Friday, 23 June 2017


New York reporter Gabe Pressman witnessed a lot in his more than 60 years of television broadcasting, but the photographic evidence that he had a front row seat to history was most dramatically captured when the Beatles arrived for their first trip to the U.S. in 1964. 

The Beatles face the media, including NBC New York's Gabe Pressman, center left, just above the microphones, upon their arrival at JFK airport in New York City on Feb. 7, 1964. Charles Tasnadi / AP file

Gazing up at the four shaggy-haired British lads, just above the microphones, Pressman stands out from the crowd of reporters. "Though few of us thought it at the time, we were witnessing the birth of an era," said Pressman in 2014. The Beatles were greeted by a screaming crowd estimated at 5,000.
Pressman died Friday at the age of 93.


He cancelled his 2002 Melbourne shows, following the infamous Bali bombings.
And Paul revealed to News Corp, that the reason was due to the fact that he and his crew 'can't show up cheery'.

The revelation comes ahead of the 75-year-old's Australian concert dates in December, that will see The Beatles star tour Down Under for the first time since 1993.
'That was very sad. We were looking forward to it,' Paul told the publication in regards to the cancellation of his proposed Melbourne shows back in 2002.
'(We were) all ready to go, then there was the news of the bomb in Bali. We thought we can't show up all cheery,' the musician continued. 
Paul was referring to the terrorist attack in October 2002, that saw 202 killed and a further 209 injured, after three bombs were detonated on the Indonesian island of Bali.

At the time he claimed the country needed time to recover in an official statement.
'This is not the appropriate time for a rock show,' he said, expressing his deepest sympathies.
Meanwhile die-hard The Beatles and Paul McCartney fans, will be glad to hear the personality is set to tour Australia in December, for the first time in 24 years.
'I haven't had a chance to get down there for years,' Paul told News Corp of Australia, adding: 'I've been looking forward to it for a long time, finally it's happening.'

Paul will commence his tour Down Under in Perth on December 2, followed by Melbourne on December 5, Brisbane on December 9 and Sydney on December 11.
He will then travel to Auckland for the remainder of the tour.
Tickets for Paul's One on One tour will go on sale July 4, with pre-sale available June 29.  

Thursday, 22 June 2017


New scheme for Toxteth districts will see terraced houses refurbished and new homes built

Here’s how Liverpool’s famous Welsh Streets could look once a new masterplan for the area is finally completed.The terraced streets off Princes Road in Toxteth lie mostly derelict after years of arguments over what should happen to them.

The area, which includes Ringo Starr’s birthplace, was slated for demolition. Heritage campaigners fought to preserve the homes though council officials and some residents said they should be demolished as they were in such poor condition.
Eventually the Government rejected the demolition plans. The council slammed the decision as “illogical and unreasonable” but had to develop a new scheme for the area.

Last year developer PlaceFirst signed a deal with the council to start conversion work. Building work on 25 pilot properties in High Park Street and Voelas Street started in November.
Now a full masterplan for the area is set to be agreed by the council’s cabinet tomorrow.
The masterplan says the area should be rebuilt to include 294 new homes, which will be a mix of refurbishment and new build.
Communal gardens will be crated behind the homes.
As there is a shortage of larger homes in the area, 124 of the new properties will have four bedrooms. 109 will have three bedrooms and the 61 will have two bedrooms.
Of the homes, 30 will be let at an “affordable rent” with 194 let at market rent. Some 35 will be shared ownership/rent to buy and another 35 will be available to buy.

Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said: “I hope residents are encouraged at the progress that has already been made. For far too long they saw their hopes and dreams thwarted through no fault of their own.
“I would like to thank residents for their patience, resilience and support over the last few years and sticking with the area when some of them are in poor health as a result of the conditions they are living in.”
If the masterplan is approved, a detailed planning application will be submitted later this year.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Placefirst have done an excellent job bringing some of the homes back into use as part of their pilot project, and together with the local community we have now drawn up some really exciting plans to breathe new life into the area and give it a long term, sustainable future.
“This is about providing certainty for the local community following years of frustration in which their wishes were thwarted by Central Government’s interference in the local planning process.
“We’ve already demonstrated with the regeneration of Anfield and our Homes for a Pound scheme that we are leading the way in finding imaginative ways of retaining properties where it is viable to do so, and this project reflects our approach.”


