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The Second Summer London Beatles Day 2018

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Record & CD Fair & LONDON BEATLES DAY
Saturday 18th August 2018
The August Summer London Beatles Day & Record & CD fair in Ealing (West London W5 2XA) is only a week away now, a ‘Liverpool preview’ for any early Beatles fans arriving in London ahead of the yearly pilgrimage to Liverpool (don’t forget to come and see us at the Marriott Hotel, postcode : L1 1RH right in Liverpool City Centre, Opposite Lime Street Railway Station from Thursday 23rd August onwards for our Free admission LIVERPOOL BEATLES RECORD & CD FAIR as well as other artists vinyl & CDs…from 60’s to the current day vinyl & CDs … )

We will be pleased to welcome you to the 2nd Summer London Beatles Day (including all artists Record & CD fair) which will take place on SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2018 – it all takes place at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA,

The event is FREE ADMISSION to all – Doors open from 10am to 4 pm.

The day will feature the usual great selection of EVERYTHING Beatles, new & second hand Records, LPs & 7”, books, CDs, DVDs & books, posters and much more! – There will be CRATE LOADS OF BEATLES VINYL! – at great prices in great condition…  forget the overpriced London shops get down to the LONDON BEATLES DAY you will not be disappointed… Plenty of boxes of vinyl in great condition for Beatles crate digging… Plenty of new items since the last event….

There will also be a very good selection of Non Beatles items for sale, New CDs @ discounted prices as well as a great selection of new & second hand vinyl including The Stones, Kinks, The Who, and a great selection from Punk to Soul…again many new items!

The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 4pm.  The Beatles Day & Record fair will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs …

Cheap car parking is close by, remember admission is FREE!

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

For more details please see :  www.beatlesdays.com

Or Tel : 07801 564622  or 07785 923695

 

Paul McCartney On Stones, Knighthood And A Wild Night With Fela Kuti

What dubious honour does Sir Paul’s title allow him? This and many other subjects were covered in his podcast conversation with Marc Maron.

Paul McCartney was the guest of honour at yesterday’s (8 August) fifth annual Capitol Congress, hosted by Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood. McCartney took part in a conversation of more than 70 minutes for a live podcast with Marc Maron, ahead of the 7 September release by Capitol of his new album Egypt Station.

During a frank and amusing discussion, the former Beatle spoke about the supposed advantages of being a knight of the realm; the only privilege, he said, is “being able to drive a flock of sheep through London.” He also talked about such recording adventures as his time with Linda McCartney and Denny Laine in Lagos, Nigeria making the classic Wings album Band On The Run.

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Paul McCartney Attends Capitol Records Event in Hollywood

Capitol Music Group hosted its fifth annual Capitol Congress today at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater. The day-long confab brings together employees from across Universal Music Group as well as some of the company’s top executives, chief among them: UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, who delivered introductory remarks this morning. The event has traditionally featured several top stars from the CMG roster, and this year was no different, only the bar was set even higher with an appearance by Paul McCartney.

The Beatles co-founder was presented with a special Capitol Icon Award by CMG chief Steve Barnett, who programmed the day’s sessions, performances and Q&As. McCartney was later interviewed by podcast host and “Glow” star Marc Maron, a talk that will make up an episode of his “WTF” show.

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Paul McCartney Announces Japan Concert Dates

THE ‘FRESHEN UP’ TOUR 2018
JAPAN DATES ANNOUNCED TODAY

Wednesday 31st October – TOKYO DOME
Thursday 1st November – TOKYO DOME
Thursday 8th November – NAGOYA DOME

NEW ALBUM EGYPT STATION OUT SEPTEMBER 7th ON CAPITOL RECORDS

“I love Japan. We’ve always had such a great time there and the audiences are just incredible. We can’t wait to get back! It’s always fun to visit new places too and helps to keep things fresh and exciting. Tokyo and Nagoya we are going to rock out and party with you soon.” – Paul

For ticket presale reservations please click HERE !

