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 ======= 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 !
If no-one's mentioned it yet, the Beatles appeared in the January 22nd episode of the "Liberty Meadows" comic strip. Doug Richardson
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 MotownThey 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.
(I dont know if youve reported on mash-ups before, but heres some info if you havent.) 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 Dangermouses 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 wont. But, search and you shall find. Cheers!
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?
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you will post something, I can put together a more cohesive description.
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.
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!
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.) :)
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.
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
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.)
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
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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
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.
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 ??
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...
>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.)
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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?"
Dear Steve, I agree with the comments of Arno Guzek about the collaborations between Paul McCartney and James Taylor. I also cant remember they shared the stage in 1968. Id like just to do a consideration: After Paul McCartney played bass on Carolina In My Mind in James Taylors debut album James Taylor, released in 1970, Paul and Linda McCartney sang on the backing vocals of the tracks RocknRoll Music Now and Let It All Fall Down featured on James Taylors album Walking Man of 1974.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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:
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!
- 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
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
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"?
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.
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.
"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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.......
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
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.
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."
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.
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 !!
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.htmlHe 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."
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
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."
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!
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 email@example.com by Mon. Nov. 17 and you'll receive a free gift just for coming to the event!
|George Harrison in "Shanghai Surprise" (thanks to Patti Murawski)|
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.
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.
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!
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!
Beatles On Videos
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."
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
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.
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 ?
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
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.
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,
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!
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.
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).
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.
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??
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.
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?
On my vintage 60s 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 wasnt considered as important as we all seem to think it is.
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."
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?
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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).
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)
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
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.
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?
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
"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.'"
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!
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 dont 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,
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.
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!
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.
A Macca fan of 23 years.
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.
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)
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
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.
(Thanks to Kris Tash.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be greatly appreciated, and you will be rewarded accordingly.
Pete Walkling (UK)
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!
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!
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,
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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 HereAnd this is the link for the page: http://www.emi.com.br/discografia.asp?a=00142&p=8277042 Pedro de Souza Salassié
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.
Update II (9/5/03)
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
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.
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."
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.
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 email@example.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
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.
Update II (8/18/03)
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.
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/.
|A theater marquee at Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Texas. (Thanks to Steve Dirkx.)|
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.)
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.
Update II (8/5/03)
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!
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.
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!
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".
Update II (7/30/03)
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!
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 !
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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?
Liberty Releases Paul McCartney DVD Business Wire
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
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,
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,
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.jspKeep up your great web page! Cheers!
Naoto Ito (from London)
Update II (7/17/03)
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!
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...."
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!
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...
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/6252693.htm (fourth article down)
Update (7/7/03) Yoko Ono talks about being sexy at 70 on "Women Who Rock." (Thanks to Joeltle515.)
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.
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?
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!)
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?
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:-)
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.
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,
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,
Update II (6/23/03)
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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." ...
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 (6/16/03) 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!
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 II (6/3/03)
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.
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.)
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!!!!
Update II (5/27/03)
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.
In the new Beatology magazine theres an article stating Yoko is planning on releasing another john lennon anthology boxset.....this year....peace..
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.htmlThank you for considering this request.
Best regards, Deanna Dube'
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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.
Update II (5/17/03)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Update (5/1/03) From Wayne Spencer:
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.
Update II (4/29/03) The Elevated Press tells us Yoko is on Conan O'Brien's show Friday.
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!
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/
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
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.
Update II (4/17/03)
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.
Update (4/13/03) Daily Yomiuri: New view of the Beatles
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.
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,
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.
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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,
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.)
Update II (4/8/03)
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.
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.
Update (4/5/03) Daytrippin' editor Trina Yannicos alerted us to this essay that pays tribute to John Lennon.
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).
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.
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 teaIt was a very nice, wistful song. I'd encourage any Beatle fans attending CSN's current tour to listen up for it!
I turned the radio on
Between the static and sound bites
I heard that you had gone
We lost another one."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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,
The Beatles Complete http://www.bolivian.com/beatles
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!
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
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!
Update II (3/8/03)
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 II (3/3/03)
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)
(Thanks to Trini Schultz for some of the links.)
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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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!
(Thanks to Trini Schultz and Seth Atlas for some of the links.)
He was in the band
The hero who never looked down
A sweet tune from Lennon's tomb
"The Beatles Anthology"
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com . Again thank you for your continued support and don't forget to tell your friends about us.
All The Best,
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
Update II (1/13/02)
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)
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!
Update II (1/8/03)
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".
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!
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.
Hi, I firstly wanted to say that I love your site, its 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.
"I love the Beatles too, and my wife thinks Paul is the man. I'm more of a John man myself."
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!
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