"The dream was to be in a band. Well it came true, I got in a band. A pretty hot band"

60 Mins SUNDAY after The Voice Australia | One on one with Paul McCartney - A music legacy spanning three generations.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


A new sculpture reproducing the famous staged street crossing depicted on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover has been installed on the campus of the Tomsk State University (TSU) in Russia's Siberia.

The sculpture by local artist Anton Gnedykh was unveiled on June 20 to mark the launch of the university’s application season.In the sculpture, the four members of the British group -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr -- appear to be heading to the university's main building.
The Abbey Road pedestrian crossing that appeared on the cover of the 1969 album was included on Britain's cultural heritage list in 2010.



2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Paul will bring his acclaimed long-running 'One On One' Tour to Australia and New Zealand this December.
In a first for both Paul and Frontier Touring, the announcement was made in a Facebook Live event where Paul went ‘One On One’ with Australia’s own Tim Minchin to reveal all the finer details of the upcoming tour. 

Fans registered with will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through on Tuesday 27th June  @ 15.00 (AWST) / Australia 17.00 (AEST) / NZ 19.00 (NZDT) / London 08.00 (BST) using the password: PAUL1ON1ANZ
nib Stadium, Perth: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!
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Performing in stadiums and arenas in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland, this will be Paul's first Australian and New Zealand tour since 1993’s 'The New World Tour' more than 24 years ago.

Paul said of the announcement;
"We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening.  It is very exciting.  I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat.  Can’t wait to see you and all rock out together."
The 'One On One' Tour launched in the United States in 2016 and saw McCartney play 41 shows across 12 countries to more than 1.2 million people, winning rave reviews from concertgoers and critics alike:
‘In spite of the size of the venues, McCartney and his music forge a personal connection with each and every one in the audience.’ – PopMatters
‘McCartney creates a joy that is boundless both onstage and off.’ – The Washington Times
‘He’s an artist who defined the past, but he’s also an artist unwilling to let go of the future. Rest assured, we’re all the better for it.’ – Consequence of Sound
Irrefutably one of the most successful singer-songwriters and performers of all time, McCartney has soundtracked the lives of generations of fans with the most beloved catalogue in popular music.

Make no mistake – McCartney’s 'One On One' Tour will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Act quickly to secure your tickets!
Thursday 29 June to Friday 30 June 
General public on sale from Tuesday 4 July, see timings below
Sat 2 Dec | nib Stadium, Perth, WA (All Ages)
On sale: Tue 4 Jul (11am Perth local time) | Ph: 136 100

Tue 5 Dec | AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
On sale: Tue 4 Jul (12noon AEST) | Ph: 132 849

Sat 9 Dec | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
On sale: Tue 4 Jul (2pm AEST) | Ph: 132 849

Mon 11 Dec | Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
On sale: Tue 4 Jul (5pm AEST) | Ph: 132 849

Sat 16 Dec | Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ (All Ages)
On sale: Tue 4 Jul (1pm NZST) | Ph: 0800 111 999


A customised black 500SEL Mercedes owned by George Harrison for 16-years made a pit stop in Ely at the weekend as part of a promo tour.
It was driven up from London to be shown-off as its owner, a rock memorabilia collector owner, prepares to put it to auction in late November.
The car was parked alongside hundreds of other classic Mercs on Ely Cathedral's lawn as part of the Anglia North Mercedes-Benz-Club's family day.

Richard Mason, 67, the man tasked with looking after George's car, said he found it in Brighton while researching the rocker's lifelong love affair with the German car manufacturer.
He said: "The man who owns the car bought it as an investment four years ago. He agreed I could look after it and report on its condition, as it needed cosmetic work and to be brought out [of the garage] and shown to the world.
"I am a great admirer of George Harrison as a human being. He brought Eastern philosophy to the west and made meditation a thing.
"He wasn't a hypocrit. He did sex, drugs and rock and roll but grew as a person - for me he is not just any old rock star. He was a man with a social conscience he struggled with."
Mercedes enthusiast Richard, said George had the car, which features a bespoke black grill and wheel trims, specially customised by Mercedes in 1984. George, who died following a cancer battle in 2001, was also known to give Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr lifts it the studio in it.

