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Prince Harry meets Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios

Rock royalty met the Royal Family when the Duke of Sussex got behind a microphone with Jon Bon Jovi.

They met at Abbey Road Studios, where the US rocker is re-recording his song Unbroken with the Invictus Games Choir.

The prince – who will step down as a working royal at the end of March – posted a video of both men in a recording booth.

Bon Jovi said he looked forward to working with the “artist formerly known as prince”.

Both men greeted each other warmly on the steps of the world-famous London studio synonymous with the Beatles.

They were then ushered inside to the control room overlooking Studio 2 – where Fab Four recorded during the 1960s.

A video filmed during the duke’s visit showed the prince and the popstar wearing headphones.

The footage ends just as the pair are about to break into song.

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John Lennon: How girlfriend May Pang repaired Beatle’s relationship with son during AFFAIR

JOHN LENNON had two sons, one with his first wife Cynthia Lennon and another with Yoko Ono, but The Beatles star’s relationship with his firstborn, Julian Lennon, was always strained.

John Lennon’s career with The Beatles skyrocketed around the time he married his childhood sweetheart Cynthia Lennon. The pair, who met at art college in Liverpool, tied the knot in 1662 after she became pregnant. Shortly afterwards, they welcomed their son Julian Lennon.

It wasn’t long before Beatlemania swept the band off around the globe and the musician grew more and more absent from his young family.

Then, in 1966, John met avant-garde artist Yoko Ono at an exhibition of her work in London.

They hit it off instantly and began to correspond, despite the fact they were both married.

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London Fixer-Upper Neighboring Paul McCartney Asks £16.95 Million

The brick-and-stucco mansion was built in the 19th century and is minutes from the famed “Abbey Road” crosswalk

You could put all your loving into this historic fixer-upper neighboring Sir Paul McCartney’s longtime London home.

A six-bedroom Victorian villa, steps from the music icon’s house in St. John’s Wood, hit the market this month asking £16.95 million (US$18.4 million). Clad in brown brick and stucco, the mansion is part of a row of architecturally landmarked private homes built in the mid-19th century.

More: After Two Years of Lackluster Performance, London’s Property Prices Are Moving Up

Mr. McCartney’s home is just a couple doors down on the same side of Cavendish Avenue, itself a five-minute walk from the famed crossing that featured on the cover the Beatles’ 1969 album “Abbey Road.” Mr. McCartney bought the home during the band’s heyday in 1965, according to property records.

The music legend’s next neighbor will have to put in some elbow grease, however, as the Grade II-listed home is unmodernized, according to the listing with Arlington Residential.

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BEATLES’ GEORGE HARRISON CELEBRATED ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 77TH BIRTHDAY

On Tuesday, fans celebrated late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on what would have been his 77th birthday.

Harrison was born in Liverpool, England in 1943. He began playing guitar in 1956, after first hearing Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” In 1958, he auditioned for John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s skiffle group The Quarrymen, which later became the iconic group The Beatles.

By the mid-1960’s, Harrison’s interest in folk and Indian music began to shift the Beatles’ musical direction. The guitarist began introducing non-Western instruments to the band by 1965’s Rubber Soul, where he played a sitar on “Norwegian Wood.” On Revolver the following year, he played tambura on “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

In the band’s later career, he wrote a number of The Beatles’ most popular songs including “Here Comes the Sun”, “Something”, and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

After The Beatles’ 1969 break-up, Harrison released 12 solo albums, with All Things Must Pass being his first chart-topping album. Living in the Material World followed the album in 1973, earning him his second no. 1. Harrison also worked with influential Indian musician Ravi Shankar on his 1997 album Chants of India. He was diagnosed with throat cancer shortly after the album’s release and promotion.

Harrison passed away at 58-years-old on November 29, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California. His final album Brainwashed was released posthumously in 2002.

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Memorial woodland to honour George Harrison


A new memorial woodland to honour Beatles star George Harrison is to open in Liverpool.

The George Harrison Woodland Walk, announced on what would have been his 77th birthday, will be in south Liverpool close to where George was born and grew up.

The 12-acre site opposite Allerton Towers is currently a mixture of mature woodland and meadow.

It will officially open in 2021 and will combine woodland with a number of artistic installations inspired by the life and lyrics of the much-loved Beatle.

Liverpool City Council and the Harrison family want to encourage artists to design new artworks which will take pride of place in the garden.

The longer term aim is for a ‘nature classroom’ to be opened on the site, allowing school children from across the region to spend time learning about nature and the environment.

Olivia Harrison, George’s wife, said: “‘George was an avid gardener who found solace and joy in being in the outdoors. I don’t think there is any better way to commemorate him in Liverpool than with a garden which can become a place of tranquillity and reflection for everyone.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: ‘It has been one of my ambitions as mayor to find an appropriate way for us as a city to celebrate one of our most-loved sons, so I am overjoyed that at last we can announce the George Harrison Woodland Walk. The site is beautiful, and the plans for the area in the coming months are really exciting. It feels right that at last we have a permanent memorial to celebrate George’s life, loves and influence.”

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Paul McCartney sighting: An ‘awesome’ moment with a Beatle on Main Street in Metuchen

It’s not Abbey Road, but Main Street in Metuchen will do.

Music legend Paul McCartney was sighted in the Middlesex County borough around 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.

John Manzo, owner of Be My Guest Personal Chef & Catering, was driving down Main Street when he noticed someone taking pictures.

It was Paul.

Paul McCartney on Main Street in Metuchen on Sunday , Feb. 23.
John Mazo

“I’m on the phone with my buddy and I say to him, Paul McCartney’s right in front of me,” Manzo said. “I drove up next to him and rolled down the window.”

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Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi at Abbey Road Studios Next Week

The news is out! The Duke of Sussex has confirmed rock legend Bon Jovi will be joining members of The Invictus Games Choir at Abbey Road to record a special single in aid of the The Invictus Games Foundation.

Written by Jon Bon Jovi, ‘Unbroken’ shines a spotlight on veterans living with PTSD and honour their service. The single will be recorded in Studio Two on Friday 28 February, where Prince Harry will also be in attendance. Find out more: abbeyroad.com/news

Pictured: Jon Bon Jovi and family on the Abbey Road crossing in June last year. (photo by Richard Porter – your blogger :>)

Beatles fan needed for ‘once in a lifetime’ tour guide job

The National Trust is looking for a guide to work at the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

The “once in a lifetime opportunity” has become available due to a long-serving member of staff retiring.

The Beatles composed and rehearsed many of their early hits at the houses in Liverpool.

The charity said it wanted someone with “accurate historical knowledge” to bring the “early years of two of the Beatles’ story to life”.

Paul McCartney lived at 20 Forthlin in Allerton from the age of 13 to 22 and about 100 Beatles songs were composed there.

Lennon lived at Mendips, a 1930s semi-detached house in Woolton, with his Aunt Mimi from the age of five to 22.

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