Citi Field, NY July 17-18 & 21, 2009
Following his historical appearance with Ringo
Starr at Radio City Music Hall in April, Paul McCartney rolled back
into New York City for yet another round of appearances, kicking
off with a mini-concert performed atop the marqee at The Ed Sullivan
Theatre, where the Beatles introduced themselves to America some
45 years ago. But that was just a taste of things to come, as McCartney
returned to the scene (well, almost) of yet another historic Beatles
gig just a few miles away, at the new Citi Field, built on the site
of Shea Stadium, where the Fabs launched the era of stadium rock
shows back in 1965.
the many fans, were Beatle Brunchers
Lauren and Nick, who thanks to Laurens
mom, Marianne, were seeing their first Macca show, sitting in Joe
Johnsons personal seats in the front section.
Many other fans could be spotted surveying the
scene, wondering exactly where Shea once stood in relation to the
new state of the art facility. While locals and loyal Mets fans
had no trouble navigating the plots, there are (quite touchingly)
metal plates embedded in the pavement of parking lot B
marking where each of the bases once stood. Many stopped by 2nd
base, where the Beatles stage was set up, to raise a glass and take
significance of the shows was definitely on McCartneys mind,
with much of the between-song banter recalling the shows (the challenges
of being able to hear themselves, above the screaming girls and
playing through the baseball P.A. system), and nods to a couple
of key New Yorkers one by birth, and one by adoption - in
his life, the former Linda Eastman
and one John
And while Paul is not in the midst of a full
blown tour, the set list closely mirrored those of earlier gigs
done this year. The 2-hour 40-minute show ran the gamut from Beatles
classics to Wings hits and even a couple of songs from the recent
Electric Arguments disc,
released under the moniker, The
Fireman. Even seasoned McCartney concert-goers
generally found something in the set list theyd never seen
him do live, which had been road tested on intermittent gigs since
his last full-blown American tour in 2005.
opening night show on Friday had a very strong buzz
as it was another first in McCartney and New York history.
Even the dodgy weather, with a light but steady rain for a good
chunk of the show, couldnt put a damper on things.
To mark the occasion, Im
Down, a centerpiece of the Shea set
list (and concert film) was added to the repertoire, marking only
the second time Paul performed it in his solo career. The previous
performance was at the 2001 Concert
for New York following the 9/11 attacks.
Another highlight was a guest appearance by hometown hero
Billy Joel, who
gave the last concert at Shea last year, for which he invited Paul
to join him and rightfully bring things full circle.
Following a gracious introduction acknowledging
their mutual respect, Paul and Billy rocked on I
Saw Her Standing There.
the sound tweaked a bit based on the initial show, the combination
of a weekend date and beautiful weather made for a delightful night
on Saturday, with the tailgaters out in full force, with many opting
for the nearby Worlds Fair Marina
to add a bit of scenery to the proceedings. Joining
our own pre-show festivities were Beatle
Brunch Club members and Fest for
Beatles Fans fixtures Mark & Carol Lapidos, Gary Hein, Al Sussman
and Warren Melnik, and a couple of Pauls
old label mates Smithereens lead singer Pat
DiNizio and Apple Records own David
Peel joined in the fun as well. Discussing
the unprecedented demand for tickets for these shows, Peel pointed
to the upper deck and observed Ill be sitting closer
to John & George than to Paul.
The finale on Tuesday night faced a threat of
heavy rain, which, thankfully did not come to pass (only a light
mist fell during the actual show). The sound, again, was improved
based on having a couple of shows in the rear view mirror. And while
all three shows were being filmed (presumably for DVD release),
there were no special guests held for the 3rd night, despite strong
rumors that Ringo might
appear. As with the previous nights, Paul was in top form, and especially
forthcoming in his thanks to everybody involved in putting the shows
while not a full blown tour (see itinerary), there was a wide selection
of shirts, programs, posters and other merchandise emblazoned with
Summer Live 09. Speaking of shameless plugs, the
28-page program includes a couple of adverts for the Beatles
Rock Band game
coming in September, the graphics of which were used as part of
the stage scenery during the concerts (duly pointed out by Paul
on the final night). In addition, a demo booth was set up for folks
to try their hand at it.
Photos by Bob Gannon
It! The Doggone Songs are Mine
By Joe Johnson
The untimely passing of Michael Jackson is pitting
the King of Pop against the greatest pop catalog in the world
heres where it all began.
In 1982, Paul McCartney and
Michael Jackson recorded a duet for Jacksons Thriller
album called, The Girl is Mine. Penned by McCartneyJackson,
it was a fluffy pop number, that despite reaching number two, million
selling status on the charts, was seen as silly by fans and reviewers,
especially the playful argue-fest that Macca and Michael engaged
in near the end of the song. Well, two years later, that playful
arguing turned real, when Jackson bought The
Beatles song publishing catalog while McCartney was
asleep at the switch.
While recording with Jackson in 1982, Paul has routinely
said that he and Michael had conversations about where to invest
their money. Macca told Jacko that song publishing was where he
put his spare cash (Pauls MPL owns Buddy Hollys catalog
as well as hundreds of other songs that have paid off well). Jackson
reportedly told Paul then and there, that he would one day own his
When the publishing rights for
The Beatles catalog owned by ATV Music came up for sale in
1984, Paul planned to get his babies back, and rung
up Yoko Ono, who represents John Lennons
half of the Lennon McCartney publishing. Macca told
Yoko that the catalog was for sale for £20-million, and figured
if they each contributed £10 million, they could split the
purchase 50-50. Yoko reportedly told Paul that she thought they
could get the catalog for £5 million. A short time later it
was bought by Jackson for $47.5 million. Jackson ended up owning
nearly all of the Lennon McCartney songs, except for two
early numbers owned by Dick James Publishing, Please Please
Me, and Ask Me Why, and any songs written by Harrison
In the years since 1984, Jacksons financial problems
forced him to sell off half of his shares in ATV Music to Sony,
leaving him with 50 percent of his original purchase. Keep in mind
that while Jackson was getting money for the royalties that would
otherwise be going to Lennon & McCartney had he not acquired
their catalog, McCartney (and Lennons estate) were still getting
half, I get plenty, Paul said to Joe Johnson in an exclusive
interview in 2005, when asked if he ever wished to buy back the
Internet rumors were ripe early this year that Jackson
had willed his share of the catalog, 50 percent, to Paul and Yoko
if he should die first. There has been no substantiating source
to that rumor, and It would be difficult to make happen anyway,
considering that the catalog is not solely owned by Jackson, but
was also the property of Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
It's Sony that has the right of first refusal on the
catalog, according to internet gossip columnist Roger
Friedman, who has written much about Jackson through the
years, "To settle his estate, whoever the trustee and executor
are may eventually be forced to make that sale," Friedman says.
If the trustee decides to sell and Sony, for some reason,
passes on it ... if both things happen -- and probably only if they
both happen -- an outsider might be offered the opportunity. Underscore
might. It may not happen at all.
Jackson died with reported red ink of $400 million,
which would most likely eat up his share of song publishing ownership,
including the 251 Beatles songs, everything from Love Me Do
to Give Peace a Chance. He has three children and two
mortgages, plus reportedly took a $5 million advance on a tour that
was supposed to start a few weeks ago in London. Of course there
are many creditors standing in line, ready to moon walk to a pile
of cash, if there is one.
According to Friedman, Sony Music has the right of
first refusal to buy Jacksons half of the company. To settle
his estate, whoever the trustee and executor are may eventually
be forced to make that sale. Jackson owes HSBC and Barclays Bank
over $320 million secured by that asset.
Then theres the case of Neverland. Colony Capital
LLC has the note on the property. Its unclear how much their
refinancing of Neverland gave to Jackson, but it could have been
around $25 million over the $23 million on the ranch. Its
what Jackson was living on for cash in the last year. Neverland,
now, will most likely be sold, or opened up as a tourist mecca,
much like Graceland. Jackson has one other asset, his MiJac Music
Publishing, which contains his own songs, and those of artists like
Sly and the Family Stone.
author/historian Bruce Spizer,
who is Board Certified in estate planning and administration by
the Louisiana Bar Association, believes that Jackson's estate may
be able to retain its publishing interest in the Lennon-McCartney
catalog if it can get creditors to hold off for a while. According
to Spizer, "Michael Jackson's death has caused a huge surge
in sales of his recordings, videos and downloads, which will continue
for several months. In the week after his death, Jackson albums
made up 9 of the top 10 albums sold that week and was number one
in downloads as well. Meanwhile, Thriller has returned
as the number one selling album of all time, so the money is flowing
in, while Jackson is no longer spending extravagantly.
