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Back in the late 1970s, before the Beatles industry was even in its infancy, if you’d fancied a Fab Four tour of Liverpool it would have been a uniquely intimate experience.

“The Tourist Information Centre used to call Allan Williams (the Beatles’ first manager) if they got a group of people in,” reveals Dave Jones, one of the directors of Cavern City Tours. “He used to do a private tour in his own car.” Fifty years since screaming crowds jostled for a glimpse of them on the Town Hall balcony, and 35 after those tentative first tourist steps, Imagine – a new report on the value of the UK’s music heritage – has put the benefit of the Beatles to the city at around £70m a year. And, according to those at the heart of Liverpool’s tourism industry, we’re still yet to fully realise the special value of those ‘four lads that shook the world’. “Is £70m a great figure, a bad figure?” ponders Chris Brown of Marketing Liverpool. “Could it be £170m? I think the details

July has long been a big month for The Fab Four; it's the month when Ringo Starr was born in 1940, when John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in 1957, and when the group's film A Hard Day's Night debuted in 1964. So if you're looking to share in The Beatles love this summer, take the long and winding road to Vegas. We'll make a day tripper out of you with these top Beatles-inspired attractions.

Las Vegas Convention Center The Beatles would only ever play two concerts in Vegas on August 20, 1964. But they would break records, drawing the largest sold-out crowds for both performances. Originally set to play at the Sahara, Director of Entertainment Stan Irwin strategically decided to move the concerts to the Las Vegas Convention Center due to ticket demand. An estimated 11,000 to 16,000 screaming fans were in attendance, enraptured in Beatlemania. It would also mark the need for larger concert venues, shifting music's association with Vegas indefinitely. Revisit the historical site of The Beatles' concert on your next co details

 — The proprietors of a Fargo pizza parlor named after a Beatles song written by Paul McCartney say they can't afford to take time off to attend his concert but would love to cook for the rock star and his entourage.

McCartney's first appearance in North Dakota is scheduled Saturday night at the Fargodome, where a crowd of about 17,000 people is expected for the show. Blackbird Woodfire owners Patty and Casey Absey had planned to contact McCartney's handlers about offering the group free pizza. They didn't get around to it because business at the recently opened restaurant is booming. "We want to go to the concert, but we're kind of busy running a restaurant right now," Patty Absey said. "That sounds kind of lame, but that's just the truth of our situation." Patty Absey said they would be happy to deliver to the Fargodome and noted that the restaurant takes vegan requests, a reference to McCartney's aversion to meat. Absey said she and her husband are longtime Beatles fans who consider the music a family tradition. The details

At the United Center, Chicago: When attending a Paul McCartney concert, there are several guarantees: He will play an abundance of Beatles and Wings material, will toss in some recent tracks, and will astound with his seemingly boundless energy. Coming off a recent illness, McCartney appeared trim, fit, and ready to rock as he took the stage on July 9. Playing to a sold-out crowd, he treated fans to a nearly three-hour show packed with memories, emotions, and a desire to demonstrate that at 72, he has no plans to slow down.

Clad in a light blue jacket, white shirt, black pants, and his iconic Cuban heels (aka “Beatle Boots”), McCartney bounded on stage and immediately launched into “Eight Days A Week” for the opening number. He and the band segued into “Save Us” from McCartney’s recent album New, and the live performance enlivens the studio version. Wings fans were not neglected, however: He turned in renditions of the charming “Listen to What the Man Said” and the Band on the details

The famous scene of The Beatles standing on the balcony of Liverpool town hall was re-enacted on the 50th anniversary of their triumphant homecoming. The Fab Four returned to Liverpool on July 10, 1964, for a civic reception and for the northern premiere of their first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night.

