The Beatles As Musicians

It’s probably fair to say that The Beatles are revered for their songs first and foremost. This is hardly surprising; however, I’ve always felt that their musicianship has been somewhat overlooked as a result. Hardcore Beatles fans will always sing their praises in this area, but how often do you hear the average person rave about John Lennon’s guitar playing? They’re far more likely to talk about his talent as a songwriter. Continue reading “The Beatles As Musicians”


George Martin – One Year On

George Martin passed away a year ago today, aged 90. I remember being incredibly shocked and saddened by the news. Only the day before, I’d been talking to a friend about my admiration for him and how lucky we were to still have him around. The next day, he was gone. It was one of those horrible coincidences that sometimes happens. Continue reading “George Martin – One Year On”

My Favourite George Harrison Songs

Today marks what would have been George Harrison’s 74th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite songs from his solo career. Of course there’s so much to choose from that I could go on forever, but I’ll try to stick to a top ten. Here we go… Continue reading “My Favourite George Harrison Songs”

Where The Beatles Fit Into Today’s Music Industry

The TV ads have begun for the 2017 Grammy awards, and all the usual suspects are being mentioned: Adele, Beyonce, Drake etc. But there’s added interest for us Beatles fans as Eight Days a Week is nominated for Best Music Film, and the reissue of Paul’s Tug of War album is up for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Hardly a year goes by when The Beatles are not recognised by the industry in some way, which just goes to show how relevant they continue to be. Continue reading “Where The Beatles Fit Into Today’s Music Industry”

Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip

A few weeks ago I wrote about my first time seeing Paul McCartney in concert back in 2009. It was the most perfect experience of my life and I never for a minute thought it would happen again… but it did. Just six months later, on 12 June 2010, he returned to Dublin to play an outdoor gig at the RDS on his ‘Up and Coming’ tour. Continue reading “Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip”

Christmas With The Beatles

Everyone loves a good Christmas song (well, most people). Many rock and pop artists have released festive-themed tunes over the years, and the four members of The Beatles were no exception. As a group, they recorded a song called ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ which appeared on their Christmas fan club record in 1967. But each of them also released Christmas songs as solo artists. Here’s a look at them. Continue reading “Christmas With The Beatles”

One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009

20 December 2009 was the best day of my life: it was the day I saw Paul McCartney live for the first time. I was 17 years old and it had been a lifelong dream of mine to see my hero up close. When I heard on the radio one day in October that there was a “very strong rumour” he would be coming to Dublin, my heart almost stopped. The next day it was officially confirmed that he would be playing the O2 (now called the 3Arena) on 20 December as part of his ‘Good Evening Europe’ tour. Oh my god! Continue reading “One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009”

Remembering John Lennon

For every Beatles fan old enough to remember, 8 December 1980 was a day of complete shock and sadness: John Lennon was killed outside his New York apartment building in the most horrific of circumstances. Just three weeks earlier, he had released his first new album in five years, and as interviews given at the time indicate, life was good and he was full of plans for the New Year. Devastatingly, those plans were obliterated by the actions of a disturbed gunman. For those who had grown up with The Beatles, it was like losing a part of themselves. Continue reading “Remembering John Lennon”

Dark Horse: Celebrating George Harrison

Music magazines frequently publish so-called ‘definitive’ lists of the 100 greatest guitarists, and you can usually predict which names will end up near the top. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck… all deserving of their places, of course. But you won’t often see George Harrison’s name in the top ten, or even the top twenty, which is bizarre considering he was one of the all-time great guitarists and was part of the most iconic band in history. Continue reading “Dark Horse: Celebrating George Harrison”

The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan

I’m what you might call a second or third generation Beatles fan (I can never quite work out where the line is drawn). By the time I was born, two decades had passed since their break-up. This had one big advantage: it ensured that I would grow up with the internet, which gave me a place to indulge my obsession and connect with like-minded people from around the world. Visiting Beatles fan sites, participating in forums and chatting with others — some my own age, some older — who loved The Beatles as much as me, watching endless clips on YouTube (where else could you watch Paul McCartney making mashed potatoes?) and, of course, writing this blog… the internet has made it easy for us all to come together (pun absolutely intended) and express our shared interest. Continue reading “The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan”