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Audio Interview: Andy Timmons
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 11/23/11 5:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Andy Timmons is a guitar player who has recorded 9 solo CDs of intricate work, served as Olivia Newton-John's Music Director for several U.S. tours, and has been an in-demand studio guitarist for artists such as Paula Abdul and Paul Stanley of Kiss. In the early 90's, he was lead guitarist with Danger Danger, and he has shared the stage with other great artists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, the Beach Boys and Lesley Gore.

On October 24, Andy Timmons and his band released an album that was a tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album, including every song from the album, plus their cover of Strawberry Fields Forever.

On Ken Michaels' website, you can hear Ken interviewing Andy about his musical background, his love for the Beatles group and solo music, and how he came to record the tribute album. The website also includes an exclusive where you can hear the band's recording of Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite from the album.

Ken Michaels

Ken Michaels has been hosting radio programs on the Beatles since 1982, and is currently heard on 9 radio stations in the U.S. with his show "Every Little Thing," which you can also hear live on WNHU, Wednesdays 8-10pm (EST).

The program features music from the full catalog of the Beatles' group and solo-music, plus side projects, cover versions, music from family members, rarities and more, along with the latest Beatle News, plus games, trivia and prizes given away every week. He also is the founding member and co-host of the Beatles talk show podcast, Fab Fourum.

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Ticket to Ride now available for LA Beatles tour
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 11/17/11 5:27 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Just in time for the holiday season, a real Ticket to Ride is now available to Beatle fans. Gift cards can now be purchased for Gillian Lomax's Beatles tour of Los Angeles.

This is an excellent gift for Beatle fans, as there is a lot of Beatle history in LA that most of fans don't know about, and Gillian's wonderful tour takes you to these hidden Beatles treasures in person!

No place in the U.S. has as much Beatles history as Los Angeles, and Gillian has spent a lot of time researching her tour. The tour stops at several important sites, and she narrates about the various locations as she drives.

By purchasing your favorite Fab Four Fan a gift card, they can then choose when it would be best for them to take the tour, and is a great idea and a wonderful gift to give to a family member or friend.

Visit Gillian's website at www.amagicalhistorytour.com to get your Ticket to Ride!

And as John would say, Happy Crimble!

Only 10 cabins left for Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/14/11 4:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

With less than 90 days to go until it sets sail, The Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012 has just 10 cabins left.

Beatles Tribute Cruisers will have the opportunity to get Private Lessons from two Grammy Award Winners. Two time Grammy Award winner Laurence Juber will be offering private guitar lessons and Mark Hudson (co-writer of the Grammy Award Winning Aerosmith song "Livin on the Edge") will offer Private Songwriting lessons.

There will be 7 concerts during the 7 night cruise. Laurence Juber will perform twice, as will Mark Hudson and Beatles Tribute Band Revolution. Plus Revolution's John, Tim Piper will be performing a special acoustic version of his critically acclaimed Lennon solo show "Just Imagine".

The Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012 sets sail on on February 4 aboard Royal Caribbean's FABulous Oasis of the Seas. Click here for more info.

Unfinished Lennon song recovered by Spanish Beatles tribute band
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 11/02/11 6:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Spanish Beatles tribute band, aptly named Los Escarabajos (Spanish word for "beetles") has recorded "Now And Then", an unfinished John Lennon song from 1979 that Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr tried in vain to complete in 1996 for the third volume of the Anthology project.

Los Escarabajos released a version of this original in 2001 for their CD Lennonphile (The Album That John Could Never Record), but the current rendition captures the concept of the singles included in Anthology by the remaining Beatles, "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love".

Click here to watch video

The 2011 remake of "Now And Then" is presented with an animated work by Alvaro Ortega, reputable Spanish visual artist, who shows his own colourful style reminding us of the ever classic Yellow Submarine and the recent The Beatles: Rock Band. (Click on the image above to watch the video.)

On the last World Animation Day, 28th of October, the song and video were published on YouTube, marking the 15th anniversary of The Beatles' Anthology 3 and the 10th anniversary of Los Escarabajos' Lennonphile.

In 2010, Los Escarabajos were given honorary degrees by the University of Seville for their work, having performed live the entire Beatles discography over the course of the Spanish group's 18-year history. The band was a headlining act at the International Beatle Week in Liverpool between 2003 and 2010.

John Lennon biographer and expert to give free lecture at NSU
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 11/01/11 5:26 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles expert and author Jude Southerland Kessler will be presenting a lecture entitled, "Everything I Know I Learned from The Beatles and NSU" at Northwestern State University next Monday.

Ms. Kessler's forty minute lecture will include readings from both her books about the life of John Lennon and an audience Q&A. Copies of Jude's books will be available for purchase.

Jude Southerland Kessler

Jude Southerland Kessler has spent over 20 years researching the Beatles and has made 7 trips to Liverpool to interview Lennon's friends, family and colleagues. She has already published the first two books in her nine books series on Lennon's life. The first book, "Shoulda Been There", covers Lennon's life from birth until December 1960. Her second book, "Shivering Inside" covers Lennon's life from December 1960 to April 1963 when his son Julian was born.

Ms. Kessler has two Bachelor's degrees from NSU in English and History. She received her Master's degree from University of Maryland.

The lecture takes place on Monday, November 07, 2011 in the NSU Student Union Ballroom from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, go to langcomm.nsula.edu/news-and-notes.

