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THE NEWS IN FLASH - April 2000

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Yoko Ono makes a wish for Detroit
Detroit Free Press
29 April, 2000
A crowd of about 300 gathered at Detroit's Times Square/Robert Hurst Park downtown for
the Friday morning dedication of artist and rock 'n' roll figure Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for
Detroit, below.
McCartney raises funds for cancer research
Jam! Music
29 April, 2000
Paul McCartney helped raise $150,000 US at a benefit dinner and charity auction for the
Garland Appeal, an organization launched last year that aims to raise money for cancer
research that doesn't involve animal testing.
End of an era for music's most famous shop
Press Association
29 April, 2000
A historic central London store which formed the blueprint for modern music shops is closing
with a rooftop concert by hotly-tipped band Doves.
SFA remix the Beatles
BBC (Thanks to Bob Gilmartin)
28 April, 2000
The Super Furry Animals have remixed previously unreleased Beatles material.
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Beatles made trip to Ozarks
28 April, 2000
Old-timers in the Ozarks may have heard stories about the Beatles making a secret visit to the
Ozarks in 1964. It turns out itís true.
Crow, Earle duet on '60s hit
Jam! Music
28 April, 2000
Steve Earle and Sheryl Crow are teaming up on a cover of The Chambers Brothers hippie
hit "Time Has Come Today" for the soundtrack of the upcoming Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal
This Movie."
Sir Paul in trim at Linda appeal launch
Press Association
28 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney ditched his rocker image for a sleek new haircut as he appeared at a
benefit dinner in New York.
Lennon's Christmas card to Beatles manager sells for $8,600
Associated Press
28 April, 2000
A hand-drawn Christmas card John Lennon sent to Beatles manager Brian Epstein sold for
$8,600 at auction Thursday, 33 years after Epstein died from a sleeping pill overdose.
Beauty Before Age
By Jennifer Mendelsohn, Slate
27 April, 2000
Yesterday, Sir Paul's wrinkles seemed so far away, and other news of "mature" celebs.
Yoko brings her best wishes
By Joy Hakanson Colby, The Detroit News
27 April, 2000
Because she sees Detroit as a "city of the future," artist Yoko Ono is coming here on Friday to
dedicate a tree in Times Square Park, a green triangle on the west side of downtown.
Paul McCartney, second left, speaks with composers Sir Richard Rodney
Associated Press - photo
27 April, 2000
Paul McCartney, second left, speaks with composers Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, left,
Roxanna Panufnik, second right, and Judith Bingham before a benefit dinner for the Garland
Appeal, Thursday, April 27, 2000, in New York.
Epstein diaries fail to impress auction bidders
Press Association
27 April, 2000
The intimate diaries of late Beatles mastermind Brian Epstein and a four-page hand-written
letter from Sir Paul McCartney have failed to sell at auction.
Secret The Beatles Hid From The World
By Harry Martinsen, The National Enquirer
27 April, 2000
The Beatles secretly broke up more than six months before Paul McCartney finally announced
it to the world -- issuing a press release that turned John Lennon livid.
Coming Up on VH1 ... What to Watch April 28- May 4
26 April, 2000
Mark your calendars! Below are the music series, specials and premieres you won't want to
miss on VH1 April 28- May 4.
End of era as shop with Beatles history closes
Press Association
26 April, 2000
Beatles producer Sir George Martin has unveiled a plaque to record the role a record store
played in bringing the world's greatest rock band to fame.
Epstein's torment revealed by diary
By Robin Young, The Times
26 April, 2000
Secret diaries which the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein entrusted to his chauffeur for safe
keeping reveal the demons which drove him to suicide at the age of 32.
Diaries of Beatles manager reveal his life of torment
By Will Bennett, Electronic Telegraph
26 April, 2000
Diaries and letters revealing the mental torment of Brian Epstein, the manager who turned
the Beatles into the world's most famous pop group, are to be sold in London tomorrow.
'Help me. This is hell, a hell of madness'
By Will Bennett, Electronic Telegraph
26 April, 2000
The anguish that tortured Brian Epstein throughout his life, despite his apparent success, is
graphically illustrated in his diaries.
