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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 kaleidoscopes_eyes@hotmail.com.

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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 www.OnTheRockBooks.com.

Fans vote Abbey Road most desired Beatles download
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/13/09 6:16 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

BeatlesRadio.com 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

BeatlesRadio.com 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 Amazon.com. 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 Harrison.com 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.

Two classic Ringo albums available on vinyl soon
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 04/23/09 1:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As we've posted here on the Beatles News Blog previously, Capitol Records is currently reissuing a lot of their classic albums. Two more Beatle related albums are going to be released shortly.

Ringo - Ringo Starr (Apple Records) - This has to be one of the greatest Beatle solo albums released next to Imagine, Band on The Run, and All Things Must Pass. This album had many hits for Ringo including Photograph, You're 16, and Oh My My. This album also included the closest thing to a Beatle reunion till Anthology was released. On the song I'm The Greatest written by John Lennon, and performed by Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison with Klaus Voorman on Bass. This album certainly deserves a nice reissue on vinyl for 2009.

Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr (Apple Records) - This is one of the first big band type covers album performed by a Pop Rock artist. Many artists like Natalie Cole have had much success with this formula. Ringo was kinda groundbreaking with this release produced by Quincy Jones, Barry Gibb, and Paul McCartney.

Thanks to our pal Dean Wien who noticed that both releases are listed at www.cduniverse.com as available now for preorder, but release date "not determined". From their home page, search for artist "Ringo Starr" and then look under vinyl releases and then click on "Vinyl LP".

Coachella facing $54,000 fine because of Paul McCartney
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 04/20/09 8:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

CNN reports today that Sir Paul McCartney could cause the Coachella Music Festival to be fined $54,000.

On Friday, the ex-Beatle didn't end his playful, hit-filled set until about 54 minutes past the festival's midnight curfew. According to Benjamin Guitron, who is the media relations officer for the Indio Police Department, the promoter for Coachella agrees to pay $1,000 for every minute the shows go on past 12 a.m. That adds up to a potential fine of $54,000.

On Sunday, headliners The Cure played 31 songs from the group's vast catalog and they, too, played well past curfew, continuing with their third encore even after the sound from the main PA system was cut off.

Promoters say the turnout exceeded expectations, and this year's attendance figure might be the third largest in the festival's 10-year history.

(Info thanks to CNN Entertainment News.)

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