LIVE REVIEW: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (01.01.2019)

  The Beatles’ last official live concert was in San Francisco in 1966. They also did one last impromptu appearance on the rooftop of Apple in 1969 to bemused onlookers. This means that many of the band’s more experimental and expansive songs from their studio years have only been performed by tribute acts. The All You Need…

DVD REVIEW: THE SIXTIES

  If you remember the sixties, you weren’t there. But this is no longer a problem thanks to the 10-part documentary series, The Sixties. The program is an informative and in-depth account of a formative and tumultuous decade, especially for America (and it is from this slant and perspective that this TV series is told)….

LIVE REVIEW: THE BEATLE BOYS @ STATE THEATRE (21.06.2014)

  It was fifty years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite, but it has been that long since The Beatles did their first and only tour of Australia. The tribute band, The Beatle Boys would recreate their 1964 set as well as play another full set of classics, favourites and some…

FILM REVIEWS: PAUL MCCARTNEY: LIVE KISSES & BBC ELECTRIC PROMS: PAUL MCCARTNEY

  Paul McCartney: Lives Kisses and BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney see the former Beatle performing songs, having fun and getting nostalgic. They also show two very different sides of Macca. The former sees him taking a leaf out of his parents’ songbook and doing covers of the easy-listening tunes that featured on his Kisses On The Bottom album. The…

FILM REVIEW: GOOD OL’ FREDA

  When people think of John, Paul, George and Ringo, a name that doesn’t immediately spring to mind is Freda Kelly. But this humble, Liverpudlian woman was the group’s secretary; manager, Brian Epstein’s assistant; and the head of their fan club for 11 years. Good Ol’ Freda is a quaint little documentary about an inspiring woman who had one of the…

FILM REVIEW: YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

  Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a documentary film, travel guide and labour of love about The Beatles. In the course of an hour the director and presenter, Fabrice Ziolkowski visits the places in Liverpool and London that were important to the Fab Four. He also does this during International Beatle Week and he discovers that the group attracts…

NEWS: A LOOK AHEAD AT STUDIO LOVES: THE BEATLES ON FOXTEL’S STUDIO 132

  It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only visit to Australia and the year that Beatlemania hit. In 1964 the band performed to 73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, played multiple overseas concerts, met Bob Dylan, recorded Beatles For Sale,released A…

LIVE REVIEW: THE BEATLES BACK2BACK TRIBUTE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (02.01.2014)

The Beatles wrote the soundtrack to many people’s lives and it’s no surprise that the band continue to be loved and revered. Some Australian artists have previously tackled the Fab Four’s work with the Let It Be and White Album tours, which now leads us to Back2Back. It’s a concert that made its debut in Queensland in 2011 and whose latest instalment…

ALBUM REVIEW: PAUL MCCARTNEY – KISSES ON THE BOTTOM

At this stage in the game Sir Paul McCartney can say, say, say anything on record and it’s guaranteed to shift a unit or ten. He certainly knows this because he has indulged himself on the cheekily named, Kisses On The Bottom. It’s a collection of old standards initially made as a gift for his…