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BETHEL -- Someone is striking a chord of disharmony. A music industry autograph expert is challenging the authenticity of Paul McCartney's signature on a guitar being offered for auction next month by aBethel church. The milky white Fender Squier electric guitar, along with other celebrity-signed items, were bought by St. Thomas Episcopal Church from CharityGROW, a vendor that sells autographed memorabilia to nonprofits for fundraisers.

Roger Epperson, a music industry autograph authenticator, collector and expert, said Thursday the guitar was not signed by McCartney, who skyrocketed to fame 50 years ago with The Beatles. "This is not authentic. It's a pity and a crime," Epperson wrote in an email to Hearst Connecticut Media. Epperson is a consultant and authenticator for Christie's and Bonhams auction houses in the United Kingdom. He also works for RR Auction, which publishes a monthly catalog with 100 or more autographs, and Heritage Auctions, which auctions entertainment memorabilia four times a year. CharityGROW defended its company by details

Paul McCartney will headline the final concert at Candlestick Park in August, the former Beatle and San Francisco officials said Thursday, ending a back-and-forth drama that had the city competing against the 49ers for the right to play host to the music legend.

"Putting the rumor mill to rest, Paul has confirmed that he will indeed return to San Francisco Aug. 14 to play Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," a statement on McCartney's website said. City officials later confirmed the news. "We just kept pushing and were persistent and drove the deal down the field," said Phil Ginsberg, director of the city Recreation and Park Department, which operates Candlestick. Tickets will go on sale May 5. It was not immediately known how much they will cost. Mayor Ed Lee personally invited McCartney to close the Stick when the former Beatle played at the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park last year.

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Sir Paul McCartney has secretly met up with Pussy Riot – amid speculation he could become the biggest-name star to snub Russia because of their human rights record. The music legend held a summit with members of the controversial feminist protest group in Los Angeles a fortnight ago as they thanked him for his support during their prison ordeal.

Sir Paul has previously met Vladimir Putin for tea in the Kremlin when he performed in Red Square in 2003. The Russian leader, who was in the front row for the huge gig, has also confessed to being a fan of the Beatles. But relations between the two men appear to have dramatically nosedived since with a string of political interventions by the singer against the politician’s policies. After being invited to meet the singer during his tour rehearsals in the American city, Pussy Riot said afterwards: “Sir Paul has repeatedly told us that he found it hard to believe that Russia - a country with such a rich and developed culture - accepts what Putin is doing today .” Some Russian fans fears t details

POMONA >> Sumara Sevilla was hooked once she heard the thumping upright bass at an Imelda May rockabilly concert two years ago. That inspiration still drives the 10-year-old Kingsley Elementary School student as she learns to play cello and dreams of a future in music.

“Words can’t describe how much I love the cello,” the fifth-grader said. The love of music reached hundreds of children Tuesday as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at the school to teach students about music and the recording industry. Though music programs have suffered cuts throughout the state due to tough economic times, tour officials say their work is turning the sentiment toward music education around. “I think they’re finally seeing the value of it,” said Chris Walker, who drives the bus and has worked as a driver for artists such as Snoop Dogg. It’s a growing program that has high demand, and some schools have been on the waiting list for years. That’s because students get to see high-tech recording equipment in action, play inst details

McCartney guitar tops Bethel auction - Thursday, April 24, 2014

BETHEL -- A new electric guitar autographed byPaul McCartney tops the offerings at this year's St. Thomas Episcopal Church benefit auction. The ivory Fender Squier guitar wasn't played by McCartney, but it's similar to those he played when he was a member of The Beatles.

The opening bid is $1,685. "The cachet of owning something with Paul McCartney's signature on it really increases the value," said Dana Treidel, customer service director of the Bethel Music Center. "I would love to have it." McCartney's signature is written in swirling blue ink, in stark contrast to the guitar's white body. "It's from Charity Grow, which helps people who are having auctions," said Dawn Fawcett, who is organizing the May 3 auction with another parishioner, Robin Mitchell. McCartney "was aware that this would be sold for charity. That's why he does it." Along with the guitar, a red boxing glove signed by Sylvester Stallone, who played "Rocky" in a series of movies, is available. Signed photographs of astronaut and form details

Sean Lennon's new album Midnight Sun - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When your father was a member of the Beatles and your mother an acclaimed avant-garde/noise artist, you're allowed to take some creative liberties. Just ask Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), who has spent nearly 25 years performing solo and with acts like Cibo Matto, Albert Hammond Jr. and his mother's group, the Plastic Ono Band. 

But in recent years, Lennon has been living an almost modern-day rock'n'roll version of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson, having formed a romantic and creative partnership with British model/recording artist Charlotte Kemp Muhl, who he has recorded and toured with under the name the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or as they commonly go by now the GOASTT. Their newest LP, Midnight Sun, arrives April 29 through Lennon and Muhl's own Chimera Music. Until then, stream the album in full on Exclaim.ca. Recorded in the four-year gap following the release of their roughshod  details

When the Beatles Blew Their Big Chance - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The much-maligned Decca Records will forever be known in the annals of rock history as the label that rejected the Beatles — an epic, billion-dollar blunder considered by many to be one of history’s greatest commercial missteps.

And sure, opting for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes ahead of the Fab Four sounds like a gargantuan mistake, but just because hindsight is 20/20, that doesn’t mean that it has good ears. Because if you look closely — and really listen — to a day in the life of the world’s biggest band, you may just decide that it was the Beatles, as much as any Decca exec, who blew their big chance that day.To say the the Liverpudlian band was at a key juncture in late 1961 is an understatement: In the six weeks leading up to their audition at Decca, the Beatles’ somewhat inert fortunes had been handed over to a one-man career accelerator in the form of new manager Brian Epstein. The original Fab Four (Pete Best, not Ringo Starr, was still on drums) had spent much of the past year building up their 10 details

The United Supermarkets “family,” which also includes Amigo’s Supermarket and Market Street, will not be Select-A-Seat outlets when tickets for Paul McCartney’s June 14 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Eddie Owens, director of communications and public relations for United Supermarkets, said, “We have not had great success at these big events due to limited availability, and it seems it makes people more frustrated than happy.” The Select-A-Seat ticketing firm was created by Civic Lubbock, Inc. in 1990, according to Lisa Thomason, Select-A-Seat manager. The decision, Owens said, was made by Kris Burdis, center store business manager for United Supermarkets. “Tickets for these high-demand events sell out in a matter of minutes,” Burdis said. “In the past, we have had guests who line up at our stores and, in some instances, the first person in line was not even able to purchase a ticket. “Because of the frustration this can cause for our guests and team members, we have chosen not to open our details

Paul McCartney just kicked off a new Latin American leg of his Out There Tour over the weekend, and the road trip already has hit a speed bump.  The legendary Beatle has postponed the trek’s second show, which had been scheduled to take place at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on Monday, April 21, because a plane carrying his equipment didn’t arrive in the city on time.

The concert now is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 23.  Sir Paul also has a previously announced show at the same venue on Tuesday. “Though I’m upset that the jumbo jet carrying all my equipment for the show has gone technical and will not arrive in Santiago in time for the show…I will not cancel the concert,” said McCartney in a statement.  “I would hate to disappoint our great Chilean fans so we are moving the Monday show to Wednesday this week and looking forward to having a rocking time in Santiago.” The tour kicked off Saturday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay.  McCar details

Compared to the multi-million pound super-yachts favoured by the likes of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and F1 presenter Eddie Jordan, this humble fishing vessel may not look like much.However for former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, it hold precious memories of happy days with his first wife Linda before she tragically died on cancer.

Now he has made the heartbreaking decision to sell the vessel after a meeting with his children Stella, Heather and Mary. The boat, named Barnaby Rudge after a Charles Dickens character, is being sold for £60,000 in Rye near McCartney's private recording studio. According to a family friend, the adverts don't mention its connection with the pop star, saying only that the boat has an 'interesting history'. Speaking to the Sunday Express, family friend Eric Green said: 'He has decided to make the break with the past and move on. 'Paul no longer uses the boat because it has memories he does not want to dwell o details

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