Paul McCartney is New at 71

by Rachel Baker on October 14, 2013

In light of his new album New being released tomorrow (Oct. 15), here’s a rather long article about Paul McCartney at 71.

The road to Paul McCartney, if not long and winding, does involve a train ride to Hastings. Plenty of time to read his latest press release. And you need that time: it takes up four and a half sides of A4, and only one eight-line paragraph is about the Beatles.

It’s too tiring to list all Sir Paul has done in the past five years, but let’s pick some highlights: two trips to the White House for prizes (Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Kennedy Center Honor), off to Paris to get the Légion d’Honneur from François Hollande, as well as trousering a Brit in 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Music and, last year, the MusiCares Person of the Year award. Which doesn’t sound like much, but the ceremony was packed with musicians from the Foo Fighters to Tony Bennett, all singing McCartney songs, and straight after, he went on to close the Grammys with the medley from Abbey Road. Live, he’s performed in front of 400,000 people in Kiev, 300,000 in Quebec, 400,000 in Mexico City… actually, he’s been on a world tour since summer 2009, playing to enormous stadiums stuffed with joyful multitudes doing the la-la-la bit to “Hey Jude”.

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