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West 72nd Street John Lennon Blvd. petition
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/31/09 2:41 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Toni Diffley was a Beatles fan ever since she was a baby, and ever since the beginning, she had a crush, not on the "cute" Beatle Paul McCartney, but on John Lennon. She turned 17 in September, 1980 and was planning on going down to the Dakota with her sister to try and meet John, but never got the chance.

The Dakota

She says, "On the date of John's original vigil in 1980 I stood approximately where John and Yoko stood on the back of Double Fantasy with two other friends. My heart was absolutely broken. There was a man next to me who held up "Meet the Beatles" for the entire 10 minutes with his head bowed and tears running down his face. That image made such an impression on me. I never forgot him."

Now, she visits the Dakota every year on John's birthday with her daughters and son. This last year, her littlest daughter, 7-year-old Danielle, wanted to know why John wasn't at his birthday party. It was then she realized that it's been in her heart for a long time that the street where fans go to remember John should be named after him, as she says, "so that when little kids look at the sign and ask who is John Lennon in many years to come, he can never be forgotten or what took place there."

If you'd like to help Toni make this a reality, sign the petition to have West 72nd Street where John lived and died re-named to West 72nd Street John Lennon Blvd by clicking here.

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New Beatles Trivial Pursuit game spotted at Beatles Fest
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 03/27/09 10:56 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Fans at the Fest For Beatles Fans which is happening now through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey, are reporting seeing something new and exciting.

Reportedly, Beatles author Bruce Spizer has for display on his table in the Marketplace room a copy of the new "Trivial Pursuit: The Beatles Collector's Edition" that is not yet available in stores, but is coming out soon.

Stay tuned to Beatles News, we are expecting to have an official report on this from Mr. Spizer, himself, direct from the fest, and we hear he has news of possibly other new Beatles-related products as well!

The wife of Badfinger's Joey Molland passes away
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/26/09 11:19 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Sad news for Beatles fans and fans of the Apple artists family. Kathie Molland, wife of Badfinger's Joey Molland, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday.

Kathie was a vocal, ardent supporter of her husband's career. She met Joey Molland in 1970 at a Minneapolis night club while Badfinger were on their first American tour. She married Joey two years later in London where they lived for three years. In 1975 they moved to California, and in 1983, the family moved to Minnesota.

Joey and Kathie

Syracuse-area band The Fab Five served as Joey's back-up band frequently. Paul Davie of The Fab Five told the Syracuse Post-Standard, "There's a big sadness in my heart right now. Although I never met Kathie (who, with Joey, was based in Minnesota), I enjoyed dozens of phone calls with her over the last five years. She was Joey's and Badfinger's biggest cheerleader. And I will miss her."

Kathie Molland was born January 9, 1947. She is survived by her sons, Joseph III and Shaun Michael and her husband, Joey. A memorial gathering for Kathie will be held 1:00 - 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 28, at the Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel, which is located at 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins, Minnesota. Call (952) 938-9020 for information.

Aah, look at all the lonely pizza
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/26/09 7:41 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Every Sunday on Breakfast with the Beatles on KLOS in Los Angeles, they play a game called "Who's Singing That Beatles Song?" Last Sunday host Chris Carter played The Standells cover of Eleanor Rigby.

What made this weeks game more interesting was that the winner would receive not only a pair of concert tickets but a pizza delivered to their front door by The Standells original guitarist Tony Valentino!

The Standells

It turns out that Tony Valentino is a big fan of Breakfast with the Beatles and listens to the show, and he offered the deliver a pizza to the winner of the game if Chris played The Standells version of Eleanor Rigby on the air! Beatle Gary from Los Angeles was the lucky winner.

You can hear audio of Tony Valentino and the lucky winner, and more fun audio clips from Breakfast with the Beatles here.

Fun things like this happen every week on Breakfast with the Beatles. This coming Sunday, the Beatles tribute band Rain will be Chris Carter's guests and performing "live" in studio in conjunction with their appearances next week at LA's Pantages Theater. Tune in at 9 am on Sunday on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles.

For more information on the show, check out

Win tickets to see Paul and Ringo in NYC on April 4
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/25/09 12:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today Filmmaker David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, INLAND EMPIRE) launched his new online TV channel David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV) DLF.TV is the production wing of the David Lynch Foundation, which was founded by the iconic filmmaker to teach at-risk young people to meditate--to give them the tools to overcome stress and violence in their lives.

The site features a great opportunity/giveaway for fans of The Beatles. On the site is an opportunity to win 2 tickets to the Change Begins Within Benefit Concert, a benefit concert that will take place on Saturday April 4, from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert will feature a headlining performance by Sir Paul McCartney as well as performances from Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette and Jim James.

To participate in this great giveaway visit

DLF.TV will also webcast the Change Begins Within Benefit Concert on April 4. It will feature n exclusive backstage footage from the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert. The webcast will start at 6:30 p.m. EDT on DLF.TV and will use BitGravity's BG LiveTM highly-scalable flash-based video stream service.

