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Here comes the music of George - Friday, June 20, 2014

He was known as The Quiet One, but a night in his honour should prove to be anything but. In an evening dubbed All Things Must Pass, a 10-piece band will be celebrating the music of George Harrison at The Spring in Havant.

The show is dedicated entirely to performing music written by the former Beatle, who died of lung cancer in 2001. As well as the obvious hits he wrote for the Beatles – Something, Here Comes The Sun and Taxman, it also draws on the songs he created after their break-up includingMy Sweet Lord, All Those Years Ago, and many more. His former sound engineer David Entshcel says: ‘The show is a celebration of George’s music, all professionally and faithfully performed with love and respect.’

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Source: The News, Portsmouth, UK

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The Beatles legend cancelled the Asian leg of his world tour in May (14) after he was hospitalised in Japan with a virus. He flew home to London a week later to recover and was subsequently pictured looking frail and sickly.

McCartney also postponed the first dates on his U.S. tour, which was due to start in June (14), to give himself more time to rest. However, he was pictured looking well and in high spirits when he headed for dinner at The Ivy restaurant in the capital with his wife Nancy Shevell and a host of celebrity pals on Tuesday (17June14), the evening before his 72nd birthday. He was joined by Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach, George Harrison's widow Olivia and the Eagles musicians Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey and their wives. McCartney is scheduled to resume his Out There tour in Albany, New York on 5 July (14).

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An inquiry was told Liverpool’s historic Welsh Streets can’t simply be saved because “Ringo may have walked there once.” Keeping half of Madryn Street, where Beatles drummer Ringo Starr lived until the age of three, leaves enough to tell the “Ringo story”, Rob Burns, urban design and heritage Manager at Liverpool council told the public inquiry into plans to redevelop the area.

The plans to develop the Welsh Streets include knocking down half of the street but retaining and refurbishing numbers one to 16.  SAVE, who are opposing the council’s plans  in favour of total refurbishment, said  the plans mean Madryn Street would be “just left as a stub.”But Mr Burns rejected that description, instead summing up the scheme as keeping a “residual element.” He said: “It’s about balance and the intention wasn’t to keep a street, it was to have variety.” SAVE argued that keeping the street was important to show the context of Ringo’s house, n details

Well, he's got older but he doesn't seem to be losing his hair, and he's well past the age of 64. While Paul McCartney turns 72 on Wednesday, one fan revealed a piece of cake they kept from the musician's 22nd birthday, which he spent in Sydney. Australia recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' one and only trip Down Under.

The Fab Four stayed for thirteen days spreading mass hysteria across the country, stopping first in Adelaide where more than 300,000 people turned out to greet them. Universal Music Australia have posted a picture on their Facebook page of a piece of cake sitting in some tinfoil alongside some very old looking greaseproof paper sitting in a cake tin. The music label also invited people to share other memoriabilia. "Here's an actual piece of Paul McCartney's 22nd birthday cake, preserved by a fan from his party at The Sheraton, Sydney in 64...can you top this? Share your The Beatles memorabilia with us!" the Facebook post read alongside the photo. The cake should hopefully cheer up Mc details

The Beatles star, who turns 72 today, took a stroll with his wife Nancy through their local area of north London. Wearing matching hoodies, the couple looked perfectly in sync as they strolled along the pavement casually. Paul tried to hide his recognisable face wearing sunglasses and a cap, but Nancy's glamorous style attracted attention.

The 53-year-old socialite wore her hair in blow-dried curls and showed off her slim pins in skin-tight jeans. Meanwhile, Paul went for an all-together more casual style in Adidas jogging bottoms, plain white trainers and a white t-shirt. His long brunette hair peaked out the back of his blue cap as the couple walked along linking arms. But the star hasn't been well - he cancelled a string of gigs in Japan and South Korea last month, and it would seem he's still suffering from a virus, making him unable to perform his up-coming shows. The star has postponed US dates on his world tour as he continues to recuperate from a virus. He told fans he is following doctors' orders to recover fully before he takes to the stage again - much to fans' details

Comeback concert for ELO frontman - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne is teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to play some of the band's greatest hits at a comeback concert in Hyde Park.

Jeff, who also founded the The Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, is headlining the BBC Radio 2 show in September. He said: "I haven't performed live in quite some time, and I know the fans have asked for it a lot over the years. It's very exciting to come to Hyde Park with Radio 2 and do something this big, and I'm very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone." DJ Chris Evans announced the news on his breakfast show, saying: " ELO was the first band I ever saw live. Jeff Lynne lit up the eyes of a 14-year-old that have been burning as brightly as the sun ever since. ELO are my generation's Beatles and I cannot believe we've got the main man playing our Festival In A Day - not to mention w details

Hunter Davies, the writer and Beatles biographer, said his wife was far from impressed with the news he is to receive an OBE for services to literature. Mr Davies, who wrote the only authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968, said Margaret Forster, the novelist, had even threatened to divorce him over the issue.

He said: "I told my wife and she said 'You're not going to accept it'. Well I thought it was worth 1,000 words. I can get two columns out of this. She said that if it had been a knighthood she would have divorced me". But Mr Davies said he was "honoured" by t details

London – As the Meat Free Monday campaign celebrates its fifth year, the campaign, headed by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, looks forward to reaching new audiences.
 
Meat Free Monday has had an incredible response so far. Some of the world’s leading authorities on climate change have endorsed meat reduction as an effective way of fightingglobal warming, including former US Vice President Al Gore, Chair of the IPCC Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Lord Nicholas Stern and former UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor Sir David King. And a host of celebrities and high profile chefs support the campaign, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Leona Lewis, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Olive details

A set of candid photographs featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands at auction. In the photographs, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971. Sotheby's are placing the set of photographs, soon to be exhibited in New York, under the hammer at the A Rock N Roll History: From Presley to Punk auction on June 24.

The photographs show Lennon smiling and joking around and Yoko Ono engaged in conversation with a frosty looking Harrison. The late Harrison asked all his former bandmates to perform and it would have been the first time the group would have appeared on stage together in the U.S. since 1966. Drummer Ringo Starr and Lennon agreed but McCartney refused due to a rift over the legal problems the Beatles split had caused. But just days before the Concert details

Epic Rights Secures John Lennon Licensing - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

John Lennon is the latest iconic personality to secure a worldwide licensing, global branding and rightsmanagement agreement with Epic Rights. Yoko Ono has pacted with Epic Rights CEO Dell Furano to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing the career of her late husband.

Epic Rights will develop two new programs for the John Lennon legacy: the John Lennon Classic brand for products featuring the artist's name, likeness and signature; and the Bag One Arts brand based on drawings by John Lennon from rare archival sketches. These drawings encompass the years 1964 through 1980 and celebrate human love and communication, including his iconic and instantly recognizable self-portrait. Epic Rights will introduce the new John Lennon programs to potential licensing partners at the June 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. As the worldwide merchandise and licensing agent for John Lennon Classic and Ba details

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