Thursday, January 25, 2018

Paul speaks up for Great Barrier Reef preservation effort


From Paul McCartney's official website this week:

One of my friends has pointed out to me the great work done by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, particularly in regard to the Great Barrier Reef. Having just been to Australia and New Zealand I agree with him that we should save these areas of great natural beauty. Please go to them for more information and help AMCS in their great efforts." - Paul

The Australian Marine Conservation Society are an independent, science based charity who tackle the big issues concerning the sea - creating marine reserves, combatting overfishing and pollution, and working to stop climate change which is heating up our ocean planet. Their main focus right now is rescuing the Great Barrier Reef through their Fight for our Reef campaign which seeks to move Australia away from coal mines and towards clean renewable energy.

To find out more information and how you could help AMCS click HERE!

Vintage Fabulous Magazine cover: Ringo Starr


Friday, January 19, 2018

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Demolition of old structures is underway in Liverpool's Strawberry Field site in order to make room for a new visitors center.

The area, home to a Salvation Army children's home, is near John Lennon's childhood home on Menlove Avenue and he would often spend time on the forested grounds.

The Salvation Army’s vision, which was given planning permission in November 2017, also includes a training hub for young people with learning disabilities.

The visitor experience will be a place where the public can learn more about John Lennon, his connection to the site, as well as an opportunity to explore spirituality.

The buildings being demolished were built in the 1970s after fire damage led to the demolition of the original Victorian mansion.


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Beatles fan Paul Goresh who took a photo of John Lennon signing an autograph for his killer hours before he was shot to death in front of New York's Dakota building passed away this week

The official John Lennon Twitter feed noted his passing with this photo of Lennon with Goresh.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Concert for George" Harrison tribute coming in deluxe formats




The excellent 2002 tribute concert to George Harrison is being reissued in a number of formats including a four-LP vinyl sent and a 10-disc deluxe box. You can order via the links below.

From the news release:

CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON, WITH A SPECIAL REISSUE OF CONCERT FOR GEORGE
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON VINYL - AS A 180 GRAM 4-LP BOX SET, AND A LIMITED-EDITION DELUXE BOX SET

SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2018

February 25th marks what would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday. In loving remembrance, CONCERT FOR GEORGE, will be reissued for the first time on vinyl, available as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set via Concord Music.

The Deluxe Box Set (limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide), features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert (on 4 180 gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs and 2 Blu-rays), a 12"x12" hard-bound 60-page book, plus an opportunity to own a piece of this historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002. The package is housed in a gold-colored, fabric-wrapped box with a die-cut mandala window to display the unique stage fabric (which is mounted on an individually numbered card, suitable for framing). The Deluxe Box Sets are available only at ConcertForGeorge.com.

In addition to the new vinyl formats, the release will also be available as a 2-CD set, as well as 2-CD + 2-DVD and 2-CD + 2-Blu-ray combo packages. The 2-CD set features sound recordings from the concert, including performances from Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Monty Python, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and more.



The DVD and Blu-ray sets also include the complete filmed concert on the first disc, with a second disc containing the original theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage. Exclusive to the Blu-ray format, the second disc includes an interview segment featuring Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Ray Cooper entitled "Drummers".

Here is the track list for the deluxe set:

4-LP Set:

Side 1: Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer, Your Eyes – Anoushka Shankar, The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar

Side 2: Arpan – Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Side 3: The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks, Sit On My Face – Monty Python, I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne, If I Needed Someone – Eric Clapton, Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker, Give Me Love – Jeff Lynne

Side 4: Beware Of Darkness – Eric Clapton, Here Comes The Sun – Joe Brown, That’s The Way It Goes – Joe Brown, Horse To The Water – Sam Brown, Taxman – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Side 5: I Need You – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Handle With Care – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison, Isn’t It A Pity – Billy Preston, Photograph – Ringo Starr

Side 6: Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr, For You Blue – Paul McCartney, Something – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton, All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney, While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton

Side 7: My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston, Wah Wah – Eric Clapton & Band, I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Side 8: Etched vinyl with mandala

