A Toast to Sir Paul McCartney on His 78th Birthday


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This piece originally ran for a previous birthday celebration on behalf of Sir Paul McCartney, so here it is again for his 78th …

Back in 1967, the Beatles wondered what life would be like “When I’m 64” — and now, that once-distant birthday is a dozen years in the past for Sir Paul McCartney, who celebrates his 78th birthday today.

McCartney, a proud vegan, issued a statement for his birthday via PETA — and he would like us all to stop eating meat:

“All I’ve ever wanted for my birthday is peace on Earth—including for animals. That’s why this year, I’m urging fans to watch a video I hosted for PETA, titled ‘Glass Walls.’ We called it that because if slaughterhouses had glass walls, who would want to eat meat? The video debuted exactly 10 years ago. Since then, the public has finally gotten a peek at what happens inside the meat trade, and the demand for vegan food is sky high. Whether you’re worried about diseases that spring from slaughterhouses, the animals who suffer terribly and needlessly, or the catastrophic impact of the meat industry on our environment, please watch this short video and share it with your friends. Thank you.”

—Paul McCartney

We don’t need to lay out the reasons why the man affectionately referred to as “Macca” by fans around the world is considered one of the greatest songwriters in history (as part of one of, if not the greatest, musical act ever assembled).

He’s of a special kind of musician, and after the Beatles went their separate ways he forged ahead with a still-active solo career that’s elevated his legend even higher.

McCartney and his band are still quite active on the touring circuit, playing epic two and three-hour concerts each night with set lists of classic songs, fireworks, and more. They’re tireless — and he’s the ringleader, delivering hit after hit to the assembled masses.

There are no tour dates on the immediate horizon right now, of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sir Paul is gearing up to release a lavish reissue of his 1997 album Flaming Pie on July 31:

McCartney has also kept active in recent weeks, vocalizing his full support of the Black Lives Matter movement that has swept up the country (and the world) for much of the past month:

As true to himself as always. There’s only one Paul McCartney, and today he celebrates another trip around the sun.

Happy birthday, Sir Paul!


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