Posted on February 10, 2009 by Matt
In case you missed it, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl ROCKED the Grammy Awards last night. This wasn’t Paul and Dave’s first time together performing in recent memory.
“I Saw Her Standing There” (Feb 2009)
Here’s Paul and Dave Grohl live together at Anfield from last year in case you missed it.
“Band on the Run” (June 2008)
No Paul did not win a grammy award for His Amoeba EP, but it was an outstanding star-studded night. Checkout the complete list of winners here. As the article indicates, it was a mini-British invasion of sorts with several Brits snapping up many many awards.
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Posted on January 31, 2009 by Matt
Not only will Paul McCartney be playing Coachella, but George Harrison’s son Dhani will be playing Coachella with his band thenewno2.
Get more info about thenewno2 at Dhani Harrison’s offcial website, and also thenewno2’s Myspace page.
Tickets for Coachella are on sale now and can be purchased through the festival’s website or Ticketmaster.
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Posted on January 30, 2009 by Matt
Paul is no stranger to performing at festivals, as we all have seen at the Glastonbury festival a few years back, but this announcement comes as a bit of a surprise. The Coachella Festival is the hipster of all hipsters. We have to admit that it’s a little strange to hear that a Beatle is playing at this cutting edge festival. It’s a little weird to be hearing Portishead or Sigur Ros and even Morrisey in the same breath. There are hipster indie bands, and then there is the thought of a Beatle.
I guess it’s most strange knowing that Paul never, at least late in his career, aged as a “cool” guy. He always held his artistic credibility, but did many things that are quite cringe-worthy. That cool factor kind of dropped a bit. In recent times, though Paul’s cool temperature is red hot. He’s got several artistic and adventurous solo albums, and has also produced a remix album, and avant-garde album under a different moniker that would make the coolest hipster nod in approval. Maybe a Fireman tune or two will make a Coachella appearance as well, it’s nothing too much just out of sight.
Here’s what we’ve read.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got famous by presenting the sounds of today and tomorrow. But this year California’s most celebrated live-music event is gambling on Paul McCartney and the music of “Yesterday.”
Booking the former Beatle, who is listed in the record books as the most successful musician in pop history, would be the safest choice imaginable for most music festivals. But the internationally respected Coachella festival, which is set for April 17-19, has been pulling in crowds of more than 140,000 fans by taking an edgier path with alt-rock heroes you would hear on a college town’s pirate radio station.
Presented with a chance to tap into music history and veteran star power, the promoters have signed the 66-year-old icon, who personifies the mature pop mainstream. The move could help the festival compete amid a grim economy and a host of imitators that have sprung up across the country; the news of McCartney’s presence — for better or worse — instantly will make Coachella a hot topic with music fans nationwide who have been anxiously awaiting the list of this year’s headliners.
What remains to be seen is whether the choice will cost the festival credibility with its core clientele: young fans who are more likely to listen to the White Stripes than the “White Album” and who are far more familiar with Rage Against the Machine than “Band on the Run.”
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Posted on January 24, 2009 by Matt
Paul McCartney has been on nothing but a roll with his latest string of albums. OK, really since Flaming Pie, he’s been on an outstanding run that has been nothing but outstanding. Those late-career solo albums are all simply stunning. It’s really hard to find a true clunker in there at all. His latest masterpiece, while not a proper McCartney solo album, is one his best solo releases period.
The same can be said for interviews as of late with Sir Paul. Since his divorce Paul has approached the media with a sense of openess and reflection that we have not seen or heard for many many years. Yes, sone of Paul’s interview answers are canned and retreads, but ever the public figure, Paul is able to always give us new insights into his mind, and life. Ever informative and entertaining.
Here’s what we’ve read.
