May 22, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul McCartney chats to Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6

Matt Everitt who usually does the Music News scored a phone interview with Paul (20 minutes).

The interview starts around 45 minutes in and the second part around 1:46 minutes in. Very candid and only available for another 29 days.

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May 22, 2015 -- The Line Of Best Fit

Polaroids with Paul McCartney
(By MJ Kim)

As he gets ready for his first UK dates in three years, we take an intimate behind the scenes look at the Liverpudlian legend in rehearsal in LA and on the Japanese leg of his 'Out There' tour, in MJ Kim's fantastic instant polaroid and instax photos.

Before hitting the Asian leg of his Out There world tour, which has seen McCartney cover much of the globe over its two year run, he stopped off for a week of rehearsals in Los Angeles with his four bandmates Paul 'Wix' Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).

He arrived in the Land of the Rising Sun on 20 April at Osaka's Kansai Airport, to which he was met by thousands of fans at the terminal, with local press dubbing it the return of 60s phenomenon of Beatlemania.

The first stint on the Out There Asian tour saw the ex-Beatle and Wings man play to 55,000 fans at the Kyocera Dome Osaka on 21 April, kicking off the set with 'Magical Mystery Tour'.

From Osaka, McCartney went to the capital for three sell out nights at the famed Tokyo Dome, playing to some 150,000 people over the trio of dates, before heading to The Budokan...

To conclude his time in Japan, he played a rare intimate show at The Budokan - the venue where The Beatles first played in Japan in 1966 to much controversy - it was claimed the Western pop group were not an appropriate act to play at such a respected venue, which had previously been a martial arts arena built for the 1964 Olympics. Protests saw some 35,000 police officers deployed at the stadium in the Summer of 66'.

Nearly half a decade later, the historic April 2015 show was lauded as a 'religious experience', and saw the first performance of 'Another Girl' off the 1965 LP Help! in the country.

Since it commenced in May 2013, the Out There tour, which features a three-hundred-strong crew, has played to some two and a half million people worldwide across 13 different countries. In February 2015, we thoroughly enjoyed McCartney's RiRi and Yeezy collaboration, 'FourFiveSeconds', which you can see the Inez & Vidoodh-directed video for here.

McCartney is set to play his first UK dates in three years when he hits The O2 this weekend for two sell out arena shows, before heading to Birmingham on 27 May and then Liverpool for a hometown show at the Echo Arena on May 28.

Instant photography on polaroids and instax by MJ Kim.


May 22, 2015 -- NME (UK)

Paul McCartney to collaborate with Lady Gaga on new film soundtrack

Singer has enlisted Gaga for soundtrack to animated film 'High in the Clouds'

Paul McCartney
has written a song with Lady Gaga for the film High in the Clouds.

McCartney has already written seven or eight songs for the film, which is based on his 2005 children's book of the same name.

Lady Gaga previously revealed the pair had been working together when she posted an Instagram picture of the pair - along with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready ­ in the studio together.

"Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends," Gaga wrote alongside the photo, which also included a room full of instrumentalists. "Working on one of his many secret projects! Killer musicians, vibe, and lots of laughs.

Gaga also posted a solo picture of her and McCartney and recalled how the pair ended up collaborating. "Always a good time with my buddy," she wrote. "I'll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!"

High In The Clouds is being directed by Cody Cameron, who co-directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 in 2013. According to the Guardian, it follows a squirrel's anti-capitalist quest to find an animal utopia.

Meanwhile, McCartney has discussed his recent collaborations with rapper Kanye West, describing himself as feeling "lucky" and "flattered" to be working with the hip-hop star.

The unlikely duo collaborated on new music for West's forthcoming album, with tracks 'All Day', 'Only One' and 'FourFiveSeconds' already unveiled ahead of its release.

Speaking to the Evening Standard ahead of his London shows this weekend, the former Beatle claimed to have been surprised that West wanted to work with him.

"It's good to connect with different artists," McCartney said. "The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions ­ I still feel like I'm about 30."

He continued, "I'm lucky that someone like Kanye would go, 'Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney'. I was quite flattered ­ I thought, 'Why does he want to work with me?' It was a few months later when I was starting to think, 'should I ring him and ask him did anything come of the stuff we did?' But then I thought 'I can't do that - that's too soppy!' I'll just leave it and try and act cool."

Paul McCartney plays London's O2 on May 23 and 24.


