PAUL McCARTNEY: Surprise performance at Abbey Road studios in London
In London Monday, Paul McCartney and his band played a surprise show in Studio 2 of Abbey Road, where The Beatles did the majority of their recording.
Part of an announced plan to do a handful of pop-up shows this month, the performance was recorded for Spotify and included four songs from his new album, Egypt Station, which will be out on September 7th.
McCartney arrived at the studio by strolling across the zebra crossing made famous on the cover of Abbey Road. But this time, he didn't kick off his sandals, as he did on the day that photo was taken -- August 8th, 1969.
On Wednesday, McCartney will do a Facebook Live Q&A with students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the school he founded in his hometown of Liverpool. It starts at 9 am ET.
Paul McCartney's Abbey Road session set list:
- “A Hard Day's Night”
- “Junior's Farm”
- “One After 909”
- “Drive My Car"
- “Come on to Me”
- “I've Got a Feeling”
- “I've Just Seen a Face”
- “Confidante” (live debut)
- “Love Me Do”
- “We Can Work It Out”
- “My Valentine”
- “Lady Madonna”
- “Who Cares” (live debut)
- “Got to Get You Into My Life”
- “Fuh You” (live debut, reportedly about President Trump)
- “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da”
- “I Wanna Be Your Man”
- “Get Back”
- “Back in the U.S.S.R.”
- “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
- “Helter Skelter”
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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: Having fun touring with Steely Dan
Patrick Simmons says The Doobie Brothers' just-completed tour with Steely Dan was "great."
Though he really can't name a highlight moment or night, working with old friends with whom they've a long history was a fun way to spend the first half of the summer.
Patrick Simmons said, "Every night was just a great. You know, we have a long history with Steely Dan, in terms of you know, the eras in which we were putting out records. Right about the same time, different members of Steely Dan ended up in our band."
It wasn't just two legendary bands reaching back to their 1970s success. The guys enjoyed hanging out and catching up.
Patrick Simmons talks about the Steely Dan - Doobie Brothers tour:
"Like I say, every night was great. And we used to just be able to sit around and talk about life, and the world and what's going on -- and laught about it [chuckle] as much as we can.
Patrick Simmons talked about his friendship with Steely Dan's co founders:
"Close aquaintanceship with all those guys, particularly Donald and Walter. I live in Maui, so kind... got a little to Walter through the years. Worked at his studio a few times, here."
Next up for The Doobie Brothers: rehearsals in preparation for two nights of full-album shows November 15th and 16th in New York.
CHICAGO: Band pays tribute to Parkland school shooting victims
Chicago showed their support for the victims of the Parkland, Florida school massacre -- one of whom was a devoted fan of the band.
Before Friday's West Palm Beach show, Chicago met with survivors and families from nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Max Schachter, whose son was one of victims, presented his project, Safe Schools for Alex, which seeks Congressional endorsement to protect school kids.
To honor Alex Schachter, Chicago invited 1000 students, their families, school administrators and other Stoneman Douglas personnel to their West Palm Beach concert, and dedicated "25 or 6 to 4" to Alex's memory.
The band posted a photo of the meeting, and noted, "We shed a few tears as we met these still-raw, terribly hurt, sweet people going thru a life-changing event."
BILLY JOEL: No plans for a farewell tour, but here's how it would be staged if he did
Billy Joel has no plans to go on a farewell tour, but if he were, he knows just for how he'd stage it.
He tells Vulture.com, "The stage is a living-room set: couch, TV, coffee table, food. And there’s bulletproof glass between me and the audience. Then I come out and lay down on the couch. I grab the remote and start watching TV. The crowd after a couple minutes goes, '[Screw] this,' and starts throwing [crap] at the glass... I created a bond between myself and the audience where I know they will never pay another nickel to see me again."
Asked about his current run of shows, he says, "There have been times when I’ve felt these are my last shows; it’s time for me to get off the bleeding stage. Then I just thought, nah, [because] I have the greatest job in the world. You get up there, you make a lot of noise, girls scream, and you get boatloads of money. Are you kidding me?"
Billy's back on the stage on August 23rd for his 101st show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
JOE WALSH: Announces a second VetsAid
Joe Walsh's second annual VetsAid concert is set for Veterans Day, November 11th, in Tacoma, Washington.
Walsh will be joined by his Eagles bandmate Don Henley, as well as Chris Stapleton, James Taylor and Haim. Tickets go on sale Friday, with discounts available to all active and retired military personnel and their families by showing ID at the Tacoma Dome box office.
Walsh's first VetsAid concert in September 2017 raised $400,000 in grants to veterans’ services organizations