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Paul McCartney eyes pop standards record, Dave Grohl collaboration

on May 16, 2011, 4:40pm

Everybody needs a little inspiration sometimes, and Sir Paul McCartney is apparently no exception. In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the 68-year-old southpaw revealed that he plans on releasing an album of pop standards that he had been recording in a Los Angeles studio since early April of this year. He said that he had worked with an orchestra and even enlisted Diana Krall and her band l to help him flesh out the tracks, of whose names he’s keeping under wraps for now.

There isn’t a release date either, and McCartney claims that he’s been thinking of doing a tribute album for a while now, even making a joke about Rod Stewart beating him to the punch. “I’ve wanted to do [this] kind of thing since the Beatles days, but then Rod went mad on it,” he said. “I thought ‘I have to wait so it doesn’t look like I’m trying to do a Rod.’” And while Stewart may have been quick on the tribute disc trigger, Macca might still beat him to “heavy rock album” territory as the Rolling Stone piece also brought news that McCartney has been writing material for an album of “heavier” material, too.

Inspired by a conversation with Dave Grohl where the 42-year-old Foo Fighters frontman explained how he recorded Wasting Light, McCartney says that that he hasn’t picked a producer for the effort, but that he loved the Foo’s desire to hole up in Grohl’s garage and put the album to tape. “I love that – you get a crazy idea and go for it,” he said. “You never know – I may run into a garage to make this other album.” McCartney added that he’d like to collaborate with Ghrol on the effort.

No telling when the world will see the fruits of that project, but fans can gear up for McCartney’s upcoming tribute album by picking up a copy of a new Buddy Holly tribute disc where Sir Paul covers Holly’s somewhat obscure 1958 song “It’s So Easy”.

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