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A rare Rickenbacker guitar once owned by George Harrison and also played by John Lennon is among the Beatles-themed items that will be up for bids at a music memorabilia auction scheduled to take place in New York City this May. Julien’s Auctions will hold its Music Icons 2014 sale on May 16 and 17 at the Hard Rock Café New York in Times Square.

Harrison bought the aforementioned guitar, a 1962 Rickenbacker 425, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, when he paid a two-week visit to his sister Louise in 1963.  He had the instrument painted black to resemble a guitar that Lennon was using onstage at that time.  Harrison played the guitar extensively for a while, including during The Beatles’ first appearance on the TV show Ready Steady Go! in October 1963, and in the studio when the band recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”  In addition, Lennon was photographed playing the instrument backstage at an October 1963 concert in Scotland.  Harrison eventually gave th details

A Beatle, a country music legend, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer headline this summer's Circle K Concert Series at the Toledo Zoo. The series kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. July 1 with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band.

Featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rollie, Richard Page, and Steve Lukather. Tickets are $50, $69.50, and $125. Country artist Little Big Town, with special guests Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 11, with tickets priced at $32.50 and $45. Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan returns to the Toledo Concert series at 7:30 p.m. July 13 to promote a new album due in May. Tickets are $38.50, $56, and $76. Gavin DeGraw, formerly of ’90s alt-rock act Bush, and folk and rock singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, along with opening act Mary Lambert, share the bill for a 6:30 p.m. July 17 concert. Tickets are $35, $42.50, and $49.50.

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From a young Israel-born immigrant to recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Simmons has overcome enormous obstacles to become one of the most successful rockers of all time. This morning,

Gene joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show on the phone to talk about his road to success in KISS, plus appearing in tonight’s episode of CSI. Gene will appear as himself in a guest role on the hit CBS crime drama CSI, a role he says he was “born to play.” “I’ve done this before,” said Gene on playing himself on TV. “I did ‘Ugly Betty’ as Gene Simmons, ‘Castle’ as Gene Simmons and the ‘Entourage’ movie they’re filming now just called and wants me to play Gene Simmons.” Gene has expanded his acting chops over the years in movie roles, reality TV and more, but he says that acting isn’t his “main focus” right now. Instead, he’s getting ready to hit the road with KISS for a 40th anniversary tour this summer. “We look forward to showing people details

Budget chain Poundland is bracing itself for a bun fight when it launches an exclusive bakeware range by top class cookery queen Jane Asher. For the £1-a-piece products are expected to sell like hot cakes when they hit shelves next month. Store bosses reckon shoppers keen to bag a baking bargain will clean out stock within hours with savings of up to £19 on some items.

Jane’s pastel coloured ceramic bowls for a bargain quid can cost £20 in posh kitchen stores, where basic cake tins are £10.99 and mini kitchen scales £13.99. Her extensive line of 50 baking essentials from bowls and mini scales to tins, trays and silicone cake cases are poised to spark a great British bake off across the nation. In her trademark pastel colours - mint, lilac, pale blue and pink - Jane Asher’s Kitchen range is the discount store’s first ever celebrity collection. The actress, writer and ace baker - who was engaged to former Beatle Paul McCartney in the Sixties - has carved a career as one of the country’s most respected c details

Paul McCartney will be spending some more quality time in Latin America this spring.  After announcing an April 21 show at Santiago, Chile’s Movistar Arena earlier this week, the ex-Beatles star has added three more concerts in the region to his 2014 Out There Tour itinerary.

Sir Paul will play an April 25 date at the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru, an April 28 concert at the Estadio de Liga in Quito, Ecuador, and a May 1 event at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica.  McCartney’s visits to Ecuador and Costa Rica will mark his first-ever performances in those countries, while he only played one other show in Peru, a May 2011 gig at Lima’s Estadio Monumental.

