Monday, 23 December 2013

New Book: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

New Book - The Beatles At Shea Stadium
The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert
By Dave Schwensen
Author of The Beatles In Cleveland

The Beatles' performance at New York's Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of 55,600 fans. It was the height of Beatlemania and launched the modern era of outdoor stadium shows.

The Beatles At Shea Stadium tells the story of this concert through researched commentary and exclusive interviews with over 40 Beatles insiders, friends and fans. Contributors include:

* Cousin Bruce Morrow - legendary NYC deejay
* Peter Bennett - named World's Top Promotion Man by Billboard Magazine
* Nedra Tally-Ross - member of Rock Hall inductees The Ronettes
* Ken Mansfield - U.S. Manager of the Beatles' Apple Records

The story begins in 1963 with Bernstein scheduling the then-unknown group for two concerts at Carnegie Hall and the first wave of U.S. Beatlemania in 1964. Follow events leading up to Shea Stadium as the Beatles arrive in New York, tape their final in studio appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, attend a never-before revealed dinner at Rockefeller Center, and go backstage as they nervously prepare to face their largest live audience.

The concert and excitement surrounding their performance are described in detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts, and gives new insights into making the television special, secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast, and subsequent restoration of the classic film. Book includes rare photos, memorabilia, and never-before published correspondence, documents and production notes.

280 pages / North Shore Publishing / Available in soft cover trade paperback (retail - $24.95) and eBook ($9.99)

About The Author:

Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and lecturer, and author of six books including The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts.

A nationally recognized comedy coach for The Improv Comedy Club, his insider's knowledge of the entertainment industry was earned as talent coordinator for the television show A&E's An Evening At The Improv, The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and as talent consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios.

Dave is also the author of How To Be A Working Comic, Comedy FAQs And Answers, Comedy Workshop and Father's Days... And Nights.
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North Shore Publishing 2013

International Beatleweek 2014 - On Sale Now!

An early Christmas present from us to you as the eagerly awaited International Beatleweek line-up for 2014 is announced.

International Beatleweek 2014 

20th to 26th August
Celebrating 50 years since the British Invasion

Think of it as an early Christmas present from us to you as we announce the events and line up for next years festival. Highlights include the return of New York's finest The Fab Faux, two stunning performances from US Legends Chris Montez & Tommy Roe, not to mention a very special visit to Liverpool's iconic and Beatle relevant Town Hall.
It is 50 years since The Beatles took America and the world by storm and this theme is at the forefront of our festival. We will pay tribute to the bands involved in 'The British Invasion' including The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. As well as welcoming back The Overtures, we'll also be paying tribute to Sir Paul and his long-spanning musical career with our show Paul McCartney 'A Retrospective'.  Add a little Peace & Love, a 14 hour convention, Ringer Starr Band, Grammy Award winning Mark Hudson and you have got one heck of a festival...

Hotel and Ticket Packages are

International Beatleweek favourites The Tearaways have released their brand new single 'We're All Gonna Drink Tonight' and 'Baby Blue' which can be downloaded from iTunes Store now!
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Monday, 16 December 2013

Review: The Hard Day's Night Treatment from Lush Spa Liverpool

Review by Donna Jackson

A Fabulous Spa Treatment to the Music of the Fab Four!

I'm not a fan of massages.  I have very sensitive skin, I bruise easily and I don't like being prodded or poked. Therefore I was rather nervous when I was invited to try the new Hard Day's Night treatment at the Lush Spa in Liverpool.  My nervousness was compounded when, at the launch event at the Hard Day's Night hotel, we were told that this could be quite an intensive massage and that it could be quite uncomfortable at times.

If I'm totally honest, as I walked up the stairs to the spa on the day of my appointment, I was dreading what was to come.

However, within minutes my fears started to melt away, and before long they were gone completely.  Before the treatment started Helen, who did my treatment, sat and had a chat with me.  I completed a medical questionnaire and explained how nervous I was.  She told me not to worry, and reassured me that all treatments could be tailored to people's individuals needs.

At the launch event, we were told that the aim of the treatment was to take the client from the stresses and strains of every day life to being so relaxed that the temptation is to fall asleep, and every stage and element of the treatment worked to do just that.

Once inside the "Hard Day's Night" treatment room, I changed into pyjamas that had been wrapped around a hot water bottle and so were lovely and warm.  The layout and lighting in the room added to the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, and feeling cosy and warm I settled down on the massage table. 

The whole of the treatment takes place against a background of Beatles music that has been arranged by Simon Emmerson and Simon Richmond specifically for this treatment, and it's clear that a lot of thought has gone into the way that the various stages of the treatment tie into the music.  The treatment begins against the background of sounds of busy everyday life, and the first song is, of course, 'A Hard Day's Night'.  By the end of the treatment, over an hour later, as Golden Slumbers played in the background, I felt relaxed, but also energised and refreshed.

The soundtrack was a perfect background for the treatment throughout the whole session, but there were a couple of elements that I really, really loved.  The hand massage took place to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (what else?!) and "Flying" provided the backing track to the part of the treatment that had been inspired by the Beatles Cirque de Soleil show, Love, and involved the use of ribbons.  Although I enjoyed the whole of the treatment, that was my favourite part and my only regret was that it didn't last for longer!  

At the end of the treatment, I was left alone to relax and meditate for a few minutes before getting dressed again, and then joining Helen for tea and biscuits!  Everyone who has the treatment also is given a Golden Slumbers bath bomb to keep the feelings of peace, calm and relaxation lasting even longer.

So -- in summary -- a unique spa treatment that left me feeling wonderfully relaxed and yet energised, fabulous Beatles music, tea, biscuits and a present at the end of it!  All in all, an absolutely perfect afternoon at Lush Spa Liverpool.

Before the treatment began I was dreading it, and now I can't wait to go back and do it again!

If you're used to massages, you'll love this treatment.  If you're like me, and think that massages aren't for you ... you'll love this treatment!

The Hard Day's Night treatment is exclusive to Lush Spa Liverpool.  To find out more, or to book an appointment, telephone Lush Spa Liverpool on 0151 236 6952 or visit the website by clicking HERE!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Review: The Fab Four "Hark!" -- Possibly the Best Christmas Album Ever!

Review by Donna Jackson

Hark! (Classic Christmas Songs Performed in a Beatles Style)

I'm not usually a fan of albums by Beatles tribute bands.  I think that tribute bands are great for live performances; after all, it's not like we can see the Beatles perform live.  But, if I want to listen to music, I'd much rather listen to the originals.  I mean, there really is no-one quite like the Beatles.

But this album is different!  Hark! by The Fab Four is a collection of traditional Christmas songs and carols that are all performed in the style of the Beatles.   And although that may sound strange, the combination really works, and it works brilliantly!

While Beatle purists may shudder at these adaptations, for me they captured the fun and sense of humour of the Beatles.  The album also reflected the creativity and ingenuity that exuded from everything the Beatles did throughout the 1960s and beyond.  

I don't want to go into any details about the various song combinations because half the fun is the surprise when a Beatles song morphs into a Christmas song ... but you'll probably never think of Jingle Bells in the same way again!  Each combination, though, works perfectly, reflecting the musical ability and talent of The Fab Four.  My only criticism is that the attempt at Liverpool accents sometimes falls short and listening to Winter Wonderland was a little bit painful, but the clever substitution of some lyrics ("honey pie" and "flaming pie" for "pumpkin pie") more than made up for it.

If you love Christmas music and you love Beatles music, and you have a sense of humour and sense of fun, then this CD is a must!  

Hark! is available both as a CD and an instant download (via amazon and itunes).  For more information about the album, and how to buy, visit The Fab Four's website by clicking HERE!


