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Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that when he started dating the woman who is now his wife, he was too timid to say those three little words.The legendary former Beatle admitted he was a little shy when he first started seeing Nancy Shevell in 2007 and only plucked up the courage to tell her how he felt in a song. 

He told The Sun: "It can be quite hard to say 'I love you' to someone. I felt this with Nancy but to say it wasn't that easy." The resulting track is included as a hidden song on Paul's latest album, New, and features the lines: "I'm scared to say I love you / Afraid to let you know / That the simplest of words / Won't come out of my mouth / Though I'm dying to let them go / Trying to let you know." McCartney, 71, eventually married Ms Shevell, a US businesswoman, in London in 2011, and also wrote the song My Valentine about her.\


October 10, 2013 (New York, NY) – Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the annual celebration of John Lennon in NYC, today announced the line-up for the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 6 at 8pm at Symphony Space in New York City,

Performers confirmed for this always exciting event include Steve Earle, Raul Malo (lead singer of the Mavericks), Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs ("Sexy Sadie" in the hit film, Across The Universe), returning fan favorites Joan Osborne, R&B great Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon and Rich Pagano (of the Fab Faux). Lennon Tribute creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola will be appearing for his 33rd consecutive year. Plus, The Buffers, an a cappella group from Hamilton College, NY has planned a special all vocal medley honoring the music legend. “It’s beautiful that Theatre Within continues to honor John’s memory and have such a powerful and positive impact with its annual Tribute to him,” said Yoko Ono. The Tribute, produced in association with Music Without Borders, details

Stockton’s Globe Theatre is to receive a grant of nearly £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help re-open the venue. The grade-II listed art deco theatre in Stockton-on-Tees will be redeveloped using £3,992,000 to create a 2,500-capacity live music and comedy venue.

It opened in 1935 and played host to bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly from the 1950s to 1970s before closing in 1997. The Globe Stockton Foundation will oversee the restoration project, working in partnership with Stockton Council and the building’s owner, developer Jomast Leisure and Property. It is estimated that the works will cost around £8 million in total. Jomast has agreed to pay £2 million and Stockton Council will provide £1.15 million.

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Sir Paul McCartney has accused The Rolling Stones for copying The Beatles during their ascent to success in the sixties. The unstoppable star has been quoted as saying that The Beatles' former rivals copied their career trajectory and even their dress sense during their heyday. "That is the truth. Look at the history:

The Beatles go to America, a year later they come too," says MacCartney, as reported by Contactmusic. "We wrote their first single (sic), I Wanna Be Your Man. We go psychedelic, they go psychedelic. We dress as wizards, they dress as wizards..." The former Beatle, his band and crew performed a surprise gig in New York's Times Square this week (10 October, 2013) arriving in a convoy of NY yellow cabs before performing tracks from his upcoming album, 'New'.

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Quarrymen records 'most costly' - Friday, October 11, 2013

Punk idols The Sex Pistols are more costly for vinyl buff devotees than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, according to new research. Experts at Record Collector magazine have calculated the cost of amassing a set of the rarest items for music fans.

And the God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant hitmakers have proved to be one of the most costly combos in the music world with the average cost per record among their hard-to-find releases put at £698. Unsurprisingly the list is topped by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon's early group the Quarrymen whose limited edition money-can't-buy releases are always at the top of any list of the most costly releases - the priciest being an acetate copy of That'll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger which is estimated at £200,000.

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Yoko Ono given top Iceland honor - Friday, October 11, 2013

JOHN LENNON's widow YOKO ONO has been made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland in recognition of her tireless efforts for world peace. The artist/singer was presented with the award by the region's Mayor Jon Gnarr at a special ceremony in the city on what would have been Lennon's 73rd birthday on Wednesday (09Oct13).

After receiving the award, Ono said, "Thank you for making me an honorary citizen of Reykjavik. It is indeed a great honor. It gives me an immense encouragement to continue doing good work."John and I believed in 'Nutopia', which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland. Each time I visit the land, I am reminded of what is essential and therefore most important in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being you." Ono made Reykjavik the center of her world peace campaign after launching the Imagine Peace Tower memorial in the city in 2007.

Paul McCartney spent his second wedding anniversary on Wednesday afternoon performing for around 400 high school students in Queens, New York. The kids at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts gathered in the school’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall along with Bennett, who founded the school 12 years ago, but had no idea who would be performing.
The show was recorded and filmed, and will be broadcast across the country on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s release of McCartney's latest album, New. It will also be streamed Monday on Yahoo.  Backed by his four-piece band, McCartney took the stage and told the students, “This beats going to class,” before turning in a 13-song set that featured three songs off the new album, eight from The Beatles and two from Wings. In between he spoke with New York radio legend Jim Kerr and took questions from the students. Among the topics dis details

An exhibit of drawings by John Lennon will be up in Soho from Oct. 9 to Oct. 14 to raise money for Citymeals-on-Wheels, a local emergency food provider that delivered 64,000 meals to homebound seniors in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year.

The exhibit, curated by Yoko Ono, is free to the public, though the gallery asks for a $3 suggested donation at the door for Citymeals-on-Wheels. Over the course of 11 years, Ono has displayed different drawings in New York City for Citymeals-on-Wheels, raising a grand total of more than $160,000. Ono said people initially balked at showing Lennon’s artwork years ago, likely because they only saw him as a musician. But Ono pointed out Lennon started as a painter and a visual artist.

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The National Trust has revealed that it will not be bidding for John Lennon’s childhood home when it goes up for auction at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club on 29th October.

The Beatles star lived in the red-brick terrace house (pictured above) at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree until he was five-years-old, from 1940 to 1945. It has been given a guide price of £150,000 to £250,000 but the Trust has said it will not be adding to its two-strong collection of Beatles' former homes as there was "no significance to the house in terms of musical influence or development". A spokesperson for the National Trust told MailOnline Travel: "Where we can, we take on properties of significant historical interest which are about to be lost to the nation, but we do not have the resources to acquire all the properties we would like.

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John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was desecrated by vandals over the weekend with writing and drawings, is back to its original state Oct. 7 after workers, first from Capitol Records, then the Walk of Fame, feverishly removed the damage on Monday.

“Although it is the Chamber's responsibility, we were out there first thing this morning attempting to clean the star. We made some great progress and then the company that installs the stars for the Walk of Fame showed up and they took over. They're going to strip and reseal the star which should take care of it. It will look great for Wednesday's Lennon birthday celebration!,” Jim Kuha, Senior Director of Adminstration for Universal Music Group said Monday afternoon.


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