Friday, 22 May 2015


Readers of the PaulMcCartney.com monthly newsletter - ‘What’s That You’re Doing?’ - will know that last month we were invited to Tokyo to join Paul during his ‘Out There’ tour of Japan. Our reason for visiting was to help Paul launch LINE’s first-ever set of Sound Stickers, the release of which coincided with his first Tokyo date of the tour.  
It was such a fun adventure – and because the ‘Out There’ tour is about to begin in the UK – we thought we’d give you a look behind-the-scenes into life on the road with Paul.  



The couple just bought a trophy $15.5 million penthouse duplex at 1045 Fifth Ave.
While the building is not iconic, the penthouse, with its wraparound balconies, boasts glamorous Central Park views.
It was owned by developer Manny Duell, who made his name buying rental buildings and converting them to co-ops. ­Duell, who died in 1977, created the duplex for his wife, Irene, who lived there until her death last summer at 92.
The Times once described the penthouse as a “glamorous 1960s time capsule with a dash of Hollywood.” Co-op buyers must use their own names and they were listed as Paul and Nancy McCartney.
Douglas Elliman listing broker Deanna Raida declined to comment.


John Lennon's bronze face with a flower instead of his right eye was unveiled at a ceremony attended by some 200 viewers, with live performance of The Beatles music.
Immediately after the ceremony, people rushed to take selfies with the Lennon bust.
Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said at the ceremony that the beauty of the Lithuanian capital lies in the emergence of some odd things.

"Let's admit it, Lennon was not Lithuanian, he never came to Vilnius, did not sing about Vilnius and did not even have a Lithuanian girlfriend, as far as I know. However, this is probably the beauty of it – birth of a new creation can be seen out of this," said the Vilnius mayor, referring also to a monument to US musician Frank Zappa in the Lithuanian capital city.
Great Britain's Ambassador to Lithuania David Hunt said Lennon would always be remembered for the pacifist ideology in his music, not just the beautiful lyrics and tunes.

"He wasn't afraid to speak up and his anti-war songs, like Imagine and Give Peace a Chance, are still enjoyed today," said Hunt.
"John Lennon was more than just an activist, he was a one-man cultural phenomenon. His influence is still felt all over the world, including here, of course, in Lithuania. He died 35 years ago but his ideas and music are still with us," said the ambassador.

Photographer Saulius Paukštys, who is behind the idea, has said that the bronze sculpture of Lennon should make Vilnius more beautiful and peaceful, "just like Lennon wanted".
Some 20 years ago, Paukštys built a bust of another prominent musician, Frank Zappa, in central Vilnius.
The Lennon bust was the second sculpture unveiled in Vilnius on Thursday. Earlier in the day, President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Finland's former president Tarja Halonen inaugurated a giant sculpture entitled Suomis (The Finn), given as a present to Lithuania by Finland to emphasize friendship between the two countries.


Following the impact of "Give Peace a Chance" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", both strongly associated with the anti–Vietnam War movement, the Nixon administration, hearing rumours of John's involvement in a concert to be held in San Diego at the same time as the Republican National Convention, tried to have him deported. Nixon believed that John's anti-war activities could cost him his reelection; Republican Senator Strom Thurmond suggested in a February 1972 memo that "deportation would be a strategic counter-measure" against John.The next month the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began deportation proceedings, arguing that his 1968 misdemeanor conviction for cannabis possession in London had made him ineligible for admission to the United States. 

John spent the next three and a half years in and out of deportation hearings until 8 October 1975, when a court of appeals barred the deportation attempt, stating "... the courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds." While the legal battle continued, Lennon attended rallies and made television appearances. 

John and Yoko co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show for a week in February 1972, introducing guests such as Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale to mid-America.In 1972, Bob Dylan wrote a letter to the INS defending John, stating:
John and Yoko add a great voice and drive to the country's so-called art institution. They inspire and transcend and stimulate and by doing so, only help others to see pure light and in doing that, put an end to this dull taste of petty commercialism which is being passed off as Artist Art by the overpowering mass media. Hurray for John and Yoko. Let them stay and live here and breathe. The country's got plenty of room and space. Let John and Yoko stay!

On 23 March 1973, John was ordered to leave the US within 60 days.Ono, meanwhile, was granted permanent residence. In response, Lennon and Ono held a press conference on 1 April 1973 at the New York City Bar Association, where they announced the formation of the state of Nutopia; a place with "no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people".Waving the white flag of Nutopia (two handkerchiefs), they asked for political asylum in the US. 

