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John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s ‘Imagine’ Film Returns to Theaters: Inside the Restoration Process

The 1972 film Imagine, which John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in, featuring cameos by Andy Warhol, Fred Astaire, Miles Davis, George Harrison and more, has been remixed, re-mastered and restored for one-off and limited-run theater screenings worldwide, starting tonight (Sept. 17), with theater-only extras and select viewings in Dolby Atmos surround sound.

The film — restored by Simon Hilton, remixed and re-mastered by Paul Hicks, with Ono serving as producer and creative director — is like an indie music video compilation of all the Imagine album songs, plus some from Ono’s Fly. The couple co-produced the album with Phil Spector.

Eagle Vision is pairing Imagine and another restored film, Gimme Some Truth, for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 5, the same day the six-disc box set, Imagine: The Ultimate Collection, drops.

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Paul McCartney Live in Quebec – Set List!

Paul McCartney played the first gig of his new ‘Freshen Up’ tour in Quebec last night. The set list was similar to his last tours, but the band had a very welcome addition of a horn section!

Here is the set list:

A Hard Day’s Night
Hi Hi Hi
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go
Who Cares
Come On To Me
Let Me Roll It
I’e Got A Felling
Let Em In
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen A Face
In Spite Of All The Danger
From Me To You
My Valentine
Love Me Do
Here Today
Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna
Four Five Seconds
Eleanor Rigby
Fuh You
Mr Kite
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Band on the Run
Back In The USSR
Let It Be
Live And Let Die
Hey Jude

Saw Her Standing There
Sgt Pepper
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers

New Version of the Beatles ‘Let it Be’ Film to be Released!

Paul McCartney said in an interview with Radio X in Quebec, Canada, that a new version of the Let it Be film is likely to be released. He said that the original film was about the Beatles break-up and was sad. However, Paul said that there is over 50 hours of footage, and the overall feeling was “Joyous, just 4 guys making music. He added the new film could come out in “a year or too”

What do you think of this? Should the original film be released, or a new version. Is making a new version re-writing history?


You can hear Paul’s interview at – Paul talks about Let It Be around 7:40.



Paul McCartney Earns First No. 1 Album in Over 36 Years on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Egypt Station’

It’s his first debut at No. 1, and first chart-topper since “Tug of War” in 1982.

Paul McCartney achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bows atop the list.

The set, which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 22-dated chart, where Egypt Station debuts at No. 1, will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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It’s the season for Beatles in New York! When Ringo Starr played at Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK: It’s the season for Beatles in New York City.

Within a week of Paul McCartney playing a surprise show at Grand Central Station, Ringo Starr followed a more old-fashioned path Thursday night. The drummer and singer headlined a two-hour show at Radio City Music Hall, with thousands spending much of the performance standing and cheering along.

“We love you, Ringo!” one fan called out, and Starr shouted greetings in kind.

It was not a time for lamenting the state of the world. The beloved ex-Beatle wore black, but bright stars hung above the stage and peace signs beamed from behind. Starr’s message for years has been peace and love and a happy look back, whether through such Beatles and solo favorites as “Yellow Submarine” and “Photograph” or through the songs of his current set of sidemen.

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‘It’s an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko’: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Jeff Bridges recreate 1969 ‘bed-in’ Vietnam War protests to support New York City public schools

  • John Lennon’s former bandmate and his widow were joined outside City Hall by actor Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • The stunt was part of a Beatles-themed ‘bed-in,’ inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s famed Vietnam War protests in 1969
  • Starr quipped: ‘It’s an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko’
  • It was part of the fifth annual ‘Come Together: NYC’ event, which marked the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus 
  • The mobile production studio provides audio, video, digital media and broadcast experiences to students of all ages 

New Yorkers walking past City Hall in Manhattan this morning were treated to an unusual sight: former Beatles drummer and newly-minted knight Ringo Starr laying in an oversize bed with John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and ‘the Dude’ from The Big Lebowski.

The stunt was part of a Beatles-themed ‘bed-in,’ inspired by Ono and Lennon’s famed Vietnam War protests in 1969, to support New York City public schools.

Lennon’s former bandmate Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, and Ono were joined on the steps of City Hall by actor Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

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Paul McCartney on handling crowds, and why he calls Donald Trump “the mad captain”

“I’ll just be a couple of seconds, I’ve got a patient in here,” says Sir Paul McCartney, poking his head round his office door.

He disappears again, leaving you to nervously scan the books in the waiting room – three dictionaries, some Taschen art folios, a few dozen Beatles reference works and a surprising number of Jamie Oliver cook books.

Minutes later Sir Paul reappears, ushering out his “patient”, who turns out to be one of the many assistants at his plush, five-storey office in Soho.

“Take the pills three times a day,” he quips. “You might feel a little drowsy at first.”

As he beckons you in, the star begins fussing around the room, making small talk (“You’re from Belfast? I thought I detected that lovely little accent”) and straightening up his picture frames.

“Slight obsession,” he says. “What do they call it? Obsessive compulsive disorder. Disorder! I think it’s the opposite. I think it’s order.”

All this kerfuffle is designed to put you at ease.

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George Harrison’s Beatles guitar sells for £347,000

A guitar used by George Harrison at the Beatles’ last appearance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club has been sold at auction for almost £350,000.

The Maton Mastersound MS-500 was played on stage at several shows during July and August 1963.

The guitar used by Bee Gee Maurice Gibb to compose the band’s first disco hit, Jive Talkin’, was also sold for £8,680.

Luke Hobbs, from Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers in Wiltshire, said the sale of Harrison’s guitar was “fantastic”.

It was bought for £347,200 including buyers fees by a collector from overseas, at the sale of guitars and music memorabilia.

Mr Hobbs said the Australian-made guitar was used by Harrison after he had originally borrowed it from a guitar shop in Manchester while his own Gretsch guitar was being repaired.

“There are photographs of him playing it live on stage,” he said.

“The most poignant (show) being the last ever Cavern show the Beatles did, because it was the rise of Beatlemania and they outgrew the venue.”

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What is Paul Signing?

From my collection: A photo I took of Paul McCartney, signing an autograph outside of AIR Studios in Oxford Street circa 1984. I’m not sure what he is signing, but he didn’t seem to like it very much!

What do you think it could be? Funny photo captions please :>) I’ll publish the best.