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August 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
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April 25, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Paul McCartney will return to Los Angeles with an Aug. 10 date at Dodger Stadium, his first major L.A.-area concert since a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. A public on-sale for the concert, part of McCartney's "Out There" tour, is set for May 5, but various pre-sales will enable fans to purchase tickets as early as April 29.  Tickets for the Goldenvoice-promoted concert start at $25 and stretch to $250, not including additional surcharges. Those with the first crack at tickets will be those signed up to the mailing list on McCartney's website , which fans can do now. The site's presale will begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.  Following the PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale, preference will then be given to American Express credit card holders, who can purchase tickets beginning May 1 at 10 a.m. The remaining tickets will go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. via the Dodgers website .  The past year, like almost every year since 1964, has seen a bustle of Beatles-related activity.
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August 16, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The members of incarcerated Russian punk band Pussy Riot have gained a powerful new ally in their battle with Russian authorities over freedom of speech: Paul McCartney. The former Beatle has come out in support of the female trio, whose members have been in jail for five months since mounting a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral. They are facing possible seven-year prison terms. PHOTOS: Russian punk rockers on trial McCartney, who performed in Red Square in 2003 in front of a massive audience that included Putin, has posted a letter of support on his web site for the three musicians stating: “Dear Nadya, Katya and Masha, “I'm writing to show my support for you at this difficult time.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
He was booed at Dodger Stadium and two days later wasn't even the most fawned over Paul in his own building. Whoever cued up the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" inside Staples Center on Sunday might as well have been playing an ode to Chris Paul. The song was intended as a tribute to Paul McCartney, who rose from his seat across from the Clippers' bench in the first quarter of their 120-97 victory over the Lakers and obligingly danced when shown on the scoreboard. But there was certainly an undercurrent of truth to the words as they relate to the point guard, who somehow still irks giant swaths of a city simply because he plays for the Clippers instead of its beloved Lakers.
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April 25, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Paul McCartney will return to Los Angeles with an Aug. 10 date at Dodger Stadium, his first major L.A.-area concert since a two-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. A public on-sale for the concert, part of McCartney's "Out There" tour, is set for May 5, but various pre-sales will enable fans to purchase tickets as early as April 29.  Tickets for the Goldenvoice-promoted concert start at $25 and stretch to $250, not including additional surcharges. Those with the first crack at tickets will be those signed up to the mailing list on McCartney's website , which fans can do now. The site's presale will begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.  Following the PaulMcCartney.com pre-sale, preference will then be given to American Express credit card holders, who can purchase tickets beginning May 1 at 10 a.m. The remaining tickets will go on sale May 5 at 10 a.m. via the Dodgers website .  The past year, like almost every year since 1964, has seen a bustle of Beatles-related activity.
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July 31, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON---The 2012 London Olympics may have spent $42 million to stage its massively theatrical opening ceremony, but hardly any of that money went to the man who closed the evening with a rendition of "Hey Jude. " Paul McCartney performed for an unprincely sum of 1 pound - about $1.50 - at Olympic Stadium on Friday night. The former Beatle and other musicians in the Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza, such as Mike Oldfield and Emeli Sandé, offered to play for free but were paid a pittance for contractual purposes.
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December 13, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The reunion of the three surviving members of Nirvana with guest singer Paul McCartney for the “121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief” brought the first live performance of a new song they'd created together while jamming recently, the ex-Beatle said on introducing “Cut Me Some Slack” during their time together at Madison Square Garden. “Recently, some guys asked me to go jam with them,” McCartney told the crowd. “So I showed up, like you do, ready to jam. And in the middle of it, these guys kept going, 'We haven't played together for years.' So the penny finally dropped, I finally understood I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.” The new song, not surprisingly, is a driving rock workout with a heavy backbeat full of distortion-drenched electric guitar work by Pat Smear in tandem with stinging slide guitar leads by McCartney, a sonic assault not far removed from one of the Beatles' signature hard rockers, “Helter Skelter.” A bit more surprisingly, McCartney's instrumental contribution came on a humble cigar-box guitar he played with a slide.
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January 13, 2012
Paul McCartney will be feted Feb. 10, two nights before this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, at a star-studded dinner at the Los Angeles Convention Center to raise funds and awareness of the Recording Academy's MusiCares philanthropic wing, which aids musicians in need of emergency financial or medical assistance, help with substance abuse and other issues. As previously announced, McCartney has been named the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year, the Recording Academy's annual honorarium recognizing musicians' artistic and philanthropic efforts.
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December 12, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy and Todd Martens
How's this for rock history in the making? Paul McCartney is expected to front a Nirvana reunion tonight, according to a flurry of online reports. McCartney will reportedly step in for late frontman Kurt Cobain as surviving members of the pioneering grunge band reunite for Wednesday night's Sandy relief concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The 70-year-old Beatles icon is said to have been secretly working with Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic following a recent studio session, according to The Sun . THE ENVELOPE: Grammy Awards 2013 Cobain and Novoselic formed Nirvana in the late 1980s, with Grohl joining as drummer in 1990.
