He Said Today
A Letter from Beatle Brunch Host, Joe Johnson
What a summer its been once again for Beatle fans. Paul
is knocking it out of all the parks hes been playing this
summer, most notably Yankee Stadium, where he debuted The
Night Before for the first time since it was recorded in
1965. See the performance in the video downloads section of The
Beatle Brunch Club. Im looking forward to seeing all my
friends from the Midwest this coming weekend in Chicago for The
Fest for Beatles Fans annual celebration. Ill be hosting,
along with Tom Frangione, Name That Beatle Tune for
amazing Brunch prizes, like Billy Joels Live at Shea
Stadium CD / DVD, Pauls remastered McCartney
and McCartney II, plus tons of Beatle books, posters
and DVDs, so join me, wont you? Of course, if you drop by
The Beatle Brunch table, well record you for an upcoming
Beatle Brunch program to air later this month nationwide. And
as a special gift, anyone who joins The Beatle Brunch Club at
our fest table will get a free Beatle book or similar prize, worth
the price of membership, so THIS is the THE weekend to join! Come
on by the Brunch table, take some photos with us and make a request!
Plus join me and Brunch contributor and Beatlefan writer Al Sussman
as we talk about Beatles Radio, in a special Beatles and
Bagels presentation Sunday morning at 11:30 at The Fest.
I cant believe that its been 40 years since the worlds
first benefit concert. Listen the weekend of August 6th to hear
a special edition of Beatle Brunch paying tribute to The
Concert for Bangladesh with my exclusive interview with
Olivia Harrison and great songs and stories from the show, plus
you can win the remastered CFB CDs from Capitol EMI. The following
week, its our anniversary of Shea Beatle Brunch, with a
special visit to Billy Joels The Last Play at Shea
film, where Billy and Paul tell the story on how they came together
for the last show at Shea. Plus, the movie company has given us
a limited amount of the DVDs to give away, so listen and win in
our Mind Games contest.
Have a great remaining summer and mark your calendar to look for
us at the Chicago Fest!
All The Beatle Best,
Super Bowl & The BTC
Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012 promises to be an incredible event,
and if you ever thought about cruising, this is the way to go.
Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas is one helluva luxurious
cruise ship. Frankly, we have never seen anything like it. There
are so many things you can enjoy while on board, it really doesnt
matter if the ship leaves the port, but visiting the Western Caribbean
just adds another dimension to the excitement making it a brilliant
adventure. Joe Johnson, Tony Bramwell, Laurence Juber and Mark
Hudson are thrilled to be a part of it. They cant wait to
entertain you. In addition, the boys in The Beatles Tribute, Revolution,
are gearing up for a week long party with the Beatle Brunch gang.
Tim Piper who plays John Lennon in the band will perform a special
gig just for the BTC group. Joe J. and Company will reminisce
about the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show; L
J and his magical finger picking talent will astound you;
Hudsons extra splash of concert color will crack you up,
and Bramwells stories and videos will absolutely amaze you.
So, dont miss the boat, call Angela from Music
iN M'Ocean at 877-291-1952 and book your reservations.
Ask her for a Beatle Brunch Treat.
Best of BTCruisers
Woody Lifton, writes:
During the past two years my two favorite Beatles events were
the Beatles Tribute Cruises hosted by Joe Johnson of Beatle Brunch.
Oh, I've been to the Fest and other Beatles events but this one
simply blows them all away. In 2010 we spent 6 nights in the Caribbean
aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas along with May
Pang, Nancy Lee Andrews, Paul Saltzman, Shannon, Jorie Gracen
and BritBeat. This was an incredibly fun cruise on the most luxurious
cruise ship I had ever been on. We stopped at Cozumel Mexico,
Costa Maya and Belize City all great ports with plenty of items
to shop for and great restaurants for us to get a drink or two,
but the best part was the Beatles activities and special guests.
