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John Lennon Los Angeles birthday bash to benefit pancreatic cancer
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 09/26/16 3:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Celebrate the birthday of John Lennon at "John Lennon: Working Class Hero," a unique performance taking place October 9, at 1:30 pm at the legendary Crest Theatre in Westwood on the day John would have turned 76. Proceeds from the one-time only concert will go to benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.

In the hour-hour the show, journalist Ivor Davis, author of the award-winning book, "The Beatles and Me on Tour," who was the only daily newspaper writer to travel from start to finish on the Beatles first historic l964 tour of North America, will tell the inside stories of those times, and Brooke Halpin, musician and host of the radio show "Come Together with the Beatles," will sing Beatle hits.

Ivor Davis and Brooke Halpin

In addition, admission includes a screening of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Aero Smith, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Preston, Steve Martin, and George Burns.

"I love to tell my Beatles stories-events I witnessed while touring with them," said Davis, "and Brooke sings Beatle songs. "It's a wonderful way to remember those magical days and the genius of John Lennon. We'll have a great time reminiscing. Plus we are raising money to fight pancreatic cancer a terrible disease that claimed the life of my wife Sally and Brooke's father."

In "The Beatles and Me on Tour," Davis recounts in frank and amusing fashion, the rip-roaring adventures of the most legendary band at a critical moment in the history of rock 'n' roll. The book recreates a world long gone but not forgotten, especially for the hundreds of thousands of girls who spent a summer nights years ago screaming for their idols, the Beatles.

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 general seating, and $25 VIP seating. To purchase tickets, visit the Crest Theatre website.

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Author to have book release party at Beatles festival
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 09/06/16 3:15 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Renowned Beatles blogger Sara Schmidt will have a book release party for her recent publication, "Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis," on Saturday, September 17, at the Beatles at the Ridge festival. Schmidt will be giving a presentation, as well as signing copies of her book for purchase. Cake and coffee will be served.

Sara Schmidt at Paul-Fest weekend 2016

Schmidt, a Title 1 reading teacher for 2nd to 5th grade students, started her "Meet the Beatles for Real" blog in 2009, a site that now has over 3 million hits. For Happiness is Seeing The Beatles, she interviewed more than 60 fans and insiders over the course of two years. The book has rare photos, many of which had never before been published. One of the many interesting stories in it tells why Paul McCartney called The Beatles' concert in St. Louis "the worst little gig we ever played."

"Some of the concerts were rough on the band, while they remained life-changing experiences for the fans in the audience," Schmidt explains. "I am so excited about having my book release celebration as part of this festival," says Schmidt. "And it will be a combination of two of my all-time favorite things: cake and The Beatles!"

You can meet Sarah on Saturday, September 17 at 10:15 a.m. CT at The Studio on Main Street as part of the Beatles at the Ridge festival in Walnut Ridge, AR.

Beatles at the Ridge is a free event. For a complete weekend schedule, please visit For more information on Sara Schmidt and her book, visit or her blog at

Fans flock to Liverpool for 2016 International BeatleWeek
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 09/02/16 5:48 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A Splendid Time was Guaranteed For All at 2016 International BeatleWeek in Liverpool.

What was different about the 2016 International BeatleWeek Festival was the various concerts dedicated to not only living legend of Paul McCartney but to also "Past Masters" and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fantastic music from 1966 in not one, but in two concerts, as there was so much incredible music created by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Monkies, The Hollies.

Los Angeles-based cover band Britain's Finest at the Cavern

What an incredible experience to recreate an actual concert of how the Beatles would have performed at one of their early concerts in Hamburg, Germany while they were still in their Gene Vincent style leather outfits and Teddy Boy haircuts and unpolished stage manners. The Beatles' early Hamburg concert was part of the Friday night's "Early Years Concert" from 1957-1964 and included the original Quarrymen, Terry Sylvester, Karl Terry, Mike Pender, Ray Ennis and Billy Kinsley.

For Beatles fans who were unable to travel to Liverpool England and experience any of the many Beatles tribute bands and the fantastic concerts, you missed out but you can always start planning for next year 2017! With recent drop in the value of the Sterling pound, it's never been a better time to book your trip for next year's 2017 International BeatleWeek! The best seats, hotels and tours book up fast every year!

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Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles concert
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 08/22/16 2:03 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Friday, August 26, The Los Angeles Dodgers will celebrate the Beatles 50th anniversary of playing one of their final concerts at Dodger Stadium.

To commemorate the evening, special ticket packages are being made available that include your ticket to the game vs. the Chicago Cubs and a special Beatles Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary Beach Towel. Only fans who purchase this special ticket package will be able to get the towel.

Fans who arrive at the stadium before 6pm on Friday will be able to see the ultimate tribute Beatles band The Fab Four, on field for a special pregame performance, playing note-for-note renditions of the Beatles' classics, including songs from their 1966 Dodger Stadium performance.

After the game, the Friday Night Fireworks will be set to a Beatles mix by host of Breakfast With The Beatles, Chris Carter.

Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

RTE Radio One to broadcast Beatles play on Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 08/18/16 9:30 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The national broadcaster in Ireland, RTE Radio One, will broadcast the play "Death and the Beatles Fan" by Stephen Kennedy at 8pm on Sunday, August 21.

