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The legendary musician has embarked on a short series of dates across Canada in support of his latest album ‘Egypt Station‘. In a four-star review, NME said: “McCartney’s always been about inclusivity and openness, but this latest glimpse into his life feels like a particularly enlightening one.”

Last night’s show at Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron was the first proper tour date McCartney has played on this record, following a series of secret shows at London’s Abbey Road, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and New York’s Grand Central Station. During the 39-song setlist, he dug from all corners of his back catalogue, treating fans to cuts from The Beatles, Wings and his own solo career.



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Paul McCartney has said he can now “rationalise” The Beatles’ decision to split in 1970.

The now-solo artist, who just released his 17th solo album Egypt Station, was 28-years-old when The Beatles parted ways.

Speaking to NME, he said he had “mixed feelings” at the time but “I can look back on it and go, do you know what, even though it was really sad, and really crazy times, we made bloody good albums’.”

“You work out your problems through music,” he continued. “And the thing about The Beatles is we were always a great little band. I don’t even notice it now, I just listen to the songs and think, ‘That was a good one.’”

Asked what advice he would have given to his younger self he said: “What I first thought of was: listen to people’s opinions more, particularly within the group. But I did listen to people’s opinions and what would happen was I would feel like I had to give my opinion and not get too nervous, because you’ve got to be strong in those situations.

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The 1968 track’s title was appropriated by the American cult leader

Paul McCartney has revealed that Charles Manson put him off playing 1968 track ‘Helter Skelter’ live for a long time.

American cult leader Manson, whose followers were responsible for the Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969, appropriated the song title for his prophecy of an apocalyptic race war between whites and blacks.
“He was quite certain that The Beatles had tapped in to his spirit, the truth – that everything was gonna come down and the black man was going to rise,” said Catherine Share, one of Manson’s followers, in 2009.

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Paul McCartney is the talk of the town this month, and his new album is getting a lot of buzz, too. McCartney’s recently released Egypt Station — described as “loose, randy, and a little political” by Craig Jenkins in his Vulture review — premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it the former Beatle’s first chart-topping project since April 1982’s Tug of War. Tug of War, his first post-Wings album, featured “Ebony and Ivory,” his hit duet with Stevie Wonder.

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He was famous as a Victorian circus owner and was then immortalised in a song by The Beatles.

And Pablo Fanque now lends his name to the new student accommodation which has been completed in All Saints Green - just around the corner from where he once lived.

As a young man Fanque, born William Derby, lived in Ber Street. He joined a circus where he trained and handled horses. But he was also skilled as a tightrope walker and trapeze artist.

He struck out on his own in the early 1840s, becoming the first black circus owner in the country. His circus primarily performed in the north of England.
It was a poster for one of his shows which was the inspiration for John Lennon when he wrote Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite!The song, which features on the Fab Four’s 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, includes the lyric: “The Hendersons will all be there/Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair.”

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Paul McCartney is celebrating the release of his new record, 'Egypt Station'.

Sir Paul McCartney has cracked the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in nearly four decades with his new record Egypt Station.

It’s the eighth time that the legendary musician has reached the coveted spot but the first time a solo record of his has debuted at number one.

The last time Macca made it to #1 was in 1986 with Tug Of War -- the album that featured the “Ebony And Ivory” duet with Stevie Wonder and was made by Beatles producer George Martin.

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As a young girl, Rosanne Cash became a die-hard Beatles devotee — even serving as president of a Fab Four fan club.

Now the four-time Grammy winner will be honored with the “John Lennon Real Love Award,” acknowledging her decades of work as both artist and activist.

Cash, in an interview with the Daily News, said Lennon has remained a guiding light across the decades since she first saw him on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with his fellow moptops.

“He’s still alive in so many ways,” she said from Nashville. “Musically, as an activist, as just this enormous heart. That we got to be on the same planet at the same time as John, that in itself is a gift.

“He still resonates with so many of us today. He’s still a constant inspiration, from when I was 8 years old to right now.”

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"I sometimes will just think, oh right, OK, Beatles session, writing session with John, and I say, ‘What do you think of that?’"

Paul McCartney has revealed that he still judges new songs by imagining how John Lennon would react.

McCartney spoke to NME about the release of latest solo album ‘Egypt Station’ and confirmed that he still judges new material by imagining what the Beatles would have said about it.
He said: “You know, you do sometimes, particularly if you’re wondering about a line and you think, is this any good or is it crap, I sometimes will just think, oh right, OK, Beatles session, writing session with John, and I say, ‘What do you think of that?’ And he’ll either say, ‘It’s great, keep it,’ or, ‘No, it’s no good, re-write it.’“So you often, you know, look to the past for reference. But I don’t do it all the time. That’s just occasionally if I’m wondering if it’s going to work, remembering things like when I’m writing ‘Hey Jude’ and playing it to John for the first time; I said I’d change the line ‘The movement you need is on your shoulder’ details

McCartney spoke to NME about his set list preferences

Paul McCartney says he’ll never play a Beatles album in full on stage because it would be “too limiting.”

The Beatle, who has just released his 18th solo studio album ‘Egypt Station’, sat down with NME to talk about his career and latest record.

And when it came to choosing songs from his huge backcatalogue to play live, McCartney shot down the idea of dedicating a full set to one album.

When asked by NME’s Dan Stubbs in this week’s Big Read whether he’s ever thought about playing a Beatles album in full on tour, he replied: “No. I think that’s kind of a cool idea but I’m not tempted at all to do that. It’d be too limiting.”

But McCartney went on to explain that while he’d never do it himself, he applauds others for trying it.

He added: “It’s the kind of thing other people do, and I wish them well with it, but to me if I’m doing one album and ‘Hey Jude’ isn’t on it, and I’m in a crowd of 40,000 people, I’m going to want to do ‘Hey Jude’ because it brings people together.”


Calling the Beatles "influential" to rock and roll is an understatement. They were as essential to music as oxygen is to life. I was seven years old when John Lennon was taken from the world, forever ending any chance of a Fab Four reunion. As time marched on, seeing at least one Beatle perform live had become a "bucket list" item. Thanks to Ringo Starr, that box is finally checked.

At 78 years of age, you might think Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band would be a show that relies on nostalgia over musicianship. Rest assured, Ringo, aka Sir Richard Starkey, is still the infectiously charming performer he's been since the Beatles early days. As a drummer he's been immensely influential and inconceivably still underrated by "experts" in such matters. All of Ringo's many talents were on display as the thirteenth iteration of the All-Starr Band played a lively show at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.



Ads on The Beatles illustrated in book - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Title of book and publisher: “Advertising The Beatles,” HenschelHAUS Publishing, Milwaukee

Synopsis of book (plot): A colorful and historic journey through the Fab Four’s earliest releases in Great Britain and the U.S. based on record advertisements. These ads usually ran in trade magazines for one week and then were gone forever. Compiled here for the first time in book format by Beatles enthusiast Ray Zirkle, these promotional materials show the group’s musical evolution through the years until they ultimately disbanded in the early 1970s.

Is this your first book? It’s my first published book. I also had another self-published book featuring my photography.

Why did you write the book? I originally did it for myself just to see if it might be something people would like. After showing the self-published prototype to people and getting great response I started searching out local publishers. My hunch was right judging by the response I received at the last Beatles Convention in August.



Three years before writing his political anthem ‘Gimme Some Truth’, John Lennon had a stark warning for the public about politicians when he was interviewed at The National Theatre in 1968: “I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives, and I think that’s what I sussed when I was 16 and 12, way down the line. But, I expressed it differently all through my life. It’s the same thing I’m expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends. If anybody can put on paper what our government, and the American government and the Russian, Chinese, what they are actually trying to do and what they think they’re doing… I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing, I think they’re all insane!”

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Paul McCartney appears set to return to San Diego for his first concert here since his rousing Petco Park show in 2014, according to a reliable source — McCartney himself.

On Thursday, the veteran solo star, Beatles co-founder and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrote on his Facebook page: “San Diego! We’ve heard rumours that Paul is bringing his #FreshenUpTour to town in 2019…Get your tour laminate album bundle here! Each laminate comes with a code that could allow access to pre-sales.”

Of course, it’s more than possible McCartney, 74, has a staff member who is assigned to regularly tend to his social media posts for him. But it is more than unlikely McCartney or his management would not have known about — or approved — the San Diego “rumours” post.

