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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
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Long and Winding Road inspires Scottish art show

The road which inspired The Beatles' hit The Long and Winding Road is to feature in a new exhibition of paintings by best-selling Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison which opens in Dundee on Saturday. Morrison's painting depicts the road near Paul McCartney's farmhouse on the Mull of Kintyre that he says inspired the song.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
How Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta became a Paul McCartney LP cover

Paul McCartney wandered into Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta because he saw a product called Run Devil Run in the window. They told him it was for depression, and he said, "My wife recently passed away. I'm going to buy it. If it works, I'll write a song about you." Six months later, a picture of the store showed up on Paul's album.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Paul McCartney answers fan question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is the song 'Put It There' about your father, brother and you, or is it about your relationship with your children?" Paul answered his that was a phrase his father used the expression regularly, so it is about his father, but also the next generation, and parents and kids.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Monday, February 27, 2017
Paul McCartney marks birthday of George Harrison

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on Feb. 25, 1943. Paul McCartney marked the anniversary of his old bandmate's birthday on Saturday with a touching throwback photo of a recording session. "My lovely friend George," McCartney tweeted. "Still celebrating his birthday. Lucky to have had him in my life."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Friday, February 24, 2017
Paul McCartney shares studio footage from '80s-era Elvis Costello session

Paul McCartney has released a video featuring a demo of the track My Brave Face which he recorded with Elvis Costello in 1987. The song features on McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt, which is being reissued on March 24. About Costello, Paul said, "We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

More Info: Pictures  Related Articles  Source: Team Rock
McCartney guitarist Brian Ray debuts track at Guitar World

Brian Ray released a two-track digital-only single today. Brian Ray has been a guitarist in Paul McCartney's band since 2002. He was also musical director for Etta James for over a decade and written and performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele, Shakira and Adam Lambert.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Paul McCartney to auction off limited edition Shure microphone

The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world's most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with Paul McCartney to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 graphic painted SM58s.

Source: Music Instrument Professional
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Beatles number one on list of top 40 British artists of all time

The Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll. The Fab Four beat out famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot, with David Bowie taking third place on the list. Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five. Paul McCartney came in as a solo act at number 20 on the list.

Source: The Sun, UK
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK
Painting copied for Paul McCartney could go on display alongside original

Sir Peter Blake's version of The Monarch Of The Glen, made for Paul McCartney in the sixties, could go on display alongside the 19th-century original. The National Galleries of Scotland is trying to secure the original, and if they do, they'd like to hang it along with Paul's copy, which been hanging for years in his office in London.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
45 Years Ago: McCartney's controversial Give Ireland Back to the Irish

In February 1972 Paul McCartney reacted to a horrific event by writing and releasing "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," an action that could have put his fledgling post-Beatles career on the line. Written and recorded in two days, McCartney was promptly phoned by the chairman of EMI, explaining that they wouldn't release it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

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