June 20, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul rocks out at Firefly

 

June 19 - Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival

CONCERT SETLIST

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

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

 

June 20, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's tweet to Firefly

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



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June 2015

June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul's birthday shout outs



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Facebook

Paul in his dressing room at Stade de France


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



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Paris soundcheckers

Sound check at Stade de France.



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

Paul gets 'Out There' in Paris!


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

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

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encore 2
39. Yesterday

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PHOTO: Dominique Grandfils for The Macca Report

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

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

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

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

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

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



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Paris fans

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


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

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


PHOTO: Petra Zeitz for The Macca Report

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

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

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


PHOTO: Jaap Groet for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Petra Zeitz for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST

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

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

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

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


PHOTO: Jaap Groet for The Macca Report



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweet from Ziggo Dome sound check June 8

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



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

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

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

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

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

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

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

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

The sound check lasted about 45 minutes.

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST (LINK)

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

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

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report

CONCERT NOTES

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


PHOTO: Tijl Vanbrabant for The Macca Report


June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca tweets to Amsterdam

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



June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul gets a Tulip named after him

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



June 18, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul leaves Amstel Hotel for the Ziggo Dome


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

Paul gets 'Out There' in Marseille, France

June 5 - Nouveau Stade Velodrome - Marseille, France

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

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


CONCERT SETLIST

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

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

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

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

CONCERT NOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's tweet to Marseille fans

Merci Marseille!


June 18, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Instagram

Paul interviewed for French TV station

TV interview with France 2 done.


June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Throwback Thursday Photo from 2011

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



June 18, 2015 - PM.com

New Video: Paul Is Getting Back #OutThere In France


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

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



June 18, 2015 - Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca Tweets to Marseille fans with Wings photo

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



May 2015

May 30, 2015 - Macca Report News
Thanks to DebG and Sandy Lopez, Macca Reporters

Macca rocks Liverpool

May 28 - Echo Arena - Liverpool, England

SOUND CHECK SETLIST
1. Honey Don't
2. Blue Suede Shoes
3. Flaming Pie
4. Get Back
5. Penny Lane
6. C Moon
7. Celebration
8. Let 'Em In
9. Alligator
10. It's So Easy
11. Every Night
12. Midnight Special
13. Lady Madonna

CONCERT SETLIST

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

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

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


Paul McCartney - Backstage before show at Echo Arena in Liverpool (Meerkat live)


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May 30, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Paul tweets to his hometown crowd

What a night Liverpool! It's brilliant to be back!



May 30, 2015 -- Liverpool Echo (UK)

Beatles fan reveals how Paul McCartney concert proposal came about


A Beatles fan has revealed the story behind his on-stage proposal at Liverpool's
Paul McCartney.

A packed crowd at the ECHO Arena watched as Diane McEvoy and Fabrice Gueho, from Dingle, were invited on stage by The Beatles legend.

Fabrice, 33, asked Diane, 31, to marry him - and she said yes.

The couple, both originally from France, told the ECHO today that they met through their love of The Beatles.

Fabrice said: "I have been a fan since I was about 14-years-old.

"I think they're the best and I've always loved them. I love English music, especially The Beatles."

Diane moved to Liverpool from France two years ago to study for a masters in
The Beatles, Popular Music and Society at Liverpool's Hope University.

She also works at The Beatles Story visitor attraction at Albert Dock.

Fabrice re-located to Liverpool four years ago to pursue work experience and find out more about the home city of The Beatles.

He met Diane in the city and their relationship blossomed after finding out they both came from France and loved The Beatles.

Fabrice purchased front row tickets for the Paul McCartney concert two months ago and suggested to Diane that he could propose at the gig.

He created a banner which read: "All my love I will give to her if you let me propose on stage" and held it up high in the hope McCartney would spot it.

The Beatles star saw the banner and invited Fabrice and Diane on stage.

Fabrice laughed on stage with McCartney joking: "Come on, get serious do it, we're all watching."


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The Beatles fan got down on one knee and asked: "Diane, will you marry me?"

Fabrice said: "I wasn't scared but she was. I tried to make her comfortable by laughing, she was shaking.

