May 24, 2016 -- PM.com

Paul collaborates with Jaunt to Produce new 'Pure McCartney' VR, Six-Part Documentary Series

Award-winning team includes Tony Kaye and Geoff Emerick to produce immersive VR retrospectives

Paul has teamed up once more with Jaunt - the leading producer and publisher of fully-immersive cinematic virtual reality experiences - and today release the first two episodes of 'Pure McCartney VR', a six-part series of virtual reality (VR) documentary shorts. As part of the upcoming launch of 'Pure McCartney', a career­spanning compilation album, each of these complementary immersive VR experiences delve into the stories behind some of Paul's most iconic songs.

Filmed in his private home studio, fans will embark on a personal journey with Paul as he recounts memories and anecdotes related to various tracks, while sharing archival and never-before-seen footage. The 'Pure McCartney VR' episodes, which chronicle 'Dance Tonight', 'Coming Up', 'My Valentine', 'Mull of Kintyre' and 'Early Days', will be released episodically, starting today, and continuing through the coming weeks up to the release of 'Pure McCartney'.

In building the series, the team sought out the creative expertise of some of the most innovative minds in the business, including award-winning Director, Tony Kaye; Producer and Soundscape Architect Geoff Emerick; and Executive Producers Cliff Plumer, Lucas Wilson and Doug Allenstein. The resulting VR experiences include not only high quality cinematic VR, but digitally remastered and spatially oriented ambisonic audio mixed in Dolby Atmos. This project marks the first time an original Paul McCartney track has been remixed in Dolby Atmos.

"It is an honour to be part of such a tremendously talented team of artists, tasked with documenting the thinking of this great man, in order to bring his fans a new means of experiencing some of his greatest songs," said Tony Kaye, Director for 'Pure McCartney VR'. "His musical genius is now on display for the world in an entirely new light.


Paul and director Tony Kaye on set

"We used to see artists connect with their fans through album covers and liner notes but that personal expression, and deeper understanding  of the music, has diminished over the years," said Cliff Plumer, President of Jaunt Studios. "With virtual reality, Paul McCartney is taking the most innovative step yet; he's connecting directly with his fans, to share his innermost thoughts and experiences, in an entirely new, personal and immersive way."

Each track will be released into the custom Paul McCartney world within the Jaunt VR App. Jaunt VR is available on iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Desktop 360.

Get the Jaunt app by clicking HERE!

The 'Pure McCartney VR' series is presented by the British Tourist Authority and the GREAT Britain campaign. Paul McCartney has played, and continues to play, a central role in Britain's music heritage and the GREAT Britain campaign is proud to be associated with this innovative and ground-breaking initiative.

Pure McCartney "Coming Up" VR



Pure McCartney "Dance Tonight" VR


'Pure McCartney'

'Pure McCartney' - Paul's curated career-spanning compilation - is released on Friday 10th June. Fans can pre-order the album today from their local record store, or online through the links below:

Amazon Standard - Click HERE!

Amazon Deluxe - Click HERE!
iTunes - Click HERE!
Pure McCartney Store - Click HERE!




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March 2016

March 18, 2016 -- Irish Examiner

First glimpse of Paul McCartney's cameo for Sport Relief's Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em sketch

Paul McCartney
is the latest big name to shoot a cameo for the hotly-anticipated Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em sketch for Sport Relief.

So what will the legendary Beatle be doing in his sitcom appearance? Well, somewhat understatedly, he'll just be taking a stroll in a local park while chatting on his phone when he comes across Frank Spencer.

The beloved sitcom is making a return for one night only, with Michael Crawford reprising his famous role of Frank ­ last seen in 1978 ­ alongside Michele Dotrice as his long-suffering wife Betty.

Bond Girl Gemma Arterton has been signed up as their grown-up daughter Jessica.

Frank faces a desperate race involving a bike, rollerskates and a double-decker bus to reach the Olympic velodrome in time to watch her compete in the 10-minute sketch.

Other big name appearances include F1 driver Jenson Button, comedian David Walliams and cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The sketch will air on Sport Relief night on March 18 on BBC One from 7pm.


March 17, 2016 -- PM.com/Macca Report News
UPDATED: PAUL McCARTNEY 'ONE ON ONE'

Second Minneapolis Date Added Due To Popular Demand
May 4 & 5 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

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Due to the overwhelming response to yesterday's announcement of his May 4 date at the Target Center, Paul McCartney has confirmed a second Minneapolis stop on his brand new 'One On One' tour.

On May 5, Paul will play a second night the Target Center-added to satisfy incredible demand for tickets to Paul's first Twin Cities engagement since his legendary sold out August 2, 2014 evening at Target Field.