The press conference was filmed, and would later appear in the 2006 documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon. Lennon's Mind Games (1973) included the track "Nutopian International Anthem", which comprised three seconds of silence.Soon after the press conference, Nixon's involvement in a political scandal came to light, and in June the Watergate hearings began in Washington, DC. They led to the president's resignation 14 months later. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, showed little interest in continuing the battle against Lennon, and the deportation order was overturned in 1975. 

After years of legal and politial battles, John finally receives his Green Card: number A17-597-321. 

The following year, his US immigration status finally resolved, John received his "green card" certifying his permanent residency, and when Jimmy Carter was inaugurated as president in January 1977, Lennon and Ono attended the Inaugural Ball.


FBI surveillance and declassified documents


After John's death, historian Jon Wiener filed a Freedom of Information Act request for FBI files documenting the Bureau's role in the deportation attempt. The FBI admitted it had 281 pages of files on John, but refused to release most of them on the grounds that they contained national security information. In 1983, Wiener sued the FBI with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. It took 14 years of litigation to force the FBI to release the withheld pages. The ACLU, representing Wiener, won a favourable decision in their suit against the FBI in the Ninth Circuit in 1991.The Justice Department appealed the decision to the Supreme Court in April 1992, but the court declined to review the case. In 1997, respecting President Bill Clinton's newly instigated rule that documents should be withheld only if releasing them would involve "foreseeable harm", the Justice Department settled most of the outstanding issues outside court by releasing all but 10 of the contested documents.
Wiener published the results of his 14-year campaign in January 2000. Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files contained facsimiles of the documents, including "lengthy reports by confidential informants detailing the daily lives of anti-war activists, memos to the White House, transcripts of TV shows on which Lennon appeared, and a proposal that Lennon be arrested by local police on drug charges". The story is told in the documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon.
The final 10 documents in Lennon's FBI file, which reported on his ties with London anti-war activists in 1971 and had been withheld as containing "national security information provided by a foreign government under an explicit promise of confidentiality", were released in December 2006. They contained no indication that the British government had regarded Lennon as a serious threat; one example of the released material was a report that two prominent British leftists had hoped John would finance a left-wing bookshop and reading room.
Attorney Leon Wildes said:
“I had never seen anything like it in 50 years of practice before or after, I was served with papers and they were served with papers at home, and that’s never done in immigration proceedings.
[John] asked me personally, ‘Not everybody can afford lawyers like you. Can we publicize this so everybody eligible can try to get it?’ And that’s what I’ve been trying to do ever since”


Last week we teased you with two (very different!) excerpts from Paul’s recent Japanese language LINE Q&A, in which over 250,000 fans took part. We asked Paul what he would do if he was a woman for a day (the first time we've ever seen Paul stumped for an answer!) and if he had any advice for the Gallagher brothers.

To celebrate Paul bringing his ‘Out There’ tour to the UK this weekend we are now publishing the Q&A in its entirety. Paul enjoyed using the LINE stickers to answer some of the questions in both English and Japanese  

