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The Bootleg Beatles Announce UK Spring Tour

They will be playing:

18/03 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
19/03 – Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
20/03 – Malvern, New Theatre
21/03 – Llandudno, Venue Cymru
22/03 – Stoke, Victoria Hall
24/03 – Chatham, Central Theatre
25/03 – Bournemouth, Pavilion
27/03 – Worthing, Worthing Theatre
28/03 – Reading, The Hexagon
29/03 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
30/03 – Guildford, G-Live
01/04 – York, Barbican
02/04 – Halifax, Victoria Theatre
03/04 – Middlesbrough, Town Hall
04/04 – Buxton, Opera House
05/04 – Ipswich, Regent Theatre
07/04 – St Albans, Alban Arena
08/04 – London, Royal Albert Hall

Tickets go on sale at 10 am on 31st May and will be available from www.bootlegbeatles.com

Blue Plaque Erected to Commemorate the Beatles ‘Rooftop Concert’ at 3 Savile Row

Today, a commemorative Blue Plaque was erected at 3 Savile Row to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Rooftop concert.

Richard Porter, one of the committee to erect the plaque said ‘I have been guiding Beatles tours in London for over 25 years, and visit Savile Row at least 3 days a week. On nearly every tour I am asked why there is no commemoration to the Beatles on the building. I was therefore delighted when I was approached by David Rosen of Pilcher Hershman, a fellow Beatles fan who works in Savile Row, with the idea of forming a committee to put up a Blue Plaque. We got together with fellow Beatles fans,  Mark Baxter of Mono Media Films, and David Stark of Songlink, to make it happen. As 3 Savile Row is a listed building, it took a long time for the plaque to be approved, but finally we were delighted to get the green light from Westminster Council.’

The plaque was erected quietly at 8am on April 5th. Amongst those present was actor Bill Nighy and author Dylan Jones. A big celebration will be held in Savile Row later this month.

Richard Porter said “I am very honoured to be part of the team that has finally commemorated such a famous event in musical and cultural history”

For a video of today’s events, go to https://vimeo.com/328598915?fbclid=IwAR3D1RKWac-KOaGUCkPHo0oa9okoeBrYMnJ0G9sLJA2JgjXXO3H84FLOIPI

Richard Porter’s London Beatles Walks go to Savile Row 3 days a week. For more on Richard’s tours, go to https://beatlesinlondon.com/

The Blue Plaque to the Beatles being erected at 3 Savile Row
The Blue Plaque to the Beatles’ Rooftop concert
3 Savile Row, showing the Blue Plaque in place.

Beatles London Concert Venue to be Revived

£17m restoration of Granada Cinema planned after council buys iconic venue, writes James Cracknell

As Waltham Forest celebrates its year as the first-ever London Borough of Culture, some people have pointed to the irony of this accolade going to the only borough in the capital without a permanent theatre venue. Yet, it does – it’s just not open.

On Hoe Street in Walthamstow stands a building with an impressive history of having been not just a theatre and cinema but a music venue that once hosted The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Granada Cinema, also known as the EMD after its most recent use before closure in 2003, is now 90 years old and is Grade 2* listed by Historic England for its “fine Art Deco and Moorish style interiors”.

But the Granada is also in a state of decay and disrepair after being left to rot during its decade of ownership by a church group that was never able to obtain planning permission to convert it into a place of worship – after being blocked from doing so by both Waltham Forest Council and the government.

Signs of hope for Granada’s restoration appeared in 2014 when Antic London acquired the site, and later reopened the foyer as a gastro pub called Mirth, Marvel and Maud. Live music, comedy and pantomime has even been hosted there in recent years, but the main auditorium itself remains closed off and in need of a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

It was the prohibitive cost of the venue’s repair that prevented Antic from doing anything with the main auditorium for the past five years, despite attempts to find a partner organisation that would want to run it as a theatre. Enter stage right, Waltham Forest Council. Last month it was confirmed the local authority had bought the Granada for £2.8million from Antic – and will also fund its £17m restoration.

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A Very Beatley May Day Holiday Weekend in London

May Day! May Day! A very Beatley holiday weekend for the Mayday Holiday weekend:

Friday 3rd May Beatles ‘Come Together’ Show at the Exchange Theatre, Twickenham
https://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/…/cavern-beatles-present-…/

Saturday 5th May – The Analogues play the ‘White Album’ at the London Palladium

Sunday 6th May – Beatles 1 Day, Turks Head, Twickenham.
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Of course I’ll be doing my London Beatles Walks all weekend too! Full details at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

It’s turning into London Beatleweek!

