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Paul McCartney is widely expected to headline and close the 2016 edition of music festival Pinkpop. Just days later, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen is set to perform in Den Haag.

McCartney is “99 percent certain” to perform at the Limburg event, according to local media outlet 1Limburg. A verbal agreement was reportedly reached between McCartney’s management and Pinkpop director Jan Smeets, the broadcaster reported.

The performance would likely close the three-day event in Landgraaf on June 12, just six days before McCartney’s 74th birthday.

Bruce Springsteen also announced a scheduled tour stop in the Netherlands. He will be joined by his E Street Band at Malieveld on June 14. Limited tickets for the show go on sale on February 12, at nearly 90 euros including service charge.

His last concert in the country, in 2013 at Goffertpark in Nijmegen, won praise from many critics for a heartfelt performance of nearly three and a half hours in length. He played 34 songs as the rain poured down, along with bandmates Steven van Zandt of the Sopranos and Max Weinberg of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

By: Janene Pieters

Source: NL Times

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'Beat Bugs' will feature Eddie Vedder, P!nk, Sia, James Corden and others covering well-known songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it will premiere a new animated children's series this summer, featuring superstar covers of some of the most well-known Beatles songs.

Beat Bugs was created by Josh Wakely, who will direct, write and produce the series following a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for worldwide rights to record covers of the John Lennon/Paul McCartney "Northern Songs" catalogue, featuring some of the most well-known Beatles songs.

The series will incorporate songs from the Fab Four to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories. The tracks, woven into the narrative of each episode, will be covered by Sia, Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden and Birdy, with additional artists joining the project set to be announced.

The songs featured include "Help!," "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Penny Lane," "Yellow Submarine," "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour."

By: Hilary Lewis

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Paul Writes New Music For Skype "Love Mojis" - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today, a collaboration has been announced between the world's most celebrated living musician and its foremost video chat and online communication platform: Paul McCartney and Skype have partnered to launch a new range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine’s Day featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype’s animated designs. This new set contains ten specially created Mojis.

Paul McCartney’s career is unparalleled. His music has reached hundreds of millions of people globally, spanning generations. Be it through live performances, composing pop songs, classical works, electronic music, film themes and scores, and most recently composing for the most anticipated video game of the last decade – 'Destiny', Paul has continued to explore new ways to reach people. Paul’s music brings people together and breaks down language and cultural barriers.

Mojis are short animated clips that you can use during Skype chats when words just aren’t enough. These Mojis will be completely unique to hundreds of millions of Skype users and feature sound as well as video, giving the users chat a whole new dimension. This collaboration will allow Skype users to use this medium to c details

Someone's about to go home with a piece of the original mop top.

Thirty-five years after his death, John Lennon is still a hot commodity. Beatles superfans can now bid on a chance to complete their Lennon shrines with a lock of hair from the legendary songwriter’s very own scalp.

The four-inch lock was cut almost 50 years ago on the set of How I Won the War, the only movie Lennon ever appeared in without playing himself. He played Musketeer Gripweed in the darkly comic war film, which came out just after the release of the landmark Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. The movie also marked the first time he sported round glasses, which would go on to become synonymous with his name for the rest of his life.

In order to portray a military man, Lennon had to lose his trademark “mop top” in a dramatic (and now historical) haircut. The movie’s on-set hairdresser Klaus Baruck had a pretty good idea of just how valuable that hair would come to be, and kept a lock from the cut for five decades.

The hair is currently up for grabs to the tune of $12,000 on Heritage Auctions. The lot also includes a newspaper photo of Lennon getting his haircut, another details

Might we interest you in a trip to Liverpool with The Beatles? Trust us when we say we can get you there in an instant.

Travelodge.co.uk unveils its Evolving Cities Liverpool website, which has some nice treasures celebrating the 55th anniversary of the world’s most iconic band playing at the beloved The Cavern Club for the first time.

A lot has changed since that time. Technology has evolved from vinyl to cassette to digital and, for so many audiophiles, it has returned yet again.

However, the digital age means we can all toast a great moment in music’s history by savoring images from the club as Beatles music pours out over the Internet thanks to a Spotify playlist that is cleverly linked to the website.

Now you can virtually tour the club while listening to some of the music that has made the Beatles such a household institution. The Cavern Club is just one notable stop along the way, because a wide swath of Liverpool is represented. The website also boasts some notable features such as the aforementioned Beatles party playlist, a Google Maps integration that lets you tour more than just images of the club’s façade and a treasure trove of factoids and tid bits.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!”

