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Paul McCartney releases Wings remasters and New Ringo Starr tour dates

Wings remastered albums

Reissues of two Wings albums, Venus and Mars and At The Speed of Sound, were released last week. Both albums are available in a variety of physical and digital formats. Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD features the original remastered album and the second CD includes bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks.

The 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition is housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe version bonus DVD is comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before.

As with all the Archive Collection, Paul McCartney has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues.  The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who have worked on all the reissues as well as the Beatles’ catalogue.

Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010, Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases.  In 2012 he picked up Best Historical Album for Band on the Run and this year Wings over America picked up an award (Best Boxed or Special Edition Package) on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013, RAM was nominated for Best Historical Album.

Other titles released to date in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection are Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.  Is your collection complete?

(Source: Official Press release)

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New Ringo Starr Tour dates

Ringo-2014tourPRRingo Starr and his All Starr Band – Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham – announced new tour dates beginning on February 13 in Louisiana and then onto Texas, Birmingham, South Carolina, and Orlando before traveling throughout Latin America with shows in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and more. The tour continues through March ending with 3 shows in California in Santa Ynez, San Francisco and San Diego and a show in Las Vegas.

This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up he has played with since 2012, and the addition of these new dates comes as no surprise to anyone who has heard Ringo talk about this band, with whom he loves performing. “We have so much fun playing together , we don’t want it to end!”  Ringo also loved touring in Latin America and said “the audiences were just great and so loving, we can’t wait to go back”.

RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND ON TOUR:

February 2015
13 Riverdome, Bossier City, LA
14 Cowan Center, Tyler, TX
15 BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham AL
17 The Peace Center, Greenville, SC
18 Bob Carr PAC, Orlando FL
21 Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
22 Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan
24 Van Wezel PAC, Sarasota FL
26 HSBC Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
27 Vivo Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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March 2015
1 TBD
3 Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
6 Bogota Corferias, Columbia
8 Coliseo Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
10 National Auditorium, Mexico City
12 Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez CA
13 Masonic Theater, San Francisco CA
14 Pala Casino, Pala, CA
15 The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV

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For additional dates and on sale dates please check local listings and for more information please visit:
www.ringostarr.com

(Source: Official Press release)

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Beatles 50th anniversary: A Hard Day’s Night in theaters

Happy 4th, Beatles fans!!

July 6, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night!

A special 50th anniversary DVD and Blu-ray edition is being released by the Criterion Collection for the 50th anniversary of the film. This latest release features new 4K restoration from the original camera negative and a new 5.1 surround sound mix produced by Giles Martin.

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The film is also being shown in select theaters this Fourth of July weekend.

See if the film is playing in your area:

http://janusfilms.com/harddaysnight/index.html

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EVENT ALERT:

Sunday July 6 –
Pattie Boyd to recount meeting The Beatles at ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ screening
http://www.examiner.com/article/pattie-boyd-to-recount-meeting-the-beatles-at-a-hard-day-s-night-screening

Monday July 7 –
Join former Beatle Ringo Starr in Hollywood to celebrate his birthday
http://www.examiner.com/article/join-former-beatle-ringo-starr-hollywood-to-celebrate-his-birthday

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Latest DAYTRIPPIN’ ARTICLES:

Ringo Starr ‘Peace and Love’ concert special to air on AXS TV (July 3, 2014)
https://daytrippin.com/2014/07/03/ringo-starr-peace-and-love-concert-special-to-air-on-axs-tv/

1964 The Tribute recreates The Beatles’ touring magic (May 1, 2014) –http://www.examiner.com/article/1964-the-tribute-recreates-the-beatles-touring-magic

Liv Warfield’s ‘Blackbird’ calls out Paul McCartney in defiance to Beatles’ song (April 6, 2014) –http://www.examiner.com/article/liv-warfield-s-blackbird-calls-out-paul-mccartney-defiance-to-beatles-song

John Lennon drawing recalls frightening Palm Springs tram ride (March 23, 2014)
https://daytrippin.com/2014/03/23/john-lennon-drawing-recalls-frightening-palm-springs-tram-ride/

