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Brand on the run are back on the road - Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Rutles are back with their unique blend of music and humour. The irreverent songwriter and satirist Neil Innes talks to Chris Bond. THE RUTLES have probably had more comebacks than the great Frank Sinatra, although according to the band this really is it. “Last time was just the last time. This time it really is the last time.”

For the uninitiated (where you have been all this time?), The Rutles are an affectionate, and at times hilarious, pastiche of The Beatles conceived by Monty Python star Eric Idle and Neil Innes for Idle’s comedy series Rutland Weekend Television during the mid-1970s. What started life as a one-off sketch turned into an hour long TV special, All You Need Is Cash, and spawned two albums as well as a touring schedule that’s still going strong today. Charting the career of Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry (Innes, Idle, Ricky Fataar and John Halsey) the 1978 “rockumentary” featured cameos by luminaries like Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Paul Simon. All You Need Is details

We’re talking about life’s ‘if onlys’ when Mike McCartney drops his astonishing bombshell. He hates the word ‘if’. ‘It’s the most stupid, little two-letter word in the world,’ he says. ‘Why have the word? If that bird [he points to a crane flying past his home in the Wirral] came crashing through the window and put its beak into your neck, you’d be dead.’

Which is true, but not very likely, so I don’t think it’s on account of random birds smashing into windows Mike has such an antipathy for the word. Mike, now 70, is the lesser-known brother of that very famous McCartney, Sir Paul. He also had a crack at showbusiness, and has a gold disc to show for his efforts on the wall of his home. The framed disc is for Lily The Pink, a silly party song he released with his group, The Scaffold, in 1968, which went to number one for four weeks, earning him enough cash to buy this house. Paul, of course, has platinum discs and awards linin details

A Trove of Old Film Footage, Now Online - Saturday, April 19, 2014

In days of yore – or at any rate, from the dawn of cinema into the 1960s or so – going to the movies was more than just settling into a plush seat with nearly a gallon of soda and a truckload of popcorn, and then getting blasted against the wall with insanely overamplified sound.

You’d get a cartoon or a short feature, and a few decades back you’d also get a newsreel. Sometimes it was actual news, although the growth of television rendered such films beside the point. Often it was a soft feature – footage of a celebrity wedding, a daredevil stunt, an exotic sports event or perhaps an interview with a music or film star. In Britain, the newsreel persisted into the mid-1970s, and the champion producer of these films, British Pathé, has been uploading its newsreels to its own YouTube channel for several years. Now the company has announced that its uploading is complete: it has posted about 85,000 film clips, from the 1890s through 1976, that cover events of all sorts from all details

Sir Paul McCartney is encouraging people to try a vegetarian meal rather than the traditional fish option this Good Friday. The former Beatle, who is wearing an "Eat No Fish" t-shirt for the campaign by charity PETA, said:

"Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, I am killing him – all for the passing pleasure it brings me. And something inside me clicked. “I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.” And just for fun here's a few fish-themed

Carp Buy Me Love

Eel-eanor Rigby

Hake Days a Week

Carry That Skate

Fixing a Sole

I've Just Seen a Plaice

Maxwell's Silver Hammer(head Shark)

Twist and Trout

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It was about six months ago when the former horse stable Yoko Ono bought for son Sean Lennon, who only briefly occupied the joint, appeared on the market for $6.5 million. After entering contract in November, the sale to an anonymous buyer has hit public record, listing the final price as $8.3 million.

Ono purchased the co-op apartment that occupies a former horse-stable and has a private entrance and garage in 1995. Back in November the Observer reported Ono filed a lawsuit alleging that the sale of her space was unnecessarily impeded by the building's co-op board who sought to block potential buyers with young families from latching onto the unit. The 5,700-square-foot space has four windowed exposures, plenty of wooden posts and beams, an elevator, library, and greenhouse. Ono's sale leaves her solely as the proprietor of her long lived-in Dakota apartment, which she shared with John Lennon.

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"I'm Not the Beatles: The John & Yoko Interviews" is now on CD, six radio interviews conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969-72. Beatles fans have had an embarrassment of riches competing for their entertainment dollars over the past few months thanks to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four invading (and conquering) America in 1964

— special magazines (People), a TV concert (“The Night That Changed America”), books (“The Beatles Anthology”), DVDs (“A Hard Day’s Night” reissue) and CDs (“On Air — Live at the BBC, Volume 2”). Not to mention myriad online offerings. It’s hard to believe all of the cultural shifts the Beatles led from the mid-1960s through the end of the decade, a scant six years or so. And then the Beatles were no more. The breakup was announced in April 1970, around the time “Let it Be,” the last official Beatles album, was released. And it’s fair to say that in the ensuing 50 years, Beatlemaniacs (forgive me for using a term as worn out as &ldq details

If there’s one car the people of California will see Sir Paul McCartney in when he’s hanging out Stateside, it’ll be his blue Chevy Corvette convertible. The legendary rocker always drives around in the classic C5 when on the West Coast, and that was no different on Tuesday when he took it for a spin.

He parked the car outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and judging by the smile on his face, Sir Paul couldn’t wait to get back behind the wheel. The former Beatles member was dressed in casual clothes, opting for trainers and tracksuit bottoms with a white zipped jacket. McCartney has had the convertible since 2005, which was manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, but the C5 line was discontinued in 2004. Sale prices now range from £17,000 to £30,000. McCartney has announced he will be headlining a concert in Lubbock, Texas in June at the Buddy Holly Center. A fitting stadium for the former Beatles star who credits Buddy Holly and the Crickets f details

Louise Harrison remembers The Beatles as kind and sincere young men who loved their music and their fans. So the late George Harrison's sister tried to find musicians with similar values when she formed the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends.

"They would be the guys that (George) would have wanted to hang out with," said Louise, 82, who lives in Branson, Mo. "They were on the same wavelength." The band will bring their two-hour stage show to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on April 26. Concert promoter Dave Thomason thinks it will be a big draw, particularly since this year is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' legendary appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Thomason, 55, of rural Edwardsville, likes the idea that Louise is involved and that band members were nominated for a Grammy Award as part of a spoken word recording called "Fab Fan Memories: A Beatles Bond." "I've read interviews with people in the industry, and they say they're the best Beatles cover band out there, bar none," Thomason said. "They played a big concert in England, and it drew over details

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed 'Out There' tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour.

Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul's return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now feature an additional show: Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX. On June 16, Paul will return to Dallas to play the American Airlines Center, his first visit to Dallas since closing his summer 2009 tour with a sold out show at Cowboys Stadium. June 21 will see Paul get back to another city he last played on that 2009 tour, when the Out There extravaganza rolls into Atlanta’s Philips Arena.  details

The BT Rock'n'Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon has named the Hard Days Night Hotel at its official hotel headquarters. As a community partner of the Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon, the Beatles' inspired hotel will offer on-going support to participants of the debut race, via a series of exclusive promotions and competitions.

Expected to welcome approximately 10,000 runners on Sunday, May 25, both the marathon and half marathon will start and finish at the city's Waterfront and will also pass through many iconic Fab Four destinations. Hard Days Night Hotel general manger, Mike Dewey said: "We are delighted to become a partner of the Rock'n'Roll Marathon Series. As well as being the birthplace of the legendary Beatles, Liverpool is highly regarded for its music and sport, which is what makes the event ever so popular. "As the marathon is expected to attract participants from across the globe, we are very much looking forward to welcoming a dive details

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