December 13, 2012 |
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.
July 31, 2012 |
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.
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.
December 12, 2012 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
Great, just what the world needs: more enthusiasm for something Beatles-related. It's a little tiresome, after all, this relentless fawning. Seems like every fiscal quarter something else pops up: an anniversary, reissue, Cirque du Soleil production, documentary, or surprising new solo album. Can't we give it a rest and focus on, say, the Kinks, James Brown or Pulp for a while? PHOTOS: The Early Beatles Collection Not while a Beatle's still making records as consistent and well-crafted as "New.
September 24, 2013 |
Paul McCartney doesn't really need the publicity, but when he desires it he sure can make a dent. On Monday he and his band shut down a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard to perform a handful of songs for a lucky few thousand as part of "Jimmy Kimmel Live. " Many in the crowd had been waiting much of the day for a chance to catch the ex-Beatle in action. Flanked by the El Capitan and Dolby theaters, McCartney was pushing his forthcoming album "New" by doing a few songs for TV, but stuck around for a set that included older songs we wanted to hear.