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Paul On The Cover Of This Week's NME - Friday, March 07, 2014

Paul features on the cover of this week's NME Magazine. The current issue takes the reader behind-the-scenes at the publication's recent awards night where Paul was presented with the 'Songwriters' Songwriter'.

Fans can watch a video of Paul receiving his award. The cover shot, taken by Dean Chalkley, also features Blur's Damon Albarn, punk poet John Cooper Clarke and Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys.

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Visit Abbey Road's legendary Studio Two - Thursday, March 06, 2014

We are pleased to announce ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’, unique talks taking place in April and May featuring special guest former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott.

The talks mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two, where many iconic artists have recorded including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, Oasis and Adele.Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, return for the third instalment of this fascinating talks series with a brand new lecture exploring the evolution of recording techniques and equipment, many of which were pioneered at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to the informative and entertaining stories behind these techniques, the lectures will include demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment, some of which has been used on many landmark recordings over the studios’ 82 year history. For the first time in the series, Brian and Kevin welcome a special guest. Renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will be return details

Ringo Starr is at work on his first studio project since the aptly named Ringo 2012, with Steve Lukather again at his side. The Toto guitarist, a current member of the All Starr Band, tells us he wrote a song for the as-yet-unnamed album. 

Lukather says he will also be touring again with Starr this summer, continuing a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. This lineup, the 12th for Ringo’s All Starr amalgams, also includes Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Richard Page of Mr. Mister fame. Lukather also sat in with Starr for the recent 50th anniversary-related concerts with Paul McCartney. All of this Beatles-related activity comes as Lukather is also completing a pair of new projects with Toto, beginning with a new live DVD set for release in April 2014 via Eagle Rock. Next comes a new studio effort, Toto’sinitial disc since 2006′s Falling in BetweenLukather says they are five songs into the record, which is being produced by CJ Vanston and features new drummer Keit details

It was a night when all the big names in Hollywood were at the Dolby Theatre… except for two. Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl decided against joining the Oscars' festivities to enjoy an evening out with their wives at a vegan restaurant on Melrose Avenue.

With Nancy Shevell and pregnant Jordyn Blum on their arms, the musicians no doubt took a chance to celebrate (again) their Grammy win for Best Rock Song.  McCartney, 71, and Grohl, 45, had teamed up with Ringo Starr and the other surviving members of Nirvana, bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear, to form Sirvana and were awarded at the music ceremony for their track Cut Me Some Slack. ‘This song was two hours in my studio,’ Dave said during his Grammy acceptance speech, ‘I called up Paul and said, “Hey, man, do you want to come jam with some friends of mine?” He came over, we knocked this out in a couple of hours, and to me, that’s what rock'n'roll is all about.’

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The year 1964 was one of the busiest and most creative in the history of the Beatles. In July of that year, they released A Hard Day’s Night, a movie that has been called one of the 100 best films ever made.  For Beatles fans, the film represented a rare insider’s look into the lives and personalities of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Pattie Boyd was, at the time, a popular model in London, who was hired to play a small role in the movie and met George Harrison, who immediately asked her out for a date.  Although she at first impulsively rebuffed him, the two were soon engaged in a red-hot love affair and were married a short time later.  Her view into the personal lives of each of the Beatles during the ensuing years of their success is unrivaled. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, the Catalina Island Museum will have a screening of the film in the Avalon Casino Theater.  Pattie Boyd has agreed to a live interview just after the film, in which she will discuss her memorie details

Some people like The Beatles. Some people love The Beatles. Some people have a room full of Beatles memorabilia. Jim Cushman falls into that last category. Cushman, a Mattapoisett resident and native of Middleboro, has an extensive Beatles collection that includes a pair of John Lennon’s long johns , a locket of Paul McCartney’s hair, Ringo Starr’s drumsticks and a t-shirt that belonged to George Harrison.

