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Sir Paul McCartney has tossed up the possibility of headlining one last concert at Candlestick Park - where the Beatles played their final gig for a paying crowd in 1966 - before the stadium's date with the wrecking ball.

No one was more stunned than Mayor Ed Lee when McCartney floated the idea as he was about to take the stage at his recent Outside Lands festival appearance. "And it was him who made the suggestion," Lee said. "Believe me, it wasn't something I, or anyone else, was expecting." It all began when Lee - with about a half hour to kill - decided to check out how things were going at the festival in Golden Gate Park the evening of Aug. 10.

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Source: SF Gate

Photo Credit: Ian C. Bates, The Chronicle


As organizers prepare to host the 2nd Annual John Lennon Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute Concert this weekend, the Island is set to receive a special visit from BBC Radio 4 who will be dedicating a radio programme. ‘Imagine John Lennon’s Bermuda Adventure’ to the ex-Beatle and musical icon.

Months before John Lennon’s life tragically ended, he spent the summer of 1980 living and working in Bermuda. BBC Radio 4 host, John McCarthy and producer, John Sugar will revisit the places on the Island that inspired Lennon to compose 30 songs on his comeback recording in 1980, ‘Double Fantasy’ and his final album, ‘Milk & Honey’ in 1984. A place that had a profound effect on Lennon was the Botanical Gardens, which he visited several times. While exploring the gardens, the former Beatle came across a species of freesia called ‘Double Fantasy.’ The id details

The production crew of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is planning to shut down part of Hollywood Boulevard for two nights next week, but before you get too up in arms about the traffic inconvenience, know that they have a really good reason to do it.

How do free concerts by Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney sound? Kimmel's show will close down a quarter-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Sycamore Avenue outside the studio where the late night show is taped on Monday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Sept. 24. But the closure isn't part of some private Hollywood shindig (that'll be the  Oscars early next year). Instead, the street closure is in anticipation of the crowds who plan to show up for the free concerts put on by two of the biggest names in music.

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McCartney returns to 'boring' EMI - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney's new album will see him return to an EMI record label - six years after he left the company and branded it "boring". The musician will issue his next release, called New, next month and it has emerged today that it will come out through Virgin EMI in the UK.

He had been with EMI or its subsidiary Parlophone for 45 years until he exited in 2007, choosing to release his Memory Almost Full collection through a label associated with coffee chain Starbucks. Sir Paul said in an interview after leaving the firm that he "dreaded going to see" its executives and the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill".

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Yoko Ono is 80 years old, but on Sunday night, she was just a rockstar sashaying her way around the stage at Bowery Ballroom, one of New York's smaller yet still venerable concert venues.

The tireless activist, recording musician, performance artist and widow of John Lennon worked through a strong set, at times adding echoes that rendered her voice incomprehensible and dipping into her trademark howls and hollers with a decidedly physical effort. A run of Ono's curious art films preceded the actual performance: a hilarious trailer for "Film No. 4," (a 1966 short that offers nothing but close-ups of various derrières), 1970's "Freedom" (in which Ono slowly removes her bra) and "FLY," (an impressively difficult to watch project in which the titular insect screeches its way around Ono's body).

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Creepy Beatles top 10 for Friday the 13th - Monday, September 16, 2013

It's Friday the 13th so to mark the occasion we asked people who follow the Echo's twitter account to give The Beatles songs a spooky makeover - with brilliant results.

Unsurprisingly for a band who were no strangers with the wild and weird - backward messages and dead singers being replaced by doubles anyone? - we were inundated with tons of creative suggestions and have compiled an eerie Beatles top 10.

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Source: Liverpool Echo


The Cleveland Public Hall just couldn’t stand the heat of Beatlemania. Above is a photo of Carl Bear (great name by the way) of the Cleveland police ordering the Beatles to leave the stage.

 The thousands of screaming fans were being unruly and needed time to calm down before they could resume wailing at the top of their lungs once the Fab Four returned. Fans reportedly jumped over police barricades, stormed the stage, and generally acted unruly as they basically lost their minds during the show. It is a microcosm of just how deeply the Beatles affected young fans’ minds when they invaded America that year.

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Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote so many brilliant Beatles songs in the 1960s, some they simply gave away. That’s exactly the case for one of their earliest singles, “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

The song, written by Lennon and McCartney and first recorded by the Beatles on September 11, 1963, famously became a hit only after the Rolling Stones, not the Beatles, recorded it and released it as their own single. Despite that the song was obviously catchy enough to spark radio success for the Stones, Lennon and McCartney didn’t seem to ever take the song seriously. At all. These three stories are strong evidence of that…

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Source: Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX

Photo Credit: Decca Records


When charity shop worker Merriam Keeble took delivery of a donation of 200 LPs she was in for a pleasant surprise. For, hidden away among the records featuring the likes of The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann and Diana Ross, was a rare pressing of The Beatles’ album, Please, Please Me.

Ms Keeble, who works at the British Red Cross shop in Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, is hoping the LP could fetch in the region of £250. Also included in the collection is a rare The Five Faces of Manfred Mann album, while others by The Rolling Stones could be sold for between £60-80. Ms Keeble said she was hoping the whole collection could raise at least £1,000. “A gentleman turned up and asked if we would be interested in his records,” she said. “We said ‘yes, we would’ and he brought in four boxes of mixed LPs. They included everything from sets of operas and single releases through to some Beatles, Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Who.”


Like Under the Ivy, his much-acclaimed study of Kate Bush, the title of the latest music biography by the Edinburgh-based writer Graeme Thomson promises revelation.

While fresh gen on any Beatle is difficult to unearth and would be hard to quantify without scaling the Everest of pertinent books already published, one can certainly affirm that George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door is an insightful, rigorous and beautifully written atomisation of the youngest Beatle’s life. Timed to coincide with what would have been the year of Harrison’s 70th birthday, the book is affectionate, but never hagiographic. Thomson airs myriad acute quotes from scores of fresh interviewees, and as he maps Harrison’s path from Liverpool to Allahabad, India, where the guitarist’s ashes were strewn after he succumbed to lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.

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