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Nobody lives in this yellow submarine
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 01/05/09 6:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

British polar scientists are using a small, unmanned yellow submarine, not to fight against Blue Meanies as in the Beatles movie, but to explore the mysteries beneath the Pine Island Antarctic glacier.

Autosub, as the scientists call it, is bright yellow and 23 feet long. It has a maximum range of 248 miles and is powered by 5,000 ordinary D-cell batteries. On its current mission, it will travel 40 miles underneath the glacier, a journey that will take 20 hours.


Dr Adrian Jenkins, who is leading the British Antarctic Survey research, said,
"We really have very little idea of what is actually going on beneath the ice as we have not been able to see through the ice to find out. We are talking about ice that is over a kilometre thick in places. The only way is to send our instruments beneath the ice to get measurements."

(Information thanks to The Telegraph.)

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Alice Cooper dreams Beatles songs
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 01/02/09 11:15 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In an article in Esquire entitled Alice Cooper: What I've Learned, the seventies rock icon lists some of the things he's found to be true in life, and one of his observations included The Beatles. He said:

They should invent some way to tape-record your dreams. I've written songs in my dreams that were Beatles songs. Then I'd wake up and they'd be gone.


These days, Alice is still going strong, his newest album is called Along Came A Spider.

For more Alice Cooper, check out his official web site and his MySpace page.

Not an easy day's night being a Ringo
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 01/02/09 6:50 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Northern California-based Beatles tribute band The Beatles Project has a new Ringo Starr and landed a gig almost as good as The Ed Sullivan Show.

Jim Sanders, full-time Merced city councilman and part-time rock star, told us some time back that the tribute band went on hiatus after his brother, the drummer, retired because he didn't have time to fulfill his rhythmly duties.

The Beatles Project

Fortunately, the band tapped another stickman, Greg Sprearance, who had served as their roadie. He's even earned the nickname Grengo (pronounced Gringo), Sanders said. The band's going to spend some time practicing at Shabby Road before they're ready to rock 'n' roll.

Sanders also let it leak that The Beatles Project will headline the 2009 Merced County Fair and may also be playing a gig at The Partisan for the Amgen bike race.

(From "Loose Lips" in the Merced Sun-Star.)

Beatles tribute band to recreate rooftop anniversary
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 12/31/08 9:26 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

An anonymous source tells Beatles News that a well-known Beatles tribute band is planning to recreate the famous Beatles rooftop concert to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Looking up at the rooftop of No. 3 Savillle Row, London

The concert will take place on Friday, January 30, at No. 3 Savile Row, London W1, and the band will be trying to get as close to the original timings, starting the concert around 12:00.

The final live performance by The Beatles, the original unannounced rooftop concert was recorded and filmed, for the Let It Be film, on January 30, 1969, on top of the Apple Records office in London. The full performances included Get Back, Don't Let Me Down, I've Got A Feeling, One After 909, Dig A Pony, and God Save The Queen, which later surfaced on a German bootleg.

The Beatles played until the concert was broken up by the London police, saying they were causing a 'distraction' to the local businesses and making too much noise.

According to the source, celebrities, including some from the world of the Beatles, are expected to be in attendance at the anniversary event. Stay tuned to Beatles News for updates!

Last chance today to register to win Paul McCartney DVD
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 12/30/08 9:31 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Each month the A&E Cable TV network holds a giveaway for a recently released or upcoming title. Good news for Beatles fans and Paul McCartney fans! This month's giveaway is for Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us on Blu-ray or DVD (winner's choice).

To win the DVD, just go to the A&E Home Video Facebook page, and then visit the notes section of the page and answer three questions. A&E will randomly select one winner tomorrow, on December 31st.


The A&E Home Video Facebook page is a place for fans of the company's high-end, collectible DVD sets, including series and specials from A&E Network and History. A&E Home Video's unique mix of DVDs has something for all TV buffs, from die-hard fans of Brit-TV, to armchair historians, to music lovers and more. Fans of the A&E Home Video Facebook page get the inside scoop on their favorite programs, stay up to date on upcoming releases and even win free DVDs.

For the complete official sweepstakes rules, visit the notes section of the A&E Home Video Facebook page.

Victor Spinetti live in New York City next week
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/29/08 6:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Victor Spinetti will be appearing in his one-man show, Victor Spinetti: A Very Private Diary, at the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, next week, January 5 and 8, at 6 pm, and January 10 at 3 pm. The show is free to the public.

