March 6, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul brings 'Out There' tour to Europe

'OUT THERE' - EUROPE 2015:
Saturday May, 23rd ­ The O2, London, Great Britain
Wednesday, May 27th ­ Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Great Britain
Thursday May 28th ­ Echo Arena, Liverpool, Great Britain
Friday, June 5th - Nouveau Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France
Sunday, June 7th ­ ZiggoDome, Amsterdam, Holland
Thursday, June 11th - Stade De France, Paris, France
Saturday, July 4th ­ Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Tuesday, July 7th ­ Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, July 9th ­ Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

In the first 18 months since its launch, Paul's incredible 'Out There' tour has been seen by almost two million people around the world. So far, this tour has seen Paul and his band perform a total of 64 shows in 12 different countries in venues of all different shapes and sizes. 

Today, Paul announces plans to come back to Europe this year for nine special dates in places he's not yet visited with his current tour.  The shows will include his first concerts in the UK since 2012's special Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall. His London date marks his 50th ever performance in London as a solo artist. Paul will return to France for two concerts for the first time since being awarded France's highest award, the Legion of Honour, in 2012 for services to music. The last time that Paul visited the Dutch capital of Amsterdam was when he toured with Wings in 1972. In July the tour will see Paul and his band at their first European festival in five years with a
headlining slot at Denmark's Roskilde. The show in Norway, Oslo sees him returning after last playing there as part of 2004's 'O4 Summer Tour' and his show in Stockholm will be his first there since 2011's 'On The Run' tour.

These new shows will mark the second time the 'Out There' tour has come to Europe since June 2013 when Paul performed in Poland, Italy and Austria.

Speaking about the tour dates, Paul told us:

"I'm looking forward to taking the 'Out There' tour back to Europe this summer. It's been a little while since I've performed in some of these places so we know it's going to be a fun tour. I hope the audiences enjoy this tour as much as we've been enjoying it ourselves all over the world."

Tickets for Roskilde are on sale now HERE!


Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets directly through the website on the following dates:

London / Birmingham / Liverpool - 10am (GMT) on Saturday, March 7th
Oslo - 9am (CET / 8am GMT) on Monday, March 9th
Stockholm - 10am (CET / 9am GMT) on Monday, March 9th
Marseille / Amsterdam / Paris - 10am (CET / 9am GMT) on Tuesday, March 10th

Fans must be registered with PaulMcCartney.com 2 hours before the start of each pre-sale.
Register for pre-sale tickets by clicking HERE!

The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.  The set list will also include material from Paul's most recent studio album 'NEW', which was a global hit upon its release in 2013. 

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime moment all music fans should experience. The three hour concert includes some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years in music, many of which have shaped the soundtrack of our 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, at Buckingham Palace and the White House. He has played a free show in Mexico's Zocalo to over 400,000 people and even broadcast live into Space!  Having played with his band (Paul 'Wix' Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)) for over ten years now, the show never disappoints.

The 'Out There' tour 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 the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. 

Before the tour arrives in Europe for these new dates in May, Paul will first play shows in Japan and South Korea.

2015 got off to a flying start for Paul with the release of new chart topping collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna as well as a performance together at the Grammys. A couple of weeks later and Paul performed a surprise intimate Valentine's Day gig at New York's Irving Plaza, which became the city's hottest ticket. On the same weekend Paul appeared and played on Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary prime time special (not to mention a massive all-star jam at the show's special after party).




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February 27, 2015 -- NY Post (Page Six)

Macca sighting

Paul McCartney
and Nancy Shevell saw "Kinky Boots" on Broadway.



February 27, 2015 -- PM.com

'You Gave Me The Answer' ­ Paul from Canada asks

Lots of people have speculated over this month's question for 'You Gave Me The Answer'. We were also curious to shed some light onto this ourselves. 

There's nothing more satisfying than getting stuck into a really good autobiography. Reading the memoirs of famous musicians, celebrities, campaigners, politicians, indeed anybody whose life intrigues you, can be a wonderfully enriching experience. 

Paul from Canada has been in touch to ask what many have wondered. He asks:
"Will you ever write your autobiography?" 

Paul has, of course, worked with Barry Miles on the biography 'Many Years From Now', but would he ever put pen to paper himself? We caught up with him following his recent GRAMMYs appearance to find out:
 
PAUL: "My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done already. But from time to time I do think of certain little memories that are not published in any books so, who knows. If I ever find the time it could possibly happen. But I think you can guess from my answer that I'm not in any hurry to be doing it!"

Working with Paul as closely we do, we know how busy his diary is so finding any 'free time' could be quite the task! We hope you're not too disappointed, but never say never. Perhaps not one for your Christmas list this year though... 



February 26, 2015 -- CapeGazette.com

Paul McCartney announced as Firefly headliner

Festival runs Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21

Firefly fans may be amazed that Paul McCartney really is coming to Firefly Music Festival.

