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Beatle news briefs: Paul McCartney on NME cover; McCartney in DC5 special

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Paul McCartney is on the cover and interviewed in the new issue of NME (New Musical Express), the magazine revealed March 5. McCartney is interviewed by John Cooper Clarke, who he mentioned in his acceptance speech for the NME Austin Awards Songwriter's Songwriter's honor he received at the ceremony Feb. 26.

Paul McCartney out there again?: The rumors about Paul McCartney on tour, still as yet unconfirmed or unannounced officially, have led to lots of guessing. Where's he going? So far, unofficial reports have him playing Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Will there be more?

Paul in DC5 special: Paul McCartney will be among those appearing in the PBS special on the Dave Clark Five coming next month. The special will feature lots of rare footage of the DC5 not seen since the '60s. More details are here.

Lennon book in paperback: James A. Mitchell, who'll be our guest this weekend on the “Things We Said Today” radio show that we co-host with Ken Michaels, told us after we finished taping that his book “The Walrus & the Elephants” will be out in paperback later in the year. He also said there are editions of the book in Germany and Brazil. (Read our Q&A with Mitchell here. Ken Michaels will also have a solo audio interview soon on his site.)

The singer and the producer: The New York Sound City Conference will feature an exclusive “In Conversation” with Vivek Tiwary, co-author of the graphic novel “The Fifth Beatle” about Brian Epstein and co-producer of the upcoming movie of the same name, and Billy J. Kramer, who knew Brian Epstein and was among Epstein's group of artists, it was announced today. The conference takes place March 17 at the Knitting Factory in New York. More information and tickets are on their website.

Dead vocalist covers Beatles: Donna Godchaux, who sang and toured with the Grateful Dead for nine years from 1970 to 1979, has released a new solo album, “Back Around,” that includes a cover of the Beatles song “She Said, She Said,” Rolling Stone reported March. 4. Godchaux, who played in the band with her late husband, Keith, sang on the Dead albums “Europe '72,” “Wake of the Flood” and “Terrapin Station.” The Godchauxs recorded a solo album for the Dead's record label called “Keith & Donna” that included appearances by Jerry Garcia, Bernard Purdie and former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell, according to AllMusic.com.

George clip missing from Dylan special: While the new “Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert” DVD has added footage, it doesn't have George Harrison singing “If Not For You,” the other song he performed. You can see it here.

Merry-Go-Round on 'Dating Game': One of the best McCartney-influenced vocalists is Emitt Rhodes, who had several hit songs with The Merry-Go-Round before moving on to a successful solo career. The Merry-Go-Round was on one special episode of “The Dating Game” hosted by the late Jim Lange. See our story on it here.

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