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Friday, October 21, 2016
Paul McCartney offered to write songs for the Four Tops

The only surviving original member of the Four Tops, Duke Fakir, has revealed when he met Paul McCartney at manager Brian Epstein's party in London in 1966, McCartney said he'd love to write some songs for them. Fakir said, "He asked me, Do you need some new music? And I said we will call you, but I never called."

Source: The List, UK
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
15 Years Ago: Paul McCartney headlines the Concert for New York City

Thirty years after George Harrison had organized the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, Paul McCartney planned a similar event in the same place. The Concert for New York City took place Oct. 20, 2001, 39 days following the attacks of Sept. 11, while the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smoldering.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Paul McCartney says small venues important for musicians

Paul McCartney has affirmed his support for Music Venue Trust's efforts to protect the UK's grassroots music venues. He said, "Without grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. I support Music Venue Trust because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft."

Source: IQ Magazine
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Photos: Paul McCartney does Desert Trip

Paul McCartney's official website has posted photos they've also added to Instagram of his performances over the past week with two star-studded performances at Desert Trip, a three day music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. There are also pics of his surprise show at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, October 17, 2016
Fans cook up fantasy concert lineups for possible Desert Trip sequel

Desert Trip organizers have not issued a formal yea or nay to a follow-up. It's pure speculation whether they'll mount another grand-scale event next fall, or in subsequent years. The Los Angeles Times put as a question to concertgoers to find out who they'd like to see on stage if there is to be a sequel to the event.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Rihanna surprises Desert Trip fans to John Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney brought out a surprise guest at the Desert Trip festival this past weekend, Rihanna, the pop star with whom he collaborated on the 2015 song "FourFiveSeconds." "We have finally found somebody under the age of 50!" McCartney joked. (70-year-old Neil Young was the youngest artist to play Desert Trip.)

More Video  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
5 reflections from Paul McCartney's intimate Pappy & Harriet's show

On Thursday, Paul McCartney stopped by an intimate venue in the high desert to play a show for fans in the hundreds, not the tens of thousands. Watching McCartney really lock into the groove with his band up close was one of the most enjoyable things about the night. But the real treat was watching Macca rock out on the guitar.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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Phil Collins reveals 14-year grudge against Paul McCartney

It has been revealed that Phil Collins has never forgiven Paul McCartney for an awkward encounter at Buckingham Palace back in 2002. Collins claims he asked his hero to sign a copy of Hunter Davies' book The Beatles during a celebration marking the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was left a little jarred by the rocker's condescending response.

Source: London Free Press, London, Ontario
Friday, October 14, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney plays surprise show at former biker bar

With a week off between Desert Trip gigs, Paul McCartney squeezed in a decidedly different type of show, lining up an intimate performance at a small nearby club. The surprise concert took place at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Yucca Valley. "This is the biggest gig we ever played," McCartney quipped during the show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Is Paul dead? Conspiracy theories aren't

Once upon a time Paul McCartney was rumored to have died in a car crash, which was hushed up by the other Beatles for years so they could continue to knock out hit records. A body double for McCartney was allegedly used for photo shoots and public appearances. Pretty goofy, right? But many folks at the time believed it.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Thursday, October 13, 2016
New book Conversations With McCartney now available

Since 1989 former MOJO editor Paul Du Noyer has regularly interviewed Paul McCartney, and over the years he accumulated hours and hours of formal recorded conversations. Du Noyer has released the US edition of Conversations With McCartney, his fifth book, which draws from their extensive interview sessions.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell hike in Beverly Hills

Paul McCartney took a hike with wife Nancy Shevell on Monday through TreePeople Park in Beverly Hills. McCartney is taking a well-deserved breather between gigs, having rocked Desert Trip on Saturday, and preparing to do the same again this weekend. He can be seen with an impromptu walking stick he picked up on the way.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Basketball star DeMarcus Cousins has never heard of the Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Last night, Arash Markazi of ESPN tweeted that he asked DeMarcus Cousins if he attended the Paul McCartney concert that opened Golden 1 Center last week. Cousins replied, "I don't even know who that is." The Golden 1 Center is the new arena that his team, the Sacramento Kings, will play in this season.

Source: 247 Sports
Paul McCartney squirms now when listening to Love Me Do

Paul McCartney still squirms when he hears the Beatles' recording of Love Me Do, because he can hear how terrified he was in the studio. McCartney told fans at Desert Trip he was initially scared of tough-talking record producer George Martin after he made changes to the way Paul and bandmate John Lennon were singing the song.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Monday, October 10, 2016
Paul McCartney dedicates songs to wives at Desert Trip

Paul McCartney paid tribute to both his late wife and his current spouse as he performed at the Desert Trip music festival on Saturday. He sang Maybe I'm Amazed for his late wife Linda and dedicated My Valentine to his current spouse Nancy, who celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Related Articles  Source: AOL, UK
Neil Young joins Paul McCartney on stage at Desert Trip

At the Desert Trip music festival on Saturday, Neil Young joined Paul McCartney on stage to perform A Day in the Life, which then morphed into John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance. The audience flashed peace signs as they sang along. Young played lead guitar to duet with McCartney on Why Don't We Do It In the Road?

