Mark Ronson, one of several producers who's worked on Paul McCartney's upcoming album, shed some light on recording the former Beatle. The 37-year-old Ronson -- who handled DJ duties at McCartney's 2010 wedding to Nancy Shevell -- is among the most in-demand producers today, having made his bones behind the boards for such modern heavyweights as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Rufus Wainwright, and Bruno Mars. Ronson's stepfather is Foreigner's Mick Jones, who raised him since he was seven.
Ronson spoke to The Associated Press and called the process of producing McCartney both "insane" and "intimidation on another level," explaining, "He understands that you're so nervous to be working with Paul McCartney, 'cause everyone is. He gives you a lot of leeway, but then at the end of the day you need to deliver the goods. . . He's done every kind of music. He invented the rule book in several different ways."
Ronson, who's 12-years younger than McCartney's oldest daughter, Heather, said about the new material: "I don't know if (our stuff) is revolutionary, but they're brilliant songs. I just tried to give him a sound he was looking for. . . You take a master class in production, like harmonies and layering sounds and arrangement. His ideas are just incredible."
Paul McCartney's current studio process is a world away from the way the Beatles recorded such classic early-'60s albums as With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help!: "I remember being in a meeting with Capitol Records, and we said to them, 'Well, what do you want?' Y'know, they said: 'Four singles a year and two albums.' We said, 'Okay.' And Brian Epstein would ring us up, our manager Brian, would ring us up the week before we were gonna do an album -- me and John (Lennon) -- and he'd say, two weeks before -- and he'd say, 'You've got next week off to write the album.' A week off??? Wow!!! And we'd write eight, or, so songs to go in the studio with."
Paul McCartney has announced the first dates of his 2013 "Out There" world tour. McCartney is set to perform his first ever show in Poland on June 22nd at Warsaw's National Stadium and on June 27th, will play Vienna's Happel Stadium.
Beatlefan magazine posted some unconfirmed rumblings that McCartney "is planning something like 20 U.S. shows, possibly in May, June, and July. Among the cities mentioned are Orlando, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana; Austin, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston's Fenway Park; Las Cruces and San Francisco, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Seattle, Washington, and a few Canadian shows, too."
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A set of 61 shots of the Beatles' August 15th, 1965 Shea Stadium concert have just sold at auction for about $46,700. Rolling Stone reported that amateur photographer named Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to bluff his way backstage and also shoot the historic concert. The set of photos was purchased by "a South American gentleman currently living in Washington (who) is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia."
Spinner.com reported that bids for the upcoming sale of an autographed copy of 1967's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album signed by all four Beatles "has reached $110,500 and could surpass $150,000 by the March 30th auction." Dallas-based Heritage Auctions originally thought the album -- which features the signatures in the album's gatefold sleeve -- would sell for about $30,000.