The play is a black comedy about what happens when Death attempts to kill a Beatles' fan who really has no interest in dying, basically a Beatles-filled spoof of The Seventh Seal. The play will be directed by Gorretti Slavin, and features three great actors for the piece, Jonathan Ryan, Joe Taylor and Joe Hanley.

Beatle fans all over the world will be able to listen to the play at

Playwright Stephen Kennedy in Liverpool

Kennedy's play "John Lennon's Last Day" was recently put up by the BBC for the Imison Award, an award in the UK which is presented annually to the best audio drama script by a new writer. The play, performed by Ian Hart, was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 last October, to mark what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday.

His most recent stage play "Pete Best of The Beatles," which had its debut run at the New Theatre in Dublin in February, to full houses and standing ovations, returns in the autumn.

Beatles artist Jay Kelly debuts new work
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 08/15/16 11:03 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Young up-and-coming British artist Jay Kelly has just signed with 910 Public Relations, LLC, an independent PR firm specializing in promotions for Beatles and music-related artists and authors.

Based in Dorset, England, Jay Kelly is a home-schooled and self-taught artist. He passed his college course in cartooning at London Art College with a Diploma of Distinction in under seven months at the age of only 15. He is a fan of the 1960s and particularly The Beatles, interests that are heavily reflected in his work, which often lends itself to the "pop art" genre.

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"I always liked to draw, but got into art more seriously at the age of 13," says Kelly. "I discovered The Beatles about a year before that when I saw a tribute band play while on holiday. You could say they changed my life, particularly John Lennon.

"I used to draw only cartoons and caricatures, but The Beatles inspired me to do more than that," he continues. "I love drawing and painting musicians, and I'm constantly trying to perfect my craft."

Jay's media include: Acrylics on canvas, hand-drawn illustrations, caricature, portraiture, graphic design, and acrylic paintings on guitars. His latest works are a collection of pop art canvases featuring various 1960-70s music icons such as Lennon, Jim Morrison, Elton John, as well as a line art collection featuring Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.

Jay Kelly's art is for sale online, and he also takes specific requests. You can connect with him on Twitter at @jaykelly_ART and Facebook at Jay Kelly Art.

Denny Laine gets special Beatles tour of Los Angeles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/27/16 11:37 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last Sunday, Gillian Lomax's Beatles Magical History Tours of Los Angeles had a very special guest, founding member of The Moody Blues and guitarist with Paul McCartney and Wings, Denny Laine.

According to Gillian, there were "No Words" to describe how thrilling it was having Denny Laine come on her tour. She said, "Denny had a few things to take care of while in LA so we accommodated him as best we could. We stopped by Paul McCartney's house hoping he would "Let us In' for a cuppa tea, alas, Paulie wasn't home.

Denny Laine at Paul's house

"Went a few streets over to Ringo's house as Denny wanted to apply for the housesitting gig, but he wasn't home either and all he got was a 'Photograph' outside the gates. Driving up into the Hollywood Hills we went by George Harrison's old place on Blue Jay way and further up the hill shared a fantastic view of Los Angeles. Spending an afternoon with Denny Laine was superb to say the least."

Denny enjoying the view overlooking Hollywood

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. She says, "Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964."

The cost for the four hour tour is only $75 per person. To take a Magical History Tour, or for more information, visit

A splendid time was had by all on Gillian's tour on Sunday. If you haven't taken this tour, "Go Now!"

Warning: New Let It Be on Amazon just another old, bad copy
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 07/26/16 9:52 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Thanks to a reader report, we see a new listing in Amazon for a Limited Collector's Edition Let It Be to be released on DVD on August 5, 2016, and available for pre-order now.

However! This does not appear to be an official release, and does not appear to be the restored, remastered new release from the Beatles and Apple we've been waiting for all these years.

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It is described in the "Editorial Review" on its Amazon page as "Australia released, NTSC/Region 0 DVD" and listed in the "Product Details" as being released by "LA Entertainment," whoever that is.

It is unlikely this DVD will contain anything new, and is more than likely to contain the cropped, chopped and diced print that was copied from the 1981 laserdisc that many called "unwatchable" and has been re-distributed on VHS and DVD many times since.

We still have hope that the official, restored Let It Be film will be released by Apple some day, but we're not holding our breath. And this isn't it.

Tribute band to perform free concert in Tennessee tomorrow
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/13/16 1:35 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Nashville-based Beatles tribute band The WannaBeatles will perform a free, live concert at Music on the Main in Portland, Tennessee, tomorrow, July 14th, from 7-9 PM.

The WannaBeatles

The WannaBeatles consists of award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have "Come Together" to play the music they grew up with. Their hilarious parodies, on stage antics, and audience involvement combined with ground breaking visual effects that make The WannaBeatles show a "must see."

For more information about upcoming WannaBeatles shows, take a look at The WannaBeatles Concert Schedule.

Music on the Main is held at 106 Main Street in Portland, Tennessee. For more info on Music on the Main, visit Tennessee Town Planner.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy your favorite Beatle songs under the stars!

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