April 23, 2014

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Paul McCartney Photos – Hollywood Star of the Month

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected Star to be our “Hollywood Star of the Month” is Paul McCartney. A LEGEND!
McCartney joined Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as he was introduced at the ceremony by fellow musician Neil Young. “Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock ‘n’ roll greats, I would have never thought that the day would come when I’d be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” McCartney said about finally getting a star.
Enjoy Paul’s photo gallery.

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Paul McCartney Mesmerizes

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Showbiz411 readers: we are still posting here all the time. But Showbiz411 has also sort of overnight hooked up with Forbes magazine’s Forbes.com. The stories are there, but it’s like we’ve moved into a house before all the construction has finished. But keep checking www.forbes.com on a regular basis as Grammy weekend proceeds.
And basically, I’m just back from the first of three marathon nights of music: the Paul McCartney MusiCares Person of the Year dinner. I was backstage after the show with the survivors–the show was long, and the most complex I’ve ever seen in the football field sized LA Convention Center. Besides McCartney, who played a lot, peformers included Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and James Taylor, Coldplay, Allison Krauss, Neil Young with Crazy Horse (Paul and Neil are currently BFFs), Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Elvis Costello narrated a video, the Foo Fighters.
Eddie Izzard was the host–and this was funny–he was seated waaaay at the back of the room at my table. We were cracking up. And he was brilliant on stage. McCartney imported performers from the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show “Love”– acrobats and actors and trapeze artists were all over the room and even used a big rotating circular stage.
Katy Perry was so excited about singing “Hey Jude” that she pledged $250,000 from royalties from her latest single to MusiCares. I thought Neil Portnow was going to explode from happiness.
The food was vegetarian–I’m sorry, it was indigestible. Many people rejected it and just ate dessert and bread. I have to give credit to Paul McCartney–every event he’s featured it is vegan. No fish even! This is why he looks so great. But he doesn’t he sneak an In-and-Out Burger sometimes? Tony Bennett’s daughter mentioned she’d gone to Pink’s earlier in the day for a hot dog. It was cruel.
In the audience: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Carole King, Jack Nicholson, Piers Morgan, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Jackson, Smokey Robinson and–yes–Yoko Ono at the main table. For a while she just sat and chatted with Paul’s son James.
Read more at www.forbes.com.
Meanwhile, Clive Davis prepares for his big event tonight at the Beverly Hilton. He has Ray Davies and Diana Ross and tons more stars. How will he top this? Who knows: Maybe Barack Obama will duet with Al Green. Another long night of great music. When are those Grammy Awards anyway?
PS Thanks to John [...]

Paul McCartney Honored at the 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala

HollywoodNews.com: Cast members from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil performed live last night at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All 60 dancers and acrobats from LOVE performed to a specially edited track by Producer Giles Martin, featuring songs from the two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning LOVE album.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54516-the-beatles-love-cirque-du-soleil-paul-mccartney-musicares-person-of-year
Iconic artist and philanthropist Paul McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year at this special event celebrating his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. The sold-out tribute to McCartney benefits MusiCares’ emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 22nd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that members of the music community have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
Additional performances included multi-GRAMMY® winning artists and current GRAMMY nominees Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; GRAMMY winning artist Duane Eddy; multi-GRAMMY winning artists Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and James Taylor; two-time GRAMMY winning artists Diana Krall and Neil Young with Crazy Horse; two-time Latin GRAMMY winning artist Sergio Mendes; and current GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. The evening also featured a special performance by 14-time GRAMMY winning artist and 2012 MusiCares® Person of the Year Paul McCartney.
LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil creation and co-production with Apple Corps Ltd., celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles and is presented exclusively at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This joint artistic venture marks the first time that The Beatles company, Apple Corps Ltd., has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. The project was born out of a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte.
Since its June 2006 premiere, LOVE has performed over 2,000 shows for more than 4.3 million people. Recently named “Best Show in Las Vegas” by USA Today, LOVE has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for four consecutive years and continues to be a celebrity favorite. In February 2011, The Beatles’ GRAMMY Award-winning LOVE album and ‘All Together Now’ documentary made their digital debuts, exclusively on iTunes.
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Paul McCartney finally receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star

