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Update (2/16/04)
  • From Wayne Spencer in the UK:

    Hi Steve:

    Joe Brown and his daughter Sam Brown, who played at Concert for George, will be playing the Albert Hall again as part of a special tribute night to Ronnie Lane, Small Faces and Faces legend. April 8th. It's for Ronnie Lane's family. Concert is called One For The Road - The Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert. Tickets are at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=ROYALALBERTHALL&organ_va l=20403&schedule=list&venue_val=200196 and also at http://www.ticketline.co.uk/event_details.asp?EventID=25650 or by phone to Albert Hall box office 9am to 9pm GMT - 020 7589 8212.

    It looks like the concert will be recorded. The site admins on the Faces official site are saying that a DVD and CD is planned.

    And according to the Small Faces fan site at http://www.makingtime.co.uk/rfr/lanememorial.htm the line up is excellent - as well as Joe and Sam, on one night there are members of Stones, Who, Small Faces, Faces, Jam, Clash and Pistols all at one gig.

    Of course line ups for these tribute shows can change as we all know, with people dropping out and others being added, but that site seems to have the most accurate list for the line up. More info is at http://www.ronnie-lane.com Should be a special night. Best wishes and thanks yet again for your great site Wayne Spencer, Leicester, UK

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    Ronnie Lane Memorial 8 April 2004

    Following the immense success of the Steve Marriott Memorial in 2001, April 2004 will see the Ronnie Lane Memorial at London's Royal Albert Hall. This is a charity concert in aid of Ronnie's family in the UK who lost their home in a fire recently.

    Confirmed artists:
    Ronnie Wood 
    Ian McLagan 
    Kenney Jones 
    Pete Townshend 
    Paul Weller 
    Joe Brown 
    Sam Brown 
    Mick Jones 
    Glen Matlock 
    Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance 
    Ocean Colour Scene 
    Chris Farlowe 
    PP Arnold 
    Steve Ellis 
    Steve Diggle 
    Debbie Bonham 
    Billy Nicholls 
    17Black 
    Marco Nelson 
    Keith Smart 
    Small World 
    Tony Rivers 
    Chris Jagger 
    Jimmy Winston 


  • San Jose Mercury News: Like everything else, blame Yoko (subscription)
  • The Saratogian: Just imagine
  • More on the Grey Album from cdfreaks.com . (Thanks to Neil Richardson.)

    Update (2/15/04)

  • George's "Something" has been voted the song with the third greatest romantic lyrics of all time -- behind songs by Robbie Williams and Sinead O'Connor, reports the Daily Record. John Lennon's "Woman" came in fourth.
  • From Frank C. Branchini:

    Steve,

    Sunday's (February 15, 2004) Washington Post Magazine has a four page spread of black and white photos comemorating the Beatles' performance at the Washington Coliseum.

    I Caught the Zombies (Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent) sell-our show at the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis on Thursday. They were fabulous. One of the most satisfying performances I have seen from sixties artists. The audience was ecstatic! I know they are headed for San Francisco. This is one show I would very, very, very highly recommend.


  • Tulare Advance Register: It was 40 years ago today
  • Miami Herald: A Beatles fan
  • Slashdot: Backlash as EMI hunts down the Gray Album
  • Wired.com: Copyright enters a Grey area
  • About.com: Writing an effective melody (discusses Paul and "Eleanor Rigby"). Thanks to Katherine Ruas.

    Update (2/13/04)

  • Seattle's Experience Music Project will have a special Beatlemania exhibit starting Feb. 27. Here's a description (Thanks to David Harper.):

    February 27, 2004 - December 2004: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' first trip to America, Experience Music Project presents Beatlemania! America Meets the Beatles, 1964. The exhibit opens Friday, February 27, 2004, and will run through the end of the year in EMP's special exhibit gallery space.

    Through rare memorabilia, examples of commercial excess, and quirky expressions of fan creativity, Beatlemania! demonstrates the power music has to impact individual lives. Artifacts include Ringo Starr's collarless suit from 1963, Paul McCartney's handwritten set list from a 1962 performance by the Beatles and a section of wall from the Ed Sullivan Show featuring The Beatles' signatures and caricatures, among other rare items.

    The exhibit will feature dozens of great Beatle recordings, an audio tour featuring interviews from band members and their fans, and film footage from The Beatles' performances on the Ed Sullivan Show.


  • Phillyburbs.com: Beatles fans: Read this column backwards
  • Old Bridge Suburban: At Beatles' influence
  • Las Vegas Mercury: Idiot box savant: Grammy highlights (sometimes, newspaper columnists can look pretty stupid, as witnessed by this author's comment about Yoko)
  • OT: Are the long-rumored financial problems of Michael Jackson finally coming to a head? This AFP report suggests that. (Thanks to Matt Slys.)

    Update (2/12/04)

  • Sean Lennon finished his next album, to be released on Capitol Records, just last Saturday, reports Fox News.com. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Not completely unexpectedly, DJ Danger Mouse has been hit with a cease-and-desist order over his "Grey Album" uniting rap and the Beatles, reports NME.com, Rolling Stone.com and p2p.net.

    Update (2/11/04)

  • Lou Harrison, George's sister, now has her own website.
  • There's a new book, "Beatles: Backstage and Behind the Scenes," that features photos from the CBS photo archive. You can learn more about the book at http://www.artvisionexhibitions.com/.
  • David Gilmour, who played with Paul in the "Run Devil Run" band, has criticized him for not contributing more to charity, reports This Is London
  • Earl Slick discusses playing with John Lennon and his recent work on Musictap.net. (Thanks to David Freis.)
  • A Minnesota life insurance firm used the Beatles for an annual event. Here's the details.
  • Cooper Owen's upcoming auction has several Beatles items, including a signed "Please Please Me" album. More details at their website.
  • This Washington Post article about the campaign to save the Washington Coliseum, site of the Beatles' Washington, D.C., concert in February, 1964, features quotes from regular website contributor Frank D. Branchini. Congrats, Frank!
  • Phillyburbs.com: Tired of the Beatles? Yeah, yeah, yeah
  • Boston.com: Jay-Z, the Beatles, meet in 'Grey' area
  • The Scotsman: Beatles or the Stones? Choose both

    Update (2/10/04)

  • "Ears on a Beatle," the forthcoming play about John Lennon and the FBI's dossiers on him, begins off-Broadway previews March 16 and opens March 28, reports Playbill.com.
  • Casting is going on for an upcoming movie about the late Graham Chapman of Monty Python's Flying Circus. Two of the roles sought are Ringo and Keith Moon. (Thanks to Jeff Slate.)
  • If they hadn't broken up, what would the Beatles' next album had sounded like? The BBC site has a theory. (Thanks to beatcomber.)
  • Heather was photographed in front of Stella shop. (thanks to Katherine Ruas.)
  • Stella McCartney now has a website.
  • IC Cheshire: Lennon's old school gets high-tech facelift
  • A few days before the Grammys, Yoko was in London at the opening of the installation of an artwork. Here's a pic. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)

    Update (2/9/04)

  • From Doug:

    Hi Steve--Preston's website also omits his work on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (piano on"God") and Doris Troy's Apple album.--Doug

    Update (2/8/04)

  • Stuart News: Yoko -- John took his art seriously
  • From Penny Lane:

    By the way, last night's episode of "Absolutely Fabulous " revolved around the Beatles lost tapes and the girls were in Abbey Road studios.It usually repeats during the week,on Oxygen channel.You should try to catch it,its really funny...Lisa.


  • There are pics of both Dhani Harrison and his girlfriend and Stella McCartney and her mate at Rex Features (thanks to J. Carpenter.)
  • From Carl Savich:

    Steve,

    I don't recall if it was noted that the new John Lennon LEGEND DVD was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA on December 16, 2003 in the Video Longform category. Billboard didn't post the December RIAA awards so these certifications may have been missed.


  • From Charles Rosenay:

    BEATLES FANS' BRITISH INVASION For Immediate Release

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -- As America celebrates the Beatles 40th anniversary this year, Beatles fans from throughout North America will be traveling to Liverpool for a British Invasion in reverse. This time, it will be the fans invading England! Whereas 40 years The Beatles brought Liverpool to the U.S., in 2004 there is a travel package that brings fans to Liverpool! This summer, hundreds of the most faithful invade Liverpool for "Beatle Week" as part of the 21st annual "Magical History Tour" from August 21-September 1, which takes them to all the Beatles homes, schools, clubs, homes, early hang-outs and other sites in Liverpool, London and also Hamburg.

    The fully guided, professionally escorted tour includes visits to Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the Cavern Club and all the places that fans have dreamed of someday visiting. A highlight of the tour is "Beatle Week" in Liverpool, featuring the International Beatles Convention, the Mersey Street Music Festival and the annual Liverpool Beatles Auction. There is also a V.I.P. party in the London Hard Rock Café with special guests, and an exclusive concert at the Kaiserkeller club in Hamburg where the Beatles got their start. Travelers will experience every Beatles-related landmark in Hamburg, as well as in London and Liverpool.

    Fan will meet and greet many Beatle associates, relatives and dignitaries who take part in the annual festivities. On prior tours, fans have met Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Julian Lennon and many others. The tour is hosted by noted Beatles aficionado Charles F. Rosenay and Rene van Haarlem, editor of the international magazine "Beatles Unlimited."

    Another unique aspect of the 40th Anniversary celebration is that America's greatest Beatles tribute bands will be "invading" the U.K. to play Liverpool during Beatles Week. Among the great groups performing will be New York's "The Fab Faux," Cleveland's "1964 The Tribute," Albany's "The Fab Five," Chicago's "American English" and "British Export" and also "The Fab Four" from Los Angeles.

    The tour is presented by Beatles fans for Beatles fans and is open to all ages. Space is limited. For further information, write: Liverpool Productions, 315 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT 06477 USA, email LiverpoolTour@aol.com or phone toll-free (866) L-I-V-E-R-P-O-O-L-T-O-U-R. Outside the U.S., call (203) 795-4737. The website for the tour is www.LiverpoolTour.com.

    Update (2/7/04)

  • Mail and Guardian Online: Give art a chance (Yoko profile)
  • From Steve Schindler:

    I attended Rusty Anderson's show at Spaceland in Los Angeles. Spaceland is a medium-sized "road-house" style club in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles. Silverlake is just east of Hollywood and is more of a funky, anti-glitz part of L.A, as opposed to the ultra trendy west- side. (Brian Ray was in attendance, but I must admit I don't know what David Kahne looks like, so I don't know if he was there. I didn't notice Abe Laboriel Jr.)

    Rusty and Brian cheerfully mixed with the crowd as the opening band played, and seemed to have many friends among the approximately 250 people in attendance. Rusty's band played for close to an hour, and as he told me afterwards while signing his just released CD "Undressing Underwater", they pretty much debuted the entire album LIVE.

    The band was tight, the mix great, and it's easy to see why Paul McCartney would tap Rusty for his band. One could hear that Rusty's melodies, harmonies, textures, and arrangements, although thoroughly new, innovative and original, had their roots in the best of The Move, Syd Barrett, The Byrds, "middle-years" Kinks and Who, and yes, The Beatles. After the show, Rusty was very gracious and accessible, signing CDs and chatting with the crowd.

    I highly recommend Rusty's "Undressing Underwater", which features Macca on the first cut, and Brian, Abe, Wix, Stewart Copeland and David Kahne throughout.

    -Steven Schindler
    (Author of SEWER BALLS and FROM THE BLOCK
    -The Elevated Press) (


  • From Joćo Paulo Petersen:

    Hi, Steve:

    The keyboard player Billy Preston will play in the next album of Eric Clapton. Its title is "Me and Mr. Johnson". Clapton paied a tribute to bluesman Robert Johnson in the album which features 14 tracks. Clapton's new album will be released in March.


    You can read more about the album on Billboard.com.


  • Telegraph: The Hard Day's Nite bed and breakfast
  • Bijou Phillips and Sean Lennon have broken up after both admitted they'd been unfaithful to each other, reports the New York Post (thanks to Ingrid McNamara.)
  • The wife of the doctor who treated George Harrison is also in hot water, reports the New York Post and SI Live. (thanks to Ingrid McNamara and poppynurse.)
  • How odd! This listing on Billy Preston's own website shows him working on the White Album, but not "Let It Be." (thanks to the administrator.)
  • From Rocandrik:

    THE GRAMMY"S this Sun has a Beatles Tribute segment The CBS early Show is doing promo segments for the new DVD all this week.5min a day Probable segments one of the days on GMA and/or Today thru Mon (Feb 9).Wolf Bitzer on CNN has had a few Beatle related segments lately. May have something MON . Rocandrik


  • AP: Tower Records mulls bankruptcy (Thanks to Karen Dyson.)

    Update (2/6/04)

  • San Francisco Bay Area fans, Laurence Juber is playing in the area. Here's a note from him:

    Steve,

    I'm touring in the Bay area. I'll play some extra Beatle tunes on Sunday in honor of the 40th anniversary.

    All the best,
    LJ

  • Fri February 6th 8:00pm The Strand Theatre 7588 Monterey St. Gilroy, CA. 95020 408.846.8455
  • Sat Feb 7th 10:00am hands-on guitar clinic The Old City Hall 7400 Monterey St. Gilroy, CA. 95020 Presented by Gilroy Guitar Gallery 408 847 6350 gilroyguitargallery.com
  • Sat February 7th 8:00 pm Orinda Library Auditorium 24 Orinda Way, Orinda CA: 925-229-2710, http://communityconcerts.com/
  • Sun February 8th 8:00pm Little Fox Theater 2209 Broadway Redwood City, CA 831.335.5208

  • From Frank C. Branchini:

    Mike McCartney's Liverpool Life: Sixties in Black and Whites Wednesday, April 14, 7 pm. Mike McCartney will be presenting a slide illustrated program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington in conjunction with an exhibition of his photographs. Tickets are $15 for non-members and went on sale to non-members on February 4. For additional info see: residentassociates.si.edu/rap/otoapr/mccartney.asp or call (202) 357-3030, 9 am to 5 pm, Eastern time.


  • Yoko has launched a new exhibit in London, reports NME.com.
  • UK Telegraph: Yoko steps out in pursuit of peace
  • The Scotsman: Trust Yoko with our treasures? Ono way
  • Yoko had replied to Mick Jagger's assertions that he locked John away from him in the New York Post. (Thanks to Katherine Ruas. This was supposed to be on this page in yesterday's updates (we even had it in the headlines), but we put it in the wrong place. Our apologies.)
  • From Kabir Bhatia:

    Hello:

    Just thought I'd pass on this tidbit. I was channel surfing tonight at 10pm EST, and happened on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." I don't know how they number their episodes, but if you catch tonight's on again, there is a cool bit where the "subject" is in a photo gallery and out pops EDDIE KRAMER! And not only that, he tells the story of the Beatles' reaction to Jimi Hendrix's Savoy performance of "Sgt. Pepper." Eddie also shows a cool photo. Very interesting indeed.

    Update (2/5/04)

  • Scripps Howard: Despite "evidence," Paul lives on
  • A couple of letters to the editor in the New York Daily News that make you wonder. (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino and Rob Leonard.)

    Update (2/4/04)

  • From Rick Noreiga:

    Hey Steve,

    Just a quick note to let you know that although Sir George Martin did produce AMERICA, it was not until the 4th album, entitled "HOLIDAY" ( Tinman, Lonely People) that Sir George's association began. Sir George also produced "Sister Golden Hair Surprise" if my memory serves me correct. America's "I Need You" was released on their first self entitled album; Sir George was not involved on that project. As for the similarities between America's " I NEED YOU" and the BEATLES ( Harrison) "SOMETHING", heck, the betweens influenced and continue to influence music yesterday, today, and tomorrow!!! THE BEATLES themselves were not above "pinching" others; "COME TOGETHER" and Chuck Berry's "YOU CAN'T CATCH ME" comes to mind. It's all rock n roll!!!! Anyways, I like to wish you and all fellow BEATLEMANIACS around the globe and across the universe, a happy 40th Beatle anniversary. Keep up the great work.


  • Paul's "Give My Regards To Broad Street" is coming to Region 1 DVD in April. (Thanks to CC. den Hertog.)
  • And we've linked to this before, but here's a pic of presidential candidate John Kerry with John Lennon
  • Cooper Owen has a Rock Legend auction coming up Feb. 26. Among the items included is an autographed PPM. For more information, go to their website.

    Update (2/3/04)

  • A great profile of Yoko as an artist in the UK Guardian.
  • Here's another profile of Yoko from the Independent.
  • OT: The Electronic Freedom Foundation is criticizing the record industry for cutting corners in trying to identify accused file sharers. Read all about it here.

    Update (2/2/04)

  • In the bottom of his regular column on ESPN.com, came up with just how many players with Beatle names have played in major league baseball. (Scroll to last item.)
  • From Christopher Chardi:

    NBC shows a "Classic Saturday Night Live" episode every early Sunday at 3 a.m. Tonight's episode was from February 18, 1984, with host Jamie Lee Curtis. There was a sketch commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Beatles touring the U.S.: the concept was Pete Best at home 20 years later. Basically, Pete (Brad Hall) was having dinner with his wife (Robin Duke) and periodically would start slamming things, yelling "Why?!? Why?!? It could've been me!!!" Then he'd start acting as if nothing happened and resume normal conversation. At one point, he opened a cabinet and there was a huge picture of Ringo, which he proceeded to punch repeatedly.


  • Herald-Mail Online: Fab faux: Beatlemania rocks on
  • Newsday: Catching up with Pete Best (second item)(Thanks to Katherine Ruas.)
  • From Jerry Palovick:

    Hi Steve,

    It might be important to point out that the Sam Goody poll really doesn't reflect the "winning process" for the Grammys. Whoever they got to vote in this poll clearly picked their favorites, but the Grammys are about what's voted the best. The Sam Goody poll might better serve the American Music Awards or the Billboards Awards. It doesn't mean George doesn't have a shot at winning. I'll be interested to see how close this poll is to the actual winners. Jerry Palovick (Unofficial Jeff Lynne Reference Page)
    Philadelphia, PA


    Update (2/1/04)
  • From Evelyn Schwarz:

    Last weekend director Richard Lester was in Germany (Jan 24/25) for the international Filmweekend Wuerzburg (http://www.filmwochenende-wuerzburg.de), they showed three of his films A Hard Day's Night (1964), Robin and Marian (1976) and Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A (1966). He sat in the audience and answered questions about the films afterwards for interested viewers. We spoke to him for (a German newspaper) and mainly for a research about the filming of How I Won The War in Germany (http://www.beatlemania.de/HIWTW.htm), which ends up in a series in our German magazine. The photo was done by Hartmut Schwarz. A summary of the result will get Bill King in the US (for publishing in "Beatlefan").

    all the best !
    Evelyn


  • Here's a link to an interview with McCartney band guitarist Brian Ray on Jorie Gracen's website. Much of the interview in the first part (more is to come) discusses, not surprisingly, the tour.
  • Herald Tribune.com: Lennon's muse still speaks to Ono (Link corrected. Thanks to Robert Ceisler and Katherine Ruas.)
  • Knoxville News Sentinel: Beatlemania meets science
  • About.com: The history of the Beatles' Christmas Records
  • Paul is learning to fly a plane, reports the UK Sun
  • "Hey Ya" by Outkast has tied "Hey Jude" as the song with the most weeks at number 1, reports Billboard.com
  • UK Mirror: Give peach a chance
  • Big106.com: Jagger: Ono stopped my friendship with Lennon

    Update (1/31/04)

  • Washington Post: Backstage and still performing (on the new traveling photo exhibit) (Thanks to David Furst.)
  • Herald Tribune.com: Lennon's muse still speaks to Ono (Thanks to Robert Ceisler.)
  • A festival of Beatle tribute bands kicks off Feb. 7 in Cleveland. Here's the press release.
  • Hmmm. PETA is asking kids to vote for the hottest vegetarian alive and guess who's not nominated? Paul.
  • Go Memphis.com: McCartney more than outlasted the rumors of his death
  • Prosoundweb.com: An interview with Geoff Emerick (thanks to Claudio Dirani)
  • The Early Show: Connected by the Beatles
  • A Beatles-related "Yellow Submarine" show may soon replace lion tamers Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas, reports Reuters. (Thanks to Rick Bynum and Jack Suslak.)
  • From Doug Richardson:

    If no-one's mentioned it yet, the Beatles appeared in the January 22nd episode of the "Liberty Meadows" comic strip. Doug Richardson


  • From Wayne Spencer:

    Hi Steve,

    Billy Preston has been added to the bill at a concert by the legendary Funk Brothers, of Standing in the Shadows of Motown fame. Last minute addition after Isaac Hayes had to pull out. Royal Festival Hall London Jan 30 2004.

    http://www.rfh.org.uk/main/events/105309.html?section=contemporary&file= The Funk Brothers, Steve Winwood & Billy Preston Standing In The Shadows Of Motown

    They played on more no. 1 records than The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley combined and were the greatest hit machine in the history of recorded music. Now, the original band who played on all the great Motown classics are due to grace the stage of the Royal Festival Hall. For more than four decades, from the dance floors of the world, to the Detroit riots of 1967, to the war in Vietnam, the music the Funk Brothers created has played a major role in the cultural fabric of all our lives. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (now a documentary film) finally puts faces to the music that introduced these heroic musical figures to the world.

    'Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Mr. Isaac Hayes will not be appearing with The Funk Brothers on their forthcoming European Tour. However, we are delighted to announce that the legendary BILLY PRESTON will now join STEVE WINWOOD as a very special guest performer.

    Billy's remarkable career spans 5 decades during which he has achieved numerous hit albums and singles and collaborated with some of our biggest stars, including the The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.' Further to my earlier email about Billy Preston. It looks like Isaac Hayes has had to pull out of all of his European dates with the Funk Brothers, so it's possible that Billy Preston will be replacing him at all those concerts. Maybe others can confirm this. More info on the Funk Brothers is at http://www.standingintheshadowsofmotown.com/funks.htm The European tour dates are February 1 - Berlin, Germany Tempodrom; February 2 - Bonn, Germany Brukenforum; February 3 - Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso; February 5 - Hamburg, Germany CCH3; February 6 - Copenhagen, Denmark KB Hallen; February 7 - Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall; February 8 - Stockholm, Sweden Berns; February 9 - Antwerp, Brussels Queen Elisabeth Hall.


  • 1590 Broadcaster Online: His really big scoop (about early interview of Fabs ...with pic)
  • UK Guardian: The house of the rising son (Mendips mention)

    Update (1/29/04)

  • Fortune.com: Gold: $2,000 An Ounce Or Bust (Lennon mention) (Thanks to Jennifer Campbell.)

    Update (1/28/04)

  • The type of thing that we'd all be horrified about if someone did this to a Beatle artifact is being done to a rare Elvis audio tape: A New Jersey company is offering two-inch framed strips of a first generation tape containing a recording of "That's All Right, Mama," reports the New York Times and the Associated Press. Even more unbelievable -- the sale has the blessings of the Presley estate.
  • John's half-sister, Julia Baird, was in Memphis Wednesday to kick off a series of festivities honoring Memphis and 50 years of rock 'n' roll. Here's a pic from AP. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)
  • TV legend Jack Paar, who hosted "The Tonight Show" just prior to Johnny Carson, died Wednesday, reports AP. You know, no doubt, that Paar had the Beatles on his show (on film, not live) before Ed Sullivan did. (Thanks to Karen Dyson.)
  • Some curious items on ebay: First, a reel claiming to be an unreleased '65 Beatles Christmas tape; and what is claimed to be an original "Back to the Egg" reel-to-reel. (Thanks to Terry Ott and Chris Bourgeois.)
  • A reminder about Rusty Anderson: He'll be live at Spaceland in Los Angeles February 5 at 10:30 p.m. Spaceland is at 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, tel. 213.833.2843.
  • Sven in Germany tells us about a new book, "Juergen Vollmer - Die Beatles auf St. Pauli," which Schirmer-Mosel (Publisher, Munich/Germany) will release in February. The book will be in German or English language. In 1960, art student Juergen Vollmer and his friends listened to a completely unknown Liverpool teenage band in a dingy Hamburg club: 'The Beatles,' in leatherjackets, pointed shoes, and Elvis quiff. Fascinated, they came back every night of the two-month gig. When the Beatles returned in 1961, Vollmer brought a camera to take the pictures published in this nostalgic dream book. English text / Schirmer Art Book - ISBN 3-8296-0126-3 - EUR 14.80. German readers may have a closer look on www.germanbeat.info .

    Update (1/27/04)

  • Saginaw News: You say you wanna revolution
  • The Electronic Freedom Foundation is urging a federal court to prevent the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from forcing Internet Service Provider Charter Communications to identify customers the RIAA has accused of offering infringing music on a peer-to-peer system. You can read more here.

    Update (1/26/04)

  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The Beatles: Here, there and everywhere -- except online
  • Saginaw News: You say you want a revolution
  • Kate Moss is said to be furious that someone revealed sordid details of her birthday party, including the tiff between Stella and Mary McCartney, reports Seattle PI.com.
  • Radio.about.com: Beatles fan creates his own Internet radio station

    Update (1/24/04)

  • A John Lennon lookalike welcomed visitors to Liverpool as it began celebrating 50 years of rock 'n' roll, reports IC Liverpool (with pic of impersonator Gary Gibson outside Mendips)
  • From David Scott, more on the "Grey Album":

    (I don’t know if you’ve reported on “mash-ups” before, but here’s some info if you haven’t.) I believe that this “Grey Album” is solely a fan project, not endorsed by Jay-Z or the Beatles, and for those reasons, will probably only see an online “release” via DJ Dangermouse’s website. This and that Shaggy/LIB remix that another fan says they heard are examples of “mashups”. A mashup is where you take the vocals from at least one song, and lay them over the instrumentation of another (with bits of other songs, dialogue, sounds, etc. thrown in for good measure). Since the increased popularity of this new art form within the last year, there have been plenty of terrific(!) mashups involving the Beatles. Such mashups include the Beatles “versus” Jennifer Lopez, Eminem, Beach Boys, Monkees, Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Queen, etc. These tracks have to be heard to be believed, and absorbed with an open imagination, but the results are quite stunning, to say the least. No one has been selling these tracks, so hopefully, Apple will leave alone whoever posts them on their websites. I am a bit cautious about naming names behind these tracks, so I won’t. But, search and you shall find. Cheers!


  • Macca's brother, Mike, has been appointed cultural ambassador for Wirral, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Mike Ramsden, a member of the Silkie who recorded a cover of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," has died, reports Western Morning News.
  • A man who bought a wax figure of Ringo Starr is appealing to the public for help after leaving half of the figure behind after changing a flat tire, reports Ananova.
  • Simone Cecchitti has a trivia quiz on Off the Web for the extreme Macca fan. Give it a go, mates!
  • 24 Hour Museum: (story about current exhbit ... some nice pics, but no Beatles, though.)
  • OT: Brian Wilson talks about taking his legendary unreleased "Smile" album on tour in the (UK) Guardian.

    Update (1/22/04)

  • The recording industry filed suit Wednesday against over 500 more online users accused of file sharing, reports the Electronic Freedom Foundation. and Billboard.com
  • Sean Lennon talks to Brian Wilson in an interview on Brian's site. (Scroll down to middle of page. Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • The link we put up to the story about Sen. John Kerry liking "Abbey Road" Wednesday apparently disappeared, so we've replaced it with one from the Boston Globe.

    Update (1/21/04)

  • The AP reports that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's favorite album is "Abbey Road."
  • IC Liverpool: I'm beatling around the town for bargains
  • Two Beatle movies -- "A Hard Day's Night" and "Yellow Submarine" -- are listed in the top 100 kids' movies of all times, reports AP.
  • Actor Peter Boyle's best man? John Lennon, according to this Associated Press story (thanks to Boy of Charm)
  • From Morten in Copenhagen:

    In continuation of the news about a forthcoming "Grey Album" based on samples from the Beatles White album and Jay Z's Black album, I can inform you that here in Danish National Radio, a programme tonight will feature a remix based on the Beatles' recording of Let It Be speeded up and remixed with a Shaggy tune. The Beatles/Apple have previously been very strict about not allowing Beatles' music for that kind of purposes. Has that policy suddenly changed or is it simply not approved by Apple? What do you think? I would like to inform Apple about it to clear matters, but I can't find any email or phone number for Apple Corps. Do you have that information?

    (Comment: There's a phone number and fax number at www.applecorps.com.)

  • The World Entertainment News Network (scroll down to "Stella McCartney in furious bustup with sister Mary") reported that Stella and Mary had a big fight at Kate Moss' birthday party. Apparently the argument stemmed from big sister Mary fretting over little sis Stella's partying. After the argument, the two reportedly didn't talk the rest of the night.

    Update (1/20/04)

  • The National Trust, which oversees John Lennon's childhood home, Mendips, is looking for a new custodian for the home, reports the Liverpool Echo.
  • More on rapper Jay-Z's "Grey Album" at Undercover Music, which says the White Album is being used as the source for the rapper's album. It'll be released "pending approval," says the story. (Thanks to Jeremy Earle.)
  • "Give My Regards to Broadstreet" has been released on DVD in Japan (which means it won't be playable on Region 1 (U.S.) players. Here are links for info: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXBH-1448 aand http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXBA-1448. (Thanks to Mihįlyfi Mįrton in Hungary.)
  • Eric Carmen has posted some thoughts about the McCartney world tour on his website. (Thanks to Joyce Marie Oliveira.)
  • Mario points out that the website for Apple Corps Ltd. now has an address, phone and fax number on the site.
  • OT: The Lord Mayor of Liverpool will receive the keys to the city of Memphis on Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Liverpool City Council Leader, Councillor Mike Storey, and Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Warren Bradley, will meet with music icons from both sides of the Atlantic in Liverpool. Lookalikes of Elvis and John Lennon will hail spectacular rock 'n' roll-themed taxis to Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, on that day. (Thanks to the Liverpool City Council.)

    Update (1/17/04)

  • Paul McCartney on "American Idol"? That's what this USA Today article says is a rumor.
  • Reuters: Fab Four Fans to Mark Beatles Trip to New York
  • An exhibit of unpublished Beatle photos is going on tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles in America, reports the Scotsman.
  • Go Memphis: Photo exhibit looks back at the birth of Beatlemania
  • OT: On March 23, Columbia/Legacy will release "Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall — The Bootleg Series Volume 6," a two-CD set documenting the all-acoustic, October 31, 1964, Halloween-night concert by Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall in New York City. You can read more about it here.
  • There's a play opening in February based on the recently released John Lennon FBI files. Don't believe it? Read here on Playbill.com.

    Update (1/16/04)

  • An interesting program soon to be shown in the UK looks at a jukebox John Lennon owned and the artists featured on it. The program interviews some of them. Here's a link about the program. (Thanks to Paul Swift.)
  • IC Liverpool: The Beatles' hidden talents
  • The Guardian: A little help from their friends
  • Rap artist Jay Z is taking the Beatles' White Album, adding his own elements and making it "The Grey Album," reports NME.com. (Thanks to Faith Cohen.)

    Update (1/15/04)

  • A new two-DVD set of "Time Bandits" is due Jan. 27. It will include interviews with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin and a feature that will show the original screenplay. (Thanks to Jim Perry.)

    Update (1/14/04)

  • Another report that Stella McCartney is up for a high-profile post at Gucci from Star Living.
  • IC Wales goes back before the Quarrymen with this brief recounting of Beatle history.
  • This August, Abbey Road on the River will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Beatlemania in the U.S. with a special tribute festival with bands playing on the same stage the Fabs did. Here's the press release.
  • On a related note, Seattle's Edgewater Hotel will pay tribute to hosting the Beatles 40 years ago with a "Fab Four-Oh" celebration with various events through the year. Here's the press release for it.
  • A Celebrity Cafe writer lists his top 40 favorite Beatle songs.
  • Sci-Fi London, an upcoming science-fiction fair in the UK starting at the end of the month, will feature a film, "Where Has Eternity Gone?," about a couple who believe they are psychically channeling new music by John Lennon.
  • Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner will be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in this year's non-performer category, reports Reuters.

    Update (1/13/04)

  • A man who was a lodger at Mendips for three years when John Lennon lived there recalls John's aunt, Mimi Smith, telling the Fabs (not just John), who were in the house practicing, that should should study their books since there was no money in music, reports IC Wales.
  • Buried deep in this CNN story about actor Ben Kingsley is an anecdote that he once worked briefly for Brian Epstein, who suggested he form a band. The story says he also had a couple of Fab fans.
  • Roger Friedman of Fox News is reporting that a loan payment due by Michael Jackson on Feb. 15 may determine his future co-ownership of the Fabs catalog. Friedman questions whether he'll be able to come up with the money -- a figure possibly as large as $30 million. A group of Jackson's advisors have been meeting in Beverly Hills under the watchful eyes of the press, reports AP.

    Update (1/12/04)

  • An upcoming auction of Paul McCartney memorabilia features Paul's earliest known signature -- at age 6 on a 1948 copy of a Rupert the Bear book. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)

  • From Joe DiMuro:

    Hi Steve:

    The bitter Manhattan cold did not deter Beatle fans from filling Carnegie Hall this evening. The occasion was the performance by 1964 - The Tribute Band. The promoter introduced Sid Bernstein, who is walking with a cane these days. The band took the stage quickly and really gave it their all. The house was very receptive and of course knew every guitar lick and hand clap. They performed songs from 1963 through 1966 including "From Me To You", "Till There was You", "We Can Work it Out", "Michele", "And Your Bird Can Sing", "I Need You", "Paperback Writer", "Yesterday", " I'm Down" and many others.

    They played songs, which could be reproduced with just their instruments and an organ. It was longer than any Beatle set and the house was on their feet with "Twist and Shout" and "Rock and Roll Music". George got most of the applause and John got the laughs (as usual). Our seats were just far enough that at times it really felt like a Beatles concert. The major difference was that you could actually hear the music.

    I must confess that when the band ran on stage with their Shea suits and instruments, I got a chill, which still lingers now! Beatlefest attendees, like myself are spoiled by Liverpool, but 1964 - The Tribute could give them a run for their money!

    The show is well worth the money..go see them when the Postfab Four come to your town!


    (Comment: Thanks, Joe. We have seen them and they were wonderful.
  • This Sacramento Bee story discusses older dads, including Paul McCartney.

    Update (1/10/04)
  • This story from ITV.com says Paul is rumored to be a headliner at this year's Glastonbury Festival.
  • Our friend, Rick Holland, has organized a group for Beatle fans on the East Coast. We'll let him explain:

    Would you post a mention of the "Lehigh Valley Beatles Connection"? I had a similar group going in New Mexico (as Paul Ingles in Albuquerque may remember), in which die-hards would gather once a month or so to discuss collectibles, have listening parties for new releases, etc, essentially do all things you'd do in a chat room, but in person! There's no membership fee or cost to anyone, nor is it a money- making venture for me in any way, but I'd like to get the word out to people in Eastern PA, northern N.J., and even NYC. Anyone interested can contact me at lehighvalleybeatles@att.net, and if you will post something, I can put together a more cohesive description.


  • Buried deep in this Hewlett-Packard press release is a mention that H-P helped make possible digital images of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
  • Some heavy Beatle references in this article from eWeek comparing the keynote speeches of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs at their respective tech conferences this week. (Thanks to Brian Patrick Miles
  • From Carl Savich:

    The Beatles' "1" formula is now being used by Motown for a Supremes no.1s album. They didn't have enough no.1s to fill an entire CD so they are including Diana Ross's solo no.1s and the R&B charts. This is a rip-off of the Beatles because all the Supremes no.1s have appeared on several greatest hits albums before. This package is a bit forced in that Diana Ross' solo hits are grafted on. It is an imitation of the BEATLES 1 album...again.


  • OT: In the tradition of "Mamma Mia," musicals about Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys and Rod Stewart are in the works, reports Rolling Stone.
  • More on the Elvis documentary we mentioned in yesterday's updates, this time from Billboard.com, with more quotes from the filmmaker that he wants to interview Paul for the film.

    Update (1/9/04)

  • From Sean Anglum:

    Steve,

    A quick trip down to a local Wal-Mart today proved successful in finding another in a long line of Beatlesque products. Anybody seen "The Beagles" yet?? These are small plush dogs that are costumed and "sing" when you squeeze one of their paws, much like the recent dancing hamsters. The hook for Beatle people is that the songs they sing are Beatles' tunes and they are costumed to relate in some way to the song. The Beagle singing "When I'm 64" has a walker(!), "Yellow Submarine" is decked out like an old sea-going captain with a spy glass, etc. There are about 8-10 songs selections to choose from, and at $10 a pop, this could get expensive for the completists in the audience. The two that I scored were for "Hard Days Night" (holding a Rickenbacher-like guitar) and "Help" ( with a left-handed Hofner-styled guitar).

    The songs are not sung by the Fabs, or their voices have been digitally altered. The lead singer has a huskier voice and the instrumentation is not polished. Actually, it sounds like the same group that sings "Birthday" on my dancing hamster toy. There is a disclaimer on the bottom of the box that the songs were licensed thru "Sony/ATV/Beatles"...which I thought was strangely written. No mention of Apple Corps. licensing, or a blurb stating that The Beatles and Apple had nothing to do with the product. Curious.

    Anyway, thought everyone would like to know about The Beagles...they're coming to your town!


  • And from Esmirelda:

    Hi Steve,

    My son was watching PBS this morning and an ad came on for a brand new kids show called "Boohbah". It featured The Beatles version of "Twist and Shout" with youngsters dancing and jumping around. (The show premiers on Jan.19.) :)


  • A filmmaker putting together a new documentary about Elvis Presley hopes to interview Paul McCartney for the project, reports AP.
  • Speaking of Elvis, he's now reportedly the top-selling solo artist in the U.S. Here's a press release. (Thanks to Davis Freis and Karen Dyson.)
  • A forthcoming DVD featuring behind the scenes footage of a tour by Bob Dylan and the Band, "1966 World Tour: The Home Movies," will also feature Beatle footage. Here's the press release.
  • The location of Stella's new boutique in London forced rental prices in the area to skyrocket, reports Contact Music. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Tony Frye has set up a board to discuss music of all kinds in an analytical way, share musical creations and ask questions about music theory, history and analysis. You can find it here.
  • The recent death of singer (and Beatle fan) Elliott Smith may not have been suicide after all, reports the Smoking Gun.

