"It's Greening of the World year!"
- Yoko Ono
Monday January 1
In New York, Yoko starts the decade by announcing that it's Greening Of The World year. She announces a 12-month environmental campaign of events to mark what would have been John's 50th year.
Paul McCartney World Tour
Third Leg - The United Kingdom
Tuesday January 2 - Friday January 26
Paul kicks off the new year, and a new decade, by taking his world tour to the UK, beginning with a series of concerts at the NEC International Arena in Birmingham (Tuesday January 2, Wednesday January 3, Friday January 5, Saturday January 6, Monday January 8, Tuesday January 9) and Wembley Arena, London (Thursday January 11, Saturday January 13, Sunday January 14, Tuesday January 16, Wednesday January 17, Friday January 19, Saturday January 20, Sunday January 21, Tuesday January 23, Wednesday January 24, Friday January 26).
Tuesday January 2 (until Sunday January 21)
Live tracks from January 2 ('Inner City Madness' from the afternoon sound check), January 13 ('The Fool On The Hill' and 'Twenty Flight Rock'), January 16 ('We Got Married' and 'Band On The Run'), January 17 ('Jet'), January 19 ('My Brave Face'), January 21 ('Matchbox' and the old Grade Fields number 'Sally' from the afternoon sound check) appear on the album Tripping The Live Fantastic.
Wednesday January 3
Paul performs a tree planting ceremony in Birmingham, an event exclusively covered by the newspaper the Birmingham Evening Echo. Meanwhile this evening, a report on Paul's concert at the NEC is featured on the ITV regional programme Central News.
Friday January 5
Backstage at tonight's concert at the NEC in Birmingham, an elderly man comes up to Paul and introduces himself as Father McKenzie (a character immortalised in The Beatles' 1966 track 'Eleanor Rigby'). Paul is heard to respond by saying: "Where's Mr. Kite and Billy Shears? Are they here too?" Today in the UK, Paul's new single 'Put It There'/'Mama's Little Girl' is released. The CD and 12-inch versions add the track 'Same Time Next Year'. (The American release, which occurs on May 1, is a cassette only single.)
Thursday January 11 to Friday January 26
The opening night's concert at Wembley is professionally recorded for a proposed BBC Radio One special programme which fails to materialise. Incidentally, it's estimated that during the 11 nights at the Wembley Arena, Paul performs to crowds totalling over 137,000.
Saturday January 13
In America, 'Figure Of Eight' reaches no higher than number 92 in the singles charts.
Tuesday January 16
Backstage at Wembley, Paul meets 21-year-old Polish teacher Agnieska Czamiecka, who for four years has run the Paul McCartney Kindergarten in Cracow, where 200 children are taught the English language through Paul's songs.
Wednesday January 17
BBC1 in the South East broadcasts the first of a two part interview with Paul conducted by Cathy McGowan, the famous host of the 1960s pop show Ready Steady Go! (Part two is transmitted on the station two weeks later on Wednesday January 31.)
Monday January 22 (until Friday January 26)
Paul appears in a (pre-taped) five-part feature, transmitted daily on the TV AM programme Good Morning Britain.
Monday January 22
Paul, armed simply with an acoustic guitar, films a promotional clip for 'Put It There'. Shot in black and white, without Linda or any of the band, the item features random images from a typical father-son relationship: the boy watching his father shave, the two making music and building a toy aeroplane together and more. (The clip is edited and prepared for television distribution on January 30.)
Wednesday January 24 & Tuesday January 30
A two-part report on Paul's recent US tour is featured on the Paramount Television programme Entertainment Tonight.
Friday January 26
At the conclusion of his series of concerts at the Wembley Arena, Paul throws a party which is attended by Elvis Costello, Neil Aspinall, George Martin, Dick Lester and Cynthia Lennon, amongst others.
Fourth Leg - Return To America
Thursday February 1 - Monday February 19
Paul's world tour returns to America, where he performs at the following venues:
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, near Detroit, Michigan (Thursday February 1 and Friday February 2)
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Sunday February 4 and Monday February 5)
The Centrum, Worcester, Boston, Massachusetts (Thursday February 8 and Friday February 9)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Sunday February 11)
Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio (Monday February 12)
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana (Wednesday February 14 and Thursday 15)
Omni, Atlanta, Georgia (Sunday February 18 and Monday February 19)
Thursday February 1 (until Monday February 12)
Live performances from the shows on February 1 ('This One'), February 8 ('Eleanor Rigby'), February 9 ('Yesterday') and February 12 ('If I Were Not Upon A Stage' and 'Hey Jude') are released on the album Tripping The Live Fantastic.
Sunday February 4 & Monday February 5
His voice strained due to illness, Paul deletes several songs from both of his Pittsburgh shows.
Thursday February 8
Paul appears on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Inside is an article containing a "Backstage Look At His Tour".
Sunday February 11
A pre-taped interview with Paul, conducted on the current US tour, is transmitted on the London based "oldies" radio station Capital Gold.
Saturday February 17
'Put It There' reaches number 32 in the UK singles chart. Also today, Paul decides to cut short his upcoming concert tour of Japan, scheduled to begin on March 2, because of his voice problems. The rearranged itinerary means that the show originally scheduled for March 2 will now take place on March 13, the show set for March 6 will now take place on March 7 and the concert due on March 8 will now be scrapped entirely. The other dates, March 3, 5, 7 and 9, are unaltered.
Tuesday February 20 (until Thursday February 22)
Paul and Linda remain in America following the conclusion of this leg of the tour to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony on February 21 (see entry).
Wednesday February 21
Following Paul's authorisation of a closed circuit broadcast of his concert in Tokyo on March 9, the Fuji Japanese television Yoru No Hit Studio Deluxe begins advertising the event, announcing that the limited tickets will go on sale on Saturday February 24.
Friday January 5
The Fulton County Superior Courts grant Ringo an injunction to prevent Chips Moman from releasing an album of recordings Ringo had recorded for him back in 1987. As part of the agreement, Ringo is ordered to pay Moman $74,354 in production costs, less than half the figure Moman had originally sought.
Tuesday January 23
The British comedy actor Derek Royle, best remembered by Beatles fans as the man who played the role of Jolly Jimmy Johnston in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour, dies in London, aged 61.
