Thursday, April 28, 2016

History: Beatles Book Monthly April 1966

The April 1966 issue of the Beatles' official fan magazine was, like the mag's first few issues of the year, light on news. When this issue went to press, the band's members were still returning from their various vacations but finally gearing up to start the recording sessions that ultimately yielded Revolver.

Even so, there are a few interesting tidbits, like this description from Neil Aspinall's column, describing home demo tapes recorded by Paul:

It was also revealed that Paul was the songwriter behind Peter and Gordon's single, "Woman."

The news section included an item about the band possibly recording a single in Memphis - which never happened - and details of a Fabs - Tijuana Brass confab, which would've been fun to behold. Was there a jam session featuring "A Taste of Honey"?

Meanwhile, the letters section featured a helpful explantation of what a "fuzz bass" is:

The magazine also included the fourth part of a series of articles tracing the history of the Beatles Fan Club, a look back at the events of April 1964 and images from the band's Aug. 15, 1965, concert at Shea Stadium.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Vintage John and Yoko footage

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Paul McCartney is set to join the Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters in a 60s dream-time in a Coachella-produced mega festival in California this fall.

The Who's Roger Daltry confirmed the details.
“I think it’s us and Roger Waters on the same day,” he told the Canadian media company Postmedia Network. “It’s a fantastic idea for a festival. It’s the greatest remains of our era.”

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have donated a scarf and necktie, respectively, for a charity auction benefiting  a male cancer awareness charity.

Paul's scarf is the same one he wore on the cover of the Rupert the Bear single "We All Stand Together." You can bid on it here.

And Ringo's autographed necktie here.


Paul McCartney joined People for Ethical Treatment of Animals in proclaiming Portland, Ore., "the most vegan-friendly city in the nation during his tour stop there this week.
“The City of Roses is the city of the future,” said McCartney of Portland’s creative vegan scene.
The former Beatle was given a box of gourmet vegan cheeses from Vtopia Restaurant & Cheese Shop and seitan cold cuts from Homegrown Smokehouse and Deli, courtesy of PETA.

Rihanna has bested the Beatles' Billboard Hot 100 record.
The singer's latest hit Work has scored a ninth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, giving her an overall tally of 60 weeks at number one with 14 songs.
That's one more week at number one than The Beatles' overall total.

See are pics of the Beatles and John Lennon - made from cassette tape!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paul McCartney joined by Diana Krall and pipe band during Vancouver stop

Diana Krall joined Paul to perform "My Valentine" while the Delta Police Pipe Band backed him in a performance of "Mull of Kintyre" during his Vancouver One on One tour stop April 19.

Here are couple of fan shot videos:

Details revealed on Paul McCartney "white label" record release

Billboard has an interview with Tim Maas and James Teej, the dance music producers behind a mysterious remix of Paul McCartney's "Nineteen Hundred and Eight Five" released 12-inch vinyl last month. Only 300 copies of the record were issued, driving up prices online.

The record, which helped create some advance buzz for the announcement of the Paul's upcoming best-of collection, Pure McCartney, was released with Paul's approval, Billboard reports.

Teej: I don't think anyone had thought that this white label pre-release would sell out so quickly and start seeing copies being sold a week after release for more than 280 pounds on Discogs and Ebay. Phonica's London store's phone was ringing off the hook like crazy for copies, and it went to No. 1 on their charts overnight. All of that got picked up first by i-D magazine, and made it all the way to the UK tabloids who speculated that Kanye West might be behind it. It has certainly been a laugh for us to watch all the speculation floating around, but I am happy now that the cat is out of the bag. I really have to give credit to Paul for taking a chance with us on this, but there is no doubt that this has all come together because of our collective and absolute love and dedication to music.

Artifacts: Unopened box of 1960s Beatles trading cards

Friday, April 15, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

 Did you know there are 132 "Abbey Roads" in Britain? This fan has visited each one.


Remastered editions of the three Beatles Anthology compilations are now available for streaming. Additionally, Amazon is offering a selection of "highlights" as as a playlist and download.


Speaking of streaming, in just four months on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and the like, the Beatles are proving as popular as ever - and more popular than the likes of Ed Sheerhan and Ariana Grande.
On Spotify alone, the Beatles have been snagging 6.5 million listeners a month, according to stats released from the company today about the band’s first 100 days on the service. That makes them more popular than contemporary pop artists like Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

Spotify listeners don’t seem to care that the band doesn’t produce new tracks anymore—they’ve still streamed enough Beatles music to make up 24 million hours, or 2,793 entire years. While the US, UK, Mexico, and Sweden are the countries that stream the Beatles the most in the world, Mexico City stands out as the most enthusiastic single city.

Even more unexpected: 67% of the Beatles’ Spotify listeners are under 35 years old.
So far, the most-streamed Fabs song on Spotify is "Here Comes the Sun." 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Paul McCartney adds "A Hard Day's Night" and "Love Me Do" to live setlist

Paul McCartney added two new tunes - both originally co-sung with John Lennon - to his live repertoire during the kick-off of his new One-On-One tour in Fresno April 13.

The featured tunes were "A Hard Day's Night" and "Love Me Do."

You can see the complete setlist here.

Video: Paul McCartney performs "So Bad"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Upcoming book: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four

Out in January 2017, this is a condensed version of the expensive, two-volume encyclopedia published by Womack in 2014.

Legendary in music and popular culture, the Beatles were one of the most successful bands of all time. The collective achievements of the Fab Four affect a broad demographic that includes today's children, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. This one-volume condensed paperback edition of "The Beatles Encyclopedia" brings the Beatles' dramatic story alive, highlighting the humanity of the quartet of artists that has made them an enduring artistic and social phenomenon.

The entries in this condensed encyclopedia provide in-depth biographical information about the Beatles and their circle as well as fascinating historical background and key details about their most important works, giving readers broad coverage that addresses the major aspects of the band's--and the band's individual members, after the Beatles split up--phenomenal achievement. The easy-to-use A-Z resource also includes a biographical chronology and a discography as well as a bibliography that directs readers to excellent sources of additional information in print and online.

Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show over anti-LGBT bill

Following the lead of Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr has canceled an upcoming show in North Carolina in protest of recently passed discriminatory legislation in the state.
"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," Starr said in a statement. "Spread peace and love.”

Starr was slated to play Cary, N.C. on June 18.

... The controversial legislation prevents in-state municipalities from passing their own anti-discrimination regulations. It also prevents transgender individuals from using the bathroom for the sex with which they identify.

The situation bothers Starr, he said.

“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended," Starr said in his statement.

Video: Paul McCartney on Wogan