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Mark Lewisohn to Give Beatles Lecture in London

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

A New Sgt Pepper Album Cover Photo Emerges

A new photo from the photoshoot of Sgt Pepper has appeared on the Beatles official Facebook account. It’s a black and white shot showing how the layout was set up. It also shows the Beatles in different positions to the final photo. Notice the figure of Gandhi, above the Diana Dors. This was removed on the instance of Sir Joseph Lockwood of EMI, as he thought it would upset EMI’s big Indian market.


You can see the photo at

‘Royal Iris’ Ferry Cross the Mersey, now a ‘Rustbucket’ in London

A once-thriving “booze boat ” that hosted The Beatles, the Queen and Prince Philip has been left to rot into a sinking “rustbucket.” It is now moored on the River Thames, close to the Thames Barrier.

The Royal Iris was a familiar sight on the Mersey for over 40 years and was variously known as “the booze boat”, “the love boat” and “the fish and chip boat”.

I’ve been on the Royal Iris myself, when it was used for gigs during ‘Beatleweek’. I hope it can be saved.



Paul McCartney Attends Performance of Carousel in London

I’ve just heard from my friend, Gillian Bryant, that Paul McCartney attended a performance of Carousel today at the London Coliseum. It of course features the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, a number one hit for Liverpool contemporaries, Gerry and the Pacemakers. The show stars long time friends of Paul’s, Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe. Paul signed autographs for fans, but asked that no pictures be taken.

Here is Paul with the cast backstage

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love on a 60s Bus Tour of London

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…


If you’d rather hop on at Richmond, simply choose that ticket 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.


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

We will be doing many more tours and gigs throughout the year. For more info see

Another Sgt Pepper anniversary party in 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 

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

Paul Gets ‘One On One’ With Brazil

Gets ‘ONE ON ONE’ with Brazil
New 2017 concerts announced

13th October: Porto Alegre, Beira-Rio Stadium
15th October: São Paulo, Allianz Parque
17th October: Belo Horizonte,  Mineirão Stadium
20th October: Salvador, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova

In Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, the exclusive presale to Elo clients, in 5 interest-free installments, on May 04th and 05th.

The general public sale starts on May 08th.

Check for complete information.


Fans registered with will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through at 9am (local / 1pm BST) on Friday 5th May.

Register to be eligible for pre-sales by clicking HERE!

More on the New Beatles Radio Channel

We are excited to announce, with SiriusXM, the first ever Beatles-backed radio channel, featuring exclusive programming, spanning the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the band.

Launching May 18 at 9:09 am ET exclusively on SiriusXM channel 18, The Beatles Channel will showcase all-things-Beatles with regular and special programming spanning the history-making careers of the band.

“We’ve worked with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded. The channel will be all-things-Beatles, 24/7. The soundtrack of our world, made by John, Paul, George and Ringo.” – Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM.

The channel will explore The Beatles’ entire career including their hits and deeper tracks, live recordings, rarities, and solo albums, while also spotlighting musicians who have inspired, and have drawn inspiration from, The Beatles.

Paul McCartney said, “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Ringo Starr added, “Great news, The Beatles will have their own channel on SiriusXM. Now you can listen to The Beatles, Any Time at All. Peace & Love.”