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Ringo Starr adds U.S. dates to All Starr Band tour 

Ringo Starr announced a U.S. leg for his 2018 tour with the All Starr Band today. The 20-date run launches Sept. 1st in Tulsa, Oklahoma and concludes the 29th in Los Angeles. The latest All Starrs include Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and one new recruit, bassist-singer Graham Gouldman of 10cc.

Official Page  Source: Rolling Stone
Picture: Liverpool Fab Four soccer players become the Beatles 

Liverpool fab four Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have paid tribute to one of city's slightly more iconic quartets by dressing as the Beatles for charity. The players, all away together with England, donned grey suits and mop top wigs to help raise money for Sport Relief.

Source: ESPN
Capitol Studios launches remote mixing, vinyl-cutting and mastering services 

Capitol Studios, aka the most iconic Hollywood studio company around, is offering their services to anybody and everybody through their new online initiative. And now you, yes you, can have your music attacked by one of Capitol Studios accredited engineers, amongst their cutting-edge (and Grammy award-winning) technologies.

Source: Happy Magazine, Australia
Interview: Pete Best on life after the Beatles 

Despite being one of just six people ever able to call themselves a Beatle, Pete Best is probably best known as the unluckiest man in music history. After his dismissal as the band's drummer on the cusp of Beatlemania, Pete took his own route in show business, a path which has now led him onto the theatre stage for the first time.

Source: YM Liverpool
Childhood friend of the Beatles, Tony Bramwell 

One of the last people alive who worked with The Beatles has lifted the lid on his time spent with the group. Tony Bramwell grew up in Liverpool with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Recalling the early years with George, Bramwell said, "I would lend him my Buddy Holly's [records], he would lend me his Chuck Berry's."

Source: Staffs Live, UK
Remembering how the Beatles helped break down racial segregation 

In 1964, The Beatles helped fight racial segregation by refusing to play a show that had split the audience without their consent. At a segregated concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, as the pressure of The Beatles not performing threatened to boil over, officials eventually allowed the segregated audience to merge together.

Source: Far Out Magazine
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Pattie Boyd to speak in Sydney and Melbourne

Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and then Eric Clapton, will appear in speaking engagements in Sydney and Melbourne in May. She will hold an exhibition of her photographic works at the Blender Gallery in Sydney, from May 5 to June 2, and will attend a special launch at the gallery on May 11.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Book Review: Conversations with McCartney by Paul Du Noyer

Music journalist and MOJO magazine founder Paul Du Noyer first spoke with Paul McCartney at a press conference in 1979, as McCartney was about to take what would be the final configuration of Wings on a 19-date UK tour. Little did he know at the time, it was the first moment in an association that has continued for nearly 40 years.

Source: The Morton Report
School in England to take starring role in Beatles film

Director Danny Boyle has given a high school in Norfolk, England, a starring role in his new film, and some of the pupils could be cast as extras. Photographs for roles were due to take place at Acle Academy on Thursday as the big screen beckons for the school and its community. On Facebook the school said it was "absolutely thrilled."

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, UK
The Beatles' marathon Please Please Me session, hour by hour

The Beatles recorded the bulk of their debut album, Please Please Me, in a single daylong studio session at EMI's Studio Two. In a new article, Rolling Stone magazine breaks down that epic day that yielded songs from I Saw Her Standing There to a cathartic Twist and Shout, in an hour-by-hour account.

Source: Rolling Stone
The quiet Beatle once made some noise in Illinois

Super-Beatle fan Robert Bartel's 1999 documentary "A Beatle in Benton, Illinois," which details a single fortnight visit to the southern Illinois town in 1963 by 20-year-old George Harrison in order to see his married sister, has bizarrely managed to win a best documentary Oscar 19 years after the film's initial release.

Source: Illinois Times
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Smash hit show returns to celebrate music of the Beatles

The smash hit show Let It Be will soon see Beatles fans Come Together to Twist and Shout through a brand new show touring the UK for 2018. Producers of the acclaimed show have announced that Let It Be will be heading to venues across the UK, including Manchester, before once again taking to the world stage.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles tribute band to play benefit concert in Indiana

Beatles tribute band The Mersey Beatles will play a concert on May 6 at Erekson Theatre on the campus of Bellmont High School in Decatur, Indiana. Proceeds from the show will go to benefit Decatur's ballpark revitalization, the $2.3 million project to develop a new baseball and softball complex in the city at Hanna Nuttman park.

