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Monday, June 18, 2018
Alice Cooper says Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life

Alice Cooper says that Paul McCartney is a Hollywood Vampire for life after he appeared on the band's self-titled debut album in 2015. It featured a cover of Badfinger's Come And Get It, written by McCartney in 1969. In a new interview, Cooper says that everyone was in awe when the former Beatle appeared in the studio to guest on the track.

Source: Louder
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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Former Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana dies at 87

D.J. Fontana, the drummer on early Elvis Presley hits like "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel," died on Wednesday at 87. Fontana played drums for Presley from 1954 to 1968, on more than 450 recordings. He also played with many other musicians including Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr on Beaucoups of Blues.

Source: Pop Culture
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Ed Sheeran films his scenes for Danny Boyle's new Beatles movie

Ed Sheeran has reportedly filmed the scenes for his small role in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' new comedy, which is inspired by The Beatles' music, on Tuesday in Liverpool. The film is yet to be titled, but it will apparently feature a man who wakes up and finds the only songs he can remember are by The Beatles.

Related Articles  Source: Film News, UK
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
INXS teams up with producer Giles Martin

Aussie rockers INXS will team up with renowned Beatles re-mixer Giles Martin to repackage the band for a new generation of music fans. The Grammy-winning producer and composer will remix and extend the band's studio albums, oversee their release as a theatre show, and have input on an upcoming documentary on the band.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Steven Tyler expresses interest in collaborating with Paul McCartney

Steven Tyler has revealed that he has asked Paul McCartney to do a collaboration together. "I'd like to write something with some other folks," he said. "I've already asked Paul, he goes, 'Well, you know, send me something if you got it'. I went, 'That's not what I mean!'" He has also expressed interest in working with Elton John.

Source: Ace Showbiz
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Sony takes controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing

Sony, who's publishing business already includes 2.3 million tracks, including the Beatles catalogue, is buying a controlling stake in EMI Music Publishing, giving it control over two million songs from artists including Queen and Carole King. The $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion) deal will make Sony the world's biggest music publisher.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Beach Boys With Royal Philharmonic to be Released

Capitol will release The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on June 8 on CD, digitally, and on August 17 on vinyl. The 17-track album pairs The Beach Boys' original vocal performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

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Friday, May 4, 2018
John Lennon gold record part of spectacular rock memorabilia auction

Record promoter Brian Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. Due to his desire to downsize, he is now selling most of his personal collection, including a Gold Record for John Lennon's Imagine and an Eric Clapton autographed "Crossroads" Gold Record.

Source: Forbes
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Paul donates Linda McCartney photographs to V&A Museum

Paul McCartney has donated 63 photographs by his late wife Linda McCartney to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The collection includes portraits of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as well as McCartney family snaps. Some of her original Polaroids will be shown to the public for the first time.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Guitar legend Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection

The maker of the Gibson guitar is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt. Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends, including Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman and Eric Clapton, who played the solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps on a Gibson guitar he borrowed from George Harrison.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Monday, April 30, 2018
Video: Blossoms' new Beatles-inspired video

Blossoms have released a new video. Filmed on the streets of Tokyo, the clip for "There's A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)" was inspired by The Beatles' A Hard Days Night. The band said, "We loved being chased around the streets and it made five lads from Stockport feel like the Beatles for a day."

Source: Dork
Thursday, April 19, 2018
How the Beatles influenced the Rolling Stones

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Rolling Stones formed in London two years later. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones shared many similar qualities, however, since the Beatles erupted into the music scene two years prior to their London peers, they had a profound influence on the Rolling Stones both musically and visually.

