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Sir Paul McCartney praises LIPA graduates

Other guests included Mark Ronson who urged the students to persevere, revealing it has taken him 10 years to break into the big time
Sir Paul McCartney praised  the spirit and family atmosphere of the performing arts college he co-founded.
Speaking at LIPA’s  graduation ceremony, the  ex-Beatle said: “What I find  really nice is that you come  from your own family to here,  and this becomes another  kind of family – your LIPA  family.
“Then as you progress into  the professional world, if  you’re very lucky and you  cherish that idea, you get your  professional family.”
Around 260 students from  the UK and more than 15  countries including India,  Mexico, Venezuela and South  Africa, graduated at the  ceremony at the  Philharmonic Hall yesterday.
Meanwhile six leading  figures from the  entertainment industry –  including DJ and producer  Mark Ronson and veteran US  record label boss Seymour Stein – were made  Companions of LIPA, an  accolade given for outstanding achievement and  practical contribution to  students’ learning.
The other 2013 Companions  were theatre design  consultant Andy Hayles,  improv master and director  Keith Johnstone, dancer and  Olivier award-winning  choreographer Stephen  Mears and industry magazine  editorial director Zenon  Schoepe, while Rowena  Morgan was named an Honoured  Friend.
Mark Ronson, whose  Southport-born, New  York-based mum was in the hall,  urged the students to persevere,  revealing it has taken him 10  years to break into the big time.
He said: “What kept me doing  this wasn’t so much a maniacal  idea to be massively famous, but  more the fact that I loved doing  what I did so much I couldn’t  imagine doing anything else.”
Seymour Stein’s signings over  the years include Madonna,  Talking Heads, Depeche Mode,  The Smiths, The Cure, Madness,  Erasure, The Ramones and  Liverpool’s own Echo and the  Bunnymen.
Receiving his Companionship,  he said: “It’s a great honour to be  here. I spent my life in music and  I know how much the UK and the  world owes to Liverpool.”


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McCartney concert: a moment in history

Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday, the first time a major public concert was held at the baseball venue.
Special to The Seattle Times
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 a Seattle music lover’s dream-come-true, and the 47,000 in the sold-out stadium will be talking about it for years. As the late Dave Niehaus said, it was grand salami time.
Throughout the early half of the three-hour show, McCartney talked often, and his personal histories gave context to classic songs. He told of how honored he was to hear Jimi Hendrix play “Sgt. Pepper’s” two days after the album’s release. He also said the leaders of Russia told him they learned English from Beatles albums. “Hello, goodbye,” he joked.
He had a stellar four-piece band, but it was McCartney’s performance on bass, guitar, and piano that was most impressive, as he jogged between instruments. A cutting “Band on the Run” was particular muscular as it segued into “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
Giant display screens flanked the stage and showed videos of his children, the Beatles, Wings, and Linda McCartney. He dedicated “My Valentine” to his current wife Nancy, but the video images of Linda, and his performance of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” was most heartwarming.
The show became legendary one song into the first encore when the remaining members of Nirvana — Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear — came onstage for “Cut Me Some Slack.” They wrote this tune together, and played it once before at this year’s Grammy Awards, in a lineup the press dubbed “Sir-Vana.”
Usually these superstar jams devolve, but “Sir-Vana” was the rare exception of musicians who were pushed to new heights by their union. McCartney then varied from his usual set for the first time this tour for a romping “Long Tall Sally” that absolutely killed.
Paul urged the Nirvana guys to stay, so they joined his band for most of the encores. Their version of “Helter Skelter,” with a sharp punk edge, would have made John Lennon, or Kurt Cobain, proud. The concert finally closed, three hours after it began, with “The End.”
Paul McCartney is 71, rich and famous beyond measure, and one might suppose he has little to prove. But he gave the Safeco crowd a gift that isn’t often witnessed at superstar shows: he made the most famous songs in rock feel youthful, fresh, alive, important, vital.
It was magnificent.
Charles R. Cross: therocketmagazinelives@gmail.com.

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Paul McCartney And Nirvana Rock Seattle

by PAUL CASHMERE on JULY 20, 2013
Sir Paul McCartney welcomed the surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, to join him on stage in Seattle of Friday night (July 19, 2013).
McCartney was playing the very first rock show at the new Safeco Field in Seattle and revived his grunge backing-band for the occasion.
McCartney, Grohl, Novoselic and Smear first performed together live for the Sandy Relief Concert in December, 2012. They first got together to record the track ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ for Grohl’s Sound City movie project.
The Nirvana members joined Sir Paul for the encore of his Seattle show to perform Cut Me Some Slack, Get Back, Long Tall Sally, Helter Skelter and The End.
Here is the setlist from the show:
Eight Days A Week (from Beatles For Sale, 1964)
Junior’s Farm (single, 1974)
All My Loving (from With The Beatles, 1963)
Listen To What The Man Said (from Venus & Mars, 1975)
Let Me Roll It (from Band On The Run, 1973)
Paperback Writer (single, 1966)
My Valentine (from Kisses On The Bottom, 2012)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (from Band On The Run, 1973)
The Long And Winding Road (from Let It Be, 1970)
Maybe I’m Amazed (from McCartney, 1970)
I’ve Just Seen A Face (from Help, 1965)
We Can Work It Out (single, 1965)
Another Day (single, 1971)
And I Love Her (From A Hard Days Night, 1964)
Blackbird (from The Beatles, 1968)
Here Today (from Tug Of War, 1982)
Your Mother Should Know (from Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)
Lady Madonna (single, 1968)
All Together Now (from Yellow Submarine, 1969)
Mrs Vandebilt (from Band On The Run, 1973)
Eleanor Rigby (from Revolver, 1966)
Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite (from Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967)
Something (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (from The Beatles, 1968)
Band On The Run (from Band On The Run, 1973)
Back In The USSR (from The Beatles, 1968)
Let It Be (from Let It Be, 1970)
Live and Let Die (single, 1973)
Hey Jude (single, 1968)
Day Tripper (single, 1965)
Cut Me Some Slack (Sound City soundtrack, 2013) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Get Back (from Let It Be, 1969) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Long Tall Sally (from 1964 EP) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Yesterday (from Help, 1965)
Helter Skelter (from The Beatles, 1968) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Golden Slumbers (from Abbey Road, 1969) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Carry That Weight (from Abbey Road, 1969) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
The End (from Abbey Road, 1969) (with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)