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BEATLES NEWS - Tuesday 18th June 2024

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RINGO STARR LETTER ON JOINING THE BEATLES AND OSCAR WILDE'S SCHOOLBOY POETRY BOOK TO AUCTION Finebooks Magazine An autograph signed letter from Ringo Starr on joining the Beatles and the release of their first single Love Me Do which features the sentence "I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and I said yes" is among the highlights of the July 10 Books and Manuscripts auction at Christie’s London. READ MORE ORIGINAL “BIRTHDAY” LYRICS PART OF NEW BEATLES AUCTION KSHE95 A new collection of memorabilia from The Beatles is now up for auction through ANALOGr.  Coinciding with Paul McCartney’s 82nd birthday on June 18, the new auction includes handwritten original lyrics to The Beatles’ “Birthday,” written on the back of an Apple Studio recording sheet. It even includes chord diagrams helping John Lennon and George Harrison with the guitar parts.  The unique piece of Beatles history has an estimated sale price of between $125,000 and $200,000. READ MORE JOHN LE

BEATLES NEWS - Monday 17th June 2024

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PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES UK SHOWS INCLUDING TWO NIGHTS IN MANCHESTER Dianne Bourne / Manchester Evening News Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has announced he is to perform four huge UK tour dates in 2024 in Manchester and London. It will fulfil his promise to perform in the UK again, made at his last show here in 2022.  The music legend announced he is to take his acclaimed Got Back tour out on a world tour last week, and today the first UK dates have been added to his 2024 schedule. READ MORE BEHIND THE ALBUM: THE BEATLES TAKE ANOTHER GIANT LEAP FORWARD WITH ‘RUBBER SOUL’ Jim Beviglia/American Songwriter Some albums have cool stories surrounding their making that garner attention for them. The 1966 Beatles’ album Rubber Soul doesn’t really fall into that category. By all counts, it was the same-old, same-old for the Fab Four when they made the record, squeezing it into their busy schedule and churning out the latest material they’d written. READ MORE WHY PAUL MCCARTNEY WROTE HEY JUD

BEATLES NEWS - Sunday 16th June 2024

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PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS ONE HAND CLAPPING DELIVERS SUPERIOR SONIC EXPERIENCE Sophie/Flip The Media  Paul McCartney and Wings’ “One Hand Clapping” delivers a superior sonic experience that has captivated fans and critics alike. Following the success of “Band on the Run,” McCartney was eager to maintain the positive momentum. He quickly gathered Wings for a live-in-the-studio session, revisiting songs from his solo career, his time with Wings, and even his days with The Beatles. READ MORE THE TECHNICAL INNOVATION GEORGE HARRISON SAID RUINED THE BEATLES SOUND Ben Forrest/Far Out Magazine In addition to the utter genius of their songwriting and performance, The Beatles were often celebrated for their innovative use of new musical technologies and production techniques within their work. From employing an early tape sampler on tracks like ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ to essentially inventing Artificial Double Tracking while recording vocals, this pioneering spirit allowed the group to stand out

BEATLES NEWS - Saturday 15th June 2024

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ONE HAND CLAPPING - PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS Stuart Berman/Pitchfork Shelved for decades and now finally released in full, Wings’ 1974 Abbey Road sessions are intimate and exploratory, showcasing a seldom heard, anything-goes side of the former Beatle. It took 52 years and an eight-hour docuseries to confirm that the recording sessions for the Beatles’ Let It Be weren’t exactly the miserable, band-killing ordeals that the namesake 1970 documentary had made them out to be.  READ MORE IT'S NO HARD DAY'S NIGHT PLAYING WITH RINGO FOR MEN AT WORK'S COLIN HAY Josh Leeson/Newcastle Herald LIKE most children in the '60s who loved music, Colin Hay dreamed of being in The Beatles as he grew up in Scotland.  "I did ask my father when I was young, 'could I be in The Beatles, Dad'?," Hay says. "He said, 'no, you can't be in The Beatles, son'." READ MORE BEATLES-THEMED AIRBNB DRAWS VISITORS TO RURAL ALAMANCE COUNTY Evan Harris/WFDD When Taylo

BEATLES NEWS - Friday 14th June 2024

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THE SONG GEORGE HARRISON WROTE ON THE DAY HE QUIT THE BEATLES Thomas Curtis-Horsfall/Gold Radio UK Though, given The Beatles were the most famous and influential musical group throughout the sixties, all eyes were on them. Almost always.  So when frictions between the four-piece were aired, it sent ripples of worry throughout their fanbase and the wider world. READ MORE "I WAS OBSESSED": JAMIE BERNSTEIN ON SHARING BEATLEMANIA WITH DAD LEONARD BERNSTEIN Nicole Michael/Salon On "Everything Fab Four," the author discusses being John and Yoko's neighbor and learning Beatles music theory. Author, filmmaker and narrator Jamie Bernstein – daughter of legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein – joined host Kenneth Womack to talk about meeting the Beatles, becoming neighbors with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “Maestro” (which was based on her memoir, “Famous Father Girl”) and much more on “Everything Fab Four.”  READ MORE ‘YES IT IS’: THE BEATLES SONG THAT ACCIDENTALLY

BEATLES NEWS - Thursday 13th June 2024

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THE FINAL BOW IS SET FOR JULY 6TH AT THE MIRAGE, LAS VEGAS. COME AND CELEBRATE THE LAST SHOWS OF THE BEATLES LOVE. The Beatles The groundbreaking production celebrating the music and legacy of The Beatles through the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, will conclude its historic Las Vegas run at The Mirage on July 6, 2024 as the resort begins its transformation into The Hard Rock Las Vegas. Tickets to performances are on sale at  cirquedusoleil.com/beatles-love. READ MORE ‘LET IT BE’ DIRECTOR MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG ON THE LONG & WINDING ROAD THAT BROUGHT THE BEATLES’ FILM BACK TO DISNEY+ Jeff Slate/Rock Cellar Magazine Director Michael Lindsay-Hogg has been fighting for his 1970 film Let It Be to be re-released for more than forty years.  The documentary, which chronicles the making of The Beatles’ album of the same name, was released to theaters in 1970, within a month of the announcement of the breakup of the band, and then played art houses and college campuses throughout the next decad

BEATLES NEWS - Wednesday 12th June 2024

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THE ARTIST PAUL MCCARTNEY CALLED A MUSICAL INNOVATOR: “HE’S MY FAVOURITE MODERN ACT” Tim Coffman/Far Out Magazine This was practically a given.  Roger Deakins, possibly the greatest living cinematographer, has been offered to lens all four of Sam Mendes’ Beatles biopics, set to shoot next year.  No word yet on whether Deakins has signed a deal, but an offer is definitely on the table.  READ MORE ROGER DEAKINS EYED TO LENS ALL 4 SAM MENDES ‘BEATLES' MOVIES Jordan Ruimy/World Of Reel This was practically a given.  Roger Deakins, possibly the greatest living cinematographer, has been offered to lens all four of Sam Mendes’ Beatles biopics, set to shoot next year.  No word yet on whether Deakins has signed a deal, but an offer is definitely on the table.  READ MORE THE WEIRDEST MEMORABILIA FROM THE BEATLES 1964 ADELAIDE CONCERT Jo Laverty/ABC Official Beatles merchandise available in Adelaide on their 1964 tour included curtains and talcum powder.  But, SA's Royal Show Society can

BEATLES NEWS - Tuesday 11th June 2024

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UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF MERSEYBEAT SCENE GO ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL YM Liverpool Previously unseen photographs of musicians from Liverpool’s 1960s Merseybeat era will go on display this month at the Musuem of Liverpool. B eyond the Beat (29 June to 3 November) explores the music scene in Liverpool’s bustling nightclubs in the period immediately after The Beatles.  The display will showcase some of the bands that clamoured to play the city in the wake of The Fab Four’s monumental fame, through a series of never-before-seen photographs. READ MORE GETTING BACK ON TOUR: PAUL MCCARTNEY TO PLAY A SERIES OF CONCERTS IN SOUTH AMERICA THIS FALL American Songwriter Paul McCartney hasn’t played a full concert since the final show of his 2023 tour on December 16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the Beatles legend has announced that he’s getting back on the road this fall. McCartney’s Got Back Tour 2024 features five confirmed concerts in four South American countries. READ MORE THE BEATLES T

BEATLES NEWS - Monday 10th June 2024

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PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES KSHE95 Paul McCartney is headed back on the road in 2024.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer just announced South American dates for a 2024 leg of his Got Back tour, hitting Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.  McCartney will play a total of five new shows, kicking off Oct. 1 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and wrapping Oct. 27 in Lima, Peru. It will be the first time in 10 years that McCartney has played either of those cities.  READ MORE PAUL MCCARTNEY GUITARIST BRIAN RAY DROPPING DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, ‘MY TOWN’; CHECK OUT NEW ADVANCE SINGLE American Songwriter Paul McCartney is headed back on the road in 2024.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer just announced South American dates for a 2024 leg of his Got Back tour, hitting Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.  McCartney will play a total of five new shows, kicking off Oct. 1 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and wrapping Oct. 27 in Lima, Peru. It will be the first time in 10 years that McCartney has play

BEATLES NEWS - Sunday 9th June 2024

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DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES JOHN AND YOKO’S LIFE IN NEW YORK AFTER THE BEATLES Steve Delikson/TvOverMind Life after The Beatles for the legendary singer-songwriter John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono in New York City is the focus of Kevin Macdonald’s latest documentary, One to One: John & Yoko, from Mercury Studios. The Scottish filmmaker, coming off his fashion doc High & Low: John Galliano, recalls Lennon in 1972 performing his final full-stage performance, the One to One benefit concert, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with Ono at his side. READ MORE A BOOK BEATLES FANS MUST HAVE ASAP Terri Schlichenmeyer/PostGuam It was like squashing a cockroach, they said.  Put your toe down in one spot, rotate your hips and your ankle, shimmy them shoulders and snap your fingers to the beat. That's how you kill a bug, and it's how you do The Twist – but beware. In the new book “Shake It Up, Baby” by Ken McNab, there are some Beatles you really want around. READ MORE THE COMPLEX ORIG

BEATLES NEWS - Saturday 8th June 2024

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REMEMBER WHEN: GEORGE MARTIN TRIED TO CONVINCE THE BEATLES TO USE A COVER SONG AS THEIR FIRST SINGLE Jim Beviglia/American Songwriter We tend to think of the relationship between The Beatles and producer George Martin as one of support and mutual goodwill and, for the most part, it was. But in the earliest going, Martin tried to sneak a song past The Beatles and was rebuffed, not once, but twice. READ MORE WILD WELCOME AT KAI TAK FOR THE BEATLES SCMP Hundreds of screaming teenagers in Hongkong yesterday gave Britain’s Beatles a wild welcome.  More than 1,000 young boys and girls waited in the rain at Kai Tak airport for the plane carrying the long-haired pop singers, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Nichol. READ MORE THE STORY AND MEANING BEHIND “JUNK,” A PAUL MCCARTNEY LEFTOVER WITH STAYING POWER Jim Beviglia/American Songwriter Hundreds of screaming teenagers in Hongkong yesterday gave Britain’s Beatles a wild welcome.  More than 1,000 young boys and girls waite