Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Julian featuring for first time in Brazil “Cycle” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suite”
Here: Leica Gallery – R. Maranhão, 600, Higienópolis, São Paulo
Today: 26 de abril de 2017, at 19hrs.

Julian has come to terms with the fact his dad John was just too famous to be a normal dad. He admits there was a time he resented for not being there when he was a kid, but age and wisdom has helped him to realise parenting was never going to be his dad's strong point.
"There was little to no relationship, to be honest with you," Julian, who was John's son with his first wife Cynthia Lennon, tells Access Hollywood Live. "It was probably my late teens... when we saw each other again and I think he was trying to make up for things."From my perspective, it's all forgiven. I mean what a crazy life he led." 'I've forgiven dad for not being there'
And, like his father's fans, Julian is constantly inspired by "what he achieved... and obviously some of the messages that he put out there."
Julian admires the work pal Bono has done, adding, "He's certainly an inspiration... He really has changed the world in so many ways."


Mattel partnered with The Beatles to introduce a collection of Hot Wheels cars inspired by their 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. Now the toy company has released a new series of Hot Wheels based on five of the band’s classic albums.

The toys feature designs inspired by The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled record, a.k.a. The White Album; Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Rubber Soul; Magical Mystery Tour; and the U.S. version of the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack. Each car’s packaging also includes a miniature replica of the album cover that corresponds to the vehicle’s design.

The vehicle models are based on different types of Hot Wheels cars, with The White Album being a “Hiway Hauler”; Sgt. Pepper’s, a “’67 Austin Mini Van”; Rubber Soul, a “Ford Transit Super Van”; Magical Mystery Tour, a “Haulin’ Gas”; and A Hard Day’s Night, a “Dairy Delivery.”

The Beatles Hot Wheels can be found HERE and HERE.


Mike McCartney’s passion in photography has led to an out-of-the-box thinking that fuels his thirst to discover, develop and see the common surroundings in a fresh perspective.
Composing an image is simple but with a little thought plus a creative angle, Mike, gives a freshness and progression to the common perspective.
He encourages young people to be observant of their surroundings and see things with a fresh angle.

Mike said teenagers who have a higher-than-average exposure to arts, be it photography, music or drama tend to take their imagination a step further that allows them to create something from abstract ideas.
It was Paul who gave Mike a Rollei camera in 1962, which made him pursue photography.
“Photography, music and drama allows a person to explore their own creativity,” he said. 

Mike, 73, who is a member of the Liverpool comedy, poetry and music group, the Scaffold, and Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), is holding a specially curated exclusive exhibition of his photography to commemorate the university’s 25th anniversary.
An exhibition titled, “A Story of My Liverpool Life” was held at the Sky Lounge in Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur to showcase his favourite compositions of his home city past and present.

The exhibition was officiated by British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victoria Treadell.
Mike said he was grateful to his late father, Jim McCartney, a cotton salesman and part-time pianist, who encouraged him to pursue music by giving him and his brothers a guitar and banjo, and later a drum kit.
“It was my dad who gave us the gift of music.
“With this freedom, we developed ourselves and did what we wanted with our lives,” he said.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles on June 1st 1967, the BBC will celebrate with programmes across radio and TV. Considered by critics and music lovers to be one of the greatest records ever made and a major cultural moment not only for this country but globally, the album features classic songs including , ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘She’s Leaving Home’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. The range of programmes will explore the stories around the recording, release and subsequent life of this seminal album. 

In early June, BBC Two presents Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, a new documentary from Huge Films directed by Francis Hanly, which will present Sgt. Pepper as you have never heard it before – literally.  The film will include extracts from material never before accessible outside of Abbey Road: studio chat between the band; out-takes; isolated instrumental and vocal tracks as well as passages from alternative takes of these world-famous songs.

The programme will be written and presented by one of Britain’s leading composers and most admired music broadcasters, Howard Goodall. He will be getting to grips with the album’s musical nuts and bolts.
Howard Goodall says: “Whatever music you like to listen to, if it was written after June 1st, 1967 then more likely than not it will have been influenced, one way or another, bySgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The record’s sheer ambition in its conception, composition, arrangements and ground-breaking recording techniques sets it apart from others of the time. It’s a landmark in twentieth century music, and I’ve hugely enjoyed exploring the story behind the music.”

