Expect the Unexpected

mcgear face to faceSometimes things just turn out differently. Last Saturday Ros and I were driving to Didcot near Oxford to see a show and to meet the man who’d been a guest on my radio programme last January. (Also available on YouTube). His tour had been billed as ‘Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’Roll (I wish!)’, a wry contrast to the rock-pop star life lived by his brother Paul. We were there to witness the penultimate show presented and performed by Mike McGear (McFab) McCartney. We’d arrived slightly early as Mike’s management had agreed that we might meet and get a couple of photographs for various web sites. That being the case I’d gone duly armed with my ‘McGear’ vinyl album from 1974 in the hope that Mike might sign it. We made ourselves known at the Cornerstone theatre reception who informed Mike’s team of our presence. To cut a long story short we were lead to the backstage area, through the wings and onto the stage by a lovely guy called Peter. This is where the ‘magic’ began to work: the unexpected began to reveal itself. Peter suggested that as we were already there we could use his equipment to interview Mike, and although I’d always believed that one should always be prepared, this one was way out of left field. Not only that, this wasn’t just audio equipment. IMG_2735bWhen we finally reached Mike’s dressing room it transpired that this was an ‘as-live’ face to face video interview with the brother of Sir Paul McCartney. Well, one just gets on with it, and because there was no time for preparation there was equally no time to whittle or worry. It all just happened. The whole scenario was amazingly surreal. We finished the interview, (the copyright of which presumably belongs to Mike and/or Peter,) Ros took a few photographs, we all chatted for a while before making our timely exit, had something to eat, and then headed for seats B11 and 12. Sometimes things just turn out differently.IMG_2736bMIKE McCARTNEY AUTOGRAPHSee also ‘Woman Who Was Behind a Beatle’ , ‘Homeward Bound’ , ‘Listen, There’s a Blackbird Singing’ and ‘When The Earth Moves’


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