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The event, scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. ET on the steps of City Hall, will feature Starr and Ono coming together with actor Jeff Bridges, photographer Henry Diltz, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and others to inspire "student activism" in honor of Yoko and her late husband John Lennon's famous non-violent protests promoting world peace.

The gathering, which will mark the launch of a monthlong residency in New York City for the Lennon bus, will feature speeches by student activists, a group sing-along of "Give Peace a Chance," and a variety of creative activities.

Celebrating its 21st year, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility providing students with the chance to learn how to use audio and video gear and technology. During its New York residency, the Lennon Bus visit schools around the city, and will offer a newly devised curriculum titled Come Together encouraging students to converse and take part in creative activities focusing on topics such as peace, empathy, immigration and activism.


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Paul McCartney and Kanye West have been professionally linked for around four years, working together and with Rihanna, but it turns out their relationship actually stretches back a decade and has a touching origin story. McCartney tells GQ that the two were both attending the 2008 European MTV Awards in Liverpool when they broke the ice by getting deep in their feelings. McCartney recalls, “I’d just gone through my divorce [from Heather Mills], and I was kind of a little bit raw from it, and I said something to him about it, and he’d just broken up with someone [Alexis Phifer], and he just pulled out his phone and played this great little track—I don’t even remember what it’s called, but it’s one of his famous ones. So I sort of liked him, and I liked this tune. I’m not sure what he was doing there—I think he might have been hanging out with Bono.”

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The Vinyl Word: Hey Jude - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Beatles' hit Hey Jude is now 50 years old.

If the legendary music producer Sir George Martin had his way, the Beatles' most successful hit single would never had been released, at least as a single.

When Paul McCartney first played the song to George Martin it was over seven minutes in duration. Martin said radio stations wouldn't play it as it was too long.

John Lennon's reply to that: "They will if it's us."

And sure, enough they did.

Hey Jude became the band's most successful single. It topped the charts around the world, staying at No 1 in the US for nine weeks and selling over five million copies.

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Mom, please stop reading this. Impressionable children of any age, cover your eyes. Sex-positive? Proceed full steam ahead. This is a tale about Paul McCartney, the Beatles, and group masturbation. It’s brought to you by GQ and a star who has reached that sublime point in his life and career where he’s less concerned with self-censure, and more concerned with reflecting, wherever that reflection takes him (See: Quincy Jones for New York magazine. See also: Quincy Jones for GQ).

As the long-rumored story goes, McCartney, John Lennon, and a few of his friends were over at Lennon’s house at some point before Beatles fame descended. “Instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying—I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything—we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did,” he told writer Chris Heath.

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Music icon and GQ cover star Paul McCartney has been writing songs for more than sixty years now, and even the world's biggest Beatles fan probably doesn't know everything about every single one of them. He sat down with GQ to discuss some of his best, most famous, and most significant works, from the bizarre, swirling interlude in "A Day in the Life," to the surprisingly controversial history behind the title of "Hey Jude." Here are a few of our favorite anecdotes.


McCartney woe up one day with the Melody of Yesterday in place, but no lyrics. As a placeholder, it was originally titled "Scrambled Eggs." This just goes to show the importance of good editing.

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In August, music legend Quincy Jones spent a portion of his wide-ranging interview with New York magazine’s Vulture bad-mouthing Sir Paul McCartney and the Beatles. In the interview, Jones called the Beatles “no-playing motherf—-rs” who were “the worst musicians in the world,” and seemingly reserved special ire for McCartney himself, calling him “the worst bass player I ever heard.”

Now, in an interview of his own with GQ, McCartney laughed off the comments, saying that Jones is “totally out of his tree.”

He then went on to say that Jones called him personally afterwards to both clear the air and deny ever saying the words.

In the interview, McCartney recounted the night Jones called him and said,““I didn’t really say that thing—I don’t know what happened, man. I never said that. You know I love you guys!’ I said, ‘If you had said that, you know what I would have said?

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Krause: Remembering the Lennon legend - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In December, it will be 38 years since John Lennon was felled by bullets from Mark David Chapman’s gun outside his New York City apartment.

