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BBC Members: You Can Chat Live With
Mark Hudson

On Sunday, October 11th at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time BBC'ers can ask Mark all about his latest DVD,
"Sound Stage with Ringo Starr and the Roundheads" his latest CD "The Artist" and what's going on with The Hudson Brothers.

Don't miss this Live Chat!


Mark’s new CD "The Artist" is on sale now. Ask Mark about it!

You can go to and order yours. Brunchers will be very happy to hear, “So You Are A Star,” featuring Ringo on drums and stay tuned to Beatle Brunch for a spotlight of the song. While you’re on Mark's website look at some of the music videos he produced. They’re hilarious! Check out some of the amazing guest stars that pop up too.
From "The Artist":

Over the past Summer, Mark’s worked with a band, The Gray Lions, a three piece Fillmore East rock band featuring the distinct guitar playing of Marc Rubinstein. He’s also been in Boston helping Steven Tyler with his book, "Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?" and writing songs, hopefully for the next album.

They were touring until Tyler fell off the stage during a gig and dislocated his shoulder. Well, that’s one way to end the tour, even though Mark still says, “ Sometimes I feel like I'm becoming Steven Tyler with smaller lips and maybe a bigger ... never mind.”





Paul McCartney was the last rocker (with Billy Joel), to close historic Shea Stadium, so it’s only fitting that he was chosen to kick off a new era of concerts there. And now “Good Evening New York City” is coming, featuring Macca’s three nights at the new home of The Mets: Citifield.

“It was three great nights for the band and for me personally it was very exciting to be back opening a new stadium on the site of the old Shea Stadium where we had played 44 years previously. Even more exciting because this time round you could hear us!”

Paul McCartney's historic three-night musical christening was witnessed by 120,000-plus attendees and universally hailed as a concert experience for the ages, and now you can have Paul in your living room every night beginning November 17 when Hear Music/Concord Music Group releases “Good Evening New York City”. This momentous musical experience will be available in two formats: a 3-disc (2 CD + 1 DVD) standard edition and a 4-disc (2 CD + 2 DVD) deluxe version featuring expanded packaging and a bonus DVD including McCartney's traffic-stopping, headline-making July 15 performance on the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee outside The Late Show With David Letterman (including bonus numbers not broadcast). The set will also be made available in high quality vinyl.

The 30+ songs and nearly 3 hours of music comprising “Good Evening New York City” are a must-have for attendees wishing to relive the July 17, 18 & 21 shows, those who couldn't get tickets and/or anyone interested in an audiovisual document of a living legend.
“Good Evening New York City” marks McCartney’s 2nd release for Hear Music. The first was 2007’s highly acclaimed Memory Almost Full. The standard version of “Good Evening New York City” will be available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and wherever music is sold.

As the inaugural musical event at Citi Field, the site of the former Shea Stadium, the July 2009 shows held special significance not only for McCartney but for generations of his fans.
The shows were performed on the same hallowed ground that The Beatles, in 1965, played the 34-minute show that would set the precedent for the modern day stadium rock show--and where in 2008 McCartney joined Billy Joel for the final rock show before the original stadium's demolition. As documented on “Good Evening New York City”, "I'm Down" from the 1965 set list was revived for the Citifield shows, albeit this time played through a PA that was not overpowered by screaming fans (though there were still several thousand who tried). Other highlights include faithful takes on Beatles classics, some for the first time since 1966, including “
Day Tripper”, plus "Drive My Car," "Got To Get You Into My Life," "The Long And Winding Road," "Blackbird," "Eleanor Rigby," "Back In The USSR," "Paperback Writer," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "Helter Skelter" and others, including “Something" rendered on a ukulele gifted to Paul by George Harrison, and a tribute to John "A Day In The Life" / "Give Peace A Chance." Wings era nuggets include “Band On The Run," "My Love," "Let Me Roll It" and the pyrotechnic tour de force of "Live And Let Die," while timeless McCartney solo material ranges from "Here Today" to the upbeat "Flaming Pie" and "Dance Tonight" to a pair of numbers from Electric Arguments, the 2008 album released under the alias of The Fireman.

