Beatlefan #226 is a "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 50th anniversary special featuring Allan Kozinn's in-depth review of the new "Pepper" reissue, Bruce Spizer's look back at how the album was made and received, and, in the first part of a two-part series on the iconic "Pepper" cover, Ken Orth's story of how the "magic crowd" was assembled.Plus, a "Pepper" Perspective section, with an appreciation of the album by Walter Everett (author of "The Beatles As Musicians"), Wally Podrazik taking a closer look at the "Pepper" era songs, an assessment of the album by Robert Rodriguez (who prefers "Revolver"), a second-generation fan view from Kit O'Toole, and Al Sussman on what sets "Sgt. Pepper" apart. Also in the new issue, Ken Sharp talks with producer Giles Martin about the making of the new stereo remix of "Pepper." And, we have all the latest news, plus reviews of new recordings, books and more.
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Paul McCartney kicks off a new run of U.S. summer dates for his One On One tour July 7th at Miami's American Airlines Arena, then picks up again in September. The itinerary: July 7: Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena; July 10: Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena; July 13: Duluth, GA (Atlanta area), Infinite Energy Arena; July 15: Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center; July 17: Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Center; July 19: Wichita, KS, InTrust Bank Arena; July 21: Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena; July 23: Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center; July 25 and 26: Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre; Sept. 11 and 12: Newark, NJ, Prudential Center; Sept. 15 and 17: New York, NY, Madison Square Garden; Sept. 19 and 21, Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center; Sept. 23: Syracuse, NY, Carrier Dome; Sept. 26 and 27, Uniondale, NY, NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Oct. 1 and 2: Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena. Prior to the U.S. dates, an October run through Brazil was announced. The dates: Oct. 13: Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio Stadium; Oct. 15: SÃ£o Paulo, Allianz Parque; Oct. 17: Belo Horizonte, MineirÃ£o Stadium; Oct. 20: Salvador, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. ... The 50th anniversary reissues of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" were issued worldwide May 26. "Pepper" hit No. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Top 40 Albums Chart its first week of release with a combined sales total (among the various configurations) of 37,000. In the U.S., &"Pepper" hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the first week after the reissue, with combined sales of 75,000. ... Ringo plans to celebrate his birthday July 7 in Hollywood with his usual Peace & Love at Noon event in front of the Capitol Records Tower. Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time on that day. Ringo and brother-in-law Joe Walsh have been back in the studio together again, still working on Ringo's next album, expected later this year. 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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