Thursday, 29 January 2009

John Lennon's sons to perform together

Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon are finally going to perform together in public. Sources say the Lennon boys have agreed to appear at a United Nations event here in New York on February 26th called the UN-Millenium Goal Awards. Other artists tentatively scheduled to appear include Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

Mike McCartney exhibition launch party

The brother of Sir Paul McCartney has joked that in fact he is the talented one in the family, and the Beatle knows it. At his new exhibition at the Scottish Parliament, McCartney (Mike that is), couldn't help but jibe that he is the talented one. "He (Paul) just knows that I'm a genius and he can't compete," said Mike.

Ringo breaks 'no signing' rule for day centre auction

A rare autograph by Ringo Starr will be the main attraction at a Valentine's night charity auction in Milford, England. He has donated a signed 'Beatles Anthology 2' jigsaw to be auctioned at a fund-raising 'All You Need Is Love' Valentine's party on February 14. Last year, Ringo said he wouldn't sign anymore after October 20.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Official source confirms McCartney wedding denials

A rep for Paul McCartney denies newspaper stories that he is looking to get hitched with Nancy Shevell now that her divorce has become official. "[There's] no truth to it," says publicist Paul Freundlich. Newspapers reported that McCartney sought and received the all-clear from his four adult children for the wedding.

Council saftey fears put the boot to rooftop Beatles anniversary gig

A 40th anniversary celebration of the Beatles legendary rooftop gig was cancelled after saftey concerns. A Westminster Council spokesman said, "We would have gladly helped to make this event happen had it not been for the serious concerns raised by the emergency services and our own experts about the state of the building."

McCartney set for 'Colbert Report' visit

The Comedy Central TV channel says Paul McCartney is going to drop in on Stephen Colbert. McCartney will be a guest on Wednesday's "The Colbert Report," talking up his latest album, "Electric Arguments." The work represents a collaboration between the former Beatle and producer-musician Youth, and was released under the band name the Fireman. "The Colbert Report" airs at 11:30 p.m. EST weeknights.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Paul McCartney to appear on 'The Colbert Report' Jan. 28

First Stern, then "The View" and now ... : Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday (Jan. 28). The announcement of the appearance says it wil be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, "Electric Arguments" released under The Fireman alias.

The McCartney appearance will put him in the company of such well-known musical names as Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencamp, Crosby Stills and Nash, Rush, Peter Frampton, Carole King and Elvis Costello, all of whom have appeared on the show.

"The Colbert Report" airs regularly Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Repeat episodes air Monday-Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT).

Cat Stevens e Klaus Voorman on a GH tribute

Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has collaborated with Beatles associate Klaus Voormann on a cover of George Harrison's 1973 song 'The Day The World Gets 'Round'. Islam revealed that the collaboration came about after Voormann, who played in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and designed the sleeve for The Beatles' 'Revolver', asked him to contribute to an album he was making to raise money for the American Indians.

"He asked me to contribute and choose one of the songs he had played on over the years. I immediately headed towards George Harrison's galaxy of material," Islam said. "I'd met George with John Lennon in the early '70s at David Bailey's studio. He was such a great spirit. His eastern outreach inspired me and many others to embark on a great spiritual adventure.

"George was also more responsible than any other artist for initiating pop music's movement to aid people and countries stricken by war and calamities; his 'Concert For Bangladesh' was the first of its kind. I hope this song will help remind people of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we can share when we get round to looking at mankind's futile wars and prejudices and start to change our foolish ways." The song is released this Monday (January 26), with proceeds going to various children's charities (Small Kindness, UNRWA and Save The Children).

Islam also announced that he is returning to Island Records ­ the label he released his 'Teaser & The Firecat' and 'Tea For The Tillerman' albums on in the '70s. 'The Day The World Gets 'Round' will also appear on Klaus Voormann¹s 'A Sideman's Journey' album, which is raising money for an environment and health project in aid of the Oglala Sioux of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
in South Dakota.

Paul McCartney to perform in New York City in April

The David Lynch Foundation presents the World Harmony Concert

Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique - and change the world overnight.

A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation. Details on how to order tickets before they go on sale to the public can be found at the David Lynch Foundation website.

