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Latest news as of Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017
Day John Lennon met Paul McCartney being recreated 60 years on Warning: Page opens with sound

When St Peter's Church in Woolton hosted a fete on the afternoon of July 6, 1957, a young Paul McCartney was introduced to a 16-year-old John Lennon , who was there with his group The Quarrymen. To mark the diamond jubilee of the friendship which led to The Beatles being formed just a few years later, the fete is being staged again.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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James McCartney coming to Richmond

James McCartney, the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney, returns to The Camel in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday, March 28, in support of his latest album, 2016's "The Blackberry Train." On his latest album, the singer and songwriter said he played "everything. Conventionally: my vocal cords, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Two at a time usually."

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt album is regarded as one of his best of the '80s, and inspired his first world tour in 10 years. Now, as the record is re-released, Sir Paul speaks to the BBC 6 about collaborating with Elivis Costello, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, but why he'll never work with anyone better than John Lennon.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Paul McCartney releases another unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

In 1988, as he was preparing to go on his first ever solo tour and his first major live tour in a decade, Paul McCartney wanted to new songs to perform. One such song was This One, you can listen to the previously unreleased demo version of the song now streaming on YouTube, teasing the upcoming Flowers in the Dirt reissue.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Monday, March 20, 2017
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website PaulMcCartney.com, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Paul McCartney unveils unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

To celebrate the upcoming reissue of Paul McCartney's 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album an exclusive demo of the album track "Distractions" has been made available for download on PaulMcCartney.com. Paul said, "It's always nice to be in the mood to write a ballad and that was the case when I sat down to write this."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sony says Paul McCartney lawsuit over Beatles songs is unripe

Paul McCartney waited decades for his opportunity to reclaim rights to songs he authored as a member of The Beatles. Now, Sony/ATV Music Publishing is telling a judge he should have to cool his heels a little longer. McCartney sued in the US in January, but Sony clearly wants an English court deciding limitations on the rights reclamation.

Source: The Hollywood Reorter
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, what inspired him to write the song "Distractions." Paul answered, "It just occurred to me that if you love someone, one of the problems is that you don't always spend enough time with that person. Because...you've got work or you've got other obligations to other people or whatever."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Grammy-winning producer and label exec Tommy Lipuma dead at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a veteran producer and industry executive whose name appeared in the liner notes for a long string of hit records including Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom, has died at the age of 80. LiPuma also worked with Dr. John, Miles Davis, and Willie Nelson, and co-founded Blue Thumb records in 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 13, 2017
Inside Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello's prolific late-eighties team-up

For Paul McCartney, it was an all-too-familiar feeling. There he was, paired with an acerbic, rough-voiced co-writer with Liverpudlian roots, Elvis Costello, sitting face to face as they strummed acoustic guitars, finishing each other's musical phrases and lyrics, singing in comfortable harmony. Paul said, "I figured, in a way, he was being John."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Paul McCartney adds new Budokan show to upcoming Japan dates

Almost two years to the day since he rocked The Budokan for the second time in his career, Paul McCartney has announced he'll be returning to one of Japan's most sacred venues with his all new One On One tour for a special concert on Tuesday April 25. The announcement follows Paul selling out three nights at the massive Tokyo Dome.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Laurence Juber says instrumental Beatles album was great challenge

Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber has just released his third collection of acoustic instrumental versions of Beatles tunes, titled, appropriately enough, LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles. Juber said that he finds it pleasantly challenging to present Fab Four tunes as solo instrumentals, but, he says, "one that I gladly meet."

Source: WFJA 105.5

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Denny Laine on his partnership with Paul and Linda McCartney

Denny Laine's partnership with the Paul McCartney lasted for a decade and resulted in some of the seventies' and eighties' most beloved tracks. Denny said, "Paul was kind of like a bigger brother and we just went for it. In those days, I actually spent a lot of time in their family, because much of [the work] was done at home or in Scotland."

Source: In The Spotlight
Monday, March 6, 2017
Stella McCartney pays tribute to George Michael at Paris Fashion Week

Stella McCartney paid tribute to George Michael, who died in December, at Paris Fashion Week today. Sending out an army of models to a remixed version of his song Faith, the designer and Beatle's daughter's memorial left attendees, including her sister Mary McCartney, dancing in their seats.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Friday, March 3, 2017
Abbey Road recording console goes up for auction

A custom-made Abbey Road Studios console used to record Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is going up for auction in New York later this month. Installed in Abbey Road's iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, it was also used by other pop and rock greats such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Source: Audio Media International
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Long and Winding Road inspires Scottish art show

The road which inspired The Beatles' hit The Long and Winding Road is to feature in a new exhibition of paintings by best-selling Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison which opens in Dundee on Saturday. Morrison's painting depicts the road near Paul McCartney's farmhouse on the Mull of Kintyre that he says inspired the song.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
How Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta became a Paul McCartney LP cover

