November 27, 2014 -- Macca Report News

Paul gets 'Out There' in São Paulo (2nd concert)


PHOTO:
Marcos Hermes/Ag Lens/Divulgação

November 26 ­ Allianz Parque ­ São Paulo, Brazil

CONCERT SETLIST

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

ENCORE ONE
32. Day Tripper
33. Get Back
34. I Saw Her Standing There

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

CONCERT NOTES:

Paul's last concert of the year concluded at Allianz Parque in São Paulo, Brazil. Though the setlist did not contain any new songs for this last show, there was a very moving moment during "Let It Be". Paul's production crew and staff stood in front of the stage facing Paul and held up signs with one letter printed on each. The signs together read, "Love is all that matters in the end." An emotional moment for Paul and his crew.

Three women were brought onstage during the first encore.

more later...


November 27, 2014 -- PM.com

'You Gave Me The Answer' - Lily Cole Asks Q & A

Fans will have seen that on Wednesday November 19th Paul sat down with Lily Cole and a small group of musicians from her Impossible website to discuss his forthcoming new single 'Hope For The Future' and share his thoughts about songwriting. Paul chatted with Lily and the invite-only audience for 45 minutes, taking several questions from the musicians in attendance. (Pssst ­ we'll be posting the full transcript from the Q&A soon!)

As you might imagine, a room made up of musicians had a great number of things they wanted to ask Paul! So after the talk finished we spoke with them and took note of a few more questions. Later that day, Paul kindly sat down with us to answer them.

Today we publish the first of these questions for November's 'You Gave Me The Answer'. To make it even more exciting, we asked Lily Cole to read out three of the questions sent in via Twitter. Watch the video of Lily asking the questions below:


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Would you like to find out where the characters 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'Polythene Pam' came from? Or which lyrics Paul is currently enjoying singing on tour? Read on

Question: Did Paul and John ever talk about the characters inside their songs and try to get them as real as possible?

Paul: "Some of them you would talk about, some of them didn't have a provenance; we just made them up. They didn't come from anywhere.

"But there would be all sorts of examples - like 'Polythene Pam' - who was someone John had known. There was a wild night somewhere and this girl was dressed in a lot of polythene [laughs], so she was known as 'Polythene Pam'. So she was real, baby! And, you know, I'd like to have been a fly on that wall! So she came from somewhere.

''Eleanor Rigby' came from a combination of old ladies I'd known when I was a kid. It was sort of a cross between wanting to do good work, but at the same time a fascination by these older people who had gone through stuff, that I hadn't. For some reason or another I was drawn to those people.

"There was a woman who lived near me in 20 Forthlin Road, where I used to go and get her shopping for her, just because I was on my way to the shops. I'd just drop in, I knew her. So we became pretty good friends and she was a sort of lonely old lady. But I found out things like she had a little crystal radio set, which fascinated me, because people in the war made their own little radios, "What! You can make a radio?! Brilliant!" So she would be part of the 'Eleanor Rigby' thing. I would occasionally meet other lonely old ladies, so they kind of became 'Eleanor Rigby' too.

"Some of the people ­ mostly they were made up - but some of them did actually come from somewhere.

'''Father McKenzie' in 'Eleanor Rigby' was going to be Father McCartney. I had [sings to the tune of 'Eleanor Rigby'] 'Father McCartney, do do do do do'. And I said, 'I've got to change that.' And John said, 'No, it'll be great! Father McCartney!' I said, 'No, it's like my Dad! I can't relate to it'. So we got the phonebook out, we just went: 'McCartney, McCartney, McCartney, McCartney, McKenzie!'"

PaulMcCartney.com: "There are many stories about where the name Eleanor Rigby came from, is that someone's name?"

Paul: "It's a strange thing because there is actually a gravestone up in the churchyard of the church, St Peter's in Woolton - where John and I met on the fateful day of the fete - which apparently says 'Eleanor Rigby'. So the idea is, subliminally, I might have seen it because I would have walked through that graveyard, just as kids getting from A to B.

"But my theory - of what I can remember of it - was that I liked the name Eleanor, because we'd worked with Eleanor Bron, the actress in the film 'Help'. But I wanted to have a second name. Names are very important because, you know, like school kids, all the names are authentic. If you think back to any of your school mates - Grace Pendleton was one of my school mates ­ it works! All those real names; and you can make up 'Charlie Farnsbarn' and it just, it doesn't work as well. It's an interesting little thing, names.

"So I was really searching around for Eleanor's second name. And I was in Bristol, visiting my then girlfriend - Jane Asher, who was working at Bristol Old Vic - and I was wondering around waiting for her to finish and I saw this shop: 'Rigby'. And I thought [clicks fingers] 'Perfect! Eleanor Rigby'. A real, nice name. It's sort of original, and yet not too far out. It just sort of fitted.

"So that's my story. But as I say later, a guy - Geoff Wonfor doing The Beatles Anthology ­ said, 'We've found this gravestone, what do you think about that?'"

PaulMcCartney.com: "So the name might have already been buried somewhere in your mind, and then you made that connection?"

Paul: "I wonder. I don't know. My story, I definitely know is true. The other story's a little bit spooky. A 'subconscious theory'!"

Question: Do you still like all the lyrics you wrote in the past, and are there any that you don't like anymore? And, of course, I want to know why if the answer is no!

Paul: "There are lyrics I'm embarrassed by. Like in 'Rockshow' - references to 'axe' and Jimmy Page ­ they seem a little bit dated. But they are. That's exactly what they are.

"What made me less embarrassed was when I said this to a couple of the guys in the band, Rusty and Brian particularly. I said, 'Oh my god, I can't stand that - An axe! Jimmy Page!'. I'm going, 'Oh God, it just doesn't seem right now, it seems embarrassing'. They said, 'No, I love that!'

"So it was great. I got their perspective on it, and it sort of made it alright that they didn't think it was remotely embarrassing."

PaulMcCartney.com: "We know people who still call their guitars 'axes'!"

Paul: "It's a period thing. You don't really call them that now. But you did then. So that was the embarrassing thing."

Question: What are your personal favourite lyrics you've ever written?

Paul: "There's some nice things about doing the live show now. I kind of run through the lyrics - in my mind - to sing them. So 'Eleanor Rigby' is nice, 'Wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door'. I sort of think, 'Pretty good work for a 23 year old boy!' Something like that I think, 'Yeah, that's really nice'. So I like that.

"Currently I'm liking 'Another Day'. It's just very sort of regular life of this girl. [Sings verse 'Everyday she takes her morning bath'.] It's just all what a girl might do: 'Wraps a towel around her as she's heading for the bedroom chair'. And then she goes to the office, has a coffee, finds it hard to stay awake, and it all just seems to ring true to me. But it's just another day.

"So yeah, I'd single those two out as ones that I like."

PaulMcCartney.com will be publishing more Q&As from Paul's Impossible songwriting talk soon, so remember to keep checking back!


November 27, 2014 -- Macca Report News

Paul gets 'Out There' in São Paulo (1st concert)

November 25 ­ Allianz Parque ­ São Paulo, Brazil


PHOTO:
Marcos Hermes/Ag Lens/Divulgação

CONCERT SETLIST (YouTube)

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

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

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



November 27, 2014 -- Billboard.com

Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society PRS for Music.

Sir Paul McCartney, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ray Davies, Brian May, Lily Allen, Laura Mvula and Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp were among the attendees, alongside a small selection of PRS' senior management team and key licensees. Billboard was also there to witness a jovial Prince Charles acknowledge some of the U.K.'s best known songwriters and composers.

"All of you play such an incredibly important part in this country's artistic, cultural and economic life, that the least I could do would be to hold a small party to celebrate the PRS centenary and also celebrate what all of you contribute to this country, and all around the world," Prince Charles told guests at the Nov. 20 event.

"My wife and I salute you and thank you for the extraordinary talent and creativity you give to our country," he went on to say, adding: "I want to thank you for what you do economically, culturally and artistically, and also thank the PRS, who tries to make sure all of you get what you deserve at the end of the day. So happy centenary."

"I always feel inspired by events like this because it reminds me that there's somebody who cares about music, artists and songwriters in this country," Mvula, a singer-songwriter, told Billboard at the reception. "I feel looked after, which is necessary when you're on this kind of lonely artistic journey, because sometimes you can feel a bit isolated."

The Sony-signed singer also explained that because she arrived a few minutes late to the reception, her meeting with Prince Charles was not quite the composed, dignified affair that she had envisaged. "I was aware that because it's cold outside, I had snot flying out my nose. My hair was kind of jagged and my shirt was half tucked in. But he was really cool," said the singer.

Ray Davies was equally effusive, with the Kinks singer telling Billboard that "songwriting is a very solitary existence, so it's wonderful to meet people who are as lonely and isolated as I am."




