When Henry met ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference at the Midland Hotel, Manchester,Thursday March 16, 2006. Tyson was promoting the World Cage Fighting Championship which will be held at the MEN Arena on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA.
Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference at the Midland Hotel, Manchester,Thursday March 16, 2006. Tyson was promoting the World Cage Fighting Championship which will be held at the MEN Arena on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA.

LOCAL musician Henry McCullough is not short of a story or two about his experiences down the years.

From playing with Joe Cocker at Woodstock to leaving his mark on Pink Floyd’s legendary album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

But even he was left speechless by a chance encounter at The Fest for Beatles Fans in Chicago last month.

Henry was invited to the festival because of his links with ‘Wings’ - the band Paul McCartney formed after the Beatles split up.

He spent two years in the group, playing lead guitar on some of their classic tracks including ‘Hi Hi Hi’, ‘Live and Let Die’ as well as ‘My Love’.

In Chicago Henry hooked up with his old Wings colleague Denny Seiwell.

And whilst he was there he was introduced to a fairly famous Beatles fan who shares his love of pigeons - Iron Man Mike Tyson!

“I was invited to America to take part in a Beatles convention,” explained Henry.

“Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I’d be asked to take part.

“It was the first time I’ve ever been involved in the like of something like this.

“The Beatles are treated like a religion in America, it’s unbelievable and I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

“Mr Mike Tyson was there. He came out of the lift and I looked at him and he looked at me.

“He was introduced to me and we ended up talking about pigeons of all things because he keeps them too.

“He asked me how I was doing and he was asking me about taking part in the festival.

“People probably just look at him as this big tough boxer, but he is the loveliest guy.

“It was one of those moments you just never imagine would happen.”

It completed a memorable few days for Henry who admitted he was overwhelmed by the fans’ reaction at the festival.

“They treated us exceptionally well and the audience were brilliant,” he said.

“For the first time in my life I got a standing ovation for one note. It was the first note in my solo from ‘My Love’ which is treated like gospel over there.

“I honesty couldn’t believe it. But the whole Beatles thing has gone past fan club status out there, it is like a religion.”