Ex-Beatle John Lennon’s UFO drawing and other sketches up for auction (March 20, 2013) –
http://www.examiner.com/article/ex-beatle-john-lennon-s-ufo-drawing-and-other-sketches-up-for-auction
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NEWS from our BEATLES TWITTER and FACEBOOK pages:

Paul McCartney’s website is giving away free tickets to his North American shows
http://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/new-contest-win-tickets-to-see-paul-get-out-there-in-the-us

Listen to the full mystery ‘train song’ from A Hard Day’s Night – Is it The Beatles?
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-beatles-mystery-song-train-hard-days-night-20140702-story.html

 


Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein honored with Blue Plaque in London
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/06/30/beatles-manager-brian-epstein-honored-with-blue-plaque/11733981/

Photos: Indian temple abandoned since the Beatles visited in 1968 is now a shrine to The Fab Four
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2668985/Let-Inside-abandoned-Indian-temple-untouched-The-Beatles-visit-1968-Fab-Four-shrine.html

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NEW BEATLES MERCHANDISE

New release in July: The Beatles Japanese Box Set: 5 albums plus memorabilia – http://tiny.cc/hxb5gx

Newly restored: The Beatles movie, A Hard Day’s Night, released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 24 – http://goo.gl/NXtRWs

New book: The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four [massive 2 volume set, over 1000 pages] by Ken Womack – http://goo.gl/m1igis

New Beatles book: The Dead Straight Guide to The Beatles – http://goo.gl/l1QvED

New photography book: Guitar With Wings by Laurence Juber – http://goo.gl/3mU3CD

Graphic novel: Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band – http://tiny.cc/cuhhix

New book: Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles Solo Careers – http://goo.gl/NbsU2q

Interesting book concept: “Rock Trees: The Beatles: Volume 1: The Paul McCartney Tree” – http://tiny.cc/ojzhgx

John Lennon & Yoko Ono historic interviews by Village Voice journalist, Howard Smith, now on 8-CD set – http://goo.gl/Y5tbza

George Harrison interview by Village Voice journalist, Howard Smith, now available on CD – http://goo.gl/hTgQGH

Book: The Guitar’s All right as a Hobby, John by Kathy Burns – http://tiny.cc/cahhix

Book: The Beatles “Speaking Words of Wisdom” – http://tiny.cc/3hhhix

Book: The Beatles and their Revolutionary Bass Player – http://tiny.cc/dnhhix

Book: Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s – http://tiny.cc/aqhhix

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Ringo Starr ‘Peace and Love’ concert special to air on AXS TV

ringo-sideCAXS TV announced on July 1 that it will celebrate the life and legacy of Ringo Starr, with the once-in-a-lifetime tribute concert “Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love,” on Sunday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET. The David Lynch Foundation hosts the benefit event, presenting Starr with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award for his dedication to spreading peace and love throughout the world as a pioneer of transcendental meditation—a method for self-development, stress reduction, and relaxation, that Starr famously began practicing during the Beatles’ trip to India in 1968.

Filmed at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on January 21, 2014 the unprecedented event is packed with heartfelt moments and great performances from some of music’s biggest names who have come together for the first ever tribute celebrating Starr’s music. Highlights include video tributes from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono; Betty LaVette performing “It Don’t Come Easy”; Ben Folds with “Oh My My”; Ben Harper on “Walk With You”; Joe Walsh with the rocking “Back Off Boogaloo”; Brendon Benson revving up “Don’t Go Where The Road Don’t Go”; The Head and the Heart doing the timeless classic “Octopuses Garden”; and kicking it all off Giles McWilliams from Ark Life with “Can’t Do it Wrong.”

Serving as house band for the evening is a super-group of rock royalty led by GRAMMY®-winner Don Was on bass; Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) on keyboards; iconic axemen Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather (Toto) on guitars; and Kenny Arnoff (John Mellencamp) on drums.

