jueves, 19 de septiembre de 2019

Watch Paul McCartney’s bluegrass version of The Beatles’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’






















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Watch Paul McCartney’s bluegrass version of The Beatles’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
Far Out Staff
September 17, 2019


(Credit: Oli Gill)

It’s fair to say, even the most moderate of Beatles fans would not have expected to listen to a Bluegrass, the twanging country sounds of America’s South, version of The Beatles’ classic ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ today. But the world’s a crazy place, so here you go, listen to the 1992 gem.
The original Beatles gem featured on A Hard Day’s Nightand was a guaranteed shriek-starter for any teenage audience. But while the 1964 release was based on the new Merseybeat rock and roll sound that was sweeping the nation, this rarely heard 1992 Bluegrass version is something entirely different.
Performed by Paul McCartney and his band at the first-ever concert at the Ed Sullivan theatre for MTV’s ‘Up Close’, the song takes on a whole new attitude with the addition of the banjo and the backup vocals. It changes the complexion of the song and creates a brand new dimension to an old classic.
Filmed on 10th December the footage below also has a small sample of a bluegrass version of ‘Jingle Bells’, which is amply pleasing, but soon ascends into a full on Beatles Barndance, full to the brim with knee-slapping good fun and foot-stomping nostalgia.
Watch below as Paul McCartney performs a Bluegrass version of The Beatles’ classic ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’





sábado, 14 de septiembre de 2019

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunite to record John Lennon song






























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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite to record John Lennon song
Grow Old With Me is latest collaboration between the surviving Beatles members
Mattha Busby
Sat 14 Sep 2019


Ringo Starr, left, and Paul McCartney have worked together on a number of records since the Beatles split in 1970. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr have reunited to record a cover version of a song written by John Lennon in the final year of his life.
The track marks the latest collaboration between the two surviving members of the Beatles and goes some way to reuniting the musical talents of the Fab Four, since part of a George Harrison song is also reprised on the recording.
Lennon wrote Grow Old With Me during the recording sessions for Double Fantasy, the final album he made before he was shot dead outside his apartment in Manhattan in December 1980.
Starr, 79, said he had not been aware that Lennon recorded a demo version of the song until he was played it by the record producer Jack Douglas, who produced Double Fantasy, which was co-written by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow.
“Jack asked if I ever heard the Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time,” Starr said. “And I had never heard all this … I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best.
“The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me.”
He added: “So, John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from [Harrison’s]Here Comes the Sun. So in a way, it’s the four of us.”
Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr have worked together on a number of records since the Beatles split up in 1970, including Starr’s last album, Give More Love.
The track, recorded in Starr’s home studio, features on What’s My Name, his 20th solo album, which also features a number of regular contributors and members of his touring All-Starr Band. It will be released in October.
This week, the Guardian was given access to a rare recording of the band’s discussions while they recorded Abbey Road.
“It’s a revelation,” the historian Mark Lewisohn said of the find. “The books have always told us that they knew Abbey Road was their last album and they wanted to go out on an artistic high. But no – they’re discussing the next album. And you think that John is the one who wanted to break them up but, when you hear this, he isn’t. Doesn’t that rewrite pretty much everything we thought we knew?”










www.telegraph.co.uk
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunite to record John Lennon song discovered on lost demo tape
By  Telegraph Reporters
13 SEPTEMBER 2019


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform during the taping of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" in Los Angeles. CREDIT: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

Sir Ringo Starr has teamed up with Sir Paul McCartney to record a version of a lost demo written by John Lennon less than a year before his death.

Lennon penned Grow Old With Me during the sessions for Double Fantasy, the final record he made before he was shot and killed outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980.

The former Beatles drummer, 79, was introduced to the song by record producer Jack Douglas, who produced the Grammy-winning album, which is also credited to Lennon's widow Yoko Ono.

Sir Ringo enlisted the help of Sir Paul, 77, to play bass on the track, which he admitted had brought him to tears when he first heard it.

He said: "Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John's demos from that time. And I had never heard all this.

