Monthly Archives: January 2018

LET IT BE RETURNS TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

 

LET IT BE RETURNS TO CELEBRATE

THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

 NATIONAL UK TOUR OPENS SUMMER 2018

 NEW TOUR WILL VISIT CARDIFF, CHELTENHAM, LIVERPOOL, NOTTINGHAM, HULL, EDINBURGH, DARTFORD, MANCHESTER

 NEW SHOW FEATURES MORE THAN 40 OF THE BEATLES’ GREATEST HITS

 BRAND NEW PART II IMAGINES THE BEATLES’ REUNION CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS

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Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles has firmly established itself as a successful West End and international touring show.

And now the smash-hit stage show has been updated and is back on tour, featuring a brand new Let It Be Part II – which has never been seen before in the UK.

Let It Be returns for a UK national tour this Summer and Autumn, before taking to the world stage once again.

The show is a celebration of the phenomenal music of The Beatles, and has already been seen by more than two million people worldwide, including an acclaimed run in the West End and two UK tours.

 Let It Be is the ultimate experience for Beatles fans, and features many of the Fab Four’s best loved songs including A Hard Days Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Strawberry Fields Forever.

The team behind international hit stage show Let It Be, have come together once again to create a very special show for fans by incorporating a brand new Let It Be Part II into the show.

The updated Let It Be production will be premiered in the UK when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on 20 August 2018.

The show will then embark on a UK, European and international tour taking countries including Germany and North America.

Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music. Enjoy the early beginnings at the word famous Cavern Club, through to the height of Beatlemania.

In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be taken on a Magical Mystery Tour to experience the concert that never was.

 Part II of Let It Be is the brand new part of the show, giving audiences the rare opportunity to see The Beatles reunite for one night only, set a decade after the group went their separate ways.

After opening in Cardiff, the updated Let It Be show will then visit Cheltenham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Hull, Edinburgh, Dartford, and Manchester.

 WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT LET IT BE

 The Beatles are back sending theatre audiences dancing into the aisles’

Reuters, New York

 ‘Winning over an Empire full of Liverpudlians (including John Lennon’s sister Julia) is no mean feat. But one that Let It Be happily achieves’

Liverpool Echo

 ‘Fab for all the family’

The Times of London

 ‘The gig that Liverpool never had is now the gig that Liverpool cannot do without’

Liverpool Sound and Vision

 ‘Does everything and more to recreate that magic era’

Manchester’s Finest

 

Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com

Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour

Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour

 

 

LET IT BE UK 2018 TOUR

 

CARDIFF

Wales Millennium Centre

Monday 20 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

029 2063 6464

www.wmc.org.uk

ON SALE NOW

CHELTENHAM

Everyman

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018

01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

LIVERPOOL

Empire Theatre

Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018

0844 871 3017

www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

NOTTINGHAM

Royal Concert Hall

Monday 10 September – Saturday 15 September 2018

0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

GENERAL SALE: FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2018

HULL

New Theatre

Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018

01482 300306

www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

ON SALE NOW

EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre

Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018

0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

 

DARTFORD

Orchard Theatre

Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018

01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MANCHESTER

Opera House

Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October 2018

0844 871 3018

www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

 

 

Manchester Square – Where the Beatles and Many Others were Photographed

Two of the most famous photo shoots of the Beatles were taken of them looking over the balcony on the stairwell at the headquarters of EMI Records in Manchester Square, London. One was taken in 1963, and one in 1969.

However these weren’t the only photos of the Beatles taken there – in fact, EMI House and Manchester Square were used for countless photo shoots of the Fabs and many other pop stars of the 60s. EMI had their photographic department in the building and regularly utilised the area for photos. Here are some of them:

  The Beatles on the EMI Balcony 1963
Beatles 1969
The Beatles with George Martin and Dick James, March 5th 1963
The Beatles on the steps leading down to the basement at EMI
After the Beatles, only 2 other bands were allowed to post on the balcony of EMI – one were the Sex Pistols!
…and Blur
Young David Bowie by a Manchester Square sign
EMI distributed Capitol Records in the UK. Here are the Beach Boys by EMI House
Pink Floyd high kicking
The Supremes in Manchester Square
Stevie Wonder

 

January 21st 1966 – George Marries Pattie Boyd – but Where?

On 21st January 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd – but where? There is so much confusion on the internet and in books. Some say Esher Register Office (including Mark Lewisohn’s book ‘The Beatles London’, some say Leatherhead, and some Epsom. Esher is the most commonly quoted as it is just down the road from Kinfauns – George and Pattie’s home.

However it seems Epsom is correct. Here is a first hand account of the wedding from Tony Barrow, one of the guests:

 

George, Pattie and guests emerging after the wedding.

This is how Ashley House looked just after it was built. The house has now been divided into flats.

 

Pattie Boyd says George Harrison was true love, despite affair with Eric Clapton

Pattie Boyd , the sixties model who was married to George Harrison and had an affair with Eric Clapton , has spoken of what it was like to be at the heart of music’s most toxic love triangle.

The woman who opitmised the swinging sixities has spoken about a new documentary film about Clapton, which reveals details of her relationships with the two rock rivals.

