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Fifty years after the Beatles were at their zenith, I finally made a pilgrimage this year to the places sacred to their story. The crossing on Abbey Road in London. The childhood homes in Liverpool. Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.I loved it all, but the highlight of my visit to dank, misty Liverpool was surely meeting Colin Hanton, a gentlemanly but tart 79-year-old upholsterer who, six decades ago, played drums for the Quarrymen, the pre-Beatles band that included John Lennon, Paul [...] ...

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A new exhibition has opened at the Beatles Story, the Liverpool museum dedicated to the city's most famous band.

It celebrates the release in December, 1967 of the Beatles' film, Magical Mystery Tour.

The film was first aired on British television as a 52-minute-long, largely improvised, surreal comedy film featuring the Beatles.

The band's bass player, Paul McCartney, wanted to create a film based on the group and their music, in which various "ordinary" people were to travel on a coach and take a journey of spontaneous "magical" adventures.

McCartney, in a comment made in 2012, said of the film: "It turned out to be a wacky, impromptu romp that puzzled a few people at the time but as the years have gone by it now stands as a fond reminder of that period in our lives."

The film was poorly received by critics and audiences at the time, but the soundtrack, which included six new Beatles songs, was also released in December 1967, was a huge success. It was only off the top spot in the record charts by the band's own single, "Hello, Goodbye".

The soundtrack spent eight weeks at number one in the U.S. album charts and was nominated album of the year in 1968.

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The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year, and among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon . The Lennon stamp will be the next installment of the USPS' Music Icons series of "Forever" stamps.

No release date has been announced for the commemorative stamp honoring the Beatles legend. The U.S. Postal Service has issued a number of other Beatles -themed stamps over the years, including one in 1999 that commemorated the Fab Four's 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine .

Among the other artists who have appeared on Music Icons stamps are Elvis Presley , Jimi Hendrix , Janis Joplin , Ray Charles , Johnny Cash and jazz singer Sarah Vaughan .

Other notable people who will be honored with new stamps in 2018 include singer/actress Lena Horne , astronaut Sally Ride and children's show host Fred Rogers , a.k.a. "Mr. Rogers."

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Ringo Starr Vinyl Reissues Due Out In 2018 - Thursday, December 14, 2017

If 2017 was a year for a new Ringo Starr album, next year will be an opportunity to revisit the vaults.

The Beatles drummer has announced a January 19 release date for new vinyl version of two of his albums, 1973's Ringo and the following year's Goodnight Vienna. Both have been remastered and will be pressed on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl. Ringo, Starr's third album -- and only platinum seller -- was a smash featuring the hits "You're Sixteen," "Photograph" and "Oh My My" as well as collaborations with all four his Beatles mates. Goodnight Vienna was certified gold and launched the singles "No No Song" and "Only You (And You Alone)." The albums will be re-issued in their original form, with no additional tracks.

Starr released his 19th studio album, "Give Me Love," this year along with his 1999 holiday album I Wanna Be Santa Claus on vinyl for the first time ever. He takes his All-Starr Band back on the road on June 5 for a European tour that begins in Paris.

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“Wonderful Christmastime” is the worst of Christmas songs, but it makes up for it by also being the worst of all songs, the worst song ever written by a human, Beatle or otherwise, the worst melody, the worst synthesizer, the worst production, the worst Wings song, the worst pronunciation of the word “here,” the worst lyrics, the worst scent. I have never seen the cover of the 45, but I bet it f**ing sucks. "Wonderful Christmastime" is the most terrible song ever written by anyone, or anything, ever, including robots and gorillas and Puff Daddy and Courtney Love. No one likes "Wonderful Christmastime." No one. Paul McCartney hates it. All of Paul McCartney's wives hate it. Santa thinks it's a joke. God is like, " I did not bestow upon you the Breath of Life to dishonor me with this unMely dreck," and I imagine He's not real happy about "Ebony and Ivory" either.

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LOVE, three chords and the truth are all you need when in the presence of the rock greatness of Paul McCartney.

