Monthly Archives: May 2018

PREVIEW: ‘Double Fantasy – John and Yoko’ at Museum of Liverpool

Globe columnist Peter Grant previews a world exclusive exhibition with love from Yoko Ono Lennon ..

The last time I met Yoko Ono she looked around the Museum of Liverpool and said “John never lost his love for his home city.”

It seems Yoko is still in love, too.

A new ground-breaking free exhibition Double Fantasy – John and Yoko is their story in their own words.

Imagine the envy of other cities ….

The exhibition, opening on May 18, explores the personal and creative chemistry of this iconic couple and their ongoing Imagine Peace campaign.

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Photo by Keith McMilan © Yoko


The Beatles wax figures from the famous Madame Tussauds collection brought Abbey Road to Nahsville to celebrate the arrival of British Airways’ inaugural flight to Nashville from London when it touched down in Tennessee’s capital.

The Fab Four were snapped with the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner and at the airline’s ticket desk at the Nashville International Airport following the arrival of the BA223 from London, which touched down at 5:48 p.m. Friday, May 4. The inaugural BA222 from Nashville to London then departed at 9:38 p.m.

The life-like figures are currently on display at Madame Tussauds Nashville in Opry Mills as part of a British music collection, which also features Ozzy Osbourne.

Travelers on the inaugural flight were treated to a proper Nashville welcome with music by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and goody bags including an exclusive Hatch Show Print piece.

For more information about the route and to book flight tickets, visit

For more information about Madame Tussauds, visit

9th May 1965 – A Busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles!


Firstly, they all go to New Bond Street to be filmed going into the famous jeweler, Asprey. When filming, John saw lots of fans running towards him. He ran into Asprey to avoid them, and out the other side. He was only in the shop for about 30 seconds, but managed to spend about £600 on jewellery on display. In today’s money that’s more like £10,000.

They then film outside the Dolphin restaurant in Marylebone, renamed the Rajahama for the film. They try to find out about the significance of the Ringo on Ringo’s finger from 2 ‘Easterners’ outside the restaurant. But as Ringo say’s ‘They’re from the West!’ to which one replies ‘No, I’m from the East – Stepney!’ BTW the ‘Easterners’ are played by Alfie Bass and Warren Mitchell, 2 of London’s best known comedy actors.

They’re from the West! Ringo outside the ‘Rajahama’ restaurant

They then go to St Margaret’s, Twickenham, to film 2 attempts of the dreaded Kahili to retrieve the ring. Firstly, Ringo and John are seen walking down South Western Road, where Ringo goes to post a letter in a letter box, outside 1 South Western Road, only to find one of the villains in the box. He then uses a weighing machine outside 42 Winchester Road, only to find there is a guillotine attached! This scene was filmed only a few metres from the Turks Head Pub, where Ringo upset the pub games in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

John and Ringo in South Western Road, Twickenham

If that wasn’t enough, in the evening the Beatles all go to see Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall!

Read all about these places in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ and see then on my Beatles tours. For more info see




 Cast announcement coincides with 48th anniversary

of Let It Be album release – 8 May 1970

Brand new Part II imagines The Beatles’ reunion concert that never was – a rare treat for fans



Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to the UK for a national tour starting in Summer 2018.


It has been announced that West End producer Mark Goucher has struck a deal with Canadian Producer Jeff Parry to take over the commercial running of the worldwide hit Beatles musical. Goucher, also CEO at The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham will launch the brand-new production at Wales Millennium Centre in August, which will lead onto a tie up with German producer’s BB for an extended tour in Germany. It is also hoped that the show will return to a London theatre in late 2018 or early 2019.


Today, the talented cast who will portray the Fab Four in the show have also been revealed – coinciding with the 48th anniversary of Let It Be the album, which was released on 8 May 1970.


Let It Be is the 12th and final studio album released by The Beatles – almost a month after the band split and went their separate ways. The album release also came shortly before the film of the same title opened in cinemas.

And now, Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to the UK with a brand new second half of the popular show – giving audiences a rare glimpse of how the band may have continued as a four-piece. Fans will see The Beatles reunite for one night only, with the new section of the show set a decade after the group went their separate ways.

A cast of talented musicians will take to stages across the country as the Fab Four, wowing audiences with their effortless and indistinguishable portrayal as John, Paul, George and Ringo. The performers have already toured the show to some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.

The cast are revealed as Michael Gagliano who will play John Lennon; Emanuele Angeletti as Paul McCartney; John Brosnan as George Harrison; and Ben Cullingworth as Ringo Starr. The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.

The Beatles music company scores injunction against counterfeiters

Apple Corps, a music company founded by members of The Beatles, has scored a permanent injunction against a number of online counterfeiters selling band merchandise.

On Friday, May 4, District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a final default judgment and permanent injunction against the counterfeiters.

In a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in March this year, Apple Corps claimed that the online counterfeiters were selling fake apparel, phone cases, handbags and cushion covers.

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V and A Museum Photography Centre to Feature Photos by Linda McCartney

The new Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre will open on 12 October! Designed by David Kohn Architects it will more than double the space dedicated to photography at the V&A.

The first phase will trace a history of photography from the 19th century to the present day, with over 600 objects from across the world.

A major gift by Paul McCartney, 63 photographs by Linda McCartney, will mark the opening. This is the first time that some of her Polaroids have ever been made available to the public.

Abbey Road Studios Opens Its’ Doors to the Public for Lectures in August

Experience the story of Abbey Road Studios. For 3 days only, we’re opening our doors for a series of exclusive talks in Studio Two on the illustrious life of the world’s most iconic recording studio. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside Abbey Road Studios with an exclusive lecture about the studios’ 86-year history, as Presented by Brian Kehew & Kevin Ryan, music producers and authors of Recording the Beatles*, who are also huge fans of Abbey Road.


These inspiring talks will explore the extraordinary history and the current life of the studios and will take place in iconic Studio Two, home to countless landmark recordings by The BeatlesPink FloydKate BushOasisRadioheadAdeleEd Sheeran and more. Guests will also be given the chance to have a short tour of the famous Studio Two control room and spend time speaking to some of the Abbey Road team about their work.


Kehew and Ryan will explore the studios’ legacy of innovation from the patenting of stereo to the invention of numerous recording techniques used across the globe today. They’ll also cover the studios’ rich experience in film scoring and demonstrate how the studios have been used to record some of the biggest movies ever made – including Star WarsThe Lord of The Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter films, The Hobbit movies, GravityThe King’s SpeechBlack Panther and the multi award winning The Shape of Water.

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May 1st 1966 – The Beatles Last Ever UK Scheduled Concert Performance

May 1st 1966 – the Beatles give their last ever scheduled UK Live performance at the NME Pollwinners Show at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena).
Also on the same bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Must have been some show!!
Most of the show was broadcast by ABC TV, but the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hadn’t agreed terms for their artists to be shown, so the cameras were turned off during their performances. However the Beatles were filmed receiving their awards.

The amazing Line-up for the show
The Beatles onstage at the Empire Pool, Wembley
The Beatles receiving their awards at the 1966 NME Poll Winners Show