sábado, 19 de agosto de 2017

Vintage photos from the Beatles' 'entirely out of control' world tour

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Vintage photos from the Beatles' 'entirely out of control' world tour
By Harriet Verney, CNN
August 18, 2017

<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966,"</a> a book from photographer Harry Benson, captures the band's first world tour.




(CNN)It was on their first ever world tour in 1964 that the Beatles were catapulted from England's national sweethearts to global superstars. Stories of fans fainting and allegedly wetting themselves were common. Police cordons couldn't control the throbbing crowds awaiting the Fab Four at each venue, and the band was successfully cracking the notoriously difficult American music scene.

"This," Brian Sommerville, the Beatles' press officer, grumbled during one particularly hectic New York press conference, "has gotten entirely out of control."

Sommerville may have been witness to the madness but it was photographer Harry Benson who was right in the thick of it.

At the time of the Beatles tour Benson was a fairly unknown photographer. The tour job came about when, as he was en route to an assignment in Africa, Benson was reassigned to Paris, where he was to capture what Beatlemania looked like in France.
Benson would spend nearly two years on and off with the band, being too close to them, however, wasn't on his agenda.

"They weren't keen at first," writes photographer Harry Benson of when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."


"They weren't keen at first," writes photographer Harry Benson of when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."
"They were friendly, and I got on with all of them. "George and I even shared a room a few times. He liked the ladies that's for sure!" he recalls in his book "The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966," which has now been rereleased by Taschen. "But I wouldn't say I was close to them, nor did I want to be."

When it comes to photography and your subjects, he writes, there is a fine line and he was not willing to cross it.
"My philosophy has always been photograph what you see, your photograph should inform, and then get the hell out."

Benson would go on to photograph the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen. He has also photographed every American president since Eisenhower, and was was with Robert. F Kennedy when we was assassinated in 1968.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.
In 1966 Benson was sent to take photos of the fallout from John Lennon's infamous "We're bigger than Jesus Christ" comments in Chicago. According to Benson: "Lennon was broken, he was crying, and shattered, and the rest of the group wasn't giving him much sympathy."
Read: New intimate photos reveal Freddie Mercury's private world
Benson recalls how the band had become more "cynical, and were sick of touring. John turned to me and said: 'We aren't going to do this for much longer.' Paul added: 'Of course it's going to stop, we'd look stupid jumping around on stage at 40.'"
Months later the band would play their final scheduled show. Benson writes that the two years he spent with the band were like none he had ever experienced, or would experience again.
"With most of my pictures I think I could have done better, but this was the perfect moment, it won't happen again. I got it."

"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966" by Harry Benson, published by Taschen, is out now.


Harry Benson. The Beatles




Revisiting The Beatles ' 1964 World Tour

Unseen Beatles photos from 1964-1966

Harry Benson


<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966,"</a> a book from photographer Harry Benson, captures the band's first world tour.

His photos capture intimate moments that only someone close to the Fab Four would have had access to.

"It was incredible watching Beatlemania at such close quarters, although the band were convinced it wasn't going to last," Benson said.

When John Lennon (pictured) declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, many people (<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/when-john-lennons-jesus-controversy-turned-ugly-w431153" target="_blank">especially in the Bible Belt</a>) were incensed. This image was taken after Lennon issued an apology to the press in Chicago.

1964 marked the start of a whirlwind three years of international touring.

"They weren't keen at first," writes Benson when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."

The enormity of the Beatles fame really hit home when they touched down in the US and were greeted by thousands of screaming fans. "As they got off the plane, I was right behind them, and then Ringo reminded them to turn around and smile at me as we had planned," Benson writes.

Jimmie Nicol (who temporarily replaced a tonsillitis-stricken Ringo Starr), Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in Copenhagen.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.

Lennon goes behind the camera to capture Harrison and Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, on route to New York in 1964.

<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966"</a> by Harry Benson, published by Taschen, is out now.


NEW SINGLE from Ringo's 'Give More Love' album, #PeaceAndLove event recap, tour dates & more!





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NEW SINGLE from Ringo's 'Give More Love' album, #PeaceAndLove event recap, tour dates & more!
7/08/2017



Ringo's New Album Give More Love, Out September 15!

