Paul McCartney

McCartney Compares West To Lennon, Starts An Outcry

By Alyson Camus | May 3, 2015

‘My mum came to me in a dream when she’d died years previously. I was in a bit of a state – it was the Sixties and I was overdoing it. In the dream she said, ‘Don’t worry it’s all going to be fine, just let it be.’ And I woke up and thought, ‘Woah’ and wrote the song.’ And this moving story really inspired Kanye, who said, ‘I’m going to write a song with my mum.’ Macca sat at the piano and they wrote ‘Only One’.

Rock Stars And Their Famous Children

By Iman Lababedi | April 3, 2015

One of the saddest days in the year for me are Father’s Day, it is the one where it becomes clear that I have no children and nieces and nephew aren’t a substitute. It is a day dreamy concern (I don’t like the responsibility of a woman or a cat so it would be a form of hell…) but when you hear songs like this it triggers something. Less the urge to continue the Iman line and much more the urge to be loved

Print Your Own 3D Paul McCartney At Home?

By Alyson Camus | March 20, 2015

‘We’re really excited to say the file is now available to any fan who wishes to try making their own!’ They announced. ‘If you’d like to get your own 3D Paul printed off, you have two options: either find a local or online printing company who can make it for you; or, if you have access to a 3D printer, you can try printing your own!

Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Paul Simon On Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special, February 15th, 2015, Reviewed

By Iman and hel | February 16, 2015

Simon, in a gorgeous suit, looked great and, like the other great Paul earlier in the evening, was in superb voice. There is nothing to complain about really, and at the top of the show with Paul auditioning to be host (“I told you we should have done ‘Sound Of Silence'” Simon quips) proves he still has great comic timing.

The Complete Uselessness Of The Paul McCartney Valentine’s Day Gig (Plus Setlist)

By Iman Lababedi | February 15, 2015

There will be EXTREMELY LIMITED tickets on sale today from 10am (EST) and available ONLY through The Irving Plaza Box Office. Tickets can only be purchased using cash and are limited to one per person.

Crosby, Stills, Nash And McCartney? Other Musicians Paulie Can Jam With

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2015

Et maintenant le deluge, as Paul McCartney wrote in “Michelle” or maybe didn’t but still they are words that go together well because now Sir Paul has got his groove on with Yeezus and Ree Ree and it is time to suggest some more duets with the former Beatle

US Top 10 Singles 2-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 12, 2015

The story is McCartney’s return to the top ten for the first time (as a solo artist, remember “Free As A Bird”) in a mind bending 29 years. Proof that hard work is its own reward, or at least if you insist on remainig contemporary at whatever the cost huess what will happen? You’ll remain consistent. McCartney is the antithesis of his fan base, he absolutely insists upon being part of the contemporary conversation. All those folks who didn’t know who McCartney was, the entire rap demographic give or take, sure does now.

Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Will Reunite Taylor And Kanye

By Alyson Camus | February 4, 2015

Saturday Night Live is almost as old as I am! This is kind of crazy to even think about it, but on February 15th, the famous TV show will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a crazy musical lineup: Paul McCartney, Kanye West – are these two becoming siamese twins these days? – Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift….

Rihanna, Macca And Yeezus Video For “Fourfiveseconds” Is Here

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2015

Still, it is very satisfying to watch an ex-Beatle standing at the apex of pop music in 2015. You can’t go much higher than this and he handles himself with a sort of restrained dignity that makes all pleasures seem more in keeping for all of us. Age becomes McCartney

Listen To The New McCartney-Kanye-West-Rihanna Collaboration Via Rihanna’s Website

By Alyson Camus | January 26, 2015

Is it me or this sounds a bit cheesy-folksy, a bit campfire song, part old fashioned, part Jack Johnson tune mutated with powerhouse vocals? Not disagreeable but easily forgettable.

Dr. Dre Made $20 A Second In 2014!

