Thursday, 29 November 2012

Paul McCartney rocks Edmonton, Canada

On 29 November 2012, Paul McCartney performed his last concert of the On The Run tour in Edmonton, Canada

McCartney's band was Paul 'Wix' Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums)

The setlist contained two unusual songs: Wonderful Christmastime and Mull Of Kintyre, both in the encore sections. For Wonderful Christmastime the band was joined by North Pointe Children's Choir, while the Edmonton Police Pipe Band made an appearance for Mull Of Kintyre.

Hello, Goodbye
Junior's Farm
All My Loving
Drive My Car
Sing The Changes
The Night Before
Let Me Roll It
Paperback Writer
The Long And Winding Road
Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
My Valentine
Maybe I'm Amazed
Things We Said Today
And I Love Her
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs Vandebilt
Eleanor Rigby
Band On The Run
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Back In The USSR
I've Got A Feeling
A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance
Let It Be
Live And Let Die
Hey Jude

Lady Madonna
Wonderful Christmastime
Day Tripper
Get Back

Mull Of Kintyre
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Beatles in Prestatyn

Saturday 24 November 1962 (exactly 50 years ago) was the day that The Beatles performed a 30-minute set at the Royal Lido ballroom in Prestatyn, North Wales. Also appearing that night were Jack Ellis and the Autocrats.

The Royal Lido was once called "the finest ballroom in North Wales" and opened in 1960 and later became The Nova Centre. Many famous Sixties bands played here, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Rolling Stones...

From the contract it appears that The Beatles were paid £30 and got a plate of jam sandwiches. It was also Ringo Starr's first Wales concert since joining the Beatles. Of course Ringo knew Wales very well, because he performed at the Butlins holiday camp in Pwllheli in July 1960 with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Beatles Remastered on Vinyl

Today Apple Records released the complete remastered Beatles catalogue on 180 gram vinyl.

The box includes all 14 remastered albums, including the definitive versions of 12 UK albums and both "Past Masters" and the US version of Magical Mystery Tour. There is a limited edition box with a 252-pages book.

Somewhere in 2013, Apple will also release the mono versions of the albums, which should please fans of the earlier albums like Please Please Me and Beatles For Sale