Producer Martin R. Smith says: “This will be Sgt. Pepper as you’ve never heard it before. We’ve been granted unprecedented access to The Beatles’ own archive, photographs and multi-track studio tapes so we’ll be able to give an insider’s view into the making of this landmark album and through Howard Goodall's insight just why it was so revolutionary.”
Using visually-striking set dressing, projections and props the film will be conjuring up the multi-coloured, phantasmagorical world of Sgt. Pepper. Chronologically following on directly from the highly-acclaimed documentary cinema feature, Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution will show what happened when the studio took over from the stage and the screams.
To help assess the phenomenon of Sgt. Pepper we’ll be finding out why the album came to be made. We’ll rediscover The Beatles at a pivotal moment in their career: both as a band and as four individuals, each with his own musical tastes, and ambitions. Having given up touring, they poured their energies into the studio: Sgt. Pepper, as Paul McCartney remarked, would be the performance.

BBC Radio will also commemorate the anniversary across Radio 2, Radio 4 Extra and 6 Music.
BBC Radio 2 will present two documentary series - Sgt. Pepper Forever and Paul Merton On The Beatles.

Over two programmes, broadcast on 24th and 31st May, Martin Freeman presents Sgt. Pepper Forever which will reveal the revolutionary studio techniques used during the remarkable sessions dating from November 1966 to April 1967 and also examine the album’s huge impact on the history of music. They will feature ‘work-in-progress' versions of Sgt. Pepper tracks – and the songs on the double A-side single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’/’Penny Lane’, which were also recorded during the sessions – to illustrate the pioneering techniques used by The Beatles and George Martin.

This two-part documentary special, written and produced by Kevin Howlett of Howlett Media Productions, features interviews with Paul, George, Ringo and George Martin and in a new interview, composer Howard Goodall talks about – and illustrates on piano – the musical innovations of the album’s songs.
Having worked with the original four-track tapes to create a new stereo mix of Sgt. Pepper for its 50th anniversary, producer Giles Martin (son of Sir George Martin) describes the innovative recording techniques used at the time and how he approached making his new version. 
There will also be interview material with the album cover’s co-designer Peter Blake, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, Tony King (George Martin’s assistant in 1967), Mike Leander (the arranger of ‘She’s Leaving Home’), poet Adrian Mitchell, DJ John Peel and some of the producers and musicians who were influenced by the achievements of the album, including T Bone Burnett, Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

Paul Merton on The Beatles is a four-part series, produced by Radio 2’s Mark Hagen, which airs weekly from Monday 29th May. The four programmes allow Paul to take a quirkily individual look at The Beatles’ career and legacy – in his world, The Beatles didn’t break up at the end of the 60s but instead went on creating albums and returning to the concert stage and these four programmes all attempt to answer the “What if?” question. In the opening show, remembering the covers that the band performed on their early albums, Paul looks at the way this trend continued in their individual solo careers, with John, Paul George and Ringo playing songs originally recorded by the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and more. 

The second and third programmes imagine the band’s return to live performance with two idealised concerts including songs like ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’, ‘What Goes On’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun’. And in a special final show Paul Merton attempts to answer that most beloved Beatle fanatic question: what album would the band have made after ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Abbey Road’ if they hadn’t broken up? Paul Merton says: “I’ve had great fun selecting tracks from John, Paul, George and Ringo’s solo careers to firstly create a magical live ‘Beatles’ concert, and secondly a new ‘Beatles’ double album. I am immensely looking forward to sharing my choices with the Radio 2 listeners.” BBC Radio 4 Extra will delve deep in to the iconic album artwork to bring listeners a special day of programmes from 9am-10pm inspired by the famous faces that are featured on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. On Saturday 3rd June, Samira Ahmed will introduce a diverse 13 hour mix of documentaries, dramas and comedies that all focus on this celebrated crowd, from Marlene Dietrich to Albert Einstein, Marlon Brando to Oscar Wilde. Programmes will include Alan Bennett reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, Joan Bakewell interviewing Jonny Weissmuller for Start The Week in 1975, a drama about the classic comedy duo ‘Laurel & Hardy’ starring John Sessions and Robbie Coltrane, and a look at the life of William Burroughs from the musician Laurie Anderson. In between, brand new interviews will reveal more about the members of this Lonely Hearts Club Band, discover why these people were chosen for the cover, and explore what it was like to be there on the actual day this art work was created.

