Paul McCartney’s address to Ukrainians

 

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18th June 1942.  He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute.

Since writing his first song at the age of 14, Paul McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different.  In the sixties, as the writer and co-author of their greatest songs, he changed the world of music with The Beatles.  Legendary albums include: Please Please Me, Revolver, Help!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album.  Through the following four decades, first with Wings and albums that included Band On The Run and Wings at The Speed Of Sound and then as a solo artist, most recently with his new album Memory Almost Full, he has continued to break boundaries and to influence the sound of music around the globe.

Paul McCartney is also an accomplished classical composer.  His most recent classical album Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) was released in September of 2006.  On November 3rd 2006, Ecce Cor Meum was given its world premiere performance to a sold-out audience at the Royal Albert Hall.  Paul received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the performance.  On Thursday 3rd of May 2007 Paul was presented with the Best Album Award at the Classical Brits.  The award was voted for by readers of Classic FM magazine and listeners of Classic FM.

Equally renowned as a live performer as he is a songwriter, Paul McCartney has spent much of the last five years performing sold out concerts to millions of people all over the world, winning rave reviews along the way.  2003 saw him play to a crowd of over 500,000 outside the Coliseum in Rome and in the same year Paul performed, historically, his first ever gig in Russia when 90,000 people came to see him play in Red Square, Moscow.  The following year, in the summer 2004, Paul headlined the Glastonbury Festival.  120,000 festival-goers gathered to watch what has now become the festival's most legendary moment.  British music bible NME declared, "Spare a thought for Michael Eavis.  He could live to host 100 more Glastos and he'll never top this."  The Observer reported, "His appeal continues to bridge generations."  Later that year Paul is honoured at the NME Awards when they present the award for Best Event for his performance on the famous Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

On tour in the US in 2005, Paul has another ‘world first' moment when his performances of English Tea and Good Day Sunshine are beamed live to the International Space Station from his show in Anaheim, California.  It becomes the wake-up of the day for NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev.  It is headline news the following morning in newspapers around the globe.

On March 21st2007, Hear Music (the newly formed record label from Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group) announced that their inaugural CD release would be from Paul.  Weeks later Paul released details for his 21st studio album Memory Almost Full.  The album was released worldwide in the first week of June to critical acclaim, charting at number five in the UK.  On June 7th Paul played an intimate secret show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden to around a thousand people.  With all the tickets disappearing within minutes of being announced, it was the hottest and most talked about show in town.  This was Paul's first UK live performance since his Glastonbury performance in 2004.  Since it's release Memory Almost Full has reached platinum sales status and received Grammy nominations.

On February 20th of this year (2008) Paul was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2008 BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London.  Paul was given a standing ovation by the UK music industry as he received his award and closed the prestigious award ceremony with an incredible show stopping performance.

2008 looks like another historic year for Paul.  Yale University presented Paul with an honorary doctorate of music on May 26th.  As he received his diploma President Richard C. Levin told him, "Your songs awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock, roll, rhythm and blues.  We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes."

On June 1st Paul headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield Stadium, the home of Liverpool FC.  Fans travelled from all over the world to watch Paul and his band perform in front of 36,000 fans.  The show was sensational and received phenomenal reviews from all areas of the media.  Local paper Liverpool Echo reported, "If Anfield had a roof, Macca would have blown it right off." 

June the 14th will see Paul play a free historic concert in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.  It's expected that hundreds of thousands people will gather in Ukraine's capital city to watch this event.

A freeman of The City Of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts, Paul McCartney was appointed Fellow of The Royal College of Music in 1995 by The Prince Of Wales.  In 1996 Paul McCartney was knighted by H.M. The Queen for his services to music.

Paul McCartney is also committed to a number of charities including PETA, LIPA, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robins and Adopt A Mine Field.

Paul is currently working on a number of projects.  Details to be announced in the coming months.