Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wings - "Wonderful Christmastime" - Live During UK Tour 1979

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From Paul McCartney and Wings' final concert of their 1979 UK Tour, this is a live performance of "Wonderful Christmastime" - from December 17, 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland. A new single at the time, this is a rare live performance of the song by Wings - who would go on to perform live together just one more time at the Concert for the People of Kampuchea on December 29th, 1979.

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Note how Wings are not as tight as they were on many other songs, with shaky backup vocals. However, this remains a fabulous rendition that truly was live, and not "sort of live" as is so often the case with major artists today.

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Linda McCartney

The reality is that this was a Paul McCartney song, not really a Wings song at all, though Wings did perform it a few times and the members of the band did appear in Paul's video for the single.

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This song has made Paul a wealthy man, though it is often derided and hardly considered a classic by many of his fans. He has made tens of millions of dollars from this song alone.

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Ho, ho, ho!

You could throw out his entire Beatles, Wings and subsequent solo career, and Paul McCartney would still be a very wealthy man just from this one tune.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sir Paul Takes in a Basketball Game

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Sir Paul McCartney takes in the NBA Sixers at Nets game in New Jersey on December 16, 2013. No courtside seat for Sir Paul, though he does have his bodyguard handy.

Apparently, it was free tee-shirt night or something like that, and Paul got into the spirit of things and tried to snag one. Unfortunately, the shirt dropped a little short and Paul is seen remonstrating with the bloke in in front of him who got it in a good-natured way.

When you grow up in Liverpool in the 1950s, you learn to appreciate the little things in life. Paul is very much a New Yorker, though, and this is something New Yorkers do.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Letting Go (live)

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Paul and Linda at the "Sgt. Pepper" launch party

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, 4/3/10 (that's April 3, 2010 for you European types). ;)

My pick of most underrated Macca tune. This is just a sterling performance, practically single-quality. This guy is almost 70 years old when he did this! Just amazing.

This was on "Venus and Mars." It is about Paul's love for wife Linda (who is a co-writer on the tune, but that was probably just for peculiar legal reasons). Released as a single, it flopped for a Wings tune at their height of their prowess. However, it endures, and obviously Paul himself still thinks quite highly of it.

Anyway, I repeat that it is just about the most underrated tune in the entire Paul McCartney catalog, capturing a '70s vibe without sounding dated.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Paul in Japan 2013

Paul McCartney Finally Has a Good Tour in Japan

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Paul McCartney arrives in Osaka in November 2013. He also was scheduled to perform in Tokyo for three shows.

The crowd was very excited to see Paul.

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Paul's Japanese admirers

They were also very excited on a previous occasion. Sometimes, though, the show does not go on, as in the situation below.

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Paul McCartney after being released from jail

Paul's appearances in Japan paid dividends. His single "New" from the album of the same day climbed the Japanese charts to No. 4. Setting aside charity performances, that's Paul's highest singles ranking on a major singles chart in, well, a long time ("Hope of Deliverance" made it to no. 3 in Germany in 1993, and "My Brave Face" reached No. 4 on the US AC chart in 1989). The Japanese musical market is said to be the second largest in the world, after the United States.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Paul McCartney's Letter to Vladimir Putin

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I post the below letter from Paul McCartney to Vladimir Putin simply to give it more publicity. Paul McCartney is trying to help a few people. You don't have to love Greenpeace or anything like that to respect an artist who stands up for someone else when he has absolutely no need to do so. Paul is doing the same thing that people did in the 1960s that people speak so glowingly and fondly of now, in retrospect at least. I'm sure John Lennon is applauding somewhere.

In brief, 30 international Greenpeace activists were arrested in September for protesting against Russian oil drilling in the Arctic and now face up to 7 years in prison on charges of "hooliganism." Their Dutch-registered ship was impounded. It is the general understanding that the activists simply boarded the ship and then waited for a Russian SWAT team inevitably to arrest them, without offering resistance. There was no property damage worth mentioning. As I said, this is the general understanding, perhaps there are other facts not known to us.

