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John Lennon’s psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V is heading back to Britain to celebrate the marque and the 50th anniversary of Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
It is one of seven historic Rolls-Royce Phantoms belonging to influential figures – including dance legend Fred Astair, speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell and war hero Field Marshal ‘Monty’ Montgomery – being brought together to celebrate the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom.
The launch will occur in London’s Mayfair on Thursday next week and the brightly painted John Lennon is on loan from current owner the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada.
It will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.
Members of the public will be able to see it there from 29 July to the 2 August.
Lennon took delivery of his car on on 3 June 1965 – the same day that astronaut Edward H White left the capsule of his Gemini 4 to become the first American to walk in space.
Originally the Rolls-Royce Phantom V was in Valentine Black. But Lennon had it customised in true rock-star style.
The rear seat was converted to a double bed, and a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer).
Then, in April 1967, just as the recording of the ground-breaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was finishing, Lennon asked Surrey-based coachbuilders JP Fallon to give the Phantom a new paint job which was carried out by local artist Steve Weaver, who charged them £290 (close to £5,000 now).
Rolls-Royce said: ‘The freshly-painted Phantom was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper’s on 1 June and it seemed part of the overall concept of the album.
‘The new colour scheme is often described as “psychedelic” and certainly the colours, particularly the dominant yellow, reflected the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
The company added: ‘But look carefully and you will see it is no random swirl, but a floral Romany scroll design, as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof.’
There are conflicting reports of how the inspiration for the Phantom’s new appearance came about. Lennon’s first wife Cynthia, claimed in her autobiography: ‘The idea came to [John] when he bought an old gypsy caravan for the garden.’
Other accounts say it was Marijke Koger of Dutch art collective The Fool (which designed clothes and painted instruments for the Beatles) who suggested the scheme after spotting the caravan at Lennon’s home, in Weybridge.
By contrast, John’s chauffeur Les Anthony thought it was Ringo who first mooted it, after driving past a fairground.
But not everyone liked it. One outraged female passer-by attacked Lennon with an umbrella while screaming: ‘You swine! You swine! How can you do that to a Rolls-Royce?’
The Phantom V was used regularly until 1969 by Lennon, who also owned a slightly less conspicuous all-white Phantom V.
John would later say that he always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire, and the Phantom would become an important step towards that dream.
So having used it, pre-paint change, to collect his MBE with his bandmates in 1965, he then used it again in 1969 to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the Vietnam War.
The car was shipped to the USA in 1970, when Lennon moved there with Yoko Ono, and was loaned out to ferry other rock stars around such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues.
In 1977, after a period in storage, it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Rolls-Royce noted: ‘But now, exactly 50 years since the launch of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the colourful Phantom is coming home.
‘Back in its day, the car would have spent plenty of time in Mayfair, when Lennon was visiting the Apple Corp’s HQ in Wigmore Street and, later, Savile Row.
‘So it is fitting the “psychedelic” Rolls-Royce will be back in its old W1 haunts when it joins the Great Eight Phantoms Exhibition at Bonhams this summer, as the brightest in the pack. You might even want to wear shades.’
‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition takes place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, from 29 July to the 2 August.


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Paul at Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth – Jul 13, 2017


  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Save Us
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Letting Go
  • Temporary Secretary
  • Let Me Roll It
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • We Can Work It Out
  • In Spite of All the Danger
  • You Won’t See Me
  • Love Me Do
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Queenie Eye
  • New
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • Lady Madonna
  • FourFiveSeconds
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
  • Something
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Band on the Run
  • Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • Encore:
  • Yesterday
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  • Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Birthday
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry That Weight
  • The End






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Fans can enjoy a free, behind-the-scenes look at one of most popular shows.
The “Magical Technical Tour” of the set of “The Beatles Love” takes place 1 p.m. Saturday afternoons at the Mirage. The show highlights the Beatles’ music and poetry, with a remixed soundtrack by Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
Visitors should arrive a few minutes before the tour’s start time to make sure you don’t miss it. The half-hour event offers a sneak peek at different aspects of the wizardry behind the musical production.
Guests learn about the Love Theater technology that supports cast members as they fly through the air and perform eye-popping acrobatic stunts. Guides also share information about the show’s one-of-a-kind set pieces that help bring the Beatles’ music to life.
Visitors also see a demonstration of what it takes to pull together “Get Back,” the show’s opening number. It’s performed without cast members to highlight the production’s nonhuman sensations.
There’s no need for advance reservations to take the tour. Also, attendees receive a special ticket offer for “Love,” which plays 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Mondays.
The free tour launched July 1, the day following the show’s 11th anniversary. “Love” was first staged at the Mirage on June 30, 2006. Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were advisors during the show’s formative stages. The soundtrack has won three Grammy awards.