“They’re a part of me now. They’re in me, just like my wife and my sons and my granddaughter,” said Cushman of the band. “They’re an important part of me. They made me who I am.” Cushman, 59, began to accumulate Fab Four artifacts almost 30 years ago. But Beatlemania first gripped him as a 9-year-old when he tuned in with about 73 million people across the country to watch The Beatles perform for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. When The Beatles took the stage on February 9, 1964, 50 years ago, they became an instant phenomenon in the U.S. “Nothing’s ever been the same,” said Cushm details

Three of Britain’s biggest rock stars – Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May and Sir Bob Geldof - are backing the third Rock Against Cancer concert in All Cannings. The legends are helping to promote the concert at The Kings Arms in All Cannings, near Devizes, on Saturday, May 31.

Sir Paul and Queen guitarist Brian May are leading a social media campaign to raise awareness of the cancer charity event. Live Aid leader Sir Bob is fronting the reformed Boomtown Rats to headline the Concert at the Kings show in the village that has a population of only 630. They launched the annual event two years ago. Artists including Jeff Beck, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Mike & the Mechanics, Midge Ure and Tom Robinson have performed and help raise more than £35,000 for cancer charities. This year the organisers are aiming to raise the profile of the gig by asking stars to help a social media campaign by posing in Rock Against Cancer T-shirts - and first to respond were Sir Paul, Brian May and actress-singer Kerry Ellis, star of The Queen musical We Will Rock You’

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Ever wanted to take your picture at a landmark, but you've been at a loss for anybody to help you? That's no longer the case on one of Britain's most photographed streets, but it will cost you for the privilege.

A man has taken to standing at the corner of Abbey Road, London, next to the zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles album of the same name, which bears the iconic picture of the fab four crossing the street. The man will help you take a picture of you and your friends or family on the zebra crossing for a small charge of £4 a go. The enterprising man seems to help the tourists who flock to the popular crossing outside of the Abbey Road studios where many of the Beatles' albums and EPs were recorded. Tourists are charged £4 to have the man use their phones or cameras to take their photos, many of whom make the classic 'crossing the road' pose that made the album cover so famous. While he is not thought to be in breach of any laws, Westminster Council said it sounded as if he was acting as a street trader - f details

Duffy Power obituary - Monday, March 03, 2014

When Duffy Power, who has died aged 72, recorded I Saw Her Standing There on 20 February 1963, he was only the second artist to cover Lennon/McCartney on record. At that time Paul McCartney and John Lennon were trying to establish themselves as songwriters for other artists already considered successful and had written the song with him in mind.

Duffy was backed by the Graham Bond Quartet, including John McLaughlin (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass) and Ginger Baker (drums); and the producer was Ron Richards for Parlophone. When word came back that "the boys" found it "too jazzy", it was re-recorded, toned down, a month later. The group, plus Duffy, toured together and guested on the BBC radio show Pop Go the Beatles. Only three years earlier, under the name the Silver Beatles, John, Paul and George, then without a permanent drummer, had auditioned for the rock'n'roll svengali Larry Parnes, then Duffy's manager, for the chance to back either Duffy or Johnny Gentle (another of Parnes's stable of stars) on Scottish tours. They fell short on the day and details

Turns out, John Lennon was just as mercurially intriguing to those who shared studio time with the late Beatles star as he was to those who simply purchased the music. Lennon remains an enigma, decades after his awful murder: A peace-loving street fighter, a house-husband activist, as inscrutable as he is compulsively listenable.

He’s remembered for his flinty impulse to create (Lennon wanted to write, record and release 1970′s “Instant Karma” in a single day), and his sometimes shocking honesty (not just when he was angry, but also within his lover’s admission on “Jealous Guy.”) He could be strikingly upbeat (releasing a goofball oldies set Rock ‘n’ Roll on this day in 1975, just before quitting the business for five years), and remarkably vindictive (who can forget the biting critique of his former band mate Paul McCartney on “How Do You Sleep?”). Collaborators like guitarist Joey Molland, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Alan White were passengers on this amazing post-Beatles creative j details

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