Paul McCartney Video Archives DVD 2003-2005 Volume V The Beatles

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28. A&E’s Paul McCartney: The Journey To Red Square Documentary 05/24/03: this is a somewhat re-edited version of what eventually becomes “Paul McCartney in red Square” on DVD a couple years later in 2005 however this television special air is in 2003 and is a 26-camera production team that captures the event. Besides the music, highlights include conversations with respected members of the Russian cultural community, as well as footage shot during McCartney’s visit to St. Petersburg, where he received an honorary doctorate from the esteemed Russian Conservatoire and dedicated a building for the future advancement of the arts for Russia’s youth.The program was executive produced by Sir Paul, himself.

It is composed of footage taken during his concerts in Moscow’s Red Square and St Petersburg’s Palace Square. Songs from Beatles, Wings and solo albums are performed. Each song is interspersed with interviews regarding the Beatles’ banning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s, and how fans had to spend large sums of money on buying records from the black market. The film also supports the anti-Soviet opinion that The Beatles were an impetus behind a social revolution, which led to the fall of communism in Russia.

Both “Paul McCartney in Red Square” as well as “Paul McCartney in St. Petersburgh”, earned Mark Haefeli Grammy nominations for ‘Best Music, Variety and Comedy Special”. Red Square also won The Mipcon for Best DVD of the year in 2007.

29. Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime show 02/06/05: Paul and his band rocked their way through an explosive four-song set at the 2005 Super Bowl halftime show, performing the classics Drive My Car, Get Back, Live And Let Die and Hey Jude. This was Paul’s second Super Bowl appearance, following a memorable pre-game performance at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans in 2002, the first Super Bowl after the tragic events of September 11th. Watched by a record 144.4 million viewers in the US, the Super Bowl is the nation’s highest-rated TV programme annually and the most-watched single-day sporting event. Paul’s performance was broadcast in more than 200 countries worldwide. Paul made the announcement of the new “US” tour during the NFL Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime Show.

30. LIVE 8 07/02/05: U2 and Paul McCartney opened the Live 8 Performance with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. This performance is historical as it is the first time that Paul has ever performed this song live. The song, “Sgt. Pepper’s” opens with the lyric “It was twenty years ago” and it was chosen to mark that Live 8 was taking place 20 years after another similar concert had taken place, Live Aid. Live 8 was a string of benefit concerts that took place at various locations on July 2, 2005 in the G8 states and in South Africa, and were timed to lead into the G8 summit being held that summer.

Then there’s a segment from MTV where Paul is being interviewed backstage about the importance of performing at this charity concert. Then Paul performs “Get Back” and then George Michael joint Paul for “Drive My Car”, The Long and Winding Road / Hey Jude (Live from London) – Paul McCartney and Various (not U2)

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