Last updated: February 10th, 2009
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Eric Clapton: Wedding Party (with Paul, George & Ringo)
At his home, Eric Clapton throws a party for 200 guests to celebrate his marriage to George's first wife, the former Patti Boyd. (The couple married in Tucson, Arizona, on March 27.) At the end of the evening, Paul, George and Ringo, as well as the other celebrities present, including Mick Jagger, Denny Laine, Ginger Baker and Lonnie Donegan, join Eric for an impromptu concert on a stage set up in a large marquee tent in his grounds. They run through various old rock'n'roll hits and even some Beatles' covers. Friends and family take souvenir pictures of the event, although only the above one have appeared in print. This is the closest the world would ever get to a live performance by the former Beatles after they broke up.
Paul McCartney & Friends
Paul is performing live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London as part of the grand finale of the fourth annual Buddy Holly Week celebration. The 8pm concert, which features amongst others Jerry Allison, Don Everly and Sonny Curtis, is captured on videotape by Paul's MPL Communications company and will form a major part of the short TV documentary, transmitted in America on MTV under the title of The Music Lives On, on September 8,1984. Paul is seen performing "It's So Easy" and "Bo Diddley", while Denny is seen singing "Raining In My Heart" with Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. Guests in the audience include former Monkee Micky Dolenz, Superman actor Christopher Reeve, DJ Alan Freeman, David Frost, former member of The Faces Ronnie Lane, former 10cc drummer Kevin Godley plus Paul's old friend, the actor Victor Spinetti.
Paul McCartney & Wings "UK Tour"
Musicians: Denny Laine, Steve Holley, Laurence Juber, Paul and Linda McCartney
Horn section: Tony Dorsey, Howie Casey, Thaddeus Richard and Steve Howard
The repertoire consists largely of the following: "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Getting Closer", "Every Night", "Again And Again", "I"ve Had Enough", "No Words For My Love", "Cook Of The House", "Old Siam Sir", "Maybe I"m Amazed", "The Fool On The Hill", "Let It Be", "Hot As Sun", "Spin It On", "Twenty Flight Rock", "Go Now", "Arrow Through Me", "Wonderful Christmastime", "Coming Up", "Goodnight Tonight", "Yesterday", "Mull Of Kintyre" and "Band On The Run". Supporting the group on the tour is the acoustic guitarist/comedian Earl Okin.
Paul McCartney & Wings "Concerts for the People of Kampuchea" with Rockestra
Musicians: Wings (Denny Laine, Steve Holley, Laurence Juber, Paul and Linda McCartney)
Rockestra (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Tony Ashton, Gary Brooker, Denny Laine, Laurence Juber, James Honeyman-Scott, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Bruce Thomas, Ronnie Lane, John Paul Jones, Steve Holly, Kenney Jones, Tony Carr, Morris Pert, Speedy Acquaye, John Bonham)
Horn Section: Howie Casey, Steve Howard, Thaddeus Richard and Tony Dorsey.
Wings perform live as part of a special benefit performance at London's Hammersmith Odeon on the final night of the four Concerts for Kampuchea, which had begun on December 26. Proceeds go directly towards the emergency relief work of the United Nations agencies for the civilians in Kampuchea. These shows had come about as a direct result of personal contact last autumn between Paul and the United Nations' Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim.
Playing a reduced set, Wings drop from their repertoire "Wonderful Christmastime" and again add "Cook Of The House", and later appear as part of the "supergroup" Rockestra.
Rockestra perform "Lucille", "Let It Be" and the "Rockestra Theme". These songs, as well as the Wings performances of "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Every Night" and "Coming Up", also appear on the album Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea, released in America on March 30, 1981, and in the UK on April 3, 1981.
Paul McCartney & Wings "Over Japan" Tour Cancelled
This January tour was cancelled when McCartney was arrested for possession of marihuana on arriving at Tokyo Airport.
Ringo Starr's Wedding Party (with George and Paul)
Harry Nilsson, George, Olivia, Paul and Linda are guests at the wedding of Ringo and Barbara Bach. The 70 guests then attend a reception at the Mayfair club Rags, where an all-star jam session takes place, featuring George on guitar, Paul and Nilsson alternating on piano and Ringo sharing teaspoon percussion with Ray Cooper. Also today, it is officially announced that Wings have split up
Elton John: Concert (with George)
George joins Elton John onstage in Sydney, Australia on guitar and vocals on Elton's "Empty Garden", a musical tribute to John Lennon.
