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More Macca Tour Dates in the US…

Paul McCartney will be performing at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 26, 2017. McCartney returns to the Coliseum for the first time since his 2002 Driving USA Tour. Tickets are on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, May 5.

Here is the list we know so far:

7/5 AA Arena, Miami FL

7/10 Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

7/13 Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta

7/15 CenturyLink Center – Bossier City.

7/19 Witchita –  Intrust Bank Arena

7/21 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

7/23 CenturyLink Center – Omaha NE

7/25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago

9/11 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
9/15 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
9/16 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
9/26 NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY
10/1 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI

Here is the official announcement of all the dates :

IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! – UK Cinema Tour Dates announced

The new film’ It was 50 Years Ago Today THE BEATLES: SGT PEPPER & BEYOND will have a directors Q and A cinema tour in the UK from 26th May. More dates will be added soon.

The film poster for ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today’.

It will visit these places:

Central Picturehouse – London
Friday May 26th

Cine City – Norwich
Saturday May 27th

Arts – Cambridge
Monday May 29th

Hyde Park – Leeds
Tuesday May 30th

Cameo – Edinburgh
Wednesday May 31st

FACT – Liverpool
Thursday June 1st

CDL Showcase – Liverpool
Thursday June 1st

HOME – Manchester
Friday June 2nd


Paul McCartney Starts Short Tour of Japan

Paul McCartney has opened his short tour of Japan at the Budokan in Tokyo. This is of course the historic venue the Beatles played in 1966.

The setlist was similar to recent shows, but started with ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and did not include ‘Band on the Run’, which has been a staple of Paul’s gigs for decades.

The Full Set list was:

01. A Hard Day’s Night
02. Jet
03. Drive My Car
04. Junior’s Farm
05. Let Me Roll It
06. I’ve Got a Feeling
07. My Valentine
08. 1985
09. Maybe I’m Amazed
10. We Can Work It Out
11. Every Night
12. In Spite of All the Danger
13. Love Me Do
14. BlackBird
15. Here Today
16. Queen Eye
17. Lady Madonna
18. I Wanna Be Your Man
19. Magical Mystery Tour
20. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
21. Obla Di Obla Da
22. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
23. Back In The U.S.S.R.
24. Let It Be
25. Live And Let Die
26. Hey Jude
27. Yesterday
28. Hi Hi Hi
29. Golden Slumbers
30. Carry That Weight
31. The End

24th April – The Beatles In Pubs!

24th April throughout the years sees the Beatles in various pubs!

1960 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear together in the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham, Berkshire. The pub was run by Mike and Bett Robbins, Paul’s cousin. John and Paul hitched from Liverpool, and were asked to play a few songs as a duet. They chose the name ‘The Nerk Twins’ for the occasion – the only time just the two of them performed live.

1964. The Beatles attend the ‘wrap party’ for the completion of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ The party is held in Winchester Hall, the function room of the Turks Head pub, which was used in the film as the location where Ringo interrupts all the pub games. It is thought the Beatles sang a few songs at the party, but this has not been confirmed.

1965. The Beatles film a scene for ‘Help!’ at the City Barge pub at Strand on the Green, Chiswick.  In this scene the Beatles are seen emerging through Post Office Alley – a very attractive walkway down to the River Thames. On the riverside they are confronted by men dressed up as Scotsmen, who are actually from the dreaded Kahili, the sect that are trying to kill Ringo. The Beatles run into the City Barge to escape, but Ringo falls through a trap door into the basement to be confronted by a tiger. The Beatles have to leave the pub by throwing themselves through a plate glass window! Visitors to the pub do not have these problems today – the interior scenes were shot in the film studio, and the pub does not even have a basement. Even without the Beatles connection, this is a great pub in a wonderful location.

The City Barge Pub, Strand on the Green, Chiswick

April 23rd 1964 John Lennon Gives Short ‘In His Own Write’ Speech

On April 23rd 1964, John Lennon took a break in the filming of A Hard Day’s Night to attend the Foyles Literary Lunch, held in his honour at the Dorchester Hotel. John had just brought out his book, ‘In His Own Write’ which was a best seller.

John thought it is only a small casual affair, and had been clubbing at the Ad Lib with Cynthia the night before, only to wake up the next morning very hung over. When he and Cyn arrived at the Dorchester, they were shocked to see hundreds of people, and even more shocked when John realised he had to give a speech. He hadn’t prepared anything, so just stood up and said “Thank you very much, and god bless you’ and then to the person next to him ‘You’ve got a lucky face’.
People at the lunch were expecting a long speech – but certainly didn’t get it! John did sign scores of his book ‘In His Own Write’

Giles Martin Speaks Out over International Record Store Day Controversy

For International Record Store Day, a special 7 inch vinyl single was released of Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane. Only 7000 were released for the world, sparking long queues at participating shops, hours before they were open. Many of these copies appeared on Ebay within hours of being sold, at double the price sold in record stores.

Giles Martin, who mixed the new single has spoken out about this. When it was pointed out on twitter what was happening, Giles replied “I agree, this is crazy. I’ll try and push to make more copies. Music is for everyone, not for eBay.”

Hopefully he’ll be listened to!

April 20th 1964 – Paul McCartney films an unused Scene for A Hard Day’s Night

April 20th 1964 – Filming: Paul McCartney’s unused scene in A Hard Day’s Night

Paul McCartney filmed a solo sequence for The Beatles’ debut feature film A Hard Day’s Night on this day. However, it was omitted from the final cut.

The premise was that McCartney was looking for Ringo Starr, who had gone missing temporarily. McCartney discovered a rehearsal room where he had a conversation with an actress, played by 18-year-old Isla Blair. It was filmed at the Jack Billings TV School of Dancing at 18 Goldhawk Road in London, above what was then The Bush pub, on Shepherds Bush Green.

The scene, however, remained unused. There have been many reasons put forward to why this was, mainly centering on it not fitting in with the rest of the film. However, I heard something different. In 2001,  I was asked along to Twickenham Film Studios by Director, Martin Lewis, to help with the bonus DVD of a Hard Day’s Night. One day the crew got together, and the next day the cast, to reminisce about their time on the film.
During the filming, I was told by 2 different people that worked on the film that the real reason this scene was cut was that Isla Blair was wearing a very low cut dress, and Paul kept on looking where he shouldn’t be! Well, he’s always been a breast man!

Paul McCartney with Isla Blair

Happy Birthday Ken Scott!

Happy 70th Birthday today (20th April) to Ken Scott. Ken was an engineer on many Beatles records, and later worked with David Bowie, Supertramp, Pink Floyd and Elton John.

I met Ken a couple of times inside Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios (a good place to meet anyone!) and he is a very nice man.

Hope you have a good day, Ken!

Ken Scott with Blogger Richard Porter, Studio 2, Abbey Road Studios