    Update (1/8/04)

  • Paul is among several celebrities about to lose a big tax break in the UK, reports the Scotsman.
  • From Carl Savich:

    The TV ad for the Johnny Cash UNEARTHED box set features a snippet of Cash singing "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby". The Rolling Stone review of the album also ranked "Everybody's Trying to be My Baby" as a highlight of the album, ranking it as one of the best performances on the set.


    Update (1/7/04)
  • A Beatles crossword online? That's what's here. (Thanks to Joe Caldwell.)
  • And Ron Lavalee with more on the Wings tour cancellation:

    Hello,

    I just saw a question on your site about why the 1976 Wings Over America tickets have different dates than the actual shows. I, too, heard back then that the tour had to be postponed by a few weeks because of Jimmy's broken finger, but that was just the "official" reason given to the press at the time.

    The actual reason why the tour was postponed, which I heard later on, was because Paul's dad, Jim McCartney, had passed away at that time, late March or early April '76. Can't confirm it, but it makes sense. So even in the pre-Geoff Baker days, the press was sometimes pointed in the wrong direction intentionally by Macca's camp to maintain his privacy during times of grieving. All the best, Ron Lavallee Haverhill, MA


    Update (1/6/04)
  • The legendary Ray Davies of the Kinks was shot and wounded during a robbery attempt in New Orleans Tuesday, reports AP, but we're glad to see he's OK and his wounds aren't serious. Ya really got him now, Ray! Nice going!
  • PBS's latest "Antiques Roadshow" has a short segment about a "Yesterday and Today" butcher cover. It first aired Monday, but some PBS stations may show it later, since PBS broadcast times vary with local affiliates. Check your local stations. (Thanks to Steve Berg of PBS.)
  • From Chad Tilder:

    Hi Steve! Just wanted to report an interesting item from NPR's Morning Edition 1/5/04. Part of their "Intersections" series focused on an upcoming documentary "The John Lennon Jukebox" by Pamela Esterson. The film is based on a jukebox that Lennon programmed with his favorite 1950's and 1960's records, and a comparison was made between "Watch Your Step" (Bobby Parker 1961) and "I Feel Fine". The film is scheduled for release next month . If I'm not mistaken, the filmaker is the same person who worked on Harrison's "Any Road" video. (Through NPR's site there is an audio download.)

    (Thanks also to Seth Atlas.)
  • Paul and Mike McCartney are among the celebrities being asked to helped get tourists to come to Wirral in the UK, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Stella McCartney is in line for a high-profile Gucci job, reports Hello! magazine.
  • The Spirit Rover on Mars received a wake-up call from Earth with the Beatle song "Good Morning, Good Morning," reports Space.com. (Thanks to Lisa Bartolone.)

    Update (1/5/04)

  • Several people wrote in with the answer to James Marien's question about the Wings' tickets having different dates. Here's a detailed answer from bamiyan:

    Happy new year, Steve!

    In response to this post:

    "I would like to know if Paul ever performed a rooftop concert on his MPL building in London's Soho Square in 1996/97. There was talk there was to be one for inclusion in his "The World Tonight" doco. Did it happen and the segment cut from the finished film ? If so, does anyone know what songs he performed ?"

    Paul did perform on the rooftop of his MPL Office building, in a re-creation of the famed Beatles concert, on April 10, 1997. I do not know which songs he performed, but some footage from his performance *was* used in the "In The World Tonight" documentary. You can see blink-and-you'll-miss-them clips of this during the "The World Tonight" sequence. Captures from Paul's rooftop concert can be seen on the Beatles On Video website at http://www.beatlesonvideos.com/19932000/19970410.htm (free registration to the site necessary).

    and regarding this entry:

    "As a ticket collector, I've noticed that the venue dates on the tickets for some of the Wings Over America Tour, 1976, are not correct. For instance, Wings played Houston on May 5th but the ticket says April 11, 1976. Fort Worth has a date on the ticket of April 8th, also incorrect. Does anybody out there have info as to what happened ? Was the start of the Amercian Tour postponed for some reason ??"
    Chip Madinger and Mark Easter's excellent book on the solo Beatles' various projects indicates that the tour was originally slated to begin on April 8, 1976. But on March 27, 1976, after the final night of the European tour which had preceded it, Jimmy McCulloch broke the little finger of his left hand, forcing a postponment until he had healed. Wings' 1976 US Tour started on May 3, 1976 in Forth Worth.

    Bamiyan
    The Beatles Archives
    http://mapage.noos.fr/beatlesarchives/index.htm Beatles On Videos
    http://www.beatlesonvideos.com/index.htm
    Webmaster
    bamiyanito@noos.fr


  • Mike Ray also sent us this:

    James Marien posted a question about the possible delay in the "Wings Over America" tour in 1976. According to the Tony Jasper book entitled "Paul McCartney & Wings", I quote from page 38:

    "The major tour incident... took place after the group's Paris concert in 1976. They were being taken from the theatre in a cavalcade of cars. The fast-moving procession suddenly stopped with a screeching of brakes and guitarist Jimmy McCulloch was thrown forward and, in falling, broke a finger on his left hand. This meant that he would be unable to play for several weeks and, in consequence, the eagerly-awaited American tour had to be postponed."

    Great site as always.

    Mike Ray


    (Thanks also to Kris Tash, Bob Ward, Robert Drossaert, Michael Barr.)

    Update (1/3/04)

  • We've been asked in the past what's up with the other Heather McCartney, Paul's daughter. The Sun reports she celebrated her 40th birthday at a party on New Year's Eve attended by Paul and Heather (her stepmom). (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Happy birthday today (Jan. 3) to Sir George Martin, who turns 78. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Newscape: Back in time with Elvis, the Beatles
  • From tintinbloke:

    Happy new year!!

    Our obsessive nature in the U.K has led to many "list" programmes on t.v here, the latest last nite with the "100 worst pop records ever..."

    Paul got two in the list:

    No.63: We all stand together
    no.93: Ebony and ivory

    There were many pundits making comments about the listed tunes and a comment about the irony of the latter song talking about racial unity then the two stars recording the video seperately! A dated clip from 1982 has Paul defending the song. A picture from the "press to play" era represented the frog chorus tune, a song I guess many of the non British audience will not be familiar with.

    The eventual "winner" were the Cheeky girls - a female duo that came out of the "popstars"/"pop idol" programmes here in the u.k, they were laughed at for being so bad in the show, didn;'t get thru any rounds but were so well remembered that they have so far chalked up several big hits here in the u.k.


  • From James Marien:

    As a ticket collector, I've noticed that the venue dates on the tickets for some of the Wings Over America Tour, 1976, are not correct. For instance, Wings played Houston on May 5th but the ticket says April 11, 1976. Fort Worth has a date on the ticket of April 8th, also incorrect. Does anybody out there have info as to what happened ? Was the start of the Amercian Tour postponed for some reason ??


  • And a couple of questions from Robert Drossaert:

    The subject of all things Beatley is never-ending and I have two questions that I've been trying to resolve for years. Maybe you will know or perhaps some posters can help.

    I would like to know if Paul ever performed a rooftop concert on his MPL building in London's Soho Square in 1996/97. There was talk there was to be one for inclusion in his "The World Tonight" doco. Did it happen and the segment cut from the finished film ? If so, does anyone know what songs he performed ?

    Secondly, I am trying to obtain the set list for the complete "Music For Montserrat" concert. Aside from Paul, I know others performed many more songs on the night. The entire, uncut concert was aired in Britain on Sky Pay TV more than once...


  • This New York Times article compares Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kusinich to John Lennon. (Thanks to Tara Pasricha.)
  • OT: We received several replies to our question about Ozzy Osbourne and the bat. The most detailed answer came from Stephen Bruun:

    >From http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/marilyn2.htm:

    "In 1982 Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a real bat. Not that he meant to -- a fan tossed him something he believed was a rubber toy. Osbourne didn't fare too well in that encounter with the animal kingdom and had to endure a rather painful series of rabies shots."

    Ozzy and Sharon discussed the incident on "VH1 Behind the Music." The same documentary has photographs of the time when Ozzy deliberately bit the head off a live pigeon. It's possible that biting the head off the "rubber" bat was intended as a joking reference to the earlier pigeon incident.
    (Thanks also to me me, Joeltle515 and Kris Allen.)


    Update (1/2/04)
  • John Lennon was voted the most influential musician ever, according to the UK Sun. Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley were runners-up. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • From Richard Charlton:

    I didn't notice it listed on your TV Alert page, but my TiVo recorded a show that had the Beatles segment from the Jack Parr show. It was part of a clip show. The original segment aired January 3, 1964. The concert video had crowd shots as well as a few shots of the band performing somewhere in Britain. The audio (very low) was "From Me To You" with Jack occasionally making a comment about the screaming fans. The shots of the band singing didn't match the audio, so I don't know if that was the real audio from the show or dubbed in from another source. The show aired on my local PBS station KERA in Dallas, TX and was called "Smart TV: The Best of Jack Parr." It's set to air again on January 5, 2004 at 2pm. Just thought I'd pass this along.


    (Thanks, Richard. I believe that show has been airing for a while now on PBS stations, but thanks for alerting us on it.)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch: Thus spake Beatles fans
  • The suits the Beatles wore on the "Introducing the Beatles" album cover are on sale on ebay ... for $195,000. (Thanks to Mike Jackson.)
  • You can see a scan of Yoko Ono's recent ad in the New York Times here. (Thanks to Richard Joly and Trini Schultz.)
  • Q Magazine has compiled a list of rock's wildest moments and the wildest, not surprising, was Keith Moon, reports the Observer. None of the Beatles, thankfully, we guess, make the top 5 most insane, but a This Is London article on "Rock's Wildest Things" mentions Paul's drug bust in Japan for honorable mention. (Way OT, can anyone confirm this isn't just a publicist's legend and that Ozzy really bit a bat?)
  • This BBC story about celebrities doing commercials in Japan mentions Ringo's apple drink ads in that country.

    Update (12/30/03)

  • An excerpt from the neat little collection "The Sound and the Fury: 40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism: A Rock's Backpages Reader": Here's a 1964 Al Aronowitz column on the Beatles from the Saturday Evening Post reprinted in the Denver Post
  • Ozzy Osbourne was voted rock star of 2003, reports the BBC, which said Paul McCartney came in seventh, just behind Keith Richards (at no. 6).

    Update (12/29/03)

  • A former home of Brian Epstein is now a bread and breakfast inn, reports the BBC, the Scotsman and UTV Ireland. (Thanks to Elizabeth Ann and James Baumann.) (Note: Also a bread and breakfast, at least in the past, is a former home of Stu Sutcliffe. We don't know if this is still the case, though a friend of ours stayed in the home several years ago.)
  • From David Harper:

    Amazon.com is featuring an MP3 download of Rusty Anderson's "Hurt Myself", which features Paul McCartney. The full song may be downloaded from: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00017LARY/ref=j_disp_dwnld_2/002-1345998-9735247?v=glance&s=music&st=digital-music

    All the best for the New Year!


  • Richard Joly tells us Sunday's New York Times carried a full page ad by Yoko Ono with a reproduction of one of her Franklin Summer drawing.
  • OT: In a detailed interview with the Observer, Pete Townshend tells the story of the child pornography arrest.

    Update (12/27/03) From Frank C. Branchini:

    Richard Herrington at the Washington Post is doing a piece on the 40th Anniversary of the Beatles in Washington and trying to locate Marsha Albert who was the girl who called disc jokey Carroll James asking him to play the Beatles. If any one has any information please contact him at (202) 334-7540.


  • From Reverend Greg:

    Dear Friends,

    Sunday night at 9pm EST, we'll be going live by request on the internet for a 2 hour Beatles show featuring the Fab Four together and solo material. The Link is http://www.live365.com/stations/307171 Our programming the rest of the week also is heavy on the Fabs, British Invasion and 60's!

    Happy Holidays to all you and all your readers
    Reverend Greg


  • The Scotsman: Ex-Beatle gets it all back (the year in review)
  • Finally, a suggestion for Yoko and Paul for the New Year by Judith C. Milne:

    Both of you: YOU NEED TO GROW UP. Your endless campaign for petty school-kid behavior has become a big YAWN. Get over it. Amen.


    Update (12/24/03)
  • SMH.au: Let them be: The Beatles industry is corrupting their memory, writes Soumya Bhattacharya
  • According to this story from Ringo's book "Postcards From the Boys" and reported by Fox News (second item), John, at one point, tried wearing contact lenses, but quickly gave up. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the links.)

    Update (12/23/03)

  • Bruce Lev, who some of you know better as Dr. Lev, tells us in an email that one of his projects next year will be a DVD about the "Paul Is Dead" theory.
  • OT: Mark Lindsay, the great lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders in their "Just Like Me"/"Hungry"/"Kicks" days, is about to give his final live performance on New Year's Eve in Portland, Ore., in a show featuring special guests Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Tickets are still available. Here's a webpage with information.

    Update (12/22/03)

  • John Lennon's ghost? That's about what this site claims to have. Two pics have what's described as an "orb" with Yoko. The "orb" represents John's energy. Or his ghost. Nice pics of Yoko, though. (Thanks to Greg.)

    Update (12/21/03)

  • OT: The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that KaZaa is not liable for how people use its software, including for file sharing, reports the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

    Update (12/20/03)

  • OT: A significant development in the RIAA file-sharing battle: The Washington D.C. Circuit Court Friday dismissed the recording industry's subpoenas for user identities, ruling that those subpoenas are not authorized by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. "Internet users are the winners in the Verizon case," said Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) staff attorney Wendy Seltzer. "The effect of the appeals court decision is that we do not lose our privacy simply by connecting to the Internet. The ruling stops the record labels from taking our free speech rights as collateral damage in the campaign against the American music fan." For more details, see the EFF press release. For the full court ruling, see this document. For an archive of info on the case, see this link.
  • TIME: Remembering John
  • Starting Sunday, BBC 2 is airing a new two-part documentary on Cilla Black about her career from the '60s until the present. It contains previously unheard demos and new interviews. It'll be archived on their website a week after it airs. For more info, click here.
  • In this interview with Laurence Juber, he discusses his career with Wings, "Wingspan" and the idea that new Wings reissues have been considered. (Thanks to Paul Soper.)
  • OT: What goes around ... : The Who are returning to the Isle of Wight festival next year, reports the BBC. They were banned from it in 1970 for smashing their guitars.

    Update (12/18/03)

  • More info on that British Invasion tour we mentioned in yesterday's updates: The tour is called Mersey Beat 40, and features: Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, and Wayne Fontana. It will likely be during the summer.
  • For those of you in the Santa Cruz, CA., this weekend's "White Album Live" show has been postponed because of the flu, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It's been rescheduled for Jan. 2-3.

    Update (12/17/03)

  • New York Times: Sales Blues at Stella McCartney's.
  • Peter Bennett, former promotions director at Apple Records, has a new job. Here's the press release.
  • There'll be a reunion of sorts at the Cavern in Liverpool on April 17: "The Star Club Connection" show that night will feature groups that played the Star Club in Hamburg: The Undertakers, the Bootles, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes and the Black Knights. (Thanks to Joe Robinson.)
  • Radio Prague: Yoko Ono's Women's Room at Prague's Kampa Museum
  • David Harper sent this info he received on to us:

    Beatlemania Essay Contest:

    The Experience Music Project exhibit in Seattle, BEATLEMANIA! America Meets the Beatles, 1964, will open in February 2004 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in America.

    In conjunction with the exhibit, EMP is excited to announce an essay contest for high school students designed both to inspire students to explore the impact of popular music and to involve students in the curatorial process. For details on how to enter download and print out the entry form at http://www.emplive.com/visit/education/beatlemania.pdf


  • Some British Invasion news: The Yardbirds will return to the U.S. in 2004 and the show will likely be a double bill with ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. And a 40th anniversary British Invasion is in the works, likely to play a lot of county fairs and other venues. Dates are being lined up. We'll give you more info and the names involved when we hear more details.

    Update (12/16/03)

  • The trailer for the upcoming Steve Martin remake of "Cheaper By the Dozen" features a cover of "Help!"
  • Electronic Telegraph: Stella is still a star
  • A cover version "Happy Xmas (War Is Over") by the Pop Idols (UK's version of "American Idol"), is storming up the charts, reports IC Birmingham.
  • Broken Newz somehow got Paul to comment on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Funny, these quotes aren't anywhere else. (Thanks, we think, to Dave Bryce.)

    Update (12/14/03)

  • UK Mirror: A day in the strife of Stella McCartney
  • The owners of the hounds who trouped into a wooded area dedicated for Linda McCartney have apologized, reports the BBC.
  • A comment from Carl Savich:

    Steve,

    Paul McCartney did play bass on the 1968 Apple album JAMES TAYLOR. Paul played bass on the song CAROLINA IN MY MIND. George Harrison also participated on those recording sessions.

    I think Arno Guzek is taking Paul's statements way too literally when he says that "Paul has turned old." James Taylor was seeking a record deal in 1968. Everyone turned him down and thought his music was garbage. Paul McCartney was the only one who was impressed by Taylor's demos and signed Taylor immediately to Apple. Paul's protege Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon) produced the album. Paul was very much behind the decision to sign Taylor. Paul gave the green light to Asher.

    Paul performed with James Taylor in 1968 when they recorded CAROLINA IN MY MIND together. If you take the context into account when reading Paul's statement, I think it is clear that is what he means. I think we can assume that Paul knows that Taylor did not write and release CAROLINA IN MY MIND in 1991! Paul may have been referring to the CD release of the Apple JAMES TAYLOR album in 1991. And I think everyone knows Paul and Taylor did not tour, etc., in 1968, so it is clear that he means the recording session. This is reading way too much in the statement. Let's give Macca a break...and some credit here! After all, if it wasn't for Macca, we may never have gotten to hear Taylor perform or record at all! "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?"


  • And on the other side, from Joćo Paulo Petersen in Brazil:

    Dear Steve,

    I agree with the comments of Arno Guzek about the collaborations between Paul McCartney and James Taylor. I also can’t remember they shared the stage in 1968. I’d like just to do a consideration: After Paul McCartney played bass on “Carolina In My Mind” in James Taylor’s debut album “James Taylor”, released in 1970, Paul and Linda McCartney sang on the backing vocals of the tracks “Rock’n’Roll Music Now” and “Let It All Fall Down” featured on James Taylor’s album “Walking Man” of 1974.


    Update (12/13/03)
  • A federal appeals court Friday sided with a bankruptcy judge in tossing a claim by George Harrison in a case involving a nearly $12 million California judgment against his one-time business manager and partner, reports AP. The appeals court said the bankruptcy judge had discretion to block Harrison's challenge to Denis O'Brien's bankruptcy case because Harrison twice failed to give court-ordered depositions.
  • Hounds have ravaged a grove of trees planted by Paul in Linda's memory, reports the UK Sun.
  • From Arno Guzek:

    Hi Steve.

    Looks like Paul has turned old, claiming that he played on James Taylor's 1991 release. (See Update for 12/12/03 in Paul-Heather news.) Well the track was recorded in 1968 but released on cd in 1991 and further I can't remember having read that they played on stage in 1968.I believe that Paul was thinking of appearing in the same studio. All the best. Arno Guzek


    Update (12/12/03)

  • In Prague, Yoko scrawled a message on a wall to John, reports news.com.au. Her message read, "Our hearts are one" and "John I love you too. YO." You'll find a pics here, here, here, and here . (Thanks to Evelyn Schwarz, Katherine and Trini Schultz.)
  • A site still under construction dedicated to Paul McCartney's Russian trip. It has pics, transcripts from his press conference and other resources. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • The Guardian: Did the Beatles like football?
  • Outlook India.com: Remembering John Lennon
  • From Tim Swaddling:

    Something to add about Rolling Stone's latest 500 albums list... in it they re-ran the Absolut Vodka rock album covers ads... Bowie, VU, Queen, Pistols and Judas Priest.... but no John&Yoko. Interesting. Obviously been pulled. Maybe Yoko and/or the Lennon Estate listens to their critics after all.


  • The link from Dirk Van Damme was in Dutch, not German. Our apologies.

    Update (12/11/03)

  • ABS-CBN News (Phillipines): Yoko Ono donates $10,000 to ABS-CBN telethon (Thanks to Gian Carlo SantaCruz.)
  • Some people find Yoko's art inaccessible, but for this writer for Weekly Dig, it hit home.
  • NPR's "All Songs Considered" did a tribute to George Harrison recently. You can hear it here. (Thanks to Bruce Muni.)
  • CNN.com: How Monty Python changed the world (George mention. Thanks to Steve Crosby.)
  • Elvis Costello and Diana Krall were married in front of 150 guests, including Paul McCartney, reports the Miami Herald.
  • Capital News 9: Book offers rare glimpse at the Fab Four (Larry Kane book)
  • San Jose Mercury News: Lennon's spirit thriving in Vietnam
  • CJAD, Canada: Yoko Ono opens Women's Room exhibition in Prague near Lennon Wall
  • "Imagine" was to be played live on carillons in 25 cities Wednesday at 18:30 hours on the International Day of Human Rights, reports Vrt Nieuws (in Dutch. Thanks to Dirk Van Damme.)
  • In a story in the Daily Record, Mick Jagger's daughter, Elizabeth, calls Stella "lazy" and says, ''I don't wish Stella any harm but I would still say that she would not be in the position she is in if it hadn't been for her father.''
  • UK Mirror: Jagger vs. Macca: Rock chick wars
  • This Is London: Jagger attacks McCartney

    Update (12/10/03)

  • A Beatle fan who asked us to keep her anonymous wrote to Terry Ott that she was astonished to find she lived in an apartment building where John's killer once lived. "I did not realize this until I bought a news video at a record convention about John and that fateful day. I saw the apartment manager (at that time) being interviewed in front of this building. I went to apartment office and asked if that was true and which apt he lived in. They would not tell me except that it was a high floor such as 21 or 23. I live on a low floor. I would have moved immediately if I was living in "his apt", as I could not bear to live in a place that had been occupied by that madman who took "my John"...
  • The battle for the most popular Christmas song in the U.K. is facing strong competition from a reissue of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," reports the Liverpool Echo.
  • Eric Idle's tour diary entry for day 59 is about George. (Thanks to Jeff Slate.)
  • Counterpunch: Remembering John Lennon
  • Japan Times: Think positive: Timeless messages in Yoko Ono's heart
  • Daily Record: Singer's musical appeal on crime show (Ringo mention. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Glasgow Daily Record: Stella's label loses
  • The Guardian: How Stella lost her groove
  • Just-style.com: Stella McCartney Suffers Second Annual Loss
  • Chicago Tribune: Python speaks (Eric Idle interview)
  • Ireland Online: Losses build for Stella McCartney label

    Update (12/9/03)

  • For two days, Live365 is featuring a three-hour broadcast of the day John was killed.
  • From Patrick McDonald:

    SM cc: TO - Just a quick write on this anniversary of anniversaries. I wrote this for my film review email group in 2000. Thought I'd share. Sorry for some of the "duh" moments in this but I was writing for the mass audience, not for brilliant experts such as yourselves.

    All the Best. Give Peace a Chance. Pat McDonald

    Thoughts on the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death:

    - As mentioned here and elsewhere before, I found out when a fraternity colleague of mine burst into my room to inform the group gathered that "John Lennon had been shot." Almost immediately (at least in my mind) Howard Cosell told the world watching Monday Night Football that Lennon was dead. I know the Bears weren't playing. Why the hell was I watching Monday Night Football?

    - At the "moment of silence" gathering days later I laid a magazine with JL's picture on it at my feet. A photographer snapped a strange picture (my hands resting on the image as the moment of silence went on) and published it in the college newspaper the next day. I had a friend from Scotland, and she was appalled that I had somehow "exploited" the moment (the death of her famous countryman had thrown her into a bizarre spiral). I pleaded innocent, a victim of the media, but it took her a while to get over it.

    - Three weeks later, I received Double Fantasy (JL's last album, the one he signed for Mark David Chapman on the day of the murder) as a Christmas gift. That is when the absolute wastefulness of it all became apparent. I often say the biggest impact of the loss is the silencing of Lennon's voice to our world. His commentary was astute and necessary, even in the quiet grace of the domestic songs on Double Fantasy.

    - One of my prized possessions is a short videotape of a film that afriend of mine got for me from the producer who shot it. It was Lennon during '74's "Walls and Bridges" recording sessions. It was candid and personal, almost vividly so. It ends up with a MTV style promotional film for Whatever Gets you Through the Night which shows John clowning around New York City, the highlight showing him dancing on a stage and cutting away to the audience, the lone figure of John being his own screaming fan.

    - Almost 16 years to the day I took the stage myself for a four song tribute to the man with my own band Spinal Pat. Although garage-like in nature, I felt the pure burn of the sensation of performance and I like to think that JL helped me get there. Christ, you know it ain't easy.

    - A year later my lead guitarist and I wrote our first song. Working it out, energizing it, knowing ultimately it was going to work and then performing it was as pure a creative moment as I have ever experienced. I'd like to think again that it was Lennon's voice that helped me to find my own.

    - Finally, back to the moment of silence some 20 years ago. I was shaken from the nothingness of the quietude by a large P.A. system shocking the stillness with the first plaintive chords of the song Imagine. To this day, and most every day, the chords echo, echo, echo across time and place to every moment. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. If John Lennon taught me anything, it was that the power of dreams lie in the heart and mind of the dreamer, and that power can change the world.


  • For those who can read German, here's a report on Yoko in Prague. (Thanks to Evelyn.)
  • A newly revised version of the Phil Spector bio "Out of His Head" begins with an account of the recording of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", reports The Age.
  • A musical about the life of Lennon and McCartney and based on the movie "Backbeat" is in the planning stages, but it won't feature any L-McC music, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • New York Journal News: Lennon fans mark sad date
  • Arizona Daily Sun: John Lennon was killed
  • Ananova: McCartney fashion business loses £4.5m
  • The Saratogian: Professor gets a little "help" from the Fab Four (Thanks to Eric Sheffel)

    Update (12/8/03)

  • Pittsburgh Live.com: New Kensington man sculpts a life in art (Includes mention of artist's "Beatles Forever" sculpture.)
  • Philly.com: Record reviews (includes review of "Wig in a Box: Songs From and Inspired by 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' ", which features Yoko Ono.)
  • From Doug Richardson:

    Hi Steve,

    Paul's recording of "Wonderful Christmastime" is included on a CD entitled Happy Holidays Vol. 38, for sale exclusively at True Value Hardware Stores.

    Doug Richardson


    Update (12/7/03)
  • From Joeltle515:

    Just wanna let you and all the website on-lookers out there know (in case they didn't) about a PBS special that has been airing recently called "Jack Paar: Smart Television" which is a 60 minute documentary on the old tonight show when it was hosted by Jack Paar. I mention this because apparently the Beatles make an appearance in it and it is dated January 3rd, 1964! It is footage of the Beatles in concert in england, circa 1963, and you see brief glimpses of the Fabs onstage along with the girls screaming (he makes some rather witty comments as the film is rolling along) and after the film was done, he mentions about Ed Sullivan having them on his show in February, and he wanted to show the "adult audience that pays attention to his show, this new thing". Could it be that Jack Paar was the first to put the Beatles on American TV? (Editor's comment: Yes, he was, but Paar's wasn't live. And the Sullivan appearance came as they were exploding on the charts. Paar's was before it started.) Could both Sullivan and Cronkite be wrong? It was rather interesting to watch it, knowing that it probably baffled the entire viewing audience (the "long hair", etc.) How would they know that the entire world would be swept away by these "nice kids from the toughest area of England", as he refers to them?


  • For those who are intrigued (or not so intrigued) by the "Paul Is Dead" clues, this vintage hourlong radio special has them all plus interviews. It's on the Reel Radio Top 40 Radio Repository site, one of our favorites for vintage radio airchecks.
  • A review of "Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History" by Devin McKinney in the UK Guardian.
  • Another book review in the UK Guardian ... this of the great "Lennon Legend" book.
  • This site has a comic book-style feature that claims John was killed thanks to a conspiracy. And we thought comic books were for laughs.
  • From numnine:

    just to let you know, i went to see phil lesh and friends at the beacon, 12/4 and they did a great version of she said she said


    Update (12/6/03)
  • From Pierre Vanderhout:

    Hi,

    I'm a programmer with CFRC-FM (Queen's University Radio) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. CFRC-FM is one of the top university stations, with a 3000 Watt stereo signal reaching into New York State. The station has been around since 1922.

    On December 25, 2003, I'll be presenting a 4-hour special countdown programme on the 40 Most Beatlesque Songs. It's entirely subjective, of course, and has the following rules:

    • No songs prior to 1970
    • No solo Beatle songs or performances
    • No Beatles covers
    • No parodies (e.g. Rutles)
    • Maximum of 4 songs per artist
    My "Chart" has been evolving for about 5 years now, and I think it will be of interest to many of the people who read the "Abbeyrd" site. For example, some of the Canadian artists on the chart may be unfamiliar to international listeners.

    CFRC-FM can be heard via our website at www.cfrc.ca, or over the airwaves at 101.9 FM. The special will be broadcast LIVE from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Eastern Time). I should reach #1 somewhere around 5:30 pm, but I can't make any guarantees!

    Hope you have a chance to listen!


  • This NPR radio report on higher ticket prices mentions Paul McCartney. (Thanks to CD Harper.)
  • For those in the SF Bay Area, we're told KTVU (Channel 2) will feature a story about John Lennon's last interview on their 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday. (Thanks to Keith Putney.)
  • Sir George Martin spoke at a Sun Microsystems show, reports the UK Register. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Get out your checkbooks. Michael Jackson is selling off a lot of memorabilia, including some signed items by Paul and George, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun.
  • Rolling Stone reports on Michael Jackson's finances. And yes, the Beatles are mentioned.
  • Claudio Dirani reminded us the "Band on the Run" album was 30 years old Friday. "Just to remind you Steve that BOTR (UK release) turns 30 today and it looks fit. Not a bad album, I must admit."
  • From Steven Bates:

    Hi Steve, i thought you might like to know that ''Give my Regards To Broadstreet'' has been released on dvd in Japan.Here is a link: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXBH-1448


    Update (12/5/03)
  • Paul may record the title song for the new "Carry On" film, reports Dotmusic.
  • A huge auction of unusual Beatle memorabilia is now happening online, reports Newsday.
  • Rubyhorse, who featured George playing guitar on a song on their first album, is about to release a new one, "Goodbye to All That." You can read more about it on their website.
  • The (UK) Times: Beatles lost and found (subscription required)

    Update (12/4/03)

  • CNN: Behind the scenes with the Beatles (thanks to Karen Dyson)
  • Ireland Online: Jackson may have to sell Beatles songs (nothing new)
  • From Kabir Bhatia:

    Just thought I'd drop a line to your excellent site about Rolling Stone's recent list of the Top 500 LPs of all time. RS has previously issued similar lists: "Top 100" in 1987, "Top 100 of the 1980s" circa 1989 and "200 Essential CDs" in 1997. Putting aside the questions of subjective ranks and absences on the list, I compared the new version to its predecessors. Following are my observations about the groups that we like best:

    -Why were both "Meet the Beatles" and "With the Beatles" included? They are nearly identical, and most of the few songs that are not on both disks are on "Please Please Me" (also included). That extra space could have been used for "Beatles for Sale" or "Magical Mystery Tour."

    -"Double Fantasy" was included on the 1980s list (#87 if I recall). Where was it this time out?

    -Why did they waste a space for Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift For You" when it comes as a bonus disk in the "Back to Mono" boxed set (which is also on the list)?
    (Comment: The Christmas album was originally by itself when it first came out on vinyl.)

    -Why was "Led Zeppelin I" excluded before, and now it's ranked higher than #2 & #4 (which WERE included before)? And if Zep I makes it, where is Jeff Beck's "Truth" (widely considered a superior album that Page & Co. ripped off for their debut)? That's like including the best of Badfinger, but not Beatles 1.

    -Why was the Band's "Music from Big Pink" lower than "The Band" on the 1987 list, dropped in '97, and now placed HIGHER than "The Band"?


  • ITV: Collins reveals hearing problems (including comments about Paul)

    Update (12/2/03)

  • Rusty Anderson's new solo CD "Undressing Underwater" - including special guests Paul McCartney and Stewart Copeland - will be available online soon. For more info: http://www.rustyanderson.com.
  • From Carlo Gennarelli:

    You may want to add here that Temples of Rock will be rebroadcast on The Travel Channel in the US on December 4th, 9 to 11pm. It features the background music and history of famous rock and roll recording and performing sites. Of particular interest to Beatles fans is our segment on The Cavern in Liverpool featuring Ringo Starr, Gerry Marsden and other Merseybeat legends.


    (Another TV note: PBS stations in your area may be running a pledge show called "American Soundtrack: Rock at Fifty." Gerry Marsden and the Manfreds (an offshoot of Manfred Mann) are among the acts on the show.)

    Update (12/1/03)

  • North County Times: New book details journalist's life with the Beatles
  • From Mike Jackson:

    Steve,

    Just a quick note to let you know that Genesis Publications has started accepting orders for Ringo's new limited edition book "Postcards From the Boys". The standard edition is $495.00 and the deluxe edition (#'s 1-350) is $840.00. Here is a direct link: http://www.genesis-publications.com/books/ringo/ I placed my order Thursday morning, as it looks to be a very interesting book and the detail seems to warrant the cost.

    Update (11/30/03)

  • In his most recent online newsletter, Julian Lennon says he opened a restaurant, called Blowfish, earlier this year in San Jose, CA., and says a Los Angeles branch will open next year. As for an album, he says, "I get lots of messages from you asking about another album, and I have been speaking with producers and I've been writing when I get the chance. I haven't yet made a decision about the album but I DO know I don't want to compromise for the sake of the industry! There are a few songs I've put down in demo form that touch me in a special way but I want the whole album to feel that way, so I think I'm going to keep on with the writing until THAT happens!"
  • From Rsmith:

    "Discovery 63, or 64" an ABC TV kid's learning show on American TV .Beatles made an appearance, probably the same Mersy Sound show clips, along with other bands from Liverpool. Check it out - can you find it? Children's show, a male and female host, ran before the Beatles were famous in America, then ran again after they were famous. It was on film, I am sure, not video, originally. Can it be found?

    (Comment: We vaguely remember this show. Anyone know if it's out on the trading circuit?)
  • Louise Harrison asked us to remind you that "Beatlemania Britain" airs tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Travel Channel. She was interviewed for the show.
  • Another TV alert: The Heather Mills McCartney "E! True Hollywood Story" also airs tonight (Sunday). It will be repeated on Nov 30 11pm EST and Dec 4 at 8pm. Here's info on their website. (Thanks to Katherine and QueenBeat2.)
  • From Carl Savich:

    The new Mike Myers movie THE CAT IN THE HAT features The Beatles' song from Sgt. Pepper, "Getting Better", performed by Smash Mouth. The song is also on the soundtrack album.


    (Comment: We saw the movie the other night and all we have to say is save your money!
  • Here's a 1996 audio interview with Sir George Martin on the Anthologies. (Thanks to our colleague Tom Mangan.)
  • South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Lennon car tag could put more on plates

    Update (11/26/03)
  • From Joe DiMuro:

    I'll use the familiar phrase...Christmas time is here again! This is what the November issue of Ice Magazine said about the latest Beatle-sounding/Christmas CD: "St. Nick's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Christmas Songs".

    "What do you get when you combine the greatest rock album ever made with an indie musician's self-produced instrumental Christmas album? You get Classic Christmas Songs With A Dash Of Pepper by St.Nick's Only Christmas Band, down the chimney November 25 on Not Lame Records. St. Nick is actually Tom Marolda of THE TOMS, who previously had an album out on Not Lame.

    Marolda has recorded 13 Christmas standards, but arranged each one to closely resemble the feeling of every song on THE BEATLES' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, in the correct sequence. For example, the first track is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", but the first 30 seconds sounds just like the start of the Beatles' title track. Then, just when the vocal is supposed to start, a wind instrument jumps in with "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". Likewise, the album closes with a track that perfectly mimics the slow piano/acoustic guitar intro of "A Day In The Life", but just where Lennon's vocals usually kicks in, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" starts playing instrumentally. And you should hear "Jingle bell Rock" adapted to the foundation of "When I'm Sixty-Four". "When I first heard it," Not Lame chief Bruce Brodeen tells ICE, "I thought, 'What the hell, I'm gonna do this because it's goofy and fun.' It's not that well recorded, but he's got a lot of really well-defined stereo separation."

    For those that wish to listen before you buy, please surf to the official website at: http://www.tommymarolda.com/discography/stnicks.htm


  • On another CD, we recently heard the Badge's "Calling Generation Mojo: File under '60s Mod Beat Pop." It's a neat little album featuring a modern sound with roots in the past. Here in the States, you can get it from Independisc (http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/cart.cgi?garyvol_IMC1072_http://www.independisc.com/thebadge.htm) or CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/add/badge). (For the holidays Independisc is running a 2-for-1 on their records (http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/cart.cgi?garyvol_IMC1079_http://www.independisc.com/thebadge.htm). Abroad you can order our CD from any good (indie) record shop via our label in the UK, Detour Records. CMJ had some nice things to say about the Badge here.
  • From Barbara Kassey:

    I saw part of the 2 hour Andy Williams biography on A&E this past Sunday night (11/23/03). About 90 minutes into it, they spoke of Andy's hosting the Grammy Awards show. A clip was shown of Andy Williams with Paul Simon and John Lennon. Check the schedule at the A&E website for possible re-run of this show.


  • Stella might be considering a music career, reports contactmusic.com
  • This Vancouver Sun Christmas gift guide recommends Stella's fragrance Stella.