Paul McCartney LINE Q&A April 2015
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s it like being back in Japan?
Paul: [Plays ‘Cool’ from LINE stickers] It is great. It’s lovely. The weather’s beautiful. The fans are beautiful. I’m having a great time! 
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your favourite phrase in Japanese?
Paul: [Play’s ‘Suimasen’ from LINE stickers, which translates as 'Excuse me' in Japanese] 
PaulMcCartney.com: You often go and see the sumo wrestlers when you’re in Japan, but what do you like about the sport?
Paul: It’s real. I like that it’s real. In the west, wrestling is theatre. They often know the outcome. It’s a play. And a lot of people like it, and I understand that. I like real sport. I like the fact that no body knows who’s going to win. And it’s very traditional and Japanese, you know. The whole cultural thing, it’s nice. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Is it true you all tried to sneak out of the hotel when The Beatles played Japan? And, if so, where did you go?
Paul: I went to the Emperor’s Palace. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Were you in disguise?
Paul: I think, maybe just a little bit of something. Maybe glasses, or something, and the hair back. But when I went out of the hotel two police officers said they were coming with me. So I wasn’t really on my own. But it was good, you know. At least I got to see a little bit around the palace. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Do you ever cook Japanese food? And, if so, what’s your favourite dish to make?
Paul: [Plays ‘No’ from LINE stickers] I don’t, but you know what I do, that’s the nearest thing? That’s tofu. 
PaulMcCartney.com: How do you cook the tofu?
Paul: What do I do with it? I sauté it, a little bit in a pan, and turn it over so it’s golden brown… Did I just say Gordon Brown? No! … When it’s nearly finished, I then sizzle it in tamari sauce for the last minute [makes sizzling noise]
PaulMcCartney.com: Do you like to serve that on its own or with other dishes?
Paul: I serve it with steamed vegetables. 
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your favourite thing to do when you come to Japan?
Paul: Sing to my fans! But I also like going out on my bike. When it’s beautiful weather, like today, it’s really great to get out on the bike. So Nancy and I just go out and look around. 
PaulMcCartney.com: How did it feel when the entire audience held red pen lights during ‘Yesterday’ at the Tokyo Dome in 2013.
Paul: It was magic, you know. It’s always very special because I never expect it. I don’t know it’s going to happen so it’s quite emotional. Because you’re singing your song, and you’re just concentrating. And then suddenly something like that happens, and it’s like, ‘Whoa!’. It takes your breath away. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Which is your favourite LINE sticker? 
Paul: [Plays ‘Domo arigato’ from LINE stickers, which translates as 'Thank you' in Japanese] 
PaulMcCartney.com: And which sticker best describes your mood right now?
Paul: [Laughs] My mood right now? [Plays ‘Ok’ from LINE stickers] Or… [Plays ‘Cool’ from LINE stickers] Or… [Plays ‘Let’s do it!’ from LINE stickers] I’m ready, man! We’ve got a sticker for everything!
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your favourite word?
Paul: My favourite word? Love.
PaulMcCartney.com: How would you describe yourself in one word?
Paul: [Laughs and plays ‘Cool’ from LINE stickers]
PaulMcCartney.com: If you were a woman for a day, what would you do?
Paul: [Laughs] The possibilities are endless! What would I do? I think I’d need some time to think about that! What would I do as a woman for day…? I don’t know! That’s a big question! The mind boggles… Give me two weeks and I’ll think of an answer to that! It may not be printable, that’s the problem! I’ll have to think about it. [Asks a lady within the room for help who replies, “I don’t know!”] Even a woman doesn’t know! 
PaulMcCartney.com: What is the most important thing in your life?
Paul: My family and music.
PaulMcCartney.com: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Paul: Have a bowl of cereal. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Any particular cereal? 
Paul: I have whatever cereal’s going. There are various cereals. And then I like a little bit of berries on the top of it. 
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your favourite movie?
Paul: So there’s so many good ones… I like ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’. The first really good rock’n’roll movie. I like that one, but there are so many good movies. But that’s one of many favourites. There’s also ‘On The Waterfront’ with Marlon Brando. More recently? Oh my god, there’s so many!
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your ringtone?
Paul: It is [sings] “Hey! Your phone is ringing! Hey! Your phone is ringing! Lalalaaaaaa!” 
PaulMcCartney.com: Is it you singing it?
Paul: Yes, it’s me! What happened was, you get your favourite ringtone and then change your phone, and they’ve discontinued the ringtone. So you go, 'Urgh!'. I went through a few, and then in the end I decided to record my own!
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your phone number?
Paul: My phone number is 000 000!
PaulMcCartney.com: Is there anything new, that you haven’t had chance to do yet?
Paul: Probably lots of things… I like photography a lot. And I’ve never really shown my photography. So that maybe something I’d do in the future, something I would like to do. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Who’s your favourite historical figure, excluding musicians?
Paul: Again, there are so many… Shakespeare comes to mind. 
PaulMcCartney.com: What’s your favourite album of your own?
Paul: Again that’s a difficult question, you know. It’s like people saying ‘What’s your favourite song?’ I would think of two; maybe ‘McCartney’ – my first album I did solo. And ‘Band on the Run’.  
PaulMcCartney.com: For any particular reason?
Paul: ‘McCartney’, just because it was the first one, and it’s very basic. I made it just on my own at home on a four track machine. So I like that album, because of that. And then ‘Band on the Run’ because it was successful! 
PaulMcCartney.com: Which artists have you been listening to recently?
Paul: Kanye West and Rihanna. Foo Fighters. Bob Dylan. Beatles! Ringo Starr! I listened to his album yesterday. His new one – ‘Postcards from Paradise’. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Who do you think is the greatest guitar player?
Paul: Hmmm, that is again very difficult. You know, you can go back to Django Reinhardt, and that style of jazz. He was great. And you can come up to date with George Harrison, who is probably a bit under-rated. Jimi Hendrix, who is fantastic. Eric Clapton, who is great. And then there are a lot of other great players besides them! 
PaulMcCartney.com: What places in the UK would you recommend to visitors? 
Paul: Liverpool and London
PaulMcCartney.com: How do you keep your vocal range so that you can keep your vocal levels in their original key?
Paul: Very good luck! I just always assume I can sing them in the original key so it may be psychological. I just sing them and hope the range is there. 
PaulMcCartney.com: Do you think the Gallagher brothers will ever make up and do you have any advice for them?
Paul: I don’t know if they will ever make up. It would be good because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other – and make up. It’s a pity because they are very good together. Like many brothers, they are crazy. But it would be nice if they got together. My advice to them; just get together and make some good music! But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that. They are pretty cool guys! 
PaulMcCartney.com: When you are on stage can you hear what your fans are shouting and can you read their signs? 
Paul: Yes, you can. The lighting sometimes makes it so dark that you can’t see anybody, but then the lights occasionally shine on the audience and then you can see the signs. There are some pretty good ones! Sometimes you can hear what they are saying, [shouts inaudiable noise] to which I answer [shouts inaudible nosie]!
PaulMcCartney.com: Where did you meet Newman?
Paul: I met him in a workshop where he was being born. He was scrap metal and I watched him being born.
And with that Paul left us to go on stage!
Check out Paul's new Sound Stickers worldwide via the in-app Sticker shop HERE and through the LINE store HERE

