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Liverpool to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the day John Met Paul




On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete.  That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.

This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul.  We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall.  This will be a community collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place.

All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party and the Crowning of the Rose Queen.  Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.

10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born.  2017 also celebrates the 50thanniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

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Paul McCartney to Gain Control of the Lennon/McCartney songs?

Paul McCartney has come to an out of court agreement with Sony over the control of the songs he wrote with John Lennon.

McCartney sued Sony in January asking the court for a declaration that he could soon reclaim his copyright ownership share to the iconic group’s catalog of songs. Because the Copyright Act of 1976 lengthened the term of copyright protection by 19 years, it created for owners of works who signed over their rights on or before Jan. 1, 1978 the non-waivable right to reclaim them after a certain period of time. The provision McCartney relied on here states specifically: “Termination of the grant may be effected at any time during a period of five years beginning at the end of fifty-six years from the date copyright was originally secured, or beginning on January 1, 1978, whichever is later.”

For Paul McCartney, the important date is October 5th 2018, the 56th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single ‘Love Me Do’.

Yoko One made an agreement with Sony many years ago.

It’s interesting that many of the reports on this are saying that McCartney will be ‘regaining’ control of the songs. Actually, he’s never had control before. To start with, a music publishing company was set up called ‘Northern Songs’ with publisher Dick James. James had about 50% of the shares, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney about 20% each. Dick James sold his shares to Lew Grade of ATV, and in a fierce battle to get control of he songs, Apple (the Beatles company that is) lost out and ATV got full control. The songs were then sold on and sold again in the early 80s when Michael Jackson bought them from pretty much under Paul’s nose, when they were working together. Jackson then got into financial problems, and sold a portion of his shares to Sony, to being the company Sony/ATV. Jackson’s family have since sold all their shares to Sony.

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Paul McCartney in Train Journey Shock!

Well, it must be a low news day today. The UK tabloids think it’s news that Paul McCartney travels alone on a train ‘without the usual rock star entourage’. Well, actually, he’s been doing this for several decades – but I guess no-one bothered to take a picture of him doing it. I’m not going to bother to put the photo here :>)

With Gene Simmons in Abbey Road Studios!

I’ve been doing Beatles tours for about 25 years and during that time have taken around 150,000 people on tours. Perhaps the best experience I had was when I was asked to appear on the show ‘Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.

Gene is lead singer of Glam Rock group Kiss. In the band, known for it’s extravagant make up and clothes. Gene has been ‘happily unmarried’ to Shannon Tweed for more than 20 years. Shannon is a former Playboy ‘Playmate of the Year’ and former girlfriend of Hugh Heffner.  They have two kids, Nick and Sophie.

For the show they are ‘on holiday’ in the UK and I gave them a tour of Studio Two at Abbey Road – where The Beatles recorded nearly all their songs. Normally it is impossible to get into the Studios – but Gene’s crew hired Studio Two for the morning. Even though I’d been in Studio Two many times I still get a thrill being inside the place where The Beatles recorded so many songs. I’d also never done a tour inside the Studio, so I knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience.

I was expecting the family to be rather weird and the whole experience very daunting. In Kiss, Gene was known as ‘Demon’ and supposedly spitting blood on stage, however, in real life he is a real gentleman. He is also an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable Beatles fan – something that surprised me as Kiss are know for their heavy rock.

The day of the tour saw London’s first snow of the winter and was freezing cold. I was glad most of the morning was going to be spent inside.

I left for the studios early as I was worried transport would be affected but luckily the buses weren’t too bad and I arrived in good time. When Gene and his family arrived I was asked by their TV crew to meet them on the famous steps of the Studios and lead them inside. They greeted me very courteously and any nerves I had about the occasion disappeared.

We first entered the control room in Studio Two where I told them a bit about The Beatles recording history in the Studios. I was surprised that Gene knew the name of Andy White, the session drummer that played on Love Me Do. Gene told the story of how he met Ringo at a party at literally picked him up. He then demonstrated on me!

We then went down into the Studio itself and I pointed out the various instruments in there which the Beatles used on their sessions, including the piano used on Lady Madonna. Nick played some very nice tunes on the piano. We were amazed to see that the piano had cigarette burns all over it – including on the piano keys! Gene expressed surprise that smoking was allowed in the studios – it seems the whole family are against smoking (another surprise!)

They were also just as nice when the cameras were switched off.  At one point, I told Gene I had written a book about the Beatles In London. He asked me for a copy – and asked me to sign it for him! A nice touch.

The two hours went by much too quickly. Gene and his family were some of the nicest people I’ve had on a tour. The experience obviously meant more to Gene than the rest of the family, but they all treated me with great respect and listened with interest. A very pleasant morning.

To see the show click

My bit is at about 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

Me with Gene Simmons and family in the Control Room of Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios


Celebrate Ringo’s Birthday with ‘Peace and Love’ at Abbey Road Studios

Plans are being made to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 77th Birthday with a gathering of fans at Abbey Road Studios on 7th July. At 12 noon, we will be wishing Ringo and the world ‘Peace and Love’ for his birthday. This will also be taking place at 12 noon in many gatherings around the world. We will also do a mass walk across the famous Abbey Road Crossing.

More details will be announced soon, so please join us on 7th July!




Rex Makin RIP

Rex Makin, lawyer, life long friend of Brian Epstein, and one of the most recognisable people in Liverpool has passed away, aged 91.

Rex helped Brian Epstein design his contract with the Beatles, and moved his offices to the former NEMS offices in Whitechapel, Liverpool, when Brian Epstein moved out.

RIP Rex.



The Head of the EU – a John Lennon Fan?

European Council President Donald Tusk has quoted lyrics from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to suggest the door remains open to the UK staying in the EU.

Ahead of a Brussels summit he said of that prospect: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

Theresa May, who has insisted that the UK will honour the referendum vote to leave, will outline her plans for the issue of expats’ rights later.

Paul McCartney Officially announces a Tour of Australia and New Zealand


2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 21-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Sir Paul McCartney will bring his acclaimed long-running ‘One On One’ Tour to Australia and New Zealand this December.

In a first for both Paul McCartney and Frontier Touring, the announcement was made in a Facebook Live event where Paul went ‘One On One’ with Australia’s own Tim Minchin to reveal all the finer details of the upcoming tour.

Fans registered with will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through on Tuesday 27th June  @ 15.00 (AWST) / Australia 17.00 (AEST) / NZ 19.00 (NZDT) / London 08.00 (BST) using the password: PAUL1ON1ANZ

nib Stadium, Perth: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! 
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland: GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE!