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GEORGE’S ‘SGT.PEPPER’ VOX UL730 AMP GOES ON SALE

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Through reverb.com, Heritage Gear is selling one of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George used on the Beatles’ Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This was actually one of George Harrison’s UL730s and comes with two provenance documents confirming it was his, It was used in the studio on both Revolver and Sergeant Pepper- it has germanium transistor pre amp and four EL84 valve output stage giving beautiful 30 plus watts.
It was featured on TV around 2011 , has been exhibited in the Beatles Story, Liverpool and several other museums and has also had Bonehead from Oasis playing some Beatles and Oasis tunes through it. One of the photos above shows the amp when it was exhibited in The Beatles Story Liverpool. The amp is now available for $108.725,42. It comes with a choice of two matching speaker cabinets to go with the amp, one of which would be an extra £7000.


APPLE CORPS WINS LAWSUIT OVER SHEA STADIUM CONCERT RIGHTS

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(This version of the story corrects the year of Bernstein’s death to 2013 in the next-to-last paragraph)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple Corps, the company founded by members of The Beatles, on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking the rights to the master tapes of the band’s celebrated 1965 concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Sid Bernstein Presents LLC, named for the concert’s promoter, failed to show it deserved sole control over the Aug. 15, 1965, footage and deserved damages reflecting its many subsequent uses.

Daniels said the company, which said it had been assigned Bernstein’s rights, could not claim to be the “author” of a copyrightable work even if Bernstein were the driving force behind the sold-out concert because he did not film it.

“The relevant legal question is not the extent to which Bernstein contributed to or financed the 1965 concert; rather, it is the extent to which he ‘provided the impetus for’ and invested in a copyrightable work – e.g., the concert film,” Daniels wrote. “The complaint and relevant contracts clearly refute any such claim by Bernstein.”

Donald Curry, a lawyer for Sid Bernstein Presents, said in an interview his client would review the decision, and that “based on a preliminary review, I believe there are grounds to appeal.”

Lawyers for Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple is based in London and has been controlled by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, and the estate of George Harrison.

Sid Bernstein Presents had filed its lawsuit last September, claiming that Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein had taken custody of the master tapes without permission.

It said footage was later used in many documentaries such as “The Beatles at Shea Stadium” in 1966, “The Beatles Anthology” in 1995, “The Last Play at Shea” in 2010 about Billy Joel’s final concerts there, and the Ron Howard-directed “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” in 2016.

Sid Bernstein was a promoter and producer for many other recording artists including Tony Bennett, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Herman’s Hermits and The Rolling Stones. He died in 2013 at the age of 95.

The case is Sid Bernstein Presents LLC v Apple Corps Ltd et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-07084.


THE BEATLES WILL BE IMMORTALISED IN A SERIES OF LIFE-SIZED TREE TRUNK STATUES

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FIRE, EVACUATION AT MIAMI BEACH HOTEL THAT HOSTED THE BEATLES IN 1964

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Fire, evacuation at Miami Beach hotel that hosted Beatles
An electrical fire at a Miami Beach hotel that hosted the Beatles in 1964 sent guests scrambling to find another place to stay. Police and fire crews responded to the oceanfront Deauville Beach Resort early Tuesday. News outlets report that malfunctioning wiring in a temporary unit being used to supplement the building’s air conditioner caught fire.Miami Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Jorge Linares says the fire activated a sprinkler in the electrical room. He said no smoke or fire got into any rooms, but about 150 guests were told to leave the hotel. On Tuesday morning, they were being escorted into the building to get their belongings.It was unclear how extensive the repairs would be or when the hotel would reopen.