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Todd Rundgren to pay tribute to Sgt. Pepper in concert
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/09/08 7:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.

Todd Rundgren will perform a tribute to the greatest album of all time, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, on Sunday, August 17, at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury (formerly the Westbury Music Fair).


Todd Rundgren is well known to Beatles fans, his early work being so heavily influenced by the Paul McCartney/Beatles sound, and he toured with Ringo's All Starr Band in the early nineties.

Also performing in the show will be Paul McCartney's friend and former-Wings member Denny Laine, former American Idol Bo Bice, Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm and Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross.

Click here for more info and tickets.

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Brian Wilson in free concert next week in Brooklyn
[Posted by Dean Wien on Tuesday, 07/08/08 2:57 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Thursday, July 17, 2008, Beach Boy's genius Brian Wilson will be giving a free concert in Coney Island/Brighton Beach.

Brian Wilson in Sydney, Australia, last January

The concert will take place at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Brooklyn, New York, across the street from the Coney Island Beach boardwalk and The New York Aquarium, and a few blocks away from the famous Cyclone Rollercoaster and the original Nathan's Famous.

Who could ask for anything better? Beach Boy music right by the beach!

These Free concerts are brought to us by Brooklyn's Borough President Marty Markowitz. For a complete listing of Free concerts, check out www.brooklynconcerts.com.

New Ringo All Starrs CD and DVD available tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/07/08 7:24 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Tomorrow, July 8, Koch Records will be releasing Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band - Live 2006 on both CD & DVD.

Click here for more information

The lineup for the 2006 All Starr Band tour was Rod Argent, Richard Marx, Sheila E., Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, and Hamish Stuart.

The live album includes Ringo and Beatles favorites like Yellow Submarine, Photograph, Act Naturally, and also some of the biggest hits of his back-up members' band's careers including Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier, Frankenstein by Edgar Winter, Glamorous Life by Sheila E. and 'Should Have Known Better by Richard Marx.

The DVD shows Ringo playing some of his greatest hits live including I Wanna Be Your Man, She's Not There, Yellow Submarine and many more. It's 144 minutes long.

You can listen to tracks from the new CD here and here is info on the new DVD.

(Info thanks to Dean Wien.)

Author Nancy Lee Andrews interview on XM Radio
[Posted by Ken Michaels on Thursday, 07/03/08 5:08 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The next broadcast of of my Beatles show "Every Little Thing" includes an exclusive interview with Nancy Lee Andrews, Ringo Starr's ex-girlfriend/fiance from the 70's, who has a new coffeetable-size book of photos of Ringo and celebrities from that decade called "A Dose Of Rock 'N Roll."

Nancy Lee Andrews

Nancy Lee talks about Ringo's songwriting with Vini Poncia, the song she co-wrote with Ringo "Las Brisas," and the photos in her book. Also featured on the show is a set of Beatle/solo-Beatle B-sides and a live recording from Peter & Gordon.

Every Little Thing can be heard on Saturday night, July 5 at 9pm (EST) on XM Radio's Fine Tuning channel (#76.)

Beatles fans to gather in London for Ringo's birthday
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 07/03/08 3:00 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On July 7, Ringo and Beatles fans will be gathering all over the world to say "Peace and Love" and to wish Ringo a happy birthday.

In England the meeting point chosen was outside Abbey Road Studios in London. The event will be organised by Richard Porter, Beatles tour guide and owner of the Beatles Coffee Shop in St John's Wood. Richard says, "I think this is a great way of celebrating Ringo's birthday. Even though wanting ?peace and love' may seem old-fashioned nowadays, in this troubled world we need it more than ever."

Abbey Road Studios is the perfect meeting point in London for the occasion. Richard says, "The Beatles recorded nearly all their songs at Abbey Road and it is the most famous Beatles location in London. It is also where The Beatles recorded All You Need is Love in front of a worldwide TV audience of 400 million people in 1967."


