The Latest

 

UPCOMING RELEASES:

04/15/14 – THE BIRDS OF SATAN: The Birds of Satan (Shanabelle)
04/19/14 – LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden (Warner Bros.)
04/29/14 – DAMON ALBARN: Everyday Robots (Warner Bros.)
06/03/14 – BOB MOULD: Beauty & Ruin (Merge)
06/10/14 – CHRISSIE HYNDE: Stockholm (Will Travel/Caroline)
06/10/14 – JACK WHITE: Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia)

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PAUL McCARTNEY IS GETTING BACK “OUT THERE”

SIX MORE U.S. SHOWS CONFIRMED FOR SUMMER 2014

June 14 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
June 16 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 22 – Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

STILL MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Paul McCartney Out There Tour 2013
Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul’s return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now feature six more shows:

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

* On June 16, Paul will return to Dallas to play the American Airlines Center, his first visit to Dallas since closing his summer 2009 tour with a sold out show at Cowboys Stadium.

* June 21 will see Paul get back to another city he last played on that 2009 tour, when the Out There extravaganza rolls into Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

* Jacksonville FL will experience its first ever full Paul McCartney headline concert June 22 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena–Paul’s only previous performances in Jacksonville being his four-song set at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, and the one and only show The Beatles ever played in Florida at the Gator Bowl in 1964.

* On June 25 Paul will play Nashville for the second time, once again at the Bridgestone Arena where he made his historic debut in the Music City on his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

* Paul’s August 7 date at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City will be his second ever show in Utah, the first having been on the 2010 Up and Coming Tour-which also marked the 200th show Paul had played with his current touring band.

These dates expand an itinerary including New Orleans, Louisville KY, Albany NY and Pittsburgh, all of which sold out virtually instantly upon going on sale Monday, April 14.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career-as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years-Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)-the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

PAUL McCARTNEY
OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2014
Newly Confirmed Dates in BOLD 

June 14 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
June 16 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 19 - New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (SOLD OUT)
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 22 – Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
June 26 - Louisville, KY – Yum! Center (SOLD OUT)
July 5 - Albany, NY – Times Union Center (SOLD OUT)
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

THE CRITICS WEIGH IN ON PAUL McCARTNEY’s OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013:

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

BOSTON GLOBE

“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”

BOSTON HERALD

“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”

EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”

INDIANAPOLIS STAR

“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”

MEMPHIS FLYER

“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”

NEWSDAY

“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”

NUVO NEWSWEEKLY

“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”

ORLANDO SENTINEL

“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”

ORLANDO WEEKLY

“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”

ROLLING STONE

(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”

SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”

SF WEEKLY

“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air – familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply – Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

TULSA WORLD

“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”

THE WASHINGTON POST 

“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”

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PAUL McCARTNEY IS GETTING BACK “OUT THERE”

FIRST U.S. SHOWS OF 2014 CONFIRMED!

June 19 - New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
June 26 - Louisville, KY – Yum! Center=
July 5 - Albany, NY – Times Union Center
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul’s universally acclaimed ‘Out There’ tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, today Paul confirms he’ll be getting back out there in the U.S. by announcing his first Stateside dates of 2014. In addition to his dates this month in Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and his return to Japan and first ever performance in Korea in May, Paul has confirmed the first four stops of an upcoming summer trek through North America:

* On June 19, Paul will return to New Orleans for the first time since his Driving USA Tour in 2002.

* Paul will play his first shows ever in Louisville KY and Albany NY, respectively, June 26 at the Yum! Center and July 5 at the Times Union Center.

* July 7 will see Paul returning to Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center for the first time since opening the arena with a pair of instantly sold out shows August 18 and 19, 2010.

The ‘Out There’ tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginningThursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

www.paulmccartney.com

THE CRITICS WEIGH IN ON PAUL McCARTNEY’s OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013:

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

BOSTON GLOBE

“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”

BOSTON HERALD

“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”

EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”

INDIANAPOLIS STAR

“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”

MEMPHIS FLYER

“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”

NEWSDAY

“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”

NUVO NEWSWEEKLY

“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”

ORLANDO SENTINEL

“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”

ORLANDO WEEKLY

“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”

ROLLING STONE

(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”

SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”

SF WEEKLY

“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air — familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

TULSA WORLD

“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”

THE WASHINGTON POST

“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE RELEASE DRINKINGEST, DRUGGIEST, DEATHIEST MINI-MOVIE TO DATE

NSFW “SMOOTH SAILING” FEATURETTE NOW AThttp://youtu.be/QetvK6ldl2s

FALL SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR, SUMMER NORTHEAST & CANADA DATES CONFIRMED

Queens Of The Stone Age © Nora Lezano (LOW RES)

Queens Of The Stone Age © Nora Lezano (LOW RES)

Having returned from a triumphant co-headlining Australia/New Zealand jaunt with NIN, Queens Of The Stone Age have wasted no time in teaming with director Hiro Murai (Childish Gambino, St. Vincent) for the just unveiled cinematic mini-epic for “Smooth Sailing,” the latest single from the hailed, hailed and more hailed international #1 album …Like Clockwork (Matador).

