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John Lennon spotted at Capitol Records tower in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/17/15 2:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

About a week ago, on of one Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles, Gillian and her tour guests were surprised with something special outside of the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Hollywood.

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What they unexpectedly found was the above chalk-drawing of John Lennon holding up a peace sign on a psychedelic background on the sidewalk to the right of the main entrance of the Capitol Records building, drawn by an anonymous fan. It had obviously only been created recently, as there had been some rain in the area the week before.

Gillian said, "It was a Sunday and not too many people out and about around Capitol Records. I noticed it first and went over and took several pics because whoever is the artist did a good job. Everyone on the tour agreed it was very well done and pleasantly surprised to see such a great job in chalk outside Capitol Records."

Coincidentally, the heart-felt fan art takes on new poignancy in light of Friday's tragic events in Paris.

You never know what's going to happen on one of Gillian's Beatles tours. No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour.

"Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964," says Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool.

The cost for the four hour tour is $75. To take a Magical History Tour, or for more information, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

Two Ringo Starr radio specials now streaming online
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/29/15 3:35 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Two of Beatles talk show host Ken Michaels' recent live broadcasts of his weekly show "Every Little Thing" celebrating Ringo Starr's 75th birthday are now available for streaming at the Global Texan Chronicles website.

The first Ringo radio special was a 2-hour birthday show, highlighted by a 30-minute thematic set of Ringo's vocal collaborations/duets, featuring artists he shared the microphone with, like Buck Owens, Leon Redbone, Chrissie Hynde and Paul McCartney. The second Ringo special was a "Ringo Starr Album Sampler" in which he featured one song each from all 18 Ringo studio albums in chronological order, from "Sentimental Journey" from 1970 to his new album "Postcards From Paradise" released earlier this year.

Ken Michaels and Ringo Starr

Ken said, "That was one of the most fun shows I've done. Most people don't realize how much great music Ringo has released in his solo-career. How many people are aware he's now released 18 albums? That's a lot of music! And what I particularly enjoy is making the public aware of how much music Ringo has written. While he wrote a lot of songs in the 70's with Vini Poncia, he's actually co-written almost every song he's released from his 'Vertical Man' album to his latest 'Postcards From Paradise.' He's made great strides as a songwriter."

The syndicated version of "Every Little Thing" is currently heard on 20 radio stations, Ken also does a live, completely different version of the show, heard Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST) on WNHU, West Haven, CT, which you can stream on the station's website and on the Tune In App. The Global Texan Chronicles website normally airs the syndicated version of his show every week, but occasionally rebroadcasts some of the live shows. All of Ken's shows can be heard on their website.

Ken's work can also be heard in a weekly Beatles talk-show "Things We Said Today," heard on affiliate stations Fab4Radio and Pure Pop Radio. Also, Ken's website features weekly Beatles trivia and games, with a chance to win one of 9 prizes (CDs. DVDs, books) and interviews with many people associated with the Beatles.

Ticket To Ride returns to San Fernando Valley this Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 07/23/15 9:52 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ticket to Ride, A Tribute to the Beatles will be performing live on Sunday, June 26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in a Concert in the Park in Woodland Hills, Ca.

Ticket to Ride is one of the country's top Beatles sound-a-like bands, and features Jeff Toczynski (Paul), Gilbert Bonilla (John), David Brighton (George) and Mike Sarafian (Ringo). Ticket to Ride has traveled the world re-creating the Beatles "Live in Concert."

Photo from 2008 Woodland Hills show

I've had the pleasure to attend this wonderful and fun event for the last several years, hosted by the Valley Cultural Center. About 8000 people typically attend this Ticket To Ride performance each year, setting the bar for attendance at these free concerts in the park. If you're a Beatles fan and you're anywhere in the area, I highly recommend this show!

Thanks to the generosity of their corporate sponsors, grants and members, Valley Cultural Center is able to offer all these concerts for free. Concerts in the Park are held at the beautiful Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park, in Woodland Hills, on Topanga Canyon Blvd. just north of the 101 freeway. There is plenty of room for a late afternoon picnic with the family while being entertained by the performers.

For more information, visit Valley Cultural Center. Check out Ticket To Ride at www.tickettoridelive.com.

We all live in a Jello Submarine
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 07/14/15 4:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves has created images from The Beatles's Yellow Submarine out of gelatin.

