PAUL MCCARTNEY ASKED TO APPEAR ON SAVE SOHO CAMPAIGN SONG
Campaign backed by Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch
by Andy Morris
Photos by Wenn
Friday 9th January 2015
Paul McCartney has been approached to join Adam Ant, Boy George and Gary Kemp on a record dedicated to saving London’s Soho.
Masterminded by songwriter Tim ’The Soho Hobo' Arnold and produced by Guy Chambers, the track is aimed to arrest the increasing gentrification of Soho, thanks to the huge impact of Crossrail and rising rent prices.
‘Don’t Go Changin' Soho’ is part of the Save Soho campaign backed by the likes of Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch. Other acts confirmed to appear include Adam Ant, Boy George, Ray Gelato, Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp and The Shadows' drummer Brian Bennett.
Arnold told Classic Pop that Macca is an ideal person for the track. ""His office is in Soho and he knows it's the right decision to get involved. If he can work with Kanye West, he can work with Save Soho!" Arnold went on to explain his ambition for the scheme. "Guy Chambers and I would like Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Ray Davies and Jarvis Cocker to remember starting out in small places, knowing how much it means for new generations to hone their craft in tiny clubs where young, skint people can afford to go. I'm approaching them all to sing.”
The song will be given its live debut at Soho's St Moritz venue on 23 January.
The campaign was launched following the closure of Madame JoJos and 12 Bar, the latest venues in the capital to be victims of property development.
Below: Macca plays a secret gig in Covent Garden