By Eddie M
I hope you'll forgive me but on Sunday 13th November I was dragged along to the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
To see Simply Red celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their album 'Stars' by performing it live in its entirety.
To be honest the concert was a bit special. First half they performed a number of songs from their albums, second half the spotlight was on 'Stars' before the band returned for three encores to send the packed Arena home happy.
So what has this to do with the Beatles I hear you ask?
A few years ago Paul McCartney was being pressed to take the classic 'Band on the Run' album on the road but didn't succumb to the demands in case he and the band got bored with the idea mid tour. They were performing six songs from the album anyway so you have to respect his decision, after all, he's the one on the road!
In 2017, Paul & Ringo for that matter, could be tempted with a number of 'anniversary' options.
A selection of Paul's albums, as well as the entire Beatles catalogue were released on CD in 1987 but for Paul McCartney high on the list could be the 20th anniversary of 'Flaming Pie'.
The album includes a number classic songs including the title track Flaming Pie, Somedays, Calico Skies, Little Willow, Souvenir plus the singles 'Young Boy', 'The World Tonight' & Beautiful Night. Paul could even invite his son James & Steve Miller along as guests on the tour to play their contributions to the album.
The big drawback to taking Flaming Pie on the road would be the memories of Linda as this was the last album they worked on together before her untimely death.
Of course 2017 will see the 50th anniversary of the Beatles classic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
The Bootleg Beatles have prestigious shows lined up at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, while resident Cavern musicians will also be paying tribute to the album at the World Famous Cavern Club.
Does this mean they'll be no 'Beatle' involvement in the celebrations for Pepper?
I hope there is, as I think this special 50th anniversary demands a special celebration.
Being realistic, you would think that when the 60th anniversary comes around both Paul at 84 years of age & Ringo at 86 would/should be enjoying themselves in the sun with their wives and families!
So, with this in mind, lets go for it with Pauls' band, an orchestra, special guests such as Eric Clapton, Jagger & Richards, Bob Dylan, Mickey Dolenz, Brian Wilson, Daltrey & Townsend, Donovan, Justin Hayward, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Roger McGinn, Ray & Dave Davies and yes, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Lets party and celebrate 'Pepper' and 1967!
If they can put together Desert Trip then a 50th anniversary celebration of the 'Summer of Love' Pepper style, should be a stroll in our favourite London park......