Billy Ray Cyrus and Martina Mcbride are among the artists who will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles this weekend. The Fab Four performed at the fabled venue on 23 August, 1964, and now a group of famous fans are hoping to recreate the musical magic onstage by performing their renditions of Beatles tunes.
Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart, Michelle Branch and Mary Lambert will also be among the stars paying tribute to Paul McCartney and his bandmates at the three shows planned for Friday night (22Aug14), Saturday and Sunday (23-24Aug14), while veteran U.S. TV host Bob Eubanks, who produced the Beatles' original appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, will also appear onstage.
The all-star line-up will change every night, but the songs performed will all be from the Beatles' 1964 Hollywood Bowl setlist - beginning with their hit Twist and Shout and ending with a cover of Little Richard's Long Tall Sally.
The second half of each gig will feature songs the band would later release.
Celebrities including Molly Ringwald, Joe Jonas and Christina Perri headed to the Dodger Stadium on Sunday (10Aug14) to see Sir Paul McCartney's first Los Angeles performance in four years. The former Beatles star graced the stage at the sports ground for the first time since the Fab Four's gig at the venue in 1966.
His hotly-anticipated return was watched by a number of celebrities who shared pictures and videos of the set on social media.
Jonas uploaded a video of McCartney's firework finale display and filmed the crowd going wild while The Breakfast Club actress Ringwald made a commentary about the performance on Twitter.com.
She wrote, "Listening to Paul McCartney sing a love song to John Lennon. Totally got me," later adding, "Sir Paul knows his way around a great singalong. #PaulMcCartney #heyjude"
She also uploaded a picture of the rocker singing his fellow Beatle George Harrison's song Something, while playing Harrison's ukelele.
Perri uploaded a video of the legend singing Let It Be and wrote, "Only paul can make me sob and smile at the same time."
The concert was part of McCartney's Out There tour. He last played a gig in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.
An early photograph of The Beatles featuring former drummer Pete Best is to go under the hammer later this month (Aug14). The black and white picture shows the Fab Four performing at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, England in 1961, a year before drummer Best was replaced by Ringo Starr.
The photographs are part of a series of recently discovered snaps of the band at the beginning of their career which will be sold at the 2014 Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The Cavern Club picture is expected to fetch up to $2,550 (£1,500).
All 330 items will go under the hammer at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts on 23 August (14).
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The Beatles approached director Stanley Kubrick to make a film adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings novels back in their heyday, according to moviemaker Peter Jackson.
The Fab Four starred in five movies during their career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s, and when they were considering their third film, the musicians went to Kubrick to discuss adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's books into a movie version but the author had not yet sold the rights.
Tolkien eventually released the book for film adaptation and Jackson brought the franchise to cinemas from 2001.
The director tells Deadline.com, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord Of The Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I'd heard rumours that it was going to be their next film after Help. John Lennon was going to play Gollum. Paul was going to play Frodo. George Harrison was going to play Gandalf, and Ringo Starr was going to play Sam. And a lot of other people were going to play other roles."
"Paul was very gracious; he said, 'It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.' I said, 'It's the songs I feel badly about; you guys would have banged out a few good tunes for this. You were The Beatles, after all. It's a shame we missed out.'"
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The Beatles' influence has touched every inch of modern pop music, leaving an indelible mark on film and television... which is pretty good for four working-class mop tops from Liverpool. Director Ron Howard will be the next to immortalize the band onscreen, in a new documentary that will explore the group's early years, when they still toured their music across the globe. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison will contribute to the feature, which will trace the band's humble beginnings at the Caven Club in Liverpool, their tours through Germany, all the way through the group's final public performance in San Francisco's Candlestick park. But before we get around to seeing Howard's tribute to the Beatles, we're inclined to look back upon some of the best musical contributions they made to movies and TV.
Bowling for ColumbineThe last half of the John Lennon-penned "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," which may or may not be about heroin, serves as the perfect soundtrack for Michael Moore's anti-gun manifesto Bowling for Columbine. It's used in a terrifying sequence that shows just how gun crazy some Americans are, and as the song ramps up, the sequence escalates to a violent and unnerving conclusion that still has us wincing all these years later.
"Baby, You're a Rich Man" in The Social NetworkWhat better way to end a biopic about one of the richest men in the universe than this cut from Magical Mystery Tour. It's so fitting, it's almost like it was made expressly to cap off David Fincher's tale of billion dollar grudges.
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" in HelpWe couldn't, in good faith, compile a list of the best Beatles moments in film and television without including a sequence from the Fab Four's own filmography. We chose "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" the film Help for sheer oddness of the sequence. Plus, it's just a great song in general.
"In My Life" in Little ManhattanThe best thing about the Beatles is how timeless their music is. "In My Life," a song about losing and gaining friendships through the slippage of time, is the perfect piece of music to accompany the story about a preteen losing his first love in modern day New York.
"A Little Help From My Friends" on The Wonder YearsJohn Cocker's throaty rendition of "A Little Help from My Friends" graces the title sequence of The Wonder Years, and it may be the best cover song ever recorded. It's even better than the original Beatles tune, and it just makes The Wonder Years a better show. Nowadays, we can't even look at Fred Savage without hearing Cocker's raspy croon blasting through our heads at full volume.
