Speculation that the former Beatle will play Glastonbury in 2020 is rife - so what can we expect if he headlines next year?
With tickets for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary festival on sale this weekend, there’s been renewed speculation as to who will headline the Pyramid Stage in 2020.
With names like Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Elton John all being bandied about, one of the most likely candidates is Sir Paul McCartney.
Michael Eavis even let slip himself that the former Beatle was in his sights for the 50th anniversary, but warned a BBC reporter “You won’t make a big thing of it, will you?” Macca has recently claimed that the headline slot is a "remote possibility"....
Paul McCartney at Glastonbury during its 50th year IS a big deal, however. With The Beatles back in the charts thanks to a reissue of their classic album Abbey Road in 2019, next year will see five full decades since the Fab Four split - sending McCartney on a stellar solo career.
The Beatles' iconic "Abbey Road" album has made UK chart history as it returns to the top of the charts with a series of 50th anniversary reissues.
The feat of returning to No. 1 after a record-breaking 49 years and 252 days has been officially recognized as a Guinness World Record for the longest time for an album to do so in the country, as "Abbey Road" regains top spot for the first time since its initial 17-week run ended on January 31, 1970.
This new milestone extends The Beatles' own record, previously held by "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which topped the charts in June 2017 after a gap of 49 years, 125 days.
"It's hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years," says Paul McCartney. "But then again, it's a bloody cool album."
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Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries is a sampling of 30 years of previously unseen snapshots by the late photographer and musician. The book provides an intimate look at the McCartney household. Portraits of beloved pets along with scenic glimpses of countryside are scattered among candid shots of Paul and the children happily at play. As Linda’s close friend Chrissie Hynde notes in the book’s introduction, “Around her, everyone was always relaxed and at ease.”
For fans of Paul McCartney’s music, there are some great shots in the collection to admire. There’s a cheeky shot of Paul and Ringo Starr hanging out in the 70s. Towards the end of the book, there’s a photo of Paul toasting mismatched mugs with George Harrison and Beatles mentor George Martin. There’s also some brief glimpses of studio time in Nigeria, where it’s known the couple worked on the Wings album Band on the Run.
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The Beatles album Abbey Road has reached the top of the UK album charts for the second time – 49 years and 252 days after it was first at No 1.
A deluxe reissue of the album was released to mark its 50th anniversary, though it may struggle to match the 17-week run the original release had at No 1.
Paul McCartney hailed the news. “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years,” he said. “But then again, it’s a bloody cool album.”
The artist knocked off top spot by the Beatles is one the band have heavily influenced: Liam Gallagher, with his second solo album Why Me? Why Not. Back up four places to No 3 is Lewis Capaldi, whose debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was named this week as the year’s biggest-selling so far at 423,000 copies. At No 4 is the south London rap group D-Block Europe, scoring their highest chart placing yet with their 28-track mixtape PTSD.
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The Beatles weren’t virtuoso musicians, and they were usually the first to admit it. When John Lennon spoke to Playboy’s David Sheff in 1980, he put it this way: “Not technically great. None of us were technical musicians. None of us could read music.”
In 1977, George Harrison spoke about how his guitar technique slipped in the late ’60s. It was pretty simple: He stopped playing guitar for three years to focus on the sitar. When he picked up his guitar again, he focused on slide because he felt “so far behind in playing hot licks.”
As for Paul McCartney, the best all-around musician in the band, he spoke of how difficult it was for him to play the piano riff on “Martha My Dear.” That leaves Ringo, a drummer who refused to take a solo until the last track of the band’s last studio album.
Paul McCartney has paid tribute to his childhood friend and the broadcast journalist Peter Sissons.
Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesperson revealed that the much-loved BBC and ITV newsreader had died at the age of 77 in hospital.
Before finding fame in their respective careers, Sissons and McCartney had been schoolmates and both attended the Liverpool Institute together in their youth.
Speaking out on Tuesday, the Beatles singer shared an open letter to his friend on his official blog.
Paul wrote: "Dear Peter, my old school mate from the Liverpool Institute (now LIPA) has passed away. It’s so sad to hear the news. We were in the same year and stayed in touch as time went by and we both followed our separate careers.
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The Emmy-award-winning Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World presents previously unseen footage to tell the story of Harrison’s life, music and spirituality.
The 2011 documentary film discusses Harrison’s growing up in Liverpool, his role in the Beatles and his travels in India. New interviews, unseen footage and a fantastic soundtrack are all used to tell the musician’s story.
The documentary is available on Amazon Prime and is purchasable on DVD.The documentary is based on the life and music of George Harrison. It covers his childhood, his time in The Beetles and his solo career.
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Perhaps one of the weirdest moments on the latest Beatles remix-and-outtakes collection is a bit where the boys have just crapped out on a take of “Maxwell's Silver Hammer,” and, as Paul McCartney requests another attempt at the song, George Harrison references — of all bands — the MC5. “'Kick Out the Jams,' take eight,” Harrison jokes. Ringo Starr then screams “Brothers and sisters!” like Wayne Kramer and starts wailing on the snare drum.
A couple things. One, that The Beatles were aware of the MC5 seems strange, even though it's evident from this tape that they were. It's funny somehow to picture Starr and Harrison getting into the radical left-wing proto-punk MC5 around the same time they were making “Abbey Road,” but there it is. Another thing is, you get the distinct sense that they'd rather be making gritty rock than subjecting themselves to another grueling session where McCartney made them play another of his fluffy tunes 50 times.
When you think of George Harrison’s time in The Beatles, it’s easy to focus on Abbey Road, the Fab Four’s final studio album. After all, two of George’s most celebrated songs — “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun” — landed on that record.
However, George didn’t see his work on Abbey Road (1969) as any sudden flowering of his songwriting abilities. He thought his four songs on The White Album (1968) — and those that didn’t make it on the record — stood up to that pair of tracks. (Think: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”)
Considering George had three songs on Revolver (1966) and just one on Sgt. Pepper’s (1967), it’s probably best to think of him having several peaks with The Beatles. And when George looked back at his favorite work with the Fab Four, he thought of the band’s second 1965 album as the highlight.
With its cheery singles, theatrical medley and iconic cover, The Beatles’ 11th studio album, “Abbey Road,” holds a special place in the hearts of the band’s fans.
But as the album celebrates its 50th anniversary, few may realize just how groundbreaking its tracks were for the band.
In my forthcoming book, “Recording Analysis: How the Record Shapes the Song,” I show how the recording process can enhance the artistry of songs, and “Abbey Road” is one of the albums I highlight.
Beginning with 1965’s “Rubber Soul,” The Beatles started exploring new sounds. This quest continued in “Abbey Road,” where the band was able to deftly incorporate emerging recording technology in a way that set the album apart from everything they had previously done.