What happened for Paul in 2018

Late 2017, Paul McCartney hinted at his upcoming new studio album (“I’ll probably be putting out a new album. So, I’d like that to be something I really love and then hopefully the fans will love it too! We’re putting the finishing touches to it now and at the beginning of next year.“). “Egypt Station“, his 17th solo studio album, was finally released in September 2018, three years in the making, and his first album since “New” released in 2013. It became Paul’s first #1 album in the US since 1982’s Tug of War“.

To support his new album, Paul McCartney played a few intimate gigs

It’s possible that July was our favourite month of the year. It was sunny, we were putting the finishing touches on Paul’s new album… and we got to watch him play intimate gigs at Abbey Road Studio 2 (starting the day by walking over the famous crossing!), LIPA (streaming a ‘Casual Conversation’ with Jarvis Cocker on Facebook) and The Cavern. Not bad for a week’s work! We captured the week’s fun and excitement with a special ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ video. And if this wasn’t enough, Paul also announced the first dates on his new #FreshenUpTour! 

From paulmccartney.com, December 28, 2018:

Having joined the ‘March For Our Lives’ in New York, Paul also spoke with National Geographic Magazine about his Meat Free Monday campaign. The discussion on meat reduction is also at the centre of the campaign’ short film ‘One Day A Week’ which Paul, Mary and Stella filmed with Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson. Watch ‘One Day A Week’ HERE! Paul also celebrated International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day (here in the UK!) and posted a farewell to the tattyfilarious and fellow Liverpudlian Ken Dodd. March also saw Paul discussing Latin American music, teasing at his forthcoming song ‘Back In Brazil’.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Linda McCartney passing, Paul posted his favourite photo of her. Paul also celebrated Easter#EarthDay, the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s death and St George’s Day. To celebrate the forthcoming reissues of NEWChaos And Creation In The BackyardWings Greatest and Thrillington, we introduced listeners to some of the deep cuts from the records. Read ‘Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket’ HERE! Paul also discussed destiny and fate this month in answer to a fan question for ‘You Gave Me The Answer’. Read what Paul has to say on “fate, destiny, luck, magic and hard work” HERE!

Paul was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen in May for his services to music. See a very proud Paul meeting the Queen HERE! Do you know what an ambigram is? May’s reissue of Chaos And Creation In The Backyard taught us its meaningThe McCartney family donated 63 photographs by Linda to The V&A this month which also tied in with us relaunching her official website. Paul also wished fans a happy May Day, posted the original Wings Greatest TV advertfrom 1978 (it’s amazing!) to tie-in with its reissue on vinyl and we took a look at the production process of reissuing vinyl. And in our monthly Q&A with Paul we discussed his taste in fashion!

In many ways, the preceding five months felt like one big lead up to June. If we’d been busy before, we were about to get whatever busier than busy is – and we started it all off by completely wiping Paul’s Instagram account! In June, after a couple of weeks of teasing, Paul announced the details of his new album Egypt Station, named after one of his paintings. To kick off the campaign, Paul jumped in a car with James Corden and the pair drove round Liverpool resulting in an episode of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ which became the #1 trending YouTube video of the year in the UK. Watch Paul’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ HERE! To give fans a taste of what was to come, Paul released the double-A side single ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come On To Me‘. And to finish off the month, Paul told us about which sports he likes to watch including a special message for the England football team who were about to “play a blinder” and do us proud in this year’s World Cup. He also confirmed whether he was a Liverpool or Everton fan…!


Did you hear ‘Fuh’, or something else? In the office we were split! Make up your own mind by checking out the lyric video for ‘Fuh You’, the third song taken from Paul’s Egypt Station and the song that became the office summer anthem. After a good tease, we also revealed the final tracklisting for Egypt Station. And if preparing for the new album and tour wasn’t enough, Paul took time out this month to celebrate Vinyl Record Day#LeftHandersDay and giving thanks for the “beautiful life of Aretha Franklin“. In this month’s ‘You Gave Me The Answer’, Paul revealed his holiday reading. And finally, some mysterious photos of New York starting showing up on Paul’s social media

To celebrate the album’s release Paul wanted to play somewhere grand. And central. And a station would be good, because of the title. There was only place in the world to launch – Grand Central Station! Watch back Paul’s #1 globally trending YouTube livestream ‘Live in NYC’ HERE! To read about Paul’s reaction to the news, click HERE! We ran a Twitter Q&A with Paul to hear all about the new album. We also published ‘Words Between Tracks’ where Paul talks in-depth about each of the songs on ‘Egypt Station’. As Egypt Station was released on Independence Day in Brazil, he let them see the video for ‘Back In Brazil’ first before publishing it for the rest of the world to see. Watch the video for ‘Back In Brazil’ HERE! And those of you who remember us talking about Paul’s gig in Abbey Road in July may want to give the next link a click. Watch Paul’s special ‘Under The Staircase’ video playlist HERE! During his time in New York, Paul also appeared on Jimmy Fallon, surprising fans in the lift and dancing with Kendall Jenner. He spoke with Howard Stern and LIPA graduates Sodajerker, he answered the most Googled questions about himself for Wired, he spoke with Amazon about his #FirstAndLast. Paul also released the music video for ‘Fuh You’, shot in Liverpool. Watch ‘Fuh You’ HERE! And if all this wasn’t enough… Paul started his new #FreshenUpTour and somehow found time to write a new children’s book, ‘Hey Grandude!’ We’ve changed our mind – September was our favourite month of 2018!

While Paul was preparing Egypt Station, he was also working on the most recent releases in his Archive Collection: Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway and the very limited Wings 1971-73. But he didn’t let up on Egypt Station either creating the #COTMChallenge. Watch Paul dancing to ‘Come On To Me’ HERE! And then he published four different versions of ‘Come On To Me’ featuring some great dancing! Paul hoped US fans would vote for politicians who advocate sensible gun control, posting a photo of him and Nancy at the ‘March For Our Lives’, he took his tour to Japan, paid tribute to the late great engineer Geoff Emerick, thanked BBC Music for making ’Sgt Peppers’ their biggest album of all time on ’National Album Day’ and published a special Wild Life themed ‘You Gave Me The Answer’.

Finishing off his tour of Japan, Paul posted a thank you to his fans for coming out and making it a memorable one. We talked more about Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway with a ‘Meet The Band’ feature. Paul wished US fans a Happy Thanksgiving, paid tribute to Stan Lee, released a limited edition 7” of ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come On To Me’ for Black Friday’s ‘Record Store Day’, celebrated one billion views on his GIPHY channel, and for this month’s ‘You Gave Me The Answer’ Paul discussed Red Rose Speedway.

Announcing more dates on his #FreshenUpTour, Paul took the show to Europe finishing off the year with an incredible gig at The O2 in London where he was joined on stage by Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood for a rousing rendition of ‘Get Back’. It coincided with PaulMcCartney.com’s Christmas party so it was certainly a night to remember. Who Cares? We do… Paul released a short musical film for Egypt Station’s latest single ‘Who Cares’ starring himself and Oscar winner Emma Stone to help stand up to bullying. Go behind-the-scenes of ‘Who Cares’ HERE!December also saw Paul reissue Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway as the 11th and 12th instalments in his GRAMMY-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection. Want to learn more about them? Who better to introduce them than the essay writers themselves: Watch David Fricke discuss Wild Life HERE! And Amanda Petrusich talk all things Red Rose SpeedwayHERE! To celebrate the releases, Paul allowed fans to send ‘My Love’ to your love.

It was amazing what happened. Because at the beginning of every year I always look back on the year before and think,’Wow, I don’t know how we’re going to top that!’ I mean, there’s so much great stuff! And then like it’s like a miracle! Something crops up – or we do a little show and I think, ‘Oh, that was good’ and it suddenly ends up we’ve got something like ‘Austin City Limits’ festival, or a tour of Japan! I’m always amazed at how it kind of works out, so I’m very happy! And it was great year I must say. I’m very much looking forward to next year, where we have more gigs, and more exciting stuff  to come – places we’re gonna play, things we’re gonna see… So, that’s going to be nice, I think! Looking forwards, as always!

