Paul McCartney joins Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Vampires

Paul McCartney continues his quest to become the best known session man in the industry with work on the first album of the Hollywood Vampires.

The Vampires, made up of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, is currently working with Canadian producer Bob Ezrin on their first album. According to Billboard, McCartney and his band’s drummer, Abe Laboriel, Jr., dropped by the studio to record a new version of his song Come and Get It, which was a hit for Badfinger in 1970. He dedicated the new version to the group’s late members Pete Ham and Tom Evans.

Joe Perry told the magazine that McCartney split lead vocals with Cooper on the track. ‘He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything. He didn’t have any cheat sheets. It was like he’d been playing it his whole life. Me and Alice and Johnny were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you – if there’s any ego-lever in a room, it’s Paul. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. If Paul’s in the room, he’s there. It was hard to focus on playing.’

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Paul McCartney has announced a set of UK and European live shows as part of his Out There tour, including The O2 Arena in May, plus shows in Birmingham, Liverpool and a headline slot at Roskilde Festival in Denmark in July ‘ full set of dates below.

The O2 Arena on May 23rd coincides with the 50th anniversary of Yesterday, to which Paul says, ‘I’m often never aware of these anniversaries until someone points it out. People always say to me ‘hey, did you know it was 30 years since this and 30 years since that’, so it’s impossible to stay on top of it all. But I never need an excuse to celebrate so it’s always nice to hear! For me it’s a happy coincidence that The O2 show falls at this time. It’s great that people all over the world reacted so well to the song, it’s all you can hope for! It feels like it has taken on a life of its own over the years. The song still is and always has been an important part of our live show. It’s always very emotional for me to hear crowds singing it so loudly at my concerts and I’m looking forward to singing it along with the audience at the O2 in May.’
05/23 ‘ London, UK ‘ The O2
05/27 ‘ Birmingham, UK ‘ Barclaycard Arena
05/28 ‘ Liverpool, UK ‘ Echo Arena
06/05 ‘ Marseille, France ‘ Nouveau Stade Velodrome
06/07 ‘ Amsterdam, Holland ‘ ZiggoDome
06/11 ‘ Paris, France ‘ Stade De France
07/04 ‘ Denmark ‘ Roskilde Festival
07/07 ‘ Oslo, Norway ‘ Telenor Arena
07/09 ‘ Stockholm, Sweden ‘ Tele2 Arena
Tickets on sale Monday March 9 at 10 AM.

In the first 18 months since its launch, Paul’s incredible ‘Out There’ tour has been seen by almost two million people around the world. So far, this tour has seen Paul and his band perform a total of 64 shows in 12 different countries in venues of all different shapes and sizes.

Now, Paul announces plans to come back to Europe this year for nine special dates in places he’s not yet visited with his current tour. The shows will include his first concerts in the UK since 2012’s special Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall. Paul will return to France for two concerts for the first time since being awarded France’s highest award, the Legion of Honour, in 2012 for services to music. The last time that Paul visited the Dutch capital of Amsterdam was when he toured with Wings in 1972. In July the tour will see Paul and his band at their first European festival in five years with a headlining slot at Denmark’s Roskilde. The show in Norway, Oslo sees him returning after last playing there as part of 2004’s ‘O4 Summer Tour’ and his show in Stockholm will be his first there since 2011’s ‘On The Run’ tour.

These new shows will mark the second time the ‘Out There’ tour has come to Europe since June 2013 when Paul performed in Poland, Italy and Austria.

Talking about playing shows in the UK Paul said: ‘It’s always great when you get to play in your home country. It’s been a little while since I’ve performed here so we’re planning a few surprises and looking forward to playing some songs we’ve never played here. We’ve taken this tour all over the world but there’s nothing quite like rocking out with your home audience. We’ll see you soon.’