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November 24, 2014 -- Macca Report News

Paul gets 'Out There' in Brasilia

November 23 - Estádio Nacional ­ Brasilia, Brazil

CONCERT SETLIST

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

ENCORE ONE
32. Day Tripper
33. Get Back
34. I Saw Her Standing There

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



November 24, 2014 -- CorreioBraziliense.com.br

Paul McCartney rides bike in Park City

Not only Brasilienses who enjoy strolling in the City Park. The star Paul McCartney, who is in Brasilia for a show on Sunday (Nov 23), the Mane Garrincha, took the passage through the capital to ride.

Despite the bad weather, the former Beatle was not discouraged. He was spotted in the early afternoon Saturday (Nov 22).



November 21, 2014 -- PM.com

JAUNT VR APP MAKES VIRTUAL REALITY CONTENT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME

Completely immersive VR footage of Paul's Historic Candlestick Park concert ready for download now

Earlier this year Paul made history when he performed the last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, the very same stadium that saw The Beatles last public concert 48 years ago, almost to the day.

A new app launched today by Jaunt allows fans to relive the magic of that night-more accurately experience it for the first time in a completely immersive 360-degree virtual environment offering access to Paul like never before: the Jaunt VR app puts you right there in the crowd, onstage, backstage, or even right by Paul's side in the midst of the climactic pyro, as he performs 'Live and Let Die' live at Candlestick.

In addition to his obviously peerless status as a musical legend and fearless innovator, Paul has never stopped looking for new and interesting ways to reach audiences, from his work on this year's single biggest entertainment release, the video game 'Destiny,' to this collaboration with Jaunt enabling fans to experience his music and live performance in a previously unimaginable new way.

Jaunt, the technology company behind the app, is building the hardware and software to make truly immersive cinematic VR possible. This special footage of the world's revered musician marks the launch of their first publicly available content. Jaunt is making this revolutionary experience freely available for consumers to download and view for the first time. The content is available now through Jaunt's app on Google Play for Google Cardboard and Android phones and will be coming soon to Samsung's Gear VR and the Oculus Rift.

Paul's performance of 'Live and Let Die' was filmed using state of the art technology, Jaunt's proprietary 360 degree, stereoscopic 3D cameras and 3D sound-field microphones. Viewers will experience a completely new level of immersion: complete freedom to look in any direction and experience every moment of the performance in true stereoscopic 3D with reactive, omnidirectional audio.

"The concert at Candlestick put Sir Paul McCartney in front of 70,000 live fans, and with our technology and the launch of our app, we're opening up this access to many more," said Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt. "We're creating a completely new medium for entertainment. This is just the first step of our broader mission to bring viewers immersive access to the latest concerts, movies, sporting events and more through virtual reality."

'Live and Let Die' is the first of these recordings to be released by Jaunt, and it also marks the very first public release of content in Jaunt's cinematic VR library.

Jaunt, which emerged from stealth in early 2014, delivers a completely new way to present and experience media. The Jaunt platform makes use of advanced algorithms and computational photography software to enable the creation of seamless, omnidirectional 3D experiences. The company will continue to focus its efforts on enabling top content producers to create a diverse array of cinematic VR experiences that will be available for consumers to view and download across many platforms.

In another upcoming McCartney-first is the aforementioned release of 'Hope For The Future' a track Paul wrote and recorded exclusively for the end credits of video game 'Destiny,' the first time Paul has ever composed for a video game.

Fans can now download Jaunt's cinematic VR recording of Paul's 'Live and Let Die' for Google Play. To download, click HERE!


November 21, 2014 - Macca Report News
by
Nina Galper, Macca Reporter

Paul McCartney signed my foot at his concert in Greensboro, NC on October 30, 2014


I held up a sign that said "Trick or treat please sign my feet". And he did!!!!!

Paul liked the sign and called me to come on stage in front of 15,000 people right after "Yesterdsay. He asked me my name which is Nina and repeated my name. Then told me to take my shoes off, because "It had to be done right!"

Macca remarked, "This is a first... and the last!!!!!!!"

Paul sprayed my foot with a can of Odor Eaters and wiped my foot with a towel. The whole time I and the audience are laughing hysterically.

He put my left foot on his thigh and signed the top of it with a sharpie!!! The audience cheered. Then Paul gave me a hug.

As I left the stage Paul said to the audience, "I used to be a serious rock man until Nina come along!!!" And then he grinned. The audience loved it.

Two days later I got my foot tattooed! I may be the only person in the world with a Paul McCartney signed tattooed on my foot!

For me it was a dream come true. After 50 years of loving Paul, I finally got a hug, a handshake and a tattoo on my left foot!!

VIDEOS
http://youtu.be/WyaDkwLMcfA 

http://youtu.be/DVRlXn8YAko (after "Yesterday")


November 21, 2014 - Macca Report News

by Corene Matyas, Ph.D., Macca Reporter

The professor gets a pick from Macca! (close encounter story)

I received the opportunity of a lifetime when Paul played in Jacksonville, Florida October 25, 2014. Like the majority of those reading this, I've loved Paul's music since I was little and am thankful he is in good health and still belting it out in concert.

This is my story, as best I can remember it!

I created a sign that said, "I play a Hofner too! Can I get a pick from you?" What an honor it would be to hold a pick that he had held.

When Paul appeared at the sound check and came to the mic to greet us, I held up my sign. He read it aloud and said he'd see what he could do. I was thrilled thinking he'd send one out for me!

The sound check was awesome ­ especially hearing "Only Mama Knows" live.

At the end, he came to the mic and asked where the Hofner sign was. I held it up and he called me to the stage!

I made my only mistake at that moment, which was leaving my camera in my pocket rather than handing it to someone in the audience to take pictures!

As I stood at the top of the steps, Paul waved me over. He pointed to the mic and asked me to introduce myself.

My hours of delivering lectures and research talks paid off as I said that my name is Cori and I am a professor at the University of Florida. The crowd seemed to cheer.

I research hurricanes and told Paul that I enjoyed all of the references to weather in his music. He dug into his pocket and produced a pick that he placed in my hand and then gave me a hug. The pick said Fender, which is fitting since I actually practice on a Fender jazz bass rather than my Hofner.

I was so overjoyed that I wanted to share this dream moment with my one true love. I leaned into the mic and declared, "Kevin, I love you!"

Paul put his arm around me and joined me at the mic. He asked where Kevin was and if he heard that. I could barely see through the curtain of lights.

With a great surge of adrenaline, I closed my eyes and spoke again, "I want to marry you (Kevin)!"

Paul said something to the effect of, if Kevin said yes, he had to say yes to the both of us. Don't I wish Paul would show up at the wedding!

Somehow, I floated back to the audience and we left for the reception.

What a girl's dream ­ to have a photo of their engagement with Paul McCartney's hand on their shoulder. If anyone captured the moment and wouldn't mind sharing, I'd be grateful! We hope to get married in Jacksonville sometime next year. Paul and the band are welcome although I suspect their invitations will become lost in the mail!



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November 21, 2014 - Macca Report News
by Lucia Camargo, Macca Reporter

Paul in Rio, this time for a few

The second concert of Paul McCartney on his seventh trip to Brazil was in a city in which he has performed twice : Rio de Janeiro. But a novelty for fans: this time the show would not be the huge Maracana, where he broke the world record attendance in 1990 with 184,000. It was in a small house for 15,000 people, the HSBC Arena.

The traffic to get to the place was so intense that even Paul was delayed. Upon arrival at the sound check in the arena, to a small audience of about 80 people, so the first song (Oh Susanna), instrumental, Paul playing a little harmonica, he apologized for the delay and said that the traffic was horrible. So were a few songs, and notably without running C'moon, common good music in soundchecks. Everything to not delay the entry of the public, who waited in long lines outside in the rain.

To present at Hot Sound Package audience vegetarian snacks, juice and a lunch at which stroganoff palm stood out were served.

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Oh Susanna
2. Matchbox
3. Honey Don't
5. Drive My Car
6. Junior's Farm
7. Let 'Em In
8. Things We Said Today
9. Midnight Special
10. Ram On
11. Bluebird
12. Lady Madonna with intro

THE CONCERT

No surprises regarding the Vitoria show two days earlier. Paul took the stage half an hour late (10:30 PM), due to the traffic and the difficulty of fans entering the arena because of long queues. With the same setlist as Vitoria, starting with "Eight Days a Week," Paul once again learned phrases typical of Rio: "Show de bola, Rio! (Really cool, Rio!) Aqui ta bombando!" (There's a very cool part going on here.) speaking in regional slang to greet the public.

The more intimate space did not diminished the excitement of the audience who had packed the arena which was standing room only.

Two girls were invited on stage and received autographs on the back. One tattooed live on a TV show the next day!

As in 2011, Paul McCartney stayed at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, in Suite 601, 300 square meters, with butler service and exclusive pool of black pads. Paul and Nancy were photographed on the balcony of the hotel where they rested and sunbathed.

