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PAUL McCARTNEY ADDS SECOND AND FINAL MELBOURNE + SYDNEY SHOWS

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PAUL McCARTNEY
ADDS SECOND AND FINAL
MELBOURNE + SYDNEY SHOWS
TO ‘ONE ON ONE’ TOUR – ON SALE TODAY

2nd December: nib Stadium, Perth, WA
5th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
6th December: AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
9th December: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
11th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
12th December: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
16th December: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Due to overwhelming demand in the pre-sale, second and final Paul McCartney shows have been added in Melbourne and Sydney!
Returning to Australia for the first time since 1993, enormous demand saw tens of thousands of tickets snapped up during pre-sale.
The second concerts at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Wednesday 6 December and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday 12 December will be the last chance for fans to secure tickets and will be available in the general on-sale on Tuesday 4 July noon AEST and 5pm AEST respectively.
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 21-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Paul McCartney is bringing his acclaimed long-running ‘One On One’ Tour to Australia and New Zealand this December.


ON THIS DAY IN BEATLES HISTORY

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3 July

1963
‘Please Please Me’ LP, 15th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart). The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 8.00-9.00pm. Recording for BBC’s ‘The Beat Show’: ‘From Me To You’; ‘A Taste Of Honey’; ‘Twist And Shout’.
EMI audition of The Fourmost.

1965
The press of Madrid says that the Beatles performance in this city was a failure before a serious and sober audience, unlike other countries’ ones, which are said to be civilized.
Arrival in Barcelona. Concert at the Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona, with the Sirex as support act. End of tour of France, Italy and Spain. Broadcast of John’s interview on BBC-radio’s ‘World Of Books’.

1966
Trip to Manila. On arriving, from the airport they are taken to a dock and separated from their luggage for half an hour. The New York ‘Times Magazine’ publishes an article about the Beatles by Maureen Cleave.

1968
Studio 2. 8pm-3.15am. Recording: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (takes 1-7, overdub onto take 3, overdub onto take 7) Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

1969
Studio 2. 3pm-8.30pm. Editing: ‘Golden Slumbers'(working title of ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’) (of takes 13, 15, called take 13). Recording: ‘Golden Slumbers'(working title of ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’) (overdub onto take 13, tape reduction take 13 into takes 16, 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair.

 

 

 

 

 

Media launch of the Plastic Ono Band. Press reception for the release of ‘Give Peace A Chance’, at the Chelsea Town Hall. John and Yoko do not attend, due to their being hospitalised in Scotland; Ringo and Maureen substitute them.

1970
Beginning of peace festival in Toronto.
1989
Evening: Julian sings in Liverpool for the first time.

1995
Westwood One radio broadcasts ‘Oobu Joobu’ Part 8.


ON THIS DAY IN BEATLES HISTORY

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1963
Number 5 Studio, BBC Maida Vale Studios, London. 6.30-9.30pm. Recording for BBC’s ‘Pop Go The Beatles’: ‘Pop Go The Beatles’; ‘That’s Alright Mama’; ‘There’s A Place’; ‘Carol’; ‘Soldier Of Love (Lay Down Your Arms)’; ‘Lend Me Your Comb’; ‘Clarabella’; ‘Pop Go The Beatles’; ‘Three Cool Cats’; ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’; ‘Ask Me Why’.
Only BBC take of ‘That’s Alright Mama’.

Dezo Hoffmann’s ‘A Day In The Life Of The Beatles’ sessions: 1) Room 114, Hotel President; 2) Reception area, Hotel President; 3) Guildford Street, walking towards Russell Square; 4) Russell Square Gardens; 5) Rupert Street (buying bananas at a stall on the corner at 5-7 Brewer Street); 6) Dougie A. Millings and Son, tailors; 7) Delicatessen Shop; 8) Shirtmaker Mr A Maknyick’s shop; 9) Rupert Court; 10) Buying ice cream at Kontact cafe; 11) 27 Wardour Street, in front of the Garner’s restaurant; 12) Dezo Hoffmann’s studio (to take portraits of John and George).

1965
Arrival in Madrid. Concert at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid, with the Pekenikes as support act.

