September 1, 2014 -- CNN

Paul McCartney signs letter urging Scotland to stick with UK

Beatles
star Paul McCartney became the latest high-profile figure to sign a letter calling on Scottish voters to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom in a vote on independence next month.

Other famous signatories to the so-called "Letter to Scotland," organized by the Let's Stay Together campaign, include Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, physicist Stephen Hawking, actress Dame Judi Dench and celebrity TV producer Simon Cowell.

The campaign describes itself as a UK-wide effort giving a voice to "everyone who doesn't have a vote in the decision to break up Britain."

Anyone living in Scotland who is aged 16 and over on September 18 will be able to vote in the referendum.

However, Scots living outside Scotland don't have a vote, nor do the residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years.

Addressed to the voters of Scotland, the letter reads: "The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone.

"Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom.

"We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them.

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."

National treasure

McCartney added his name to the open letter while the campaign was canvassing for support in Liverpool.

"We are absolutely delighted to be able to have Sir Paul's support for Let's Stay Together, as he is not only a national treasure but somebody who loves Scotland for what it is: a beautiful and inspiring country, and one that we are proud to count as part of the United Kingdom," a post on the Let's Stay Together blog said.

McCartney, who owns a farm in Scotland, co-wrote the hit song "Mull of Kintyre" there in 1977 with his band Wings, formed after the Beatles split.

'I know I'm gonna be sad if the Scottish quit the UK,' said Paul.

'Bad for business'

On Wednesday, more than 120 business leaders, employing 50,000 people in Scotland, published an open letter in The Scotsman newspaper in which they said the "business case" for separation had not been made.

"Uncertainty surrounds a number of vital issues including currency, regulation, tax, pensions, EU membership and support for our exports around the world; and uncertainty is bad for business," it said.

Prime Minister David Cameron backed their appeal in a speech Thursday to business leaders in Glasgow.


September 1, 2014 -- Daily Record (UK)

Paul McCartney presents degree to Blantyre girl at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

A young Blantyre woman came face to face with a musical icon recently as she graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).

Jacklyn McConnachie, of Rosebank Avenue, has achieved a BA (Hons) in Music and was presented with her degree certificate by
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney himself.

LIPA was co-founded by
Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty in 1996, and was the college of choice for Jacklyn since a young age.

Now at 21, the former St Blane's Primary and John Ogilvie High pupil, will pursue a career in song writing and performance having successfully completed her course.

Delighted Jacklyn, a former HND student at North Glasgow College in Springburn, told the Advertiser this week: "I have really enjoyed my two years at LIPA. I have made friends with people from all over the world and got to work with students from all different courses, sound technology, stage design and management to name a few.

"It has been fantastic and all that I imagined it would be, but meeting Paul McCartney at my graduation took it to another level."

Her proud dad Allan added: "As her parents we were very proud of her achievement, as she said in early secondary school she would like to study at LIPA.

"She worked very hard to get there, achieving pupil of the year awards and song writing awards along the way at North Glasgow College.

"It was because of her hard work and determination at North Glasgow that she was accepted into the second year at LIPA after a personal interview, followed by a few more years of hard work and study before finally meeting one of her heroes, Sir Paul McCartney, on stage at the graduation ceremony last month."



September 1, 2014 -- Associated Press

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. (1) Paul McCartney; $3,229,604; $131.84
2. (3) Katy Perry; $1,743,092; $116.26
3. (4) Bruno Mars; $1,177,984; $87.28
4. (5) Cher; $1,106,826; $90.71
5. (6) Zac Brown Band; $1,071,113; $48.93
6. (7) Dave Matthews Band; $1,059,266; $54.34
7. (8) Michael Buble; $910,823; $88.51
8. (9) Romeo Santos; $812,171; $82.14
9. (10) Cirque du Soleil - "Michael Jackson: The Immortal"; $776,239; $85.29
10. (11) Journey/Steve Miller Band; $760,936; $58.17
11. (12) Motley Crue; $735,479; $51.03
12. (13) James Taylor; $629,601; $72.03
13. (14) Rascal Flatts; $540,829; $33.59
14. (15) Brad Paisley; $518,729; $33.57
15. (16) Tim McGraw; $475,776; $37.12
16. (17) Florida Georgia Line; $461,691; $38.84
17. (18) Backstreet Boys; $415,290; $47.57
18. (New) "Vans Warped Tour"; $382,413; $30.79
19. (19) Widespread Panic; $313,800; $44.81
20. (21) Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss + Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas; $280,662; $58.26



September 1, 2014 -- PM.com

Paul McCartney Archive Collection
Production issues delay release of Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound

New UK Release Date: 3rd November
New US Release Date: 4th November

Due to production issues the release of the latest albums in the GRAMMY Award winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be delayed. The classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will now be released on November 3rd in the UK and November 4th in the US and not the previously announced September dates.
 