Guests and patrons of the gym inside the Copacabana Palace reported being surprised to see Paul running on the treadmill early Wednesday morning. The news spread and some onlookers rushed to the place, but were blocked by security.

A group that was at the hotel asked for a "selfie" with him, but were warned: "Do not take mobile photos!" Later, several guests tried to hang on the balconies of their rooms to hear the singer's rehearsals on the piano that was installed in his suite.

Thanks to Fernando de Oliveira and Lizzie Bravo

VIDEOS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdsoXLg_X6M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ7s84K47pY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P42XYZXrhsA



November 21. 2014 -- PM.com

Paul 'Cover Bombs' Collector's Edition book

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term, a 'cover bomb' is an artwork, drawn by hand, directly on top of an original book cover.


Collector's Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics is a new book by Stuart Tolley, published by Thames and Hudson and released back in August of this year. The book is a visual survey, which brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design created for special collector, limited or deluxe editions.

Stuart invited 10 globally recognised musicians, artists and designers to draw directly onto the cover of Collector's Edition. Contributors include; Paul McCartney, Nick Cave, Wayne Coyne, Stanley Donwood, Peter Gabriel, Oliver Jeffers, Robert '3D' Del Naja, Alec Soth, Jessica Hische and The Designers Republic.

These unique hand drawn 'artist cover bomb' edition books are, in essence, the collector's editions of Collector's Edition and are currently live at online auction raising funds for The Alzheimers Society.

The online auction runs until December 12th HERE... Happy Bidding!



November 21, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Movember Photo

Moustache owners of @twitter, how is your #Movember going?



November 21. 2014 -- PM.com
Photos by Ken Kajoranta


New Photos: Paul and Lily Cole Discuss 'Hope For The Future'

Paul joined Lily Cole to discuss writing his new song 'Hope For The Future' with an invited audience at the office of her Impossible website Wednesday morning.

Impossible's London headquarters played host to around thirty musicians invited through Lily's website to enjoy a 45 minute Q&A with Paul where he covered subjects including writing his first-ever song for a computer game, along with sharing anecdotes of his first experiences with songwriting, and some of the tips and techniques he's learned through his career.

After speaking with Lily for around 20 minutes Paul took questions from the musicians in attendance including a 13 year old young lady who asked advice on how to turn her 12 recently written songs into an album.

PaulMcCartney.com were on hand to capture the event and over the coming days we'll be publishing more from the songwriting talk including more answers from Paul to Impossible member's questions, so remember to keep checking back...



November 21, 2014 -- AP

McCartney Shares His Songwriting Tips


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November 14, 2014 - Showbiz411(VIDEO)

Beatles Family Semi-Reunion as Stella McCartney Tribute Brings Paul, Yoko, and George Harrison's Son Dhani Performs

It was a wild New York night, Thursday (Nov 13) at Alice Tully Hall for Lincoln Center's second annual Corporate Fund gala: designer Stella McCartney was honored with a Q&A by Jerry Seinfeld that she never could have expected, followed by a swanky dinner with vegetarian menu and lots and lots of stars. It was also a weirdly warm Beatles semi-reunion that had Yoko Ono getting hugs and kisses from Paul and Nancy McCartney, Olivia Harrison and her son Dhani, as well as Stella.

And then a surprise of Dhani Harrison, son of George and Olivia, performing "Love of My Life," an Everly Brothers song (Stella's favorite) as well as rocking "Live and Let Die" with his band, for an audience that included a five months pregnant Liv Tyler, plus Woody Harrelson, Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, a very pregnant Alicia Keys, actor Luke Evans, famed artist Jeff Koons, as well as Paul's in-laws John and Jodie Eastman, rock jewelry designer Loree Rodkin, Helena Christensen, and a hilarious Chelsea Handler, who emceed the evening until she had to leave to take a plane to  Australia.


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Handler exited the show as irreverently as she could by making a joke about Paul McCartney's infamously unpopular second wife: "I would say a break a leg but I don't want to insult Heather Mills."

Legendary (and rocking, believe me) Harpers Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey and Hearst president Steve Swartz (who's president of the Fund)  put together this amazing group of people.

Meantime, the sublimely funny Jerry Seinfeld­ assigned to interview Stella on stage for about a half hour­ brought the silly. Seinfeld asked Stella a series of non sequitur questions including "What do you wear when you feel bad?" and "Why do most  people look disgusting?" McCartney was up to the challenge though and gave him as good as he got. When Jerry asked her "Why do people come to my shows at Caesar's Palace wearing tank tops, flip flops and shorts?" Stella volleyed back: "Because they're your shows!"

Finally Jerry observed that Stella does not use leather or fur in her clothing. He said. "I eat only leather and fur."

Video tributes were shown from Quincy Jones, Bono, Gwen Stefani, Chrissie Hynde, Kate Winslet­and of all people a bright and brisk sounding 90 year old Doris Day who praised Stella for her work in animal rights. That was quite a coup!

Dhani Harrison summed up the tone for the whole night. On stage he said he's there "to honor my big sister." Afterwards he told, "Stella has looked out for me my whole life." You know, just the idea that Paul McCartney's daughter has done that for George Harrison's son­ the two Beatles met when they were 15, in 1957­makes you believe in the magic of the Beatles. Aw shucks!

The evening, which looks like it will become an annual tradition, was put together by Harper's Bazaar rocking editor in chief Glenda Bailey and Hearst mags' Steve Swartz. I think even they were surprised how well it worked out!


November 14, 2014 - PM.com

Wings - Silly Love Songs

Wings 'Silly Love Songs' [Original 1976 Music Video]


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Filmed during the 1976 'Wings over the World' tour, the original promo video for 'Silly Love Songs' took an affectionate and fun look at life on the road with the band.



November 13, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul and #stache in Venice on the #Wings Over The World Tour. Photo by Robert Ellis #Movember


November 13, 2014 -- Caras.br

Paul plays air guitar as he leaves Rio hotel

In Brazil to perform a series of concerts, Paul McCartney took the afternoon of Wednesday, 12, to enjoy the spring sunshine in Rio de Janeiro. The singer was photographed while taking sun on the balcony of the Copacabana Palace Hotel with his wife, Nancy Shevell.



Later, he left the hotel, the singer surprised when doing the dance at the door of the establishment before heading to the show. Paul also smiled waved to the fans who were there.


November 13, 2014 -- Macca Report News

November 12 - HSBC Arena ­ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Paul waves to fans at his hotel as he heads for the HSBC Arena

CONCERT SETLIST

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

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

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

Two women were brought on stage during the first encore to get tattoos (thanks to Lizzie Bravo)


November 13, 2014 -- Caras.br (translated from Portuguese)

Paul McCartney wows audience in an intimate show in Rio

Presentation was the first in an arena in Latin America.

At age 72,
Paul McCartneyseems to have much less age and bears a striking vitality. For three hours, the artist - Vivinho - paraded career successes of the London group and new compositions in an intimate solo performance, the first in an arena in Latin America.

Paul sang more than three dozen songs. And ventured in Portuguese, since 'ace' in the language, with its frequently coming to the country which filled the Maracanã to see him in the 90s for the first time. "It's wonderful to be back in Rio," said 'carioquês' pulling err.

"The last show of it on Rio (in Engenhão) I went with my mother, now she [her daughter to be born] came to me. I am very hormonal, I cried so much at the last. I think I'll cry again," she said, before beginning of the presentation. Do not wait or 'All Together Now', whom Paul has dedicated to the younger: "This one's for the kids" in Portuguese. Ever cried in 'Blackbird', when the stage rose and he sang in the light of a scenic moon.

The show, scheduled for 22h, began at 22.30 (10:30pm) with 'Eight Days a Week'. Enough time to wait for the London punctuality, but "less" for the Rio traffic - especially in Barra da Tijuca. In the first song, the audience still running to fill the stands of the arena. In his first song, Paul returned to bet on the sympathy that helped him win over the audience. Responding to the lights that insinuated entry Idol, fans screamed. Paul touched the microphone and responded as if he had burned hand by the heat of the public. Familiar with the Portuguese, added: "Hi, what's up?"

The show was nearing the end, when, in 'Live and Let Die', fireworks erupted from the stage. The outcry only increased with the author mending 'Hey Jude'. Was what the public expected. Posters with "na, na, na" chorus completed. Two spectators were invited on stage to participate in the ceremony. They were 'tattooed' with an autograph on the back. The student Victoria Aguinaga, 18, got jealous. "I, fainted twice, which should be up there," said her friends. It was the first show of Paul in her life. The other two, the parents were unable to buy tickets, which sold out.



November 11, 2014 -- Forbes

Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood Star At Billionaire Ron Baron's Investment Conference

Billionaire Ron Baron isn't just a savvy investor ­ he also knows how to put on a good show.

