Then and Now (June 15): Paul McCartney


Then: In 1957, at just the age of 15, McCartney joined the band, The Quarrymen, where he formed a close working relationship with John Lennon. In 1960, that band became The Beatles. In 1961, the band recorded professionally for the first time, and, after a few more members came and went, the group had its first hit in 1963. “Beatlemania” officially began soon after.

Now: McCartney still performs today, most recently releasing a solo album in 2020, and an accompanying lyric book in 2021. On March 4th 2021, it was announced that McCartney would headline Glastonbury Festival, a week after his 80th birthday in June 2022. Performing on the Pyramid Stage on June 25th, 2022, he will be the festival’s oldest participant in its history, having last appeared in 2004. He later announced his “Got Back” United States tour, his first in the country since 2019, and running from April to June of 2022.

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