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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Though Giles did deny he was working on the White Album when he accidently let it slip in an interview that he was working on the White Album .

Anyway, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony coming up on 30 October, and Paul will be inducting the Foo Fighters.

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During today’s UK budget the Chancellor (chief financial minister), Rishi Sunak, announced £2 million is to be given to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to develop a business plan for a new Beatles attraction on Liverpool’s Pier Head waterfront.

Apparently the idea has been being discussed for around three years, and it’s been described as being an “exciting immersive experience” by Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham.

This would be a truly world-class, cutting-edge immersive Beatles experience.

Since 2018, we have been funding concept development to create a globally significant attraction.

During that time, I’ve been in talks with a number of ministers – including this Chancellor’s immediate predecessor – to turn this vision into a reality.

It has the potential to become an unbelievably important tourist attraction, unlike anything on offer anywhere else in the world.

It would bring even more visitors from across the globe to build on our unique position as home to the single most influential musicians to walk the planet.

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The Beatles helped to firmly cement Liverpool on the map in the 60’s. Their legacy still draws millions of visitors over half a century later, which adds millions of pounds to our economy every year.

I’m really excited by the idea that Liverpool could be the home of such an exciting immersive experience, which I believe has the potential to do again what The Beatles once did – take us stratospheric.

There has been some suggestion it could involve hologram performances, which would seem highly unlikely to me for several reasons, though the creation of Beatles holograms would be the least of them. After all, we have had holograms of Tupac, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and his former father-in-law, Elvis:

Permissions would be the big thing, image rights are controlled by the surviving Beatles along with the Estates of John and George, as well as music rights, which are controlled by Apple. And there is no suggestion that Apple have so far been consulted on the idea of performing holograms in any way, and were Apple already involved, it seems unlikely the Government would have provided £2 million for them to develop the idea.

Yes, Apple and the surviving Beatles, along with the Estates of those we’ve lost, could develop a hologram show, but the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority could not without the involvement of Apple – meaning Apple having control of the project and receiving the majority of any income generated.

Without any statement saying they have Apple on board, a hologram show is impossible; with Apple on board, seems unlikely the Government would offer seed funding.

Yes, Liverpool have an immersive experience in mind, but no Apple, no performing holograms.

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Ron Nasty said (on 19 October)
Anyway, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony coming up on 30 October, and Paul will be inducting the Foo Fighters.

Audience footage of Paul’s induction speech…

…and him performing Get Back  with the Foo Fighters…

Official footage is bound to appear at some stage, but this’ll do for now.

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It was a brilliant performance.

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It really made me want to get back to where I once belonged.

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YES! If that looks like a statue of Brian Epstein, my fellow Forumpudlians, it’s because it bloody is! brian-epstein

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After years of rumour, along with crowdfunding by the Brian Epstein Legacy Project, a planning application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council by the Liverpool BID Company for a nearly two metre tall bronze statue to be placed strolling down Whitechapel, not far from the former site of NEMS record store, on the corner of Button Street, heading in the direction of The Cavern, or maybe the Pier Head.

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Designed by Andy Edwards, also designer of the statues of The Beatles on the Pier Head, as well as the statue of Cilla Black outside The Cavern, who’s said:

The design, if I’m not spoiling the surprise, is intended to be in the same style as our Beatles statues and relates to them not only in the walking pose, but it maps the short journey Brian would take to The Cavern from his NEMS office, or maybe to meet his boys on the waterfront.

He could also of course be off to see Gerry, Billy, Tommy, Michael or Cilla.

He is such a connective part of musical and cultural history, and he will always be remembered as a very proud part of our identity as the most creatively original, beautifully diverse and warmly caring place you can visit.

Tony Calderstone, who has been behind the project, remarks:

I’m absolutely delighted our campaign has paid off. This is a tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity of our committee who have spent five years working towards this goal. We were further boosted by strategic and developmental support from our partner Ralph Kluseman from the Iowa Rock And Roll Music Association.

The Epstein family have supported us from the start, and I’m made up we’re able to repay that faith by confirming that Brian will finally be justly honoured in his hometown with a wonderful statue by renowned sculptor Andy Edwards. This will be another world-class addition to Liverpool’s Beatle statue trail and overall cultural offer.

And we’re not stopping here. We’ll continue our fundraising efforts to secure a wider legacy by working towards the creation of a musical instrument library for underprivileged youngsters in the city, and other educational opportunities. We have other great ideas, so keep watching out for us.

More than 50 years after his death, Brian’s impact on the world is still being felt in so many ways. We’re honoured and humbled to have played a small part in recognising that.

Bill Addy, CEO of the Liverpool BID Company, added:

Liverpool is a city of performers and creative talent, but its cultural sector is also driven by people like Brian Epstein who see talent and champion it, who support our artists, who promote them and advocate for them. You would never have The Beatles if it wasn’t for Brian Epstein and this statue is not simply to immortalise him, but also those countless thousands who make being an artist possible in this country.

