Sir Paul McCartney made the best of his recent ill health as the break from work allowed him to spend more time with his wife and take his first proper vacation in years. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan in May (14) after he fell sick with a virus, prompting him to cancel the rest of his Asian tour and push back his planned dates in the U.S.
McCartney returned to his native U.K. to recover, and was later pictured bouncing back to health on a sun-soaked vacation with his wife Nancy Shevell in Ibiza, Spain before restarting his American tour on 5 July (14).
The 72-year-old musician has now revealed he actually enjoyed his sick leave as he relished the chance to rest and recuperate.
He tells Rolling Stone, "People say to me, 'Aw, that must have been terrible for you.' Well, no, actually. No one ever tells me to rest! It was like summer holidays in school or something. I thought, 'Yeah, I can get into that'. I just took it really easy at home in England..."
McCartney reveals he had time to read a film script written by his son, experiment with some new music, and take up jogging before heading off on a vacation.
He adds, "My son-in-law had a film script - plenty of time to read that. I started jogging a bit. The weather was great, so that was cool. And then I went into my recording studio and did some music that I didn't have to do, some experimental stuff. That was a really nice musical awakening, and it made me feel better... One part of this rest program was, I said to Nancy, 'Hey, we can take a holiday! A real holiday, where we go away.' So we went away to Ibiza."
Sir Paul McCartney showed he has recovered from the virus that left him hospitalised in Japan when he returned to the stage for a concert in Albany, New York on Saturday (05Jul14). The Beatles legend, 72, took two months out from his world tour to recuperate after spending six days in a Tokyo medical centre in May (14), suffering from a viral infection.
He was forced to axe concerts in Japan and South Korea, along with seven shows in the U.S., but he resumed his Out There tour in Albany on Saturday. During the gig, he dedicated song My Valentine to his wife Nancy Shevell.
McCartney is due to perform 19 shows on the U.S. leg of his tour.
Sir Paul McCartney is ready to return to work after his shock hospitalisation last month (May14), according to his former bandmate Ringo Starr. The Beatles star axed his Asian tour in May (14) after he was admitted to a medical facility in Japan with a virus.
He was pictured looking well while celebrating his 72nd birthday in London last week (ends22Jun14) and on Sunday (22Jun14), he was spotted relaxing on the Spanish island of Ibiza with his wife Nancy Shevell.
According to Starr, McCartney is bouncing back to full fitness and is ready to get back on stage and continue his world tour.
The drummer tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I spoke to him while he was in hospital. He said he was doing OK. Now he is getting fit and getting ready to rock."
McCartney is due to resume his Out There world tour on 5 July (14) in New York.
Sir Paul McCartney is recovering from his recent bout of bad health with a sun-soaked vacation on the Spanish island of Ibiza. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan last month (May14) after falling sick with a virus, and he scrapped his entire Asian tour to give himself time to heal.
He jetted back to his native Britain as soon as he was well enough to travel, and he has now headed off on a break with his wife Nancy Shevell ahead of his American tour, which kicks off in New York on 5 July (14).
McCartney was pictured relaxing on a beach in Ibiza and swimming in the sea with Shevell on Sunday (22Jun14).
Sir Paul McCartney has bounced back from his shock hospitalisation last month (May14) to celebrate his birthday with friends at a dinner in London. The Beatles legend cancelled the Asian leg of his world tour in May (14) after he was hospitalised in Japan with a virus. He flew home to London a week later to recover and was subsequently pictured looking frail and sickly.
McCartney also postponed the first dates on his U.S. tour, which was due to start in June (14), to give himself more time to rest.
However, he was pictured looking well and in high spirits when he headed for dinner at The Ivy restaurant in the British capital with his wife Nancy Shevell and a host of celebrity pals on Tuesday (17June14), the evening before his 72nd birthday.
He was joined by Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach, George Harrison's widow Olivia and the Eagles musicians Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey and their wives.
McCartney is scheduled to resume his Out There tour in Albany, New York on 5 July (14).
Sir Paul McCartney assured fans he is bouncing back to health by giving a 'thumbs-up' as he was pictured in London for the first time since his dramatic hospitalisation in Japan. The Beatles legend looked frail and pale-faced as he walked arm-in-arm with his wife Nancy Shevell in the rain on Tuesday (27May14), but managed to give a wave and a 'thumbs-up' to photographers.
McCartney jetted back to London earlier this week (beg26May14) after he was released from hospital in Tokyo where he was treated for a viral infection. The 71-year-old music veteran axed his Asian tour to focus on his recovery.
Rocker Dave Grohl has scored his own TV series - he'll front a new show about America's most famous recording studios. The Foo Fighters frontman will host and produce the as-yet-untitled programme for America's HBO network.
The series will expand on Grohl's acclaimed Sound City documentary, in which he chronicled the story of fabled Los Angeles recording space Sound City Studios, where Nirvana recorded their classic album Nevermind.
For the new series, Grohl will go beyond the Los Angeles city limits and visit recording studios in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville.
Grohl will also interview musicians, like KISS star Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson and The Eagles' Joe Walsh, who have recorded albums at each facility.
Sir Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell has given the rocker a big boost on Britain's annual Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to a combined £710 million ($1.2 billion) fortune. Shevell's estimated £150 million ($225 million) fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four, behind Zomba Group boss Clive Calder, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Warner Music Group head Len Blavatnik, who tops the rich list with a £10 billion fortune.
The countdown of the 50 wealthiest music men and women in Britain and Ireland also includes Simon Cowell (£300 million/$480 million), Sir Elton John (£260 million/$416 million), Adele (£45 million/$72 million), and the five members of One Direction, who share a £70 million ($112 million) fortune.
Take That star Gary Barlow, who has recently been accused of tax avoidance, also makes the rich list with a £65 million ($104 million) fortune.
The full list will be available in the Times on 18 May (14).
The top 10 is:
1. Len Blavatnik (£10 billion)
2. Clive Calder (£1.4 billion)
3. Sir Cameron Mackintosh (£1 billion)
4. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell (£710 million)
5. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£640 million)
6. U2 (£428 million)
7. Simon Fuller (£382 million)
8. Simon Cowell (£300 million)
9. Mohammad and Kamaliya Zahoor (£300 million)
10. Sir Elton John (£260 million)
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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