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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

PAUL TO PLAY BENEFIT SHOW AT TOBIN CENTER TONIGHT

Paul is slated to play a fund raising event tonight to benefit the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Last show in San Diego
The Tobin Center opened last month after a seven-year effort to transform the old municipal building into a world-class performing arts venue.
Officials said landing the McCartney concert helps put the center on the map. 
KSAT interviewed Michael Fresher, president and chief executive officer for the Tobin Center, when the concert was announced in July. 
"Our board was very supportive of getting the biggest rock star in the world," said Fresher. "It's absolutely unheard of and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the folks in San Antonio to not only see one of the only remaining Beatles, but also to support the Tobin Center."
The Beatles legend easily sells out 50,000-seat arenas but this will be a rare intimate performance as the Tobin Center performance hall seats only 1,750.
McCartney and his band are scheduled to take the stage 8 p.m. This will be McCartney's first appearance in San Antonio since 1993.
The concert tops off a month-long grand opening celebration for the new $203 million performing arts center located in the heart of downtown San Antonio.

THE CHARITY DREAMGIRLS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS SINCE THE BEATLES 1964 TOUR

Beatles fans will be given the chance to relive the days of the 64’ tour, where the band performed in Bradford and later used the hotel in Holmfield as a secret getaway.

During the afternoon tea, the rooms that the band stayed in will be open to guests and there is a chance to take a selfie on the bed that Paul McCartney slept on.
BBC TV star Carol Smillie will host a 50th anniversary Beatles party at a Halifax hotel. The renowned television persona will join The Charity Dreamgirls at Holdsworth House on October 21, from 2pm to 6pm, for a Beatles-themed afternoon tea.


The fundraising event will showcase the band’s music history and will include live music and VIP treatment for the guests - with everyone receiving a goody bag. Tickets cost £25. For more, visit Here.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL´S THE BEATLES LOVE TO TEAM WITH LAS VEGAS PHIL AT LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL, 10/26




Life is Beautiful festival-goers seeking a never-before-
seen production will experience a special collaboration
between the internationally acclaimed show,The Beatles
LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage,and 
members of Southern Nevada's premier professional 
symphony, The Las Vegas Philharmonic. 
On the closing afternoon of the festival's three-day 
celebration of music, food,art and learning,the two 
organizations will come together in a one-of-a-kind 
showcase of artistic creativity and expression.
"Unexpected stage presentations like these are what 
sets Life is Beautiful apart from all other festivals 
around the country,"states founder Rehan Choudhry.
"We're always looking for exceptional ways to 
highlight the incredible artists who reside in our own 
backyard,while offering our patrons a highly 
distinctive and purposeful entertainment experience."
Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic will perform a 40-minute tribute to The Beatles, playing original
scores adapted specifically for Life is Beautiful under the guidance of The Beatles LOVE Music Director
Giles Martin. The set will include a captivating performance from LOVE featuring more than 50 dancers 
and aerialists from its resident production at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
"Combining live music from The Las Vegas Philharmonic and celebrating the legacy of The Beatles
all in a high-energy setting and different performance space at the Festival creates a unique performance 
opportunity for us,"said LOVE Head Coach Dan Niehaus. "We have customized our choreography 
and scenic elements specifically for an outdoor venue to recreate favorite moments from our show."
"This collaboration and partnership represents an artistic vision and a unique and wonderful opportunity 
to work with incredible artists in the community. We have come to a point of intersection, the sweet spot
that will tell the story, as the three organizations combine talents, dreams,and vision",says Jeri Crawford
President and CEO of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil will perform with members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic at Life
is Beautiful on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

ED SHEERAN SOUGHT PAUL ADVICE


 Ed Sheeran sought life advice from Paul  McCartney.
The 'Sing' hitmaker spoke to the music legend at an Oscars after-party and the Beatles singer encouraged the flame-haired star to take note of how other big names, such as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Justin Timberlake, interact with people.
He said: ''[Paul] was chatting to my cousin for ages, and the last time I'd seen him, he was being lovely to my dad.
''I asked why he takes time to speak to everyone, and he said, 'If you look at every big star in the world, from Beyonce to Dave Grohl to Justin Timberlake, they are lovely because they're all comfortable in their own space.'

''It is easier when you are comfortable with yourself and what you've achieved - you don't have to put up a front. And it's a better way of living, being happier and not bitter.''
While the 23-year-old star was happy to get advice from the 72-year-old singer, he insists he always tries to be ''brutally honest'' anyway because he would hate to be described as ''fake''.
Speaking to The Sunday Times' Culture magazine, he added: ''As long as I'm myself, and brutally honest with myself, I'm fine.
''It would be far worse to be all glossy and 'pop', because that's being a fake idol.''Being human is important.''

“AN EVENING WITH LOUISE HARRISON"

The 2014 Insiders Series at The Bridges at RSF presented “An Evening with Louise Harrison” Sept. 25.

