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Cirque performer recovering after hurt during LOVE show - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A performer was hurt during a Monday evening performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE at the Mirage.

According to a spokeswoman for the company, Cirque said it followed protocol and "had the artist transported to a local hospital where they (the performer) have since been released in good condition."

While the show would not confirm what happened, a show attendee said the performer fell.

It's not the first time a performer has been hurt during a Cirque show. Sadly, one performer also died in 2013 after falling 50 feet.

  • Nov. 13, 2007 -- During the “Zumanity” show at New York-New York, two performers reportedly fell 15 to 35 feet from a white drape. One unnamed performer suffered serious injuries while the other performer, Alan Jose Silva, was treated for minor injuries.
  • June 26, 2013 -- An acrobat slipped from a slack rope and fell head first to the stage during a preview performance of “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, reportedly suffering a mild concussion.
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Beatles Radio Review of 50 Things You May Not Know About The Beatles by "Lovely Rita" - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

David Roberts establishes himself as a long time Beatles fan in the introduction to this e-book and offers up his list of list of trivia apparently hoping there are still people interested enough in these facts ( or fictions ) who haven't already heard them or some version of them. The Internet is littered with such lists and many of the entries are, in this reviewers opinion, irrelevant or in some cases second hand gossip that has been circulating for years. There is a disclaimer from the publisher at the beginning stating that no responsibility is taken for the accuracy of the information presented and since there are no citations for resources, we must proceed with caution.

 

There are, however, some fun facts and interesting stories included. One of my highlights would be the number 7 entry which tells the tale of the missing cardboard cut-outs used for the Sgt. Pepper album cover. It is not a new bit of information for me but every time I come across this I am astonished that none of these props have turned up to be auctioned, pawned, or sold on e-bay. Of course, if I personally was in possession of any of them, I would not part with them for the world, so I guess it's understandable that whoever has them is keeping it hush-hush.

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Beatlemania" seizes Mexican capital for 20th Beatles Festival - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
 A boy looks at the book "The Beatles on the Road" in Mexico City, where fans of the legendary band can view all kinds of memorabilia at the 20th Beatles Festival. EFE/File

Mexico City, Dec 22 (EFE).- The Beatles never had a concert in Mexico, but "Beatlemania" cast a spell on the country that lives on at the 2014 Beatles Festival.

Fans of the "Fab Four" from Liverpool will be able to enjoy concerts, movies, conferences and an exhibition at the Futurama Cultural Center in Mexico City until next Sunday.

The 20th edition of the festival features special guest Freda Kelly, who was The Beatles' secretary and will attend the daily screenings of "Good ol' Freda," a 2013 documentary about her work with the band.

Kelly will hold Q&A sessions with the audience.

"The best part is to be with her, to talk with her and share her feelings as a Beatles fan that shine in her eyes," Ricardo Calderon, president of the All Together Now fan club, told Efe.

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Singer/songwriter Joe Cocker, who covered Beatles classic 'With a Little Help from My Friends', dies after cancer battle - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Singer Joe Cocker after losing his battle with lung cancer. Sheffield-born musician Joe Cocker has died at aged 70.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed the news and said, "It is with the heaviest hearts we heard that our beloved Joe Cocker passed away last night."

"He was without doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain - and remained the same man throughout his life."

"We loved him and it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

The Sheffield-born star reached number one back in 1968 when he covered The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends".

The singer then shot to fame as a blues and rock singer in 1964 before he covered the Fab Four's hit single.

In a statement to the ECHOs sister paper the Mirror, Paul McCartney said, " "It’s really sad to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing.

"I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Saville Row and playing me what they’d recorded and it was just mind blowing.

"He totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

"I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we’ll all miss him."

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Prague Wall Dedicated To John Lennon Painted Over - Friday, December 19, 2014

Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!"

The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon's images and related graffiti after the Beatle's assassination in 1980.

Under the communist regime, it became a symbol of freedom and opposition to communism and young people used to meet there to light candles and lay flowers.

After the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution, it turned into a tourist attraction.

Recently, messages in support of democracy protests in Hong Kong appeared on the wall, while another Lennon wall sprang up in Hong Kong itself.

A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday and leaving the message, an apparent play on the words of the Lennon hit "Happy Xmas (War is Over)."

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Marissa Mulder Performs 'In My Life' By The Beatles - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marissa Mulder Performs 'In My Life' By The BeatlesMarissa Mulder puts her spin on a Beatles classic!

Rising cabaret star and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Performer Of The Year, Marissa Mulder persuasively performs The Beatles standout "In My Life" in a new clip now available to hear.

"There are places I remember / All my life," Mulder captivatingly sings in the new clip captured at an exclusive live concert.

The clip was recorded live earlier this year at vaunted NYC jazz and cabaret venue the Metropolitan Room, where Mulder has presented multiple shows including TOM... IN HIS WORDS and more.

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Paul Visits The Daily Show - Discusses His New Video Game Track - Wishes He Was On Ellen's Show Instead - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paul and Jon got together this week to talk. Jon as in Jon Stewart of the Daily Show.

The legendary Paul McCartney stopped by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on December 16th to talk about the decent (if super cheesy,) song he wrote for the new video game, Destiny. The pair talked about "Hope For the Future," and why it made sense for the former Beatle to write a song for the game, given the blockbuster nature of the industry today.

They also discussed topics like when Paul knew that music would be his future, grandchildren, and playing video games. Paul said that he does not play video games but when he does try he gets killed in only a few seconds.

There was a very funny moment when Jon Stewart told of his own kid and how he likes to watch the talk show "Ellen" instead of his show. Paul made a comment asking if Ellen has giveaways like CDs and Stewart accused him of wishing he was on Ellen's show instead.

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Official Bumper Beatles Bundles Christmas Contest - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As a special promotion for the Christmas holidays, the Beatles official website is conducting a daily giveaway now through Dec. 25. During “The 12 Days of a Beatles' Christmas,” which began Dec. 13, the website is giving away bags of Beatles goodies “straight from Apple Corps HQ” each day.The website says the prizes include records from the mono vinyl box set and more. Just clear the snow from the Advent calendar window each day to enter. One lucky winner will be selected daily. Winning names will be published on the website.

Julian Lennon announced the release of two new charity singles he's involved with on Dec. 15: “Sleep for England” with Stephen Emmer and “All Together Now”  by the Peace Collective, which also features Leo Sayer, Englebert Humperdinck, David Gray, Suzi Quatro, Clean Bandit, Paul Potts, Dionne Bromfield and others. “All Together Now” is not the Beatles' single but a new recording of the Farm's 1990 single and can be ordered on CD from Amazon.co.uk  or digitally from iTunes  and “Sleep for England” can be ordered from iTunes .

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Jazz Legend Who Used To Be More Famous Than The Beatles To Perform Concert - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A BONA fide jazz legend who formed a close friendship with The Beatles and has had his music played at Anfield is bringing an evening of world class jazz to Crawley.

jazzlegendThe Big Chris Barber Band, described as Europe’s finest traditional jazz and blues band, are coming to The Hawth in January.

The band turned professional in 1953 and played the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, which will forever be associated with The Beatles, soon after it opened in 1957.

Before Beatlemania gripped the world The Big Chris Barber Band were headlining concerts in Liverpool and meeting the famous four for drinks afterwards.

Band leader Chris Barber said:

“The Cavern started as a popular jazz club and we were performing there and at the top of other concerts.

“The Beatles were an interval band in bars at this time that we would go to after our shows.

“Both being involved in music I would buy them drinks and got to know them very well.

“Paul McCartney was always straight talking and easy to get on with, whereas I found John Lennon to be too intense.

“It was George Harrison I got to know very well, though. He was an incredible man.”

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Effective Content Marketing the Beatles' Way - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Great recognition on myriads of deeds, ideas, concept or a work of art that is posted online surely have a lot to learn from how the greatest rock band of all time, The Beatles, managed to spur undying support from millions of fans around the world with their 292 shows in a span of two years; where marketing strategies mainly depends on live performances.

