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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Paul McCartney attends Clive Davis’s book party and hints at new album

Last updated on February 7, 2021


  • Location: The Hamptons, USA


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From Showbiz411, August 11, 2013:

Exclusive: Paul McCartney tells me that his new album will arrive this year, before the end of 2013. It may be sooner than that. The only reason McCartney would play at Clear Channel’s I Heart Radio confab in late September–which he seems to be doing– is to promote the new album. (It’s not like Clear Channel has to be persuaded to play classic Macca or Beatles.)

I ran into McCartney last night at Clive Davis’s swanky book party in the Hamptons. The eternally young ex Beatle and I discussed his recent collaboration with Italian deejays The Bloody Beetroots. I also mentioned to him how much I love Sing the Changes from his latest Fireman album. These are all considered experimental by Paul, whose last album of new material was the excellent “Memory Almost Full” in 2007.

When I asked if the new album was coming after the new year, McCartney looked surprised. “No,” he said, “Now. Before that.”

That means that 2013 was the year of Bowie, Stewart, Sting, Elton, two new Stones songs, four new Fleetwood Mac songs, a few things from Prince, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, and now Paul. (The Rod Stewart album, called “Time,” was botched in the U.S.)

Other reports suggest the McCartney album will be very modern with Mark Ronson producing at least three tracks. We are ready!

From Showbiz411, August 11, 2013:

Clive Davis came to the Hamptons yesterday and was treated like visiting royalty. Davis doesn’t often get out to the South Fork of Long Island. He spends his summers divided between Manhattan and a country house in Westchester County. So his appearance at the fabled East Hampton Library’s Author’s Night, to sign copes of his memoir “The Soundtrack of My Life,” merited a special dinner party. He got one courtesy of uber art dealer Larry Gagosian, who invited about 120 friends to his famed home, Toad Hall, a piece of stunning Charles Gwathmey architecture set on 26 acres in tony Further Lane.

How hot was this invite? Well no less than Jack Nicholson crashed the proceedings. The two time Oscar winner, who lives in Los Angeles, heard what was going on and just popped in. I asked what brought him to New York and he said, “Family stuff” without elaboration. He was charming and rascally, raising a glass of wine to Clive and chatting up old friends like Anjelica Huston, with whom he used to live, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Yes, McCartney arrived with wife Nancy Shevell and her son college student son, from their own home just around the corner. Paul told me his new album will come out before the end of the year. We talked about his son, James, who is on the road touring and playing his own songs. Paul is immensely proud of him. “I told him, you’ve got to get out there and do it. And he has. He’s finding his way.”

McCartney also talked, with a big grin, about his 9 year old daughter, Beatrice. And he got to meet the 20 year old grandson of legendary Beatles producer George Martin.

“You’re the grandson?” Sir Paul asked, astonished. McCartney was about 20 when he started working with George Martin. Time, you know, flies. […]

From Hamptons.com:

The East Hampton Library will host their annual Authors Night fundraising event on Saturday, August 10 2013. The event was founded in 2005 by Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith. Originally featuring just a handful of dinners and a few hundred attendees, the event has since expanded to become the premier literary occasion in the Hamptons with over 125 featured authors and more than 1,000 guests in attendance. […]

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