Since launching the Paul McCartney Archive Collection in 2010 Paul has received two GRAMMY Awards for the releases.  In 2012 he picked up 'Best Historical Album' for Band on the Run and this year Wings over America picked up an award ('Best Boxed or Special Edition Package') on the same night that Paul set a personal best by picking up five awards in just one night. In 2013 RAM was nominated for 'Best Historical Album'.

In keeping with the Archive Collection tradition all aspects of this project have been over seen by Paul McCartney and the packages, including bonus and previously unreleased material, are a must have for all fans.

For full format information and tracklisting click HERE!



HEAR more MACCA on FAB 4 RADIO!!!
The #
1 Beatles Internet Radio Station
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE BEATLES!!!
while you read The Macca Report

CLICK TO LISTEN


Macca Report Blog READ
NEW TOPIC!!!
WHERE SHOULD PAUL TOUR NEXT?
POST: blog@themaccareport.com


JOIN THE ELIST FREE!!!
WIN Macca PRIZES!!!
WIN!!!! SIGNED Jorie Gracen McCartney Photos and Macca Collectibles!!!



YESTERDAYSPAULNEWS!!!YESTERDAYSPAULNEWS!!!









CLICK TO ORDER "NEW"




YESTERDAYSPAULNEWS!!!YESTERDAYSPAULNEWS!!!



August 2014


August 28, 2014 -- Macca Report News EXCLUSIVE!!!
by Gina Goldner Wallach,
Macca Reporter

Paul sighting on Long Island


PHOTO: © 2014 Gina Goldner Wallach (for The Macca Report)

Guess who I happened upon AGAIN while vacationing in the Hamptons this week? Really! I think he's following me!

Yes, that is
SIR PAUL!!!


PHOTO: © 2014 Gina Goldner Wallach (for The Macca Report)

And I spoke with his beautiful wife, Nancy (no photo) and his lovely daughter Stella. She was very friendly when I asked her if her dad was going to do the ALS ice bucket challenge for which she and Chris Martin had nominated him. She laughed and said he was probably just going to donate, but maybe he would take the challenge in private!


August 28, 2014 -- Daily Mail (UK)

Sir Paul McCartney enjoys lunch in the Hamptons with wife Nancy Shevell as she flashes pins in vibrant lace dress

They partied with pals at a star-studded charity bash last week, however Wednesday's outing was much more low-key for Sir Paul McCartney and his wife.

The Beatles hitmaker and
Nancy Shevell made the most of the weather in East Hampton, where they were spotted dining al fresco with pals.

The 72-year-old walked hand in hand with his spouse of two years while dressed casually in black shorts and a white Tee.

The Hey Jude crooner kept his navy baseball cap on, while Nancy also chose to cover up her head in the form of a white trilby with black band.

Paul - who will celebrate his third wedding anniversary in October - completed his off-duty look with brown sandals and black aviators shades.

Meanwhile the brunette beauty made the most of her toned pins in a thigh-skimming lace dress complete with colourful floral detailing.

At the weekend, Paul proved he'd still got what it takes as he took to the stage to give an energetic performance at the charity gala in aid of the Apollo Theatre.

The Liverpudlian crooner took part in a sing-along with Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx, who looked sauve in his plum coloured suit.

Barbra Streisand, Robert DeNiro, Anjelica Huston, Pharrell Williams, Francesco Yates, James Brolin, and Jack Nicholson were also among the guests, which has become a must-attend event for New York's elite class.


August 28, 2014 -- PaulMcCartney Twitter

#Throwback Thursday Photo

'Press to Play' album cover photo of Paul and Linda, taken by George Hurrell.



August 26, 2014 -- PaulMcCartney Twitter

@PaulMcCartney asks...

What's your favourite lyric of Paul's?


August 26, 2014 -- PM.com

Paul helps to save elephants

Paul is helping to save one of the world's most beloved species

Paul
recently signed a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar, which was put up for auction and raised an astonishing $50,000 within minutes. Bidding began in the morning on eBay with a starting bid of $10,000 and quickly reached the impressive final amount in no time. Proceeds from the auction will go to The Nature Conservancy's African Elephant Initiative.

Alongside his signature, Paul also scribed, "This guitar saves elephants" on the Martin guitar. A fitting slogan since the funds will be used to increase security for elephants on the ground in Africa and reduce demand for ivory.

