McCartney Live in Space

10 November 2006

PAUL McCARTNEY TO BECOME FIRST-EVER TO BROADCAST LIVE MUSIC INTO SPACE LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM 'US' TOUR CONCERT IN ANAHEIM SET TO WAKE UP CREW WITH A SPOT OF 'ENGLISH TEA' AND WISHES FOR A 'GOOD DAY SUNSHINE' The international space station crew, 220 miles above Earth, will take a special live musical wakeup call from Paul McCartney November 12th in a first-ever concert linkup.

The broadcast is slated to include 'English Tea,' from his latest critically hailed album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, as well as the Beatles classic 'Good Day Sunshine.' The call will emanate from McCartney's "US" Tour performance from Anaheim, California's Arrowhead Pond. Aboard the house-sized orbiting station, NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev are in the midst of a six-month flight. McCartney is nearing the end of his 11-week "US" concert tour done in support of his latest critically acclaimed album, 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.' During his tour, McCartney has paid tribute to the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, a mission that took place earlier this year. On Aug. 9, the crew of Discovery received a good weather forecast for a second landing attempt, during which the Beatles' classic "Good Day Sunshine" was played as a wakeup call by Mission Control. "I was extremely proud to find out that one of my songs was played for the crew of Discovery this summer," McCartney said. " In our concert we hope to repay the favor.' The call to the station will mark the first time a live concert has been linked to a U.S. spacecraft.

The call will take place at 12:55 a.m. EST Nov. 13 (9:55 p.m. PST Nov. 12), as the concert is nearing its end and McArthur and Tokarev are awakening for their 44th day in space. The call will be broadcast live on NASA Television, with audio from both the concert and the station and video expected of McArthur and Tokarev. McArthur and Tokarev are the 12th crew of the station, which has had a continuous human presence aboard for more than five years. The station has an internal volume larger than an average three-bedroom house and includes the most sophisticated space laboratory ever flown. For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: NASA TV's Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they're on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization.

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