Last night, Paul McCartney had more than one trick up his sleeve for his concert at London's 02 Arena. Not only did he play three Beatles tracks that had never been played in the UK before -- "The Night Before," "The Word" and "Come And Get It" -- but he also had a special guest on hand: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood.
A few weeks back, we provided you with a list of 60-plus Beatles songs -- all of which feature guitar solos -- and asked you to vote for the song with the best solo of the bunch. Was it "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"? God, no.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).
Recently, someone opened an old book that happened to be available at a yard sale in Liverpool, England. In it was a folder letter by a young Paul McCartney, offering an audition to a now-unknown drummer in 1960, just days before the Beatles left for a two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany.
It looks like Paul McCartney will be getting married this Sunday, October 9, to New Jersey-raised Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London. The date is important in Beatles history because it happens to be John Lennon's birthday. This morning, London's Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers reported that the event will take place at London's Marylebone Register Office, the same venue where McCartney married his first wife, Linda, in 1969. Linda died of breast cancer in 1998.
Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were among the celebrities present at the London premiere of Martin Scorsese's new film, George Harrison: Living In A Material World, Friday night, October 2.
"The Love You Make," the new feature-length documentary that chronicles Paul McCartney's journey through the streets of New York in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's destruction on September 11, 2001, will be previewed 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8, at select movie theaters across the U.S.
Paul McCartney will release a new orchestral album, Ocean's Kingdom, on October 4 via Hear Music/Telarc. It represents the first time McCartney has written an original orchestral score -- or any kind of music -- specifically for dance.