This afternoon after about a 40 minute delay, the webchat promoting the A & E special got underway. Paul did confirm that there will be a book coming out, "I just had a meeting today actually about the book that we are producing which covers our memories, on stage, on the road, back stage, and off road, during the "Back To The World" tour and "Driving U.S.A." and I think it's going to be a pretty exciting book. Not only for fans, but for those of us who were lucky enough to be on the tour, it will be a great reminder of the wonderful time we had."
Paul briefly mentioned he is taking his time on the new album. "I've just started work on a new album and I'm taking it really easy and not in any hurry to get it finished. Particularly with our new arrival on the way, so I don't expect to finish the album until next year some time. Which will give me plenty of time to write material because I want to make a great album that we'll be able to take on the road and play for all the lovely fans who supported us last time out." Below is a full transcript of the webchat.
Welcome to MSN Live! This afternoon we are pleased to welcome back Sir Paul McCartney to MSN! During this event Paul will be taking YOUR questions about his career and the premiere of his concert documentary "A&E in Concert: Paul McCartney in Red Square" airing tonight on A&E.
Paul, it's great to welcome you back! Thanks for joining your fans from around the world!
Greetings folks in cyber space around the world!!
Paul, are you excited about the special on A&E tonight!
Yeah, I'm very exciting, I only wish I could be in the states to watch it.
Let's see what the audience has to say!
Hi Paul! Great seeing you in the US - did the 100,000 Russian fans in Red Square sing along with all the songs as we did in the US? Best of love to you
Thanks for your question, Tori. Yeah, they sure did, in fact many of the Russians later told us they learned English by listening to our songs so they sang along with gusto.
Please tell us why performing at Red Square was important to you.
There had been much talk of playing there and during this last tour we had the oppotuniy to play there. For me to have the opporutnity to play behind what was once the Iron Curtain and to meet the people and see the country was very exciting. We first went to St. Petersburg and had fun looking around. Heather and I had a bike ride in a park and then after that visit, which was during their 300 year birthday celebration, we marched on Moscow and had one heck of a time there.
Paul, I'd imagine it must've been very emotional for both you and your Russian fans at your concert. Will you share how you feel you were received by the Russian people? (musically & artistically)
Lill, the Russian culture has a great reputation, many great musicians came out of Russia so the fact that they love my music, Beatles music, and Wings music is very lovely for me and I'm very proud of it. So to actually be there in that country with the Russian people was very emotional and to realize they knew our songs as well as many audiences and wanted to join in and share the was a great moment for me and for everybody on our crew.
How different was it to play a show in Russia in comparison to your recent U.S. and European shows?
The difficulty in playing in any country that isn't English speaking, I try and learn some of the language which is fun but sometimes difficult. The other thing is that you have to think about what you're saying. Whereas in English speaking countries you can just goof off the top of your head. However I did learn some Russian places including, "Priviet ribyata." Which I was encouraged to say which means "Hi, guys!"
Hello Paul. Thanks for the great show in Moscow! Do you have plans to visit Russia with live concert in the future?
Greetings Moscow! I would love to come back to Russia. At the moment I'm not planning any concerts before the end of next year as I haven't planned a tour I don't know where we'd be going. But we had such fun on the last tour that I would love to revisit
all the places we played, and that includes Moscow.
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When Moscow concert will be on DVD?
Because it's going to be on TV first I'm holding off on putting together the DVD as I would like it to be a major TV event around the world. However once we've done that, I would love to take up some of the offers we've already had to make a DVD out of the show. This will also mean that we can take some time to put together all of the exciting extras you can get on a DVD. So I would estimate sometime next year.
You can see Paul's special tonight on A&E! Check your local listings!
Did Mr. Gorbechov seem to enjoy himself as much as we did last year?
Yeah, Mr. Gorbechov is a great guy. I met him before at an award ceremony on Germany so I already knew he was a great guy with a rare sense of humor. Anyone that gets a chance to watch the Red Square special tonight will see the meeting between him and me in the dressing room back stage. He brought his daughter and her husband and I understand that he really loved the concert. He brought a copy of his book that he'd signed to me and a book of his wife's for Heather and a bouquet of Lilly of the Valley, specially picked that day from his garden, so he's quite some dude.
Do you know why lily of valley? Is it a flower of Russia?
