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Red Rose Speedway and Wild Life to be Added McCartney Archive Collection

Paul announces reissues of 'Wild Life' and 'Red Rose Speedway' + 'Wings 1971-73'

TWO NEW MILESTONES ADDED TO THE GRAMMY-WINNING ARCHIVE COLLECTION

PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: WILD LIFE
PAUL McCARTNEY AND WINGS: RED ROSE SPEEDWAY

LIMITED NUMBERED DELUXE EDITIONS TO INCLUDE REMASTERED ORIGINAL ALBUMS, BONUS TRACKS, PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS, RARE AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN VIDEO, EXCLUSIVE BOOKS FEATURING NEW INTERVIEWS WITH PAUL, PHOTOS, ARTWORK, AND MUCH MORE

TO BE RELEASED 7TH DECEMBER, 2018 VIA MPL/CAPITOL/UMe

Paul proudly announces the 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi-format installments of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection, to be released December 7, 2018 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.

First up is the four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) limited deluxe edition of Wild Life, the debut album from Wings, originally released December 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney (with the exception of a cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘Love Is Strange’), Wild Life is beloved by fans for its raw and direct vibe – having been recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take. Wild Life’s limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. The set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The Wild Life deluxe package includes a 128-page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album – including track-by-track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. Wild Life’s download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

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Ringo Starr is Dan Rather’s special guest for “The Big Interview’s” 100th Episode on October 2

AXS TV’s The Big Interview With Dan Rather celebrates its landmark 100THepisode with an exclusive sit-down with The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, kicking off the second-half of the series’ sixth season on Tuesday, October 2, at 9pE/6pP. During the candid conversation, Starr goes in-depth sharing stories from his acclaimed career as he talks about about his endless love of performing, his fateful introduction to the drums as a child during one of many arduous hospital stays, maintaining his sense of authenticity through the superstardom, and the brotherhood of The Beatles, while delving into his highly successful career traveling around the world with his spectacular All-Starr Band, performing rock n’ roll classics with a revolving roster of his famous friends and fellow legends.#

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LET IT BE CAST TAKE A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR TO ABBEY ROAD

 Cast take a break from rehearsals to recreate

iconic Beatles picture on 49th anniversary

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The cast of Let It Be took a break from rehearsals in London this morning (Wednesday 8 August) to become Day Trippers on a Magical Mystery Tour to recreate one of The Beatles’ most iconic images.

 

Today marks the 49th anniversary since the world-famous Abbey Road crossing photograph was actually taken.

 

To mark the anniversary, Let It Be’s very own Fab Four followed in the footsteps of the biggest band in music history.

 

The cast pulled on their costumes to recreate the iconic Abbey Road album cover picture at 11.30am – 49 years to the day and the exact time when it was photographed by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan on 8 August 1969.

 

West End smash hit show Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles returns to stages this Summer and Autumn to premiere the new updated show to audiences across the UK and Ireland. Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music – from the early beginnings to the height of Beatlemania.

 

In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be invited to Imagine what it would be like to see The Beatles reunite for one night only.

 

The second act is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four once again Come Together to perform. The concert that never was.

 

In two weeks, the updated Let It Be production will be premiered in the UK and Ireland when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday 21 August 2018.

 

The show will then embark on a UK and Ireland tour visiting the Everyman in Cheltenham; Liverpool Empire; Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall; the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin; New Theatre in Hull; Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre; Orchard Theatre in Dartford; and Manchester’ Opera House.

 

The show will then head to Europe and overseas, with the international tour taking in countries including Germany and North America. It is also hoped that the show will return to a London theatre in late 2018 or early 2019.

 

A cast of talented musicians will play the Fab Four. The performers have already toured the show to entertain on some of the biggest stages in the world including Broadway.

 

The Let It Be cast are Michael Gagliano from Woking (John Lennon); Emanuele Angeletti from Italy (Paul McCartney); Irish/Australian John Brosnan (George Harrison); and Ben Cullingworth, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire (Ringo Starr). The band will be joined on stage throughout the tour by musical director Michael Bramwell on keyboards.

 

Michael Gagliano has already appeared as John Lennon in the new Let It Be show in North America, Canada and Japan, as well as on the West End with the original show.

 

Michael commented: “To stand on the Abbey Road crossing exactly 49 years to the day and time since John, Paul, George and Ringo did just that, and being dressed as they were, is mind blowing. I’m sure they would never have imagined that almost half a century later people would still be visiting the crossing to recreate that iconic album cover picture for themselves.”

 

Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com

Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour

Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour

 

LET IT BE UK 2018 TOUR

 

CARDIFF

Wales Millennium Centre

Tuesday 21 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

029 2063 6464

www.wmc.org.uk

 

CHELTENHAM

Everyman

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018

01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

 

LIVERPOOL

Empire Theatre

Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018

0844 871 3017

www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

 

NOTTINGHAM

Royal Concert Hall

Tuesday 11 September – Saturday 15 September 2018

0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

 

DUBLIN

Gaiety Theatre

Monday 17 September – Saturday 22 September 2018

08 18 719 388

http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/

 

HULL

New Theatre

Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018

01482 300306

www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

 

EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre

Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018

0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

 

DARTFORD

Orchard Theatre

Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018

01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

 

MANCHESTER

Opera House

Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October 2018

0844 871 3018

www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/

 

LIB Abbey Road 2018 {Matt Ford Photography}
LIB Abbey Road {Matt Ford Photography}

The evolution of Liverpool’s iconic Jacaranda that ‘launched’ The Beatles

The Jacaranda, or the Jac as it’s widely known, has been firmly cemented in Liverpool’s music history since it opened in 1958.

And today, more than ever, it’s an exemplary venue for the the city’s rich music heritage.

Sure, back in the day it gave us The Beatles but now 60 years later The Jac is still making waves in the city.

The Jac was founded by Allan Williams who was known for being the Fab Four’s first manager.

He leased an old watch repair shop and transformed it into a coffee bar where John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe and Paul McCartney were known to be frequent customers.

Back then, the band was called The Silver Beetles and Williams gave the lads a chance to perform and rehearse in the venue.

The Silver Beetles even performed at the venue and were paid with beans on toast and Coca-Cola and they’d fill in for the normal house band, The Royal Caribbean Steel Band every Monday night.

Under Williams management, The Beatles booked tour of Hamburg in August 1960 before they parted ways and started work with Brian Epstein.

While many people will know the Jac for this reason, managing director Graham Stanley told the ECHO there’s much more to the venue than that.

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Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney – 76 Years old today! I wonder whether we are going to get any special announcement about a tour and an album today – Paul’s been leading up to it for a while, with all the cryptic photos posted on his social media.

Anyway, to celebrate, here are a few photos I’ve taken of Paul over the years.

Paul McCartney outside AIR Studios 1982

Paul McCartney with Richard Porter, Abbey Road Studios 1997

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New Yellow Submarine Picture Disc to be Released

This July marks the 50th anniversary of our animated classic film, Yellow Submarine.

On its release in 1968, Yellow Submarine was instantly recognised as a landmark achievement. The film combined pioneering animation techniques, dazzling visual invention, witty dialogue and of course glorious music.

As part of the celebrations, we are releasing this picture disc of the title song, Yellow Submarine b/w Eleanor Rigby, which together was originally released as the band’s 13th single in August 1966.

Get yours at: https://TheBeatles.lnk.to/YellowSubmarinePictureDisc

The limited edition 7” features images taken from the high resolution 4K restoration of the film. Come join us 80,000 leagues under the sea, to a place where peace, love and music reign supreme!