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New series Beatles-themed Hot Wheels feature designs based on five albums 

In 2017, Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a series of Hot Wheels cars inspired by the covers of five classic Fab Four albums, and now a new collection of Hot Wheels has arrived saluting five more albums. Each car's packaging includes a blister card replicating the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle's design.

More Information  Source: Rock 107
Here's how to have a Beatles pub crawl in Liverpool 

In May 2016, I sat down and discussed all the pubs that had Beatles history. For research purposes (honest) I went out and drank copious amounts of pints to research these places and I wrote what went on to be one of the most popular posts on The Guide Liverpool. Today, these pubs have got more Beatles fans visiting than ever before.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Rubber Soul photographer Robert Freeman 

Paul McCartney has said, "Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker. People often think that the cover shot for Meet The Beatles...was a carefully arranged studio shot. In fact it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor."

Source: Louder Sound
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Friday, November 8, 2019
Peter Asher talks about his new Beatles book

Peter Asher, part of the British duo Peter and Gordon, who had a huge hit with World Without Love written by Paul McCartney who was dating his sister Jane, has come out with a new book "The Beatles from A to Zed," which was based on an idea he had for his show called "From Me To You" on a satellite radio channel.

Source: New Jersey 101.5 FM
John Lennon's hilariously bitchy letter sent to Todd Rundgren

In 1974, singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren sat down with Melody Maker magazine for an interview about his new material. About John Lennon, Rundgren said, "John Lennon ain't no revolutionary. He's a f***ing idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an ass. It just makes people feel uncomfortable."

Source: Far Out Magazine
Beatles' photographer Robert Freeman dies at 82

Robert Freeman, best known for his album cover photos for The Beatles, including the well known images for HELP!, Rubber Soul, With The Beatles, and Beatles For Sale, died on Nov. 7 at age 82. From 1963 to 1966 he was one of the Beatles favorite photographers, shooting five consecutive album covers for the group's U.K. albums.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Twitter users are remixing Eleanor Rigby for new meme

The Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby has been turned into a catchy, modern-day meme. The meme remixes three original verses from the 1966 song, with lyrics including politics and pop culture. This isn't the first time the Eleanor Rigby meme has made its rounds on social media, real members remember that it first went viral in 2016.

Source: The Daily Dot
Professor takes audience down Abbey Road

Last week, Kenneth Womack, an established historian, author and professor of English at Monmouth University, gave a presentation about Abbey Road at the College of New Jersey, displaying his specialized knowledge in literature, creative writing and the fab four. To supplement his points, Womack played multiple clips from the album.

Source: The Signal
Ozzy Osbourne talks about being inspired by the Beatles

In a new interview, Ozzy Osbourne said, "My son says to me, "Dad, I like the Beatles, but why do you go so crazy?" I remember it like it was yesterday: I was walking around with a transistor radio on my shoulder. And "She Loves You" came on. And, I don't know, it just went, Bang! And that's what I want to do! Wouldn't it be great?"

Source: Best Classic Bands
How Eric Clapton responded to John Lennon wanting him in the Beatles

When Eric Clapton headed into Abbey Road studios to play guitar on a Beatles song in 1968, he didn't take it lightly. In fact, he tried to convince George Harrison it was a bad idea. Prior to Clapton's solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," no rocker had gone into a Beatles session and played lead on a record.

Source: Cheat Sheet
Monday, November 4, 2019
Ringo Starr announces dates for 2020 All Starr Band Tour

Ringo Starr has rolled out dates for a 2020 tour with his All Starr Band. It kicks off May 29th in Rama, Ontario and wraps up June 28th in Clearwater, Florida. Once again, the group will feature long-time members Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart.

Source: Rolling Stone
Museum of Beatles photographer now open in Slovakia

In the house where Slovakia native and Beatles photographer Dezo Hoffmann used to live, opened the first museum in the world dedicated to this personality. After twelve years of reconstruction, its current owners, the brothers Michal and Simon Safarik decided to open the 250-year-old craftsman house to the public.