1966

The Beatles performed their last two shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.They performed five times in total at the venue over three days.
Each of the shows was seen by 10,000 fans.The Beatles performed an 11-song set, the same one used throughout their 1966 tour: Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down. From Japan, The Beatles send a telegram to EMI with their final decision concerning next LP’s title: ‘Revolver’. ”Yesterday’… And Today’, 2nd week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

Brian signs Lomax Alliance to Nemperor Artists.

The Beatles on stage at Tokyo´s Budokan Hall, from left to right Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon, Japan. July 1st 1966. (Photo by Robert Whitaker/Getty Images)

1967
Brian’s two-house Sunday presentation at the Saville Theatre, featuring Cream, Jeff Beck and his group, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. 3rd and last concert of the Monkees at the Empire Pool, Wembley, presented by NEMS Enterprises.

1968
Studio 2. 6.00pm-12.15am. Recording: ‘Good Night’ (overdub onto take 5, takes 6-15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Peter Bown; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush. Lazard Brothers & Co., merchant bankers, London. Paul and Sir Joseph Lockwood lunch in the dining-room with Lord Poole of Lazard’s, discussing Apple matters.

1969
Studio 2. 3.00-9.30pm. Recording: ‘Her Majesty’ (takes 1-3); ‘Golden Slumbers’ (working title of ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’) (takes 1-15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair. The Official Beatles Fan Club runs several clubs derived from the main one.
Cynthia takes Julian from the hospital and takes him to Greece.

1996
10.45pm Eastern Standard Time, USA. Premiere of restored version of ‘Help!’ on AMC (American Movie Classics)


PAUL: ‘I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS ONE OF THE BEATLES’

