Showing posts with label BEATLES. Show all posts
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Friday, July 15, 2016

THE BEATLES LOVE BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IN VEGAS

Ringo Starr



Yoko Ono



Yoko Ono looked stunning as she joined Ringo Starr and others at The Beatles LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil at The Mirage Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.


Saturday, May 03, 2014

BEATLES MOVIE "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" RE-RELEASED

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Raquel Welch



FANTASTIC VOYAGE --- Fox is fast-tracking a project that has long been a favorite jewel in Hollywood: Fantastic Voyage. Now on board is Man Of Steel and Dark Knight trilogy-vet David Goyer, who will write a new treatment of Fantastic Voyage . The 1966 camp classic followed a group of scientists who are reduced to microscopic size inside a submarine and injected into the body of a sick colleague.



The Cold War-era pic starred Steven Welch, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasance. Viewers who saw the original version, myself included, loved the rather cheesy-effects of a futuristic ship traveling through the human body and battling such things as antibodies and the heart. Also, seeing Raquel Welch in a form-fitting space suit was rather awesome and revolutionary at the time.



Honestly, I can't see it being a viable, commercial entry in today’s seemingly endless sequel fanfare … but, am willing to without judgment. Goyer is an inspired choice and if nothing else, his new take on it was be fascinating.



BELLE TELLS --- Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD, May 13, 2014. The soundtrack features original score composed by Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Emma). Academy Award winner Portman (Emma) delivers one of her most sumptuous scores for this period story of illicit love, Belle.



“The score needed to support many different emotions within the story. At times it needed strong bold themes, at others, subtle almost ‘holding’ an atmosphere or feeling.” said Portman. “It is a very beautiful film with a fascinating story – both wonderful ingredients for a composer to work with!”



“Using all the elements of the film, she came up with something really different,” said director Amma Asante of Portman. “At times, it absolutely brought tears to my eyes.”



Portman was born in west Sussex, England. She began composing at the age of 14 and read music at Oxford University. While there, she became interested in writing music for student films and theatre productions. She gained experience writing music for drama in BBC and Channel 4 films such as Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, director Mike Leigh's Four Days In July and Jim Henson's Storyteller series.



SPIDEY XXX --- Popular website CraveOnline.com says Spider Man XXX 2 (via Vivid Video) sure looks amazing. Starring Dani Daniels, Sarah Shevon and Nicki Hunter, this is Vivid’s follow-up to their Captain America XXX and Thor XXX rated films, directed by Axel Braun, an industry leader in the fight for bigger and better porn and whose parodies just keeps churning out one superhero XXX parody after another.



“I just love Spidey, and I honestly believe that in my adult parody Xander Corvus portrays him better than any of the mainstream actors who have worn the webbed costume on screen” says Braun, who won four consecutive AVN Director of the Year awards and was just inducted in the XRCO Hall of Fame. “And speaking of the costume, I had a new one made for this movie, and it looks amazing!”



The Spider-Man XXX 2 adult parody begins in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen where a streetwalker drags a customer into an alley to earn a little extra cash, but they're interrupted by a trio with knives. With Spider-Man temporarily in Las Vegas, it’s up to Daredevil to save the day. Meanwhile, the sexual adventures that Spidey has in Sin City involve protecting the Cosmic Cube from an AIM splinter cell; saving a busload of Elvis impersonators from a hijacking; and, trying to deal with the arrogant, overly theatrical and mind-controlling Mysterio. Luckily, our favorite wall-crawler gets some erotic help from Arachne and Power Woman…in more ways than one.



And, no, there’s no Stan Lee-cameo in this one!




CLOSING NOTES --- Guess who’s the new voice of Amtrak? Radio-veteran Zach Martin. Martin’s worked at the legendary Q 104.3, working with the late-great Scott Muni and now is at WFAN. Zach’s a great resource in the radio field and his expertise is truly remarkable. Congratulations! More with him next column …



The Beatles’ First Movie, A Hard Day's Night is being re-released in theaters this summer in honor of the film's 50th Anniversary.



Look for a crystal clear picture and greatly enhanced sound thanks to Giles Martin, son of long-time Beatles Producer George Martin. (Unfortunately this won't be a colorized version ... but, it'll still be cool to see this back up on the big screen again ... especially with all these digital improvements.) The celebration will take place over the July 4th weekend in over fifty cities from coast to coast. Be sure to check your local listings to find a theater near you! ...



