INTERVIEW: Paul McCartney: ‘I’m a sport wimp and proud of it.’

We know that The Fabs were never huge sports fans.  We’ve heard that they’ve fancied bits of football, and have been seen at some sporting events.  George was into racing, but can we really call that a physical sport.  No, I don’t want to get into an argument about the nature of car racing as a sport, but it’s not like football, rugby, or cricket. 

Paul McCartney

Face it folks, the members of The Beatles were never the athletic bunch.  They were quite the British bunch, though, and it’s no surprise that Paul would become the spokesperson for an amazing bunch of British athelets.

Isn’t that a great photo by the way!

Here’s what we’ve read.

He was useless at football, worse at cricket – but luckily he had other talents to draw on in a city obsessed with sport and music. Now he’s leading a campaign to help the British Paralympic team. Interview Tim Lewis

It has sometimes seemed that Sir Paul McCartney is one of only four Liverpudlian men (the others being John, George and Ringo) who have never shown much interest in sport. However, the 65-year-old Beatle is soon to become the unofficial face of the British Paralympic team, fronting a cinematic TV ad campaign that aims to showcase our top disabled athletes and raise £2m to send them to Beijing. He agreed to do one interview, exclusively with Observer Sport Monthly, on why he wanted to be involved – plus whether his loyalties are with the red or blue half of Liverpool, and whose idea it was to put Albert Stubbins on the cover of Sgt Pepper’s.

OSM: We understand that you wanted to be involved with the British Paralympic team after meeting a disabled equestrian rider, Sophie Christiansen. How did your paths cross?

PM: I like the Olympics, I like that it stands for the unification of people through sport. So I was looking for something to do connected to the Olympics, then it occurred to me that there might be more to do with the Paralympics, because the Olympics is sponsored by all sorts of big companies. I just gave them a ring and on our first meeting Sophie came along and I was knocked out to hear that we have gold medallists that we don’t know about. She’s one of them, she’s got an equestrian gold.

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VIDEO: Dhani Harrison interview on with facial hair…

Dhani Harrison of thenewno2 sings the music industry blues, the frustration of free music and the benefits of doing everything yourself via the internet.  It looks like Dhani has adopted his father’s 1970’s style mustache.  If you haven’t heard his new group’s music, it’s refreshing to hear.  It’s original, and quite the unique mix of styles, electronic and rock.  Quite surprised at how much I like it.
God, we hope he tours the U.S. this fall, as rumors tell us.  Plus, we know how much you ladies like to feast your eyes on the young Mr. Harrison, some will find the ‘stache super sexy, others may not…you be the judge.

‘Breakfast With the Beatles’ reaches 25 years.

I never really sat down and thought about the scarcity of a radio show like Breakfast with The Beatles.  It really is quite astonishing that a show devoted to one group, and their solo output would endure this long.  I don’t think any other musical group could sustain a radio show.  Possibly The Rolling Stones, but I don’t think they were as universally loved, and after their 1970’s output, not everyone cared, and things became a bit spotty. 

I could see The Who playing subject of a weekly radio show, but somehow, not for 25 years.  There’s no one else that I can see holding court over the radio like our beloved Fab Four.  It boggles the mind really.

Breakfast with the Beatles

Here’s what we’ve read.

RADIO programs that survive in Los Angeles for a quarter-century come along about as frequently as a SigAlert-free day on the freeway. On that front alone, this year’s 25th anniversary of “Breakfast With the Beatles” constitutes a minor miracle, to say nothing of the longevity of a weekly show devoted to the music of one band that released just a little more than 200 songs during a short but spectacular eight-year recording career.

“The fun thing about the Beatles is that it’s just never-ending,” said Chris Carter, 48, the show’s host since 2002 and only the second person to anchor this exploration of the recorded legacy of the most influential and popular rock band ever. “It’s now 38 years after the group broke up, but there’s still news every week about what’s going on in that world” — a reference to the “Beatle News” segment of his show that’s been airing on classic-rock station KLOS-FM (95.5) since late 2006. (The show is heard Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon.)

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VIDEO: Unseen Beatles footage found.

It looks like some new and previously unseen Beatles’ film footage has surfaced, and of course the BBC is there to share it with you all.

The Beatles at the BBC

I would also check out this GREAT fan page, Mystery Tour Memories. It talks all things Magical Mystery Tour, and collects some previously unseen photos and footage as well.  It looks quite impressive.

According to the Arthouse Pictures website, the project originated in 2001 by writer Keith Gray for what was planned as a book about the making of the film. After meeting with producer David Lambert in 2007, the project turned into a proposed TV documentary. Production was to begin in September of that year with the first interviews done with musician Spencer Davis, former UK secretary of the official Beatles Fan Club Freda Kelly and Mike McCartney, Paul’s brother.

In addition, filming was completed in Newquay, Cornwall and Trent with stories from eyewitnesses, in Totnes, Devon, interviewing former Beatles tour manager Tony Bramwell and in London interviewing Victor Spinetti.

Paul McCartney to perform in Israel.

It seems that Paul is really gearing up with his tour machine these days.  This concert, as with his last two shows, are the antithesis of last year’s intimate secret free concert dates promoting the release of Memory Almost Full.  It’s like these are running rehearsals for Paul and his monster touring staff.

I highly doubt that this recently announced show will differ greatly from the Liverpool show, or the Kiev show, but it’s awesome that he’s adding another venue and country in his cap.  Paul and company are really pulling out all the stops this time, on what could be his last large-scale world tour.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The most famous (living) Beatle of them all, Sir Paul McCartney, will perform in Israel this summer.

Forty-three years after the Israeli government prevented the fab four from holding a concert in the Holy Land; McCartney’s mangers have confirmed that arrangements are being made to include Israel in his upcoming tour.

Should everything go according to plan, McCartney will hold a one-time extravaganza in Israel this September. The concert will be held either in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv or the Ramat Gan Stadium; either on the 18 or the 25 of September. Details are to be finalized within the coming days.

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Guitar Hero and Rock Band: The Beatles Edition? More news.

When I first read this rumor, I simply wrote it off as nothing more than a pipe dream.  It seems like things may be moving on a Beatles’ video game title in the near future.

It seems like an odd combination, The Fab Four and Guitar Hero/Band Hero, but oddly at first impression, it works.  At least, I hope it would work.  I picture every air-guitaring mop top fan mimicking to While My Guitar Gently Weeps in their own living rooms.  Upon first impression, I do not think of The Beatles as guitar shredding rock monsters, but tehy had their moments.  We’ll have to wait and see I guess.  Maybe they will couple the game with a Beatle-inspired Rickenbacker guitar hero axe.  That would be outstanding.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Financial Times is reporting that Activision and MTV are getting closer to sealing a deal with The Beatles that could be worth ‘several million dollars’.

The Beatles songs were one of the most protected back-catalogues in music history, but recently the publisher loosened its grip on the material and allowed songs from Lennon and McCartney to be sung on the popular American Idol show.

Martin Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing hinted a few months ago that they’d be interested in creating a standalone Beatles edition for one of Activision’s biggest franchises, Guitar Hero.

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Ringo kick-off All Starr band tour.

Yes folks, Ringo and his All-Starr Band are still trotting out year after year.  You may roll your eyes a little bit.  You may even be a little sad that a Beatle is “reduced” to playing at Casinos and smaller venues.

Well, if you haven’t seen Ringo and his All-Starrs, don’t criticize.  It is a wild ride filled with professional musicians who are nothing but showmen in their own right.  You are guaranteed nothing short of a great time, and a setlist filled with hits when you see a Ringo show.  It really is a hot time.  It’s nice to see Ringo adding a new song to his own repertoire, and interesting that he, like Paul, would add a-bit of a Lennon song, Give Peace a Chance, to his setlist.  If anyone gets a chance to see Ringo on this tour, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear your own tour reports, pictures, and videos.

SETLIST for Ringo and his All-Starr Band, opening night”

  • It Don’t Come Easy
  • What Goes On
  • Memphis In Your Mind
  • Lonely is the night – Billy
  • Free Ride – Edgar –
  • Land Down Under – Colin
  • Dream Weaver – Gary
  • Boys
  • Pick Up the Pieces – Hamish
  • Liverpool 8
  • Act Naturally
  • Yellow Submarine
  • solo spot
  • Are you Looking At Me – Colin
  • In The Dark – Billy
  • Frankenstein – Edgar
  • Never Without You
  • Choose Love
  • The Stroke – Billy
  • Work To Do – Hamish
  • I Wanna Be Your Man
  • Love Alive – Gary
  • Who Can It Be Now – Colin –
  • Photograph
  • Oh My My
  • With Help From My Friends
  • Back Off Boogaloo/Give Peace A Chance

Don’t forget to check out some of the other editorial reviews fromthe opening night of the tour from Jam! Showbiz and Buffalo News, and Toronto Sun. Here’s the press conference coverage from St. Catherine’s Standard.  All things Ringo!

Here’s what we’ve read.

GT O’Rourke had been waiting months to indulge his inner Beatle. Thursday night, it was time to twist and shout.

Beatle fans came from hundreds of kilometres away to savour Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, kicking off a summer tour with two dates at the Avalon Ballroom. They played their second show last night.

For O’Rourke, who claims to be the biggest Beatles fan in Niagara Falls, this was no mere concert.

“It’s a big deal,” he said, sporting purple shades, a mop top and assorted Beatles buttons on his jacket.

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