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EVEN the most successful songwriter in history has memory lapses from time to time.
“I do sometimes think, ‘Wait a minute! I was one of The Beatles! Can you believe that?’” Sir Paul McCartney tells Stellar with a laugh.
“I was one half of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team!
“Occasionally these things occur to me. Normally it’s just something I take for granted, but sometimes I look at it and think, ‘Bloody hell, it’s amazing.’ Then I get right off it before my head explodes.”
The figures are enough to warrant cranial expansion: 800 million albums sold by The Beatles alone; 30 American No. 1 singles; 2200 cover versions of ‘Yesterday’; 21 Grammy awards; and a fortune estimated to be more than $1 billion.
Yet McCartney remains the music world’s most modest genius.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of a 15-year-old McCartney joining The Quarrymen, a band started by John Lennon. In 1960, they renamed themselves The Beatles and went on to change not just the way music was made — but literally change the world.
“You start off trying to achieve something,” McCartney tells Stellar in his only interview with an Australian publication.
“When John and I met I said, ‘One of my hobbies is writing songs, I’ve written a couple of songs.’ He was the only person I’d ever met who said, ‘Yeah? So have I.’ So when you think of those real humble beginnings, of the two of us showing each other the little songs we’d written, then starting to write together, it is amazing that we carried on and went from strength to strength.
“We wrote songs that people actually know and love and are really famous around the world. I do sometimes think, ‘Blimey.’ Obviously I’m really very proud of it. I can’t believe my luck. Not only did I get to do it for a living, I ended up being pretty good at it.”
This December, McCartney will bring those “pretty good” songs back to Australia for the first time in 24 years.
“Raising kids” is one reason he uses to explain the long absence from our shores.
“Now they’re pretty much all grown up, some with kids of their own,” he says.
“I’ve managed to find a window.”
Stretching over two and a half hours, his live show is an even mix of songs by The Beatles and his other band Wings, along with his solo material.
On most nights, he shoehorns in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Jet’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘We Can Work It Out’, ‘The Fool On The Hill’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Live And Let Die’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Something’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Yesterday’.
Having to work out which stone-cold classics to leave out is a superstar’s first-world problem.
“I sit down before a tour and think, ‘If I was going to this show, what would I definitely want to hear?’” McCartney explains.
“So I write down the songs where the show wouldn’t be the same if ‘he’ didn’t play them. Then I start thinking, ‘Well, a lot of people might not know this one, but a lot of Wings fans will know this one.’ I try to put stuff in for people who want a little more depth. You’re trying to give people value for money.
“I remember very well when I paid my hard-earned money to go to a show and ended up feeling a bit cheated. Even when the economy is doing well, and now when it’s not doing well, people spend a lot of money on the tickets. I want them to go away and think, ‘You know what? That was worth it.’”
McCartney is currently making his 17th solo album — the first since 2013’s New, on which he worked with producers Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars), Paul Epworth (Florence + the Machine) and Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon). For the new album, he is collaborating with Greg Kurstin, an American songwriter and producer who has worked with Pink, Beck, Kelly Clarkson and most notably Adele.
Yet even after all his achievements, McCartney is worried about the possible perception that he’s just grabbing “the man of the moment”.
He points out he worked with Kurstin two years ago after being told by mutual friends that he and the producer would get on.
“I was thinking that people who didn’t know I’d already worked with him might think, ‘Oh, he’s going with Adele’s producer, thinking he’ll turn him into Adele.’”
Does McCartney really worry about what a noisy minority might think?
“I don’t worry about it, but you’re conscious of it. There are some people I know who really don’t care what anyone thinks. I admire that. But most people I know aren’t like that.
“Even if it’s an ordinary job, you want to do it well, you want your work mates to think you’re cool, you want your boss to think you do a great job. It’s a common thing. So yeah, I’m like that. I’d prefer it if people like it.
“I probably have a bit of a hard time when people don’t like something I’ve spent a lot of time on. Making an album is sometimes like sitting an exam — learning everything and putting all the work in. And suddenly someone marks it. At that moment, most people hope they got it right. And that’s what it would be like for me: I’d put a record out and expect some bad criticism from some people, probably, but I kinda like it if people like what I’m doing.”
When you’ve released as many albums as McCartney has, there’s bound to be a milestone almost every year.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — the 32 million-selling record many believe was the blueprint for concept albums.
Remixed by Giles Martin (son of late Beatles producer George Martin) and with never-before-heard studio outtakes, the album returned to No. 1 on the UK charts in June.
“It’s amazing,” Paul says.
“It’s a good thing to have it released as an anniversary thing, but for people to like it and send it to No. 1 was unbelievable.”
Like many albums McCartney has been involved with, Sgt. Pepper’s has been passed down from generation to generation — a video of school children singing ‘When I’m 64’ became a feel-good internet moment last month.
“There was a time when it was pretty much just [people] your age that came to the show,” he says.
“Those people then grew up as we did; they had kids like we did. You’d see their kids coming to shows. Now we’re at the age where their kids’ kids are coming. You get the parents, their kids and the grandkids.
“I love that. I love that they can all come to the same show and enjoy it for different reasons. The kids are coming, presumably, because they like the songs, the parents are coming because of the nostalgia and what it reminds them of … it’s really nice.
“You see a lot of humanistic scenarios in the audience — people crying, laughing, singing along. The fact that the music can bring a whole family together is pretty cool.”
McCartney’s whole family now stretches to five children and eight grandchildren.
Daughter Mary followed her late mother Linda into photography — she shot her father in his London home for today’s cover of Stellar.
“She knows how to make you look good,” McCartney says of the never-seen-before images.
“Of course, instead of it being just anyone, it’s my little Mary. Well, she was my little baby, now she’s a hard-working mum with four kids. She’s a really good photographer. She can boss me around: ‘Don’t do that, stop, stand up, gimme a smile.’ She’s my favourite photographer.”
Paul and Linda had four children: artist Heather, 54, photographer and cookery writer Mary, 47, fashion designer Stella, 45, and musician James, 39.
The singer’s six-year marriage to model and activist Heather Mills ended badly (it’s his only no-go area when being interviewed), but resulted in his youngest child, 13-year-old Beatrice.
McCartney wed New Yorker Nancy Shevell in 2011; they’ll celebrate 10 years since their first meeting by travelling together to Australia for his tour.
While McCartney tops every “wealthiest musician” list, Shevell, 57, is no slouch herself, maintaining a nine-figure family transport fortune.
“Nancy’s very impressive. She is a businesswoman, she still runs her dad’s trucking company with 4000 trucks,” McCartney says proudly.
“She’s a trucker. She’s used to men’s humour. She’s a beautiful, smart and funny girl. She loves music … We’re very happy together.”
Most of McCartney’s children have adopted the vegetarian diet and animal rights beliefs that Paul and Linda were celebrity pioneers of back in 1975.
“We were on a farm, it was lambing season, and we were eating lamb. It suddenly clicked, ‘Maybe we don’t want to eat this anymore?’” McCartney recalls.
“It’s a style of life that I like and it’s always done me good … and a bunch of animals good, too.”
Aside from music, vegetarianism is one of the McCartneys’ major legacies; a chain of meat-free food options still bears Linda’s name.
“Most people are animal lovers,” he says.
“When you go vegie you become more aware of animal cruelty. Linda was very cool with it; she’d talk in a way that didn’t put your back up and she’d persuade you that these animals should be saved. She had such a good way about her that people would accept it, rather than getting into a big argument.
“We were able to do a lot of animal rights work — you feel good about that. I live on a sheep farm and the sheep die of old age. That never happens — they never reach that age, but my old lot do. It’s a nice feeling.
“We share this beautiful planet with all these other creatures. My idea is, why not give them their shot? Then you get the environmental angle which is very important these days, particularly when you’ve got someone like Trump who thinks it’s a hoax.”
Last year, McCartney copped flak from his Republican-leaning US fans when he was photographed with Hillary Clinton. As someone who divides his time between the UK and US, he doesn’t mince words when asked about Donald Trump.
“I’m not a fan at all,” McCartney says.
“He’s unleashed a kind of violent prejudice that is sometimes latent among people. Most people don’t feel it’s OK to be like that. When there were protesters at his rallies, Trump would say, ‘Oh beat them up, give them a good punch’ — wait a minute, I’m not sure that’s cool for a leader of a country to be saying that. Maybe for a hockey player.
“He’s unleashed the ugly side of America. People feel like they have got a free pass to be, if not violent, at least antagonistic towards people of a different colour or a different race. I think we all thought we’d got past that a long time ago.”
At 75, Paul is two years younger than the other remaining Beatle, Ringo, and just over a year older than The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
“When I was a kid I’d look at someone who was 75 and think, ‘Bloody hell, that’s old,’” he laughs.
“But you get to 40 and you think, ‘40, that’s old.’ Then you get to 50 and think, ‘Well, 40 wasn’t so old.’ As you go on you look at the decade before and think, ‘I thought I was old then, but I wasn’t.’ Now you look at people the decade ahead of you and think, ‘Well, he’s still pretty cool.’
“I enjoy very much what I do: I feel healthy, I’m having a good time, making a new record, going on tour. It’s my dream come true. It’s what I always wanted to do when I was a kid. I’m still allowed to do it, so I’m not complaining.
“I belong to the group who think age is just a number. As you get to my age you’re inevitably aware of your mortality and you start thinking, ‘What does that mean to my kids and my grandchildren?’ But I’ve always taken the same attitude: when my time is up, that’s it. Until then, I’m going to have a laugh.”
Paul McCartney’s Australian tour starts in Perth on December 2.


