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More than three decades after John Lennon‘s untimely death, a Bermuda museum remembers him with a stylized sculpture. The picturesque island of Bermuda is a long way and a far cry from the hectic urban settings of Liverpool, England where John Lennon grew up. 

And from New York City, where his life ended on December 8, 1980. The British musician and artist spent several months in Bermuda during his last trip abroad, and the island served as his muse. Bermuda pays special tribute with “Double Fantasy,” a sculpture dedicated last year in Lennon’s honor. Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art commissioned local sculptor Graham Foster to create the six-foot Cor-Ten steel structure. The work shows a stylized double-sided profile of Lennon and his “granny” glasses with his Rickenbacker guitar, doves of peace, and the double fantasy freesia flower. At approximately 4,000 pounds, it’s a weighty piece, and sits on a raised flowerbed in a courtyard near the museum’s entrance details

Everyone's favorite local Beatles' cover song festival, The Lennon Fest, returns this Saturday for its 14th year. Local bands will perform classic Beatles' songs in the Public House of Jackie O's starting at 7 p.m. and at the Union Bar & Grill starting at 9 p.m.

Eric Leighton, aka Junebug, created the event in 2000 to honor the late John Lennon along with a friend and local musician John Bartlett, known as Johnny B. Both Lennon and Bartlett died in December of different years. Lennon Fest quickly became an annual touchstone of the local music scene. The event serves as a fundraiser for The Johnny B Fund, which helps support young, aspiring artists pay for music lessons. The fest has grown over the years, Leighton said. It now brings in at least $1,000 for The Johnny B Fund each year. Leighton said this year's fest will bring the same positive vibes it has always carried. A variety of bands, including the Lennon Orchestra, Broken Ring and Controlled Folly will perform at the event. "The students are cramming for exams, and the musicians are all crammi details

Between 1962 and 1970, the Beatles recorded one musical masterwork after another, amassing some 27 No. 1 hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, while producing such timeless albums as "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,"

"The Beatles (The White Album)" and "Abbey Road," among a host of others. Yet for today’s listeners, the Fab Four’s annual Christmas offerings are all but forgotten, hidden within the shadows of their unprecedented pop music achievements. The brainchild of Beatles press officer Tony Barrow, the group’s Christmas records were originally conceived as a means of providing holiday greetings to their legions of loyal fans. Beginning in December 1963, British fan club members received annual Christmas messages as free “flexi-disc” record releases. For the inaugural release, the Beatles sang the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” and the comic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ringo.” But 1963 was only the beginning. By December 1964, the Beatles had a full-fledged holiday tradit details

Many have tried to untangle the mysteries of Ringo Starr’s drumming — why it works when it looks so ungainly, how he remains so definitively in the pocket with so little effort.

Gregg Bissonette, who has just finished his third tour with the All-Starr Band, led as always by the legendary ex-Beatles drummer, has gotten an up-close-and-personal tutorial. Often, the two were featured side-by-side on stage for shows in 2008, 2010, 2012-13. “My main thing is: I stare at his snare drum,” Bissonette tells iDrumMag, “because any Beatle track, any Ringo solo track, any track that he’s played on for another artist — Tom Petty, or whoever it is — you never feel like it’s rushing or dragging. It just feels good. If he wants to pull back for a verse, or lightly push a chorus, it just feels right for the song.” His legendary fills, such an integral part of Beatles songs like “Rain” or “Strawberry Fields Forever,” are as unconventional as they are perfectly suited for the m details

Beatles wax figures on world tour - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The wax figures of 1960s British band Beatles are set to stroll from London's Abbey Road to Madame Tussauds here. To celebrate the 50th anniversary release of the band's first album.

"Please Please Me", which released in March 1963, the figures of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, late George Harrison and John Lennon, are now on a world tour. Popularly known as the "Fab Four", they went up to Sky Terrace 428 peak tower here for a 360-degree panoramic view across the city before continuing their walk along the classic "Abbey Road" setting at the city's Madame Tussauds. The setting is similar to their album "Abbey Road" cover, where the group traverse a zebra crossing . "The Beatles have always been an all-time favourite at the attraction," Kelly Mak, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, said in a statement. "We are honoured to launch the new figures of the 'Fab Four' with the classic setting during this symbolic year, especially for all their fans out there. This is definitely an exciting addition to the attraction and we are looking to bring more details

Boris Johnson has controversially claimed it was London, not Liverpool, that propelled The Beatles to worldwide fame. The Tory Mayor of London, who already has a chequered history with Merseyside, has provoked the ire of Liverpudlians with his statement.

Speaking at the London School of Economics, in a speech entitled "London, the gateway to Britain," he said: "The greatest band in the world came from Liverpool, but in the end they recorded their stuff in London and it was London that helped propel them around the world. Johnson has previously issued an apology and visited the city over comments made in a 2004 Spectator article about Liverpool FC fans involved in the Hillsborough disaster. He caused outrage when the magazine he edited wrongly claimed “drunken fans” had played a part in the  disaster. The same article claimed Liverpool people “wallow” in their “victim status”, following the murder and beheading of contractor Ken Bigley in Iraq. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told the Mirror: “This i details

Paul McCartney has appeared in possibly his most diverse spread ever of Grammy nominations. "Cut Me Some Slack," Paul's volcanic collaboration with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear from the Sound City:

Real To Reel soundtrack LP is up for Best Rock Song, while the Wings Over America Deluxe Edition (Concord/Hear Music) that rocked eyes and ears (not to mention the catalog charts) this year is nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. In addition, Live Kisses (Eagle Rock), Paul's epic one time only live performance of material from his Grammy-winning Kisses On The Bottom (Concord/Hear Music) is nominated in both the Best Surround Sound Album and Best Music Film categories. The nominations stand to bring McCartney's career Grammy tally to 20 when the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are broadcast live on CBS at 8 pm ET/PT on January 26, 2014.

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Paul McCartney's DJ Shares His Beatles Mix - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chris Holmes has been touring as Paul McCartney's opening DJ act for four years. He recently shared with fans a collection of his favorite remixes that he made over his tenure traveling with the former Beatle, whom he describes as "the nicest boss in the world."

"I finally had some time to put together a mix for all of you who've been asking over the years of my Beatles/McCartney stuff for tour," the DJ said in his notes for the Soundcloud mix. "I've had the best time in the history of the world making the tracks and putting it together." The playlist, which runs about two hours long through 40 tracks, is anchored with recordings by the Beatles, Paul McCartney, and Wings – including a track of the Fab Four singing "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in German. Covers by a range of artists including Chubby Checker, Nancy Sinatra and the Langley Schools Music Project mix it up.