Unseen photos of The Beatles making ‘Help!’ are up for auction

The shots were taken on location in Austria in 1965

Previously-unseen photos of The Beatles on the set of Help! are up for auction, with the shots estimated to sell for up to £15,000.

The images were taken in 1965 on the set of the legendary band’s comedy-adventure musical, which was released that year. Help!‘s plot saw the band being chased around the world after Ringo Starr acquired a sacrificial ring.

Taken by German photographer Bernd Kappelmeyer on location in Obertraun, Austria, the 124 negatives show The Beatles filming scenes in snowy mountains. John Lennon is seen sporting a black winter coat, hat, and shades in the images.

The collection will go up for auction in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside on October 16. You can find more details about the auction here.

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Geoff Emerick obituary

Even if Geoff Emerick, who has died following a heart attack aged 72, had never recorded a note with the Beatles, his list of credits as a recording engineer and producer would be impressive, ranging from Art Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Supertramp and Ultravox to Big Country, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck. He even engineered the demo tape by Kate Bush (produced by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd) that secured her an EMI recording contract.

But it was his work with the Beatles during their most frantically creative years that made his name. Having worked on numerous Beatles tracks at Abbey Road studios as assistant engineer, he was promoted to first engineer in 1966 at the prompting of their producer, George Martin, and his first job in his new post was to record Tomorrow Never Knows, for what would become the Revolver album.

A celebration of 50 years of Abbey Road and Let It Be Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles Neil Innes presenter

Following on from their hugely successful tour in 2017/18, the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the nation’s premier Beatles group, The Bootleg Beatles, join forces once again to deliver a Beatles experience like no other.
Experience two of the Beatles’ most iconic albums performed afresh in this special musical collaboration, adding a classical twist and performing beautifully arranged symphonic versions of these timeless classics, including masterpieces such as ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Come Together’ and ‘The Long and Winding Road’.
The tour marks 50 years since the release of these final two albums – Abbey Road (released 26 September 1969) and Let It Be (released 8 May 1970), and will explore the journey to the end of The Beatles – celebrating the music of this era and the legacy that endures to this day.
Hosted by writer, comedian and musician Neil Innes, (Monty Python, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) this unique live staging will be an unmissable event for Beatles fans of all ages!


All concerts on sale Wednesday 17 October 2018

2019
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Thursday 26 September 
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Friday 27 September Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Sunday 28 September Symphony Hall, Birmingham Wednesday 16 October
Royal Albert Hall, London Thursday 17 October
Anvil, Basingstoke Friday 18 October

2020
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham Saturday 2 May
Sage Gateshead Wednesday 6 May
Usher Hall, Edinburgh Thursday 7 May
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow Friday 8 May

Tickets on sale 17 October!!!

Paul McCartney Remembers Longtime Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick: ‘He Was the ONE’

Geoff Emerick, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer who was the Beatles’ chief recording engineer during their career, died Tuesday of heart failure, according to his manager William Zabaleta. He was 72.

While he worked with many artists over the course of his long career — including Elvis Costello. Badfinger, Supertramp, Cheap Trick and America, among many others — his work with the Beatles and the solo Paul McCartney stands apart.

Paul McCartney remembered his longtime colleague and friend in a pair of posts on social media and on his website today. In the social media post, he wrote, “Though the Beatles had many great engineers over the years, Geoff was the ONE.”

The statement on his website follows in full below:

Geoff Emerick (1946 – 2018)

I first met Geoff when he was a young engineer working at Abbey Road Studios. He would grow to be the main engineer that we worked with on many of our Beatles tracks. He had a sense of humour that fitted well with our attitude to work in the studio and was always open to the many new ideas that we threw at him. He grew to understand what we liked to hear and developed all sorts of techniques to achieve this. He would use a special microphone for the bass drum and played it strategically to achieve the sound that we asked him for. We spent many exciting hours in the studio and he never failed to come up with the goods. After The Beatles, I continued to work with him and our friendship grew to the point where when he got married to his beautiful wife Nicole, it was in the church close to where we lived in the country.