By Alyson Camus | January 14, 2015

Rappers are still going strong even those I haven’t heard anything from for a long time, like Diddy ($60 million and $1.90 per second)! Beside this you have Calvin Harris ($66 million and $2.09 per second), Jay Z ($60 million and $1.90 per second), and Drake ($33 million and $1.05 per second)

Listen To Kanye West And Paul McCartney Collaboration

By Alyson Camus | January 3, 2015

The two have been recording last year ‘with McCartney improvising on keyboard and West improvising on vocals’, and ‘Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, ‘Hello, my only one

My Best Concerts of 2014 (Part 2)

By Alyson Camus | December 28, 2014

Paul didn’t play the nostalgia vibe too much, of course there were plenty of old songs, but some new ones too, and his dynamism on stage and simplicity while talking to the huge crowd was so comforting. From my seat, he looked like a tiny ant at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but he ignited the sea of people, and the sing-alongs were heart warming

10 Songs: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2014

Hope For The Future – Paul McCartney – The soundtrack to an online game and around since April, this has a sort of refracted “Live And Let Die” punch to it. Though I guess you need to play the game to actually signify – B-

"The Art Of McCartney" Reviewed Track By Track

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2014

Battles have ensued between those who claim the only song worth listening to is Dylan’s, those who think it is fun and shouldn’t be taken that seriously, those who consider it borderline Karaoke and Def Leppard are guilty if only by association and those who are going back to their GNR roots. Me? I say all of the above…

Wings' "Venus And Mars" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2014

The actual music sounds even better, the band are tight as hell, Allen Toussaint is all over it, and the arrangements are less fussy and more incisive than Band On The Run. Paul is in great voice, he caresses everything he sings, even the rockers.

Direct Currents UpComing Releases Through November 25th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2014

I am really psyched for The Art Of McCartney, an elbow live (they were so great at Webster Hall earlier this year), really interested to see if Devon Allman can step into the family business, Bob Dylan’s complete “The Basement Tapes”, Neil Diamond back t his pop roots, Brian Wilson, TV On The Radio were great earlier this year but not sure about the album, and, er, Jerry Lee Lewis!!!

An Urgent Call From Paul McCartney!

By Alyson Camus | September 20, 2014

. ‘Listen, I need your help. All I want you to do is just log in on pledge.meatfreemondays.com and pledge your support to the idea of Meat Free Mondays.That’s all you need to do, I need your help. Please do it. We’ll send all these pledges to the politicians and then they’ll do something about it.’

The Art Of McCartney Tribute Album Reviewed (Though We've Only Heard One Song)

By Iman Lababedi | September 10, 2014

Here is a little clue for all you pop pickers. If a buncha tier ones get together to do a tribute album and if they haven’t named some charity organization for whom it is in aid of, the charity is the tributing partner. In this case Paul McCartney, who might need many things, for one thing he could be with being 25 years old again, but he sure don’t need money and that’s all there is to it.

Not With The Band: Is Music Ability In The 4th Finger?

By Alyson Camus | September 9, 2014

people have noticed that many musicians have a long ring finger, and hand casts of Anton Rubinstein, Beethoven and Franz Listz have effectively revealed a long ring finger in both hands. This has been studied by professor John Manning of the Liverpool University, who compared the index finger (second one) to the ring finge

Are You Prepared For This? A Collaboration Between Paul McCartney And Kanye West

By Alyson Camus | August 19, 2014

Kim you should know that first, the pictures you post on your instagram page are much more provocative, second, it could be inspired by Boris Vian’s violent novel ‘I’ll spit on your Graves’, a famous social criticism of race relations… I know it’s ‘spit’ not ‘piss’, and I am totally making this up as I have no other information, however I am pretty sure Kim doesn’t know who Vian is…

Two Iconic Stars' Guitars Sold For Good Causes

By Alyson Camus | August 15, 2014

The guitar was signed with a cool ‘This guitar saves elephants’ and the proceeds of the auction will go to the Nature Conservancy’s African Elephant Initiative, which has been working at increasing security and protection for elephants, still hunted for ivory

Not With The Band: My Summer Of Many Close Encounters

By Alyson Camus | August 13, 2014

Big rock stars are a bit like aliens, you rarely see them, they travel inside big black vehicles, and you work very hard at getting close to them. But when you get there, it seems surreal. I had a summer of encounters with rock stars, whatever the level of the encounters (and they were all at least of the third kind) they left the biggest impression of the summer on me

Paul McCartney At The Dodger Stadium, Sunday August 10th 2014 Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | August 12, 2014

He was interacting with us in the most casual way, telling stories, scratching his head while asking us how we were doing, paying attention to every side of the stadium, giving us the impression to attend an almost intimate show despite the overwhelming size of the place

Paul McCartney Has Scored The Video Game Destiny

By Alyson Camus | August 10, 2014

‘That was one of the things we were quite worried about: would Paul even be interested in a sci-fi shooting game? But he seemed excited about it. He’s played Halo with his grandkids and was… I can’t speak for Paul, but I think he’s pretty excited’

Presale For McCartney At The Dodger Stadium: A Big Failure!