Imagine the Beatles Tribute celebrates 20 years
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 10/27/11 5:38 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It was 20 Years ago today, that Imagine went out to play, starting at clubs, restaurants, local events, private parties cruise ships, all the usual places an upcoming band would be expected to be performing at to learn its craft.

But Neil Burg of Imagine The Beatles Tribute says he never expected to perform for celebrities like Goldie Hawn and Tom Hanks, and on cruise ship lines like Royal Caribbean.

"I never knew we'd be performing for the clientele that we have performed for in the bands 20 year existence. It's been a dream come true for me personally ever since I saw them on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964."

Imagine The Beatles Tribute

Since 1991, the band has had some of the great performers step in and play from the Original BeatleMania bands, including Richie Ray, Don Linares, Leslie Fradkin, Jimmy Pou, Tony Kishman, and Alan Le Boeuf. When Imagine played Tom Hank's 10th wedding anniversary party, Tom himself came up and sang "That Thing You Do" with the band.

Burg, who plays Ringo in the band, remembers, "After seeing that happen, Malissa Ethridge came up unexpectedly and sang Twist and Shout with the band. It was a great night to remember."

The legendary Tim Piper has been in and out of Imagine for the better part of 15 years, to continue doing his own John Lennon Tribute shows. Also Imagine's newest member/percussionist, inspiring new actress, Kim Calligaro, performed with the band for her first show last weekend, and did a fantastic job.

Imagine The Beatles Tribute performs in and around the Los Angeles area. For more information about the guys and their show, visit www.imaginingthebeatles.com.

Incredible John Lennon show final week of performances in L.A.
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 10/01/11 4:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The critically acclaimed John Lennon show, Just Imagine, starring Tim Piper, starts its final week of performances in L.A. this coming week.

This extraordinary multi-media production will transport you to another time and place as you re-live Lennon's early years, Beatlemania, and his solo years, with rare insights and anecdotes into his brilliant yet turbulent life. Experience what it was like to live in the "Eye of the Hurricane" as John Lennon led a social and cultural revolution that forever changed the world.

Backed by Piper's acclaimed band, Working Class Hero, and mind-bending video images, you'll be mesmerized, moved and captivated!

Tim Piper and Working Class Hero

For this last week, fans can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime show for 50% off, if you use the Promo Code "LOVE50".

The final performance October 9th, which is also the 71st anniversary of John Lennon's birthday, will include special guest Emcee, Chris Carter, host of KLOS' radio's ?Breakfast With The Beatles.? Fans are invited to join the cast of the show for birthday cake and 71 balloons with notes for everyone to write a note to John, to be released after the show.

Don't miss this opportunity to take a magical journey with Tim Piper as John Lennon and experience the life and times of one of the world's most iconic musical and cultural figures.

For tickets, visit www.plays411.com/justimagine. For more information, check out www.JustImagineTheShow.com.

John Lennon birthday breakfast Oct. 9 in Hollywood
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Friday, 09/30/11 11:10 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon and Beatles fans are invited to a potluck public "John Lennon Birthday Breakfast With the Beatles" on Sunday, October 9 to celebrate the 71st birthday of the late legendary singer, songwriter and former Beatle. The event will take place starting 8:00AM at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building.

Fans will come together at the star and share the potluck birthday breakfast while listening to a special John Lennon birthday broadcast of the longest running Beatles radio program "Breakfast With the Beatles" airing that morning from 8:00AM until 11:00AM on KLOS FM and hosted by popular radio personality Chris Carter.

Following the radio broadcast and breakfast, fans are invited to perform Lennon and Beatles songs around the star. Mr. Carter will join the gathering at 12:00 Noon to lead the special cake cutting ceremony. Fans are invited to bring flowers to place around John's star. They are also invited to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets as well as a potluck dish to share.

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A Hulu Day's Night
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 09/27/11 4:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

You should already have this on your Beatles DVD shelf, but in case you're stuck on a desert island and all you have access to is a laptop and the internet, the Beatles first movie A Hard Day's Night is available online through September 30 for free (with commercial interruptions) from video streaming site Hulu.

Watching it this way on my computer reminds me of those wonderful days so long ago (1993) when A Hard Day's Night was released on CD-ROM for PCs and the Mac. On my PC at the time, playback was somewhat jerky, but the CD-ROM had a cool feature, you could follow along with the script as you watched the movie.

The Criterion A Hard Day's Night CD-ROM

The Criterion CD-ROM (and the Criterion Laser Disc that preceded it) was also the first opportunity most fans had to see the 1960 Dick Lester short film that sold him as a director to the Beatles. The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film can be viewed these days online on YouTube.

New iPhone app guides you around Liverpool
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 09/05/11 5:02 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A new app for the iPhone, the Liverpool Tourism Guide App, allows you to explore, discover and experience the beautiful and historic city of Liverpool.

Whether you're visiting Liverpool for the first time or you live in the city, this interactive guide fits in the palm of your hand and features over 1250 points of interest in and around the city centre. The Guide also contains many exclusive offers which are updated daily, saving you money in Restaurants, Bars, Hotels and many other places.

And, using Augmented Reality, you can view virtual information of your present Liverpool location through your device's camera.

With this app in your hand, the only question you have to answer for yourself is, what do I want to see first?

Visit the Liverpool Tourism Guide website for more info.

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