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Friday, February 9, 2018
New Eric Clapton documentary makes its US TV debut Saturday on Showtime

The new rock documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars gets its U.S. TV premiere Saturday, February 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The documentary features extensive interviews with Clapton, as well as with his family members, friends, musical heroes and collaborators, either in new or archival footage, including George Harrison.

Source: WFJA FM
Wanted: Singers for Beatles Blast 2018

On Friday, June 1, Where to Turn and the historic St. George Theatre will once again present the annual "Beatles Blast" tribute concert featuring local Staten Island musicians. This year the event commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album most commonly known as The White Album.

Source: Staten Island Live
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Concert For George coming to theaters

To honor George Harrison on his 75th birthday, the legendary 2002 tribute event, Concert For George, is getting a special limited theatrical run, beginning February 20, in advance of its release in a variety of home entertainment formats. The performance has already been booked into more than 75 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Spooky: Realistic John Lennon figurine to be released this April

A new 1/6th scale (12 inches) John Lennon figurine toy will be available in April from limited edition collectible figure company Molecule 8. It will include two interchangeable heads with singing and resting facial expressions, interchangeable hands for various gestures, two pairs of glasses, and three "Imagine" era outfit options.

Source: Empty Lighthouse
New documentary takes you inside Beatles' spiritual trip to India in 1968

In the late 1960s the Beatles journeyed to India to study transcendental meditation. Filmmaker Paul Saltzman befriended the band there, capturing now iconic portraits of the Beatles. A new documentary, The Beatles in India, directed by Saltzman himself, includes rarely seen footage and images of the band alongside interviews.

Source: Vinyl Factory
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Quincy Jones disses the Beatles in a new interview

Quincy Jones has described the Beatles as "the worst musicians in the world." He told New York Magazine, "They were no-playing m***f***s. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don't even talk about it." Jones arranged Love Is a Many Splendored Thing for Starr's 1970 debut solo album Sentimental Journey.

WARNING: Includes Adult Language  Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles Festival in New South Wales cancelled for 2018

The Beatles Festival, held each year in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, has been postponed this year until 2019. After being pushed back due to bad weather, its original organizer had to step down, and a replacement could not be found in time for 2018, but they are hopeful the festival can come back in 2019.

Source: Port Macquarie News
New book features stunning Beatles photos by Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr was still just a student of art and fashion when she began turning her lens to greats like The Beatles when they visited her native Hamburg. George Harrison said Astrid "influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good." A stunning new book of photos by Astrid of the Beatles will be released in March.

Source: Creative Boom
Interview: Producer Jack Douglas on working with John Lennon

In an interview with legendary record producer Jack Douglas, he talked about making John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, how John was in the sessions, could he separate how it felt making the album from what happened afterwards, and whether there's anything unreleased from John's final sessions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Randy Bachman releasing new album paying homage to George Harrison

Founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocker Randy Bachman salutes the music of the late George Harrison on a new studio album called By George By Bachman, out on March 2. It features reworked versions of Harrison-penned Beatles songs, as well as one tune each from George's solo career and The Traveling Wilburys.

Source: WFJA 105.5
Relisten without prejudice to Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album was released in December 1970, it struggled to number 182 in the US and failed to chart in the UK. Lester Bangs described her in Rolling Stone as one who has 'led poor John astray'". But today's audiences have come round to Yoko's raw and aggressive sound within the context of the punk movement.

Source: Pop Matters
Unseen John Lennon photo on display in London

Brian Duffy created some of the most famous images of the 1960s. "Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy" at the Proud Gallery in London includes an unseen photo John Lennon taken in 1965. In the photo, John is holding what he said was a UFO Detector, a box that had an on/off switch and lights that flickered intermittently from one to the other.

Source: Blouin Art Info
The Beatles and Me: In the Maharishi's ashram, 50 years ago

Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru is a memoir written by Susan Shumsky, a rare TM insider who lived and studied with Maharishi for 22 years in India. In the book, Shumsky reveals fascinating details about the ashram, and the true meaning of the songs the Beatles wrote in India.

