Beatles legend Paul McCartney, though now past 70, continues to lead a busy and fulfilling music career. Recently, he has collaborated on an album with Alice Cooper and inducted friend and fellow Beatle, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while still finding time to speak out in protection of Canada’s seal population.
Long known for his compassionate nature, Paul McCartney has taken up the gauntlet in defense of innocent seals, protesting the commercial seal hunt off the East Coast of Canada. According to the Huffington Post, McCartney sees the hunt as “a senseless slaughter” and wants to put an end to the brutal activity. However, since the Canadian federal government deems the seal hunt “humane and well regulated,” Paul McCartney may have little hope of breakthrough on this front.
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Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp have spent time collaborating on the Hollywood Vampires album. The name refers to the friends that Cooper used to party with back in the day, which included John Lennon and Ringo Starr, to name a few.
According to Billboard, Alice Cooper and Paul McCartney share lead vocals on the group’s debut album, dedicated to friends who have passed away from drug and alcohol abuse. Apparently, McCartney brought his A game to the recording, as Joe Perry was reportedly blown away by Paul’s performance, sharing these words of praise.
“He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything. He didn’t have any cheat sheets. It was like he’d been playing it his whole life. Me and Alice and Johnny were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you — if there’s any ego-lever in a room, it’s Paul. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. If Paul’s in the room, he’s there. It was hard to focus on playing.”
Perhaps the most exciting activity that Paul McCartney has joined recently is the honor of inducting Ringo Starr, the last and final Beatle, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. McCartney shares his enthusiasm with Rolling Stone.
“It was so cool, man, just to reunite with an old friend. We don’t play together, so it’s fun when we do. It was fun – in Cleveland, we’ve been here! [the Beatles played the same venue in 1964]. It was beautiful. It’s great. It’s the completion. Now the four of us are in as a band, and as individuals. It would have been a shame if he hadn’t been in, right?”
As Paul McCartney continues to please and amaze fans around the world, all we can wonder is what he is up to next. Stay tuned to see what the future holds for Paul McCartney.
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