Beatlefan #221 includes a special 50th anniversary retrospective on the "Revolver" album and The Beatles' final tour. Included are Bruce Spizer on how the album came to be, Ken Orth and Piet Schreuders' look at the making of its iconic Klaus Voormann cover, Wally Podrazik on how the album's reputation as a classic evolved gradually, Robert Rodriguez (who wrote an entire book about "Revolver") on why it perhaps should be considered The Beatles' most important long-player, Al Sussman's recap of the turbulent summer in which the album made its debut, and Kathy Urbanic's fan reminiscence of the Fabs' final time touring the U.S. as a concert band.Also, Larry Kane offers his thoughts after seeing a private preview of Ron Howard's forthcoming "Eight Days a Week" film about the band's touring years (in which Kane appears). And Allan Kozinn reports from the 10th anniversary celebration of the Cirque du Soleil Beatles production "Love" in Las Vegas, attended by Paul, Ringo and members of the Beatles family. Plus, we have all the latest news, including reports on Paul McCartney's and Ringo Starr's tours, and reviews of new books and recordings.
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Apple Corps and Universal Music Group plan a Sept. 9 worldwide release on CD, digital download and streaming of a revised edition of the 1977 live album of The Beatles performing at the Hollywood Bowl. A 180-gram gatefold vinyl LP of the album will follow on Nov. 18. Sporting a slightly revised title, "The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl" features highlights from the band's three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965, and is being issued as a companion to director Ron Howard's new film documentary, "The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years," covering the period of 1962-1966, which is set to open a limited theatrical run in theaters Sept. 15 and then debut on the Hulu streaming service Sept. 17. A world premiere for the film is planned for Sept. 15 in London. ... Cirque du Soleil Beatles stage musical "Love" was held July 14 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, with Macca, Ringo, Yoko, Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon, Dhani Harrison and music supervisor Giles Martin in attendance. Olivia Harrison was ill and unable to attend. ... Ringo and the All Starr Band - featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette - wound up the first leg of this year's tour with shows July 1 at Humphrey's in San Diego and July 2 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, performing their standard set list. A new round of shows begins in October. ... At a recent Macca sound check in New Jersey, Beatlefan reader Tom Liverani and his son James were invited onstage and James, a music teacher, got to jam on "Get Back" with the band, using one of Brian Ray's spare guitars! (Photo by Bob Gannon) And you can find more Beatles reading from our contributors at SOMETHING NEW: The Beatlefan Blog. Check it out!For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA!" . . . Bill King offers commentary on The Beatles (and much more) at Quick Cuts, the new Internet journal on pop culture. Click here to read it.
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