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Monday, June 29, 2015
Paul McCartney to headline anniversary gala

Paul McCartney will perform at a gala event to celebrate the 35th anniversary. The event will be held Sept. 30 in Hollywood. McCartney has a long history in support, in an interview in 2005 he said, "When I first heard, the idea appealed to me."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Autographed McCartney guitar shows up at appraisal event

A blue Fender Squier Bullet guitar autographed by Paul McCarttney was among the items brought in for free appraisals at the Ela Area Public Library fifth annual antiques and collectibles appraisal event in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Purchased for $500 seven years ago, the appraisal expert advised the owner of the guitar to hold onto it.

Source: Chicago Tribune
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Friday, June 26, 2015
McCartney delivers show-stopping Charleston tribute in South Carolina

Performing in Columbia, South Carolina last night, Paul McCartney dedicated a song to the victims in Charleston. "We pray that people of all colors will be able to live together in peace and harmony," McCartney said before playing the 1970 Beatles classic, "The Long And Winding Road."

Source: Huffington Post
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney plays John Lennon medley in 1990

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt tour hit in Liverpool on June 28th, 1990. The year marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's birth, and McCartney wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion, performing a long medley that incorporated Strawberry Fields Forever, Help! and Give Peace a Chance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Paul McCartney honored by the City of Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Wednesday that Thursday, June 25 will be recognized as Paul McCartney Day. The move correlates with McCartney's concert Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena. Wednesday also saw Mayor Benjamin rename a part of Gadsen Street, "Paul McCartney Way."

Source: WACH TV, Columbia, SC
Monday, June 22, 2015
Video: McCartney dedicates Long and Winding Road to Charleston

During Delaware's Firefly Festival on Friday night, Paul McCartney was among the many artists who paid tribute to the Charleston, South Carolina victims. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," McCartney told the audience.

Source: Music Times
Paul McCartney rules night at Firefly Music Festival

Beatlemania roared in Delaware on Friday night as Paul McCartney, whose birthday was Thursday, unfurled a dizzying, career-spanning marathon show packed with timeless hits at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover. McCartney greeted the crowd, "Good evening, Firefly. I got a feeling we're going to have a bit of a party here tonight."

Related Video  Source: Delaware Online
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
New photography exhibition by Mike McCartney to open in Liverpool

Celebrated photographer Mike McCartney will stage a new exhibition at St. George's Hall in Liverpool this Autumn. Entitled "Mike McCartney Luvs St George's Hall," the exhibition runs from September 5 until October 18, and features 60 fascinating images depicting the Liverpool landmark that span more than half a century.

Source: Broadway World Art
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Seven facts you might not know about Paul McCartney

Today Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday. Macca was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James "Jim" McCartney. To celebrate Macca's birthday, The Liverpool Echo takes a look back at his life in pictures and reveals seven things you might not know about the star.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's buried treasures

Part of Paul McCartney's genius is the way he makes records. Sometimes the arrangement and the recording transcend the actual song. On his birthday, this is a list of little-known Paul McCartney songs, buried away on b-sides, or as CD bonus tracks, or hidden away on soundtracks, or issued under a pseudonym.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Hard Days Night Hotel creates birthday cocktail for Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday, and to mark the occasion, Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool has launched a limited edition birthday cocktail in his honor. The Macca cocktail will be served at the hotel's Bar Four for today only, and is inspired by Tiger Jack, known to be one of McCartney's favorite drinks.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Paul McCartney's birthday adds to flavor of tribute show

The McCartney Years Paul McCartney tribute band didn't plan to book a rare hometown gig on Sir Paul's birthday, but they did and that means it's going to be a party at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, on Thursday. The McCartney Years crisscrosses North America to play about 70 dates a year, but only one or two in London.

Source: Norwhich Gazette, Ontario
Monday, June 15, 2015
Paul McCartney endorses World Meat Free Day

Designed to raise awareness of the unsustainability of the meat and livestock industry around the globe, the not-for-profit initiative World Meat Free Day is asking people to pledge to go meat free for just one day. The Meat Free Monday founders, Paul McCartney, Mary and Stella McCartney, are backing the campaign.

Source: Longevity Live
Paul McCartney on how Beatles broke the Motown mold

The Beatles memorably covered the Motown classics You Really Got a Hold On Me, Please Mr. Postman and Money, but that doesn't mean they fashioned themselves after Detroit's hitmaking juggernaut. Instead, Paul McCartney recently said, it was quite the opposite, the Beatles wanted to smash the Motown model.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, June 12, 2015
Paul McCartney wows fans at Paris concert

A week before his 73rd birthday, Paul McCartney wowed concert-goers at the Stade de France in Paris on Thursday, belting out a series of songs that were peppered with Beatles hits. Clad in a jacket and white shirt, McCartney put on an energetic performance that included Hey Jude, and Yesterday as well as songs from Wings.

