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Discovering L.A.'s hidden Beatles history
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 10/05/10 1:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last weekend, I tagged along with Gillian Lomax on her Magical History Tour of Los Angeles. I have lived in Los Angeles for more than thirty years, I've been a Beatles fans since the day they were on the Ed Sullivan show, and I'm in "The Beatles Biz." But I must admit, Gillian's tour taught me things about the Beatles history of L.A. that even I didn't know.

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.

Gillian Lomax

I don't want to give away all the surprises, but I can tell you that even if you're a "native" Los Angelino like me, Gillian's tour will take you places you've never been and some places you pass by every day and didn't know they were part of L.A.'s Beatles heritage, both things of the past, related to John and George, and places in L.A. where Beatles Paul and Ringo can still be found today.

But the best part of the tour for me was sharing it all with Gillian and the other Beatles fans who were on the tour. Each of GIllian's tours is a small, intimate group, making the Magical History Tour a personal experience you'll remember for a long time.

This weekend is John Lennon's 70th birthday, and Gillian is taking out a special John Lennon celebration tour this Saturday. She already has some fans committed for this tour, but can always fit in a few more. If you'd like to go along, you can make a reservation on Gillian's website, www.amagicalhistorytour.com.

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Fab Faux tribute to John Lennon on his birthday this Saturday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 10/04/10 6:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

There will be a special Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon Concert by The Fab Faux at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, on this Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm.

October 9 would be the 70th birthday of John Lennon, and you can join The Fab Faux celebrating his life and music, spanning both his Beatles and solo careers. Known for their spot-on recreations of the most demanding Beatles music, The Fab Faux will be joined by The Hogshead Horns, Creme Tangerine Strings, plus a chorus and special musical guests.

There will also be a special post-show meet-and-greet with the band available for an additional $30 per ticket.

The Keswick Theatre is located at 291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA. Their phone number is 215-572-7650 or you can check them out on the web at www.keswicktheatre.com.

For more info about the Fab Faux, visit www.thefabfaux.com.

Special Lennon tribute shows this weekend in MA and CT
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 10/04/10 5:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

"Remember Lennon: Imagine 70" presents one of the greatest John Lennon impersonators in existence, a world-class backing band, and an amazing multi-media presentation with rare video footage all adding up to a respectful tribute recreating the concert John may have performed had he still been with us.

With some other Lennon tribute acts, close your eyes and you think you're listening to John. With this production, keep them open and you'll be equally amazed. It's a unique extraordinary musical theater experience celebrating the Music, the Memory, the Magic and the Life of John Lennon. Pay tribute to the former Beatle, a legendary icon of music and peace, in this once-in-a-lifetime series of concerts.

"Remember Lennon: Imagine 70" will be presented this Friday night October 8 at 8pm at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, on Saturday night October 9 at 7pm at the Shubert Theater New Haven, CT and on Sunday afternoon, October 10 at 3pm at the Garde Arts Center New London, CT.

Imagine ... 70.

For more information, visit www.Imagine70.com.

Another Sgt. Pepper's face passes away
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 09/30/10 2:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Actor and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis. He was among the actors and famous people that the Beatles admired that were pictured on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967.

Curtis, himself, was a big Beatles fan. In March, 2009, Tony Curtis visited Las Vegas to sign autographs for fans to celebrate the release of his book, "American Prince - A Memoir." Curtis showed up to the event wearing a t-shirt bearing the picture of the Sgt. Pepper's cover in which he appears.

Tony Curtis in 2009

Known for comedic roles like Some Like it Hot and serious movies like Spartacus.

Beatles film gets seagoing premiere next year
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/28/10 2:26 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Woody Lifton, promoter and host of Beatles Tribute Cruise, and writer/director Peter McNamee have announced that McNamee's greatly celebrated film "Let Him Be" will have its oceanic premiere on the Beatles Tribute Cruise next March.

"Let Him Be" is the fictional story of two film students who discover a tape inside an old video camera bought at a garage sale. The tape contains a brief clip of an older man who bears more than a passing resemblance to an older John Lennon. Is Lennon alive and living? The film, which has received fantastic reviews, documents their quest from start to finish as Tim wants no one to question or doubt the incredible discovery they have made.

Mark Staycer as Noel Snow in "Let Him Be"

Woody says, "I'd like to personally thank Peter McNamee for having the courage to create this movie and for offering our Beatles Tribute Cruisers the rare opportunity to preview the movie."

The movie stars Mark Staycer, Kathleen Munroe and Sean Clement. For more info, you can visit the film's website.

The Beatles Tribute Cruise sails from Miami, FL on the Liberty of The Seas from March 5-13, 2011. Beatles' celebrities on board will include Laurence Juber, Tony Bramwell and the World's Greatest Beatles Artist Shannon. Musical entertainment will be provided by Yesterday - A Tribute to the Beatles. For more information on the Beatles Tribute Cruise, visit www.BeatlesTributeCruise.com.