"The idea that John was talking about me in that time before he died, well, I'm an emotional person.

"And I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I've done my best. We've done our best."

He added: "The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So, John's on it in a way. I'm on it and Paul's on it.

"It's not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from Here Comes The Sun.

"So in a way, it's the four of us."

The track features on Sir Ringo's 20th solo album, What's My Name, out on October 25.

Sir Ringo recorded the album in his home studio, known as Roccabella West, enlisting a number of regular contributors and members of his touring All-Starr Band.

The record also features a cover of Barrett Strong's Motown hit Money (That's What I Want), famously covered by the Fab Four.

The two surviving Beatles have collaborated on Sir Ringo's last two albums - Give More Love in 2017 and Y Not in 2009.





metro.co.uk
The Beatles’ Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney reunite to cover John Lennon song
Jamie Tabberer
Friday 13 Sep 2019

Ringo Starr
The Beatles in their heyday (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney, the two surviving members of The Beatles, are joining forces to cover a John Lennon song. 

Now, this is what you call a collab for the ages.

Imagine singer John was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in New York City on 8 December 1980 while the fourth Beatle, George Harrison, passed away on 29 November 2001 of lung cancer.

However, John and George’s spirits will live on in the new track Ringo and Paul have made together.

The chosen song is an often-overlooked song from John’s back catalogue called Grow Old With Me, and the cover will feature on Ringo’s upcoming album What’s My Name.

It’s album number 20 for the Beatles drummer, who recorded the material at the home he shares with wife Barbara.

Musician Ringo Starr, poses for photographers after being awarded a knighthood, during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in London, Tuesday March 20, 2018. (John Stillwell/Pool Photo via AP)
It’s album number 20 for the Beatles drummer,(Picture: AP)

Ringo said in a statement: ‘I sang it the best that I could.

‘I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best.’

The album is out 25 October 2019.

The 79-year-old added: ‘The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes.

‘Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it.’




‘It’s not a publicity stunt,’ he added.

‘This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from “Here Comes the Sun” [written by George Harrison]. So in a way, it’s the four of us.’

Speaking about recording at home, Ringo added: ‘We are all together in here, whoever I invite over.

‘This is the smallest club in town.

‘And I love it, being at home, being able to say hi to Barb, it’s just been good for me and the music.’





martes, 10 de septiembre de 2019

Only Yesterday, About One Night in the Life of Paul McCartney and John Lennon































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WATCH: Sneak Peek at Only Yesterday, About One Night in the Life of Paul McCartney and John Lennon
BY ROBERTO ARAUJO
PLAYBILL
SEP 10, 2019

Tommy Crawford and Christopher Sears sing “Roll Over Beethoven” in the Playbill studio.





In Only Yesterday, which continues through September 29 at 59E59 Theatres, Paul McCartney and John Lennon are together again for one night only.
The intimate play brings to life a little-known night when the two artists were becoming the most famous men on earth. Tommy Crawford stars as Paul McCartney, and Christopher Sears plays John Lennon. The duo stopped by the Playbill studio for an exclusive performance in the video above.
After months of performing for arenas of fans, John and Paul find themselves stranded in a cheap motel room in Key West. They do what many young men do when they’re bored—get drunk and have some laughs. But as their talk turns serious, they bond over the revelation of childhood events and find inspiration for the music that changed our lives.
The Bob Stevens play is directed by Carol Dunne.




















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Only Yesterday

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Overview


Produced by:
Northern Stage
Dates:
September 07 - September 29, 2019
Run Time:
1 Hour, 10 Minutes
Theater:
Showing in Theater 
Tickets:
$35 (Members $26)


Show Info

By Bob Stevens
Directed by Carol Dunne

With Tommy Crawford, Christopher Sears, Christopher Flockton, and Olivia Swayze
Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood writer Bob Stevens (The Wonder YearsMurphy BrownMalcolm in the Middle) brings to life a little-known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous men on earth.
After months of performing for arenas of fans, John and Paul find themselves stranded in a cheap motel room in Key West. They do what many young men do when they’re bored—get drunk and have some laughs. But as their talk turns serious, they bond over the revelation of childhood events and find inspiration for the music that changed our lives.
Photo Caption: Tommy Crawford and Christopher Sears in ONLY YESTERDAY.
Photo: Carol Rosegg

domingo, 8 de septiembre de 2019

Paul McCartney is the real "Grandude" of book signing




















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Paul McCartney is the real "Grandude" of book signing
euronews
Sep 7, 2019





He may be one of the world's most famous musicians, but Paul McCartney is also just a regular grandfather - and that is the experience he draws on for his new children's book "Hey Grandude!".
While the title is a nod to one of The Beatles' best-known songs, "Hey, Jude", it is inspired by a nickname given to McCartney, 77, by one of his eight grandchildren.
"One of them just said to me one day 'Hey grand dude'," the former Beatle told a group of schoolchildren from Jubilee Primary in Brixton at the launch in a London bookstore on Friday.
"I thought 'Oh, he said 'hey grand dude'. And I said 'Wait a minute, you normally call me grandad' and he said 'No I like the sound of gran dude'. So that is what inspired me to write the book."
Publishers Puffin describes the book as a wild and wonderful adventure with a twist of magic inspired by McCartney's own experience of being a grandfather.





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Sir Paul McCartney meets school pupils while promoting his new children’s book
Virgin Media Television
6th Sep 2019

The Beatle was in London to meet young readers.

Hey Grandude!

Sir Paul McCartney spent the day speaking to schoolchildren ahead of the launch of a new book.
The global star and former linchpin of The Beatles chatted with youngsters from a Brixton primary school.




Sir Paul read from his children’s book Hey Grandude!, which celebrates adventures and relationships shared between grandparents and grandchildren.
The musician met with young readers at a Waterstone’s store in Piccadilly, London, and took part in a question and answer session.
Paul McCartney reads his new book, Hey Grandude!, to a class of school children
Paul McCartney reads his new book, Hey Grandude!, to a class of school children (Ian West/PA)

The living room of the the Grandude character was recreated in the bookshop, and the volume’s illustrator Kathryn Durst was also there with The Beatles’ star to speak with pupils.

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney spoke to children from Jubilee Primary (Ian West/PA)

Sir Paul’s event was part of a campaign by publishers Puffin to get more young people reading, and to reinvigorate school libraries.
A lucky fan was also able to meet the musician having won a competition to spend time with Sir Paul.
© Press Association 2019



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Paul's First Picture Book 'Hey Grandude!' is Out Now

Paul's First Picture Book 'Hey Grandude!' is Out Now
'Zing, Bang, Sizzle' Paul's first picture book Hey Grandude! is out now in Hardback and Audiobook! 
Inspired by Paul’s own experience of being a grandude (a name his grandchildren have given him), Hey Grandude! is an action-packed picture book that introduces a magical intrepid explorer grandfather — the eponymous Grandude — and his four grandchildren - he calls them Chillers . Join them as they ride flying fish, dodge stampedes, and escape avalanches. All brought to life with funny, colourful illustrations from talented artist and rising star, Kathryn Durst.
Paul said:"It’s about a character called Grandude who represents grandfathers everywhere. He has four grandchildren and he calls them “Chillers”. They love him and they go on adventures with him and he’s kind of magical, so you’ll see that in the book. I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time."


jueves, 5 de septiembre de 2019

Paul McCartney on being a 'Grandude' children's author





































www.bbc.com
Paul McCartney: 'I wrote a couple of little stories'
BBC News
Sept 5 2019






The world knows Sir Paul McCartney as a rock superstar - but his grandchildren know him simply as "Grandude"
Sir Paul has eight grandchildren, aged from seven to 20, and they've inspired his latest project - a children's book about the adventures of a fictional granddad.
The former Beatle discussed the books with the BBC’s James Alexander.





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Paul McCartney on being a 'Grandude' children's author
By James Alexander
BBC News
Sept 5 2019






Sir Paul McCartney may be a world-famous rock superstar but to his grandchildren he's "Grandude".
The former Beatle has eight grandkids - six boys and two girls - aged from seven to 20.
He says they make music, watch football and dance together.
Now, their relationship has inspired his latest project - a children's book called Hey Grandude!
The title is of course a nod to the Beatles' Hey Jude. But the idea for the book came from the nickname given to McCartney by his grandchildren.
"One of my grandkids - who used to call me 'Grandad' - just happened one day to say 'Grandude' and it kind of stuck," McCartney explains. "So the other kids started calling me 'Grandude'."
McCartney liked it so much he started making up stories about a character called Grandude, who he pictured as a kind of retired hippie having adventures with his grandchildren.

Cover of Hey Grandude!
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"He's got a grey beard, a little bit of a ponytail, so he's a little bit groovy. He has a little hat and a bow tie.

"And he has this magic compass so when he rubs that you can go anywhere."
The book's fictional family take off on a whirlwind magical mystery tour. They ride horses with a cowboy in the desert, face an army of crabs on a tropical beach and dodge an avalanche while having a picnic up a mountain.
"Grandude isn't supposed to be me," McCartney is keen to clarify. "Because he's magic and I'm not."
Still, there are similarities. For one thing, they both entertain the grandkids by playing the guitar.
McCartney describes one night when the two youngest members of the clan were going to bed and he played them the classic Beatles ballad Blackbird.
"They were like, 'That's nice'. It's not like some famous guy doing Blackbird. It's just Grandad."

Paul McCartney reading to his son James
Sir Paul reading a Ladybird book to his son James in 1979
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McCartney worked with the Canadian illustrator Kathryn Durst to create a picture book he hopes young and old will enjoy reading together.
He's also narrated an audio version of the book complete with an instrumental soundtrack.
He acknowledges there's more competition for children's attention these days with the popularity of video games and the internet. But he believes there's still a place for traditional storytelling - especially at bedtime.
"I like that - at the end of the day - sealing the day by reading to the kids," he says. "It's something I've always liked doing. And it's very satisfying when you see them nod off."
At 77, McCartney looks in great shape - full of energy and with a twinkle in his eye.
Dressed in a crisp white shirt and black jeans, he sits on a small sofa in his office with an acoustic guitar propped up beside him.


He's lived practically his entire adult life with a level of fame that's almost off the scale and yet somehow he still seems down-to-earth.

Crabs illustration
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His room is packed with mementos from his long career. There's a Wurlitzer jukebox full of records he grew up listening to - Glenn Miller, Fats Domino, early Elvis.
Beatles box sets sit on the shelves. The statuette from the Wings Greatest album cover stands on the window sill. His desk is covered with family photos.
The singer has four grown-up children from his marriage to his first wife, Linda.
All have carved out successful careers. Heather is an artist; Mary's a photographer; Stella's a fashion designer; James is a musician. Four of the grandchildren are Mary's kids and four are Stella's.
He also has a 15-year-old daughter, Beatrice, from his second marriage to Heather Mills. McCartney says keeping up with the youngsters keeps him on his toes.

Compass illustration
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"They're football mad!" he exclaims. "And I kind of like football but not to the extent they do. They know every player. They can teach me everything about football."
When they're watching games together on TV, the veteran rocker admits his lack of sports knowledge can be exasperating.
"I'm like, 'Who's he?' The kids shake their heads and sigh, 'Grandad!'"
But they share his love of music and can all "hold a tune". Some sing in their school choir. One plays guitar in a band.
McCartney encourages them to make music for fun and insists it's "up to them" if they decide to do it professionally.
"Following me - for a McCartney kid - it's not that easy," he shrugs. "So I don't push them into it, or even encourage them to do it for a living.

Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney
Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney
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"But just for pleasure I do encourage it. And we sit around and play together."
From an early age, the grandchildren were aware of McCartney's celebrity and used to seeing fans asking for autographs and selfies.
But McCartney says it's only when they see him in concert they realise the extent of his fame.
"I sometimes will say to the audience, 'My grandkids are here'. It's crazy for them. They've got this grandad up on stage rocking out."
After six decades in the spotlight McCartney shows no signs of slowing down.
He's still touring, performing three-hour sets for sell-out crowds in stadiums and arenas the world over.
He's also writing songs for his first stage musical - an adaptation of the classic Christmas film, It's A Wonderful Life.
As the interview ends, he picks up a harmonica and starts playing. Just for the fun of it.
Then he muses: "To me, I look at trees and I'm going, 'Do you realise they're pumping water at a phenomenal rate? And they're putting out oxygen!'
"Anyone else would go, 'Yeah okay, it's a tree Paul - get over it!' But I love the idea of seeing the wonder in the world because it is magical. And I think if you can see it then you have a better life."
Hey Grandude! by Sir Paul McCartney and Kathryn Durst is out now.





sábado, 31 de agosto de 2019

Paul McCartney reveals his grandson was mugged at knifepoint






































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Paul McCartney says his grandson was mugged at knifepoint
Will Lavin
Aug 31, 2019

The Beatles
Paul McCartney

The Beatles legend revealed he too had been mugged in the past
Paul McCartney‘s grandson was recently mugged at knifepoint, as revealed by the Beatles legend himself.


Speaking in a new interview, McCartney said that suspects took his grandson’s mobile phone after he was robbed in London.
Not sharing which grandchild it was, McCartney told The Times that his grandson felt like a “coward” after it happened.
“He was saying the worst thing was that he should have just thumped the guy; he came back and felt a coward,” McCartney explained. “I said, ‘No, no, no, no! The guy had a knife and you don’t know, the guy might be able to use that knife’.”
While discussing his grandson’s ordeal, the Beatle recalled a time during his childhood when he got mugged for his watch.
“When I was a kid it was four guys and they nicked my watch,” he admitted. “I was of a similar age. I just happened to be on my own, bigger kids came along and it was the same feeling. [I thought at the time] ‘I have got to learn karate and be a black belt — and then I’ll get ’em!’ It was the worst thing.”
Meanwhile, Paul McCartney is going to be signing copies of his new picture book Hey Grandude! in London next month.
During the special appearance, McCartney will read the story of ‘Grandude’ – “a super-cool Grandad who takes his grandchildren on a whirlwind magical mystery tour, from tropical seas to Alpine mountains, all before bedtime!”






















www.independent.co.uk
Paul McCartney reveals his grandson was mugged at knifepoint
Beatles star’s grandson had phone stolen in London
Ellie Harrison
Aug 31 2019

Paul McCartney Beatles grandson mugged knife children wife news latest
Paul McCartney: The Beatles singer with one of his grandsons (Image: GETTY)

Paul McCartney has revealed that his grandson was recently mugged at knifepoint in London.
The Beatles icon said the incident reminded him of when he was mugged as a child growing up in Liverpool and his watch was stolen.
“In London, one of my grandkids, one of my older grandkids, was mugged and got his phone taken,” McCartney told The Times.

“That takes me back to my childhood when I was mugged in Liverpool, so I am able to talk to him.”
McCartney added that he advised his grandson not to retaliate with violence if a similar situation were to reoccur.

“He was saying the worst thing was that he should have just thumped the guy; he came back and felt a coward. 

“I said, ‘No, no, no, no! The guy had a knife and you don’t know, the guy might be able to use that knife.’ So it is scary these days.”
McCartney also spoke about his concerns surrounding environmental issues in the interview, saying: “Climate change? You know, I hope someone does something sensible soon. It’s really refreshing to see that the people [doing something] are the kids.
"Other people are just looking for money in the short term."
McCartney's children's book Hey, Grandude! is published on 5 September.

Smart: The 15-year-old wore an olive shirt and chinos and carried two mobile phones
Paul McCartney's grandson Arthur Donald with two mobile phones