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On Nov. 29, 2001, George Harrison died at the age of 58 after a long struggle with cancer. In a new interview, actor Mike Myers reveals that, earlier that day, he received a piece of fan mail from Harrison, which he says was the last letter the former Beatle ever wrote.

As Myers recounts to GQ, he was on the set of ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember,’ shooting a scene where many Hollywood stars are making a film about Powers’ life the day Harrison’s letter unexpectedly arrived. Myers had never before met or corresponded with Harrison, so he was thrilled to discover that one of his idols was a fan. He says that receiving it was “mind-blowing, dude. For the son of a Liverpudlian, a person who worships the Beatles.” Myers shared some of the contents of the letter, which he says is “prominently displayed” in his’ home. “He says, ‘…sitting here with my Dr. Evil doll…I just wanted to let you know I’ve been looking all over E details

IT was 50 years ago next month that The Beatles arrived in Australia for their first and only tour. But how did the biggest band there ever was end up in our then far-flung corner of the globe at the very moment the whole world was embracing them?

According to the man who booked them, it was “luck” and “instinct”. In July 1963, The Beatles were a rising rock band with a handful of hits under their belts, but already showing glimpses of the generation-defining, genre-smashing phenomenon they would become. Driven by a pair of gifted songwriters in Paul McCartney and John Lennon, complemented by drummer Ringo Starr and the baby of the group, guitarist George Harrison, the Liverpool quartet was already a musical force to be reckoned with thanks to years honing their skills playing in German and English clubs. By contrast, Kenn Brodziak was an established Melbourne promoter with decades of experience mainly in the theatre world. Having begun his career details

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --A smash-and-grab burglary occurred in San Francisco this week involving the son of a former Beatle. Sean Ono Lennon posted a picture on Instagram showing the broken window of a van parked in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono. He says the van belongs to his band and that a laptop was taken. He's promising a big reward if the computer is returned. Ono Lennon was in San Francisco for a performance at the Great American Music Hall on Tuesday with his band. The group is now in Vancouver.

Source: KGO TV, San Francisco

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Anxious fans tonight kept vigil outside a Tokyo hospital  as Sir Paul McCartney battled a serious viral infection. Macca, 72 next month, was admitted after his recent symptoms failed to improve.

He was hit by the mystery bug on May 16 – the day after he landed in the Japanese capital. His world tour gigs on May 18 and 19 were postponed as doctors ordered “complete rest” in his  hotel room while he recuperated. The Beatles legend, who had tests for a “minor heart irregularity” in 2007, had hoped to return for the third and final Tokyo show on Wednesday. But that too was axed as he was taken to hospital on Tuesday amid growing fears over his health.Now organisers have also cancelled a scheduled concert in Osaka tomorrow and a first show in South Korea capital Seoul next Wednesday. Vegetarian Sir Paul, who also practices yoga and meditation, is being treated at Tokyo’s St Luke’s International Hospital, with third wife Nancy, 53, at his bedside. One fan outside said: “I was surprised when I first heard a details

It was 50 years ago in June that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play. And to celebrate, hundreds of New Zealand musicians are teaming up to bring Beatlemania back to Auckland.

The Play It Strange Trust is uniting 150 musicians for two nights of music to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' two Auckland Town Hall shows on June 24 and 25. Each night's performance will have a different line-up. Among those performing on June 24 are Don McGlashan, SJD and Tim Finn, with Peter Urlich, Jason Kerrison and Jordan Luck among those taking to the stage on the second night. And though there were swarms of teenagers screaming at the Fab Four 50 years ago, this time hundreds of schoolchildren will join the musicians on stage, performing Beatles songs they have been rehearsing in the lead-up to the shows. Thankfully, it seems John, Paul, George and Ringo haven't been lost among the Biebers and Mileys that dominate the charts today. Play It Strange CEO Mike Chunn says when one student was asked if she knew any Beatles songs, she replied that she knew ever details

NEIL Innes is convinced that too many people involved in the music business are far too serious. And for more than 40 years he’s been on a mission to bring some fun back, both as a solo artist and with the likes of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Rutles, who come to Clitheroe’s Grand Theatre next week.

“Oh, musicians can be way too serious,” he said. “People are all individuals and need to find themselves and what works for them. “The music industry treats the music-buying public as a mob, happy to accept what’s thrown at them without questioning. “I’m afraid I’ve never been able to accept that concept. For a start, there’s no room for silliness.” The Rutles have become a cult, beloved by music and comedy fans alike. The original idea was for a sketch on Rutland Weekend Television, a TV series in the mid 1970s featuring Monty Python’s Eric Idle. Neil had the idea for a spoof of The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, which became a five minute sketch on the show.

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Paul McCartney is on the mend, his spokeswoman says. A virus infection forced the former Beatle to cancel his Japan tour and South Korea concert. TheSankei Sports newspaper reports that McCartney, 71, was admitted to a hospital when the infection worsened.

"Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo," McCartney spokeswoman Perri Cohen told USA TODAY in a statement. "He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world." She declined to say whether he remained hospitalized. McCartney's Out There tour is scheduled to resume June 14 in  details

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Paul McCartney has canceled his concert in South Korea next week due to the virus-caused illness that forced him to call off his entire Japan tour, organizers said Wednesday. The former Beatle, who turns 72 next month, had planned to hold concerts in Japan and South Korea as part of his world tour.
"I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first .time and I'm sorry to be letting fans down," McCartney was quoted as saying in a statement released by Seoul-based Hyundai Card Co. Ltd., an organizer for his South Korea concert. "I'm very disappointed by this and hope to be able to visit soon." The statement said that "Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable." Organizers said McCartney's side didn't give them details about his illness. Hyundai Card officials said they would offer a refund on the tickets, which range from about $55 to $290. McCartney was scheduled to perform at a Seoul stadium on May 28. It would have been his first concert in South Korea. His ill details

She was the impetus for two of rock music’s most identifiable love songs in the Beatles‘ ‘Something‘ and Derek and the Dominoes‘ ‘Layla.’ Pattie Boyd was also the catalyst for the first Beatles concert reunion.

On May 19, 1979, Boyd — ex-wife of George Harrison — married the former Beatle’s best friend Eric Clapton at his English estate. Harrison brought along Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for what turned into an epic, though apparently musically questionable, wedding reception jam. Also there on an outdoor stage at Clapton’s English estate (in the same garden, by the way, where Harrison wrote ‘Here Comes the Sun’) was the Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman, Elton John, David Bowie, members of Clapton’s band Cream and Denny Laine, from McCartney’s ’70s-era band Wings. Boyd, an ex-model who’d appeared on the cover of Vogue, was married to Harrison from 1966-77 & details

The walk to freedom for Sunder, a 13-year-old elephant who has been in captivity, could be delayed further. MLA Vinay Kore, who has been resisting Sunder's release, has now filed an appeal against it in the Supreme Court. 

The Bombay High Court had on April 7 ordered authorities to implement a state government order, issued in August 2012, to release Sunder into the wild. The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been fighting to secure the pachyderm's release and had moved the Bombay High Court as the state government's order to release him had not been implemented. Sunder who has been in captivity and was kept chained inside a dark shed at a Temple in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra for seven years would have been finally free from the torture. PETA India's Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate told NDTV, "This is an attempt from MLA Vinay Kore to delay the process of implementing the High Court order. All the paperwork from moving Sunder to a sanctuary in Bangalore details

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