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Sid Bernstein needs your vote to help Songs of Love
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 12/09/09 6:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Legendary Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein has recorded an endorsement video asking everyone to vote for the Songs of Love Foundation on Facebook.

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Chase Bank will be awarding the top 100 charities with the most votes on Facebook $25,000 during the first round of voting that goes until Dec. 11. The second round of voting will take place from January 15-22 that will have the top 100 charities going for the $1,000,000 prize.

Sid Bernstein is on the advisory board of the Songs of Love Foundation, which provides personalized songs for sick children and teens, free of charge. $1,000,000 will mean another 4,000 children will receive their very own "song of love".

Voting ends on Friday. Click here to vote now!

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John Lennon annual candlelight memorial tomorrow in Hollywood
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/07/09 11:27 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The annual John Lennon public candlelight memorial tribute will take place tomorrow, December 8, at John's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star in front of the Capitol Records build on Vine St. in Hollywood.

December 8, 2009, is the 29th anniversary of Lennon's tragic gun shot murder outside the Dakota Apartments in N.Y.C.

The event will feature music, guest speakers, open mic, and an opening and closing "Circle of Peace" of Beatles fans around John's star.

The event happens at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the John Lennon Hollywood Walk of Fame Star which is located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood.

For more information, call the Alliance for Survival at 310-399-1000, or email JerryPeaceActivistRubin@earthlink.net.

John Lennon Tribute to benefit charity on December 8
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/07/09 8:09 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

"Just Imagine," the stunning and groundbreaking musical tribute to John Lennon starring Tim Piper, the show which has been rated Critic's Choice by the Los Angeles Times, invites Beatles fans to Come Together for charity on December 8, the 29th anniversary of John Lennon.

Come Together Concert For A Cause benefiting VH-1 Save The Music Foundation will be hosted by Chris Carter of the KLOS radio show Breakfast With The Beatles.

Tim Piper as John Lennon in "Just Imagine"

Proceeds from the Tuesday performance of "Just Imagine," which is dedicated to the memory of his life and accomplishments on the musical legend, will be donated to the VH-1 Save The Music Foundation. Since 1997, Save The Music has provided public school students across the country with over 45 million dollars' worth of musical instruments.

This special event takes place on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 8 p.m. At NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55. For reservations, call (866) 811-4111 or online at www.justimaginetheshow.com.

For more about the show, read the Beatles News review of "Just Imagine".

Rock Band don't come easy even if you're a Beatle
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/07/09 6:58 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

For those of you struggling to get a good score in Beatles: Rock Band this holiday season, take heart. It seems that the game's not that easy, even if you're a Beatle in real life.

In an interview this weekend in The Times, Paul McCartney was asked whether he'd played The Beatles: Rock Band yet. He said, "Yeah, my assistant showed me how to set it up 'cos I'm not Mr Tech. I lost twice. On Easy. And I was playing bass, I'm ashamed to say. It's all red and green and yellow buttons. I said, ?Can we start this again?'"

Paul and Ringo at Rock Band unveiling last June

Meanwhile, also in the news today, Ringo told LP33 he's never managed to play the game, either. He confessed, "I've tried, but I get too crazy with that guitar arm and the things coming toward you." Ringo said, "I think the game is great", but asked if he's ever played it, Ringo laughed and added, "I think the graphics are great."

Bidding by phone now available for Beatles auction tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 11/29/09 9:20 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The catalogue for the Mike Read Record Collection, being auctioned in London tomorrow is now available for online, and fans are now able to bid by phone for items in the auction.

The auction takes place tomorrow, November 30, 2009 at 11am GMT, and is now open for viewing between 12 noon and 6pm today at 1 Colville Road, Chiswick, London.

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One of the items in the auction

Telephone bidding starts today. Anyone can call (0) 20 8992 4442 and place a bid. For more information about the auction and to view the catalogue, visit the auction web site.

You can read more about this auction in The Liverpool Daily Post.

Tickets still available for John Lennon Tribute on Friday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 11/28/09 12:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tickets are still available for Theatre Within's 29th Annual John Lennon Tribute, which will take place this Friday, December 4 at 7:30pm at Symphony Space in New York City.

Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute is the only ongoing John Lennon tribute show in New York City and the longest running such event in the world!

The 29th Annual John Lennon Tribute will feature performers spanning four generations, ranging from legendary vocalist, Bettye LaVette, to Across The Universe's, Dana Fuchs, plus acclaimed artists, Joan Osborne, David Bromberg, Dan Bern, Lucy Kaplansky, Sonya Kitchell, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, The Kennedys, web sensation Chris Bliss, and Wendy Osserman Dance.

Some seats are still available for this very special event, but they're moving fast! For tickets, visit LennonTribute.org or call Symphony Space at 212-864-5400.

Beatles fans meet in Connecticut this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/27/09 2:00 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

BEATexpo 2009 takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Stamford Holiday Inn in Stamford Connecticut.

Scheduled attractions include great bands, special guests, question and answer sessions, a music and memorabilia marketplace, exhibits, karaoke, art gallery and a FabFilmFest, including rare videos. There will be no additional charge for autographs or to take photos with the celebrities.

Also, don't forget the special Hollywood casting call in search of actors to play John-Paul-George-Ringo for the upcoming re-make of Yellow Submarine.

It all "comes together" at the Downtown Stamford Holiday Inn, which is located at 700 E. Main Street in Stamford, starting tomorrow, Saturday night 8 pm to Midnight, and this Sunday, Noon to 8 pm, with an 11 am early-bird VIP optional admission for collectors who want to get in to the guests and dealers before the general admission. Tickets are only $20 at the door.

BEATexpo 2009 is presented with love and devotion by fans for fans. "It's Guaranteed to Raise a Smile."

Visit www.ToursAndEvents.com/BEATexpo.htm for the expo schedule, list of guests and directions.

George Harrison 8th Anniversary Memorial Tribute
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/27/09 1:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Alliance for Survival peace group will be holding the George Harrison 8th Anniversary Memorial Tribute on this Sunday, November 29, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, at George's new Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.

At this free-to-the-public memorial tribute, George Harrison and Beatles fans will join hands to form a "Human Chain of Hope for World Peace" between Harrison's star and the John Lennon star on the same block.

George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England on February 25, 1943 and passed away on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer.

Also, on Tuesday, December 8 beginning at 6:00PM, a public John Lennon 29th Anniversary Memorial Tribute will take place at Lennon's Walk of Fame Star.

George Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star is located at 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, in front of entrance to Capitol Records Tower Building. For further information call the Alliance for Survival peace group at 310-399-1000.

Ringo's new CD Y Not available on January 12
[Posted by Dean Wien on Wednesday, 11/18/09 6:38 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It's official! The new Ringo Starr album/CD will be entitled "Y Not". It will be released on Jan 12, 2010 on Hip-O/Universal Records. A track listing has not yet been released.

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This will be Ringo's 7th release for the Universal label. His first release was Scouse The Mouse Soundtrack (Polydor/Universal), followed by Vertical Man (Mercury/Universal), VH1 Storytellers (Mercury/Universal) and I Wanna be Santa Claus (Mercury/Universal). Rotogravure and Ringo The 4th were released on Polydor/Universal in the UK.

Reportedly, Gary Wright has commented that Paul McCartney plays bass on at least one track, and the album features some members of the last All-Starr Band, including Gary, Colin Hay and maybe Billy Squier.

You can preorder Ringo's Y Not here.

By the way, the First Beatles release was on Polydor/Universal, but Ringo Starr didn't appear on that album. The line up was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tony Sheridan.

Beatles author talks about John Lennon's early life in TV interview
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/17/09 7:29 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Southerland Kessler appeared on FOX6 TV in Birmingham, Alabama last week to talk about her wonderful book about John Lennon, Shoulda Been There, and a video of the interview is now online.

Jude Kessler on FOX6 TV in Birmingham

In the interview, Jude talks about why she wrote Shoulda Been There, and how she couldn't complete the book until she visited Liverpool (7 times!) and who she met and spoke to there.

Jude also talked about what she learned about John in the course of writing the book that she didn't know before, and she talks about how she's writing her next book in the series, Shivering Inside, which takes up where Shoulda Been There leaves off in 1961, and takes you up to their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

You can view the interview here. For more information about Jude, you can visit her website.

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