LET IT BE CAST TAKE A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR TO ABBEY ROAD

 Cast take a break from rehearsals to recreate

iconic Beatles picture on 49th anniversary

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The cast of Let It Be took a break from rehearsals in London this morning (Wednesday 8 August) to become Day Trippers on a Magical Mystery Tour to recreate one of The Beatles’ most iconic images.

 

Today marks the 49th anniversary since the world-famous Abbey Road crossing photograph was actually taken.

 

To mark the anniversary, Let It Be’s very own Fab Four followed in the footsteps of the biggest band in music history.

 

The cast pulled on their costumes to recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover picture at 11.30am – 49 years to the day and the exact time when it was photographed by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan on 8 August 1969.

 

West End smash hit show Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to stages this Summer and Autumn to premiere the new updated show to audiences across the UK and Ireland. Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music – from the early beginnings to the height of Beatlemania.

 

In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be invited to Imagine what it would be like to see The Beatles reunite for one night only.

 

The second act is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four once again Come Together to perform. The concert that never was.

 

In two weeks, the updated Let It Be production will be premiered in the UK and Ireland when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

 

The show will then embark on a UK and Ireland tour visiting the Everyman in Cheltenham; Liverpool Empire; Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall; the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin; New Theatre in Hull; Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre; Orchard Theatre in Dartford; and Manchester’ Opera House.

 

The show will then head to Europe and overseas, with the international tour taking in countries including Germany and North America. It is also hoped that the show will return to a London theatre in late 2018 or early 2019.

 

A cast of talented musicians will play the Fab Four. The performers have already toured the show to entertain on some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.

 

The Let It Be cast are Michael Gagliano from Woking (John Lennon); Emanuele Angeletti from Italy (Paul McCartney); Irish/Australian John Brosnan (George Harrison); and Ben Cullingworth, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire (Ringo Starr). The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.

 

Michael Gagliano has already appeared as John Lennon in the new Let It Be show in North America, Canada and Japan, as well as on the West End with the original show.

 

Michael commented: “To stand on the Abbey Road crossing exactly 49 years to the day and time since John, Paul, George and Ringo did just that, and being dressed as they were, is mind blowing. I’m sure they would never have imagined that almost half a century later people would still be visiting the crossing to recreate that iconic album cover picture for themselves.”

 

Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com

Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour

Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour

 

LET IT BE UK 2018 TOUR

 

CARDIFF

Wales Millennium Centre

Tuesday 21 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

029 2063 6464

www.wmc.org.uk

 

CHELTENHAM

Everyman

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018

01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

 

LIVERPOOL

Empire Theatre

Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018

0844 871 3017

www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

 

NOTTINGHAM

Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 11 September – Saturday 15 September 2018

0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

 

DUBLIN

Gaiety Theatre

Monday 17 September – Saturday 22 September 2018

08 18 719 388

http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/

 

HULL

New Theatre

Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018

01482 300306

www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

 

EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre

Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018

0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

 

DARTFORD

Orchard Theatre

Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018

01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

 

MANCHESTER

Opera House

Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October 2018

0844 871 3018

www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/

 

LIB Abbey Road 2018 {Matt Ford Photography}
LIB Abbey Road {Matt Ford Photography}

Jacaranda is having a massive party to celebrate its 60th birthday

The iconic club will host huge celebrations to coincide with International Beatles Week

Liverpool’s legendary Slater Street club The Jacaranda is celebrating its 60th birthday with a massive party.

Being the birthplace of the Fab Four, the huge celebrations will also coincide with International Beatle Week

Both the original club and its new Seel Street venue, Phase One, will collaborate to for the milestone with a programme of incredible live music and events.

Both the original club and its new Seel Street venue, Phase One, will collaborate to for the milestone with a programme of incredible live music and events.

