17th December 2010 – Paul McCartney’s ‘Packed Lunch’ at the 100 Club

On 17th December 2010, Paul McCartney played one of the smallest gigs of his career – at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street – and I was one of the lucky few to be there.

The 100 Club is just a few hundred metres from Paul’s offices of MPL in Soho Square. At the time, the 100 Club was in danger of closing down, due to high rents and rates. There has been a club at the premises since 1941, and a campaign was launched to help save it. Paul’s son, James, had played there earlier in the year, and at the gig Paul got into talks with the owners about doing a benefit gig.

The gig was at lunchtime on a normal work day, and as we were queuing to get in, people were doing their last minute Christmas shopping in the always busy Oxford Street shops. I’d been to the 100 Club many times before, and seen Beatles tribute bands there – but never thought I’d see a real Beatle there!!

The gig lasted more than 2 hours, and Paul was in great voice and spirits throughout, often exchanging banter with the audience. He sang many songs he normally doesn’t do live  – including ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’ – a staple from the Beatles Hamburg days.

 

Paul McCartney singing Don't Catch You Crying at the 100 Club

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010

 

Another highlight was a great rendition of Hitch Hike – which was of course a big 60s hit for Marvin Gaye

Paul MCartney singing Marvin Gaye's Hitch Hike at the 100 Club today

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010

 

It was one of the best musical moments of my life, and I’m glad to say, helped save the 100 Club, which is still going strong to this day :>)

Paul McCartney at the 100 Club

The Beatles’ Christmas Records: A Feat of Fan Appreciation and Devotion

For members of the Official Beatles Fan Club in the 1960s, Christmas was a very special time of year. That’s because season’s greetings from the seminal band arrived in the mail, in the form of a square cardboard-backed envelope. Inside was a recorded message on a flexible phonograph record (or “flexi-disc”) from The Beatles themselves, wishing fans a merry Christmas, in various fascinating and entertaining ways.

“No other piece of mail ever looked like that – I always knew exactly what it was,” remembers renowned Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. Issued each year from 1963 to 1969, those discs have been repackaged as “The Christmas Records,” due for release by Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol/UMe on December 15.  The box set includes 7-inch colored vinyl reproductions of the records, with their associated original picture sleeve art, remastered at Abbey Road Studios by engineers Simon Gibson and Sean Magee, as well as a booklet featuring historical notes from Beatles historian Kevin Howlett.

For more click here

The Beatles – The Christmas Records – Product Shot 2

Paul McCartney talks touring and New Zealand

The living musical legend that is Sir Paul McCartney is in New Zealand.

The former Beatle arrived in Hawke’s Bay early on Thursday morning ahead of his Auckland concert tomorrow night.

In an exclusive interview with Mike Hosking, McCartney gushed about his love for the New Zealand countryside.

“People say to you ‘do you ever get a chance to see the countries and the city’s your playing in. So often the answer is not really. You don’t always get a chance. But [you do] if you get a day off like I had yesterday.”

He also talked about how touring has changed from when he first toured.

“We started out in a van. The change is unbelievable to these days. Your travelling around first class.”

His back catalogue is one of the most extensive in music history, but McCartney said he doesn’t think about his legacy very often.

“I don’t personally think of it too much, but what’s nice is that people will say that to me.”

McCartney also teases what fans can expect from his Mt Smart Stadium concert this weekend.

“I’m trying to make the crowd happy. I don’t want them going away saying that wasn’t worth it.”

To hear the full interview click here

John Lennon to be honored with US postage stamp in 2018

The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year, and among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon. The Lennon stamp will be the next installment of the USPS’ Music Icons series of “Forever” stamps.

No release date has been announced for the commemorative stamp honoring the Beatles legend. The U.S. Postal Service has issued a number of other Beatles-themed stamps over the years, including one in 1999 that commemorated the Fab Four’s 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine. For more click here

Hear Paul McCartney’s Long-Lost Experimental Christmas Mixtape for Fellow Beatles

For Christmas 1965, Paul McCartney presented his bandmates with a unique gift: a homemade record produced just for them, consisting of sampled songs, original sketches and avant-garde loops. “Something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening,” he later said. With only three copies made, the discs are among the most rare Beatle-related collectibles. While these acetate pressings have almost certainly since worn out, an 18-minute segment of Unforgettable has recently surfaced, providing a glimpse of this experimental private mixtape from the Beatles’ most creatively fertile period. For more – and to hear the tape, click here

Blogger Richard Porter will be guiding London Beatles walk throughout the Christmas period. For more details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

TWO ESSENTIAL RINGO STARR ALBUMS REMASTERED FOR WORLDWIDE REISSUE ON 180-GRAM VINYL LPS BY CAPITOL/UMe

Two essential Ringo Starr albums, 1973’s Ringo and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. Both albums are available now for preorder and will be released by Capitol/UMe on January 19, 2018.

Preorder Ringo: https://UMe.lnk.to/RingoLP

Preorder Goodnight Vienna: https://UMe.lnk.to/GoodnightViennaLP

In 1973, Ringo released his self-titled Ringo, which yielded three Top 5 Billboard Pop singles, including the No. 1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine),” and the No. 5 hit “Oh My My.” Platinum-certified in the U.S., the Ringo album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, at No. 2 in the U.S., and at No. 7 in the UK. All of Ringo’s Beatles bandmates joined him to participate in the album; Richard Perry produced and its notable guest players also include Billy Preston on organ, Harry Nilsson background vocals, Klaus Voormann on bass and sax, and Robbie Robertson on guitar.

Ringo released his fourth solo album, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, racking up more hits, including the Top 5 Billboard Pop singles “Snookeroo,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and “No No Song.” The album also features Ringo’s cover of the Platters’ “Only You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Pop chart, and the title track, written by John Lennon. Perry, Preston, Voormann, Nilsson, and Robertson once again joined Ringo to collaborate in the studio, among others.

In September this year, Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, before he hit the road again in October and November with his All Starrs. Ringo Starr and His All Starrs have confirmed several European tour dates for June and July 2018. Visit ringostarr.com/tour for more information.

 

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RINGO STARR:  Ringo

  1. I’m the Greatest (John Lennon)
  2. Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
  3. Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
  4. Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
  5. You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine) (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman)
  6. Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  7. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
  8. Six O’Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
  9. Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  10. You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)

 

RINGO STARR:  Goodnight Vienna

  1. (It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
  2. Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
  3. Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  4. Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
  5. Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
  6. All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  7. Call Me (Richard Starkey)
  8. No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
  9. Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
  10. Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
  11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)

Beatles Christmas Records Sold Out?

It seems the limited edition box set of the Beatles Christmas records is already sold out – days before the official release date! The Beatles official store, Amazon and HMV have presumably all sold their copies as pre-orders – 4 days before it’s officially released.

No word from Apple yet if more are going to be produced, but expect brisk sales on ebay, at high prices!