I imagine you know who Paul McCartney is, but here are some recent data: He’s 66 years old, single and financially secure. He recently released Electric Arguments, the third album by Fireman, an ongoing McCartney side project that represents the former Beatle’s foray into trance and dance music. Composed of McCartney and British producer/deejay Youth, Fireman opens its third full-length release with “Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight,” a tune that features the most bone-rattling vocal McCartney’s delivered since “Helter Skelter.” The first time I heard it on the radio, I thought it was Jack White. Not bad for a 66-year-old. On the occasion of the album’s release, McCartney agreed to a short chat.
L.A. WEEKLY: At what point did you become an adult?
PAUL McCARTNEY: When my first baby was born.
How old do you feel emotionally?
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?
What was it about Linda Eastman that made her such a stabilizing force in your life?
She was just such a supercool girl. She just was. She was supercool.
Do you believe in destiny?
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Posted on January 19, 2009 by Matt
I can only imagine what the conversations between a rap icon and Paul McCartney would go like. Maybe they’d share a bit of the hippie lettuce, and talk some football. Somehow, I don’t really see that happening actually.
It looks like Snoop is having some visa problems, and wants Paul to give him a push to get past the ban. Nothing better than a character witness in the form of a football legend and a Knighted musician.
Here’s what we’ve read.
US rapper Snoop Dogg has called on footballer David Beckham and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney to help overturn his UK visa ban.
The rapper has faced continued visa problems following an altercation between his entourage and police at Heathrow Airport in 2006.
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Posted on January 15, 2009 by Matt
Could you imagine spending your entire adult life being one of the most famous people on the planet? Truthfully, as much as I would wish and dream for it, it must be total hell. I imagine you have to be a pretty guarded individual. You have to constantly worry about the things you say, and the things you do in the court of public opinion.
I really don’t find what Paul says as too revealing. It’s his way of coping. I just find it interesting that he twists it around to focus on The Fireman. Yes, we know that Paul’s creative muses have many faces, but it’s a bit of it as a stretch to say it’s another personna. Yes, The Fireman-leanings of Paul McCartney are different, but it’s still a McCartney record afterall. Just a thought.
Paul on The View (Part I)
Paul on The View (Part II)
Here’s what we’ve read.
Paul McCartney keeps fame from driving him crazy by maintaining two versions of himself.
McCartney tells ABC’s “The View” he separates the real Paul from the famous Paul. He says Famous Paul does the shows and Real Paul goes home and watches TV.
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Posted on January 13, 2009 by Matt
It looks like Paul McCartney will have a new EP coming out in a week or two. Yes sir, the Paul McCartney vinyl-only EP from Paul’s secret Amoeba gig last year is finally coming out on CD.
The CD tracks will be the same as the vinyl EP — “Only Mama Knows,” “C Moon,” “That Was Me” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The bonus tracks from the show used on the “Ever Present Past” CD and vinyl singles will not be on the CD, Henderson said. The artwork will also be the same as the EP, he told us. Two of the tracks are nominated for Grammys — “That Was Me” for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. The Grammy Awards will take place Feb. 8.
Paul McCartney’s “Amoeba Secret,” the vinyl EP recording of his live show at Los Angeles’ Amoeba Records on June 27, 2007, that’s nominated for two Grammy Awards, is quietly coming out on CD Jan. 27, according to a listing at Amazon.com and other online retailers. That’s just in time for the Grammy Awards show Feb. 8, likely the only reason this is coming to CD at all.
The Grammy nominees from the disc are “That Was Me” for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance and “I Saw Her Standing There” for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. Those two tracks comprise half of what was on the original vinyl EP release — “Only Mama Knows” and “C Moon” were also on it.
One listing we saw said the CD will contain just the four tracks of the vinyl, though two other tracks from the show, “House of Wax” and “Dance Tonight,” were added to the vinyl and CD single releases, respectively, of “Ever Present Past” from the album “Memory Almost Full.” Here’s an idea: Why not release the whole show?
Several online sources explicitly rumored that the EP would never come out on CD or digitally. I guess that truly was only a rumor.
- Check out the amazon.com listing for the CD. It looks like you can make a pre-order at the site.
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