Category Archives: News

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
Encore
27. Yesterday
28. Hi Hi Hi
29. Golden Slumbers
30. Carry That Weight
31. The End

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!

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

Special ‘Sgt Pepper’ issue of Mojo Coming Soon.

MOJO magazine celebrates the 50th Birthday of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – rebooted in 2017 with a thrilling new stereo mix. Paul McCartney tells us how they “vibed” it; Jon Savage on the songs and the significance; Nigel Hartnup relives THAT sleeve shoot; Giles Martin defends his Pepper for the new millennium; and more! Look for it on UK newsstands from Tuesday, April 25.

For more details, see: http://www.mojo4music.com/25379/paul-mccartney-sgt-pepper-exclusive/

The new issue of Mojo magazine

The Beatles’ Liverpool and London Featured on TF1 France

A feature on Beatles places and people was shown today on TF1 in France. It includes an interview with your blogger, Richard Porter and wife Irina, and shows a selection of our Beatles memorabilia. It also shows me on my London Beatles Walk at Abbey Road Studios.

https://www.tf1.fr/tf1/jt-we/videos/de-liverpool-a-londres-traces-beatles.html

For more on my London Beatles Walks, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Memorabilia Day: event coming to London

Following on from the success of the Liverpool memorabilia call out day in October 2016, The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions will be teaming up once again to bring ‘Memorabilia Day’ to London’s Hard Rock Cafe on Monday 5th June 2017. This special event will give members of the public, fans and collectors the opportunity to have their Beatles and Mersey Beat memorabilia appraised for free by the experts. – See more at: http://www.beatlesstory.com/events/2017/04/05/memorabilia-day-event-coming-to-london/#sthash.N8n3cUMa.dpuf

Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane Single for International Record Store Day

For Record Store Day 2017, an exclusive, limited edition 7″ single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”, among the first songs recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, which begin in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and Sgt. Pepper, which followed ten months later.

The single will be released on 22nd April – in a limited edition of just 7000 copies! Grab one if you can!

The picture sleeve for Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane

All You Need is …Money :>(

It seems that the BBC has pulled the plug on a TV special celebrating the 50th Anniversary of  the TV show ‘Our World’ – where the Beatles premiered the song “All You Need Is Love.” in front of a worldwide TV Audience of 400 million people.  BBC’s Editor of Special Events and Formats explained they were having trouble “securing funding” and were forced to put the project on hold. https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/04/10/bbc-kills-50th-anniversary-celebration-of-beatles-love-simulcast/