    Update (11/25/03)

  • TV alert: Sunday (Nov. 30), 9 p.m., "The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Mills McCartney." ('nuff said. Thanks to Steve Dirkx.).
  • From Greg Swan Jaimes:

    Also something else worth mentioning for the DVD collectors here, Pauls up coming 'Put It There' 1989 documentary that is being released in early December may 'not' actually have the bonus 20 minutes and four extra songs the 'product details' list, when the video came out in 1989 the cover slick advertised the same extra's including the song 'I want you, i need you, i love you' but in actual fact the video was identical to the television broadcast without this extra footage, so if your going to order it on the strength of this bonus footage, you may want to wait until its actually released to check that it is included this time, and not just reproducing the original vhs cover details.


  • Newsday: Ricky Retro: Lennon comes thru for Elton
  • Wyoming News: Ringo joins Santa tracking exercise
  • EMI won't be buying Time-Warner after all, but another group, headed by a former chairman of Seagram's, will, reports Reuters.
  • Elektra's website for Steadman, the band Paul has endorsed. (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)
  • You can now get an original Beatles haircut in the original barber chairs used by the Fabs, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update (11/24/03)

  • Newsday: Lennon art on display in Avon
  • San Diego Union Tribune: Shooting stars (interview with photographer Annie Liebovitz - includes Lennon-Ono mention)

    Update (11/23/03)

  • Boston Globe: Not the best of times (Pete Best interview)
  • An exhibit of John Lennon artwork is open today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Avon Old Farms Hotel, 279 Avon Mountain Rd., Avon, Conn. For more information, call (888) 278-1969. For directions, call (860) 677-1651.
  • If you liked the Fab Four's take on Christmas songs last year, you might like Purchase" target="new"> "St. Nick's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on Not Lame Records. It uses the sounds of the Pepper album for Christmas songs. Very interesting. (Link fixed)
  • UK Telegraph: Keeper of the fame flame
  • From Patti Murawski:

    The Spike Milligan guitar auctioned by Cooper Owen does not appear to be the stripped fender George used at Bangladesh. Their website lists it as a "Ltd. Edition Silver Series" Stratocaster, and the guitar pictured has a black finish.


  • UNICEF will pay tribute to George Harrison at a gala benefit December 3 in Los Angeles. Here's the press release. (Link fixed)
  • Michael Kamen, whose obituary we linked to, was heavily involved with the Concert For George. (Thanks to Paul Swift.)

    Update (11/22/03)

  • Check out the name of the escapee caught by police in this report from the Henry Herald.
  • Rolling Stone: Lennon Legend continues
  • Sir George Martin is among those involved in this Italian charity effort to help children in Kenya. You can check out the website (in Italian) here.

    Update (11/21/03)

  • Paul McCartney had lunch Thursday with George Bush, according to UTV.
  • If you liked the Fab Four's take on Christmas songs last year, you might like "St. Nick's Lonely Hearts Club Band" "St. Nick's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on Not Lame Records. It uses the sounds of the Pepper album for Christmas songs. Very interesting.
  • The Exponent: Best rock album ever? Sgt. Pepper
  • Boston.com: A review of the recent Fest for Beatle Fans in Boston
  • Michael Kamen, who worked with George Harrison, among many others, has died, reports the BBC.
  • Boston Herald: Unforgettable: Remembering milestones that shaped our lives
  • The Australian: Harrison's first guitar in selling tune
  • NY Daily News: Auctions help fill charities up (Ringo, Paul mentions)
  • Oldies.about.com: The history of the Beatles' Christmastime fan club records
  • Coventry News: Concert capped meeting Paul
  • Coventry News: Beatle memories: Matrix of music
  • Indianapolis Star: "Imagine" his reaction to his newest career
  • Toronto Star: More gems from Lennon
  • From Gregory Reisig:

    I know all the attention is on LIBN these days but there is great concern for what might happen to the Beatles catalogue owned by Sony-ATV and Michael Jackson. It has been reported he owes Sony over $250 million and may have to sell the Beatles catlogue. It is hoped Paul, Ringo and the Beatles families will step forward to buy it and bring it back where it belongs....in Beatle ownership for the rest of time. This is a topic that's rarely written about....most people don't know the Beatles do no own their own songs...with the small exception of a few Harrison titles in 1968-69-70. Hope you might start a forum on this important topic. Keep up the great work on the site and the timely news you give us everyday!


  • Robbie Williams thinks John Lennon has spoken to him from beyond the grave, reports the UK Sun. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Click on Detroit: Yoko Ono To Speak About Exhibit At DIA
  • Mumbai Newsline: Bootleg (Beatles) auditions
  • OT: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and 15 other consumer, child safety, and privacy organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of PacBell's struggle to protect its users' privacy from subpoenas issued under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) section 512(h). To read more, click here.
  • OT: For those who are interested, the Smoking Gun website has Michael Jackson's booking photo and the press release they issued after beginning the search at his house

    Update (11/20/03)

  • UNICEF will pay tribute to George Harrison at a gala benefit December 3 in Los Angeles. Here's the press release.
  • A new DVD "Inside John Lennon" is listed on Amazon.com for release Dec. 9. (Thanks to David Fries.)
  • Yoko is among those appearing in "Stoned: A history of Rolling Stone Magazine" on the BBC at 2100 Saturday in the UK. (Thanks to Joeltle515.)
  • Coventry Herald: Beatle memories: Wave sent crowd wild
  • Coventry Herald: Beatle memories: Fans drowned out band
  • BBC: Handwritten Lennon song auctioned
  • One of George's early guitars is to be auctioned, reports Hello! magazine. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • The Independent: The National Trust: Self-preservation society? (Yoko mention)
  • South Brunswick Post: Nov. 18, 11:50 p.m.: Tuesday Top Ten is Twelve Beatles soloing

    Update (11/19/03)
  • Boston Herald.com: Fab photos: Photographer Robert Freeman caught the young Beatles at work and play
  • Another day, another list. This time, it's the greatest 1001 tracks ever recorded. (Wait, didn't VH1 televise that already?) Beatles aren't no. 1, though, reports the BBC. (Thanks to joeltle515.)
  • EMI is among those bidding for Time Warner Music, reports Reuters.
  • Stella McCartney is among a host of stars who have donated photographs for the Red Cross, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    Update (11/18/03)

  • IC Liverpool has a longish stream of consciousness-type interview with Macca press aide Geoff Baker. Hmmm. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • From Rich Spadafora:

    Just wanted to let you know a new John Lennon book was on the bargain table at our store Waldenbooks. Its called JOHN LENNON-UNSEEN ARCHIVES. There are 384 pages all in black and white with the first half of the book Beatles photos. Also, there is a BEATLES-UNSEEN ARCHIVES as well. Both retail for 9.99 A nice stocking stuffers for the fans.


  • St. Vincent is saluting the 50th anniversary of Playboy with a set of commemorative stamps, one of which includes John Lennon. Here's the press release.
  • Rock Island Argus: Idle hours fan Python passions
  • Biloxi Sun Herald: Breakup songs keep Beulah together (Yoko mention)
  • Mumbai Newsline, India: Tribute band Bootleg Beatles to woo Mumbai
  • Members of Pink Floyd reunited for the funeral of their late manger, reports Undercover Music, which also corrected earlier rumors that Roger Waters performed with them.
  • OT: This is funny: The website for a plastic guard to keep babies from damaging electronic equipment uses the spaceship from ELO's "Out of the Blue" album. You can see it here. The owner is said to be an ELO fan. (Thanks to Lynn Hoskins' Showdown ELO mailing list. To subscribe, click here.)

    Update (11/17/03)

  • From Barbara Pazmino:

    Mark Hudson is appearing tomorrow night - Monday Nov. 17 - at The Bottom Line in NYC with Gary Burge and others. RS is not stated to be there.

  • From Joeltle515:

    The E! True Hollywood Story will have an installment on Heather Mills McCartney on November 30th at 8pm and 11pm (funny enough, the same times as those two specials on the Travel Channel).


  • Pete Best got a group of young Scottish schoolboys a gig at the Cavern after hearing their demo, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)

    Update (11/16/03)

  • National Post: Before Bono were Lennon and Trudeau, Jagger and Wilson
  • From Mark Carter:

    Have you seen this item on eBay? It's a recent photo of The Pete Best Band, autographed by Pete. So what? Well, in the description, there is the following sentence: "The legendary Best who is now the owner of The Beatles label "Apple Records" has signed bottom left in black marker." ... So Pete owns Apple now, does he? I guess that explains why all of Ringo's drum tracks have been wiped from the new LET IT BE album.......


  • From Carol-Anne Lennie:

    This coming Friday (21st) the BBC4 programme 'The DVD Collection' will review the 'CFG' DVD. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/listings/index.shtml?day=friday&service_id=4544


  • NY Daily News: Fab 4 sale on Net (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino and Rob Leonard)
  • Al Jazeera: Lyrics make Lennon a man of auction

    Update (11/15/03)

  • New Zealand Herald: Lennon Legend: An Illustrated Life Of John Lennon
  • CBS.com: Interactive Beatles section
  • Henry McCullough plans some special concerts to celebrate his 60th birthday. Here's the press release.
  • Reuters: Handwritten Lennon lyrics to be auctioned in New York
  • AP: Largest auction of Beatles memorabilia goes online (thanks to Trini Schultz)

    Update (11/14/03)

  • Musicnet.tap, in its news for Nov. 13, says it looks like Feb. 24 for "The Concert for Bangladesh." They are also taking comments in their Nov. 14 news for Beatles SACD releases. (Thanks to David Brown.)
  • From Jeff Slate:

    There was a badge (my band)/Python summit last week in NYC. I met Eric Idle during his Greedy Bastard tour visit to our Town Hall. I got a signed set list and presented him with our new album, which includes our little tribute to George ("All For Love"). He seemed quite touched and positively gushed about George (sharing some great anecdotes I'd never heard from the stage) and the CFG.


  • Here's a link to the Ethan Russell exhibit we mentioned in yesterday's updates. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Monty Python's Eric Idle keeps the absurdity alive in touring (George Mention)
  • From Robert Drossaert, regarding nowhereman's note on TOTP2:

    I think the new clips are "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down." Indications are that these clips maybe new edits. In the early 90's, there was a new "clean" clip released of "Two Of Us," and it had the Apple logo at the start of the clip. Maybe that was done to promote what was then, an anticipated VHS release of a George Martin remastered "Let It Be."


  • Naples Daily News, Fla.: George Harrison's sister appears at Beatles exhibit in Bonita
  • MSNBC: One man's Beatles' top 5 list
  • Washington Post: Fluxus, exploring the art of an idea (Yoko mention)
  • Hartford Advocate: The Maharishi's hotel of emptiness

    Update (11/13/03)

  • The photography of Ethan Russell, who photographed the "Let It Be" sessions, is featured now through Dec. 15 at the San Francisco Art Exchange, 458 Geary St., San Francisco. In addition to the Beatles, the exhibit features 60 photos that feature, among others, the Rolling Stones and the Who. A reception is being at 6 p.m. Saturday.
  • NME.com: Beatle goodies up for grabs at auction
  • From Pam Hollingshead:

    The Moody Blues have released a new album called "December." It is a wonderful album that contains a mix of original songs, British folk hymns and a couple of covers including Happy Xmas (War is Over). It is a very unique Christmas album that I would highly recommend.


  • This Daily Princetonian story about a Princeton graduate about to turn 100 has a John Lennon connection, believe it or not!
  • Manila Times: Sweet sensual Stella
  • OT: If you've been following the various lawsuits among the current and former members of the Beach Boys, you'll be interested to know that Al Jardine has won an appeal to sue lead singer Mike Love, reports Billboard.com .

    Update (11/12/03)

  • From nowhereman:

    TOTP2 on BBC2 just showed Revolution on their 400th edition and said that next Tuesdays show is to be a Beatles SPECIAL with two new clips !!


  • From David Thomas:

    Hi Steve,

    I saw the piece on Abbeyrd about Eric Idle's blog. Great reading. You can click to any of the entries from this page: http://www.pythonline.com/eric_idle.html

    He has high praise for the Concert for George in his day 2 entry: "The whole thing is sublime, marred only by the spectacle of ancient Python asses. You have been warned. This is not for the squeamish. And do bring plenty of Kleenex, because if you ever loved George you won't get through this one without a lot of tears. The L.A. opening of the movie last week was spectacular. A full-court Beatle turn out, Paul seen hugging Ringo, even Yoko, bless her, was there. Olivia and Dhani Harrison have managed to turn this whole event into a truly wonderful memorial and united all his friends in their grief to make a joyous and utterly unforgettable evening and now they are sharing it with the world."

    Ciao.


  • Any "All My Children" fans out there? Julia Barr, who has played Brooke English almost continually since 1976 (according to her website), has recorded a Christmas CD benefitting the Fund for Animals that includes a cover of John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over). A press release is here.

    Update (11/11/03)

  • Eric Idle is keeping a daily blog (web log) on his Greedy Bastard tour. The latest chapter, as of last night, is here, but you can go back to the beginning by changing "day40" in the URL to "day1." (Thanks to Amber H.)
  • Liverpool Echo: "Edwardian" Beatle pics up for sale
  • AP: Jeans and Beatles end ABT season
  • Cubanet: Beatle meets Bolshevism at Havana cultural show
  • Paul McCartney engineer Dee Long has joined the Blue Moon Group music advisory board. Here's a press release.

    Update (11/10/03)

  • Rare photographs of the Beatles on the beach at Weston-super-Mare are being auctioned, reports the BBC.
    The (UK) Guardian: Annie, get your flashgun (about a new book on the work of photographer Annie Liebovitz, who took a now famous portrait of John and Yoko shortly before John was killed.
  • Providence Journal Bulletin: Lennon's art in a new light
  • From Hofner:

    Hi Steve, Today I saw a registration on Dutch tv from a War Child Concert from this year. Ilse de Lange, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Jacqueline Govaarts, 3 female singers from various famous Dutch bands, did a live version of The Beatles' Because accomanied by a acoustic guitar. It sounded pretty nice! Greets, Hofner


  • Biloxi Sun Herald: Book celebrates "Lennon Legend"
  • If you went to the Boston Fest for Beatles Fans this past weekend, send us a report!

    Update (11/9/03)

  • A forthcoming album, "Secret History," will feature Paul's "Temporary Secretary" dance track, reports NME.com. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen and Peter Wehner.)

    Update (11/7/03)
  • Yoko Ono is exhibiting an anti-war interactive art work in Tate Liverpool, reports IC Liverpool.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Monty Python member comes to town (Eric Idle interview, has George Harrison content)
  • Cooper Owen’s fourth annual Beatles auction takes place on Nov. 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe, Old Park Lane, London. Items include a rare invitation to the premiere of "A Hard Day's Night" signed by the band and dedicated to ‘a chip of the old potato’ ‘TV director’ Victor Spinetti. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • From Kris Tash:

    Some news from the NY Post, dated 11/3: "Drummer Carmine Appice is in Vegas for "Rock4Xmas" benefit, along with Joey Molland (Badfinger). It'll be filmed for a cable special."


  • Some sad news: Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield was found dead Thursday. Here's a report from E! Online
  • Todd Smith tells us the new "Best of Sheryl Crow" CD has a new song she wrote for the Late George Harrison. The liner notes say a little about it, he says.
  • Channel News Asia, Singapore: Beatles or Stones? Fans will decide with book sales
  • Reuters: Castro attends peace concert in Cuba's Lennon Park (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • This article about John Lennon scholarships has an interesting list of songs he wrote (thanks to Trini Schultz)
  • Singer Delta Goodrem (yeah, we hadn't heard the name either) has recorded a new version of John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas" with altered lyrics that have Yoko's blessing, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun.

    Update (11/6/03)

  • BBC: What if? Lennon had left the Beatles
  • Undercover Music confirms Ringo's involvement in the next Jools Holland album.
  • Congrats to Mitch Alexrod, author of the book "Beatletoons," on the birth of Stephanie Heather Axelrod on Nov 4 at 9:07 a.m. The baby weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and is 20 inches long! (By the way, the baby's middle name is for his wife's grandmother.)

    Update (11/5/03)

  • From Barbara Kassay:

    Hi Steve,

    Just wanted to say I love the website and I check it every day. You do a fantastic job keeping us all updated. NY Yankee Bernie Williams appeared on Live with Regis & Kelly this morning and played 2 songs he composed. Performing with him on one selection was All-Starr Mark Rivera on sax. They showed the cover of his CD. No mention that this is the one I read about being produced by Paul McCartney.

    Keep up the good work!
    B.Kassay

    Update (11/4/03)

  • A guitar owned by Ringo(!) was reported stolen, reports Ananova.
  • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Daddy's word more treasured than prized Beatles' items (cute story)
  • Boy howdy! One of our favorite rock magazines of yesteryear, Creem, is coming back, reports Billboard.com. (For the uninitiated, Boy Howdy! was the magazine's trademark/mascot.)
  • From Trina Yannicos:

    Daytrippin' Beatles Fan Club is sponsoring a Happy Hour in New York social gathering on Tues. November 18, 2003 from 6 to 10 p.m. Join us at Croton Reservoir Tavern, 108 W. 40 St. (between 6th ave. and Broadway), New York, NY 10016, 212-997-6835. $10 for non-Fan Club members; $5 for Daytrippin' Fan Club members (please bring your membership card). RSVP to editor@daytrippin.com by Mon. Nov. 17 and you'll receive a free gift just for coming to the event!


  • OT: Eric Clapton is to tour Europe and Japan, reports Reuters.

    Update (11/3/02)

  • Two reviews of James Henke's "Lennon Legend" book: a positive one from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and a more critical one from Knoxville News Sentinel, which we disagree with and think is wonderful.

    George Harrison in "Shanghai Surprise" (thanks to Patti Murawski)

    Update (11/2/03)

  • A review of "Privates on Parade," a film produced by George Harrison's Handmade Films.

    Update (11/1/03)

  • A note from David N. DeVries, a dean at Cornell University:

    Thought you might be interested to know that a life-sized statue of John Lennon has appeared overnight smack-dab in the center of the Arts Quad here at Cornell University. The statue presents a fairly good likeness of John, vintage 1969 from the Abbey Road cover. It is painted a strange orange color, no doubt in honor of Halloween. There have been other Halloween pranks here over the years (a massive pumpkin impaled on the tip of the clock tower one year), but this one is really quite nice: seeing John strolling toward my building.

    I love your web site.


    Comment: Thanks, David!
  • From Carl Magnus Palm:

    Hi Steve,

    Premium Publishing's website has been updated with more info about their new Beatles book, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - The Beatles erövrar Sverige ("Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! - The Beatles Conquer Sweden"). The book was launched at a party last week at Stockholm's Hotel Continental, where The Beatles stayed when they first arrived in Sweden, exactly 40 years ago.

    The book has a beautiful layout and features many rare and previously unpublished photographs. It also comes with a CD featuring radio broadcaster Klas Burling's interviews with The Beatles from 1963 and 1964.


    The URL is http://www.premiumpublishing.com/
  • Sir George Martin has blasted "Pop Idols," the British talent show equivalent to "American Idol" here in the States, reports the UK Mirror. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Ananova: John Lennon to challenge for Christmas Number 1 ("Happy Xmas" is being reissued this year. Thanks to Tony Wolkowski).
  • We hear Ringo is among the performers on the upcoming Jools Holland CD. (Thanks to Tony Wolkowski.)

    Update (10/31/03)

  • Paul McCartney (or someone using his name) posted a note of condolences in the guest book at the Sheb Wooley website. Wooley died last month. The note says Wooley was a favorite of Paul and the Beatles and that the Beatles, at one time, played "Purple Purple Eater" on stage. (Click on the guest book link in the left-hand column.)
  • From Sean Anglum:

    I noticed the link about the current hubbub over Best Buy getting the exclusive rights to the upcoming Stones DVD. Did you happen to notice in this past Sunday's newspaper advert for Best Buy how they saddled the announcement of the impending release of LIB...N right underneath the Stones DVD exclusive announcement? It really makes it look as though they have an exclusive with the Fabs, too. Which they don't, I hope!


  • This tribute to former WMCA DJ Dean Anthony in the New York Daily News features a pic of Anthony with John and George. (Thanks to Rob Leonard.)

    Update (10/30/03)

  • IC Wales: The man who made the Beatles (George Martin profile)
  • Undercover Music: Beatles audience is getting younger
  • Rolling Stone.com: Yoko Ono is flying high
  • It's the Beatles vs. the Stones again in two competing exhibitions in Liverpool, reports IC Liverpool.
  • The New York Post reported that Yoko Ono managed to convince ABC news anchor Peter Jennings to get into a bag with her. When they emerged, the report said, both were somewhat disheveled and Jennings had to put his shirt back on. (Thanks to Ingrid McNamara.)
  • Star-Telegram.com: One, two, three, Fab Four
  • OT: Retailers in the U.S. and America are vocally denoucing the exclusive deal the Rolling Stones made with Best Buy to market their upcoming DVD set, reports the Toronto Sun. (Thanks to Phil Tinianov.)

    Update (10/29/03)

  • An interview with Jim Keltner from Modern Drummer (Thanks to Jeff Haske.)
  • A New York Daily News interview with Eric Idle, who, of course, talks about George. (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)
  • You'll find more info on Yoko's new dance single here. (Thanks to Sven Solterbeck.)
  • OT: The Library of Congress is continuing to deny exemptions to copyright law related to consumers' use of CDs and DVDs that they legally purchase. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress to grant exemptions to the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) ban on circumventing technological locks that prevent consumers from fully enjoying the digital media that they own. For more information, click here.

    Update (10/28/03)

  • From Bamiyan:

    Captures of the footage you mentionned yesterday (John at the mixing desk, Yoko taking a nap) are available on my site at http://www.beatlesonvideos.com/19751986/19801000.htm The handheld video footage was evidently taped a few days after John's 40th birthday, as he can be heard discussing Yoko's present to both he and Sean (a plane writing their names in the sky) in the past tense. You'll need to register to access the site (it's free).

    Keep up the great work!
    Bamiyan
    Beatles On Videos
    http://www.beatlesonvideos.com/index.htm


  • And Jack Douglas talks about the Lennon footage in a 1999 Beatlefan interview (thanks to Robert Drossaert for the text):

    QUESTION : So there were some sessions filmed?

    JACK DOUGLAS : "Yeah."

    QUESTION : Who has the footage?

    JACK DOUGLAS : "Now here's what... I asked John where it was, I've heard two things. "I tore it up in the bathtub," "I sunk it in the pool."... But I heard that it exists somewhere and that he was so thin at the time that he didn't like, you know, it was so weird, because he was always John the Fat Beatle and that he felt great to be John the Skinny Guy, you know, but he felt that he looked too thin and he had his hair - we used to call him 'Skinny Head', he'd tie his hair back in a ponytail and his face looked like about, like it was this narrow. It looked great, actually, but he didn't like it. But I'm telling you, these things were fantastic, I saw the footage. I wish I could remember the guy's name. It's like on the tip of my tongue, the guy who shot them."


  • Here's a webpage about the video (thanks to Adam Powell)
  • And a note from a friend, Nick Kocz:

    Steve:

    I thought your readers might be interested to know that several works by Yoko Ono are featured in the "Work Ethic" exhibit currently on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Amongst them are "Hammer and Nail Piece," which invites people to hammer a nail into a board. This was one of the works that most intrigued John when he first met Yoko. His response upon seeing it was to hammer an imaginary nail into the board.

    Yoko is one of several artists featured in this exhibit and it was a real treat to view her conceptual works in the context of their place in a bona fide artistic movement. The show will travel to Des Moines and Columbus, OH, next year. The BMA link is http://www.artbma.org/exhibitions/index.html.

    Best wishes on your website's continued success,

    Nick Kocz


  • You'll find a pic of the envelope with the Sgt. Pepper track listing here. (thanks to David Freis.)
  • Forbes.com: Monday matchup: George Harrison vs. John Lennon
  • Rod Stewart complains that he is dating a much younger woman and is getting heat, unlike Paul McCartney who also did but didn't, reports the Scotsman.
  • OT: If you're an ABBA fan, you'll be glad to hear Agnetha Falskog is recording her first album in 16 years, reports Billboard.com
  • Two MIT students have developed what is being called a legal file-sharing system, reports the AP.

    Update (10/27/03)

  • An envelope with the track listing for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" written by John Lennon is up for auction, reports the New York Daily News. (second item) (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • George Harrison is leading in an unofficial poll by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as to who should next be inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
  • We received an e-mail from someone who says they have video footage of John and Yoko in the control room at the Hit Factory. We're told John mention Paul on the recording after one of Lennon's associates in the control room asks Lennon if he is surprised by Paul's music. John's reply, "Would you be surprised by what your brother does?"
  • And from Al:

    In regards to a question someone asked about video from the Double Fantasy sessions. There is a 15-20 minute interview of John (supposedly on his 40th birthday) taken at the studio. The quality is pretty poor and he mostly talks about the dream sequence he wrote for Magical Mystery Tour.


  • Doylestown Patriot: A ticket to ride Beatlemania (interview with Larry Kane, author of "Ticket to Ride."
  • NBA star Alvin Iverson has a Beatle nickname, reports the Courier-Post.
  • To everyone in the San Diego area, we hope the fires are extinguished quickly.

    Update (10/26/03)

  • From Robert Drossaert:

    Hi Steve:

    Reading the news re: Jack Douglas and the Double Fantasy sessions reminded me of a topic knocking around "all those years ago." Any news on the video shot in the Hit Factory studios at the time ? Some sessions were certainly videotaped but nothing (but tiny excerpts of Yoko) has surfaced. One rumour has it the footage was "dumped" but knowing the Lenono's habit of preserving most of their "happenings" on film, that seems to be highly unlikely. So the question is: to your knowledge, does the video exist ?


    Comment: Actually, audio with Lennon has been bootlegged, but to our knowledge, video has never surfaced.


  • Dean Anthony, one of the WMCA Good Guys in the '60s radio wars in New York, has died, reports the New York Daily News. WMCA was one of three New York stations (also WABC and WINS) that competed intensely during the days of Beatlemania, desperately doing wild promotional stunts to tell their listeners they were closest to the Beatles. The golden days of radio, indeed! (Thanks to John.)
  • Dance Front Door: Yoko comments about her remix project.
  • John and Monica tells us Eric Idle mentioned George during his recent show in Asbury Park and sent this link from the Asbury Park Press.
  • And the answer to our "Shanghai Surprise" question: George appears on the DVD in chapter 7. He's the nightclub singer and not seen in a close up. (Thanks to GRappa6771)
  • Carl Savich points out that the Johnny Cash box set includes a duet of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" with Carl Perkins.
  • A brand new dance single is about to be released by Yoko Ono. Here's the press release. (Thanks to Sven Solterbeck.)

    Update (10/25/03)

  • Newsday: Yoko wants to give peace a chance
  • The Age: Imagining the Beatles (thanks to Trini Schultz)
  • The finalists in the UK Pop Idols contest are doing a cover of John's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," reports the BBC. The UK Sun says it has Beatle fans fuming. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • John Lennon and George Harrison placed fourth and fifth on the list of top-earning dead celebrities, reports E! Top of the list was Elvis Presley.
  • The Scotsman: Lennon art's tour gets the Capitol eye
  • The Scotsman: Imagine all the pictures
  • Star Tribune.com: Is Simon & Garfunkel's reunion about money or friendship? (McCartney content)

    Update (10/24/03)

  • Karen Dyson tells us Yoko Ono will be interviewed on CNN Friday night at 7 p.m. Pacific, 10 p.m. Eastern by Daryl Kagen.
  • A Liverpool music club to which Paul, Ringo and Yoko have all contributed money to help keep open, may close after all, reports IC Liverpool.
  • And a question: Anyone know exactly what point in "Shanghai Surprise" George appears?
  • As a Johnny Cash fan, we'll be looking forward to the "Unearthed" box set that will be out at the end of November. Here's a press release describing it.

    Update (10/23/03)

  • We received a couple of comments regarding George's impromptu Concorde concert that was mentioned in one of the links in the 10/22 update. First, from Patti Murawski, editor of the Harrison Alliance:

    Hi Steve,

    Oh yes, that story about George entertaining the passengers...I reported it in my Dec. 1992 issue...fitting to share on this last week of supersonic flight.

    It happened when George left New York after the Bobfest (Dylan's 30th Anniversary) show in October 1992. George was booked to leave on the Concorde back to London on Monday, Oct 19, 1992 out of JFK to Heathrow. Forty-five minutes into the flight the Concorde had to turn back for New York. Some sort of warning light had come on on the control panel, so they turned around, dumped their fuel (standard procedure) and had to land back at JFK.

    The recently retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf was also on the same flight, and he told the NY press, "Luckily, George Harrison was on the plane, so he entertained us." During the layover at the VIP lounge back in New York, George broke out his guitar and played for about 15 minutes. Stormin' Norman reportedly got up and started clapping to the music while George played, and was encouraging the other passengers to join in.

    All told, they were laid over for about 3-4 hours while the Concorde was checked out and serviced...they didn't find anything wrong with the plane.

    A British Airways spokesman said that no one complained about the delays "because of the unscheduled entertainment"--!!!

    What I want to know is, who's got the videotape!

    All the best,
    Patti Murawski, Editor
    The Harrison Alliance


    And from Tom in Colorado:

    Regarding the news link to the story about First Class air travel. The Harrison impromptu show in the JFK departure lounge was reported at the time. He performed a number of songs on ukulele after the Dylan tribute concert.


  • Sad news: Singer Elliott Smith, who loved the Beatles and covered some of their songs, committed suicide, it was reported Wednesday by the Associated Press.
  • The Garland Appeal, founded by Paul in memory of Linda, held a fundraiser Monday to raise money to fight breast cancer, reports prnewswire.
  • Another clue for you all: Someone emailed us and said they can confirm it was George who called John because he says his mother took the information call from George, who asked for the number of the studio where John was.
  • The Toronto arena where the Beatles performed in 1964 has been sold to a supermarket chain, reports the Toronto Star. (Thanks to Miki Narita.)
  • Rare Lennon art is going on display in London, reports the BBC.
  • John's handwritten lyric for "Nowhere Man" is to be auctioned by Christies, reports the (UK) Daily Record. (Thanks to Joeltle515.)

    Update (10/22/03)

  • We sent a note to author Keith Badman about the Yoko-Paul incident we quoted from his book in the 10/21 updates. Here's what he told us:

    Hi Steve,

    Good to hear from you. Yes, I did spot the remark about my book, 'The Beatles After The Break up' in your news section. I am certain I got the remark about "Yoko intercepting a call from Paul" from a few sources. For instance, friends / colleagues of mine interviewed Jack Douglas back in the 80s/ 90s for newspapers / magazines such as Melody Maker and Record Collector. In fact, during one unguarded moment, Paul confirmed he made this call during a European TV interview. (He didn't say that Yoko had refused to put him through though.)

    For years it was rumoured that it was George who had rang John in August of 1980. But after privately viewing George's own day-by-diary of that year, I am certain that it wasn't him. As to why Yoko didn't tell John that Paul had rung, it's hard to say. But I think it's safe to say that the two haven't always seen eye to eye...

    Glad I can help.

    Keep up the great work,
    Keith Badman

  • This story from SIFY News has interesting anecdotes about Paul and George we hadn't heard before.
  • Newark Star-Ledger: And now for some Idle chatter (Eric Idle interview)

    Update (10/21/03)

  • More on Jack Douglas. From Rodney Curry:

    Regarding the Jack Douglas discussion, it should be remembered that John, Paul & George were all scheduled to contribute significantly to Ringo's next album at the time (what eventually became 1981's "Stop and Smell the Roses"). However, due to tragic events Ringo ultimately decided to leave John's stuff off the album. I wonder if these contributions were discussed with Jack and misconstrued as a collaboration between John & Paul. Paul and George still both appear heavily on the finish product, which is one of my personal favorites!


    And James Dodd:

    In the Keith Badman's book on the Beatles after the break-up, there are some comments by Jack Douglas on the DF sessions. I do not have the book to hand but I think he says that John Lennon made some comments on the day he died that were recorded in the studio. After he died, Jack Douglas decided to wipe the tapes and not to talk about what John Lennon said.


    Comment: The 8/13/80 entry on page 258 says that on that day, Paul called John to suggest they work together, but Yoko doesn't put the call through and John is never told about it. It ends with this quote from Jack Douglas: "From what I heard about John, he was looking to get hooked up with Paul to do some writing."
    In this Roughedge.com interview, Jack Douglas discusses various topics, including working with John and Yoko. (Scroll down to the "Double Fantasy" picture.) (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Peter Frampton recalls playing on the "All Things Must Pass" sessions in this interview from the Rocky Mountain News.
  • IC Liverpool has a story about a new book of Beatle photos by news photographer Harry Benson, whose pics capture the essence of the Beatles' spirit and humor. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Here's a parody of the Annie Leibowitz pic of John and Yoko on the Humo site. (You can see a larger version by clicking on grotere cover. Thanks to Dirk Van Damme.)

    Update (10/20/03)

  • A couple of responses as to what Jack Douglas (see 10/19 update) was talking about. First from Michael D'Aversa:

    You've probably already gotten a response to this from someone, but I thought I'd chime in just in case. I don't know anything about John and Paul writing together, but I am fairly certain as to what it is Douglas is alluding to as not wanting to talk about. I read somewhere(?) that John made a joke, (in some context during or after the "Walking on Thin Ice" session), about not being able to see Jack again (probably in reference to finishing the recording) because he was going to be dead. Not to say John had a "vision" or anything, just in a 'well, ya never know, I could be hit by a car tomorrow' type way. I think the horrible irony of John even mentioning something like this in jest on the very day of his death scares/pains Jack in a way that none of us will ever know.(thus, his reluctance to even talk about it in the many interviews he's had regarding his relationship with Lennon).


    And from Harry:

    In response to Steve Rager's mail I heard Jack Douglas quoted once as saying that during the DF sessions, Lennon had said that he wouldn't have minded writing with Macca again.


  • From nowhereman:

    Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, Pauls PUT IT THERE is coming out on Region 2 DVD. It's got extra footage and will be available in UK beginning of November. Or will it be put back to get it out with Let It Be naked etc to save exra trips to shop??


    Comment: If you'll recall, we previously mentioned this is coming out in Brazil.
  • The Scotsman: Yoko gives buying power to the people
  • Nuno.net has a story about an extraordinary memorabilia collector. (Thanks to Dirk Van Damme.)

    Update (10/19/03)

  • From Charlie Crane:

    In response to Anthony Consani's question about why the Beatles' lawyers blocked several of the Pathe clips from the britishpathe.com site, I think it is likely because these newsreels contain unreleased footage of Beatles performances. For example, both The Beatles Take Over Holland and The Beatles Come To Town contain live footage from Australia and Manchester. The lawyers must have assumed, rightly so, that if britishpathe.com offered downloads of the newsreels (not to mention many outtakes from the original footage), it would have been extremely prone to bootlegging.


  • From Steve Rager:

    Hi, I was just listening to an archived interview with Jack Douglas on WFMU FM out of East Orange, NJ. When discussing the John Lennon, Douglas claims Paul and John were actually writing together during breaks for the Double Fantasy album. Songs were to be included on the upcoming Ringo album. In the semi-recent Goldmine interview with Douglas, I thought he said John and Paul were GOING to be writing together again, not that they actually had written together again. Do you know the story behind this? I have never seen or heard an interview with Yoko, Macca, or Ringo where this is discussed. If it exists, where can I find it? If it is indeed true that John and Paul were writing together, this most likely means that Yoko, Paul and possibly Ringo, are sitting on demo tapes of John and Paul playing together. What do you know about this? Also in the Goldmine interview, Douglas hints at something that he refuses to comment on...like something he knows but won't talk about. Know what this is?


    Comment: Steve, we don't. This is news to us.
  • Cooper Owen’s fourth annual Beatles auction takes place at 6:00 pm GMT Nov. 20 at the Hard Rock Cafe, Old Park Lane, London. Items featured include an invitation to the premiere of "A Hard Day's Night" signed by the band and dedicated to "a chip of the old potato", ‘TV Director’ Victor Spinetti, a contract signed by Brian Epstein for the Beatles appearance at the Oasis Club in Manchester in 1962, a signed half of a 1963 Royal Performance programme, cels from the Beatles cartoon show as well as Dezo Hoffman photos. For more information, see http://www.cooperowen.com.
  • At the conclusion of a recent interview, Eric Idle was asked to do a word association. When given George Harrison, he said, "Beyond belief, sadness. Overwhelming sadness.''
  • From Shawn McCann, an interesting aspect on the credit-reversal controversy:

    On my vintage 60’s copy of the vinyl album “The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits”, the songwriting credits for four songs are McCartney-Lennon. This was carried forward to the CD release on EMI-Manhattan Records in the early 90s. Perhaps in 1964 when this album was first released, the order wasn’t considered as important as we all seem to think it is.


  • Occasionally, newspaper columnists really let stupidity show through. As in this comment on Yoko from the Belfast Telegraph.
  • Liverpool actor Mark McGann says he'd reprise his role as John Lennon if Yoko asked him, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Tampa Tribune: Musical tribute to Paul McCartney goes on
  • From Paul Swift:

    Steve,

    There is a Yoko interview in Thursday's Times to promote the proposed Lennon musical. She is asked about the new Let It Be, and comments as follows: "Of course Paul is still alive and he can do these things" " I heard one of Paul's tracks and it sounded great but one of John's that followed sounded awful. I changed it in the studio myself" Of her relationship with Paul she comments " sometimes we bury the hatchet and sometimes we dig it up again. He always has something to bring up. It's all right. That is his style and that's him."

  • OT: The recording industry is readying a second round of file-sharing lawsuits, reports the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

  • Richard Porter tells us his London Beatle walks are featured My Beatles London walks feature in a Discovery Channel show called "'Beatlemania Britain." It has already been seen in the UK and will be aired in the U.S. in November.
  • TC Palm.com: New fan club pays tribute to the Beatles

    Update (10/17/03)

  • Rare Beatles photos are being auctioned in London next month, reports the BBC. (See link in middle of page. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is using a parody of the "Abbey Road" cover in his re-election campaign, reports the Salt Lake City Deseret News
  • From Anthony Consani:

    A curious footnote to Tony C's BritishPathe.com item: a majority of the Beatle clips are currently unavailable, as they are "Due to the threat of legal action by the Beatles' lawyers, this clip is not currently available to view.'' What are the Fab Fleet of legal beagles up to now?


