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Pattie Boyd appearing in New York City tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/07/08 7:06 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho welcomes Pattie Boyd tomorrow, Saturday, November 8th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Pattie will appear at a reception for new photographs by her featuring George Harrison and Ronnie Wood. The Ronnie Wood photographs are hand-signed by Ronnie Wood and Pattie Boyd. Pattie will also sign gallery purchased copies of her best-selling book, Wonderful Tonight.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located at 124 Prince Road, Soho, New York City. For information, call 212-941-8770 or visit their website.

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Resolution 9
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 11/06/08 6:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles will be honored in L.A. City Hall with an official resolution from Councilman Tom LaBonge, who also orchestrated the council's proclamation of "Brian Wilson Day" in Los Angeles. The council will salute the Breakfast with the Beatles radio show for its 25 years on the air in L.A.

Chris Carter

Breakfast with the Beatles is the longest running Beatles show in America, on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, hosted by Beatles expert Chris Carter. Chris took over the show seven years ago after the show's originator, Deirdre O'Donoghue, and often pays tribute his predecessor on the air.

Chris says, "I will be dedicating this all to Deirdre, as I'm just carrying the Beatle torch."

Congratulations from What Goes On to Chris Carter and Breakfast with the Beatles!

(Info and photo thanks to The Los Angeles Times Music Blog.)

Paul releases another free Fireman track
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/05/08 2:04 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On his official website, Sir Paul McCartney has announced that the Fireman website has been updated with some new promotional pictures and video.

On the Fireman site you can check out an overview of the album, and hear two full length tracks, "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight," which was previously available for free download, and a newly available track, "Sing The Changes."

While you're there, you can also watch videos of Paul and Youth enjoying an "Art Day" where they happily chat and paint together and also witness Paul recording the album in his Sussex studio.

Ringo donates drum head to Woodstick charity event
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/04/08 7:01 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Several thousand drummers across North America beat their sticks at the same time last Sunday in the sixth annual "Woodstick/Big Beat." Beatles drummer Ringo Starr donated a bass drum head to the charity event.

2,000 to 3,000 drummers participated, possibly setting a Guinness world record. The drummers played a simple drumbeat by Kimball called "Bang the Drum Quickly" for the record, then played other songs in unison.

The event has grown each year and has raised about $70,000 so far for charities.

"We had a blast. It was very loud," said event organizer Christopher Kimball.

Info thanks to The Centralia Washington Chronicle.

28th Annual Lennon Tribute tickets now on sale
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 11/03/08 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tickets to Theatre Within's 28th Annual Lennon Tribute are now on sale. And they've put together another terrific lineup, which this year will include special surprise guests!

For the second consecutive year proceeds will benefit World Hunger Year, the outstanding organization dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty founded by Bill Ayres and legendary folksinger Harry Chapin.

The show features a stellar line-up of accomplished singer-songwriters including Marshall Crenshaw, who early in his career played John Lennon in BeatleMania.

Theatre Within's 28th Annual Lennon Tribute will take place on Sunday, December 7th at 7pm at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. All seats are $55 and available at their website, TheatreWithin.org or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets soon!

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/31/08 7:14 pm]

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Fan hopes We Can Work It Out with Ringo
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 10/29/08 12:49 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

I'd like to share with you, with her permission, a comment I received from Robin Roberts from Pennsylvania, who is co-editor of Octopus' Garden, a Beatles fan magazine.

I've been very upset over the disrespect being shown to Ringo over his "no more signing" comment posted on his website. Ringo deserves nothing but our respect. We're going to turn our back on a man who brought us years of joy? Not this fan. There are some who are boycotting our Ringo, urging fans not to support his concerts or buy his CD's. He's being said to have "no class".

Add the fans to that list of "no class" who sent him things to sign and then turned around and sold them on ebay. Also add to that list the list of fans who never said one thank you to him for signing anything and everything sent to him.

Yes, Ringo could have worded his "displeasure" in a more "polite" way, but be honest, would it have mattered HOW he said it? I don't think so. And haven't any of these naysayers ever been so angry that they've said things at the height of that anger and then wished they had counted to 10 first?

I think Ringo has every right to be upset over this and I applaud him for his honesty. After all, he could have just "tossed" everything without saying a word, right?

There's a video on youtube right now from an irate fan wanting everyone to sign a petition, boycotting Ringo's CD's and concerts. That petition will never see my signature. After all of the years of happiness that Ringo has given me, I'm not about to throw him aside for one remark said in justified anger.

Everyone has their own opinion on this and I'll admit that when I first heard Ringo's video with him saying what he did, I was shocked because he just sounded so...rude and, yes, like a grumpy old man. But after I thought about it, I had a change of heart.

And I respect your feelings on the subject but you're not going around telling other fans to boycott his albums and concerts. That's just wrong.

John had a similar reaction way back when he made his "Jesus" remark. The fans turned on him too. So hopefully everything will "come together" just fine in the end.

Screenwriter talks about Two Of Us film
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 10/28/08 6:59 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Coming up on Tuesday, November 4th, Ray Whitaker's "Just Four Guys" radio program focuses on the movie "Two of Us," a "fictionalization" of a day in April 1976 when Paul McCartney made an impromptu visit to his old Beatles buddy, John Lennon at his Dakota apartment.

Aidan Quinn and Jared Harris

Written by Mark Stanfield, the film has been described as a combination of "A Hard Day's Night" and "My Dinner with Andre". Aidan Quinn plays Paul, Jared Harris is John, and both play their respective parts beautifully. Aidan viewed the movie with Paul McCartney and he reportedly got very emotional. He said that while it might not have been factually accurate, the spirit of it was dead-on.

Ray had a great conversation with Mark Stanfield, the screenwriter of "Two of Us" a while back, and that will air, along with clips of the movie and some pertinent tunes, on Tuesday, November 4th, at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Go to www.mvyradio.com and click on "Listening Options", and then "Podcasts" to listen to "Just Four Guys".

White Album's 40th celebrated this weekend on XM
[Posted by Ken Michaels on Monday, 10/27/08 5:59 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday's broadcast of my Beatles show "Every Little Thing" is devoted almost entirely to the White Album, which this month marks its' 40th Anniversary.

Included is a long set with recordings from the White Album, solo-Beatle versions of White Album music, and other artists covering music from the White Album. There's also a set of songs that the Beatles recorded for their Esher demos that didn't make the White Album, but ended up being released in their solo-careers. Plus a solo-Beatles live set to open the show, including music from Ringo's recent "Live 2006" DVD.

The show airs Saturday night, Nov. 1 at 9 pm (est) on XM's Fine Tuning channel (#76.) Please note, this show runs 10 minutes longer than usual, and may start at 8:50 pm.

For comments and suggestions on the show, you can always write to me at

Fab quote of the week: Phil Spector
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/24/08 9:21 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a documentary to be aired tomorrow on the BBC, infamous music producer Phil Spector says he doesn't care about how Paul McCartney felt about what Spector did with the Let It Be album.

According to Teletext, the documentary is mostly not about Spector's upcoming retrial in Los Angeles, but instead focuses on Spector as a songwriter and producer, the man who pioneered the "wall of sound".

During the documentary, film-maker Vikram Jayanti talks with Spector about the genesis of records he's produced, and working with The Beatles, and reportedly, Spector dismisses Paul McCartney's dissatisfaction about the arrangements on Spector's remix of the Let It Be tracks.

Spector says, "He's got me confused with somebody who gives a s**t."

The documentary, The Agony And Ecstasy Of..., airs in the UK on BBC2, Saturday night at 9.40 pm.

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