Tuesday, 20 October 2020

A Chance to See the Dung Beatles December 13 2020

The Dung Beatles have been asked by The Court Theatre in Tring to stage a Dung Beatles evening. The theatre is struggling to keep up with rent and rates payments at the moment. The group replied with a resounding yes to both help them out whilst also giving the band some welcome performance time.

The date was set to Saturday the 12th Dec and the tickets sold out within 48 hours! 

As a result, the theatre set up a second night on December 13th.  There are less than 40 tickets left for that one, so if you are looking for a great evening, snap up those remaining tickets!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Book Review - Murder of a Multitude, a Beatles themed mystery


Murder of a Multitude

By Dexter James
Published Independently, August 2020
Price: UK £8.02 US $10.50 (also available as an ebook)
ISBN-13: 979-8675957330

This book will slip under the radar of most Beatles fans because the title doesn’t reference the Fab Four, but for those Beatles fans who also enjoy murder mysteries, this is a must read.

The second book in the Mario Simpson book series concerns a serial killer at loose in New York City. The victims are not random but targeted because of their first names. Young women whose names appear in Beatles songs are being murdered on the anniversary dates that the songs matching their names were released.

Although the clever detective figures out this pattern quickly, the wily killer is frustratingly frequently one step ahead and the politically minded police commissioner exasperatingly obstructive.

The book was a fast and fun read. While it is a murder mystery, the killer is identified quite early in the story and the majority of the book is the fast-paced, race to apprehend the culprit before more victims are murdered. Beatles fans reading will enjoy the lyric-based clues which add an interesting extra layer to the story, but readers who don’t know anything about the Beatles will still have a gripping story to read and enjoy that has clever twists to keep the reader hooked.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Beat Archiv in Germany honoring John in many ways

 Our friends from Beat Archiv in Germany have been been busy in recent weeks and have shared the following to share with our readers.

On October 3rd, 2020 there was a recital in honor of John Lennon with his songs and songs that he also played. Many musicians performed, including the Quarrymen Chas Newby and Rod Davis.


Exhibition "20 Years - One Minute Silence - In Memory Of John Lennon"

"A tribute to John Lennon" 21.09. - 08.12.2020

You can stay up-to-date with all their tributes and activities by visiting their site: www.beatarchivgc.de

Friday, 2 October 2020

Beatles Day Live in Dublin in November 2020

BEATLES DAY 2020 is set to take place at the Workman’s Club on Saturday, November 7th.  There are afternoon events and evening events – and you can find out more at these links – AFTERNOON TICKET and EVENING TICKET.  Also check out the Dublin Beatles Festival Facebook for more info.
Tickets for the above shows are very limited, owing to Covid-19 safety guidelines, so please buy early, in order to avoid disappointment and future family arguments.  These events will sell out quickly.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest partners with Gibson Gives to Celebrate John's Birthday


Gibson Gives Comes Together With John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Partnership Celebrates Lennon’s 80th Birthday

With Live Virtual Events and Giveaways


NEW YORK, NY (September 21, 2020) In honor of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) have announced a partnership with Gibson Gives--the charitable arm of Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand--to support musicianship, music education and songwriting for people of all ages. Among the initiatives, 24 Lennon contest winners will receive an Epiphone LTD Edition Les Paul Quilt Top Pro and an Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Acoustic Round Hole.  Songwriters, artists and bands are encouraged to enter the 24th annual JLSC with over $300,000K in cash awards and giveaways. All entrants will also qualify for weekly contests, offering additional gear giveaways including a Gibson guitar.

October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His contributions to music, culture, activism, art and fashion resonate to this day. In celebration, the Lennon Bus and Contest will have a virtual Imagine Party on October 9 on the Lennon Bus’ Instagram Live (HERE). The special show will feature celebrities, JLSC winners, Lennon Bus participants and educators. Tune in to hear in depth stories around John Lennon’s Gibson guitars and the songs he wrote with them, as well as giveaways and promotions.

Brian Rothschildco-founder and executive director of both the Lennon Bus and the JLSC, said, “While venues, live music and events are on hold, we’re focused on the songwriting contests and providing songwriters with even more gear each week while they are stuck at home. Contest entries help support Lennon Bus programs and Gibson Gives shares the same commitment to the next generation of players.”

“Gibson Gives is all about inspiring, creating, and supporting music one guitar at a time,” says James ‘JC’ CurleighCEO of Gibson. “This is our opportunity to ‘imagine’ what could be possible for future musicians by partnering with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, especially during this challenging era.”

John Lennon Songwriting Contest and John Lennon Educational Tour Bus:


Gibson Gives:







Monday, 28 September 2020




Blackpool’s special place in the story of the greatest band of all time will be celebrated when The Mersey Beatles bring their smash hit show to the resort’s famous Winter Gardens.

After wowing sell-out audiences around the globe, the world’s best-loved Liverpool-born Beatles tribute will play an unmissable show at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday November 21.

Tickets – priced just £18 – went on sale at 10am on Friday September 25 from

The Beatles themselves played Blackpool no fewer than 11 times – including two sell-out dates at the Opera House in 1964. They also played legendary hits Help! and Yesterday live for the first time anywhere in the world during a live TV broadcast from the resort in 1965.

These unforgettable Blackpool moments will be replayed by The Mersey Beatles on November 21 in a true feel-good show that not only captures the spirit and sound of Beatlemania, but the psychedelic wonder of the Fab Four’s Sgt Pepper album and the melodic brilliance of their later work.

Formed in Liverpool in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) Brian Ambrose (Ringo) any Tony Cook (keyboards) – were the resident Beatles’ band at the legendary Cavern Club between 2002-2012 where they clocked up more than 600 shows.


Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles have toured the world many times over winning legions of fans, including members of the Beatles’ own families.

Julia Baird, John Lennon‘s sister
: “The Mersey Beatles absolutely nail the sound of The Beatles. They have that brilliant ability to get people up on their feet dancing and John would have loved that!”

And The British Beatles Fan Club described them as:
"The best Beatles tribute band around”

The Mersey Beatles know the Fylde coast well. They have played three sell-out nights at Lytham Festival and cannot wait to return to Blackpool on November 21.

Steven said:
“We’ve played all over the world in the last 20 years, but Blackpool Opera House is a real bucket list moment for any performer. The list of artists who have performed on that world-famous stage – including The Beatles themselves – is just incredible.

“Blackpool has such a strong connection with The Beatles and their story so we can’t wait to play the very same songs they did when they were here and celebrate those legendary moments with the audience.”

The show is part of the Winter Gardens’ Safe and Sound series of events. The Opera House’s 3,000 capacity has been reduced to 800 to allow for social distancing between audience members. There are also increased public health measures throughout the venue.

Mark added:
“Given the global pandemic, this year has obviously been really hard for all musicians. Our world tour was stopped back in February and we’ve been itching to get back out to play for a live audience so this gig is going to be very special.

“It’s brilliant that with the measures the venue has put in place people can come to shows again. We’ve had some great gigs on the Fylde coast – most recently three sell-out nights at Lytham Festival – so it will be great to return and play the Opera House. Blackpool get ready for a fantastic night!”