VERMILION, Ohio - The Beatles played a huge role in shaping the music we listen to. Their music truly impacted our lives. Many books have been written about the fab four over the decades.
So why should anyone be interested in yet another Beatles book? The Beatles In Cleveland recalls events that centered around the only two concerts (1964 and 1966), performed in Cleveland. The book delves deep into the memories of people that actually attended the concerts. Promoters, disc jockeys, and various members of the Cleveland media talk about their personal memories of the shows. This is a book of tiny details. And that's exactly what Beatles fans are looking for.
The fans were a lot rowdier in Cleveland than in other cities. The Beatles 1964 concert had to be cut short because of fans rushing the stage. This led to a ban on future pop concerts in the city of Cleveland. With the ban eventually lifted, the Beatles returned to Cleveland in 1966. Once again, fans were out of control and rushed onto the field of Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. John Lennon was overheard backstage saying that this would be the bands final tour.
An unusual version of "I Wanna Be Your Man" was heard at one of the Cleveland concerts. It was performed as a fast-paced instrumental. No vocals. The only problem was it was not planned that way. Ringo's microphone was accidentally turned off. John Lennon turned around trying to tell Ringo that his mic was off. At one point Lennon turned to Jack Armstrong, one of the WIXY DJ's and said "Bloody idiot" John and Paul did sing the harmonies as they did on the original recording, but that was it. Ringo's voice was never heard.
It's little details like this that make "The Beatles In Cleveland" an enjoyable book for any Beatles fan.
"The Beatles In Cleveland" was published in 2007. Author Dave Schwensen is also an entertainment journalist and award winning humor columnist. He has also written "How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy," "Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales from the Frontlines of Fatherhood," and "Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works." Dave is also a nationally-recognized comedy / humor coach and has been featured on various radio and television shows.