"McCartney was great, just like a normal person.

"He is nearly 73 and is still playing really well. It was amazing."

Diane added: "I was so overwhelmed when a security guard came over and asked us to follow him to the side of the stage. I thought I might faint and was just shaking. Myself and Fabrice had always said it would be amazing if we could do something like this and I knew about the sign of course, but we never thought it would work and I had no idea he had the beautiful ring with him."

The couple haven't set a date yet but say they will probably return to France for their wedding.



May 30 2015 -- Liverpool Echo (UK)

Review: Paul McCartney at the ECHO Arena

I've seen Paul McCartney a few times now, and every time is better than the first, like seeing an old friend who you don't see often enough, and each time you're reminded how much you miss them.

Seeing McCartney should be compulsory, or at least be available on the NHS, it's such a life-affirming, soul-warming experience.

Tonight's Arena crowd came in their thousands and whatever troubles or aches they brought with them they soon forgot.

Nearly everyone stood the whole way through, even when McCartney went for a sit down at the piano and even during his newer songs.

In a set which mixed songs from across his 50 year (and the rest) career, he played the tunes casual fans knew and loved, while still serving up album tracks and less familiar material for the more committed fans.

Kicking off with the upbeat Eight Days A Week, he jumped straight into new track Save us, one of a number of recent tracks on the extensive set list.

In a set lasting almost three hours he swapped between his six and twelve string acoustics, he played the darkly tinged I'm Looking Through You from Rubber Soul and then the upbeat
Wings number Another Day, which went down just as well.

With an old electric guitar that was clearly a right hander strung the left hand way slung round his neck, he talked about Jimi Hendrix covering Sergeant Pepper at the Marquee club two days after the record was released. This followed a little burst of Foxy Lady at the end of Let Me Roll It.

To hear him talk about Hendrix - who has been dead for more than 40 years - you realise not only that McCartney has been everywhere and seen everything, but he's lasted, relatively unscathed, doing it for such a long time.

Before the gig, as you felt the excitement of the crowd build, you knew he would be equally excited to be back stage, waiting to perform in front of a Liverpool audience. While he plays in cities all round the world, he only comes from one of them, and that's here.

After the solemn ode to his long lost friend
John, Here Today, he upped the tempo with the likes of Ob-La-Di and the anthem of the terraces, All Together Now.

There were some unusual moments, including a bizarre video package for Lady Madonna, with princess Diana, twiggy and the queen mother, mixed with old footage of people running and doing the can can. But nothing could dull the crowd's palpable enthusiasm for their hometown hero.

Ever cheerful, slightly humble, he talked fondly about growing up in Liverpool, the childhood memories which have inspired him all these years.

It's hard, seeing him live, to reconcile the jolly man on the stage with the musician who wrote some of the best pop songs the world has ever seen.

He segued from stories about him and
George getting the bus into songs that are as tightly stitched into our cultural fabric as nursery rhymes. Songs that I can't remember when I didn't know. Songs that, really, no mere mortal should have been able to write.

There were tributes to
George and to John, with songs too for late wife Linda and his current love Nancy. He has a knack for opening up his life to thousands of people (including a young couple who he let propose and accept marriage on stage). There's nothing cynical about a McCartney gig, no clever reinterpretations of the songs, just what people want to hear.

That's why we all keep coming back. Just don't leave it so long next time.


May 30 2015 -- Liverpool Echo (UK)

Paul McCartney: "I gave up weed for my grandkids"

Macca
now enjoys long walks, a glass of wine and yoga after putting rock'n' roll lifestyle behind him

Speaking ahead of his successful homecoming performance at the Liverpool Echo Arena this week former Beatles and current musical icon Sir Paul McCartney revealed how he gave up cannabis for his family, how he keeps himself young and who really wears the trousers in his house.

Thanks to daily headstands and liberal application of his wife's moisturiser
Sir Paul is 72 going on 27.

With five decades in the music business behind him, he is rock royalty but as fit and healthy as ever.

He's a father of five and grandfather of eight, and with them in mind, the singer has now dumped the dope he once so famously loved, as well as adopting a punishing daily gym regime.

