|New tribute song celebrates Beatles U.S. 50th anniversary|
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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
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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
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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 email@example.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
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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
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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
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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.
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.
Beatles Christmas celebrated in London on Sunday
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The Christmas London Beatles Day takes place this Sunday at The Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London.
There will be the usual top selection of Beatles dealers from all over the UK and beyond, offering an amazing selection of everything Beatles from badges to books to signed albums and rare original memorabilia, CDs and t-shirts, plus a great selection of Beatles vinyl records from around the UK and the world, which will be offered from £1 to more than £1000.
|Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London|
Also featured will be Liverpool authors David Bedford with his brand new book, Kevin Roach and all the way from Paris, Eric Krasker. Music will be supplied by the very talented Fab Twins.
Admission to the Beatles Day is only £3, doors open at 10am to 4.00 pm on Sunday December 15. The Sherlock Holmes Hotel is located at 108 Baker Street, London, W1U 6LJ, which is yards from the former Apple Boutique, and just a 2 minute walk from Baker Street station (and just 1 Underground stop from Abbey Road) and Madame Tussauds.
For more information, phone 07785 923695.
John Lennon remembered in Hollywood this Sunday
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John Lennon will be remembered and his life celebrated at a free-to-the-public annual "John Lennon Memorial Gathering" at John's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star this Sunday.
Chris Carter, radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles will join with longtime peace activist Jerry Rubin and Lennon star polisher Dennis Garling to lead a "Give Peace a Chance" group candle lighting ceremony at the star of the late, legendary singer, songwriter, peace activist and Beatles member. Speakers will also include "Instant Karma" journalist Harry Bluebond and longtime Lennon fans Pat Tyson and Nancy Hutchins.
Event organizers say the public gathering is meant to be more a time of music, celebration and peace than a time for mourning. Fans of Lennon and the Beatles are invited to perform songs and poetry at the event.
The annual "John Lennon Memorial Gathering" will take place this Sunday, December 8, starting 2:00pm, at John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building, 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood. For further information visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com or call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000.
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels interviews Mark Lewisohn again
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Back in June 2013, syndicated Beatles radio host Ken Michaels interviewed Beatles author and historian Mark Lewisohn as a teaser for his upcoming first volume of three of his Beatles biography "All These Years," and it generated a fantastic response on his website. "It was one of my busiest months ever, and many fans wrote in saying how much they enjoyed our conversation."
In November, Ken interviewed Mark again upon the release of the book, and spent an hour talking Beatles. Ken says "First of all, the book is nothing short of wonderful. There are so many revelations, and stories told fully and truthfully for the first time, it is like learning Beatles history all over again with a fresh start."
|Ken Michaels and Mark Lewisohn|
The new interview has Mark telling the story of how the Beatles got their record contract with EMI, what Ken describes as "the biggest bombshell" in the book. Also, Mark says how a young John Lennon having to choose between living with his mother or father was a myth that has grown in legend over the years. There's more on what were the earliest songs that John and Paul wrote together and separately, and how the Beatles were on the verge of breaking up towards the end of 1961.
Ken adds. "Mark is just a fantastic person to interview. He is a wealth of knowledge, and always sheds insight on so many parts of the Beatles story." The interview can now be found on Ken's website on his "More Interviews" page.
Ken's weekly Beatles program "Every Little Thing" is heard on 20 radio stations as a prerecorded syndicated show, and live Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST) on WNHU, West Haven, CT at www.wnhu.net. His other show "Things We Said Today," a Beatles news-themed show with Beatles Examiner's Steve Marinucci, is heard on www.podbean.com, iTunes, and on www.fab4radio.com, which also carries the syndicated "Every Little Thing."
Ken's website is also running a special contest to win a signed Julian Lennon lithograph for his new album "Everything Changes" with a contest running through Dec. 6. Just go to www.kenmichaelsradio.com.