Thursday, 5 May 2016


A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon is to go under the hammer.
The contract for the sale of The Beatles’ Apple headquarters is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000 (around £55,000)
The document, was signed by all four members of the iconic band when they bought 3 Savile Row in London for £500,000.

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon is to go under the hammer.
All four Beatles installed their own office in the property, as well as a studio in the basement, where they recorded Let It Be - and performed for the last time together on the roof.
Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo said: “This document was formally adopted in late November of 1980, thus making it one of the last documents signed by John Lennon during his life.
“John Lennon signed in black felt tip pen, and has added a facial caricature, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (who has signed as R. Starkey, his legal name as required on documents), have all signed in blue ballpoint.”
Robert Livingston, executive VP at RR Auction in Boston, said: “It’s likely one of the final fully signed Beatles documents by all four members.
“This document represents a major landmark in the history of popular music— with the final sale of the Beatles’ Apple Corps building, it was truly the end of an era.”
Other items going on sale at the auction is a signed Sgt Pepper album and rapper Tupac Shakur’s Hummer — purchased a month before his death.


Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams didn't live a life in music, but for the world at large it will be the thing he'll always be remembered for. Adams, a longtime professor at SMU, was a brilliant scholar who dedicate his life to education and writing. But in 1968, he became a part of music history when he was immortalized as the inspiration for a major character in the Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine.
On Monday, Adams passed away at the age of 82. The news has been confirmed by SMU. "He passed away yesterday," Mary Jane Johnson, a representative from the president's office, confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

The character that Adams inspired in Yellow Submarine was named Jeremy Hillary Boob. Adams was involved because of his bizarre name.
“What parents do to kids is awful,” Adams said in an interview with the Observer in June, 2015. Back in the '60s, he was going by Jeremy Y. du Q. Adams, which his friend Erich Segal, who invented the character, loved. The character’s name was originally Jeremy Y. du Boob before being changed to Jeremy Hillary Boob.
Boob first shows up in the film during “Nowhere Man,” a song with a serious reference to workers in rustbelt towns like Manchester. But this character was reimagined for Yellow Submarine and intended as a parody of public intellectuals and polymaths. This made Adams a perfect choice for inspiration.

Adams was a professor of history specializing in Medieval Europe. He also wrote books at a furious pace, which is why Jeremy Hillary Boob is using his feet to write “footnotes” for his 19th book in the film. Ringo Starr feels sorry for Boob and invites him to join the Beatles in the submarine.
Segal gave Adams’ character fitting Latin tag lines like “Ad hoc, ad loc and quid pro quo. So little time—so much to know!” “I don’t think I went around saying that,” Adams said. “I hope not. Maybe I did.”
Adams was studying at Harvard in the '60s when he met Segal, who was working on the screenplay for Yellow Submarine. “He’s listed as the fourth screenwriter,” Adams recalled last year. “But I saw him do 90-something percent of it.” Segal went on to write enormously popular novels and screenplays like Love Story, which was both a bestseller and a widely popular film, before passing away in 2010.

But at that time, Segal had been recruited for Yellow Submarine because he was famous for being a classicist, adapting European theater into American scripts. Adams also remembered Segal working with Heinz Edelmann, the German illustrator who did the art direction and character design for the film. In Adams’ home, there is a piece of collage art signed by Edelmann.

Last summer, Adams was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview in his museum-like home near SMU. He even tried on one of several Yellow Submarine-themed ties he bought in London countless years ago. Adams also showed us his “Yellow Submarine Room,” an entire room painted yellow and packed full of memorabilia based on the film. It would stick out in any home, but Adams’ house is full of artwork and furniture that represent hundreds of years.    
Adams remembered the film as representative of a certain 1960s sentiment, when people really believed that love is all you need. Sadly, Adams had just renewed his vows the day before his death with his wife since 1975, Dr. Bonnie Wheeler, an accomplished intellectual in her own right.