It will feature in a TV pilot about George's love of motoring later in the year, and will be the main attraction at the NEC Classic Motorshow In November.
Paul Jobling of Anglia North Mercedes club said thanks to the inclusion of this prime piece of rock memorabilia his club's annual day-out, which included luncheon under a marquee in the Bishop's garden, was a huge success.
He also spoke of the car brand's enduring appeal to rock stars who made their way in the 60s.
"After the war there was a lot of anti-German sentiment so in the '60s they were rare so the choice of rock stars. So, if you saw one it was a 'wow' moment."They cost twice as much as a Jaguar E-Type, " he added.
In homage the car's rock and roll association, next month Richard will be taking George's car on a lap of Silverstone racecourse to the soundtrack of George's classic solo track 'My Sweet Lord'.
He continued: "I was told I could keep it in London if I looked after it. So I drove up to Ely so people could look and see what they made of it.
"Cars that have been owned by famous people don't move in same way so it's daft to put a price on something like this."But as a benchmark a Porsche owned by George Harrison for three years went to an auction in Stockport and made £37,000."Until the time the car goes up for auction Richard says he happy just to "bathe in the reflective glory of its illustrious owner" - arguably the nation's favourite Beatle, George Harrison.


The British Music Experience is hosting an evening in conversation with record producer Steve Levine as part of Liverpool’s celebration of 50 years of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Steve will talk about the production work of producer Sir George Martin and visitors will also get to hear some of the newly released restored versions of the original master tapes for the first time.
George Martin and Steve had a lifelong friendship after first meeting while working on Sailor's fourth Album.

In those years they shared their love of all things record production and when Steve won The Producer of the Year Brit Award, Sir George Martin presented it to Steve. During the event, Steve will highlight Sir George’s work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, a true technical innovator.

The event will take place from 6pm to 9pm at the British Music Experience in Liverpool’s Cunard Building. Tickets can be bought from the ticketing desk at the museum and are £5 in advance and £6 on the day.
The event is part of Liverpool's Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations
For more information, visit the website here.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017


It´s tomorrow! Thursday 22nd June 2017

As part of the city’s celebration of 50 years of the Beatles’ ground breaking Album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” the BME presents an evening in conversation with Record Producer Steve Levine.
Steve will examine the incredible production work of Beatle producer Sir George Martin.

The BME recently hosted a very successful event with Steve celebrating 40 years of the release of the debut LP from the Clash in 1977. Later that same year, while working on Sailors fourth Album, Steve first met Sir George Martin, in what would become a Life Long friendship and their shared love of all things record production!

When Steve won The Producer of the Year Brit Award, it was Sir George Martin who presented it to Steve. During this BME event Steve, will highlight Sir George’s work as a producer, arranger and, through his experiments with sound, a true technical innovator.
Highlights include the first chance to hear some of the newly released restored versions of the original master tapes. A close up look at both Martin's orchestration for “She's Leaving Home” and the recording of “A Day In The Life”.
Steve also recreates the famous mellotron part from the opening of “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and shows how the two different “takes” were stitched together to create the classic we all know. Recent technological developments will also give the audience an opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a new way. Because of the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track.

Once they'd been committed to tape there was no way of separating them. But now, through the use of revolutionary new software, there's the chance to hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.


ATTENTION: #NEW #COMPETITION IN #BEATLES MAGAZINE! #WIN 2 TICKETS TO AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT!! evening in conversation with RECORD PRODUCER STEVE LEVINE. The event is part of Liverpool's Sgt Pepper at 50 celebrations!
The event will take place on THURSDAY, JUNE 22 from 6pm to 9pm AT THE BRITISH MUSIC EXPERIENCE IN LIVERPOOL’s CUNARD BUILDING. Also:Hear the newly released restored versions of the original master tapes!


Paul´s first Australian tour in 24 years has been confirmed.
His Australian promoter Frontier are currently sourcing questions from local Macca fans on its Facebook page.
The musical legend will select from those questions when he officially announces the tour tomorrow night at 7.30pm.
In a modern twist Paul will announce all the tour dates and ticketing details during a Facebook live Q and A session — again on Frontier’s Facebook page.
The interview will be hosted live from London by longtime McCartney fan, Aussie comedian Tim Minchin, who is flying in especially for the event.
Paul’s Australian tour dates will take place in December and will include a stop across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand.