Micky Dolenz checking out Michael Nesmith's show at L. A.'s Roxy Tuesday night. The Monkees begin their tour on May 22 in New Hampshire ...



Also we hear The Singhs have allegedly split in Boston ...




Thursday, January 30, 2014

SATURDAY EVENING POST LONG LIVE THE BEATLES

Saturday Evening Post



One of the most highly anticipated flights touched down 50 years ago this February and The Saturday Evening Post reports in its latest cover story that America has never been the same. With the arrival of Pan Am Flight 101 at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, the Beatles landed to the roar of an adoring teenage audience and their parents’ consternation.



In “Long Live the Beatles!”, Cable Neuhaus, culture writer and former editor of Entertainment Weekly remembers the Fab Four as paradigm-shifters, “a masterful, ever-morphing rock band that dazzled us for eight years.”



The Post marries Neuhaus’s well researched, contemporary look-back with a sample of the magazine’s fine archival Beatles reporting, including dozens of photos that haven’t been seen since they were originally published in the Post.



“The Beatles section exemplifies some of the best work we do at the Post: big ideas, original photos, historical perspective”, said Steven Slon, Editorial Director, The Saturday Evening Post. “We enjoyed looking back and being surprised by this band all over again. We hope you will too.”



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ROSIE O'DONNELL TO GUEST ON ABC'S THE VIEW

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Mostly Moptop





50 YEARS AGO TODAY --- The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts will present Long Island’s premier Beatles band, Mostly Moptop, live on the 50th anniversary weekend of the legendary band’s American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mostly Moptop plays regularly at DHPAC, and contributes their shared Beatles expertise to The John Lennon Center for Music & Technology at Five Towns College.



The show, Saturday night on February 8th at 7:30 p.m., is entitled The Fab ’64 Show, and will focus primarily on the group’s breakthrough music from the classic 1964 albums Meet the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, and Beatles for Sale.



Mostly Moptop has been playing Beatles music as well as other covers from the '60s through the late 70's since 1995. They have performed with the Beatles Magical Orchestra conducted by noted American composer David Amram. They have played successful shows in many NY-area venues, and are known for wowing audiences with their faithful renditions of Beatles favorites as well as solo material recorded separately by John, Paul, George, and Ringo starting in 1970.



Anthony Pomes—the John of the group—feels that the importance of the Beatles’ arrival to America a half-century later expands beyond just the music. “Our country was still reeling from the trauma of JFK’s assassination a few months earlier [in November 1963]. America needed to find its joy again. That’s what the Beatles brought back to us all those years ago—and that’s what we plan to give to each and every person who is with us at this very special show.”



EVANS A GO GO --- Iconic Hollywood producer and former studio head Robert Evans is working on a TV series about Hollywood in the 1970's. The vision of the series is much darker than the contemporary inside Hollywood depicted in HBO’s Entourage. Set in the 70's with a creative tone similar to Casino, it involves the last days before studios were taken over by conglomerates, when they were run by wily entrepreneurs, and where there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century. The protagonist is an outsider who against the odds rises to become a king in Hollywood in a tale of power, legacy, and the American dream.



The series isn't based on Evans — real anecdotes will be used in a fictitious storyline — but everyone who either read or, better yet, heard him read the audio of The Kid Stays In The Picture knows that Evans started as an actor and rose to the top of Paramount Pictures when that studio was nearly out on its feet. He, with a scrappy team of execs, saved the studio by making classics including The Godfather, Love Story, Rosemary’s Baby, Harold And Maude, The Odd Couple, The Conversation, Serpico and others.



Evans has plenty of stories to tell about that era; hell, he was right there. This will be a good one for sure.


HELLO ROSIE --- When Rosie O'Donnell left Barbara Walters’ The View - following the 2006-2007 season, she said she would return for guest spots. And sure enough, seven years later, she will. ABC said Monday that O'Donnell will be a guest on Feb. 7. It will mark her first appearance since she wrapped up a controversial year of hosting the popular daytime talk show.



Among other things, the outspoken O'Donnell engaged in a verbal battle with Donald Trump, leaving Walters - a friend of both - caught awkwardly in the middle.