Special packages are also available, which include premium concert seating, back-stage passes, "green room" access with photo opportunities with Paul McCartney and friends, and a gala post-concert celebration in the historic Rockefeller Center Rainbow Room. Ticket and special event package prices to be announced soon.

James McCartney goes solo at last

Paul McCartney's son James has opted to go back to his father's roots in Liverpool to find them, and is working with former members of Merseyside band The Dead 60s. He has written around 20 songs which he wants to record. "James is a very talented singer and an exceptional guitarist," says one musician who has heard his work.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Ringo Starr backtracks on autograph ban

RINGO STARR has handed out his autograph to one lucky fan - just three months after vowing he would never give away his signature again. The former Beatle declared his plans to throw away requests for his signature in a video message on his website last year (08), because he didn't have time to deal with the piles of letters he receives.

Since introducing the ban, Starr has also apparently stopped posting on the website.
But now the drummer has come out of his internet retirement, announcing that a fan known only as Ricardo has won a competition to receive the rocker's autograph on a drum head.

And he is in a better mood after ringing in the New Year, writing: "I don't feel blue any more. It's 2009 and I feel fine." He adds: "Couldn't get any better, could it? Peace and love to Ricardo, hope you have a great life. Peace and love everybody."

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Paul playing London this summer?

Rumors are circulating that Paul McCartney might be headlining Hard Rock Calling, which is a two-day concert event with multiple artists in Hyde Park this June.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Paul McCartney in NY

Paul McCartney walks in the 57rd, New York, 16/01/2008.

Paul McCartney: a Fireman Interviewed

The former Beatle talks about karma, wealth, nostalgia, fame and his new LP, Electric Arguments

By Kristine Mckenna

I imagine you know who Paul McCartney is, but here are some recent data: He’s 66 years old, single and financially secure. He recently released Electric Arguments, the third album by Fireman, an ongoing McCartney side project that represents the former Beatle's foray into trance and dance music. Composed of McCartney and British producer/deejay Youth, Fireman opens its third full-length release with “Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight,” a tune that features the most bone-rattling vocal McCartney’s delivered since “Helter Skelter.” The first time I heard it on the radio, I thought it was Jack White. Not bad for a 66-year-old. On the occasion of the album’s release, McCartney agreed to a short chat.

Ruth Ward
These are pretty clean hands for a muralist.L.A.

WEEKLY: At what point did you become an adult?
PAUL McCARTNEY: When my first baby was born.

How old do you feel emotionally?

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?
Linda’s death.

What was it about Linda Eastman that made her such a stabilizing force in your life?
She was just such a supercool girl. She just was. She was supercool.

Do you believe in destiny?

Do you believe in karma, or do some people get away with murder?
I believe in karma (laughing), and I believe people get away with murder, too. For a while. Somewhere down the line everyone must pay for their misdeeds.

The Beatles’ music was always wonderful, but at a certain point it became something more than entertainment; at what point did you know that the work you were doing was important?
It’s difficult to discuss this without sounding immodest, but I think I started to feel it around the time of “Eleanor Rigby.” Prior to that, I thought the music was very good, and I realized we were in a different league when we wrote “From Me To You,” because it had a middle eight in it and went somewhere we hadn’t been before, but you used the word “important.” For me, “Eleanor Rigby” was the start of that.

Does music have the power to bring about social change?
Yeah, that’s a proven fact. “We Shall Overcome” and “Give Peace a Chance” are two examples, and there are thousands of less obvious examples. “We Shall Overcome” is inextricably bound up with the civil rights movement, and “Give Peace a Chance” equals Vietnam. Those are two huge events, and that music was hugely important to them.

Is it important that your music be commercially successful?
It’s not important, but it’s preferable. I like the idea that people hear my stuff, and if it’s commercially successful, that’s a good sign that it’s being heard.

What’s the most significant difference between work you do as Fireman and the rest of your music?
Fireman is improvisational theater. When I sit down to write a song, it’s a kind of improvisation, but I formalize it a bit to get it into the studio, and when I step up to a microphone, I have a vague idea of what I’m about to do. I usually have a song, and I know the melody and lyrics, and my performance is the only unknown. In this case, I had neither lyrics nor melody to go on — and it felt great. The previous Fireman record didn’t have vocals, so when we began adding them for this record, the music moved into the area of improvisational theater, as the lyrics were improvised in the studio as well. I’d arrive at the studio in the morning and the first thing I’d do would be to apologize to the engineers. I’d say “Okay, guys, this could really be the most serious error of my career.”

