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The rocker annually celebrates his birthday by asking fans to stop at noon wherever they are and offer up a 'peace and love' salute, while sending out positive vibes to the world - and this year, he's planning to stage his own special moment at the Hollywood landmark, which holds a special place in Beatles lore.

Next month's (07Jul15) peace and love moment will mark the 10th anniversary of Ringo's birthday initiative.

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For a living legend whose entire career has consistently been redefined, it's a given that Sir Paul McCartney's headlining set at Firefly 2015 on Friday (June 19) would be career-defining, yet again. And on the second night of the four-day fest, the Beatles icon showed that not only does he consistently up himself, but he outshone the bounty of young talent that rocked the stages at the Delaware festival earlier in the day.

As a consummate performer, the 73-year-old kept the energy cranked for the duration of his near two-and-a-half hour show, running through a string of classics spanning his work with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist. Affable and jovial, he demonstrated musical versatility with ease -- strumming a ukulele, pounding a piano, plucking an acoustic guitar -- as well as endurance, for his first ever show in the first state.

McCartney began promptly at 10 p.m. following a riotous set from Run the Jewels on the adjacent stage. The crowd swelled to a remarkable volume--vastly larger than that of Morrissey, who played to a shockingly minute attendance hours prior--as Macca kicked off with "Birthday" and new cut "Save Us," setting the tone for the ebullient evening.

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Ever since he’d been singled out as a “natural” in A Hard Day’s Night, Ringo Starr had decided he was an actor. Of course, what he was good at was playing Ringo the Beatle, but after Help! there were to be no more Beatles movies (the kind that actually required them to “act,” anyway). So our boy decided to cast about for outside projects.

Ringo Starr’s first film was the 1968 sex romp Candy, which turned out to be one of those British “comedies” that starred an especially attractive young woman getting into all sorts of naughty mischief (see Wonderwall) and a load of artsy-fartsy filmmaking gibberish. This was, of course, the time of heavy drug use among those with money and high profiles (see Head), and so Candy, based on a satirical Terry Southern novel, with a Buck Henry screenplay, probably looked like a laugh riot to those who put it together.

Inexplicably, Ringo was cast as a Mexican gardener who has sex with the titular character (Ewa Aulin) on a pool table. The role required him to do little more than babble in a bad Spanish accent.

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Before I get started with the third part of these series of articles that look at several songs by The Beatles that may have slipped through the cracks and minds of casual fans I would like to clarify something: every single song that I have listed in these articles is one that I have listened to many times and I obviously know its value and importance. I also understand that most people reading this post are in the same position. Last but not least, I would like to wish Paul McCartney a Happy 73rd birthday.

5. Two of Us

"Two of Us" is a song written by James Paul McCartney that appears in Let it Be, The Beatles' penultimate album where recording is involved, but the last one to be released. The song was recorded live during The Beatles' famous rooftop concert at London's Apple Studios on January 30, 1969. Paul McCartney claims that he wrote this song for his first wife Linda, but several critics have expressed their belief that part of the lyrics at least are aimed at John Lennon. Their friendship was in shambles at that point in time.

The story behind the song's lyrics is filled with nostalgia. The first verse talks about two people going on a drive on their way back home. The second one is about writi details

"We didn't want to appear as a gang of idiots" -- a very young Paul McCartney.

To celebrate McCartney's birthday on June 18, The Huffington Post has pulled together 11 obscure pieces of trivia about The Beatles from their earliest interviews.

1. The Beatles essentially wore head to toe leather on stage for awhile, which McCartney said got them laughed at "more often than not."

For a BBC interview the band did in August 1963 -- George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney all talked about the early fashion ideas they picked up from Hamburg, Germany. Lennon couldn't remember which of them was the first to don a leather jacket, but eventually they all got their own. When they acquired a bit more money soon after, they all bought leather pants for their stage performances, as well. "It was a bit, sort of, old hat anyway -- all wearing leather gear -- and we decided we didn't want to look ridiculous going home," McCartney explained of why the leather didn't stick with the group. "Because more often than not too many people would laugh. It was just stupid. We didn't want to appear as a gang of idiots." According to the interview, their manager Brian Epstein convinced them that they looked ridiculous and sug details

This concert will undoubtedly prove one of the high spots of the entire 2015 Festival of Chichester. In fact, one of the high spots of our three Festivals of Chichester so far.

