Beatles News: ‘Beatles Stories’ documentary out next month, Paul McCartney receives Legion of Honour award, jams with John Paul Jones
Cinema Libre Studio is releasing a new documentary digitally and on DVD this October 2nd featuring heartfelt memories told by the group's fans. Rollingstone.com posted a new preview clip from 'Beatles Stories' with Graham Nash looking back on the first televised broadcast of "All You Need Is Love" in 1967. It all happened spontaneously as on the morning of the taping, Paul McCartney invited Nash down to the EMI recording studio, and he joined other rock legends Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Keith Moon at the session.
"Any excuse to have a party in the Sixties was taken at the drop of a hat. 'You want to party? Let's go!'" recalls Nash. "I just have a great, warm feeling about that day. We were safe, we were in a recording studio."
'Beatles Stories' will also screen on Oct. 2nd at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre. For tickets, showings and more information, visit the Egyptian Theatre's website and the Beatles Stories' website here
Paul McCartney joined Damon Albarn of Blur's Africa Express tour this past Saturday (Sept. 8th), which features musicians traveling by train and performing in different locations to raise awareness of African music and culture. The train rolled into London’s Granary Square and not only did McCartney participate, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones appeared multiple times throughout the lengthly five-hour set. Check out this footage of the two onstage together:
Paul McCartney was also in Paris earlier on Saturday (Sept. to be awarded a prestigious Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.
He was promoted to the rank of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (the Légion d’honneur) by President Francois Hollande in a private ceremony this morning at the Élysée Palace. President Hollande personally decorated Paul with the insignia of the Legion of Honour himself in front of an audience of Paul’s family and friends.
During the presentation the President praised Paul for his contribution to the arts, not just in France but all over the world. The award is a huge honour for Paul as the order is usually only conferred to French nationals, chiefly those who have served France in military or civil life. The award was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Foreign nationals may only receive a distinction of the Legion of Honour in extraordinary circumstances and British recipients of the order in the past have included Queen Elizabeth II, Laurence Olivier, author Graham Greene and war veteran Henry Allingham.
Beatles News: Paul McCartney announces more U.S. tour dates, Beverly Hills LSD party house for sale, early Ringo Starr pre-Beatles recordings to be released
Paul McCartney has announced four more North America tour dates this fall, including two in the U.S. His show in St. Louis, Mo. on Nov. 11 will be his first in that city in a decade. He hasn’t played Houston, Texas (Nov. 14) in seven years.
Tickets for the four new shows go on sale Sept. 14. His show in Vancouver (Nov. 25) will be his first there in over 50 years. He’s never played Edmonton, Alb. A video teaser for the Houston tour stop can be viewed below.
Paul McCartney 2012 North American Tour Dates:
Nov. 11 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Nov. 14 - Houston, TX - Minute Maid Park
Nov. 25 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place Stadium
Nov. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
A Beverly Hills home The Beatles rented for a LSD party that was also rented out to The Rolling Stones and Cary Grant in the past is now on sale for more than three million dollars, according to zillow.com. The property, at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive, was owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1965, when she rented it to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for five days in August of that year. It featured four bedrooms, six bathrooms, two wet bars, patios off all the bedrooms, a fireplace in the kitchen, a guest house, a six-car garage and views of the canyon.
While everyone except Paul McCartney did take LSD, the party hit a snag when actor Peter Fonda showed up. John Lennon recalled the day this way: "And Peter Fonda came, that was another thing, and he kept on saying, ‘I know what it’s like to be dead.’ We said, ‘What?’ And he kept saying it, and we were saying, ‘For chrissake, shut up, we don’t care. We don’t want to know.’ But he kept going on about it. That’s how I wrote ‘She Said She Said…’“
While Lennon got a good song out of the stay at Benedict Canyon Dr. home, George Harrison and Ringo Starr said some of their most vivid memories of that day came from swimming in the pool. Starr described it as “swimming in jelly,” while Harrison said: "I had a concept of what had happened the first time I took LSD, but the concept is nowhere near as big as the reality, when it actually happens. So as it kicked in again, I thought, ‘Jesus, I remember!’ I was trying to play the guitar, and then I got in the swimming pool and it was a great feeling; the water felt good.”