VIDEO DISC ONE (DVD & Blu-ray): The Complete Concert (2 Hr 26 Min)
Your Eyes, The Inner Light, Arpan, Sit On My Face, The Lumberjack Song, I Want to Tell You, If I Needed Someone, Old Brown Shoe, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), Beware Of Darkness, Here Comes The Sun, That’s The Way It Goes, Horse To The Water, Taxman, I Need You, Handle With Care, Isn’t It A Pity, Photograph, Honey Don’t, For You Blue, Something, All Things Must Pass, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, My Sweet Lord, Wah Wah, I’ll See You In My Dreams

VIDEO DISC TWO (DVD & Blu-ray): Theatrical Version With Additional Material (2 Hr 20 Min)
Additional material includes: Monty Python backstage, George’s band rehearsals, Ravi’s orchestra rehearsals, Interviews with musicians, Photo Gallery.

AUDIO DISC ONE: Sarve Shaam, Your Eyes, The Inner Light, Arpan

AUDIO DISC TWO: I Want to Tell You, If I Needed Someone, Old Brown Shoe, Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), Beware Of Darkness, Here Comes The Sun, That’s The Way It Goes, Taxman, I Need You, Handle With Care, Isn’t It A Pity, Photograph, Honey Don’t, For You Blue, Something, All Things Must Pass, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, My Sweet Lord, Wah Wah, I’ll See You In My Dreams.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Video: The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Returns To Big Screen For One-Day Cinema Event in UK


Hopefully we'll see screenings in other regions, too.

News release:

TO CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREEN IN THE UK ON SUNDAY 8 JULY FOR A VERY SPECIAL CINEMA EVENT.

BASED ON THE SONG BY JOHN LENNON & PAUL MCCARTNEY FEATURING JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR DIRECTED BY GEORGE DUNNING

‘One of the most perfect pieces of moving art ever made.’ The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein 

An unmissable cinema event, this momentous big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release.

The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before, join John, Paul, George and Ringo on the technicolour adventure of a lifetime.

Illustrated with mind-bending moving images, YELLOW SUBMARINE tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love. From Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Nowhere Man, and Eleanor Rigby to All You Need Is Love, YELLOW SUBMARINE features some of the most-loved songs from the greatest band the world has ever known.

 An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968. With tickets on sale from 17 April, get ready to set sail for the Sea of Green with the Fab Four once again.

Go to the brand new Facebook page for updates and news about this exciting event: facebook.com/yellowsubmarinethefilm

Friday, January 12, 2018

Video: Sir Ringo Starr announces his summer European tour

Beatles Bits: Weekly news update


An exhibit opening Feb. 16 at Liverpool's Beatles Story attraction will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's visit to India to study Transcendental Meditation.

A sitar used by the legendary Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation.
 The exhibit will also include photography from Paul Saltzman, a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada at the time, who photographed The Beatles during their stay. 

...Pattie Boyd, former wife to George Harrison, and her sister Jenny Boyd, who were amongst the star-studded list of attendees in India, will be providing their personal insight into the time. 

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Meanwhile, in the actual India, an anniversary yoga fest will take place on the grounds of the ashram where the Beatles studies TM with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in 1968.

The three-day The Beatles Festival from March 5 will be held at Chaurasi Kutiya, once the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and now turned into a tourist spot by the government. Rock bands and other musicians are expected to perform at the festival.

It has been decided that the entry fee at the International Yoga Festival, the annual event of the state government from March 1 to 7, will be reduced to Rs 300 from Rs 600 for foreigners and to Rs 100 from Rs 150 for Indians during the three days of The Beatles event.

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Paul McCartney is backing a proposed law to protect music venues from closure.

According to Sky, alongside Sir Paul other musicians to back the proposed legislature include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Craig David, Ray Davies, Billy Bragg, Chrissie Hynde, Sandie Shaw and Feargal Sharkey.

In a statement, Sir Paul said: “Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different.”

...“If we don’t support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.”


