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Beatles Fest West 2009 Day 1: Something New
[Posted by Jude Kessler on Saturday, 10/10/09 12:03 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A cool and cloudy morning gave way to brilliant sunshine as BeatlesFestWest kicked off at the Scottish Rite Center in San Francisco. Dr. Robert (aka Gareth) of BeatlesRadio.com and his staff of friendly, helpful, Beatles-nicknamed volunteers (Nowhere Man, Polythene Pam, Mr. Kite, etc.) were all on hand to welcome vendors, tribute bands, and authors, like me, to the Bay Area.

In the last few years, the East Coast and Midwest seem to have had a monopoly on Beatles Celebrations with The Fest for Beatles Fans in both the Meadowlands and Chicago, Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, and Stanford, Connecticut's upcoming BeatEXPO on 29 November. But BeatlesRadio was determined to rekindle the once-popular California-based Beatles celebrations, and their ingenue gathering was...great.

Of course, the standard ingredients were all there: 1) Beatles Rock Band set up for fans to participate in, 2) T-shirts and buttons and bags (oh my!), 3) Tribute Bands, and 4) Author Talks (yeah!).

But there were some new twists on the standard fare that made the day perfectly delightful:

1) Excellent stadium seating auditorium for band viewing, speeches, performances...great lighting, great acoustics/sound. The Fab Faux show that closed Day 1 was a performance worthy of the price of the ticket alone! Very professional.

2) Dining area set up in the marketplace so that people could sit and peruse the RockBand competitions, view the vendors in action, and sip a glass of wine. Nice touch.

3) British fare! Bangers and mash anyone?

4)Young, fresh performers...

In that #4 final category, I hasten to mention the artwork of Sean Ward, Beatles cartoon artist. Sean creates comic strips depicitng Beatles lyrics in clever and unusual ways. In one comic strip, an entire song comes to life, not by quoting every single word of the song, but by conveying those lyrics cleverly, through art. Ward's "Ballad of John and Yoko," a fantastic color work, has been made into prints that sell for only $20 each. And get this...they are signed and numbered. Wow!! Now, I know that to be PC, I must called Sean "extraordinary." He is. But I prefer to refer to him as truly gifted.

Tomorrow, I'm thrilled to be interviewing another young and creative Beatles inspired performer, Christina Trillo. More about that then.

Both Sean and Cristina were born long after the Beatles disbanded, but their passion for the Lads from Liverpool is as real as any Frist Gen Fan's...their art tells you that quite clearly.

You still have today and Sunday to come out and see amazing tribute bands, hear Bruce Spizer (who has written 8 books on the Beatles AND who composed the questions for the Beatles Trivia Game) speak in person, and hear yours truly discuss "Myths, Legends, and Controversies: The Early Beatles." The marketplace opens at noon today (Saturday) and performances begin at 12:15. There is a parking garage beneath the building...no excuse not to come out and support the West Coast's attempt to rekindle that Beatle magic!

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San Francisco Beatles Fest West concert brings sunshine to fans
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 10/10/09 9:08 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles fans turned out Friday night to Beatles Fest West in San Francisco to see visiting Las Vegas show band Fab Four play their favorites.

Songs such as "Here Comes the Sun," being performed in the photo below, with the sun projected on the screen behind the Fab Four, brought rays of sunshine to Beatles fans. The Fab Four received top billing for Friday nights concert.


What a real treat to hear classic Beatles songs performed live by bands from Japan, Germany, local Northern California and a Las Vegas show band!

If you missed Friday night's show, you can still come to Saturday and Sunday concerts. Saturday, the SunKings headlines with a special show for John Lennon's 69th birthday celebration. John would have turned 69 on October 9.

Go to www.beatlesfestwest.com for more information and event programming.

Jackie DeShannon joins Breakfast with the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 10/08/09 6:00 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

America's longest running and most listened to Beatles show, Breakfast with the Beatles hosted by Chris Carter, which can be heard on SIRIUS 25/XM 59 ? Little Stevens Underground Garage and 95.5 KLOS?FM in Los Angeles, announces that they are welcoming that outta-sight Fab chick who opened for the Beatles on their first tour of America, the one and only Jackie DeShannon to their Sunday morning Beatles family.

