‘You Say It’s Yer Birthday’: Sir Paul McCartney Turns 70

maccabirthdayCelebrating his 70th birthday today, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY is said to be keeping a low profile with wife NANCY and his five kids despite the fact that there will be celebrations going on all over the world. One of the world’s most famous living musicians, McCARTNEY has spent more years of his life in the spotlight than out of it. He first hooked up with pal JOHN LENNON when he was 15 and together they formed THE QUARRYMEN. By the time he was 19, they were playing to packed houses in Germany. After that, McCARTNEY and LENNON, along with GEORGE HARRISON and RINGO STARR (taking over for PETE BEST) became THE BEATLES and modern music history was made.
We spoke with McCARTNEY several months ago at a TCA press event and he talked about his long musical run. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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ROLLING STONE HAS JOHN LENNON’S LOST, LAST INTERVIEW TAPES

John Lennon on and in "Rolling Stone" Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

John Lennon on and in "Rolling Stone" Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

On the 30th anniversary of his death, John Lennon‘s last print interview has been discovered and published in Rolling Stone magazine.

A nine hour interview taped just three days before his end, John Lennon talked candidly with Rolling Stone‘s Jonathan Cott.

Only certain cuts were ever published by the magazine in a special tribute.

“Earlier this year I was cleaning up to find some files in the recesses of my closet when I came across two cassette tapes marked ‘John Lennon, December 5th, 1980,'” Cott says. “It had been 30 years since I listened to them, and when I put them on this totally alive, uplifting voice started speaking on this magical strip of magnetic tape.”

Excerpts from the interview that will hit newsstands Friday include Lennon‘s anger at fans/critics who chided him during his five-year break from music. “What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean,” Lennon says. “I’m not interested in being a dead fucking hero…so forget ’em, forget ’em.”

Lennon also intimated at a possible return to the road, saying, “We just might do it,” he said. “But there will be no smoke bombs, no lipstick, no flashing lights. It just has to be comfy. But we could have a laugh. We’re born-again rockers, and we’re starting over…There’s plenty of time, right? Plenty of time.”

Yoko Ono also talked about Lennon at his last moments. “Just before we left the studio (minutes before he died) John looked at me, I looked at him. His eyes had an intensity of a guy about to tell me something important. ‘Yes,’ I asked. And I will never forget how, with a deep, soft voice, as if to carve his words in my mind, he said the most beautiful things to me. ‘Oh,’ I said after a while, and looked away, feeling a bit embarrassed.”

More can be read at rollingstone.com.  Full magazine interview (with pages that you can hold) in two days.



“IMAGINE” JOHN LENNON SONGS ON “ROCK BAND 3”

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Rock Band 3 is celebrating Thanksgiving with one of rock’s most inspiring artists.  John Lennon’s seminal album Imagine will be available for download for the Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Wii systems starting November 23rd.  “The songs on John Lennon’s Imagine run the gamut from beautiful piano driven ballads like Jealous Guy to all out rockers like Gimme Some Truth,” said Paul DeGooyer, senior VP of electronic games, music and programming for MTV Networks.  “It’s an incredible music statement, and a real workout on keyboard, guitar and vocals in Rock Band 3. We’re very excited to be able to bring this masterpiece to Rock Band fans.” Released in 1971, Imagine is ranked #76 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The tracks available for individual download ($.99 per song), which are all original master recordings, include Crippled Inside, Jealous Guy, It’s So Hard, I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama, Gimme Some Truth, Oh My Love, How Do You Sleep? (which can also be played with a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass), How, and Oh! Yoko!.  Downloading the entire Imagine album will cost $14.99 (1,200 Microsoft Points, 1,500 Wii Points).  As for me, I’ll be downloading How Do You Sleep?, a soulful tune featuring George Harrison on slide guitar which Lennon penned about his relationship with Paul McCartney.

