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The cast and producers of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles - the long-awaited play about the legendary music manager Brian Epstein - visited London's Leicester Square Theatre last week to officially launch the show's initial 6-week run at the venue this Summer.

2014 also sees Brian Epstein posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame after a campaign from fans and also the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque at the London offices of Epstein's company NEMS. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is the untold story and window into the private world of the music entrepreneur whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in the closet. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32. Acclaimed stage and TV star Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and actor Will Finlason will return to the roles of Brian Epstein and the fictional character 'This Boy' respectively, for which they each received rave reviews during the initial run of Epstein: The Man W details

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are among 40 paintings of rock heroes by graphic designer Paul Terence Madden going on display in Liverpool on Friday. He said, "This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music. The paintings are of people I love and admire."

They have been created by graphic designer Paul Terence Madden, who spent his nights away from the office watching bands such as the Sex Pistols. Madden grew up in Ellesmere Port before studying at Chester Art School, where he became life-long friends with Steve Lindsey, bassist from Liverpool Art School cult band Deaf School.   He then attended London College of Printing before working in a Soho graphic art studio. A decade ago, Madden began painting his musical heroes in acrylic paint. His works on canvas feature stencilled lyrics and touches of semi-legible graffiti.  He says: “This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music.


Every once in a long while, the members of Yesterday and Today get a request they can’t bring themselves to play. It’s not for lack of knowledge or enthusiasm. The six members of the Beatles cover band that’s set to hit the Lone Tree Arts Center this week have a working knowledge of the Fab Four’s entire catalogue.

The group based out of Nebraska have mastered tunes off of early records like “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Beatles’ final songs on albums like “Abbey Road” and everything in between. But the group has had to draw the line on rare occasions since they launched as an all-request cover band. “‘Revolution 9’ on the White Album; people request that to be a smartass,” said Billy McGuigan, a founding member of Yesterday and Today, as well as its guitarist, keyboard player and vocalist. That tune, an eight-minute sound experiment on the Beatles’ 1968 album that features Ringo Starr repeatedly droning the words “number nine,” would hardly make for a crowd-pleasi details

Boy embraces all things Beatles - Friday, March 28, 2014

John Leszczynski is a 5-year-old coping with a level of autism that has delayed his verbal and sensory processing skills. That means he doesn't talk. He isn't ready to read. His idea of play is a little different than others.

It doesn't mean he can't appreciate the music and lyrics created during the Beatles era, almost 45 years before he was born. I heard about the little fan of the Fab Four when I wrote a story about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His grandfather, Bliss Olsen, told me about his memory of the night when the mop-topped quartet made history. And he suggested that I meet John. "I don't really know when it started, but now [when he visits Bliss and grandmother Sheryl's Kankakee home], he spends 90 percent of his time listening to Beatles music down in my memorabilia room," Bliss said.

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Paul is Getting Back #OutThere in Japan! - Thursday, March 27, 2014

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul’s critically acclaimed ‘Out There’ tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and end here in Japan, today Paul confirms he’ll be coming back to Japan this May.

The ‘Out There’ tour travelled through Japan last November seeing Paul and his band perform six sold out historic shows in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo to a collective audience of over 260,000. This year Paul will return for his first outdoor stadium shows in Japan. 
The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, which was a global hit upon its release last year. The McCartney live experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; in details

Each direction could work, you think. But you’re stuck trying to decide which one. Well, you might try a simple technique that worked for Paul McCartney when he was trying to finish a song for The Beatles.

McCartney sometimes couldn’t decide on the lyrics for a piece of music he’d written. Should the lyrics be about X, Y, or Z? (Leaving his lover? Reuniting with his lover? Finding a new lover?) But instead of staying stuck, McCartney would immediately explore the different possibilities. He would write complete sets of lyrics for each, and then choose which one worked best. Peter Asher—a member of the ’60s pop duo, Peter & Gordon, and producer of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt—revealed this McCartney trick to me, years after closely watching Paul write songs while they lived together at the Asher residence in London in the days of Beatlemania. (At the time Paul was dating Peter’s sister—actress Jane Asher.)


Artpark announced Wednesday that Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will be a part of the First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park concert series on June 24.  

The All Starr Band will feature Toto's Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, original Santana singer Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Tickets go on sale Friday for $17 and $32 for a limited number of front of stage tickets. All prices listed include a facility fee, other fees may apply depending on method of purchase. Ticket prices increase by $5 the week of the concert.

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Filipino-American singer Malaya Watson wowed the “American Idol” judges anew as she performed a jazzy rendition of The Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road” on Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Manila).

Showing beautiful voice control, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban agreed Watson is the most consistent among the nine remaining finalists of the talent show. “Oh Malaya, gosh that was beautiful baby. Wow. You really chose a performance that showed us your voice and I could feel your voice,” said Urban. “When you hit the first notes to the end of the phrase, when you hit the ‘lead me to your door,’ your vibratos are beautiful. That’s where your personality comes through. We feel it, that’s you and we get a sense of your spirit.” Lopez, on the other hand, said Watson’s voice stands out among everybody else’s, adding that the 16-year-old singer reminds her of a young Michael Jackson. “I think of you during the opening number with the head banging and the whole t details

Kenny Wayne Shepherd will release his Concord Records debut,Goin’ Home, on May 20. The album—which was recorded in 11 days in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana—will feature fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, as well as Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson,

The Rebirth Brass Band, and one of Shepherd’s musical mentors, Pastor Brady Blade Sr. Shepherd’s band will feature singer Noah Hunt, ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, former Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, all of whom recorded the album on two-inch tape with minimal studio overdubs in order to secure a more back-to-basics sound. The tracks are wholly made up new takes on vintage classics by B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and more.

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Fight Over Money From Beatles Tribute Tour - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Two companies behind a Beatles musical revue claim in court that proceeds from the "Rain - A Tribute" tour should not be "held hostage" by their partners because of a separate copyright dispute. MagicSpace Entertainment and Rain Corp. claim they are owed nearly $410,000 from ticket and merchandise sales for performances in April and May 2013 and for taxes paid in 2012.

But defendants Jeff Parry, Nirenna Productions LP and 2468 Nevada LLC "wrongfully conflated the withholding of the money owed plaintiffs ... with resolution of the issues at the heart of the copyright action," the companies claim in a complaint in Westchester County Supreme Court. "The instant action is a simple case regarding the failure by the defendants to make payment of monies owed the plaintiffs for services provided from the 'Rain - A Tribute' tour of April and May 2013 pursuant to New York State law," the plaintiffs say. Rain Corp., of Reno, Nev., and MagicSpace, of Salt Lake City, are in the business of producing live entertainment events. In "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles," they stage details

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