George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed by Infestation of ... Beetles

The pine in Los Angeles has died, a new tree will be planted, but ... isn't it ironic?

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A tree planted in memory of George Harrison has died after being infested by beetles.

As NME notes, the pine in Los Angeles' Griffith Park was planted in 2004 as a tribute to the late guitar player in the Beatles, who passed away in 2001 in the city. A plaque on the tree read: "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." It also featured a quote from Harrison: "For the forests to be green, each tree must be green."

The LA Times says that Councilman Tom LaBonge has promised that a new tree will be planted to honour Harrison.

Meanwhile, Ron Howard is to direct new documentary about the Beatles' early years. The film will be produced for the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. company with White Horse Pictures and will be made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.

It will focus on the formative touring days of the band, from shows at Liverpool's Cavern Club and their time in Hamburg, up until their final gig – in Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.

The Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" was recently re-released in cinemas on its 50th anniversary. The 1964 film, which follows a day in the life of the band with Beatlemania in full swing, was fully restored and there was a limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray release earlier this week.

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    I just love how UG writes news: Title: "--Title--"; First two lines: "--Something relevant with the title--"; Rest of the news: "OH YEAH ABOUT THIS DUDE, HE HAS ALSO DONE THIS THIS THIS AND THIS, but hey, you already knew it since we wrote the same f'ing thing on the past 6 news articles!".
    It seems they strongly believe in the "inverted pyramid" model of article-writing. Put the important stuff at the top, the almost-important relevant stuff after it, and then fill out the rest of the article length quota with crap and advertisements for yourself.
    What if they were Japanese beetles? Then it would somehow be Yoko's fault.
    This reminds me of the time Ozzy Osbourne had a planning application for an extension on his house denied because there were bats living in his attic...
    "... isn't it ironic?" No, UG, it's a coincidence! Now, I must go; grammatically incorrect villains need my assistance!
    Clearly all the beetles were simply making pilgrimages to what is clearly a holy site for them. Unfortunately they didn't take the environmental impact of their travels into consideration.
    It's also being reported that Jim Morrison's grave was just just crowded with an influx... of DOORS!!! Oh the irony!!!
    You know that a bunch of people just drew shit all over his grave and defaced it. There are pictures of it everywhere. Weird way to pay tribute.