Just when you think all can be said about The Beatles, here comes a huge two-volume chronicle of The Beatles’ official American tours by Chuck Gunderson Some Fun Tonight: The Backstage Story of How The Beatles Rocked America: The Historic Tours of 1964-1966. Collectors Weekly has excerpts from the book, in which each city has its own chapter. One great story is about how Kansas City was not on the original tour schedule…
But Charlie Finley, who owned the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, had promised his city a Beatles concert, so he started working on the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, from the moment the tour began in San Francisco. Finley was prepared to pay top dollar to bring The Beatles to Kansas City, which is saying a lot, since they were already the best-paid act in show business.
“At that time,” says Gunderson, “the big stars were Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, who were each getting between $10,000 and $15,000 a show. When The Beatles came around in 1964, Brian was getting them anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 per show. Finley offered $100,000, and Epstein essentially said, ‘No. They’re having a day off; the tour is booked. Go away.’”
Used to getting his way, Finley was not so easily brushed off. “His ego was huge,” says Gunderson, “and he had the money to spend. So he went to Brian again when The Beatles were in Los Angeles to play the Hollywood Bowl and wrote out a check for $150,000. Reportedly, Brian took it to this private mansion in L.A. where The Beatles were staying and said ‘What do you want me to do with this?’ And they basically said ‘We’ll do anything you want.’ And so The Beatles were booked to play Kansas City on the 17th of September, at just under $5,000 a minute.”
Adele is the first female British artist in history to have three consecutive US number ones when “Set Fire To The Rain” did the trick in 2012. With “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele logged a total of 14 weeks atop of the Billboard Hot 100, this is the most number of weeks at number one a British female artist has had from the same album.
This is a ‘vocals only’ version of “Set Fire To The Rain” highlighting the fantastic voice of Adele. This is the ‘official acapella’ studio track set to her live performance on Later…Jools Holland.
MAD Magazine was at the height of its circulation and power corrupting youth in the mid 1970s – almost 2 million were printed every month, satirizing popular culture in all media. It’s no surprise, then, that TV executives wanted the Magazine owners and creators to move to another medium. This was the pilot that never aired as the execs deemed the humor too crude and adult to air on television.
If you’ve ever made, or received a mix-tape, you’ll know it’s not just about the songs placed, and the order, but the spine of the art, too. The doodles, drawings and fun hand-drawn language of your feelings were a big part of the physical cassette. Steve Vistaunet’s Pinterest brings back a lot of memories, and good for him for remembering when everybody was a DJ.
What you’re looking at is a shot from the top of the world’s tallest waterslide, currently being erected at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark. They named it Verruckt (that’s German for “insane”), which is just perfect, when you think about it.
It’s around 140 feet high and will send you and your heart hurling at 65 miles per hour.
The ability to write legibly.
Let’s face it: Handwriting is basically over. Looking at old birthday cards from your grandparents makes them seem like professional calligraphers. Your handwriting, on the other hand, looks like you were writing while riding a horse that was fed nothing but Red Bull.
Memorizing more than two phone numbers.
Go ahead and write five phone numbers you have memorized. Can’t do it, can you? Your grandparents memorized every family member, best friend, plus the local movie theater number (how else were they supposed to know when movies were playing?). You just plug numbers into your phone and are then forced to ask everyone on Facebook to send you their number when you lose said phone.
Knowing how to use a phone book.
This was your grandparents’ Google. Need a dentist? Phone book. Prank call your teacher? Phone book. It used to be you weren’t anybody until you were “in” the phone book. Now you’re not somebody unless you have your own reality show.
The ability to read and use a real, handheld, paper map.
Unless you’re Dora the Explorer, the last map you held was probably the one they give you at Disneyland. Even then you probably got lost on your way to Splash Mountain. Your grandparents, however, could plan a trip across the country using only a map, a pen, and a few gas station attendants along the way. Now that’s traveling.
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