All posts by Richard Porter

Paul McCartney Announces First Concert in Krakow, Poland

December 3rd: Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena

New album Egypt Station out September 7th on Capitol Records

“It’s always fun to visit new places and helps to keep things fresh and exciting for us. I’ve always wanted to see Krakow and have heard so many great things about it. We had such a blast on our last trip to Poland so we know this is going to be another special night for us and we can’t wait to get back. Get ready to rock, Poland!” – Paul
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Plaque AGREED for 3 Savile Row to Commemorate ‘Rooftop Concert!’

I’m very glad to report that the owners of 3 Savile Row have agreed to the erecting of a plaque to commemorate the Beatles last ever live performance on the rooftop. It is hoped the plaque will be unveiled on or before 30th January 2019 – the 50th anniversary of this historic event.

A committee will now be formed to facilitate this happening, and to organise a ceremony for its unveiling. If you are interested in getting involved, please email richardandirina@tiscali.co.uk

 

Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Screening

Just back from the 50th Anniversary Screening of ‘Yellow Submarine’. I saw it at Picturehouse Central, which is next to the London Pavilion, where the film had its original premiere on July 17th 1968.

It was great seeing it on the big screen again – it looking and sounded great.

Everyone that went was given a special Yellow Submarine goody envelope, that included stickers and postcards.

Look out for screenings around the world in the next week or so.

Happy Birthday Sir Ringo!

Happy Birthday Sir Ringo Starr! 78 years old today!

We will be wishing Ringo ‘Peace and Love’ on my London Beatles Walk at 12 noon today. We will be outside the former Apple Shop on Baker Street, on the corner of Paddington Street,. If you are in the area, please come and join us. The tour starts at 11am at Marylebone Station, and we will be getting to Baker Street just before noon.

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Sony/ATV seeks dismissal of latest case over Beatles concert documentary

Sony/ATV has asked a New York court to dismiss the latest legal battle in relation to a documentary film about the first ever Beatles concert Stateside.

This dispute goes back years, when in 2013 a company called Ace Arts sued the Sony music publisher for going back on a provisional agreement to license the use of certain songs in its documentary. Said doc features footage of the fab four’s first ever US concert in Washington in 1964 in which they perform songs controlled by Sony/ATV.

Ace Arts said that Sony/ATV had agreed to provide a licence to allow those songs to be featured in the documentary, but then withdrew that licence citing a clause that said the deal was subject to the approval of Beatles company Apple Corps. Ace Arts alleged that the licence was withdrawn because Apple and Sony had decided to collaborate on their own documentary about the Washington show.

While that lawsuit went through the motions in the US, another legal battle in relation to the use of the Beatles footage in the Ace Arts documentary went before the High Court in the UK in 2015. Sony and Apple won that case, resulting in the music publisher requesting that the US action be dismissed. Which it subsequently was.

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Sir Paul McCartney announces first UK live dates in over three years – here’s how you can get tickets

Paul McCartney’s Freshen Up Tour Dates

  • December 12 – Liverpool’s Echo Arena
  • December 14 – The SSE Hydro in Glasgow
  • December 16 – London’s O2 Arena

Full ticket details are now on Paul’s official site at https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/paul-announces-uk-dates

 

Former Beatle, Paul McCartney has announced his first UK live dates in three years to delight of many fans.

The 76 year old living legend will perform a number of UK cities as part of his Freshen Up tour, which is set to be his first tour following the release of new studio album ‘Egypt Station’ on September 7.

McCartney said: “There’s nothing like performing in front of your home crowd, especially when it’s been a while. I can’t wait to finish the year on such a high by partying in Liverpool, Glasgow and London.”

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Paul McCartney to Play in Liverpool??

Liverpool’s Echo Arena’s cryptic tweets have internet wondering if a big announcement is coming.

The Echo Arena has been sending out some very cryptic tweets today which have left a lot of music fans scratching their heads.

This morning the arena shared a photograph of the Eleanor Rigby statue on Stanley Street with a very familiar looking bass next to it and the caption “Who is it for?”.

Another two tweets were published this afternoon showing the same distinctive bass in different locations across the city.

The photographs are posted alongside the captions of, when I saw her standing there’ and ‘you know I feel alright’.

 

Meeting Paul McCartney – with Dalia Pinkus

On 27th May 1997 I was doing my London Beatles Walk as usual. I was with my group at the Abbey Road crossing when I saw Paul McCartney’s car coming up the road. Ironically, I was in the middle of the ‘Paul is dead’ story and said to my group – if you run to Abbey Road Studios now, you will see that Paul is very much still alive! I guessed that was where he was heading, and we saw him go into the studios. That was very exciting!

On the tour that day was a very nice lady from Israel called Dalia. She was a massive Beatles fan. We had a long chat and  decided we would wait around until he came out. It was Dalia’s life long wish to meet him, and even though I had met him several times, I thought I would wait with her. We were the only fans there. I found out later that Paul was doing a series of interviews that day for VH1 and for a documentary on the history of Abbey Road Studios. We waited for about 4 hours, but the time went really quickly, because Dalia was such good company, and we spent the time telling our favourite stories of the Beatles.

