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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Johnny Depp says Paul McCartney is a great actor

Johnny Depp says he was happy to shoot with Paul McCartney for the fifth instalment of "Pirates of the Caribbean". He said, "Paul's a great actor. Clearly the guy is not lacking in the talent department. If I changed something up in the scene, he'd change something up in the scene. He'd make stuff up. He was amazing."

Source: The Economic Times
Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dead at 89

For seven of the series' most popular films, from Live and Let Die, with title theme by Paul McCartney, to A View to a Kill, Roger Moore was James Bond. Moore was also known for his role as Simon Templar in the British TV series The Saint. Moore died early today after what his family tweeted, "a short but brave battle with cancer."

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Paul McCartney praises pot, slams fans on Fixing a Hole

Some people thought Paul McCartney's song Fixing a Hole was about heroin because "Fixing a Hole" was junkie slang for injecting smack. Other people thought the song was to be taken literally, knowing that Paul McCartney had purchased a rundown Scottish farm in 1966. As it turns out, neither story was completely correct.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 19, 2017
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper's. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Paul McCartney postpones date of US tour kickoff by 2 days

Paul McCartney has anounced his One on One Tour in Miami originally scheduled for July 5 has been postponed by two days, moved to July 7 to accommodate "exciting production enhancements." It's not known what those "enhancements" will be, but interestingly, the Miami gig now will coincide with the 77th birthday of Ringo Starr.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Paris Jackson wrote a song for Paul McCartney

Paris Jackson tells Teen Vogue that even though she's a model, music will always be in her heart, and that Paul McCartney would be her "dream musician" to write for. She also says, "I actually already wrote a song I'd like him to sing, but it probs won't happen." Her dad and and McCartney collaborated on several songs in the '70s and '80s.

Source: Teen Vogue
How Paul McCartney's travels inspired Sgt. Pepper's title track

On November 6th, 1966, Paul McCartney took his Aston Martin DB6 to Le Touquet, France. Wearing a disguise, he travelled toward Paris as an ordinary man, kept a journal of the trip, and shot reel after reel of 8 mm film. It was total freedom, and it made him think about his own band in danger of being suffocated by their own fame.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, May 15, 2017
Paul McCartney shares photo of his character in Pirates of the Caribbean

Back in March 2016, word first arrived that Paul McCartney was joining the star-studded cast of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, for a top-secret cameo appearance. On Saturday, Paul shared a picture of himself, dressed in pirate regalia, on his social media accounts.

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50 Years Ago: Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman Warning: Page opens with sound

It was just another night out in London on May 15, 1967, for Paul McCartney at Soho's Bag O'Nails club. A little before McCartney showed up, a young photographer by the name of Linda Eastman had been taken to the Bag O'Nails by some of her friends, members of British rockers the Animals. McCartney caught Eastman's eye.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 8, 2017
Paul McCartney adds second shows to his New York-area tour stops

Paul McCartney has just announced that he'll be playing a second show at each of the four venues in and around New York for which he'd previously confirmed dates. The new concerts will take place in Newark, New Jersey, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Daughter Beatrice spitting image of Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's youngest daughter looked the spitting image of her dad during a rare public appearance over the weekend. Beatrice, 13, posed for a picture with her Macca backstage at a West End show and the family resemblance was clear to see, sporting a smart shirt and a quiff that evoked memories of her dad's time in the Beatles.

Source: The Sun, UK
Listen: Elvis Costello shares demo from Flowers in the Dirt

Paul McCartney's 1989 Flowers in the Dirt album received the deluxe treatment March 24. Last week, Elvis Costello shared the audio of the "Back on My Feet" demo, a composition he co-wrote with McCartney. The album, which reached #21 in Billboard, is the 10th release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Harry Styles faces backlash as fans compare his song to Beatles hit

With the release of a track from his upcoming album, Harry Styles finds himself at the heart of a musical backlash. On the track "Sweet Creature," Styles has been accused of copying The Beatles, as fans have been pointing out the similarities between his new offering and Paul McCartney's Blackbird on Twitter.

Source: The Mirror, UK
How Paul McCartney saved classic rock from extinction

Perhaps the greatest record to emerge from the world of AOR in 1989 was Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt, the latest Macca LP to receive the deluxe-edition treatment as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. McCartney's eighth studio album is an absolute pleasure to rediscover today.

Source: Observer
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.