Produced by Luke Doran for the BBC, across one day let BBC Radio 4 Extra bring the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to life in this unique and imaginative celebration. On BBC Radio 6 Music, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be broadcasting their show on Thursday 15th June (1-4pm) from Liverpool, celebrating the music of the city from Sgt. Pepper to the present day. Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution was commissioned and executive produced for BBC Two by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music TV. It is made by Huge Films, director is Francis Hanly and the producers are Martin R. Smith and Jonathan Clyde.Paul Merton on The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper Forever were commissioned by Robert Gallacher, Editor, Commissioning and Scheduling, Radio 2. Radcliffe and Maconie is a Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 6 Music.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


With donation, one fan will win free trip to Ringo's 77th birthday celebration in L.A., benefitting Lynch's organization

Ringo will host one charitable fan at his 77th birthday brunch on July 7th in Los Angeles to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. By making a minimum $10 donation through Omaze, participants will be entered into a giveaway; the winner (and a guest) will be flown to the event, where they'll join Starr and his friends at brunch, say "peace and love" alongside VIP guests in front of Capitol Records and stay at a four-star hotel.
In a video announcing the campaign,Ringo promoted his yearly birthday tradition, encouraging everyone to spread "peace and love" on July 7th noon local time. "Wherever you are: on the bus, in the factory, having dinner, having lunch," he says. "No matter what part of the world you're in."
Filmmaker David Lynch founded his titular organization in 2005 to help "prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk population" through promoting the implementation of Transcendental Meditation.

Ringo and Lynch spoke about the wonders of TM in 2015. "Transcendental meditation takes you from the surface to the deepest level of life and it takes you there easily and effortlessly. You transcend," Lynch said. Ringo said of the practice, "When you reach any depth, it is unbelievable. You only know when you come out that you've actually gone somewhere else."
Ringo's former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney recently tracked bass guitar for the drummer's upcoming 19th solo LP, which follows 2015's Postcards From Paradise. Starr and His All-Starr Band recently announced a fall U.S. tour that kicks off October 13th with an eight-date stint at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 


Paul at Budokan, Tokyo Japan - first concert, 25 April.


US TOUR 2017
Tickets On Sale To The General Public Beginning April 29 
July 5: Miami (FL) - AmericanAirlines Arena
July 10: Tampa (FL) - Amalie Arena
July 13: Duluth (MN) - Infinite Energy Arena
July 15: Bossier City (LA) - CenturyLink Center
July 19: Wichita (KS) - INTRUST Bank Arena
July 21: Des Moines (IA) - Wells Fargo Arena
July 23: Omaha (NE) - CenturyLink Center
July 25: Tinley Park (IL) - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 11: Newark (NJ) - Prudential Center
September 15: New York (NY) - Madison Square Garden
September 19: Brooklyn (NY) - Barclays Center
September 23: Syracuse (NY) - Carrier Dome
September 26: Uniondale (NY) - Nassau Coliseum
October 1: Detroit (MI) - Little Caesars Arena

Paul has added a massive new run of US dates to his ‘One On One’ tour.
The newly announced dates kick off July 5th at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena — Paul’s first Miami appearance since his ‘Up & Coming’ Tour hit Sun Life Stadium in 2010 — then head northwest to Tampa, where Paul will play July 10th at the Amalie Arena, returning to the city for the first time since his 2005 ‘US Tour’. From there, ‘One On One’ takes Paul to three cities and venues he’s never played before: July 13th at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth MN, July 15th at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City LA, and July 19th at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita KS. On July 21st Paul plays the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines IA followed by a July 23rd stop at CenturyLink Center in Omaha NE, returning to both cities for the first time since 2005’s ‘US Tour’. The tour’s July run concludes on the 25th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park in Tinley Park IL — Paul’s first appearance in the region since his now-legendary 2015 Lollapalooza headline.
‘One On One’s 2017 US run will resume with Paul’s first-ever show at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ on September 11th. Paul will then take up residence in New York City, playing his first full show at Madison Square Garden since 2005 on September 15th, then getting back to the scene of his unforgettable 2013 Brooklyn shows to play the Barclays Center on September 19th. Paul will then head upstate to make his debut appearance in  debut appearance in Syracuse NY, playing the Carrier Dome on September 23rd, followed on September 26th by Paul’s first show at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum since 2002’s ‘Driving USA’ Tour. ‘One On One’s fall dates will draw to a close October 1st at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, Paul’s first show at the brand new venue and first visit to the Motor City since 2015.
Fans registered with will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets through Paul's website on the dates below:
Wednesday 26th April - 9am (ET / 2pm BST): Miami, Tampa, Duluth, Syracuse
Wednesday 26th April - 9am (CT / 3pm BST): Bossier City, Wichita, Des Moines, Omaha, Tinley Park, Detroit
Monday 1st May - 9am (ET / 2pm BST): Newark, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn, Nassau


