Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fool On the Hill/ Lady Madonna - Fresno 4/13/2016


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Paul played 38 songs in Fresno on 13 April 2016, the opener of his One on One Tour. He always plays around that number, has for decades, will hopefully for decades more. Sure, the songs are fairly brief because he tends to adhere to the radio versions that everyone remembers rather than throw in extended guitar solos and jams like other (lesser) acts that can inflate a band's sole No. 1 hit to half an hour. Still, it shows that the man respects his audience and delivers.

Here, Paul McCartney sits and delivers "The Fool on the Hill" and "Lady Madonna." What's kind of funny is that he segued after this into his recent "Four Five Seconds" hit, which is some segue. However, that's the kind of legendary career Paul McCartney has had.



Paul McCartney Set List, 4/13/16
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Save Us”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Letting Go”
“Temporary Secretary”
“Let Me Roll It”
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
“My Valentine”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
“Here, There and Everywhere”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“We Can Work It Out”
“In Spite of All the Danger”
“You Won’t See Me”
“Love Me Do”
“And I Love Her”
“Blackbird”
“Here Today”
“Queenie Eye”
“New”
“The Fool on the Hill”
“Lady Madonna”
“FourFiveSeconds”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
“Something”
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let It Be”
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”
“Yesterday”
“Hi, Hi, Hi”
“Birthday”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End”




2016

In Spite of All the Danger/ You Won't See Me


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After you've heard all the huge Beatles hits enough times, you like to have a go at some of the lesser-played tunes. These are the ones where you go, yeah, I love that little hook, such a classic. So, here we have a live performance of "In Spite of All the Danger" and "You Won't See Me," songs that I love because, more than the others, they transport me back to another time.


Anyway, I will be frank about this, it is not the best performance by Paul of either song, and not the best of the night (Fresno, April 13, 2016, One on One Tour). It is deep in the show, and Paul's voice is a touch ragged (as opposed to when he came out, when it was perfect).

However, it is excellent nonetheless to hear Paul's interpretation now of these mellow songs that get so little attention but really exemplify the core sound of the early Beatles beyond the "A Hard Day's Night" smashes..




2016

Paul Does "Hard Day's Night" Live


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Everybody knows that a lot of the Beatles classics were sung lead by John Lennon, and that distinctive sound can never be reproduced completely by anyone else. "A Hard Day's Night" is one of those songs. However, Paul gives it a go here on 13 April 2016 in Fresno, California, kicking off his One on One tour.


I've listened to a lot of renditions of this song, and it's extremely "hard" to get right. Paul does an absolutely magnificent job reproducing the sound. No, it is not John, but Paul obviously has worked on this and gotten the sound down pat. Obviously, his own middle 8 bit is spot on and nobody will ever do that better than him.

His voice is in excellent shape, though if it stays that way for his entire tour remains to be seen. He has a really seasoned backup band by now, he's actually been with these fellows longer than with anyone else, and the sound is about as perfect as you ever will get. It is a tribute band at this point, perhaps, but better than any other tribute band ever will be.

The Beatles (Paul and John) supposedly came up with this song in three hours. Ringo chipped in the title and they went from there. Paul had never performed this song live solo, and hadn't done it at all since San Francisco in '65. That's just amazing - the guy has not done this since 1965, and here it is 2016, over fifty years later. And he comes out and does it perfectly. How many people could ever say that about anything.

Nice job.

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Paul McCartney Set List, 4/13/16, Fresno:

“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Save Us”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Letting Go”
“Temporary Secretary”
“Let Me Roll It”
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
“My Valentine”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”
“Here, There and Everywhere”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”
“We Can Work It Out”
“In Spite of All the Danger”
“You Won’t See Me”
“Love Me Do”
“And I Love Her”
“Blackbird”
“Here Today”
“Queenie Eye”
“New”
“The Fool on the Hill”
“Lady Madonna”
“FourFiveSeconds”
“Eleanor Rigby”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
“Something”
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let It Be”
“Live and Let Die”
“Hey Jude”
“Yesterday”
“Hi, Hi, Hi”
“Birthday”
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End”





2016


Friday, February 13, 2015

Paul, Kanye West and Rihanna

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Paul, Rihanna, Kanye

Paul is enjoying a resurgence on the charts in early 2015 thanks in large part to new collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna.

Now, you may think that's wonderful. However, I am 100% sure that there are many people rolling their eyes about this shotgun affair. However, this sort of thing is nothing at all new for Paul, as you no doubt recall his collaborations with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder from the '80s which gave Paul his two biggest solo hits.

