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Paul McCartney Announces One On One 2017 U.S. Tour

posted by Oscar April 25, 2017

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The legendary Paul McCartney is coming back Stateside this year! McCartney has announced a new run of U.S. dates to his One On One Tour.

The former Beatle will kick things off July 5th at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena and continue to cities and metropolitan areas that had not seen a Paul McCartney concert in quite some time — or ever at all. Cities like Tampa, FL; Des Moines, IA; and Omaha, NE will welcome McCartney back for the first time since his 2005 US Tour. One On One will take Paul to three cities and venues he’s never played before: July 13th at the Infinity Energy Arena in Duluth, GA, July 15th at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA, and July 19th at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita KS. The tour’s July run concludes on the 25th at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park in Tinley Park IL—Paul’s first appearance in the region since his now-legendary 2015 Lollapalooza headline performance (I was there and it was indeed legendary… my 2nd favorite concert ever [s/o The Strokes in 2003]).

Check out the full One On One 2017 tour dates along with on-sale details. Continue Reading

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Paul McCartney Does The #MannequinChallenge While “Black Beatles” is Playing

posted by Oscar November 10, 2016

This cannot be topped; #MannequinChallenge has reached its peak! Paul McCartney, former bassist and co-founder of legendary band The Beatles, is the latest to participate in #MannequinChallenge trend and his clip is dope-ly meta with its use of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.”

Like I said, this cannot be topped! Enjoy the clip above.

Hear “Black Beatles” below. Continue Reading

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Video: Paul McCartney Brings Out Rihanna To Perform “FourFiveSeconds” at Desert Trip

posted by Oscar October 16, 2016

For the second weekend of Desert Trip, Paul McCartney wowed the onlooking crowd by doing a live rendition of “FourFiveSeconds,” and did so with the help of his surprise guest Rihanna. The pair, who collaborated for the track along with Kanye West, performed the song together with McCartney taking over Yeezy’s vocals while playing the guitar part that he contributed on the studio version. See that emotive live collab above.

Desert Trip is the new music festival that brought together iconic Rockers like The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and the former Beatle all on the same for the first time.

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Video: Paul McCartney and Neil Young Perform Beatles Songs at Desert Trip

posted by Oscar October 9, 2016

The second night of the inaugural Desert Trip festival featured Paul McCartney and Neil Young on the same bill. During McCartney’s set he recruited Young to help him play some Beatles classics together.

The pair did Sgt. Pepper’s “A Day In The Life,” which gave way to John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance.” McCartney and Young also played the White Album‘s “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road,” which was the first time the former Beatle performed the track live. See the latter, played in an extended and lavish manner, below. Continue Reading

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Paul McCartney Signs with Capitol Records

posted by Oscar August 17, 2016

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Big news today from Paul McCartney, as Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett has announced that the British icon has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Records.

This historic contract encompasses McCartney‘s entire body of post-Beatles work, starting with his 1970 McCartney album and moving onto his decade with Wings, along with the dozens of solo and collaborative works following that. In a career that spans six decades, McCartney has sold more than 500 million records worldwide. He was recently named the United Kingdom’s most successful albums artist of all time by the Official Albums Chart Company and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his services to music.

21-time Grammy winner McCartney said of the new partnership:

“This is genuinely exciting for me. Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ on the Capitol label.”

According to the news release, we have a couple of forthcoming McCartney projects to look forward to, including a new studio album and a yet-to-be-determined plan for his storied catalog that will be rolled out beginning July 2017. The catalogue moves to Capitol/UMe from Concord.

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Paul McCartney Meets Two of the Little Rock Nine

posted by Oscar May 1, 2016

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History was made last night backstage at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, AZ where Paul McCartney met Mrs. Thelma Mothershed Wair and Ms. Elizabeth Eckford of the Little Rock Nine.

As young students who struggled against segregation, enrolling in the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957, the Little Rock Nine introduced a young Paul to the civil rights movement and inspired the lyrics of “Blackbird.”