O'Donnell left the show when she said she and the network couldn't agree on a new contract. O'Donnell wanted to sign for one year, while the network wanted three.



Walters praised O'Donnell when she left and reiterated that praise Monday, saying in a statement, "I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show's successful history." She was also a lightning rod for controversy, whether with Walters or Elisabeth Hasselback – now, decamped at Fox.



For me, after a recent viewing of the show, her blistering personality should be a great infusion for a show that has, perhaps, gone on far too long. The phrase long-winded comes to mind.



It'll be interesting to see her duel with Goldberg; who can more than hold her own.

O'Donnell, who has done a number of other projects in the intervening years, currently has a regular role on ABC Family's hit drama "The Fosters."





MORE RINGO --- Ringo Starr seems to have found a sweet spot in his current All-Star Band. Now on its twelfth version, this will be the third year with the current roster of stars which includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana and Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. The majority of his previous bands only lasted one year except the 4th which was together in 1997 and 1998 and the eleventh (2010 and 2011).



Starr confirmed his feelings for the current lineup saying "I love playing with this band and I can't wait to get back out and play with them again."


The new tour starts on June 6 in Ontario and runs through July 19 in L. A.


CLOSING NOTES --- Author Elliot Tiber, who wrote Taking Woodstock which was turned into the 2009 Ang Lee film, releases After Woodstock in April - 45 years after the ground-breaking concert. Tiber’s vibrant writing and amusing anecdotes convinced Lee to make the film, and although I wasn't the blockbuster many thought it could be, it remains a vital, funny and captivating film. If you haven't seen it, you should. Demetri Martin starred as the young Tiber and gave a mesmerizing performance …



West 57th Street nutritionist Sophia Aslanis says Super Bowl Sunday is the “Biggest eating day after Thanksgiving is Super Bowl Day.” So beware and be forewarned …



American Idol judge Keith Urban and Grammy winner Gary Clark, Jr. took to the 2014 Grammy's stage for an electric performance of Urban’s “Cop Car.”


Urban looked laid back as always in a v-neck T-shirt, his sharp new haircut making him look more like a country-rock blend than ever. It was a cool deal, pairing up a country superstar and musician/actor who has been described as being the future of Texas blues.


Urban brilliantly showed off his guitar abilities during the performance with a truly rocking solo, and he grinned from ear to ear while playing. Clark took over with an equally impressive, completely blazing guitar moment. Both artists took it in to play together, and Urban slugged Clark so hard on the shoulder at the end that it almost knocked him over! …



Yoko Ono rocking out to Paul McCartney’s “Queenie Eye,” with Ringo on drums! At first blush, it looked great; then, it seemed like Ms. Ono was on another planet. Son Sean, standing next to her, was dressed like his father in his “Imagine” video from Ascot. Don't believe me? …. Check it out on YouTube.



I don't really understand all the noise about Beyonce’s performance of “Drunk In Love”; it was the opening number and yes, perhaps a tad suggestive, but she showed why she’s the top act these days on the charts and in concert …



And, what was Taylor Swift’s hair doing during her performance of “All Too Well” – rumored to be about ex-Jake Gyllenhaal. Interesting she didn't come away a winner. Has Swift’s expiration date come due? …


Also, Katy Perry … burned at the stake? What was that performance of "Dark Horse" all about?


PR-pasha David Salidor thought on The Grammy's, "It's worth noting how many of the newer artists thanked their team! Manager, agent, press agent ... it takes a village. Cyndi Lauper even tweeted she forgot to thank her PR-person. They're all important." ...


And, tonight is the record release launch of the year’s most over rated artist so far? Based on a classic … this version is a cheap ply. Guess who, don't sue ...


Monday, January 27, 2014

RINGO STARR AND PAUL MCCARTNEY ONCE AGAIN

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Ringo Starr



GRAMMY DEAREST --- It was another old school vs. new school night at The Grammy's - their 56th broadcast - last night. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat front and center and were probably as bemused as most of the crowd, there and at home, by the rather bizarre performances from Katy Perry, Lorde (who did win Song of the Year), and even Pink; whose become known as much for her aerial abilities as for her singing. Dangling high above the cavernous Staples Center as she sang; I couldn't help but wonder what safety provisions were being employed. I mean, it’s commendable, but is it safe?



