|Julian Lennon reveals he might tour again in new interview|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/15/13 4:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Ken Michaels' recent interview with Julian Lennon discussing his latest album "Everything Changes" can now be found on Ken's website www.kenmichaelsradio.com. Ken is the host of the weekly syndicated Beatles radio show "Every Little Thing," and his website features interviews with many people connected to the Fab Four-musicians, authors, and family members.
"Julian was a joy to talk to," Ken says. "He is very honest and candid about his life and career. I enjoyed talking to him about a variety of subjects, the songwriting process, a few of his collaborators, his songwriting influences, the beginning of his career, and what is was like to work with legendary producer Phil Ramone."
What are Ken's favorite moments of the interview? "For one thing, Julian voluntarily brought up the possibility of touring again, and how he would do it, which might surprise you. Also, discussing the introspective lyrics of some of his songs, in particular "Guess It Was Me." He also tells an incredible story of how the opening lyrics from "Baby You're A Rich Man" came to be used in the new song "Someday" with Steven Tyler."
Ken feels that "Everything Changes" is probably the finest album of Julian's career. "His incredible gift for melody, very personal and insightful lyrics, and impeccable production all make for a thoroughly enjoyable album. Every song was very crafted and thought out. It's as close to perfect an album as they come. The album was first released in 2011, now reissued with 2 new tracks."
Ken's website now features a treasure trove of interviews-including recent ones with Steve Holley (former Wings drummer), renowned Beatles author Mark Lewisohn, Billy J. Kramer, Rex Fowler (Nutopians, Aztec Two Step), Jeff Slate (Birds of Paradox-band featuring members of Wings and Elephants Memory), and archival interviews with Sid Bernstein and Tony Sheridan. Plus there's even Beatles trivia and prizes given out every week. Check them out at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.
Los Lobos members surprise guests at Fab Faux Concert
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East LA Chicano rockers Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas surprised a packed audience at San Francisco Yoshi's last Saturday evening, Oct 5th, when they got up on stage to join visiting Beatles tribute band Fab Faux for a rousing rendition of "Twist and Shout" which morphed into "La Bamba", some great ad hoc instrumentals and then back into "Twist and Shout".
Los Lobos was in town for the recent annual San Francisco "Strictly Bluegrass Festival" performances in celebration of their 40th anniversary of Los Lobos as a band.
|The Fab Faux at Yoshi's in San Francisco|
Fab Faux is different than other Beatles tribute bands because of what they describe as "their extreme attention to details." They excel at creating a high performance precise live Beatles sound from their later albums which is not easy to do because of the wide variety of instruments and sounds used.
This night, Fab Faux mainly focused on songs from RubberSoul and Revolver, though highlights included "I Am the Walrus", and playing sitar for "Norwegian Wood". They opened with "Drive My Car". This was their third time in San Francisco, back by popular demand!
Fab Faux is currently touring across the country and you can catch them next weekend in Los Angeles, check their website www.thefabfaux.com for more tour dates.
John Lennon birthday celebration at Hollywood Walk of Fame star
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 10/04/13 12:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
John Lennon and Beatles fans of all ages will gather at a free-to-the-public John Lennon Birthday Celebration taking place at John Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9 to celebrate the life and music of the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member on what would have been his 73rd birthday.
The cake cutting ceremony will be led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of Breakfast With the Beatles. Fans are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around John's star. Fans are also invited to perform music and poetry at the public celebration.
The event will begin with the popular Beatles song Birthday, which will be dedicated to both John and Sean Lennon, the son of John and Yoko Ono, who was born the same date as his dad and will be celebrating his 38th birthday.
The event will conclude with Imagine and Give Peace a Chance as fans join hands in a Circle of Peace around John's star.
John's star is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. For further information call 310-399-1000 or visit BreakfastWithTheBeatles.com.
Limited space still available for Beatles camp in Vegas
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 09/20/13 9:06 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Space is now limited but still available for Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp's tribute to the timeless music of The Beatles featuring The Fab Faux starting on October 9th at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
At this three or five day camp Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, created for all level musicians of any instrument including drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, horns and vocals, campers will learn to play classic Beatles songs, rehearse as members of The Fab Faux, record music and perform live, and learn the intricate songs of The Beatles with the most accurate Beatles cover band of all time, The Fab Faux.
Members of The Fab Faux include Jimmy Vivino (Conan O'Brien), Will Lee (David Lettermen), Frank Agnello, Jack Petruzelli (Patti Smith) and Rich Pagano. Other special appearances include Gary Wright (Dream Weaver, Ringo Starr), and Denny Laine (WINGS). May Pang and Bruce Spizer will host a lecture on the legacy of John Lennon and The Beatles. Campers will be placed in bands led by rock star counselors, including Laurence Juber (lead guitarist in WINGS), Denny Seiwell (co-founder of WINGS), Glen Burtnik (STYX, Beatlemania), and Elliot Easton (The Cars).
For this once in a lifetime experience, spots are limited so fans are encouraged call now. Mention "Beatles News" within the next two days and receive a special offer of $250 off the 3 Day Camp or $500 off the 5 Day Camp. Room packages are available at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Call (888) 762-2263 or visit www.rockcamp.com to make a reservation or for more information.
Beatles radio show gives away Tickets to Ride
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/31/13 5:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beginning the month of August, KenMichaelsRadio.com will be giving Beatlefans the chance to win a very special item, a Beatles 1964 U.S. Tour Framed Presentation, which includes an iconic photo of the Beatles posed in front of an American flag, a replica 1964 tour poster, and replica tickets for the 23 concerts on their first American tour.
The contest will run throughout the entire month of August, and to win, fans will keep track of titles of Beatles songs released in 1964 that are posted on the KenMichaelsRadio.com website.
This special item comes courtesy of Fanatics Mounted Memories, is 23 x 27 inches, and sells for $198. It is now available as a collectible among the large assortment of merchandise, includinng shirts, music, posters, accessories, toys and games, ornaments, books and more, now selling at The Beatles Official Store.
In addition, this month Ken will be giving away some fantastic new prizes, like the Beatles Yellow Submarine Monopoly Game or Yellow Submarine Picture Puzzle, courtesy USAopoly, the new remastered CD for "Wings Over America," courtesy Concord Music Group, and the new John Lennon biography "Lennon" by Tim Riley, courtesy Hachette Book Group.
Ken hosts his weekly syndicated Beatles show "Every Little Thing," also heard as a live broadcast Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, which can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. He also co-hosts the Beatles news-based show "Things We Said Today" heard weekly on www.podbean.com and iTunes.
Ken says, "I'm very grateful that I have so many incredible prizes to give away, and that I'm promoting all these releases too."
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
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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
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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
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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