HollywoodNews.com: Paul McCartney finally has what all the other members of the Beatles have: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
McCartney joined Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon on the Walk of Fame as he was introduced at the ceremony by fellow musician Neil Young, states UsMagazine.com. “Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock ‘n’ roll greats, I would have never thought that the day would come when I’d be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” McCartney said about finally getting a star.
And he had a few people he definitely had to thank: “I couldn’t have done it without, certainly, three boys, so I want to say thanks to those guys, John, George and Ringo.”
Do you think it took a little long for him to get a star?
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McCartney, Van Halen, Flack, Fray and Bentley

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Paul McCartney‘s wonderful “Kisses on the Bottom” is not the only Beatles-eque CD of the day. Roberta Flack is delivering her long-awaited “Let it Be Roberta,” a stunning reimagining of Beatles songs like “We Can Work it Out,” “In My Life,” “Come Together,” George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity,” and –shockingly–a three minute version of “Hey Jude.” On the latter, Roberta simply turns the main song into an acoustic rendering and drops the long “na-na” section. Her versions of “Let it Be” and “The Long and Winding Road” are terrific, too. Go straight to amazon or ITunes right now for these CDs. Then of course Van Halen has “A Different Kind of Truth” with David Lee Roth returning as lead singer and Wolfgang Van Halen replacing Michael Anthony as bassist. There are also two more contemporary releases: from the Fray, and from country star singer Dierks Bentley. McCartney is all set for a big Grammy weekend (MusiCares Person of the Year and the Grammy show.) I’d be surprised if Van Halen doesn’t rear its many heads also over Grammy weekend. But if the record business is looking for a push, this Tuesday is it–at least until March 6th when Bruce Springsteen releases “Wrecking Ball.”
PS Leonard Cohen released an exquisite album last week. For some reason he called it “Old Ideas.” This is like a marketing buzzkill. How about “New Ideas,” Leonard? Or how about any of the nine titles of the songs on the CD? Anything but “Old Ideas.” For a guy who lost all his money, and needs to make some, you’d think he’d pick something a little more exciting or enticing. Anyway. It’s not like the album is just Lenny crabbing away. The lyrics and melodies are magical, and he adds great female back up singers. Get it.
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Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” airs tonight

HollywoodNews.com: The two part, four hour Martin Scorsese documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” is a big meal, almost an encyclopedia of the late and beloved Beatle. The first part, airing tonight on HBO, is a good catch up with lots of home movies and clips–some of which we’ve seen, but placed in this context are exciting to revisit. Tonight’s show is all about the Beatles, George’s early life, and his growth as a songwriter, performer, and spiritual being.
The second part, on tomorrow night, is the gold mine though. This part addresses Harrison’s battle with cancer, the attack by a psychotic intruder inside his estate, and his 30 year marriage to Olivia Harrison. I always say, and say this again, everyone should have a widow like Olivia Harrison. She has done an amazing job of tending George’s memory. It’s her honesty and forthrightness that drives “Living in the Material World.” There is no sense of rewriting history or manipulating the facts. Working with Scorsese’s team, Olivia has produced a lasting historical document about George Harrison that he’d be proud of.
Last night, plenty of rock types showed up for the big screening at the New York Film Festival including Scorsese, Harrison, Eric Idle, Trudie Styler (with three of her extended family), Rita Wilson, Adrian Grenier, Sean Young (looking great, and very funny), Lorraine Bracco, doc maker Al Maysles, and Fran Lebowitz. No sign of Yoko Ono or Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney attended the London premiere last week.
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Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr at George Harrison London premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr turned up for the London premiere of the new George Harrison biopic, “Living in the Material World,” directed by fellow legend Martin Scorsese.
“Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe, McCartney said outside of Sunday’s screening, which was held at the BFI Southbank. “He was my little mate on the school bus. A lot of fond memories. He’s sorely missed by us all.”
Scorsese’s documentary will receive a limited theatrical release before making its way to HBO. It also will be screened as part of the New York Film Festival later this week. Scorsese’s doc divides into two halves. In one, he chronicled the Beatles’ meteoric rise. The second documents the artist’s solo career.
Though McCartney and Starr received the bulk of attention at the premiere, they weren’t the only celebs with Beatles ties at the London event.
THR reports that George Martin, Yoko Ono, Noel Gallagher, Billy Connolly, Terry Gilliam and Ronnie Wood all were in attendance for the documentary, which runs more than 3-and-1/2 hours.
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Roberta Flack’s Beatles album is ready