May 22, 2015 -- PM.com

"What's your phone number?" - Full Paul Q&A from Japan

Last week we teased you with two (very different!) excerpts from Paul's recent Japanese language LINE Q&A, in which over 250,000 fans took part. We asked Paul what he would do if he was a woman for a day (the first time we've ever seen Paul stumped for an answer!) and if he had any advice for the Gallagher brothers.

To celebrate Paul bringing his 'Out There' tour to the UK this weekend we are now publishing the Q&A in its entirety. Paul enjoyed using the LINE stickers to answer some of the questions in both English and Japanese.

Paul will be getting 'Out There' in the UK this month:

Saturday 23rd May ­ The O2, London
Sunday 24th May ­ The O2, London
Wednesday 27th May ­ Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Thursday 28th May ­ Echo Arena, Liverpool

Paul McCartney LINE Q&A April 2015

PaulMcCartney.com: What's it like being back in Japan?
Paul:
[Plays 'Cool' from LINE stickers] It is great. It's lovely. The weather's beautiful. The fans are beautiful. I'm having a great time!

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your favourite phrase in Japanese?
Paul:
[Play's 'Suimasen' from LINE stickers, which translates as 'Excuse me' in Japanese]

PaulMcCartney.com: You often go and see the sumo wrestlers when you're in Japan, but what do you like about the sport?
Paul: It's real. I like that it's real. In the west, wrestling is theatre. They often know the outcome. It's a play. And a lot of people like it, and I understand that. I like real sport. I like the fact that no body knows who's going to win. And it's very traditional and Japanese, you know. The whole cultural thing, it's nice.

PaulMcCartney.com: Is it true you all tried to sneak out of the hotel when The Beatles played Japan? And, if so, where did you go?
Paul: I went to the Emperor's Palace.

PaulMcCartney.com: Were you in disguise?
Paul:
I think, maybe just a little bit of something. Maybe glasses, or something, and the hair back. But when I went out of the hotel two police officers said they were coming with me. So I wasn't really on my own. But it was good, you know. At least I got to see a little bit around the palace.

PaulMcCartney.com: Do you ever cook Japanese food? And, if so, what's your favourite dish to make?
Paul: [Plays 'No' from LINE stickers] I don't, but you know what I do, that's the nearest thing? That's tofu.

PaulMcCartney.com: How do you cook the tofu?
Paul:
What do I do with it? I sauté it, a little bit in a pan, and turn it over so it's golden brown Did I just say Gordon Brown? No! When it's nearly finished, I then sizzle it in tamari sauce for the last minute [makes sizzling noise]

PaulMcCartney.com: Do you like to serve that on its own or with other dishes?
Paul:
I serve it with steamed vegetables.

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your favourite thing to do when you come to Japan?
Paul:
Sing to my fans! But I also like going out on my bike. When it's beautiful weather, like today, it's really great to get out on the bike. So Nancy and I just go out and look around.

PaulMcCartney.com: How did it feel when the entire audience held red pen lights during 'Yesterday' at the Tokyo Dome in 2013.
Paul:
It was magic, you know. It's always very special because I never expect it. I don't know it's going to happen so it's quite emotional. Because you're singing your song, and you're just concentrating. And then suddenly something like that happens, and it's like, 'Whoa!'. It takes your breath away.

PaulMcCartney.com: Which is your favourite LINE sticker?
Paul:
[Plays 'Domo arigato' from LINE stickers, which translates as 'Thank you' in Japanese]

PaulMcCartney.com: And which sticker best describes your mood right now?
Paul:
[Laughs] My mood right now? [Plays 'Ok' from LINE stickers] Or [Plays 'Cool' from LINE stickers] Or [Plays 'Let's do it!' from LINE stickers] I'm ready, man! We've got a sticker for everything!

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your favourite word?
Paul:
My favourite word? Love.

PaulMcCartney.com: How would you describe yourself in one word?
Paul: [Laughs and plays 'Cool' from LINE stickers]

PaulMcCartney.com: If you were a woman for a day, what would you do?
Paul:
[Laughs] The possibilities are endless! What would I do? I think I'd need some time to think about that! What would I do as a woman for day? I don't know! That's a big question! The mind boggles Give me two weeks and I'll think of an answer to that! It may not be printable, that's the problem! I'll have to think about it. [Asks a lady within the room for help who replies, "I don't know!"] Even a woman doesn't know!

PaulMcCartney.com: What is the most important thing in your life?
Paul:
My family and music.

PaulMcCartney.com: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Paul:
Have a bowl of cereal.

