Entries in The Beatles (28)


Beatles Legends’ Sons to Form Band?

Fab Four Redux? CBS Photo Archive/Ben Pruchnie & Steve Granitz WireImage/Jo Hale Getty Images(LONDON) -- There is no other rock band in the history of rock bands that has had an impact like The Beatles.

It’s almost impossible to overstate, although John Lennon may have done so when he infamously quipped, “We’re more popular than Jesus.”

After the Beatles broke up, there was the lingering fantasy that they would eventually reunite. They never did.

But there may be talk of a second coming of sorts. Paul McCartney’s singer/songwriter son, James, told the BBC in an April 2 interview that a next-generation Beatles — complete with Lennon’s son, Sean, and George Harrison’s son, Dhani — could happen.

“Sean seemed to be into it. Dhani seemed to be into it. I’d be happy to do it,” the younger McCartney said.

He added that Ringo Starr’s son, Jason, who is a drummer like his father, might also be game.

But critics say a reunion of the Beatles’ offspring could be a let-down because the group couldn’t ever meet expectations.

Soon after the BBC report, James McCartney posted a message on his Facebook page to say that he was “just thinking out loud.”

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Paul McCartney Letter Surfaces Offering Drummer an Audition

FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LIVERPOOL) -- A handwritten letter from Paul McCartney inviting an unknown drummer to audition for the Beatles was found folded inside of a book at a Liverpool yard sale, giving some insight into the band’s early days.

The letter was written on Aug. 12, 1960 — just days before McCartney and the Beatles left for a formative two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany. It was also two years before the band split with its first drummer, Pete Best, and replaced him with Ringo Starr, forming the band as we know it today.

The note offers an audition to someone who placed an advertisement in the Liverpool Echo just four days earlier. The ad was unsigned and said: “Drummer–Young–Free.”

In the letter McCartney offered the drummer a tryout, but noted that he must be able to travel almost immediately to Hamburg with the band, where they were said to hone their musical talents in low-rent clubs in the city’s famous red-light district.

“Expenses paid 18 pounds per week (approx) for two months,” McCartney wrote in the letter. “If interested ring Jacaranda club.”

The letter was signed, “Yours sincerely, Paul McCartney of the BEATLES.”

It’s not yet known what became of the unknown drummer — whether he auditioned, or if he just wasn’t able to impress the up-and-coming rockers.

The letter, found by an anonymous Liverpool antique coin collector, is set to be auctioned off next month at Christie’s.

The auction house said it is expected to draw more than 7,000 pounds ($11,000) when it’s sold on Nov. 15 alongside other pop memorabilia.

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Paul McCartney Adds Second Date at Yankee Stadium

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Paul McCartney's Yankee Stadium concert scheduled for July 15 has been met with such overwhelming response that a second date has been added. The former Beatle will rock Yankee Stadium on July 16 as well, and tickets have just been put on sale.

The Yankee Stadium shows will mark the official kickoff of McCartney's "On the Run" tour.  More stadium gigs are expected to be announced soon, including a long-rumored date at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

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New Beatles Exhibit Opens at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- A brand-new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio features what the website calls "the most comprehensive collection" of items and artifacts from The Beatles.

The exhibit includes a total of 70 treasures, ranging from Paul McCartney's handwritten arrangement for the song "Birthday" to an acoustic guitar John Lennon used to write "Norwegian Wood."

Jim Henke, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum's vice president of exhibitions, said that due to relations with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison's estate, they were able to build what he calls an "absolutely incredible collection."   

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The Beatles 'Anthology' Collections to Be Released on iTunes

FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All three of The Beatles Anthology music collections will be released digitally for the first time on June 14, exclusively through iTunes.

You can pre-order all three volumes individually for $29.99 each, as one giant box set with all 155 tracks for $79.99, or you can purchase an Anthology Highlights collection, which features 23 tracks, for $12.99.  All three volumes of Anthology have been digitally remastered.

