Paul and Ringo unite at Beatles movie premiere

Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – joined by family and friends – reunited in London’s Leicester Square yesterday, for the premiere of a documentary recalling their years on the road. The film, titled "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," was directed by Ron Howard. It follows Paul and Ringo, along with the late John Lennon and George Harrison, starting with their earliest performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and ending with their final tour concer...
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McCartney announces another U.S. concert date

Sir Paul arrives in Japan, earlier this week.
Just weeks from his 73rd birthday, Paul McCartney is keeping up his active touring schedule. McCartney has announced his first US arena show this year will take place at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on June 21 It’ll be his first Philly appearance in five years. McCartney is also set to play at Firefly festival (Dover, Delaware) on June 19 and Lollapalooza (Chicago) on July 31. Earlier this week, fans in Osaka mobbed McCartney, as he arrived in Japan for a string of tour dates that we...
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Could the Beatles Become a Family Affair?

Maybe... if you believe  Paul McCartney's son, James. The 34-year-old guitarist told the BBC that he's interested in creating a second-generation Beatles group. The younger McCartney says John Lennon's son, Sean, and George Harrison's son, Dhani, are also keen on the idea. But Ringo Starr's son, Zak, is not enthusiastic, according to James.  But he raised the possibility that Zak's brother, Jason, might want in. But is it really a possibility?  "Yeah, hopefully, naturally. I don't know...
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As the Beatles' 50th Nears, Liverpool Prepares to Celebrate

While the Beatles trace their beginning back to 1960, it would be two more years before they scored their first hit, “Love Me Do,” in the Fall of 1962. Their hometown of Liverpool is making plans to mark the occasion with a series of events running through the latter half of this year. It begins in August, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first show at the Cavern Club. The city’s leading tour operator is organizing International Beatles Week, with bands from more than 20 countries. In addit...
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Ringo: I'm Not Competing With Paul

The surviving Beatles are releasing albums within days of one another, but Ringo Starr says it's just a coincidence. Ringo tells Spinner.com he had dinner with Paul McCartney just after Christmas and hadn't even realized Paul was releasing his own LP: "No, there’s no rivalry. Paul is Paul, Ringo is Ringo and this is what we do. We don’t phone each other and say, ‘You can’t you bring your record out because I’ve got one!’. We live our lives, we make our music and pick a release date. This was t...
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George Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun" Solo Discovered

More than 40 years after the Beatles recorded "Here Comes The Sun," they've found the George Harrison guitar solo that never made the final cut. The Beatles' producer, Sir George Martin, along with his son, Giles, and Harrison's son, Djani, made the discovery at London's Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles recorded the song in the summer of 1969. Harrison recorded the short solo on electric guitar, in contrast to the acoustic guitar tracks on the version that was released. Here's the video c...
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The Beatles First U.S. Concert: A New Look

Almost 50 years after the Beatles dazzled their first American audience, we're getting to see a batch of concert photographs never before published. The photos are the work of Mike Mitchell, who was 18 years old when the Beatles performed at the Washington, DC, Coliseum on February 11, 1964. Mitchell -- who worked for a now-defunct DC magazine -- scored a press pass and had unrestricted access to the stage. He took full advantage, snapping scores of black-and-white photographs of John, George...
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You Say It's Your Birthday?

We wonder what John Lennon would have to say about all of the hoopla surrounding the celebration of his 70th birthday on Saturday. With just a few days to go, here are just a few of the hundreds of events scheduled to remember perhaps the greatest songwriter and performer ever: John's 70th will be highlighted with a time capsule ceremony which will preserve his post-Beatles recordings until 2040. Organizers asked Lennon fans to contribute birthday wishes and their own thoughts to the three t...
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Saving the Abbey Road Studios from the Wrecking Ball

Great Britain's heritage protection agency, The National Trust, says it may buy and preserve the Abbey Road studios, the Beatles' recording home. The proposal follows an outpouring of concern over its possible demolition. And now two more potential buyers have emerged: Andrew Lloyd Webber and his longtime lyricist, Tim Rice. In apparently unrelated statements to the British news media, each expressed an interest in purchasing the Abbey Road studios. Word that cash-strapped record company EMI ...
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From Abbey Road to the Walk of Fame: A Star for George

Eight years after his death. George Harrison finally has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hundreds of fans and friends, including bandmate Paul McCartney, turned out for yesterday's ceremony. Also at the unveiling were Harrison's widow Olivia, his son Dhani, Eric Idle, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and actor Tom Hanks. Here's a video clip: Olivia Harrison praised her husband at the event. "We all have deep feelings for George because he was such a deep-feeling person," she told the crowd. "On...
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