This afternoon Sir Paul teamed up with BBC Radio 1 presenters Mark Radcliffe and Marc "Lard" Riley for what he believes was his first live BBC performance. (His earlier Beatles BBC sessions were pre-recorded). Sir Paul on acoustic guitar was joined by Mark on drums, Lard on guitar, and engineer Chris Lee on bass for a rough and ready live version of Freedom. Sir Paul described the performance in this way:"That's the worst load of rubbish I've ever heard in my life. If there's any record executives listening in, we are available for your label."Sir Paul's solo material is rarely played on Radio 1 these days since station executives do not believe that it appeals to their 15-24 year-old target audience. The interview gave Sir Paul the opportunity to announce to this audience that he is planning begin to play live dates with a new band in March of next year.
Sir Paul had originally been scheduled to visit Mark & Lard in their Manchester studio a few weeks ago, but postponed his appearance when George Harrison passed away. During today's show, Sir Paul talked about saying farewell to his dear friend:"The best thing for me was seeing him for a couple of hours and laughing and joking and holding his hand. Afterwards I realized I'd never, ever held his hand. We'd been to school together and got on buses together and we didn't hold each other's hands. It was like a compensation; he was rubbing his thumb up and down my hand and it was very nice."Sir Paul and Ringo have spoken together about their loss: "Just to touch base and say 'what a bummer'. It's difficult to know what to say."
The interview and the live performance of Freedom can be heard on the Mark & Lard website.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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