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The news that former La’s bassist John Power will play John Lennon in a musical about the Beatles legend came as something of a surprise to those of us who remember his days fronting cosmic scallies Cast.

Cast were an enjoyable, if never essential, spoke in the Britpop wheel and at the time I fell hard for their brand of dope- fuelled guitar pop. They certainly won over the public too, with every single the band put out a dead cert for the top ten.

Power’s certainly got a head start on most other contenders courtesy of a definite physical likeness and the same nasally vocals. He even went to the same school as Lennon but as I’m sure he’ll find out, portraying any of the Fab Four is not that easy.

If Power’s looking for advice he could do far worse than asking fellow Liverpudlian Ian Hart for some tips. Hart, better known to the younger generation as Quirinus Quirrell in the first Harry Potter film, has played Lennon twice on screen and has recently signed up for a third crack at portraying Liverpool’s favou details

The nine-foot 1877 Steinway grand piano that sat for years in Motown Studio B in Detroit, Michigan, was returned to Hitsville USA, and reassembled in Studio A by Steinway technicians, after a complete restoration at the company's factory in New York.

Paul McCartney helped fund the restoration of the piano after he visited the museum in July 2011, and learned that it could not be played. Last fall, Paul was the first to play the newly restored piano with Motown founder, Berry Gordy Jr., at a special event at Steinway Hall in New York City.

The piano needs to sit for two weeks before it can be tuned. The Steinway company will send someone out to tune it, and it will be ready for the public to view on April 25th--Esther Gordy Edwards Community Day, an annual event honoring the founder of the museum on her birthday. Esther was Berry Gordy Jr.’s sister.

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Paul McCartney and Julian Lennon have posted public comments on the passing of producer/engineer Phil Ramone.

On his website and Facebook, McCartney said, "Phil was a great friend of mine for many years. We first worked together when I recorded 'Another Day' in New York at A & R Studios. He was a very sweet man who combined this with expert knowledge of both engineering and production. I'll always remember him as a great friend that I knew, loved and admired over the many years that we worked and played together."

Lennon, who worked with Ramone on his first two albums, said on Facebook: “I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of my dear friend and first ever producer, Phil Ramone's, passing. My heart, of course, goes out to all of his family and friends. Phil, we were just getting to know each other again. I'm going to miss you.... As will countless others…You were one of the best... Always will be... x”

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The record, The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) was signed by all four band members, and said to be in extraordinary condition.

Perry Cox, a well-known Beatles memorabilia expert (and top-rated eBay seller), was quoted in the Heritage auction listing, saying; "With my being thoroughly immersed in Beatles collectibles for over 30 years, it takes something extraordinarily special to excite me, but I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I've ever seen - the other being a signed copy of Meet The Beatles."

According to Heritage's auctioneer, the sale had set a new record (beating a previous price in the $190,000 range which happened through a private sale) when the price soared beyond its $30,000 estimate, and way-past another (similar) $31,000 sales attempt we tracked back in 2010.

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Though it was their eighth studio album, many consider Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to be The Beatles best. Many als details

On Tuesday, July 9, Paul will play Boston's Fenway Park, returning by popular demand for the first time since his August 5 & 6, 2009 shows set the record for the highest ever two-day concert attendance in the history of the storied ballpark.

Tickets to Paul McCartney's historic return to Fenway will be on sale beginning Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at or American Express® Cardmembers can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m.. All times Eastern Standard Time.

Registered fans of are advised to keep checking the website for details of the website pre-sale. Fans who are not already registered with the site can do so HERE!

As ever, Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour will feature hours of material from the most beloved catalog in popular music, with Paul performing songs spanning his entire car details

Producer Phil Ramone Dies @ 79 - Sunday, March 31, 2013

Phil Ramone has died at age 79.  Ramone, a 14-time Grammy winning producer and engineer, produced Julian Lennon's first two albums, "Valotte" and "The Secret Value of Daydreaming", as well as co-producing Ringo Starr's "Time Takes Time" album, and producing several Paul McCartney tracks, including "Only Love Remains" and "Spies Like Us", as well as mixing the "Ram" album.

Forthlin Road Door for Sale - Saturday, March 30, 2013

The humble yellow door that once served as the entrance to the McCartney family home at 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool is for sale.  Paul’s family used the door daily from 1955 to 1964, and it’s thought that over 100 of the Beatles’ early songs were written behind it.

The McCartneys left the house in 1964 and the property was taken over by Sheila Jones--who, during her time there, acted as an unofficial Beatles ambassador to fans who came from around the world to visit the home.

But in the late Seventies, Mrs. Jones decided to have the house refurbished and got rid of all of its doors, window fittings and tiles.

The door's current owner, Glen South, bought it from her through a mutual contact.

Auctioneer Chris Albury, who is handling the sale of the door at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Gloucestershire, has given the door an estimate of between £3,000 and £5,000 or $7,600 US.


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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame says that as a member of Ringo's 2001 All-Starr Band, he learned that there was a lot more to the man than he expected.

“It was quite an extraordinary experience, partly because he wasn't the person I was expecting. He's a lot better player than I really thought,” Lake says. “He's a very disciplined person. You only have to listen and focus on the drum parts in the Beatles  and hear that they're all flawless. But he's very disciplined. Even with my music, he would keep on and on and on until it was absolutely right.”

“I saw then the effect he must have had in the Beatles was very similar. He was quite a perfectionist. That was something I didn't realize about him. He's got this wonderful feel. He's an amazing person.”

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The Los Angeles house where George Harrison wrote “Blue Jay Way” has sold for $3.8 Million.

As George told the story:  “Derek Taylor got held up.  He rang to say he'd be late. I told him on the phone that the house was in Blue Jay Way… So I waited and waited…To keep myself awake, just as a joke to pass the time while I waited, I wrote a song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way. There was a little Hammond organ in the corner of this house [which George was renting] which I hadn't noticed until then... so I messed around on it and the song came.”

The single-family home is spread across an area of 4116 square feet sitting on a 0.4 acre lot. The residence has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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