Paul is set to invade Iowa's biggest indoor stage this summer.
One of music’s most celebrated acts, Paul returns to the Hawkeye state for a one-night only show at Wells Fargo Arena on July 21, Iowa Events Center management confirmed at a news conference Tuesday morning. Tickets to see Paul, which are limited to six per purchase, go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. via, at the Wells Fargo Arena box office or participating Des Moines and Ames Hy-Vee locations.
Paul is slated to perform in Iowa’s capital city for the second time in his five-plus decades of musical dominance; his inaugural Des Moines show came on Oct. 27, 2005, at Wells Fargo Arena. It was the first announced concert in the history of the arena. The impending Des Moines show comes as part of McCartney's "One on One" tour, which launched in 2016.
The show is set to come weeks after Iowa Events Center closes its biggest fiscal concert year to date, said events center general manager Chris Connolly. The arena is set to host a total 23 concerts from July 1, 2016, to June 30 2017, when the fiscal year ends. Connolly points to Garth Brooks' sold-out six show run in 2016 as a major factor to attracting acts such as McCartney, Drake and Ed Sheeran. In previous years, the arena averaged 13 concerts. 
"Twenty-three shows with the compacted schedule we have ... it's unreal," Connolly said. 
The opportunity to bring McCartney back to Des Moines is "unbelievable," Connolly continued. 
"Paul McCartney's an absolute icon," Connolly said. "To bring him back again in 2017 ... who knows how many more opportunities we'll have to get him back here to Wells Fargo Arena." 
Macca played Iowa once before Wells Fargo Arena, at Jack Trice Stadium (then Cyclone Stadium) in Ames on July 18, 1990. His latest regional performance came last summer when he delivered an "near-perfect" set at the annual Summerfest in Milwaukee. A few dozen fans gathered at Cowels Commons on Tuesday morning to watch city officials unveil when McCartney would be bringing his tour to Des Moines. 

the announcement today

For one fan, Sarah Davis, 34, of Des Moines, simply discussing the Beatles music brings tears to her eyes. Davis traveled last year to Sioux Falls and Boston to see Paul. 
"It's like the soundtrack if your life. Is that cheesy? Probably," Davis said. "It's what's always playing in the background. That's what I rock my kids to sleep with."
Pre-sale tickets are available for American Express card members, a news release said, and go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and McCartney typically performs for three hours.


Paul will pull into the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on July 13.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 1 at, the arena box office or by calling 1-770-626-2464. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning at 10 a.m. April 26 through 10 p.m. April 30.

It’s a relatively intimate venue for Paul, who sold out Philips Arena on his last visit in October 2014. The music titan was initially tapped as the perfect choice to open the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium before continued construction delays nixed that plan. As well, Philips Arena will be closed this summer to undergo its first round of renovations.

Paul is in Japan this week for a trio of shows at the Dome in Tokyo.
In typical fashion, the indefatigable 74-year-old has continued a packed itinerary. In March, he released a reissue of his 1989 “Flowers in the Dirt” album, which included demos of his work with Elvis Costello (such as “My Brave Face”).
McCartney also recently joined fellow Beatle Ringo Starr in the studio to contribute to the drummer’s upcoming album, the follow-up to 2015’s “Postcards from Paradise,” and confirmed to BBC 6 Music that he is working on his own new material with producer Greg Kurstin.


UPDATE: Paul is in fact playing MSG on September 15, plus Prudential Center on September 11, Barclays Center on September 16, and NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 26. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10 AM.

