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Plugging into Phoenix Music: Working Class Hero - Friday, July 25, 2014

Some people mount John Lennon tribute shows and we listen to hundreds of wannabes and nowhere men in the bargain. But rare are the people who are drafted to chew gum and sing John Lennon songs because of an uncanny resemblance. When producer Gordy Deems was working at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he noticed the studio's owner and engineer/producer Otto D'Agnolo bore a striking resemblance to the ex-Beatle. Deems told him he should be in a John Lennon tribute show and then assembled that very show around him. "I told him I sounded even more like Lennon than I looked," said D'Agnolo, a notion Deems seconded when he heard D'Agnolo's own original music recorded under the pseudonym Caesar Bach. As one reviewer observed of that album, "It sounds like John Lennon trying to sing like George Harrison." 

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Paul McCartney recording with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry - Friday, July 25, 2014

The Beatles legend recently headed to the U.S. to restart his postponed tour after a bout of ill health which landed him in hospital in Japan. It has now emerged McCartney has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates. Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids.

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Stella McCartney to design British outfits for 2016 Summer Olympics - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sella McCartney -- the British fashion designer and daughter of rock star Paul McCartney -- has once again been selected to design her country's Olympic uniforms, according to reports in the British media. McCartney was responsible for the Union Jack-adorned outfits that British athletes wore at the 2012 London Games.

 The Mirror quoted an unnamed source confirming that Adidas has selected her to handle the design work again for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. "Stella has been asked to submit her portfolio for official approval, but has already had loads of ideas," the source said. "She is very patriotic, and the kit will reflect this." After serving as creative director for Chloe in Paris, McCartney launched her own fashion house in 2001. She has more than 30 stores worldwide, including one in West Hollywood. McCartney also has a history of designing athletic wear -- including women's shoes, tennis dresses and tights -- for Adidas.

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The Insider: Campaign for a new Beatles statue for either Metquarter or Liverpool One - Thursday, July 24, 2014

They're already immortalised with a group tribute inside Cavern Walks, albeit one not all Fab Four fans love, but now there’s a campaign for a new Beatles statue in the city centre where everyone can enjoy it. And those behind the plea want to name it She Loves You, capturing the Beatlemania era and particularly the band’s 1963 all-time best-selling hit in the UK. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society has earmarked two potential sites: either outside the Metquarter on Whitechapel or in Liverpool One.

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Two women pictured with the Beatles tracked down thanks to the ECHO - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two of the mystery Beatles fans in an early picture of the band have been tracked down thanks to the ECHO. We published the snap, which was handed to Stephen Bailey manager of the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street, showing a gig at St John’s Hall, in 1961 where the band seem relaxed as they pose with six fans.

The concert was the first after the Fab Four returned from playing The Star Club in Hamburg and shows the original line up including Pete Best. Sandra Swift, from Kirkby, said her sister-in-law spotted the photo in the paper first and identified her as the girl in the middle below John Lennon. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it, it brought lots of memories back.

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Sir Paul McCartney's teenage grandson Arthur Donald parties at the Chiltern Firehouse - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Accompanied by some friends, the teen looked smart in an olive shirt and chinos as he arrived at the Marylebone hotspot. Despite previously keeping a low-profile, young Arthur's decision to go the Chiltern of all places may suggest he is ready for his own bite at fameAlthough not a recognisable face in the public eye, there is no mistaking Arthur's famous lineage.

With his floppy side-sweeping fringe and brown doe-eyes, the teenager is a lookalike of his famous rock legend grandfather Sir Paul. Arthur, who turned 15 in April, is the eldest son of Mary, 44, and her first husband Alistair Donald. Born in 1999, he was the first grandchild for Sir

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Help Meat Free Monday Make A NEW Video - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To celebrate five years of Meat Free Monday the campaign is looking for your help to make a new fan video.

If you'd like to get involved, pick a line or two from Paul's song ‘Meat Free Monday’ (or pick every line if you want!) and take a photo of yourself with it. You could write the words on a piece of paper; draw them in the sand; make them out of fruit and veg; make something with the words on; do something on your computer – remember, the more creative your photo, the more chance you have of it being included. Feel free to involve friends, family and colleagues too! We will pick our favourites and turn them into a video for the song.

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George Harrison Memorial Tree Overrun and Killed By... Beetles - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In a strange, ironic twist of fate, the pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of George Harrison in Los Angeles will need to be replanted because the original tree died as a result of insect infestation.

From the Los Angeles Times: "The memorial tree in Griffith Park had grown to more than 10 feet tall as of 2013, but LaBonge said the tree beetle onslaught was too much for the tree. Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures."

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Relive Beatlemania at The Revue Cinema with band historian Mark Lewisohn - Monday, July 21, 2014

Fifty years ago on Aug. 11, 1964, the first Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, premiered in Toronto at four packed theatres. The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., marks the half-century of this anniversary with an evening devoted to Beatlemania, including a screening of the restored movie and a talk by Mark Lewisohn, considered the foremost Beatles historian in the world, Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

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The Open brightened by Beatles tribute - Monday, July 21, 2014

As The Open Championship teed off yesterday at Hoylake so does the fun and games as Beftfair have come up with a new comedy stunt.

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