The definitely NSFW “Smooth Sailing” follows QOTSA’s Joshua Homme and cohorts on a delirious adventure that blossoms from garden variety drunken shenanigans to possibly the most nightmarishly accurate live action interpretation of a QOTSA song to date. Seriously, “Smooth Sailing” lends a new meaning to 3-D musical cinema-that is, it turns the 3 D’s into Drinking, Drugs and Death.

“Smooth Sailing” can be seen at http://youtu.be/QetvK6ldl2s and Embed Code is:
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In addition to newly announced dates in Montreal, Bangor ME, Port Chester NY and Philadelphia, Queens Of The Stone Age have begun to confirm details of a South America tour for this fall, including stops in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. For further information, ticketing etc., as always, go to http://qotsa.com/live.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
North American Dates 2014
New Dates in BOLD

April 10 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
April 12 Indio, CA – Coachella/SOLD OUT
April 15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium/SOLD OUT
April 17 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
April 19 Indio, CA – Coachella/SOLD OUT
May 5 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
May 6 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 7 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
May 9 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom/SOLD OUT
May 10 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 11 Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo
May 13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
May 14 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
May 16-18 Gulf Shore, AL – Hangout Music Fest
May 23-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
July 9 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
July 12 Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
July 16 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
July 20 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann Center

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JACK WHITE CONFIRMS HEADLINE TOUR 

LAZARETTO OUT JUNE 10th ON THIRD MAN RECORDS/COLUMBIA

Jack White © Mary Ellen Matthews

Jack White © Mary Ellen Matthews

Jack White has announced his first headline dates in support of his new album Lazaretto, out June 10th on Third Man Records/Columbia. The shows will be Jack’s first since his ambitious 2012 world tour supporting the gold-certified, multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, international #1 Blunderbuss.

Prior to the worldwide headline trek, Jack will commemorate Record Store Day (April 19th), by recording, pressing and releasing the World’s Fastest Released Record: a live version of the upcoming Lazaretto‘s title track recorded direct-to-acetate that morning in the blue room of Jack’s Third Man Records in Nashville. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s to be slipped into sleeves and then whisked back to Third Man to be sold.

Jack will officially kick off the world tour on May 29th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK and continue with stops throughout North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom including two-night-stands in Jack’s native Detroit, Chicago, and Paris, as well as the previously announced summer festival headline appearances. The current run of shows wraps up in Canada, with an arena date at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and a headline slot at the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival in Montreal.

Kelley Stoltz will open Jack’s headline dates from May 29th through June 5th. Benjamin Booker will support July 20th-31st. Tickets go on-sale at 10am LOCAL TIME on Friday, April 11th, at jackwhiteiii.com. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Third Man’s Vault at 10am LOCAL TIME on Wednesday, April 9th. For further information, see the itinerary below and visit http://jackwhiteiii.com/.

JACK WHITE 
Live 2014

New shows in BOLD

4/19: Third Man Records – Nashville, TN
5/29: Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK *
5/30: Wild West – Lubbock, TX *
5/31 – 6/1: Free Press Summer Festival – Houston, TX
6/2: Municipal Auditorium – Shreveport, LA *
6/3: Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA *
6/5: The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC *
6/7: Governors Ball – New York, NY
6/12 – 6/15: Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
6/25 – 6/29: Glastonbury – Somerset, England
6/26: Dublin, Ireland – Royal Hospital Kilmainham
6/29: L’Olympia – Paris, France
6/30: L’Olympia – Paris, France
7/3: Heineken Music Hall – Amsterdam, Netherlands
7/4: Open’er Festival – Gdynia, Poland
7/5: Eventim Apollo – London, England
7/19: Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY
7/20: Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO +
7/21: Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI + 
7/23: Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL + 
7/24: Auditorium Theatre – Chicago, IL +
7/27: Stage AE Outdoors – Pittsburgh, PA +
7/28: Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI +
7/30: Masonic Temple Theatre – Detroit, MI +
7/31: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON +
8/1 – 8/3: Osheaga Music & Arts Festival – Montreal, QC

* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: THE LONG GOODBYE

INTERACTIVE GALLERY EXHIBITION OPENING APRIL 7 AT ROUGH TRADE NYC

 

FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RUVAN WIJESOORIYA

 

In anticipation of the April 19 Record Store Day release of the 5-LP vinyl edition of The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden (Warner Bros.), Rough Trade Records NYC Gallery will unveil LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye, an interactive gallery experience produced by Melee Media opening  12 noon on Monday, April 7 in the second floor gallery space of the store’s 64 N. 9th St. Brooklyn location.