New single "So Wrong For So Long" Premieres Today Exclusively on Billboard.com
Recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles, Ringo's 19th studio album Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Steve Lukather.

Billboard is premiering Give More Love 's newest single "So Wrong For So Long" today. Read about the first song written for Ringo's new album and listen before it's released worldwide tomorrow here.

Singles "Give More Love" and "We're On The Road Again" are already available – pre-order the new album now!

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Ringo's Message to His Fans!
Ringo has a quick message exclusively for his email subscribers. Watch here:

Thank You For Spreading #PeaceAndLove!
Family, friends, and fans joined Ringo at the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood on July 7th to wish him a happy birthday and to spread #PeaceAndLove. Meanwhile, satellite salutes were held all around the world, bringing people together to grant Ringo's wish of a truly worldwide #PeaceAndLove salute.


Watch a recap of the Hollywood salute at Capitol Records:
 

Catch Ringo & His All Starr Band on Tour!
In October, Ringo will hit the road in the U.S. with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Rodd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm & Gregg Bissonette.

Whether in Las Vegas, Thackerville, or New York, don't miss the chance to see Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band on tour!

Tickets Here

Follow the Ringo Starr Best Of Playlist on Spotify
From "It Don't Come Easy" off 1973's Ringo album to the namesake single from this year'sGive More Love, the Ringo Starr Best Of Spotify playlist has it all.

Listen and follow Ringo's Best Of playlist now!

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viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit






  Paul McCartney, filming ‘Mull of Kintyre’, Elstree, 1977.



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Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit
By David Allison
BBC Scotland News
18 August 2017

Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney with the Campbeltown pipe band during the filming of the video
Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney with the Campbeltown pipe band during the filming of the video

The late summer might seem like a strange time to write and record a Christmas number one but that is exactly what happened on a Kintyre farm 40 years ago this month.
The song in question was Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre", co-written with Denny Laine and featuring the local Campbeltown Pipe Band.
For a number of years it was the biggest-selling single of all time, and was the first UK single to sell more than two million copies.
Co-writer Laine had joined McCartney's group Wings in 1971, having previously enjoyed chart success with The Moody Blues, and over the next decade they wrote a number of songs together.
One morning at breakfast while staying at the former Beatle's High Park Farm on the Kintyre peninsula, McCartney played Laine the chorus of a new song.

Mull of Kintyre chorus

Mull of Kintyre
Oh mist rolling in from the sea,
My desire is always to be here
Oh mull of Kintyre

Denny Laine (at his home in Chicago) wrote Mull of Kintyre with McCartney
Denny Laine (at his home in Chicago) wrote Mull of Kintyre with McCartney

He said: "Paul said he was having a go at writing a Scottish song but wasn't sure how people would feel about it, an Englishman singing a Scottish song."
The next day armed with a bottle of whisky the pair sat on the steps of a cottage in the afternoon sun and wrote the verses.
"We just looked around at all the hillsides and the glens and everything and just wrote the words and the rest of the song that afternoon," Laine said.
But it became more than just another song when McCartney roped in the local pipe band.

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Campbeltown Pipe Band's score for Mull of Kintyre

In a video on his website McCartney explained how he got the late Tony Wilson, the leader of Campbeltown Pipe Band, on board.
McCartney said: "I said: 'Hey, I've written a song and I'd like you to help me record it with the pipe band'. He said: 'Aye, very good, very good'."
But for the world's most famous Liverpudlian and an ex-Moody Blue from Birmingham it was soon apparent that there was a rather steep learning curve to work out how to incorporate a Scottish pipe band into a rock band.
The song had been written and recorded in the key of A, but pipes can only play in B flat or E flat.
"I don't remember how we did it, whether we slowed it down or sped it up," says Laine.
"But we got the key the same as the pipers' B flat.
"Then we had to transpose one section to E flat when they came in for the second part of the song which was great because it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
"It gave it that boost, a change of key when they came in, and I think that was the selling point really."
The pipes were recorded outside in the open air and Laine thinks that gave it a special sound that couldn't have been found in a studio.

