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Tribute concert was once in a lifetime experience
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 08/30/10 9:21 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Saturday night's fundraiser, Beatles: Peace, Love, and Understanding, at the The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was a once in a lifetime experience and for Beatles fans, this concert was the most memorable of this year's Beatles Week 2010 in Liverpool.

The concert featured over 24 various performers and guest speakers from all over the world. Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, opened the evening, followed by Jon Keats of Cavern City Club who was the man primarily responsible for organizing this near marathon of different performers and speakers, along with Bill Heckle of Cavern City Tours. Other guest speakers such as Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister, gave a fascinating background into the meaning of "Jai Guru Deva Om" which John sings in "Across the Universe." According to Julia, "Jai Guru Deva Om" loosely means victory to the greatness within each of us and recognizing the greatness within each of us.

The Dovedale School Choir from Liverpool along with solo artist Marcus Cahill of Australia were among the many outstanding performers and helped steal the show by singing together John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas War Is Over.' Pepperland from Sweden played 13 Beatles songs to finish the first half and Nube 9 from Argentina performed 13 songs from the Beatles solo collection in the second half of the concert.

The sound of John Lennon's voice was heard as performing artist Mark McGann talked about what 'Peace and Love' meant to John Lennon. Mark performs as John Lennon in Sunday's show at the Liverpool Philharmonic in which he does an amazing portrayal of John Lennon from before the Beatles became the Beatles until his tragic death.

A rendition of "Let It Be" by three Russian scientists based in Antarctica after an introduction by a Russian Orthodox Monk also based next door to the scientists in Antarctica was amongst the highlights of last night's once in a lifetime concert.

The concert was filmed so hopefully it will become available if you missed this truly once in a lifetime concert. Check with the Anglican Cathedral website that includes an on line gift store.

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The Overtures is best show of Beatles week 2010 so far
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/28/10 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

One of the highlights of this year's Liverpool Beatles Festival was last night's Overtures concert which was jam packed with brilliant authentic renditions of sixties bands such as the Kinks, the Who, the Searchers, the Animals, the Turtles, the Birds, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many, many more along with a superb video clips of old sixties news and commercials and fashion in which London was the mod capital of the world.


About the Overtures, the Cavern City Tours Beatle Week 2010 guidebook says, "Having begun 2009 with Sir Elton's invitation to suport him at this New Year's Eve show for 17000 people at the OxArena, the year ended just as memorably when The Overtures were asked by Sir Paul McCartney to entertain at his aftershow party at the same venue."

From first hand experience attending their concert last night at Liverpool's Philharmonic, I can attest that their show is one of the top shows for any retrospective of the very best of sixties, and last night was the very first time I have ever seen so many sixties classics such as The Turtles "Happy Together" or The Doors' "Light My Fire".

Wow! And it's only getting better everyday! Stay tuned!

Liverpool's Casbah Club is hot this weekend, inside and out
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/28/10 6:13 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Casbah Club had a tent outside the downstairs from the club yesterday for acoustic acts as part of this year's Liverpool Beatles Festival. Hal Bruce and Tony Murtagh played Friday afternoon.

Hal Bruce

Cavern City Tours provided buses for attendees from the Adelphi Hotel to and from the Casbah Club for the afternoon. The acoustic acts were great because you could also sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the great weather in the large backyard of the former home of Pete Best.

Tony Murtagh

For those who could handle loud music and crowds, rock and roll bands playing down in the Casbah Club cellar in the same rooms where the Beatles got their start playing as "The Silver Beatles" in late 1960 and recruited Pete Best as their drummer. Pete's mother Mona was the driving force behind transforming her family's unused cellar into the extremely popular Casbah Coffee Club where local bands could get a chance to perform.

See www.casbahcoffeeclub.com for the history of when the Beatles started playing and John Lennon got paid to decorate the ceilings and walls of the Casbah Club to make some extra money!

Bill Heckle spreads Peace, Love and Understanding
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/28/10 4:24 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

I chatted with Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle yesterday, he told me that the Russian scientists and monks who are stationed up in Antartica sing "Let It Be" on the 6 minute video that was be presented at tonight's Beatles "Peace, Love and Understanding" Concert being held at the Anglican Cathedral, and that it is very moving. Bill shared that he had great difficulties communicating with the small community stationed up at Antartica because there are no phones or email and it sometimes takes 3 months for a letter to get sent to them and they didn't have any film equipment to record a message for tomorrow night's concert.

