The video chat stared with the band playing "Back In The USSR" after which Paul came down off the stage with a wireless mic on him so you hear him talking.
He sat down on a chair with the right hand side of the stage as the backdrop. Got right into questions sent in via the MSN UK site. The major announcement was not a Glasgow gig but a show in Red Square in Moscow on May 24th. Paul also announced a contest that the winner will be able to carry a balloon during the pre-show performance. The chat lasted around 30 minutes. Stay tuned for a transcript.
There will be links shortly to view the Video Chat on-demand shortly:
URL of Video Chat: http://msn.co.uk/mccartney
In fact PaulMcCartney.com just updated their site with the following announcement:
TO RUSSIA, WITH LUV - PAUL ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN SHOW LIVE ON MSN
PAUL McCARTNEY TO PLAY HIS FIRST-EVER RUSSIAN CONCERT FOR 100,000 FANS IN MOSCOW'S RED SQUARE
PAUL McCARTNEY is to play his first-ever concert in Russia - performing to 100,000 people in Moscow's Red Square on May 24th
The announcement finally marks the end of a 40-year wait for Russian fans who grew up in the former Soviet Union where Beatles and Wings songs were banned across the U.S.S.R.
The giant show will also mark a personal dream-come-true for Paul McCartney, who wrote The Beatles' rocker Back In The U.S.S.R. in the Sixties.
"I've long wanted to play in Russia but for a number of years when the Communists were in power, they didn't want me to. I'm delighted that at last I can play there", said Paul, who made the announcement today (Wednesday) during a MSN global online chat with fans on the eve of the start of the European leg of his Back In The World tour. Paul McCartney's new show caused crowd mania last year in Mexico, Japan and America - where it was dubbed "the greatest hits show on Earth".
During the Sixties and Seventies The Beatles were banned by the Soviet powers. Radio play of Beatles songs was forbidden, newspapers could not write about the group, there were no TV broadcasts about The Beatles and stores were not allowed to sell their albums. Although the Soviet allowed airplay and the sale of records by other artists including Elvis Presley and Rolling Stones, The Beatles were forbidden as the freedom of thought in their songs was deemed to be seditious to the Communist state.
But now Russia will at last get the show that the Soviets didn't want the people to see. And the concert planned for Moscow will make up for the wait - Paul McCartney's Russian gig will include more than 20 Beatles classics in the 36-song, three-hour-long all-hits set that will span Paul's Beatles, Wings and solo career.
Said Paul: "I've never even visited Russia as a tourist, so it's exciting for me now to be getting to perform there with a band and finally be singing Back In The U.S.S.R. and all these other songs for people who, I've got a feeling, might just be ready for it".
And as a bonus, during the MSN chat today Paul announced a competition for one fan to win a prize of not only attending the Moscow show - but also to be in the show, onstage in front of the 100,000 crowd as one of the pre-show troupe of dancers and theatrical performers. For details of the competition, go to http://www.msn.co.uk/mccartney/
The Moscow concert will be Paul McCartney's only show in Russia on his Back In The World tour - which starts its European leg in Paris next Tuesday, March 25th. The launch of the three-month trek coincides with the EMI release of two special souvenirs of the tour - a 37-song live album, titled Back In The World, and Back In The U.S. - a 3-hour DVD filmed inside the world tour during its run across America.
Fronting a lean new band, Paul will perform his acclaimed and hugely-successful new show that last year broke box office records in 21 cities during its 50-date tour of America. The tour won Billboard magazine's Tour Of The Year accolade as the most triumphant concert trek of 2002.
Paul McCartney's new show caused crowd mania last year in Mexico, Japan and America - where it was dubbed "the greatest hits show on Earth".
The show includes 22 Beatles songs - the most Beatles songs ever performed anywhere in any one show - plus more than a dozen hits from his Wings and solo periods.
The Back In The World 2-CD album follows the hit album Back In The U.S. which was recently released in America as a souvenir of the first U.S. leg of the world tour. As the set list for the European tour will differ from the first American shows, the Back In The World tracklist has been changed so that the European album is a proper souvenir of the European show. The Back In The World album will feature four songs not released before: live performances of She's Leaving Home, Calico Skies, Michelle and Let 'Em In.
These will feature alongside such classics as All My Loving, Back In The USSR, Band On The Run, Blackbird, Can't Buy Me Love, Carry That Weight, Coming Up, Eleanor Rigby, Fool On The Hill, Getting Better, Hello Goodbye, Here There And Everywhere, Hey Jude, I Saw Her Standing There, Jet, Live And Let Die and many others.
The Back In The U.S. DVD was previously only available in the U.S.A. and Japan, where it has already been a huge hit with fans as sales in America alone have been of triple-platinum status. The DVD has been dubbed "a rock and road movie" as it records not only the onstage concert action but also takes the viewer right inside the tour; filming Paul, the band and roadcrew backstage and offstage, inside dressing rooms, in the limos with Paul and even aboard his chartered jet for after-show mile-high party antics.
The 'Back In The World' concert show will include performance of Beatles songs never before played live in Europe.
Said Paul McCartney: "I had a lot of fun touring this show across America last year and instead of been exhausted I felt exhilarated because I am enjoying it so much. I'm looking forward to playing through Europe, taking the show to new faces in new places.
"I think the crowd in Moscow is going to like this gig - when I was thinking of what songs to play I just imagined myself as one of the audience and thought 'What would I like to hear him play?”
"So that means we'll be playing some of my Beatles stuff - rather a lot of Beatles stuff, actually - some Wings stuff and some more recent stuff; so basically the show pretty much spans my whole career. And I'm really getting off on playing it all with my new band, their energy and musicianship is phenomenal".
Paul McCartney's new band features Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray on guitars, Paul 'Wix' Wickens on keyboards and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums.
Paul McCartney's world tour, his most successful since The Beatles, began in Oakland, California, in April 2002. It has played through the USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan, 58 concerts in 37 cities, performing to one million people during 18 weeks on the road. Paul McCartney's 'Back In The World Tour' will drive through Europe during March, April, May.
The tour will include concerts in: Paris - March 25. Palais Omnisports Bercy , Barcelona - March 28 & 29. Palau San Jordi, Antwerp - April 1 & 2. Sports Palais, Sheffield - April 5 & 6. Hallam Arena, Manchester - April 9. MEN Arena, Birmingham - April 13 & 14. NIA, London - April 18,19, 21 & 22. Earls Court, Arnhem - April 25. Geiredome, Koln - April 27 & 28. Koln Arena, Hannover - April 30. Preussag Arena, Copenhagen - May 2. The Parken, Stockholm - May 4 & 5 The Globe, Gelsenkirchen - May 8 . Schalke Arena, Vienna - May 14. Stadthalle, Budapest - May 15. The Sports Arena, Munich - May 17. Konigsplatz, Hamburg - May 21. AOL Stadium, and Dublin - May 27. RDS Stadium.