From rock royalty, a toast to Sir Paul at 72: McCartney joined by Ringo Starr's wife, George Harrison's widow and members of The Eagles at birthday party at The Ivy
By SAM CREIGHTON
PUBLISHED: 18 June 2014
Sir Paul McCartney saw in his 72nd birthday with just a little help from his friends.
The former Beatles frontman was pictured outside an exclusive private members’ club on Tuesday night, the eve of his birthday, and looked in fine health despite last month’s hospital stay in Japan which saw him cancel tour dates.
Hugging his devoted third wife Nancy Shevell, 54, outside The Club at The Ivy in central London, Sir Paul crowded his close friends around him for a photo at the end of their evening.
What a line up: Marjorie Bach (1), sister of Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach (2); Glenn Frey (3) of The Eagles; Sir Paul (4) with wife Nancy Shevell (5); George Harrison's widow Olivia (6); The Eagles' Joe Walsh (7), husband of Marjorie Bach; Cindy Millican (8), Glenn Frey's wife
Gazing lovingly at her husband, who had a hit in 1967 with With a Little Help From My Friends, Miss Shevell painted the picture of a doting wife.
While they only married in 2011, she has long been there to comfort him: first after the death of Linda in 1998 and then during his messy seperation from Heather Mills.
Their friendship turned to love and the pair starting dating in 2007, shortly before Sir Paul’s divorce to Mills was finalised in 2008.
Miss Shevell was not the only wife of a Beatles member to be on the guest list, with Barbara Bach, 66, wife of Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison, 66, widow of George also attending.
Miss Bach was accompanied by her sister Marjorie and, sharing an embrace, the sisters look a picture of health and happiness, a contrast to their youth when they both struggled with substance abuse.
Romantic stroll: Earlier in the day the couple were seen wandering around north London
Speaking to Sir Paul’s status as musical royalty, Glen Frey, 65, and Joe Walsh, 66 – who is married to Marjorie Bach – of US rock band The Eagles took time out of their UK tour for the party.
While he is known to have taken drugs during his musical heyday– once spending nine days in a Japanese prison after being arrested carrying marijuana in 1980 – The Wings guitarist’s stories pale in comparison to those of The Eagles, known for their debauched antics involving drugs, girls and explosive confrontations.
A recent documentary about the band shows Mr Frey at a 1980 charity gig threatening to kill the group’s guitarist, Don Felder, on stage and organising a fight for after the show.