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Beatle news briefs: Melbourne's Fab anniversary; McCartney tells Beatle secret

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On March 1, the Australian newspaper The Age published a special tribute to the Beatles' tour of Melbourne, Australia 50 years ago. Vikki Curtis, whose father was Lord Mayor of the city, remembers that, “There were people everywhere, people hanging out windows. People as far as you could see."

John Williams, then promotions manager at the Southern Cross Hotel, the center of activity, remembers, "We set up a field hospital in one of the restaurants. We used to slide these girls in through the front door on stretchers and right down to the Mayfair Room." He says, "A lot of them were pretending to faint just to get inside.”

The tribute features over a dozen pictures and a short video. It's a nice package.

Naughty boys: During his acceptance speech Feb. 28 for the NME (New Musical Express) Austin Texas Songwriter's Songwriter award created just for him, Paul McCartney revealed the Beatles used to plant false stories in the NME. “One of the things we used to try and do was to plant a false story in the NME. And we actually got with George was Billy Fury's cousin, which he wasn't. Living on the edge, man.” That they were.

Nonsense list” fails: An alphabetical list written up by John Lennon in 1969 of unconnected words failed to sell at auction Feb. 28, report the UK Mirror. . The auction house had estimated it would sell for at least £6,000 ($9,969.00 USD).

Beatles songs for autisim: Music by the Beatles will be featured at a special concert Saturday night at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles, reports Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times. The show, with proceeds going to the Autism Think Tank and the Children's Music Fun, will feature the Bangles, Denny Laine, Matthew Sweet, Louise Goffin, Beach Boys founding member David Marks and more to perform music from “Revolver” and “Abbey Road.” Tickets are available here.

Ringo promotes friend's album: Ringo Starr's latest video posted Friday on YouTube isn't one of his usual video updates, though he mentions he's in the middle of making his new CD, but mainly a recommendation for “Stratosphere,” the new album by Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. Sorum was formerly drummer with Guns N' Roses. Ringo closes by saying, “I hope the CD goes really well for you.”

Beatles Tribute Festival coming to Canada: The first Beatles Tribute Festival will take place July 4 – 5, 2014 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Canada, organizers told Beatles Examiner. Former Apple CEO Tony Bramwell has been the first announced guest so far, but a full announcement is forthcoming. The event will feature live outdoor musical performances, workshops and films, among other things. The event's website is here.


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