  • Moscow Times: Beatles Songs and Hippy Era in Sweet Treat
  • nowhereman found a new listing for a Region 2 (not playable in the U.S.) John Lennon DVD called "Inside John Lennon: Unauthorized." We'll bet...
  • From Bart Mendoza in San Diego:

    San Diego's award winning classic rock group Rockola will be recreating the White Album in it's entirety on Halloween night at the Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. Anybody who saw their Sgt. Pepper show last year will tell you how good this is, down to the string sections. See http://www.rockola.com/beatles.html.


  • A look at the musical history of the '60s from a British point of view from The Scotsman
  • Park-Ridge Herald Advocate: NU (Northeastern University) staff "workin' like a dog" on Beatles exhibit

    Update (10/16/03)

  • From Tony C:

    The Beatles are dominating yet another chart. The new website www.britishpathe.com features downloadable video and pictures from their extensive newsreel history. On the 'Top20 downloads", the Beatles take four spots. Interesting stuff here, and much of it unavailable anywhere else. It is free to download lo-res versions of the video. Interesting, unique stuff!

  • From Richard Porter in London:

    Hi Steve,

    I just received this e-mail about Backbeat at Abbey Road Studios - sounds good!:

    FYI, Studio One at Abbey Road is now used mostly for Hollywood film scores. In the last couple of years they've done the music for both Harry Potter films, both Lord of the Rings Films, Star Wars Attack of the Clones, The Hours and Gangs of New York - at present they are doing the third Lord of the Rings Film.

    Other recent projects at the Studio include the Let it Be Naked CD, Lennon Legend DVD etc. Quite a busy place! Richard Porter
    http://www.beatlesinlondon.com


  • From Martina Hough:

    Hi,

    We own a beautiful Inn on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. As my husband (originally from Birmingham, England) has been a big Beatles fan for the past 40 years, we are opening the only private Beatles Museum in the Hawaiian Islands. Please check out our website for more info. http://www.kauaicountryinn.com/Pages-2/Beatles.html


  • A review of the new album by Steadman on zwire.com. (Review is second one down the page.) So what's the big deal about Steadman, you ask? They're the band who got this endorsement from one Paul McCartney: "The band Steadman have the songs, the musicianship, the energy and the enthusiasm to blow the top off any club, or arena, and, if given a listen, have that rare quality - the ability to deliver! I like this band."

    Update (10/15/03)
  • From Christopher Chardi:

    ABC Eyewitness News in Los Angeles just ran a very brief story (Tuesday night) that Yoko Ono is planning a stage musical about John Lennon and how his music affected the times he lived in. They said the musical should feature around 30 songs and will debut next year.


  • WKNR-FM in calls itself the home of the "Paul Is Dead" legend. Their home page has links to two other pages, including a couple of short airchecks from those days. (Thanks to Brian Patrick Miles.)
  • Canoe: John Lennon DVD has rare footage
  • Reuters: Yoko says Lennon's spirit watching over her
  • CJAD, Canada: New DVD has footage of John Lennon in public and in private
  • A preview of the DVD from Capitol Records (fifth down). (Thanks to GRappa6771)
  • From John C. Winn:

    That's right, Multiplus Books is now accepting pre-orders for "That Magic Feeling: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume Two (1966-1970)". Check out the website for full details on my website.

    Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions not answered by the website, and thanks for sticking with me! I'm very proud of the new book, and I think you'll find it was worth the wait.

    - John C. Winn


  • Los Angeles Times: With a flourish (Stella content)
  • The Bootleg Beatles have postponed their tour of India because their "Ringo" is ill, reports Mid-day.com.
  • OT: The Electronic Freedom Foundation is defending another person who they believe the RIAA is unjustly prosecuting for sharing files. Here's the press release.

    Update (10/14/03)

  • We're pretty sure we've mentioned this site before, but Speke Hall has links to both Forthlin Road and Mendips. (Thanks to Ton Hoofwijk.)
  • From Sven Solterbeck:

    The book Lennon Legend: An Illustrated Life of John Lennon By James Henke is released this October in German language. James Henke "John Lennon. Die Legende." Übersetzt von Christian Kennerknecht. Gebundenes Buch, 31,0 x 27,5 cm ? 49,90 [D] oldmann Verlag ISBN: 3-442-31063-6. Erscheinungstermin: Oktober 2003. (German readers see closer information at http://www.randomhouse.de/book/editiondetail.jsp?edi=130628).


  • San Mateo Times: Beatle's sketches come to Burlingame (Lennon content)
  • The Age: Seductive summer at Yves. St. Laurent (Stella content)
  • A collection of 12,000,000 historical photos, including Beatle pics, have been put online by British Pathe, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Yoko Ono will be attending the premiere of the "Lennon Legend" DVD at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Curzon Street, London on Tuesday 14th October at 18:30. (Thanks to http://www.britishbeatlesfanclub.co.uk/.)
  • From Claudio
  • OT: A software company has backed off a threat to sue a student for revealing how to circumvent anti-piracy technology on a recently released CD saying, "It wasn't our intention to strike a blow against research," reports the BBC.

    Update (10/12/03)

  • Not Lame Records is taking order for a Christmas album done in the style of "Sgt. Pepper." We're hoping to get a copy to let you know what's it like. (Thanks to Steve R. Berg.)
  • New York Post: Ono you don't: Man sues over Yoko duds
  • Jean Garello tells us a French gossip magazine called "Gala" wrote that when Paul is in Paris he likes to go to a restaurant called "Barreto" in the 8th district of the French capital and eat "spicy chicken" and "risotto". Jean says, "Well, as for the risotto, I don't know, but as for the chicken, I wonder if those people know that Paul has been a veggie for more than thirty years!" Well, if you can find any news, why not make it up?
  • Some news reports from Stella's latest fashion show attended by both Paul and Heather from Reuters, Associated Press and the UK Telegraph.
  • Frank C. Branchini reports that Peter Noone covered "I Saw Her Standing There" at both of his recent shows at Gaithersburg, Md.
  • OT: The record industry's latest target: the student who revealed a way to circumvent the no-copying aspects of the new non-copyable CDs, reports CNN.

    Update (10/11/03)

  • This Baltimore Sun editorial titled "Let It Be, Paul" is old news.
  • Times of London: Beatle tailor helps fashion Austin Reed revival (subscription required)
  • Telegraph.co.uk: Asher makes the case for animal experiments (Thanks to Iain Baird.)
  • The press release for the great "Lennon Legend" book.
  • NY Post: Beatles' clothier pleads: Love me do!
  • From Rosario Bersanelli:

    Dear all Beatles Fans in the World,

    Knowing the courtesy and good attentions of Steve Marinucci and all the Staff of this wonderfull site, I want to take to your attention that I'm the promoter of a Benefit Project called "ProgettoKenya" (KenyaProject) where in this month of October will take in auction a lot of signed item of Sport Champion and in the Music Corner of this Project will be auctioned 6 signed items about Beatles related artists and in precision:

    2 Letter signed from Sir George Martin legendary producer of our idols that has helped me in this project with the help of Thea White wife of Andy White drummer during the Love Me Do Session on 11 September 1962 one Letter id directed to me and one in asnwer to Thea White that has presented the letter knowing the benefit objectif of the auction.

    2 Pictures of Sir Martin 1 with the Beatles and 1 alone hand signed from Sir George Martin (The pictures will be auctioned with the legal photocopy of the Letters like authenticity of all)

    1 Flag from the last Italian Beatles Day that this year has been honorated to have like special guest Tony Sheridan wich the Beatles has recorded theyr first record.

    The Internet site is in work and very fast the auction will be ready to start so Beatles FANS help me to help them in the Mission in Kenya and if yo are Sport Fan too you will find a lot of signed items from Sport Champions too.

    I will write about the Beatles' signed item in auction on this faboulous site directed in very good method from Steve and His Team!! See you soon Dear friends in the Beatles' World.

    All my best wishes, GOD BLESS ALL YOU AND YOURS FAMILIES TOO.
    YOUR FRIEND AND ITALIAN BEATLES MANIAC CALLED ROSARIO (somewhere in Italy)

  • You can hear Roger Daltrey's interview with Howard Stern in which Daltrey talks about Paul here. Amazingly enough, instead of being his usual antagonistic self, Howard actually defends Paul.
  • Andrew Gold's site also has two later photos with Paul and Ringo. (Thanks to Robert Gille.)
  • Here's the press release for the upcoming Jools Holland (Region 2 ... not playable in the U.S.) DVD. Neat lineup, including Paul. (Thanks to Steve Berg.)
  • Gateway2Russia: Beatles party comes to Russia
  • The Cavern is to expand all over the world, reports Reuters. (Thanks to Franco Alvear.)
  • San Mateo Times: John Lennon exhibit will buy supplies for Burlingame
  • Penn Live: New book details Philly journalist's life with the Beatles

    Update (10/9/03)

  • Andrew Gold met the Beatles in 1964. Here's a photo. And here's the story. (Scroll to Meeting the Beatles.) (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)
  • From author Carl Magnus Palm:

    Hi Steve!

    My site has just been updated with a page about my memories of Wings' 1972 concert in Stockholm. However, more interesting for your news pages is a related page with information about a new book about The Beatles' visits to Sweden, which will be published very soon. More info at http://carlmagnuspalm.com/beatles/wings72.html

    Keep up the good work!

    Carl Magnus Palm
    Stockholm, Sweden

  • From Matt Hurwitz:

    Hi, Steve--

    I just talked to Klaus Voormann this morning regarding his new book. At present, there are no plans to release the book in English. He wants to see how the German edition does first, and then will consider doing an English edition, which, he says, he would probably augment with more stories which would be of interest to American audiences.

    He sounded very happy about how the book turned out, noting that he's avoided including "sensational" info, keeping just to his personal experiences, the kinds of stories we all want to hear. Let's hope we get to read them in English one day.


  • From David Freis:

    With the stunning job recently done on The Kids Are Alright, wouldn't it be sweet to see (Hollywood Bowl and Live at the Budokan) lovingly restored in both video and audio? I wish Apple would do as they did originally when they were formed. They should put an ad out asking for someone with a brain to run their marketing department or actually they should rehire Allen Klein and have him come in and clean house for a second time. Look what he has done with the Rolling Stones, remastered all of their pre 1971 albums and here comes the release of Sympathy For The Devil on DVD in a few weeks. Old Steel and Glass where are though?

    Update (10/7/03)

  • A poem by Paul will be among items auctioned by Bonham's this week, reports Vogue.com
  • Eric Idle discusses the Rutles' sequel and other things in this story from Canoe.
  • From John O.:

    Steve, This is pretty obscure but may be of interest to you. The former guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock, Ed King (co-author of Sweet Home Alabama) has his own website. In the discussion forum of that section, i asked a question about the Lynyrd Skynyrd meeting Lennon when LS was in Los Angeles recording their second album. See the link below for an interesting anecdotes. Its about the 4th post down, written by "Sharon Lawrence" who was apparently affiliated with LS in the early days: http://edking.suddenlaunch2.com/index.cgi?board=news&num=1065295254&action=display&start

  • Claudio Dirani tells us that Paul's "Put It There" tour doc is coming out on DVD in Brazil.
  • We lost two more music pioneers last week: Paul Burlison of Johnny Burnette's Rock 'n' Roll Trio and Ronnie Dawson.

    Update (10/6/03)

  • Australia will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Beatles tour there next year, reports news.com.au.
  • Chuck Berry, in "Such Sweet Tunes and Fast Beats" by Bernard Weinraub which appeared in the February 23, 2003 New York Times, had this to say about a certain Beatle song:

    "A song is a song," he [Chuck Berry] said. "But there are some songs, ah, some songs are the greatest. The Beatles' song YESTERDAY. Listen to the lyrics." He began to sing softly: "'Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though there here to stay, Oh I believe in yesterday.'"

    (thanks to Carl Savich)
  • Alvin Lee's "On the Road to Freedom," which features a contribution by George, is on CD.
  • Daily Record: We love ewe yeah yeah yeah: Macca's randy rams on rampage
  • Pittsburgh Live: An interview with Ravi Shankar (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • New York Post: Meet the Beatles again (Beatle-related activities in New York.)
  • This site has some interesting remixes of Beatle songs with others. Eminem and McCartney? (Thanks to Caceres Leira.)
  • New York Times: Sir Paul's Little Girl Opens in Los Angeles (registration required)
  • Another story on Stella in Los Angeles from style.com. (Thanks to Kris Tash.)

    Update (10/5/03)

  • A review of the new "Lennon Legend" book from Sarasota Herald Tribune.com.
  • We heard that Roger Daltrey was somewhat critical of Paul's solo career on Friday's "The Howard Stern Show."
  • Moscow Times: Beatles Remembered in Anniversary Show (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Ravi Shankar and Norah Jones are angry about a movie being made about them, reports the Associated Press. (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Steve Crosby.)
  • Rolling Stone.com reports Yoko is releasing another remix single this month. (Thanks to Joeltle515.)
  • The first-week sales of Dido's new "Lift For Rent" album will beat out the Beatles "1," reports ITV.com.

    Update (10/3/03)

  • Mix Online: Michael Brauer mixes Paul McCartney (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • BBC: Beatles poster fetches £11,750

    Update (10/2/03)

  • From Christopher Clause, on the MFSL "Imagine" CD:

    Steve, has anyone reviewed this yet on your website? I have heard a lot about the infamous 2000 remix (which I think is a lot cleaner and does the work justice), but comparing the two versions just blew my head off! MFSL did such an AMAZING job on this mastering! I did not think they could improve it anymore with this new mix. Lennon's voice is RIGHT there. I just wanted to share that because I picked it up on a recent vacation to Orlando with my family at the Virgin store, and I am so glad I did!


  • Heather Mills is asking British prime minister Tony Blair to save her old primary school, reports the BBC.
  • Pics of Yoko and Sean at the MOCA Awards 9/25 in L.A. here and here (Thanks to Miki Narita.)
  • Toronto Star: Beatles memorabilia grabs big bucks

    Update (10/1/03)

  • This link has the collection of Ben Sherman Beatle shirts -- and not just t-shirts. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • From Evelyn Schwartz:

    Hi Steve,

    There'll be a new book by Klaus Voormann.
    »Warum spielst du Imagine nicht auf dem weißen Klavier, John?« - Erinnerungen an die Beatles und viele andere Freunde
    (Why don’t you play Imagine at the white piano, John? – recollections on the Beatles and other friends)
    publisher: Heyne Verlag ( www.heyne.de )
    release: November 2003
    cover pic: http://www.heyne.de/books_gfx/3453873130.jpg
    So far I noticed only a German language version, maybe an English language version comes out too.
    Klaus Voormann will make readings to promote the book in Germany:
  • 20. Oct, 52. Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt book fair) 4.00-5.00 pm CET Live Chat: Klaus Voormann, on the web via www.booxtra.de

  • 20. Nov reading Klaus Voorman in Erfurt at Buch Habel (he comes as part of “Fall Readings” series, Buch Habel is a local bookstore here in (my town), to what I understand it's reading only)

  • 24. Nov. reading Klaus Vormann in München, Carl-Orff-Saal accompanied by a musical programm There might be more dates in other German towns, but these are the only ones I have found so far.

    All the best,
    Evelyn

  • This Is London: Stella the nobody

    Update (9/30/03)

  • The Bootleg Files: "Let It Be" (the movie) -- Great link with the history of the unauthorized release of the movie. Search for the site's two other "Bootleg Files" movie reports on the Zapruder Kennedy assassination film and Disney's "Song of the South." (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Previously unpublished Beatle photos will be featured in a Robert Freeman book to be published in November, reports Billboard Bulletin. (You need a log-in to see it.)
  • From Ton Hoofwijk:

    At the next Mega Record and CD Fair on November 22nd and 23rd at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht in the Netherlands, there will be a special exhibition of Beatles collectibles. Dutch Beatles expert and collector Azing Moltmaker shows his most valuable items. Not just records, but also some unique memorabilia, such as a complete dinner set depicting the four Beatles, toys, autographs and the original contract of the only Dutch concert of the Fab Four in 1964 in Blokker.


  • From PF5000:

    Steve, To further your quick news links report on Beatles vinyl at HMV in Australia, this summer I went to New York, and Virgin Records has several Beatles vinyl titles, all still in their shrinkwrap. The ones I specifically remember seeing were Beatles for Sale, Anthology 1 and 3, In the Beginning (Tony Sheridan tapes), and With the Beatles. There were a few more that I can't think of though. I didn't buy any because of the "remove them from the shrinkwrap--don't remove them from the shrinkwrap" dilemma!


  • A review of the Old Grey Whistle Test DVD on dvdtalk.com
  • Pics of Stella's store opening in Los Angeles here and here. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Two comments on our blogspot commentary Monday on Yoko Ono. First, from Tashi Haskin:

    Hello and Good afternoon, I enjoy reading the new blogspot section-it's a lot of fun. I do have one complaint however. I didn't like the fact that you said the problems between Paul and Yoko were in your words " more Paul's fault than hers". Paul McCartney was one half of what was arguably the greatest songwriting team ever. He has every right to expect full credit for his work. Just because John is dead doesn't mean that Paul should forfeit his own legacy out of some sort of guilt. Yoko would not have been hurt financially by the simple switching of credits on a CD. I feel that she used this to further her own agenda and ingratiate herself with John's fans- and it has worked. She got plenty of help from a spiteful media who seems to be loathe to allow Paul to take his rightful place in music history. The Beatles legacy does not belong to Yoko, nor does it belong to John. The way in which Yoko has been allowed to hijack it for her own purposes is sad. Sadder still is the fact that some who call themselves "fans" support denying Paul the credit that is rightfully his. In my opinion, media outlets like your own that take Yoko's side on this issue give ammunition to those who wish to diminish Paul's contributions to the Beatles.

    Sorry about the rant but this issue really touches a nerve.
    Thank you,
    A Macca fan of 23 years.


    And Carolyn Hurwitz:

    Dear Steve, Thanks for your comments re the tabloids' latest gossip concerning Yoko. I am sick and tired of her being the whipping girl in the Beatles' story. Grow up, people! She's a human being like anyone, and she's far from the worst. Give John credit for having a brain when he married her, OK? Anyway, just want you to know I'm with you on this issue.

  • A look at the upcoming "The Kids Are Alright" DVD which features Ringo on digitally obsessed.
  • An interview with Paul's tour head of security from the Scotman. (Thanks to Barb Siler.)
  • USA Today: New boutique fairly screams Stella
  • A fellow designer has called Stella "a rich amateur" whose rich dad's money bought her success, reports IC Wales.
  • From Steve Dirkx:

    I'm surprised abbeyrd hasn't mentioned this new book, "Lennon Legend." It's full of cool 'repro' stuff and is only $40 at Borders. (The text doesn't contain anything new, but as I say, get it for the repro's like Cavern membership card, one of Johns "Daily Howl" , Hard Days night movie poster (reduced size of course), and lots of Yoko era "art". (I use the word loosely)
    Steve Dirkx,
    Dallas


    Comment: We just saw the book briefly the other day and were quite impressed. It's on the same lines of an Elvis book that came out last year. Another new book we noticed is "Once There Was a Way: Photographs of the Beatles" by Harry Benson

  • From RSGS:

    Hi! It's been so long since I've been reading you. However, this is the first time I am getting in touch with you. Congratulations. I am writing this message to tell that I have just returned from a Rolling Stones concert (Zaragoza, Spain), and, much to my delight, one of the songs that have been played previous to the concert was ... "Helter Skelter"!!! (Beatles original White Album version). I hope you'll find it of interest (especially to help get rid of those absurd confrontations between both bands.) Keep up the good work. Peace and love


  • Scotsman: True art or just Beatling about? (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Not in his usual blog spot, Terry Ott comments on the deaths of Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon.
  • OT: On Pitchfork, Castoffs and Cutouts: The Top 50 Most Common Used CDs. (Some of these are awfully familiar...)

    Update (9/28/03)

  • Here's the first part of a new interview with May Pang. (Part 2 will be put up Monday.)
  • For those of you in the UK (and those elsewhere with multi-regional DVD players), a new Region 2 DVD (playable in the UK, not in the U.S.), "Later With Jools Holland -- Later Giants" features Paul McCartney. (Thanks to Jonathan Dancey.)
  • The soundtrack to Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees features Paul's "Wild Life." Here's the album website. (Thanks to ed f.)
  • An autographed "Revolver album went for £21,000, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • From Gavan McAllister:

    I was just in the big HMV in the city (Brisbane, Australia), to find that they stock alot of vinyl now. All sorts of things from Powderfinger's and Robbie Williams new ones to Beatie Boys back catalogue to ELO best ofs etc. But I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a very healthy pile of newly manufactured Beatle LPs. I have no idea what anything means in regards to serial numbers and the politics of the record companies just confuses the hell out of me so sorry that I'm no help in regards to just where they came from - but readily available on the shelf is a great range of the Beatles albums on record, all new and shrink-wrapped and all cheaper than the CDs! (The best part of 10 dollars cheaper). I haven't bought one yet because also sitting on the shelf was the remastered All Things Must Pass on LP (also ten bucks cheaper than I paid for the CDs) so I grabbed that - and now am a very poor man. But, like I said I don't know much when it comes to things like this, I took this to mean that someone is pressing the Beatles albums on record again thus, essentially, meaning that the LPs are no longer out of print??

    Sorry if this is of no use - but I thought it is worth passing it on just in case it is something slightly revelating.


  • Links to Beatle stories on the Hello Magazine site:
  • http://www.hellomagazine.com/music/2003/09/18/johnlennon/
  • http://www.hellomagazine.com/music/2003/09/23/heathermills/
  • http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/2003/09/24/heathermills/
  • http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/stellamccartney/
  • http://www.hellomagazine.com/fashion/2003/09/26/pamanderson/
  • (Thanks to Kris Tash.)
    Update (9/27/03)
  • NPR interviews Bruce Spizer about his book, "The Beatles on Apple Records," in this audio link. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Robert Palmer passed away Friday from a heart attack. He was 54. Here's the story. (Thanks to Karen Dyson for the link.)
  • From Patti Murawski:

    Yoko was the honoree at the MOCA Awards to Distinguished Women in the Arts at a luncheon in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 25. Attending the luncheon with her was Sean and his girlfriend Bijou Phillips. Also in attendance were Megan Mullaly, Nastassja Kinski, and Dennis Hopper.


  • Pics of Yoko and more pics at the Moca Awards for Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon in L.A. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • A correction: The photo of Ringo at the San Diego show we put up Thursday was taken by Pattie O'Neal.

    Update (9/26/03)

  • Salt Lake Tribune: Utah kids' choir vies to sing for Yoko Ono
  • Stella made £6 million selling her name to Gucci, reports the This Is London.
  • Louise Harrison, George's sister, is featured on "Monstermania," an audio CD reading a children's book (that comes with it) about "four lovable monsters from Monsterpool, England," with tracks by 1964: The Tribute. You can learn more here.
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel: The White Album Ensemble back by popular demand

    Update (9/25/03)

  • In what is being called a case of "mistaken identity," the RIAA has withdrawn a lawsuit against a 65-year-old Massachusetts woman, reports the Electronic Freedom Foundation. The woman only has a Macintosh computer, which doesn't run Kazaa. Also, here's a Boston Globe story on this case.
  • If you're a Chicago Cubs baseball fan, you may or may not appreciate the comparisons in this MLB.com article.
  • Stamps designed by John Lennon sold for twice than what was expected, but some photos of the Beatles in Australia failed to sell at a Sotheby's auction, reports the UK Guardian.

    Update (9/24/03)

  • Our regular correspondent Terry Ott now has his very own blogspot, "By Terry Ott,", where he'll add regular commentary on all things Beatle. We'll post news of his blog updates.
  • smh.com: You may say he was a dreamer
  • Genesis Publication has an update on the Sir George Playback DVD project. Those interviewed on the disc will include Anthony Hopkins, Brian Wilson, David Leaf ("The Beach Boys and the California Myth"), Robin Gibbs, Jimmy Webb, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Beatles recording engineer Phil McDonald, Allan Kozinn of the New York Times (whose 1987 interview with Sir George is on this site) and Rolf Harris ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport").
  • From Beatletoons author Mitch Axelrod:

    FYI. I just bought The Bangles new CD "Doll Revolution." The last song "Grateful" uses the line "here comes the sun," and the liner notes say at the very end "This is for George." One can only assume that it is indeed George Harrison since The Bangles are all HUGE Beatles fans. By the way, great CD. I was very impressed!


  • From Sarah:

    I'm not sure if you've already reported these things or not. Anyway, the Rutles made number 12 on VH1's top 100 funniest moments in rock. Also, Heather Mills is narrating a special called "Dogs of Peace" on Animal Planet. It is on September 27 at 3 (EST). It was interesting; there are brief scenes with Heather at the beginning and end of the show, and otherwise she is narrating. It is about dogs used to detect landmines in Afghanistan. Great site, by the way. Thanks.

  • Good news for us Who fans: The Who will go into the studio in March to record a new album, reports Billboard.com

    Update (9/23/03)

  • The Los Angeles coroner has ruled the death of model Lana Clarkson, who died at Phil Spector's home, was a homicide, reports CBS News.
  • Billboard.com: "Imagine" license plate proposed in Florida
  • Paul makes a guest appearance on Rusty Anderson's new album, reports Billboard.com
  • http://www.musictap.net is listing the release date for Paul's "Love Songs" compilation as Jan. 27. (Thanks to John Nestore.)
  • One of our favorite singers, Mark Lindsay, will perform his final live show ever on New Year's Eve in Portland, Ore. Here are the details. (We had the opportunity to see and meet Mark at Beatlefest in Los Angeles several years ago and it's a moment we'll never forget. We're sorry to see him retire.)

    Update (9/19/03)

  • An upcoming TV documentary will document the appeal of Lennon's "Imagine," reports IC Liverpool.
  • Vineland Daily Journal: Larry Kane's "Ticket To Ride"
  • The RIAA and various ISPs are debating the RIAA's use of subpoenas in Congress, reports Billboard.
  • A Yoko autographed Lennon CD is up for auction here.
  • A pic of Stella with Madonna's new kids' book. (Thanks to Kris Tash.)
  • AP: Detectives submit findings on Spector
  • beatlefans.com, which we mentioned a few days ago was closing, has now decided to stay online. (Thanks to Tony F.)

    Update (9/18/03)

  • This site, featuring documents made available by the Freedom of Information Act, includes info on celebrities, including John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Lucille Ball and J. Edgar Hoover.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art will honor Yoko Ono, reports amnnews.com
  • The owner of an Internet auction site has denied charges made by the former owner of the autographed John Lennon album signed the night before he was killed, reports Newsday. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Paul has an invitation to Buckingham Palace, reports Western Morning News. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • From Marshall Fish:

    Just another quick e-mail to say that I purchased the Old Grey Whistle Test region 1 DVD today. I've only scanned parts of it so far, but it looks pretty good to me.

    The John Lennon footage is pretty good. The "Stand By Me"' promo film/video is as great as ever, and nice to have on DVD. It's too bad this DVD doesn't feature the "Slippin' and Sliddin'" promo film/video video, too, which was played on the program. The Lennon interview with "Whispering" Bob Harris is about 20+ minutes long. John talks about his then 3 1/2 years living in New York, the record industries in New York versus L.A., Madison Square Garden, and a whole lot more. John's name is the first one listed on the DVD's cover. Plus, us Springsteen fans finally have the 1978 "Rosalita" video with the band intros unedited, for the first time on a U.S. DVD or VHS tape. Add in performances by Bob Marley, The Police, Tom Petty, Elton John, U2, REM, etc., and you get a nice DVD.

  • Pics of Yoko's re-enactment of the Cut Piece. Also, here's a video clip. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Yoko's "Freight Train" artwork is on exhibit in Detroit, reports the Globe and Mail.
  • The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus begins a tour of U.S. military bases. Here's the schedule from Undercover Music.
  • Check out this new Duran Duran video has a very Beatle sound to it and looks a lot like "Yellow Submarine." (Thanks to David Freis.)
  • Arizona Central: Appeals considers whether to allow music industry subpoenas
  • There's a live Beatles chat nightly at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT here. (Thanks to Tony Frye.)
  • From Terry Ott:

    David Bowie's newest out today, Reality, has the Thin White Duke doing George Harrison's Try Some Buy Some from Harrison's top selling 1973 album Living In The Material World.

    In a fitting tribute to George, Bowie just about reproduces Harrison's arrangement, complete with orchestra fills around the chorus, although Bowie's version is slightly less produced and slower than Harrison's recording. Whether by design or not, Bowie even seems to have reproduced the somber and inward looking tone of LITMW on Reality.

    I think George would approve.

    Update (9/16/03)

  • As promised, Yoko recreated her "Cut Piece" in Paris, according to AP and Reuters. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen, Adam Powell and Trini Schultz.)
  • New Zealand Herald: Book review of "Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour that Changed the World" by Larry Kane
  • A plea from Peter Walkling in the UK:

    Dear Steve,

    I am hoping that the worldwide Beatles commuity can help. I have been a collector for the past 30 years - but my whole vinyl collection was targeted and stolen form my business premises last night, that being Sunday 14 September 2003. Those of you who I traded with or know me will know what part of the UK I am from.

    Apart form stealing the usual office PCs, a Panasonic DVD Recorder, Apple eMac etc they stole all by collection of Beatles LP vinyls, UK, USA releases, official and bootleg. Items that were unique are a copy of George Harrison's "Cloud Nine" LP, autographed "Best Wishes - Peter " George Harrison - this was also signed by Paul and Eric Clapton another the Traveling Wilburys Volume One "Stickers stolen by George Harrison" Bootleg vinyls from Kum Back to Swinging Pig label , Codename Russia to the Great Dane Set - Get Back Journals etc. These are sure to appear on Ebay, or offered to the collecting community.

    If any one of your readers are offered these items, there is a $5,000 reward leading to the conviction of the nasty vile individuals that commited this crime.

    Please could anybody with any info email me at friarpark@btopenworld.com. It would be greatly appreciated, and you will be rewarded accordingly.

    Best regards,
    Pete Walkling (UK)


  • The BBC is spotlighting Liverpool music beyond the Beatles, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Stella was among the attendees at the party to celebrate the publication of Madonna's first children's book, reports the Glasgow Herald. (Thanks to joeltle515.
  • www.beatlefans.com will close at the end of the month. Best of luck to the webmasters.
  • Now we feel really old: This AP profile of David McCallum, the actor with the Beatle haircut who played Illya Kuryakin in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" in the '60s, says the actor is 70! Where did the years go??
  • A bit OT: One of our favorite movies is "Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can visit the castle in Scotland where much of the movie was filmed and say, "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!", reports CNN.

    Update (9/15/03)

  • Lexington Herald Leader: All this time we thought Beatlemania started in Liverpool. According to this Lexington Herald Leader article, it actually had its roots in the fortunes of a horse called Never Say Die.
  • Washington Times: No. 3 forever (Lennon content)
  • A Canadian from Toronto is protesting the anti-copy properties of EMI's new CDs with his own website (thanks to Terry Ott)
    Update (9/14/03)
  • John Lennon is the subject of two books this fall, reports the Vancouver Sun. (Scroll down to section headed "Rock n' Roll")
  • Fall fashion is taking some hints from "A Hard Day's Night," reports the Rocky Mountain News.
  • John Lennon's last car is listed for auction on eBay. (Thanks to Terry Ott.)
  • George Harrison's "Let It Be" guitar sold for over $434,000, reports Reuters.
  • Los Angeles Times: Prague regains its glow (Lennon content)
  • The UK Guardian: A red sweater day (review of book about illustrator of Rupert the Bear children's tales. McCartney content.)
  • From Luis Limon:

    Hi Steve!:

    How are you! "Las Lunas del Auditorio" (The Moons of the Auditorium) is an event that recognizes the best in the field of Arts (Music, Dance, Life achievement, etc.). On its second year straight, in a event that took place last september 10 at the "Auditorio Nacional" in Mexico City, Paul get an award for Best Pop in a Foreign Language (although this received only a brief mention!). On the Best Rock in a Foreign Language the winner was Peter Gabriel. Both Paul and Pete played last year here in Mexico City on November.

    I remind you and all your visitors to hear my radio show "Beatles Ahora" (Beatles Now) every saturday from 6 thru 7 pm (CT) at www.radiooro.com

    Thanks a lot Steve!

  • An AP story on Stella's new perfume, called, simply, Stella
  • The Electronic Freedom Foundation has an online petitition to stop the RIAA lawsuits. It plans to send the petition to Congress in advance of hearings on the RIAA's recent legal moves.

    Update (9/13/03)

  • Yoko is among several artists who plan to help raise money for a gay high school in New York, reports sovo.com.
  • New York Times: File-sharing battle leaves musicians in the middle (registration required)
  • A story about Darrel Higman, who performed at Stella's wedding, from Biggleswade Today.
  • This Marin Independent Journal story about the 9-11 two year anniversary credits Paul with "Imagine."
  • From Joeltle515:

    Tony Perkins, "Good Morning America" weatherman and devoted Beatles fanatic, has left the show on a "maternity leave" (his wife is gonna have their first child) and to bid tony a "fond farewell for now", they gave him the surprise of a lifetime: a call from Ringo wishing him the very best!

    Update (9/12/03)

  • A Portland company has filed suit over an agreement to distribute live recordings originally aired on the BBC by groups including the Beatles, reports MaineToday.com.
  • Madison.com: A time to Imagine
  • AP: Mfume Calls For More Humane Chicken Slaughter (McCartney content. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • From Ansgar Bellerson:

    Hi,

    I just took a look at the "signed" LIB-Album on eBay. Yes, it is signed ... but not by anyone of The Beatles. Although the picture is presented in poor quality it is clear as day that this is a fake. Yes, on May 23, 1970 the BBC transmitted a programme which featured interviews by Johnny Moran with all four Beatles. But he was talking individually with them AND he used pre-recorded tapes which were recorded probably a lot earlier. So: Please, don't bid!

    All the best from Germany,
    Ansgar

    Update (9/11/03)

  • A Hamburg, N.J., man is suing an auction house over the sale of a "Double Fantasy" album signed by John Lennon the night he was murdered, reports the New Jersey Herald. (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • BBC: Beatle guitar sale gets encore
  • AFP: Beatles guitar up for auction (Thanks to James Baumann.)
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Is Gwyneth the new Yoko?
  • MSNBC.com: Harrison guitar to be auctioned
  • An interesting item on eBay: a "Let It Be" album signed by all four Beatles from May, 1970. (Thanks to Steve Host.)

    Update (9/10/03)

  • From Sue Keogh of the BBC:

    Just wanted to let you know about a brand new section of the BBC website devoted to The Beatles and Yesterday which I hope you will want to link to and perhap put up as a news item. Sold On Song celebrates great songs and the craft of songwriting. On the Yesterday pages you'll find video clips of Paul McCartney talking about what the song means to him, audio clips from Sir George Martin, features, links to Beatles information all over the BBC website and the chance to vote on alternative versions of the song. There's also room for fans to tell us what impact Yesterday has had on their lives.

    Take a look! It's all at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/songlibrary/songhome/yesterday.shtml


  • MSN: Beatle's guitar up for auction
  • Happy birthday today (Sept. 10) to Cynthia Lennon, who is 64. (She was the main reason we attended our first Beatlefest.)
  • From Duke:

    Hey As I check out the AbbeyRd site, I am watching the Comedy Central show, "I'm With Busey," a show that follows the wacky adventures of actor Gary Busey and Adam De La Penna,a writer of some kind. Well, Adam tells Gary about the time he stole his friend Sean's shoes and blamed his other friend Alan. Busey reunites the three friends to expose the truth. Sean is Sean Lennon. Apparently he and De La Penna have been frineds for 15 years and at one point Adam stole his Kangaroos. Sean demaned new shoes. Also of note, Sean wore a Rolling Stones t-shirt.
    Peace, Duke


  • Barbara Pazmino received this from a friend in Germany:

    Last night there was a show with the top 50 of the best selling albums in German music history. Number 5 was The Beatles blue album. It was in the German top ten for 91 weeks! They showed clip of Beatles performing "Hey Jude" and the whole audience and guests were singing "lalalalalalala lalalala Hey Jude" and clapping. Quite a sight. And on # 1 - best selling German album of all times - is THE RED BEATLES ALBUM! Would you believe it was in the German top 10 for 2 1/2 years but never once made it to number 1!!!


  • Here's the press release for the auction of George's "Let It Be" guitar.
  • From Jim Trawicki:

    Hi Steve,

    Jody Denberg has posted excerpts in the form of 3 mp3s from his very recent interview with yoko ono on the KGSR website (www.kgsr.com) for the enjoyment of man(and woman)kind.

    Cheers,
    jim trawicki
    austin, tx


  • Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: Collectors still in grip of Beatlemania
  • Hampton Roads Daily Press: Region's legends to be honored (Lennon mention.)

    Update (9/9/03)

  • Yoko Ono is allowing the use of a John Lennon self-portrait on a proposed Florida license plate to promote food banks, reports the South Florida Business Journal and Sun Sentinel.
  • A review of the Orchestral Beatles in Australia from the Advertiser.
  • Toronto Star: John Lennon's car
  • Denver Post: Yoko Ono arts event re-creates a snippet from past
  • As you probably know, the RIAA Monday began filing 261 lawsuits against computer users for alleged copyright violations due to file sharing. The Electronic Freedom Foundation's bulletin on this is here. And here's their advice on how not to get sued. Also, the recording industry announced an "amnesty" program for file sharers. The Electronic Freedom Foundation's response: "The RIAA has offered 'sham-nesty,' not amnesty, for those sharing music online," explained EFF Staff Attorney Jason Schultz. "The recording industry wants file-sharers to confess guilt, while leaving these music fans vulnerable to lawsuits from record companies and music publishers and bands like Metallica that control independent music rights." The EFF's "Let the Music Play" campaign website is here.

