Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Come and Get It" Live in Bologna, First Time Ever

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Paul delivers "Come and Get It" live at PalaUnipol of Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna), 26th November 2011. He performed it in subsequent shows, then dropped it.

This was the first time Paul McCartney ever performed "Come and Get It" live. Why he suddenly decided to perform it in front of thousands of people is a mystery, but of course he sounded great. It's actually a good song for him to do these days, doesn't require too much of a range or any histrionics.

This was composed and recorded by Paul in July, 1969. He then gave the song  to Badfinger, who had a top-Ten hit with it on both sides of the Atlantic with Paul strictly producing it. Paul originally composed it for the Peter Sellers/Ringo Starr film "The Magic Christian," which, if you know the film, explains the prominent "fool and his money" line.

Sellers, incidentally, had a weird association with the Beatles before that. At the start of "Casino Royale" a few years before, he is seen in Paris with a reference to the four moptops on a lavatory wall.

"Come and Get It" has the standard false ending that Paul loves so much.

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Oh, here's the original Paul demo version for comparison:

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eerie Photo of Paul McCartney

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Keith Moon and the McCartneys, September 6, 1978

This is eerie because of what happened right after this photo was taken. It is sort of a history lesson for Paul fans.

Keith Moon was the drummer for The Who. He also was a talented songwriter, and did occasional backing vocals for them and others, though he wasn't a very good singer.

Moon was the prototypical out-of-control rock star who (according to those who knew him) destroyed hotel rooms, blew up toilets and the like.

The Beatles became friends with Moon, leading to occasional collaborations. In 1967, Moon contributed backing vocals to "All You Need Is Love". On 15 December 1969, Moon joined John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band for a live performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London for a UNICEF charity concert. In 1972 the performance was released as a companion disc to Lennon and Ono's album, Some Time in New York City. Moon kept in touch with John and Paul, the rock and roll fraternity was a small one.

In 1978, he was renting the same rooms as "Mama" Cass Elliott had been living in at the time of her death, in London. Paul and Linda McCartney invited Moon to a preview of Paul's film "The Buddy Holly Story," which they attended on September 6, 1978. Afterward, they dined at Peppermint Park in Covent Garden.

The McCartneys, Paul and Linda, are talking in this photo with Keith Moon over dinner that night. Moon was a big drunker and indulged as much as any rock star during the 1970s. Moon was probably excited over the recent release of "Who Are You," you can see the excitement in his face. Paul and Wings, of course, were at the peak of their popularity.

Soon after this picture was taken, they parted.

Moon was found dead in bed on September 7, 1978. He had overdosed on a drug prescribed to combat alcoholism.

That is the last picture ever taken of Keith Moon.













Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Few Classic Paul McCartney Pictures

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I don't have a reeeeeealy big theme for this post. We're just going to look at a few Paul McCartney pictures that have been around but are still fun to look at. Unless I'm mistaken, these are all from the '60s or fairly recent times, no in-between here.

Hand-selected just for you because they all seem to go together.

It's all about the eyes.

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I'm not sure when this was, nor am I sure who has their hand around Paul's waist. However, I am going to take a wild guess and say that the hand belongs to Jane Asher. Just a hunch, and I'm probably wrong.

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Linda wasn't the only photographer in the family. But we haven't seen any of Paul's pictures... yet.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Paul McCartney Rocks Chicago July 9, 2014

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The indomitable Paul McCartney returned to the stage in his "Out There" tour in Chicago's United Center on July 9, 2014. This was a big performance after he postponed or cancelled all sorts of shows (five in Japan, seven in the US) for months after coming down with ... something ... in Japan. People were starting to wonder, but whatever it was, he looks all cured now.

It must be tough on his band when that happens, but that's part of the gig. At least they didn't leave him stranded in a Japanese jail and go off and do other things like "Wings" did in 1980.

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"Maybe I'm Amazed" - how many times does Paul appear in this picture?

Paul was in good voice, though drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. backed him for the first couple of songs. Otherwise, he sounded like his old self of recent years. It was the usual set, with the old hits from the '60s and '70s combined with four songs from his latest album, "New."

It is disappointing that Paul omits an entire thirty years of the heart of his career from his sets these days - 1982 to 2012 - but frankly, what other artist besides perhaps The Rolling Stones could do something like that and still have everyone loving every second?

