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RINGO Starr plans to “perform” at his own funeral.

Ringo Starr plans to ‘perform’ at his funeral

The ex-Beatle wants mourners to sing along to the group’s hits.

The 77-year-old drummer has even put together a tape of tracks.

Ringo said: “The song I’d have at my funeral would be Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles.

“I want to be playing at the service.

“The song I’d have at my funeral would be Octopus’s Garden by The Beatles”

Ringo Starr

“It’d be nice to just have everyone singing along.”

The rock legend recently released his 19th studio album, Give Me Love, and revealed fellow ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney popped in to his guesthouse to feature.

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Yoko Ono Lennon has announced the return to NYC of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (LennonBus.org), the non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile music and video production studio, for a month-long tour September 15 - October 14.

Entitled Come Together: NYC, this year's residency, the fourth annual, takes the state-of-the-art Lennon Bus studios to schools and public events across the city where students, visitors and guest mentors will create original music, videos, poetry, photos, and art. Throughout the month, the Lennon Bus will also be working with schools using a new curriculum entitled Come Together, powered by Nearpod which is designed to get students engaged in discussions and creative activities around peace.

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Ringo Starr, "Give More Love" (UMe)

We're on the road again with the skiffle band king, Ringo Starr. The busiest of all Beatles is out with his 19th solo album, "Give More Love," featuring a who's-who of rock greats as supporting cast.

Starr says he has more energy now than he did 25 years ago. It shows out of the gate with "We're On The Road Again," a fun track with Sir Paul McCartney holding court on bass while an energized Starr sings about gigging and moving on down the road. Toto's Steve Lukather delivers the real punch here with some tight guitar work.

"Laughable," is another solid track. Peter Frampton co-wrote it and folds in his signature soaring guitar. "Electricity" is also one of the top songs on the 14-track "Give more Love." It's a medium paced bluesy jaunt, co-written by hit machine Glen Ballard and starring Joe Walsh on guitar and Don Was of Was (Not Was) on bass. Dare I say Starr is the weak link on this one?

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The long and winding road took Paul McCartney back to Madison Square Garden, where the Beatles legend proved he hasn’t lost a bit of his magic.

Performing his first full concert at the famed New York City arena since 2005, McCartney, 75, captivated the sold-out audience with a blend of Fab Four classics, his biggest Wings hits and even a few contemporary numbers.

And if that wasn’t enough, McCartney closed out the three-hour, 40-song performance by bringing Bruce Springsteen onstage during his encore in what was one of the major highlights of the night.

Clearly, it was worth the 12-year wait.

McCartney got the mostly adult audience on its feet and rocking from the get-go, kicking things off with a Beatles hit, “A Hard Day’s Night,” before running through fan favorites like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Jet” and “All My Loving” early on in the set.

“Good evening, New York City,” McCartney proclaimed to the cheering crowd two songs in. “It’s so good to be back!”

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RINGO Starr’s support for Brexit helps complete a potential Leave-backing supergroup which would include musical legends like The Who frontman Roger Daltrey and Morrissey.

With the Beatles hero on drums, The Sun has mocked up a dream line-up including Muse guitarist Matt Bellamy and Canadian music superstar Bryan Adams.

Ringo Starr's support for Brexit completes a Leave line-up of music stars

Ringo urged politicians to “get on” with quitting EU and says Brexit is a ”great move”, adding it was crazy that people were suddenly questioning what should happen.

And he told the BBC that Brexit was the right decision as it meant being “in control of your own country”.

He revealed he backed Brexit last year because the European Union was a “shambles”, adding: “I think it’s a great move.”

But the 77-year-old joked: “But don’t tell Bob Geldof!”

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Paul Saltzman was stoned—not on drugs, but on inner peace—as he sat cross-legged in an ashram bungalow in northern India. It was 1968, and across the room his new friend, the 24-year-old Beatles guitarist George Harrison, set down his sitar and the two of them talked about meditation, fame, and finding bliss within and without.

At the time, Saltzman was a 24-year-old documentary filmmaker from Canada. He had never imagined when he set out for India that he would find the world’s greatest band holed up in the very ashram to which he, too, was drawn. Eventually, John Lennon and Paul McCartney would invite him to join their entourage at a long table on a cliff overlooking the Ganges river in the foothills of the Himalayas. He’d hang with Harrison in his room as he practiced sitar.

