May 1, 2014

First Thursday TONITE 8pm ET

The BBC Chat Room is OPEN FREE to all guests tonight Thursday, May 1st at 8 PM Eastern Time. This is a new gig, an open chat for Beatle Brunch fans to gather and shoot the breeze - a place where you can go for companionship, share a few stories, concert experiences, and exchange ideas while getting to know one another. EVERYONE'S INVITED, even the Boyz from The Pete Best Band.

We're reserving First Thursdays for special guests, and we'll give plenty of notice, but more importantly, a little chat's better than none!

Go to and click on the HOME PAGE Live Chat Banner - Enter your nickname and the door will open to The BBC Chat Room. Live The Culture!

Things He Said Today

By Joe Johnson

One year ago, May 18th, I drove three hours north to see Paul kick off the U.S. leg of his "Out There" tour in Orlando. My seats were in the rafters and the show was through the roof. It was the first time Paul had played a certain five Beatles and Wings songs live since they were recorded. The best, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" and "All Together Now", were rousing renditions that had everyone on their feet, except me. My head would have hit the ceiling of the Amway Center.


Paul is adding new shows to his rejuvenated "Out There" tour just about every day (see the list below), including playing the famed Candlestick Park.  I'm still waiting for his return to South Florida. He's been MIA in Mia since 2005, when he rehearsed his tour and launched it from the AAA in Miami. Well, for now, I'll have to settle for The Miami Heat, the rockin' joint.


Listen to Beatle Brunch this week as we highlight another famous concert associated with Paul, The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl, with special recollections from musician Tim Piper.


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Paul Gets WAY Out There

Paul's getting further Out There, adding new U.S. dates just about every day.  He will be closing down the famed Candlestick Park stadium in San Francisco on August 14th, the site of The Beatles final concert as a group, August 29th, 1966. A few days earlier, Paul plays Dodger Stadium for the first time since The Beatles penultimate live gig rocked that venue on August 28th, 1966.


Here's the latest Out There Itinerary, courtesy Jorie Gracen's Macca Report


June 14: Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena 

June 16: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center

June 19: New Orleans, LA ­ Smoothie King Center

June 21: Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena 

June 22: Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 

June 25: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena

June 26: Louisville, KY ­ Yum! Center 

July 5: Albany, NY ­ Times Union Center 

July 7: Pittsburgh, PA ­ Consol Energy Center 

July 9: Chicago, IL - United Center

July 12: Fargo, ND - Fargodome

July 14: Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena

July 16: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center

August 2: Minneapolis, MN - Target Field

August 5: Missoula, MT - Washington-Grizzly Stadium

August 7: Salt Lake City, UT - EnergySolutions Arena

August 10: Los Angeles, CA - Dodger Stadium

August 12: Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center

August 14: San Francisco, CA - Candlestick Park

Doing A Hard Day's Night

A new 4K restoration of The Beatles classic, CLICK HERE - "A Hard Day's Night" is coming out on blu ray June 24th, and will be re-released in theaters July 4th. The new trailer shows this classic film in pristine clarity.

Hey, is that Paul's Grandfather over there?  


Billy & The Beatles

Billy Joel's new box set is called "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia: The Music", out May 20th. On the May 11th Beatle Brunch, "Special for Moms", Hear Billy's rehearsal take of The Beatles second #1 in America - It's on Sound Clips, look for the Classic Clip.


Hear Billy talk about his early attempt to contact The Beatles - It's on Home, look for the Classic Clip.


Billy played and spoke at a Town Hall meeting for Sirius / XM radio this past Monday April 28th.

The Ballad of John and Cyn in Overtime       

By Jeff Walker


Here's an excerpt from Jeff Walker's new book, Sex and The Beatles.
If You Want It - BUY NOW! 


The following, believe it or not, occurred after Cyn walked in on John and Yoko in the wake of their first sleepover at Kenwood. A few days later, giving Cyn enough time to flee, recover and return to Kenwood, John dismissed the Yoko factor with, "Oh her. Nothing, it's not important." Cyn insisted they talk things out. And talk they did, "perhaps more honestly and in more depth than we had since our student days." They discussed with frankness the upside and downside of their marriage, their flaws and failings, and where they could take things from there. John downplayed his past relationships with other women as meaningless and lumped in Yoko with that lot. "It's you I love Cyn," he said, "I love you more now than I ever have before." That night they made love, and Cyn felt her marriage was on the mend.


