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Paul in PETA Ad for the Holidays - Monday, November 19, 2012

Paul McCartney is telling people to go vegetarian for the holidays. In PETA's new advertising campaign, wearing an 'eat no turkey' t-shirt beneath the slogan, "Celebrate life this holiday season. Go vegetarian."

Paul has also recorded a voiceover for the animal right’s group's latest campaign video about the meat industry titled 'Glass Walls' after McCartney's quote, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."

Speaking about what the McCartney household eats instead, he says: "We eat a veggie roast at home, so if we have traditional moments like Christmas … the roast is perfect. It's completely vegetarian, but I can slice it, so I can do all my traditional dad things. We can do our family stuff with it, and it's delicious, so I much prefer that to my memory of turkey."

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Beatles’ Abbey Road shoot negatives found after 42  years – and they could sell for £50,000

Not so Fab Four... Four of the original negatives for the Beatles' famous Abbey Road photoshoot have been discovered after 42 years - but sadly they do not contain the chosen frame that went on to become one of the most iconic album covers in rock history.
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Paul McCartney will take part in the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York—site of the Concert for New York City he helped organize back in 2001, and benefitting the same organization as that show did--the Robin Hood Foundation.  Repeat performers from the 2001 show will include the Who, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi—with the additions of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys and Kayne West.

The concert is being produced by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company.

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Paul Takes Tumble on Stage in St. Louis - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Paul McCartney took a brief spill from the stage at his concert at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO, while dashing down stairs during the drum solo of “The End”.  Paul quickly sprang to his feet, struck a comical pose reminiscent of the “Band On the Run” cover, and at the end of the concert joked about the audience getting to see his “intentional fall.” It was Paul’s first concert in the city in a decade, as his "On the run" tour continues with a limited series of North American dates.

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Yoko Thanks Paul for Comments - Monday, November 12, 2012

Yoko Ono publicly thanked Paul McCartney for his recent comments that she did not break up the Beatles. In a profile in the UK's "Guardian", Yoko expressed her surprise that people still feel that way after al these years, but said that Paul was "brave" to contend otherwise. Yoko also noted that while she was spared the full impact of Hurricane Sandy at the Dakota, son Sean and his grilfriend called her up from their place in downtown NY, NY and asked if they could stay with her.
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In the wake of conciliatory comments from Paul McCartney that Yoko Ono didn't break up the Beatles, the two will appear on the same movie soundtrack.  Comedy director Judd Apatow's movie, "This is 40" will feature Yoko's "I'm Your Angel" from "Double Fantasy" and "Lunch Box/Odd Sox" , an outtake from Wings' "Venus & Mars" album.  The soundtrack will be available December 11th.  The movie hits theatres in the US on December 21st.

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Wings Guitarist Henry McCullough Ill - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Henry McCullough, guitarist in the original lineup of Wings, is critically ill after suffering a heart attack.   The 69-year-old McCullough suffered cardiac arrest at home in Ireland.  His sister, Rae Morrision, counters reports that he had died, but says the family is gravely concerned and flying in to be with Henry.

Probably best known for his year and a half as part of Wings, including his guiatar work on "My Love", McCullough was also a member of Joe Cocker's band, and played the historic Woodstock concert in 1969.

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Beatles Top Sellers on UK Singles Chart - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

  The Beatles sit atop the UK’s Official Singles Chart, on its own 60th anniversary.  With sales of 22.1 million singles over the last 50 years, the Beatles charted in the UK’s Top 40 thirty-one times, including seventeen Number Ones.

The Beatles’ closest competitors?  Not all that close: Queen, with 12.8 million sold, and Abba, with 11.3 million . The Rolling Stones place fourth, with 10.1 million singles sold over their 50-year career. 

The 90’s are well-represented with Oasis, Take That and the Spice Girls taking up the 5th, 6th and 7th spots. Black Eyed Peas bring the list up to date in thirteenth place with 7 million singles sold.

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Lennon Letter to Clapton Up for Auction - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

  John Lennon’s 1971 letter to Eric Clapton inviting him to form a band goes up for auction December 18th.  Said John: “Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music. I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together.”  Clapton had played in the Plastic Ono Band in 1969. 

The auction also includes letters from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, as well as Charles Dickens and George Washington. The Lennon letter is expected to fetch up to $30,000 US at the auction in Los Angeles.

 

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Yoko Backs Mobile News App - Monday, November 05, 2012

16 yr. old Nick D’Alosio has the financial backing of several celebrities, including Yoko Ono, for a news summary mobile app called “Summly”.  The British teen has been creating apps since he was 12, and wanted a way to better access news content on his mobile device.  He got backing from a small group of investors last year, which led to more funding from Yoko, Ashton Kutcher, Mark Pincus and others.

D'Alosio has used the $1 million to hire "some serious scientists" to improve on his original algorithm, which works by selecting words from a given article to build a summary that will perfectly fit onto the screen of an iPhone--no more scrolling to read or waiting to load.

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