BEATLEFEST 2002
LIVERPOOL
WITH
BILLY J. KRAMER
&
ALAN PARSONS
AUGUST
16, 17, 18
2002
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.
MORE OF LIVERPOOL
BEATLEFEST 2002
with
BILLY J. KRAMER
&
ALAN PARSONS
MEMORIES
REMEMBER LONG AGO FIRST MEMORIES OF BEATLEFEST?

IF YOU WENT TO THE VERY FIRST ONE:

ABBEY RHODE, OH THAT CHOP VOLPE WHAT A CUTIE BASS PLAYER HE WAS!

THE PALMER HOUSE, WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS IN ANY OF THE ROOMS AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT!

FORGETTING TO EAT BREAKFAST, LUNCH & OR DINNER BECAUSE WE WERE IN AWE OF WHAT WAS AROUND US.

THOSE "McCARTNEY MANIACS" WITH THEIR MATCHING T-SHIRTS!  WE'VE WATCHED ALL THOSE GIRLS GROW UP THESE PAST 26 YEARS!

DECO!   WOW WHAT A SHOW THAT WAS,WE ALL THOUGHT SHE WAS A CERTIFIABLE WHACKO!   SHE'S  A VERY NICE PERSON WHEN YOU GET TO KNOW HER!

GUYS WALKING AROUND WHO ACTUALLY DID LOOK LIKE ONE OF THE BEATLES, ESPECIALLY THAT ONE WHO WAS THE SPITTING IMAGE OF GEORGE WHEN HE HAD LONG CURLY HAIR!

JOHN AND YOKO WALKING AROUND, WELL NOT THE REAL ONES.

THE LOOKALIKE CONTEST, WHICH IS NO LONGER HELD.  THE LAST TIME THEY HAD ONE WAS WHEN THIS BLONDE GUY WALKED ONSTAGE, BACK TOWARDS US, MESSED UP HIS HAIR AND SAID "LINDA McCARTNEY'S ARMPIT".  THE WHOLE PLACE CRACKED UP.     WE STILL LOVE YA LINDA.

WHEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS WAS ACTUALLY GOOD!  THAT'S WHERE AMERICAN ENGLISH STARTED!

WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER IT TOOK US MONTHS TO RECOVER, WAITING TO SEE THE NEXT SHOW!

ABBEY RHODE REPLACED BY LIVERPOOL.  DREW HAD TONS OF LONG HAIR THEN!  

SPEAKING OF HAIR, MARK HAD A FULL HEAD OF IT.  STILL LOVE YOU MARK!

MEETING AND MAKING ALL THE NEW FRIENDS WE HAVE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND .........




Well another Beatlefest has come and gone. We've lost sleep, weight and feeling in our butts for some of us, but we'll be right back there next year. I think this time I'll bring a pillow!

This page has been revised on March 6, 2005 10:57p.m.