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He looks, talks, sings and plays the bass guitar like Paul McCartney – but it was another Beatle who Steve White impersonated when he started out on the tribute circuit.

The 46-year-old originally mimicked John Lennon before his audience pointed out he had more than a passing resemblance to McCartney, who had actually been his main idol all along. So he learned to play guitar left-handed – just like the man himself – and started a journey that would eventually see him land a role in The Bootleg Beatles.

Since joining almost four years ago, Steve has toured the world and swapped crowds of a few hundred in British clubs for 15,000 fanatics in faraway places like Mongolia. 

"Before The Bootleg Beatles I was playing the rhythm guitar in a John Lennon-type role but when we turned up at venues, people said 'you must be Paul'," says Steve, of Mansfield Woodhouse. "It happened more and more so eventually the bass player and I decided to switch. "I'm naturally right-handed at playing guitar and it used to nark me when people pointed that out so I put the strings on the other way on a cheap bass guitar and learned to play left-handed.

"It wasn't some sort of conceived masterplan to g details

Beatles For Sale head to Penarth - Friday, December 11, 2015

BEATLES For Sale are heading Penarth this December for a performance at the Paget Rooms.

The band were formed in 2005 by Welsh drummer Simon Adams and bring their Fab Four tribute to Penarth on Friday, December 18.

The band who are currently based in Cardiff and Brighton have a full repertoire of all the Beatles’ hits; from the early songs Please Please Me and Love Me Do through the Sgt. Pepper's classics like the title song itself and With a Little Help From My Friends to the piano led legendary hits Hey Jude and Let It Be.

The Beatles For Sale are one of the UK’s leading and most talented tribute bands, coming from an exemplary stable of musicians who’ve played with such artists as Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Midge Ure (Live Aid, Ultravox) and backed Morrissey and Nancy Sinatra, amongst others, including Mary Hopkin who actually sang and worked with The Beatles themselves.

Tickets to the show cost £12 in advance and are available from Foxy's Deli in Penarth or Spillers Records in Cardiff.

Last ever Beatles Live show was in Cardiff 50 years ago this month.


Paul Saltzman, author of the book, "The Beatles in Rishikesh" spent time with the group when they were staying at the Chaurasi Kutiya in 1968. The Canadian film producer, who was "nursing a broken heart" at that time, was counselled by John Lennon who provided him solace with the advice, "the really great thing about love is that you always get another chance."

He recounts to Shivani Saxena his memories of the Fab Four What are your abiding memories of the time you spent with the Beatles in Rishikesh? John was very kind to me, I'd arrived at the ashram to heal a broken heart, having just been dumped by my girlfriend. When John learned of this he said to me, " Ah, yes love can be very hard on us, can't it? And I said, "Yes" and then he said to me, "But, you know Paul, the really great thing about love is that you always get another chance."

In that moment, his wise perspective helped me to feel better, for which I will forever be thankful to John Lennon. How do you feel about the Beatles ashram as it is referred to now, being opened for tourists? I think it's wonderful that the ashram is being fixed up and reopened for visitors and Beatles fans. It's a historic site and I hope it draws more people from both withi details

A decision of Uttarakhand government will make millions of Beatles’ fans happy around the globe.

The state forest department on Tuesday opened the gates of ‘Chaurasi Kutia’ in Rishikesh - the place where the members of English band stayed during their visit to India.

‘Chaurashi Kutia’ popularly known as ‘Beatles Ashram’ will remain open for six months in a year as it is located inside Rajaji National Park (RNP), said DVS Khati, chief wildlife warden, while announcing the decision in the presence of forest minister Dinesh Agarwal.

The RNP remains open for the tourists from November 15 to June 15.

“We hope the ashram will be a treat to the Beatles fans. It will also emerge as a major attraction for the visitors,” Khati said.

Earlier this year, Uttarakhand Wildlife Board decided to start eco-tourism activities at the place which is literally worshipped by the fans of ‘Fab Four’.

Ringo Star, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon visited Mahesh Yogi’s ashram here in February 1968 to learn transcendental meditation. They stayed here at the igloo shaped huts for nearly two months. During their stay, they pe details

White Album 000001 sells for $790000 - Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Ringo Starr has pocketed an extra $AUD1,076,288 after selling his personal copy of The Beatles "The Beatles" aka "The White Album" at auction. There's a trend towards downsizing when we get older. When the albums were initially manufactured the numbering was sequential so the buyer actually has the first copy of that classic recording every made. It was part of an extensive auction for Starr and wife Barbara Bach. The kit was used to record some of The Beatles" earliest tracks, including "Can't Buy Me Love", "She Loves You", "All My Loving" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand'. A drum kit played by Beatle Ringo Starr on some of the Fab Four's greatest hits has been snapped up at auction by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team for an eye watering $2.2m (£1.4m). The Colts owner and rock memorabilia enthusiasts previously purchased high-profile instruments like Bob Dylan's 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar, John Lennon's 1966 "Paperback Writer" Gretsch guitar and Les Paul's "Black Beauty." This is the second auction in a month that Julien's, an auction house which focuses specifically on celebrity memorabilia, are holding in order to sell items once owned by the Beatles. When the same model Patek Philippe was auctioned in details

Like many music lovers, Kenneth Womack has this date circled in his mind's calendar.