    Update (9/8/03)

  • From Pedro de Souza Salassié in Brazil:

    Hi, Steve,

    The EMI's website in Brazil has a CD by Paul McCartney called 'Sold'. I really don't know what it is, I've never heard nothing about it! It's a 3-CD set, and it's not sold in Amazon, in anyplace, I've never seen this triple CD in Brazil or even in the U.S., but the second CD is exactly like 'Paul Is Live' (1993), the CD cover is exactly like 'Paul Is Live', too. It's a magical mystery tour... and this is the tracklist:

    Disc 1:
    1- Sold
    2- I Asked For Love
    3- Keep Me In Mind
    4- Everything I Own
    5- Freedom
    6- Just Ain't Enough
    7- Where Are You Now?
    8- Little Ghost
    9- Next Time
    10- We've Got The Right
    
    11- To Be Reborn
     
    Disc 2:
    24 tracks exactly like 'Paul Is Live':
    1- Drive My Car
    2- Let Me Roll It
    3- Looking For Changes
    
    4- Peace In The Neighbourhood
    5- All My Loving
    6- Robbie's Bit (Thanks Chet)
    7- Good Rockin' Tonight
    8- We Can Work It Out
    9- Hope Of Deliverance
    10- Michelle
    11- Biker Like An Icon
    12- Here, There And Everywhere
    13- My Love
    14- Magical Mystery Tour
    15- C'Mon People
    16- Lady Madonna
    17- Paperback Writer
    18- Penny Lane
    19- Live And Let Die
    20- Kansas City
    21- Welcome To Soundcheck
    22- Hotel In Benidorm
    23- I Wanna Be Your Man
    24- A Fine Day
     
    Disc 3:
    1- I Believe
    2- Let Me Be The One
    3- All Along
    4- Oh Virginia
    5- Nora
    6- Would You Be There
    7- Home
    
    8- End Of The World
    9- Heaven
    10- Forever For Tonight
    11- Lucky To Be Here

    And this is the link for the page: http://www.emi.com.br/discografia.asp?a=00142&p=8277042

    Pedro de Souza Salassié
    PEPPERECORDS
    beatles@royalnet.com.br
    www.thebeatles.com.br

  • (UK) Mirror: Yoko to bare all again at 70.

    Update (9/7/03)

  • Universal Music announced late in the week that it will drop CD list prices to $12.98, reports Reuters. That would drop wholesale prices to roughly $9.98, meaning retail prices would be between $9.98 and $12.98. The move should take effect around Oct. 1. Though it was expected that Universal's rivals would follow suit, so far they haven't, reports USA Today. EMI's stock, however, took a tumble on release of the news about the Universal Music move, reports Reuters.
  • Sheffield Today: Macca asked to help Ben
  • From Carl Savich:

    With regard to the George Harrison rosewood Fender Telecaster from Let It Be, Harrison gave that guitar away to Delaney Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie after George toured with them along with Eric Clapton. Delaney was sitting on that guitar for 34 years. It would have been great if he just returned it to the George Harrison Estate. But he may have decided to sell it now because of the tie-in with Let It Be. That particular Fender rosewood Telecaster was a gift to Harrison from the Fender company which gave the Beatles a bunch of guitars, including basses. It was a unique guitar made of rosewood and specially made. Harrison of course used it in the Let It Be movie and sessions. The good thing out of all of this is that we finally have that legendary guitar back in circulation so to speak.


  • And here's a link to the eBay listing for George's guitar.
  • And here's a video link to an interview with Larry Kane. (Click on 10! Show, then Kane and Beatles video. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Yoko is to re-stage one of her conceptual art events to help bring about world peace, reports the Irish Examiner.
  • This press release confirms the re-release of Ringo's Christmas album.
  • A review of "A Hard Day's Night" from the Hindustan Times.
  • Latest development in the file-sharing situation: The recording industry is reportedly planning an amnesty period, reports the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

    Update II (9/5/03)

  • George's "Let It Be" guitar is to be auctioned, reports the Detroit Free Press. A photo of the guitar is here. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Billboard.com: 'Whistle Test' DVD Showcases Vintage Performances

    Update (9/5/03)

  • A review of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" DVD on dvdtalk.com.
  • And from George Burton:

    Hi Steve, On Saturday 20th September on BBC 2 there is a documentary about Imagine. It's all about the writing of well...Imagine!! Not really sure, but I assume it's just the song and not the album. Apparently includes rare, never seen in the UK footage shot by Austrian TV. Cheers George Burton


  • Some Lennon pencil drawings on an envelope are being auctioned at Sothebys, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • A look at a John Lennon art exhibit from zwire.com

    Update (9/4/03)

  • One Russian city is to get a Lennon, and not Lenin, Square, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Unreleased film of John and Yoko will be seen in a new documentary, reports IC Liverpool.(Thanks to Pedro de Souza Salassié, Terry Ott and Trini Schultz.)
  • The Paul McCartney Live in the New World DVD has hit no. 6 on the Billboard charts. Here's a press release.
  • It took the courage brought about by a few too many drinks that led to the association of Super Furry Animals and Paul McCartney, reports Undercover Music. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the links unless otherwise noted.)

    Update (9/2/03)

  • The (UK) Observer has an interview with photograph Jane Bown, whose photos of the Beatles are among those in an exhibit currently on display. Here are some of her photos and the Observer's review of the exhibit.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has an interview with former DJ Larry Kane, whose book, "Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour that Changed the World" goes behind the scenes for the first U.S. tour. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the above two links.)
  • Reuters: TV Museum Plans Cash, Beatles Screenings
  • Valley News Dispatch (Pa.): Ken Mansfield's long and winding road to the light
  • This New York Daily News story about sports groupies includes a mention of Ringo.
  • Reuters: PluggedIn: Learning to Live with Legal Music Services (Beatles mention)
  • A George Harrison guitar is on display in Southern California, reports PE.com (registration required).
  • A little rant about Paul at Orwell Today. If you're sensitive about Paul criticism, you might want to avoid it. (Thanks to Brian Patrick Miles.)

    Update (9/1/03)

  • Phillip Norman talks to Yoko in this link from the Peninsula in Qatar (thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen).
  • The BBC has what looks to be a likely looking (for these types of things, anyway) computer drawing of what Elvis Presley would look like if he were still alive.

    Update (8/30/03)

  • New Yorker Yoko Ono was present when Liverpool paid tribute to the victims of 9/11, reports the Associated Press and IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Colin Worthington and Trini Schultz.)
  • Louise Harrison talked about her brother at a Florida exhibit of photos taken during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night," reports the Tampa Tribune.

    Update (8/29/03)
  • More rumors that Stella is getting married soon, from Hello! Magazine. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • On this date (Aug. 29) in 1966, the Beatles played their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • Paul holds the world's record of wold records in Guinness Book of World Records, reports Sky News. He's got 26. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)

    Update (8/28/03)

  • Some sad news: Author Ian MacDonald, author of "Revolution in the Head" which analyzed the Beatles' music, has died. Cause of death was suicide, reports the Independent. Our sincere condolences to his family. (Thanks to Roel Kalfsvel and Matt Devine.)
  • Jean Catharall informs us she has pictures of Jackie Lomax in his visit to Beatle Week on her website.
  • From Jean Garello in France:

    Yoko is currently staging an exhibition of her art in Paris. It runs until 28 september in the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris alongside another exhibition by Jonas Mekas who filmed the "Imagine" movie for the Lennons. Yoko stayed at the luxurious Ritz hotel in Paris and gave interviews, one for Libération a left wing evening paper.

  • And a correction: Barbara Bach turned 56 Wednesday, not 59. (Thanks to Jennette for bringing that to our attention.)
  • Pete Best beats Ringo in an arbitration? Someone's pulling your leg.
  • Mark this date on your calendar: Nov. 17 is when Cooper-Owen auction house is having an all-Beatles sale.
  • Adelaide, Australia, will be one of the places getting a Cavern Club, reports the Advertiser. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that Sen. Norm Coleman, the chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has called for hearings to analyze the RIAA's deluge of subpoenas in its quest to stop music file sharing. For more information on how you can make your voice heard in the hearings, click here.
    Update (8/27/03)
  • Rock photographer Brian Bignell is putting together a book of photos he's taken of different rock stars in the 1960's, including one of George giving an impromptu performance in his dressing room backstage at a gig in 1963, reports the UK Mirror. (Thanks to Joeltle515.)
  • Albuquerque Journal: 39 Years Ago, Newsman Had Front-Row Seat to Beatles History (Thanks to Dnight25.)
  • On this date in 1967, Brian Epstein was found dead in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping pills. We're sending good thoughts to the Epstein family today.
  • And happy birthday to Ringo's wife, Barbara Bach (scroll to bottom). She's 59 today.

    Update (8/26/03)

  • The Cavern Club may go worldwide, reports the BBC, the Guardian and IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • IC Liverpool has an interview with Astrid Kirchherr (thanks to Trini Schultz).
  • Ananova: McCartney's backing helps British band out of the pigsty (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Boston Globe: McCartney's words of praise sets wheels in motion
  • Bay News: Exhibit of rare Beatles' photos makes a stop in Downtown Tampa
  • BBC Birmingham: Beatles couple says 'Love me do'
  • And we just passed the 40th anniversary of the composing of "She Loves You," reports the Mercury, one of the Fabs' trademark songs. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • ICE lists the McCartney music performance on the new "Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music" DVD as "Hey Jude." (Thanks to David Moore.)

    Update (8/24/03)

  • Will the Beatles soon be a part of the Apple ITunes Store? An item on Mac News Network seems to think so. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • David Moore notes that "The Point" DVD apparently didn't get released this week. However, he notes there's a four-DVD set called "Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music" that at least one merchant website says contains McCartney footage.

    Update (8/23/03)

  • From Terry Ott:

    John C. Munro, a former cabinet minister in the 1968-1984 government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, has died at his home in Hamilton, Ontario at the age of 72.

    The cause was a heart attack, according to published reports.

    Munro met with John and Yoko in Ottawa during the couple's Christmas 1969 whirl-wind tour of Ontario, in which the former Beatle and his wife preached peace, and tolerance for pot.

    Munro, federal health minister at the time, received the couple for discussions on how marijuana may be decriminalized in Canada, and the general well being of the country's youth.

    Munro, who was described at the time as "with it," by Lennon, also met with Trudeau, and although the meeting became an incredible event, no policy changes were passed by the government at that time.

    However, seeds sown almost 35 years ago appear to gather harvest as earlier this year, the Canadian government said that they would most likely make small amount of marijuana possession a non-criminal offense.

    In an interview with this reporter 4 years ago, Munro described Lennon and his wife as being "very nice."


  • This press release mentions the recent release of the "Paul Is Live" DVD in the U.S. and its eventual release in Europe. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Vote for your favorite Beatle song on the BBC site.
  • Also on the BBC site, an archive of BBC News Beatles stories. (Thanks to James Breedon for the last two links.)
  • This link to Hello! Magazine shows a pic of the sexy box with Stella's new fragrance. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Simon Steadman, who can count Paul McCartney among his fans, is coming to New York, reports the New York Post.
  • Six Brazilians' lack of knowledge about the Beatles cost them entry into England, reports the AP and the BBC. (Thanks to Tim Hites, James Breedon, JM Oliveira, Patrick McDonald, Franco, Steve Frank, Tim Tyler, Doug Taber and Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • There's a Beatles impersonator show in Las Vegas, reports Las Vegas Review Journal (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • OT: This PC Magazine article discusses the recent dual threats of the SoBig and Blaster viruses and how to stay ahead of them.

    Update (8/22/03)

  • The Internet Beatle photo auction has been the victim of fake bids, reports the Evening Telegraph. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update (8/20/03)

  • That online Beatle photo auction has gotten a big response, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • From Pedro Salassie in Brazil:

    Hi Steve,

    The portal Beatles Brasil reported today that the song "Step Inside Love", written by Paul McCartney and recorded by Cilla Black in 1968, was remixed and re-released in a dance version in Britain's underground. 3,000 copies of the single were done under the title TS vs CB with the help of DJ Tommy Sandhu. Robert Wills, son and manager of the singer said that this was a great idea to celebrate his mother's 60th birthday. Tommy did three mixes for "Step Inside Love", all of them were released with small repercution in the country. Wills also says that it would be great if the song reached the charts as summer's top hit. Cilla signed a new contract with EMI and will release a new album next year. Source: ITV.com. The original news are in this link (in Portuguese): http://www.thebeatles.com.br/news/central/index.php?sec=ext&act=read&id=MZnb1065f23ca.

  • What Do Paul Mc Cartney, Castle Leslie, Ceiba Del Mar and travel expert Stephanie Abrams have in common? This press release at Prime Zone Media Network has the answer.
  • Here's a petition to get the Rutles sequel released. (Thank to Jack C.)
  • Gary Post Tribune: "Beatles" headline Popcorn Festival (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update (8/19/03)

  • Veteran Merseyside broadcaster Monty Lister, who interviewed the Beatles the first time they were interviewed on radio, has retired, reports the BBC. Here's a transcript of that historic interview. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Jim and Sue Caldwell tell us that Gary Patterson, author of "The Walrus was Paul: the Great Beatle Death Clues of 1969," will be interviewed on "Coast to Coast AM" with George Noory on a show called, "Is Paul Really Dead?" The Coast to Coast AM website http://www.coasttocoastam.com/ features a list of all affiliates broadcasting the show.
  • From Lucy Carter:

    Hello Beatle Peeps!

    I know it is less than a week away from Beatle Week 2003 and you're probably all a little pre-occupied BUT.....tickets for the 'Beatles' Christmas Charity Party are on sale now! The reason I am posting about this so early is that the tickets will be limited so they are on offer to you first. They are only £5 each, which I know you will agree, is great value for money and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Linda McCartney Cancer Centre and the wonderful Macmillan Nurses.

    Last year we had a ball and raised over £500! The Party will take place on the 6th December 2003 and by then, it will be 4 LONG months since BW 2003 and 9 longer months till the next one, so why not beat your Beatle blues and celebrate whilst raising some money for charity? It could be just tonic you need to get you in tune with the xmas celebrations!

    Thank you to all bands, sponsors, guests and helpers for giving up their time for free!

    This year 'With a little help from my friends' ( a lot of help actually!) I am pleased to announce that we have some very special treats in store for you. The party will be held at the Jacaranda Club, Liverpool, where as most of you know is where The Beatles played before they set off for Hamburg, the basement which still holds some of the original murals painted by Lennon, Sutcliffe and Murray, will be alive once more, with the sounds of the fabulous 'Prellies' who will re-create the scene with some authentic 'Hamburg Rock!' Bringin you up to date will be an exclusive 'Lennon and McCartney' accoustic set brought to you by Jimmy & Tony Coburn. Also, with us on the day will be the 'original Beatles promoter, Sam Leach and top Ringo look-a-like Max Frudd and Lennon impersonator Rich Sherman, (top photo opportunity!) Tickets will be limited, but if you want a place secured, please email me now at lucy.lennon@btopenworld.com

    The itinerary is looking really great and is expanding by the minute, this is how it stands at the moment:-

    Event:- 'Beatles' Christmas Charity Party
    Date:- Saturday 6th December 2003 1.30pm-7.30pm Venue:- Jacaranda Club, Liverpool
    What Goes On:- Live Music! Special Guests, Raffle, Tomobola, Lucky Dip and more festive frolics tbc!
    Entertainment:- The Prellies LIVE! (Hamburg set) and Jimmy & Tony Coburn's 'exclusive' tribute to Lennon & McCartney.
    Special Guests:- Sam Leach original Beatles promoter, Max Frudd (Ringo) and Rich Sherman (Lennon) will be available for photo's for a small fee which will be donated to the causes.

    It's all good fun! It should be a really great day and all in a good cause to raise some serious money. Don't miss out on this festive feast with some fantastic prizes.....great music, great speeches and plenty of photo opportunities. Tanks to everyone who has helped so far!

    Sponsors are:- The Beat Goes On And On--The Beatles Shop, Liverpool-Brand X-The British Beatles Fan Club-The Jacaranda-Sam Leach-The Mathew Street Gallery-The Overtures-Provident Financial

    Let's fight cancer together!

    Lucyx

  • Some unusual Beatle links (thanks to George Barrett)
  • Cilla Black, once a member of the Brian Epstein artist group that included the Beatles, was robbed of more than £1 million in valuables, reports the BBC.
  • From Joeltle515:

    The latest issue of "Rolling Stone" (with the Olsen Twins on the cover) includes an "on the scene" report on Paul and Heather, who were spotted leaving Gold's Gym in New York City and were later seen walking into a "buybuyBaby" store.

  • The RIAA now says it is after only "substantial" file sharers, reports CNET News.
  • And for those following the news of the file sharing battles, here's a pro-file sharing website that keeps tabs on the daily developments.

    Update II (8/18/03)

  • An unpublished picture of the Beatles is being auctioned online for charity, reports WebUser, the BBC and The (UK) Mirror. The auction site is here.
  • Cooper Owens' Sept. 23 auction will feature Beatle photos by Dezo Hoffman taken from the collection of his master printer, Alan Robertson. Their website is here.
  • The Rolling Stones have announced they'll make their music available for purchase online as part of a deal involving Real Networks and EMI Music, reports the New York Times (registration required), dotmusic, San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal (subscription required), CNET News and Internet News.com. The Stones tracks will show up initially on Rhapsody for a two-week exclusive window, then be availalble on other services. This leaves the Beatles as one of the few digital holdouts. Will they follow suit?
  • Stella McCartney's company lost £2.7 million her first year, reports Vogue UK.
  • From Stephen Lalich:

    There was a 50 minute documentary on BBC World called, "Great Britons - John Lennon." Did anybody else see this as it was quite good. It was screened in Australia, Sydney time on Sunday 10 August at 7.10am and 7.10pm and repeated once again on Monday 11 August at 4.10am.


  • From writer Bart Mendoza:

    Hi. Just wanted to let you know that the Pete Best / Tony Sheridan interview is out in the Aug (Vol. 2 #11) issue of the San Diego Troubador magazine. You can get a copy sent for $2 postpaid to: SD Troubadour, P.O. Box 164, La Jolla, CA 92038. Their site (with just basic info) is at http://gothere.com/sandiego/Troubadour/.


  • And to hype another upcoming Elvis Presley release with new material (you'd think the guy was still alive with all the stuff they've put out), there's news about a previously undiscovered Elvis song. Here's the press release.
  • Rolling Stone.com: Living Cover covers Beatles (Thanks to Robert Ceisler.)

    Update (8/18/03)

  • Library presents Beatles exhibit
  • Beatles producer George Martin has praised the work of composer Ron Goodwin, who died earlier this year, reports the Western Morning News.
  • A Wyoming group is only one of three American bands who'll play at the International Beatles Week in Liverpool, reports the Casper Star Tribune.

    Update (8/17/03)
  • Vanguard Records has just released a new CD, "Soul Tribute to the Beatles." You can find Vanguard's webpage for the album here. (Thanks to Eric Hartvigsen.)

    Update (8/9/03)
  • In a probing interview by reporter William Porter of the Denver Post, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was asked the pressing question "Lennon or McCartney?" Her answer: "I'm a fan all the way, but as a teen it was Paul."
    A theater marquee at Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Texas. (Thanks to Steve Dirkx.)
  • At an auction in Ludlow, reports This Is Ludlow, the Beatles beat other celebs, including the Queen Mother. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Ananova: Anniversary of Beatles' debut to be celebrated (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Carlos André.)
  • A Russian historian says the Beatles helped destroy the Soviet Union, reports the UK Guardian. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • A major Beatles photo exhibit is coming to Liverpool, reports IC Liverpool (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Washington Times: Ovation for Graff (mentions upcoming Brian Epstein biopic)
  • Lisa Marie Presley has something in common with Paul: Both didn't like Michael Jackson having control of some of their music, reports Net Music Countdown
  • From Carl Savich:

    The new album by Eva Cassidy, AMERICAN TUNE, scheduled for release on August 12, features a cover version of "Yesterday". AMERICAN TUNE is currently no. 1 on Amazon.com. (The last Eva Cassidy album was called IMAGINE, featuring the John Lennon song.)


  • The latest in the file-sharing battle: A Massachusetts district court rejected efforts by the RIAA to identify some Massachusetts students accused of sharing files. The release by the Electronic Frontier Foundation is here.

    Update (8/8/03)

  • The New York Post reports Paul stopped by a bar in the Hamptons Tuesday and bought a round of drinks.

  • From Carl Savich:

    Billboard reported that the Museum of Television and Radio of LA and NY will have a Beatles exhibit in 2004. The exhibit will be called "Revolution: The Beatles on television" which will run from February 6 to April 30, 2004. The exhibit will feature music videos and TV appearances by the Beatles as well as screenings of the Albert and David Maysles film "What's Happening" which documented the Beatles' firts US visit.

    (Also thanks to Craig Pospisil.)
  • Chart Attack: Charty Chart Chat: Klaatu Shines
  • News Record.com: Area band pays tribute to the Beatles
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for several of the links.)

    Update (8/7/03)

  • The Washington Times made note of the fact that the Kennedy Center honorees just named for this year did not include Paul McCartney, who was nominated last year, then pulled out. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update (8/6/03)

  • The upcoming Mobile Fidelity Imagine disc has been delayed until Aug. 26. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update II (8/5/03)

  • A hotel owner in the UK is hoping his register signed by the Beatles in 1963 will bring him big money when it's auctioned, reports the BBC.
  • CNN: Tony Blair's wife's dancefloor hit ("When I'm 64")

    Update (8/5/03)

  • Sean Anglum recently wrote us about his problems with the "Pet Sounds" DVD audio disc. He wrote us Monday telling us how he resolved them:

    A quick note to let you know that the recent problems with new Pet Sounds DVD-A were all on my end. Turns out my player wasn't up to the task and couldn't quite read the disc well enough to play through without skips. Had wonderful replys from many abbeyrd readers, which helped a bunch. Also heard from Mark Linnett, giving me some "sound" advice. Oohh, sorry!

    So I'm now the proud owner of a new DVD player and Pet Sounds is spectacular! I have no stock or involvement with the Pioneer Corp., but their hot new DV-563A player is unreal. It is the poor man's solution to playing SACD disc, as well. Matter of fact, it is friendly with just about all disc formats for audio and video. You can find it around for under $200, so it's a deal for those wanting to get into the SACD pool, but not sure of the depth of their investment. Had to re-watch all my Fabs' DVDs with the groovy progressive scan on the unit, too. It was a music filled weekend!

    Update (8/4/03)

  • More speculation about Stella's wedding from the UK Herald (thanks to Trini Schultz)
  • Mansfield News Journal: Beatles still draw a crowd (about Abbey Road on the River)
    Update (8/3/03)
  • The latest in the RIAA's campaign against file sharing: Pacific Bell has sued three organizations, including the RIAA, claiming the groups are manipulating copyright laws to violate the privacy of Internet users, reports the New York Times, Washington Post and Newsday. In addition, Kansascity.com is reporting a U.S. senator is now questioning the RIAA's tactics. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's release on the suit is here. You can read the legal papers here. EFF's RIAA vs. the people website is here.
  • Recently discovered unpublished photos from "A Hard Day's Night" are being exhibited across the country, and currently in Omaha, Neb., reports the Lincoln Journal Star.
  • Paul has been spotted in London, reports the UK Sun.
  • A profile of Scot Arch, a Lennon imitator on delcotimes.com. (No pic online, though.) (Thanks to Trini Schultz for this and the two links above it.)
  • Terry Ott's comment about this story we linked to in the 8/2 updates:

    Sorry, but the piece on the gal from Pennslyvania who claims to have been kissed by Macca and adored by the other Fabs in 1964 and then sung to from the concert stage smacks of either too much a) acid, b) hashish, c) Ritalin, d) Prozac, e) Thorazine, f)Starbucks. Take your pick, but I think the story is bollocks.

    Update (8/2/03)

  • Paul has given his seal of approval to a hotel in Doncaster for the second time, reports Doncaster Today.
  • Morning Call.com: One fan's recollections of meeting the Beatles
  • This Baltimore Sun story on misunderstood lyrics includes Beatle references.
  • ABC Australia: Beatlemania remembered four decades on
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the links.)

    Update (8/1/03)

  • In a follow-up to our mention of the death of Sam Phillips, Carl Savich sent us a list of Sun Records songs the Beatles covered or incorporated in their music: That's All Right Mama, Good Rockin' Tonight, Baby Let's Play House ( verse appears in Run For Your Life), Honey Don't, Blue Suede Shoes, Tennessee, Sure to Fall, Movie Magg, Gone Gone Gone, Boppin' the Blues (quoted in For You Blue), Matchbox (the Beatles used both the Carl Perkins version and the Jerry Lee Lewis cover version, also on Sun Records), Your True Love, Everybody's Trying to be My Baby, Right String But the Wrong Yo Yo, Glad All Over Lend Me Your Comb, You Win Again, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Raunchy and High School Confidential.
  • That rare Lennon home movie was bought by what IC Liverpool is calling a "mystery fan."
  • Another report on the Macca solo exhibit at the Beatles Story in Liverpool from the UK Guardian.
  • Odd story of the day: A British grandmother says her neighbors' loud sexual romps and playing the song "Imagine' at full volume made her poison cats, reports IC Birmingham.
  • Vote for the Fabs (it's in German, but we figured it out). (Thanks to raph.)
  • The geosound.org archives have interviews with Sir George Martin and Klaus Voormann, among others.
  • We've linked to Klaus Voormann's site before, but here it is again. Great site. (Thanks to Brian Miles)
  • Stella's wedding may move to the Isle of Bute, reports the UK Herald.

    Update (7/31/03)
  • Patti Murawski comments on the supposed Paul and Ringo rift report that was on the Fox News site:

    Someone should email Roger Friedman that Ringo, in fact, attended Paul's birthday party in London, and if he checks Ringo's website there is a photograph of them together!


  • Mark Carvell also comments:

    Just a note about the ridiculous story regrding the alleged rift between Paul & Ringo. Those at Fox are apparently strapped for stories. I attended the Concert for George in London and can tell you that the reason explained in all the London press at the time regarding why Paul & Ringo dod not wish to be photographed together had noting to do with any supposed anymosity between the two. Ringo stated at the time that the concert was for GEORGE and NOT meant to be seen as any "Beatle reunion". I can also tell you that they both looked at each other with much love during their time on stage together, particularly during the solo during "For You Blue".


  • IC Liverpool has a report on Astrid Kirchherr's new book. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • We were saddened to hear of the death of Sam Phillips, the founder of the great Sun Records label and the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and many more. A CNN report said Phillips died Wednesday at age 80. He wasn't a musician himself, but he was a music legend. Our condolensces to his family.

    Update II (7/30/03)

  • Stop the presses! Our good friends at Fox News (you know them...we report, you decide) are saying there's a possible rift between Paul and Ringo. (Thanks to trm.)
  • There's a new biography of Allan Williams called "The Fool on the Hill." Here's the website.
  • And a comment from Jean in France:

    I read a comment by Carl Savich about George playing cheap guitars. Though M. Savich rightly denies that thing, he, I think, wrongly assumes that it is a widely spread point of view. For a start, I don't know who are the experts he is refering to but, even in cheap music mags you don't read journalists who say things like that.

    In fact I would highly recommend anyone who is inclined toward these kinds of thoughts to 1/document themselves on guitars 2/ to read Andy Babiuk's wonderful Beatles Gear.

    I think M. Savich thinks, like I do, that The Beatles are highly underrated as musicians and that they deserve a reappraisal. We just have to listen to the records.

    Keep on the good work!
    Jean (France)

    Update (7/30/03)

  • From Barbara Pazmino:

    I saw Baryshnikov here in Columbus Friday. He danced to "Back in the USSR". You could tell the Beatles fans in the audience. We gasped when we heard the first notes of the song !! That was wonderful. Baryshnikov had a big smile on his face the whole time he danced it . Wow !

  • Morning Call Online: Lehigh Valley fans remember the Beatles -- live!: Reminiscences by first generation fans gathered on the eve of a Ringo concert (thanks to Rick Holland.)
  • The New York Daily News (scroll down to Surveillance) reported Tuesday that Paul was in New York over the weekend having a drink at the Monkey Bar in the Elysee Hotel on Sunday. He chatted up hotel staff about his recent trip to Russia.
  • From Ed Crawford:

    I am trying to start a campaign to get Paul McCartney's Give My Regards To Broad Street released onto DVD. The hope is that if this gets noticed, perhaps other product might follow. Maybe you'd also want to send along a word on this one?

    I posted this on Paul's site:
    I recently emailed Fox at their website. Perhaps if we email this person who replied we might get some results. This email is for all who want to see this movie released onto DVD. The information to contact this person is below (it's taken from her reply to me).

    Hello,

    Fox has no plans to release the title in question at this time. I will forward your request on the corporate office so they can see what the public would like to see on DVD.

    Thank you, Megan R
    Fox Consumer
    888-223-2369
    MeganR@4icc.com
    or, you can also put her email in all lower case. People might want to enter both just to be sure. That's meaganr@4icc.com


  • Items belonging to Stu Sutcliffe failed to sell at auction, reports the BBC. Photographs, letters and his birth certificate all failed to sell. A sketch book (the report erroneously said it was from 1967, though it was more likely 1957, since Sutcliffe died in 1962) sold for £3,000 at Bonhams.

    Update (7/29/03)

  • The Mathew Street Gallery presents Robert Whitaker The Beatles 1964-1966 Images of the Beatles taken by the photographer who took the famous "Butcher Sleeve" image. The exhibition runs from 1st August to 9th October 2003. Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm. (Thanks to MLennon4080.)
  • A 1964 joke by the late Bob Hope quoted by the UK Guardian: "I see the Beatles have arrived from England. They were 40 lbs overweight - and that was just their hair."
  • OT: Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn has died, reports Reuters.

    Update (7/28/03)
  • A video report on the recent auction of the rare John Lennon film. (Thanks to Evelyn Schwarz.)
  • The UK Daily Record reports Stella plans to change her wedding venue.
  • This UK Guardian feature on Phil Spector mentions the upcoming "Let It Be" reissue, but also reviews Spector's turbulent history.
  • Some rare Chuck Berry blues tunes are about to be released, reports Undercover Music.

    Update (7/26/03)

  • Two reels of rare Lennon film footage sold for $53,000, reports NDTV.com
  • Irish Examiner: Spotlight on Sir Paul after the Beatles
  • Beatle songs done Metallica-style (!) on the Beatallica website. Very funny stuff! (Thanks to Peter Fitzpatrick).
  • Bob Dylan is playing the Orange County Fair. Really! (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Fox News: Daddy Was Rock 'n' Roll Royalty (Julian content) (Thanks to Jennifer Campbell.)
  • For those in Europe (or with multi-region DVD players), "The Family Way" has been released on DVD in region 2 (not playable on U.S. players). Available in Japan (and again not playable in the U.S.): "Blindman" and "How I Won the War." (Thanks to Antonio Caroselli.)
  • From Scott Korf, re: Beach Boys sound problem:

    Sean-

    I read your comments about the Pet Sounds album in DVD-Audio. With regard to the pause in the playback when the lyrics screen changes, it is possible that it results from the DVD player you have. My player is a Panasonic A-120 and I didn't have the problem of the album pausing when the screen changed. You may want to check with a seller of DVD players as to which systems are the most compatible with DVD-Audio discs.

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation is making available the list of names of file sharers being targeted by the RIAA. You can find that list here. For what to do if you're targeted, visit the Subpoena Defense Alliance website. Also see the EFF press release on the subpoena defense campaign. For more info on their moves against the latest RIAA strategy, visit their Let the Music Play campaign website.

    Update (7/25/03)

  • There's a rumor that Paul will guest star at the Toronto Rolling Stones SARS benefit. (Thanks to Mr. T.)
  • A note from Sean Anglum about the new Beach Boys DVD audio version of "Pet Sounds":

    As I know you're a big Beach Boys fan as well as the Fabs biggest supporter, I thought I'd share this with you. As you probably know, Pet Sounds was released yesterday in DVD-A, so I rushed out and bought a copy. When I got home I put it in my AKAI DVD video player and was delighted to hear this masterpiece in 5.1 Surround...and excited to see each songs' lyrics on the TV screen as the song played. I was then horrified to find that as it plays through and the lyric screens change in the middle of songs, there is a blank moment of NO AUDIO as the screen changes. And I can't seem to correct it, no matter what I attempt. CRAP!

    Have you heard of this problem yet from any of your other Beach Boys fans and readers? I would like to find out what's up, and see if it's correctable. Or if it's a Capitol mastering or pressing problem?

    Comment: No Sean, we haven't. Anyone?

    Update (7/23/03)

  • Sorry for the link that went nowhere for the "Paul Is Live on the New World Tour" DVD release. Here's the text:

    Liberty Releases Paul McCartney DVD Business Wire
    07/22/03, 9:05a

    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2003--Liberty International Entertainment Inc. (Delaware Corporation) (OTC-Pink Sheets:LIEI), a leading producer and distributor of entertainment programming, announced that it has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to the DVD and Video release of "Paul Is Live in concert on the New World Tour," featuring Paul McCartney singing some of The Beatles classics, Wings standards and others. The DVD will be available in the United States in August 2003 and will be released in Europe in October 2003.

    Randy Naft, President of Liberty International Entertainment Inc., said, "Releasing a DVD by Paul McCartney, who is considered one of the most successful entertainers in the world today, has contributed a great deal of prominence and recognition for the company." The DVD features and highlights over 20 classic McCartney, Wings and Beatles songs, timeless concert footage, rare McCartney family footage, a biography and photo gallery, Dolby Digital Headphone and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound.

    More information about Liberty International Entertainment Inc. can be found on its own website: www.libertyinteractive.com


  • An exhibit about Paul's solo career created by students of LIPA is now on display at the Beatles Story in Liverpool, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Ingrid and JM Oleiveira.)
  • Louisville Scene: Drawing power (Yoko interview) (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Tracks' Beatle items auction, which includes 60 Beatle items, ends July 31. Items that have no reserves include John Lennon’s Mind Games LP; South African Hey Jude LP; a Beatles wig; a Beatles handerkerchief; an unpublished Ringo Starr photograph; Anthology promotional material; Paul McCartney Stinkhorn ale and more. Go to http://www.tracksauction.com.

    Update II (7/22/03)
  • The "Paul Is Live on the New World Tour" film is coming to DVD Aug. 12. Here's the press release.
  • Student lodgers a who lived in Mendips while John Lennon was growing up will recall those days in a forthcoming CD, reports IC Liverpool.
  • BBC: Defining moments: Paul McCartney (thanks to Steve Anthony).
  • Sunday Mail: Macca's girl to pay for big day
  • Salt Lake Tribune: Linda McCartney photos on exhibit
  • SIFY News: Drug addicts didn't help me:Ravi Shankar

    Update (7/22/03)
  • Christie's is auctioning some rare film footage of John Lennon and a Lennon-owned watch on July 25. (Thanks to Dnight25.)
  • From Evelyn Schwartz:

    Hi Steve,

    Maybe of interest some picture from Estrel Beatles Festival in Berlin, Germany over the weekend: http://www.beatlemania.de/Festival.htm.

    All the best,

    Evelyn


  • Boston Globe: `Beatle' documents FBI's pursuit of Lennon
  • The Guardian: Actress opens garden (Jane Asher content)
  • From Rev. Greg:

    For listeners in the Philadelphia/South Jersey/Delaware areas, (Tuesday) night at 10:30 pm on 92.1 WVLT, we are airing a "Paul Is Dead" special. Hosted by the Right Reverend of Rock, guests will include Andrew Spooner Jr, creator of that controversial web site with all the clues and Mikey K from MSNBC. Tune in if you are in the area!

    Thanks,
    Reverend Greg

  • Monday was Henry McCullough's 60th birthday. Nigel Watson will forward any birthday wishes to him.
  • More on the upcoming DVD release of "The Kids Are Alright" from the official press release and Billboard.com. Again, it will be available in two versions: a two-disc special edition and also a single disc version .

    Update (7/20/03)

  • Stella has reportedly told her father she doesn't want his help in organizing her wedding ... and that neither he nor Heather are invited, reports the Melbourne Herald Sun. The Sunday Mail, however, takes a different view, saying Stella wants to pay for her wedding herself and that most of his friends will not be invited because she wants a private affair. The Mail doesn't say Paul and Heather are not invited, though it does suggest that this might confirm rumors of discord between Stella and Heather. (One reader has told us it's Paul's friends that won't be invited.)
  • From Naoto Ito in London, more info on the "Backbeat" screening at Abbey Road we first mentioned July 9th:

    I've just been informed by my friend that Stella Artois, which is famous beer company in Europe, will show the film "Back Beat" at Abbey Road Studios, London England on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2003.

    As far as I remember, this is the first time to open the studio for public since 1983. The ticket price is at 10.00 GBP. If you have a plan to visit in London around this time, it is a great oppotunity to get inside of the world famous recording studio!

    http://www.stellascreen.co.uk/stellascreen/index.jsp

    Keep up your great web page!

    Cheers!
    Naoto Ito (from London)


  • Discovery Channel has a documentary about Ravi Shankar, reports Agencyfaqs. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Big news for Who fans. "The Kids Are Alright," which includes an appearance by Ringo, is coming to DVD this fall. It will be available in two versions: a two-disc special edition set featuring a Roger Daltrey interview, audio by John Entwistle, and more, plus a single disc version . The movie has been restored to its original 109 min. length. Here's the official website. (Thanks to Joeltle515.)

    Update (7/19/03)

  • San Diego Union Tribune: "Help" wanted (A story about this weekend's Beatlefair in San Diego. Thanks to reporter Bart Mendoza for the link.)
  • And Billy Preston will be performing in Long Beach. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)

    Update (7/18/03)

  • The RIAA's latest tactic: Download songs, go to jail, reports Billboard.com.

    Update II (7/17/03)

  • A Cleveland artist is drawing a series of card commorating music events in Cleveland over the years, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. One of the cards features a Beatles concert.

    Update (7/16/03)

  • If you've been a long time reader of this site, you certainly have seen this page about a group, the Aerovons, who recorded at Abbey Road. Their CD has finally been released and it's profiled here in the UK Guardian. As the title says, "Almost Famous."
  • This typical tabloid bash list from the UK Mirror of the UK's 100 Least Influential People gives the writer an excuse to bash Stella and Cilla Black, among others.
  • The WBWC-FM Beatles Marathon we mentioned yesterday will also feature an interview with Pete Best and a giveaway of an autographed copy of his book.

