|Billy J. Kramer at the Cavern Club for first time in 42 years|
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Wednesday, 09/01/10 6:14 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Billy J. Kramer and his band "The New Dakotas" performed Tuesday night at the Cavern Club for the first time in more than 42 years, and his first performance in Liverpool in 13 years, as part of the closing night for the Liverpool Beatles Festival 2010.
Billy received a huge response from the packed audience during his first of two shows Tuesday and kicked off the set with "I Call Your Name" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He played many of his hit songs such as "Do You Want to Know A Secret", another song written by Lennon and McCartney, and the crowd went wild with his performance of "Bad to Me", "I'll Be On My Way", "Little Children".
Billy told the audience that John Lennon had played "Bad to Me" for his 21st birthday, and it became his next hit single. Afterwards, Billy signed autographs and also signed his CD, a compilation of the best of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas hits from 1963 to 1966 that were all recorded at Abbey Road.
Currently Billy lives in New York City where he has lived for the past 25 years and continues to perform across the country. For more information about his tour schedule, go to billyjkramer.com.
Tribute concert was once in a lifetime experience
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 08/30/10 9:21 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Saturday night's fundraiser, Beatles: Peace, Love, and Understanding, at the The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was a once in a lifetime experience and for Beatles fans, this concert was the most memorable of this year's Beatles Week 2010 in Liverpool.
The concert featured over 24 various performers and guest speakers from all over the world. Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, opened the evening, followed by Jon Keats of Cavern City Club who was the man primarily responsible for organizing this near marathon of different performers and speakers, along with Bill Heckle of Cavern City Tours. Other guest speakers such as Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister, gave a fascinating background into the meaning of "Jai Guru Deva Om" which John sings in "Across the Universe." According to Julia, "Jai Guru Deva Om" loosely means victory to the greatness within each of us and recognizing the greatness within each of us.
The Dovedale School Choir from Liverpool along with solo artist Marcus Cahill of Australia were among the many outstanding performers and helped steal the show by singing together John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas War Is Over.' Pepperland from Sweden played 13 Beatles songs to finish the first half and Nube 9 from Argentina performed 13 songs from the Beatles solo collection in the second half of the concert.
The sound of John Lennon's voice was heard as performing artist Mark McGann talked about what 'Peace and Love' meant to John Lennon. Mark performs as John Lennon in Sunday's show at the Liverpool Philharmonic in which he does an amazing portrayal of John Lennon from before the Beatles became the Beatles until his tragic death.
A rendition of "Let It Be" by three Russian scientists based in Antarctica after an introduction by a Russian Orthodox Monk also based next door to the scientists in Antarctica was amongst the highlights of last night's once in a lifetime concert.
The concert was filmed so hopefully it will become available if you missed this truly once in a lifetime concert. Check with the Anglican Cathedral website that includes an on line gift store.
The Overtures is best show of Beatles week 2010 so far
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/28/10 7:09 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
One of the highlights of this year's Liverpool Beatles Festival was last night's Overtures concert which was jam packed with brilliant authentic renditions of sixties bands such as the Kinks, the Who, the Searchers, the Animals, the Turtles, the Birds, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many, many more along with a superb video clips of old sixties news and commercials and fashion in which London was the mod capital of the world.
About the Overtures, the Cavern City Tours Beatle Week 2010 guidebook says, "Having begun 2009 with Sir Elton's invitation to suport him at this New Year's Eve show for 17000 people at the OxArena, the year ended just as memorably when The Overtures were asked by Sir Paul McCartney to entertain at his aftershow party at the same venue."
From first hand experience attending their concert last night at Liverpool's Philharmonic, I can attest that their show is one of the top shows for any retrospective of the very best of sixties, and last night was the very first time I have ever seen so many sixties classics such as The Turtles "Happy Together" or The Doors' "Light My Fire".
Wow! And it's only getting better everyday! Stay tuned!
Liverpool's Casbah Club is hot this weekend, inside and out
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The Casbah Club had a tent outside the downstairs from the club yesterday for acoustic acts as part of this year's Liverpool Beatles Festival. Hal Bruce and Tony Murtagh played Friday afternoon.
Cavern City Tours provided buses for attendees from the Adelphi Hotel to and from the Casbah Club for the afternoon. The acoustic acts were great because you could also sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the great weather in the large backyard of the former home of Pete Best.
For those who could handle loud music and crowds, rock and roll bands playing down in the Casbah Club cellar in the same rooms where the Beatles got their start playing as "The Silver Beatles" in late 1960 and recruited Pete Best as their drummer. Pete's mother Mona was the driving force behind transforming her family's unused cellar into the extremely popular Casbah Coffee Club where local bands could get a chance to perform.
See www.casbahcoffeeclub.com for the history of when the Beatles started playing and John Lennon got paid to decorate the ceilings and walls of the Casbah Club to make some extra money!
Bill Heckle spreads Peace, Love and Understanding
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/28/10 4:24 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
I chatted with Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle yesterday, he told me that the Russian scientists and monks who are stationed up in Antartica sing "Let It Be" on the 6 minute video that was be presented at tonight's Beatles "Peace, Love and Understanding" Concert being held at the Anglican Cathedral, and that it is very moving. Bill shared that he had great difficulties communicating with the small community stationed up at Antartica because there are no phones or email and it sometimes takes 3 months for a letter to get sent to them and they didn't have any film equipment to record a message for tomorrow night's concert.
For the Beatles "Peace, Love and Understanding" Concert, Bill has recruited people from 7 different continents to participate by having them videotape a short message. Bill's efforts deserve a great deal of thanks in spending over a year to set this event up and to make this concert a truly global event with participants from seven different continents!
|Bill Heckle with festival emcee Neil Brannon|
Sunday's Liverpool Beatles Convention starts at 10am and runs until midnight. There will be two world premiere screenings, "Come Together," a movie about the fans and the many tribute bands that come together at Beatles festivals, and "Let Him Be."
The Tuesday night's Billy J. Kramer shows at the Cavern Club are sold out and have been for several months. Kramer hasn't performed in Liverpool for 12 years after living in the US. Pete Best replaces Denny Laine for Monday night's Beatles variety show at the Liverpool Philharmonic.and took his photo standing with Neil who has been the Emcee at many Liverpool Beatles Festivals.