As a skinny, gawky pimply kid I felt like a fish out of water until I heard The Beatles for the first time on my older sister's turquoise Westinghouse radio.
I knew right at that moment that I had discovered the force that would change my life forever. The Beatles took me into their fold with "I Want to Hold Your Hand” and then escorted me through my awkward teenage years, and ultimately delivered me to adulthood.
What a journey. What a wonderful, wild ride.
Truth be told, I've never been able to get enough of The Beatles. I like other musicians, I admire their work, and I appreciate how they have impacted music...but I couldn’t live without The Beatles. They were the first and they will be the last. And they are pretty much everything in between.
And now here at nearly 70 years old, giddy as a teenager and as thrilled as I was when the Fab Four came to San Diego’s old Balboa Stadium in 1965, I am pleased to launch the ultimate fansite: Beatle.com.
At this stage in my life, more than ever, John’s plaintive and melancholy lyrics speak to the heart of what this site is all about:
There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone, and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends, I still can recall
Some are dead, and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all
Damn if the Beatles don’t know exactly how to put our feelings into words more perfectly than we can ourselves. It's been that way for all of us since we first heard them on our transistor radios or in our parents car on the way to school or during visits to grandparents. Whatever your generation is…you’ve felt the eternal pull that they represent.
And so we invite you to join in this love-fest by enjoying this art created as a tribute to the greatest band that ever performed. We hope you love it as much as we have enjoyed creating it over the last decade. And I can almost hear you say…
Yeah, yeah, yeah…yeah!