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Latest news as of Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020
Brian Epstein to get the Hollywood treatment in new biopic

The life of The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein is being brought to the big screen. Billed as the "true and truly extraordinary story" of the man dubbed the Fifth Beatle, it will be directed by Jonas Akerlund, best known for his music videos with Beyonce, Madonna and Lady Gaga as well as Paul McCartney.

Source: ITV, UK
Thursday, July 2, 2020
The #1 singles of 1971 include former Beatles

In 1971, only 3 songs stayed at the top for four weeks or more. No less than 31 singles reached #1 that year, including a nifty feat by the members of the Beatles. Singles that year included George Harrison's My Sweet Lord, John Lennon's Imagine, Paul McCartney's Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey and Ringo Starr's It Don't Come Easy.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr's 80th birthday event to include Paul McCartney performance

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a special show that will air on AXS TV and on Starr's YouTube channel. The legend will be joined, most prominently, by Paul McCartney. Others announced for the July 7 event include Starr's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Paul McCartney wants mandatory meat taken out of school meals

Paul McCartney has spoken out against the serving of meat in schools, arguing that the practise shouldn't be mandatory. Co-signed by daughters Stella and Mary, as part of a PETA-backed campaign, the letter coincides with a consultation process for a review of Britain's food system called the National Food Strategy.

More Information  Source: Metro, UK
Paul McCartney mourns original Beatles bassist who passed away at 21

Paul McCartney, shared a picture from the very first times the band was playing on Instagram to celebrate their late bassist Stuart Sutcliffe's birthday. The Scottish musician and painter Stuart Sutcliffe was the original bassist of The Beatles until the time he left the band to pursue his painting career.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, June 22, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney plays trumpet with Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl

On a fundraising broadcast, Paul McCartney played trumpet on "When the Saints Go Marching In." He was joined by Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Jim James, Irma Thomas and Nathaniel Rateliff during the benefit for the New Orleans Preservation Hall Foundation. Paul originally recorded the song with the Beatles in 1961.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Beatles song that Paul McCartney wrote for Frank Sinatra

There was one song that McCartney had written specifically with Frank Sinatra in mind, one of his previously constructed music hall ditties. "When I wrote 'When I'm Sixty Four' I thought I was writing a song for Sinatra," he said. Eight years later, McCartney picked the song back out of the pile and recorded it for thier upcoming Beatles album.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
From the Archives, 1964: Stadium birthday party for Beatle Paul

From The Sydney Morning Herald on June 19, 1964: Birthday presents rained on Paul McCartney throughout the Beatles' two Sydney Stadium concerts last night. About 20, 000 wildly ecstatic fans made it Paul's night, yesterday was his 22nd birthday, and turned the performances into a deafening celebration.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Friday, June 12, 2020
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie gets deluxe editions

Paul McCartney's 1997 album, Flaming Pie, is being significantly expanded as the thirteenth installment in his Archive Collection. The new editions of the album, with a wealth of previously unreleased material, arrive on July 31 as a 5-CD/2-DVD/4-LP Collector's Edition, a 5-CD/2-DVD Deluxe Edition, and as 3-LP, 2-LP and 2-CD editions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Monday, May 18, 2020
Comic book explores Paul Is Dead Beatles myth

In one of rock's oldest conspiracy theories, Paul McCartney died in a car crash during the making of Sgt. Pepper's and was replaced by a lookalike because the Fab Four wanted to keep going without admitting the truth. A new comic book will explore a fictional world where the "Paul Is Dead" myth is true.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler shows the priceless relic of the Beatles

In a new video, the famous frontman of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, looks into old recording machines in the studio and explained how they are working. Also, he stated that these machines are representing the rock n' roll history because they had used for the bands like The Beatles, Wings, and more.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, May 15, 2020
John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the Tonight Show in 1968

52 years ago today,John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The Tonight Show. Quite a coup to have two of The Beatles in the studio at one time but that wouldn't stop the tapes from being lost for decades. Thankfully, however, one Beatles super fan recorded the fascinating interview and would upload the content onto the internet years later.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, May 11, 2020
Paul McCartney responds to passing of Little Richard

On social media, Paul McCartney has called Little Richard "a great man" and shared memories of The Beatles' early days when they performed on the same bill as him. He said, "In the early days of The Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, May 8, 2020
Paul McCartney cancels 2020 tour dates

Though no announcement had been made, the listings for all 11 dates in 2020 of Paul McCartney's Freshen Up tour were marked "Canceled" on his Ticketmaster page. Last Nov. 18, it was revealed that McCartney was to headline the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury 2020 was canceled on March 18.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Rare Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr demo could fetch up to 20,000 at auction

An unheard track by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recorded after the Beatles split is heading for auction. Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written Paul and Ringo, according to auctioneers. Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to 20,000 (about $24,650).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, May 1, 2020
Paul McCartney taught Jon Bon Jovi a Beatles trick for his new album

In an interview with Howard Stern, Bon Jovi shared that he got former Beatle Paul McCartney to listen to his new album. Calling him "Beatle Paul", McCartney asked him, "Why do you call me Beatle Paul?" He said, "Because I'm too old to call you Mr. McCartney and I'm too in reverence to dare think that we're that close that I can call you Paul."

Source: Cheat Sheet
Friday, April 24, 2020
Battle of the Beatles and Stones: McCartney, Jagger weigh in

This week, both Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger appeared on One World: Together at Home. A few days earlier, Howard Stern on SiriusXM asked Paul, "I'm not asking you to be pompous about this. The Beatles are better than the Rolling Stones. Correct." Paul answered, "I love the Stones. But I'm with you: the Beatles were better."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, April 20, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones perform on One World

A lineup of stars participated in Saturday's One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the heroic efforts of health workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The list was led by such legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, April 6, 2020
TV networks to air star-studded, live One World special

Television networks in the U.S. and around the world will air One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, April 18. Performers will include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, pop sensation Billie Eilish, and many more.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Simpsons creators say Paul always checks that Lisa is still vegetarian

The writers of The Simpsons say that Paul McCartney "always checks" that Lisa is still a vegetarian, after it became a key condition of his guest appearance on the show. Macca appeared alongside his late wife Linda in 1995's "Lisa The Vegetarian", an episode in which Lisa vows to stop eating meat after meeting the McCartneys.

Source: NME, UK
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 23, 2020
Super-rare photo of Paul McCartney and daughter revealed after 47 years

Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda McCartney's official Instagram account has uploaded a rare photo of the singer with his daughter, Mary McCartney, after 47 years. As you might see in the photo, it appears as Paul takes care of his daughter, Marry, in the plains of Scotland. In addition, this adorable photo was taken in 1973.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, March 20, 2020
Glastonbury 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Glastonbury 2020 has officially been cancelled as the UK continues to battle coronavirus. The news comes after the first full wave of acts was unveiled last week, led by headliners Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. Organizers confirmed that ticket-holders will have the chance to guarantee their place for next year's event.

Related Articles  Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Paul McCartney psychedelic piano designs go up for auction

Sketches and designs for Paul McCartney's psychedelic piano, commissioned for Magical Mystery Tour are to go up for auction, 20 years after they were found in a skip. Builder Andy Clynes rescued the discarded papers while working on a project in Manchester in 1999, before storing them in his attic and forgetting about them.

Source: Complete Music Update

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