March 16, 2016 -- PM.com/Macca Report News

Paul Takes His 'One On One' Tour To Minneapolis

PAUL McCARTNEY - 'ONE ON ONE'
New US Date Confirmed

Wednesday May 4th - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center VENUE INFO


Paul McCartney has confirmed the newest date of his brand new 'One On One' tour.|

On 4th May, Paul will return to Minneapolis to play the Target Center - his first appearance in the Twin Cities since the 2nd August, 2014 performance at Target Field that drew a capacity crowd and unanimous critical raves...

MINNEAPOLIS PRE-SALE INFORMATION:

Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com by 7am (CDT / 12pm GMT) on Thursday 17th March will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets for Paul's Minneapolis concert through the website at 8am (CDT / 1pm GMT) on the same day (Thursday 17th March).

Register with PaulMcCartney.com by clicking HERE!

PRE-SALE INFO:
Wednesday 4th May - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale March 17 at 8am CT local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in Minneapolis before the general public beginning Thursday,
March 17 at 10am local time through Sunday, March 20 at 10pm local time.

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March 16, 2016 -- PM.com/Macca Report News

PAUL McCARTNEY - 'ONE ON ONE' 
France Date Of New Tour Confirmed:

Monday 30th May ­ Accor Arena, Bercy, Paris
 
Paul McCartney has confirmed a brand new date for his 'One On One' tour in France this summer.
 
As with the launch of every new Paul McCartney tour, 'One On One' promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul's entire career--as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle-and no shortage of surprises. 

'One On One' will be heading to Bercy's Accor Arena this May as Paul returns to Paris after last year's triumphant concert at the Stade de France. The announcement is the latest European date to be confirmed following German and Spanish dates. 

PARIS PRE-SALE INFORMATION:
PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale tickets will be available from 10am (CET / 9am GMT) tomorrow, Thursday 17th March. To purchase pre-sale tickets on Thursday, click the link below and enter the following password: 1ON1WITHPARIS

http://www.paulmccartney.com/#live/accor-arena-bercy-paris


Monday 30th May: Accor Arena, BERCY, PARIS
(Pre-sale tickets on sale from 10am CET)
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March 14, 2016 -- PM.com

Paul takes his 'One On One' Tour To Madrid

PAUL McCARTNEY 'ONE ON ONE'
Spanish Date Of New Tour Confirmed

Thursday 2nd June ­ Vicente Calderón Stadium, Madrid

Paul McCartney
has confirmed a brand new date for his 'One On One' tour in Spain this summer.

As with the launch of every new Paul McCartney tour, 'One On One' promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul's entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle - and no shortage of surprises.

'One On One' will arrive in Madrid on 2nd June with Paul's first appearance there since 2004. The Madrid show follows the announcement of the first 'One On One' European tour dates kicking off in Germany in May.

Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com by 9am (CET / 8am GMT) on Tuesday 15th March will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets for Paul's Madrid concert through the website at 10am (CET / 9am GMT) on the same day (Tuesday 15th March). LINK

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'One On One' is the first new Paul McCartney tour since the juggernaut that was 'Out There' came to its stunning conclusion on October 22, 2015 with Paul's first ever concert in Buffalo, NY. 'Out There's finale capped off an incredible 2015, in which the tour played 27 shows in 22 cities throughout the world, with highlights including Paul's historic debut in South Korea - where the crowd at Seoul Olympic Stadium's refusal to stop singing the refrain to 'Hey Jude' literally forced Paul to reprise the song in the first encore, playing that signature bassline live for the first time - three nights at the Tokyo Dome and one at Budokan, a sold out stand at Paris' majestic Stade de France, more than a dozen packed arena shows across the US, UK and Europe, and triumphant headlines at festivals such as Firefly, Roskilde, and Lollapalooza in Chicago - the latter a tour de force performance for a 100,000-strong crowd featuring a guest appearance from Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard on 'Get Back'.

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show - and so much more: Nearly three hours worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert 1966, and even one performance 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 is never anything short of life-changing.

The 'One On One' Tour will debut a brand new production, as always utilizing state of the art audio and video technology and to ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. Employing massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed, every Paul McCartney show promises a once in a lifetime evening that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.
March 14, 2016 -- Kent Online

Beatle Sr Paul McCartney spotted at Ashford Cineworld

Rock and pop legend Sir Paul McCartney was spotted at Cineworld in Ashford yesterday to catch the third instalment in the Kung Fu Panda series. 

He visited the multiplex with a teenage boy, believed to be his grandson.

Zoe Robertson, from Folkestone, who is a massive fan of
The Beatles, was in the same screening as the singer/songwriter.
Her dreams came true when he approached her after the film was over. 

Miss Robertson said: "We saw him in the popcorn queue before the film and my partner said 'That's Sir Paul'. But I didn't believe him.

"But then when we were handing our tickets over to go through, the member of staff said 'Hello Sir Paul' to him, so we knew it was him."