I don't know why actually, it's one of his favorites, it's also one of my favorites. And it was a particular favorite of Linda's. I don't know if he knew about that or if it was a stroke of good luck.
What was your most moving part of this concert we will see tonight in the US!
I think probably the most moving part was playing "Back in the U.S.S.R." and finally realizing after having written the song so many years ago, here I was with my band and friends on the tour actually in Red Square singing what is almost a Russian national anthem to a crowd of mainly Russians, which included many Moscow girls who also preacher in the lyrics and the looks on their faces was amazing.
That moment must have been a moment in a lifetime.
I knew I would sing it and I knew there would be a reaction, but as I sang about Moscow girls and looked out and saw that there they were and how much it meant to them, it was very emotional indeed.
Hi Paul, what impressed you most about visiting Russia after all these years?
I think many people, particularly in the west don't realize what a beautiful country Russia is. When I was a kid we used to think of it in black and white, I almost expected the place to be gray, but in actual fact the two cities we visited St. Petersburg and Moscow are very beautiful cities with great arcitecture and history. Also the Russian people are very friendly and big fans of my music so I couldn't help but fall for them.
Hi Paul, David from Holland here. I think I read somewhere that a book will be published about the recent Back in the World tour. Is it true and will I be in it
Greetings Holland, all you little Dutchies. I just had a meeting today actually about the book that we are producing which covers our memories, on stage, on the road, back stage, and off road, during the "Back To The World" tour and "Driving U.S.A." and I think it's going to be a pretty exciting book. Not only for fans, but for those of us who were lucky enough to be on the tour, it will be a great reminder of the wonderful time we had.
Media, PA, USA: Was the excitement of your performance in Red Square akin to some of your original performances at the height of Beatlemania in the 60's?
You know, many of the gigs we played on this last tour had an intensity that reminded me of Beatle shows. The warmth that was feeding back and the intensity of feeling was reminiscent of the 60's and it's audiences. America, Mexico, Japan, many places in Europe were fantastic for that and finally last night in Liverpool, they were all great!
Was it difficult to find vegetarian meals in Russia?
You know, it wasn't. It's surprising now, but most of the places you go in the world, we find it quite easy to order good vegitarian food. Heather and I went out on a date in St. Petersburg and found a really cool little restuarant that wasn't packed and we picked our way through the menu and chose all the tasty, meat free dishes and came away full and very happy.
From New York! Hi Paul! What was it like giving President Putin a private performance in the Kremlin?
Hi Dave, and hi everybody in New York. It was very special, we arrived at the Kremlin greeted by a very Russian looking general and went through many coriders. We had a press call but eventually found ourselves alone with Mr. Putin. I asked him if he was
going to the show and as there seemed to be some doubt to whether he could make it, I went to the grand piano that was in the corner of the state room we were in and said, "Well then, I had better play you a tune then." The I proceeded to play a nerve racking rendition of "Let it Be" and he applauded at the end.
Hi Paul, did performing in Red Square give you a new appreciation for freedom?
It certainly did. It's a funny thing to think that when a lot of us my age were growing up Russian people couldn't leave their country. And now that the government is much freer, many of them can do and say things that would have been forbidden in the past. So when we saw that we realized how lucky we are to have been raised in a free country and enjoy feedom of expression. It's great that the Russians now can enjoy it and be proud of the government and the people that have brought it to them. It certainly made me appreciate freedom all over again.
Hello Paul, when is the new album anticipated to be released?
I've just started work on a new album and I'm taking it really easy and not in any hurry to get it finished. Particularly with our new arrival on the way, so I don't expect to finish the album until next year some time. Which will give me plenty of time to write material because I want to make a great album that we'll be able to take on the road and play for all the lovely fans who supported us last time out.
From all of yours fans from around the world and all of us here at MSN Entertainment, congratulations to you and Heather on the new sunshine in your lives!
I'd like to finish with a message of thanks for everyone calling in and to say how grateful Heather and I, and the band, and all our colliges are for your support and good wishes. I'd like to thank everyone that has called in from the U.S.A, Germany, Japan, Russia, the good old U.K, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Australia, and bonnie Scotland, love to all.
Paul, thanks for joining your fans here today on MSN! Best of luck on the A&E special tonight!