Friday, 12 January 2018

Kings Heath Beatle Fest 2018

For more information go to www.kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk
Originally named The Fab Four they were the first Beatles tribute band to play the Cavern when it re-opened and are mentioned in music writer and Merseybeat historian Spencer Leigh’s book ‘The Cavern, The Most Famous Club in the World’. And they still continue to play at the Cavern on a regular basis. Expect all The Beatles greatest hits in a two hour concert that been described as unique, uncontrived, exciting and mind blowing!
Tickets for the Beatles All You Need Is Love Session at Fletchers cost £4 in advance from www.kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk Twitter: @KHWalkofFame Facebook: www.facebook.com/kingsheathwalkoffame Contact: info@kingsheathwalkoffame.org.uk Phone: 0121 689 2360 or 443 5237
Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 from www.wegottickets.com/event/422097 Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on door. Tickets for Made in Liverpool at the Hare & Hounds are available from https://www.skiddle.com/e/13114755 First 30 cost only £8 + BF, then £10 + BF with any remaining costing £12 on the door Web Site:

Thursday, 11 January 2018

And the winner is.....

Our members only competition to win tickets to Macca:The Concert ended December 31 and we have a winner!

Congratulations Tim Wyncoll. We hope you enjoy the show!

Many thanks to all who entered. Even if you didn't win, you can still get tickets go to see this excellent show on the show's website!
 
Thanks also to Joe Richardson Marketing for providing the prize.

Fan needs help finding NZ Tour Programme

Can you help?

One of our club members attended Paul McCartney's recent concert in Auckland, New Zealand.  He reports that the concert was fabulous but he was disappointed that the concert program was sold out.

In his own words: "I only have one disappointment from going to the McCartney very last One On One concert in Auckland New Zealand, they had run out of programmes which sold for $40.00nz, Australia they were only $20.00 aus. Does anyone know how I can get hold of one?"

If you have a spare one or know where he can get one, please email the information to website@BritishBeatlesFanclub.co.uk and we will pass it on to Mike.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Christmas with the Beatles

One of our members, Alan Millen, has several contributions on our Fan Art page including this song which we added to the page a few years ago.  However, the tune is catchy and we thought we'd dust it off and share it again. Thanks Alan for sharing!

Friday, 15 December 2017

December Magazine is out!

Issue 64 of our quarterly magazine is out now for your holiday reading. If you are a member, it is in the post. Non members can order a copy from our website here.

Issue 64 (December 2017) includes:
  • Editorial
  • The Beatles A Day In The Life
  • Media Watch
  • Coming Up-Forthcoming Events
  • On the Bus with The Beatles
  • The Beatles NOT For Sale
  • Magical Mystery Tour...50 years on
  • The Decca Auditions; Part 1
  • The Beatles and their cars
  • Paperback Writers
  • Beatles Boots
  • Try Some, Buy Some-New Releases
  • Harry Nilsson and The Beatles
  • Crap Photo of the Month

Monday, 4 December 2017

EX-BEATLE TO MAKE ACTING DEBUT!

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Former Beatles drummer, Pete Best, is to play himself in a brand new comedy stage production called, Lennon's BanjoWritten by Rob Fennah, the show is about a quest to find the holy grail of pop memorabilia - the first instrument John Lennon learned to play which has been missing for 60 years and now worth millions to whoever finds it.
 
Set in present day Liverpool, the stage play is based on the novel 'Julia's Banjo' by Rob Fennah and Helen A Jones.
 
Pete said: "I read the novel 'Julia's Banjo' some years ago and thought it was a great mix of fact and fiction with regards to the Beatles and the elusive banjo. It made me smile; a really enjoyable read. So, when speaking to Rob Fennah about the book becoming a stage play, I said in passing, 'I should play me!' And low and behold, here I am doing a few of the performances.  I would have loved to have done all of them but prior commitments made that impossible. Anyway, either with me, or the actor playing me, this show is going to be great fun!"
 
Rob Fennah, added: “As a huge Beatles’ fan, I was gobsmacked when Pete said he wanted to do it. Having a real life Beatle up there on stage is going to be a fantastic buzz, not just for those fortunate enough to get tickets for the shows Pete is performing in, but for the whole cast and crew. As for the play itself, I have matched the story to historical reality including dates, places and events. I want everyone to enjoy their romp through Beatledom and come out of the theatre believing, as I do, that the banjo is still out there somewhere just waiting to be found. It's The Beatles meets The Da Vinci Code!”
 