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This Friday, Washington, D.C.’s Union Market will debut a brand new large-scale mural along 6th Street NE, completed by Yoko Ono.

The Northeast market partnered with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to complete the project. The mural is the inaugural project of Hirshhorn in the City, an initiative that hopes to exhibit international contemporary artists across Washington, D.C.

According to a press release, “Ono’s new work, ‘RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!’ compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.”

In a statement, Ono said that her inspiration for the work was that she hopes that “our hearts will be stronger and stronger forever.”

As part of the new mural, Hirshhorn Curator of Media and Performance Art Mark Beasley will lead educational discussions on Ono’s work at Union Market.

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"Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles.

When many of us hear the words “Magical Mystery Tour” we think of The Beatles’ quirky and critically panned film.

True, the 1967 film, created for BBC Television, is not the best example of the band’s genius. It’s almost unfortunate that it has to be associated with its soundtrack because the music is actually quite good. While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, “Magical Mystery Tour” is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.

And like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," it is also celebrating a 50th anniversary this year.

“While it’s rarely listed among the band’s top albums, 'Magical Mystery Tour' is certainly up there with The Beatles’ best work.”

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John Lennon's bizarre final performance - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In 1975, John Lennon retired from live performance after his son Sean was born. What followed was, for him, five years of domestic bliss in his New York mansion, The Dakota, centred around being a full-time father and showering his new child with such love and devotion that he had never shown his first son, Julian.

But before he could settle down into a cycle of serenity that he’d never previously been able to enjoy, Lennon a few professional obligations to fulfil – one being what turned out to be his final live performance ever.
John Lennon final performance.

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Paul McCartney performs on stage at Prudential Center, Newark. Monday, September 11, 2017.(Photo: Noah K. Murray)

Paul McCartney took back 9/11 with a night of life-affirming music, underscored with peace and love.

“We’re going to dedicate this show to all the people who were involved in what happened 16 years ago today.” said McCartney during his Monday, Sept. 11 show at the Prudential Center in Newark.. “We want people to know we are against oppression, prejudice and violence and we want people to know that we are for friendship and freedom.”

McCartney’s music can do that. It’s full of powerful peace and love vibes, framed by exquisite melodies and presented with an eternal optimism. McCartney, 75, sprinkled the crowd with Beatles magic and the hope that a three-minute rock song can change the world.

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No buyer for papers on claimed inspiration for hit but George Harrison recording goes under hammer for £14,000.

Poor old Eleanor Rigby. Nobody came to her funeral and now nobody wants to pay enough for her grave, after the deeds to her Liverpool burial plot failed to sell at a Beatles auction.

Whether she was actually the inspiration for the Beatles song is hotly contested, which is perhaps why the papers for her grave failed to reach the £2,000 reserve price on Monday.

The auctioneers had better luck with an unreleased George Harrison recording, which sold for £14,000.

The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.

A pair of John Lennon’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.

A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Be details

Paul McCartney launches a new U.S. leg of his ongoing One on One Tour with a two-night stand in Newark, New Jersey, taking place tonight and tomorrow at the Prudential Center.

The Newark shows are one of four two-night engagements the former Beatles star will play at venues in the New York City area during the trek, along with Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. McCartney's U.S. leg also includes a September 23 concert scheduled in Syracuse, New York, and winds down with shows on October 1 and 2 in Detroit.

After his stateside outing, Sir Paul has shows lined up in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico in October, and then will head Down Under in December for his first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 1993.

 

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Paul McCartney turned 75 this summer. The Beatle once known as the “cute one” is now 11 years past the age of his song, “When I’m 64.”

Philip Norman explores in detail McCartney’s life up to the age of 73 in his biography, “Paul McCartney: The Life.”

Norman has spent his life writing about rock stars. One of his earliest assignments as a journalist was interviewing the Beatles back in the band’s early 1960 heyday.

Norman has written numerous rock biographies, including the Beatles biography “Shout! The True Story of the Beatles” and “John Lennon: The Life.”

McCartney seemed like a natural but it wasn’t easy. As Norman explains, he had believed he’d angered McCartney with past books and articles and Norman admits his one-time admiration for McCartney had faded through the years.

Still, McCartney didn’t authorize the book but he didn’t stand in the way of it either. Anyone from the Beatle’s past who wished to speak to Norman had McCartney’s permission.