Sir Paul, 73, and his young companion sat in the row behind Miss Robertson, who was with her partner and his daughter.

She adds: "When I went to the loo, another woman came up to me and asked if it was him sitting behind me. 

"Then when we were walking out, I saw him over my shoulder. He said hello to me and I said it back. He then crossed the foyer to come and talk to us. 

"He was really relaxed and friendly and asked us if we liked the film and what we were doing for the rest of the day."

Miss Robertson did ask for a photo, but the Hey Jude, Let it Be and Yellow Submarine hitmaker said he didn't take pictures. 

Miss Robertson said there was a "buzz" around the cinema, adding: "He could have just said hello, but he actually crossed the cinema to talk to us.

"My partner said that is one thing now crossed off his list, finding a way to get me to meet a Beatle."

March 9, 2016 -- PM.com

PAUL McCARTNEY 'ONE ON ONE' - First Dates Of New Tour Confirmed

NORTH AMERICA:
13th April: SaveMart Arena - Fresno, CA
15th April: Moda Center - Portland, OR
17th April: Key Arena- Seattle, WA
19th April: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
20th April: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
30th April: Verizon Arena - Little Rock, AR
02nd May: Denny Sanford Premier Center - Sioux Falls, SD
 
GERMANY:
28th May: Esprit Arena - Dusseldorf
10th June: Olympic Stadium - Munich
14th June: Waldbuhne - Berlin TICKET LINK

SPAIN:
2nd June: Vicente Calderón Stadium - Madrid (VIP PRE-SALE TUE 15/03 9am (CET / 8am GMT) LINK
 
Paul McCartney has confirmed the first dates of his brand new 'One On One' tour.
 
As with the launch of every new Paul McCartney tour, 'One On One' promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul's entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle - and no shortage of surprises. 


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PAULMcCARTNEY.COM PRE-SALE TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE FOR ALL DATES ON THURSDAY 10TH MARCH. FOR DETAILS FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW:
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13th April: SaveMart Arena, FRESNO, CA
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15th April: Moda Center, PORTLAND, OR
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17th April: Key Arena, SEATTLE, WA
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19th April: Rogers Arena, VANCOUVER, BC
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30th April: Verizon Arena, LITTLE ROCK, AR
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2nd May: Denny Sanford Premier Center, SIOUX FALLS, SD
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US FANS: Tickets for the North American dates will be on general sale Monday, March 14th at 10am local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, March 10 at 10am local time through Sunday, March 13 at 10pm local time.

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Pre-sale tickets will be available through PaulMcCartney.com for the below Germany shows from 8am CET (7am GMT) on Thursday 10th March
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Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com by 7am (CET / 6am GMT) on Thursday 10th March will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets for Paul's concerts through the website at 8am (CET / 7am GMT) on the same day (Thursday 10th March).

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At 8:00am (CET / 7:00GMT) on Thursday 10th March pre-sale tickets will be available via the following links:

28th May: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf
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10th June: Olympic Stadium, Munich
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14th June: Waldbuhne, Berlin
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GERMANY FANS: Tickets for the Germany dates will be on general sale Saturday 12th March at 9am local time.



'One On One' will open 13th April with Paul's first ever appearance in Fresno, CA at the SaveMart Arena. On 15th April, Paul will play the Moda Center in Portland, OR, ending the near-11-year stretch since his last show in the Rose City on the US Tour in 2005. The 'One On One' tour will then proceed to Seattle, WA, for an April 17 evening at the Key Arena, a return engagement Seattle has been anxiously awaiting since the last notes of the encore featuring the living members of Nirvana that wrapped Paul's sold out Safeco Field extravaganza in 2013. On 19th April, Paul will roll into the Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC, returning to Vancouver for the first time since the magical evening at the BC Place Stadium during the final week of his 'On The Run' tour in 2012. And on 30th April and 2nd May, Paul will visit two more U.S. cities for the very first time, appearing respectively at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AR, and the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

'One On One' will then travel to Dusseldorf, Germany on 28th May with Paul's first appearance there since 1972. On Friday 10th June Paul will return to Munich, over ten years since his last visit. His final German date will take him back to Berlin for the first time since 2009 on 14th June.

'One On One' is the first new Paul McCartney tour since the juggernaut that was 'Out There' came to its stunning conclusion on 22nd October, 2015 with Paul's first ever concert in Buffalo, NY. Out There's finale capped off an incredible 2015, in which the tour played 27 shows in 22 cities throughout the world, with highlights including Paul's historic debut in South Korea-where the crowd at Seoul Olympic Stadium's refusal to stop singing the refrain to 'Hey Jude' literally forced Paul to reprise the song in the first encore, playing that signature bassline live for the first time-three nights at the Tokyo Dome and one at Budokan, a sold out stand at Paris' majestic Stade de France, more than a dozen packed arena shows across the U.S., UK and Europe, and triumphant headlines at festivals such as Firefly, Roskilde, and Lollapalooza in Chicago-the latter a tour de force performance for a 100,000-strong crowd featuring a guest appearance from Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard on 'Get Back'. 

The Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show-and so much more: Nearly three hours worth of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs that have formed the soundtracks of our lives. Paul and his band have played an unparalleled range of venues and locations: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert in 1966, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul's band of the last

The 'One On One' Tour will debut a brand new production, as always utilizing state of the art audio and video technology and to ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. Employing massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed, every Paul McCartney show promises a once in a lifetime evening that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.

March 9, 2016 -- PM.com

Paul McCartney on George Martin

I'm so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know.
 
It's hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song 'Yesterday' to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, "Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record". I said, "Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don't think it's a good idea".  With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, "Let us try it and if it doesn't work we won't use it and we'll go with your solo version".  I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.
 
He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.
 
This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with arrangements on 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Live and Let Die' and many other songs of mine.
 
I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.
 
My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.
 
The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.
 
God bless you George and all who sail in you!
Paul



March 7, 2016 -- Daily Mail (UK)

A family affair: Proud father Sir Paul and glamorous wife Nancy Shevell sit front row at daughter Stella McCartney's star-studded Paris Fashion Week showcase 

He's the proud father of five successful children.

And doting dad
Paul McCartney couldn't contain his pride as he settled in to watch daughter Stella McCartney present her eponymous label line for Paris Fashion Week on Sunday. Paul looked the vision of health and happiness as he cosied up to Nancy ahead of his daughter's show.

Paul seemed to be enjoying himself ahead of the show, pretending to play the guitar and dancing around before heading in to watch his daughter present her designs on the runway.

Joined by wife Nancy Shevell, the former Beatles frontman, 73, beamed with anticipation as he headed into the show to take his rightful place on the front row - cutting a dapper figure in a tailored black suit and crisp white shirt with his eyes concealed by a pair of black sunglasses.

Standing by his side, Nancy, 56, cut a glamorous figure for the show, donning a pair of cropped white trousers in polka dot print, with a ruffled cream and coral jumper. 

Layering up in a chic peach coat, the star rounded off her ensemble in a pair of nude loafers with a cleated white sole and carried a small brown bucket bag.

Wearing her chestnut coloured tresses loose and tousled, she styled her glossy locks in a centre parting, framing her heart shaped face which bore a neutral make-up palette, allowing her natural beauty to shine through.  

Pretty as a peach! Nancy, 56, cut a glamorous figure for the show, donning a pair of cropped white trousers in polka dot print, with a ruffled cream and coral jumper. Layering up in a chic peach coat, the star rounded off her ensemble in a pair of nude loafers.


Stella McCartney Instagram photo

Paul seemed impressed with his daughter's work as he gave the designs a once-over on the catwalk. He kept to himself at the show ensuring all eyes were on his daughter's designs and not on himself.

But despite being surrounded by famous friends and glamorous stars, Stella was no doubt most keen to see her father in the audience as she stepped out onto the catwalk after the show. 



March 5, 2016

Paul to announce shows for the USA this month

The Macca Report has learned that Paul will announce concert dates for the USA this month, which includes a rumored July show in the Midwest!



February 2016

February 10, 2016 -- NL Times (Thanks to Jaap Janse, Macca Reporter)

Paul McCartney expected at Pinkpop

Paul McCartney
is widely expected to headline and close the 2016 edition of music festival Pinkpop. Just days later, American rock legend Bruce Springsteen is set to perform in Den Haag.

McCartney is "99 percent certain" to perform at the Limburg event, according to local media outlet 1Limburg. A verbal agreement was reportedly reached between McCartney's management and Pinkpop director Jan Smeets, the broadcaster reported.

The performance would likely close the three-day event in Landgraaf on
June 12, just six days before McCartney's 74th birthday.


February 10, 2016 -- PM.com

Behind-The-Scenes Of The New Skype "Love Mojis"

As announced today, Paul has partnered with communications giant Skype to compose music to accompany ten "Love Mojis".

Shortly after Paul had been in the studio working on the audio, we were able to catch up with him to ask him about the project

What attracted you to the project?

Paul McCartney:
My team is always on the look out for interesting ideas. They had been talking to Skype and suggested that I would write music for some new "Mojis" to be used around Valentine's Day.

I was intrigued and thought it would be a bit of fun to see if I could do it! And it turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realise you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an emotion into less than five seconds. So with some of them, which were five and a half or six seconds, we had to work out a way to take the front off or just squeeze this or just take that bit out.

It was great! It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio.

As you were expressing universal emotions using music rather than language was composing for this project different from how you usually write, and did you learn anything from the process?

Paul:
Yeah, that was the thing. The decision I had to make was if I was going to use my voice; which I thought might be a good thing because it then identifies it with me. But it would have to be without using words.

