|Paul's 70th celebrated at Penny Lane in Liverpool|
[Posted by Colin Eaton on Thursday, 06/21/12 5:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The Mersey Beatles were the main attraction at Dovedale Community Centre in Liverpool's Penny Lane on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate Sir Paul McCartney's 70th Birthday last Monday.
The band played for over one and a half hours starting their set with Birthday and then Penny Lane. The crowd of young and elderly alike were entertained to hits of the Beatles such as Here comes the Sun, Lady Madonna, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All my loving, Can't buy me Love and finishing off with the songs Twist and Shout, All You Need is Love and a Finale of Hey Jude when the audience sang along.
There were many Beatles fans there and even a visit from a Local Beatles tour with a coach load of fans from all over the world. The event was organised by Volunteer Julie Cornell of Dovedale Community Centre in aid of Charity. This writer enjoyed the performance by the Mersey Beatles with feeling of nostalgia for those days when the Beatles were together and would certainly go and see them again.
London cigar merchant sells rare Beatles cigar collection
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 06/20/12 11:50 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Mitchell Orchant, the owner of C.Gars Ltd of London, has sold a shadow box containing 25 very rare Beatles cigars for ?600.00 (about $950.00). He recently picked up this exceptional framed presentation box from an antiques collector in the UK.
According to the information on the back of the frame, these cigars were presented to Charles Berman for his work on The Beatles second movie, HELP!, that premiered in London on July 29th 1965. This is believed to be the last surviving presentation cabinet of these cigars. Single Beatles cigar examples are also known to have survived.
The bands on the cigars are photos taken by Dezo Hoffman of all four Beatles. Each set of band was produced in the early 1960's with blue, green, yellow and red accents. These bands were originally on cigars of Jamaican origin.
Mitchell Orchant is the owner of cigars shops throughout England and Scotland and is also the owner of Turmeaus Tobacconists in Liverpool, England. Turmeaus is the second oldest tobacconist in the UK and the only cigar store in Liverpool. The store is within one block of the world famous Cavern Club.
Click here for more info and pictures of these interesting Beatles artifacts.
I won an award... It's on the wall in my office
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 06/19/12 5:13 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The wonderful British character actor Victor Spinetti passed away on Monday at the age of 82. You'll see several stories about Victor on Beatles News today. This is my personal remembrance of him.
Over the years, because of a mutual friend, I got the chance to spend many hours one on one with Victor.
|A photo of Victor taken by me at a Beatlefesst in 2007|
One time, I was helping coordinate logistics at a screening of A Hard Day's Night that Victor had flown in to Los Angeles to attend in July, 2007. During the screening we spent most of the time in a small restaurant across the street, but for a while we went back to the theater, and I got to sit next to him as we sat in the back row to watch part of the film. This is my best memory of him, sitting in that theater, watching Victor watch the film, smiling and enjoying it with the rest of the audience.
There's no wonder why the Beatles liked him and put him in every one of their movies. He was the warmest, kindest, most wonderful soul I ever met on this planet. The time I got to spend with him was a wonderful gift which I will never forget. I will miss Victor Spinetti greatly.
Site celebrates Paul's birthday by giving away free Beatles eBook
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/18/12 10:57 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Ebook website Copia is now celebrating Paul McCartney's 70th birthday by offering an eBook version of a great book about the Beatles, With The Beatles by Alistair Taylor, for free!
All you have to do is visit their website, sign up for a free account and download their free eReader app. Then you can go to their page for the book and download it to your eReader for free. This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada.
Nobody knew the Beatles quite like Alistair Taylor. His book With The Beatles is a unique insider portrait of the Fab Four. By the band's side from the very beginning, he witnessed the inception and growth of the most extraordinary musical phenomenon of the last century, and was also there in the later years when things started to go wrong.
Copia is an open platform that combines content, social networking, collaboration, and e-commerce with an array of wireless eReaders to deliver an experience around shared discovery and includes books, newspapers, magazines, and a wide variety of digital content.
For more information on the free eBook download, visit Copia's special Beatles page.
Fans to gather for McCartney's birthday today at his star in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/18/12 7:17 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Legendary singer, songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney will have his 70th birthday celebrated publicly today, Monday, June 18, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at his recently dedicated Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Vine Street in Hollywood.
Fans are invited to bring potluck birthday cakes and other birthday goodies to share, and are also invited to perform McCartney and Beatles tunes at the celebration.
McCartney's star was dedicated on February 9, 2012, on the anniversay of the Beatles historic first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Paul was born June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England.
Paul McCartney's star on the Hollywood Walk of fame is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 North Vine Street.
For further information call Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000.
Ram special on the radio this wednesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 05/21/12 6:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
This Wednesday night Ken Michaels weekly radio show "Every Little Thing" will celebrate the release of the new remaster for Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram album by featuring an hour of music from the album, mixed with bonus tracks and material from the deluxe edition, along with an interview with Denny Seiwell, the drummer in the first lineup of Wings who began his relationship with Paul McCartney when he drummed on the Ram album.
