Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast

EP94 - Tim Parsons - Legendary MCP Concert Promoter… ”Not a thing I’d change if I could, I’m happy here in my neighborhood…”

May 10, 2022

My latest guest is the former music mogul and legendary concert promoter Tim Parsons.
It was a real joy to hear his stories from starting out as a "humper" (someone to move equipment) at an ELO gig to promoting Jasper Carrott, punk bands and heavy metal and the mighty Midland Concert Promotions which started in started in January 1978 with Tim and Maurice Jones.

It as part of MCP, that Tim worked closely with both The Jam and The Style Council along with the likes of U2, INXS, Simply Red, The Police, Dire Straits, The Boomtown Rats, Oasis and Bon Jovi.
We hear about his respect and love for John Weller (Paul's dad and manager ), we hear about the characters in the set up - the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liddle (Guitar Tech), Ian Harvey (Production Manager) and Ray 'Rat' Salter (Monitor Desk).

From the mid-80s to mid-90s, MCP were undoubtedly the biggest in the business.
At the height of their success they were putting on hundreds of shows each year, including open air shows in the summer and annual festivals such as Monsters of Rock.

We also talk about his involvement in Live Aid in 1985, Oasis at Knebworth in 1996 and much more...

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