Paul McCartney hopes to record new album this year

Bassist Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney hopes to record new album this year

Former Beatle also opens up about his songwriting process

By David Sands
July 14, 2015

Paul McCartney may be busy touring now, with a bunch of tour dates this summer and a few more scheduled for October, but he wants to get back in the studio as soon as possible. In fact, Sir Paul recently told The Washington Post he isn’t planning on taking any more shows in 2016, because he’d like to record a new album before the end of the year.

From the context of the interview, it appears that album is a soundtrack for the 3D animated movie High in the Clouds, which is based off a 2005 kid’s book he wrote with children’s author Philip Ardagh. Lady Gaga has already contributed her vocals to one song for the movie, and McCartney would like to have her sing another before it’s finished.

Although he hopes to have the recording completed this year, fans won’t be able to hear any of his new work until the movie — which chronicles the journey of a squirrel named Wirral who’s searching for a mysterious island sanctuary — is released. Right now, it’s still unclear when that release date might be.

The former Beatle also shed some light on his current song-writing process.

“If you get a good idea. Or you see something. I either make a note in my notepad or do a little voice memo,” he said. “Just to remind myself exactly the feel of the song. But it does mean you have a lot of fragments and you’ve got to figure out a way of piecing those together.”

Elsewhere the interview, McCartney revealed that he sometimes listens to old never-used studio demos looking for inspiration to compose new songs.

McCartney is currently traveling around the U.S. on his One on One tour. Tonight (July 14) he plans to be in Las Vegas for a special 10th anniversary performance of Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love, which will also be attended by Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George Harrison’s widow, Olivia.

Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
July 17 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
July 19 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
July 21 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
August 7 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
August 9, 10 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
August 13 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
August 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
August 17, 18 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
October 4 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
October 8, 15 – Indio, CA – Desert Trip

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