And so it is, a pair of denim-clad legs and a Beatle's bottom are wobbling precariously before me.

One of the planet's most famous men is demonstrating his headstand ­ "my secret claim to fame" - in his backstage dressing room, ahead of his homecoming Liverpudlian concert.

It is quite possibly the most surreal moment of my career. Like
Macca circa 1964, I think I might be hallucinating.

"I feel pretty fit," he says, still upside down, with his back towards me.

"I'm not the sort of person who particularly needs a trainer; I'll just watch what the trainers do and then copy them.

"I do a bit of the cross-trainer, a bit of running, a bit of cardio and then I do some weights, some abs on the Swiss ball, before ending up on the mat doing a few stretches. And then standing on my head.

"That's my big claim to fame! I actually learned it in the 60s, it was a yoga thing, and my argument is I need flexibility not strength.

"But what's cool about it is that I'll be in the gym with all these guys doing really big weights - whilst I'm there doing not big weights ­ and afterwards, when I've done my headstand for about five minutes, these big guys will come up to me and say: 'That was pretty impressive, man!".

As if proving his point, mid-demonstration Paul starts flailing his legs around in a variety of splits movements - "after about three minutes, I start doing this" - before effortlessly returning to the ground, and rejoining me on the sofa in his Japanese-themed dressing room.

As he munches on a handful of dried fruit and nuts, I don't quite know where to go from here. I am quite literally speechless.

"I've totally thrown you, haven't I?" he grins. Yes, Paul, yes you have.

A staunch vegetarian, the star is an excellent ambassador for clean-living and, in the words of one of his crew, "has more energy than anyone I have ever met."

Whilst the Rolling Stones, U2 and Coldplay play an average of 25 songs per gig, Macca's current Out There tour ­ which is about to take to Europe and America - sees him perform a staggering 38 songs over the course of nearly three hours.

Described by one reviewer as a "Duracell bunny", during his incredible sell-out concert on Thursday night he was on invincible form.

Of course, like any self-respecting rock star, the singer was a regular cannabis user ­ 35 years ago, he even got arrested and locked up for it.

Those days, though, are long gone.

"I don't do it any more," he explains.

"Why? The truth is that these days I don't really want to set an example to my kids and grandkids. It's now a parent thing.

"Back then I was just some guy around London having a ball, and the kids were little so I'd just try and keep it out of their faces.

"But now it's a question of not setting a bad example. So instead of smoking a spliff, I'll now have a glass of red wine or a nice margarita.

"The last time I smoked was a long time ago."

First introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan in August 1964, Macca later claimed the drug helped his song-writing, saying it got him: "thinking for the first time, really thinking.

In the late 60s and early 70s, Paul and his fellow Beatles ­
John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison - became associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, also known as the "giggling guru".

The band travelled to India to consult with their "spiritual adviser" and the Maharashi reportedly helped wean them off LSD and inspired them to write new songs.

In 1980, the star was imprisoned for nine days after being found with half a pound of cannabis trying to enter Japan - the only time he spent more than a week apart from his late wife
Linda.

After thousands of protests from his fans, and numerous visits from his lawyers, he was eventually released with no charges filed.

Whilst a stint in jail is undoubtedly a fairly humbling ordeal, Paul is one of the few stars who does not need taking down a peg or two; despite his fame, success and wealth (£710 million at the last count), he remains remarkably sane. And, well, nice.

When I congratulate him on "not being a tosser" - the words inadvertently slip out ­ he laughs: "That's quite a recommendation... I might put it on my CV".

It is also telling that the majority of his 300-strong crew on the current, box office record-smashing tour have been with him for over 30 years. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the good guys.

That he's stayed this way, he credits to his family and third wife,
Nancy, whom he married in 2011.

An independently wealthy New York-born businesswoman, the 55-year-old has absolutely no desire to be in the public eye.

"Nancy is great at keeping me grounded because she's very level-headed," he says.

"When we met, I wondered how she'd react to it all. She got some great offers to do stuff in magazines for just being who she was ­ Mrs McCartney ­ and stuff that a lot of other girls would be like, 'Woah, I've gotta do that!'

