Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Stage Beatles Mini-Reunion at Intimate Hollywood Dinner
by Roger Friedman
August 4, 2015
What a week for Paul McCartney! He wowed the crowd at Lollapalooza with one of his three hour shows replete with Beatles and Wings hits on Friday. He even performed a proper version of the hit he wrote for Rihanna, “Four Five Seconds,” on acoustic guitar. What a treat!
So what to do for an encore? On Sunday night, McCartney and wife Nancy staged a Beatles reunion at an intimate dinner in West Hollywood. They joined brothers in law Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh, who are married to sisters Barbara and Marjorie Bach, for a sumptuous repast at Craig’s on Melrose.
It was the perfect place for Paul and Ringo since owner Craig Susser, who entertained Sylvester Stallone last night with wife Jennifer, as well as Nikki Haskell and Leba–Mrs. Neil-Sedaka, features a vegan menu as well as one for carnivores.
But wait– there’s more. Craig’s regulars Jane Fonda and Richard Perry showed up by accident and quickly joined in at the next table. It was a big reunion for Perry, who produced Starr’s classic “Ringo” album and its follow up “Goodnight Vienna” in the early 70s. Ringo and Perry scored a bunch of hits including “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen.”
As a side note, Perry also convinced Paul and late wife Linda to sing background on Carly Simon’s “Night Owl” back then. And he gathered McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison together for that “Ringo” album– the only record all the solo Beatles played on or contributed to after the group’s break up. Perry is said to be writing his memoirs, full of amazing stories about his star filled career producing people like Rod Stewart, the Pointer Sisters, and Diana Ross as well as Carly, Ringo, and Harry Nilsson.
Ringo together with his wife Barbara, Marjorie Bach and Joe Walsh at Capitol Records, Hollywood CA, July 7, 2015.