The night The Beatles played Shrewsbury Music Hall

David Wiseman, bass guitarist with The Deltas, didn’t think that much of the Liverpool foursome on the bill with them at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury on December 14, 1962.

That Liverpool group were The Beatles, performing at the county town for the first time.

They had had a minor hit a few weeks beforehand with Love Me Do and, although nobody knew it that Shrewsbury night, were about to explode on the music scene as a global phenomenon.

David, 76, lives these days in West Sussex, but at the time was living in Oakfield Road in Copthorne and worked at Shrewsbury’s big Maddox department store, doing window dressing and helping in the shop.

The Deltas were a Shrewsbury band with a strong local following and were one of the supporting acts for The Beatles, who topped the bill.

David Wiseman, bass guitarist with The Deltas, didn’t think that much of the Liverpool foursome on the bill with them at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury on December 14, 1962.

That Liverpool group were The Beatles, performing at the county town for the first time.

They had had a minor hit a few weeks beforehand with Love Me Do and, although nobody knew it that Shrewsbury night, were about to explode on the music scene as a global phenomenon.

David, 76, lives these days in West Sussex, but at the time was living in Oakfield Road in Copthorne and worked at Shrewsbury’s big Maddox department store, doing window dressing and helping in the shop.

The Deltas were a Shrewsbury band with a strong local following and were one of the supporting acts for The Beatles, who topped the bill.

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Paul McCartney swaps out his solo stuff for classics in this fabulous performance which is as close to a Beatles gig as we’ll ever get

Paul McCartney 

La Défense Arena,  Paris                                        Touring in Britain Wed- Sun

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You’d think, by now, that Paul McCartney might have had his fill of it all. But there he was in June, turning Carpool Karaoke into a tiny gig in a Liverpool pub that has racked up 35 million views and probably generated more joy than any other musical moment this year.

There he was in September, releasing a sparky solo album, which went to No 3. There he was in November, reissuing The Beatles’ White Album in a subtle remix that reached No 4. And here he is now, starting his eighth tour in a decade.

The man is 76.

He does offer two concessions to the encroaching years. One is a little joke – when Live And Let Die ends with a bang, he sticks his fingers in his ears, like a grandad in a sitcom. The other is a decision, finally letting his hair go grey. That queasy shade of chestnut is now history.

As, in another sense, is McCartney’s career. To go and see him is like being given a guided tour of a great museum – by the artist who made half the exhibits.

Paris’s newest venue, a roofed-in rugby ground with room for 40,000, is sold out. A small boy and girl perch on their parents’ shoulders. Later I see them sitting on the floor with some colouring books and wonder if they’ll remember this night. Either way, they’ll tell the grandchildren.

McCartney could easily get away with playing 20 songs. Instead he gives us 38, and at the soundcheck he played another nine. Sometimes his gigs suffer from a lack of live horns. He’s fixed that now, hiring a trio who add bursts of warmth to Let ’Em In and Lady Madonna.

He plays three tracks from the new album, all built for a choir of thousands. It’s as if Macca has been doing his homework for Glastonbury.

If so, he’ll be reaping what he sowed. The mother of those mass singalongs is Hey Jude, now 50. Rounding off the main set, it produces two magic moments: McCartney at the piano, singing simply, conversationally, then the crowd revelling in the na-na-na-nas.

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John Lennon RIP – How I Heard the News

The history books will tell you that John Lennon was murdered on December 8th 1980 – but in the the UK it was early in the morning on the 9th.

I woke up late that morning, and didn’t put the radio on before going to school. I cycled to school as usual, not knowing anything had happened, only to be met by my best friend, and fellow Beatles fan, Dalton, who looked really angry, and was muttering about what some bastard had done to John Lennon. The then told me that John had been murdered. My first reaction was that it was another ‘Paul is dead’ type rumour, and that really he was OK.

However, that morning, the school assembly was taken by students, and they played ‘In My Life’ as a tribute to John. It’s there that the horrible fact really sank in. I also noticed that a lot of fellow students, and also staff, were moved by the announcement too.

After school, I went home and bought the evening newspapers, which had John on the front cover, and played Beatles/John songs for the rest of the day – only to stop to watch the many tributes to John on TV.

At the time, I had never been that affected by anyone’s death before.

Fast forward to 2007. My daughter Lilia, was born at approx 6am on December 9th. John Lennon was shot around 4am London time on December 9th 1980, and died about 2 hours later.

Take a sad song and make it better :>)

PS It certainly, wasn’t planned that Lilia was born at that time!

John Lennon outside ‘Kenwood’ photo by Marilyn Demmen

Back on the London Beatles Walks

I’m back on the London Beatles Walks full time on Saturday after my jury duty. Is going to be a busy few weeks -with Paul McCartney‘s London concert, and Christmas just around the corner.

I still have some spots available for private walks, but they are filling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

For my public tours, you just need to show up and pay on the day. As well as the usual walks, I am doing a special ‘Beatles at Christmas’ walk on December 26th.

Full details of all my tours are at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Paul McCartney’s Carpool Karaoke was UK’s top-trending YouTube video of 2018

Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ skit was the UK’s top-trending YouTube video for 2018.

The Beatles legend revisited his hometown of Liverpool with ‘Late Late Show’ host James Corden for a well-received edition of the popular segment, which culminated with an intimate concert at the Philarmonic pub.

