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John Lennon's vision becomes reality
[Posted by Bruce Spizer on Wednesday, 11/17/10 8:21 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The announcement that the Beatles catalog is now available for downloads from iTunes should not have surprised anyone.

After the Beatles management company, Apple Corps Ltd., settled its litigation with Apple, Inc., the computer company, it was only a matter of time before the similarly named Apple companies and EMI would work out an agreement to make the Beatles catalog available on iTunes. When the Apple Records catalog of artists whose names are not John, Paul, George or Ringo became available through iTunes last month, the Beatles catalog was sure to follow.

This development brings back memories of a comment made by John Lennon on May 14, 1968, when he and Paul were guests on NBC TV's Tonight Show to promote the Beatles homegrown business venture, Apple Corps.

John explained to guest host Joe Garagiola, "We've got this thing called Apple, which is going to be records, film and electronics, which all tie up."

Unfortunately John did not live to see the day where music, video and computers mesh together to provide entertainment. John knew they were interrelated way back in 1968. It just took a while for another company named Apple to help make John's vision a reality.

And we all shine on.

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Sun Kings to perform Friday night to benefit education
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 11/11/10 2:46 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Friday November 12, Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings asks for your help in an effort that is very personal to them. Our public schools' most creative outlets for students, art, music, drama, sciences, are endangered. In an attempt to make a difference for their hometown of Alameda, California, they will be appearing at "All Together Now," an evening made to make you feel good for a cause.

In addition to a free glass of wine, fine food is available. DJ Peter Fletcher will play hits from extensive record collection. And there will be a raffle for a new iPad or the Beatles Love show at the Mirage in Vegas, room included.

"All Together Now" takes place tomorrow night at Auctions by the Bay Theatre, which is located at 2700 Saratoga Street, in Alameda. Doors open at 6 PM, tickets are $40 when bought online and $50 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Alameda Education Foundation.

Mersey Beatles to break Beatles Cavern record
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Thursday, 11/11/10 9:01 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tonight, November 11th, the Mersey Beatles will be the first Beatles tribute band to have played Liverpool's Cavern Club 292nd times, as many times as the Beatles themselves.

Between 1961 and 1963, the Beatles played a total of 292 times at the Cavern Club when they played the Cavern Club for the last time and final appearance on August 3rd, 1963. Next Thursday night, November 18th, the Mersey Beatles make history when they play their 293rd appearance and break the record set by the Beatles and also of any Beatles tribute band at the Cavern Club.

The Mersey Beatles outside the Cavern

Steven Howard, who plays Paul in the Mersey Beatles, said, "When we're 64 and we're looking back on our time as The Mersey Beatles, I think breaking the Beatles record of 292 appearances at The Cavern Club will be number one on the list of achievements. Having travelled the world & played places such as Abbey Road studios I hope this gives some idea of the importance of the club to us & the esteem in which we hold it."

Their show starts 10pm every Thursday night at Liverpool's Cavern Club on Matthew Street. For more information check out to their website.

Band on the Run featured in radio special
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/01/10 6:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Our pal Ken Michaels, host of the Beatles show Every Little Thing, is hosting a very special one-hour syndicated radio special for the newly remastered Band on the Run box set.

The show includes new interviews with Paul McCartney, Denny Laine and producer/arranger Tony Visconti, and features classic tracks from the Band on the Run album along with music from the 1974 documentary "One Hand Clapping."

This very special show will run from now through November, and will air on over 200 U.S. radio stations. It To find out if the show is running in your area, send an email to Ken at

BEATexpo 2010 tickets now on sale
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 10/14/10 5:54 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Liverpool Productions' BEATexpo 2010 returns Saturday, November 27th and Sunday, November 28th to the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford, CT. Tickets are now on sale only $15.75 in advance, and special discounted BEATexpo room rates at the hotel are available only until November 1st.

Denny Laine and Tommy Roe

Special Guests include Denny Laine, Tommy Roe, Beatles recording engineer Richard Langham, guitarist Carlos Alomar, 60's Liverpool singer & Beatles-friend Julie Grant, bassist Gary Van Scyoc from Elephants Memory, Hullabaloo's Lada Edmund, Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan, Sid Bernstein, Lennon engineer Dennis Ferrante, artist Shannon, singers Ian Lloyd of The Stories with John Ford of The Strawbs, authors Jude Kessler, David Bedford, Kevin Roach and Judith Furedi.

The official convention band is New York's The MerseyBeat and also performing will be McCartney tribute One Sweet Dream and comedian Benjy G. The new movie on Lennon, "Let Him Be," will have its New England premiere as part of the BEATexpo Fab Film Fest, and there will be dealers and exhibitors.

