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"We're about to see a goddamned Beatle." You couldn't walk five feet without hearing at least one person utter that glowing refrain during night two of Bonnaroo around the What Stage (not that you could walk five feet; by nightfall, the 16-acre Manchester, Tennessee, farm was packed to the silo with 70,000 people). Paul McCartney was about to take the stage, and yes, he was a goddamned Beatle, as well as a goddamn Wing and goddamn one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriters of all-time. The man wrote "I've Just Seen a Face," for goddamn sake.

And then we saw him, Mecca, looking a bit looser than in his Beatle days, but still youthful, forever The Cute One. For two and a half hours, he played classic after classic, everything from pumped versions of "Eight Days of Week," "Helter Skelter," and "All My Loving" to pyrotechnic power ballad "Live and Let Die" to loving tributes to George and John with "Something" and "Here Today" to the delicate "Yesterday" and "Blackbird," where part of the stage he stood on rose 30 feet in the air, giving the people details

The remastered 1980 film, which features footage from four U.S. concerts in 1976, hit cinemas in the U.S. last month (May13) for a one-night-only screening prior to the DVD and Blu-Ray release, but now there are plans to put the film on the big screen again, complete with an introduction from McCartney.

Recalling the shows fondly, he says, "I think the big crucial thing really was by that point, Linda had learned how to play everything. As she was a complete novice when we came in and that was one of the big decisions. And people slagged me off for that: 'Ah, you shouldn't have this old lady in the band, you know'.

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Sir Paul’s son feels fine about his “new mother.”James McCartney — the little-known solo artist and son of Beatles legend Paul McCartney — said he’s delighted with his dad’s new wife, former MTA board member Nancy Shevell.

“Nancy’s my new mother,” James McCartney, 35, told the Daily Mail newspaper. “I feel that. Definitely. She’s very genuine.” Shevell and McCartney got married on Oct. 9, 2011. It was a third marriage for Paul, who turns 71 tomorrow.

James McCartney’s mom was Linda McCartney, who died of cancer in 1998. Sir Paul’s kid gushed about Shevell, who has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for his career as a struggling musician.

“She has been one of the biggest supporters of me doing this, pursuing my own dreams,” said James.

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Paul McCartney is music's coolest dad, according to June's iHeartRadio survey. The ex-Beatle has five children, four with late wife Linda (he adopted her daughter Heather and the couple had Mary, Stella and James) and daughter Beatrice with second wife Heather Mills.

With an eye on Father's Day, the online survey queried more than 1,000 of iHeartRadio's Active Listener population. Respondents named Blake Shelton the music star without kids who's likely to make the best father.

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Author Colin Fleming is an avowed superfan, but he has one deeply held opinion about the band that other fans might find heretical. in this month's issue of The Atlantic, Fleming argues that the Fab Four's most emblematic, "Beatle-esque" year was 1963, before they'd even made it big in the States. His evidence? A set of sessions that John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded that year at the BBC, which Fleming argues are the quintessence of everything the grouped would be come.

At the risk of a flood of calls and letters from angry fans, arguing that the band's defining year was '65 or '67, Weekend Edition Sunday decided to hear Colin Fleming out. He spoke with host Rachel Martin.

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The first drummer of The Beatles, Pete Best, was declared an "illustrious visitor" by the mayor of the Lima district of San Miguel, Salvador Heresi, a lover of the legendary British band's music.

Best arrived in the Peruvian capital to give a concert Sunday in honor of his ex-musical group called "A Day in the Life," together with Peruvian musicians and singers who were fans of The Beatles.

The mayor of San Miguel invited Best to visit the park and monument dedicated to John Lennon, the late leader of the famous rock group, then sang him several of the group's songs accompanied by other Peruvian musicians.

In a statement on Peru's RPP radio, the drummer said he had "no fear" of playing with the surviving members of the band - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - though he doubted that such as session would ever happen.

I remember in the olden days music was cherished one song at a time. I would hear a song on the radio, take a liking to it and then hope desperately to hear it again. Those tunes that resonated the most became obsessions as I tried to figure out a way to raise the money to go buy the single.

I remember riding my cool Sting-Ray bicycle all the way downtown to buy the song, “Hooked on a Feeling,” by BJ Thomas, complete with the awesome ooga-chacka intro. The song, coupled with a crush on a hot girl, could just about make you lose your balance.

I remember it seemed like I had to save up $200 to get the Beatles album “Hey Jude,” which I still have, by the way, and it can be played on either of my two record players. Now it sounds like it was recorded in outer space thousands of years ago, but I have never regretted the sacrifice it took to buy that album.

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Imagine being a Beatle's wife - Saturday, June 15, 2013

Certainly, there’s been resentment in the case of some of the Beatles’ wives, but not all of them. Ringo Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach (the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me), and George Harrison’s first spouse, the model Patti Boyd, let their beauty do the talking – after all, finding a good looking partner is what we expect of the rich and famous, bar maybe Liza Minnelli.

Linda McCartney and Yoko Ono − the widow of John Lennon whose new show opened at Louisiana last week  − on the other hand weren’t conventionally good looking. Women saw them cuddling up to the fab duo and genuinely thought they would have stood a chance. And even worse, the wives chose to stick their heads above the parapet.

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The Beatles legend headlined the Bonnaroo music festival on Friday night and played a hit-packed 38-song set and two encores for the delighted crowd.

However, the veteran musician stopped mid-way through the show when he caught a whiff of what he believed to be a cannabis joint coming from the audience.

MCCartney insisted the smoke was so strong, he could smell it on stage, telling the crowd, "That's some pretty good weed I can smell up here... Whew! What are you doing to me."

During his performance, MCCartney also played his hit Back in the Ussr and voiced his support for jailed Russian punk stars Pussy Riot, whose members are serving time for performing a protest song in a Moscow church.

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"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."

On April 16, 1969, Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attempted 13 takes of the basic track with George Martin on piano (John Lennon was present but did not contribute). This effort was abandoned on May 2, when the band recorded 36 takes of the backing track in Studio Three. All four Beatles participated, joined by "Get Back" session keyboardist Billy Preston on piano.

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