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It was 40 years ago tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 01/29/09 1:31 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

40 years ago tomorrow, The Beatles performed together live for the last time on the rooftoop of Apple Records in London. We've been telling you here on Beatles News about plans to commemorate this event, a recreation of the concert in San Diego, another celebration in Seattle to be attended by Ken Mansfield, and the original plans to recreate the concert in the original place.

Original Beatles Rooftop Concert, January 30, 1969

Here's three more celebrations planned for the anniversary tomorrow:

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Beatles tribute band Anthology will perform on Broward College's rooftop on Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It will be hosted by radio station WMXJ-FM Majic 102.7. Click here for more info.

Four Alabama musicians will recreate the show at noon on the roof of Trowbridge's Ice Cream & Sandwich Bar on Court Street in downtown Florence, Alabama. The group uses vintage equipment, including a Hoffner bass guitar and Vox amplifiers, to recreate The Beatles signature sound. Here's more info.

And Yuri Pool and friends will re-create the show at the rooftop of Coffee Culture, 260 Dundas St. (west of Wellington), England. The show will closely follow The Beatles' list 40 years ago. Click here to check it out.

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Amoeba's Secret available on CD today
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 01/27/09 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On June 27, 2007, Paul McCartney and his band shocked the music world by performing a surprise, first ever in-store concert at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles . Four songs from this now legendary show were recorded and made available on limited edition vinyl entitled Amoeba's Secret. On January 27, 2009 this historic performance will be available exclusively in the U.S., for the first time ever on CD and digitally.

Click here for more information

The CD is packaged in a unique edition mini-LP jacket and features four songs: "Only Mama Knows" and "That Was Me" from McCartney's Hear Music release Memory Almost Full, the obscure Wings gem "C Moon" and the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There."

In December, McCartney received two 2009 Grammy Award nominations from Amoeba's Secret including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "That Was Me" and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "I Saw Her Standing There."

The lucky fans who camped out for two days to attend this rare performance know how special that night was. Now the rest of us have a chance to experience Macca in such an unusual and intimate setting.

Click here for more about the new CD.

Info in this post thanks to Paul McCartney Official Website.

Paul McCartney to perform in New York City in April
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 01/24/09 11:16 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The David Lynch Foundation presents the World Harmony Concert

Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique - and change the world overnight.


A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation. Details on how to order tickets before they go on sale to the public can be found at the David Lynch Foundation website.

Special packages are also available, which include premium concert seating, back-stage passes, "green room" access with photo opportunities with Paul McCartney and friends, and a gala post-concert celebration in the historic Rockefeller Center Rainbow Room.
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Ticket and special event package prices to be announced soon.

(Information thanks to David Lynch Foundation.)

4th Annual Maritime Beatle Event tickets now available
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 01/22/09 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

If you love the classic songs of The Beatles and would like to attend The Maritime's biggest celebration of The Beatles, then you won't want to miss?the 4th Annual Maritime Beatle Event being held at the Olympic Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia?on?Saturday, on June 6th.
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Hal Bruce, who was recently inducted to the International Beatle Week Hall Of Fame in Liverpool, England, plays host to International Beatle acts as well as local entertainers?for?a marathon of non-stop "Beatlemania" and a Magical Mystery Tour down memory lane.?

Hal Bruce

Folks who have witnessed the first three Events, have raved about the whole experience and would not miss out on the chance to come back again and again!

Early bird tickets are now available for this event. Tickets are $35.00 each (HST included) for Adults , $20.00 each for those under 19 years, entry until 9:00 pm. To order?tickets now, contact?Shelley at 902-435-7410 or by e-mail at halbruce@halbruce.com. Check it out their website at www.maritimebeatleevent.com.

Tickets also available at Metro Long & McQuade locations (formerly MusicStop) in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Rock and roll songwriters and songs of hope
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/19/09 8:21 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Coming up this week, two special shows from Ray Whitaker, host of "Just Four Guys."

Tonight (Monday) at 9:00 (Eastern), it's "Musical Jingoism," a Celebration of the great Rock & Roll Songwriters through the music of The Beatles. It airs on a show called "The Hot Seat" on 92.7FM WMVY, based on Martha's Vineyard (it will simultaneously air as a podcast on www.mvyradio.com).


On Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 (Eastern), podcasting on www.mvyradio.com, "Just Four Guys" concentrates on "Songs of Optimism & Hope". Considering it's Day One of Barack Obama's Presidency, there's really no other theme to go with.

You can check out all of Ray's "Just Four Guys" shows in the Mvyradio archives.