PaulMcCartney.com: Any particular cereal?
Paul:
I have whatever cereal's going. There are various cereals. And then I like a little bit of berries on the top of it.

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your favourite movie?
Paul:
So there's so many good ones I like 'The Girl Can't Help It'. The first really good rock'n'roll movie. I like that one, but there are so many good movies. But that's one of many favourites. There's also 'On The Waterfront' with Marlon Brando. More recently? Oh my god, there's so many!

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your ringtone?
Paul:
It is [sings] "Hey! Your phone is ringing! Hey! Your phone is ringing! Lalalaaaaaa!"

PaulMcCartney.com: Is it you singing it?
Paul:
Yes, it's me! What happened was, you get your favourite ringtone and then change your phone, and they've discontinued the ringtone. So you go, 'Urgh!'. I went through a few, and then in the end I decided to record my own!

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your phone number?
Paul:
My phone number is 000 000!

PaulMcCartney.com: Is there anything new, that you haven't had chance to do yet?
Paul:
Probably lots of things I like photography a lot. And I've never really shown my photography. So that maybe something I'd do in the future, something I would like to do.

PaulMcCartney.com: Who's your favourite historical figure, excluding musicians?
Paul:
Again, there are so many Shakespeare comes to mind.

PaulMcCartney.com: What's your favourite album of your own?
Paul:
Again that's a difficult question, you know. It's like people saying 'What's your favourite song?' I would think of two; maybe 'McCartney' ­ my first album I did solo. And 'Band on the Run'.

PaulMcCartney.com: For any particular reason?
Paul:
'McCartney', just because it was the first one, and it's very basic. I made it just on my own at home on a four track machine. So I like that album, because of that. And then 'Band on the Run' because it was successful!

PaulMcCartney.com: Which artists have you been listening to recently?
Paul:
Kanye West and Rihanna. Foo Fighters. Bob Dylan. Beatles! Ringo Starr! I listened to his album yesterday. His new one ­ 'Postcards from Paradise'.

PaulMcCartney.com: Who do you think is the greatest guitar player?
Paul:
Hmmm, that is again very difficult. You know, you can go back to Django Reinhardt, and that style of jazz. He was great. And you can come up to date with George Harrison, who is probably a bit under-rated. Jimi Hendrix, who is fantastic. Eric Clapton, who is great. And then there are a lot of other great players besides them!

PaulMcCartney.com: What places in the UK would you recommend to visitors?
Paul:
Liverpool and London

PaulMcCartney.com: How do you keep your vocal range so that you can keep your vocal levels in their original key?
Paul: Very good luck! I just always assume I can sing them in the original key so it may be psychological. I just sing them and hope the range is there.

PaulMcCartney.com: Do you think the Gallagher brothers will ever make up and do you have any advice for them?
Paul:
I don't know if they will ever make up. It would be good because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other ­ and make up. It's a pity because they are very good together. Like many brothers, they are crazy. But it would be nice if they got together. My advice to them; just get together and make some good music! But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that. They are pretty cool guys!

PaulMcCartney.com: When you are on stage can you hear what your fans are shouting and can you read their signs?
Paul:
Yes, you can. The lighting sometimes makes it so dark that you can't see anybody, but then the lights occasionally shine on the audience and then you can see the signs. There are some pretty good ones! Sometimes you can hear what they are saying, [shouts inaudiable noise] to which I answer [shouts inaudible nosie]!

PaulMcCartney.com: Where did you meet Newman?
Paul: I met him in a workshop where he was being born. He was scrap metal and I watched him being born.

And with that Paul left us to go on stage!

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May 22, 2015 - Liverpool Echo (UK)

The day I met Macca in New York

When Dennis Lynch was pictured with Paul McCartney he couldn't resist cheekily whispering in The Beatles' legend's ear.

Dennis travelled from his home in Woolton to Madison Square Garden 39 years (1976) ago to see his musical hero play live - but he had no idea he'd get a picture with the man himself.

"It was a real surprise," laughs Dennis, now 67. "Paul was lovely and so was Linda. They were happy to pose for photos and when I told him I was from Liverpool we had a chat about mutual friends and I gave him a tape from a friend's band back home. It felt more like meeting a friend than one of the biggest music stars in the world.

"The picture currently hangs on the wall of my living room so I can remember the trip fondly. I made the trip with the Mirror group and ever since have been trying to see Sir Paul in concert one more time.

"Sadly I missed out on tickets for his Liverpool show, but one thing is for sure - it'll be a great show and Paul is bound to do his home town proud."

