Beatles News Roundup

  • The Beatles' old Apple Headquarters at 3 Saville Row in London is the latest rock landmark to receive a special "blue plaque" by the Performance Rights Society For Music. In addition to the building being the home to the legendary Apple Studios where the Beatles recorded and filmed their 1970 Let It Be album and movie, the group played its final live performance on the building's rooftop on January 30th, 1969. The building, which is now an Abercrombie Kids retail shop, has added some "Fab Four" memorabilia in the first floor of the building.
    • The actual wording on the "blue plaque" reads: "The Beatles played their last live performance on the roof of this building. 30th January 1969." (The Daily Beatle)

  • A 1973 telegram from George Harrison lambasting then-President Nixon has been unearthed. Author Chip Madinger, co-author of the groundbreaking day-by-day chronicle Lennonology: Strange Days Indeed, revealed the telegram came after Harrison -- traveling to the U.S. from Pakistan to attend Apple business meetings and contribute to the Ringo album recording sessions -- was detailed at the airport and eventually permitted to enter until June 1st -- despite being originally approved to stay in the States through June 30th.
  • Harrison's message is addressed to "President Richard Nixon, White House DC" -- and by the amount of typos seems to have been dictated -- reads in full: "Sir, how can you bomb Cambonian (sic) citizens and worry about kicking me out of the country for smoking marijuana at the time. Your repressive emperaour (sic) war monger ways stop before too piece (cq) luv (cq). We will run the world Harry Krisher, Hare Hara Krishne Hare Hara Hare Hara Krishner. George Harrison." (Billboard)

  • Out now digitally is Paul McCartney's live concert/animation film, The Bruce McMouse Show. The movie had long been on die-hard fans wish lists over the years, and features classic footage of Wings' first live lineup, performing key tracks during its legendary summer 1972 "Wings Over Europe" tour. The film, which had a brief theatrical run earlier this year, is available to rent via iTunes for $3.99 or to buy for $12.99.
  • Interspersed are comedic clips featuring a family of cartoon-animated mice that live under the concert stage, which were based on McCartney's original drawings. Only a few clips from the film have slipped out over the years before the entire movie -- now digitally remastered -- was officially released last year as part of McCartney's Red Rose Speedway box set.
    • Songs included in the movie are: "Big Barn Bed," "Eat At Home," "Bip Bop," "Blue Moon Over Kentucky," "I Am Your Singer," "Wild Life," "My Love," "The Mess," "Mary Had A Little Lamb," "Seaside Woman," "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "Hi, Hi, Hi."

  • It was 45 years ago today (April 8th, 1974) that Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" was released as a single. The song would go on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for one week beginning June 8th, and was the third single released from the Band On The Run album, which was released on December 5th, 1973.
  • "Band On The Run" went on to win the 1975 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. It has been included in every one of McCartney's tour setlists since 1975.

  • A new "Sgt. Pepper's" seasonal pizza is being introduced today (April 8th) at all Dewey's Pizza locations situated in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky. According to the press release, "It was a concept album that created the idea of flowing one song track into the next. As a tribute to this ground-breaking idea and the iconic album artwork, Dewey’s Pizza was inspired to create a medley of red bell, Anaheim, fresh jalapeno and banana peppers, chopped pepperoni and crushed red pepper to provide a seamless experience of all things pepper with every bite. The 'Sgt. Pepper's' pizza is then topped off with Mike’s Hot Honey, a chili pepper-infused honey, which provides the pizza with the perfect amount of sweet to balance the peppers’ heat." (Dayton.com)