On Friday, over 4000 investors from across the country and abroad convened at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The highly-anticipated annual conference, in its 23rd year, is famous not just for big-name CEO speakers but also superstar performers who remain a surprise until the moment they take stage.

But just like in past years, no keynote speakers garnered as much attention as the surprise music acts. This year, it was someone truly special to Baron himself, who admitted that he played the artist's music at his own wedding. Legendary singer and songwriter 
Paul McCartney instantly fired up the audience in the opera house when he appeared. "I love you Paul!" One investor jumped up from her seat and screamed the moment McCartney appeared.

McCartney joins the rank of high-profile artists who have performed at the Baron Investment Conference. Last year Barbra Streisand headlined. Others who have performed include Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion, Sting, James Taylor, Diana Ross, John Cougar Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.

When McCartney played the song "Hey Jude", one of his last songs of the day, nearly all of the 4000-member audience stood up and sang out loud (with McCartney conducting). One attendee said quietly after the show:"That was something quite special, wasn't it?"

Indeed, even Baron himself thinks so. He told the attendees that it was seeing McCartney live in Madison Square Garden that convinced him to move to New York many years ago.


November 11, 2014 -- New York Post (Page Six)

Sir Paul McCartney paid over $1 million to perform at conference

Sir Paul McCartney was paid more than $1 million to perform at billionaire Ron Baron's New York investment conference.

McCartney and Carrie Underwood, who also collected a large fee, headlined Baron Capital's investors meeting at the Metropolitan Opera House Friday (Nov 7).

The stars played to 4,000 investors after a performance from the cast of "Show Boat," including Vanessa Williams.

A source said, "It would have cost $2 million to get both McCartney and Underwood, and that's before you've paid for their bands."

While the artists' reps declined to comment, a spokesman for Baron Capital said, "The entire event was paid for by Baron Capital. It was fabulous. Paul McCartney put on a great show. There was not one person sitting down in the whole place." He declined to say how much the performers were paid.

Speakers at the conference, in its 23rd year, included CEOs who head up companies in Baron Funds' portfolio. They included Edward Woodward from Manchester United, James Cashman from Ansys and Brookdale Senior Living's T. Andrew Smith.

SIGHTINGS

New York city (Midtown)


Larry David dining with his daughter at Nobu 57 (Japanese restaurant) Friday (Nov 7), while across the room was NASCAR team owner and Medallion Financial CEO Andrew Murstein.

Arriving later was
Sir Paul McCartney followed by Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and a party of 10.



November 11, 2014 -- Macca Report News

Paul McCartney gets "Out There" in Vitória, Brazil


Paul arrives at Kléber Andrade Stadium (PHOTO: Marcos Hermes/Divulgacao)


PHOTO:
Marcos Hermes/Divulgacao

November 10 - Estádio Kléber Andrade ­ Cariacica, Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil

CONCERT SETLIST

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

ENCORE ONE
32. Day Tripper
33. Get Back
34. I Saw Her Standing There

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



November 11, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul gives Cariacica, Vitória a shout out

Amigos Capixabas, esse show pocou!


November 11, 2014 -- Globo.com (translated by Google)

Paul McCartney involves audience with hits in concert

Ex-Beatle performed for the 1st time in the state.

According to the organizers, about 33,000 people attended the show, which attracted fans from different parts of Brazil.

True to British punctuality, international singer Paul McCartney took the stage to perform the first concert in the Holy Spirit, the stadium Kléber Andrade in Cariacica at 9:03pm on Monday. The presentation was scheduled to start at 9pm. The former Beatle began the concert with "Eight days a week". This is his first show of the 'Out There' tour held in Brazil this year.

The second song played by the star was "Save Us". Soon after, he greeted the audience by saying that he would try to speak Portuguese. "Oi, Vitória! "Hi, Win! Boa noite, capixabas. (Good evening, capixabas). "Tonight I will try to speak a little Portuguese," he said, changing the name of the city where it stands, Cariacica, the name of the state capital, Vitória. Excited, the public went wild with a third song," All My Loving. "

Another highlight of the show was the beginning of 'Blackbird', a moving part of the stage rose, lifting the idol which brought the house down.

Between one song and another former Beatle used and abused phrases in Portuguese. Since short words like 'thank you' and 'good night', to more elaborate phrases and slang, as when he dedicated the song 'Here today' to former partner John Lennon. "Let's hear it for JOHN!" said Paul, thrilling audiences.

At all times, the star greeted the city of Victoria and Espirito Santo. "You're enjoying it, capixabas?" Asked Paul, when then did praise the climate of the city.

Among the 37 songs from the repertoire, Paul played many Beatles hits like 'Blackbird', 'Let It Be', 'Hey Jude' and 'Yesterday'. Songs of the band Wings were also remembered by the star, who crazed public with 'Live and let die', complete with fireworks and the burning jet at the edge of the stage.

In addition to paying tribute to John Lennon, Paul devoted success 'Something' to former bandmate George Harrison and played 'Let Me Roll it' as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. The singer's current wife, Nancy, was remembered with the song 'My Valentine'.

The singer left the hotel where he is staying in Victoria at 4:30pm. Just leaving, he even waved to hundreds of fans who waited to see the idol up close. Hours before the show, the line composed by fans at the entrance of the stadium has reached to the BR-262, which is about a mile away. The gates were opened at around 6:17pm.

Shortly after arriving at the Kléber Andrade, Paul did the sound check of some of the songs submitted for the public. At first, the audience consisted of only a few accredited persons. Among them, six viewers ESTV who managed to win a promotion held by the program. After the sound check, the star exchanged a few words with gifts and came to embrace one of the fans.

It is the first time that Paul McCartney is presented in the state. He played in eight different Brazilian states over the past four years, the South, Southeast, Northeast and Midwest regions. The Holy Spirit was the only one in the Southeast that had not received the English musician.


November 11, 2014 -- Globo.com

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney arrives in Brazil

Paul
arrived in a private jet on Sunday, November 9th at 11:45am at Eurico Sales airport in Vitória.

Many fans were waiting and packed the lobby of the airport.

Around 12pm, Paul's Lexus left the airport escorted by Military Police and the Victory Transit Guard. From inside the car, he waved to fans. The vehicle drove straight to the the Pope's Square hotel, in Victoria.

McCartney's production team arrived via commercial jet on Saturday at Vitoria Airport. The team is comprised of Brazilian and non-Brazilians.



November 8, 2014 -- PM.com

Play the Wings Word Unscrambler!

We always enjoy testing your (extensive!) knowledge - this time we thought it would be fun to inject some additional excitement by introducing a little competitive element!
 
We've created a unique Wings Word Unscrambler game to celebrate the classic Wings reissues of Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound.
 
The aim of the game is to decipher the album song titles by unscrambling the letters. (We've kept the theming of the original releases; you'll have to play to see what we mean!)
 
The player who can unscramble the song titles the fastest will win deluxe box sets of both Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound. We will also be giving away a vinyl copy of both Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound to the next two fastest players.  
 
Challenge your friends to beat your time on Facebook and keep an eye on the leaderboard to check your position!
 
To play click HERE!



November 8, 2014 -- PM.com

The Sounds That Shaped Wings - New Spotify Playlist

Classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound are out now!

Both albums have been remastered and released in a variety of physical and digital formats, packed full with exclusive content, including previously unreleased material. The Deluxe Editions feature interviews with the members of Wings talking extensively about the music they were listening to at that time.

To celebrate the releases, we have worked with Spotify to create a special playlist pulling together these influential tracks, which were to shape the sound of the albums that we know and love today. We'll be updating this playlist over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep checking back!

Check out the playlist HERE!

Get your copies of the releases in stores now or online through:

Venus and Mars:
Amazon ­ Click HERE!
iTunes ­ Click HERE!


At The Speed Of Sound:
Amazon ­ Click HERE!
iTunes ­ Click HERE!


November 8, 2014 -- PM.com

'You Gave Me The Answer' - PaulMcCartney.com asks...

For nearly two years now, Paul has been answering fan questions for the website's monthly feature 'You Gave Me The Answer'. Since launching we've received tens of thousands of questions and it quickly became one of our favourite items to work on.

As this week sees the reissue of the remastered Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound - and because 'You Gave Me The Answer' was released on the former of the two - we thought it would be the perfect time to ask Paul a question about the song.

We had read in the impressive liner notes of the Venus and Mars Deluxe Edition that the song was a tip of the hat to the music Paul's father would play on the piano at home, but we should also hold up our hands and make a confession - we did this for selfish reasons too!

Several of us here at PaulMcCartney.com play instruments and we've always been delighted and impressed by how intricate and complex Paul's arrangements can be. 'You Gave Me The Answer' is a great example with Paul employing F diminished, G# diminished and Bb diminished; chords not often found in pop songs!

