Monthly Archives: May 2018

‘Beatle’ to play concert with the band that became Fab Four

The forerunners of the Fab Four – the band that became The Beatles – are reforming for a small countryside concert.

In a major coup for Worcestershire’s Romstock Festival, The Quarrymen will take the stage in a playing field in Romsley village, near Halesowen.

What’s more, they’ll be joined by one of The Beatles.

The skiffle band that unwittingly changed the face of world music are back thanks to Steve Moran, the man behind the festival on June 9.

At Romstock, former band members Rod Davis (guitar, vocals), Colin Hanton (drums) and John Duff-Lowe (keyboards) will entertain a crowd in excess of 1,500.

And there will be a Beatle in tow.

Bass player Chris Newby, who now lives in Redditch, briefly joined the band during their 1961 Hamburg days following the departure of Stuart Sutcliffe.

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Celebrate Peace and Love with Ringo on his Birthday in France!

For Ringo, it was when he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and learned how to practice Transcendental Meditation. That experience taught him that if everyone radiated peace and love, the world would be a better place to live in.

Transcendental Meditation has not only helped him focus more on giving back to others, but personally, to also reflect on creative ventures. This practice changed his life, and that’s why he’s making an effort to help others who are just needing peace & love in their lives too…

And now, you can help give and spread more love, too!

When you donate $10 or more to the David Lynch Foundation, a foundation promoting world peace by teaching meditation to at-risk individuals around the globe, you could enjoy a trip to Nice, France and MEET Ringo during his birthday celebration! Help him make our world a better place – donate for your chance to celebrate peace and love in France, today ==> https://bit.ly/2HZUqsc

New Yellow Submarine Picture Disc to be Released

This July marks the 50th anniversary of our animated classic film, Yellow Submarine.

On its release in 1968, Yellow Submarine was instantly recognised as a landmark achievement. The film combined pioneering animation techniques, dazzling visual invention, witty dialogue and of course glorious music.

As part of the celebrations, we are releasing this picture disc of the title song, Yellow Submarine b/w Eleanor Rigby, which together was originally released as the band’s 13th single in August 1966.

Get yours at: https://TheBeatles.lnk.to/YellowSubmarinePictureDisc

The limited edition 7” features images taken from the high resolution 4K restoration of the film. Come join us 80,000 leagues under the sea, to a place where peace, love and music reign supreme!

 

Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel spotted filming on Penny Lane for new blockbuster

Director Danny Boyle and former Eastenders actor Himesh Patel have been spotted filming for a new Richard Curtis romantic comedy on Penny Lane.

Himesh was snapped filming for the same project at a shoot in Suffolk with his co-star Lily James, and now crews have been spotted in Liverpool.

Although no firm details have been released about the film, the pair have been rumoured to be working on a movie about the Fab Four tentatively titled All You Need is Love.

Filming is set to continue in Liverpool over the coming weeks, with an online listing calling for moving extras to join the project in May and June.

Ed Sheeran is also rumoured to have a cameo in the film – so we could see him around Liverpool soon.

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‘Beatles’ Ashram’ in Rishikesh reopens half a century on from legendary rock’n’roll visit

On the edge of Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, lies an overgrown ashram reminiscent of the great ruins of the Mayans.

Fifty years ago this year, the Beatles arrived at this unlikely location at the invitation of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The visit has passed into rock’n’roll legend even as the ashram has fallen into ruin. Much of the fabled White Album was composed in these now-derelict halls and bungalows.

Everything is crumbling, overgrown: the kitchen, the printing press, the post office where John Lennon waited for daily postcards from Yoko Ono even though he was travelling with his wife.

The “Beatles’ Ashram”, as it is colloquially known, serves as a humbling reminder that — as George Harrison once put it — “all things must pass”. The line — the title of Harrison’s first post-Beatles album — was cribbed from the Maharishi himself.

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HOW JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO’S MONTREAL BED-IN LED TO ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’

Two months after their Amsterdam “Bed-In for Peace” drew worldwide attention, John Lennon and Yoko Ono chose Montreal as the site for a second event. The Montreal bed-in, which began May 26, 1969, and lasted a week, ended with the recording of one of the most enduring protest songs: “Give Peace a Chance.”

New York was the the couple’s first choice for the bed-in but Lennon’s 1968 pot conviction kept them barred from the U.S. Plan B was the Bahamas, which proved too hot, expensive and remote for press coverage. Lennon and Ono then headed north to Toronto. On their arrival, they told the Toronto press why they decided to stage a second bed-in.

“The whole effect of our bed-ins has made people talk about peace,” Lennon said. “We’re trying to interest young people in doing something about peace. But it must be done by non-violent means — otherwise there can only be chaos. We’re saying to the young people — and they have always been the hippest ones — we’re telling them to get the message across to the squares.”

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A LITTLE HEALTH FROM MY FRIENDS

Paul McCartney has given permission for The Beatles song With A Little Help From My Friends to be used for an National Health Service charity single, to celebrate its’ 70th anniversary.

This story was from ‘The Sun’ newspaper, so I’m not going to link to it. Just to say though that the single will feature the NHS Choir and loads of celebs in a ‘Band Aid’ style record.

May 25th 1967 – It’s All Too Much!

Or too long!

On May 25th 1967, the Beatles came to De Lane Lea Studios in Kingsway, London,  to record George Harrison’s song It’s All Too Much for their forthcoming film, Yellow Submarine. As the studio wasn’t owned by EMI, none of the usual personnel like George Martin or Geoff Emerick from EMI Studios could accompany them, and it seems the Beatles produced the session themselves – which probably explains the rather chaotic recording! The final version of the song lasted for over 8 minutes. If it had been released in that form, it would have been the longest Beatles song ever. However, it was edited down for the film and for the album.

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Demand for ‘holy grail’ Beatles footage refused in high court

Footage of The Beatles filmed in 1966 during their only Japanese tour will remain in the Tokyo metropolitan government vaults after a high court upheld a ruling dismissing a Nagoya-based citizens’ group’s demand for its release.

“Joho Kokai Shimin Center” (Information disclosure citizen center) headed by lawyer Satoshi Shinkai, a longtime Beatles fan, had appealed the earlier district court ruling.

At the Tokyo High Court on May 23, presiding Judge Hiroshi Noyama supported the lower court’s verdict that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s decision to not disclose some of the footage was “reasonable.”

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