Friday 15 July 2016


Red Carpet at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas - 14 July, 2016

Giles Martin, musical director of the Beatles’ “Love” show at The Mirage, was addressing the show’s company in the theater Thursday when the audience began clapping.

“I’m like, ‘Why are they clapping for me?’ And of course, they weren’t,” Giles said.
He felt a tap on his shoulder and “there was Paul,” as in Paul McCartney, who was in town for the 10th anniversary celebration of “Love” at The Mirage.

He gave Giles, who produced Paul’s 2013 album, “New,” a hug and departed.
They go back a long and winding way.
“I’ve known him all my life,” said Martin, “and I wanted to write music for a living. He gave me a lift in his car when I was a kid — I was 11 or 12 — and he said, ‘I see you’re running music.’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘That’s great.’ My dad (George Martin) never said, ‘That’s great.’’’

Paul offered some advice. “He said, ‘You know what? Stick at it because it’s not easy.’ He said, ‘I’m Paul McCartney, and I don’t find it easy.’

“And I always remembered that and when I went to play the guitar he helped me. He advised my dad on what guitar we should get. He’s always always been incredibly encouraging.
This show as well. As I said in my talk, I always had crazy ideas and my father was nervous that my ideas were too crazy and he (Paul) came up and said, ‘You’ve got to push it harder. We’re The Beatles. We’re not into being safe.”

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