|Mr. Spock goes Across The Universe|
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/09/18 8:06 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
At New York Comic Con on Saturday, Star Trek fans got their first look at Ethan Peck as Spock in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which can be seen on the CBS All Access subscription service.
Fans were surprised to see this glimpse of the new Spock, who can be seen inexplicably wearing a beard. As a fan of both Star Trek and the Beatles, I found this fan's reaction on Twitter interesting:
Fascinating. I personally think these fans should just Let It Be...
When life gives you lemons
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 04/06/16 10:15 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
A lie told often enough becomes the truth
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 03/02/16 3:30 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
In 1969, American comedy troupe The Firesign Theatre released their second satirical comedy LP entitled "How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All," which famously featured this picture on its cover:
It took 47 years, but now that punchline has finally come full circle.
According to the French news agency AFP, since the February 2014 ouster of the ex-Soviet republic's Russian-backed president, and an April 2015 law banning public displays of communist symbols, large swathes of Ukraine have been erasing remnants of their totalitarian past.
Today it was reported that in Kalyny, a western Ukrainian village of about 5,000 people located just 12 miles from the European Union's eastern border, a street which used to honor Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin has now been officially renamed, ironically, after The Beatles' John Lennon.
While some streets have been renamed by the proposal of local communities, in the case of John Lennon Street, the governor of the region himself ordered the change.
I wonder, does this mean future releases of the Beatles' White Album in the Ukraine will have to be issued without "Back In The USSR?"
(Image thanks to Phil Proctor)
Candlestick Park is now Yesterday
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 09/24/15 9:30 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
The Beatles played their last live concert on August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, the home of the baseball team the San Francisco Giants. About 25,000 fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles' fee was around $90,000.
|The Beatles at Candlestick in 1966|
The Beatles played just 11 songs in that final show. It lasted only 33 minutes.
Damaged in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake, Candlestick Park stood strong. But constant buffeting by strong winds and sometimes bad fog because of its location off the San Francisco Bay caused the teams playing there to eventually want to move on.
|Candlestick Demolition in progress, May 12, 2015|
The Giants played their last game at Candlestick in September of 1999. The San Francisco 49ers played their last game at Candlestick at the end of the 2013 season. The stadium's final performance was put on by Paul McCartney in 2014, a nod to the Beatles' last concert.
Now, 49 years after that historic Beatles show, Candlestick Park is no more. Demolition started earlier this year on February 4, and today, none of the original structure is left standing.
A development with a mall and housing is planned for the site.
Yes, he's dead, but doesn't he look great?
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 05/18/13 5:43 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
A Utah man says he has a McDonald's hamburger he bought 14 years ago, and it looks the same as it did the day he bought it.
|All-beef time warp|
David Whipple of St. George, Utah, said he bought the hamburger, topped with a pickle, mustard and ketchup, on July 7, 1999, put the burger in his jacket pocket, discovered it a few years later, and still has it. He says that to this day, it shows no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odor. The only thing that has changed over the years is that the pickle has disintegrated. He went on to state, "The fact that it has not decomposed shows you how unhealthy it is for children."
But I'm calling B.S. on this story for several reasons: First, if the pickle disintegrated, it would have had to decompose to do that, and I can't believe it did that without creating an odor. Also, the hamburger bun is just bread, even if it's got preservatives in it, all bread goes bad and turns green after a few months.
Most of all, why is eating preservatives that would keep a burger undecomposed for 14 years necessarily a bad thing? Wouldn't it do the same thing for our body, slowing down the aging process and allowing us to live longer?
Coincidentally, McDonald's has also been in the news recently for another reason. Earlier this year, to celebrate Australlia Day, 13 McDonald's franchises in Australia temporarily changed their signs to reflect their Australian nickname.
In the same way that in American urban areas McDonald's is called "Mickey D's", it seems that in Australia, fast food fans call McDonald's "Macca's".
That's funny, because "Macca" is also former Beatle Paul McCartney's nickname. John Lennon can be heard calling him "Macca" on one track of the Beatles Anthology album. But, Paul McCartney is famously a vegetarian, so I wonder if he knows about this, and if so, how he feels about having his name in big letters outside burger joints all over Australia?
Hm... Maybe it's called Macca's because he used to eat there a lot in the sixties, and maybe because of all those preservatives in the burgers, Paul really is dead the way the rumors said he was.
That's why they invented 8-tracks
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 10/23/12 10:57 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
It was announced today that going up for auction at the end of this month will be Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB4 that he bought new in 1964. It was also mentioned that Paul's car included a Philips Auto-Mignon 45 rpm record player, fitting for a Beatle.
A record player in your car? Really? Yes, in fact, as early as 1956, Chrysler was offering a record player as an option on all Chrysler model cars.
|Click above to see full ad describing the Highway Hi-Fi|
Called the Highway Hi-Fi, this record player was specially designed by CBS Laboratories as an accessory for Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler and Imperial cars. Playing through the car radio's speakers, the turntable was located in a shock-proof case mounted just below the center of the instrument panel.