Advancement in several technologies in this generation makes content marketing of products and services much easier and faster. Yet, not all does leave a lasting impression to every person, which most generational brands were able to grasp for some time. People might be able to upload and share their video on various Social Media, however, the fact that it was posted online the question still remains if it is worthy of everyone's time.

Making a video content that is highly sharable would probably lift any business ventures, leading new prospects back to the site and increasing conversion. It was like winning a virtual lottery where the prizes are the people who got 'infected' by the viral video which leads to increase in the bottom line.

But to reap such hefty benefits from viral video contents, some things in regards to effective content marketing should be done The Beatles' way, such as;

Generating Numerous Content Feeds: Before The Beatles was discovered by Brian Epstein, a record store manager in Liverpool, the rock band were just a group of teenagers living and performing at a Hamburg night club for 6 hours per night, everyday. Since they were resident musicians, they managed to create and experiment a lot of sample materials with the time in hand. Therefore, in a business context, producing a lot of sample materials or content related to the business franchise would make a great difference. Hiring a digital marketer to design those content would greatly improve the sales.

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John & Yoko’s 1969 “Peace for Christmas” Concert and WAR IS OVER! Campaign - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On December 15, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their global WAR IS OVER! campaign, protesting the Vietnam War.

On that day, they performed with the Plastic Ono Band at UNICEF’s “Peace for Christmas” concert in London.

(Getty Images)Apparently, UNICEF arranged the performance without telling the performers. John and Yoko were surprised to hear the show announced in November, but they agreed to it because UNICEF’s mission was in line with their own peace campaign.

Other acts included the Young Rascals, Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Blue Mink and Black Velvet, and Emperor Rosko, but the highlight was the Plastic Ono Band – Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Billy Preston, and of course, John and Yoko – and their special guests, Keith Moon, Bobby Keyes, Jim Gordon, and George Harrison.

This marked the first time that Lennon and Harrison performed together in a scheduled concert since The Beatles‘ last show in 1966.

And even that wasn’t planned. The Plastic Ono band was booked, but the day of the show, Eric Clapton showed up with most of the members of The Delaney and Bonnie Band, which included George Harrison.

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Ringo Starr on Hall of Fame Induction: 'Finally, the Four of Us Are In' - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ringo Starr first learned he was receiving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence when Paul McCartney called him up about two weeks ago. "He said, 'Would you accept the award?'" Starr says. "I said, 'Sure, man.' He said he'd been talking to Dave Grohl and other people and they were stunned that I wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he needed something to do that night and he's going to give me the award." Rolling Stone spoke to the affable drummer about his reaction and why he'll still be drumming.

Congratulations on the big news.
Yeah, the big news! My goodness! I'm so excited.

What was your first reaction?
I think it's good. I didn't know that George and John were in it. I'm not keeping up with it all the time. We'll have a very nice evening and it'll be my pleasure to receive the award.

So this isn't something you thought about much?
No. I didn't think about it much or expect it. This year has been quite busy. I've been touring a lot. I got the humanitarian award from GQ. I became a male model for John Varvatos, so my life is busy anyway. This came out of the blue. I didn't expect it. I got the call from Paul two weeks ago. He said, "This could happen. Do you want to do it?" I said, "Sure."

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Elvis Presley's Connection to The Beatles and Nixon featured in New O2 Exhibit - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two famous meetings that The King of Rock and Roll had, first with The Beatles, and later with President Richard Nixon, are featured in the new London exhibit, "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. It's no secret that Elvis was a huge influence on The Beatles to play rock and roll starting in their teenage years. "Nothing affected me until I heard Elvis. Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles," John Lennon said.

During the meeting, Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar to play, much to Paul McCartney's delight. Meanwhile, Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage at Elvis' pool table, now referred to as the world's most valuable pool table.

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Paul And Nancy Return To The US After Promoting New Video Game - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flying solo? Bundled up in her camel coat, Nancy walked ahead of Paul while he was escorted through

They may have caught the same flight but Sir Paul McCartney, 72, and his 53-year-old wife Nancy were strides apart when they touched down at JFK International Airport, New York on Sunday.