By Alyson Camus | May 1, 2014

Advertised on Macca Facebook page, I realized that I was not the only one, ‘The link, it does work!’,… ‘Error 503?’,… I’ve been trying for half an hour to get tickets for L.A. The web site is NOT working. ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’… ‘RIDICULOUS and Shameful. I got into a queue

“Imagine The Band,” A Mashup From Hell

By Helen Bach | April 23, 2014

The video helps of course, to take the edge off of it all but it not only is simply bad- its confusing. Since your brain can clearly point out the two songs it almost feels like you have too many windows open on your computer. There is no binding factor.

Paul McCartney's Impromptu Call On Los Angeles Airwaves

By Alyson Camus | March 11, 2014

‘Paul McCartney called today to express his appreciation of KCSN and to thank us for our support of his new record. He told us he was having dinner in L.A. last night and all of his ‘friends were raving about KCSN, telling me how you were playing multiple tracks from the album.’

That Was The Week Of 12-23-13 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | December 31, 2013

As we count down to the de Blasio era, it is worth noting that while stop and frisk may well be racist and discriminatory, between 2001 and 2012 the City’s incarceration rate has now fallen by 36 percent, while at the same time, the national incarceration rate grew three percent. If that’s Bloomberg’s legacy it is a great one.

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 12-27-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 27, 2013

Tug Of War – Paul McCartney – Lost in the midst of time, and never rolled out even when Macca is looking for something to change up in his show and despite it appearing on Wingspan, there is a real tug to the song, a sweet sadness – A-

Jonah Weiner's McCartney Interview "If This Was In The Sixties, I'd Try And Be Pulling Her"

By Iman Lababedi | November 8, 2013

The current issue of Rolling Stone was better. I can’t express my admiration for Weiner’s writing in the current Rolling Stone highly enough. The Lorde interview was good, nothing wrong with it, but the Paul McCartney interview was simply magical

Paul McCartney's "New" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2013

The rest of the world will ignore because, well, because it is like reading “Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix” without ever knowing the first books. The album, New, doesn’t stand alone.

Not With The Band: All My Favorite Rock Stars Are Gonna Die Soon

By Alyson Camus | October 29, 2013

Mick Jagger is 69, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are 72, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are 66, Paul McCartney is 71, and Leonard Cohen is 79! Even Bruce Springsteen is already 64, Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits are 63, and nobody is getting younger.

That Was The Week Of October 14th, 2013 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

The CMJ Festival came about as close to taking over the city as humanly possible, Saturday afternoon on Ludlow Street you could wander from one gig to another all day long. It is one of my favorite times of the year -it’s like Christmas Eve

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-22-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 22, 2013

In The City – Caveman – Haunted mood indie with a baritone lead singer and fairly good songs, they sound like an early version of the National and should do well – B

UK Top 10 Albums 10-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 21, 2013

I am sure I’m not alone in adoring John Newman, just a great disco guy, a grand dance House singer player, more pure talent than Avicii can dream of. Absolutely deserves a # 1 and the only question is will the US fall in line?

rock nyc Top 10 Songs week Of 10-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2013

Pusha T and Danny Brown are held over from list week, Pearl Jam and McCartney are new to this week and except for acquired taste new r&b guy Black Milk, this is just about a holding action

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-17-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2013

I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten – Tracey Ullman – Of course her singing can’t compare to dusty, but this 1983 cover compares very well in a very joyful 1960s girl group UK style way – A

Hear Ye On Spotify: 10-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 16, 2013

Early Days – Paul McCartney – The strange thing about this terrific song is how old Paul sounds, he sounds every inch his 70 plus years and the effect, as he reaches for a note out of his range, is less elegiac and more wearied – A

Be Here Now: New Releases Snapshot Review 10-15-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2013

New – Paul McCartney – His best album since Run Devil Run is also his oldest sounding to date, he almost croaks “Early Days”, and with a new generation of modern producers behind him, it sounds pretty good as well – A

Sneak Peaks: New Album Releases 10-15-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 15, 2013

The thrill here is Linda Thompson’s new album, except for that song earlier this year “Never A Bride” and it was a killer, we haven’t heard anything new in years. Maybe we will get a tour out of it!!!

Paul McCartney On The Jimmy Kimmel Live, Monday September 23rd 2013

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2013

The JKL crew was asking us to cheer up and applause every 15 minutes, it was for a TV show after all, and no one was complaining, that was the least these people could do. On stage, they were bringing a colorful small piano, whereas there was already a grand piano in the back, and soon Jimmy Kimmel and Paul McCartney were waving to us from the top of the El Capitan building