Paul McCartney performs to smallest audience in years in the back of a shop
By Peter Guy
Nov 19, 2014
Sir Paul McCartney swapped stadiums for the back of a London shop as he entertained one of his smallest audiences for years - a crowd of little more than 30 people.
The star was aiming to give inspiration to musicians and aspiring songwriters after they assembled to hear him give a 42-minute talk about composing, as well as take taking questions about his experiences.
BBC handout photo of Sir Paul McCartney performing live at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 6
The superstar was appearing at the invitation of model Lily Cole, and decided to return a favour after she appeared in the video for his single Queenie Eye.
He agreed to speak at the small gathering run by Cole’s community website Impossible which encourages people to share their time and skills with others.
Guests gathered at an anonymous shopfront in Berwick Street, Soho, before taking their places inside to hear the former Beatles star discuss his art - just a stone’s throw from where he had performed an intimate show at the 100 Club, a little under four years earlier.
Sir Paul was outlining how he had written the song Hope For The Future which was commissioned to appear in the video game Destiny, and which will be released as a single in its own right on December 1.
But he also told the fans - who had landed their places at the talk after a call-out online by Impossible and his own website - about writing with his old bandmate John Lennon and the importance of practising “a lot”.
The star also spoke about how he had based his song Blackbird, which was released in 1968 on the White Album, from a short passage in Bach’s Bourree in E Minor which he had previously played as a “party piece”.
“I just followed the trail of these two notes going together - a bass note with a melody. It was basically variations on that little trick of Bach’s,” he said.
Sir Paul also had advice for an aspiring 13-year-old who had written a set of 12 songs over the summer which she wished to release as an album.
“Have you recorded them? Well that’s the first thing,” he told her. “Just record them all so you have got them as a little body of work - and then just keep going.”
One fan had travelled from Belgium this morning after landing a place at the event.
“You came from Belgium? That’s really cool - respect!,” Cole told him.
Just a week earlier Sir Paul was headlining shows in Brazil and he is due to return to the country for further dates at the weekend.
Come Together: A tired-looking Sir Paul McCartney discusses his new song at a private gig with supermodel Lily Cole
By SARAH ROBERTSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 19 November 2014
Sir Paul McCartney cut somewhat of a tired figure when he stepped out on Wednesday to discuss his latest music offering.
The iconic musician flew into London to attend a private invite only session to discuss his new track Hope For The Future and song-writing.
But the former Beatle star looked everyone of his 72 years as he joined supermodel Lily Cole at a secret venue to members of her Impossible organisation.
Exhausted: Sir Paul McCartney attended a discussion about his new song Hope For The Future in London on Wednesday
He was joined at the event by 26-year-old international supermodel Lily Cole.
The flame haired beauty chose a casual outfit of a black jumper with the word 'Power' and loose cream trousers.
Question time: The hitmaker joined Lily Cole at the intimate question and answer session about his songwriting skills
Introductions: The model introduces the world famous musician to the group
Clock watching: The musician checks his watch and looks slightly uncomfortable as he answers questions from the audience
Say again: Stella McCartney's dad strains to hear what one of the audience members is saying as he addresses questions from the group
The Cambridge art history graduate who has also become a technology entrepreneur - launching a wish-fulfilment website called impossible.com - wore her red hair down in loose waves and went makeup free.
Impossible is an altruism-based social network which invites people to give their services and skills away to help others.
Macca's new song is for the computer game Destiny and was recorded at Abbey Road studios with a 120-piece orchestra.
Members of the audience were able to ask Stella McCartney's dad about the meaning of the track and how he creates his enigmatic music.
Power to the people: Lily who has also become a technology entrepreneur wore her red hair down in loose waves and went makeup free
Take my hand: Lily gingerly takes Paul to meet his eager fans who are waiting to hear his music secrets
Dapper: The star still looked impeccable in a tailored black suit which he twinned with a spotted white shirt
A representative from video game developer Bungie who are are behind the game, explained to Clash Music, why Paul got involved with them: 'He’s in it for the creativity. He got a wonderful opportunity to reach an audience that wouldn’t typically be immersed in Paul McCartney.
'They might hear the name — of course he’s everywhere, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, obviously he’s touring and recording nonstop — but he sees it as a way to reach a new audience that might not otherwise hear his music.'
Last week Sir Paul was in New York with third wife Nancy Shevell to support his designer daughter Stella, who was being honoured at the 2014 Women's Leadership Award gala at Lincoln Center.
Q&A: The singer and supermodel take questions from the floor on music writing for a video game