|Champagne Wishes and Beatles Dreams|
[Posted Tuesday, 07/03/07 10:49 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
For me, the surprise interview session of the Fest was Martin Lewis this afternoon with Robin Leach. I had no idea he idea his past was so tied to the story of the Beatles.
Robin told the large crowd of Beatles fans how he was a reporter working for the Daily Mail in Manchester, England, when one day he got a call from Brian Epstein about the Beatles. He told Brian his paper didn't cover things like that, but suggested Brian call his counterpart over at the Daily Express. That person was Derek Taylor, and that put the wheels in motion for the Beatles to be discovered.
Robin also told about later being assigned to New York, and having an office in the building that housed the Ed Sullivan Theater. He was backstage for the Beatles first performance on the show, and remembered the scene around where the Beatles were staying at the Plaza Hotel, and how quickly crowd control around the Plaza become literally unmanageable by the New York City police, as it was bigger than anything they ever had to deal with before. This was repeated in all the cities they visited afterwards.
Robin has many great stories about the Beatles from that time, it was great fun to hear him remember and talk about it. We hope he can come back to future Fests!
To Know Peter and Gordon Is To Love Them
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 07/03/07 10:43 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Being such a huge Beatles fan, and having been too young in the sixties to know who Peter and Gordon were, I found their talk at the Fest interesting.
Gordon was teasing Peter throughout because Peter was more popular with the ladies than Gordon. Peter confessed how incrediby lucky they were to have had hits and the fame that went along with it.
They said they stopped touring because their manager wasn't good about securing payment from their gigs and it wasn't fun anymore, although there never really was a day when they "broke up", they just drifted apart gradually.
Peter enjoys producing music more than he did singing as part of the "Peter and Gordon" duo and went on to help produce hits by recording artists James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and others.
Gordon went to pursue his love of landscaping which has enjoyed and is acclaimed for his award winning landscaping projects.
They recently got together a year ago as a lark because they both missed performing and singing together and they have remained friends since they stopped performing and recording back in the late sixties.
Fun in the Marketplace Part 2
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/03/07 4:36 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Here is another of the wonderful things that can be found in the Fest Marketplace room.
These figurines of the characters from Magical Mystery Tour were made in Japan and are very unique and collectable.
Mark Hudson meets the Beatles
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 07/03/07 4:09 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Mark Hudson, Ringo Starr's former record producer for 7 albums, talked about how he was an early Beatle fan and his time with Ringo over the past 20 years. He touched the audience with the wonderful story about how his hardworking single mother who worked several jobs scraped together enough money so he and his two other brothers could go see their first Beatles concert back in the sixties. After that first Beatles concert, he was completely hooked.
He revealed how it came that his beard ended up being multicolored because of his kids and then a kids TV show he hosted in which he had to show up with his colored beard because the kids found it amusing.
Mark Hudson and Martin Lewis
Mark shared some hilarious tales of how he also managed to accidentally enrage three of the four Beatles when he met them. He even said that he somehow had some kind of knack for making them angry without even trying to.
The first Beatle he accidentally crossed was John Lennon. He met John for the first time at a packed Los Angeles nightclub back in 1973 sitting in a chair that originally had an empty chair on either side. Out of nowhere, John and Elton John walk in and sit down on either side of him to be photographed and interviewed by some reporters. Here he was sitting in between two rock giants Beatle John who Mark was in awe of and Elton John and he was not famous and still unknown So John told him to "go piss off " but Mark thought quickly and said he would leave if John answered his one question about the significance of a particular lyric from the song "Glass Onion" he had written. John said it didn't mean anything, and then he said "go piss off now."
The second Beatle he crossed was Ringo, with Ringo calling him "you bastard" and the third was George. So far Mark hasn't met Paul and hasn't had the chance to cross him.
Mark told the long story of how despite that rocky first meeting with Ringo, Ringo warmed up to Mark and eventually made Mark the producer and helped formed Ringo's backup/studio band called "The Roundheads". He wonderfully demonstrated each of 4 different versions what it means when Ringo says "you bastard" to you. He revealed that the first version of "you bastard" means Ringo is only joking but that Ring's fourth and loudest version has terrible consequences.
All in all, Mark gave an entertaining and heartwarming talk. Currently he's still working as a producer for folks like Ozzy Osbourne and others.
