UPDATE: The trailer for "All Together Now" is up on YouTube.
It appears that Paul McCartney and Youth did cancel their appearance as the Fireman on Later with Jools Holland. "F" informed me last week that the Goldmine Trash blog reported that they had pulled out in order for Paul to rehearse for his performance in Israel. I don't know why it was canceled, but I'm pretty sure that the official reason has nothing to do with the real reason.
I'm a little concerned about the Fireman project. I still have not seen a release date for the album and there have been some significant changes at the Hear Music Label, which released Paul's last album "Memory Almost Full." I haven't seen anything from Capitol either about the project. The charity song, "Lifelong Passion" and the collaboration with Nitin Sawhney titled "My Soul" could be the closest things we get this year to a Fireman album. But anything could happen. If these one off concerts really are the lead in to his final world tour, it would make sense to delay the release of new recordings.
The Israel concert is making worldwide news, particularly after someone reported that Paul had received threats from terrorists. Headlines like "Paul McCartney promises Israel gig will go ahead despite death threats" are unsettling to fans. But, WorldNetDaily offered some comforting news: "Expert: No credible threat against Paul McCartney."
Fans of John Lennon, especially those who believe he is still alive will be comforted to hear that he continues to produce new artwork.
The Abbeyrd Beatles News site has been following Yoko Ono's 100 acorns blog. In the spirit of her book "Grapefruit," Yoko continues to provide instructions to make our lives more meaningful. One curious post was Questionnaire 1 from Sunday, September 14. True/False question #4 reminded me of a cross between Ringo Starr and the Zodiac.
4) Your brother is the man you killed in the past world. He was born in your family because he wanted to be near you.
The Hunches Department suggests that Iamaphoney will drop Suitcase #4 somewhere near the Vatican and that there may be as many as 10 more suitcases after that.
Another Iamaphoney rumor is that the actor in the Rotten Apple videos has been replaced.
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And although I am impressed with my timing, it is Philip Norman's fault that there are articles like this everywhere you look this week: "John never tried anything, I slept with him a million times," says Paul McCartney of John Lennon.