Beatlefan #208 celebrates 50 years of "A Hard Day's Night" and this summer's reissue with a special cover package of articles. First, Beatles author-historian Bruce Spizer looks back at all the record releases generated on both sides of the Atlantic by The Beatles' first feature film. Then Ken Orth tells how photographer Robert Freeman's assignment to come up with a closing credit sequence for Dick Lester's movie morphed into a multi-photo motif used in varying ways on the U.K. and U.S. "A Hard Day's Night" album covers and the original movie poster. And Contributing Editor Jeff Slate talks with Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, about producing the 5.1 surround sound and stereo audio restorations for the 50th anniversary reissue of the film. Plus, we have Slate's preview and critique of the 50th anniversary restoration of the movie.Also in the new issue is an excerpt from Jim Berkenstadt's book "The Beatle Who Vanished" telling how Jimmie Nicol suddenly became a temporary Beatle for the start of the band's 1964 world tour. And, bringing our tour view up to date, Tom Frangione examines Paul McCartney's solo tour set lists from the past 25 years, looking at fan questions about some of the choices he's made. Plus, we have reviews of new Beatles-related books and recordings, along with lots of Beatles news, including the launching of Ringo's latest tour and word of his upcoming projects, a report on Paul's Latin American Out There! dates, and a detailed account of Macca's latest Japanese misadventure.
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Paul McCartney will heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of concerts in Japan and Korea. The Out There! tour will now resume July 5 in Albany, NY, and the June 14-26 shows in Lubbock, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and Louisville have been rescheduled to October. Tickets for the original June dates will be honored for the new dates. ... Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band opened the latest leg of their seemingly never-ending tour June 6 at Casino Rama in Ontario, with basically the same set list he was performing last fall, albeit with a couple of songs juggled in their placement. Starr also is touring with the same lineup he assembled in 2012, with one exception: Warren Ham is stepping in to replace musical director and sax man Mark Rivera, who is touring with Billy Joel. The other All Starrs: Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie and Gregg Bissonettte. Ringo and the All Starrs held a half-hour press conference June 5 at Casino Rama and also announced 14 additional tour dates in October, mostly in the Sun Belt, a new exhibition of Ringo's artwork, a tribute TV special and plans for another international peace-and-love celebration on Ringo's birthday, July 7. ... Ringo told Billboard in an interview published online June 5 that he's "probably two-thirds through" with the follow-up to "Ringo 2012," which he plans to release in February. ... Handwritten letters, notes, poems and sketches John Lennon produced for two books in the 1960s exceeded expectations at a June 4 Sotheby's auction in New York City, including $209,000 for a nine-page parody of Sherlock Holmes. The total take from the auction: $2.9 million. ... The 50th anniversary restored edition of "A Hard Day's Night" will have screenings across the U.S. and in the U.K. beginning July 4, with more global dates to be announced. For the latest Beatles news, subscribe to Beatlefan/EXTRA! . . . 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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