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Rock Hall unveils updated Beatles exhibit with new memorabilia

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an updated Beatles exhibit Thursday, showing off new Fab Four items, including one of John Lennon’s early guitars and the piano Lennon and Paul McCartney used to write “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Eleanor Rigby” and other iconic songs.

The Beatles display, located in the Rock Hall’s downstairs main exhibition area, also features costumes, instruments, lyric sheets and other Beatles items.

In addition to the two new pieces, the display includes items that are regularly rotated through the museum’s collections, including a suit worn by George Harrison during the Beatles’ 1966 tour and a pair of Ringo Starr drum sticks used in a Sept. 15, 1964. Beatles show at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

The piano was originally owned by the family of Jane Asher, a girlfriend of Paul McCartney. McCartney lived with Asher’s family for a few years. For more click here

Get Back to Beatles gig

FEW of the original venues played by the Beatles still remain – but a little piece of music history will be recreated at one next year.

Lydney Town Hall hosted the Fab Four for a gig on August 31, 1962.

And now one of the top John, Paul, George and Ringo tribute acts – the Mersey Beatles – will Get Back to create the Mop Tops’ magic there, playing exactly the same songs. For more click here.

Blogger Richard Porter is a Beatles tour guide in London. For more on his tours see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

17th December 2010 – Paul McCartney’s ‘Packed Lunch’ at the 100 Club

On 17th December 2010, Paul McCartney played one of the smallest gigs of his career – at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street – and I was one of the lucky few to be there.

The 100 Club is just a few hundred metres from Paul’s offices of MPL in Soho Square. At the time, the 100 Club was in danger of closing down, due to high rents and rates. There has been a club at the premises since 1941, and a campaign was launched to help save it. Paul’s son, James, had played there earlier in the year, and at the gig Paul got into talks with the owners about doing a benefit gig.

The gig was at lunchtime on a normal work day, and as we were queuing to get in, people were doing their last minute Christmas shopping in the always busy Oxford Street shops. I’d been to the 100 Club many times before, and seen Beatles tribute bands there – but never thought I’d see a real Beatle there!!

The gig lasted more than 2 hours, and Paul was in great voice and spirits throughout, often exchanging banter with the audience. He sang many songs he normally doesn’t do live  – including ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’ – a staple from the Beatles Hamburg days.

 

Paul McCartney singing Don't Catch You Crying at the 100 Club

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010

 

Another highlight was a great rendition of Hitch Hike – which was of course a big 60s hit for Marvin Gaye

Paul MCartney singing Marvin Gaye's Hitch Hike at the 100 Club today

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010

 

It was one of the best musical moments of my life, and I’m glad to say, helped save the 100 Club, which is still going strong to this day :>)

Paul McCartney at the 100 Club

The Beatles’ Christmas Records: A Feat of Fan Appreciation and Devotion

For members of the Official Beatles Fan Club in the 1960s, Christmas was a very special time of year. That’s because season’s greetings from the seminal band arrived in the mail, in the form of a square cardboard-backed envelope. Inside was a recorded message on a flexible phonograph record (or “flexi-disc”) from The Beatles themselves, wishing fans a merry Christmas, in various fascinating and entertaining ways.

“No other piece of mail ever looked like that – I always knew exactly what it was,” remembers renowned Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. Issued each year from 1963 to 1969, those discs have been repackaged as “The Christmas Records,” due for release by Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol/UMe on December 15.  The box set includes 7-inch colored vinyl reproductions of the records, with their associated original picture sleeve art, remastered at Abbey Road Studios by engineers Simon Gibson and Sean Magee, as well as a booklet featuring historical notes from Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

For more click here

The Beatles – The Christmas Records – Product Shot 2

Paul McCartney talks touring and New Zealand

The living musical legend that is Sir Paul McCartney is in New Zealand.

The former Beatle arrived in Hawke’s Bay early on Thursday morning ahead of his Auckland concert tomorrow night.

In an exclusive interview with Mike Hosking, McCartney gushed about his love for the New Zealand countryside.

“People say to you ‘do you ever get a chance to see the countries and the city’s your playing in. So often the answer is not really. You don’t always get a chance. But [you do] if you get a day off like I had yesterday.”

He also talked about how touring has changed from when he first toured.

“We started out in a van. The change is unbelievable to these days. Your travelling around first class.”

His back catalogue is one of the most extensive in music history, but McCartney said he doesn’t think about his legacy very often.

“I don’t personally think of it too much, but what’s nice is that people will say that to me.”

McCartney also teases what fans can expect from his Mt Smart Stadium concert this weekend.

“I’m trying to make the crowd happy. I don’t want them going away saying that wasn’t worth it.”

To hear the full interview click here