After winning hundreds of thousands of hearts and minds as his One on One tour wound around the country, he finally arrived in Sydney for his two final Australian concerts at Qudos Bank Arena.

It was impossible not to marvel that after a very long 23-year wait for the Maccalytes, that here he was, a Beatle for crying out loud.

This was the man who managed to transcend the weight of that legend to maintain a profound influence on pop culture for five decades, with Wings, his vast solo work and who most recently shared chart glory with Kanye and Rihanna and the Foo Fighters.

McCartney traversed all those chapters in a show which stretched to almost three hours with plenty to sing about love, that perennial pop song obsession.

There was his great romantic loves. My Valentine was inspired by and dedicated to his wife Nancy in the audience.

And a couple of songs later, Maybe I’m Amazed which he wrote for his late wife Linda got a false start of wrong notes and words before this rock god decided to embrace his fallibility and declare it a trainwreck.

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Paul McCartney may have intended the Beatles’ “Two of Us” to celebrate his blooming romance with Linda Eastman, but those words also summarized his friendship and creative partnership with John Lennon. Though recorded during the Beatles’ turbulent Get Back sessions, “Two of Us” remains a tender ode to love and friendship, although McCartney surprisingly intended the song for someone else to record.

As McCartney told biographer Barry Miles, he and Eastman would enjoy going for country drives together, often getting lost on purpose. Once she moved permanently to London, the couple would frequently bundle McCartney’s sheepdog Martha into the car, pick up a picnic lunch, and drive out to a remote rural area. Eastman would then take photographs as McCartney strummed his guitar.

It was during one of those adventures that McCartney composed what he originally titled “On Our Way Home.” “We’d just enjoy sitting out in nature, and this song was about that: doing nothing, trying to get lost,” McCartney told Miles. “It’s a favorite of mine because it reminds me of that period, getting together with Linda, and the wonderfully free attitude we details

Sir Paul McCartney relished the "competitive" nature of his relationship with John Lennon.

The iconic duo penned some of the most famous songs in history during their days with the Beatles, and Sir Paul has revealed how the late star's determination to be the best helped to improve his own songwriting.

He explained: "It was quite competitive because if I wrote something he'd try and better it and then I'd try and better that, so it's a good system.

"It means you're going up a staircase and each time you're trying to make it better, so if that works it can make the song very good ... and in our case memorable.

"That was the trick because we couldn't put it down, we couldn't put it on a recording like today, you just had to remember it. So that was a good restriction too, it meant if you forgot it, too bad.

"So, it had to have a hook and nearly always, even if you forgot it in the evening, you'd go out for a drink and say, 'what was that bloody song'. You'd wake up in the morning an go 'oh yeah, I remember!' It would just come back."

The Beatles split in 1970, but Sir Paul never considered quitting music altogether, admitting it remains his obsession.

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Paul McCartney's long-lost Christmas album Unforgettable has been posted on YouTube more than 50 years after it was created.

Simon Wells, a Beatles fan who shared the video online, said McCartney made the album as a Christmas gift in 1965 for his bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. According to the Huffington Post, only three additional copies were made in addition to McCartney's original, which he created in his home.

Per Mark Unterberger's book, The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, McCartney told Mark Lewisohn in 1995 how the album came about.

"I had two Brenell tape recorders set up at home, on which I made experimental recordings and tape loops, like the ones in 'Tomorrow Never Knows,'" McCartney said. "And once I put together something crazy, something left-field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening. It was just something for the mates, basically."

The album features McCartney playing the role of a DJ as he introduces a playlist of various songs. There is no new content on the album from The Beatles or McCartney, but it features hits from The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and Nat King Cole, who sings the title track.

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Ozzy: I owe my career to the Beatles - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Ozzy Osbourne says that he owes his whole career to the Beatles.

The former Black Sabbath frontman was speaking to the End The Silence campaign by charity Hope And Homes For Children, which has been encouraging artists from across the music world to reflect on songs that made a difference to their lives when they were younger.

Ozzy chose She Loves You by the Fab Four and adds: “That song changed my life. She Loves You had such an impact on me. I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life.

