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Tour dates for Spring/Summer 2014

There’s plenty of chances to see Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr in concert this spring or summer. There have been some recent updates to Paul’s tour schedule and I’ve posted the latest list of tour dates and venues below.


Ringo Starr/Paul MCCartney tours in 2014


Paul McCartney

  • April 19: Montevideo, Uruguay – Estadio Centenario
  • April 21: Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
  • April 22: Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
  • April 25: Lima, Peru – Estadio Nacional
  • April 28: Quito, Ecuador – Estadio de Liga
  • May 1: San José, Costa Rica – Estadio Nacional
  • May 17: Tokyo, Japan, National Stadium
  • May 18: Tokyo, Japan, National Stadium
  • May 24: Osaka, Japan, Yanmar Stadium Nigai
  • June 14: Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
  • June 16: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
  • June 19: New Orleans, LA ­ Smoothie King Center
  • June 21: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
  • June 22: Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
  • June 25: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • June 26: Louisville, KY ­ Yum! Center
  • July 5: Albany, NY ­ Times Union Center
  • July 7: Pittsburgh, PA ­ Consol Energy Center
  • July 9: Chicago, IL – United Center
  • August 7: Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

Ringo Starr & The All-Starr Band (w/Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette)

  • June 6: Ontario, Canada
  • June 7: Canandaigua, NY
  • June 8: Williamsport, PA
  • June 10: Albany, NY
  • June 11: Westbury, NY
  • June 12: Vienna, VA
  • June 14: Wallingford, CT
  • June 15: Providence, RI
  • June 17: New York, NY
  • June 18: New York, NY
  • June 20: Red Bank, NJ
  • June 21: Atlantic City, NJ
  • June 22: Durham, NC
  • June 24: Buffalo, NY
  • June 25: Verona, NY
  • June 27: Detroit, MI
  • June 28: Chicago, IL
  • June 29: Cleveland, OH
  • July 1: Toledo, OH
  • July 2: Dayton, OH
  • July 3: Tunica, MS
  • July 5: Thackerville, OK
  • July 9: Albuquerque, NM
  • July 11: San Diego, CA
  • July 12: Santa Barbara, CA
  • July 13: San Jose, CA
  • July 15: Vancouver, BC
  • July 16: Woodenville, WA
  • July 19: Los Angeles, CA

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Anthony Robustelli publishes Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles, I Want To Tell You, Volume 1: 1962/1963


Anthony Robustelli, musician and author of I Want To Tell You Vol. 1: 1962/63.

Anthony Robustelli, musician and author of I Want To Tell You Vol. 1: 1962/63.


Back in February (2014) while I was making my way around and saying hi to a few of the vendors at The Fest for Beatles Fans in New York, I was lucky enough to meet Anthony Robustelli, who was there with his first book, I Want To Tell You, Volume 1: 1962/1963. Naturally, Anthony is a big Beatles fan but, even better, he was familiar with TheBeatlesRarity.com, and also a professional musician, so, of course, I was very pleased to hear this and strike up a conversation with him. He gave me a copy of his book and after returning home, I went through it and was quite impressed.

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Next in line for Paul McCartney’s Archive Collection – Venus and Mars & Wings At The Speed Of Sound

On June 17th, 2014 the next two installments in the remaster series The Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be arriving. Continuing with the Wings period in the seventies, Concord Music Group will issue both the 1975 album Venus And Mars (click here for original track listing) and the 1976 album Wings At The Speed Of Sound (click here for original track listing). As before, there will be special and deluxe packaging editions of the sets available in both vinyl, CD and digital formats. In the seventies these were both single-disc LPs that preceded the triple-LP set Wings Over America that was the last to receive the Archive Collection treatment back in May 2013.