Teen-sensation Hunter Hayes was impressive, but seemed much too young and much too green to snare such a key-performance slot. Jay Z and wife Beyonce opened the show with the latter’s “Drunk In Love.” It was suggestive; somewhat repetitive; but, an opening act?



Director Ken Erhlich went with the staging where there’s a hub of so-called fans (hired?) surrounding the stage area. It’s been use by everyone and I'm kind of surprised he employed it again. Surely, there’s got to be something new by now.



A definite highlight was the combined talents of Chicago with Robin Thicke. Chicago’s professionalism was no match for Mr. Thicke; a close listen shows he was singing a bit off-key along with Chicago’s Robert (Skinny Boy) Lamm. Funnily enough, it was announced that the group’s very-first album Chicago Transit Authority (April 1969) has been elected to the Grammy’s Hall of Fame; not sure what that means, but the honor was long overdue.



New Zealand-sensation Lorde performed her “Royals,” which went on to win Song of the Year. Was her performance somewhat freakish, or was I missing something. Maybe this year’s Sinead O’Connor? Her real name is after all Ella Yelich O'Connor.



Nile Rodgers, who has been a pivotal force in the business for years (Chic, Sister Sledge, David Bowie), re-emerged this year with his work with the French-robots Daft Punk with Pharrel Williams. His Random Access Memory won for Album of the Year (“Get Lucky” won for Record of the Year) and the performance with Stevie Wonder (where "Lucky" segued seamlessly into Wonder’s “For You”) was without question the musical highlight of the year. It was the best use of Wonder I've ever seen and let me be the first to posit Rodgers doing an entire album with him. It would make perfect sense.



I've not heard their full album, but with talents like Giorgio Moroder and Paul Williams involved ... I really want to now.



Williams joked that "back when I was drinking, I would imagine things that weren't there and I'd get frightened. Then I got sober and two robots called and asked me to make an album."



"Captain Kirk uses the Enterprise. They sail on a ship called Generosity," Williams continued about the duo. "This is a labor of love and we are all so grateful."



That performance is what the Grammy’s should be about.



Ringo performed “Photograph” with an ad-hoc band led by bassist/producer Don Was and featuring guitarists Steve Lukather and Peter Frampton and drummer Kenny Arnoff. For the record: a great, great George Harrison song.



McCartney performed, with Ringo, “Queenie Eye” from the former’s recent New album. It’s a good song, not great and in retrospect a rather odd choice. Why not a Beatles' song?They came together at the end for the requisite hug. Unquestionably the emotional highlight of the show.



Sara Bareillis performed with Carole King. Another magical moment.



Actor of the moment Jared Leto appeared to give a tribute to the late-Lou Reed.



Also, Mackelmore & Lewis’ performance ("Same Love"), where 33 couples were married, by Queen Latifah and Madonna (looking more and more like Dolly Parton; cane and all!), another highlight. It was a good show, not the best I've ever seen, but a good one.



KING CAROLE --- Carole King was presented with the MusiCares Person of the Year Award on Friday in Los Angeles with a full night of her music performed from stars from all eras.



Among the many highlights of the night was Lady Gaga's performance of “You've Got a Friend” which Roger Friedman at Showbiz411 said "just blew everyone away with an intimate, throaty, bluesy version of King’s greatest song." Billboard also cited the pairings of Miguel and Kacey Musgraves on “Crying in the Rain” and Jakob Dylan and Louise Goffin's “Goin' Back” as being other highlights.



Also on hand were the four women that were the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love. The four women performed "Way Over Yonder" from the Tapestry album. Overall, nine of the twelve tracks from that groundbreaking album were performed over the night with only the title song, “Smackwater Jack” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” omitted.



King, closed the night including a duet with James Taylor on a medley of “Sweet Seasons” and “Hey Girl.”



CLOSING NOTES --- Last night I took to Twitter to follow the Grammy's and enjoyed immensely the tweets from former L. A. Times journalist Ann Powers. She said at one point: Lorde will be 18 by the time this show is over! Hilarious …



How could NARAS' Neil Portnow have omitted The Monkees from Carole King's MusicCares dinner? We thought it was just Jann Wenner ... shameless! Micky Dolenz even put out an album of King's songs way four years back, called King For A Day ...