Paul McCartney: "Take It Away" video (with Ringo)
Paul completes the shooting of "Take It Away", this time before a live studio audience comprising members of his UK Wings Fun Club. Many of them are kept waiting on stage 3 until the technicians are ready to shoot their scenes, and the waiting continues when they are told that they will not be needed until 2pm. The disgruntled fans are then told they will not be needed for another two hours. At 4pm the fans are treated to a mini-concert by Paul, including performances of "Bo Diddley", "Peggy Sue", "Send Me Some Loving", "Reelin' And Rockin'", "Lucille", "Twenty Flight Rock", "Searchin'" and the instrumental theme tune to the American cops drama series "Hill Street Blues". Before the show begins, Paul introduces the band. "George Martin on electric piano, Richard (Ringo) on drums, a Steve Gadd look-alike butler on drums, Eric Stewart on lead guitar, The Q-Tips brass section, our Lin' on tambourine and my name's Fred." During a break, someone asks Ringo to sing and he delivers a few lines of "Yesterday". At this point, George Martin starts to play the tune on his piano but Paul resists all temptations from the excited crowd to join in with the others. Instead, he tells Martin to "carry on entertaining us", and sings a brief snippet of "Here, There And Everywhere". At its conclusion, Linda delivers a short version of "Maybe I'm Amazed". A Wings Fun Club member records the performance on a portable cassette recorder, but keeps the cassette to herself, it doesn't circulate.
There are no concerts registered for 1983.
The Beach Boys: DC Beach Party (with Ringo)
Ringo guested the annual Washington DC concert by the Beach Boys and finally got to drum on "Back In The USSR". After the gig, The Beach Boys decided to do another free concert on the beach that same day - and Ringo came along.
Deep Purple: "World Tour" (with George)
George joins Deep Purple onstage as a surprise guest. He is introduced to the audience as "Arnold Grove from Liverpool". George borrows Richie Blackmore's Stratocaster to join in on Lucille.
Paul McCartney "Live Aid"
At Wembley Stadium in London, Paul is one of many top rock stars to perform before a crowd of 90,000, as part of the massive Live Aid concerts. The all-day event is organised by former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof, who, only eight months previously, had arranged the 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'/'Feed The World' single. Like that, this Live Aid concert is aimed at raising funds for the starving people in Africa. Simultaneously in Philadelphia, another fundraising concert is being held and the entire event, in both England and America, is televised live around the world throughout the day and also broadcast live, simultaneously, on the radio. It attracts the largest worldwide television audience in history, estimated at over 1.5 billion people! Paul's appearance comes at the close of the Wembley concert when he performs "Let It Be" solo at a piano. Unfortunately, due to a mishap by Queen's technicians, the lead on Paul's microphone fails to function during the first half of the song. Eventually Paul's vocals ring out loud and clear and the audience sing along with him, and as they do, Paul is joined on stage by Geldof, Pete Townshend, David Bowie and Alison Moyet. Paul, as well as Linda, remains on stage for the finale, when all the stars of the Wembley concert reappear to sing "Do They Know It's Christmas?" The day after his Live Aid appearance, Paul records a new studio version of "Let It Be" at the BBC TV Centre in Wood Lane, London. He overdubs a new vocal on top of his visual Live Aid performance for use should it ever be released officially, which it eventually is - 20 years later on DVD.