Graham Clarke, The Jac’s owner since the 80s, said: “We’re delighted to be spending the weekend drawing together and celebrating values and visions that are so close to our hearts.

“We are just as excited to welcome back familiar faces as we are to embrace those whose journeys with us are just beginning.”

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August 8th 1969 – The Beatles Cross Abbey Road

On 8th August 1969, at 11.35am, four men walked across a zebra crossing in St John’s Wood. Hardly an earth-shattering event, but since then millions of people have come to the very same crossing to imitate those four men.

Of course, the four men in question were the Beatles, and the crossing is in Abbey Road. The ‘Fab Four’ were posing for the photo that was to be used on their last album to be recorded. Abbey Road has never been the same since.

Every day, fans from around the world come to the crossing to walk in the footsteps of their heroes and to see the studios where they recorded most of their songs.

The Beatles had been coming to Abbey Road for many years to record at the EMI Studios. Their die-hard fans often visited the studios in the hope of catching a glimpse of them coming or going. A select few even camped in the car park to see their heroes come out after a late night recording session. However, it wasn’t until after the Beatles named their album after the street it was recorded in that it became world famous and a shrine for fans.

Things could have been very different. Originally the LP was going to be called Everest – after the favourite brand of cigarettes smoked by Geoff Emerick, the Beatles’ recording engineer. Someone had the bright idea that the Beatles should go to the mountain of the same name to shoot the album cover! The Beatles reaction to that idea can’t be repeated here without offence! Finally, it was decided to call the album Abbey Road. Incidentally the album was NOT named after the studio, but the road where the studio is situated. The studio was then called EMI and didn’t change its’ name until after the album came out.

The famous pose of the Beatles on the Abbey Road crossing endures as one of the most memorable LP covers of all time, and one of the easiest for fans to replicate. The idea for the picture was probably Paul McCartney’s. A sketch drawn by Paul showing how the picture should look still exists. The photographer was Iain MacMillan, a long time friend of John and Yoko. MacMillan had known Yoko before she met John, and it is quite possible that John’s first site of Yoko might have been on one of MacMillan’s photos. His photos illustrated the catalogue for Yoko’s exhibition Unfinished Paintings and Objects, at which the couple first met.

For the photo shoot, the Beatles congregated by the crossing at around 11.35am. This was an early start for them, as normally recording sessions didn’t start until around 3pm. This was done deliberately to ensure fans would not interrupt the photo session. The day was gloriously sunny and Iain MacMillan stood on a stepladder in the middle of the road to get the required angle. The Beatles were asked to cross the road in procession, while MacMillan attempted to get the best shot. In the end six photographs were taken, and the whole session only took about 10 minutes.

Shot one shows them walking from left to right, with a Mercedes car coming out of the car park of the studios. Shot two has them walking the other way across, towards the studios. In both shots Paul has his head bowed and is seemingly preoccupied with his feet. By shot three Paul has removed the open top sandals he was wearing and is now barefoot – an historic decision! Shot three was probably the best so far, but has traffic too near to the crossing to be perfect.

Shot four again shows them going from right to left. Like shot two, the Beatles don’t seem to be concentrating on getting the right pose. Maybe they already had it in mind that the shot would look better going the other way across. Shot five was the best by far and the one used on the album cover. Another shot was taken but this was far inferior.

The first Abbey Road photo
The first Abbey Road photo

2nd

The 3rd Pic taken
The 3rd Pic taken
The 4th Pic
The 4th Pic

 

The 5th pic taken - the one used on the album cover
The 5th pic taken – the one used on the album cover

 

The last pic taken
The last pic taken

After the session on the crossing Iain MacMillan got in a car with Anthony Fawcett, John and Yoko’s assistant, to find a suitable road sign for the back cover. They found one on the junction of Abbey Road and Alexandra Road. As MacMillan was about to take a photograph of the sign a girl in a blue dress walked through the shot. Fawcett remembers that Iain MacMillan was angry the girl had got in the way – but other accounts said it was planned. Unfortunately, the Abbey Road sign no longer exists. This part of Abbey Road was redeveloped in the 1970s and the wall and sign demolished.

