Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 22, 2013
August 22, 2013
SID BERNSTEIN, the concert promoter who booked THE BEATLES at Shea Stadium, has died. He was 95. Before that historic August 15th, 1965, event, Sid got the Fab Four into Carnegie Hall the year before. He was the man to know if you were a British band looking to perform in the United States. Sid's bookings included THE ROLLING STONES, THE KINKS, THE ANIMALS and dozens of other British invasion bands. He also discovered and managed some American groups, including THE RASCALS.
FYI: The story goes that when Beatles' manger BRIAN EPSTEIN wanted to open the band's 1965 summer U.S. tour in New York, he had Sid suggest several venues. They first went to Madison Square Garden, which was then on 50th Street and 8th Avenue, not above Penn Station where it is now. It was also a 22-thousand seat arena, but Brian wanted bigger. So, Sid took Brian out to Queens and the relatively brand new Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets. Sid warned Brian that a rock band couldn't fill a 55-thousand seat baseball stadium. Brian said, "But these are The Beatles. Book it, Sid." Or something like that. (Marino)
Stars and their movies:
Here's a side of JULIA ROBERTS we never knew about --her sister says Julia bullied her about her weight.
NANCY MOTES, Julia's half sister, told the NY Daily News "When I was in high school and she was an adult, she would just let me know that I was definitely overweight."
Finally, after years of criticism, Nancy decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery and is now 155 pounds, down from 300, and is now a production assistant on the set of FOX's hit TV show, "Glee."
Has this fixed their relationship? Not really, although Nancy says "I think we're both trying to change our opinions of each other."
Editor's note: Just my opinion, but it's probably not a good idea to go public with it if you're tring to patch things up, either.
Taking everything much too seriously:
A dentist who bought JOHN LENNON's tooth at an auction now wants to clone the former Beatle.
Doctor MICHAEL ZUK of Edmonton, Canada, says, "Most people would say I was crazy, but I think it's fantastic ... To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock's greatest stars would be mind-blowing." Zuk plans to extract DNA from the rotten tooth which Lennon pulled out in the 1970s.
Other scientists are skeptical that Zuk will be able to pull it off. (Still)
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