Paul McCartney — 2017 Tour Dates
4/25 Budokan, Tokyo
4/27 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
4/29 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
4/30 Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
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


New Jersey, get ready: Paul is back
Today announced a run of area tour dates on Tuesday morning that includes a Monday, Sept. 11 engagement at the Prudential Center in Newark.
While the downtown Brick City venue known as the Rock isn't exactly a small room, it's a relatively intimate performance space for McCartney, whose last Garden State engagement was an August 2016 performance at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

In addition to the Prudential Center performance, Paul's fall tour will include shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
McCartney's last album was "New," released in 2013.
Tickets for Paul in Newark go on sale 10 am Friday, May 5, with a presale for American Express cardholders beginning 10 am Monday, May 1.
Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and at 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit
Paul will follow his Newark show with a Sept. 19 show at the Barclays Center and a Sept. 26 engagement at Nassau Coliseum.


Peter Sala, managing director of the Carrier Dome, and Mark Shulman, senior vice president of The Bowery Presents, announced the event on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.

"This is one of those performers we've been working very hard to bring to the university, to the campus." said Sala. "To me, it's an honor. Paul McCartneys don't come along every day. It's an unbelievable moment to bring him to the Syracuse University campus."
Known worldwide for dozens of iconic hits like "Yesterday" and "Let It Be," the beloved former Beatle went on to launch an impressive solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British and American charts during the '70s and '80s. 

Paul will perform at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Sept. 23. 

Peter Sala,managing director of the Carrier Dome,announced the show
Back in 1993, McCartney was booked to play at the Dome, but cancelled the show, claiming he needed time to get ready for his Fox TV-televised concert. About 20,000 tickets were already sold. The show was postponed indefinitely. This appears to be his return, 24 years later.
"I think you'll see a diverse group of ages here," Sala said. "I think it'll sell out quickly."
McCartney, 74, has played a few times in Upstate New York recently. He performed at Albany's Times Union Center in July 2014 and at Buffalo's First Niagara Center in October 2015.
The Beatle, currently touring in Tokyo this month, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, both as a member of the Beatles, and as a solo artist. In March, McCartney confirmed to BBC Radio that he's working on a new album.
McCartney will be the second of the Fab Four to perform in Syracuse in the last year. Ringo Starr kicked off the 2016 summer season of the Lakeview Amphitheater last June.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Typically, McCartney plays three-hour shows.
In 2012, Paul visited Syracuse on his private jet to stop by NEMF.


Detroit's new arena is getting a visit from rock royalty.

Paul McCartney will play Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 1, part of his ongoing One on One tour with his longtime band, which backs him for a marathon set list showcasing material from his Beatles, Wings and solo years. The stop is among a batch of U.S. dates being announced by McCartney this morning.

Tickets for the Detroit show are $59.50-$250 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through and the box offices at Joe Louis Arena and the Fox Theatre. Seats can also be purchased by phone at 800-745-3000.

The date marks a relatively quick return for McCartney, who was here in October 2015 for a Joe Louis Arena show.
Paul is part of a growing list of A-list acts for the opening weeks of Little Caesars Arena, which is replacing Joe Louis and, at some point, presumably the Palace of Auburn Hills.


Paul McCartney at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan

A Hard Day's Night
Drive My Car
Junior's Farm
Let Me Roll It
I've Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I'm Amazed
We Can Work It Out
Every Night
In Spite of All the Danger
Love Me Do
Here Today
Queenie Eye
Lady Madonna
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Hi, Hi, Hi
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End  


Monday, 24 April 2017


Peter Blake, 84-year-old ,also gave Mersey ferry Snowdrop a dazzle ship makeover entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle.
Sir Peter, who was born in Kent, said he hopes Liverpool people will accept him as an "honorary Scouser".


Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden said: "Sir Peter has helped shape Liverpool's cultural significance on the global stage for more than five decades - from Sgt Pepper to Everybody Razzle Dazzle.
"His work with The Beatles was one of the seminal moments in popular art in the 20th Century and 50 years on still resonates around the world as we will see with our 50 Summers of Love programme."
She said he had continued to make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of the city "underlining the depth of feeling he has for Liverpool and the city has for him".

The artist who created the album cover for The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album has been given a top honour in the band's home city.
Sir Peter said: "As well as my music links with the city, I'm proud of my association with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool and hope to continue my relationship with the city."
He said he treasures "the warmth and good humour of the people of Liverpool".
Citizen of Honour awards were introduced in 2008 to recognise individuals who have enriched the image of Liverpool and its citizens.


