News on Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, The Muppets
Although specific details aren't yet confirmed, a live album and DVD chronicling Paul McCartney's recent Driving USA tour are in the works for a November release. David Kahne, who produced McCartney's latest Capitol studio set, "Driving Rain," is in London with producer/engineer Michael Brauer mixing 36 live tracks for use on the projects. As previously reported, McCartney will return to tour North America Sept. 21 in Milwaukee.
Brauer says his objective is to put the listener 10 to 15 rows from the stage. Along with the concert experience the CD and DVD will replicate, he adds, mixing decisions are made in no small part by the songs as originally recorded by the Beatles. "I grew up with these songs, and I want to maintain their integrity," Brauer observes. "David also makes sure that the spirit of the song is again brought out. And Paul is here to listen to it. I've got all the original songs from the show on my iPod, so I'll listen to it, asking myself, 'What were the elements that made it so cool?' A classic is a classic -- you don't want to mess with it."
Before the new dates begin, McCartney will join Brian Wilson for the Open Hearts. Clear Minds benefit concert, to be held Sept. 18 in Los Angeles.
-- Christopher Walsh, N.Y.