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McCartney's look back on Run Devil Run served as launching pad 

Paul McCartney was feeling nostalgic as the 1990s drew to a close. The result was Run Devil Run, released on October 4, 1999. The album was fast and loose, and, because of its early-rock leanings, almost nothing like the bulk of his other previously issued solo recordings. It was a look back apparently helped him go forward.

Source: Something Else Reviews
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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney and Beck perform at charity gala

Paul McCartney performed a career-spanning set at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday. Midway into the set, Beck joined him for two Beatles numbers, I've Just Seen a Face and Drive My Car. A clip of them performing together is now online.

Source: Rolling Stone
Interview: Macca meets Preacher

In a wide-ranging interview with the Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, Paul McCartney talked about the rerelease of Pipes of Peace and discussed how he always writes "from the heart", recalled his collaborations with the late Michael Jackson, and how he still finds it hard to come to terms with tough reviews.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

McCartney says competition with Lennon was necessary

In Paul du Noyer's new book, Conversations With McCartney, Paul is quoted as deeming his friendly competition with Lennon as necessary, crediting him for making him a better musician both during his time in The Beatles, and later on in his music career. He said, "People sometimes see it as an arch rivalry. It wasn't. It was a friendly competition."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
CD Review: Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace

Paul McCartney's ongoing Archive Collection received two more editions this year, taking another look at one of the most successful periods of his solo career. Tug of War is an absolutely essential album for any collection, and the bonus discs for each album are dominated by demos McCartney recorded at his home studio.

Source: Celebrity Cafe
Monday, September 28, 2015
Paul McCartney says he loves just being with ordinary people

In a new book, Paul McCartney reveals his contempt for fawning restaurants and his lengths to stay ordinary. "I'd ring up and say, Have you got a table? 'Sorry sir, we're fully booked.' It's Paul McCartney here. 'Oh! Certainly! Mr McCartney, please! Come at 8 o'clock!' Oh yeah? You'll let me in now, will yer? I don't like that."

Source: Liverpool Confidential

Abbey Road wasn't just a showcase for Paul McCartney

Try as he might, Abbey Road, released on Sept. 26, 1969, is no Paul McCartney record. Sure, this is among McCartney's brightest, most artistically satisfying, moments. But it's Lennon's punctuations undoubtably, that make it so, and, to a quickly emerging degree, George Harrison's, with his No. 1 hit Something and Here Comes the Sun.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, September 25, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney talks about Michael Jackson collaboration

Paul McCartney's new deluxe reissues of Tug of War and Pipes of Peace come out next Friday. Tug of War featured his collaboration with Stevie Wonder on Ebony and Ivory, while Pipes of Peace featured the duet with Michael Jackson on Say Say Say. In a new special mini-documentary, McCartney discuses those collaborations.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Streaming: Ebony and Ivory remix includes new Stevie Wonder vocals

Paul McCartney has released another track from the upcoming re-release of his classic '80s album Tug of War. Now streaming in the internet, Paul's "Ebony and Ivory (Remix 2015)" includes new vocals by Stevie Wonder. Ebony and Ivory was a No.1 hit in both the US and UK, spending seven weeks at the top of the US charts.


Stella McCartney
New fashion by Stella McCartney honors her mother Linda

Fashion designer Stella McCartney, daughter of Sir Paul, who lost her mother Linda in 1998, is using her creative talents to help women feel just as feminine and beautiful as they've always have. She said, "We wanted to bring something feminine and beautiful into a bra that is taboo."

Source: Today
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tug of War remixed for upcoming re-release

Until now the Paul McCartney Archive Collection series have been remastered versions, but for forthcoming release of Tug of War, the album has been completely remixed. Painstaking work by Paul along with the project's chief engineer Steve Orchard has enhanced the sound to make it more open, dynamic and expansive.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Paul McCartney launches new GIPHY channel has created a new selection of GIFs using video footage from his classic '80s albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace. GIFs are short, looping images that can be used in messaging apps like Facebook's Messenger or on a blog. The remastered albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace will be reissued Friday, October 2.

Monday, September 21, 2015

McCartney sell-out could lead to crackdown on cyber scalping

Paul McCartney fans were furious after tickets for his upcoming NY show sold out in just three and a half minutes as hackers used computer bots to buy up tickets in bulk. Now, new legislation proposed by Senator Charles Schumer would prohibit the unfair and deceptive act of using software for the use of purchasing tickets in bulk.

Source: WGRZ TV, Buffalo
Review: Paul McCartney's Tug of War and Pipes of Peace

The reevaluation of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career continues full-steam ahead with the upcoming reissues of Tug of War and Pipes of Peace. Though largely recorded concurrently throughout McCartney's often uncertain early post-Wings era 1980-1982, the two albums are distinctly different offerings.