And you know, I've seen kids' cartoons that use sounds rather than words, but you still kind of know what they're saying! [Impersonates cartoon character.] So I thought I'll do that and just use "Doo-Dee-Do-Deee" and kind of sing it so it's me and my voice, but at the same time no words. So yes, that was a conscious decision.


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What instruments did you use during the recording sessions?

Paul:
I wanted to try and make the whole set have a signature sound, something that pulled it all together rather than just use a different instrument for every single sound so that it was like a portfolio of musical "Mojis".

I decided to start roughing them all out with the Moog synthesizer. So I did a musical phrase on the Moog for each of the 20 emotions. Then I decided sometimes we don't need a Moog, sometimes another instrument would be better.

The Moog was the first part and then I added my voice. Then I added xylophone to some of them, which is like a call sign. It's kind of like an airport tannoy, but I wanted that. I wanted it to sound like something you might find on your computer. So it was, "Do-Do-Doo" [mimics airport call sign].

So that mix of the Moog and the xylophone is something you'll hear, and then sometimes I added a guitar, voice, piano, harpsichord, and electric guitar. And then drums on the more sort of funky ones, like 'I'm solo and loving it'. I thought, "OK! I'm gonna get a funky drum track on that!" So it was great fun! Really, I thought it might take a day ­ it took a week!

Was there any reason why you fleshed out the ideas on the Moog?

Paul:
I wanted it to be modern. I wanted it to sound sort of electronic so I wanted the signature to be an electronic signature rather than acoustic guitar, for instance. So I got the whole overall signature on the Moog in order to give it a modern flavour.

Which was the easiest expression to compose for?

Paul:
I must say I didn't have too much trouble with many of them because it was instant. It was like, "I'm not going to spend a week composing this!" I'm just going to go [sings], "I love you, Do-Whee-Doo'. And then I gave another variation like, "Do-Whee-Oo-Oo". So really it was like, "First thought, best thought".

'Lust' [laughs], that was a good one to do. It's a great exercise. How do you do that? It's similar to composing a song; you're trying to get an emotion like, "I love you," or an "I miss you" emotion, or a "Don't leave me" emotion.

'Solo and loving it' was the other one that was good fun to do. 'Be My Valentine?' was nice too, and I think those three I just mentioned have a little more instrumentation than some of the others. I kept some of them very spare, because they sounded like they worked - just like a call sign.

But it was really first thought, best thought. I thought, "I can't deliberate over this - I've got to race them all out". Then I thought, "Well, I'll give a couple of alternatives," which were mainly for me to choose from. But I ended up liking the alternatives so I thought, "I'll let Skype choose".

Which was the hardest expression to compose for?

Paul:
There were a couple that were more challenging; 'Flirting' and 'Blushing'. But I just kind of had a go at it and thought, "There you go!" And then if I didn't think it was enough, I might just add another instrument to try and get the feeling.

Is it exciting to think that potentially millions of people around the world will be using your music to express their feelings?

Paul:
Yes very, it really is! It's already very exciting being a composer and a recording artist because you know in America, UK, Japan, Europe, etc. people are going to be listening to your records, to your music and that's a very exciting thing. With modern technology now you get the idea that millions of people at one point could actually be 'using' your music.

I like that, it's very exciting and it's very human. It brings us all together. We all go, "I love you," together. I'm interested to see how it goes. Anyone I tell about this I say, "If it comes off", because I'm always terrified with these kinds of projects that you might spend a week doing it all, and then somebody goes, "No, we tried it on the bosses and they don't like it!" If it comes off, I do love the idea of it - someone in America, signaling someone in Japan. It's just great communication. It's all about communication, baby!

Do you use Skype to communicate with family and friends?

Paul:
I do when I'm on tour to keep in touch with friends and family. The big Skype user in the group is Wix! He's 'Mr Skype,' he's always at rehearsals moving his iPad round the room with his wife and child. I will say hi to his family!

Are you a fan of "Emojis" and do you use them with your family and friends?

Paul:
Yeah I do! When I text I put a little thing. The one I happen to like a lot ­ I'm really lo-fi ­ is a little smiley face with shades, so it's cool and it's smiley!  

As these audio "Mojis" will be published around Valentine's Day, how would you define 'Love'?

Paul:
I think it's one of the most important emotions in life!


Mojis sketches

The Mojis are available on Skype now.



February 10, 2016 -- PM.com

Paul Writes New Music For Skype "Love Mojis"

Paul on composing music for Skype's "Love Mojis


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Today, a collaboration has been announced between the world's most celebrated living musician and its foremost video chat and online communication platform: Paul McCartney and  Skype have partnered to launch a new range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine's Day featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype's animated designs. This new set contains ten specially created Mojis.

