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McCartney Still Ill, Cancels South Korea Concert
The Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Posted on 05/21/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT by kristinn

Paul McCartney has canceled his concert in South Korea next week due to the virus-caused illness that forced him to call off his entire Japan tour, organizers said Wednesday.

The former Beatle, who turns 72 next month, had planned to hold concerts in Japan and South Korea as part of his world tour.

SNIP

The statement said that "Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable."

Organizers said McCartney's side didn't give them details about his illness. Representatives for McCartney declined to comment to The Associated Press about his condition Wednesday.

(Excerpt) Read more at bigstory.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: beatles; mccartney; paulmccartney
This sounds more serious than a mere flu virus. McCartney had just finished a tour of nearly three hour long shows in South and Central America before he headed for his Asian tour. He's set to hit the States for a summer tour of 19 shows.

He's in great shape, especially for a someone who'll turn 72 in a few weeks.

1 posted on 05/21/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

saw him last year in the States.

Magnificent. It was like history being made.

We all know his politics are screwy. But the music was just great.

Hope he recovers.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 6:25:33 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: kristinn

Vastly under-rated as a bass player. I listened to Abbey Road again on youtube. I keyed on the bass parts. What a talented and innovative player. I do not think any one band or performer will ever reach the heights this band of beatles reached.

Composition, arrangement, melody, harmony, Lyrics, production, George Martin was called the fifth Beatle. He taught them well.

I hope Paul McCartney will recover from whatever ails him.

It’s a real bitch getting old.


3 posted on 05/21/2014 6:29:51 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: ConservativeDude

What an irony if Ringo Starr, who is the oldest member, were to outlive the lads.

Then there is George Harrison, who believed in reincarnation. He is no longer dead . . . he came back as a beetle.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 6:30:54 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: kristinn
This is what he needs.
5 posted on 05/21/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: kristinn

The concert series he’s held in the last few years are Herculean for somebody in their fifties.

I think he needs to cut back in the future.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 6:35:10 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: JPG

Indeed.


7 posted on 05/21/2014 6:36:30 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: kristinn

He should have worn shoes while crossing the road.

Get well, Paul!


8 posted on 05/21/2014 6:38:49 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: CaptainK

He did an interview recently in which he said the set is structured for him to take breaks by sitting at the piano(s) for stretches of time. He doesn’t run around on stage and he doesn’t drink water until after the show.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 6:41:15 AM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: ConservativeDude
I have seen him a few times but not recently. "We Got Married," from the Flowers in the Dirt album is an underrated tune. Sounds better live, too, but I assume he doesn't play it anymore perhaps because it was written with Linda in mind.
10 posted on 05/21/2014 6:41:23 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

“he came back as a beetle.”

No, he didn’t belive in transmigration of the soul. He’s probably Jackie Evancho...


11 posted on 05/21/2014 6:44:00 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: ConservativeStatement

I don’t recall that from the set.

It was lots of Beatles, lots of Wings, and some recent McCartney....

If he makes it to the US, I’d encourage anyone to attend.


12 posted on 05/21/2014 6:54:38 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: kristinn

He’s an amazing piano player. He can do LOTS more than Hey Jude and Let it be.....


13 posted on 05/21/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: kristinn
I know that many,many here will disagree but,IMO,*everything* McCartney's done since the Beatles has been absolute swill.
14 posted on 05/21/2014 7:08:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Have you heard his latest, NEW? Or Memory Almost Full? GREAT efforts, Beatlesque. Bob


15 posted on 05/21/2014 7:17:36 AM PDT by alstewartfan (She wanders down the hallway in her long black dress Lingers by the fireplace like a faint caress Al)
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To: the anti-mahdi
Vastly under-rated as a bass player.

Was that him on bass on Golden Slumbers? Magnificent.

16 posted on 05/21/2014 7:35:13 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: ConservativeDude

We all know his politics are screwy. But the music was just great.


Agree

He fits the “ Just shut up and sing” mantra....


17 posted on 05/21/2014 7:36:14 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Larry Lucido
He should have worn shoes while crossing the road.

When Paul really is dead, people will say it's just another hoax!

