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AutistiX to Play at the Cavern Club

The AutistiX
Monday 26th March 2018 – Cavern Live Lounge: Doors 6pm, Starts 6:30pm
Free Entry – Donations to The National Autistic Society welcome

The AutistiX will play the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool on March 26th and 27th for World Autism Awareness Week and to benefit The National Autistic Society.

Who are The AutistiX?
We are a unique six-piece British rock called The AutistiX band that has been going since 2010. The six of us – Saul, Jack, Graham, Jim, John and Michael have been brought together by lives affected by Autism. We experience many challenges in our lives but also value the unique perspective that it gives us, and the creativity that results. We are very proud of having autism, hence naming ourselves ‘The AutistiX’. We have become known for our original song writing and our quirky, joyful performances. We have 2 missions – to be the best musicians possible but also to highlight the talent and ability of musicians with autism and to promote social inclusion for people with disabilities. We are not a disability band, but rather a rock band that includes musicians with autism.

The band are raising money to fund their short tour, on behalf of  World Autism Awareness Week. For more click here

Geoff Emerick to Mix Paul McCartney’s New Album?

It seems Paul McCartney’s long time collaborator, Geoff Emerick could be mixing his new album. Geoff messaged on instagram that Paul rang him up and invited him to listen to it.

The day after he went to the premiere of Michael  Caine’s film ‘My Generation’ Paul was seen at MPL.

Blogger Richard Porter is a full time Beatles tour guide in London. For more info on his tours see

George Harrison: Henley-on-Thames memorial garden planned

Plans are under way to create a memorial garden for George Harrison in the town he made his home.

Kellie Hinton, mayor of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, said talks had progressed with his widow Olivia and charity the Material World Foundation.

The Beatles legend moved to the Grade II-listed Friar Park in Henley, where Mrs Harrison still lives, in the 1970s.

A previous campaign to erect a statue to the former Beatle was halted following a request from Mrs Harrison.

But Ms Hinton said the charity had confirmed Mrs Harrison was in favour of a garden inspired by the singer and guitarist instead.

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Paul McCartney Attends London Premiere of ‘My Generation’

The Fab Three! Sir Paul McCartney, 75, is joined by his lookalike grandson Arthur, 18, and daughter Mary, 48, as he attends screening of My Generation

While he’s secured his place in history as one of Britain’s most prolific rock stars, he’s also been known to be quite the devoted family man.

And Sir Paul McCartney stayed true to form on Wednesday night, when he stepped out with his daughter Mary McCartney, 48, and his 18-year-old lookalike grandson Arthur, 18, as he attended a screening of the new film My Generation in London.

Photographer Mary was flanked by her handsome son and father as they posed on the red carpet outside the English capital’s BFI Southbank ahead of viewing the Michael Caine-narrated documentary about London in the 1960s.


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Paul McCartney with daughter Mary and Grandson Alistair

Beatles London Concert Venue to Become a Comedy Club

The historic former Granada cinema in Walthamstow is to set to be turned into a 1,000 comedy venue and theatre, Waltham Forest Council has announced.

The council is to purchase the venue, which was once graced by the likes of The Beatles and The Who, for £2.6m from current owners EMD Walthamstow LLP and is in discussions with Soho Theatre to operate the venue.

Renovation of the site is estimated to take around three years to complete but when it is finished it is expected to add between £34m and £52m to the local economy over a ten year period, according to the council.

The Beatles first appeared at the Granada on May 24th 1963, on the Roy Orbisson tour, and also on 24th October 1964

 Walthamstow Granada

Ken Dodd RIP

We woke up to the news this morning that Sir Ken Dodd has passed away, aged 90. Ken was an absolute comedy legend, from Knotty Ash, Liverpool. As my friend Andrew Lancel put it, “The Beatles are the heart beat of the city of Liverpool. Ken Dodd is the funny bone.”

The Beatles appeared on stage and on TV with Ken on many occasions. Here is a great interview from 1963

I feel like pushing a cucumber through a neighbour’s letterbox and shouting, ‘The Martians are coming!’ (Doddy Joke)

Here is a nice Obituary from the BBC




‘Fifth Beatle’ Series on Brian Epstein Coming to TV

Bravo Media continues its commitment to scripted programming with the development announcement of limited event series “The Fifth Beatle.”  From Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Sonar Entertainment, the project is based on Tony Award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary’s critically acclaimed bestselling graphic novel, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” exploring the complicated personal life of the band’s visionary manager who helped catapult the Fab Four to international stardom.  Tiwary will pen the series adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout.  The project includes Tiwary’s access to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song catalog, the first Beatles-related biopic to secure such rights.

“The Fifth Beatle” recounts the true story of the legendary Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, a brilliant yet often tormented dreamer who discovered the band in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, then nurtured, protected and guided them to unprecedented worldwide success. As a gay Jewish man living in 1960s England where homosexuality was a felony, Epstein was a double outsider who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.  He was instrumental in the Fab Four’s rise to fame and saw their potential when no one else did.  Yet behind the music, Epstein suffered from loneliness and his crushing desires to be one of the boys and belong.   Epstein grew to become not only the engineer of Beatlemania, but also a key architect of the cultural revolution of the sixties with his ambition to change the world and spread the Beatles’ messages of love and peace.

Published by Dark Horse Comics, “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” was written by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.

THE FIFTH BEATLE is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling graphic novel and forthcoming feature film recounting the untold true story of Brian Epstein– the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, but died painfully lonely at the age of 32. Read more at