Eddie Vedder Reveals the Real Story When Paul McCartney Hit Him in the Face

Eddie Vedder Reveals the Real Story When Paul McCartney Hit Him in the Face

Let's set the scene here: Eddie Vedder, noted Pearl Jam frontman, and Paul McCartney, noted Beatle, are hanging out in a Seattle hotel bar. The two are swapping stories.

McCartney was telling a little anecdote about when he once hit someone (the identity of whom is never revealed). And, as Vedder fondly recounted during a guest DJ set on SiriusXM's new Beatles channel today, McCartney kind of lost control of his hands:

"He kind of was illustrating how he hit this guy and when he did that he kind of shot out his left arm as if he was hitting this guy and I was standing there, and I got hit," he explains. "He hit me! He didn't quite pull back the punch you see ... as I was listening I was thinking, Paul McCartney just hit me in the face and it hurt. I think I remember tasting a bit of blood, he got me right on the side of [the face]. And he apologized quickly so it wouldn't get in the way of the story. I remember it hurt for a few days and I remember when it went away and the pain subsided and the swelling went down, I kinda missed it."

A truly beautiful moment. And, honestly, if anyone can get away with casually punching someone in the face mid-story, it's Sir Paul McCartney.

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