We wanted to geek out a little, so our question to Paul was this:

"You have famously talked about how you jumped on a bus across Liverpool to learn the chord B7 from a guy who knew how to play it. How did you get from there to using the more complicated diminished and augmented chords that began appearing on the early Beatles albums and have continued to be used in your songs such as 'You Gave Me The Answer'"?

We sat down with Paul in his London office just before he left to continue his 'Out There' tour of the US. And boy, were we in for a treat!

Paul told us:

"It was a combination of three ways, really. Some were from people showing them to us; for example, Jim Gretty who was a guy from a guitar shop in Liverpool called Hessy's. He had a guitar and was a jazz player, and I remember him showing us a chord that was F, but it had a couple of notes added. We called it F demented!"

Paul then picked up the acoustic guitar that lives in his office and began playing the F demented chord. You have to really stretch your fingers to make the chord, but Paul did it with ease.

"The chord found its way into a lot of things, like 'Michelle.'  Another chord came in via 'Along Came Jones' by The Coasters."

Paul again illustrated his point by playing 'Michelle' followed by 'Along Came Jones' by The Coasters. (Check out The Coasters' song when you get chance, it's a great tune!)

"Sometimes we would pick them up from sheet music, like, 'Oh! We don't know that chord'. But mainly it was just figuring it out from listening to songs we liked. We knew that something went up in the chords, so me and George would work it out. Buddy Holly would use an odd chord like that - 'Raining In My Heart' - and the second chord in there was augmented. We worked a lot of that out by ear. There'd also be songs like 'Til There Was You' that would have these chords in too."

Paul then told us whilst laughing, "Sometimes we'd be working with people who knew notation and stuff and they would say, 'Is that C diminished? Is that the chord?' And we'd look at each other, shrug and go, 'Yes!'"

Then, almost as an encore to our question, Paul played us 'Raining In My Heart' by Buddy Holly.

We are always aware of how fortunate we are to work with Paul, but to get our own personal mini-concert was something else! One of the things we love about playing music is that when something inspires you, you want to pick up your instrument and try it out yourself and that evening after work we all raced home to try out the F demented chord (it's really not that easy to play on the guitar!).

'You Gave Us The Answer' will return to normal service next time so if you haven't already submitted your questions (send in as many as you want!) you can do so by clicking HERE!



November 8, 2014 -- PM.com

'Venus and Mars' and 'At The Speed Of Sound' - Out Now

Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound - the remastered Wings classic albums and latest instalment of the GRAMMY award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection ­ are out now!

Wings are one of the most successful acts the UK has ever produced, achieving no less than 14 US Top 10 hits and 12 Top 10 hits in the UK. Following 1973's Band on the Run the mid '70s were a commercial heyday for Wings.

Venus and Mars, the band's fourth studio album was released in May 1975 ahead of the legendary 'Wings Over The World' tour. Preceded by the US Number One single 'Listen To What The Man Said', Venus and Mars hit the Number One spot in the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic and went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide to date.

At The Speed Of Sound was recorded in the midst of the same tour and released in March 1976. In the US it enjoyed the same chart success as its predecessor. Including the international smash hit single 'Silly Love Songs', the album went on to become Paul's most successful American chart album spending seven consecutive weeks at Number One. In the UK it charted at Number Two, narrowly missing out on the top spot. Sales to date exceed 3.5 million worldwide.

Scroll down to see the track listing for both releases.

As with all the Archive Collection, Paul has personally supervised all aspects of the reissues. The remastering work was done at Abbey Road by the same team who have worked on all the reissues as well as The Beatles' catalogue.

Get your copies of the releases in stores now or online through:

Venus and Mars:
Amazon ­ Click HERE!
iTunes ­ Click HERE!


At The Speed Of Sound:
Amazon ­ Click HERE!
iTunes ­ Click HERE!

TRACKLISTING:

Venus & Mars

CD 1 ­ Remastered Album
1. Venus and Mars
2. Rock Show
3. Love In Song
4. You Gave Me The Answer
5. Magneto and Titanium Man
6. Letting Go
7. Venus and Mars ­ Reprise
8. Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
9. Medicine Jar
10. Call Me Back Again
11. Listen To What The Man Said
12. Treat Her Gently ­ Lonely Old People
13. Crossroads

CD 2 ­ Bonus Audio
1. Junior's Farm
2. Sally G
3. Walking In The Park With Eloise
4. Bridge On The River Suite
5. My Carnival
6. Going To New Orleans (My Carnival)
7. Hey Diddle [Ernie Winfrey Mix]
8. Let's Love
9. Soily [from One Hand Clapping]
10. Baby Face [from One Hand Clapping]
11. Lunch Box/Odd Sox
12. 4th Of July
13. Rock Show [Old Version]
14. Letting Go [Single Edit]

DVD ­ Bonus Film
1. Recording My Carnival
2. Bon Voyageur
3. Wings At Elstree
4. Venus and Mars TV Ad

TRACKLISTING:

At The Speed Of Sound:

CD 1 ­ Remastered Album
1. Let 'Em In
2. The Note You Never Wrote
3. She's My Baby
4. Beware My Love
5. Wino Junko
6. Silly Love Songs
7. Cook Of The House
8. Time To Hide
9. Must Do Something About It
10. San Ferry Anne
11. Warm And Beautiful

CD 2 ­ Bonus Audio

1. Silly Love Songs [Demo]
2. She's My Baby [Demo]
3. Message To Joe
4. Beware My Love [John Bonham Version]
5. Must Do Something About It [Paul's Version]
6. Let 'Em In [Demo]
7. Warm And Beautiful [Instrumental Demo]

DVD ­ Bonus Film

1. Silly Love Songs Music Video
2. Wings Over Wembley
3. Wings In Venice


November 7, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's Mustache Photo

Wings 'Movember' Flashback Friday



November 6, 2014 -- PM.com

Linda McCartney Retrospective Opens Today

South Korea's first ever exhibition of works by Linda McCartney opened to the public. The private viewing of the 'Linda McCartney Retrospective' took place at the Daelim Museum in Seoul yesterday.
 
Combining images of top musicians from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles with shots of precious moments in her everyday life, Linda's reputation for unembellished images offers candid glimpses into the emotions of her subjects. 

The 'Linda McCartney Retrospective' will run until April, 26th, 2015.



November 6, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo

Wings at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, 1976. (Photo by Robert Ellis)



November 6, 2014 -- PM.com

Exclusive 'Rock Show' Download

In November 1974 Paul and Wings were in the process of recording the album that came to be known as Venus and Mars. As with all recording sessions there are songs and different versions of tracks that don't make the final release.

Today, in association with Geoff Lloyd at UK's Absolute Radio, we bring you another exclusive download only available through PaulMcCartney.com. This exclusive track is a previously unreleased and unheard version of the song 'Rock Show'. Listen to it below:


Download this exclusive version of 'Rock Show [New Version]' by clicking HERE!

The remastered Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound have been reissued this week. Each release features previously unreleased audio and video content plus the original albums remastered at Abbey Road Studios under Paul's supervision.



November 4, 2014 -- PM.com

Exclusive 'Love My Baby' Download

This week sees the release of the remastered classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, the latest instalments of the GRAMMY award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

To mark the occasion PaulMcCartney.com has teamed up with Buzzfeed to premiere an
exclusive Wings track not featured on either of the new releases and available only through Paul's website.

Listen to it below:

https://soundcloud.com/paulmccartney/wings-love-my-baby-from-one-hand-clapping


Download 'Love My Baby' for free by clicking HERE!

'Love My Baby' was recorded as part of the film 'One Hand Clapping'. Filmed in Studio 2 at Abbey Road, in late summer of 1974, the documentary captures Paul playing numbers from Band on the Run with Wings.

Paul has said of the film: "'One Hand Clapping'. It's nice to see that one re-surfacing. It was made by a friend of mine, David Litchfield; he produced a little magazine that was funky (Ritz, co-edited with David Bailey). We decided that he would shoot a very simple piece, on video. We would just go into Abbey Road and play basically what we had rehearsed. So we went in there and it was very simply filmed, absolute basic stuff, and I think its charm now is that there's no pretence. It is what it is. We just called it 'One Hand Clapping', for absolutely no reason."


November 1, 2014 -- PM.com

Remember, Remember the Month of Movember

We have a fantashtic selection of photographs buried away in our archives here at PaulMcCartney.com, and we are always excited to share them with you.

Over the next month we'll be posting photos of Paul sporting a variety of powerful moustaches to get us all into the spirit of 'Movember'. Make sure to look out for them on Paul's social networks. You can find them here:

Facebook - Click HERE!
Google+ - Click
HERE!
Instagram - Click
HERE!
Twitter - Click
HERE!

We'll be shaving some for a special photo collection, which will be published here at the end of the month - so until then we must-ache you to be patient.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to raise awareness and vital funds; improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

To find out more about Movember and the impact it is making, click HERE!


November 1, 2014 -- Macca Report News

October 30 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex


Paul drive by in Greensboro

Heard at the SOUND CHECK
Alligator

 

CONCERT SET LIST

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

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

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


PHOTO: Bob Kern for The Macca Report

THE CONCERT
by Laurel Gunderson, Macca Reporter

Before the concert started, the pre-show DJ had on a Michelin man costume (for Halloween, which was the next day). Then, while the pre-show video was rolling, the stagehands on the left side of the stage tried several times to get the audience started on a crowd wave. The first couple of sections did it, but it petered out after that and never got going.

Paul was wearing his long thigh-length black coat, with blue jeans. The band still had their pink NFL breast cancer awareness wristbands. In addition to his pink wristband, Paul also had a blue autism bracelet, both on his left arm.
 
After "Let Me Roll It," when he told the story about Jimi Hendrix playing "Sgt. Peppers" in London two days after the album came out, a girl on the right side of the stage let out a loud scream. Paul was startled, looked over that direction and said "Was that for London or for Jimi"? Then he talked about Jimi using the vibrator bar, which Paul then demonstrated on his guitar.  He finished by saying "Now he's out of tune, and he knows it", and looks for Eric Clapton to come and retune it for him. 


PHOTO:
Bob Kern for The Macca Report

Before "Paperback Writer" he noted that the guitar he was using was the one he "played on the original record in the '60s". During the song, Rusty did one leg kicks across the front of the stage, and the band finished the song at the end with loud feedback by playing their guitars in front of their amps.
 
Before "My Valentine," he pointed to wife Nancy in the audience, and dedicated the song to her saying, "This one's for you, Nance". 
 
After "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul did his "don't read the signs" moment, reading a sign that said "Hi Mr. McCartney". "Hi" Paul says back. The next sign he read was "My husband's in the cheap seats so I can be here (in the front row)". The last sign he chose to read was "Trick or Treat Sign My Feet" which everyone laughed at. 
 
Before "We Can Work It Out," Paul asked "Who is from Greensboro? Who is from North Carolina? Who is from somewhere else? Welcome ya'll!"
 
After "Another Day" and before And I Love Her, Paul noted, "We don't work at music, we play it". 
 
After "Blackbird," Paul asked the audience "how many of you have tried to learn that on guitar? You were all wrong. Thank you!"


PHOTO:
Bob Kern for The Macca Report

Before "Here Today," he first said that we should tell people how we feel about them and not wait until it's too late. Lots of people then screamed "I Love you Paul!  After that, Paul then explained that the song was written as an imaginary conversation he had never had with John, then saying "Let's hear it for John!"  That way he was able to do his John dedication without people interrupting it in the middle screaming, like they had done in previous concerts. During parts of the song, you could have heard a pin drop. It was beautiful.
 
Introducing "Queenie Eye," Paul said that he was inspired to write it from remembering a street game he played as a kid. He explained how you played the game and said, "That's the way we had fun in those days. It doesn't sound too inspiring to the younger generation!"
 
During "Lady Madonna," in addition to all the women he saluted by putting their pictures up on the big screens, including everyone from Aretha to Twiggy, he added beautiful pictures of first, Linda; then, later, Nancy.
 
On "All Together Now," on the line where Paul sings "Can I take my friend to bed?" Abe was shaking his head "no".
 
During "Lovely Rita," a sign went up on the floor "I'm Rita". Paul's eyes got big, and he pointed to the sign. Wix and Abe were both playing kazoos. Abe's was clipped up next to his mike, so he could play it and the drums at the same time. 
 
After "Eleanor Rigby," Paul noted that Wix was using "every digit he has, including his toes" to play the string portions of the song on his keyboard.
 
Before "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!," Paul said that it was "the nearest we could get to Halloween. Some songs are easy to write, some are hard".  He said they were at John's house, where he had a circus poster on the wall and "we just wrote it down. Thank you Mr. Kite". Besides "Live and Let Die," it was the most visually stunning song of the night, with amazing swirling lights and lasers.


PHOTO:
Bob Kern for The Macca Report

Before "Something," I heard a woman behind me say, "is that a ukulele"? (She had obviously not seen this concert before.) Then Paul told the story of "when we were little kids, George was my mate on the bus to school. He got on at the stop after mine." 

Then Paul played "Something," his touching salute to George, which begins with Paul playing solo on the ukulele. Then the song morphs into the full, lush, band version.
 
On "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da," Abe sang the "ha, ha, ha, ha" in the background.
 
After "Back In The U.S.S.R.," a very loud low pitched hum started emanating from an unknown source. It went on for at least 30 seconds. Paul, clearly frustrated by the snafu, did some good ad-libs while waiting for the problem to be fixed. 

"This is a very interesting hum. It's Halloween arriving early. You probably think that it's a part of the show - we know it isn't.  What's happening? It's very creepy. We can wait it out. So there we were... 24 hours later... still waiting. But that's okay." 

Finally, after stage hands had been running around frantically checking things, the hum was fixed!

"Fooled you, you Halloween ghosts!" stated Paul triumphantly. Finally the show continued with Paul telling the customary "Back In The U.S.S.R." story about performing the song in Red Square.
 
When the band came back out for encore one, Paul had the U.S. flag, Brian had the North Carolina Flag, Wix had the Union Jack flag, Abe had his tiny pirate flag, and Rusty was making waving motions for a non-existent, imaginary flag. 
 
After "Day Tripper," Paul went over to Rusty and told him something. Rusty then went over to the side of the stage and talked to the stagehands. He was mostly likely telling them that Paul was changing the next song from "Hi Hi Hi" to "Birthday," or he was telling them to go and get the woman with the "Trick or Treat Sign My Feet" sign from the audience to be brought up on stage. 

To make time for the stagehands to do this, Paul did his "sing like Paul" moment. After a bit of this, Paul was satisfied with the audience copying his singing, and he declared "enough of that!". 


PHOTO:
Bob Kern for The Macca Report

Then Paul noted all the birthday posters in the audience, and said that the next song was dedicated to all who were having birthdays, and launched into a blistering Birthday.
 
The last song of encore one was "I Saw Her Standing There," instead of "Get Back." Paul's vocals were fantastic on that, and in fact, were fantastic all night long, being able to hit all the high notes.
 
After Yesterday, Paul noted the "Trick or Treat, Sign My Feet" poster for the third time of the night, saying that he had "promised her that he would".  He then brought the woman, whose name was Nina, on stage for her foot signing.  She came up with her tennis shoes on. He ordered her "Get your shoes off - let's do it right!" He then proceeded to spray her foot with something, then toweled it dry. Before he signed her foot he exclaimed "this is a first for me... and a last!"
 
Before the finale, Paul said, "This is our last North American date - thank you, thank you, thank you! You've made it very special for us". 
 
Thank YOU, Paul, Wix, Abe, Brian, Rusty and crew for a fabulous tour! See YOU next time!

A MACCA REPORT SHOUT OUT

Congrats to Nina Galpern who got her foot signed! Her sign read: "Trick or Treat, Please Sign My Feet." Paul signed one of her feet only after he sprayed it with a can of "Odor Eaters"! (Nina's story coming soon!)



November 1, 2014 Macca Report News
by John Cherry for The Macca Report

PAUL McCARTNEY IN CONCERT - OCTOBER 30, 2014 - GREENSBORO COLISEUM - GREENSBORO, NC

WITH PURE VOICE AND JOY, PAUL FINISHES U.S. LEG OF "OUT THERE" TOUR

I have attended hundreds of events at the Greensboro Coliseum in my life, although most of them were sporting events, having grown up some 50 miles from the site. In recent years, the site has been upgraded, but largely via the attached facilities, such as the Special Events Center.

The doors to the area of the Special Events Center opened about 90 minutes before the scheduled time of the concert, but the crowd was kept out of the arena for about 30 minutes. Once in the arena we had to remain in the concourse for another similar time period. As often occurs, the length of the band's sound check may have delayed the opening, but I still have never experienced such a "stop and start" entry to an event.

Paul walked on stage to a raucous reception, and bowed to the crowd, as well as doing a bit of dancing. For the opener, "Magical Mystery Tour," all of the lower level crowd was standing. Paul seemed quite happy to be there, showing a big smile.

Next on "Save Us," Paul's bass seemed to be mixed more up front, which I thought sounded quite good.

Before starting "All My Loving," Paul said "we're going to have a little party here tonight." Paul "Wix" Wickens joined in on guitar, while Paul began reading signs in the crowd. "I see we have a great crowd here tonight," said Paul, following the song.

Wix showed off his keyboard skills on "Listen To What The Man Said," after which, Paul removed his jacket for "the only wardrobe change of the night."

Following "Let Me Roll It," was the Jimi Hendrix "Foxy Lady" instrumental ending, with Paul playing a blistering lead guitar solo. As in previous shows, Paul told of knowing Hendrix, noting they met in London. His story was interrupted by a girl's scream to which he asked, "Was that [scream] for London or Jimi?" He continued the story saying how proud he was of Hendrix opening a show with "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band," just two days after the official release by the Beatles on June 1, 1967.

"Paperback Writer" saw lead guitarist Rusty Anderson high-kicking across the stage. After the song Rusty and Paul lowered their guitars in front of the amplifiers to create feedback.

Moving to the piano, Paul noted that the next song was written more recently, as he dedicated "My Valentine" to his wife Nancy who was in attendance. Paul's voice was beautiful and pure for this song, as it was for so many others during the show. The piano was also very prominent in the song, a nice touch, as I love hearing Paul "tickle the ivories." Noting the piano, it was a bit more than tickled for the outstanding "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five," one of the tour highlights for me. Slowing down a bit, Paul delivered another beautiful vocal for "The Long and Winding Road," which received a substantial crowd reaction. On "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul took command of the piano, singing his heart out in this emotional lament for his late wife, Linda. The audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation at the song's end.

There were many people holding signs in the arena, including one that read, "Trick or treat, please sign my feet." That sign would get Paul's attention later in the show.

After "I've Just Seen a Face," Paul asked the crowd where they traveled from to see the show. From their reation, it sounded like more locals were present than others from the state, or from out of state. After asking these questions, Paul addressed the attendees with a southern-like greeting of "Welcome y'all."

A healthy crowd stood and sang along for "We Can Work it Out." Moving to the 12-string guitar, Paul followed with "Another Day," as Wix again joined in on guitar. After the song, Paul said, "This is fun!"

A collective sound of "awwwh" greeted the beginning of "And I Love Her," after which Paul almost tripped while moving to the front stage. He also banged his acoustic guitar on a microphone. Again reading the signs, he noted one near the stage that read, "My husband's in the cheap seats, so I can sit here."

The front of the stage rose as Paul played "Blackbird," which also had the crowd singing along. A video close-up showed Paul wearing a pink NFL wrist band, for recognition of Breast Cancer Month.

Paul's introduction for "Here Today," got a massive response when he asked, "Let's hear it for John!" Once again, his pure voice was ever present.

As the stage returned to its initial level, Paul moved to the "Magic Piano" to lift the mood with "New." Before starting the song, Paul spoke about a childhood game called "Queenie Eye," noting, "that was the way we had fun." The appealing mix was also evident for "Lady Madonna," highlighting Paul's skillful piano playing. Wix finished the horn portion of the song with a flourish on the keyboard.

"All Together Now" quickly became a partnership with the crowd, after which Paul said, "it's one for the kids" and jokinglycalled it "one of my more serious compositions." For "Lovely Rita," Wix and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. joined in on kazoos.

"Everybody Out There," one four songs from Paul's latest release, New," encouraged the masses to join in on the "whoa-oh-oh-ohs". Paul lead the crowd at the song's end to sing the "whoa-oh-oh-ohs" a cappella. Audience participation was more evident in Greensboro than other shows I attended, leading me to hope that more people have recognized the excellence of "New."

"Eleanor Rigby" began with a count-in, and once again there was sizable crowd participation. A roar of approval followed the song. Paul acknowledged Wix's work on the complicated keyboard parts.

"Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!" was introduced as "the nearest thing we get to Halloween." But, more than that, it was a near perfect version of the song, including the highlight of Paul's bass playing. He also recalled writing the song in John Lennon's living room, using the words from a poster to develop the song.

"My little mate on the bus" was how Paul described his school days with George Harrison, before playing "Something" on the ukulele. The song transformed into the electric guitar version, evoking a powerful reaction from the crowd.

Encouraging people to sing the "Ob-La-Di, Ob- La-Da," refrain, a cappella, Paul, Abe and the band got the crowd going. Paul praised the audience afterwards, saying "That was good singing."

"Band On The Run" was notable for Rusty's lead guitar work, while his vocal was more prominent on the next tune of "Back In The U.S.S.R." Paul acknowledged Abe's drumming by walking over to the drums after the song and shaking Abe's hand.

Perhaps the strangest time of the night followed, as a loud buzz filled the building. I assumed it was an equipment issue, but after a few minutes, Paul told the crowd that it wasn't part of the show. It was a building issue. Being the day before Halloween, Paul stated it was "very creepy," and may be tied to Halloween ghosts.

After "Back In The U.S.S.R." Paul told stories of meeting Russian government officials when the band played that country. The audience was treated to Paul's Russian accent as he told the story of Russian officials learning English from "Beat-tol" records.

During "Let It Be," the audience held up cell phone lights, which was acknowledged by Paul. The peaceful anthem gave way to the explosive "Live And Let Die," where Rusty pretended to faint on the stage from the explosions. Paul stood up playing the piano in the latter part of the song. He then moved to the Magic Piano for the heavy singalong of "Hey Jude," which led into the first encore.

Upon the return of the band to the stage, with Paul, Wix, and Brian waving flags of the U.S., U.K. and the North Carolina state flag, Paul asked the crowd if they wanted more. They answered with a roaring "YES!" Paul said, "Me too!"

Brian led the group into "Day Tripper" with the familiar opening guitar riff.

Noting there were some birthdays in the audience, Paul launched into "Birthday" exciting the crowd. Paul ended the song with a "thank you" and "happy birthday."

A senior citizen in front of me rocked out for the encore finale of "I Saw Her Standing There." While a few people left at this point, perhaps due to the difficulty of exiting the parking area of the arena, most were still there as Wix led Paul back on stage for "Yesterday."

After handing off his acoustic guitar to assistant John Hammel in exchange for his bass, Paul called the lady (Nina) with the sign "trick or treat... please sign my feet" to the stage. She removed her shoes, then Paul sprayed her feet with a can of Odor Eaters, and signed the top of her foot. He declared, "This is a first and a last," after which he hugged her, and she left the stage.

Paul asked the crowd if they wanted to keep going and received a resounding "YES!" He replied, "YOU asked for it!" and the band ripped into the rowdy, "Helter Skelter."

Before the finale of "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End," Paul said, "You've been a fantastic audience," but noted that it was time for both the band and the crowd to go home. He also pointed out that Greensboro was last show of the U.S. tour for "this year." Yes, I always look for a clue that Paul will be back again. With spot-on vocals to the last note, the show was complete with a spraying of confetti. I'm already looking forward to next year!

John Cherry is author of "Better Than Lennon-The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney," and "Paul McCartney's Solo Music Career 1970-2010." Visit betterthanlennon.com for more information.


November 1, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's Greensboro Shout Out

Greensboro! Hello Goodbye! Thanks for a warm welcome and an amazing last U.S. #outthere show for 2014!



November 1, 2014 -- TWC News

Paul McCartney Highest Grossing Show in Greensboro Coliseum


Rock and roll royalty made a stop in the Gate City Thursday night.

Sir Paul McCartney played the Greensboro coliseum. The concert was the highest grossing show in the venue's history--raking in more than $2.3 million in ticket sales.

More than 15,000 fans sang along with the former
Beatle as he played the hits mixed in with song from his latest album New.

Fans came from all over to be a part of the experience.

"I go to between 10 to 12 concerts a year and I've done this my entire life, I'm 58-years-old and that was by far the best concert I've seen in my entire life," said fan Steve Hinson.

Coliseum officials say it takes years for them to bring in a "bucket list" star to the area.


November 1, 2014 -- Macca Report News
by Jorie Gracen Macca Reporter

October 28 - Louisville, KY - KFC YUM! Center (YouTube)

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. HONEY DON'T
2.
BLUE SUEDE SHOES
3.
FLAMING PIE
4.
DRIVE MY CAR
5.
C MOON - Paul noodled on the piano before he started.
6.
CELEBRATION - Paul played the piano instrumental singing the last verses. "Thank you classical music lovers." (fan shouts, "WE LOVE YOU!") Paul responds with, "Aw... Thank you."
7.
MARCH OF THE TOY SOLDIERS (Nutcracker Suite) - brief instrumental
8.
I'LL FOLLOW THE SUN (no reprises)
9.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES (for Shelly)
10.
EVERY NIGHT
11.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL
12.
RAM ON (No story or intro to start this one. He did most of the song and whistled the melody at the end)
13.
BIG BARN BED (almost complete song... missing "who you gonna sleep on... verse) Paul just rolled right into this song from Ram On... totally unexpected. Nobody asked for it or held up signs requesting the song.
14.
BLUEBIRD
15.
LET 'EM IN (on the "Magic Piano") After the song he checks out the signs and reads one, "My name is Stephanie and I'm an alcoholic".... Paul corrects himself pretending he couldn't see it well enough to read it. "No... Paul-aholic..." He talks to a couple with a two-year-old daughter dressed up in a Sgt. Pepper outfit (blue of course). He says to the parents that she probably doesn't understand who this man is singing and maybe one day you can tell her.
16.
LADY MADONNA (Paul noodles on the piano, trying out the "electronica" synth sounds before he begins the song)

Close to 200 soundcheckers in attendance brought into the arena around 5pm. Paul didn't show up until 5:55pm. Though he had come into the arena a bit earlier, probably to do some "meet and greets" backstage.

