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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 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.)

On the scene with Paul McCartney at the Hard Rock in Vegas
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 04/19/09 11:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Paul started late, at 8:37pm, opening with the Beatles song, "Drive My Car," to a soldout crowd of 4,000 standing fans at the Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint. Fans came from all over, including Canada and Mexico to hear Paul play, many of them for the first time.

He played a high voltage performance non-stop for another two hours, twenty-five minutes, including two encores, in which he rocked the house with oldies but Beatles goodies such as "Get Back", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Helter Skelter" from the White Album. The volume was turned up to fully rock the audience, especially on "Helter Skelter," and seemed louder than at his other past concerts.

Paul played a mix of new and old solo songs in the first half, including "Highway" from his Fireman album, and then played more oldies in the second hour.

He played "A Day in the Life," which morphed into "Give Peace a Chance." He talked to the audience about how his song "Blackbird" touched upon the strife in sixties with the civil rights struggle and then mentioned how things have changed so much that President Obama has been elected.

Macca brought the house down with an incredible fireworks display exploding in rhythm with "Live and Let Die".

He ended with a reprise from Sgt Peppers Heartclub Band, "It was 20 years ago today," and finally a bit from the Abbey Road album, a sort of jam version "Love you, love you," then building up to "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

As Paul left the stage, thousands of pieces of red white and blue confetti rained down on the audience standing on the floor.

Fans travel from Utah to Vegas for their first chance to see Paul
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 04/19/09 11:34 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Torrey Hill and her friend Amy, both 18, traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah to attend their first Paul McCartney concert tonight. ?I met them as they were waiting for the doors to open at the Hard Rock Hotel. They had been there since noon to make sure they got a good place in line.

Torrey and Amy

Torrey told me, she had never heard the music of the Beatles until they saw the movie "Across The Universe." She said, "We had to go to this because we had never gone to a Paul McCartney concert before and we became Beatles fans after watching the film Across the Universe last year. ?I had listened to the soundtrack (from the film) so many times that my friend Amy suggested listening to the original Beatles songs and albums. Now I have all their albums and I just love the Beatles."

Amy said she was introduced to the music of the Beatles by her Dad, but now they are both "totally into the Beatles" and loved the Cirque du Soleil's LOVE show, which they saw for the first time Friday night.

Stay tuned for an on-the-spot report from the concert!

Beatles tourguide to scale down Liverpool landmark for charity
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 04/13/09 12:27 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jean Catharell is a Liverpool Beatles historian and tour guide. She's also very courageous, as she will be undertaking a most dangerous activity Saturday, July 18, to raise money for The Stroke Association. Jean will be rappelling by rope down 13 floors of Liverpool's most memorable landmark, The Royal Liver Building, which is synonymous with Liverpool and adjacent to Liverpool's Albert Dock on the Mersey River.

Jean has had the good fortune of meeting all four Beatles. She told me, "Meeting all The Beatles at one time or other is something I've always cherished." Jean also works for LIPA, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, a school co-founded in 1985 by Sir Paul McCartney after his old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, was at risk of closing.

When asked why she decided to take a physical risk scaling down the side of a 295 foot building, Jean replied, "Apart from wanting to do it to raise money for a worthwhile cause, I wanted to do it because it was the Liver Building which, to every Beatle fan, is an immediately recognised building in Liverpool."

Well done, Jean! You have now set a new standard for all Beatles fans to show their love for the Beatles to raise money for charity! Go to Jean's website and the Stroke Association for more details about Jean's Liverpool adventure!

Rumor: Ringo Starr to appear on Paul McCartney's next album
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 04/11/09 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

We haven't seen this reported anywhere at all yet, except from this one source, so we're treating this as total rumor and gossip at this time. The Bild website in Germany is reporting that Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are set to record a new album together.

Paul and Ringo last weekend in New York City

Bild says the former Beatles, who performed together at a charity concert in New York City's Radio City Music Hall last Saturday, plan to head into the studio later this year.

It also quotes a source who reportedly said, "It has been a long time since Ringo played drums on any of Paul's songs but they've decided they can work together again. They had a fantastic time in New York, and realise they still work well together. They're now getting together later in the year to work on some of Paul's new songs."

Once again, this information is totally unconfirmed at this point. Stay tuned for updates.

Author says she can't tell the whole Lennon story in three books
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 04/10/09 3:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Jude Kessler, author of the only researched, historical novel on the life of John Lennon, Shoulda Been There, announced at the 35th Annual Fest for Beatles Fans in New Jersey last week that her Lennon trilogy will now be a five-book series.