While 2018 was big for the iconic musician – who released his 17th solo album ‘Egypt Station’ in September – it’s set to continue in 2019 with a rumoured Glastonbury Festival headline slot.

Organiser Emily Eavis previously said: “We always want him, of course. He’s top of our list – but we’ll have to see.”

Emily’s coy comments came after the ‘Hey Jude’ legend admitted he would be delighted to top the bill at the festival.

He said: “I haven’t really spoken to anyone about it. It’s a little while since we did it. And we did enjoy doing it. The conversation hasn’t gone any further.”

Paul’s skit came ahead of the Royal Wedding in May – when Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tied the knot – while the Yanny v Laurel meme and Courtney Hadwin’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ performance also made the top five.

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Beatles legend Paul McCartney on his escape to Scotland and its influence on Wings

The Beatles icon explains how his second band were formed and the inspiration he drew from living in rural Argyll after leaving London to avoid the fall out after the Fab Four’s demise.

In the early 70s Sir Paul McCartney was at the peak of his fame.

But The Beatles had disintegrated in acrimony and London had become “heavy”.

Scotland became his means of “escape” from the Fab Four – a place to lick his wounds, begin writing again and form the first incarnation of Wings.

Paul, 76, issues a remastered and expanded edition of his second band’s first two records, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, today.

Next Friday, he will play in Glasgow – and admits the city is in a country that has been hugely important to him.

He said: “Going up to Scotland was real freedom. It was an escape – our means of finding a new direction in life and having time to think about what we really wanted to do.”

To save some money from the taxman and as a bolt hole from Beatlemania, Paul had, encouraged by then girlfriend Jane Asher, bought High Park Farm in Campbeltown near Argyll’s Mull of Kintyre in 1968.

But it was only when newly married to American Linda Eastman in 1969 that he decided to make it a home.

He said: “It was like, ‘Let’s escape – we’ll just run away’. And we did, we just ran away.

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2019 International Beatleweek Announced!

Welcome to International Beatleweek 2019 and the biggest Beatles celebration ever. If you have never been before you are in for a treat, and if you have, we can’t wait to welcome you home!

For 7 days and 7 nights, the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo will ring out from every nook and cranny of the city. 70 of the finest Beatle tribute bands from over 20 countries and fans from all over the world will be here, in Liverpool, with one mission – The Beatles!

Now in its 33rd year, International Beatleweek is a must for all fans! This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Abbey Road Album, The Rooftop concert, Leave Peace in Toronto and we also celebrate 60 years since the Casbah first opened its doors.

If this is your first time you will be blown away. You will make life long memories and friends forever. If you are lucky, you might even get some sleep!
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Paul Adds Four New US Stadium Dates to #FreshenUpTour

8th June – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
14th June – Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
22nd June – Petco Park, San Diego, CA
13th July – Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

New album Egypt Station out now on Capitol Records

Today, Paul confirms four new stadium shows will be added to the upcoming US leg of his new #FreshenUpTour.
PRESALE INFORMATION:

Presale tickets will be available for Green Bay from 10am local time on Wednesday 5th December. To purchase tickets on Wednesday, enter the password: PaulFreshenUpGreenBay

Saturday 8th June 2019: Lambeau Field, GREEN BAY

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Registration for the Arlington Paul McCartney Presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan will close Thursday 6th December @ 10pm local time. If verified and selected, you will receive your code via text message, two (2) to four (4) hours before your Verified Fan presale begins. Presale tickets will begin to be available on Monday 10th December at 10am local. Due to the limited quantity of tickets, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday 14th June 2019: Globe Life Park, ARLINGTON
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Presale tickets will be available for San Diego and Los Angeles from 10am local time on Monday 10th December. For ticket links and more information click HERE!

Psychedelic landscape commissioned by the Beatles up for auction

A psychedelic landscape which the Beatles wanted on their Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is going under the hammer.

The artwork, complete with parrot, peacock and several mushrooms, was commissioned by the Fab Four to fill the inner section of the record’s sleeve.

But they were persuaded to reject the design in favour of a photographic portrait of them wearing their coloured tunics.

Now it could fetch £90,000 at auction house Sotheby’s.

The cover of the 1967 album famously features Peter Blake’s colourful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous faces together with the band.

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Paul McCartney Adds Two US Shows to his ‘Freshen Up’ Tour

The FRESHEN UP Tour U.S. Tour 2019

TWO NEW STADIUM DATES ANNOUNCED

8th June      Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
14th June    Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX

GREEN BAY TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC DECEMBER 10th AT 10am LOCAL TIME

ARLINGTON TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC DECEMBER 13th AT 10am LOCAL TIME

PRE-SALE INFORMATION

Pre-sale tickets will be available for the Green Bay show from 10am local time on Wednesday 5th December. To purchase pre-sale tickets on WEDNESDAY, click the link below and enter the password: PaulFreshenUpGreenBay

Saturday 8th June 2019: Lambeau Field, GREEN BAY  
(Pre-sale tickets on sale from 10am)
CLICK HERE FOR PRE-SALE TICKETS! / PASSWORD: PaulFreshenUpGreenBay

Friday 14th June 2019: Globe Life Park, ARLINGTON
(Pre-sale tickets on sale from 10am)
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