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Friday, December 9, 2016
Vaults would love to work on music with Paul McCartney

The British electronic group Vaults, who are signed to Virgin EMI Records, recorded a song for an ad for a department store at London's iconic Abbey Road Studios. Barney Freeman of the group told BANG Showbiz, "I'm probably the biggest Beatles fan in the group. I'd love to meet Macca. I'd work with him, if he fancies a bit of bass."

Source: Sunday World
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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Paul McCartney receives three 2016 Grammy nods

Paul McCartney's Tug of War reissue has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Paul also receives a tip of the hat for The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years and Timo Mass and James Teej's reworking of Paul McCartney and Wings' Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

YouTube has said it has paid the music industry $1 billion in royalties this year, but record companies claim it is not enough. They say YouTube does not pay a fair rate to musicians and record labels. Artists like Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran have all written to the US Congress asking for Copyright laws to be changed.

Source: BBC News, UK
45 Years Ago: Paul McCartney debuts Wings with unimpressing Wild Life

Wings eventually sold millions and millions of records, but Paul McCartney's '70s-era band didn't exactly start out on a roll. Wild Life, which arrived as their debut on Dec. 7, 1971, remains their lowest-charting album, and the only one that's failed to earn gold-selling status or better in McCartney's native U.K.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 5, 2016
Stella McCartney's new pet handbag under fire from animal lovers

She is a vegetarian and campaigner for animal rights. So fashion designer Stella McCartney may be bemused to find that her latest creation has upset animal welfare groups. They have criticized her 1,245 (about $1,580) pet carrier, a faux-leather bag made to transport dogs or cats, claiming it can do lasting damage to the animal.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Photo insight with Paul McCartney photographer Harry Borden

In a new article, photographer Harry Borden looks back on a memorable shoot with iconic solo musician Paul McCartney, and recalls how he nearly turned the job down. "I phoned my agent and mentioned that I'd turned down the offer... He said, Are you mad? Phone him back now and tell him you'll do it!"

Source: Amateur Photographer, UK
Concert Review: The McCartney Years transports audience back decades

On Saturday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, The McCartney Years transported the crowd back to 1973 with some of the greatest hits from Paul McCartney and Wings, and even threw in some favorites from his "other" band, The Beatles. The audience was on its feet, begging for more at the end of the show.

Source: Bradford Era, Pittsburgh
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Laurence Juber
Laurence Juber brings Beatles influences to Morro Bay show

While Laurence Juber's Beatles days are behind him, guitar fiends and music lovers alike can look forward to Juber performing in Morro Bay on Dec. 8. With the recent release of his new Christmas album Holidays and Hollynights, Juber will perform solo pieces as well as play with his bandmates in The Laurence Juber Trio, plus his take on the sounds of The Beatles.

Source: New Times, San Louis Obisbo
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Brilliance of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's simple, repetitive synth-laden ode to the holiday season has become loathed in recent years, perhaps because it is played over and over and over and over again once the holiday season arrives. But it's important to resist this urge to hate it, no matter how many times the song hits your ears this December.

Source: City Paper, Baltimore
Paul McCartney fantasizes about what Dylan song he'd cover

On his website PaulMcCartney.com, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "If you were to cover one of Dylan's songs, which would you choose?" Paul replied, "Singing Dylan songs can be difficult because something like 'Like A Rolling Stone', it's so Dylan that it would be hard to get the spirit that he puts on it."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
Monday, November 28, 2016
New BBC Radio 4 Documentary about LIPA speaks to Paul McCartney

Earlier this year Paul McCartney was interviewed for a three-part documentary about the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The show airs on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, November 29, and continues on December 6 and December 13. LIPA as set up by Paul and BRIT school founder Mark Featherstone-Witty over twenty years ago.

Listen to BBC Radio 4  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Linda McCartney
NYC co-op for sale includes former Linda McCartney studio

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom duplex co-op at 140 East 83rd St. now up for sale for $3.79 million includes a piece of New York City Beatles history. The sprawling unit includes Linda McCartney's former studio. She lived here with her daughter Heather when she was merely Linda Eastman, running her photography business before she married Paul.

Source: NY Post
Retro Video: Paul McCartney makes mashed potatoes

In a video shot way back in 1998, and first posted to YouTube in 2006, Paul McCartney pulls a recipe out of Linda McCartney on Tour: Over 200 Meat-Free Dishes from Around the World and makes mashed potatoes. Linda had died of breast cancer eight months prior, and this cooking demonstration was one way Paul honored her.

