February 24, 2014 |
LIVERPOOL, England - This February marks 50 years since the Beatles hit U.S. shores. Today they're a phenomenon around the world, but to really get a sense of how Beatlemania lives on, you've got to pay a visit to the boys' hometown. Read on for a list of five Liverpool attractions where Fab Four fans can rock up year-round. The Beatles Story This exhibition follows the band's meteoric rise right from Liverpool's underground clubs through their post-breakup endeavors.
July 28, 2013 |
Half a century ago, the Beatles were really busy. After Beatlemania broke out in 1963, they played more than 1,200 shows, recorded 12 LPs, and appeared in five movies. Some followed the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or admitted to trying acid, or spurned royal honors, or claimed to be more popular than Jesus. Then, in 1970, they broke up. But that didn't end Beatlemania. In 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appealed to the band on the air, offering them $3,000 to reunite.
February 2, 2012 |
I'm not sure Rain , the touring Beatles revue that has also made its home on Broadway since 2010, meets the standard for theater. A knockoff of a knockoff (all four cast members are Beatlemania vets), it's more like watching a Fab Four drag show, or a really expensive cover band. It's a decent cover band, mind you, without lip-syncing, but the only narrative is signaled by the band's musical development, tracked chronologically, and its members' hair growth. But it's not like the boys need a jukeboxed story to hold their catalog together.
January 23, 2012 |
Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Millions of ethnic Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese around the world rang in the Year of the Dragon with fireworks, feasting and family reunions, according to the Associated Press. 2011 was the Year of the Rabbit and next year, which begins Feb. 10, 2013, will be the Year of the Snake. Those born under the sign of the Dragon "prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful," according to www.chinesezodiac.com . "They're driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.
October 12, 2011 |
On what would have been John Lennon's 71st birthday (see below), Sir Paul McCartney , 69, wed skweezie Nancy Shevell , 51, Sunday, at a civil ceremony in Marylebone, central London. His third; her second. They'll throw a party Stateside later. Mac's daughter Beatrice was flower girl and his bro Mike was best male. Shevell wore a Stella McCartney dress, and Paul wore a blue suit. He gave her a 5-carat Neil Lane diamond in a platinum ring. Ringo Starr was there, with wife Barbara Bach , George Harrison's widow Olivia , Shevell's son Arlen , and her cousin, Barbara Walters . Wait . . . now Baba Wawa is sort of related to Paul?
September 5, 2011 |
La Salle University graduate William Burns is about to take on a big new job: fixing the world. Or at least, fixing what he can of it. On Thursday, in ceremonies in Washington, Burns will be sworn in as deputy secretary of state, placing him directly below Hillary Rodham Clinton in authority and raising his responsibility for diplomatic relations around the globe. "Standards are slipping in Washington," Burns deadpanned in an interview. His mentors at La Salle - who vividly remember Burns' A-plus classroom performance - beg to differ.
July 1, 2011 |
Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers spent a night in a London hospital after a suspected suicide attempt, London's The Sun reports. The tabloid says paramedics were called Tuesday night to Meyers' house, where he was found nearly unconscious after an apparent overdose of pills. The police were called to help after Meyers refused treatment for more than half an hour. Meyers, 33, has had an ongoing battle with alcoholism, which has landed him in rehab three times since 2007.
June 16, 2011 |
'John never expected anything like this would happen - yet he would have loved the fact that it's happening. " The speaker is Yoko Ono. "John" is, of course, her husband, John Lennon, Beatle, peace activist, and artist, who was murdered in 1980. It's a shock to reflect that Lennon would have turned 70 last Oct. 9. An exhibition of his artwork, titled "Yoko Ono Presents 'Imagine Peace': A Visual Tribute to John's 70th Year," runs in Manayunk Friday through Sunday, to raise funds for North Light Community Center, on Green Lane.
December 5, 2010 |
In an ever more digital world, there's a yearning to hold something tactile in your hands as you relive the careers of favorite artists. That's the idea, anyway, behind the annual gift-giving explosion of music boxed sets, which shows no signs of abating. This year, in addition to sets devoted to John Lennon, Selena, Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, Dinah Washington, and obscure soul man Syl Johnson, there are collections dedicated to Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the pioneering indie Matador label, and the songs of the Vietnam War. Few are cheap, most are worthy to be craved.