14 December ’99: Paul McCartney Live at Cavern with David Gilmour

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Watch the full concert of Paul McCartney and David Gilmour at Cavern Club

It was McCartney’s first appearance at the Cavern since The Beatles’ final show there on 3 August 1963.

I am going back for just one night as a nod to the music that has always and will ever thrill me. I can’t think of a better way to rock out the end of the century than with a rock ‘n’ roll party at the Cavern. (PaulMcCartney)

David Gilmour is no stranger to Paul McCartney’s solo work. He lent fine and very Gilmour-guitar solos to tracks from two Eighties McCartney albums, 1984’s Give My Regards to Broad Street and 1989’s Flowers in the Dirt.Also in 1999 McCartney, Gilmour and Paice along with Mick Green and Pete Wingfield appeared on the BBC talk show Parkinson.

cavern The group performed “All Shook Up” and “Honey Hush” and while Gilmour and McCartney performed “Your Loving Flame” as and Sir Paul tackled “The Long And Winding Road” solo.

At the end of the Nineties, Gilmour took on guitar duties when the former Beatle recorded Run Devil Run, a studio album of mostly Fifties covers with a few original tunes thrown in.

Paul had some reservations as he thought the Cavern was on the wrong side of the road. He was told that it was 50% on the same site and had the same address, albeit it is eight foot deeper than the original Cavern. The plans of the back stage were within 12 feet of where they used to play, so it was more relevant to play the back stage than the front. There was also talk of Paul playing a theatre in London. Geoff knew that if he put Paul together with the Cavern, it would be an explosive news story. Stick him in Gambier Terrace; it’s a cute angle. Stick him in a theatre in London; it’s just another gig. They only agreed to the Cavern three weeks before it happened. We were told not to tell anybody and Paul would announce it on Parkinson. (Bill Heckle, Cavern Club owner
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh)

 

 

McCartney and his band rehearsed in the afternoon of 14 December in front of a few lucky onlookers, including Bill Heckle and Apple’s Neil Aspinall. A leather sofa was removed from the Cavern’s dressing room in case it offended McCartney, a strict vegetarian and animal-rights campaigner.

McCartney was also reunited with Bob Wooler, the Cavern’s legendary MC who had introduced The Beatles countless times. (Beatles Bible)

SET LIST

  • Honey Hush (Joe Turner)
  • Blue Jean Bop (Gene Vincent/Morris Levy)
  • Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry)
  • Fabulous (Harry Land/Jon Sheldon)
  • What It Is (Paul McCartney)
  • Lonesome Town (Baker Knight)
  • Twenty Flight Rock (Ned Fairchild)
  • No Other Baby (Dickie Bishop/Bob Watson)
  • Try Not To Cry (McCartney)
  • Shake A Hand (Joe Morris)
  • All Shook Up (Otis Blackwell/Elvis Presley)
  • I Saw Her Standing There (Lennon/McCartney)
  • Party (Jessie Mae Robinson)
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