Beatles at war: The truth of the explosive rivalries that tore the band apart

  • Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson is re-editing old footage for new film
  • Let It Be was supposed to show the geniuses at work but laid bare their rivalries 
  • Ray Connolly, the journalist by The Beatles’ side at the time, tells the real story 

When Paul McCartney announced in April 1970 that he had no plans for working with The Beatles, the world fell in on him. ‘PAUL QUITS BEATLES,’ ran newspaper headlines around the world.

And, overnight, the most popular of the four was demonised as the killer of the most-loved entertainment attraction ever.

Although within a few days he would be maintaining to me that he had been misinterpreted, it was too late. The secret of The Beatles’ rows and in-fighting was out. There would be no going back.

Paul’s mistake had been to let the cat out of the bag about the rancorous atmosphere that, by 1970, was suffocating the group as they awaited the release of their movie Let It Be — dozens of hours of which are now being re-edited by Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson for a new film of the group at work in the studio.

As Paul remembered it this week, the filming of Let It Be wasn’t as argumentative as the rumours have since told — but maybe only because a lot of tongues were being bitten when the cameras were rolling.

Because, for sure, by the time the film was scheduled for release, Lennon and McCartney, the most successful song-writing duo in history, weren’t even talking to each other — let alone writing or playing together.

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50 Years Ago Today – The Beatles ‘Get Back’ to ‘Let it Be’

The idea of what became known as ‘Let it Be’ started during the making of the Hey Jude and Revolution videos at Twickenham Studios. The Beatles really liked playing in front of an audience – for the first time in over 2 years. They didn’t want to tour again, but instead would do a live performance which would be shown around the world. The Head of Apple Film, Denis O’Dell was approached by Paul McCartney about making a film of the Beatles playing a concert in front of an invited audience, which would be also released as a live album.

In their December 1968 edition ‘The Beatles Book’ official monthly magazine announced the TV show, and a competition from 100 lucky fans to attend. Initial plans were made to hold the concert at the Roundhouse, and old railway shed, which had been converted into one of the hippest music venues in London. A date was set for December 15th. However, Beatles Monthly also reported that the original idea of holding the concert at the Roundhouse had been dropped and that instead there would be three different live shows at venues to be announced. The concerts would be held in early 1969. Eventually, the lucky winners were sent copies of the Abbey Road album, and not concert tickets, as the show never happened.

It was around this time that Yoko Ono suffered a miscarriage of her and John’s first child. Of course, both were distraught, and John and Yoko started taking heroin, a habit they wouldn’t break for some months.

Later, January 18th was put forward as a possible date for the shows, but later dropped. Amongst the suggestions of where to hold the concerts was a disused flour mill by the river Thames.

However, things went quiet, as no one could agree on where to do the show. Denis O’Dell started work on the new film ‘The Magic Christian’ which was to star Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.

Then, out of the blue, Paul called Denis and told him the project was back on. Denis O’Dell managed to put back the filming of The Magic Christian a few weeks so the Beatles could use Twickenham Film Studios, for their rehearsals.

The Beatles gathered at Twickenham Film Studios on January 2nd 1969. The film was director was Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who had previously directed The Beatles videos of Paperback Writer and Rain, and just a few weeks earlier, Hey Jude and Revolution. He had just finished directing the Rolling Stones show ‘Rock and Roll Circus. The producer of the film was Denis O’Dell, but much later in the project Neil Aspinall asked if he could be credited as the producer instead, and Denis agreed.

Even though they were back in familiar surroundings, the rehearsals didn’t go well from the start. John Lennon especially didn’t like rehearsing in the middle of a huge film soundstage, rather than in a more intimate recording studio. John later said :

“In a nutshell, Paul wanted to make – it was time for another Beatle movie or something, and Paul wanted us to go on the road or do something. As usual, George and I were going, ‘Oh, we don’t want to do it, fuck,’ and all that. He set it up and there was all discussions about where to go and all that. I would just tag along and I had Yoko by then. I didn’t even give a shit about anything. I was stoned all the time, too, on H etc. And I just didn’t give a shit. And nobody did, you know…

Paul had this idea that we were going to rehearse or… see it all was more like Simon and Garfunkel, like looking for perfection all the time. And so he has these ideas that we’ll rehearse and then make the album. And of course we’re lazy fuckers and we’ve been playing for twenty years, for fuck’s sake, we’re grown men, we’re not going to sit around rehearsing. I’m not, anyway. And we couldn’t get into it. And we put down a few tracks and nobody was in it at all. It was a dreadful, dreadful feeling in Twickenham Studio, and being filmed all the time. I just wanted them to go away, and we’d be there, eight in the morning. You couldn’t make music at eight in the morning or ten or whatever it was, in a strange place with people filming you and coloured lights.”