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According to his website, he uses plasticine (sound familiar?) to construct moulds of each face. Each mould is then filled with Jello, and the plasticine is removed once the liquid is set.

More tasty images can be found at Henry Hargreaves' project page.

(Thanks to Boing Boing.)

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels ups the ante on his Beatles trivia contest
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 06/05/15 3:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ken Michaels' Beatles website www.kenmichaelsradio.com has been growing in popularity for the past several years, and one of his most popular features, his Beatles trivia, has now been expanded to offer a choice of one of 9 prizes every single week. Beatles fans can pick from a wide variety of CDs, DVDs and books to win.

"It's a great way to be aware of some of the latest Beatles and solo-products on the market," Ken says. "I try to arrange giveaways with many of the latest items of interest to Beatles fans. And I try to mix easy with challenging trivia questions and games each week testing the fans knowledge of the Beatles complete history and catalogue including all their solo-releases."

Ken Michaels

Of the most recent products that have been available to win through Ken's website include Ringo Starr's new album "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's remastered CDs for two Wings classic albums "Venus And Mars" and "Wings At The Speed Of Sound," Paul's deluxe version of his last album "New," and DVDs for the Beatles films "A Hard Day's Night" and "Magical Mystery Tour."

Ken's website also features special contests to win unique prizes, often signed CDs and books, and Beatles collectibles. Most recently this included the new Beatles art print "The Record Store" by Dave Perillo, which has the group looking into the window of a record store in which they find photos of their record covers, their tour posters and more, from Dark Hall Mansion, a company that specializes in high quality art prints.

Ken hosts the weekly Beatles program "Every Little Thing" as both a one-hour syndicated radio show, and a live broadcast Wednesdays on WNHU, West Haven, 8-10pm (EST.) He also co-hosts the weekly Beatles talk show podcast "Things We Said Today" which can be heard on Fab 4 Radio, Pure Pop Radio and You tube. The show can be downloaded from PodBean and iTunes.

You can learn more about Ken's work on the Beatles at www.kenmichaelsradio.com, or write to Ken at everylittlething@att.net.

Ruth and Angie McCartney together on John Lennon Hour this week
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/24/15 2:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week, Jude Southerland Kessler will interview Paul McCartney's step-mother, Angie McCartney, and his step-sister, Ruth McCartney on Jude's BlogTalkRadio show The John Lennon Hour. They will share with Jude their stories of the days with Jim McCartney, Paul, Mike, and The Fab Four.

Angie and Ruth McCartney

Angie McCartney married Paul's father Jim in 1964, the same year Beatlemania took off around the globe. She is the author of My Long and Winding Roads and the owner of McCartney's Teas - fair trade teas with a Beatles theme. Ruth McCartney, Angie's daughter from a previous marriage who was adopted by Paul's father, was 4 years old when her mother married Jim McCartney. She is the CEO of McCartneyMultimedia and President of ConnectCode.mobi.

Jude Kessler's interview with Ruth and Angie can be heard LIVE on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on Blog Talk Radio: The John Lennon Hour. Listeners can call in with their questions for Angie and Ruth during the show at (646) 668-2641.

Jude Southerland Kessler is the author of the John Lennon Series and writes a bi-monthly blog for the Fest for Beatles Fans website. For more information about Ms. Kessler, go to www.JohnLennonSeries.com.

New issue of Beatlefan highlights an All Starr
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 02/23/15 2:02 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In honor of Ringo Starr's induction on his own into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the newest issue of Beatlefan Magazine has a special package of articles that includes a couple of recent fan encounters from Cortney Kintzer and Dave Persails, including a tale of how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector. Also, interviews by Ken Sharp with some of the current All Starr Band.

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Also in the new Beatlefan is All About That Bass, in which Rick Glover, who is a bassist in addition to being the original Fan on the Run, takes a new look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years, with a focus on the iconic Hofner and its place in his legend.

Among the other features in the new issue are Ken's interview with legendary record producer Glyn Johns, who talks about The Beatles' "Get Back"/"Let It Be" sessions, Bruce Spizer's 50th anniversary look back at the "Eight Days a Week" single, and Howie Edelson talking with Nick Lowe of Rockpile fame about opening for Wings in 1973. Also featured is an opinion piece by Jeff Cochran inspired by the recent reissue of "Wings at the Speed of Sound" and Bill Harry's tale of the girl The Beatles left behind. Plus, four pages of reviews and all the latest news.