The guest of honor himself, Ringo Starr, closes out the evening with a spectacular three song set, “Photograph” and “Boys,” and then for the finale, inviting all of the night’s performers—along with members of the star studded audience including Eric Burdon, Gary Wright, Gregg Bissonette, Jeff Lynne, Colin Hay, Richard Page, Sheila E., Edgar Winter, and comedian Jim Carrey—back on stage to join in an epic sing-along of “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Watch an excerpt from the show here:

“Ringo Starr is one of the true unsung heroes of rock n’ roll,” said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. “The wide-reaching impact he’s had on the industry—both as an artist and a humanitarian—is on full display here, as evidenced by the variety of high-level performers that came out to pay tribute to his legacy. This is absolutely one of the most unique events you will see this year, and AXS TV is proud to be a part of it.”

The David Lynch Foundation was founded in 2005, as a means of providing transcendental meditation training to adults and children throughout the world. Since that time, the foundation has treated tens of thousands of people, with special programs developed for underprivileged students, survivors of domestic violence, and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The foundation launched the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund in January of 2014.

For information on how to make a donation to the Ringo Starr Peace and Love Fund, please visit: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/peacelovefund/

(Source: Press release)

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr come together for two Beatles songs in Grammy TV salute – Full set list

beatlessignCYou could say “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles”  was 50 years in the making since it marks the 50th anniversary of The Fab Four’s historic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. In truth, it was over ten years in the making according to Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich, longtime producer of The GRAMMYs and many other music shows including “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.”

Ehrlich told the studio audience at last night’s taping that he was in talks with former Apple CEO, the late Neil Aspinall, to do a Beatles special for the 40th anniversary of the Ed Sullivan performance but it “wasn’t the right time.” Ehrlich, a self-proclaimed Beatles fan himself who said he even applied to run Apple in the 1960s, put together a stellar group of musicians to pay tribute to The Beatles just one night after The GRAMMY awards telecast.

This GRAMMY Salute to The Beatles does not disappoint — all the performances are top-notch. While the audience patiently awaits the reunion between Paul and Ringo at the end, highlights by other performers include a special Eurythmics reunion to sing “Fool On the Hill,” a duet between Alicia Keys and John Legend performing “Let It Be,” and a touching rendition of “Something” performed by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh joined by George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, which was introduced by Johnny Depp.

Jeff Bridges, who said he got to meet the Beatles at a Hollywood charity party on August 24, 1964, introduced Ringo Starr who shouted it was “Starr Time” as he sang classic covers of songs from The Beatles’ days of “Matchbox” and “Boys.” Starr then gave a rousing rendition of “Yellow Submarine” which unified the audience in spirit.
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Sean Penn then introduced Sir Paul who took the stage with his own band. McCartney explained his initial hesitance for taking part in the show: “Was it seemly to tribute yourself? But I saw a couple of American guys who said to me, `You don’t understand the impact of that appearance on the show on America,'” which convinced him to do it. He performed “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday,” “Get Back,” and “I Saw Her Standing There” on his own.
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When McCartney started singing “Sgt. Pepper”, the crowd knew what would happen next. “Billy Shears,” a.k.a. Ringo joined Paul onstage to sing “With A Little Help From My Friends” making this 50th anniversary tribute a historic night on its own. Ringo then took a seat at the drums to accompany Paul on the finale of “Hey Jude.” All the performers from the night including members of The Beatles “Love” Cirque du Soleil show joined in at the end.