After weeks of speculation that McCartney would be the third headliner, Red Frog Events announced Feb. 25 that McCartney will make his first Delaware appearance at the Woodlands in Dover.

"We're not only excited, but honored, to have Paul McCartney join us at The Woodlands this year," Firefly Music Festival Director Greg Bostrom said in a press release. "With his addition, this year's lineup is our most exciting one yet."

McCartney gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, and the McCartney live experience is described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Out There tour uses state-of-the-art technology, including screens, lasers, fireworks and unique video content to relive more than 50 years of music developed by the artist and his band.

McCartney joins headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers, as well as more than 100 additional acts including Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Zedd and Hozier. Firefly announced its lineup - minus Sir Paul - Feb. 17 after more than two weeks of delays.

General admission passes to the festival, scheduled for Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 21, will go on sale Monday, March 2, and VIP pass options will be available Friday, Feb. 27.

Firefly has grown exponentially since its 2012 debut, when about 30,000 music fans flocked to The Woodlands near Dover International Speedway. Last year, more than 80,000 people attended the festival, and a recent study boasted that the festival brought $68 million to the regional economy in 2014.

A few months after the 2014 event, the festival's promoter and producer, Chicago-based Red Frog Events, joined with Goldenvoice, the creator of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. When the joint venture was announced, Firefly representatives said they expect to bring Firefly to the next level.

"We're going to look to them to share the knowledge they've gained working with music festivals and hopefully teach us a few things they've learned along the way," Red Frog Events Vice President of Operations Stephanie Mezzano said in a previous interview.

To purchase tickets or see the full lineup, go to fireflyfestival.com.



February 26, 2015 -- WCAX.com

Sir Paul McCartney visits Vermont

Juliette Britton owns J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery in Peru, Vermont. While she was working Sunday, she received a call about a very important person coming in to eat. They wanted to make sure not many people were around.

Sir Paul McCartney, the famous musician and former Beatle, stopped in after a day on the slopes at Bromley. A picture is posted on the J.J. Hapgood's Twitter account. Britton said they waited until Tuesday to release the picture because she feared a paparazzi frenzy.

"It's very exciting," Britton said. "It's an honor and actually when he was here he asked me about the store, the beams; he asked if they were original, that was one of his questions."

McCartney told Britton a celebrity friend said he should stop by to check out the store's diverse menu.

"He ordered a margherita pizza and he ordered a kale salad," Britton said. "I understand he's a vegetarian and he heard we have a lot of vegetarian options, organic kale."

And a side of red sauce too.

J.J. Hapgood first opened 150 years ago and is the longest-running general store in Vermont. It is recognized as a destination after being featured in the 1987 movie "Baby Boom," starring Diane Keaton.

When you walk through the aisles at J.J. Hapgood, you never know what or who you may find. But the cozy, quiet atmosphere is great for everyone, whether you're a local or a celebrity.

"Peru is a really special place," Britton said. "And I think that this place on Earth for whatever reason is charmed and we feel pretty lucky."

Britton tells us her favorite McCartney song is "Jet." She said it was a nickname of hers growing up. And now, as she runs the general store, she hopes more folks jet over to check it out.


February 26, 2015 -- Inquisitr.com

Paul McCartney Wins 2015 Pollstar Award


More than half a century after
Paul McCartney became an international sensation, he continues to top the charts through collaboration with the industry's best talent, like Kanye West and Rihanna, further boosting his notable career. At Pollstar's Concert Industry Awards, Paul McCartney turned heads again as he took home the award for "Major Tour of the Year."

Still rocking months before his 73rd birthday, Paul McCartney is no stranger to the spotlight. At this year's Grammy Awards, McCartney appeared alongside Kanye and Rihanna for a live performance of "FourFiveSeconds." Managing to emerge in the top 40 once again, McCartney doesn't appear to be slowing down for retirement.

As Inquisitr recently reported, McCartney's collaboration with West and Rihanna isn't the first to turn heads. Earlier in 2015, Paul was featured in Kanye West's "Only One" and teamed up with Lady Gaga, who initially hung up on McCartney believing his request to collaborate was a prank. Paul's eagerness to stay relevant in the current musical landscape is admirable, and the entertainment community is taking note.

Making live appearances each year since 1998, it seems as though Paul McCartney is a dedicated workaholic with a penchant for staying active. Following his 2008 divorce from former wife Heather Mills, Paul has traveled the world playing music, seemingly unaffected by the loss of nearly $50 million in the separation agreement.

Following his Grammy performance, Paul appeared on 'SNL 40 singing "Maybe I'm Amazed" before Miley Cyrus sang "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," Rolling Stone reported. Despite the age difference between McCartney and today's top pop stars, he's more than willing to cross generational lines to match musical talents with a fellow creative.

The publicity enjoyed by the famous Beatle couldn't come at a better time; Paul is gearing up for his 2015 tour, which will include stops in Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul in April. While tour dates for the latter half of 2015 have not yet been released, McCartney usually reserves the end of the year for music festival and charity event appearances.

