New Orleans' Times-Picayune today reports on special encores Sir Paul performed during his appearance last Saturday at the New Orleans Arena. The songs featured the talents of a former member of the Wings horn section, New Orleans saxophonist Thaddeus Richard. According to the Times Mr. Richard " inserted soprano sax lines into an already carnival-like Lady Madonna."
The previous evening, Sir Paul gave a surprise performance at the Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar. According to bandleader-in-residence Jeremy Davenport, Friday evening was going to be just a regular night at the grinding mill." Then he spotted a familiar face:"I'm about halfway through the first song and I look up and there's Paul McCartney sitting at the bar with his wife."During the band's first set break, Sir Paul invited Mr. Davenport to his table. "Do you mind?," Sir Paul asked as he picked up Mr. Davenport's trumpet and started to play the New Orlean's classic, When the Saints Go Marching In. After chatting a while, Sir Paul asked if Mr. Davenport knew the song The Very Thought of You. Mr. Davenport said he did, so Sir Paul joined him in a duet during the next set. The full house embraced the moment and went wild. Mr. Davenport said:"It was the most impromptu and incredible experience I've ever had. Not to get touchy-feely or warm and fuzzy, but this was such an inspiration. That one's definitely going down in the books."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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