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More than 17,000 folks of all ages who crammed into every available seat in the downtown Tampa arena on Monday night to sing along and be taken down that magical mystery tour of Paul’s life in music. And when Paul sings, people listen. And they remember. And they feel. And they react.
A three-hour journey that touched on the earliest days of his long career right up through his latest work might not have been what many in attendance were expecting out of the 75-year old performer, Macca smashed those expectations and steamrolled on with the finesse and the drive of a real seasoned pro, which is exactly what he is.
Without the aid of an opening act, Sir Paul and his four-piece band walked onto the massive, darkened stage to thunderous applause and wasted no time jumping head first into the night’s barrage of hits. Spry, slender and fit, Paul donned a dark blue blazer, white button up shirt and jeans and looked comfortable and ready and prepared for the long night ahead. The familiar opening chord of Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night” struck and, again, the rafters shook as every single person in the place stood and cheered loudly.
Two giant screens on either side of the stage and projected larger than life images of McCartney while colorful, geometric shapes danced on the screens at the rear of the stage. If ever there was a moment that perfectly conjured a celebratory mood, it was this opening number.
Seated nearby was ex-Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker and his family who were all feverishly snapping photos of Paul on their phones and singing along to the lyrics.
Trotting around the stage, shooting peace signs and thumbs up to fans in all levels and in all sections, he somehow gives off the vibe that he’s damn glad to be there.
With every intention of pleasing everyone in the house, McCartney somehow touched on every era of his career. He turned in a sizable amount of Beatles tunes, represented his 70s output with Wings and played plenty of latter material too.
After a rousing version of 1974’s “Junior’s Farm,” Paul called for the house lights to be brought up. “This is so cool. I’m just going to take a second to drink it in,” he said as he scoped out the arena and eyed the whole crowd.
Nearly as entertaining as the music were the short, comical and sometimes poignant anecdotes Paul threw in between songs and as intros to some, including recalling a quirky mishap that occured last time he played in Tampa in 2005 when he fell into an onstage piano pit. Or the fond recollection of the late Jimi Hendrix’s live performance of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967 he witnessed a few days after the album’s release. In turn, he closed out an absolutely stellar version of the deep Wings album cut, the slow-burning, guitar-heavy “Let Me Roll It” with some passages from Jimi’s “Foxey Lady.
Switching from his famous Höfner bass, to a cranked up colorful Gibson Les Paul guitar, to a grand piano, an upright piano to acoustic guitar, there wasn’t much Paul didn’t play during the marathon show. He even whipped out a ukulele and delivered a loving, heartfelt tribute to George and revealed what an accomplished uke player he was. “He even gave me this one” Paul said as he held up the tiny stringed instrument. And, with that, he paid George the ultimate honor by performing “Something”. One of the night’s many lump-in-the-throat moments came during the tune as vintage photos of Paul and George washed on the screens behind him in what turned into a spirited sing-along.
Paul threw in the romantic “My Valentine” from his 2012 album Kisses On The Bottom.
In an absolute wow moment, he introduced “Temporary Secretary” from his 1980 McCartney II album, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a song that Paul introduced with a charming story about taking a cab ride with songwriting partner and bandmate John Lennon along with Rolling Stones songwriting duo Keith Richards and Mick Jagger many moons ago. John and Paul gave the song to the Stones to record and it was their first no. 1 hit, he remembered.
As he began a version of “Blackbird,” Paul recalled a different time when the civil rights movement deeply affected him and how he’d hoped the song would inspire people in places like Arkansas and Alabama to maybe take the song’s message to heart. And, with that, the platform he stood upon rose twenty feet in the air and lifted him high above the stage he’d just stood on. His message and his song were played as he rose in the arena. Another of the night’s many moving moments.
And, just like he began and just like he carried out, the end of the night was another non-stop frenzy of great songs and sigh-inducing moments that conjured tons of warm fuzzies and spontaneously caused goosebumps among many in the crowd…myself certainly included.
“Live And Let Die” and an emotion-filled rendition of “Hey Jude”,as the returned to the stage for the night’s powerhouse encores, each held a flagpole and waved their respective flags joyously before picking up their instruments again. An American Flag, a British Union Jack flag, a Florida flag and a Pride flag were all represented.
Winding up with a kickass version of “Get Back” (along with a local Lakeland mom and son team who Paul invited to dance onstage) with the suite of “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End” was fitting. “We’ll see you next time,” Paul shouted before vanishing from the stage.

Paul McCartney Setlist (Amalie Arena — Tampa, Florida)

A Hard Day’s Night

Junior’s Farm

Can’t Buy Me Love
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Here Today
Queenie Eye
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
Get Back
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End