September 1, 2015
This Newsletter is dedicated to BBC member, Judy Blackwell and her family. Judy lost her loving Mom last month.

First Thursday September 3 @ 8pm ET

In an interview with Esquire Keith Richards said, "Some people think Sgt. Pepper's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish."

On September 18, 2015 Richards is releasing his first solo album in over 2 decades, "Crosseyed Heart" along with a new documentary premiering on Netflix. Beatle Brunch Club Members believe Keith's comment was just a publicity scheme.

We love The Stones and blame it on all the "herbs" he may have accidentally come in contact with over the years. 

Please drop by and chat Thursday, September 3rd at 8PM Eastern Standard Time and ENTER THE BBC CHAT ROOM.  It's FREE for EVERYONE

Go to and click on the HOME PAGE Live Chat Banner and Open The BBC Chat Room Door. Live The Culture!   

Vivek Tiwary BBC Chat Guest Thursday Nite ONLY

TUNE IN & TURN ON September 3rd at 8 PM Eastern Time and join The Beatle Brunch Club with Joe Johnson and Vivek Tiwary author of "The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story" - DON'T MISS IT!

"Brian Epstein was a gay, Jewish kid from Liverpool with seemingly impossible dreams - 'With my help, The Beatles will be bigger than Elvis! They will elevate pop music into an art form!' People laughed at him. But he chased his dreams with passion and persistence, and gave the world The Beatles. When I was a young Indian kid who didn't want to become a doctor or an engineer, I found great inspiration in The Brian Epstein story-No dream is too impossible and no person too unlikely to realize that dream. I hope to share Brian's inspiration with my fellow Beatles fans!"

VIVEK J. TIWARY is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and the author of the critically acclaimed internationally best selling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (, which is being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented rights to Beatles music, and for which Vivek is writing the screenplay and co-producing alongside Simon Cowell.

Many thanks to the new BBC Members who joined The Club during our last Member Drive. For those Beatles' fans still unaware of everything we offer please READ MORE - our latest content featuring The Beatle Brunch Club on We hope you will consider joining as your support helps us maintain our 'Keen Machine'. Gotta Get The Beatles into your life and together we can Live The Culture - STILL ONLY 75 Cents a Week!

Things He Said Today 
By Joe Johnson 
It was Fab August for Beatle fans everywhere who celebrated the 50th again this year with several looks back to '65, like to The Beatles at Shea Stadium, Help! @ 50, Yesterday's first live performance, the huge Beatles gathering in Liverpooland the recent fest in Chicago, where our own Tee Eff has filed a report. As for me, I flew the Coop on August 11th, or should I say, "with the Coop", to California where I sang my own version of "Another Girl" - - - 

- - - on the rocks at Stewart's Cove in Carmel-by-the-Sea with the lovely Mrs. Coop Johnson (pictured below). Would you believe that we walked down the sea-aisle to "Deer Prudence" (spelling on purpose)?

Thank you to the amazing "BBC Scruffs", Margot and Larry, Carol, Ed, Tim, Judy, Sandi & Rebecca, TF and the Mayrsohn family for sending cards, gifts and well wishes to us both.

As for The Brunches this month, listen for a touching look back to The Beatles final Ed Sullivan Show broadcast from September of '65, where we happened upon Cilla Black, who was also on that very show; she sang two songs for Ed's audience, then buckle up for this weekend's program, a "Traveling Beatles" Brunch, playing a dozen song selections from The Beatle Brunch gang. I'll Drive Your Car if you Watch the Wheels. Deal?

Paul's Really "Out There" With a Free Download!
Take it Away!

Fresh off an undeniably historic headline performance at this year's Lollapalooza, hailed without exception as the biggest and best in the festival's 25-year history, Sir Paul has confirmed five new North American arena dates on his 'Out There' tour.