Brian Epstein collection on sale
25 April, 2000
A handwritten letter from Sir Paul McCartney and a Christmas card illustrated by John Lennon
are among a collection of items owned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein to be auctioned this
Ringo Starr, All-Starr Band hit road
Infobeat (E-zine, Unavailable online)
25 April, 2000
Ringo Starr recently announced the lineup for his All-Starr Band 2000, which hits the road
next month. For more than a decade, Starr has assembled a group of seasoned musicians
to tour with as his All-Starr Band. Each year, the lineup changes, but there are a few guys
who've been a constant on the tour. The All-Starr Band lineup for the 2000 tour will feature
several All-Starr Band veterans, including guitarist Dave Edmunds, former Cream bassist
Jack Bruce, former Free and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and multi-instrumentalist
Mark Rivera. A new addition to this year's fold is former Raspberries member, vocalist Eric
Carmen. Here are the Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band tour dates, subject to change:
- 5/12-13 Atlantic City, N.J., Taj Mahal.<
- 5/15 Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mid-Hudson Civiic Center.
- 5/16,17 Westbury, N.Y., Westbury Music FFair.
- 5/19,20 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun CCasino.
- 5/21 Salem, N.H., I Center.
- 5/23 New York, Beacon Theatre.
- 5/24 New Brunswick, N.J., State Theatre..
- 5/26 Norfolk, Va., Norva Theatre.
- 5/27 Cleveland, Festival.
- 5/28 St. Louis, Riverport Amphitheater.<
- 5/30 Washington, Wolftrap.
- 5/31 Nashville, Nashville Arena.
- 6/1 Robinsonville, Miss., Horse Shoe Cassino.
- 6/3 Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sunrise Musiccal Theatre.
Obituaries: Jack Neary, AM, OBE
Sydney Morning Herald
24 April, 2000
He had been a policeman for nine years, but Jack Neary was not confident as he climbed the
stairs to a BOAC 707 parked on the tarmac at Sydney Airport a little before 8am on Friday,
June 12, 1964. He was looking for the Beatles' road manager.
The write stuff
By Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times
23 April, 2000
It's a novel idea.
Beatle battles for privacy at his Hawaiian home
Press Association
22 April, 2000
The Hawaii Supreme Court has ordered a trial in a property dispute involving former Beatle
George Harrison.
'Imagine' joins the DVD ranks
By Ben Wener, The Orange County Register
21 April, 2000
The best thing about a new video format is that the rulebook gets rewritten.
Author's Journey to John Lennon's FBI File
By Peter Duffy, APBnews (thanks to Bob Gilmartin)
21 April, 2000
Book Recounts Struggle to Release Federal Grip on Records
High court to reconsider ex-Beatleís easement request
By Debra Barayuga, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
21 April, 2000
The Hawaii Supreme Court is giving ex-Beatle George Harrison a reprieve from neighbors
cutting across his Maui property to get to the ocean.
'Plastic' Would Have Been Nice Addition to 'Imagine'
By Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times
21 April, 2000
It's rare that record companies are too timid in their marketing campaigns, but Capitol Records
may have missed an opportunity by reissuing John Lennon's 1971 "Imagine" as a single,
remixed disc.
Publicist says new bio not the ballad of John & Yoko
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa, Boston Herald
21 April, 2000
Boston publicist Charles Cohen yesterday called celebrity chronicler Geoffrey
Giuliano's soon-to-be-released biography of John Lennon a Double Fantasy.
Stars out for BA ad
Press Association
21 April, 2000
Famous faces such as model Jerry Hall, soccer star Michael Owen and John Lennon feature
in a new multi-million pound British Airways' TV advert.
China, The Beatles Come Together After 30 Years
Davena Mok, Hong Kong; Nigel Williamson, London, Billboard
20 April, 2000
Thirty years after the band released its final album, a Beatles record is for the first time
officially on sale in China.
New Lennon Book Hard to Imagine?
By Mark Armstrong, E! Online
19 April, 2000
The way Geoffrey Giuliano tells it, John Lennon's true fantasy may well have been...snuggling
up with Barbara Walters and watching 700 Club?!
Silence is golden
By Rosalind Renshaw, The Times
19 April, 2000
Very few secretaries or PAs could expect to pick up a large bonus when leaving their jobs,
but one exception appears to be Sir Paul McCartney's right-hand woman.
Stuart Sutcliffe letters shown for first time
19 April, 2000
Previously unseen letters by fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe go on show in Liverpool today.
