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Dec282012

The Year in Review 2012: Paul McCartney -- Maybe He's Amazing

MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.Paul McCartney may have turned 70 this year, but the legendary rock artist was as prolific as ever in 2012.  Kicking things off in early February, the former Beatles star released a new studio album titled Kisses on the Bottom that featured mostly covers of standards.  On February 9, Sir Paul also was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and, that same day, gave an intimate live performance at Capitol Studios that was taped for the TV special and DVD, Live Kisses.  The next day, Macca was honored with a star-studded tribute concert as the Recordings Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year.  On February 12, he performed twice during the Grammy Awards, including a show-closing guitar jam that also featured Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh.

Later in the year, McCartney headlined several other major events, including the June 4 concert in London celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, and the Summer Olympics' opening ceremony on June 27, also in the U.K. capital.  Sandwiched between those two appearances, on June 18, the iconic musician celebrated his 70th birthday.  On September 8, Sir Paul was in Paris to be presented with the French Legion of Honor medal by President Francois Hollande, a prize that's rarely bestowed on non-citizens of the country.

On December 12, McCartney served as the headliner of the 12.12.12 concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  During his set, he was joined by the surviving members of Nirvana for the live debut of "Cut Me Some Slack," a collaboration that will be featured in the upcoming documentary Sound City -- Real to Reel.  McCartney and the grunge rockers played the song again three days later when Macca was featured as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

McCartney fans can look ahead to 2013 for even more new music from the singer.  He's reportedly working with several producers on one or more new album projects expected to arrive during the coming year.

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