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The Beatles: Paul McCartney has written Eleanor Rigby follow-ups

Eleanor Rigby is one of the saddest tracks The Beatles ever wrote. The single was released in August 1966 and was included on their seventh album, Revolver. The lyrics croon on about a lonely old woman, as well as a lamenting priest, Father McKenzie.

Paul McCartney spoke about Eleanor Rigby in a recent interview, saying: “I’ve still got a few [similar songs] that I haven’t released because I don’t think they’re that good.”

He went on to talk about why he wrote these narrative-focussed songs behind closed doors.

The Beatle went on: “It’s quite a fun thing to do, to just dream up a name of a character and try and write the story of that character and then make it fit with another character.”

He explained: “Eleanor Rigby, I did it with just the few. Father McKenzie and Eleanor.”

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McCartney then mused about why he thought his songs like Eleanor Rigby stood out so much for his fans.

He said: “With my story songs, a lot of them, besides Eleanor Rigby, tend to be comedy.

“It’s me doing the tongue-in-cheek thing, whereas Eleanor Rigby was more serious.” (Via Uncut’s September issue)

He added: “I think that’s why it was more successful.”

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Eventually, however, McCartney realised this name could be misconstrued.

He continued: “I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks.

“Dad’s a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie.”

Eleanor Rigby was released as a double A-side opposite Yellow Submarine.

The single was a smash hit, reaching number one in the UK, New Zealand and Canadian Singles Charts.

In just four weeks the single had been sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide.

A number of enormous singers have gone on to cover the iconic track, including Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.


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Ringo Starr birthday celebrated by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, George Harrison estates

Yesterday marked Sir Ringo Starr’s 81st birthday and fans have been celebrating around the world. As is his tradition, The Beatles drummer asked everyone to say “Peace and Love!” at noon on July 7. Sir Ringo posted the moment he did this himself with his wife Barbara Bach in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

Sir Ringo Starr wrote on Instagram: “I want to thank all the people who had the peace and love moments at noon.

“And I’m just getting ready here in LA to do my peace and Love-moment here so I send you all peace of love and thanks for your support peace and love.”

Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his friend’s birthday by sharing a picture of the pair of them jamming in one of more recent reunions.

Macca captioned the post: “Happiest of birthdays to my lovely mate @ringostarrmusic … the drum beat of my life! Love, Paul.”

Also in the photo alongside them were Paul and George with their wives Linda and Olivia.

Sir Ringo captioned the wedding photo: “It was 40 years ago today The love of my life said yes yes yes. And I said it right back peace and love.”

His wedding day took place just over 4 months after John Lennon’s murder, so sadly The Beatles couldn’t be fully reunited.

Nevertheless, the John Lennon estate commented on the picture with three love heart emojis on his behalf.

Author: George Simpson
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Paul takes over as Suns dominate in Game 1

Chris Paul went scoreless in the first quarter of his NBA Finals debut but exploded for 16 in the third quarter and 32 points overall to lead the Phoenix Suns to a commanding 118-105 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1.

However, he wasn’t the only debutant to impress on Tuesday night, during the Suns’ first Finals game since 1993.

Devin Booker scored 27 points to go with six rebounds and three assists while Deandre Ayton had another dominant night at center, scoring 22 and snatching down a game-high 19 rebounds.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a surprise late starter after suffering from a hyperextended left knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds in 35 minutes after missing the last two games. Khris Middleton had 29 points and Brook Lopez scored 17.

Paul, who was playing in his first Finals game in his 16th NBA season, scored 10 of Phoenix’s 12 points in a 2:35 stretch late in the third quarter to increase the 74-62 score into an 86-68 advantage.

The ‘Point God’ took over what had been a relatively tight encounter to that point, scoring 16 in the period as the Suns took a decisive 16-point lead into the final period.

The Bucks cut the deficit to 101-94 on a basket by Antetokounmpo with 7:16 to go, briefly spurting into life after coach Mike Budenholzer moved his star player to the five position. The momentum didn’t last as Booker and Paul responded with back-to-back baskets for the Suns to stem the side.