Thursday, 21 May 2015


PRICEY pieces of musical history including John Lennon's iconic glasses have been sold for eye-watering prices at an auction house in Great Sankey.
Around 40 buyers filled the room of Omega Auctions on Warrington Road on Tuesday and Wednesday with more than 250 bidders from across the globe placing their bids either on the phone or online.
The Beatles legend's trademark round glasses were up for grabs to the highest bidder and were expected to fetch up to £10,000. 

But following a tight bidding war the glasses were sold to a mystery buyer for a staggering £14,600.
Lennon loaned these spectacles to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in 1965 to lend to her brother when he needed a pair to complete his schoolboy fancy dress outfit.
The glasses come with a signed letter of authenticity and signed legal affidavit from Dot Jarlett's son.
A collection of Beatles photographs with copyright from their 1963 performance at the ABC cinema in Ardwick, Manchester, sold for £5,200 while original leases and plans for the Hacienda Nightclub in Manchester sold for £1,800.
Auctioneer, Paul Fairweather said: “The sale was a great success with our star lot far outstripping our pre-sale estimate. 
"The pair of Windsor glasses originally loaned by John Lennon to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in 1965 sold for £14,600 against a pre sale estimate of £5,000 to £10,000 which yet again confirms a strong market for rare Beatles memorabilia where the provenance is so strong."
More than 85 per cent of the lots were sold during the auction. 

Other items on sale included negatives of Cilla Black and Brian Epstein and a Stone Roses demo cassette.
A draft of Lennon's divorce statement that had only been seen in public for the first time this year was also on the market. 

While the papers documenting Lennon's marriage troubles to his wife Cynthia did not reach the reserve price, it is expected to be sold in the coming days.


Fans of the Beatles, music and pop culture, rejoice! The LBJ Presidential Library announced a new exhibit opening in June.

The traveling exhibit "Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" is curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits. It's touted as the largest private collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world, featuring original instruments, clothing worn by the band, and more than 400 pieces of memorabilia.
The library's opening event kicks off June 13, with free entry, live music and food truck eats. If you can't make it, you can catch the exhibit until Jan. 10.


Paul is revealed to have played the melody to his Kanye West collaboration 'All Day' in 1999 in an interview with Michael Parkinson. 

Paul took part in an interview in 1999 with Michael Parkinson, and during it revealed a guitar melody he had written whilst in the hospital for the birth of his second child Mary.

Paul revealed that he noticed a painting of a man playing guitar whilst only having two fingers. He then decided he wanted to replicate that style and composed an entire song using only two fingers to play his guitar.
In the interview, he starts to play the riff and whistles the melody for what would become 'All Day'.

