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THE BEATLES ARE COMING, BIGGER THAN EVER

It's a good month to be a Beatle. Assuming you're not one of the dead ones.

This week marks the debut of the Beatles: Rock Band, which allows players to riff on the Beatles' catalog in actual Beatles scenarios, like the Ed Sullivan Show set.

To celebrate, on Tuesday night, the Blockbuster store at 9309 N 56th St. in Temple Terrace will offer a night of Beatlemaniacal entertainment, with music by cover band the Beatles Experience by Live and Let Die, as well as giveaways, prerelease demos and the chance to win a copy of the game. It starts at 8 p.m. and leads up to the midnight release of the game.

Also on Tuesday, Vinyl Fever in Tampa will hold a party at 10:30 p.m. leading up to the midnight release of the remastered Beatles catalog. Enjoy Beatles karaoke, Beatles trivia contests and prizes, food and drinks (including free PBR and green apples) and free limited edition Beatles lithographs with purchase. And on Wednesday, Vinyl Fever will open early (10 a.m.) and feature live Beatles cover music by Lance Rowland and others.

Vinyl Fever is at 4110 Henderson Blvd. in Tampa. Head to vinylfever.com for a coupon for 10 percent off select Beatles merchandise.

Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg is also having a big Beatles sale Wednesday. The store will be open until midnight, playing the Beatles: Rock Band all night - and they're offering 12 percent off everything but concert tickets. See daddykool.com.

Finally, WMNF-88.5 will have a concert on Sept. 26 at Skipper's Smokehouse called "Come Together: A Tribute to Abbey Road, Yellow Submarine and the Beatles." Twenty bands will each do three songs by the Beatles, and two bands will perform re-creations of Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine in their entireties. These WMNF tribute shows tend to sell out, so get your tickets in advance at wmnf.org.

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