Thirty-five years ago, on Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was gunned down outside his New York City apartment. The tragedy left a great unanswered question: Had Lennon lived, what course would The Beatles and the culture have taken?

“The effect of time almost makes it worse,” said Womack, a Monmouth University dean and a leading scholarly authority on The Beatles. “On a micro level, his life was destroyed and his family was destroyed because of his assassination. On a macro level, we were all denied the opportunity to see how he would have grown and matured through some really turbulent and at times buoyant times.”

It's tantalizing to theorize what might have been. Womack, dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and author and editor of several books devoted to The Beatles, shared his thoughts on the subject with the Asbury Park Press.

For starters, would the Fab Four have gotten back together?

“I absolutely do think they would have,” Womack said. “John had remarked before his death that it was getting very difficult to pass up the dollars details

Remembering The Day John Lennon Died - Tuesday, December 08, 2015

I should have cared more, but I didn't. I should have cried, but I didn't.

He meant so much to me.

But the day John Lennon died, my life and his music were never more distant. On the night of December 8, 1980, I was soldering circuit boards in my apartment above a bar in downtown Washington, D.C., when I heard the news. I was building a synthesizer; I was in a psychedelic new wave dance band called Tiny Desk Unit.

I grew up with The Beatles. Their arrival in the United States happened when I was eleven. I heard Beatlemania unfold on my transistor radio and black-and-white TV. I still remember how the lights from Shea Stadium lit up the night sky when The Beatles played there in 1965. I still remember wishing I was there. I never did see John Lennon live, but his music had been my life's soundtrack.

I was inspired by The Beatles to pick up the guitar and play, as were so many kids of the day. I think the words of the guitar teacher to my mom were something like, "He's got no musical ability; don't waste your money." It took fourteen years for me to get over that, and one day I quit my record store job and decided to be an electronic musician, a decision that would eventually lead to my work at NPR details

Some losses echo like thunder.

And sometimes that thunder can echo for years, decades.

Four gunshots, that's all it took. The thunder of those shots continues to echo.

A tremendous loss, one felt today just as deeply as it was felt on Dec. 8, 1980.

The night John Lennon died, I was one day shy of being 5 months old. At that age, you have no idea what is going on. You don't know that a man who sang his vocal cords bloody on "Twist and Shout" was no longer with us. You had no clue that the artist who gave us "Strawberry Fields Forever" had passed away. It didn't register that a visionary who urged us to "Imagine" living life in peace had been terribly silenced. There was no concept of loss when a father who wrote songs like "Good Night" and "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" for his children had been taken away from his family.

But you grow up. And if you're lucky, you grow up in a household like I did, where your parents were fans of the music. I can remember being a very young boy and seeing calendars and photos with The Beatles on them. I remember my dad pointing to each Beatle and telling me their names. I remember him pointing at one and saying, "And this one isn't here anymore. He died. An details

John Lennon was many things: A Beatle, an activist, an icon. For about a decade, he was even a New Yorker.

amNewYork spoke with Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer, Bob Gruen, about those New York City years ahead of the 35th anniversary of Lennon's death.

Gruen, who photographed Lennon from 1971-1980, described the musician as "very amazing, very charismatic, very grounded, a lot of fun to be with."

He also got to witness Lennon as a father; Lennon spent five years as a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son, Sean. Gruen said Lennon was "very attentive and very caring and very involved" in Sean's life. He made less music in those years because caring for his young son was much more important to him, Gruen recalled.

Gruen, a Manhattan-based photographer, has worked with countless music icons, from Elvis to Madonna to Bob Marley. But some of Gruen's most famous photos are of Lennon in New York City. In one series of photos from 1974, Lennon posed on the roof of his apartment in a sleeveless New York City T-shirt that Gruen had bought for him a year earlier on the street for just $5.

Gruen also photographed Lennon at the Statue of Liberty amid a deportation battle between Lenno details

An auction of more than 1,300 clothes, instruments, pieces of jewellery and other items owned by Ringo Starr has raised a total of $9.2m (£6.1m).

The highlight of the sale was a drum kit played by Starr on many Beatles hits, which fetched $2.1m (£1.4m). A Rickenbacker guitar once owned by John Lennon made $910,000 (£600,000). Starr's copy of The White Album, numbered 0000001, sold for $790,000 (£525,000) - which is thought to make it the most expensive record ever sold. Auction house Julien's Auctions said it surpassed the previous world record, set when Elvis Presley's first acetate recording sold for $300,000 earlier this year. Starr's LP was the first mono copy of The White Album to be manufactured in the UK.

It was widely known that the band members kept the first four copies, but until recently it was assumed that Lennon had owned the first. Sir Paul McCartney told his official biographer: "John got 0000001 because he shouted loudest. He said, 'Bagsy number one!'" But Starr somehow got his hands on it.

The 1968 LP was not quite in mint condition, with Starr telling Rolling Stone: "We used to play the vinyl in those days. "We didn't think, 'We'll keep it for 50 years and it wi details

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