Stamford, CT – The last time Charles F. Rosenay promoted a convention for Beatles fans, The Beatles were all over the news with the release of their “Anthology.” After that, he took some time off to get married, raise a family and all the while continued to take fans to Liverpool on “Magical History Tours.” The hope of doing another convention was always in the back of his mind, but the timing had to be right.
Unless you’re living under the sea in an Octopus’s Garden, you know that The Beatles catalogue has been remastered and is now reissued to great fanfare. Lennon’s favorite number was the number nine, and the release date for the remasters, and also the Beatles RockBand game, was 09-09-09 (or, to die-hard fans “number 9, number 9, number 9”).
Seemingly to coincide with the release of the remastered catalog and the Beatles RockBand, Rosenay has organized an event called “BEATexpo 2009” for fans in celebration of the music of The Beatles and the 60’s. It’s the 30th anniversary of his first conventions, and will be taking place at the Downtown Stamford Holiday Inn in Stamford, Connecticut on November 28-29.
With The Beatles back in the news, on the airwaves, and on the cover of magazines worldwide, Rosenay realizes that the timing couldn’t be better for such a fan gathering, but he admits that he didn’t realize there would be such a resurgence in Beatlemania when he starting planning for the convention about a year ago. Rosenay admits, “My children love The Beatles and I really just felt that they were old enough to see what I did years ago to help fans share their passion of the music that continues to bring joy to new generations.” So it was actually his family that served as inspiration to “get back” to organizing such an event, although he would look like a shrewd marketing businessman if he planned the event to coincide with all the hoopla.
Rosenay is well-known among Beatles fans. Aside from the conventions, for fifteen years, he was the editor and publisher of the pre-internet magazine “Good Day Sunshine,” he has hosted Beatles tribute concerts internationally, and he has brought thousands of fans to Liverpool for the annual summer BeatlesWeek. In Liverpool, Charles is recognized as an unofficial ambassador to the city, where he has been honored by the Lord Mayor. He is the only American to act as master of ceremonies (referred to as a “compere” in England) on the Mathew Street Festival stage, a city-wide event that draws hundreds of thousands of music lovers.
“It’s great to have such an honor in The Beatles’ homeland,” says Rosenay, who has been bringing tourists to Liverpool for more than 25 years — before there was a Beatles Story museum there, before the Cavern Club reopened and before Liverpool embraced the tourism possibilities of The Beatles. He is already planning for the 2010 “Magical History Tour,” where he’ll bring fans to Hamburg, London and Liverpool, but now all his attention is on the “BEATexpo,” which he hopes will strike the right chord with fans as it did “all those years ago.” Previous guests included such notables as Pete Best, Cynthia Lennon, Richie Havens, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird and many others.
Special guests at the upcoming celebration include John Lennon’s recording engineer, Dennis Ferrante; promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought The Beatles to Shea Stadium in 1965 and 1966, and also presented them at Carnegie Hall in 1964; and Peter Tork of The Monkees, a contemporary of the Beatles. There will be tribute bands, vendors, exhibits and special features. For additional information on the convention, the website is www.ToursAndEvents.com/BEATexpo.htm and the info line is (866) L-I-V-E-R-P-O-O-L.
And what else will Rosenay be working on when not concentrating on “BEATexpo 2009?” It’s not hard to guess. “I’ll be playing the Beatles Rockband with my family,” Rosenay said with a smile, and added “It’s guaranteed to raise a smile.”