She was 21 when she married Beatle George but fellow guitarist Eric Clapton fell in love with his friend’s wife and pusued her relentlessly.

Apple, and the People that Worked there – By Derek Taylor

I met a lady late last year called Louise Dryden, whose father, David Goodwin, worked for the Beatles at Apple.

She gave me a copy an amazing ‘in house’ magazine from Apple, called Gilet De Sauvetage est Sous La Siege, which is French for ‘Lifejacket Under the Seat’ and the subtitle (an Apple a Day is out of the Question)! The cover is designed to look like an official Government document. It’s dated November 1968.

In it is all the gossip from 3 Savile Row. Although an author isn’t credited, most of it seems to be written by Derek Taylor, with contributions from other staff members.

Here is a section, written by Derek – about the people that worked at Apple, when it was still at Wigmore Street:

“In a big corner room, John and Paul and George and Ringo would play hose to those with goods to sell and needs to meet. Nilsson came here after arriving in England and met Kenny Everett there and Twiggy came the day before with Justin, both of them looking wonderful, and quite rightly. Ron Kass, Apple Music head, fresh to Apple in 1968, from the chieftancy of the outriding  Liberty Records division, walking with diplomacy from room to room, learning the strange dialect of the Liverpudlian and there were lots of us from Liverpool. Neil Aspinall, the Managing Director, with a face like a death mask of Alexander the Great, 26, from Liverpool. Alistair Taylor, ex-Nems general manager at 33, from Liverpool, Tony Bramwell, 23, Apple Films assistant, ex-Epstein office boy brighter than white, from Liverpool.

Peter Brown, 32, Ex-Epstein personal assistant, calm and smooth, now special assistant to The Beatles (“Ringo, I was talking to Mr and Mrs Burton and they would  live you to have lunch on their yacht next Sunday…Leslie Grade tells me the Queen would like the Beatles…. really it’s a frightfully difficult one to solve however…) From Liverpool. Me, an adjustable spanner now reunited with The Beatles after a tryst with California, from Liverpool. Mal Evans (with Nel, a former Beatles road manager) Mal, the grinning giant how helping with  the management of Apple’s first signed artistes, as Artistes Relations office (or man, or whatever anyone outside chose to call his role for really none of us had any titles then, except when we were negotiating to have one because Sir Frank and Lord Kenneth, or whoever Apple was negotiating with, liked our side to have titles too.) Mal is from Liverpool. Pete Shotton too. Peter the Dane who washboarded Lennon’s Quarrymen, now stands at his right hand. Laurie lives on the switchboard, Nems and Liverpool. And of course The Beatles. They are from there too.

More from the magazine soon!

 

Beatles ‘Apple’ Owned House up for Sale?

A very intriguing article appeared in ‘The Times’ newspaper today about a house in Charles Street, Mayfair, that was owned by the Beatles, through Apple, in ‘the late 1960s’. It says the Beatles used to come here a lot and were even photographed in the bath! It also states that John Lennon painted graffiti on to the tiles in the kitchen.

Curious, as I cannot recall of the Beatles owning a house there at that time. Apple moved into 48 Charles Street in 1983, and moved out in 1989, but that was of course long after the passing of John Lennon. Also the location of the house for sale seems to be the other end of the street.

I know there are a few people still around who worked for Apple in the late 60s. Does anyone have any knowledge of this house?

See the article at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-mayfair-house-of-fun-8f5gqxlqd

Truth about Beatles in India 50 years later

What really happened when the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India 50 years ago, and why they leave? What went on behind the curtain of the Transcendental Meditation movement and the most famous guru of the 20th century? Finally the truth will be revealed in a new exposé Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, which will come out in February. Fifty years ago, in 1968, the Beatles, Mia Farrow, her sister “Dear Prudence,”Donovan, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys visited Maharishi’s ashram. The result was the iconic album The Beatles, a.k.a. the “White Album,” written in India, and Maharishi’s meteoric rise to fame.

Only a handful of the six million people who learned TM spent any time in Maharishi’s direct presence. For 22 years Susan Shumsky lived in Riskikesh, India, the Swiss Alps, Fairfield Iowa, and elsewhere in close proximity with Maharishi. Six of those years she served on his personal staff. As a rare TM insider, in her memoir Maharishi & Me, Shumsky reveals fascinating unknown facts and dismantles myths about this iconic guru. Never before has the veil been lifted to disclose the real truth about Maharishi and his closest celebrity disciples. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, Maharishi & Me captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the genuine essence of what it’s like to live in an ashram.

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January 17, 2018

George Harrison‘s estate will celebrate the late Beatles legend’s 75th birthday with a massive vinyl reissue of the all-star Concert for George tribute.

Held on November 29th 2002, the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death, the concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall brought together Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Monty Python, Jeff Lynne, Tom Hanks, Dhani Harrison and many more for a night of Harrison’s music.

While the Concert for George has been released over the years, the latest reissue – due out February 23rd, two days before what would have been Harrison’s 75th birthday – marks the first time the live album has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

For more, click here