ShowbizMonkeys.com is proud to be taking part in World Beatles Day with a temporary new layout (which you may have noticed) as well as a sweet limited edition lithograph giveaway!
Not that there needs to be an excuse to celebrate arguably the biggest band in music history, but why is today World Beatles Day? Well, it's the release date for two hotly-anticipated Beatles-related releases (one in particular that I've been looking forward to for quite some time). First, Apple Corps. and EMI Music have put out the entire original Beatles catalogue, digitally re-mastered for the first time, on CD. All 12 original Beatles albums (along with Magical Mystery Tour and a 2-disc set of Past Masters) are available in stereo, individually or as part of 'The Stereo Albums' box set. Also available is 'The Beatles in Mono', a box set containing re-mastered mono mixes of the Beatles catalogue packaged in original LP replicas (artwork, sleeves, and gatefolds).
The other Beatles-related release today is something I can't wait to get my hands on: "The Beatles: Rock Band"! I'm not much of a video game player, but as a big music nut, I love me some Rock Band. It's always fun playing Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, and Dream Theater songs, but these games have definitely been missing The Beatles. It would've been amazing to just get one or two Beatles songs released to the regular Rock Band game, but with this new release, we get 45 playable Beatles songs (!), along with some amazing animations chronicling their entire life as a band. Look below for the latest trailer showing what the game will look like. You can have as many as SEVEN parts going at once (2 guitars, bass, drums, and 3 vocal parts), and the Special Edition version of the game includes replicas of Paul McCartney's Höfner bass and a Beatles-branded drum controller (guitar controllers based on John & George's guitars are available separately).
All in all, it's a pretty kick-ass day for Beatles fans -- and that's why it's World Beatles Day. All you need is love, my friends... and some Beatles music!
Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)