Source: Vanyaland
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Touching, early photos of Paul and Linda McCartney revealed

A woman whose dad ran the Cavern Club has uncovered one of the first photos Linda McCartney took of husband Paul, just weeks after they got together. Debbie Greenberg has published the pictures in her new book Cavern Club: The Inside Story, which also contains unseen photos of Paul at his brother's wedding in Liverpool in 1981.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Photographer sues Playboy over unauthorized use of McCartney photo

Accroding to TMZ, rock photographer James Fortune says Playboy.com posted a photo gallery in 2014 of "15 Hilariously Awesome Celebrity Mullets" that included Fortune's shot of Paul McCartney with a mullet, circa his '70s Wings days. Fortune says he never gave Playboy permission to use the photo and is suing Playboy.

Source: TMZ
Monday, November 21, 2016
Angry Beatles' break-up letter sells at auction

A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, has sold for 24,200 (nearly $30,000). The letter was sold at a US auction to an anonymous collector in Dallas. Auctioneers said it believed the letter was written around 1971, a year after McCartney publicly announced he was leaving the band.

Full Text of Letter  Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, November 18, 2016
DVD Bonus Clip: Paul and Ringo recall standing up to George Martin

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recall a pivotal moment in Beatles history when the group insisted upon writing and recording their own songs instead of the song "How Do You Do It" that George Martin suggested, in a bonus clip from the deluxe edition of Ron Howard's documentary, Eight Days a Week The Touring Years.

More: Video  Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bay City Rollers on their encounters with The Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In a new interview, Woody of The Bay City Rollers said, "One time in Los Angeles we were driving into the Beverly Hills Hotel the wrong way. "He [Ringo Starr] just looked and shook his head and said, 'Those Roller boys' before making a face. He knew what we were going through. He was a bit older and had been through all that."

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, November 14, 2016
Paul McCartney celebrates Abbey Road's 85th birthday

In a video message on Abbey Road's Facebook page this weekend, McCartney wished Abbey Road a happy 85th birthday. In the video he briefly discusses his long history with the revered studio in London, remembering his nerves at their first session, and acknowledges the guiding influence of legendary producer George Martin.

Source: Inquisitir
Stella McCartney recreates Abbey Road cover for her new collection

During the presentation of her spring women's and men's collections, Stella McCartney paid tribute to her dad by getting her models to walk across Abbey Road. Models recreated the iconic Beatles album cover to show off Stella's latest collection, strolling across the pavement where The Beatles once walked.

Source: Metro News, UK
15 Years Ago: Paul McCartney gets personal on Driving Rain

After the 1998 death of Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney took some time off. And when he returned to music, McCartney became immensely productive, culminating in the release of Driving Rain on Nov. 12, 2001. In the U.K., it performed surprisingly poorly, becoming his lowest-charting LP, it did slightly better in the U.S.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney takes the Mannequin Challenge

Paul McCartney decided to get in on the latest viral craze by posting a "mannequin challenge" video to his twitter account earlier this morning. Set to hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd's appropriately-titled "Black Beatles," the former Beatle froze in please while kneeling on the bench at his baby grand piano.

Source: People
Paul McCartney inspired Stella's new men's fashion line

Fashion designer Stella McCartney says she drew inspiration from her Beatle father Paul when creating her first menswear collection. She showcased the line on Thursday alongside her women's spring 2017 resort collection at a star-studded event at London's Abbey Road music studios, surrounded by old records.

Source: Reuters, UK
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Peter Asher
Video: Peter Asher performs A World Without Love

The multi-Grammy Award-winning Peter Asher and Albert Lee, who was voted Guitar Player Magazine's Best Country Guitar Picker five times, have gone on the road together. As half of Sixties rockers Peter & Gordon, Asher had 10 top 40 hits, including I Got to Pieces and the Paul McCartney-penned World Without Love, and McCartney once dated his sister, Jane Asher.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Monday, November 7, 2016
Paul McCartney shares Bonfire Night throwback picture

There's nothing quite like Bonfire Night for making someone in England feel like a big kid again, as a picture shared by Paul McCartney shows. Macca posted a picture on Twitter of his younger self rescuing a rather jolly Guy Fawkes from a bonfire looking suspiciously like it might be on a Scottish island like Mill of Kintyre.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, November 4, 2016

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney talks music at Nordstom's

Fashion designer Stella McCartney stopped in Seattle to launch her men's collection and some Nordstrom exclusive items. She admitted she doesn't listen to music when she's designing, she said. Almost blasphemous for the daughter of a Beatle. Stella said, "[Music's] something that is in my blood, and I can't avoid it...But I find it too distracting."

Source: Seattle Times
Monday, October 31, 2016
Paul McCartney reveals stage fright nearly ended his career

On his official website, asked by a fan in Russia about his biggest fears, Paul McCartney has admitted he almost gave up performing in the early days of The Beatles because of stage fright. McCartney said he felt physically sick and thinking that he "should give this up, this is just too painful."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, October 28, 2016
Paul McCartney song tease for new animated film not available in the U.S.