BritBeat played 4 concerts, there were Q & A sessions with
May, Nancy, Jorie and Paul and Shannon unveiled 8 paintings from
her "Hard Days Night Hotel Collection". I walked off
that ship with my head in the clouds and friendships with a great
bunch of Beatles fans and the special Beatles guests. I still
stay in touch with all of them. Getting on board the Liberty of
the Seas for Beatles Tribute Cruise 2011, I thought to myself
"How the hell are these people going to top last year's BTC?"
Well they did. This time we cruised for 8 nights with stops in
St. Thomas, St Martin, San Juan and the exotic private island
of Labadee. The special guests were Laurence Juber, Tony Bramwell,
Tony Perkins, Shannon, Joe Johnson and YESTERDAY. Getting the
chance to see Laurence Juber in TWO private concerts was simply
amazing and hanging out with Tony Bramwell in the bars each night,
talking Beatles, was a real highlight. We saw films from Tony
Perkins, Shannon, Tony Bramwell and had a special viewing of LET
HIM BE, This cruise was just as much fun and the ship was just
as nice. I had such a great time I can't wait for BTC 2012 on
the OASIS of the SEAS - that's supposed to be the best ship in
Joshua Lapin-Bertone, writes:
What is your favorite experience as a Beatles fan? Was it a
concert? A chance meeting with your favorite Beatle or Beatle
related person? Was it simply the first magical time you heard
your favorite Beatles song on Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch? For
me, it could only be my experience on the 2010 and 2011 Beatles
Tribute Cruises. As a Beatles fan, they really were dreams come
true. Growing up I devoured Beatle books by Tony Bramwell and
May Pang. These people are more famous to me than any Lady Gaga
or Jonas Brother. Meeting them and hearing them speak of their
experiences was well worth the price of admission. Being able
to hang out with them at the pool, casino and dinner was also
a very good bonus. This is not like conventions where you might
get to spend two minutes with talent. By the end of the cruise
bonds and friendships are formed. In addition to insiders like
May and Tony, there was the great Beatles artist Shannon and some
great tribute groups. I cant even name all the awesome Beatles
people Ive gotten to know better because of the cruises!
It was also a great communal experience with other Beatle fans,
many of whom have become my lifelong friends. Ill never
forget talking photography with Nancy Andrews, or having dinner
with Tony Perkins, seeing Laurence Juber give private guitar lessons
and doing all this while enjoying a luxury cruise. Conventions
are fun, but they are crowded and you dont get to take as
much away from them. When I went on the Beatles Tribute Cruise,
I left with great friendships, awesome Beatles merchandise (everyone
wins a prize) and great tan! Forget the conventions, fests and
small tribute concerts. Splurge on the Beatles Tribute Cruise
2012 and you may be calling it your favorite experience as a Beatles
fan as well! I for one won't miss it.
Imagine Piper as Lennon
And just imagine being on The Beatles Tribute Cruise 2012 with
Tim Piper featured with Revolution in special, upfront and personal
If you're in the Los Angeles area you can see Tim as John at The
Hayworth Theatre. Use PROMO CODE, LOVE50 for a discount.
By the way, have you booked The BTC yet? www.MusicInMocean.com
Chat With Joe
Thursday @7 PM EST.
BBC Members DON'T MISS Joe this Thursday, August
4th at 7pm EST. His Chat Room appearance will preview some of
the action at the Chicago Fest For Beatles Fans. Please drop by
to say hello and if yer not a member yet.
Official BTC Vendor,
AllBeatlesStore.com is offering 2 - $250 Gift Certificates
as a Beatle Brunch Club Prize. Just sign up for a 1-year or 2-year
BBC membership and we'll select TWO active BBC'ers at random who
will each win $250 in store credit. AllBeatlesStore.com
carries a terrific Beatle Booty! You can blow it all at once or
use it, until you use it up. Go to the website and check out the
sexy new Beatles garter belts or the cool Sergeant Pepper USB
flash drives. There's an array of Christmas ornaments available
too; see all of the items that will be available to the winners.