For more info, email, call (203) 795-4737 or visit

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Celebrate John's 70th birthday with MPFree download
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 10/10/10 3:00 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

To commemorate John Lennon's seventieth birthday, Detroit-based indie band Skeleton Crew will make an MPFree (Free MP3) music download of their version of John's I Am The Walrus available to the world. The high quality, 320 kbps MP3 download can be downloaded for free the entire month of October from here and from here.

Skeleton Crew

There's just one (positive) catch. Skeleton Crew is asking all those who download the free song to consider becoming a "tributary of peace." John and Yoko were at the forefront of the modern peace movement. Their vision embraced new technologies to encourage peace and love throughout the world. Noting that the Internet is like a mammoth "river of peaceful possibilities," Skeleton Crew lead singer, William Pilipchuk would like to encourage the masses to follow in Yoko's footsteps as she continues to harness the powerful connectivity of the Internet to help humanity embrace and share peace and love.

Skeleton Crew drummer Greg Tyler said, "In this era of instant-everything where it seems people are talking more and listening less, one thing has remained constant: we're still listening to music. The celebration of John Lennon's 70th birthday is the perfect time to once again embrace his medium of choice - music - to encourage the world to start listening to each other, keep the peace and stop the proliferation of fear and hate.

After downloading the Free MP3 of I Am The Walrus, Skeleton Crew encourages everyone to visit Yoko Ono's website, Imagine Peace to see how she is utilizing the Internet to spread positive messages.

Fans pay birthday visits to John Lennon's Mendips home
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 10/09/10 11:03 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

During a brief 10 minute visit outside of John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool on Menlove Avenue known as "Mendips" today, no fewer than 3 tour buses and 5 taxis, minibuses and private cars drove up to John's home. There were so many visitors that an icecream truck was parked outside doing a brisk business.

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As you can see from the photo, many fans left at the car park gate roses, cards, notes and mementos celebrating John's 70th birthday today and the sun is still shining this afternoon which doesn't happen too often in cloudy England.

Happy 70th birthday, John!

2-for-1 tickets now available for Lennon tribute on Sunday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/08/10 5:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Remember Lennon: Imagine 70 is a special tribute concert honoring the former Beatle one day after what would have been his 70th birthday. And now Liverpool Tours has announced a special two-for one deal for tickets at the Sunday 3:00 pm show at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT.

Fans who present this special coupon will receive one free ticket w/purchase of one full-priced ticket. This special deal is limited to 2 free tickets per customer, the coupon must be presented at theatre Box Office to redeem this special offer. The Garde Arts Center box office will be open on Sunday, Oct 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. No online, email or phone orders. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined w/any other special or offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer valid only on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

Click here for the coupon, or call the box office at 860-444-7373.

The Garde Arts Center is located at 325 State Street in New London, CT.

Discovering L.A.'s hidden Beatles history
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 10/05/10 1:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last weekend, I tagged along with Gillian Lomax on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles. I have lived in Los Angeles for more than thirty years, I've been a Beatles fans since the day they were on the Ed Sullivan show, and I'm in "The Beatles Biz." But I must admit, Gillian's tour taught me things about the Beatles history of L.A. that even I didn't know.

No place in the U.S. has as much Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour. The tour stops at several important sites, and she narrates about the various locations as she drives.

Gillian Lomax

I don't want to give away all the surprises, but I can tell you that even if you're a "native" Los Angelino like me, Gillian's tour will take you places you've never been and some places you pass by every day and didn't know they were part of L.A.'s Beatles heritage, both things of the past, related to John and George, and places in L.A. where Beatles Paul and Ringo can still be found today.

But the best part of the tour for me was sharing it all with Gillian and the other Beatles fans who were on the tour. Each of GIllian's tours is a small, intimate group, making the Magical History Tour a personal experience you'll remember for a long time.

This weekend is John Lennon's 70th birthday, and Gillian is taking out a special John Lennon celebration tour this Saturday. She already has some fans committed for this tour, but can always fit in a few more. If you'd like to go along, you can make a reservation on Gillian's website,

Fab Faux tribute to John Lennon on his birthday this Saturday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 10/04/10 6:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

There will be a special Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon Concert by The Fab Faux at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, on this Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm.

October 9 would be the 70th birthday of John Lennon, and you can join The Fab Faux celebrating his life and music, spanning both his Beatles and solo careers. Known for their spot-on recreations of the most demanding Beatles music, The Fab Faux will be joined by The Hogshead Horns, Creme Tangerine Strings, plus a chorus and special musical guests.

There will also be a special post-show meet-and-greet with the band available for an additional $30 per ticket.

The Keswick Theatre is located at 291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA. Their phone number is 215-572-7650 or you can check them out on the web at

For more info about the Fab Faux, visit

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