Paul McCartney – From paulmccartney.com, December 23, 2018

Last updated on April 21, 2021

Albums Paul McCartney contributed to, released in 2018

Films released in 2018

Back In Brazil

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Charlie Lightening

Back in the U.S.S.R.

2018 • For The Beatles • Directed by Alasdair Brotherston

Come On To Me

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington

Come On To Me (Lyric Video)

2018 • For Paul McCartney

Come On To Me (Team Ali)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington

Come On To Me (Team Elsa)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington

Come On To Me (Team Fred)

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by TG Herrington

Fuh You

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Simon Aboud

Fuh You (Lyric Video)

2018 • For Paul McCartney

Glass Onion

2018 • For The Beatles • Directed by Alasdair Brotherston

I Don’t Know (Lyric Video)

2018 • For Paul McCartney

The Bruce McMouse Show

2018 • For Wings • Directed by Barry Chattington

Who Cares

2018 • For Paul McCartney • Directed by Brantley Gutierrez

Concerts, TV & radio shows

Stella McCartney's Autumn Winter 2018 presentation

Jan 16, 2018 • USA • Los Angeles • SIR Studios

Secret gig at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Jun 09, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Carpool Karaoke

Jun 21, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • TV show

"Under The Staircase" Spotify show

Jul 23, 2018 • United Kingdom • London • Abbey Road Studios

Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation from LIPA

Jul 25, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Secret gig at The Cavern Club

Jul 26, 2018 • United Kingdom • Liverpool • The Cavern Club

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Sep 06, 2018 • USA • New York • NBC Studios • TV show

Secret New York Concert

Sep 07, 2018 • USA • New York • Grand Central Terminal

Freshen Up Tour

Shows: 17 • Countries: 7

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct 05, 2018 • USA • Austin • Zilker Park

Private party for Robert Kraft

Oct 09, 2018 • USA • Foxborough • Gillette Stadium

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct 12, 2018 • USA • Austin • Zilker Park

Recording sessions in 2018

"Fuh You" recording

2018 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on Egypt Station

Mixing "Egypt Station"

2018 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on Egypt Station

Mixing "Fuh You"

2018 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on Egypt Station

Remixing "The Beatles"

First half of 2018 ? • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Beatles (50th anniversary boxset)

"Opening Station" and "Station II" choir recording

Feb 01, 2018 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Egypt Station

2018 interviews

You Gave Me The Answer (2018)

2018 • From paulmccartney.com

Meeting The Beatles : Exclusive Interview with Howie Casey

Jun 01, 2018 • From Beatles Magazine

Interview for Radio X

Jun 20, 2018 • From Radio X

Paul McCartney in Casual Conversation from LIPA

Jul 25, 2018 • From paulmccartney.com

You Gave Me The Answer: Instagram asks...

Aug 01, 2018 • From paulmccartney.com

Interview with Sodajerker podcast

Sep 03, 2018 • From Sodajerker

Interview for The Howard Stern Show

Sep 05, 2018 • From SiriusXM

Interview for WTF Podcast

Sep 06, 2018 • From WTF with Marc Maron

Twitter Q&A with Paul McCartney

Sep 10, 2018 • From Twitter

The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney

Sep 11, 2018 • From GQ Magazine

Paul McCartney: Fuh the win

Sep 14, 2018 • From NME

Interview for CHOI981 Radio X Quebec

Sep 15, 2018 • From CHOI981 Radio X Quebec

The real Paul McCartney faces his demons

October 2018 • From MOJO

Interview for 60 Minutes (CBS)

Oct 01, 2018 • From CBS

You Gave Me The Answer - 'Wild Life' Special

Oct 29, 2018 • From paulmccartney.com

Interview with Cinra.net

Oct 31, 2018 • From CINRA.NET

I Enjoyed The Memories It Brought Back

Nov 01, 2018 • From MOJO

You Gave Me The Answer - 'Red Rose Speedway' Special

Nov 26, 2018 • From paulmccartney.com

Paul McCartney se confie sur des souvenirs de Johnny

Nov 28, 2018 • From Le Parisien


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