Royal Albert Hall
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Before Standing Stone premiere at Royal Albert Hall
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MUCH MORE TO COME
The Standing Stone performance at the Royal Albert Hall was taped in
London on October 14th and will be shown on Arts & Entertainment on
November 23rd at 10pm Eastern and repeated at 2am Eastern. See the link:
Also "The Making of Standing Stone" will be show in full that same morning
November 23rd at 9am Eastern.
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Personal Stories from fans at the London Premier and the HMV signing
NBC News report London Premier -
614k or 3,354k
Geman DW-TV report - 166k
Standing Stone London raw
Inside Edition - Stella's Paris Fashion
Stella, Paul, Linda in Paris raw video
Stella, Paul, Linda, Mary, Ringo, Barbara in
Paris raw video - 443k
HMV signing -
CNN report with 27 sec. mov (no longer
been reading all these wonderful stories of London last week (they'd make
a great book!) and something has particularly struck me ... Paul, IN PERSON,
to look at, to observe and to speak to, has not disappointed a single one
of us. In fact, in most cases (including mine!) the experience was
even BETTER than we imagined it could be.
This man IS what he seems to be: not a puffed-up publicity
scam, not a sad replica of the sixites, not someone living on past glories,
not someone taking his fans for granted - he is just FANTASTIC.
Isn't it great to know that is true?
The Standing Stone CD
Pictures & other media, online stuff
... from England
Standing Stone performance at Royal
Albert Hall in London, October 14th, 1997
Paul McCartney Fun Club
has tickets for Standing Stone Carnegie Hall performance
Reviews - Online
issue of the New Yorker.
A gift for melody is so rare that, in revenge, critics call it a craft.
Of all the great songwriters, few have had the gift so distinctly as Paul
McCartney. Even fewer, perhaps, have seen it last so long. McCartney,
like Irving Berlin, has managed to produce memorable tunes for a span of
more than forty years. (It is probably no coincidence that the two
are among the least trained of the great songwriters; neither could read
or write music.) Through slumps and silliness, McCartney's melodies
have never stopped coming, and they all still have
the self sustaining "Whistle me" quality they had when they first appeared,
so many years ago.
A new, four-movement symphonic poem, "Standing Stone," which will be
given it's New York premiere November 19th at Carnegie Hall and has already
become a best seller on CD, is brought to a singing close by one more of
those tunes. After much Celtic panting and mooing, the last movement
begins with a striking nine-note figure in the brass, which eventually,
after many journeys, resolves into a love song. It's a piercingly
beautiful tune-not soaring but, rather, somehow floating, gently above
the heads of the musicians and into the hearts of it's listeners.
It's an English song. What one hears throughout "Standing Stone,"
in fact, is a nostalgic inventory of all the things, aside from the rock
and roll, that a musically gifted teen-ager would have heard
growing up in Liverpool in the nineteen forties and fifties:
Elgar and Vaughn Williams, church hymns, film scores. When the quality
of Th. new work dips, as it does, oddly, in the most fevered passages,
it sounds like a Russian-derived Dimitre Tiomkin-style music of fifties
movies. When the quality picks up, as it does in the slower, chamber episodes,
it sounds like English pastoral or sometimes, Christmas music. Having
written the soundtrack of the sixties, McCartney has now written a carol
for the millennium. Melody has many uses.