The Nature Conservancy has worked passionately for decades to conserve valuable animal habitats and watersheds to make the world a better, more sustainable place. It's estimated that there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa in 1980. Now only about 430,000 remain, with an estimated 20,000 elephants killed last year alone for their tusks.

You can make a difference to elephants - to learn more about The Nature Conservancy's work to #saveElephants and sign up to get alerts and news click HERE!



August 26, 2014 -- Billboard.com

Hot Tours: Paul McCartney Is No. 1 With Sold Out U.S. Tour

Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales reported from his recent trek through U.S. cities during July and August.

The six-week jaunt was the Out There tour's third leg in North America since the tour began in May 2014. With concerts at eight arenas and four stadiums during this summer's run, ticket sales totaled $38.7 million, bringing the overall gross to $150 million from 40 reported shows during the tour's 15-month span.

San Francisco's Candlestick Park is the Out There tour's top-grossing venue in this tally, with $7 million in sales from a crowd of 53,477 fans. It is also the highest gross from any North American venue during the tour's entire run. The sold-out performance on Aug. 14 was the final concert to be held at the famed Bay Area stadium that will soon be demolished. The event also marked McCartney's return to the site where the Beatles played their last official concert in 1966.

Three more stadiums were on the 2014 summer schedule for the Out There tour. McCartney also sold out Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 10 with more than $5.2 million in revenue from 52,605 sold seats.

Target Field in Minneapolis hosted the legendary rocker on Aug. 2 with a packed stadium crowd of 43,143, and the performance at the University of Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium hit the record books as the largest concert in Montana history.

His sold out show on Aug. 5 at the Missoula stadium drew 25,192 fans -- 1,423 more than the Rolling Stones concert on Oct. 4, 2006 during the band's A Bigger Bang tour.



August 26, 2014 -- KFIX Rock News

Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons, Sting Declared World's Wealthiest Bassists

Holding down the big bottom for a big-name band can earn a musician some big bucks. That's the upshot of a new list from
Richest.com that ranks the top 10 bass players based on their net worth.

At #1 on the tally is exactly whom you might imagine: former
Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, who's reportedly worth $1.2 billion.

Sir Paul, of course, earned much of his fortune by writing or co-writing -- with late Fab Four band mate John Lennon -- some the most memorable pop and rock songs of all time.

The number-two position is a tie between Gene Simmons of KISS and ex-Police frontman Sting, each worth $300 million.

One-time Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters sits comfortably in the number-four spot, with $270 million, and U2's Adam Clayton rounds out the top five with $150 million.

The bottom half of the top 10 includes Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers at #6, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones at #7 and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath at #8. Nirvana's Krist Novoselic caps off the tally in the tenth slot.

Take all of this with a grain of salt: the site neglects to mention the sources of its financial data.

Here's Richest.com's full "Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World" list:

1.
Paul McCartney (The Beatles) -- $1.2 billion
2. Gene Simmons (KISS) -- $300 million
2. Sting (The Police) -- $300 million
4. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) -- $270 million
5. Adam Clayton (U2) -- $150 million
6. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) -- $115 million
7. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) -- $80 million
8. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) -- $65 million
9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) -- $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) -- $40 million

August 26, 2014 -- Macca Report News

ALS ice bucket challenge for Paul?


CLICK TO WATCH

Stella McCartney and Chris Martin (Coldplay) take the ALS ice bucket challenge and challenge Macca to do so!



August 26, 2014 -- Macca Report News

Paul's concert at Candlestick in 75 seconds


CLICK TO WATCH

Time lapse of the last concert at Candlestick Park.



August 21, 2014 -- PaulMcCartney Twitter

#Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul on a ferry to Amsterdam during the 'Wings Over Europe Tour'


August 20, 2014 -- Daily Mail (UK)

He's got the soul! Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell enjoy a night out at the Hamptons party (
VIDEO)


Paul with actor Jamie Foxx

He has been dubbed one of the world's greatest musicians.

And Sir Paul McCartney proved he's still got what it takes as he took to the stage to give an energetic performance at a star-studded fundraiser benefiting the Apollo Theater on Saturday night (August 16).

Accompanied by his wife Nancy Shevell, the 72-year-old appeared to be in high spirits during special occasion at the Hamptons.

The Beatles musician cut a stylish figure in a pair of black tailored trousers, which he teamed with a deep navy sweatshirt.

Meanwhile, his beautiful partner looked stunning in a pair of dark skintight jeans and a white blazer, while she accentuated her pretty facial features with minimal makeup.