The book explores the possibly too well known details of McCartney’s meeting Lennon as teenagers and the forming o details

Sir George Martin, as the world knows, is the producer who helped shape an incredible body of work by The Beatles over the course of seven years. Martin was also a man with deep secrets and insecurities, some detailed for the first time in a new biography.

Martin met the band at a time that he was caught between two worlds - and his own upbringing, only now being revealed, influenced his relationship with the group, the book says. He was integral to the Fab Four’s success and they might well have never been the best-selling band in history (with more than 800 million records shifted) had it not been for his musical genius and business skill, according to Maximum Volume, by established Beatles author Kenneth Womack.

So was Martin “the fifth Beatle,” as is often described? Womack replies in an interview: “I think at times he was the third or fourth Beatle - and I don’t mean that as any kind of negative critique of anyone else’s contribution.” Martin died last year at the age of 90.

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Big news for The Beatles fans! Closer Weekly can exclusively reveal that there is band memorabilia up for auction at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room in England — where you can snag yourself some authentic items that once belonged to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Some items up for grabs include Ringo's boots, which he wore on stage, and John's high school music book — which was once purchased for 25 cents by a woman, who realized after the fact that his signature was inside.

"Anything to do with The Beatles is of interest. They were the first boy band, everyone else just followed in their footsteps," Stephen Bailey — who manages The Beatles Shop in Liverpool — exclusively tells Closer Weekly. The items up for grabs, which also include autographed snaps and childhood school photos, are expected to bring in thousands of dollars. It sounds like we'll have to be working ~eight days a week~ to afford this stuff!

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A reel-to-reel tape featuring an unreleased song that George Harrison wrote and recorded in 1968 for his friend Mary Bee will be auctioned at a previously reported Beatles memorabilia sale taking place September 11 in Warrington, U.K., outside of Liverpool. The tune, titled “Hello Miss Mary Bee,” is heavily influenced by Indian music, like a number of other songs Harrison wrote around that time.

The tape also includes renditions of the Beatles songs “Across the Universe,” “The Inner Light” and “Lady Madonna,” among others, some of which are different from the officially released versions of the tunes. Another tape, featuring music from George’s first solo album, the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, also is part of the lot being auctioned.

In addition, the lot includes a six-page letter and postcards that Harrison and his first wife, Pattie Boyd, sent to Bee that reference the song George wrote for his friend and also discuss the couple’s then-recent trip to India with the other Beatles members.

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There’s no question that The Beatles introduced new styles of writing, performing, and especially recording music in the early 1960s. Much of their success comes from the hands of George Martin, the record producer who crafted the inimitable sound of The Beatles. Otherwise known as the “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin was the first producer who helped shape the Beatles’ incredible body of work over the course of seven years. A new book by Kenneth Womack, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, traces the early life and career of Sir George Martin, and is currently on bookshelves today as Martin’s first-ever biography.

It was in the summer of 1962 that the Beatles pulled up to EMI on Abbey Road with their beat-up gear, shaggy hair and Liverpool accents to play for the record label. This was the recording session where Sir George first heard the songs “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Ask Me Why.” Although George wasn’t exactly impressed with their musical skill and quickly became exasperated with the band’s seeming lack of studio professionalism, he was instantly charmed by their wit and charisma. That day in June marked details

Beatle ate dinner at Jimmy's in Asbury Park - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

He liked it, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell had dinner Sunday at the landmark Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant in Asbury Park.

“He said tell the chef that everything was excellent,” said waitress Bernadette Kozlowski.

He ate a vegetarian meal at Jimmy’s.

McCartney and Shevell were part of a party of six that included members of Shevell’s family. Shevell is a graduate of J.P. Stevens High School in Edison.

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Were Ringo Starr the kind of guy to delve deep into the blues, he might well have taken a stab at Willie Dixon’s classic “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” on his forthcoming album, “Give More Love.”

Perhaps not in the original context of being unable to escape a toxic relationship with a romantic partner, but more a heartfelt expression of his attitude about continuing to play music at age 77.

“I decided at the end of November last year that I’m taking 2017 off,” Starr said from his perch in a regal-looking upholstered chair in the luxury suite of a Beverly Hills hotel where he’d just arrived to handle a few interviews about his new album, which arrives Sept. 15, and the fall tour that will follow close on its heels.