It was Paul's standard show, about 2 1/4 hours, then encores to bring it to three hours. He stands up there, tells the usual stories about Jimi and so on, doesn't take a sip of water or any breaks, and just goes through the set. He is probably the most comfortable and practiced rock performer onstage ever, as good as Elvis was (though Elvis was the gold standard, for sure, and his 1973 Hawaii concert never will be equalled).

If you went back to 1995 or 1985, the set was probably almost identical, with the exception of the "New" songs (which fit right in, though they aren't all as stellar as "Hey Jude" or "Blackbird").

Crowd pleasers: "Maybe I'm Amazed," "New" and "And I Love Her." Really, the vast majority of the songs were well-delivered and sounded great. Songs that, shall we say, did not excite the audience were the three other "New" songs - "Queenie Eye," "Save Us," and "Everybody Out There" - and, somewhat surprisingly, "The Long and Winding Road." Paul knows that what people want are the old classics, and he delivers, and he must fight the urge to drop the new songs completely.

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Paul McCartney performing "New"

"The Long and Winding Road" is just the wrong tempo to get people energized, though of course it is one of the prettiest and sentimental songs in his entire catalog. It also happens to be one of my favorite Paul songs, but it helps if you are in the right mood to really appreciate it. A concert full of excited fans is not conducive to the right mood.

On the bright side, it's great that he puts "1985" right up there at the beginning, because it is one of his best and least-appreciated (by radio stations of old, at least) compositions. He still belts it out. Paul's background visuals and pyrotechnics ("Live and Let Die") also remain the best in the business.

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Paul whips out the ukelele for "Something"

Naturally, the arena was full of people whipping out their cell phones for all the classics, and that is both good and bad: good because we get all sorts of views of Paul performing songs we like, bad because the quality of these videos usually sucks due to the technology. However, thank you to all the nice that people take them and then take the trouble to post them.

If any of the videos are gone, my apologies, hopefully some will remain up indefinitely.

Here is the opening, and "Eight Days a Week" and "1985."


Here's Paul's "Something," which I wish he would just play straight all the way through (I know, I'm way too demanding):


Here's a good view of what you see at one of these concerts from the upper deck (where I always wind up as well) for "Live and Let Die":


Here's "New," the band providing nice harmonies. This translates very well to the stage for some reason where others fall flat, and it is perfectly suited to Paul's present voice where some of the older songs call for a bit too much:


"Eleanor Rigby" - this one nicely zeroes in on Paul, and he nicely hits the high notes:


And, everybody's favorite these days, "Maybe I'm Amazed." Paul really tries hard with the tough vocals and usually succeeds in a very nice performance. His backup band shows why they get paid the big bucks, too, they could probably spend their rest of their careers being a tribute band if that was their thing:














Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Early Days" from "New"

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Paul has released this music video for "Early Days" from the "New" album. It's a pretty song and an homage to the roots of rock and roll.

“The idea was inspired by the chance meeting in 1957 that would change Paul, John, George, and Ringo's lives forever,” explains LA director Vincent Haycock.

The proposal Vincent wrote for 'Early Days' simply begins, “This film is a poetic homage to the legendary beginnings of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s relationship.”

Not much more to it than that. Nice song, Paul continues getting reflective with his music about his past.


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'Early Days' is taken from Paul McCartney's 'NEW' album.

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Early Days:

They can't take it from me if they try
I lived through those early days
So many times I had to change the pain to laughter
Just to keep from getting crazed

Dressed in black from head to toe
Two guitars across our backs
We would walk the city roads
Seeking someone who would listen to the music
That we were writing down at home

But they can't take it from me if they try
I lived through those early days
So many times I had to change the pain to laughter
Just to keep from getting crazy

Hair slicked back with Vaseline
Like the pictures on the wall
Of the local record shop
Hearing noises we were destined to remember
We willed the thrill to never stop

May sweet memories of friends from the past
Always come to you, when you look for them
And your inspiration, long may it last
May it come to you, time and time again

Now everybody seems to have their own opinion
Who did this and who did that
But as for me I don't see how they can remember
When they weren't where it was at

And they can't take it from me if they try
I lived through those early days
So many times I had to change the pain to laughter
Just to keep from getting crazed
I lived through those early days
I lived through those early days