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Singer has his family go veggie after Paul plays on his album
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/28/10 3:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a new interview in the London Free Press, Travis lead singer Fran Healy tells the story about he got Paul McCartney to play bass on a track on his next album.

"I wrote this song called As It Comes, and the refrain reminded me of The Beatles. I thought, 'Why don't I get in touch with him?' I know Paul. We met in 2000 on holiday -- we were staying in the same place. Anyway, I thought I should ask, because if I didn't, I'd always wonder if he would have done it. So I sent it to him last July and he did it. People always ask him to sing on their albums, but I don't think he's ever played bass on anyone else's album before. Naturally, I really wanted to say thank you. But what do you get Paul McCartney? So I thought it would be cool if my family became vegetarians."

Fran Healy

When asked if that was a bit extreme, Healy answered, "Well, the enormity of changing your diet for the rest of your days seemed to balance with the enormity of getting Paul McCartney to play on your album. And honestly, it was pretty easy. My son's a veggie, and I'd been thinking about it for ages. I'm running and trying to be more healthy."

Click here to read the full interview.

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Reminder: We don't use his name
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/27/10 3:10 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As it is in the news today that John Lennon's is coming up for again, I think it's appropriate to remind everyone that we do not ever mention the name of the man that John Lennon.

At the time of John's, both Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono made a simple request to John Lennon's fans. Never repeat the name. Doing so would only give his the fame and notoriety he was seeking.

While we can't control the content of the other news sources we link you to here at Beatles News, I hope you notice that, in the descriptions of the stories we've linked to, we never use his name.

To honor John, and to honor Paul and Yoko's request, I hope everyone remembers, and tries not to ever speak the name. Together, we can keep the memory of John Lennon alive, while his fades into obscurity.

John Lennon PBS documentary to include concert outtakes
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/26/10 6:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

PBS today announced premiere dates for fall programming. It was announced that an episode of the PBS documentary series "American Masters" will look at the last decade of the life of John Lennon.

Photo © Bob Gruen

The program, with the working title "John Lennon - New York City," will air November 22, shortly before the 30th anniversary of Lennon's murder in New York.

According to PBS, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen take part in the profile, which will feature home movies and outtakes of Lennon in concert.

Image thanks to Bob Gruen.

John Lennon celebrations in Hollywood
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 07/16/10 3:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A "John Lennon 70th Birthday Public Celebration" will be held Saturday, October 9 at John's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star to celebrate the life and music of the late legendary singer, songwriter, peace activist and Beatles member.

Event highlights will include a cake-cutting ceremony, and Lennon and Beatles fans will inscribe messages on a 100-foot long "John Lennon 70th Birthday Message Scroll" that will be sent to Yoko Ono.

John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Event organizers are now looking for sidewalk chalk artists who are also John Lennon and Beatles fans to lend their support to the event. Please RSVP by replying ASAP, including phone number, to Event Coordinator Jerry Rubin at 310-399-1000, or email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

Also, on December 8, fans of John Lennon and the Beatles will gather once again at Lennon's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star to honor and remember him on the 30th anniversary of his tragic death. The "John Lennon 30th Annual Memorial Candlelight Remembrance" will also be free-to-the-public and will begin at 6:00PM.

Both Hollywood events are being organized by an ad hoc group of longtime John Lennon and Beatles fans.

John Lennon's star is located at 1750 North Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building. The free-to-the-public two hour special event will begin on October 9 at 12:00 Noon.

Her Majesty
[Posted Wednesday, 06/23/10 6:18 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, but she doesn't have a lot to say
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, but she changes from day to day

I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I gotta get a belly full of wine
Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl, someday I'm going to make her mine, oh yeah,
Someday I'm going to make her mine.

Large Beatles collection to be auctioned tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/14/10 7:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

An extensive collection of vintage and contemporary Beatles-related items will be auctioned in Toronto tomorrow, June 15.

The items come from a very well known retail store, The Beatlemania Shoppe, which closed a couple years ago. The retail establishment was a successful venture, but the owner got more involved in higher-end transactions, and closed the store because he was unable to devote time to the venture.

Although none of the items will reach record prices, there is a great selection for the more modest buyer. Among the more interesting items are a George Martin signed Free As A Bird record, and a Ringo Starr signed White Album LP. There will also be vintage toys and collectibles, and vintage and collectable records.

