The Beatle Bore Meets Pete Best

First of all, I want to wish a belated Happy New Year to all who have been following this blog (even though it's almost the end of January already... oops). So 2020 is upon us, and I'm very happy to say that my year of new Beatle adventures kicked off in style a couple of…

How I Became A Beatlemaniac

It all started with a tape. Well, two tapes, actually. The Beatles' Red and Blue albums (or, to give them their official titles, 1962-1966 and 1967-1970) entered my life from almost the word go, sparking an obsession with the Fab Four from Liverpool that endures to this day. Most people have a story about a defining moment when…

Why Did Hating Paul McCartney Become Cool?

There's no denying it: Paul McCartney gets a lot of hate. Not just from outside the Beatles fan community, but within it too. But why? What is it about him that offends certain people so much compared with his bandmates? In his excellent book, Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield writes that if you dislike The Beatles,…

Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18

Incredibly, it was eight years ago that I attended my second Paul McCartney concert in Dublin (I've written about both gigs on this blog before — here and here), so it was about time I got a chance to see him again. With a new album being released (the wonderful Egypt Station) I wondered if 2018…

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing 'play' for the first time, not knowing what you'll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations... there's nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013's New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul's…

The Rutles: The “Other” Greatest Band

Over the years there have been many films made about The Beatles, ranging from entertaining to cringe-inducing. One of my absolute favourites is not a straightforward biopic of the band, but rather a parody of them — The Rutles, or to give it its full title, All You Need Is Cash. Released in 1978 as a TV film…