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Monday, 28 July 2014


From the vaults of WNEW-FM 102.7 - New York's Rock' n Roll station, Minimation presents an interview from 1984 where George Harrison recalls his early days with John and Paul, and sets the record straight about John. 

By 1987, George wasn’t impressed with much: after the Beatles called it a day. George made a bunch of solo albums, but by the late ’80s, had slowed down his output considerably, although he’d just returned with Cloud Nine, his first album in five years — a long time between albums back then. That was a top ten album, and yielded the No. 1 hit single, “Got My Mind Set On You.” Another song on the album, “When We Was Fab,” saw him looking back on his days as a member of the Fab Four.
In the interview, George takes umbrage with the way the Beatles’ history was being told. “I think a lot has been written about how John was the big hero. Paul certainly said [Lennon] was our own Elvis. Well, we certainly liked him and loved him like that, but we were all hot to trot.”
The year after this interview, Harrison formed a new band, the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan (one of his biggest influences) and Roy Orbison, as well as two Beatlemaniacs, Tom Petty and former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne. Their debut, Vol. 1, was also a top ten album, and was certified triple platinum, proving the George was still “hot to trot,” all those years later.


Beatles Manager Brian Epstein June 196

As the play about his life hits the West End, Rex Makin talks to the ECHO about the real Brian Epstein

WEST End theatregoers are about to view him as The Man Who Made The Beatles, but for veteran Liverpool solicitor and ECHO columnist Rex Makin he was, first and foremost, a friend and next-door neighbour.
From 1945, when he was 11, Brian Epstein’s family home was 197 Queen’s Drive, Childwall. Rex, who was nine years older, moved into 199 when he married Shirley in 1957.
And it was to Rex that Brian’s grieving younger brother, Clive, and mother, Queenie, turned when the Fab Four’s manager was found dead in his London home – 24 Chapel Street, Belgravia – during the August Bank Holiday weekend of 1967.
The Beatle Making Prince of Pop, as the Daily Mirror called him on its front page the following day, was just 32.
An inquest later found that Brian – whose dad, Harry, had only passed away the previous month – died as a result of “incautious self-overdoses” of Carbitral sleeping pills. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.
“I didn’t see this play (Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, starring Andrew Lancel) when it was on in Liverpool,” says Rex, and he has no intention of seeing it during its West End run.
“It pains me as it brings back too many sad memories.”
In 1957, Brian Epstein was 23, and still trying to find his way in the world, while Rex was 32, and already a successful solicitor. Two years earlier, Brian had won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, but left after just three terms believing an actor’s life wasn’t, after all, for him.
Rex recalls: “I didn’t see much of Brian until he was mature. Then I saw him socially at Philharmonic concerts and other social events. He was devoted to classical music. His parents were very sociable, while Brian was a very artistic individual. He did stand out – he was certainly outre, as far as clothes were concerned. His brother Clive was more staid.
“I recall we all went to the lounge at the Adelphi after concerts for coffee – it was a well-known social meeting place.”
This, of course, was a different era – an era long before homosexuality was decriminalised - and Brian’s sexuality, says Rex, caused “a large amount of stress for his family”.
He adds: “His father was certainly not on the same wavelength as Brian – he had previously been opposed to Brian’s earlier ambition of becoming a dress designer.”
Brian EPSTEIN DIES AT 32 August 1967
Did Brian confide in Rex about the difficulties he was going through in his day-to-day life? “He did, but I will not reveal what he said.”
But Rex believes his neighbour and friend became happier after making the most of the business opportunities his dad gave him after he left RADA. Harry put Brian in charge of the record department of the new NEMS store on Great Charlotte Street and then, after making a success of that, he took sole charge of a second store in Whitechapel – “I think he settled down when he was working here,” says Rex, sitting in his offices just yards away from the former NEMS premises.
And it was from here, of course, that Brian made the short walk to the Cavern one lunchtime in November, 1961, with his assistant Alistair Taylor, to watch The Beatles for the first time. Afterwards, the pair went to The Peacock restaurant in Hackins Hey, off Dale Street, where Rex had offices.
“I can’t remember being there on that day, but I did have lunch with Brian on occasions. As for The Beatles, I had no knowledge of them at all at this stage – and when Brian told me of his interest in managing them I was stupefied. He described them as being a band who would conquer the world. I thought it was baloney, just another pipe dream of his.”
Brian asked for Rex’s advice about drawing up a contract with the band which would bind them to him forever, but the solicitor told him such an arrangement would be legally unworkable.
In the end, Brian signed The Beatles to a five-year contract in January, 1962 – a contract which was sold at auction for £240,000 in 2008.
Rex’s reaction? “The whole evolution and growth of The Beatles stupefies me – I still can’t understand it all.”
The songs? “Mostly they go over my head – and, at the time, I thought Brian was ill-suited to The Beatles. But he definitely groomed them as performers, persuading them to wear suits and to bow at the end of performances – I think all that was a masterstroke.”
Brian’s life became a rollercoaster one of frenetic activity, but Rex stresses: “I did keep in touch with him during the following years. He took a lot on and I don’t think he was properly-equipped to master all the things he became responsible for. I think he adapted and organised things as best he could but, as a person, he was always highly-strung and he lived very recklessly in some ways.”
The Beatles return home after successful Summer 1964 (First) US & Canada Tour, pictured at London Heathrow Airport,22nd September 1964.George, Paul, Ringo, John, Brian Epstein.
Brian took drugs and gambled heavily – did Rex ever counsel him about the path he was going down? “No, I never tried to be- cause it would have been futile.”
Rex then recalls the last time he saw his old friend: “It was a hot summer’s day and he was back at the family home. His father had just died. Brian put his head over the garden fence and invited me down to his country house in East Sussex. Of course, I wasn’t able to go down to visit him, because not long afterwards Brian, himself, died.
“I think it was his brother who called me on the Sunday of that terrible August Bank Holiday weekend. I feared it might happen. It was something that was in the back of my mind. I’m not sure he made the right choices regarding some of his friends, I don’t think he was surrounded by good companions.”
Rex dropped everything and took a train to London: “I had to see it as another job I had to do, and to the best of my ability. I spoke to the coroner and the religious authorities. And after I had finished, all the reporters, bar one, had left. Anne Robinson, who was then working as a trainee for the Daily Mail, gave me a lift to Euston and we have been friends from that day to this.
“I arranged the funeral, which took place at Long Lane Jewish Cemetery in Aintree and, yes, the Rabbi did say Brian was ‘a symbol of the malaise of our generation’ - but I think his family were too bemused and grief-stricken to take any notice.”
Paul McCartney famously said “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian”, and this is something Rex wholeheartedly agrees with. But he says: “I think he would be highly amused by all the attention today, including this play. I think there is a myth around Brian that has been created, that he was a genius. It was a mixture of things. He had great talent and was hard-working but he struck lucky with The Beatles. Though I take nothing away from his legacy. I was very much in favour of his enterprises, but there was an element of luck and being in the right place at the right time.
“He did, however, pay a terrible price for his achievements. He paid with his life. He got mixed up with drugs and with a gambling set. I remember there was an invitation to a gambling party on his mantelpiece.
“Though, having said all that, I couldn’t ever see Brian living to a ripe old age. I think he would have fallen to various temptations whatever he had been doing. But he achieved so much in his short life, and I was proud to know him.”

