Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rock & Pop

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rock & Pop

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

More than 30 years after their split, the influence of the Beatles still dwarfs anything else in the world of pop. Following 2000's mega-selling 1 hits collection, the Anthology series has just been released on five DVDs - a coming-of-age moment for music DVD.

Demonstrating that British popular music continues to bow to his old band more than any other, Paul McCartney (right) was also king at the Queen's Jubilee party last summer, playing last on a night packed with big names.

Long past his songwriting peak he may be, but it's pretty safe to say that his first UK tour in 10 years is still a very big deal.

He started touring the world exactly a year ago in Oakland, California, going on to break box office records in 21 different US towns. He's got a new band (Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitars, Abe Laboriel Jr on drums and Paul 'Wix' Wickens on keyboards) but he's still firmly in touch with his past. He's been playing 23 Beatles songs a night, from early tracks such as 'All My Loving' and 'Can't Buy Me Love' to more elaborate fare like 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Carry That Weight'. Then there are Wings numbers such as 'Live And Let Die', 'Band On The Run' and 'Let Me Roll It', and the first live airing of McCartney's musical 'love letter' to John Lennon, 1982's 'Here Today'. With that set list, for fans to leave any more satisfied he'll have to start handing out fivers at the exits.

Paul McCartney Fri 18, Sat 19, Mon 21 & Tue 22 Apr Earls Court, SW5 (0870 1212 527)

Peter Bruntnell

Like trying to launch a rap career from Tunbridge Wells, it's difficult to succeed in the star-spangled world of country music if you're from the UK.

That's part of the charm of Loose Records, based in Acton but forever dreaming of desert plains. Five years old, the tiny label has put out a wealth of alternative country gems by everyone from darkly comic US duo the Handsome Family to husband and wife harmonisers the Arlenes.

Loose has secured the touching talents of Peter Bruntnell (above), in time to put out his fourth album, Ends Of The Earth and send him on this fifth birthday UK tour. …

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