Fans are asked to gather at the Beatles Coffee Shop, St John's Wood Underground Station at 11.30am or outside Abbey Road Studios at 11.45am.

Thinking of Brian
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/02/08 9:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Back at homebase after blogging from the Vegas Beatles Fest, I can't help but remembering how much Brian Epstein was mentioned this week.


Billy J. Kramer, who was also managed by Brian, spoke of how important he was to them, and how they were all lost without him. And Pattie Boyd, who told fans that she was chaperoned on her first date with George Harrison by Brian, reiterated how much he really cared for them, and how shocked they all were when he died.

I was reminded by my good friend Jude Kessler, that all throughout his life, nobody could ever get John Lennon to do anything he didn't want to. But, Brian did. And where would the Beatles have been if he hadn't? Where would we be?

Splendid time is guaranteed for all
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/02/08 7:43 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Well, it was a great three days in Vegas!

This year was the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' visit to India, and this week the Fest brought together three people who were all there with the Beatles, Pattie Boyd, Donovan and photographer Paul Saltzman. It was a unique and special time in the history of the Beatles, and now we, who have heard Pattie, Donovan and Paul talk about it this week feel a little bit closer to knowing what it was really like!

The Fest began in 1974, when Mark Lapidos met John Lennon, and after telling him his idea about the Beatles fan get together, John said, "I'm all for it! I'm a Beatles fan too!"

A big thank you to Mark and Carol Lapidos for another wonderful Fest in Vegas! We all had a splendid time!

Beatles Radio on the air at the Fest
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/01/08 7:47 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week at the Fest I finally got to speak to the man attached to a voice I've been hearing a lot lately, Dr. Robert of BeatlesRadio.com. Dr. Robert and the Beatles Radio crew brought out the Beatles Radio mobile studio to the Fest, to meet the fans and spread the word about Beatles Radio.

Beatle Radio's Dr. Robert

If they wrote it or played it, you'll hear it on Beatles Radio, streaming live on the internet, 24 hours a day. They've been on the air since 1999. I listen to them all the time while I'm working!

Besides the Beatles, on Beatles Radio you'll also hear Beatles solos and cover songs, and related artists like Cilla Black. They have 4 DJs all in four different locations around the world. Beatles Radio stays on the air by what they make from selling fun Beatles stuff, check out their Fab Four Store,

You can find Beatles Radio on ShoutCast and iTunes, or at BeatlesRadio.com.

Liverpool is Beatlier and better than ever!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/01/08 6:00 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Another friend of ours at this year's fest is Charles Rosenay of Liverpool Tours.

Charles Rosenay of Liverpool Tours

Liverpool Tours normally does tours each year to Liverpool, Hamburg and Amsterdam, but this year, during Liverpool's Capitol of Culture celebrations, they're concentrating just on Liverpool.

Charles says visiting Liverpool is better than ever! The city has been transformed, and is really Beatles 28 hours a day/eight days a week!

Their last tour to Liverpool which coincided with Paul's big Liverpool Sound concert was a big sold-out success, and their upcoming trip to Liverpool, Magical Mystery Tour 2008, August 18-28, which will coincide with the Matthew Street Music Festival, only has three spots left! Contact them at www.liverpooltours.com!

Beatles bringing people together
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/30/08 6:55 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Through the course of doing this blog and following the latest in Beatles news, I've met some of the nicest people.

One of the very nicest of those is Jude Southerland Kessler. She's written a book called Shoulda Been There. It's a really wonderful about about the childhood and life of John Lennon.


Jude agrees with me, she told me today the best thing about being at the Fest is meeting all the people, making many new friends, and finding a few long-lost ones! She said, she's having so much fun talking to the people and becoming friends, sometimes she even forgets to talk about the book!

And I think that's why we all love getting together so much at the fest! It's the Beatles continuing to bring people together!

I'm glad I got a chance to spend time with Jude this week. She's a very special lady, and I think you can tell that from her book. Please check it out!.


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