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June 2015

June 29, 2015 -- PM.com

'You Gave Me The Answer' ­ John from the UK asks

It's been a month of partying here at PaulMcCartney.com HQ as we celebrated both Paul's birthday and Meat Free Monday's sixth birthday!

Despite being on the road on his birthday, the following day Paul's crew and band all got together backstage and surprised him with a special rendition of 'Birthday' at the Firefly Music Festival, which you can watch
HERE!


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Back at the office we were busy raising our glasses (cups of tea!) and sending our best wishes to Paul and Meat Free Monday, when a feeling of nostalgia washed over us (we're a soppy sensitive bunch). We took a trip down memory lane with Paul to find out the answer to this month's 'You Gave Me Answer' question, which was sent in by John from the UK:

"What is your earliest memory, Paul?"

We caught up with Paul recently to find out. He replied,

"I remember when we were living in Knowsley, Liverpool having my photograph taken with my brother. I think it was probably by a professional photographer for the family album but I remember I was not all that keen on being made to pose. However, it stuck in my memory ever since."



June 24, 2015 -- Macca Report News

A fan's meeting with Paul professionally videotaped

MEETING PAUL McCARTNEY |Firefly Festival June 19, 2015


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June 20, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul rocks out at Firefly

 

June 19 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Birthday
2. Save Us
3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
5. Paperback Writer
6. My Valentine
7. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
8. The Long And Winding Road
9. I've Just Seen A Face
10. We Can Work It Out
11. Another Day
12. And I Love Her
13. Blackbird
14. Here Today
15. New
16. Queenie Eye
17. Lady Madonna
18. Eleanor Rigby
19. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
20. Something
21. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
22. Band On The Run
23. Back In The U.S.S.R
24. Let It Be
25. Live And Let Die
26. Hey Jude

Encore
27. Hi Hi Hi
28. Can't Buy Me Love
29. Helter Skelter
30. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

 

June 20, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's tweet to Firefly

Thank you #Firefly2015 for an amazing welcome! We'll see you again!


June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul's birthday shout outs



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Facebook

Paul in his dressing room at Stade de France


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Getting ready for Stade de France. Who's out there in Paris tonight?



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Paris soundcheckers

Sound check at Stade de France.



June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
by Dominique Grandfils and Clarel Betsy, Macca Reporters

Paul gets 'Out There' in Paris!


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

June 11, 2015 - Stade de France - Saint-Denis (Paris) France

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Honey Hush
2. Honey Don't
3. Junior's Farm
4. Drive My Car

5. Jet
6. Let 'Em In
7. Miss Ann
8. Things We Said Today
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. I'll Follow The Sun
11. Midnight Special
12. Ram On
13. Bluebird
14. Lady Madonna


CONCERT SETLIST
1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us

3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. Listen To What The Man Said

5. Temporary Secretary
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer

8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five

10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed
12. I've Just Seen A Face
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Another Day
15. Hope For The Future

16. And I Love Her
17. Blackbird
18. Here Today
19. New
20. Queenie Eye
21. Lady Madonna
22. All Together Now

23. Yellow Submarine (sing-along)
24. Michelle  Video 2
25. Lovely Rita
26. Eleanor Rigby
27. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
28. Something

29. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
30. Band On The Run
31. Back In The U.S.S.R
32. Let It Be
33. Live And Let Die
34. Hey Jude

Encore 1
35. Another Girl
36. Hi Hi Hi
37. Can't Buy Me Love
38. I Saw Her Standing There

Encore 2
39. Yesterday

40. Helter Skelter
41. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

 


June 18, 2015 -- MACCA REPORT CONCERT REVIEW EXCLUSIVE!!!
by Dominique Grandfils and Clarel Betsy, Macca Reporters

"Out There' at Stade de France with Paul McCartney - June 11, 2015

France was patiently waiting for Paul McCartney's return. His last visit was a divine show at Paris, Bercy, in 2011.

After a brilliant and most incredible performance at the Marseille Velodrome and two shows in Amsterdam, Paul and his band returned to France.

Parisians and devotees from all around the world, purchased tickets weeks in advance. There was a massive campaign promoting the upcoming concert, produced by Marshall Arts and MPL, with support of local sponsors, InterConcerts and TV stations France 2 and RTL.

On Thursday, June 11th, the weather forecast seemed rather uncertain. All knew the French capital would be excessively hot, with a possible bouquet of lightning and thunder coinciding with Sir Paul's appearance. Perhaps Paul summoned a miracle, because the weather was splendid throughout the evening when he took possession of the Stade de France.

