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Ultimate Classic Rock to livestream Randy Bachman concert

Randy Bachman will play a special concert at the world-famous Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday, and Ultimate Classic Rock will livestream five songs from the show. Bachman's greatest hits will be interspersed with selections from his most recent album, By George by Bachman, a collection of songs written by George Harrison.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
All You Need Is Love adapted for picture book

Two new children's books will add pictures to the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced Thursday that the series will begin with "All You Need Is Love," featuring illustrations by Marc Rosenthal. It comes out in January through the imprint Little Simon.

Source: Newsday, NY
Beatles' greatest hits with Classical Mystery Tour and the Pasadena POPS

Back by popular demand, Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles with The Pasadena POPS brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life with a fresh set list of favorites from the early years to Sgt. Pepper's through their solo careers, with a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the White Album, on Saturday, August 4.

Source: Broadway World
Cover vs. Cover: I Wanna Be Your Man

I Wanna Be Your Man was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, in the same room and right in front of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. There's no real production on the Stones' version. The Beatles followed the Stones' arrangement pretty closely, but jump right in with Ringo shouting his face off doing the lead vocals.

Source: The Z Review
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Liam Gallagher reveals John Lennon helps him battle his demons

Liam Gallagher has revealed how listening to John Lennon proves the perfect medicine in battling his demons. Liam has been locked in an ongoing feud with brother Noel since Oasis split up in 2009. But if he's ever battling "dark clouds", he said in an interview that it's simply a case of sticking Beatles icon John Lennon on the stereo.

Source: NME, UK
Phil Collins box set includes Paul McCartney and George Harrison

Phil Collins announced today the release of a box set of his collaborative highlights, covering more than four decades of work with other recording artists. The set, Plays Well With Others, features performances with classic rock stars including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and many more. It will be released on Sept. 28.

Source: Best Classic Bands
50 Years Ago: The Beatles record 27-minute version of Helter Skelter

Initial sessions for Helter Skelter were so intense they ultimately included the longest song the Beatles ever recorded: a 27-minute version of the track that later appeared on the White Album in abbreviated form. Put simply, they were running out of tape, and nobody wanted to interrupt the band's collective train of thought.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Top Radio Hits in July 1973 include two former Beatles

As summer heated up in 1973, two former Beatles were among the artists dominating Top 40 radio. Just outside the Top 10 but flying up the charts, from #26 to #15, was Wings' Live and Let Die, as Paul McCartney's My Love was on its way down the chart at #8. George Harrison's second solo #1, Give Me Love, was #6 this week.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Fan pays over 1,000 for Paul McCartney tickets by mistake

A die-hard Paul McCartney fan accidentally paid four times the price for tickets when he used resale site Viagogo. He thought he was purchasing three 89 (about $117) tickets from the official ECHO arena website but was left gobsmacked when he received a confirmation email thanking him for his 1247.66 (about $1,636) order.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Yellow Submarine graphic novel celebrates movie's 50th anniversary

It's the 50th anniversary of the release of Yellow Submarine, and to mark the occasion, exclusive artwork from Titan Comics' upcoming comic book adaptation has been released. Written and illustrated by current Mad Magazine editor Bill Morrison, the 112 page hardcover graphic novel will be released on Aug. 28.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
The Beatles tops UK vinyl singles chart

The Beatles are currently leading the UK Vinyl Singles Chart. Yellow Submarine has jumped up the Top 20 to chart at #1. Reflecting their surge in popularity, dedicated vinyl album and singles charts were launched in 2016 with the singles chart compiled from sales of 7″ and 12″ records. The Beatles' Long Tall Sally came in on the list at #20.

Source: Live4Ever
How the Beatles changed the future of animation

The Simpsons wouldn't exist without Yellow Submarine. The movie fundamentally changed the way viewers experience animation. Yellow Submarine is frequently named one of the most influential animated films in history, serving as a template for modern cartoons geared towards adults, from The Simpsons to Adventure Time.

Source: Esquire
Monday, July 16, 2018
Paul McCartney fans rage as tickets for UK tour sell out within seconds

Paul McCartney's fans have hit out online, after tickets for his UK tour sold out within seconds. McCartney is set to play Liverpool, Glasgow and London this December. But as they went on sale at 10AM, fans claimed that they were completely unable to secure tickets, although they immediately appeared on secondary resale sites.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Some not happy that gift shop near Abbey Road wants longer hours

The gift shop near the iconic Abbey Road studios wants to extend its hours, prompting fears it would cause traffic disruption at the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles. But the concerns are likely to be over-ruled by Westminster planners. The store offers gifts such as an I am the Walrus egg cup and Yellow Submarine Monopoly.

Source: Get West London, UK
New book explores the Beatles' tensions over Hey Jude

A new book about Beatles producer George Martin explores the tensions surrounding the recording of Paul's Hey Jude, 50 years ago this month. In an excerpt, George Martin remembers, "I thought that we had made the song too long....I couldn't understand what he was on about by just going round and round the same thing."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Noted authors to co-chair 2018 Beatles at the Ridge Symposium

In its sixth year celebrating The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the September 14-15, 2018 event. And at the helm this year are symposium co-chairs Jude Southerland Kessler and Lanea Stagg.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 13, 2018
Yellow Submarine now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video starting today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, France and Italy to members of Prime for no additional cost. In addition, Prime members can now stream the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.

Related Articles  Source: uDiscoverMusic
Rare Beatles memorabilia from 1964 Ed Sullivan Show up for auction

Rare memorabilia from a 1964 appearance by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in Miami Beach is up for auction.The items are from the collection of Jane Sollogub, who served as president of the South Florida chapter of the official Beatles fan club when she was 15. Items include John Lennon's signature and a TV show ticket stub.

Source: WPLG TV, Miami
Rare photos of John Lennon stolen in Wirral raid

A range of music memorabilia, including rare and signed photographs of The Beatles, have been stolen from a house in Neston, Cheshire, England. Burglars broke into the house on Tuesday, signed photographs of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and rare photographs of John Lennon were among the items stolen.

Source: Chester Standard, UK
How George Martin recorded Hey Jude to be hypnotic

"Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin - The Later Years, 1966 - 2016" is Kenneth Womack's concluding book of his two-volume biography of the life of Sir George Martin. It looks at Martin's work with the Beatles in their later years with the albums that included Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, The White Album and Abbey Road.

Source: Variety
Paul McCartney announcing new tour gigs one at a time

Yesterday, Paul McCartney announced he'll make his first appearance ever in Krakow, Poland, on December 3, on his new "Freshen Up" tour. Today he added a date on December 5 in Vienna, Austria, his first time playing the city in five years, bringing the total for 2018 to 11 concerts. The tour begins September 17 in Quebec.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Charity concerts celebrating the White Album announced for Liverpool

Two unmissable nights celebrating the classic album's 50th birthday will see Genesis, Badly Drawn Boy and Miles Kane pay tribute at Liverpool Pier Head this September. Over two nights the 30 song collection will be performed in full by a host of musicians accompanied by a full band. All profits from the events will go to charity.

Source: The List, UK
Paul McCartney adds to 2018 Freshen Up tour

Today, Paul McCartney announced he'll make his first appearance ever in Krakow, Poland, on Dec. 3, bringing the total for his new 2018 "Freshen Up" tour to 10 concerts. Registration for the Paul McCartney Poland Presale, powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan will close this Sunday July 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 20.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Menu signed by all four Beatles from a BOAC flight up for auction

On February 22, 1965, the Beatles left London Airport aboard a specially chartered Boeing 707 BOAC Cunard flight for the Bahamas, to film their second feature film, Help! The Lunch and Afternoon Tea Menu, signed that day by all four Beatles and other stars of the film, is expected to auction for 5,000 - 6,000 (about $6,600 - $7,900).

Source: Antiques Trade Gazette
Where did the Beatles buy their first guitars?

The Beatles bought instruments at Hessy's and Rushworth's in Liverpool, only a couple of hundred yards from the Cavern. They heard new US singles they wanted to cover at NEMS closeby. They signed their first management contract at NEMS and Pete Best was sacked there. These locations are so crucial to the Beatles story.

Source: Reverb

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