18 posted on 05/21/2014 7:36:34 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: CaptainK

I read recently that after the breakup of the Beatles he became very depressed. He needs to perform as it’s all he’s done since he was 15.


19 posted on 05/21/2014 7:53:47 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: kristinn

I’m thinking either pneumonia or something he ate or drank in Japan is making him sick.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 7:58:39 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: kristinn

I noticed that on a televised concert recently. He would sing one fast song after another, but didn’t move from the microphone, and never stopped to drink water, which I think is a mistake.


21 posted on 05/21/2014 8:00:43 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: ConservativeDude

He’s coming to my town next month, and as much as I would love to go, I can’t afford the tickets. My sister was lucky and won tickets off the radio, but she’s going with her husband. I know she’s holding her breath hoping he’s OK.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 8:02:26 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: ConservativeDude

On his “Standards” album, Diana Krall played piano on all the tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-mWqfERK8


23 posted on 05/21/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: Gay State Conservative

Nah, no disagreement...you are correct. I think the dope finally got to him after the collapse of the Beatles. The synapses couldn’t fire anymore. My wife is a huge fan of his post-Beatles stuff, but I hate it. Nevertheless, I took her to a McCartney concert in Milwaukee last year, and it was pretty good. Of course, the only songs I liked were his Beatles ones. The only Beatle who had good stuff after the breakup was Harrison. Even Ringo’s music was better than McCartney’s post.


24 posted on 05/21/2014 8:12:45 AM PDT by driftless2 (:-))
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To: newfreep

That’s cool. I love Diana Krall.

But in person....it was all Paul. He is really good.

He is also an extraordinary guitar player. I had no idea.

I guess when you are him, and you make it to 72, you are going to get pretty good on some instruments if you put in the time....which he has.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 8:40:21 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Albion Wilde

Paul played all the instruments on his first solo record. Everything on “Maybe, I’m Amazed” was him...not a shabby guitar solo there.

He did the guitar solo on “Taxman”, which was one of the better Beatle guitar solos.

And once John quipped that Ringo wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles.


26 posted on 05/21/2014 8:43:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Albion Wilde

Lacking the album cover credits I can’t say, but yes, I believe it is him. He sang that one too. Really stretched himself on the high notes. Paul loves to perform and will until he dies I believe.


27 posted on 05/21/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: driftless2
The only Beatle who had good stuff after the breakup was Harrison. Even Ringo’s music was better than McCartney’s post.

I prefer Ringo's post-Beatles work. But most of his popular tunes were written or co-written by Harrison.

28 posted on 05/21/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

Yep, “It Don’t Come Easy” was a Harrison song.


29 posted on 05/21/2014 8:51:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Moonman62
"written...by Harrison"

There you go.

30 posted on 05/21/2014 8:53:18 AM PDT by driftless2 (:-))
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To: newfreep

Krall of course is married to Elvis Costello, who collaborated with Paul earlier.

Frankly, I thought they would have made a real good team, Costello kind of provides that cynical side that John had with the Beatles.


31 posted on 05/21/2014 8:55:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

It’s not uncommon for the flu to ground someone half his age for 3-4 weeks. And then they can get back to work behind a desk - not performing for 3 hours every few days.

I’m guessing his US tour will be great, and I have tickets!


32 posted on 05/21/2014 8:59:24 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: dfwgator; ConservativeDude

Good point re: Paul writing with ElvisC - that certainly would have been interesting.

ConservativeDude - Paul has been a VERY underrated bass player. The Beatles early albums were engineered by Norman Smith who potted down the bass. It was only with Geoff Emerick that the bass became more clearly discernable.

As an aside, my fav bassist is Jaco Pastorius...and Paul certainly captures that same musicality in his bass playing.

Norman Smith, the Beatles and Pink Floyd:
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may08/articles/normansmith.htm


33 posted on 05/21/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: newfreep

good historical points!

I am told by a friend who was at the concert with me, that the bass that Paul frequently used was in fact THE BASS...(you know the one I’m talking about).

I just assumed it was a nostalgic replica...but it was the real deal. Amazing!!!!

It does not surprise me at all that his virtuosity on bass was previously underplayed. Because he is an exceptional guitar player (including lead...had some wicked solos!), and like I said before, an amazing piano player!