"But she said 'no'. She's the head of a trucking company and she basically said: 'No, I've already got a job'.

"And when we went to event where there were a lot of paparazzi, she would just hold back a bit and shove me forward.

"Nancy's got a low profile and wants to be able to walk around unnoticed. She's sensible, and it's refreshing. She is very grounding.

"Who wears the trousers in in our house? We both do. Oh go on, then... she does!"

Indeed, he also has Nancy to thank for his fresh-faced appearance.

When I ask if he moisturises ­ because OF COURSE this is what you ask a Beatle - he sheepishly confesses to borrowing her creams.

"Nancy's got some stuff so yeah, I do moisturise now," he smiles.

"I do it thinking it is completely poofy, but she tells me men do it now.'"

Unlike many of his internationally famous contemporaries, Paul also stays grounded by ditching security and going cycling by himself.

He also describes his Liverpudlian family as "wiser than any President or Prime Minister I have ever met."

He adds: "I do get recognised but if I'm just going for a quiet little country walk, I might meet a bird watcher or two but they're not going to bother me; they are far more interested in the Peregrine falcon.

"I have quite a lot of family and when I was growing up it was in a real, good, ordinary family ­ you couldn't really get away with anything.

"A lot of people can't be bothered going back to their hometowns, but I really value it.

"If you're lucky and come from a good family then that's how you learn. You do just think, 'Ok, I won't be a complete tosser.'"

The 21-time Grammy winner, who takes a language lesson in every country he visits in order to address the crowd in their native tongue, has picked up an eclectic group of friends along the way.

One of these is Cliff Richard, a singer with whom he rose to fame alongside pals including Cilla Black.

So what does he make of Cliff's recent troubles which have seen him being publicly investigated over allegations of an historical sex offence.

He says: "The last time I saw Cliff was when we were in Nashville.

"He was making a record out there and he came to the show but I've read what people have read, and I don't really know, I don't really know where we're up to with that.

"It's really down to whether it's true or not ­ but because I don't know whether it is or not, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

"He's always seemed like a really cool guy to me, a nice guy."

And on the subject of nice guys,
Sir Paul would know ­ he does, after all, manage it standing on his head.


May 30 2015 -- Macca Report News UPDATE
Thanks to DebG and Sandy Lopez, Macca Reporters
Photos by Bob Gannon, Macca Reporter


PHOTO:
Bob Gannon for The Macca Report

May 27th ­ Barclaycard Arena ­ Birmingham, England

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Jam "Welcome To Birmingham"
2. Matchbox
3. One After 909
4. C Moon
5. Let 'Em In
6. Celebration
7. It's So Easy
8. Hope Of Deliverance (requested by fans)
9. I'll Follow The Sun (with 6 false endings)
10 Midnight Special
11. Leaning On A Lamp Post
12. Bluebird
13. Lady Madonna

SOUND CHECK NOTES (more...)

The sound check started at 5:05pm and ended at 6:15pm.

At the beginning of the sound check, Paul talked to the band for a long time before they started the music.

After "Hope Of Deliverance" they spent several minutes, continuing to work on the song.

Some guy shouted out "I saw you in Liverpool yesterday!!!"

Paul answered, "No that wasn't me. It was my double. I don't go anywhere. I stay in and watch TV."

During the sound check and show when someone yelled out, Paul yelled back and mimicked them.


PHOTO: Bob Gannon for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Can't Buy Me Love
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Temporary Secretary
6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer
8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed
12. I've Just Seen A Face

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

Encore 1 
33. Another Girl
34. Hi Hi Hi
35. I Saw Her Standing There


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


PHOTO: Bob Gannon for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Bob Gannon for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Bob Gannon for The Macca Report

CONCERT NOTES

During the show Paul said, "One good thing about being home is that family members come to the show."

He mentioned that he has grandchildren that come to the show who "... usually see me sitting on the sofa watching football, but at the show they see Grandpa being a ROCK STAR! I tell them this is what granddad does!"

Abbey Road Medley - While trading lead guitar riffs the band, Paul takes his turn, plays a short lick and mouths "very simple!" with a satisfied look.