HollywoodNews.com: Roberta Flack’s Beatles album is ready. I think I first reported this project in the 1870s. But it turns out, it was worth waiting for. The first “single,” an ingenious cover of “We Can Work It Out,” is ready tomorrow. You can hear it at this website address for now:
http://www.429records.com/sites/429records/pressclips/newreleases/robertaflack/newreleases.html.
The Flack-Beatles project came about as an idea with Sony/ATV Music to help revive Beatles songs in new formats. At first there was talk of it coming out on Sony, or on a Sony/ATV label. But now Flack is signed to 429 Records, the same indie company that released Robbie Robertson’s excellent new album, “How to Become Clairvoyant.” Their other artists include many faves like Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Armatrading, Dr. John and Steve Cropper’s current rave up of Five Satins’ songs, produced by Jon Tiven.
One of the principals of 429 is Strauss Zelnick, who was head of BMG Group ten years ago and got snarled up in the whole Clive Davis-J Records saga. Zelnick left and became a star in the video game world. The Beatles album–which will be released by Sony in Japan–hits stores next February. In the meantime, there are three terrific tracks.
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Paul McCartney and Roger Waters in the Hamptons

HollywoodNews.com: It’s not like Nick and Toni’s, the premiere eatery in East Hampton, doesn’t host a lot of celebrities. But on Friday night it was rockin’–literally. First came Ron Delsener, world famous concert promoter, and his wife Ellin, who runs Event Associates. They were waiting for someone, but it was unclear who.
Then who arrives? None other than Paul McCartney with fiancee Nancy Shevell. McCartney, introduced to the Hamptons by late wife Linda’s family, the Eastmans, has a compound of his own in Amagansett. Paul and Nancy stopped for a while to chat with the Delseners, greeted others in the restaurant’s front room, and then took a table in the cozy back area.
Soon after, the Delseners welcomed Pink Floyd composer Roger Waters and his longtime girlfriend Laurie Durning. Within an hour, McCartney and Shevell–having finished a short veggie meal–were back. And then the ex Beatle and the ex Floyd were in heavy confab. Was it sort of mindblowing to see the two men behind the two most famous rock albums of all time–”Sgt. Pepper” and “Dark Side of the Moon”–just chatting away? You betcha. I ordered an extra coffee just so I could stay at my perch!
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Paul McCartney’s new classical album

HollywoodNews.com: Wow–sooo exciting. The minute I read on the Hollywood Reporter website that Paul McCartney’s new classical album was coming out on Decca Records, I called over there to congratulate them.
After all, THR says the Beatles were turned down by Decca some 50 years ago. Alas, tisn’t true. Sorry THR! From Decca: “Paul McCartney is signed to Concord Records. We believe he asked to have the album released internationally on the Decca label.” Yes, indeed. Paul is sure enough signed to Concord. And Concord licensed the classical recording, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” to Decca in the United Kingdom. Whoops! Not exactly the stunning history making m0ment as advertised in THR.
So much for “breaking news.” McCartney will debut the “Ocean’s Kingdom” music on September 22nd in New York at the New York City Ballet. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of this music makes it into the animated film McCartney is writing for the adaptation of his children’s book into a film for Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye under their Unique Films banner. I told you about that film exclusively back in mid July.
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