A Rockabilly Session With Carl Perkins And Friends (with Ringo and George)
George and Ringo, before an audience of 250 specially invited guests, videotape an appearance with Carl Perkins for his TV special Blue Suede Shoes, which also features Eric Clapton, Roseanne Cash, Dave Edmunds and former members of The Stray Cats. During the programme George performs "Glad All Over", shares lead vocals on "Your True Love", contributes backing vocals and guitar on "Blue Suede Shoes" (performing lead vocal on the encore), "Gone Gone Gone", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", and a medley which includes "That's All Right (Mama)", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" and "Night Train To Memphis". Ringo is seen performing "Honey Don't", shares lead vocal with Carl Perkins and Eric Clapton on "Matchbox", and plays the drums in the show and bangs the tambourine during the medley sequence. (Two further songs, "Right String But Wrong Yo Yo" and "Sure To Fall", are performed and recorded but are cut from the broadcasts.) Crews from American TV, for the programmes CNN Showbiz Today, Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment This Week, Cinemax and TNN, tape rehearsals for the show. The programme, which sports the full title of A Rockabilly Session With Carl Perkins And Friends, is premiered in the UK on New Years Day, January 1, 1986 on Channel 4. In America, the show is premiered on the Cinemax station, featuring songs not included in the UK transmission, on January 5, 1986. To accompany the Channel 4 screening, a simultaneous broadcast, this time in stereo, is aired on the Capital London radio station. A report on the recording session, featuring interviews with both George and Ringo, is transmitted the following day, Tuesday October 22, on the BBC Radio One lunch time show Newsbeat. The show is eventually released on CD by Snapper Music in 2006.
George Harrison "Heartbeat '86 Concert"
George joins in the all-star finale at the Heartbeat '86 marathon charity rock concert. The event is the brainchild of the Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan and the first in a series of different ideas to raise £1 million for the Birmingham Children's Hospital. Performing alongside former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and former member of Wings, Denny Laine, George shares lead vocal on the tracks "Money" and "Johnny B. Goode". The concert, which attracts a capacity 11,500 audience who paid gate receipts of £200,000, is videotaped by BBC Television and is transmitted on BBC1 on Saturday August 2.
Paul McCartney "Prince's Trust Concert"
At the Prince's Trust 10th Birthday Party Concert at the Wembley Arena in London, in front of Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales, Paul performs "Long Tall Sally", #I Saw Her Standing There" and "Get Back". He is backed by an all-star line-up that includes Phil Collins, Mark King (of Level 42), John Illsley and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Ray Cooper, Howard Jones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Midge Ure, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner. Paul is also part of the band who backs David Bowie and Mick Jagger's performance of "Dancing In The Streets". BBC TV is there to videotape the proceedings and televise the results for the first time in the UK on BBC2 on June 28 between 9:15 and 10:45pm. (A repeat screening occurs on New Years Eve, December 31, later this year.) BBC Radio One transmits highlights from the concert, in stereo, on July 6. The programme is also released on video in both America and in the UK. In America, on July 23, brief excerpts from the show are included in the show Entertainment Tonight, which also includes an interview with Paul, carried out by Selina Scott. At the start of the evening, before going on stage, David Bowie and Mick Jagger join Paul in his dressing room.
Paul McCartney: "Stranglehold" video
At the end of October Paul shoots the promotional film for the track "Stranglehold". For the clip, which is shot at the derelict restaurant Halfway Station set in the small town of Nogales, Arizona, Paul is joined by a band which comprises Dwayne Sciacqua on guitar, Lenny Pickett on baritone sax, Jerry Marotta on drums, Alex Foster on baritone, Neil Jason on bass and Stan Harrison on alto. During the shooting, in front of 180 highly excited extras, Paul leads the band into performances of "Fortune Teller", "Love Is Strange", "Tequila", "Cactus Club" and, naturally, "Stranglehold".
Paul McCartney "Royal Variety Show"
Paul and his backing group, which now includes Linda and Tessa Niles on backing vocals, Eric Stewart on acoustic guitar, Jamie Talbot on saxophone, Graham Ward on drums, and Preston Heymen and Nick Glennie-Smith on percussion, perform the new single "Only Love Remains" during the Royal Variety Command Performance at London's Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, an event to raise money for the Entertainment Artist's Benevolent Fund. Paul and Linda also reappear with the other stars of the cast during the show's finale. Watching Paul's performance, as she did back in 1963 when The Beatles played at this prestigious show, is Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She is accompanied tonight by Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of York, and the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. Angus Ogilvy. Following the concert, Paul, Linda and the band line up with the other stars of the performance to meet the Royal guests. Extended highlights of the show, including Paul's song, which is introduced by David Frost, is televised in the UK on BBC1 on November 29.