Milwaukee never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Appearing inspired by Antetokounmpo’s return, the Bucks took a 20-18 lead with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by the impressive Cameron Johnson seven seconds later gave the Suns a 21-20 advantage, and they never trailed again, leading 30-26 at the end of one quarter and 57-49 at halftime.

Mikal Bridges ended the night with 14 points while Johnson and Cameron Payne had 10 each for the Suns. Phoenix starting forward Jae Crowder, the only player on either team with NBA Finals experience, scored one point and was 0-for-8 from the field.

Phoenix Suns

Points Rebounds Assists
Jae Crowder
Mikal Bridges
Deandre Ayton
Devin Booker
Chris Paul

Even so, Crowder was a team-high +19 in plus/minus and produced a number of impressive stops on the defensive end, repeatedly putting his body on the line to take fearless charge calls on Antetokounmpo as he rampaged to the basket.

Booker, who led the Suns in scoring during the regular season, didn’t have his best shooting night, going 8-21 (38.1 per cent) from the floor and just 1-8 (12.5 per cent) from beyond the arc. On the other hand, Paul was relentless with his scoring, hitting 12-19 (63.2 per cent) of his field goals and 4-7 (57.1 per cent) on his three-point attempts.

The Suns shot 32.4 per cent (11-34) from distance overall while the Bucks were at 44.4 per cent (16-36).

Milwaukee Bucks

Points Rebounds Assists
Giannis Antetokounmpo
PJ Tucker
Brook Lopez
Khris Middleton
Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday compiled 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who were just 9 of 16 on foul shots. Antetokounmpo was 7 of 12 on his free throws as a cacophonous Phoenix crowd counted down his every trip to the foul line.

In contrast, the Suns made 25 of 26 free throws – hitting every shot from the line until the final minute of the contest.

The only downside for the Suns on what proved to be a near-perfect start to the Finals was a knee injury sustained by their backup center Dario Saric in the first quarter. He hobbled to the locker room and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is on Thursday night, once again at the Phoenix Suns Arena before the teams head to Milwaukee on Sunday night.

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KISS Paul Stanley: 'Ace's erratic playing and Peter's poor quality is why they had to go'

Stanley said: “I’m the first to say that the band wouldn’t exist today without having had Ace and Peter in the beginning.

“And I can also say the band wouldn’t exist today if Ace and Peter were still there.

“So, things move on, and certainly Ace, his playing is part of the foundation of what we do.”

Confusingly, Criss was replaced by two different Erics over the decades.

Eric Carr took over when Criss left the band in 1980 – accounts differ with Stanley and Simmons saying he was fired and Criss insisting he quit. He was followed in 1982 by Frehley.

Carr died of cancer in 1991 and was replaced by Eric Singer.

But then the mid 1990s saw the revival of the band’s original line-up.

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Paul Weller's furious 'classism' outburst: 'Why the f*** would you just read BBC?'

The former frontman of The Jam was on BBC2 last night with a set recorded back in May as part of the ‘Live from the Barbican’ series. Presented by Edith Bowman, it saw the 63-year-old take to the stage for the first live gig in two years. In 1979, Weller penned one of his most defining songs – ‘The Eton Rifles’ – in a bid to challenge centuries-old classism in Britain.

Four decades on, and with Old Etonian Boris Johnson now in Number 10 today, he says he “can’t believe it’s still the same”.

He added: “Fundamentally, nothing seems to have changed.

“That song is from a long time ago. But it still holds true today. Not because I’m a prophet, but because the same sort of people are in power.”

But Weller, who has always been outspoken on politics, believes it is not just Mr Johnson who should get the blame.

Using the pandemic as an example, he said: “Why our nation thinks it’s down to one person to save us is absurd.

“There are advisers and scientists and all the rest. 

“What about doing your own research and getting your own information? 

“Why the f*** would you just take it off the BBC or a newspaper? It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Weller insisted that Britain needed to change its mentality.

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Speaking to GQ, he admitted he still gets nervous before a performance.