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KEITH RICHARDS AUTOBIO MUCH ABOUT (HER MAJESTY, BRENDA) MICK JAGGER

Mick Jagger (l.) and Keith Richards in 2009  courtesy Traute Magsig (CC 2.0)

Mick Jagger (l.) and Keith Richards in 2009 courtesy Traute Magsig (CC 2.0)

Since the 1960s Keith Richards has been at the top of the infamous People Most Likely to Die List. “Well, I’m not putting death on the agenda,” he told The Times (of London). “I don’t want to see my old friend Lucifer just yet.”

In a autobiography that publishers fought to give him 7.7 million (just as an advance), Richards says that everything in the book is true, warts, groupies, needles and all.

Richards talks candidly about his many historic acquaintances, including John Lennon, “A silly sod, in many ways,” he says, genuinely sad.  “I don’t think John ever left my house, except horizontally.”

Aware that he’s calling the kettle beige, Richards makes certain that no one gets more ridicule than himself.

But a close second is his Rolling Stones band mate and childhood friend, the “unbearable” Mick Jagger

Likely that no one, not even Jagger‘s parents, wives and lovers know him better than Richards.  He knew Jagger 15 years before they started the world’s most famous band together in 1962 and wrote most of the hits in their 200 million albums-sold songbook.

“It was the beginning of the Eighties when Mick started to become unbearable,” Richards says about his ambivalent friendship in Life (the title of his massive but readable 527-page memoir).   Richards‘ unflattering pet names for Jagger (among others) are “Your Majesty,” and “Brenda,” for his sanctimonious, imperious nature.

“Sometimes I think: ‘I miss my friend,'” Richards says. “I wonder: ‘where did he go?'”  Richards also says he hasn’t in 20 years entered Jagger‘s dressing room.

Richards did show his manuscript to Jagger, saying that there was only one complaint his sometimes best friend wanted blue-penciled out.  “I’m trying to say the truth here,” Richards said, refusing to excise a secret about Jagger having used a voice coach.  Interesting since Richards writes much about Jagger‘s diminutive fifth appendage and fast-finish passion plays.

“We’ve had our beefs but, hey, who doesn’t?” Richards says in a way that would sound cartoonish if spilled by anyone else. “You try and keep something together for 50 years.” For a marriage, that’s a miracle, for a rock band that’s a ridiculous record that can’t be broken.

And the story’s not over yet.  The last Stones tour was three years ago, and Richards teases that there will be another soon.  “I think it’s going to happen.  I’ve had a chat with … Her Majesty. Brenda.”

Although Richards, like other hard-partying rockers, looks a trifle older than his 66 years, he’s not stooping for a Hollywood face lift, likely proud of the good times imprinted on his face.   Like a boxer or war hero prideful of their well-earned scars.

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QUARRYMAN, NOWHERE MAN, NOWHERE BOY JOHN LENNON

John Lennon (l.) as The Beatles invade America in 1964

John Lennon (l.) as The Beatles invade America in 1964

The former member of John Lennon’s first band, The Quarrymen, Len Garry knows more than a little something about his boyhood friend, John Winston Ono LennonPop Tarts asked Garry for some memories in the shadow of Nowhere Boy, the new film about Lennon‘s early life, debuting tonight.

“The Beatles are arguably the best band in history, back then they actually made good music that told a story,” Garry said, believing that Lennon would not especially like today’s music.  “Today, you get one line that repeats over and over and over and over.”

Before becoming a revolutionary, Garry remembers, Lennon as a full-blown rebel.  “When we were in school, we had a religion teacher, a very serious guy.  John said…This teacher is not going to be satisfied, unless we’re all priests.”  Lennon dressed up everyone in the class with white cardboard collars, “so when the teacher came in, and started marking the register, he looked up and saw the whole class filled with priests.”

The new film, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, follows the 15-year old Lennon in Liverpool at critical moments.  Here Lennon has been dumped on his prim grandmother in 1955, then while discovering Elvis and American R&R, finds his avant-garde mother just blocks away.  And then he meets up with another rebellious genius (Paul McCartney) to learn the guitar.

John Lennon would have turned 70 tomorrow.