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Dec. 06--In 1977, a young musician named Tim Piper discovered "Beatlemania" on Broadway. It was an epiphanous moment. 
"So," he remembers, "you can make a living doing the Beatles?" 

With his forward-brushed hair and sideburns, colored hippie glasses and a chain with a dog tag and a peace sign dangling around his neck, Piper has in fact enjoyed a long career as a John Lennon impersonator on concert stages around the world and on screen -- most notably, "as a ranting, raving, lunatic John" in the 2000 CBS movie "The Linda McCartney Story" starring Elizabeth Mitchell and Gary Bakewell. He's currently at the Hayworth Theatre through Dec. 29 with "Just Imagine," a rock 'n' roll fantasy. The show begins at the end. Lennon was shot and killed 33 years ago today outside of his New York City apartment as he and Yoko Ono were returning from a recording session. But in this show, he comes back for one last concert. "You see the stairway from heaven and in a puff of smoke, there I am," says Piper, who has his sights ultimately set on Broadway details

The 80-year-old artist - who enjoyed an 11-year marriage to the 'Imagine' hit-maker before he was shot dead in 1980 - feared their son, Sean, would find the pressure of being compared to The Beatles singer too difficult to deal with and hoped the 38-year-old wouldn't pursue music.

Yoko told The Sun newspaper: "Of course neither of us encouraged Sean to learn songs by The Beatles or by John. I was hoping he'd become an archaeologist or something. I didn't want him to go into music and suffer being the son of John Lennon. "I've been in that position myself, you know, being compared to John and so I'm speaking about Sean objectively, and I say that Sean is incredibly good at what he does." Sean now works alongside his mother as her creative director, leading the reformed Plastic Ono Band, and Yoko claims he is responsible for a lot of her success. She added: "Without knowing it, Sean probably saved me. Both me and my career. I really believe that."

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Unpublished photographs of John Lennon relaxing at his holiday home in Ibiza are going up for auction today. The two candid shots of the late Beatles star will be sold off to raise funds for an art student's final degree show.

Ed Robinson, a fine art student at Newcastle University, was given the photos to auction off by his mum. She was given the snaps by her brother, Ed's uncle, who had was handed three of them as a present by a friend of his called Dale Utterson. Dale’s dad Terry ran a chain of music shops with wife Joan and through his contacts arranged for his son to have a holiday in Ibiza where he tagged along with a group of photographers to a shoot. Ed said: “He went on a trip to Ibiza where John Lennon had a villa and they found out he was up for posing for the photographers. “My uncle’s friend wasn’t a professional photographer but he went along with them and he was also allowed to take a few snaps. It wasn’t a massive deal. “John Lennon was painting at the time which is a nice little link to the art auction.&r details

Paul McCartney is pledging to support a Middle East peace initiative because "Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace," he said. McCartney announced on his Twitter feed that all donations made to the organization, One Voice, will be doubled beginning today.

Former Beatles member and British music sensation Sir Paul McCartney is pledging to support a Middle East peace initiative because "Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace," he said. As of Thursday December 5, McCartney announced on hisTwitter feed that all donations made to the organization, OneVoice, will be doubled beginning December 5th. The youth organization, OneVoice, aimed at educating Israeli and Palestinian youth in Middle East conflict resolution, has developed a Youth Leadership Program, and have set a fundraising goal of £260,000, of which as of Thursday, £15,266 had been raised.I support @OneVoice in trying to build peace in the Middle East. All donations to help that happen are now DOUBLED! OneVoice CEO Laura Tlinovsky said in a statement that McCartney's s details
Macca hires Fab Four tribute band? - Friday, December 06, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney hired a Beatles tribute band to perform at his wife's 54th birthday party, according to reports.The Parrots, Japan's top copycat act who sing almost 200 Beatles tracks, took to the stage at the surprise 54th birthday bash for Nancy Shevell in Tokyo, the Daily Mirror reported.

According to the newspaper, Macca, 71, even joined the band to sing the Fab Four's 1964 hit I Saw Her Standing There. One of the guests at the party was quoted as saying: "It must have been nerve-racking for them to play in front of one of their heroes." Macca is in Japan on his Out There world tour, promoting his album New.