If you make your way to now, you can see a special Anthology video and listen to a 50-minute Meet the Beatles radio show for free.  

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Exhibition Featuring Elvis, The Beatles to Open in UK

Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns(LONDON) -- Two giants of rock and roll lore -- Elvis Presley and The Beatles -- will come together in an exhibition that's opening in the UK in September.

Titled Elvis and Us, the exhibition focuses on how Liverpool's Fab Four were influenced by the King of Rock.  The exhibition will open in Liverpool at The Beatles Story museum and feature never before seen artifacts, including a white Fender bass guitar played by both Elvis and the Beatles when they met at Presley's home in Bel Air, California on August 27, 1965.

The exhibition officially opens on Sept. 28. 

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Paul McCartney Invites Fans to Record 'Maybe I'm Amazed'

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Last year, Paul McCartney celebrated the deluxe reissue of his album Band on the Run by holding a contest wherein fans filmed themselves performing the album's title track and uploaded the videos to YouTube.  The most popular version received a special prize.  Now, Paul's running a similar contest again to promote his upcoming reissues of his solo albums McCartney and McCartney II, which hit shelves June 14.

All you have to do is film yourself performing Paul's classic hit "Maybe I'm Amazed" and submit it to Paul's YouTube channel.  Then, get as many friends as you can to "like" your video.  The clip with the most likes will win deluxe edition copies of the reissues.  The deadline is June 16, and you can vote up until June 23.

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Paul McCartney: Rolling Stones Were Jealous All Beatles Could Sing

Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Paul McCartney revealed another facet of the long-running rivalry that stood between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones -- the Stones were jealous that all four members of the Beatles could sing. He told the Radio Times that when he spoke to Keith Richards, the guitarist told him he was lucky all of the Fab Four could sing, whereas the Stones only had Mick Jagger as a vocalist.  Macca said, "Mick used to call us the Four-Headed Monster. We would show up at places all dressed the same." 

McCartney also said that the band refused to tour the United States until they had a hit single.  He said, "We saw a lot of British acts go to America, and come back not having had the great success we thought they would have...It was very clear in my mind. We cannot go there until we have cracked it with a record."  That hit would be 1963's "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."

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Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono to Vegas for LOVE Anniversary Show

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono will head to Las Vegas on June 5 to watch the fifth anniversary performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-inspired show, LOVE, according to USA Today.

In addition to Macca and Ono, George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and son Dhani, will attend, along with producer George Martin.  Ringo Starr, who's currently on tour overseas, will appear in a videotaped message that will air during the performance.  Half of the audience will be invited guests of The Beatles and the Cirque du Soleil crews while the remaining seats will be available to the general public.

The last time the Fab Four's entourage assembled was in 2009 in Los Angeles for the unveiling of The Beatles: Rock Band and the remastered Beatles catalog.

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George Harrison Tribute Concert Available on iTunes

Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- The 2002 George Harrison tribute concert, Concert for George, which featured artists including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, George's son Dhani and others, is now available for purchase on iTunes.

The concert, which was held at London's Royal Albert Hall a year after Harrison's death, can be purchased either in standard or hi-definition.  In addition to the concert, a Concert for George documentary, three mini-features and a photo gallery are also included with the purchase.

Here's the track listing for Concert for George:

1. "Your Eyes" -- Anoushka Shankar
2. "The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
3. "Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
4. "Sit on My Face" -- Monty Python
5. "The Lumberjack Song" -- Monty Python with Tom Hanks
6. "I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
7. "If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
8. "Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
9. "Give Me Love" -- Jeff Lynne
10. "Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
11. "Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
12. "That’s the Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
13. "Horse to the Water" -- Sam Brown
14. "Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. "I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
16. "Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
17. "Isn’t It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
18. "Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
19. "Honey Don’t" -- Ringo Starr
20. "For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
21. "Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
22. "All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
23. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
24. "My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
25. "Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton & Band
26. "I’ll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

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