|Syndicated radio show celebrates anniversary of Cloud Nine|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/19/12 11:58 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
North American syndicatedRock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands presents an encore with music legend George Harrison this week on the 25th anniversary of his dazzling November 1987 comeback album Cloud Nine.
Harrison, affectionately referred to as the "quiet Beatle", was far from a wallflower creatively. The first Beatle to go solo, by 1982 George had wound down his musical career, choosing to produce movies instead and living a very private life. But in the Fall of 1987, he released Cloud Nine, his most successful album in 15 years.
Harrison's new collaborator Jeff Lynne seemed to act as a creative catalyst, getting George to embrace his Beatles past, but with a modern approach, producing songs "When We Was Fab" and the # 1 "Got My Mind Set On You". Harrison told program host Redbeard how he became aware of Jeff Lynne.
"You know I just liked the idea of ELO. There was a part of it that annoyed me, but I really secretly loved it because it carried on, in a way, the Beatle thing. It fused it into the old Rock'n'Roll, and Jeff has got a skill of having all these little bits, nice little bits all strung together. So I was aware of him for a long time, but I'd never knew him, never met him until during the years I was Howard Hughes!"
George Harrison Cloud Nine-InTheStudio program is available now streaming live here. For more information on how to hear this program on a radio station near you, check out www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/.
The John Lennon Hour now available on demand as podcast
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/06/12 10:19 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles-A-Rama!!! internet radio has announced that they will be making their latest hit show, The John Lennon Hour with host Jude Southerland Kessler, available in podcast format. Each show radio show will be made available one month after its air date.
|Jude Southerland Kessler|
The audio files for each show will be available on Jude Kessler's website under "Radio Show". Currently, Episode 1: The Story of Fred and Julia Stanley Lennon is available for download. Episode 2: The Quarrymen will be available later this week.
Jude Southerland Kessler is a world-renowned Beatles expert and the author of the John Lennon Series, a nine book series on the life and career of John Winston Lennon.
The John Lennon Hour The show can be heard every Sunday night at 8 pm (ET)/5 pm (PT) on Beatles-A-Rama!!! the #1 internet radio station dedicated to The Beatles.
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Beatles tribute band plays Sgt. Pepper's in Long Beach on Wednesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/22/12 3:59 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will perform songs from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and other psychedelic Beatles hits at diPiazzas Restaurant in Long Beach, CA., on Wednesday, October 24, with shows at 6 pm and 9 pm.
Released by the Beatles in June 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band became the soundtrack to the "Summer of Love." For the Beatles, it was a farewell celebration to matching suits, mop top haircuts, world tours and assembly-line record-making. It was a worldwide critical and commercial success, spending 15 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 and 27 weeks at the top of the UK charts, despite a BBC ban on "A Day in The Life." Sgt. Pepper is one of the world's bestselling albums with 11 million sold. The album won four Grammy Awards in 1968.
|Tribute band Abbey Road|
Tribute band Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four's cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs. The musicians in the band are between 22 - 33 years of age and are age appropriate for the original artists when the Beatles were playing. Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper's regalia and Abbey Road attire.
The show will take place at diPiazzas Restaurant at 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach on Wednesday, October 24, with shows at 6 pm and 9 pm. Tickets are $10 and the shows are appropriate for all ages. Reservations, which are highly recommended, can be made by phoning 562-498-2461.
For more info, visit the diPiazzas website at www.dipiazzas.com or the band's website at www.inmylifetheplay.com and www.facebook.com/abbeyroadtribute.
Artist and rock critic discuss the breakup of the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/15/12 5:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Artist Michael Rakowitz and legendary rock critic Robert Christgau will discuss the breakup of The Beatles as history and as metaphor in a live talk this Wednesday, Oct. 17th at Lombard Freid Gallery in New York City.
This event was inspired by Rakowitz's "The Breakup," a set of works that includes radio broadcasts, film, a live concert in Jerusalem, memorabilia, and a deluxe limited edition LP produced in conjunction with Bidoun Projects.
|Rock critic Robert Christgau|
The evening will be hosted by Sukhdev Sandhu, director of the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University and author of the lead essay in the liner notes for Live In Jerusalem 2010, which will be on sale at the event and from Bidoun.
Michael Rakowitz's The Breakup was originally commissioned for The Jerusalem Show IV by Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem. The 45min video of The Breakup will screen at the event at 6pm.
Longtime Village Voice writer-editor Robert Christgau has covered popular music for many publications, including Esquire, Creem, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Michael Rakowitz is an artist based in Chicago and New York City who's work has appeared in venues worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, UNESCO in Paris, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.
For more information on the event, visit their Facebook page.
Los Angeles Beatles tour celebrates John Lennon this Saturday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/08/12 4:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
John Lennon's birthday is tomorrow, and this Saturday, Gillian Lomax will celebrate John's birthday on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles.
Among all the other fascinating destinations, the tour will be stopping at the beach house where John Lennon lived during his lost weekend along with Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Hilary Gerard, Klaus Voorman, May Pang, and Keith Moon. This house was the place where Paul and John had their last photograph taken together when John used to host jam sessions for anybody wanting to stop by. It's also the place where Ringo met Nancy Andrews and went on to date for 6 years.
Coincidentally, three people who will be on the tour on Saturday have birthdays this week, including a lifelong Beatles fan who resides in Venice and shares John's birthday on the 9th, and Gillian, who's birthday is on the 10th.
