The Beatles' final film, "Let It Be," has been "lost" for years because some aren't comfortable with its less than sunny view of the band, but in Beatlefan #218 Brad Hundt makes the case that it's now time not just to reissue it, but give it the deluxe treatment. Plus, Ken Sharp talks with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg about the making of the movie, how it evolved from a planned TV special, how the Fabs came to perform on the Apple rooftop and on the possibility of an extended director's cut.Also in the new Beatlefan, Kit O'Toole looks at sites featuring streaming Beatles music and Al Sussman analyzes the numbers and offers some thoughts on what The Beatles' arrival in the world of streaming means, Bruce Spizer looks back 50 years at how Capitol created an unplanned hit single for the Fab Four with "Nowhere Man," superfan Dave Morrell recalls his days as a record label promo man hanging out with John Lennon, we have the late Dennis Ferrante's recollections of working with Lennon in the recording studio and Richard Porter tells us about life as a London Beatles tour guide. Bill King also offers the story behind Keri Butcher's "Kismet," the striking photo of The Beatles' new Liverpool statues that graces the back issue of this issue, and we have exclusive news of Macca's 2016 tour plans! Plus, we have lots of new reviews, news of upcoming releases and much more!
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Individual tour plans for both Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in 2016 are starting to firm up, with Ringo having announced an itinerary of summer tour dates while sources close to Macca tell Beatlefan he also has dates in the works. ... Cirque du Soleil plans a major updating of the Beatles "LOVE" musical in Las Vegas in advance of its 10th birthday, which Paul and Ringo are set to attend. ... The exhibition "Ladies and Gentleman ...The Beatles" will be on display at the new Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Miss., until June 12. ... And, in the wake of The Beatles' official catalog becoming available Christmas Eve for worldwide streaming, the Fab Four's music has returned to the charts and racked up many millions of plays. On Spotify alone, by the third week of January, The Beatles had been streamed 250 million times. Kit O'Toole looks at sites featuring streaming Beatles music in the new issue of Beatlefan and Al Sussman analyzes the numbers and offers some thoughts on what The Beatles' arrival in the world of streaming means. And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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