Have you got a photo of you with Paul McCartney? If so we'd love to see it. Please email it to jade.wright@liverpool.com with the subject line 'Macca and Me' or tweet @JadeWright with your photo and a little bit about the day. We'll feature as many as we can in the ECHO.



May 22, 2015 -- Sunday World (UK)

Sir Paul McCartney banned from performing in empty room

Paul McCartney was
banned from performing in an empty room in case he "upset" people.

The Beatles
legend was dining with his singer pal Adam Faith - who died in 2003 aged 62 - at the Royal Automobile Club when his friend spotted a grand piano and suggested he play 'Let It Be', but the impromptu rendition was quickly stopped by a member of staff.

They said: "Sorry, you're going to have to stop that. You'll upset the members."

According to a new biography of Faith, written by David and Caroline Stafford, the singer then protested most people would pay up to £10,000 ($15,667) to hear his friend perform in such an intimate setting.

The unimpressed staff member replied: "I can't help that sir."

To ensure the performance didn't continue, he then slammed down the piano lid and almost crushed McCartney's fingers.

In 2003, it was claimed the 'Hey Jude' hitmaker was paid $1 million for what was reported to be his first ever private concert, performing to 150 people in Sante Fe in honour of Wendy Walker Whitworth.

The 90-minute performance was a 50th birthday gift to Wendy from her husband, financier Ralph Whitworth, and all proceeds went to charity.

May 22, 2015 -- The Evening Standard (UK)

Sir Paul McCartney on embracing mistakes, still feeling 30 ...? and playing it cool with Rihanna and Kanye West

Paul McCartney
is no longer worried about making mistakes on stage because they can be inspiring "eureka moments", he has revealed.

Sir Paul, 72, also says he is flattered still to be popular after five decades in music - and amazed younger stars such as Rihanna and Kanye West want to collaborate with him.

He made the comments in an exclusive interview with the Standard ahead of two shows at The O2 on Saturday and Sunday. They will be his 50th and 51st concerts in London since he went solo after
The Beatles split in 1970.

He said: "I used to be terrified, as are most entertainers, of making a mistake. Now I realise the audiences don't mind. In fact - they quite like it. You get these little eureka moments - you make a mistake and go, 'S***! Christ!'

"I did one a few years ago in Paris when
George Martin and Cilla Black were visiting. I started Penny Lane with the wrong verse and I had to stop the song and start again. We ground to a halt and the audience went mad! They enjoyed it and I said, 'At least it proves we're live!' The review said it was the most marvellous bit. These little things contribute to your understanding of what you're doing. People say why do you still do it - because of moments like that - it feels good!"

He added: "[My O2 show]?...? sold out in 10 minutes. And I go, 'Wow great!' So I know now that those people are keen to see me - which I didn't always know."

He has recently worked with West on "Only One" and "FourFiveSeconds," which also featured Rihanna.

He said: "It's good to connect with different artists. The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions - I still feel like I'm about 30. I'm lucky that someone like Kanye would go, 'Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney'. I was quite flattered - I thought, 'Why does he want to work with me?' It was a few months later when I was starting to think, 'should I ring him and ask him did anything come of the stuff we did?'

"But then I thought 'I can't do that - that's too soppy!' I'll just leave it and try and act cool. And suddenly he sends me Only One, and then Rihanna's on the other record."

Sir Paul also believes that bands today have an easier ride because the technology available to them means they do not have to be as well-rehearsed as The Beatles. He said: "We'd rehearse the song for about 20 minutes and then for the next hour and a half, we would make the song. You had to be pretty good to do that, and very concise and not muck around. We didn't know any better. The Beatles were a really good band! The more I go on, the more I appreciate it."

Sir Paul McCartney plays The O2  on May 23 and 24. Additional tickets have just been released for the latter - go to theo2.co.uk.




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May 21, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul playing at his impromptu Covent Garden gig in 2013.

His 'OutThere' tour will pass through London, Birmingham and Liverpool over the next week.



May 15, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul Backs Jamie Oliver's 'Food Revolution Day'

Paul McCartney sings for healthy suppers with meat-reducer Jamie Oliver
 
Ahead of bringing his massive 'Out There' tour home to the UK next week for his first live shows at home in three years, Paul has been working on a new song about healthy eating.
 
The Meat Free Monday founder is one of many stars contributing to 'Revolution', a track written by Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran for 'Food Revolution Day' ­ Oliver's latest campaign to educate children about what they eat.
 
