February 1, 2017
Things He Said Today 
By Joe Johnson, Beatle Brunch Host  
Every year when February rolls around, I'm instantly taken back to The Beatles' first U.S. visit, February 7-20, 1964.  They were only supposed to be in the states for just under a week, but loved Miami so much, that they convinced their manager, Brian Epstein, to let them soak up the sun for a few extra days. In 1990, Paul recalled that the British motorcar company, MG, gave them a sports car each to use for the week, so they could be tourists.  While you've no doubt seen the iconic shots of The Boys in the surf with girls, or being "punched" all at once by Cassius Clay, you may not have seen the hotel they called home for 7 days: The Deauville.  I'm happy to report that it's still there and hasn't changed a bit.  

As seen in our local paper, The Boys get "floored" by Cassius. Then, note the Beatles rooms.
John and Cyn had their own room, Paul shared with Ringo and George shared a room with
Murray The K, and he was not happy about that.
I grew up in Miami and have never lived more than 20 miles from The Deauville , so every time a Beatle pal comes to town, we're obligated to make the pilgrimage to see the Miami connection in person, located on Collins and 67th on "Miamuh Beach", as Ed would say. While some might say "the hotel has fallen into disrepair", others will marvel in its time-capsule state. The Napoleon Ballroom where The Beatles played their second Ed Sullivan show on February 16th, 1964 has not changed one bit. You can almost taste that Lipton Tea that George Fenneman was hawking by the pool. 

The Deauville sports the same lighting on the walls, same doors and I wouldn't be surprised to walk on the same carpet.  See, The Deauville's not much on updating, but despite looking nearly as it did 53 years ago, beware before you Beatle, as the hotel does not really embrace its place in Beatle history and you may be singing "Hello Goodbye" before you have a chance to vacuum up any Lennon's locks that might still be smushed into the ballroom carpet.  Take a look back by checking out this news video shot by Rafael Murciano & Evan Bacon with me in 2004.  

One spot that DOES embrace Beatle roots, is the traveling Beatles Exhibit, Magical History Tour, which you can read about below.

The First Thursday is Really the 2nd! Join Us for a Live Chat @ 8

It doesn't matter what side you're on, whether you're with the BBC or pot-smoking  FBI members, whether you voted for Ringo or Pete, Linda or Jane, EVERYONE  is welcome inside The Beatle Brunch Club this Thursday February 2nd at 8 pm eastern to chat with people just like you and many very different, of course.

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Take a Magical History Tour
From Cavern to Rooftop

Special report to The Brunch By Rick Salemi
"The Magical History Tour" is a traveling exhibit that showcases The Fab Four's journey from their youth through the solo days. The exhibit's currently nearing the end of its run at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, CT through Sunday February 5th,  so hurry! 

When you arrive at Foxwoods, there are billboards advertising the exhibit and signs guiding you to the entrance.  As you navigate through the resort, you might pass by a "head in hole" display that will let you "wear" the '64 Beatles Suit as your favorite Beatle, as shown here. Tip: have someone take your photo. It's way cool.

The beginning of the exhibit takes you back to the days of bulky transistor radios around at the start of The Beatles.  Standing between four different windows, you'll see a drum and guitar beckoning off in the distance, but take time and look through the windows and you'll spot four vintage radios. Read more>>>

Have a Dash of Pepper. It's Getting Better @ 50

Every year, a "new" Beatles' anniversary rolls up and this year it's "The Summer of Love" which kicked off with "Sgt. Pepper" in June. It was 50 years ago today (or will be), that "Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play", launching that somewhat magical "Summer of Love". Dig it. Dig it.

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is one of the most iconic and influential albums of all time. Rolling Stone described it as "the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time," that and four Grammy Awards® will get you iconic status.

This year, being from the benefit of Mr. Freiman, Scott Freiman, Beatles' expert, you get Peppered from multiple angles in his one-man show/film, "Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Like he did in "Deconstructing The White Album", composer, musician, and Beatles authoritarian, Freiman examines Pepper inside and out, exploring the history behind the music. Freiman takes us on a Magical Mystery-Solving educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions on the album. Witness Beatles' innovation in the studio and discover newfound appreciation for the talents of John, Paul, George & Ringo in what I describe as a spirited, live Powerpoint and music presentation. He may even tell us what they were saying in the album's infamous runoff groove. Scott does a great job, and A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Find a theater near you here
Flower Power Out to Sea on the 27th Mr. Captain!       
As many of you know, Brunch host Joe Johnson will be swimming out to join the 2nd Annual Flower Power Cruise, sailing out of The Port of Ft. Lauderdale Sunday February 27th, for 5-flashtacular nights of music and parties, starring Micky Dolenz, Chad and Jeremy, The Fifth Dimension and a dozen others on The Celebrity Summit, where the ultimate cruise experience awaits you.  Joe J and Hal Bruce (below) will host a memory-filled "Summer of Love Sing Along".

We're told that if you hurry, you can get one of the 20 cabins remaining.
Click here to see the full lineup and to get your best Brunch price.

Mellow Out on The 70's Rock & Romance Cruise 3/11

If Flower Power, beads, Woodstock and The British Invasion are more than you can handle, then come aboard the first ever, 70's Rock and Romance Cruise, the soft-rock voyage of a lifetime. The Celebrity Summit departs Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday March 11 for 5 (soft) rockin' nights, starring some iconic 70's hit makers we bet you've never seen live: America, Little River Band, Christopher Cross, Player, Ambrosia, Firefall, The Orchestra (former members of ELO), Orleans, Stephen Bishop, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, and in a special appearance, Peter Frampton, to show us the way we rocked in the 70's. You've got Music Host Joe Johnson from The Brunch, so why not add Cruise Host Barry Williams from The Bunch, The Brady Bunch? Plus, radio legend Delilah and stars from Abbey Road on the River: Hal Bruce and All You Need is Love.

Book Your Trip Here!  

This team of talent has put a shipload of songs in the top 40, so book your cabin here before it's sold out.

The Brunch Welcomes The Fab Faux to Fab Lauderdale

Rolling Stone Magazine called them "The champagne of tribute acts", and when you see The Fab Faux's note-perfect Beatles' tribute, you'll never miss a show of theirs again. It's worth the trip to Ft. Lauderdale to see
The Faux on Friday night March 3rd  when they'll present The Book of McCartney in set one, then rough things up a bit with The Book of Lennon in the second half of the show. Tickets, including VIP Meet and Greets, are on sale now at Parker Playhouse.

Crossing the River to Abbey Road in May

Come witness more than 10 stages of live music, intertwined with a Beatles theme, of course, Memorial Weekend May 25-29 in Jeffersonville, IN.

After 12 years in Louisville, the world famous Beatles tribute festival WAVE 3 News Abbey Road on the River is crossing the Ohio to Jeffersonville, Ind.  The annual festival celebrates musical history milestones with a lineup of popular musicians from that 1967 Summer of Love and so much more!

    *    Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
    *    Grammy-winner Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon
    *     The Grass Roots
    *     The Family Stone
    *     Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders
    *     Ambrosia
    *    Wings band members Laurence Juber & Steve Holley
    *    Plus Beatle Brunch Host Joe Johnson as emcee

Use the promo code BeatleBrunch when you book and get $30 off your Ticket to Ride!

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