    Update (7/15/03)

  • WBWC-FM (88.3) will feature "The Beatles Marathon" from 7:05 a.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 7 with guests including Bruce Spizer ("The Beatles on Apple Records") and photographer Jorie Gracen ("I Saw Him Standing There"). You can learn more about it here. (Thanks to co-host Matt Slys.)
  • From Kris Tash:

    Well, we made it back ok from vacation. Had a wonderful time, spent it with my extended family (4 sisters, 1 brother, their wives and kids and my mom!) While we were away, my husband went to a race track (Hazel Downs, he thinks it was called) south of Erie, PA., where a horse named Pal McCartney won one of the races! The horse is owned by Ticket to Ride stables! Obviously some Beatle fans out there in the racing world... we always manage to find a connection somewhere!
    Take care, hope all is well!


  • CNN: Graham Parker finds 'Lost' Beatles tunes (Thanks to Joyce Marie Oliveira.)

    Update (7/14/03)
  • London Evening Standard: Stella's wedding plans
  • If you're obsessed with the "Paul Is Dead" theory, this website is up your alley. (Thanks, we think, to Brian Patrick Miles and Dave.)
  • Two Liverpool theaters and a Beatle archive could be relocated together, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Yoko Ono discusses her "defining moment" on the BBC site. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • And this eBay Beatles autograph item is not for the slim of wallet. (Thanks to Karen Dyson.)

    Update (7/12/03)

  • Rumor has it Stella will be married soon, according to the New York Daily News (scroll down to "Sides Dishes"). One report we saw (no link) said the wedding could be as early as today.
  • A couple of interesting eBay auctions to check out: Mitch Alexrod, author of the great book "Beatletoons," is auctioning his collection of 78 reels of 16mm copies of the Beatles cartoons.
  • Also, there's these Herb Vegetarian children's books which Paul is said to love.
  • An audio clip about the "Yesterday"/Nat King Cole story from NPR's "All Things Considered. (Thanks to Mark Kennedy.)
  • From Carolyn Hurwitz:

    I don't think this has been mentioned, but at Waldenbooks yesterday I saw a stack of PAUL MCCARTNEY: PAINTINGS for sale, originally $50.00 each and now available for just $4.99. I've also seen BLACKBIRD SINGING recently at Barnes and Noble for $4.99 or so. "If you want it, here it is, Come and Get It...."


  • The Herald Tribune reports that the composer Sorrels Pickard, who played guitar and wrote four songs on Ringo Starr's album's "Beaucoups of Blues", has died, according to the Herald Tribune.com. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Lyrics handwritten for "If You've Got Troubles" by John Lennon are set to be auctioned, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Stella will soon have her own perfume, reports the NY Daily News. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)
  • Pirated CD sales topped the 1 billion mark last year, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, reports the BBC.
  • A 1998 mug shot of John's killer on the Smoking Gun website.
  • A look at the book "Liverpool Fantasy" by the Kansas City Star. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)

    Update (7/10/03)

  • From Frank Walker:

    Hi Steve!

    Thought this was kinda amusing......last Saturday during the Yankees' baseball game, broadcaster Tim McCarver was talking about Bernie Williams' upcoming CD, which turned to talk about Paul McCartney signing him. Tim then recalls Paul's being at the ball games after 9/11/01 & says that Paul was so friendly & accomodating to people that he even "helped" direct trafiic after the game!


    Comment: Beep beep, mmm, beep beep, yeah!

  • Some curious Macca-related items on eBay: This pic of Paul and Linda, another of Paul and this "glamour" (aka nude) pic of Heather Mills.

    Update II (7/9/03)
  • This Is London has a few details about Stella's upcoming wedding.
  • And from JM Oliveira:

    Last nite on "Jeopardy," Macca was the final question! It was something like "Remove 2 letters from a Beatles song and you will have this title of Paul McCartney's last tour CD." Would you believe only one person got it right??? And it was the guy with the least amount of money, so it didn't matter. The other two people didn't have a clue. The woman wrote "He" because she was thinking of the Beatles song Help, she said!!! And the other guy didn't write anything... All 3 of them appeared to be in their 30's to 40's too... sigh...

    Update (7/9/03)

  • The Liverpool Beatlescene website has some unseen photos of the Fabs. (Thanks to Jean Catharall.)
  • The movie "Backbeat" will be screened in London for two days in October at Abbey Road Studios. It is being shown as part of the Stella Artois Screen season, a film series that takes some of the best cult and classic films ever made and screens them in unique themed environments to create unforgettable film events. For more details on the screening - and to register for competitions to win tickets please see Richard Porter's website here. (Thanks to Richard Porter.)
  • Some additional links on the "Yesterday"/Nat King Cole story we linked to yesterday (thanks to Bill Cusick.):
    http://www.dotmusic.com/news/July2003/news30048.asp
    http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6252693.htm (fourth article down)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/runningorder/ram/today3_yesterday2_20030707.ram

  • Pictures of Stella with her honorary degree on Yahoo! (thanks to Patti Murawski)

    Update (7/8/03)

  • Some musical "experts" say the Beatles song "Yesterday" was influenced by Nat King Cole, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • The Age: Her own woman (Stella profile. Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • Newsday: A history tour of Beatle-land (tour story. Thanks to Beetulz.)
  • A lock of Elvis Presley's hair, one of his teeth and a gold record is being auctioned on eBay by a seller that says it will auction hair of both Lennon and McCartney in the future. Here's the press release. You can find the Elvis eBay items here.

    Update (7/7/03) Yoko Ono talks about being sexy at 70 on "Women Who Rock." (Thanks to Joeltle515.)

  • We got this email a little too late to alert those of you in Canada, but here's what Mike sent us:

    A Beatles Night featuring Live in the U.S. and following that a movie about Paul McCartney visiting John in New York during the early 70's is being aired on T.V. Sunday July 6th. In the previews Paul does not look anything like Paul but looks good as a historical film. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) can be seen in border cities for sure and probably satelite. Not sure of the title of the movie but the evening starts around 6 p.m. or so.


  • A picture and tribute to Beatle engineer Geoff Emerick on Kayos Productions. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Johnny Gentle, who once had the Beatles as his backing band, autographed copies of his book at The Beatles Story, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)

    Update (7/5/030)

  • PETA is running a poll for the sexiest vegetarian. You can vote here. The nominees include Paul, James and Stella McCartney.
  • A Yarmouth DJ claims he was the first to play the Beatles on North American radio, reports the Halifax Herald.
  • A review of the new play "Ears on a Beatle," about the FBI's shadowing of John Lennon, from the Boston Herald.
  • Stella says she's sick of being asked about her dad, reports Ananova.
  • And two Stella articles from Vogue UK: Stella's story and McCartney and McQueen survive Gucci losses.
  • Mobile Fidelity is releasing a new "Imagine" CD July 22. (See box at left to order.)
  • Poet Seamus Heaney has compared the influence of Eminem to John Lennon and Bob Dylan, reports news.com.au.
  • If you're looking for a Beatle-related movie to catch in your local theater, try "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde." The pros and cons of animal testing of cosmetics, one of Paul's (also Linda's) past campaigns in animal rights, figures throughout the film. Also, there's a very quick snippet of John's recording of "Give Peace a Chance" in the film. It's two hours of frothy fun with bouncy performances by Reese Witherspoon and the rest of the cast, including veterans Sally Field and Bob Newhart.
  • More from Pete Townshend's Billboard.com interview, this time about revisiting one of our all-time favorite albums, "Who's Next."
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting the RIAA's crackdown against peer-to-peer file sharing with a new ad campaign called "Let the Music Play." Here's their campaign site, plus an action alert requesting Congressional hearings on the subject, also one of their ads, along with tips on how not to get sued and their home page. Finally, here's a Billboard.com report.
  • OT: Forgive us if we indulge our appreciation for ABBA. The UK Mirror has revealed the group performed together three years ago in a secret reunion.
  • And a whale of a Beatle-related item on eBay.
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz, Brian Patrick Miles and Londontimes for some of the links.)

    Update (7/3/03)

  • From fowzy:

    Dunno if you mentioned this already, I was watching that Jerry Sienfeld documentary "Comedian" and lo behold two Macca songs as part of the soundtrack, Valentines Day from McCartney and Smile Away from Ram. Must be a Paul fan in the production department, I wonder who?


  • Pete Townshend talks about his recent troubles, his work on his autobiography and the possibility of a new Who album in the first part of an exclusive interview on Billboard.com.
    Update (7/2/03)
  • From Matt Slys:

    Here is one for you. On the Beatles marathon one year we took a poll and our audiance wanted to hear it BACKWARD. So we played the whole piece backward. The reception was pretty good (Then again I dont know what kind of influence my listeners were under either!)

    Update (7/1/03)

  • Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie have inspired a Liverpool historian to write about the Beatles, reports IC Liverpool.
  • From Terry Ott:

    The news that Breakfest With The Beatles, California edition, played Revolution 9 is encouraging indeed. It seems the same old tunes get aired all the time, but playing The 9 is a stroke of genius.

    I would just like to say though, that I played Rev 9-and in MONO-about 18 months ago, on my Fab Four Find of the Week segment, on the Canadian edition of BWTB, Oldies 1150 CKOC Hamilton, Ontario. Most of the reaction was negative, but what the hell, that's the price of progress!

    Next: the long version of What A Same, Mary Jane?

    Update (6/30/03)

  • "The Beatles at the Beeb" CD tops a list of the world's most collectible CDs, reports the Daily Record.
  • The band Coldplay paid over £31,000 for a statue of John Lennon, reports Edinburgh News .
  • Daily Record: Stella will wed on the Scottish beach her mum called Heaven
  • The Australian: De Rossi, the gay heroine (Some Ringo content)

  • A Wednesday TV show in the UK profiles Stella, reports the Daily Record.
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Joćo Paulo Petersen for some of the links.)

    Update (6/29/03)
  • From Bart Mendoza:

    Forgive me if I missed this on your great site, but I'm a music writer and I was just sent a Sony Music CDR of an upcoming compilation for review, "Songs For Life", with 18 tracks including "Hard Times Are Over" by John Lennon And Yoko Ono, and the closing "Power To The People" by John Lennon (as credited), The CD doesn't have release date or number just some phone numbers of Media people - others on the disc include Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Carole King, Britney Spears, Micheal W. Smith, Richie Havens, Joan Osborne etc. Hope this info is of some use- the album must be due soon, if review copies are out:-)? Thanks again for a great site- it's something I look forward to:-)

  • An interview with Rusty Anderson in the Orange County Register. (Thanks to Corinne Dekker and Trini Schultz.)
  • "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling says, in the Daily Telegraph, that she's a Beatle fan. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • The New York Daily News reports Stella is about to launch her first perfume line. (Thanks to Ingrid McNamara.)
  • More on Stella from Canada.com.
  • IC Liverpool: Tribute to the skiffle king (Lonnie Donnegan) (Thanks to Joe Robinson.)

    Update (6/27/03)

  • Stu Sutcliffe's sister, Pauline, is auctioning off some of his artwork, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Vandals damaged the John Lennon wrap covering St. George's Hall, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Columbia Chronicle Online: Ex-Beatles bud sells Blackstone
  • Stella is about to release her first perfume, reports the NY Daily News.
    (Thanks to Katherine Ruas, Trini Schultz, Barbara Pazmino and Joćo Paulo Petersen for the links.)

    Update (6/26/03)

  • From William Concannon:

    Is JOL to continue being refreshed in the world's consciousness, or should he just be let alone, becoming a progressively dimmer memory consigned to 1st generation Beatle fans' CD collections? In the item on AbbeyRd, Andy Davis of Record world seems to think it more dignified if John is not "exploited", if he becomes a museum piece shut off from the present and future.

    Of COURSE "Record Collector" would NEVER "exploit" John on its' cover for the base purpose of selling magazines, reaching old and possibly potential fans for John!

    At age 50 I am a 1st generation Beatle fan, and in 1992 when John's original recording of "Instant Karma!" was used in Nike tv ads, I almost had a seizure. At the time I was subscribing to the J&Y/ Beatles fanzine (run my Marsha Ewing, still at it on the web!), also titled "Instant Karma!". The contro- versy was such that Yoko herself sent a message to the "IK!" zine. I believe it was titled "For Those Who Ask Why".

    In it Yoko mentioned that John obviously was no longer around to record, promote, tour, make media appearances, etc. I think she also mentioned the ad had run in the UK/Europe during their equivalent to the Superbowl (except soccer), and John's (old) box set had leapt from nowhere into the Top 10.

    Of course some people will STILL say "yeah see, more money for Yoko!" In her letter to IK! Yoko also mentioned the difficult judgements she had to make as to what was and was not appropriate to keep John's music & art alive & in the public eye - without John's input. Anybody out there want THAT job?

    So hear we are 11 years later. Andy Davis doesn't like the "Real Love" line. Don't buy any then, A.D. Zappa once said something to the effect that rock journalism was produced by people who can't write for consumption by people who can't read. Too arrogant & elitist for me, but I do firmly believe that many reviews are pre-written according to who the release is by. Who's IN? Who am I tired of this week? Who gets shredded by my pre-written piece that has a few turns of phrase that will make some adolescents giggle? What record mega-conglomerate buys the most ad space in our little mag? What mega-obscure release will make me seem cool if I deifiy it?

    The "Real Love" line has been very successful financially. If 1 out of 100 of the tykes who are exposed to the line, as they grow older, want to see more of JOL's art, or "what? He made music, too?, Oh and he was also in a very popular band? He really liked the idea of PEACE?" - then "Real Love" has more than done it's service to the world.

    Keeping John's solo music in print, remastered, etc., is very important to me. Some fans & Julian Lennon have screamed about John's art on "cheap trinkets" (Jules' ever-upcoming next album is supposedly due this year. Wonder if he'll do what he did for "Photograph Smile" - Yoko sucks, by the way I have new product out - aka the MaccaMethod). So no JOL on the cheap. Once a co-worker who knew I was a J&Y fan came back from a Lennon art exhibit/sale. She was furious. "You're a Yoko fan, tell me why doesn't she sell things with John's art that NORMAL people can afford?! Does she think everyone's rolling in cash like she is?!". So no JOL on the pricey side either.

    As always, thanks for reading my babblings - Andy Davis, go babble about something else no one will remember next year.


  • A drawing of an orchid done by Paul was sold on the Internet, reports Hoover's Online. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)

    Update (6/25/03)

  • Lansing Daily Journal: Linda McCartney photos now on display in Jackson (thanks to Trini Schultz)

    Update (6/24/03)

  • From Sean Anglum, a review of a concert by former DC5er Mike Smith:

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know about the weekend concert appearances by Mike Smith of the DC5 in Denver. He did, in fact, appear at both shows and was fantastic!

    The "oldies" concerts were presented by radio station KOOL 105 and held in a good venue, Fiddler's Green. The outdoor facility has decent acoustics and great viewing...both naked eye and video screens. The shows started both Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm and went til 10:30 ish. Six acts on the bill....The Grassroots, The Turtles, Mike Smith's Rock Engine, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Herman's Hermits, and Dion.

    I went to see Mike Smith, as I had never had the opportunity to see the Dave Clark Five in the 60s, and he is a big favorite of mine. There was talk of Mike not making the gig, as his son Jamie had recently been killed in a diving accident. But he did show, and he did not disappoint. Very strong voice (as always) and he churned through one DC5 hit after another! Bloody great and solid musically. Mike's stage presence needs some fine tuning (lyrics on a music stand that he occasionally used, nervous talk at times, and abit of confusion as to the other band members names), but he is new to this big venue stuff. As he said....he hadn't really performed in nearly 40 years and then it was mostly TV studios and smaller clubs then. But Mike and his band were up to the task. Solid rock and the appropriate "Dave Clark" style drumming when needed! Great sax player, too.

    At one point in the show, Smith related an e-mail he had once received from a young performer who said that Mike was a true inspiration to him and that he had always loved his music and looked up to Mike. The performer's group was performing in London and would Mike consider traveling from Spain (Mike's current home) to see them play. Mike agreed and went to London, where Mike said he totally enjoyed the show and knew that the band was top notch and had a bright future. The young performer and band? Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band. Too cool. Mike then played "Hungry Heart" and brought out Flo and Eddie (Mark and Howard from the Turtles!!) to sing the original backup vocals. It was great, with Mark and Howard bowing at Mike's feet and being totally jazzed to be performing with him. Mike also ended the show with Bruce's favorite song, "Anyway You Want It," which totally shook the house. Overall, a great performance, proving that Mike still has it....keyboard chops and strong, strong vocals (even with Mile High altitude oxygen deprivation). Hope to hear more from him later in the year when he returns to the States to tour. If he's in your town....don't miss him!! A Britich Invasion legend that can stiil rock (you listening, Macca? Would love to hear you two together! Wow!).

    The rest of the bill was very good with strong performances from Dion, Little Anthony, The Grassroots (Rob Grill's still got the looks and the voice), The Turtles (their live show must be seen to be believed...an acid trip in the WayBack Machine) and Herman's Hermits (Peter Noone is a showman of the first degree, having the crowd in the palm of his hand! H-E-N-R-Y).

    Anyway, Steve, thought you'd like to know that Mike Smith is doing well and still rocking. He did not answer any questions pertaining to his son in the post-show autograph and hand shake session. But very gracious and upbeat. A good guy, long overdue for some accolades!

    Keep up the good work with the website, I visit everyday...

    All the best,
    Sean


  • Paul was one of the nominees in a vote to elect a fictitious president of Europe. Guess who won? (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • From Chris:

    Yet another food company is selling the Strawberry Fields name. The TGI Fridays restaurant chain has a special called the Strawberry Fields Salad. I saw a TV commercial for it yesterday. It's also on their website http://www.tgifridays.com/saladpromo.htm.

    Keep up the good work,
    Chris


  • IC Liverpool: Shake, rattles and rolling in money - Lennon's art now big with baby (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)
  • Silicon.com: Tony Hallett’s After These Messages: Communications Cisco-style (Beatle content.)

    Update II (6/23/03)

  • You can see the M&M's commercials here. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Korea Herald: Yoko Ono communicating love, peace

    Update (6/23/03)

  • Our friend Dave Persails sent us a link for a page of vintage photos featuring veteran New York DJ Scott Muni that includes photos of all four Beatles. There's Ringo, Paul, Paul again, George, Yoko, John and John again. Note: the individual linked pics are big and slow loading.
  • From Patti Murawski:

    Driving into work the other day, there was an update on the news on Sen. Hatch's suggestion to deal with downloaders of music. An unemployed computer programmer decided to find out more and went to the Senator's website and started nosing around -- only to find out the senator's website was using a pirated copy of java script! LOL!!!


  • From RCABC:

    Have you seen the latest M&M's commercials? There's two that I've seen. One that is a parody of Woodstock and then one that is a parody of the Beatles Shea Stadium concert. It has footage of them running out onto the field, crowd shots and then them singing on stage.

    Update (6/22/03)

  • Digital Chosun: Here's One Ono Korea Can Like (Yoko in Korea report. Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)
  • Spencer Leigh's book "Putting on the Style," a tribute to Lonnie Donnegan, is available autgraphed by the author from this link. (Thanks to Joe Robinson.)
  • OT: Best Buy's website has information on a fraudulent email that was sent out earlier this week.

    Update (6/21/03)

  • IC Liverpool: Making a return to question time (classmate of John and George)
  • Tarun Bhattacharya: London Santoor Concert (George mention)
  • From Carl Savich:

    On the Fender web site, George Harrison's famous "Rocky" Stratocaster guitar was named one of the top "Ten Stratocaster (R)Guitars to Die For", that is, it is one of the most famous Strats ever. The Strat will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.


  • Paul McCartney was named one of the top 10 celebrities by Forbes Magazine. (See Paul's listing here.)
  • The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, England will feature "TV Heaven - The Beatles on Television" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 24. The description: "We'll take a look at a variety of television appearances by "The Fab Four", with excerpts from an early Morecambe and Wise Show, Top of the Pops, The Music of Lennon and McCartney, and The South Bank Show." More info: http://www.nmpft.org.uk/whatson/calendar.asp
  • Knight-Ridder Newspapers: In Tokyo, Japanese `Beatles' ease economic pain
    (Thanks to Karen Dyson, Katherine Ruas, Jeff Jacomowitz, Jennifer Campbell and Joćo Paulo Petersen for the links.)

    Update (6/19/03) Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who himself earned over $18,000 last year in songwriting royalties, came up with an original, to says the least, suggestion to deal with people caught three times downloading illegal copyrighted music over the Internet -- the recording industry should find the technology to remotely destroy their computers, reports Billboard.

    Update II (6/18/03) UPI: What the Beatles might have been

  • Woonsocket Call: Relay for Life walkers leave Burrillville on brighter note (George content)
  • NJ.com: In lavish auctions, schools bid for big bucks (George content)
    (Thanks to Karen Dyson for the above links.)
  • A sad story: Four teenagers who allegedly killed another teen listened to the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" many times before the incident, reports the Associated Press.

    Update (6/18/03)

  • From Kris Tash:

    Your quick news links jogged my memory... I was in Barnes & Noble over the weekend, and they have a hardback, "John Lennon, Unseen Archives" that is like the version of "B's, Unseen Archives." It's a large book of photos from early on through 1980. There are some of the same photos as the Beatles version, but a lot of unique ones as well. I was a little disappointed in the solo years portion though, as it rather lightly skimmed over the latter years. It's only $9.99 in hardback tho, so worth the money.


  • We received a couple of comments about "The Concert for Bangladesh" DVD. First, from David Freis:

    I bought a copy and it is outstanding! The quality is excellent. The only thing I noted missing was the few minutes at the end of the concert where George is at the press conference, but heck even if you sneeze you would miss it on the VHS release. I bought mine from Brazil and I highly recommend it. I also have noticed that BestBuy has gotten into the overseas bootleg DVD business. I have seen the same Concert For Bangladesh DVD at my local BestBuy. Retail there is $22.99 which is about the same I have seen if on Ebay for.


    And from Steve:

    I purchased this from the Amazon Auction site. It plays well, there are no special features like surround sound or any other extras. The picture quality is good. To me it was worth it because I at least have it on DVD. My impression though is someone just transferred the VHS film on to DVD.


  • From Cheryl via Dennis Mitchell of "Breakfast With the Beatles", some info from the Las Vegas Review Journal:

    Seen about town: George Martin, who produced the Beatles' albums, getting a tour of the Mystere theater Monday from Gilles Ste-Croix, director of creation for Mystere. Martin was on his way to see "O." ...


  • The Sunday Times: Portia may get her gal (Ringo content)
  • BeatBoxBetty: Here come the brides (Ringo content. Thanks to PE Degan.)
  • From Gabor Peterdi:

    A new Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band DVD hit the stores in Australia. Also a new Beatles DVD is out called Around The World and it is very cheap: only $AU9.95!!! Keep in mind that both are PAL versions.

    Update (6/17/03)

  • New York Times: The Beatles' Producer, Still With Stories to Tell by Allan Kozinn (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • A BBC photo spread includes some Beatles anecdotes. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • Pravda: Russian president sends letter to Paul McCartney's wife (Thanks to Katherine Ruas.)
  • And this isn't so much of a news item, but a request: A reader asked about the recent foreign DVD release (but playable in Region 1) of "The Concert for Bangladesh." Anyone want to send in a comment about it?
  • In their bargain section, Borders Books has the Paul McCartney paintings book for $4.99.
  • Finally, one-time Wilbury Tom Petty will have a new live CD and DVD coming in July, reports Billboard.com.

    Update (6/16/03) From Carolyn Hurwitz:

    Hi Steve!

    Remember the Kashi Foods "Strawberry Fields" cereal? Well, today in my local grocery store, I saw a Dole "Smoother" juice drink that went by the name of...you guessed it, "Strawberry Fields"! My guess is that the phrase "Strawberry Fields" by itself is not one that could be copyrighted by Northern Songs or Yoko, or whoever would be in control of such things. Most likely "Strawberry Fields Forever" couldn't be used, though.

    But Yoko, if you do control "Strawberry Fields", take note!


  • If you're looking for an interesting collection of rock 'n' roll writing through the years, take a peek at "The Sound and the Fury: 40 Years of Classic Rock Journalism: A Rock's Backpages Reader" edited by Barney Hoskyns. This collection of interesting essays includes Al Aronowitz's essay on the Beatles' arrival in the U.S. in 1964, Simon Frith's analysis of the life of John Lennon, Greil Marcus's take on the Band's "The Last Waltz" concert at Winterland and Paul Williams' look at the San Francisco Scene in the late '60s, plus several more. A worthy pickup.

    Update (6/14/03)

  • Chicago area fans have a chance to see an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • This website explores the Beatles Irish links. (Thanks to Edward Fields.)
  • A Paul autographed guitar is up for sale as item #2179080757 on eBay! . (Thanks to Bob Dunn.)

    Update (6/13/03)

  • Another NY Daily News story on Paul and Bernie Williams. (Thanks to Ingrid McNamara.)
  • And here's a press release issued on the Bernie Williams signing
  • Ozzy Osbourne says he once wanted to be a Beatle, reports USA Today. (Thanks to Katherine.)
  • A store using a pic of John and Yoko on its sign. (Wonder if Yoko knows?) (Thanks to GRappa6771.)
  • Phil Spector made some New York partygoers unhappy, reports the New York Post. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)

    Update (6/12/03)

  • Paul has signed New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams to a music deal, reports the NY Daily News. (Thanks to Ingrid McNamara.)

    Update (6/11/03)

  • A recent story on the long-planned film bio of Brian Epstein from IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)
  • No lie: Liverpool, home of the Beatles, will have a "Fingerprints of Elvis" exhibit beginning Saturday. (Thanks to Mari Nakita.)
  • VH1 has released its VH1's 100 Greatest Songs Of The Last 25 Years and, God bless him, John Lennon made the list ... at no. 72. (Thanks to Mike Ray.)
  • BBC: Asbestos 'did not kill' producer Most
    (Also: BBC: Funeral for pop producer Most

    Update (6/10/03)
  • Stella has been forced to dismantle a rooftop shower at her home after complaints by Notting Hill neighbors, reports Channel 4. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)
  • A neat Wilburys site: http://www.wilburys.info/. (We saw our site listed on the news page.) (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)

    Update (6/9/03)

  • A rare 1967 picture of George with Johnny Rivers and Al Wilson on Johnny's website. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Dave Rowberry, who played keyboards in the 1960s band The Animals, is found dead in his London home, aged 62, reports the BBC and the AP. (Thanks to Bob Dunn.)
  • Paul Soper tells us that a new update has been added to Ringo's website, with Ringo reporting from his holiday.
  • An Indian music instrument dealer gets a visit from the Fabs in this story from the Tribune of India. (Thanks to Karen Dyson and Claudio Dirani.)

    Update (6/7/03)

  • Los Angeles Times: Lost and found: Tunes Beatles fans overlooked
  • Zak Starkey could be tabbed to play with Led Zeppelin should they reunite, reports VH1.com. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil).

  • An artist who refused to speak for 29 years named his paintings after Beatle songs, reports Reuters.
  • This satirical Daily Telegraph column has a couple of funny Beatle references, including one about the John and Paul credit thing.
  • A press release argues that downloading isn't the only reason music CD sales have been declining.
  • Led Zeppelin's new live DVD broke the record for sales held by Paul McCartney. Here's the press release.
  • From William Concannon:

    When is an SACD not an SACD? Apparently when Tower lists it as such in a pre-release offer. My "Wonderwall" CD arrived yesterday, and the only thing different from the original CD release is that there is a sticker on it stating "EMI MIDDLE EAST - North Africa, Arabia and West Asia - Not for sale in the EEC and EFTA."

    Needless to say, I'm going to return it. Thanks, Tower! Spoke with Tower about returning my non-SACD WW. The cust. rep's supervisor said it was bogus and the list- ing has been removed from their site.

    Update (6/5/03)

  • Washington Post: The booted Beatle (a profile of Pete Best)

    Update II (6/3/03)

  • Korea Herald: Yoko OK's Seoul
  • A review of a live performance of the White Album from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

    Update (6/3/03)

  • Mickie Most, one of Britain's most successful '60s producers responsible for records by Herman's Hermits, the Animals ("House of the Rising Sun"), Donovan and the Yardbirds, has died, reports Billboard.com. Most's specialty was upbeat pop, though when he tried to pigeonhole the Yardbirds into that sound, he wasn't successful. (Thanks to Matt Slys.)
  • Yoko Ono at the Men Can Stop Rape Awards (thanks to Richard Joly).
  • Yoko on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien"

    Update (6/1/03)

  • Pete Best will appear in a parade in Iowa as well as signing autographs, reports the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune.
  • Peter Frampton's new album will include a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," reports LiveDaily.com.

  • Yoko will travel to Korea this month, reports the Chosen Ilbo.

    Update (5/31/03)

  • An upcoming Christie's auction will feature the handwritten lyrics to "If You've Got Troubles," reports the Los Angeles Times. (Thanks to David Ritter.)
  • More on the "Step Inside Love" remix from Ananova (thanks to Paul Swift)
  • From Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil:

    On Thursday night, the"Jornal da Globo" of TV Globo in Brazil featured some quick extracts of the footage made by a student in New York. The footage which features the period of life of John Lennon best known as "lost weekend", according to his own words. At this time, John and Yoko had separated. He appears in the scenes walking in the streets of the city, riding in a cart pushed by white horses, offering food to an elephant in a zoo, taking photos with the fans and signing autographs. John Lennon is dressed all in black: hat, shirt and trousers and with sunglasses. The film will be auctioned on July 25th in New York.

  • Chris Carter, host of the Los Angeles show "Breakfast With the Beatles," has produced a documentary about longtime DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, reports Rolling Stone.

    Update (5/30/03)

  • The man said to be behind the Vigotone bootleg label was sentenced to eight months of confinement plus a $3,000 fine, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (Thanks to John Parker.)
  • Paul Swift tells us that the producer of UK's "Blind Date," the TV show hosted by Cilla Black, has had 3000 white label copies of a revamped "Step Inside Love" pressed for her.
  • Owen Coppin sent us four links regarding John Lennon's famous psychedelic Rolls Royce, which is in Canada. First, there's Bristol Motors' home page with a link to a separate page showing the car. Here's a Canada.com story about how the Canadian government has had the car for 16 years. And here's another Rolls Royce link at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Finally, a page soliciting offers to exhibit the automobile. (Thanks, Owen.)
  • A transcript of Yoko Ono's online chat with USA Today. (Thanks to Richard Joly.)

    Update (5/29/03) Mike McCartney has just opened his new exhibition: Liverpool Life - a collection of photographs celebrating the city in the 1960s at the Museum of Liverpool Life at the city's Albert Dock, reports IC Liverpool. (Thanks to Julez.)

  • Moritz in Munich sent us this interesting link from eBay Germany that appear to be handwritten lyrics (by Paul?) to "I Am the Walrus."
    A mortgage rate link sent by David Harrell contains this: "Federal Housing Administration rates averaged 5.37 percent in August 1958. That was the month when George Harrison joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney in a band called the Quarrymen. In other words, the last time mortgage rates were lower, the Beatles had not been formed yet."
  • From Gary Jones:

    Have just spotted that the DVD of Magical Mystery Tour is scheduled for a region 2 release on June 9th 2003. No mention of any extras though!!!!


  • Here's a link: Beatallica (aka Metallica meets the Beatles) (Thanks to David Freis.)

    Update II (5/27/03)

  • To mark the first anniversary of www.lennon.net, Julian Lennon is having a contest to give away a framed copy of a pic of him and his dad taken in 1967. Look for the first anniversary competition page at http://www.lennon.net.

    Update (5/26/03)

  • Not earthshaking news, but Cilla Black admitted smoking in the '60s, reports Ananova. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)

    Update (5/25/03)

  • The Plain Dealer: Early Lennon, McCartney songs get fresh treatment (From a Window: The Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney review)
  • Children in Northern Ireland are featured in a new version of Lennon's "Imagine," reports the BBC.

    Update (5/24/03)
  • A California filmmaker has made a film on the early Beatles directed by none other than Victor Spinetti which will be released on video in the UK this summer, reports IC Liverpool.
  • The UK Sun reports Paul has detectives keeping tabs on son James. (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Some news items sent by Paul Swift:
  • Tom Holkenburg the remixer, better known as Junkie XL, who did the Elvis remix of "A Little Less Conversation" is quoted on the UK Channel 4 text news service as having been asked by Apple to do a remix of a Beatles track. He said Apple were miffed that Elvis now had 18 number ones and The Beatles only 17 !! Apple it seems wanted to even the score. Mr Holkenburg turned Apple down as he did not want to repeat himself.
  • Julian Lennon on his website www.julianlennon.com reports that he has recently finished building a new studio at Sohis home and the writing is going well for a new album and that "Some of you have been wondering what news there is on the album and film I talked about a couple of months back. If you remember I recorded a duet and background vocals on a track called "Hold Tight" for Third World. The album, "Ain't Givin' Up", was released last September in Japan, but it is only recently that the band has found a distributor for Europe and North America and now we've heard that the album will hit the shops in May! "
  • Eric Stewart on his website www.ericstewart.co.uk has announced details of his new solo album with a couple of McCartney mentions in the Q+A section.
  • Finally for those interested in who produces the various websites for The Beatles, Paul and George, it is a company www.outsideline.co.uk They produce a number of websites including the Paul McCartney one, George's, The Beatles, Parlophone and many others mainly for musicians.
  • Update (5/23/03)

  • From Allan Cook:

    Hello,

    In the new Beatology magazine theres an article stating Yoko is planning on releasing another john lennon anthology boxset.....this year....peace..


  • Kris Tash tells us that if you go to http://www.rexfeatures.com/ and go to the "In the Headlines" section, scroll down to Chelsea Flower Show for some lovely pix of Ringo and Barbara. Then a little further down, are some photos of Paul in Rome.
  • Sir Peter Blake has redone his Pepper sleeve as a tribute to Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Post. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • http://www.bigpicturesusa.com/ has pics of Stella's new store opening in London.
  • Elvis Presley's stepbrother David Stanley tells why Elvis liked all the Beatles except John. And some very interesting news for you Beach Boys fans: Brian Wilson will perform "Smile," the album he never wanted to see released, live in the UK, reports the Age.

    Update (5/22/03)

  • A boxer has spent over £12,000 for an autographed Beatles album, reports IC Liverpool.

    Update (5/21/03)

  • Ringo has donated glasses for a charity auction. Here's the info from Deanna Dube:

    Hello:

    On May 22, 2003 The Discovery Fund For Eye Research is launching its 3rd annual "Seeing the Stars," celebrity charity eyewear and memorabilia auction on eBay. Ringo Starr has generously donated the pair of his glasses and a signed photo for auction to benefit the Discovery Fund's medical research and patient education programs for Macular Degeneration, Keratoconus, Diabetic Retinopathy and Ocular Herpes. Would you like to share this information on your site (which is terrific by the way), as a way of helping his admirer's find this wonderful package and aiding a worthy cause?

    If so, the link is: http://members.ebay.com/aboutme/discoveryfund/

    A photo of the item is posted at: http://discoveryfund.org/auction_update.html

    Thank you for considering this request.

    Best regards, Deanna Dube'
    Development Assistant
    Auction Coordinator
    The Discovery Fund For Eye Research

  • femail.co.uk: Flower power at Chelsea show (about Ringo and Barbara)
  • A night to remember for two fans (about the Beatles' '64 trip to Norwich)
  • Photo: Ringo Starr adds the final touch to Octopus's Garden
  • The UK Mirror listed the 10 most memorable moments in rock history. And, of course, the Fabs are there.
  • The Mercury: McCartney gives $12,000 to a chimp
  • You can see some previously unpublished pic of the Fabs in Minnesota here.
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (5/20/03)

  • From Allison Devine:

    Ringo and Barbara were at the Chelsea Flower show today to open a show garden to raise awareness about the destruction of Coral reefs. The name of the garden well need you ask? Octopuses Garden, of course. They appeared on several news reports shown during the day on English TV including the local news for the south east regions and the BBC live broadcast programmes from Chelsea.


  • Paul has donated $8,000 to send an abused chimp back to Africa, reports AFP. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)

    Update II (5/17/03)

  • Peter Goldman's crazy week with the Beatles (Scroll down slightly from top of page to find it. About the filming of the "Penny Lane" and SFF vids.) (Thanks to Claudio Dirani.)
  • Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: Plaque marks where The Beatles played

    Update (5/16/03)

  • Guardian (UK): Sitar turn (Ravi Shankar profile)
  • A song by Yoko will be featured on the TV show "Queer As Folk," reports Rolling Stone. (Thanks to joeltle515.)

    Update (5/15/03)

  • Author Paul Williams of "Crawdaddy" magazine fame discusses the "Give Peace a Chance" video. (Thanks to Bart Mendoza.)
  • A feature on George's HandMade Films company on the IC Liverpool site. (Thanks to Julez and Joćo Paulo Petersen.)
  • Live@pool tours will have a special Paul Liverpool sites coach trip June 1 to coincide with Paul's concert there. For more information, click here.

    Update (5/14/03)

  • Another story, this time from the UK Guardian, about the Lennon home movie up for action. (Thanks to David Ritter and Bob Dunn.)
  • The New Yorker: Yoko: At tea cognito
  • Yoko will speak at a Maine College of Art Graduation, reports WMTW and the Press Herald. (Thanks to Pat Callaghan.)
  • New York Daily News: At 70, Ono on the dance floor (Thanks to Ingrid, Rob Leonard and the elevated press.)
  • And more Yoko news, the remix of "Walking On Thin Ice" is no. 1, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • A review of Liam Lynch's new album, which features a contribution from Ringo, from the Washington Post.
  • Remember the recent item we had about the Strawberry Fields cereal? Trini Schultz tells us that the TGIF restaurant chain also has a Strawberry Fields on their menu.

