Monthly Archives: May 2017

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love on a 60s Bus Tour of London

On June 4th 2017. This 3 hour, immersive guided tour on a vintage London bus is ideal for groups and individuals with a common interest in one of the most defining decades of 20th Century Britain. You’ll hear about the birth of popular music and the counterculture that spawned Swinging 60s London as you pass by the homes of notable music legends, historic locations and iconic music venues on your journey from the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, down the Kings Road in Chelsea to Richmond via West London’s ‘Cradle of Rock’.

This tour is guided by your blogger, Richard Porter :>)

THE HALF MOON Pub in Putney where live music has been played every night since 1963. OLYMPIC STUDIOS in Barnes which has featured more prominently in recording the world’s top bands and film scores than any other… Including Abbey Road!

We take in TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS where THE BEATLES filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where ROD STEWART got his first break after visiting the Eel Pie Island Hotel to watch Long John Baldry. You’ll also hear about the artists who performed at the RICHMOND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL and its ongoing legacy on your way to our drop off point at One Kew Road in Richmond, previously the fabled STATION HOTEL home to the original CRAWDADDY CLUB where THE ROLLING STONES kicked off their career on 24th February 1963 and where THE BEATLES came to watch the less than two months later.

The 60s hits we play on the original Routemaster London bus are by the seminal artists who performed at local venues… The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton John, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Genesis, Long John Baldry, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Mott The Hoople and many more…

HOP ON IN RICHMOND OPTION

If you’d rather hop on at Richmond, simply choose that ticket option…

LIVE 60s MUSIC OPTION

For that total 60s experience why not include some live music by 60s tribute band BEATLES 4EVER playing LIVE at One Kew Road, Richmond from 8pm on SUN 04 JUN.

25% OFF YOUR FOOD AND DRINKS BILL

One Kew Road bar and restaurant have offered our online ticket holders and massive 25% off their food and drinks bill (when ordered together). Just show your tickets to the waiter when ordering. It is advisable to book your table beforehand 020 8940 5768

For more info, and tickets, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-swinging-60s-bus-tour-live-music-option-tickets-33953554997

We will be doing many more tours and gigs throughout the year. For more info see http://www.60sbus.london

Another Sgt Pepper anniversary party in London…

Yet another Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary party is to be held in London – this one at the Moth Club in Hackney on June 2nd.

Their website says “Expect A Live Band Playing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band In Its Entirety As Well As The Finest DJs We Can Get Our Hands On To Do The Beatles And Acts From Their Era Justice.”

For more info, and tickets, see http://www.mothclub.co.uk/events/2017/6/2/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-50th-anniversary-party 

If you still got energy after all that – there’s ANOTHER Party at the Rock Steady in London E8 on June 3rd. Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/101840573654055/

Paul Gets ‘One On One’ With Brazil

PAUL McCARTNEY
Gets ‘ONE ON ONE’ with Brazil
New 2017 concerts announced

13th October: Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio Stadium
15th October: São Paulo, Allianz Parque
17th October: Belo Horizonte,  Mineirão Stadium
20th October: Salvador, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova

In Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, the exclusive presale to Elo clients, in 5 interest-free installments, on May 04th and 05th.

The general public sale starts on May 08th.

Check www.ticketsforfun.com.br for complete information.

 

PAULMcCARTNEY.COM PRE-SALE INFO:
Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through PaulMcCartney.com at 9am (local / 1pm BST) on Friday 5th May.

Register to be eligible for PaulMcCartney.com pre-sales by clicking HERE!

More on the New Beatles Radio Channel

We are excited to announce, with SiriusXM, the first ever Beatles-backed radio channel, featuring exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the band.

Launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18, The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band.

“We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.” – Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM.

The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”

The Beatles Channel – Coming May 18 – Exclusively on SiriusXM

Launching at exactly 9:09 am ET on Thursday May 18, The Beatles Channel will present a curated mix of music tailored to a wide range of Beatles fans, along with a variety of regular shows and specials, including:

Breakfast with The Beatles: A daily morning show hosted by musician and lifelong Beatles aficionado, Chris Carter, featuring music, stories and all things Beatles.
A Day in the Life: A daily feature noting milestones in the lives and career of The Beatles.
My Fab Four: A daily guest DJ session, hosted by musicians influenced by The Beatles, celebrities, and super fan listeners, each playing their four favorite Beatles songs.
Beatle Bites: A daily “name the song” quiz featuring a short snippet of a Beatles recording.
Dedicated Phone: # 844-999-BEATLES, for fans to make requests and share their Beatles stories.
The Fab Fourum: A live weekly call-in roundtable show hosted by veteran broadcaster Dennis Elsas; TV producer and author, Bill Flanagan; and panelists including authors, musicians and fans.
Peter Asher: From Me To You: He sang Beatles compositions as a member of Peter & Gordon, was part of the formation of Apple Records and went on to become a multiple Grammy-winning producer and much more. Now, his stories come to life in this exclusive weekly series.
Magical Mini Concert: A weekly fantasy concert featuring live music from The Beatles and their solo works.
– Northern Songs with Bill Flanagan: A regular show from TV producer and author Flanagan, focusing on themes that tell the story of The Beatles, their music and the effect it had on generations of fans.
Get Back: The Beatles in Britain: A monthly show recorded in and around London and Liverpool that offers the UK perspective of the Beatles phenomenon, hosted by Geoff Lloyd.

Sgt Pepper Outtake Released Online

Take 9 of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been released online, as a foretaste of the new Sgt Pepper set that is coming out on May 26th. The version is fairly similar to the released version, but doesn’t have the brass section or audience noise. It does include studio chat at the end, which is quite funny to hear. I’m really looking forward to getting the full box set on May 26th!

May 1st 1966 – The Beatles Last Ever Scheduled Concert Performance

May 1st 1966 – the Beatles give their last ever scheduled UK Live performance at the NME Pollwinners Show at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena).
Also on the same bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Must have been some show!!
Most of the show was broadcast by ABC TV, but the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hadn’t agreed terms for their artists to be shown, so the cameras were turned off during their performances. However the Beatles were filmed receiving their awards.

The Beatles at the Empire Pool, Wembley