Pete Best's confirmed performance dates will be Wednesday 25th April 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Saturday 5th May at 7.30pm.
 
Lennon’s Banjo – one of the most hotly-anticipated new plays of 2018 - will premiere at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre next spring.
 
Produced by Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms, Lennon’s Banjo will open at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 24 April 2018 for a two-week run, continuing through until Saturday 5 May.
 
Directed by Mark Heller, Lennon’s Banjo stars Eric Potts, Jake Abraham, Mark Moraghan, Stephanie Dooley, Lynn Francis and Roy Carruthers, with more cast to be announced soon.
 
On 9 October 1957, a young John Lennon turned 17. It was the last birthday he would spend with his mother, Julia, who was killed the following summer in a road traffic accident. 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Julia's death and the banjo's disappearance.
 
It is well documented that Lennon was estranged from his parents and brought up by his Aunt Mimi. He said in many of his interviews: “I lost my mother twice. Once when I was five-years-old when she left me with my Aunt Mimi, and again at 17 when she was run over by a drunken off-duty police officer.”
 
It was Julia Lennon who introduced John to the world of pop music, teaching him to play rock and roll on a banjo, given to her by John's grandfather. Lennon often recounted how he would sneak off to visit his mum who lived only a few miles away. There, he would learn to play songs like ‘That’ll Be The Day’. He has been quoted as saying: “Mum would sit there with endless patience until I managed to work out all the chords.”
 
Mysteriously, the banjo went missing shortly after Julia Lennon’s death and no-one has set eyes on it since. One thing is certain though, if it did resurface it is estimated to be worth in the region of five million pounds.
 
“The intrigue and mystery surrounding Lennon’s missing banjo, and the logic that it could be sitting in somebody’s attic right now, has the potential to make headlines around the world. The story crosses over beautifully from fiction to fact and back again to tease and tantalise you into believing every word is true.” Trinity Mirror
 
So where do the facts end and the fiction begin? Everything will be revealed in this intriguing, colourful and fast-paced comic caper starring a talented cast of actors.
 
Watch the Promo Video here  https://youtu.be/ddpVnRStAmo   
 
For more info visit www.lennonsbanjo.com
 
Twitter @LennonsBanjo #FindTheBanjo
Facebook/LennonsBanjo
 
LISTING INFORMATION

LENNON’S BANJO
Epstein Theatre
Tue 24 April – Sat 5 May 2018
Tickets from £16
Group Rates Available
 
HOW TO BOOK

Tickets are on sale now. 
 
EPSTEIN THEATRE
CALL: 0844 888 4411
IN PERSON: Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ |Mon-Thu 2pm-6pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-6pm

TICKETQUARTER
ONLINE:
www.ticketquarter.co.uk
CALL: 0844 8000 410
IN PERSON: Echo Arena Box Office, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP | 12noon on Echo Arena event days, and from 9am - 6pm on Fridays.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

New Book Review: ASTRID KIRCHHERR WITH THE BEATLES

ASTRID KIRCHHERR WITH THE BEATLES
Damiani Books ISBN 978-88-6208-574-8
Price: £22.50

The photographs of Astrid Kirchherr are legendary.

Capturing pictures of an unknown band called The Beatles during their stint in Hamburg between 1960 and 1962, these pictures proved to be the best set of images of The Beatles during this period and have been published many times in various books and magazines.

This book, however, goes further than these images. The story of how Astrid came to take the Hamburg photographs has been documented many times. What is less known, and written about, is her time with The Beatles after they made it to stardom.

Some of the most interesting pictures are from a 1963 holiday in Tenerife which Astrid attended with the boys.

Another lesser known fact is that Astrid was invited to the filming of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in 1964, and the book has some excellent photographs from the set of the film. Astrid handed these negatives to Max Scheler for a magazine feature, and many of her photographs were incorrectly attributed to him. Ulf Kruger, Astrid’s manager, later rectified this error.

After working on the film, Astrid and Max took a tour of Liverpool, and there are some brilliant photographs capturing life in the city in 1964.

The book is a wonderful collection of Astrid’s work, and whilst there have been more extensive books on Astrid’s work, particularly by Genesis Publications, this book is an excellent collection and more affordable for most Beatles fans.

~Ernie Sutton