CONCERT SETLIST

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

ENCORE ONE
32. Day Tripper
33. Birthday (He said there were a lot of birthday signs and mentioned it was Bea's birthday)
34. Get Back (a mother and daughter were brought on stage wearing colorful blinking rabbit ear headbands asking for a hug which they got.)

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

CONCERT NOTES:

Paul played to a sold out crowd at the YUM! Center. 'Men in black' upgraded people in the nosebleed sections to the first and second rows. Several of the 'upgraded' were teens and 20-somethings. Many were more interested in doing group selfies with their backs to the stage trying to get Paul in the background. Fortunately for the 'real fans' 'Paul lost interest in the selfie crowd and paid attention to the fans who cared.

Macca was very interactive with the audience, pointing, winking, dancing and even wiggling his back side more than once. The crowd could not get enough. The "NEW" songs went over very well with widespread audience participation.

A highlight was an especially longer "Hey Jude" with Paul making silly gestures while conducting the crowd during the singalong.

His voice was remarkable and strong. There were a few rough patches, but he overcame them quickly. He pulled out all the stops at the encores hitting all the high notes.

I gave the audience an A+ for their singing effort during "Everybody Out There." They caught on right away and Paul was impressed.

"Queenie Eye" had a lot of audience participation with people yelling "OUT!" Paul was very animated pausing to play 'air drums' and nodding with approval to the audience.

"Let It Be" was dazzling with thousands turning on their 'smart phones' lights. There were even some who had lighters. Paul was moved by the sight and thanked everyone for 'the lights.'

There was a new story! Paul mentioned that Mohammad Ali was from Louisville and recounted the story when The Beatles met him in Miami. He mentioned the photos of them mock fighting with Ali and said that he felt he was up to the challenge and kidded that he could take him on.

Paul read a fan's sign said that she had been waiting 50 years to see him. He looked at her and said, "But you don't look more than 26!"

Someone else shouted, "We've been waiting for you, Paul!" to which Paul replied, "Hey, I've been waiting for you, pal."

Paul did a 'repeat after me' with the audience, trying to make his nonsense talk more difficult to repeat each time. He ended it laughing and with a bark.

A more detailed report will be coming soon...


November 1, 2014 -- PM.com

Exclusive 'Letting Go' Download


Next week will see the highly anticipated reissues of the remastered classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, the latest additions to the GRAMMY award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Both albums will be reissued in a variety of physical and digital formats, including previously unreleased material on November 3rd (UK), and November 4th (US).

To celebrate, PaulMcCartney.com is giving you an exclusive extended and remastered version of 'Letting Go' to download, in association with 6Music. The track does not feature on the Venus and Mars reissue and is only available through Paul's website.

The track received its worldwide premiere this morning on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6Music show.

To download the track, simply click HERE!

We also have a selection of downloadable colouring in images and GIFs (suitable for all ages!) This new download section of the website will be updated with more exclusive audio and fun stuff in the coming days and weeks, so make sure to keep checking back!



November 1, 2014 -- Billboard.com

Paul McCartney's Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting)

Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after concerts in 21 cities.
 
The tour began in May of last year and ran through November, ending 2013 ranked No. 16 on the Top 25 Tours list on Billboard's year-end charts.

The first 2014 leg of the tour kicked off in April and covered five Latin American markets during the spring, wrapping on May 1. Concerts in Japan and South Korea were supposed to follow later in May but were cancelled when McCartney became ill. He also had to postpone seven June performances and reschedule them for October. The five concerts in this tally were all part of the group of rescheduled dates. Ultimately the U.S. trek launched on July 5 in Albany, N.Y.

The summer run through American markets included performances in five stadiums. San Francisco's Candlestick Park was the top grosser with $7 million in sales and 53,477 sold tickets on Aug. 14.

The highest sales total among the arena dates was at Chicago's United Center on July 9 with $2.5 million.

The top arena gross in this week's tally, and second highest among the arenas during the summer jaunt, is $2.3 million at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The Oct. 16 sold out performance in Music City drew 14,832 fans.

Since launching in May 2013, the Out There tour has traveled through four continents during an 18-month span, grossing more than $165 million from 1,236,325 sold tickets at 46 shows reported by concert promoters and venues.



November 1, 2014 -- PM.com

Paul Chats with US Poet Laureate Billy Collins at Rollins College

"Doing this for the students was such a special buzz for me. I hope it was for them too."-Paul McCartney

At the behest of two-term US poet laureate and senior distinguished fellow at the Winter Park Institute Billy Collins, Paul spoke last Thursday night to a few hundred students at Knowles Memorial Chapel on the campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Kept secret until the morning of the event, Paul's visit prompted so much interest that students had to win tickets in a lottery system.

"I'd say, 'It's getting better all the time,' and he'd say, 'It can't get much worse," McCartney told the students of his creative chemistry with John Lennon. "I would have never thought of that."

When asked whether lyrics or music come first, he replied, "I tell students all the time, 'Look, I don't know how to do this.' Every time I approach a song, there's no rules. Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the words ­ and if you're lucky, it all comes together."

Paul described how his inspiration for 'Yesterday' came in a dream. Certain an old melody was stuck in his head, he went around humming the tune, asking if anyone knew it. "After two weeks," he said, "I claimed it."


Photo by Scott Cook

\Collins brought up how Paul's songs have been covered by countless bands, prompting Paul's gratitude. "If someone on the street corner is reading one of your poems," he asked Collins, "is it going to bother you?"

Asked about The Beatles' musical evolution in the late 1960s, Paul drew applause and laughter recalling "a natural growing up we developed ­ and drugs."

"At the beginning of The Beatles," he said, "you've got to remember, we were a boy band. It was all really fan-oriented. It's not a bad thing, but after a while you felt like you wanted to move on."

Paul and Collins found common ground at the intersection of lyrics and poetry. Sharing how he once read his own poems to a group of scholars in New York City, Paul admitted "It was pretty nerve-wracking" and quite different than playing to record-breaking concert crowds. "I had to respect the silence as a great thing," he said.

Paul closed the night with a performance of 'Blackbird'.

"This was a wonderful event provided through the generosity of Sir Paul McCartney," said Rollins Acting President Craig M. McAllaster. "He wanted it to be intimate and mostly for students. That's why they filled most of the seats. It's a wonderful thing to have someone of his stature and significance give us his time and talent to Rollins College."



November 1, 2014 -- Orlando Sentinel

Paul McCartney talks music at Rollins College

So I go away on vacation for a week and Paul McCartney shows up?

Yes, my timing remains impeccable.

In case you missed it, the former Beatle stopped at Rollins College on Oct. 23 to chat with students and faculty members about his creative process.

McCartney's insights emerged as part of an informal discussion with U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, also senior distinguished fellow at the Winter Park Institute at Rollins.


McCartney talked to students at Rollins College about creativity, music, and his career (Scott Cook)

My lone consolation about being out of town: There's really no way I would have been able to slip into this event anyway. Announced only hours before it was to take place, the discussion was limited to Rollins students and faculty, with a lottery used to release the limited tickets.

It was held in the intimate Knowles Memorial Chapel on the school's Winter Park campus.

And you thought one of McCartney's concerts was a tough ticket?

This week, McCartney's New York PR firm released quotes from the event, so the unlucky outsiders can bask in his words of wisdom and imagine we were there.

"Doing this for the students was such a special buzz for me," McCartney said in the release. "I hope it was for them, too."

McCartney answered the age-old question about what comes first, the words or the music:

"I tell students all the time, 'Look, I don't know how to do this,'" he said. "Every time I approach a song, there's no rules. Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the words - and if you're lucky, it all comes together."

He illustrated the collaborative relationship he had with the late
John Lennon by dissecting the lyrics of "Getting Better," a song off the landmark 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

"I'd say, 'It's getting better all the time,' and he'd say, 'It can't get much worse,'" McCartney recalled. "I would have never thought of that."

McCartney also explained how the hit "Yesterday," one of the most covered songs of all time, came to him in a dream. It sounded so familiar to him, he spent weeks trying to find someone who recognized it as an existing song.

"After two weeks," he said, "I claimed it."

McCartney attributed the evolution of
The Beatles' music in the 1960s to "a natural growing up we developed - and drugs."

McCartney, whose stepson attends Rollins, closed the night with an acoustic rendition of his Beatles' classic "Blackbird." I would've given anything to hear that.





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