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Museum acquires holy grail Beatles 8 Track for nearly $1,000
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 08/10/12 6:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Eight Track Museum of Dallas, TX has acquired one of the world's most rare 8 tracks, The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits from 1982. The tape was won by the Museum on eBay from noted Beatles expert Perry Cox. The winning bid was $898.00, making it one of the highest recorded sales of an 8 track tape.


The Beatles hits title is considered in the top 3 of the world's rarest 8 tracks. Shortly before its release in 1982, it was decided at the last minute that the tape would not be released and all copies were ordered destroyed. The Museum has one other copy of the title, an open copy purchased in 2010.

"To have both an open and a sealed copy of this particualr 8 track is pretty amazing," says Bucks Burnett, the Museum's founder. "Only a handful of copies, around 10, are believed to exist, and now we have 2 of them. I think an 8 track selling for nearly a thousand dollars indicates some kind of possible economic recovery might be happening."

The Eight Track Museum is located at 2630 E. Commerce St. in Dallas, Texas. It is available for viewing to the public by appointment. For more info contact Bucks Burnett at bucks1414@mac.com.

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Beatles music festival comes to Danbury this weekend
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/25/12 4:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The world's greatest music will "Come Together" this Saturday, July 28, at the Danbury Fields Forever Beatles Fans Music Festival in Danbury, Connecticut, featuring 10 bands over 10 hours.

Featured acts include The Beatles Forever Band, One Sweet Dream, Fools On The Hill, MerseyBeatMania, Genetic Control, Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, Roger Lipson's sitar show, Carlo Cantamessa's "In My Life" tribute to John Lennon plus more. Also, just added, Pete Santora's "Harrisong" tribute to George Harrison. This world-class music festival is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and will attract music lovers spanning the generations.


Also appearing is world-famous rock & roll artist Shannon, plus vendors with souvenirs, memorabilia and collectibles. There will be food and beverages available for purchase, and face-painting, inflatables and other attractions for kids.

And, after the festival ends, the party continues! Fellow fans and rocking revelers continue the fab four fun and festivities at Liverpool Productions' official Post-Festival Party at 9pm in the ballroom of the Maron Hotel on 42 Lake Ave. Ext. in Danbury, just minutes from Ives Concert Hall. All ages welcome but you must be over 21 to drink. Cover is $10 or only $5 with your "Danbury Fields Forever" ticket stub. There is a cash bar, pool tables and more, including live DJ, singalongs and other surprises.

The Danbury Fields Forever Beatles Fans Music Festival opens on Saturday, July 28 at 10am and music continues until 8pm. Entire-day "ticket to ride" admissions are only $15 in advance, $20 at the door for lawn area (bring your lawn chairs or blankets) or $20 advance, $25 door for reserved area seating. Tickets are on sale from danburyfieldsforever.eventbrite.com, and there are limited VIP packages available.

Ives Concert Park is located at 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, CT. For further info call (203) 795-4737, email LiverpoolTours@aol.com or visit www.BeatlesMusicFestival.com.

Beatles radio show to feature Beatles Dance Party next Wednesday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 07/25/12 4:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ken Michaels' weekly two-hour live broadcast of his Beatles show "Every Little Thing," heard Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) on 88.7 WNHU (West Haven, CT, available for streaming at www.wnhu.net) always features unique thematic sets that span the Beatles' full catalogue of group, solo-recordings and side projects.

On Wednesday, August 1, Ken will feature a one-hour "Beatles Dance Party," including songs all the subject of dancing! It's all songs with the word "Dance" or a form thereof, plus songs with types of dances in the song titles, and others where dancing is the subject matter of the song.


Since starting his Beatles program in 1982 on college radio station WNYT, later heard on New Jersey rocker WDHA-FM, XM Radio and now in syndication on 16 other stations, Ken has always offered thematically-driven shows, with sets like Songs With Paul on Drums, Piano-Driven songs, Songs that feature Eric Clapton, Beatles Anatomy sets (with body parts in song titles,) Songs written/co-written by Ringo, John's Political Songs, Specific Year Sets, etc.

Ken says, "I love coming up with unique ideas like this. It gets listeners involved and makes them think 'what songs could work in this kind of set?' My show's always been about taking a look at the Beatles from every angle, and it's a different, fun and refreshing way of listening to the music."