The session on the crossing only lasted about 10 minutes – leaving the Beatles over three hours to kill before they were due to start recording. According to Mal Evans in his personal diaries, Paul, John and Ringo went to Paul’s home nearby to relax while George and Mal went to “Regents Park Zoo to meditate in the sun. To Krishna Temple for lunch and studio for 3pm”.

Since the famous Abbey Road picture was taken, several million people have crossed the street to imitate their heroes. In 2005 Abbey Road Studios estimated 150,000 come to Abbey Road every year.

Just after the album came out, the Abbey Road cover became the central part in a bizarre rumour and conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney was dead! It is hard to pinpoint where the rumour started, but it seemed to begin almost simultaneously in different universities in America. Word went around that Paul had died in a car accident in 1966 and that the Beatles had replaced him with an imposter, to ensure their fame wasn’t affected. However, the Beatles felt guilty about doing this, so they put ‘clues’ on various album covers and songs to tell the truth. Many of these clues can be found on the Abbey Road album cover.

The picture is supposed to be of Paul’s funeral procession, with George Harrison dressed as the gravedigger, Ringo Starr the undertaker, and John Lennon the preacher. Paul McCartney is supposedly wearing an old suit, and is barefoot – how bodies are buried! Paul is holding his cigarette in his right hand – fans pointed out the ‘real’ Paul McCartney is left handed, so the man in the picture isn’t Paul, but an imposter. Some even named the imposter as William Campbell, who had won a Paul lookalike competition. Paul is also out of step with the others, drawing attention to himself.

By the side of the crossing is a white Volkeswagen car. The first part of the car’s license plate is LMW – this is supposed to stand for ‘Linda McCartney – widowed.’ The second part is 281F – this is supposed to signify that Paul McCartney would have been 28 years old – IF he was still alive! Actually, he was 27 in 1969.

There are even clues on the back cover. The ‘Beatles’ sign has a crack through it – to show that the band are no longer complete. Also the sun has shone though the shadows to create a shape that is supposed to resemble Paul McCartney’s skull!

Rumours of Paul McCartney’s demise spread like wildfire, especially when Russ Gibb, a DJ on a radio station WKNR in Detroit, received a telephone call from a student telling him to look for clues. From there the whole thing became an international pastime. The Beatles’ offices received many calls from distraught fans wanting to know the truth.

The rumour only started dying down when a reporter from Life magazine went up to Scotland, where Paul was staying, to obtain an interview to prove that Paul was still alive.

The cover of a mag on the Paul is dead rumour
The cover of a mag on the Paul is dead rumour

Since 1969 the rumour has refused to go away. There have been many books and TV shows on the subject. Paul himself lampooned the rumour on his 1993 album Paul is Live. He returned to the Abbey Road crossing with Iain MacMillan to pose with his old English sheepdog, Arrow. For the cover Paul is superimposed on an original Abbey Road picture – with the Beatles taken out. However, the VW license plate has been changed, to 51 IS – Paul’s age when the Paul is Live picture was taken.

The cover of 'Paul is Live'
The cover of ‘Paul is Live’

On 8th August 2009 I organised a mass crossing of Abbey Road, exactly 40 years to the minute since the Beatles. I arranged for a Beatles lookalike band, Sgt Pepper’s Only Dart Board Band, to lead fans across wearing the same styled clothes as the Beatles wore 40 years earlier. I thought we may get some media interest, as we’d organised similar crossings on the 25th and 30th anniversaries. However, I was totally shocked by the scenes around the crossing. There were at least 15 TV crews around the crossing, representing over 100 countries. The event was featured in countries like the USA, Russia, India, Greece, Italy, Australia with many covering it live! There were also scores of press photographers and many hundreds of fans. Eventually the police closed Abbey Road for over an hour and fans held an impromptu street party.

