Monthly Archives: February 2018

Cavern Pub Re-Opens

Cavern City Tours is proud to announce that the Cavern Pub, sister venue to the Cavern Club, has officially been reopened!

In January we closed the Cavern Pub for 3 weeks to give it a much needed update. But, don’t worry as we haven’t changed it too much. If you loved the way the Pub looked before then we hope you’ll appreciate the small changes we’ve made to keep things fresh, while still maintaining the rock ‘n’ roll vibe we’ve all come to know and love.

Our memorabilia cabinets have been repainted and reorganised giving us the opportunity to display new memorabilia alongside some of our old favourites. We now also have special cabinets dedicated to Mod music, George Harrison, John Lennon, Motown and more!

The bar has been rebuilt providing a better view of the stage and all of our furniture has been updated, too!

To see photos of the new look Pub click here

 

New Book of Astrid’s Kirchherr’s Beatles Photos to be Published

Say hello, hello to a stunning new book of photographs of the Fab Four themselves, shot by Astrid Kirchherr who according to none other than George Harrison, was “the one, really, who influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good.”

Kirchherr was still just a student of art and fashion when she began turning her lens to greats like The Beatles when they visited her native Hamburg. At that time, the band was still pre-Ringo, with a lineup of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. According to the book’s publisher Damiani, the young photographer “was struck by their ‘raw energy, beauty and attitude’ and there was an instant attraction between her and the band’s bass player Stuart, to whom she soon became engaged.” Hard luck for her boyfriend, the artist Klaus Voormann, who had initially introduced her to the band in a club on the Hamburg’s Reeperbahn.

The book of Kirchherr’s images, entitled Astrid Kirchherr with The Beatles, presents more than 70 images alongside materials that “retrace the close and intimate relationship which grew between the photographer and the band, portraying them as only she could – ‘with precise shots, technical mastery and a totally unique style and attitude’.” It also features an introductory essay by Vladislav Ginzburg. The snaps in the book include early shots of the original line-up at a fairground in Hamburg in 1960, self-portraits, shots of Voormann and Reinhart Wolf, and portraits of Sutcliffe in Reinhart’s studio and other locations after he left the band to develop his career as an artist. For more click here

To order the book from Amazon Click Here

London Beatles Days 2018

Make your Travel plans today.

London Beatles Day Dates are Here

It all happens at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA,

All Events are  FREE ADMISSION !

March  17th
May     26th
July      21st
August  18th
October 20th
December 8th.

All Dates are Saturdays.

The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 4.30pm.  The Beatles Day will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs! … cheap car parking is close by.

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

For more details see: www.beatledays.com

Or Tel : 07801 564622  or 07785 923695

Trembling Wilburys, George Harrison’s 75th Birthday Special – Sunday 25th February

Top tribute band the Trembling Wilburys are celebrating what would be George Harrison‘s 75th birthday on Sunday 25th February at rock venue Nambucca in Holloway Road, north London. 

Frontman Glen Knowler looks and sounds uncannily like the late Beatle & Traveling Wilburys co-founder Harrison, while the band also pays perfect homage to his Wilbury bandmates – Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty. The band have been going for over six years mainly playing venues all over London & the South East, as well as venturing to other cities such as Birmingham, Mons (Belgium) and Liverpool where they played the legendary Cavern Club last October.
Drummer and band founder David Stark commented, “We’ve played some amazing gigs over the past few years and the band generates an incredible energy which everyone seems to love. Apart from Glen we have Dave Collison as an impeccable Roy Orbison, Andy McNish doubling up as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and bassist Marko Laver doing the honours as Jeff Lynne. Meanwhile lead guitarist Dzal Martin always gets the cheers for his incredible solos, while keyboard player Howard Robin (aka Ludwig van Wilbury) completes the line-up. We’re really looking forward to playing Nambucca for the first time, it’s an excellent venue with a great bar and sound system.”
2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of the Traveling Wilburys’ debut album ‘Volume One’ featuring such hits as ‘Handle With Care’ and ‘End Of The Line’, and the band is hoping to perform this classic album in its entirety on the night subject to final rehearsals. Their 2-hour show also features a selection of solo hits by the individual Wilburys including Beatles & ELO songs like ‘Taxman’, ‘Something’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Hold On Tight’ and ‘Roll Over Beethoven’.
Doors open at 7pm with an 8.15pm start while tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance, available from www.wegottickets.com/event/429236.
Venue: Nambucca
596 Holloway Road
London N7 6LB

From Haworth to the Hacienda: Music and literature in England

Places across England that shaped the country’s music and literature include the wild moors of West Yorkshire, a wartime swing and jazz club in London and a timbered house in Warwickshire.

According to a conservation charity, these are the locations that have “witnessed creativity and will continue to inspire generations of people”.

So from the windswept parsonage where the Bronte sisters grew up to Manchester’s cathedral to rave culture, here are the country’s top literary and musical locations as selected by Historic England. [including Abbey Road]

For more, click here

Marathon Beatles singalong for good causes

RUNNING the London Marathon is one thing, but Farnham man Ian Carley and the Sgt Steppers Homeless Hearts Club Band have set themselves another challenge.

The group are going to be running, singing and playing the guitar for the whole 26.2 miles, with the aim of raising £10,000 to be split between Aldershot-based homeless charity Step by Step and national charity Crisis.

Ian said: “Back in early 2017 I set myself a challenge for my 50th birthday in February this year. I wanted to combine my lifelong passions of running, music and helping people and so came up with the idea to run the London Marathon while playing guitar and singing the full 26.2 miles.”

For more click here

Rare photos of Beatle’s first world tour visit to Seattle

In August 1964, The Beatles had been playing together for four years and were embarking on their first official world tour. Seattle’s KeyArena, then called the Seattle Coliseum, was the third stop on their tour.

Timothy Eagan, a 19-year-old photographer from Queen Anne, was able to score a press pass from a family friend.

His photographs are now managed by MOHAI, who describes the scene: “The fearless teen elbowed his way up to the front of the stage to shoot three rolls of film.”

For more – and to see the photos, click here

4th February 1968 – Recording Across the Universe – With a Little Help…

February 4th 1968. The Beatles are recording Across the Universe at EMI, Abbey Road.

Half way through the session, Paul McCartney comes out of the Studio, and asks the fans that are gathered in the car park whether they could ‘hold a high note’.

Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease said yes, and were led into the studio by Paul to sing backing vocals on Across the Universe!

The Beatles File Multi-Million Lawsuit to Crack Down on Counterfeit Goods

The Beatles‘ companies Apple Corps Ltd. and Subafilms Ltd. filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a list of 48 internet dealers and aliases for promoting, distributing and selling items that bear counterfeit logos or imitations of their respective trademarks. The defendants in the suit include shirtsforyou.net, B.F. Store, Good luck to you, GreenMango Store and HOOK ON YOU.

The lawsuit alleges trademark counterfeiting and infringement, “false designation of origins” to confuse potential buyers, common law unfair competition and common law trademark infringement. According to the lawsuit, the defendants are either located in or distribute their products from territories with lax trademark enforcement. Besides their own websites, the suit says the goods were also available from the sellers on commercial sites such as Amazon, eBay, Bonanza.com and Etsy.

According to the suit, the companies have sold items that include bed linens and pillowcases, apparel for men, women and toddlers, such as tank tops, T-shirts, jackets, hats, shoes, onesies, cases for mobile telephones, pendants, backpacks and doormats, and that the items are of “a quality substantially and materially different than that of Plaintiffs’ respective, genuine goods.” For more click here