|Beatles Yesterday and Today in Liverpool|
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 06/06/08 2:47 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The Beatles have had a bigger impact on Liverpool than any other band has had on a city, except for perhaps Graceland, which, come to think of it, isn't a city.
Of course you'll come across the Beatles, individually and together, especially as you walk down Mathew Street where they got their start at the Cavern Club. But you'll see images of them on places you least expect to find them and the effect becomes surreal. One great example is finding all four Beatles from the "Beatles For Sale" album blown up along the sides of some city buses.
Also you'll run into images of them in odd and unusual places where you wouldn't think to find any Beatles related images or themes, such as at the Liverpool central Limestreet Train station, where there is a large Capital of Culture 08 wall banner with "Penny Lane".
Or the Liverpool upper lobby of the office building where the Liverpool Echo and DailyPost resides has an interesting portrait of John Lennon that greets visitors as you come up the elevator. This portrait is part of a "100 Heads" exhibition.
Or the downstairs of a highly rated restaurant, 60 Hope Street, when you're waiting for a table to open upstairs and come across yet another image of John.
Paul McCartney's image is also featured prominently in many of the European Capital of Culture 2008 banners and billboards which are scattered throughout the city. Their rivalry continues 28 years after John's death as to which one has their image displayed the most and Paul may be winning because of the 08 banner ads.
Last night French and German camera crews came to the Cavern before a standing room only audience to film the Mersey Beatles, a local Beatles tribute band that plays Thursday nights. (I covered them in a blog post last week.) Why does the legacy of the Beatles continue into the next generations, despite the band having broken up almost 40 years ago?
Because it's the music, the message of love and peace contained in the songs, and it's the sheer charisma of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and the deep friendship they had for one another, all of which continues to attract new audiences. Listening to Beatles music is sheer pleasure that will never change. So Liverpool, keep on rocking in 2008 and beyond!
This is Katie, signing off from Liverpool. Thanks for reading!
Beatles historian Paul Du Noyer meets the Beatles fans
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 06/03/08 8:20 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Journalist and author Paul Du Noyer spoke Sunday afternoon to a group of Beatles fans at the Liverpool Beatles Story Starbucks about his newly republished "We All Shine On: the Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song 1970-1980," and his work with Paul McCartney. Born and raised in Liverpool, Paul has been writing about music for over twenty years. He was assistant editor of the NME, editor of Q and founding editor of MOJO, and he currently writes for The Word.
Mr. Du Noyer spoke about his work with Sir Paul McCartney. He briefly discussed the troubled history of Paul McCartney's June 1st concert and some challenges facing the planning going into this and other cultural events for the Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008. And, if you have ever picked up a program guide at any of Paul's concerts since 2002, odds are that Paul Du Noyer helped design and write much of that program.
Paul conducted numerous interviews with individuals involved with each of John's solo albums, along with new interviews with John that had been released as part of the recently released John Lennon boxset CD.
Paul told us he thought John Lennon's solo songs were the most "authentic," in that John wrote and performed his songs during the seventies, regardless of whether or not his new songs would be #1 hit singles. He said "Beautiful Boy" was amongst his favorite of John's solo songs, but called the Double Fantasy album "terribly disjointed." To get the story behind each of these songs, you can read Paul's book, "We All Shine On."
Denny Laine gives private concert for fans in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 06/02/08 6:59 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Denny Laine played tonight at Liverpool's CavernClub before our private Beatles tour group. Denny played an acoustic set and played many of his own excellent songs he had written.
Local musician John Keats opened the set before Denny and then again after Denny finished. Attendees were able to get their photo taken with him and get his autograph.
Very few fans know that he co-wrote "Mull of Kintyre" with Paul McCartney, which was an all time best selling British number one hit song. He said he recently saw Paul last December but missed Paul's big concert last night.
Tonight was a special evening having a private concert with Denny Laine, but, unfortunately, it's also the last night on our special VIP Macca tour organized by CavernCity Tour and Liverpool Tours.
A good time was enjoyed by all!
Following in the Beatles' footsteps in Wirral
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 06/02/08 4:32 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
The ladies of Barneston WI Hall kindly greeted our tour group with tea and biscuits this afternoon on our vist to the Margaret Milner Hall in Cheshire, Wirral where the Beatles played 46 years ago on March 24th, 1962, wearing their newly tailored collarless suits that Brian had recently purchased for them.
The visit for tea/coffee and biscuits by the gracious ladies of the Barneston WI Hall was amongst the highlights of the 6 day VIP Paul McCartney tour apart from last night's Paul McCartney concert at Anfield stadium.
The Margaret Milner Hall is relatively unchanged since 1962, the stage where the Beatles performed remains, along with the dressing room where they changed, and the ladies were able recently to locate a copy of the original poster for the historic March 24th, 1962, concert.
It was lovely to visit this place, see the Wirral countryside, have tea and biscuits and chat with the ladies, includng Barneston WI Hall President Eileen Lamberton and Pam Witter. Visting this place was also a great opportunity to see the otherside of Merseyside, the Wirral, which features scenic countryside and near where Paul had moved his late father to a new house in 1964.
Don't miss out on making a visit to this historic venue where the Beatles played for your next trip to Liverpool!
Paul wows Liverpool crowd for an emotional 2 hours
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 6:44 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
All in all, Paul wowed his hometown audience with nearly 2 hours nonstop music, mostly Beatle songs, along with a few of his solo songs sprinkled in.
