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Beetles Kill George Harrison's Memorial Tree

July 22nd, 2014 1:11pm EDT
Beetles Kill George Harrison's Memorial Tree
An infestation of beetles has killed a memorial tree planted in honor of Beatles icon George Harrison.

The pine tree was planted in Griffin Park in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2004, three years after the musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter died from lung cancer. It represented the star's love of gardening.

Unfortunately, bark beetles and ladybugs led to the 10-foot-tall tree's demise. According to the Los Angeles Times, officials plan on replacing the tree with a new one in the same spot.

Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle," Harrison released several solo albums after the legendary ba...
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Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary

July 16th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Ron Howard To Direct Beatles Documentary
Ron Howard is set to bring The Beatles back to movie theaters for the first time since Let It Be premiered in 1970.

Howard will direct an authorized documentary that follows the legendary band during their touring years when they traveled across the world and "Beatlemania" took over.

Howard said in a press release, "I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

The Beatles only toured from 1963 to 196...
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10 Music Myths People Still Believe

June 22nd, 2014 12:55pm EDT
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Some of the greatest music myths are those that pass through generations and are still fresh and new to each set of ears that hears them. The best of the best are funny, mean and downright outrageous. But hey, you have to be pretty high on the popularity scale to get one of these things said about you, so myth or not, all press is good press. According to Webster's, a myth is a "a widely held but false belief or idea." So in no particular order, here are 10 of the greatest music myths people still believe, even after all these years.

1. Elvis Is Still Alive!

This one is one of the old...
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Paul McCartney Forced To Postpone June Concerts In U.S. Due To Virus

June 10th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Paul McCartney
The virus that forced Paul McCartney to cancel two shows in Japan and postpone a concert in South Korea will also postpone all of the Beatles star's U.S. shows in June.

It's unknown what viral infection McCartney has, but it sounds like it's pretty nasty if the singer postponed so many shows. He said in a statement on his website, "I'm sorry but it’s going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I’m feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."

The shows, which were to take place in the secon...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time

March 25th, 2014 10:00am EDT
The Top 15 Boy Bands Of All Time
All girls look to the guys in boy bands to help them get through their awkward preteen years. These handsome guys always tell you they love you, that you're smart, beautiful, and the only one for them. Their signatures in magazines are always dotted with hearts, they always look as if they can look off the page into your soul. Is it any wonder that boy bands continue to be popular with young girls?

(BTW: Boy bands aren't just popular with young girls. Women continue to stay faithful to their bands as they grow older, hence the popularity of the recent "NKOTBSB" tour featuring 90's sensatio...
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Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr To Reunite At Grammy Awards

January 21st, 2014 8:31am EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will reunite at the Grammy Awards this weekend. The iconic Beatles bass player and drummer are scheduled to perform at the 56th annual event on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.

The pair are the only survivors of the 60s British Band.

McCartney's song "Cut Me Some Slack" (a collaboration with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) has been nominated for "Best Rock Song," while Starr's "Live Kisses" DVD is up for "Best Music Film."

Starr recently told Access Hollywood: "To celebrate the 50 years since we landed in New York in February [1964], they are putting on a bi...
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Alicia Keys, John Mayer, More Stars To Salute The Beatles In Grammy Special

January 7th, 2014 8:29am EST
Alicia Keys
A new television special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," will feature performances by John Legend, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics will also reunite for the special, and John Mayer and Keith Urban will also participate, according to Grammy organizers.

The primetime show, presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, will celebrate the iconic Beatles and their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The special will air on Jan. 27, one day following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards...
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The Eurythmics To Reunite For Grammy Salute To The Beatles

January 6th, 2014 11:50am EST
Eurythmics
The Eurythmics are reuniting to perform at a special Grammy tribute concert in honor of The Beatles later this month.

Renowned musicians Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will take part in The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles, marking their first appearance onstage together since 2003.

John Mayer and Keith Urban will team up to perform Don't Let Me Down at the concert, while Alicia Keys and John Legend will tackle Let It Be. Maroon 5 also will take the stage.

Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich says, "When it came around to booking this show, what I felt was impor...
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Unseen Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' Photos To Go Under The Hammer

November 27th, 2013 4:20pm EST
Yellow Submarine
Rare pictures of The Beatles posing with their cartoon counterparts from the film Yellow Submarine are to be sold at auction later this month.

The photos show the Fab Four during a visit to the London studio where the 1968 movie was made, and the musicians are seen meeting life-sized cut-outs of their animated selves.

The collection of more than 150 transparencies is expected to fetch as much as $60,000 when it goes on sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport, England on Friday.

The pictures are believed to have been taken between 1967 and 1968 by photographer Stephen Archetti.
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Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, Others Perform At Boston Strong Benefit Concert

May 31st, 2013 5:11pm EDT
Aerosmith
Aerosmith, Carole King, New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, and many more took the stage Thursday night to raise money to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration event at a sold-out TD Garden in Boston lasted an astonishing 5 1/2 hours, starting at the national anthem and ending with a group rendition of the Beatles' "Come Together" and Boston anthem "Dirty Water."

Joey McIntyre shared his story from the Boston Marathon - the New Kids on the Block star had finished the race 10 minutes before the bombs went off. He s...
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Beatles, Elvis & Sinatra Amongst Nominees For Inaugural Pop Music Hall Of Fame Class

September 18th, 2012 8:06pm EDT
Beatles
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys are among the first ever nominees for the American Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters and Simon & Garfunkel are also among the 40 acts on the long list to become the first class of stars inducted into the Pennsylvania venue, which will open next year.

Fans have been invited to vote for their favourites online and the nominees will be whittled down to 20 in May, before finalizing the official list of honorees next summer.

Artists eligible for the prize must have scored a U.S. hit between 1946 and ...
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Stella McCartney Honors Her Parents' Marriage With New Perfume

August 30th, 2012 5:28pm EDT
Stella McCartney
Paul McCartney's fashion designer daughter Stella has created a new perfume in honor of his near 30-year marriage to her mother.

Photographer Linda Eastman wed the Beatles legend in 1969 and the couple enjoyed a lasting relationship until she lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998, aged 56.

Now, their daughter Stella McCartney has paid tribute to her parents' romance by launching a new fragrance based on the Let It Be hit-maker's nickname for his wife, L.I.L.Y., which was also her favorite flower.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "I've been hiding away from giving out information but, y...
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Paul McCartney To Perform At Summer Olympics

June 5th, 2012 10:41am EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has confirmed he will be performing the grand finale at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics this summer.

The Beatles legend revealed earlier this year that he was in talks to play a pivotal role in the 2012 sporting spectacular, and now he has ended the speculation.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive, he announced, "I've been booked," adding that he would be "closing the opening" on July 27.

Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle is taking charge of the opening ceremony, which is inspired by the theme Isles of Wonder.

The Fab Four icon proved he k...
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Paul McCartney Gives Beatles Classic A Mexican Twist

May 14th, 2012 10:11pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney gave Beatles classic "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" a Mexican twist when he performed in Mexico City last week - by bringing out a mariachi band to join him on the track.

The rock legend staged a free concert for an estimated 250,000 people at Zocalo - the city's most historic venue which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period - and delighted fans by jamming for three hours.

During the gig, McCartney showed his love for the country by waiving a Mexican flag and he admits he was moved by the turnout.

He says, "It was quite emotional and exciting that people who might not be able ...
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Paul McCartney To Play Free Concert In Mexico

April 27th, 2012 10:38pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is set to thank Mexican fans for their continued support by staging a free concert in Mexico City's most historic venue next month.

The Beatles legend has lined up two live dates in Guadalajara and Mexico City in May, as part of his current South American tour, and now he has added a third concert on May 10th.

That show, staged at The ZA3calo, a location which has drawn audiences since the Aztec period, will be completely free of charge.

