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Love Of Music Keeps Paul McCartney Busy

Of the Oakland PRess

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Lots of performers can make a claim to be the hardest working man (or woman) in show biz. But Paul McCartney is one of the few who are eligible for an AARP card.

Since the 2005 release of his Grammy Award-nominated album “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard,” the former Beatle has been in a prolific swing that’s included another album — 2006’s “Memory Almost Full,” which was nominated for three Grammys — a classical piece, “Ecce Cor Meum,” and a three-DVD retrospective, “The McCartney Years,” featuring videos and concert footage from his solo years.

McCartney also had a piece in the DVD rollout of the Beatles’ second movie, “Help,” and he guested on albums by Tony Bennett, George Benson and Al Jarreau, and George Michael.

“It’s simple — I really enjoy what I do,” explains McCartney, 65, who this weekend debuts an hour-long A&E special from his Oct. 22 concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. “And every so often, I just get sort of inspired. I never know why or how.”

His most recent musical outing has been working in the studio with his son, James, who’s appeared on a couple of McCartney’s albums. And he’s preparing for the long-awaited roll-out of the Beatles’ catalog via Internet music outlets, which he promises is “all happening soon.”

“It’s down to fine-tuning, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be happening next year, 2008,” McCartney says. “You’ve got to get these things right. You don’t want to do something that’s as cool as that, and in three years time, you think, ‘Oh God, why did we do that?!”

“Paul McCartney Live at the Olympia” debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 23) on A&E. Consult local listings for channel number. The show repeats at 2 a.m. Monday and midnight Dec. 29.

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