Thursday, 30 July 2015


Paul has claimed that "dozens" of potential Beatles songs were lost as he and John would frequently forget their work before getting the opportunity to record it.
Paul was talking to The Evening Standard about how new recording devices have fundamentally changed the songwriting process, revealing that songs he co-wrote with Lennon in the 1960s were often forgotten the morning after.
Many songs co-written by the pair were lost, says Paul
"Things have changed quite a bit," said Sir Paul. "You've got recording devices now which change the songwriting process. For instance, John and I didn't have them when we first started writing, we would write a
song and just have to remember it."
"And there was always the risk that we'd just forget it. If the next morning you couldn't remember it – it was gone. In actual fact you had to write songs that were memorable, because you had to remember them or they were lost! There must have been dozens lost this way.

"We didn't have tape recorders. Now you can do it on your phone. So you would have to form the thing, have it all finished, remember it all, go in pretty quickly and record it. Now, because you can get things down on a device, I've got millions of things I want to record and do."


Paul will reissue the classic solo albums ’Tug of War' and ‘Pipes of Peace' this October as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Both albums will feature previously unreleased material and be available in a variety of formats including 2CD, Deluxe, Vinyl and Digital.
Pre-order your copy today: http://mpl.pm/ToW_PoP_KingsRoad
For full details head over to www.PaulMcCartney.com

As announced today, Paul is reissuing his early '80s classic albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace on 2nd October. Fans can pre-order both titles by clicking HERE!

*Paul McCartney – Tug of War LP
– 2 Disc 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Edition
– Includes the newly remixed album, 8 unreleased demos plus b-sides
– Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
– Downloadable audio of all tracks included

Track List
  1. Tug of War
  2. Take It Away
  3. Somebody Who Cares
  4. What’s That You‘re Doing?
  5. Duet with Stevie Wonder
  6. Here Today
  7. Ballroom Dancing
  8. The Pound Is Sinking
  9. Wanderlust
  10. Get It
  11. Duet with Carl Perkins
  12. Be What You See
  13. Dress Me Up as a Robber
  14. Ebony and Ivory

*Paul McCartney – Tug of War CD (Special Edition)
Personally supervised by Paul McCartney
Newly remixed using the original analogue multi-track tapes and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London

Disc 1 – Remixed Album
  1. Tug of War (Remixed 2015)
  2. Take It Away (Remixed 2015)
  3. Somebody Who Cares (Remixed 2015)
  4. What’s That You’re Doing? (Remixed 2015)
  5. Here Today (Remixed 2015)
  6. Ballroom Dancing (Remixed 2015)
  7. The Pound Is Sinking (Remixed 2015)
  8. Wanderlust (Remixed 2015)
  9. Get It (Remixed 2015)
  10. Be What You See (Link) (Remixed 2015)
  11. Dress Me Up as a Robber (Remixed 2015)
  12. Ebony and Ivory (Remixed 2015)

Disc 2 – Bonus Audio
  1. Stop, You Don’t Know Where She Came From [Demo]
  2. Wanderlust [Demo]
  3. Ballroom Dancing [Demo]
  4. Take It Away [Demo]
  5. The Pound Is Sinking [Demo]
  6. Something That Didn’t Happen [Demo]
  7. Ebony and Ivory [Demo]
  8. Dress Me Up as a Robber/Robber Riff [Demo]
  9. Ebony and Ivory [Solo Version]
  10. Rainclouds
  11. I’ll Give You a Ring

*Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace – Special Edition CD

Track List
Disc 1 – Remastered Album (Stereo)
  1. Pipes of Peace (2015 Remaster)
  2. Say Say Say (2015 Remaster)
  3. The Other Me (2015 Remaster)
  4. Keep Under Cover (2015 Remaster)
  5. So Bad (2015 Remaster)
  6. The Man (2015 Remaster)
  7. Sweetest Little Show (2015 Remaster)
  8. Average Person (2015 Remaster)
  9. Hey Hey (2015 Remaster)
  10. Tug of Peace (2015 Remaster)
  11. Through Our Love (2015 Remaster)