McCartney says, "Thanks to the Mayor and the people of Mexico for making this beautiful site available for our show. Also thanks to th...
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John Lydon Snubs The London Olympics

April 25th, 2012 11:03pm EDT
John Lydon
Punk icon John Lydon turned down an offer for his band Sex Pistols to take part in the London Olympics celebrations, branding the event a waste of money and accusing organizers of trying to hijack his image.

Rumors swirled last year that the Pretty Vacant hit-makers were among acts being lined up to perform at the sporting spectacular's opening ceremony in July, alongside members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, Lydon has confirmed he was approached about getting involved, but he snubbed the offer as he is adamant the U.K. cannot afford to stage the event in the midst of a gl...
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Madonna, Lady Gaga & Michael Jackson Make Fashion Icon List

April 4th, 2012 9:15am EDT
Madonna
Madonna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have been named among the "All-Time 100 Fashion Icons" by Time magazine editors.

The extensive list features the "most influential fashion icons since 1923", the year the publication was born, and is split into six categories - Designers & Brands, Models, Muses, Photographers, Editors & Stylists and Style & Design.

The artists have all made the list as Muses, alongside rocker David Bowie, actors James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, Audrey Hepburn, late British royal Diana, Princess of Wales and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mo...
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison's Sons To Form Supergroup?

April 3rd, 2012 9:12pm EDT
Beatles
The sons of Beatles stars Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon are planning to team up to form a new supergroup.

McCartney's son James has revealed he has had conversations with Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison and they appear to be "up for" picking up where their fathers left off.

But McCartney admits that Ringo Starr's drummer son Zak was less than keen: "I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do."
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Paul McCartney's Son To Play Legendary Cavern Club

April 3rd, 2012 2:23pm EDT
James McCartney
Paul McCartney's rocker son James is set to follow in his dad's footsteps on Tuesday by performing at the fabled Cavern Club where The Beatles made their name.

The singer/songwriter will take to the stage at the now-legendary venue in Liverpool, England, where the Fab Four honed their craft and launched their career in the 1960s.

The 34 year old admits he jumped at the chance to play the Cavern Club, insisting, "Yeah, I (wanted)... just to embrace the Beatles legacy rather than running away from it... I think it's great, I think it's an honor."

"I don't really think I am quite as good ...
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Paul McCartney's Wood Destroyed By Disease

April 1st, 2012 5:30pm EDT
Paul and Linda McCartney
A forest Paul McCartney planted in memory of his late wife Linda has been destroyed by disease.

After his wife's death from cancer in 1998, the Beatles star planted numerous trees on the border of the estate he shared with Linda in Somerset, England.

However, the woodland has been devastated by phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death, a disease which has infected many of the trees in Linda's Wood and forced caretakers to cut them down.

McCartney entrusted the maintenance of the green space to the League Against Cruel Sports and spokesperson Joe Duckworth confirms most of the larch tree...
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The Beatles Prevail In Wheelchair Dispute

March 30th, 2012 6:56pm EDT
Beatles
The Beatles have successfully prevented a Dutch company from trade marking the band's name for a range of wheelchairs.

Executives at Apple Corps, the company set up by members of the iconic group, disputed mobility aid company You-Q BV's application to trademark the name Beatle for various land and air vehicles in 2004. They amended their trademark claims in 2005 to include just wheelchair products.

However, the European Union's Court of Justice has now ruled in favor of Apple Corps, which has previously trademarked the name for a wide range of products.

The panel of judges stated on ...
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'Yellow Submarine' To Sail Again As Restored DVD

March 20th, 2012 10:30pm EDT
Ringo Starr
The Beatles' animated classic Yellow Submarine has been digitally restored for a new DVD/Blu-Ray release.

The 1968 film, which has been out of print for years, will hit stores at the end of May.

Restoration expert Paul Rutan, Jr. and his team of specializts at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. worked on the film for months, cleaning up the film's photochemical elements by hand, frame by frame.