John Lennon, 1970
Lennon Remembers, Jann S Wenner

It also didn’t help that John and Yoko were still heavily taking heroin, and John was barely communicating with the other Beatles.

Despite the less than ideal surroundings, the Beatles rehearsed many songs on that first day, but concentrated on Don’t Let Me Down and I’ve Got A Feeling, both of which would feature on the famous ‘rooftop concert’ and the end of the month.

Discussions among the Beatles that day centred on where to do the big live show. Michael Lindsay Hogg and Glyn Johns wanted it to be in a Roman Amphitheatre in Tunisia. However, Ringo refused to go overseas to do it.

Paul, being the instigator of the whole project, came over as being very bossy, especially to George. George had spent the few weeks since the end of the recording of the White Album hanging out with Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Now he was back with the Beatles, and being treated as the younger brother, rather than the musical equal when he was with Eric and Bob. He especially disliked Paul telling him how to play his guitar. George would eventually walk out of the sessions on January 10th, saying to the others ‘See you ‘round the clubs’!

A week or so later, George was persuaded back, and session resumed in the Apple Studio at 3 Savile Row, to climax with the Beatles playing their ‘rooftop concert’.

More on this story soon!

Blogger Richard Porter is a professional Beatles Tour Guide in London, and author of the book, Guide to the Beatles London. For more on his tours, and book, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

2019 International Beatleweek Announced!

Welcome to International Beatleweek 2019 and the biggest Beatles celebration ever. If you have never been before you are in for a treat, and if you have, we can’t wait to welcome you home!

For 7 days and 7 nights, the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo will ring out from every nook and cranny of the city. 70 of the finest Beatle tribute bands from over 20 countries and fans from all over the world will be here, in Liverpool, with one mission – The Beatles!

Now in its 33rd year, International Beatleweek is a must for all fans! This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Abbey Road Album, The Rooftop concert, Leave Peace in Toronto and we also celebrate 60 years since the Casbah first opened its doors.

If this is your first time you will be blown away. You will make life long memories and friends forever. If you are lucky, you might even get some sleep!
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WHAT WAS THE MOST STREAMED BEATLES SONG OF 2018?

MORE YOUNG PEOPLE STREAM THE FAB FOUR’S MUSIC IN 2018 THAN THOSE WHO WERE AROUND IN THE 1960S.

Here Comes The Sun has been named the most popular Beatles song of 2018, according to data about the UK’s music streaming audience.

The George Harrison-penned track has come out on top as the nation’s favourite song from the Fab Four, racking up more streams between January and November than any other, streaming service Deezer said.

Twist and Shout is in second place, Let It Be is third, Come Together is fourth and Hey Jude rounds off the top five.

Other songs in the top 20 include Day Tripper, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Penny Lane and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Deezer has also shared other streaming statistics to mark the 50th anniversary of the group’s The White Album, which was released November 22, 1968 – including the surprisingly young age of many listeners.

It has been found that more people under the age of 25 currently stream Beatles tracks than those who would have been around in their heyday.

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Red Rose Speedway and Wild Life to be Added McCartney Archive Collection

Paul announces reissues of 'Wild Life' and 'Red Rose Speedway' + 'Wings 1971-73'

TWO NEW MILESTONES ADDED TO THE GRAMMY-WINNING ARCHIVE COLLECTION

PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: WILD LIFE
PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: RED ROSE SPEEDWAY

LIMITED NUMBERED DELUXE EDITIONS TO INCLUDE REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUMS, BONUS TRACKS, PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS, RARE AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN VIDEO, EXCLUSIVE BOOKS FEATURING NEW INTERVIEWS WITH PAUL, PHOTOS, ARTWORK, AND MUCH MORE

TO BE RELEASED 7TH DECEMBER, 2018 VIA MPL/CAPITOL/UMe

Paul proudly announces the 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi-format installments of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection, to be released December 7, 2018 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.

First up is the four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) limited deluxe edition of Wild Life, the debut album from Wings, originally released December 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney (with the exception of a cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘Love Is Strange’), Wild Life is beloved by fans for its raw and direct vibe – having been recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take. Wild Life’s limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. The set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The Wild Life deluxe package includes a 128-page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album – including track-by-track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. Wild Life’s download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

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