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EXTENSIVE repairs are to be carried out on a historic townhouse famous for hosting a doomed Beatles concert just prior to their rise to stardom.

The 280-year-old Dingwall complex with have its historic tower and town clock restored in the £90,000 work.

A paltry crowd of 19 watched a gig by the Beatles in January 1963, with many leaving because they thought the band – who went on to be the most famous musical groups in the world – were “rubbish”.

On the same night, over 1,200 watched local band the Melotones in nearby Strathpeffer.

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They’re one of the most documented bands ever, but once and a while we get to see them in a new light. Documentary filmmaker Leslie Woodhead uncovered these photos he took of the Fab Four back in 1964 when they were recording in Manchester. He tells the story of the photographs in an excerpt from his new book, How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin.

I took these pictures in October 1964, when the Beatles came into the Manchester studios of Granada Television to perform their new record, “I Should Have Known Better.” I had come to know the Beatles a few months earlier in August 1962, when, as a very raw young TV director,

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On June 12, he takes center stage as the Grammy Museum launches 'Ringo: Peace & Love,' the first major exhibit focused on a drummer. Paul isn't the only Beatles alum still going strong. Ringo is keeping busy, too.

The drummer brings his All Starr band with him on a Latin American tour, kicking off on Oct. 29 in Sao Paolo, Brazi, and wrapping up on Nov. 18 in Monterrey, Mexico, before heading to Las Vegas for two shows (Nov. 22-23).

For those who don't already know, All Starr is a sort of aging rock star supergroup, with Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera (Foreigner) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth band).

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LIVERPOOL Echo readers have taken their cameras here, there and everywhere in response to our call for images inspired by Beatles songs.

Today we bring you the fifth and final instalment of the hundreds of photographs we have received in the weeks since launching our Beatles Songbook

You will also find links to the rest of the instalments in this story. 1 through 4.


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Ringo Starr announced early Monday he is taking his current version of the All-Starr Band with whom he just wrapped up a tour in the Pacific Rim including dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan on a new tour of Mexico and Latin America, plus two dates in the U.S., in October and November.

The tour will take in seven shows in five countries in South America. There will also be three shows in Mexico and two at the Palms in Las Vegas to close out the tour. The All-Starr Band features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette.

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Source: Examiner

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The new iPad book “Linda McCartney – Life in Photographs” from Taschen that became available through iTunes Thursday is more than a book but an exhibit in the way it displays the photographs from throughout her life.

The book features over 170 photos taken from her extensive archives. The photos are often candid, showing private moments with husband Paul, baby, childhood and teenage photos of their children Mary, Stella, James and Heather, and portraits of the Rolling Stones, Tracey Ullmann, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, Allen Ginsberg, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in 1995, artist Willem de Kooning, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, several of her self-portraits and more.

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George Harrison's widow has joined tributes to a Swansea rock musician honoured with a blue plaque.
Pete Ham, who co-wrote Without You, a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey, worked with the Beatle while in the band Badfinger.

A blue plaque at the city's railway station was unveiled on Saturday, which would have been Ham's 66th birthday.
Olivia Harrison said George spoke about him "with fondness as a friend and with respect for his beautiful songs".

"I have had the pleasure of meeting Pete's family and, although I did not know Pete himself, his lyrics and recordings embody a gentle spirit and tender heart.

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OTTAWA — In what is probably the fastest-selling show in the history of Scotiabank Place, tickets to a July concert by Paul McCartney sold out in less than 10 minutes Friday.

The July 7 show will be the first appearance by a member of the Beatles in Ottawa history. Eager fans snapped up tickets in record time when they went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Sales appear to have beaten the record held by Madonna.

Tickets for her show in September 2012 sold out in 21 minutes, and at the time concert promoter Live Nation said it was the fastest-selling show in Scotiabank history.

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Gotta Have It! Collectibles based in New York is offering a set of four Beatles collarless jackets in their latest online auction. The Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction was launched on April 24 and runs through May 3. Lot #28 features four jackets worn by John, Paul, George and Ringo each with black pants with a minimum bid of $95,000.

The auction site claims that The Beatles wore these jackets in their film 'A Hard Day's Night.'

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When Tom Petty released his first solo album "Full Moon Fever," he relied on some heavy hitters to back him up, most notably Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison.

Even though it was a solo project, he also had quite a bit of help from Mike Campbell of Petty's backing band, the Heartbreakers.

On this date in 1989, the first single from the album sat at the top of the Rock Charts. The song features George Harrison on acoustic guitar and backing vocals.

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