Related Articles  Source: CTV News
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Firefly Music Festival planning for crowd of 90,000

The organizers of Delaware's Firefly Music Festival are expecting up to 90,000 attendees this year. The festival, scheduled from June 18-21 on the grounds of the Dover International Speedway, has 119 announced bands, including headliners Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon and The Killers. Last year about 80,000 people attended.

Source: WJZ TV, Baltimore
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
McCartney concert more than a tribute

In the category of "Life Imitating Art", London resident Yuri Pool has no rival. After years of touring in one of the world's most popular Beatles tribute bands, he felt he needed to go solo and do his own thing. Pool, like Paul McCartney, rounded up some top-notch musicians and hit the road, and now headlines The McCartney Years tribute.

Source: London Community News, Ontario
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Paul McCartney fundraiser nets double original estimate

A fundraising meet-and-greet with Paul McCartney is set to raise almost double its estimated price of $25,000. McCartney is offering two fans front row seats at a concert, attend the afternoon soundcheck, and meet him after the show. Hours before the sale's deadline today, the top bid stood at $49,000.

Source: Philly.com
Dutch growers present Paul McCartney with his own tulip

Paul McCartney has been presenetd with Tulipa "Paul McCartney" by Dutch growers association Remarkable Tulips. The red tulip with a white border is a reference to his birthplace, Liverpool. Bulb grower Jack Uittenbogaard said, "It is personally a long-held wish to honor my musical hero with a Dutch tulip."

Source: Horticulture Week
Monday, June 8, 2015
Supermarket to replace Paul McCartney's birthplace Walton Hospital

A supermarket and 195 homes could be built on the site of the Liverpool hospital where Paul McCartney was born. The land housed the former Walton Hospital, which closed its doors in December 2010 and was demolished in 2011. Paul's mum, Mary, had worked at the hospital as a nurse on the maternity ward.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's attempt to revitalize Wings with Back to the Egg

Released on June 8, 1979, Back to the Egg showcased a rebuilt Wings lineup, with lead guitarist Laurence Juber working in sharp counterpoint to Denny Laine. Paul McCartney's stated goal was to make a raw-boned rock record. The album ended up as a million-selling yet somehow overlooked swansong for Wings.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, June 5, 2015
Paul McCartney tribute celebrates Sir Paul's 73rd birthday

Paul McCartney turns 73 on June 18 and The McCartney Years will celebrate in London, Ontario, at The Grand Theatre. Fronted by McCartney super fan Yuri Pool since 2007, the tribute band take their roles seriously, providing an experience as authentic as possible, from the songs to the wardrobe and the instruments they play.

Source: The Londoner
Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full released 8 years ago today

Embroiled in a very public and nasty divorce, Paul McCartney embraced everything that made him matter in the first place on the ardent Memory Almost Full, released on June 5, 2007. In general, the album dealt more in the retrospective than the expected bitter introspection. That's fully realized on "See Your Sunshine."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney getting back Out There in France

Paul McCartney's Out There tour is now set to take over Europe this the summer with dates this month in France and the Netherlands. His official website has now released a video of Paul rehearsing his 1989 tune "Ou Est Le Soleil," which turned into a 13 minute jam dedicated to the first date of the next tour leg, Marseille.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Unique Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon suit for sale on eBay

A suit worn by John Lennon and a musical instrument once owned by both George Harrison and George Formby, both valued at £100,000 each (about $153,400), are among Beatles-related items up for sale on auction site eBay. The items have been previously been on display in The Beatles Story in Liverpool from 2011 to May 2015.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, June 1, 2015
Paul McCartney throws support behind Cliff Richard

Paul McCartney has thrown his support behind Cliff Richard amid a police investigation into historic sex abuse accusations against the veteran pop star. Richard vehemently denied the allegation and he was not charged, and has now received the backing of McCartney, who gives him the benefit of the doubt and says Richard is a "nice guy."

Source: 3 News, New Zealand
Paul McCartney praises his wife for keeping him grounded

Paul McCartney recently heaped praise on his businesswoman wife Nancy Shevell, saying that she has kept him "grounded." McCarthney, who wed Shevell in 2011, said she is a positive influence on him because she is down to earth and stays out of the limelight. He said, "She is sensible, and it's refreshing."

Source: NYC Today
McCartney says he's given up pot now that he's a granddad

Paul McCartney says he has given up marijuana after many years of indulgence and now prefers wine or "a nice margarita." McCartney told the Daily Mirror he doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren by using marijuana, and that his decision is "a parent thing." He said, "the last time I smoked was a long time ago."

