Summer '96 Flyer
[Our annual "Summer is here" flyer is going out to our mailing list this
week. We've reproduced the stories and photos here for your viewing pleasure.
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Hello From HELP!
Summer is here again (finally), and our schedule has filled up nicely.
We want to tell you that for the fourth consecutive year, we've been booked
at what has become our favorite show, the Sea Shell Stage at Hampton Beach,
NH. And we couldn't be more excited because this year, in addition to a
late July mid-week appearance, we'll be playing to what will no doubt be
an over-packed house on July 6th (the Saturday night of the extended July
4th weekend) and August 31st (the Saturday night of Labor Day weekend).
Throw in a few home town park shows, open up the schedule with Maynard's
125th anniversary celebration, and we're on our way! Hope to see all our
friends at one show or another. As always, please stop up and say hi.
Oh yeah... one more thing. We'd like to announce that Phil and Donna
have been promoted from "fan club" to "family" Congratulations, folks!
Back in the Groove
April 12, 1996 marked the premiere for a new and improved HELP! Back on
the performance circuit after a layoff of over four months, the revised
show features new bass player Watts Biggers, Jr.
Watts successfully passed his most difficult test to date and exorcised
personal demons when he performed for the first time in the presence of
founder and former bass player, Stu. [In a related and sad story, we've
learned that a disoriented Stu was found beaten and sobbing in an alley
after being viciously attacked by a group of deranged girl scouts. We wish
him a speedy recovery.] Watts is fitting right in now, has already developed
his own personal fan club, and is getting rave reviews for his incredible
rendition of "Yesterday" and other McCartney classics.
Just last week, we performed for about 30,000 people (a few hundred
at a time) near the end of the Boston AIDS Pledge Walk (Being for the Benefit
of the AIDS Action Committee). One of the walkers came up to us after the
show and enthusiastically commented "Ya' know, you guys" (meaning Paul
and Watts) "sound just like Lennon and McCartney sometimes" This we found
quite encouraging and we're thinking of actually trying to sound
like Lennon and McCartney starting very soon. You'll just have to come
to a show to find out when we start getting it right!
Don't forget to keep visiting our World Wide Web site (well, uh, thanks
much for visitng our WWW site) at http://www.cornmuffin.com
and also follow this link to find out how to send us email. We luv e-mail.
IRS Needs HELP!
HELP! was recently contacted by one of our favorite fans, the Internal
Revenue Service. Seems they were looking for a certain deadbeat Dad musician
with a history of playing in Beatles tribute bands. They were just wondering
if we had any idea where this fella might be. "Nope, don't know him...
haven't seen him" we replied, and that was the end of that cheery little
conversation. For now...
HELP! Needs HELP!
Can you tune a guitar? Got a strong back, 'ave ya? Do you enjoy talking
to your loved ones in a phony British accent? Are you looking for a new
way to meet the babes (like, maybe the one pictured in the middle of this
page)? Tired of paying the cover charge at HELP! shows?
If you answered "yes" to some, most, or even all of these questions,
then we may have a job for you as the first official HELP! roadie! We're
looking for one or two assistants to work with us on a permanent basis.
In addition to the tasks mentioned so far, you'll help selling t-shirts,
communicating with the sound man, guarding the dressing room, whatever
it takes to make for a smooth performance.
We're mentioning this opening to our friends on the mailing list prior
to offering it to the general public. We'd love to have a fanatic Beatles
fan working with us, and we know you all fit that description!
Give us a call or drop a line if you're interested.
Our brand new t-shirts will be available beginning at the June 15th show
in Maynard. Based on themes from the HELP! album and CD covers, we think
this one says it all! Get yours soon.
Paul's new boy, Marc, no relation to Marc in the band. Little Marc is shown
here trying to be like his dad, although he's still having trouble with
the words to "I Am The Walrus."
HELP! Gets A Haircut
With the change from Stu to Watts, we determined to improve not only the
sound of the band, but the look as well. Accordingly, we made a pilgrimage
to our new friend Stella (seen below at left, cutting Chris' hair) for
a fresh set of haircuts in early April (astute observers will notice and
be able to name all the Beatles photo albums open in front of Chris and
It took Stella the whole day of backbreaking physical labor, but in
the end, we emerged with four new haircuts, all called "Arthur," except
for Marc's (below right) which is "Charlie Hustle." Marc and Charlie are
Copyright 1996, HELP! Reprinted by permission... we gave us permission...
how else would we get 600 copies of this newsletter?
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