The BBC has reported that recordings made by Ringo Starr's pre-Beatles group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, recently were rediscovered and are being prepared for release later this month September. The tracks, which were recorded in March 1960 at Storm's house and at a club in the Liverpool suburb of Crosby, England, were found in a box in the basement of Storm's sister, Iris Caldwell.
The album, 'Live at the Hive Jive March 1960,' is scheduled for release in the U.K. on September 17th. The track list includes early rock 'n' roll standards as The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everyboody" and Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't," the latter of which Starr sang in The Beatles.
Starr originally joined Storm's band in 1959 and played with them until he was hired to replace Pete Best in 1962. Storm and the Hurricanes never released a full-length album, although the group did put out a couple of singles, one of which was produced by Fab Four manager Brian Epstein.
Storm, whose birth name was Allen Caldwell, was known for his flashy outfits and charismatic performances, which earned him the nicknames The Golden Boy and Mr. Show Business. He died in 1972 at the age of 32.
Iris Caldwell said about her brother, "Rory was so far ahead of his time. He was doing glam rock then."
Starr is the only known surviving member of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes besides guitarist Lu Walters, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Beatles News: ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ due on DVD/Blu-Ray, Beatles Cruise coming, McCartney helps save abused elephant in India, adds remixing app to his website, Mark David Chapman denied parole once again, painting by Fab Four members going up for auction
‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ the Beatles‘ 1967 53- minute made-for-TV film, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide on what would have been John Lennon's 72nd Birthday, Oct. 9th. The movie will also be released in theaters for a limited time on Sept. 27th.
It was originally shown in black-and-white on BBC1 on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) and was panned by the critics, which was a first for the group. Subsequent showings of the movie in color have allowed for a critical re-appraisal.
The film was built around the idea of the group and a cast comprised largely of a handful of their actor friends taking a bus trip outside of London and filming the results. Six new Beatles songs made their premiere in ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ including the title track, ‘I Am the Walrus’ and ‘The Fool on the Hill.’
The reissue of the movie is complete with a 5.1 remix of the soundtrack by Sam Okell and Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin. There's a commentary track by Paul McCartney, bonus footage including interviews with McCartney and Ringo Starr, three deleted scenes and a “making-of” feature.
A deluxe edition will include a 60-page book and a reproduction of the double-EP of the soundtrack that was released in the U.K.
After the influx of rock themed cruises for the past few years, Beatles fans will finally get theirs in March of 2013. Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas will sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, making stops at Nassau, Bahamas (where the Beatles filmed part of ‘Help!’); St. Thomas and St. Maarten before returning to Florida.
The cruise will feature performances and question-and-answer sessions with producer Mark Hudson, Badfinger‘s Joey Molland and Billy J. Kramer, who recorded several Lennon-McCartney songs. There will also be trivia contests and a performance Beatles tribute band Revolution. Joe Johnson, host of the syndicated radio show ‘Beatle Brunch’ will be the master of ceremonies.
Passes range from $1,354 to $3,764. Get more details here: www.musicinmotion.com
Some great news for an elephant in India, thanks to Paul McCartney along with former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and PETA. They have successfully advocated for an elephant named Sunder who was living in deplorable conditions in India.
The Times of India reported that Sunder was being mistreated by his handler, who kept him chained in the dark for seven years at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India. After the situation became public, McCartney and Anderson both wrote letters to officials in India asking them to step in.
“I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at a temple and put in chains with spikes,” McCartney wrote. “Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way. Enough is enough. Get Sunder out.”
Dr. Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam, who's India's Foireign Minister, then intervened in the situation, and on August 23rd it was announced that Sunder would be moved to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center near Bangalore.
A PETA spokesperson said: “The difference between Sunder’s cruel life in chains at the temple and his new journey to freedom, love and care is like night and day. We are grateful to the Forest Minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder and let him enjoy things that are natural and important to him for the first time in his life.”
McCartney has added a mixing board application to his website, allowing visitors to act as the producer on some of his most popular songs.
In 1971, after the breakup of the Beatles, McCartney and his wife Linda escaped London to their farm in Scotland. They had the barn converted into a music studio they dubbed ‘Rude Studio.’