Source: SF Gate
Friday, May 29, 2015
Video: Paul McCartney invites couple on stage for marriage proposal

A packed house witnessed a rather strange moment as two fans were invited on stage by Paul McCartney towards the end of his show in Liverpool. As his girlfriend Diane McEvoy looked on in sheer amazement, thousands witnessed as a rather timid-looking Fabrice Gueho got down on one knee and asked, "Diane, will you marry me?"

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lennon vs. McCartney play made into a film, will debut in Dublin

The stage play by Stephen Kennedy called "Lennon Vs. McCartney" has now been made into a short film by Eddie Jackson. It will have its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland next Tuesday. Seamus Brennan and Ruaidhri Conroy star as two fans conversing about who was the better Beatle, Lennon or McCartney, in an Irish pub.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Paul McCartney releases last minute tickets for tonight's Liverpool show

Paul McCartney has released some last minute "golden tickets" after changing the technical layout for his Liverpool show. The Beatles legend has reconfigured the arena, freeing up dozens of top tickets for lucky fans. These tickets are in the £135 price band, other tickets have been changing hands for thousands of pounds.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Paul McCartney turned down guest shot in Friends TV show

The casting director of the hit TV show Friends, Leslie Litt, has revealed that she made contact with Paul McCartney in the hope of getting him to appear in season four's wedding finale, as the quirky father of Emily, eventually played by Tom Conti. Paul wrote back declining, saying "it was a very busy time for him."

Source: Digital Spy
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Video: Dave Grohl joins Paul McCartney onstage in London

Paul McCartney surprised fans at his gig in London on Saturday night when he introduced Dave Grohl to duet with him on "I Saw Her Standing There." McCartney also performed "Temporary Secretary" from his album McCartney II, which was released 35 years ago, the first time McCartney had ever performed the song live.

Source: RTE News
Paul McCartney collects Yesterday award

Paul McCartney as been given a special award ahead of his first concert in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the composition of The Beatles' song Yesterday. The song is one of the most covered of all time, having been recorded at least 2,200 times, and was voted best song of the 20th century in a BBC Radio 2 poll in 1999.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph
Pictures: Paul McCartney at LIPA for song-writing masterclasses

Paul McCartney was in good spirits at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts as he arrived to carry out his masterclasses with students, and waved hello to onlookers and fans before heading inside. Three LIPA students were to receive one-to-one sessions with Sir Paul, and he was also expected to speak to a gathering of students.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's guitar gets first-class treatment

Paul McCartney has admitted his iconic 1963 Hofner bass guitar gets the special treatment whenever he flies with it, with the instrument sometimes being treated to it's own first-class seat and seatbelt. He said, "My guy [assistant John Hammel] looks after it like his own child and he won't let anyone take it."

Source: The Sun Daily
Friday, May 22, 2015
Pics: Behind the scenes on tour with Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney's Out There tour is about to begin in the UK, and his official website is giving fans a look behind-the-scenes into life on the road with Paul, including many photos of Paul and his fans at his concerts at the Tokyo Dome, and a view of the concert from the mixing desk which is one of the best seats in the house.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Pics: Paul McCartney buys $15.5M penthouse on Central Park East

Paul McCartney is the proud new owner of a $15.5 million penthouse in New York City. The duplex apartment was created and customized by the co-op building's developer where he lived until his passing, and is a glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood décor. Paul McCartney is probably a fan of 60's, so that worked out.

Source: Curbed, NY
Paul McCartney celebrates 50 years of his classic song Yesterday

It was 50 years ago that Paul McCartney wrote one of his greatest songs but it only seems like Yesterday. Written after a dream at girlfriend Jane Asher's home, its original title was "Scrambled Eggs." Macca is certain to delight 20,000 fans by performing the classic as the climax to his gig at the O2 in London on Saturday night.

Source: The Mirror, UK
John Lennon bronze sculpture unveiled in Lithuania

Many people attended as a bronze sculpture of John Lennon was unveiled in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday. After the ceremony, people rushed to take selfies with the bust. Photographer Saulius Paukstys, behind the idea, said the sculpture of Lennon should make Vilnius more beautiful and peaceful, "just like Lennon wanted."

More Info: Pictures  Source: The Lithuania Tribune
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Paul McCartney played melody to Kanye West collaboration on TV in 1999

On TV in 1999, Paul McCartney revealed a guitar melody he had written whilst in the hospital for the birth of his second child Mary. He'd noticed a painting of a man playing guitar with only two fingers and decided he wanted to replicate that style. He starts to play the riff and whistles the melody for what would become "All Day."

Source: Gigwise

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