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Sir Paul McCartney has said he's glad he didn't listen to critics of his music after The Beatles, because he "might have given up".

Sir Paul is re-mastering his albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, and spoke about being "proud of his music in retrospect" with BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary.

"I do yeah, in fact one of the things was Wings were getting a bad rap at that time because it was post Beatles, and anything you did or I did that was solo was stood up against The Beatles," he said.

"So you tend to go along with that, and I went along with a bit of that thinking 'well it's never gonna be that good but I'll do it because I love doing it'."

"And then you listen to it back and think 'this is better than I thought it was'. So that's great to do, to really listen back and think 'I'm glad I did that, glad I kept going', because you know if I listened to the critics I might have given up."

He also spoke frankly about the day Beatles star John Lennon was killed. Lennon was shot in New York in December 1980 by Mark David Chapman.

By: Ian Marland

Source: Herald Scotland


Researchers claim to have discovered the first World War grave of the grandfather of former Beatle George Harrison in northern France. Pte Henry Harrison, who had seven children, died on September 25th, 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos.

The centenary of the battle occurs later this month.

Harrison had Irish roots on his mother’s side. His maternal grandfather John French was born in Co Wexford.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) archive manager Andrew Fetherston described the discovery as a “complete surprise”. Though the life stories of The Beatles have been very well documented, it is the first time that it has been confirmed where and when Harrison’s grandfather was killed in the war.

Mr Fetherston said the discovery was proof that even after 100 years “ there is always something new to learn”.

The first day of the Battle of Loos was the worst day of the war for the British army - aside from the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The CWGC, which is responsible for tending to all the British and Commonwealth War graves, records some 10,200 British war dead from that day, including 8,500 who fell in Loos itself.

By: R details

It might look like a typical Georgian townhouse, but the Abbey Road Studios have been a hive of creativity and source of world-class recording for more than 80 years.

Thousands of music fans from far and wide visit the street each year to walk across the iconic zebra crossing outside the recording studio and sign their name on the road sign, which is repainted every three months.

The Beatles, who made their first demo at the studio in June 1962, are possibly the most famous band to have used the building. 

And now scores of devotees from across the country will be able to have a fly-on-the-wall intimate experience of the magic that happened behind closed doors during the rock band's recording sessions.

A live re-staging of the moments songs such as Please Please Me, Help! and Yellow Submarine were created will make its way to the Capital FM Arena as part of a 12-date tour on May 4, 2016.

The access-all-areas musical documentary will be set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic building's Studio 2 and will feature live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by The Beatles.

No fewer than 45 people will take to the stage, which is set in the round, to ensure details

Rockaway Records announces the acquisition of the “Peace To Monterey” Drawing, a one-of-a-kind, Beatles memorabilia, and its availability for sale at the Rockaway Records’ store and online.

When The Beatles declined to perform at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, they sent their regards in the form of a hand-drawn page of psychedelic artwork rendered by none other than John Lennon and Paul McCartney themselves. The original drawing, which appeared in the festival’s program, was done as a favor for their friend and former publicist Derek Taylor and is now in Rockaway Records' possession.

World-renowned Beatles handwriting expert, Frank Caiazzo, has authenticated this rare Beatles collectible and it is now on sale for $200,000. Serious buyers can view the drawing in person at the Rockaway Records store located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The drawing, along with a detailed description, can also be viewed online at

Using colored pencils, felt tip markers and ballpoint pen, both Paul and John created this unique piece that was then reproduced and placed in the full-color festival program. In addition to all details

Six years earlier, he had appeared on stage in Cambridge in the trademark Fab Four smart dark suit and zipped black boots.

Now it is 1969, and John Lennon, bearded, bespectacled, and be-denimed, is back in the city.

These remarkable pictures from the News archive show him not at The Regal, where the band wowed screaming fans in 1963, but in the academic surroundings of Cambridge University's Lady Mitchell Hall.

Also there is Yoko Ono, performing alongside him in what was the first live show by any individual Beatle away from the group. 

The event, called Natural Music, took place in March of that year, and it was witnessed by an audience of 500. It was promoted by poet and percussionist Anthony Barnett, who had invited Yoko Ono to attend, and was no doubt delighted when she brought Lennon along too.

The Beatles were at the height of their pop fame. Only a couple of weeks earlier, the Yellow Submarine album had been released, and they were working on their next, Abbey Road, due for release in September. But inspired by Ono, Lennon had branched off in a project called Unfinished Music, which was all about experimentation.

Lennon remained towards the back of the stage, coaxing a details

This week in 1969—September 13, 1969, to be exact—John Lennon performed at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with a hastily assembled backing band.

The band, which performed under the "Plastic Ono Band" moniker, included Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass and future Yes member Alan White on drums. Oh, right; Yoko Ono was there too ...

The band rehearsed twice—once during the flight from London to Toronto and once shortly before their performance.

Their eight-song set consisted of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" followed by two vintage tunes the Beatles had covered in 1964 and '65, respectively—"Money (That's What I Want)" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." Then they launched into a true screamer from the Beatles' White Album, "Yer Blues," which Clapton had performed with Lennon in 1968 at the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus; followed by Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" and "Cold Turkey" (the latter of which features Clapton on the studio recording).

Oh, right; they also performed two Yoko Ono songs.

Below, you can check out "Yer Blues," which is arguably the highlight of the short-lived band's short-lived set. That said, you'll probably notice two irritat details

THE BEATLES’ 1 collection is set to be reissued in a new package that brings the band’s hit songs together with their short films for the first time, as 1+.

The deluxe edition will be released on November 6 and will include 50 promotional films and videos, alongside the Fab Four’s 27 chart-topping singles. You can watch a trailer for the collection below…

The new set follows extensive research and restoration of the band’s original promo films by Apple Corp., and features classic television appearances and other carefully selected videos that span the group’s history. Various packages of 1+ are available on both DVD and Blu-Ray formats, featuring new stereo and surround sound mixes of the films, alongside a CD featuring featuring those all-important hit singles.

“These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in,” says Paul McCartney of the films. “They also rock!” Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr also welcomed the new edition, explaining that thanks to his band’s proto-music videos he gained some unlikely skills, explaining: “I think it’s really interesting to see the videos we made, some of them incredible and details

It’s time for George Harrison to be immortalized in the world of comic books, as StormFront Comics has announced a new biography about the famed Beatle.

Orbit: George Harrison will debut this week as part of the company’s popular Orbit series, with writer Carols Pagola Morales at the helm. Morales will explore Harrison’s life from his teens until his death in 2001, touching on the musician’s religious beliefs (his conversions to Hinduism) as well as the ups and downs of his career prior to and after his fame with the Beatles.

“No one could begin to estimate the contribution Harrison and the Beatles have given us,” Darren G. Davis, president of StormFront Comics, said in a press statement. “George Harrison is the perfect choice for our Orbit series. He was so much more than just a rock star. He is a respected musician, film producer, and humanitarian, I consider him a standard-bearer of peace and spirituality.” Prior subjects in StormFront’s Orbit series have included Stephen King, Howard Stern, Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Bono, Bon Jovi and Ozzy Osborne.

The 32-page book will be available in both print and across digital pla details

With every single LP, the Beatles shed some creative skin. Decades later, it's still difficult to process their two-year leap from Revolver to Sgt. Pepper's to the White Album. The members also continuously expanded their own roles in the band: It's surprising how many classic Beatles songs feature Paul McCartney behind the drum kit, or John Lennon on lead guitar.

These small details are crucial in the Beatles' evolution: McCartney's one-man-band performance on White Album gem "Martha My Dear"; Lennon experimenting with an obscure keyboard, the Mellotron, on psychedelic daydream "Strawberry Fields Forever." (Without his introduction of that crucial instrument, who's to say King Crimson would have cemented the prog-rock movement on In the Court of the Crimson King?)

To honor the Fab Four's enduring free spirit, let's look back at 10 of the band's most intriguing instrumental switch-ups. 

"Back in the U.S.S.R."

The White Album sessions were tense and scattered overall: Yoko Ono's presence in the studio became a distraction for everyone not named John; meanwhile, longtime engineer Geoff Emerick, frustrated by the band's squabbling, quit midway through. But the recording of McCartney's Beach Boy details

The Dublin Beatles Festival will return for its third consecutive year this November. The festival was originally staged in 2013 to celebrate 50 years since the Fab Four played Ireland - but it has proven such a success that it has returned for repeated outings.

This year's event will take place from November 6th - 8th across various venues in Dublin. There will be film, theatre, a number of free events, a table quiz, a memorabilia exhibition, a public interview and more on offer this year. There will also be plenty of music, of course - including a set by Cavern Club resident band The Rockits, who will play a set on November 7th at The Workman's Club that will entail he biggest hits from the 1960s as well as a set of Beatles songs.

Irish acts including Vyvienne Long, The Newspaper Taxi Men, Biggles Flys Again, Pearse McGloughlin, Duncan Maitland and more will also play gigs.

Freda Kelly - secretary for the band from their early days, and subject of the recent 'Good Ol' Freda' documentary - will take part in a public interview with Tom Dunne after a screening of the documentary.

In other Beatles-related news, the short play 'John Lennon's Last Day' - written by festival founder Stephen Kennedy - details

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