October 3, 2016

LIVE CHAT 1st Thursday @ 8pm ET

Come in through the bathroom window, or down a long and winding road, but however you get there, don't miss joining your Beatle Brunch pals in a live online chat this Thursday, Oct 6 @ 8pm. It's free to enter. Just click on this red banner Thursday around 8 when it appears on  www.brunchradio.com and you can break on through to the other side! Invite your buds, share this post, join us in the chat room!

Things He Said Today 
By Joe Johnson, Beatle Brunch Host  
We've Been Watching Beatles 8-Days a Week

Ain't got nothing but love, babe for Ron Howard's film, Eight Days a Week.  Yours truly attended two Ft. Lauderdale premieres of the film, plus watched an advance showing on my laptop, so that makes three viewings.  The fab thing about watching the movie three times is that you see something new each time you watch and I'm sure I'll spot more tidbits to report on future episodes of The BrunchRead my comprehensive review of the film here.

George flicking ashes on John's head got a huge laugh

At the first premiere on September 15th, I had a chance to catch up with a gaggle of Beatle Brunch listeners and friends and recorded a dozen or so interviews about the film, in a Brunch that aired on September 24th.

Beatle fans and Brunch listeners gather round Joe J for interviews 

The second Ft. Lauderdale premiere on September 21st gave us the chance to meet Dr. Kitty Oliver, who's featured in the film, speaking about racial segregation in Jacksonville in 1964, which the Beatles objected to. They refused to play any show that was segregated.

Joe J with Dr. Kitty Oliver at the premiere

 Kitty told her story in greater detail and took questions from the audience. It was a great pleasure to meet such a personable and charming woman and hear her story in person.  We look forward to possibly hearing more from Kitty as well as The Beatles and Larry Kane in the bonus material of the Blu-ray and DVD that comes out November 18th.

Speaking of The Blu-ray and DVD

Fans are almost as manic for the release of Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, coming out on November 18th. When the details of what's on the discs was sent out to the media, everyone started speculating on what could possibly fill the hours of bonus material.  Here are some highlights:  
  • Available on DVD and Blu-ray on a single disc, as well as in a two-disc set with extra features and a 64-page booklet.
  • Extras include a 24-minute short on The Beatles' songwriting and how they were influenced by their parents' music, an Early Clues to a New Direction feature that touches on the group's humor and their presence as a social movement, and a look at the making of the band's classic 1964 film A Hard Day's Night, as well as an alternative opening scene.
  • In addition, the DVD set showcases The Beatles in concert with several rare full-length clips, with special focus on their trips to Japan and Australia, and includes testimony from '60s pop star Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes about the rock legends.
  • The announced extras also include "Recollections of Shea Stadium," but there are no immediate details yet on how much of the remastered 30-minute film of the Shea Stadium concert performance -- which was shown exclusively in theaters with Eight Days a Week -- will be included with the DVD set as a lawsuit was filed by a group representing the family of concert promoter Sid Bernstein on Sept. 12, days before the film opened, over use of the Shea Stadium footage.  

Take a Stern Listen to THIS Revolver

 photo courtesy The Howard Stern Show howardstern.com 

Veteran radio personality and the center mouth-piece of Sirius-XM satellite radio (Howard 100 and Howard 101), Howard Stern, has convinced some of his favorites in rock and roll to recreate HIS absolute favorite album: The Beatles Revolver Album.

Beginning at 5pm ET this Friday October 7th, on channel 5, satellite subscribers will hear Stern's unique collection of artists paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Revolver album on "Howard Stern's Tribute to The Beatles' Revolver."

The special, which will be broadcast like an album, will feature 14 artists, personally invited by Stern, to contribute their rendition of a track from Revolver. The list of who plays and sings what may leave a little to be desired, but it's bound to attract the curious.

As Stern described on a recent show, each artists' contribution has a story, like James Taylor's. James needed to record his track "Here, There and Everywhere" while on the road but was relegated to a hotel closet due to external noise. Taylor's a good fit for this project as he was one of the first artists on The Beatles Apple Records label in 1968, bringing in his "Something in the Way She Moves" (title sound familiar?) then 31 years later, stood on stage and inducted Paul McCartney into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here's the track listing, in order of play on Revolver: 
Joe Bonamassa ("Taxman") Recorded at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool England
Jewel ("Eleanor Rigby")
The Milk Carton Kids ("I'm Only Sleeping")
Rachael Yamagata ("Love You To")
James Taylor ("Here, There and Everywhere")
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear ("Yellow Submarine")
Cheap Trick ("She Said She Said") The first band to sign on
Grace Potter ("Good Day Sunshine")
Gov't Mule ("And Your Bird Can Sing")
Grouplove ("For No One")
J Mascis ("Doctor Robert")
O.A.R. ("I Want To Tell You")
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats ("Got To Get You Into My Life")
Living Colour ("Tomorrow Never Knows")

Don't worry if you miss it. Stern says the album will replay many times. Not a Sirius XM subscriber? They offer trial periods for online listening.

Full Speed Ahead, Mr. Captain!

Since the last time we spoke, or wrote, The Flower Power Cruise, sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale on February 27th with nearly 2 dozen rock superstars, is nearly sold out! BUT, you can still enter to WIN yours HERE.
Hurry up because we'll be choosing a grand prize winner of a cabin for two at the end of October.
No Purchase Necessary. 

But how about this? Why not book your cabin on The '70s Rock & Romance Cruise, sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale March 11-16, 2017? The headlining talent will power the Celebrity Constellation for five full days: America, Peter Frampton, Little River Band, Steven Bishop. I could go "On and On" but you can just CLICK THE BANNER BELOW

Some of our favorite Brunchers who came along on The Flower Power Cruise this year, have jumped ship to The Rock & Romance Cruise (Jill, you out there?), so let us "Show You The Way" right now.

Just use the promo code BEATLEBRUNCH to get the best rate available.  Joe J will be your Music Host on both, so you won't be a "Lonesome Loser" whichever one you choose.  
 Come Together at Abbey Road on the River   
with Joe Johnson as your Emcee


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Sleep Pretty Darlin' Do Not Cry

Ok, truth is, nobody will be sleeping if they win, but they'll no doubt be hearing hundreds of lullabies dance through their head when they win a night in the studio apartment atop the historic Abbey Road Studios in St. John's Wood, London from Airbnb.

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Entries must be received by midnight England time, October 6.   

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October BBC Winner, Barb Isca    

Barb Isca wanted to see The Beatles play Shea in '65 when she was 14 but her parents told her she could NOT go! So she saw them in '66.

Well Barb's a winner with us! She gets to pick a tee of her choice from our friends at www.postfab.com. Congrats Barb! She also gets to pose with Mark Hudson.

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