    Update (5/13/03)

  • Private footage of John Lennon in a home movie is to be auctioned, reports the BBC. (Thanks to Adam Powell.)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding died over the weekend. Here's a report from Reuters.
  • And our prayers for a quick recovery go to June Carter Cash, who's in a Nashville hospital, reports Nashville City Paper.com. Johnny Cash, on his website, had asked fans to do the same. (Thanks to Bob Dunn.)
  • Author Salvador Astucia claims to have evidence that exonerates John Lennon's convicted killer.

    Update (5/12/03)

  • A look at some of the Beatle sites in Hamburg today from the Washington Post.
  • The author of this Canada Globe and Mail story lists Yoko as one of those sexy over 40.

    Update (5/11/03)

  • A Boston Herald article about the CD From a Window: The Lost Songs of Lennon & McCartney. (Thanks to Jack Suslak.)
  • The Maharishi's latest: Constructing a series of peace palaces, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • U.S. TV alert: Yoko is on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" Tuesday on NBC.
  • Beatle songs can often be heard at baseball parks. Saturday, we heard "A Hard Day's Night" during a Yankee pitching change at a Oakland A's game we saw on TV.

    Update (5/9/03)

  • From Leslye Allen:

    Steve,

    I noticed in the article linked today (Thursday) in the Billerica Minuteman about the Beatles tribute band the following mistake: " to get an authentic Beatles sound, band members use the brand instruments which The Beatles made famous, including the Rickenbacher guitar favored by John Lennon and the Hofner bass so strongly identified with George Harrison that it earned the nickname, "Beatle bass." " The writer of the article obviously didn't take good enough notes or listen carefully to the tape of the interview if he taped it when interviewing the band. The author can't be much of a Beatles fan to not know that the Hofner is Paul's. It's always kind of interesting to me the things that the press gets wrong that are so easy to check. It just goes to show that you have to take anything written in the press with a grain of salt. I love your website-I check it everyday. Keep up the good work.

  • From Terry Ott:

    Steve,

    I would like to publicly support Pete Townshend. I do so honestly having come from-and battled through- some of the same abuse issues that he has claimed and has attempted to dealt with.

    And while exploration of the illegal genre pornography that got Townshend into hot water has not been a part of my recovery, I think that to brand Pete a pedophile is not only stupid, but outrageous.

    While he has been "cleared" by the UK authorities, the chance of him ever being removed from the sex offender data base on a practical basis or in the public's mind are just about nill. The same old story: the victim re-victimized.

    But on the bright side, the whole thing may spur Townshend on to even better musical exercise, but it won't be easy.


    Comment: Terry also sent this link: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/Townshend1.html
  • Author Jacques Volcouve is researching the Beatles' '66 Japan concerts and is trying to learn the starting times for the shows. Anyone know??
  • ET Online: Paul plays for "The In-Laws"

    Update (5/8/03)

  • Another story about the Tom Murray Beatles photos on exhibit in Liverpool, from IC the Wharf. (Thanks to Joćo Paulo Petersen from Brazil.)
  • This Christian Science Monitor article on the Dixie Chicks' recent controversy compares the situation to the uproar over John Lennon's Christianity remarks.
  • Billerica Minuteman: Beatles tribute band strives for Liverpool lads' classic sound
  • Patti Murawski tells us Jackson, Tenn., home of Carl Perkins' family, was hit very hard by tornadoes this week. Our prayers to everyone there and in all the affected areas.
  • Old Bob Marley demos are to be released in a similar manner to the way "Free As a Bird" was reconstructed, reports Chart Attack.
  • Pete Townshend was cleared Wednesday of possessing child pornography, reports the Toronto Star, but his name will be placed on a list of sex offenders for five years.

    Update (5/7/03)

  • '50s model Suzy Parker, who was the likely inspiration behind the song of the same name circulating in unreleased tapes of the "Let It Be" sessions, died this week, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    Update (5/6/03)

  • WARW-FM (94.7) in Washington is giving away a trip to Liverpool. Here's the press release and a site link.
  • WXRT-FM (93) in Chicago is also giving away a Liverpool trip. Here's their press release and site link.

    Update (5/5/03)

  • From Dirk Van Damme:

    Hello,

    During the solo acoustic tour in Europe Neil Young is doing at the moment, he's performing some new songs off Greendale. During one of the songs probably called Devil's Door he mentions John Lennon:
    One thing I can tell you
    is you gotta be free
    
    
    John Lennon said that
    And I believe in love
    But I believe in action
    When Bush comes ashore

    Update (5/4/03)

  • From Patti Murawski:

    Yoko's appearance on Conan O'Brien wasn't much. In fact it wasn't really an interview at all. He made some comments about her music career having a resurgence because of the remixes of her stuff being played in dance clubs, her being the scapegoat for the bust up of the fab four, and a comment about performance art... at which point she brought out a black bag and they did a bag piece. They removed bits of clothing, tossing them outside the bag before emerging. Conan was stripped to the waist and barefoot when he came out, and Yoko had just discarded her jacket and boots. It was good for a laugh anyway.

    She's going to be on Kilborn on Wed. May 7 on CBS.


    From Jonathan Dancey:

    On 13 April the Sunday Times published its Profit Track 100, Britain's 100 fastest profit growth firms. Apple Corps are number 1 with a profit growth of 194.1%.

    In 2000, 32 years after Apple was founded, The Beatles compilation of 27 top charting singles, 1, sold more than 12m copies in three weeks to become the fastest selling album ever. It has sold more than 25m copies and as a result of its success, profits at Apple have rocketed 194% a year from £717,000 in 1999 to £18.2m in 2002 when it had just nine staff members.

    The four owners shared a dividend of £12m in 2002 and charged the company £7.5m each for promotional services.


  • Stan Yinger tells us Ringo's web site now includes several new sections, including video messages from Ringo.
  • A look behind George's cover of "Got My Mind Set On You" from the UK Independent.
  • A look at Beatle radio shows in the Los Angeles area from the Los Angeles Times. (Thanks to David Ritter.)
  • Now on eBay! , someone is offering what they say is dirt from Mendips. Search for item #2526816201.

    Update (5/3/03)

  • For those in the UK, Richard Morgan sent us a BBC2 TV listing for today (May 2) that shows "Yellow Submarine" from 2:00 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. and "A Hard Day's Night" from 3:25 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
  • BBC: Shatner 'breaks' Beatles record
  • Lichfield News: Signed Beatles card sold for Fab price
  • Liverpool Productions is offering a trip to include that includes Paul's Liverpool show and the rescheduled Sheffield date. For more info, call 1-(866) L-I-V-E-R-P-O-O-L or email: LiverpoolTour@aol.com

    Update (5/2/03)
  • Yoko talked to the Contra Costa Times about various subject in advance of a Lennon art exhibit coming to town.
  • A poll was made of the worst Beatle covers of all time -- and yes, William Shatner's is there, reports BreakingNews.IE.

    Update (5/1/03) From Wayne Spencer:

    Hi Steve,

    Pete Best will be appearing at the worlds biggest autograph show next week here in UK, immediately after his current UK tour. Event is called Autographica and info is at http://www.autographica.co.uk/ .

    Pete will be doing signings on the afternoon of Sat May 10th, and all day on Sun May 11th. Should be a cool one. If anyones ever wanted to meet Pete then its a great chance as this show is really relaxed and enjoyable, not like most autograph shows at all.

    In case anyones never been to a show like this -- theres an admission charge, and theres a charge for autographs. Almost all shows like this do the same. Site has prices for admission. They don't mention the price for autographs but at that show its never a really big price.

    The site says Pete will have photos, CDs and his book available for purchase, or fans can bring their own items and pay to have them signed. And cool thing is theres no limit on the number of items can bring for signing.

    And also cool is that if you get something signed then can have your own photo taken with Pete as well, for free, as long as bring your own camera of course.

    I was lucky enough to meet Pete last night after his gig in Leamington here in UK, and he was really great. Real pleasure to meet.

    And just to let fans know that he and the band are fine after their recent crash, thank goodness. They were great last night, brilliant show. Definitely well worth catching if anyone was debating whether to see them or not.


  • Michael Jackson rebuked Paul for criticizing the way Jackson raises his kids. "Mind your own business," the Daily Telegraph quoted him.

    Update (4/30/03)

  • We've gotten a few emails since Apple made its announcement about its online music service asking what about its agreement with the Beatles' Apple not to get into the music business? This Yahoo/Macworld article addresses that question, though it doesn't give much of an answer. (Thanks to Jennifer Campbell.)
  • In a recent interview, Paul McCartney called Michael Jackson an "unusual guy," reports dotmusic and Launch.
  • Paul has made his own comments about Stella's remarks about the education he provided, reports the Herald Sun.
  • Liverpool's Cavern Walks may soon sport another McCartney -- Stella, according to IC Liverpool.

    Update II (4/29/03) The Elevated Press tells us Yoko is on Conan O'Brien's show Friday.

    Update (4/29/03)

  • A Japanese museum will display drafts of lyrics by John Lennon, reports Japan Today.
  • A plaque to John Lennon was unveiled at the site of the former Apple Boutique, reports the Guardian.
  • Off topic: Thanks to the lagging economy, among other things, Northern California has seen a rash of record store closings in the past few months, especially those in the Wherehouse chain, which is trying to emerge from bankruptcy. Here's a report from the San Mateo Times on the situation.
  • From William Concannon: Yoko is to appear on the Craig Kilborn show in early May.
  • Steve Jobs is hoping to get songs by the Beatles into his new music download service. Here's an interview with him in Fortune.
  • More OT: The latest in the flurry of lawsuits about the reformed Doors is one by Jim Morrison's parents, reports The Smoking Gun.

    Update (4/28/03)

  • The Beatles' White Album will be performed live at 8 p.m. May 30-31 at the Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz. The event, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of its recording on May 30th 1968, is a benefit for GUITARS NOT GUNS as well as music and arts programs of Santa Cruz County schools. Performers include Ken Kraft, Tiran Porter, Dale Ockerman, Bob Bliss, Michael Daugherty, Richard Bryant, Alan Heit DDS and Jason Schimmel. Choreography is by Sara Wilbourne. Additional dancing and singing will be preformed by Nancy LeVan, Pipa Pinon, Anne Whittington, Katie McKee and others. Tickets: General admission $24, Golden Circle reserved section $40. Tickets available at Book Loft (next to the Rio Theatre). You are invited to attend in the appropriate attire circa 1968!!! (Thanks to Bryan Barrow.)
  • Orange County Register: "John Lennon" misses the mark (play review)
  • Newcastle city fathers are deciding this week whether to give the Beatles a plaque, reports IC Newcastle.
  • A plaque honoring John Lennon was to be unveiled Sunday, reports IC Liverpool.
  • From Kevin Hendryx:

    Hi, Steve,

    Here's an item for the news/trivia columns (wherever it fits)-- the reunited Bangles' new CD "Doll Revolution" (their first new release in about 14 years) sports the dedication at the end of the liner notes, "This is for George." Given the Bangles' Sixties influences and the heartfelt tributes to George Harrison on their own website following his death, there can be little doubt that they are dedicating this album to the memory of the Quiet Beatle. Hats off to the fabulous Bangles!


  • Felice Bryant, co-author of many of the Everly Brothers' hits, passed away last week, reports Reuters and the New York Daily News. You can find more related photos here. (Thanks to JM Oliveira and Rob Leonard.)
  • A preview of the Mad Day Out exhibit opening in Liverpool from IC Liverpool, And here are 1 and 2 stories from the BBC. (Thanks to julez and John Morley.)
  • Japan Today reports Yoko Ono is named an "Asian Hero" by Time Magazine.
  • Christianity Today: The Dick Staub Interview: Alistair Begg on The Beatles: The author and pastor talks about the Fab Four's cry for "Help" and why no one answered it. (Thanks to Hal Austin.)
  • Review of a concert by Pete Best, the Merseybeats and the Fourmost from EDP24.
  • TIME: A magical mystery tour (a Liverpool tour)

    Update (4/18/03) BBC Radio 2 in the UK will feature Paul on Monday. Here's their description:

    This Easter Monday, Sir Paul McCartney joins Radio 2 to launch Sold on Song, a celebration of great songs and songwriting. Listen to an exclusive broadcast from his current tour and then visit the Sold on Song pages on the Radio 2 website to hear Macca explain what his song "Yesterday" means to him now. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/soldonsong/


  • And more Paul on BBC2 the next day from C.C. den Hertog:

    April 22nd 00:40 BBC1 Back In The World. (McCartney 60 min special) There's a 'Paul McCartney Special' on BBC Radio 2 on Easter Monday 21 April 5.00 - 7.00 p.m : 'Stuart Maconie talks to the former Beatle and presents live performances from his 'Back in the World' tour. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/listings/day.shtml?day=monday


  • IC North Wales: A gig the Fab Four may not remember!
  • From Sean Anglum:

    One from the funnies! A "White Album" classic is featured today (4/17/03) in the comic strip "Frazz", written by Jef Frazz. It's a United Features Syndicate comic, if that helps in locating it.


  • Michael Cooper sent us this link from the Rhino site with Sgt. Peeper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (No, that's not a misprint.)

    Update II (4/17/03)

  • Tapes of John Lennon made in Denmark are set to be auctioned.
  • On this date in 1970, Paul released the "McCartney" album. This is also the anniversary of Linda's death in 1998.
  • Gerry Marsden, leader of the Mersey group Gerry and the Pacemakers, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his first No. 1 hit, "How Do You Do It," reports IC Liverpool.
  • A pair of Ringo's drumsticks are being auctioned for a good cause reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

    Update (4/17/03)

  • The Elevated Press tells us the Strawberry Fields cereal, about which Yoko has threated a lawsuit, is already on the shelves in Southern California.
  • Three Beatle autographs from Yarmouth are being auctioned, reports the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press.
  • Someone has organized an International Beatles Meetup Day (thanks to David Freis.)
  • A new DVD, "The Beatles: The Journey," will be released June 3. The two-disc set includes an audio disc of interviews. (Thanks to Terry Ott.)
  • New York: Stella McCartney monkeys around (Thanks to Corinne White.)

    Update (4/16/03)

  • Ken Dodd beat out Paul and John as the most famous Liverpudlian of all time, reports IC Liverpool.
  • Rare photos of the Fabs larking about at a restaurant in 1963 are being sold, reports East Anglian Daily Times.
  • Yoko Ono says she wished John Lennon would have taken her dancing once in a while, reports the New York Daily News. (Scroll down near bottom.)
  • From David Shaw:

    The new UK "Radio Times" magazine features a short interview with Paul to promote a "Paul McCartney Special" 2-hour radio broadcast (Radio 2, 5pm, 21st April) including an interview and "gig highlights from a recent UK show". Also, on 22nd April at 11.40 pm, BBC1 will transmit "Paul McCartney: Back In The World", a 1-hour programme described as "live footage and off-stage film from the recent American leg" of the tour. Let's hope it's not just an edit of the Back In The US DVD.

  • Yoko is threatening to sue the Kashi cereal company, which is planning to market a cereal called "Strawberry Fields" and has filed for a trademark on the name, reports the New York Daily News (scroll down to Ono, you don't).
    (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino for some of the links.)

    Update (4/14/03) Billy Preston will guest star on the debut of an Australian band Jet, reports Undercover. (Thanks to Karen Dyson.)
  • A paper signed by the Beatles is up for auction, reports IC Newcastle.
  • The Age: Can't buy me love (Harrison content)
  • Houston Chronicle: Interview with Jack Douglas, producer of "Double Fantasy"
  • The new film from the producer of "Backbeat" claims Rolling Stone Brian Jones was murdered, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    Update (4/13/03) Daily Yomiuri: New view of the Beatles

  • A hotel sheet signed by the Beatles is up for sale, reports IC Newcastle.
  • Herald Sun: Maton hits right note (Harrison content)
  • Times Star: Vegas features exhibit (Harrison content)
  • Undercover: Jools Holland remembers Edwin Starr (Harrison content)
  • And in case you didn't see it, Little Eva ("Do the Locomotion") passed away a few days ago. Great song, spunky singer, big loss.
    (Thanks to Karen Dyson for the links.)

    Update (4/12/03)

  • From David Freis:

    Steve, The CD version of Live In Toronto that I bought has the calendar reproduced inside of the CD booklet. I remember being impressed at how nice of a job they did with the packaging. The back of the CD book reads as follows: Re-Mixed from the original 8 track tapes by Rob Sevens at Quad Recording Digitally re-mastered by George Martino (I think they mean Marino) at Sterling Sound. My CD is dated 1995. On the back inside cover of the CD jewel booklet are two poems by John, the first one is the wonsaponatime one and the second is the funny autobiography, about the awful...I was bored...while the nasties were bombing...etc. This sound is incredible and needs no further remastering in my opinion.


    (Thanks also to Matt Slys.)
  • This New York Daily News story has an interesting mention of Paul. Search for his name in the text and you'll see what we mean.
  • From Eric Hartvigsen:

    I mentioned last week that I'd just seen Graham Nash do a song at a CSN concert ("Lost Another One") which he said he'd written "for George."

    Well, in the intervening days, I've learned that the song is available on a 2002 Graham Nash CD --"Songs for Survivors"--and, perhaps most importantly, the song is available as a FREE download @ amazon.com. Though the song doesn't mention George by name, I'm sure that some of your "readership" would be interested in a listen...

    Update (4/11/03) From Bruce Muni:

    Hi Steve,

    I was at Yankee Stadium last night. When each Yankee player is at bat there is "at bat" music which is played as the player gets ready to step up to the plate. This music is chosen by the players as far as I know. Usually a different song is played each time the player is at bat. When the Yankees new player from Japan, Hideki (Godzilla) Matsui was batting for the second time last night the song was the single version of Get Back. Lately there hasn't been any classic rock in the "at bat" music since Paul O'Neill retired.

    Love your page,
    Bruce Muni


    Comment: Bruce sent us a later note saying the song has been played more than once when Matsui was batting, so it's apparently his theme music.
  • From Terry Ott:

    According to amazon.com and hmv.com, Live Peace In Toronto is "out of stock." This may-and I emphasize may-indicate that the title is one more that Yoko is working on to release in a "remastered" edition.

    When I interviewed Ms. Ono for a National Post story in late 2000, she seemed to very proud of the 1969 concert and John and her performances.

    First issues of this album featured the Yoko designed 1970 calender, which was pretty cool and ahead of its time, and would surely be reproduced as part of any reissue.

    As for the possibility that more of the Plastic Ono Band performance exists than what was released originally, it would appear that pretty much everything was used.

    But they did rehearse on the flight to Toronto, so perhaps there is a tape of that somewhere.

  • From Giovanni Deidda in Italy, who alerts us to an ebay! item that is supposedly Lennon's Butcher cover:

    Hi, I am writng from Italy. How nobody haven't already told you about this amazing item on sale. Please read these links the eBay website and search for item #2521097877 and http://www.black-bird.com/butcher.htm.

  • From Dr. Ross Levin, a request:

    I know that this is not EXACTLY Beatles-related but I attended the Willie Nelson birthday tribute last night at the Beacon Theater and was wondering if anybody out there has a complete set list from the show - We had to leave at 1:00am after 5 hours plus of incredible music and was wondering what we missed - Quite a treat - many Beatle-related family involved including a WONDERFUL Version of "A song for you" by Leon Russell (!!) and Ray Charles as well as appewarances by Eric Clapton and Elvis Costello! Jery Lee Lewis was supposed to be there but as of 1:00, did not yet perform. Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Cheers,
    Ross

    Update (4/10/03) Paul's recent BBC ad that includes a clip of "Band on the Run" can be heard on the BBC2 site. (Thanks to Wibo Dikjksma.)

  • A Beatles-Donovan cassette tape is up for auction at Christie's.
  • Evening Times: Beatles for sale
  • Playbill.com: Victor Spinetti Chats About London Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update II (4/8/03)

  • Alan Clayson and Spencer Leigh have authored a new book, "The Walrus Was Ringo: 101 Beatle Myths Debunked." (Thanks to Joe Robinson.)
  • Stella McCartney was honored for her work in raising money for women cancer charities, reports the Los Angeles Times. (Thanks to dknight25.)

    Update (4/8/03) Daytrippin' magazine is offering a six-week online course on the Beatles May 11 to June 22. The course includes an overview of the Beatles' history, the truth behind common Beatle myths and an analysis of why the Beatles were so successful as a rock band. For more info, visit http://www.daytrippin.com/course.htm.

  • On April 21, Berklee College of Music will begin offering a new six-week online course, "The Music of John Lennon: The Beatles Years". Professor John Stevens has taught a songwriting course on Lennon's songs at the college for the past twenty years, and has also written several books on the subject. (Thanks to Daytrippin' editor Trina Yannicos for both items.)

    Update (4/6/03) A tape of John Lennon talking with Yoko's daughter Kyoko, then 5 years old, is to be auctioned, reports Reuters.

  • Linda McCartney photos are on exhibit in Arizona, reports Arizona Central.
  • An archive of letters by author Terry Southern ("Candy," "The Magic Christian"), including writings to John Lennon and Ringo Starr, is going to the New York Public Library, reports AP.
  • A review of Johnny Marr and the Healers, which features Zak Starkey on drums, from the UK Guardian.
  • Photos of Dylan and the Beatles are being shown in London, reports the BBC.

    Update (4/5/03) Daytrippin' editor Trina Yannicos alerted us to this essay that pays tribute to John Lennon.

  • Yoko has offered additional support to a modern-day British bed-in couple, reports the BBC.

    Update (4/4/03) From Dick Schwertfeger:

    Hi Steve,

    Love your site. #1 for Beatles news!

    Regarding the CSN performance of "Lost Another One," the song was written by Graham Nash and appears on his excellent recently released solo album, Songs For Survivors. The song is actually a few years old and was inspired by the death of Jerry Garcia. When Nash heard of Jerry's passing, he called Crosby to break the news to him but got Crosby's wife Jan on the phone first. She was the one who actually said, "lost another one."

    The album is dedicated to Harrison, Mama Cass Elliott, Michael Hedges and Allan McDougal (sorry, not sure if the late Mr. McDougal had a claim to fame).

    And from Patti Murawski:

    The song that Eric Hartvigsen mentioned he heard CSN do at their recent Boise gig is from Graham Nash's latest solo CD "Songs for Suvivors". On the CD packaging the song is dedicated to "friend" George Harrison. The CD is on the Artemis label.


  • This Is London: My tight dad, by Stella
  • Ananova: Stella against "grounded" upbringing

    Update (4/3/03) From Eric Hartvigsen:

    I went to see Crosby Stills & Nash on Monday night here in Boise. On the 2nd or 3rd song of the 2nd set, Graham Nash introduced a song by saying something about how some good people have passed away and it's been increasing in recent years. He said "I wrote this next one for George Harrison..." and my ears immediately perked up. I believe the song was "Lost Another One" and it started something like this:

    "Got my morning cup of tea
    I turned the radio on
    Between the static and sound bites
    I heard that you had gone
    We lost another one."

    It was a very nice, wistful song. I'd encourage any Beatle fans attending CSN's current tour to listen up for it!


  • From a Q&A with Drew Barrymore in the April issue of Movieline magazine:

    Q: What about old bands, like the Beatles?

    A: Every month I pick a different Beatles song--right now I'm back on "It's Only Love." Whatever dilemma you're going through, if you put on a Beatles song, they will answer it. I also love that you can make love to their songs.

    (Thanks to Rubbersole.)
  • IC Liverpool: Beatles story to run and run (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)
  • There's a play about the Everly Brothers in North Carolina, reports the North Carolina State Technician.
  • Finally, Edwin Starr, whose song "War" has been a topical tune of late, died Wednesday, reported the BBC.

    Update (4/2/03) We received a couple of replies to Tim Swaddling's note from last here. Here's a note from Charlie Uebele III:

    I opened the page in mozilla.com and it opened up and stopped on the black page that flashes on in Internet Explorer. Theres just a Welcome to Harrisongs title at the top. Theres no horse or any symbol. You can look at the source code and all the page is set to do is to send you to http://www.harrisongs.co.uk.


    (Thanks also to Tony Vournazos, Craig Hopkins and Dr. Charles W. Crane.)
    And from Simon Hewitt:

    Steve,

    According to a brief news item in Mojo Magazine a month or two ago, the original plan was for the Dark Horse albums (33 and a Third, George Harrison, Somewhere in England, Gone Troppo and Cloud Nine) to be released alongside Brainwashed last autumn, but that this plan was changed at a late date. I don't have copies of the magazine to hand, and can't recall any more than that - but I think that's the gist of it.


  • Daily Telegraph: Lost photos from Beatles' summer of love

    Update (4/1/03) From Tim Swaddling ... anyone ideas, folks?:

    Steve:

    Before George was ever stabbed or had cancer return, there was much talk of the re-issues of his past work, a box set, re-launching Dark Horse Records, a new album, etc. And the only online evidence we had to go by that several George type web addresses, like "harrisongs.com" and "georgeharrison.com" all became liscensed under his com w/sitars from his "Chants Of India" album.

    Since then, a lot has changed (for the worst; we lost George). For some reason today I decided to check to see if the OM thing was still there; it isn't. GeorgeHarrison.com is obviously now the official website, complete with information about Brainwashed, the Concert For George and a bit on the re-release of George's I Me Mine book.

    The interesting part is... when I tried DarkHorseRecords.com, there does appear to be a website being set up there... but as soon as the page begins to load, it briefly flashes a glimpse of the homepage as it's loading, but then it shuts you down and says it's unable to open the page (you're also re-routed to the address of Harrisongs.co.uk which displays that message). All I could make out in the brief flash was it was mainly black, a grey "Dark Horse symbol" and some Indian-style text reading "Welcome To Dark Horse Records".

    I'm wondering if someone is good at computers enough to get in there to find out what it says. I don't think it takes a genius to figure out that DarkHorse.com is going to be the launching pad of the forth coming George re-releases. Maybe there is some information there that might tip us all off?

    May the force be with you.


  • This might be something to hear: LiveDaily.com reports David Lee Roth is doing a cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows" in concert.
  • Times of India: Beatles photos with Mahesh Yogi to be displayed

    Update (3/31/03

  • From Michael V. Klein:

    Just drove by Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills on Wilshire Boulevard. All four or five of the front windows of the store display outfits by Stella McCartney with her name on each window. They did mispell her last name on at least one window as McCartny. Sorry - did not have a camera to document this very important event!

    Update (3/30/03)

  • Reports that Canadian radio station CHUM has banned the Beatles' "Revolution" and John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" have been denied by the station, reports Canoe and the Toronto Star. (Here's the original report on CBC.)
  • A building where the Fabs were booed offstage is about to be torn down, reports the Sunday Herald.
  • The Age: Laughing matters (Neil Innes profile)
  • British Vogue: Stella's cancer work honored
  • This New York Post story features a comic doing something unusual to the Beatles songs (so the article says) "Live and Let Die."

    Update (3/29/03)

  • You may or may not have heard of OOPS -- or Out of Phase Stereo -- recordings, which give us diehards something else to explore in many of the Fabs' recordings. Here's a page all about them, with a list of many of the best Fab recordings in OOPS. (A four-volume boot of OOPS Beatle tracks made the rounds a few years back.) (Thanks to Casey Piotrowski.)
  • Ananova: Stella McCartney receives courage award
  • Los Angeles Times: Minstrel who mocks; Neil Innes, a favorite of Monty Python, even pokes fun at his own career.
  • After hearing about them for so long, we finally had a chance to see 1964: The Tribute in concert in San Jose, CA. We'll do a more extensive review in our next update, but for now all we'll say if you have a chance to see 'em, do it!
  • From Jennifer Campbell:

    Hi Steve -- this may be a stretch for your site, but if you're a baseball fan, it's a perfect buy. I was listening to the Bob and Tom radio show this morning and they had Seth Swirsky on talking about his book, "Something to Write Home About: Great Baseball Memories in Letters to a Fan". He has written several books about baseball, and apparently is a somewhat of a Beatles fan. He said on the show that he has a baseball signed by all four Beatles from Shea (I believe it was Shea), and this new book of his has a letter from Paul McCartney relating his love of baseball. Seth didn't speak specifically about Paul's letter, but the description of the book highlights his name.

    Here's an excerpt from the book's description at www.barnesandnoble.com/: "Something to Write Home About: Great Baseball Memories in Letters to a Fan" is a riveting collection of personal baseball memories told in handwritten letters to author and pop songwriter Seth Swirsky by the likes of President George W. Bush, Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, Senator Edward Kennedy, Sir Paul McCartney, L.A. Dodgers all-star Shawn Green, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and many other well-known and passionate fans and players of the game.

    Seth's website, www.seth.com, is a flash animation that I found difficult to navigate, but if you have the time, it has a section on his book there, too.

    LYSVED (Love your site; visit every day). Jennifer Campbell


    Comment: Thanks, Jennifer. We have one of his other books, "Every Pitcher Tells a Story: Letters Gathered by a Devoted Baseball Fan," which contains letters he's received from various ballplayers he's written to. Very neat book. This one sounds good, too.

  • From Lenono0:

    I just thought it interesting that both Rusty Anderson and Abe Laboriel Jr. are both session players on the new album by fellow Northerner Melanie C. No signs of any "Angleo Mysteriso" or anything but wouldn't it be nice if..... Love your site.

    Update (3/28/03)

  • The New York Daily News reported that Stella McCartney nearly lost her audience in Los Angeles Tuesday night when she said she wanted to talk about war. But people stopped groaning when the designer clarified: "I want to talk about the war against cancer."
  • From J. Chris Rennie:

    Don't know if you've heard about this yet, but here's a link to a CBC Online article about a CD of Peace Songs for War Child Canada to which Paul McCartney is supposedly contributing some new material. http://www.cbc.ca/artsCanada/stories/music270303 No word on what Macca's contribution is, nor is there any at the warchild.ca website. Keep up the great work, guys!

  • For you fans of "The Simpsons," Eric Idle will be on this Sunday's show.

    Update (3/26/03)

  • Some pics on the Liverpool Beatlescene site of a John Lennon mural that is a part of the city's bid as City of Culture. (Thanks to Joe Robinson.)
  • Ian Swan sent us this link from the UK Telegraph taking a poll for the best Beatles song, but a caution: He says it also gets you onto a commercial mailing list.
  • Beatles memorabilia will go on the block next month at Christie's, reports Dot Music. Included: the stand-up of Marlene Dietrich used on the cover of the "Sgt. Pepper" album autographed by all four Beatles and Peter Blake, also a legal document.
  • Rolling Stone critic Anthony DeCurtis is presenting a lecture on Lennon.
  • Proud Galleries in London are displaying photos from the Fabs' trip to India, reports Dot Music.

    Update (3/25/03)

  • Antiwar protesters in Naples sang John Lennon songs "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance," reports the Naples Daily News.

    Update (3/22/03)

  • The Orange County Register reports that the Pure Color Gallery, 570 S. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach will feature an exhibit called "The Beatles Press Conference 1966" featuring unreleased black and white images from the news conference in Los Angeles announcing the release of their "Revolver" album, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. March 28, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 29, noon-6 p.m. March 30. Information: (949) 497-1129 or www.purecolor.com.
  • Arizona Republic: Show recreates start of Beatlemania (about 1964: The Tribute)
  • Newark Star-Ledger: Fab Four festivals aiming to please Beatles devotees
  • IC Liverpool: Rising son (about Paul's nephew)

    Update (3/21/03)

  • HX: Kiss, kiss kiss and tell (about Yoko remix)
  • Jude Law, who'll play Brian Epstein in an upcoming film, has bought some of Brian's journals, reports nme.com.

    Update (3/20/03)

  • From Richard Sinclair:

    Did you know that Paul is backing BBC Radio 2's latest campaign, apparently giving his services for free? He re-recorded "Band On The Run" (or, at least, part of it - who knows?) for a BBC1/2 TV advert for the station, showing Paul in the studio playing around with just about anything he could find (wine glasses, that kind of thing). I've only seen it once so far but then it only started a couple of days ago.


  • Eric Idle is one of the guests on "The Wayne Brady Show" Thursday. (Check local listings for time.)
  • We're told tickets are still available through Ticktmaster for the 1964: The Tribute show March 28 in San Jose, CA.

    Update (3/19/03)

  • Country star Tim McGraw is aiding the cause of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Here's a link from his website. (Thanks to Joyce Marie Oliveira.)

    Update (3/18/03)

  • Yoko Ono was among the celebrities who sent an anti-war message to a London concert to protest the impending war with Iraq, reports Reuters.
  • If you're a fan of old "The Prisoner" TV series like we are, you'll know about the beauty of Portmeiron in Wales, the location where the now legendary Patrick McGoohan series was filmed. According to this link, it was also a favorite spot of George Harrison's. (Another "Prisoner" connection to the Beatles: the Fabs' "All You Need Is Love" is heard during the show's last episode.)
  • From Tim Smith:

    I was channel surfing early, early this morning and saw some kind of music awards program (Grammys? RRHOF?)... Anyhoo, they were giving a lifetime achievement type award to Mo Ostin, and after he said a few words, I heard a snippet of a familiar tune -- "Go get 'em, Mo," and sweet slide guitar, from George Harrison, of course -- from his unreleased late-1970s tribute to Mo.)


  • According to the Arizona Republic (second item), Paul got caught without change for the parking meter in Beverly Hills and had to bum a buck off a barbershop owner, who asked for a picture with Sir Paul in return.
  • We recall hearing this sometime ago, but Jude Law will play Brian Epstein in an upcoming film about the late Beatles manager, reports IC Liverpool.
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (3/16/03)

  • Reuters: Sleek McCartney Show Pays Homage to Paris Couture (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)

    Update (3/15/03)

  • Paul's name will be on a new line of musical instrument bags, reports Launch.
  • Manila Times: Being for the benefit of Beatlemaniacs
  • Paul is at the top of another rich list, this one from Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Hagerstown Morning Herald: "The Megillah According to the Beatles"
  • Orange County Register: Indian music, in all its variety
  • The Vines are to release a special promo single with a cover of "I'm Only Sleeping," reports Ananova.

    Update (3/14/03)
  • CNN: Fifth Beatle passes on wisdom (Sir George Martin interview)
  • Glasgow Daily Record: Gerry and the Peace Makers (Gerry Marsden interview)

    Update (3/13/03)

  • From David Flores:

    Hello!

    I write you this line to let you know that in Bolivia South America we have this week the first Exhibition of Beatles Memorabilia and collections from many collectors, from original tickets of Beatles's concert until all items from Anthology series, are more than 1000 Beatles items. in the web site we offer the complete program of the exhibition and a virtual tour that will be updated each day too. http://www.bolivian.com/beatles

    Thanks,
    David
    The Beatles Complete http://www.bolivian.com/beatles

    Update (3/12/03)

  • From Ben Okuly:

    I'm not sure if this has been reported on the site yet or not, but I thought I'd e-mail you anyway. I saw Billy Joel and Elton John last Friday (March 7) during their stop at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena, and the next to the last song before the encore was "A Hard Day's Night." Both Billy and Elton's band played during the song, and the two of them on the pianos made it an awesome version! I guess they have been playing it on this current tour. Pretty cool to hear a Beatles song in concert when you least expect it! I thought I'd let you know! As always, keep up the excellent work on the website!


  • Brian Wilson fans: The forthcoming "Brian Wilson On Tour" DVD will feature an appearance by Paul McCartney. (It's also available for Region 2--Europe.)
  • N.Y. Times: An Old Act Remixed for a Rave (Yoko content)
  • Arizona Central: Library's photo exhibit offers McCartney work
  • And read the second item in this New York Daily News column for the comment by the Kentucky Fried Chicken p.r. person ... the ultimate spin!

    Update (3/11/03)

  • From Di:

    As many of us might of heard Barry Sheene, World Motor Cycle Champion passed away earlier today from throat cancer at the age of 52. Barry was a long time friend of George Harrison and the two of them visited each other regularly. George also appeared on the This is Your Life Barry Sheene programme. If anyone would like to see a few pictures of George with Barry Sheene and an interview please check out the following link: http://www.stuck-inside-a-cloud.net/BarryMeetsABeatle.html

    (Also thanks to Trevor Dare.)
  • OT: If you like funky '60s films like we do, you'll be glad to hear that coming to DVD on April 15 are these Region 1 twofers from MGM: "Muscle Beach Party"/"Ski Party" and "Psych-Out"/"The Trip". "Muscle Beach Party" includes the theme by Annette, while "Ski Party" includes appearances by James Brown and Lesley Gore.

    Update (3/10/03)

  • From Clare Sherman:

    Adam Faith was alot more significant to Beatles history than you seem to realise. The fateful occasion when Paul suggested to Michael Jackson that he should get into music publishing....was at a dinner party at Adam Faith`s house!


  • A lock of George's hair snipped by a Spanish hairdresser in 1964 has sold for 1300 euros in auction, reports Australia's ABC Online.

    Update II (3/8/03)

  • Yoko Ono has adopted three classrooms at the Bak Middle School College of the Arts in Florida through the national Adopt-A-Classroom program, reports the Palm Beach Post (last item).
  • Yoko will also send a video message of support to an anti-war benefit in the UK, reports the BBC (scroll down page).
  • Politicians have often courted young voters, as seen by Harold Wilson's friendship with the Fabs, reports the BBC (second item, includes pic).
  • NewsOK.com: Big Head in tribute to George
  • '60s pop star Adam Faith has died, reports IC Coventry. His 1975 comeback album included a contribution from Paul McCartney and he also worked with Ringo Starr.
  • A former member of Frankie Goes to Hollywood says he won't be attending any concerts on Paul's European tour. "If I was him I'd pack in. He's just offering cabaret on a massive scale," Brian "Nasher" Nash told IC Liverpool.

    Update (3/8/03)

  • Hoover's Online: Beatles Forever (memorabilia exhibit)
  • Globe and Mail: Yellow Submarine nearly lost at sea
  • Five policemen who once loaned their hats to the Fabs would like to meet them again, reports IC Liverpool.
  • The Beatles came in at #5 and #24 on NME's 100 greatest albums of all time, reports Ananova.
  • Yoko Ono will give a graduation speech at Maine College of Art, reports AP. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)
  • OT: Atlantic Records announced Friday that two major live Led Zeppelin releases, one a CD, the other a DVD, will be out May 27. Here's info from Billboard.com and a press release.

