20 music stars lead MASSIVE Liverpool Pier Head celebration of Beatles’ White Album’s 50th anniversary

Two spectacular evening concerts featuring 20 music stars will take place at the Pier Head to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ White Album.

To house the celebrations, a purpose-built arena with a capacity of 10,000 people per night, will be constructed on Liverpool’s waterfront.

The artists will perform the entire album in two charity concerts, which aim to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for two of the music industry’s favourite charities, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The full line-up is yet to be confirmed. However, the ECHO can reveal the following names are signed up to perform some of the 30 tracks: Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the Mechanics, Marc Almond, Martha Reeves and Badly Drawn Boy.

Teenage Cancer Trust patron and The Who’s legendary frontman, Roger Daltrey said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a special concert as this and it will give us a chance to show the people of Liverpool what Teenage Cancer Trust is all about.

“The White Album is such an amazing record and it’s a brilliant way to celebrate it at 50 years old.”

Liverpool artists taking part include Space, China Crisis, Thomas Lang and four-time European Jazz singer of the year Connie Lush.

The Scaffold’s Roger McGough will be following on from his unique presentation at the arena tour shows commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper in 2017 with a new set of memories and readings commemorating the White Album onstage.

Liverpool-born DJ and radio presenter Janice Long will be presenting on both days.

For more info at tickets go to https://www.thewhitealbumat50.com/

Liverpool is getting a new five-floor Beatles Museum on Mathew Street

A new Beatles museum packed with memorabilia is opening in a former Victorian warehouse in Liverpool this summer.

Created by Roag Best, brother of ‘fifth Beatle’ Pete, it will tell the story of band’s history through 300 items from his personal collection.

Magical History Museum will take up five floors of the building – at number 23 Mathew Street, next to the Grapes pub – which has been completely gutted and refurbished.

Roag said: “It’s going to blow people’s minds.

We will be taking people on a journey though the Beatles’ career but unlike any other museum before it, every part of the journey will be accompanied with memorabilia.

“Many things they will never have seen before, others they will have seen back in the day but not for many years.”

Objects include George Harrison’s Futurama guitar, John Lennon’s Sergeant Pepper medals, the cello from I Am The Walrus and Pete Best’s Premier drum kit.

Roag has around 1,200 items of Beatles memorabilia in his personal collection, which he keeps in storage units.

As well as buying them himself, he was given many objects by his, and Pete’s mother – and by his father, Beatles roadie and later head of Apple Corps Neil Aspinall.

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Buy A London Flat Across From Abbey Road Studios

Location: London, United Kingdom
Price: £1.9 million (US$2.5 million)

This somewhat ordinary looking three-bedroom apartment has a lot of great external factors in its favor. It sits within a beautiful old converted church and it’s just across the street from the iconic Abbey Road Studios. Plus it’s in a stylish, centrally located London neighborhood.

“It’s very rare to have a church conversion kept to its original features with a still active church within it,” said listing agent Thomas Middleditch.

“Its other key feature is its location on Abbey Road,” he said. “The studio is just 20, 30 steps from the property itself.”

“They kept the façade of the church, yet this property has a completely modern finish,” he added.

It is in the tony St. John’s Wood neighborhood, where Sir Paul McCartney still has a home. The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover famously features the band crossing the road.

“It’s a very quintessentially British area,” Mr. Middeditch said.

Abbey Road Baptist Church was built in 1863, and the conversion to apartments dates to 2012-13, he said. As part of the conversion, the church was also extensively restored, rebuilt and refurbished to bring it back to its former glory.

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Thousands descend on beach for Danny Boyle Beatles Film

Gorleston is the centre of the film world this afternoon as Danny Boyle started to enlist the help of 5,000 people on its beach for his latest film.

The Oscar-winning director is shooting a concert scene for the Beatles-based film, which involves 5,000 people playing extras on the beach by the Pier Hotel.

Ahead of the filming of the concert scene Mr Boyle appeared before the large crowd from the roof of the Pier Hotel.

He told the extras: “Remember where you are, you will definitely be in the film!”

Rehearsals have started with people told to cheer when the stars appear, but also to preserve their voices for the actual shooting.

The film imagines a world in which The Beatles did not exist.

Today’s scene is designed to pay homage to the Liverpudlian band’s famous gig on the rooftop of Apple Corporation in Savile Row, London.

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Beatles fans give Liverpool pensioner a wave on Penny Lane – unaware he was once part of the band

It’s not Ringo, the fourth member of the legendary band. It’s Colin Hanton who quit the group after a bust-up at a gig

Loads of Beatles fans trundle along Penny Lane and get a wave from the man who played drums with John, Paul and George.

They wave back – blissfully unaware the Liverpool pensioner they have just encountered could have been a really big Starr.

This isn’t Ringo, the fourth member of the legendary band. It’s Colin… Colin Hanton – the man who turned his back on the group after a bust-up at a gig.

He is 79, lives just a few long and winding roads from Penny Lane and says of greeting the daytrippers: “To them I’m just a grey-haired old bloke on his way to get the morning paper – but they’ll give me a wave back.”

Colin left the Beatles – then called the Quarrymen – after a fallout with George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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Good Day Sunshine on London Beatles Walks

It will be a ‘Good Day Sunshine’ on my London Beatles walks this weekend, as London will be basking in high summer temperatures.

We have the Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk on Saturday at 11am from Marylebone Station and the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery tour’ on Sunday at 11am from Tottenham Court Road Station. Full details at http;//www.beatlesinlondon.com

Paul McCartney on Carpool Karaoke – Exclusive First Look!!

I’ve just got back from the recording of James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ – at which they played the recording of Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karoake’.

James Corden is seen in his car on the telephone – saying to someone ‘Help, I need somebody, not just anybody, won’t you please please help me. Paul McCartney then gets in beside him, and after introductions etc they sing ‘Drive My Car’. A highlight is when they sing ‘Let it Be’ and Paul tells the story of how his dead Mum came to him in a dream when Paul was feeling down, and telling him to ‘Let it Be’. James Corden says it was his grandfather’s favourite song, and would be very moved if he saw him and Paul in the car, singing it. Paul says, ‘He is here’. It is a very moving moment.

Paul is seen signing the ‘Penny Lane’ street sign, by the ‘shelter in the middle of the roundabout’, and going into Tony Slavin’s barber shop, and the Penny Lane flower shop. Another great moment is Paul going into Forthlin Road, his old house. He tells of the songwriting sessions he had with John there, and how he played She Love You to his dad, who said to him ‘ Why can’t you sing ‘She Loves You, yes, yes, yes. Paul is seen singing in ‘the bog’ (English slang for toilet) because that has the best acoustics in the house. He also plays and sings ‘When I’m 64’ on the front room piano.

The climax is James Corden suggesting that Paul plays in a pub, where he used to go before the Beatles are famous. James Corden is seen going into the Philharmonic, and suggesting a girl puts on a Beatles song on the jukebox. At that moment, a curtain draws back, and Paul and the band launch into ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. Slightly disappointingly, only parts of each song are shown from the Philharmonic, and strangely none of  his new single ‘Come on to Me’ – which was performed there. However, Paul and James Corden did sing part of it in the car section.

Not surprisingly, the climax of the piece is Paul, James Corden, and the band singing Hey Jude in the ‘Phil’.

I was hoping Paul might make an appearance at the recording, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

Musical guests were the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl told stories of jamming with Paul.

The Late Late Show goes out on US TV in the early hours of Friday morning, and on Sky One in the UK on Friday evening.