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Following in the Beatles' footsteps in Wirral
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 06/02/08 4:32 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [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.

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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!

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Paul wows Liverpool crowd for an emotional 2 hours
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Sunday, 06/01/08 6:44 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [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.

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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.

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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] [Related Posts] [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.

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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] [Related Posts] [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.

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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] [Related Posts] [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.

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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] [Related Posts] [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.

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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] [Related Posts] [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!

Meeting Forthlin Road caretaker John Haliday
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 05/31/08 1:24 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On Thursday, the What Goes On Beatles news feed carried a story about John Haliday, the live-in caretaker of Paul McCartney's family home on Forthlin Road. I was able to show John Haliday in person this local article which he hadn't heard about, which was about the 10th anniversary of his living and working at Paul's house.

John very much enjoyed finding out from an American visitor to Forthlin Road about this new article that had just been published about him. Thank you Dave Haber and the What Goes On Beatles news!

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John Haliday in front of 20 Forthlin Road

John told me that when he recently visited Australia, dozens of people asked if he was Paul McCartney and said he looked and talked like him. Possibly living in a near replica of Paul's house and giving many tours of the house must somehow make John more Paulish.

Many of Paul's early Beatles Songs were written at his house on Forthlin Road. Yesterday was an extra busy day for John, he gave 6 tours yesterday, normally he only gives 4 tours a day.

Olivia, Yoko and Giles Martin at All Together Now screening
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 05/30/08 6:47 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono introduced the UK premiere screening of "All Together Now" at the FACT theater in Liverpool on Friday night. Several Beatles figures were there, including Giles Martin, son of George Martin, Mike McCartney, Bill Harry and several top executives from Apple and EMI.

The new documentary is 90 minutes long and covers how the Cirque De Soleil production of "LOVE" began as a project that the late George Harrison envisioned but died before development could begin. Developing "LOVE" and producing it took nearly 5 years and Olivia Harrison was instrumental in getting the production off the ground to realize her husbands' wish to see this happen.

Backstage at the premiere of "LOVE", a scene from "All Together Now"

Footage included Sir George Martin working with his son Giles closely to mix Beatles tracks copied from the original tapes from Abbey Road. Giles was like a "second set of ears" for Martin. The film showed new interviews with Paul and Ringo regarding their feedback on the "LOVE" production and how their feedback was critical for evolution of 'LOVE'. A handful of the Cirque performers were also featured, along with interviews with the co-founders of Cirque and senior executives with Apple.

The president of the Mirage said "LOVE" cost a shocking $180 million for development, production and its new theater. After the screening, a special VIP reception was held at which Olivia, Giles and senior Apple and EMI executives were present, along with other Liverpool notables such as Mike McCartney, Bill Harry, Bruce Spizer, and others.

Watching the new film, 'All Together Now' was like going on an exclusive behind the scenes tour with Paul, Ringo, Sir George Martin and his son Giles along with the incredibly talented Cirque performers plus scenes taken from many of the different songs dramatized.

Coming up tomorrow, the Beatles Record Fair, and a tribute screening of Concert For George! Stay tuned!

Visiting Mendips
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 05/30/08 6:29 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

My second report from Liverpool!

Colin Hall is the caretaker of John Lennon's Mendips home and gave an informative tour to our tour group today. He spoke for just over 20 min and then allowed our group to visit the rest of the house.

Colin recently won an award from the BBC for his recent radio interview regarding when Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the first time at a nearby Woolton fete.

Take a look at the gorgeous blooming purple rhododendrons in front of Mendips house. Colin says they only bloom a few weeks out of the year and is the same rhododendrons from when John was living at Mendips. There is another similar large plant now blooming in the backyard near what used to be where John had his treehouse.

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