British pop legend Paul McCartney turns 80

British pop legend Paul McCartney turns 80

The hyperactive continues to perform on stage and will be one of the headliners at the Glastonbury Festival on June 25.

At 25, Paul McCartney imagined himself sinking into a quiet retirement in When I’m Sixty Four. But still hyperactive, the British pop legend celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday June 18, a week before performing at Glastonbury.

He will then become the oldest headliner in the history of this legendary festival, which attracts tens of thousands of people to the south-west of England. “The crowds at Glastonbury have always reminded me of a medieval battle scene”he tweeted in late March.

This moment will take place about ten days after the completion of his tour called Got Back Tour during which he filled stadiums in the United States for a month and a half. Thursday May 16, for the last date of this American tour in New Jersey, the Bon Jovi legend took the stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to his friend Paul McCartney.

Not about to step away from the stage, the famous Beatles mainstay, who has been performing solo for over 50 years, still had to take a break during the Covid-19 pandemic. He then retired as a family to his farm in south-east England with his daughter Mary and four of his eight grandchildren. But we don’t get over it: he took the opportunity to record the album at home McCartney IIIwhich was released in December 2020 and reached number one in the UK charts.

The following year, he recorded a new version of this album, a host of supporting artists, published a book retracing his career. The Lyricsa vegan cookbook with daughters Mary and Stella, a children’s story… while released on Disney+ McCartney 3,2,1series of interviews with producer Rick Rubin as well as the documentary by Peter Jackson The Beatles: Get Back .

As he celebrates his eighth decade, Paul McCartney has a busy schedule more than ever. Despite the years and the dramas that have punctuated his life, he retains the slender figure and mischievous gaze of the Macca of the Beatles years.

Soon Lord?

James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool in 1942, into a modest family. His mother, a midwife, died when he was 14. The following year he met John Lennon and played with him in the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatles, with the arrival of George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The four boys with iconic haircuts spark fan hysteria. Beatlemania is sweeping the world.

With John Lennon, McCartney composes huge hits: Hey Jude, Penny Laneand of course Yesterday, a “hit” recorded in 1,600 different versions. But the childhood friendship is shattered. The filming of let it bearound the eponymous album, sounded the death knell of the “Fab Four” on April 10, 1970, to the great despair of their fans.

The Beatles on stage at the Circus Krone in Munich, June 24, 1966 DPA/ABACA

McCartney creates the band Wings with his wife, photographer Linda Eastman, on keyboard. With her, the former LSD lover becomes a family man and a vegetarian. The couple are raising four children, Mary, Stella – turned fashion designer – James and Heather, born from a previous marriage to Linda. After 29 years of marriage, Linda died in 1998, carried away by breast cancer.

Heartbroken, McCartney devotes himself to good causes: the environment, animals, human rights. He tries his hand at classical music, painting and sculpture. He met Heather Mills, a former model who lost part of her leg after an accident, and married her in 2002. They had a daughter, Beatrice, before divorcing with a bang in 2008.

In October 2011, Paul McCartney married the American Nancy Shevell, heiress of a wealthy American entrepreneur. the Sunday Times estimates the couple’s wealth at £865 million (more than a billion euros).

During his successful career, Paul McCartney received numerous accolades, including 18 Grammy awards, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997. Rumor has it he could soon be made ‘Lord’, in a new brand recognition of the cultural imprint left by this prolific singer-songwriter. Of the four Beatles only he and Ringo Starr survive, who, at 81, also continues to tour.

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