Me with Sgt Peppers Only Dart Board Band 8th August 2009
Me with Sgt Peppers Only Dart Board Band 8th August 2009
Abbey Road August 8th 2009 - 40 years to the minute since the Beatles crossed
Abbey Road August 8th 2009 – 40 years to the minute since the Beatles crossed

In December 2010 the Abbey Road Crossing was given ‘Grade 2 Listed Status’ by English Heritage. This means that the crossing cannot by moved or altered without specific Government permission. In its’ report English Heritage said, “The Abbey Road zebra crossing is of undisputed interest as a late C20 iconic cultural site”. It also states in the English Heritage document that they believe the crossing has moved since 1969. This isn’t the case. Linda McCartney was also present on the day of the Abbey Road photo shoot, and took many pictures. Her shots show the side of the road, and shows things like the drain by the crossing on one side, and the manhole cover on the other are still in the same place now as they were in 1969.

Linda McCartney's photo - showing the location of the crossing.
Linda McCartney’s photo – showing the location of the crossing.

 

Author and blogger Richard Porter is a professional London Beatles tour guide. For more details on his tours, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

CBS Sets ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Paul McCartney Special

CBS is expanding on its hugely popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Paul McCartney with a primetime special. The network has greenlighted Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool to air Monday, August 20 at 8 PM

The network says the hourlong special will feature never-before-seen footage from the “Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke” segment which aired on The Late Late Show with James Corden on June 21, during the week of shows from Central Hall Westminster in London. During the “Carpool Karaoke” segment, Corden and McCartney drove around Liverpool, visited McCartney’s childhood home and several of the places referenced in the song “Penny Lane,” and surprised locals with an intimate performance at a pub.

For more click herehttps://deadline.com/2018/08/cbs-carpool-karaoke-paul-mccartney-special-james-corden-the-late-late-show-1202441824/

August 8th 2018 – Cross Abbey Road 49 Years to the Minute Since the Beatles!

The Beatles crossed Abbey Road at 11:30am on August 8th 1969 for the photo shoot for their new album cover. Since then, millions of other people have done the same. Join us to cross Abbey Road exactly 49 years to the minute since the Beatles, at 11:30am from August 8th 2018. The cast of the Beatles musical,  ‘Let it Be’ will be there – dressed as the Beatles were on that historic day. The cast will be there from 11am.

Not long to the 50th anniversary!!

We will also be crossing Abbey Road later that day on my London Beatles Walk – full details at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

A rather famous album cover :>)

Music Industry Vet Dave Stein Dies

David Stein, former right-hand mand to legendary promoter/manager Sid Bernstein, died July 23 according to a friend.
Stein worked under Bernstein in the Management Three company and in Bernstein’s independent company.
Bernstein is credited with bringing artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks to the U.S. and pioneering the model for rock shows in stadiums. Stein had a significant role in helping advance the career of the Bay City Rollers.
Outside of his work with Bernstein, Dave Stein regularly wrote for the rock magazine Zoo World, ran the independent label All The Best and briefly managed the group The Dynomiters.
Stein died in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital after several years of health challenges, according to friend Toby Mamis.
“He wasn’t the most prominent guy, even when he was [most] active, back in the late ’60s, early ’70s working with legendary promoter/manager Sid Bernstein,” Mamis told Pollstar via email. “But for those he did work with, he had a profound impact.”
After news of his death broke, tributes came from friends throughout the industry on Facebook.
“Sorry to hear this about Dave. He was definitely a character.  His thing was all about the music,” May Pang, former assistant to John Lennon & Yoko Ono wrote. “His antics drove us all a bit crazy…like the time Fred Goodman just jumped out of his car at the stoplight, or drove us all home via CT because he wanted to drop his date home who lived there but didn’t want to tell us. RIP Dave.”