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Beatle news briefs: McCartney U.S. tour brewing?; Fabs win exit poll

The cover of "Without the Beatles."
Jasmine Music

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were seen walking casually April 4 in Beverly Hills, in photos released Friday. The pair stopped in at Pinkberry's, a frozen yogurt shop. What's he doing in Beverly Hills? It could very well be tour rehearsals. And those holding on to hope that Paul might have some Out There! dates in the U.S. may get their wish this week, if indications we're hearing are correct. Shows, possibly in New York, New Orleans and Pittsburgh, could be announced on April 9. Our inquiry to Paul's representatives about this got the response, “Wait and see,” which might well mean something is brewing. (Be sure to check out our exclusive Paul McCartney Out There! Tour news roundup with all the latest info about his comings-and-goings.)

Manager of the year: Paul McCartney's manager, Scott Rodger, was honored with the Manager of the Year award at the Artist and Manager honors late last week, MusicWeek reported April 4. Music Managers Forum (MMF) CEO Jon Webster, in announcing the award, told Complete Music Update, “Scott Rodger had a stellar year working with legend Sir Paul McCartney on his projects, masterminding the Arcade Fire campaign, which produced a number one album in 40 countries, and overseeing a diverse range of managers and artists under the Quest Management brand. We are delighted to honor him in this way.” Rodger and Quest Management also worked with Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye through a campaign that ended in February.

Bye bye Beatles: Airport World reported last week the Beatles' flight out of Heathrow Airport for their first U.S. tour was the UK's greatest departure, according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted by the airport. It got 49 percent of the vote. Sir Bob Geldof's flight to Ethiopia in 1985, which resulted in Live Aid, came in second.

Without the Beatles: There have been several CD collections of the original tracks covered by the Beatles, but a new one, “Without the Beatles,” has probably the best cover of all that borrows from the original “With the Beatles” but using Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Carl Perkins in place of the Beatles. The 50-track double-disc set from Jasmine Music also includes, besides the above four artists, earlier (than the Beatles) versions of “Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Trees)” by Edie Fontaine, “Besame Mucho” by the Coasters, “Soldier of Love” by Arthur Alexander and “I Just Don't Understand” by Ann-Margret.

Reloved and resampled: Beatles songs with some modern updates are featured in “Reloved,” a two-CD set now available at and from Sony Music. The set features Beatles vocals and backing tracks with a few additions, as you can hear on “Love Me Do” and "From Me To You." Wonder if they'll be hearing from the Fabs?

Wise words from Yoko: In her latest answers on April 4 of the weekly Friday Q&A she posts on her Imagine Peace website, Yoko Ono was asked, “How can we 'Give Peace a Chance' this wonderful spring 2014?” Yoko's answer: “You are giving already by asking it yourself. We are.”


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