Taj Mahal: Palomino Club (with George)
Musicians: John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Jesse Ed Davies and George Harrison
Celebrity guests joined Taj Mahal in an unplanned jam session after the regular concert. The two-hour performance is captured on low-quality videotape, connected to the in-house video system. Amongst the tracks George performs are "Matchbox" (with Mahal), "Honey Don't", "Blue Suede Shoes" (with Fogerty), "Watching The River Flow", "Peggy Sue" (with Dylan) and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy".
George Harrison and Ringo Starr "The Prince's Trust Rock Gala"
At the Wembley Arena in London, one year after Paul graced the show, George and Ringo make an appearance, on both of these dates, at the Prince's Trust Rock Gala Concerts alongside Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Dave Edmunds and Alison Moyet. George sings "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Here Comes The Sun", while Ringo appears delivering the ever-popular "With A Little Help From My Friends". During the opening night of June 5, George and Ringo appear with Ben. E. King to perform "Stand By Me". Their performances are released on The Prince's Trust Concert 1987 album, released only in the UK and highlights from both shows are edited into a TV special aired in the UK, across the ITV network on June 20. The show also forms a radio special, which is transmitted on January 1, 1988, on BBC Radio One. On June 14, 1988, in the UK, a home video of the performances is released.
Paul McCartney: Jam session
At the Dolphin Brasserie during the annual MPL promoted Buddy Holly Week, an impromptu jam session takes place featuring Paul performing with Alvin Stardust, Mick Green (former member of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates) and the DJ Tony Prince. They perform "What'd I Say", "Mean Woman Blues" and "Twenty Flight Rock". Guests in the audience include Twiggy, Jonathan Ross, Adam Faith, Faye Dunnaway, Anne Diamond, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Joan Collins and her husband "Bungalow" Bill Wiggins.
Ringo Starr: Jam session
At the grand opening of his London Brasserie restaurant, situated in the Peach Tree Center, in a shopping mall in Atlanta, Ringo takes part in an all-star impromptu jam session, playing drums in a group which comprises Isaac Hayes, Jerry Lee Lewis and, amongst others, Jermaine Jackson. Among the tracks they perform are "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and "Mony Mony".
Bob Dylan: Wembley Arena (with George)
George makes an impromptu appearance with Bob Dylan at Dylan's concert at Wembley Arena. He joins Dylan on "Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35". George, who had attended all four of Bob's Wembley shows, had been watching the show from the side of the stage.
Paul McCartney: Once Upon A Long Ago
Working with the director Gavin Taylor, Paul videotapes a mimed performance of "Once Upon A Long Ago". This clip, in front of an audience featuring 150 school children, is intended for inclusion in the new Tyne-Tees/ITV pop show The Roxy, a programme hosted by the DJ David Jensen. During the taping session, Paul also performs impromptu instrumental versions of "Ob La Di, Ob La Da", "C Moon", "What'd I Say" and "Sailor's Hornpipe".
Paul McCartney: The Last Resort (TV Concert)
In London, Paul makes a 15-minute appearance on the programme The Last Resort With Jonathan Ross, transmitted live on Channel 4 this evening. Paul performs with Steve Nieve And The Playboys the songs "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy". In between tracks, Ross gives Paul a pile of Beatles albums to sign, but after inscribing a few, Paul insists he is doing no more and tells him jokingly to "get out of here!" When the broadcast finishes, Paul and the band, for the benefit of the highly excited studio audience, perform a brief snippet of the 1979 Wings' track "Spin It On". (Highlights from Paul's appearance this evening reappear during Jonathan Ross's compilation programme Phew! Rock 'N' Roll, which is transmitted on Channel 4 on April 24, 1988. A further screening of the appearance is transmitted on the German television programme Ohme Filter, aired on March 30 and 31, 1988.)
George and Ringo: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
During a lavish ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Mick Jagger inducts The Beatles into the third annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. George and Ringo attend while Yoko, Sean and Julian are present to represent John. Paul decides not to attend. To close the show, George and Ringo join Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and, from The Supremes, Mary Wilson, among many others in an informal all-star jam session. Songs performed during this end of evening concert include "I Saw Her Standing There", "All Along The Watchtower", "Twist And Shout", "Stand By Me", "Stop In The Name Of Love", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Hound Dog", "Honey Hush", "Barbara Ann", "Blue Bayou" and "Satisfaction"'. An FM Radio broadcast of the show is syndicated by CBS. A video circulates among collectors.