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Macca's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'

Nightclub gig in Liverpool on Dec 20

Published on December 10th 2010.

Macca's 'Wonderful Christmas Time'

PAUL McCartney is coming home for Christmas to play a special Liverpool gig with an "intimate vibe".

The former Beatle announced he is taking his band to London and Liverpool later this month, with a gig at the 02 Academy on Monday Dec 20.

He said: "I always love playing to a home audience and for me it's the perfect way to end the year. We've had great fun with the stadium shows this year and we're looking forward to the more intimate vibe of these ones.”

The Beatles hold the joint record for the most consecutive Christmas number ones, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine and Day Tripper, from 1963-1965. Alongside this, the band released annual fan club singles which contained knockabout jingles and plenty of wacky humour that made them such light relief when compared with the Rolling Stones.

Paul McCartney has released several golden Christmas hits, Mull Of Kintyre and Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time being unavoidable at this time of year.Plus, of course The Frog Chorus.

"Christmas is the perfect excuse for everyone to let their hair down and rock out. We are looking forward to celebrating with the good people of London and Liverpool," he says.

The Liverpool gig is will be the first time McCartney has played here since he appeared at Anfield as part of the year as European Capital of Culture.

The first gig, on Saturday December 18, is at the HMV Apollo in Hammersmith - a venue he first played with The Beatles in December 1964.

Tickets, which go on sale at 10am tomorrow, December 8, are limited to four per person and are a cool fifty quid.

National 24hr ticket hotline 08442 48 50 77 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The shows, meanwhile, promise lesser played material and no stadium hollering from the 68-year-old who, may well be saving himself for Christmas cooca and a cutlet.

Any requests? Will you be getting in the queue in the morning?

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21 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Time LordDecember 7th 2010.

£50 is an outrageous amount of money to hear a 68-year-old doing When I'm 64.

AnonymousDecember 7th 2010.

Whoop, whoop!

Skint as wellDecember 7th 2010.

I won't be going. I have seen McCartney many times and worry that it might spoil the memory. But it will be a belter for first timers who think he can only do Hey Jude.

Andy MeliaDecember 7th 2010.

Tempting as he's about the only performer from the 'old school' who can still put on a good show. Still haven't recovered from the dreadful Bob Dylan gig at the Arena...

AnonymousDecember 7th 2010.

Was the way Macca did the ticket sale on the anniversary of Lennon's death intentional?

Pete BestDecember 7th 2010.

I feel a trip around Asda with the fifty quid will fulfil all my "Wonderful Christmas Time" needs. As it has been doing since October.

Lettie BeaDecember 7th 2010.

What do you mean he's "coming home"? Paul McCartney's home is in East Sussex, he hasn't lived here since about 1962.

let 'em inDecember 7th 2010.

You are right. Most of is family lives here and he owns a house in Heswall.

And while we are at it, Lettie B, what did the Beatles ever do for Liverpool? (and other old cliches from the distant past)

DigDecember 7th 2010.

I would hardly call a Paul McCartney gig 'rocking out' but then I'm not 68 like him. Paul weller will be supplying my Christmas 'rocking out' tomorrow.

Heather McCartneyDecember 7th 2010.

You bunch of winging bastards! I hope I can get a ticket !

Heather MillsDecember 7th 2010.

Hope he does that one: "Someone's knocking on...."

AnonymousDecember 7th 2010.

Paul Weller is older than mccartney can ever be. But his biggest fan.

Pisssed offDecember 8th 2010.

I tried to get tickets bang on 10am this morning for ages, phone and website.

I see why I had no luck now. Just an hour later, Ticketweb refers you to a link where you can get them for £300 apiece.

Sorry Paul, whole thing is corrupt, and shame on you O2.

Think I'll stay at home with my Lennon records.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2010.

Agree with Pissed Off.

Totally bent. Nice little Christmas earner for those with inside knowledge and nothing more

MackemDecember 8th 2010.

I don't know of *anyone* who got GA tickets - the only successes among fans seem to have been the VIP at £400 a pop.

AnonymousDecember 8th 2010.

Pete Price and Herbert will be ok then.

that'smrbollockstoyouDecember 8th 2010.

Ah, yes. Ticketmaster. Say no more. Cough and spit of disgust required. A killing for the touts.

Professor Chucklebutty (The 9th Beatle)December 9th 2010.

While he's here, why don't we re-name Liverpool South Parkway Station after him which is of course the connecting link to John Lennon Airport. This city should do more to promote itself as the home of the Beatles until 1962. I can't help thinking we are missing a trick, I mean look at Rochdale and Gracie Fields, everyone on the electoral register has to leave work each day singing "Sing as we go and let the world go by"

It would be great to honour Sir Paul while he's here and serve to remind people that he's from Liverpool originally. All the buses serving the Airport would have a sign with both their names on - re-uniting them for just a £1.80 flat rate fare unless you get it through Ticketmaster in which case the fare is £480 and you might have to give up your seat to Pete Price. (he must be nearly due, I wouldn't want to be sat next to him when his waters break)

Come on Liverpool council, get your act together lets change the name now.

John Lennon Airport - Paul McParkway Station.

Ringo Starbuck already has several Coffee shops named after him and I still can't believe we allowed them to demolish Harrison Drive Baths!

Al LertonstationDecember 9th 2010.

Hear hear Professor!

What the heck is a 'parkway' anyway? It sounds like something out of The Flintstones

that'smrbollockstoyouDecember 9th 2010.

Well said, Chuckles. And while your at it, what about naming the city centre Ring Road the Ringo Road. Or maybe, more appropriately, the Rongo Road.

Allukneedisluv.December 10th 2010.

Comedy is alive and well in Liverpool, keep it up, this has brought a smile to me face.

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