1.) Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer12.) The Christmas Song
2.) Joy To The World13.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3.) Feliz Navidad14.) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4.) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing15.) What Child Is This?
5.) Away In A Manger16.) Blue Christmas
6.) Good King Wenceslas17.) Dear Santa
7.) It Came Upon A Midnight Clear18.) The Little Drummer Boy
8.) Winter Wonderland19.) Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
9.) Frosty The Snowman20.) Jingle Bells
10.) Let It Snow21.) Sleigh Ride Bonus Track
11.) Silent Night22.) The First Noel Bonus Track

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

December Shoppers Package from only £79.00 at the Hard Day's Night Hotel!

Add a touch of luxury to your Christmas shopping in Liverpool with this fabulous offer from The Hard Day's Night Hotel!

Don't waste one minute of your visit to Liverpool, arrive and hit the streets for some of the best shopping in Europe, check-in to your luxurious bedroom and relax in the exclusive surroundings that is Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool.

This super one night midweek package is available Sunday to Friday inclusive (subject to availability) includes full English Breakfast, so you don't have to worry about stopping shopping for food as you will be fuelled up and ready to 'shop till you drop'

The Package includes:
A Luxury Room - Twin or Double
Full English Breakfast

The price for this package is £79.00 per night inclusive of VAT based on one person in the room

The price for two persons sharing is £89.00 inclusive of VAT based on 2 sharing

To take advantage of the super offer simply call reservations on +44 (0) 151 236 1964 selecting option 1 or email And quote December Shoppers Package

For full details, visit the Hard Day's Night Hotel website here:

The Christmas London Beatles Day is This Sunday!

Sunday 15th December sees  the Christmas London Beatles Day take place at THE SHERLOCK HOLMES HOTEL, 108 Baker Street, London, W1U 6LJ - which is yards from the former Apple Boutique, and just a  2 minutes walk from Baker Street station (and just 1 Underground stop from Abbey Road)  & Madame Tussauds.
There will be the usual top selection of Beatles dealers  from all over the UK & beyond offering an amazing selection of everything Beatles from  badges to books to signed albums & rare original memorabilia, CDs, T shirts, We pride ourselves on the great selection of Beatles vinyl records from around the UK & the world which will be offered from £1 to £1000+ We are pleased to say many new items including records & CDs will be offered since the last show.

Grab yourself a Beatles bargain – the perfect place to find that perfect Beatles Christmas gift.

We are pleased to welcome Liverpool Authors David Bedford with his brand new book, and welcome back Kevin Roach and all the way from Paris Eric Krasker with his book.  Music will be supplied by the very talented FAB TWINS - who played some great songs at our October show. 

ADMISSION TO THE BEATLES DAY IS ONLY £3 - Doors open at 10am – 4.00 pm – licensed bar & cafĂ© on site - many food outlets very close by, easy ground floor access for disabled people, remember there is NO congestion charge in London on Sundays, free street parking nearby, nearest Underground/Tube Baker Street.

As always come and have a chat with fellow Beatles fans - Always a great day out with like minded friendly Beatles people...

For London Beatles Day event details check out:
Or call 07801 564622 / 07785 923695

Mark Lewisohn Interview London Beatles Day 20 Oct 2013 - YouTube

Sunday, 1 December 2013

'Good Ol' Freda' Set for TV Airing in UK!

Great news from the producers of Good Ol' Freda:

"Good Ol' Freda will be airing on More 4 during the week beginning December 10.  At the moment, we don't know the exact date, so make sure to keep an eye on TV listings!

The more fans that watch it....the more it will play! 

The other great news is that that the Good Ol' Freda DVD is being released officially on December 4 in the UK with extras including deleted stories and a commentary by Freda and Ryan!

It's available for purchase NOW by UK buyers on the website It's easy....just click on the link provided.  Shipping will around Dec 6. 

We're currently working on mailing DVDs to our original Kickstarter Backers without whom this film wouldn't have gotten made.

We're hoping it will become a popular Christmas gift for Beatle people! We have lots of 'bundles' to buy too: DVD/film poster/film t-shirt)."

Kathy McCabe
Good Ol' Freda

A documentary by Ryan White about the Beatles' trusted friend and secretary, Freda Kelly. A Magnolia Pictures film.