The Beatle releases the new solo album, the culmination of a trilogy of self-titled efforts that began 50 years ago, tomorrow (December 18).
“Hey @PaulMcCartney,” Burgess tweeted last month. “Just wondering if you fancy doing a [listening party] for ‘McCartney III’. Give us a shout if you do.”
Today (December 17), McCartney has given Burgess said shout, tweeting him back with a simple thumbs up, indicating that the listening party is on its way.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) December 17, 2020
The playback will take place on Monday December 21, as Burgess confirmed in a later tweet. After the run-through of ‘McCartney III’, the Beatle will then host a special encore, talking through his Christmas classic ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’.
Monday December 21st
8pm (U.K. time)@PaulMcCartney will be our very special guest for a twitter based @LlSTENlNG_PARTY guided tour of McCartney III – finishing with an encore of Wonderful Christmas Time 🎄
Be sure to join us, your name is on the guest list pic.twitter.com/2iuEpVEtZH
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) December 17, 2020
Launched back in March as the UK went into coronavirus-enforced lockdown, ‘Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties’ are listen-and-tweet-along online events that see bands and artists tweeting through a playback of one of their classic albums and interacting with fans.
The likes of Wolf Alice, Pulp, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Oasis, The Cribs, The Libertines, The Cure, IDLES and many more have all held their own parties, and Burgess shared a 400+ song playlist of all the participants back in October.
Speaking to NME about his listening parties back in March, Burgess explained that he saw the concept as being “a distraction” from the news.
“It’s an inclusive thing and it’s fun, which is something we need to have. It’s at 10pm for a reason, as a distraction from the 10 O’Clock News – anyone can watch the news at any other time of the day, so it’s not a protest.
“It’s less than 45 minutes, everyone seems to be able to say what they wanna say, it’s a great way for fans to find out what goes on behind the making of an album.”
Reviewing the imminent ‘McCartney III’, NME wrote: “If future archaeologists take this three-album series as a significant marker of his solo half-century, they’ll conclude that Paul McCartney never stopped liberating.”