May 30 2015 -- Birmingham Mail (UK)

Review: Paul McCartney at Barclaycard Arena - more than enough magic in reserve

It would be fair to say I was a little wary ahead of seeing Paul McCartney.

Not because the man is anything less than a living legend, but because at forty songs I expected the set list to test both his endurance and mine.

To be fair, while his voice isn't as powerful as it may have been in his pomp, it doesn't drop in quality as the gig goes on. If anything, when
The Beatles tracks sync back into the set later on, things pick up.

That's predictable. As are the tributes to late Beatles
George Harrison and John Lennon.

The biggest band of all time feature as heavily as you would expect and hope, providing both the highlights of the set and the backdrop to the stage with nostalgic images.

Still, let nobody say McCartney relies on them too heavily. The tracks from his latest album stand up firmly alongside the classics. As does the song he provided to the video game Destiny.

Naturally though, Beatles tracks stand out a mile. And aside from the obvious moments that are Hey Jude and Live and Let Die, Blackbird stands out a mile.

McCartney rises high above the crowd to play a solo and it works wonderfully as a vintage performer embracing the arena.

Most impressive of all is the variety displayed across the entirety of a career. We see country, classic rock, ballads, pop and even (whisper it) a little bit of dance.

So there was no need to worry about McCartney and his endurance. By the end, he was still springing about with me left exhausted.

He might be slightly sounding his age by now, but he still belongs on these huge stages on this showing.



May 30 2015 -- Birmingham Mail (UK)

Six things we learned from Paul McCartney live at the Barclaycard Arena

The lessons we took away from seeing Paul McCartney

We went to watch
Paul McCartney at the Barclaycard Arena.

It was a great night and an absolute privilege to see Paul McCartney in action.

We took away a lot of lessons about the musical legend from seeing him live for the first time.

Here's what they were.

Paul McCartney is fitter than me or you
Playing a set of forty songs at the age of 72 (soon to be 73) is an incredible achievement.

Even more incredible is that by the end of the set he was still just as energetic as at the start.

While I sat slumped in my chair, McCartney continued into the set.

Wings have some real fanatics
You'd be correct in assuming that the majority of the crowd didn't turn up to hear new Wings tracks.

However, every time one of their tracks came on, a smattering of people in the crowd lost their collective heads. It was great to see such deep appreciation of his other work.

Live and Let Die was an obvious highlight.

He still has it as a songwriter
While his more prolific days as a writer are clearly behind him, he can still produce some absolutely wonderful tracks.

His track Hope for the Future, created for the video game Destiny, highlighted what he can still offer.

And Destiny ain't a bad game either.

The Beatles are still the focus of the show
Although this is a showcase of the entire career of McCartney, it's definitely The Beatles that are at the forefront.

That's how it should be though. From the nostalgic pictures to the stories of the band, and obviously the songs, they are what carries the show to such brilliance.

The Beatles are arguably the biggest band in history.

Fans of all ages
The age range at this show was one of the biggest I have ever seen.

Everyone from toddlers to pensioners made their appearances to pay homage to one of the most famous names in music.

Live and Let Die is loud
It just is. My ears still hurt.


May 28, 2015 -- Macca Report News
Photos by Bob Gannon, Macca Reporter

Macca at LIPA to teach a songwriting masterclass

On May 26 Paul was in Liverpool at his fame school The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts LIPA to teach a songwriting masterclass. Hundreds of fans turned out to see Macca's arrival. The car drove past the crowd and turned into the LIPA parking lot that is gated. He waved to the cheering fans as he exited the car and then headed into the school after chatting with staffers.


Paul chats with a security guard at the school


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Inside the school he met privately with three students who had a one-on-one songwriting session with him. Then he spoke to a gathering of students in the auditorium about why he started writing songs and how that came about.



May 28, 2015 -- Billboard.com

Find Out Which Role Paul McCartney Almost Landed On 'Friends'

While Friends certainly had its fair share of A-list guest stars over the years, there's one music legend that the show's casting director really wanted for the series:
Paul McCartney.

When the sitcom's casting director, Leslie Litt, spoke to the Huffington Post, she revealed that she had tried to get
The Beatles musician to appear on the long-running show. She explained that she wanted him to play Ross Geller's father-in-law when he married Emily Waltham during the two-part season four finale back in 1998.

