Ringo Starr, who'll hold a press conference June 5 to kick off his U.S. tour which begins June 6 at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, will be exhibiting his artwork June 13 through June 15 at Oceans Galleries in Stone Harbor, N.J., according to a June 4 press release. Special receptions will be held at the gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. June 13-14 and 1 to 4 p.m. June 15.
The following weekend, the gallery will bring the collection of artwork to Caesars Atlantic City, where it will be displayed in the Tiberius Room from 6 p.m. to midnight June 20 and 1 to 5 p.m. June 21. Anyone who buys Ringo’s artwork throughout the June exhibition run will have the opportunity to meet him June 21 at a private reception and have a photo taken with him before the All Starr Band’s concert. Get Ringo tickets here.
Today's press conference, by the way, will include some special announcements. Including, we're hearing, the possibility of more tour dates.
Final “Jeopardy”: The Beatles were featured in Final Jeopardy question on June 4. According to FikkleFame.com, the question was “Of the Beatles’ 20 U.S. No. 1 Hits, this song has the shortest title." We'll post the answer later in this story.
More on Denny Laine/Peter Asher: Gay Linvill, who also attended the Denny Laine-Peter Asher concert in Southern California May 31, told us, “It really was fun! One little story that was omitted: After describing the Jimi Hendrix night at the Saville with the Beatles, champagne and hashish, Peter Asher reminded us that also on the bill that night was Denny Laine and his Electric String Band. Asher said he attempted (well) what ELO later accomplished, but many years before. He said he heard one of his favorites for the first time that night, "Say You Don't Mind," which they then proceeded to play!”
Lennon book goes global: Author James A. Mitchell announced this week that his excellent book, “The Walrus & the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution,” will be translated into Japanese for publication in Japan. The book will also be available in German and Brazilian editions. And not only that, it will come out in paperback in the U.S. this December.
Beatles Japanese CD set comes to U.S.: After initially being available only in Japan, Universal Music Group announced Wednesday the upcoming boxed set of Beatles Japanese albums on CD will be available from U.S. outlets, notably Amazon.com. Back in the days of vinyl, Japanese releases were popular in the U.S. because their sound quality was always better than the American counterparts. While CDs pretty much eliminated that, the Japanese always got releases, especially Beatles albums, Americans didn't. This is one time, thankfully, that won't happen.
Sale alert: The upcoming Beatles' “A Hard Day's Night” Criterion Collection single-disc DVD version (and not the three-disc Blu-ray) is on sale at Amazon.com for $11.99. And for those with Amazon Prime, it's available now to watch for $2.99.
Ticket sale: In honor of Sir Paul McCartney, the deadline for purchasing early discounted tickets to "Danbury Fields Forever" has been extended until Paul's birthday on June 18th. The New York/New England regional Music Festival for Beatles fans will "come together" July 26 to 27 at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, Conn. For tickets, see this link.
And the final 'Jeopardy' answer is: “What is 'Help!”? Come on, Alex. That was just a little too easy.