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John Power set to return to Liverpool stage as John Lennon. The La’s and Cast star won acclaim for his portrayal of the late Beatle when he made his acting  debut in Lennon at the Royal Court last summer.

Now the theatre is set to bring back the popular show, which will form part of the Cultural Programme underpinning the International Festival for Business 2014 – the global business  festival hosted by Liverpool for the UK taking place in June and July. John Power said today: “I’m really looking forward to catching up with the cast again. “It was a great challenge last time and the whole experience last time was a bit mind-blowing  to be honest. “If the performances are anything like last year’s then the audiences will love it so hopefully we  can pick up where we left off and it’ll be a great show.” The rest of the cast from 2013 have all been approached and many are confirmed including Tom Connor as Paul McCartney , Mark Newnham as young Lennon and Kirsten Foster as Yoko Ono. details

Permission problems for Beatles stamp - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guernsey Post have been forced to cancel plans to produce a stamp featuring The Beatles because of permission problems. The July issue was due to commemorate 50 years since the hit group's performance at Candie Auditorium.

The stamp imagery has now been replaced with art work celebrating Raymond Evanson's 25 years of gold at the Chelsea Flower Show. 
Guernsey Post have said it's disappointing that the idea's been shelved but these things happen and they work around them when they need to. 

Source: Guernsey News, UK

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Fifty years after an iconic performance at the Ed Sullivan Theater, the surviving members of The Beatles could stage a reunion in the same venue where the magic began. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are in talks with producers from "The Late Show with David Letterman," which films in the Ed Sullivan Theater, to stage a reunion on the show, according to Showbiz411.

Early reports pinpoint the first week of February as a potential Beatles blowout week for "The Late Show," with McCartney and Starr potentially appearing on Friday, Feb. 7, the day the group arrived in the United States in 1964. What the rest of Letterman's weeklong extravaganza would include has yet to be revealed. There's no doubt an endless number of artists who'd jump at the opportunity to cover a Beatles classic on the program, and the show could also recruit survivors who were associated with the band: Yoko Ono, original manager Allan Williams, original drummer Pete Best, "A Hard Day's Night" director Richard Lester, plus George Harrison's and John Lennon's children (Dhani Harrison, Julia details

On Thursday The Beatles' U.S. Albums Set For Release was a top story. Here is the recap: Apple Corps Ltd. and Capitol Records have announced that they will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first U.S. visit and the band's history-making debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," with the digital release of The U.S. Albums.

The new 13-album Mastered for iTunes LP collection spans The Beatles' U.S releases from 1964's Meet The Beatles! to 1970's Hey Jude. We were sent over the following details: The collection includes a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan, is available now for digital pre-order exclusively on iTunes. All of the Mastered for iTunes albums (with the exception of The Beatles' Story, an audio documentary album) are also available now for individual pre-order on iTunes. The Beatles' U.S. albums differed from the band's U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art. The albums are details

If your vibe is 1960s Fab icons and cool animation, tune in to Cartoon Network on January 20th for a special Powerpuff Girls event featuring Ringo Starr! The Beatles drummer will appear as a "flamboyant mathematician" named Fibonacci Sequins. The original series aired from 1998-2005 and featured an irresistible cocktail of retro-style animation and fast-paced heroics and hilarity inspired by Japanese Anime.

The new episode, Dance Pantsed, will reunite all of the voice actors under the directorial helm of original series storyboard artist and writer, Dave Smith (Craig McCracken is currently working on Wonder Over Yonder). Spy Vibers will be especially pleased to learn that local-hero Kevin Dart (Yuki 7) came aboard the Powerpuff Girls reunion as art director and character designer. Kevin's love for retro-spy illustrations and movie posters always brings an exciting flair to his projects. He sat down with me today for a brief interv details

A few months after first meeting her, John Lennon tried to commission Yoko Ono to build a "light house" in his garden. "Oh, that was conceptual," Ono demurred, referring to a structure she'd built in her imagination with beams of refracted light emanating from hypothetical prisms.

In the 47 years that have ensued since that conversation, Ono has constructed a legacy as the world's penultimate conceptual artist.
If Ono had her druthers, people entering the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on Friday, January 24 to see Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace (YOIP) would be handed a set of instructions and asked to fill the exhibition hall's blank walls with magnificent artworks projected from their individual and collective imaginations. YOIP does not go quite that far, but there will be no viewers or spectators at the exhibit. Everyone who passes through the Rauschenberg Gallery's doors will be magically converted into an active collaborator the instant they are handed an Onochord and encounter works such as Wish Tree, Map Piece and Play It By Trust.

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Pop veteran Tommy Roe is set to relive the night he supported The Beatles at their very first concert in America by recreating the event for its 50th anniversary with a Fab Four tribute band.

The Dizzy singer, 71, opened for the Let It Be hitmakers at their iconic Washington Coliseum show in Washington, D.C. on 11 February, 1964, two days after the great Brits made their U.S. performing debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Now Roe has signed up to take part in a re-enactment of the landmark gig to celebrate the historic occasion next month (Feb14). He will take the stage for an acoustic set at the same venue on 11 February (14), before cover band Beatlemania Now perform the same setlist Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison delighted fans with five decades ago. Photos of the original concert, snapped by a young Mike Mitchell, will also be exhibited at the event, which has been put together by officials at the DC Preservation League and Douglas Development Corporation. 

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A Beatles fan travelled across the country for eight years taking photographs of all 131 Abbey Road street signs in England. From rural lanes to inner-city estates and motorway sidings, Bryan Eccleshall, 48, crossed the length and breadth of the country to document each location where the famous street name could be found. 

The centrepiece of his collection is a picture from Abbey Road in St John’s Wood, London, made famous by the 1969 Beatles album of the same name. Mr Eccleshall said inspiration for the project did not come from the iconic album cover, which features the Fab Four using the famous zebra crossing, but rather the Abbey Wood area near his home in south-east London. He said: 'I was living near an Abbey Road. I’ve been a fan of the Beatles since my late teens and to be living near to an Abbey Road - not the one made famous by the album, but a different one - tickled me. I began to wonder how many there were in England, and thinking about how the Abbey Road made famous by the Beatles is a "first among equ details

On the list of the top 10 most valuable living autographs, Ringo Starr comes in on the list at number 9, with a value of $750, the least valuable of the four Beatles, yet rising at a rapid pace, climbing by 20.6% in value in 2013. Paul McCartney places number 3 on the list, with his autograph currently going for $3,275.

The Queen of Pop performs to sell out crowds around the world. Madonna is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful female recording artist of all time. Her autograph has grown in value by 7.8% per annum since 2000.

9. Ringo Starr - £1,200 ($750) The much-loved drummer's autograph remains the least valuable of the four Beatles, yet is rising at a rapid pace, climbing by 20.6% in value in 2013.

8. JK Rowling - £1,250 ($1,875) In 2009, a second-hand chair set an auction room alight.
The auctioneer commented: "It's a chair you would normally pay a tenner for in a junk shop", yet it sold for £20,000 ($30,000). A good investment for the owner.

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Paul Remembers Musician Phil Everly - Thursday, January 09, 2014

Paul remembers musician Phil Everly who passed away last week: "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles.

When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don."Years later when I finally met Phil, I was completely starstruck and at the same time extremely impressed by his humility and gentleness of soul. "I will always love him for giving me some of the sweetest musical memories of my life." - Paul McCartney

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