Paul McCartney's career is unparalleled. His music has reached hundreds of millions of people globally, spanning generations. Be it through live performances, composing pop songs, classical works, electronic music, film themes and scores, and most recently composing for the most anticipated video game of the last decade ­ 'Destiny', Paul has continued to explore new ways to reach people. Paul's music brings people together and breaks down language and cultural barriers. 

Mojis are short animated clips that you can use during Skype chats when words just aren't enough. These Mojis will be completely unique to hundreds of millions of Skype users and feature sound as well as video, giving the users chat a whole new dimension. This collaboration will allow Skype users to use this medium to convey love through music in a new and original way. 
Skype has long since been used by people all over the world to communicate and share personal moments. Like music, Skype can be used anywhere in the world to share the love, regardless of the user's location.  Visual emoticons have become increasingly more popular in recent years and have been used to communicate everyday emotions.  Today's announcement marks the launch of a new kind of digital expression ­ the audio emoticon.  Music has always had the power to express a range of different feelings and sharing an audio emoticon is a fun way of expressing feelings via brand new Paul McCartney music.
 
Paul was set a brief by Skype to compose for specific emotions. More used to writing chart-topping songs around the three-minute mark than expressing an emotion musically in a number of seconds Paul embraced the task.
 
Talking about the experience Paul said:
"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realise you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds. It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio."

Paul recorded his compositions over a week at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex. Using a variety of instruments including guitars, keyboards, drums, xylophone and his voice. In order to give the whole set a signature sound Paul started the compositions on a Moog synthesizer.


Paul explained:
"I wanted it to sound sort of electronic so I wanted the signature to sound electronic rather than acoustic guitar, for instance. So I got the overall signature on the Moog in order to give it a modern flavour." 

Speaking about the collaboration Gurdeen Pall, Corporate Vice President at Skype said:
"As one of the most iconic artists of all time, Paul McCartney is known for expressing his passion through music. When it comes to composing love songs there is no other artist in the world who has a better track record. Paul's music has touched the hearts of millions of people all over the world. We are thrilled to lend some of his magic to a set of Mojis conveying the world's most powerful emotion, love, through music and art. It was a great creative challenge for us to create the animations to match his legendary sound". 



February 10, 2016 -- The Sun (UK)

Love me brew: Sir McCartney brews beer from his estate

EXCLUSIVE: The Beatles' Macca running a microbrewery from his East Sussex home

Sir Paul McCartney is brewing his own beer using hops from his estate.

The Beatles legend, 73, named the ale Old Stinkhorn after a phallic-shaped mushroom which also grows on his farm.

The concoction is bottled on his land in East Sussex and given as gifts to colleagues and friends.

Fran Healy, 42, of the band Travis has received regular crates since the pair worked together on his solo album in 2010.

He said: "A box turns up every year. It's really nice."

Macca took up his secret home-brewing hobby several years ago. A source close to the star said: "Paul has been making the beer for a while now. It's delicious.


February 10, 2016 -- Daily Mail (UK)

Daddy cool! Sir Paul McCartney parties with daughters Mary and Stella at star-studded BAFTA film screening  

He is rarely seen in public with both daughters simultaneously. 

But
Sir Paul McCartney changed all that when he stepped out with daughters Mary and Stella on Friday evening in central London.

The Liverpudlian star, 73, looked delighted to join his glamorous offspring at the BAFTA screening of new film "This Beautiful Fantastic".

Cutting a dapper figure, The Beatles star had clearly dressed to impress for the occasion. Stepping out in a navy blue, pin-striped suit, he matched the ensemble with a classic white shirt and a pair of leather-effect shoes. Sporting brown hair, he looked considerably younger than his years.

Not to be out-done, Mary was also out in force - wearing a conservative, yet trendy, look. This consisted of a pair of fitted, black trousers with a square-neck blouse and a silk jacket, complete with baseball collars and equinn detailing. Scooping her hair up into a classy bun, she struck a dramatic resemblance to her famous father.

Fashion designer Stella was also looking good in her less-is-more choice of attire. Sporting a safe, but successful, sartorial get-up, she worked a little black dress which she teamed with thick, black tights and a pair of ankle boots. Wearing her hair down in a centre-parting, she managed to be both understated yet glam. Not that they were the only famous faces there, of course.

A host of British acting and fashion talent also attended the screening, including Noel Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde and hairdresser John Frieda.

David Gilmour, Polly Samson, Paul and Chrissie Hynde

The Pretenders singer, 64, looked typically cool in her trademark skinny jeans, grey jacket and bleach blonde hair. Her indie style was capped with a stunning pair of Grenson shoes in high-shine white leather-effect.



WEBMASTER'S NOTE: The McCartney's including brother Michael were in attendance at BAFTA on February 5th for a cast and crew screening of Simon Aboud's (Mary's husband) film,"This Beautiful Fantastic."