A sample issue of Beatlefan Magazine costs $8 in the U.S. or $11 abroad, U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #212. For more information, and how to subscribe, check out www.beatlefan.com or send an email to goodypress@gmail.com.

George Harrison birthday celebrations in Hollywood and Rochester
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/20/15 2:54 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The annual George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration in honor of the "quiet Beatle" will take place 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building in Hollywood.

The free-to-the-public event will feature music and poetry performed by Harrison and Beatles fans, as well as a highlighted cake-cutting ceremony led by Chris Carter, radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles.

Fans are invited to bring flowers, candles, photos, peace symbols and other decorations to place around Harrison's star.

George Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star is located in front of the Capitol Records building at 1750 Vine Street, Los Angeles. For further information on this event, check out facebook.com/BeatlesMemorialCelebrations or call Jerry Rubin at (310) 399-1000.

Also, fans in the Rochester area are invited to come out and celebrate as they salute George Harrison on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at the Abilene Bar & Lounge as Don Christiano presents The 3Rd Annual George Harrison's Birthday Celebration (With A Little Help From My Friends).

Ray Paul and Don Christiano

The celebration will featuring all George songs, Beatles and solo. Hosted by Don Christiano, there will be lots of Special Guests including Ray Paul, Tom Passamonte, Steve Lyons, Steve Tortoretti, Jim Lane, Spencer Christiano, Dan Eilenberg, Doc Fischetto, Kerry Regan, Todd Bradley, Mark Bradley, Mara Dady, Steve Piper, Mike Wittek and more!

There will be no cover charge, showtime is 8 PM. The Abilene Bar and Lounge is located at 153 Liberty Pole Way in Rochester, NY.

In L.A. this weekend for Beatlefest? Take the Beatles Magical History Tour!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/07/14 3:29 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon's birthday is this week, and fans in Los Angeles this weekend for Beatlefest can make their visit to L.A. complete and celebrate John's birthday with Gillian Lomax on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles.

Among all the other fascinating destinations, the tour will be stopping at the beach house where John Lennon lived during his lost weekend along with Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Hilary Gerard, Klaus Voorman, May Pang, and Keith Moon. This house was the place where Paul and John had their last photograph taken together when John used to host jam sessions for anybody wanting to stop by. It's also the place where Ringo met Nancy Andrews and went on to date for 6 years.

The Beatles at Los Angeles International Airport in 1964

Gillian says, "John Lennon's birthday is always special to me and lots of other fans. We want to remember his life and not the tragic ending he had. There will never be another one like this quick witted, outspoken, opinionated, talented, entertaining man, and he will always be missed."

No place in the U.S. has as much combined Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour. "Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964," says Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool. Gillian is currently the Beatles news reporter on Beatles-A-Rama.

The cost for the four hour tour is $75. To join this special tour, and for more information, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

Hungarian Beatles tribute band celebrates Hard Day's Night anniversary
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 07/10/14 12:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, July 10, is the 50th anniversary of the release of the movie and the 45 single A Hard Day's Night. To celebrate the anniversary, Hungarian Beatles Supergroup The Bits has created a video playing A Hard Day's Night as authentically as possible.

Together since 2013, formed by friends who met in the local pub, The Bits leader Zsolt met Janos a year earlier, he became lead guitarist, long-time friend Bali was added on drums and bass player Albert completed the group. According to Zsolt, the players were all handpicked for their special Beatles knowledge and talent from other famous Hungarian indie or blues bands, that's why they call themselves a Supergroup, and although they're all from Hungary, Zsolt says that in The Bits, everybody's heart is Union Jack colored.

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Rather than putting on costumes and fake mustaches like other tribute bands, the Bits instead concentrate on creating an authentic recreation of the sound of the Beatles as possible. The Bits plays in Hungary, mostly in the capitol city of Budapest, with great success, and have been invited to perform at the biggest Dutch all-art-festival called Big Rivers 2014 in Rotterdam.

The group has created a 50th year anniversary live performance of the A Hard Day's Night album, more details about this can be found on their Facebook page (mostly in Hungarian).

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