According to a June 13 story on Deadline.com, NBC is developing a new eight-part "event" series on the Beatles. The project, which hasn't been publicly announced, has been written by Michael Hirst, Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg of "The Tudors," according to the report, which was first leaked by Deadline.
Industry reaction: In a June 12 article by Steve Knopper, Rolling Stone published an article presumably about the effects of Paul McCartney's concert postponements. The article notes that some promoters are concerned about his health. It also said that older performers like McCartney try extra hard to stay healthy and even isolate themselves from anyone not feeling well.
“These aging rock 'n' rollers are more susceptible to health issues,” the article quoted Tim Jorstad, manager of the Grateful Dead. The article also offered the idea that McCartney could soon be touring less, something the Rolling Stones do, or do shorter shows. Or, like Ringo, he could take a break during the shows.
Speaking of projects: Remember the Brian Epstein movie supposedly in the works with Tom Hanks? It seems to have quietly disappeared. Meanwhile, "The Fifth Beatle" movie, taken from the comic novel and written by Vivek Tiwary, is still on the boards.
Here's Paul-l-l-l-l-l!: The full show from the night Paul McCartney's appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” to celebrate Carson's birthday in 1984 is included in “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series: Volume 3,” just out on DVD, one of six in a new series of discs featuring full episodes from the classic NBC late-night show.
We were lucky enough to see the show live with Carson twice. Hopefully, there are tapes of the funny things he did when the show went to commercials. That was something to see.
Ringo in New York: Ringo Starr will bring his artwork to New York City as a collection of his self-portraits will be unveiled at a VIP reception and exhibition June 19 at Soho Contemporary Contemporary Art Gallery, 259 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, the gallery announced in a press release June 12.
The first 50 people to purchase a signed artwork by Ringo will also be able to attend the VIP reception, where buyers will be able to meet him and have a photo taken with him. To attend, call at the gallery at (646) 719-1316. You can also get an exhibit catalog by email with a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's coming: A source says there may be news on an upcoming Beatles release come Monday. We shall see.
Otis Wilbury returns: Jeff Lynne will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra Sept. 14 in London's Hyde Park, reports the Press Association. "It's very exciting to come to Hyde Park with Radio 2 and do something this big, and I'm very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone," he said.
With a little help: Sandi Borowsky tells a charming story on her Facebook For Beatle Fans group page that involves the Ringo concert she attended the other night. We won't give it away, but you need to read it.
A dream come true: Remember Mike Geraghty, the singer we told you about who wrote “Still With You,” the tribute to George Harrison that came out sounding it could have been sung by George himself? He emailed us recently to tell us that he's now working on a long-term project with music producer Alvin Taylor. If the name sounds familiar, Taylor's credits include playing drums on George Harrison's “Thirty-Three and 1/3.” He has also worked on albums by Eric Burdon, Elton John, Bill Withers, Ron Wood and Bob Welch.
"It's hard for me not to believe that George himself had something to do with all this," Geraghty wrote on Facebook. He said it looks like his 25 years of hard work and dedication to his craft might finally be paying off. Congratulations, Mike!
Thumbing through: Bill Eppridge's “The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World: February 1964” is a gorgeous book with mostly unseen photos from February, 1964. It's a great look back at a special time.