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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Producer Jack Douglas says John Lennon was easiest icon to work with

As a producer, Jack Douglas has helped shape some of the greatest albums in rock and roll history. And in a profession full of excess, insecurity and unrealistic expectations, Douglas says the easiest star he ever produced was also the biggest, John Lennon. Douglas worked with Lennon and Yoko Ono on the Double Fantasy album.

Source: iHeart Radio
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
George Harrison's guitar expected to auction for $380k

A guitar played by George Harrison while The Beatles were in Hamburg is set to fetch 300,000 (about $379,700) at auction in London on June 12. Harrison recalled going, aged 16, with Paul McCartney to buy the guitar in Liverpool in 1959. His mother had to sign the purchase agreement which was later paid off by Brian Epstein.

Source: Metro News, UK
Beatles film Yesterday will close this year's Sydney Film Festival

Yesterday, a comedy that imagines a world where The Beatles never existed, has been announced as the Closing Night Film of this year's Sydney Film Festival. Closing Night celebrations will be held at the State Theatre on Sunday June 16. Critics described Yesterday as "a glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music."

Related Articles  Source: Flicks, Australia
Danny Boyle feared Yesterday movie might upset The Beatles

Danny Boyle said he was concerned that his new movie, Yesterday, would leave the surviving members of the Beatles, or the late members' widows, feeling "triggered or upset." But, he said, "I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can't talk about it except to say it was very special for me."

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Legendary animator to bring Beatles Cartoon Art Show to Idaho Falls

Ron Campbell worked on some of the most iconic cartoons ever made, including "The Beatles" animated TV series and The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" feature film. Residents of east Idaho can get a closer look at Campbell's art when he brings Beatles Cartoon Art Show to Idaho Falls on May 28 and 29.

Source: East Idaho News
Video: When Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Pepper in record time

Jimi Hendrix was never shy to hide his admiration for The Beatles and, back in 1967, the iconic guitarist took things to the next level. The night was June 4, 1967, and knowing that both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience, Hendrix decided to open the show with his rendition of Sgt. Pepper's title song.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, May 24, 2019
Four Paul McCartney live albums to be reissued

Paul McCartney has announced updated releases of four albums capturing performances spanning from his 1975-1976 return to U.S. arenas with Wings to his intimate 2007 set at Amoeba records in Los Angeles. The albums, Amoeba Gig, Paul Is Live, Choba B CCCP and Wings Over America, will be released on July 12.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Peter Asher to publish Beatles A to Zed book

Peter Asher is best known as the former producer and manager of such massively popular artists as Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, and before that as half of the English duo Peter and Gordon. Now Asher has written a book about his friends: The Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour to be published in November.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Hundreds of unseen Beatles images revealed following worldwide search

Hundreds of never-before-seen images snapped by fans offer a tantalising glimpse of The Beatles' life away from concerts during their heyday. Pictures dusted off from lofts and home drawers following a worldwide search show John Lennon outside his Surrey home in 1968 and Paul McCartney putting his tie before a 1963 concert.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Take double-decker tour for spirited ride around the Beatles' hometown

A spirited tour of the centre of Liverpool with live commentary from a waggish local guide will show you all the main sights, from the Mersey and the Liver Building to the Cavern Quarter and the city's two contrasting cathedrals. Don't miss the statues of John Lennon, Eleanor Rigby and Cilla Black.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Beatles historian writes Abbey Road 50th anniversary book

In the new book Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles, acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. The book takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio.

Source: Broadway World
Abandoned former Beatles venue being brought back to life

In its heyday, the former EMD Cinema in Walthamstow saw performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Alfred Hitchcock used to watch films there when he was a lad. The spectacular art deco auditorium has been closed to the public for almost two decades, but there are now plans to restore it to its former glory.

Source: TimeOut London, UK
Monday, May 20, 2019
Yoko Ono to exhibit artwork in Syracuse

Yoko Ono is bringing her work back to Syracuse this summer for a show at the Everson Museum of Art. The museum is planning for Ono to attend this year's show and to perform in at least one of the pieces. "Yoko Ono: Remembering the Future'' will run through Oct. 27, taking up nearly the full interior of the Everson and some outdoor space.

Source: Syracuse.com
Victoria choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

The music of the Beatles is being given a new twist this month, as the Victoria vocal ensemble Soundings sing Fab Four hits a capella. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' last studio album, Abbey Road, and the choir's concerts take place May 24 and 25 in Oak Bay and Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Source: Victoria News, Canada
How John Lennon and Yoko Ono finished a whole album in one night

John Lennon's official Instagram account shared a little-known story about how "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Kenwood, Lennon's home in Surrey. John Lennon told Rolling Stone, "It was midnight when we started, and then we made love at dawn. It was very beautiful."

Source: Metalhead Zone
The Beatles project that fans and critics agreed was terrible

If you wanted to define "on top of the world," you could just point to The Beatles in 1967. In July, the band released Sgt. Pepper's, widely hailed as a masterpiece. However, the Magical Mystery Tour film, which was mainly the work of Paul McCartney, got received with such contempt at the time it's hard to believe.

Source: Entertainment Cheat Sheet
Friday, May 17, 2019
Beatles podcast to host live Beatles at the Ridge show

The knowledgeable and vivacious podcast duo of Allison Boron and Erika White, "BC The Beatles," will be front and center at Beatles at the Ridge's 7th Annual Symposium, Sept. 20-21, 2019. They will be interviewing the event's featured guests and host a "live on-air" podcast directly from The Studio, Main Street, Walnut Ridge.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Video: BTS channels the Beatles on late-night appearance

Korean pop idols BTS have found their inner Beatles, paying tribute to their forebears with an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, filmed at New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre. They played up their moptop looks and echoed the Liverpool quartet's famous appearance on the show hosted by Sullivan himself in 1964.

Source: UDiscover Music
McCartney issues Egypt Station II with more studio and live tracks

Paul McCartney has released Egypt Station Explorer's Edition on Capitol Records, comprised of the original Egypt Station record plus a second album, Egypt Station II, which includes the surprise single "Get Enough" to live performances at London's Abbey Road Studios, Liverpool's The Cavern and New York's Grand Central Station.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Review: The Beatles UK Albums on SHM-CD

The limited edition Japanese 16 SHM-CD collection of all The Beatles UK albums are the supreme, the best sounding and certainly most beautiful Beatles CDs out there. Not only is the artwork superb, these SHM-CD issues have an edge sound wise compared to there non-SHM-CD cousins, with richer bass and better separation.

Source: Recods CDs and Music
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Book Excerpt: Howard Stern on the Beatles

In his new book, Howard Stern talks about discovering the Beatles and sharing them with his mother. He said, "To my astonishment, she actually enjoyed the music. It made me so proud that as an older woman she could get into the Beatles, especially because all of her friends hated them. I was so happy to share that with her."

Source: Rolling Stone
George Harrison's Mercedes 500 SEL AMG goes up for sale

George Harrison's black-on-black Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL AMG will be up going up for grabs at an Anglia Car Auctions sale in the UK next January. George clearly loved his AMG as it is one of the few cars he kept for a long time, some 18 years. The car also made a brief cameo in the Beatles music video of Real Love.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Liverpool's Cavern Club named the UK's favorite small music venue

Out of the thousands of music venues across the UK, from hidden intimate gig spots to major stadiums that hold world tours, the Cavern Club, on Mathew Street in Liverpool, has been awarded the top small venue in the country. The Cavern was the most Instagrammed and the most highly rated venue on TripAdvisor.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Photographer shoots Ringo and his All-Starrs

Vulcan contacted me this past September. They needed a photographer in San Jose, California, to photograph Ringo. As in Ringo Starr. Yes, the Beatles drummer. What was he like? Very laid-back, super personable, no attitude. He let his personality shine throughout the shoot and he was as he's always appeared: a pretty happy guy.

Source: OZY
Citilink offers chance for free Paul McCartney tickets

Citilink is offering riders a chance to win two tickets to the sold out Paul McCartney concert at the Fort Wayne Coliseum on June 3. To enter, purchase a "ticket to ride" on a Citilink bus. Take as many photos (selfies) as you want on or around a Citilink bus. Then post them to Facebook. The prize drawing will be May 28.

Source: News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne

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