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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 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!” 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

A LETTER written by John Lennon blaming rockers Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson for urinating on a console at a recording studio has sold almost £53,000. The former Beatle was frustrated by the hellraising pair's behaviour in the studio they all shared in Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

Lennon complained to famed producer Phil Spector, who he was working with at the time, and titled the note 'A matter of pee'. In it, Lennon stated that Capitol Records wanted to evict the three of them for using their studio as a public toilet. He said he couldn't be expected to 'mind adult rock stars' and warned he was about to join rival recording studios Record Plant because of the aggravation. The note, written in red felt tip pen on lined paper, was later given by Lennon to American session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. Davis provided lead guitar for Lennon's album 'Wall and Bridges' in 1974 and 'Rock and Roll' in 1975. The note had a pre-sale estimate of£4,000-£6,000 but the price for piece of rock 'n' roll memorabilia soared to seven ti details

Derek Cunnington gazed out over the low-slung London skyline from atop an eight-story apartment building and liked what he saw. “When you’re up here, you can see lots of opportunities,” said Mr. Cunnington, owner of U.K. property developer Dekra Developments. The flat roof of Grove End Gardens, which overlooks the crosswalk on the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, is a construction site.

In 18 months, Dekra will have built six luxury penthouses on top of the 1935 brick building. Some developers are taking a novel approach to finding new building sites in crowded central London, where period homes are prized: They are adding penthouses on top of existing buildings. London faces a housing crisis defined by the lack of centrally located homes. Its growing population requires 42,000 new homes built each year for the next 20 years, according to the office of Mayor Boris Johnson. Demand pushed the average London house price up 13.2% in January compared with the same month in 2012, the U.K.’s national statistics agency sa details

Upon my insistence, my cousins Gina Furman and Carmencita Purugganan brought me to The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. I had read of the exhibit of Ringo Starr’s memorabilia at the Grammy and, being a Beatles fan, I knew this was something I shouldn’t miss on my US visit.

Instead of a couple of hours. We ended up staying the whole afternoon. How could we not? Titled “Peace and Love,” the exhibit showcases the life and times of Ringo Starr, the charming, inimitable drummer of The Beatles and my avowed favorite among the Fab Four. Here are all the details of his life, from his childhood in Liverpool, to his early days as musician, to the raucous days of the rock band that changed music history, and later to his solo career as singer, actor, artist, songwriter, winner of seven Grammy awards, and leader of his own All-Starr Band. Indeed, viewing the artifacts, letters, photographs and videos is like discovering Ringo all over again—and learning things about him not generally details

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