Monthly Archives: September 2017

Patti Smith Named 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award Honoree

Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within’s 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City.

During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, while an array of artists will also team to cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. Additional performers will be announced on Lennon’s birthday, October 9th.

For more on this story, see http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/patti-smith-named-2017-john-lennon-real-love-award-honoree-w504202

19th September 1967 – the Beatles Film in West Malling

John, Paul, George and Ringo spent nearly a week at the town’s former RAF site in 1967, after being unable to hire any London film studios at short notice.

The movie, which was largely unscripted, used aircraft hangers for many of the scenes, including the ballroom sequence for Your Mother Should Know, while the video for I Am The Walrus was shot at two locations on the airfield, including atop the anti-blast concrete walls.

The race scene took place on the main runway and perimeter road.

The Fab Four also filmed in West Malling town centre, including the newsagents in the high street where Ringo can be seen buying tickets from John.

The building is now The Rain Grill kebab house, and has its own blue plaque to mark the historic event.

They had taken the long and winding road from Germany to Kings Hill, a journey of more than 450 miles, to visit the set of the famous film to coincide with the anniversary.

The commemorative tour was led by Simon Mitchell, who appeared in the film when he was seven, before his family moved abroad in 1977.

For more see http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/magical-reminder-of-the-beatles-in-kent-132320/

(PS – I did tours of the Beatles’ London for Simon and his group – lovely people and had a great time.

George Harrison’s sitar to be auctioned

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned in the United States.

The instrument, purchased from a shop on London’s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.

The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison’s first wife, Patti Boyd.

Bidding for the sitar will begin on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327).

For more see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41276669

Ringo Starr’s New Album is Out Now

Ringo Starr’s new album ‘ Give More Love’ is now available worldwide

Recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends including: We’re on the Road Again featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather; Laughable co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page and Amy Keys; Show Me the Way co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney; Speed of Sound co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East; Standing Still co-written with Gary Burr; King of the Kingdom including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter; Electricity co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was; So Wrong For So Long co-written and performed with Dave Stewart; Shake It Up co-written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter; and Give More Love co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B. Schmit and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Give More Love also has four bonus tracks: Back Off Boogaloo, You Can’t Fight Lightning, Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By.  This version of Back Off Booglaloo is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses. The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed You Can’t Fight Lightning and Vandaveer performed Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. Starr loved their renditions and asked them to each record them for his new album, also adding his own vocals.

Order Give More Love here:  https://UMe.lnk.to/GiveMoreLove

In October, Starr will hit the road in the U.S. with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.

Ringo & His All Starr Band 2017 Tour Dates:
Oct. 13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Oct. 30 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
Oct. 31 – Austin TX @ Moody Theater
Nov. 2 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic Center
Nov. 4 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at Winstar
Nov. 7-8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
Nov. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 12 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU Pavilion
Nov. 14 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater
Nov. 16 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

 

Ringo Starr – Give More Love

 

Finding the Fourth Beatle book Available for Pre-Order

There are only 1000 copies available and in high demand! Even before the Pledgemusic site was launched we received over 50 pre-orders, so don’t miss the chance!
Why should you order the new book? Is there something new to say about The Beatles?

The is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through the 18 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you may not have heard of. The Beatles’ crises; changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle.
🎸The story of all the 18 drummers 🎸Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t 🎸Expert analysis of the drummers by drummers
🎸Why Brian Epstein didn’t sign the Beatles contract
🎸Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition 🎸Were The Beatles under contract at Parlophone in June 62?
🎸Why Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by The Beatles or Brian 🎸Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo 🎸Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers
Pre-order the book and CD/Album https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle

Support the Film – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle-film-documentary-music-band  Any questions, let me know?
This is the story of The Beatles to the beat of a drum……

Finding the Fourth Beatle book

 

Memories of Inside Abbey Road Studios!

Although it’s not open to the public, I have been very lucky to visit inside Abbey Road Studios on quite a few occasions – and met some great people while doing so. It still is a great thrill every time I go in – you can feel its history. It is like going into a cathedral.

Here are some pics from my visits:

Gene Simmons and family

Me with Gene Simmons and his family, in the control room of Studio Two. I appeared on their TV show ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels. I gave them a tour of the Studio for the show.

Gene was a really nice guy and very friendly. He asked for a copy of my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ and asked me to sign it for him! Made me feel very special :>)

Me with Ken Scott

I met Ken Scott in Studio Two during one of the great ‘Recording the Beatles’ lectures.

Me with Freda Kelly

Me with ‘Good old Freda’ at the same lecture as above.

Me with Sir George Martin

This was taken at the launch of the official History of Abbey Road book in Studio Two

Brazilian band “All You Need is Love”

I’ve also been lucky enough to attend some recording sessions in Studio Two. Here is the Brazilian band ‘All You Need is Love’

Me with Paul McCartney outside Abbey Road Studios 1997.

OK – I’m cheating with this one :>) Even though I’ve never met a Beatles inside Abbey Road, here is me and Paul in the Car Park!

Sgt Pepper Documentary Released in the US

BFD (distributed by The Orchard) is pleased to announce that it will release the all new highly anticipated Beatles documentary IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER & BEYOND on VOD & DVD across the USA on September 8th 2017. From the Emmy nominated director of Monty Python: Almost The Truth, Alan G. Parker (Rebel Truce: The Story of The Clash, Hello Quo, Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Who Killed Nancy) and produced by Reynold D’Silva and Alexa Morris, the film features incredible rare archival footage unseen since the 1960s. The film also features rare interviews with The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best, John Lennon‘s sister Julia Baird, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s secretary Barbara O’Donnell, Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks, Beatles associate Tony Bramwell, Pattie Boyd‘s sister Jenny Boyd, Hunter Davies, Simon Napier-Bell, Ray Connolly, Bill Harry, Philip Norman, StEve Turner, Andy Peebles, Freda Kelly and The Merseybeats. For more see https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Documentary-IT-WAS-50-YEARS-AGO-TODAY-Out-on-DVD-VOD-Today-20170907#

PS The DVD extras shows your blogger, Richard Porter, talking about the history of 34 Montagu Square, where Ringo, Jimi Hendrix, and John and Yoko all lived at one time.

 

 

Bangor Beatles Photos to be Auctioned

This fascinating selection of photos gives a rare glimpse into the Beatles trip to Bangor days before they learned of the death of their manager Brian Epstein.
The Fab Four arrived to a fanfare in the north Wales town on August 25, 1967, for a 10-day conference on transcendental meditation having met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a lecture in London the day before.
They had just released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and were at the height of their fame.

For more see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4861588/Pictures-Beatles-Bangor.html