Somewhat unexpectedly, Paul McCartney emerged this week with a wave of activity directed at promoting the Fireman release, "Electric Arguments."
He graced the "Howard Stern Radio Show" on Wednesday with about 40 minutes of uninterrupted charm. He still has the smoothest personality in the entertainment business. I know that Paul is an icon and Howard is a big fan, but it was still impressive to see that none of the antics of Howard's crew rattled Paul a bit.
You can hear the show (audio) by clicking the links below from the Macca Report web site:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfPr0dVffaA
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LDX6R-6dBo
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTvPceKnmds
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmKeysrhZZI
The same day, Paul appeared on the view, prompting some speculation that he might be there to announce something about his relationship with Nancy Shevell, but again he was there to talk about the Fireman. Paul survived several segments of being asked softball questions from what appeared to be a five-woman electronic press kit holding index cards. Nearly every response from Paul was curiously similar to the initial press interviews when the album was first released.
As required, he pointed to Sgt. Pepper when asked about why it wasn't a Paul McCartney album. Whoopi Goldberg was kind enough to wear a Sgt. Pepper shirt so that I could add it to my working list of 50 million references back to Sgt. Pepper in Beatles history. Paul also did his bit about the two Paul McCartneys again, which would fit neatly out of context in a Rotten Apple video.
One particular highlight was when Paul pulled a little harmonica out of his pocket and told the story of how he used it to mesmerize a crying baby in an airport. One particular lowlight was an awful version of "Silly Love Songs" by the enthusiastic, but lyrically challenged audience. In fairness they were probably still stunned by Barbara Walters who had just asked Paul, "Do you want to bring out your instrument?" prompting all sorts of provocative quips from the softball player ladies with the index cards.
There were a couple deviations from the script. Paul (complete with sound effects for knocking on philosopher Bertrand Russell's door) clarified the stories about him taking credit for being the "political Beatle." He also addressed Ringo's "No more autographs" controversy, but I'm not sure that it helped him much.
The show is available on YouTube at the following links taken from Macca-Central.
Another piece of this latest push for the Fireman was a brief chat with Kristine McKenna of LA Weekly.
I love Paul's talent for giving quick and simple answers to the deep questions.
Do you believe in destiny?
Do you believe in karma, or do some people get away with murder?
I believe in karma (laughing), and I believe people get away with murder, too. For a while. Somewhere down the line everyone must pay for their misdeeds.
The two most interesting answers from the man who Philip Norman accuses of rewriting history, both dealt with history.
The Beatles’ music was always wonderful, but at a certain point it became something more than entertainment; at what point did you know that the work you were doing was important?
It’s difficult to discuss this without sounding immodest, but I think I started to feel it around the time of “Eleanor Rigby.”
What’s the most significant historical event you’ve witnessed?
The death of John Kennedy. He was our hope and he got wiped out, and we hadn’t realized that hope could get wiped out quite so easily. But now Obama’s brought it back. I love it.
The second response was interesting considering Paul reportedly witnessed the planes crashing into the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 from the runway of New York's JFK Airport. Nothing sinister here, but I think it shows the strength of his desire to show his support for Barack Obama. Paul expressed a desire to sing "Michelle" to Mrs. Obama, so it's interesting that he would be in the United States so close to the Inauguration.
A few Iamaphoney-Related videos have hit YouTube this week:
"the pilgrim and the lightbearer" and "not funny," both of which originally appeared on a couple suspected Iamaphoney alias channels, have been uploaded by STRAWBERRYFlELDS
"McCartney - I was NOT the political Beatle" appeared almost immediately on the FAULofHistory channel after Paul's clarification on "The View."
Paul is Dead Sleepy - 2 - John Glenn Lennon orbits the earth by iamafunny provides a unique Australian perspective on the Iamaphoney phenomenon and offers practical advice for the living.
And if you prefer the more traditional approach (wink wink) to the Paul Is Dead rumor, check out a brand new channel by WilliamShearsCampbel, who promises daily updates (or something like that).