That's right, "Needles & Pins" Jackie DeShannon, "When You Walk In The Room" and "What The World Needs Now Is Love" Jackie DeShannon! Starting this week, she will be replacing May Pang as the new Breakfast with the Beatles News reporter.


Jackie DeShannon will start reporting This Week In Beatles News on Breakfast with the Beatles this Sunday, October 11 on 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles, and in two weeks in Little Steven's Underground Garage SIRIUS/XM.

Chris Carter says, "We love May Pang and wish her all the best! Jackie has the same energy as she did in 1964, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our Breakfast with the Beatles team!"

You can listen to KLOS on line at www.955klos.com.

Paul McCartney releases new concert CD/DVD artwork
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 10/08/09 3:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Paul McCartney has released the artwork for the soon to be in stores Good Evening New York City CD/DVD on his official web site.

Click here to see a larger image

This is what the CD will look like (Click on the above image to see a larger version.)

Click here to see an image of the DVD cover.

Good Evening New York City is scheduled be released on November 17 in the US on the Hear Music label and on November 23 in the UK on Mercury Records.

Click here to read the full details about the upcoming release of Good Evening New York City.

First ever Beatles Fest West takes place this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 10/07/09 6:56 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles Fest West 2009 takes place this weekend, just a stones throw from where The Beatles last played in concert (San Francisco, August, 1966). That historic concert will be recreated this weekend at Beatles Fest West.

Headliners for the Friday Night Show will be "The Fab Four," a tribute band based in California and rated as the best Beatles tribute show around, the San Francisco debut of The BeaTrips from Japan and The BeaFore from Germany, bringing the early years of the Beatles to life. Also appearing will be 17 year old Female Solo Singer Christina Trillo, performing select John Lennon Songs to open the show.

The Bay Area's "The Sun Kings" will headline Saturday Night Show with Drew Harrison paying a special tribute to John, and from Canada "All You Need Is Love" with the opening act "The BeaTrips" coming back for a second night.


Drew Harrison will treat fans to a Solo performance of John, Female Solo Singer Christina Trillo, The BeaFore and The Final Four, will be performing at the Saturday Afternoon Matinee Show. Plus, don't forget the free entry "Beatles AkustiK Sunday."

Celebrities appearing all weekend at Beatles Fest West 2009 include Shannon, The World's Greatest Beatles Artist, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of "Shoulda Been There," a novel on the life of John Winston Lennon, and Bruce Spizer, author of seven critically acclaimed books on the Beatles, including The Beatles' Story on Capitol Records, The Beatles on Apple Records, and The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America.

It all happens this weekend at the Scottish Rite Center, 19th Ave, San Francisco. The Scottish Rite Center has a Fab! 750 seat theater for the 4 shows that are planned over the weekend. In addition there will be Beatles Market Place. The Location is easily accessible from San Francisco and the Bay Area.

A Lost Weekend Pass is available for $99.00, Day Tripper Passes will cost between $15 and $49.50. For more information, visit their website at www.beatlesfestwest.com.

Elvis and the Beatles together on stage!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 09/21/09 3:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers, NY, is having a fundraising event, "The Concert That Never Was", Elvis and The Beatles, starring Dr. Nazar Sayegh as Elvis and The Strawberry Fields as the Beatles, performing together for the first time ever.

The Strawberry Fields

Nazar J. Sayegh, MD & Strawberry Fields, as Elvis and The Beatles, and "The World's Top Five Piece Band", will perform live, this Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 8:00 PM at the White Plains Performance Theatre in White Plains, NY on Wednesday, September 18th. Tickets are $100.00 or $150 VIP Tickets include preferred seating and a cocktail party. The cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m., performance at 8:00 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the St. Joseph's Health Fund. Saint Joseph's Medical Center never turns any one away even if they don't have the money to pay for treatment.