Ian McKerral, Paul McCartney, Josh Lang Brown and Tony Wilson after the recording of Mull of Kintyre in 1977
Ian McKerral, Paul McCartney, John Lang Brown and Tony Wilson after the recording of Mull of Kintyre in 1977

Meanwhile, McCartney had promised the thirsty pipers a drink or two but was wary about unleashing the booze before they had the definitive take.
McCartney said: "I said we won't drink before the session because it could go horribly wrong. We'll break out the drinks when we've got the take."
But once the recording was in the can the party could begin.
"We were all having a celebratory drink and they were all standing round and beaming," said McCartney.
"They'd never been in a recording studio before so they're all loving hearing the whole track coming out of the speakers."
Pipe Band leader Tony Wilson died in 1994 but among the pipers listening back in the control room that night was a young Ian McKerral, now the main piping instructor for schools across Kintyre.
In his home overlooking Campbeltown bay a picture of the pipe band with the McCartney, his late wife Linda and Denny Laine has pride of place.

Ian McKerral and John Lang Brown
Ian McKerral and John Lang Brown remember their part in making the hit

"We did a ten to fifteen minute tune up and then just went for it," he said.
"McCartney came out and said that's it boys. We just couldn't believe it. Everybody was just buzzing, it was just a great atmosphere."
And outside his house overlooking Campbeltown bay Ian was more than happy to relive the moment as a duo with John Lang Brown, another piper who played on that session as a star struck 16-year-old.
He remembers listening back that night 40 years ago.
"To be honest I thought that's not us. It sounded so good with everything, the guitars, the bass, the drums. The whole lot put together was an amazing sound. I couldn't believe it. I still don't believe it!"
The rest, as they say, is history.

Test pressing of record
Some of those involved were able to keep a test pressing of the record

Mull of Kintyre spent nine weeks at number one over Christmas 1977 and for years it remained the biggest selling single of all time.
Not bad for a song written and recorded on a Kintyre farm by a Brummie and a Scouser and featuring the local pipe band.





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jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band returns to Cowapolooza for the fifth time







 Yuri Pool performing as Paul McCartney in his tribute band, The McCartney Years. 


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Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band returns to Cowapolooza for the fifth time
By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The McCartney Years returns to Cowapolooza on Friday evening. (Submitted photo)
The McCartney Years returns to Cowapolooza on Friday evening. (Submitted photo)

Cowapolooza is ready to take flight Friday with a headline performance by a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band.

The McCartney Years, headed up by London resident Yuri George, returns this year to Cowapolooza for the fifth time but the first in three years.

The band, who will soon be touring Europe, has been called “the best on the scene” by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein.

“It’s going to be good to be back,” said founder Yuri George on returning to Woodstock. “I think the audience that have seen us before will get a refreshing update. We have a slightly different lineup and lots more instruments, different songs and a different flow.”

George, who started the band in 2007, said he has been a McCartney fan since he was “a little kid.”

“His music is timeless,” he said. “He has so many great songs and is an amazing artist.

“The show is a healthy mix of songs the Beatles and Paul McCartney performed.”

The band, which has recently performed in Las Vegas, includes Norwich musician Braden DeCooman who plays guitar, bass and backup vocals.

“He is an amazing guitar player and a great guy,” George said.

The 16th annual Cowapolooza kicks off on Friday, August 18 with the Celtic sounds of The Mudmen from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by The McCartney Years on the TD Stage in Southside Park from 9 to 11 p.m.

For those who missed out on Colin James last year, the six-time Juno award winner returns to Cowapolooza this year on Saturday, August 19.

Last year James was unable to perform at the free event hosted by the City of Woodstock due to relentless rain, that poured down on the stage and crowd following six hours of set up time.

Singer/songwriter Tim Tyler opens for James beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday afternoon will feature Soul Tripper, a mix of rhythm and blues and funk, as well as a set by Monik, who will sing Latin and jazz music.

Back again is the milking competition, soapbox derby, strongman/woman competition, skateboard, BMX and scooter competition, petting zoo, demonstrations and exhibits.

For updates or a complete lists of events go to www.cowapolooza.com or www.cityofwoodstock.ca.





