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James McCartney confirms North American tour dates
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 04/05/12 1:51 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

James McCartney has confirmed a new slate of North American tour dates for 2012 including his largest headlining shows to date, with additional performances at the Bamboozle and Sasquatch Festivals. Kicking off May 11, this month-long, full-band tour will hit major cities in the US and Canada in support of McCartney's critically acclaimed The Complete EP Collection, now available on Engine Company Records.

On his last trip to the States, McCartney performed on the Late Show With David Letterman and earned rave reviews for his LA and NYC shows from NY Daily News, Newark Star Ledger and more.

James McCartney North American Tour Dates:

May 11 - Ollie's - Amityville, NY
May 13 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
May 15 - Great Hall - Toronto, ON
May 19 - Bamboozle Festival - Asbury Park, NJ
May 22 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 25 - Sasquatch Festival - Quincy, WA
May 29 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
May 30 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
May 31 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
June 4 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA
June 7 - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
June 8 - Mohegan Sun - Montville, CT
June 10 - World Caf'e - Philadelphia, PA
June 11 - Fillmore - Washington, DC

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Lennon author makes Beatles educational videos
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 04/04/12 7:59 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the Lennon biographies Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, has released a new video series on YouTube about The Beatles. Jude and her husband recorded the videos in an interview format for high school and college students who are doing research papers on Fab Four.

"I get at least one request a week for an interview like this," says Jude, "but most of them want the answers on paper. Since I'm currently busy working on my third book, I don't have time to do that. I thought this would be a way to help the students without taking away from my writing."

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The three part, 32 minute "class" on the history of The Beatles tells how they impacted music and fashion, how they changed the world today, why they broke up and what made The Beatles exceptional. The videos can be viewed online for free at www.youtube.com/user/rjkess.

Ms. Kessler has spent over 20 years and made seven trips to Liverpool to research her comprehensive and thorough biographies on the life of John Lennon. Shoulda Been There is the first installment of her nine book series and covers Lennon's life from 1940 to December 1961. Jude's second novel in the series, Shivering Inside continues Lennon story from December 1961 to April 1963. Her third book, She Loves You, is due for publication in October 2013.

For more information on Jude Kessler and her books, go to www.OnTheRockBooks.com.

Discovered: Ringo Starr's drum case used with the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 03/14/12 6:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dig Gallery, a retail photography and memorabilia gallery, has announced the discovery of a unique and important piece of Beatles Memorabilia, the drum case used by Ringo Starr to carry one of his drums on tour with the Beatles.

The case is stenciled in two places "RINGO STARR, THE BEATLES", and has various freight labels attached, one of which is autographed by Ringo Starr.

The case was used to carry a tom tom drum from Ringo Starr's 1967 Ludwig Hollywood kit which he first used during sessions for the White Album in the Summer of 1968 and later during theLet It Be sessions in 1969. Additionally, one of the labels is stamped with the date 8-5-71, suggesting that the drum case was used to ship Ringo's drum kit to New York for The Concert For Bangladesh on August 1, 1971.

Helen Hall of Dig Gallery says of the discovery, "This is the first of Ringo Starr's drum cases to ever appear on the open market and is a must-have for Beatles and Ringo Starr collectors. Not only is the case in itself a rarity but the fact that it is signed on one of the labels by Ringo makes it completely unique. This packing case accompanied the Beatles on their travels as they toured the globe - If only it could talk..."

For more information, visit the Dig Gallery website.

Beatles radio show features songs that inspired the Beatles
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/28/12 5:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In celebration of Paul McCartney's new album of standards "Kisses On The Bottom," this Wednesday night's live broadcast of Ken Michaels' Beatles show "Every Little Thing" will include a thematic hour of music primarily from the pre-rock era, including music from Ringo Starr's first album "Sentimental Journey" and other songs from the Beatles group and solo-catalogue that harken back to this golden era of music.

Legendary songwriters like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and others have been covered by the Beatles, especially in their solo-careers, and their arrangements of their songs will be heard during the hour.

In particular, Ken is especially proud to be playing songs from Ringo's first solo-album, "Sentimental Journey." "Ever since I've been doing Beatles radio programs in 1982, I've always said that Ringo doesn't get the credit he deserves for recording an album of standards before other rockers did so. With the later successes of Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, and now Paul, people should give credit for Ringo for doing this first."

In the broadcast, Ken will also be giving away copies of the latest CDs from Paul, Ringo and Roberta Flack's new album of Beatles covers.

The live broadcast of "Every Little Thing" airs on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, Wednesdays 8-10pm (est) and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. In addition, a syndicated one-hour version of the show runs on 14 other stations in the U.S. To see a list of station affiliates, and to learn more about Ken and his 30-year history of work on the Beatles, please go to www.kenmichaelsradio.com.

John Lennon goes to the Shreveport Library
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 02/24/12 7:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler will be giving a one hour presentation on the life of John Winston Lennon and the Beatles on Saturday, March 10, from 2-4 pm at the Broadmoor branch of the Shreveport Memorial Library.

To celebrate her upcoming presentation about John Lennon at Shreveport Memorial Library, Jude donated a copy of her book Shoulda Been There and a 1st edition copy of her second book Shivering Inside to the library on January 23. She presented the books to the library manager Maria Colon.

Maria Colon with Jude Southerland Kessler

Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period. Both books will be available for purchase. The Broadmoor branch of the Shreveport Memorial Library is located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive in Shreveport. Admission is free. For more information, call (318) 869-0120.

