|Photo taken by Petra Zeitz 29 June 1987|
|Both Paul photos taken by Petra on 13 July 1987 at MPL|
News from London
By Petra Zeitz
On June 29 (1987) I met Ringo and Barb in front of their London office. They came out quite late and had friends with them, so I felt a bit embarrassed. Ringo said something like, “Waiting in the mews…” Luckily I had bought him an early birthday card and he was really nice when I gave it to him. I asked if I could take a photo and he said, “Ok, consider it as your birthday!” and I took the picture. He also said that his album will be out around Christmas (?!?). I thanked him for doing the Prince’s Trust concert and he said, “That was great doing it!” He, Barbara, and their two friends then went to a restaurant which was just across the street. Of course I didn’t wait any longer because I didn’t want to annoy them.
Five days later I saw them again, though, and that wasn’t even planned. My friends and I got into a party for Island Records’ 25th anniversary at Pinewood Film Studios. It was a real celebrities’ bash. The atmosphere was great, like in a club, and at 2 a.m. Ringo and Zak started jamming with Eric Clapton, Andy Summers, and others on a little stage. It was just fantastic! They played some improvised stuff, rather bluesy. The music was great and it was a thrill to see them playing just for their own fun. Ringo came off stage shouting, “It was great, great, great!!!” and he hugged Barbara, who was waiting for him next to the stage.
Paul and Linda went to concerts by Peter Gabriel and Genesis when they played in London. At the Genesis concert at Wembley Stadium. Olivia also turned up with some friends unexpectedly, and as there wasn’t enough space in the box, Stella had to sit on dad lap!
I met Paul at MPL in mid and late July. He had very short hair then. It was nice seeing him, but as there were so many fans around, I could hardly talk to him. Mike Mac came too.
We heard Paul’s tour is planned for next year, coming to the USA in summer or fall and finishing in England before Christmas ’88. It looks like a year to look forward to!
The last session of George’s album ended with a big party at Friar Park on August 9th. In attendance were Eric Clapton and Elton John. Ringo was on holiday in Hawaii at that time but he’s playing on the album too. I met Donovan in early July and he said he’d written a song for George called “Dear Heart” and that George was still recording it.
Back in April, I met Julian and Cyn. Julian appeared as the Baker in the stage show of “The Hunting of the Snark” at the Royal Album Hall. He sang “Midnight Smoke” and parts of other songs. It was brilliant! The first time I’ve ever seen him. I met Cyn during the interval. She was really sweet. She said she was really nervous and so was Julian. It wasn’t a rock concert, but something special. I met Julian when he left after the show. He said he was writing new songs, but had no immediate recording plans, and that Justin was working with Dweezil Zappa.