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CARA SPENCER WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HER FATHER TERENCE AT SHREWSBURY BEATLES WEEKEND

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Terence Spencer photographed The Beatles, Winston Churchill’s funeral and the Vietnam War – and now the daughter of an eminent 20th century photographer is attempting to ensure his legacy lives on in at the Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend.

Cara Spencer, of Bayston Hill near Shrewsbury, took over the running of her late father Terence Spencer’s photo archive after he died in 2009. His extraordinary life saw him serve as a World War Two pilot, before becoming a photographer for Time-Life magazine – covering everything from “swinging London” in the 1960s to civil wars in Africa.
Miss Spencer said her globe-trotting father’s work had been hugely diverse. Over the years, he photographed the likes of Muammar Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat, as well as Richard Branson and Bob Dylan.
And she said she had been the inspiration for him covering The Beatles in their early years as they began their ascent to worldwide fame.
“I said ‘Dad, there is this amazing group called The Beatles’. He rang the editor of Time-Life in New York, who said his daughter was interested in The Beatles as well.In those days, it was much easier to get close to them before they went to the States and got really famous. They accepted him as part of the furniture and he spent several weeks following them around. He didn’t have a bad word to say about them and said they had a lovely sense of humour.”

Miss Spencer said her father even got the band to record a message for her, which she played to her friends on the school bus. But the tape was accidentally wiped.
The majority of his pictures of The Beatles were sold at auction to Bloomsbury Publishing for £75,000 in the early 1980s, with the images used to make a best-selling coffee table book.
But Miss Spencer retains 13 colour images of the band taken by her father.

Shrewsbury will celebrate The Beatles & the 50thAnniversary of ‘Abbey Road’w/a special weekend of music,films talks, tours &other events on 20th-22nd Sept. ShrewsburyBeatles Weekend presents Lunctime Live at ‘The Cavern’,live Beatles music with The BackBeat Three,Famous Last Words and Two Faced Tom &The Bootleg Boys! Screenings of the films ‘A Hard Day’s Night’,‘Backbeat’ and documentaries ‘Looking for Lennon’,‘Good Ol’ Freda’ and ‘The Beatles:Eight Days A Week’ directed by Ron Howard. Also: Former Marvel comic creator Tim Quinn will be giving an entertaining illustrated talk at The Hive–‘The Beatles in Comics’. For more information about Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend and Tickets visit www.shrewsburybeatles.com https://www.facebook.com/ShrewsburyBeatles/

 



STRAWBERRY FIELD TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH EXHIBITION AND MORE

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The new exhibition will offer insight into the inspiration for one of The Beatles’ most iconic songs. Iconic Liverpool landmark Strawberry Field is set to be transformed as it prepares to open its gates to the community for good.
The famous site was gifted to The Salvation Army in 1934 and later opened as a children’s home, and was even a place where young John Lennon visited to play.
The Beatles ‘ song Strawberry Fields Forever immortalised the venue, with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year – and now it is opening to the public for the first time.

Strawberry Field is set to continue its tradition of giving young people the best chance to succeed by creating a new training hub, visitor exhibition and café.
The site is expected to open to the public in around six weeks, giving visitors the chance to follow in the footsteps of John Lennon.
Strawberry Field will feature a new, authentic exhibition dedicated to the story of the place, the song, and Lennon’s early life.
The exhibition will follow Strawberry Field through the 1930s to present day, featuring archival footage, photographs, timelines and specialist media guides.
Through multimedia, interviews and memorabilia, the exhibition provides insight into John Lennon’s childhood and the inspiration behind one of The Beatles’ most iconic songs.
Along with this, the site will provide a training hub for young people with learning disabilities, offering training, skills and valuable work placements to foster real employment prospects.
Strawberry Field will offer support to young people and their families to develop aspirations, help to break down barriers, and achieve their full potential.
The site is also set to be a Christian Community of spiritual exploration, retreat and pastoral care.
Visitors can also enjoy the gardens and café on site to explore Strawberry Field.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY ENTERS ALL-TIME TOP 10 WITH FRESHEN UP TOUR GROSSES

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After 37 concerts over 299 days, Paul McCartney wrapped the Freshen Up Tour, impacting the Hot Tours recap dated Aug. 10, 2019 at No. 5. All told, the worldwide trek grossed $129.2 million and sold 928,252 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

The tour began and ended in North America, from four shows in Canada in Sept. 2018 to a 16-show run across the continent from May 23 – July 13, 2019. In between, McCartney played four shows in Japan ($21.2 million), eight concerts in Europe ($17.6 million), and five in South America ($22 million). The trek’s remaining earnings of $68.3 million came from the U.S. and Canada, peaking with a recent two-night play at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 28-29. There, McCartney grossed $7.2 million, helped along by a $500 premium ticket (tickets scaled down to $49.50 on the low end).

The best-selling show of the jaunt was the June 8 performance at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., selling 49,416 tickets. That show’s tickets topped out at $301.95, more in line with the rest of the North American leg. Green Bay’s strength in numbers may have been due to bottled-up anticipation, as it was McCartney’s first solo performance in Green Bay, though he has similarly strong history in nearby Milwaukee.Globally, Macca’s high points came overseas, earning $12.7 from an Oct. 31-Nov. 1 stint at Japan’s Tokyo Dome and $8.7 million on March 26-27 at Sao Paulo’s Allianz Parque.

McCartney’s 37-show sprint around the globe falls short of the 57 shows from 2016-17’s One on One Tour and the 60 shows of 2013-15’s Out There Tour. Accordingly, his recent $129 million gross trails the $199 million and $196 million of his previous tours. The 2018-19 tour averaged $3.491 million per concert, up just .06% from the One On One Tour’s average of $3.488 million. On the Out There Tour, he averaged $3.271 million each night. Similarly, his average tickets-per-night has increased from 23,927 in 2013-15 to 24,734 in 2016-17, and again to 25,087 on his latest tour.

Theses added grosses push McCartney’s solo career gross to $944.3 million from 8,241,521 tickets sold, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. This places him among the top 10 artists in Billboard Boxscore’s history, narrowly passing Dave Matthews Band ($935.9 million), Taylor Swift ($935.4 million), and Coldplay ($902.1 million). These rankings, of course, are fluid as artists go on and off touring cycles. Among solo artists, Macca ranks sixth.

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RINGO STARR AT BERGLUND CENTER COLISEUM ROANOKE

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Ringo Starr at Berglund Center Coliseum Roanoke, VA August 13 2019