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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Ringo to headline Woodstock 50th at original site

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts announced today the first acts that will perform at their edition of the festival's 50th anniversary on August 16 to 18. Ringo Starr will perform, as will several of the artists that played the legendary festival there in '69, including Santana, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter.

Source: Best Classic Bands
John & Yoko's Wedding Album to be reissued

Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music are re-releasing Yoko Ono's musical output from 1968 to 1985. Yesterday, on Yoko Ono's 86th birthday, they announced the latest release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album will be reissued on March 22, two days after Ono and Lennon's 50th wedding anniversary.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Author says Danny Boyle's Beatles film plot has similarities to his book

Australian Nick Milligan claims the new trailer for Danny Boyle film Yesterday has a similar plot to that of his own novel "Enormity", which depicts the tale of a deep space traveler who lands on a planet similar to Earth. There, he begins to notice a difference, in that the people on this planet have never heard of The Beatles.

Source: Far Out Magazine
John's sister reveals biggest misconception about Yoko and Beatles

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono. When asked in her opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko, Julia said, "Absolutely, it is very unfair. I don't think she was the cause of the breakup in my mind, and I think many fans don't think that either."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Famous Liverpool pub to reopen this weekend

A striking old sign has been revealed on The Grapes pub in Mathew Street as renovation work begins, and the building's owner has confirmed the famous pub will reopen this weekend. The Grapes, in the heart of the Cavern Quarter, is one of Liverpool's most famous pubs and was once a haunt of The Beatles in their Cavern days.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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Friday, February 15, 2019
Beatles superfan puts more than $300,000 of memorabilia up for auction

A Beatles superfan will put more than $300,000 of the band's memorabilia up for auction, including unseen and autographed photographs, Ringo's signed, but broken, drumsticks, and a very rare UK copy of the Beatles White Album, numbered "01". The memorabilia will go under the hammer in Dallas on March 16.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
UK dance group sets Sgt. Pepper album to dance

Pepperland, a new production from the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group, includes six reinventions of songs on the Sgt. Pepper album with an innovative score by American composer Ethan Iverson. The New York-based dance company was asked to create the piece by the City of Liverpool to mark the 50th anniversary of the album.

Source: Telegraph and Argus, UK
Fisher-Price adds Beatles to Little People toys

Mattel's Fisher-Price went a little radical with news today that their "Little People" line would be taking a walk on the wild side with the additions of some familiar faces from The Beatles and the WWE. While popular, not exactly what you think of when it comes to marketing to kids, but if you're going after their parents?

Source: Bleeding Cool
Paul McCartney, Little Steven Beatles cover in new box set

Paul McCartney and Little Steven's cover of the Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There, from 2017 appears on Van Zandt's new box set "Soulfire Live!" They had tried to play it together at a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gig in Hyde Park in 2012 before the town pulled the plug midway through because they went past curfew.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Jenny Lewis unveils new song featuring Ringo Starr

Jenny Lewis has shared the second single from her forthcoming solo album, On The Line, scheduled to arrive on March 22. The new song, "Heads Gonna Roll", features musical contributions including Ringo Starr on drums, Don Was on bass, and former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on organ.

Source: Live For Live Music
Paul McCartney's expanded Egypt Station includes three new songs

Paul McCartney has confirmed the release of an Egypt Station Traveller's Edition, coming May 10 via Capitol Records. The box set will include exclusive, previously unreleased songs and other rarities. The limited deluxe edition will be a one-time-only pressing of just 3000, and will come in a vintage style suitcase.

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Why the Beatles were accused of plagiarism so often

The Beatles had their share of plagiarism charges in their day. From the lawsuit over Come Together, to the $587,000 George Harrison paid over My Sweet Lord, The Beatles fought, and sometimes lost, their copyright battles. As the rulings confirmed, even songwriting titans like The Beatles will wear their influences on their sleeve.

Source: Cheat Sheet
John and Yoko took over The Mike Douglas Show on this day in 1972

On this date in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over as hosts for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. John and Yoko brought a modern, hip edge to the program. They performed on the program on each day and also welcomed a variety of guests, including one of Lennon's personal musical heroes and influences, Chuck Berry.