Paul delivering three-dozen songs in nearly three hours reminded us not only that we should press on but the music of our late heroes will live on and on.
All but five of the songs in Paul’s set list belonged to yesterday, more specifically the last century, from 1958 (the Quarrymen) to 1982 to be exact. But they sounded more fresh than nostalgic because Paul was in the moment, fully engaged, quite spirited and relishing the joy of making music.

That Paul didn’t seem as buoyant Wednesday as he had at Target Field in 2014 didn’t really matter. That Paul sounded like he had a cold — some of his high notes were so raw it seemed as if he’d swallowed Joe Cocker — didn’t matter much. It didn’t diminish his enthusiasm or the enjoyment of the 17,000 fans.
In his seventh appearance in the Twin Cities,Paul certainly had a sense of place. After dedicating an instrumental version of “Foxy Lady” to “the late, great Jimi Hendrix,” Paul announced that he was dedicating Wednesday’s concert to “the late, great Prince.”

"Tonight is a tribute to the late, great Prince." - Paul

He mentioned that he’d seen Prince in concert several times in London and had experienced Prince onstage in a small club on the most recent New Year’s Eve. “Minneapolis, Prince,” Sir Paul declared and paused. “Prince, Minneapolis. It goes together.”

Like last time around, McCartney dedicated tunes to Lennon (“Here Today”) and George Harrison (“Something” on ukulele). This time, he offered a new tribute to Beatles producer George Martin, who died in March — “Love Me Do,” the first song the Beatles recorded with him. McCartney even gave a back story on how Martin asked Paul to take a John vocal part so John could play harmonica instead.
The cute Beatle still looked cute and Beatlesque, sporting pointie-toed Beatle boots, a Nehru jacket, skinny jeans and a moptop with a mullet. He dusted off some Beatles songs, including the opener “A Hard Day’s Night,” that had never been in his post-Beatles repertoire.

There were a handful of selections from Wings (the best ones were the ballad-turned-rousing rocker “Band on the Run” and the piano pounding rocker “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five), several tunes from McCartney’s solo recordings and even his 2015 collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna, “FourFiveSeconds,” which not only featured uncharacteristically gruff vocals but was built around rhythm, not melody, which is un-Paul like. It was an intriguing change of pace, texture and dynamics.
The five-song acoustic set was a treat, especially the undyingly sweet “And I Love Her” and the Quarrymen’s country-leaning, harmony-heavy “In Spite of All the Danger.”
But McCartney let the big Beatles classics carry the weight: the totally rocking “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” the hold-up-your-cellphone ballad “Let It Be,” the majestic “Hey Jude,” a very tender, slightly trembly “Yesterday,” among others.
However, he chose a happy Wings song, “Hi Hi Hi,” to make the night a little better, by adding a wildly raunchy taste of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” — complete with a purple glyph on the video screen.
“Here’s to the man,” Paul said afterward. “Loved that guy. Thank you, Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much music. And he’s your guy.”

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


Paul McCartney‬ at Target Center‬ in Minneapolis,USA tonight
Paul was performing the first of two nights of shows.

  A Hard Day's Night
  Save Us
  Can't Buy Me Love
  Letting Go
  Temporary Secretary
  Let Me Roll It
  I've Got a Feeling
  My Valentine
  Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  Here, There and Everywhere
  Maybe I'm Amazed
  We Can Work It Out
  In Spite of All the Danger
  You Won't See Me
  Love Me Do

  And I Love Her
   Here Today
   Queenie Eye
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

  1. Yesterday
  2. Hi, Hi, Hi
  3. Birthday
  4. Golden Slumbers
  5. Carry That Weight
  6. The End


Paul, who was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, is renowned as a former Beatles star and one of the world's greatest songwriters. Here's some surprising things we learned from Philip Norman’s new 800-plus life story of the singer, Paul McCartney: The Biography.

1) Paul believed he was on 'the scrap heap' following the break-up of The Beatles

Despite a post-Beatles career that has produced 17 solo albums and a further seven with his band Wings, Paul felt that his time as a musician was over when The Beatles split in 1970.
“I don’t know how anyone could have lived with me,” McCartney explains in the book, paying tribute to his first wife, Linda, who died in 1998. “I was on the scrap heap in my own eyes... It was a barrelling, empty feeling that just rolled across my soul.”

2) He missed his very first gig with John Lennon

Most Beatles fans know that McCartney and Lennon were in a band together during the late Fifties called The Quarrymen. Less well known is that McCartney failed to turn up for his first gig with the band. The reason? An evening with the Boy Scouts. 
McCartney eventually made his debut with The Quarrymen on October 18 1957.

3) He also missed the very first meeting with Brian Epstein

He didn't make it easy for himself, did he? While the rest of The Beatles turned up on time for a meeting with future manager Brian Epstein at the entrepreneur's record store, McCartney was less punctual.
When it transpired that McCartney was in the bath, Epstein lamented: "He's going to be very late." Quick as a flash, George Harrison responded: "But very clean."

4) He once told Linda: 'There's only one effing star in this family.'

News that Linda was being interviewed for a ghost-written autobiography angered McCartney, who was unwilling to surrender much of the limelight to his wife. 


5) He was ´terrified of being raped´in a Japanese prison
When Paul was arrested for smuggling marijuana into Japan in 1980, he ended up with a nine-day jail sentence at Kosuge Prison, Tokyo. 
It was a tough regime, which included a 6am start, cleaning duties and nothing but a mat to sleep on. Above all, though, McCartney was 'terrified of being raped'. Fortunately, McCartney won over the other prisoners with A cappella renditions of Yesterday.  


6) His girlfriend´s mother used to comb his leg hair
Yes, you did read that sentence correctly. Apparently, during the two years that Paul was in a relationship with Iris Caldwell, he became so close to her family that Caldwell's mother had no qualms about coiffuring his leg hair.
But, as Philip Norman's book reveals, McCartney always enjoyed a close relationship with the mothers of his girlfriend. Jane Asher's mother offered up her basement as a recording studio, while also doing McCartney's laundry. Most importantly of all, though, Margaret Asher introduced McCartney to a piano teacher. Behind every great man etc.


7) Paul could memorise all his music
This ability was put to the test when he and Linda were held-up at knife-point on holiday in Nigeria.
No matter that the thieves had stolen a bag full of demos for Band on the Run, the 1973 album by Paul McCartney and the Wings... McCartney had it all in his head.

Paul McCartney: The Biography  is out now: The definitive #PaulMcCartney biography, "PAUL MCCARTNEY: THE LIFE", written with his approval by bestselling biographer Philip Norman. Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with Paul's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before, 760 pages in hardcover, digital and audio versions ...   HERE

Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Paul has confirmed he will perform at ‪‎Desert Trip‬ featuring six of the world’s most iconic and influential rock and roll artists: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who.

Paul to play 'Desert Trip' in October
Friday Night - October 7
Saturday Night - October 8
Sunday Night - October 9
Empire Polo Club · Indio, California
This once-in- a-lifetime concert will take place in Indio, California on October 7, 8 and 9 when six of the world’s most iconic and influential rock and roll artists come together for Desert Trip.
This three night concert kicks off Friday night, October 7 with The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and HIS BAND, followed on Saturday night, October 8 by Paul McCartney and Neil Young + Promise of the Real, with the weekend coming to a close on Sunday night, October 9 with Roger Waters and The Who.  
With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set, serving up three incomparable nights of rock ‘n roll. Located at the home of the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this is the only time and place to see this incredible lineup.
Reserved seats and general admission passes go on sale Monday, May 9th at 10am PT
Ticket prices are as follows:
3 day passes
General admission - $399
Reserved floor - $699, $999, $1,599
Reserved grandstand - $999, $1599
General admission pit - $1,599
Single day passes
General admission - $199
Passes subject to applicable service charges
Hotel packages, RV and tent camping available

The weekend will feature an all-star lineup of 30+ world renowned chefs including, Curtis Stone, Michael Mina, Tom Colicio, Michael Voltaggio, Kris Morningstar, Stephen Fretz and 40 of the best restaurants from Los Angeles to New York.  The culinary program will consist of six full-service pop-up restaurants, each featuring its own three-course prix fixe menu. Also included will be the roving culinary adventure known as Outstanding in Field, which features the country's best chefs each night with four course dinner with wine parings from world renowned winemakers.
Stone Brewing's Greg Koch will curate an expansive craft beer program. While Cedd Moses and the Houston Brothers will feature an incredible cocktail experience and Rajat Parr will host an extensive selection of wine tastings. 

Visit for passes and details.
This event is produced by Goldenvoice
Facebook: DesertTripIndio
Twitter: @DesertTripIndio


Due to overwhelming demand Paul confirms 2nd show in Washington D.C. at Verizon Centerpr August 10.

Second Washington D.C. Date Added To Paul's 'One On One' Tour
Second Washington DC Show Added Due to Overwhelming Demand
August 9 & 10 – Washington D.C. – Verizon Center
Due to overwhelming demand, Paul McCartney has confirmed he will add a second and final show to his Washington D.C. engagement at Verizon Center on Wednesday, August 10th.
Pre-sale tickets for Paul's second Washington concert will be available through Ticketmaster from 8am (local / 1pm BST)  on Wednesday 4th May. The password for this pre-sale will be: 1ON1WITHPAUL
August 10 – Washington D.C. – Verizon Center
(Pre-sale tickets on sale from 8am EDT)

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, May 6 at 10:00am ET.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00am ET through Thursday, May 5 at 10:00pm ET.

Monday, 2 May 2016


Paul performs tonight at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls as part of his One On One Tour, May 2, 2016.


Paul confirms brand new date for his ‪#‎OneOnOne‬ tour, playing at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on October 4.

Sacramento Date Added To Paul's 'One On One' Tour
October 4 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will return to Sacramento, CA for the first time since the US Tour in 2005: On Tuesday, October 4, Paul’s 'One On One' Tour will be the first ever concert at the Golden 1 Center.
Pre-sale tickets for Paul's Sacramento concert will be available through Ticketmaster from 8am (PT / 4pm BST) on Tuesday 3rd May. The password for this pre-sale will be:1ON1WITHPAUL
October 4 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
(Pre-sale tickets on sale from 8am local)

The 'One On One' Tour features a brand new production, as always utilizing state of the art audio and video technology to ensure an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house. Employing massive screens, lasers, fireworks and, of course, a staggering selection of the best songs ever written or performed, every Paul McCartney show promises a once in a lifetime evening that transcends and elevates the potential of live music.
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, May 6 at 10:00am PT.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00am PT through Thursday, May 5 at 10:00pm PT.
A purchase limit of four (4) tickets will apply to all presale orders.


Paul posted a 30-second snippet to Facebook with a simple message: October. He soundtracked it with a live take on “I’ve Got a Feeling” ...


The Who, Bob Dylan and Roger Waters have each posted similar teasers, all in the wake of a rumored classic-rock festival sponsored by Goldenvoice Entertainment to be held on Oct. 7-9 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. — site of the annual Coachella Festival. The Rolling Stones and Neil Young were also believed to be part of the eye-popping bill at this “Classic Rock Coachella.”

Waters’ clip included music from Pink Floyd‘s “Brain Damage” and the Who included “My Generation,” while Dylan incorporated “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Just as with the McCartney teaser, each ended with the word “October.” Roger Daltrey had already all-but confirmed the Who’s involvement.

Nothing more concrete has been confirmed. An October appearance at Indio, however, would expand what already promises to be a very busy year for McCartney. He recently extended the on-going One on One tour, and also has plans to release a solo career-spanning greatest hits collection that updates earlier hits sets like 1987’s All the Best and 2001’s Wingspan. The 76-track Pure McCartney is due on June 10.


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wyoming resident Steve Nelson showed up early outside Van Andel Arena on Monday, May 2, to check off an important item on his bucket list – seeing Paul in person.

Nelson was one of more than 100 fans who showed up to buy tickets for Paul's Aug. 15 concert at the arena. The show sold out quickly, mainly due to online ticket buyers who flocked to
"Like I told my wife, 'If I ever go to another concert, this has got to be it," said Nelson, who said he met John Lennon while living in England in the early 1970s.
Nelson, who also said he saw Ringo in concert several years ago, noted he won't have an opportunity to see George, who died in 2001."
"I would only do this for Paul," said Haley Gerlofs, who arrived outside the arena at 7:15 a.m. so she could buy tickets for herself and her mom.
"It's the third time I'll see him," said Gerlofs. "It's completely worth it."

While tickets became scarce quickly on Monday, a spokeswoman for the Van Andel Arena said available tickets could continue to pop up during the morning.
Tickets were available for $29.50, $99, $168, and $253 at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at, and by phone at . A purchase limit of six tickets applied to every order.
Pre-sale tickets were available to American Express cardholders from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1. The tickets also surfaced on re-selling sites shortly after the sale opened.
Paul launched his latest "One on One" tour on April 13. The Aug. 13 show at Van Andel Arena is his only Michigan stop on the tour.
The tour will wind its way through Europe in mid-May and June before returning stateside. Paul regularly plays three-hour shows and spans "the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music".
The Grand Rapids venue, which seats roughly 11,000 for concerts, will be intimate compared to many Paul will play on the tour, which hits primarily baseball, football and soccer stadiums, in addition to indoor arenas used by NBA and NHL teams.


By Sean Ono Lennon

I’m embarrassed to say that—perhaps due to a lack of sophistication on my part, or the misheard echoes of a supposed rivalry between my father’s group and the Beach Boys—I was late to understand the music of Brian Wilson. It wasn’t until after puberty, after discovering Hendrix, after listening to Miles Davis, and after my own feeble attempts at songwriting that my ears opened up and I suddenly found my universe transformed by Pet Sounds.

I was 21 years old and had just about finished recording my first album, Into the Sun, at Sear Sound in New York. At the time, my only professional gig had been playing bass in Cibo Matto, and I was playing some of my tracks for their manager, and I remember him saying, “This kind of sounds like a Brian Wilson record.” Slightly offended, I replied cynically: “surf music?” After some quiet gasping, I believe it was the engineer Tom Schick who told me to be quiet. And suddenly I found myself listening to “God Only Knows.”

Brian once described how drinking water after his first hash joint felt like his “first glass of water,” and I felt the same way when listening to “God Only Knows” at that moment. This was the first time I’d ever heard a song. It was the beginning of my true musical education. No longer would I be self-taught; from now on I would be attending a graduate course at the Brian Wilson School of Music.

I ravenously consumed each song on the album, overcome by a sort of madness. I couldn’t stop listening to “God Only Knows” until I knew every single note of every instrument and vocal. I’d never played a major 6 or a minor major 7; I’d heard those colors before, but Pet Sounds made me see them and desire them, and to this day I hunger for them; for the intricacies of counterpoint, of suspending chords by avoiding the root note on the bass, and for the interlocking molecular geometry of well-composed harmonies. Brian Wilson is my Bach.

I could’ve learned these things from the Beatles perhaps, but that music was so primordial and fundamental to me—it had always been there, like the sun or the moon. Of course, after I returned to Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s armed with the X-ray goggles I’d been given while making my way through Pet Sounds, I suddenly heard that music for the first time as well. I can’t imagine a greater gift. Nothing has ever made me feel more connected to the universe and ultimately to the work of my father. For this, I have Mr. Wilson to thank.


Ringo arrives in Los Angeles with Barbara 1st May, 2016. Ringo looks far younger than his age and flashes the peace sign with a big smile to photographers standing by.

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