According to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, to be published this Sunday, Paul McCartney, with his wife Nancy Shevell, is the richest musician in the U.K., largely thanks to his continued live performances and online sales. Olivia and Dhani Harrison come in on the list at number 7, and Ringo Starr tied at number 8.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Paul McCartney adds new tour dates in Brazil

On his official website, Paul McCartney has announced the addition of four dates in Brazil to his One-On-One tour in October. Paul will be visiting the cities of Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Salvador, Brazil. His first visit to Brazil was in 1990, he was last there in 2014. Tickets go on public sale on Saturday, May 8.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Paul McCartney books second show in Chicago

After selling out a July 25 show the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Paul McCartney has expanded his One on One tour with a second date at the venue the following day to meet a huge demand for tickets. Live Nation will announce additional details about the second show and ticket purchase in the near future, a spokeswoman said.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Cast announced for new fictional Beatles play

John Anthony Gorman has been cast as Billy Campbell in "Nowhere Man," a new fictional play about someone hired to be Paul McCartney's double in the 1960s. The story springs from the "Paul is dead myth" in which some fans became convinced that Paul McCartney died in a car accident. The show opens in June.

Source: Broadway World
Monday, May 1, 2017
Beatle bucks to boost Chicago area hotels, restaurants

Paul McCartney's scheduled appearance in late July at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park is likely to be sweet music for the area's hospitality industry. Local hotels and restaurants will benefit from the thousands of people who'll descend on the suburban venue, tourism and marketing officials say.

Related Articles  Source: Chicago Tribune
Review and Set List: Paul McCartney at the Tokyo Dome

The first of Paul McCartney's three sold-out shows at the 50,000 seat Tokyo Dome's audience erupted with deafening screams of delight with each song from probably the greatest ever back catalogue in popular music. McCartney was in fine voice, and he happily tried to speak Japanese to his fans who lapped it up.

Related Articles  Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Paul McCartney answers fan questions from Japan

On his official website, Paul McCartney has answered some questions from his Japanese fans, including how would he describe the Japanese audiences at his concerts compared to other countries, what impresses him about Japan, what would he sing at karaoke, and being vegetarian, what is his favourite Japanese food?

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, April 28, 2017
NY Attorney General investigating ticket complaints for McCartney concert

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office confirms it's beginning to receive complaints about tickets to the Paul McCartney concert. Some tickets for McCartney's September show in Syracuse are listed for $10,000, and some are "speculative tickets," which the seller doesn't even have yet.

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James McCartney
James McCartney, Paul's son, follows his own muse

James McCartney has released a pair of EPs and two albums since 2010, and flies quietly under the pop culture radar. A guitarist since he was 9, when his father Paul McCartney gave him a Fender Stratocaster once owned by Carl Perkins, McCartney played on a pair of Paul McCartney and Wings albums, taking a guitar solo on 1997's Flaming Pie.

Source: The Daily Herald, Provo, UT
Thursday, April 27, 2017
BBB warns against McCartney ticket scams

Tickets for Paul McCartney in Wichita go on sale Monday, however some websites are already selling tickets. Denise Groene, State Director of the Better Business Bureau, said, "While that's not illegal per say, it does raise some concerns as to how they know that they're going to have these tickets available."

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Julian Lennon says he'll never perform with Paul McCartney

Julian Lennon has ruled out a musical get together with Paul McCartney, because there would be too much pressure to come up with a Beatles sequel. "They did it well enough, I think it's easier left alone," he told Access Hollywood. Julian admits he and Paul are still close, but there's no chance they would ever get together in the studio or onstage.

Source: New Magazine
Official announcement: Paul McCartney announces 14 new tour dates

Paul McCartney has added a massive new run of US dates to his One On One tour. The newly announced dates kick off July 5th in Miami, then head northwest to Tampa, though Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois, then five shows in the New York/New Jersey area, finally ending up in Detroit on October 1.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Paul McCartney returns to Tokyo's Budokan

Paul McCartney first appeared at Tokyo's legendary Budokan two years ago and famously performed there with The Beatles in 1966, playing just 11 songs. In 2015, he performed 28 songs at the Budokan. Tonight, McCartney outdid himself with a career-spanning 31-song set that mixed in Beatles numbers and Wings songs.

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Paul McCartney announces new 2017 One on One tour dates

On the day that he performed his first official concert of the year, at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Paul McCartney has begun to reveal the dates for his 2017 "One on One" tour. They have not yet been formerly announced, but the Best Classic Bands has identified nine North American dates, including New York, New Jersey and Detroit.

