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Paul McCartney Announces New 2020 #FreshenUpTour Dates!

THE ‘FRESHEN UP’ TOUR 2020
Paul announces live shows for 2020 as his highly acclaimed and unmissable Freshen Up tour prepares to take to the road again

4th June – HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany

“I have such incredible memories of my time in Germany and always enjoy every time I get to go back. Unbelievably it’s 17 years ago since my last show in Hanover. Can’t wait to see you all.” – Paul

Following months of speculation, and having just been announced as the headline act for Glastonbury Festival’s 50th anniversary, Paul today announces a one off special show in Germany to take place in 2020 – four years after his last concert there. It will also be just over 30 years since Paul played his first ever solo show in Germany.

Pre-sale Information:
Pre-sale tickets will be available to purchase for Paul’s Hannover show in Germany from 10 am local time on Wednesday 27th November. To purchase pre-sale tickets, click the link below and enter the password: FRESHENUPHANNOVER

4th June @ HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany
GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! / PASSWORD: FRESHENUPHANNOVER

Having wrapped up the most recent leg of the tour with a sold-out show at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium in July, Paul has already performed 39 huge shows across 12 different countries since he launched the Freshen Up global tour.  Winning five-star reviews from critics and fans alike all over the world, the Freshen Up tour which draws in crowds of all ages and backgrounds, showcases Paul’s unparalleled career as both a phenomenal songwriter and performer that confirm his universal appeal.

With songs like ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Band on the Run’ and  ‘Let It Be’ the Paul McCartney live experience is everything any music lover could ever want from a rock show: Nearly three hours of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music, dozens of songs from Paul’s solo, Wings and of course Beatles catalogues that have formed the soundtracks of our lives.  Paul and his band have performed in an unparalleled range of venues and locations throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and all points between: outside the Coliseum in Rome, Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, The White House, a free show in Mexico for over 400,000 people, the last ever show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert in 1966, a 2016 week in the California desert that included two headline sets at the historic Desert Trip festival and a jam-packed club gig  for a few hundred lucky fans at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and even one performance broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 15+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – and constantly upgraded state of the art audio and video technology that ensures an unforgettable experience from every seat in the house, a Paul McCartney concert is never anything short of life-changing.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am local time on Friday 29th November HERE! 

2020 Tour Dates

23rd May         Pierre Mauroy Stadium, Lille, France
26th May         La Defense Arena, Paris, France
29th May        Goffert Park, Nijmegen, Netherlands
31st May         Stadium Matmut, Bordeaux, France
4th June      HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany
7th June          Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France
10th June        Piazza Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
13th June        Mura Storiche, Lucca, Italy
21st June        TW Classic Festival, Werchter, Belguim

The Beatles’ first demo tape owned by Brian Epstein to auction at Sotheby’s

Brian Epstein’s personal copy of The Beatles first demo tape will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s next month, in a special auction dedicated to the Fab Four.

The tape, which the band recorded for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, was famously rejected by A&R boss Dick Rowe who told Epstein that “guitar bands are on the way out”.

This version of the demo recording is unique, with slightly longer versions of songs which mark it out as being Brian Epstein’s personal copy.

The reel-to-reel tape was one of two given to Epstein following the failed studio session, and the only one to survive.

Offered with superb provenance, the tape is now is expected to sell for £50,000 – £70,000 ($65,000 – $91,000)

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Paul McCartney – ‘Home Tonight’ / ‘In A Hurry’ Two New Songs – Out Now!

‘HOME TONIGHT’ / ‘IN A HURRY’
TWO BRAND NEW SONGS OUT NOW ON CAPITOL RECORDS
RECORD STORE DAY / BLACK FRIDAY EXCLUSIVE DOUBLE A-SIDE 7″ PICTURE DISC OUT NOVEMBER 29TH

BUY/STREAM ‘HOME TONIGHT’ / ‘IN A HURRY’ HERE!

In the same week it was confirmed that Paul would headline the Glastonbury Festival in 2020, Paul has released two never-before-heard tracks—’Home Tonight’ and ‘In A Hurry’—out digitally today, and to be followed by a very limited Record Store Day / Black Friday exclusive double A-side 7-inch picture disc single on November 29th.
 
Both ‘Home Tonight’ and ‘In A Hurry’ were recorded during the Greg Kurstin sessions for Paul’s #1 charting album Egypt Station.

The limited edition vinyl picture disc will feature new and exclusively created artwork based upon the parlour game exquisite corpse along with a lyric insert.

Check out the full list and find your nearest record store HERE!

 

In a new book, an insider offers a firsthand look at the Beatles. Here are a few takeaways.

Peter Asher is more than qualified to take us on a journey through the Beatles’ many songs and adventures. He’s a longtime friend of the band, and in the late ’60s was a producer for the Beatles’ Apple label, signing such talents as James Taylor. He’s been producing stars ever since and recently hosted SiriusXM’s radio show about the Fab Four, “From Me to You.” Though hardcore Beatles fans won’t find much that’s terribly surprising about the band in Asher’s new book, “The Beatles from A to Zed,” the writer and producer excels at excavating details and connections that sparkle and entertain.

Adopting Asher’s alphabetical format, here are some delightful — and less-than-delightful — takeaways from Asher’s book. (Space limitations kept me from including the full alphabet.)

