Beatle fans know the name of Rick Glover. Under the label “Fans on the Run”, he’s attended 108 Paul McCartney concerts since 1976 (and he’ll add three more by the end of the On the Run Tour Aug. 4). His reports on the concerts run in Beatlefan magazine.
Well, a funny (actually, very cool) thing happened last Sunday while he was visiting Detroit for Paul McCartney’s concert there at Comerica Park. Rick took a side trip before the show to visit the historic Hitsville headquarters of the Motown label in the Motor City. We’ll let him tell you the rest.
In Detroit for the second stop of the On the Run tour, I went to the Motown museum to take a tour. Closed on Sunday! But I got out to take a photo of historic Hitsville, and just before I left, a string of black SUV’s pulled up. Paul McCartney and his entire band got out, walked up the famous stairs, and spent about half an hour on a private tour. He came out, with John Hammel taking photos as Paul and the museum staff posed for a pair of private photographers. He was all smiles and looked like he had really enjoyed the visit.
I was the only fan there, standing along the street, taking a few pictures. As Paul and Nancy returned to the car I asked if he had time to take a quick photo. He said, “Sure man, let’s do it’ and leaned in for the photo. He did recognize me from having seen so many shows, and told me that he ‘always looks for me’.
Paul waved again at the Hitsville house amd jumped in the car with Nancy and off directly to soundcheck. Incredible timing – and great surprise encounter!!
And there is a lot more to the story and lots more pix. Details in the next issue of Beatlefan. Peace and love; spay and neuter! Rick Glover….next stop, Chicago!
According to the Detroit News, McCartney made his guided tour of the museum a hands-on event. “Every piano he came to, he’d say, ‘I know I’m not supposed to touch this,’ but he touched it anyway,” chief museum curator Lina Stephens told the paper. He even found a picture of himself with Berry Gordy’s children in one of the exhibits.
The paper also said the band tested the hallway used as an echo chamber and spent money in the gift shop for Motown souvenirs, including t-shirts. McCartney played “Hitchhike” in tribute to Motown at the Detroit show.
As Rick said, there’ll be more on this in the next issue of Beatlefan magazine.
- Detroit News: McCartney wings through Motown museum on Detroit tour stop
(Thanks to both Rick and Beatlefan editor Bill King and Patti Murawski for the link.)
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