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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?

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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 www.GaryLand.de. 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 Their security guard was withdrawn from the airport the following day, and the lads were attacked by a furious mob of patriotic people who wanted to, at the very least, "smash them up."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 www.justimaginetheshow.com.

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 www.itunes.com/app/beatleswalklondon.

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 Chris@imagineappeal.com.

(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 www.BeatlesTributeCruise.com.

Here comes the sons
[Posted by Dean Wien on Friday, 10/30/09 6:53 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles offspring news update!

Sean Lennon will be performing this Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 7:00PM at The Mercury Lounge in New York City with his side project "The Ghost of a Sabre Toothed Tiger" with Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Click here for more info and tickets.

Sean Lennon has a brand new CD/LP entitled "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" on Chimera Music. This is a soundtrack for this upcoming Vampire movie. Here is the official web site.

And finally, Dhani Harrison will be performing with his group "Thenewno2" at Terminal 5 in New York City on Sunday, November 8, 2009. They will be opening up for the group Wolfmother. More info can be found here.

Oh, one last thing... The Beach Boys will be performing "The Beach Boys Christmas Show" for one night only at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on Sunday, November 29th at 3:00PM.

Awesome concert last night at the Rock Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary
[Posted by Dean Wien on Friday, 10/30/09 6:37 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Madison Square Garden. I attended the show, and certainly witnessed one of the finest concerts ever!

It started at 7:30PM and ended around 1:30AM. The show opened with a video collage of all the inductees. There was some great footage of George Harrison and Paul McCartney. Jerry Lee Lewis opened the show, and then Crosby, Stills and Nash came on with special guests Bonnie Raitt and Apple Records Alumni James Taylor. Jackson Browne then came on. Next on was Paul Simon who did a solo set. He did an incredible tribute to his good friend George Harrison by bringing back Crosby, Stills and Nash back to the stage to perform "Here Comes The Sun" with him. He also performed "The Wanderer" with special guest Dion.

Throughout the night, special past events were mentioned that took place in The Garden, and "The Concert For Bangla Desh" was mentioned as the first Charity Concert. After Paul Simon's set, Simon & Garfunkel played together to an incredible standing ovation. Then Stevie Wonder took the stage with guests Sting, John Legend, B.B. King,Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Beck. After Stevies set, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band took the stage with special guests John Fogerty, Sam Moore, Darlene Love, and Tom Morello. The Special guest was Billy Joel. Bruce called it "The Tunnel and Bridge Summit". The last song of the night where everyone took the stage was You're Love (Higher & Higher).

Tonight will be Part 2 of the concert, with special guests U2, Metallica, Ray Davies of The Kinks and many many more.

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