Jeff Slate chats with Elvis Costello about his collaborations with Paul McCartney, featured prominently in the recent archival reissue of the "Flowers in the Dirt" album. This complete version of their conversation is an exclusive for Beatlefan readers.Also in Beatlefan #225, Simon Rogers looks back 25 years at George Harrison's 1992 show at London's Royal Albert Hall; John Firehammer and Tom Frangione examine the musical relationship between The Beatles and the late Chuck Berry; Al Sussman discusses the bonus material on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"; and Kathy Urbanic examines why the lyrics of Lennon-McCartney should rank as great literature. Plus, there are features on the mystery of Jimmy Nicol, the "Beatle who vanished"; a fan's wishes for Ringo Starr's next All Starr Band tour; and a look at one family of artists' Beatles connection. And, we have all the latest news, plus reviews of the latest recordings, books and more.
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Apple Corps Ltd. and Capitol/Universal Music announced that a 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album will be issued in multiple configurations May 26, featuring new mixes in stereo and 5.1 surround audio; bonus discs featuring previously unreleased session recordings; video features; and special packaging. Included in the 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition will be a restored release of the 1992 documentary film "The Making of Sgt. Pepper," featuring the late Sir George Martin, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Ringo has announced new tour dates for this fall with the same All Starr Band he's been touring with since 2012. The tour will open Oct. 13-14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and conclude Nov. 16 in Newark, NJ. Meanwhile, Ringo continues working on his next studio album, and has had some well-known friends joining in the sessions, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page, Amy Keys and Nathan East. ... McCartney has added a show at the Budokan in Tokyo to his tour of Japan. Previously, shows on April 27, 29 and 30 at the Tokyo Dome had sold out. ... In celebration of what would have been George's 74th birthday, the launch of the Harrison vinyl collection and the publication of "I Me Mine: The Extended Edition" were feted with a pop-up exhibition and store at artist Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery. ... Dhani Harrison inducted Electric Light Orchestra, led by his father's producer and former Traveling Wilburys bandmate, Jeff Lynne, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 7. ... Bruce Spizer is putting together a book of fan memories called "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective." Bill King and Al Sussman of Beatlefan are among the contributors, along with Frank Daniels, Piers Hemmingsen and others. 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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