In 2014, Paul spent most of the year finishing his Out There tour, which lasted more than a year and earned him recent acclaim at the 2015 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The previous year, he performed memorable sets at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and impromptu concerts around the world.

In addition to Paul McCartney, performers who received awards at this year's Pollstar ceremony included Katy Perry, Sam Smith, and Dave Chappelle.


February 26, 2015 -- hollywoodlife.com

Miley Cyrus Disses Taylor Swift - Bashed Her At SNL After Party, what set her off!

Miley Cyrus, 22, was NOT in a good mood after the SNL 40th Anniversary special on Feb. 15. She wanted a chance to perform with Paul McCartney, 72, but Taylor Swift, 25, swooped in and performed with him instead - ouch! You won't believe the shocking things Miley said about Taylor during her tantrum!

When Taylor got the chance to perform with Paul, Miley was absolutely crushed, an eyewitness told In Touch Weekly magazine.

Instead of sulking in quiet, Miley started bashing Taylor to the people around her saying, "Her guitar wasn't even plugged in" and "Those aren't even real chords! She's not even playing!"


February 19, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Today in 1993 Paul played live at the Forumdi Assago in Milan, Italy as part of 'The New World Tour'. This photo by LindaMcCartney featured in the tour programme.


February 17, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Macca speaks about his friend Stevie Wonder


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Paul McCartney made a brief video appearance on the Stevie Wonder special, "Grammy Salute: Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key Of Life" aired Monday on CBS.

Paul spoke candidly from his Grammys dressing room talking about recording with Wonder and how Wonder's childhood classmates teased his name change when he achieved fame.

Macca signed off with, "Stevie, I can't put it any other way. ' F*KING GREAT!" Of course CBS bleeped out the f-word out.


February 17, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Missed Saturday Night Live 40? Catch it online

"I've Just Seen A Face" (end of Opening Monologue) CLICK TO WATCH

"Maybe I'm Amazed" CLICK TO WATCH

FULL SNL40 EPISODE PART 1 CLICK TO WATCH

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February 17, 2015 - -Yahoo Music

Lennon-McCartney's 'SNL' Reunion: Sean Jammed With Paul, Taylor Swift, and Jimmy Fallon at Afterparty

Everyone's still talking about Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special, which featured several musical performances, including Paul McCartney and Paul Simon's comedic collaboration on the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face," as well as McCartney's solo shot of his '70s hit "Maybe I'm Amazed."


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But the musical highlights didn't stop when SNL 40 ended. At the all-star afterparty at New York's Plaza Hotel, McCartney and Jimmy Fallon got down with Taylor Swift on her hit "Shake It Off." Accompanying them was a guitarist sporting a pilgrim hat, red-and-black coat. and a white shirt and tie. Yahoo Music has learned that the mystery player was none other than Sean Lennon - the son of McCartney's late Beatles bandmate John Lennon.

Sean has a solid musical career in his own right, releasing five solo albums beginning with his debut, 1998's Into the Sun on the Beastie Boys Grand Royal label. His most recent project, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - a collaboration with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl - issued the critically acclaimed album Midnight Sun in 2014.

Saturday night, however, Lennon was a low-key sideman to Swift, Fallon, and McCartney. Of course, Beatlemanics are probably slapping themselves silly over the missed opportunity to see and hear McCartney and Sean Lennon collaborate on a Beatles classic. 


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(Fallon, Swift and Dan Aykroyd did do "I Saw Her Standing There" with Sir Paul, but based on the footage we've seen, it's unclear if Lennon was on stage for that.)

The afterparty also featured spontaneous performances by the likes of Prince, Michael Bolton, Miley Cyrus, Debbie Harry, Arianna Grande, and HAIM.


Jimmy Fallon talks in detail about the SNL40 "After Party" jam WATCH



February 16, 2015 - Pop Crush

Taylor Swift Jams With Paul McCartney + Jimmy Fallon at 'SNL' Afterparty [VIDEO]

Hours after celebrating the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Taylor Swift took to the stage at the afterparty, and was joined by legendary musician Paul McCartney and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.

TMZ obtained Instagram video of the post-broadcast festivities, which shows Swift on stage singing her megahit, "Shake It Off." McCartney is seen to Swift's right on the guitar and providing backup vocals, while Fallon is seen rocking out on the mic. Both McCartney and Fallon unleashed their inner Swiftie, as they both seemed to have enjoy performing to her joyful, carefree lyrics.

Swift, McCartney and Fallon are then seen singing
The Beatles' 1963 hit, "I Saw Her Standing There." Swift even took the opportunity to show that she can strum a guitar side by side with a legendary musician.