New York-nutritionist Sophia Aslanis told us that Super Bowl Sunday was the second biggest day of over-eating; second only to Thanksgiving ...



Congrats to our friend, the brilliant bassist Will Lee on being inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame. I've known Will since the days of The Brecker Brothers Band. Well-deserved for sure...



February 9 is 50th years since The Beatles arrived ...





Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CNN TO AIR THE SIXTIES: THE BRITISH INVASION

Micky Dolenz Of The Monkees



Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014



The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.



The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.



THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world. 


Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RINGO STARR'S PHOTO BOOK AT LAS VEGAS PALM

Ringo Starr




Ringo Starr was photographed at his book & photo exhibit at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The book can be ordered at www.RingoPhotoBook.com.



Sunday, July 28, 2013

LET IT BE IS TIMELESS BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANT

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

By: G.H. Harding
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Debbie Gibson



FACE OFF --- Whatever happened to the summer-replacement show Sing Your Face Off? In May, ABC announced that it would appear sometime this summer. With host John Barrowman, and judges Debbie Gibson, Darell Hammond and (just-added) Ru Paul. 


It sounded as random as any reality show, yet promised some intrigue, as the actual contestants were the stars themselves, with comedian Jon Lovitz immediately mentioned as one of the first entrees. Six episodes have already been shot, but when we called ABC we were given the proverbial cold shoulder. Usually this means what was shot … stinks! We'll see what happens.



LET IT BE ONSTAGE --- As a die-hard Beatles fan; I was intrigued from day one when Let It Be-A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles went up on the boards. I lived through the very first Beatles-Broadway presentation of Beatlemania, where the tag line was Not The Beatles, But An Incredible Simulation. This Let It Be wants to have it both ways - the first act is almost a historical presentation of the early-day of Beatlemania; from their humble beginnings at the Cavern Club to their sold-out show at Shea Stadium in 1965.


Footage from the 60’s (commercials and all) appear on the many TV-monitors scattered throughout the theater. They want you to think that you’re watching actual footage from The Lads at Shea … but, you're really not. The fellow who mimics Ed Sullivan in introducing them on his eponymous TV show is really doing a very, very poor imitation of him. In fact, it’s almost laughable …especially if you remember Ed first-hand.


The music is outstanding “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “Drive My Car,” “Yesterday,” and that’s the point. The cast includes Graham Alexander, John Brosnan, Ryan Coath, James Fox, Reuven Gershon, Chris McBurney, Luke Roberts, Ryan Alex Farmery, John Korba and Daniel A. Weiss, and for the most part all do a serviceable job. They all mimic the four real Beatles fairly well. When the Lennon-actor is essaying the real appearance at Shea, the right side of his jacket is pulled back halfway, as it was in the original show. Also, Lennon’s stance is mimed perfectly. Details I know … but, I suspect these little Easter egg moments were included for true fans like me.


Let It Be began as a West End production to celebrate the group’s 50th Anniversary. Using projection technology and 3D sound, it’s an adventurous and ultimately satisfying production. The show I caught last night was filled to the brim with tourists, obviously enjoying the music and their memories of those halcyon times. I found it surprising, when at one point you hear a bit of that other madcap group from the 60’s … The Monkees. Odd, right?


The second act of the show is where the concept changes just a bit; wherein the group members actually begin to address the audience. The TV screens go blank and suddenly, it’s like you're at a VH1 acoustic show with the lads all playing acoustic guitars. The last few numbers, “The Long And Winding Road,” “Get Back,” "Come Together," and "The End” remind all of just how powerful their music was … and, still is.


The reproduction of the music is pretty spot on, although at times I did hear an extra guitar riff and harmony change. The songs are not all in perfect chronological order, which bothered me just a bit, but, in all, the music’s the thing; timeless, brilliant and oh so beautiful.


The show is at the St. James Theatre on 44th street, New York City.



FAREWELL DENNIS --- We lost a terrific actor earlier this week, Dennis Farina; who thrilled audiences every time he appeared on screen. From Michael Mann’s Thief, the TV show Crime Story, and, his breakout roles in Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, Striking Distance, Snatch, That Old Feeling , Out of Sight, as well as his starring-role on Law & Order and his role with Dustin Hoffman on HBO’s-doomed Luck, he was just sensational.