With childhood obesity on the rise, the campaign's goal is to get schools and education authorities teaching pupils about where food comes from, and the effect that their food choices can have on their health. According to the Food Revolution Day website, more than 42 million children around the world are overweight or obese.

Jamie Oliver - Food Revolution Day Song


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Hugh Jackman, Jamie Cullum, Alesha Dixon, Jazzie B and Professor Green also lend their musical talents to the song. Check out the video below:
On a recent discussion on parenting site Mumsnet, Oliver wrote: "Vegetarian and well-managed vegan diets are looking very good at the moment in general health terms. We should all be learning from them and focusing on enjoying more plant-based delights. I personally try to eat vegetarian 2-3 times a week."
 
He added that previous generations would have consumed nowhere near the volume of meat people do today: "Winding back is definitely a good idea. It is also definitely beneficial for the environment and your wallet."
 
Oliver has become one of Britain's foremost agitators for change in children's diets in recent years, and has said that cafeteria cooks are on the frontline in the fight against diet-related disease. Meat Free Monday already works with several schools across the UK, teaching pupils that meat free food is delicious, nutritious and good for the planet.
 
Explaining the thinking behind Food Revolution Day, Oliver said: "We desperately need a revolution when it comes to giving our kids the knowledge they need to make better choices about food ... It's essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives."
 
A
Change.org petition set up to promote his culinary-educational revolution has gathered over a million signatures.


May 13, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul plays private concert for the star-studded Robin Hood Foundation benefit

May 12th - Jacob Javits Center - New York City, NY

CONCERT SET LIST

1. Jet
2. Got To Get You Into My Life
3. Save Us
4. All My Loving
5. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
6. Paperback Writer
7. My Valentine
8. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
9. The Long And Winding Road
10. Maybe I'm Amazed
11. I've Just Seen A Face
12. I'll Follow The Sun
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Another Day
15. And I Love Her
16. Blackbird
17. Here Today
18. New
19. Lady Madonna
20. Can't Buy Me Love
21. Eleanor Rigby
22. Something
23. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
24. Band On The Run
25. Let It Be
26. Hey Jude

Encore
27. Another Girl
28. Birthday

29. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End



May 13, 2015 -- NY Post (Page Six)

Paul McCartney plays private concert for Sting, Oprah, execs

Paul McCartney
played a private concert with a crowd that included Wall Street executives and boldface names that included Sting and Oprah.

The concert on Tuesday night was part of the Robin Hood Foundation's annual benefit. Founded in 1988, the organization has raised more than $2 billion to combat poverty in New York's five boroughs.

McCartney played for about two hours, with a set list that included "Jet" and "Maybe I'm Amazed" as well as a smattering of Beatles classics like "Can't Buy Me Love." Others in the crowd of hundreds included tennis great John McEnroe.



May 13, 2015 -- The Mirror (UK)

Oasis reunion should happen says Paul McCartney who calls Gallaghers 'cool guys'

Oasis are The Beatles' biggest fans but we never knew the feeling was mutual. Now Paul McCartney says the brothers Gallagher should put their feelings to one side for the sake of their music

Paul McCartney has weighed in to the Oasis reunion rumours.

Oasis have long modelled themselves on
Macca's legendary band The Beatles, covering a number of their songs including I Am the Walrus and Liam stating John Lennon was his hero.

Macca said: "I don't know if they will ever make up. It would be good because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other ­ and make up. It's a pity because they are very good together. Like many brothers, they are crazy. But it would be nice if they got together."

And the Hey Jude legend even offered fatherly advice to the Burnage brothers.

He said: "My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music! But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that. They are pretty cool guys!"


May 11, 2015 -- New York Post (Page Six)

Paul McCartney
 may have overshadowed any commencement speakers at his stepson's graduation from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

"No big deal, just
Sir Paul McCartney at Rollins graduation," tweeted a student (Rich Schellhase) who saw the former Beatle in a sharp black suit.

McCartney also popped up Saturday night at Interlachen Country Club with wife Nancy Shevell, where, according to a source, he "crashed [a graduation] party and danced to a few songs at the end of the evening."

It's not the first time the rock legend has blown minds at the school: Last year, he surprised students with a candid Q&A session and an acoustic version of "Blackbird."



May 11, 2015 -- Facebook/Macca Report News

Paul's new song

Ilene Lazar's son Austin was at Nancy Shevell's son's (Arlen Blakeman) graduation party. She writes:

"So Sir Paul McCartney is making my son Austin and his Rollins college buddies happy. as Paul and another parent hosted tonight's graduation party for my son's friends. Paul is the step dad of one of the kids. he is singing the night away. sooo cool! Live now!"