"Fifth Beatle" Sutcliffe's letters return home
By Paul Majendie, Reuters
19 April, 2000
The letters and art of "Fifth Beatle" Stuart Sutcliffe came back to Liverpool, birthplace of the
world's most famous pop group, Wednesday after an absence of almost 40 years.
Ex-Beatle's art collection goes on display
19 April, 2000
Letters and artwork created by Stuart Sutcliffe, the tragic Beatles bass player, are going on
show, giving an insight into the world-conquering band's early days.
Girlfriend and widow fight for Badfinger cash
By Hugh Davies, Electronic Telegraph
19 April, 2000
Almost 25 years after Pete Ham, a founder of the Seventies pop group Badfinger, hanged
himself in the garage of his Surrey mansion over money troubles, his girlfriend is suing Joey
Molland, the three-man group's guitarist and vocalist, in the High Court over royalties.
New book 'lays bare' the life of Lennon - Writer says image of star was
By Phil Smith, The Journal
19 April, 2000
John Lennon is portrayed as paranoid, suicidal and drug-addicted - but most of all bored
and profoundly unhappy - in a new biography.
Paperback Writer
By C. Bottomley, VH1
18 April, 2000
An author claims he has in his possession copies of John Lennon's secret diaries. Geoffrey
Giuliano says he drew upon the volumes, given to him by singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson,
to write his new book, Lennon in America. Among his other allegations, Giuliano says
Lennon slept with Linda McCartney.
Lennon's Disputed Days in the Life
By David Segal, Washington Post
18 April, 2000
In the two decades since John Lennon was shot dead on a Manhattan sidewalk, the diaries
he wrote during his last years of life have stood as one of pop music's most closely guarded
Bio Bares The Secret
By Peter Fearon, New York Post
18 April, 2000
John Lennon, alone in his bedroom in the Dakota, knelt before the television as if it were an
altar. His hand stretched, fingers spread, to touch the screen as a devout pilgrim might reach
to touch a miraculous relic.
Sir Paul joins Linda tributes
17 April, 2000
Friends and family today paid tribute to Linda McCartney on the anniversary of her death.
Plaque Marks Spot Where Beatles Recorded Demo
Press Association
17 April, 2000
Sir George Martin is to unveil a plaque to honour the unique place a pioneering record store
holds in the history of The Beatles.
Yoko's killer instinct
By Ivor Key, MegaStar
17 April, 2000
Yoko Ono is terrified that her husband John Lennon's killer will try to execute her and the
exBeatle's two children if he is released from prison later this year.
No reunion
St. Paul/Minneapolis Pioneer Planet
16 April, 2000
Recent speculation that the three surviving members of the Beatles will reunite for a concert
is, according to slain Beatle John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, just that -- speculation.
Stella's Pounds 500,000 Deal
Sunday Mirror
16 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney's designer daughter, Stella, has accepted an offer worth up to pounds
500,000 to stay with Paris fashion house Chloe.
Travis humble in face of acclaim
By Suzanne Sanders, Daily Southtown
16 April, 2000
Travis is such a hot band that it can put aside all the sales numbers and the critical accolades
it has been receiving and rely on the recommendation of a real expert: Paul McCartney.
Tavener, McCartney To Make Rare U.S. Appearance
16 April, 2000
Former Beatles bassist will narrate composer's "In the Month of Athyr."
Lennon Encyclopaedia On The Way
14 April, 2000
John Lennon will be further immortalised later this year when an entire encyclopaedia devoted
to him is unleashed.
'The Beatles Anthology' coming to DVD
Infobeat (E-zine, Unavailable online)
14 April, 2000
If you're a Beatle-maniac and a modern videophile, it's time to make some room on the credit
card again. "The Beatles Anthology" is reportedly set for release on DVD in October, to
accompany the book that Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have compiled
under that same title. Longtime Beatles producer George Martin has remastered the popular
TV and video documentary especially for the DVD release, using 5.1 surround sound. Martin
has also reportedly been working on remastering the group's entire catalog for a new CD issue.
There's no word on how many DVDs the "Anthology" will comprise - the home video release
was spread over six tapes - or what the price will be.
Imagine The Beatles never split up
USA Today
14 April, 2000
When The Beatles' long and winding road hit a dead end 30 years ago this week, fans reacted
with distress, despair and disbelief, emotional tremors that still generate aftershocks today.
