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Rumor: McCartney to reclaim Wings songs rights from EMI
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/16/10 11:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to Bloomberg, and as of yet reprinted nowhere else, Paul McCartney is poised to take back the rights to his songs and those of his band Wings from the music company EMI. The Mail on Sunday newspaper in the UK reported this last Sunday, without saying where it got the information.


The report in the Daily Mail added that while Paul would regain rights to his later work, EMI would retain the rights to the back catalogue of The Beatles.

So far, we can find no other substantiation of this report, although it is undoubtedly related to EMI's current financial turmoil, as we've been reporting over the last several days. Stay tuned to Beatles News, we will post it as more becomes available on this story.

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George Harrison annual birthday tribute tomorrow in Hollywood
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 02/24/10 9:23 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

George Harrison will be remembered at a public birthday celebration tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, 2010, starting at 6:00 PM, at George's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Capitol Records Tower Building, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood.


Fans of George Harrison are invited to bring flowers and birthday message cards to place around the star, and to participate in a birthday cake cutting ceremony to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member.

Live and taped George Harrison and Beatles songs will be played at the event, and fans are invited to perform their own music, poetry and spoken word tributes. Radio host Chris Carter of Breakfast With the Beatles on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles will lead the children at the event in lighting the candles and cutting the specially decorated cake.

George Harrison was born February 25, 1943 in the Hunts Cross area of Liverpool and passed away on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer.

The event is being sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group. For further information call (310) 399-1000.

Jay Leno uses Beatles song to promote his return to late night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 02/19/10 9:59 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

NBC spots now running during the Olympics to promote the return of Jay Leno to the Tonight Show feature the Beatles song Get Back. In one of the spots, Jay Leno is driving down California's Pacific Coast Highway while Get Back plays in the background.


The version of the song in the promos is not performed by the Beatles, but the guy singing does sound a bit like Paul McCartney.

Jay Leno's return to the 11:35 time slot is scheduled for a week from Monday, March 1.

7th Annual Tribute to George Harrison this Saturday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 02/18/10 6:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The 7th Annual Tribute to George Harrison will take place Saturday, February 20th at Whites of Westport, in Westport, Massachusetts beginning at 5:30.

The annual event is a night filled with music from the 60's, focusing around George Harrison and the Beatles. This is a fun fundraiser and is a great family event, suitable for all ages.

This year's line up includes Octopus's Garden, Beatletracks, the Mockers, British Yankees, Sherman and the Waybacks and Peppertown from RI

The Mockers performing at last year's event

The host restaurant, Whites of Westport, is a local favorite known for its history of quality service and great food. Whites is right off Route 195 and includes free parking, an on-site restaurant, and adjacent hotel, the Hampton Inn. Food and drinks are available for purchase at venue.

Tickets are $15.00 and will be available at the door the night of the show.

For more information, email GHTribute@aol.com, or check out the Harrison Tribute page on the Octopus's Garden site at www.og-rocks.com and Whites of Westport website www.lafrancehospitality.com.

Pair of tickets available for Yoko in Brooklyn tomorrow night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 02/15/10 3:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Our pal, Charles F. Rosenay, over at Liverpool Tours, has 1 extra pair of tickets to tomorrow's (February 16) star-filled SOLD OUT historic Plastic Ono Band show in Brooklyn, NY.


The concert celebrates Yoko's 77th birthday and features Sean Lennon plus special guests Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bette Midler and other surprises. The concert sold out in 2 hours and these seats are highly desirable, located in row B (2nd row) in the front Mezzanine, and since he only has access to the 2 tickets, it's first-come, first-served, so hurry.

The tickets are $299 each. To purchase the tickets, call Charles at (203) 795-4737.

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Ringo Starr to appear on NPR on Friday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 02/02/10 11:53 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The World Cafe program on NPR will be broadcasting a session with former Beatle Ringo Starr on Friday, February 5, 2010.


National Public Radio's World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Click here to find your local station time. (US only).

Or, worldwide, fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST.

Late in the day of broadcast, the audio might be available on the National Public Radio website.

(Info thanks to the official Ringo Starr site.)

Autographed Beatles tour program sells for $15,800
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 01/27/10 1:28 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A multi-estate sale was held last weekend, January 22 through 24 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

At the sale, a page from the 1964 Beatles USA, Ltd. tour program, beautifully signed by all four Beatles and personally inscribed to the late pianist Liberace, soared to $15,800. In their light-hearted way, the Beatles signed the 12 inch by 12 inch page "to Liber-Archie" as a play on words. The photo on the page depicts the band wearing their winter coats, standing atop a wall.


Among other items at the sale, the original marriage certificate of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley dated May 26, 1994, sold for $70,800.

The weekend extravaganza, at which around 1,300 lots changed hands from a variety of categories in a sale that grossed more than $700,000, was held in Philip Weiss Auctions' gallery facility located in Oceanside, New York. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and its calendar of upcoming auctions, visit www.prwauctions.com.

Acclaimed John Lennon tribute moves to historic Beatles location
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/25/10 6:35 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Following an unprecedented three month run of sold out performances at The NoHo Arts Center, Just Imagine, the smash hit show, opens this Thursday, January 28th at the elegant Platinum Live theater in Studio City.

Dating back to 1930, now completely renovated, Platinum Live is the exact location, then known as the Cinnamon Cinder, where the Beatles held an historic press conference in 1964, where they received five gold records and the key to California before performing at the Hollywood Bowl.

In Just Imagine, world-renowned Tim Piper and his electrifying band Working Class Hero take the audience on a magical history tour that reveals the riveting story of the rock legend who created the group that revolutionized pop music and forever changed the world.

Tim Piper as John Lennon in "Just Imagine"

One of L.A.'s oldest dinner theaters, Platinum Live is L.A.'s only true dinner theater and features plush seating, a full bar, state-of-the-art sound and lights, along with lavish dinner and brunch buffets. All ages welcome.

The Platinum Live theater is located at 11345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Performances of Just Imagine are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm.

To reserve your seat for Just Imagine at Platinum Live in Studio City, visit www.JustImagineTheShow.com or call 866-811-4111. Beatles News readers can save $10 by using promo code JUST10.

Beatles: Rock Band bundle under $170 today only
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/25/10 2:32 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle from MTV Games is available today only, Monday, January 25, 2010, as the Amazon Deal of the Day, for only $169.99.


The Beatles: Rock Band, released in September, includes more than 40 tracks and online multiplayer functionality. The Amazon Deal of the Day offer, for The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Bundle PS3 and Xbox 360 for $169.99 each, is 32 percent off the $249.99 MSRP.

The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle includes The Beatles Rock Band software, an exclusive Hofner bass guitar controller, The Beatles branded Rock Band drums, and a microphone and microphone stand, and additional special game content.

Click here for info on the Beatles: Rock Band Deal of the Day!

Nowhere Boy receives four Bafta nominations
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 01/21/10 12:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Nominations for The Baftas, which take place two weeks before the Academy Awards in Hollywood, and are often seen a prediction of possible Oscar winners, were announced today in London.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff

Sam Taylor-Wood's directional debut film Nowhere Boy, about the early life of late Beatle John Lennon, has received four Bafta nominations, including Best Supporting Actress nominations for Kristin Scott Thomas, who played Aunt Mimi, and Anne-Marie Duff, who played John's mother Julia, Outstanding British Film, and Sam Taylor-Wood for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Winners of the Baftas are chosen by members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, apart from the Orange Rising Star category, which is open to the public. The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Opera House on February 21.


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