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The Beatles week ahead: And so this is Christmas

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Your Beatles calendar for the week:

Events:

  • Dec. 22: Peter Asher hosts “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles” 9 a.m. PT on KLOS-FM (95.5). Can be streamed through the Tune In app and on KLOS-FM.com.
  • Dec. 22: “Laserium – The Beatles,” 1:15 p.m., Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA. (6:45 p.m. Dec. 27-28, 1:15 p.m. Dec. 29. Continues in January at 8 p.m. Fridays, 1:15 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1:15 p.m. Sundays.)
  • Dec. 28: Fourth Annual Beatles Marathon, 1 p.m. Dec. 28, The Bluestone, 583 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH.

Events:

Movies:

Beatles tours:

Concerts:

  • The Beatles LOVE, Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. Performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. No performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets: http://bit.ly/HRmbk4
  • 1964: The Tribute: Dec. 28: Breckinridge, COLO. Info: http://www.1964thetribute.com.
  • The Fab Four: Dec. 31: Tucson, Ariz. Jan. 1. Tampa, FL. More info: http://www.thefabfour.com.
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Jan. 13: Clearwater FL. Jan. 14: Gainesville, FL. Jan. 15: Melbourne, FL. Jan. 17: New Orleans. Info: http://www.raintribute.com.
  • Laurence Juber: Feb. 5-9: Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun, Mexico. More info: http://www.laurencejuber.com.
  • The Fab Faux: Dec. 27-30: New York City. Feb. 15: Albany, N.Y. More info: www.thefabfaux.com.
  • Just Imagine!”: John Lennon tribute with Greg Piper, through Dec. 29, Hayworth Theatre, Los Angeles.
  • Bootleg Beatles: Jan. 16-17: The Philippines. http://www.bootlegbeatles.com/gigs.html
  • Creme Tangerine: Jan. 25: Sixth Annual Seattle Beatles Rooftop Day. http://www.cremetangerine.com/show-times/ .
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: http://www.cavernclub.org
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: http://www.cavernclub.org.
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information: http://www.cavernclub.org.
  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.

Future events:

  • British Invasion 2014, Feb. 5-10, 2014, Hard Rock Rivera Maya Hotel, Cancun, Mexico.
  • NYC Fab 50, Feb. 6-9, 2014, various locations, New York City. Website: www.nycbeatles50.com
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Feb. 7-9, 2014, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Information: http://www.thefest.com.
  • Magical History Tour toLiverpool and London Aug. 17-24, 2014. Information: http://www.liverpooltours.com/.
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Aug. 15-17, 2014, Chicago. Information: http://www.thefest.com.
  • Fest for Beatles Fans, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Airport Marriott, Los Angeles. Information: http://www.thefest.com.

Events:

Beatles history:

  • Dec. 23, 1967: "Magical Mystery Tour" album debuts at #157 on chart in U.S.
  • Dec. 24, 1963: The Beatles Christmas Show with Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black,the Fourmost, Tommy Quickly and the Barron Knights opens.
  • Dec. 24, 1964: The Beatles Christmas Show with the Yardbirds, Freddie and the Dreamers, Elkie Brooks and compere Jimmy Savile opens at the Hammersmith Odeon.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” remain #1 and #2, respectively for the week of 12/21/1963. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” jumps two places to #13. “I'll Keep You Satisfied” by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas drops to #16 from #11. “All I Want For Christmas Is a Beatle” by Dora Bryan jumps to #21 from #24.

  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stays at #1 and #2.

50 years ago this week on the American charts:

  • Singles: “Dominique” #1. Albums: “The Singing Nun” #1. No Beatles yet on chart.

Last week's best Beatles stories:

On radio:

  • “Things We Said Today”: Each week, myself and Ken Michaels of “Every Little Thing” discuss the latest Beatles news topics. The latest show on Fab4Radio.com this weekend and on iTunes and Podbean.com, is an exclusive interview with Freda Kelly. “Things We Said Today” is available on iTunes (where you can subscribe to us) and Podbean.com, and can be heard at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Saturday and noon ET/9 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Sundays on Fab4Radio.com. You can write to us at thingswesaidtodayradioshow@gmail.com.
  • “Every Little Thing”: Annual Christmas show. Hosted by Ken Michaels. The show airs 8-10 (est) Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT and can be streamed at www.wnhu.net. More info at www.kenmichaelsradio.com.
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “John in Bermuda Makes Us 'Appy”. Available on iTunes and at www.Fab4Free4all.com.
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Dec. 22: Annual Beatles Christmas Show. Website: http://www.beatlebrunch.com.
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: Weekly hour of John Lennon music and history hosted by Jude Southerland Kessler. 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Beatles-A-Rama. Available through iTunes. Website: http://www.johnlennonseries.com/radio_home.html.
  • "Magical Mystery Tour": Two-hour weekly show hosted by James D. Jones with Beatles and solo music. Saturdays at 3 p.m. CST on WKCC-FM (91.1), Kankakee Community College, Kanakee, Ill. Website: http://www.kcc.edu/radio/programs/Pages/mysterytour.aspx or http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kcc.edu%2Fradio%2FPages...
  • “Recipe Records”: Weekly podcast by Lanea Stagg that features food and music discussion, and often Beatles discussion. Episodes have featured Jim Berkenstadt, author of “The Beatle Who Vanished”; David Bedford, author of “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”; Al Sussman of Beatlefan; Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci (aka me); John Lennon Series author Jude Southerland Kessler, and Pat Matthews of Beatles-a-Rama. All shows are here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/recipe-records-cookbook.
  • “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles”: Dec. 15 previously unreleased tracks from their pre-Christmas 1963 appearance on BBC radio, and a set to commemorate Paul's four Grammy
  • nominations. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Dec. 22: Peter Asher guest hosts.. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: Dec. 27: Eddie Money. The show, hosted by Edd Raineri, airs live each Friday, 7-8 PM EDT, on WRKC-FM in Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can listen live online at: http://wrkc.kings.edu. The program’s Facebook page can be found at: www.facebook.com/beatleddfabfourhour. .
  • “I've Got a Beatles Podcast”: “Macca's 'Off the Ground' 20 Years Later.'” Information: http://ivegotabeatlespodcast.podbean.com/
  • Breakfast With The Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete: 8 a.m. ET Sundays, WZLX-FM (100.7 FM) in Boston or streaming at www.WZLX.com (Click on Listen Live).
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” KCSN, 88.5 FM Northridge, CA at 10 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern, and 6 p.m. London time. http://www.kcsn.org/listen/index.php
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles": 8 to 10 a.m. CT Sundays, WXRT in Chicago. Also streamed at http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/show/breakfast-with-the-beatles/.
  • Now and Then": An hour of the Beatles at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The station's frequency is 88.9 FM and is located in the Philadelphia, PA/Southern NJ market. Available online at http://www.Z889.org.
  • “On the Beat”: Wonderful show hosted by Beatles author Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside. Not primarily a Beatles show, but a lot of the discussion focuses on the Liverpool music scene in the '60s, often with those who were there. Airs Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) in the UK and archived online for a week after at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7sj.
  • "Sounds of the Sixties": Brian Matthews, who interviewed the Beatles on the BBC in the '60s, hosts this weekly show featuring music by the Beatles and others from that decade. Programs air Saturdays and stay online for a week at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wqlv.
  • "Beatlesongs": Hosted by Rob Leonard airs 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Friday on 90.3 FM WHPC and streaming at www.ncc.edu/whpc.
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles With Andre Gardner”: The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET Sundays on WMGK-FM 102.9 and 7-9 a.m. PT on KSLX-FM 100.7 in Phoenix.
  • “The Beatles Complete on Ukelele”: Weekly show featuring new version of Beatle song played on ukelele. Information: http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail?pid=51729
  • “Just Four Guys”: New shows available at 4 p.m. ET Tuesdays at www.mvyradio.com.
  • "Dinner Specials With May Pang and Cynthia Nielsen": More info: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/maypang.
  • “Mid-Evening With the Beatles,” from the Philippines, 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time, at their website http://www.pbs.gov.ph/dzsr.
  • “Across the Universe,” hosted by Glenn Calderone from 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on Inravio.com. http://www.inravio.com/batu.html
  • “Beatles and Beyond”: Hosted by Pete Dicks. Available at http://www.quaywestonline.co.uk/.

Beatles radio stations:

Have a Beatles event you'd like added here? Send it to beatlesexaminer@gmail.com with The Week Ahead in the subject.

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