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Abbey Road Anniversary Editions To Be Released

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Abbey Road  Presented with New Mixes in Stereo, 5.1 Surround, and Dolby Atmos; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings and Demos 

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. Read more...

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The Concert For Bangladesh, August 1, 1971

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On this day in 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war. 

The Concert for Bangladesh, which supported UNICEF’s programs in the country, pioneered the all-star concert benefit model, which continues to move hearts and raise funds today.

Please support the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and its ongoing work to help get critical aid to the children who need it most.

 

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RINGO'S 11TH ANNUAL PEACE & LOVE BIRTHDAY WORLDWIDE CELEBRATIONS: JULY 7, 2019

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This July 7, 2019 Ringo will return to Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles for his annual Peace & Love Birthday event where he will join fans gathered for a Noon #peaceandlove celebration. The dream is to create a wave of Peace & Love across the planet, starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii. Ringo began these in 2008 at the Hard Rock Café Chicago and last year he celebrated the 10th Anniversary at the Hard Rock Café Nice. In the ensuing years it has grown enormously with #peaceandlove events all over the world, and this year already has over 30 events in 22 countries (listed below).

“I’ve said it before but I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love. It’s so great how every year it keeps growing, with the wave of peace and love starting in the morning on July 7 in Australia and ending in Hawaii, with celebrations in all the time zones in between. I am so happy to be back at Capitol Records, and for our great sponsors who are carrying the message of peace and love around the world, like the David Lynch Foundation, Life is Good, SiriusXM, Modern Drummer and Starbucks. I also want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing to help spread peace and love, Ringo.”

For those who want to participate on July 7, Ringo's birthday: you can say, post #peaceandlove or even just think it at Noon your local time and be part of the wave of peace and love Ringo hopes to spread across our planet. 

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NEW FILM PROJECT: Announcing an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson

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New Film Project
We are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration between The Beatles and the acclaimed Academy Award winning director Sir Peter Jackson. 
 
The new film will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. These studio sessions produced The Beatles’ Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award winning title song. The album was eventually released 18 months later in May 1970, several months after the band had broken up.
 
The filming was originally intended for a planned TV special, but organically turned into something completely different, climaxing with The Beatles’ legendary performance on the roof of Apple's Savile Row London office — which took place exactly 50 years ago today.
 
Peter Jackson said, "The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about."
 
“I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth,” continues Jackson, “it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama - but none of the discord this project has long been associated with. Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating - it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate”.   
 
"I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage - making the movie will be a sheer joy.”

 

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RINGO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SHOWS FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY ALL STARR BAND TOUR (1989-2019)

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“My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians - and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” Ringo reflected.  “We can’t wait to get out there and share the joy with you – every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences.” 

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band today revealed additional tour dates for this year.  2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ringo and his All Starr Band, who played their first show on July 23, 1989 at the Park Central Ampitheatre in Dallas, Texas. The first leg of 2019 tour dates will begin with one US show at Harrah’s Resort Southern California on March 21st before the band head to Japan. The Japanese tour will launch in Fukuoka on March 27th and wrap up April 11th in Osaka.
 
Then on August 1, 2019 the band resume at Harrahs in Windsor and they will conclude September 1st at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, nearly 30 years to the day when the inaugural All Starrs completed their first tour on September 3, 1989.
The 2019 All Starr Band feature Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart.

For more information please visit: www.ringostarr.com

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Win Two Passes to Ringo's Peace & Love Birthday Celebration

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SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel has your chance to win a trip for two to Ringo Starr's Peace & Love Birthday Celebration on July 7th at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles... plus get a photo with Ringo!  He is inviting family, friends and the public to come together in a moment of "Peace & Love" at Noon. You will attend Ringo's birthday brunch and VIP reception inside Studio A at the Capitol Records Tower, where you'll get a photo opportunity with Ringo!

ENTER: https://www.siriusxm.com/RingoPeaceandLove

[Restricted to SiriusXM subscribers in the US since May 29, 2017 and are at least 18 years of age at time of entry]

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Tour Dates for Paul's ‘One On One’ Tour

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Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 21-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Sir Paul McCartney is bringing his acclaimed long-running 'One On One' Tour through North and South America, New Zealand and Australia.  

For all the latest news and ticket information on Paul's tour: https://www.paulmccartney.com/live

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The Beatles Channel – Coming May 18 – Exclusively on SiriusXM

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We are proud to announce the first ever Beatles-backed radio channel, featuring exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the band.  

Launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18, The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band and its members.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

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The BBC To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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The BBC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with programmes across radio and television that include Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution - a new documentary which will present Sgt. Pepper as you have never heard it before - literally.

The film features Howard Goodall getting to grips with the album's musical nuts and bolts as well as extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road: studio chat between the band; out-takes; isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs.

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Paul McCartney Sgt. Pepper Exclusive: “It Was A Risk!”

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PAUL McCARTNEY HELPS MOJO celebrate 50 years of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with an exclusive interview in the magazine that hits UK shops on Tuesday, April 25. He recalls the circumstances surrounding the group’s most groundbreaking album and gives his verdict on the new stereo mix designed to add legs to one of popular music’s key benchmarks.

“We were always being told, ‘You’re gonna lose all your fans with this one.’” McCartney tells MOJO. “And we’d say, ‘Well, we’ll lose some but we’ll gain some.’ We’ve gotta advance.”

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Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper At 50

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It was a golden summer – and now it’s a golden anniversary.  The Summer of Love of 1967 was a time to break free, to celebrate creativity, to revel in a counter-culture, to – as Timothy Leary famously suggested – ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’.

