Paul McCartney performs at the 2012 Grammy Awards, courtesy Getty Images.
Happy birthday Sir Paul McCartney! That’s what friends and family will be singing on Monday when the legendary musician and former Beatle turns 70 years old (!). Though still a few days away, some high-profile McCartney fans are already tipping the hat, notably Jam/Style Council singer Paul Weller and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Weller is set to release a cover of the Beatles classic “Birthday” in honor of the occasion. The track will only be available for one day (June 18) and all proceeds will go to the War Child organization.
“I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th,” Weller is quoted by Ultimate Classic Rock as saying. “The man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me.
"It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up the guitar in the first place. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music.”
As for PETA - which McCartney has supported for decades – they’ve released a birthday card showing four people dressed as a fish, a pig, a chicken and a cow enacting the Abbey Road album cover, crossing the road and carrying signs that say “Happy birthday Paul,” “Thank You,” “For Loving Us,” “Not Eating Us.”
Cute huh? Australia’s Noise 11 grabbed an image; click here to check it out.
Recently, McCartney revealed he had been booked to play the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in London next month. Solid choice. Expect many more high-profile birthday wishes to come rolling in next week.