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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

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)

Strawberry Field Plans Approved

The Salvation Army has launched an £8m funding drive to help bring forward its redevelopment of Strawberry Field in Woolton after the project was given the go-ahead by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee.

The committee approved the plans at a meeting on Tuesday morning. The former children’s home on the site, built in the 1970s and named John Lennon Court, will be demolished to make way for a training centre for young adults with learning disabilities, a visitor centre, and community café. The current buildings have been vacant since 2007.

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The plan for the new Strawberry Field

Paul McCartney’s Aston Martin DB5 to be sold at Auction

Auction season is very upon us – this this is probably the most expensive item that will be sold – Paul McCartney’s old Aston Martin DB5 – which is like to sell for £1.5 million!!!

Paul ordered it shortly before going on a tour and it was delivered on September 22, just a few days after the premiere of Goldfinger, where Sean Connery’s James Bond also drove a DB5.

McCartney kept the Aston Martin for six years, racking up more than 40,000 miles during this period.

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The Beatles Apple Corps Still Bring in the profits

The Beatles still rake in £67,000 a day from a company they formed before they split, nearly 50 years ago.
Apple Corps, set up in 1968 to manage their affairs, declared a turnover of £24.4 million for the year ending January 31.  It is owned by surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as George Harrison and John Lennon’s widows Olivia and Yoko Ono. Accounts show each was paid £2.97 million in “aggregate fees for promotional services, name and likeness”.

For more on this story see http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/beatles-still-make-day-67000-11348048

Symphonic Beatles Concert Coming to London

Rocco Buonvino presents

Symphonic Beatles: timeless music recreated for a full symphonic orchestra.

30th November 2017

Experience The Beatles as never before – with, the sound, the passion and the raw excitement of their timeless music in this spectacular concert featuring The London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Alan Chircop, together with acclaimed band, guest singers and chorus from the West End and beyond.
Enjoy classics hits, including: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – HEY JUDE – SERGEANT PEPPER – LET IT BE – HELP – A DAY IN A LIFE – GET BACK – LADY MADONNA – YESTERDAY – STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER – A HARD DAYS NIGHT – LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS.. and many, many more !
With full orchestral arrangements, imaginatively fused together with rock and pop, tonight we pay tribute to the world’s biggest band, The Beatles, celebrating over 50 years of ageless songs as well as marking the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper.
National Broadcaster Mike Read gives a wonderful narrative backdrop to this nostalgic epic celebration which takes you through the Beatles’ musical legendary history. The grand finale brings the orchestra, choir and guest singers together for the climax of a stunning night of music. Symphonic Beatles is truly a memorable occasion.

25th September 1967 – The Beatles Record Fool on the Hill

On 25th September 1967, the Beatles began editing their TV film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, at Norman’s Film Productions on Old Compton Street, Soho. The editing was done by Roy Benson, who had also worked on a ‘Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ The editing was due to take a week, but actually took about 11 weeks. As there was not narrative to the film, it could be cut in any way the Beatles wanted – and often they couldn’t agree on how it should be done.

In the evening, the Beatles went to EMI Studios, Abbey Road, to record ‘Fool on the Hill’ for the new film. Among those watching the proceedings was Yoko Ono, attending what was probably her first Beatles recording session. Her presence rather destroys the myth that John and Yoko barely saw each other between their first meeting in November 1966, and Yoko coming over to Kenwood in May 1968.

The Beatles recording Fool on the Hill
John and Yoko at the recording of Fool on the Hill

The Beatles on the Cover of Latest ‘Uncut’ Magazine

What do you do when you’ve just released the most significant album in rock history? For The Beatles in late 1967, the answer was simple: go back to work, but in the most playful way possible. In our new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday in the UK (though hopefully subscribers should have their copies sooner), we mark the 50th anniversary of recording sessions which turned into parties, psychedelic and spiritual adventures (“George swore to me he could levitate”), destabilising tragedies and, eventually, a redemptive and surreal trip into the unknown – the Magical Mystery Tour. “The songs had changed, our attitudes had changed,” says Ringo Starr. “Our well-being had changed.”
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/introducing-new-issue-uncut-9-101767#7d1d9O4gfgO7ZwmW.99

Uncut Magazine