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Zebra crossing on Abbey Road, today.Abbey Road Crossing being restored now.

Iconic zebra crossing on Abbey Road that was made famous by the Beatles’ album cover is being resurfaced
It means tourists hoping to photograph themselves walking in the steps of their heroes could be disappointed.

Abbey Road is a shrine to fans who flock from all over the world.Fans flock to the crossing from all over the world to recreate the Beatles’ album cover.

City of Westminster Council are currently resurfacing the road — including the famous pedestrian crossing that features on the legendary group’s 1969 album.

It means tourists hoping to take pictures of the themselves walking over the crossing will have to contend with diggers and trucks spoiling the scene.

The crossing – just outside the renowned Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles recorded much of their output – was given Grade II listing in 2010 by heritage minister John Penrose. It was the first such listing of its kind – such status is normally afforded only to buildings – and follows advice from English Heritage .



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Ringo and his All Starr Band at Helsinki Ice Hall Finland.


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The Beatles are no longer walking along Main Street, but they will soon return.

The mural painted by artist Gregg Payne, which depicted Fab Four as they were on the “Abbey Road” album cover photograph by Iain Mcmillan, has finally come down after adorning a wall on the 100 block of Main Street for more than 20 years. Workers painted over the mural early last month as part of renovations for an incoming restaurant, but that job went mostly unnoticed as the area was covered by fences at the time.

Metal artwork is seen of the famous Beatles album cover Abbey Road beside the building that an Abbey Road mural has been painted over along Main Street in Chico, Calif.

The decision to remove the mural was a difficult one, building owner David Halimi said, adding that it was part of a compromise with his new tenant and the artwork will be repainted nearby. The new tenant, Will Brady, owner of B-Street Public House and The Banshee, is opening a restaurant in that space.

The new tenant didn’t feel that it went with the theme of his business, Halimi said, and with the building undergoing work to restore it to its original look and add lofts and studios, the art no longer matched the direction in which the building is going.

“I am definitely a big fan and supporter of arts and music in Chico,” Halimi said. “I think it’s what makes our small town different than other places because the presence of so much culture, so it definitely was a hard decision.”

Halimi had long advocated for the mural, even including in a lease with former occupant Lyon’s Books that it not be painted over, but in this case decided to compromise and allow it to be removed and repainted, he said.

The Beatles mural by Gregg Payne from the photo by Iain Macmillan on their album “Abbey Road” has adorned the concrete wall at 135 Main Street in Chico, California, for more than 20 years. The mural remains intact Wednesday, June 8, 2016, but a new business at the location could mean the mural will be repainted on another part of the building.

The Beatles will head to Second and Main streets just outside Pluto’s on the wall of another building owned by Halimi. The plan is to have Payne, who now lives in Arizona, or another local artist repaint the mural in the next six to nine months.

Halimi and the new tenant will share the costs associated with repainting the mural, he said.




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As a touring band, the Beatles visited Chicago three times in the 1960s to play at two South Side venues that no longer exist: the International Amphitheatre (1964 and 1966) and Comiskey Park (1965).

But in a way, the Fab Four have been in the Chicago area for decades. That’s because John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s personal handiwork are residing at Northwestern University’s music library in Evanston.The library refers to the collection as the Beatles Manuscripts – they comprise handwritten lyric sheets for seven songs the Beatles released in 1965 and 1966. Specifically, the library holds the original lyric sheets for six songs from the 1966 album “Revolver”: “Eleanor Rigby,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Good Day Sunshine,” “And Your Bird Can Sing” and “For No One” as well as the lyrics for “The Word” from 1965’s “Rubber Soul.”

Northwestern is one of only two libraries in the world to hold handwritten Beatles lyrics – the other is the British Library, the United Kingdom’s official library.
“There are a lot of lyric sheets like this out there, but they’re held in private hands,” said Greg MacAyeal, the music library’s curator.

Northwestern was gifted the manuscripts in 1973 by American composer John Cage, who obtained them from Yoko Ono in the mid-1960s for a project amassing hundreds of manuscripts of 20th century composers.
The lyric sheets include factoids some Beatles fans may not already know. For example, McCartney originally titled his “For No One” composition as “Why Did It Die?” when he scrawled its lyrics onto a manila folder; and the Lennon-penned tune “And Your Bird Can Sing” was first known by a different name: “You Don’t Get Me.”

Beatles historian and author Robert Rodriguez said the manuscripts illustrate how the Beatles songs evolved while the band itself was transforming from a touring act of pop stars to sophisticated songwriters in the studio.
“They have a lot of significance in that they do offer a little bit of insight into the creative process that they were working with at that time. The period of late 1965 through 1966, that’s when you really see the Beatles start thinking of themselves beyond being this touring band going out and playing hits on the road. Come ‘Revolver’ in April of ’66, which is where most of these songs are from, they basically are throwing away the rulebook on everything they know about how to make records” added.
The Beatles Manuscripts rarely leave the secured, locked and guarded location they’re kept in, but Northwestern’s music library does have a permanent exhibit of high-quality facsimiles for the public to view.

MacAyeal estimated the Beatles Manuscripts are altogether worth between $7 million and $15 million based on previous auction sales.



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John Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen showed they still know how to put on a show at Romstock 2018. The four-piece– were the highlight of the music festival staged on playing fields off St Kenelms Road in Romsley, near Halesowen.

Originally formed back in 1956 with John Lennon, The Quarrymen features Rod Davis,Colin Hanton, Len Garry and Charles Newby. And the skiffle band Music lovers flocked to the ‘In Spite of all the Danger’ and ‘That’ll be the Day’
John Lennon’s former band The Quarrymen stole the show at Romstock 2018 at the weekend.

In its seventh year since it began in 2012, Romstock 2018 pulled in over 2000 people to raise money for youth projects in the parish.
Band Co-ordinator Mark Moran was delighted with how everything played out.

“It was a staggering success,” he said. “The cost to put together these events is so huge and we had to raise the prices to £15 this year and I was a bit worried about that, but in the end it was so worth it.”We sold 1000 tickets before the event and reached in excess of 2000 for people on the door, it’s phenomenal. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was a joyous event. Aside from the birth of my kids it was probably the best day of my life.”It was a lovely, family-friendly day. So many bands want to come and play for us now, it really was like a field of dreams out there. A great community spirit.” “They’re legends,” Mr Moran added.
“They were so nervous to start with but they came on and stormed it, it was wonderful. They’re fit as a fiddle for their age and they were such lovely guys.
“What shocked me was that there were a lot of young people that came to see them. Music itself was changed because of these guys and they were the catalyst for the Beatles beginning. It was special, words can’t describe how good it was. It was like a magical history tour of music taking part in our little village, I’m still on cloud nine.”

John founded the Quarrymen in 1956 at Liverpool’s Quarry Bank school before Paul McCartney and George Harrison joined the existing line-up.

The event, that takes place at Romsley Playing Fields on St Kenelms Road near Halesowen, broke its own records for attendance and money raised to help it’s youth.
“The organisation from the parish is fantastic, everything worked so well. The security guards were bored in the end as everything went so smoothly. It couldn’t have gone any better,” Mr Moran said.
“We’re trying to add to it each year with little bits hear and there. I have a plan and it’s a bit ambitious, but I think people would book their tickets for next year now if they could. We’re aiming to top this year and we’ll do it.
“I also want to thank David Powell, the Chairman, he’s taken this from a small plastic tent with 200 people and upped it a gear but still as a small village affair as we want it to be.