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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Paul McCartney's gift raises funds for Manchester attack families

An auction of a gift from Paul McCartney has raised more than £3,000 (about $4,000) for Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack. Paul offered to personalise the 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which sold for £2,700, but the auctioneers also donated their commission.

Source: BBC News, UK
Paul McCartney becomes first Beatle to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney has become the first Beatle to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The rock legend's effort on Wednesday afternoon local time was made all the more impressive given his 75-years of age. More impressive still, he managed the 2-hour climb to the top after going all-out for an epic three-hour concert on Monday night.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
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Monday, December 11, 2017
Paul McCartney rocks Sydney for three-hours Warning: Page opens with sound

Rock icon Paul McCartney wowed Sydney with a three-hour show packed with Beatles classics, and a few new tunes, leaving fans in an absolute frenzy, as his One on One tour finally arrived in Sydney for his two final Australian concerts at Qudos Bank Arena. McCartney was superb whether plucking heart strings or rocking out.

Source: Australia
Opinion: Worst Christmas song and possibly the worst song ever

Wonderful Christmastime is the worst of Christmas songs, but it makes up for it by also being the worst of all songs, the worst song ever written by a human, Beatle or otherwise, the worst melody, the worst synthesizer, the worst production, the worst Wings song, the worst pronunciation of the word "here," and the worst lyrics.

Source: Golf Digest
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
McCartney signs 16-year-old student's bass drum onstage

Paul McCartney has made a Scotch College student's year, signing his bass drum at his Melbourne concert last night. The Scotch College Pipe Band joined McCartney onstage for Mull Of Kintyre. Will Mountney said, "It was very exciting but I was just really nervous. It's going to go straight up on the wall and we'll keep it there forever."

Related Articles  Source: 3AW AM, Melbourne
Paul McCartney's secret Beatles hit he wrote in New Zealand

Paul McCartney remembers when the Beatles toured New Zealand at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, and while trapped in their Wellington hotel, he requested a guitar so he could work on a song. He got the guitar, accounts differ on how, but no one knows what song he was working on. "Let's pretend it was Yesterday," he quipped.

Source: New Zealand Herald
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Extreme security requested for Queensland Paul McCartney concert

Suncorp Stadium was asked to screen every concert goer with handheld metal detectors ahead of Paul McCartney's show in Queensland, Australia, this weekend. It would have been the first time security screening at the venue had been boosted to such a high level, but the request was revoked yesterday by the event's promoters.

Related Articles  Source: The Queensland Times, Australia
Monday, December 4, 2017
Listen: Paul McCartney's lost 1965 Christmas record

An extremely rare record, only three copies were known to exist, made by Paul McCartney for his bandmates at Christmastime in 1965 has made its way online. It was found by the Dangerous Minds website, who also shared an interview with McCartney from 1995 where he talked about it. McCartney said, "It was just something for the mates."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney helps couple get engaged at Perth concert

Martyn Davison may have gotten more than he bargained for when he attended the Paul McCartney concert in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night, holding a sign that read "Can I propose to my love on stage?" McCartney invited the lucky couple on stage during his encore so they could have their special moment.

Related Articles  Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Paul McCartney surpasses expectations as Australia tour kicks off

The anticipation throughout endless lines around Perth's nib Stadium was fuelled by the crystal clear sounds of a music legend soundchecking right up until doors opened. Once inside and amped to the max by a DJ smashing Beatles songs, Paul McCartney arrived to a standing ovation. "G'day, Perth," he said with a grin.

Related Articles  Source: The Music, Australia
Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 auctions for £1.3m

On Friday, an anonymous bidder paid £1,345,500 (about $1,810,750) at auction for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, once owned by Paul McCartney, who bought it for £3,800 in the summer of 1964. Also, a 1966 Mini Coopers S that was adapted to carry Ringo Starr's drum kit went under the hammer for £102,300 (about $137,675).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Paul McCartney reveals bizarre recurring Beatles nightmare

Paul McCartney has revealed a nightmare­ that has haunted him for 50 years. Despite wowing audiences around the world since the 1960s, Paul said in an interview, "You are in a stadium playing with The Beatles or with this band and people start leaving and it is like 'OK what are we doing wrong' we try to pull out the bigs ones but they're still leaving."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, December 1, 2017
Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime makes Top 25 Holiday Songs list

Quite a few classic-rock artists have penned memorable Christmas tunes, but only one has made it onto the 2017 list of the top 25 most-played holiday songs compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Paul McCartney's 1979 "Wonderful Christmastime" sneaked onto the tally at #25.

