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  • Ex-Beatle Pete Best to make acting debut in mystery about John Lennon's missing banjo

    Ex-Beatle Pete Best to make acting debut in mystery about John Lennon's missing banjo

    Pete Best, the Beatles' drummer before Ringo Starr, will make his acting debut this spring in three performances of a new stage play that involves a historic part of the early pre-Beatles life of John Lennon. The play, titled "Lennon's Banjo," is adapted from the novel "Julia's Banjo" by Rob Fennah...
  • Ex-Liverpool art college students going back to school in celebration of John Lennon

    Ex-Liverpool art college students going back to school in celebration of John Lennon

    Mersey Beat founder and editor Bill Harry, Rod Murray and Helen Anderson, all former students at Liverpool College of Art when John Lennon enrolled in 1957, will be returning to the former college on Oct. 9 on what would have been Lennon's 77th's birthday, Harry told AXS on Sept. 19. John Moore’s...
  • John Lennon and the Quarrymen perform at the Woolton Garden Fete on July 6, 1957, the day Lennon and Paul McCartney first met. 

    Early Beatles historic event to be recreated on its 60th anniversary

    Sixty years to the day after the first meeting of future Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney at a local church fete in Liverpool, members of the Quarrymen who were present and performed on that day will appear at a special recreation of the event at St. Peter's Church. This is the original...
  • Beatles landmark Strawberry Field to be revitalized

    Beatles landmark Strawberry Field to be revitalized

    The Salvation Army in Liverpool has announced a major redevelopment plan for Strawberry Field, the organization's former children's home that inspired The Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The announcement was made on Feb. 17 on the 50th anniversary of the release of the song in the UK. The...
  • Allan Williams and Charles Rosenay. 

    A friend remembers the Beatles' first manager Allan Williams

    The passing of Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager on Dec. 30, brought back fond memories of the man to Charles Rosenay of Liverpool Productions. Williams was both a guest at his Beatles conventions and also met with Beatles fans in Liverpool when Rosenay brought groups to the city. “I loved...
  • Early Beatles concert promoter Sam Leach passes away

    Early Beatles concert promoter Sam Leach passes away

    Sam Leach, who put The Beatles on stage many times in their pre-fame days as a concert promoter, died Dec. 21 after a lengthy illness. His daughter, Samantha, announced the news Wednesday on Facebook. “Our dad passed away this morning peacefully in the arms of my sister and brother. Although we knew...
  • Steven Gerrard says goodbye to the LA Galaxy

    Steven Gerrard says goodbye to the LA Galaxy

    English soccer star Steven Gerrard said goodbye to LA Galaxy fans with an open letter. Gerrard joined the Angeleno team in July of 2015 and has helped the team reach the MLS Western Conference Playoffs that year and the MLS Western Finals in 2016.   In the 18 months that Gerrard played with the...
  • John Lennon tribute show strikes a special chord in Liverpool

    John Lennon tribute show strikes a special chord in Liverpool

    Donna Jackson, our Beatles Examiner London correspondent, saw the John Lennon tribute “Lennon -- Through a Glass Onion,” on its second night at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool. She said the gorgeous venue was the perfect place. “There really is no better setting in Liverpool for a Beatles-related...
  • Revered Beatles landmark in Liverpool vandalized again

    Revered Beatles landmark in Liverpool vandalized again

    Liverpool Beatles tour guide Jackie Spencer reports that a vandal has damaged the wall at the entrance to the city's Strawberry Field orphanage that served as an inspiration for the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” She told Beatles Examiner the vandal stole a brick from the wall, leaving a...
  • A stage show tribute to John Lennon opens in Liverpool this month.

    John Lennon tribute that has played around the world coming to his hometown

    A production about Beatle John Lennon that has already played in New York, Scotland and Australia will open in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool this month, it was announced Friday. “Lennon: Through A Glass Onion” will run at the city's Epstein Theatre, named for Beatles manager Brian Epstein, from...
  • Paul McCartney performing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

    Paul McCartney brings Beatles songs to set list for homecoming

    Paul McCartney did his usual set list shuffle on his Out There! Tour and substituted three Beatles songs for three others at his May 28 show at the Echo Arena in his hometown of Liverpool, according to an official set list released May 29 by Paul McCartney's press office. He brought back “Got to Get...
  • Five questions with Helena Johnson

    Five questions with Helena Johnson

    With advance copies of her new single beginning to make the playlists of radio stations in Europe, the United States and other spots on the globe, Helena Johnson is spending the week fielding questions from entertainment reporters. She’s also preparing for more concert dates in England, and dreaming...
  • Man U extends win streak to six with huge win over Liverpool at Old Trafford

    Man U extends win streak to six with huge win over Liverpool at Old Trafford

    Manchester United entered Sunday's match against Liverpool as one of the hottest teams in all of English football; having won their last five matches in league play. They continued that streak against the Reds with a fantastic display of goalkeeping by United keeper David De Gea (nine saves) and a...
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