The married couple were pictured sitting side by side as they took in the atmosphere from all the performances by the sidelines.

The Collateral actor appeared to be in great spirits as he took centre stage during the fun-filled festivities.


Paul with Jack and Ray Nicholson

Barbra Streisand, Robert DeNiro, Anjelica Huston, Pharrell Williams, Francesco Yates, James Brolin, and Jack Nicholson were among the guests at the fundraiser, which has become a must-attend event for New York's elite class.


Paul with singer Francesco Yates

The audience also enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which raised an incredible $4 million for development projects for New York's Apollo Theatre.

Towards the end of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, 'That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, "Governor, you can't let New Jersey down."'



August 14, 2014 -- PaulMcCartney Twitter

#Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul gets #OutThere in San Francisco today. Here he is in SF on the Wings over the World tour...


August 9, 2014 -- Macca Report News

August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions 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. Get Back

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


August 9, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Thank you Salt Lake City!



August 9, 2014 -- The Salt Lake Tribune

Paul McCartney throws a party at Utah's ESA

Paul McCartney can play the bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano and even the ukulele.

However, as he demonstrated in a nearly sold-out EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday night, the instrument Sir Paul plays most expertly and impressively is the audience.McCartney could make the audience cheer, dance, jump in surprise, laugh, occasionally cry and frequently sing. Mostly, he made them have fun.

"Hey, Salt Lake City!" McCartney said the first time he spoke to the audience. "I have a feeling we're going to have a bit of a party here tonight."

The Salt Lake City stop on his "Out There" tour spanned McCartney's 50-year-plus songwriting and performance repertoire - as a Beatle, as a member of Wings and as a solo artist supporting his most recent album, "New" - and an astonishing range of musical styles, from gentle ballads to hard rock.

McCartney, 72, and his four-man backing band opened with two bouncy songs that span his professional life: The Beatles classic "Eight Days a Week" and the song "Save Us" (off of "New").

The whole show, 37 songs over nearly three hours, went on like that, with McCartney jumping decades of his songbook with a youthful energy that belied his years.

McCartney also shifted moods rapidly and smoothly. A rocking "Back in the USSR" was followed by the soaring grace of "Let It Be," and then with the propulsive force of the James Bond theme "Live and Let Die" - which was accompanied by a fiery pyrotechnic show that blew the audience away.

The stage was backed by a massive video wall that displayed colorful animation, archival photos, and even a film of actors Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp speaking in sign language (for "My Valentine," a song McCartney wrote for his wife, Nancy Shevell).

The show was populated by ghosts. Early on, McCartney ended a Wings song, "Let Me Roll It," with some licks of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" - which prompted a story about how The Beatles met the guitarist, and how Hendrix performed covers from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" only two days after the album came out.

Two of the concert's most touching moments involved tributes to his late Beatles bandmates: "Here Today," his 1982 song written to John Lennon as "a conversation we never got to have"; and playing ukulele to begin a cover of George Harrison's song "Something." Also moving was the performance of "Maybe I'm Amazed," which was written by McCartney for his first wife, Linda, who died in 1998.

The main set ended with "Hey Jude," in which McCartney orchestrated a joyous audience sing-along to the classic "na na na" extended chorus. It was the second "official" sing-along of the night, the first being "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," though many audience members couldn't help themselves from joining in to their favorites.

McCartney powered through two encores that had the audience screaming and on their feet. The capper in the second encore was a plaintive reading of "Yesterday," followed by a thrashing version of "Helter Skelter," and concluding with The Beatles' final medley of "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight" and (appropriately) "The End." Only then did McCartney finally let his audience go, spent but exhilarated, as he promised, "We'll see you next time."



August 7, 2014 -- Paul McCarthey Twitter

#Throwback Thursday Photo

Paul w/Wings in 1976. Left-to-right: Denny Laine, Paul, Linda, Jimmy McCulloch & Joe English.


August 6, 2014 -- Macca Report News

August 5 - Missoula, MT - Grizzly Stadiium

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Missoula Jam
2. Matchbox
3. Honey Don't
4. Only Mama Knows
5. Hope of Deliverance
6. San Francisco Bay Blues
7. Every Night
8. Ram On
9. Midnight Special
10. Things We Said Today
11. Lady Madonna

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
31. Hey Jude

Missoula Mother and Daughter get signed!!!

CLICK TO WATCH

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



August 6, 2014 -- Missoulian.com

McCartney mines career-spanning catalog in Missoula concert

Penny Lane, meet Campus Drive.

