28th June 1990 Paul McCartney ‘Let it Be Liverpool’

27 years ago today, Paul McCartney played a very special concert in his home town. The highlight was a medley of songs associated with John Lennon – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ ‘Help!’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

When Paul finished ‘Give Peace a Chance’ the audience continued to sing it – and Paul and the band did an encore. A very emotional moment for all concerned, especially Paul, and me, who was in the audience. A very memorable night!

With Gene Simmons in Abbey Road Studios!

I’ve been doing Beatles tours for about 25 years and during that time have taken around 150,000 people on tours. Perhaps the best experience I had was when I was asked to appear on the show ‘Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.

Gene is lead singer of Glam Rock group Kiss. In the band, known for it’s extravagant make up and clothes. Gene has been ‘happily unmarried’ to Shannon Tweed for more than 20 years. Shannon is a former Playboy ‘Playmate of the Year’ and former girlfriend of Hugh Heffner.  They have two kids, Nick and Sophie.

For the show they are ‘on holiday’ in the UK and I gave them a tour of Studio Two at Abbey Road – where The Beatles recorded nearly all their songs. Normally it is impossible to get into the Studios – but Gene’s crew hired Studio Two for the morning. Even though I’d been in Studio Two many times I still get a thrill being inside the place where The Beatles recorded so many songs. I’d also never done a tour inside the Studio, so I knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience.

I was expecting the family to be rather weird and the whole experience very daunting. In Kiss, Gene was known as ‘Demon’ and supposedly spitting blood on stage, however, in real life he is a real gentleman. He is also an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable Beatles fan – something that surprised me as Kiss are know for their heavy rock.

The day of the tour saw London’s first snow of the winter and was freezing cold. I was glad most of the morning was going to be spent inside.

I left for the studios early as I was worried transport would be affected but luckily the buses weren’t too bad and I arrived in good time. When Gene and his family arrived I was asked by their TV crew to meet them on the famous steps of the Studios and lead them inside. They greeted me very courteously and any nerves I had about the occasion disappeared.

We first entered the control room in Studio Two where I told them a bit about The Beatles recording history in the Studios. I was surprised that Gene knew the name of Andy White, the session drummer that played on Love Me Do. Gene told the story of how he met Ringo at a party at literally picked him up. He then demonstrated on me!

We then went down into the Studio itself and I pointed out the various instruments in there which the Beatles used on their sessions, including the piano used on Lady Madonna. Nick played some very nice tunes on the piano. We were amazed to see that the piano had cigarette burns all over it – including on the piano keys! Gene expressed surprise that smoking was allowed in the studios – it seems the whole family are against smoking (another surprise!)

They were also just as nice when the cameras were switched off.  At one point, I told Gene I had written a book about the Beatles In London. He asked me for a copy – and asked me to sign it for him! A nice touch.

The two hours went by much too quickly. Gene and his family were some of the nicest people I’ve had on a tour. The experience obviously meant more to Gene than the rest of the family, but they all treated me with great respect and listened with interest. A very pleasant morning.

To see the show click http://www.aetv.com/shows/gene-simmons-family-jewels/videos/25-british-invasion

My bit is at about 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

Me with Gene Simmons and family in the Control Room of Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios

 

Celebrate Ringo’s Birthday with ‘Peace and Love’ at Abbey Road Studios

Plans are being made to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 77th Birthday with a gathering of fans at Abbey Road Studios on 7th July. At 12 noon, we will be wishing Ringo and the world ‘Peace and Love’ for his birthday. This will also be taking place at 12 noon in many gatherings around the world. We will also do a mass walk across the famous Abbey Road Crossing.

More details will be announced soon, so please join us on 7th July!

 

 

 

Rex Makin RIP

Rex Makin, lawyer, life long friend of Brian Epstein, and one of the most recognisable people in Liverpool has passed away, aged 91.

Rex helped Brian Epstein design his contract with the Beatles, and moved his offices to the former NEMS offices in Whitechapel, Liverpool, when Brian Epstein moved out.

RIP Rex.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/rex-makin-dead-91-tributes-13244340

 

 

The Head of the EU – a John Lennon Fan?

European Council President Donald Tusk has quoted lyrics from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to suggest the door remains open to the UK staying in the EU.

Ahead of a Brussels summit he said of that prospect: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

Theresa May, who has insisted that the UK will honour the referendum vote to leave, will outline her plans for the issue of expats’ rights later.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40362594

Paul McCartney Officially announces a Tour of Australia and New Zealand

PAUL McCARTNEY
BRINGS HIS ONE ON ONE TOUR TO
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
THIS DECEMBER

2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 21-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Sir Paul McCartney will bring his acclaimed long-running ‘One On One’ Tour to Australia and New Zealand this December.

In a first for both Paul McCartney and Frontier Touring, the announcement was made in a Facebook Live event where Paul went ‘One On One’ with Australia’s own Tim Minchin to reveal all the finer details of the upcoming tour.

PAULMcCARTNEY.COM PRE-SALE INFO:
Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through PaulMcCartney.com on Tuesday 27th June  @ 15.00 (AWST) / Australia 17.00 (AEST) / NZ 19.00 (NZDT) / London 08.00 (BST) using the password: PAUL1ON1ANZ

nib Stadium, Perth: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!
AAMI Park, Melbourne: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! 
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! 
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! 

Paul McCartney set to announce first Australian tour in 24 years

Sir Paul McCartney will announce details of his highly anticipated tour of Australia and New Zealand with a special Facebook Live event on Wednesday.

The Beatles megastar hasn’t toured here since 1993, and fans are likely to be clamouring for tickets to his One on One tour as soon as they’re released.

McCartney is staying tight-lipped about the dates and other arrangements, but you can tune in on Facebook and learn them first-hand.

The star will also be answering questions submitted by fans. You can submit yours via McCartney’s Facebook page.

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

Happy 75th Birthday to Paul McCartney! Here are some pics I’ve taken of Paul over the years.

Richard Porter with Paul McCartney, Abbey Road, 1997
Paul McCartney outside AIR Studios 1982
Paul outside AIR Studios 1983
Paul at his ‘pop up’ concert in Covent Garden, London 2013