Visit Dennis Kuglin's All Beatles Store booth in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada at The Beatles Maritime Event and The Orillia Beatles
Celebration, both in September.
No Purchase Necessary to win.
Up To The Windy City
ALL ABOUT IT
Join Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch entourage at the Chicago Fest
for Beatles Fans August 5th weekend at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
Headliners include PETER ASHER
(Peter & Gordon), JOEY
(Badfinger) and HENRY McCULLOUGH
Go to thefest.com
for more info.
Honored in Oregon
To all our fans in The Good'ol Northwest, Beatle Brunch and Event
Management Consultants are pleased to present The 2011 Roots
& Rhythms Summer Festival
, September 9 & 10, 2011
in Academy Square, Lebanon, Oregon.
Life We Once Knew
Lets Put the Beatles Back Together Again 1970-2010
By Jeff Walker, author
Here's a book for your Beatle Library and please
look for Jeff at the Chicago Fest this weekend. While you're there,
play Name That Beatle Tune with Joe and Tom. You just might win
a copy and we're sure Jeff will be happy to autograph it! See
you in a few days. Read
Attention Brunchers from Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto,
Montreal and points all around the Great Lakes region and Canada;
Rock on The 5th Annual 2011 Beatles Celebration in Orillia (pronounced,
OREELYA), Ontario, Canada, September 16 & 17,
Headline guest is JACKIE LOMAX who will perform and engage the
audience with recollections and stories about life with The
Beatles in the late 1960's. All of downtown Orillia will be
buzzin' with Beatles vendors, street performers food stations
and tribute bands. Two street dances are scheduled for Friday
and Saturday night featuring top notch Beatles tribute bands
and a beer garden. 'The McCartney Years' tribute band that played
the Opera House in 2010 will perform "ROCKSHOW" on
Saturday night in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the
Wings Over America tour. The set list from that historic tour
will be recreated.
Specialty programming at the Orillia Opera House will include
a full recreation of The Beatles' Maple Leaf Garden show from
1965 featuring recreation artists The Liverpool Echo. The Opera
House will be transformed into a Maple Leaf Gardens style venue
that will include vintage memorabilia from The Beatles original
appearances in Toronto from 1964, 1965 and 1966.
& The Faux Rock
Beatle Brunch Host Joe Johnson introduced the best note-perfect
Beatle band since the originals, The Fab Faux
, as they
rocked Ft. Lauderdales Parker Playhouse on Saturday night
July 23rd. This time the Boys featured about half of The Beatles
Abbey Road album, and mainly the difficult tracks. They blew through
Johns I Want You (Im So Heavy), then proceeded
to play the entire medley on side two, including Her Majesty.
The Fab Faux
is celebrating their 14th year together. They
are: bassist and lead singer Will Lee, Rich Pagano on drums and
vocals, Frank Agnello on guitar and vocals, Jack Petruzzelli on
keyboards and amazing vocals on Oh! Darling, plus
Jimmy Vivino on lead guitar and vocals. Visit www.thefabfaux.com
to find out when their next show is and definitely see these guys!
They are great and unlike anything youve ever heard. (Ron
A Stroke Of Genius
THE FAB FOUR ART CONTEST 2011 will offer an opportunity
for artists to show their work to the world. Submit your entry
NOW! BBC'er and World Famous Beatles Artist, Shannon says the
entries are pouring in, but there's always room for one more.
Please send your best stuff today! For more info go to: www.PeaceAndLoveGallery.com
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Concert for Bangladesh,
August 1, 1971, George Harrison's GRAMMY-winning album makes its
exclusive digital release debut on the iTunes Store. The iTunes
edition of The Concert for Bangladesh album includes Harrison's
"Bangla Desh" studio single, originally released July
5, 1971, as an exclusive bonus track. In the altruistic spirit
which gave birth to The Concert for Bangladesh, each download
will benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF* helping
to provide immediate emergency relief for children in famine and
drought-stricken regions in the Horn of Africa.