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The 1964 film , which follows a day in the life of the band as Beatlemania is in full swing, has been fully restored and will be in cinemas and available to download on July 4. A limited edition DVD and Blu-ray release will follow on July 21. 

Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, the film also starred Anna Quayle, Bob Godfrey, Robin Ray, Lionel Blair and Patti Boyd. Next week (March 20), the piano played by John Lennon and Paul McCartney while filming Help! will go up for auction. The pair used the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand to compose the title track to the 1965 film and was used to compose 'Yesterday'. It has been valued at £50,000 by Omega Auctions, and will be sold in Liverpool. 

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McGear McCartney mania at The Plough - Saturday, March 15, 2014

THE sharpest of Liverpudlian wit, live music and perhaps the odd reference to a somewhat well known older relative will all feature as Mike McGear McCartney brings his first solo tour in 42 years to Torrington at the end of this month.

What do you do when your big brother Sir Paul – or ‘our kid’ as Mike calls him – has taken over the world with The Beatles? Faced with such a dilemma back in the 60s, the younger McCartney sibling changed his name to Mike McGear, formed his own band The Scaffold with Roger McGough and John Gorman, and moved into the satire and comedy field. Hit records and television series followed before Mike turned his back on showbiz to return to his first love photography, with his work acclaimed by exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute in the US and Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. But now Mike is back on the road with a new hilarious and nostalgic one man show Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (I Wish!), told through his photographs, lively anecdotes and live music too. He is coming to The Plough Arts Centre at details

A former children's home in Liverpool made famous by the Beatles is set to be opened to the public. The Salvation Army, which owns the Strawberry Field site in Woolton, plan to reopen it as a training centre for people with learning difficulties.

The proposals would also see the site opened to Beatles fans, if the plans are approved by the city council. John Lennon immortalised the home, which closed in 2005, when he wrote Strawberry Fields Forever in 1967. Drew McCombe from the Salvation Army said he hoped the £6m project would include retrieving the original Victorian Strawberry Field gates which were put into storage in 2011. He said the scheme was in the "early consultation stage" but the charity hopes to submit an application to Liverpool City Council next month. As well as the training centre, the building will have a cafe where young people will be able to train in catering and hospitality. It will also have a heritage exhibition featuring the history of the Salvation Army and Strawberry Fie details

“Would I have liked to have been a Beatle?” Jeff Lynne pauses for thought before slowly shaking his head. “I don’t know. It wasn’t all beer and skittles being a Beatle. “To have been under so much pressure, to not have been able to walk down the street? I’m a very private person. I would have found that very tough. So maybe no.

“But to share the studio with George, Paul and Ringo, and to hear all those wonderful stories, that was very special. It was a privilege, beyond a privilege. The stuff of dreams.” The 66-year-old Shard End kid-turned Hollywood A-lister, who will take his place on Broad Street’s Walk of Stars on Thursaday, famously brought John Lennon back to life.  Not literally, of course, but in the recording studio during the 1994 sessions for The Beatles Anthology albums, which collected together classics, rarities and two new songs based on unfinished Lennon demos. Called in by close friend Harrison, it was up to Jeff to use his production wizardry to help revive Free As A B details

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discussed his love of the Beatles' Abbey Road and even used it in a metaphor for the end of his series, which begins its seventh and final season April 13th, in an interview with Buzzfeed.

"I just always loved that the album actually ends, almost like The Sopranos did, in the middle of a song. It's just, 'Cut!' – you know, that last note of 'Her Majesty'?" he said. "So I just admire it in artistic expressionism, looking at wrapping up the show. I'm writing an ending, and it will – whether I like it or not – frame the entire 92-hour experience of the show in some way. So I was impressed with how the Beatles dealt with that responsibility." Weiner also revealed that, unlike the Beatles, the show's storyline won't make it to 1970. He would not disclose at what point in time the show would wrap things up, but he was adamant that the series was meant to be a Sixties period piece. "The intention of the show starting in 19 details

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