|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.
"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.
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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 amagicalhistorytour.com.
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.
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 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!
Beatlefan Magazine exposes truth about the Butcher Cover
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 06/24/16 2:32 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Everyone thinks they know the tale of the controversial "Butcher" cover for The Beatles' U.S. "Yesterday and Today" album, but the truth is more complex and fascinating, as Bruce Spizer writes in the next issue of Beatlefan Magazine.
Despite what you have read in countless books, articles, Internet sites and blogs, the "Capitol Butchers The Beatles" story is just that; a story, and a wrong one at that. Get the true story in the new Beatlefan, along with Ken Orth's look at Robert Freeman's "lost" cover for the "Revolver" album, Kit O'Toole's examination of how John Lennon adopted the principles of the advertising world in his anti-war campaign and Jeff Slate's conversation with biographer Philip Norman about how he came to change his view of Paul McCartney.
Also in this issue, Rip Rense makes the case for a "new" Threetles recording and Rick Glover assesses Macca's revamped road show. Plus, there are reviews of new books, broadcasts and recordings, including the controversial "Pure McCartney" collection, and all the latest news and reports from Paul and Ringo's new tours.
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 #220. A year's subscription in the U.S. costs $34 for six issues. For credit card orders, call 404-713-6432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, check out www.beatlefan.com, you can also follow Beatlefan on Twitter and become a fan of Beatlefan on Facebook.
Ticket To Ride returns to San Fernando Valley this Sunday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 06/22/16 1:35 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Ticket to Ride, A Tribute to the Beatles will be performing live on Sunday, June 26 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.
Did litigation kill the Beatles?
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 05/20/16 10:23 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
As the most successful band in history, the Beatles generated not only a record number of music hits but probably more legal disputes than any other music group before or since.
The newest May 2016 Issue of ABA Journal Magazine includes an in depth article about how, as the first international rock band brand in a still nascent music business, and guided by a neophyte personal manager, the Beatles became entangled in a distracting series of legal problems nearly from the start of their career.
The ABAJournal.com is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association and includes stories that go beyond the headlines, from the pages of the nation's most-read and most-respected legal affairs magazine. For more info, visit the ABA Journal website.
New Beatlefan Magazine celebrates life of Sir George Martin
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 04/25/16 1:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The latest issue of Beatlefan Magazine celebrates the life of Sir George Martin with a special section led off by Allan Kozinn's assessment of the career of the man Paul McCartney said deserved, more than anyone, to be called the fifth Beatle. Also, Al Sussman offers a baker's dozen of Martin's best productions, and Tom Frangione recalls meeting Sir George.
Also in the new issue, Beatlefan marks the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a perceptive examination of Macca in 1976 by Robert Rodriguez, plus photos and memories from Jorie Gracen and other fans. And Wally Podrazik looks at how McCartney chose to make his recent musical emoji project for Skype yet another artistic exploration, while "Beatleness" author Candy Leonard argues that "Nowhere Man" was The Beatles' first "political" song.
The new Beatlefan also has fan reaction to the forthcoming "Pure McCartney" compilation, tour details and much more.
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 #219. 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.
Denny Laine to perform this Saturday at San Diego Beatles Fair
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 03/22/16 2:03 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
This Saturday, original member of the Moody Blues and member of Paul McCartney and Wings from 1971 to 1981, Denny Laine, will appear at the 2016 San Diego Beatles Fair at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center in San Diego.
Denny Laine will perform the Moody Blues' first hit "Go Now" from 1964, and also participate in a Q&A, hosted by Bart Mendoza. Also appearing will be the Baja Bugs, True Stories, Cody Lovaas, the Dave Humphries Band, and more. And, Pat Matthews and Gillian Lomax from Beatles-a-Rama internet radio will be at the event with special prizes to give away!
|Tribute band performing at previous San Diego Beatles Fair|
In addition, a whole block of Ohio Street nearby will feature everything Beatles, an awesome selection of goods including memorabilia, collectibles, as well as a large variety of hand made one-of-a-kind Beatles merchandise.
Food trucks will be on-site providing some of San Diego's finest cuisines. There will also be the 21+ patio area for adult beverages, as well as the acoustic open mic stage located on the back patio this year.
This will be the fourth year that the San Diego Beatles Fair has been hosted on Queen Bee's stage.
The 2016 San Diego Beatles Fair takes place at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center which is located at 3925 Ohio Street in San Diego, Ca (map), on Saturday, March 26, from Noon - 11 PM on Queen Bee's Main Stage.
For more info, visit their website at sandiegobeatlesfair.com or click here for tickets.
Actress to crowdfund film about segregation and The Beatles in 1964
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 03/04/16 2:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
After years of waiting for her big break in Hollywood, Shannon Joy Rodgers has set out to create her own big break. Shannon has written, and will edit and star in Blackbird, a short film that she is currently trying to crowdfund on Kickstarter. She hopes to raise $18,000 by March 10, 2016 to cover production costs, equipment, casting, extras, crew, location rental, set design, costumes, food, editing, sound editing and color. A portion of the money raised will also be used to submit her film to Film Festivals.
Blackbird is the story of a young black girl living in the south in 1964 that is trying to attend a racially segregated Beatles concert. The short film will be set during the height of Beatlemania and the civil rights movement in the U.S. and will lead up to an actual Beatles concert that took place on September 11, 1964 in Jacksonville, FL that was surrounded by racial controversies, when the Beatles refused to perform until they received assurance from the promoter that the audience would not be segregated.
|Shannon Joy Rodgers|
Shannon was heavily influenced by the live music scene, having grown up in Austin, TX, live music capital of the world. In her youth, she spent many weekends at Emo's, Stubbs and other venues in downtown Austin. 50 years prior, Shannon's mother lived during the Civil Rights era, went to a segregated school and was banned from entering certain establishments. The contrast of how times were for each growing up is why this story is so important to her.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Shannon Joy Rodgers moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue an acting career, and has appeared in over a dozen different TV series, The Conan O'Brien Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Once funded, the film Blackbird, directed by Paul Briganti, will go into production in the summer of 2016.
"With proper funding, this project can make you feel as if you've fallen into a 1960's time warp!" says Rodgers about her film.
For more information, visit the Blackbird Kickstarter webpage.