About the Ram remaster Ken says, "It's the best I've ever heard the album. And I especially love the bonus tracks. It's been my experience that most Beatlefans I talk to are more passionate about the Ram album than most of Paul's solo-works. Many think it is his best album. To me, Paul's released great albums through all the decades, and Ram is certainly one of his best. It's arguably his best vocal album. For powerful, ballsy, screaming vocals, you don't get much better than Monkberry Moon Delight."
Ken will be spotlighting music from Ram and giving away copies of the Special Edition CD on both the live show on WNHU and his website for the next several weeks. Ken just celebrated his 30th Anniversary hosting radio programs on the Beatles, and, in addition to the live broadcast on WNHU, "Every Little Thing" is now syndicated as a one-hour show on 16 other radio stations.
The special Ram edition of "Every Little Thing" will be broadcast 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. For more info, check out Ken's website at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.
Auction Update: Lennon suitcase to be sold on Thursday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 05/21/12 5:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A suitcase which once belonged to John Lennon is now up for auction. The black leather suitcase has two brass clips and a gray, white, burgundy and black tartan wool lined interior.
It is accompanied by an Antler vanity case with a lilac moir?lined interior that was owned by John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon. John and Cynthia were married between 1962 and 1968, before Yoko Ono caught John's eye.
The suitcase last appeared for auction in 1996, when it was sold by Cynthia Lennon. Online bidding at www.pfcauctions.com is open now and will end this Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 7:00pm BST.
Abbey Road on the River offers free admission for military
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 05/18/12 3:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
It has been announced that members of the U.S. military and their families can now get free tickets to the largest Beatles-inspired festival in the world, which will take place at Belvedere Park and Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky from May 24-28th.
Over 60 international bands will "come together" in Louisville at the WHAS 11 Abbey Road on the River, where guests will enjoy indoor and outdoor concerts, film screenings, a Beatles merchandise market, a display from Gretsch Guitars, and much more, including an encore of the LOVE concert and the 45th Anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album show.
After kicking off the summer in Louisville, the festival will once again travel to Washington, D.C. to close the summer with a 5-day show over Labor Day Weekend, August 30th -September 3rd. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor will host thousands of fans celebrating the Fab Four on the banks of the Potomac River.
Festival producer Gary Jacob commented, "I was inspired by Memorial Day and the one year anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces campaign, so I wanted to share some peace and love with any of our military who want to come and enjoy to this event."
To redeem the free tickets, just show a valid military I.D. at the box office upon arrival. Family members with a dependant I.D. can also get tickets (limit 4), which are valid for all five days of rock-n-roll Memorial Day weekend event. For more info, check out www.arotr.com.
Rare signed Liverpool Echo Beatles edition up for auction
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 05/10/12 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A copy of the Liverpool Echo newspaper signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison will feature at the PFC Auctions May sale in Guernsey, England. The newspaper is from February 22/23, 1964, following The Beatles' return to England after their first tour of America.
The paper includes an insert "The Beatles in America" which features photographs of The Beatles in Central Park, in Washington, D.C. and on Miami Beach, as well as photos showing the band on The Ed Sullivan Show and arriving at London Airport on February 22, 1964.
Auction spokesperson Kylie Whitehead said, "This unique piece of memorabilia beautifully captures Liverpool's pride and admiration for The Beatles. This is a delightful set of signatures that we are sure will excite Beatles collectors around the world."
Online bidding at www.pfcauctions.com will end at 7:30pm BST on May 24, 2012.
Beatles book great companion to new documentary
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 05/09/12 5:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Pop culture author Garry Berman believes his book "We're Going To See The Beatles!" will entertain and fascinate readers who may have missed it the first time around, and who are eager to see "The Beatles: The Lost Concert" soon to be in theaters.
The new documentary is about the birth of Beatlemania in America and includes complete footage of the Beatles first U.S. concert at the Washington D.C. Coliseum. Mr. Berman's book is filled with firsthand accounts from fans who followed the Beatles across New York from the moment they landed at Kennedy Airport for their historic first visit, and beyond.
We're Going to See the Beatles! is the oral history of Beatlemania as told by over 40 individuals from all across the country who contributed their stories and photos and were caught up in the Beatles hysteria during the 1960s. The contributors reminisce about throwing Beatles parties, trying to sneak into hotels, concert venues, and press conferences to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four, and attending over twenty of the Beatles concerts held throughout the U.S. between 1964 and '66. The Beatles story didn't end there, and neither do the stories by the fans who continued to follow them.
We're Going to See the Beatles! with a foreword written by famous Beatles concert promoter Sid Bernstein, is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
For more information on Garry Berman, go to www.GarryBerman.com, at his Facebook page or on Twitter at @Garry_Berman.