To purchase tickets, please contact the Saint Joseph's Office of Public Relations & Development at 914-378-7534, or visit the White Plains Performance Theatre at www.wppac.com.

Beatles Tribute band wanted for event this Sunday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 09/17/09 6:42 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Here Comes the Sun is looking for a Beatles act or 60s tribute band to play only Beatles music at its annual Beatles-themed cancer survivors/awareness health fair called "Cancer Blows." They're in a bind as one of the groups they originally had booked had a scheduling conflict.

They need a band for the 12:00 to 2:00 pm slot on Sunday. This is a non-paying gig for a non-profit at a free event, but it is the grooviest health fair gig in the Chicago area this weekend.

If you are in or know of a Beatles tribute band that can help this worthy cause, please contact them ASAP as the event is this weekend. Visit www.herecomesthesunevent.org for more info.

Meet The Beetles

And if you're in the neighborhood, please join them! Among the performers will be the Harrison Street Ukulele Players, B4 and After, The Submorons and Meet the Beetles. It's all happening on Sunday, Sep 20th, between 12:00 and 8:00 pm at Jarvis Square in Chicago, which is the 1500 Block of Jarvis between Ashland and Greenview at the Jarvis Red Line "L" stop.

Exhibit celebrates anniversary of Beatles KC concert
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 09/14/09 11:12 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Thursday, Sept. 17th, 2009, is the 45th anniversary of the most unique concert on the 1964 American Tour.

An exhibit of the Kansas City, MO concert will be held at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City at 6pm. The exhibit is from The Humphrey Collection LLC, and is the largest and most complete photo history of the Sept. 17th, 1964 concert.


A short video slide show will play and photos will be displayed and made available for sale, including signed art prints and stock copies. These are never before seen photos and this is the very first exhibit of this collection. Additional concert memorabilia will be on display.

Knuckleheads Saloon is located at 2700 Rochester St., Kansas City. For information, visit knuckleheadskc.com or call (816) 483-1456.

Postal strike could darken Beatles Day in the UK
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/09/09 8:14 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to press reports in the UK, British Beatles fans eagerly awaiting pre-ordered copies of the remastered Beatles CDs, set to be delivered today, could possibly be disappointed because of a nationwide postal strike.


According to the BBC, thousands of postal workers across London have walked out for 24 hours in a disagreement over jobs and pay cuts, and that London-wide walkouts could continue through Saturday.

This means deliveries in the UK could be at least up to four days late, and British Beatles fans may not get their pre-ordered Beatles CDs until next week.

Beatles Day comes one day early for some lucky fans
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/08/09 6:51 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles News reader Craig in Idaho wrote in to tell us:

I was surprised this afternoon to get a call from Hastings in Moscow Idaho, my local CD/DVD store. They called to say that they have my mono box ready and that the release date was moved forward to today.

Driving there ASAP seemed like the best idea before they changed their minds. I found my copy of the mono box from a lady in the store, it was hiding in a cubby hole with my name on it. To my horror the register pulled up a release date warning when the young lady tried to scan it. Another salesman insisted that they call the manager over, instead of letting me take the box (that ALWAYS happens when I trick someone into getting me something from the back of the store, but this time I was called and drove 15 minutes to get there).

The manager came over and approved the sale, saying that the release date was moved forward one day due to other vendors "breaking the street date." When asked when this happened, she said it was "about an hour ago." This all happened just before 3:00 Pacific time this afternoon, and I'm home now with my mono box, happy, safe and sound (not sure why the track titles aren't on the mono masters discs themselves instead of only on the packaging though, but other than that I have no complaints about it).

They didn't have any stereo stuff at the store unfortunately, just two mono boxes. Someone had reserved the store's second copy, so they had nothing for anyone who hadn't reserved the two mono copies that they had ordered before we reserved them.

I don't know where to verify that the street date was changed, but this is what happened to me this afternoon. It was a better phone call than I expected to get today!


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