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John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano sells for more than $700K 

An antique piano once owned by John Lennon which he used to write several songs on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, was purchased at auction Saturday for $718,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay also has a 1963 drum kit Ringo Starr used to record some of The Beatles' biggest early hits.

Source: WFJA FM
John Lennon biopic to be adapted into a stage production 

The 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy is being made into a new stage project from Tony-winning producers Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler. The project is expected to be a play with music, featuring Lennon's rock-and-roll hits of the 1950s, but none of the Beatles songs for which he later became known.

Source: Broadway.com
Paul McCartney shares unseen photo taken by Linda 

Beatles icon Paul McCartney celebrated Easter Sunday of all his followers by sharing a previously unseen photo taken by the late Linda McCartney on Instagram. The photo is of Paul on a white horse in a field of yellow flowers. He also shared his beloved late wife, who died at the age of 56 on April 17, 1998.

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Friday, April 19, 2019
How Danny Boyle made The Beatles disappear onscreen

The film about a struggling singer-songwriter who discovers that he's the only person who remembers the Beatles, will be one of several musical films taking center stage at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The director talks about casting his lead, his favorite song by the Fab Four and re-creating their rooftop concert.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Julian Lennon to appear at book signing in April

Julian Lennon, second generation pop star, will be signing copies of his new book "Love The Earth" at several locations in New York and New Jersey next month. "Love The Earth" is the final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, following "Touch the Earth" and "Heal the Earth," and includes words to a special poem written by Julian.

Source: Book Signing Central
When it became obvious George Harrison wouldn't miss The Beatles

Judging by the Let It Be film, Beatles tensions ran quite high through early 1969. A year later, the band would split up and start releasing solo albums. George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album grabbed No. 1 and held on for seven weeks in early 1971. A few years later, he'd say he had no interest in The Beatles anymore.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Cast of Let It Be visits Liverpool

The new Let It Be UK Tour opens next week, so the cast took time out of rehearsals to visit the place where it all began, Liverpool. The cast attended the official launch of a recently unveiled new mural of Abbey Road, to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the release of the album, created by acclaimed Liverpool artist Paul Curtis.

Source: Broadway World, UK
Dennis DeYoung recording Beatles tribute tune for upcoming solo album

Ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung saya a new tune that he's working on for his forthcoming solo album sounds pretty fab. In a recent post on Facebook, DeYoung reports that the song, which is among the last tracks he's recording for the project, has a title "taken directly from a classic Beatles tune."

Source: WFJA FM
Beatles tribute band bringing The White Album to life

With the Beatles having quit touring two years prior and the band's break up looming on the horizon, the White Album would never be performed live by John, Paul, George and Ringo. But now, over half a century later, the ultimate Beatles tribute act brings The White Album to life on stage at the London Palladium for one night only this May.

Source: Londonist, UK
Beatles author wants unheard interview tapes released

In 1983, for the book The Love You Make, authors Peter Brown and Steven Gaines conducted between 60 and 80 hours of interviews, and though all have been archived and digitized, none of the audio has been heard by the public. Gaines says now he would like the tapes to be available publicly for whoever wants to hear them.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
New Book: Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles

A forthcoming book Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles is due Oct. 15 from author Kenneth Womack, whose previous books include a two-part series on Beatles producer George Martin. The 296-page, hardcover book is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road album.

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Rare Beatles LP found after decade in storage could fetch 500 at auction

Auctioneer Mark Gilding was visiting Northamptonshire, England, to look at items left in a storage barn for a more than a decade. There he found a box of vinyl records containing a stereo version of the Beatles' 1963 debut album Please Please Me. This album not in the best condition, they have previously sold for 2,000.

Source: Northamptonshire Telegraph, UK
This Week in 1971: Each Beatle had solo single in UK top 40

The week of April 11 to 17, 1971 was a busy one for the Beatles, even though the band had split up. Each former Beatle had a solo single on the UK Top 40 chart, highest on the chart that week was Power to the People from John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. Paul McCartney's Another Day was at No. 11.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Monday, April 15, 2019
Beatles' final live performance remembered with blue plaque in London

The Beatles' final live performance has been marked with a commemorative blue plaque, 50 years on, at 3 Savile Row, once the home of Apple Records. On January 30, 1969 they took over the roof to perform an impromptu gig, they played about 42 minutes before the police arrived and asked them to keep it down.

