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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.

Update: Celebrities announced for Sunday Beatles tribute in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/07/14 7:44 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Several special guests have been announced for the special event being held in Hollywood on Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Opening the special event will be operatic soprano Shayne Dalva singing "Yesterday". Popular John Lennon look-and-sing-alike artist Tim Piper will be singing his original Beatles 50th anniversary song "The Shot Heard Round The World." Joining Tim will be Neil Burg who has performed many times with Tim as part of the world-famous Imagine The Beatles Tribute Band.

Tim Piper as John Lennon

Other guest musicians and singers, including Beatles tribute band Ye Olde Beetles and Beatles-influenced rocker from Pakistan, Tee-M, will perform the Beatles timeless and memorable songs throughout the celebratory afternoon event.

Special guest Ed Sullivan impersonator Michael Sherman will welcome the Beatles fans at the festive Hollywood gathering. Dennis Garling, an official Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Polisher, will coordinate the special cleaning and polishing of all the Fab Four's individual stars just prior to the start of the event. The event will conclude with everyone joining hands to form a large "Circle of Peace and Love".

The free-to-the-public gathering on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show will take place at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 9 at the stars for John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, which are all located side by side in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 N. Vine Street in Hollywood.

For more info visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com and facebook.com/BeatlesHollywood50.

Fans to celebrate Beatles 50th anniversary in Hollywood on Feb. 9
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 02/03/14 5:06 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Sunday, all four of the Beatles Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars in front of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood will be decorated with flowers and Beatles mementos at a free-to-the-public gathering on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first live performance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood

A special guest Ed Sullivan impersonator will welcome the Beatles fans at the festive Hollywood gathering. A specially decorated "Beatles 50" Anniversary Cake will be cut by Chris Carter, radio host of "Breakfast With The Beatles", and shared with all Beatles fans in attendance. Guest musicians and singers will perform the Beatles timeless and memorable songs throughout the celebratory afternoon event.

The special anniversary event is being held in support of the "Beatles NYC 50" events taking place to celebrate the memorable and history-changing musical anniversary.

The event takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 9 at the stars for John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, which are all located side by side in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building, which is located at 1750 N. Vine Street in Hollywood.

Check out the event's Facebook pages here and here. For further information call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000 or email him at JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

New tribute song celebrates Beatles U.S. 50th anniversary
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 01/31/14 4:22 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In 1775, "The Shot Heard Round The World" was the signal that the British were coming. In 1964, The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show was "The Shot Heard Round The World" that the British Invasion was coming!

World-famous John Lennon tribute performer Tim Piper has just finished an original track called "The Shot Heard Round the World," a beautifully sentimental rocker which pays homage to the night the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Gregg Bissonette recording with Tim Piper

Along with Tim's brother, Greg Piper, and keyboardist Morley Bartnoff, they also had the great honor of having Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr's drummer) play drums on the track. Also featured are Kat Raio (the singing voice for "Elmo"), and Clifford Carter (who plays with Letterman's Will Lee as well as other top-notchers) on strings and Hammond B3 organ.

95.5 FM KLOS's Chris Carter will close his next broadcast this weeekend of "Breakfast With The Beatles" as the first DJ to play the song. Then, on February 9, Rodney Bingenheimer will play the track on his 50th Beatles anniversary show on 106.7 KROQ FM.

A video of the song can be seen on TimPiperMusic.com and will be available on iTunes this Sunday.

Dutch Beatles Museum moves to new bigger home
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 01/29/14 11:11 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday, February 1, the Dutch Beatles Museum reopens in a brand new location, triple the size that it was before.

The museum grand opening will feature an appearance by special guest Berend Boudewijn, who interviewed The Beatles during their TV show in Hillegom, The Netherlands.


The museum is owned by Azing Moltmaker. In addition to the museum, Azing has also written 58 books about the Beatles.

The Dutch Beatles Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the first Sunday of every month. The new address of the Dutch Beatles museum is Kanaalkade 48, 1811LS Alkmaar, Netherlands. Admission is 2,50 per person. For more information, visit www.beatlesmuseum.nl.

Beatles tribute WannaBeatles to appear on national TV
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 01/24/14 4:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The popular Beatles tribute band The WannaBeatles will appear on the Huckabee show on the Fox News network on February 1st and 2nd at 8:00 PM Eastern time.

In addition to performing Beatles classics on show, the Grammy nominated group will debut "Because They Were Fab," an original song written in honor of the Beatles 50th anniversary. Governor Huckabee will be sitting in with the group on bass as the "Fifth WannaBeatle."

The WannaBeatles will also be performing in New York City on February 1st at New York's exciting new club, The Cutting Room at 44 East 32nd Street. Showtime at 8:00 PM.

The WannaBeatles

On February 9th, The WannaBeatles will headline a gala Beatles anniversary celebration at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. The free event is sponsored by Hippie Radio and will be webcast live at HippieRadio945.com from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. The WannaBeatles will recreate moments from The Ed Sullivan Show with their unique live to film sequence. It's all part of a weeklong series of events inspired by the historic February 9th appearance of the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show.

