All posts by Richard Porter

Liverpool Beatleweek Coming Soon!

There is just over a week to the start of International Beatleweek in Liverpool! As usual, the week will see a huge range of Beatles related events, culminating in the Beatles Convention at the Adelphi Hotel on Sunday August 27th. Also this year is a re-creation of the St Peter’s Church Fete, where John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time.

Full details of all the events are at https://www.internationalbeatleweek.com/

If you are also coming to London, please come on my London Beatles Walks http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Ringo Talks his new Album, Working with Paul McCartney, and future Beatles Projects

Ringo has give an extensive interview to Rolling Stone magazine to promote his new album ‘Give More Love’. Asked about releasing deluxe editions of the other Beatles albums, Ringo said, “I hope they do the White Album and Abbey Road.”

To read the interview go to: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/ringo-starr-talks-new-lp-future-deluxe-beatles-albums-w496783

Paul McCartney Writes a Song about Donald Trump!

Paul McCartney has written a song about Donald Trump, which will be on his new album. Paul revealed this at the Graduation Ceremony for the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, of which he is  a patron.

Paul did not day whether the song was pro, or anti Trump, but as he played at a special fundraiser his is presidential opponent, Hilary Clinton, we can have a good guess!

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/paul-mccartney-explains-hes-written-13402339

Paul McCartney in Liverpool Today for LIPA Graduation Ceremony

Paul McCartney has taken a quick break from his American tour to attend the Graduation Ceremony at for the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – the school he helped set up in his old school.

Also attending will be Woody Harrelson, who will become a companion of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa), awarded for outstanding achievement and practical contribution to student learning.

The ceremony takes place at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/07/27/sir-paul-mccartney-to-honour-actor-woody-harrelson-at-liverpool/

July 26th 1989 – Paul McCartney Live at the Playhouse Theatre, London

Wouldn’t you just know it :>) You wait years to see a ‘live’ Beatle – then you see 2 in 2 days! The day after seeing George Harrison at the premiere of ‘How to Get Ahead in Advertising’, Paul McCartney gives a special ‘Rehearsal Concert’ at the Playhouse Theatre in London. It was his first full live show in 10 years.

It was not the first time that Paul had played at the Playhouse. In the 60s it was used by the BBC and the Beatles did many of their BBC broadcasts from there.

The theatre only holds around 300 people, and tickets we allocated through the Paul McCartney Fan Club. I wasn’t lucky in the draw, but decided to go up to the theatre anyway and try my luck. There was as tube strike in London that day, and getting there was very hard, which actually worked in my favour, as some people who were allocated tickets couldn’t make it, so I managed to get one! Not only that, I was in the second row from the front!

Paul was rehearsing with his new band for his upcoming World Tour. He decided to test the band in front of a live audience at 2 intimate shows, as well as giving a press conference to announce the world tour. It wasn’t a full show (well it lasted about 1.5 hours, so good enough!) but absolutely brilliant. Paul sang ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ for the first time since the Beatles! There was a small gap between the seats and the stage, and many of us got up to dance.

The show comprised mainly of songs from the newly released ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ album, but also some oldies, including George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ – McCartney sings Gershwin! It was a very apt song to sing too – as it was one of the hottest days of the year outside, and no air conditioning inside.

You can see the setlist here https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/1989/playhouse-theatre-london-england-5bc9a7d4.html

After the show, many fans gathered at the stage door, to be great by a very happy looking Paul and Linda, who signed many autographs.

A great day!

My ticket to the Playhouse gig
Paul McCartney outside the Playhouse Theatre
Paul and Linda outside the Playhouse