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John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird is warning music fans to ‘get ready to dance’ when The Mersey Beatles hit the stage at Whitchurch Civic Centre in November.

After sold out shows in the USA, Asia and Europe, the world renowned Liverpool-born tribute band are retracing The Beatles’ footsteps on their ‘Get Back UK Tour’ which visits the same towns, cities and original venues the Fab Four rocked in the 1960s.

The Beatles famously played Whitchurch’s former Town Hall Ballroom – located on the site of the Civic Centre – on January 19, 1963.

This was the same day as the band’s important appearance on TV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars, playing their new single Please Please Me.




No one could have been surprised that, to paraphrase one of Paul McCartney’s earliest lyrics, hearts went boom — again.

From the moment Sir Paul took the stage Thursday night to face a sold-out Bell Centre and launched into A Hard Day’s Night — as perfect a musical representation of Beatlemania as he and John Lennon ever wrote — the belief in yesterday was evangelical in its fervour.

And yet one surprising thing about a McCartney show is that the glorious past is approached faithfully, but not reverently — at least in terms of sequencing. Immortals like Lady Madonna and Eleanor Rigby are placed side by side in the set list with more debatable efforts like the recent Fuh You and his 2015 collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, FourFive Seconds.

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Today we have some incredible, never-before-seen footage of John Lennon recording his seemingly cutthroat song, "How Do You Sleep?" It's a song he released in 1971 and directed at his former Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney. Here's just a sample of the lyrics:

A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years

This previously unseen video, which includes the raw studio mix of the audio, completely unadorned, comes ahead of the Oct. 5 release of a 6-CD box set, Imagine - The Ultimate Collection. John Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, was released in Sep. 1971, just about two years after The Beatles went their separate ways. John Lennon said that this song was a response to lyrics on Paul McCartney's own solo album, Ram, that Lennon felt were directed at him. (Give a listen to "Too Many People" and "Back Seat of My Car" and you'll hear what Lennon was referring to.) Yoko Ono, who sat in on and co-produced these recording sessions, wrote to us to say that "John wrote many great songs, some tender and some mean... ... people thought this was about Paul, and Paul seems to have tho details

Join The Dark Horses for a tribute to George Harrison this Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. on the Railroad Green.

This is the final concert in the Village of Warwick Summer Concert Series for 2018.

“A Concert for George” is a celebration of Harrison’s 75th birthday. The Dark Horses is a band comprised of Glenn Arnowitz, Michael O’Brien, Paul Binotto, Mike Hickey and Gerard “Gee” Mancini with Gloria Esch, Christy Hickey and the Warwick Valley Chorale.

The band came together for this purpose – to pay tribute to Harrison and the music he wrote at the Warwick Summer Concert Series. The original concert date was rained out back in July.

The band will perform all of the songs Harrison wrote for the Beatles, including “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and “Here Comes the Sun.”

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The legendary musician has embarked on a short series of dates across Canada in support of his latest album ‘Egypt Station‘. In a four-star review, NME said: “McCartney’s always been about inclusivity and openness, but this latest glimpse into his life feels like a particularly enlightening one.”

Last night’s show at Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron was the first proper tour date McCartney has played on this record, following a series of secret shows at London’s Abbey Road, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and New York’s Grand Central Station. During the 39-song setlist, he dug from all corners of his back catalogue, treating fans to cuts from The Beatles, Wings and his own solo career.



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Paul McCartney has said he can now “rationalise” The Beatles’ decision to split in 1970.

The now-solo artist, who just released his 17th solo album Egypt Station, was 28-years-old when The Beatles parted ways.

Speaking to NME, he said he had “mixed feelings” at the time but “I can look back on it and go, do you know what, even though it was really sad, and really crazy times, we made bloody good albums’.”

“You work out your problems through music,” he continued. “And the thing about The Beatles is we were always a great little band. I don’t even notice it now, I just listen to the songs and think, ‘That was a good one.’”

Asked what advice he would have given to his younger self he said: “What I first thought of was: listen to people’s opinions more, particularly within the group. But I did listen to people’s opinions and what would happen was I would feel like I had to give my opinion and not get too nervous, because you’ve got to be strong in those situations.

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The 1968 track’s title was appropriated by the American cult leader

Paul McCartney has revealed that Charles Manson put him off playing 1968 track ‘Helter Skelter’ live for a long time.

American cult leader Manson, whose followers were responsible for the Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969, appropriated the song title for his prophecy of an apocalyptic race war between whites and blacks.
“He was quite certain that The Beatles had tapped in to his spirit, the truth – that everything was gonna come down and the black man was going to rise,” said Catherine Share, one of Manson’s followers, in 2009.

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Paul McCartney is the talk of the town this month, and his new album is getting a lot of buzz, too. McCartney’s recently released Egypt Station — described as “loose, randy, and a little political” by Craig Jenkins in his Vulture review — premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the former Beatle’s first chart-topping project since April 1982’s Tug of War. Tug of War, his first post-Wings album, featured “Ebony and Ivory,” his hit duet with Stevie Wonder.

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He was famous as a Victorian circus owner and was then immortalised in a song by The Beatles.

And Pablo Fanque now lends his name to the new student accommodation which has been completed in All Saints Green - just around the corner from where he once lived.

As a young man Fanque, born William Derby, lived in Ber Street. He joined a circus where he trained and handled horses. But he was also skilled as a tightrope walker and trapeze artist.

He struck out on his own in the early 1840s, becoming the first black circus owner in the country. His circus primarily performed in the north of England.
It was a poster for one of his shows which was the inspiration for John Lennon when he wrote Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!The song, which features on the Fab Four’s 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, includes the lyric: “The Hendersons will all be there/Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair.”

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Paul McCartney is celebrating the release of his new record, 'Egypt Station'.

Sir Paul McCartney has cracked the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in nearly four decades with his new record Egypt Station.

It’s the eighth time that the legendary musician has reached the coveted spot but the first time a solo record of his has debuted at number one.

The last time Macca made it to #1 was in 1986 with Tug Of War -- the album that featured the “Ebony And Ivory” duet with Stevie Wonder and was made by Beatles producer George Martin.

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