Paul and Linda McCartney autograph in Soho Square
In June 1983 I had a day off work, and decided to spend it in Central London with my Beatles friends, Debbie and Zakka. It was a lovely sunny day, so we decided to go to Soho Square gardens for a picnic. It also just happened to be where Paul McCartney’s offices were (and are to this day).
We were delighted to see there was a light on in Paul’s private office, a good sign he was in the building. This was confirmed not long later when Paul came over to the window, spotted us, and did a crazy dance while laughing :>)
Reflections on seeing Paul McCartney in concert
Remembering George Harrison
Today we are remembering George Harrison, who passed away in 2001. I was lucky enough to meet George on a couple of occasions – at the premiere of the Handmade Films’ How to Get Ahead in Advertising and a few years after that, at a concert by Ravi Shankar. In each case, they were very public events, and I barely got to say ‘hello’ – I would have loved to have the opportunity to sit down and have a long conversation with him, but it was not to be.
I was lucky enough to see George live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992, his only solo UK concert. I’ve never been in a place where there was so much love. The ‘vibes’ were incredible. A brilliant moment was While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Before the song, George said, ‘ ..and I’d like to bring on a blast from all our pasts – RINGO!’ – and the roof raised! During the song George sang ‘I look at you all…’ and rather than pausing, as he does on the record, he said ‘Quite nice actually’ – in his usual understated way.
Meeting Paul McCartney
Over the years as a Beatles fan, I have had the pleasure of meeting Paul McCartney on many occasions. Here are a few pics of me with Paul.
This pic was taken in May 1982, outside AIR Studios in Oxford Street, London. I had been a Beatles fan for years, but pretty much on my own. After the tragic murder of John Lennon, I wanted to meet other fans, and put an ad in Beatles Monthly for penpals. One guy I wrote to, John Challis, told me he had met Paul McCartney many times in Oxford Street. I didn’t believe him at first, as I had been past the building he’d told me about, and didn’t even know there was a studio there. However, he persuaded me to come up to Oxford Street at about 6pm (the time he said Paul came out the studio) and I would meet him.