For the Beatles "Peace, Love and Understanding" Concert, Bill has recruited people from 7 different continents to participate by having them videotape a short message. Bill's efforts deserve a great deal of thanks in spending over a year to set this event up and to make this concert a truly global event with participants from seven different continents!

Bill Heckle with festival emcee Neil Brannon

Sunday's Liverpool Beatles Convention starts at 10am and runs until midnight. There will be two world premiere screenings, "Come Together," a movie about the fans and the many tribute bands that come together at Beatles festivals, and "Let Him Be."

The Tuesday night's Billy J. Kramer shows at the Cavern Club are sold out and have been for several months. Kramer hasn't performed in Liverpool for 12 years after living in the US. Pete Best replaces Denny Laine for Monday night's Beatles variety show at the Liverpool Philharmonic.and took his photo standing with Neil who has been the Emcee at many Liverpool Beatles Festivals.

Thinking of Brian
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 08/27/10 3:29 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today we remember Brian Epstein, who passed away 43 years ago on this day, August 27, 1967.

Would the Beatles have happened without Brian? He believed in them when no one else did. Dick Rowe of Decca records told Brian that guitar groups were on their way out. Brian told Dick Rowe that the Beatles were going to be bigger than Elvis.


Brian tamed the Beatles without changing their sound or who they were. He traded in their leather jackets for suits and ties, and taught them to bow politely to the audience at the end of every song. Imagine that day, telling John Lennon he'd have to clean up his act and bow to the audience, instead of cursing at them. No one could get John Lennon to do anything he didn't want to.

Except Brian.

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This image of Brian's grave in Liverpool was taken yesterday by our friend Katie Hickox. She tells us that while some of the cemetery has unfortunately been vandalized and fallen into disrepair, thankfully Brian's grave remains untouched, and has been cleaned up for the visitors who invariably arrive on this day to pay their respects.

It's a crime an accident took Brian from us at such a young age. He was only 32, but he lives on in the hearts of every Beatles fan forever.

To learn more about Brian Epstein, vist www.brianepstein.com.

Tell Liverpool how you feel about Ringo's birthplace
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 08/20/10 4:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As we have been posting this week on Beatles News, fans are organizing to prevent the City of Liverpool from destroying the birthplace of Ringo Starr.

Controversy has raged for decades over whether Ringo's first home at 9 Madryn Street, Liverpool, should be saved. It was first earmarked for demolition in 2005 but a wave of public opposition saw the street remain standing while options for saving it were considered. Now official demolition notices have been posted in the street.

9 Madryn Street, Liverpool

You can tell the City of Liverpool how you feel about this controversy. There is a section on their official web site, called "Have Your Say". The website describes the section of the site as "Liverpool City Council's scheme for dealing with comments, compliments and complaints about the services we provide. We welcome your views, comments and suggestions about the city and the council."

Click here to Have Your Say.

Paul McCartney and friends pay tribute to Sid Bernstein
[Posted by Dean Wien on Wednesday, 08/18/10 11:48 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Philadelphia from New York City to see Paul McCartney's concerts on Saturday, August 14, and Sunday, August 15, 2010 at The Wacovia Center, part of a 25 City Tour entitled "Up and Coming Tour".

Both nights were special, because Paul added songs to his sets that I've never seen him perform like Two of Us, And I Love Her, I've Just Seen a Face, I'm looking Through You, Venus and Mars/Rock Show, Obla Di Obla da, Ram On, Let Em' In, Paperback Writer, Letting Go, and so much more.

Sunday, August 15, 2010 was a special night, because it was the 45th Anniversary of The Beatles at Shea Stadium. Well, Sid Bernstein was in the audience, and Paul took a moment to pay tribute to Sid.

Sid Bernstein

Paul told the audience that it was the 45th Anniversary of The Beatles at Shea Stadium, and the man that brought us here is in the audience. Let's hear it for Sid Bernstein. The crowd gave a really nice cheer to a very important person in Beatle History. Then Paul said that he would like to dedicate the next song to Sid Bernstein. Paul continued to play "The Long and Winding Road".

