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Update: Good news for Boston-area Macca fans
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/23/09 2:43 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It's looking almost sure now that Paul McCartney will be performing live at Fenway Park in Boston this August.

Over the weekend, a Beatles News reader commented that Red Sox season ticket holders have received a letter concerning a pre-sale this week for the purchase of tickets to two concerts on August 5 and 6 by "the Artist" unnamed, pending final arrangements.

Now today, The Boston Globe says that Paul will indeed perform at Fenway Park Aug. 5 and 6, and an official announcement could come tomorrow. They report that Boston Mayor Tom Menino's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing held a public hearing Monday night, and director Patricia Malone is expected to have something to say about the shows today.

Paul has already announced plans to perform live at Citi Field in New York on July 17, 18, and 19, and FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on August 1.

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Indian musician who performed with George Harrison
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/23/09 7:31 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Ali Akbar Khan, the revered Indian-born musician who moved to Marin County and popularized his country's music for successive generations of Americans, died Thursday night at his San Anselmo home.

Mr. Khan was a master of the sarod, the fretless 25-string instrument that produces a panoply of evocative sounds - from dronelike touches to complicated twangs that seem to reverberate from the ether.

Like Ravi Shankar, Mr. Khan crossed over into pop culture popularity. In 1971, he teamed with Shankar to open George Harrison's 1971 Bangladesh fundraising concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. On stage at the concert, Mr. Khan sat cross-legged next to tabla player Alla Rakha and Shankar - a 20-minute performance with an ascending musical climax that had the audience interrupting with applause and standing on its feet.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was 87.

(Information thanks to The SF Gate.)

Original bandmembers perform Imagine and Blackbird
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 06/22/09 8:58 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Who would have thought that the Grateful Dead could play Beatles and John Lennon songs?

Mickey Hart and Bob Weir opened their set playing a jam version of 'Blackbird' and ended their set with 'Imagine' for a small group in Marin Saturday afternoon.? Bob sang the lead vocals with Mickey playing drums. Boxer spoke briefly before introducing them to the audience.

The lunchtime event?was held outside at a lovely venue near San Anselmo?that was high on a hill and had beautiful terraced gardens. Bob Weir had written out the set list which included just a few Grateful Dead songs such as FOD which stands for 'Friend of the Devil'.? When asked what inspired him to?perform 'Imagine', he said 'a request was made from one of the hosts' and this year was the first time they had ever performed 'Imagine' in concert.

Bob remembered all the words to 'Imagine' and the band all did a great job on the song.? The author was pleased to be in such highly esteemed company and was at the right place at the right time to get a photo taken with Bob and Mickey.

Free fab gear Sunday on Breakfast with the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 06/20/09 5:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Sunday on Breakfast with the Beatles on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, host Chris Carter will be giving away John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace In Toronto on brand new 180 gram vinyl LP and DVD, courtesy of Capitol, Apple and Shout! Factory.

Also, listeners will be able to win tickets to see The Fab Four, the Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band.

And, Chris' special in studio guest will be the always fascinating Kim Fowley, who was MC at Live Peace in Toronto show.

Plastic Ono Band in 1969

When Kim went on stage to announce the Plastic Ono Band, he did a really great thing. He had all the lights in the stadium turned right down and then asked everyone to strike a match. It was a really unbelievable sight when thousands of little flickering lights suddenly shone all over the huge arena.

Switch on ... tune in ... 8 to 11 am this Sunday on 95.5 KLOS, or listen online live!

New George Harrison CD hard to find in New York City
[Posted by Dean Wein on Friday, 06/19/09 10:15 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

"Unlimited Supply? ... EMI!" Those lyrics from the song "EMI" by the Sex Pistols are ringing true today, as Beatle/George Harrison fans in New York can't manage to get a copy of The New George Harrison collection entitled "Let it Roll".

I've had many people contact me to see if I was able to get a copy. One of the major retail chains, Best Buy, had it in their weekly flyer as a sale item this week. They even had a picture of it. I asked them at a Best Buy store to look up their other stores to see if any of them have a copy, and none of them did. I've been to another retail chain, Target, and they don't have it either.

Does anyone have any info on why we can't obtain copies of the new George Harrison CD? If anyone reading this has any info on this, we'd like to know why we can't seem to get a copy of the new George Harrison CD in NYC.

Maybe Paul McCartney was right about leaving Capiol/EMI.

Liverpool Tours helps Beatles fans see Paul McCartney at Citi Field
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/17/09 12:48 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Recently, thanks to Liverpool Tours, fans had a great time in Las Vegas to see Paul at the Joint, and Paul and Ringo on stage together at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Now they have put together a mini-package for Paul McCartney's high-profile concert visit to Citi Field next month.

Liverpool Tours has secured a block of the highest priced tickets for Paul McCartney's Saturday night, July 18th show at Citi Field. They are packaging it together with a New York City walking tour of Beatle sites, one night deluxe hotel accomodations plus a souvenir gift, all for only $499 per person complete.

Along with the premium concert tickets to Paul's historic return to the new NY Mets baseball field, you will also get to see many famous sights related to Beatles history including Strawberry Fields and the Imagine mosaic in Central Park, the Dakota, the Plaza Hotel, the Ed Sullivan Theater, the former U.S. Apple offices and much more. This 2 1/2 hr tour is professionally guided, and is filled with historic and fun important Beatles facts along this long and winding road walking tour.

There are only 20 spaces available for Paul McCartney at Citi Field, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals and transportation are not included. This is for the Saturday night show only, there are no tickets available for the Friday night or Tuesday night concerts.

For to make a reservation, call (203) 795-4737 or email LiverpoolTours@aol.com.

George Harrison and the mystery of the missing Rickenbacker
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/12/09 5:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Longtime Beatles friend and business associate Tony Bramwell is on a quest for a missing guitar.

He is trying to recover the Rickenbacker electric guitar that was given to Jack Oliver, the former General Manager of Apple Records, in 1969 by George Harrison. No questions asked on its return.

Mr. Bramwell says, "In 1963, when George visited his sister Louise in the states, he bought a small Rickenbacker Guitar and was very proud of it. I had it painted black for him, to match John's. The only time I remember him using it was on the TV show 'Ready, Steady, Go.' In 1969, George gave it to Jack Oliver, and not long after, it was stolen. I would really like to know if anyone had seen it since."

The Beatles on Ready, Steady, Go

If you know anything about the current whereabouts of the guitar, you might want to tell Tony about it in person. The paperback edition of Tony Bramwell's book, Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with The Beatles is now available, and Mr. Bramwell is holding some events to talk about the book and meet fans.

Tony's next book event is at Oldway Mansion in Paignton, England, on June 16 at 7:00 pm. He gives a 45 minute speach about his time with The Beatles including a multi-media presentation, and then takes questions and answers from the audience. His book is available at the event and he will be signing them as well.

Tickets for the event are available from Torbay Bookshop or Backtrax records in Totnes, and are 5.00 each.

Mr. Bramwell has more appearances coming up, in August at The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, in October at the Nashville Fab Four Fest at The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, and the Beatle Brunch Club cruise around the U.K. in September.

You can follow Tony on Twitter at @BeatlesFriend.

Celebrities gather to honor work of famous Beatles artist
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/10/09 7:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Celebrities will come together tommorow night at a special invitation-only VIP Gallery Reception at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to unveil eight paintings by The World's Greatest Beatles Artist, Shannon, replicas of paintings Shannon created that adorn the outside of the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.

Among the celebrity unveilers are May Pang, John Lennon's girlfriend and author of the new book, "Instamatic Karma", and Sid Bernstein, Legendary music producer and promoter responsible for bringing the Beatles to America and organized The Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium.

Also on hand to celebrate the event will be Dennis Diken, drummer for The Smithereens, who recently released "Meet The Smithereens!", Dennis Ferrante, Grammy award winning recording engineer who worked on John Lennon's albums from Imagine thru Rock n Roll, and Shaun Weiss, a go-fer for the Fab Four in London from 1969-1970, the only living person to have attended the Beatles' first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, their first Shea Stadium concert and the famous the Beatles rooftop concert.

For more information on Shannon, go to www.TheShannonGallery.com.

The Plastic Ono Band is back!
[Posted by Dean Wien on Monday, 06/08/09 11:31 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

That's right! You've heard correct. The band that was started by John Lennon while The Beatles were still together is being resurrected by Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono. This week they'll be releasing a brand new EP entitled "Don't Stop Me!". The Plastic Ono Band will also be playing their first concert on June 14, 2009 at The Royal Festival Hall in the UK.

The Plastic Ono Band always consisted of various musicians like Eric Clapton, Alan White and Klaus Voorman, and David Peel who played various live performances with The Plastic Ono Band. The line up for 2009 is Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Mark Ronson (Producer), Cornelius and Yuka Honda (from the group Cibo Mato).

Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono

The 4 song EP being released on June 9th, 2009 is being released digitally on iTunes from Chimera Music. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Sun is Down (Cornelius Mix)
2. Ask The Elephant!
3. Feel The Sand
4. Calling

In addition, in September 2009 a full length album/CD will be released by the Plastic Ono Band. The album/CD will be entitled "Between My Head And The Sky". It will be a 15 song CD and a 2-LP set released through Chimera Records.

Info thanks to FuseBlog, Pitchfork and Chimera Records.

Win an invitation to private VIP Beatles art show reception
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/03/09 6:37 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Famed Beatles artist Shannon is giving one lucky winner and guest an invitation to Shannon's Private VIP Gallery Reception where she will have guest celebrities unveil eight replicas of the paintings that adorn the outside of the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2009, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. The contest is being sponsored by International Beatles Freak Day.

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Paul In Liverpool by Shannon

Shannon has won numerous prestigious awards in the fields of fine art and illustration. She has an extraordinary ability to capture the distinct energy and spirit of each of her subjects and to reflect these unmistakable qualities through her wonderfully vivid creations. She was commissioned to create original artwork for the Hard Days Night Hotel which opened in February 2008. Shannon took just 2 years to create the over 100 paintings.

To enter to win the invitation to the reception, visit i-bfd.com and click on the contest link.

To learn more about Shannon, click here.

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