 

Stephen Godfroy, Co-Owner of Rough Trade, commented, ”The joy of having a record shop is being able to celebrate music as an art form, and over the last decade there have been few artists who’ve evolved music more as art form than LCD Soundsystem. Hosting this retrospective experience is therefore an incredibly synergistic and humbling moment for us, one we’re incredibly excited to share.”

 

LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will immerse attendees in the sounds, sights and emotions of the band’s historic April 2, 2011 farewell, an epic near 4-hour tour de force hailed by New York magazine as “a marvel of pure craft” and Rolling Stone as a “staggeringly great night.” LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will come alive in multiple dimensions via exclusive video, advance pressings of the album’s five vinyl LPs laid out on five turntables, and a massive assortment of 4″ x 6″ prints of images by longtime LCD photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, many never before been seen–and all available for the taking and replenished weekly.

 

All told, LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye will provide the most vivid recreation imaginable of that once in a lifetime performance–a priceless experience for those who were unable to attend the instantly sold out MSG show immortalized in the Shut Up and Play The Hits documentary and the aforementioned upcoming live album, as well as for attendees wanting a unique multi-sensory trip through those memories.

 

The LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye exhibit will run April 7 through May 7 and will be open until 11 pm nightly.

 

About The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden 

 

Produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman James Murphy, The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden‘s 5xLP vinyl RSD release will be followed May 19 by its digital wide release. The album captures Murphy and company going out on top and on their own terms: with the ultimate LCD live performance in both senses of the word. On The Long Goodbye, the LCD core live band of Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavin Russom, Tyler Pope and Matt Thornley is augmented by a choir, string and horn sections plus contributions from both one-time-only special guests and many of the musicians with whom the band has worked over the years for incredible final performances including “North American Scum” with guest vocals from Arcade Fire, “All My Friends,” “I Can Change,” “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “Someone Great,” a full performance of “45:33″ featuring Reggie Watts, an epic version of the song that started it all “Losing My Edge” (which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/HmrOHxS_cK0), and literally hours more.
About Rough Trade NYC

 

Featuring a curated selection of music (LP and CD, no vintage) and books, a full programme of live events/workshops/screening in a 250 capacity live venue (with balcony and full bar), Five Leave Crate cafe (http://fiveleavescrate.com/), exhibition room (The Room), #TheGuardianGreenRoom (The Guardian digital lounge), Main Drag Music ‘plug and play’ room, table-tennis tables… Rough Trade NYC is a store like no other. As much a community hub and hang-out for culture lovers, as much as it is a place to discover and purchase the most exciting music, Rough Trade NYC is giant epicentre of culture celebration for all ages and tastes to enjoy.

 

Open 7 days/week, from 9am to 11pm (10am – 9pm Sunday)

 

Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th St, Brooklyn, NY, 11249

 

5 mins walk from Bedford Ave subway (L) & 4 mins walk from North 6th East River Ferry Terminal

 

Follow @RoughTrade and @RoughTradeNYC for details.

 

About Ruvan Wijesooriya

Ruvan Wijesooriya is a photographer based in New York City. After starting a skateboard company, working for fashion stylists and being a music journalist in his first 25 years, Ruvan became attracted to the storytelling qualities of photography. His unique vision consistently and seamlessly blurs the lines between life, art and commerce in subject areas ranging from landscapes to fashion, music to flowers. His photographs tell stories and express sentiment, his approach is immediate, genuine and curious.

Ruvan is known for the interactive and happening nature of his exhibitions. Last Valentine’s Day he and friends plastered an NYC subway tunnel with pictures of kisses, hearts, pets and roses for subway riders to take. He recently made photography as performance in the creation of an advertising campaign for Roberto Cavalli. Ruvan will be making a photo installation at the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam this summer as part of a larger exhibition about contemporary fashion photography. His work about the influential NYC band, LCD Soundsystem, is showing at Rough Trade Records, through April, 2014. Ruvan’s prints are collected primarily by other artists and creatives such as Ed Ruscha, Michael Bastian and Doug Aitken.

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JACK WHITE & THIRD MAN RECORDS PRESENT

THE WORLD’S FASTEST RELEASED RECORD

LIMITED EDITION “LAZARETTO” SINGLE TO BE RECORDED LIVE, PRESSED & RELEASED APRIL 19 FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Fastest Released Record

On April 19th, Record Store Day, Third Man Records will present Jack White recording the World’s Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.