This week Paul McCartney returns to the O2 Arena for his first first gig in the UK since 2012. It coincides with the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’. Speaking of this in a statement, 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."
He continued, "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.”
See Paul's full UK and European tour dates below. Buy tickets below. 
Saturday 23 May – The O2, London
Sunday 24 May - The O2, London
Wednesday 27 May – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Thursday 28 May – Echo Arena, Liverpool


Paul  has penned seven or eight new songs for an upcoming animated feature he's producing titled High in the Clouds, based on the children's book Paul co-authored in 2005. 

RGH Entertainment, which only a few months ago was having trouble meeting its payroll, is back on its feet. It’s paid all of its current and former employees the wages they were owed, reinstated its health plan, and is promising to pay bonuses for the payroll delays. The company, which is producing Paul’s animated feature High In The Clouds, is also at the forefront in of a breakthrough in the way 3D entertainment will be experienced in the future.
The company RGH Entertainment that's been tasked with creating a "sizzle reel" for High in the Clouds, which will also feature Paul providing the voice for one of the film's characters.

One of the songs featured in High in the Clouds is a collaboration between Paul and Lady Gaga. In February, Gaga hinted that she was working in the studio with McCartney on an unspecified project.
"Had a beautiful session with Sir Paul McCartney and friends. Working on one of his many secret projects! Killer musicians, vibe, and lots of laughs," Gaga wrote on Instagram. "Always a good time with my buddy. I'll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!" Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready happened to be one of the "killer musicians" who also took part in the sessions.
The film is based on a children’s book of the same name that McCartney penned. Cody Cameron, who directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, is directing from a script by Josh Klausner, who wrote Date Night and co-wrote Shrek Forever After. RGH, in partnership with Unique Features, plans to show the sizzle reel at AFM in November.
Themed entertainment is the other major component of RGH’s business, and it’s created a 360-degree, domed 3D experience that makes today’s 3D movies look to me like they’re being shown on old-time View Masters. Its patented 3D technology immerses the viewer inside scenes played out on a wrap-around screen, or in a planetarium-like dome. They are developing the technology to be used in film, theme park rides, museums and corporate presentations.

High in the Clouds will be helmed by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 director Cody Cameron and penned by Date Night screenwriter Josh Klausner. No release date for the animated film or its soundtrack has been announced yet, but RGH plans on premiering their sizzle reel in November at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California.
The High in the Clouds 3D feature film was formally announced in September 2013 (although it was in the works as far back as 2009) with a planned 2015 release date, Variety wrote. But things have shuffled a bit since it was greenlit, most notably the departure of Mulan director Tony Bancroft. Paul also planned on providing a score for the film – his first time composing a complete film score since 1967's The Family Way – but it's unclear whether that is still the case.
"High in the Clouds is a passion project for me,” Paul said in a statement at the time. "I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Randa Ayoubi and David Corbett at RGH, and David Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye of Unique Features. Working with the highly creative talent at these companies together with Josh Klausner and Tony Bancroft, we will be able to create a warm, funny and moving animated film that will resonate with worldwide audiences."


Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour
(with George Harrison and Eric Clapton)

On 1 December 1969 George, Pattie,Ringo and Maureeen went to the first night of the Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett (and friends )Tour perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. George enjoyed the show so much that he decided to join the tour and played with them. George stayed on the tour for six dates until it ended.  


Musicians: Delaney Bramlett, Bonnie Bramlett, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Price, Tex Johnson, Rita Coolidge and George Harrison

  • 2.12.1969 Colston Hall, Bristol, England 
  • 3.12.1969 Town Hall, Birmingham, England
  • 4.12.1969 City Hall, Sheffield, England
  • 5.12.1969 City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
  • 6.12.1969 Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England
  • 7.12.1969 Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England
  • 10.12.1969 Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 11.12.1969 Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 12.12.1969 Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 13.12.1969 Stockholms Konserthus, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 14.12.1969 Unknown, Gothenburg, Sweden

This is a Danish TV recording of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends performing (complete recording). Several of the shows were also recorded for possible album release,the result was 1970's Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour With Eric Clapton. George was credited as "Mysterioso".

