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PAUL MCCARTNEY: “WE SAID WE´D COME BACK, AND WE GOT BACK”

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Paul McCartney Duets With John Lennon, Honors George Harrison at Joyous Tour Kickoff

“We said we’d come back, and we got back,” Paul McCartney told the crowd at his first show since the pandemic hit.
Paul McCartney led his band through a smorgasbord of Beatles, Wings, and solo classics — including portions of the famed Side Two medley from Abbey Road and some surprise vocals from John Lennon. 

“Well, we said we’d come back, and we got back,” Paul told the crowd at the Spokane Arena. “And believe me,” he said. “We’re really happy to be back. I’m gonna take a moment for myself to drink it all in.”

Paul McCartney last toured in 2019; a 2020 Europe run was squashed by the pandemic. In the meantime, he recorded the solo LP McCartney III, playing nearly all the parts himself, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II — an approach well-suited to Covid isolation. He’s also basking in the renewed interest in all things Beatles that Jackson’s film has sparked.

The show was one long set of Beatles, Wings, and McCartney tunes — and plenty of storytelling. McCartney, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., guitarist Rusty Anderson, and guitarist-bassist Brian Ray, opened with the early Beatles hit “Can’t Buy Me Love” and a heavy take on Wings’ riff rocker “Junior’s Farm.” The Hot City Horns (saxophonist Kenji Fenton, trumpeter Mike Davis, and trombonist Paul Burton) joined for Wings’ “Letting Go,” and lent tight and tasteful brass harmony across the night.


Paul played his iconic fiddle-shaped Höfner bass — but also electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, and both upright and baby-grand pianos. The big screen behind the stage shone with images from across McCartney’s history, with animations of the young Beatles, and montages of that band in joyous form from Get Back, with psychedelic cartoons in the vein of Yellow Submarine.

During “Getting Better,” rubble in images of post-apocalyptic New York, London, and Paris yielded to sprouting vines and burgeoning flowers, emphasizing the night’s theme of rebirth.

Midshow, the core band came out front and played in front of a projected tin-roof shack, like an old juke joint. Paul talked about recording the first Beatles demo, “In Spite of All the Danger.” Then the band played it, a doo-wop tune with a country lilt and cowboy harmonies, followed by “Love Me Do” and McCartney’s 2007 single “Dance Tonight.”


Paul stepped forward onto another stage that lifted him halfway to the lighting trusses for a solo “Blackbird” on acoustic guitar, while birds and trees glimmered all around him. He dedicated “Here Today” to Lennon, and expressed regret that he hadn’t properly told his old friend he loved him while he had the chance.

A few songs later, Paul paid tribute to George Harrison, playing George’s “Something” on a ukulele that had been a gift from him.

He introduced “an old one,” which turned out to be “You Never Give Me Your Money,” the kickoff to the cinematic suite that occupies the second half of Abbey Road, played live for the first time in close to 20 years — with the band filling out the Beatles’ harmonies. Then came later Abbey Road medley song “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” leading into “Get Back.” The Let It Be closer was clearly the night’s theme song, and it got the sometimes-subdued small-city crowd on its feet. The string of big guns that followed kept them there: Wings anthem “Band on the Run,” “Let It Be” (with Paul on baby grand), and a shocking “Live and Let Die” with full pyrotechnics — explosions, shooting columns of flame, and fireworks.


Paul played “Hey Jude” on the shiny black baby grand — then the band departed.

They returned not with instruments, but with flags — for the U.S., the U.K., and Washington state — and Paul waving the blue-and-yellow banner of war-torn Ukraine.

“We’ve got something a bit special for you here,” Paul said, and the band started “I’ve Got a Feeling.” Lennon appeared on the big screen, and it took a moment to register that the band was playing — and McCartney singing — with his isolated vocals from the Beatles’ final live set, on the roof of Apple Records in 1969. (McCartney said Jackson had texted him, “We can extract John’s voice, and he san sing with you. I said, ‘Oh, yeah!’”)

“Everybody had a hard year,” Lennon sang. And it was true.

The band played “Birthday” and “Helter Skelter,” which was appropriately heavy — and perhaps a bit lost on the high-desert crowd.

“Yeah, we all got back,” McCartney said at the end of the night. “Together in the same room.”

And now, he said, it’s time to go home, before returning to the Abbey Road medley to close with “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.”