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Earlier during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special, Fallon opened the show with a cold open with Justin Timberlake. McCartney then appeared briefly in the opening monologue and later performed the track, "Maybe I'm Amazed." Swift then showed off her acting chops in a revival of the sketch "The Californians" featuring Jason Sudeikis, Kristin Wiig and Fred Armisen, with special cameos by Bradley Cooper and Betty White.... MORE VIDEOS



February 16, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul's tweet to Saturday Night Live

Thank you SNL40! Here's to 40 more! Photo: MJ Kim



February 15, 2015 -- New York Post (Page Six)

Paul McCartney gives fans an intimate Valentine's Day show

Paul McCartney
gave a hastily booked and intimate Valentine's Day concert for the fans who love him at Irving Plaza on Saturday night.

Among 1,000 who made it in were Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Lorne Michaels.

Many in the crowd were booked to appear, along with McCartney, on Sunday's "SNL" special.

The former Beatle even personally booked clean energy-fueled food trucks from Neapolitan Express to make free personal pizza for the audience.

Inside, when Sir Paul dedicated one love song to wife
Nancy Shevell, red confetti came down on the crowd that also included Steve Buscemi and magician David Blaine.

February 15, 2015 -- Macca Report News UPDATE

Paul gets 'Out There' in New York City

Irving Plaza- New York - Saturday, February 14th

On Valentine's Day Paul had a busy schedule. First he rehearsed songs with his band for the "SNL 40 LIVE Special" which airs tonight at 7pm ET to 11:30pm ET on NBC. Then he was seen at Madison Square Garden sitting in the audience for a sports event, which made him late for his scheduled 9pm show at Irving Plaza.

Earlier in the day 200 tickets were released at the Irving Plaza box office at 10am. Only one wristband would be given out for a fee of $40 cash. The concert was General Admission though it is thought there were some pricey VIP tickets for seats in the balcony running close to $900. Scalpers were reportedly asking $500 a ticket.

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. All My Loving
4. One After 909
5. Matchbox
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxey Lady Coda
7. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
8. My Valentine
9. Maybe I'm Amazed
10. I've Just Seen A Face
11. It's So Easy
12. Every Night
13. Another Day
14. We Can Work It Out
15. And I Love Her
16. New
17. Lady Madonna
18. Jet
19. Drive My Car
20. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
21. Back In The USSR
22. Let It Be
23. Hey Jude


ENCORE
24. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

Paul leaves Irving Plaza at 2am February 15th WATCH


PHOTO: BOB GANNON

IRVING PLAZA CONCERT REPORT
by Bob Gannon,
Macca Reporter

Early in the week the rumors were swirling about a possible Paul McCartney show at Irving Plaza. Continued speculation had it pegged as a private affair attached to his SNL 40th Anniversary appearance but still others held out hope that it would be a public show. Also early in the week, a friend sent me a copy of an email with a banner on it announcing "An Intimate Evening with Paul McCartney" At Irving Plaza with February 14th date but a wrong year. When I asked the friend, they said they called the number attached to be told that tickets were $950 GA and some other information. Things didn't sound legit although some more hope that it might be public to some extent. Two friends and myself decided to risk it and come into the city Saturday morning and hang around Irving Plaza just in case that they might announce it last minute like the Times Square Gig. So we arrived at 6:45AM and I was expecting to see the 15-30 diehard fans that are always there really early if there's just a sniff of a Paul show but instead found nobody. In all fairness, the fact that it wasn't official and that it was bitter cold probably didn't hurt. However, there were security guys already at the door. I decided to walk up to one and ask where they wanted us to start lining up. The guard looked at me and said "Line up? I don't know what you are talking about". I smiled at him and said, C'mon we know that Paul McCartney is playing here tonight and I'm just trying to be a respectful fan and ask where you wanted us. With that, he lightened up, smiled and pointed and said right there is fine. So we were the first three and in great position if it did happen.

About 20 minutes later, loading trucks started to arrive and MPL crates could be seen be unloaded. Now we knew for sure that there would be a show! Around 9am-930am, some of Paul's people arrived on scene. Came over to say hi to the small group of 15 or so fans lined up. We were told that tickets would be sold. We were told one wristband per person, $40.00 and then we would return at 9:30PM and stand behind the line that your wristband number fell under and that door would open shortly after. I then sent some messages out to come down there as did others. At around 10AM, we were brought inside 3 at a time. I was first, I paid my $40 and reached into a bag to grab a random wristband. I came up with #631. I walked out side were I was soon joined by my friend Phil who had grabbed #115 I think and then Paul who had #11. Of course I was now a bit worried, not only did I draw a high number, I wouldn't be let in the same time as my two friends. By the time I went in for my band, I was surprised that there still were no more than 25 people lined up. But I had my band and it was time to get out of the cold after 3 1/2 hours. We went back to our hotel.