Victor Spinetti: A Very Private Diary explores Spinetti's life and career with a mix of comedy, gossip, and personal revelation. It comes to New York after touring around England since September 9.


The show first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in the late 1980's and after playing to sell-out houses transferred to London and subsequently toured world-wide. The production was directed by the late writer and broadcaster Ned Sherrin.

Spinetti has appeared in over thirty films including three with The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour, as well as co-writing a play, In his Own Write with John Lennon which appeared at the National Theatre in 1968. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Oh What a Lovely War.

For more information about the New York City performances of Victor Spinetti: A Very Private Diary, call 212-642-0142 or visit nypl.org.

New ad puts words in John Lennon's mouth
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 12/26/08 4:39 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

There is a new public service announcement for the OLPC Foundation (One Laptop Per Child) that features John Lennon. More than featuring him, it actually puts words in his mouth, words he could have never possibly said, because the OLPC project didn't exist when he was alive.


In the ad, you hear a voice that sounds like John Lennon say, "Imagine every child, no matter where in the world they were, could access a universe of knowlege. They would have a chance to learn, to dream, to achieve anything they want. I tried to do it through my music. But now, you can do it in a very different way."

Then, you actually see a moving image of John Lennon, as he appears to say, "You can give a child a laptop, and more than imagine, you can change the world."

Now, I'm not arguing that this isn't a good cause, because I do believe that it is a worthy thing that the OLPC project is trying to do. And according to the group, Yoko gave her permission for this.

But, is it right to put words in John Lennon's mouth, to present it in such a way so that it appears he is actually saying these words? Is it a moral thing to do? Should we not let John's life speak for itself, without these attempts to change history and update his relevance to today?

Update: The fans speak. Click here.

Uncorrected copies of Capitol Albums Vol. 2 still being sold
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 12/26/08 3:02 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Way back in April 2006, we told you here on Beatles News about incorrect mono versions on the release of Capitol Albums Vol. 2, and how to identify corrected copies when they did finally hit stores later that month.

We've just heard from a Beatles News reader who tells us that he just purchased a copy of Capitol Albums Vol. 2 from the Barnes & Noble website, and he received a copy of the original release with the incorrect versions! We're very surprised that after more than two and a half years, some of the uncorrected versions are still around anywhere in a store's stock!


Only two of the four albums in the box, Beatles VI and Rubber Soul, were affected by the error, and only the mono versions of the songs. And the "incorrect" versions still sound great, and the differences between the wrong versions and the corrected versions are very slight, and would be noticed only by the biggest Beatles fans.

However, I'm surprised to have to report this at such a late date from when this all originally took place, but it seems that if you really must have the corrected version of the Capitol Albums Vol. 2, the only way to be sure you're getting it is to go to a store in person and check it out yourself. Mail ordering the set, you can still get one or the other.

Here's our original article reporting how to tell the difference between the two sets.

And while we're on the subject, I get asked a lot when Vol. 3 is coming out. The official word is that there is no official word. However, most "insiders" believe it still will happen at some point.

By the way, pictured above is my personal copy of the corrected set of Vol. 2 that I purchased here in Hollywood in 2006. Notice the Tower Records price sticker. They were a great store, a Southern California institution. Unfortunately, their stores no longer exist! According to their website, they now only have stores in Japan, Ireland and Mexico. Record stores, killed I assume, by Napster and iTunes...

I feel that ice is slowly melting
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 12/23/08 8:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Over at Wear Your Beer.com they sell lots of T-shirts, and lots of Beatles T-shirts.

But we thought you might find it interesting that Bill over at Wear Your Beer says one of the most popular Beatles memorabilia items they sell is the unique Yellow Submarine Ice Cube Tray.


So, if it's been a long, cold, lonely winter, now you can get back with your favorite beverage and chill out with some Yellow Submarine ice cubes, thanks to Wear Your Beer.

Or check out all their other Beatles stuff. For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder...

Fox to go behind the scenes at Love on New Years Eve
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/22/08 6:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to Cinema Blend today, Fox TV has announced their plans for New Year's Eve, which will be broadcast this year from the Las Vegas Strip.


In addition to live musical performances, Chrissy Russo of KSWB/FOX 5 San Diego will do interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at three of Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas shows, including The Beatles Love.

Live performances will include David Cook, Daughtry, Scott Weiland and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Robbie Knievel will also perform a death-defying motorcycle jump. The show starts at 11:00 pm on New Year's eve on Fox TV.


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