Thursday February 1
Charlie Lennon, brother of John's father Freddie, is rushed to the intensive care unit of the Royal Liverpool Teaching Hospital after being knocked down by a car in Penny Lane. He sustains fractured ribs and broken legs.
Tuesday February 6
In New York, Yoko wins a Supreme Court Action which prevents Marilyn Goldberg, a US art dealer, from privately selling licensed reproduction prints of John Lennon's so-called erotic lithographs. Goldberg is the president of Marigold Enterprises Ltd., to whom, in 1985, Yoko granted exclusive marketing rights in John Lennon works.
Thursday February 8
The film Lethal Weapon 2, featuring George's 'Cheer Down', is released in America on both home video and laser disc. (The UK release takes place on March 16.)
Saturday February 10
The Traveling Wilburys album Volume One is featured in the second series of the BBC Radio One series Classic Albums, a series made and produced by the DJ Roger Scott shortly before his death in December last year. (Scott, of course, was the narrator of The Beatles At Abbey Road video presentation held at the studios in London in 1983.)
Monday February 19
The CD version of The John Lennon Collection is released in America.
Wednesday February 21
In America, Paul accepts the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, during the 32nd Academy Of Recorded Arts And Sciences televised award ceremony. Paul accepts the award from the actress Meryl Streep and makes a short speech.
At the same awards ceremony, the albums The Traveling Wilburys - Volume One and Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever, both featuring George, are nominated for Album of the Year. Volume One is also nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Ringo is even on the act when his duet with Buck Owens on 'Act Naturally' is nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Paul's Flowers In The Dirt and Petty's Full Moon Fever are also nominated for Best Engineered Album. Sadly, none of the above come away with an award.
Thursday March 1
Paul, Linda and the band arrived in Tokyo at Narita Airport, the New Tokyo International Airport, the previous day, February 28, at 6:40pm JST, and spent the first night in Japan socialising with Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, who had just finished performing concerts in the country. Today, March 1, Paul's first performance, albeit brief, is part of a press conference attended by 800 people, held at the MZA Ariake Theater where besides taking a barrage of questions from the media, he sings the track 'Matchbox'. The event is broadcast live on the Japanese Fuji television programme Super Time. When the reporters and television crews have left the theatre, Paul and his band resume private rehearsals, performing such tracks as 'Let 'Em In', 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore', 'Twenty Flight Rock', 'Lucille', 'C Moon' and 'P.S. Love Me Do'.
Friday March 2
Paul and his band continue with further private rehearsals, this time at the Tokyo Dome, a venue fondly referred to by Japanese people as Big Egg! During the afternoon sessions, Paul leads the musicians through a complete run-through of their concert repertoire.
Paul McCartney's World Tour
Fifth leg - Tokyo, Japan
Saturday March 3 - Tuesday March 13
The re-arranged tour, which kicks off on March 3, contains six nights at the Tokyo Dome: Saturday March 3, Monday March 5, Wednesday March 7, Friday March 9, Sunday March 11 and Tuesday March 13.
Saturday March 3 (until Tuesday March 13)
Songs from the performances on March 3 ('Coming Up'), March 5 ('Back In The USSR'), March 9 ('Ain't That A Shame') and March 13 ('Get Back') appear on Tripping The Live Fantastic album.
Sunday March 4
Taking advantage of a day off in their tour, Paul and Linda pay a visit to Meiji Jinguu.
Monday March 5
The performance of 'Let 'Em In' from tonight's show in Tokyo appears officially as a bonus track on the CD and 12-inch versions of the 'Birthday' single, released in the UK on October 8.
Wednesday March 7
Paul gives an interview to Naoto Kine for the Japanese AM radio programme All Night Nippon, aired by Ippon Houson. Joining Paul is his drummer Chris Witten. Later this evening, an interview with Paul is recorded backstage in the dressing room at the Tokyo Dome, an item that will be tagged onto the closed circuit concert transmission on Friday March 9.
Thursday March 8
Paul and Linda take advantage of another day off by visiting the tourist attraction Mount Fuji.
Friday March 9
The day begins with Paul and Linda visiting the Imperial Palace Garden, a site he last visited during The Beatles' tour to Tokyo in 1966. Then, at 3:00pm JST, the McCartneys attend the Masago Primary School for a planting ceremony, an event arranged by Tetsuo Hamada of the Japanese Beatles Cine Club. Later, as promised, tonight's show at the Tokyo Dome is transmitted live on closed circuit TV to 10 Japanese cities, all of which is a complete sell-out! The venues who receive the broadcast are: Kyousai Hall in Sappolo, Sendai Denryoku Hall in Sendai, Ceremony Hall Niigata in Niigata, Aichi Kousei Nenkin Kaikan in Nagoya, Suita Mei Theatre in Osaka, Takamatsu Olive Hall in Takamatsu, Matsuyama City Sougou Community Center in Matsuyama, Hiroshima Mima Koudou in Hiroshima, Papyon 24 Gas Hall in Hakata and Melpark Hall Kumamoto in Kumamoto. At each of the venues, fans who were present at the screenings are handed a free Paul McCartney CD single. During the final three Tokyo concerts (March 9,11 and 13), Paul and his band perform the new medley track 'P.S. Love Me Do', a video tape recording of which (from March 9) is included in the fund-raising memorial concert for John Lennon, held at the Pier Head in Liverpool on May 5 this year. Paul also donates £250,000 to the Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre and Friends Of The Earth.
Monday March 12
During a day off from the Tokyo Dome concerts, Paul and his band record a promotional clip for 'We Got Married'. The mimed performance, captured on film by Propoganda Films, is inter-cut with other miscellanous footage (i.e. Paul arriving and fans waiting etc.) from the Japanese visit. (The clip is edited and prepared for TV distribution one week later on March 19.) With filming concluded, Paul, Linda and invited guests attend a party to celebrate the McCartneys 21st wedding anniversary.
During his stay in Japan, Paul gives a 45-minute appearance on the Japanese radio programme Super DJ On Line. Incidentally, to coincide with Paul's concerts at the Tokyo Dome, a special limited edition telephone picture card is released.
Wednesday March 14
At 1:40pm JST, Paul, Linda and the entourage leave Tokyo at New Tokyo International Airport, en route to England, before the next leg of their world tour commences in America on Thursday March 29.