Gillian says, "John Lennon's birthday is always special to me and lots of other fans. We want to remember his life and not the tragic ending he had. There will never be another one like this quick witted, outspoken, opinionated, talented, entertaining man, and he will always be missed."
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. "Most people don't associate Los Angeles with The Beatles, but in fact they've had a personal connection with our city since 1964," says Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool. Gillian is currently the Beatles news reporter on Beatles-A-Rama.
The cost for the four hour tour is $65. To join this special tour, and for more information, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.
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Fans to gather in Hollywood for John Lennon's birthday on Tuesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 10/06/12 9:17 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
John Lennon and Beatles fans are invited to a celebration of John Lennon's birthday on Tuesday, October 9 to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the late legendary singer, songwriter and former Beatle.
The event will take place starting 6:00 PM at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building.
Breakfast With the Beatles radio host Chris Carter will lead a special birthday cake-cutting ceremony.
Fans of all ages are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around John's star, and are also invited to perform songs and poems, and share John Lennon remembrances.
John Lennon was born October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England.
For further information call Jerry Rubin at the Alliance for Survival at 310-399-1000, or e-mail JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.
Bill Harry Love Me Do book now free for Kindle download
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/04/12 9:42 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the Kindle ebook edition of Love Me Do: The Inside Story of the Recording of the Beatles' First Single by Bill Harry, is now free to download through until next Tuesday, October 9.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the Beatles's first single, longtime Beatles friend and fan Bill Harry takes the reader behind the scenes in this 46 page book.
In the book, Bill Harry tells about how Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr after the first recording session, how John stole his harmonica, why the lead vocal for Love Me Do was switched from John to Paul, and how George got a black eye. He also tells the real story behind the legend that Brian Epstein bought thousands of records to get the song on the charts.
To download this Kindle ebook for free until 10/9/2012, visit Amazon's page for Love Me Do: Behind the Scenes at the Recording of the Beatles' First Single
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Exclusive interview with Todd Rundgren now online
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 10/01/12 2:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels' website now includes a new exclusive interview with veteran recording artist/producer Todd Rundgren. The entire hour-long interview focuses on the Beatles.
Todd discusses how he became aware of the Beatles, the first song he heard from the group, his growing love for them, whether they were an influence on his own music, and more. A interesting highlight of the interview is Todd talking about the tribute album to the Beatles that he recorded with Utopia in 1980 called "Deface The Music."
Todd has been a member of Ringo's All-Starr Band three times, and he discusses what it's been like performing with these mega-star lineups, and playing with the world's most famous drummer.
Ken says, "It was a thrill for me to talk to one of our greatest talents, and Todd was generous to give me an hour with him. He opened up on a lot of subjects regarding the Beatles, and I'm very grateful to Todd, and happy to be sharing it with my listeners."
Ken's syndicated Beatles radio show "Every Little Thing" is currently heard on 18 stations, including as a live broadcast on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) which you can stream at www.wnhu.net. His website also features recent interviews with Beatles engineer Ken Scott and Beatles author Robert Rodriguez. Find out more at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.
Cape Cod Conservatory presents Backstage Pass with the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 09/29/12 2:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Through recordings, television footage, film clips, original Beatles memorabilia, personal recollections and academic support, instructor Tom Kelley will explore and unveil the phenomenon that is the Beatles in a lecture called Backstage Pass with the Beatles this week at the Cape Cod Conservatory.Mr. Kelley is a Cape Cod-based musician with a Master of Arts degree in "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" from Liverpool Hope University. With a rare depth of insight into the legendary group, he will discuss Paul McCartney and the Beatles' connection to nearly all facets of pop culture, especially the evolution of musical style. With his commitment to facts rather than common knowledge, Mr. Kelley will impart valuable historical insight during this informative and entertaining trip down Penny Lane.
The lectures are in anticipation of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra's concerts "Live & Let Die: Tribute to Paul McCartney" on October 6 & 7.
Backstage Pass with the Beatles will be held from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Monday, October 1 at the Conservatory's Falmouth campus and on Thursday, October 4 at the Conservatory's Barnstable campus. The tuition for a single lecture is just $10. To register, call 508-362-2772 or visit www.capecodconservatory.org.
For more information about the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the "Live & Let Die: Tribute to Paul McCartney" concert, visit www.capesymphony.org or call 508-362-1111.
Beatles radio show now heard in more places around the world
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 09/26/12 6:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
BeatlesandBeyond, presented by Pete Dicks, Europe's number 1 Beatles Radio show, and the only radio program recommended by Liverpool's Beatles Story Exhibition, can now be heard on even more stations in the UK than before.
Radio Station Tamworth FM and internet station The Wall join almost 20 stations in the UK, USA, Spain and Dubai, in playing what is widely believed to be the Worlds most widely available Beatles Radio Show.
|Pete Dicks in the studio|
Besides presiding over the BeatlesandBeyond radio show, Pete Dicks also recently spent time with John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and interviewed "Legs" Larry Smith, about whom George Harrison wrote a song, Iris Caldwell, Rory Storm's sister, Liverpool Legend Beryl Marsden and many others during the Beatles Convention in Liverpool.
BeatlesandBeyond currently has 30 scheduled plays and is available on iTunes plus being available via station archives. You check them out at www.beatlesandbeyond.com.