After a long haul flight in from London, the married duo walked separately as they were escorted through arrivals, former Beatles singer Paul keeping a low profile a few paces behind in tinted shades. 

The hipster, after 44 years in the industry, was taking a new direction with his musical offering having accepted an offer to pen a track for new video game Destiny. Hope For the Future.

Paul cut a smart image with youthful touches including a padded jacket and black plimsolls, while his wife kept her ensemble hidden beneath a camel overcoat.

The video accompanied for the track sees McCartney immortalised as a hologram, as he returns after 25 years out of the music business and 34 years since he reconciled with The Beatles.

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Father Of Modern Baseball Cards' Dies - Monday, December 15, 2014

Even most non-sports fans know what a baseball card looks like. There's a color photo on the front, along with a player's name, team and position. Many have a copy of the player's autograph as well as the team logo. On the back is printed the player's stats along with his height, weight and maybe a fact or two.

It's been that way since 1952, when a Topps salesman named Seymour P. “Sy” Berger redesigned baseball cards for his company, coming up with the new format at his kitchen table in Brooklyn with artist Woody Gelman.

"We wanted to make something attractive that would catch the eye," Berger told The Associated Press in 2002. "And we gave you six cards and a slice of gum for a nickel."

Berger died of natural causes on Sunday at his Long Island home at the age of 91, more than 60 years after reinventing what would become almost as much of an American pastime as the sport itself.

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Damien Dempsey's new charity single Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Damien Dempsey's new charity single Happy Xmas (War is Over) is available from iTunes, RTE.ie/shop or your usual download store

Happy Xmas (War is Over) is the new single from the RTÉ Radio 1 charity album, A Murray Christmas 2.

Damien Dempsey collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for their cover version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Christmas classic.

All of the proceeds from the single will be donated to Aware, a charity which supports people with mental health issues. Damien Dempsey's new charity single Happy Xmas (War is Over) is available from iTunes, RTE.ie/shop or your usual download store

Speaking about the song, John Murray, presenter of The John Murray Show on Radio 1, said: “Dempsey's take on the Lennon/Ono classic is very refreshing, moving gently and tender at the start but ending with the passion and strength that listeners have come to expect from him. 

"Paired with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and his own band, it is a very uniquely Irish version of Happy Xmas (War is Over).”

Happy Xmas (War is Over) is available from iTunes, RTE.ie/shop or your usual download store. 

The second charity album by The John Murray Show, A Murray Christmas 2 is also available to purchase. It's the perfect Christmas soundtrack with contributions from artists such as Lisa Hannigan, The Riptide Movement, Mick Flannery, Cathy Davey, Walking on Cars, Declan O’Rourke, Eimear Quinn, Donal Lunny and of course Damien Dempsey.

A Murray Christmas Concert will take place this Wednesday December 17 in Christ Church Cathedral.

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Paul McCartney is hopeless at Beatles video game - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pop icon SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY is useless at video games - even when playing as himself in a BEATLES simulator.

The legendary musician admits he is hopeless whenever his children challenge him to a go on the games console, and he couldn't even improve his reputation by playing bass on Xbox favorite The Beatles: Rock Band.

The game involves players imitating a member of the Fab Four and playing the music for their songs, but McCartney even failed at that.

He tells NME magazine, "I played that with my kids and they creamed me. I even played the bass thinking I'd have an edge, but it's all these little bombs coming at you and it's not like playing the bass for real. I just said, 'It doesn't matter if I win or lose - I wrote it.'"

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Sun Kings, a present-day take on the Beatles - Friday, December 12, 2014

Drew Harrison plans to sing “Imagine” on Dec. 31, just as he has done each New Year’s Eve for the past 38 years. In many ways, he feels it to be the perfect song for fresh starts. It is, as he says, “about possibilities, and it means as much to me now as it ever has.”