Sir Paul McCartney performed to more than 25,000 fans Tuesday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the first known concert by a Beatle in the Treasure State.

The response on both sides was enthusiastic.

People in the crowd, who had weathered a line snaking around the University of Montana campus after a sweltering tailgate, were rewarded with the largest concert in state history.

McCartney was more than willing to give it his all, a feat impressive for a musician of any age, much less 72.

"The jacket's coming off early," he said after only two songs. "And that's going to be the only costume change of the night."

As in past performances on the Out There tour, McCartney drew heavily on his songs from
The Beatles catalog, interspersed with tunes from his Wings albums and solo records, and new singles such as the lively "Queenie Eye."

He played more than two hours as well, everything from solo ballads to a stadiumwide sing-along of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."

The massive production included screens bookending the multistory stage, which improved the view for fans in the outer rings of the stadium. Another screen queued up animated collages for specific tunes.

McCartney and his long-running four-piece backing band were just as enthusiastic as prior reviews had hinted.

Songs like "Paperback Writer," which he played on the guitar used on the original recording, were retrofitted with a harder rock edge than the studio albums.

He even ran through a short instrumental version of "Foxy Lady," gamely soloing himself and following the tune with a story about seeing Hendrix perform back in the '60s.

As the sun finally set, McCartney switched to piano for a suite of songs including "Maybe I'm Amazed," in fine voice during the howling bridge. That performance, dedicated to his wife
Linda, segued into an acoustic set, highlighted by "We Can Work It Out."

Soon the band decamped, and he played the show's most vulnerable songs alone on acoustic guitar, atop a 20-foot riser that had video on the front. There was the timeless "Blackbird," and "Here Today," dedicated to
John Lennon.

The crowd, comprising all generations, seemed as much in awe of the scale of the event as the music. After all, a performance of "Let it Be," blown out to the size of a stadium, is a literal once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of us in Montana.

Tours by living legends can often have an air of suspicion ­ after so many mediocre Bob Dylan shows, Missoula residents may have wondered what to expect. Is it a real show, or a nostalgia tour?

McCartney, though, has always peppered his music with nostalgia, and that trait has allowed him to age gracefully and energetically along with his massive catalog of songs.

As the lights-and-pyrotechnics production and energy level showed, he's always been an enthusiastic showman as well as an artist.

That he's still so good at both is probably why he got the largest standing ovations the state will see in awhile.

...MORE


On mountain and behind fences, Missoula turns out for McCartney


The wheels had been turning long before
Paul McCartney took the stage under a golden sunset in Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Tuesday evening and proceeded to light up the August night.

Beer kegs had been pressurized, yellow buses had been gassed and old T-shirts remembering The Beatles had been excavated from the bottom of many dresser drawers, including that of Gary Pearson.

The former KYLT-AM radio disc jockey in Missoula sported a red T-shirt recalling the group's 1964 American tour. He wore it proudly to a pre-concert party in downtown Missoula, one that helped launch the historic evening with a cover band dedicated to The Beatles.

"When I was managing KYLT in '65-'66, the year 'Paperback Writer' came out, some promotional manager in California called me at the station and told me he would send me the record the day ahead of everyone else in Montana," Pearson said. "We were No. 1 in '65-'66, but there were only four AM stations back then."

The pre-concert festivities played out as downtown Missoula came to life on what would otherwise be a monotonous Tuesday evening. Streets became gridlocked and school buses converted to concert shuttles ran full to the stadium, where passengers joined a growing throng of eager fans already numbered in thousands.

By 6 p.m., a mass of concert-goers in tie-dyed shirts and summer skirts spread across the campus greens. Lines ran long around the Adams Center and security roamed the crowd en force.

"
The Beatles I deeply respect, and I'm not speaking hyperbole," Tawnie Rivkena said before the show. "We're talking the peak of Western civilization in culture as far as I'm concerned. Not a day goes by I don't listen to The Beatles."

Tickets for the show sold out after going on sale earlier this year. Yet those willing to pay $200 or more on location had their chance to buy as others looked to sell.

Neil Bruno tried the free route, holding a cardboard sign reading, "If U can't help me a ticket, still help." Others noted the time and took their place in line.

"This is classic," said Beth Howard as she inched toward the gate. "We grew up with The Beatles, so this is part of history."

Well before the concert began, University of Montana officials promoted the event as the largest concert in state history. A large covered stage filled the south end of the stadium floor facing 25,000 fans who took their seats at 8 p.m.

