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Monday, December 17, 2018
Stella McCartney shares pics of her dad with Ringo and Ronnie Wood

Paul McCartney was photographed on Sunday night celebrating his last show of 2018 with Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood, as well as daughter Stella and actress Emma Thompson. Stella shared the image on Instagram, writing, "Emma Thompson a couple of Beatles a stone and moi... kick ass tonight dad x Stella."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: Ringo makes surprise appearance with Paul McCartney in London

Fans attending Paul McCartney concert at London's O2 Arena on Sunday got the unexpected thrill of a lifetime when he was joined onstage by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. When the cheers died down, McCartney added, "I believe we've got someone else here who can help us out... ladies and gentlemen... the ever-fantastic Mr. Ringo Starr!"

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Friday, December 14, 2018
Miley Cyrus covers Happy Xmas (War Is Over) with help from Sean Lennon

Miley Cyrus has dropped her latest work, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's iconic holiday song, Happy Xmas (War Is Over). In collaboration with producer Mark Ronson, Cyrus also fittingly teamed up with Sean Ono Lennon. The trio worked on the track at New York City's Electric Lady Studios, where John Lennon also recorded.

Source: E! Online
Glasgow school kids to share a stage with Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney returns to Glasgow for his first Scottish show in almost a decade today and a group grammar school pupils have been selected to perform with him on stage. The twenty-four talented local young people will join the Paul to sing the chorus part of Wonderful Christmastime in front of a sold-out crowd.

Related Articles  Source: Renfrewshire News, UK
Linda McCartney photography exhibition to take place in Glasgow

Intimate family portraits captured at Paul McCartney's home in Argyll during the sixties and seventies are to go on display in the UK for the first time. The major exhibition is drawn from the extensive archives amassed by the late Linda McCartney, the American photographer and musician who married McCartney in 1969.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
First look inside Liverpool's new bar inside a yellow submarine

A brand new bar has opened in Cains Brewery Village in Liverpool, but it's not your average bar. The Beatles-inspired venue is based inside a yellow submarine. Before it was a bar, the impressive submarine has had quite an exciting past, originally it was used as a prop in the Sean Connery film Hunt For Red October.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Contract which officially broke up The Beatles to sell at Sotheby's

A copy of the contract which finally broke up The Beatles is expected to sell for $50,000 when it hits the block at Sotheby's next week. The contract, signed by all four band members in 1974, officially dissolved the band's Apple Corps Ltd business and broke the last legal ties that were binding the four Beatles together.

Source: Just Collecting
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Police investigating break-in at Paul McCartney's London mansion

Police are investigating after thieves broke into Paul McCartney's 10 million London home. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that officers responded to a break-in at 6:20pm last Friday. "We attended and identified signs of forced entry," he said. "There were blue flashing lights and police everywhere," a local said.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul performs Wonderful Christmastime with youth choir in Liverpool

Paul McCartney returned home last night for a performance at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Macca recruited the youngsters from the LIPA Choir for the first in-concert rendition of his holiday song, Wonderful Christmastime since 2012 as part of the evening's encore of the three-hour, sold-out concert.

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Beatles unseen 1968 photos coming from Pattie Boyd

A rare group of photographs documenting the Beatles' historic visit to Rishikesh, India, in 1968 have surfaced in a portfolio compiled by Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison. 12 of the 16 black-and-whte photographs in "Pattie Boyd and The Beatles in Rishikesh" have never been exhibited.

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The story of Happy Xmas (War is Over)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 track Happy Xmas (War is Over) is one of the world's most popular Christmas songs, and one that also contained a political message that is still resonant to this day. The song came about after more than two years of peace activism by John and Yoko, that began with their 1969 "bed-ins".

Source: Smooth Radio
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Sean Lennon and Miley Cyrus to sing Happy Xmas on SNL

Singer Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern this morning that she and Sean Ono Lennon will sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singing star is the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.