All the items in the auction can be seen on this webpage or you can visit the auctioneer's homepage at www.empireauctions.com.

Paul McCartney announces more North American tour dates
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/02/10 10:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In an email sent this evening sent from his official website, Paul McCartney has announced several new dates in North America to be to the added to his Up And Coming 2010 tour.

The new dates announced this evening are:

Pepsi Center in Denver, Thursday, July 15
Sprint Center in Kansas City, Saturday, July 24
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Sunday, August 8
Bell Centre in Montreal, Thursday, August 12
Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, August 18

Website ticket presale for these dates will be on June 9, tickets go on general public sale on June 14. Go to the Paul McCartney.com website for more information.

In addition, as of today, the website presale tickets are now available for Paul's recently announced concert in Nasville on July 26. Click here for ticket purchase info. The general public sale for the Nashville concert will start on June 7 at 10am (local time).

Update: Previously we stated here that the Toronto concert would be on Saturday, August 8. That was incorrect, the day is Sunday, August 8.

Free rooftop concert kicks off Beatles Festival tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/26/10 7:59 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

WHAS-11 Abbey Road on the River kicks off this year's largest Beatles festival in the world with a free rooftop concert that includes performances from Hal Bruce, Britbeat, and Drew Harrison, tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. on the roof of the Louisville Visitors Center.

Beatles Hall of Fame inductee Hal Bruce will perform his "off the chain" renditions of Beatles classics. With mop tops, retro costumes, vintage instruments and harmonizing vocals, BritBeat will perform all of the memorable Beatle hits from the sixties. They display the same youthful excitement and boyish charm as the original "Fab Four" to recreate the electrifying performances made by the Beatles when they first came onto the American scene and started the "British Invasion" and "Beatlemania." Drew Harrison, Lennon vocalist of the San Francisco Bay Area's The Sun Kings, will perform "In the Spirit of Lennon," a very special acoustic show celebrating the life and music of John Lennon.

Advance one-day tickets for Abbey Road on the River are available at the Visitors Center for $25 and include a free 11x17 souvenir poster (while supplies last!). Included with a ticket purchase is a free Thursday/Monday ticket which entitles the bearer to an extra day of Beatle-Mania at no cost and one person age 21 and under is admitted free with each adult advance ticket purchase.

The event is free to the public and can be viewed from the surrounding street corners, or from nearby office buildings. Food will be available for purchase in the Hyatt courtyard. Fourth Street will be closed from Jefferson to Liberty Street from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The concert will be weather permitting.

For more info, visit www.abbeyroadontheriver.com.

Amazing rock auction tomorrow in London
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/26/10 7:32 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Fame Bureau Auction takes place live in London tomorrow starting at 6.30 pm London time.

Beatles highlights include original production artwork for McCartney, Imagine/Jealous Guy and Ringo Starr Time Takes Time, and photos including George Harrison press photos, The Beatles in Paris, The Concert For Bangladesh, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and George Harrison Signed Photographs.

Also up for auction are Ringo Starr's first cymbal, two original drawings by John Lennon and a John Lennon original cartoon, The Beatles All You Need is Love acetate and original historical Brian Epstein letters.

There are several ways to can take part in the auction. You can attend in person at 35 New Broad Street in London, by telephone at 44 (0)788 7556357 or 44 (0) 7900825898, by leaving commission bids at info@famebureau.com (please leave telephone number for the fame bureau contact you), or on the internet at http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/21629.

Neil Innes suffered for his art, now it's LA's turn
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 04/28/10 4:43 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Neil Innes, who appeared in Magical Mystery Tour with the Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band and wrote the music for and acted as Ron Nasty in The Rutles, takes on Los Angeles with a special live performance at McCabe's in Santa Monica this Friday Night.

A stop on his "A People's Guide to World Domination" 2010 USA tour, Neil hasn't performed live in the Los Angeles area since 2008, when he celebrated the US premiere of the documentary "Neil Innes: The Seventh Python" with a special benefit concert for the American Cinematheque the following night at the historic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

About the show, Neil said, "If I could describe what it is I do on stage in a sentence or two, or even a cleverly constructed paragraph, then there would be absolutely no need for me to go on stage and do it."

For tickets, check out McCabe's Concert Site. For more information and other tour dates, go to Neil Innes On Tour.

I've personally seen Neil in concert many times, it is an experience not to be missed! I'll see you there on Friday!

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