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I know you don't want to be reminded of this, but it did spend 7 weeks at No. 1 

This is what Kanye himself has to say about his recent dealings with Paul:
“We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more ‘angst’ than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really ‘angst’ working with him, the type of music they made?”
Whether John Lennon is smiling down from above at this comment or rolling in his grave - only the shadow knows. I probably wouldn't want to do any microsurgery whilst sitting in Strawberry Fields Park right about now, though.

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Kanye, to his credit, quickly realized his error:
“Hey, everyone, America, I’m not comparing myself to John Lennon. The tension, the ‘salt and pepper’ — I mean, maybe that’s bad because it sounds like ‘black and white’ — but the tension creates a new magic. The pressure creates the diamond from the coal. And he came in with the best vibes ever. And I said, ‘Four, five seconds from wildin’,’ and he said, ‘It’s great, everyone.’ And we just had that.”
I don't even know what all of that means, but it sounds good.

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"Look, I've heard it all before."

I am going to be completely honest about this here. I honestly believe that Kanye is not the total jackass that he pretends to be in public and in fact is a serious student of music. I know, I know, he does stupid things left and right as part of his public act, like storming the stage at multiple awards ceremonies looking like a clown who lost his circus, but I think that is just Kanye's way of getting attention and making an ironic commentary on awards ceremonies themselves.

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Look, we all have bad years

All right, even I'm not sure if I buy that, but I do think the simpleton act is part of Kanye's gimmick, his brand, his schtick, whatever you want to call it. As very slight evidence, I present the following two facts: a) he actually knows who John Lennon was and what Lennon contributed to Paul's art, which is spot-on accurate in my own opinion; and b) supposedly the entire new collaborations arose out of Kanye approaching Paul at some function a few years ago and asking a question about an extremely obscure B-side to a long-forgotten 1980 techno-dance release (remember 'McCartney II'?).

So, he's not quite the bumbling idiot he would have you believe. I give him the benefit of the doubt. Besides, a few of his songs are quite amusing, such as 'Golddigger.'

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Not a bad song.

In my opinion, the real weak link in the trio talent-wise is Rihanna, but I'm sure nobody at all anywhere in any epoch of history would agree with me on that, so I will just let that lie there undeveloped.

The collaboration between the three is "FourFiveSeconds," which as of this writing sits at No. 6 on the Billboard charts (but No. 1 in Sweden and Australia!) and appears destined for the top spot (depending on how many fanboys and fangirls Taylor Swift can round up for her own new single). It was Paul's first U.S. top ten since 'Spies Like Us' way back in 1985. Previously, Kanye and Paul released 'Only One,' which was Paul's first U.S. top-forty hit since 'My Brave Face' in 1989.

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"Spies Like Us' can finally rest and go fishing, it's work is done.

Paul technically had a UK No. 1 hit in 2012 with the Justice Collective, and has had much greater success on the UK singles charts than on the US charts since the 1980s. Album performance, which is far more important, all along has been pretty comparable between the two jurisdictions. These new songs, though, will restore him on the singles charts, and that ain't beanbag.

Strangely, a minor controversy has arisen as to whether Paul, who plays guitar and sings backups on 'FourFiveSeconds,' actually deserves credit for the song in his oeuvre. Word is, though, that he didn't just show up for the video taping and pretend to play - he was the prime mover behind the song's creation. Anyone familiar with Paul McCartney knows that is how he rolls, always has, always will. The song is as much his creation as anyone else's, it bears his stamp, he performs on it, and that is how it shall be written forever and ever amen.



2015


Monday, February 9, 2015

Paul at 2015 Grammys



As all Paul watchers know, 2015 is turning into an epic year for the former Beatle. During a performance of ELO's 'Evil Woman,' Paul seems to lose himself in the moment and gets up and shows his appreciation. It's kind of odd seeing this, as Paul is usually on stage receiving the appreciation of the crowd rather than being the sole person in the crowd showing his appreciation.

'Evil Woman' is an awesome song. However, the rest of the crowd was not as into it as Paul, leading to this classic moment.



Paul has returned to the top of the charts in 2015 with collaborations this year, but this moment will always stand out as one of the best of the year for those following Mr. McCartney. There is lots more to come in 2015, too, with the completion of the interrupted Japan tour and more music.



2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Paul Returning to Japan in 2015


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Our favorite itinerant former Beatle performs at a concert in Atlanta in October 2014. 


Paul McCartney is returning to Japan.

One is tempted to put after that, 'for more punishment,' but I will be kind.

Paul has had more personal issues with his (scheduled) Japanese tours than anywhere else on earth (and he plays a lot of places. Playing in Red Square in Moscow is nothing next to getting on the stage in Tokyo.

Twice, Paul has gone to the trouble of jetting to Japan - basically just a comfortable overnight flight for a man with his resources - only to wind up not playing a single note. Yes, he did manage to pull it off somehow in the early '90s, but that was the exception that proves the rule.

