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Beatles news: McCartney on writing video game score; Harrison box set online

Paul McCartney is writing a score for an upcoming video game called “Destiny,” reported Allan Kozinn of the New York Times on Friday. The game will be available as a limited edition bundle for Xbox One, a single game for the Xbox 360 and a deluxe bundle for the PlayStation 4.

Photos of Paul McCartney banners in Phoenix, the new "Destiny" video game.
Photos of Paul McCartney banners in Phoenix, the new "Destiny" video game. Copyright 2014 Ray Paul/Ray Paul Media. Used by permission.
The XBox 360 version of "Destiny." The score was written by Paul McCartney.
The XBox 360 version of "Destiny." The score was written by Paul McCartney.Activision Publishing - used by permission.

“Set in the distant future, Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Able to wield incredible power, players must battle humanity's enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind's Golden Age,” an official description of the game says. “Destiny will draw players into a world filled with mystery, action, and adventure, but most importantly, Destiny is more than a disc in a drive, it is a living social universe filled with other players.”

Game Informer's YouTube channel has a video interview with the game's creators Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori in which they talk about the game and working with both McCartney and Giles Martin, who is also involved in the project. “He (McCartney) was completely on board with trying something he's never tried before. He actually really wanted to collaborate,” O'Donnell says in the inteview. “He said something like, 'Take some of my bits of melodies and combine it with your spooky music and it becomes our music.” You can see the full interview on this page. The trailer for the game with some music is on YouTube. You can also hear a great interview with Paul discussing the game and the commotion when he gets to the recent Missoula, Montana, gig here.

Beatles 50th at the Bowl: The lineup has been announced for the special 50th anniversary tribute to the Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl. "The Beatles 50th at the Bowl" will be hosted by Dave Stewart, and feature Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, Vanessa Amorsi and Michelle Branch, with special guest Bob Eubanks, who helped bring the Beatles to L.A. for the original Hollywood Bowl concert in 1964. The show will include a re-creation of the setlist for the original concert.

George Harrison box info creeping out: Still no official word, but a listing for “George Harrison: The Apple Ltd. Years” has popped up on Amazon.co.uk in England and has popped up on Amazon.it, but not yet in the U.S. The early listing with no cover images shows no price in the UK, but 74.65 euros (roughly $100 USD). The release date is shown in the Italian listing to be Sept. 23, which is about what has been previously reported. The British listing says there will be nine discs.

Banners up: Paul McCartney will come to Phoenix on Tuesday for a concert at US Airways Center, but the city has already been preparing for the show. Signs, such as the ones in the slideshow sent by Ray Paul, are already up.