Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. Back on Dec 10th and 11th of 1992, Paul McCartney visited New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater, where he first appeared with The Beatles back in February 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show that introduced the fabs to America for the first time. The purpose of his return was to film a show of over twenty live performances to use for an upcoming television appearance on MTV’s Up Close. The show was aired in America on MTV in February of 1993, timed to help promote his newly released Off The Ground CD. The live footage was interspersed with interview segments of Paul talking about various experiences he had with The Beatles. The show begins with Paul discussing how he got into The Beatles by demoing his upside-down acoustic guitar performance of Eddie Cochrane’s “Twenty Flight Rock” to John Lennon. Then he is fittingly seen opening the show up with his band performing that very song. Paul was using his nineties line up at the time of Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Blair Cunningham and his wife Linda.
This week on the BROW I’m offering up an interesting skiffle-country hoe-down arrangement of “Can’t Buy Me Love” performed by Paul and his band on the first night of taping. This was one of the tracks that was edited out of the television broadcast, so whether you caught Up Close or not, you’ve likely not heard this Beatles classic performed quite like this.
Paul McCartney - Can't Buy Me Love
Extra info: Paul also performed this arrangement of “Can’t Buy Me Love” during a soundcheck in Berlin for a September 3, 1993 gig. This performance was recorded and featured on Paul’s syndicated radio program Oobu Joobu on June 4, 1995.
This week’s BROW was requested by George Ryan. Thank you George for a great idea!
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