Ringo Starr Taps Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh for 80th Birthday Show

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a virtual charity broadcast.

The event, which debuts on YouTube on July 7 at 8PM ET, will include home performances and previously unseen concert footage from Starr, Paul McCartneyJoe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Sheila E, Ben Harper and more.

“As everyone knows, I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday,” Starr said in a statement. “But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home – so I called up a few friends, and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and love, Ringo.”

“Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. The stream will include the premiere of Starr’s guest-packed version of “Give Me Love” featuring Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, T Bone Burnett and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

In conjunction with the event, Starr’s YouTube channel will feature several other tribute performances, including new versions and recordings from previous birthday celebrations. Those artists include Costello, Frampton, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Ben Folds, Colin Hay, Judy Collins, Richard Marx, Ben Dickey and Bettye LaVette, among others.

“This year is going to be a little different,” Starr told Rolling Stone. “There’s no big get-together, there’s no brunch for 100. But we’re putting this show together – an hour of music and chat. It’s quite a big birthday.”

Starr and his All Starr Band, like most other touring artists, was recently forced to postpone a spring 2020 tour until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Watch Paul McCartney Play Trumpet With Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl

Paul McCartney returned to his roots when he appeared on a fundraising broadcast and played trumpet on “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

He was joined by Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Jim James, Irma Thomas and Nathaniel Rateliff during the benefit performance for the New Orleans Preservation Hall Foundation, with funds directed to helping musicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can watch McCartney’s rusty performance, as well as the full show, below.

As The Daily Beatle points out, “When the Saints Go Marching In” was the first single the Beatles ever appeared on; they were credited as the Beat Brothers along with headlining singer Tony Sheridan in 1961. The song was re-released three years later, along with A-side “My Bonnie,” by which time it was credited to the Beatles with Sheridan.

McCartney began learning to play the trumpet after he was given one for his 14th birthday, but he soon gave up on it. In the book The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years, Perez Benitez notes, “Although he could eventually play a C-major scale, ‘The Saints Go Marching In’ and a few other things on the trumpet, McCartney quickly realized that it was going to be difficult for him to both sing and play a trumpet at the same time. Accordingly, with his father’s permission, he traded in the first instrument he ever owned for that Zenith acoustic guitar.”

“The members of our Musical Collective serve in vital community roles: as mentors, teaching artists and tradition bearers,” the Preservation Hall Foundation said in a statement. “Providing for their well-being during this crisis will ensure a solid future for the generations of New Orleans musicians still to come. Spotify is matching all donations to help us provide support and resources to the members of our collective. Through its COVID-19 Music Relief initiative, Spotify has pledged to match up to $10 million in donations to its nonprofit partners around the world.”


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Paul McCartney Announces ‘Flaming Pie’ Reissue

Paul McCartney is set to give 1997’s Flaming Pie the full-scale reissue treatment.

Arriving on July 31, the Deluxe Edition consists of seven discs. Five CDs contain the remastered original album, demos, home recordings, studio outtakes, B-sides, highlights from 1995’s Oobu Joobu radio series and an audio tour of his home. Two DVDs consist of the In the World Tonight documentary, music videos, an interview by David Frost and several electronic press kits.

You can see the track listing below.

The box also includes a 128-page book featuring previously unpublished photos by Linda McCartney, other artwork, an essay by Chris Heath, new interviews with the people involved in the making of the album, track-by-track information, recipes, handwritten lyrics and more.

A Collector’s Edition, limited to 3,000 copies, adds four vinyl discs – the original double LP plus one record of home recordings on a hand-stamped vinyl sleeve and another featuring “The Ballad of Skeletons,” McCartney’s collaboration with Allen Ginsberg. There’s also a portfolio featuring six silk-screened prints by Linda. It’s all housed in a cloth-wrapped, two-piece box.

You can watch an unboxing video below.

The album is also being re-released with 21 extra tracks on two CDs, as a double-LP and as a three-LP set with the home-recordings disc found in the Collector’s Edition. You can get full info on all formats and pre-order at McCartney’s online shop. All pre-orders come with a re-creation of the “Young Boy” maxi-single, which contains the home-recorded version of the song “Looking for You” and excerpts of “Oobu Joobu Part 1.”

For Flaming Pie, McCartney brought in Jeff Lynne, with whom he had recently worked on the BeatlesAnthology project, and George Martin to co-produce the record with him. It would up being his highest-charting LP since 1982’s Tug of War, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart.