May 11, 2015 -- Tampa FOX 13

Paul McCartney sings with Tampa wedding band

Josh Walther has proven he can sing anything, anywhere, and now with anyone.

"I can't think of anything that would be a bigger deal," he said.

More than a year ago his wedding band, 'Phase5', booked a graduation party at an Orlando-area country club for a client named Nancy Shevell.

"It was just a standard business transaction," he said.

A few weeks ago, Shevell called to check on what they'd need.

"Sort of near the end of the conversation, she just said something about being Paul McCartney's wife. And I was like, 'oh,'" he said.

Soon after they got on stage, "he was the first person on the dance floor," recalled Walther.

"We all turned around and looked at each other and were like 'wow!'"

Then, the magic moment happened.

"We took a break and asked if he could join us for a couple of songs," said Walther.

He had them play a simple ditty so he could ad-lib a song.

"This graduation is where I want to be," McCartney sang.

His step-son was graduating Rollins College.

"These two guys, they went to college," McCartney sang. "Right there, they got a lot of knowledge."

Then he asked if the band could play The Beatles' 1963 hit, "I saw her standing there."

"He just giggled and said, 'it's real easy,'" said Walther.

They looked at the sheet music online for a minute and held their breath.

"He even cued me some of the chords while we were playing the song," said pianist Stephen Dornfeld.

A wedding band of 6 from Tampa, playing with perhaps the most famous musician of all-time.

"I couldn't even believe it was happening, that he was up there," said Dornfeld.

And then, it was over.

"There is no one like that. He had complete command of the room," said Walther.

'Phase5' has a story to tell forever.

"As he was walking by he said thank you, and what do you say to that? I was like, thank you!" said Dornfeld.



May 11, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Graduation party band Phase5 posts video from party


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Thrill of a lifetime having Sir Paul McCartney sit in with the band last night! Phase5 was honored to be asked to play for Paul and his family at an event last night. We were really excited that he was the first person on the dance floor and remained there for our entire 2 hour show. Nothing would prepare us for the moment when he asked if he could sing a few with us!


Paul with graduation guests...


May 11, 2015 -- ABC Action News

Tampa group gets chance to play with Paul McCartney at graduation party

Musicians surprised by Paul McCartney

For a musician, it's a bucket list item so out of reach you'd probably never dream of one day checking it off.
 
Well, a Tampa-based band can now check off that item: Playing with
Sir Paul McCartney.
 
Josh Walther and the band Phase5 play everything from charity functions to weddings. They play R&B, rock and funk. So when they were booked to play a gig at Rollins College in Winter Park Walther says he thought it was just another gig.
 
But as he was talking to the person doing the booking, he noticed something different. The woman seemed to know a lot about sound, amps and instruments. She told him she was
Nancy Shevell, McCartney's wife.
 
She then went onto to tell him the party they'd be playing was for her son, who was graduating, and that Paul would be there.
 
But last Saturday at the party, who was the first on the dance floor? Paul McCartney.
 
"I was looking around at the band and I was sort of like, 'That's him,'" he said.
 
After dancing for their entire hour and a half set, McCartney came up and asked, "Would you mind if I joined you on a couple?"
 
Walther said he and the band were blown away but stayed calm enough to agree to it immediately. McCartney then asked if they knew any Beatles songs, and they decided on "I Saw Her Standing There."
 
"More than anything I feel really lucky that it happened," Walther said.

May 9, 2015 -- PM.com

UK Fans: Win Tickets To See Paul On Tour

A few weeks ago PaulMcCartney.com felt like we had won the lottery! We got to travel out to Tokyo to join Paul on his 'Out There' tour seeing him play three nights at the Tokyo Dome and the Budokan.

We're now giving UK fans the opportunity to see Paul play live when he brings his 'Out There' tour to London, Birmingham and Liverpool this month (and take our word for it when we say it's an incredible show!).
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May 7, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter
Throwback Thursday Photo

Today is the anniversary of the release of 'Wingspan'.



May 2, 2015 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
Thanks to Jash McCartney - News (Japan, Macca Reporter)


PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report


Wix, Bruce (fan) and Paul PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report


Paul Gets 'Out There' in Seoul

May 2, 2015 - Jamsil Olympic Stadium - Seoul, South Korea

SOUND CHECK

1. Matchbox
2. Honey Don't
3. Letting Go
4. Got To Get You Into My Life
5. C Moon
6. Let 'Em In
7. San Francisco Bay Blues
8. Hope of Deliverance (fan brought on stage)
9. Midnight Special
10. Ram On
11. Bluebird
12. Lady Madonna

Before "Hope Of Deliverance," a French fan named Bruce was called on stage by Paul and sang the song with Paul.

