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THE ART OF RINGO STARR EXHIBIT IN BOSTON

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Each piece of art is individually numbered and hand-signed by Ringo with 100% of Ringo’s proceeds going towards the Lotus Foundation.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band are going back on tour and the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont Street in Boston, MA is celebrating their sold-out June 2nd engagement with a very special exhibition and sale featuring hand-signed, limited-edition artworks created by Ringo Starr, Tuesday, May 31st through Thursday, June 2nd.

Each piece of art is individually numbered and hand-signed by Ringo with 100% of Ringo’s proceeds going towards the Lotus Foundation. The Ringo Starr Art Show is free and open to the public from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday the 31st; 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Wednesday, June 1st and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on concert day, Thursday, June 2nd. The exhibit and sale will also be open to Ringo Starr ticket holders on Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 6:30pm and continuing through the end of the concert.
There will also be a special reception open to the public on Wednesday, June 1st from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
The exhibition will be offering signed copies of his art book “Painting is my Madness Too – The ART of Ringo Starr.”
Special Premium art purchasers will have an opportunity to participate in a Zoom video call with Ringo. Ringo’s recent release was entitled “Zoom In.” featuring his latest song ‘Zoom In, Zoom Out’. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a special way for Ringo to reconnect with his fans and to express his gratitude for the people who support his charity the Lotus Foundation.

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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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