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Beatles news: McCartney tug of war; ex-Apple artist's project helps the troops

Reports say public pressure made the Paul McCartney Candlestick Park show happen.
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According to a report April 27 in the San Francisco Chronicle, the announcement of Paul McCartney's concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in August came after the San Francisco 49ers backed off trying to get the show for themselves. According to columnists Phil Matier and Andrew Ross, the public's negative reaction to reports that the Niners were making a pitch for it made the team reconsider.

Not only that, but the Chronicle said the McCartney camp wasn't pleased either. The team had already been in touch with the mayor's office on the issue, but the reaction forced the team to pull back.

McCartney announced the show at Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team and the San Francisco 49ers football team, on April 24. The following day he announced he would also play Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the current home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and another baseball venue the Beatles played in.

For his part, Beatles fan Harold Montgomery, who had organized a campaign to get McCartney to play the 'Stick, told Beatles Examiner he was thrilled at the outcome and that San Francisco was “so excited” that the concert will happen.

Helping out: Former Apple Records artist Lon Van Eaton has announced a new fund-raising record label, Stone Soup Records, and its first release, “American Made.” Lon and his brother Derrek released an album on the Beatles' Apple Record label, “Brother,” that was produced by George Harrison and reissued in 2012 on CD.

“Being signed to the Beatles’ Apple label was unbelievable. When I first met George it was the day before 'The Concert for Bangladesh,'" he said. "He joked about nicking one of my melodies. I was inspired to follow in his footsteps and founded Imagine a Better World Productions in 1985.”

The CD sells for $19.99, with $10 going directly to groups that do the important work in support of our troops. “I am very fortunate to have been around the Beatles and with Stone Soup we all contribute what we can for the benefit of everyone involved. It’s an on-going way of giving back,” he said.

Van Eaton says he's also looking for additional songs and investors for the project. He can be reached at

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