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Paul McCartney made his first visit to Elvis Presley's grave and left one of his guitar picks behind.

According to the official Twitter account of the former Beatle, McCartney said the pick was 'so Elvis can play in heaven'.

The lifelong Elvis fan toured Graceland mansion Sunday.

McCartney was in Memphis to play a show on the North American leg of his 'Out There' tour, which has seen him perform in Brazil, Poland, Italy and Austria before drawing to a close in Seattle in July.

His set lists have included rarely performed songs such as Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite, All Together Now and Eight Days A Week, which he played live only once before the tour began, with The Beatles in 1965.

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Paul McCartney’s weekend in Memphis began with a trip to Elvis’ home at Graceland, and ended with a visit to FedExForum, as the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing with his first performance in the Bluff City in 20 years on Sunday night.

Sandwiched in between a pair of Grizzlies playoff games, McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion among his ‘60s rock survivors. While he may lack Bob Dylan’s inscrutable air of mystery, or the visceral outlaw excitement of the Rolling Stones, McCartney is an unapologetic people pleaser. He delivered a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance from a man just a few weeks shy of his 71st birthday.

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Source: Go Memphis

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Many years ago, when the world was young and vinyl ruled, I used to sit in the Abbey Road studio, watching the Beatles at work.

At the end of a session, I would pick up their odd scraps of paper - the lyrics of a song they had been working on, scribbled on the back of an envelope or a telephone bill. I would ask if I could have it, as it might be useful to me in writing the band's biography (the only one they would ever authorise, as it turned out). They always said yes, as the cleaners would just burn the scraps along with the other bits of rubbish left on the floor.

The Beatles showed little interest in their own jottings because their only concern was the recorded song. Don't forget that this was between 1966 and 1968 - from Revolver to the White Album - and John, Paul, George and Ringo were still in their 20s. You tend not to think ahead at that age, and certainly not about phoney concepts such as posterity.

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Eric Clapton - the musician, a living icon, talked about his music, his memories of John Lennon, his influences and a lot more in candid chat with TOI. Excerpts:

What inspired you creatively to cut this new album?
I think when I was making this album I wanted to have everything that belonged to an era when I was a kid, until now. I wanted to get the memories back through the songs. Moreover I wanted this album to have songs dedicated to my family. So all these thoughts actually led to the way this album was cut out and nothing related to any specific creative planning.

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Source: The Times of India Music


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This is no ordinary tourist guide to Bermuda. Lennon Bermuda, by Scott Neil, tells the largely untold story of John Lennon setting sail on a 43-foot yacht from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda for his last summer holiday with his young son Sean, before the singer was shot dead later that year.

Bermuda was the place that inspired John to write 30 new songs – the first in five years, including "Woman". He named his last album Double Fantasy after a freesia flower he saw in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Inside the book are unseen photographs of John and Sean, then four years old, thank-you notes from John for a starfish, and hand-written lyrics of songs, even his customs declaration form stamped by Bermuda immigration, as well as places he visited and people he met along the way.

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Source: The Independent

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When Paul McCartney returns to Memphis this weekend to perform at FedExForum, the crowd will be considerably older, the females less frenzied than the first time he played here 47 years ago as a member of the Beatles. Although Sunday’s stop on McCartney’s “Out There” tour marks only his second Bluff City concert (he also played solo in 1993 at the Liberty Bowl), everyone in town, it seems, has a story to tell about the legendary musician.

For Memphians of a certain age, few memories are as vivid as those concerning the Beatles’ appearance at the Mid-South Coliseum on Aug. 19, 1966.

“It’s a day that will live in infamy for me anyway,” says Jody Stephens. He is the longtime manager of Midtown’s Ardent Studios and a bit of a legend himself as the drummer for Big Star, a group considered to be the Beatles of power-pop and the kings of all cult bands. Back in details
The Horse That Birthed the Beatles - Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nearly everyone of a certain age can muster memories of "The Ed Sullivan Show" on one Sunday evening in February 1964. The Beatles had arrived in New York City for this live broadcast and rendered the crowds of screaming teenage girls waiting for them at the airport senseless with adoration. Then 73 million more people joined the madness from our living rooms, twisting our televisions' rabbit ears in unison to bring the Beatles into our homes. We had no social media to alert us to something momentous trending on Ed Sullivan's show. But we sensed a cultural shift.

What could this have do with goings-on down in the Bluegrass horse country of Kentucky and the beginnings of a global shift in the horse industry? At the time no one could have made the connection except for Pete Best, and he was not immediately heard from: In late 1962, the Beatles had fired Mr. Best as their drummer, replacing him with Ringo Starr. Few, if any, Americans knew about the importance of Pete Best—and none could have guessed the role a horse pla details

IT WAS the location of one of the most significant encounters in popular music history and now a group of students from Chester is making an appeal for information that will help to tell the full story of the place where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

The team of eight history students from the University of Chester has been asked to research and produce a guide for St Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, one of the essential stop offs for fans on The Beatles’ tourist trail.

On July 6, 1957, The Quarrymen skiffle group, John Lennon’s band at the time, played at the garden fete of St Peter’s Church.

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Source: Chester First

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MUSIC students from South Tyneside College have followed The Beatles with their own tour of the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They gigged at the venue made legendary by the Fab Four and from where Beatlemania was first sparked in the early 1960s. To mark the special occasion, they performed Helter Skelter, a track from the band’s 1968 White Album. The show was one of four played during a week-long mini-tour as a requirement of their two-year foundation music degree.

In all, 18 students in four groups also wowed crowds at Liverpool’s historic Adelphi Hotel as well as music pub The Brierfield, in Bolton, before rounding the tour off with a performance at the Customs House, South Shields.

Music lecturer Brian Morton said: “The Cavern is a fantastic venue to play, and is something they will always remember.

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Source: The Shields Gazette

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Paul McCartney has written a letter in support of Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, who has announced that she is going on hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing.

The former Beatle has also written another letter in support of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was last month denied parole. The letters have been sent to Russian officials, asking them to consider releasing the two incarcerated women.

Excerpts from the letters have been posted at PaulMcCartney.com. His letter concerning Alyokhina reads:

" My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case."

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