Fans around the world, but not in the U.S., are getting a chance to sample a new song from Paul McCartney today. A 60-second sample of "In The Blink of an Eye," from the soundtrack of the film Ethel & Ernest is available on iTunes' stores internationally. There's no word yet on a U.S. release for the film or the soundtrack.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Paul McCartney and his daughters recreate family portrait

Paul McCartney was sandwiched between Stella and Mary McCartney for a special family portrait recently before his recent Desert Trip festival performance. It is reminiscent of picture taken while on a Caribbean holiday in 1974 when his daughters were little girls. Stella posted the picture to her Instagram page.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Paul McCartney responds to Phil Collins over feud

Last week, Phil Collins revealed a long-lasting grudge with Paul McCartney. Now, in an interview with Billboard, Collins says that McCartney has contacted him about his comments. "He's been in touch about it because he was upset. I certainly didn't get any flowers from him, I got more of a Let's just get on with our lives."

Source: NME, UK
Friday, October 21, 2016
Paul McCartney offered to write songs for the Four Tops

The only surviving original member of the Four Tops, Duke Fakir, has revealed when he met Paul McCartney at manager Brian Epstein's party in London in 1966, McCartney said he'd love to write some songs for them. Fakir said, "He asked me, Do you need some new music? And I said we will call you, but I never called."

Source: The List, UK
Thursday, October 20, 2016
15 Years Ago: Paul McCartney headlines the Concert for New York City

Thirty years after George Harrison had organized the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, Paul McCartney planned a similar event in the same place. The Concert for New York City took place Oct. 20, 2001, 39 days following the attacks of Sept. 11, while the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smoldering.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Paul McCartney says small venues important for musicians

Paul McCartney has affirmed his support for Music Venue Trust's efforts to protect the UK's grassroots music venues. He said, "Without grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different. I support Music Venue Trust because artists need places to start out, develop and work on their craft."

Source: IQ Magazine
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Photos: Paul McCartney does Desert Trip

Paul McCartney's official website has posted photos they've also added to Instagram of his performances over the past week with two star-studded performances at Desert Trip, a three day music festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. There are also pics of his surprise show at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, October 17, 2016
Fans cook up fantasy concert lineups for possible Desert Trip sequel

Desert Trip organizers have not issued a formal yea or nay to a follow-up. It's pure speculation whether they'll mount another grand-scale event next fall, or in subsequent years. The Los Angeles Times put as a question to concertgoers to find out who they'd like to see on stage if there is to be a sequel to the event.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Rihanna surprises Desert Trip fans to John Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney brought out a surprise guest at the Desert Trip festival this past weekend, Rihanna, the pop star with whom he collaborated on the 2015 song "FourFiveSeconds." "We have finally found somebody under the age of 50!" McCartney joked. (70-year-old Neil Young was the youngest artist to play Desert Trip.)

More Video  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
5 reflections from Paul McCartney's intimate Pappy & Harriet's show

On Thursday, Paul McCartney stopped by an intimate venue in the high desert to play a show for fans in the hundreds, not the tens of thousands. Watching McCartney really lock into the groove with his band up close was one of the most enjoyable things about the night. But the real treat was watching Macca rock out on the guitar.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Phil Collins
Phil Collins reveals 14-year grudge against Paul McCartney

It has been revealed that Phil Collins has never forgiven Paul McCartney for an awkward encounter at Buckingham Palace back in 2002. Collins claims he asked his hero to sign a copy of Hunter Davies' book The Beatles during a celebration marking the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was left a little jarred by the rocker's condescending response.

Source: London Free Press, London, Ontario
Friday, October 14, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney plays surprise show at former biker bar

With a week off between Desert Trip gigs, Paul McCartney squeezed in a decidedly different type of show, lining up an intimate performance at a small nearby club. The surprise concert took place at Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Yucca Valley. "This is the biggest gig we ever played," McCartney quipped during the show.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Is Paul dead? Conspiracy theories aren't

Once upon a time Paul McCartney was rumored to have died in a car crash, which was hushed up by the other Beatles for years so they could continue to knock out hit records. A body double for McCartney was allegedly used for photo shoots and public appearances. Pretty goofy, right? But many folks at the time believed it.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Thursday, October 13, 2016
New book Conversations With McCartney now available

Since 1989 former MOJO editor Paul Du Noyer has regularly interviewed Paul McCartney, and over the years he accumulated hours and hours of formal recorded conversations. Du Noyer has released the US edition of Conversations With McCartney, his fifth book, which draws from their extensive interview sessions.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

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