January 9th, 2005

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==>> This must be the final sign of the Apocalypse!

I've heard this show was being done, but Yikes! The full story here throws up all kinds of red flags. This is a definite first -- not only is Apple and all the other scattered Beatles, survivors, and misc. entities collaborating on a Beatles project, with their actual voices, but, everybody is finally agreeing on something Beatlish involving outside performers! ...Scary... I don't know about you, but I'm getting my affairs in order ... putting the finishing touches on my underground apocalypse shelter ... hoarding french toast ...


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The Beatles take to the big top 
Fri Jan 7, 2005 06:33 AM ET


By Paul Majendie
LONDON (Reuters) - The Beatles are off to join the circus in Las Vegas, and it all started with George Harrison's passion for Formula One motor racing.


After a three-year courtship with Cirque du Soleil, the world's most famous band have agreed for the first time to collaborate on a stage show with the world's biggest circus.

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have signed up along with the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

Producer George Martin, known as the Fifth Beatle (***LIES! ALL LIES! EVERYONE KNOWS THE FIFTH BEATLE WAS WILLIAM SHATNER!!!***  -eppylover) will be musical director for the show being staged in a custom-built $100 million theater at the Mirage casino on the Las Vegas strip.

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The collaboration began because George Harrison and Guy Laliberte, the French-Canadian stilt-walker who founded Cirque du Soleil in 1984, loved watching fast cars.

Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre described the courtship that flowered in Montreal, headquarters of the multi-million dollar circus empire that has troupes performing around the globe.

"Every year, Guy used to organize a party for friends from all over the world in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix," he told Reuters.

"George came along and a bunch of (Cirque) artists and musicians convinced him to come and see some of our shows.

"George introduced us to the other members of the band and we started courting them. Two events then made it happen."

They met in London with George, Ringo, Paul and Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. "We wanted to see if two creative forces could work together. That went very, very well."

Ringo, Paul and George went without warning to see 'O', a cirque show playing in Las Vegas. Afterwards they went backstage and talked to the artists.


The chemistry worked.


"This is the first time the Beatles have agreed to have their music represented in a theatrical performance," said Lamarre, speaking by telephone from Montreal.

POIGNANT FIRST NIGHT

For millions, The Beatles offered the soundtrack to their lives. For Cirque du Soleil, half the problem has been picking the right songs to fit their circus format, a mixture of daredevil stunts and high-tech wizardry.

"The only voices in the show will be theirs," Lamarre said. "In every song there is an angle for us. We have way too much material, we are spoiled."

First night will be poignant.

"George and his wife Olivia were the starting point of this project and we are so touched she has decided to pursue it after his death," Lamarre said.

McCartney approves and Yoko Ono, fiercely protective of Lennon's legacy, is equally upbeat, saying: "The Beatles and Cirque. I think it's a great combination -- The Beatles' agile mind and Cirque's agile body."

But Ringo just wants a good night out: "How excited can I get? The Beatles, Cirque du Soleil and an incredible venue in Las Vegas."



© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.

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Member of Band that Turned Down Brian's Management Offer Remembers...

What Would Have Happened If…

 It was a typical lunchtime session. The Cavern was crowded, sweaty and smelly. It was Spring, 1962, and several of the Undertakers were there to see the Beatles play. During one of the breaks between sets (the lunchtime sessions were from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, sometimes a little longer, depending…) we were all talking at the back of the Cavern, near the refreshment area. There was George and John - Paul had just walked off somewhere, I think - together with Undertakers Brian Jones, Jackie Lomax, Bugs Pemberton and me. Brian Epstein suddenly appeared, bounding down the narrow stairway and into the Cavern. He was dressed in a conservative tweed sport jacket under which he was wearing a black cotton turtle-neck sweater, which was in style with the groups, back then.

Upon seeing us, he made his way over through the crowd. After exchanging greetings, he said to us, “I’d like to see a couple of you boys in my office, later on, this afternoon.” We couldn’t help ourselves and, laughing, we all jumped and put our backs to the wall. This being a cruel joke on his sexual preferences. But, what the hell, we did it anyway. He got a little miffed at this and stormed off towards where Bob Wooler was holed up in his tiny D.J room, beside the stage.

“I know what he wants,” John said, and without waiting, and went on, “He wants to manage youse [sic].”

But, we’ve got Ralph Webster,” we replied, almost in unison. Our manager, Ralph Webster managed three venues in Liverpool and was in partnership with fellow entrepreneur Brian Kelly on a couple more. We had it real good - we were always playing, three gigs a night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with sometimes an afternoon show thrown in for good measure.

Fuckin’ good job, too” John retorted, “Cos [sic] , he ain’t done fuck-all for us, yet!”
Which was true at that time. Epstein had been trying, unsuccessfully to get interest from the London-based record companies and entertainment impresarios. And that was that! As I said at the beginning, this whole thing took place in a few breaths of time. Of course, we didn’t sign with Brian Epstein, and we didn’t get to be as big as the Beatles. What would have happened if we had signed with Eppy…who knows? But, we did get to have a wonderful time, playing for fans all over England and making many trips to Germany.

Entire article is at: http://www.stereotimes.com/comm112904.shtm