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Meet Beatles author Dave Schwensen in Ohio this week
[Posted by Adam Kane on Tuesday, 07/22/08 10:13 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

You're invited to join Dave Schwensen, author of The Beatles In Cleveland, as he brings to life two of the wildest, out-of-control concerts in Beatle - and rock - history.

Follow behind the scenes dealings by Cleveland's rival Top 40 radio stations to bring John, Paul, George and Ringo to the city, then grab a front row seat for back stage and on stage excitement through eyewitness accounts from the promoters, concert MC's, deejays, journalists, opening acts and fans, along with rare, never-before published photos, video stills and memorabilia. A concert by the Beatles was not just about the music, but also the emotions stirred by the most influential group in the history of popular music.


Mr. Schewensen will be appearing tonight, July 22, at 7:00 p.m., at the Twinsburg Public Library in Twinsburg, OH. On Thursday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m, he will be at the Orange Library in Cleveland, and on Thursday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m., he will be at the Berea Public Library in Berea, OH.

These 'Meet The Author' events will include two short films, author discussion, questions & answers, and a display of original newspaper clippings, never-before published photos, concert poster and other rare Beatles memorabilia.

The evenings' grand finale will be a rare film of The Beatles' riotous 1966 concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Books will be for sale. Registration required. Please call the phone number of the library:

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.
Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, OH 44303
Phone: 330-425-4268

Thursday, July 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Orange Library
31300 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44124
Phone: 216-831-4282

Thursday, July 31 - 7:00 p.m.
Berea Public Library
7 Berea Commons, Berea, OH 44017
Phone: 440-234-5475

More information about the book is available here, or visit www.BeatlesInCleveland.com.

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Woodland Hills gets Ticket to Ride
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/21/08 7:34 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last evening I had the pleasure to attend a wonderful and fun event. Beatles tribute band Ticket To Ride performed a free concert in Woodland Hills, CA., thanks to the Valley Cultural Center. About 8000 people attended, a record for these free concerts in the park.

Ticket to Ride is one of the country's top Beatles sound-a-like bands, and features Jeff Toczynski (Paul), Gilbert Bonilla (John), David Kaufman (George) and Mike Sarafian (Ringo). Ticket to Ride has traveled the world re-creating the Beatles "Live in Concert."

The boys start the show and play the first half in the Beatles' iconic 1964 collarless suits, playing all the Beatles early hits like She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Gilbert Bonilla brought the house down with the last song before the intermission as he belted out Twist and Shout with the same enthusiasm as John's original performance.

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Photo by David Haber

After the intermission, the boys become Sgt. Pepper's, dressed in the famous colorful band uniforms, and the audience was treated to the amazing talents of David Kaufman, as he faithfully and artfully recreated the guitar of George during songs like Taxman and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. During the second half, they change into the Beatles as they were dressed on the Abbey Road cover, and the crowd was treated to John sitting at the keyboard singing Imagine and Paul leading the group in Get Back, making the audience believe, if they closed their eyes, that they were all up on a rooftop in London.

Ticket to Ride played for more than two hours. They gave a great show, and the big audience really appreciated it, myself included!

The free concerts in the park are brought to the people of the San Fernando Valley by the non-profit Valley Cultural Center.

Perfect combination: Brian Wilson on the beach!
[Posted by Dean Wien on Friday, 07/18/08 7:39 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Yesterday, I was able to attend Brian Wilson's free concert at Seaside/Asser Levy Park in Brighton Beach/Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. I'm having a tuff time figuring out how to review this show. Where do I begin to tell you about the BEST Beach Boy related show in the history of The Beach Boys?

I've seen The Beach Boys give a Free concert in Central Park in the late 70's. Brian Wilson also played with the band. It was Brian's big return to The Beach Boys around the time of 15 Big Ones and Love You albums. I've also seen The Beach Boys during what I call The Kokomo Years. I've also seen Brian Wilson's Smile concert at Carnegie Hall. I've seen these special shows, and still, last night was the most special of all.

Last night's show was with 99% Beach Boy's Hits with 1% New songs from Brian's forthcoming Capitol Records album entitled "That Lucky Old sun". It's hard to remember the exact sequence of songs, but here's the songs that were performed: Do It Again, Dance Dance Dance, At the Drive In, California Girls, Good Vibrations, Fun Fun Fun, I Get Around, Heroes and Villans, Surfin USA, Johnny B.Goode, god Only Knows, Going Home (From That Lucky old Sun), Add Some Music To Your Day, Do You wanna Dance, Barbara Ann, Surfer girl, Hey Marsella, Help me Rhonda, Wouldn't it be nice, All Summer Long and an Accapella version of Southern California (From That Lucky Old Sun). The New songs already sounded like hits when performed amongst all The Beach boys Hits.

Brian was very much into this show singing all throughout the evening, playing keyboards and guitar. He was truly having a great time, and joking around with the crowd. I might have left a few songs off the song list, but I hope you get an idea of what type of show this was. This was certainly Brian Wilson at his Best! The feel of the Coney Island Sea Breeze, The sounds of summer via Beach boy's music... In the words of the late Dr. Winston O' Boogie aka John Lennon (from the Rock N Roll sessions), "You should've been there!"

Mitzi Gaynor remembers American Beatlemania
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 07/18/08 11:35 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

South Pacific is being revived on Broadway, and in a recent interview, the star of the movie version, Mitzi Gaynor, remembered the time she was on the same Ed Sullivan Show with The Beatles, in Miami, on February 16, 1964, their second appearance in America. She said:

"When Ed first told me about them in '63, he described them as a Liverpool rock 'n' roll group. I had never heard of them. They became famous between then and the '64 show.


"We were all staying at the Deauville in Miami Beach. It was absolute madness. Girls were trying to climb over the rocks onto the beach and scale the walls of the hotel. I just thought they were fabulous, these four adorable moppets. And their music was amazing.

"Before the show, I would get phone calls at 2 in the morning from people I hardly knew asking me to get their autograph for their aunt."

When asked if she got their autographs, she replied, "No. I didn't want to bother them. But Paul asked me for mine. He's a real gent."

(thanks to SFGate.)

Billy Joel plays tribute to the Beatles at final Shea concerts
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 07/17/08 9:05 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Wednesday, in his first of two final concerts at Shea Stadium in New York, Billy Joel played some Beatles songs in honor of the group that made Shea a legend as a music venue, started by the Beatles when they played there on August 15, 1965 to about 55,000 people.

During last night's show, Billy played Beatles classics A Hard Day's Night, Please Please Me and She Loves You.


Billy Joel playing Please Please Me on July 16 at Shea

After playing She Loves You, Billy told the crowd, "I want to thank the Beatles for letting us use their room. The best band that ever was, the best band that ever will be!"

New condos to go up near Capitol Tower despite complaints
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/16/08 8:55 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Despite complaints from recording industry professionals and concerned local citizens, the Los Angeles City Council has approved condo development near the Capitol Records building in Hollywood.

Sound engineers were worried construction would interfere with musicians recording in the nearby studio in the basement of the Capitol Records tower. But according to Billboard, construction will only go ahead under a few conditions. Activities are banned after 10 a.m. within 40 feet of the building, a sound baffle is also being installed, and there will be ongoing noise and vibration monitoring during the project, which also includes an underground parking garage.


EMI released a statement saying the agreement is favorable, adding that it will "protect the acoustic integrity and operations of the Capitol Records Studios and ensure it continues as one of the world's premiere recording facilities, as it has for more than 50 years."

New DVD features celebrity memories and unseen Beatles footage
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/15/08 7:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In August, Wienerworld, a company in the UK that specialises in CDs and DVDs that promote musical artists, will release a DVD entitled "The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories," an upbeat rockumentary featuring the vivid memories of those who witnessed the making of the cult Beatle movie, Magical Mystery Tour, in 1967.

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories features a celebrity cast and previously unseen 8mm home movie footage, as well as eye-witness accounts from fans, on-lookers and the cast of the movie.


Celebrities featured on the DVD include Neil Innes, a member of the Bonzo Dog Do Da Band in the film, later to become the "John" charatcer in The Rutles, Paul McCartney's brother Mike McCartney, Freda Kelly, principle secretary of the original Beatles Fan Club, and Victor Spinetti, close friend of John Lennon, the only actor who appeared in all three Beatles films, sharing their memories. Victor even supplies a fascinating commentary to the film.

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories will shortly be available for sale in the UK and also on their website.

Sir George Martin could have been Idol mentor
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/14/08 7:44 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin has acknowledged he was once considered as a mentor on American Idol.


George Martin, the host of an upcoming PBS music series On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, told reporters at the summer gathering of the Television Critics Association that he was only too well aware of American Idol, in part because it was spun off from the wildly successful U.K. series, Pop Idol.

"I know American Idol is enormously popular, but it's not my cup of tea," Martin said. "I would never dream of being on it. In spite of the money that's being made. My God, that man (Simon Cowell) is walking around like Croesus. But I'd rather be poor."

Paul McCartney's message
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 07/11/08 7:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week, a recorded message from Paul McCartney was shown on TV in UK.


About recording the message, Paul said, "I met leading rider Sophie Christiansen and was completely blown away by her skill, dedication and the fact that she had won a gold medal for Britain, so I felt I had to do something. My suggestion was simple why not create an ad that would highlight the work and call on the British Public to donate much needed money. It was the start of a truly amazing effort from all those involved most of whom gave their time for free."

If you're not in the UK, you can donate by going to their web site.

The Beetles Meet The Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 07/10/08 7:59 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday, July 12, is the Grand Opening Festival of the botanical garden museum of New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. From 9:00-7:00 the public is invited to opening festivities of the exhibition featuring thirteen Dinosaur-sized natural wood Big Bugs sculptures by New York artist David Rogers.


These sculptures and amazing stories of plants and insects are sure to engage the entire Boston area in the web of life.

And making the Big Bugs celebration complete will be the most famous big bugs of all! HELP!, New England's own Beatles Tribute Band, will performing live from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This will be the greatest celebration of rock history meeting natural history ever!


"We play Beatles music because we love it", says Marc Hertzberg, Bandleader of 'HELP!', and dedicated conservationist. "Bringing the Beatles to the Beetles is an exciting way to support the plant conservation work of the Society and have a great party too."

The gorgeous 45-acre botanical garden museum of New England Wild Flower Society is located at 180 Hemenway Road in Framingham. The show runs daily July 12-October 31. Admission, including opening day concert, is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID, $4 for children 3-18, and free for members and children under 3. All events are Rain or Shine.

Call (508) 877-7630 or click here for more information.


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