“This was so brand new and it gave me a great feeling. Then I became an avid Beatles fan – they were great.

“I owe my career to them because they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game.”

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Paul McCartney's biggest fear - Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Sir Paul McCartney has had the same dream that he's flopping on stage for 50 years.

The Beatles legend might have been attracting massive crowds to his shows for more than five decades, but the 75-year-old musician is left in " cold sweats" at the thought of turning up to perform and stadiums full of people getting up and leaving.

McCartney - who has four adult children with late wife Linda and 13-year-old Beatrice with second spouse Heather Mills - admitted: "Ever since I started performing there is a dream I still have which is you are in a stadium playing with The Beatles or with this band and people start leaving and it is like 'OK what are we doing wrong' we try to pull out the big ones but they're still leaving. You wake in a cold sweat."

The 'Come Together' hitmaker is currently in Australia for his sold-out 'One On One Tour'.

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He's one of the most famous people on the planet and has been performing on stage for almost six decades. But at 75, Paul McCartney still has anxiety dreams about getting up in front of a crowd.

"Ever since I started performing there's like a recurring dream which is, and I still have it to this day, which is you're in a stadium and you're playing with The Beatles or with a band and people start leaving and it's like, 'OK, what are we doing wrong?'" he said.

"And we're trying to pull out the big one like, 'Quick, play Hey Jude, quick!' And they're still leaving.

"'Quick, Long Tall Sally!' And they're just drifting away and you wake up in a cold sweat."

The former Beatle sat down with 7.30 at the start of his Australian tour in Perth.
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Despite what you might think, he's not sick of playing his old songs.

"The funny thing is, particularly these days, it's like I'm rediscovering them," he said.

"You don't just sing and think of nothing. So I'm thinking of being in the studio with the guys when we did it.

"I'm thinking of how I wrote it, and on some of them I'm looking at them thinking: 'This is a 24-year-old kid who wrote this', which ha details

Ex-Beatles drummer Pete Best is set to make his acting debut in Liverpool in a new comedy called Lennon’s Banjo.

The show - about a quest to find the instrument that John Lennon first played music on - will be performed at the Epstein Theatre next spring.

Best will play himself in the brand new comedy stage production which runs between Tuesday, April 24 and Saturday, May 5 2018.

Written by Rob Fennah, the story focuses on Lennon's missing banjo which is considered to be the holy grail of pop memorabilia.

The instrument has been missing for six decades and it is now worth millions to the person that discovers it.

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Sir Paul McCartney has helped a Perth man propose to his girlfriend 10 years after the couple met on a Contiki tour and bonded over their love of the Beatles.

Martin held a sign up at the rock icon's concert on Saturday night and was brought to the stage during the encore to pop the question to Saya, with McCartney instructing him to get down on one knee.

He then signed Saya's Beatles jacket and joked: "It's going straight up on eBay."

The clearly overwhelmed couple hugged McCartney and thanked him for making their night special as he kicked off the Australian leg of his One on One world tour, but they weren't the only ones.

The crowd lapped up every minute of the Englishman's set, which ran for more than three hours and included many beloved Beatles and Wings hits.

The show opened with classics, including A Hard Day's Night and Can't Buy Me Love, before McCartney took his jacket off.

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Sir Paul McCartney has donated a rare album to raise funds for the families of Eilidh MacLeod and Laura MacIntyre.

Eilidh, 14, died in the Manchester Arena attack on May 22, while her friend Laura, 15, was seriously injured.

Soon after the tragedy Sir Paul donated a special Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 6 Disc Super Deluxe (50th Anniversary Edition) box-set which will be auctioned to raise funds for the two families, who are from Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

The album will be personally dedicated and personalised to the successful bidder.

It will be auctioned in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of one of Sir Paul’s Wings songs Mull of Kintyre reaching number 1 at Christmas in 1977.

The girl’s parents said the gesture is “amazing and brilliant’.

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Heather Mills Rolls Back Years - Saturday, December 02, 2017

She's fast approaching the big 5-0.