Vintage pic: Beatles with MBE medals



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Official "Yellow Submarine" turntable on the way

Pro-Ject is making an Apple Corps-licensed "Yellow Submarine" turntable in honor of the film's 50th anniversary this year. Here's an early look:


Pro-Ject has already create a number of Beatles-related turntables, including Sgt. Pepper, George Harrison and 1964 editions.

Vintage Beatles pic


Friday, January 5, 2018

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Paul McCartney made news this week joining "Star Wars" creator George Lucas for lunch while on holiday in St. Barts.


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Ringo Starr was knighted earlier this week, making him the second Beatle after Paul McCartney to become a "sir." It's possible the both John Lennon and George Harrison could be knighted posthumously, but not likely because both Beatles rejected royal honors while alive, an article in Ultimate Classic Rock speculates.

John Lennon returned his M.B.E. award (given to all four Beatles in 1965) to the Queen in 1969 as a protest agains Britain's support of U.S. activity in Vietnam. George Harrison, meanwhile, turned down an O.B.E. award from the Queen in 2000.

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A Honda trail bike once owned by John Lennon is up for auction.

The late Beatle‘s bike – a Honda Monkey-Trail Bike XUC 91H – was used by Lennon between 1969 to 1971 to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in the Surrey countryside.


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Tony Calder, who promoted the release of the Beatles' debut single, "Love Me Do," died Jan. 2 at age 74, the Guardian reports.

Calder, who was born in Surrey, was hired by Beatles manager Brian Epstein to promote the band in the early 1960s. Soon after, Calder and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham – whom Calder had met while working at Decca Records – formed a PR company called Image. It managed the Rolling Stones and promoted the Beach Boys.

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Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones generated the most money of any live-performing musical act in 2017, Pollstar reports.

Jagger, 74, and his band raked in £116 for every person at their 14 sold-out stadium shows.

And Beatles legend Macca, 75, is only just behind them, pocketing £108 per seat for 36 performances.

Vintage pic: Brian Epstein and Ringo Starr


A pic of Brian and Ringo on the way to Australia - by way of Hawaii - to join the rest of the Beatles, who'd been performing with stand-in drummer Jimmie Nicol while Ringo recovered from tonsilitis.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Vinyl sales are at a record high, and the Beatles - shocker - are leading the trend


Seems like I was just reading stuff about the Beatles no longer being relevant or influential, yet the band, defunct since 1970, continues to sell music like crazy.

Consider vinyl, which is selling at, ahem, record levels, with Beatles' LPs selling the most of anything.

Billboard reports:

Vinyl LP sales represented 8.5 percent of all album sales in 2017 – up from 6.5 percent for the configuration’s share in 2016. Further, LP sales were 14 percent of all physical album sales in 2017 (a Nielsen-era record share for the format) – up from 11 percent in 2016.

...The Beatles finish 2017 with the top two selling vinyl LPs of the year: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (72,000 — powered in large part by the album’s deluxe anniversary reissue in 2017) and Abbey Road (66,000). 

Wings "London Town" TV ad, 1978

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vintage Beatles "Apple Club" poster


In in 1964 - four years ahead of starting their own Apple Corps - the Beatles participated in an educational campaign launched by the British Dental Association, promoting eating more apples.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Yoko congratulates "Sir Ringo"

Yoko Ono today congratulated Ringo Starr on being knighted, saying it was about time he received the honor.

Paul McCartney sent similar congratulations last weekend.

Others knighted during Queen Elizabeth II's New Years Honors include Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and author Michael Morpurgo. Ballet dancer Darcey Bussell was named a dame.

Vintage Beatles pic


Monday, January 1, 2018

Sir Paul congratulates Sir Ringo on knighthood

Paul McCartney, this weekend, posted congratulations to his fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, who is being knighted as part of Queen Elizabeth's New Years honors.

Ringo's knighthood comes 20 years after McCartney was knighted, in 1997. Starr, 77, will be given his honor in the list of annual honorees that pay tribute to those recognized for high achievements to the U.K. In a statement, Starr said, "It's great! It's an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love."


George Harrison "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" promo video