Paul McCartney has begun work on his next Capitol studio album, he told fans yesterday (Sept. 18) during a cyberchat on MSN. "I'm taking it really easy and not in any hurry to get it finished -- parti

Paul McCartney has begun work on his next Capitol studio album, he told fans yesterday (Sept. 18) during a cyberchat on MSN. "I'm taking it really easy and not in any hurry to get it finished -- particularly with our new arrival on the way," he said, referring to his upcoming baby with wife Heather Mills.

"So, I don't expect to finish the album until next year some time," he continued, "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." The artist is being backed by his touring band of guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboardist Paul "Wix" Wickens and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.

Last night saw the premiere of A&E's concert special "Paul McCartney in Red Square," taped May 24 in Moscow. McCartney said he "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."

Also in the planning stages is a book chronicling McCartney's wildly successful recent world tours. The volume will cover "our memories, on stage, on the road, back stage, and off road," he says. "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."

McCartney will perform Tuesday (Sept. 23) at the Beverly Hills Hilton as part of the third annual Adopt A Minefield benefit concert. James Taylor is also scheduled to perform at the show, which will be hosted by Jay Leno.

In related news, McCartney makes a guest appearance on Anderson's upcoming solo album, "Undressing Underwater." Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland also contributes to the set.

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