Born and raised in Chicago, he joined the city police force and was an 18-year-veteran in his 40’s when director Mann hired him as consultant for one of his movies, thus kicking off an incredible career.


My favorite Farina-moment was his role in Shorty; when meeting with hard-luck producer Gene Hackman in his seedy Hollywood-office … and, whacking him with a box. Check it out HERE:  He'll be missed big time. Rest easy Dennis.



SUMMER SONG ---  Usually there’s one die-hard song of the summer; and, half-way through this current one, it appears to be Robin Thicke’s irresistible “Blurred Lines.” I have to be honest, at the beginning of the summer, I wondered why I hadn't yet heard this song. Turns out … I had.


Thicke does his best Robert Palmer-impression - Palmer, the great rock/soul singer of the 70’s and 80’s (“Addicted To Love”) . It’s a great track; a simmering song of the summer and the video isn't half bad either.





Sunday, October 14, 2012

INSIDE THE BEATLES 'ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS'

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BEATLES MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
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May Pang





Connecticut-based tour operators Liverpool Productions celebrate their thirtieth anniversary in 2013 with guaranteed entry INSIDE Abbey Road Studios for the first time in a decade.


The "Magical History Tour" is an 11-day vacation for fans to Liverpool, London and Henley, from August 18-August 28. The price is still only $2499 per person complete, or only $2999 including airfare from JFK. 


In Liverpool, visit every imaginable Beatles site, plus enjoy all the exclusive events the group is privy to. Liverpool Productions is a sister company to Cavern City Tours, ensuring admissions to everything, up-close seats at concerts and V.I.P. perks to events during Beatle Week.


In London, visit all the Beatles landmarks and - for the first time in 10 years - not only visit Abbey Road Studio 2 but "get back" inside to partake in an actual recording session. No other tour group has ever have held actual recording sessions inside Abbey Road. 


In Henley, visit George Harrison's home, Friar Park ("Crackerbox Palace") and enjoy an afternoon in this very beautiful British seaside village.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BEATLES DANBURY FIELDS FOREVER TRIBUTE

Carlo Cantamessa



Fifty years ago, in 1962, Ringo Starr joined The Beatles and the world of music was changed forever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, thousands of fans will "Come Together" for a day-long festival of Beatles Music on Saturday, July 28th, at Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, Connecticut.

This musical extravaganza is titled "Danbury Fields Forever," a twist on "Strawberry Fields Forever." The 10-hour festival will feature 10 bands, each representing different eras or presentations of Beatles music. Gates open at 10am and an entire-day "ticket to ride" admission starts at only $15. Tickets are now on sale and there are also limited VIP packages available. Ives Concert Park is a non-profit organization.

Featured acts will include several New England and New York tribute bands. The Beatles Forever Band is a hugely popular international band that hails from the Hartford area and headlined the 2009 "BEATexpo," while Fools On The Hill is a group of seasoned musicians based in Milford. The Oh-Nos are an act from Massachusetts who will be showcasing a set of rarer and more obscure Beatles and solo tracks. New York's MerseyBeatMania is a popular clone band with wigs, outfits, Beatle boots and the exact instrumentation. They headlined the 2010 "BEATeatExpo." From upstate NY hails Pat Horgan & Thunder Road with their rockin' "Garage Band Beatles" show. Perhaps the most unique offering is Genetic Control, a young psychedelic group from the Bronx that covers Beatle songs in the style of Led Zeppelin.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

THE BEATLES DEBUT AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

The Beatles Famous Abby Road Cover Re-Created


John Lennon In Wax


Paul McCartney In Wax


The Beatles At Madame Tussauds



Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, Unveiled the Beatles Wax Figures in Los Angeles, California today.


Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

THE BEATLES INSIDER LON VAN EATON

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BEATLES INSIDER LON VAN EATON FEATURED
ON NEW APPLE RECORDS ALBUM WITH
JAMES TAYLOR AND RONNIE SPECTOR
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Lon Van Eaton


Lon Van Eaton was one of the first singer/songwriters signed to The Beatles’ historic music company, Apple Records in the 1970s. One of his songs, “Sweet Music,” which he recorded with his brother Derrek, will be featured on a new compilation album, entitled Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records, due in stores on October 26, 2010. The Lon & Derrek Van Eaton hit song “Sweet Music” is culled from the highly acclaimed album—Brother—which is now in high demand by Apple-era vinyl record collectors. It was produced by George Harrison, and features Ringo Starr on drums. Lon and Derrek’s song will be in very good company on Come and Get It, as the album also includes exciting Apple tracks by James Taylor, Badfinger, Mary Hopkins, Billy Preston, and Ronnie Spector. Since his days at Apple Records, Lon appeared on hit solo albums by Martha Reeves, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. According to Lon, “Even though I have had a multi-media career in the entertainment business that spans four decades, I will forever be associated with The Beatles, which is a great distinction. Hopefully this long-awaited Apple compilation album is going to help launch several new projects I have up my sleeve!”

Sunday, May 04, 2008

THANK THE BEATLES FOR ENDING THE DRAFT

The Beatles

The world has the end of mandatory national service in Britain thanks to the Beatles, according to icon Ringo Starr.The drummer insists the U.K.’s pop and rock explosion in the 1960s all happened because teenagers no longer had to join the Army. Starr explains, "We were the first generation that didn’t go into the army. I missed the call up by, like, 10 months, and so we were allowed, as these teenagers, not to be regimented and turn into these musicians." And the rocker admits he was a hopeless drummer when he first started out.In an interview with fellow rocker Dave Stewart on television show On The Record, Starr recalled, "The first band I was in you were in if you had an instrument; it wasn’t a requirement to be able to play… and I couldn’t play."I’d got this kit of drums, I had no sense of time. I was just hitting these things and going faster and faster… That’s how I started."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

PAUL MCCARTNEY'S HELICOPTER BANNED

Sir Paul McCartney was refused permission to land his helicopter because he is a vegetarian. The Beatles legend was planning a trip to his late first wife Linda's vegetarian food factory near Fakenham racecourse, but his request was rejected because he supported the ban against foxhunting. Chief Executive David Hunter, a supporter of the West Norfolk Hunt, told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper: "The helicopter company would not tell me who their client was but, putting two and two together, I rang back and said, 'If it's Paul McCartney, tell him he's not welcome because of his views on hunting.' "I heard from them a few days later and they told me they'd be landing elsewhere." Foxhunting was banned in Britain last year after an ongoing campaign by hunt supporters for the House of Lords to oppose the bill.Meanwhile, 65-year-old Paul revealed music has helped him cope during his bitter divorce battle from second wife Heather Mills.He said: "The last couple of years, I've been very glad to have my music and I've been putting stuff into it that seems to have added up to something."I think one of the greatest things is that music is a great healer and it's a great sort of therapy."

Monday, June 18, 2007

BEATLE RINGO STARR SIGNS SOLO DEAL

Beatle Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has signed a deal to release his solo material online.The former Beatle's catalogue - including hit albums 'Beacoups of Blues' and 'Ringo' - with record company Capitol/EMI will be available to download from August 28. Fans will also be able to download six Starr ring tones. A compilation album 'Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr' is set to be released on CD, along with a limited edition CD/DVD package featuring a film and video clips. Starr signed his first solo recording contract in 1970 with Capitol/EMI after The Beatles split. The agreement lasted until 1975.Starr is set to release his new solo album 'Liverpool 8' next January.Earlier this year, Starr's former band mate Sir Paul McCartney signed a deal with Apple to release his own solo back catalogue online.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

BEATLE PAUL MCCARTNEY THINKS OPERA SINGER NATASHA MARSH IS VERY SEXY !

Pop legend SIR PAUL McCARTNEY sparked rumors of a romance with sexy opera star Natasha Marsh at the Classical Brit Awards this week - after confiding in friends he found her "very sexy".The former Beatle was spotted admiring the soprano - who bears a likeness to his estranged wife Heather Mills - at the ceremony in London on Thursday. He was overheard telling a friend "she is very sexy" and later arranged a date with the blond singer, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper. Marsh’s spokeswoman confirmed, "Sir Paul asked to be introduced to Natasha afterwards, he was very impressed with her."