This Beatles show was a wonderful tribute and was reminiscent of the touching, classy performances at the Concert for George from 2002. The big difference was that it was less of a memorial and more of a celebration. However,  Ringo summed it up well when he said, “We were in a band. It’s called The Beatles, and if we play, John and George are always with us. It’s always John, Paul, George and Ringo.”
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Tune in February 9, 2014 for some more history-making performances on “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” on CBS, you don’t want to miss it!
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FULL PERFORMANCE LIST
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Maroon 5 – “All My Loving”, “Ticket to Ride”
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Eric Idle as Nigel Spasm from The Rutles introducing Beatles biography clips
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John Mayer and Keith Urban – “Don’t Let Me Down”
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Ed Sheeran – “In My Life”
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Alicia Keys and John Legend – “Let It Be”
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Imagine Dragons – “Revolution”
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Katy Perry – “Yesterday”
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Eurythmics – “Fool on the Hill”
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Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley – “Here Comes the Sun”
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Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne – “Hey Bulldog”
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Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Dhani Harrison – “Something”
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Gary Clark Jr, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
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Stevie Wonder – “We Can Work It Out”
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Ringo Starr – “Matchbox”, “Boys”, “Yellow Submarine”
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Paul McCartney – “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Birthday”, “Get Back”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Hey Jude”
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Video: Ringo Starr explains his philosophy on signing autographs at All Starr press conference

Ringo Starr appeared in Hollywood on Wednesday with members of his latest All Starr Band to promote his 2013 tour to Latin America. The band played shortened versions of songs including “Boys” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” sung by Ringo, “Oye Como Va” sung by Gregg Rolie from Santana, and “Rosanna” sung by Steve Lukather from Toto.
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Wearing a black blazer and a glittery “peace sign” black t-shirt, Ringo took questions from reporters. When asked why he agrees to sign special photo and art prints even though he vowed a few years ago that he would not sign autographs anymore, Ringo said that he has not changed his view on signing autographs for people in public, but that he only signs for special projects where the money goes to his charity, The Lotus Foundation. Watch video here:

The press conference was held later in the same day following a special presentation of Ringo’s new hardcover limited edition book called Photograph. Dave Grohl and others praised Ringo as a drummer and photographer during a celebration of Starr’s book of personal photographs that he shot of his life before, after and with The Beatles.

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Ringo calls his All Starr band “the best 1-800 band in the land” where you have to have a hit to be a member. Other All Starrs on this tour include Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. The tour travels through Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and ends with two dates in Las Vegas in November. Visit RingoStarr.com for tour information.
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Video: The Beatles to release new ‘On Air, Live at the BBC Volume 2’ CD set just in time for the holidays

The Beatles "On Air: Live At The BBC Vol 2" CoverApple Corps announced today that The Beatles will release a new two-disc CD set ‘On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2‘ on November 11, 2013, almost 20 years after Volume 1 came out. ‘On Air’ features 63 live recordings, none of which overlap with The Beatles’ first BBC release. According to the press release, ‘On Air’ includes 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band’s members and their BBC radio hosts.

The Beatles appeared on various BBC radio shows including Saturday Club and Easy Beat. In June 1963, The Beatles got their own BBC weekly radio show called “Pop Go The Beatles.” Between March 1962 and June 1965, the BBC broadcast 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles in the U.K.

Ten of the songs on The Beatles ‘On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2‘ were never officially recorded by the group for EMI, including two never before released performances:  The Beatles’ direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and a rocking cover of the standard “Beautiful Dreamer.”  ‘On Air’ also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection:  Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee,” Chan Romero’s “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman,” and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, “Glad All Over” and “Sure To Fall.”

Also included for the first time are the Beatles’ candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.

Along with the Volume 2 release, a remastered reissue of The Beatles ‘Live at the BBC’ (Volume 1) is also being released in 2013. When Volume 1 was originally released in 1994, it sold 5 million copies in the first six weeks reaching number one in the UK and number three in the US.

bbc-archivesbkAlso being released is the book, The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1970 by producer Kevin Howlett who compiled and researched the CD set along with Mike Heatley.  The booklets for both collections include Kevin Howlett’s essays on the history of The Beatles’ BBC radio sessions and his detailed commentaries on all of the tracks.

View FULL track listing of The Beatles ‘On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2’

View slideshow of photos of The Beatles at the BBC in London over the years

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Good Ol’ Freda producer shares behind-the-scenes insights on Beatles Fan Club secretary

Freda Kelly and Paul McCartney; courtesy Freda Kelly

Freda Kelly and Paul McCartney; courtesy Freda Kelly

Daytrippin’ recently interviewed film producer, Kathy McCabe, to learn more about the new film, Good Ol’ Freda, and its star, Beatles fan club secretary and confidante, Freda Kelly. The film is being released in theaters, on iTunes and VOD this Friday, September 6.