Thirty-eight years is long enough for revisionism to creep in concerning the life of the man who formed the Beatles and led them through the early stages of their career (before a combination of drugs, ennui and sheer exasperation about how mind-numbingly awful Beatlemania had become caused him to lose interest). And there’s been plenty of revisionism.

Tribute bands have tried to capture the essence of what the Beatles meant to our music, our culture, and our national psyche. They may have been from England, but their role in helping the United States heal after John F. Kennedy’s assassination cannot be overlooked. Even among adults to whom rock ‘n’ roll was truly the devil’s music, the Beatles put a smile on faces and elicited a chuckle or two, thanks to their cheekiness and charm. It wasn’t until the middle of the 1960s, when they developed a little more confidence and had a little less fear of what would happen if they spoke out, that their true personalities really began to emerge.

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For years he has refused to accept that his trademark locks have been turning grey.

But Sir Paul McCartney has finally ditched the dye and shown off a more natural look.

The singer, 76, had grey hair framing his face, rather than his usual brown, when he appeared on US chat show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans with a blue jacket over the top, Sir Paul appeared totally at ease with his new appearance.
The star, who is promoting his new album Egypt Station, also filmed a social media video with his whiter locks on display.

Just months ago, he was still showing off a head of dark hair – although in January he had allowed a hint of grey to show through on his sideburns, perhaps as a first step towards a more natural look.

On Friday Sir Paul gave a secret concert at New York's Grand Central Terminal for invited guests including Meryl Streep. Commuters could not see him but could hear his 24-song set.

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Paul McCartney was a guest on the Howard Stern radio show in New York last week and set the blame on The Beatles break-up with John Lennon.

Stern said he didn’t really know who broke up The Beatles, no-one did. “I do,” said Paul. “John. There was a meeting where John came in and said ‘hey guys I am leaving the group’. He had found Yoko and John loved strong women. His mother was a strong woman, his aunty who brought him up was a strong woman but, bless her, his first wife wasn’t a strong woman”.

Paul admitted it was hard for the others when John brought Yoko in. “John had met up with Yoko and even thought we thought it was intrusive, because she used to sit in on sessions and we had never had anything like that, but the guy was totally in love with her. You have to respect that”




Excerpted from “Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years: 1966-2016)” by Kenneth Womack; Chicago Review Press, September 4, 2018

As the summer of 1968 wore on, George Martin and the bandmates logged increasingly long hours in the studio. Paul McCartney had debuted a new, playful composition called “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” Of all the songs that they would attempt that summer, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” revealed the inherent limitations of the group’s painstaking rehearsal and recording practices. Over the ensuing days, the new song would be the subject of successive remakes as McCartney and the other Beatles made marginal strides toward capturing his vision for the song. By July 5, Paul attempted a reggae version of the song, with George hastily recruiting a trio of saxophonists and a bongo player for the session. Seemingly mad for effect, Paul asked for a piccolo superimposition later that same evening, only to wipe it from the mix shortly thereafter. Before the session was out, the Beatle had replaced the woodwind instrument with a guitar overdub.

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Who doesn't love Ringo Starr? - Sunday, September 09, 2018

Who doesn’t love Ringo Starr?

The former Beatles drummer, longtime solo artist, double Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and newly minted Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire has become a kind of mascot for the ’60s and its “peace and love” ethos. The phrase is his mantra and a concept he takes seriously.

But he doesn’t take himself that seriously. Neither a mod nor rocker, as he stated in “A Hard Day’s Night,” he’s still a “mocker.”

Over the last three decades, Starr has found a way to manifest those aspects of his personality into a concert experience with his All-Starr Band extravaganzas. They are good-time guitar pulls writ large, with Starr as the ringleader, emcee and focal point whose ego doesn’t prevent him from getting behind the drums occasionally and supporting his friends.

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Everyone knows the last days of The Beatles were excruciatingly bitter as the lovable lads from Liverpool bickered nonstop about every aspect of their music empire. Things became particularly brutal one day when Paul McCartney not only cussed out Ringo Starr but booted him from his house.

The bad scene went down back in 1970, when Paul McCartney was set to release his eponymous debut album. Only problem was, the release would conflict with plans to drop The Beatles' last album 'Let It Be.' So John and George asked Ringo to visit Paul and talk him into shelving the 'McCartney' record for a few weeks.

It didn't go over well.

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