He came with me to Lagos, Nigeria to record my album ‘Band on the Run’. I remember arriving at the half-built studio with a handful of 45s which I played for him to explain what direction I wanted to take on this particular album. I remember asking him to make sure that the tracks had a lot of space and he was happy to deliver that. We kept in touch through the years and our phone calls or messages always gained a giggle or two.

Having seen him as recently as this year when he came to visit us at Henson Studio in LA, where we were putting the finishing touches to ‘Egypt Station’, he was his usual cheerful friendly self and gave me the thumbs up to the mixes we played him.

I’ll always remember him with great fondness and I know his work will be long remembered by connoisseurs of sound.

Lots of love Geoff, it was a privilege to know you.

Love

Paul

Paul McCartney’s Austin City Limits Festival performance to be live-streamed this weekend

If you can’t make it down to Austin, Texas, this weekend for Paul McCartney‘s headlining set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, you can enjoy at least some of the show from the comfort of your own home thanks to the event’s online live stream.

A number of other performances also will be part of the online broadcast, including fellow headliners MetallicaArctic Monkeys and Travis Scott. The stream will be viewable at ACLFestival.comRedBull.tv/ACLFest and via the Red Bull TV app.

McCartney’s set is scheduled for Friday, October 5, although RedBull.tv has the stream of his performance listed on Sunday, October 7, at 7:25 p.m. ET. Sir Paul also will be headlining the ACL festival on Friday, October 12.

The fest takes place October 5-7 and October 12-14 in Austin’s Zilker Park.

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Geoff Emerick, Beatles Chief Recording Engineer, Dies at 72

Geoff Emerick, the Beatles chief recording engineer who worked on some of the band’s most seminal albums, has died according to his manager William Zabaleta. He was 72 and believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Said Zabaleta in a statement to Variety: “Today at around 2’o’clock, I was making my way back from Arizona to Los Angeles to pick up Geoff so we could transport some gold records and platinum plaques to our show in Tucson. While on the phone, he had complications and dropped the phone. I called 911, but by the time they got there, it was too late. Geoff suffered from heart problems for a long time and had a pacemaker. … When it’s your time it’s your time. We lost a legend and a best friend to me and a mentor.”

Emerick, born Dec. 5, 1945, began working as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road at just 15 years-old and, just a few months months in, was face-to-face with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the London studio. He apprenticed and later worked on such early Beatles’ recordings as “Love Me Do”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Later becoming the band’s chief engineer, he helmed “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The White Album” and “Abbey Road” as well as the dual-sided single “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields Forever.” 

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The Autumn London Beatles Day 2018

RECORD & CD FAIR & LONDON BEATLES DAY
Saturday 20th October 2018

The Autumn London Beatles Day & Record & CD fair in Ealing (West London W5 2XA) is only a couple of weeks away now. Make sure the date is on your diary !

It will be good to see you at the London Beatles Day (including all artists Record & CD fair) which will take place on SATURDAY 20th October 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, some great vinyl , 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…

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

 

Beatles Walking Tours of London!

From Trip Adviser

Magical mystery tour – Beatles walking tour with Richard Porter

It was a fantastic tour that was very insightful and enlightening. It featured very famous sites such as Abbey road and the Apple records building on Savile Row as well as more peculiar sites that would be invisible to the untrained eye. Richard is a fantastic tour guide who has a wealth of knowledge about the beatles as well as the culture of the sixties. Very interesting stories, aided by his booklet of photos relevant to each site. As an avid Beatles fan this was amazing but dont worry if you aren’t the biggest beatles fan, you will still enjoy this insight into the biggest band ever and the culture they both grew in and shaped.

For more details of my tours go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

October 2nd 2012 – Paul McCartney, Victor Spinetti, and a Magical Mystery Tour

October 2nd 2012 – a day I will never forget. A day I attended 2 very memorable events, with Paul McCartney at both!!

