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Do you want to know a secret? Part 2
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/30/08 6:40 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Yesterday afternoon at the Fest, Pattie Boyd told us the cute story about how George Harrison proposed to her on the first night. She turned down his offer then for dinner, but didn't the next time he asked.

Well, today she told us something about her first date with George that I bet you didn't know. They were accompanied on that first date by a chaperone, Brian Epstein! Pattie mentioned they were only 19 and 20 at the time, and she thought maybe Brian was afraid they wouldn't know what wine to order.

She echoed the earlier comments of Billy J. Kramer, and said the Beatles adored Brian, he was like an older brother to them. She said it was such a shock to them all when Brian died, it was so unexpected, everyone was dumbfounded, but they were with the Maharishi at the time and he comforted them.

She also spoke about how she found out about Transcendental Meditation first while the Beatles were out on tour, and told George about it when they got back. He was very interested in it, and coincidentally, the Maharishi was going to be in London just a few weeks after that, and that's when they all went to see him, girl friends and wives included.

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Record seller helps fans learn about fakes
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/30/08 11:19 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

James Oldham of P.M. Sound and his company is providing sound and video coverage for the Vegas Fest, but he can also be found in the Marketplace room selling interesting and rare Beatles records.

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Fakes and counterfeits is a problem for record sellers and record collectors, and I was really glad to see that James has brought to the show and is displaying a fake Beatles butcher cover, just to show fans what to look out for.

James' fake, that you can see above (click on the image to see a bigger version) is a fake butcher cover shot pasted on a real, later, Yesterday & Today cover. You can see the remnants of the original peeled cover below, and James also points out how the texture of the picture is wrong, it should have a canvas-like texture, but the fake is flat.

Fans looking out for fans, that's what you find at the Fest. Thanks, James!

Finishing songs and reuniting brothers
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 06/29/08 9:59 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

At 6:00, Donovan was introduced to the crowd of Beatles fans by show emcee Martin Lewis. Donovan told stories about how he met the Beatles and his time with them in India.

He also told the story about how, when Paul and he were living near each other in St. Johns Woods, they would visit each other frequently, and one day, Paul showed up at his door carrying his guitar.

First Paul played Donovan an early version of Eleanor Rigby which didn't yet have words. Then Paul said he was having trouble with another song he was writing, and proceeded to play to Donovan the opening lines to Yellow Submarine. But when he got to the lines, "As we live a life of ease, every one of us is all we need," Paul said he was stuck and couldn't come up with the next two lines. Donovan was struck that the prolific song writer Paul McCartney was asking him for help, but said, "GIve me a few minutes," and went into the next room. A few minutes later he came back with "Sky of blue and sea of green, in our yellow submarine." Donovan said Paul said, "Yeah, that'll do!"

As the next scheduled guest was held up due to a problem with air flights, host Martin Lewis then announced that there would be an unnanounced, suprise reuninon. A few minutes later, Martin introduced Mark and Brett Hudson.

Bret Hudson, Mark Hudson and Martin Lewis

While Mark Hudson remained in music after the Hudson Brothers broke up in the seventies, his brother Brett has gone on to be a very successful movie producer. This was the first time they had appeared together in many decades. They played songs and told funny stories and the Beatles fans loved seeing them together again!

Do you want to know a secret?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 06/29/08 5:27 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Billy J. Kramer and Pattie Boyd spoke this afternoon at the Vegas Fest.

Billy spoke about getting songs from Paul and John, and his manager, who was also the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. He said Brian never got the credit he deserved, and he should be in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. He said Brian was very caring and thoughtful, sending everyone Christmas cards, and that it was a very big blow to him when Brian died. Like the Beatles, without Brian he had to learn how hard the record business was.

Pattie Boyd spoke about growing up, getting into modeling and finally meeting George Harrison because of getting a small part in the movie A Hard Day's Night, but she told the story this time with a twist that delighted fans in the audience. She said that George came up to her after that first day of shooting on the film, the only day she was scheduled for, and asked her to Marry Him! Thinking he was kidding, she ignored him, and when he saw that, he asked her to dinner instead, but she said she couldn't, because she had a boyfriend.

Luckily, Pattie was called back for an unplanned second day of filming, and in the interim had realized what a mistake she had made, and when George asked her to dinner again this second time, she said yes, having had dumped the boyfriend in the interim.

Many more interesting celebrities coming up, including Spencer Davis and Donovan. Stay tuned!

2008 Fest Marketplace Treasures
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 06/29/08 3:43 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

One of the great finds of the Las Vegas Fest is a new booth from NW Limited. They sell plaques of Beatles memorabilia like the one below.