"I went through his manager and gave him all the details," Litt recalled. "One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!"

"He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him," she added.

May 28, 2015 -- PM.com

Paul Receives Special PRS Award for 'Yesterday'

Last Saturday, May23rd, Paul celebrated his 50th London solo performance at a sell-out show at The O2. The concert ­ part of his 'Out There' tour ­ is also part of an on-going celebration of the writing of one of the world's most loved and popular songs: 'Yesterday'. In testament to its popularity, when Paul performed the song that evening the whole crowd sang along.

Although the song's exact writing date remains uncertain, it is 50 years this May that Paul finished writing the classic anthem. Before the O2 concert on Saturday British TV personalities Ant and Dec presented Paul with a special award from the PRS to commemorate the song's anniversary.

Speaking about the anniversary, Paul said; "I'm often never aware of these anniversaries until someone points it out. People always say to me, 'Hey, did you know it was 30 years since this and 30 years since that?', so it's impossible to stay on top of it all. But I never need an excuse to celebrate so it's always nice to hear! For me it's a happy coincidence that The O2 show falls at this time. It's great that people all over the world reacted so well to the song, it's all you can hope for!  It feels like it has taken on a life of its own over the years. The song still is and always has been an important part of our live show.  It's always very emotional for me to hear crowds singing it so loudly at my concerts"

Robert Ashcroft CEO, PRS for Music also commented that, "Yesterday is not just an iconic song in Paul's body of work but an iconic song of the last century. PRS has collected rights for the composition since it was released fifty years ago and in that time it has inspired countless writers, been covered by countless artists and has resonated with musicians, radio broadcasters and the public in a way that goes beyond words. It is this 'magic' that PRS wanted to recognise in this unique award."



May 26, 2015 - Liverpool Echo (UK)

Sir Paul McCartney at LIPA for song-writing

Beatles legend in city ahead of Echo Arena gig.

Sir Paul McCartney
arrives at LIPA to give a song writing masterclass.

Sir Paul was in good spirits at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts as he arrived to carry out his masterclasses with students.

The Beatles legend waved hello to onlookers and fans before heading inside.

Three students will receive one-to-one sessions with
Sir Paul.

He is also expected to speak to a gathering of students.

One of the LIPA students who will be meeting Sir Paul is Holly Ellison.

Holly's band ALULA will support Scouting For Girls on tour later this year.

The teaching sessions come just two days before Sir Paul is due to perform at the Echo Arena in a sold-out concert.



May 26, 2015 -- Macca Report News

May 24, 2015 - The O2 - (show 2) London, England


PHOTO: Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report

SOUND CHECK SETLIST (thanks to Simon Rogers)

1. Instrumental Jam
2. Honey Hush
3. Honey Don't
3. Coming Up
4. Day Tripper
5. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
6. C Moon
7. Celebration
8. Every Night
9. It's So Easy
10. San Francisco Bay Blues
11. Everybody Out There
12. Leaning On A Lamp Post
13. Bluebird
14. Lady Madonna (with instrumental intro)


PHOTO: Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report


(L) PHOTO:
Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report              (R) PHOTO: Elena Merino for The Macca Report

Paul makes a few set list changes to 2nd London show

1. Got To Get You Into My Life (instead of "Can't Buy Me Love")
2. I'm Looking Through You (Instead of "I've Just Seen A Face")
3. Ram On (added)
4. Can't Buy Me Love moved to First Encore (instead of "I Saw Her Standing There")


PHOTO:
Simon Rodgers for The Macca Report  

CONCERT SETLIST

1. Eight Days A Week
2. Save Us
3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. Listen To What The Man Said
5. Temporary Secretary

6. Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady Coda
7. Paperback Writer
8. My Valentine
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five
10. The Long And Winding Road
11. Maybe I'm Amazed

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

Encore 1 
34. Another Girl
35. Hi Hi Hi

36. Can't Buy Me Love

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



May 24, 2015 -- Macca Report News

New song added to set list and 'special guest' on stage at the O2

Paul adds "Temporary Secretary" to his concert set list at the London 02 tonight!