On the site, you can work on such tracks as ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Let Me Roll It,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ or ‘Monkberry Moon Delight.’ The mixing board allows you to adjust the levels of the keyboards, guitars, vocals, and drums and bass, while using effects such as echo, echo time, flanger, and cutoff frequency. When done, you can save the mix and sending it in for review. The favorites are being posted at the website. Check it all out here: www.paulmccartney.com
John Lennon's killer, 57 year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole once again. The man who shot the Beatle on December 8, 1980 will serve at least two more years in jail. Chapman has been eligible for parole every two years since 2000, and will be up once again in 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder.
Chapman is in protective custody at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., after being transferred from Attica earlier this year. Chapman is allowed out three hours per day, but is applying for a program that allows inmates to spend time with family.
“Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime,” Sally Thompson of the New York parole board said.
A painting that all four Beatles had a hand in creating in 1966 while on tour in Japan is going up for sale September 14th. The piece, titled 'Images of a Woman' will be part of a memorabilia auction in Oceanside, New York. The Philip Weiss Auctions website says the band members completed the painting over the course of two nights while holed up in a Tokyo hotel room. A lamp had been placed on the canvas to help the Fab Four see while they painted, which left a white circle in center. Each Beatle then added his signature to the blank space. After the piece was finished, the band presented it to the president of an official Japanese Beatles fan club. The painting is expected to bring in between $80,000 and $120,000, but it could go even higher.
"It's anybody's guess how much this rare, one-of-a-kind piece will bring," says auction-house exec Philip Weiss. "It is a Holy Grail of Beatles collectibles. There will be other music-related memorabilia, including a watercolor painting by Frank Zappa; an autographed Beatles promotional photo; guitars signed by the Eagles, John Fogerty, Heart, Lou Reed, George Thorogood and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and a wide variety of rare photos, posters and programs at the upcoming auction. Go here for more info www.weissauctions.com
A tooth from John Lennon that was sold at the Omega Auction House in Stockport, England last November for more than $32,000 is now part of a work of art for a good cause.
Dentist Michael Zuk purchased the tooth that originally was owned Lennon's former housekeeper. Lennon gave it to housekeeper Dot Jarlett to dispose of sometime between 1964 and 1968, but then he suggested she keep the tooth to give to her daughter, who was a big Beatles fan.
Lennon's molar was too fragile to be DNA tested to confirm it belonged to him, but the owner of the Omega Auction House told CNN that because it was coming from Jarlett, they didn't doubt the tooth's authenticity.
Now Dr. Michael Zuk's sister, artist Kirsten Zuk, has incorporated Lennon's tooth into a clay sculpture. Dr. Zuk said in a statement, "John Lennon gave his tooth to a fan in good spirit so I wanted to do a few things that would raise awareness of the charity Smile Train, so we are asking people that come to view the sculpture at the Kirsten's Art Show this weekend in Edmonton to consider making a donation, which helps children with cleft lip and palate."
Zuk adds, "The house that Lennon lived in when he had the tooth removed just came up for sale at a reported 15M British pounds, so anything Lennon is almost priceless."
The home where John Lennon lived with his first wife, Cynthia, from 1964 to 1968 is on the market for an amazing 15 million pounds, or about 23.5 million dollars! The six-bedroom 1920's mansion, located in Surrey, England, was where Lennon lived when he wrote most of his contribution to the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
The Mirror in the U.K. said Lennon spent a modest 20,000 pounds for the property, although the most recent time it sold, in 2007, it went for a reported 5.8 million pounds, or around 9 million dollars. The Beatles star's long lost LSD stash was said to be uncovered by builders working on the 1.5 acre gardens two years ago.
The Mirror also reported that every time the house has been put on the market since Lennon sold it, the owners have done so because of the breakup of their marriage. Lennon, of course, met his second wife, Yoko Ono, while living at the house and he divorced Cynthia in 1968. Lennon married Ono in 1969, before moving to New York two years later.
A new 354- page book focusing on the Beatles members post breakup solo careers is out now. 'Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers' by Andrew Grant Jackson offers details about the more than 70 albums and 900-plus tunes John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr created since the Beatles breakup in 1970. Go to www.solobeatles.com for passages from 'Still the Greatest,' suggested playlists for albums The Beatles might have released had the band not broken up, and links to other videos and news items. There is also a passage from the book on www.rollingstone.com