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December 15, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A new Paul McCartney studio recording will have its world premiere on Sunday's edition of “Breakfast With the Beatles” on KLOS-FM (95.5). Host Chris Carter will unveil the track during the “This Week in Beatle News” segment, he told Pop & Hiss. Hollywood Star Walk:  The Beatles  |  Paul McCartney  |  Ringo Starr  |  John Lennon  | George Harrison  He said he couldn't share details about the performance other than to say it features the ex-Beatle “and some very special guests.” Carter said McCartney's representatives told him that he wanted to premiere the cut on the program billed as "America's longest-running Beatles show" devoted to the music of the Fab Four and its members' solo careers.
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March 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
There aren't a lot of university radio stations that that can claim a Beatle among their fans, but Cal State Northridge-based public station KCSN-FM (88.5) just became one. “Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record,” station program director Sky Daniels tells Pop & Hiss. “He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his 'friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.' " The impromptu phone call turned into an hourlong discussion about the recent 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” McCartney's latest project (composing music for an animated film)
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February 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The ante is upped measurably for the latest all-star benefit show staged by the Wild Honey Foundation: a varied assemblage of singers and musicians, mostly Los Angeles-based, who will perform two of the Beatles' most highly regarded albums, “Revolver” and “Abbey Road,” on Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, a venue nearly quadruple the size of the site of last year's show. “This is the biggest show we've ever done,” said organizer Paul Rock. “The Wilshire Ebell holds about 1,200, which is giant for us. Last year's show was at the El Portal [in North Hollywood]
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February 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- Television viewers tuning in for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night should not expect a reprise of the 2012 London Games opener. In other words, there will be no Paul McCartney singing "Hey Jude. " "Unfortunately, we cannot boast a plethora of famous, world-known pop stars," producer Konstantin Ernst said. "This is why were are now focusing on what Russia is best known for musically around the world -- namely classical music. " Sochi organizers have kept a tight lid on preparations, but let a few details slip Friday morning.
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February 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
As the countdown continues toward Sunday's 50 th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, more activities are on tap to mark the occasion. Capitol Records will project a photo of the Fab Four in front of an American flag-- not coincidentally the same shot used on the cover of the newly released box set “The Beatles - The U.S. Albums” - onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. The projection also will include The Beatles 50 logo created for the occasion.
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February 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
On Feb.. 7, 1964 -- 50 years ago today -- John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in the United States and in so doing turned Beatlemania worldwide. “It is now 6:30 a.m., Beatle time,” enthused a WMCA radio DJ. “They left London thirty minutes ago. They're out over the Atlantic Ocean, headed for New York. The temperature is 32 Beatle degrees.” That little piece of hype comes from Philip Norman's 1981 group biography " Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation ," which remains one of the two or three best books I've ever read about the band.
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January 29, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of shows coming up this week in and around L.A.: Brian Charette Trio : Maybe it's the burden of the equipment, but Hammond B-3 players can seem in short supply lately. Fortunately there's New York City keyboardist Charette, whose 2013 solo album,  "Borderline," features just the right proportions of refinement and rambunctiousness. Charette will only continue venturing into wilder waters here, backed by drummer Andy Sanesi and L.A.-raised guitarist Rez Abbasi, whose own work explores the intersection between jazz and Indian classical music.
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July 24, 2012 | By Bill Plaschke
The song suddenly cut through the steamy humidity of London's Olympic Park on Tuesday like a familiar breeze. Somebody inside Olympic Stadium was singing "Hey, Jude. " Touring the park with the Chicago Tribune's Phil Hersh on Tuesday, I stopped outside the gigantic venue and openly wondered. Why would the Olympic folks be blaring the most iconic Beatles song in the middle of a weekday afternoon? Or was some cover band actually in the stadium singing it? We walked up to an Olympic worker and asked, "Where is that song coming from?"
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July 16, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Sir Paul McCartney or no Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the ex-Beatle were told “you can't do that” when they ran past the curfew time imposed on concerts in London's Hyde Park, causing organizers of the festival they were playing Saturday to pull the plug  on the closing minutes of their performance. Springsteen and the E Street Band were headlining the Hard Rock Calling Festival at Hyde Park, where Springsteen played in 2009 in a show released last year on DVD, and after a three-hour set, he called  McCartney up for an encore of “Twist and Shout/La Bamba” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” Here's some video footage before the audio was cut. But before they could finish, festival officials cut the power, citing a 10:30 p.m. curfew on Hyde Park events.
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January 27, 2014 | By Gerrick Kennedy
One Grammy winner feeling some Beatlemania on Sunday? Dave Grohl. The rocker nabbed one of the telecast's first wins when he was awarded the Grammy for best rock song for “Cut Me Some Slack,” a collaboration from his “Sound City” soundtrack that features Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Backstage, Grohl couldn't help but revel in the close relationship he's built with McCartney, who was being celebrated by the Grammys all weekend in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing "The Ed Sullivan Show.
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January 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang. A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday. "We're incredibly excited about this number," said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement to Spin . "There's nothing better than when the Grammys rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.
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