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Hat John Lennon wore at Tittenhurst photo shoot up for auction
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/24/13 4:28 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

One of the most recognized iconic and historic artifacts from the final days of the Beatles is now up for auction on eBay. It is the hat worn by John Lennon for the last official Beatles photo shoot on August 22, 1969, at Tittenhurst Park, two days after their final recording session.


The hat, borrowed by John Lennon from longtime Beatles friend Mal Evans, is black felt with an outer band decorated with six metal discs with arrow and dot motif. Its current owner obtained it in the fall of 2006 at a Bonhams Auction in England, it has been on display at the Youngtown Museum in Ontario Canada since 2008.

It comes with original signed letter from Mal Evans wife, the original high quality ornate hat box and literature as provided by Bonhams, and two original vintage 8" x 10" promotional Apple photos of the Beatles with John wearing the hat. It is expected to sell for over $5,000.

The eBay auction runs for 6 more days. Click here for more info.

Unique new Beatles show opens tonight in North Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 06/28/13 4:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

What if the Beatles reunited today? This is the intriguing question posed by the newest Beatles show which opens at the intimate El Portal Monroe/Forum Theatre this weekend, a re-staging of the original "Stars of Beatlemania", with a twist.

The show follows the Beatles as they would be today, if all four Beatles were reunited to perform a show at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the original Beatles got their start. As the "modern Fab Four" conspire to hatch a plan to play a secret show to be presented only to their most intimate and closest friends, fresh arrangements emerge, as do some surprising dramatic and humerous insights.


The show covers all three major eras of the Beatles career, from the Ed Sullivan years through to the Sergeant Pepper and the solo years. It stars the original cast members of one of the biggest Broadway smashes of all time, The Stars of Beatlemania!

The Stars of Beatlemania! Featuring the Original Cast members from the #1 National Touring Show in America Celebrating the Music of the Beatles opens tonight at 8pm at the El Portal Monroe Theatre, which is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, and plays through August 4.

For tickets and more info, call 818-508-4200 or visit www.elportaltheatre.com

Today is International Beatles Fan Day
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 06/06/13 6:28 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, Beatles fans from across the universe are once again showing the world that all you need is love as they celebrate the 6th Annual International Beatles Fan Day.

June 6, 1962 is considered by many as the greatest day in Beatles history. On that day, the Beatles auditioned for George Martin. The rest is history. And now, on that same day every year, Beatles fans celebrate John, Paul, George and Ringo and how they changed the world.


International Beatles Fan Day was created so that once a year Beatles fans could walk in public and see other Beatles fans wearing their Fab Four hats and shirts, one day a year fans know they can go to a local bar and listen to a tribute band playing Beatles tunes all night. It's a day for Beatles lovers to celebrate the greatest band that the world has ever known.

International Beatles Fan Day was created in March 2008 and immediately became recognized around the world as the de facto day to celebrate The Beatles. Up until 2008, the only days in Beatles history that have gotten attention annually were John's death, George's death and the day the Beatles came to America. Since its inception, International Beatles Fan Day has been copied by many, but still remains the original holiday for all fans.

For more details about International Beatles Fan Day, go to www.I-BFD.com.

Discount tickets now available for Danbury Fields Forever
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 06/05/13 2:32 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tickets are now on special pre-sale, now through June 10th, for discounted advance tickets to the 2013 "Danbury Fields Forever," Connecticut's music, arts and food festival featuring 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music on Saturday, August 3. Thousands of fans will "Come Together" for the day-long festival of Beatles music, featured acts will include several regional and national acts, with special tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison.


This is the second annual "Danbury Fields Forever" Beatles Fans Music Festival, and the extravaganza is open to all ages, attracting music lovers spanning the generations. There will also be select music and memorabilia vendors and exhibits, plus family-friendly features such as face-painting and inflatables for kids

The 2013 "Danbury Fields Forever" takes place on Saturday, August 3, from Noon-8pm, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT. Doors open at Noon. An entire-day "ticket to ride" admission starts at only $19.64. There are also reserved seats and a VIP ticket option.

For more info and for tickets, visit beatlesmusicfestival.eventbrite.com.

Beatles radio show announces Macca Month
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 05/31/13 8:50 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles radio personality Ken Michaels has announced that starting June 3, it's "Macca Month" on his website, with his weekly Beatles trivia/games centering on a Paul McCartney question. Throughout the month, fans will have a chance to win McCartney-related prizes, including the new "Wings Over America" 2-CD remaster.


Ken says the decision to make it "Macca Month" was pretty obvious. "This is a celebration of so much activity going on right now with Paul-there's the 'Wings Over America' remaster, the upcoming DVD release of 'Rock Show,' his current 'Out There' tour making lots of headliners and getting rave reviews, and his birthday coming up on June 18. It was a natural to make the trivia all Paul this month. It will be exciting to give away the 'Wings Over America' remaster, and some other McCartney products of the past couple of years."

In addition, Ken will be giving away the "Wings Over America" remaster and other Beatles prizes on the live broadcast of his weekly show "Every Little Thing," heard Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, which can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. His June 5 broadcast will feature an hour of live McCartney music, and June 12 a two-hour birthday special for Paul.

Ken's website has also been featuring a growing list of interviews of people connected to the Beatles, including Denny Laine, discussing the songs "Time To Hide," 'Mull Of Kintyre" and writing songs with Paul, Billy J. Kramer on his days with the Beatles and his new album "I Won The Fight," New York musician Jeff Slate, whose current band Birds of Paradox includes two members of Elephants Memory (Gary Van Scyoc, Adam Ippolito) and two members of Wings (Laurence Juber and Steve Holley).

You can also find an archival interview with Tony Sheridan from 1992, Tony's own keyboard player from the early 90's until Tony's recent passing, Wolfgang, Beatles engineer Ken Scott, and veteran recording artist/producer and member of Ringo's All-Starrs, Todd Rundgren. Check out www.kenmichaelsradio.com

James McCartney releases debut LP worldwide today
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 05/21/13 3:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

James McCartney is fresh off the release of his two digital-only EPs, Available Light and Close At Hand, as well as his first physical release, The Complete EP Collection, a special two-disc package that includes the debut EPs in their entirety along with five bonus tracks.

Now, James has released his first full-length album, Me, out May 21st on ECR Music Group.

Click here for more information


"For my first album I wanted to make a record that would be intimate, deeply personal, and honest," says McCartney. "An album that would say, 'This is who I am...both musically and personally. This is me.'"

Following a year that introduced him to international success in 2012, James McCartney is now in the midst of an exciting and unprecedented 2013, a year that finds him releasing his first full-length album and undertaking a forty-seven date, twenty-seven state tour of the USA.

The tour is now slated to be followed by a number of additional shows and appearances across Europe, along with a return to the States for return engagements and festivals throughout the summer.

For ticket info for James' upcoming tour appearances, visit his official website.

Very special John Lennon tribute returns to Los Angeles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 05/21/13 2:18 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon returns for one last concert, and you are there! Tim Piper's very special John Lennon tribute show, "Just Imagine," returns to Los Angeles starting in June.

"Just Imagine" transports you to another place and time, putting you "one on one" with the musical legend who shook the world. Experience Lennon's timeless musical genius as Tim Piper takes you through John's life from tumultuous childhood to worldwide pop music superstar to groundbreaking social icon that influenced generations.

In "Just Imagine," you'll share a unique perspective on John's life, the stories behind the songs, and revealing insights about the birth of the Beatles, the pressures of super-stardom, and John's relationships with his loves and fellow Beatles.

Tim Piper as John Lennon

This unique experience is directed by Steve Altman, musical direction by Greg Piper and features Don Butler on guitar, Don Poncher on drums and Morley Bartnoff on keyboards. For anyone who is a fan of the Beatles and their music, and especially John Lennon, "Just Imagine" is a must see. Tim Piper channels John Lennon and the results are simply amazing.

"Just Imagine" will be performed at the Hayworth Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, starting Saturday, June 08 and running through Sunday, Aug 25. Performances are Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

For reservations call, (323) 960-4442 or online at www.justimaginetheshow.com. For a limited time, use the discount code "007" for $5.00 off in the "Cavern Club" section, and discount code "008" for 50% off all sections except Cavern Club.

See a great Beatles tribute band and help a good cause this Friday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 04/23/13 4:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Friday, April 26, popular Beatles tribute band The Wanna Beatles will perform at gala kickoff event. Besides the live show by The Wanna Beatles, there will be a silent auction, food, wine and Beer.

The Wanna Beatles



Tickets are now on sale online through tomorrow, April 24, at $30. Admission will be $40 at the door.

The event takes place on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Tennessee Army National Guard Hall of Flags, which is located at 3041 Sidco Drive, Nashville, Tennessee (I-65 and Armory Drive). All guests must present photo I.D. in order to enter the armory compound.

For more information, or to order tickets, please visit the event's official web page.

Beatles expert and author to be interviewed on Australian radio
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 04/19/13 1:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Southerland Kessler of Shreveport, LA, will be featured on "Overnights" with Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn on ABC Sydney radio in Australia talking about the making of the Beatles' Please Please Me.

Kessler has spent over 27 years researching John Lennon and The Beatles for her nine book series on John Lennon, along with seven trips to Liverpool to speak with Lennon's family, friends, colleagues and teachers, making her a worldwide expert on all things Beatles.


This Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. (CT), Ms. Kessler will discuss in full detail, the making of The Beatles' Please Please Me album, the debut album by The Beatles released on March 22, 1963 in the United Kingdom. The show will be available to listen to live online at www.abc.net.au/overnights/.

Jude Southerland Kessler is the author of The John Lennon Series, a nine book series on the life of John Winston Lennon. She is also the host of The John Lennon Hour a weekly radio show that can be heard every Sunday night at 7 p.m. (CT) on Beatles-A-Rama!!! internet radio.

For more information on Jude Kessler, go to her website at www.JohnLennonSeries.com.

Invaluable Beatles reference now available as eBook
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 03/25/13 1:45 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay by Bruce Spizer, the definitive source on the subject of the time the Beatles were released in the United States by the small, Chicago-based R&B label Vee-Jay Records, has been sold out in its hard cover for several years and selling on the second-hand market in places like Amazon for over $600. It is now available from the author in an all-new, expanded digital version.


Available for pre-order now from the author's site Beatle.net, this new digital version of The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay will include more stories and more images. This new digital version will be interactive, and include bonus images, hyperlinks and cross references. Readers will be able to zoom in to see details, the text will be searchable, and it will be possible to add bookmarks and annotations.

Each copy of the eBook ordered from Beatle.net will include a special 8.5x11 collector's card with images of the Vee-Jay picture sleeves and albums covers and another 8.5x11 signature card signed by Bruce Spizer showing the front and back covers of the book.

In addition, the first 100 orders will receive an original copy of the promotional booklet for the first edition of the The Beatles Records on Vee-Jay that appeared in Goldmine magazine's November 1, 1997, issue. This is not a copy, but rather the actual insert from 1997!

About this new digital endeavor, Mr. Spizer says, "Now that I have undertaken my first eBook, I gotta admit I am quite excited about it. I hope you enjoy the eBook as much as I have putting it together."

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