Friday, September 7, 2018

Out today: Paul McCartney - 'Egypt Station'; live YouTube broadcast tonight; added concerts on sale

Today sees the release of Paul McCartney’s 17th solo album Egypt Station, the first full album of all-new music since 2013’s international chart-topping New.

It was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).

Of the album’s enigmatic title, Paul says, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make... Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”

Paul began the journey to Egypt Station with his June appearance on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, which has since set the record for most watched late night video on Facebook, with views of over 100 million. 

The following month, July saw Paul bring traffic to a standstill in London when he crossed Abbey Road on his way into the iconic Abbey Road Studios to record a session for Spotify to be released sometime in the near future.

A few days later, his next stop was his hometown of Liverpool where he visited LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the site of the school Paul attended as a child) – Paul was interviewed by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp for an hour long Facebook Live chat. And as if that wasn’t enough for one week - Paul drove fans wild when he announced a secret show the following day at The Cavern.

Maccamania swept through the city as 200 lucky fans crammed into the tiny venue to watch Paul play a career spanning sets including brand new songs from Egypt Station. Global 5-star press reports described the show as a ‘once in a lifetime experience’.

New York City was the next stop en route to Egypt Station: Following appearances on The Howard Stern Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and WTF with Marc Maron, this week will see another once in a lifetime experience for lucky fans in the US.

To celebrate the release of the album and as part of a YouTube Original special, Paul will perform an intimate concert from New York tonight, to be streamed live on his YouTube channel. For those who can’t tune in at 8:00 pm EST the show will live on Paul’s YouTube channel after the event for fans to enjoy.

In tour news, Paul McCartney has confirmed his eagerly anticipated return to the U.S. with his new Freshen Up tour. Five confirmed dates - see below- have been announced, marking Paul’s first series of Stateside concerts since the One On One Tour that played to some two million fans around the world during 2016 and 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

Additional tour dates: 

Monday, May 27 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
Thursday, May 30 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Saturday, June 1 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
Thursday, June 6 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
Tuesday, June 11 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center

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