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AN unreleased track by Beatles guitarist George Harrison is to be auctioned along with a series of unseen images of the band.

The secret 1968 song, Hello Miss Mary Bee, comes on a reel-to-reel tape which also includes alternative recordings of several Beatles hits.

Unheard by fans, the Indian-influenced track was written for Harrison's good friend Mary Bee and produced around the time of his first solo album, Wonderwall Music.

It comes with letters from Harrison to Miss Bee while he was in India with wife Pattie Boyd.

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Unseen photos of the Beatles to be auctioned - Monday, September 04, 2017

An unreleased track by Beatles guitarist George Harrison is to be auctioned along with a series of unseen images of the band.

The secret 1968 song, Hello Miss Mary Bee, comes on a reel-to-reel tape which also includes alternative recordings of several Beatles hits.

Unheard by fans, the Indian-influenced track was written for Harrison's good friend Mary Bee and produced around the time of his first solo album, Wonderwall Music.

It comes with letters from Harrison to Miss Bee while he was in India with wife Pattie Boyd.

In one extract, Boyd writes that Harrison has "just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea".

The tape and messages are expected to fetch around £15,000 as part of Omega Auctions' Beatles Memorabilia sale in Warrington, Cheshire, on September 11.

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The Beatles were alerted to their manager Brian Epstein’s sudden death by a phone call from their London offices to a student hostel in Bangor on August 27, 1967.

It is 50 years since the Fab Four visited Bangor to attend a 10-day conference on transcendental meditation led by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Normal College, now part of Bangor University.

The telephone was located in a small kiosk just inside the main doorway of the Môn hostel where some of the Beatles entourage were staying.

It was normally used by students to make calls home and was a feature of the halls of residence.

The Beatles themselves, and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, were staying in the Dyfrdwy hostel opposite and one of their group rushed across the quad to break the tragic news.

One of the first to find out that Epstein had died was Dave Jones, who now lives in France.

He had been at the lecture on the Saturday attended by the Beatles and on the following day had a long chat with John Lennon.

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 An open letter John Lennon wrote to Cynthia has been unearthed after 41 years

In the original letter, which is titled 'an open letter to Cynthia Twist' and is dated November 15, 1976, the former Beatle said Cynthia had an 'impaired' memory of their marriage.

He claimed their relationship was over long before Yoko Ono arrived on the scene and accused her of double standards for wishing to get away from her past with the Beatle, yet was happy to speak about it to magazines.

Lennon sent the letter to a US weekly magazine for them to publish with the request that it is 'printed without any edits. 

I think it only fair to me and your readers to present my side of the story'.

He wrote it in response to an article Cynthia had published in an English women's magazine earlier that year.

 

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The Beatles, the most popular and innovative rock group of their era — or any era — released their album Revolver 51 years ago this week. Though the album’s significance was largely overlooked at the time, the work is now widely thought of as even better than The Beatles’ acknowledged classic released a year later, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.

The 14-track Revolver was released in the United Kingdom on August 5, 1966, after recording sessions that lasted from April 6 to June 21 of that year. But that two and a half month period was easily eclipsed by the recording sessions for Sgt. Pepper, which began on November 24 of the same year but didn’t wrap up until April 21 of 1967. Pepper became the first Beatles album released in the United States in a version identical to its U.K. release. But when Revolver hit stores in the United States on August 8, 1966, the American version contained only 11 tracks.

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Few days seem to me as compelling as those summer days when storms breed in the great sagelands to our south.

The coming of a thunderstorm creates an aura of anticipation unique among weather phenomena, a curious mixture of dread, lest the storm unleash a deadly lightning bolt, and optimism, that it might cool the fetid air and water the garden besides.

I track the cells in the most modern of ways, by checking the latest Doppler radar on my smartphone.

And yet I also brace for storms the way humans have done for millennia.

I wait. And watch. And listen.

I like nothing so much as sitting in a chair in my yard, watching the clouds clog the southern horizon, starting as individual cottony puffs that coalesce into a curtain of steel gray, like the bow of a battleship.

I’m fascinated by how the air becomes still and somehow heavy in the minutes before the storm breaks, a sort of pregnant pause when the light turns a peculiar shade of pale yellow-green and the thunder, still distant, echoes with the malevolence of an unseen artillery battle.

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