No more Beaucoups of Blues for Ringo
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 01/16/09 7:14 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Despite recent reports that Ringo Starr was through with appearing in updates on his web site since all the fan reaction to what he posted last time, Ringo today has posted a new video on his site, announcing the winner of his photo contest.


In the video, a decidedly happier-looking Ringo says "I don't feel blue anymore, it's 2009 and I feel fine!" He also wishes everyone peace and love, and this time, it looks like he really means it.

The lucky winner of the signed drum head was Ricardo Martinelli de Medeiros. Nice to have you back, Ringo!

Something you can't see that isn't shown
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 01/15/09 7:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The fortieth anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band passed on June 1, 2007, with no release of anything special from Apple Records. The fortieth anniversary of the White Album similarly passed on November 22 of last year. There's been no official Beatles releases since 2006, Capitol Albums Volume 2 in April and the Love soundtrack later that November.

Now, it appears something is possibly up at Apple Records. An observant Beatles fan has noticed that in the "sites" section of The Beatles' official website www.thebeatles.com, there is a link, and actually a thumbnail representation of the homepage, to an official "Sgt. Pepper's" site.

Image from www.thebeatles.com

Only problem is, the link is broken, there is no "Sgt. Pepper's" site.

What could this mean? All the other "sites" at thebeatles.com are sites to promote their recent products, going back to Beatles 1 and Anthology, the movies Help! and Yellow Submarine, and the more recent releases of the Capitol Albums, Let It Be and Love. So, does this mean a new official release from Apple somehow involving Sgt. Pepper's is on the horizon?

Our unofficial, anonymous, industry sources can only say they've heard of no plans for a new release of Sgt. Pepper's. It's possible the new site is related to the recent news that Cheap Trick would be bringing a show to Las Vegas recreating the Sgt. Pepper's album, but we were under the impression that's not yet a done deal. Or it could be something totally different.

BTW, I've heard from fans who say they think it was just something left over from a feature about the album on it's fortieth anniversary. That's possible, but I've checked the Internet Wayback Machine (www.archive.org) and there is no mention of anything about Sgt. Pepper's on thebeatles.com in June, July, August or even later in October of 2007.

Stay tuned, when we learn more, you'll see it here on the Beatles News Blog!

Tardis To Ride
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 01/13/09 7:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles performed their hit songs on musical and variety TV shows too numerous to mention throughout the sixties, in England and around the world. But did you know that The Beatles appeared on Doctor Who?

On May 22, 1965, the Beatles were seen in the episode of Dr. Who entitled "The Executioners."


This episode featured the "Time-Space Visualiser," a television-like souvenir they had picked up on a recent adventure at a Space Museum. The Time-Space Visualiser could pick up on any event in the whole of time and space, and one of the things they see on it is the Beatles performing "Ticket to Ride." One of the characters is surprised that the Beatles are playing what she calls "classical music."

Dr. Who originally ran on the BBC from 1963 to 1989, and is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world.

Looking back at Gandhi and the Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/12/09 8:46 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

An article today about the connections between Gandhi and the Beatles in The Times of India reminds us that way back in 1967, John Lennon was very keen to have Gandhi on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was quoted as saying, "The idea of having Mahatma Gandhi was dropped as head of EMI Sir Joe Lockwood said the album might not be released in India if his picture was used."

Gandhi shown in alternate Sgt. Pepper's photo

In other connections between The Beatles and Gandhi, the article also points out that John Lennon once said, "I refuse to be a leader and I will do something which prevents me from being Martin Luther King or Gandhi and getting killed." Ironically, he was in New York one month later.

Also, George Harrison quoted Gandhi after the break-up of the Beatles. He said, "I don't say I am Beatle George. I certainly am going to control my own concept of myself. Gandhi says create and preserve the image of your choice."

Beatles game will be unstoppable
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 01/09/09 8:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In his list of the Top 11 Most Anticipated Games of 2009, Chris Kohler on the Wired Blogs included the Beatles game from Guitar Hero makers Harmonix:

The Beatles Game (Multiplatform)

We don't know what it'll look like, how it'll play or even what it'll be called. But Harmonix's collaboration with The Beatles is the odds-on favorite to be the biggest thing to happen to videogames, and maybe even music, in 2009.


The creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have turned millions of gamers into faux rockers with plastic instruments, letting non-musicians experience the joy of jamming. And what better way to put on a show in your living room than with the legendary music of the greatest band of all time? Harmonix is forgoing Rock Band 3 this year to concentrate its efforts on re-creating the Fab Four's music in interactive form. Even if this were just downloadable content for Rock Band, it would be one of the best things to happen this year. As a standalone game, it'll be unstoppable. (As long as Harmonix includes an option to sing the entire B side of Abbey Road without stopping, I'll be happy.)

You can read Chris' full list here.


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