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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Beatles, Yoko Ono sign petition demanding Congress pass gun control laws

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono were among the almost 200 music industry celebrities who have signed an open letter to Congress demanding a solution to an epidemic of gun violence. McCartney and Yoko Ono also signed petitions earlier in the week to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Source: Beatles Examiner
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
James McCartney to share tunes from new album tonight in Chicago

James McCartney is entertaining fans on his current tour with a blend of eclectic tunes from "The Blackberry Train," his latest release. McCartney will perform once again in the Chicago area tonight. He said, "I love performing live, and it's great fun. It can be nerve-wracking sometimes, mostly because I get so pumped up for it."

Source: Northwest Indiana Times
Fans celebrate Paul McCartney's birthday in Prague

Paul McCartney came to Prague in the Czech Republic on June 16, two days before his 74th birthday. Fan reports say those in attendance sang "Happy Birthday" to him after "Maybe I'm Amazed." McCartney later mentioned his birthday before singing "Birthday" in the encore. The next show is June 24 in Bergen, Norway.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, June 20, 2016
Paul McCartney among artists petitioning for digital copyright reform

Paul McCartney is among over 160 artists and record labels calling for digital copyright reform by way of petition. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into being in 1998, long before streaming services dominated the industry. Artists and industry figures are saying YouTube provides a "safe harbor" for infringement.

Source: NME, UK
Vegan diet keeps Paul McCartney young, fit and healthy at age 74

Paul McCartney recently turned 74, and looks as young and healthy as ever, thanks to an active lifestyle and a vegan diet. McCartney could easily pass for a decade younger, and credits his longtime vegan diet for his boundless energy. "When I see bacon, I see a pig, I see a little friend, and that's why I can't eat it," Paul said.

Source: Celebrity Health & Fitness
Friday, June 17, 2016
Paul McCartney at 74: A career spanning the Beatles to Kanye West

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney may not look his age, but he is 74 years old tomorrow, June 18. His career as one of the world's most famous singer-songwriters has spanned six decades, has seen him evolve through a range of musical styles, and had artists all over the world and various genres aching to work with him.

Source: International Business Times, UK
Flashback 1989: Paul McCartney tired of being known as the Cute Beatle

"I'm comfortable with people still seeing me as The Beatle," said Paul McCartney in a 1989 interview. "It's like, once Greta Garbo, always Greta Garbo. You want to be alone, you're still Greta Garbo. But I'm not comfortable with being The Cute Beatle. I've never really thought I was cute, though I guess some people think so."

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Stella McCartney has dressed dad Paul, and now has menswear designs

Designer Stella McCartney, whose creations have already been seen on the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna on the red carpet, is making her first foray into menswear. She as created menswear for the likes of her Beatles dad Paul McCartney, this marks the first time the eco-friendly designer will be debuting a men's collection.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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James McCartney to perform in Fort Wayne next week

Next week almost looks like a mini Beatles family reunion as Paul's son James McCartney takes to the stage for a performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday night at 8 p.m., just two days after Ringo Starr's first appearance in Fort Wayne at Foellinger Theatre. James is touring the country to promote his second album called "The Blackberry Train."

Source: Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Paul McCartney dons rainbow flag for Orlando tribute

Paul McCartney showed his support and solidarity for the 49 men and women who were shot and killed at gay nightclub Pulse on Sunday during his concert on Tuesday night in Berlin. McCartney walked out on stage for his encore carrying a huge rainbow flag. Holding it up for his fans to see, McCartney shouted, "We stand together with Orlando!"

Related Articles  Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Paul McCartney delights Berlin fans with open-air concert

Paul McCartney attracted a sell-out crowd for his one-off performance on Tuesday night, drawing fans stretching to the very edges of the historic Waldbühne amphitheatre. A simple "Guten Abend Berlin" from McCartney was greeted a huge cheer, and he launched into classics including Hard Day's Night and Can't Buy Me Love.

Related Articles  Source: Famagusta Gazette
Paul McCartney recalls discovering the meaning of life with Bob Dylan

In an episode of McCartney's new virtual reality documentary, he remembers when he discovered the meaning of life with Bob Dylan in his hotel room one night, and that he wrote it down. The next day, he found the words "there are seven levels" written on a piece of paper. McCartney said, "I think that was our first pot experience."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Henry McCullough

Paul McCartney has paid a glowing tribute to his late Wings bandmate Henry McCullough. "The solo he played on My Love was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his," he said. McCullough also played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme, Live And Let Die.

Source: AOL, UK

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Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough has died

Henry McCullough, who was a member of Paul McCartney and Wings on the "Red Rose Speedway" album, and also played with Spooky Tooth and the Grease Band, and backed Joe Cocker, Donovan, Leon Russell, Ronnie Laine and others, has died after a long illness, according to former Beatles associate and author Tony Bramwell.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, June 13, 2016
Paul McCartney charity song one of Christina Grimmie's last recordings

Christina Grimmie, the young singer who was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando Florida on Friday, was one of the contributors to the Paul McCartney and Friends "Love Song to the Earth" charity single. It was one of her final recordings and according to Billboard her final recorded appearance.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, June 10, 2016
Review: Pure Paul McCartney is rich celebration of shared memories

Paul McCartney's collection of his post-Beatles work, compiled by Sir Paul himself, features all the well-loved songs of the past five decades. McCartney has always been refreshingly adventurous. His talent shone brightest immediately after The Beatles split up in 1970, but there are some relatively recent pearls, too.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Paul McCartney joins Facebook in launching 360° photos

Facebook today is launching a new way of sharing those special moments with friends and family: 360 photos. To celebrate the launch, Paul McCartney is one of the first to share a 360 photo on Facebook. Paul's inaugural photo was taken during his recent concert in Cordoba, Argentina, and will be posting from Munich tomorrow.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Paul McCartney pretends to be someone else when recognized

Paul McCartney says he acts like someone else when he gets recognized in public. Macca says he enjoys traveling by public transport, but on the occasions where a fellow traveler spots him, he insists they are mistaken about his identity. He tells them, "Are you kidding? Do you think he'd be on the Underground?"

Source: Business Standard
Review: Beatle makes Pure McCartney mixtape for fans

The "Pure McCartney" compilation is McCartney's own mixtape, one version of how he sees his career. Just like the fans, McCartney has favorites among his hits and album cuts. Eight tracks from "Flaming Pie" and five from "New" while none from "Flowers in the Dirt" or "Driving Rain" indicate clear preferences.

Related Articles  Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney talks about the birth of The Beatles

Paul McCartney has discussed the beginnings of The Beatles in the newest clip of his six-part documentary series PURE McCartney VR. He talks about walking round Liverpool with John Lennon, and shares his memories of late producer George Martin, the production of Love Me Do and a "mystical experience" at a party with Bob Dylan.

Source: Uncut, UK
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Paul McCartney presides over another couple's engagement in Madrid

On June 2, the last show before taking a break, Paul McCartney got to see two more of his fans get engaged on stage, as they did the previous show in Paris. McCartney had a bemused look as the couple Rubén and Marina kissed after deciding to get married. His next show is June 10 at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, June 6, 2016
Paul McCartney didn't realize it was him on the Kanye track

Paul McCartney says didn't realize he was on Kanye West's FourFiveSeconds until he was told by the rapper. He said, "Suddenly in the post I get this Rihanna record and I thought it was great but I had to ring up and say, What's this got to do with me? Kanye said, Well that's you on guitar. I didn't recognize it cos they'd sped it up."

Source: Metro, UK
Paul McCartney says he was racist as a kid but he didn't know it

Paul McCartney has spoken about being unintentionally "racist" when he was younger, explaining that while growing up in Liverpool in the '50s and '60s, he used "certain words" that he now knows are offensive. He said, "Along the way we suddenly realized how it would make the people you were talking about feel."

Source: NME, UK

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr issued statements on Saturday on the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed on Friday at the age of 74 in Phoenix. Paul McCartney wrote, "I loved that man...He was a beautiful, gentle man with a great sense of humor." Ringo said on Twitter, "God bless Muhammad Ali. Peace and love to all his family."

Related Articles  More: Paul's Offical Website  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, June 3, 2016
Paul McCartney plays Cupid on stage in Madrid

Paul McCartney plucked concert goers Rubén and Marina out of the crowd at Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium after he saw them waving banners. After telling him they weren't married, Paul asked, "Do you want to be? Do you want to do it now live on stage? Here before all of Madrid?" Ruben got down on one knee and proposed.

Related Articles  Source: The Evening Standard, UK
McCartney bio may have located Paul's long-stolen violin bass

The massive new Paul McCartney biography by Philip Norman reveals that Paul's stolen violin bass may be in Ottawa, hidden by a mysterious Macca fanatic known as "The Keeper." The instrument was played by McCartney throughout the Cavern Club era in Liverpool, and was stolen from the band's Let It Be sessions in 1969.

Source: Ottawa Citizen
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Paul McCartney predicted to be one of top 10 hottest shows this summer

An advance forecast of this summer's most popular concert tours says Paul McCartney will be one of the 10 acts whose tickets will be most in demand this summer, according to an estimate published today by ticket selling website StubHub. McCartney and his One On One Tour came in, appropriately, at number 9.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Carla Lane

Carla Lane, friend of Linda McCartney, passed away on Tuesday. On his official website, Paul McCartney posted, "The world has lost a great advocate for the rights of animals but more importantly someone who saw the value of her fellow creatures' lives and did everything in her power to show them the love and respect they deserved."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Stella McCartney worries about her kids growing up around famous people

Fashion designer Stella McCartney says that she worries about her children being brought up surrounded by "crazy famous people," but concluded that as she turned out "okay-ish" despite the people she mixed with while on tour with her Beatle father, she hopes her children will too, who she says call him their "grand-dude."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Paul McCartney says Oasis bigger than Beatles comparison was mistake

Paul McCartney says Oasis' claim that they were bigger than The Beatles was the biggest mistake of Oasis' career. McCartney said, "So many people have said that, and it's the kiss of death. Be bigger than The Beatles, but don't say it...everything you do from then on is going to be looked at in the light of that statement."

Source: NME, UK
Paul McCartney still undecided over Britain's split from the EU

Paul McCartney can't decide whether he wants England to say "hello" or "goodbye" to the European Union. With the former Beatles member's home country bracing for the big referendum vote on June 23, McCartney, like many British citizens, still hasn't made up his mind. "It's crazy in England at the moment," McCartney said.

Source: International Business Times
Marriage proposal and fan Wings tribute highlights of McCartney in Paris

Two Paul McCartney fans, Nicolas and Clémence, took center stage at his concert in Paris, France yesterday as he proposed marriage and she accepted in McCartney's presence at the show. During the soundcheck for the show, a group of Russian fans caught Paul's attention by re-creating the cover of "Wings Greatest Hits."

Source: Beatles Examiner
'70s Paul McCartney track becomes breakout club hit

A Paul McCartney and Wings track is now a club hit thanks to a newly-released remix from German producer Timo Maas. An anonymous white-label bootleg of Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five blew up last year, copies have been selling on eBay for £280 (about $400). It has now been revealed that the remix was sanctioned by McCartney.

Source: The Music, Australia
Friday, May 27, 2016
The McCartney Years brings back the Wings-era '70s

Yuri Pool, founder of The McCartney Years, became absorbed in rock music early in life and before he was 10, had become a Fab Four fanatic. The McCartney Years is an authentic recreation of a standard live set during McCartney's early post-Beatles period in the 1970s. They will be appearing in Sturgis, Michigan, on June 2.

Source: Sturgis Journal
Paul McCartney's 10 best bass lines

Paul McCartney's bass playing was probably his tertiary contribution to The Beatles, after his songwriting and his singing, but that doesn't mean it wasn't just as revolutionary. Previously viewed mostly as a rhythm instrument, McCartney, one of the world's most innovative musical minds, wasn't content to let the bass take a backseat.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Paul McCartney rejects offer to be a coach on The Voice

A report from The Sun recently stated that ITV in the UK was "desperate" for McCartney to be one of the four coaches on their new version of the reality singing contest The Voice in 2017. But a source close to McCartney has told NME unofficially, "An approach was made, but Paul won't be doing it."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Why Paul McCartney nixed Weird Al's Wings parody

Although he's never tested it in court, "Weird Al" Yankovic doesn't technically have to get permission from the artists he parodies. Still, he always makes sure artists are cool with it before he goes ahead with a new song. Paul McCartney drew the line about 25 years ago when he was approached about a "Live and Let Die" take-off.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was awestruck by Paul McCartney

Thousands of excited fans packed the Sanford Premiere Center recently for Paul McCartney's first ever performance in South Dakota. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and his wife had a chance to meet McCartney personally prior to the concert. He said, "All of the sudden I just went, uhhhh, uhhhhh. I was just in shock."

Related Articles  Source: KELO AM, Sioux Falls
Paul McCartney admits fans demands are frustrating

Paul McCartney has admitted to feeling annoyed when all people want to hear in concert is the Beatles' classic tunes, such as Love Me Do, and Yellow Submarine. But he also said he can empathize with Beatles fans, revealing that during his younger years, he spent a lot of money to hear his idol Bill Haley perform his favorite song.

Source: Otago Daily Times
James McCartney comes home to Tucson

James McCartney has some fond memories of Tucson. His mom and dad, Linda and Paul McCartney, lived there in the late 1970s and although he was born and raised in England, he says Tucson and the Southwestern United States are among his favorite spots in the U.S. His current US tour brings him to Club Congress at the Hotel Congress in Tucson this Friday.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, Tucson
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Paul McCartney invites virtual reality users into his studio

In 1967, Paul McCartney used revolutionary studio technology on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Now Paul is pushing the high-tech envelope again by peddling his latest album with the help of virtual reality. A series of six VR mini-documentaries will promote his new album, Pure McCartney, due out on June 10.

Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney defends Kanye West's use of the n-word

Speaking during a recording of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, Paul McCartney referred to Kanye West as a "monster" and "a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me". He also revealed that Oprah Winfrey had warned him against working with the rapper, she told him she thought even black people shouldn't use that word.

Source: NME, UK

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