This really is not a political issue unless you are bound and determined to make it into one. Paul is on the Left side of the scale, for sure, but this is just a Humanitarian plea. Everyone will make their own assessment of such things, I'm just providing a little information.

At the time of this writing, the experts within Russia are betting that Paul's attempt to reach across lines here will be unsuccessful. It is highly unusual for such a high-profile figure to attempt to intervene in a matter such as this. That is not meant to diminish the direct efforts of other celebrities, such as "Xena" star Lucy Lawless, who support Greenpeace. However, they are acting politically, whereas Paul is acting in a purely humanitarian posture. That is a key distinction. As said, this is not really about Greenpeace unless you want to make it so.

Below is the entire posting from Paul's site. You may see the original here on Paul's own website as well.

Greetings from Japan.

Check out my letter below to President Vladimir Putin which he has not replied to as yet. The Russian Ambassador kindly responded saying that their situation ‘is not properly represented in the world media’.

It would be great if this misunderstanding could be resolved and the protesters can be home with their families in time for Christmas. We live in hope.

Paul McCartney


14th October 2013

Dear Vladimir,

I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.

I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case.

I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.

I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.

And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.

I see you yourself have said that they are not pirates - well, that's something everybody can agree on. Just as importantly, they don't think they are above the law. They say they are willing to answer for what they actually did, so could there be a way out of this, one that benefits everybody?

Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?

Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn't fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: "Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it's good to be back home."

Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?

I hope, when our schedules allow, we can meet up again soon in Moscow.

Sincerely yours,

Paul McCartney

Monday, November 4, 2013

'Save Us' - Live on Hollywood Boulevard

'Save Us' - Live on Hollywood Boulevard

On September 23, 2013 Hollywood Boulevard in LA was closed down for Paul to perform live for Jimmy Kimmel Live. This video has all sorts of shots of Paul arriving by helicopter at dusk, then playing into the night.

It's not a bad little record of the day, though I personally could have done without all the blatant "Jimmy Kimmel" signs. We get it, Jimmy, this was done for your show. I suppose that if you're a fan of both Paul and Jimmy, you'll be in heaven with this video.

As for the song itself, it's not bad. It's inoffensive, taken from the 2013 "New" album. "Save Us" is a generic pop tune, without a whole lot of originality, but certainly tuneful enough and with a somewhat catchy guitar riff. It is reminiscent of a lesser Billy Joel tune, a sound which Paul tends to mimic for some reason now and then, as in "Biker Like an Icon." Not bad as a filler tune on his new album, which overall is very popular.

"New" (the album) has done quite well on the charts. As with virtually all of Paul's albums, it was top-3 in quite a few places, most importantly the major US, UK and Japanese markets. It even managed to squeak out a No. 1 in Norway, so, technically at least, it is yet another No. 1 album for the master. As far as I can tell, it is the first time one of Paul's original studio albums has hit No. 1 on any country chart (at least a country of any size at all) since his 1989 "Flowers in the Dirt," which was No. 1 in the UK and... Norway. That 24-year gap in time could be some kind of record, but Paul has so many of those records I'm sure nobody would even notice.

Paul is experiencing a bit of a late-career revival. Things certainly are looking better for him than they were in the "Driving Rain" to "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard" days, when he seemed to have run out of gas.

So, anyway, there you go. I guess the Norwegians are Paul's most loyal fans! But everyone still loves Paul.

Friday, October 25, 2013

"Queenie Eye" Video from "New"

"Queenie Eye" Has A Boatload of Celebrities

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Paul McCartney's October 2013 album "New" hit #3 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and the British charts, as well as #2 on the important Japanese chart. To promote it, he enlisted what is undoubtedly the biggest group of international celebrities ever to appear in any music video. Any time you get Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn and Chris Pine in the same video, you've accomplished something.

I can't recall Meryl Streep ever being in a music video other than for a film she was promoting (she was, I believe, in a Carly Simon video back in the '80s for one of her films). Nobody else in the world could have gotten all these stars to appear in their music video.