First, he's getting back to Columbus, OH nearly 10 years to the day of last appearance there to headline the Nationwide Arena on October 13.  October 15 he's playing his first-ever show in State College, PA at the Bryce Jordan Center. October 17 Paulie's back at Toronto's Air Canada Centre for the first time since 2010, followed by an October 21st date. Finally, Paul will make his concert debut in Buffalo, NY on October 22 at The First Niagara Center and many of our Brunchers like Jill Finan are super jazzed!  BBCer, Tina Hatem from Buffalo is in 7th Heaven. Read her News story, "New Macca Dates" on

Meanwhile, this author, Joe J, begs Sir Paul to please come back and play South Florida again, after all, so many historic Beatle moments began here, can you say "Miamuh Beach"?  Here we were below celebrating 1964 The Tribute live at The Deauville 50 years to the minute!

Paul last played Miami on April 3rd, 2010, more than 5 years ago.  Come on, please please us Paulie.

Meanwhile, we're getting ready to smoke the Pipes of Peace and celebrate Tug of War because Paul's offered up a free download of his "Take It Away" single remastered. Click Here To Get It.

Paul's Sketchy Days as a Lad in Liverpool

Another huge Beatles auction took place in Liverpool on August 29th. Over the 24 years The Beatles Shop has been organizing the Annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction, several unusual and rare items have passed through their hands. This year they had up for grabs, some rare sketches drawn by Paul McCartney, which were expected to sell for over £10,000.

Discovered by the vendor in an attic, the sketches include Beatlesque faces drawn in ink. Each sheet also has writing by Paul on the reverse.

"This is an amazing find." says Stephen Bailey, shop manager, "People usually think of John as the artistic Beatles but these drawings show Paul's talent for capturing an image in a quick sketch."

Above are a couple of watermarked examples. Who says John was the only real artist in the group? All four were Fab artists and they have all proven it time and again.  Congrats to the lucky winners of the many auction items this year.

FEST of US for the Rest of Us
Convention Report by Tom Frangione

Just back from another fun/fab Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago. Had a great time as always, and was busier than ever with fans and Beatle Brunch Club members from across America coming together to immerse ourselves in total Beatleness.

Much of the excitement and "buzz" centered on the 50th anniversaries of the historic Shea Stadium concert (both Dave Schwensen and Chuck Gunderson did excellent presentations on the Beatles concerts), and the "Help!" movie. Brits Simon Weitzman and Paul Skellett were on hand to debut their stunning new book "Eight Arms To Hold You" that is loaded with unseen images from the film. House band Liverpool performed the Shea set in its entirety on the precise 50th anniversary on Saturday evening, and included sets from the Help! album as well.

Speaking of concerts,  The Weeklings did a smoldering show on Sunday afternoon, featuring songs from their superb "Monophonic" album, containing many Beatles originals they "gave away" or which didn't surface until the Anthology era, alongside Beatlesque originals. It has been written that if Badfinger and the Rutles had a baby, this is what it would sound like.

On the main stage, I had the pleasure to interview George's sister Louise Harrison who was on hand to discuss her new book (and celebrate a birthday!), as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester to chat about his days at the Cavern with the Escorts and Swinging Blue Jeans, as well as his celebrated stint in the Hollies. Other return guests included Mark Rivera, Ringo's musical director, to talk about the All-Starr Band and sit in for the evening concerts. He's welcome any time.

Also returning was Bob Eubanks, to discuss his radio days at KRLA in Los Angeles, and the famous Hollywood Bowl concerts he produced in 1964-65, as well as the 1966 show at Dodger Stadium. He was joined by Chicago radio legend Dick Biondi, generally recognized as the first American DJ to play a Beatles record (they were charting in his top-40 surveys a full year before they ever played the Sullivan show). Best known as the long-time host of TV's "Newlywed Game", Eubanks wowed the crowd with the riotous "Beatle-y Wed Game" on Saturday. ("Ladies, which Beatles song title best describes your husband's skills at making whoopee? "Slow Down?" "Not A Second Time?")