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MAYOR WOODWARD DECLARES APRIL 28, 2022 AS PAUL MCCARTNEY DAY

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Mayor Woodward declares April 28, 2022 as Paul McCartney Day.
Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward signed a proclamation declaring April 28, 2022, the date of McCartney’s tour stop in Spokane, as Paul McCartney Day. Below is the official proclamation from the Mayor:
 


In honor of Paul McCartney launching his new tour in Spokane, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward signed a proclamation declaring April 28, 2022, as Paul McCartney Day.

According to the proclamation, Paul McCartney Day will be held “in recognition of his lasting influence on the music industry and in celebration of his Got Back tour kickoff in Spokane.” 

McCartney is performing at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena tonight, April 28, 2022. Paul is set to take the stage at approximately 8 p.m. The doors to the Arena will open at 6 p.m. 

Mayor Woodward noted McCartney’s “long upstanding musical trajectory” and his contribution to helping raise billions of dollars for charities through personal donations and performances at historical benefit concerts.

The proclamation goes on to note that McCartney is one of the most prolific songwriters in music history. 

He has sold millions of records, recorded dozens of number one hits, and influenced other musicians. McCartney’s songs span over six decades, including post-Beatles hits such as Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey from 1971, Band of the Run in 1973, Mull of Kintyre in 1978, Ebony and Ivory in 1982, to mention others.

“Spokane is excited and honored to welcome Paul McCartney, performing his first show ever in our City and making the debut of the 13-city national tour Got Back,” Woodward said in the proclamation. 


Paul McCartney will visit Spokane Arena as part of his ‘Paul McCartney Got Back’ tour tonight, marking the first time the former Beatle will play in Spokane.

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JULIAN LENNON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “JUDE”

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Julian Lennon is gearing up to release his seventh studio album.
Julian decided to name his new project JUDE, which in an homage to “Hey Jude” — The Beatles song Paul McCartney wrote to comfort 5-year-old Julian when his parents separated. The song, of course, became one the band’s biggest hits.

“Many of these songs have been in the works for several years, so it almost feels like a coming-of-age album,” Julian explained in a statement. “With great respect for the overwhelming significance of the song written for me, the title JUDE conveys the very real journey of my life that these tracks represent.”

He plans to release the album’s first two tracks — “Every Little Moment” and “Freedom” — on April 8.

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MURAL OF RINGO STARR COMPLETED ON FORMER LOCAL PUB

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A mural of Ringo Starr, commissioned by Liverpool artist John Culshaw, is unveiled on the gable end of the Empress Pub on Admiral Street
A huge mural of Ringo Starr has been completed on the site of a former pub a stone’s throw from the former Beatle’s childhood home in Liverpool. He was born just around the corner from the pub, in Madryn Street in the Dingle area of south Liverpool.

Growing up, he lived close by in Admiral Grove from the age of six. His mother, Elsie, worked as a barmaid at the pub in High Park Street, Toxteth, before Ringo, then known as Richard Starkey, found fame and fortune in the Fab Four.


The musician later paid tribute to his local, The Empress, on the cover of his first solo album, Sentimental Journey. Despite closing down a number of years ago, The Empress is a destination for Beatles fans taking in the city, with tourists frequently visiting the landmark.
The new mural has been painted by Liverpool artist John Culshaw. Culshaw has also painted a number of football-themed murals across the city.

A Beatles-themed hotel has been rumoured for the building, but, according to Liverpool City Council planning documents, the former pub is to be converted into a house of multiple occupancy.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY SENT A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE UKRAINIANS

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Paul McCartney made reference on his social networks to russian invasion in ukraine: assured “to be thinking of the Ukrainians in these difficult times”. “We send you our love and support”he claimed.

The artist (and also activist) recalled on Twitter the concert he gave in Kiev in 2008 at Independence Square.

What’s more, invited to collaborate with Unicef, Save the Children and the British Red Cross.

As the world turns its eyes on Ukraine, Paul retrieved footage from the free show called Independence Concert.

In the video you can see the interpretation of “Give Peace a Chance”, de John Lennon. that recital was held outdoors on June 14, 2008before some 350 thousand people.

In addition, the event was broadcast on giant screens in many of the largest cities in the country.

The chronicles of the moment describe a torrential rain that same day. It is estimated that more than 10 million people saw that presentation.

The musician shared the images of the event that took place in 2008, in Kiev.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE!

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