The documentary sheds light on what it was like to be a Beatles fan when The Fab Four played at The Cavern Club in the early ’60s when Freda Kelly first met The Beatles. Kelly says she saw The Beatles play 190 out of the 292 times they performed at The Cavern. Kelly expressed her dedication to the group by running their fan club before Brian Epstein was in the picture. Once Brian signed The Beatles, he asked Freda to be his secretary and her life changed forever. The film follows Freda on her journey working for NEMS during the day and still fulfilling her Beatles fan club duties at night, all the while maintaining a loyal friendship with John, Paul, George, Ringo and their families. The film captures the warm heart of Freda showing why The Beatles trusted her all those years ago.

1) How did you come up with the idea for Good Ol’ Freda? Are you and the other producers Beatles fans, or was it more about telling a compelling story?

Oh yes!   I am a huge Beatles fan and was lucky to see them play live twice.  Our director and other producers are big Beatles fans too so it’s been a real honor to make this film and preserve some of their history.  In 1964, when I was 16 years old, I asked for my name to be put on the pen pal page of the Beatles Monthly Magazine in which Freda wrote a Beatles Fan Club column. It turned out that the sister of the person who picked me as his pen pal worked for Freda at the Beatles Fan Club and her husband was Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats who appears in the film and played on the same bill as The Beatles many times.   It was through Billy that I became friends with Freda.  Although we saw each other at parties and concerts, we never talked about The Beatles.   She was so private about her years with The Beatles and I had been warned not to bug her with questions!!  

About 5 years ago though at a family wedding, she told me a few stories that blew me away.  I encouraged her to do some private talks at my house in Baltimore Maryland to see how fans liked her ‘little tales.’  Well, a talk that was supposed to be one hour lasted four!  These talks gave her confidence to accept an invitation to appear at the Fest for Beatles fans and the reaction of fans there was phenomenal.   One standing ovation after another!  You can’t fool Beatles fans and they knew Freda was the real thing.     Not long after that Ryan White, with whom I’d worked earlier on a film called ‘Pelada,’ became free unexpectedly and ‘the penny dropped’ as Freda says.   Ryan, Freda, and I began talking about doing a documentary and in August 2011 we started filming!  It became obvious to us right away that this was not going to be a tell-all  or a film about The Beatles.  Freda’s stories and her own life were so compelling that we knew the film would center on her.

2) Did you approach Freda Kelly or did she approach you? Did she have any hesitation in telling her story after all these years?

We kind of mutually approached each other and we were very blessed that she had reached a time in her life where she felt comfortable telling her ‘little stories.’   The big catalyst was the birth of her grandson, Niall.  Although she was hesitant, she knew deep down she wanted Niall to understand what she had done in her youth so he would be proud of her.   She says in the film she didn’t want him to look over at her in her chair with a cat on her lap and think ‘oh she’s never done anything.’  She’d had many offers over the years to tell her stories but turned them all down.  Doing this film was a big leap of faith for her but I think she felt comfortable because she’d known us for a long time so there was trust.  She says in the film that if she hadn’t have done this now she knows she would never have done it.  If she hadn’t, all those never-heard-before, true stories would have been lost.   So we’re very grateful she decided to do the documentary with us.
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3) There’s a nice message from Ringo at the end of the film. Have you spoken to Paul McCartney about the film and what was his reaction?

Good Ol' Freda movie poster

Good Ol’ Freda movie poster

Yes, isn’t it a lovely message from Ringo?   Obviously from the heart!   Sadly, Freda lost her own mother when she was 18 months old. She was so close to Ringo’s Mum Elsie that she considered her a mother figure and her children called her Nanny Else.  We’re so thankful to Ringo for recording this message.  