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miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

A Beatles interlude in our immigration policy debate







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A Beatles interlude in our immigration policy debate
BY MARY SANCHEZ
AUGUST 11, 2017


We can now read the records of Beatle George Harrison’s battles with U.S. immigration authorities. AP

A handwritten note on top of the telegram asks, “Is this one of the former Beatles?”

Yes, it was.

The telegram, a terse protest of the bombing of Cambodia, was addressed to then-President Richard Nixon and sent to the White House by George Harrison on August 16, 1973.

It is one page of 90 released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

George Harrison’s A-file is basically a history of his interactions with U.S. immigration. It covers more than 20 years and now appears online along with the files of other notable foreigners who have come before the agency.

Harrison’s records are noteworthy because they help complete a story of government paranoia, of Nixon’s exploitation of federal agents to undercut what was then growing youth dissent toward the Vietnam War. Not a small factor was Nixon’s own fear that he wouldn’t be re-elected in 1972. He was re-elected but famously fell to his own dissembling and obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal.

Harrison’s squabbles with immigration might be labeled collateral damage. Nixon’s main target then was another former Beatle, John Lennon, who was far more politically active.

Still, the telegram is intriguing.

Harrison was angry that his request for a visa extension had been denied, due to a prior pot conviction in England. He’d previously been granted entry, despite officials knowing about the 1969 conviction. Here is the text of the telegram, retaining the misspellings and garbled syntax:

“Sir how can you bomb Cambonian citizens and worry about kicking me out of the country for smoking marijuana at the time. Your repressive emperaour war monger ways stop before too piece luv we will run the world Harry Krisher Hare Hara Krishne Hare Hara Hare Hara Krishner. George Harrison.”

It’s appropriate that these pages are available now. Once again the nation is led by a paranoid, self-obsessed president motivated by deep resentments that rival any regard for the nation and its security. Many comparisons have been made between Donald Trump and the Richard Nixon, with more than a few foreseeing a similar, self-made demise.

When you hear politicians bemoan the outspokenness of Hollywood celebrities, of musicians who make headlines for their political views, not their talent, it’s an echo of the Beatles era.

Lennon was hounded by Nixon and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. It took a Freedom of Information Act request followed by a 25-year legal battle before journalist Jon Wiener gained the release of government files chronicling the FBI’s surveillance of Lennon, including efforts to catch him with narcotics, which could then be used as a rationale for deporting him.

The files are astounding and chronicled in Wiener’s 1999 book, “Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files.”

Harrison’s immigration file further completes the picture.

Like Lennon, Harrison’s previous conviction for marijuana possession was used at times as a reason to block his visas, and at other times it was ignored. The difference seemed to be whether or not the government thought that he was being too outspoken. Fears, especially for Nixon, were high as the 1972 Republican National Convention neared. He believed that Lennon was helping plot violent demonstrations.

A September 1971 letter in Harrison’s file is a note among immigration officials advising that any requests by Harrison or Lennon should be sent to a higher office. It describes them as “personalities who may receive public attention in the U.S., which would result in unfavorable publicity to this office.”

Harrison’s file includes correspondence from 1970 in which representatives of “The Ed Sullivan Show” noted that the Beatles services are no longer needed and should not be used as a rationale to grant them visas at the London embassy.

All of this is a cautionary tale in a time when questioning the government is once more being met with jeers about disloyalty and when facts considered uncomfortable to the president are “fake news.”

Ironically, the lesson comes through the experiences of four British lads who brought a musical revolution to America.


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martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

John Lennon peace website launches to celebrate new 'Imagine' picture book








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John Lennon peace website launches to celebrate new 'Imagine' picture book

