BILLY J. KRAMER
16, 17, 18
ALL PHOTOS BY JAMIE ALONZO COPYRIGHT 2002
Beatlefest Chicago 2002 was quite different this year. Other then the showing of "A Hard Day's Night" no other movies or videos were shown in the ballroom that weekend. I personally missed watching all of that with other fans. It just wasn't the same. You wait all year long to watch The Beatles on a big screen with fans and alas, too many guests in the ballroom. No cartoons, no Yellow Submarine, "HELP!", Let It Be or Magical Mystery Tour. Just guests and auctions. It would be nice if Mark Lapidos would give us back what we're there for in the first place, to see The Beatles. I used to love sitting in the ballroom all day long watching hours and hours of our boys. Before videotapes we were blessed with, The Beatles at Shea Stadium, The Tokyo Concert, The Washington D.C. concert. The joy of seeing George sing "Blow Away" Ringo and his bald head singing "You're Sixteen" John's "Instant Karma" and "My Love" by Paul. The video room is too small to sit in and watch them and the screen isn't that big. We only had 1 video room this year which cut the crowd from going in. Yes I enjoyed seeing friends that live in far away cities and I wait yearly to see and hear Liverpool but the main reason I started going to Beatlefest (1977) 'All Those Years Ago' was to SEE and hear The Beatles. Although we didn't know what to expect at the very first Beatlefest, moving us through a long line like cattle not knowing where we were being directed, once we got there we were amazed and enjoyed watching tons and tons of footage of The Beatles. I don't mind guests and if they have a presentation by all means put them in the ballroom, but I think they could have been in a different room. So if you're reading this Mr. Lapidos why not check out one of the older programs and give us back what we long to see, tons and tons of Beatle footage.
When Beatlefest ends at least we felt as if we actually spent a weekend with them. Please make Beatlefest 2003 one we can "get back" to.