A few hours before the concert...


Can you imagine? You’re sitting in front of the TV (or, better yet, you’re in the studio audience) getting your weekly dose of laughs from the still-new program Saturday Night Live. The actress Raquel Welch is the host this evening and the scheduled musical guests are Phoebe Snow and John Sebastian, the latter the former leader of the Lovin’ Spoonful who is currently enjoying a best-selling hit with “Welcome Back,” the theme song for a popular TV sitcom.
All of a sudden there’s a commotion, some gasps and screams. Is this really happening? John Lennon and Paul McCartney have just walked onto the set!
It wasn’t really happening; it never did. But it could have. It nearly did. For a few minutes they thought about it.

The two old friends had, for the most part, been estranged since the final days of the Beatles. Their feud had been public and nasty—accusations and condemnations had been traded. Lennon had even written a song, asking his former songwriting partner, “How Do You Sleep?”
But their rancor had begun to fade somewhat by 1976 and, on this evening, they were together, just hanging out. Paul and his wife Linda just happened to be visiting McCartney’s old friend at John and Yoko Ono’s apartment at the Dakota—just over a mile away from NBC Studios—and the TV was on.

At first, John wasn’t so pleased that the couple had showed up unannounced at his home. He told Playboy magazine in 1980, “That was a period when Paul just kept turning up at our door with a guitar. I would let him in, but finally I said to him, ‘Please call before you come over. It’s not 1956 and turning up at the door isn’t the same anymore. You know, just give me a ring.’ He was upset by that, but I didn’t mean it badly. I just meant that I was taking care of a baby all day and some guy turns up at the door.”
After the awkward greeting, they settled down in front of the TV, enjoying the 18th episode of this instantly popular comedy/variety program—“Live from New York!” its famous slogan went. By the 90-minute show’s mid-point they would have seen John Belushi performing his Joe Cocker impersonation and skits featuring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner.

Then they would have seen the show’s creator and producer, Lorne Michaels. He had no idea that the two ex-Beatles just happened to be together, right in Manhattan, when he said this:
“Now, we’ve heard and read a lot about personality and legal conflicts that might prevent you guys from reuniting. That’s something which is none of my business. That’s a personal problem. You guys will have to handle that. But it’s also been said that no one has yet to come up with enough money to satisfy you. Well, if it’s money you want, there’s no problem here. The National Broadcasting Company has authorized me to offer you this check to be on our show. A certified check for $3,000.”
It was a joke, of course. The Beatles had been offered many millions of dollars to reunite, and had turned down all offers.
Michaels took out a piece of paper and continued:
“All you have to do is sing three Beatles songs. ‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah—that’s $1,000 right there. You know the words. It’ll be easy. Like I said, this is made out to ‘The Beatles.’ You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo less, that’s up to you. I’d rather not get involved.”

Back on West 72nd Street, laughing along with all other viewers, and marveling at the sheer coincidence of it, Lennon turned to McCartney and said, “We should go down, just you and me. There’s only two of us so we’ll take half the money.”
Both Lennon and McCartney later confirmed that they actually considered it. All they would need to do is hop into a cab and in 15 minutes they would have been inside.
But, Paul later explained, “It would have been work, and we were having a night off, so we elected not to go. It was a nice idea. We nearly did it.”
A month later, Michaels tried the bit again, upping his offer to $3,200. But that ship had sailed. In 2000 VH1 aired a film called Two of Us, wondering what might have transpired if they’d taken Michaels up on his offer.
Instead, April 24, 1976, became the last time that John and Paul would be in each other’s company.
Watch Lorne Michaels make his generous offer to the Beatles:


#PAULMCCARTNEY in #JAPAN Rehearsal at Budokan today,

Listen a broadcast (1Hour) Here:

And Here:
(I Wanna be your man)

Paul, today in Japan

Sunday, 23 April 2017


Paul and Nancy arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Sunday where he was greeted by a throng of admirers and fans.
Paul proved he is as loved-up as ever with Nancy Shevell as they arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Sunday where he was greeted by a throng of admirers and fans. Nancy is wearing a Wings Japan Tour '80 jacket.

Mj Kim
Stuart Bell y Charlie Lightening at Haneda Airport International Terminal.

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