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Number 9 for Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/09/08 7:49 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles is 9 years old today!

They starterd as on 9/9/99, although they were not aware of that date until later. At the time, the domain was registered to, but when Yahoo bought, they dropped the domain, allowing Beatles to truly be born.

Along the years, Beatles has faced major hurdles such as the huge costs of running the stream bandwidth, artist separation rules and technical issues. They now have 17,000 registered members and some 20-25,000 listeners tune in everyday from 137 countries all over the world.

Beatles has a daily trivia contest, Beatles news every hour 24/7, 909 featuring 9 beatles songs in a row certain hours, rare cuts, and special weekend programs like the Underground Lounge which features the best and unique Beatles cover tracks.

You can find Beatles in iTunes by going to "Radio" and then looking in "50s/60s Hits", or go to their website,

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White Album live in Eugene this Thursday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/09/08 7:25 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Thursday, September 11, Jackie Jae & Jason Cowsill will be performing their acoustic rendition of The Beatles' White Album in its entirety at the Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company in Eugene, OR.

Jackie & Jason are a favorite choice for entertainment along the Oregon winery circuit, delivering "Seductive Harmony With A Smoky Finish". With just a single acoustic guitar and their two beautifully blended voices, they've been wowing fans with their album concept "Stealing The Covers", dedicating their second set to performing a different album each month, first song to last.

How will they do Revolution Number 9? They say, "Don't worry, it's an interpretation, we won't subject you to the full 8 minutes 15 seconds."

The show takes place on Thursday, September 11, 2008, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, at the Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company, which is located at 907 West Third Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401. Call (541) 684-9463 for more information. For more about Jackie & Jason, visit their web site at

Breakfast with the Beatles goes Across the Universe
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 09/08/08 4:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Good news for fans of the longest running Beatles show in America, Breakfast with the Beatles, on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, hosted by Beatles expert Chris Carter!

Satellite radio Sirius XM announced today that Breakfast with the Beatles with Chris Carter will now be heard every Sunday at 9 am to Noon, ET on Little Steven's Underground Garage Sirius channel 25!

That means that Beatles fans in the Los Angeles area will be able to hear Chris and Breakfast with the Beatles for six full hours, first on Sirius from 6 am to 9 am local time, and then continuing on over at KLOS, starting at 9 am Pacific time!

Chris says the KLOS show will remain the same, with exciting guest interviews every week, and the Sirius show will be more music oriented. Chris told me, "The content will be basically the same, except that we will tend to Rock 'n' Roll a bit more in the Garage!"

Chris told me how this new partnership between Breakfast with the Beatles and Sirius came about. He said, "Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius is my all time favorite radio station. Little Steven has been a guest a few times on the show. During his last time on we did a thing called The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, and after the show Steven asked if I'd like to take the show into the Underground Garage, and of course I said YES SIR!"

Why hasn't Sirius had a show like this before? Chris told me, "There is a rule on satellite radio about playing the same artist more than 3 times in a three hour period, so we had to get a special license from EMI/Apple, which we did."

About the new show, Little Steven said, "It's an honor to have Chris on our channel. We already play more Beatles music than any other radio channel so it fits in perfectly. Chris hosts the original Breakfast with the Beatles, which started 25 years ago and is often imitated but the original has never been equaled. He belongs with us!"

And Chris says, "The Beatles saved Rock'n'Roll and Little Steven saved Rock'n'Roll radio. I'm honored to bring the world's greatest band to the world's greatest station."

You can hear Chris Carter on Breakfast with the Beatles on Sirius channel 25 beginning this Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 am ET.

United Nations cover worse than Butcher cover?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 09/06/08 12:09 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Letters, we get letters. We've heard from readers regarding the opinion I stated yesterday, that the banned United Nations Side Project CD cover was offensive to Beatles fans.

One reader says he was surprised by my reaction to the United Nations cover. He said, "This is precisely the kind of art that John Lennon would have heartily endorsed and most likely participated in. These are the guys that did an album cover with themselves covered in bloody meat. I hardly think it offensive enough to be banned."

I hear what you're saying, and I think it's a good point. Of course, the Butcher cover was also considered offensive, and the record company was so afraid of reaction that they retracted it.

But, I also think we live in different times than when the Butcher cover was released in 1966. For better or worse, we're more sensitive now to the feelings of people. All I can say is, I was offended by an image of the Beatles, my heroes, being burned in effigy, and I suspect others around the world might be too.

Another reader said, "You were absolutely right in that it should be banned, but doesn't it defeat the purpose when you post a picture of it on the internet, where thousands will see it? This makes no sense to me!"

Again, an excellent point. I was actually aware of that as I posted the picture. However, I felt it was important to include it here on the blog so that readers could see what I was talking about, and make up their own mind about the picture. Also, I think it's slightly different to include the picture here as news, than it would be for distributers and stores who would be profiting from the sale of it.

I hope that helps everyone better understand where I was coming from yesterday. Please keep that feedback coming, we love hearing from you!

Distributers and stores ban offensive Beatles parody cover
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 09/05/08 11:29 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to, the new United Nations Side Project CD might not make it to stores. The cover of the CD uses the image of the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road, except in the United Nations version, all the Beatles are engulfed in flames.

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Geoff Rickly, frontman of Punk group Thursday, said, "We've gotten some cease-and-desists. We worked with this British anarchist artist named James Cauty, and he did all this great stuff. But it had some copyright issues, and that's why all the distributors and stores refuse to carry it. We have 1,000 copies of this album sitting around with artwork that has been banned and we're trying to figure out what to do with those."

