In a surprise announcement yesterday, Sir Paul McCartney and former Beatle's partner, Ringo Starr, are planning to do a tour in the United States come next summer.
"Paul and I are planning to get with people soon and plan out the schedule", stated Ringo. "We've never done this type of tour before and we're looking forward to it."
"Personally, I had a very busy schedule planned as always, but for Paul, I was willing to drop the whole thing and apologize to her Majesty and Charles and do what looks to be a very relaxing time. I know I need to stop and smell the roses, plus it will give Paul something to do. Can't have him becoming one of those old crabs we used to laugh about."
Apparently the tour is called "Jazz, Blues & Rock & Roll By Rail" where the two chums will start in Chicago, taking in all the music there, including the blues at famous clubs like Buddy Guy's Legends.
Next it's off to Memphis and Beale Street and off to New Orleans and back up to Cleveland and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
"I'm especially looking forward to the jazz scene at the Court of Two Sisters. I doubt if Paul knows much about jazz but I'll be able to keep him straight, of course."
"Oh yes, mustn't miss the Latin Quarter...probably worth more than the dollar and pound these days. I think I missed Graceland but we'll be stopping off there."
"Finally, something I've always wanted to experience, while we are in New Orleans, it will be Mardi Gras time & we will enjoy that before we come back up to Cleveland."
When this reporter finally caught up with Sir Paul, I asked him about the two getting back to where they once belonged but he said he didn't recall making plans for a tour.
"He did say something about an English Garden Tour a couple of years back. Oh yes, that Amtrak thing in America. Yes, I guess he did mention it. We'll talk. Got to see Stella in New York as she has a show Friday."