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John Lennon's A Matter Of Pee sells for £53,000

March 30th, 2014 6:20pm EDT
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A letter written by the late John Lennon to producer Phil Spector has sold at auction for £53,000.
The Beatles star penned 'A Matter Of Pee' in the 70s to complain about Keith Moon of The Who and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson urinating on the studio mixing desk and claimed he left the studio before the incident.
According to The Sun newspaper, the letter was sold to a private collector by London auction house Cooper Owen.
The letter - which he wrote with red ink - reads: "Should you not know, it was Harry and Keith who p****d on the console!
"Tell (the studio owner) to bill Capitol for ...

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...

Dead stars feature in Dutch beer commercial

March 26th, 2014 4:00am EDT
Bruce Lee
Bosses at a Dutch brewing company have brought Kurt Cobain and John Lennon back from the dead for a new commercial.

Marketing men behind the new Bavaria ad for Radler fruit-flavoured beer also features the likenesses of dead icons Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Lee chilling out on a tropical paradise.

The peaceful scene is interrupted when the dead stars spot a ship on the horizon, forcing them to run for cover to protect their secret spot.

Annie Leibovitz sells off New York properties to aid financial recovery

January 8th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Annie Leibovitz
Celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz has offloaded a trio of New York homes for a total of $28.5 million (£19 million) after cutting the price as she continues to recover from financial problems.

The snapper had originally asked for $33 million (£22 million) for her office, her residence and her guest house in the Greenwich neighbourhood of Manhattan, but agreed to knock down the price after finding a buyer for all three unconnected properties.

Leibovitz, who has famously photographed stars including John Lennon, Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus, had previously planned to sel...

Yoko Ono recalls starving as a child as she helps launch new anti-hunger initiative

December 6th, 2013 3:10am EST
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono has opened up about her desperate days as a starving child in her native Japan after granting officials at an anti-poverty campaign in Tokyo the rights to use her late husband John Lennon's track Imagine as an anthem.

The signature peace tune will provide the soundtrack to WhyHunger's 'Imagine There's No Hunger' campaign ads, and the initiative brought back bad memories for Ono as she attended an event for the charity in Tokyo.

She said, "I remember being hungry and I know it's so difficult to just be hungry. One day I didn't bring a lunchbox (to school). The other kids asked, do...

Yoko Ono puts New York apartment back on the market at reduced price

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono has placed the New York home she attempted to sell earlier this year (13) back on the market with a reduced asking price.

John Lennon's widow, 80, reportedly bought the apartment for her son Sean two decades ago, but put it up for sale at the beginning of the year (13) for almost $9 million (£6 million).

The property was taken off the market this summer (13) amid reports suggesting Ono had fallen out with members of the apartment building's board who, she claimed, had attempted to block the sale.

The place is now available for purchase again at the reduced price of $6.5 million ...

John Lennon's first home sells for $771k

October 30th, 2013 11:20am EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's first ever home has sold for $771,000.
The late Beatles star grew up in Liverpool, North East England, and spent his earliest years living in a red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, with his mother Julia until he went to live with his maternal aunt Mimi Smith and his uncle George at the age of five.
It was this property that was sold during an auction at The Cavern Club - the live music venue that The Beatles played at hundreds of times at the beginning of their career.
The house - which was listed for between $241,000 and $401,500 - was sold to an anonymous Ameri...

Paul McCartney praises 'badass' Yoko Ono

October 24th, 2013 10:20am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney thinks Yoko Ono is a "badass".
The musician has publicly ended his feud with John Lennon's widow after years of holding a grudge against his late bandmate's wife, blaming her for the break-up of The Beatles in 1970.
He told the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine: "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid. It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had? George [Harrison] would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.' "
Yoko - who met John in 1966 while he was still...

Paul McCartney defends Beatles on Early Days

October 18th, 2013 11:20am EDT
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Sir Paul McCartney's new song 'Early Days' is a riposte to critics of The Beatles.
The 71-year-old rocker released his 16th solo studio album 'New' this month and he admits that track contains some defensive lyrics in response to young people's dismissive attitude to the success of the iconic group.
Paul became one of the most famous and successful musicians on the planet when The Fab Four - which also included John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - conquered the charts in the 1960s and he insists people shouldn't criticize when they have no knowledge of the impact the band made...

Elton John & John Lennon refused to let Warhol be part of cocaine party

October 14th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Elton John and John Lennon once hid from pop art icon Andy Warhol in a New York hotel room because they feared he would expose them as cocaine fiends.

The Rocket Man became great friends with Lennon towards the end of the former Beatle's life and they spent a lot of time getting high, but there's one hotel party Elton can remember when the two rockers ignored a visiting Warhol.

