For Whom The Bell Tells...
As you can imagine the Paul McCartney press office is an exciting and interesting place to work. There is no such thing as a dull day here. What the outside world might not ever think about or get to see are the thousands (literally) of requests this office receives on behalf of Paul on a weekly basis and of course we do our best to respond to everything. However it's not all paper work here. Each week, in our line of duty, we get to hang out with Paul and we are a constant fly on the wall, so to speak. Well, we thought it might be nice to share this position and be 'the fly on the wall' (or more like 'the eye on the Paul') and share our findings with the good users and people of PaulMcCartney.com.
So here goes Week One... and what a week to start on.
Monday 26th October saw Paul make his Broadway Debut (hard to believe I know). There was a lot of fact checking just to make sure this really was his Broadway first, but the checking proved it definitely was. You will have read about Paul‚s performance in the news section so we won't go into too much detail, but our spies on the ground tell us it was a great night and Paul had fun chatting to his fellow cast members and Jo Sullivan, Frank's widow. Paul's performance was accompanied by a small orchestra and he performed 'On A Slow Boat To China', not literally though, as he pointed out to us shortly after!
Meanwhile, whilst Paul was treading the boards in NYC and getting a taste for Broadway, the press office was receiving the exciting news that Paul's only UK show of this year (at the O2 Arena on the 22nd of December) sold out in literally a matter of minutes. Very cool - we love news like that!
Amidst the excitement, David Campbell, the CEO of AEG (owners and operators of The O2) got in touch to tell us, Since opening over two years ago Paul McCartney has been the dream act. I'm absolutely thrilled that the dream has become a reality and this true British musical icon will play the building. It doesn't get much better than this.
Following the announcement, Paul's O2 Arena show topped the Google Trends list, which means it was the most looked at news story on the internet in the UK!
We know first hand just how excited Paul is about his forthcoming tour and how well all the preparations that go into making a successful tour are coming along. There are going to be some special treats but we can't share these just now with you (where's the surprise, people?!?) so there is much to look forward to.
There's a lot going on in November for Paul, in keeping with this year so far. Paul will be busy rehearsing with his band for his tour and will take a break from the rehearsal room on the 12th of November to appear at the Royal Albert Hall for Children In Need. We'll be bringing you all the latest official Macca news from the night itself. In the middle of all this he has taken the time to complete a new Q & A for the website which will be posted shortly, so keep checking.
As we get nearer to the release date of the new CD/DVD ‚Good Evening New York City, we are doing our best to find the time to get Paul out and about to do some interviews, so we'll keep you posted as we go so that you know where to look out for them.
For those of you with a keen eye on Google News alerts, you might have seen a few rumours and mentions about Paul writing a song for a new forthcoming Robert De Niro film. We'll be back next week for the full exclusive news on this!
For now the press office is getting back to work. The phone is ringing off the hook with various Mayors from across Europe trying to blag tickets to THE tour of the year!
Stuart Bell Paul McCartney Press Officer