It didn't play standard records, however. The special 16 2/3 rpm records made for Chrysler by Columbia Records gave up to 45 minutes of music and up to one full hour of speech per side. Records available at the time included classical selections like Tschaikovsky and Borodini, the complete score of the Broadway musical show Pajama Game, Walt Disney's Davey Crockett, mood music by Percy Faith and his orchestra and quiet jazz by Paul Weston and his orchestra.
A later version made for Chrysler by RCA in 1960 could play regular 45s.
I won an award... It's on the wall in my office
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Tuesday, 06/19/12 8:15 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
The wonderful British character actor Victor Spinetti passed away on Monday at the age of 82. You'll see several stories about Victor on Beatles News today. This is my personal remembrance of him.
Over the years, because of a mutual friend, I got the chance to spend many hours one on one with Victor.
|A photo of Victor taken by me at a Beatlefest in 2007|
One time, I was helping coordinate logistics at a screening of A Hard Day's Night that Victor had flown in to Los Angeles to attend in July, 2007. During the screening we spent most of the time in a small restaurant across the street, but for a while we went back to the theater, and I got to sit next to him as we sat in the back row to watch part of the film. This is my best memory of him, sitting in that theater, watching Victor watch the film, smiling and enjoying it with the rest of the audience.
There's no wonder why the Beatles liked him and put him in every one of their movies. He was the warmest, kindest, most wonderful soul I ever met on this planet. The time I got to spend with him was a wonderful gift which I will never forget. I will miss Victor Spinetti greatly.
Thinking of Brian
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Saturday, 08/27/11 8:39 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Today we remember Brian Epstein, who passed away 44 years ago on this day, August 27, 1967.
Would the Beatles have happened without Brian? He believed in them when no one else did. Dick Rowe of Decca records told Brian that guitar groups were on their way out. Brian told Dick Rowe that the Beatles were going to be bigger than Elvis.
Brian tamed them without changing their sound or who they were. He traded in their leather jackets for suits and ties, and taught them to bow politely to the audience at the end of every song. Imagine that day, telling John Lennon he'd have to clean up his act and bow to the audience, instead of cursing at them. No one could get John Lennon to do anything he didn't want to.
This image of Brian's grave in Liverpool was taken by our friend Katie Hickox. She says that while some of the cemetery has unfortunately been vandalized and fallen into disrepair, thankfully Brian's grave remains untouched, and has been cleaned up for the visitors who invariably arrive on this day to pay their respects.
It's a crime an accident took Brian from us at such a young age. He was only 32, but he lives on in the hearts of every Beatles fan forever.
To learn more about Brian Epstein, vist www.brianepstein.com.
Another Sgt. Pepper's face passes away
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 09/30/10 2:10 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Actor and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has passed away. He was among the actors and famous people that the Beatles admired that were pictured on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967.
Curtis, himself, was a big Beatles fan. In March, 2009, Tony Curtis visited Las Vegas to sign autographs for fans to celebrate the release of his book, "American Prince - A Memoir." Curtis showed up to the event wearing a t-shirt bearing the picture of the Sgt. Pepper's cover in which he appears.
|Tony Curtis in 2009|
Known for comedic roles like Some Like it Hot and serious movies like Spartacus, Curtis died on Wednesday of cardiac arrest in his Nevada home. He was 85.
Warning: A DVD player is not necessarily a CD player
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Wednesday, 09/09/09 8:41 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]
Many moons ago, since DVD players can play audio CDs, I decided I no longer needed a stand-alone CD player. In 2002 I bought my second DVD player, replacing a Sony that worked well until it got warm.
This is my current DVD player, a Panasonic RV31. I know I need to get Blu-ray, I guess I'm just a slow adopter...
Anyroad, I had been assuming all these years that DVD players, and specifically this DVD player, was a fine CD player replacement. However, in the intervening years, my Mac has taken over most CD player functions, having long ago ripped my CDs to iTunes, so very rarely, if ever, did I feel the need to put on the ole' headphones and pop a CD in the DVD player and listen to it on my stereo (that's what they used to call them before they became known as "home entertainment systems"...)
Fast forward to today, and me being in proud receipt of the new Beatles Remasters box sets fresh from Amazon via the UPS truck. I plugged the headphones into the stereo system, popped the stereo Abbey Road remaster in the DVD player and sat back, awaiting to be blown away.
And I wasn't.
WTF? Why's everybody making such a big fuss? These didn't sound good to me at all. I randomly listened to some tracks off various albums, and they just didn't impress me.
About to call it a bad job, I put the Mini Documentary DVD in. Same stereo system, same headphones. AND THE MUSIC ON THE SOUNDTRACK ON THE DVD WAS GREAT! Hold on! This damn DVD player plays DVDs great, but it SUCKS at playing CDs!
So, right now, I am sitting in my home office, with the same headphones plugged into my iMac, listening the Abbey Road CD with the iTunes player.
And really enjoying it!
All I can say is, these are definitely worth the money! And I haven't even cut the seal on the Mono Box yet!
So, moral of the story is, if your CDs sound like carp, it may be the DVD player. Who knew?
(Not me, obviously...)