Sixth leg - Return to America
Thursday March 29 - Sunday April 15
Paul, Linda and the band arrive back in America on March 28 to prepare for the next leg of their world tour. The concerts begin again the following night, with performances at the following venues:
Seattle's Kingdome (Thursday March 29)
Berkeley Memorial Stadium, University of California, Berkeley, near San Francisco (Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1)
Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, near Pheonix, Arizona (Wednesday April 4)
Texas Stadium, Irving, near Dallas, Texas (Saturday April 7)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Monday April 9)
Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida (Thursday April 12)
Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida (Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15)
Saturday March 31
During the afternoon soundcheck in Berkeley, Paul and his band perform the track 'Satin Doll'.
Saturday April 7
Paul gives a 45-minute interview to the DJ "Red Beard" of the Dallas radio station KTXQ.
Saturday April 14
During the Miami press conference this afternoon at Joe Robbie Stadium, Paul gives an interview for the TV programme The Mike Duccelli Show. Later, 'Let It Be' from tonight's show in Miami, is released on the Tripping The Live Fantastic album.
Paul McCartney World Tour Brazil - Friday April 20 & Saturday April 21 1990
The tour rolls on to Brazil, where Paul and his band perform two shows at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio De Janeiro. The first concert was pencilled in for the evening of April 19 but was cancelled due to heavy rain.
Friday April 20
The opening night sees Paul perform before an estimated crowd of 80,000.
Saturday April 21
The second night at the Maracana Stadium is certified by the Guinness Book Of Records as the "largest paying audience ever to see a rock concert by a single artist." (The crowd total is estimated at approximately 184,000, beating the previous record of 175,000 set by Frank Sinatra.) A crew from the Brazilian television station GLOBO TV captures tonight's concert by Paul on videotape. Eight numbers from the performance are transmitted on April 23 as a show entitled Paul In Rio. The performance of 'The Long And Winding Road' from this show is released on the Tripping The Live Fantastic album (released simultaneously worldwide on November 5, 1990). While 'P.S. Love Me Do' from tonight's show appears as a bonus track on 12-inch and CD versions of 'Birthday', released in the UK on October 8.
Paul's MPL Put It There documentary presentation is released in America on laser disc.
Saturday March 3
In response to the increasing number of Beatles bootleg recordings which have been appearing regularly on the worldwide collectors markets, the trade paper Music Week publishes a notice from EMI Records which warns the UK record retailers "to be suspicious of any post-June 1962 Beatles product offered to them for sale - irrespective of how legitimate the wholesaler might claim the works to be - by any other company other than EMI". The notice concludes with the warning: "EMI Records will take legal proceedings against any person who infringes their sound copyright recordings!"
Monday March 5
In the UK, the 20th anniversary run of Beatles single re-issues concludes with the release of 'Let It Be'/'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)' as both a picture disc and a 7-inch vinyl in a picture sleeve.
Friday March 16
Yoko and Sean arrive at Heathrow Airport for a two-week stay in London, taking up residence at the Mayfair Hotel in Stratten Street.
Monday March 19
Yoko and Sean hold a photo shoot in London to promote her new exhibition, which opens in London on Wednesday.
Tuesday March 20
As a preview to Yoko's show In Facing, her first major London exhibition since 1967, Yoko and Sean attend a press conference which is part of an evening which runs between 6:00 and 8:00pm.
Wednesday March 21 (until Sunday April 22)
At the Riverside Studios in Crisp Road, Hammersmith, West London, a five-week exhibition of Yoko's artwork and films, entitled In Facing, opens to the public. The exhibition, which will be open from Tuesday to Saturday between the hours of 1:00 and 8:00pm, features a large selection of Yoko's conceptual canvas and aural work between 1961 and 1967. To accompany the display, a small portable audio tape machine plays Yoko's unreleased 1987 album Georgia Stone, a collection of tracks she recorded with John Cage. Yoko's show also features some of her selected avant-garde films, presented on the next five consecutive Saturdays. (See entry for March 24.)
Friday March 23
Hamlyn Books issue in paperback, Mark Lewisohn's book The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions.
Saturday March 24
The charity compilation album The Last Temptation Of Elvis, featuring Paul's cover of 'It's Now Or Never' is released through the UK music paper the New Musical Express. (The release appears in America as an import during April.)
At 2pm, at the 300-seater Riverside Studios cinema in Hammersmith, Yoko takes part in an on-stage lecture, involving a question and answer session with the audience and the show's host, Sarah Kent. Later, Yoko remains in the cinema while the films Rape, Freedom and Fly are shown to the paying public.
Monday March 26
The Traveling Wilburys, namely George, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, assemble in Los Angeles to begin writing new songs intended for their second album. These sessions will continue until late April, when the recording sessions for the album, again in LA, will begin.
VCI in the UK releases on home video The Beatles' full-length films Help! and Magical Mystery Tour.
Wednesday March 28
Lynne and Petty break off from writing the new Wilburys album to join Ringo, along with Joe Walsh and Jim Keltner to record, and film, a new version of the track 'I Call Your Name', intended to be screened during the May 5 John Lennon Scholarship Concert in Liverpool.
In London, Yoko holds another press conference in which she announces plans for a John Lennon musical.
Saturday March 31
Yoko's In Facing exhibition at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith continues when Two Virgins, Erection and Fly are shown.
Sunday April 1
John and Yoko's 1972 double album Some Time In New York City is released on CD in America.
Saturday April 7
The Riverside exhibition of Yoko's avant-garde films continues when The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971, Rape and Smile (Film No. 5) are shown.
Monday April 9
In today's Daily Mail, Olivia Harrison, in her first interview in fifteen years, talks about the appeal, launched by herself, Yoko and Linda, to aid the desperate plight of Romania's orphaned and abandoned children. The article carries the headline: "Beatle Wives Unite To Aid Romania's Angels With Dirty Faces."
Thursday April 12
The 1972 Apple film The Concert For Bangla Desh is re-released on Warner Brothers home video in the UK, at the sell-through budget price of £9.99.
It is announced that asteroids 4147-4150, discovered in 1983 and 1984 by Brian A. Skiff and Dr. Edward Bowell of the Lowell observatories in Flagstaff, Arizona, have been renamed Lennon, McCartney, Harrison & Starr by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Saturday April 14
The penultimate showing ofYoko's films in the exhibition at the Riverside Studios continues with a screening of a set of silent Fluxus films, which pre-date her meeting with John in 1966.