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Paul McCartney arrives in Tokyo

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is back in Japan for one concert Tuesday night at the Budokan, and three concerts at Tokyo Dome on April 27, 29 and 30. About 700 fans were on hand to greet McCartney, 74, and his wife Nancy, when they arrived at Haneda airport late Sunday night. The singer called out "Hi Japan" to his fans.

Related Articles  Source: Japan Today

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Liverpool in the eyes of McCartney

Photographer Mike McGear McCartney is holding a specially curated exclusive exhibition of his photography to commemorate Liverpool John Moores University's 25th anniversary. An exhibition titled, "A Story of My Liverpool Life" was held in Kuala Lumpur to showcase his favorite compositions of his home city past and present.

Source: The Star
Monday, April 24, 2017
Very sweet letter from Paul McCartney to Prince sells for $15k

Paul McCartney once asked his pal Prince for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which he co-founded in 1996. He also suggested that Prince might stop by the Institute to "teach some moves." The handwritten letter was auctioned in Boston over the weekend and sold for $14,822.

Source: Entertainment.ie
April 24, 1976: John and Paul almost go on SNL

On April 24, 1976, Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on Saturday Night Live. It was a joke, of course. But what he didn't know was that Paul McCartney had shown up unannounced at John Lennon's home in Manhattan that actual evening, were watching the show together, and actually briefly considered doing it.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Paul McCartney lands new production deal for High in the Clouds movie

Paul McCartney is one step closer to getting his long-in-the-works animated movie High In The Clouds onto the big screen after securing a new production deal. The company originally producing the film closed, now famed French firm Gaumont has taken up the project, based on McCartney's children's book from 2005.

Source: TV3, Ireland
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Paul McCartney admits Sgt. Pepper was a risk

In a new interview, Paul McCartney talked to Mojo Magazine about Sgt. Pepper's. Paul remembered, "We were always being told, 'You're gonna lose all your fans with this one.' And we'd say, 'Well, we'll lose some but we'll gain some.' We've gotta advance." He also compares the original stereo mix to the new mix by Giles Martin.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Paul McCartney visits the cast of LOVE in Las Vegas

Paul McCartney stopped by The Mirage on Sunday night to see a performance of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. The 74-year-old (although he's technically immortal) even posed for a photograph with cast and crew. McCartney was just at LOVE last summer, when he and Ringo Starr were at the show's 10th anniversary event.

Source: Vegas Seven
DJ who partied with Elvis, Cliff Richard and Paul McCartney

If you were a young pop fan in the late 1960s to 70s, chances are you grew up listening to DJ Tony Prince on Radio Luxembourg on a crackling transistor radio. In 1960 at age 15 he sang backed by the drumming of a pre-Beatles Ringo Starr. Three years later Tony, by now a successful DJ, introduced The Beatles on stage in Oldham in 1963.

Source: The Express, UK
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Review: Paul McCartney's neglected masterpiece

Unlike John Lennon, Paul McCartney has always been guarded about his interior life, rarely using his songs to deliver the gossip about what it's like being Paul McCartney. Yet on his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, McCartney showed, in the track "Don't Be Careless Love," a tormented side. And it isn't even one of the five best songs on the album.

Related Articles  Source: National Review
April 13, 1974: McCartney's Band on the Run hits #1

Band on the Run was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, and released in December 1973, entering the U.S. chart during Christmas week. Although it took 17 weeks, Band on the Run finally claimed the top spot on this date in 1974. It remains a fan favorite, McCartney still includes Band on the Run, Jet and Let Me Roll it regularly in his concerts.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Music Review: Flowers In The Dirt Deluxe Archive Collection

Flowers In The Dirt, the tenth entry in Paul McCartney's Archive Collection reissue series is easily the best in terms of quantity and, most importantly, quality of extra material. What's great about the new deluxe, four-disc Archive Collection set is that it presents a far fuller picture of the McCartney/Elivis Costello partnership.

Related Articles  Source: Blogcritics
Friday, April 7, 2017
Facebook scammed into carrying fake news about death of Paul McCartney

Facebook has admitted they were tricked by a "malicious advertiser" into carrying a fake news post that Paul McCartney had committed suicide. Shocked social media users who clicked on the post were taken to a phishing page which claimed their computer was infected and gave a freephone number to call.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
First-ever film footage of future Beatle Paul McCartney at age 12?

Could this be the earliest recorded film footage of a then 12-year-old Paul McCartney? The circa 1955 film "Liverpool Trams: Green Goddesses Remembered" shows the tram heading toward where Paul's Aunty Jin and Uncle Harry lived. Paul is only on screen for a second, sitting at the window, and possibly his mother is seen sitting behind him.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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