Brunch Gang Wows'Em!
It was the best of times, it was a blast of all time! Beatle Brunch Host Joe Johnson and sidekick Tom Frangione, were on hand to host a bevy of Beatle Brunch Name That Tune Contests and participate in live discussions about everything FAB at the Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans the weekend of August 5th, including a cool discussion about Beatles radio shows ala Beatle Brunch, hosted by Beatlefan’s Al Sussman.
Check out the pics of Joe J and the Brunchers having a blast, stopping by the Beatle Brunch table to join The Beatle Brunch Club, have their pic taken with Joe J and Don E Gee, or make a request for the show.
We got to hang out with future Beatles Tribute Cruiser Mark Hudson, who is appealing to all Beatle Brunch fans to come on the BTC 2012. Mark has met and played with all four Beatles and has some amazing stories to tell. The only one who does McCartney better than Mark is, “you know who”… Sir Paul himself. Oh, and Laurence Juber, Grammy winning guitarist, played with Paul in Wings for several years. He’s on board too along with Beatles insider, Tony Bramwell and a FANtastic Beatles Tribute band featuring Tim & Greg Piper's Revolution.
We also got a chance to chat it up with former Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland, who was a consultant on the recent Apple Box set, which features dozens of Badfinger unreleased tracks, including one that Joey wrote called “Love Me Do”, though a totally different track than the Lennon & McCarntey hit (you can hear it iin the BBC downloads section). Joey’s itching to join us on a future Beatles Tribute Cruise and he may just make the next one after this!
Special thanks to Mark and Carol Lapidos, and their great girls Michelle and Jessica, who handle all the social networking for The Fest on Facebook and Twitter. Mark’s biggest seller this fest was Julian Lennon’s new book on his collection of Beatles memorabilia, and the stories that go with each piece. The Fest is the ONLY retail outlet carrying the book and they quickly sold out in Chicago, though fans can order at www.thefest.com.
The guest lineup in Chicago really wowed the crowd too. Performing to a very healthy mix of Beatles, Wings and Peter and Gordon tunes, were Mark Hudson, Peter Asher, Joey Molland, Henry McCullough, backed by Liverpool. Henry was certainly a highlight this year, one interesting guy who can really 'talk story'. He is most famous for laying down the legendary guitar solo on My Love which everyone reading this can no doubt hum the entire lick in their head.
You can hear requests from the Fest on a special Beatle Brunch program airing Labor Day weekend, September 3-4. BBC members of course, can hear the show on demand, and don’t forget to “friend” Beatle Brunch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
One of the brightest stars, making his first-ever Fest appearance, was Henry McCullough. At one time, Henry was Janis Joplin's boy friend. His band, Eire Apparent, cut a CD produced by Jimi Hendrix which you can read about in this article; he hung with Andrew Lloyd Weber and could have still been receiving royalties from the recording of Jesus Christ Superstar, had he not turned it down for 500 Quid ... a real misfortune. Henry's a gentle Irishman with soft blue eyes and long grey-white hair and that fine Irish brogue. It was a pleasure meeting him and we hope to interview Henry for an upcoming Beatle Brunch real soon. He's got a lot of history and here's a little more on Henry: