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It's 50 years since Australia was rocked by the music phenomenon that was Beatlemania. Now the Fab Four are being celebrated in a Melbourne exhibition, to celebrate the anniversary of their Australian tour.nIt's taken half a century but the spirit of the Beatles is back in all the mop-topped glory.

From newspaper clippings to old records and clothing, an exhibition at the Melbourne Arts Centre seeks to recapture the Beatles revolution, the Fab Four Fever of 1964 when the band spent 13 days touring Australia. At the time there was hysteria on city streets as people were swept away by Beatlemania. Virginia Boon was 16 when the band arrived in Melbourne. "It was an explosion in our lives when they first came, they were just so different to everything else that we'd seen." The boys from Liverpool captured her heart, and together with her older sister Patty, the pair attended a concert. "[It was] crazy, crazy, electric. All the girls screaming." "Everyone tried to rush up and give Paul a great big hug, or John a great big hug." Rock historian Glenn A. Baker says the Beatles u details

As legendary as Paul McCartney is, he's not above picking up the phone and personally thanking a radio programmer for playing songs from his latest album, "New."

Upon calling Jill Weindorf, senior VP of promotion for McCartney's label, Hear Music/Concord Music Group, he learned that McCartney was in Los Angeles shooting a video for "New" track "Early Days" the day before and spent the evening with "friends at dinner," according to Weindorf. Those friends regaled McCartney with stories about KCSN and how it has played cuts from "New," including the title track and second single "Queenie Eye." Impressed by the station's support, McCartney then called the label and asked how he could contact KCSN to say thanks. From there, McCartney and Daniels chatted for more than an hour. Paul's call was so thoughtful, I found myself fighting back tears," Daniels says. "He told us of how his friends all loved the station, and [that] they told him that KCSN was playing a number of songs from 'New' and he simply wanted to say thanks."

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On Friday, April 4th, The Nutopians, the award-winning seven-piece musical ensemble, will celebrate the artistry and genius of the late John Lennon with a special performance at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY 11706.

The band will feature songs from their newest CD “Lennon Re-Imagined,” (listen/tracks) a 16-song compilation of originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers, as well as from their debut “Imagined: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon,” which won the prestigious Vox Populi Independent Music Award for best tribute album in 2011. Created and led by Elektra and RCA recording artist Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step and Atlantic recording artist Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the Nutopians were given their name by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “Nutopians” is derived from the couple’s conceptual country, “Nutopia” where John was cleverly seeking diplomatic immunity as its ambassador in 1973 after be details

Paul On The Cover Of This Week's NME - Friday, March 07, 2014

Paul features on the cover of this week's NME Magazine. The current issue takes the reader behind-the-scenes at the publication's recent awards night where Paul was presented with the 'Songwriters' Songwriter'.

Fans can watch a video of Paul receiving his award. The cover shot, taken by Dean Chalkley, also features Blur's Damon Albarn, punk poet John Cooper Clarke and Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys.

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Visit Abbey Road's legendary Studio Two - Thursday, March 06, 2014

We are pleased to announce ‘The Sound of Abbey Road Studios’, unique talks taking place in April and May featuring special guest former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott.

The talks mark a new opportunity to visit Abbey Road Studios’ world famous Studio Two, where many iconic artists have recorded including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, Oasis and Adele.Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, return for the third instalment of this fascinating talks series with a brand new lecture exploring the evolution of recording techniques and equipment, many of which were pioneered at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to the informative and entertaining stories behind these techniques, the lectures will include demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment, some of which has been used on many landmark recordings over the studios’ 82 year history. For the first time in the series, Brian and Kevin welcome a special guest. Renowned former Abbey Road engineer Ken Scott will be return details

Ringo Starr is at work on his first studio project since the aptly named Ringo 2012, with Steve Lukather again at his side. The Toto guitarist, a current member of the All Starr Band, tells us he wrote a song for the as-yet-unnamed album. 