The New LOVE Plaques
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 07/03/07 10:58 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Last week, Paul, Ringo, Olivia Harrison and Yoko attended a special first anniversary presentation of LOVE here at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and at that event they dedicated two new plaques to honor our dear missing Beatles.
Above you can see the new plaques as they have been installed in the lobby of the LOVE Theater in the Mirage.
And here are close-ups of the plaques:
The pictures are reflective silver, and so change color as you move around the colorful lobby. They're very striking, and its like the show now has all four Beatles behind it, Paul and Ringo, and now the spirits of John and George.
One Lucky Fest Fan who saw Paul last week
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 07/03/07 9:13 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
I ran into Jim Petersen tonight at the Fest who was wearing the Amoeba Hollywood store tshirt he received at Paul's Secret LA Gig and who stayed in line overnight Monday night to get an wristband Tuesday.
He said there were over 300 plus people who got in line Monday and stayed overnight. Once they got a number for the wristband they came back at 6AM tuesday morning. By 10AM tuesday, another 400 people had shown up to wait in line. Apparently only the first 50 to 75 of this second group got in. The store held something like 850 people, all standing in aisles in the store. He said it was a really great concert, McCartney was jumping around like a 20 year old.
So even if you had flown in Tuesday morning, you would have needed to get in line no later than 7AM to have been assured a wristband. apparently they only took something like 50 from this second group in line. So many others were turned away.
So don't beat yourself up if you thought you could have gotten one of those prized wristbands by flying in Tuesday morning, you would have needed to have flown in Monday night to get there by 7AM.
Fest fans love Victor Spinetti
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/02/07 3:42 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Victor Spinetti, who was in A Hard Days Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour with the Beatles, spoke today to fans at the Fest.
He really loved the time he spent with the Beatles, and they loved him. He said being with the Beatles was like being with them in their kitchen, just friends being together.
About making A Hard Day's night, Victor said he based his character on some real TV directors he had known, and he remembered that when he showed up in his fluffy sweater, the Beatles hadn't seen it before and started ad-libbing about it, including John's line, "I bet she knitted him..."
He remembered many other ad-libs that were cut of the film, like when he said, "I won an award, its on the wall of my office," John replied, "You don't have an office. You don't even have a dressing room!"
He also spoke about the craziness of what it was like whenever they went out in public. Victor remembered the mob scene at the premiere in London of Help! They arrived in a limo together, and John said, "Push Paul out first, he's the prettiest."
The fans really love visiting with Victor at the Fest, and gave him a rousing standing ovation at the end of the session. When he's not talking in the auditorium, you can find him in the Fest lobby area visiting with fans and signing autographs.
Fest Fans Fun: Friends of Farnk
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/02/07 2:07 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Jennifer and Carol are two fans that I met here at the Fest. They are the founding (and only) members of the Friends of Farnk fanclub.
Friends of Farnk is kind of a Beatles inside joke.
Frank Ifield is related to the Beatles because he was released on Vee Jay records in the US at the same time the Beatles were. Vee Jay actually released an album of Beatles and Frank Ifield songs put together, called The Beatles and Frank Ifield On Stage (there were no live recordings on the album).
However, one very early release of I Remember You by Frank Ifield on 45 by Vee Jay listed his name as "Farnk Ifield". Hence the inside joke.
Catch Jennifer or Carol at the Fest if you'd like to join Friends of Farnk!
Fest Day #2
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/02/07 1:54 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Wonderful Fest day #2 started out with a very fascinating lecture from Bruce Spizer, talking about the subject of one of his books, the early Beatles records in America not on the Capitol label.
Bruce has done intensive research on these topics for his books, even the most seasoned Beatles fans will hear something they didn't know.
When he's not holding fans spellbound with one of his talks, Bruce can be found in the Marketplace where he'll sign his books for you.
The latest book he has published, The Price Guide for American Beatles Records, is now available, and the other authors of the book, Frank Daniels and Perry Cox, can also be found at Bruce's table in the Marketplace, signing books and evaluating rare Beatles records.
Frank Daniels, Bruce Spizer and Perry Cox
Fun in the Marketplace
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/02/07 11:38 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Here's just a quick look into the Marketplace room at the fest.
Framed autographs of your favorite Beatle! A must for any collector! And, for that Beatles night-out-on-the-town, how about a Beatles Suit?
More interesting stuff from the Marketplace room coming in a little while!