* iTunes, Apple Records Inc and all artists, songwriters and publishers
associated with Concert for Bangladesh, will keep no income from
the digital sales of the album and have waived all fees. Visit
to order the album. Visit TheConcertForBangladesh.com
to find out about The Concert and the George Harrison Fund For
Listen for a special "Beatle Brunch" 40th anniversary
show on the Concert for Bangladesh airing the weekend of August
GEO on HBO
Martin Scorseses documentary about George Harrison
will debut on HBO this fall. It will feature home movies and interviews
with surviving Beatles. Living in the Material World
be shown in two parts in early October. Other interviews include
Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, and record producers Phil Spector and
George Harrison: Living In The Material World
book by Olivia
Harrison hits the shelves in the next couple of months. Although
you can pre-order a copy now.
The book is said to draw on George Harrison's personal archive
of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, effectively
tracing his life, from is early Liverpool years, the Beatles era
and 'to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire',
not to mention his sidelines as a movie producer and Formula One
racing fan, for example.
Fan On The Run
Super Maccafan Rick G (aka "Fans On The Run"), who regularly
follows McCartney's concert tours, unexpectedly ran into his idol
while in Detroit visiting the Hitsville Motown museum. As he was
leaving, some cars pulled up, bringing the star. Paul recognized
Rick and gave him a hug, revealing that, "I always look for
you" (in the concert crowds). A special day for Rick G indeed!
Paul's "On the Run" Tour Rocks
Paul has added some new tunes to his set list, most
notably, The Night Before from Help!
He's been rockin Yankee Stadium, Detroit, Montreal, Wrigley
Field Chicago and he's gonna knock it outta The Great American
Ball Park Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday August 4th.
Ringo has wrapped up his All Starr Band in Europe, and has decided
to keep touring with the band adding 10 shows in November South
of the Border; Mexico, Chile, Argentina & Brazil. Heres
the itinerary as listed on www.ringostarr.com
Check the site for special ticket packages and watch the press
conference from Surry to see special press conference performances.
Ringos current band is the same great group that toured
the States last year: Ringo of course, Rick Derrenger, Richard
Page, Gary Wright, Edgar Winter, Wally Palmer and Greg Bissonette.
1 Nov Mexico City National Auditorium (Tickets go on sale
4 Nov Santiago Movistar Arena
7 Nov Buenos Aires Luna Park (Tickets go on sale July 11)
10 Nov Porto Alegre Gigantinho (Tickets go on sale July
12 Nov Sao Paulo Credicard Hall (Tickets go on sale July
13 Nov Sao Paulo Credicard Hall (Tickets go on sale July
15 Nov Rio De Janeiro Chevrolet Hall (Tickets go on sale
16 Nov Belo Horizonte Citibank Hall (Tickets go on sale
18 Nov Brasilia Convention Hall (Tickets go on sale July
20 Nov Recife Chevrolet Hall (Tickets go on sale July 18)
on Buddy Holly
A tribute CD to Buddy Holly is out and features a Holly cover
by Paul, Its So Easy. The 19 track CD was issued
on June 28th to commemorate what would have been Buddys
75th birthday this September 7th. Also contributing Buddy songs
to the disc are: Patti Smith, Cee Lo Green, Kid Rock, Nick Lowe,
Graham Nash and Lou Reed & the Detroit Cobras. Hear Pauls
track in our downloads section of the Beatle Brunch Club, but
also hear the cooler, acoustic version thats only available
here or as a download via i-tunes. Though not on the CD, Ringo
has also recently filmed a tribute to Buddy that will be available
soon. The Beatles only released one Buddy song on their official
albums, Words of Love can be found on Beatles
For Sale, but both Paul and John recorded Buddy songs in
their solo days. Listen to win the CD the weekend of September
4th, just before Buddys birthday.
on BBC'er Jim Blue
The Beatle Brunch Club sports a few talented members who enjoy
interacting with our terrific community of Beatles fans. We want
everyone to know what Clublife is all about and Jim's story tells
it best. Live The Culture and JOIN
It was undoubtedly the most defining moment in my life ...