Working that way, how do you know when a piece of music is finished?
Instinct. I paint, and that’s the trick with painting, too, particularly if you paint in the abstract form. You’ve just got to know when it’s time to stop.

To what degree was the music sculpted in the editing?
Very much, and that’s where Youth comes in. I trust him implicitly. He’s a deejay, and I went to one of his gigs to watch him work and he’s good. He mixes stuff there and then, and it’s the same process with Fireman. He takes everything I throw at him and selects what he thinks is the best, and 99 percent of the time I agree with him.

What’s the most useful thing about money?
Helping people who are ill. I have a very large family and if anybody gets ill, I can help them.

What’s the biggest problem money creates?
Wow, you’re getting deep girl! I’ve never even met you! Okay, the biggest problem are the kinds of people who have license plates like one I saw in East Hampton: It read ‘rich 1.’ The kind of people who actually believe they’re cool because they’ve got money — I can‘t begin to describe the symptoms of that, but you know what I’m talking about.

What’s the most significant historical event you’ve witnessed?
The death of John Kennedy. He was our hope and he got wiped out, and we hadn’t realized that hope could get wiped out quite so easily. But now Obama’s brought it back. I love it.

These are pretty clean hands for a muralist.Is memory more apt to be a source of pain or pleasure?

Do you feel nostalgic for the past?
Nostalgia’s not the right word because it implies something sort of wrong. I love the past. There are parts of the past I hate, of course. My mum died, Linda died, John died, and George died, so I can’t say I love everything about it, but I have a great affection for the past. And why shouldn’t I? I was just some kid from Liverpool, who walked around the streets with John Lennon, and wrote songs with him, and met this beautiful girl from New York, then married her and had kids with her — why shouldn’t I love the past? Mine has been good.

What aspect of the future, as you envision it, do you find most disturbing?
It’s not a good idea to look at, or for, disturbances. They come anyway, so I don’t invite them. Rather than just moan “We’re all fucked,” it’s better to work on avoiding them. A big subject of mine is a report recently completed by the U.N., called Livestock’s Long Shadow, which makes the point that the most important thing people could do for the future of the planet would be to eat vegetarian. Cattle rearing is one of the most destructive human activities on Earth, and at this point, it’s taking a bigger toll on the planet than airplanes and cars.

Are most people willing to change?
People are willing to change when they have to. I suppose people would all go to Disneyland and have milkshakes at McDonald’s and wear Bermuda shorts if you didn’t tell them it wasn’t a good idea, and sometimes we have no choice but to speak in their ears very loudly.

Would you agree that most artists do their best work when they’re hungry?
I think that’s probably true.

When people approach you on the street what do they want?
More often than not they just want to communicate, and it’s normally quite cool. Everybody these days has a camera on their phone, so now they ask, “Can I have a photograph with you?” I say, “I’d rather not, because if I have a photograph with you, then somebody else will see us and say, ‘I’ve got a phone and I’d like a photograph, too.’” It’s funny, I was talking to a celebrity friend, and he made the point that people who don’t even like your work line up for autographs and photographs, saying, “I can get one for my grandma!” Often, when I’m approached for a photograph or autograph, I try to persuade the person that what we really want is communication. That takes longer than signing a quick autograph, but it’s an important point to make.

Are you able to move about the world with freedom?
With impunity — I go into shops, to movies, and I walk around. I’m now in a car heading into London with my longtime assistant, and if we need to stop at a shop or a petrol station, we will. I’ve always held on to that, and it’s a very important part of who I am.

What an amazing thing, to be able to walk into a shop and make people happy simply by walking in. Tell me about it! I’m very aware of that, and it’s incredible.

Friday, 16 January 2009

BBC Culture Show: Liverpool '08 special

Just when you thought it was all over.

BBC Culture Show will be broadcasting a one-hour special, reviewing Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture 2008 on BBC 2 at 7pm on Monday, January 19.