He tells Rolling Stone, "I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the Sherry-Netherland hotel, and at two in the morning, there would be a knock on the door... It took me five minutes to get to get th...

Sir Paul McCartney: The Rolling Stones copies The Beatles

October 11th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Keith Richards
Sir Paul McCartney claims The Rolling Stones copied The Beatles.
The 71-year-old singer-and-bassists believes the rival rock band - consisting of Sir Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts - have only achieved so much success in the music industry because they imitated his iconic group.
Speaking to US radio, he said: "That is the truth. Look at the history: The Beatles go to America, a year later they come too.
"We wrote their first single, 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. We go psychedelic, they go psychedelic. We dress as wizards, they dress as wizards."
The 'Yesterday' hitmake...

John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced

October 8th, 2013 3:00am EDT
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The Beatles legend John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced at the weekend (05-06Oct13).

The Imagine icon's star, which lies next to Los Angeles' iconic Capitol Records building, was covered in graffiti drawn in marker pen, including a spotted toadstool, and the phrases 'I love you' and 'Blackbird... Rain was here.'

Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Walk of Fame organisation tells The Hollywood Reporter she determined to catch the culprits, saying, "We don't mess around. I think Capitol is looking into seeing if there's any video (of the crime). They're registered state la...

Paul McCartney inspired by Beyonce

October 4th, 2013 1:20am EDT
Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney is influenced by Beyonce.
The 71-year-old singer/songwriter makes a point of checking out the live shows by current chart artists because he wants to make sure his own concerts don't seem "old fashioned".
He said: "If I'm gonna do a tour I like to go and see what other people are doing. I don't wanna bring my tour out and be amazingly old-fashioned.
"So if people are going, 'Oh man Beyonce, she was killer!' I like to go there and go, 'Yeah, we can do better than this.' "
Last year, Paul saw Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' gig at The O2 in London and he says the ...

Sir Paul McCartney to collaborate with Thom Yorke?

October 3rd, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Sir Paul McCartney is being advised by his daughter to collaborate with Thom Yorke.
The Beatles legend has been urged by Stella to work with the Radiohead frontman but he admits, despite being keen, he is afraid the 44-year-old singer will turn down his offer because his schedule is too hectic to fit him in.
Speaking to NME magazine, he said: "My daughter Stella is very keen. She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with.'
"I'm a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. 'Hey Thom, it's Paul here. What do you fancy...

John Lennon's Bermuda trip recreated for iTunes app

September 24th, 2013 3:00am EDT
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Fans of tragic Beatles star John Lennon can relive his 1980 trip to Bermuda as part of a new iTunes app, which will hit the online download store in November (13).

John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes follows the Imagine singer on a journey to Bermuda, where he recorded tracks for his collaborative album Double Fantasy.

The online app features demos of hit songs like Woman, Nobody Told Me and Dear Yoko, and fans will also be able to virtually visit places where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono hung out during their trip.

All revenue from the app will go towards WhyHunger's Imagine There's No Hunge...

Rare John Lennon jacket up for auction

August 14th, 2013 3:10am EDT
John Lennon
A jacket worn by The Beatles star John Lennon is set to go under the hammer in England later this month (Aug13).

The blue, three-quarter length coat, which dates from the late 1960s, is in the same style as the outfits worn by the band for the cover of their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Lennon, who died in 1980, left the item behind at his Berkshire, England mansion when he moved to the U.S. in 1971 and instructed his then-personal assistant Jo Jo Johns to give away his possessions.

Johns presented the coat to her friend Anthony Goddard as a birthday present and he h...

Ozzy Osbourne was disgusted by magazine cover featuring John Lennon's killer

July 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Ozzy Osbourne once fired off a letter of complaint to editors at America's People magazine after they turned John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, into a cover star.

The Black Sabbath star's wife, Sharon, reveals her husband was just as disgusted by the controversial decision in the 1980s as others have been by Rolling Stone bosses' latest issue, which features an image of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Comparing the two cases on her U.S. daytime show The Talk on Monday (22Jul13), Sharon Osbourne said, "They (Rolling Stone editors) could have done so many other thi...

Indepth John Lennon and Mick Jagger interviews to be released as downloads

June 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
John Lennon
Journalist, broadcaster and Oscar-winning documentarian Howard Smith's radio interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and Frank Zappa are to be made available for the first time in 40 years.

Over 100 interviews, which only aired once, are to be released in monthly installments via iTunes and Amazon MP3.

