by Billy J Shears
After the excitement of the premiere of the Beatles new film 'Eight Days A Week, the Touring Years' the latter part of September, at least locally, seemed to bring a lull in Beatles activities.
This brief hiatus ended on the 8th October with a suprise viewing of the 'The Lennon Report', a fascinating film, if ultimately, grim account of the moments after John Lennon was shot as seen through the eyes of those who lived it and tried desperately to save his life.
News producer Alan Weiss played by Walter Vinter is involved in a motorcycle accident on the same night as John Lennon is shot and taken to the same emergency unit at Roosevelt Hospital.
The staff at the hospital attempt to conceal the identity of John Lennon as Alan Weiss convinced that the shooting victim is John attempts to relay the news to his office.
Directed by Jeremy Profe 'The Lennon Report' is a true story starring Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran & Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan G. Lynn.
The John Lennon 76th Birthday Celebration was held in the Live Lounge at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Jimmy Coburn backed by his fellow Cavern Club Beatles performed his John Lennon show.
The first half featured songs recorded by John during his time with the Beatles, while the second set concentrated on his solo career.
The opening Revolution set the night alight from the very beginning as the band performed an impressive set including hit singles and album tracks from Love Me Do to Come Together.
If anything the Lennon solo set was even more impressive, beginning with Nobody Told Me, what a great song that is, Jimmy & the band were on top form.
Whether it was the rock of Cold Turkey, Gimme Some Truth & How Do You Sleep? or the classic Lennon of Watching the Wheels, Working Class Hero, Mind Games, How, Imagine or the newly performed Number 9 Dream there was no denying this was a fitting tribute to John on the night of his 76th birthday....
We've held local Beatles nights in Manchester (UK) for over 25 years.
You'll find us the second Tuesday of every month at the Millstone Pub in Manchester from 6pm showing Beatles footage on the big screen, music & a Beatles quiz.
On the 13th October we were pleased to screen the new Beatles film, Eight Days A Week complete with London premiere footage & the Shea Stadium concert.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending our Beatles nights please let them know about us. You can contact us here. Hope to see you there....
So, what's coming up?
Well, besides the usual shenanigans in Liverpool:-) our favourite Beatles Celebration band the Threetles are playing on Oldham Town Hall steps as part of the celebrations to mark the re-opening of the town hall complex. Start 2.30pm.
Our good mate Paul Wilde, Manchester News columnist & Beatles Historian is leading his Beatles in Manchester walkabout tour to show you why the city was so important to the fab four.
The tour is approximately 90 minutes. £10 Adults, £5 Kids (Under 16)
Starts at the DRY BAR 12 noon, 28 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JN
Hope to see you at both events.