Sunday April 15
The BSB (British Satellite Broadcasting) music station Power, premieres the TV special, Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Live, featuring Ringo's concert in Los Angeles on September 3,1989.
Monday April 16
Shortly after returning back to England, George records an appearance with ex-Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi for inclusion in Capaldi's promotional video for 'Oh Lord, Why Lord', a track on which George also provides backing vocals. (The track also appears on Capaldi's album Some Come Running. This clip is also screened at the Nelson Mandela tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, but does not feature during the telecasts of the show.)
Friday April 20
At BBC Broadcasting House in London, George and Olivia appear on Simon Bates' BBC Radio One programme. Shortly after, George flies back to California to re-join the Traveling Wilburys.
Saturday April 21
The final films of Yoko's exhibition at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, take place with screenings of Ten For Two, Sisters O' Sisters, Apotheosis, Freedom, Fly and Up Your Legs Forever.
Friday April 27 (until Tuesday May 15)
At a private home studio in Bel Air, California, The Traveling Wilburys reunite to record their second album, and decide to do so without a replacement for the late Roy Orbison. The first release from these sessions is the track 'Nobody's Child', a song not too unfamiliar to George, as The Beatles had backed Tony Sheridan on a recording of it in Hamburg, Germany, during June of 1961. (The Wilburys' version also appears on the compilation album Nobody's Child Romanian Angel Appeal, a charity release to help raise funds for the Romanian orphanages and hospitals, a scheme organised by George's wife, Olivia. The song is also released as a single.) The Traveling Wilburys' second album is eventually released as Traveling Wilburys Volume 3, in response to the bootleg album, featuring unreleased tracks and alternate versions, which sported the title Traveling Wilburys Volume 2. The album, Volume 3, is produced by George and Jeff Lynne, and does not contain any George Harrison solo tracks. The only submitted Harrison composition during the sessions, 'Maxine', is ultimately rejected. The Wilburys personnel also undergo name changes. Harrison and Lynne now use the new pseudonyms Spike and Clayton Wilbury while Petty and Dylan take the names Muddy and Boo Wilbury respectively.
May (until June)
During a break in his world tour, Paul begins working with Carl Davis at the Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, South West London, on the composition of an Oratorio, based on his Liverpool childhood. (It will premiere in Liverpool on June 28, 1991, and be conducted by Davis.)
Tuesday May 1
George takes a break from Wilbury happenings to join Eric Clapton live on stage this evening at his LA concert. George plays guitar on the tracks 'Crossroads' and 'Sunshine Of Your Love', both of which were originally recorded in the Sixties by Cream, Clapton's former group.
Saturday May 5
A Yoko Ono arranged, fund-raising memorial concert for John Lennon, is held at the Pier Head, on the banks of the river Mersey in Liverpool. Proceeds from the show will go to what Yoko calls the "Greening of the World John Lennon Scholarship Fund". Artists taking part include Al Green, The Christians, Joe Cocker, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Cole, Wet Wet Wet, The Moody Blues, Lou Reed, Terence Trent D'Arby, Randy Travis, Cyndi Lauper, Deacon Blue, Lou Gramm, Dave Stewart, Ray Charles, Dave Edmunds, Hall & Oates and Roberta Flack. The show also features contributions from two former Beatles, albeit by way of videotape inserts. Ringo contributes his new recording of 'I Call Your Name', recorded in Los Angeles on March 28, while Paul is seen performing 'P.S. Love Me Do', taped during one of his Tokyo shows in March. Spoken word messages from both ex-Beatles are also included in their videos. (Both videos feature in the American broadcast of the show on December 8.) Short archive clips of John are also featured in the presentation, such as Not Only ... But Also (transmitted on BBC2 on January 9, 1965) and Release (BBC2 June 22, 1968). The performances are included in a TV special, which is aired live this evening, May 5, in the UK first across the ITV network and then later on Channel 4. (Highlights from the concert are also released on home videocassette in the UK on April 15, 1991.)
Monday May 7
In Los Angeles, with Wilburys activities still on hold, George is seen by fans shopping for a camcorder.
Tuesday May 8
The 55-minute programme entitled The Beatles: Alone And Together, featuring miscellaneous archive Beatles footage is released on home video in America.
Sunday May 13
In the UK, Granada Television networks across the ITV regions (between 10:35 and 11:33pm) a recently produced drama documentary on Stuart Sutcliffe. The 48-minute programme, which was shot in black and white, is entitled Stuart Sutcliffe - Midnight Angel.
Thursday May 24 & Friday May 25
In the UK, to coincide with tickets going on sale for his Liverpool concert on Thursday June 28, a two-part interview with Paul is featured on TV AM, where he talks about his upcoming concert performances in Glasgow and Liverpool.
Saturday May 26 & Sunday May 27
In America, the Westwood One radio network syndicates the BBC Radio One series The Beeb's Lost Beatles Tapes during the Memorial Day weekend. The shows were originally broadcast in the UK during late 1988 as 14 x 30-minute programmes, but now, following extensive re-editing, these new shows are presented for broadcast in a single six-hour special, re-titled The BBC's Beatles Tapes: The Original Masters.
In the UK, on May 26, BBC1 repeats the 1967 film The Family Way, which features Paul's music on the soundtrack.
In the UK, the CD Denny Laine Featuring Paul McCartney (previously issued as Laine's Japanese Tears) is released.
Thursday June 7
The first two Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends home videotapes, featuring narration by Ringo, are released in America.
In the UK, the Handmade Films production of Checking Out, featuring a cameo appearance by George, is released on home video.
Saturday June 9
An international music festival called Muzeko '90, dedicated to the memory and music of John Lennon, takes place in Donetsk, Russia.
Monday June 11
Animation City in London prepares for release the Traveling Wilburys video for 'Nobody's Child'. Derek Hayes directs the clip.
Wednesday June 13
In the Radio One headquarters in Langham Street, adjacent to the BBC Broadcasting House studios in Portland Place, London, Paul appears completely unannounced, live on the BBC Radio One programme The Steve Wright Show. During his surprise appearance, besides being interviewed, he takes questions over the phone, participates in the traditional disc-jockey routines of reading the weather and traffic reports and even performs short spontaneous acoustic versions of 'Matchbox' and 'Blackbird'. During the spot, host Steve Wright plays Paul's live Tokyo (March 1990) recording of the medley 'P.S. Love Me Do'. In order to perform on the show, Paul broke from work on the Tripping The Live Fantastic album, which is currently being mixed at George Martin's AIR Studios near Oxford Circus, close to the BBC.