The programme features highlights from the year including Sir Simon Rattle on his return to his home city with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Paul McCartney's homecoming concert at Anfield, actor Pete Postlethwaite and director Rupert Goold on their controversial King Lear at the Everyman Theatre.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Paul McCartney on 'The Howard Stern Show' -- the dirty details!

Communications Ltd.On Wednesday's "The Howard Stern Show," Paul McCartney gave Howard Stern a signed Hofner bass as a present for Stern's 55th birthday, which was Monday. Here's a very rough account of the show (since I didn't hear it) on what happened on the show compiled from notes by HwyCDRev. My transitions here aren't really smooth and some of the information is sketchy, but you get a basic idea of what went on.

Paul McCartney gave Stern a signed Hofner bass guitar for a birthday gift. Stern said, "Is it yours?" McCartney replied, "No, it's yours."

Stern reminded Paul that he told him to get a pre-nuptial agreement. Paul says he doesn't remember. Denies everything and winks. Stern said it was good McCartney took the high road.

Paul mentioned the East Hamptons concerts and says he didn't date the women he was photographed with. He just said hello and gave them a kiss as the pictures were taken. The names Christie Brinkley, Renée Zelleweger and Rosanne Arquette were mentioned.

Stern said, "Are you happy with this 'broad'? Paul asked, "Who?" Artie Lang said, "The rich one ... everyone knew her as Nancy."

Stern asked Paul about the rumor of John Lennon having sex with Brian Epstein that's discussed in Philip Norman's biography, "John Lennon: The Life." Paul says it's an old rumor. "One hint and they write a book."

About the Fireman album, Stern said he liked it, saying, "And when you do a good job, I'll tell you."

Robin Quivers said, "i'm throwing my hat into the ring. I'm a vegan, too. Take me to the inauguration. Kids love me." (Paul is apparently in the U.S. to attend the inauguration.) Stern tells Robin, "Show Paul your breasts."

Stern asked if it was OK to ask about the Beatles. Paul McCartney: "I like the Beatles. They were a good band." Paul then tells the story that the "Abbey Road" album was originally called 'Everest.' He says, "It was a cheap approach." He explained that walking outside (for the "Abbey Road" cover) was cheaper than going to Mount Everest and shooting an album cover.

The subject came around to the Ringo "no autographs by mail" video. Paul said, "Ringo would always say 'p--- off'" in the old days because he had kids." Stern replied he's not that busy. (p.s. Howard, he's working on an album.) On Ringo's "no autographs" video, Paul said, "Ringo can do what he wants" and called Ringo "brave" for doing that video.

Paul replied, "I just signed something outside." Stern said, "Pete Best will sign anything." Robin Quivers said, "I've also been rejected by Paul."

About the unreleased song "Carnival of Light," Paul confirmed it was George Harrison, not Yoko Ono, who didn't like it and that he (Paul) wanted it to go on the "Anthology."

Stern: "Did you ever write Pete Best a check?" Paul said, "He got pride!" Paul said Pete was kicked out not he was good looking, but because Ringo sat in and sounded amazing. Stern said, "Don't miss a day of work!"

Paul said after George Harrison died, "You just remember the good stuff. "Like losing anyone, I don't think of him every day, but you tell a Beatles story and it's tinged with sadness."

And about Dhani Harrison, George's son, McCartney said, "He's really good." He also said he's doing an album with his son James.

Paul McCartney: "I'm an optimist. I've seen Vietnam, Nixon, 9/11. I'm excited about Obama. I'm reading his book."

It's noted that Christie Brinkley got dolled up for Paul McCartney. Paul: "Who can blame her?" Stern said he heard Brinkley was after Paul.

Paul said he loves having a young child. He makes breakfast, drives her to school and talks to mothers of other students. "Very hands on. It's a thrill."

Paul plays the promo single (probably "Sing the Changes"). Paul says, "I like it already." Stern: "You're excited?" Paul: "Why not?" and starts to dance a bit.

On the Fireman album, Paul made up the lyrics as he went along, like "improv." Stern says "Highway" is one of his favorite tracks and says he should have had sex with Renee to that song.