Finally, Paul emerged from the front entrance of Abbey Road Studios, and Dalia and I asked if we could come over to speak to him, and he agreed. During my Beatles Walk, I had said that Linda McCartney’s background was Jewish, and the original family name of the Eastman’s was Epstein. Dalia asked Paul about this, and Paul told us the story how Linda’s family had fled from Russia due to the persecution of the Jews, and went to America. On arriving in the US, they decided to change their name to a more American name, and chose Eastman. ‘But I really married an Epstein’, joked Paul!  It is a myth that the family were a part of Eastman Kodak. It was very moving hearing this story from Paul himself, at a time when Linda was ill with breast cancer. Linda passed away less than a year later. 

Paul also told us of how the Beatles were due to play in Israel in 1964, but the Israeli government banned them, as they would ‘corrupt Israeli youth’. Paul remarked ‘Yes, we probably would have done’.

Dalia’s big wish was to get her photo taken with Paul, so I took her picture,and she took one of me with Paul.

Dalia and I kept in contact for a few months, swapping our photos and memories of that magical day. Unfortunately we lost contact when my wife, Esther, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and passed away in December 2000.

I have just heard today that Dalia died from breast cancer in 2013. Another amazing person struck down by this horrible disease.

RIP Dalia.

A newspaper article about Dalia’s meeting with Paul
Richard Porter with Paul McCartney – photo by Dahlia Pincus

 

Paul McCartney’s Producer Greg Kurstin Breaks Down ‘Egypt Station’

Paul McCartney cut most of his new album, Egypt Station, in Los Angeles and Sussex, England, but for the finishing touches, there was only one place to go: Abbey Road in London. For producer Greg Kurstin, stepping into the studio where the Beatles recorded the vast majority of their music was an overwhelming experience. “I was pinching myself constantly,” he says. “The Mrs Mills piano [a 1905 Steinway Vertegrand] that they used on so many Beatles cuts was in the corner. At one point he played ‘Lady Madonna’ on it in the hallway and everyone gathered around.”

The impromptu hallway performance was just one of many surreal moments Kurstin – who has worked with everyone from Adele to Beck and Foo Fighters – had during the two-year period it took to record Egypt Station, which comes out September 7th. He phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about his childhood love of the Beatles, his first meeting with McCartney and how he wound up producing the LP. He also reveals new information about many of the songs they created together.

Were you a big Beatles fan as a teenager?
Yeah, definitely. The Beatles are a band I’ve always loved. There was so much variety there and the music was so complex. With the Beatles and the Beach Boys, there was so much more going on than with the other music I was listening to. There would be a rock song and then something referencing some sort of older music, like a jazz-influenced thing or early English pop music. The complexity of their music always appealed to me.

What was your favorite Beatles album back then?
Revolver has always been the one I’ve gone back to. At different phases of my life I’ll listen to different Beatles albums, but Revolver is the one I really loved and kept returning to.

Let’s flash forward. How did you first meet Paul McCartney?
We did a session together for this film. I’m still not sure if it’s happening or not, but we spent one day live in the studio with a full band, a brass section, background singers and everything for this song that Paul had written for an animated film. I don’t know what the status of it is, but I think it was a trial for Paul and me. I think he wanted to see what it was like working with me. That was the first time.

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Paul Announces First Dates of New Tour

THE ‘FRESHEN UP’ TOUR 2018
FIRST 2018 DATES ANNOUNCED OF NEW TOUR

September 17: Quebec City, QC – the Videotron Centre
September 20: Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
September 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
September 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place

NEW ALBUM EGYPT STATION OUT SEPTEMBER 7th ON
CAPITOL RECORDS

“We’ve always had such a fantastic time playing shows in Canada. We can’t wait to return in September for what should be another special run of shows.  We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear.  Get ready to rock Canada!” – Paul

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Paul will make his eagerly anticipated return to the road with his new #FreshenUpTour. Four confirmed dates were announced this morning, marking Paul’s first series of live dates since the ‘One On One’ tour that played to some two million fans over the course of 2016 and 2017.

The ‘Freshen Up’ tour will also be Paul’s first outing following the release of his brand new studio album, Egypt Station, out September 7th on Capitol Records.

‘Freshen Up’ will begin September 17th at the Videotron Centre in Québec, Paul’s first show in the Canadian capital since his 2013 stop at the Plains of Abraham on the ‘Out There’ tour. From there, Paul will visit Montreal for the first time since the ‘On The Run’ tour in 2011 to play the Bell Centre on September 20th, before returning to Winnipeg September 28th to play Bell MTS Place, his first performance in the capital of Manitoba since 2013. ‘Freshen Up’s’ Canadian itinerary will conclude with a visit to a final Canadian capital city, Edmonton, Alberta, for a September 30th show at Rogers Place—Paul’s first appearance in the city since 2012.

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