Source: PR Newswire
Monday, February 5, 2018
The Claypool Lennon Delirium have been recording this week

In 2015, The Claypool Lennon Delirium emerged as one of the year's most exciting new bands, as Primus bassist Les Claypool and Beatles offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon came together in a psychedelic collaboration on tour together. Over the weekend, Chaney Claypool revealed they have been recording again.

Source: Live for Music
Original Beatles' drummer Pete Best set to make guest appearances

Lennon's Banjo makes its world stage premiere at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre in April. The Beatles' original drummer Pete Best, will play himself in three special performances of the show's two-week run, and the final cast member in the play about the quest to find John Lennon's missing childhood banjo has been revealed.

Source: Broadway World
Tube pre-amp captures key component of the Beatles' sound

The studios the Beatles recorded in, their instruments, the mixing desk above EMI's Abbey Road Studio 2 where the Beatles recorded, have all been analyzed to the nth degree. Chandler Limited of Iowa's recreations of the components that graced Abbey Road Studios in the 1960s and '70s include vintage-style circuitry.

Source: PJ Media
Rare photos of Beatle's first world tour visit to Seattle

In August 1964, The Beatles performed at Seattle's KeyArena, Timothy Eagan, a 19-year-old photographer from Queen Anne, was one of almost 15,000, mostly teenage, fans who filled the venue. It was reported that girls outnumbered the boys 20 to 1 and the the music could barely be heard over the screaming teens.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Friday, February 2, 2018
Justin Timberlake to wear Stella McCartney for Super Bowl performance

Justin Timberlake is going with a new designer, and we'll see her work this Sunday when he takes the Super Bowl stage. Harpers Bazaar reports that Justin will wear clothing by top British designer Stella McCartney , daughter of Paul McCartney, for his halftime show. The outfits will be made of organic cotton and repurposed wool.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
The Beatles file multi-million lawsuit to crack down on counterfeit goods

The Beatles' companies Apple Corps and Subafilms filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a list of 48 internet dealers for promoting, distributing and selling items that bear counterfeit logos or imitations of their respective trademarks. The suit asks for injunctions to stop the manufacture, advertising, distribution and sale of the goods.

Source: Billboard
Video: Death From Above covers The Beatles' Helter Skelter

Death From Above recently played an intimate show in Toronto as part of the live concert series "House of Strombo". In front of just 100 fans and acclaimed interviewer George Stroumboulopoulos, the Canadian punk outfit played tracks from across their catalog, including a special cover of The Beatles classic Helter Skelter.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Post-Beatles: 10 great solo albums by John, Paul, George and Ringo

The Beatles, as a group, revolutionized popular music, and left behind a body of work that will endure for centuries. The solo recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo have been spottier, but still, at their best, each has produced superb albums that sit handsomely alongside the catalog of their former band.

Source: Gibson
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Video: 12-year-old boy knocks Let It Be out of the park

Twelve-year-old Henno William was finally old enough to audition for South Africa's Got Talent, he performed The Beatles' Let It Be. Instantly, the crowd screamed for the 12-year-old, encouraging him, and as he finished, the judges all leapt to their feet, and one even slammed the Golden Buzzer to send him onto the first live show.

Source: Little Things
Video: Watch as Beatles-themed vinyl jukebox get designed and built

Vinyl jukeboxes are making a comeback, and Sound Leisure has built an incredible Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyl jukebox to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. In a video posted to internet by Sound Leisure, you can watch the jukebox being built, from picking the Beatles artwork to seeing it applied to the machine.

Source: Boing Boing
Audio: How the Beatles inspired Judy in Disguise

"Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)" by John Fred and his Playboy Band was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago Wednesday. The band's leader John Fred Gourrier says he was inspired while listening to Sgt. Pepper, he thought he heard John Lennon sing "Lucy in disguise with diamonds" and thought that sounded like a clever lyric.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio
February 1, 1964: The Beatles first U.S. #1 single

The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand, which was released in the US on December 26, 1963, hit #1 five weeks' later on this day, February 1, 1964, becoming the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in a one-year period, launching Beatlemania, the British Invasion and the classic rock era. It only took two weeks to hit #1 in the UK.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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