Paul played 26 songs, starting with Hippie Hippie Shake, Jet, Drive My Car, Flaming Pie, Got To Get You Into My Life, Let Me Roll It, My Love, C'Moon, The Long And Winding Road, Blackbird, Calico Sky, I'll Follow The Sun, Eleanor Rigby, Something, Penny Lane, Band On The Run, joined by Dave Grohl of Nirvana on guitar, and Back In The USSR.
|Paul performing A Day In The Life|
Then the spectacular Live And Let Die with fireworks and flames erupting from the base of the stage, Let It Be, Hey Jude, and then even more! For an encore, Paul performed Yesterday and Lady Madonna, and in the 2nd encore, A Day In The Life, Give Peace A Chance, Lady Madonna, and finally, I Saw Her Standing There. 10 minutes of fireworks followed the final song.
When Paul sang "Something", the entire audience was singing along. As an American who has seen Paul McCartney perform at venues in Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas and London, I have never seen so many people singing the entire song. It was particularly emotional. Hometown Liverpudlians sang Hey Jude the loudest and it was like hearing them singing their national anthem.
For the first time in concert, Paul played the first half of "A Day In The Life" followed by "Give Peace a Chance", during which a large peace sign appeared on the stage. Most likely he played these "John songs" because Yoko was in the audience. His tribute to his old Liverpool mate was very touching.
All in all, Paul put on a concert to remember for his hometown and out of town visitors lucky enough to get a ticket. Thank you, Sir Paul McCartney, for your fabulous concert and putting on a great show!
Sir Paul makes the clouds part in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 1:56 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
This is it! Comedian Peter Kaye introduces Paul McCartney to the crowd in Liverpool. Paul opens the concert with song he hasn't performed in concert before, Hippie Hippie Shake.
|Paul McCartney performing Hippie Hippie Shake|
Next, Paul brings the entire stadium to its feet now by playing Jet. He looks great and has sidies! Paul's next song is "Drive My Car", and the entire audience erupts and sings along! His next song is Flaming Pie.
The clouds clear up now. Paul says hello to Liverpool, congratulates Liverpool on the Capital of Culture award, and remembers how he was born just a few miles away from Anfield.
Now he is singing "Got To Get You Into My Life!"
Kaiser Chiefs on stage now at Liverpool Sound
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 12:32 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
My second report live from Liverpool Sound as it happens at Anfield Stadium! They have laid down a special ground covering to protect the grass for soccer. It's unusual, there is no space between my knees and the seat in front of me, so if I need to get up, everyone has to get up too to let me pass.
Zutons have finished. It's 7:40 and now the Kaiser Chiefs have started to perform.
Cool Kaiser Chiefs logo on stage. I don't recognize any of the songs from either Zutons or Kaiser Chiefs but it's great to be here. They just played "Ruby Do It To Me", one of their big hits.
Paul is next!!
Zutons open Liverpool Sound concert
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 11:52 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
We got great seats on the side, not too far away. Better than standing for 5 hours in the center where more than 10,000 people are standing.
The Zutons have started playing, and the very cool stage has 2 large video projection screens, one on either side of the stage.
It's stopped raining a few hours ago, still overcast, but it will warm up with everyone in the stadium.
Kaiser Chiefs are next, then Paul!
Fans brave rain to experience the Beatles Story
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 9:43 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
One more stop in Liverpool today before the big concert tonight!
Visitors to Liverpool's Beatles Story exhibition queued up in record numbers today despite having to wait outside in the rain for an hour.
Visitors in town for Paul McCartney's concert also packed the new expanded Beatles Story Shop today with long queues (that means "waiting in line" for you "yanks"!)
Liverpool had fantastic sunny weather yesterday but the blue skies turned to an overcast rainclouds and started raining late Sunday morning. Anfield stadium is an outdoors stadium but is mostly covered except for a small part of the soccer field. But fans are determined to see Paul McCartney's only appearance in Liverpool and brave the cold and rain.
Regardless a good time will be had by all 36,000 fans who are turning out for Paul's concert with doors opening at 5PM and opening acts start at 6PM. I can't wait!
Celebrites attend UK premiere screening of Concert For George
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 05/31/08 8:19 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Our third night in Liverpool! Wow, what an incredible UK Premiere screening of tonight's "Concert for George" at FACT Theatre!
Olivia Harrison, along with the filmmakers and singer Joe Brown, gave a brief introduction to "Concert For George". Sir George Martin attended along with his son Giles. Other celebrities included Yoko Ono, the Lord and Lady Mayor of Liverpool and the president of Apple and EMI.
|Reception after screening of "Concert For George"|
Although the DVD has been out for awhile, this was the first screening in the UK of "Concert For George". Ringo sings two songs, Photograph, which he co-wrote with George, and Honey Don't by Carl Perkins, whose songs George was a fan of. When Paul joined the stage, Ringo played the drums along with another drummer and seeing them onstage reunited was heartwarming. The late Billy Preston stole the show with his soulful rendition of My Sweet Lord. The audience clapped along during the entire film.
With George Martin, his son Giles, Olivia and Joe Brown in the audience along with many Liverpool locals, watching this film in George's hometown was a very emotional experience!
OK, only the main event left! Stay tuned for Paul from Anfield tomorrow!