THE BEATLES STORY SALES BOOSTED BY RECORD VISITORS

Record visitor numbers have helped drive turnover past the £5m mark at The Beatles Story in Liverpool.

The Beatles Story has posted a turnover of £5.4m for the year ending 31 March 2017, up by 10 per cent on a year earlier. Turnover from admissions increased by 13 per cent to £2.7m while shop sales climbed by 5 per cent to £2m.

Profits jumped by 28 per cent to £802,955 while gross profits rose by 10 per cent to £4.1m.

For more see https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northwest/the-beatles-story-sales-boosted-by-record-visitors

Perth fans get a chance to chat to Paul McCartney

Beatles legend Paul McCartney will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth on Thursday, November 30.

While the venue is yet to be revealed, fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking the music icon the question they have always wanted to ask.

They then have to upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with @FrontierTouring and @PaulMcCartney plus #AskPaulAUNZ in the caption.

The post needs to be set to “public”.

For more see https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/music/perth-fans-get-a-chance-to-chat-to-beatles-legend-paul-mccartney-ng-b88669985z

Across the Universe to Come to Broadway

Tony Award-winning stage and film director Julie Taymor is ready to bring her 2007 Beatles movie musical to the stage. “I’ve wanted it for so many years,” she tells Paul Wontorek on the upcoming episode of the Broadway.com talker Show People. “Hopefully in the next two years, we finally get to see Across the Universe onstage.”

For more see https://www.broadway.com/buzz/190452/let-it-be-julie-taymor-is-ready-to-bring-her-beatles-movie-musical-across-the-universe-to-broadway/

‘White Album’ Reissue Next Year?

I’ve been told by a very good source that Giles Martin IS working on a re-issue of the ‘White Album’ for its 50th anniversary next year. It was originally released on November 21st 1968.

As with the Sgt Pepper re-issue, it’s likely the album will be remixed, and include loads of out-takes. Hopefully these will include the demos made at George’s place, Kinfauns, before the album was recorded.

Giles Martin has been at Abbey Road Studios in the last few days, almost certainly working on this project.

More news when we get it!

Eight Days a Week: The Beatles’ Touring History in 8 Concerts

For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend a Beatles concert in the 1960s, Ron Howard’s Eight Days a Week just might be the next best thing. The 2016 documentary traces the band’s rise from a cramped and dank cellar in Liverpool to record breaking television appearances, jam packed stadiums, and—ultimately—rock immortality. Lovingly assembled through rare and often unseen fan home movie footage, Howard’s film also draws on more familiar material—restored to the highest echelons of  HD— and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. All told, it’s a joyous and stunningly visual representation of their unbelievable journey, and an unparalleled look at a time when the four Fabs roamed the Earth and made themselves available to see, live and in person, for just a few dollars.

In honor of Eight Day’s a Week‘s television debut this Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. central) on PBS, here’s a detailed look at the Beatles’ touring career, told through eight of their concerts.

For more see http://people.com/music/the-beatles-touring-history-eight-days-a-week-documentary/

New George Martin Biography Launched in London

A great new book, ‘Maximum Volume – the Life of Beatles Producer George Martin’ was launched in London last night. It is by acclaimed Beatles author Kenneth Womack. Among the guests at the launch were former head of Abbey Road Studios Ken Townsend, and engineers Peter Vince and Richard Langham, who all worked extensively with George Martin on Beatles records. Also present were author Mark Lewisohn, journalist  and author Ray Connelly, and Rod Davis of the Quarrymen.

To order the book from Amazon go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maximum-Beatles-Producer-George-1926-1966/dp/1903360242/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511277500&sr=8-1&keywords=George+Martin+maximum

The book is having its Liverpool launch this evening.

German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police on Monday arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon’s estate, including the late Beatle’s diaries.

The items were stolen from Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006 and have been seized as evidence, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor’s office, said.

The unidentified man was taken into custody suspected of fraud and handling stolen goods.

A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, “is unattainable for us at the present time,” Steltner said in a recorded statement posted on Twitter.

The stolen goods consisted of “various items from the estate of John Lennon, including several diaries that were written by him,” Steltner added. For more, see https://www.expatica.com/de/news/country-news/celebrity-music-Germany-Beatles-police_1549732.html