PHOTO: Elena Merino for The Macca Report


PHOTO: Elena Merino for The Macca Report

Dave Grohl joins Paul on stage to sing "I Saw Her Standing There"

May 23, 2015 - The O2 - London, England (1st show)


PHOTO: Elena Merino for The Macca Report


PHOTO: María Martín for The Macca Report

CONCERT SETLIST

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

Encore 1 
33. Another Girl  VIDEO 2
34. Hi Hi Hi
35. I Saw Her Standing There (with Dave Grohl)

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



May 24, 2015 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca gives London a shout out

Thank you London... you rocked!



May 24, 2015 - The Telegraph (UK)

Paul McCartney, O2 Arena, review: 'an exhilarating masterclass'

Rarely these days, given high ticket prices and soulless venues, does it feel like an unalloyed privilege to go to a rock show. Too often one feels short-changed about something. But watching Paul McCartney play for almost three hours at the O2 was one of those infrequent things: a complete honour.

Aged 72 and with the finest back catalogue in music, McCartney could be forgiven for coasting with a perfunctory review-style show. But the pensioner drilled deep into his musical vault with all the energy and dexterity of those senior citizens who allegedly did Hatton Garden recently. And he handed out gem after gem to the audience over an astonishing 38-song set that left no part of his
Beatles, Wings or solo repertoire untouched.

The first five songs provided a neat snapshot of the genres that the man effectively invented over the years. They included opener Eight Days a Week, the embodiment of jangly 1960s Merseybeat, and Wings' Listen to What the Man Said, a slice of radio-friendly 1970s pop. Then, for the first time ever live, McCartney played Temporary Secretary from his 1980 solo album McCartney II. The song's wonky electronics baffled fans at the time. But it single-handedly created the style of synth-pop that decades later gave us Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. Temporary Secretary has, 35 years on, become a hipster favourite.

McCartney at the first night of his 2015 UK tour, at the 02

And so it continued. Songs such as Paperback Writer, The Long and Winding Road, Blackbird and Lady Madonna were interspersed with rarities like Another Day, his first solo single.

McCartney is a natural raconteur and the show was peppered with anecdotes. "I was round John's house" was typical of how they started. And there were moving tributes to Lennon, Linda and George Harrison. Something, from Abbey Road, started slowly on a ukulele before building gloriously. "Let's hear it for George," he shouted.

McCartney knows the importance of doing the songs justice because The Beatles stopped touring in 1966 and many tracks were never played live. And he did that in spades.

One assumed the concert was over after the closing salvo of Band on the Run, Back in the USSR, Let it Be, Live and Let Die and Hey Jude. But no. McCartney came back with Another Girl - from Help! and again never played live before this tour - before being joined by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl for a raucous I Saw Her Standing There. Then, as if that weren't enough, he did Yesterday and Helter Skelter before closing with the Golden Slumbers medley from Abbey Road.

It was an exhilarating masterclass from music's great innovator.



May 24, 2015 -- Liverpool Echo

Paul McCartney: The little ritual that I do every night before I go onstage

Paul McCartney's
live shows are well known for being slick. Over the years he's honed his performance to a fine art - to the point where he can play 39 songs in a row without a pause or even a sip of water.

He puts it down to a carefully designed routine.

"It's kind of evolved over the years," he says. "We do our soundcheck in the afternoon. I go to my dressing room and then an hour before we go on a guy knocks on my door and I get ready. I do a steam thing with a bit of Olbas Oil in hot water. It's probably completely useless but it makes me feel like I'm doing something to help my voice. Then I choose what to wear, get dressed and go and see the band. We get together and sing a bit and then we go to the side of the stage.

"We have a little ritual, a bit of a huddle and then we go on.

"I'm very lucky. I've been with the band and most of the crew for a long time. We've all been friends for years.

"This is our other family and it's a great group of people. I have a lot of respect for them.

"I think of it like Formula One. I may be the driver but I couldn't get anywhere without the team. They are the best band and crew on the planet."

May 22, 2015 -- Macca Report News

Paul McCartney chats to Matt Everitt on BBC Radio 6

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

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

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