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Posted by **pycb** on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:07:29 PM:

Paul McCartney has never dwelled in yesterday, even if he remembers it quite well. At 71, he's just released his 24th post-Beatles album, New, and is generating music at a pace that puts artists a quarter of his age to shame. And in a remarkably candid cover story by Rolling Stone contributing editor Jonah Weiner (on newsstands Friday) McCartney discusses the drive keeps him creating fresh music — as well as the memories of his Beatles bandmates that continue to shape his life today.

Perhaps most shockingly, McCartney reveals that although he's always teaming up with fresh talent — New features production by Adele collaborator Paul Epworth, Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, Giles Martin (son of legendary Beatles producer George) and frequent Kings of Leon partner Ethan Johns — he also consulted with another source, someone who knows his music intimately: John Lennon.

"If I'm at a point where I go, 'I'm not sure about this,' I'll throw it across the room to John," McCartney tells RS. "He'll say, 'You can't go there, man.' And I'll say, 'You're quite right. How about this?' 'Yeah, that's better.' We'll have a conversation. I don't want to lose that."

McCartney also reveals that his long-bitter relationship with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has turned a corner. Describing Ono as a "badass," he says he's moved on. "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid,'" McCartney says. "It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?" In fact, another voice from the past — that of George Harrison — had encouraged him to forgive and forget. "George would say to me, 'You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life.'"

But despite his spirit of reconciliation, McCartney maintains there's one person he will never forgive: John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman. "I think I could pretty much forgive anyone else," he explains. "But I don't see why I'd want to forgive him. This is a guy who did something so crazy and terminal. Why should I bless him with forgiveness?"

Though he's willing to reflect on the past, McCartney remains firmly focused on the future. Part of his motivation to continue recording and playing marathon live shows comes from a fear of becoming complacent. "I've always got the critic in my mind," he tells Rolling Stone. "He keeps me on my toes — 'Don't get too blasι about it.' I don't want to become too smug, to think I'm great."

Paul McCartney Locks In Four U.S. Tour Dates, More in the Works

Other than some Beatles-related celebrations earlier this year, Paul McCartney has not played the U.S. since his surprise high-school assembly gig last October. That will change, however, when he plays four U.S. shows, beginning this June, following a handful of international dates as part of his ongoing Out There tour in support of his 2013 album New. On June 19th, McCartney will play New Orleans' Smoothie King Center and on June 26th, he will set up shop at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center. Then in July, he will perform in Albany, New York at the Times Union Center on the 5th and at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center on the 7th. The former Beatle's website says he will announce more dates in the future.

McCartney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone last year and, in addition to talking about New, said that he had finally settled his differences with Yoko Ono, going so far as to call her a "badass." "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid,'" he said. "It's like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?"

He and Ono appeared in public together earlier this year at both the Grammys and the filming of a TV special, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles. A variety of artists including Dave Grohl, the Eurythmics and Maroon 5 performed Beatles songs at the latter event, and McCartney performed at both, as did Ringo Starr, with the pair performing together both times. When all was said and done, McCartney benefited from a post-Grammy sales bump for his collaboration with Nirvana, "Cut Me Some Slack."

no NY Shows announced yet but when they are my daughter wants me to take her again - had her first MACCA experience last year (?) when I took her to see "Mr. Cool" (that's what she calls him) when he played Yankee Stadium for her birthday...

I now he won't be or I'm pretty sure he won't be coming dpwn here to the Eastern Shore of Virginia - but hey - it's worth a trek north to NY to see "Mr. Cool" & the smile on her face when he takes the stage.

she's 24 now - I got her hooked somewhere around 8

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