LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," September 25, 2013 at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica. The evening will feature a star-studded cast including Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and William Shatner. Additional participants will be announced. Simply Shakespeare features a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veterans employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth and arts education in local schools.
AN amp once owned by a pop legend will be used to perform a tribute to the most iconic band in modern music - at a gig in Altrincham. The piece of equipment, once the property of George Harrison, will be used to play songs by the Beatles at the 4 Teas In Alty event.
A rare collection of Beatles records on sale in Newcastle this week is expected to reach over $1,000 at auction as part of the University of Newcastle Book Fair. The collection is one of the showcase items of the week-long fair, which is expected to draw crowds of up to 10,000 people.
At least one Paul McCartney fan says he's angry he paid full price for tickets to the former Beatle's concert in Winnipeg next week, when much cheaper tickets have started appearing online. Tickets to McCartney's concert at Investors Group Field on Aug. 12 are going for as little as $17 on websites like StubHub, with floor tickets as low as $40.
An never-before-seen portrait of John Lennon has been discovered as a revolutionary book based on meetings with The Beatles is launched. The photograph shows Lennon at ease with the photographer in a domestic setting as experts believe the snap originates from around 1963, just prior to the Beatles' global fame.
The bus, unveiled by Yoko Ono in Liverpool last May is traveling around Europe and the US offering kids the chance to develop their musical talents. The bus has three on-board engineers, young aspiring musicians learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, as well as produce and shoot music videos.
Rare photos of The Beatles, including precious images discovered on a film found inside a camera belonging to the band’s official photographer after he died, have been pulled from sale. Auctioneers were poised to sell a collection of more than 40 Beatles images at Cuttlestones in Wolverhampton on 16 August.
Back in early 1973, Paul McCartney was experiencing a new peak in his post-Beatles career. His song “My Love” reached the top of the U.S. music charts, and he was tapped to offer the first rock music theme song for James Bond film “Live and Let Die.” But McCartney also faced problems. Sir Lew Grade, who controlled half of the publishing royalties for McCartney’s songs, was threatening the star with legal action for the somewhat questionable crediting of his wife Linda as co-writer of the tunes. In order to avoid a court showdown, McCartney agreed to star in a one-shot special for Grade’s ATV in return for Linda receiving songwriting royalties.
French rocker JOHNNY HALLYDAY is hoping to finally crack the international markets by releasing a duets album featuring the likes of SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and STEVIE WONDER. The singer is a music icon in his homeland and Francophone nations, but has so far failed to gain the same recognition in the English-speaking world.
Somewhere between three and four o’clock on a Monday morning in April 1968, the telephone rang in the little office at RCA Records in Los Angeles where an obscure singer-songwriter named Harry Nilsson was keeping his usual nocturnal hours. ‘I was half asleep,’ Nilsson recalled. ‘A voice says: “Hello, Harry. This is John. Man you’re too f***ing much, you’re just great. We’ve got to get together and do something.”