With those words, Ed Sullivan introduced America to four lads from Liverpool who would go on to become one the most popular musical acts in history. The date was Feb. 9, 1964, and for the Beatles it was the first of four appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

In celebration of that iconic moment, the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham is displaying a rare collection of color photographs taken of the Beatles during their fourth and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The six photographs capture the Beatles as they rehearse and perform on the Ed Sullivan Show on Aug. 14, 1965, right before the band played at Shea Stadium to kick off its North American tour.

“The pictures are amazingly clear and crisp,” gallery director Gerard Marti said. “It’s like being there.”

The Beatles appearance happened to coincide with the final black and white episode of the Ed Sullivan Show. At the end of the evening, Sullivan broke the news that his show would begin broadcasting in color the following week.

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The Bootleg Beatles have been fab for nearly 40 years which is four times as long as the original Fab Four.

The tribute act which was born in 1980 have brought countless pleasure to fans both young and old during the years by giving them as taste of what it must have been like to see The Beatles play live.

It is one of these ticks of time where you get a tribute act which far exceeds the original. Much like Dad's Army went on longer than the Seoncd World War and MASH lasted longer than the Korean War. 

For the Bootles Beatles it has been an astonishing ride. One of those enjoying this magical mystery tour is Adam Hastings who plays John Lennon in the show. He said: "I have been in the group for five year and it is fun being a Bootleg Beatle. "I first became aware of The Beatles when I was seven when my dad was teaching my sister how to play bass to A Hard Day's Night.

"I bought my first Beatles LP when I was 13-years-old and got Sgt Pepper from Woolworth's. I always bought an LP in the summer to remind me of my summer holidays. "Since then I have always loved them. "Playing John is an act so when I go home I can and do switch off.

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The legacy of The Beatles adds nearly £82m to the Liverpool economy each year, new research has suggested.

The band's impact also supports 2,335 jobs in the city, claims the report commissioned by Liverpool City Council. Professor Simeon Yates, who was lead author, said the city needed to "maintain standards" to boost tourism.

Councillor Richard Kemp, whose ward includes Penny Lane - made famous in a Beatles' song - called for tourism to "percolate" from the city centre.

His ward also includes St Barnabas Church, where the band used to perform, Quarry Bank School - which John Lennon attended - and Dovedale School, also attended by Lennon and his band mate George Harrison.

Spreading tourism would "decrease congestion in town", said Mr Kemp, who added the Allerton Road area - near Penny Lane, where Lennon would meet band mate Paul McCartney to catch the bus to the city centre - could be developed as the "Beatles Homeland Quarter".

The report said the Beatles-related economy was growing by up to 15% a year and that the band's songs were becoming increasingly popular in Brazil and China alongside the more established fan bases in Europe and the US. The research, produced by Liverpool Jo details

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. The song, written by Paul McCartney and also credited to John Lennon for some contributions, has been long-used as a generally encouraging message, and it was specifically inspired as an empathetic message to Lennon's son during a tough time for him.

McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

"I was going out in my car, just vaguely singing this song," McCartney told Rolling Stone, "and it was like, 'Hey, Jules...' And then I just thought a better name was Jude. A bit more country and western for me." He said the song's intro was "a hopeful message for Julian: 'Come on, man, your parents got divorced. I know you're not happy, but you'll be OK.'"

McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" at a tumultuous time in his own life as well. The song was written while the band was doing studio sessions for the White Album, according to Rolling Stone, when the band members were notoriously feuding. At the same time, he and his then girlfriend, actress Jane Asher, were details

Although Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached number one in the UK and US, it received mixed reviews, with some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production’s artificial effects. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles’ best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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1. The title

The original title for the album “Everest” (after a brand of cigarettes smoked by Geoff Emerick, one of the engineers). The packets had a silhouette of Mount Everest on them and The Beatles liked the imagery. However, the idea was dropped as none of The Beatles wanted to travel to Nepal for a cover shoot.

2. Suggestion for the cover shot

Initially, the band intended to take a private plane over to the foothills of Mount Everest to shoot the cover photograph. But as they became ever more impatient to finish the album, Paul McCartney suggested they just go outside, take the photo there and name the album after the street.

Source: The Vintage News

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