But the ever youthful Heather Mills, 49, rolled back the years in a backless floor length floral gown at the Brilliant Is Beautiful gala in London on Friday.

The former wife of Paul McCartney showed off her enviable figure as she posed for pictures along the red carpet clearly lapping up the attention.

Chic: Heather Mills, 49, rolled back the years in a backless floor length floral gown at the 'Brilliant Is Beautiful' gala in London on Friday. The former wife of Paul McCartney showed off her enviable figure as she posed for pictures along the red carpet, lapping up the attention

Turning heads in the floor length dress, Heather posed cheekily in the dress which boasted semi-sheer inserts along the seem. And twirling for pictures, she flashed the flesh with a backless insert fastened at the neck.

Heather's dress, with Japanese lily flourishes, was tapered in around the waist before billowing out to skim the floor.

Letting her short blonde tresses fall to her shoulders, Heather wore a smattering of light makeup to highlight her natural good looks.

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Kenneth Womack’s new book on George Martin

is the first of two volumes (the second comes out next year), and it seems to be the first biography of the Beatles producer, which is kind of surprising. That alone makes Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years 1926-1966

a significant work in and of itself (although Martin himself wrote a pair of memoirs in the ’90s, the first of which—1994’s All You Need Is Ears

—Womack sources for insight into his early years).

Womack's book, perhaps unsurprisingly, is dominated by Martin’s working relationship with the Beatles, which began in 1962—quite late in the 40 years this first volume surveys—but takes up more than three quarters of the text. While Martin’s pre-Beatles years are covered more than adequately, it might have been fun to dive deeper into his groundbreaking work producing comedy records with the likes of Beyond the Fringe and Peter Sellers, much of which demanded wild creativity in the studio and stood him in good stead when the Beatles began to expand beyond their two-guitars-bass-and-drums sonic template. Britain’s “satire boom” of the earl details

Paul McCartney to visit Australia - Friday, December 01, 2017

Paul McCartney, one of the two remaining Beatles, will appear in Australia for the first time in 24 years.

McCartney will kick off his highly-anticipated One On One tour at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday but on Thursday, at an undisclosed time, 20 of his fans have been invited via social media to take part in a QA at the Regal Theatre in Perth.

The time at which they will get to meet their idol won't be revealed until Thursday morning and phones won't be allowed in to the QA.

McCartney will also be performing in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland on the tour but this fan event will be exclusive to Perth.

McCartney's last tour of Australia and New Zealand was in 1993 as part of The New World Tour, while a promoted tour in 2002 was cancelled after the Bali bombings.

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Ringo Starr announced today (Nov. 29) a revamping of his long-running lineup of his All Starr Band for a 2018 tour of Europe and Israel. (See dates below.)

Re-joining the All Starr Band for the 2018 dates is Colin Hay. The former Men at Work frontman previously performed with the lineup in 2008. Joining for the first time is 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman. In addition to co-writing the 10cc songs “I’m Not in Love” and “The Things We Do For Love,” Gouldman penned such British Invasion hits as the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” and the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love,” among many others.

Continuing with the All Starr Band are Santana/Journey star Gregg Rolie, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.

Most recently, Starr, who turned 77 on July 7, toured the U.S. in October and November offering a combination of songs that he sang lead for The Beatles (“With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine,” among them) as well as many solo hits (including “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph”).

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Another week, another essential new mag from the Uncut stable. Following the success of our David Bowie: A Life In Pictures (which you can still buy here), our next special is The Beatles: A Life In Pictures, an extravaganza of rare and in some cases totally unseen photographs, stylishly presented in a mirrored cover. It goes on sale this Friday in the UK, but you can already order The Beatles: A Life In Pictures from our online shop.

John Robinson, who edited this one, can explain more…

“The Beatles: A Life In Pictures is a lavish tribute to the four lads who shook the world. Fashions come and go, but The Beatles still amaze us with their music.

Fifty years on from their classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, their stature is completely undiminished, and this fresh new selection of pictures – many seldom-seen; some previously unpublished – tells their story, and helps to explain some of that enduring appeal.