Disc 2 – Bonus Audio
  1. Average Person [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  2. Keep Under Cover [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  3. Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  4. It’s Not On [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  5. Simple As That [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  6. Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (2015 Remaster)
  7. Ode to a Koala Bear (2015 Remaster)
  8. Twice in a Lifetime (2015 Remaster)
  9. Christian Bop (2015 Remaster)

*Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace LP
– 2 Disc 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Edition
– Includes the newly remastered album and a bonus disc with previously unreleased demos plus b-sides
– Also features a new remix of ‘Say Say Say’
– Downloadable audio of all tracks included

Track List
Side 1
  1. Pipes of Peace (2015 Remaster)
  2. Say Say Say (2015 Remaster)
  3. The Other Me (2015 Remaster)
  4. Keep Under Cover (2015 Remaster)
  5. So Bad (2015 Remaster)
Side 2
  1. The Man (2015 Remaster)
  2. Sweetest Little Show (2015 Remaster)
  3. Average Person (2015 Remaster)
  4. Hey Hey (2015 Remaster)
  5. Tug of Peace (2015 Remaster)
  6. Through Our Love (2015 Remaster)

Side 3
  1. Average Person [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  2. Keep Under Cover [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  3. Sweetest Little Show [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  4. It’s Not On [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
  5. Simple As That [Demo] (2015 Remaster)
Side 4
  1. Say Say Say [2015 Remix] (2015 Remaster)
  2. Ode to a Koala Bear (2015 Remaster)
  3. Twice in a Lifetime (2015 Remaster)
  4. Christian Bop (2015 Remaster)


The City of New York declares July 29th 2015 John Lennon Day‬

Yoko Ono, U2’s Bono and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito marked the city’s inaugural “John Lennon Day” on Ellis Island Wednesday, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day the Beatle got his green card.

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Yoko Ono reveals her joy under the newly unveiled tapestry showing Manhattan as a giant yellow submarine with late Beatle at the helm, which was unveiled at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration during the city’s inaugural “John Lennon Day."

“They let him stay, and he is still here. Yoko, he is still here,” said Bono.
Ono said that her “heart was crying” remembering her late husband, who battled to get his permanent residency and stay in New York after the U.S. government ordered him deported back to Britain over a pot possession plea.

“I remember how proud and happy he was” to be able to stay in the U.S., she said. “I’m sure John would have felt great to have a New York day.”
Ono recalled Lennon's fight against violence and hatred. She said he was a feminist before his time, taking their son Sean to Central Park every Sunday, and that now she thinks of him when she sees dads pushing strollers in the city.

"I just wish John was with us," she said. "Please be kind, be peaceful, and be loving."

The event, organized by Amnesty International, also celebrated Ono's gift of the rights to record cover versions of Lennon's post-Beatles songs to the human rights group, which has raised more than $5 million in royalties.
A tapestry showing Manhattan as a giant yellow submarine with Lennon at the helm — commissioned by Amnesty as a thank you to Ono — was donated to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration and unveiled Wednesday.
Mark-Viverito flashed a peace sign along with Bono, Ono and U2's The Edge in front of the tapestry after declaring July 29 “John Lennon Day” in New York City.
"I've been very touched today," she said.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Paul was back in Liverpool today for the annual LIPA graduation ceremony.
The Beatles star was on hand to honour the institute’s new Companions, who this year included Gemma Bodinetz, the artistic director of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres since 2003.
Among others from the arts and entertainment world receiving the accolade from Sir Paul – LIPA’s co-founder – today were Slade star Noddy Holder and Travis frontman Fran Healy.