McCartney's plane landed at 3 pm at Le Bourget airport and Paul arrived with motorcade just in time for the sound check around 4:45 pm at Stade de France. He greeted the band on stage with, "Off we jolly well go!"

The sound check began with a rocking, "Honey Hush" that elated the lucky crowd who had secured the prized Hot Sound VIP tickets. All enjoyed this mini-concert -- a present from Monsieur James Paul -- which lasted almost an hour.

The doors opened at 6:30 pm with concertgoers arriving like a pilgrimage, fully energized for the show. In a short time their "Living Legend" would entertain them for nearly three hours.

At the end of the 30-minute pre-show -- featuring Lennon/McCartney/Harrison DJ mash-ups against a backdrop of rolling videos and photos -- the moment finally arrived. At 9:10 pm, Sir Paul appeared on stage in top form as the crescendo of "... the love you take is equal to the love you make," was drowned out by the thunder of the audience. The multi-generational audience cried, screamed and shouted reaching out for their idol who strolled across the stage smiling and waving to his adoring fans. "Bonsoir Paris! Ca VA!" he shouted. 

The show opened with a vibrant "Eight Days A Week". If you closed your eyes one might image The Beatles were playing. The sounds, the riffs, the drum beats all coming together to dance with a rhythmic bass and vocal harmonies so faithful to the original version. McCartney's vocals soared, electrifying the audience.

Throughout the night, McCartney's performances did not disappoint. They in fact achieved levels of perfection.

A highlight of the concert was the techno-synth-pop, "Temporary Secretary" from the McCartney II album. A rarity recently added to the set-list performed for the first time in France.

Three tracks from Paul's latest album, "New" were performed; the delightful "Queenie Eye, a bouncy "New" and the powerful "Save Us."

Another surprise was his wonderful performance of "Hope For The Future" from the Destiny video game. Behind him video screens showed vivid scenes from the popular video game.

The nostalgic and ever popular "Band On The Run" was performed in front of a backdrop featuring a movie-short filmed when the album cover was shot. It featured, Linda McCartney, Christopher Lee, Paul and others.

A nicely paced show, with moments of Paul banging the keys of the stately grand piano during "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" and slowing down the tempo for --"Maybe I'm Amazed" -- the song he wrote for his muse, soulmate and late wife, Linda. 

We were treated by Paul's love song, "My Valentine" from his "Kisses On The Bottom" album dedicated to his beautiful wife Nancy who he said, "she's here tonight."

As one would expect, "Michelle" Paul's French miracle, and Beatles' classic received a very rousing reception. Paul delicately strummed an acoustic guitar accompanied by Paul "Wix" Wickens on accordion as picturesque scenes of Paris flashed on video screens. 

The show continued with the haunting "Eleanor Rigby," a precocious "Paperback Writer," and Sgt. Pepper's magical, "Lovely Rita."

George Harrison's masterpiece "Something" was fittingly played on a vintage ukulele that Harrison gifted to Paul. The song eventually transitioned into a dynamic electric guitar version.


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

There was not a dry-eye left in the house when a teary-eyed Paul sang his lament to his late friend, John Lennon with, "Here Today" while towering over the audience on a rising platform.

Another highlight of the evening was the James Bond Wings' movie hit, "Live And Let Die." It was a pyrotechnic powerhouse with fireworks exploding all around the stage. The audience squealed with joy at the fiery display. McCartney afterward, pantomimed, mocking the audience by putting his fingers in his ears, and feigning a heart-attack. It was all in good fun of course with giggles all around.

Throughout the show, lighting effects dazzled the eye, displaying colorful patterns, synced with a musical nirvana made for McCartney and Beatles fans. This was most apparent in the song, "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"

When McCartney finished "All Together Now" he was surprised when he heard the audience softly singing "Yellow Submarine." Pausing to listen, he joined in on guitar, and sang along before yelling "STOP!!!" The singalong was brief, but there was no doubt it was a treat for him to be sung to by the audience.

McCartney's antics charmed the crowd when he asked the audience to "repeat after me" talking nonsense that was almost impossible to repeat. At one point in the show, everyone was breathless in awe of what was transpiring on stage. McCartney playfully balanced the headstock of his Hofner on one finger daring it to fall. The crowd breathed a sign of relief after it was safely rescued by Paul's long-time assistant John Hammel in a guitar exchange.

After listening to Paul sing for over two hours, one is amazed at how well his voice holds up. He defies age in every way and maintains incredible control over his voice gracefully hitting high notes and singing songs in their original key.

