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Monday, December 7, 2020
Author revisits his three weeks with John Lennon 40 years later

In the summer of 1980, 24-year-old writer David Sheff went to New York City on the biggest assignment of his career, an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Playboy Magazine, spending three weeks with them. The Playboy interview hit the stands Dec. 6. of that year. The very next day, Lennon was killed outside his apartment.

Source: The News-Herald
Paul McCartney says new film proves Beatles split wasn't his fault

Paul McCartney is praising an upcoming documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, for reaffirming that the band's break up was not his fault. For instance, in one infamous moment McCartney confronted George Harrison about his guitar playing, but Paul believes the updated version now better reflects the band's culture at the time.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Rare picture of Beatles in 1958 unearthed by Paul McCartney's brother

Paul McCartney with John Lennon and George Harrison strumming their guitars in his auntie's front room, this is in what is thought to be one of the earliest color pictures ever taken of the Beatles. The photograph, which has never been seen before, was unearthed by Paul's brother Mike McCartney, who took it in March 1958.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, December 4, 2020
NY channel 7 revisits coverage of John Lennon murder

December 8, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. The news of Lennon's death was first revealed when Howard Cosell broke the news on ABC's Monday Night Football. 40 years later, ABC7/WABC-TV New York is sharing a firsthand account of Lennon's murder with Eyewitness to the Death of John Lennon.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Little Steven announces Beatles tribute album

In the fall of 2017, Little Steven aka Stevie Van Zandt played an extraordinary surprise set outside of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpoool. The concert was professionally filmed and expertly recorded by Van Zandt's touring film and audio crew and is now slated for wide release on CD/DVD as Macca To Mecca on January 29th.

Source: The Music Universe
Billie Eilish unveils cover of The Beatles' Something

Billie Eilish has shared her cover of The Beatles' Something. The teen sensation unveiled her tender take on the 1969 George Harrison ballad and has given it a 2020 update. It's not the first time Billie Eilish has taken on a Beatles track, previously covering Yesterday for the 2020 Oscars' In Memoriam segment.

Source: Radio X, UK
Paul McCartney's reaction to Elvis Presley remixes

Elvis Presley released two dance remixes around the same time Paul McCartney released a new version of Let It Be and a 30th-anniversary reissue of the album Yellow Submarine. In an interview, Paul said, "Oh, you should never do that with Elvis or The Beatles or The Stones...But there is an argument about the young kids coming up."

Source: American Songwriter
Ringo Starr promotes Meat-Free Mondays to his 1.9 million followers

Ringo Starr has promoted the Meat-Free Monday initiative to his 1.9 million Twitter followers. Ringo posted a picture promoting his upcoming book Painting Is My Madness Too, and tweeted, "Peace and love everybody. I'm having a fine Saturday, getting ready for super Sunday and getting ready for meat-free marvelous Monday."

Source: Plant Based News
Friday, November 27, 2020
Pete Townshend names his all-time favorite Beatles songs

Pete Townshend is known for his uncompromising scathing nature. Infamously, there are very few of his contemporaries that Townshend hasn't unleashed fury upon with his famously sharp tongue. The Beatles are no exception, with The Who's axeman speaking on plentiful occasions about what he doesn't like about the iconic band from Liverpool.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
George Harrison's All Things Must Pass to get 50th anniversary release

The George Harrison Estate has released a 2020 stereo mix of the title cut from Harrison's landmark solo album All Things Must Pass in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The new mix "is just a taste of more things to come in 2021 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father's legendary album," says Dhani Harrison.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Major BBC Radio series salutes Beatles and Python pal Neil Innes

The late Neil Innes, thecomedic-musical genius behind the Bonzo DogBand and the Rutles, who had close creativelinks and friendships with the Beatles and Monty Python,is the focus of a new180-minute, three-episode BBC radio documentary series. The series, titled"Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy", will air on BBC Radio in December.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, November 20, 2020
Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo grandson allegedly attack Tesco worker

Liam Gallagher's son and Ringo Starr's grandson will face trial after they denied assault and affray charges following a late-night bust up in a Tesco Express store in Hampstead, north London, a court heard. A pal of theirs allegedly stole a can of beer at midnight after the shop had stopped selling alcohol, an earlier hearing was told.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Ringo wears odd-coloured socks against bullying