PAUL AND SONY SETTLE BEATLES COPYRIGHT SUIT

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Paul and Sony have settled the lawsuit he filed back in January to reclaim the copyright to some of his earliest songs with the Beatles.
Paul and Sony/ATV Music Publishing have settled out of court. Details of the settlement are unknown.
“The parties have resolved this matter by entering into a confidential settlement agreement and jointly request that the Court enter the enclosed proposed order dismissing the above-referenced action without prejudice,” McCartney’s attorney, Michael Jacobs, told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

Paul lost the rights to the Beatles catalog back in 1985, when Michael Jackson outbid him when they went up for sale. Jackson paid more than $47 million for ATV, the company that had owned copyrights to Beatles songs since 1967. A decade later, Jackson sold half of his share to Sony for $100 million. Following Jackson’s death in 2009, his estate sold the remaining shares to Sony for $750 million in 2016. McCartney has been wrangling to get them back since then.
According to the Copyright Act, songs written before 1978, like the entire Beatles catalog, revert back to the composers after 56 years. McCartney’s songs, written with John Lennon, would therefore start becoming available in 2018, and continue reverting annually through the anniversary of the Beatles’ dissolution in 2025.
While it looks like Paul will once again take ownership of his songs sometime next year, the order states that the New York federal court will “enforce the terms of the parties’ Settlement Agreement, should a dispute arise.”