Paul McCartney and David Gilmour sing The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ live at the Cavern Club
We’re digging into the Far Out Magazine archives to look back at two of our favourite artists meeting on the stage for a raucous performance. The clip below shows contemporaries Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice singing The Beatles classic ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
It wasn’t the first time Gilmour had worked with McCartney but there’s something joyous about seeing Gilmour’s prog-rock shackles hit the floor as he begins to shake his hips and let the rock and roll take over.
The Pink Floyd guitarist has been helping out his mate Paul McCartney for some time now. The guitarist was always happy to drop in and add a flourish here and there. Gilmour produced solos for songs on Macca’s albums Give My Regards to Broad Street from 1984 and 1989 effort Flowers in the Dirt.
He did so again when Macca was recording Run Devil Run, an album filled with covers of rock ‘n’ roll standards from the fifties with the odd original number thrown in for good measure. In promotion of the record, the band (including Mick Green and Deep Purple’s drummer Ian Paice) took their show back to Liverpool to bring Macca back to his roots.
What better place for it to take place than Liverpool’s Cavern Club—except, of course, the original Cavern Club. This performance comes from the new venue built just yards from the original, which was demolished in 1973. It’s a candid performance which not only allows us to see Macca reconnecting with the music he had written 30 years before but also Gilmour’s instant rock ‘n’ roll hip-shaking.
The first song on The Beatles first album, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, remains one of the band’s most iconic tunes, typifying their Beatlemania period. In 1988, Macca remembered writing the song: “I wrote it with John. We sagged off school and wrote it on guitars. I remember I had the lyrics, ‘Just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen,’ which John… it was one of the first times he ever went, ‘What? Must change that!’ And it became, ‘you know what I mean.'”
McCartney brings the same enthusiasm to the song as he did back in the early sixties when he was performing it for the very first times. The clip below shows only the one track but the entire performance was released on DVD as Live at the Cavern Club 1999. It makes for one of the most enjoyable covers of the track we’ve ever seen and captures to friends having a good time in a crystalline image.