Archive for June, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Thursday, June 12th, 2008


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Paul played a homecoming show at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium in front of 36,000 fans on Sunday June 1st.

By all accounts from friends who were there it was a very emotional weekend with just about the entire extended Beatle family their for the show as well as Stella’s latest fashion show which saw the front row comprised of Paul, Yoko, Olivia, James, Bea, Sir George and Giles and Peter Blake all sitting together in the LIPA auditorium for Stella’s runway Ostifest.

Apparently Paul caught sight of Stella crying in the wings when he didicated My Love to Linda, upon seeing Stella crying and holding James Paul himself lost it and his voice choked, also emotional was Olivia who was overcome with emotion when Paul talked of George and played something, the photo of Olivia can be seen a little further down.

IT was a real family affair when Stella McCartney showcased her autumn/winter collection at LIPA yesterday. ECHO Features Editor Jane Haase had a front row seat …

“GRANDAD,” shouted the little boy in delight as he ran over to the man in the grey suit with the flowery shirt who leant down and gave him a hug.

He might be one of the most famous men in the world but he was just grandad to the toddler who wanted a cuddle.

The McCartney clan were out in force for a special fashion show by Sir Paul’s designer daughter Stella, held just a few hours before the Beatles legend rocked a 36,000 strong crowd at Anfield.

Stella had chosen to unveil her autumn/winter collection at Lipa as a celebration of the city’s Capital of Culture year.

Her children – son Miller, three; 18-month-old daughter, Bailey, and four- month- old son, Beckett – were at the family event, joined by their excited aunt, four-year-old Beatrice (Sir Paul’s daughter with ex-wife Heather Mills). When not sitting with her relatives the pretty blonde-haired youngster could be seen bouncing on her father’s lap.

Photographer Mike McCartney, famed for his intimate portraits of The Beatles, was snapping away inside the auditorium.

On the front row were Sir Paul, with his son James on one side and Yoko Ono on the other. Next to her was George Harrison’s widow Olivia, who was in the city for a special tribute to her late husband at FACT on Friday night, as well as Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

They were being watched more than the models on stage by some members of the audience who had paid between £100 to £500 for a ticket for the event, with all proceeds going to LIPA. One keen female fan in the balcony even had her opera glasses out and trained on the A-listers.

Badges saying “Stella” with a shape of a heart and the words “L’Pool” below were given out at the entrance to guests who included Sir Peter Blake, who designed the iconic Sgt Pepper album cover, and number one WAG Coleen McLoughlin. The same message was spelled out in silver balloons suspended from the ceiling above the stage.

Liverpool singer Candie Payne, looking stunning in a thigh- skimming black mini dress, opened the afternoon show. The singer from West Derby obviously impressed Sir Paul who was spotted taking a picture of her on his mobile phone as she performed. (sidebar: Paul has good taste–Candie Payne has a slightly breathy, warm voice)

The fact this was no ordinary fashion showcase was evident when the models took to the catwalk. Instead of strutting their stuff these statuesque visions in dresses of varying hues of blue, grey, black and taupe played musical chairs while tottering about in what looked like 7ins platform wedges.

Amid laughter from the 380 seater auditorium, they entered into the spirit of fun as they battled it out to the thumping beat of That’s Not My Name by the Ting Tings.

As balloons descended onto the stage (with “Uncle Mike” retrieving a heart-shaped one for Beatrice) Stella appeared with a present for the winning model and thanked everyone for coming.

She joked: “I seem to have 50,000 members of my family still in this city.”

And proud dad Sir Paul, wearing his trademark suit and trainers and a Stella badge, shouted out: “Three cheers for Stella.”

Before heading off to her father’s Liverpool Sound concert with the rest of the family, Stella explained why it was important to showcase her new fashion range at LIPA, which was co-founded by Sir Paul in 1996 in the grounds of his old school, The Liverpool Institute.

She said: “It’s been a great day, especially with the concert tonight.

“I wanted to do something for LIPA because it’s my dad’s old school and I’m very proud of what he’s done here and the way he’s made the school survive.

“This show was a lot of fun and it’s great to hold it in the Capital Culture year and do my bit for the city.”

