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Yoko Ono is giving peace a chance. The artist and widow of John Lennon withdrew her $6.7 million lawsuit against a West Village co-op board last month, a day after she sold her apartment there for a more-than-expected $8.3 million, the Daily News has learned.

“Everybody is happy and we’re getting along,” said Ono’s lawyer, Larry Hutcher. Ono, 81, filed the big-bucks suit last year against the board of Stable 49, a small apartment building at 49 Downing St., charging they’d been making it impossible for her to sell her long-vacant penthouse apartment there. “The board has done everything within its power to keep the penthouse empty by singling out and prejudicing Ms. Ono,” including announcing new rules that would make it difficult for any prospective buyer to renovate the 5,710-square-foot apartment, the suit said. Ono has owned the apartment since 1995. “Ms. Ono has never lived in the penthouse. She purchased the penthouse for her son, who lived there for a few years,” the filing says, referring to Sean Len details

Guitar With Wings makes clear that Laurence Juber, during a sideman stint that lasted some three years, learned things large and small from Paul McCartney. He spends this sumptuous photo book celebrating the good (adeeply underrated album, a hit single, the chance to work alongside a childhood hero) and forgiving the bad (the silly love songs, the silly drug bust that essentially ended Wings, McCartney’s even sillier assertion that George Martin broke them up).

It seems Juber, a member of Wings from 1978-81, always had a keen sense of what this opportunity meant — absorbing everything he could from McCartney, but also from his other bandmates and from McCartney’s photographer wife. Guitar With Wings, in many ways, wouldn’t have been possible but for Linda’s passion for shooting pictures. Juber caught the bug, too. Meanwhile, the McCartneys relationship proved inspirational, as well. “The couple-consciousness of Paul and Linda McCartney,” Juber says, “proved t details

Beatles fans who are Paris-bound this summer may want to add the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V to their itinerary, as the luxury landmark -- where the band wrote one of their most iconic songs -- will pay tribute to the music legends in a photo exhibit.

The photos, taken by Harry Benson, capture intimate moments of the quartet at the hotel, including an impromptu jam session at the piano between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which led to the writing of their hit song “I Feel Fine,” Benson, who was the tour photographer and was in the suite at the time, immortalized the moment on camera. The George V also bore witness to another moment of Beatles euphoria, as it was while gathered in one of their suites that the band learned that their song “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had topped the charts in the US and that they were invited to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” After learning that the band had broken out into a pillow fight a few nights earlier, Benson asked them to recreate the playful event.

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EASTON — Do you have the feeling that you want to be at the beach this weekend but will end up relaxing in Easton instead? Ever wonder what Beatlemania might have sounded like with Bob Marley as the fifth Beatle? You’ll get an idea when Yellow Dubmarine, the tribute band that interprets Fab Four classic hits with a Jamaican irie vibe performs at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, at the Avalon Theatre. “We’ve had lots of great Beatles tributes play here, but Yellow Dub is definitely the most unique and the most fun so far,” said Suzy Moore, Avalon house manager. “They’ll play all the Beatles’ No. 1 hits with a bouncy reggae groove and brassy, ska-like horns. Their performances are so high-energy, it’s hard for the audience to remain in their seats, so the Avalon’s dance floor will be open. ... It’s got a great summertime beach vibe to it.” Yellow Dubmarine got the attention of reggae and the Beatles fans in 2011 while touring to promote its first album, “Abbey Dub,” a dubbed-out re-interpr details

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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