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Beatles Love and reunions this weekend in Vegas
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/23/08 6:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Fest For Beatles Fans Las Vegas 2008 is now a little less than a week away!

Like last year, the fest is being held at the Mirage Hotel, and with the LOVE show and the Beatles Revolution Lounge, there isn't a more exciting place in Vegas for a Beatles fan to be!


This year's Vegas fest promises to be as much fun as last year, with musical guests including Mark Hudson, Billy J. Kramer, Spencer Davis, Gordon Waller and Donovan! Speakers this year will include Pattie Boyd, US magager of Apple Ken Mansfield, British filmmaker Tony Palmer and Beatles cartoon animater Peter Sander.

This will be Donovan's first public Las Vegas performance, ever, and this year's fest reunites Pattie Boyd and Donovon for the first time since being in Rishikesh with The Beatles in 1968!

Authors who will be talking about their books will include man of incomparable Beatles knowledge Bruce Spizer, and Jude Southerland Kessler, author of an amazing book about the life of John Lennon called You Shoulda Been There.

Those are just the high points, there will be lots more going on starting Sunday, June 29 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas! I'll be blogging from the event, live! Hope to see you there!

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Ringo cancels last night's Woodstock concert at last minute
[Posted by Dean Wien on Sunday, 06/22/08 8:25 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

I have just returned back to our home base from the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at the original Woodstock site, where we had travelled to see Ringo and his All Star Band.

At the last minute, Ringo Starr cancelled his June 21, 2008 show that was scheduled for Bethel. No one was notified about the cancellation and many people showed up and were truly disappointed.

We were told the show was cancelled because Ringo and the band could not get out of Canada and into the United States. However, no more details for the reason of the cancellation was given to the disappointed Ringo and Beatles fans.

UPDATE!

We have just learned that the band could not make it to Bethel for the show because an equipment truck broke down near the Canadian border, Bethel Woods spokeswoman Shannon McSweeney said.

The concert will not be rescheduled. Those who purchased their tickets online or by telephone will receive an automatic refund. People who purchased tickets at a ticket window must bring them back to the point of purchase for a refund.

We're also hearing from fans that Bethel did attempt to notify by email those had purchased tickets on the internet, but obviously this was only part of the audience, and the notification came only a few hours before the show and many were already on their way to the venue.

Revolution Number Vine
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/20/08 4:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

There is a larger-than-life mural of the Beatles outside of Wild Bill's Nostalgia store in Middletown, Connecticut. As you can see, vines have grown, ironically, over the faces of John Lennon and George Harrison, leaving the surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star untouched.


But this week, Beatles fans in Middletown have become worried, because in the last few days, as you can see in the picture, vines have started to grow over Ringo's head.

This occurance is doubly spooky as Ringo's next stop on his All-Star Band tour is this Sunday at the nearby Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, CT.

Is this a warning to Ringo? Or just a message from Paul for us to eat more veggies?

(Picture thanks to WTNH TV, New Haven.)

Dennis Wilson's masterpiece available on blue vinyl next week
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 06/19/08 3:43 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dennis Wilson's long lost Pacific Ocean Blue will be released on high-definition, "Pacific Ocean" blue vinyl on Tuesday, June 24.

Click here for more information

From Sundazed Music, this special three-LP edition of Pacific Ocean Blue will come in a lavishly illustrated triple-gatefold sleeve housing a newly mastered version of the original album along with two additional LPs containing Dennis Wilson's absolute finest unreleased solo work, including the fascinating material he recorded for Pacific Ocean Blue's intended follow-up, Bambu, all pressed on gorgeous, high-definition, "Pacific Ocean" blue vinyl.

Pacific Ocean Blue is also available in a limited edition Legacy Edition 2 CD set which was just released this week. Both the LP and CD sets contain the same 33 tracks.

Update: City council meeting to save Capitol moved again!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/18/08 2:33 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to a new article today in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles City Planning Council meeting scheduled to discuss the matter of constuction near the Capitol Tower in Hollywood HAS BEEN MOVED AGAIN!

Originally set for June 10, then moved to June 17, the meeting is now scheduled for June 24.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can help save the Capitol Studios by attending the meeting on Tuesday, June 24 at 2 p.m., at the Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Hearing Room 350.

Click here to read more about why Beatles fans are needed to help save the Capitol Recording Studios!