Source: London Evening Stadard, UK
NYPD logs detailing Beatles' first US visit go on display

Police log books for the officers who protected The Beatles from hordes of screaming fans on their first visit to the US have gone on display at Liverpool's Magical Beatles Museum. The records list the names of the officers who guarded the band in New York as they prepared to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

Source: BBC News, UK
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper gypsy caravan to be restored

A spectacular gypsy caravan belonging to John Lennon is to be restored after finding its way into the hands of a charity. The caravan, much like John's famous Rolls Royce, was painted with the motif of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, although unlike the car, it went missing and was thought to have been lost forever.

Source: Get Surrey, UK
Sculptor's tribute to Beatle who was old drinking buddy

Sculptor Clive Duncan has created a piece of work celebrating an old drinking acquaintance, George Harrison. The portrait sculpture, made of bronze, shows the musician with the long hair he sported for much of his later life. It took Mr Duncan four months to complete and will be on display at La Galleria in Pall Mall, London, in June.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
How John Lennon told the story of his love for Yoko Ono in song

John Lennon began chronicling his love for Yoko Ono in the late 1960s, and that narrative continued through a posthumous album released years after his murder. In the end, these songs would account for half of Lennon's four U.K. chart toppers, beginning with the Beatles' Ballad of John and Yoko, recorded on April 14, 1969.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, April 12, 2019
Video: Les Claypool and Sean Lennon cover Beatles song with Geddy Lee

On Wednesday night, Rush frontman and bassist Geddy Lee made a surprise appearance onstage with the Claypool Lennon Delirium onstage in Toronto to cover The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. In the video now online, the two legendary bassists jam it out while John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, nails a spacey guitar solo.

Source: Kerrang
The Beatles music company challenges counterfeiters in court

The music company founded by The Beatles has taken unnamed counterfeiters to court over the online sale of fake goods. In a suit filed on Wednesday at the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Apple accused the unnamed defendants of infringing its "The Beatles" and "Yellow Submarine" trademarks.

Source: World Intellectual Property Review
Inaugural Beatles Fest coming to South Florida

In two weeks, Beatlemania is coming to Delray Beach, Florida. The inaugural International Beatles on the Beach Festival is bringing a British Invasion to the downtown area including a costume contest, a Beatles exhibition at the Cornell Art Museum and an interactive Penny Lane Scavenger Hunt/Beatles Bar Crawl throughout downtown.

Source: Boca Magazine
John Lennon dropped big bucks at New York Ciity record store

When John Lennon would walk in to the West Village record store House of Oldies during the early 1970s, owner Bob Abramson remembers, "He used to buy 45s by people like Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for his jukebox quite frequently. If the bill came to $200, he would say, Why don't you make it $400, just call Apple Records."

Source: NY Post
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Paul McCartney set to headline Glastonbury 2020

After a year hiatus, Glastonbury festival is back for 2019 and the line-up is better than ever. However founder Michael Eavis was more concerned about Glastonbury 2020, as he let slip one of the headliners in a recent interview. In a conversation with BBC Somerset, Michael revealed a certain Beatles member will grace the stage.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Super-rare pressing of Please Please Me album unearthed

A rare first edition of the Beatles' first album Please Please Me has been unearthed and is going up for sale. The first pressing of the early '60s Parlophone record had been hidden away for more than a decade. In mint condition, examples of the record can go for thousands of pounds, it will go under the hammer in June.

Source: Leicester Mercury, UK
Unique Beatles memorabilia to go on display in Australia

Beatlemania will again erupt in Australia, 55 years after the iconic band's only tour down under. Unique Beatles memorabilia, including John Lennon's famous reading glasses, will be on display in Melbourne for four months, at Melbourne Museum, less than 3 kilometres away from the venue for the Beatles Victorian shows in 1964.

Source: Wellington Times, Australia

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