THE BEATLES IN PORTLAND (10th Anniversary Edition)

Picture "The Beatles In Portland" is an historic documentary detailing the events of August 22, 1965 when the Beatles performed at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland Oregon.  Featured here are interviews with over 30 concert goers telling their stories and describing the excitement of seeing the Beatles live on stage.  Chapters in this DVD presentation include "Booking The Concert" with Zollie Volchok, "The Beatles vs. The American Legion" (the battle over use of Memorial Coliseum), "Arrival At The Airport" with fans that were there to welcome the Beatles, the plane's engine smoking upon landing, and an interview with Al Ouchi (the Beatles limousine driver while in Portland), "The Press Conference" with photographer Allan de Lay and others that attended, "Sound Equipment" narrated by Andy Babiuk, author of the book "Beatles Gear", "The Opening Acts" with Richard "Scar" Lopez talking about the five opening acts that traveled with the Beatles including his band "Cannibal & The Headhunters", "The Beatles Meet The Beach Boys" with Steve Brown and his story of taking the Beach Boys backstage to meet the Beatles in Portland, "The Concert" with numerous fans telling their stories and describing the Beatles performance, and "The Departure".
Also featured are over 100 exclusive photos of the Beatles performing on stage in Portland, during the press conference, arriving at the airport and other related photos.
10th Anniversary Edition includes newly found Airport Arrival & Press Conference film footage
Bonus DVD includes:
The original performance contract and rider
Interview with "Sounds Incorporated"
Alan Ginsburg's "Portland Coliseum" poem
Concert memorabilia,Concert ticket stubs and more....

This is the preview trailer for the 2005 documentary titled "The Beatles In Portland - The Complete Story". The complete film runs 112 minutes and includes a second DVD full of special features. Also an audio CD featuring a live audience recording of the Portland show and more.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


“Sometimes you open your mouth and you don’t know what you are going to say, and whatever comes out is the starting point. If that happens and you are lucky, it can usually be turned into a song. This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it.” Said George about one of his most popular songs, ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ that is both the opening track and the lead single from his 1973 album, Living in the Material World.
George had been busy working on the release of the Concert for Bangladesh album and film and so he did not start work on his follow up to All Things Must Pass until midway through 1972. Initially George had intended to work with Phil Spector but his unreliability added to the delays until finally Harrison decided to press ahead and produce the record himself.
Whereas his previous album had featured a large cast of musicians it was a much smaller group that George assembled to record ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ in the autumn of 1972. Aside from George’s wonderful slide guitar playing that he added early in 1973 it’s pianist Nicky Hopkins that shines on the recording. The rest of the musicians on the song are former Spooky Tooth organist, Gary Wright, old friend Klaus Voormann on bass and stalwart of Delenay and Bonnie and Joe Cocker’s band’s, Jim Keltner plays drums
It’s easy to hear why ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ was instantly popular and has remained one of George’s most enduring songs. It is at the same time both deceptively simple and yet there is complexity in both the sounds and the sentiments expressed in his lyrics. Each instrument is perfectly placed in the mix. Wright’s organ is the bed, Keltner’s drumming gives it a jaunty yet relaxed vibe, while Hopkins, one of the most admired rock pianists of his generation is the perfect foil to George’s brilliant slide guitar frills and solo.
‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ was released on 7 May 1973 in the US and two weeks later in the UK. It became the highest new entry of the week, at No.59, on the Billboard chart of 19 May; those trailing in its wake included, at #71 ‘Shambala’ by Three Dog Night, Paul Simon’s Kodachrome at #82 and two places lower, Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’. Six weeks after it entered the chart George knocked Paul McCartney and Wings’ ‘My Love’ from the top of the Billboard Hot 100; the only occasion that two former Beatles held the top two chart positions in America. It also reached the top ten in Britain and Canada, and in other singles charts around the world. Capitol Records who distributed Apple Records in America mastered the single to run at a slightly faster speed than the album version, as in their view it would sound better on the radio.
George performed ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ at every concert during his rare tours as a solo artist, and a live version was included on his 1992 album Live in Japan. Cover versions have been recorded by Elliott Smith, Ron Sexsmith, Sting, James Taylor and Elton John among others.


The Beatles in Memphis,1966
At the peak of their flinty creativity, the Beatles were so enamored with the foundational sounds of Memphis, that they considered recording the album that would become Revolver at Stax Records. The story — or, more particularly, the story of how it almost happened — has become legend.
Steve Cropper, a staff producer, sideman and songwriter with the label, has had plenty of time to sort through that heady period in 1966. “It didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons,” Cropper tells Early Blues, “but I’m not sure it ever would have happened.”

