Paul McCartney is up to something-spotted with James Corden

PAUL McCARTNEY:  Is he up to something new?

There's been a rash of Paul McCartney activity the past few days that indicates that something is afoot with the former Beatle.

It began with a series of sightings of Paul, accompanied by Late Late Show host James Corden, at Beatle-related spots around Liverpool on Saturday. The two were seen at the Merseyside statue of The Fab Four by the city's famous river, at McCartney's childhood home there and at the Penny Lane roundabout that's name-checked in the Beatles song. He ended the day performing a unannounced show at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, with free tickets being handed out by a production company that only identified him as a "global superstar." The eight-song set featured seven Beatles numbers and a brand new song McCartney didn't identify.

At around the same time, a strange white box appeared on McCartney's social media, leading to speculation that some announcement relating to this year's 50th anniversary of The Beatles White Album is imminent.

However, that blank has now been filled in a bit, by a line drawing of a pyramid with three horizontal lines inside it from which emerge three semi-circles that arc above the pyramid. Maybe it's to do with the expected new Paul McCartney album and not the White Album after all. Stay tuned. 

(Billboard, Ken Dashow Q-1043-NYC)


FLEETWOOD MAC:  Guitarist Danny Kirwan passes away at age 68

Danny Kirwan, whose addition to Fleetwood Mac in 1968 made it a three-guitar band for a time, died on Friday at age 68.

Kirwan added extra punch and lyricism to the band's original guitar tandem of Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer and wound up outlasting them both, although he was in the lineup for less than five years. Kirwan's first recording with the group was its number-one British single, the instrumental "Albatross." He appeared on the albums Then Play On, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Penguin and Bare Trees.

Kirwan was fired in 1972 after refusing to go onstage one night. He recorded three solo albums but didn't tour to promote them and they didn't sell well. Kirwan struggled with a drinking problem while with Fleetwood Mac and mental health issues later in his life. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1998, but didn't attend the ceremony.

Mick Fleetwood announced Kirwan's death on the band's Facebook page, calling him "a huge force in our early years. Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac that has now endured for over 50 years."

SUPERTRAMP:  Breakfast in America  vinyl reissue

Supertramp fans who love their music on vinyl can get an early jump on the 40th anniversary of the band's iconic Breakfast in America. A limited edition 180-gram orange vinyl pressing is now available -- but only 4000 copies will be made. 

Breakfast in America spun off a pair of Top 10 hits, "The Logical Song" and "Take the Long Way Home."

Roger Hodgson -- who now works solo -- has already sold out his July 13th show in Philadelphia, which opens his North American summer tour. The former Supertramp frontman has 11 shows on tap, plus November dates in Milwaukee and Saint Louis. Supertramp, led by co-founder Rick Davies, is not touring this summer.

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