Source: The Morton Report

Doctor Who pays homage to Beatles on Abbey Road

"Doctor Who's" Peter Capaldi, his co-star Jenna Coleman and the long-running show's iconic villains the Daleks have recreated The Beatles' famous 1969 Abbey Road album cover. The photo is part of the BBC series' promotional efforts for Saturday night's season 9 premiere. Coleman even went barefoot, paying homage to Paul McCartney.

Source: Variety
Friday, September 18, 2015
Paul McCartney tells BBC he's proud of post-Beatles music

Paul McCartney has said he's glad he didn't listen to critics of his music after The Beatles, because he "might have given up," adding, "this is better than I thought it was." Sir Paul is re-mastering his albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, and spoke about being "proud of his music in retrospect" with BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary.

Source: The Herald, Scotland

Peter Asher
Peter Asher to join Denny Laine in concert in Concord

Denny Laine, formerly of the Moody Blues and Wings, returns to Concord, NH, with special guest emcee Peter Asher for the Complete Band on the Run, a live on-stage performance of the classic album, complete and unabridged, with maybe even a Peter and Gordon hit from Peter Asher to round out the show, at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Oct. 25.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Paul McCartney releases Pipes of Peace remix on his website

The single for Pipes of Peace spent twelve weeks in the UK chart, hitting the number one spot on December 17, 1983. Paul's classic '80s albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace are the latest additions to the GRAMMY award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. The remastered Pipes of Peace single is now streaming on Paul's site.

Paul McCartney says Beatles new 1+ video collection is brilliant

In a new interview in Uncut, Paul McCartney has spoken about the forthcoming new edition of The Beatles 1. McCartney said, "All the music videos, and where there isn't a music video, they've made some up! Which is brilliant. They've found footage." He added, "Hey, Bulldog is to die for, as my wife would say."

Related Articles  Source: Uncut, UK

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Zak Starkey sits in at Hollywood Vampires concert debut

Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp and The Hollywood Vampires made their debut show last night at the Roxy in Los Angeles, joined by Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr and touring drummer with the Who, who sat in for the band's take on the Who's "I'm a Boy." Hollywood Vampires' new album includes guest appearances by Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Artists campaign to save BBC music

Pop star Sam Smith has urged fans to sign a petition to save the BBC's music services from cuts. A recent government report questioned whether the public-funded organisation provides value for money, sparking fears many outlets could fall victim to cuts. Other artists backing the drive include Sir Paul McCartney and Coldplay.

Source: New Magazine, UK
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Stella McCartney teams up to launch special bras

Famous fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with a local survivor to design a bright pink bra for the masses to be sold online, with proceeds to the Hello Beautiful Foundation. Jane Hutchison, who runs the foundation, caught the attention of the daughter of Sir Paul when they were introduced last summer.

Source: Kingston Guardian, UK
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
John Lennon and Paul McCartney original drawing for sale

When The Beatles declined to perform at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, they sent their regards in the form of a hand-drawn page of psychedelic artwork rendered by none other than John Lennon and Paul McCartney themselves. Rockaway Records in Los Angeles is selling this one-of-a-kind, original Beatles drawing for $200,000.

Source: Press Release Rocket
Friday, September 11, 2015

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp says playing with Paul McCartney was shocking

Hollywood Vampires, the band formed by Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp, didn't start out as the star-studded project it became. Pretty soon, to Depp's surprise, Cooper started bringing in a string of superstar performers. "It was pretty shocking," Depp admitted of working with the likes of Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Joe Walsh and Paul McCartney.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Book Review: The New Norm: Lessons from a look-alike

In his late 40's, people started to tell Mike Oltersdorf he resembled Paul McCartney, leading to many years of him working as a celebrity look-alike and winning Beatles Look-alike contests 12 times. But nothing could prepare him for the diagnosis that made him feel as if his exciting career was over.

Source: Beatles Freak
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Brittany Howard
Video: Paul McCartney and Brittany Howard at Lollapalooza

Paul McCartney made his inaugural appearance at Lollapalooza in July which has since been hailed as the biggest and best in the festival's 25 year history. Toward the finale of Paul's two plus hour set, he was joined on stage by Alabama Shakes' singer Brittany Howard and to the delight of all those present, they performed a duet of Get Back.

Chopin Meets The Beatles

Pianist Pamela Howland has had a long love affair with Frederic Chopin, she returns to Poland regularly to play his music all over the country. A few years ago in Warsaw, she met Paul McCartney, and this encounter inspired a new collection of piano arrangements that blends the aesthetic of Chopin with the sounds of The Beatles.

Source: North Carolina Public Radio
Monday, September 7, 2015
The continuing story of Macca and Jacko

Despite his financial overreaching, Michael Jackson was a serious dealmaker. And his purchase of the ATV music catalog, home to the Beatles' catalogue, 30 years ago this month, stands as one of the greatest music deals of all time. Predictably, the purchase put an end to Paul McCartney and Jackson's friendship.