Stern asked if Paul played Guitar Hero. Paul said he didn't, but then added the Beatles were going to have a Guitar Hero game. Stern: "I may learn how to be a Beatle." Stern also mentions his daughter took a Beatles college course.

The subject turned to drugs. Stern says to Paul, "Cocaine .. everyone knows you were addicted." Paul replied he was not addicted, it was a peer group thing. He says he never took heroin and says he got fed up with cocaine and got out before it was hip. He says he no longer does pot, either.

Paul says he's still a vegan, but he doesn't like cruelty to animals. Paul said that some eggs are abandoned by the hens, so it's OK. Stern asked, "Isn't an egg a chicken abortion?" Paul replied it wasn't. "We don't like to think of it like that."

Stern asked why called the album the Fireman? Paul said it's like Sgt. Pepper. Then, referring to the Rutles, he said, "You are Dirk, you are Barry. "I make trails in the woods with a chainsaw for wood (to get wood for a fire)." And says his dad was a fireman.

Stern played another of his favorite songs from the album "Light From Your Lighthouse." (The other is "Highway.") He says this is like the Frost/Nixon interview. "We need 18 hours."

The interview lasted approximately 40 minutes. Paul was having a great time. He was dancing to his CD when it was played.

After the commercial, Stern said there was lots of pressure over the visit. Paul came in with his entourage and there was a lot of things to do. But Stern said it was fun. Paul was relaxed and had his feet up on the couch.

At the end, Fred Norris added, "Before anyone has a heart attack," the guitar came from Guitar Center.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Paul McCartney to guest on 'The View' Wednesday

There's been no official announcement in a press release as of yet or from an ABC spokesman, but from several messages we've received, it was announced today on the show that Paul McCartney will be a guest on "The View" this Wednesday. puts videos of segments of the show on their site, so it's possible this will be there if you aren't able to see it.

Update: We just received a confirmation on Paul's appearance from an ABC spokesman. It's definite.

Beatrice McCartney Shoos The Pigeons

Beatrice McCartney, the 5-year-old daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, goes for a stroll in New York City Monday morning with her nanny.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Michael Jackson wants to leave Paul McCartney Beatles back catalogue

MICHAEL Jackson hopes to bury his 24-year feud with Sir Paul McCartney – by leaving his share of the Beatles back catalogue to him in his will. Macca was furious when Jacko outbid him in 1985 to win ownership of the £350million publishing rights to the whole Lennon-McCartney songbook. The stars, once good pals who collaborated on early 80s hits The Girl is Mine and Say, Say, Say have not spoken since.

But the debt-ridden King of Pop, now said to be battling a serious genetic lung disease, is determined to make peace with McCartney. Jackson, 50, who according to some reports is convinced he is dying and has been using a wheelchair, has drawn up a new will where Sir Paul, 66, will inherit control of his share of the Beatles songbook if the troubled star dies before him.

Sources close to Jacko say he has always regretted falling out with Macca. One insider said: “Michael is worried about his health so decided it was time to look at his finances. “Most of his estate has been divided up between his three children. But Michael told his lawyers he was sad he no longer talks to Sir Paul and said he wanted to make things right.” The source added: “Michael is suffering serious back and leg pain and has for a few years. He gets spasms in his back which means he spends a lot of time in bed and a wheelchair. “He weighs just over seven stone and is very frail. He’s also had a nasty bout of emphysema and there have been reports he has another lung disease.”

Jacko sold half of his Beatles back catalogue rights to Sony in 1995, but still makes about £40million a year from them. Macca said recently: “The annoying thing is I have to pay to play some of my own songs. Each time I want to sing Hey Jude I have to pay.” Last night a source close to Sir Paul said: “If Michael Jackson was to give back the song rights in his will then Macca would be delighted.” Michael Jackson’s spokesman has officially denied the star believes he is dying.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Paul and Nancy in Cancun, Mexico

According to a Mexican newspaper Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell celebrated New Year's Eve in the Mexican Riviera. Paul was reportedly wearing dark pants, a blue long-sleeved shirt with tie, and carried a coat. He and Nancy got into an SUV at the airport to take them to their hotel. Paul was in good spirits but did not talk to bystanders.