Several hundred others hiked Mount Sentinel and peered down upon the throng, watching as fans did the wave while waiting for McCartney to take the stage. UM President Royce Engstrom and Missoula Mayor John Engen had dubbed the mountain "Mount McCartney" for the day.

Joining the crowd on Mount McCartney were Japanese students Airi Hasegawa and her friend. Neither had ever heard of Paul McCartney, though they did know The Beatles, thanks to their parents, and Nirvana thanks to their friends.

Seated nearby was South Korean student Woongsoon Jang. She knew The Beatles well, along with McCartney.

"There was a concert McCartney planned in Korea but it was canceled," said Jang. "We're lucky to be here. Who doesn't like The Beatles?"

McCartney's performance in Missoula was something of a musical coup for this city of 70,000 people, which has recently dazzled music fans by landing iconic shows, including the 2006 performance by the Rolling Stones and a 2012 showing by Pearl Jam.

But in a concert where a single beer went for $9 a bang and the cheapest tickets started at $50, not everyone could afford entry to see McCartney live. Dozens sat with their faces mashed against the chain-link fence outside the stadium hoping for a glimpse of the rock icon on the jumbo screens.

Others opted for a hike up the mountain.

"I was looking at tickets online but they were pretty steep," said Kathleen Bowler. "I've still got my paycheck and a free spot on the hill."



August 6, 2014 -- KTVQ News

Mount McCartney? Missoula landmark gets renamed for a day

MISSOULA - Mount Sentinel will be renamed Tuesday and its iconic "M" will stand for something other than Montana in welcoming rock legend Sir Paul McCartney to town, becoming "Mount McCartney" for the day.

The University of Montana announced Monday morning that UM President Royce Engstrom, along with the City of Missoula, will use the new title to welcome McCartney for his landmark concert in Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Tuesday night.

"We are thrilled to have a legend such as Paul McCartney playing in our community," Engstrom said. "This concert not only brings folks from around our great state together in Missoula, but also attracts fans from around the country. We think Washington-Grizzly Stadium is a wonderful place to host a concert of this caliber."

"It's exciting to have an artist of this magnitude visit Missoula," Mayor John Engen said. "We hope he has a good time here, and we know we will enjoy his visit."

This marks the first time the former
Beatle has ever performed in Montana.



August 3, 2014 -- Macca Report News

August 2 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field



PHOTO: Brian Ray - Instagram

SOUND CHECK SETLIST

1. Minneapolis Jam
2. Matchbox
3. Drive My Car
4. Celebration
5. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, (play some of Band On The Run - brief)
6. I've Just Seen a Face
7. On My Way To Work
8. Ram On
9. San Francisco Bay Blues
10. Bluebird
11. Queenie Eye
12. Lady Madonna

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. Get Back

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


Click to view


August 3, 2014 -- Paul McCartney Twitter

Macca's shout out to Minneapolis

@PaulMcCartney - Minneapolis! Unbelievable!



August 3, 2014 -- Star Tribune

Paul McCartney: A fun day's night

An ever-youthful Paul McCartney packed nearly 40 songs nearly three hours.

When we met the Beatles, he was the cute one. Now when we are probably saying goodbye (or hello, from the young 'uns), he is the joyful one, the generous one, the ageless one.

In a marathon performance on Saturday at Target Field, Paul McCartney, 72, celebrated one of the richest legacies in the history of popular music. He may not have been as jittery as Jagger or as sweaty as Springsteen. But do they deliver 39 songs over nearly three hours? No, the Stones give you the satisfaction of 19 songs and the Boss might work in 27 or so selections.

Unlike Springsteen or Bob Dylan, Sir Paul doesn't really reimagine his songs. He simply recreated them to service his masses and their collective nostalgia. So what if his voice sounded strained from time to time on Saturday? He could work it out with an unstoppable spirit, a crackerjack band and a repertoire that was pretty unimpeachable (thankfully, no "Silly Love Songs" or "Ebony and Ivory").

Paul's personality has always been able to save him, whether a quick quip, a mugging pose with that face or a raising of his guitar, thumb or arms at the end of many a song. He wouldn't have exactly won awards for best patter at a concert. "This is great. This is cool," he said before "And I Love Her." "What good vibrations."

But, with his bangs blowin' in the wind and those skinny jeans that could have been plucked from his Carnaby Street-filled closet, McCartney reminded fans both young and old why his skill set has set him apart: His gift for melody, harmony and hooks, his flair for writing simple but sincere little love songs and his joy of performing.