Among those receiving LIPA companionship's from Paul were Slade's Noddy Holder, Travis star Fran Healy and Everyman's Gemma Bodinetz

Paul with newly named fellow companions (left- right back row) Scott Rodger, John Rago, Mark Featherstone-Whitty, Conor Murphy, Hugh Padgham (left- right front Row) Sharon Watson, Noddy Holder Paul McCartney, Gemma Bodinetz, Fran Healy and James Thompson, ahead of the the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts graduation ceremony at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Picture date: Tuesday July 28, 2015. 

The other five new Companions were four-time Grammy-winning record producer Hugh Padgham, music manager and founder of Quest Management Scott Rodger, theatre designer Conor Murphy, professor of applied and social theatre James Thompson and contemporary dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre Sharon Watson.

LIPA awards Companionships for outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.
American law professor John T Rago, who has supported LIPA through pro bono work for the past 20 years, will also become an Honoured Friend of LIPA.

Paul with newly named fellow companions (left- right back row) Scott Rodger, John Rago, Mark Featherstone-Whitty, Conor Murphy, Hugh Padgham (left- right front Row) Sharon Watson, Noddy Holder Sir Paul McCartney, Gemma Bodinetz, Fran Healy and James Thompson, ahead of the the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts graduation ceremony at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s founding principal and CEO, said: “The government recognises that the creative economy generates £8.8m each hour to our economy and yet, with the second attempt to define essential disciplines for schools, does not rate the disciplines we teach as essential.
“Well, with around 95% of our graduates in work three years after leaving us, is the government trying to destroy, as it did with international students, a great British success story?”
Around 280 students from 16 countries graduated at today’s ceremony, having completed either foundation certificate or degree programmes.


He'll star as the iconic singer-songwriter in Radio 2's 'When Elvis Met The Beatles"
British actor Tom Hughes is to play John Lennon in a forthcoming radio drama.

Hughes, known for his roles in BBC One's Silk and the Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant film Cemetery Junction, will portray the iconic singer-songwriter in BBC Radio 2's When Elvis Met The Beatles.
The drama's writer, Jeff Young, describes it as "a kind of fake documentary" that imagines what happened when the Fab Four met the American singer at his L.A. mansion in August 1965. Kevin Mains, who played Lennon's songwriting partner Paul McCartney in recent ITV drama Cilla, will co-star as Presley.
Hughes said of his role as Lennon: "It's said that you shouldn't meet your heroes, I'm not sure that's true. John Lennon is a hero of mine. I'll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing. I was delighted to be asked and I just hope that in some way I've done this great man justice."
Meanwhile, three other actors who appeared in ITV's Cilla will co-star as Lennon's Beatles bandmates, the Radio Times reports. Shaun Mason will play McCartney, Tom Dunlea will appear as Ringo Starr and Michael Hawkins will portray George Harrison. Dunlea and Hawkins played the same roles in Cilla.
Writer Jeff Young said of the forthcoming radio drama: "I was a big Beatles fan when I was younger, but for this project, initially, I knew very little about the Elvis and Beatles meeting. Then as I began researching the story, the strangeness of the meeting and the psychological dimensions, the dramatic opportunities became obvious. The larger than life characters involved, including Brian Epstein and Colonel Tom Parker, all set against a backdrop of corrupt American politics and the disastrous war in Vietnam, made for a strange and compelling narrative."
"In writing this drama I went back my old Beatles records and I became a Beatles fan, all over again," he added.

Monday, 27 July 2015


As well as music and art, this year’s event will include a literary strand, featuring books about music, with the preview of a new work about The Beatles, featuring never seen before photos from the first years of Beatlemania.

The Woodbridge Art and Music Festival takes place over the weekend of August 8 and 9 with acts ranging from festival headliners to cult club DJs, pioneering electronic acts from the 1960s, inspirational hip hop artists, visual artists, disco dons, guitar icons, psychedelic rockers, and talks by authors.
Ben Osborne, event organiser and founder of music and art collective Noise of Art, said: “The festival will be holding its debut literary strand on the Sunday of this year’s festival weekend.

“The literary strand will feature books about music, including a yet-to-be-released special edition book of new Beatles photographs, and the biographies of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks by Zoe Howe, and Peter Gabriel by Daryl Easlea, plus a book at bedtime session for younger festival-goers between 4.30pm and 6pm.
“Taken between 1962 and 1964, the Beatles photographs are part of a never-seen-before collection that was originally shot for the Beatles Monthly magazine.
“The photos, which are published for the first time in a limited edition cased hardback book, capture the Beatles in their private moments.
“The book called Looking Through You is edited by Chris Charlesworth, a friend of John Lennon’s, who will give a talk on how the photographs were discovered, as well as recalling his own experiences with John and Yoko.”

Music sessions will take place from 2pm to 8pm in Elmhurst Park and at various venues around the town.


Gene Simmons couldn’t believe how odd the Beatles looked when he first saw them.
Years before the bassist joined rock band Kiss and helped to cultivate their iconic look of black and white face paint and dramatic outfits, a young Gene was enthralled by the Fab Four.
However he initially found it hard to relate to them, as they didn’t look like anyone he knew in his home city of New York.

“I remember thinking they look weird. They were very small people by American standards, and they looked feminine. They didn’t look Italian or Jewish or Greek or black. They didn’t even look like hoodlums.
“[I started to think they were cool] because my mother thought they looked silly,” Gene laughed to Bass Guitar magazine.
“They looked like what they sounded like. I was watching the music. I was listening with my eyes and I noticed the girls were screaming and that they were playing their own instruments.”
This revelation soon led to Gene’s own mega music career, and Kiss reigned supreme during the 70s. As well as the songs, the musician became the driving force behind the band’s extensive merchandising franchise. His entrepreneurial spirit also led to him founding the Gene Simmons Axe Company, which makes bass guitars.
“I had one made because I noticed that musicians call their instruments ‘Axe’. So I did some research and found out that nobody had ever actually trademarked the term, even though it was in common usage. So I trademarked the word then asked myself, ‘Why doesn’t a guitar look like an axe?'” Gene recalled.

Sunday, 26 July 2015


"Leave a Light On" is a pop song written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, produced by Nowels for Belinda Carlisle's third solo album Runaway Horses (1989).

Released as the album's first single at the end of 1989 - as a CD single, 7" single and a 12" single - "Leave a Light On" became a Top Ten hit in Australia, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands and the UK. In the U.S. "Leave a Light On" peaked at #11 affording Carlisle her final U.S. Top 20 hit: Carlisle's followup U.S. single release "Summer Rain" would mark her final U.S. Top 40 appearance reaching #30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

George Harrison provided the slide guitar solo. He also did the 12-string and bass on another track on the album: "Deep Deep Ocean."
In the 1980s and '90s George Harrison didn't work with many other people, and after his death, Olivia Harrison told Belinda Carlisle that he agreed to work on her album because he loved her voice. George Harrison wrote Rick Nowels a letter saying he "Hopes he likes his guitar work because he got a blister playing it."  

"Leave a Light On" features George Harrison on slide guitar; Carlisle recalls: "Rick [Nowels] said we should get someone cool and with a distinctive style to play the lead guitar part. I thought for a moment and said 'What about George Harrison?' I had met George briefly a few years earlier in San Remo Italy and Morgan [Mason, Carlisle's husband] through his work on Sex Lies and Videotape"-a film Mason had produced for Harrison's HandMade Films - "knew someone who was close to (George) and able to get word to him. George responded right away, saying he'd love to help out."

The single can be heard in a 1991 episode of the TV sitcom Out of This World entitled "I Want My Evie TV".
There are four versions of the song: The album version, and the 7" Edit of the song, this versions were mixed by Shelly Yakus and Steve McMillan. The other two are the Extended Mix and the edit of this mix, called the Kamikazee mix, the later included on Carlisle's "Vision of You" CD single, Jason Corsaro made these two mixes.

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