The concert footage featured on the standard edition is comprised of footage directed by Paul Becher, who has overseen live visuals for McCartney for some 200 performances and counting.
The 33-song 2 hour 40 minute performances were shot in High Definition using 15 cameras and digital footage incorporated from 75 Flipcams handed out to fans over the course of the three night stand. The audio mix, in both stereo and 5.1, was handled by longtime McCartney engineer
Paul Hicks, whose credits include the recent Beatles Remasters, The Beatles Anthology, Let It Be... Naked, and two Grammy awards for his mixing work on the Beatles' Love album.

The deluxe edition bonus DVD will feature footage of McCartney's July 15 performance on the outdoor marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater, previously available only as a webcast on the Late Show with David Letterman website.
The marquee set, which marked McCartney's return to the site of The Beatles U.S. television debut, generated front page headlines and literally stopped traffic as word of mouth helped build a crowd that packed Broadway from Columbus Circle to Times Square.

Paul McCartney's July 17-21 Citi Field stand has already been unanimously hailed by critics and audiences alike as the concert experience of a lifetime. On November 17, “Good Evening New York City” will document it for the ages.

Listen to Beatle Brunch to hear selections from the set and to WIN your copies.




Lucy's in Heaven

Lucy Vodden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son. Back when he was then four years old, Julian came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was "Lucy in the sky with diamonds."

At the time, John Lennon was gathering material for his contributions to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," a landmark album released to worldwide acclaim in 1967. The elder Lennon seized on the image and developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of "newspaper taxis" and a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

Rock music critics thought the song's title was a veiled reference to LSD, because its initials were the same as the halucinogenic drug, but John Lennon always maintained the phrase came from his son, not from a desire to spell out the initials LSD in code. Vodden lost touch with Julian Lennon after he left the school following his parents' divorce, but they were reunited in recent years when Julian Lennon, who lives in France, tried to help her cope with the disease. He sent her flowers and vouchers for use at a gardening center near her home in Surrey in southeast England, and frequently sent her text messages in an effort to buttress her spirits.

"I wasn't sure at first how to approach her," Julian Lennon told the Associated Press in June. "I wanted at least to get a note to her. Then I heard she had a great love of gardening, and I thought I'd help with something she's passionate about, and I love gardening too. I wanted to do something to put a smile on her face."

In recent months, Vodden was too ill to go out most of the time, except for hospital visits. She enjoyed her link to the Beatles, but was not particularly fond of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
"I don't relate to the song, to that type of song," she told the Associated Press in June. "As a teenager, I made the mistake of telling a couple of friends at school that I was the Lucy in the song and they said, 'No, it's not you, my parents said it's about drugs.' And I didn't know what LSD was at the time, so I just kept it quiet, to myself."

Vodden is the latest in a long line of people connected to the Beatles who died at a relatively young age. The list includes John Lennon, gunned down at age 40, manager Brian Epstein, who died of a drug overdose when he was 32, and original band member Stuart Sutcliffe, who died of a brain hemorrhage at age 21.
A spokeswoman for Julian Lennon and his mother, Cynthia Lennon, said they were "shocked and saddened" by Vodden's death. Lucy's death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden. Britain's Press Association said she died last Tuesday. Hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death.

Angie Davidson, a lupus sufferer who is campaign director of the St. Thomas' Lupus Trust, said Vodden was "a real fighter" who had worked behind the scenes to support efforts to combat the disease.
"It's so sad that she has finally lost the battle she fought so bravely for so long," said Davidson.



Give Peace a Chance Exhibit.

Join in the Celebration at the Lennon Birthday Bash!

When: Monday October 5 - Sunday 11, 2009

Where: Old School Square Cultural Arts Center Vintage Gymnasium Building (corner of NE 1st St. and NE 1st Ave.) Delray Beach, FL

John and Yoko hung out in their pajamas for eight days during their 1969 “bed-in” in suite 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal Canada. Reclining on their hotel bed, the famous Beatle and his new wife read Lao Tzu, snuggled and recorded the anthem “Give Peace a Chance.”

