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A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction. Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on Feb. 9, 1964.

Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named. Those included a signed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" original fan club poster for $59,375 and a "Beatles Meet the Beatles!" signed stereo LP for $56,250.

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A new restoration of the Beatles’ 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night” has been set to play in more than 50 cities nationwide over July 4 weekend. Janus Films announced that the music movie has been digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by the Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester.

The soundtrack has been remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios. The newly restored “A Hard Day’s Night” premiered earlier this month at the TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood, where it was introduced by Alec Baldwin and record producer Don Was. The film, which premiered in 1964 at London’s Pavillion Theatre, stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr with Wilfrid Brambell portraying McCartney’s grandfather. The story is a light-hearted satirical look at several days in the lives of the group and features eight Beatles songs, including “I Should Have Known Be details

Learning about the fifth Beatle - Monday, April 28, 2014

Vivek J. Tiwary is the writer of the graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle,” and a producer of many successful plays and musicals including “American Idiot” and “The Producers.” He will be writing the script to the film adaptation of his acclaimed book. Tiwary answered questions at WonderCon about his many accomplishments, the relevance of his work and answered if he ever met the living members of The Beatles.

The Daily Aztec: How did you become a producer? Vivek J. Tiwary: I was born in New York City and my parents were huge lovers of the arts. Ever since I was a little kid, they took me uptown to see ballet, opera, Broadway, etc. When I got older, I went downtown to places such as CBGB and The Ritz. I got to see early punk rock shows and early Sonic Youth. I grew up loving all the arts, not just avant-garde stuff, but also the fine arts and theatre. My Grandfather was a successful entrepreneur and a big influence on my life. He always said “you need to do what you love and you nee details

The Beatles reunion can never happen, but two Rutles, Neil Innes and John Halsey will get back to the backbeat at Swansea's Garage on May 25. Kate Clarke talks to Neil, aka Ron Nasty, about being very nearly fab.

HE is responsible for such rock ‘n roll classics as The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, What Noise Annoys a Noisy Oyster and Blue Suede Schubert, and he successfully sued Oasis for ripping off one of his own Beatles pastiches. Neil Innes, sometime member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band and another member of the original prefab four, The Rutles, will do their off-centre thing in Swansea next month. And while The Beatles were thoroughly cheesed off with being The Beatles, by the time they packed it in, The Rutles, says Neil, is a continuing pleasure for him. “We don’t do it often, so when we do get together it is a lot of fun. We did 8 shows last August and there was such a conspiratorial feeling to things. We enjoyed ourselves and I still found it all very funny. “In fact with the Bonzos, The Beatles used to come and see us play, an details

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez turned interviewer as he quizzed one of the city's favourite sons, Sir Paul McCartney. The pair conducted a video chat before the former Beatle was due to play in Suarez's native Uruguay in front of a 50,000 strong crowd in Montevideo. Suarez, who spoke in Spanish, asked Sir Paul about Liverpool's best cultural highlights, what he enjoyed about his home country and whether or not he would be going to the World Cup this summer in Brazil.

The Uruguyan, also joked with the singer about whether he would be supporting the South American team after they knocked England out of the World Cup. Sir Paul replied in equal jest: "England are not going to be defeated by Uruguay, I'm sorry. England are going to win the World Cup. You know that, I know that, we all know that but please dedicate a goal to me anyway." he said. Sir Paul, who will perform at the Centenario Stadium in the capital, said he would be watching the tournament on the television - and that his favourite football player was himself. Asked b details

A home in Miami, Fla., "The Beatles" visited on their first trip to America in 1964 is to be demolished. According to Curbed, papers commissioning total demolition of the Melvin Grossman-designed residence at 5750 North Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL, have been submitted and the wrecking ball will take the historic home down soon.

The home was owned by Paul Pollak, a prominent hotelier who owned the Thunderbird Motel. "The Beatles" came to the house after Life Magazine shifted the venue of a photo shoot, which was slated to be held at the Deauville Hotel. The mob at the hotel was uncontrollable and the shoot had become impossible. Linda Pollak, daughter of Paul Pollak , who is now running a PR firm Linda Pollack Associates, recalled the whole event for Chicago Tribune. Comedian Myron Cohen, who was in town to shoot the "Ed Sullivan Show" along with the Beatles, was her mother's friend and he insisted on bringing the Brit boys to the house for the photo shoot. Apparently, the Beatles were quite impressed with the house. They even came back the next day t details

Roger Daltrey received a special honor for his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust at the U.K.’s 2014 Music Week Awards, held Thursday night in London.  The BBC reports that The Who singer was presented with the award, called the Outstanding Contribution to Charity, by former Jam frontman Paul Weller.

Weller acknowledged Daltrey’s “tireless, fantastic work” for the “very worthwhile charity,” which includes helping to organize the annual series of star-studded benefit concerts for the Teenage Cancer Trust held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In accepting the award, Roger said, “I didn’t do this, I just got the idea.  The music business, the comedy industry, you’re the ones that have made it happen.” He added, “Keep it going, we do great work.  We lead the world in music, and now we lead the world in the way teenagers are treated with cancer.”  Daltrey also noted that he’s working toward establ details

Paul McCartney just released more tickets to his 2014 North American Out There tour and sales are topping the charts around the country, said Marta Ault on The former Beatle, now 71, will return to New Orleans on June 19 and Pittsburgh on July 7, and play his first shows ever in Louisville and Albany on June 26 and July 5 after opening his 16-date trek at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas on June 14, 2014.

It seems like only yesterday. But 52 years have slipped by since the “cute Beatle” scored sudden super stardom after he appeared as part of the Beatles with their first hit “Love Me Do” in 1962. It was then that Paul McCartney, along with boyhood pals George Harrison and John Lennon, and later Ringo Starr, set off Beatlemania for millions of unabashed Baby Boomers across America, and quickly became one of the most popular (and influential) acts in the history of rock and roll. Today, the former Beatle, now 71, with 32 Number One hit singles to his numerous credits, is widely recognized as the details

A fireman-style jacket once owned by John Lennon is to go on sale at auction. The blue coat is believed to be the same garment the iconic musician sported on the back cover of his and Yoko Ono's 1969 album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions.

Lennon left it on a coat hook at pal Jon Hendricks' home in New York City in 1978, and Hendricks then gave it to a friend, Andrew B. Harvey. No estimated sale price has been given for the item but previous jackets belonging to the Beatles legend have fetched up to $200,000. Harvey's certificate of authenticity states, "This British fireman's coat once belonged to John Lennon. It was given to me in 1978 by Jon Hendricks, my (then) common-law wife's uncle. Brothers Jon and Jeff Hendricks... were involved in the art movement known as 'fluxism' as was Yoko Ono. Through this they got to know the Lennons in the early seventies... "In 1978 we went to stay with Jon for a few weeks.

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The Paul McCartney concert scheduled for June 14 in Lubbock is now sold out. Select-a-Seat sold all remaining tickets in an hour after they went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The capacity for the concert is set at 11,500.

There are still VIP packages available for the concert with prices that range from $470 to $2000 per person. Anyone interested in purchasing one can call 770-2000. About 340 people also attended the wristband lottery drawing for the tickets at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Friday morning. Select-a-Seat is the only authorized ticket vendor. Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock held a press conference on April 16 at the Buddy Holly Center concerning legendary singer, songwriter, Paul McCartney's scheduled appearance in Lubbock June 14. Texas Tech officials such as TTU System Chancellor Kent Hance and Texas Tech President Duane Nellis along with Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson and other city representatives made the announcement as a collaborative effort between Texas Tech University and the City of Lubboc details

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