30th Annual John Lennon Tribute at Beacon Theatre in NYC
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/22/10 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Theatre Within presents its 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, November 12th at 8pm at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The tribute will benefit Playing For Change Foundation.

The concert is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of artists who will come together to celebrate the life, music and creative spirit of John Lennon. The all-star lineup of performers span nearly four generations, ranging from legendary music icons Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauperto acclaimed artists, Aimee Mann, Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Shelby Lynne, Taj Mahal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alejandro Escovedo, Playing For Change, The Kennedys, Vusi Mahlasela, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, YouTube sensation Chris Bliss, Wendy Osserman Dance and the Tribute's co-creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor, Joe Raiola.

Tickets for the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute range between $79.50 and $304.50. The Beacon Theatre is located at 2124 Broadway in New York City, between West 74th and 75th.

To order tickets and for more information, visit the Beacon Theatre website.

Apple session musician gets brick on Mathew Street Wall of Fame
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Thursday, 09/09/10 6:59 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tonight Billy Kinsley brought the house down playing many of his greatest hits before an enthusiastic crowd at the Cavern Club backstage in Liverpool to celebrate his new book "It's Love That Really Counts: The Billy Kinsley Story" written by BBC Radio Merseyside Host Spencer Leigh, and new CD of solo work "It's Love That Really Counts" released today, September 9th.

Billy was a former Apple session musician who played on many Apple label sessions and was been a lifelong friend of the Beatles. He acheived fame for many hits with the MerseyBeats and Liverpool Express such as "Sorrow", "It's Love That Really Counts", "You Are My Love" and many others.

Billy's own brick on the Cavern Club wall, presented by Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle, is located behind the statue of John Lennon on Mathew Street. Billy is already represented on the wall with at least 6 bricks with the names of various bands he has played with including the MerseyBeats, The Kinsleys and many others.

Last year, Billy was featured in a BBC Radio Merseyside series by Spencer Leigh, and a new book based on that show is now available. For more on this historical show, click here.

The Cover-Up in Boston presents Wiburys tribute this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/08/10 5:59 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Hosted by Brendan Boogie and co-organized by Andrea Kremer, the Cover-Up is a live music series based in Boston, where stars of the Boston music scene pay tribute to favorites from the past. This weekend, The Cover-Up celebrates the music of the Traveling Wilburys with our first ever two-night spectacular.

Both nights feature full sets by Brendan Boogie as Roy Orbison, Jason Dunn as George Harrison, Kingsley Flood as Bob Dylan, Mercy James as Jeff Lynne and Spirit Kid as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

The individual performances will be followed each night by the five front men joining together for a full set of Traveling Wilburys classics.

The Traveling Wilburys tribute takes place this Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 at the The Lizard Lounge (Below Cambridge Common), which is located at 1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA. Music starts promptly at 9:00 pm. Admission for those 21 and over are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For more info, visit www.thecoverupboston.com.

Fan's open letter offers website to Paul McCartney
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/08/10 4:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Eduardo Camboim lives in Brazil and is a Paul McCartney fan. He owns the Brazil internet domain name www.paulmccartney.com.br which he bought so that Paul could have it before it was taken by someone else. He wants to give ownership of this domain, plus one other he also owns, www.upandcomingtour.com, to Paul, but he doesn't know how to contact him. So, he's put on these sites an open letter to Paul, and he's hoping Paul somehow gets to read it.

Eduardo says, "I've been trying to contact Paul and any people near him that could tell him something by many ways like emails, letters, twitter etc, and the only two people who responded to me so far are Ray Bryan who is the guitarist of Paul, where at twitter said he could not help me because it was not his department or concern."

Eduardo Camboim

Eduardo says he's also received an email from the IT Manager of MPL Communications who told him he could transfer the domain to the MPL through them. But Eduardo is one of Paul's biggest fans, and is really hoping for a direct response from Paul, so that Paul can know he never wanted any money for the sites.

You can check out Eduardo's letter to Paul at www.paulmccartney.com.br, especially if you're someone like an ex-Beatle or James McCartney's dad...

Billy J. Kramer at the Cavern Club for first time in 42 years
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Wednesday, 09/01/10 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Billy J. Kramer and his band "The New Dakotas" performed Tuesday night at the Cavern Club for the first time in more than 42 years, and his first performance in Liverpool in 13 years, as part of the closing night for the Liverpool Beatles Festival 2010.

Billy received a huge response from the packed audience during his first of two shows Tuesday and kicked off the set with "I Call Your Name" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He played many of his hit songs such as "Do You Want to Know A Secret", another song written by Lennon and McCartney, and the crowd went wild with his performance of "Bad to Me", "I'll Be On My Way", "Little Children".

Billy told the audience that John Lennon had played "Bad to Me" for his 21st birthday, and it became his next hit single. Afterwards, Billy signed autographs and also signed his CD, a compilation of the best of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas hits from 1963 to 1966 that were all recorded at Abbey Road.

Currently Billy lives in New York City where he has lived for the past 25 years and continues to perform across the country. For more information about his tour schedule, go to billyjkramer.com.

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