Louise Harrison, discussed her book, “My Kid Brother’s Band a.k.a. The Beatles.” The book is the “never-before-told story of the author’s crucial behind-the-scenes work as an American resident to guide Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin and assist them in the effort to spread Beatlemania from Britain to the U.S. In the book, Harrison describes and documents her efforts to establish nationwide contacts and help Epstein secure distribution agreements with Capitol Records and assist him in securing a meeting with CBS’s Ed Sullivan.



 









“The book also describes her experiences in traveling with the Beatles on their first American tours in the summer of ’64, ’65 and ’66, including many untold episodes of the ever-present hysteria faced by brother George and bandmates Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr and how they coped with Beatlemania.”

PAUL AND LOUISE HARRISON IN SAN DIEGO

Marty Scott (from Liverpool Legends):"Louise Harrison and I got to meet with Paul again this weekend in San Diego.He was as nice and gracious as ever.Backstage with us was Linda Mccartney's sister Laura(who was very sweet)and also Wings guitar player Lawrence Juber and his lovely wife Hope.What a great time and the show was AMAZING". (Thanks Marty for this!)



GEORGE FEST - VIDEOS

George Fest, which also featured performances by "Weird Al" Yankovic, Harrison's son Dhani, and members of the Killers, Spoon, Velvet Revolver and more, took place on September 28th at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre. The show doubled as a benefit for the Jameson Neighborhood Fund, which raises money for local charities. One hundred percent of ticket sales for George Fest went to Sweet Relief, a charity that aids career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet.
In addition to the performances below, Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel teamed up with Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd for Let It Be's "I Me Mine," Ben Harper took on "Give Me Love (Peace on Earth)" from Living in the Material World and Heart's Ann Wilson recruited Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum for the All Things Must Pass track "Beware of Darkness."
Leading up to the event, Conan O'Brien – who made an unannounced appearance at George Fest – showcased many of the performers on his talk show for what he had dubbed George Harrison week. On various nights, Norah Jones sang "Behind That Locked Door," from All Things Must Pass, Dhani performed "Let It Down" and "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)," from the same record, Paul Simon covered "Here Comes the Sun" and Beck had fun with "Wah Wah," also from All Things Must Pass.
The box set, which Dhani oversaw, also came out last week. In addition to the six Harrison albums that Apple Records released, it included a number of previously unheard recordings. A notable one was "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)," which features guest appearances by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Dhani, Kara DioGuardi and, on drums, Ringo Starr.


 


Monday, 29 September 2014

STARS SING FOR STATUE OF BRIAN EPSTEIN

Pop and soap stars joined forces with politicians to record a single in Liverpool aiming at raising money for a statue in the city to the man credited with discovering the Beatles. 





Brian Epstein, who died in 1967 aged 32, managed the Fab Four and persuaded record label EMI to sign them up.







Stars at the city's Parr Street Studios included OMD's Andy McCluskey, Coronation Street's Craig Charles and former Liverpool FC manager Roy Evans.

NEW VIDEO: CALL ME BACK AGAIN

Watch the new video for the classic Wings song 'Call Me Back Again'.
This remastered version of the track will be released on Monday 3rd November on the 'Venus and Mars' reissue. Also released on the same day is the remastered 'At The Speed Of Sound'.

Check out the full release details HERE: http://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/wings-reissue-venus-and-mars-and-at-the-speed-of-sound
What is GAR 6922? ... GAR 6922 was the McCartney family phone number when Paul was growing up.




Music video by Wings performing Call Me Back Again. (C) 2014 Copyright owned by MPL Communications Inc under exclusive license to StarCon, LLC d/b/a Hear Music

PAUL AT PETCO PARK, SAN DIEGO - PHOTOS

Paul is still going strong, and he brought his concert tour to Petco Park Sunday night for his first public appearance in San Diego in 38 years.

Paul last played here in 1976 at what was then known as the San Diego Sports Arena. He played a private show in Rancho Santa Fe in 2003.
Paul opened the show with Eight Days a Week. He thrilled audience when he said, "Go Chargers."


SETLIST:
1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. All My Loving
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady
6. Paperback Writer
7. My Valentine
8. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
9. The Long And Winding Road
10. Maybe I'm Amazed
11. I've Just Seen A Face
12. We Can Work It Out
13. Another Day
14. And I Love Her
15. Blackbird
16. Here Today
17. New
18. Queenie Eye
19. Lady Madonna
20. All Together Now
21. Lovely Rita
22. Everybody Out There
23. Eleanor Rigby
24. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
25. Something
26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
27. Band On The Run
28. Back In The U.S.S.R
29. Let It Be
30. Live And Let Die
31. Hey Jude
32. Day Tripper
33. Hi Hi Hi
34. Get Back
35. Yesterday
36. Helter Skelter
37. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End











Sunday, 28 September 2014

PAUL AT PETCO PARK TONIGHT

Paul will bring his concert tour to Petco Park Sunday night for his first public appearance in San Diego in 38 years.
Paul -- who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth -- last played here in 1976 at what was then known as the San Diego Sports Arena. He played a private show in Rancho Santa Fe in 2003.
Paul and his band have been playing Beatles staples during their tour, with shows lasting close to three hours.