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Video: Paul McCartney Brings Out Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic for “Helter Skelter” in Seattle

posted by Oscar April 18, 2016

Paul McCartney’s One On One Tour hit Seattle and while there the former Beatle treated the crowd with a special performance of “Helter Skelter.” Sir Paul invited Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic to play the White Album classic.

Peep the badass footage above.

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Paul McCartney Announces 67-Track Compilation Album: ‘Pure McCartney’

posted by Oscar March 31, 2016
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Music icon Paul McCartney has announced that will be releasing a new compilation album titled Pure McCartney. The 67-track project is a career-spanning collection bringing together the music he created after his triumphant run with The Beatles, and it will include works from his 1970 debut solo album all the way through 2012’s “My Valentine”, 2014’s “Hope For The Future” and 2015’s “Say Say Say” remix.

The album will be available on June 10 in three different formats; 2CD, 4CD and 4LP, all featuring versions of Paul’s greatest solo, Wings and Fireman compositions. The 4CD version features 67 tracks, more than 40 of which were Top 40 hits including “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Mull Of Kintyre,” “Ebony and Ivory,” “DanceTonight” and “New.”

The collection was curated by Sir Paul himself! Speaking on the project:

Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to… Maybe it’s to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career.

He also reflected on the tracklist:

The word ‘career’ is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job… It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I’ve been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others.

Check out the track lists for each format below. Continue Reading

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Paul McCartney Partners with Skype To Compose First Ever Audio Mojis For Valentine’s Day

posted by Oscar February 10, 2016

Ahead of Valentine’s Day weekend, Paul McCartney announces his special partnership with Skype for which the iconic musician composed the first ever audio Mojis to celebrate the holiday.

Paul McCartney and Skype have come together to launch a new range of animated love themed Moji’s featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype’s animated designs. This new set contains ten specially created Moji’s.

Talking about the experience Paul said:

It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging because you suddenly realise you’ve got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds. It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions.  And at the same time it was musical so it was great practice for me in the studio.

Paul recorded his compositions over a week at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex. Using a variety of instruments including guitars, keyboards, drums, xylophone and his voice. In order to give the whole set a signature sound Paul started the compositions on a Moog synthesizer, Paul explained:

I wanted it to sound sort of electronic so I wanted the signature to sound electronic rather than acoustic guitar, for instance. So I got the overall signature on the Moog in order to give it a modern flavor.

See more below. Continue Reading

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Dopest Live Shows of 2015

posted by Oscar December 29, 2015

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If there’s one thing we love here at POD is live music, so for our latest year-end list we want to showcase some of our favorite shows we attended in 2015. Our tickets and press passes pictured above give you a pretty good idea of some of the concerts attended, but we couldn’t possibly fit into this one picture all of the dope sets we experienced all over the country since last year.

Hit the jump and read about which live shows were the dopest of the dope in 2015. Continue Reading

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Paul McCartney Releases Remix of Michael Jackson Collab, “Say Say Say”

posted by Oscar October 6, 2015

Paul McCartney has shared an alternate version of his 1983 track with the late Michael Jackson, “Say Say Say.” The track which will appear on McCartney’s reissue of Pipes of Peace, features newly unearthed vocals from those original sessions.

The former Beatle worked with his engineer Steve Orchard to reimagine that collaboration, incorporating unused vocal tracks from Jackson and switching his part to the opening verses instead of McCartney doing so. McCartney also enlisted Mark “Spent” Stent to give it the final remix.

Peep the new clip/song above.

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The Ten Best Performances of Lollapalooza 2015

posted by Oscar August 4, 2015

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Lollapalooza 2015 just finished off and once again it featured a number of great performances that make you wonder if maybe this was the best Lolla ever. Of course that last statement is debatable, but in the meantime we can zero in on what exactly made this such a great festival.

We saw over two dozen sets and we have narrowed down our list of some of our favorites of everything that went down July 31st-August 2nd at Chicago’s Grant Park. Continue Reading