Source: SFC Today, Brooklyn
Monday, April 16, 2018
Pattie Boyd says she neglected herself in her rock star marriages

Pattie Boyd was both muse and wife to Clapton, and to George Harrison before him. She kept a record of the wild years, portraits and reportage style snaps taken with a Polaroid and, later, on a Hasselblad. Boyd had the inside track, hanging out with The Beatles and friends, at home with George, on tour with Eric.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Badfinger's Joey Molland on overcoming tragedy, hanging with the Beatles

Badfinger was one of the first acts signed to the Apple label. But after selling 14 million albums worldwide and three Top 10 hits between 1970 and 1972, two of its members committed suicide, and their drummer died of a brain aneurysm in 2005. Joey Molland remembers the bad times, and the good ones, with the Beatles.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Listen: Ramsey Lewis does the Beatles his way

Tackling the Beatles' material is nothing new for jazz great Ramsey Lewis. Over his decades of recording, the Grammy-winning pianist has put his stamp on two albums of Beatles reinterpretations. Now, all these years later, Lewis is still doing the Beatles his way, bringing his "Ramsey Lewis Plays the Beatles" concert to St. Louis this weekend.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
1965 NME super concert features Beatles, Stones, Kinks and more

Each year, beginning in 1953, the British music weekly NME polled its readers on the best of the year. The winners were then invited to perform for the people, and, at the height of the British Invasion, that meant the Beatles, Stones, Animals and Kinks. The concert took place at London's Wembley Empire Pool on April 11, 1965.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
April 10, 1956: Fender Stratocaster was patented

The Fender Stratocaster guitar has been lit on fire and obliterated to splinters by Jimi Hendrix, bestowed upon George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend and by God...also known as Eric Clapton. 62 years ago, Leo Fender got a patent for the legendary axe, one of the most recognizable icons of rock, on this day in 1956.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Monday, April 9, 2018
Fans cast their votes in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest has whittled a field of artists from all over the world down to 24 finalists in 12 genre categories. The contest is now accepting fan votes to help choose the 12 Lennon Award Winners, one for each genre. From the 12 winners, one songwriter will be awarded a check for $20,000 and "Song of the Year".

Source: iHeart Radio
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney joins celebs honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

As the nation reflects on the death of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago, Stevie Wonder along with over 80 musicians, civil rights activists, politicians and actors created an uplifting video to honor his legacy and share Dr King's message. In the video, Sir Paul McCartney wishes for everyone to live together in harmony.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Beatles Tech: Abbey Road Studios installs DTS:X mixing tools

DTS, a global leader in high-definition audio solutions, has announced that London's world famous Abbey Road Studios has added DTS:X mixing tools to its state of the art Mix Stage facility. The installation is fully operational and available for professional content creators to mix both feature films and music in immersive DTS audio formats.

Source: DCinemaToday
Friday, March 30, 2018
One of Bob Dylan's famed going electric guitars is headed to auction

The Fender Telecaster from Bob Dylan's 1966 infamous "Electric" tour, where he played live with a backing band for the first time, is going up for auction on May 19. The guitar, which was owned by The Band's Robbie Robertson and later played by both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

Source: Guitar World
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd

Your best friend has just told you he plans to marry your ex-wife. You a) Punch him in the mouth and tell him you never want to see him again, or b) Give him your blessing and attend the wedding? When Eric Clapton did it to George Harrison, friends since the '60s, George said, "I'd rather she was with him than some dope."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 23, 2018
Capitol Studios launches remote mixing, vinyl-cutting and mastering services

Capitol Studios, aka the most iconic Hollywood studio company around, is offering their services to anybody and everybody through their new online initiative. And now you, yes you, can have your music attacked by one of Capitol Studios accredited engineers, amongst their cutting-edge (and Grammy award-winning) technologies.

Source: Happy Magazine, Australia
Monday, March 19, 2018
March 1977: Maybe I'm Amazed hits the Top 40

In March of 1977, the playlist on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse, WLS, featured the live version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Maybe I'm Amazed from their 3-LP Wings Over America, coming in at #18. It would ultimately hit #10 in the U.S. Also, Electric Light Orchestra's cover of Do Ya jumped from #38 to #31.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 16, 2018
Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition Wembley book due

At a price of £495 and £245 (about $690 and $340), it's not for the faint of heart, but Jeff Lynne fans will be excited to hear about a deluxe, limited edition book, Wembley or Bust, that is being released by Genesis Publications. The book, coming September 2018, is limited to just 1,500 signed copies–in Deluxe and Collector editions.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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