While Springsteen may have a sense of purpose and Dylan just carries on like a cranky old minstrel, perpetually boyish Sir Paul plays for the sheer love of performing. It was even apparent on "Here Today," his 1982 tribute to John Lennon. His throat sounded hoarse when he introduced it Saturday, explaining it was the conversation he never got to have with his ex-mate. But then, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, his solo vocal performance was so heartfelt, so pure, so true - even the falsetto ending.

Without missing a beat, McCartney sashayed to the upright piano for the hopelessly buoyant "New," the title track of his 2013 album. Without any sense of hard-sell for the new disc, he offered a four-song sampler of "New."

The taste of Wings, McCartney's second band, came early, with "Listen to What the Man Said," 1974's "Nineteen Hundred and Eight-Five" and "Let Me Roll It," which was followed by an instrumental version of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" and a story about Hendrix playing "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in concert two days after it was released - with John, Paul and Eric Clapton in the audience. It didn't matter McCartney had told that story in concert here before.

That Hendrix journey was about it for instrumental fireworks from Sir Paul, who is not big on guitar flash for either himself (he also played bass and piano) or his two sidemen. There was plenty of fireworks, literally, for Wings' "Live and Let Die," whose flame throwers, lasers and explosions were a cut below your average Kiss concert. As for other visual ads, there were shots of pulp book covers on giant video screens during "Paperback Writer" and, oddly, a photo of Anne Frank during "Lady Madonna." And of, course, there were plenty of video closeups of Sir Paul, who belies his age whether because of diet, makeup or show-biz tricks.

In McCartney's sixth Twin Cities performance in six decades, it was still the Beatles numbers that generated the biggest cheers from the crowd. There were some rarities, including "Lovely Rita" and the Lennon-identified "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," which were never in the live repertoire. Even the opening "Eight Days a Week" hadn't been on a McCartney concert set list since the 1964.

Buoyed by the muscular drumming and crucial vocals of Abe Laboriel Jr., McCartney rocked out on the crisp and punchy "Hi Hi Hi," the jagged "Helter Skelter" and the rip-roaring "Back in the U.S.S.R." (introduced by the singer's impersonation of two Russian government officials when they met the Beatles). When Paul "Wix" Wickens' synthesized strings arrived in the middle of a heretofore solo acoustic "Yesterday," they diluted the power of Paul's biggest song. But all was good with the closing medley of "Golden Slumbers," "Carry the Weight" and "In the End," and who will ever forget the giant sing-alongs on "Get Back" and "Hey Jude," when 39,000 fans waved their hands bellowing the "na, na, na's" in what ranks as one of rock's those cherished goose-bump moments in concert right up there with waving your arms to Prince's "Purple Rain" and pumping your fist to Springsteen's "Born To Run."

And, in the end, McCartney declared, "We'll see you next summer." (???!!!) Get back, indeed.

more...

McCartney fans' common refrain: All we need is Paul

Saturday night's concert at Target Field struck a chord with fans who described Sir Paul as a "constant thread" in their lives.

And in the end, the love
Paul McCartney took from his nearly three-hour concert Saturday at Target Field was equal to the adulation at July's All-Star Game and any other event the Twins' four-year-old ballpark has seen.

"He's a sure home run," said Tom Degannaro of Lino Lakes, a lifelong fan who - along with his wife and teenage daughter - was among the first of the roughly 40,000 concert attendees to arrive to the stadium. "It's about time he played another outdoor show here again."

The last time McCartney performed outside in Minnesota was when his old group the Beatles - ever heard of them? - tried to play over screaming teenage fans at Met Stadium in Bloomington in 1965.

Hardly just a baby boomer act, Sir Paul is still drawing teen fans to his shows, but under remarkably different circumstances. Gavin Bunnell of New Prague, 14, discovered his music when he received the video game "Beatles: Rock Band" for his 12th birthday.

"By the end of the first day of playing it, I was just obsessed with every one of the songs," said Bunnell, attending his first-ever concert. Quipped his mom Amy Hovel, "Nothing like starting out big."

Last seen in town at Xcel Energy Center in 2005 - his local average is just over one show per decade, with six concerts total now - McCartney was the first, major rock act to play Target Field, after two sold-out shows by country star Kenny Chesney and the smaller Skyline Music Fest. He is also now the only rocker to perform at all three of the Twins' ballparks, counting a solo show at the Metrodome in 1993.

McCartney, 72, took the giant stage in center field wearing a bright blue suit that looked more Brewers than Twins team colors, but it didn't stay on long anyway.

"That's my only wardrobe change of the night," he cracked after removing the jacket a few songs into his set, which opened with "Eight Days a Week." Within the first half-hour, he covered three of the five decades of his career, also including "All My Loving," the "Wings"-era rocker "Let Me Roll It" and his topical new song "Save Us."