    Update (3/7/03)

  • In an interview on King Crimson's website, guitarist Adrian Belew discusses the Fabs' influence on his career. (Thanks to Rick Glover.)
  • Paul made more money than any other celebrity last year according to a People magazine story, reports the BBC.
  • Karen Dyson sent us this link for this picture being auctioned on eBay!
  • Evening Star: Ben's courage shines on TV (McCartney mention)

    Update (3/6/03)

  • This Dallas News.com (registration required) column tells why they just aren't making protests like they used to. (Thanks to Charles Heard.)
  • From Rich Garcia:

    I just wanted to pass along some info for (San Francisco) Bay Aea Batle fans,about the upcoming concert in san jose on March 28 of "1964: The Tribute." They will be performing at the San Jose Center for the Performing Artsat 8pm. For tickets, people can call Ticketmaster. Heres the link to the tour schedule of the band: http://grouph.com/cgi-bin/webcal.pl

    Update (3/5/03)

  • Kansas City.com: Also known as Norah Jones' dad (Ravi Shankar profile)
  • Ananova says Stone Roses' (who?) debut album is the best debut of all time, yes, better than the Fabs!
  • IC Liverpool: Liverpool is such a special place
  • SMH.com: Breeders do the Beatles
  • Vail Daily.com: Shawn Colvin speaks of the Beatles
  • The latest rumor from MSNBC saying Michael Jackson may have to sell the Beatles catalog.
    (Thanks to Karen Dyson and Nate Levin for the links.)

    Update (3/4/03)

  • Another great radio station from the past -- WNEW-FM in New York -- is gone, reports CNN. It was the station where John Lennon once did a great stint as DJ (an episode that was heavily bootlegged). In recent years, however, the station's history has been more infamous than noteworthy. (Thanks for the link to Tim Tyler.)
  • Ananova: Celebrities turn out for Pride of Britain awards (Paul mention)

    Update II (3/3/03)

  • Stella McCartney will receive an honorary degree from the University of Dundee, reports Ananova.
  • Paul McCartney and Olivia and Dhani Harrison have both placed on the latest list of UK's richest by the Mail on Sunday, reports IC CheshireOnline and femail.co.uk.
  • Paul is among several celebrities attending the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards Monday in the UK, reports the UK Mirror.
  • The American Ballet Theater will perform a dance tribute to George Harrison March 11-14, reports the Akron Beacon Journal (scroll down page).
  • OT: Hank Ballard, the composer of "The Twist" and who had several hits on his own with the Midnighters, has died, reports CNN.

    Update (3/3/03)

  • Eric Idle talks about the Rutles film sequel in this Gallery of Sound interview. Among the things he says is that George, "who could hardly speak at the time," is the only one to have seen it and that "he sat there with a big smile watching it, it made him so happy." He says, "it was worth doing it just for that." (Thanks to Amber H.)

    Update (2/28/03)

  • In an interview in Red Carpet magazine, Michael Caine says Paul McCartney was somewhat of a "prude" in the '60s, reports the New York Post (see "Leg Limit, near bottom). "Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's girlfriend in real life, played my girlfriend in 'Alfie.' " We did a scene where we'd been to bed together and she was wearing my shirt in the morning like a night shirt. And they came in and got one of my other shirts, and cut the tail off and put an extra length on. And I said, what for? Paul doesn't want her showing so much leg. He was very prim and proper, Paul."
  • "Backbeat" will out on DVD in the UK in March. (We've heard no word on an American release, unfortunately.) Director Iain Softley talks about plans for the DVD on the DVD Bulletin website. (Thanks to Peterdi Gabor.)

    Update (2/27/03)

  • Paul rented a house this week in Lake Tahoe, reports the San Francisco Chronicle (scroll down the page). . Before arriving, the Chron reports, movers were asked to take out the leather-covered sofa and the antlers over the fireplace.
  • Hey, hey, it's the Monkees again. NBC has plans for a new Monkees show, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Rhino Films, associated with Rhino Records, is among those involved.
  • Blender magazine, ranking rock's nastiest villains, ranks John Lennon's killer as No. 1, reports ITV.
  • From Peter Fitzpatrick:

    The BBC broadcast a documentary about Sir. Bobby Robson (former manager of the English national soccer team and currently manager of Newcastle United - he turned 70 last week and is still managing at the top flight of football). At the end of the documentary they used 'Long & Winding Road'. Sir Paul got a 'thank you' at the top of the credits - possibly for the use of the song (I dunno if he usually stops that kinda thing or not)


  • The Birmingham Musicmania show will feature Bobby Graham, who, the ad says, was offered the drumming job before Ringo.

    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (2/26/03)

  • Patterns used to create a Paul McCartney outfit for "Help!" will be auctioned next month, according to This Is Local London.
  • Megastar: Archbishop's Beatles cover
  • If you live in Omaha, you might want to check out a subway sandwich shop called Planet Sub, which, according to the Gateway, features Beatle posters on the wall.
  • OT: Some news on the downloadable music front: Napster is planning its return, reports CNN, while the New York Times reports AOL is getting into the downloading music business.

    Update (2/25/03)

  • If you can get through the rambling description, item #2509505676 on eBay is quite unusual. Seems to us, though, we've seen that item auctioned before. (Thanks to Matthew Elblonk.)
  • And congrats to Norah Jones for her Grammy wins (and to her dad, Ravi Shankar)
  • AP: Ravi Shankar says he can't take credit for Norah Jones' success

    Update (2/24/03)

  • A calendar signed by John Lennon sold for over $4,000, reports Reuters.
  • From Sylvia M. Giustina:

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair is interviewed in the March issue of Reader's Digest. He was asked, "Who's one person you haven't met yet but you'd like to sit down with?" Mr. Blair replied: "I always remember meeting Paul McCartney and him saying to me, I'm really pleased to meet you, and I said, 'Don't be ridiculous! It's me who should be really pleased to see you! Bruce Springsteen, probably, in the rock scene. He's fantastic. Still producing great stuff."

    I hear that Bruce will be performing in London at the end of May. Maybe Tony will have his chance to meet another rock 'n' roll legend.

  • From Christopher Clause:

    Just wanted you to know about a concert I am doing this Friday in Canada in memory of George. Here are the details:

    FOR GEORGE: A benefit concert celebrating the music of George Harrison featuring Christopher Clause ("Blue Suburban Skies" ) and the Supertonic 7, Feb. 28 at James Street Baptist Church, 96 James Street South (southwest corner of James and Jackson Streets), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, Proceeds go towards CHALLENGE 2003, to benefit the homeless and youth of downtown Hamilton. Call 905-928-6463 for more details! Looking forward to seeing all of our Southern Ontario Beatles fans!

    Update II (2/22/03)

  • Paul has donated money, believed to be £2000, to save 50 monkeys from being used in medical research, reports IC Liverpool.
  • The Scotsman: Play it again, George
  • Robert Fontenot, who websurfers will remember as the guide for the now defunct About.com Beatles site, has taken over the About.com oldies site and has promised to bring back some of the Beatle content. Welcome back, Robert!
  • Ken Dryden, president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks about his favorite Beatle (see question 8).
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (2/21/03)

  • Simon and Garfunkel are considering a reunion at the Grammy Awards, reports Reuters. We're crossing our fingers.

    Update (2/20/03)

  • A former employee of Brian Epstein's has been tentatively diagnosed with symptoms of the human version of mad cow disease, reports IC Liverpool.

    Update (2/18/03)

  • Genesis Publications has updated news about a couple of Beatle-related books: a new volume of Astrid Kircherr pictures called "When We Was Fab" and shipping news about the George Martin book "Playback." (Thanks to Robby Elson.)

    Update (2/16/03)

  • Yoko has sent a message of support to the British bed-in couple, reports Yorkshire Today.
  • The Age reviews "Ready Steady Go," a new book on the Swinging '60s that intertwines with the Fabs.
  • "The Simpsons" TV series, which is marking its 300th episode, has a remarkable accomplishment to its credit: It has featured three of the four Beatles (although on separate occasions). Here's a retrospective from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

  • OT: Johnny Cash has long been a favorite of ours. Here's an interesting little feature about Johnny Cash's "Hurt" video (thanks to Bob Dunn)
  • Salt Lake Tribune: King's Singers a royal delight (review of acappella group doing Beatles songs)

    Update (2/15/03)

  • Naples News: All you need is love (Lennon artwork advance story)
  • OT: We won't be cruel, but Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis's daughter, is about to release her first solo album. You can hear her first single on her website.

    Update (2/14/03)

  • Newcastle may honor the Beatles with a plaque at the hotel where they wrote "She Loves You," reports IC Newcastle. (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Helen.)
  • Speaking of Newcastle, a symphony orchestra there is getting the backing of Paul McCartney, reports IC Newcastle. (Thanks to Helen.)
  • Singer Graham Parker is planning to record covers of some Beatle songs not released by the Fabs, according to a note on his website. (Thanks to Bob Dunn.)
  • A rare tape featuring a cover of the Beatles' song "Rain" by the late Maurice Gibb has been found in Australia, reports news.com.au.
  • Liverpool Echo: The new rich and even richer young Liverpool stars (Stella and Dhani mention)
  • Yoko will perform in New York on Sunday (2/16) to celebrate a new reissue with a remix of "Walking On Thin Ice," reports Rolling Stone (last paragraph).
  • Beach Boys fans are aware Capitol is releasing a DVD-A audio disc of "Pet Sounds." This link features an interview with producer Mark Linett.
  • John Lennon Liverpool Airport is taking security precautions in the wake of the terrorist alert, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    Update (2/12/03

  • Musician Tony Levin has an audio clip of John from the "Double Fantasy" sessions on his website. You can find it at his website at www.tonylevin.com under "Site Stuff," then under "Media." There's also photos of Cheap Trick's video shoot with John (though John's not in the pics). (Thanks to Rick Glover.)
  • The Russian band Romislokus have a cover version of Paul's "Wild Life" available for download from their website.
  • UK Sun: The real Lady McCartney (Stella) (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)
  • Exeter Express: It was a hard day's night(Raymond Perkins recalls protecting the Fab Four)
  • A British couple are planning a bed-in for Valentine's Day, reports the BBC.
  • Time.com's anniversary special, "80 Days That Changed the World," profiling life-changing days through the past 80 years, features the Beatles as a choice in its series of polls for the '60s.
  • Duluth News Tribune: DSSO, Beatles tribute band, hit all the right notes

    Update (2/11/03)

  • Sir George Martin will be one of the keynote speakers at this year's Marketing Forum and Human Resources Forum May 7-10 on board the Adonia ocean-going cruise ship. The press release says, "Sir George Martin, in his closing address, will speak on "Cultivating Creativity in the Workplace." Martin's main topics of discussion will center around teamwork and creativity, relating much of his finest work to the principles he uses to motivate teams in today's business environment. He will also discuss the challenges of identifying and developing new talent, a concept that transcends all industries." Here's the full release.
  • From Jody Denberg:

    - There is a group of big time music veterans together as the Vinyl Kings who have released a sweet tribute to the Fab Four called "A Little Trip". To find out more www.Vinylkings.com.


  • From Patti Murawski:

    Mary and her husband Alistair Donald were out on the town in London last week at the Sam Taylor Wood Art Dance Show with Russian ballet dancer Ivan Putrov. The event was held at the Infiner Club in Mayfair on February 4.

    Update (2/10/03)

  • BBC1: The Paul McCartney Death Clues (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)

    Update (2/6/03)

  • This Is London: Paul saved by John (interesting story of how John saved Paul from a 20 foot fall during the "Mad Day Out" shoot. Also, here's a link for Mathew Street Gallery, where the photos are being shown.
  • Budgeteer News: DSSO will salute the Beatles
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the links.)

    Update (2/5/03)
  • The (UK) Sun: John Lennon dad did time. (Thanks to Peter Hodgson and Trini Schultz.)
  • Mitch Axelrod, author of "Beatletoons: The Real Story Behind the Cartoon Beatles," is taking questions on our message board in the Beatle Books area.

  • From Gary Leftwich: "Just a note: the former Mix 105.7 in Atlanta is now Beatles 150.7 while a format switch to oldies is completed."
  • PBS will air "Party at the Palace" (with Paul) at 9 p.m. nationally tonight (Wednesday), though check your local listings. (Thanks to Trini Schultz.)

    Update (2/4/03)

  • From RealLove64: "Hi Steve. Just wanted to let you know that Paul`s message board (PaulMcCartney.com) will be down for a few days for maintenance. Lynn."
  • On this link from Eric Carmen's site, he talks about Paul's playing style, a little of John, and mention of Ringo's All-Starr Tour that he was on. (Thanks to Joyce Marie Oliveira.)

    Update (2/3/03)

  • A group founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is under investigation by the Dutch Central Bank for issuing currency in the Netherlands, reports Reuters.
  • Pictures of Paul out in London on Jan. 30 from bigpicturesusa. (Thanks to Kristen Tash.)
  • Recently out on DVD: "The Magic Christian"
  • Newsday: Verizon Appeals Decision; Court ruling forces ISPs to name suspected music pirates
  • Kerrang: Turbonegro use 5th Beatle (Klaus Voormann). The story includes this line: "Bassist Happy Tom commented: "A lot of people call Klaus 'the fifth Beatle', however at this point he's actually the third Beatle, if you think about it." (Pretty tacky, Tom.)
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for providing some of today's links.)

    Update (2/1/03)

  • Oklahoma Daily: Beatle tribute band overcomes despite skeptics
  • The Scotsman: The Beatles go on
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (1/31/03)

  • A review of "At the Apple's Core: The Beatles From the Inside" by Denis O'Dell.
  • This Is Staffordshire: YEAH... YEAH... YEAH! I BACKED THE BEATLES (interview with singer Gerry Levine, whose band, the Avengers, played on the bill with the Fabs in the early days)
  • Pictures of Paul in London on Jan. 30. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for the links.)

    Update (1/30/03)

  • Village Voice: Yoko motion
  • A new theatrical production finds a connection between the TV series "Bewitched" and the Beatles, reports JamMusic. Anybody for a little "Twitch and Shout"?
  • A new CD pays tribute to the man who co-wrote "Twist and Shout" and other well-known songs, reports the Associated Press.
  • British Vogue: Stella gets tied up
  • Winona Daily News: Bus lets students imagine
  • The Chronicle Online: Doctors consider meditation as medicine
    (Thanks to Trini Schultz for providing some of the links.)

    Update (1/29/03)

  • From Pam Moore:

    Hi Steve,

    Just wanted to let you know that when I was in New York earlier this month to see 1964 The Tribute at Carnegie Hall, I went by the Columbus Circle Gallery to see the photographs by David Spindel of John's final recording session--this was listed in the site's calendar of events. There was only 1 photo left from the show (apparently some time ago) which my friends bought! So there are no more photos of that final session at that gallery any more. I thank you for the listing since it is a small gallery and I probably would not have stopped in had I not seen the information on the calendar. Wish I could have seen the whole show.

    As always, thanks for a GREAT site!

    Update (1/28/03)

  • A source tells us a new book called "The Walrus was Ringo: 101 Beatles Myths Debunked" by Alan Clayson & Spencer Leigh will be published by Chrome Dreams and is scheduled for release this spring. Also, The same company will be putting out two CDs of interest: "Maximum Beatles", & "Maximum George Harrison." (The latter is already out in England. It's a biography of George.)
  • This Virginia Children's Museum has Beatles exhibits.
  • Peter Nash and David Bedford tell us the London Beatles Fan Club is now the British Beatles Fan Club. You can find more details here.
  • A former Vermont governor who loves the song "I Am the Walrus" wants to be president of Yale, reports the Yale Daily News.
  • Tommy Cox found it's not that easy to play Paul McCartney in a Beatle tribute band, reports NewsAdvance.com.
  • Scott Richardson tells us the all-Beatles station in KC has switched to all-Stones.
  • More Beatle essays on Salon.com:
  • He was in the band
  • The hero who never looked down
  • A sweet tune from Lennon's tomb
  • Personal best
  • Without you
  • "The Beatles Anthology"
    (If you' re not a subscriber, you'll need to watch a Mercedes-Benz web ad to get access to these stories.)
  • (Thanks to Trini Schultz and Seth Atlas for some of the links.)

    Update (1/26/03)

  • The Tom Murray "Mad Day Out" Beatle photos are going on exhibit in Liverpool, reports NME.com.
  • NDTV.com: Ravi Shankar's grand-daughter debuts on stage

    Update (1/25/03)

  • Stella is making plans to buy a home in Ireland to add to her two othes, reports British Vogue.
  • L.A. Daily News: Kids write, record song in rolling studio (Lennon content)
  • A review of the Bob Wooler Tribute by Joe Robinsson
  • JamMusic: Johnny Marr forms his own band (Zak Starkey content)
    (Thanks to Karen Dyson for some of the links.)

    Update (1/24/03)

  • From Gary Jones:

    Further to the enquiry regarding the status of the current UK TV 'Crossroads' theme. It has once again been given a revamp, though still resembles the Tony Hatch original. As for the McCartney version, I recall seeing Wings live, back in September 1975 at a relatively small theatre called The Bristol Hippodrome (UK). At one point in the show, Paul asked "Are there any requests?". Someone called out "Play Crossroads". With that, Paul playfully quipped "You don't don't want to hear that rubbish!!!" and went straight into the next scheduled song from the playlist.

  • From Frank C. Branchini:

    As part of the US National Figure Skating Championships in Dallas last week, ABC-TV broadcast a Skating Spectacular on January 19. It featured skater Timothy Goebel skating to Paul McCartney's recording of Spinning on an Axis and Freedom. Although Spinning on an Axis one of our Macca's absolutely all-time worst songs and Goebel's routine wasn't very inspired either, I thought the song title (Spinning on an Axis) was brilliant! I don't know if Goebel used this as part of his routine in the actual competition.

  • IC Liverpool: Field dreams of record books (Macca content)
  • Eric Ruchensky says Kansas City FM station KSCK 97.3 is carrying an all-Beatles format at the moment. Their website: http://100kwatts.tmi.net/updates.html.
  • Two big developments in the area of Internet downloading: A judge ruled that the ISP Verizon must surrender names of customers who download music files, reports the San Jose Mercury News. And RIAA head Hilary Rosen announced she was quitting.
  • Robin and Barry Gibb have announced that in respect of their late brother, Maurice, they will no longer perform under the name the Bee Gees, reports the BBC.
  • "Everest," which features the music of George Harrison, has become the highest grossing documentary of all time. Here's the press release.
  • Oregon Daily Emerald: Local band Wish covers "Abbey Road"
  • Englebert Humperdinck has a cover version of the Beatles' "Penny Lane," the song he kept from the No. 1 spot with his first hit, "Release Me," on his new album. Here's the press release.
  • It's expected that in 2003 EMI will merge with another big recording firm, reports Reuters. (Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)

    Update (1/22/03)

  • Martin Lewis told us that there's a Paul connection in the Jane Asher story we linked to last night. The theme tune to "Crossroads" was written by Tony Hatch, who also wrote "Downtown" for Petula Clark. (Another Beatle connection: The show was aired by ATV, Sir Lew Grade's company.) In the mid '70s, Paul, almost as an offbeat thing, recorded an extreme rock version of the theme (originally Muzak-type song) that appeared as "Crossroads" on the "Venus and Mars" album. It, at one time, replaced the original theme on the show, but viewers hated it so much, it was withdrawn, though it was used later occasionally as incidental music. Can anyone in the UK tell us if the current theme on the show is a new version or an old one?
  • Martin has also put up a webpage in defense of his friend, Pete Townshend.
  • From John Davies:

    Steve,

    The January 14th edition of New York Newsday contained a story about a class action lawsuit that was brought against the music industry's five largest labels for price fixing of CD's between 1995 and 2000. It states that anyone who purchased a CD during that time can file a claim and receive compensation - a maximum of $20.00 depending on how many people file a claim. You file a claim by going to WWW.MUSICCDSETTLEMENT.COM before March 3rd.

  • We've heard rumors that the upcoming March Fest For Beatles Fans in New York will feature someone who's never done the show before.

    Update (1/21/03)

  • From Fred Lark:

    Just an update of the info from Grappa6771 in the 'Quick News Link' section. Went to see the recently released film "A Guy Thing," which does in fact have a Ringo sung/penned tune "BLINK" played over the first half of the closing credits (sounded like either a half or fourth of the song). A sort of medium paced, rockabilly number which warns us all that "...sometimes you blink, and you're in love". No mention of a soundtrack CD release during the credits, although it would seem very possible that one might be forthcoming, with the number of songs included in the mo leie (no mention of a "Ringo Rama" association either). Credits indicate the song was written by Richard Starkey/ Mark Hudson/Dean Grackel/Steve Dudas & performed by Ringo Starr, courtesy of KOCH Records. It is highly doubtful that the movie's association will garner the tune much airplay since the flick is at most a B-grade revamp of the "Meet The Parents" effort, several years earlier.., and I dare say it never won any Oscars!

  • Chicago Tribune: Many pressing U.S. not to use mines in Iraq (McCartney content. Must register to read.)
  • The Chronicle-Journal: A very Beatlesque concert
  • Hernando Today: Beatles tribute benefits scholarship fund
  • The Independent: Jane Asher: domestic goddess
  • From Ronald Ring:

    I just saw an ad on Star TV here in Ontario, Canada. Next week there is to be a five-part special on the Beatles titled The Long and Winding Road. I didn't get any more details regarding times. I'll forward those as soon as I get them.

    Thanks to Linda Robbins and Trini Schultz for some of the links.

    Update (1/20/03)

  • Some info from Pete Best.com:

    Hello all,

    We are glad to announce Pete Best's first US appearance of 2003. Pete will be appearing alongside other Beatles legends such as Tony Sheridan and the Beatles first manager Allan Williams, they will be performing interviews about there various histories, conducting a Q&A session and of course signing autographs. The date of the appearance is Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of March. The Venue is as follows : Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel, 128 Frontage Road, Newark, N.J., 07114 (973) 690-5500. For more information regarding the show please contact the Sheraton hotel or bookings@petebest.com . Again thank you for your continued support and don't forget to tell your friends about us.

    All The Best,
    Petebest.com


  • From Grappa6771:

    I don't know if you've heard this, but Ringo appears on the soundtrack of the new movie, "A Guy Thing" starring Jason Lee (from "Dogma" and other Kevin Smith movies). Ringo's song is called "Blink" and comes on during the closing credits.

  • You'll find a Q&A with Klaus Voormann here.
  • Several people have emailed us about a listing on Amazon.com for the 5-DVD set The Beatles - A Long and Winding Road and suggested this might be the Anthology on DVD. It's not. For one, the Anthology will be more expensive. Also, The Beatles Anthology is listed on Amazon.com, but not with a price as of yet.
  • From Carl Savich:

    In Malaysia, a CD-ROM has been released that pairs The Beatles with Elvis on a single CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains 160 mp3s of Beatles songs and a 100 mp3s of Elvis songs. The cover has 3 photos of The Beatles (top) and 3 of Elvis (bottom). There photos are of the Beatles ANTHOLOGY 3 CD and The Beatles 1962-1966 album and a publicity photo. The Elvis photos are of the SUNRISE, COMPLETE GOSPEL RECORDINGS, and THE NUMBER ONE HITS album covers. Many of the selections are listed as alternate takes.


  • In Russia, where pirated goods flourish, you can buy an MP3 disk of Beatles songs for $3, reports the Canadian Press wire service.
  • From Margaret Blaufox:

    Dear Steve,

    I am frequent visitor to your site and I think its a wonderful thing :)! Today I visited the Harry Benson exhibit. Its simply wonderful, especially since they had Beatle music playing all the time. People of all ages were there and you could see everyone tapping their feet, including my parents. I myself am 21 years old and absolutely loved the Beatles, but even more so loved the exhibit since I love photography (especially Linda McCartney's). Before we left we headed into the gift shop and I was dancing a little to "Your Mother Should Know" and to my surprise turned around to see a man sining along. I sheepishly said "I can't help it" and he said, "Neither can I, but thats ok." and smiled.

    Finally, if any New Yorkers haven't seen the exhibit you better see it before it moves on to other cities. If comes to your city you better see it cause it is certainly wonderful.

    Update (1/17/03)

  • The mention of Joe Pope's name brought back the memory of our short contact with him just before he passed away. We never met in person, but he corresponded with us during his illness. You can read that correspondence here.
  • Keith Putney tells us that the Pete Best book "The Beatles: The True Beginnings" will be released in U.S. in early May by St. Martin's Press. Pete and Roag will be visiting the U.S. for media appearances as soon as their UK tour ends.
  • From Trina Yannicos:

    Steve,

    I attended the 1964 concert at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 10 and it was amazing! It was a big deal when the Beatles played there back in '64, and it is a big deal now that a TRIBUTE band is of the caliber to play there. Sid Bernstein (promoter of the '64 show) even came out to introduce the band.

    The show was such a success that they've booked Carnegie Hall again for two dates next year. The dates are Jan. 9 and 10, 2004. If you've never seen "1964 the Tribute", make every effort to go! They will send chills down your spine for how good they impersonate the Beatles.

    Trina Yannicos
    Daytrippin' Magazine
    (www.daytrippin.com)

  • A yellow submarine will be on view in Edinburgh as part of a stars and their cars exhibitions, reports the Scotsman .
  • This Is North Scotland: FAB FOUR GIVE CITY TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
  • The Beatle Brunch radio show now has a new look to its website. (Thanks to Joe Johnson.)
  • Times of London: Starstruck taxmen caught selling celebrity secrets (Minor Paul content. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Pete Townshend's been in the news since last weekend regarding his alleged contact with child pornography. Townshend previously wrote a statement on his website on the subject that now can be read on The Smoking Gun.

    Update (1/16/03)

  • The Los Angeles Times has an extremely interesting article on the history of the landmark Capitol Records tower at Hollywood and Vine in downtown L.A.
  • From Karen Dyson:

    In case you are interested, Cindy Noe-Pope and I are now presenting items from the JOE POPE estate for auction on eBay . Easy access to see what is up at any given time would be to do a search under seller. We are selling under the names of savoytruffle (Cindy), and ddeepbblue (Karen). This is quite an undertaking as you can imagine how much stuff there is! We are working to put up as many items as quickly as possible.

    Love is all you need,
    Karen

  • Recently we printed a link to a Desert Sun interview with Yoko Ono by reporter Laura Waskin. The paper now has the transcript of the full interview. (Thanks to Karen Pederson.)
  • The East Carolinan: Getting better all the time, McCartney has staying power
  • Daily Trojan: You really have to stop sobbing now
  • Exeter News Letter: Raymond man nabbed for making threats to celebrities (Yoko Ono content)
  • Mumbal Newsline (India): Resisting the right (Yoko Ono content)
  • And finally, a bill in Oregon was dubbed the "Ringo-Starr bill." This article from the Oregonion tells why.

    Update (1/14/03)

  • From Carl Savich:

    Steve, here is more on the connection between The Beatles and Fender. In the FENDER FRONTLINE 2002 magazine, The Beatles 1969 rooftop concert is profiled on page 209 in the section: "The Legacy of Fender Audio".

    The photograph of the rooftop concert that appeared in the Anthology 3 CD is reproduced under the following heading: "Significant Moments in Fender Audio History: 1969: In their last public performance as a group, The Beatles used a Fender Solid State PA system...during their legendary rooftop concert at Apple headquarters in London. The January 30th, 1969 performance was captured on celluloid and can be seen in the film 'Let it Be .'"

    The Fender ad for the system is included from the Andy Babiuk book BEATLES GEAR.

    On page 15 in the ANTHOLOGY 3 CD booklet, George Harrison is shown playing "Rocky", the psychedelic Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster in the studio plugged into a Fender amplifier and Fender head. On page 32, Harrison is shown in a color photo playing the same Fender Strat. Harrison played a white Fender Start during The Concert for Bangladesh and played a black Fender Strat on tour and in concert in the 1970s. The Rocky Fender Strat was even played by Harrison in the 1970s in concert. During the LET IT BE sessions and the rooftop session, Harrison played a rosewood Fender Telecaster. During the performance of HEY JUDE on the David Frost show in 1968, Harrison played a Fender bass guitar.

    John Lennon owned a duplicate Sonic Blue Fender Strat which he is shown playing in BEATLES GEAR. Moreover, in THE JOHN LENNON COLLECTION CD booklet, Lennon is shown playing a chrome red Fender Stratocaster while he is in bed. The Strat appears to be a customized model with gold plating on the tremolo bar and the tone and volume knobs.

    Paul McCartney played a sunburst Fender bass during the BAND ON THE RUN sessions as is evident from the photos incuded in the album. McCartney also played a Fender Telecaster on the SGT. PEPPER sessions.

    Fender has acquired Gretsch and will now manufacture and distribute those guitars, along with Jackson/Charvel. George Harrison played a Gretsch Duo Jet and the Gretsch Country Gentleman and Tennessean during the early Beatles recording/concert career. Harrison played a Rickenbacker 6 string and in 1964 the legendary Rickenbacker 12 string. He also later played a Gibson SG Standard, Les Paul, and Epiphone Casino. John Lennon played a Rickenbacker electric then the legendary Epiphone Casino while Paul McCartney played a Hofner bass, later a Rickenbacker bass. But Fender guitars were also a major part of The Beatles guitar sound. The Fender website is at www.fender.com.


    Also, Steve Dirkx emailed us that the price for the guitar is $1,600.

    Update II (1/13/02)

  • We received a couple of replies to our inquiry about "A lorra lorra lolly," the headline on the Cilla Black story we linked to on 1/13. Here's what Mike Tivnen told us:

    Lorra lorra is (lazy) scouse for 'lot of, lot of' (ie 'loads of') and became a catch phrase of Cilla's throughout her career, e.g.:

    'We wish you a lorra lorra luck'
    'You're gonna win a lorra lorra money'
    'We're gonna have a lorra lorra laughs'

    Mike (from Cilla's side of the pond)

    Update (1/13/02)

  • The Scotsman: A lorra lorra lolly (A profile of Cilla Black. And no, we don't know what the headline means. Maybe someone from the UK can tell us.)
  • For anyone interested, there's a copy of a '65 Harrison Strat for sale here. (Thanks to Steve Dirkx.)
  • IC Liverpool: A bash for Bob
  • Troy Record: Camera's eye view of the Beatles (Harry Benson article.)

    Update (1/10/03)

  • The Desert Sun: Legendary musician's message lives on as his international art exhibit visits Palm Springs (Lennon exhibit story. Thanks to Karen Pederson.)
  • Ha'aretz: Speak well of the devil (minor Beatle content)
  • Wired News: MacWorld fans go the distance (profile of Randy Nuart, who spent time with George in India)

    Update (1/9/03)

  • Joe Robinson tells us a charity concert in memory of the late Bob Wooler will be held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. Proceeds will go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Tickets are £14.50, £12.50, £10.50 & £8.50; boxes are £100. Call the Liverpool Philharmonic box office on 0151-709 3789 for further details.
  • From Tony Frye:

    Just a few quick things. The new issue of Mojo (Cobain on the cover) has a great pic of Paul, Ringo, Eric, Jeff, and Dhani at the Concert for George and a little write up. Paul McCartney's "Blackbird Singing" has been released in paperback with a new cover. And, I work at a Barnes and Noble out here in the Bay Area and today I sold a copy of Accoustic Guitar magazine. (The one with George on the cover) I made a comment about how much I loved this article because it sounded like the same stuff I've been telling friends for years. The gentleman who was buying it said that he read part of it online and had to buy the mag. Guess who's website he saw it on!!! It's a small world after all. Keep up the great work, us Bay Area fans are talking about you everywhere!


  • And we've heard through the grapevine that a book to be released next year titled "Two of Us: A Father, a Son and the Beatles" will mention us. We're truly honored.

    Update II (1/8/03)

  • NY Times: An exhibition that borrows brazenly (Article about exhibit that borrows samples from songs, including Beatle songs.)
  • Snow on Abbey Road? Click here to see. (Thanks to Tony Maddalone of Beatletour.com)

    Update (1/8/02)

  • Vote in Rolling Stone's survey for the best album of 2002

    Update (1/7/03)

  • Ben Stein ran into Paul McCartney at a Beverly Hills bookstrore and writes about that experience here. We really miss "Win Ben Stein's Money." (Thanks to Gwen Craig.)
  • A huge display of rock 'n' roll art that includes the Beatles is on display at Sotheby's in London, reports the BBC.
  • From Joćo Paulo Petersen:

    On January 5th, the program "Cidade Live In Concert" from the station radio Cidade FM in Brazil featured a special program with Paul McCartney. It lasted more than one hour and all the the songs played on the program are in the double CD "Back In The US".


  • A Seattle Post-Intelligencer story talks about the sudden rise in popularity of the ukelele thanks to people such as Tiny Tim and George Harrison. (Thanks to Dave Harper.)
  • Here's an Associated Press feature on a Harry Benson Beatle photo exhibit in New York.
  • BBC: Cilla in the spotlight
  • An Atlantic City Press.com story looks at how local musicians are anticipating the arrival of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus as part of a songwriting contest.

    Update (1/6/03)

  • We received a couple of responses to the note we received from Ian McLagan. Here's the first, from Jody Denberg:

    His wife is Kim McLagan, formerly Kim Moon (they had divorced by the time of Keith Moon's death), who gave birth to Keith Moon's only child Mandy. Mandy now has two children of her own. ... Kim is in the Beatles' Anthology arriving with Keith at the opening of the Apple Boutique and was part of the swaying scene sitting at the feet of The Beatles' during "All You Need Is Love."

    Mac has a great book out called "All The Rage" that recounts his Faces/Small Faces/ Stones days, a great website, www.macspages.com and a new CD out this year!


  • Comment: Mac also told us that a Faces boxed set is in the works, which is great news for Faces fans. And here's another note, this from Amber H:

    Of course the wife of which he speaks is Kim Kerrigan, formerly Mrs. Keith Moon. Keith has way too many connections to the Fabs and his protege (and ultimate replacement in the Who), Zak Starkey. Kim has her own silly connection to the Beatles. She was a model when she was a teenager. Her given name is Patricia but her agent made her change her name to "Kim" in order to avoid confusion with another up and coming model at the time...Patti Boyd.


  • From photographer Danny Clifford:

    Hi,

    I firstly wanted to say that I love your site, it’s great. I wondered if you could give my site a link from yours and I can then give you a link from mine. My name is Danny Clifford and I am a music photographer. I have worked with Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo. I may be working again with ringo this coming summer in the US. Anyway I have some shots of Paul & Ringo on my site www.dannyclifford.com. I will also be putting some more Paul McCartney on there very soon. Please let me know if you can link sites and I will get our web guys to do the same. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Danny Clifford

  • Woonsocket (R.I.) Call: 'Fab Four ’ tribute band coming to Stadium Theatre
  • This retrospective on the life of the great country singer and composer Hank Williams includes a reference that the Beatles counted him an an influence.
  • Singer Cilla Black, who's forged a long and successful TV career in the UK since her days as a singer managed by Brian Epstein, is leaving her show "Blind Date," reports the BBC.

    Update (1/5/03)
  • Scene Magazine's list of "The World's Worst Predictions" includes this: "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." -- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
  • Back in the '70s, we were a big fan of the Faces, which, in its original lineup, included Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ian "Mac" McLagan, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane. We were privileged to get an email from Ian McLagan in which he told us about his Beatle preferences. Here's what he said:

    "I love the Beatles too, and my wife thinks Paul is the man. I'm more of a John man myself."

    Update (1/4/03)

  • All they needed was royalties. The Beatles made more money last year than the queen, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • The 40th anniversary of the Beatles playing in Dundee is to be marked with a display of photographs in the city, reports the Press and Journal. (Also: The McManus Gallery website. Thanks to Trini Schultz.)
  • Ian MacNaughton, who directed the Monty Python TV series, has died, reports the AP. (Thanks to Joyce Marie Oliveira.)
  • The British press believes Stella McCartney will be married next week (see short item near bottom).
  • TV alert: VH1 will present a five-night special "100 Moments That Rocked TV," January 13-17 at 10pm (ET/PT). The chosen 100 Moments (that, of course, include the Beatles) will appear in TV Guide's January 11th issue (on newsstands January 6). (Thanks also to Carl Savich.)

    Update (1/3/03)

  • From Karen Hennigan:

    Happy New Year to you and everyone associated with your fabulous Beatles site. Here's to yet another Beatleful year online! I wanted to report that the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Philly was unbelievable! It was about 12 minutes long and was choreographed to music. It started with a song about Philadelphia, which was a bit schmaltzy for my liking, but the other 9 minutes or so was nothing but Beatles music. I think they started with Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (excellent for those diamonds the fireworks put in the sky!) and ended with A Day in the Life. The whole show was nearly as good as any finale I've seen in the past, and the finale was absolutely breathtaking! The colors were amazing, and throughout the show there was quite a variety of firework styles.

    Oh, did I mention, we didn't actually make it down to Penn's Landing, but watched from the comfort of our living room. Only moments into the Beatles portion of the program I really regretted not trying harder to talk my husband into braving the traffic and crowds to be there in person! I hope some of you made it!


  • If anyone has a dub of the recent Scott Muni interview with Yoko, we know someone who wants a copy.
  • In a recent interview, Mike Love of the Beach Boys says a song on an upcoming solo album will be dedicated to George. (You can find the interview posted on this fan website ... search for George. thanks to Pablo).
  • No Beatle content, but here's an interesting story from the Washington Post for record collectors to ponder: a company is offering custom-made CDs of vintage recordings of the (mostly classical) Vox label for $20.

    Update (1/2/03)

  • The Age: The magical mystery cyber tour (Thanks to Karen Dyson and Adam Powell.)
    Update II (1/1/03)
  • IC Liverpool reports that the owners of the Cavern plan to open replica clubs around the world, starting with Brazil and Australia.

    Update (1/1/03)

  • We've heard reports from a couple of our readers that Beatles Monthly is calling it quits after 321 issues. If this is true, it's a very sad development. If anyone from the magazine is reading this, please get in touch. (Thanks to Dave Healey and James Coulthard. )

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