Pete Best Of The Beatles (Review)

“I feel like I know Pete Best now.”

That’s what my friend said last night after we had been to see Stephen Kennedy’s play, Pete Best Of The Beatles, at The Complex in Dublin. She summed it up perfectly; no matter how familiar you think you might be with the former Beatles drummer’s story, this play will give you a new outlook on events. Continue reading “Pete Best Of The Beatles (Review)”

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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”

Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney’s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical collaborations in the form of Elvis Costello. Continue reading “Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance”

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”

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)

Hardly a year goes by when I don’t receive something Beatles related for Christmas, and this one was no different. I’d been meaning to try out the Beatles edition of Trivial Pursuit for quite a while and finally decided now was the right time. Continue reading “The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)”

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I’ve only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst from his new biography. But I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading “Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)”

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”