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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.

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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.

Suppose a Beatle gave an album and nobody came?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/16/09 8:20 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to an exclusive report on The Beatles Examine by Steve Marinucci, a new album by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, titled "Y Not," is coming in January. Ringo's press office confirmed the January release, and said an exact date had not been set, but it would definitely be in January.

However, with Ringo's recent troubles getting along with his fans, and his subsequent withdrawal from the internet (his website hasn't been updated since January), the question in our minds now is, will anyone care?

Are you still a Ringo fan? Will you buy this new album?

Still the cute Beatle
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 11/15/09 2:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

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Original Quarrymen tomorrow morning on WZLX
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 11/14/09 12:15 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Sunday, November 15th, WZLX, Boston?s Classic Rock Radio, will first present the new Quarrymen song "No. 6".

Chachi Loprete, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles", will broadcast the song between 8 and 9 in the morning (Boston time). For those fans not in the Boston area, you can listen live to WZLX via internet.

Chachi Loprete has been the WZLX Beatles expert for more than 25 years. He's interviewed Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr several times, and also George Harrison, Rod Davis, George Martin, Yoko Ono, Cynthia & Julian Lennon, Patti Boyd, Pete Best, Denny Laine, Peter Brown, May Pang, Pauline Sutcliff and many others.

You now also can see the official trailer for the new DVD "The Quarrymen - The Band that started The Beatles", at The DVD includes newly discovered photos, the day John Lennon first met Paul McCartney, the first new Quarrymen-Single since 1958, and much more.

If you pre-order the Quarrymen DVD or the CD from GaryLand, it will be sent to you on approximately Monday, November 16th. The official DVD-release is December 1.

Sometimes it don't come easy being a Beatles fan
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/10/09 7:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Most Beatles fans know the story of what happened when The Beatles visited the Philippines in 1966 and inadvertently snubbed Imelda Marcos. Their security guard was withdrawn from the airport the following day, and the lads were attacked by a furious mob of patriotic people who wanted to, at the very least, "smash them up." The boys were extremely fortunate to have escaped with their lives.

But what happened to the Beatles fans they left behind? What happened to the teenagers who continued to love the Beatles?

That is the focus of a very special "Meet the Beatles Fans" feature now online at Jude Southerland Kessler's website, On The Rock Books.

John Paul Warne was a devoted Beatles fan, both before and after the Marcos blunder, and the persecution that he endured on behalf of his favorite group is shocking. He tells what was it like being a Beatles fan where it was forbidden to be a Beatles fan, where it was thought of almost as a sin.

Read John Paul's very sincere, touching story, and you'll be amazed that he is still today very much a fan of the Fab Four.

Thanks to John Paul for sharing his story in such a beautiful way, and to Jude Kessler for making it available to the fans. You can read John Paul Warne's story here.

Very special John Lennon tribute now extended through January 2
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/09/09 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It's as if John Lennon was given a second chance to come back and share his life with his fans. And now those fans have a second chance to see a truly unforgettable show.

Originally scheduled to close next week, the run of Just Imagine, starring Tim Piper, which made its world premiere in North Hollywood last October 9 on John Lennon's birthday, has been extended through Saturday, January 2.

In Just Imagine, Tim Piper, who has been performing as John Lennon nationally and then internationally since 1989, brings John to life. In the show, John Lennon tells you about his life with and after the Beatles with his words and music, backed by a great group of musicians called Working Class Hero. The show is not a tribute band concert, it's very special one-on-one John Lennon experience.

Just Imagine is performed at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA. For tickets, call 866-811-4111, or visit

For more about the show, you can read my review here.

New iPhone app follows in the footsteps of The Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/09/09 10:30 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The first guided tour app of Beatles locations is now available on the App store for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.

The Beatles Walk London iPhone app celebrates the 40th anniversary this month of the band's Abbey Road LP topping both UK and US album charts. Beatles Walk London includes 16 key Fab Four locations from Abbey Road's zebra crossing to the Savile Row rooftop.

Incorporating maps, written content and pictures, the app can operate independently as an informative look at London's Beatle locations or enjoyed as a walking tour guide with easy to follow instructions street by street.

The app costs 99 cents, about the same price as a Beatles 45 cost in 1964. For more information, visit

Nowhere Boy premieres in Liverpool for charity
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/06/09 6:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Nowhere Boy, the film about John Lennon growing up in Liverpool will go on general release on December 26, but Beatles fans in Liverpool can see it a month early at a special Charity Gala Premiere at the Liverpool Odeon on Monday, November 23.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this star-studded event which includes an exclusive After Party at a debonair venue in Liverpool 1. Tickets cost ?75 which will be directly donated to Alder Hey Imagine Appeal. To reserve your tickets, please call 0151 252 5726 or e-mail Chris at

(Info thanks to The Alger Hey Imagine Appeal.)

The women of the Rock and Roll Asylum to meet fans on Beatles cruise
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 10/31/09 5:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Two new guests have been added to the Beatles Tribute Cruise which sets sail aboard the Independence of the Seas on March 28, 2010, plus its now been revealed that a very special event will take place right before the cruise.

Chris O'Dell the author of "Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved" joins her long time friends May Pang and Nancy Andrews on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. All three will participate in a Q&A session called "The Rock and Roll Asylum" which will explore their time with some of the most famous musicians in Rock's history.

Chris O'Dell

Also, Joe Johnson, the host and creator of the nationally syndicated radio show BeatleBrunch, joins the cruise as the Co-Host.

And to give the cruise a very special send off, Shannon, the World's Greatest Beatles Artist, will unveil eight of her original Beatles paintings from her Hard Days Night Hotel Collection in a private ceremony just for the Beatles Tribute Cruisers.

For more information on the Beatles Tribute Cruise, visit

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