Monthly Archives: February 2018

8th February 1964 – Ed Sullivan Eve

Om 8th February 1964, the Beatles rehearsed for their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, George was ill with flu, so Neil Aspinall filled in for this photo shoot.

The Beatles also did a photoshoot in Cental Park. In this top picture, the arrow is pointing to the Dakota building, where John Lennon lived some 10 years later.

“Finding the Fourth Beatle” Book Coming Soon!

Another book about the Beatles? What new insights does it possibly offer, you’d think, after all there’s already plenty of reading material around on the Fab Four already. Yet, the authors have managed to come up with a story about the Beatles that is not your average one.
Following the success of the film documentary, “Looking for Lennon,” ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is their latest project investigating the history of the drummers who joined the Beatles long before they finally settled for Ringo Starr. The fully illustrated book gives a detailed look into the early career of each of the Beatles aspiring musicians, who were, at the time, always struggling to find THE ONE drummer that would be the best fit.
At last, David Bedford and Garry Popper have produced written a Beatles book that is historically interesting to say the least. Never has the topic of the search for a Beatles drummer been investigated in such detail and ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is a fascinating and meticulously detailed account of the Beatles’ long search for the perfect drummer. It answers interesting and urgent questions such as why Pete Best was not sacked by The Beatles or Brian Epstein, who was asked to replace Pete Best with Ringo Starr, and why it was that Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and not anyone else.In all, ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is another must-read by David Bedford and Garry Popper. A magnificent piece of research that’s sure to appeal to even the most avid Beatles fan. Gabriëlla van Karsbergen – Beatles International
To pre order the Finding the Fourth Beatle log on to TheFourthBeatle.com

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