Bangor Beatles Photos to be Auctioned

This fascinating selection of photos gives a rare glimpse into the Beatles trip to Bangor days before they learned of the death of their manager Brian Epstein.
The Fab Four arrived to a fanfare in the north Wales town on August 25, 1967, for a 10-day conference on transcendental meditation having met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a lecture in London the day before.
They had just released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and were at the height of their fame.

For more see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4861588/Pictures-Beatles-Bangor.html

‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ Documentary Coming Soon.

“Until this point, it was always John, Paul, George… and a drummer!”    

NEIL ASPINALL. Former Apple CEO.

Everyone knows the Beatles: John, Paul, George and Norman!

Or was it Andy or Alan, or Johnny, or Ronnie the Ted?  The answer is: they’re all true!

Amazingly, the Fab Three worked their way through an astonishing 18 drummers, from 1957 to 1970 but sadly, some are rarely mentioned in the Beatle story. The truth has been quietly forgotten. Shocked? You will be! Now, put everything you know about the Beatles to one side and read on…

FINDING THE FOURTH BEATLE 

A FEATURE FILM DOCUMENTARY BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

For more on the film, and to help crowdfund it,  see https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle-film-documentary-music-band#/

Tommy Steele seen On London Beatles Walk

Walkers on my London Beatles tour had a nice surprise today when we saw Tommy Steele go into the London Palladium. Showbiz legend Steele has appeared the the famous theatre more than anyone else, and was being filmed by ITV for a documentary on this iconic venue. They also filmed part of my talk – so I hope that’s included too!

At the end of the tour, we saw James McCartney in St John’s Wood.

For more details on my London Beatles walk, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

 

 

Ringo on his new Album ‘Give More Love’

Ringo Starr has given an extensive interview to the LA Times about his new album ‘Give More Love’. In it, he tells about working with Paul McCartney again, and reoworking some old songs, including ‘Back Off Boogaloo’

Read the full interview – also with a nice video clip, at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-ringo-starr-give-more-love-album-20170710-story.html

Django Bates: Saluting Sgt Pepper review

Django Bates doesn’t play other people’s music often, but when he does, resemblances to the originals can be opaque. The unruly fiftysomething jazz composer has battered New York, New York into a free-jazz thrash, for instance, and interpreted Billie Holiday’s classic Solitude on a pub piano with two spoons and a bunch of keys hanging under the lid. But remaking the quixotic 1967 Beatles classic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has turned him almost respectful, to judge by his Saluting Sgt Pepper album, and the first of 12 shows he and a crack German band are performing at Ronnie Scott’s this week.

For the full review see https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/05/django-bates-saluting-sgt-pepper-review-beatles-ronnie-scotts

At Ronnie Scott’s, London, until 9 September. Box office: 020-7439 0747.

Unreleased George Harrison Song to be Auctioned

An unreleased track by Beatles guitarist George Harrison is to be auctioned along with a series of unseen images of the band.

The Indian-influenced, 1968 song Hello Miss Mary Bee was written for Harrison’s good friend Mary Bee around the same time as his first solo album Wonderwall Music was released.

It comes on a reel-to-reel tape with several alternative recordings of Beatles hits and several letters written to Bee while Harrison was in India with his wife Pattie Boyd.

For more info see https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/36949347/unreleased-george-harrison-track-on-block/

Exhibition based on Sgt Pepper to Launch in London this Week

A series of images inspired by The Beatles seminal album ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘Reverberation’ is a new and unique body of work created by legendary Photographer-Director Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Ciaran O’Shea from studio Discordo.

Many of the subjects contained within ‘Reverberation’ being friends and associates of Chalkley and O’Shea. This dynamic and exciting exhibition has developed ‘with a little help from their friends’.

Chalkley and O’Shea have created a collection of work that does not stop at a safe or retrospective interpretation. Instead the show is a progressive, and at times abstract, reflection of the album, exploring the thirteen celebrated album tracks from a renewed and personal perspective, from ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ to ‘She’s Leaving Home’.

The work employs a range of different approaches; whether in colour or monochrome, pure photography, amalgamations of print, text, painting or collage, these adroit and unexpected routes to image-making reveal the dexterity of the show.

September 7th

at The Book Club

100 Leonard Street, London, Greater London, EC2A 4RH
Time: 6pm – 2am

Price: Free entry – for tickets go to https://thebookclub.eventcube.io/events/8412/reverberation-exhibition-launch

Ringo Starr Hints at White Album Reissue

After the success of the reissue of Sgt Pepper, Ringo has said he would like to see the same treatment given to the ‘White Album’. He said “I think Giles should redo that. I don’t know why not. And ‘Abbey Road.’

For the full interview, see http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-ringo-starr-beatles-sgt-pepper-remix-white-album-20170831-story.html

 

 

Reflections on Liverpool Beatleweek Part Four – British Music Experience and a Concert at the Pier Head

Day four for us opened with a visit to the British Music Experience. We went to this while it was at the O2 in London, and I was sad when it closed there, so it was great to visit it at it’s new home at the Cunard Building in Liverpool. We especially had great fun in the music room, with me playing drums, and Lilia guitar. If you go to Liverpool, it’s well worth a visit.

Blogger Richard Porter playing drums at the British Music Experience

We then went to the Pier Head, where Cavern City Tours has a great outdoor stage, right in front of the Liver Building. There we saw the great Nube 9, Rocks Off, a great Stones tribute band, and Back From the USSR, featuring the wonderful singer, Alyona Yarushina. Her version of Here There and Everywhere is the best I’ve ever heard (and that includes the Beatles!)

Blogger Richard Porter and daughter, Lilia, with Alyona

The weather at the Pier Head as very warm and sunny, very unusual for an August Bank Holiday in Liverpool!

It was then time to say goodbye to all our friends, and catch the train back to London. But we will see you all again next year!