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Paul McCartney has revealed he will kick off his upcoming world tour with four straight shows in Canada.

The former Beatle will play Quebec and Western Canada in September as part of his "Freshen Up" tour.

Beginning in Quebec City on September 17, McCartney will play Montreal on September 20 before heading west to play Winnipeg on September 28 and then wrap up the Canadian tour in Edmonton on September 30.

The Freshen Up Tour comes in support of McCartney’s new solo album Egypt Station which is due on September 7.

“We’ve always had such a fantastic time playing shows in Canada,” said McCartney.

“We can’t wait to return in September for what should be another special run of shows. We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear. Get ready to rock Canada!”

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A newly-restored version of ‘Yellow Submarine’ is screened July 12 at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.

In the town where I was born, lived a man who sailed to sea. And he told us of his life ...

There’s no mistaking the opening line of the 1966 Beatles’ tune, “Yellow Submarine,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and sung by Ringo Starr.

Steve Dunsky was always a big fan of the song. And bigger fan of the namesake 1968 film. Yes, it was 50 years ago today. OK, maybe not today. But this year.

And the man who picks the films for the Empress Theatre Film Club wanted to honor the milestone.

Cue the music.

And he told us of his life. In the land of submarines. ...

Yep, “Yellow Submarine” screens at the downtown Vallejo venue next Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. and it’s not just the newly-restored version but the sing-along version, Dunsky said.

“So that will be a lot of fun,” he noted. “We’re also inviting the audience to dress like their favorite Beatle ... or in vintage hippie clothing.”

There will be a prize for the best outfit, added Dunsky.

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In June 1966, George Harrison’s fascination with the sitar reached its apotheosis when he met Ravi Shankar. The meeting between the Beatle and the sitarist occurred at Hampstead in London, at the home of the Angadis, Patricia (née Fell-Clark) and Ayana Deva, who was originally from Karnataka’s Belgaum district. In 1946, the couple had set up the Asian Music Circle, which functioned out of their home. It was Patricia’s family home, but for two decades and more, the Asian Music Circle served as the hub where musicians from India gathered. It was largely through the AMC’s remarkable efforts that these musicians were introduced to the West (mainly Britain, at first), and found opportunities to perform there.

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"It made them seem okay for 7-year-olds again," Beatles professor Glenn Gass told TheWrap, on the film's 50th anniversary

Once upon a time — or maybe twice — there was a gloriously colorful and strange film called “Yellow Submarine.” The 1968 cartoon helped usher The Beatles out of an odd, hectic period for the band and would serve as a gateway for subsequent generations of Beatles fans to come.

When “Yellow Submarine” was released in the summer of 1968, the Beatles were bigger than Jesus (or so John Lennon had famously said two years earlier, to plenty of criticism). But things had gotten a little rocky within the group. Their longtime manager, Brian Epstein, had died the previous summer; they endured their first flop, the British TV film “Magical Mystery Tour,” at the end of that year; they alienated some fans with a trip to India to meditate with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968; and Lennon was heavily into LSD and, in October, would be arrested on drug possession charges with his new girlfriend Yoko Ono, whose constant presence was not always embraced by the band or its fans.

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The legendary Beatle will tour Canada in support of his upcoming new solo album, 'Egypt Station'

Sir Paul McCartney has announced the first dates of his ‘Freshen Up’ world tour – check out details of the shows below.

The Beatle will tour in support of his forthcoming new solo album ‘Egypt Station’, which is set for release on September 7. The record – his seventeenth solo LP – has largely been produced by Greg Kurstin.

McCartney has today (July 3) announced the first dates of the ‘Freshen Up’ tour, with the musician set to visit Canada for four gigs in September.

Explaining the meaning behind the title of the forthcoming jaunt, McCartney said: “We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear. Get ready to rock, Canada!”

Tickets for the below dates will go on general sale on July 13 – find out more information on special fan pre-sales here.

Paul McCartney Reveals Beatles High Jinks In NME Awards Speech

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A RARE quirky hand-drawn birthday card John Lennon made for George Harrison's wife is tipped to sell for £12,000. The Beatle drew the card, which shows five naked figures of Lennon sitting cross-legged, for model and photographer Pattie Boyd's 24th birthday in 1968.
Lennon seated cross-legged in five different poses, wearing sunglasses and a beaded necklace

At the time she and guitarist Harrison were with Lennon and his first wife Cynthia at a spiritual retreat in India together.

The birthday card is in the form of a single circular sheet of paper measuring 5.5ins in diameter.

It has an ink drawing of Lennon seated cross-legged in five different poses, wearing sunglasses and a beaded necklace.
Underneath it reads 'Happy Birthday Pattie from John and Cyn', with the J and C written backwards.

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There always comes a time when the learner tries to compete with, and become, the master. It happened with Van Gogh and Millet, Beethoven and Mozart, Kobe and MJ, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan.

It happened with the Beatles on July 2nd, 1963, at London’s Maida Vale Studio, where the band were taping their fifth installment for the BBC of their Pop Goes the Beatles radio series. The Beatles were deep into their tenure as BBC regulars at this point. They would field requests mailed in from fans, blast through a raft of covers, some of which they’d never return to again, work in originals from their own burgeoning catalogue, and joke with the presenter, and, of course, themselves. It was a band as human jukebox, capable of excelling in all styles, while also dishing out that particular brand of Beatle-y jocosity.

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50 years after its release, the cartoon classic ‘Yellow Submarine’ continues to delight.

Once upon a time — or maybe twice — the Beatles released a full-length animated adventure for children of all ages (especially 64). Inspired by their song “Yellow Submarine,” the auditory equivalent of a cartoon, the movie depicts a psychedelic voyage through time and space set to a soundtrack of classic Beatles tunes, some of which were written for the film.

This summer, Yellow Submarine returns to theaters in a glorious 4K restoration with a fresh 5.1 surround sound remix of some of the Fab Four’s best songs. (Click here for tickets.) So take a musical trip with me to the magical undersea world of Pepperland. Just be careful not to press the wrong button or pull the wrong lever in the submarine. And always watch out for Blue Meanies!

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Rock star Steve Van Zandt launched a blistering attack on Liverpool John Lennon Airport today, even calling on Yoko Ono to remove John Lennon’s name from the site.

The E Street Band guitarist posted a Tweet on his account this afternoon, criticising his band’s experience while being checked by security on arrival at Liverpool.

He tweeted: “Warning Rock Bands! Do not leave Liverpool from John Lennon Airport. The most arrogant and obnoxious security in 40 years of travel! Take the hour trip to Manchester it can’t be worse! Liverpool! Of all places! Best audience, worst airport. Yoko should remove John Lennon’s name!”

Van Zandt is currently in the UK touring with his band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, which played the Liverpool O2 Academy last night, June 30.




July 17, 1968, saw the premiere of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. It was a feature-length animation based on a Paul McCartney novelty ditty sung by Ringo Starr. George Harrison, unhappy at the time with his role in the group, wasn’t wholly excited by the project. John Lennon, true to acerbic form, would be more dismissive: ‘The Yellow Submarine people… were gross animals,’ he said in 1980. ‘We had nothing to do with that movie and we sort of resented them. We didn’t know what it was.’ And yet this psychedelic adventure, in which the Fab Four battled the blue meanies, was a hit. Half a century on, a spruced-up version is back in cinemas. Ahead of that, Event presents a shoal of things you never knew about it – including the fact that Lennon was fibbing…



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