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1998-Jan-22: Carl Perkins dead; Paul on tour in 1998?

Carl Perkins, rock'n'roll and "rockabilly" pioneer, has died this Monday 19th at age 65 because of complications from three recent strokes. His song "Blue Suede Shoes" influenced Elvis Presley and the Beatles. The Beatles had recorded cover version of his songs "Matchbox", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" and "Honey Don't."
In the very early Beatles days, George Harrison even changed his name to "Carl Harrison" in honor to Perkins.

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney have renewed their friendship - said UK paper "News of the World" last Sunday. Paul is reported to have sent Jacko a copy of "Flaming Pie" including a personal note, and Jacko shall have invited Paul to his concerts in return. My comment: I don't know if there is any truth in this but it does not seem too likely. Paul's album was out in May last year, and in the meantime Paul was interviewed several times, and asked about Jackson (e.g in the David Frost interview, aired in January this year). There, Paul said that he had been trying to get into touch with Jacko several times but Jacko wouldn't speak to him. Besides, Paul will probably not forgive Jacko for what he has done (rights to Beatles songs). A prove that Paul will not forget people treating him badly took place late last year, when Paul left an awards show early because another award was given to Phil Spector, who remixed the infamous Let It Be album, adding women's choirs and heavy orchestration to Paul's Long And Winding Road, for example. Paul had vetoed that Spector release these remixes but in the end that's what happened, without any prior notification of Paul. Paul has been very angry about this.

1998 Flaming Pie Tour?
You might have heard it, there will be a Diana Tribute concert in June (in England). Paul was invited to perform but turned it down. According to a spokesman "regretfully he can't appear because he has other plans and commitments at the time."
According to Richard Porter of the London Beatles Fan Club, UK news channel Sky News have said the reason is because Paul will be touring! However, there is no confirmation from Paul's spokesman, yet.
So, don't get too excited yet. This may very likely turn out to be pure speculation. However, I'd advise on keeping and eye on what's happening on the news wires.


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