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From the NASA website:
The International Space Station crew, 220 miles above Earth, will receive a special live musical wakeup call from Paul McCartney Sunday during a first-ever concert linkup.
The wakeup will come from McCartney’s “US” Tour performance at the Anaheim, Calif., Arrowhead Pond. McCartney plans to play two songs, “Good Day Sunshine” and “English Tea,” for NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev. This is the first time a live concert will be linked to a U.S. spacecraft.
The call will take place at 12:55 a.m. EST, Sunday, Nov. 13 (9:55 p.m. PST, Nov. 12) as the concert is nearing its end; and McArthur and Tokarev are awakening for the 44th day of their six month mission in space. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV, with video expected of McArthur and Tokarev and audio from both locations.
During his tour, McCartney has paid tribute to the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-114 mission, a flight to the space station last summer. On Aug. 9, the Beatles’ classic “Good Day Sunshine” was played as a wakeup call for Discovery’s crew because of a favorable weather forecast for landing that morning.
“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.” McCartney is nearing the end of his 11-week “US” tour.
“Since people were first awakened on the moon by mission control, wakeup songs have been a space tradition to brighten the crew’s day and get them off to a great start,” said astronaut Eileen Collins, who commanded Discovery. “We’re honored that Paul McCartney will be a part of this historic delivery of music for Bill and Valery. It will surely give them a big boost as they continue through their research mission.” […]
From paulmccartney.com, November 10, 2005:
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: www.nasa.gov 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.
From paulmccartney.com, November 12th 2015:
“I heard somewhere that to wake up the astronauts in the morning NASA had used ‘Good Day Sunshine’ and I thought, ‘That is so cool, I’d love to do that live’. So then it all got set up with NASA – my tour team talked to them – it was very exciting. We were all very excited!
‘It was really great, and it was super lo-fi. Even though it was an amazingly hi-tech event – to connect us – we were at Anaheim in Los Angeles and there was a lot of cool people at the show! I remember Bob Iger, head of Disney was there. So yeah, it had all been set up and we knew just about when it would be happening in the show. But I had said to our guys, ‘Can you find some way of letting me know it’s 5 minutes to go. You know, like a countdown?’ So they had cards they were holding up! So I knew I could say – with three minutes to go – ‘OK, I tell you what, by the way, have we got a surprise for you! And what I want you to do is, when I say ‘123’ we’ll ALL say good morning to the astronauts!’ And then we’re going to play a couple of songs for them!
‘It was very exciting! And they came through a bit crackly at first (imitates the noise), and then the pictures came through and they did the weightless thing! A little somersault! And I said, ‘That is just so cool! Could you do that again! Could you do the weightless thing again?’ And the audience loved it! It was really special. What a blast it was to do it! To be singing to people somersaulting weightlessly in space!”
Last updated on October 13, 2020
Setlist for the concert