February 10, 2016 -- The Independent (UK)

When I'm 164: Sir Paul McCartney wishes GOSH a happy birthday and updates a Beatles classic


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The musical legend has endorsed our Give to GOSH appeal and recorded a special message for the hospital

Former Beatle
Sir Paul McCartney has backed the Independent's Give to GOSH appeal with a heartfelt tribute to the generosity of reader and the great work of the hospital's staff and volunteers.

The endorsement from the former member of the
Fab Four comes at the start of the final week of the appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), which has already smashed all previous records for our seasonal appeal by raising more than £3m ($4.3 million).

In a video message he has updated his 1967 hit "When I'm Sixty-Four" in honour of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

He said: "This is Paul McCartney here and this is a message on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Hospital. I want to thank everybody who has donated to their latest campaign and has given money to keep this great hospital and the great work it does going."

Sir Paul has a long history of supporting GOSH, including a paying surprise visit to the wards, performing karaoke sessions with patients and attending the hospital's annual Christmas party for patients.



February 10, 2016 -- BBC News

Paul McCartney portraits shown together for first time

Two portraits of Paul McCartney painted in The Beatles' heyday in 1967 are on display together for the first time.

The oils are among a raft of pictures of celebrities painted by John Bratby, one of Britain's most acclaimed artists of the 1950s and 1960s.

He fell out of fashion in the 1970s and moved to Hastings in East Sussex.

The town's Jerwood Gallery has brought the paintings of McCartney together in the first retrospective exhibition of Bratby's work.

The gallery, in collaboration with Bratby's family, launched an appeal to owners of his work to submit them for the show.

More than 300 entries were submitted, including the portraits of McCartney owned by collectors in London and Plymouth.

In all, Bratby - who was known for his "kitchen sink realism" style -
painted three portraits of McCartney. It is believed the musician himself owns the third.

Actor and comedian Michael Palin, who was invited to sit for Bratby in 1981, is among those who contributed portraits to the exhibition.

Palin said: "He wrote to me and said 'Come down to Hastings one day - it will only take an afternoon'.

"He worked very solidly for about three-and-a -half hours then he said, 'The work is done - it's yours for £700' ($1,017.00)

"I didn't like it at all but I paid the money.

"I really like it now and actually I am rather fond of his work."

Other paintings in the exhibition include still lifes, pop art and domestic scenes.

John Bratby: Everything But the Kitchen Sink Including the Kitchen Sink runs until 17 April.

Jerwood Gallery
Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings Old Town
East Sussex
TN34 3DW
Tel: + 44 (0)1424 728377
Email:
info@jerwoodgallery.org
www.jerwoodgallery.org


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Mojo Magazine
By Danny Eccleston

1967 Paul McCartney Portraits Star In John Bratby Retrospective

Two paintings of the Beatle reunited for the first time in Hastings gallery. But where's the third?

CAPTURING THE WHIMSICAL SPIRIT of one of the world's great musicians and one of the '60s best-dressed men, painter John Bratby's Paul McCartney portraits ooze character, one of them freezing the Beatles tunesmith in mid-whistle, or perhaps even a trademark 'Ooooooh!'.

One of the two Bratby McCartneys on display at the Jerwood through April 17th.

Two Macca portraits that Bratby painted in 1967 are reunited for the first time at Hastings' Jerwood Gallery between January 30 and April 17, 2016, in a show of the late painter's works entitled John Bratby: Everything But The Kitchen Sink, Including The Kitchen Sink.

But a third McCartney by Bratby ­ this one, presumably ­ appears to have hunkered down and has so far eluded curators.

Bratby, who died in his adopted home town of Hastings in 1992 whilst walking home from his local fish and chip shop the day after his 64th birthday, was one of the British art scene's great "radical realists" of the 1950s and '60s. Celebrities who sat for him included McCartney, Michael Palin, Arthur Askey and Claire Rayner. He is thought to have painted over 3,000 works, and many of the exhibition's most fascinating items were crowdsourced after an appeal for submissions elicited an avalanche of letters, photos and eccentric Bratby stories.

Jerwood Gallery Director Liz Gilmore says "a retrospective of John Bratby's work is long overdue, and where better for it to take place than in the town that he made his home. John Bratby was a complex and intense personality but I hope the show captures some of his moments of genius.

For more information about John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Including the Kitchen Sink follow @jerwoodgallery on Twitter and visit www.jerwoodgallery.org

And of course, if anyone knows the location of the missing Macca, both MOJO and the Jerwood Gallery would be delighted to hear from you.

Illustrations: Paul McCartney, 1967, by John Bratby. © Copyright the artists's estate and Bridgema



WEBMASTER'S NOTE ABOUT THE "MISSING" JOHN BRATBY McCARTNEY PORTRAIT:

From gallery publicist Harry Cymbler ( for The Macca Report... )

The Macca Report wanted to know if Paul actually sat for the portraits.

