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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Yoko Ono told Liam Gallagher naming his son Lennon was silly

Liam Gallagher is a bonafide Beatlemaniac. In 1999, Gallagher recalled, "Yoko said, I've heard you've called your son Lennon. I said, Yeah, she said, Why? Do you not think it's a bit of a silly name?" Never one to miss an opportunity to be blunt and a little obnoxious, LG replied, "And I said, No, it's a bit silly being called Yoko, isn't it?"

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, August 21, 2020
Church collection box linked to The Beatles to go on sale

The collection box at the church where Paul McCartney and John Lennon played together for the first time, in a Quarrymen session at St Peter's Church in Woolton, Liverpool in 1957, is to go under the auctioneer's hammer. The Beatles Shop will host the online auction. Manager Stephen Bailey said he really did not know the box's value.

Source: BBC News
We can work it out says closure-threatened Cavern Club

Liverpool's Cavern Club shut its doors in March as the European wave of COVID-19 was hitting hard and Britain was sliding towards its own crisis. They expected to be closed for about a month. Five months later, the club is still shut, the firm has lost more than £600,000 ($788,000) and 20 of its 120 employees have been laid off.

Source: Reuters News, UK
Yoko Ono prepares to release a new John Lennon memoir

Yoko Ono has announced a new memoir she has been working on, "John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band", is available to preorder now. The book, named after Lennon's debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, released on 11 December 1970, will be an in-depth and revelatory exploration of John Lennon's personal work.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Paul McCartney still uses the little green amp he bought when he was 14

In a new Flaming Pie featurette, McCartney revealed that he still used a particular amplifier which he bought when he was 14 years old. The "Little Green Amp" is an Elpico A55, and was regularly sighted onstage with The Beatles in their earlier days. However, as Paul Pointed out, it was not a guitar amplifier by design.

Monday, August 17, 2020
Unseen Let It Be footage proves they wanted to stay together

Director Peter Jackson said, "I can just imagine that if you were going to the cinema in May of 1970, and you just heard that the Beatles had broken up, then you're obviously going to look at the movie through a particular filter. I think that has led to it being known as the breakup film. But it's not really a breakup film in the slightest."

Source: The Express, UK
Abbey Road on River festival canceled for 2020

The multi-day Beatles music festival Abbey Road On The River has officially been canceled for 2020, according to festival's producer. The festival was postponed and organizers had hoped to present a shorter festival with social distancing and safety protocols. Plans are already underway for the 2021 festival, scheduled for May 27-31.

Source: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, IN
Mayor of Liverpool warns Cavern Club could be forced to close forever

Mayor Joe Anderson has warned Liverpool could lose the famous Cavern Club forever due to coronavirus. The mayor said the city's music scene "is in peril" as the club prepares to reopen after lockdown at just 30% of its full capacity. It has been reported that the club has been losing 30,000 a week since the beginning of the pandemic.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Letter from Francis Ford Coppola to John Lennon about Apocalypse Now

Back in March 1977, American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Coppola wrote to one of the biggest musical artists in the world proposing that the pair work together on a film. He proposed the idea to John Lennon about contributing to the score of Apocalypse Now, but alas, it was not to be.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band. The book, credited to authors John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is scheduled to be published on Oct. 6, and is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and the U.K.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Barber who cut Macca's hair hanging up his scissors after 65 years

Britain's longest serving barber who cut Paul McCartney's iconic Beatles' mop-top is hanging up his scissors, after 65 years. Brian Higgins, 79, has been cutting hair since he was 14. Undoubtedly his most famous customer was Paul McCartney who nipped in for a trim after playing a gig in Worcester in the 1960s.

Source: One News Page
First, Sir Paul McCartney, now Chief Paul McCartney?

