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Hard Days Night 1964 Sale sparks Beatlemania
[Posted Tuesday, 01/11/11 4:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Thirty years since they split, The Beatles continue to cause a storm with fans from all over the world.

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool

The four-star, Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool city centre saw hundreds of fans try to secure a room at the luxury Beatles-inspired hotel on the launch of their 1964 sale. The exclusive offer of a room for ?19.64 sold out in just one hour, proving Beatlemania remains as strong as ever in the iconic rock band's hometown.

Housed in a remarkable old building, the 110 rooms and suites in the Hard Days Night Hotel are decorated with Beatles themes. The hotel is directly adjacent to the famous Cavern Club. Albert Dock and The Beatles Story Museum are literally just steps from the hotel as well.

For more information on the Hard Days Night Hotel, visit their website at www.harddaysnighthotel.com.

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John Lennon tribute event in Israel tomorrow night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 12/19/10 1:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A concert is being held in Tel Aviv tomorrow night, December 20th at Hichel Hatarbut (the O2 of Israel), to mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon.

14 leading Israeli talents are going to perform the music of Lennon and the Beatles live at the event, including Mashina, Hayehodim, Keren Peles, Miri Mesika, Yizhaar Ashdot, Irmi kaplan, Hemi Rodner, Shlomi Shaban, Sholomo Grounich, Saanan Street, Maor Choen, Megical Mystry Tour and Efrat Gosh.

The 30th Anniversary tribute concert is a charity event for Pithon Lev, a nonprofit organization which operates the educational center Lagahat Bahofek, named after the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

It concert will be a very high profile event in Israel with lots of media coverage and will be broadcast live on radio and the internet. You can log on to www.ynet.co.il on Monday evening 8:30, 20th of December, Tel Aviv time, to experience it live through the net. In the UK, that would be 6:30 PM. In the US, the concert starts at 1:30 PM Eastern time, 10:30 AM Pacific time on Monday.

John Lennon remembered by the Cavern in Liverpool
[Posted Thursday, 12/09/10 7:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Katie Hickox reports for Beatles News from Liverpool:

John Lennon's life and music were remembered last night in a concert at Liverpool's Echo Arena, the final event for the John Lennon Tribute Season that kicked off with celebrations for his 70th birthday. Master of Ceremonies Jon Keats opened the evening with the music being performed by a chorus from John's Dovedale school.

John's first group the Quarryman performed, followed by the Cavern Club's own The Shakers, who then backed rocker Tony Sheridan for a few songs. Tony had travelled all the way from Hamburg to Liverpool. Then Beatles insider Tony Bramwell took to the stage after Sheridan and spoke a few minutes about his time spent with John.

The audience was given a special sneak preview of "The Sessions" in which the actual recording sessions under Geoff Emerick's direction are recreated for a live performance. This means that there can be as many as 3 or 4 John Lennons singing at once instead of laying down multiple tracks to get that special harmony.

Actor Mark McGann brought the house down with his John Lennon performance and was joined by special guests Alan White, the original drummer for John's Plastic Ono Band, and former Badfinger members Joey Molland. For the encore, the audience sang along with the performers "Give Peace a Chance."

Many thanks to Cavern Club for putting on this great concert.

500 fans gather in Liverpool to remember John Lennon
[Posted Wednesday, 12/08/10 7:27 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Colin Eaton reports for Beatles News from Liverpool:

Fans of the Late Beatle John Lennon gathered together tonight in Liverpool to pay their respects to the music legend as the world marked the 30th anniversary in 1980. The vigil was the high point of a remarkable day, which started with a mark of remembrance at Cavern Walks.

Fans braved a temperature of -4 degrees centigrade to gather around the John Lennon Peace and Harmony Monument in Liverpool One. They joined enthusiastically with Jim Softley and sang John Lennon songs such as In My Life, Imagine, Give Peace a Chance, Across the Universe, All You Need Is Love and Twist and Shout. Poems written as a tribute to the late great Beatle were read by by Rachel McGladdery, the official Liverpool Poet and Isobel Malimoski and Wesley Byrne.

