Premiering initially on the high-def music network Palladia on Thursday, Dec. 5 was the one-hour documentary, "Paul McCartney: Something New" on the making of his latest album “New.” It followed a week later with a re-broadcast on its sister network VH1 Classics on Friday, Dec. 13th with both presented at 9 p.m. If you’ve missed its first airings, you’ll be able to catch future re-broadcasts on both Palladia and VH1 Classics.
Much of this music special focuses on interviews and film clips from the four renowned producers McCartney hand selected for his latest project. Many know the record producer Paul Epworth from Adele’s extraordinary album “21,” and Mark Ronson from producing for Amy Winehouse. Giles Martin is the son of George Martin, the famous producer of all eras from the Beatles. Giles collaborated with his father and Paul on the “Love” album for the Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas show. Rounding out the fourth producer Ethan Johns whose father, Glyn Johns, worked on “Let It Be” and Paul’s solo work with Wings.
McCartney’s band members are seen throughout the hour, mostly from drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. who gives us insight on why the album is simply titled “New.” It’s about his new marriage to Nancy Shevell. Mark Ronson was the DJ at Paul’s and Nancy’s wedding. Rusty Anderson -- lead guitarist, Brian Ray -- rhythm/bass guitarist, Paul “Wix” Wickens -- keyboardist all give their stories and commentaries on what it’s like to work with the legendary Sir Paul McCartney.
Midway into “Something New” there are moments about the fans and Paul’s early days with the Beatles. When Paul and the band toured Mexico and Brazil, the Latin American fans are truly passionate for anything related to the Beatles and Paul. Near the end is the famous clip of Paul signing an autograph on Livia Edwords’ arm while performing at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival. Be sure to check the TV schedules for Palladia and VH1 Classic on upcoming encore presentations.