The afternoon was the memorial service to Victor Spinetti at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Victor had died a few weeks before. I had got to know Victor quite well through various Beatles conventions, and interviewed him for the British Beatles Fan Club at the City Barge pub, that features in Help! I later found out that my birth mother was born only a mile or so from Victor in South Wales, and used to buy fish and chips in the Spinetti family’s fish and chip shop!

Victor had a profound effect on me, especially when I first met him at the 1981 Beatles Convention in Liverpool. I was very sad to hear about his passing, and was determined to attend his memorial service. I rang the church a few days before and told of my family connection, and was invited along.

I was amazed when I got there to see so many famous faces.

It was a lovely occasion, moving at times, but in the main, a wonderful fun celebration of Victor’s life. The tone was set by Fr. Simon Grigg, who said that during his life, Victor was an atheist – but now he knows different!
The programme was a mixture of song and readings, plus very nice tributes to Victor from Barbara Windsor and Jim Davidson.
The musical highlight was Michael Ball singing ‘In My Life’. As he put it, with one of the composers sitting feet away from him.
Fenella Fielding read John Lennon’s poem, Fat Budgie, to celebrate Victor’s collaboration with John on the play ‘In His Own Write’.
Paul McCartney arrived at the church just before the service started. It seems that he initially didn’t think he was going to make it, and sent a written tribute to be read out. Instead he read it himself.
He remembered at one of the Beatles first meetings with Victor, he told them to look at a cloud in the sky and that he would make it go away – and it did! Paul said that, when thinking of Victor that morning, he tried to do the same thing. However the cloud he got didn’t go away, it just got bigger and bigger. Paul joked that it was actually Victor.

Barbara Windsor, who was one of Victor’s best friends, remembered when they were both in a touring stage show, and due to lack of rooms, had to share a bed in a hotel. Barbara, then the ‘sex bomb’ of the ‘Carry On’ films etc, said she never felt so safe in her life! Of course, Victor was gay.
The service lasted about an 75 minutes and we left the church to a recording of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.
Afterwards I was mingling outside, when Paul McCartney came up to me, shook my hand and said “Hi Richard, how are you going, haven’t seen you for a while.” It’s nice he remembers me :>)

Although everyone was sad about Victor’s passing, the service was very funny in places – and Fr. Grigg said at the end that he’d never heard so many ‘F’ words in a church before!
A lovely service for a lovely man.

A section of the service – including Paul  McCartney’s speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFfsPFkjTEQ&playnext=1&list=PL03C5D18AB9E99DCF&feature=results_video

You can see me in the audience at about 7 mins 4 seconds :>)

A report on the service http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2211815/Actor-Victor-Spinetti-star-Beatles-films-died-aged-82-cancer-battle.html

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Paul McCartney arriving at St Paul's Church
Paul McCartney arriving at St Paul’s Church

Attending the service would have been a highlight of most day’s – but mine didn’t end there. That evening, I attended a special gala screening of Magical Mystery Tour. I was the guest of Jeni Crowley, who was on the original Magical Mystery Tour coach, and appears in the film. Sitting with us were Sylvia Bodhi Hillier, and Leslie Cavendish, who were also on the coach, and Roy Benson, who edited the film.
Amongst the celebrities in the audience were Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Neil Innes, David Walliams, Peter Asher, Barry Miles, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, Mark Lewisohn, and Joe Boyd. Paul McCartney was there too, and gave a short speech before the screening. He seemed surprised to see me again so soon :>) I was sitting right in front of Liam Gallagher, and I could hear him singing along to I am the Walrus.
At first we saw the BBC ‘Arena’ programme about the making of Magical Mystery Tour, and after a short break, the film itself. Magical Mystery Tour looked and sounded great on a big screen, and it was wonderful seeing it with so many of the people that appeared in it.

…A Day in the Life!!!

Pic I took of Paul with Liam Gallagher at the screening of Magical Mystery Tour
Pic I took of Paul with Liam Gallagher at the screening of Magical Mystery Tour