Source: WANE TV, Fort Wayne
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You hits #1

Imagine being so monumentally popular that one of your recordings has just knocked another one of your records out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! It's only happened once and, not surprisingly, the artist behind the feat was The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Ringo Starr finally receives his Knighthood 21 years after Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr followed in the footsteps of former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney by receiving a Knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning. Accompanied by wife Barbara Bach, Ringo offered his trademark peace-sign as he showed off his medal following a short ceremony conducted by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles' visit to Weston remembered with plaque

A poem written by local poet and author Anthony Keyes has been etched on a plaque which this week was installed at "Beatles Rock" on the sea wall which overlooks Birnbeck Pier on the Bristol Channel in Weston-super-Mare, in North Somerset, England, to commemorate the moment the Beatles played at the Odeon at Birnbeck in 1963.

Source: Weston Mercury, UK
George Harrison's family still feuding over Beatle's bucks Warning: Page opens with sound

George Harrison left a staggering $384 million fortune his widow and son, who live in a 120-room Victorian mansion, while George's 86-year-old sister struggles to survive. A $2,560 monthly allowance Louise Harrison was supposed to get for as long as she lived was cut off by his widow, Olivia, after George died at 58 in November, 2001.

Source: National Enquirer
Liverpool to host first John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibition

Liverpool is set to host an exhibition about Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono which will tell their love story in their own words. The announcement comes on the 49th wedding anniversary of John and Yoko. The Museum of Liverpool will show a ground-breaking exhibition starting in May, 2018.

Source: Click Liverpool
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar on this day in 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's entire hectic love affair was described in detail on The Beatles' The Ballad of John and Yoko. The single was released May, 1969, with lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on this day, March 20th, 1969, at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
Monday, March 19, 2018
Orange Amplification to raise funds for Strawberry Field campaign

UK guitar amp company Orange Amplification is helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army's Strawberry Field campaign. This charitable cause aims to reopen the Strawberry Field site in summer 2019. Everyone who donates on Orange's website could win one of two Sgt. Pepper CDs signed by its remastering producer, Giles Martin.

Source: Music Talkers
Paul McCartney's classic Lamborghini fails to sell at auction

A classic Lamborghini that once belonged to Paul McCartney and valued at between 400,000 and 500,000 (about $562,000 to $702,300) failed to sell at auction on Sunday. The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe is one of only four shipped to Britain, and was converted by McCartney to right-hand drive in the late 1960s.

Source: The Sunday Times, UK
Author writes about John Lennon's effect on her life in new book

"When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lennonaid: What John Lennon's Life Did For Mine," by Kaya John, is a story of how John Lennon saved the author from a path of self-destruction due to, among other things, abusive parents. Kaya said, "They helped me survive a very challenging childhood and, I feel, kept me from despair."

Source: New Jersey Arts
An opera inspired by The Beatles to be performed Melbourne

La Beatles Boheme, a series of opera fusion, will be performed on on the Melbourne CBD Flagstaff Carpark rooftop over two weekends, from Saturday April 21 until Sunday April 29. The 90-minute performance mixes Puccini's La Boheme with the best of the Beatles discography, and features both operatic and contemporary singers.

Source: The Beat, Australia
March 1977: Maybe I'm Amazed hits the Top 40

In March of 1977, the playlist on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse, WLS, featured the live version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Maybe I'm Amazed from their 3-LP Wings Over America, coming in at #18. It would ultimately hit #10 in the U.S. Also, Electric Light Orchestra's cover of Do Ya jumped from #38 to #31.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 16, 2018
Rare Beatles autographs sell for 3,340

A signed Beatles band card belonging to a former musician from King's Lynn in Norfolk, England, was sold at auction on Saturday for 3,340 (about $4,650) to a buyer in Baltimore. The highly collectible card, which previously belonged to Mike Nicholson, was estimated to be worth around 1,00 to 1,500.

Source: Lynn News, UK

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