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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Paul McCartney & Phil Collins Feud - What's It All About, Mate?

Phil Collins & Paul McCartney, seen here with Pete Townshend in the middle, in 1982.

Phil Collins, Genesis drummer and solo star, has revealed that when he and Macca played the Party at the Palace for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2002, Paul annoyed him. Speaking to the Sunday Times promote his memoir 'Not Dead Yet', Phil revealed an encounter which has left him feeling a little sour towards Paul.

“I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party back in 2002, McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of The Beatles, by Hunter Davies, and I said, ‘Hey, Paul, do you mind signing this for me?’ and he said, ‘Oh, Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan.’ and I thought, ‘You fuck, you fuck.’ Never forgot it.”
Phil didn't finish there. Further driving the wedge in when he added:
“He has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel like, ‘I know this must be hard for you because I’m a Beatle. I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.’”

Now, Phil has a bit of a reputation as a bit of a moaner. He announced his retirement on rather a bitter note and has long derided the state of the music industry today. (To be fair to him, he's not entirely wrong on the latter issue).
After Phil's comments, Paul got in touch with him via e-mail to sort it out, which Phil revealed in an interview with Billboard.

"I'm afraid it happened, you know, and I'm afraid it affected me the way it did and I'm afraid I wrote about it," Collins said.

"I think maybe I should just brush it under the carpet and forget about it and move on, but it did happen."

"He's been in touch about it because he was upset. I certainly didn't get any flowers from him; I got more of a 'Let's just get on with our lives.' And I'm sorry he's upset that I kinda said something nasty about him -- well, it wasn't really nasty. If people don't tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better then you're not gonna get any better, y'know?"

Phil never revealed exactly what Paul said in the e-mail, but we can probably imagine it was mostly confusion as to why Phil never said anything about this to him before. The original quote from Paul, was, correct. Little Phil IS (or was, he may not be any more) a Beatles fan. He is seen briefly as a 10 year old in the audience in the concert scene in A Hard Day's Night.

Indeed, seeing the Beatles and their success may have spurred the young Phil on to a music career of his own. So, speaking from an objective point of view, I can agree with Paul.

Let's just get on with our lives, Phil. What's it all about, mate?

Phil Collins, when he was a Beatles fan in A Hard Day's Night, 1964

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

John and Yoko with a cake, circa 1971. (Photo: Getty/Bettman)
We'd like to wish the late great John Lennon a happy 76th Birthday, wherever he is in existence because he's still around here. He's just gone for a cup of tea.

Also, for those of you who were born on this date too, Happy Birthday to you too!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Photo of the Day: The Beatles at the ABC Cinema Manchester

The Beatles on stage in Manchester, 1963.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Eight Days A Week - The Beatles: The Touring Years

Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years.

As many of you know, and have no doubt seen by now, Ron Howard has recently released a Beatles documentary 'Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years' and it is nothing short of a labour of love.

However, the story is one us hardcore Beatles fans have heard and seen before but there are still treats for us in store in watching, such as the Pathe film footage of their 20 November 1963 concert at the Manchester ABC Cinema. This footage has been cleaned up a bit and restored and, for me at least, is a highlight of the film. Also, the colouring of their 1964 JFK Press Conference, their Washington DC and Blackpool concerts was also a treat.

Shake It Up (Jelly) Baby: The Manchester footage now clearly shows the Jelly Babies that litter the stage, thrown by fans who'd heard George remark they were his favourite sweet.
The film also incorporates studio chatter from the Beatles' recording sessions at Abbey Road, some of us will have heard snippets of it before but a lot of it was newly released. The story was told beautifully, with Paul & Ringo taking part to share their memories and also some fans who grew up to become well known figures, such as Whoopi Goldberg and Sigourney Weaver, the latter was also captured in fan footage from one of the Beatles' concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.

Sigourney Weaver, age 14, captured by TV cameras at the Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.

The end of the film was quite poignant, with the decision to stop touring largely due to the pressures of the hectic schedule and the mania that surrounded the group. Their final advertised show being at Candlestick Park, San Francisco in 1966.

1965's Blackpool Night Out colourized for the documentary.

Ron and his team did a fantastic job with the whole thing and I hope to see more from them, perhaps a documentary on the studio years? What are your thoughts on the documentary?