(London) At 25, Paul McCartney imagined sinking into a quiet retirement When I am sixty-four. But still hyperactive, the British pop legend turns 80 on Saturday, a week before performing at Glastonbury.
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It will then become the oldest headliner in the history of this legendary festival, which draws tens of thousands of people to South West England.
“The crowd in Glastonbury always reminded me of a medieval battle scene,” he tweeted in late March.
This moment will happen about ten days after the completion of his called tour Tour returned during which it filled the stadiums of the United States for a month and a half.
Not close to walking away from the stage, the famed Beatles supporter, who has been performing solo for over 50 years, had to take a break during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He then retired as a family to his farm in South East England with his daughter Mary and four of his eight grandchildren.
But let’s not forget: he took the opportunity to record at home the McCartney III album, released in December 2020 and which ranked first in the British charts.
The following year, he recorded a new version of this album, a myriad of supporting artists, released a book that traces his career: The text -, a vegan cookbook with her daughters Mary and Stella, a story for children … released on Disney + McCartney 3, 2, 1series of interviews with producer Rick Rubin and the documentary by Peter Jackson The Beatles: Go back.
As Paul McCartney celebrates his eighth decade, he has a busier schedule than ever.
Despite the years and the dramas that marked his life, he retains the slim figure and the mischievous look of the “Macca” of the Beatles years.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool in 1942 into a modest family. His mother, a midwife, died when he was 14.
The following year he met John Lennon and played with him in the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatles, with the arrival of George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
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With John Lennon, McCartney composed great hits: Hello Judas, Penny Laneand of course Yesterdaya success recorded in 1600 different versions.
But childhood friendship shatters. Filming of let it bearound the album of the same name, they rang the death knell of the “Fab Four” on April 10, 1970, much to the desperation of their fans.
McCartney creates the band Wings with his wife, photographer Linda Eastman, at the keyboard. With her, the former LSD lover becomes a father of a family and a vegetarian. The couple have four children, Mary, Stella, who became a stylist, James and Heather, from Linda’s previous marriage.
After 29 years of marriage, Linda died in 1998, carried away by breast cancer.
Heartbroken, McCartney dedicates himself to good causes: the environment, animals, human rights. He tries his hand at classical music, painting and sculpture.
He met Heather Mills, a former model who lost part of her leg after an accident, and married her in 2002. They had a daughter, Beatrice, before divorcing with a bang in 2008.
In October 2011, Paul McCartney married American Nancy Shevell, heir to a wealthy American entrepreneur. the Sunday times estimate the couple’s wealth at £ 865 million.
During his successful career, Paul McCartney has received numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
It is said that he may soon be named “Lord”, in further recognition of the cultural footprint left by this prolific singer-songwriter.
Of the four Beatles only he and Ringo Starr survive, who, at 81, also continues to tour.