Describing her collection as “naturally sexy, naturally confidant and modern”, she added: “I don’t design for one particular woman, but I try to pick up what I think is happening around me and on the streets.

“I don’t get a chance to spend much time in Liverpool but I think Liverpool can compete with other cities.”

And what does the acclaimed fashion designer, who counts Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow as pals as well as clients, think of Liverpool girls’ style?

“I think they are great but I would say that because I’ve got a bit of Liverpool in me,” she laughed.

The Scouse gliterrati were out in force yesterday. Former Emmerdale star Sheree Murphy, wife of footballer Harry Kewell, was there along with friends, Cricket owner and ECHO columnist Justine Mills and celebrity stylist Lorraine McCullough.

Coronation Street star Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, was among the guests as was Radio City presenter Pete Price.

Dance group Flava, who were semi finalists in the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, also performed at the event.

Stella had said she had wanted to do her bit for the city in Capital of Culture year. I think the McCartney clan certainly did that yesterday.

The former Beatle headlined the event, which also saw performances from Kaiser Chiefs, The Zutons and a guest spot from Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, as part of the city’s celebrations at being the European Capital Of Culture during 2008.

Playing a set that mixed songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo work, McCartney was watched by John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono from the crowd as he also included her late husband’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ in the show.

Introduced onstage by comedian Peter Kay as “a local lad who’s done very well for himself in the music game”, McCartney’s set included the likes ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Yesterday’, along with Wings songs ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘Jet’, plus solo tracks including ‘Flaming Pie’.

“Thank you for coming here in the City Of Culture, at the centre of the universe,” McCartney told the crowd to loud cheers, adding, “I was born just down the road and I lived not far from here. Every time I come back to Liverpool all the memories come flooding back.”

Later former Nirvana drummer Grohl – who often covers ‘Band On The Run’ in Foo Fighters – got to live out a school boy fantasy, joining McCartney on guitar for the Wings’ track, before switching to drums for ‘Back In The USSR’ and show closer ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.

However the highlight of the evening proved to be the loud crowd singalongs to ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’.

“You’ve been brilliant tonight,” McCartney told the crowd. “I knew you would be.”

The set list:

‘Hippy, Hippy Shake’
‘Drive My Car’
‘Flaming Pie’
‘Got To Get You Into My Life’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘My Love’
‘C Moon’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘Dance Tonight’
‘Calico Skies’
‘In Liverpool’
‘I’ll Follow The Sun’
‘Eleanor Rigby’
‘Penny Lane’
‘Band On The Run’
‘Back In The USSR’
‘Live And Let Die
‘Let It Be
‘Hey Jude
‘A Day In The Life’/’Give Peace A Chance’
‘Lady Madonna’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’


Monday, June 2nd, 2008


Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Okay, so am i the only male here who has total Lou hair envy?.


Monday, June 2nd, 2008


Monday, June 2nd, 2008

As seen in an earlier blog entry George Harrison was feted at this years Chelsea flower show, Olivia, Ringo, Barbara, Mary, Damon Hill, and Brian Clarke were there for the opening, oh .. so was the Queen.


Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Last week Paul was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yale University, perhaps most interesting is the fact that Nancy Shevell attended the event with Paul and can be seen in the photo’s below, i guess they are an official item now.


Monday, June 2nd, 2008


Monday, June 2nd, 2008


Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Sir Paul McCartney loves bringing his family together over food

“Oh most wonderful father,” intones Sir Paul McCartney, his hands clasped in front of him like a Victorian patriarch delivering grace.

“Almost wonderful father,” his daughter Mary sings back.

“Who we really revere”

“Who we really fear”

“Who really makes us tick”

“Who really makes us sick”

Thirty years on, it’s a rare glimpse into the private world of Paul McCartney, a playful two-hander that he and his late wife Linda shared with the children before meals at their Peasmarsh estate in Sussex, or on the family farm in Scotland.

“Can you believe it, Dad,” says Mary, “I’ve got my kids saying this now.”

So a family ritual passes down from one generation to another. But it also shows how Paul’s legendary insistence on shielding his young family from his fame was a two-way street. He had capped his success with The Beatles and was performing with Wings, but he got no favours at home. “It was just our way of making Dad not feel too special,” Mary remembers. “You can always rely on kids to bring you back down to reality.”