MONDAY, 14TH AUGUST 2017




People from around the world write peace messages ahead of the publication of the first picture book set to Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ lyrics
Celebrities including Richard Curtis and Juliet Stevenson have already joined the online global act of solidarity
Messages will be shared to mark International Day of Peace
People from around the world are writing messages of peace to celebrate John Lennon’s iconic ‘Imagine’ lyrics, which will be published for the first time as a picture book on the UN’s International Day of Peace (September 21).
A new website, www.imaginepeacebook.com, has launched today (14 August) to allow people of all ages to share their messages of peace and hope in a global display of solidarity.
The messages will be shared on International Day of Peace to coincide with the launch of the book ‘Imagine’. Yoko Ono Lennon has granted the ‘Imagine’ lyrics to Amnesty International and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books to create the first ever picture book set to John Lennon's words. The book, which will be published in 15 languages, is illustrated by renowned French artist Jean Jullien. 
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said:
“Nearly half a century after it was first recorded, Imagine’s vision of a peaceful world without conflict, greed or hunger is as relevant as ever.
“John and Yoko’s dream of people standing up for what they believe in and breaking down barriers is something we strongly admire at Amnesty International. We know that when people come together with a shared vision, they can change things for the better.
“We hope that people of all ages and from all corners of the world will join us by writing their own message of peace, in a global act of solidarity for a better future for everyone.”
Celebrities and public figures including Richard Curtis, Juliet Stevenson and Hollie McNish have already pledged their messages of peace on the website. Michael Morpurgo and Chris Riddell have also given their support to the book.
Screen writer and film director Richard Curtis has written: “It was John Lennon who inspired me to join Amnesty when I was 15. Forty-five years later I realise more and more how brave and muscular his battle against war was. The world is getting better. Poverty, hunger, disease, injustice are all on the run. But it is war, war, war that is slowing down the process. If we gain peace - everything else wonderful will follow.”
Actor Juliet Stevenson’s message is: “This book is a beautiful visual version of John Lennon’s cry for peace and harmony. Its message for humanity has never been more urgently needed than now.”
Poet and spoken word artist Hollie McNish writes: "I hope that one day peace makes more money than war and destruction so that it will be on the most powerful people’s global agendas instead.”
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo said: “Never have we all, child and grown-up child, needed this more, the words and the song in our hearts, lifting our spirits, giving us hope, and determination too to find the road to understanding, conciliation and peace.”
Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell said the book is: “...a beautiful reimagining of John Lennon’s immortal lyrics, tender and perfectly judged.”
The ‘Imagine’ website also features an animated trailer using John Lennon’s original song, and downloadable ‘Imagine’ and International Day of Peace activity resources for schools.
As well as the online peace messages, schools, libraries and festivals will be organising activities for people to write peace messages on paper pigeons - based on the pigeon Jean Jullien has drawn to illustrate ‘Imagine’ - which will be displayed in public places around the country to celebrate International Day of Peace.
Additional information:
Ahead of the launch you can pre-order the book from the Amnesty Shop or enter a competition to win a free copy on the Amnesty UK website.
The website has been developed by leading digital studio The Creative Corporation in collaboration with publisher Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Amnesty International.
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books is an imprint of The Quarto Group

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Paul McCartney, 75, is every inch the family man as he joins step-son on day out



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Twist & Shop! The Beatles' icon Sir Paul McCartney, 75, is every inch the family man as he joins step-son Arlen Blakeman, 25, on day out
Paul's wife Nancy shares Arlen with her ex-husband and American politician Bruce Blakeman
By Lily Waddell For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 14 August 2017

He's preparing to take the stage by storm in Australia, which will mark his first tour since 1993.
But Sir Paul McCartney put his family first on Saturday when he spent the afternoon with his step-son Arlen Blakeman, 25, at Vilebrequin in East Hampton.
British musician Paul, 75, caught the eye in his striking orange tee as he enjoyed a relaxed spot of shopping with the only child of his wife Nancy.

Twist & Shop! Sir Paul McCartney, 75, put his family first on Saturday when he spent the afternoon with step-son Arlen Blakeman, 25, at Vilebrequin in East Hampton
Twist & Shop! Sir Paul McCartney, 75, put his family first on Saturday when he spent the afternoon with step-son Arlen Blakeman, 25, at Vilebrequin in East Hampton

The iconic rocker slipped into a pair of skinny-fit chinos to complete his casual ensemble, as well as throwing on a jacket to keep off the chill.
Donning a blue hat, the bass guitarist stood out from the sea of faces in the Big Apple when he looked utterly relaxed in the good company of his young relative.

Arlen- whose father is American politician Bruce Blakeman - looked equally pleased to be spending time with his step-dad.
The star's family member pulled on a baggy hoodie and cut-off shorts for the casual outing.