Mushroom GroupNo venues have been confirmed although a leak from Melbourne’s AAMI Park suggest McCartney will join the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and the Foo Fighters to play the outdoor venue which can hold around 35,000 fans.
Paul’s tour is expected to stretch further than the West Coast, and Adelaide fans are already hoping the rock icon doesn’t join the list of acts bypassing South Australia.

Paul has been courted by local promoters for the last decade, with Michael Gudinski winning the bidding war.
Paul has only toured Australia three times before — once with The Beatles in 1964, then with Wings in 1975 and his only solo trip in 1993.
Fans have flooded social media with excitement after teasers for the tour surfaced on Sunday, although The Herald Sun first revealed the likelihood on June 12.
Paul famously cancelled a tour in 2002, saying the tour was too close to grieving for the Bali bombing victims and he planned to reschedule.
Paul’s One on One tour has already played shows in Japan this year and will tour North and South America between July and October before heading down under.


Colombia 2017
24th October - Atanasio Girardot Stadium
Medellín, Colombia

"The last time we played in Colombia we had a blast and I always wanted to go back. I'm really excited to get there with my new show this year. Can’t wait to see them all and have a rock party."

This show will be Paul's second ever visit to Colombia. His first being five years ago when his record breaking 'On The Run' world tour visited Estadio El Campin in Bogota.

As a registered member of you are eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets for Paul's Colombia concert through the website at 8am (local / 2pm BST) on Friday 23rd June. To buy tickets on Friday, click the link below and enter the password:


Monday, 19 June 2017


A lost song written by George has been found inside an old piano bench. Olivia discovered the lyrics in the couple's home.

Olivia, found the lyrics for ‘Hey Ringo’ in a folder of notes stored inside the seat in the couple’s Oxfordshire home.
The lyrics, according to The i, say Harrison’s guitar playing is incomplete without,Ringo’s, beat. They include the lines: “Hey Ringo, now I want you to know, that without you my guitar plays far too slow” and “I’ve heard no drummer who can play it quite like you“.
“There was a folder in George’s piano bench and inside I found a typed lyric for Hey, Ringo. It think it dates from around 1970,” Olivia Harrison said. She also said she believed he had recorded music for the track on a home cassette.
She added that the piano bench was “the stool Billy Preston (Beatles organist) used to leap about on when he played with George.”

Olivia Harrison gave a copy of the lyrics to Starr at a party in Los Angeles commemorating her husband’s 74th birthday in February. She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”
The lyrics will be reproduced in an updated illustrated biography about Harrison, called I Me Mine. The book will also feature family photographs, other handwritten lyrics and unpublished interview transcripts.
Speaking about finding material for the book, Olivia Harrison said: “When George was writing he would leave notebooks in a desk drawer, or a cupboard or a kitchen drawer. He had a lot of piano benches. He would put a notebook down and never pick it up again so a song might be forgotten.

“I did have a reluctance to disturb these little time capsules. You don’t want to decant someone’s life.”
She also revealed the guitarist left behind “a lot of unfinished songs”, but “some of them are just not finished enough to release”.
She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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She said: “He’d never seen this song before. He said ‘What is this?’ He was so surprised.”

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Olivia, 69, had been seeking unpublished material for I Me Mine. “When George was writing he would leave notebooks in a desk drawer, or a cupboard or a kitchen drawer. He had a lot of piano benches.” “He would put a notebook down and never pick it up again so a song might be forgotten.” She added: “I did have a reluctance to disturb these little time capsules. You don’t want to decant someone’s life.” There could be more undiscovered George music. “There are a lot of unfinished songs but some of them are just not finished enough to release. There’s lots of little notes and thoughts too,” said Olivia.

George was recently voted the best Beatle by NME readers. He beat second-place John Lennon, receiving 3,600 votes, while Lennon only gained 2,100 votes. Paul McCartney came third with 1,400 voting him as their favourite and drummer Ringo Starr received just 636 votes.
The poll marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ classic album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. To celebrate the milestone, a special anniversary CD and vinyl reissue is currently on sale.

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