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2003-Feb-18: The London Concert

London's Evening Standard reports today that Sir Paul has announced the plans for his first London concert in 10 years.  During the two, two hour and 45 minute concerts, to be held April 18 and 19 at Earls Court, Sir Paul will sing 23 Beatles tunes, twice as many than have  ever been played live in the UK. Sir Paul told the Standard:
"I had a lot of fun touring this show around America last year, but now I'm bringing it on home to London and that's special to me as I always look forward to playing to a home crowd. I think people are going to like this gig.  When I was thinking of what songs to play I just imagined myself as one of the audience, thinking, 'What would I like to hear him play?'  Because I know if I go to see the Stones, I really hope they are going to do Satisfaction and Honky Tonk Women and Jumping Jack Flash, and I'd be disappointed if they left them out.''
As in the American tour, the audience will play a key role in the performance of Hey Jude.  Sir Paul explained:
"A production guy had the idea of turning our cameras on the audience during the song and putting them up singing on big screens around the stage. It's made the song very interactive; it's a great 'people moment' in the show'.

"I'm treating the tour as a kind of tour of my songs. It's representative of the whole span.  [Sometimes] there's just me on stage.  I've never stood on a stage with just a guitar, there's always been somebody else to lean on. That was a daunting prospect but, coming out of doing poetry readings, I fancied the idea. People seem to enjoy the one-on-oneness, it's just you and me, babe."

Will he rework some of the Beatles classics?
"I'm interested in it. I'm a bit ambivalent about whether the audience wants me to do it.  There are a couple of numbers we might be able to reinvent. I tend to try do them like the record. The Beatles always tried to do that, assuming people say, 'Oh, I love that, but they did it funny.' But I've got a fancy for Hello Goodbye, it's got like a modern beat. Coming Up could also be updated."
Has he any retirement plays?
"I never think it's my last tour. I've always said I'll be wheeled on when I'm 90. And that might be a dreadful prediction that comes true. You age, but you don't think you do. I certainly don't."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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