"There is just too much detailed information to pack it all into three books," Kessler commented on-stage at the Friday night Author's Symposium. "Each book would end up being well over 1,000 pages. The Beatles did something significant and interesting every single day of '62. '63,and '64. What event would one cull?"

Jude at work can now exclusively report that the five books in Kessler's Lennon pentalogy will be:

1. Shoulda Been There (1940 - Dec. 1961) The Liverpool Years

2. Shivering Inside (Dec. 1941 - Feb. 1964) The Beatles Take the World by Storm

3. She Loves You (Feb. 1964 - 9 Nov. 1966) The Beatles in America and the World -- John moves from Cyn to Yoko

4. She Once Had Me (Nov. 1966 - Lost Weekend) Break-up of The Beatles, John's solo years, marriage to Yoko, life with May Pang

5. Shine On (Lost Weekend - Dec. 8, 1980)

The first book, Shoulda Been There, sold out in its first edition in eight months and is now selling out on the revised edition, which includes an hour interview CD with Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager. Shivering Inside, the sequel to Shoulda Been There, is due out in 18 months, in October 2010.

Check out for more info. Jude's books are also available at

Win tickets to see Paul McCartney at Coachella
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 04/10/09 10:06 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Amoeba Music wants to send you to the Coachella Music Festival to see Paul McCartney!

Visit their website for your chance to win a 3-day VIP pass for two to attend the Coachella Music Festival 2009!

Amoeba Music in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood stocks every kind of music and movies, from the top 40 to the best in underground rock and hip-hop, soul, electronica, new and classic jazz, world music, roots music and experimental music. They also have a large, diverse and affordable selection of DVDs and vinyl LPs.

Paul McCartney performed live at the Amoeba store in Hollywood on June 27, 2007. A recording of the performance, Paul McCartney - Amoeba's Secret is available.

The Coachella Music Fetival takes place in Indio, California on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19.

Check out Amoeba Music here. You can also follow them on Twitter @amoebamusic. BeatlesNews is on Twitter too! We're @BeatlesNews!

The Beatles and the best of the sixties with 28IF
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 04/09/09 10:21 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Western NY Rochester-based Beatles and British Invasion tribute band 28IF returns to the stage for their first appearance in 2009, to perform at the Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track in Farmington, NY, next Saturday, April 18, at 8 PM.

The members of 28IF include bass player/lead vocalist Ray Paul, who received critical acclaim way back when for his Boston years (1978-1981), and has also recorded and performed with legendary pop-cult figure and friend Emitt Rhodes.

Drummer and lead vocalist Joey Cintorino spent years performing in Las Vegas and touring the West Coast with a Beatle-tribute band called Penny Lane, and in addition, played behind Willie Nelson in 1975. His past groups have opened shows for Ike & Tina Turner, Blood Sweat & Tears, Country Joe McDonald and Leon Russell.

Guitarist and lead vocalist John Covach is a native of suburban Detroit with a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D degrees in music theory and composition, and as a rock historian, has lectured across the USA and Europe. He also has a weekly radio show "Radio Rock" on WRUR-FM in Rochester, NY.

The show takes place on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track, which is located at 5857 Route 96, Farmington, NY (just off the NY State Thruway). Call 585-924-3232 for more info. The show starts at 8PM sharp.

For more info on 28IF, go to, or Ray Paul's page,

30th Annual International Dutch Beatles Convention
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 04/06/09 3:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Every year, in the Easter weekend, Beatles Unlimited organises its annual International Beatles Convention at the Theatre Musketon, Utrecht, Netherlands. This year it takes place on the 13th of April, 2009.

This annual event, the biggest on the European continent, has been held since 1980, with a Beatles market, exhibitions, an auction, films, video and laserdisc shows, a quiz, speakers and live music. Famous Beatles sound alike bands, Bootleg Beatles, Instant Karma, Lenny Pane, Pete Best and others, performed at these conventions. Through the years B.U. has welcomed guests such as Pete Best, Louise Harrison, Laurence Juber, Denny Laine, Cynthia Lennon, Mike McCartney, Henry McCullough, Jimmy Nicol, Tony Sheridan, Klaus Voormann & many others.

This year's Special guest will Pattie Boyd.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison

The Dutch branch of The Official Beatles Fan Club was founded with Brian Epstein's/NEMS permission on the 10th of November 1963. It is the oldest and longest existing Beatles fan club in the world.

For more information, visit (Site is in Dutch.)

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