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Liverpool’s Beatles Story attraction has broken through the 250,000 visitors-in-a-year mark for the first time. The Albert Dock attraction says it welcomed 254,451 visitors through its doors in the 2013/14 financial year. This is a big rise on the 241,265 figure for the previous year. Beatles Story bosses say the London Olympics impacted on visitor numbers during 2013.

However, the latest figure is still a significant improvement on 2011/12 which saw 249,832 people visit and is a big increase in 2009 when less than 200,000 came. In July last year, the Beatles Story saw its busiest day ever when staff welcomed more than 1,996 people through the doors, which was nearly 222 visitors from across the world every hour. Congratulating his staff, Martin King of the Beatles Story, said: “It is a testament to all the hard work and dedication from the great team of staff here and we look forward to breaking even more records in the coming year ahead.”

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Beatlemania on display at Bethel Woods - Tuesday, April 01, 2014

So just how did Jeffersonville's Rod Mandeville get those original Beatles' bobblehead dolls? They're from 1964, with John, Paul and George holding guitars and Ringo cradling a drum. Simple. Fifty years ago, Mandeville's nephew had a birthday and everybody ate the cake with the bobbleheads on top.

"And at the end, those things were left," says Mandeville, who was 16 in 1964 when the Beatles first came to America. And that Beatles jigsaw puzzle, also from 1964 and apparently direct from England? Mandeville was such a huge Beatles fan at the beginning of Beatlemania, he bought that at the local Woolworth's in Morristown, NJ. He doesn't remember what he paid, but the box says "30p" — 30 pence — which amounts to about 40 cents today. Then there's the black-and- white framed photo of the very skinny, baby-faced Beatles at their first recording session with Ringo. Mandeville got that at a New York City art gallery. But to him, it's more than a just a photo. It's a testament to genius. "They were so amazi details

Even the most casual consumers of rock ‘n’ roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen’s iconic images. He’s shot album covers, photographs that ended up as posters and postcards, and portraits that come to be so associated with superstar musicians, they run in their obits. John Lennon’s New York City T-shirt. Led Zeppelin’s plane. That kind of thing.

New York’s Pop International Galleries will host 100 of Gruen’s photos in a show running April 4 through May 4, including many images that have influenced the way we perceive some of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars, from Lennon and Zep to CBGB icons like Debbie Harry and The Ramones. Flavorwire presents ten photos from the show in this gallery, which includes the aforementioned icons as well as The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, The Sex Pistols, Elton John, Joan Jett, New York Dolls, and Chuck Berry. Gruen began his career by shooting Bob Dylan’s infamous plugged-in performance at 1965′s Newport Folk Fest. “Photography has led me to some great ex details

Quito, March 29 (Prensa Latina) The British singer and song-writer Paul McCartney will be awarded by the Ecuadorian government next month during a visit to this South American country, informed secretary of Public Administration Vinicio Alvarado.

According to the official, the decision of President Rafael Correa to award the former member of The Beatles was taken due to his contribution to the universal culture. The multi-instrumentalist from Liverpool will perform for the first time in Ecuador as part of the tour Out There that includes a musical retrospective of his songs. Organized by Jorge Ferrand and Prosonido, the three-hour concert will take place in the Liga de Quito Stadium on April 28. McCartney is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful musician and composer within the popular music, with 60 Gold records and 100 millions of singles sold in the United Kingdom. The also painter and music producer has composed sound tracks for movies, besides classical and electronic music.

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In 1967, when John Lennon wrote his classic Beatles hit, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," everyone assumed the psychedelic song was about drugs. Few would have guessed that several years later, a sober Lennon would see something far different in the sky -- a UFO -- and it would have a profound influence on his life.

A drawing of that 1974 sighting, sketched for his "Walls and Bridges" album, depicts what appears to be a classic flying saucer with the word "UFOer" written on the bottom of the object. On the album's liner notes, the famed musician wrote: "On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O. J.L." Lennon, one of the most outspoken celebrities of his time, claimed he saw the alleged spacecraft above the Manhattan skyline. At the time, he was living on the East Side of the city. That drawing was auctioned on March 21 by CooperOwen Auctions of London, reports OpenMinds. During the UFO sighting, Lennon shared an apartment with a girlfriend, May Pang, who, along with other eyewitnesses, also saw the UFO. Lennon subsequently mentioned the event in details

2014 is shaping up to be as busy as ever with Paul announcing a string of new live dates in South America and Japan. 
Here at PaulMcCartney.com we use a variety of tactics to keep our energy levels up. More often than not this includes a big box of cupcakes (sometimes sent from Paul) and a lovely cup of tea!

This month’s question was sent in by Kevin McCarren from the USA, who asks: “Where do you get your energy from?” We spoke with Paul as he prepares to get back ‘Out There’ on his forthcoming tour of Latin America. He answered: “Thank you for your question, Kevin. My energy comes from… Sex & drugs!… NO! I’m joking! It’s simply from having enthusiasm for life. It never runs out!” PaulMcCartney.com were fortunate to watch one of Paul's shows from the side of the stage in Tokyo last November and the sight of 50,000 ecstatic fans singing along to details

Last month upstate New York jam act Aqueous played a weekly residency at Nietzsche's in their hometown of Buffalo. For the final show of the residency, which was billed as "Mystery Artist Night," Aqueous mixed originals along with 11 Beatles covers. Ten of the Beatles classics were debuts for Aqueous.

Aqueous opened with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and went on to cover "Magical Mystery Tour," "Flying," "Blue Jay Way," "Eight Days A Week," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "For No One," "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," "Sgt. Pepper's Reprise," "A Day In The Life" and "Hey Jude." But don't sleep on the band's originals, which are filled with interesting signature changes, jaw-dropping composed sections and plenty of jamming.

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50 YEARS AGO: THE BEATLES GET WAXED - Monday, March 31, 2014

On March 28, 1964, the Beatles were immortalized in wax at the Madame Tussauds Museum in London. For over 200 years, the London-based Madame Tussauds, who currently have over a dozen locations around the planet, has displayed their likenesses of history and popular culture’s most famous people.

The Fab Four were the first pop stars to be given this honor. Almost exactly three years later, the four Madame Tussauds Beatles figures were loaned out for use during the photo shoot for the band’s album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ In addition to appearing themselves in both real and wax forms, each of the four members also chose ten people to join them on the now-famous cover photograph. Aside from the Beatles doppelgangers, wax figures of boxer Sonny Liston and actress Diana Dors were also borrowed from Madame Tussauds for the photo shoot. Requested faces who were left off included Adolf Hitler, actor Leo Gorcey — who demanded a $400 fee for using his likeness — and Mohand details

The Beatles had partial studio reunions on official releases into the ’80s, but never with more than three members present — and never with Paul McCartney and John Lennon on the same session. That, as much as anything, seemed to be keeping the group apart. But the two former bandmates did, in fact, collaborate during one coke-fueled, slapdash night on March 28, 1974 at the Burbank Studios in Los Angeles. It was more than enough to fuel years of comeback rumors.

Lennon was producing his drinking buddy Harry Nilsson‘s forthcoming release ‘Pussy Cats’ when Paul and his wife Linda McCartney unexpectedly stopped by. The two men had started off tentatively, with a handshake and an inside joke: “Valiant Paul McCartney, I presume?” Lennon said, referencing an early Beatles Christmas special. McCartney immediately responded: “Sir Jasper Lennon, I presume?” The first music made by Lennon and McCartney since the sessions for 1969′s ‘Abbey Road details

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