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, again starring Andrew Lancel, is at The Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday until September 6, having premiered at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool in November, 2012

Sunday, 27 July 2014


  • 2011: Paul McCartney live at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada. Paul performed the second of two concerts at Montreal’s Bell Centre.  

    Paul’s band was Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).
  • 2008: Neil Aspinall left nearly £7m in his will
  • 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare

July 27 1962:Tower Ballroom
  • 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallase.
    This was The Beatles’ 19th show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.
    Tower Ballroom was on the New Brighton promenade, and was capable of holding up to 5,000 people. The New Brighton Tower opened in 1900, and at 567ft was taller than Blackpool Tower. A 1,000 tonne lattice-steel observation tower overlooking the Wirral Peninsula, it was the tallest building in Britain when it was completed.
    It was short-lived, however. Following closure during World War One, its structure began to decay and the tower was dismantled between 1919 and 1921.
    The ballroom underneath fared better, however, and was used for nearly 50 years. However, the building was destroyed by fire in 1969. The area was later redeveloped as River View Park.
  • 1961: Live: St John’s Hall, Liverpool 
  • 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)

Saturday, 26 July 2014


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Friday, 25 July 2014


Almost 50 years after the concert in Minneapolis, it's back in the form of a special exhibit.
George receiving his second 360/12 in Minneapolis on August 21 1965

For more than 20 years, the old Met Stadium was home to both the Minnesota Vikings and Twins -- but for one special night in August, it became the beachhead for a British invasion.
"The Beatles were my favorite," John Andradi told Fox 9 News. "I've played music for over 40 years now. I played all their stuff. I fell in love with them."

For more than 20 years, the old Met Stadium was home to both the Minnesota Vikings and Twins -- but for one special night in August, it became the beachhead for a British invasion.
"The Beatles were my favorite," John Andradi told Fox 9 News. "I've played music for over 40 years now. I played all their stuff. I fell in love with them."
Andradi was 14 years old when the Beatles landed in the Twin Cities for their first and only concert in Minnesota. Because of the pandemonium at the airport, the promoter didn't allow anyone -- including police or professional photographers -- on the field, much to the disappointment of 25,000 screaming fans.
A few months ago, the son of the band's U.S. tour manager, Bob Bonis, found 32 photographs from that historic night in his parents' basement after they died. Now, those images are on display in the lobby of the W Hotel in the Foshay Tower -- and they give a rare glimpse of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr at the peak of their popularity from just a few feet away.


Candlestick Memories Seat Sales FAQ

The historic orange and red seats from the former home of the San Francisco Giants (1960-1999) and of the San Francisco 49ers (1971-2014) are on sale, the venue where the Beatles played their final show in august 1966. Each pair of seats will be removed from Candlestick Park and be shipped with brackets to allow the seats to be free standing.
Proceeds from the sale of the Stadium Seats benefit SF Recreation and Park's Scholarship Fund providing recreation programming to all children and families in San Francisco.
  • Seats will be sold in pairs only
  • Seats are sold as is
  • No guarantee on seat color selection-May be orange or red
  • 6-8 weeks delivery after order has been processed


Paul has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates.
Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids.
"Paul was really nice. He's all about business (when he's recording). At 72 he can still hit all those notes... It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be (an announcement when the time is right)."
He adds of working with Paul "I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in (a) studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you're recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!"
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