As for the song, it is a bit weird in spots, but that's all right. Paul has his weird moments, and "Queenie Eye" does have a certain tunefulness to it. It is another sprightly composition that hearkens back to the mid-late Beatles period of the 1967-1968 era. Paul is in good form and voice, looking as good as he has in years. As a bonus, we get a very rare and revealing glimpse at the famed Abbey Road Studios, where all those hits were made (and continue to be made).

The press has made a big deal out of the fact that Depp and Kate Moss, former sweethearts, are in the same video, but there is absolutely no indication that they were in the same building at the same time.

If you want some more Johnny Depp, visit my Mad Hatter page, where he does the famous Futterwacken dance!

Easy to comment that Paul is not the same person he was in 1968. Well, nobody is. He's still around, though, and doing his utter best to make his releases relevant and pleasing to modern audiences. And nobody has better connections within pop culture to do that than Paul McCartney. Nobody.

It is a fascinating video, and it is nice that Johnny Depp followed up his developing tradition of appearing in Paul McCartney videos such as "My Valentine." There is no sign of Natalie Portman, another McCartney multi-collaborator, but I'm sure she'll turn up again in Paul's videos in the future.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"New" Video, September, 2013, With Lyrics

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A promo video for Paul McCartney's 2013 song "New."

"The video features behind-the-scenes footage of Paul and his band shot during his 2013 'Out There' tour. Created by tour videographer Charlie Lightening, the new video includes spectacular crowd scenes and touching moments of fans meeting Paul on stage. The lyric video also gives us an exclusive glimpse at Paul's all-new show and his life on the road."



Don't look at me
It's way too soon to see
What's gonna be, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new

You came along
And made my life a song
One lucky day you came along
Just in time
While I was searching for a rhyme
You came along
Then we were new

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there's no guarantee
We've got nothing to lose

Don't look at me
I can't deny the truth
It's plain to see, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new

We can do what we want
We can live as we choose
You see there's no guarantee
We've got nothing to lose

Don't look at me
It's way too soon to see
What's gonna be, don't look at me
All my life
I never knew what I could be
What I could do
Then we were new

Then we were new
Now we are new

Acoustic version of "New"

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Paul doing a semi-video for his current release "New." It shows his camaraderie with his band, which has been beside him for years and act as his mates. There are many videos of these guys simply jamming various songs before concerts, old and new.

"Last month, whilst getting ready to go on stage at Regina, Paul was caught on camera performing an impromptu version of 'New'. This quickly turned into an acoustic performance when Paul was joined by the rest of his band for a run-through the song."

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paul's New Album "New" Coming

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Teaser video for Sir Paul's upcoming album "New," released October 14/15 (UK/US). The single "New" was released on August 28, 2013.

Update October 25 2013: "New" debuted at #3 in both the States and the United Kingdom, another success for Sir Paul. It continues his late-career revival. It was his best debut week since 1997's "Flaming Pie," which came in at #2 on both charts.

"New" charted at #2 on the Japanese chart, his best performance there since 1982 and "Tug of War," which gives an idea of the long and winding road of Paul's unprecedented musical history.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paul in San Francisco, August 9 2013

Paul Rocks San Francisco

This official Paul McCartney video shows the legend rocking San Francisco!

As the official website states: Friday 9th August saw Paul headlining at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, taking place in the city's Golden Gate Park.

Paul's set featured many highlights including a cover of Jesse Fuller's classic 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and 'Yesterday' accompanied by the world famous Kronos Quartet who performed George Martin's iconic score.

http://www.PaulMcCartney.com was on hand to capture Paul's rehearsals and performance.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Paul and Justin Bieber

When You're a Rock Legend, You Work With Whom You Want

Justin Bieber is popular. He has more twitter followers than just about anyone on earth - and that's no exaggeration, he even has more than Lady Gaga for goodness sakes! - and teenage girls swoon at his mere mention.

Paul McCartney is not a teenage girl.

McCartney reportedly nixed a duet offer from Justin almost as fast as they presented it to him.

