Monthly Archives: June 2018

Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Sends Beatles’ ‘1’ Back Into UK Top 40

Paul McCartney’s appearance on the Carpool Karaoke feature on The Late Late Show With James Corden, which aired on 21 June and attracted worldwide publicity, has sent The Beatles’ retrospective back into the UK top 40. That’s the first such appearance for the album since late 2015, when the augmented 1+ version was released.

The album, first issued in late 2000, remains one of the most successful global releases of the 21st century, with worldwide sales estimated at well over 30 million copies. On last week’s official UK album chart, the retrospective stood at No. 90, but in today’s (Friday) new data published by the Official Charts Company, it rises to No. 31, in its 167th week in the top 100.

 

 

20 music stars lead MASSIVE Liverpool Pier Head celebration of Beatles’ White Album’s 50th anniversary

Two spectacular evening concerts featuring 20 music stars will take place at the Pier Head to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ White Album.

To house the celebrations, a purpose-built arena with a capacity of 10,000 people per night, will be constructed on Liverpool’s waterfront.

The artists will perform the entire album in two charity concerts, which aim to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for two of the music industry’s favourite charities, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The full line-up is yet to be confirmed. However, the ECHO can reveal the following names are signed up to perform some of the 30 tracks: Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics, Marc Almond, Martha Reeves and Badly Drawn Boy.

Teenage Cancer Trust patron and The Who’s legendary frontman, Roger Daltrey said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a special concert as this and it will give us a chance to show the people of Liverpool what Teenage Cancer Trust is all about.

“The White Album is such an amazing record and it’s a brilliant way to celebrate it at 50 years old.”

Liverpool artists taking part include Space, China Crisis, Thomas Lang and four-time European Jazz singer of the year Connie Lush.

The Scaffold’s Roger McGough will be following on from his unique presentation at the arena tour shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper in 2017 with a new set of memories and readings commemorating the White Album onstage.

Liverpool-born DJ and radio presenter Janice Long will be presenting on both days.

For more info at tickets go to https://www.thewhitealbumat50.com/

Liverpool is getting a new five-floor Beatles Museum on Mathew Street

A new Beatles museum packed with memorabilia is opening in a former Victorian warehouse in Liverpool this summer.

Created by Roag Best, brother of ‘fifth Beatle’ Pete, it will tell the story of band’s history through 300 items from his personal collection.

Magical History Museum will take up five floors of the building – at number 23 Mathew Street, next to the Grapes pub – which has been completely gutted and refurbished.

Roag said: “It’s going to blow people’s minds.

We will be taking people on a journey though the Beatles’ career but unlike any other museum before it, every part of the journey will be accompanied with memorabilia.

“Many things they will never have seen before, others they will have seen back in the day but not for many years.”

Objects include George Harrison’s Futurama guitar, John Lennon’s Sergeant Pepper medals, the cello from I Am The Walrus and Pete Best’s Premier drum kit.

Roag has around 1,200 items of Beatles memorabilia in his personal collection, which he keeps in storage units.

As well as buying them himself, he was given many objects by his, and Pete’s mother – and by his father, Beatles roadie and later head of Apple Corps Neil Aspinall.

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Buy A London Flat Across From Abbey Road Studios

Location: London, United Kingdom
Price: £1.9 million (US$2.5 million)

This somewhat ordinary looking three-bedroom apartment has a lot of great external factors in its favor. It sits within a beautiful old converted church and it’s just across the street from the iconic Abbey Road Studios. Plus it’s in a stylish, centrally located London neighborhood.

“It’s very rare to have a church conversion kept to its original features with a still active church within it,” said listing agent Thomas Middleditch.

“Its other key feature is its location on Abbey Road,” he said. “The studio is just 20, 30 steps from the property itself.”

“They kept the façade of the church, yet this property has a completely modern finish,” he added.

It is in the tony St. John’s Wood neighborhood, where Sir Paul McCartney still has a home. The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover famously features the band crossing the road.

“It’s a very quintessentially British area,” Mr. Middeditch said.

Abbey Road Baptist Church was built in 1863, and the conversion to apartments dates to 2012-13, he said. As part of the conversion, the church was also extensively restored, rebuilt and refurbished to bring it back to its former glory.

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Thousands descend on beach for Danny Boyle Beatles Film

Gorleston is the centre of the film world this afternoon as Danny Boyle started to enlist the help of 5,000 people on its beach for his latest film.

The Oscar-winning director is shooting a concert scene for the Beatles-based film, which involves 5,000 people playing extras on the beach by the Pier Hotel.

Ahead of the filming of the concert scene Mr Boyle appeared before the large crowd from the roof of the Pier Hotel.

He told the extras: “Remember where you are, you will definitely be in the film!”

Rehearsals have started with people told to cheer when the stars appear, but also to preserve their voices for the actual shooting.

The film imagines a world in which The Beatles did not exist.

Today’s scene is designed to pay homage to the Liverpudlian band’s famous gig on the rooftop of Apple Corporation in Savile Row, London.

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Beatles fans give Liverpool pensioner a wave on Penny Lane – unaware he was once part of the band

It’s not Ringo, the fourth member of the legendary band. It’s Colin Hanton who quit the group after a bust-up at a gig

Loads of Beatles fans trundle along Penny Lane and get a wave from the man who played drums with John, Paul and George.

They wave back – blissfully unaware the Liverpool pensioner they have just encountered could have been a really big Starr.

This isn’t Ringo, the fourth member of the legendary band. It’s Colin… Colin Hanton – the man who turned his back on the group after a bust-up at a gig.

He is 79, lives just a few long and winding roads from Penny Lane and says of greeting the daytrippers: “To them I’m just a grey-haired old bloke on his way to get the morning paper – but they’ll give me a wave back.”

Colin left the Beatles – then called the Quarrymen – after a fallout with George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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Good Day Sunshine on London Beatles Walks

It will be a ‘Good Day Sunshine’ on my London Beatles walks this weekend, as London will be basking in high summer temperatures.

We have the Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk on Saturday at 11am from Marylebone Station and the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery tour’ on Sunday at 11am from Tottenham Court Road Station. Full details at http;//www.beatlesinlondon.com