Lukather says he will also be touring again with Starr this summer, continuing a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. This lineup, the 12th for Ringo’s All Starr amalgams, also includes Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Richard Page of Mr. Mister fame. Lukather also sat in with Starr for the recent 50th anniversary-related concerts with Paul McCartney. All of this Beatles-related activity comes as Lukather is also completing a pair of new projects with Toto, beginning with a new live DVD set for release in April 2014 via Eagle Rock. Next comes a new studio effort, Toto’sinitial disc since 2006′s Falling in BetweenLukather says they are five songs into the record, which is being produced by CJ Vanston and features new drummer Keit details

It was a night when all the big names in Hollywood were at the Dolby Theatre… except for two. Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl decided against joining the Oscars' festivities to enjoy an evening out with their wives at a vegan restaurant on Melrose Avenue.

With Nancy Shevell and pregnant Jordyn Blum on their arms, the musicians no doubt took a chance to celebrate (again) their Grammy win for Best Rock Song.  McCartney, 71, and Grohl, 45, had teamed up with Ringo Starr and the other surviving members of Nirvana, bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear, to form Sirvana and were awarded at the music ceremony for their track Cut Me Some Slack. ‘This song was two hours in my studio,’ Dave said during his Grammy acceptance speech, ‘I called up Paul and said, “Hey, man, do you want to come jam with some friends of mine?” He came over, we knocked this out in a couple of hours, and to me, that’s what rock'n'roll is all about.’

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The year 1964 was one of the busiest and most creative in the history of the Beatles. In July of that year, they released A Hard Day’s Night, a movie that has been called one of the 100 best films ever made.  For Beatles fans, the film represented a rare insider’s look into the lives and personalities of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Pattie Boyd was, at the time, a popular model in London, who was hired to play a small role in the movie and met George Harrison, who immediately asked her out for a date.  Although she at first impulsively rebuffed him, the two were soon engaged in a red-hot love affair and were married a short time later.  Her view into the personal lives of each of the Beatles during the ensuing years of their success is unrivaled. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, the Catalina Island Museum will have a screening of the film in the Avalon Casino Theater.  Pattie Boyd has agreed to a live interview just after the film, in which she will discuss her memorie details

Some people like The Beatles. Some people love The Beatles. Some people have a room full of Beatles memorabilia. Jim Cushman falls into that last category. Cushman, a Mattapoisett resident and native of Middleboro, has an extensive Beatles collection that includes a pair of John Lennon’s long johns , a locket of Paul McCartney’s hair, Ringo Starr’s drumsticks and a t-shirt that belonged to George Harrison.

“They’re a part of me now. They’re in me, just like my wife and my sons and my granddaughter,” said Cushman of the band. “They’re an important part of me. They made me who I am.” Cushman, 59, began to accumulate Fab Four artifacts almost 30 years ago. But Beatlemania first gripped him as a 9-year-old when he tuned in with about 73 million people across the country to watch The Beatles perform for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. When The Beatles took the stage on February 9, 1964, 50 years ago, they became an instant phenomenon in the U.S. “Nothing’s ever been the same,” said Cushm details

Three of Britain’s biggest rock stars – Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May and Sir Bob Geldof - are backing the third Rock Against Cancer concert in All Cannings. The legends are helping to promote the concert at The Kings Arms in All Cannings, near Devizes, on Saturday, May 31.

Sir Paul and Queen guitarist Brian May are leading a social media campaign to raise awareness of the cancer charity event. Live Aid leader Sir Bob is fronting the reformed Boomtown Rats to headline the Concert at the Kings show in the village that has a population of only 630. They launched the annual event two years ago. Artists including Jeff Beck, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Mike & the Mechanics, Midge Ure and Tom Robinson have performed and help raise more than £35,000 for cancer charities. This year the organisers are aiming to raise the profile of the gig by asking stars to help a social media campaign by posing in Rock Against Cancer T-shirts - and first to respond were Sir Paul, Brian May and actress-singer Kerry Ellis, star of The Queen musical We Will Rock You’

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