Say it ain't so: Mop top Paul McCartney turns 70
FILE- In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001 file photo, Paul McCartney is surrounded on stage by New York City rescue workers at the end of the "Concert for New York," at New York's Madison Square Garden. McCartney turned 70 years of age Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney can still rock at 70 — what more could a former Beatle want?
He celebrated his birthday in private Monday, perhaps resting up between gigantic gigs this summer, but is showing no sign of slowing down as his music is passed down to generations too young to have seen him in Wings, much less the Beatles.
Once a pot-smoking counterculture rebel, "Sir Paul" is very much part of the British establishment now, closing Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert earlier this month with a mix of favorites that included a raucous "All My Loving," one of the Beatles' first smash hits.
FILE - In this March 12, 1969 file photo newlyweds Paul and Linda McCartney are surrounded by photographers as police escort the couple to their car after they were married at the registry office in London. Paul McCartney turned 70 years of age Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/File)
He's also preparing for a featured role closing the London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27 — just another global audience measuring a billion or more for one of the most popular performers in pop history.
Even McCartney may be a bit nervous for that one, but he won't be short of material: Consider a back catalogue that includes "Yesterday," ''Eleanor Rigby," ''Penny Lane" and a few dozen other classics, including perennial crowd pleasers "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude."
It's been a strong year for McCartney, who in October took his third wife, dark-haired American heiress Nancy Shevell, closing the book on his failed union and messy divorce from second wife Heather Mills. His first wife, Linda, died of breast cancer in 1998.