Source: Slovak Spectator
John Lennon's secret letter to unexpected celebrity exposed for first time

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared a new photo today. The golden-worth memorabilia from 1977 shows John's handwritten letter to the director of The Godfather Triology, Francis Ford Coppola. In the letter, John tells Coppola, "due to my work schedule I really don't have the time for such a big new project."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, November 1, 2019
Ringo's new album includes new music and covers of old favorites

Ringo Starr is back in the spotlight with his newest album "What's My Name?" featuring famous collaborations, impactful messages and new instruments. The 10-song album his first since 2017, includes a similar feel to many of his previous solo albums but includes a few covers and a bunch of brand new tunes.

Source: The Daily Emerald, University of Oregon
Ringo Starr reveals tragic last days of George Harrison

During a recent interview with Rolling Stones magazine, The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has made a very emotional statement about the death of his bandmate, George Harrison. "I'm emotional now thinking of him forty years ago talking about me on his tape and thinking of me. It was far out, I didn't know how to act."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Picture: Boy dresses as a Beatle for Halloween

Neither mom nor son were alive during the Beatles musical reign from 1960 until 1970. But that didn't stop Molly Sim's son Brooks from dressing up as a member of the popular British based band for Halloween. The child was seen with a black wig on a proper black suit as he carried a guitar, reflecting them from during their early days of fame.

Source: The Daily Mail
October 31, 1963: Ed Sullivan sees Beatlemania

U.S. TV host Ed Sullivan and his wife were on their way home Europe, changing planes at London's Heathrow Airport. The Beatles, who had three chart-topping U.K. singles earlier in the year, were arriving back from a tour of Sweden, greeted by hundreds of screaming teenage girls and a crowd of journalists. Sullivan saw the commotion.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, September 27, 2019
New release of Abbey Road tops sales charts

We love you Beatles. Oh, yes we do. The release of the 50th anniversary editions of The Beatles' Abbey Road instantly evoked memories of the early days of Beatlemania. New versions of the 1969 album, released on September 27 in a variety of formats, instantly rose to the top of the Amazon sales charts in the U.S. and U.K.

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Lost footage of The Beatles worth 10,000 found in bread bin

Lost footage of The Beatles, worth 10,000 (about $12,290), has emerged after being found in a bread bin. The film shows the band joking and having fun during an interview in Cardiff in 1965, gently mocking a journalist as they mess around on camera. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather, of Omega Auctions, said, "This lost footage is a great find."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Photo: Paul and Ringo reunite to celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had a mini reunion this week, as they visited Abbey Road Studios to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, which was released on 26 September 1969. They shared images of the pair arriving at the special event, commenting that Abbey Road was the studios where the album was largely created.

Source: Radio X, UK
Spotify celebrates 50th anniversary of Abbey Road

Music streaming service Spotify is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' Abbey Road album with an exclusive playlist, The Beatles Abbey Road Experience, with the new 2019 Abbey Road mixes and commentary from Giles Martin on tracks including Come Together and Here Comes the Sun.

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Hollywood celebrates 50th anniversary of Abbey Road album

Hollywood celebrated the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road on Thursday with a temporary zebra crossing and a speech from longtime fan and friend, actor Sir Patrick Stewart. Stewart unveiled a sign dedicated to the album at the event and told a story about driving the Aston Martin of Beatles member Paul McCartney when he was a 24.

Source: Euro News
Update: New tracks from Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition

Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Edition Deluxe edition, the Beatles have opened the vaults once more, with revelatory, earlier takes of songs that Beatles fans have heard countless times, including three versions of the George Harrison composition, Something, and a brand new music video for Here Comes the Sun.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
George Harrison's movie career inspires HandMade film festival

George Harrison's post-Beatles career as a film producer, composer and occasional actor will be celebrated over the course of a 10-day film festival next month. Focusing on the output from Harrison's HandMade Films studio, the festival will run October 10 to 20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney reacts to BTS cover of Hey Jude

Paul McCartney stopped by The Late Show on Monday night to chat with host Stephen Colbert about his children's book Hey Granddude!, loving Elvis, his reaction to Beatles covers, and most importantly to revisit the spot where The Beatles first played in America on the Ed Sullivan Show stage more than 55 years ago.

Source: Billboard

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