Jerry Goldman, the Managing Director of the Beatles Story in Liverpool thanked fans for turning up to the event and said that now the world will know we have our monument in Liverpool. He had commented earlier that, "This has been a remarkable day and a fitting tribute to a son of the city with people from all over the world gathering to pay their respects to one of the world's great icons. Lennon's ability to inspire whole new generations even 30 years after goes to show how remarkable a person he was."

The vigil marks the first time that Liverpool has had a place for people to gather to celebrate the life of Lennon and his legacy of peace through his music. The Peace and Harmony monument was unveiled in October 9th on the anniversary of Lennon's birth by his son Julian and first wife Cynthia.

Peter Asher's Musical Memoir of the 60's and Beyond
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 12/04/10 10:01 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last night Peter Asher presented his new show "Musicial Memoir of the 60's and Beyond!" in a club in New York City for a small but enthusiastic and sold-out crowd.

Through the performance, Asher screened vintage clips of Peter & Gordon on the Ed Sullivan Show, on Hullabaloo and even a comedic turn on the Red Skeleton Show. He told some great stories and shared marvelous memories. He referred to The Beatles as "a tribute band" to American music, and he talked about Paul McCartney and his sister Jane Asher's relationship.

Musical highlights included a beautiful rendering of "I Don't Want to See You Again," "Nobody I Know," and the Stones' "As Tears Go By" before Asher talked about his late partner Gordon Waller, a huge Buddy Holly fan. We were treated to "True Love Ways" and after that Asher talked a lot more about The Beatles, and his job as A & R (artist & repetoire) producer for Apple.

He not only discussed his meetings with The Beatles at the record company, he also reminisced about Apple's early signings of Mary Hopkin, James Taylor and the Iveys. The Iveys became Badfinger, and Asher's keyboard player at the show was Jeff Alan Ross, who toured with Joey Molland, Mike Gibbons and Badfinger in 1986-87. They performed "Day After Day" and soon afterward, "Woman" which was written by Paul under the name "Bernard Webb."

A highight was when Asher joined his former duo partner Gordon in some clips on the screen. The show concluded with "World Without Love" which featured a karaoke-like audience singalong, and then "Lady Godiva."

The event was a fun mix of music and memories presented with class and some humor by a true veteran of the music scene.

Lennon tribute benefit in NYC this Sunday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 12/01/10 5:53 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Sunday, December 5, at 3pm, The Computer School, a New York City Middle School located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, will host "Remember Lennon: Imagine 70," a special tribute concert fundraiser.

"Remember Lennon: Imagine 70" features Peter Gendron as John Lennon backed by a world-class band, accompanied by a multi-media visual presentation with rare video footage all adding up to an incredible and respectful tribute. It's a concert John may have performed had he still been with us. "Remember Lennon: Imagine 70" is a unique, extraordinary musical theater experience celebrating the music, the memory, the magic and the life of John Lennon.

Opening the show is New York guitar virtuoso "Charlie Guitar," performing a short set of instrumental Beatles songs. There will also be a display of Beatles and Lennon shirts and memorabilia for sale.

The event takes place at the O'Shea Complex Auditorium, 100 West 77th Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues), NYC.Tickets only $25. Proceeds from the concert will be used to support the extraordinary music program at The Computer School. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Beth Sperber at 917-301-0161 and will also be available at the door on Sunday. For more info, please visit facebook.com/event.php?eid=153713888006945.

John Lennon celebrated at 30th annual memorial on Dec. 8
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/30/10 2:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A "John Lennon 30th Annual Memorial Candlelight Public Remembrance" will take place on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, exactly 30 years after the legendary singer, songwriter, peace activist and former Beatle outside Lennon's residence in New York City. The public is invited to bring flowers and candles to place around John's star.

