting, will voice the The Beatles in BB Forever, a Polish film dramatizing the highs and lows of Brigitte Bardot's life, which is set to hit screens later this year.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Merseybeat drummer who turned down The Beatles dead at 79

Johnny Hutchinson, who died earlier this month at the age of 79, was the drummer with the Liverpudlian group The Big Three in the early Sixties. Hutch filled in on drums behind Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in both 1960 and 1962, and claimed he was offered the opportunity to become Pete Best's successor in the Beatles.

Source: The Independent, UK
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Rutles announce new tour dates for 2019

Legendary band The Rutles, widely known as the "Pre-Fab Four", led by ex-Bonzo Neil Innes and drummer John Halsey, return in May 2019 for a series of UK dates. The Get Up & Go Again Tour 2019 starts on May 14 at Hertford, Corn Exchange and currently ends on June 10 at Colchester, Arts Centre. Tickets are on sale now.

More Rutles...  Source: Beyond The Joke, UK
Cavern Club documentary set for festival launch

The production company behind BBC dramas Broken, Care and Moving On has produced a new Beatles inspired documentary set for top billing at an international festival this week. The new 70-minute feature called the "The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On" was commissioned and made in association with The Cavern Club.

Source: Prolific North, UK
Film exec who brought Beatles to the big screen dies aged 87

Studio exec David V. Picker, who served as the head of United Artists, Paramount and Columbia for more than half a century, died at home in New York last weekend. He introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with the films A Hard Day's Night and Help! and is also credited with convincing Ian Fleming that James Bond could be movies.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, April 22, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano sells for more than $700K

An antique piano once owned by John Lennon which he used to write several songs on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, was purchased at auction Saturday for $718,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay also owns a 1963 drum kit Ringo Starr used to record some of The Beatles' biggest early hits.

Source: WFJA FM
John Lennon biopic to be adapted into a stage production

The 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy is being made into a new stage project from Tony-winning producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler. The project is expected to be a play with music, featuring Lennon's rock-and-roll hits of the 1950s, but none of the Beatles songs for which he later became known.

Source: Broadway.com
Paul McCartney shares unseen photo taken by Linda

Beatles icon Paul McCartney celebrated Easter Sunday of all his followers by sharing a previously unseen photo taken by the late Linda McCartney on Instagram. The photo is of Paul on a white horse in a field of yellow flowers. He also shared his beloved late wife, who died at the age of 56 on April 17, 1998.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, April 19, 2019
How Danny Boyle made The Beatles disappear onscreen

The film about a struggling singer-songwriter who discovers that he's the only person who remembers the Beatles, will be one of several musical films taking center stage at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The director talks about casting his lead, his favorite song by the Fab Four and re-creating their rooftop concert.

Related Articles  Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Julian Lennon to appear at book signing in April

Julian Lennon, second generation pop star, will be signing copies of his new book "Love The Earth" at several locations in New York and New Jersey next month. "Love The Earth" is the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, following "Touch the Earth" and "Heal the Earth," and includes words to a special poem written by Julian.

Source: Book Signing Central
When it became obvious George Harrison wouldn't miss The Beatles

Judging by the Let It Be film, Beatles tensions ran quite high through early 1969. A year later, the band would split up and start releasing solo albums. George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album grabbed No. 1 and held on for seven weeks in early 1971. A few years later, he'd say he had no interest in The Beatles anymore.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet

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