Thursday June 14
Ringo and his All-Starr Band's special one-off concert at Le Zenith Indoor Arena in Paris, France, does not take place.
Monday June 18
In the UK, The Traveling Wilburys' single 'Nobody's Child' is released, backed with 'Lumiere', performed by Dave Stewart. The twelve-inch and CD versions of the single add Ringo's September 4, 1989, live version of 'With A Little Help From My Friends' at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Tuesday June 19 & Wednesday June 20
Paul and his band rehearse at his home studios in East Sussex.
On June 20, George appears on the BBC Radio One programme The Simon Bates Show. Whilst at the BBC Broadcasting House studios in Portland Place, London, George and his wife, Olivia, tape an interview for inclusion in the one-hour Radio One documentary on the Romanian Appeal, entitled Nobody's Child, which is broadcast on BBC Radio One on August 1.
Also on June 20, Ringo's wife Barbara Bach becomes the latest in a long line of Beatles-related celebrities to appear on the BBC1 talk show Wogan, hosted by Terry Wogan. During her short interview, which is transmitted from the BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, London, she talks about alcoholism.
Thursday June 21
Paul moves rehearsals with his band to Glasgow in order to prepare for their concert at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre on June 23.
In the States, Ringo records an interview with the music station VH-1. During the latter half of the interview, he is joined by the guitarist Joe Walsh.
Friday June 22
George and Olivia Harrison's 15-minute appearance on Wogan, recorded at the BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, London, on Wednesday June 20, is transmitted tonight on BBC1. During their interview they talk about the Romanian Angel Appeal and the Nobody's Child album, and the video for 'Nobody's Child' is shown.
Paul McCartney World Tour
Return to the UK
Saturday June 23 - Saturday June 30
Following the success of his American tour, Paul returns to the UK to play three more dates, including an emotional homecoming concert in Liverpool. The first shows take place at:
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow (Saturday June 23)
King's Dock, Liverpool (Thursday June 28)
Music Therapy Concert, Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire (Saturday June 30)
Saturday June 23
In front of a massive crowd gathered in the outdoor car park, Paul performs 'Mull Of Kintyre' during tonight's Get Back To Glasgow show in Glasgow, the only time this song is played during the entire world tour. This version will be officially released as a bonus track on the initial 'All My Trials' 12-inch and CD versions of the single, released on November 26. The 24-minute Granada TV/MPL documentary about Paul, entitled Paul McCartney: Now, is also transmitted on certain ITV regions today. The programme, which serves as a preview for the show in Liverpool on June 28, features interviews and concert footage from Paul's recent American concerts. A pre-recorded interview with Paul is also broadcast today on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Monday June 25 & Tuesday June 26
During a short break between shows, Paul, Linda and his band attend filming sessions at Twickenham Studios in Middlesex, near London.
Thursday June 28
Following his arrival at the concert site at 2:30pm, Paul's historic homecoming begins with a 5:30pm press conference, later shared with Beatles' producer George Martin, during which Paul talks about his "surprise tribute to John during tonight's show", the performing arts school, Yoko's tribute concert, the Get Back film and, amongst other items, Friends Of The Earth. Then later, during the concert at the King's Dock in Liverpool, which is billed as Let It Be - Liverpool, he gives the first-ever public performance of his "surprise", a "John Lennon medley" comprising 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Help!' and 'Give Peace A Chance'. This will be the first time ever that Paul has performed a solo John Lennon composition in public. Around 75 minutes of the concert, performed in front of 50,000 fans, is transmitted on BBC Radio One on October 27 and naturally features prominently in the MPL documentary From Rio To Liverpool, transmitted in the UK on Channel 4 on December 17. (The show, featuring an alternative title of Paul McCartney - Going Home, is aired in America on the Disney Channel on October 1991.) Media interest in this historic event looms large on the UK, and indeed worldwide, newscasts on the day. To help promote the show, if this was ever needed, Paul appears in an interview on TV AM this morning. (Paul's 'Lennon Medley' will also appear officially on the second 'All My Trials' CD single.) Following the hugely successful show, Paul and Linda host a reception for 150 guests backstage at the concert arena.
Friday June 29
Paul and his band appear on the site of the Knebworth Festival to check out the surroundings and participate in an early soundcheck performance.
Saturday June 30
At the Knebworth Festival, in front of a sell-out 120,000 spectators, Paul performs an edited 45-minute concert, in aid of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the British Recording Industry Trust School for the Performing Arts. A selection of songs from the concert ('Coming Up' and 'Hey Jude') appears on the Knebworth: The Album compilation, released on August 6 in both America and the UK. The soundtrack from the show is simultaneously transmitted live in both America and on BBC Radio One in the UK. Footage from the concert is aired in America on MTV on July 14 and in the UK on an ITV Network special on August 6. The performance of 'Birthday' appears officially on the Tripping The Live Fantastic album, and is released as a cassette single in both America (on October 16) and the UK (on October 8), which also features a live version of 'Good Day Sunshine' from the Knebworth concert.
Monday July 2
On the day that Paul, Linda and the band fly out to Washington to resume their world tour, Channel 4 in the UK screens the 1987 Comic Strip film Eat The Rich, which features a cameo appearance by Mr and Mrs McCartney.
Paul McCartney World Tour
Final leg - Return to America
Wednesday July 4 - Sunday July 29,1990
Paul's ten-month world tour concludes with a return visit to America, which includes concerts at the following venues:
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C. (Wednesday July 4 and Friday July 6)
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey (Monday July 9 and Wednesday July 11)
Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15)
University of Iowa Stadium, Aimes, Iowa (Wednesday July 18)
Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio (Friday July 20)
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina (Sunday July 22)
Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, near Boston, Massachusetts (Tuesday July 24 and Thursday July 26)
Soldier Field, Chicago (Sunday July 29)
Wednesday July 4
At Paul's show today in Washington, in front of a capacity 56,000 audience, Paul replaces the 'Lennon Medley' with a performance of 'Birthday', in honour of the nation's 214th birthday.
