Why Did Hating Paul McCartney Become Cool?

There’s no denying it: Paul McCartney gets a lot of hate. Not just from outside the Beatles fan community, but within it too. But why? What is it about him that offends certain people so much compared with his bandmates? Continue reading “Why Did Hating Paul McCartney Become Cool?”

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Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18

Incredibly, it was eight years ago that I attended my second Paul McCartney concert in Dublin (I’ve written about both gigs on this blog before — here and here), so it was about time I got a chance to see him again. With a new album being released (the wonderful Egypt Station) I wondered if 2018 would be my year, and luckily it was! This past summer, Paul announced three end of year shows in the UK — Liverpool, Glasgow and London — as part of his Freshen Up tour, and I knew I had to go to at least one of them! Continue reading “Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18”

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing ‘play’ for the first time, not knowing what you’ll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations… there’s nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013’s New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul’s from 1988 — but does it sound as interesting as it looks? Here’s a track by track breakdown. Continue reading “Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)”

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”

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)”