Tribute is a much-debased word and one the musicians would probably resist, but a tribute in the truest, finest sense was precisely what they delivered: a celebration of George Harrison’s music, delivered with huge affection and immense skill.

Harrison’s nature was to be the “quiet one”, the one all too easily overlooked. But quietly he amassed an astonishing body of work which, post-Beatles, tumbled out on the astonishing triple album, All Things Must Pass – the starting point, the end point and indeed the name for Alex Eberhard’s hugely-impressive ten-piece homage. On a wonderful night for the festival, for the band and for everyone in the audience, All Things Must Pass ranged widely through Harrison’s work from his Beatles days through to his posthumously-released final album.

They did so with brilliance, daring to do their own thing at times but always capturing the spirit of the music and the man, quite probably the most fascinating of all the Fab Four. Alex’s vocals were close, details

The former Beatle gets personal.

This January marks the tenth anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the American charts. Last month Rolling Stone conducted its first full-scale interview with Paul McCartney, in six sessions starting in a London recording studio and ending on a New York street. The New York sessions took place the day after McCartney had entered the US for the first time in two years, visa problems stemming from two marijuana violations now finally resolved.

McCartney was cautious in his responses during the first two sessions. He and Linda remembered being on vacation in Scotland when they were first shown John Lennon's lengthy interview (Rolling Stone Number 74 and Number 75, January 21st and February 4th, 1971), and having been deeply hurt by it. At first he seemed to want to avoid the kind of controversy Lennon's interview had generated but in later conversations he became freer with his answers.

Because the various sessions were necessarily disconnected, our text does not follow in all cases the actual sequence of questions. For example, McCartney's discussion of his legal difficulties is compiled from three separate conversations. One of those discussions was prompted by an inci details

Today Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday. The rocker was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James “Jim” McCartney. To celebrate Macca's birthday, we look back at his life in pictures and reveal seven things you might not know about the star:

1. He was on a plane in New York when 9/11 happened Paul was waiting to take off on the tarmac at the city’s JFK airport when he spotted smoke coming from the Twin Towers. When speaking about the day, Macca has said he initially thought it was an optical illusion and “some sort of little fire”, until a steward said something serious had happened and ushered him off the plane.

2. Despite becoming a multi-millionaire singer, he failed an audition to be a choir boy In the 1950s Paul auditioned for the choir at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, but was rejected.

3. He also messed up his first gig with John Lennon When Macca made his debut with The Quarrymen - who later evolved into the Beatles - in October 1957, he missed his cue, despite practising for days.

4. The name for his band Wings came to him while praying The image of ‘wings’ is said to have sprung into hi details

The famous recording sessions will be recreated in a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Between 1962 and 1969, The Beatles recorded some of their best-known albums at London's Abbey Road Studios, including Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the White Album.

Now, these recording sessions are being recreated for a new stage show, The Sessions at Abbey Road, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1 2016.

Period equipment, and a team of 39 musicians and eight singers will be used during the show, which will span the band's entire recording career at the studios, and will feature a full-sized reconstruction of Abbey Road's Studio Two.

Executive producer Stig Edgren told AFP that the performance will be "an honest, respectful and accurate recreation of how musical history was made".

In an interview with The Times, Edgren also empthasised the fact the show will focus on recreating the music, rather than the appearance of The Beatles, and that that performers will wear "no Sgt Pepper Outfits, no wigs". "I didn't want it to be another lookalike show," he said.

By: Rebecca Hawkes and AFP

Source: The Telegraph


He is the only authorised biographer of The Beatles and spent the night partying with Paul McCartney just last week.

But days later, it was a bizarre change of pace for Hunter Davies, who returned to his hometown of Johnstone for the first time in almost 80 years.

The 79-year-old writer, who later grew up in Carlisle, was born at Thornhill Maternity Hospital in Johnstone on January 7, 1936 and also lived in Renfrew. He is the author of more than 60 books, including novels, travel writing and The Glory Game which is based on a season he spent behind the scenes at Tottenham Hotspur. Unbeknown to many of his fans, Hunter comes from a working class Johnstone background and has lived an extraordinary life mixing with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. And on Monday he caught up with The Gazette to share some of his most noteworthy tales, set to be revealed in his memoirs.

“I’m thrilled to be back in Johnstone,” Hunter beamed. “I don’t really have any memories of here because I was just a baby but I wanted to see what the town is like today. “My next book is about my memories of growing up in the 50s, from birth to the 50s, but my first chapter will be about details

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