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A certain Beatle once sang that it don’t come easy. That was Ringo, but in this case, he could be referring to the steady career climb of Dhani Harrison. As the son of George, Harrison could have easily been saddled by the weight of his famous last name. Instead, he’s quietly cobbled together a career that children of Beatles would be envious of.

In late July, Harrison did something that many would have suspected he’d done a long time before. Though fairly mundane in terms of being a major shock, Harrison performed under his own name for the first time. His show at the Echo in Los Angeles was an intimate affair, but it was also sold out instantly with little fanfare ahead of it.

“I don’t get too nervous, but I’m a perfectionist,” Harrison says as he’s cruising across Los Angeles on a late afternoon following a haircut. “The first shows are always a little bit frustrating but everyone had a great time.”

For years, he was just a face in the crowd as a member of rock outfit thenewno2. There, Harrison learned how to work within a rock band on his own that put together some stellar albums. They toured and performed at festivals like PJ20 (where Harri details

For decades, he was a figure of fun — respectful fun, of course, but still. He was the most lovable of the lovable mop-tops, the most good-natured member of that most good-natured of bands, The Beatles. But of all the things you might think of Ringo Starr for — wry comic relief, cute off-key singing on “Yellow Submarine,” the ability to get along with everyone in a group that eventually, contentiously disintegrated — you might not think of him as a drummer, the same way you’d think of Keith Moon or Charlie Watts or Max Roach as a drummer.

“Ringo’s personality used to out-charm his musicianship,” says Rob Sheffield, an acclaimed music journalist whose recent book, Dreaming The Beatles, finds fresh things to say about the world’s most chronicled band. “In a way we had to get more sophisticated as listeners to catch up with what Ringo was doing musically, as a drummer," Sheffield writes via email. "Like the rest of The Beatles, except much more so, he came on as a comic charmer in ways that tempted casual listeners to think he was doing something easy.”

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The Beatles were on a roll in 1967.

They not only had released what many fans consider their best-ever album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, they also were writing and recording new songs at such a pace that those fans – not to mention radio and retailers – could hardly be expected to keep up with them.

In fact, six weeks after Sgt. Pepper's came out in late May 1967, the Beatles released a new single, "All You Need Is Love," backed with "Baby, You're a Rich Man." Those two songs, along with a pair of tracks recorded at the start of the Sgt. Pepper's sessions and other more recent tracks, ended up on the U.S. edition of Magical Mystery Tour, which was released on Nov. 27, 1967.

In the U.K., the 11-song LP was pared down to a six-track double EP that came out almost two weeks later, on Dec. 8, and included only the songs recorded specifically for the Magical Mystery Tour film project the group aired on British television that Christmas. The remaining five cuts, pushed to Side Two of the U.S. release, were released as singles between February 1967 and all the way up to just a few days before the album came out.

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It's safe to say George Harrison wasn't big on touring. After the Beatles' last tour in 1966, he didn't hit the road again—as a headliner—until 1974. And, due to his nagging laryngitis and some strange song choices, that tour hasn't exactly gone down in history as a career highlight.

Harrison dodged the road until December 1991, when he and Eric Clapton toured Japan. They played only 12 shows, which was still more than enough for Harrison, who preferred being home, working on his garden, recording tunes. Stuff like that.

In April 1992, Harrison got some of the 1991 crew back together for a one-off show at London's Royal Albert Hall. While Clapton wasn't available this time around, Harrison recruited guitarist Mike Campbell—Tom Petty's right-hand man—plus Ringo Starr, Gary Moore, Joe Walsh and Harrison's 13-year-old son, Dhani.

 

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German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon’s estate, including the late Beatle’s diaries.

The items were stolen from Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006 and have been seized as evidence, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor’s office, said.

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The unidentified man was taken into custody suspected of fraud and handling stolen goods.

A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, “is unattainable for us at the present time,” Steltner said in a recorded statement posted on Twitter.

The stolen goods consisted of “various items from the estate of John Lennon, including several diaries that were written by him,” Steltner added.

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