With Beatlemania at its height, the band were greeted by 200,000 fans as they made their way from the old Speke airport, while outside Liverpool town hall another 20,000 fans gathered. Guides from Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tours re-enacted the scene today - although to a less tumultuous reception than the amazing scenes which greeted John, Paul, George, and Ringo 50 years ago yesterday. One of the guides, Ian Doyle, said: “We wanted to celebrate these four Liverpool lads who changed the world. “The Beatles were worried about their reception when they came back to Liverpool because they thought their fans wouldn’t forgive them for moving to London, but thousands of people turned out to see them.”

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An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is coming to the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer, opening on 19th July.  With two audacious careers, first as a World War II fighter pilot and later as a celebrated photo-journalist for American magazine LIFE;

'Living Dangerously' will showcase the work Terry did to capture momentous events from the swinging sixties and the rise of The Beatles to the horror of conflicts in the Congo, Vietnam and Northern Ireland. The exhibition has been curated by Terry's eldest daughter, Cara Spencer, who was left a remarkable photo archive of over one million negatives when her father passed away in 2009. Commenting on the new exhibition, Cara says 'Dad led quite a life. He was a combination of Biggles and James Bond all rolled into one. The show will tell the story of his remarkable life, as well as the lives of those he captured so poignantly onfilm. We'll have black and white reportage photographs and huge colour images, as well as memorabili details

"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning.

The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up for Outstanding Variety Special and in the categories of direction (Gregg Gelfand), music direction (Don Was), writing (Ken Ehrlich, David Wild), lighting design and sound mixing. In the composing world, John Lunn will attempt to win his third consecutive award for "Downton Abbey," the opening number of the Tony Awards is angling for a hat trick and T Bone Burnett has received his first Emmy nomination. Lunn and Burnett, who wrote for HBO's "True Detective," are up for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special along with Jeff Beal (his second nomination for "House of Cards"), Ramin Djawadi ("Game of Thrones") and first-time nominee Alan Silvestri ("Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey"). David Arnold and Michael Price, nominated twice before for their work on PBS's "Sherlock," a details

In writing about what's being called “the train song” in the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night,” and recent efforts to identify the musicians who recorded it, at least one reader commented, “Why doesn’t someone simply ask Paul or Ringo?” a sentiment echoed by numerous others.

My response to some was “No one ‘simply’ asks a Beatle anything,” knowing from experience the hoops that must be cleared to gain access to them. I also discussed the very real prospect that Paul and/or Ringo might understandably not recollect a 42-second snippet of music they could have recorded half a century ago.

But this week, circumstances arose that allowed me to pose the question directly to one of the two surviving band members

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The former Beatles star is the face of Varvatos' 2014 Peace Rocks autumn fashion collection, and the rocker announced the news during a rally in Los Angeles on Monday (07Jul14) to mark his 74th birthday.

In a black and white promotional picture for the drive, Starr wears sunglasses and a leather jacket and pulls his trademark 'peace' sign. Each campaign snap will be accompanied by the #PeaceRocks hashtag. Fans are encouraged to post 'selfie' snaps of themselves making the peace finger gesture on and every time the hashtag is used, Varvatos' company will donate £0.59 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, which supports Lynch's foundation. The moviemaker's charity promotes the use of transcendental meditation in public schools and for members of the military. Starr also appears in a short film for the campaign in which he sits behind a drum kit and talks about his musical aspirations as a youngster.

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Paul McCartney to perform at Petco Park - Thursday, July 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Paul McCartney will bring his “Out There” world tour to Petco Park Sept. 28 — the first time the Beatles legend has played San Diego since 1976. “We are thrilled to welcome Paul McCartney back to San Diego for the first time in nearly four decades,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “Petco Park has served not only as home to the San Diego Padres, but as the backdrop for countless memorable moments for families and visitors to America’s Finest City. Paul McCartney’s upcoming show may be the most memorable yet.” Tickets range from $23 to $253.50 and will be on sale to the general public July 18 at 10 a.m.

American Express card members can buy tickets July 14 at 10 a.m. Padres season ticket members can buy tickets July 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets also will be available at and all Ticketmaster locations. Suites and hospitality spaces will be available for purchase by phone at (619) 795-5060 or by email at McCartney, 72, will perform songs span details

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