Saturday, May 27, 2017

Price drop: 'On Air: Beatles Live at the BBC, Vol. 2'

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The Beatles "On Air - Live at the BBC, Volume 2" is now $8.99 at Amazon.com. Please order through this link. (Thanks to L) It's also £6.76 at Amazon.co.uk and ¥1,369 at Amazon.co.jp.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Special Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' media event on June 1 in Los Angeles

The historic Capitol Records tower at night. Photo: Steve Marinucci
The 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album will be celebrated June 1, 50 years to the day of the release of the album with a special media event photo op flag raising at 9 a.m. PT at the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Hollywood. According to the media announcement, "Sgt. Pepper’ from the Las Vegas stage production of The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil® will raise a custom ‘Sgt. Pepper’ flag at 9:09am PDT that day.

The announcement said the Capitol Records tower will also be decked out in commemorative ‘Sgt. Pepper’ regalia from the ground up, including special signage and a large inflatable ‘Sgt. Pepper’ drum above Capitol’s Vine Street entrance. After sunset, vibrant rooftop lighting in the four colors of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ suits will be featured. A spokesman for Universal Music said Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would not be attending.

The news of the event comes a day before the release of several CD box sets, including the big prize -- a 6-disc set with a new remix, outtakes, the mono mix, a hardback book and a DVD and Blu-ray. The price on this has dropped in the last several weeks and is now under $120.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Help May Pang raise money for Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day
May Pang is raising money for Red Nose Day USA through her Facebook page. "Every little bit helps. This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together. The good news is that every dollar raised Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match it. The money will be DOUBLED. So come and donate. Thanks!," she wrote on the page.  
#RedNoseDay is on a mission to end child poverty, one nose at a time on May 25! You can learn all about Red Nose Day USA here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Giles Martin on working on "Pepper," why no "Carnival of Light" and what might be next; other Beatles news

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In a shameless self-plug, we interviewed Giles Martin about his work on "Pepper." You can read it on Billboard.com. 

And iTunes announced Friday night that those who have pre-ordered the 2-disc digital version have received both the new remix and take 1 of "Lucy in the Sky (With Diamonds)" in advance of the album release. If you get automatic downloads, you won't need to do anything. Otherwise, you can download them from the Purchased page in iTunes.

 On the first day of the Beatles Channel, we heard a variety of songs -- John Lennon's "Real Love" demo, influences like Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock," and plays of some of the 2017 "Sgt. Pepper" mixes. Paul and Ringo did audio promos that were heard the first day. Look for a 30-second TV commercial from SiriusXM for the new Beatles Channel which started Friday on Friday's Jimmy Kimmel show.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Paul McCartney reschedules opening U.S. tour date

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Paul McCartney announced today (May 17) the opening date of his One on One U.S. tour dates, originally scheduled for July 5 at Miami's American Airlines Arena has been moved to July 7 for what the announcement called "enhancements to the tour production," though no further details were given.  Tickets for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled performance.  Those unable to attend the new date can get refunds at their original point of purchase. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book on life at the Dakota with the Lennons and others on sale


Stephen Birmingham's book "Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address" is currently on sale at Amazon.com in the Kindle e-book version for $1.99, which is a bargain compared to the paperback and hardback versions which start at $10. While not strictly a book about John Lennon, both he and Yoko Ono are mentioned all through it and there are several stories about their residency there, including how Lennon once ran twine across a staircase balustrade that the author speculates was probably done for Sean's safety to keep him from falling through it. But the book looks at the entire history of the building and many of its famous residents along with its history. It is one of those e-books on sale at Amazon for the month of May only.