Paul McCartney, ‘Flaming Pie’ Super Deluxe Edition Track Listing
Disc 1
1. “The Song We Were Singing”
2. “The World Tonight”
3. “If You Wanna”
4. “Somedays”
5. “Young Boy”
6. “Calico Skies”
7. “Flaming Pie”
8. “Heaven on a Sunday”
9. “Used to Be Bad”
10. “Souvenir”
11. “Little Willow”
12. “Really Love You”
13. “Beautiful Night”
14. “Great Day”

Disc 2 (CD 2 – Demos & Home Recordings)
1 “The Song We Were Singing” [Home Recording]
2. “The World Tonight” [Home Recording]
3. “If You Wanna” [Home Recording]
4. “Somedays” [Home Recording]
5. “Young Boy” [Home Recording]
6. “Calico Skies” [Home Recording]
7. “Flaming Pie” [Home Recording]
8. “Souvenir” [Home Recording]
9. “Little Willow” [Home Recording]
10. “Beautiful Night” [1995 Demo]
11. “Great Day” [Home Recording]

Disc 3 (CD 3 – Studio Tracks)
1. “Great Day” [Acoustic]
2. “Calico Skies” [Acoustic]
3. “C’mon Down C’mon Baby”
4. “If You Wanna” [Demo]
5. “Beautiful Night” [Run Through]
6. “The Song We Were Singing” [Rough Mix]
7. “The World Tonight” [Rough Mix]
8. “Little Willow” [Rough Mix]
9. “Whole Life” [Rough Mix]
10. “Heaven on a Sunday” [Rude Cassette]

Disc 4 (CD 4 – B-sides)
1. “The Ballad of the Skeletons”
2. “Looking for You”
3. “Broomstick”
4. “Love Come Tumbling Down”
5. “Same Love”
6. “Oobu Joobu Part 1”
7. “Oobu Joobu Part 2”
8. “Oobu Joobu Part 3”
9. “Oobu Joobu Part 4”
10. “Oobu Joobu Part 5”
11. “Oobu Joobu Part 6”

Disc 5
1. “Flaming Pie at the Mill” (Spoken Word)

Disc 6 (DVD 1)
1. “In The World Tonight” (Documentary)

Disc 7 (DVD 2)
1. “Beautiful Night “
2. “Making of Beautiful Night”
3. “Little Willow”
4. “The World Tonight” [Dir. Alistair Donald]
5. “The World Tonight” [Dir. Geoff Wonfor]
6. “Young Boy” [Dir. Alistair Donald]
7. “Young Boy” [Dir. Geoff Wonfor]
8. “Flaming Pie” EPK 1
9. “Flaming Pie” EPK 2
10. “In the World Tonight” EPK
11. Flaming Pie Album Artwork Meeting
12. Tfi Friday Performances
13 David Frost Interview

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How Paul McCartney Helped Jimmy Buffett Make His New Album

After a career that’s spanned 50 years, Jimmy Buffett has a good idea what his albums should sound like. But after a seven-year gap before his new LP, Life on the Flip Side, which came out today, he had the benefit of receiving advice from Paul McCartney on how to bring the best out of its 14 songs.

Buffett, like many other artists, planned the release to coincide with a tour, but the coronavirus pandemic has shut down those plans, meaning he’s at home during the summer for the first time in 44 years.

“You hear all about people running out of material later in life because a lot of them don’t make it this far with a career,” he told Billboard in a new interview. “I’ve heard a lot about writer’s block, but I’ve never had that problem, ’cause I figure as a traveling man and as a nomad, you run into so many more stories than you can possibly imagine, and the source is always there and it always has been for me.”

He said he’s taken advantage of new options that became available. “I can run my own Pro Tools thing and all that, and that really helps the process,” he noted. “And I had the good fortune of some people to talk to about this, like Paul McCartney.”

Buffett explained that he and the former Beatle became “friends from knowing each other in St. Barts, and our wives are friends. You get Paul McCartney talking to you about what you ought to do on an album, and you listen. We’d played a show together and hung out, and I played him some stuff and he gave me some feedback. He said, ‘Let it breathe a little more, just kind of let it go along and make it light.’ It was good feedback – and then you got outside and go, ‘Fuck! That’s Paul McCartney!’ You can’t get over that.”

He revealed he’d been thinking about taking a summer off for several years, so he was able to enjoy the positive aspects of being locked down at home. “Our silver lining in this dark cloud is I don’t think I would’ve ever spent this much time with my grown kids, ’cause everybody’s got their lives now,” he said. “I think that’s a treasure. A lot of people are spending more time with their kids than they ever thought they would ’cause everybody’s huddled up, and I think that’s a positive thing.”

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Comic Book Explores ‘Paul Is Dead’ Beatles Myth

A new comic book will explore a fictional world where the “Paul Is Dead” myth is true, and the Beatles face a future without him in 1966.

In one of rock’s oldest conspiracy theories, Paul McCartney died in a car crash during the making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and was replaced by a lookalike because the Fab Four wanted to keep going without admitting the truth. Fans of the theory claim that, even though the facts were never revealed, later Beatles songs hinted at what had happened to McCartney.

Paul Is Dead: When The Beatles Lost McCartney was created by writer Paolo Baron and artist Ernesto Carbonetti and will be published on June 3.

“November 1966. London,” the synopsis reads. “John Lennon can’t speak. He can’t take his eyes off the photo of a car in flames with Paul McCartney’s body inside. His friend is no longer here, and that means the Beatles are no longer here either. But John wants to know the truth, and with George and Ringo, he will begin to re-examine the final hours of Paul’s life.”

“First, me and Ernesto are both musicians, we feel a special attraction to music legends,” Baron told Forbes. “I had a band for more than 20 years, and the Beatles were my first idols, never to be surpassed. The urban legend known as P.I.D. was always hard for me to believe. I always laughed it off, but still, I was curious about it for years. So, now that I am working with this amazing medium, the comic, I can share, with people, all my research from newspapers, books, documentaries and interviews about the conspiracy of Paul being dead. It is just like investigating a ‘cold case’ and giving a very personal opinion.”

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Unreleased Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Demo Going Up for Sale

A cassette featuring a song Paul McCartney wrote for Ringo Starr is going up for auction.

According to the BBC, “Angel in Disguise” was penned for Starr’s 1992 album Time Takes Time but not included. The tape features two versions of the song – a demo by McCartney and another take featuring Starr’s lead vocal and more instrumentation and background vocals.

A photo of a lead sheet – which contains the basic melody, chords and lyrics – lists McCartney as the song’s sole writer and shows the opening lyrics: “My name is Ritchie / Let me look into your eyes / Don’t be afraid / I’m just an angel in disguise.” One other track appears on the cassette, a demo of a song called “Everyone Wins,” which eventually found a home on Starr’s 2010 LP Y Not.

The tape is the property of former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince, who is allowing Omega Auctions to broker the sale on May 19. Its price is estimated at approximately $25,000, with 25 percent of the profits going to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and the rest earmarked for Prince’s United DJs radio station project.

“It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track,” Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions said. “We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album, and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself, it would certainly prove a hit with fans.”

But Chris Shaw of the I Am the Egg Beatles-themed podcast told the BBC that he doesn’t have high hopes for “Angel in Disguise.” While noting unreleased Beatles material does come with a degree of excitement, he said “the fact that ‘Angel in Disguise’ was rejected suggests that it may not be the best song in the world. Sometimes these things are better left as tantalizing mysteries.”

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Jagger Responds to McCartney’s Claim the Beatles Were ‘Better’

Mick Jagger has responded to Paul McCartney’s recent comments that the Beatles were “better” than the Rolling Stones. McCartney’s initial statement came during an April 14 conversation on Howard Stern’s radio show. When the host asserted that the Beatles were superior to the Stones, McCartney agreed, opining that his band had a more varied sound.

“[The Stones] are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. Whereas, we had a little more influences,” McCartney explained. “There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”

“That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition,” Jagger said when asked for his response by Zane Lowe of Apple Music. “The big difference, though, is and sort of slightly seriously, is that the Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system. They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”

The Stones singer went on to ruminate on how the dawn of stadium touring makes any comparisons between his band and the Beatles moot. “That business started in 1969, and the Beatles never experienced that,” he noted. “They did a great gig, and I was there, at Shea stadium. They did that stadium gig. But the Stones went on, we started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and [are] still doing them now. That’s the real big difference between these two bands. One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.”

Jagger was appearing on the streaming service to promote his band’s new single, “Living in a Ghost Town.” The song, though originally penned a few years ago, is especially poignant during the COVID-19 pandemic, given its theme of isolation. Both Jagger and McCartney recently appeared in the One World: Together At Home benefit event, performing from their respective homes.

