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Thursday, July 2, 2020
Ringo Starr's 80th birthday event to include Paul McCartney performance

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a special show that will air on AXS TV and on Starr's YouTube channel. The legend will be joined, most prominently, by Paul McCartney. Others announced for the July 7 event include Starr's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Liverpool music venues sign heartbreaking open letter to government

A number of Liverpool's most popular music venues have signed a heartbreaking open letter begging the Government for help to survive. The letter was written by the Music Venue's Trust, which represents music sites across the country including The Cavern Club, saying, "Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no Beatles."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Pattie Boyd memoir, My Life Through a Lens, delayed

A book described as an "extraordinary visual memoir" is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. It was originally scheduled for last April 7, on June 3, Boyd noted on her Twitter account that her "editor has been unwell and more work was needed with the finishing touches."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Ringo Starr joins Judy Collins' call to sing Amazing Grace

Over the past two weeks, 1,000 singers from across the globe, professional and amateur alike, have answered Judy Collins' call to sing "Amazing Grace" with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time. Moving messages have been posted about what Judy's recording means to them, including a message from Ringo Starr.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, May 22, 2020
Video: Wallows covers the Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends

On Friday, the three-piece indie/pop band Wallows premiered a cover of the Beatles classic "With a Little Help from My Friends," and its video is another heavily '90s-styled clip, from the Windows startup screen to the whole bit. The song features drummer Preston on lead vocals, matching Ringo Starr's lead vocal duties on the original track.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Video: Lizzo covers The Beatles for new Facebook ad

Facebook is staking a bigger claim on 2020's video chat boom with newly expanded features—and an ad backed by serious star power. The 30-second spot, "Pictures," is set to a cover of The Beatles' All Together Now by Lizzo, recorded specifically for the ad. The ad announces the launch of Facebook's Messenger Rooms.

Source: Adweek
Monday, May 18, 2020
BBC's Maida Vale Studios granted Grade II listed status

The BBC's Maida Vale Studios, one of the broadcaster's oldest buildings, has been granted Grade II listed status in a decision that will make it harder to sell the building if the corporation puts it on the market. The music recording studio, once used by The Beatles, has been given the listed status despite objections by its owner.

Source: The Telegraph, UK (Subscription)
Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler shows the priceless relic of the Beatles

In a new video, the famous frontman of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, looks into old recording machines in the studio and explained how they are working. Also, he stated that these machines are representing the rock n' roll history because they had used for the bands like The Beatles, Wings, and more.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, May 15, 2020
Jeff Lynne's ELO cancels 2020 tour

Jeff Lynne has canceled his upcoming 2020 tour of Europe and U.K. The May 15 announcement cited the Coronavirus pandemic. The 15 dates, dubbed the "From Out of Nowhere Tour," for his recent studio album, were first announced on Jan. 24. Several days later, he revealed his opening act would be Dhani Harrison, George's son.

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Paul McCartney responds to passing of Little Richard

On social media, Paul McCartney has called Little Richard "a great man" and shared memories of The Beatles' early days when they performed on the same bill as him. He said, "In the early days of The Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr and other rock celebs pay tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, the "true original", died on May 9 at 87 of bone cancer. Ringo Starr called him "one of my all-time musical heroes." Elton John said, "Without a doubt - musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence." Bob Dylan wrote, in part, "Of course he'll live forever. But it's like a part of your life is gone."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Little Richard, rock pioneer, dies at 87

Little Richard, a major architect of early rock and principal influence on Paul McCartney, has died at age 87. The Beatles' version of Long Tall Sally excited Little Richard so much that it ended up luring him out of retirement. "Little Richard was one of the all-time greats," John Lennon said in the Beatles Anthology.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 1, 2020
Video: Lars Ulrich's sons perform insane cover of Eleanor Rigby

Lars Ulrich was blown away by his sons' recent performance of the Beatles' classic Eleanor Rigby, a blistering and fuzzed-out rendition of the Beatles' 1966 track. "I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of energy and madness to it," Lars Ulrich said. "I was like, You know what, boys? You done me proud."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney taught Jon Bon Jovi a Beatles trick for his new album

In an interview with Howard Stern, Bon Jovi shared that he got former Beatle Paul McCartney to listen to his new album. Calling him "Beatle Paul", McCartney asked him, "Why do you call me Beatle Paul?" He said, "Because I'm too old to call you Mr. McCartney and I'm too in reverence to dare think that we're that close that I can call you Paul."

Source: Cheat Sheet
Friday, April 24, 2020
The time a fake Beatles group tricked South America

In 1964 a bar band called The Ardells grew moptops and renamed themselves The American Beetles. According to the BBC, an Argentinian impresario saw them play in a club in Miami and decided to book them on a South American tour. He conveniently forgot to tell everyone that they weren't the English Beatles.

Source: Boing Boing
Monday, April 20, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones perform on One World

A lineup of stars participated in Saturday's One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the heroic efforts of health workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The list was led by such legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Video: Blossoms cover The Beatles in new self-isolation video

Blossoms have covered The Beatles in a new self-isolation video. In the clip, the five members of the Stockport band are shown playing their individual parts from different rooms in their respective homes. They shared the video, which sees them give their take on the 1966 classic Paperback Writer, on their Twitter page.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Secret messages between Beatles and Rolling Stones in their album covers

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have a chequered history if you believed everything you read about the two groups in the press during their rise to prominence. Despite being painted as rivals, barring the occasional flippant comment, the story of two bands seemingly at war wasn't the case at all.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, April 6, 2020
Jenny Boyd on life with the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac

Along with her sister Pattie, who was married to George Harrison before running off with Eric Clapton, Jenny Boyd was swept along in the new music, fashion and free love culture, making her way from the fashionable haunts of London's Carnaby Street and Chelsea, to the flower power movement in San Francisco and the meditation centres of India.

Source: The Argus, UK
Friday, April 3, 2020
10 most expensive records ever sold on eBay includes 2 Beatles albums

While mobile apps like Spotify and Apple Music are dominating the music purchasing industry with convenience, there is nothing better than the respectable and authentic sound of vinyl. Of the 10 most expensive vinyl records ever sold on eBay, a Butcher Cover comes in at number 6, and a No. 1 White album is number 2 on the list.

Source: The Talko
Paul McCartney's unbelievable move first time the Beatles met Elvis

At the Beatles' first meeting with Elvis, the King proposed they jam a little, instructing one of his staff to bring in some guitars. John Lennon said Presley ended up with a bass guitar, while he took a rhythm guitar. "Elvis obviously wasn't that familiar with his instrument," he said. Then Paul McCartney stepped in to give Elvis some quick tips.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, March 30, 2020
Lockdown sends album sales to all-time low but vinyl stays strong

U.S. album sales hit what's thought to be the lowest weekly sale of all time as the coronavirus pandemic hit retail figures. But vinyl sales continued to deliver impressive results, with Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles appearing near the top of a sales chart.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Liverpool's first coronavirus death was Scouse legend

Tributes have flooded in for one of Liverpool's "very best" Cy Tucker, who died after suffering from coronavirus symptoms. The legendary musician, who used to rub shoulders with the likes of Cilla Black and The Beatles, died on Tuesday morning. He is believed to be the first person to die of coronavirus in Liverpool.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, March 20, 2020
Video: Tesla performs The Beatles' We Can Work It Out

Legendary Californian rockers Tesla have shared the video of them performing their version of The Beatles' classic hit, We Can Work It Out. The track features on their new live album, Five Man London Jam which will be out on March 27. Five Man London Jam was also filmed in 4K high-definition and will be available in multiple formats.

Source: U Discover Music

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