In the Current Issue (#213)

Sporting a great front cover shot of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr taken by Rob Shanahan, Beatlefan #213 features Ken Sharp's new interview with The Beatles' drummer in which he talks about such wide-ranging topics as his days with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, his evolution as a songwriter, his drumming on "Rain," and recording and writing with members of the All Starr Band. Plus, we hear from Todd Rundgren about writing the title track for "Postcards From Paradise" with Ringo. Also in this issue is Bill King's appraisal of Ringo's new album, Rick Glover's review of the All Starrs in Birmingham, Ala., and a complete wrap-up on Ringo's touring plans and recent media blitz.

This issue also features Tom Frangione's interview with Gary Wright about his work with George Harrison and Ringo, a full report on Macca's Valentine's Day concert and tour news, Howie Edelson tracing McCartney's creative wanderings in the 1980s, a detailed report on the new Beatles BBC bootleg collection, Bruce Spizer's look back 50 years at the recording and release of "Ticket to Ride," the tale of how a German fan got a box load of autographed items mailed to him by John Lennon in the mid-1970s, and a younger fan's viewpoint on Macca working with Kanye West. Plus, four pages of reviews and all the latest news!

A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $11 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #213. For more information, email COMING IN ISSUE #214: Back through the mists of time to the 1990 Paul McCartney World Tour! Check it out!

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Beatlenews Headlines

Fresh off a February-March tour leg, Ringo Starr has announced another string of October dates with his current All Starr Band, focusing on North America. The tour will open Oct 1 at The Masonic in San Francisco (the rescheduling of a March 13 show canceled when Ringo was ill, with tickets for the original show honored)and is set to wind up Oct 31 at Kings Theater in Brooklyn, NY. ... A number of upcoming tour dates for Paul McCartney have been announced by MPL, including a European leg, an addition to Japanese shows previous announced, and isolated U.S. dates. Macca is to headline July 31 at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, the first time Paul has played the famed summer festival. McCartney delivered fans a surprise Valentine Saturday, Feb. 14, with his latest pop-up secret gig, this time at Irving Plaza, a small concert hall in downtown New York City. (See a complete report in Beatlefan #213.) ... Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, died April 1 at her home in Spain at age 75, son Julian Lennon announced. The announcement said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer." Julian had been "at her bedside throughout," the announcement said, and "the family are thankful for your prayers." ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction of Ringo by Paul will be telecast on HBO May 30. ... The McCartney-Kanye West-Rihanna single 'FourFiveSeconds' peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100, giving Macca his first Top 5 hit since 'Say Say Say' with Michael Jackson in 1983-84. It marked his first Top 10 hit since 'Spies Like Us' hit No. 7 in 1985. . . . And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!

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