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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Paul McCartney Freshen Up tour dominates ticket best-sellers

Paul McCartney has announced the first round of dates for his 2018 Freshen Up Tour, taking multiple spots on yesterday's top-selling events list, according to sales data from Ticket Club. McCartney will kick-off his tour in Canada in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec in support of his forthcoming record, Egypt Station.

Related Articles  Source: Ticket News
Dave Grohl says he wishes i could sing like John Lennon

Dave Grohl has talked about his vocals and how he wished he could sing the late Beatles legend John Lennon and Adele. He said, "You know I was raised on some really dissonant, noisy, crazy punk rock. They just belted out to scream it but the raw passion in that is what I appreciated the most because I find beauty in imperfection."

Source: Radio X, UK
Video: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson cover Helter Skelter

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are celebrating tonight's kick off of their 29-show North American tour with a collaboration on the Beatles Helter Skelter. From the Beatles White Album, Helter Skelter is perhaps the Beatles' heaviest song, that made it easy for Manson and Zombie to quickly navigate through their cover version.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Recording studio of first ever Beatles disc to be featured at exhibition

The debut recording of The Quarrymen, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison years before they became the Beatles, took place 60 years ago on July 12 1958 at Percy Phillips' Sound Recording Services in Liverpool. That acetate disc, the most valuable record in the world, will be remembered at an exhibition on August 26.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, UK
Vinyl sales are up almost 20 percent this year

It has been reported that Vinyl album sales this year grew 19.2 percent in the U.S. compared to the first six months of 2017. 7.6 million vinyl albums sold between December 29, 2017, and June 28, a notable increase from last year's 6.4 million during the same time period. Top sellers on the list included The Beatles.

Source: The Week
July 11, 1922: Hollywood Bowl opens

A good three decades-plus before rock 'n' roll was even heard by the general public, the Hollywood Bowl, one of the most famed venues in classic rock debuted with a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Concerts by The Beatles on August 23, 1964 and August 29-30, 1965 were recorded there and came out on LP in 1977.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
More details of USPS stamp to be dedicated to John Lennon

The U.S. Postal Service revealed on Dec. 12, 2017 that John Lennon would be honored with a stamp. Today, the USPS shared details of the dedication ceremony to be held September 7 in New York City's Central Park. The photograph of Lennon on the stamp was taken by Bob Gruen in 1974 during the photo session for Walls and Bridges.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Cast announced for UK tour of Let It Be

Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to the UK for a national tour starting in Summer 2018. A cast of talented musicians have been revealed that will take to stages across the country as the Fab Four, wowing audiences with their effortless and indistinguishable portrayal as John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Source: Broadway World
Stella McCartney says designers aren't taking responsibility

Speaking in a new interview at her newly opened London flagship store, fashion designer Stella McCartney explained her frustrations with other designers and how she believes a movement towards sustainable materials is necessary. She said, "We need to impose new laws on designers because sadly people aren't taking responsibility."

Source: Dezeen
Pattie Boyd on the struggles of being married to George Harrison

In a new interview, Pattie Boyd has spoken about being married to George Harrison at the height of Beatlemania. She tells of seeing the Beatles in London, and George telling her she should leave before the end of the show. She said, "There were these girls behind me. They followed us out, and they were kicking me and pulling my hair."

Source: NME, UK
Monday, July 9, 2018
Beatles memorabilia on display at new Hard Rock in Atlantic City

The suits the Beatles wore on their first tour of America are among the items of music memorabilia on display at Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino, which opened on June 28 in what used to be the Trump Taj Mahal. Also on display is the cream-colored Rolls that Elvis used to pick up the Beatles from the airport in Los Angeles.

Source: Las Vegas Sun
Restorer of Yellow Submarine talks about film's state of the art version

Starting today, fans in the U.S. will be treated to theater screenings of the best-looking version of Yellow Submarine they've ever seen. That's according to Paul Rutan Jr. who led the team that re-scanned the film to the 4k resolution used on the Blu-ray and DVD release in 2012, as well as the theatrical cut to be debuted this week.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Mary McCartney's son is spitting image of his very famous grandfather

Paul McCartney's grandson Arthur Donald, the eldest child of his daughter Mary, enjoyed a spot of tennis at Wimbledon this afternoon, looking uncannily like a younger version of his pop star relative. With his curling top lip and striking eyebrows, it's pretty clear that the apple didn't fall far from the Beatle tree.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Ringo Starr interviewed from Las Vegas

