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2000-Mar-11: Paul at RRHOF; Paul dancing; Paul tribute hoax

Paul at RRHOF (06 March 2000)

Paul Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at this year's Rock'n'Roll Hall of Hame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria last Monday, March 6. He inducted "Apple" artist James Taylor and said "you can't really call it one thing. 'Rock and roll' is too slim for what's going on tonight. I love him, he's really a beautiful guy. We had a lot of really good times back then, I think."
Paul couldn't stay for the jam session at the end although organizers had apparently planned "Long Tall Sally." (thanks to Richmond Johns for the photos)
Paul and James Taylor

Paul dancing on a bar

Later that night, Paul was seen dancing on the bar at Hogs & Heifers in the Meatpacking District. Reportedly he entered the cavern at about 1 a.m. The barmaid Michele Gascoigne (see photo to the right) was trying hard in persuading Paul to dance on the bar! Reportedly, she said "Mr. McCartney, we have a tradition here that only women can dance on the bar. But we're willing to break that tradition - for one knight." Paul laughed but declined. Gascoigne then climbed up on the bar with a megaphone and said "Wait a second, Mr. McCartney. With all due respect, sir, you mean to tell me you can get up on stage in front of 65,000 people at Shea Stadium, but you're afraid to get up here with little ol' me?'" To the cheers of the crowd, Paul jumped up the bar, and started to twist to Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin". He took the megaphone to sing a few lines, and then started a saucy striptease by playfully taking his suspenders off his shoulders. Paul later called the barmaid a "cheeky little devil." (thanks to Richmond Johns for the photo) Paul and the bar maid

Paul tribute album hoax

For about 6 months, someone's been trying to spread a rumor on an upcoming tribute album on Paul McCartney. A wide range of well-known artists was listed, from Brian Wilson to XTC and World Party. Since this webmaster had his doubts on authenticity of these announcements, this webmaster decided not to report about this here.
However, the U.S. Billboard magazine has recently picked up these "announcements" and reported about this upcoming album. Finally, MPL (Paul's publishing company) issued a press release that they know nothing about such a tribute album, and in the meanwhile artists - who were listed as being on this album - issued statements that this is the first thing they ever hear about it, and they have denied any involvement. So, as expected, this thing turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.


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