Monday, August 29, 2016

The Beatles remember Candlestick Park '66

This was posted by the Beatles' online account today (8/29/16). 

Candlestick Park in 2011. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lennon killer denied parole again

John Lennon's murderer was today denied parole again, reports the New York Daily News. The paper reported earlier that five letters recommending his parole had been received. One letter opposing it came from Yoko Ono.

The paper said he is eligible to be considered for parole again in two years.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Liverpool music documentary out on DVD

Have not seen this, but it's a DVD documentary just coming out (Aug. 22 in the UK) that covers the British music scene starting with the British Invasion and going later.  You can order it from Amazon in the U.S. or in the UK.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome home, Paul!

This ad from UMG, with MJ Kim's picture that was sent out with the announcement that Paul McCartney was returning to Capitol Records, appeared in trade papers this week.

Japanese poster, trailer for The Beatles Ron Howard film "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years"

The cover of a Japanese brochure, above, and the Japanese trailer, below, for "Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years."  You can order the vinyl or the CD here from Amazon for the U.S. "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" or here for the UK version.

Hear a preview of 'A Hard Day's Night' from the Beatles 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl'

A preview of a second track has just been posted by The Beatles online from the new "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" album.  Listen to an excerpt of "A Hard Day's Night" below. The CD will be released Sept. 9 worldwide. You can order the vinyl or the CD here for the U.S. version or here for the UK version from Amazon.

Courtesy Apple Corps Ltd.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fake 'Pure McCartney' CDs reportedly found on Amazon

A copy of a real "Pure McCartney" (MPL/Concord Music Group)

Word on the McCartney website board is that there are fake "Pure McCartney" CDs being sold by some third-party dealers on At least two users have reported them.

One user reported the back cover on the fake had a brighter white paper stock with a darker and blurry font. The UPC code had the seller's name over the original bar code. On the front cover, the image is much darker, pixilated, with a loss of detail in the shadows on Paul's face, slightly pixilated texts and blurry gold font with a different sheen. Inside, the black and white images are darker and more crude. Gold toned images are either faint or too dark with little contrast. The inside covers show signs of being handled.

We're hoping to get more on this, but for now... (thanks to Patti M.) (And just to ease some minds, we're talking about third-party purchases. If you bought them directly from and not a third-party, you should be ok.)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

More on the new October Beatles issue of MOJO

MOJO Magazine
MOJO magazine has released more info on their upcoming October issue that's tied in with the release of the "Eight Days a Week" film. It will include interviews with Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia (who talk about their first and last Beatles shows -- “There was a special roughness, a looseness on that day…” Ono says of the Apple rooftop show), plus info from Mark Lewisohn and Klaus Voormann on the Beatles in Hamburg; Barry Tashian and Ed Freeman on the 1966 US tour; "The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl"; Larry Kane on what it was like on their tours in '64 and '65; and Jon Savage on their final UK shows; how drugs affected the band; two deluxe Beatles art prints and a CD with 15 songs that done by the Beatles in Hamburg, including "Mister Moonlight," "Nothin’ Shakin’" and others " and more.  

“It wasn’t like we’d placed a wreath on the live Beatles,” Ringo tells MOJO’s Andrew Male. “The rooftop gig showed that we could still do that stuff. And we could maybe have gone out live again. It didn’t happen. But it was never like, Oh, that’s dead, the Beatles are dead. It was always a possibility that we would do it again. (to Paul) and you, in fact, tried one time to get us to go out again, didn’t you?”

“But you didn’t listen to me!” says McCartney in mock outrage. “I listened,” replied Ringo. “It was the others!”

You can order it online here.

News briefs: The Beatles in Canada, McCartney reissue delay?

  • Some rare photos of the Beatles in Canada in 1964 are here. Does Paul look a wee bit "under the influence" in the second photo?  (Thanks to Chuck Pattio.)

  • So where does Paul McCartney's return to Capitol Records leave the reissue series? Apparently, unsettled. We still don't know when "Flowers in the Dirt" will happen. And we've heard that a DVD considered for a later release is on hold because of the changeover. The catalog switch to Capitol won't happen until mid-2017, though.

San Francisco's Lombard Street meets the Beatles

Handed out Friday night to special event ticket holders at San Francisco's AT&T Park at the Giants' game with the Mets which the Giants won 8-1. 

 Order the vinyl or the CD for the U.S. version or here for the UK version of "The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl," coming Sept. 9. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hear the first track from the new Beatles "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" album now!

Courtesy Apple Corps Ltd.
The Beatles have posted online "Twist and Shout," the first track of the new "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" album. Listen to "Twist and Shout" here then order the vinyl or the CD for the U.S. version or here for the UK version. You can also hear a :30 second preview on The CD will be released Sept. 9 worldwide. And you can hear Allan Kozinn and myself talk about the album, which we've heard in its entirety, on our latest "Things We Said Today" Beatles radio show.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cool October MOJO cover

Issue includes two Beatles art prints, collector's covers and a CD with original version of songs they recorded by Ray Charles, the Top Notes and more. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week' film -- U.S. theaters, Hollywood Bowl CD thoughts, more

Courtesy Apple Corps. Ltd.

As the Beatles "Eight Days a Week" film gets closer, there's some news to be had. A long list of U.S. theaters to show the film has been posted online. The theaters for other countries are on the site, too, but the U.S. list has finally been more available. (We kept getting the European lists.)

We've been listening to the new "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" CD for about a week. We'll talk about it in a little more detail (no audio, sorry) on the next "Things We Said Today" show, but suffice to say that despite our misgivings that there isn't more on the disc, what's there sounds wonderful. For those used to the bootlegs (and who isn't?), the audio has been cleaned up and, as Allan Kozinn notes in our discussion on the show, the voices seemed to have had some reverb added. The new show should be up as early as Wednesday and possibly by Thursday on our Podbean site,  on the show's YouTube channel, my personal YouTube channel and on iTunes. We're also on WCRP1. Subscribe to us on iTunes and you can have the show downloaded automatically when it's available. 

And finally, look for the video for "Boys" to be used to promote the film, sources tell us. You won't find it on the BeatlesVEVO YouTube channel at the moment, though it was there recently, which is a good hint that something might be in the works.

And thanks to a certain C.F. for the picture of the ad in the September Record Collector, shown below.

And here's a review from the Hollywood Reporter..

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Beatles pre-show warmup in Japan

What's interesting here is the first video, the pre-show warmup to the Beatles show in Tokyo in 1966. We've also added the press conference and one of the shows. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

TV alert: 'The U.S. vs. John Lennon' Tuesday and all this month on HDNET

TV alert: "The U.S. vs John Lennon" airs Tuesday (8/2) on HDNET. It's on at 1:05 p.m. EDT/10:05 a.m. PDT.  It will also air this month on the channel on Aug 3rd at 9:25 a.m. EDT, Aug. 11 at 6 and 11:40 a.m. EDT, Aug. 24 at 4:25 p.m. EDT, Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT and Aug. 31 at 10:40 a.m. EDT. Check your local listings for the correct time.