"As far as we know, Paul never owned any of the portraits, but he did sit for all of them."

We also asked if they found the missing portrait.

"Victoria has been doing some research on the portraits and has come across the third painting! It belongs to the collection of the Kirklees Museum, near Huddersfield." 



January 2016

January 15, 2016 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul at AIR Studios, London, 1982. Photo by Linda McCartney


January 15, 2016 -- PM.com

Paul on David Bowie (1947-2016)

"Very sad news to wake up to on this (January 10th) raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever."

- Paul

Photo of Paul and David Bowie by Linda McCartney, 1985



January 15, 2016 -- Macca Report News

Stella's Autumn 2016 collection at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, CA

Stella McCartney had a her Autumn 2016 Fashion show at Amoeba Music Tuesday, January 12th in Los Angeles, CA. It was a star studded event with Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach in attendance as well as, Beck, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, Mary J Blige, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Pink, Dallas Green, Orlando Bloom, Kate Upton, Demi Lovato, Selma Blair, Pamela Anderson, Quincy Jones and his daughter Rashida, Kelly Osbourne, Chelsea Handler and others. There were live performances by Dhani Harrison and his band Thenewno2, Brian Wilson, Marilyn Mason and Johnny Depp, The Dirty Dozen Brass band and You + Me.


Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach (left)


Stella with Kate Hudson 
 

Stella who was mourning the death of beloved rock icon David Bowie, had posters of him displayed for attendees to sign. His newly released final album "Blackstar" was played over the PA system.

On her Instagram page Stella posted a photo of her and Bowie and wrote...

"The man who fell to earth as a star and left us holding him in our hearts. He inspired me from the first time I dreamt and still inspires as I sleep... Thank you for being you, David, my heart goes out to Iman and the kids whom I love dearly. X Stella"


January 15, 2016 -- The Collector's blog - Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
By Meredith Evonne, Macca Reporter

What are Paul McCartney autographs worth?

Celebrity autographs are often sought after by the public for various reasons. For example, either a person is a fan themselves, or knows someone who would enjoy a signed memento as a gift. When dealing with Paul McCartney as a solo artist, and separate from his body of work with The Beatles, the monetary value of his autograph can be confusing. "How much are you willing to pay for his signature?" Vs. "What is the stand alone signature actually worth?" are the right questions to be asking.

Researching the history of a McCartney signature is important. Even if a person has an autograph that was personally signed for them, the main issue with an autograph is convincing someone else the signature is authentic. It really doesn't matter if your signature of an LP, like "Press To Play", is on display in your house, and as a conversational piece, you tell people about it all the time. The minute you'd like to sell it on to someone else, correct information is vital. If someone is willing to part with high amounts of money, you owe it to them to be an honest seller, to avoid the issue of having to refund back the amount of the sale. If you are a buyer, the major issue is not with spending money but not being taken advantage of based on what you receive.

Fake autographs are everywhere and common place. Information about autographs should be correct but often are not. Wording and phrases used in the market place are meant to attract attention. "Pre-Printed", "Copy," or any explanation that makes you aware that a computer printer could have been used to produce an autograph are items that should be avoided. Anything described as "Hand Signed", "In person," or "Actual" should have something substantial to back up these claims. Also, both buyer and seller should be knowledgeable about what McCartney's autograph should look like, and what types of items he is known to sign.

Aside from having an idea which autographs are authentic, considering having a Certificate Of Authenticity(COA) is a really good idea. Separately, using well known appraisers that specifically deal in Rock and Roll signatures or even an auction house that can provide the key information, goes a long way. The amount of money spent to authenticate an item is marginally small compared with the hassle of dealing with a fake item.

Actual Solo McCartney autographs can be priced anywhere in the range of thousands(depending on currency rates) but also in the mid-hundreds depending on the item. For example, a common photo with little value can bring a price down compared to something like one of Paul's signatures on a charity item or a promotional item from a record company. Anything he autographed that was relatively easy to obtain, should not be expected to be worth thousands, yet it doesn't mean that sellers will offer a price that reflects the actual amount of its value.

Even as a solo artist and during the period after The Beatles broke up, actual Paul autographs can have an intricate history behind it. It should go without saying, based on the popularity of McCartney autographs, if something is too good to be true, it probably is. Also, it may be better to have all the correct information before thinking how you could increase your income. If your going to part with an autograph, you should become reputable as seller. Good Luck!

You can read more of Meredith's collector blogs here: maccameri.blogspot.co.uk




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Should WINGS be nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? There's a debate amongst Beatles/Paul McCartney fans whether Wings is covered by Paul's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a "solo artist." Does Wings qualify as a band and are they worthy with a string of number one hits during the '70s? Should its band members be recognized for their contributions?

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