OH....I almost forgot.

At the concert I was at, he sang George Harrison’s “Something” but accompanied himself on a mandolin.

I was just slack-jawed when he did that!!!!!!

About halfway through the song, the whole band joined in. It was, well, something else...


34 posted on 05/21/2014 9:19:57 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: dfwgator
And once John quipped that Ringo wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles.

John Lennon said a lot of things that he didn't necessarily believe just to stir the pot. All four of the Beatles were drummers and given their other talents, I don't doubt that they were all pretty good. Given that Keith Moon of the Who, Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones and other notable drummers of the London rock scene considered Ringo as a kind of mentor, I'm inclined to respect their opinions on Ringo's abilities more than John Lennon's.

35 posted on 05/21/2014 10:35:39 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: the anti-mahdi
Vastly under-rated as a bass player.

Sir Paul would play complicated and sophisticated bass parts that other bassists would not attempt. Listening to McCartney, his playing makes me think that he isn't just a great bass player but instead is a great musician who happens to play bass guitar.

My teen-aged son has become quite a Beatles' fan. He made a great observation about While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Although Eric Clapton was brought in for the featured part, it was the rhythm parts of Paul and Ringo which combine to dominate the song. I've come to believe that this strong bottom-end to their songs is one of the reasons that their music was superior to their contemporaries and why it has such an enduring character.

36 posted on 05/21/2014 10:55:40 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: CommerceComet

You are correct. I have never heard anything approaching the sheer musicality and arrangements of the Beatles.

Yes comes close.


37 posted on 05/21/2014 11:01:31 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: kristinn

The Ed Sullivan debut was a looooong time ago.


38 posted on 05/21/2014 11:38:17 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: the anti-mahdi

I’m with you on your comments about his abilities and creativeness on bass. I’m not a musician, but it always seemed to me his playing on Beatles songs could be considered a second “lead”.

And not to go off topic, but Ringo is also vastly underrated for his drumming. I can’t think of one Beatles song that would have been better with a different drummer.

None of their songs featured extended “solo’s”, but their musicianship was superb.

Their politics notwithstanding, they changed music forever and there will never again be a group of 5 people (George Martin included) come together that will collectively be as talented and innovative as John, Paul, the Georges and Ringo.


39 posted on 05/21/2014 12:08:32 PM PDT by Nacho Bidnith (The Govt's war on drugs was the setup for war on the American People)
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To: Nacho Bidnith

You are spot on. Brad Carlson (Bun E. Carlos) of Cheap Trick fame admired Ringo Starr immensely. Brad was once nick-named by my bass player brother “OB” (one beat). Well, Brad, even though he no longer tours, still practices two hours a day, and will always be the recording drummer on any future CT albums.

We all grew up in Rockford IL and my brother played with Brad for a little over three years. They had a number one hit in Chicago. Brad is a real professional and Ringo was as innovative and creative as any of the Beatles.

I think the Beatles were a high-water mark of achievement that will stand for decades if not forever.


40 posted on 05/21/2014 12:28:02 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: Albion Wilde
No, Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight was recorded by the "Threetles" while John Lennon was in the hospital recovering from an auto accident. The basic rhythm tracks were Paul on piano, George on bass, and Ringo on drums. Same for Maxwell's Silver Hammer, as confirmed by the Anthology 3 track.
41 posted on 06/26/2014 5:35:06 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: MikeD
No, Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight was recorded by the "Threetles" while John Lennon was in the hospital recovering from an auto accident. The basic rhythm tracks were Paul on piano, George on bass, and Ringo on drums.

-- Wow -- so that was George on guitar. It was mind-blowing. Thanks for your research!

42 posted on 06/26/2014 6:25:03 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: the anti-mahdi
You are correct. I have never heard anything approaching the sheer musicality and arrangements of the Beatles. Yes comes close.

I was a huge fan of Yes. Went to several of their concerts, which also featured the most astounding stage sets by Roger Dean. He was so far ahead of his time, using projected images behind the band on the wings of a giant moth, things like that -- surreal landscapes that looked in the clouds and underwater at the same time. It was a very creative time in the early 70s. Never been anything like it since.

43 posted on 06/26/2014 6:37:25 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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