You heard correctly. First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.

In addition, Whirlwind Heat will appear at Third Man to play their first live show since 2006 (and likely their last ever), as their TMR classic Do Rabbits Wonder? LP is reissued on a variety of colored vinyl for Record Store Day.

Plus a great selection of local vendors will be on hand to keep everyone well-fed and refreshed… and there will, as always, be some surprises.

Tickets for this whole day – “Ultra Tickets” – are extremely limited and will be available exclusively through The Third Man Records Vault to Platinum Members. Ultra Ticket holders will get to watch Jack White live recording his World’s Fastest Record, Whirlwind Heat’s afternoon performance, and will receive copies of both The World’s Fastest Record 7″ and the Whirlwind Heat Record Store Day LP release–all without having to wait in line! Vault Platinum members who are ticket holders need only show up, see Jack White play, hang out for a bit and eat, watch Whirlwind Heat (last show EVER??) and then, as they leave, pick up their bag with both RSD releases. No lines. No stress.

For those who can’t score tickets, The World’s Fastest Record will be made available for sale from the front of Third Man Records as soon as copies are pressed. Anybody who shows up that day during business hours wanting to purchase a copy will get one. Third Man promises to deliver until all customers are satisfied (one per customer, obviously!). The World’s Fastest Record will only be available at Third Man Records on Record Store Day. One time only!

Ultra Tickets for Record Store Day will be available via The Vault Pre-Sale ticket store at 3pm CT today, Thursday, April 3rd. NOT A VAULT MEMBER? SIGN UP HERE: http://thirdmanstore.com/vault/vault-subscriptions/tmr-vault-platinum-subscription 

10am - Jack White recording World’s Fastest Record (limited edition “Lazaretto” 7″) and live show
2pm - Whirlwind Heat Live
4pm - Collect your RSD exclusives on your way out of the venue and enjoy your evening!

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JACK WHITE: LAZARETTO

FOLLOW-UP TO GOLD-CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL #1 BLUNDERBUSS OUT JUNE 10 ON THIRD MAN RECORDS/COLUMBIA

SPECIAL LAZARETTO VAULT PACKAGE AVAILABLE NOW ATwww.thirdmanrecords.com/vault 

VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK “HIGH BALL STEPPER” LIVE AT http://smarturl.it/HighBallStepper
Lazaretto

Lazaretto

Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, to be released June 10th on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012′s gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month. While we await the debut of that first official single, listeners can experience a first taste of new music from the album and watch the Ben Swank-directed video for new instrumental track “High Ball Stepper” HERE.

The aforementioned Blunderbuss was the first U.S. #1 album of Jack’s storied career, also debuting at #1 in the UK, Canada, and, naturally, Switzerland. Blunderbuss was supported by an ambitious world tour featuring two backing bands, the all-male Buzzards and all-female Peacocks, notched up five GRAMMY nominations including Album of the Year, and dominated Best of 2012 lists, including being named MOJO’s #1 album of 2012.

In celebration of the new album and their 20th Vault package, Third Man has unveiled their most unique Vault package yet.

The LP for Third Man Records’ Vault package #20 will be the ONLY limited version of Lazaretto to be released. Pressed on split-color blue-and-white vinyl and coupled with exclusive album art, this alternate presentation of the album is both insightful and deserving. Also exclusive to the Vault is a fold-out poster accompanying the album, featuring a classic National Archives photo that serves as a recurrent image throughout the album art.

Unlike the lightning bolt and inverted lightning bolt pressings Third Man did for Jack White’sBlunderbuss, this alternate art and colored vinyl will be the only time ANY variation on Lazaretto will be made. Once subscriptions are closed and records are pressed… that’s it. Don’t sleep. Get in now or regret it later.

The 7-inch includes two early demos of songs that appear on Lazaretto in their completed form. Both “Alone in My Home” and “Entitlement” are solo recordings by Jack White, done while he was in Mexico. Pressed on lustrous blue vinyl and housed in the standard felt-weave, die-cut Third Man Vault 7-inch sleeve, both tracks offer a unique glimpse into the creative process and evolution of a song from its original germination to its final delivery.

The bonus item is a lavish 40-page hard bound companion piece book full of lyrics, exclusive musical notations, photos and art from Lazaretto. This is the perfect accompaniment to the listening experience and insight into both the album creation method and some of the inspiration (visual and otherwise) behind it.

In addition to these items, Vault package #20 will also include a linen, letter-pressed postcard with the same eye-popping color separations as evidenced in classic chromatic postcards popular in the first half of the 20th century. Stamps not included.

Subscriptions are open through April 30th, so don’t delay and visit www.thirdmanrecords.com/vault to sign up today.

Vault #20

Vault #20

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