Not only a long overdue tribute to a man whose faith and belief in his artists saw Britain, swiftly followed by the rest of the world, changed forever, it will also be the first statue of an LGBT figure in the city centre.

The city council are expected to rule on the planning application in the next few weeks, though I would suggest it is more-or-less a done deal, and that there would be shock and amazement were it to be turned down.

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Woot! Woot! Finally!

We’ve been talking about the statue for a while https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..6/#p336476 (and following posts).

Hopefully one day I will get to see the statue I contributed to back in 2014.

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The project photographer posted on the forum https://www.beatlesbible.com/f…..3/#p143117

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George Harrison ‘s childhood home – 25 Upton Green, Speke is up for auction.

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Previously unheard 1968 song featuring George and Ringo found in a loft: Radhe Shaam

 

Article here: Song featuring George Harrison and Ringo Starr found in British attic (msn.com)

 

Clip here:  Unheard Song Featuring George Harrison and Ringo Starr – 1968 – YouTube

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George’s guitar playing sounds wonderful. 

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It’s a great recording. I love George’s guitar playing and Ringo’s drumming on the track.

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Update from The Daily Beatle on the recently surfaced track thought to have been from 1968 with George on lead guitar whilst Ringo drums.

 

… it has later been discovered that Mr Joshi was a bit off with placing the recording in time. The place was right, Trident Studios, but the most likely date of the recording is March 10, 1970.
The session was for a future project for Aashish Khan and John Barham. Musicians were Khan, Harrison, Clapton, Starr, Preston and Voormann. All save for Khan involved in George’s upcoming album «All Things Must Pass ».

So that’s not George playing lead, it’s Clapton, while George is on rhythm guitar. The song they were to record was a track called «In Praise Of Lord (We Are All Children Of God )» as discussed by Khan ten years ago. So it seems they also recorded Mr Joshi’s song, «Radhe Shaam». At the time, the song was untitled, which may explain why it escaped mention over the years.

 

So some people are as good at distinguishing a Clapton from a Harrison as Basil is with a bordeaux and a claret.

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A couple of corrections have been made to details about Radhe Shaam. According to The Daily Beatle it was not recorded at Trident during the 1968 Hey Jude  sessions; while still thought to be recorded at Trident, the most likely recording date is 10 March 1970.

The session was for a project by Aashish Khan and John Barham, which didn’t ever get released, while the song is correctly titled Radhey Shyam, and has been released without permission, with Khan saying in an e-mail following the release:

Lost Song “Radhe Shaam,” Featuring Ringo Starr and George Harrison Found in Attic was recorded at London’s Trident Studios in 1968, with vocals from Indian musician Aashish Khan, Harrison playing the guitar and Starr on the drums. This is to inform everyone : That the song RADHEY SHYAM is my composition and music, arranged by GEORGE HARRISON, this was recorded for a HINDI movie which never got produced. With the help of George Harrison i recorded this song in London’s TRIDENT Studio in 1968, and the Tracks were never Mixed down because the Film was never made. It is my Music and Lyrics, no one else have written the Lyrics. Since the Movie was never produced therefore I kept the ORIGINAL TAPE with me with the understanding with George Harrison ’s WISH, that this song is incomplete therefore you must not release it. Now Mr. Suresh Joshi is claiming that he is the producer and has written the Lyrics, yes, he was the part producer of the movie with his friend from Pakistan, but the studio time and other expenses was paid by George Harrison ’s APPLE CO. Mr. Joshi has done a very bad ILLEGAL job, without my PERMISSION he is claiming and released this unfinished song in media . I am asking him immediately remove this unfinished rough Track of the RADHEY SHYAM SONG to be REMOVED, otherwise I will be FORCED to LEGAL ACTION against Mr. Suresh Joshi, it is a very friendly gesture I am showing it to him.

Khan still suggests the 1968 date, but the pictures that have emerged from the session defintely look more 1970 than 1968:

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The line-up on the recording is:

Aashish Khan: vocal, sarod
Eric Clapton: lead guitar
George Harrison : rhythm guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass
Billy Preston: keyboards
Ringo Starr : drums

(Were it 1968, Billy Preston playing on it would be a surprise and shock.)

Looking like the song may not be around too long, so grab it while you can.

Here’s the full take…

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A couple of corrections have been made to details about Radhe Shaam. According to The Daily Beatle it was not recorded at Trident during the 1968 Hey Jude  sessions; while still thought to be recorded at Trident, the most likely recording date is 10 March 1970.

