They say it's Paul McCartney's 70th birthday and the world is celebrating
June 17, 2012
It's already Monday in some parts of the world and the celebration for Paul McCartney's 70th birthday has begun.
One thing's for certain: If McCartney wanted to spend his birthday quietly, as was reported, his fans sure aren't.
The Twitter hashtag #HappyBirthdayPaulMcCartney is already flooded with messages from fans in several languages.
“#HappyBirthdayPaulMcCartney and I'll send all my loving to you,” read one.
“Thanks for all the beautiful songs you've created and that always help me when I'm wrong! Happy Birthday Paul!,” read another.
“God save the king @PaulMcCartney #HappyBirthdayPaulMcCartney,” read another.
TIME magazine has paid tribute to McCartney with a special issue celebrating his career. The issue features articles about what still drives him at 70, his marriages, his relationship with John Lennon and more.
In the issue, Ringo Starr says McCartney kept the Beatles on their toes.
“He was always the workaholic,'” Starr says in the magazine. “I thanked him that the Beatles made more records than they would’ve if he hadn’t been in the band, because we would just be sitting in the garden — relaxing, let’s say. Heh-heh. Phone would ring, and Paul would say, ‘Hey, it’s time we made another record.’ So we’d go in and make music.”
The magazine is featured at newsstands and supermarkets in softcover or in hardcover by mail from Amazon.com (or from Amazon.co.uk in the UK).
His hometown of Liverpool will feature at least two celebrations.
In Liverpool, McCartney's hometown, there will be at least two music events honoring him. At the Cavern Club, where the Beatles grew from local to worldwide legends, the club will feature a show Monday with bands playing McCartney and Beatles tunes.
In addition, there will be an additional event on Penny Lane by the Mersey Beatles on Wednesday.
Why on Wednesday? According to the British Beatles Fan Club, “a special group of visitors are expected but can't make it until Wednesday.”
“Paul McCartney is close to the heart of many who come and say hello to us at Penny Lane and this will be a fitting tribute to an amazing artist.,” said Julie Gornell of the Penny Lane Development Trust, which is sponsoring the event.
There is no shortage of other events planned worldwide for McCartney's birthday party. Here, there and everywhere, there will be concerts, radio shows and tributes in his honor.
Musician Paul Weller will release a cover of “Birthday” in McCartney's honor Monday that will be available through U.S. digital download services and in the UK for just that day.
In Los Angeles and Washington D.C., there will be two different celebrations on the street.
In Los Angeles, the party will be Monday evening at McCartney's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located next to the Capitol Records tower where McCartney was honored in February. As they have done for the birthdays of the other Beatles there, fans will gather for food and play music.
In Washington, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will have a card signing, among other things. A birthday card signing is also being done at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
And Fest for Beatles Fans has a suggestion that everyone change their Facebook photos to Paul McCartney to celebrate.
Many other shows and events are scheduled around the globe. And the party has just begun.