"Most of all, we enjoy bringing back memories and creating new ones," said WannaBeatles bandleader Dennis Scott.

To learn more about The WannaBeatles visit www.TheWannaBeatles.com or email dsmusic1@me.com. For Cutting Room tickets reservations go to www.ticketfly.com or call 212-691-1900. For Omni Hotel Nashville information call 615-782-5300.

Call for artists to appear in Beatles gallery show in North Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 01/23/14 8:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On February 7, Carter Sexton Artists Materials in North Hollywood, CA, will be presenting "All You Need Is Love," a Beatles themed Gallery show for local artists commemorating fifty years of the Beatles in America.


The call for artists to appear in the show only has a few days left, the deadline for submissions is this Monday, January 27. Artists can submit up to four pieces, there is no size restriction, and no fee to submit. There is a $10 fee per each piece accepted to be displayed in the show. Artists can submit images of their Beatles inspired artwork to gallery@cartersexton.com.

There will be a reception for the show at Carter Sexton on February 7, the 50 year anniversary of Beatles landing on US soil. The "All You Need Is Love" gallery show will run from February 7 through February 28. Carter Sexton Artists Materials is located at 5308 Laurel Canyon in North Hollywood, CA. For more information, call 818-763-5050 or visit cartersexton.com.

White Album performed live this Tuesday in Boston
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 01/23/14 3:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Tuesday, January 28, the Tom Appleman Band with guests will perform The Beatles' legendary album, The White Album, in it's entirety, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, home of the first ever college course in the music of John Lennon.

The performance will be lead by Berklee faculty member Tom Appleman and also features Corin Ashley, who recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Roadand performed or wrote with Al Kooper, T Bone Burnett, Ken Stringfellow (Posies/Big Star), Cardinal and Martin Carr (of Liverpool band the Boo Radleys).


Also taking part are drummer Matt Burwell (Bleu/The Pills), Brian E. King of popular Boston band Parks and Berklee guitar instructor Joe Musella. The band will be augmented by students from the Berklee College of Music, a 4 piece horn section, 2 winds, and a string quartet.

The show starts at 8:15 on January 28 at The Berklee Performance Center, which is located at 136 Mass Ave. in Boston. For tickets and more information, check out their Facebook event page.

Beatles host to give away copy of the new Capitol albums collection
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 01/21/14 4:18 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, January 21, in celebration of the Beatles' 50th Anniversary of their arrival in America, the new collection "The U.S. Albums," a 13-CD collection that spans their 1964 release, "Meet The Beatles" to 1970's "Hey Jude" is being released by Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol. Ken Michaels, host of the Beatles shows "Every Little Thing" and "Things We Said Today" with Steve Marinucci, is running a special contest to win all 13 CDs on his website, www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Ken's website, a fun source for Beatles trivia and interviews with many people connected to the Beatles, recently started running "Special Contests" in which Beatles fans could win unique prizes. This time, fans can win the entire CD library of the American albums.

Of the unique prizes offered through his "Special Contests" in the past two months, Ken has given away a signed lithograph from Julian Lennon for his recent album "Everything Changes," and a signed DVD from Freda Kelly for the new documentary "Good Ol' Freda."

Ken Michaels on the air with Ringo Starr

Ken's Beatles programs for "Every Little Thing" and "Things We Said Today" will be featuring specials commemorating the 50th Anniversary. His live broadcast of "Every Little Thing' is heard on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. "Things We Said Today" is a weekly news-centered podcast on the Beatles co-hosted by Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner) heard on www.podbean.com and iTunes.

Ken will also be emceeing one of the "Across The Universe" concerts of Beatles tribute bands at the Hudson Theatre, NYC on Feb. 10 (2-7pm,) and will be at the Fest for Beatles Fans, Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC on Feb. 11. For more information on Ken's work on the Beatles, visit www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Liverpool legend to write foreword for 3rd book in John Lennon Series
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 12/17/13 5:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

She Loves You, the third book in the nine book John Lennon Series by Jude Southerland Kessler, will include some very familiar names from the Beatles world, including Beatles authority and the creator of MerseyBeat magazine, Bill Harry. Bill has agreed to again write the foreword for this third book, along with making himself available for consulting and contributing rare photos.

Bill Harry

As a soon-to-be new author in 2007, Jude Southerland Kessler originally thought Bill Harry was out of the realm of possibilities. "Rather star struck, I wrote to Bill, thinking, 'Oh he's a vastly important Beatles' authority, author, and one of John's best friends. I'm sure he'll never answer a fledgling author like me,'" said Kessler. "Not only did he answer my question immediately, but he agreed to write the Foreword." And so began a friendship that has lasted two decades and three installments of Jude Kessler's John Lennon Series.

Bill Harry is the author of The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia, The John Lennon Encyclopedia and Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Single.

She Loves You is due to be released on February 7 and will debut at It Was 50 Years Ago Today! An International Beatles Celebration in Altoona, PA and at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Manhattan that same weekend.

For more information on Jude Southerland Kessler and the John Lennon Series, go to www.JohnLennonSeries.com.

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