Source: Yahoo! Music

Leo Sayer
Leo Sayer: Paul McCartney told me to never change my hair

With a hairstyle Paul McCartney told him not to change it's hard not to recognise 70 music icon Leo Sayer who has enjoyed a career spanning six decades and will have crowds of enthusiastic fans when he visits the Grand Theatre in Lancaster, England on Sept. 14. Leo, who lives in Australia, started his career in 1972.

Source: Lancaster Guardian, UK
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tug of War
Paul McCartney releases Tug of War remix on his website

In another nod to the forthcoming October reissues of Paul's classic '80s albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, now available for pre-order, Paul McCartney's official website has worked together with Q Magazine and Entertainment Weekly to bring fans an exclusive preview of "Tug of War (Remix 2015)," which you can listen to online.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Paul McCartney lends his voice to new climate change single

A handful of music legends and celebrities have come together to record a new single aimed at building awareness and support. The piece, called "Love Song to the Earth," is collaborative effort from Paul McCartney and many other artists including Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow. It will be released on Sept. 4 on iTunes.

Source: Mother Nature Network
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell's Hamptons holiday

He's enjoying a break from his epic Out There world tour, which he recently added new US dates to. And Paul McCartney had the perfect summer retreat, heading off the the Hamptons with his wife Nancy Shevell and family. Macca enjoyed the East coast sunshine during a sailing trip, while Nancy kept busy at the gym.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, August 31, 2015
Why you couldn't get McCartney tickets and who you should blame

If you're wondering why tickets for Paul McCartney's Oct. 22 show in Buffalo, NY, sold out so quickly Monday or how they were being offered for sale even before the official pre-sale last week, you're not alone. What happened was an example of a practice called speculative ticketing, an attempt to sell something that isn't actually there.

Source: The Buffalo News
Friday, August 28, 2015
Songs that fans wish Macca was singing

In Beatlefan Magazine #214, Bill King asked readers to send in songs they'd love to hear Paul McCartney do in concert that he's never performed live before as well as songs he's done in the past that they'd like to see brought back. Tied with "Wanderlust" atop the list was "Take It Away," another tune from the same album, Tug of War.

Source: Beatlefan
McCartney Q&A: Paul remembers working with Stevie Wonder

About the upcoming rerelease of the Tug of War album and working with Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney said, "Stevie was great...I'm a big fan of his. So I got in touch and said, 'I'm going to be recording out in Montserrat, are you interested? Would you like to do it?' So he said yes...It was great fun, we really struck up a great friendship."

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Why Miley Cyrus made Paul McCartney feel a bit awkward

Last night, as she did the same thing to Jimmy Kimmel, Miley Cyrus said her revealing outfits made Paul McCartney feel awkward. "I was talking to Paul McCartney and I saw him not knowing how to talk to me. I don't know how to talk to Paul McCartney, so it made me very comfortable, because it made him more uncomfortable."

Source: Digital Spy
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Pictures: Very rare drawings by Paul McCartney to be sold in Liverpool

Some rare sketches drawn by Paul McCartney are expected to sell for over 10,000 (roughly $15,696) next week at the Liverpool Beatle Auction held during International Beatle Week, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. The sketches were discovered in an attic, they include include Beatlesque faces drawn in ink and writing by Paul McCartney on the reverse.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Paul McCartney announces more new North American dates

Paul McCartney will play five North American concerts in October, beginning with his first stop in a decade at Columbus, Ohio. McCartney will also play his first-ever concert at State College, Penn. McCartney also plays Toronto for the first time since 2010, Detroit first time since 2011, and his concert debut in Buffalo.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Joe Perry on working with Paul McCartney on Hollywood Vampires

Aerosmith's Joe Perry is one of the many famous musicians who Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp tapped to record the soon-to-be-released album Hollywood Vampire. As big a star as Perry is, he admits that he was in awe of one of the album's other contributors with whom he had the chance to collaborate...Paul McCartney.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Looking Back: Overly mechanized Press to Play had one saving grace

In the sad sweepstakes for Worst Paul McCartney Solo Album, it would have taken a lot to zoom past the cutesy London Town, the self-conscious Driving Rain or the undercooked Wild Life, to say nothing of the synthy disaster that is McCartney II. Paul McCartney got there with Press to Play, released on Aug. 25, 1986.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, August 24, 2015
Paul McCartney confirms added Columbus and Toledo tour dates

Fresh off a historic performance at Lollapalooza, Paul McCartney has confirmed two new North American dates on his Out There tour. He returns to Columbus, OH nearly 10 years to the day since his last appearance there on October 13. Also, October 17 will see Paul back at Toronto's Air Canada Centre for the first time since 2010.

Related Articles  Official Page  Source: Broadway World
Tweet teases Paul McCartney concert in Detroit

It looks like Paul McCartney is headed to Detroit for his first show here in four years. "One of my first acts as Mayor was to get to work on making Toronto a more music friendly city, and hosting an artist like Sir Paul McCartney is another example of how growing the music culture in Toronto is delivering results".

Related Articles  Source: Press Examiner

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