But mostly they talked about peace and lorded over the chaos in a room crammed tight with star-struck kids, reporters, disc jockeys, Hare Krishnas, Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers, Dick Gregory, Al Capp, Murray the K and others. They used their bed as a way to put themselves and their message in the center of a searing spotlight, demonstrating through their vulnerability and openness their unrelenting support for their beliefs. No celebrity couple had ever used their bed as a place of protest, nor had anyone before been so available in person and by telephone to the world.

“We’re going to sell peace the way other people sell soap,” Lennon said to Gerry Deiter, a young, accomplished photographer on assignment for Life magazine. Deiter was our eyes in that hotel room, the only photographer there for the entire eight days of the bed-in. He was determined to capture the essence of the scene — in particular the love between the newlyweds in many intimate moments. As a photojournalist, Deiter’s documentary-style photographs illustrate John and Yoko’s commitment to each other and their desire to break down barriers between power, celebrity, status and convention in a sincere desire to end war and violence in the world.

Said Michael Simmons, reporter for Mojo Magazine, LA Weekly and the Huffington Post: “Gerry Deiter’s photographs capture that brief moment in human history when two people, unafraid to appear foolish, cleverly and joyfully utilized their fame for peace. It’s an eternal example, one that urgently reverberates in the 21st Century. Not incidentally, they also remind us of one of the great love stories of all time.”

Old School Square Cultural Center ( and ArtVision Exhibitions ( invite visitors to join in the week-long celebration. It is a rare opportunity to experience the exhibit, which recently made a major impact in both Liverpool, UK and at The Museum at Bethel Woods, (Woodstock site) NY.

“These images were hidden away for over 35 years. It’s like sitting on the edge of the bed and watching history unfold” said Ms. Rehberg. “We’ve also had a huge response to our plan to show student art inspired by the idea of peace”. The era comes to life with Bed-in contributor interviews, live musical performances with bands “910” and “The School of Rock”, historic instruments courtesy of Beatle memorabilia collectors Bill and Jacki Haack, and whimsical illustrations by former Disney animator Stephen Austin.

Visitors will have the opportunity to place their written message for world peace on the exhibit’s Wish Tree which will be sent to Yoko Ono, enter the recreated bed-in suite from the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, purchase rare exhibition art, and attend readings and book signing events with curator Joan E. Athey of Victoria British Columbia.

Special Events
Suggested admission: $2 donation (unless otherwise noted) to benefit Old School Square’s Cornell Museum Exhibit & Arts Education Fund

Monday, Oct. 5
7 - 10 pm Exhibit Open
7 - 8 pm Author Book Signing
7 - 8:30 pm Peace Light
Live Music - School of Rock

Tuesday, Oct. 6
12 - 9 pm Exhibit Open

Wednesday, Oct. 7
12 - 9 pm Exhibit Open
2 - 4 pm Author Book Signing
6 - 7:30 pm Curator’s Happy Hour at Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel & Tiki Bar hosted by Square One
8 pm Film Screening: Give Peace a Song at the Crest Theatre* ($5)

Thursday, Oct. 8
12 - 9 pm Exhibit Open
1 - 2 pm Author Book Signing
6:30 - 7 pm Curator’s Gallery Walk
7 - 8 pm Author Book Signing
8 pm Film Screening: Give Peace a Song at the Crest Theatre* ($5)

Friday, Oct. 9
12 - 5 pm & 7 - 10 pm Exhibit Open
7 - 10 PM
“The Big Lennon Birthday Bash”
Celebrate John Lennon’s 69th Birthday--Live Band “910”, Cash Bar, Curator’s Gallery Walk, Author Book Signing ($5)

Saturday, Oct. 10
12 - 10 pm Exhibit Open
1 - 1:30 pm Curator’s Gallery Walk
1:30 - 3 pm Author Book Signing
7 - 10 pm
“Peace ‘n Love Night”
Live Band “910”, Cash Bar ($5)
8 - 8:30 pm Author Book Signing

Sunday, Oct. 11
12 - 6 pm Exhibit Open
12:30 - 1:30 pm Curator’s Gallery Walk
1:30 - 2:30 pm Author Book Signing
3 pm Double Feature at the Crest Theatre__Hard Days Night & Let It Be* ($5)
Live Music - School of Rock
* Film titles subject to change.
$5 suggested donation

For a complete listing of exhibition special events, visit or

contact Melissa Carter at
(561) 243-7922 ext. 322




Beatles are Toppermost of the Poppermost...Again!