Source: WEZX 107 FM, Scranton
Sir Paul McCartney's gift to Manchester attack families

A gift from Paul McCartney is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack back in May. McCartney has offered to personalise a copy of the special edition 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which is being auctioned by Bonhams.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Paul McCartney wows Aussie fans with live Q&A and impromptu concert

Speaking to fans in Perth, the location for the start of his first Australian tour in decades, Paul McCartney said he did not even think he'd still be in demand in the 1970s, let alone when he was in his seventies. "It is amazing, it's something we never expected. We thought we might last 10 years if we were lucky," he said.

Related Articles  Source: ABC News, Australia
Beatles ex-staffer invited to catch up with Paul McCartney in Australia

Former Londoner Joanne Petersen, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s, has received an invitation to catch up with a friend and former work mate, Paul McCartney, while's he on tour in Australia. She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.

More: Brian Epstein  Source: ABC News, Australia
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Paul McCartney answers fan's question about going down under

On his official website, Charles in the UK asked Paul McCartney, "Do you have any favourite memories from visiting Australia and New Zealand on previous tours?" Paul answered, "The welcome we got in Australia was crazy! People were lining the streets and it was really special. We...were very pleased to get such a great reception."

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Stella McCartney: Fashion must change its wasteful ways

The fashion industry urgently needs to reform its wasteful, polluting ways, British designer Stella McCartney says. "Fashion is allowed to be fun, and it's allowed to be sexy," said McCartney, "The reality is we just need to be a bit more mindful and curious about the way we're consuming and have a level of responsibility."

Source: Irish Times, UK
Friday, November 24, 2017
Perth fans to get a chance to chat with Paul McCartney Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney will answer questions from fans at an intimate Q&A session in Perth next Thursday. Fans are invited to record a video of themselves asking Macca the question they have always wanted to ask, then upload the video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Lucky fans will be picked from the uploads to attend the Q&A live.

Source: The West, Australia
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Record Store Day's Black Friday includes two Paul McCartney discs

The famed Record Store Day, where indie record stores offer up hundreds of new and limited edition titles each April, has its fall iteration this Black Friday, Nov. 24. Paul McCartney releases two 7" discs, one on red vinyl and one on green, both featuring a new version of his song Wonderful Christmastime, with the help of The Roots.

Source: Pollstar
Friday, November 17, 2017
Paul McCartney Archive Collection in stores today

The first eight Archive Collection titles are now available in stores released as single CD digipack, 180 gram black vinyl, and limited edition 180 gram colour vinyl. All vinyl LPs in the Archive Collection will feature a download card and fully restored artwork. Every release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection is supervised by Paul himself.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Baby you can drive Paul's Aston and Ringo's Mini

If you love the Beatles as much as you love cars, your opportunity to secure your dream ride is coming up in just a couple of weeks. Consigned to Bonhams' auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul McCartney, and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo Starr's.

Source: Carscoops
Steve Miller reveals Paul McCartney role in 'pompatus of love' lyric

In a new interview, Steve Miller talks about his famous nonsense coinage "pompatus of love." Miller says he was talking to Paul McCartney in 1969 about writing lyrics and Paul told him to do "whatever works." Funny or good, "it's okay, it's not that heavy. Things that feel spontaneous have a much longer life," Miller says he's learned.

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Paul McCartney and other celebs selling shoes for charity

Paul McCartney and many more artists are auctioning off shoes for charity. Each pair is signed by the artist and some have additional messages or markings. The auction, run by Charity Stars, benefits the UK-based Small Steps Project, which provides emergency aid to individuals living on landfills and garbage dump environments.

Source: Pitchfork
Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Mary McCartney slightly voyeuristic and personal photography

Mary McCartney has seen both sides of celebrity. As the daughter of a Beatle, there was no real way of escaping it. If you look at the cover of Paul McCartney's first solo album, you can see baby Mary peeking out from behind Paul's jacket. But in adult life, Mary moved to behind the camera, becoming a professional photographer like her mother, Linda.

Source: CBC, Canada
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Paul McCartney guitar goes up for auction

A 1953 "Goldtop" Gibson Les Paul used by Paul McCartney as recently as 2012 will go up for auction next month in New York City. The auction on December 2 will put up for sale guitars, saxophones, session tapes and other music memorabilia associated with some of the most famous musicians of the 20th century.

Source: Reuters, UK
Monday, November 6, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney and Steve Van Zandt play Beatles song

Paul McCartney joined Steven Van Zandt onstage in London on Saturday night. The last time they played together was with Bruce Springsteen in 2012, when the power was unexpectedly shut off due to a curfew. Saying he wanted to "finish some unfinished business," Van Zandt invited McCartney onto the stage for I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
One on One with McCartney: Fan tour reports

Beatlefan has posted a selection of reports filed by Beatlefan contributors from the recent U.S. leg of Paul McCartney's One on One tour. Reporters describe Paul's concerts at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Madison Square Garden, the Carrier Dome in Syracuse and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Blog
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Paul McCartney guitar part of NYC memorabilia auction

A guitar once played by Paul McCartney will be up for bid at a music memorabilia auction on December 2 in New York City. The Legendary Guitars & Musical Treasures sale also features other rare instruments, including guitars from Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, as well as various historic concert and studio recordings.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Paul McCartney announces new documentary short for Meat Free Monday

In a new interview with National Geographic, musician, activist and global icon Paul McCartney talks about a new documentary short he has released in support of his campaign Meat Free Monday, which can now be viewed online. In the interview, McCartney also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, Lady Madonna.