How about just destroying them? We're glad that responsible businesses have banned this CD, and sites like Amazon are not showing the cover image. In our opinion, this cover is offensive to the millions of Beatles fans all over the world, and it mocks what the Beatles stood for most, which was World Peace, and all you need is Love.

(info thanks to MTV, album cover thanks to Exclaim.)

Beach Boy and Beatles son together on the radio in L.A.
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 09/04/08 3:56 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This past Sunday host Chris Carter presented an extra outta-site edition of Breakfast with the Beatles in Los Angeles.

The show started off with Yoko Ono live on the phone from the Dakota in NYC, talking about John Lennon's upcoming Art Expo at the Westfield Topanga Mall this weekend, Friday through Sunday, free to the public.

Then Beatle George Harrison's son Dhani stopped into the KLOS studio to chat about his new group called thenewno2, who are playing every Tuesday night in September at The Key Club in Hollywood. And as if that wasn't enough, Southern California's own "Beach Man" Brian Wilson sat in with Chris to talk about the Beatles, Phil Spector and his new LP, out this week, called That Lucky Old Sun, which is a travelogue of sorts about the Southland.

It was a great way to kick off to Chris' 8th year as the host of Breakfast with the Beatles on 95.5 KLOS, the longest running Beatles show in the US!

Win tickets to Brian Wilson at the Hollywood Bowl
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/03/08 1:27 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

One of our greatest American composers and the mastermind behind Pet Sounds, Smile, and countless hits, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and his wondrous band will perform all the classics for an unforgettable end-of-summer spectacular and fireworks finale at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on September 12th, 13th and 14th.

Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, where Paul McCartney performed back on June 27th, 2007, is giving away tickets to Brian Wilson's performances at the Hollywood Bowl!

For more info and to fill out the entry form to win the tickets, visit the Amoeba Records website. The deadline to enter is this Monday, September 8, at midnight.

For more info about the Brian Wilson shows, visit The Hollywood Bowl.

Will Apple confirm digital Beatles in 2009 at Tuesday event?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/03/08 11:48 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The cover of the October, 2008 issue of Mojo Magazine, now on newsstands, features an interview with Paul McCartney, and next to his picture it says, "My White Album" Plus! The Beatles Remastered". The article reveals that Mojo was invited to a playback of ten White Album tracks, and their verdict is "Better even than we'd hoped."

The Mojo article also says that all the Beatles albums, including Yellow Submarine, Magical Mystery Tour and the Past Masters albums, have been remastered, but not The Hollywood Bowl. Two albums, Rubber Soul and Revolver, will be available in three mixes, mono, original stereo and the 1987 stereo rebalances. No 5.1 mixes are planned for any of the albums.

According to Mojo, the expected release date for remastered Beatles albums is, off the record, sometime in 2009, and that Apple would rather get it right than try to cash in on Christmas sales.

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Meanwhile, Apple (Computers) is holding a publicity event next Tuesday, Sept. 9 in San Francisco. The invitation to the event is titled "Let's Rock" and shows one of Apple's signature silhouetted people that are included in its iPod advertisements, so it's a good bet there will be news about new iPods.

But what if "Let's Rock" also refers to new music for iTunes? At one point, the Beatles on iTunes seemed likely to happen this year, and this year is quickly drawing to a close.

Back in November 2007, Paul McCartney told Billboard, "It's down to fine-tuning, but I'm pretty sure it'll be happening next year, 2008." With the release of "off the record" info by Mojo this week of remastered Beatles in 2009, is it possible we'll be hearing an "on the record" confirmation of this by Apple next Tuesday?

I won an award... it's on the wall in my office
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/02/08 6:53 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Our dear friend Victor Spinetti, who was born in Wales on September 2, 1933, is 75 years young today!

Victor was in every Beatles movie (except for Let It Be). He was the TV director in A Hard Day's Night, Professor Foot in Help! and the Army Sergeant in Magical Mystery Tour.

Victor at the 2007 Las Vegas Beatles Fest

Victor frequently attends Beatles fests and other Beatles related events in America, and fans loving seeing him at every opportunity. He will be taking his acclaimed one-man show, A Very Private Diary ? Revisited, to the Scottish Highlands next week, at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on September 9 and 10, as part of a UK tour.

Victor has said George Harrison asked him to be in the Beatles first films because George's mother loved Victor, and George said to Victor "Me mum will only go to see them if you're in them".

Well, we feel the same way! You've won our award for favorite Beatles person, and it's on the wall in our office! Happy Birthday Victor, from everybody here at What Goes On, and all the Beatles fans all over the world!

This week's XM Beatles show is for the birds
[Posted by Ken Michaels on Monday, 09/01/08 4:58 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday night's broadcast of my Beatles radio show "Every Little Thing" is a fully-themed show on the subject of birds! All the song titles include the word ''bird" or a type of bird. The music includes selections from the entire Beatles' group and solo-catalogue, plus side projects from artists like Jackie Lomax and the Everly Brothers.

From Blackbirds to Bluebirds, plus Eagles, Owls and Turkeys, and just plain 'ol birds, it'll all be covered in this show, which airs this Saturday night, September 6 at 9 pm (EST) on XM's Fine Tuning channel (#76.) Listeners can write in with comments and suggestions at

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