During his sound check around 5 p.m. - which drew an early crowd that listened from outside the gates to the likes of "Drive My Car" and "Matchbox" - he also alluded to the muggy weather. "Turn down the heat," was his only instruction to his crew.

While there were no complaints about McCartney from fans during the show, things did get heated over the long lines to get through Target Field's new metal detectors - and even longer lines to get to the field, where a special wristband had to be handed out one-by-one.

"I'm fuming, when I should be all Beatles-y peace and love," complained Nancy Frank of St. Paul, who said it took her group nearly an hour to finally make it to their seat.

At least she got in. Hundreds of fans stood outside the gates listening to the show there, many of whom struck out trying to score a cheap last-minute ticket. Originally priced $36.50 to $250, seats were averaging above $250 at the resale site Stubhub.com earlier in the day.

Now the Twins grounds crew is wondering what price the playing field paid. About 8,000 seats were spread out on rubber padding laid over the grass.

"It's been a much better process than the last couple," said Twins groundskeeper Larry DeVito, referring to the Chesney concerts. However, DeVito's crew will have pulled off a quicker turnaround, since the Twins have an interleague game Tuesday against the Padres. "It's about as tight as we can do it, but I think we'll do fine," DeVito said.

Hardly concerned about the condition of the grass, super-Macca fan Amanda Wirig, 34, of Mankato, said she's worried the concert could be the rock legend's last time in Minnesota, given the age and the infrequency of his prior appearances.

"He's just been a constant thread in my life," said Wirig, echoing another fan's sign that caught McCartney's eye near the stage read, "I've been growing with you for 50 years."

Said Angie McCluskey, 58, of St. Cloud, who has seen him perform five previous times, "It just doesn't get any bigger than this, and probably never will."



August 3, 2014 -- TwinCities.com/Pioneer Press

Concert review: Paul McCartney brings energy, nostalgia to Target Field

Paul McCartney headlined a sold-out Target Field in Minneapolis on Saturday night, nearly nine years after his last Twin Cities concert at the Xcel Energy Center in 2005.

It took the Beatles roughly the same amount of time to get from "Love Me Do" to "The Long and Winding Road," setting the gold standard for popular rock music in the process. So, of course, McCartney -- looking every bit as spry at age 72 as he did back in '05 -- drew heavily from the Fab Four's back catalog for his wildly entertaining, nostalgic performance that drew everyone from retired boomers to squealing teenagers.

The ridiculously long, slow-moving lines at Target Field's gates pushed the start time back to 8:45 p.m., but Sir Paul set the evening's brisk pace from the very top, working in his new song "Save Us" between a pair of Beatles oldies, "Eight Days a Week" and "All My Loving."

Soon after, once the media photographers were ushered from the stage, McCartney stripped off his blue blazer and told the crowd that was the only costume change of the show.

While McCartney's energy and demeanor proved he's as ageless as ever, he can't quite hit all the notes like he once did, which was apparent starting with "Listen to What the Man Said," where he fumbled through the first verse. His current vocal approach started to make more sense during "Maybe I'm Amazed," dedicated to his late first wife, Linda, as he avoided many of the big notes, but saved up his vigor for the tail end of the song.

But really, that's nitpicking for a guy who rightfully stands as one of the most famous entertainers alive. McCartney has been keeping people grinning for more than five decades now, and he did the same Saturday night, whether it was Beatles hits ("The Long and Winding Road," "Hey Jude," "Lady Madonna") or his own potent solo and Wings smashes ("Live and Let Die," "Band on the Road," "Another Day").

For "Let Me Roll It," McCartney strapped on a guitar and transitioned into an abbreviated take on Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady."

His guitar heroics continued during "Paperback Writer," while Macca showed off his softer side, too, pulling out an acoustic guitar for a solo "Blackbird" (which 89.3 The Current listeners just chose as their No. 1 favorite McCartney song) and a ukulele for "Something," a tribute to his late bandmate
George Harrison. He also gave a nod to John Lennon, telling the crowd his 1982 song "Here Today" was a conversation he never was able to have when Lennon was still alive.

It was McCartney himself who managed to nail the evening when he summed things up and said with a grin: "Beautiful night, beautiful stadium, great vibrations."





JOIN THE ELIST FREE!!!
WIN Macca PRIZES!!!

If you think Wings deserves to be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...


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

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION





Macca Report news continues with
August 2014



Macca Report current Paul News!!!
Macca Report Archived News Index





Jorie Gracen

GET BACK TO THE TOP