More: Video  Related Articles  Source: Access Hollywood
Friday, October 7, 2016
Desert Trip upending rock fest tradition

There's a good reason many people are calling the Desert Trip music festival "Oldchella." The average age of the audience is 51, for the headlining acts, it's 72. It will be the most lucrative music festival on record, slated to take in $160 million over two consecutive weekends, and for many attendees, it will also be the most expensive.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: 12-year-old superfan meets Paul McCartney Warning: Page opens with sound

A 12-year-old Truckee girl's dream came true Tuesday when she got pulled on stage by Paul McCartney. Tatum Verbeck is a Beatles superfan and was surprised with an early Christmas gift to see McCartney live at the first show in the Golden 1 Center. Paul saw her sign that said, "I'm 12 and I want to hold your hand."

Related Articles  Source: KXTV, Sacramento
25 Years Ago: Paul McCartney honors hometown with Liverpool Oratorio

As the Beatles expanded their horizons, Paul McCartney, more than the others, took an interest in classical music, which resulted in producer George Martin's string arrangements for songs like "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby." But it wasn't until 1991 that he debuted his first full-length symphonic composition, Liverpool Oratorio.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Who are Desert Trip's most likely surprise guest artists? Warning: Page opens with sound

Surprise guests highlight every Goldenvoice festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Paul McCartney made a surprise DJ appearance with EDM artist Afrojack at Coachella in 2011. Who might drop in at Desert Trip? Will Stephen Stills sit in with his longtime friend Neil Young? Will Ringo Starr pop in to play drums with his fellow Beatle?

Related Articles  Source: The Desert Sun
Desert Trip celebrates rock's ultimate survivors

There has never been a mega-festival quite like Desert Trip. No art installations, no dance tent, no bands you never heard of while you stand in line for beer. Just a half-dozen rock and roll legends, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and The Who, doing what they've all been doing for over 50 years.

Related Articles  Source: Houston Press
Sacramento suit maker inspired by Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

A Sacramento tailor wants Paul McCartney to know he has a suit waiting for him. McCartney was a big inspiration to Peter Navine owner of Navin's suit shop. "They didn't conform to what was considered norm." Navin says he didn't conform to the norm either and that set his suit apart from other businesses in the city.

Source: KXTV, Sacramento
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Festive atmosphere in Sacramento for McCartney at Golden 1 Center

Downtown Sacramento threw itself a giant party Tuesday night, complete with packed restaurants, a carnival-like atmosphere at an outdoor plaza and visions of a revived central city. Onstage, Paul McCartney said, "Welcome to the opening night in this beautiful new arena. I have a feeling we're going to have some fun in here tonight."

Related Articles  Source: Sacramento Bee
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Stella McCartney surprises Paris Fashion Week with dancing models

When your father is The Beatles' Paul McCartney, you are bound to have some musical prowess flowing through your blood. But even seasoned Stella McCartney fans were not expecting models at her spring 2017 runway show at Paris Fashion Week to drop the favored austere look in favor of happiness, dancing and clapping.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Paul McCartney: The Rolling Stone Interview

At a new Rolling Stone interview, Paul McCartney talked about making mistakes in concert. "I used to be terrified of making a mistake. I've learned that it's OK. The audience actually likes it...Cilla Black, who just passed away, came to me after the show [in Paris], I loved that bit. Do you do it every night?"

Source: Rolling Stone, Australia

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David Crosby brands Desert Trip festival a scam

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rocker David Crosby has branded the upcoming Desert Trip rock festival a "scam". He said, "All it is really is a parking lot...You're standing there for hours and hours. You can't tell who's onstage because they're a pinprick - that's why (Mick) Jagger waves a scarf around, man: he's so far away you can't tell it's him."

Related Articles  Source: New Magazine, UK
Monday, October 3, 2016
Video: Pirates of the Caribbean trailer released but no McCartney

The first teaser trailer has been unveiled for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales film. It was recently reported that Paul McCartney would appear in the film, an extra scene was added to allow McCartney to make his cameo, but details of his role have not been disclosed, and he hasn't been spotted in the trailer.

Source: Contact Music
Paul McCartney show will be first test new traffic system Warning: Page opens with sound

Sacramento City engineers believe their traffic management system with new cameras around the downtown corridor will keep traffic flowing around the new Golden 1 Center arena, by allowing traffic lights to be managed manually. Tomorrow will be the first test of the system with thousands expected for the Paul McCartney concert.

