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Monday, December 14, 2015

In defense of Paul McCartney's Christmas song

Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime is a veritable classic Christmas song. In the past few years, it's been labeled an "overplayed suckfest" and "the worst Christmas song ever." The jingle bell-heavy accompaniment might be overdone, but it sounds like musical snow. The overly synthed, slow-rolling holiday tune is weird, yes, but wonky and wonderful.

Source: MTV
Beatles tribute performer on his life as Paul McCartney

He looks, talks, sings and plays the bass guitar like Paul McCartney, but it was another Beatle who Steve White impersonated when he started out. White originally mimicked John Lennon before his audience pointed out he had more than a passing resemblance to McCartney, who had actually been his main idol all along.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Paul McCartney records video message for Paris Climate Conference

Paul recently filmed a short video urging people to keep in mind the environmental benefits of meat reduction. Paul said, "I'm very keen for them to understand the importance of a meat-reduced diet. This is because the livestock industry is responsible for a massive percentage of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
How Paul McCartney's willingness to fail made Band on the Run great

More than four decades later, Paul McCartney's Band on the Run, released on December 5, 1973, still represents the creative highpoint of his career away from the Beatles. No other solo recording so completely underscores the difficult freedom quest he had to undertake, and none is more personal.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, December 7, 2015
Paul McCartney whistles his way to two Grammy nominations

Paul McCartney's whistling on Kanye West's "All Day," the Beatle's third collaboration with the rapper, was named in two nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards which were announced the morning of Dec. 7. The awards will be presented Monday on CBS TV on Feb. 15, 2016 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Paul McCartney's birthplace to become bargain supermarket

Paul McCartney's birthplace is set to be turned into a value supermarket. The former site of Walton Hospital, where James Paul McCartney was born 73 years ago has laid empty since 2010 but is now set to become a branch of Aldi. Work will commence in January, and will also see nearly 200 new homes built on the site in Walton.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
John Lennon 75 birthday concert announces additional artists

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winner John Fogerty and Spoon have been added to the star-filled lineup of artists taking part in Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, to be held at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. The event will also include special video appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Behind-the-Scenes at Linda and Mary McCartney photo exhibit

Last Saturday 21st November saw the opening of a special exhibition, Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney "Mother Daughter," in New York. The exhibition is a treasury of moments derived from relaxed interactions with family and everyday life. PaulMcCartney.com today posted a set of exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from gallery.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
British commander who inspired McCartney Irish protest song has died

Gen. Sir Robert Ford, who was the senior army commander on what became known as "Bloody Sunday," a tragic event that later inspired Paul and Linda McCartney's "Give Ireland Back to the Irish, and songs by John Lennon and U2, died last week. Several investigations found the killings weren't justified, but Ford was not found at fault.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, November 30, 2015
Paul McCartney answers the mystery of his first name (sort of)

Asked why he's called Paul, James Paul McCartney explained, "I was told that it was because if letters arrived at the house for James McCartney, you wouldn't know whether it was my Dad, that was James McCartney, or me, James McCartney. So that worked until they called my brother, whose name was Peter Michael McCartney, Michael!?"

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, November 27, 2015
McCartney family sends open letter to British Prime Minister

Ahead of the climate conference in Paris, Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney have written to David Cameron urging him to include meat reduction in the new global climate agreement. In their open letter, the McCartney family highlight how intensive meat production is a major contributor to global environmental devastation and climate change.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Sitting in Paul McCartney's 1966 Aston-Martin DB6

James Bond's Aston-Martin DB5, driven in the 1964 film "Goldfinger," had machine guns in the front fenders, an ejector seat, tire slicers in its wheels and other handy accessories. But did 007 write "Hey, Jude" in it? The 1966 Aston-Martin DB6, which Paul McCartney sold in 1971, was hand-built to the cute Beatle's specifications.

Source: Forbes
Monday, November 23, 2015
Video: Behind the scenes of Say Say Say remix

Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's Say Say Say has now been revitalised with a new remix, which switches Macca and MJ's voices, and appears on the reissue of Paul McCartney's Pipes of Peace album. The video, created by Sia and Lady Gaga collaborator Ryan Heffington, has routines MJ himself would be proud of.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Pictures: Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell enjoy romantic stroll through NY

On Saturday Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell were seen enjoying a romantic Autumnal stroll in New York. Strolling through the Big Apple's sunny streets, the couple, who tied the knot in 2011, were clearly enjoying their day out, as they stopped to joke around with members of the public outside a restaurant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Mary McCartney's dad makes low key appearance at book signing

Paul McCartney's daughter Mary McCartney, an accomplished photographer in her own right, talked about her latest book "Monochrome Colour" Saturday at Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Her dad made an appearance at the event, but managed to keep it pretty quiet, most people didn't know he was there.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, November 20, 2015
Paul McCartney discloses details of Say Say Say remix on vinyl

In celebration and support of independent record stores, it has been announced that "Say Say Say (2015 Remix)" will be released on 12" vinyl next Friday, November 27 for Record Store Day in the US. The track will also be released as part of Universal Records' "12 Days of Christmas" Campaign in the UK on November 28.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Photo exhibit captures the legendary McCartney family

A new show of photographs by Mary McCartney and her mother, Linda McCartney, opens this weekend at Gagosian Gallery's uptown space in New York City. It is the first time that Mary has created an exhibition that centers on the relationship between her work and her mother's.

