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Beatle news briefs: New Macca promo single; book on Paul as bass player out soon

A new Paul McCartney one-track promotional single for “Save Us” from the “NEW” album began turning up in mailboxes April 14. McCartney has been asking on his website for fan photos to help in the making of a new video for the song.The single comes with a press release promoting Macca's first four 2014 McCartney Out There! U.S. tour dates. We wouldn't be surprised if “Save Us” is among the songs played when the tour has its first show in Montevideo, Uruguay this Saturday.

The cover of the McCartney "Save Us" promo.
Concord Music Group

Mr. Bass Man: Dennis Alstrand, whose essay on Paul McCartney's bass playing has been on our Abbeyrd Beatles Page website for several years, told Beatles Examiner he is releasing a full book on the subject April 18. “'The Beatles and Their Revolutionary Bass Player'” is a book about their story and about his bass playing, but the main theme is to get people to listen to the songs in a deeper way,” Alstrand told us. Given the depth of the essay, the book should be a must-read. It's available through his website.

Song survey: Our survey to pick a song you'd like added to Paul's tour has been getting a good response since it was posted yesterday. Leading now is "Oh! Darling" with 46.7 percent and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" with 43.5 percent. You can read about the survey and vote here.

Bring it to Candlestick: Harold Montgomery, who under the monicker Monty Damon conducted a campaign to get Paul McCartney to close Candlestick, told Beatles Examiner in an interview he is unhappy at the recent turn of events with reports of McCartney wanting to play the brand new 49ers Levi Stadium.

“This is history in the making,” he told us. “Lets get this done for San Francisco history not for a football team that's moved away. I stared a campaign eight months ago to get the ball rolling with Mayor Lee targeted. I got his office flooded with mail from a very large global fan base to let this happen!,” he said. “The cry for this to happen is very, very loud worldwide! We'll never get this chance again! Don't pass it by Mayor Lee.”

Spend a day with Denny: is hosting four tournament-style competitions to find a percussionist, guitarist, keyboardist, and bass player who will each receive an opportunity to spend the day in the studio with one of five musicians -- either former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell, guitarist Davey Johnstone (Elton John), bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor), keyboardist Steve Porcaro and percussionist Lenny Castro (both Toto). To enter, you must upload a video performance by June 27 at

Contest alert: Ken Michaels is giving away five copies of a limited edition Alan Aldridge Beatles illustrated set that includes an 18-month calendar with unreleased Alan Aldridge Beatles images and an EP of cover versions of Paul McCartney songs. Details at his website.

It was 50 years ago: Fifty years ago this week listing in the “Bubbling Under the Hot 100” section of the April 11 Billboard singles survey was an obscure Beatles-related song called “Beatle Mania Blues” by the Roaches, one of many attempts to capitalize on the Fab Four. The lyrics are about an unhappy guy whose girlfriend is obsessed with the Fab Four. You can hear it on this page.

Short takes: Ringo All-Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonnette says his big announcement that he first mentioned a few days ago is coming Thursday. Hmmm. And April 15 marks our friend Andre Gardner's 12th anniversary on WMGK-FM Classic Rock 102.9 in Philadelphia. Happy anniversary, Andre!

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