|Liverpool loses another Beatles landmark|
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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.
|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.
Paul McCartney's personal mix tape
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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.
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.
Ringo shows up to enjoy James McCartney in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 01/28/12 7:46 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
We had the pleasure to attend James McCartney's live performance at the Viper Club in Hollywood last night.
Waiting outside for James to arrive for the gig, the fans were surprised to see him get out of the car with Joe Walsh along with Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr!
|James McCartney and Ringo Starr outside the Viper Room|
James packed the room, the fans were excited and responsive to James and his band. James played a few new songs, and several songs from his two EPs, Available Light and Close At Hand.
|James McCartney on stage at the Viper Room|
The crowd's favorites were when James played his cover of Neil Young's "Old Man" and his hit single from the Available Light EP, "Angel".
If James is ever playing near you and you have opportunity to go, I highly recommend it, you will have a great time!
Photos thanks to Gillian Lomax, voice of the Beatles news and purveyor of A Magical History Tour in Los Angeles.
Beatles holiday gets new name and date for 2012
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 01/02/12 5:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Since its creation in March 2008, Beatles fans have been commenting to the creator of International Beatles Freak Day about its name and the date of the celebration.
It has been announced that International Beatles Freak Day has been given a new name and a new date. The new name for the world's original Beatles celebration day is International Beatles Fan Day, which will now be celebrated worldwide on June 6.
"Since its inception in 2008, some fans have expressed their dislike of being referred to as 'freaks'", says Jennifer of I-BFD. "Though many embrace it, I thought it was time to gather all the 'fans' into one category and rename the holiday. Also, our original date, January 14th, had no meaning in Beatles history. Now the annual celebration will be held on June 6, which is the anniversary of the day the Fab Four auditioned for George Martin."
There is also now a new newsletter to go along with the new name and date. The original I-BFD.com mailing list was lost in a computer crash in August 2011, so fans are asked to sign up for the new newsletter on the homepage to keep up with news and updates.
For more information on International Beatles Fan Day, visit www.I-BFD.com.
BBC4 looks at the Beatles and Christmas tomorrow
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 12/29/11 4:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Liverpool-born 1980s-era comedian Alexei Sayle hosts a 30-minute radio special about the Beatles at Christmas this weekend on BBC Radio 4.
In the half-hour radio show, Sayle takes on a musical journey through some of the Fab Four's special Christmas appearances. He meets with former Beatles publicist Tony Barrow to discover how the band recorded their seasonal fan-club messages and how they took to the stage for seasons of Christmas-themed concerts in 1963 and 1964 from supporting musicians such as Elkie Brooks and Barron Knights' bass guitarist Peter Langford. He also hears from film editor Roy Benson about the making of the group's 1967 Christmas TV special Magical Mystery Tour.
The show airs from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, Friday, December 30, with a repeat on BBC Radio 4 Long-Wave, and can also be heard online worldwide until Monday January 2nd.
Info thanks to the UK Radio Times.
New Beatles quiz app now on iTunes
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 12/26/11 2:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Brooke Halpin's recent quiz book, Do You Really Know The Beatles?, is now an app entitled Fabfouria! The book, which contains 540 questions and answers, has been converted into an app with multiple choice answers.
"In the Fabfouria! iPhone app, we've added some creative and entertaining visual and personality touches that hopefully elicit the same spirit of fun and creativity that echoes through the Beatles' musical and cultural legacy, even if it's just within the simple context of a trivia game," says Will Jacobus, who acted as a creative consultant in the development of Fabfouria!
Robert Fitzpatrick, The Beatles former US Attorney said, "Brooke has put together a wide variety of questions, ranging from easy to challenging. It even has questions that I couldn't answer!"
The Fabfouria! app is now available for the iPhone at the App Store on iTunes.
Crossing Abbey Road, digitally
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 12/13/11 3:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Remember the last time you synced all of your Beatles collection from iTunes to your iPod, or backed it up? Took a while for all 280 or so tracks, didn't it?
Well, researchers at Cal Tech and the University of Victoria say they can now download all the tracks of the entire Beatles catalog in one tenth of a second.
Cal Tech and University of Victoria engineers have set a new record for how fast one computer can transfer data to another computer at an astounding 186 gigabits, or 23.25 gigabytes, per second. That rate was upheld for 11 hours as files were transferred between UVic and servers at a conference in Seattle over a commercially-available optical network.
For a comparison, broadband download speeds in the U.S. average about 3.9Mbps., while Canadians are lucky to get any download speeds higher than a megabit per second.
(Thanks to The Mark.)
Madame Tussauds unveils Beatles wax figures in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 12/07/11 3:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Fans are invited to place flowers at the feet of a lifelike John Lennon wax figure, complete with his trademark circular glasses and shoulder-length hair, at the unveiling of all four Beatles' wax figures on the anniversary of John's death on Thursday, December 8th at 9 a.m. at the Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.
The interactive exhibit features George, John, Paul and Ringo in their late 1960's-era styling and allows fans to stand in line with the Beatles to create their own personalized album cover. The traveling exhibit will be in town from December 8th through February, 2012.
|The Beatles at Madame Tussauds in London|
Madame Tussauds Hollywood offers guests the unique opportunity to "interact" with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. Only at Madame Tussauds Hollywood can you "grab hold" of your favorite stars and enjoy our many interactive experiences. Fans are allowed to take pictures and touch and get up close and personal with each of the figures in a themed setting.
This special event takes place tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fans who arrive with flowers and mention "Beatles" at the door will receive free admission to the attraction from 9 a.m.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood is located at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The attraction is open 364 days a year from 10AM Daily. For attraction pricing and other information, visit them at www.madametussauds.com/hollywood.
Liverpool remembers John Lennon with vigil at Peace Monument
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 12/01/11 5:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Beatles and Lennon fans from all over the world will make their way to Liverpool next Thursday to mark the anniversary of John Lennon with a candlelit vigil taking place at the city's European Peace Monument dedicated to John.
The vigil will take place at the European Peace Monument dedicated to John Lennon at the Echo arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront on Thursday, December 8, 2011, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. This will be the second year that the city has marked the occasion at the Peace Monument.
|Fans at last year's Peace Monument vigil|
Since its unveiling by Julian and Cynthia Lennon on October 9th 2010 the monument, entitled "Peace & Harmony", has become a popular focal point for visitors to the Beatles home city looking to celebrate Lennon's life and message of peace through his music.
The annual peace vigil is being organised by Liverpool's award-winning Beatles Story, the attraction responsible for bringing the European Peace Monument to Liverpool.
Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of The Beatles Story, said, "The eyes of the world will be on Liverpool once again as we celebrate the life of John Lennon with our annual peace vigil. Last year's event was a wonderful success and was covered by newspapers, TV and radio all over the world. We look forward to building on the legacy of last year's vigil to create a night to remember for all those people that attend."
John Lennon annual candlelight memorial in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 11/30/11 4:47 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Fans of John Lennon and the Beatles will place candles and flowers around Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star next week, on Thursday, December 8, 2011, the anniversary of the 1980 of the late legendary singer, songwriter, peace activist, and Beatles member.
The free-to-the-public gathering will take place from 6:00PM until 8:00PM in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building where Lennon's star is located, at 1750 N. Vine Street in Hollywood.
John Lennon and Beatles songs will be performed at the event. Fans are invited to give public tributes at the open mic. Event organizers say the gathering is meant to be more a time for celebrating John's life and music than a time for mourning.
if you can't make it to Hollywood on Thursday night, join fans all over the world, and light a candle wherever you are to remember John.
The event is being sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group. For further information, email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.