On Saturday, June 9, Paul McCartney was in his hometown of Liverpool, touring several Beatles-related spots with TV host James Corden, reportedly for an episode of the latter’s popular Carpool Karaoke feature. The visit culminated with a performance for a select few at the Philharmonic Pub on Hope Street. Amidst the set’s list of Beatles favorites like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Love Me Do” and “I Wanna Be Your Man,” Sir Paul premiered an upbeat, new song without revealing its title. (Watch it below.) The eight-song set closed with “Hey Jude.”
— Beatles London Blog (@BeatlesCoffee) June 9, 2018
When audience members shouted that they were celebrating a 60th birthday that day, McCartney said: “Today? Alright, well we’ve got a song for you. This hasn’t been released yet, but for you, this is the first time we’ve played it for anybody.”
While McCartney was visiting Liverpool, his social media team was busy teasing the upcoming album. On Saturday, his Facebook and Twitter pages had replaced his profile picture with an all-white image. Best Classic Bands was among those thinking – incorrectly – that it was his way of promoting a 50th anniversary release of The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled double album, known as the White Album.
The image was replaced on Sunday, June 10, with an all-black, hand drawn sketch resembling a tunnel. It’s a logical assumption that the teaser campaign will continue on Monday, June 11.
The upcoming album will be released by Capitol Records. McCartney returned to his longtime home in a new deal announced last Aug. 17.
Last December, McCartney answered some questions on his website. He was asked: “What would you like to achieve in 2018?”
His reply: “I’ll probably be putting out a new album. So, I’d like that to be something I really love and then hopefully the fans will love it too! We’re putting the finishing touches to it now and at the beginning of next year. So, I would like to achieve making that a really great album. Fingers crossed! That’s not what it’s called, but fingers crossed! [Pauses] It could be… it COULD be the new album title!”
In an interview with BBC Radio in March 2017, McCartney revealed that he’s been in the studio with American record producer Greg Kurstin, who has previously worked with such acts as Adele, Beck and Foo Fighters.
Watch a compilation video of McCartney’s new song at the Philharmonic Pub in Liverpool as well as clips of him about town, on June 9, 2018
Watch a fuzzy clip of just the new song