Because Petco Park's 42,000 or so tickets have sold-out, authorities are suggesting attendees take public transportation to the ballpark.
All three trolley lines serve the East Village and Gaslamp Quarter. Passengers are encouraged to board a trolley by 6:30 p.m. at the latest. The parking lot next to the Qualcomm Stadium station won't be available until well after 6 p.m. because of the Chargers game Sunday afternoon.
The Metropolitan Transit System is encouraging passengers to use the Green and Orange lines after the concert. Click here for more information.
North County residents can take Coaster trains that leave the Oceanside Transit Center at 1:50 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. A northbound train to go home is scheduled to depart the downtown San Diego station at midnight.

BRIAN EPSTEIN: STATUE TO HONOUR "FORGOTTEN"

 
Campaigners hope to raise £70,000 for the statue with a charity single

He may have given the world the Fab Four but Brian Epstein is hardly a household name in Liverpool.
There is the Epstein Theatre but campaigners argue more is needed to celebrate the man who took The Beatles from local heroes to global superstars changing pop music forever.
"There is nothing really in Liverpool, apart from the theatre which is just a name really, to mark Brian Epstein not even a blue plaque," said Bob Pitt, founder of Statue4Eppy.
Hence the idea of a statue in the city alongside The Beatles own John Lennon, comedy legend Ken Dodd and "Battling" Bessie Braddock, who served as a Labour MP for the city from 1945 to 1969.
Billy Kinsley, lead singer of 60s band The Merseybeats, explained why he is backing the project.
"Without Brian there would have been no Beatles and without The Beatles we would just be known as a seaport," he said.
'Forgotten man'
"He is a forgotten man over here, you mention his name in the States and everyone knows who he was," he added.
The band were briefly managed by Epstein but parted company because he would not kit them out in suits like The Beatles.
"It was the biggest mistake we ever made," said Kinsley, who also tasted pop success in the 1970s with Liverpool Express.
In keeping with the city's musical heritage the Statue4Eppy campaign has hit on a musical solution to raise funds for the venture.
Pitt, a veteran entertainer, has enlisted stars of the Merseybeat era and others to donate their time in a fund-raising effort which resembles Band Aid.
The last touches are being made to a charity single aimed at raising £70,000 for the statue to be erected in the city centre.
Merseybeat legends, sports and showbiz stars are recording the final takes and a video on Sunday.
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Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein was managing the record section of his family's department store in Liverpool when he first saw The Beatles at The Cavern Club. After signing the band in January 1962 he changed their image from leather jackets and jeans to suit and ties.
Despite several knockbacks he eventually persuaded EMI to sign the future Fab Four.
Other acts Epstein managed included Cilla Black, Gerry and The Pacemakers and Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.
He died in 1967 aged 32 caused by an accidental overdose from a sedative.
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Singer/song writer Pitt has teamed up with Kinsley, who is now a record producer. He has brought his lyrics to life with an eclectic band of musicians and singers.
Blue plaque
Vocalists on the song, "Our Thanks", include Owen "You're my favourite waste of time" Paul, Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and children from All Saints Primary School, Anfield, Liverpool, forming part of the choir.

Brian Epstein changed The Beatles' image
Those lined up for Sunday's Live Aid Style recording session and video, include former Liverpool manager Roy Evans, MPs Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham, actors Tricia Penrose (Heartbeat), Crissy Rock (Benidorm) and Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses).
Liverpool stars from the 60s who are lining up number, Beryl Marsden, the female vocalist signed by Epstein before Cilla Black and Geoff Nugent, lead singer of The Undertakers.
A cast for the statue has already been made by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy whose other works include John Lennon at the city's airport, comedian Ken Dodd, former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly and the Moores brothers, who founded the football pools empire.
The Statue4Eppy campaign hope it can be sited in Whitechapel near former site of NEMS, the department store owned by Epstein's family.
Pitt said he would love a blue plaque to form part of the statue.
 
Brian Epstein on the BBC
 

GEORGE ON HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH ERIC CLAPTON: MINIMATION







This video is taken from a 1987 interview with George (the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM) where he discusses how his unusual friendship with Eric Clapton. 







 
Say your best friend was in love with your spouse. So in love, in fact, that he or she wrote a passionate ode to your spouse that became one of the biggest hits in rock radio history. Awkward, right? It would pretty tough to stay friends under those conditions, would it not?
But, as well all know, rock stars are a different breed. And so, after a bit of weirdness between George Harrison, who was married to Patti Boyd, and Eric Clapton, who would soon marry her, it was all good. So good, that George was the best man at the Clapton/Boyd wedding, as George explains in this interview.

And not only that: they still played music together. At the time of this interview, George was plugging his comeback album, 1987’s Cloud Nine which Clapton played lead guitar on (the album also featured Harrison’s fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne, Elton John and Ringo Starr, among others).  A few years later, George contributed “Run So Far” (and played guitar on the track) to Clapton’s 1989 Journeyman album.
Alas, the Boyd/Clapton marriage didn’t last either; they divorced in 1989. She tells her side of the story in her 2007 memoirs, Wonderful Tonight (named after the song that Clapton wrote about her).
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