Beatlefan #211 offers readers lots of Macca, past and present: Brad Hundt looks at Wings' commercial peak with the "Venus and Mars" and "Wings at the Speed of Sound" albums (and also reviews the new deluxe reissues), while Rick Glover serves up his Fan on the Run report and photos from the last U.S. dates of Paul McCartney's 2014 Out There tour.Also in the new issue is Bruce Spizer's look back 50 years at what a very Beatle Christmas it was for fans and the Fabs' record labels in 1964, thanks to "Beatles for Sale," "The Beatles' Story" and "Beatles '65." Plus, Ken Orth provides the detailed back-story on the making of Robert Freeman's cover for "Beatles for Sale." And Al Sussman presents a photo-filled retrospective of 40 years of memorable moments and guests at the Fest for Beatles Fans. And, of course, there's all the latest Beatles news and lots of book, record and video reviews!
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After having been leaked several months earlier when the extremely popular Activision video game came out, Paul McCartney's theme song for Destiny finally got a global digital release Dec. 8. Produced by Giles Martin, the heavily orchestrated track (which plays over the Destiny closing credits) is very much in the style of an epic movie theme. ... Ringo Starr's press office has announced new All Starr Band tour dates for February and March with the same lineup he's had (with one variation) since 2012: Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This leg of the band's seemingly endless tour opens Feb. 13 in Louisiana, continues across the Southern U.S and then hits Latin America before winding up in mid-March with shows in California and Las Vegas. Said Ringo of this incarnation of the ASB: "We have so much fun playing together, we don't want it to end!" ... A new McCartney live album, "Live at the Electric Proms 2007," was quietly released via the Charly label on iTunes in the U.S. and some other countries (but not the U.K) on Dec. 3. It includes 17 songs from his 2007 performance at London's Roundhouse, which was televised by the BBC. ... New vinyl editions of The Beatles' "LOVE," "1" and the Red and Blue albums were issued in the U.S. by Universal in late November. ... The stage musical "Let It Be" is returning to London's West End Feb. 28 at the Garrick Theatre for a limited engagement through Sept. 27 before commencing a U.K. tour. ... The paperback edition of Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In: The Beatles, All These Years" is due in May from Three Rivers Press/Random House. For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA! . . . 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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