The "Beatles Dance Party" hour will start at 9pm (EST). For more about Ken and his show "Every Little Thing," visit www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

Ringo and his All Starrs shine in Saratoga
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 07/20/12 7:22 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ringo Starr put on a great concert along with a little help from his friends at the very cozy outdoor scenic Mountain Winery venue in Saratoga, California on Tuesday night. It was Ringo's only San Francisco Bay Area appearance for his 2012 tour.

He opened the show with It Don't Come Easy, just as I had finally arrived at the mountain top parking lot and was running down to seek a ticket to a long ago sold out show as this venue only seats 2,500.

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Highlights of the the night's show included hits from Greg Rolie of Santana, Todd Rundgren, Richard Cage, and of course Ringo, who played background drums for his featured performing artists when he wasn't singing his own hit songs.

Ringo had the audience up on their feet to Boys and I Wanna Be Your Man. My personal favorite of course is With A Little Help From My Friends, especially since I had some help getting a ticket for Tuesday's show.

Many parents brought their young children who enjoyed the concert. A great time was enjoyed by all.

Fans on Los Angeles Beatles tour send birthday wishes to Ringo
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 07/13/12 4:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last Saturday, Ringo Starr turned 72, and Gillian Lomax celebrated Ringo's birthday on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles by getting the biggest birthday card she could find and inviting all the fans on her tour that day to sign their birthday wishes to Ringo on it. The card was then passed onto an associate of Ringo's who promised to get it to him.

Gillian Lomax holding the birthday card

Gillian's Beatles tour of Los Angeles includes several interesting locations that are directly related to Ringo, so celebrating his birthday on the tour was extra fun for the fans on the tourthat day, including someone visiting Los Angeles from Kentucky, and one gentleman from Liverpool!

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," said Gillian, who was originally raised in Merseyside across from Liverpool.

Gillian, currently the Beatles news reporter on Beatlesarama.com, has worked in a wide range of media outlets including Radio Como in Italy, as music editor for the British Weekly, senior correspondent for Britsound Radio, and in Los Angeles on 97.1 KLSX and 95.5 KLOS where she reported on Beatles news for "Breakfast with the Beatles."

The cost for the four hour tour is $65. For more information and reservations, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

Beatles 50th anniversary art exhibit opens Saturday in Los Angeles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 07/05/12 5:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Saturday, July 7, over 80 visual artists pay homage to 50 years of the Fab Four at the Nucleus Art Gallery in Alhambra. An international roster of talent is submitting work in a variety of mediums displayed throughout a two-level gallery space. The exhibit, All Together Now, promises to be a memorable fan event.


The opening night festivities will include a Beatles cover band, a costume contest, raffle prizes, and fan activities. In addition fans on opening night who attend dressed in your best 1960's attire, whether it be an early 60's mod look or spreading peace and love as a late 60's flower child, will receive free admission to the opening night event.

The Beatles art will be on exhibit at the Nucleus Art Gallery which is located at 210 East Main St in Alhambra CA, from July 7, 2012 through July 29, 2012. The opening Reception is July 7, from 7:00PM to 11:00PM. For those not local, the entire exhibit will be viewable online.

Learn more event details, go to www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/exhibition/339 or
follow the event's official blog at www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/beatles.

Imagine the Beatles Tribute remembers Victor Spinetti
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/25/12 2:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Neil Burg of Imagine The Beatles Tribute writes in to tell us that he remembers fondly the night they had the pleasure of performing in front of the late Victor Spinetti back in 1995 in Northridge, LA at the Volare Restaurant. Neil says Victor told them that they made him cry when he heard the songs that they performed, especially the songs from Hard Days Night.

Imagine The Beatles Tribute with Victor Spinetti in 1995

Neil said, "He told us that it brought back some very fond memories of the Beatles, and his acting opportunities to work with them. He was very kind to us, sat in the first row, and signed a one sheet poster for me of a Hard Days Night that has been hanging on my wall, since the day he signed it. It was a great honor and privilege to perform for Victor, and the memory of him and that day will never be forgotten."

To find out more about Imagine The Beatles Tribute, check out their official web page.

(Pictured from left to Right: Jeff Toczynski, Neil Burg, Victor Spinetti, David Kaufman, and Tim Piper.)

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.


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