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Bill of NW Limited makes these by hand in the USA. They all put together elements that combine into a truly limited edition presentation that can never be offered again. The plaque above contains a pristine copy of the UK 45 of Hey Jude, with 4 petwer Beatles pins and 6 first-day-issue officially postmarked Beatles postage stamps from England. There will only be about a 100 of these plaques with the first-day-issue stamps altogether!

Everything made by NW Limited includes beautiful frames imported from places like Italy, and come protected in very special boxes made just for these plaques. You can learn more about them at www.historyinvogue.com.

Viva Blog Vegas 2008!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 06/29/08 12:30 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

We're blogging today live from Las Vegas to begin our coverage of The Las Vegas Fest For Beatles Fans 2008! Last year's Fest was lots of fun, and this year only promises to be better!

The view outside my Mirage Hotel window

I arrived in Vegas yesterday, a day early for the Fest, to see the LOVE show last night, which I've now PAID to see twice! If you're a Beatles fan and you haven't seen it, you really must get yourself to Las Vegas to see it! It is SPECTACULAR!

When you come to see the show, the doors open about an hour before curtain. I strongly advise you come and be seated as early as possible for the show, because before the show, they play Beatles music like you've never heard it before! It's all songs without their vocals, remixed, no doubt, from the four-track Beatles tape masters, that they had access to when making the Love soundtrack. It's really fun to listen these Beatles songs in a whole new way, and they include small bits of songs that have never been heard before!

And then the show starts, and I promise, the smile will not leave your face for an hour and a half!

Day 1 of the Fest starts in about an hour from right now as I type this. So stay tuned, LOTS more coming up on Viva Blog Vegas 2008!

Molly Hatchet heading down Abbey Road
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/27/08 7:31 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The whole Molly Hatchet band are avid Beatles fans, and next month they have booked Abbey Road Studios to record two of their favorite Beatle songs, "Helter Skelter" and "Back In The USSR". These tracks will be featured on their forthcoming album.

Hatchet's leader Bobby Ingram said they've performed both Beatle classics lots of times in concert but now they are going to record them for real. "Going to Abbey Road Studios is one of those lifetime opportunities that comes along and you jump at it. The band is so pumped about recording there. It just fell into place and we were lucky they had two open days for us. How cool is that?"

The band plans to post a site and have their fans journey with them while they record Molly Hatchet #17, the untitled LP to be out later this year. Their official website is www.mollyhatchet.com.

Small changes as LOVE approaches third year
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 06/26/08 9:29 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

About 30 percent of the cast of LOVE has been changed in recent weeks as the Beatles show nears its second anniversary. A rep said most of the departees were dancers.

"Some wanted to explore other options," said Anita Nelving, who added that three are having babies and several youngsters had exceeded the height limit. She said about 20 jobs were involved.

"They had been with the show for almost three years, counting a year of creation," Nelving said.

Original cast members of LOVE

The show, which opened June 30, 2006, at The Mirage, has undergone subtle changes as well, including the blackbird act and the choreography for "Come Together."

Holdovers include Brazilian actor Silvia Aberne, 73, who portrays Eleanor Rigby; Craig Berman, who plays Her Majesty the Queen; gum boot dancer Michael Moloi, and Charlotte O'Dowd, a solo dancer in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

(Thanks to The Las Vegas Review-Journal.)

When yellow submarines fly
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/25/08 7:51 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Red Bull Flugtag is an event where teams build their own machines that will hopefully fly, all to raise money for charity. Some of the crews are university students of engineering going for first place and others just want to have fun.

This year at the Flugtag in Hyde Park, England, the Sub Aqua Club which meets on Tuesdays at the Ford club in Rush Green entered a truly inspiring sight for Beatles fans, their version of a flying Yellow Submarine.

It was created just for fun, but amazingly, it actually took second place in the competition out of 42 entries, staying in the air for an incredible 39 feet.

Oh, what joy, for every girl and boy!

(Picture thanks to the Barking and Dagenham Post.)

You say you want a revolution?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/24/08 9:09 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

John Lennon fan, looking for something a little different?

CheLennon is a unique concept album of John Lennon's political and rare songs and interviews brilliantly performed in post-punk by The OZ from St. Petersburg, Russia.

It's not a cover album. Post-Beatles John Lennon revolutionary interviews, like the 'Red Mole' Tariq Ali interview, and songs, like the never arranged 'Serve yourself' among others, are performed in this album with a deep and very special feeling. CheLennon is a different philosophical interpretation of John Lennon music, views and life created by five young Russians.

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Punk-Opera: CheLennon on CD with a hand drawn libretto-booklet in the style of John Lennon Anthology is available from many online stores like Amazon in the US and Europe.

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