After dinner, we walked to the venue as It had warmed up a bit and wasn't so brutal. We walked up to the venue and it didn't appear like it was an overwhelming number of people. Both of my friends with the lower numbers wound up behind me. I was the fourth group to go inside. I must say the number system although mildly disappointing was pretty effective and orderly. Saw a few of the familiar faces but really surprised at the lack of the usual suspects. I entered to the performance area which was about 1/4 full and found myself a spot center to the right of Paul's microphone to get a nice view of the piano. While I was there, I was approached by someone from Jimmy Fallon's security who told me that there was a black mark on the floor to my right and that during "My Valentine" they would be bringing a couple to stand there and that I would have to move then because a camera from the balcony would be filming them. I agreed but as it started getting crazy cramped, I decided to make a move towards the back against the wall where very few people were. Even 3/4 of the way back, was still an excellent vantage point with my own wall and railing and a cool air blower right above me. My friend Phil joined me over there.

Finally around 1100PM, Paul took the stage to a cheering, loving crowd. Paul looked great and sounded very good. The whole band was energetic and looked to be very happy to be playing the small gig. During the show, Paul announced that this day was all about love and that it was all anyone needed. He mentioned love several more times during the evening. He also mentioned that he liked playing these small gigs and that they usually added songs that usually are used for soundchecks to play different songs. With that, the crowd cheered quite loudly. "My Valentine" was dedicated to Nancy but nothing happened during this song with the Fallon ticket winners. Much later in the show, Paul said that two lucky fans won tickets on Jimmy Fallon last night and he asked if they were out there. Both had been moved to where I had been standing and he acknowledged them and said "Hello". Either one of the Fallon winners or someone near them asked Paul if they could come on stage. Paul joked around stating "no" and I have security up here. A funny little bit. He added a story that isn't in the usual ones he uses talking about how is 1961 Hofner had been stolen and that still after all of these years it hadn't shown up. He joked that it was somewhere in a mansion of a hill where some guy has it in a secret room. He added that the person could never sell it because as soon as it his the market, Paul would know that it was his guitar and he'd never be able to sell it. My pal Paul said that this would have been a great segue into "My Brave Face" which it would have but of course that didn't happen. But heck if he wasn't right!!!

For the most part the fans were well behaved and overjoyed at the show. Paul came out for one encore and then gave the customary "See you next Time". HE also answered several "I love you comments" with "I love you too!". He also said that he "loved New York!" There you have it.. Another great show with great friends!!


February 15, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter UPDATE

Macca's Twitter posts and retweets

New York City! Best Valentines Day Ever!

Thanks for showing up!
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, BradleyCooper, Leo DiCaprio, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock

Good to see you all!
Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Buffett, Steve Van Zandt, Peyton Manning, Charlie Day, David Blaine, Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig

Thanks for coming down tonight!
Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde, John Kerry, Theresa Heinz, Fred Armisen, Gary Barlow, Cory Booker, David Spade

Steve Martin tweets...
OMG, I'm loving this concert!

Amazing rehearsal for SNL40 today! - Photo by: MJ Kim

Getting ready to rock Irving Plaza! NewYorkCity ValentinesDay - Photo by: MJ Kim



February 15, 2015 -- New York Times

Paul McCartney Offers an Intimate Valentine's Gift at Irving Plaza

A holiday, a song title and a free night before a TV appearance were pretext enough for Paul McCartney to book a sudden show on Saturday night at Irving Plaza; its capacity, about 1,000, is an order of magnitude smaller than the arenas he usually headlines. The audience, he said joshingly, was "so close you can see my dental work." On Sunday, Mr. McCartney was scheduled to perform on "Saturday Night Live's" 40th-anniversary prime-time special. But Saturday was also Valentine's Day, and Mr. McCartney announced, "Tonight it's all about love."

Midway through the set, he came to "the point of this evening." He dedicated "My Valentine," a minor-key ballad from his 2012 album "Kisses on the Bottom," to his wife, Nancy Shevell, and red confetti petals showered down on the sold-out crowd. "That's the big spectacular production number of this evening," he said afterward.

The concert, about 100 minutes long, was mostly an abridged version of the set Mr. McCartney performed last year on his world tour of arenas. He slipped in a few 1950s oldies he clearly admires: the Crickets' "It's So Easy" and, even better, Carl Perkins's "Matchbox," which gave him a chance to belt the blues and show off some pointed, rockabilly-rooted lead guitar.

Although Kanye West, Mr. McCartney's recent collaborator, is also performing on the "Saturday Night Live" special, he didn't share the stage with Mr. McCartney as he did at the Grammy Awards. It might have been jarring; this audience was not a hip-hop crowd, and it sang along loudest on Beatles songs from the 1960s. The Irving Plaza show was Mr. McCartney's domain. He drew on every decade of his long career - including a few recent songs, like "Save Us" and "New" from his 2013 album "New" - and he casually moved from instrument to instrument, though he never got around to the drums.

The set was filled - as is Mr. McCartney's huge songwriting catalog - with love songs that fuse musical ingenuity with pure, guileless romance: "I know this love of mine will never die/And I love her." By now, Mr. McCartney's graceful melodies are a shared cultural heritage. Among his gifts, as songwriter and singer, is the ability to make songs like "And I Love Her" come across - even in their umpteenth performance - as sweetly sincere yet never saccharine.