Paul McCartney could become the next Chief for Walpole Island First Nation, a reservation on an island bordering Michigan and Canada. The indigenous community's director of operations said Paul, along with Ryan Reynolds, have been nominated by two eligible electors over the weekend, making them official nominees.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, August 10, 2020
Why Paul McCartney had his shoelaces tied by an aide at Glastonbury

Paul McCartney reportedly had one of his assistants crouch down and tie his shoelaces before he performed at Glastonbury, because he had a bad back. Paul is said to have had some help by the aide ahead of his set at Worthy Farm in 2004. Black Eyed Peas star revealed he saw the interaction happen while standing backstage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
New 22m university facility to be named after Yoko Ono

The University of Liverpool is to name its new teaching and performance facility The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre. Work is already under way on the 22.1m centre, which is set to open late next year. The announcement of the name marks a significant step towards realising the dream of providing a new cultural landmark for the Liverpool City Region.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney on how Jeff Lynne got Ringo Starr on Flaming Pie

Paul McCartney joined forces with his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr on his 1997 solo album, Flaming Pie, which marked one of their most significant collaborations together since the band split up in 1970. In a new interview with The Sun, McCartney revealed how Lynne was the mastermind behind the collaboration.

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney recalls what Keith Richards told him about the Beatles

During a conversation with GQ, Paul McCartney looked back on The Beatles, how the guys met, their massive impact, and the magic he still feels after all these years. He said, "I remember Keith Richards saying to me, You had four singers. We only had one! I think, Wow. That is pretty uncanny. And writers. Not just singers, but writers."

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Friday, August 7, 2020
Paul McCartney jokes he turns into tour guide when returning to Liverpool

Paul McCartney says he insists on driving himself around when making the trip to his hometown Liverpool, and enjoys showing his friends around the streets where he grew up. He said, "I like driving and I don't want to be driven around Liverpool. On my way I pass all the old haunts and it's like a guided tour, with me as the tour guide."

Source: The Irish Examiner
The Beatles song John Lennon wrote to confuse their fans

Beatles fans meticulously pawed over songs and albums trying to find hidden insights. John Lennon knew this and, on The White Album, he made sure he left a few red herrings ensured to send fans and Beatles aficionados into overdrive. He filled one song, Glass Onion, to the brim with false information or deliberate intrigue.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
The reason why the BBC banned A Day In The Life

The Beatles song A Day In The Life, was once dramatically banned by the BBC following its release in 1967 in controversial circumstances. The decision showed that the corporation was run by an iron fist and, even if you were the biggest band in the world, if your music was deemed offensive then it would not be given air time.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans this weekend

For 44 years, we've Fested in New Jersey and Chicago (and at times, in downtown New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas)... but now via the wonder of modern technology, we can be "all together now" this weekend (Aug. 7-9) at the Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans! Speakers include Freda Kelly, Mark Lewisohn, Billy J. Kramer and Laurence Juber.

Source: Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Echo and the Bunnymen's cosmic cover of Ticket to Ride

Taking a look back at the wonderfully unique dream-like cover of The Beatles Ticket to Ride by Echo and the Bunnymen, who, born and raised through the Beatles hysteria in Liverpool, have the Fab Four deeply engrained within their music psyche despite having taken their own sound down a somewhat darker post-punk path.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Audio: Freda Kelly recalls nobody knew how famous they would be

Growing up in 60's Liverpool, Freda Kelly was one of The Beatles earliest fans, watching the Fab Four perform far before international stardom. From there, she began work as manager Brian Epstein's secretary and the rest is music history. She shares her first-hand account of the rise and fall of The Beatles now on the internet.

Source: WGN, Chicago
Paul McCartney says Vegas is the rockers' graveyard where you go to die

Paul McCartney has slammed Las Vegas as the rockers' graveyard "where you go to die" and "nothing attracts" him about the idea of playing there. Elton John and Rod Stewart have earned tens of millions of dollars playing at the Nevada city, but Paul has no intention of taking up a residency on the famous strip.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul found it hurtful when he was blamed for breaking up The Beatles

Paul McCartney revealed he found it "pretty hurtful" when he was blamed for breaking up The Beatles in 1970. Paul spoke candidly with British GQ on Tuesday about how he felt at the time. Saying people believed the band "hated each other" after their split, he said that the group simply had "disputes" like any other family would.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The untold story of the Beatles' desegregation rider

On June 5, 2020, McCartney posted a reminder of the historic stand the Beatles took regarding the proposed segregation of a concert they performed in the South. He stated, "In 1964, the Beatles were due to play Jacksonville and we found out that it was going to be a segregated audience. It felt wrong. We said, We're not doing that!"

Source: Culture Sonar

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