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Friday, March 20, 2020
John Lennon's erotic gift to Yoko Ono leads Beatles memorabilia auction

A series of erotic sketches given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift will lead a special sale of Beatles memorabilia at Omega Auctions in the UK next week. The sale on March 24 will offer more than 400 lots spanning the entire history of the Fab Four, from their earliest days in Liverpool to their later successful solo careers.

Source: Just Collecting News
Video: Tesla performs The Beatles' We Can Work It Out

Legendary Californian rockers Tesla have shared the video of them performing their version of The Beatles' classic hit, We Can Work It Out. The track features on their new live album, Five Man London Jam which will be out on March 27. Five Man London Jam was also filmed in 4K high-definition and will be available in multiple formats.

Source: U Discover Music
Beatles sang explicit lyrics live as fans' screams drowned them out

The Beatles used to sing explicit lyrics during their gigs because their fans' deafening screams drowned them out. In a new autobiography, late Who bassist John Entwistle, recalled how the legendary Liverpool group played about with their famous lyrics during their shows and their fans were none the wiser because of their raucous shrieking.

Source: Music News, UK
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Vladimir Putin unmasked as die-hard Beatles fan

Vladimir Putin has been outed as a long-term fan of the Fab Four. In two interviews unearthed by Express.co.uk, it was not only confirmed that he "loves" the lads from Liverpool but also that he has a preferred hit. "I love the Beatles!" he said. When asked what his favorite song was, he said Yesterday.

Source: The Express, UK
Cirque du Soleil closes its Las Vegas shows because of virus

Cirque du Soleil said Saturday that it is temporarily suspending its productions in Las Vegas as well as around the world because of the new coronavirus outbreak, including The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage. The decision was based on public health authorities calling for people to limit their social interactions.

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Beatles Story in Liverpool shuts its doors in response to coronavirus crisis

Liverpool tourist attraction The Beatles Story is the latest venue to shut its doors in response to the coronavirus crisis. They said that, while there had been no reported cases of the virus at the site, they closed "in the interest of the health and well-being of all our employees, visitors and partners."

Related Articles  Source: The Business Desk, UK
Paul McCartney psychedelic piano designs go up for auction

Sketches and designs for Paul McCartney's psychedelic piano, commissioned for Magical Mystery Tour are to go up for auction, 20 years after they were found in a skip. Builder Andy Clynes rescued the discarded papers while working on a project in Manchester in 1999, before storing them in his attic and forgetting about them.

Source: Complete Music Update
March 18, 1967: Penny Lane hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the flip side, The Beatles' "Penny Lane" hit #1 in the U.S. on March 18, 1967, and their first Parlophone release in the U.K. to not reach #1 since 1963 (it peaked at #2). Both songs were written about actual places in the band's hometown of Liverpool.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 13, 2020
Paul McCartney tipped a busker at London's Charing Cross station

A busker in London says she was tipped by Beatles legend Paul McCartney while performing earlier this week. Charlotte Campbell was performing outside Charing Cross station when she says the legend approached her and tossed some coins her way. Campbell says she was "absolutely speechless" when she realised who had approached her.

Source: NME, UK
Disney shares an unseen frame from Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary

Disney has revealed never-before-seen footage of The Beatles from Peter Jackson's documentary. In the picture of the Beatles rehearsing, John Lennon was smiling on the piano, and Paul McCartney is singing the song while playing his guitar. Also, Ringo Star was on the drums, and George Harrison was chilling on the stage.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Liam Gallagher opens up on John Lennon's son Julian

Liam Gallagher spoke out about The Beatles star John Lennon's son and fellow musician Julian Lennon on Twitter yesterday. Asked about the photographer and singer-songwriter, the ex-Oasis star revealed he was a fan. "Have you heard Julian Lennon's music?" a fan asked Liam. "He's really good, got his dad's musical talent."

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney appears in good spirits after jetting into JFK Airport

Paul McCartney appeared in good spirits as he happily strolled through New York's JFK Airport on Friday. He cut a smart figure in a dark woollen coat as he made his way through the terminal. Despite his superstar status, Paul carried his own luggage while tightly clutching his boarding pass as he walked.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Fest for Beatles Fans postponed because of coronavirus fears

The huge annual Beatles convention, The Fest for Beatles Fans, has been postponed because of coronavirus fears. It had been scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, March 27-29. Organizers hope to reschedule it at some point "when the time is right and this virus has passed," they said in statement.