Venus And Mars

Venus And Mars cover art (click to enlarge)

Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Wings At The Speed Of Sound cover art (click to enlarge)


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Jonathan Meine discusses OxTango Music’s Star Club Remasters


OxTango Music is releasing a newly-remastered 2-CD set of The Beatles recordings made at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany in December, 1962. The sound of what was originally low-fidelity recordings made while testing the PA system at the venue is improved to a point that I personally never thought possible. I spoke on the phone with Jonathan Meine of OxTango for about 20 minutes about the details of the project and the releases of the Star Club recordings in general over the years. I decided some background info may be helpful before hearing our talk but if you’re already familiar with the Hamburg recordings, feel free to skip this and scroll down the page to play our discussion right away.

Back to Hamburg

The recordings of The Beatles made at Hamburg Germany’s Star Club in December 1962 have a long and convoluted history. Having made four previous trips to Hamburg’s club circuit over the previous two years, The Beatles now had a recording contract with EMI, a top twenty hit single back in the U.K. called “Love Me Do,” and had even recorded a follow-up single that they were very excited about called “Please Please Me.” They had good reason to be excited because their producer George Martin had predicted it would top the charts. It was scheduled for release in only a couple of weeks so, needless to say, The Beatles were more focused on getting back to London and beginning a professional recording career than having to “mach shau” in German clubs. Nevertheless, the recordings made in Hamburg at this time are a highly significant piece of their history since this was the last time to catch the Beatles before they reached the status of national stars and the only account of any of their pre-fame stints from the Reeperbahn’s “red light” district.


2014 OxTango 2-CD collection of 34 newly remastered Star Club recordings by The Beatles including complete version of Red Hot

2014 OxTango 2-CD collection of 34 newly remastered Star Club recordings by The Beatles including complete version of Red Hot


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Please join me, Happy Nat, on Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles this weekend

Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles

Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles

Dear Beatle-people,

I’m hoping you can join me this weekend on Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles. If you haven’t caught Dennis’ show before then I definitely encourage you to check it out. It’s an award-winning weekly radio show that’s been around since 1991 and currently heard on dozens of stations in North America, the U.K., Germany, Sweden and New Zealand. If you truly love The Beatles, you’ll love his show.

I’m having a little listening party with Dennis this upcoming weekend (March 22-23, 2014) for a celebration of the 51st birthday of The Beatles’ first LP Please Please Me. I’ll round up a few rare mixes from that groundbreaking debut and of course we’ll discuss a bit about each track along the way. Dennis also plans to play a part of his most recent interview with comedian David Brenner who passed away last weekend. It promises to be an informative show and lots of fun so I’m hoping you can be there.

One easy way to tune in is from the Fab4Radio player in the lower part of the right sidebar here on TheBeatlesRarity.com (just look to your right and scroll down below the SHOUTcast logo). Click the play button at 10am ET/7am PT on Saturday morning (Mar. 22, 2014) or at 10am ET/7am PT on Sunday morning (Mar. 23, 2014). You can also hear it directly from Fab4Radio.com at the same times. If that’s too early, it also comes on on Beatlesarama.com at 2pm ET/11am PT on Saturday (Mar. 22, 2014). For more on Dennis’ show check out the Breakfast With The Beatles website at www.beatlesradioshow.com. There are also more alternate listening times, a listing of many other stations to catch the show and even instructions on how to listen to it via podcast at a time convenient for you.

I’ve been a fan of Breakfast With The Beatles for a few years now and can’t tell you how happy I am to be Dennis’ guest again this weekend. The show is two hours long though some stations only play the first hour. Back in September 2010, shortly after his monumental 1000th show, I interviewed Dennis via phone on TheBeatlesRarity.com. You can catch a recording of that interview here if you like.

Thanks for reading!

Happy Nat
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Ringo Starr Tour Dates for 2014

With Ringo Starr heavily in the news these days after his appearance with Paul McCartney at the Grammys, I thought it a good time to announce the dates for his upcoming summer tour as well so those who are interested can make their plans.

The All-Starrs will be along for the ride and the line-up remains: Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr.Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey) and Gregg Bissonette.


Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr


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