August 16, 2012 |
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.
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.
April 25, 2014 |
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.
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.