Highlighting the special remembrance will be the on-site musical art creation of a large John Lennon mural by world renowned artist Gregory Adamson. Mr. Adamson's unique "Facing the Music" 11-minute painting creation will be accompanied by the popular vocal group The Three of Us performing a medley of Lennon and Beatles tunes.

The event is being sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group. Event organizer Jerry Rubin says, "The public gathering is not meant as a time for mourning, but more of a time, thirty years later, to continue celebrating John Lennon's life, music and creative spirit."

The free-to-the-public gathering will start 6:00PM at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood. For further information call 310-399-1000 or e-mail JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

All Things Must Pass released 40 years ago today
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 11/27/10 1:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

George Harrison's landmark solo triple album All Things Must Pass was released 40 years ago today, on November 27, 1970. It was recorded from May to August 1970 at Abbey Road Studios, and then further recording and mixing at Trident Studios from August to September 1970.

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All Things Must Pass was George's first solo album after the break-up of The Beatles, and featured the classics My Sweet Lord and What Is Life. It was eventually certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the highest selling of any Beatle solo album.

The now infamous Phil Spector produced the album. Other people who played with George on the album include Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Alan White of Yes and Gary Wright.

A remastered edition of All Things Must Pass, supervised by George, was released in 2001, just months before his death. This set contained bonus tracks, including a partially re-recorded additional version of My Sweet Lord. The remastered CD set is currently available at Amazon for $20.50.

In addition, to mark the 40th anniversary, Apple has released a numbered limited edition 3 LP vinyl box set of All Things Must Pass, available at georgeharrison.com for $68.99.

Sadly coincidentally, George passed away on November 29, 2001, just two days after the 31st anniversary of his masterpiece album.

BEATexpo 2010 starts tonight in Stamford
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 11/27/10 9:40 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Liverpool Productions' BEATexpo 2010 starts today, Saturday, November 27th at 8pm and runs all day tomorrow Sunday, November 28th from 11am-8pm in Stamford.

Special Guests include Denny Laine, Tommy Roe, Beatles recording engineer Richard Langham, Gene Cornish of The Rascals, 60s singer & Beatles-friend Julie Grant, bassist Gary Van Scyoc from Elephants Memory, Hullabaloo's go-go dancer Lada St Edmund, Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan, Sid Bernstein, Lennon engineer Dennis Ferrante, artist Shannon, singers Ian Lloyd of The Stories with John Ford of The Strawbs, Gary DeCarlo of Steam ("Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"), authors Jude Kessler, David Bedford, Kevin Roach, John Borack and Judith Furedi.

The official convention band is New York's "The MerseyBeat" and also performing will be McCartney tribute "One Sweet Dream" and acoustic Beatles band "Something The Band." There will be solo sets by Tommy Roe and Denny Laine, plus performances by Julie Grant, Gary DeCarlo and others. Comedian Benjy G. opens the show. The new movie on Lennon, "Let Him Be," will have its New England premiere as part of the BEATexpo Fabulous Fab Film Fest, and there will be a huge music and memorabilia dealers and exhibitors marketplace.

BEATexpo 2010 is taking place at the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford, 700 E. Main Street in Stamford, CT. Tickets are only $20 at the door. For more info, visit toursandevents.com/BEATexpo.htm.

LA Beatles tour remembers George Harrison this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/24/10 8:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Reporter and radio personality Gillian Lomax, herself a fellow UK native, is taking Los Angeles Beatles fans on a special Magical History Tour this Saturday to remember George Harrison on the 9th anniversary of his passing, November 29, 2001.

This Saturday, November 27, starting at 10:00 AM in Santa Monica, Gillian's "Fab Four-In-Los Angeles" excursion that takes you through a myriad of L.A. locations that have strong links to The Fabs' lives and music, as a special rememberance of George, will conclude for this special occasion at the "George Harrison Tree" memorial in Griffith Park.

The memorial was dedicated on February 22, 2004, which was also declared George Harrison Day in Los Angeles.

"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," and Beatlesradio.com.

The cost for the four hour tour is $65. (Two hour tours are also available for $50.00) For more information and reservations, visit www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

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