At 38, professional photographer Mary is still doing a good job of keeping her father in check, setting him to work prepping vegetables for the first barbecue of the summer, and telling him where to stand as she clicks away with her camera. “I’m used to the kids directing me,” smiles Sir Paul, as the most famous left hand in rock’n’roll picks up a paring knife, “and hopefully I do it with good grace.”

They like to get together as much as they can. “It’s not as often as it used to be, when all the kids were living together,” says Paul, who at 65 looks a decade younger, “but Mary will cook for me if I’m in London.” “At weekends we kind of hang out,” adds Mary, who is expecting her third child at the end of July. “Like a lot of families we are kitchen-orientated. It’s the room we hang out in a lot. And we try to get together for Christmas.”

“This year, we were 17 around the table. I counted,” says Paul, who by now has sliced his courgettes and chopped the ends off his asparagus, and turned his attention to the barbecue.

He’s a charcoal man, through and through. “I married an American, you see. In England at that time we didn’t barbecue — it was an American or Aussie thing. And I thought I should try it.

I said to Linda, ‘Would you like that?’ So I got quite good.”

He says fire-making is in his blood. “I was a Boy Scout. I was kind of not inner city, but Liverpool council estate, so it was nice to get away, experience nature. I’ve got a deep love for it. I do a lot of work in the woods, so over the years I’ve learnt to make a good fire. My dad was a fireman and sometimes I do music underground and use the pseudonym of The Fireman, so there’s a lot of fire in my history.

“After I’d burnt a few things and realised how long it didn’t take — things don’t take as long as you think — yeah, I got to be quite a dab hand at it all. You’ve got to just keep turning and turning.”

Being the first family of vegetarianism, today’s feast is of course a meat-free affair. Mary has brought some veggie burgers and sausages from the Linda McCartney range of frozen foods, which she has marinated in her mother’s home-made BBQ sauce. There’s also cornbread and fresh salsa, chargrilled mushrooms with rosemary and garlic, and salads, all from Linda’s Home Cooking, published in 1989 and still the fastest selling vegetarian cookbook of all time.

At the barbecue, Paul beats out a tune with the tongs and sings snatches from the Monkees theme tune as he turns burger flipper. “People say ‘Why have substitutes, why not just eat vegetables or just eat meat?’ Well, it’s so you can take part in the social traditions of a barbecue. You can have your mates round and by the time you’ve got the bun toasted, bit of mayo, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, pickles and burger, hardly anyone will even remotely know the difference.

“One pivotal moment was when had we Steve Martin, the American comedian, round, and I opened up the barbecue, which I’d closed to smoke the burgers a bit, and he said, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t have any of that. I’m a vegetarian.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’ve got good news for you, mate. Everything on here is veggie.’ He had about three.”

Paul can’t remember who first suggested they give up meat in the early Seventies. “I always assumed it was Linda, and she thought it was me. We were sitting down eating a leg of lamb on a Sunday in Scotland and newborn lambs were gambolling outside the window, and we went, ‘Whoah, we’re eating one of their legs.'”

It is ten years since Linda died of cancer, and Paul and Mary agree it was an unwritten promise they would keep her food brand going. “It’s really personal to us because it is carrying on Mum’s message,” says Mary. “We know what she would and wouldn’t have wanted.” They go to all the tastings, just as they did when Linda was alive. “Nothing goes through without the McCartney say-so,” explains Paul. “It has to, because it’s our name on the packet.”

Necessity has made Paul more interested in food these days. “When I first met Linda, I was living in St John’s Wood, a real bachelor existence — a musician, even worse — and she used to joke she’d looked in my fridge and there was just a half bottle of sour milk and some crusty stale Cheddar, and she said, ‘Not very encouraging. Right, we’ll be changing that.’

“But when I was with Linda I didn’t cook much, because she was so good. She and the kids would do all the meals. So I took a secondary role. But more recently I’ve been having to cook for myself and I love it. Just the other day I made a lasagne for the first time in my life and used Linda’s book. The only panic was when my lasagne sheets got stuck together. I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is a housewife moment.’ It said to put them in boiling water and I should have done it one by one, but I put them in all at once. I must say it came out brilliant, though. I was very proud of myself.”