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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).

Epstein actor unveils Blue Plaque celebrating life of Beatles manager
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/30/14 3:02 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street and The Bill) joined special guests in London on Sunday to unveil a prestigious Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque to celebrate the life of Beatles' Manager, Brian Epstein. The invite was particularly poignant for the Southport actor who resumes the role of Brian in the play Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, when the production opens in London's West End at the end of July.

The two man play also features up-and-coming actor Will Finlason, who also joined Lancel at the event. They performed a reading from the show for the audience at the event, and also performed the song Baby It's You.

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Will Finlason and Andrew Lancel at Blue Plaque unveiling

Andrew said, "I am truly honored to have been part of the official party to unveil a prestigious Blue Plaque in Brian's honor. Brian was a pioneer who worked tirelessly for his artists, and what he achieved was remarkable. It is very fitting there is now a permanent reminder to recognize his contribution to the world music scene, he shaped history and his artists still very much influence today's music scene. I am very much looking forward to playing Brian in London, and telling his fascinating story to West End audiences."

The play Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, a fascinating window into the much speculated private world of the music entrepreneur, premiered in Liverpool in November 2012 at the newly opened Epstein Theatre, as part of The Beatles' 50th anniversary program. The show will be performed at the Leicester Square Theatre in London from July 30 through September 6, 2014. Tickets, priced at 30.00 and 42.50, are available at the box office, online at www.leicestersquaretheatre.com or via telephone at 08448 733433.

Beatles historian honors Brian Epstein at Blue Plaque unveiling
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/30/14 2:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Brian Epstein was honored on Sunday in London with the unveiling of a Blue Plaque on the building from which he managed the Beatles between 1964-1967, on Sutherland House in Argyll Street in the heart of London's West End. Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises was headquartered there on the fifth floor of the building from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after his tragic accidental death in August 1967, aged just 32.

Keynote speaker, humorist/producer and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who instigated and ran the ultimately successful 15-year campaign to get Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said at the event, "This is a remarkable and joyous occasion and so fitting that Brian should be honored at the location from which he orchestrated the transformation of the Beatles from four young hopefuls into the global cultural and social phenomenon that they became and have remained for the last 50 years. Thanks to The Heritage Foundation, the Blue Plaque will now become a new landmark where Beatles fans visiting London can pay their respects to the man without whom we most assuredly would never have had the gift of the Beatles.

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The Beatles and Brian Epstein in 1964

"Now that Brian is finally in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been saluted with this prestigious Blue Plaque, there is still more for admirers of Brian to do. Lovers of the Beatles must make sure that fellow fans, especially the younger ones, know how crucial Brian was to their success. The LGBT community should take greater pride in the massive achievements of this sensitive, brilliant man who was gay in an era when society deemed being gay as aberrant behavior punishable by imprisonment. And the Jewish community ought to express more pride in the vast contributions to the world's culture that emanated from a young man who was a proud Jew at a time of pervasive antisemitism in Britain.

"Brian gave us the Beatles. Now we must do everything we can to ensure that Brian is given his due. My pal Andrew Oldham, Rolling Stones manager and producer, sums it up best. He said, 'The Beatles changed our lives. Brian Epstein changed theirs.'"

Mr. Lewis is also the creator/host of the official Brian Epstein website.

San Fernando Valley gets Ticket To Ride this Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 06/26/14 3:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ticket to Ride, A Tribute to the Beatles will be performing live on Sunday, June 29 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.

Beatles fans Come Together next Friday for Beatles Fan Day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 05/30/14 2:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Friday, on June 6 at 6:00pm, Beatles fans will Come Together to listen to the Beatles' All You Need Is Love, everywhere, all over the planet, at the same time, to celebrate International Beatles Fan Day!


Beatles Fan Day was created in 2008 so that Beatles fans everywhere could have one special day they can call their own, to share their love of the Beatles with their friends, their community, and the world.

On Beatles Fan Day, Beatles fans get together with friends in groups large and small, in public venues and private parties, wear their Beatles t-shirts, play Beatles music and share their memories of the Beatles. It's a day to give thanks for the Beatles and how they made the world such a better place.

The main event of Beatles Fan Day is when fans all get together all over the world and share the Beatles' All You Need Is Love at the same time. Called 6/6@6 (pronounced six-six-at-six) for June 6 at 6:00pm, fans can chose to celebrate at 6:00pm their local time, or 6:00pm Liverpool time, or both!


On June 6, 1962, The Beatles met record producer George Martin for the first time at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London. At the end of that combination audition and also proper recording session, The Beatles signed a recording contract with EMI. Meeting George Martin was the final piece in the puzzle of the success of The Beatles. Beatles Fan Day is celebrated on June 6 to commemorate this so important day in the history of The Beatles.

So, join in the fun, and get together with your friends this Friday for 6/6@6! Check out Beatles Fan Day on the net for more info!

Beatles performer in London? You're on!
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 05/27/14 4:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Next Tuesday, 3 June, Be On The Scene will take fans back in time and present a Beatles themed open mic evening at the Zebrano Bar in the Soho area of London, hosted by Tom Lukas, and some slots for performers are still open!

All performers in the open mic show will get a 3 songs set, it can be only one Beatles song or three, it is up to the performer.

Be On The Scene, a social website which helps artists get noticed by connecting them with the audience, puts together regular events to promote emerging artists. Each week they run a weekly open mic event at two venues in London and once a month, the event has a special theme.


Next week's special Beatles themed open mic event takes place at the Zebrano Bar, which is located at 18 Greek street, London W1D 3DS. Doors are open all day, live music starts at 7:00 pm, and continues through 10:30, entry is free and it's happy hour, plus proper food is also available.

Book now and step on the stage! For more information, visit Be On The Scene.

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