Paul McCartney wandered into Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta because he saw a product called Run Devil Run in the window. They told him it was for depression, and he said, "My wife recently passed away. I'm going to buy it. If it works, I'll write a song about you." Six months later, a picture of the store showed up on Paul's album.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Paul McCartney answers fan question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is the song 'Put It There' about your father, brother and you, or is it about your relationship with your children?" Paul answered his that was a phrase his father used the expression regularly, so it is about his father, but also the next generation, and parents and kids.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Monday, February 27, 2017
Paul McCartney marks birthday of George Harrison

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on Feb. 25, 1943. Paul McCartney marked the anniversary of his old bandmate's birthday on Saturday with a touching throwback photo of a recording session. "My lovely friend George," McCartney tweeted. "Still celebrating his birthday. Lucky to have had him in my life."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Friday, February 24, 2017
Paul McCartney shares studio footage from '80s-era Elvis Costello session

Paul McCartney has released a video featuring a demo of the track My Brave Face which he recorded with Elvis Costello in 1987. The song features on McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt, which is being reissued on March 24. About Costello, Paul said, "We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

More Info: Pictures  Related Articles  Source: Team Rock
McCartney guitarist Brian Ray debuts track at Guitar World

Brian Ray released a two-track digital-only single today. Brian Ray has been a guitarist in Paul McCartney's band since 2002. He was also musical director for Etta James for over a decade and written and performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele, Shakira and Adam Lambert.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Paul McCartney to auction off limited edition Shure microphone

The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world's most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with Paul McCartney to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 graphic painted SM58s.

Source: Music Instrument Professional
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Beatles number one on list of top 40 British artists of all time

The Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll. The Fab Four beat out famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot, with David Bowie taking third place on the list. Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five. Paul McCartney came in as a solo act at number 20 on the list.

Source: The Sun, UK
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK
Painting copied for Paul McCartney could go on display alongside original

Sir Peter Blake's version of The Monarch Of The Glen, made for Paul McCartney in the sixties, could go on display alongside the 19th-century original. The National Galleries of Scotland is trying to secure the original, and if they do, they'd like to hang it along with Paul's copy, which been hanging for years in his office in London.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
45 Years Ago: McCartney's controversial Give Ireland Back to the Irish

In February 1972 Paul McCartney reacted to a horrific event by writing and releasing "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," an action that could have put his fledgling post-Beatles career on the line. Written and recorded in two days, McCartney was promptly phoned by the chairman of EMI, explaining that they wouldn't release it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, February 6, 2017
Grammy watch: James Teej nominated for remixing Paul McCartney

Music producer James Teej never expected Paul McCartney would give his approval for a dark remix of one of his songs. And he certainly didn't think it would take him to the Grammy Awards. On Sunday, he will be in the running for Best Remixed Recording along with Timo Maas for their update of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five."

Source: The Canadian Press
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Flowers in the Dirt
Listen: Paul McCartney shares rare Flowers in the Dirt demo

Ahead of Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the rollicking "Twenty Fine Fingers," an unreleased demo featuring McCartney singing alongside Elvis Costello, has been unveiled. The track, often bootlegged but never officially released, is presented twice on the Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the track sneaked today and the song's 1988 demo.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for 7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Paul McCartney remembers his friend John Hurt

On the passing of actor John Hurt, Paul McCartney said, "Very sad news about our dear friend John Hurt who I've known since the 60s as a mate and a work colleague. He was always great fun to be with and a fantastic actor with a nicely cynical view of the world. Sympathies to his family, love from me and mine."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Go inside the house Paul McCartney chose to stay in while in India

There is nothing showy or fancy about Pala Kuruvinakunnel Tharavadu (ancestral house), aka Madukakunnu Estate Bungalow. But still, it is a favorite among foreigners visiting Kerala without getting in the spotlight or without the knowledge of paparazzi, including Paul McCartney, who enjoyed his morning walks while staying there.

Source: Manoramana Online
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lennon/McCartney relationship turned into classical work by computer

The charged relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be translated into a classical work composed using a computer analysis of their lyrics. Come Together: The Sonification of McCartney and Lennon will chart the relationship, from the tight bond of the Beatles' early years to the bitterness following their 1970 split.

Source: iNews, UK
Monday, January 23, 2017
A brief history of the ownership of the Beatles catalog

Last week, Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV to regain his ownership stake in the Beatles catalog. If successful, it would end a long and painful battle for McCartney over the ownership of his own songs, involving everyone from early Beatles manager Brian Epstein to Michael Jackson, who bought the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Friday, January 20, 2017
Denny Laine on Wings and Band on the Run

Guitarist and Moody Blues founder Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney created some of the greatest rock of the '70s including Band on the Run, considered by many to be Mr. McCartney's greatest work away from John, George and Ringo. Recently, he talked about how he came to work with Sir Paul.

Source: Washington Times
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV for Beatles music rights

Paul McCartney sued Sony Corp's music publishing arm on Wednesday in federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired two decades before his death. Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit "unnecessary and premature" in an emailed statement.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters

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