26 accused in sweep of fake memorabilia
By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
13 April, 2000
San Diego Padres star Tony Gwynn was making an appearance at the team's gift store in a
suburban shopping center when he noticed something wrong: a baseball with his name
scrawled on it.
So that's what John used to stir it!
13 April, 2000
Beatles fans with money to spare have scooped up a spoonful of memorabilia.
Model's damages 'waste of money'
13 April, 2000
The police motorcyclist involved in the crash in which Sir Paul McCartney's girlfriend lost a leg
has branded her £200,000 damages payout "a waste of taxpayers' money".
£200,000 compensation for Heather Mills' lost leg
13 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney's new love Heather Mills is to receive £200,000 damages for the accident
involving a police motorcycle in which she lost a leg
Heather's 200,000
The Mirror
13 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney's girlfriend Heather Mills has won a £200,000 payout for the accident in
which she lost a leg.
Model wins damages
12 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney's girlfriend Heather Mills is to receive £200,000 damages for the accident
involving a police motorcycle in which she lost a leg.
Chicken-worker's autograph scam
12 April, 2000
A chicken factory worker who faked celebrity autographs and conned unsuspecting fans out
of thousands of pounds has escaped jail.
Macca's Heather Makes Her TV Debut
Daily Record
12 April, 2000
Former model Heather Mills has landed her first acting role - just weeks after her romance with
Beatle Paul McCartney was revealed.
Model's Ex To Paul: Get Back
By Neal Travis, New York Post
11 April, 2000
If Heather Mills' ex-husband is to be believed, widowed former Beatle Paul McCartney is more
likely to end up singing the blues than living happily ever after with the one-legged model.
Suicide Or Murder?
By Peter Fearon, New York Post
11 April, 2000
Detectives investigating the death of Linda McCartney's first husband are looking for evidence
that he may have been murdered.
Farewell To The Beatles?
By William Mann, The Times
11 April, 2000 (Originally published on 11 April, 1970)
The release of Paul McCartney's first solo album fuelled speculation that The Beatles were on
the verge of splitting up. Before long, they did.
The Beatles' legacy
San Francisco Examiner
10 April, 2000
A forthcoming anthology by the group's 3 surviving musicians describes the 'Downfall,' which
Lennon hinted at here in '64
The Long & Winding Road
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
9 April, 2000
Can 'autobiography' by surviving Beatles say anything new?
Truth About Heather Mills: Even Geordie Accent Was Big Turn-On
Sunday People
9 April, 2000
Throughout their tumultuous six-year relationship, Alfie and Heather's sex life was the one
thing that consistently sizzled.
Truth About Heather Mills: Hooked On Boob Ops That She Did
Not Need
Sunday People
9 April, 2000
Heather's desperate search for physical perfection enraged Alfie - who constantly told her
she was beautiful just the way she was.
Truth About Heather Mills: I Hope Heather Does Not Break Paul's
Heart.. `Buyer Beware' Should Be
Sunday People
9 April, 2000
Former husband's TRUE untold story about his roller-coaster marriage to the model who
has won Macca's heart
Once More Down the Long and Winding Road
By Anthony Decurtis, Rolling Stone
8 April, 2000
Why we never tire of rehashing Beatles lore
In search of the fab four's enduring legend
David Robson, The Express
8 April, 2000
Nostalgia is not the word.
Cilla's tribute to Lennon
7 April, 2000
Television presenter Cilla Black paid tribute to the late John Lennon as she won an award
for her contribution to broadcasting.
I Got Break With A Little Help From My Friend - Cilla
By Anthony Barnes, Press Association
7 April, 2000
TV favourite Cilla Black paid tribute to the late John Lennon today for kicking off her long
career as she picked up an award for her outstanding contribution to broadcasting.
Documentary looks at John Lennon's death 20 years ago
The Canadian Press
7 April, 2000
It's the creepy little toy soldiers, with their guns replaced by cardboard cut-out guitars, that
stick in the mind.
Man Accused in Harrison Attack Held
Press Association
7 April, 2000
The man accused of stabbing George Harrison and wounding the ex-Beatle's wife, was
ordered back to a psychiatric unit Friday.
Ryder Borrows a Tenor!
7 April, 2000
Shaun Ryder has recorded a version of 'BARCELONA', the song made famous in 1987
by Freddie Mercury and Monsterrat Caballe.