Steve Cropper says he first heard of the Beatles’ interest after a disc jockey friend of his interviewed the band during a visit in Memphis. The DJ, Cropper remembers, asked John Lennon about the possibility of recording locally. “John said something like, ‘Yeah, we talked about that, but we I don’t think we took it seriously,'” Cropper remembers. “So, they acknowledged they’d thought about it. [Beatles manager] Brian Epstein came over and spent a week in Memphis, but then called afterwards and said they couldn’t come to Memphis because of security.”

Steve Cropper, for one, dismisses such concerns. “We thought we had come up with a great solution for that,” he says. Besides, because of Stax Records’ location in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, Cropper is sure that the Beatles “could have walked down the street at Stax and nobody would have said anything, but they didn’t know that.” 

Brian Epstein later suggested that Steve Cropper work with the Beatles at the studios of Atlantic Records, then Stax’s business partner. “I said, ‘Yes, I guess I could do that, even though it’s not Stax,’ so he said he’d get back to me. After about a month, he called and said, ‘Steve, we’re still talking about this, but they’ve been working on this album which is nearly finished so it’ll be the next project.'”

Of course, that next project turned into the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a moment of outsized psychedelia that couldn’t have had less to do with the Stax aesthetic. Steve Cropper admits that, by then, he’d already come to understand that working with the Beatles would never happen. All it took was one spin of 1966’s sweepingly complex Revolver, the original Beatles project they’d been discussing all along.
“A few weeks later, the Revolver album came out,” Cropper adds, “and I’m thinking: ‘Well, they didn’t need ME on this. I’d have probably screwed up that whole record.'”


The spirit of John was at Biloxi High School today, as students got to let their imaginations run wild on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. 


The bus provides students with an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies. Producer engineer Bryce Quig-Hartman said, “The organization’s been around for about 18 years and it’s really an offshoot of the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. We wanted to be able to bring a studio to people that might not have had the access or resources to record their song in.”
This recording studio on wheels makes about 200 stops a year, inspiring thousands of kids across the county to pursue their dreams in entertainment arts. Organizers are also using the program to infuse popular arts as an added component to Biloxi’s economic future.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be in Biloxi until Friday, and then it heads off to Fairhope, Alabama, so even more students can experience music, education and the spirit of John.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Paul is no longer worried about making mistakes on stage because they can be inspiring “eureka moments”, he has revealed.

Paul, also says he is flattered still to be popular after five decades in music — and amazed younger stars such as Rihanna and Kanye West want to collaborate with him.He made the comments in an exclusive interview with the Standard ahead of two shows at The O2 on Saturday and Sunday. They will be his 50th and 51st concerts in London since he went solo after The Beatles split in 1970.
He said: “I used to be terrified, as are most entertainers, of making a mistake. Now I realise the audiences don’t mind. In fact — they quite like it. You get these little eureka moments — you make a mistake and go, ‘S***! Christ!’
“I did one a few years ago in Paris when George Martin and Cilla Black were visiting. I started Penny Lane with the wrong verse and I had to stop the song and start again. We ground to a halt and the audience went mad! They enjoyed it and I said, ‘At least it proves we’re live!’ The review said it was the most marvellous bit. These little things contribute to your understanding of what you’re doing. People say why do you still do it — because of moments like that — it feels good!”
He added: “[My O2 show] ...  sold out in 10 minutes. And I go, ‘Wow great!’ So I know now that those people are keen to see me — which I didn’t always know.”
He has recently worked with West on Only One and FourFiveSeconds, which also featured Rihanna.
He said: “It’s good to connect with different artists. The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions — I still feel like I’m about 30. I’m lucky that someone like Kanye would go, ‘Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney’. I was quite flattered — I thought, ‘Why does he want to work with me?’ It was a few months later when I was starting to think, ‘should I ring him and ask him did anything come of the stuff we did?’
“But then I thought ‘I can’t do that — that’s too soppy!’ I’ll just leave it and try and act cool. And suddenly he sends me Only One, and then Rihanna’s on the other record.”

Paul also believes that bands today have an easier ride because the technology available to them means they do not have to be as well-rehearsed as The Beatles. He said: “We’d rehearse the song for about 20 minutes and then for the next hour and a half, we would make the song. You had to be pretty good to do that, and very concise and not muck around. We didn’t know any better. The Beatles were a really good band! The more I go on, the more I appreciate it.” 
Paul plays The O2  on May 23 and 24.