To mark this special anniversary, Liverpool has commissioned 13 never-before-seen events, influenced by each track on the album. Internationally-renowned artists are working in partnership with the city’s homegrown creative talent to bring to life this series of incredible reimagined pieces of work. 

May 25 to June 16, as the city pays tribute to its own four musical pioneers and the piece of ‘art’ they produced in the only way it knows how – by pushing artistic boundaries and celebrating creativity in all its forms.

We hope you will enjoy the show.  #SgtPepper50https://www.sgtpepperat50.com/

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Alan Aldridge

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Alan Aldridge sadly passed away on the 17th February. 

Alan was a very early member of the Apple family, and he enriched Apple with his creativity and visual style - his influence will always be part of the Beatles legacy. His revolutionary work continued throughout his illustrious career. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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Grammy Award for Best Music Film at Music’s Biggest Night

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Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s acclaimed documentary feature film The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years won the GRAMMY Award for Best Music Film at last night's awards.
Up for the award alongside Beyoncé's Lemonade, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble's The Music of Strangers, Steve Aoki's I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years earned the Best Music Film honour among stiff competition at Music's Biggest Night. 

Said Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer and Scott Pascucci, “We are so thrilled to win this award; this project was quite the adventure and we were so blessed to have Ron's leadership guiding us through it all. We join with Ron in thanking The Recording Academy for this honor which will mean so much to the huge number of people that worked on the film. Thank you to Jeff Jones and the team at Apple Corps for all their support and of course The Beatles for trusting us with their amazing story." 

 

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George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection

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The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork - all the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout.   An expanded edition of George's much-loved autobiography, I, Me, Mine, originally released through Genesis Publications in 1980, will also be released on February 24.

Find out more at georgeharrison.com

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Support UNICEF’s Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts The George Harrison Fund will match your Donation Until Midnight 13/10/16

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In response to the urgent and growing crisis in Haiti, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF will match all donations to UNICEF’s relief efforts for children impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

All donations will be matched $1-for-$1 until Thursday at 11:59pm PT.

Please help the children of Haiti and Latin America devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Donate now and your gift will go TWICE as far. 

DONATE NOW

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It’s a hit: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is NUMBER ONE at the Box Office in the UK and France!

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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & Ron Howard photographed at a promotional day at Abbey Road Studios on Wednesday 14th September on the eve of the cinematic release of the new Ron Howard documentary “The Beatles:Eight Days A Week”.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is NUMBER ONE at the Box Office in the UK and France, and continues to play in theatres worldwide. The BluRay + DVD are out in stores from November 18th.

Find out all about the new movie at http://thebeatleseightdaysaweek.com

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The Beatles LOVE

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For more information about the creation of this incredible show, and how to get tickets visit love.thebeatles.com.

New acts, costumes, choreography, technology and music bring a more vibrant and engaging experience to one of the most celebrated shows in the world. 

The three-time Grammy Award winning LOVE is a Rock ‘n’ Roll poem, inspired by the poetry of the lyrics and brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats and dancers. 

Music Director Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, has heightened LOVE’s listening experience with a completely remixed soundtrack, noting “The show is the closest anyone can get to being in the studio with the band.”

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#RevolverTurns50

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“I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head... “Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church”. I don’t know why. I couldn’t think of much more so I put it away for a day.” Paul McCartney

The Eleanor Rigby video is available exclusively on @AppleMusic and iTunes this week.

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The film is a sequence originally used in the movie Yellow Submarine.  Released in July 1968, its surreal, ground-breaking, visuals were the work of art director Heinz Edelmann.

"Revolver" was the seventh album from The Beatles. The first recordings released from these sessions was the single "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" and those tracks gave an indication of what was to come.

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THE BEATLES LOVE by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL begins creative evolution leading to 10th anniversary celebration

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The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil has evolved - get ready for the 10th anniversary celebrations! A truly innovative and unique production, LOVE has evolved for its 10th anniversary to present a more dynamic and immersive musical experience, captivating music and theatre fans worldwide. New acts, costumes, choreography, audio visual technology and remixed music has made the show brighter, bolder and bigger than ever!

There are limited tickets are available for LOVE’s special 10th anniversary celebration performance on Thursday, July 14 at 8pm  

If you can't make the anniversary evening you can find tickets for all our shows HERE.

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WATCH THE TRAILER FOR 'THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS'

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Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is set for a global theatrical release date for September 16th. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. 

Following an all-star world premiere in London on September 15th the film will be shown theatrically around the world and will stream exclusively in the US on HULU.

VISIT THEBEATLESEIGHTDAYSAWEEK.COM TO WATCH THE TRAILER AND FIND OUT MORE.

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THE BEATLES’ AWARD-WINNING ‘LOVE’ ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING WORLDWIDE

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On June 17 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles’ award-winning LOVE album is available for streaming worldwide.

FIND YOUR LOCAL STREAMING SERVICE 

The Beatles LOVE is the audio companion to the acclaimed stage production, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. To create the show’s lush soundscape, producers Sir George Martin and Giles Martin worked at Abbey Road Studios with the entire archive of Beatles master recordings. This unique approach to assembling the music for a live show was rapturously received by critics and Beatles fans and resulted in the groundbreaking album garnering two GRAMMY Awards®. 

A truly innovative and unique production, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil has evolved for its 10th anniversary to present a more dynamic musical experience. New acts, costumes, choreography, audio visual technology and remixed music have made the experience of the LOVE show more immersive and exciting than ever.

Since LOVE’s debut, more than 4,500 performances have been staged for a cumulative audience approaching eight million people. Tickets are on sale now for LOVE’s special 10th anniversary celebration performance on Thursday, July 14 at 8pm.

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