McCartney plans to be the first-ever musician to broadcast live music to an audience in space. Which is a shame, as the astronauts all much prefer Lethal Bizzle.
As if those poor astronauts on the International Space Station
didn’t have enough on their plate, what with having none of the
comforts of modern life, zero gravity eating away at their muscular
tissue and those pesky space aliens trying to bite through their oxygen
pipes, they’ve now got to put up with grizzled old 1960s pop star Paul
McCartney (CDs) singing directly to them in order to
shamelessly promote his new album further push together the worlds of art and science in a bid for global harmony.
Paul McCartney plans to sing the old Beatles song Good Day Sunshine
from Revolver for Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev – the two astronauts
currently inhabiting the International Space Station 220 miles above
Earth – during a live link-up with his concert in Anaheim, California.
Earlier in the year NASA played the same song to the crew of the Space
Shuttle Discovery to indicate that conditions were safe for it to
return to Earth.
On his website, Paul McCartney said:
"I was extremely proud to
find out that one of my songs was played for the crew of the Discovery
this summer. In our concert we hope to repay the favour."
also to remind the world that there is a groovy new Paul McCartney album in the
shops at a low low price. McCartney will also play English Tea from his latest album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard for the crew of the
orbiting space station, at which point Bill and Valery will probably
sneak off and do something more interesting.
[story by Stuart Heritage]