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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.

Famous songwriter had long-ago Beatles connection
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/18/09 7:27 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

We learn today that songwriter Jack Lawrence on Saturday at the age of 96. Jack's song "Tenderly" launched the career of Rosemary Clooney and he put Bobby Darin on the map with "Beyond the Sea." But Jack also had a very interesting small connection with the Beatles.

In a 1998 interview, Lawrence told how was asked by his friend and attorney Lee Eastman to write a song for his daughter Linda. Lawrence copyrighted the song "Linda" in 1944 and it went on to become a hit in 1947. Linda Eastman grew up to marry Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney eventually bought the publishing rights to that song about his late wife, the song is now part of his MPL portfolio.

You can read more about the life of Jack Lawrence here.

Dhani Harrison live in Hollywood on March 31
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/17/09 1:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Great news for Beatles fans in Southern California! Dhani Harrison will be officially launching the release of his band thenewno2's new album, You Are Here, with a live performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, the same place where Paul McCartney performed live in 2007.

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The performance takes place at Amoeba's Hollywood store on Tuesday, March 31st, at 7:00 pm. They'll also be signing CDs.

You Are Here is the first release from Dhani Harrison and friend Oli Hecks as Thenewno2, which borrows as much from Brian Eno and Massive Attack as it does from his dad. You Are Here comes out March 31st on Vagrant Records.

Amoeba Records is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Their phone number is (323) 654-6400.

(Info thanks to Amoeba Records and Absolutely Dhani Harrison.)

Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 03/16/09 7:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Thanks to Popeye historian Fred Grandinetti who wrote to mention that the April 2009 issue of Movie Collector's World includes a feature on "Popeye's 80th Birthday," which contains a mention of the classic Beatles cartoon TV show from 1965 and 66. In one of the episodes of that show, "Tell Me What You See," Popeye's baby Swee'Pea appears with John Lennon.

The reason for the connection? Popeye cartoons and the Beatles cartoons were created by the same company, King Features.

You can read the entire article in Movie Collector's World online here.

Money can buy you LOVE if you live in Vegas
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 03/13/09 11:10 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

For a limited time only, people who live in Las Vegas have a chance to see The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil for as little as $60. This special discount applies to regularly priced tickets and is subject to availability. The offer is open to valid Las Vegas residents only and is valid from March 15 through May 31.

For a category 1 seat, regularly $150, the sale price is $90, a category 2 seat, regularly $125, is now $75, and a category 3 seat, regularly $99, is only $60.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-531-3873 and asking for the locals offer. Limit 6 tickets per transaction with valid Nevada ID. Prices reflected do not include tax and fees. Residents must present their Nevada photo ID when picking-up tickets at the LOVE Ticket Office to take advantage of the offer.

LOVE performs nightly at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm Thursday through Monday at The Mirage, with no performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Thanks to KVBC-TV and MSNBC.)

John and Yoko's bed-in to be reenacted in London, Ontario
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/10/09 3:23 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

40 years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous "Bed-In for Peace", a special celebration honoring the event will take place in London, Ontario Canada, later this month.

Mark Facchin, Creator/Promotions/Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar of "Legend" - The John Lennon Experience, and his girlfriend Jessica Wilkie, Political Science/English Major, King's College, will be donning the pajamas and climbing into bed in the name of Peace.

Kingsmill's Department Store

Kingsmill's Department Store, one of London, Ontario's oldest and most respected businesses, has kindly offered their display window on Dundas St. in downtown London, and also a double bed for the day.

Mark says, "We're going to try and keep the image of the original as close as possible."

The recreation of this historic event will be on Friday, March 20, from 9am to 5pm in downtown London, Ontario. It will be free and open to the public.

Paul on Sirius/XM through March 14
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 03/09/09 2:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Did you know you can listen to all Paul McCartney 24x7 commercial free on the Sirius Radio Channel 33 and XM 27 until March 14th? Paul started his own radio show for a one month run on Sirius Radio starting Valentine's Day.

The show is pretty cool, all Macca, plus a few quips from Paul here and there such as "if I didn't do this as a job (as a musician), I would do it as a hobby" and "not many know that I play the drums...I'm a good drummer because I have a strong feel (for the drums)...and play drums on my songs in the studio." In addition to a few quips played intermittently every 20 minutes or so, Paul has done some exclusive Fireman radio interviews.

Most recently, last Friday and Saturday, the Paul McCartney Fireman Radio show featured a phone call interview between James Taylor and Sir Paul McCartney in which Paul recalls about how it came to be that Taylor was signed by Apple Records as a result of his friendship with Peter Asher, who was Paul's former girlfriend Jane Asher's brother. Paul remininced after having visited Trident Studios for the first time since the late sixties before the phone interview.

Tonight, Monday, March 9th at 10AM, 4PM and 10PM, Mark Lapidos will be playing DJ and playing a great assortment of Paul's songs and talking about them and the upcoming Fest For Beatles Fans that he puts on every year. The next Fest is March 27th thru 29th in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The Fireman radio show features a wide range of Paul's music, from live performances of some Beatles classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love" to his solo work from all of his solo albums and tracks that have never been published, all interspersed with a few bits from Paul about how he mixes/makes/records his music. BeatlesNews fans can listen to Paul's Fireman Radio show for a free 3 day trial, otherwise a monthly subscription is $12.95/month.

Overheard on Late Night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 03/07/09 4:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, in his monologue, Jimmy mentioned the "Y" word.

"A special Beatles version of the video game Rock Band is coming out. I can't wait for this. You can play as John, Paul, George, or Ringo. And it comes with a full warranty... in case Yoko shows up."

Photo courtesy of NBC

Jimmy's a Beatles fan, in 2006 he was photographed wearing a pin supporting Paul McCartney during the time of his divorce. Jimmy said, "He's the best. He's the one and only. He's my man. He's my favorite. Yeah, I love Paul, I've got to support him."

Paul McCartney gets new Long Island neighbors
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/05/09 7:10 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A house in Amagansett, on Long Island, NY, which is located near homes owned by Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin and Paul McCartney, has sold for $4 million. The former Beatle's house "is right around the corner from me," says the home's original owner.

The traditional-style house has five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a finished basement and four fireplaces. It also has a heated pool.

(Info thanks to The Newsday Long Island Real Estate blog.)

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