By Rebecca Schoenkopf, OC Weekly
7 April, 2000
Linda McCartney's photos, bold, African Ceremonies
Imagine there's no Ono in 'Truth'
By Edna Gundersen, USA Today
7 April, 2000
Aware that her emotions could fog the facts, Yoko Ono surrendered control of Gimme Some
Truth, a documentary on the making of John Lennon's Imagine.
Man in court over George Harrison attack
Press Association
7 April, 2000
The case of the man accused of attempting to murder former Beatle George Harrison and his
wife Olivia is due before magistrates.
Scholar knows his material will sing
By Jim Carney, The Akron Beacon Journal
7 April, 2000
`Band on the Run' fuels Mount Union College professor's presentation
Brit cyclists eat their veggies, nothing else
By Dwight Perry, The Seattle Times
7 April, 2000
Professional cycling just fell off the vegetable truck in Britain.
Sergeant Pepper Reunites Lennon And McCartney
By Paul Majendie, Reuters
7 April, 2000
Sergeant Pepper has reunited John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 30 years after the break-up
of The Beatles.
Beatles Eye Tomely Reunion
By Neal Travis, New York Post
6 April, 2000
Over the years, we've all written so many unfulfilled Beatle-reunion stories that I hesitate to
launch another. But the very best sources assure me the surviving Beatles will indeed come
together, probably next spring.
Unseen Beatles art on show
6 April, 2000
John Lennon and Paul McCartney have been reunited in a special exhibition of previously
unseen artwork.
John and Paul get back
5 April, 2000
Back on the same bill in Liverpool - John Lennon- and Paul McCartney.
Beatles Come Together to Tell Their Tale
By Andrew Dansby, Rolling Stone
4 April, 2000
While bookstore shelves have been glutted for years with Beatles books of varying degrees
of quality, this fall The Beatles Anthology looks to rectify that situation.
Why did the Beatles break up? Blame Canada!
CBC (Thanks to Bob Gilmartin)
4 April, 2000
It's being hinted that many secrets are revealed in a new Beatles book, written by three of the
Fab Four themselves - including the secret of the band's breakup.
Up Front
By Mitch Potter and Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star
4 April, 2000
Never mind Yoko Ono. It was Toronto that broke up the Beatles.
Matthew Wright's Column: Beatles In Harmony
By Matthew Wright, Online Mirror
4 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney and former Beatle bandmate George Harrison are to bury the musical
hatchet later this year.
Beatles' Book Comes Together
E! Online (Thanks to Bob Gilmartin)
3 April, 2000
Yes, the three surviving Beatles have turned into Hardback Writers to set the record straight
on the Fab Four's oft-analyzed history, releasing their first-ever "autobiography" this fall.
Leah Garchik's Personals
By Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
3 April, 2000
Dougie and Gordon Millings, British tailors to the Beatles, have authorized an Italian
company to create a new ready-to-wear line of suits based on ones made for John, Paul,
George and Ringo.
Heather Can Never Live Up To Linda's Legend .. She Said
To Paul: End This For Your Own Sake
Sunday People
2 April, 2000
Sir Paul McCartney's new love Heather Mills tearfully told him they should end their affair
because she fears she can never live up to the memory of his beloved Linda, the Sunday
People can reveal today.
Autobiography is a ticket to £1bn
By Michael Burke and Andrew Alderson, Electronic Telegraph
2 April, 2000
The three surviving members of the Beatles have got together to write the first "autobiography"
of the world's most famous band, The Telegraph can disclose today.
It took years to write - won't you take a look?
By Michael Burke and Andrew Alderson, Electronic Telegraph
2 April, 2000
The new book by the surviving Beatles reveals in their own words the true story of their sexual
exploits, their rivalries and jealousies, and exactly why they split up 30 years ago at the height
of their fame.
Beatles `Reuniting To Write Autobiography'
By Cathy Mayer, Press Association
1 April, 2000
Thirty years after the Beatles split up, the three surviving band members are reuniting to write
the Fab Four's "autobiography", it emerged tonight.
Ryder Joins Reformed Beatles
1 April, 2000 - Don't forget what day it is ;-)  - Yarden
The Beatles are planning a comeback with Happy Mondays vocalist Shaun Ryder taking the
place of the late John Lennon, can reveal.
Celebrities plead the cow cause
The Hindu
1 April, 2000
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is facing a bombardment of letters from national
and international celebrities, expressing concern over cattle abuse in India and the
consequential leather trade.
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