Paul knows about the film and gave it his hearty approval.  Freda was also very close with Paul’s father who she called Uncle Jim.  We worked with Paul’s office to get a message but despite great efforts on both parts the scheduling didn’t come together.  

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4) I see that you got the rights to four Beatles songs to use in the film (Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There, I Feel Fine and I Will). How hard were the negotiations for that?

We were delighted to be granted very rare permission to license four Beatles songs as well as the funny music on the very first Beatles Fan Club Christmas Record.  That is a true testament of the esteem The Beatles hold for Freda and her devotion to them and their families. We are very proud to have these songs in our film and every time I hear them while watching the film I get goosebumps. The negotiations were long and involved and we received approval just six weeks before our world premiere!   One good thing about having Beatles music in your film, it sure helps pave the way for the rest of the soundtrack.   We’ve got a killer soundtrack with not only The Beatles but also Buddy Holly, Little Richard, The Marvelettes, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard and Carl Perkins among others. We picked songs that the Beatles loved and had covered in their early days.  
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5) How did the Kickstarter campaign help your film? Would you have been able to complete it without Kickstarter?
 
We couldn’t have made this film without the generosity of our nearly 700 Kickstarter backers.  We had to meet our goal of  $50,000 or we wouldn’t have been able to start the film much less complete it.  We had an amazing Kickstarter team….a group of friends who worked together for 30 days across all time zones to ensure we met our goal.  It was a team effort and Beatles fans came out of the woodwork to help us.  We’ll have DVDs in December to send to all our backers.   They’ll be the first ones to actually get the DVDs in their hands.   We’re working hard on DVD extras right now too so there will be some extra goodies on it!  
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6) What has the reaction been from people who have seen the film? Do you think this film will appeal to non-Beatles fans?

 
Freda Kelly ; Photo by Austin Hargrave

Freda Kelly ; Photo by Austin Hargrave

The reaction has been amazing!  Audiences are touched deeply by the way she has conducted her life and Freda’s personal character, integrity, and loyalty to The Beatles themselves, their families and fans.  They love it that she was a fan herself and very protective of The Beatles.  They love her modesty and honesty, that she never sought attention or the limelight, and never sold out despite so many offers to do so. They understand the great lengths she went to to keep fans happy whether it was collecting hair on the floor after the barber cut their hair or getting Ringo to sleep on a pillowcase so she could send it back to the fan.  The personal attention she gave was amazing….there’s nothing like it now.  As she says in the film ‘no one took these girls seriously but I did because I was one of them.’

Audiences get emotional when they watch the film   We’ve seen grown men cry during it! They’re touched that she gave away all the leftover Beatles memorabilia to fans rather than selling it for millions for herself.   She’s still a working secretary after 50 years.  Still modest, still shy, still private….people really ‘get’ what she’s all about and in today’s world of 15 minutes of fame, her story really grabs audiences whether they are Beatles fans or not.   Freda’s stories are all new and all true and this film presents The Beatles from an angle other films have not…so yes it’s appealing to a wide range of audiences.
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7) As a documentary filmmaker, do you have any more music-related films in the works?

Good Ol’ Freda is still a full-time job for me!!  So I’ll be focusing on this film for the next year or so.
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8) Is Freda Kelly happy with the way the film turned out? What does she wish for fans to take away from watching the movie?

She’s very happy with it….and she’s even more happy we’ve finished making it!!  She’s enjoying meeting fans on the film festival circuit and is astonished that people are interested in her ‘little tales’ as she calls them.  Freda wanted to convey to Beatles fans that ‘the lads’ as she calls them were human beings….not gods.  So she wanted to humanize them and the experience they went through.  She wanted fans to know what it was like for The Beatles and their families in the early days when things were fun and the Beatlemania craziness hadn’t started yet.  They were just regular guys from Liverpool who became famous beyond their dreams. But best of all Niall will now know what his grandmother did in her youth!

Note: Kathy explained if the movie is not playing in a theater near you, you should call your independent theaters and request it to be screened.  The theaters will get in touch with Magnolia Pictures to set up screenings.

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