I truly felt happy for Sid, this was the first time that I've heard Paul pay tribute to Sid Bernstein.

Then, on Monday, there was a party for Sid Bernstein, and the celebration for The 45th Anniversary of The Beatles playing at Shea Stadium at The Delta 360 Sky Club at Citifield.

Everyone at the party were friends, relatives, co-workers of Sid Bernstein. There were people there like May Pang, Billy J. Kramer and members of The Yardbirds. Also at the party, a video of The Beatles at Shea Stadium was shown, as well as a short documentary on Sid Bernstein.

Happy 45th aniversary Sid Bernstein on bringing the Beatles to Shea Stadium!

All You Need Is Klaus this weekend on the Smithsonian Channel
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 08/17/10 5:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This August, Smithsonian Channel gets in tune with Inside the Music, a series of specials that tell stories about the music and musicians that have had an enormous impact on some of the most listened to sounds spanning generations. From the creative genius who designed the album cover of The Beatles' "Revolver," to a history lesson on the instrument that changed the look, sound and volume of music forever, Inside the Music has something that everyone can listen to.

Photo courtesy of The Smithsonian Channel

The featured Inside the Music premiere, "All You Need Is Klaus", premiering August 22 at 8pm ET/PT, is a journey into the incredible life of Klaus Voormann. Voormann is best known for his association with the most popular and most influential band in rock 'n roll history, The Beatles. All You Need Is Klaus also features Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Carly Simon, and Randy Newman, Joe Walsh and Simon are also interviewed in the 90 minute film with Simon recounting Voormann's influence on her biggest hit, "You're So Vain."

In 1960, Klaus Voormann met The Beatles, who at the time were completely unknown, in Hamburg, Germany, where he was an art student. Three years later, when Klaus moved to London and lived with George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their apartment, The Beatles had already become the embodiment of a new youth culture.

In 1965, Voormann, who was working as a graphic designer at the time, was asked by John Lennon to create the album cover for their latest album. The highly influential piece of cover art for "Revolver," earned Klaus a Grammy Award. That same year, he became the bassist for the Manfred Mann Band and, in 1969 for John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. Klaus Voormann was on the frontlines of the pop era's meteoric rise and played on all the Beatles' solo albums.

A Sneak peak of the show is available here.

Singer has his family go veggie after Paul plays on his album
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/28/10 3:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a new interview in the London Free Press, Travis lead singer Fran Healy tells the story about he got Paul McCartney to play bass on a track on his next album.

"I wrote this song called As It Comes, and the refrain reminded me of The Beatles. I thought, 'Why don't I get in touch with him?' I know Paul. We met in 2000 on holiday -- we were staying in the same place. Anyway, I thought I should ask, because if I didn't, I'd always wonder if he would have done it. So I sent it to him last July and he did it. People always ask him to sing on their albums, but I don't think he's ever played bass on anyone else's album before. Naturally, I really wanted to say thank you. But what do you get Paul McCartney? So I thought it would be cool if my family became vegetarians."

Fran Healy

When asked if that was a bit extreme, Healy answered, "Well, the enormity of changing your diet for the rest of your days seemed to balance with the enormity of getting Paul McCartney to play on your album. And honestly, it was pretty easy. My son's a veggie, and I'd been thinking about it for ages. I'm running and trying to be more healthy."

Click here to read the full interview.

Reminder: We don't use his name
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/27/10 3:10 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As it is in the news today that John Lennon's is coming up for again, I think it's appropriate to remind everyone that we do not ever mention the name of the man that John Lennon.


At the time of John's, both Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono made a simple request to John Lennon's fans. Never repeat the name. Doing so would only give his the fame and notoriety he was seeking.

While we can't control the content of the other news sources we link you to here at Beatles News, I hope you notice that, in the descriptions of the stories we've linked to, we never use his name.

To honor John, and to honor Paul and Yoko's request, I hope everyone remembers, and tries not to ever speak the name. Together, we can keep the memory of John Lennon alive, while his fades into obscurity.


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