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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.

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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.

Click here to see a larger image
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 and click on the contest link.

To learn more about Shannon, click here.

The Helen Wheels on the bus go round and round
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 05/29/09 10:19 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Canadian Beatles fan club Beatles Quebec has organized a bus to take fans to the Paul McCartney concert in Halifax, which takes place at the Halifax Common on July 11, and they still have places available on the bus!

The bus takes off from Montreal, with a stop at Quebec City and then will go directly to Halifax. There are 48 seats, the bus is equipped with television, radio, restrooms, etc. Best of all, this bus will be filled with other Macca fans!

The bus will depart from Montreal on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 pm. The stop at Quebec City is scheduled for around 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It will arrive at Halifax on Saturday, July 11, at 10:00 am. The bus will leave Halifax after the show.

The price is $125 to $150 per seat, depending how many finally make the trip.

For further details or to make a reservation, please contact Christelle at

Dinner with famous Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein up for auction
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 05/28/09 1:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Legendary Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein is credited with not only the Beatles coming to America but with being responsible for the first British invasion by bringing in acts like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Herman's Hermits and the Moody Blues.

Now, you can bid on eBay to spend an evening with Mr. Bernstein. Sid will regale you and a friend with stories of how he brought the Beatles to America over the course of a two hour dinner at a New York City restaurant.

Sid Bernstein with Paul McCartney

You will be able to ask Sid any questions you like. To top it all off he will personally sign a reproduction of the famous 1966 Beatles at Shea poster.

Songs of Love Foundation Restaurant location, date and time is to be determined in coordination with the winning bidder and according to Mr. Bernstein's schedule within one month after the end of the auction.

The auction ends on Saturday. Click here to bid on the auction!

My Tweet Lord
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 05/23/09 12:38 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Overheard today on Twitter, posted by @DhaniHarrison:

I played the new rock band Beatles game and I couldn't stop playing!!!

Lennon author to sign books at Beatles concert in Birmingham
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 05/18/09 6:45 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the historically researched novel "Shoulda Been There" and a world renowned Beatles expert, will be on hand at the May 28th performance of "The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Abbey Road" to meet fans and answer any Beatles related questions that concerts goers may have about the Fab Four.

Jude has spent 20 years and made seven trips to Liverpool to research her comprehensive and thorough novel about the life of John Lennon. "Shoulda Been There", the first installment of a five book series, covers Lennon's life from 1940 to 1961. Her much anticipated second novel in the series, "Shivering Inside", is due for publication in October 2010.

Jude Southerland Kessler

Jude told Beatles News, "I'm really excited! I can't wait to hear Abbey Road performed by the very talented group of musicians, and Birmingham's a huge, very lovely metropolis. So thrilled to be invited!"

Jude will have copies of her book available for purchase and will personally inscribe each one for the reader. The concert will be on Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 8:00pm - 11:00pm at the Work Play Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. For more about Jude Kessler, visit

Fans vote Abbey Road most desired Beatles download
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/13/09 6:16 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook] surveyed more than 400 listeners and asked them, "If you could download any album or single by the fab four, what would it be?"

According to the results of the survey, Abbey Road would be the Beatles album Beatles fans would like to be able to download most. Given the opportunity, A Day In The Life would be the top single download.

Of course, no deal has yet been worked out between iTunes or any other music service and Apple Corps for the downloading of the Beatles, and there is no way to know if and when that might ever happen. With "The Beatles Rock Band Game" and CD re-masters coming on 09-09-09, will digital downloads follow in time for this Christmas? We can only wait and see.

The top 5 Beatles albums listeners would download if they could, according to the survey, are:

1. Abbey Road
2. The White Album
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. Revolver
5. Rubber Soul

The top 5 individual Beatles songs listeners would download if they could:

1. A Day In the Life
2. In My Life
3. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
4. Hey Jude
5. Strawberry Fields Forever also surveyed their listeners and asked what Beatles Product would you like to see, everything from Beatles Underwear to the CD re-masters were the answers. The full list of survey results can be viewed here.

Playwright seeks memories of Beatles gig in North Wales
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 05/09/09 5:28 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

More than four decades after the Fab Four played in Flintshire, North Wales, the night Beatlemania came to the town is to be immortalised on-stage.

Award-winning writer and director Tim Baker, associate director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold, is researching a new play based on life in the 1960s and, in particular, the legendary night John, Paul, George and Ringo played the town's assembly rooms in January, 1963.

Mr. Baker is looking for people to share their Beatles memories of the gig or the 1960s in general to help with his research for his new play, which will be titled "Yesterday." To get in touch with Mr. Baker, write to him at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Civic Centre, Mold, CH7 1YA or call 01352 755114.

(Info thanks to The Evening Leader.)

Amazon leaks tracks for Harrison CD, may have jumped the gun
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 04/29/09 1:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The track line-up and cover for the new George Harrison collection, Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison, was published today on Unfortunately, turns out, this may not be the official track listing.

According to the posting on Amazon, the new CD collection, which covers covers George's years after the Beatles, will contain:

1. Got My Mind Set On You
2. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
3. The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
4. My Sweet Lord
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
6. All Things Must Pass
7. Any Road
8. This Is Love
9. All Those Years Ago
10. Marwa Blues
11. What Is Life
12. Rising Sun
13. When We Was Fab
14. Something (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
15. Blow Away
16. Cheer Down
17. Here Comes The Sun (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
18. I Don't Want To Do It
19. Isn't It A Pity

However, a posting on the fan forum at George states a spokesman for Capitol/EMI says this is not the final track list, and the final version will be released soon.

Upon finding the track listing posted on Amazon, many fans have been expressing disappointment that the collection would only contain one disc, and that so many George Harrison songs had been left out.

Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison, which was announced to coincide with the unveiling of George's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will be available on CD on June 16.

Your chance to own a big piece of Beatles history
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 04/27/09 11:04 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to Bob Bartel, once again the former home of Louise Caldwell Harrison is up for sale. Without much prior notice to anyone, the Benton, Illinois, city fathers and those who have their Beatles collections on display are hoping someone will come to Benton and buy the Hard Days Nite Bed & Breakfast.

Bob Bartel was the person who discovered the home was to be torn down, back in December of 1994, to make way for a parking lot. With the help of many Beatle Fans worldwide, it was saved from the wrecking ball. Since then the home has been turned into a great show place for those who want to spend some time at the place George Harrison spent two weeks in February 1964, right before he and his bands mates took the USA by storm.

The Hard Days Nite Bed & Breakfast has John, Paul, George and Ringo rooms, along with a small collection of Beatles memorabilia from Louise Harrison and others who have allowed them to be shown on loan there. Last year, the second Beatle to visit Benton, Pete Best with his band, delighted fans with a great concert, and plans are already underway for this years GeorgeFest.

Now's your chance to be a owner of Beatles history. If you'd like a to own a part of the legand of the Beatles and their early history in Pre-Beatles invasion in the USA, as well as Louise Harrison's former home full of Beatles history from 1963-1968, contact the City of Benton, Mayors Office for more information or the local historic commission who will put you in contact of the people who have it listed for sale. Call 217-546-8385 for more information.

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