Look, I’m going to say something unpopular, but it has to be said: I think Paul McCartney – and The Beatles in general – are overrated. I get what they did for rock ‘n’ roll, I get how many artists have been influenced by them and all of that, but like… I think it’s time for them to retire. Paul is no spring chicken anymore, and that’s not being ageist, it’s being a realist: his new music is just not very good. Plus, the whole touring around the world thing is NOT easy even on a young person’s body, let alone a 71-year-old… as proven by the fact that Paul’s been hospitalized in Tokyo, Japan after falling ill.
A statement on his website read:
Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo.
He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest.
Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world.
And Paul himself added a statement:
“Unfortunately my condition has not improved overnight. I was really hoping that I’d be feeling better today. I’m so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down.
“I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first time and I’m sorry to be letting fans down. I’m very disappointed by this and hope to be able to visit soon.”
I do hope he recovers soon and gets back on his feet.
May 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
Here we are again, another round of Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week! Here’s what happened last week. Go through this week’s photos and pick your favorites for BEST, WORST, and WTF looks. And discuss whether or not Kate Hudson did something to her face.
February 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I’m going to say something that my colleague Catherine St. Ives won’t like very much but that everyone is thinking: Paul McCartney needs to sit the hell down and retire already. Like, I know the Beatles are legendary and you’re an incredible songwriter, etc, but the glory days are over, bro. Let them go. The message isn’t getting through, though, and he’s been doing quite a few shows. One of those is Bonnaroo, where he stopped midway through his set on Friday night when he smelled some serious bud going ’round the crowd and he wanted in.
“That’s some pretty good weed I can smell up here,” Paul McCartney said halfway through his packed headlining set at Bonnaroo on Friday night (June 14). “Whew! What are you doing to me?”
While the fans took hits, McCartney sang them throughout his nearly three-hour set that included three encores. The set kicked off with The Beatles’ “Eight Days A Week,” dipped into more obscure territory with the 1974 single “Junior’s Farm” then went straight for a Beatles/Wings one-two punch of “All My Loving” and “Listen To What The Man Said.” Two more hours of fan favorites (“Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “We Can Work It Out”), tributes (“Foxy Lady” for Hendrix, “Here Today” for Lennon, “Something” for Harrison) and classics (“Let It Be,” “Hey Jude” and, as an encore, “Yesterday”) were among the highlights.
LOL @ Paul McCartney being desperate to toke – he loves partying, as we all know.
Bonnaroo is kind of all of my worst nightmares wrapped into one. Port-a-potties? Check. Large groups of people? Check. Annoying druggies? Yup, check. The list goes on and on… Ah well, at least they’re all having fun with it.
June 16, 2013 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Ringo, poor Ringo. TMZ brought some sad lolz when they asked Tommy Chong a question about pot (really? him?). As posted on their site, once you click the video:
Weed master Tommy Chong has smoked out his fair share of celebs … including 3 of the 4 Beatles … so when we asked who’s the ONE famous person he’s dying to get high with … it’s no surprise he named the last Beatle standing.
There are two Beatles standing: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. TMZ thought Ringo died or forgot that he ever existed. Either way, it’s sad trombone for the Beatles drummer. Reminds me of this:
Who is YOUR favorite Beatle?
March 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
The couple is still reportedly celebrating in New York City, you guys! They threw another reception Friday night; Jon Bon Jovi and Barbara Walters attended the fete (slow down, Barbara!), and even Yoko Ono was a surprise guest. And guess who else attended! Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters! He’s scheduled to perform at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert tonight, as it happens. Dude. Why is Dave Grohl so busy all of a sudden?
Anyway, wow. Paul McCartney might be an oldy-McOlderson, but he is unstoppable—he reportedly rocked the party till 1:30 in the morning.
October 23, 2011 at 10:30 am by Jenn
If it isn’t completely obvious, I am thrilled for Paul McCartney and 51-year-old (?!?!) bride Nancy Shevell. They were married yesterday, on what would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday. The bride wore a tailored dress designed by Stella McCartney.
Since then, the spryest Beatle has been partying nonstop! According to CBS, the newlyweds’ reception, held at the couple’s home, bumped late into the night (Kate Moss was reportedly the last person to leave). The police even stopped by to investigate a noise complaint!
And! Here is WHAT THEY SERVED AT THE RECEPTION:
- An arugula and basil salad
- Goat cheese polenta
- A vegan cake
- A “traditional” (read: “normal” and “delicious”) cake
The tour, dubbed the “On The Run” tour, a clear homage to his famed “Band on the Run” period in the 70s, will start in Abu Dhabi and move on to Paris, Russia, Italy and London, finish in his hometown of Liverpool.
“My audiences seem to get better each year and the band and I love the buzz and feedback that they give us,” he said in the statement. “I can’t wait to see you all for some wild nights of rock n’ roll and partying.”