Paul McCartney’s Amazing Longevity

It’s hard to believe, but today is Paul McCartney’s 75th birthday. How did this even happen? The man who once imagined in song what it would be like when he was 64 is now eleven years older than that — and rather than resting on his laurels, he’s still out there touring and making great music. So, in honour of the occasion, I wanted to celebrate his incredible longevity. Continue reading “Paul McCartney’s Amazing Longevity”

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The Beatles In The 1980s

If there’s one decade that gets a bad rap, it’s the 1980s. It’s often seen as a low point for many musical legends of the past; a time of bad hairstyles and fashion choices, and work that now sounds very dated. It certainly had its challenges for the former Beatles, but it also had its triumphs. Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1980s”

The Beatles In The 1970s

As the 1960s came to an end, so did the band who helped define the decade. The break-up of The Beatles had been coming for some time, and it finally became public knowledge in April 1970 when Paul McCartney announced his departure (John Lennon had informed the others of his intention to leave several months earlier, but was urged to keep the decision a secret for the time being). Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1970s”

The Beatles As Musicians

It’s probably fair to say that The Beatles are revered for their songs first and foremost. This is hardly surprising; however, I’ve always felt that their musicianship has been somewhat overlooked as a result. Hardcore Beatles fans will always sing their praises in this area, but how often do you hear the average person rave about John Lennon’s guitar playing? They’re far more likely to talk about his talent as a songwriter. Continue reading “The Beatles As Musicians”

Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney’s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical collaborations in the form of Elvis Costello. Continue reading “Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance”

Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip

A few weeks ago I wrote about my first time seeing Paul McCartney in concert back in 2009. It was the most perfect experience of my life and I never for a minute thought it would happen again… but it did. Just six months later, on 12 June 2010, he returned to Dublin to play an outdoor gig at the RDS on his ‘Up and Coming’ tour. Continue reading “Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip”

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I’ve only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst from his new biography. But I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading “Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)”

One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009

20 December 2009 was the best day of my life: it was the day I saw Paul McCartney live for the first time. I was 17 years old and it had been a lifelong dream of mine to see my hero up close. When I heard on the radio one day in October that there was a “very strong rumour” he would be coming to Dublin, my heart almost stopped. The next day it was officially confirmed that he would be playing the O2 (now called the 3Arena) on 20 December as part of his ‘Good Evening Europe’ tour. Oh my god! Continue reading “One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009”

Song Spotlight: If I Fell

This week I’d like to take a look at one of my all-time favourite Beatles ballads: ‘If I Fell’.

Written mainly by John Lennon, with input from Paul McCartney, ‘If I Fell’ is a track from 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night album and film. It’s yet another example of how good John was at writing ballads, even though some people have always considered him to be the ‘hard-edged’ Beatle. Continue reading “Song Spotlight: If I Fell”

The ‘Paul Is Dead’ Conspiracy Theory

As it’s Halloween, it seems fitting to take a look at one of the weirdest elements of the Beatles story: the ‘Paul is Dead’ conspiracy theory. Although it originated way back in 1967, it endures to this day. In fact, since the advent of the internet, it’s probably become even more of a big deal, with countless websites dedicated to exposing the ‘truth’ about what happened. Yes, there are people who still believe that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash and replaced by a lookalike. Continue reading “The ‘Paul Is Dead’ Conspiracy Theory”