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Lunch with Sir Paul at Abbey Road

Ian Paice in Kingston, Canada, Feb 9, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Louder Sound reprints an article from the Classic Rock magazine on how Paicey landed a Paul McCartney gig thanks to his neighbour.

If Ian Paice were ever trying to impress the person sitting next to him at a dinner party, he wouldn’t be short of illustrious tales and celebrated collaborators to draw upon. The Deep Purple drummer has played with Whitesnake, Gary Moore, the Velvet Underground, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, William Shatner, and of course Deep Purple, which is why we just called him “the Deep Purple drummer”.

You imagine near the top of this impressive roster of stars, though, is the time he got behind the kit for Paul McCartney, playing on the former Beatles’ 1999 record Run Devil Run. He explained to Rhythm Magazine how it came about: “Paul and David Gilmour were friends from the past,” he said. “George Harrison and I were great pals – he lived just a couple of miles down the road and our kids grew up together. I’d met Ringo but never McCartney.

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9 Comments to “Lunch with Sir Paul at Abbey Road”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Nuff said.


  2. 2
    Andy says:

    The article said Paice played with Beck and with George Harrison? Just curious, does anybody know when that happened? Beck and Paice would have been a great combo.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I finally managed to get a hold of that “Velvet Underground” album (no Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico or Mauureen Tucker on it, it’s basically a Doug Yule solo album and most VU fans hate it) last year – I had been searching for decades for it (only had the vinyl), the rights to it are disputed. A whole lot better than people say it is, but of course no VU/NYC counter culture appeal.


    Nice busy bass drum – I love that, it has become a forgotten art. It’s the one thing I listen the most to with a drummer when playing, unlike our guitarist who’s a hi-hat & snare guy.

    Always liked Levon Helm’s drumming with The Band for the same reason too.


    I’m also one of those weird people who prefers Don Henley singing and playing drums at the same time – it does something to his voice I like. It’s more intense and to the point that way.


  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    I do remember recording to VHS a couple of songs from this band when they appeared on Parkinson, late 90’s from memory. Not a bad band. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Andy, Little Ian digs Jeff Beck, but he‘s never played with him:


    The rumor came up because it is sometimes alleged that Beck played on the Green Bullfrog sessions on which Paicey (as „Speedy“) drummed, but that‘s a myth, Beck didn‘t play on the record at all.

    Not a myth are Paicey‘s songs with „the Silent Beatle“, here they are:




    All three tracks were recorded in 1989 to go with George‘s „Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989“. And you can tell that Little Ian is a Ringo fan, he plays much like him on those tracks.

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    Andy says:

    Thank you for the links and the info Uwe! Those are three good George tunes as well, I’d never heard them until now.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    They are not on any of his regular albums, they were just fan purchase enticing “freebies” on that compilation. Cheer Down appeared on a later compilation too.

  8. 8
    Gregster says:

    Yo, so that was a short & sweet article !

    Good to hear Ringo getting some credit too I thought.

    Peace !

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Little Ian was an early admirer of Herr Starkey and I never understood people who mocked the percussive Scouser (including, at times, Paul and John!). I think he was an integral part of the Beatles’ sound.


    And had moments of sheer brilliance. Be converted by his magic:


    Interestingly, he’s another lefty playing drums set up for a righty, just like Little Ian.

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