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2003 - Page 2

Extra seats for Paul McCartney's RDS show

Extra seats are being put on sale for Paul McCartney's Back in the World Tour at the RDS on Tuesday 27 May.

This will be McCartney's first show in Dublin since he played here with the Beatles in the Adelphi Cinema in November 1963.

The concert is part of McCartney's first tour of Europe since his 1993 New World Tour.

The extra seats will go on sale Thursday 10 April at 9am from Ticketmaster.


John Lennon's Drawings go on show in Dublin

John Lennon's art is to go on display in a Dublin gallery this week. The exhibition will include copies of some of his erotic drawings which were confiscated by Scotland Yard in 1970.

Yoko Ono has a collection of 1.600 of John's works, a selection of which go on display from Friday (28th March) at the Apollo Gallery in Dawson Street.

As well as original drawings, the Apollo's exhibition will feature limited edition prints that will be on sale for between €2,900 and €11,000. Hand-written John Lennon lyrics will also be sold, including those of Imagine and Woman. Prices start at €6,000.

The Apollo was offered the exhibition because of its growing reputation as a home for 'rock art'.


Paul McCartney to Play in Ireland

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Paul McCartney is coming to Ireland in May for a show at Dublin's RDS Arena.

The date of McCartney's first Irish gig in 40 years is 27 May with tickets, priced at €75 and €105, going on sale Thursday week(27th Feb).


The John Lennon Art Collection

The John Lennon Art Collection just arrived in Belfast.
It's in The Tom Caldwell Art Gallery, 40-42 Bradbury Place, Belfast, BT7 1RT and it ends on 15/3/03 at 1pm.

The gallery is open Mon-Fri 9.30-5.00pm. You can contact the gallery:- Tel-028 90323226, Fax028 90233437 and e:mail @- info@tomcaldwellgallery.com, www.tomcaldwellgallery.com

The collection consists of over 100 limited prints of drawings and etchings by John. There are some original drawing by John, personally lent byYOKO.


You Always Give Me Your Money!

Paul McCartney is the highest earning celebrity in the world, according to a new rich list compiled by PEOPLE magazine.

Paul, the biggest earning touring artist of last year, is worth an estimated £620 million, and pulled in a whopping £120 million last year alone. £65 million was earned through album sales and his US tour, while the rest came from the former Beatles star's extensive publishing rights catalogue, which includes songs by Buddy Holly.

As has been previously reported on NME.COM, Macca will increase his fortune when he tours the UK in April. The tour, said to be supported by his own alter ego band The Firemen, will be the star's first in a decade.


Firestarter

Sir Paul McCartney is planning to be his own secret support act for his first UK tour in a decade.

Macca is set to kick off dates in the UK in April. He says he wants his musical alter ego The Fireman to be the warm-up before he takes the stage for his own show, ananova reports.

The Fireman is in fact Paul and some-time Orb associate turned producer Youth. They released two underground ambient electonica albums in the 90s - 'Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest' in 1993 and 'Rushes' in 1998.

"What we were thinking of doing is a prelude, a pre-show thing, so that you come in and the atmosphere is a bit like a club," said Paul.

"Maybe we're going to use The Fireman, some Fireman music. I thought of getting Youth and the Fireman to do some special mixes, and then it'll grow in intensity."

The name is thought to come from Beatles classic 'Penny Lane' which includes the line "And then the Fireman rushes in.

Paul is set to play 22 Beatles songs during the forthcoming tour.


Witness to the Beatles revolution, dies

A woman who helped lead the Beatles on their first steps to international stardom has died of suspected CJD.

Beryl Adams, the first secretary of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, died early Saturday afternoon after a short savage illness. Yesterday tributes were flowing to mark the unusual, if tragic, life of 66-year-old Ms Adams who had worked for Brian Epstein in the early 60s when he was forging the fledgling Beatles. She also later worked for Cavern Club owner Ray McFall and had even briefly managed her own band, The Kirkbys, who have recently reformed.

