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 would be my year, and luckily it was! This past summer, Paul announced three end of year shows in the UK — Liverpool, Glasgow and London — as part of his Freshen Up tour, and I knew I had to go to at least one of them! Continue reading “Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18”
It finally happened: after years of campaigning from fans, Ringo Starr has officially been knighted. The announcement was made in the New Year’s Honours List, with the investiture ceremony taking place at Buckingham Palace last week. Ringo is of course no stranger to the Queen’s digs, having accepted an MBE there in 1965 with his bandmates, but this knighthood is long overdue. Continue reading “Arise, Sir Ringo!”
Ringo Starr is arguably the most underrated drummer in music history — which is ironic considering he was a member of the most iconic band of all time. For years his skills have either been criminally overlooked or derided, and he is often seen as being somehow less important than his fellow Beatles. In honour of his birthday, it’s time to challenge that view and celebrate some of his greatest drumming moments.
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If there’s one decade that gets a bad rap, it’s the 1980s. It’s often seen as a low point for many musical legends of the past; a time of bad hairstyles and fashion choices, and work that now sounds very dated. It certainly had its challenges for the former Beatles, but it also had its triumphs. Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1980s”
As the 1960s came to an end, so did the band who helped define the decade. The break-up of The Beatles had been coming for some time, and it finally became public knowledge in April 1970 when Paul McCartney announced his departure (John Lennon had informed the others of his intention to leave several months earlier, but was urged to keep the decision a secret for the time being). Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1970s”
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”
Who’s your favourite Beatle? It’s a question that’s almost impossible for fans to avoid. Sooner or later someone will ask you, and you need to have an answer for it. If you don’t, they will keep hounding you until they get one. But that’s not enough. You will then have to argue the case for your favourite Beatle, and there will always be that one person who disagrees with everything you say and will try to start an argument over who’s the best. Continue reading “Favourite Beatle: The Eternal Debate”