Source: KOVR TV, Sacramento
With Desert Trip, Woodstock generation again has its own fest

This month, Desert Trip brings together six of the most legendary acts in history of rock 'n' roll, including Paul McCartney. "To have the opportunity to hear them all at one place? It's totally epic," says one fan. "It was really a chance to see iconic entertainers from our youth long after our youth is behind us."

Related Articles  Source: San Bernadino Sun
Friday, September 30, 2016
Paul McCartney reveals why he named tour One On One

On his website, a fan asked how Paul McCartney named his new tour. He said, "When people would talk about going to the Out There shows, they said that even though it was a huge stadium, there was an intimate feeling about it. And I thought that was interesting really because with the big screens, we can make it a bit "One On One."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Paul McCartney and Harry Styles share similarities in their career

Both Paul McCartney and Harry Styles can claim to have been part of the biggest band in the world. In a new interview, they realized they have more in common. Styles revealed he was feeling like he wasn't able to do what he wanted with One Direction, and McCartney said he felt the same when The Beatles disbanded in 1970.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Video: Beatles tune parodied in commercial to legalize marijuana

A new viral YouTube video turns a classic Beatles tune into an anthem for legalization. "Yes on 64" takes Paul McCartney's hit song about growing older, "When I'm 64," and turns it into a parody version of Paul getting arrested for marijuana, as he was during the 1970s in Japan, and asks, "will you please free me? Yes on 64."

Source: The Leaf
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tickets still available for Paul McCartney at Desert Trip

The upcoming music festival featuring the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Paul McCartney, dubbed unofficially as "Oldchella, " has been sold out for months. But tons of tickets are also still available on secondary market sites like Vivid Seats and StubHub, sometimes for less than their original purchase price.

Related Articles  Source: Time Magazine
Sacramento declares Meatless Mondays to honor Paul McCartney

The city of Sacramento passed a resolution Tuesday night declaring all Mondays from here on to be meat-free in Sacramento in honor of Paul McCartney, a noted vegetarian who will play the opening night concert at Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4 and 5. Food vendors at the venue will also add meatless chow to their menus for his shows.

Go Meatless!  Related Articles  Source: Sacramento Bee
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Paul McCartney's odd request for Desert Trip concert

Paul McCartney apparently wants to make sure he isn't dwarfed by any fellow rock gods, from the Rolling Stones to The Who, at the upcoming Desert Trip concert, which has also been dubbed "Oldchella." A source close to the show says that Macca requested the stage be raised a whole 6 inches every time he's on it.

Related Articles  Source: New York Post
Internet data reveals most famous Beatle

Data from Google has shown who the most searched for Beatles is in England. The data from Google trends looks at the number of times people have searched for a particular celebrity since September 2011 and the results are illuminating. According to the internet, Paul McCartney is 10% more popular than John Lennon.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, September 16, 2016
Pictures: The McCartneys party after Beatles film London premiere

He may be well into his seventies, but Paul McCartney proved he can still party like the best of them as he left an after-show party for the new Beatles documentary on Thursday night. Paul's fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney was also on hand, as was son James. Paul paid plenty of attention to his fans, giving them high-fives.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
How new Beatles film reunited the Fab Four

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are back to where they once belonged, sharing a joke at Abbey Road. Paul McCartney said, "I started to see photos and footage of us all just as mates, that's all we were, just mates and it was great to be reminded of that. We kind of get reunited with John and George again. Which is very special."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul and Ringo haven't seen new documentary yet

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr say they haven't yet seen the band's new tour film documentary Eight Days A Week. In a Facebook Q&A, Paul and Ringo said the first time they will watch the movie will be at tonight's London premiere. McCartney said, "We haven't seen it, so we're looking forward to tomorrow night's premiere."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Video: How Beatles created strange sound of Tomorrow Never Knows Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years features fascinating archival footage and some new interviews. In a new clip now available on the internet, Paul and Ringo talk about just how they managed to create sounds that no-one ever heard before, including the tape loops on Tomorrow Never Knows.

Related Articles  Source: Contact Music
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Paul McCartney renews agreement with ASCAP for his songs in the U.S.

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced that Paul McCartney has renewed his agreement with the organization for representation of public performances of his songwriting catalog in the US. McCartney has been represented by ASCAP for performing rights in the US for multiple decades.

Source: Market Wired
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Sold-out Desert Trip to release more tickets

Organizers are releasing more tickets for the Desert Trip concerts at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, on Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16. The concerts feature an appearance by Paul McCartney. The additional passes will go on sale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at their official website DesertTrip.com.

Related Articles  Source: The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA

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