Jude Kessler has spent over 20 years researching her books, including 7 trips to Liverpool. She is available for interviews, lectures and presentations. For more information on Jude Southerland Kessler and her books, go to www.OnTheRockBooks.com.

Friends to meet in Los Angeles to wish George happy birthday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 02/23/12 7:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday, George Harrison would have been 69 years old. A few friends, including Beatles news personality Gillian Lomax and myself, Adam Forrest, are going to meet up at "The George Harrison Tree" up at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to remember George and wish him "Happy Birthday".

On February 22, 2004, the City of Los Angeles declared it George Harrison day and unveiled this plaque at a ceremony attended by George's friend Jackie Lomax, who played a song he wrote as a tribute to George, "Friend Of Mine."

For those of us in Los Angeles, George's tree is sort of like our Strawberry Fields in New York City where fans meet to remember John. Many fans meet to remember George at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but George's tree is a quieter place fans can come together and reflect in a natural atmosphere that George would have really liked.

George's tree is at the very tip of the north end of the Griffith Obersvatory parking lot. Here is a satellite view of the location of George's tree up at Griffith Observatory. Here is a Google Map to the location.

We will meet at George's tree this Saturday, February 25, at 2:00 pm. If you're in the area, I hope we'll see you there.

George Harrison birthday celebration this Saturday in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 02/20/12 5:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A George Harrison musical birthday celebration will take place on this Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM at George Harrison Hollywood Walk of Fame Star which is in front of Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 Vine Street in Los Angeles.

There will be a "Cake-Cutting Ceremony" led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles." George Harrison and Beatles fans are invited to bring their musical instruments to perform and jam at this special musical tribute honoring the late, legendary singer, songwriter and "quiet Beatle". The event is free to the public.

George Harrison was born February, 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England.

For further information on this event, call Jerry Rubin at (310) 399-1000 or email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

9th Annual Tribute to George Harrison in Westport this Saturday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 02/14/12 10:08 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The 9th Annual Tribute to George Harrison will take place this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Whites of Westport, in Westport, Massachusetts beginning at 6:00 (Doors open at 5:30). This annual event is a night filled with music from the 60's, focusing around George Harrison and the Beatles, and includes Beatles memorabilia and artwork available for purchase and raffles.

This year's line up include The British Yankees, Sherman & the Waybacks, Psychedelic Relics, Wayne Cabral (former member of Octopus's Garden, a John Lennon Songwriting Contest semi-finalist and performer at the 2011 New England Pop Festival), the Oh Nos, a plastic sporko band! (featuring members of the band GIRL, the first all female Beatle Tribute band to play the Cavern Club in Liverpool).

Beatletracks at previous tribute

Also appearing will be Beatletracks, the Mockers (Fred Grady and members of CBNE and Stacy Pedrick of THE FOOLS) and from New Jersey, The Cryers (backing band for Denny Laine of Wings and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies) with special acoustic welcome starting at 5:40 by 10 year old guitarist Thatcher Harrison.

Advanced tickets ($10.00) are available for purchase at Whites of Westport box office (Route 6, Westport, MA). Tickets ($15.00) will be available at the door the night of the show. Please send any questions by email to GHTribute@aol.com.

For more information check out Harrison Tribute page on Faceboo, Whites of Westport website and Pictures & video of previous Tributes on MySpace.

Liverpool loses another Beatles landmark
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 02/06/12 4:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The building located on Whitechapel that housed Brian Epstein's NEMS (North East Music Stores), and also the law offices of Rex Makin who was Brian's neighbor on Queen's Drive and had given Brian legal advice on the Beatles, is being torn down and will be demolished in phases over the next few weeks.

According to a local source familiar with the demolition project, the building was in need of major repairs, and the building office/store layout was poorly designed and unrentable for commercial tenants.

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Demolition of NEMS building in progress

NEMS was one of the top grossing record stores in the NorthWest and Epstein utilized his London based record company contacts established thru NEMS to setup auditions for the Beatles in early 1961 with Decca and later with EMI.

The Epstein family's NEMS store was located less than a block away from the landmark Mathew Street Cavern Club where Brian Epstein heard the Beatles play for the very first time on November 9, 1961.

NEMS played a critical role for Brian who used the upstairs offices to meet privately with the Beatles to discuss managing them and later formed NEMS Management as Brian spent more and more of his time managing performing artists, starting with the Beatles and then signing Gerry and the Pacemakers, followed by other artists such as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and Cilla Black.

Perhaps some day the Liverpool City Council might consider installing a plaque outside the site of the original NEMS store honoring the important role that NEMS played in the early history of Brian Epstein and the Beatles. This plaque could be part of a Beatles walking tour in Liverpool. The Epstein Theater, formerly known as the Neptune Theater, was recently renamed after Brian Epstein and is located within a short 5 minute walk of the former NEMS building and Mathew Street.

James McCartney makes US TV debut on Letterman tonight
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 01/30/12 8:56 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

James McCartney is set to make his US national television debut on Late Show with David Letterman tonight, January 30th. He'll also be playing at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall February 1st.

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McCartney's appearances celebrate the recent release of "The Complete EP Collection" on Engine Company records, which combines McCartney's two previous EP's with five never-heard bonus tracks. The special two-disc set was produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney. Critics praise his songs' "strong pop hooks" (Rolling Stone) and "many bold, original touches" (Times of London).

Admission to James' performance at Rockwood Music Hall on February 1st is free. For more information, visit www.rockwoodmusichall.com.

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