First time Fest guest Billy Kinsley (of the Merseybeats, the Merseys and later the Liverpool Express) - who we last heard from in the "Good Ol' Freda" film - proved delightful; funny, engaging, and sounding great when jamming with the band. His performance of the Merseys' top-ten UK hit "Sorrow" (which David Bowie later covered) was delightful. Of course, the opening line of the song "with your long blonde hair and your eyes of blue" was later nicked by George Harrison for use in "It's All Too Much".

Other special guests included former Apple Records president Jack Oliver, Ringo's photographer Rob Shanahan, and stalwart Mark Hudson.

Lots of new exhibits and events were added to the usual fare, one of which - The FABoratory - provided a very interactive environment for fans and presenters. I hosted a well-attended session on the Beatles BBC Recordings - the history, the numbers, the releases, the bootlegs, and their importance. BeatleBrunch Club member Jeremy Potirala hosted a Friday night session on the group and solo releases and events of the new millennium; other excellent sessions were held on the (can it be?) 20th anniversary of the Beatles Anthology series by Tina Kukla and Susan Ryan.

14-year old Aussie Brad ran a clean sweep in our ever-popular "Name That Tune" contest. He got 'em all - including the backwards clues and LOVE mash-ups ! Elsewhere, I had the pleasure to join Andrew Grant Jackson, author of the fabulous "Still The Greatest" book, for a panel discussion on the songwriting styles of Lennon and McCartney. The authors panels, headed up by Al Sussman and Wally Podrazik (who also heads up the trivia contest duties for the Midwest show), were equally informative and entertaining, as was Anthony Robustelli's fascinating "multi-track meltdown" sessions, where Beatles tracks are deconstructed to hear the individual music and vocal tracks. Even Bob Abdou's popular puppet show was enhanced with the addition of "Martha", in homage to Paul's famous sheepdog (any show that includes humanized animals is OK by me!). 


Joe J will be your host along with Micky Dolenz, on The Celebrity Constellation February 29th to March 5th, 2016. It's a leap-year and a leap back in time to the Flower Power era. You'll hob-nob with more than a dozen rock and pop superstars, who will be playing and hanging out with us for 5 full days and nights, having lunch, chit-chatting and posing for selfies with you!

Just check out this amazing lineup!

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Felixe Cavaliere's Rascals
Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
The Grass Roots
Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
The Guess Who
The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
Jefferson Starship
Mark Lindsey, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders
Circe Link & Christian Nesmith
The Family Stone
Jukebox and Hal Bruce
And...BritBeat, returning from our Beatles Tribute Cruise!

This time, the entire ship is ours!  Every event on board will be just for our group, because the entire ship is ours!  We'll have:

  -  Meet and Greets
  -  Concerts
  -  Music Discussions & Demonstrations
  -  Game Shows & Trivia
  -  Cooking Demonstrations
  -  Trivia Contests & Dance Parties
  -  Karaoke
  -  Costume Contests
  -  Pool Parties & SO MUCH MORE!

Book Now - CALL 800-518-3794 OR CLICK for FlowerPowerCruise 
Mention promo code BEATLE BRUNCH and save up to $150.00. 

So full speed ahead Mr. Captain, full speed ahead! Which means, "book soon before it sells out!"

CLICK for Micky's Video Invitation 


Paul on Tour    Original Air Date September 11, 2005            

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It's a Keen Tee
Douglas Cox from Minnesota is our September BBC Winner. We don't know much about Doug, but we see he's compiled over 500 points playing Beatles Trivia. Now that might not get him a round trip ticket to Liverpool, but just for posting his photo we're hooking him up with a cool Tee from our special collection on SPOTLIGHT courtesy

Joe Johnson's
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Traveling Beatles

Sept 6
Final Ed Sullivan Show 1965

Sept 13
The Beatle Cartoons @ 50

Sept 20
See You in Septembers

Sept 27