For Whom The Bell Tells...Issue 12

For Whom The Bell Tells...Issue 12

It always pays to prepare for something unexpected just around the
corner in Macca's world, but even we were surprised when we heard Paul
had been taking this very literally indeed recently. As usual, the
boss had been dropped a few streets away from his Soho office
affectionately dubbed the Bat Cave by the Macca camp to stretch his
legs and mentally prepare for the day ahead. So far, so normal. As you
may have read in the papers, Paul was crossing the road at traffic
lights on London's hectic Oxford Street when he spotted a bicycle
courier heading towards him at high speed. Ever the knight in shining
armour, Paul immediately sprung into action, grabbed the woman next to
him and threw her out of the way, ensuring she narrowly missed the
crazed cyclist hitting her by mere moments. Seems like as well as
being a living legend, Macca's also moonlighting as a real life super
hero these days too, casually saving lives as he makes his way to the
Bat Cave to start another day. Phew! It could only happen to Paul!

Back in the office itself, things didn't get any quieter
either. Mind you, the nerve station for all things Paul McCartney
isn't exactly your average office. The conversation is more likely to
revolve around meetings with the President of the USA, than your
average gossip round the water cooler! Just the other day, Tom Meighan
of Kasabian took time out from fronting one of Britain's biggest bands
to pop by and interview Paul about the forthcoming 'Band on The Run'
re-release for NME. More used to filling stadiums himself then firing
questions, Tom actually did a brilliant job and Paul really enjoyed
chatting with him. Even though Tom admitted to us beforehand he was
more nervous about it than he had ever been about playing one of
Kasabian's sold-out shows. No one would have guessed though. Check out
this week's NME for the results and Tom declaring Paul to be an
amazing geezer!

The pair had another chance to catch up earlier this week too
when Paul attended the Q Awards and was presented with the Classic
Album award by none other than‚ Tom again! They have to stop
bumping into each other like this. The award, of course, was for the
incredible 'Band on the Run' album and Paul dedicated the award on the
night to Linda, saying: This album was quite a struggle to make. The
Beatles were a pretty hard act to follow, and we were going to follow
them. On the eve of the album's re-release, it was certainly a good
way to celebrate an amazing album and Paul had a great time at the
awards alongside the likes of Take That, Ray Davies, Tinie Tempah, The
Chemical Brothers and Florence and the Machine amongst others.

While the music industry nursed their collective hangovers the
following day, though, there was no stopping Macca, who was back doing
what he does best to deliver a stunning performance at the Jools
Holland show. He played tracks from 'Band on the Run' watched by the
likes of the Black Keys, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello and Alice
Cooper. Surely one of the most stellar Jools Holland line ups yet!

With the 'Band on the Run' re-release now upon us, Paul
invited Dermot O'Leary down to his studio to find out more about the
remastered album last week which you were hopefully able to catch last
week on ITV1. The two had a lovely afternoon chatting and Dermot was
able to enjoy the Sussex countryside. It was a great interview and the
perfect chance for music fans to hear the inside track on what is
widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time from the man
behind it all. The critics all seem in agreement too. The reviews are
just starting to come in before next week's release and the reaction
to the album couldn't be better, with the prestigious UNCUT giving
'Band on the Run' an amazing five star review and describing it as
Macca's best, with knobs on.” We couldn't have put
it better ourselves.

Finally, we're really excited that the next leg of the tour is
now upon us. The short South American tour kicked off a couple of days
ago on Sunday 7th November at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Allegre,
Brazil. It was crazy, a really memorable night. We'll never forget the
mad scenes (checkout the PM.com film) and the makeshift 'McCartney
Village' the fans had built whilst camping outside the venue for
almost a week waiting for the doors to open. The coverage too has been
off the hook. Endless front pages and TV reports that make our
department very happy indeed.

There'll be more behind the scenes news to come from Paul's
South American adventure very soon. So keep your eyes peeled.

Oh and actually there is one last thing. I'm over the moon to
be able to say I had my own amazing news last week when my wife gave
birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah. Uncle Paul very kindly sent
Noah some smashing baby grows and some flowers to my wife, what a
gentleman! Early signs for Noah are good, he responded very positively
when I played him the new 'Band on the Run' package over the weekend.

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