This interim between John and Yoko's night of the Two Virgins and subsequent divorce proceedings makes no appearance in the official ballad of John & Yoko. The apparent reversal toward marital renewal continued for days as further talks seemingly closed the remaining gap between them. But then it all came undone. John told her he needed to burst out of ruts and take untrodden paths. And how did Cyn respond? She confided that she could not always be there for him. There were limits to what she could share with him. With that, she pushed John across his Rubicon. He needed a fully-committed omnipresent partner to help push him beyond his current comfort zone as an artist. And only Yoko fitted the bill.


Reference: P. 218-219 of John (2005) by Cynthia Lennon


The Rock And Roll Detective® Is On The Move      


Beatle Brunch Club member Jim Berkenstadt, aka the Rock And Roll Detective®, is on the move again. He recently flew to New York City to appear on the Artie Lange show on DirectTV and SiriusXM radio, discussing his Amazon Best Seller, The Beatle Who Vanished. Lange, a big Beatles fan and Howard Stern's former sidekick, delved into The Beatles' first world tour and what it was like for drummer Jimmie Nicol 50 years ago next month. Link to the show and $5 OFF The Beatle Who Vanished

After New York, Berkenstadt flew up to Montreal to tape episodes for a new Reelz TV documentary called Celebrity Legacies. The episodes covered the lives of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Keith Richard and Kurt Cobain and can be seen on Reelz TV this summer.


Berkenstadt revealed in a Beatle Brunch Club exclusive, that he is hot on the trail of the iconic gold, engraved watch that Brian Epstein and The Beatles gave to drummer Jimmie Nicol at the end of his tour. He informs us that Nicol gave away the watch to a stranger many years ago! Stay tuned.



Here They Are - The Beatles - Part 2   

By Dave Schwensen


The Beatles' performance at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Introduced by 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.


It had only been eighteen months since their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Within that short period of time they had a continuous stream of chart-topping hits, international tours, the film, A Hard Day's Night, and kept fans waiting breathlessly for what they would accomplish next.


The album Beatles VI launched the second summer of Beatlemania in the U.S. On July 19, 1965 the title song from their next movie Help! was released, with the film and soundtrack album following on August 13, 1965. Two days later they made history on a small stage in the middle of a huge stadium in New York.


The Beatles changed not only the music industry, but also the world. Their influence is still with us today and this is the story behind one of the biggest reasons why - BUY The Beatles at Shea Stadium by Dave Schwensen.


Meet Dave at Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, Kentucky over Memorial Day Weekend. He'll also be at The Fest For Beatles Fans in Chicago this August.


US Beatles Releases Shine     

By BBC'er Carol Ghesquiere  


The Beatles U.S. Albums CD box set.  I know The Beatles meant for the albums to be different than what we got but I like them (better) anyway.  Partly it's the way I was introduced to the songs. When I'm listening to the US albums, a lot of times I know which song comes next.  I was never able to do that with the British releases. 

The false starts on I'm Looking Through You is ESSENTIAL.  Never could get used to it the other way on the British albums!

Love hearing Beatles VI and Yesterday and Today.  Those albums didn't exist in the British releases.  The Yesterday and Today CD jacket is printed with the butcher cover and includes a separate "paste over" trunk photo you can put over it!

The 62 page booklet is really cool.  It says, "How would you feel if someone told you that many of your happiest memories were WRONG?  The way you remember it didn't happen - or if it did happen, it was a mistake.  You'd be bothered, you'd be annoyed, you'd resent whoever was devaluing your experience."  Finally the importance of the US albums is recognized!

I'll still keep my British releases but now when I feel like listening to a Beatle album I go to the US version.



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One Day You'll Look To See My Tee

Well respected musician and BBC'er in his own right, May BBC Winner, Larry Abremski, wins a PostFab Tee from the Beatle Brunch Collection found at SPOTLIGHT.  Larry, select any one of the FAB 4 T's on the page and we'll be sure Dan at PostFab T's hooks you up!


Everybody, Everywhere, Please contact and order yer PostFab Tee!  It's a Beatle Brunch Reward you'll love to wear.   


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