1963. I remember the room I was in, the radio, the second hand
book case the radio was placed on, even the lighting in the room.
"I Want To Hold Your Hand", the most amazingly memorable
song I had ever heard, was being sung by a band with what seemed
to be a strange name at the time - The Beatles. I had never heard
anything like it. The chorus stuck in my mind like velcro. I heard
the song once and couldn't stop it from playing in my brain. I
didn't want to stop it! And then, soon after that, seeing The
Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, so hypnotized by their performance
that I totally blocked out my parent's snide comments about their
hair, their soaring falsetto, and the way they shook their heads
when they sang. I was hooked. I knew what I had to do. My mother
had a beat up old steel string acoustic guitar she used to play
stored in the attic. I dusted it off and several times tried desperately
to play the thick, rusty strings but after a week or so gave up
on it. Fortunately for me, my brother Charlie, who was a professional
guitarist went into the navy and left his Fender MusicMaster electric
guitar and Gibson amp behind for me to "borrow."
My best friend Bob had a pair of drumsticks and we jammed together
for months. His drumset at the time was several books arranged
so they simulated a drumset. Bob's dad recognized his talent and
thought we sounded pretty good together so he bought Bob a brand
new Ludwig drum kit. To us, we sounded awesome just as a twosome.
No vocals, just guitar and drums, but it wasn't long before we
added other members to complete the lineup of our first band,
The Outcasts. Our band soon became popular so my parents lent
me the money to buy my dream setup. A sunburst Fender Jaguar electric
guitar and a Fender Twin Reverb amp. Soon after, I invested the
cash from a paying gig in a stylin' pair of green, blue, and red
paisley bell-bottoms that my fellow "Outcasts" nicknamed
my vegetable pants. I think they were just jealous! ;-) Learning
my favorite songs on the radio was always easy for me because
I was born with near perfect pitch and the ability to learn songs
by ear. I did take guitar lessons and learned how to read music.
Learning to sight read was especially challenging because, after
playing a song once, I typically would know it almost by heart.
All of the local guitar teacher's lessons revolved around the
typical Mel Bay style methods so I stopped taking lessons. I did
my own research and began teaching myself sight reading using
the guitar methods authored by William Leavitt of the Berklee
College of Music. His lessons offered less predictable note and
chord patterns that worked perfect for me. Over the years I've
played thousands of gigs in top notch bands touring across the
United States and abroad as lead guitarist and vocalist. I've
collaboration with writers, producers, and publishers around the
world. I write, perform, and sing all of my originals, and I record
and produce them in my studio. Yes, The Beatles definitely changed
the course of my life and they continue to. Throughout the years
I've never lost the vision that the Beatles brought into perfect
focus for me. My unquenchable desire to play music and to drink
from the universal river of creativity. To that end, I have continued
to hone my musical and songwriting craft and can honestly say
that I am a better songwriter, singer, and guitarist now than
I ever have been at any point in my life. It has been said that
luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I am prepared. So,
whenever the opportunity to make music comes my way, I am always
ready to fulfill the dream that was inspired so many years ago
by my most favorite band of all time, The Beatles. www.JimBlueMusic.com
If you're a BBC Member see some of Jim's guitar lessons in our
Week 47 Years Ago
WABC All American Top 10 August 1, 1964
1. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
2. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
3. Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
4. Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
5. Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
6. Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
7. I Get Around - The Beach Boys
8. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
9. I Wanna Love Him So Bad - The Jelly Beans
10. People Say - The Dixie Cups
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