SIR RINGO STARR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SHOWS FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY ALL STARR BAND TOUR (1989-2019)

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band today revealed additional tour dates for this year. 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of Ringo and his All Starr Band, who played their first show on July 23, 1989 at the Park Central Ampitheatre in Dallas, Texas. The first leg of 2019 tour dates will begin with one US show at Harrah’s Resort Southern California on March 21st before the band head to Japan. The Japanese tour will launch in Fukuoka on March 27th and wrap up April 11th in Osaka.

Then on August 1, 2019 the band resume at Harrahs in Windsor and they will conclude September 1st at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California, nearly 30 years to the day when the inaugural All Starrs completed their first tour on September 3, 1989.
The 2019 All Starr Band feature Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart.

“My dream has always been, and still is, to play great music with great musicians – and I’ve been blessed to have so many incredible ones in my All Starr Bands,” Ringo reflected. “We can’t wait to get out there and share the joy with you – every show is always such a wonderful Peace & Love fest between us and our audiences.”

The current itinerary for their 2019 30th Anniversary celebratory tour is listed below, with additional dates to be announced soon:

Ringo and His All Starr Band Tour — Japan 2019 Tour Dates:

March 27 Sun Palace Hall, Fukuoka, Japan
March 29 Uenogakuen, Hiroshima, Japan
April 1 Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi Sendai Japan
April 2 Shimin Center, Koriyama, Japan
April 3 Hitomi Kinen Kodo, Tokyo, Japan
April 5 Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
April 9 Zepp, Nagoya, Japan
April 10 Archaic Hall, Japan, Osaka
April 11 Orix Theatre, Osaka, Japan

North American 2019 Tour Dates:

August 1 The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario
August 3 & 4 Ravinia, Highland Park, IL
August 6 DPAC, Durham, NC
August 7 & 8 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
August 10 & 11 Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 13 Berglund Center Coliseum, Roanoke, VA
August 14 The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
August 20 State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
August 22 Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake, MN
August 23 Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino, Council Bluffs, IA
August 25 Santa Fe Opera House, Santa Fe, NM
August 26 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
August 28 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
August 30 Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA
August 31 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, CA
September 1 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Beatles hit ‘Hey Jude’ nearly axed over porn concerns

The Beatles song Hey Jude was almost never a hit because the Apple label on the vinyl was considered too explicit. A newly discovered letter reveals that the band’s 1968 song, their first release on Apple Records, was almost scrapped as record executives thought the logo looked like a vagina.

The letter, dated August 28, 1968 and written by Capitol Records president Stan Gortikov, reveals distributors thought stores wouldn’t want to stock the single.

In the event, Hey Jude went on to sell 8m copies worldwide. And the logo remained.

The letter, addressed to Apple boss Ron Kass, reads: “Here’s a wild and unanticipated problem to brighten up your day. I just received a call from a very large and influential rack jobber in the western United States.

“He opened the conversation by saying, ‘Are you guys serious? Do you know what you’re doing? Do you really intend to sell products bearing the new Apple label?’

“He then stated that he felt the new Apple label was completely pornographic and actually depicted a vagina.”

“He stated that the graphic similarity was immediately noticed by all of his key employees.

“[He] doubted that many of his chain store customers would even be willing to stock and display products containing the label.”

The new document was released ahead of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final public performance on the roof of Apple’s headquarters in London, which took place in January 1969.

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The Beatles in Twickenham – a new Exhibition

 

Photo courtesy of The Ronald Grant Archive

A new project is calling out for people’s personal memories of the Beatles’ association with Twickenham and the local area.

A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Day Tripper, Hey Jude, Let It Be…. Between 1964 and 1969 many of the Fab Four’s most well-known film and TV appearances were filmed in and around the celebrated Twickenham Studios. Fifty years later, the new community venue, The Exchange is appealing for people to contribute their personal memories of the time ahead of a new exhibition and education project.

The Beatles in Twickenham, is a project developed by The Exchange, St Mary’s University, supported by Richmond Borough Council’s Civic Pride Fund and Twickenham Studios. The project will focus on and celebrate a unique period in the 1960’s when ‘Swinging’ London was at the heart of the pop, film, art and fashion worlds, and the Twickenham area developed a long association with the most famous pop group in the world.

The project is timed to mark the 50th anniversaries of both the historic Hey Jude TV broadcast and the subsequent Let It Be sessions in January 1969, both filmed at Twickenham Studios. Before this The Beatles had already formed a strong connection with the area, making a number of their ground-breaking feature and promotional films in part at least, at the St Margaret’s-based studios. Famous filming locations included a key sequence in Help! filmed on Ailsa Avenue, and Ringo’s famous pub scene in A Hard Day’s Night (filmed in the Turks Head on Winchester Rd).

Nonetheless, the team behind the project, were surprised to find that until now, the connections between the area and the Beatles, have remained relatively undocumented.