Source: Creative Loafing
Record exec who worked with Beatles dead at 77

Don Grierson died recently in Los Angeles at age 77. He was honored during Sunday's Grammy Awards. While at Capitol Records, he was was instrumental in promoting The Beatles' first four Apple Records singles. He also worked with artists including The Jacksons, Tina Turner, Heart, Bob Seger, Gloria Estefan, and Cyndi Lauper.

Source: Deadline Hollywood
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Trailer now online for new film that imagines world without the Beatles

A film based on the premise that a struggling musician is the only person who remembers The Beatles is coming to theaters on June 28. Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as the musician, Kate McKinnon, Lily James and superstar musician Ed Sheeran. A trailer for the film was released today, it can be viewed online.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Company launches sunglasses inspired by John Lennon

Eight Mulberry sunglasses styles inspired by eight British style icons, including John Lennon, will be released with their spring/summer 2019 collection. Priced from 190-220, the sunglasses will be available to purchase at Mulberry.com and in their flagship store starting tomorrow, during London Fashion Week.

Source: Vogue Magazine
International Beatles On The Beach Festival this April

The International Beatles on the Beach Festival returns to Delray Beach, Florida on April 25 to 28. Beatles fans from around the world will experience South Florida hospitality and live entertainment in over 20 venues, including many bands and performers, and a large interactive area showcasing artists creativity, live and on demand.

Source: Boca Raton Tribune
Paul McCartney on what made Beatles so perfect among other bands

In a new interview, Paul McCartney has explained why he thinks were a little better than other bands. He said that in the Beatles, "The imagination was rich. There are many good points of The Beatles, but among them, I think that "imagination" and "intelligence" were a little better than other groups."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, February 11, 2019
Inside Sean Lennon's Seussian Music Studio

In the past couple of decades, Sean Lennon, a versatile performer and skilled guitarist, has released two solo albums, scored films, started a record label, acted, and appeared on albums by, among others, Marianne Faithfull and Lady Gaga. His prog-rock duo, Claypool Lennon Delirium, may be his most fully realized artistic effort so far.

Source: The New Yorker
Ahead of Valentine's Day, top Beatles love songs

If you're going to show regard and commitment to your beau for Valentine's Day in the upcoming days, one way is through song. And if you're going to use music, what better single source than the band with the deepest catalog of love songs? Yes, that means The Beatles. Many of their romantic songs remain beloved to this day.

Source: Neighbor Newspaper, Atlanta
Gene Simmons shares photo of himself with Beatles haircut

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has posted a photo of his childhood band "The Long Island Sounds" on Twitter, showing him with a Beatles influenced haircut and Paul McCartney style bass guitar. He wrote, "The Long Island Sounds. I was 15 years old here. It was 1966." Although fans have pointed out he would have been 16 or 17 in 1966.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Lost picture of the Beatles developed after 55 years in a drawer

A picture of The Beatles playing in Great Yarmouth, England, that had never been seen before has finally been printed, after spending 55 years in a drawer as an undeveloped negative. Peter Harrison, now 75, had salvaged the negative while working in a photographer's studio in 1963, when the Fab Four played in the town.

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, UK
25 years ago: Beatles reunite to complete Free As A Bird

George Martin begged off. Even Paul McCartney said he was unsure at first. Producer Jeff Lynne, however, was thrilled at the prospect of a '90s-era Beatles reunion. He'd been working with George Harrison for some time, producing his 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine and collaborating in the Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, February 8, 2019
Bryan Ferry explains how Jealous Guy became a Roxy Music classic

Roxy Music's biggest hit was their cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". The song became so big for Roxy Music that some fans think it is a Roxy Music song. Bryan Ferry said, "Our version caught the public's imagination. It was a big record in Europe for us. It has become a standard for me and Roxy Music."

Source: Noise 11
Future of San Diego-area John Lennon Mural Unclear

Neighbors in the North Park area of San Diego are worried a John Lennon mural will be removed. On the side of a building, it shows John Lennon's face with his iconic circle-shaped glasses, with the word "Imagine" on the side of the portrait. When some saw construction happening on the building, they raised concerns on social media.

Source: KNSD TV, San Diego

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