|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
VIP tickets for Beatles Love in Las Vegas up for auction
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 04/18/14 3:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction off an incredible experience that celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles to raise funds for One Drop, a non-profit organization that strives to ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever, through innovative projects worldwide.
Fans can now bid on an amazing opportunity to see the Beatles Cirque style. The winner will receive two premium seats to Love, Cirque du Soleil's spectacular show that explores the contents of Beatles songs in a series of scenes underscored by aerial performance, extreme sports, and urban freestyle dance. The winning bidder and a guest will also get access to a backstage tour and a photo op, plus alcoholic beverages and popcorn!
Love explores the contents of Beatles songs in a series of scenes inhabited by real and imaginary people. The international cast of 60 channels a raw, youthful energy underscored by aerial performance, extreme sports and urban freestyle dance.
Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through incredible online auctions with the world's top celebrities and brands.
Bidding for this unique, backstage experience is open now through this coming Tuesday, April 22nd. To bid, and for more information, visit www.charitybuzz.com.
George Harrison birthday celebration this Tuesday in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/21/14 9:39 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A George Harrison birthday celebration will take place this Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at George Harrison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood.
There will be a "Cake-Cutting Ceremony" led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles." George Harrison and Beatles fans are invited to bring their musical instruments to perform and jam at this special musical tribute honoring the late, legendary singer, songwriter and "quiet Beatle". Fans will bring flowers, candles and other symbols of peace and love to place at George's star. The event is free to the public.
George Harrison was born February, 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.
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, call Jerry Rubin at (310) 399-1000, email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net or check out Beatles Hollywood 50 on Facebook.
Friends to meet in Los Angeles to wish George happy birthday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/18/14 1:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Next Tuesday, George Harrison would have been 71 years old. A few friends, including Beatles news personality Gillian Lomax and myself, Adam Forrest, are going to meet up again at "The George Harrison Tree" up at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon to remember George and wish him "Happy Birthday".
|Fans meeting at George's tree in 2012|
On February 22, 2004, the City of Los Angeles declared it George Harrison day and unveiled this plaque at a ceremony attended by George's friend Jackie Lomax, who played a song he wrote as a tribute to George, "Friend Of Mine."
For those of us in Los Angeles, George's tree is sort of like our Strawberry Fields in New York City where fans meet to remember John. Many fans meet to remember George at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but George's tree is a quieter place fans can come together and reflect in a natural atmosphere that George would have really liked.
George's tree is at the very tip of the north end of the Griffith Obersvatory parking lot. Here is a satellite view of the location of George's tree up at Griffith Observatory. Here is a Google Map to the location.
We will meet at George's tree next Tuesday, February 25, at 3:00 pm. If you're in the area, I hope we'll see you there!
Plaque commemorating the Beatles unveiled at JFK Airport
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 02/07/14 2:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A new plaque was unveiled today by the NY/NJ Port Authority at JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival at JFK Airport on February 7th 1964. Many Beatles fans made the trek out to JFK for the dedication and unveiling to kick off the first event for the 3 day Fest for Beatles Fans 50th Anniversary weekend.
|Billy J. Kramer and Ken Dashow unveil the plaque|
Famed Rock musician Billy J Kramer, who will be performing at the Fest for Beatles Fans special NYC 50th anniversary weekend, and fest Co-Master of Ceremonies DJ Ken Dashow unveiled the plaque. Beatles tribute band "Liverpool" played several Beatles hits from 1964 at the ceremony.
Click here to see a larger image of the plaque.
|Dignitaries and guests at plaque unveiling|
In addition, several VIP guests from Liverpool were on hand, including Liverpool's Lord Mayor Gary Millar, and Liverpool Councillor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, Wendy Simon. Liverpool's Cavern Club Bill Heckle, Jon Keats and Cavern Club Beatles made a quick appearance after just arriving from London at JFK minutes earlier.
For more info for the Fest for Beatles Fans 50th anniversary weekend, go to thefest.com.