After all these years, it’s difficult to believe there’s a nation on Earth that Paul McCartney hasn’t played, but he’s still checking off spots on the map — and they’re awfully excited to see him. For proof, look no further than Pichincha Mountain, which overlooks Quito, the Ecuadorian city where McCartney took his current run of ‘Out There’ tour dates on April 28.
While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time and still sound distinctive? Musician Anthony Robustelli has undertaken such a project with I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963, a multi-volume series thoroughly analyzing every officially released Beatles song.
A coat previously owned by John Lennon has sold for $31,250 in an online auction. The blue coat, designed by Great Coat Fireman, is believed to have been worn on the back cover of Lennon and Yoko Ono 's 1969 album Life With The Lions.
Living in Japan is often a magical mystery tour. Many things are counter-intuitive: the most popular attraction in a nation with 17 World Heritage Sites is Tokyo Disney Land; and theHakone Open-Air Museum has more than 300 items by Picasso. So, in this vein, it was perfectly reasonable that the only (official) John Lennon museum in the world was located in Omiya, about 40 minutes from either Shinjuku or Tokyo stations.
Forty years ago this month, Wings‘ Band on the Run was released as a single. To mark the occasion, Sir Paul McCartney has debuted a new lyric video for the song, produced and directed by innovative visual artist Ben Ib.
Sir Paul McCartney played his first ever show in Ecuador last night (28.04.14). The former Beatles star took to the stage at the Estadio De Liga in Quito, 2,800 metres above sea level, making it the highest concert Paul has ever played.
A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction. Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on Feb. 9, 1964.
A new restoration of the Beatles’ 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night” has been set to play in more than 50 cities nationwide over July 4 weekend. Janus Films announced that the music movie has been digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by the Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester.
Vivek J. Tiwary is the writer of the graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle,” and a producer of many successful plays and musicals including “American Idiot” and “The Producers.” He will be writing the script to the film adaptation of his acclaimed book. Tiwary answered questions at WonderCon about his many accomplishments, the relevance of his work and answered if he ever met the living members of The Beatles.
The Beatles reunion can never happen, but two Rutles, Neil Innes and John Halsey will get back to the backbeat at Swansea's Garage on May 25. Kate Clarke talks to Neil, aka Ron Nasty, about being very nearly fab.