Change of plans at Yale results in A Hard Day's Night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 06/18/08 9:55 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles Anthology, scheduled to run June 21-24 at the Yale Center for British Art, has been cancelled. In its place, the Center will show four films about or inspired by the Beatles and the city of Liverpool.

The films are being screened as part of the film series Music and the Arts in Liverpool, organized in conjunction with the Center's exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool (on view through August 31) and with the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (June 14-28).

Backbeat (1994), directed by Iain Softley (rated R; 100 minutes), a dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of the Beatles' early history, will be shown on Saturday, June 21, at 2pm.


A Hard Day's Night (1964), directed by Richard Lester (rated G; 87 minutes), will be screened on Sunday, June 22, at 2pm. Considered one of the best rock-and-roll movies ever made, A Hard Day's Night is a hilarious study of a "typical" day in the life of the Beatles.

Hear My Song (1991), directed by Peter Chelsom (rated R; 104 minutes), a film about a run-down Liverpool nightclub, will be shown on Monday, June 23, at 2pm.

And on Tuesday, June 24, at 2pm, I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), directed by Robert Zemeckis (rated PG; 104 minutes) will be screened. In I Wanna Hold Your Hand, several teenagers attempt to see the Beatles' first concert appearance in the U.S.

The Yale Center For British Art is located at 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Call (203) 432-2800 or, toll free, (877) BRIT-ART. (toll- free in the US)

All screenings are in the Center's Lecture Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit their online calendar.

Creative Accounting explains Beatles re-releases
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/17/08 11:26 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to the Idolator blog, the New York Times had a lengthy report on Guy Hands' tumultuous tenure as the head of beleaguered label EMI, and it's a pretty dense read, but five bits from the piece stuck out for one reason or another. One may be of interest to Beatles fans:

"Creative accounting" was the real impetus behind all those Beatles reissues and re-reissues.

Guy Hands

"[A]ccording to Mr. Hands, the company was doing worse than commonly thought. An analysis by McKinsey and KPMG found that EMI had lost ?750 million ($1.5 billion) from selling new music over the last five years.

'We didn't believe it at first,' he said, explaining that the figures that EMI previously reported counted sales of re-releases of music from old acts like the Beatles as new music revenue."

(Click here to read the full article.)

97 Rock kicks off Ringo Art Exhibit tour in Buffalo
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/16/08 3:14 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

As Ringo Starr's 2008 All-Starr Band tour opens at the Fallsview Casino on June 19th, Buffalo's 97 Rock is proud to bring Ringo's 2008 Art Exhibition to Western New York.


This Wednesday through Friday, June 18th to 20th, you can see and purchase any of 40 pieces created and hand signed by Ringo in an exclusive exhibition on display at The Stereo Advantage, located at 5195 Main Street in Williamsville, NY.

Not only are these very limited editions each personally signed, but collector's items as many of the Ringo titles are no longer available. Fourteen of the pieces on display will be making their world debut in Western New York.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lotus Foundation. Also available will be the debut of Ringo's "Painting is My Madness" art book.

Learn more about Ringo Starr's Art Exhibition from their official website.

(Thanks to 97 Rock)

Deadline extended to donate to get McCartney track
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/13/08 10:52 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

From PaulMcCartney.com:

The availability of "Lifelong Passion", the track that Paul McCartney made available exclusively through the "Night Of A 1000 Dinners campaign" has been extended until June 19th.


The track was originally only available from June 5th - 12th, however due to demand the track is now downloadable for an extra week.

Click here to donate and download "Lifelong Passion".

Capitol/EMI to reissue some classic vinyl
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/13/08 9:20 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Widely covered last week in the news was a story about a Portland, Oregon, music store chain that mistakenly checked "LP" instead of "CD" when ordering the latest popular album. When the box of LPs arrived, they put them out, just to see what would happen, and were surprised to learn that they sold out quickly.

Today, according to Rolling Stone magazine, a rep at Capitol/EMI confirms that EMI will be releasing fifteen of their most popular albums on vinyl on August 15. Included in these new reissues will be Paul McCartney and Wings' Band On The Run, John Lennon's Imagine and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.


EMI says each reissue will replicate the original LP, including the original artwork and packaging. Pre-orders for the vinyl indicate that they will be priced in the $20 to $30 range.

While this is welcomed news, the "new popularity of vinyl" comes as no surprise to those many Beatles and Beach Boys fans who never stopped listening to LPs in the first place.

By the way, the best selling LP now at that store in Portland? Abbey Road.


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