The DVD and Blu-Ray packages will feature a making-of documentary, the film's original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann and in...
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Rare Beatles Holiday Photos For Sale

February 26th, 2012 4:30pm EST
Beatles
Previously unseen pictures of the Beatles on holiday taken by an 11-year-old schoolboy are set to be sold at auction.

The musicians were snapped relaxing at a hotel in the British seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare in 1963, just weeks after they scored their first U.K. number one single with "Please Please Me".

The photographer was Bruce Leak, then 11, who was on a family holiday with his parents at the time.

The pictures show the stars sunbathing, relaxing on deckchairs and having afternoon tea at the hotel.

Leak's sister, Ann O’Neill, 73, inherited the snaps after her brother's death...
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The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined

February 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
The Quality Of Popular Music Has Declined
When you look at someone who succeeds in a certain field, there are always numerous factors on why that person’s particular talent is above the rest and he or she seems to always excel. Take Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington, and even Albert Pujols, and it is evident that these special talents have not only shown the world their skills, but also inherited the proficiency of their particular areas. They do it for the art of their field. Not that sports and music goes hand in hand because they don’t, it’s just those particular athletes love their arena. And becaus...
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Paul McCartney Changes Views On Marijuana Legalization

February 15th, 2012 9:12pm EST
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has quit drugs for the sake of his eight-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

The former Beatle, who was once jailed in Japan for marijuana possession, tells Rolling Stone magazine that he no longer uses illegal substances.

He says, "I did a lot, and it was enough... When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough - you just don't seem to think it's necessary."

But the "Maybe I'm Amazed" singer, who has been a fervent advocate for the legalization of pot in the past, is surprised activists haven't won ...
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Paul McCartney's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Unveiling Ceremony (Photos)

February 10th, 2012 10:30am EST
Paul McCartney Hollywood Walk of Fame
Paul McCartney became the last solo Beatle to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

McCartney unveiled the star outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street, where he was rehearsing for a free live iTunes streaming performance of his new album Kisses on the Bottom.

Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell were among the familiar faces who joined hundreds of fans for the brief ceremony, but former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr was a no-show.

During his speech, McCartney explained that Starr was "under the weather" and too ill to attend, but he i...
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Ringo Starr: 'I Hope The Rolling Stones Pull It Together'

February 8th, 2012 1:17pm EST
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr is urging the Rolling Stones to "stop squabbling" and celebrate their 50th anniversary with a world tour.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary group's formation and fans had hoped the milestone would be marked with a series of shows, but rumors suggest a feud between frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards has put a damper on the plans.

The Beatles drummer Starr has now called on the veteran rockers to stop fighting and "get out there and play" as fans deserve to see their idols in concert.

He tells Spinner, "I hope they put it together and I hop...
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Vanessa Hudgens' Foot Tattoo Is Bogus

February 2nd, 2012 8:37am EST
Vanessa Hudgens
Actress Vanessa Hudgens has confirmed her new tattoo is fake.

The High School Musical star showed off an inking of a Beatles lyric on her foot during a recent vacation in Hawaii, but she has now admitted the words were written with a pen.

She tells TV host Jay Leno, "It says, 'All you need is love,' which is true... It's fake. I have this mad obsession with drawing on myself, like, I cannot help it. I draw all over my hands, all over my arms, obviously my foot. It's just fun."

Hudgens, who has several real tattoos, explains she likes to experiment before she commits to a permanent pie...
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The Beatles Considered Final Gig At The Pyramids

January 31st, 2012 7:43pm EST
Beatles
The Beatles considered wrapping up their career with a gig at the Pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt, according to drummer Ringo Starr.

Promoting his new album at SiriusXM's Town Hall radio event on Monday night - the 43rd anniversary of the Fab Four's final performance - Starr revealed he and his bandmates thought about going out in style with a spectacular final gig.

He said, "The four of us were thinking... 'We'll do (our last concert) at the Pyramids, or we'll do it in Hawaii in a volcano'. We had all these big, grandiose ideas and at the end you say, 'Sod it, just let's do it on the roof....
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