McCartney Has New Album in Works
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Billboard) – Paul McCartney has begun work on his next Capitol Records studio album, he told fans Thursday (Sept. 18) during a cyberchat on MSN.
“I’m taking it really easy and not in any hurry to get it finished — particularly with our new arrival on the way,” he said, referring to his upcoming baby with wife Heather Mills.
“So, I don’t expect to finish the album until next year some time,” he continued, “which will give me plenty of time to write material because I want to make a great album that we’ll be able to take on the road and play for all the lovely fans who supported us last time out.”
The artist is being backed by his touring band of guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboardist Paul “Wix” Wickens and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.
Thursday night saw the premiere of A&E’s concert special “Paul McCartney in Red Square,” taped May 24 in Moscow. McCartney said he “would love to take up some of the offers we’ve already had to make a DVD out of the show. This will also mean that we can take some time to put together all of the exciting extras you can get on a DVD. So I would estimate sometime next year.”
Also in the planning stages is a book chronicling McCartney’s wildly successful recent world tours. The volume will cover “our memories, on stage, on the road, back stage, and off road,” he says. “Not only for fans, but for those of us who were lucky enough to be on the tour, it will be a great reminder of the wonderful time we had.”
McCartney will perform Tuesday (Sept. 23) at the Beverly Hilton as part of the third annual Adopt a Minefield benefit concert. James Taylor is also scheduled to perform at the show.
In related news, McCartney makes a guest appearance on Anderson’s upcoming solo album, “Undressing Underwater.” Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland also contributes to the set.