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Beatles news: Ringo at McCartney L.A. show?; reality star buys Beatle contract

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the January taping of "The Night That Changed America."
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the January taping of "The Night That Changed America."
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A Paul McCartney representative wouldn't confirm or deny to Beatles Examiner May 13 the rumors that Ringo Starr could show up at Dodger Stadium when Paul McCartney plays there Aug. 10. In a reply to an inquiry about the rumors, the McCartney press representative said only, “We will just have to wait and see.”

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
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The buzz all started from a recent interview on Los Angeles radio station KROQ when McCartney was asked if some of his L.A. buddies could show up for the show. “There’s always a possibility, you know. It depends who’s in town, who fancies showing up,” he said. “But you’re right, that’s one of the great things about L.A. is that nowadays I have millions of people I know out there, not least of all Ringo. So, who knows, we might find a couple of them creeping up on stage unbeknownst to me.” Tickets for the L.A. and other U.S. shows are available here and here.

McCartney also dispelled the long-held story that he and John Lennon showed up at “Saturday Night Live.” “I was in New York and I'd went over to see John. And we're just sitting around and having a laugh and just talking about this and that. And 'Saturday Night Live' came on. And he said, 'Oh, have you been watching this? I said, 'No, no, I'm living in England and I haven't been watching it. Why? What's going on?'

“He said, 'Oh, they've got this amazing thing going on where Lorne Michaels, the producer, came on last week and said, 'I'm entitled to offered you, the Beatles, so much money. I forget what it was. It was the standard rate. So John said, 'You know what would be great? We could go down there now. … and we just show up.'

“For about five minutes, we went, 'We've got to do it.' And then it was like, 'Are you kidding? No, let's just stay in and watch the show. Stay comfortable. If we go down there, it'll be crazy.” It's a great story, but it was a Saturday night off.”

Beatles memorabilia: Yossi Dina, star of The ReelZ Channel's reality show "Beverly Hills Pawn" and owner of The Dina Collection in Beverly Hills, announced May 14 he's the new owner of a 1962 contract between the Beatles and Brian Epstein. The signed, revised management agreement between The Beatles and Epstein is dated Oct. 1, 1962, days before the release of their debut single, "Love Me Do" in the UK. The group signed the contract with their full names: John Winston Lennon, George Harrison, James Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey. Also signing were George and Paul's fathers, Harold Hargreaves Harrison and James McCartney, because their sons were under 21 at the time.

Connecticut Beatles festival expands: The Beatles-themed festival Danbury Fields Forever announced it has expanded to two days this year in celebration of the Beatles' 50th anniversary. The event will take place July 26-27 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT. The event will feature 10 bands each day playing Beatles and solo music. Acts will include The Hofners, The Oh Nos, The Mystery Tour, Fools On The Hill, Rotary and Beatlemania Again. There will also be live tributes to George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney John Lennon and Elton John. One-day admissions start at $19.64. There are also VIP tickets, discounted two-day passes and hotel packages. Advance tickets and more information is available at the event website.

Cavern Club Beatles' new show: The Cavern Club Beatles are doing a couple of new shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Liverpool correspondent Donna Jackson tells us. Their range of shows includes a theatre-style show of the big hits on Saturdays, and then different shows on Friday nights including a Lennon-McCartney special called Two of Us."John" and "Paul" in the CCB appeared on Broadway last year, and the group was the band chosen to re-enact the 50th anniversary in New York in February.