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Kevin Montgomery & The Roadtrippers meet Sir Paul McCartney, September 7, 2000

with Paul McCartney, 2000 Meeting Sir Paul...

Altogether now, Oooooh!

Pat Buchanan, Paul Deakin, Paul McCartney, Kevin Montgomery, Robert Reynolds and Jeff Finlin

At The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, September 7, 2000, when they performed for Sir Paul McCartney at his Buddy Holly Tribute..
I Met a Beatle
By Mavericks' bass player Robert Reynolds

Thursday September 7(Buddy Holly's birthday), while on tour in support of Kevin Montgomery's current release, we had the distinguished pleasure of being invited to attend and perform at Sir Paul McCartney's 25th Annual Buddy Holly Birthday Bash.   As many Holly fans know, Kevin is the son of Bob Montgomery, Buddy's first pre-Crickets musical partner.
 
The anticipation of meeting Mr McCartney was almost more than I could bear.  For the past 10 years, as a member of The Mavericks, I have had numerous opportunities to meet and/or work with many of my favourite musicians.  But I often lamented, 'I've still never met a Beatle.'  So here I was, on the eve of fulfilling a lifelong dream.
 
To set the scene, our tour consisted of Paul Deakin, Pat Buchanan, Jeff Finlin, Kevin and myself.  We arrived at the party dressed in our best tour attire - somewhat wrinkled, of course.  We were shown upstairs, where the cocktail party had already begun.  You must know my eyes are darting about the room, wondering if he is there.  But no sign of Paul.  We all belly-up to the bar, get our first drinks, and exchange pleasantries with a few of the guests.  Some 15 minutes into the evening I look up and catch my first in-person glimpse of a Beatle.  He had entered the room without fanfare, casually dressed and seemingly completely relaxed.  I, however, was not.  I was completely speechless.  There he was, no more than 10 feet from me.  After countless hours of my life spent listening to and watching the Beatles, one of them was right in front of me.
 
Seconds later, Tony Bramwell, longtime Beatle associate, makes the introduction, "Paul, I'd like you to meet some friends of mne."  And in classic Beatle humour Paul responds, 'Oh no, I'm not talking to that lot."  Then we all moved in for that first handshake.  Immediately, Paul is talking abouat Buddy Holly's influence on the Beatles, and particularly the effect on John and his need for eye glasses.  I can't believe it.  Paul is telling us stories I had read many times before.  He then encourages us to enjoy the evening and continues to make his rounds.
 
The evening could have ended right there.  IT happened.  I met a Beatle.  And yet the night was young.  There was still plenty of food, drinks and music ahead.  We spent the next hour chatting with old friends and new, including some Mavericks' acquaintances.  Slowly, we moved closer to the stage, awaiting our turn to perform.  When out of nowhere Paul bounds up and does a couple of Holly tunes.  This is like a little private McCartney concert and we're standing front and centre.   Two songs later, we're invited onstage to play.  We start with Kevin and Pat singing "Wishing", a song Kevin's father co-wrote, and followed it with me singing "Not Fade Away".  What a truly tremendous feeling, we're playing music for Paul McCartney, who is right in front of us bopping and grooving like a teenager.  In the space of a song, everything for me has come full circle.  And for a moment, the circle is complete...
 
When we finished, Paul congratulated us with handshakes and hugs and a few good quips.  We all expressed our thanks for the invitation, with hopes to do it again sometime and set off for the bar.
 
Driving out of London that night, heading for the next stop on the tour, sleep in the van was kind of dreamlike.  I had to remind myself over and over - I MET A BEATLE.
 
British Beatles Fan Club magazine, Christmas 2000

Roadtrippers 2000 And relax!

Pat Buchanan, Paul Deakin, Paul McCartney, Kevin Montgomery, Robert Reynolds and Jeff Finlin

At The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, September 7, 2000, when they performed for Sir Paul McCartney at his Buddy Holly Tribute.

Playing for Sir Paul McCartney - Buddy Holly Tribute, London, September 7, 2000.
Playing for Paul McCartney, 2000

Robert Reynolds, Kevin Montgomery, Jeff Finlin, Pat Buchanan

At The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, September 7, 2000,
when they performed for Sir Paul McCartney at his Buddy Holly Tribute..