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Four of Australia’s finest vocalists – DOUG PARKINSON, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, GLENN SHORROCK and JACK JONES – will take to the stage in August for a very special series of concerts celebrating the music and genius of the greatest songwriting team of the modern era, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. LET IT BE: The Beatles Songs of Lennon and McCartney will feature two hours of much loved songs including Yesterday, Blackbird, Let It Be, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together and Hey Jude performed in state-of-the-art concert settings.

Together for a mere 10 years, The Beatles led a musical revolution that radically transformed the sound and significance of rock & roll. Their rich, fresh sound and harmonic structure remains unequalled today.

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This week I attended the Grammy Museum’s exciting debut of Ringo: Peace & Love, the first major exhibit to explore the life and extraordinary career of seven-time Grammy Award winner, Ringo Starr.  The exhibit, which is the first ever dedicated to a drummer, runs through March 2014 and spans Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist, and then to the All Starrs with whom he’s on tour now.

Ringo appeared at the media preview held at the Grammy Museum last Tuesday where he was introduced by Executive Director Bob Santelli who explained the importance of the exhibit.  Ringo thanked everyone who helped him assemble his extensive archive of personal artifacts, including his wife, Barbara.


Ken Townsend, who assisted George Martin at the Beatles' first recording session on June 6, 1962, said in an interview published Thursday on the event's 51st anniversary that he came away from the session quite impressed by the band, something that didn't usually happen.

“Immediately after the session, I could not stop talking about them to my family and friends,” he said in the interview published on the Abbey Road Studios website. "This was most unusual, as we were working at Abbey Road with the greatest recording artists in the world on a daily basis and rarely mentioned them unless asked.”

He said the group didn't seem nervous at the session. “They showed no external signs of nerves, in fact the opposite. Their sense of humor was similar to mine – constantly wise cracking,” he said.


Ringo: Peace & Love, the first major exhibit ever focusing on a rock drummer, opens today at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Ringo Starr loaned many personal items for display including clothing, artifacts and letters from his decade-spanning profession as the world's most famous drummer.

Many of Ringo's outfits worn throughout The Beatles' career are on exhibit including his pink Sgt. Pepper uniform, the black sweater and pants outfit from The Beatles' movie, 'Help!', the red jacket worn during the infamous Beatles' rooftop concert and the black suit he wore when The Beatles performed in Japan in 1966.

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Sir Paul Mccartney was so desperate to find success with his band Wings in the early 1970s he would drive up and down Britain hoping to find colleges where he could perform.

The rocker admits he was determined to do things differently after the Beatles split, and would pack up his family and his bandmates in a van and hunt down intimate venues.

Appearing on a special episode of U.S. late-night show The Colbert Report on Wednesday (12Jun13), MCCartney told host Stephen Colbert, "We had the kids and the dogs and the band all in the van and we literally did drive up the motorway. We didn't have a gig booked and we didn't have a hotel."

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The Beatles’ second feature film, 1965’s Help!, is on the way on Blu-ray. On June 24 (June 25 in North America), Help! makes its eagerly awaited Blu-ray debut in a single-disc package pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features, including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original theatrical trailers and radio spots. An introduction by the film’s director, Richard Lester, and an appreciation by Martin Scorsese are included in the Blu-ray’s booklet.

Help!’s Blu-ray edition follows the 2012 release of The Beatles’ digitally restored Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour feature films on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes with extensive extras. Help!’s restoration for its 2007 DVD debut wowed viewers, earning five-times platinum sales in the U.S. and praise from a broad range of top media outlets around the world, including USA Today heralding t details

Wings are on the wing again.

Paul McCartney's post-Beatles enterprise, one of the most successful bands in U.K. history, is enjoying a 21st century rebound thanks most recently to the May reissue of live album Wings Over America and now to the return of Rockshow on DVD and Blu-ray.

Live concert film Rockshow, shot in 1975 and 1976 during Wings' biggest tour, is making its DVD and Blu-ray debut on Eagle Rock Entertainment. Filmed at shows in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, the film initially was released on Betamax and later on laserdisc. It premiered in November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. The new longer version was restored from the original 35mm film with remastered sound and includes a 5.1 mix.

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Being 70 years old hasn’t stopped Paul McCartney from continuing to explore new musical sounds and styles.  Several months after collaborating with the surviving members of Nirvana on the noisy rock tune “Cut Me Some Slack,” the ex-Beatle is set to appear on a new single by punky electronica artist Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, who records under the name The Bloody Beetroots.

The 31-second preview of the tune, titled “Out of Sight,” has been posted on Ultra Records’ YouTube channel, while the full song will get its premiere this Friday at noon ET as part of a special Facebook event and on  In the audio clip, McCartney can be heard melodically wailing, “I said I love you, all right!”

Also contributing to “Out of Sight” is producer and founding Killing Joke member Martin Glover, aka Youth, who has worked with McCartney a few times on the rock legend’s own electronica side details

Retired nurse Jackie Marsden is on track for a windfall today when a Beatles LP she has cherished for 50 years goes up for auction.

In 1963, all four members of the group signed her album With the Beatles. Today it is expected to fetch at least £3,000 at Boldon Auction Galleries in South Tyneside.

Jackie’s album cover was signed after her sister Christine’s best friend, 15-year-old Margaret Svenson from Sunderland, won a competition to name the next Beatles LP.

Her winning suggestion of Beatles for Sale earned her a meeting with the group at a hotel in Carlisle in November 1963. Her friend Christine Gatenby gave Margaret her Please Please Me Beatles LP to be signed by the foursome.

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Bermuda Motors is pleased to announce that MINI will be one of the sponsors of the forthcoming John Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert at the Botanical Gardens on September 21.

The 2nd Annual concert will celebrate World Peace Day by honouring the music of John Lennon and Bob Marley with performances by local and international artists.

Michael Butler, General Manager of Bermuda Motors, said: “We’re very excited about MINI being part of this great event. Last year’s concert was fantastic and we look forward to enjoying another memorable night of music.

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