Mr. McCartney's cleverness shows up in songs like "Another Day," which shifts between rocker and waltz; he followed it with "We Can Work It Out," which does the same trick. Unlike most ballad auteurs, Mr. McCartney is also a rocker, schooled on rockabilly and Little Richard, ready to rasp whether it was in "Matchbox," in The Beatles' brilliant Beach Boys parody "Back in the U.S.S.R." or over the gnarled guitar riff of his "Let Me Roll It," which segued into an instrumental of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady."

In the club, Mr. McCartney and his band weren't intent on being as polished as they might be in a studio or stadium. They let Abe Laboriel Jr.'s drum flourishes erupt; they plowed ahead when Mr. McCartney's voice grew ragged in "Jet." The songs, so familiar but still eagerly awaited, lived up to decades of memories; there was no question about everyone joining in on "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" or "Hey Jude." The encore, the grand finale of "Abbey Road," summed up much of Mr. McCartney's songwriting in its quick-changing suite: ballad, rocker, anthem, benediction. "In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make," he declared. It was, after all, Valentine's Day.



February 15, 2015 -- Showbiz411
by Roger Friedman

Paul McCartney: Meryl Streep, Steve van Zandt, Lorne Michaels, Lucky Few Hear Mostly Beatles Set at NYC Club

What a crowd, what a night, what a set:
Paul McCartney and his band played a two hour set of mostly Beatles songs and some solo rarities for a lucky few hundred people tonight. McCartney took over the smallish Irving Plaza, run now by LiveNation, and charged just $40 a ticket. Of course, prices on CraigsList were up to $500 by the time McCartney hit the stage with "Eight Days a Week."

In the crowd were Meryl Streep, Lorne Michaels, Fred Armisen, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Maureen and Steve van Zandt, Chris Rock, Peter Asher among the A-listers.

The set included "Let it Be," "I've Just Seen a Face," "Drive My Car," "All My Loving," "Back in the USSR," "Ob-la-Di-Ob-la-Da," "Lady Madonna," "Hey Jude," "We Can Work it Out," and the "Golden Slumbers" medley that ends "Abbey Road." McCartney also threw in great solo hits like "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Another Day," "Every Night," "Jet," "Let Me Roll It," "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five."

McCartney, who will play live on "SNL 40" on Sunday night, joked before "USSR" about playing in Russia. He said a fan had told him he'd learned English listening to Beatles songs. "Hello, goodbye," he offered.

McCartney at nearly 73 just keeps rocking, and sounding youthful and energetic as ever.

Check back for a video or two and some photos...
February 15, 2015 -- Associated Press

Paul McCartney is not lacking for love

The former Beatle was surrounded by celebrity fans at a nearly two-hour Valentine's Day concert Saturday at New York City's Irving Plaza.

"Tonight is about love," he told his audience, as rose petals fell.

He entertained a wide group of admirers, including Peyton Manning, Eddie Murphy, Emma Stone, Tom Hanks and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Other celebs who attended included Jim Carrey, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Q-Tip, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, David Spade, Andy Cohen and Billy Crystal.

McCartney performed excitedly on guitar and keys, singing "Hey Jude," ''Drive My Car," ''Let It Be" and "Carry That Weight."

And he gave as good as he got.

"New York City, you have been fantastic tonight," he told his audience. "We love you."



February 13, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul McCartney playing NYC

Paul McCartney is reportedly playing Irving Plaza in New York City on Valentine's Day.

Only 1,000 people will be at this concert. Jimmy Fallon gave away a pair of tickets for the show to a couple in his audience today and did not disclose the venue location.

There are rumors that parts of the concert will be taped for the Saturday Night Live Special to be aired the next night.


February 12, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Saturday Night Live Tweets


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Excited to have Paul McCartney join us Sunday, February 15 for SNL40!

SNL40 just got bigger. 30 minutes bigger Don't miss our 40th anniversary special, Sunday, February 15th at 8-11:30pm ET with a
red carpet starting at 7pm ET. (NBC)


February 12, 2015 -- PM.com

Send Your Valentine 'My Valentine'

Valentine's Day is one of our favourite times of year (who couldn't be a fan of a day about love!).

This week, to celebrate February 14th, we are giving you the opportunity to send Paul's song 'My Valentine' to your valentine along with a personalised message (we've included a few suggestions in case you get lost for words!). For them to find out who sent it, they have to send the song to their valentine. We hope it's you!

Send 'My Valentine' to your loved one by clicking HERE!


February 12, 2015 -- The Concourse

Iso-Cam On Paul McCartney & Beyoncé Reveal Why They're Music Royalty

On Sunday's Grammys performance Jeff Lynne's ELO (which is basically Jeff Lynne backed by the English pop group Take That) didn't get much of a rise from the audience at Staples Center.

Two spectators who did manage to stand for the medley of "Evil Woman" and "Mr. Blue Sky" --
Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.


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The crowd should know better: when the King and Queen stand, you stand. (And, seriously, it was probably the best music anyone in the Staples Center heard that night.)



February 12, 2015 -- zap2it.com

Grammys 2015 PSA: Sir Paul McCartney can sing along to whatever he chooses

During the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Paul McCartney was seen rockin' out to some Electric Light Orchestra, and everything was great -- until a cameraman decided it would be OK to tell a Beatle to stop dancing. Who knows what the cameraman actually said or signaled to the singer, but whatever it was, it was enough to make him throw his hands up in defeat and sit down.

But listen up, cameraman: You don't tell Sir Paul McCartney when it's time to sit down. He tells you when it's time to sit down.

The good news is that the rest of Twitter seems to get that McCartney can do whatever he pleases and that him dancing is probably the greatest thing ever. Because guess what? If Taylor Swift can dance her pretty, little heart out, then so can McCartney.

Nobody puts @PaulMcCartney in a corner. But they do tell him to sit down. #GRAMMYs
-- Pandora (@pandora_radio) February 9, 2015

Mr camera man get out of Sir Paul's face and let him jam!! #GRAMMYs
-- Cy Bucks!!!! (@CyClan) February 9, 2015

If a Beatle is standing up and jamming to your music, you're on to something! Everyone else might want to stand with Paul! #GRAMMYs
-- Jeremy Johnson (@jeremyjohnson1) February 9, 2015

You DO NOT tell Sir Paul McCartney to sit down while he's rocking out to ELO. YOU DO NOT. #GRAMMYs
-- Ashley C. Woods (@Ash_Detroit) February 9, 2015

PAUL MCCARTNEY, YOU KEEP ON CLAPPIN' #GRAMMYs
- Ariana Bacle (@iambacle) February 9, 2015

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SIT DOWN, YOU'RE PAUL MCCARTNEY! Keep jamming to ELO! #GRAMMYs
- Marci Robin (@MarciRobin) February 9, 2015

You do you, McCartney. You do you.



February 12, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul Grammys photo gallery (
Getty Images)

Paul "thumbs up" backstage at Grammys


Paul attends the GRAMMY Charities Signings on Feb 6th



Paul on his way to the stage

 

Paul plays guitar during performance of "FourFiveSeconds"


Paul on stage with Rihanna and Kanye West

Paul and Nancy in the front row


 

February 12, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul with his wife Nancy at @TheGRAMMYs in 2012


February 4, 2015 -- The Guardian (UK)

Paul McCartney joins Lady Gaga in the studio

The former Beatle extends his tour of modern pop collaborations by recording a 'beautiful' session with the Bad Romance singer.

Nobody could accuse Paul McCartney of slacking off these days. Following a month that saw the former Beatle pop up on songs with Kanye West and Rihanna, McCartney now appears to be recording with Lady Gaga.

At least that's what photos on Gaga's Instagram page suggest. "Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends," Gaga wrote on the social media site, underneath a photo featuring herself, Macca and a room of musicians (including Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready). She continued: "Working on one of his many secret projects! Killer musicians, vibe, and lots of laughs."

A subsequent photo, which featured just Gaga and McCartney, included the message: "Always a good time with my buddy. 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!"

No further details of this collaboration are available at present, although McCartney's previous songs with Kanye West and Rihanna saw him stepping out of the spotlight. Only One featured West on lead vocals, with McCartney responsible for the organ playing and production. FourFiveSeconds, with Rihanna and West, featured McCartney as a guitar player.



February 4, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Lada Gaga Twitter photos



"Lady Gaga with Paul McCartney throughout the years!"



February 4, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul McCartney getting back 'Out There'

First time in South Korea

'Paul McCartney Hyundai Card Super Concert 20'

Saturday 2nd May: Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

By the end of 2014 and 18 months since its launch, Paul's incredible 'Out There' tour has been seen by almost two million people around the world. Paul and his band have performed a total of 64 shows in 12 different countries in venues of all different shapes and sizes. Each show on the tour has seen multi-generational audiences from all different kinds of backgrounds come together to share in the incredible magic of a McCartney live show.

 


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Last year for reasons beyond his control Paul was forced to cancel his first ever trip to South Korea. Today it is confirmed that Paul will bring his show to Seoul this May. Paul was incredibly disappointed that he couldn't play there last year and was determined that he would bring his show to South Korea, taking place at Olympic Stadium this May 2nd, 2015.

Speaking about the forthcoming show Paul said: "I'm really excited that we are going to South Korea to play our show. I was really looking forward to visiting last year and really touched by all the messages I received from my fans after we were forced to move the show. It's going to be an incredible night and I look forward to rocking with you all very soon."

Fans registered with PaulMcCartney.com will be eligible to purchase pre-sale tickets from 6pm (local time / 9am GMT) on Tuesday 10th February.

Register for pre-sale tickets by clicking
HERE!


Please note: To be elligible for this pre-sale fans must be registered by 4pm (local time / 7am GMT) on 10th February. 

VIP - Click HERE!
General Pre-Sale - Click
HERE!


The 'Out There' tour features music from one of the best loved catalogues in popular music. Paul will perform songs that span his entire career - as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul's most recent studio album NEW, which was a global hit upon its release.

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. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform 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 and even into Space! Having played with his band (Paul 'Wix' Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass guitar/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)) for over ten years now, 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 the best songs in the world a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert.  

Tickets will be available on YES24 (ticket.yes24.com, For English Booking, ticket.yes24.com/English), Interpark (ticket.interpark.com, For English Booking, ticket.interpark.com/global) and livenation.kr from February 12th (Thursday) at 12PM. There will be an exclusive pre-sale open to Hyundai Card holders on February 11th (Wednesday) at 12PM. 



February 3, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Rihanna's "FourFiveSeconds" video


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February 3, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul confirmed to perform at the Grammys

Paul will perform with Rihanna and Kanye West "FourFive Seconds" live at the Grammys.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
Sunday, February 8th @ 8 - 11:30pm ET/PT on CBS.


February 3, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul sings happy birthday to Love actress

 


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Paul and Ringo send birthday wishes to LOVE actress Silvia Aderne who plays Eleanor Rigby.


February 2, 2015 -- Liverpool Echo (UK)

Paul McCartney's Superbowl super selfie with Eric Idle and Dan Aykroyd


(left to right) Joe Walsh, Eric Idle, Paul Allen (owner Seattle Seahawks and co-founder of Microsoft), Dan Aykroyd

Paul McCartney has created a Superbowl super-selfie with Monty Python star Eric Idle, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and Ghostbusters actor Dan Aykroyd.

Eric Idle, who formed Beatles parody band The Rutles, was obviously a little star-struck by the encounter, posting the photo on Twitter with the simple caption: 'How cool is this?'

He went on to reveal that he'd been sitting next to Game of Thrones author George. R.R. Martin during the match and high fived him!

It's not clear which team the celebrities were supporting in the Superbowl XLIX, eventual winners New England Patriots or narrowly defeated Seattle Seahawks. But they looked to be having a great time away from the heat of the action at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale in Arizona.

Macca is no stranger to America's favourite sporting spectacle. In 2005 he got the gig filled by Katy Perry this year: half-time entertainment. On top of an X-shaped stage made of video projectors, McCartney sang Drive My Car, Get Back, Live and Let Die and a finale of Hey Jude - with the 84,000 crowd on backing vocals.


February 2, 2015 -- The Wrap

'SNL' Unveils 36 Former Stars and Popular Guests Returning for 40th Anniversary (Video)

We knew Eddie Murphy was making his long-awaited return to "Saturday Night Live's" famed Studio 8H, but now there are 35 other big names joining the once-sketch comedy show star at the NBC staple's coming 40th anniversary.

Most of the revealed crop are former "SNL"cast members as well - such as Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Garrett Morris, Chris Rock and more - though some are merely famous friends of the show.

That latter category includes Justin Timberlake, Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Emma Stone, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks and Melissa McCarthy, among others.

"Saturday Night Live" will unveil more names in the coming days, a show spokesperson told TheWrap.

"SNL 40" airs live Sunday, Feb. 15th from 8 - 11pm ET on NBC.

Here's the full list of guests per the initial waves release by NBC via a series of Super Bowl commercial teasers:

Justin Timberlake
Emma Stone
Derek Jeter
Chevy Chase
Kanye West
Paul McCartney
Jimmy Fallon
Adam Sandler
Will Ferrell
Tina Fey
Steve Martin
Mike Myers
Melissa McCarthy
Jerry Seinfeld
Robert De Niro
Paul Simon
Molly Shannon
Eddie Murphy
Andy Samberg
Bill Murray
Jack Nicholson
Amy Poehler
Jim Carrey
Peyton Manning
Dana Carvey
Kristen Wiig
Dan Aykroyd
Chris Rock
Alec Baldwin
Taylor Swift
Garrett Morris
Christopher Walken
Maya Rudolph
Tom Hanks
Martin Short
Betty White


February 2, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul at the Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ

During the game, cameras focused on sky boxes where the VIPs and celebrities were sitting at the game. Some even had placards at their seats with their names printed on it so cameramen and sports commentators would know who they were.

Paul was shown by himself for about 8 seconds on camera before the Super Bowl announcers moved on to report the game.


(left to right) Marjorie Walsh (Barbara Bach's sister), Joe Walsh, Arlen Blakeman (Nancy's son)

Musician and singer, Joe Walsh posted this photo on his Twitter and Facebook pages with the caption "Super Bowl Fun 2015!!"



February 2, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Twitter Flasback Photo

Here's a photo by Bill Bernstein of Paul playing the 2005 (Super Bowl) half-time show.




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