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The Beatles had sung about a day tripper, and I was ready to become one, making a one-day visit from London to the Fab Four's northern hometown of Liverpool. With all the buzz about the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first trip to America, the time seemed right to return the favor with a pilgrimage to the place where it all began. A full day on my own during a recent trip to visit friends in London provided the perfect opportunity to check out the Merseyside Mecca.

Travel from London to Liverpool -- which are about 200 miles apart (or some five hours by car) -- is made incredibly easy via high-speed rail service offered daily byVirgin Trains. The less than 2.5-hour trip cost about $100 for a round-trip ticket; prices can vary depending on how far you book in advance. I opted for a 10 a.m. departure, saving even a bit more money over the rush-hour fare, and arrived at Liverpool's Lime Street Station after a smooth-as-silk ride. (Yes, that would be same Lime Street mentioned in the Beatles' song "Maggie May," as hardcore fans will recall).

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A plaque commemorating The Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool.

The memorial was erected on 4 Rodney Street where the pop impresario was born in 1934.

It was organised by tour guide Marie Darwin who said it was important to mark the birthplace of a "visionary".

It was unveiled by Watford's Viv Jones, once an employee of Epstein, who said she was "very proud" to honour "the man who made the Beatles".

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and Jeni Crowley who was secretary of The Beatles fan club were also at the ceremony.

Epstein, born into a family of furniture retailers, yearned for a career in the arts and after failed attempts to become an actor discovered The Beatles.

He went on to manage a roster of singers and bands including Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Although there is a plaque at Epstein's first London office on Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, Ms Darwin said there is no official plaque honouring the music mogul i details

Yoko Ono on John Lennon and his art - Saturday, February 21, 2015

The name Yoko Ono means different things to different people: To some, she’s one of the foundational members of the Fluxus art movement, which helped inflect early conceptual art of the 1960s with a performance flair; to others — let’s be fair, most others — she’s the fifth column that drove a wedge into the most beloved rock band of all time.

The former is true, the latter likely not fair but, by whatever means, she remains one of the most famous people in the world and the keeper of the flame for her late husband, John Lennon.

Whether his music or his drawing, Ono continues to steward his creative output worldwide to an audience that never seems to tire of the former Beatle, Toronto included. Until March 15, a selection of Lennon’s drawings are on view at Liss Gallery, 140 Y details

The George Harrison Memorial Tree, infamously killed by beetles, will be replanted on Feb. 25 in Griffith Park on what would have been the former Beatle’s 72nd birthday.

Chris Carter, host of the longest-running Beatles radio show “Breakfast With the Beatles,” will MC  the event organized by Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, in whose district Griffith Park sits.

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., north of the Griffith Observatory parking lot. The original tree, a Canary Island Pine Tree dubbed "The George Harrison Tree" on the accompanying bronze memorial plaque, was planted on Harrison's birthday in 2002. “In memory of a great humanitarian, who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener,” the plaque reads.

The plaque includes a quote from Harrison saying, “For the forests to be green, each tree must be green.”

He was an avid gardener who oversaw the restoration and expansion of English gardens on the grounds of the exp details

“Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded and surprisingly inclusive televised gala on Sunday evening. The show’s legacy in comedy, late-night television, edgy and often surrealist content, and influence on the development of “comedy news” shows like those presided over by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, has been well-documented and is impossible to question.

But what about “SNL’s” effect on popular music? Well, beyond a doubt, that influence has been equally vast. And it all comes down to the “Live” in “SNL.” Yes, for 40 years, the show has offered us warts-and-all performances captured in real time and beamed directly into our living rooms in all their unvarnished glory.