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Video: Eddie Vedder covers the Beatles for South African School choir

In 2005, Eddie Vedder released an album called The Molo Sessions, recorded with The Walmer High School Choir of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and all proceeds went to help fund local schools in South Africa. Now, he has reunited with the choir and gave them a special performance, including The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun.

Source: iHeart Radio
Emily Hackett covers John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Nashville-based singer Emily Hackett has re-released her cover of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" from last year, with a lyric video to accompany it, which you can now watch online on YouTube. She said she wanted something that "felt real and raw and would have gotten a John Lennon stamp of approval."

Source: Vents Magazine
Jazz artists talk about covering the Beatles for new album

As someone who grew up in the dual worlds of jazz and the Beatles, Tony Bennett's son Danny saw the perfect opportunity to make an addition to the ever-ongoing conversation between bop and the Beatles by paying homage to them in the form of the tribute album "A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper".

Source: Billboard
Monday, December 10, 2018
Pipers lament as Paul McCartney drops Mull of Kintyre from tour setlist

He famously sang about how his desire was always to be there, but Paul McCartney has chosen not to always play his hit Mull Of Kintyre and has dropped it from the setlist for his world tour's only Scots show. His decision emerged after Kintyre Schools Pipe Band asked if they might join him on stage to perform the hit.

Related Articles  Source: The Sunday Post, Scotland
New book shows young Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in 1963

On September 12, 1963, Norman Parkinson photographed the Fab Four as they recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The photos show a young John, Paul, George and Ringo singing, playing guitar and harmonica, having tea and joking around. Initially published that year, they are now part of a new book, "The Beatles: London, 1963."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko and fans pay tribute to John Lennon on 38th anniversary of his death

On Saturday, on the 38th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, Yoko took to Twitter to share his philosophy, writing, "Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that." Fans gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park to share a moment of silence and sing Lennon's songs.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, December 7, 2018
Blossoms release cover of Wonderful Christmastime

Blossoms have shared their version of Paul McCartney's evergreen festive classic "Wonderful Christmastime." Released in 1979 the song signals the beginning of Advent, with Christmas trees being hoisted across the land, it's now been given the Blossoms treatment. The Salford lads re-worked the single in their own slick style.

Source: Clash Music
Paul McCartney reveals why he nearly didn't do Carpool Karaoke

It's not unusual to think fondly of your childhood home, but it would be strange to step inside many decades later with it looking almost exactly the same. That was the situation that faced Paul McCartney when he returned to 20 Forthlin Road, in Allerton, earlier this year. "I'd always felt it might just be a bit creepy,"Paul said.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles' failed Apple Boutique opened on this day in 1967

On this date in 1967, the Beatles opened the Apple Boutique. Paul McCartney said the shop was supposed to be "a beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things." The Apple Boutique wound up being a commercial failure that lost money at a staggering rate, it shut its doors just seven months later.

Source: Creative Loafing
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Paul McCartney's carpool karaoke is biggest you tube video of 2018

Paul McCartney's appearance on carpool karaoke has been named the top trending YouTube video of the year in the UK. The video, which has been viewed more than 35 million times, included a trip around Liverpool with visits to Penny Lane and Paul's old home on Forthlin Road, and McCartney's secret pub performance.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Inside the hotel room where John and Yoko had their 1969 bed-in

The suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their Montreal bed-in, on the 17th floor of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, has been revamped recently as part of a hotel-wide refurbishment, costing more than $100 million. The suite features artefacts from the bed-in, including room service orders and housekeeping records.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Composer ranks Beatles up with best in classics

Christopher Donison will be performing a solo-piano transcription concert performance of the entire Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road at Victoria International Marina. On who is likely to be considered the Mozart of our era, he says he believes that posterity might well consider the Beatles to be that late-20th-century Mozart.

Source: Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Paul McCartney adds stadium dates to US leg of Freshen Up tour

Paul McCartney has announced four additional U.S. stadium dates to his 2019 Freshen Up tour, including Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, both of which hosted McCartney performances to capacity crowds on his 2014 Out There tour. Tickets will be on sale for the new dates at 10 a.m. on December 13.

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