Ms Adams's partner for the last 12 years was Allan Williams, ironically the man who managed the Beatles before Brian Epstein. Yesterday Mr Williams told of his devastation at Beryl's unexpected passing. "The years with her have been the best of my life. "I have lost a rock and a dear friend and companion."

Peter Grant, who set up the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo website dedicated to the Beatles and Mersey Beat music, said: "Beryl's story as part of that fantastic musical revolution is one that has never been properly told. "She was loyal to the band and Brian Epstein for years and yet was there right at the beginning.

"She was a terrific lady." Ms Adams was once also married for three years to Cavern disc jockey Bob Wooler who died a little over a year ago. Theirs was a special if turbulent relationship, which continued even after divorce and Beryl was a leading mourner at Mr Wooler's funeral.

She married her second husband, Peter Mullins, in the 1970s after abandoning the wild life she had led as part of the Mersey Beat boom. They had a son Simon, now in his 30s, to whom she was devoted. For years, Ms Adams worked as a doctor's receptionist in West Derby unwilling to talk about her helterskelter life in the wake of the Beatles and Epstein.

She was a long-time neighbour and friend of Pete Best who had been sacked from the Beatles early on. Ms Adams had been living alone for several years in a flat in the Alfred Stocks Housing complexin Dingle, Liverpool, just a few doors down the corridor from Mr Williams who was her constant companion.

Earlier this year, she was excited to learn that a book tracing her fascinating life - called presciently The Tragical History Tour - was to be launched at this summer's Estrel Beatles Festival in Berlin and later at the Liverpool Beatles Convention.

According to Mr Williams, she was looking forward to talking to the expected thousands of Beatles fans about her involvement. "Now she won't be able to enjoy these latter day moments of reflected glory. It is just so sad," added Mr Williams.

But her sister and son last night revealed that they want the book to ahead as a tribute to her life. "It is what she would have wanted," said Mrs Ash..


Beatles Museum Shows Harrison's First Guitar

George Harrison's first guitar went on display at the Beatles museum in Liverpool, the day the "Quiet Beatle" would have turned 60.

The small acoustic wooden guitar, which George bought in the mid-1950s, is valued at $800,000 and has been loaned indefinitely to the Beatles Story museum by a British collector who recently bought it in the United States.

"We are expecting a really busy day," museum curator Sandy Quayle told Reuters.

"This modest little guitar of George's is so beautiful because it captures the promise of what was to become a legend for millions of fans all over the world." George's mother gave him the money to buy the Egmond guitar from a classmate when he was 12 or 13.

"It was a wonderful exhibit, it is about time something was done for George," said one fan who visited the museum. Another said: "It is amazing to actually see this guitar. It is wonderful for the museum and wonderful for Liverpool."


Paul McCartney Live in Dublin

Paul McCartney is to play his first concert in Dublin in 40 years when he performs the biggest show of Beatles songs ever seen at the RDS Arena on 27th May 2003.

Paul McCartney will play the RDS Arena on May 27th, performing his all-hits 'Back In The World' show. The concert will be part of Paul's first tour of Europe since his New World Tour of 1993 - and his first show in Ireland since The Beatles played their only-ever Irish show at Dublin's Adelphi Cinema in November 1963.

Tickets - priced at €75 General Admission and €105 Seated - go on sale this Thursday, 27th February at 9.00am sharp and will be limited to sixper person. The ticket hotline number is 1890 925 100.

Fronting a lean new band, Paul will bring to Dublin his acclaimed and hugely-successful new show that last year broke boxoffice records all over America and won Billboard magazine's Tour Of The Year accolade as the most triumphant concert trek of 2002.

Paul McCartney's two and a half hour, 36-song show caused crowd mania last year in Mexico, Japan and America - where it was dubbed "the greatest hits show on Earth". The show includes 22 Beatles songs plus more than a dozen hits from his Wings and solo periods. With 22 Beatles songs in the set, Paul McCartney's show will feature twice the number of songs that The Beatles played in their 11-song set in Dublin in 1965.

The 'Back In The World' show in Dublin will include performance of Beatles songs never before played live in Europe.

Said Paul: "Playing in Dublin is going to mean a lot to me because Ireland is such a special place for me; my mother originally hailed from Ireland, it's where Heather and I chose to be married and I have a lot of ties with the land and the people. It's been a long time since I played there, so I'm hoping that this will be one rocking night to remember.

"I think people are going to like this gig - when I was thinking of what songs to play I just imagined myself as one of the audience and thought 'What would I like to hear him play?'

"So that means we'll be playing some of my Beatles stuff - rather a lot of Beatles stuff, actually - some Wings stuff and some more recent stuff; so basically the show pretty much spans my whole career. And I'm really getting off on playing it all with my new band, their energy and musicianship is phenomenal".

Paul McCartney's new band features Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitars, Paul 'Wix' Wickens on keyboards and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums.

In tandem with the European tour, on March 17th EMI Music will release two special souvenirs of the tour - a 37-song live album of the show, titled 'Back In The World' and 'Back In The U.S.' - a 3-hour DVD filmed inside the tour during its run across America.

The 'Back In The World' 2-CD album follows the 'Back In The U.S.' album that was recently released in America as a souvenir of the first US leg of the world tour. As the set list of songs for the European tour will differ from the American shows, the 'Back In The World' tracklist has been changed so that the European album is a proper souvenir of the European show.

The 'Back In The World' album will feature She's Leaving Home, Calico Skies, Michelle and Let 'Em In - alongside such classics as All My Loving, Back In The USSR, Band On The Run, Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, Carry That Weight, Coming Up, Eleanor Rigby, Fool On The Hill, Getting Better, Hello Goodbye, Here There And Everywhere, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, Jet, Live And Let Die and many others.

The 'Back In The US' DVD was previously only available in the USA and Japan, where it has already been a huge hit as sales in America alone have been triple-platinum status. The DVD has been dubbed "a rock and road movie" as it reveals not only the onstage concert action but also takes the viewer right inside the tour, filming Paul, his band and roadcrew backstage and offstage; inside dressing rooms, in the limos with Paul and even aboard his chartered jet for after-show mile-high party antics.

Paul McCartney's world tour, his most successful since The Beatles, began in Oakland, California, in April 2002. It has played through the USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan, 58 concerts in 37 cities, performing to one million people and breaking boxoffice records in 21 towns during 18 weeks on the road. Paul McCartney's 'Back In The World Tour' will drive through Europe during March, April and May. The tour will include concerts in:

Paris - March 25
Barcelona - March 28
Sheffield - April 5 & 6
Manchester - April 9
Birmingham - April 13 & 14
London - April 18 & 19
Arnhem - April 25
Koln - April 27
Hannover - April 30
Vienna - May 14
Hamburg - May 21
Dublin - May 27


Paul to Play in England

Paul McCartney is to play his first UK gigs in a decade during April - and promises the biggest show of Beatles songs ever seen in the UK.

Paul will open his seven date tour in Sheffield on April 5, rounding up with two shows in London on April 18 and 19. The tour will be his first in Britain since the New World Tour of 1993.


Final Beatles Album to See Re-release

More than 30 years after the initial release of the Beatles’ swansong, Let It Be, Paul McCartney can finally stop complaining. The album, which was released in 1970 to coincide with a film of the same name, was cobbled together from numerous recordings the Fab Four initially laid down for an LP to be titled Get Back.

However, tensions in the band caused plans for that album to be scrapped, with the group instead going on to record Abbey Road before finally splitting up. Since Let It Be was released after the fact, producer Phil Spector was brought in to spruce things up, adding extra strings and production to a number of songs - much to the ire of Mr. McCartney.

Now, for the first time, Apple Records will be offering a new version of Let It Be featuring all of the songs in their original form, before Spector got his hands on them. In conjunction with the CD release, the difficult-to-come-by Let It Be film will also be offered on DVD for the first time. Release dates have yet to be set for both the CD and DVD.

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