Stuart Hobday, Creative Director of The Exchange, said “Surprisingly, when we began researching this project, we found that there is relatively little on record in the form of accessible materials that document the Beatles’ time filming in the area. Much of the heritage on which this project focuses therefore exists only in people’s memories – memories which will eventually be lost if they are not captured and preserved now.”

In particular, the team behind the project are appealing to the public for any relevant photographs, memorabilia or personal stories from the period. Perhaps you have fond memories of seeing the films for the first time, or maybe you were even lucky enough to be among the audience in the famous Hey Jude film TV broadcast! Memories and photos collected will be recorded and digitized and included in a public exhibition at The Exchange in early 2019. A date for the exhibition opening will be announced in due course.

To contribute or loan your memories or memorabilia, please contact Stuart Hobday at The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham TW1 1BE or email exchangetwickenham@stmarys.ac.uk

 

Twickenham Studios

One of the oldest surviving studios in the country, based in St Margarets, Twickenham Studios is perhaps best known for its association with The Beatles and a string of box-office hits including Alfie (1966), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) and Shirley Valentine (1989). With over 100 years of history, Twickenham Studios continues to be successful in attracting filmmakers to the newly refurbished studios in St Margarets.

The Studio celebrated their centenary in 2013. Following their reequipping and modernization, the studios are, once again, a successful professional film and television studio.

Visit them at: www.twickenhamstudios.com

www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.php?aid=223&cid=4&ctid=2

BED PEACE: The Battle of Yohn and Joko

Opening March 29th at The Cockpit. London

A new play with music

2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous bed-in for peace; when the Lennons took over a hotel room, campaigned for peace and sparked a movement.

With John Lennon-esque wit, fire and honesty, Yoko Ono-esque spirituality, philosophy and mystery; ensemble storytelling, physical theatre and live music in the intimacy of the round, this new play brings to life the energy of 1969 and the Lennon’s plight to bring peace to the world.

Join us as we go back to bed, and give peace a chance. 

Written by Rocky Rodriguez Jr.

Musical compositions by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney

The use of songs is by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music.

The Cockpit

Friday 29th March – Sunday 28th April 2019

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A Beatles confidant explores the myth of the Fab Four

 
On January 30 1969, The Beatles — the band that had reshaped popular music and culture in a creative arc of only eight years (and with whom I had worked for that entire dizzying period) — played an impromptu show in London, immortalised as “the rooftop concert”. The six-song set was staged atop 3 Savile Row, the building we had bought as the headquarters for their adventurous multimedia company, Apple Corps. Although none of us realised it at the time, it was to be their final live performance as a band. And as far as rock shows go, it was a great one. On that freezing rooftop in London, I saw and heard everything that was great about The Beatles. The humour, the look (John and Ringo wore their wives’ coats for the performance) and, of course, the music. But I also saw the frayed ends and the bitterness that was already spilling out in my office at Apple, where I had been appointed as executive director the year before, having spent most of the 1960s at Brian Epstein’s management company.

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The New Stella McCartney Collection Celebrates The Beatles

Stella McCartney has officially launched the new Stella Menswear Autumn Winter 2019 collection. Stella’s personal childhood, her family prints and most importantly his father’s iconic band The Beatles heavily influenced this collection and it shows, beautifully.

This collection has a lot of Beatle references, starting from the cinematic theme titled ‘All Together Now’; portraits of her father’s buddies John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison are all posterized and seen on the pieces, along with ‘All You Need is Love’ patches on shirting. The song “When I’m Sixty Four” made an appearance by number graphics on the classic grey overcoat, and not to mention a landscape from the iconic “Pepperland” scene from Yellow Submarine is also digitally-printed on organic cotton poplin shirt.

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Beatles Royal Command Performance 1963 Poster – Fake News?

One of  the most re-produced photos of the Beatles shows them by a blue wall and doorway. It was made into a poster, licensed by Brian Epstein’s company, NEMS Enterprises, that sold hundreds of thousands copies over the world. The poster had the caption ‘Beatles London Palladium Royal Command Performance 1963 ‘.

Unfortunately, there are several things wrong with this poster. For a start, the 1963 Royal Command Performance was NOT at the London Palladium, it was at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The Beatles played at the Palladium a few weeks before the Royal Command Performance, which might have caused the confusion.

So, was the photo taken at the London Palladium? Err No. In fact it almost certainly wasn’t taken in the UK, and not  in 1963, but early 1964. Here is an out-take from the same photo session:

You can’t fail to notice the huge ‘Ford Service’ sign above the Beatles. There is nothing like this near the London Palladium! You will also notice that the poster photo has been reversed from this one.

So where was the photo taken? I wish I could be sure! Some say in was taken is Paris in January 1964, and some in Washington DC in February 1964. I thought it was Paris, but renowned French journalist and Beatles expert Jacques Volcouve says there was nothing like the ‘Ford Service’ place in Paris, and thinks it was taken in Washington.

Let’s look at more photos, that might give us a clue. Here is another out-take by the blue wall, that shows Paul wearing a shiny (maybe leather?) jacket, which he took off for the most famous photo.