Sunday July 8
A planned concert this evening at New York's famed Shea Stadium fails to materialise. At one time, this concert was planned to be screened as a pay-per-view event across America.
Tuesday July 24
Backstage at Sullivan Stadium, Paul is interviewed by the radio station WBCN in Boston.
Wednesday July 25
In Foxboro, Massachusetts, Paul and his band take a break from the tour to shoot additional live scenes for the concert movie Get Back. To help the technicians, the group, in front of an invited audience of 800, lip-synch to a recording of the previous day's concert.
Sunday July 29
The final show of the tour (concert number 102 in 45 weeks in 46 cities) takes place at Soldier Field in Chicago before an excited crowd of 53,000 fans. The press conference before the show is covered by a number of TV stations, including MTV. The planned concert today at the Yale Bowl, New Haven, was cancelled by MPL on May 24 following local hostility to the event that continued despite a 19-6 vote by the city's board insisting that it should take place.
Saturday June 30
In America, a 90-minute laser disc version of Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band, videotaped at Ringo's September 3,1989, show in Los Angeles, is released. (This version is released on home video in America on January 29, 1991, but UK Beatles fans only receive the 60-minute version, which is released officially on July 16. The edited version omits only one Ringo track namely 'You're Sixteen'.)
Rickenbacker Guitars announce they will be issuing a special John Lennon signature electric guitar range in America.
Still Stateside, Linda appears on the Cleveland, Ohio television programme The Morning Exchange, where she talks about her childhood, animals, her family, touring with Paul, and also promotes her vegetarian cookbook.
Monday July 2
Channel 4 in the UK screens the 1987 Comic Strip film Eat The Rich, which features a cameo appearance by Paul and Linda.
Monday July 9
The home video of the 1985 American TV documentary Yoko Ono: Then And Now is re-released in the UK
Sunday July 15
The Swedish radio station Channel 3 broadcasts a special programme to celebrate Ringo's 50th birthday. The 60-minute show also includes an exclusive telephone interview with The Beatles' former drummer, carried out in Monte Carlo on June 5 by the longtime Swedish Beatles fan Staffan Olander.
Monday July 16
Another Beatles-related home video is released in the UK. This time, the American 1985 made-for-TV 2-part film Alice In Wonderland, featuring Ringo in a cameo role as the Mock Turtle, which is issued by Warner Brothers.
Wednesday July 18
George and Olivia, who are joined by Ringo and Barbara, attend a party at the Hyde Park Hotel in London. This all-ticket affair is part of a luncheon arranged to launch the Romanian Angel album.
Monday July 23
The album Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal, is released in the UK featuring tracks by George and Ringo, amongst others. (The album is released in America the following day, Tuesday July 24.)
During the month, Video Collection International releases the compilation video Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends, combining the previously released cassettes, featuring 17 stories narrated by Ringo.
Wednesday August 1
A pre-taped interview with George back in June 20, during which he discusses the recent release of Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal, is broadcast on BBC Radio One in the UK as part of a one hour documentary on the subject.
Monday August 6
Knebworth: The Album, featuring two of Paul's live tracks from the June 30, 1990, concert, is simultaneously released in both America and the UK.
Friday August 10
The Beatles Revolution, London's first permanent exhibition centre dedicated to the fab four, opens at the Trocadero shopping plaza on Piccadilly Circus, London. The showcase opens from 10am to 7pm, seven days a week.
Monday August 13
In the UK, Wamer Home Video releases the bizarre 1975 film Lisztomania, featuring Ringo cast in the role of the Pope.
Saturday August 25
Paul and Linda host a 21st birthday party for their daughter Mary in a marquee in the grounds of their farm near Rye in Sussex. It is a fancy dress affair, with Mary arriving as Cleopatra, and Paul and Linda dressed in Chinese outfits. George Martin comes as Sir Thomas More. Music is provided by the soul band Soul Provider.
Tuesday August 28
Three weeks after the album comes Knebworth: The Event (Volume One), the UK home video of the concert, featuring the same four McCartney numbers, 'Coming Up', 'Birthday', 'Hey Jude' and 'Can't Buy Me Love', which appeared on the television specials of the June 30 event.
Saturday September 1
Paul and Linda arrive in New York to begin preparations for the Annual Buddy Holly bash, celebrated for the first time in New York to coincide with the November 4 launch of the Broadway musical Buddy.
Tuesday September 4
In New York at the Lone Star Roadhouse during the 15th annual Buddy Holly birthday celebrations, Paul jumps on stage to perform with the band, albeit briefly, the songs 'Oh Boy', 'Rave On' and 'Lucille'. Backing Paul during his live appearance are Dave Edmunds, Max Weinberg, The Crickets and many others. (The event is captured on a single camera videotape by MTV.)
Monday September 10
In the UK, the home videotapes of Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends are issued as part of the Watch & Play children's series.
Thursday September 27
The US release takes place today of two further Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends videocassettes, namely Thomas And Turntables & Other Stories and Thomas Breaks The Rules & Other Stories.
The production My Love Is Bigger Than A Cadillac, a new film about Buddy Holly's backing group The Crickets, including a brief appearance by Paul, is released m the UK on home video. The programme was premiered on American TV, in two parts, on August 5 and 11.
Wednesday October 3
In America, the television programme Evening Magazine features a report on the Romanian Angel appeal.
Friday October 5
A pre-recorded interview with Yoko, recorded during her brief visit to London, is broadcast on tonight's edition of the Channel 4 music series The Word.
Saturday October 6
In the UK, BBC Radio One begins broadcasting (between 2:00 and 2:59pm) the series In My Life: Lennon Remembered, a series of 10 one-hour programmes about John that feature more than 20 new interviews taped with Paul, Yoko and many other acquaintances who had either worked with, or knew, John. (Repeats of each episode, which tell the story of John's music through archive interviews and his music, are transmitted the following Tuesday on the station between 9:00 and 9:59pm.) A BBC book of the series naturally soon follows.
Monday October 8
Paul's single 'Birthday'/'Good Day Sunshine' is released in the UK in several formats. (The American release takes place on Tuesday October 16 but only as a cassette.)
The UK release takes place of the Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band live concert on CD, taken from the Los Angeles shows on September 3 and 4, 1989. A bonus CD single is released with the deluxe CD version released in America on October 12 but is not issued in the UK.
