Promotion for the release of the 50th anniversary editions of Sgt Pepper is hotting up! A new fleet of taxis has appeared in London, advertising the new release, each coloured to match the costumes the Beatles wore on the album cover. Sgt Pepper will be in the shops on May 26th.
On 31st May I will be interviewed on Polist Radio Station, Polskie Radio Lublin about my London Beatles Walks and ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It will be broadcast live at 9:00 am (UK time). Other people to be interviewed on the show include Beatles authors Philip Norman and Keith Badman. For more details on the station, and to listen online, see http://radio.lublin.pl/
For more on my London Beatles Walks see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com
Mark Lewisohn, the world’s leading Beatles historian and author, is giving a lecture on the Beatles in Walthamstow, London, on Thursday 11th May.
Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club invites YOU to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related artefact which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining the Beatles’ vast history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, a book – just grab any kind of souvenir that grabs you, and bring it along. Mark won’t know the items in advance and will illuminate them spontaneously, informatively and fascinatingly before moving on to the next.
For details, and tickets see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beatles-in-five-minute-bites-with-mark-lewisohn-tickets-32720102708
On May 6th 2013, John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen played at the St James’s Theatre in London. During the show a very special guest joined them onstage. No, not Paul McCartney – just your blogger, Richard Porter! Rod Davis asked if anyone could play washboard or tea chest bass, so I played the washboard, and Peter Nash of the British Beatles Fanclub played bass. We played ‘Puttin’ on the Style’, the old Lonnie Donegan song that the Quarrymen had also played at St Peter’s Church Fete in Woolton, Liverpool, the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time.
It was a great honour being onstage with the Quarrymen, who are great guys. I’ve got no musical talent whatsoever, so it was really brave asking me up with them!
On June 4th 2017. This 3 hour, immersive guided tour on a vintage London bus is ideal for groups and individuals with a common interest in one of the most defining decades of 20th Century Britain. You’ll hear about the birth of popular music and the counterculture that spawned Swinging 60s London as you pass by the homes of notable music legends, historic locations and iconic music venues on your journey from the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly, down the Kings Road in Chelsea to Richmond via West London’s ‘Cradle of Rock’.
This tour is guided by your blogger, Richard Porter :>)
THE HALF MOON Pub in Putney where live music has been played every night since 1963. OLYMPIC STUDIOS in Barnes which has featured more prominently in recording the world’s top bands and film scores than any other… Including Abbey Road!
We take in TWICKENHAM FILM STUDIOS where THE BEATLES filmed ‘HELP!’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. You’ll see where ROD STEWART got his first break after visiting the Eel Pie Island Hotel to watch Long John Baldry. You’ll also hear about the artists who performed at the RICHMOND JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL and its ongoing legacy on your way to our drop off point at One Kew Road in Richmond, previously the fabled STATION HOTEL home to the original CRAWDADDY CLUB where THE ROLLING STONES kicked off their career on 24th February 1963 and where THE BEATLES came to watch the less than two months later.
The 60s hits we play on the original Routemaster London bus are by the seminal artists who performed at local venues… The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Elton John, The Yardbirds, David Bowie, The Who, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Animals, Genesis, Long John Baldry, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Mott The Hoople and many more…
HOP ON IN RICHMOND OPTION
If you’d rather hop on at Richmond, simply choose that ticket option…
LIVE 60s MUSIC OPTION
For that total 60s experience why not include some live music by 60s tribute band BEATLES 4EVER playing LIVE at One Kew Road, Richmond from 8pm on SUN 04 JUN.
25% OFF YOUR FOOD AND DRINKS BILL
One Kew Road bar and restaurant have offered our online ticket holders and massive 25% off their food and drinks bill (when ordered together). Just show your tickets to the waiter when ordering. It is advisable to book your table beforehand 020 8940 5768
For more info, and tickets, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-swinging-60s-bus-tour-live-music-option-tickets-33953554997
We will be doing many more tours and gigs throughout the year. For more info see http://www.60sbus.london
Yet another Sgt Pepper 50th anniversary party is to be held in London – this one at the Moth Club in Hackney on June 2nd.
Their website says “Expect A Live Band Playing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band In Its Entirety As Well As The Finest DJs We Can Get Our Hands On To Do The Beatles And Acts From Their Era Justice.”
For more info, and tickets, see http://www.mothclub.co.uk/events/2017/6/2/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band-50th-anniversary-party
If you still got energy after all that – there’s ANOTHER Party at the Rock Steady in London E8 on June 3rd. Full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/101840573654055/
Take a trip back in time to experience a flavour of the sights and sounds of the 60s – hop aboard the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus before enjoying taking lunch and experiencing the Sixties at the Hall Tour at the Royal Albert Hall.
This unique and immersive experience will introduce you to some of the 60s most iconic venues and locations. Aboard the Swinging 60s Bus Tour you’ll pass by the Chelsea Drug Store, as immortalised by The Rolling Stones and Granny Takes a Trip, London’s first psychedelic boutique whose clientele included the likes of Hendrix, The Beatles and Rod Stewart to name but a few.
After stopping for a two course lunch, shoot back once again into the 60s with a guided Sixties at the Hall Tour. Explore the Royal Albert Hall’s role in this fascinating era of London’s cultural history – from welcoming The Beatles and The Stones on the same night, to witnessing Bob Dylan’s electric transition and even a Pink Floyd comedy night – there’s an entire world of 60s musical history to discover.
For more details, and to book, see http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/tours-and-exhibitions/the-swinging-sixties-bus-and-hall-tour-experience
A feature on Beatles places and people was shown today on TF1 in France. It includes an interview with your blogger, Richard Porter and wife Irina, and shows a selection of our Beatles memorabilia. It also shows me on my London Beatles Walk at Abbey Road Studios.
For more on my London Beatles Walks, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com
Following on from the success of the Liverpool memorabilia call out day in October 2016, The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions will be teaming up once again to bring ‘Memorabilia Day’ to London’s Hard Rock Cafe on Monday 5th June 2017. This special event will give members of the public, fans and collectors the opportunity to have their Beatles and Mersey Beat memorabilia appraised for free by the experts. – See more at: http://www.beatlesstory.com/events/2017/04/05/memorabilia-day-event-coming-to-london/#sthash.N8n3cUMa.dpuf