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Beatle news briefs: McCartney band birthday; 'U.S. Albums' Canadian bargain

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Happy birthday! Paul McCartney's band celebrates its 12th birthday on Feb. 3. The members tweeted about it Sunday. Brian Ray wrote, “Our band turns 12 tomorrow. Love you brothers!” Wrote Rusty Anderson, “And I love us' .....here's to twelve more!”

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U.S. Albums Canadian bargain: “The Beatles U.S. Albums” is selling at Amazon.ca in Canada at the moment for $106.62 CDN. That's roughly $95.93 in U.S. funds.

Sean Lennon on Philip Seymour Hoffman: Sean Lennon reacted to the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman Sunday on Twitter. “Philip Seymour Hofman, R.I.P., really too sad. I remember first seeing him in 'Boogie Nights' thinking, 'this guy is on another level.'”

Paul McCartney on the East Coast: Paul McCartney was caught on camera by Buzzfeed eating pizza at the Super Bowl Sunday. He also attended the “Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution” event on February 1. (See pictures in the slideshow.)

Half-price tickets: NYCFab50 announced Feb. 2 that Ticketmaster is offering a two-for-one ticket offer" for the Feb. 6 (Thursday) "Twist & Shout: New York Celebrates The Beatles" charity concert at New York's Apollo Theater charity concert and the Feb. 8 (Saturday) “America Celebrates the Beatles” charity concert at Town Hall. Go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/ticketdeals. Use the code EAP0206 for the Apollo event or ETH0208 for the Town Hall show. There's no limit on the number of tickets available to purchase. Half-off tickets are also available for Friday's (Feb. 7) Hudson Theatre"Across The Universe Beatles Music Festival" charity concert. Use the link http://nycfab50.ticketleap.com/spindoctors/ and the code "half50" at check-out.

All you need is art: Twenty-one pieces of artwork by Beatles artist Shannon will be used to set the stage at the Apollo Theater and two other theaters in New York for the NYC FAB50 events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, she announced Saturday.

Tim Piper's tribute to the Beatles' 50th: John Lennon tribute performer Tim Piper has released a new song paying tribute to the Beatles' debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The song, “The Shot Heard Round the World,” received its world premiere over the weekend on “Chris Carter's 'Breakfast With the Beatles” and will be played Feb. 9 by Rodney Bingenheimer on his Beatles 50th anniversary show on KROQ-FM, both in the Los Angeles area, reports Beatlesnews.com. You can see the video for the song, which features Ringo Starr All-Starr drummer Gregg Bisonnette, on this page. The song is available on Amazon.com.

More Beatles 50 events: There are a few events we left off our the original version of this week's "Beatles Week Ahead". First, there's the Altoona Beatles Conference Feb. 6-9 with authors Mark Lewisohn, Walter Everett, Andy Babiuk and Jude Southerland Kessler. Then there's February '64 Feb. 7-9 in Louisville, KY, sponsored by Abbey Road on the River, a tribute to the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" headlined by BritBeat. And then there's next Sunday's Hollywood 50 tribute to the Beatles 50th at the Walk of Fame stars at the Capitol Tower.

And speaking of going deep: Somebody on "CBS Sunday Morning" is quite the Beatles fan. A graphic on Sunday's show, which featured a story on the Beatles, including the songs “Etcetera,” "Circles" and "Come and Get It." BBC songs were listed, too. (Thanks to Bob.)

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