PAUL MCCARTNEY SAYS

‘THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IS IN DANGER’

Paul McCartney is supporting the U.K. Music Initiative, a new Parliamentary campaign that hopes to save music venues from closing.

According to NME, the “Agent of Change” principle is being targeted for U.K. law, and would force developers to consider the effect on pre-existing businesses before they construct any new buildings. Existing music venues would fall under this umbrella.

The campaign – introduced by senior Labour MP John Spellar as a new Planning Bill in the House of Commons – launches today, and McCartney has come out in full support of it. “Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different,” he said. “If we don’t support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.”

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and singer-songwriter Billy Bragg have also backed the U.K. Music Initiative.

In other McCartney news, he's apparently working on the follow-up to 2013's New. He recently noted that he's "putting the finishing touches" on a new album, which he hopes to release sometime this year.

"I’d like that to be something I really love and then hopefully the fans will love it too," he said. "I would like to achieve making that a really great album. Fingers crossed! That’s not what it’s called, but fingers crossed! It could be … it could be the new album title."

** From Ultimate Classic Rock website

Speaking ahead of the launch of the campaign today, McCartney pledged his full support for Spellar’s bill.

“Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different,” he said. “If we don’t support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.”

*** From NME.com

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I agree with Paul! It's ridiculous how new artists today just practically jump straight from game shows into super stardom, with a team of writers, etc... working with them every step of the way. In his day and age you really had to work your way up to the top, have your own talent, and well earn your own fan base/following.  I see his reason behind wholeheartedly supporting this, as well as other veteran musicians. Go Paul!!! 

The future of music won't be in danger anymore if his new album comes out soon! Great news!!! :-)

Sadie, Thanks For Posting This!!

As Paul said, “Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different,” he said. “If we don’t support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.”

So, I Agree with what You Said here!!! GO PAUL!!! :-)

YES!! Great News about Paul's New Album!!! :-) I'm Hoping it will come out This Year!!!

"I’d like that to be something I really love and then hopefully the fans will love it too," he said. "I would like to achieve making that a really great album. Fingers crossed! That’s not what it’s called, but fingers crossed! It could be … it could be the new album title."

I Wonder IF the "Fingers Crossed" would be the name of his new album? LOL! Whatever it's Called, I'm Sure it will be GREAT!!! :-)

Thanks again for ALL the News!!! :-)

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