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This summer, I had the pleasure of visiting California for the first time. Although it was a family vacation with my girlfriend and her daughter, I did find the time to do a little bit of "Beatling about". Most of this was concentrated in the one day I spent with Gillian Lomax. Gillian is a Merseyside gal who has lived most of her adult life in the USA, following a hitch-hiking trip many years ago. A Beatles fan by heart, Gillian realised that Los Angeles was a city full of Beatles history, but without a Beatles tour. So she created one.

There are a few cities in the world with organized Beatles tours, Liverpool of course, London of course, Hamburg, New York and Los Angeles. I'm not sure if the New York tour still exists, but in 2005 I had the pleasure of attending a New York Beatles walking tour, guided by Trina Yannicos. You can explore a few Beatles sights in Los Angeles by walking, but most sights are far apart, so the best option is to do a tour by car.

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The sun’s rays, on a lucky day, are making their way through the rooftops of Liverpool. The solitary figure moves quietly over the sidewalks, dropping off the fresh milk at his appointed rounds. He is hungry and, as always in the morning hours, filled with anxiety, a smidge of anger, and a touch of day- dreaming—the kind of fantastic dreams that fill us with hope as teenagers.

Chances are that he is thinking about music and creating a reasonable amount of mayhem during the day ahead. In young John Lennon’s mind, the milk delivery is a necessary means to an end, a few extra pounds, a pur- chase here or there of American records, a chance to chart his future, undaunted and barely affected by the doubts of the adults in his life. Above and beyond everything he was—friend, lover, son, nephew, brother, student, milkman—he was an incessant dreamer and devilish manipulator.

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Come together - Monday, July 29, 2013

David John Paul George Ringo Lennon changed his name by deed poll, so it's hardly surprising that the man covered in Beatles tattoos would take the opportunity to warble John Lennon's 1970 solo album, Plastic Ono Band, in its entirety.

Lennon's music plays an integral part in the lives of the other fans featured in Candice Breitz's Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon). Breitz says her 2006 video artwork shares a superficial likeness to television singing contests in gathering a divergent group of people before the camera. ''The prospect of 15 minutes of fame may certainly have been a motivating factor for a handful of the fans who were drawn to participating,'' she says. ''But my interest was never in the caricatured figure of the star-struck fan.''

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Bruce Willis wants Sir Paul McCartney to star in 'RED 3'. The 58-year-old actor plays retired CIA agent Frank Moses in the action comedy franchise alongside an all-star cast including Dame Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, and thinks the Beatles legend would be the perfect addition to the ageing cast in a potential third instalment. Quizzed about which action legend he would like to join the stellar ensemble, he joked to BANG Showbiz: ''Paul McCartney. What do you think? Or Keith Richards.''


The father-of-four seemed also seemed excited about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child at the 'Red 2' premiere in London's Leicester square last night (22.07.13). Asked if his alter-ego Frank would be a monarchist, he replied: ''Yes. Cause he's a family man. He likes kids.'' Bruce was joined at the glitzy event by his on-screen love interest Mary-Louise Parker, who branded the actor her ultimate ''hero'' and revealed the cast had no time to rest while shooting the fast-paced film.

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Anyone who's seen Paul McCartney on this year's Out There! world tour can tell you how much he loves being onstage. From Brazil to Poland to the U.S., he's delivered epic three-hour sets full of Beatles, Wings and solo classics, complete with lasers, pyrotechnics and a secondary stage that rises high above the crowd. "It's very exciting," McCartney tells Rolling Stone. "You've got the audience going crazy, and the age of the audience is wild, too – there's so many young people in there, digging it. Half of them know the words better than I do!"

The day after he brought out Nirvana's surviving members at a stadium gig in Seattle, McCartney called from Los Angeles, where he was putting the finishing touches on his next album (featuring production contributions from Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin). He spoke about the high points of this tour, his memories of songwriting with John Lennon, why he'll never retire and more.

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A Nova Scotia teen received a once-in-a-lifetime birthday gift Tuesday at the Paul McCartney concert in Quebec City. Megane Rand says The Beatles are her all-time favourite band and it was surreal to see McCartney in concert. But her night took an exciting twist after she flashed a homemade sign from her spot on floor. The music legend spotted Rand’s sign, asking him for a birthday hug. She couldn’t believe it when he offered to grant her wish.

“I was freaking out! You know, it was Paul McCartney!” says the 13-year-old Kentville resident. “He said ‘um, well, it’s either you come up here, or I’m coming down there’ as a joke because I was frozen on the spot.” Randmade her to way to stage where she received a hug from McCartney. He also gave her an autograph and serenaded her with a rocking rendition of The Beatles “Birthday” song. “I don’t remember it very much because it was like a dream!”

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For Sale: John Lennon's Microphone - Saturday, July 27, 2013

A microphone which John Lennon used to record 'Imagine' has been placed on sale, with bids starting at £1500. More than 30 years after his death, John Lennon remains an instantly recognisable icon. Renowned for his work with The Beatles, the Liverpool born artist's solo work also retains an enduring place in pop culture.

Produced by Phil Spector, the 'Imagine' album is perhaps the most potent of Lennon's post-Beatles output. Containing that seminal title cut - and countless other fantastic moments - it remains John Lennon's best selling solo release. Now studio equipment used to record the album has emerged online. Amongst the studio trickery on offer are all manner of modulators and tape recorders, but perhaps the items of most interest are a pair of Neumann microphones.

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The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," came out way back in 1962, and now that it's more than 50 years old, the song is currently out of copyright in the Europe. This has allowed Mischief Music to release a unique version of the single on heart-shaped red vinyl.

This remastered 12-inch will come out tomorrow (July 26), and can be purchased through www.fab4store.com. As with the original version of the single, it comes backed with "P.S. I Love You." See a picture of the record above
According to a report earlier this year by Complete Music Update [via Rolling Stone], the European Union has agreed to extend the copyright on sound recordings from 50 years to 70 years. The new law won't come into effect until later this year, however.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney says as long as he can walk and get about, he plans to keep performing. He tells Rolling Stone magazine he "can't imagine ever not" performing and touring. He says it's: "what I do, and it's what I've always done, and I love it so much." He says now that he's in his 70s, he realizes he doesn't have the energy he did 50 years ago. He says sometimes after a long performance, he tells himself: "You know, you're not 25." He says so far he hasn't found "some kind of physical limitation" that keeps him from performing. If and when he does, McCartney says he'll deal with the idea of doing something about it.

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The Fab Four are taking Broadway by storm with Let It Be, a spectacular concert experience at Broadway's St. James Theatre. Previews are now underway, with an official opening night set for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24th. The show will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, December 29th. BroadwayWorld brings you just-released highlights below!

Direct from London's West End, where it continues its celebrated open-ended run, Let It Be features songs from The Beatles' greatest hits. Born as a West End production to celebrate the legendary band's 50th anniversary, Let It Be uses projections and surround sound to put audiences at the heart of The Beatles' meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces with live performances of songs including "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "Drive My Car," "Yesterday," "Hey Jude," "Come Together" and, of course, "Let It Be."

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