…and Neil Young helps with the honors…
Hundreds of fans gathered yesterday outside of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of Sir Paul McCartney as he received his star on the Walk of Fame.
After 19 years of scheduling conflicts since his nomination, the city was thrilled to finally hold the ceremony – and on the 48th anniversary of The Beatles American debut on Ed Sullivan, no less. And Rock Cellar Magazine was there.
Amidst chants of “We want Paul!” Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Leron Gubler teased the crowd, introducing surprise guest speaker Neil Young. Who better to speak of Sir Paul’s musicianship?
“As a musician and as a songwriter, Paul’s craft, his art, is truly at the top of his game. Yet even with all of that craft that he has, that ability to put melodies and chords and feelings together, it’s the soul that comes out of his music and everything that he does that makes me feel so good. I’m so happy to be here with him to honor him today.” – Neil Young
Paul took to the stage after being declared “an angel in the City of Angels,” which was, for the day, dubbed “Paullywood.”
“Way back in history, in Liverpool, when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock ‘n’ roll greats, I would’ve never thought that the day would come when I would be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I couldn’t have done it without – certainly- three boys. So I want say thanks to those guys, John, George and Ringo, and bless them for being in my life.” – Paul McCartney
Their four stars are lined up together now, by the entrance to the Capitol building. Sadly, Ringo was absent from the ceremony, apparently a bit “under the weather.”
Paul happily thanked the council members, his family (his wife Nancy and son James at his side), his friends, Neil, and “all the fans ‘round the world, again, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.” He closed by sending everyone hugs and “kisses on the bottom.” Nice plug!