You Gave Me The Answer – Ian from England asks...
What a mad May! Paul’s ‘One On One’ tour has been very much out there and on the run – covering some serious ground from Little Rock to Sioux Falls, Minneapolis and all the way to Argentina!
Although busy with tour rehearsals and performances, perhaps unsurprisingly, Paul has also had fingers in other very exciting project pies. Earlier this month we announced the launch of a brand new six-part virtual reality documentary series, which finds Paul in his private home studio, discussing songs from his forthcoming release ‘Pure Mcartney’. (Check out the first two episodes/songs ‘Coming Up and ‘Dance Tonight’ HERE!)
We loved hearing the stories and facts behind some of our favourite songs. In the films Paul recounts some of the thoughts and processes he went through whilst writing them... and it's a super cool experience seeing him in virtual reality too!
Paul often creates whole narratives around the characters in his songs, some fictitious, some not. Fans will be familiar with Uncle Albert, Jenny Wren, Admiral Halsey, and one of Paul's most enigmatic and mysterious creations: Eleanor Rigby. And what about Mrs. Vandebilt?
Ian from England got in touch to ask a question we’ve often pondered ourselves whilst dancing along to the Band on the Run album - Ho Hey Ho! “Just who exactly is Mrs. Vandebilt?”
Shortly before he flew to Düsseldorf, Germany to bring the 'One On One' tour to Europe, we caught up with Paul to find out:
“Thank you for your question, Ian. In America there was a famously rich family called Vandebilt. So in the song I wanted one of my characters to be a figure of authority, and I randomly chose Mrs. Vandebilt to indicate this.”
Who is your favourite character from Paul's songs? Let us know in the comments below...