During Sunday’s “SNL 40” broadcast, the significance of this fact was underscored several times by several artists, but most prominent was Paul McCartney in a performance with his regular touring band. McCartney sat at the grand piano flanked by his long-serving details

Beatles for sale: Hamburg strip club tapes capture band on brink of fame

Package of original recordings and unedited versions of group’s 1962 shows set to fetch six-figure sum at London auction

It was where the biggest band of all time cut its teeth. The Star Club in Hamburg, one of the key venues where a little-known four-piece from Liverpool transformed themselves into the Fab Four, is afforded a special status among Beatles fans. Before an audience often more interested in the fleshy delights of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn red light district, the Beatles performed not only their own songs but those of other groups and singers whom they admired.

Now, for a six-figure sum, a collector will be able to own the historically important recordings made at the venue in December 1962. Ted Owen and Co auctioneers are s details

"That was great — and I don't even like that song!" So proclaimed a thirtyish dude last night as Paul McCartney — Sir Paul, Macca, the Cute One, the One Who Once Was the Dead One But Now Blessedly Is One of the Two Still Alive — treated a crowd of 1,000 or so to a stellar, stirring "And I Love Her."
McCartney invested this minor standard with wistful vigor and urgency. "Bright are the stars that shine/ dark is the sky" has accumulated significance over fifty years. Young Paul's stately wisp of a song about romantic timelessness has snuck into the firmament, now as fixed in our lives as stars and sky, but Old Paul's treatment of it sounds far from settled: Savor those new "oooh"s he eases into on a coda.

When he wrote "And I Love Her," he was a boy thrilled that he and his mates could so steadily knock out such sturdy hits. The man he is now seems to find fresh truth in what those kids created, which is a testament to their invention and the man's willingness to let himself reel with the biggest feelings of all. "I know this love of ours will never die" me details

A little over 30 years ago, the Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama walked through Central Park with one of the most famous couples in the world. It was sunset, autumn; they sat on a bench just in front of the pond, bordered by trees, a sliver of New York skyline visible in the distance, including the building where they lived. He asked them to kiss, and he clicked the shutter. Three months later, on Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was fatally shot at the entrance to the Dakota, home to him and his wife, Yoko Ono. Just three weeks prior to Lennon’s death, Shinoyama’s photograph of John and Yoko’s kiss at Central Park Pond had appeared on the cover of what would be their final studio album, “Double Fantasy.” Shinoyama made other photographs that day, of course — 800 in all, in fact — but many of them have never been shown until now, on the occasion of Taschen’s forthcoming publication of “Kishin Shinoyama. John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Double Fantasy” ($700), out this month. A video trailer for the book premieres h details

He never wanted to be the star of anything. But, that's the place fate left him. He thought he was best as a team player. But we all know there was just too much great music in him to be contained by modesty.

When the Beatles ended all he had held inside came flowing out, manifesting itself in the 1970 album All Things Must Pass —  a landmark LP that is still stunning by the quality of the songs and its complete originality. Like it or not, he was now the frontman of the band and more and more great music would flow from him the rest of his life.

It would take volumes to even list his musical achievements and I'm not going to try. His love of Indian music also produced volumes of lovely music, as well as creating a lasting influence on popular music. George truly was the peace and love guy. It wasn't a fad for him. He walked the walk. He dropped some beautiful wisdom on us without preaching, and always keeping a sense of humor, he was forever mindful that we are all so, so human.

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After a series of jaw-dropping multi-generational match-ups during Grammy night 2015, it took an acoustic performance from Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West to bring the audience to their feet.

The trio debuted for the first time, a live and surprisingly pared-down performance of their surprise smash hit "FourFiveSeconds." The three, clad in various black outfits, took the stage with little accompaniment and sang a passionate performance of the popular tune, which recently debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 54.

While McCartney strummed a guitar confidently in the background and provided supporting vocals, the song was clearly a vehicle for Rihanna, who delivered an inspiring and moving performance.

West also performed well, changing the lyrics to the song ever so slightly in deference to the music legend.

The Grammy-winning rapper tweaked the words of the line after "if he ever goes to jail" that "Paul! Promise you'll pay my bail!" The Beatles superstar nodded happily in agreement.

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