Sir Paul McCartney turns 80 today (June 18), and he celebrating the way that makes sense for a legendary musician: on stage.
On Thursday, during his show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Sir Paul was joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen for “Glory Days” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Watch a clip of the performance above.
Today (Saturday) he headlines the U.K.’s Glastonbury Music Festival.
Friends and colleagues shared greetings on social media. Based on the sentiments, this man is very well loved.
And, as Dorian Lynskey writes in the Guardian, he has “performed normality well.” The article goes on to quote McCartney from a 2001 interview:
“’People say, I’m really scared to meet you,’ he told Q in 2001. ‘So I go, OK, let’s try to get past that. I’ve really done very well but, believe me, I’m just some geezer.’”
The Royal Family Channel also shared a video showing moments McCartney has shared with Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family – including footage from 1997, when the Queen knighted McCartney and gave him the title Sir Paul.
McCartney appears to genuinely appreciate the well wishes.