Jack Nicholson, Paul McCartney, and the Ultimate Dinner Date
by HILARY WEAVER
MAY 30, 2017
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Imagine that you are just walking down the street in Hollywood, out for a casual Friday night stroll. Suddenly you hear this low, sort-of-raspy laugh. You’ve heard it before—possibly in many Oscar-nominated movies? You look up, and you see none other than Jack Nicholson, laughing at something Paul McCartney, across the table from him, just said. Ringo Starr, next to McCartney, chuckles, too. You survey the table. Is that Eagles musician Joe Walsh? And country crooner Vince Gill? By now, you’re probably thinking, “O.K., either this is a scene out of a 1980s issue of Rolling Stone, or it’s something that actually happened.” Per Page Six, it’s, miraculously, the latter.
Last Friday, this very diverse group of legends was seen sitting outside L.A. Italian spot The Ponte on West Beverly Boulevard. Though this would be a surprising scene to witness in real life, it’s not entirely shocking. Earlier this year, Starr and McCartney reportedly joined forces to record a new single, with the help of Walsh. Starr and McCartney last collaborated on Starr’s 2010 L.P., Y Not.
And Starr and McCartney seem to be pretty fond of sharing meals. Per TMZ, they were seen with Walsh, Tom Hanks, and Dave Grohl at dinner in Santa Monica in February. McCartney seems to be the connection to Nicholson; the two have palled around before, at a New York Yankees game in 2009, where Nicholson appeared to give the Beatle a big smooch.
But this particular get-together might have been a celebration of sorts; in just two days, the Beatles will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Maybe they were secretly recording a new version after the meal?
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr dine with fellow music legends
By Ian Mohr
May 29, 2017
Days before the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” The Beatles’ remaining members were spotted celebrating with some fellow legends in Hollywood.
Spies said that on Friday night, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were sitting at a corner table at LA Italian eatery the Ponte with Eagles rocker Joe Walsh, country star Vince Gill and Jack Nicholson. McCartney and Starr were next to each other in the group.
The Ponte is the new hot spot opened by NYC chef Scott Conant.
The album’s 50th anniversary is June 1.
McCartney said last week on his Web site of creating the classic, “What really happened was, I was coming back from a trip abroad with our roadie . . . and we were eating and he mumbled to me, asked me to pass the salt and pepper. And I misheard him. He said, ‘[mumbles] saltandpepper.’ I go, ‘Sgt. Pepper?’ I thought he said, ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ I went, ‘Oh! Wait a minute, that’s a great idea!’ So we had a laugh about it, then I started thinking about Sgt. Pepper as a character. I thought it would be a very interesting idea for us to assume alter egos for this album we were about to make.”
As far as which historical faces made the iconic cover, Macca revealed, “Someone brought [up] Hitler. And that was vetoed immediately.”