Paul, good luck and godspeed. Just don't fly there on Malaysian Airlines, okay?

I hope Paul gets some rest for his voice, he sounds kind of squeaky in that video above. Let's hope that he's not coming down with something ... again.

He has announced that he will be performing in Japan in April to make up for canceling the previous 2014 tour in the country. Now 72, Paul arrived in Japan in May last year for shows in Tokyo and Osaka. However, he called off all of his performances after coming down with a virus. At least that was a better reason than 1980, when he couldn't perform because he was in jail.

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“We’re coming back, and we are going to rock, we’re going to roll, we’re going to do it together. Let’s have some fun,” Paul wheezes in his video message above, made available January 29, 2015.

He has a (surprisingly light) schedule in Japan of only four dates - which, all things considered and with no intended slight on our Japanese friends, is probably wise. One wonders at the economics of hauling all his stuff and people over there for such a limited schedule, but, hey, he's the billionaire, not me.

According to Kyodo Tokyo Inc., which is organizing the tour, Mr. McCartney will perform on April 21 in Osaka and on April 23, 25 and 27 at Tokyo Dome. Tickets are available for reservation starting at ¥14,000 ($118).

The betting is that if demand is there, Paul will add some dates. That's the way Paul rolls, he likes to satisfy the fans when he can. Once he's on the ground and happy, he would probably be willing to spend all spring there if the fans were into it. Japan also happens to be the second largest record outlet in the world after the U.S., so it's good promotion as well.





2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beatles Puppets!




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Beatles puppets!

This is too cute to ignore. Credit where credit is due, this is a great homage to Paul and the boys!

2015


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Flashback: 1961 at the Aldershot Club


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It's fun to do a flashback shot now and then and not go into a whole song and dance (sorry) about it. Just let the picture speak for itself.

Here we have a glimpse into the past of one James Paul McCartney. You can't really see him in this shot - which says a lot right there about the time period - but this is part of his past. And just imagine how many gigs there were like this where they did not take any pictures - why this one is taken, and by whom, would be interesting to know. Perhaps their manager? Or the hotel for promotional purposes? It looks perfectly framed, the mark of professionalism. The disco ball knows all.

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The same performance. Paul doesn't quite have the mop top look down yet. Aside from the leather jacket, a vestige of Hamburg, he looks downright suburban, corduroy pants and all - which he was. What do you imagine that he is singing? 'Love Me Do'?

It is the Aldershot Club. December 1961. The Beatles are playing. They are playing for 18 people. Within 2 years, they would be a world sensation. But here, they are a lounge band playing for whoever wandered in. To their credit, several of the folks appear to be enjoying the music. Middle-aged folks, a few toughs along the left wall looking for opportunity. A wallflower or two on the right. Maybe, spurred on by the music, they hooked up? Typical day in the life of the early Beatles.

A long-ago time of wonder.

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Studio portraits during the same era.



2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Flashback 1981: Paul at Ringo's Wedding


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This is a flashback to Paul appearing at Ringo's wedding in April 1981 to Barbara Bach, the actress whom Ringo had met the previous year whilst filming "Caveman."

Now, you could look at this photo in any of several different ways. First, just about anyone on earth would be thrilled to have Paul McCartney at their wedding. Certainly Ringo would have been happy to have him there, good old pals that they were (and still working together a great deal in those days). Just having Paul there makes it an event.

Take 2: But then, it was Ringo's wedding day. And you would think that an ex-Beatle on his wedding day naturally would be the sole center of attention. However, as the photo shows - not necessarily.

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Earlier that day....

Taken another step back. Take 3: Paul could have just shown up, perhaps spent a quick five at the reception for appearances sake, and then split. Like, why not? Believe me, many people would do that, no matter how long they had known their friend who was getting married. But instead, Paul is a sport and makes an event out of it.

So, yes, plenty of different way to look at this depending upon how friendly or hostile you inherently are to all concerned. And there are people on all sides of that particular ledger.

Just to point a couple of things out: this is one of those rare shots where we see Linda smoking, cigaret in hand. It's terrific that whoever took this shot got all three in frame. Barbara, though, is noticeably absent. All those kids milling about now are grown up and wondering to themselves, "Was I really there when Paul McCartney was playing the piano at Ringo's wedding when I was five years old?"

Oh, and Ringo and Barbara are still going strong over 30 years later. So, maybe Paul was a good luck charm.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Flashback: 22 August 1969

The Final Days

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The Fab Four with Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney at Tittenhurst Park. 22 August 1969. Final photoshoot of the Beatles.

In attendance: John Lennon; Yoko Ono; George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; Linda McCartney.

The groupings in this shot foreshadow what was just around the corner.




2014