Paul's seasoned band, comprised of Paul "Wix" Wickens, Abe Laboriel Jr, Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, might be the best touring band he's ever had. They are tight, well rehearsed, enthusiastic, and fun to watch. 


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

The concert closed out with two highly charged encores. The first one had four songs instead of the usual three, which had been the norm for McCartney's previous shows. The encore began with "Another Girl" followed by "Hi, Hi, Hi," "Can't Buy Me Love," and ended with a rousing version of "I Saw Her Standing There" preceded by a lucky fan named Jane from Siberia getting a hug on stage from the rock star.

Paul began the second encore with his most famous song, "Yesterday" aka (Scrambled Eggs). We were lucky to share such a gift with the songwriter on the 50th year anniversary of this iconic song. Paul wrote the classic for Jane Asher and put the finishing touches on it while at Bruce Welch's (The Shadows) hideaway in Portugal back in 1965. Paul even borrowed Welch's right-handed acoustic guitar to finish the song! "Yesterday" is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music and for all those present at Stade de France, there was magic in the air when Paul's performed it just for us.

The magic prevailed as Macca switched gears and blasted his way through "Helter Skelter" a headbanger for those not yet born when The Fab Four conquered the world.

The final song was the Abbey Road Medley comprised of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End." The concert had come full circle in just under three hours beginning with, and finishing with "...the love you take, is equal to the love you make."

Before McCartney left the stage just before midnight, he said, "Bonsoir Paris" and promised that he would see us next time.

As we left, there was only one thing to say, "Bonsoir Sir Paul. We thank you for all you give us and WILL see YOU next time!"



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Paris fans

Merci Paris! A rocking night at the Stade de France!


June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!

Paul rocks Amsterdam again! Night 2 at the Ziggo Dome - June 8


PHOTO: Petra Zeitz for The Macca Report

June 8, 2015- Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Holland (second Show)

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Honey Don't
2. Blue Suede Shoes
3. Only Mama Knows
4. Penny Lane
5. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
6. Let 'Em In
7. Every Night
8. Alligator
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. Everybody Out There
11. Leaning On A Lamp Post
12. Bluebird
13. Lady Madonna


PHOTO: Jaap Groet for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Petra Zeitz for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Temporary Secretary
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer
8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed
12. I'm Looking Through You
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Another Day
15. Hope For The Future
16. And I Love Her
17. Blackbird

18. Here Today
19. New
20. Queenie Eye
21. Lady Madonna
22. All Together Now
23. Lovely Rita
24. Eleanor Rigby
25. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
26. Something
27. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
28. Band On The Run
29. Back In The U.S.S.R
30. Let It Be
31. Live And Let Die
32. Hey Jude

Encore 1 
33. Another Girl 
34. Hi Hi Hi
35. Can't Buy Me Love

Encore 2
36. Yesterday Video 1 and Video 2
37. Helter Skelter
38. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End


PHOTO: Jaap Groet for The Macca Report



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweet from Ziggo Dome sound check June 8

Sound check done at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam (stage and people standing back)



June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
by Petra Zeitz and Tijl Vanbrabant, Macca Reporters

Paul gets 'Out There' in Amsterdam (show 1) June 7


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

June 7, 2015- ZiggoDome - Amsterdam, Holland (First Show)

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Matchbox
2. Honey Don't
3. Coming Up
4. All My Loving
5. Miss Ann (Little Richard song)
6. C Moon
7. Celebration
8. It's So Easy
9. I'll Follow The Sun
10. On My Way To Work
11. Midnight Special
12. Ram On
13. Bluebird
14. Lady Madonna


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

SOUND CHECK NOTES (Thanks to Tijl Vanbrabant, Macca Reporter)

There were about 100 participants with the HOT SOUND VIP Ticket Package in Amsterdam. The audience was kept quite far from the stage during sound check (about 30 meters). Still I was not disappointed at all.

Rusty's daughter was also watching the sound check, waving and shouting to her daddy.


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

Paul tried to say the word "GABBER", which is slang for "friend" in the Dutch subculture of youngsters with bagpants. But even after trying 3 or 4 times it was hard for Paul to pronounce the word. He kept on saying something like "gebber."

The sound check lasted about 45 minutes.

For the concert said the usual stuff (good to be in Holland, we need to go home to sleep, etc...)


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST (LINK)

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Another Girl
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Temporary Secretary
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer
8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed
12. I've Just Seen A Face
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Another Day
15. Hope For The Future
16. And I Love Her
17. Blackbird
18. Give Peace A Chance
19. Here Today (crowd sings Give Peace A Chance)
20. New
21. Queenie Eye
22. Lady Madonna
23. All Together Now
24. Lovely Rita
25. Eleanor Rigby
26. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
27. Something
28. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
29. Band On The Run
30. Back In The U.S.S.R
31. Let It Be
32. Live And Let Die
33. Hey Jude

Encore 1 
34. Can't Buy Me Love
35. Hi Hi Hi
36. I Saw Her Standing There

Encore 2
37. Yesterday
38. Helter Skelter
39. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

CONCERT NOTES

Right after "Hi Hi Hi" Paul read a sign and called up a couple from Georgia (formerly part of Russia). Olga got an autograph on her arm for a tattoo and her male friend got his Georgia flag signed WATCH. Right after that couple left, Paul called up another couple. This time it was a marriage proposal that went quite well. She said yes! WATCH)


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report


June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Amsterdam

Great first night in Amsterdam. See you again tonight at the Ziggo Dome! OutThere Photo by MJ Kim



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul gets a Tulip named after him

Christening my very own Paul McCartney tulip backstage at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam OutThere



June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul leaves Amstel Hotel for the Ziggo Dome


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June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
by Jean-Baptiste Pintus, Macca Reporter

Paul gets 'Out There' in Marseille, France

June 5 - Nouveau Stade Velodrome - Marseille, France

SOUND CHECK SETLIST (Thanks to Léopold Baudat, Macca Reporter)

1. Honey Hush
2. Honey Don't
3. Drive My Car
4. Good Day Sunshine
5. Junior's Farm
6. C Moon
7. Celebration
8. Miss Ann
9. It's So Easy
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Lovely Rita
12. Ram On
13. Bluebird
14. Lady Madonna


CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Temporary Secretary
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer
8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
10.The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed
12. I've Just Seen A Face
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Another Day

15. Hope For The Future
16. And I Love Her
17. Blackbird
18. Here Today
19. New
20. Queenie Eye
21. Lady Madonna
22. All Together Now
23. Michelle
24. Lovely Rita
25. Eleanor Rigby
26. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
27. Something
28. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
29. Band On The Run
30. Back In The U.S.S.R
31. Let It Be
32. Live And Let Die
33. Hey Jude

Encore 1
34. Another Girl
35. Hi Hi Hi
36. Can't Buy Me Love

Encore 2
37. Yesterday
38. Helter Skelter
39. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

CONCERT NOTES

The wait to for the concert to begin was a long one underneath a hot sun, a very very hot sun. But the mood was great. And some people had the idea to blow balloons when, within the stadium, the DJ was doing his pre show mix. And some people just tried to blow as much balloons as possible and stated playing with them, throwing them to someone else, linking together 2,3,4 or more balloons, drawing things on them. Then some special balloons started flying : we had a cat balloon, a dog balloon, a squirrel ballon. Very childish but what a fun!

During the show Paul said "allez l'OM!" in French many times. L'OM is Marseille's soccer team (OM stands for Olympique de Marseille) and one of the most loved soccer team in France. 

Paul also said his band was the best and that they were 'fadas' which in Marseille's local dialect means 'crazy'

At the very end, during the encores, Paul had troubles with his shirt coming out of his trousers.

France 2 and BFM TV covered Paul's Marseille show along with exclusive interviews. They showed a minute and 30 seconds of "Eight Days A Week" and "Save Us" via the soundboard video feed, with voice over by the commentators.

It has been reported there were 38,000 to 40,000 who attended the concert in Marseille.



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's tweet to Marseille fans

Merci Marseille!


June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Instagram

Paul interviewed for French TV station

TV interview with France 2 done.


June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo from 2011

Paul performing in Paris, France in 2011. Paul will get back OutThere in Marseille tomorrow



June 18, 2015 - PM.com

New Video: Paul Is Getting Back #OutThere In France


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Paul's 'Out There' tour blew the roof off The O2 in London, Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and Echo Arena in Liverpool last week. The tour is now set to take over Europe this the summer with dates this month in Marseille, Amsterdam and Paris, followed by Roskilde, Oslo and Stockholm in July. 

We spoke with Paul yesterday following rehearsals with his band and he asked us to share the clip above with you (after he teased it first on Twitter and Instagram). The video, based around his 1989 tune 'Ou Est Le Soleil', turned into a 13 minute jam dedicated to the first date of the next tour leg: Marseille. 



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca Tweets to Marseille fans with Wings photo

Paul in Juan-les-Pins with Wings. Paul gets OutThere at the Nouveau Stade Velodrome, Marseille this Friday 5th June.




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