Source: Vanity Fair
Barnes & Noble getting in on vinyl trend

Vinyl is booming, thanks in no small part to the Record Store Day initiative. Now, Barnes & Noble is getting in on the vinyl trend with its own day, this Saturday. Exclusive vinyl items include the Beatles' "The Singles" box set and Paul McCartney's "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Piece" albums packaged with limited-edition seven-inch singles.

Source: Audio Ink Radio
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney in talks to open store on Madison Avenue

Stella McCartney is negotiating to open its first Madison Avenue store, just north of the Upper East Side's "Gold Coast" corridor, a 1,600-square-foot, ground-floor space on Madison Avenue, asking rent about $1,000 per square foot. There are five other Stella McCartney locations, in Los Angeles and Palo Alto in California, Bal Harbour, Fla, Las Vegas, and Dallas.

Source: The Real Deal, NY
Monday, November 16, 2015
Paul McCartney to play charity show at a UK pub next June You Heard It Here First

A few dozen lucky British music fans will get to see Paul McCartney perform at an intimate venue in the London suburb of Chiddingfold this summer. The rock legend will headline the 10th annual Dine and Disco for Children in Need fundraiser this June 25 at The Mulberry Inn, a pub owned by BBC radio DJ Chris Evans.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Paul McCartney discusses stories behind three Beatles favorites

The new reissue of the Beatles' 1 compilation has Paul McCartney digging deeper into some of the group's best-known songs. For years, fans have heard that Eight Days A Week was first uttered by Ringo Starr, only it wasn't. And few fans have any idea just how problematic the switch from "Jules" to "Jude" in Hey Jude was.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney wakes up the ISS 10 years ago today

Ten years ago today Paul McCartney performed a special wake up call to the 12-person crew of the Atlantis and International Space Station. Flying 220 miles above the Earth, the astronauts were treated to a first-ever live concert link up from the spacecraft to Paul's "US Tour" performance at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Stella McCartney joins the fight to end violence against women

To show her support for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and its White Ribbon for Women campaign, Stella McCartney has created a limited edition brooch that will be distributed across 41 countries and in over 800 boutiques next week. Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and her famous father are also helping on Instagram.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Paul McCartney on the passing of Allen Toussaint

On his official website, Paul McCartney has issued a statement about musician, composer, arranger and record producer Allen Toussaint, who passed away yesterday. "Sorry to hear that Allen Toussaint died after a concert in Spain...His songs will be cherished by people like me who will have fond memories of Allen forever."

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lennon/McCartney Monterey Pop poster sells for $175,000

Joint Lennon/McCartney is extremely rare. An anonymous collector recently paid $175,000 for a poster Lennon and McCartney created to help promote the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The "Peace to Monterey" poster was sold by Rockaway Records, the used-record shop in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles that specializes in Beatles recordings and collectables.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney selling custom rocking horse for charity

Paul McCartney is selling a specially-commissioned rocking horse, inscribed with Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds lyrics, to raise money for Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. The wooden creation was modelled in the likeness of his own Appaloosa horse and Paul signed it "rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, November 5, 2015
McCartney brings joy to a strife-filled world

For three hours or so, the troubles of the world were suspended, and in the world inside First Niagara Center, Paul McCartney spoke to us as friends. I sat there mesmerized by his style of working a concert. He was speaking to all of us. He was speaking to me. It was clear that McCartney enjoyed the audience and his own interaction with everyone.

Source: Buffalo News

Tripping the Live Fantastic
Paul McCartney makes peace with his past 25 years ago today

Riding high on a wave of acclaim for his Flowers in the Dirt album, Paul McCartney returned to the road in 1989 with his first major tour in a decade, and his first as a solo artist. Tripping the Live Fantastic, released Nov. 5, 1990, collected 37 performances from the 103-date trek from shows around the world and interspersing them with soundcheck jams.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Paul McCartney inspires new album and related cabaret act

The newest album of guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli came about at the suggestion of none other than Paul McCartney. "Midnight McCartney," which was released in September and some of whose numbers will be performed in Pizzarelli's new cabaret act, debuting in NY tonight, features McCartney's lesser-known songs.

Source: Forbes
Paul McCartney nominated for 2016 People's Choice Award

Paul McCartney is among the nominees for "The People's Choice Awards 2016" that were announced today. McCartney was nominated in the Favorite Music Icon category. Voting for this year's selections started today at the People's Choice Awards website and on Facebook and mobile applications and runs through Dec. 3.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, October 30, 2015
Paul explains lyric from Tug of War song

"Here Today," one of the most loved tracks from Tug of War, is a song dedicated to Paul McCartney's friend John Lennon, written shortly after John passed away. On his official website, Paul was asked, "In the song 'Here Today' you say, 'What about the night we cried'. Can you tell us anymore about that story?"

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

McCartney fan can't ever sell this autograph

It's the fifth time Cindy Adams had seen the music legend in concert and this time in Ontario, she had a plan. "We were trying so badly to meet him, on our feet for the entire show, being as boisterous as we could be," Adams said. "C'mon, I'll sign your arm," McCartney told Adams. The following monday she had it made permanent as a tattoo.

Source: North Umberland Today, ON
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Paul McCartney to release vinyl discs on Record Store Day Black Friday

The Record Store Day's "Black Friday" celebration has unveiled the complete list of special releases that will take place on November 27. Paul McCartney will release a special 12-inch vinyl single featuring an exclusive 2015 remix of "Say Say Say," with the B-side features an instrumental version of the track.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Monday, October 26, 2015
Paul McCartney ends Out There tour with two high-energy shows

Paul McCartney closed out the current leg of his 2015 Out There tour Oct. 22 with a show in Buffalo, following a show a day earlier in Detroit. Both shows followed the surprise private gig at a trucker's convention in Philadelphia on Oct. 19. A fan said the 73-year-old McCartney made the show as lively as ever.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Musician switches track from Elvis to Paul McCartney

For about 30 years, Jed Duvall has performed as Elvis, bringing to life the King of Rock and Roll by studying tapes of the late master. A few years ago, he began a transition to a new, more difficult career, imitating a living legend, Paul McCartney. "People kept telling my that I looked like McCartney," Duvall said. "I decided to embrace it."

Source: Carroll County Times
Friday, October 23, 2015
Paul McCartney show in Buffalo was worth the long wait

It was a concert five decades in the making. Paul McCartney had never played Buffalo until Thursday night, when he performed before an adoring crowd of more than 16,000 in First Niagara Center. The reaction of the audience was astounding. People wiped their eyes and clutched their chests as much as they clapped and sang along.

Related Articles  Source: The Buffalo News
Woman announces she's pregnant with help from Paul McCartney

Tara Horan recently discovered she is pregnant with her first child, and wanted to announce it creatively. Holding up a sign reading "Paul, will you take a pregnancy announcement picture with me?" at Paul's recent concert in Columbus, Ohio, McCartney brought her up and told the crowd, "Hey everybody, she's preggers!"

Source: WLKY, Louisville
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Inside McCartney's secret show in Philadelphia

Last Monday, Paul McCartney performed an intimate concert for an estimated 1,000 people at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The show included a video screen behind the band, as he does in his regular shows, and McCartney talked to the crowd a lot. A surprise guest is an annual highlight of the dinner.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Why obscure and dissed Paul McCartney track is DJ's secret weapon

A few weeks ago the 35th anniversary of Paul McCartney's "Temporary Secretary" passed, seemingly unnoticed. It is one of McCartney's least known, and most dismissed, singles, Rolling Stone magazine panned it. Despite the diss, in the intervening decades it has become a secret weapon in the arsenals of DJs worldwide.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney denies rumours of his own death 46 years ago today

Paul McCartney gave one of the most bizarre interviews of his life on October 22, 1969 when he appeared on the BBC to deny rumours that he had died three years earlier. "Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated," McCartney said, paraphrasing Mark Twain. "However, if I was dead, I'm sure I'd be the last to know."

Source: BT, UK
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tickets for McCartney in Buffalo still available but pricey

Tickets for Paul McCartney's first-ever concert in Buffalo are still available online, but fans must be prepared to pay a hefty sum. The average resale price of a ticket at First Niagara Center on Thursday is $381. By comparison, the next most-expensive resale ticket for a Buffalo concert this year was for the Eagles, for an average $210.

Related Articles  Source: WBFO FM, Buffalo
Paris Port Dover Pipe Band plays in concert with Paul McCartney

Paris Port Dover Pipe Band members had one week to prepare for a repeat, performance of Mull of Kintyre with Sir Paul McCartney at Toronto's Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night that was kept secret. "McCartney personally requested us," Paris Port Dover Pipe Band founder and pipe major Gordon Black said.

Related Articles  Source: Norfolk News, Ontario

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