Macca hires Fab Four tribute band?
05 DECEMBER 2013
Sir Paul McCartney hired a Beatles tribute band to perform at his wife's 54th birthday party, according to reports.
The Parrots, Japan's top copycat act who sing almost 200 Beatles tracks, took to the stage at the surprise 54th birthday bash for Nancy Shevell in Tokyo, the Daily Mirror reported.
According to the newspaper, Macca, 71, even joined the band to sing the Fab Four's 1964 hit I Saw Her Standing There.
One of the guests at the party was quoted as saying: "It must have been nerve-racking for them to play in front of one of their heroes."
Macca is in Japan on his Out There world tour, promoting his album New.
Sir Paul McCartney held a surprise bash for his wife
Paul McCartney reforms the Beatles - with a little help from some Japanese friends
Macca organised a Fab Four tribute band to perform at a surprise 54th birthday party for wife Nancy Shevell in Tokyo and took to the stage himself
By Tom Bryant
5 Dec 2013
Paul McCartney has secretly relived his Beatles heyday… with a little help from some Japanese friends.
He organised a Fab Four tribute band to perform at a surprise 54th birthday party for wife Nancy Shevell in Tokyo.
And Macca, 71, delighted guests by taking to the stage to join them for the Beatles’ 1964 hit I Saw Her Standing There.
But most excited of all were his fellow “Mop Top” musicians – The Parrots, Japan’s top copycat act.
They barely speak any English but have a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatles numbers, all sung with with a remarkably accurate Liverpudlian accent.
One of the guests at last month’s bash said: “It must have been nerve-racking for them to play in front of one of their heroes.
"It also must have evoked a few memories for Paul. The Japanese lads got the thrill of a lifetime when we all screamed for Paul to join them – and he did.
“It was a real treat for everyone, a brilliant night that we’ll be talking about for years to come.”
The Parrots are the house band at the Abbey Road Live House, a small club in the Roppongi area of Tokyo.
Mamori Yoshii, a chunky version of John Lennon, said: “I first heard The Beatles in 1963, when I was eight.
"I couldn’t understand a word, but I still used to sing along.”
Tribute: The Parrots
He admits John has always been his favourite Beatle – “even though his personality is totally different to mine”.
Mamori and his bandmates Takeshi Noguchi (Paul), Akihiro Matsuyama (George), Teruyuki Matsuzaki (Ringo) and keyboard player Fumiya Matsuyama have been to Liverpool six times.
They were also the first Asian band to be invited to Beatles conventions.
Paul was in Japan on his Out There world tour, promoting his critically acclaimed album New.
The album, his first in six years, charted at No 3 in the UK charts and No 2 in Japan.
Macca has been lapping up the local culture – and admits he has become “hooked” on watching sumo wrestling.
His ecstatic reception is in sharp contrast to his arrival in 1980, when he was caught with 8oz of marijuana and detained by Japanese officials for nine days.
Special treat: Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney