Monthly Archives: February 2018

Report: deluxe edition of The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ coming later this year

Fans might have a major new Beatles release to look forward to by year’s end. Beatlefan magazine reported that work is apparently going forward with an expanded version of the group’s 1968 self-titled double album, better known as the “White Album” — along the lines of the recent deluxe, expanded reissue of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. According to an unnamed source, the final go-ahead for the project has yet to be approved by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison. Back in May, during a chat with the BBC, the Beatles’ archival producer Giles Martin — son of the late-George Martin — set off a minor fan frenzy when he referred to the “White Album” as being the “next release,” before walking it back.

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[Blogger’s note – Giles Martin has been working on the White Album at Abbey Road Studios for several months!]

Blogger Richard Porter is a full time Beatles tour guide in London. For details of his tours, go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

George Harrison’s 75th Birthday to be Celebrated to be Celebrated in Starbucks

This weekend Starbucks are celebrating George Harrison’s 75th birthday in their coffeehouses around the world with a playlist of hand-picked favorites selected by his son Dhani.

Listen to the playlist at https://open.spotify.com/user/starbucks/playlist/4ERnWhieCGPwFmPNmrcTvI?si=oBhZGfWnSxO9hmgkkjpsqg

[Blogger’s note – I wonder what George would have made of this tie-up with Starbucks]

`Extremely rare´ letter signed by all the Beatles could fetch £12,000 at sale

An “extremely rare” letter signed by all four members of The Beatles is set to fetch up to £12,000 at auction.

The typed letter to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who travelled with the band, was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in September 1965.

It reads: “Dear Paul, we just thought that we would like to write to you all and say thanks very much for your help on the tour. We enjoyed it and appreciated your patience and co-operation. Hope to see you next year.”

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The Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon

The Beatles tribute band Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon 

The act was established in 1980 and have gone on to play huge, notable shows in the UK and further afield. They were among the artists on the bill at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, and have also performed at Glastonbury.

The Bootleg Beatles are currently comprised of Adam Hastings (Lennon), Steve White (Paul McCartney), Stephen Hill (George Harrison), and Gordon Elsmore (Ringo Starr). However, an advert appeared in Music Week this week suggesting that Hastings is set to leave.

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Tomorrow Never Knows! A Hard Day’s Night for the Beatles

It’s been A Hard Day’s Night! On 21st February 1964, the Beatles flew from Miami to New York, where they transferred to a plane for London, at the end of their amazing first American trip. They arrived at London Heathrow Airport on the overnight flight to a rapturous welcome home from thousands of Beatles fans, and event even covered live by the TV sports programme Grandstand!  They are interviewed by Grandstand’s host, David Coleman. Coleman asks Ringo about the incident when someone cut off some of his hair at a ball at the British Embassy in Washington. Ringo replies ‘Well what can you do, tomorrow never knows!’ A classic ‘Ringoism’ that of courser became the title of a song from ‘Revolver’.
You might have thought the Beatles would have then had a well earned break. Not a bit of it! The day after they appeared on the National ITV show ‘Big Night Out’. Then they were allowed one day off (lucky them!) before starting work on the songs for their new film at EMI Studios.
“Didn’t they give everything on God’s earth for ten years?” John Lennon on the Beatles.

Here is Grandstand’s coverage – Tomorrow Never Knows at around 9:43

 

‘British Invasion’ to Play at the Half Moon, Putney

The British Invasion “The Ultimate Tribute To 60’s British Rock” The musical group known as THE BRITISH INVASION are from Central, Ohio in the U.S.A., and cover the music from all of the English groups of the 1960s. From The Animals to The Zombies, it’s all there: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, and many more…

Everything has been faithfully reproduced to exact detail, from the music, clothing, and hairstyles, to the vintage guitars and equipment.

Join THE BRITISH INVASION on this musical journey as they travel through time complete with outfit changes representing each era.

As you listen to these hits from the past, it is likely you will believe that they are being played and sung by the original artists themselves.

Members of The British Invasion have performed to enthusiastic audiences all over the United States, as well as in Liverpool, Manchester, and London, England, the birthplace of the British Invasion.

So if you love the music of this era, or just want to experience for yourself what all the excitement was and is about, this is the show for you! This is much more than a Beatles tribute… It’s a MAGICAL MUSICAL TOUR . . .”A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All”.

British Invasion play at the Half Moon on Thursday, Oct 11th

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CELEBRATE GEORGE HARRISON’S 75TH BIRTHDAY AT THE BEATLES STORY

To celebrate what would’ve been George Harrison’s 75th birthday, The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is hosting a free event dedicated to telling the story of George’s introduction to Indian music and spirituality on Sunday 25th February 2018 from 4pm. The event will include a talk, given by Dr. Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool’s Music Department exploring the Indian influence on the Beatles from its origins, through to the Rishikesh episode and beyond.

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