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Are you the world's biggest Beatles fan? - Wednesday, February 04, 2015

They will also be invited to tea with Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp, and will receive a goodie bag worth more than £100.

The Beatles Story’s Martin King said today: “This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of The Beatles from across the globe to come forward and be a part of the Beatles Story’s history.

“The 25 Ambassadors will be key to spreading the word of the Beatles Story and the Liverpool hometown of the Fab Four throughout the world.”

And Freda Kelly, one time secretary to Brian Epstein and The Beatles fan club, added: “It might be that you travelled far and wide to see them, or maybe you met them once and have a photograph with them, or you may have an attic full of memorabilia?

“Whatever your story we are waiting to hear why you should become one of these exclusive ambassadors.”

The Beatles Story has seen four million visitors come through its doors and has boosted Liverpool’s economy by £300m since it opened in May 1990.

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In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Gary and Addie Tomei said the 60-foot-high ailanthus tree in Sean Lennon’s front yard on W. 13th St. is growing into the concrete foundation of their townhouse and into their front stoop, breaking and displacing the railing.

It has “compromised the basement wall and interior ... (causing) irreparable damage to the structural integrity of the building,” according to court papers.

The Tomeis said they have been trying to get Lennon, 39, to address the problem for a year, but court papers said he has just let it be.

“He refuses to do anything. He’s owned it for six years and neglected it. I like him personally but he’s stubborn and he has a lawyer who is very belligerent," Gary Tomei said in an interview at his home.

Lennon’s limited liability corporation purchased the townhouse in 2008 for $9.5 million. City records show the corporation is based at the Dakota, where his mother, Yoko Ono, still lives.

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Paul McCartney Returns To Japan - Sunday, February 01, 2015

McCartney has a rather interesting history with Japan. McCartney and his band Wings were scheduled to play concerts in the country in 1975 but those plans fell through when local officials, citing his 1972 citation and fine by a Swedish court for marijuana possession, prohibited him from entering the country.
McCartney and Wings almost played Japan in 1980 but those plans were sidelined upon when local customs officials discovered several ounces of marijuana in his luggage. Japan eventually deported McCartney after he spent several days in jail.

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In an accompanying letter Lennon said: "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon."
Years later he was quoted as saying: "Lots of people who complained about us getting the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war.
"They got them for killing people. We deserved ours for not killing people. In a way it was hypocritical of me to accept it.

"But I'm glad I did really, because it meant that four years later I was able to use it to make a gesture."
Now Beatles fans have established that the medal has been located in a vault at St James' Palace and have written to Yoko Ono urging her to retrieve it.

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But truth be told, long before that assumption, Lennon was done with The Beatles anyhow. All the money and accolades in the world couldn’t have kept him in his shiny grey suit and pointy boots any longer than he was obligated to be as that entertainer. What Lennon saw in Ono was more about evolving into his existence rather than pitting her against the world as the reason for leaving the famous group, and he took to her with mind, body and soul.

To be fair, I can see what he might have been enamored with back then. Long before Ono met Lennon, she had a direction of her own invention. An avant garde innovator of the early era, Ono had a self-made scene. Rubbing elbows with John Cage and other luminaries (she was a member of the Fluxus movement of artists), Ono hosted countless series of raw and original visual happenings as far back as 1961.

A self-promoting apprentice of the bizarre, Ono forged her own radical brand as a pioneer of conceptual and performance art, going far against the grain and mesmerizing (or alienating) a denizen of New Yo details

And among the bands featured are Pepperland from Sweden – who performed with Mark McGann at the Royal Court last year, the Beatlemaniacs, Indonesia’s G Pluck Beatles, The Cavern Beat and American English from Chicago, and Liverpool’s Mersey Beatles and all-girl Fab Four band the Beatelles

“The idea for the documentary came when I went to Liverpool several years ago with a friend who performed as John Lennon in one of the featured tribute bands,” explains Steve.

“I had never seen anything like it! 300,000 people, like me, with the same connection…the music of The Beatles. The quality and diversity of the bands was unbelievable.

“We had to share this story with others.”

Come Together is a tribute to The Beatles’ legacy, a phenomenon that shows no signs of stopping. The lengths that some tribute groups go to honour The Beatles range from simple vocal harmonies to groups affectionately called 'boots and suits' bands. Regardless of nationality, they attempt to look and sound as close to John, Georg details

More than 200 are set to surface in a series of limited-edition fine-art prints to be sold over eBay starting Feb. 2, making most of them accessible to the Beatles and Stones fans for the first time. The first batch going up for sale Feb. 2 includes 30 images — 15 of the Beatles, 15 of the Rolling Stones.

Various photos capture the Stones recording at the fabled Chess Records studio in Chicago in June 1964, shortly after their first U.S. concert stop in San Bernardino; Jagger doing his best James Brown dance moves during the band’s performance in Santa Monica for “The T.A.M.I. Show,” and the Beatles’ 1965 tour stop in Bloomington, Minn., the only show for which press photographers were not allowed in because of security issues.

In one shot from the Beatles' 1965 performance of “I’m Down” in Portland, Ore., Lennon, wearing the signature Shea Stadium jacket and fisherman’s cap, jabs an electric piano keyboard with his right elbow, like his hero Jerry Lee Lewis, as other members of the Fab Four look details

In her book, his sister Julia Baird said Mimi would refer to her own house as the “House of Correction”, but would refer to John’s mum’s home as the “House of Sin”.

The three-bedroom home has been given a guide price of £120,000, but auctioneers Venmore are hoping it might attract the interest of investors with an interest in the Fab Four.

Chief executive of Venmore, Rob Farnham, said normally properties in the area fetched in the region of £115,000.

He said: “It’s a unique property and Beatles houses always attract lots of interest from around the world. It has the potential to make money but also to provide a great home.”

The house is now a stop off point on the Beatles Tour.

It was there that on July 15, 1958, a 17-year-old Lennon answered the door to a policeman who informed him his mum had been killed in a road accident.

Afterwards, Lennon said: “It was awful, like some dreadful film where they ask you if you’re the victim’s son and all th details


Postcards From Paradise will come out on March 31st, a couple of weeks after his North and South American tour, and weeks before his Hall of Fame induction on April 18th. The former Beatle will receive the Award for Musical Excellence.

When Rolling Stone asked Starr what the honor meant to him, he said, "It means recognition." He also said he was excited to join the company of his former bandmates. "Finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land," he said.

He also said that he wasn't planning on performing at the event – unless Paul McCartney took the initiative to get him on the stage. "If he puts a band together, I'll do 'With A Little Help From My Friends,'" he said.

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The Statue 4 Eppy Concert will take place on Saturday, February 28, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler. It’s a fitting venue as the theatre is named after the Beatles’ former manager.

The show will celebrate the life and career of ‘Fifth Beatle’ Epstein through an evening of mus details

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