"Come Together" in A Bronx TaleIn a scene from Robert De Niro's directoral debut, a pair of Italian mafiosos rough up a couple of unruly bikers that stop into their bar while "Come Together" spills out of a jukebox. Thanks to the '60s aesthetic, the song is a perfect addition to the scene.
"Hey Jude" in The Royal TenenbaumsFilmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese are often celebrated for their use of pop music in film, but Wes Anderson's musical touches in his work are just as poignant. His use of a beautifully orchestrated version of "Hey Jude" in 2001's The Royal Tenanbaums is a perfect example of this.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day OffWe're still not sure if Ferris Bueller is really a wizard, or if it was just the power of music, but the teen somehow brings the entirety of downtown Chicago to a grinding halt for the musical number to end all musical numbers.
The house where George Harrison grew up is to go on sale at auction. The Beatles guitarist lived at the terraced property in Liverpool, England with his parents between 1949 and 1965, and the Fab Four are said to have written hits including Love Me Do there.
The building is now up for auction via Homes Bought Fast, and managing director David Coughlin tells Britain's Liverpool Echo newspaper, "We are overwhelmed by the interest surrounding this property. When we heard it was a Beatle's former house we implemented a lot of research which confirmed it was George's house - and we still couldn't believe it.
"It's part not only of Liverpool's history, but of the world of music, and there's something very special about being in the same place as the Beatles' once were."
John Lennon's childhood home in the same city was sold at auction in 2013 for $816,000 (£480,000), well above the $255,000 (£150,000) guidance price.
Love letters written by Ringo Starr have sold at auction for $26,000 (£16,250). The Beatles legend wrote the notes to a girlfriend named Doreen Speight in the 1960s when he was in his early 20s after meeting her at a Butlin's holiday camp in the U.K. before he became part of the Fab Four.
In one of the notes, Starr shares some exciting news with Speight after he was invited to join the band, writing, "I got a call asking would I join the Beatles. I said yes. I am doing very well with the new group."
Speight says of the letters, which were sold at Bonhams auction house in London on Wednesday (25Jun14), "He was Richard Starkey (Starr's real name) then and we spent the whole week together, having beach parties. Ringo would hold my hand. He was a real gentleman."
Animal rights activists have marked Sir Paul McCartney's upcoming birthday on Wednesday (18Jun14) by hitting the streets of his English hometown wearing masks of his face. The Beatles legend will turn 72 this week (beg16Jun14) and to honour the longtime vegetarian, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) members handed out meat-free snacks on the streets of Liverpool on Tuesday (17Jun14).
The campaigners wore masks of McCartney's face and carried placards featuring the slogan, "Give peas a chance - try vegan", in reference to the song Give Peace a Chance by the rocker's late bandmate John Lennon.
They marched in front of the city's famous The Cavern Club, where the Fab Four played in their early years.
PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi says, "We're sure Paul will be delighted that we've chosen to honour his birthday by encouraging the public to give vegetarianism a try. Whether you're six or 64 or, in Paul's case, a very young 72, going vegetarian is a great way to help animals, your health and the environment."
McCartney will spend his birthday recovering from a virus which left him hospitalised last month (May14).
Sir Paul McCartney is teaming up with John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono to fight fracking. The former Beatles star and his Fab Four bandmate's wife have written an open letter to the British government demanding an immediate end to shale gas drilling projects in the U.K. Other stars who have also signed the note include model/actress Lily Cole, funnyman Russell Brand, and screen stars Helena Bonham Carter and Jude Law.
The letter, published by British newspaper The Times, reads, "The government's plans to introduce fracking will change the UK for ever... The government says that fracking is safe even though it is banned in several European countries and US states... This technology will not bring down fuel bills and it will not provide a jobs boom, but it has the potential to leave a damaging environmental legacy for future generations. "We urge the government to suspend fracking immediately while a genuinely independent, balanced and thorough public debate is held into the potential dangers this industry holds for the UK."
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has matched a U.S. pop chart record set by the Beatles after taking her hit Fancy to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The hip-hop star also lands a spot at number two as a guest on Ariana Grande's Problem, making her the first artist since the Fab Four in 1964 to land the top two places on the chart with her first two Hot 100 hits.
The Beatles managed the feat with I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You over 50 years ago, following their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Azalea also becomes only the 15th act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown in the same week, and just the third woman behind Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2002. She also becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100 - Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim and Ludacris' sidekick Shawnna previously landed at number one.
It's a great early birthday gift for Azalea, who turns 24 on 7 June (14). Her Fancy ends John Legend's reign at the top of the Hot 100 with All of Me. The ballad slips two spots to three on the new chart, while Pharrell Williams' Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Coldplay have stormed to the top of the U.S. album charts with the biggest first-week sales of 2014. Their new release, Ghost Stories, sold 383,000 copies to become the band's fourth Billboard 200 number one. It's also the first release to top 300,000 sales in a week this year. Country star Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuts at two with impressive first-week sales of 211,000, and Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape slides a spot to three. Former number ones the Frozen soundtrack and the Black Keys' Turn Blue round out the new top five.