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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Julian Lennon
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
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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.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
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

Mike McCartney
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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.

Related Articles  Source: Mojo
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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
Monday, April 3, 2017
Paul McCartney recalls playing drums at early Beatles gigs

On his first solo album in 1970, Paul McCartney played every instrument on the album, drawing on skills he'd honed through years serving as the Beatles' utility man, mastering guitar, bass, piano, and even drums. That's him, not Ringo Starr, behind the kit on Back in the U.S.S.R, Dear Prudence, and The Ballad of John and Yoko.

Source: People
Friday, March 31, 2017
Beloved Edinburgh janitor gets retirement farewell from Paul McCartney

A popular caretaker and lifelong Beatles fan has described his amazement after receiving a signed letter from Sir Paul McCartney to wish him well in his retirement. Janitor Andy Cairns was presented with the note at a surprise special assembly on his last day at the Edinburgh school where he has worked for the last four years.

Source: The Scottish Sun
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Paul McCartney answers fan question from Australia

On his official website, a fan from Australia asked Paul McCartney, "I always wondered what the song 'That Day Is Done' is about. It sounds to me like it is someone talking from the grave?" Paul answered Elvis Costello told him about a funeral of a favourite relative of his and it became the inspiration for the song.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Review: Paul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt reissue

Following a rough patch in the mid-'80s with albums that weren't met with great critical acclaim, Paul McCartney sought to close out the decade on a higher note. Partnering with Elvis Costello, that helped to yield Flowers In The Dirt, which hit #1 in the UK but just barely missed out on the top 20 on the Billboard 200 at #21.

Related Articles  Source: Paste Magazine
Paul McCartney claims Sony is devaluing his Beatles rights

On Wednesday, Paul McCartney responded to Sony/ATV's claim that he brought an "unripe" lawsuit seeking confirmation he'll reclaim rights to Beatles songs next year. His lawyer wrote the judge, "As long as Sony/ATV refuses to disavow any right to sue...McCartney has a cloud over the title to his works, which devalues his rights."

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Paul McCartney Elvis Costello collaboration guide

When Paul McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world's most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.

Related Articles  Source: People

Denny Laine
Denny Laine talks Wings, Moody Blues

Denny Laine played in Wings and penned songs including "Mull of Kintyre," the then-best-selling single ever in the U.K. He was also one of the founding members of The Moody Blues, singing their hit "Go Now." He talked about both groups as well as his current tour in a recent interview, including how he originally got involved with Paul McCartney.

Source: Herald Tribune, Sarasota
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for 1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking 1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: ITV News, UK
Monday, March 27, 2017
Paul McCartney working on a new album

Speaking with BBC 6 Music over the weekend, Paul McCartney said, "I'm making a new album, which is great fun. I'm in the middle of that." McCartney went on to confirm that the album is being produced Greg Kurstin, who co-wrote and produced Adele's global smash, "Hello." He said, "Greg is musical and he's great to work with."

Source: Gigwise
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

James McCartney
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."

More Tour Dates  Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
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.

Related Articles  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.

Related Articles  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
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.

Related Articles  Source: Audio Media International

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