September 24, 2020

1981-03-07 – St Cloud Times

1981 03 07 St__Cloud_Times_Sat__Mar_7__1981_

By KURT LODER

Some 30 reporters descended on
the tiny Caribbean island of Mont-
serrat last month in search of 3
"Beatles tribute album.” They de-
parted with nice tans. Paul McCart-
ney and producer George Martin
were, it turned out, just recording
some material for the next Wings
album. Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder,
Denny Laine, Stanley Clarke and
drummer Steve Gadd had so far
participated in the project, but
George Harrison was nowhere to be
seen. For that matter, Linda
McCartney, who was on site with
the coupley 3 kids, didn’t play on the
sessions either. Action was at a
minimum, and AIR Studios spokes-
man Steve Jackson dismissed the
report that a media-maddened
McCartney had rammed his jeep
into a rented car driven by two
newsmen. "Paul’s just walking
around town, on the beach,” Jack-
son said. "Nobody’s bothering him.”
McCartney and Martin planned to
return to London in early March for
the album’s final mix.

Meanwhile, back in the States,
McCartney’s attorney ar ‘ {ather-
in-law, Lee Eastman, rel: i a re-
quest by Wisconsin G01 101‘ Lee
Dreyfus for the return 01 h: s state’s
song, which McCartney, a collector

of music catalogs, happens to own.

Dreyfus had suggested that "On,
Wisconsin” be donated back into
state keeping as some sort of tribute
to the late John Lennon. Eastman
responded in The New York Times
that, in terms of performance royal-
ties, the venerable gridiron anthem
was a bit of a dog nowadays: “I
should have told Governor Dreyfus
that instead of worrying about
songs, he should work on getting
them a good football team. ” Replied
a Dre us press aide: “The governor
woul probably agree with that. ”

Fleeth Mac has not:

A. Fired Mick Fleetwood. Con-
trary to one published report, the
group’ 3 drummer- manager is mere-
ly in Ghana, where he’ s recording a
solo album with Mac co- -producer
Richard Dashut. The LP, to be titled
"Mick Fleetwood’s African Odys-
sey,” features fellow interlopers
George Hawkins (from Kenny Log-

gins ’band) on bass and Todd Sharpe
(from Bob Welch’s group) on guitar,
along with a host of native players
Fleetwood and company mounted a
benefit concert for the local musi-
cians’ union in Accra on Feb. 21,
and a film of that show - which
also included several Ghanian
bands — will be broadcast on the
PBS network here later this year.

B. Panicked over the possible de-
portation of John McVie. Things did
seem potentially grim when Hono.
lulu police busted the bassist’ 3 home
on Maui two days before Christmas
and found four and a half grams of
cocaine and seven guns; but McVie
has reportedly passed a battery of
lie-detector tests concerning his cul-
pability in the case, and a major
hassle is not anticipated.

C. Broken u . In fact, the group is
tentatively sc eduled to start rec-
ording its ynext album on May 1 at
Le Chateau, the luxurious studio

outside of Paris
_ .l _l

Blondie Was a Group: Singer De-
borah Harry, fresh from hosting
"Saturday Night Live” ("Are you
from Jersey? I’m from Jersey”) and
frolicking with the Muppets, has
started work on her first solo
album. True to the buzz around
New York the past few months, its
geoducers will be Nile Rodgers and

rnard Edwards, the guitar- bass
team behind the sleek sound of Chic
— and, perhaps more pertinently,

Diana Rm. Rodgers and Edwards
are expected to write half the ma-
terial, with Harry and her Blondie
cohort, Chris Stein, composing the
rest.

This does not mean Blondie has
broken up, blah, blah. However,
Jimmy Destri, the group’s keyboar-
dist and a valuable songwriter, has
announced he may release his own
solo album this year, and mean-
while is seeking more new acts to
produce. Destri’s most recent pro-
duction was an album by Philadel-
phia singer Joey-Wilson, unfortuna-
tely mistitled "(‘oing Up.”

I

Duophenia: The ever-combustible
combo of Pete Townshend and
Roger Daltry struck sparks again
during a recent benefit concert by
the Who at London’ 3 Rainbow 'I'hey
atre. It was only the third outing on
the group’s British tour, and the
trouble beg an with Townshend
bumbling chords on some of the
songs from their new album, "Face
Dances.” Daltry, already plagued by
a malfunctioning vocal monitor,
was perceivably irked by Town-
shend’s false start on "Behind Blue
Eyes,” and more harsh words were
seen to be exchanged as Townshend
slowed the flow with lengthy ad-
dresses to the audience. (At one
point, he referred obscurely to
"keeping the redfl 3y fly ing .y”) The
group finally stalk offstagge,and
did not return for an encore.

Witnesses reported that Town-
shend and Daltry continued their
dialogu e back' 1n the dressing room

ngafter bassist John Entwistle
and drummer Kenny Jones had left.
No bones were heard to break,
though, and the Who’ 8 three subse-
quent London dates came off with-
out catastrophe.