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Previously unpublished self-portrait by John Lennon. Auction at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London. On the 28th November 2013. Dating from 1970 a previously unpublished self-portrait by John Lennon.

One of two sketched for the book Grapefruit, written by Yoko Ono, was sold together with a portrait of Yoko and the famous manuscript text that was used as the introduction for the book. It realised £19,220. The ink on paper drawings and the text which reads: ‘Hi my name is John Lennon/ I’d like you to meet Yoko Ono,’ achieved a great deal of pre-sale interest from Beatles memorabilia aficionados and was bought by a UK private collector. [Lot 140]. Bloomsbury London Bloomsbury House 24 Maddox Street London W1S 1PP. Viewing: Tuesday 26th November 9.30am-5.30pm, Wednesday 27th November 9.30am – 7.30pm. Day of sale from 9.30am. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what peop details

Paul McCartney reminded us that his friends are more famous than ours with the star-studded video for "Queenie Eye," but now Macca wants to let us deeper into his creative life with the one-hour television special Paul McCartney: Something NEW. The upcoming program will debut on Thursday, December 5 at 9 p.m. EST on Palladia.

According to an official announcement, the broadcast offers "an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look" at the former Beatle's craft and tireless work ethic. Expect exclusive live and backstage footage filmed during some of Sir Paul's 2013 performances this year (here's hoping for a decent look at his Times Square gig), and an in-depth peek at the writing and recording of his latest album, New, which teamed McCartney with a host of producers, including Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, and Giles Martin. Directed by Don Letts (the man behind the Grammy-winning documentary The Clash: Westway to the World), Something NEW is also scheduled to air on VH1 details

The Nutopians, an elegant award-winning seven-piece ensemble celebrates Lennon’s genius and artistry. Tom Dean and Alana MacDonald, New Hampshire natives and members of the distinguished folk/rock band Devonsquare, perform with The Nutopians.

Tom Dean, after the passing of founding member Herb Ludwig, teamed up with Rex Fowler (Aztec Two-Step) in a labor of love to celebrate the genius and artistry of John Lennon. The Nutopians was a perfect fit for Alana; she continues to awe audiences with her “honey butter vocals” and violin playing. Their talent, coupled with years of performing together help create a one of a kind live performance. The Nutopians name was given to them by Yoko Ono herself. The band gives remarkably fresh acoustic treatments to Lennon’s Beatles and solo song compositions that often inspire a whole new appreciation for the late icon’s music. The Nutopians’ awe-inspiring live show features poignant song narratives, and like their award winning CD “Imagined,” compelling lead singing and three-part harmonies.  details

The sound of a 71-year-old Beatle getting back in the ring. McCartney plays to his strengths: Wings-like glam rock, Little Richard howls and, yep, some remarkably Beatlesque pop tunes and George Martin-ish arrangements (thanks partly to Martin's son, Giles, who produced several tracks).

"Early Days" challenges lingering misconceptions about McCartney's role in the Beatles ("I don't see how they can remember/When they weren't where it was at"). Sir Paul also engages 21st-century pop with sharp ears, bringing in young-gun producers like Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson and Ethan Johns. He even rocks a quasi-rap flow and some giddy, Gaga-style stadium chants on "Queenie Eye." As Macca understands better than almost anyone, rock & roll is fueled by a hunger for good times and an ageless exuberance.

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New app chronicles Lennon's sailing trip - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Six months before he died, John Lennon set sail from Newport, R.I., on an ocean adventure to Bermuda that awakened his desire to make music again and now is being chronicled in an electronic format he could not have conceived of.

A new app, "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes," is being offered for sale on Apple devices for $4.99. It's loaded with interactive features, music, photos and interviews that detail a relatively unexamined slice of the former Beatle's life. More important, it opens the door to a potentially potent new creative outlet for musicians and the struggling industry. Users of the app can simulate the six-day journey through the recollections of two crew members and Lennon himself, in a Playboy interview conducted shortly after the trip. They can virtually visit the disco where Lennon heard a recording of The B-52s' "Rock Lobster," which reminded him of his wife Yoko Ono's music and coaxed him back to work. They can eavesdrop on the creative process as Lennon's last recordings took shape.


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