 

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Can't Buy Me Love
4. Jet
5. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
6. Paperback Writer
7. My Valentine
8. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
9. The Long And Winding Road
10. Maybe I'm Amazed
11. I've Just Seen A Face
12. We Can Work It Out
13. Another Day
14. Hope For The Future
15. And I Love Her
16. Blackbird
17. Here Today
18. New
19. Queenie Eye
20. Lady Madonna
21. All Together Now
22. Lovely Rita
23. Eleanor Rigby
24. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
25. Something
26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
27. Band On The Run
28. Back In The U.S.S.R
29. Let It Be
30. Live And Let Die
31. Hey Jude Video 2

Encore 1
32. Hey Jude (reprise) Video 2
33. Day Tripper
34. Hi Hi Hi
35. I Saw Her Standing There

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


PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report

CONCERT NOTES

After Paul came back for the first encore, the crowd started singing "Hey Jude". Paul played his bass and sang with the crowd.

Paul was staying at the Ritz Carlton in Seoul and left South Korea the day after the concert.



May 2, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul gives Seoul a shout out

Fantastic climax to the Asian leg. Korean fans gave us the best welcome ever. We love them!


May 1, 2015 - Macca Report News

Paul mobbed by fans in Seoul


Paul McCartney Instagram
Paul has arrived in Seoul for his first-ever gig in South Korea.

May 1, 2015 -- Yonhap

Paul McCartney in S. Korea for world tour

Paul McCartney
, a former member of The Beatles, arrived in South Korea Friday to hundreds of fans eager to see the rock 'n' roll icon.

The 72-year-old is here for "Out There," a world tour that kicked off in 2013.

Clad in a blue shirt and black blazer, the singer waved to delirious fans at the gate. His flight was delayed by an hour much to the anxiety of his fans who had been waiting hours beforehand.


Paul waves at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul

Without saying much, however, the musician was whisked away by guards immediately to a car waiting outside.

Interestingly, the crowd at Gimpo International Airport was mostly Japanese.

Hioki Yuya, a Japanese tourist, said he had come to South Korea just to watch McCartney's concert.

The 35-year-old had been waiting for the musician since arriving at the same airport this morning.

"I wasn't able to watch his concert in Japan due to work," he said, still carrying his luggage. "I saw him two years ago, but I came to South Korea to see him again."

McCartney is reportedly staying at a hotel in the posh Gangnam district in southern Seoul.

His concert will take place at nearby Jamsil Stadium starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.



May 1, 2015 -- Jeff Lynne Youtube

A special message for "Jet Flynn" from Paul McCartney


CLICK TO WATCH

Paul congratulates Jeff Lynne (ELO, Willburys) on his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (April 23, 2015) with a video message.



May 1, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul sneaks into the Budokan


Paul on stage at the Budokan earlier this week.
Photo by MJ Kim

"Biked over from hotel to empty Budokan and sneaked in when workers were getting ready for tonight's event. Brilliant to sit there and relive the other night!" -- Paul McCartney


May 1, 2015 -- PM.com

New Photos: Paul at the Budokan

Tuesday night saw Paul performing a very special concert at the Budokan in Tokyo. He last appeared on stage at the historic venue in 1966 with The Beatles, and during Tuesday's performance the audience surprised Paul with flashing wristands, lighting up the room. 

Tour photographer MJ Kim was on hand to capture the evening for PaulMcCartney.com. (See more photos)



April 2015

April 28, 2015 -- Macca Report News UPDATE!!!
Thanks to Jash McCartney - News (Japan, Macca Reporter)
Photos: Jash, Naoki and Getty

Paul changes setlist for Budokan


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report

April 28, 2015 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Matchbox
2. Honey Don't
3. Flaming Pie
4. Penny Lane
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Another Girl
7. Penny Lane
8. C Moon
9. Celebration
10. It's So Easy
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Midnight Special
13. Dance Tonight
14. Bluebird
15. Lady Madonna


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Jash for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Can't Buy Me Love
2. Save Us
3. All My Loving
4. One After 909
5. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
6. Paperback Writer
7. My Valentine
8. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
9. Maybe I'm Amazed
10. I've Just Seen A Face
11. Another Day
12. Dance Tonight
13. We Can Work It Out
14. And I Love Her
15. Blackbird
16. New
17. Lady Madonna
18. Another Girl

19. Got To Get You Into My Life
20. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
21. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
22. Back In The U.S.S.R
23. Let It Be
24. Live And Let Die
25. Hey Jude

ENCORE
26. Yesterday

27. Birthday
28. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End



April 28, 2015 -- BBC Radio 2

Macca Mania!