It's all relative! British musician Paul, 75, caught the eye in his striking orange tee as he enjoyed a relaxed spot of shopping with his step-son 
It's all relative! British musician Paul, 75, caught the eye in his striking orange tee as he enjoyed a relaxed spot of shopping with his step-son

Paul and Nancy will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary in October, after tying the knot at London's Marylebone register office in 2011, the same location as Paul's first marriage to James' mother Linda in 1969.
The romantic ceremony saw Arlen give his mother away to Paul after walking her down the aisle.
Aside from his step-son, the music legend has five children and he has been married three times.
He shares four children, Heather (who he legally adopted), Mary, Stella and James with his first wife Linda Eastman.
The couple exchanged vows in a romantic ceremony in 1969 and they were married until her death in 1998.




He went onto marry Heather Mills - who he shares daughter Beatrice Milly with - in 2002 but they divorced in 2008, a year after he struck up a romance with Nancy.
In July, the rocker confessed that he will no longer have an alcoholic drink before a gig to calm his nerves, out of fear he would forget the lyrics to his own songs.
In the early days, the musician used to enjoy a drink on tour ahead of a gig but he has explained it 'didn't work' as he would forget the lyrics he didn't know.
The rocker told The Mirror: 'No. I used to try drinking before a gig, particularly in the early days of Wings when we would tour.

Third time's the charm! He has been married three times and has five children but now he is happily loved up with his third wife Nancy Shevell (pictured at SVA Theatre in December 2016)
Third time's the charm! He has been married three times and has five children but now he is happily loved up with his third wife Nancy Shevell (pictured at SVA Theatre in December 2016)

'But it didn't work – I would just forget the lyrics I didn't know anyway.'
The sensational songwriter explained his fellow band members enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine to kick start them for the night.
But The Beatles icon prefers to feel 'light' on stage as he goes without eating or drinking anything 'heavy'.
He added: 'I don't eat or drink before I go on because I sort of like to feel light. Then afterwards I can get heavy and have a drink.'
The music icon, however, does grab a little bite to eat before his energetic performances.

Blast from the past! He made history alongside John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the iconic rock band The Beatles
Blast from the past! He made history alongside John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the iconic rock band The Beatles

Paul is particularly inclined to having chocolate covered raisins and an handful of salted cashews in his dressing room while he is gearing himself up for the gig
Recently, he gushed about the part he played in the phenomenon which was The Beatles, alongside John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Reflecting on his time in the band, he told The Telegraph's Stellar: 'I sometimes I look at it (his role in the band) and think, "Bloody hell, it's amazing".'
It is certainly a busy time for the rocker as he recently announced he will tour Australia from December 2 as a solo artist for the first time since 1993.

Bring it on! Paul (pictured at Tokyo in April 2017) preparing to take the stage by storm in Australia
Bring it on! Paul (pictured at Tokyo in April 2017) preparing to take the stage by storm in Australia





lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Ringo Starr reveals how he got a little help from Paul McCartney on his new album








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Ringo Starr reveals how he got a little help from Paul McCartney on his new album
ROCK 107
Aug 14 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017


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Ringo Starr‘s 19th album, Give More Love, which will be released on September 15, includes two songs featuring his fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney. Starr tells Rolling Stone that he had no trouble getting his old band mate to take part in the project.
“I just called him up and said, ‘I got this song called “Show Me the Way,” and I want you to play on it,'” Ringo reveals. “Because he is a really good friend of mine, he said he’d come to L.A. for it.”
The ex-Fab Four drummer adds, “[‘Show Me the Way’ is] about [my wife] Barbara. She shows me the way. I wanted it to be very personal. While [Paul] was there, he also played on ‘We’re on the Road Again.’ That was very kind of him.”
Starr goes on to share some gushing praise about McCartney’s musical talents.
“He’s an incredible musician,” he tells the magazine. “He’s incredible at singing too and as a writer, but for me, as a bass player, he is the finest and the most melodic. It’s always fun when we’re playing together.”
Ringo also points out that while many people comment that his collaborations with Macca are few and far between, he doesn’t feel that’s true.
“We did the Grammys [and] we did that Beatles show [CBS’ 50th anniversary special] three years ago,” he maintains. “So we are still pals, but we don’t live in each other’s pocket.”
Meanwhile, the 77-year-old Starr is preparing to launch a fall trek with his All Starr Band in October. As for whether he’d like to continue touring past his 80th birthday, Starr says, “Yeah, I love it. It’s what I do. As long as I can hold the sticks, we can go for a long time.”
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domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Building project threatens Beatles statue in Mongolian capital





