In an exclusive interview with Paul McCartney guitarist Brian Ray, he says the new video of Paul McCartney's “New” released this week that featured the Beatle and his band singing the title song from his upcoming album together was the first time they'd sung it since they did the original version in the studio.
“It was totally impromptu. We hadn't sung it since we recorded it together months earlier,” Ray says. “We simply joined in as we normally do before taking the stage with Paul, this time singing 'New' without practicing it beforehand.”
McCartney added the video to YouTube earlier this week. It features Ray, Abe Laboriel Jr., Paul “Wix” Wickens, Rusty Anderson and McCartney singing the song. Anderson also strums acoustic guitar during the impromptu performance, which was taped just prior to the band's Regina, Canada, performance on the just concluded segment of their Out There! tour.
“I guess that's what being a band for nearly 12 years does for you,” Ray commented.
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