Sir Paul McCartney calls Chris Evans live from Japan with news about his current world tour, which has already been seen by 2 million people, and is coming to London in May...

Chris Evans of BBC Radio 2 talks to Paul via phone while Paul is being driven to his gig at the Budokan in Tokyo.

CLICK TO LISTEN The interview starts 1 hour and 50 minutes into the show.



April 28, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul McCartney answers...


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"What's it like being back in Japan?" LINE Sticker Q&A


April 28, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul is getting 'Out There' in Charlottesville and Columbia


PAUL McCARTNEY GETTING BACK 'OUT THERE' IN THE USA

TWO MORE DATES CONFIRMED

June 23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
June 25 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena

Following an incredible 2014 which saw Paul McCartney's universally acclaimed 'Out There' tour play 32 shows in 30 cities throughout South, Central and North America, Paul has confirmed June 23 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA and June 25 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC as the newest installments of the 2015 'Out There' tour.

Paul's date in Charlottesville marks the first time he has performed in the city. He previously appeared in Columbia in May 1993 on 'The New World Tour'.

Currently tearing through Japan and South Korea, and with confirmed headlines at Firefly Music Festival June 19 in Dover, DE, Wells Fargo Arena June 21 in Philadelphia, and Lollapalooza July 31 in Chicago, the June 23 date will mark Paul's first appearance in Charlottesville.

Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com by 7am (EDT / 12PM BST) on Thursday 30th April will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets for Paul's Charlottesville AND Columbia concerts through the website at 9am (EDT / 14:00 BST) on the same day (30th April).

Register with PaulMcCartney.com by clicking HERE!

Tickets for the newly announced date will be on sale Monday, May 4 at 12 noon local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 30 at 10 am through Sunday, May 3 at 10 pm.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Paul and his band have performed in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, played the last ever show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years - Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) - the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul's shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2015 is already off to an incredible start for Paul. He has appeared on the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Rihanna and Kanye West performing their smash hit collaboration 'FourFiveSeconds', treated New York City to an intimate Valentines Day concert the night before appearing on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special, and more recently inducted Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a sold out tour of Japan and South Korea currently underway and massive US, UK and Europe festival and arena engagements on the horizon, 'Out There' 2015 is sure to be another amazing chapter for a living legend who continues to make history with his every move.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

PAUL McCARTNEY
'OUT THERE' US TOUR 2015

June 19 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
June 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Arena
June 23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
June 25 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
July 31 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza



WEBMASTER'S NOTE: The Charlottesville and Columbia shows were first reported here on The Macca Report.

April 28, 2015 -- Macca Report News
Thanks to Jash McCartney - News (Japan, Macca Reporter)
Photos by Naoki for The Macca Report

Paul gets 'Out There' in Tokyo - show 3


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report

April 27 - Tokyo Dome - Tokyo, Japan

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Honey Hush
2. Blue Suede Shoes
3. Flaming Pie
4. Birthday
5. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
6. Let 'Em In
7. Every Night
8. It's So Easy
9. Midnight Special
10. Ram On
12. Lady Madonna (with Massage intro)


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Naoki for The Macca Report


CONCERT SETLIST

1. Magical Mystery Tour
2. Save Us
3. Can't Buy Me Love
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
6. Paperback Writer
7. My Valentine
8. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
9. The Long And Winding Road
10. Maybe I'm Amazed
11. I've Just Seen A Face
12. We Can Work It Out
13. Another Day
14. Hope For The Future
15. And I Love Her
16. Blackbird
17. Here Today
18. New
19. Queenie Eye
20. Lady Madonna
21. All Together Now
22. Lovely Rita
23. Eleanor Rigby
24. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
25. Something
26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
27. Band On The Run
28. Back In The U.S.S.R
29. Let It Be
30. Live And Let Die
31. Hey Jude

ENCORE ONE
32. Day Tripper
33. Hi, Hi, Hi
34. I Saw Her Standing There

ENCORE TWO
35. Yesterday
36. Helter Skelter
37. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End




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