Justin apparently felt that a duet with McCartney would boost his artistic edge in the singing world. Paul, however, didn’t agree. He also wasn’t eager to risk tarnishing “his stellar reputation” by singing with Justin, who wears really weird drop-crotch pants.

According to the Globe, “Paul feared it would tarnish his stellar reputation.  He turned Justin down flat!”

Loosely translated, "You screwed one of my best songs, "Let it Be"

Now, Paul McCartney did a duet with Stevie Wonder. Paul McCartney did a couple of very successful duets with Michael Jackson. Paul McCartney did another duet with Stevie Wonder.

The simple truth is that Paul McCartney — to put it lightly — isn’t really in the need to gain popularity and/or relevance. He has credibility to burn, even with many within Justin's demographic. And he isn't quite in the Frank Sinatra stage of his career where he would sing duets with anyone who came calling, including Bono (reportedly, Sinatra never met Bono, they sang their parts on different continents).

Songwriting skills: compare and contrast

Of course, it undoubtedly was "Bieber's people" who contacted "Paul's people," and there were "scheduling conflicts." But Paul certainly found time to meet with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp when he asked them to film music videos for him. Scheduling time wasn't so precious then. According to Natalie, he even cooked her a veggie burger.

Word is that Bieber now will “hook up with people who write darker, edgier songs hoping one of the tunes will capture Paul’s attention.”

Naturally, Justin Bieber has so many haters online that it didn't take long before a slew of parody images was created memorializing this epic moment in pop history.

Maybe this is all rumor and there's no truth to it. I've probably alienated all sorts of teenage girls with this post. But I am weak, and this is too funny. It makes for a great story!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Paul Meets Katy Perry

Sir Paul and the Teenage Dream Girl

Paul still gets around. Here he is with Katy Perry. All we can say is, some guys have all the luck!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Helter Skelter - 12-minute Beatles Version

Nobody needs me to tell them that The Beatles were terrific. However, the more you get into them, the more realize that their big radio hits were just the icing on the cake.

This version of "Helter Skelter" is just mind-blowing in its precision and McCartney's ability to hit just the right tone with an extremely difficult vocal. Add in some terrific guitar work by George Harrison, the right deliberate pacing by Ringo, and Lennon chipping in some nice guitar work as well, and this is quite possibly the most towering Beatles song of them all. When you realize that this was the same time that Paul was working up "Martha My Dear," you realize this is no ordinary talent at all. This is the birth of heavy metal to boot.

Unfortunately, Paul no longer really has the voice for "Helter Skelter," and in any event he rushes it in concert. The White Album version is fine, but this take just blows the album version away. Enjoy this leisurely tour through the song that is spot on, in a pristine recording.

Bonnaroo: Soundcheck

Paul doing his sound-check at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee in 2013. Interesting not for the music, but simply the experience of walking in on Paul McCartney and his band at work.

Paul at Bonnaroo "Hey Jude"

A summary of Paul's recent appearance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Paul Behind the Scenes in Warsaw

A cute clip of Paul McCartney with his band behind the scenes in Warsaw. His drummer doesn't really seem have that '60s spirit going on, but he's one of the best with his kit.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Paul at Bonnaroo "Helter Skelter"

Paul Wows Them in Tennessee

Paul McCartney knows how to play to a crowd better than just about anyone alive, and he proved it again on Day 2 of the Bonaroo festival in Tennessee on June 14, 2013. It wasn't just any crowd, but rather 80,000 adoring fans who appeared quite content with the show.

The amazing thing about Paul is that he still bears down and plays each show by the book, as if he were a struggling musician trying to make a good impression. No self-indulgent meanderings or diva moments, just classic sing-alongs with the crowd and the occasional sentimental comment about his former bandmates or what fans in the audience are smoking. Two and a half hours and two encores later, Paul proved once again that, yes, he still has it.

Here is a video of "Helter Skelter," the second encore. This is at the end of a long night, but Paul still does a great job. This person had a great seats, by the way.

And below are a few stills.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013