Ringo Starr has marked anti-bullying week by sharing a photo of himself on Instagram in which he wears odd-coloured socks. In the picture, Ringo, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, is wearing a blue tracksuit and two different-colored socks, a metaphorical image for individuality and diversity.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Here's where George Harrison's Aston Martin DB5 is now

One of George Harrison's prized possessions was his iconic Aston Martin DB5, Harrison purchased one in 1965. A decade after the Beatles star passed away, his vintage Aston Martin was sold at an auction in London. The classic vintage car was auctioned off for a mammoth price, reportedly around $550,000.

Source: Hot Cars
Flashback: Bob Dylan sings Yesterday with George Harrison in 1970

On May 1st, 1970, just weeks after the world learned that the Beatles were breaking up, George Harrison and Bob Dylan met up in New York City. They were to start work on Dylan's album New Morning, but soon they switched gears and started jamming on old favorites without any thought that the results would ever be heard by the public.

Source: Rolling Stone
McCartney III album delayed one week

Paul McCartney will be releasing a new solo album in 2020, with the title officially McCartney III, but fans will just have to wait one additional week. Yesterday, the legend's social media platforms noted "unforeseeable production delays" have caused the album to move from Dec. 11 to December 18.

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Yoko Ono hands over Beatles and John Lennon business to Sean

Ailing Yoko Ono is handing her Beatles business interests over to their son Sean Lennon. Yoko has not been seen in public for more than a year. Sean has been appointed director of eight companies, including Lensolo, managing John's solo material, Maclen, which publishes John's work in the US, and Subafilms, a music film company.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney mentally consults with John Lennon while songwriting

Paul McCartney has admitted he still turns to John Lennon for advice when writing new songs. McCartney said, "I'm working on one at the moment that was going one way but I didn't like the lyric. This would have been the point where John and I would have said, You know what, let's have a cup of tea and try rethink this."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles memorabilia from Bedford, England performance up on eBay

An original concert programme from a Beatles show is up for sale on eBay. The Beatles Tour Programme is described as in "very good condition" and is up for sale for 875 (about $1,150). The concert at the Granada Theatre took place on March 12 1963, the Beatles' third and final appearance at the theatre, which was demolished in 1991.

Source: Bedford Today, UK
2020 in Review: Best Boxed Sets, Collections & Reissues

In their first installment of their annual look back, Best Classic Bands rounds up the most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2020, including Flaming Pie from Paul McCartney, John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth, Goats Head Soup from The Rolling Stones, and Elton John's Jewel Box.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Author dives deep into John Lennon's alleged male lovers

A lot has been discussed about who John Lennon was behind the camera, notably regarding his love life. His marriage with Yoko Ono has been heavily talked about over the years, although there was apparently a lot more going on with him when it came to who he bedded. And according to a new book, it didn't include just women.

Source: Instinct Magazine
Captain Beefheart's bizarre cover of The Beatles' Yesterday

There have been countless covers of The Beatles' hit Yesterday. But while Paul McCartney, the song's principal creator has his favorite versions of the song, we'd like to throw Captain Beefheart's bizarre whistling homage to Yesterday as a contender for the best, largely because it is so inherently dismissive of the content.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, November 6, 2020
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall confesses she's a Beatles fan

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made a surprising confession during her latest virtual engagement. The Duchess told an elderly fan she was a great Beatles fan. In the virtual chat to help a support group for elderly people isolated by the pandemic, she said, "I was a great fan of the Beatles. I used to go to their concerts."

Source: The Express, UK
Revisit Blondie's cover of Please, Please Me

Blondie can make an absolute delight out of any song you put in front of them. Once you couple the prowess of Blondie with the greatness of The Beatles' classic track from their debut LP Please, Please Me you have something unfathomably brilliant, taking the song kicking and screaming into their trademark new wave style.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Ringo Starr picks his favorite song

Ringo has said his favorite Beatles song, the best they ever created, is Rain. With a bass masterclass from Paul McCartney and a vocal performance of the highest calibre from John Lennon, the song even featured backwards vocals topped off with a rousing drumming performance from Ringo that creates a beautifully mesmerising result.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK

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