It’s Fab to be Beatle fan again! 45 years after they first made the charts in the U.S., the Fab Four's catalog has sold more than 2.5 million copies since their global reintroduction on 9/909 in the UK, North America and Japan. The most popular rock band of the 20th century has a solid hold on that title for the 21st century.

On Billboard’s Comprehensive Albums chart -- which lists the most popular album releases in the US, including current and catalogue titles -- The Beatles set a new record for the most simultaneous titles by a single artist (18), including five of the top 10 and nine of the top 20, and all 14 re-mastered CDs are in the top 20, led by Abbey Road at number one and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at number two.

1. The Beatles: Abbey Road (89,000)
2. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s LHCB (74,000)
3. The Beatles: The Beatles (60,000)
4. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (58,000)
5. The Beatles: Revolver (46,000)
6. Michael Jackson: Number Ones (45,000)
7. The Beatles: Help (39,000)
8. The Beatles: Let It Be (32,000)
9. The Beatles: Past Masters 1 & 2 (31,000)
10. The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (30,000)
11. The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (29,000)
12. The Beatles: Please Please Me (23,000)
13. The Beatles: With The Beatles (21,000)
14. The Beatles: Beatles For Sale (21,000)
15. Michael Jackson: The Essential Michael Jackson (19,000)
16. Michael Jackson: Thriller (17,000)
17. The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (14,000)
18. The Beatles: 1 (11,000)
19. Mercy Me: All That Is Within Me (9,000)
20. Michael Jackson: Bad (8,000)



Sounstage presents

Ringo Starr
& The Roundheads

Filmed at the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois, Ringo Starr performs a stellar set with Mark Hudson and The Roundheads that spans his illustrious career.

Recorded live in High-Definition, this momentous Soundstage performance includes the classic Beatles’ tracks “Yellow Submarine,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and “Octopus’s Garden” as well as the infectious “Memphis In Your Mind” and the sing-along “Photograph” – plus special guest Colin Hay from "Men At Work" joins Ringo onstage to perform “Who Can It Be Now.”

Ringo Starr & The Roundheads includes 14 TRACKS:

• It Don’t Come Easy
• Octopus’s Garden
• Choose Love
• I Wanna Be Your Man
• Who Can It Be Now?
• Don’t Pass Me By
• I’m The Greatest
  • Give Me Back The Beat
• Memphis In Your Mind
• Photograph
• Back Off Boogaloo
• Yellow Submarine
• Act Naturally
• With A Little Help From My Friends

• On top of his Beatles fame, Ringo has enjoyed a prolific solo career as a singer, songwriter, musical collaborator and actor

• Ringo has 7 solo Billboard Top 10 hits and has released 24 studio and live albums since 1970

• The Beatles: Rock Band was released on September 9 coinciding with the release of new, Remastered CD versions of The Beatles catalog




Beatle Brunch Remembers Lenny Bruce
A famous comedian once said, “Lenny Bruce’s legacy is freedom of speech and telling it as it is, getting your life and putting it out on the table, telling everyone about it.”
“I rode with him in a taxi once, only for a mile and a half. Seemed like it took a couple of months” – Bob Dylan
“Lenny Bruce died from an overdose of police” – Phil Spector

Lenny Bruce is one of the celebrities immortalized on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and when we received a call from Lenny’s daughter, Kitty, to help promote her project, "Lenny’s House", we thought … how neat is this?

Lenny Bruce was the mentor of many comics and celebrities who began their entertainment career during the 50s and 60s. He was extremely controversial for his time. It wasn’t until many years later when other comedians like George Carlin were able to publicize similar “LB material.” He was the only person ever granted a posthumous pardon in New York state's history. Governor Pataki claimed his act was "a declaration of New York's commitment to upholding the First Amendment."

So we tip our hat to Kitty Bruce and hope a few Brunchers might bid on a few items up for auction October 13, 2009. We know Yoko donated something special of John’s. And please, Let It Be known that any one appearing on any of our favorite Beatles albums is a friend of ours.

For more about Lenny’s House go to


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