The  letter that inspired the film, written by Lennon in 1971 and addressed to a singer and the journalist who had interviewed him.

In 1971, a British folk singer named Steve Tilston gave an interview to ZigZag — a small, underground-rock rag named for a Captain Beefheart jam and a popular brand of rolling papers — in support of his debut LP, a collection of earnest, fingerpicked guitar songs that recall Nick Drake and Jackson C. Frank. When asked if he thought fame and fortune might prove toxic to his songwriting, Mr. Tilston did not equivocate. “Yes, yes, of course it will,” he recalls saying. “My heart will suffer.”
John —then 30 and about to release “Imagine”—read Mr. Tilston’s interview, was stirred by his conviction and scribbled him a letter saying money didn’t change anything. Or not really. “So whadya think of that,” it ends.

Mr. Tilston was never able to answer. The note was sent to him care of ZigZag and lost for 34 years — perhaps nabbed at the time by an employee of the magazine who recognized its potential value to collectors. Mr. Tilston didn’t find out the correspondence even existed until 2005, when a man approached him to authenticate it, and Mr. Tilston slowly realized what had transpired. “I emailed him and said, ‘Look, you can have the letter, but I’d really like to know what it means, what it says,’ ” Mr. Tilston said. He described Lennon’s tone (only slightly wistfully) as “very brotherly.”
Now Mr. Tilston is mostly sanguine about its ramifications. “I’ve managed to earn my living as a musician for 40-odd years, and it’s been feast and famine,” he said. “But really, I’ve lived a charmed life. I wouldn’t change it at all.”
Mr. Tilston’s story is the loose inspiration for “Danny Collins,” a film opening March 20 written and directed by Dan Fogelman (whose screenplay credits include “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and starring Al Pacino as an over-tanned song-and-dance man — an amiable mix, Mr. Pacino said, of Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart, the kind of cheerfully aging superstar who plays sold-out theaters packed with swaying gray-haired fans.
After reading his story online, Mr. Fogelman reimagined Mr. Tilston’s tale as more cautionary: a songwriter so disillusioned by celebrity that he loses himself to it entirely. Decades later, when finally confronted with the letter (lost for 40 years, in the conceit of the film, not 34 as in real life), a jolting reminder of who he used to be, Danny Collins realizes he could have made different choices. “He had a certain look at the time, and a certain charm, and he could go there,” Mr. Pacino said. “He started putting them over, and his life went in that direction.” “When he gets the letter on his birthday, 40 years later, his life has run into a wall,” Mr. Pacino continued. “Countless years of dope and drugs and women and wives he can’t even remember. But this is why he’s receptive to it.”
That’s the particular optimism of “Danny Collins,” which insists that we all contain untold transformations, that any day could become an opportunity for reinvention. When Collins finally sees the letter — it’s a gift from his manager, played by Christopher Plummer — there is some serendipity in the timing. “He’s at a tipping point,” Mr. Fogelman said. “It’s almost perfect that he receives the letter when he does, although it’s gut-wrenching at first.”
Mr. Tilston, for his part, remains stoic, wryly amused by the entire episode. “The idea of celebrity turns me right off,” he said. “I just like to do what I do.”
Actor Al Pacino attends the 'Danny Collins' premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4TY52The Oscar winner also recalled once bumping into John Lennon in New York near Central Park.
"I ran into John Lennon but it wasn't a run in, we were like ships in the night, we passed each other but he looked at me and smiled and I smiled back and we both waved. It was a moment that I'll never forget," he said.
The film opens in the United Kingdom on May 29.


The schedule for this year’s Lollapalooza Festival has been announced.
This year’s Chicago-based music festival, which is being held at Grant Park from July 31 to August 2, will feature performances from the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine and Sam Smith.

On Friday, there will be some time conflicts amongst Paul McCartney, Flying Lotus and The Weeknd, as well as between Alabama Shakes and The War On Drugs. Saturday, attendees will have to choose between Tyler, The Creator or Tame Impala, as well as Metallica or Sam Smith. On Sunday, there will be time clashes between TV On The Radio and FKA twigs.

If you’ll be going to Lollapalooza 2015, take a look at the schedule below (Paul McCartney at 8pm)
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