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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The audience at Paul McCartney's massive Dodger Stadium concert screamed when he announced during the encore a "surprise for everyone" -- the "one and only Ringo Starr!"

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For us oldsters what a great moment some 50 years overdue. Reminds me of another Beatle lyric (imo, the arguable first rap-style song - ... think about it):

Come together right now, over me.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-14 08:56 AM | Reply

I saw Paul in San Diego last month. Good show.

#2 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-07-14 11:38 AM | Reply

What was the point of introducing Ringo and playing St Peppers? He certainly couldn't contribute on that.

Ringo's greatest moment in time (well deserved) was, "I get by with a little help from my friends"

What would you do if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me...

which is not to suggest it was the only good use of his voice.

Paul played magnificently in SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium for four hours without any break, on a multiplicity of instruments. the other two concerts I've seen were plagued by annoying acoustics, including Petco Park in San Diego, which, from where I sat, had a loud obnoxious echo.

But I would do it again in a heartbeat. The Beatles are the most effective peaceful unifying force the human race has ever experienced on a global scale. I know most of the words to their magnificent songs by heart. The Beatles, landing on the moon and Mohamed Ali. I am lucky to have lived through those experiences first hand.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-14 12:03 PM | Reply

#3 True: Petco isn't designed for good acoustics. The Sports Arena in SD is worse.

#4 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-07-14 12:13 PM | Reply

The Beatles broke up because they hated McCartney's vanity and hyper creativity.

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-07-14 12:55 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent, Na, the Beatles had been together for over a decade when they quit. They were in their teens when they started and in their thirties when they quit. By the time they quit they had all matured and developed as musicians. Maybe they just wanted to try something new. They were all rich and could do anything they wanted. They all continued to make music.

#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-14 02:59 PM | Reply

heh... good to see the Twotles jam together.

#7 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-07-14 04:06 PM | Reply

Everything the Beatles recorded happened in a 7 year window and Rolling Stone created a list for them which no group is ever likely to duplicate, their 100 greatest songs. A legacy like no other because of the lengthy period they worked together without having any recording contract.

www.rollingstone.com

McCartney was never a moral and political advocate like Lennon, or as great a songwriter, but between "You Won't See Me" to "Live or Let Die" is an enormous collection of fantastic songs. Paul is exceptionally creative and still going strong, but to this day he cannot read or write music. I can't imagine why anyone would consider him vain, though I'm sure, like most famous people he needs to maintain limited access in order to have anything close to a pleasant life. The Beatles still receive 5 business offers a day and both Harrison and Lennon were attacked viciously by assassins. While George was being carted from his castle on a gurney he asked his new hire, "How did you like your first day"! So much about being a Beatle was their extraordinary candor and humor.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-14 04:34 PM | Reply

One of the funniest things I've ever read about the music business was a quote from Quincy Jones:

"I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and Ringo had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn't get it. We said, "Mate, why don't you get some lager and lime, some shepherd's pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit." So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, "George, can you play it back for me one more time?" So George did, and Ringo says, "That didn't sound so bad." And I said, "Yeah, ------------ because it ain't you." Great guy, though."

www.spin.com

"They Were No-Playing ------------" - LOL

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-14 06:32 PM | Reply

Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick recalled a recording history-changing episode at Abbey Road studios. Geoff pioneered some of the most creative recording techniques in history on the Beatles' records, from the truly bizarre, like running John Lennon's vocals through a Leslie speaker, to the standards we all use today, such as close-miking drums.

One of them goes like this:

He put a mic on the kick drum, something that hadn't been done before. A gaggle of recording engineers (who wore lab coats and everything) came into the studio and were aghast. "You can't to that!" or words to that effect, and they walked out with the kick drum mic and mic stand.

Once they were gone, Emerick and Martin simply replaced the mic and stand on the kick drum, and the first recorded time a kick drum was mic'd took place. The engineers found out they'd been duped, and another brew-ha-ha happened over the distance from the kick drum they could place the mic:

"For example, on Ringo's drum sound, I wanted to move the mic closer to the bass drum. Well, we weren't allowed. I was caught putting the mic about three inches from the bass drum, and I was reprimanded. I said, ‘Look, this is the bass drum sound we've got, and we don't want to touch it.' And so I was sent a letter, from one of the guys in the office down the corridor, giving permission -- only on Beatles sessions -- to put the microphone three inches from the drum. They were worried, you see, about the air pressure, that it would damage the mic. There were a lot of things like that." -- Geoff Emerick
That method is how kick drums have been recorded on records ever since.

#10 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-14 06:59 PM | Reply

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Meh, could have been a big thing 10 years ago. Now, meh, see ya gramps!

#11 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-07-14 09:06 PM | Reply

Paul was ask during an interview if Ringo was one of the best drummers in rock and roll, Paul replied "Ringo isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". He really wasn't a great drummer, but he was extremely consistent, not flashy, and he could understand a theme quickly and supported the group. Considering who the other members were, if he never met the Beatles, he would have still been successful, he is just overshadowed.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-14 10:14 PM | Reply

While George was being carted from his castle on a gurney he asked his new hire, "How did you like your first day"! So much about being a Beatle was their extraordinary candor and humor.

In the late 90's, one of my recording engineers was flown to the UK to record Harrison on a project at his home. When he arrived he was led by an assistant to a table down near a small creek and told Harrison would be with him shortly. A few minutes later, Harrison, with his long hair and beard, walked down the gently sloping grass hill dressed in a white robe and sandals. When he got to the small creek he walked across it ... on top of the water.

Turns out he'd had an asphalt pathway made just below the water line in order to be able to do the Jesus impression.

Ya, he had a great sense of humor ...

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-15 03:53 AM | Reply

Wasn't most of the Beattles catalog recorded on 4 track recorders?
Amazing what they could do with it.
Today even scrub hobby players like me have 16 track recorders

#14 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-07-15 06:48 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by 503jc69 I remember hearing in '67/68 that they were excited to start using eight track tapes. These guys tried to use the cutting edge tech of the time. George owned and used one of the first Moog synthesizers, you can hear it on Strawberry Fields and Here Comes the Sun. They would 'stack' control boards, have two or more on the same mixer feed to accomplish the 16 track phenomena. Hey these guys might have started as Rock'n Rollers down in the Cave, but they grew, a lot.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-15 08:17 AM | Reply

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