Paul McCartney is but one of the legendary musicians donating iconic instruments for auction for the Music Rising charity. The auction takes Music Rising “back to its roots and will help restore the livelihood of musicians of New Orleans and surrounding regions who have suffered through the pandemic.”

On December 11th, McCartney is offering up his famed Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar. The instrument is synonymous with the final days of Wings and was played on such hits as “Goodnight Tonight,” “Coming Up,” “Ebony And Ivory,” “Take It Away,” and featured on 1979’s Back To The Egg, 1980’s McCartney II, 1982’s Tug Of War, 1983’s Pipes Of Peace, 1984’s Give My Regards To Broad Street, and 1986’s Press To Play.

Other musicians donating instruments are Ron Wood, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Martin, Alice Cooper, Slash, Alex Lifeson, Dave Grohl, Pearl Jam, Steve Miller, Vince Gill, Dave Matthews, among others. For more information, log on to:

Wings co-founder Denny Laine told us that despite the accolades, most people don't realize how important Paul McCartney's bass playing truly is to his music: ["He was a very tuneful bass player and that's an art in itself. Y'know, it's even harder to play bass and sing than it is, than playing chords on a guitar and singing, y'know?"] SOUNDCUE (:11 OC: . . . and singing y'know)


Paul McCartney paid tribute to the legendary songwriter Stephen Sondheim, who died on November 26th at age 91. Sondheim was best known for such groundbreaking Broadway scores as West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sunday In the Park With George, and Company, among others.

The former-Beatle tweeted: "Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Stephen Sondheim. I was fortunate to meet him and chat about songwriting. He was a witty intelligent man. 'Send In The Clowns' is one of my favourite songs. So well crafted and beautiful with it. We have lost a great talent but his music will live long and prosper. Goodbye Stephen, we love you. Paul x"

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