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Watch Billie Joe Armstrong, Eddie Vedder + Others Perform on Global Citizen’s ‘One World: Together at Home’

One of the biggest entertainment events yet during the global pandemic, the Global Citizen One World: Together at Home, took place Saturday night (April 18) across multiple TV networks as well as a variety of social media platforms. Among the entertainers across multiple genres included such rock giants as Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Sir Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.

McCartney was among the night’s first performers, expressing his gratitude to perform during an event celebrating the world’s health care workers. “Let’s tell our leaders that we need them to strengthen the health care systems all around the world so that a crisis like this never happens again,” said McCartney, before reflecting on his own mother Mary who was a midwife and a nurse. He then performed the classic Beatles tune “Lady Madonna,” as seen below.

Sir Paul McCartney, “Lady Madonna”

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder was the next rock act to appear during the special, settling in behind an organ to play a haunting version of the Gigaton album closer “River Cross.” The somber organ sound, a candlelit room and Vedder’s weathered vocal definitely made an impact. Check out his performance below:

Eddie Vedder, “River Cross”

The Rolling Stones were a late addition to the performance lineup, but provided one of the evening’s highlights. With a screen split between four cams, Mick Jagger opened the performance strumming an acoustic guitar to the familiar classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” One by one, camera screens popped up for Keith Richards, then Ron Wood and finally Charlie Watts, with the latter primarily drumming on household cases rather than drums. Still, the performance moved from a stripped back track to a more upbeat bluesy delivery by its conclusion. Watch below.

Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong previously performed on Elton John’s broadcast benefit, playing “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” This time around, he stuck with the American Idiot album, but played the seemingly apt “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Have a look at the performance below:

Billie Joe Armstrong, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

In the description for the Global Citizen organization, it reads, “Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that aims to solve the world’s biggest challenges. On our platform, you can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a community committed to social change. We believe we can end extreme poverty because of the collective actions of Global Citizens across the world.” Learn more about Global Citizen here.

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Watch the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John Perform From Their Homes

The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Paul McCartney all performed from their homes as part of the One World: Together at Home television special tonight.

The Stones teamed up from four different locations for a stripped-down rendition of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” while McCartney and John offered solo takes on “Lady Madonna” and “I’m Still Standing,” respectively.

You can see all three performances below.

“I’m very honored to be part of this program tonight, which celebrates the true heroes, our health care workers all around the world,” McCartney said before his performance. “As this COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, we have to all come together to fight it on a global scale. Let’s tell our leaders that we need them to strengthen the health care systems all around the world, so that a crisis like this never happens again. My mother Mary was a nurse and a midwife just after and during the second world war, so I have a lot of time for the doctors, the nurses and all the medical staff that keep us healthy. We love you, thank you.”

“This is for everybody out there, who’s been working on the frontline, 24/7. Thank you for all your expertise, your love, your care, your humanity. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” added John.

The eight-hour One World: Together at Home event was shown throughout the world today on numerous social media and streaming platforms, with the last two hours broadcast on U.S. network. The event was a benefit for Global Citizen’s efforts to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic. You can see details at Global Citizen’s website.

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Paul McCartney Calls for End to China’s Wet Markets

Paul McCartney, a longtime vegetarian and outspoken animal lover, has called for the closure of China’s wet markets.

The markets, where an assortment of live and pre-slaughtered animals are often sold for meat, are not regulated for cleanliness or food safety. A commonly discussed – though unconfirmed – theory regarding COVID-19 suggests that the virus originated in a wet market in the district of Wuhan. McCartney echoed that hypothesis during a conversation with Howard Stern.

“I really hope that this will mean the Chinese government says, ‘Okay, guys, we have really got to get super hygienic around here,’” the former Beatle declared. “They might as well be letting off atomic bombs, because it’s affecting the whole world. Whoever is responsible for this is at war with the world and itself.”

McCartney suggested it would be a “very good idea” for his fellow celebrities to use their platform to rally for the wet market closures: “They just need to clean up their act. This may lead to it. If this doesn’t, I don’t know what will.”

Furthermore, all wet markets are not the same. Many follow hygienic guidelines and limit the types of meat for sale. Meanwhile, a variety of outlets have cautioned against placing blame regarding the coronavirus when a true origin is yet to be determined.

McCartney acknowledged there may be pushback to his proposal of shutting the markets down, given that they serve as both a source of food and a cultural institution in some areas. Still, the musician was defiant in his stance. “They did slavery forever too,” he noted. “But you have to change things at some point.”

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