Saturday, April 28, 2007

BEATLE RINGO STARR'S MEMORY LANE

Veteran rocker RINGO STARR’s memory isn’t what it used to be - he can’t remember playing on the debut album by his former Beatle bandmate GEORGE HARRISON.Drummer Starr actually performed on most of the classic 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass.He tells US magazine Rolling Stone, "I played on All Things Must Pass - which is funny because George called me (when he was preparing to reissue the album), and said, ‘Ringo, are you on All Things Must Pass?’ I said, ‘I don’t think so.I don’t know.’ "Then he calls back two weeks later after he’d researched it, and he says, ‘You f**ker, you were on 80 per cent of the record!’ I said, ‘Hey, it was a long time ago.’"

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A PAUL MCCARTNEY TRIBUTE TO LINDA

Paul McCartney loved wife Linda best

Sir Paul McCartney has made a heartfelt tribute to late wife Linda on his new album.The Beatles legend - who was married to Linda for almost 30 years until she died from breast cancer in 1998 - has reportedly called his new record 'Memory Almost Full', an anagram of For My Soul Mate LLM. A source said: "It is a title Paul has been thinking about for a long time, even before Linda died."It has also been revealed the album has been inspired by his bitter split from second wife Heather Mills. The source added: "In many ways it's a break-up album. But it's also a homage to the woman who remains the true love of his life and his soulmate."Paul sings about his never-ending love for Linda and his struggles with Heather."Paul and Linda, who married in 1969, have three children - Mary, Stella and James. Paul also adopted Linda's daughter Heather from her first marriage.The pair reportedly spent less than a week apart during their entire marriage. Meanwhile, it has been revealed Heather once reportedly enjoyed a foursome with an Arab prince and TV actress.The former model allegedly joined Prince Turki bin Nasser, actress KarajanMallinder and a prostitute in bed for about $2,000. Party organiser Ros Ashley told Britain's News of the World newspaper:"Heather, Karajan and a third girl Petrina Montrose got around $2,000 each to sleep with Turki in the early 90s. Heather had an amazing figure and her behaviour was so brazen. She would strip off and waltz around."Heather and Karajan both had sex with my Arab friends and were handsomely rewarded with cash and jewellery."It is also alleged Heather was paid about $4,000 to have sex with billionaire Adnan Khashoggi in the late 80s.

Monday, April 02, 2007

PAUL MCCARTNEY ESCAPES MADMAN !

Beatle Paul McCartney

A crazed fan was arrested after trying to break into Sir Paul McCartney's British mansion on Friday. Paul's security team were left shaken as the man drove into The Beatles legend's Peasmarsh estate, in Sussex, screaming, "I must get to him". A source told Britain's News of the World newspaper: "It was terrifying.This guy put the fear of God into everyone because they thought he wanted to kill Paul. This was the most frightening incident they've ever had at Peasmarsh."Everyone was terrified that the guy could turn nasty. No one knew if he was armed."Security guards managed to stop the man reaching Paul's home by activating an emergency gate, but only after he had managed to get within yards of Paul's house.The intruder who fled before police arrived on the scene was arrested after a three-mile high-speed chase. The man has now been sectioned and detained in a local psychiatric hospital. A police spokesman said: "We received a call from a security officer at Peasmarsh and later arrested a man at his home address. He was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and failing to stop when challenged by police."He was later detained under the Mental Health Act and is not facing criminal charges."Paul, 64, was not at home when the terrifying incident happened as he was having lunch locally with friends. Fellow Beatle John Lennon was shot dead outside his New York home in 1980 by crazed fan Mark Chapman. The late George Harrison narrowly escaped death after being stabbed in the chest by a fan who broke into his home seven years ago.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

PAUL MCCARTNEY BACK ON TOUR !

Paul McCartney going back on tour

Sir Paul McCartney is going back on tour to get over his bitter split from Heather Mills.The Beatles legend is desperate to put his divorce battle behind him and has decided to hit the road again. A source told Britain's Daily Express newspaper: "Paul is itching to get back and play live. He never even got to perform in the UK or Europe so he's keen to rectify that. He has always loved touring and sees it as the perfect way to putting his problems behind him."Sir Paul, 64, was forced to abandon the European leg of his world tour last year because of his marital problems.The couple - who have a three-year-old daughter Beatrice together - split last May after four years of marriage. According to friends, Sir Paul will use his new stadium tour to promote his forthcoming album, which is to be released this summer on the new Starbucks record label, Hear Music. Sir Paul - who was the first artist to sign to the label - is leaving Capitol Records who he has worked with on and off for 43 years, to join the new Los Angeles-based music venture.