|Lost piece of music history we're dying to see released |
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/28/17 7:40 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
(From the article "13 lost pieces of music history that we're dying to see released" on ToneDeaf.com)
In 1968, Paul McCartney agreed to contribute a piece of music to an art show held by British designer David Vaughan. The contributed piece, entitled "Carnival Of Light", is said to be one of the longest, and most psychedelic of all the pieces of music recorded by The Beatles.
Consisting of distorted guitars, church organs, and screamed phrases from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it doesn't appear to be one of the Fab Four's most palatable works.
|Oiriginal poster for Carnival of Light art show|
The track is said to be incredibly avant-garde, and certainly not something that would be found on any of the group's records, so naturally, we want to hear it.
Surprisingly though, Paul McCartney actually wants us to hear it, and has actively campaigned to have the track released. He tried to get it released back in 1995, but George Harrison denied its release, and if McCartney wants it to be released now, he would need consent from Ringo Starr and the widows of Lennon and Harrison.
However, considering all he has done for music in the past, we're sure McCartney will find a way to let us finally hear this unreleased piece of Beatles history.
Read the full article here.
Paul McCartney's personal mix tape
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Los Angeles Beatles tour remembers George Harrison this weekend
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 02/22/17 1:10 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
This weekend, February 25, would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday. To celebrate, Gillian Lomax, herself a fellow UK native, will be taking Los Angeles Beatles fans on a special Magical History Tour this Sunday that will highlight many of the places in the Los Angeles area that were special to him.
Some of the special stops on the tour of interest to George Harrison fans include the house up on Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills, where George lived in the late 60's and wrote the famous song, and another house in Holmby Hills that he rented.
In addition, the tour will visit the breathtaking Lake Shrine in Pacific Pallisades. A very emotional part of the tour, this was one of George's favorite places in Los Angeles.
The tour will also visit the "George Harrison Tree" memorial in Griffith Park. This special memorial was dedicated on February 22, 2004, which was also declared George Harrison Day in Los Angeles.
|The George Harrison Tree memorial|
There are other George surprises on the tour, as well as many other interesting places that are part of the fascinating history of the Beatles in Los Angeles. And since it will be Oscars day in Los Angeles, there may be some additional star-studded sights!
The cost for this special tour is $75. To join the tour this Sunday, February 26, and for more information about Gillian Lomax's Magical History Tour of Los Angeles, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.
Is Ringo recording a new album with Peter Frampton?
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 02/01/17 10:44 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Ringo Starr posted this on his official Twitter account on Monday:
Ringo told Billboard last June that he was well into recording a new studio album, which he's hoping to release in early 2017, and eight songs were already in the works, but there was no mention at the time of his working with Peter Frampton.
Stay tuned for updates!
John Lennon car sells at auction
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 01/24/17 1:51 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
According to Page Six, A 1956 Austin Princess formerly owned by John Lennon has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $159,500. The sale included the car's original, registration signed by John Lennon.
|John Lennon's 1956 Austin Princess|
Originally designed to be a hearse, the car was purchased by Lennon in 1971, and customized with two rows of airline seats, giving the interior a very unique look. The Austin Princess was personally selected by Lennon because the doors opened to a wider angle, allowing for a quick escape from throngs of adoring fans.
The car was seen extensively in John Lennon's 1972 made-for-TV documentary "Imagine" with Yoko Ono.
Read the entire article here.
New Paul McCartney album anticipated in 2017
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In an article entitled "63 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017", Rolling Stone writes:
After announcing his return to Capitol Records, for whom the Beatles famously recorded, 74-year-old Paul McCartney wrapped up his 2016 tour and began work on his first album since 2013's New, going into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele.
McCartney has also recorded tracks, including at least one with Lady Gaga, for an unnamed animation project.
"I'll put out my next album, but I won't think I'm gonna sell a lot," he told Rolling Stone last year. "I'm putting it out because I have songs that I like. And I will do my best job. The scene has changed, but it doesn't disturb me, because I had the best of it."
Read the entire article here.
Beatlefan magazine uncovers story behind forgotten Beatles album
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 12/28/16 4:22 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The latest issue of Beatlefan magazine looks at the story behind one of the least-known Beatles albums, "A Collection of Beatles Oldies."
Bruce Spizer and Ken Orth tell how the hits collection issued outside the U.S., and its colorful cover design, came to be. Plus, Brad Hundt looks at why another collection that was issued in the U.S., "20 Greatest Hits," didn't have the impact that the later "1" collection would enjoy.
Also in the new issue, Kit O'Toole offers an in-depth survey of George Harrison's career in the 1980s, and how he managed to reinvent himself professionally and stage a major comeback, culminating with "Cloud Nine" and the Traveling Wilburys, and Wally Podrazik offers an appreciation of the recent "Eight Days a Week" film, while Tom Frangione reviews its home video release.
In addition, Al Sussman weighs in on the fan debate over Paul McCartney's voice, and Rip Rense writes an open letter to Ringo Starr suggesting he reunite with a past creative partner (and not the one you're thinking of). Plus, all the latest news, including tour reports, and reviews of new video, books and recordings.
A sample issue costs $8 in the U.S. or $12 abroad. U.S. funds only. If you want the latest issue, be sure to specify #223. A year's subscription in the U.S. costs $34 for six issues. For credit card orders, call 404-713-6432 or email email@example.com. For more info, check out www.beatlefan.com, you can also follow Beatlefan on Twitter and become a fan of Beatlefan on Facebook.
John Lennon memorial to be held tomorrow in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 12/07/16 8:57 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A John Lennon Public Memorial Remembrance will be held on Thursday, December 8 to honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
|John Lennon's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame|
The event will include special guest speakers journalist Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me On Tour, and Chris Carter, radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles.
Fans of Lennon and the Beatles are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around his star. Fans are also invited to share songs, poems and personal remembrances at the event. Lennon was shot and killed by a lone gunman on December 8, 1980 in front of his Dakota Apartments residence in New York City.
The event will be held starting 6:00pm until 7:30pm at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star which is located at 1750 Vine Street in front of Capitol Records.
For further information visit www.facebook.com/BeatlesMemorialCelebrations/.
George Harrison 15th annual remembrance tomorrow in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/28/16 3:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The 15th Anniversary George Harrison Public Memorial Remembrance will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29 , to honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member, who passed away on November 29, 2001 at the age of 58 in Los Angeles following a long bout with lung cancer.
Fans of Harrison and the Beatles are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around his star. Fans are also invited to share songs, poems and personal remembrances at the event "open mic".
|George Harrison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame|
The event will be held starting 6:00pm, until 8:00pm, at George Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, which is located at 1750 Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building.
Also set for Thursday, December 8 is the annual John Lennon Public Memorial Remembrance, which starts 6:00pm at Lennon's Walk of Fame Star in the same location.
For further information visit www.facebook.com/BeatlesMemorialCelebrations/
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.
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 www.beatlesattheridge.com. For more information on Sara Schmidt and her book, visit www.stlbeatles.com or her blog at www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com.