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Paul Plays Private Vegas Party - Sunday, November 25, 2012


A 70-year-old private equity big shot invited his contemporary, Paul McCartney, to play for his birthday party in Las Vegas.

David Bonderman threw a party for himself and 700 guests at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas.  Bonderman also hired John Fogerty and comedian Robin Williams for the occasion.

Bonderman is a founding partner of the firm TPG.  Of course, Paul turned 70 this June.  Paul's asking price for such a gig has not been disclosed.


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Counterculture reporter Howard Smith's 1972 interview with John Lennon & Yoko Ono can be heard in its entirety now on Amazon and iTunes.

The conversations--with John and Yoko, and many other prominent figures of the 60's and 70's such as Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton--have been sourced, dated, indexed, and digitally re-mastered by researcher and documentarian Ezra Bookstein. 

At the time of the interviews, Smith hosted an overnight weekend show on album-oriented FM rock station WPLJ in New York City, and wrote a regular column for alternative weekly newspaper, The Village Voice.  In their February 1972 conversation, Smith got John and Yoko to discuss the breakup of the Beatles, among many other topics.


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Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell were just 2ft away from a helicopter crash when their pilot narrowly avoided hitting trees, it has emerged today.

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell narrowly avoided disaster after the helicopter they were travelling in almost crashed into trees in the driving rain, according to air traffic reports.

The couple were travelling back from the launch of Sir Paul's daughter Mary's new cookery book in London to their home in London when the incident happened in May.

According to reports released by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch, that monitors air traffic, the helicopter came within "two feet" of crashing into the trees.

The report said that the "commander" of the helicopter became disorientated in bad weather and skimmed the trees while trying to land.

In the end, the unnamed 55-year-old pilot, was forced to abort the landing and instead land at nea details

Sir Paul will feature alongside the likes of Robbie Williams, Melanie C, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden on the single which is due to be released on December 17.

The acts, who are going under the name The Justice Collective, will raise money to cover the legal costs of the families of the Liverpool supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

Each of the performers gave their time for free to record the single which has been produced by Robbie Williams's former songwriting partner Guy Chambers.

The track, which is already favourite to be the Christmas number one, recently had its first play in Liverpool in front of families of victims of the disaster.

Bookmakers expect the song to beat the X Factor winner to the festive top spot, in a repeat of last year's chart battle which saw the Military Wives choir beat Little Mix.

Rejected Beatles audition tape discovered - Friday, November 23, 2012

The fledgling group were told "they had no future in showbusiness" as guitar groups were "on the way out" following the audition.

The decision by a Decca Records executive proved to be one of the worst made in music history.

Within months John, Paul, George and original drummer Pete Best had signed with EMI and went on to become the greatest band of all time.

Now the original safety master tape, a 10-track demo the group recorded at Decca's London studios on New Year's Day 1962, has come to public light for the first time.

It is thought the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein held on to the tape he had paid to make and later gave it to an executive associated with EMI.

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Hanks's movie will star the busy Benedict Cumberbatch as Epstein, the mild-mannered, dapper Jewish homosexual who was running his family's Liverpool furniture and record store when he heard the Beatles perform a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club and decided to become their manager.

The movie will be competing with The Fifth Beatle, based on a coming graphic novel. Although no casting has been announced, the movie, written by the novel's author Vivek Tiwary, has secured music rights to the Beatles songs.


Olivia Harrison has dropped her request for a barbed wire fence around the Harrison family estate, Friar Park.  She had applied twice to increase security at the home in Oxfordshire, England, where she and George were attacked back in 1999.  Neighbors have complained that the wire was an eyesore and a danger to children and local wildlife.  Marin Akehurst, planning committee vice-chairman on Henley Town Council, said: “Razor wire has no place in Henley." Olivia has gone with a request for wooden fencing instead, which has been approve
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Paul in PETA Ad for the Holidays - Monday, November 19, 2012

Paul McCartney is telling people to go vegetarian for the holidays. In PETA's new advertising campaign, wearing an 'eat no turkey' t-shirt beneath the slogan, "Celebrate life this holiday season. Go vegetarian."

Paul has also recorded a voiceover for the animal right’s group's latest campaign video about the meat industry titled 'Glass Walls' after McCartney's quote, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian."

Speaking about what the McCartney household eats instead, he says: "We eat a veggie roast at home, so if we have traditional moments like Christmas … the roast is perfect. It's completely vegetarian, but I can slice it, so I can do all my traditional dad things. We can do our family stuff with it, and it's delicious, so I much prefer that to my memory of turkey."

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Beatles’ Abbey Road shoot negatives found after 42  years – and they could sell for £50,000

Not so Fab Four... Four of the original negatives for the Beatles' famous Abbey Road photoshoot have been discovered after 42 years - but sadly they do not contain the chosen frame that went on to become one of the most iconic album covers in rock history.
Famous crossing ... Beatles made Abbey Road fan mecca
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Paul McCartney will take part in the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York—site of the Concert for New York City he helped organize back in 2001, and benefitting the same organization as that show did--the Robin Hood Foundation.  Repeat performers from the 2001 show will include the Who, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi—with the additions of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys and Kayne West.

The concert is being produced by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company.

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