Harrison is the John Lennon of the Sun Kings, one of many Beatles tribute bands out there, but one he says is different from the others. Rain, for instance, looks back at the history of the band. The Sun Kings, in its own way, looks forward.

“We try to answer the question, ‘What would it have been like if they had not broken up in 1971?’” he says. “We create the experience you would have had, and we make the music as authentic as we can.”

Calling from a pub in the Czech Republic, Harrison and his bandmates are set to play Harrah’s Tahoe on Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $22; Ticketmaster).

Harrison first heard the Beatles when he was a youth at a recreation camp. His counselor put on “The White Album” and he fell in love with it, especially with his favorite Beatles song, “Dear Prudence.” He went on to earn a degree from UC Berkeley in peace and conflict studies. Then he started singing Beatles songs professionally, and the Sun Kings resulted 15 years ago.

“The Beatles are a genre, a genre to themselves,” he says. “There are so many people out there who love them. The songs are so much about the power and effect they have had on us.

“In live concert, it was not so much that they were talking to you. It was as if they were talking with you. The fourth wall came down and that is what we offer. A Sun Kings concert is an interactive experience.”

The band also includes James Funk, who handles the Paul McCartney vocals; Bruce Coe (George Harrison); Steve Scarpelli (Ringo Starr); and Ruben Salis, who accompanies with all sorts of instruments, sort of in the role of Billy Preston. The full name of the concert is “The Sun Kings, A Beatles Tribute as Nature Intended.”

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Beatles autographs from Newquay visit set for auction - Thursday, December 11, 2014

RARE autographs of the Beatles, collected by a fan who spotted them staying in Newquay during their Magical Mystery Tour almost 50 years ago, are to go on sale at a London auction house today.

The signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all feature on a page torn from an old address book which once belonged to a fan named Stella.

After learning that the Fab Four were staying at the town's Atlantic Hotel in September 1967 after filming in Bodmin, Stella approached three of the band members for their autographs.

In The Complete Beatles Chronicle, author Mark Lewisohn wrote: "The Beatles intended to stop here [Newquay] for just one night, but after considerable private discussion, in which they weighed up the merits of either moving on to a new hotel each day or staying put in one location and using it as a base, they opted for the latter alternative and decided to remain at the Atlantic for three nights, Tuesday to Thursday – September 12-14, 1967 – staying in four holiday flats. Much filming was done on Wednesday, September 13, beginning in the late morning when the Beatles and some of the actors set out in the coach, north along the B3276, to nearby Watergate Bay."

The signatures, in blue ballpoint pen, have now been put up for sale by Stella's granddaughter, and are expected to reach £1,800 to £2,200 at Bonhams in London.

John Lennon signed Stella's scrap of paper: "To Stella, love from The Beatles," before drawing a heart around the three autographs.

If drummer Ringo Starr had also signed the paper, the item could have been even more valuable.

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Beatles Tribute Documentary Out Globally Feb 3 - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Devolver Digital Films is proud to announce the digital VOD release of The Beatles tribute documentary, Come Together. Directed by Steve Ison and John Scofield, Come Together features performances by ten of an estimated 8,000 international Beatles tribute bands keeping the legacy of The Fab Four alive around the world. Come Together was filmed primarily in and around Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles -- including the world famous Cavern Club where they were discovered -- during International Beatleweek, five decades after the band was formed in 1960. Julia Baird, the sister of John Lennon, narrated the film. In addition to entertaining viewers, Come Together demonstrates the impact of The Beatles on global culture. Watch the trailer below!

The film's digital VOD release is scheduled for February 3, 2015 via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video HD, PlayStation, Xbox, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand, VHX, Gumroad, Google Play, YouTube Rentals, and others. For additional information, visit www.cometogethermovie.com.

"The idea for the documentary came when I went to Liverpool several years ago with a friend who performed as John Lennon in one of the featured tribute bands. I had never seen anything like it! 300,000 people, like me, with the same connection... the music of The Beatles," says Steve Ison, who co-directed the film. "The quality and diversity of the bands was unbelievable. We had to share this story with others."

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