Tuesday October 9
On what would have been John's 50th birthday, a special broadcast of John's 1971 recording of 'Imagine' is broadcast simultaneously by approximately 1,000 radio stations in 50 countries (or nearer to 130 according to other sources) around the world. The broadcast, which features an introduction by Marcela Perez de Cuellar, the wife of the UN secretary-general, originates from the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations building in New York City, and also includes an excerpt from an archive John Lennon interview. To aid in this global event, special pre-recorded versions are also broadcast in both Spanish and French. Yoko says: "I wanted to provide a way for John's fans to do something together, but, at the same time, I wanted it to be original and simple."
Wednesday October 10
In the UK, at the Salford College of Technology, George Martin presents the John Lennon Songwriting Awards to three lucky students.
Thursday October 11
To promote their forthcoming march to save the Rye Memorial Hospital this Monday, Paul and Linda are seen distributing leaflets in their hometown centre of Rye in East Sussex.
Monday October 15
At 12 noon, at Rye Town Hall in Sussex, Paul, Linda and a host of their friends, spearhead a campaign to save Rye Memorial Hospital by leading a march from the Town Hall to the hospital. The event is suitably called Rye's Day Of Action. (The demonstration naturally features on the UK TV news bulletins later this evening.) Paul has even offered to pay wages to the nurses who are willing to work in the casualty department, which has been closed since August due to the staff shortages.
Thursday October 25
In the UK, BBC Radio One transmits a 40-minute special to celebrate the imminent release of the Traveling Wilburys' new album, which is issued in the UK next Monday.
Friday October 26
Paul appears again on the Los Angeles radio programme Rockline, where he is interviewed, and performs an acoustic version of 'Matchbox'. While Paul is chatting, and singing inside, Linda is being photographed, waiting for Paul, outside the building. (Incidentally, Paul's appearance on the show reappears in America as part of the Global Satellite Network's pre-show broadcast for the FM Radio simulcast of MTV's Unplugged on April 3, 1991.)
Monday October 29
The Traveling Wilburys' second album, cryptically called Volume 3, is released in the UK with an American release taking place the following day, Tuesday October 30.
Still in the UK, BBC Radio One begins broadcasting a five-part pre-recorded interview with Paul. Each segment is transmitted daily, with the final part being broadcast on Friday November 2. While in the States, a radio special entitled Paul - In The Studio, focusing on his Flowers In The Dirt album and the 1989/1990 World Tour, is syndicated across America.
The case between The Beatles' Apple Corps and the computer company Apple Macintosh reaches the High Court in London. Paul, George, Ringo and Yoko claim that Apple Macintosh have breached a 1981 agreement over use of the Apple logo and their music recording equipment. (The case is expected to last 12 weeks.)
Tuesday October 30
After a four week delay, the John Lennon four CD boxed set, entitled simply Lennon, is released in the UK and features the first release on CD of many Lennon tracks. The set, comprising tracks taken from every one of his albums from Live Peace In Toronto in 1969, to Milk And Honey in 1984, is compiled to celebrate what would have been his 50th birthday. (The official American release of these 73 tracks does not take place until July 1991.)
November (into December)
During the month at his home studios in Sussex, Paul begins recording the first demos in preparation for a new studio album. Towards the end of the month, and into December, Paul is joined at the sessions by Elvis Costello. Paul's task now is to start recording tracks properly for his next album, scheduled for release during April 1991.
In New York during November, the case against George over his conviction for plagiarism of 'He's So Fine' on his 1970 recording of 'My Sweet Lord', is finally settled. In the US Federal Court, Judge Richard Owen rules that George will own the rights to both songs in the US, the UK and in Canada. ABKCO, Alien Klein's company, will own the rights to the song outside of those countries. George will also continue to own 'My Sweet Lord', but ABKCO will continue to receive a percentage from the song's royalties. George is also ordered to pay ABKCO a reputed net sum totalling $270,020.
Sunday November 4
The New York premiere takes place of the Broadway musical Buddy with Paul and Linda naturally in attendance. The McCartneys return to England on Tuesday November 6.
Monday November 5
The simultaneous US and UK release takes place of Paul's live concert compilation album Tripping The Live Fantastic.
Also in the UK, The Traveling Wilburys' single 'She's My Baby'/'New Blue Moon' is released in the UK on a 12-inch single and a CD, which adds the bonus track 'Runaway'.
Wednesday November 7 (until Monday November 19)
At the Cliphouse Studios in London, three artists work around the clock to complete a promotional video for Paul's track 'Party, Party'. The animation sessions, in which they are assigned to draw approximately 4,500 images, last for 12 days with the amount of man-hours labour totalling over 600 hours! Sadly, this MPL produced video is never screened on any TV station around the world in its entirety. As for the song itself, it appears only as a bonus single to be found within the Flowers In The Dirt limited edition world tour and as a part of an also limited edition double CD pack in Japan.
Sunday November 11
George appears in a pre-recorded interview with Gloria Hunniford on her London Weekend Television/ITV network teatime show Sunday Sunday, where he promotes the new album by The Traveling Wilburys.
Monday November 12
In the UK, BBC tapes release John And Yoko - The Interview, comprising excerpts from the interview with the Lennons carried out by Andy Peebles in New York on December 6, 1980.
In the States, a pre-taped interview with Paul is aired on the programme MTV Prime.
Sunday November 18
In America, Paul's original birth certificate sells for $18,000 at an auction in Houston, Texas.
Monday November 19
Simultaneous release in both America and the UK takes place of the CD Tripping The Live Fantastic... Highlights!, which is an edited 17-track version of the tour album, which contains a different track line-up for each country. The UK edition features 'All My Trials', a track missing from the American version, which instead replaces the song 'Put It There'. (Incidentally, during the spring of 1991, the Columbia House Record Club in America releases a 12-track vinyl album entitled Highlights, which contains the only US release of the track 'All My Trials'.)
Sunday November 25
In Los Angeles, Paul appears on the American version of the long running series Desert Island Discs. Paul recorded an appearance on the original BBC series on January 20, 1982 (see entry).
Monday November 26
Radio spots continue when Paul appears in a special two-hour syndicated transmission of the American KLOS-FM Los Angeles radio show Rockline. Also today, Paul's single 'All My Trials'/'C Moon' is released in the UK in several formats. The twelve-inch and CD versions of the single add the tracks 'Mull Of Kintyre' and 'Put It There'.