Lennon fan recreates bed-in in Holland for charity
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 03/23/09 11:13 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On March 25, 1969, John Lennon and his bride Yoko Ono began their bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.

On March 29, 2009, Marcel Gootjes will re-create the bed-in, but this time for charity, collecting money. He says he will stay in bed through April 1.

Marcel Gootjes with Jet Sol as Yoko

He says, "The reason why i am doing this, is because most people in my surroundings say that I look like John Lennon from that period and also, I think that the message "Give Peace A Chance" is very important! All the money we raise will be for the benefit."

Marcel is asking familiy, friends and companies to sponsor the bed-in to raise money.

He's also recorded an official single "Bed In For Peace 2009." You can hear the songs here and here. That's Marcel on drums and vocals, and his brother Menno Gootjes on piano, synth and guitars. It was recorded and mixed by Studio Het Pand in Vlaardingen, Holland.

Marcel's bed-in celebration will be held at the Euromast Tower, Rotterdam, Holland.

For more information you can vist his website, it is available in both in Dutch and in English. For more information, visit their website.

Photographer Ian Wright on Beatles Years this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 03/20/09 10:20 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week, Beatles Years, heard nationally on Westwood One Radio, features an hour-long interview with author/photographer Ian Wright. In the interview, Mr. Wright tells Beatles Years host Bob Malik about photographing the Beatles before their worldwide fame.

He says, "There were 1500 working men's clubs in the Northeast of England, coupled with about 20 nightclubs with gambling, and then you had the dance halls and venues for the actual bus touring shows, the variety shows. My editor, Harry Evans, said to me, 'Photograph everyone because you don't know who's going to be famous.' And on the bottom of the bill, getting bottom of the bill wages, were the Beatles."

Ian Wright

He also talks about the first he actually met the Beatles in February, 1963.

"At our first meeting, John Lennon asked me to send a copy of the photos I took to his Aunt. 'Listen Wrighty, she doesn't think we are going to be famous. She's keeping a scrapbook because she wants to see how far we can go.' So I sent the photos. Later he thanked me and offered to let me shoot photos of them at any time."

The Beatle Years taps into Westwood One's enormous Beatles archive of classic hits and rare audio and takes a reflective look at the band and the music that defined a generation. Host Bob Malik is an avid collector of Beatle memorabilia and captures the excitement and hysteria of the Beatles Years, encapsulating the entertaining aspect of the journey of the Fab Four without getting bogged down with minutia.

The Beatle Years will be broadcast March 21 and 22 and again on Sunday March 22. Los Angeles listeners can tune into K-Earth 101.1 at 8:10 am. To find Beatles Years in your area, click here.

Internet Video: Lennon bed-in tribute tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/19/09 3:01 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As we mentioned here last week, Mark Facchin, Creator/Promotions/Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar of "Legend" - The John Lennon Experience, and his girlfriend Jessica, will be donning pajamas and climbing into bed tomorrow in London, Ontario, to recreate the famous Lennon Bed-In for Peace which took place 40 years ago.

If you can't make it, you can see the event live, streaming on the net courtesy of the London Free Press. Click here to see the event as it is happening. It starts on Friday, March 20, from 9am to 5pm.

Capitol to reissue more classic vinyl
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/19/09 12:17 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to Rolling Stone, Capitol will continue their "From the Capitol Vaults" vinyl series with 11 more classic albums being re-released on vinyl on June 16th.

Among the highlights in this batch of vinyl reissues are Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace in Toronto 1969 and the Beach Boys' Surf's Up and Sunflower albums.

Live Peace in Toronto 1969 was recorded on September 13, 1969, and includes Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass and future Yes drummer Alan White on drums. The line-up is filled out by Lennon on lead vocals and rhythm guitar and Ono on vocals.

Sunflower from 1970 was The Beach Boys' thirteenth studio album, twenty-first official album release, and their first under their contract with Reprise Records. Surf's Up was released in 1971, and includes the song Surf's Up which was originally intended for the Smile album.

For more information on these releases, vist From The Capitol Vaults.

Last chance for reduced price on Oxford Beatles course
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/18/09 2:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, is offering a summer course entitled The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain. It will take place the first weeek in August, 2009.

For a limited time, students may enrol online for only ?800 (about $1,140), which is 80% of the normal price. This special offer reduced rate will apply to all new online enrolments received between now and 12pm GMT on 23 March 2009.

Revered and reviled in equal measure, the Sixties continue to fascinate. This course is a journey through it from the British perspective, noting key events in politics, society, and the arts. Students will trace the development of the music of the Beatles and place their songs in context by discussing examples by other notable British groups of the period. However familiar you think this music is, prepare to hear more in it than before.

Seminars meet each weekday morning,with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.

Topics of study will include 1960-63, the early Beatles, 1963-65, first Liverpool, then the world, 1966-67, Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love, 1968, the White Album, and street-fighting men, and 1969-70 Let It Be & Abbey Road, the end of the dream?

The course will be instructed by Dr. Rikky Rooksby, who is a tutor for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, and author of many articles, reviews and books on English literature and popular music.

For more information, visit The University of Oxford.

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