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Building project threatens Beatles statue in Mongolian capital
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REUTERS
AUG 12 , 2017

ULAANBAATAR – A statue of the Beatles erected in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar could be at risk amid an alleged land grab, protesters say, as rapid development turns a city once famed for wide open spaces into a cluttered metropolis.

Residents are protesting against plans to build commercial properties in an area known as Beatles Square, where a bronze bas-relief monument to the “Fab Four” commemorates the former Soviet satellite’s transition to democracy in 1990.

“For a long time there were stories about construction on the land, but nobody wanted to believe it,” said Tsoggerel Uyanga, a community organizer and senior partner at research group MAD Investment Solutions.

The monument, erected in 2008 with donations from politicians, businessmen and artists, marks the site where Mongolians gathered to talk about banned Western pop music and soon became a quirky tourist attraction.

The music of the Beatles, ABBA and other Western pop groups helped launch the “Rock and Roll Communist Revolution” that inspired a generation to fight for Mongolian democracy 30 years ago.

The protests began after an Aug. 2 announcement that construction work will start, with residents calling the project a “land grab” and expressing fears the Beatles statue could be moved or even demolished.

Authorities have defended the development as part of a “car-free street” project to build an underground shopping complex complete with street gardens.

A lawyer for Mongolia’s National Construction Association said there are no plans to remove the Beatles statue, however.

“By implementing the project, there are a great deal of advantages, such as increasing jobs and reducing traffic congestion,” said D. Uuganbayar, the lawyer.

The national association, the city government and a private contractor are leading the project.

Congestion and pollution have grown in the capital as its population has doubled over the last two decades, with thousands of impoverished herders flocking to settle in makeshift residential areas.

The strain on Ulaanbaatar’s infrastructure has forced the city to rethink its planning of urban spaces, and drawn criticism for the sale of public land to wealthy buyers.

Investors have failed in the past to deliver on promises to protect public spaces affected by development, Uyanga said, pointing to the Bogd Khan conservation area where the World Bank had raised concerns about over-development.

“It became a black market for land authorities during the early democratic years,” said Uyanga.


A statue of the Beatles stands amid construction work in front of a shopping center in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday. | REUTERS


sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017

The weird conspiracy theory which suggests that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966









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The weird conspiracy theory which suggests that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966
By Nilgun Salim
August 11, 2017

Paul McCartney died

If you are Beatles fan you have certainly heard about the famous conspiracy theory about how the real Paul McCartney died in 1966 and the man who replaced him it’s actually someone who looks a lot like him.

According to WorldNewsDailyReport, Ringo Starr has revealed during an exclusive interview with Hollywood Inquirer in 2015 that the real Paul McCartney died in a car accident on 9th November 1966.

After the crash, he was replaced by a man named William Shears Campbell, who was the winner of a contest the band would have organized incognito at that time and who happened to look a lot like McCartney.
“When Paul died, we all panicked”, said the Beatles drummer at that time.
“We did not know what to do, and Brian Epstein, our manager, suggested that we hire Billy Shears as a temporary solution. He should have been our colleague for a week or two, but nobody got caught up at that time, so we continued to sing with Billy, who turned out to be a good musician.The only problem was that he did not get along with John (Lennon). ”
Starr claims that, over the years, The Beatles has launched several cryptic messages to prepare the audience for the truth.
He says the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is full of clues about Paul’s death.
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“We wanted to tell the world the truth, but we were afraid of what reaction we could have caused. We thought the whole planet would hate us for the lies and preferred to throw clues.”
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According to WorldNewsDailyReport, Ringo Starr finally decided to tell the truth when he turned the 74.
The rumors of McCartney’s death appeared more than 45 years ago but they were constantly denied by band members and their close associates.
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