The session was for a project by Aashish Khan and John Barham, which didn’t ever get released, while the song is correctly titled Radhey Shyam, and has been released without permission, with Khan saying in an e-mail following the release:

Lost Song “Radhe Shaam,” Featuring Ringo Starr and George Harrison Found in Attic was recorded at London’s Trident Studios in 1968, with vocals from Indian musician Aashish Khan, Harrison playing the guitar and Starr on the drums. This is to inform everyone : That the song RADHEY SHYAM is my composition and music, arranged by GEORGE HARRISON, this was recorded for a HINDI movie which never got produced. With the help of George Harrison i recorded this song in London’s TRIDENT Studio in 1968, and the Tracks were never Mixed down because the Film was never made. It is my Music and Lyrics, no one else have written the Lyrics. Since the Movie was never produced therefore I kept the ORIGINAL TAPE with me with the understanding with George Harrison ’s WISH, that this song is incomplete therefore you must not release it. Now Mr. Suresh Joshi is claiming that he is the producer and has written the Lyrics, yes, he was the part producer of the movie with his friend from Pakistan, but the studio time and other expenses was paid by George Harrison ’s APPLE CO. Mr. Joshi has done a very bad ILLEGAL job, without my PERMISSION he is claiming and released this unfinished song in media . I am asking him immediately remove this unfinished rough Track of the RADHEY SHYAM SONG to be REMOVED, otherwise I will be FORCED to LEGAL ACTION against Mr. Suresh Joshi, it is a very friendly gesture I am showing it to him.

Khan still suggests the 1968 date, but the pictures that have emerged from the session defintely look more 1970 than 1968:

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The line-up on the recording is:

Aashish Khan: vocal, sarod

Eric Clapton: lead guitar

George Harrison : rhythm guitar

Klaus Voormann: bass

Billy Preston: keyboards

Ringo Starr : drums

(Were it 1968, Billy Preston playing on it would be a surprise and shock.)

Looking like the song may not be around too long, so grab it while you can.

Here’s the full take…

  

Yep, those photos are definitely from that era.

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A short clip, 22 seconds long, of the Beatles rehearsing and John singing a line or two of ‘House of The Rising Sun’ from Shindig in 1964 recently appeared online. It was on YouTube but has subsequently been deleted. A far longer tape, around 20 minutes long, is known to exist.

Outtake material from other artists like the Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds has also surfaced but been deleted from YouTube.

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Any budding drummers among our Forumpudlians? Silly question, I already know the answer is yes.

Any of our drummers interested in being taught by Ringo? Probably another silly question. Hell, there’s those here (possibly even writing this post) that would turn up without any interest in actually becoming a drummer.

Well, seems – in what has already been a busy year for him – Ringo has become one of the latest people to join the online learning platform MasterClass as an instructor, with a course called “Drumming and Creative Collaboration”, which will launch on 22 November.

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Ron Nasty said
Any budding drummers among our Forumpudlians? Silly question, I already know the answer is yes.

Any of our drummers interested in being taught by Ringo? Probably another silly question. Hell, there’s those here (possibly even writing this post) that would turn up without any interest in actually becoming a drummer.

Well, seems – in what has already been a busy year for him – Ringo has become one of the latest people to join the online learning platform MasterClass as an instructor, with a course called “Drumming and Creative Collaboration”, which will launch on 22 November.

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The details of Ringo’s course are unknown at the moment (though it’s expected he’ll get into The Beatles for the Creative Collaboration part), but most courses run to roughly twenty lessons of about 10 minutes each.

  

Stuff like this makes me hope that someone like Eric or Steve Howe will do a MasterClass on guitar. I really want to learn dat weaseley instrument!

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Ron Nasty said
Any budding drummers among our Forumpudlians? Silly question, I already know the answer is yes.

Any of our drummers interested in being taught by Ringo? Probably another silly question. Hell, there’s those here (possibly even writing this post) that would turn up without any interest in actually becoming a drummer.

Well, seems – in what has already been a busy year for him – Ringo has become one of the latest people to join the online learning platform MasterClass as an instructor, with a course called “Drumming and Creative Collaboration”, which will launch on 22 November.

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The details of Ringo’s course are unknown at the moment (though it’s expected he’ll get into The Beatles for the Creative Collaboration part), but most courses run to roughly twenty lessons of about 10 minutes each.

  

Oh man that’s tempting to sign up for! Haven’t touched my drumkit for a few months so that would certainly be a way of getting back into it…a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Wonder how much of a dent it will leave in the hip-pocket…a-hard-days-night-george-4

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‘The Daily Beatles‘ has details of the lessons featured in Ringo’s ‘Masterclass’

• Have You Heard This? Ringo’s Early Days
• Playing in Bands
• You Don’t Need a Lot: Drum Kit Essentials
• Making the Kit Your Own
• Navigating the Kit: Tips and Techniques
• Playing With Feel
• Songwriting Demystified
• Connecting With Your Audience
• Different Strokes: Drum Demo With Jim Keltner and Gregg Bissonette
• Expanding Your Horizons
• An All-Star Jam with Joe Walsh and Steve Lukather

 

There is also a preview video.

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