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A letter written by John Lennon blaming rockers Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson for urinating on a console at a recording studio is up for sale. The former Beatle was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behaviour in the studio they all shared in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Lennon complained to famed producer Phil Spector, who he was working with at the time, and titled the note 'A matter of pee'. In it, Lennon stated that Capitol Records wanted to evict the three of them for using their studio as a public toilet. He said he couldn't be expected to 'mind adult rock stars' and warned he was about to join rival recording studios Record Plant because of the aggravation. The note, written in red felt tip pen on lined paper, was later given by Lennon to American session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. Davis provided lead guitar for Lennon's album 'Wall and Bridges' in 1974 and 'Rock and Roll' in 1975.

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Peter Frampton has gotten to join Ringo Starr on stage several times in recent months, and now fans will be able to hear the veteran guitar whiz on the ex-Beatles drummer’s upcoming album.  Late last week, Frampton posted a photo on his Facebook page showing him and Starr together that was accompanied by a note that reads, “Played on two tracks of Ringo’s next cd yesterday.

This past January, Frampton served as part of Ringo’s backing group during a tribute show to Starr at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre, and also hit the stage with the former Beatle at the 2014 Grammy Awards and at the taping of the CBS special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s historic Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Starr, meanwhile, also revealed in a post on his Twitter feed that his new album will feature “a lot of friends.”  Among said “friends” apparently is Toto guitarist and current All Starr Band member Steve L details

John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their two “bed-ins” for peace 45 years ago, starting this month. Also starting this month, the Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, will host an exhibit remembering the Beatle and his then-new wife as they attempted to use global media interest in anything Beatle-related to get their message of protest against the Vietnam War to the world.

Why is the Muhammad Ali Museum an appropriate setting for the John Lennon bed-in exhibit? The setting makes sense because Ali himself became — two years before the Lennon events and at the height of the Vietnam conflict — the world’s most famous Vietnam War protester. On April 28, 1967, Ali refused to be drafted into the military to serve in Vietnam, citing his religious Muslim beliefs, and famously stating, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” At the time, Ali was the undefeated World Heavyweight boxing champion. But when he refused induction into the armed forces, he was stripped of his title and banned from fighting for another t details

A rare Rickenbacker guitar once owned by George Harrison and also played by John Lennon is among the Beatles-themed items that will be up for bids at a music memorabilia auction scheduled to take place in New York City this May. Julien’s Auctions will hold its Music Icons 2014 sale on May 16 and 17 at the Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square.

Harrison bought the aforementioned guitar, a 1962 Rickenbacker 425, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, when he paid a two-week visit to his sister Louise in 1963.  He had the instrument painted black to resemble a guitar that Lennon was using onstage at that time.  Harrison played the guitar extensively for a while, including during The Beatles’ first appearance on the TV show Ready Steady Go! in October 1963, and in the studio when the band recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”  In addition, Lennon was photographed playing the instrument backstage at an October 1963 concert in Scotland.  Harrison eventually gave th details

A Beatle, a country music legend, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer headline this summer's Circle K Concert Series at the Toledo Zoo. The series kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. July 1 with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band.

Featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rollie, Richard Page, and Steve Lukather. Tickets are $50, $69.50, and $125. Country artist Little Big Town, with special guests Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 11, with tickets priced at $32.50 and $45. Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan returns to the Toledo Concert series at 7:30 p.m. July 13 to promote a new album due in May. Tickets are $38.50, $56, and $76. Gavin DeGraw, formerly of ’90s alt-rock act Bush, and folk and rock singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, along with opening act Mary Lambert, share the bill for a 6:30 p.m. July 17 concert. Tickets are $35, $42.50, and $49.50.

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From a young Israel-born immigrant to recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Simmons has overcome enormous obstacles to become one of the most successful rockers of all time. This morning,

Gene joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show on the phone to talk about his road to success in KISS, plus appearing in tonight’s episode of CSI. Gene will appear as himself in a guest role on the hit CBS crime drama CSI, a role he says he was “born to play.” “I’ve done this before,” said Gene on playing himself on TV. “I did ‘Ugly Betty’ as Gene Simmons, ‘Castle’ as Gene Simmons and the ‘Entourage’ movie they’re filming now just called and wants me to play Gene Simmons.” Gene has expanded his acting chops over the years in movie roles, reality TV and more, but he says that acting isn’t his “main focus” right now. Instead, he’s getting ready to hit the road with KISS for a 40th anniversary tour this summer. “We look forward to showing people details

Budget chain Poundland is bracing itself for a bun fight when it launches an exclusive bakeware range by top class cookery queen Jane Asher. For the £1-a-piece products are expected to sell like hot cakes when they hit shelves next month. Store bosses reckon shoppers keen to bag a baking bargain will clean out stock within hours with savings of up to £19 on some items.

Jane’s pastel coloured ceramic bowls for a bargain quid can cost £20 in posh kitchen stores, where basic cake tins are £10.99 and mini kitchen scales £13.99. Her extensive line of 50 baking essentials from bowls and mini scales to tins, trays and silicone cake cases are poised to spark a great British bake off across the nation. In her trademark pastel colours - mint, lilac, pale blue and pink - Jane Asher’s Kitchen range is the discount store’s first ever celebrity collection. The actress, writer and ace baker - who was engaged to former Beatle Paul McCartney in the Sixties - has carved a career as one of the country’s most respected c details

Paul McCartney will be spending some more quality time in Latin America this spring.  After announcing an April 21 show at Santiago, Chile’s Movistar Arena earlier this week, the ex-Beatles star has added three more concerts in the region to his 2014 Out There Tour itinerary.

Sir Paul will play an April 25 date at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru, an April 28 concert at the Estadio de Liga in Quito, Ecuador, and a May 1 event at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica.  McCartney’s visits to Ecuador and Costa Rica will mark his first-ever performances in those countries, while he only played one other show in Peru, a May 2011 gig at Lima’s Estadio Monumental.

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The 1964 film , which follows a day in the life of the band as Beatlemania is in full swing, has been fully restored and will be in cinemas and available to download on July 4. A limited edition DVD and Blu-ray release will follow on July 21. 

Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, the film also starred Anna Quayle, Bob Godfrey, Robin Ray, Lionel Blair and Patti Boyd. Next week (March 20), the piano played by John Lennon and Paul McCartney while filming Help! will go up for auction. The pair used the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand to compose the title track to the 1965 film and was used to compose 'Yesterday'. It has been valued at £50,000 by Omega Auctions, and will be sold in Liverpool. 

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McGear McCartney mania at The Plough - Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE sharpest of Liverpudlian wit, live music and perhaps the odd reference to a somewhat well known older relative will all feature as Mike McGear McCartney brings his first solo tour in 42 years to Torrington at the end of this month.

What do you do when your big brother Sir Paul – or ‘our kid’ as Mike calls him – has taken over the world with The Beatles? Faced with such a dilemma back in the 60s, the younger McCartney sibling changed his name to Mike McGear, formed his own band The Scaffold with Roger McGough and John Gorman, and moved into the satire and comedy field. Hit records and television series followed before Mike turned his back on showbiz to return to his first love photography, with his work acclaimed by exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute in the US and Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. But now Mike is back on the road with a new hilarious and nostalgic one man show Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (I Wish!), told through his photographs, lively anecdotes and live music too. He is coming to The Plough Arts Centre at details

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