Ringo & His All Starr Band at Beacon Theater, New York – 15 Nov, 2017
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway joined Ringo and the All Starr Band for a performance of the Beatles’ classic “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the Beacon Theater in New York City Wednesday.
Selway struck a characteristically stoic pose behind the kit, his steady playing style a sharp contrast to the flash of All Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonette.The pair played in perfect tandem, providing an extra thump to the song’s marching beat as Starr crooned the Sgt. Pepper’s classic. While Starr ran off towards the end of the song, he quickly returned as Selway and the All Starr Band segued into a rendition of “Give Peace a Chance.”
Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, in September.
Birkenhead’s former Majestic Ballroom, where the Beatles made the first performance of their debut single Love Me Do and played more than 15 concerts in the 1960s, is due to be sold at auction next month. Built as a cinema in 1916 and most recently used as a Chinese restaurant, the property’s glory days were in the 1960s when it became a dance hall and music venue at the centre of the Liverpool and Merseyside music scene.
Between 1961 and 1963, the Beatles appeared no fewer than 17 times at the Majestic Ballroom, which was then owned by the Top Rank entertainment group. At one sell-out appearance the crowd was so large that a further two shows had to be arranged to accommodate disappointed fans who had been unable to get tickets.
The venue was also the site of Cilla Black’s first, unsuccessful, audition for Brian Epstein and the backdrop to gigs by the Rolling Stones, the Searchers and many others. The iconic 10,000 sq ft property is due to go under the hammer at Pugh’s next North West property auction, in Manchester on 5 December, with a guide price of £175,000. Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: “It’s a privilege to be auctioning a property which gained legendary status in a decade that was ground-breaking for the music scene in Liverpool, and when the city was propelled on to the world stage.
“This is an exciting time for Birkenhead, with £1bn of regeneration at key Wirral development sites including Birkenhead town centre announced by the council just last month.“With the relevant planning consent, the Majestic Ballroom could be redeveloped for a variety of leisure uses as it’s in a great central location, close to the main shopping and entertainment area of town. It would be fantastic if we could see the building restored to its former glory.”
Established 25 years ago, Pugh was acquired by property consultant Eddisons last year and now has a team of 36 staff. The firm sold £100m of property at auction in 2016. Pugh’s North West auction will be held in Manchester at the AJ Bell Stadium on 5 December. The firm’s Yorkshire and North East auction will be held at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium on 7 December.
The full catalogue is available to view at http://www.pugh-auctions.com
The Beatles were caught on camera by actor Leo McKern while on location in the Austrian Alps for the 1965 movie Help!. McKern was cast as Clang, the leader of a mystical cult determined to recover a ring from Ringo Starr’s finger which would enable a sacrifice to proceed. The late actor was a keen amateur photographer who took images on the major locations of the film – Obertauern in Austria, the Bahamas and Salisbury Plain. He also put together a reel of 8mm film, running time 14 minutes 55 seconds and with no sound, which captured the Beatles and fellow cast and crew members in March 1965.
The footage is bookended by shots of McKern’s then 10-year-old daughter, who grew up to become the actress Abigail McKern, sledging down a variety of inclines, taking a ride on a cable car and playing with her baby sister. The film captures the Beatles being transported by snowmobile to a rehearsal with a stuntman for the sequence in which Ringo is lassoed from a sledge and dangles upside down from a ski-lift cable. The band also have a go at tobogganing and play brass instruments at the bottom of the ski run, while George Harrison and John Lennon play a game of curling.
The auction takes places at Warrington-based Omega Auctions on November 20