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A maritime welfare charity that helped The Beatles when they fell on hard times has released a new book, which includes how it fed George Harrison horsemeat in Hamburg.

Whenever they played Hamburg, the band visited Sailors’ Society’s seafarers’ center. John and George both had fathers who were seafarers and recognized the charity’s name from its center in Liverpool. Sailors’ Society works with seafarers and their families around the world providing practical and emotional support. It also runs centers where seafarers can take time away from busy ports.

The charity’s CEO, Stuart Rivers, said: “When we started gathering stories together for the book, we didn’t know exactly how we’d supported The Beatles. “There were rumors they composed songs on the center’s piano, but to find out we fed them horsemeat at Christmas was a bit of a surprise!”

The band, which at the time consisted of John, Paul, George, Stu (Sutcliffe) and Pete (Best), first visited the center in August 1960, two years before Love Me Do hit the U.K. charts. The center manager at the time, Jim Hawke, said they were never any trouble, were well behaved and didn’t even smoke. He remembered years later: “They never seemed to have any money – you could see them carefully counting out the coins, and they always had the cheapest food.”

Ringo Starr also stayed at the center while playing with Mersey-beat outfit Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, but it was George Harrison who possibly had the most memorable experience. He’d visited the center with another Liverpool band, The Dominoes, whose guitarist John Frankland later remembered: “When they brought out the soup the minister attached to the mission asked: ‘Would anyone like to say grace?’ And George in his wonderful deadpan way said: ‘Yes, thank Christ for the soup.’ The minister said: ‘Any more of that and you’re out.’ We ate steaks, and we found out later they were horse steaks. We’d eaten a horse for Christmas!”

Sailors’ Society has produced 200 Stories from the Sea to commemorate its bicentenary, and all profits made will go to its work. The book features 200 maritime tales from the charity’s archives.



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Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band is coming to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena and officials from the organization said they are excited to welcome the rock star to the community.

Ringo will be hitting the stage on Tuesday, September 18.

The Southern Tier will be one of only 20 stops in the United States for the band’s tour this year.

“His tour dates and where he’s stopping before and after is in a lot of big cities,” said Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena General Manager, Chris Marion. “To have a stop here in Binghamton, we feel very fortunate that Magic City Productions decided to bring him to this building.”

Marion said the last time the arena brought in a famous performer was back in 2016 when James Taylor performed.

Marion said he hopes the upcoming concert will sell out tickets.

“As people know, we don’t always have a lot of big concerts here in the summer time, because all of the surrounding venues to get a lot of the big shows,” said Marion. “So, we’re really excited to have a show of this caliber here at the arena.”

Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band will be making a stop in Binghamton as part of their 2018 tour. They will perform at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on September 18th. The 2018 All Starr Band includes Colin Hay (Men At Work), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana) and Graham Gouldman of 10cc. Warren Ham will be on percussion and sax, and Gregg Bissonette will be on drums.

You can find the tickets … H E R E .


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To celebrate the Electric Fetus’ 50th anniversary this weekend, Ringo whipped up a quick video acknowledging the local music emporium’s significant milestone. (Video… Here)

“I want to congratulate you for still being open and still selling records,” Ringo says in the video. “And thanks for the T-shirt—not this one, another one.”
Ringo’s referring to the Fetus T-shirt he wore to the Grammys in 2010, which he was given by his nephew Christian-Philippe Quilici, who was, at the time, the events coordinator for the Star Tribune arts and entertainment publication, (RIP). It was quite the significant local music iteam at the time. To return the love, the Fetus threw a 75th birthday celebration in Ringo’s honor in 2015 .

The Fetus had a hell of a celebration over the past week, with multiple in-store performances, capped by a big First Ave show on Saturday night. And there were also testimonial videos from Ringo pal Joe Walsh and local boy made good Dan Wilson.
Ringo, will be in the Twin Cities this fall, when he and his All-Starr Band perform at the Ordway on Sept. 23.


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Ringo at Venue Stadtpark in Hamburg


It Don’t Come Easy
Dreadlock Holiday
Evil Ways
Down Under
Don’t Pass Me By
Yellow Submarine
I’m Not in Love
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
You’re Sixteen
Who Can It Be Now?
The Things We Do for Love
Oye como va
IWanna Be Your Man
Hold the Line
Act Naturally
With a Little Help From My Friends/Give Peace a Chance

Klaus Voormann came on stage to sing the Beatles classic “With a little help from my friends” with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band





Backstage: With Klaus Voormann

Ringo and Klaus in front of the Kaiserkeller Hamburg.


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The owners of the iconic boozer have confirmed it has shut its doors

Paul, Pete Best, George and John in The Grapes pub in Mathew Street

Legendary Beatles pub The Grapes, in Mathew Street, has closed – its owners have confirmed.

A spokesman for Star Pubs and Bars – which owns and leases the iconic boozer – has told that it has shut its doors.But he was unable to shed any light on the reason for the closure and whether it is a permanent measure.
Questions have been asked about the pub, famed for being a preferred watering hole of the Fab Four in the past, after regulars noticed that its doors have been shut over the past few days.
Known locally as The Beatles pub, back in the early 1960s, it was the only pub in Mathew Street when it was surrounded by warehouses.

The Grapes has changed in tone and emphasis over the years – it underwent a major refurbishment in 1998 – but it remains a favourite traditional city centre boozer for many, which has always been proud of its Beatles connections.

The pub is owned by Star Pubs and Bars.The pub has closed – but a spokesman for the group, which is the leased pub arm of Heineken UK, was unable to say why it was closed and whether it was permanent.
The Grapes, while owned by Star Pubs and Bars, is leased to independent operators.
A spokesman for the company said: “The Grapes is a leased pub, run by independent operators, who are responsible for the day-to-day running and operations including supply of utilities. We hope all issues can be resolved as quickly as possible.”
The comment about utilities came after sources in Mathew Street suggested that the electricity supply to the pub may have been turned off – although this has not been confirmed.
Back in 2014, the pub closed briefly after its electricity supply was cut off – but it opened days later.
The pub is most well-known for its Beatles connections – and pictures and memorabilia adorn the walls inside.

source:liverpoolecho/photo:Matt Writtle