Over the weekend, recently-knighted Sir Ringo Starr celebrated his 78th birthday. Back in late 2017, Rock Cellar was fortunate enough to be granted an audience with Ringo in Las Vegas, where he was on tour with the All-Starr Band. He discusses a number of things, from the Beatles to the formative albums of his childhood and songwriting.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Ringo Starr celebrates 78th birthday in France

Ringo Starr celebrated his 78th birthday on Saturday in Nice, France, where he and his All-Starr Band are currently on tour, joining with fans to say "Peace & Love" at noon all around the world and also giving a short concert, performing Act Naturally and With a Little Help From My Friends. Also on hand was Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh.

Source: Billboard
July 1970: Let It Be album number 1, McCartney album hits number 4

In July 1970, American Top 40 with host Casey Kasem debuted. At #4 on the Record World top albums sales chart was Paul McCartney's solo debut album, McCartney, which includes such classics as Maybe I'm Amazed. Sitting comfortably at #1 was Let It Be, the final studio album released by the Beatles, roughly a month after their break-up.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 6, 2018
Sony/ATV seeks dismissal of latest case over Beatles concert documentary

Sony/ATV has asked a New York court to dismiss the latest legal battle in relation to a documentary film about the first ever Beatles US concert. This dispute goes back years, when in 2013 Ace Arts sued music publisher Sony for going back on a provisional agreement to license the use of certain songs in its documentary.

Source: Complete Music Update
Ringo Starr to host his Peace & Love birthday celebration on Saturday

Ringo Starr will host the 10th annual edition of his "Peace & Love" birthday celebration this Saturday, July 7, at the Hard Rock Café in Nice, France. Since 2008, Ringo has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and say "peace and love," or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media.

Source: WFJA FM
Followup: EU Parliament rejects changes to copyright law

The European Parliament rejected Thursday a highly controversial EU copyright law proposal that has pitted Paul McCartney against Internet giants and the creators of Wikipedia. Lawmakers are now expected to return in September to the plans, which are aimed at ensuring creators of creative content are paid fairly in a digital world.

Source: CGTN
Perth artist's latest street work pays tribute to John Lennon

A massive painting of Beatles legend John Lennon has been installed in Perth city centre. It is the latest piece by local artist Ian Cuthbert Imrie, who recently unveiled a portrait of Jimi Hendrix near the Giraffe Cafe. The mural includes seven-year-old Harry Baxter, the son of a friend of Ian's, who showed an interest in the painting.

Source: The Courier, UK
July 6, 1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet

John Lennon's skiffle group the Quarrymen were playing at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete. In the audience was Paul McCartney, who had just turned 15. Despite Lennon and his mates' raw performance, Paul was duly impressed. Two weeks later McCartney was asked to join Lennon's band, and The Beatles were born.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Paul McCartney adds dates to Freshen Up tour, including Liverpool

Paul McCartney announced today his first U.K. dates since 2015 including his first concert in Scotland in almost a decade. McCartney said, "There's nothing like performing in front of your home crowd, especially when it's been a while. I can't wait to finish the year on such a high by partying in Liverpool, Glasgow and London."

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Paul McCartney producer describes anxiety of suggesting edits to a Beatle

It was a moment music producer Greg Kurstin probably knew would happen for months before his first sessions with Paul McCartney, but nothing could really prepare him for the moment he would suggest an edit to a new tune by arguably the greatest songwriter of the 20th Century. Kurstin told Rolling Stone, "He was always really cool."

Source: iHeart Radio
Paul McCartney calls on EU Parliament to back music copyright change

Paul McCartney has written an open letter to the European Parliament, urging members to back proposed changes to EU copyright law which would force user upload content platforms to pay songwriters and performers fairly for the use of their work. Paul says that without this change, the future of the music industry could be at risk.

Source: Sky News, UK
Rare Beatles record sells for thousands at auction

A rare copy of a first pressing Beatles album has been sold for £2,750 (about $3,630) at an auction in Methwold, Norfolk, England. The Please Please Me record, from 1963, was found amongst a box of others entered for auction by a charity two weeks ago. The record went under the hammer on Monday, it was sold to a telephone bidder.

Source: Lynn News

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