A: A is for Abbey Road Studios. It was originally known as EMI Recording Studios and was inaugurated by Sir Edward Elgar, England’s famous classical composer who wrote that school graduation grind, “Pomp and Circumstance.” A is also for allusions. In James Taylor’s song “Carolina in My Mind, he mentions “the holy host of others standing around me.” That “holy host,” Asher reveals, is the Beatles. The title of Paul McCartney’s song “Queenie Eye” alludes to a Liverpool street game, but Asher, a well-off Londoner, has never heard of it. (One point for working-class Liverpool.)

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Beatles lawsuit filed in South Florida alleges trademark infringement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A lawsuit filed in South Florida on behalf of a London company owned by former members of the Beatles is seeking damages and injunctive relief against a group of defendants allegedly profiting from products featuring trademarked phrases.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeks to quash the sale of counterfeit goods using the trademarked phrases “The Beatles,” “Beatles” and “Yellow Submarine.”

It lists the plaintiffs as Apple Corps Ltd. — owned by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison — and Subafilms Ltd. — an affiliated film production company that owns the rights to the English rock band’s 1968 animated movie.

The defendants in the lawsuit are described as “individuals, partnerships and unincorporated associations.”

According to the lawsuit, the defendants are “offering goods using counterfeit and confusingly similar imitations” of those available at the band’s official online store, using deceptive domain names and seller identifications intended to mislead consumers.

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Paul McCartney Announces Concerts in Italy

Paul McCartney announces live shows for 2020 as his highly acclaimed and unmissable Freshen Up tour prepares to take to the road again

10th June – Piazza Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
13th June – Mura Storiche, Lucca, Italy

Following confirmation of his headline slot at the 2020 Glastonbury Festival next June, Paul today announces two shows in Italy to take place in 2020 – seven years after his last concert there – as well as seeing him visit Lucca for the first time.

Pre-sale Information
Pre-sale tickets will be available to purchase for the above Italy shows from 10am local time on Friday 22nd November. To purchase pre-sale tickets, click the link below and enter the password:

10th June @ Piazza Plebiscito Naples GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! / PASSWORD: FRESHENUPNAPOLI
13th June @ Mura Storiche Lucca GET PRE-SALE TICKETS HERE! / PASSWORD: FRESHENUPLUCCA

Paul to Headline Saturday at Glastonbury Festival 2020

Paul to headline Saturday night at Glastonbury 2020

Paul will headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night of next year’s Glastonbury Festival (June 27th)!

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said: “Having Paul McCartney coming back to headline the Pyramid for the second time next year is an absolute dream come true. There really was no one that we wanted more for the 50th anniversary.”

Paul previously headlined the Festival in 2004.

Paul said: “Hey Glasto – excited to be part of your Anniversary celebrations. See ya next summer!”

Paul McCartney confirms Glastonbury slot with cryptic Twitter post

Macca’s heading to Worthy Farm!

Paul McCartney has seemingly confirmed that he will headline Glastonbury next year, after sharing a cryptic clue on his Twitter account.

The Beatles icon shared an image of American composer Philip Glass, actress Emma Stone and rock legend Chuck Berry. When the surnames of all three are combined, the not-so-subtle clue of “Glass-Stone-Bury” is provided.

It ends months of speculation surrounding a headline slot for Macca at Glastonbury’s fiftieth anniversary next year.

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Photographer of swinging 60s Terry O’Neill dies aged 81

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who chronicled London’s 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81.

O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night after a long illness, his agency said. He had prostate cancer.

“It is with a heavy heart that Iconic Images announces the passing of Terence ‘Terry’ O’Neill, CBE,” a spokeswoman for the agency said. “As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.”

A biography on the agency’s website said: “O’Neill realised that youth culture was a breaking news story on a global scale and began chronicling the emerging faces of film, fashion and music who would go on to define the swinging 60s. By 1965 he was being commissioned by the biggest magazines and newspapers in the world.”

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Paul McCartney on Life, Art and Business After the Beatles

He’s No. 1 in Billboard chart history with The Beatles — plus No. 12 on his own. Now, at 77, Paul McCartney is writing a musical and reclaiming the rights to his Beatles songs in the United States: “If you’re in it, why not win it?”

It’s hard to imagine Paul McCartney coming into the office. He has always been casually cool — first as a mop-topped Beatle, then as the laid-back leader of Wings, and most recently as a stadium-filling solo star. But on a recent sunny London Monday, in the Soho Square townhouse headquarters of his company MPL, there he is, humming to himself and dancing slowly across his cozy office — imposing desk on one end, comfortable sofa on the other — as a Wurlitzer jukebox plays “Friendly Persuasion” by Pat Boone. “I like the melody,” he says.

At 77, McCartney is well past the age — to say nothing of the tax bracket — at which most men are content to stay home. And it would be hard to argue that he wasn’t entitled to take it easy: The Beatles are officially the No. 1 act on Billboard’s ranking of the top-charting artists of all time, and he’s No. 12 as a solo artist (including his work with Wings). Yet he’s as active as ever. Last fall he released Egypt Station, which became his first No. 1 album in the United States since 1982’s Tug of War, after which he embarked on a Freshen Up tour that grossed $129.2 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. He still comes into the office, though, “maybe a day a week,” he says. “And I’m on the phone and email.”

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