The Smith Tapes feature five interviews with Lennon & Yoko Ono, beginning with the couple's Bed-In for Peace, which the radio personality covered for his Village Voice column.

Smith played edited segments from his indepth chats with celebrities and c...

John Lennon regretted political campaigning

May 13th, 2013 12:53pm EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon regretted his political activism and was planning to return to his native U.K. in the months leading up to his murder, according to an old friend of the rocker.

The Beatles legend was a famous peace campaigner and an outspoken critic of former U.S. President Richard Nixon following his move to New York City in the 1970s.

But he later confessed to Joe Flannery, the Fab Four's booking agent during the band's early career, that he had gone overboard with his political statements and had made a "t**" of himself.

Lennon was also planning to return to his hometown of Liverpool and ...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

Lady Gaga To Receive John Lennon Award

October 5th, 2012 4:01pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is to be honored for her political activism by Yoko Ono with a special award in memory of her late husband John Lennon.

The pop superstar will be handed the biennial LennonOno Grant For Peace at a special ceremony in Iceland later this month, and will also accept a charitable donation for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Announcing the news on Friday, Ono says, "Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time. She is not only an artist; she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world."

"She is being acknowledged for her activism, a...

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole For The Seventh Time

August 23rd, 2012 11:52am EDT
John Lennon
John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for the seventh time.

Chapman appeared before a panel of officials in New York state on Wednesday but his release from prison was denied by all three board members, according to the Associated Press.

In a transcript released after the hearing, one parole board member, Sally Thompson, was recorded as telling Chapman, "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heino...

John Lennon's Killer Is Up For Parole This Week

August 19th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
John Lennon memorial
Almost 32 years after Lennon's death, friends, family and fans alike are opposing the release of the singer's admitted killer.

It has been almost 32 years since John Lennon was shot outside his New York City apartment. The anniversary of the Beatles singer's death is coming up in December.

Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life after Lennon's murder and is up for parole next week. He has been given this opportunity six times before.

"Corrections Department spokeswoman Linda Foglia told the Associated Press that he'll stand before the parole board sometime this week, with ...

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

April 3rd, 2012 9:12pm EDT
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."

'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...

Yoko Ono Slams John Lennon Bulimia Claims

March 7th, 2012 8:02am EST
Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono has dismissed reports her late husband John Lennon suffered from an eating disorder.

Author Debra Sharon Davis alleges in her book BackStage Pass VIP that Lennon had issues with food and would make himself sick after eating binges.

She says, "Lennon was confused about his obsession with food. One must also realize that at that time, the public and the media were unaware of bulimia as an addiction and health risk - which made it all the more frightening for John Lennon. He literally had no point-of-reference on what he was experiencing."

However, Ono is adamant the claims are ...

Rare Beatles Holiday Photos For Sale

February 26th, 2012 4:30pm EST
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...

Cee Lo Green Defends Change To 'Imagine' Lyrics During New Year's Eve Performance

January 2nd, 2012 6:00pm EST
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green has defended his decision to change the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine" during a live New Year's Eve TV performance, insisting he "meant no disrespect" to the Beatles legend.

The "Crazy" hitmaker received a barrage of criticism on after he sang "And all religion's true" in place of the track's original line "And no religion too."

But he took to the website on Sunday to defend the controversial lyric change and tell fans the reason behind his decision.

According to Britain's Daily Mail, in a post which has since been deleted, Green wrote, "Yo I meant no disrespe...

Ringo Starr Calls For Tougher Gun Laws On Anniversary Of John Lennon's Death

December 9th, 2011 12:58pm EST
Ringo Starr
Beatles legend Ringo Starr has called for governments around the world to implement tougher gun laws on the anniversary of John Lennon's fatal shooting.

The drummer was on hand to speak at an event held by the Non-Violence Project Foundation in London on Thursday - exactly 31 years after his bandmate was murdered outside his New York apartment block on December 8th, 1980.

Starr unveiled a statue he designed of a pistol with its barrel tied in a knot, emblazoned with the word 'Imagine' in tribute to one of Lennon's greatest solo hits. The musician then told the crowd that anyone caught w...

Julian Lennon Fuming Over Paul McCartney Wedding Snub

November 3rd, 2011 10:31am EDT
Julian Lennon
John Lennon's son Julian is convinced he has been "snubbed" and "ignored" by Paul McCartney after the former Beatle failed to invite him to his recent wedding.

The music legend married American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on October 2nd and followed it up with a second reception in New York later that month.

Lennon claims he wasn't invited to either of the wedding parties, and alleges he was "snubbed" at the London premiere of Martin Scorsese's film, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, last month and the five-year anniversary performance of the Beatles musical Love in Las...

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