Source: NJ Arts
Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary coming to theaters

The Walt Disney Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson's previously announced Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. It will be released in the U.S. and Canada on September 4, 2020, with additional details and dates for the film's global release to follow.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Video: Police officer sings All You Need is Love to care home residents

PC John Aldred was visiting Longmoor Lodge Care Home in Nottingham to provide advice and re-assurance, and decided to bring his guitar and played a few tunes for the residents. He said, "We don't often get to do 'nice' things in our job and I think this is a lovely example of a team which really care strongly about the community they serve."

Source: Smooth Radio, London
Monday, March 9, 2020
Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo Starr's grandson waiting for trial

Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo Starr's grandson will have to wait until 2021 before they stand trial for allegedly attacking a Tesco worker in a row over booze. Gene Appleton Gallagher and Sonny Starkey, both 18, were arrested on May 17, last year, following a late-night incident at a Tesco Express in Hampstead, London.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Paul McCartney's grandson looks exactly like the legend

Paul McCartney's grandson, Arthur Donald, happens to look a heck of a lot like his grandpa. Son of Mary McCartney, born April 3, 1999, Arthur is the oldest of the music icon's eight grandchildren. With a slightly round face and a sweet smile, Donald appears to look a lot like Paul McCartney did during his early days with The Beatles.

Source: Nicki Swift
Paul McCartney reveals his favorite guitar chord

Speaking in a recent interview, Paul McCartney was asked a question to learn out if he had a favorite chord and he answered, "I would say E is a pretty big favourite. It's one of the early chords you learn. And in the early days, we used to play the Buddy Holly songs that we listened to a lot. He used E and A a lot, so we used E and A lot too."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, March 6, 2020
Early Beatles stage to go under hammer in New York

The wooden stage of the small Liverpool venue where the Beatles performed before they rocketed to fame is going up for auction, along with Paul McCartney's hastily scribbled notes for a studio recording of the hit song Hey Jude. They are among 300 items of Beatles memorabilia being sold in New York on April 10.

Source: TRT World
Liverpool's music masterplan has been approved

The Liverpool City Council has approved a framework for the Cavern Quarter, including Mathew Street, home of the world-famous music venues the Cavern Club and Eric's, and nearby Williamson Square. The city will curate a clearer proposition around Liverpool's pivotal role in the story of popular and contemporary music.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Julian Lennon believes his father sent him a message from the afterlife

When losing a loved one, it's only natural to wish that they could communicate something of significance. Julian Lennon not only longed for this but received it loud and clear. The message he interpreted from his late father John Lennon was so meaningful that it changed his life and motivated him to change the lives of others.

Source: Idolator
Beatles passed on song that became George Harrison's last #1 hit

Got My Mind Set on You was one of the biggest hits of George Harrison's post-Beatles career. What many fans don't know is it's a cover of a song from the 1960s. The Beatles could have released their own rendition, but John Lennon and Paul McCartney were less interested in covers when they could create hits of their own.

Source: Cheat Sheet
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Paul McCartney says Shakespeare made him better songwriter

Paul McCartney has revealed that he was originally inspired by the iconic British playwright William Shakespeare, after being introduced to the writer by his English teacher. He added, "He showed me actually the dirty bits in Chaucer. And for a 16-year-old boy (it was) wow, I'm loving this. I said are you sure I should be reading this?"

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Why BBC Radio 1 refused to play the Beatles' Real Love

The release of the Beatles Anthology came with a few new tracks. One of these songs, Real Love, sparked controversy when BBC Radio 1 refused to play it. Radio 1 decided not to play the song because they wanted to appeal to a younger demographic. A spokesman said "Real Love" was "not what our listeners want to hear."

Source: Cheat Sheet
March 4, 1966: John Lennon makes Beatles Bigger Than Jesus remark

On March 4, 1966, in a wide-ranging interview with the London Evening Standard, John Lennon opined, "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., highlighted on the cover of the teen magazine Datebook.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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