Wednesday November 28
Paul appears live and answers questions during a one-hour Pan-European phone-in radio show, transmitted by 17 UK ILR (Independent Local Radio) stations as well as via outlets in 16 other countries.
Saturday December 1
Paul's album Tripping The Live Fantastic reaches number 26 in the American charts.
Monday December 3
The film John And Yoko: The Bed-In, the Lennons' self-produced film of their May/June 1969 Montreal bed-in, is released in the UK on PMI home video. It will appear later on laser disc in both the UK and in Japan. (This candid documentary will appear in America, on both home video and laser disc, sporting the alternative title of All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance.) Amongst the most memorable items in this fascinating 60-minute documentary is John's celebrated acrimonious confrontation with the American cartoonist Al Capp.
In the UK, a second edition of Paul's CD single 'All My Trials'/'C Moon' is released, replacing the two bonus tracks with the 'Lennon Medley'. To coincide with its release, a pre-taped interview with Paul is aired on BBC Radio One's Simon Bates Show.
Tuesday December 4
John is the featured star of this week's edition of the BBC Radio Five show Cult Heroes. The programme, episode seven in a series often, is transmitted between 8:01 and 8:29pm.
Wednesday December 5
In the UK, a pre-taped interview with George, where he again talks about the Traveling Wilburys, is broadcast on the BBC2 version of the French television programme Rapido. (A further BBC2 screening of the programme takes place on Monday December 10.)
Saturday December 8
The May 5 Liverpool Lennon benefit concert is repeated in the UK on Channel 4 and syndicated throughout America. The broadcast includes video clips screened during the event, including Paul performing 'P.S. Love Me Do' in Tokyo, Japan, and Ringo, who sings a new recording of 'I Call Your Name'.
Sunday December 9
BBC2 in the UK, transmits a repeat screening of John's January 9, 1965, appearance on Not Only... But Also, starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. The clip is a part of the final show in this compilation series, re-titled The Best Of... What's Left Of... Not Only... But Also. This is a reference to the fact that the BBC has failed to preserve many of the shows from this historical Sixties comedy series. The transmission of this programme, as well as yesterday's Lennon tribute concert on Channel 4, is scheduled to take place near the 10th anniversary of John's death.
Monday December 10
In America, during the 1990 Billboard Awards, Paul receives the award for the highest grossing concert act in America during the year. The Fox Network broadcasts a special programme of the event throughout the US. Paul appears by way of a pre-recorded message, which also includes a live concert video clip for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. (The complete show receives a UK screening across the ITV network on Sunday December 30.)
Wednesday December 12
At Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London this afternoon, Paul receives the Merit Award from Q Magazine, in honour of his "outstanding and continued contribution to the music industry". On BBC2, in the UK this morning, Paul's recent appearance on the US TV show After Hours is transmitted.
Thursday December 13
In a session that was scheduled to start at 12pm but did not actually begin until approximately 4pm, Paul and his band, before a live studio audience comprising members of the Wings Fun Club, videotape various European and Japanese television appearances at the Limehouse TV studios, situated at 128 Wembley Park Drive, in Wembley, Middlesex. Their mimed performances (different versions for each country), includes the tracks 'Let It Be', 'The Long And Winding Road' and 'All My Trials', and will appear in Holland on December 18 during the NED 2 TV programme Countdown where he is also interviewed by Jerone Van Inkel, on December 22 in Italy on the RAI UNO television programme Fantastico, and in Denmark and on TVE in Spain on December 26 where it appears during the television programme Rockopop. One further screening takes place on Sunday January 20, 1991, on the Japanese television programme Beat UK. For this lengthy, overtly tiresome, five-hour session, Paul returned to the Limehouse Studios for the first time in over two decades. As a member of The Beatles, Paul had visited these premises back in the Sixties to record appearances for the legendary pop music series Ready Steady Go! Incidentally, by the time of this performance, drummer Chris Witten had left to join the group Dire Straits, to be replaced by Blair Cunningham, formerly with Haircut 100 and The Pretenders, which also once included Robbie McIntosh, Paul's current guitarist.
Friday December 14
Paul and Linda return again to the BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane, London, where they make another guest appearance on the BBC1 chat show Wogan, hosted by Terry Wogan. For tonight's slot, Paul and his band mime a version of 'All My Trials'. During his time at the BBC today, Paul also records an interview for inclusion in the Saturday morning children's show Going Live!, which is transmitted, along with the 'All My Trials' promotional film, on Saturday December 22. In America, a pre-taped interview with Paul by Kurt Loder for the programme Famous Last Words is transmitted on MTV today. While in the UK newspaper the Independent, reports reveal that Paul has resumed writing with Elvis Costello and that three new McCartney/MacManus compositions were written this week.
Saturday December 15
A special limited edition version of Tripping The Live Fantastic reaches number 157 in the American album charts.
Monday December 17
Channel 4 in the UK broadcasts the 50-minute MPL documentary From Rio To Liverpool. (The American transmission takes place on The Disney Channel on October 13, 1991, where it's retitled Paul McCartney: Going Home. Further screenings of the programme take place on the channel on October 19, 25 and 30.) The programme, besides various interviews, also features live concert footage from the concerts in Rio, Philadelphia, Glasgow and, of course, the triumphant homecoming to Liverpool.
Friday December 21 & Saturday December 22
Two John Lennon tribute concerts take place at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Artists performing include Miles Davis, Natalie Cole and Toshionbu Kubota, Linda Rondstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Sean Lennon, who performs a version of 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away'.
Wednesday December 26
MTV in America broadcast the world premiere clip of Paul's concert tour promotional video for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. (Note: This clip is a slightly different version to the one aired during the 1990 Billboard Music Awards presentation, first broadcast in America on December 10.)
Paul's exciting year ends on another high point, when the American magazine Amusement Business, publishes a year-end survey revealing that his concert shows rate in the top-grossing bookings of the year, specifically the $3,550,560 grossed for two sell-out shows at the University of California, Berkeley on March 31 and April 1. Paul also appears at numbers 3, 6, 10, 11 and 12 in the ratings, with the shows at East Rutherford, (July 9 and 11), Philadelphia (July 14 and 15), Miami, Florida (April 14 and 15), Washington, DC (July 4 and 6) and Foxboro (on July 24 and 26).
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