When I was thinking about ranking the 10 best McCartney solo albums, Venus and Mars didn’t initially cross my mind. I immediately connected it to “Listen to What the Man Said,” one of those McCartney songs that felt engineered to become a radio single, but not terribly authentic.
Nothing’s better than the chance to see a real live Beatle in concert—especially when it’s Paul McCartney! The current “Out There” tour is especially good, since it contains a few more solo songs from his new album (New), as well as some Beatles and Wings songs that haven’t been performed live until now. Of course, price, location, and timing means even the most hardcore fans sometimes can’t make it…or if you have gone, you might just want to see it again and again. Continue reading Will the 2013 Paul McCartney Japan tour DVD be released?→
When the Beatles played Red Rocks Amphitheater 50 years ago, it was one of the few shows on that first tour that didn’t sell out. At a $6.50 general admission price—about $50 in today’s dollars—the concert was simply too expensive for many fans (or at least for their parents). But last Friday night, there wasn’t an empty seat in the 7,000 seat house, as an excited multigenerational crowd packed in to relive the Beatles’ only live Colorado appearance with 1964 The Tribute, a look- and sound-alike band that plays pre-Sgt. Pepper era Beatles music.
As John and Paul’s musical partnership dissolved in the late ’60s, their romantic partnerships blossomed; “John and Paul” quickly split into “John and Yoko” and “Paul and Linda.” But though they both dealt with the loss of the Beatles by finding solace in love, how they expressed themselves afterwards couldn’t have been more different. Where John and Yoko turned outward, engaging with the world through performance art, experimental music, and their famous bed-in, Paul and Linda retreated to Scotland to seek solace in nature and domestic life, as Paul battled near-debilitating depression. The McCartney album was the result of that retreat. Continue reading The 10 best Paul McCartney albums you may have never heard: #3—McCartney→