Here are the Beatles coming out of the George V Hotel in Paris, with Paul wearing a leather jacket. Is it the same one? The other Beatles seem to be wearing the same clothes as the ‘Palladium’ poster.

Here is a photo of the Beatles in Washington. All are wearing very similar clothes as the ‘Palladium’ shots, except Paul, who is not wearing a leather jacket, but an overcoat, like the others.

Well the jury is out. What do you think? Paris or Washington? Who was the photographer? Any details would be gratefully received!

One thing is for sure though, it wasn’t taken at the Palladium!

 

Blogger Richard Porter is a London Beatles tour guide. For more info on his tours go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

 

 

COME TOGETHER FOR LET IT BE, BACK WITH NEW UK DATES FOLLOWING SELL OUT EUROPEAN TOUR

Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles is returning to the stage in 2019 with a series of new tour dates announced in a year that marks key anniversaries in Fab Four history.

The acclaimed theatrical concert, which features an all-new Let It Be Part II reunion concert, proved such a hit with audiences and critics alike when it was premiered last year and a sell out European Tour, that it is now returning for a new UK Tour through Spring 2019.

After opening in Portsmouth on 22 April, Let It Be will then visit Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bath, Bradford and Norwich.

 Let It Be is a celebration of the iconic music of The Beatles and has already been seen by more than two million people worldwide, including a run in the West End and two UK tours.

Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for an unforgettable night of live music. The cast will be announced shortly.

Act One takes audiences through the early days of the band as they embarked on their musical journey and onwards to the heights of global Beatlemania. The historic Royal Variety Performance, Shea Stadium and those iconic Sergeant Pepper costumes all feature. The first half of the evening features many of their most famous songs including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Penny Lane, A Day In The Life, Come Together, Get Back, and The End.

In a twist from the original Let It Be show, Act Two is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have Come Together once again to perform – and is not to be missed.

Audiences are taken on a memorable and unique step back in time to the reunion concert taking place on 9 October 1980 – it’s John Lennon’s 40th Birthday. This is the ultimate concert that never was. The band reunite for one night only, just Imagine.

 The band’s solo material featured includes Starting Over, Band On The Run, Black Bird, Got My Mind Set On You, My Sweet Lord, Live and Let Die, and Imagine.

The new tour coincides with a number of iconic anniversaries in the history of the most successful band of all time, The Beatles – who started out as just four young lads from Liverpool.

 This year marks 50 years since The Beatles took those infamous steps across the pedestrian crossing outside EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, which went on to become one of the most famous album covers of all time.

 Sadly, it also marks the 50th anniversaries of the group playing together for the final time with a rooftop performance on top of the Apple Corps building in London’s Savile Row. They also finished recording Abbey Road – and this year also marks half a century since the album was released.

Let It Be producer Jeff Parry said: “The original Let It Be was a hit with Beatles fans all over the world, but UK audiences’ reaction to the new show and the new Act Two reunion concert that never was, has been nothing short of phenomenal.

“It may be almost half a century since The Beatles split, but their popularity and their influence just seems to keep growing, with their incredible and creative catalogue of music attracting a whole new generation of fans. And with so many important anniversaries during 2019, we’re delighted to take this special show to thousands more Beatles fans here in the UK.”

 WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT LET IT BE

 A masterstroke’

British Theatre Guide

 ‘A rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have Come Together once again’

Theatre News UK

 “A joy to hear these beloved songs live”

The Mail on Sunday

‘The cast left me in complete awe during the second half of Let It Be’

Lowdown Magazine

 Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com

Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour

Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour

 

LET IT BE UK 2019 TOUR

 

PORTSMOUTH

Kings Theatre

Monday 22 April – Saturday 27 April 2019

023 9282 8282

https://kingsportsmouth.co.uk/

ON SALE NOW

 

INVERNESS

Eden Court

Monday 29 April – Saturday 4 May 2019

01463 234234

www.eden-court.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

GLASGOW

SEC Centre

Friday 10 May – Saturday 11 May 2019

0844 395 4000

www.sec.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

ABERDEEN

His Majesty’s Theatre

Monday 13 May – Saturday 18 May 2019

01224 641122

www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

ON SALE SOON

 

BLACKPOOL

Winter Gardens

Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 25 May 2019

0844 856 1111

www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

 

BATH

Theatre Royal

Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June 2019

01225 448844

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

ON SALE SOON

 

BRADFORD

Alhambra Theatre

Tuesday 4 June – Saturday 8 June 2019

01274 432000

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

 

NORWICH
Theatre Royal

Monday 17 June – Saturday 22 June 2019

01603 630000

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

 

ENDS

It doesn’t look like Paul McCartney is headlining Glastonbury 2019 after all

Another Day…

The chances of Paul McCartney headlining Glastonbury 2019 now look extremely unlikely after he announced US tour dates for the same weekend.

The Beatles legend was previously among the favourites rumoured to be headlining at Worthy Farm this summer, but now two newly announced shows in America have ruled him out. Sir Paul will be performing at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on June 26, before heading to Las Vegas’ T Mobile Arena on June 29.

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