Paul McCartney's Live at the Cavern
is essentially the video counterpart to his album Run Devil Run
and is equally addictive. The legendary Liverpool club--where the Beatles and a great many other Mersey bands cut their musical teeth--has relocated to new premises in the same street, but it's still the most intimate of venues (it holds all of 300 punters) and is of course the
obvious place for Macca to stage this wonderful rock & roll retro extravaganza. Oh yes, there was also a secondary audience of several million who watched the show as a Webcast, but at least this meant they weren't queuing at the bar.
The music, however, isn't obvious at all. Rather than go down the tried and tested route of rehashing all the rock & roll classics everyone knows, McCartney decided instead to create a show focusing on his own personal favourites from his formative years. This means that we get stuff like "Fabulous", "Blue Jean Bop" and "Honey Hush" rather than the usual over-revived material. This combination of an instantly recognisable style with rather less recognisable songs is as refreshing as an ice-cold Tizer. The all-star band includes Dave "Floyd" Gilmour, Ian "Purple" Paice (looking alarmingly like Mel Smith) and even Pete "Eighteen with a Bullet" Wingfield. The performance is preceded by an interview with His Macship conducted by Jools Holland. --Roger Thomas
Former Beatle and Wings frontman Paul 'Macca' McCartney performs live at the Cavern Club, the venue which helped make him famous, in this special 64-minute concert from December 1999. Backed by a supergroup including Pink Floy's Dave Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Mr M performs a mix of tracks old and new including 'All Shook Up', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Party'. A 22-minute interview with Sir Paul is also included.