He said: “It’s almost a weird thing because, just prior to going on stage, especially in the hour before, I’m in bits.

“I’m so nervous and so don’t want to be there and want to go home, and then within minutes of actually being on stage, as soon as that first tune strikes up, I automatically feel as though this is completely where I’m supposed to be. 

“It feels like the most natural, most comfortable, Zen-like place you could possibly be, it’s so weird.”

“When I finally stopped drinking it took me at least two years to get used to that feeling of going on stage totally sober and straight. And now I love it.

“But it took a good two years to get comfortable, as it was really odd at first. I’d be on stage and I’d notice so much, like there’s a guy in the front row who’s wearing a green shirt or something, and now I don’t feel that at all.”

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The Chase's Paul Sinha unable to continue 'most enjoyable' part of career due to illness

He tweeted back in March: “New episodes of Beat the Chasers are on their way.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t well for the recordings and couldn’t join in this time around. I’m feeling much better now. X.”

Paul is one of the six Chasers on the ITV game show The Chase, alongside Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Shaun Wallace, Darragh Ennis and Anne Hegerty.

He previously said he would quit The Chase if he began to struggle answering the questions at speed, due to suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

“The Chase won’t fire me,” he told Loose Women panellists. “I’ll say, ‘It’s been a lovely journey, you’ve treated me very well, see you later’.”

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The Beatles: Paul McCartney was arrested and went to Japanese prison after drug charge

Queen is ‘very down to earth’ says Sir Paul McCartney

Ten years after The Beatles had split up in 1970, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had all gone their own ways. Each member of the band had begun working on some solo music, or worked with new musical groups. McCartney created a band with his wife, Linda McCartney, called Paul McCartney and Wings. They started performing in 1971, but nine years into their journey, a Japanese tour brought them to their knees.


On January 16, 1980 McCartney and his entourage landed in Tokyo, Japan, to continue their ongoing tour of Asia.

As soon as he reached customs, McCartney was arrested by the Tokyo police for possessing nearly half a pound of marijuana.

The criminal justice system is very harsh on drug offences in Japan, so McCartney was looking at a staggering seven-year sentence in prison.

Despite the enormous amount of cannabis in his suitcase, the rock star assured the authorities it was intended for personal use, and not distribution.

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The Beatles: Paul McCartney was arrested for possessing drugs (Image: GETTY)

The amount of weed McCartney had in his suitcase was enough that it would warrant a smuggling charge.

As soon as he got out of customs, the former member of the Fab Four was placed in a Tokyo jail.

He remained in prison for nine days before he was eventually released, avoiding any real punishment.

After being released from prison, McCartney was deported from Japan and did not return for a decade.


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The Beatles: The drugs seized in Paul McCartney’s suitcase (Image: GETTY)

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McCartney went back to Japan in 1990 on The Paul McCartney World Tour.

All the money he earned from the tour in the country he donated to charity.

In 2004 McCartney commented on his arrest. He said: “We were about to fly to Japan and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything to smoke over there … This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”

Speaking about the moment he got caught, he added: “When the fellow pulled it out of the suitcase, he looked more embarrassed than me.”

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The Beatles: Paul was ushered away and put in prison for nine days (Image: GETTY)

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McCartney went on: “I think he just wanted to put it back in and forget the whole thing, you know, but there it was.”

Speaking in 2018 to James Corden, the star recalled the situation once again.

He said: “I still am hazy as to how that happened but it did. I had some marijuana in my suitcase and I ended up in jail [for] nine days. Scary!”

Speaking once again about getting caught, the star continued: “The guy goes: ‘Oh! [makes incoherent sound]’ I said: ‘Well, what did he say?’ He says: ‘Seven years hard labour.’ And actually, that was the sentence for what I’d done.”

Despite spending over a week in prison, McCartney was quite jovial about the whole situation.

He said: “By the end, I was like: ‘Come on! In for a penny. I’m going in with the boys.’

“So we all went in there and it was fun, y’know, being in the tub with all these Japanese guys.”