This influx of cash in performance and publishing royalties
to the Estate and the anticipated huge sales of The Beatles Remastered
catalog and Rock Band game this fall will bring in tremendous publishing
royalties to the estate. Although much debt is owed, there will
be a great influx of cash coming soon."
The truth to Jacksons finances will play out
in different verses over the next many months. One thing is for
certain, Jackson, like Elvis Presley, could be worth more in death
than alive where he is no longer free to spend millions a month
on a lavish lifestyle.
This story was supplemented with material from Roger
Freidman, Steve Marinucici and Bruce Spizer as well as snopes.com.
A Fab Faux-tified Night in Ft Lauderdale
Thats not to take anything away from his musical
prowess as bass player and lead singer in The CBS Orchestra
on The Late Show with David Letterman, a gig hes held
since 1982, but based on the Fauxs performance July 18th in
Ft. Lauderdale, he could easily get his wish.
The Fab Faux played Ft. Lauderdale a week ago. Lee and the boys
tore though some 30 Beatle songs with the passion of the man who
co-wrote most them, who coincidentally that same night, was also
playing a different set of them live 12 hundred miles away in New
York.. But you might have thought that Sir Paul himself was in two
places at once, as the sold out crowd at the Parker Playhouse was
on their feet, and in some cases, in tears, as the boys put their
game at the Toppermost of the Poppermost.
The Fab Faux are Will Lee
on Bass, Jimmy Vivino on guitar and keyboards, Jack Petruzelli on
keyboards and rhythm guitar, Frank Agnello on guitar, and Rich Pagano
on drums. All Faux members handle vocals and some are more
than memorable, like Jacks searing vocal on Oh! Darling.
But the show is anything but your typical Beatles tribute show.
The Faux dont don Beatle wigs and Shea Jackets. Those gimmicks
only cloud the mind. The Faux play accurate, note perfect performances
of songs you dont normally hear at a Beatles soundalike show,
and rather perfectly, I might add.
youre likely to hear at a Faux Shaux include The Word,
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (complete with a mix in
of Georges gentle demo), Tell Me Why, Another
Girl, Rain, Im Only Sleeping,
And Your Bird Can Sing and Honey Pie, to
name a few, complete with Wills now shes hit the
big time on megaphone in the intro.
Adding to the realism and to the category of songs
The Beatles Never Played Live, are The Hogs Head Horns (featuring
Tom Bones Malone from The Blues Brothers Fame) and Crème
Tangerine Strings, who take on the flavor or Penny Lane
and I Am The Walrus with stunning accuracy.
Catch the Fab Faux in their off time, fronting a band
that clearly offers the most amazing portrayal of how Beatle records
shaped our lives, and theirs too, of course.
|Magical Mystery Tour
All My Loving
Good Day Sunshine
The Ballad of John & Yoko
I am the Walrus
Tell Me Why
Got to Get You Into my Life
And Your Bird Can Sing
Im Only Sleeping
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Strawberry Fields Forever
Yes it is
Ill Be Back
Baby Youre a Rich Man
Golden Slumbers Medley
Let it Be
Read more about The Fab Faux at www.thefabfaux.com
and see Joe Johnsons excellent videos of the band and on air
interviews with Will Lee on youtube at the joeatradio
Catch Will Lee and the boys on their return to Ft.
Lauderdale on July 24, 2010. Get tickets at www.parkerplayhouse.com
Live Chat With
Sunday, August 2nd at 5PM EST
Please join us in a live, on-line
chat with author, Ken Mansfield. He wrote, an excellent
read about his time as U.S. Manager of Apple Records and
his friendship with The Beatles. Now, Ken traces his career
in his new book, .
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where it all
began in 1969, will feature
a collection of beautiful, never
before seen photographs by Gerry Deiter.
The travelling show will make its U.S.
debut, in Bethel New York
of the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival, also celebrating
its 40th Anniversary in August.
Beatle Brunch listeners who play Mind
Games have an opportunity to win a fabulous poster from
the collection PLUS 2 free admission tickets to The Museum
at Bethel Woods, but remember you gotta play to win!
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Joe looks forward to entertaining
and sharing a little R&R with Beatles fans on board
the Silver Cloud for 10 luxurious days at sea and in exciting
ports of call. We thank the brilliant staff and operators
of Silversea including all others who made it possible for
Beatle Brunch to be a part of their theme. We look forward
to more Five Star Beatles sailing with Silversea Cruises.
Stay tuned for The Beatle Brunch Silversea Radio Special
and follow up on this website.