Official Page  Source: Look to the Stars
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin to go under the hammer

An iconic Aston Martin owned by Paul McCartney at the height of Beatlemania is set to fetch a staggering £1.5m (about $2m) at auction. McCartney was just 22 when he bought the Aston Martin DB5 in 1964, which came with a built-in Philips record player. McCartney ordered the car having just finished filming A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Metro News, UK
Paul McCartney is not dead, and he doesn't believe in ghosts

On his official website, a fan asks Paul McCartney, "Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had any paranormal experiences?" He answered, "I would say no, not really. I've heard bumps in the night, but it's usually the plumbing! I'm a bit too practical so if I see or hear something, I normally will reach for a rational explanation."

Monday, October 30, 2017
Paul McCartney lifts spirits in quake-hit Mexico

Paul McCartney lifted spirits in quake-hit Mexico at a concert punctuated with the cry "Fuerza Mexico!" More than 48,000 fans gathered at the Azteca Stadium Saturday to hear McCartney in his first Mexico City concert in five years. During the show, McCartney called for silence during the search for survivors in the ruins left by the Sept. 19 earthquake.

Source: GMA News
Friday, October 27, 2017
Paul McCartney's sweater, Ringo Starr's suit pants up for auction

A short-sleeve knit sweater worn by Paul McCartney, a suit jacket worn by George Harrison and a pair of suit pants worn by Ringo Starr are up for sale through Heritage Auctions, which bills itself as "the world's largest collectibles auctioneer." The Beatles memorabilia is part of a large auction of classic rock and film-related items.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney discusses importance of Twist and Shout writer to Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Bang! The Bert Berns Story relates the life an work of the relatively unknown but hugely influential songwriter and producer, whose hits include Twist and Shout. The film features recollections from artists including Paul McCartney, who in a just-released clip talks about the importance of Twist and Shout to the Beatles' career.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Thursday, October 26, 2017
How Paul McCartney was lied to by Jann Wenner over his Rock Hall induction

There are many great stories in "Sticky Fingers," the biography of Rolling Stone and Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner. The book details Wenner's sucking up to the memory of John Lennon, and his Velcro-ing to Yoko Ono to win her favor. In the process, however, Wenner made an enemy of Paul McCartney by lying to him about the Rock Hall.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney writes touching tribute to Fats Domino

Fats Domino, who died Tuesday at 89, was one of the main pioneers of early rock and roll, influencing virtually everyone who followed him, including the Beatles, who covered his songs and met him on one of their first trips to America. Today, Paul McCartney issued a statement on his website remembering the legendary rocker.

Related Articles  Source: Variety
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Mary McCartney launches photo-print scarves with MatchesFashion

Mary McCartney is applying her photography art to new mediums through the launch of a scarf collection with MatchesFashion. The six-piece line will include archival photographs and specially made portraits, reprinted onto silk and woven wool. Produced in Italy, the scarves are made in limited edition runs of 99 individually-numbered units.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Business of Fashion
Friday, October 20, 2017
Paul McCartney and his band support Breast Cancer Awareness Month Warning: Page opens with sound

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual global campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Paul and his band have been wearing pink wristbands on stage at the sold-out performances of his One-On-One tour, helping to convey an important public health message to his audiences.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Stella McCartney is weaving a new way forward

Stella McCartney has never used leather, skins, fur, or feathers in her products. Her latest venture is a collaboration with Bolt Threads, who have created a product called Microsilk, which is bioengineered to mimic the chemistry and strength of real silk created by spiders in nature, without harming insects or using petroleum.

Source: Fast Company
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Record Store Day 2017 includes special Paul McCartney vinyl

Annual Record Store Day has revealed this year's exhaustive list of vinyl exclusives set for release on Black Friday 2017, Nov. 24. Among this year's releases includes a pair of 7-inch singles from Paul McCartney. One is on red vinyl, the other green, both feature the new version of his classic "Wonderful Christmastime" featuring the Roots.

Source: News
Friday, October 13, 2017
Air Studios wins two-year legal battle over next-door basement build

Hampstead's world-famous Air Studios is celebrating today after a planning application to build a basement swimming pool next door was withdrawn. Founded by Sir George Martin, and having welcomed recording artists from Paul McCartney to U2, Air Studios is one of just two London studios that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra.

Source: PSN Europe

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