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Antonio Rudiger's 'disgusting' pre-match comments may harm Paul Pogba biting defence

However, former France midfielder Patrick Vieira thought Pogba’s reaction made it clear he was bitten.

“When you see that Pogba reaction, it felt like a bite,” Vieira said.

“So I don’t really understand what he was trying to do there, Rudiger.”

Meanwhile, former United captain Roy Keane insisted it could have been a lot worse and it was only a “nibble” from Rudiger.

“I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” Keane reacted.

“Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.”

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Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger caught on camera biting Paul Pogba in France vs Germany match

Antonio Rudiger appeared to sensationally bite Paul Pogba towards the end of the first half of Germany’s Euro 2020 opener with France and the Manchester United midfielder was furious that the officials did not check the incident. The German defender was goal side and touch tight to his opposite number, as he tried to prevent his movement.

But in bizarre scenes, replays showed that Rudiger appeared to in fact bite Pogba on the back.

The reaction from the France maestro was immediate, as he screamed in shock.

He then ran to the linesman to see if he saw the incident but the officials were not willing to take a second look.

Pogba did not take no for an answer though, which would suggest he felt there was clear intent behind the actions of Rudiger.

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Hard man Roy Keane was keen to stick by his reputation.

“I think it was more of a nibble wasn’t it than a bite,” he said.

“Yeah it wasn’t a proper bite. But a silly thing to do.”

UEFA will be expected to assess the incident after the match to decide whether Rudiger could face punishment.

Interestingly, just three days ago Rudiger admitted he was not scared of using the dark arts against the opposition and his comments may not do his case any favours when protesting his innocence.

“Of course, they have good forwards, we have to be ready to win the one-on-one challenges,” he said.

“Just be disgusting, not always act nice, nice, nice, nice or playfully nice, nice, nice.”

“You have to set your mark against these players.”

It’s not the first time biting has featured at a major tournament in recent times.

Back in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez was hit with a four-month ban by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

It was the third time he’d been punished for the same offence.

The Uruguayan striker accepted a seven-match ban during his time with Ajax for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakka on the shoulder.

He was later hit with a 10-match ban by the FA for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

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Floyd Mayweather makes Logan Paul admission after exhibition bout goes the distance

Mayweather was widely expected to toy with the taller, heavier, less-experienced YouTuber in their eight-round exhibition bout at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

But, despite being by far the more skilled boxer in the ring on Sunday night, the undefeated legend couldn’t find the knockout punch to underscore his dominance over the dogged vlogger.

After a bout that was at times scrappy, as Paul frequently tied up Mayweather to avoid taking clean shots from close range, Mayweather admitted that the YouTube sensation had surprised him with his smarts inside the ring.

“I had fun,” he said after the bout, which had no official winner.

“You gotta realise i’m not 21 anymore, but it’s good to move around with these young guys, test my skills, just to have some fun.

“Great young fighter, tough, strong. He’s better than I thought he was.”

Mayweather said that Paul might struggle to continue his boxing career against similarly-sized fighters, but gave praise to his inexperienced opponent for putting up a tough fight in front of a huge pay-per-view audience.

“As far as with the big guys, the heavyweights, it’s gonna be kinda hard (for him),” he offered.

“But he’s a tough, rough competitor.

“It was good action, we had fun. I was surprised by him tonight.

“Good little work. Good guy. I had fun.”

Talk then turned to what might be next for Mayweather, with a potential rematch with Conor McGregor a possibility, while Paul’s younger brother, Jake, has also made no secret of his desire to step into the ring with the 50-0 legend.

But the Las Vegas native wouldn’t be drawn on his future plans as he hinted that his age may be starting to play a factor in his performances.

“I fought against a heavyweight, but I had fun,” he said.

“Even though he don’t got that much experience, he knew how to use his weight and he knew how to tie me up tonight.

“But I had fun, I’m pretty sure he had fun, and hopefully the fans enjoyed it.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” he continued.

“I’ll talk it over with my team and see where we go from here.

“You gotta realise I’ve been in this game 25 years and I understand I’m not 21, I’m not 25. But I had fun tonight.”

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