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They say it's his birthday: Paul McCartney turning 72

Tom Doyle's biography of Paul McCartney, which hit the streets Tuesday in the U.S.
Ballantine Books -- used by permission.

The ever youthful Paul McCartney is another year older –72 to be exact – on June 18. Tuesday, the UK Daily Mail showed him coming out of a restaurant in the UK with his wife, Nancy Shevell. He still looked a little weary following his recent illness, but otherwise fine.

And his life is ever busy. Monday, his Meat Free Monday campaign celebrated a five-year anniversary. “Thank you to everyone who supports the campaign,” McCartney said in a statement. “Eating more fruit and veg, and less meat, is good for our health and good for the planet. With diet-related diseases on the rise, Meat Free Monday is more important now than ever.” Daughters Stella and Mary, who have worked along with him on the campaign, also issued statements.

He continues to recover from a bout with what was described as a virus and all systems are said to be "go" before a U.S. tour and his next live dates begins in July. As we discussed on this week's “Things We Said Today” with Ken Michaels, when the tour resumes it'll be interesting to see whether if there are any changes, such as whether shows or even the tour is shortened. Or whether Paul takes any breaks during his show, something he isn't known to do now, but Ringo Starr does.

A biography of the Beatle, “Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s,” already available in the UK, came out today in the U.S. Written by Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, it's a substantive and respectful book of first-hand interviews that concentrates on the Wings years that isn't out to trash him. Among those who talked to Doyle were Laurence Juber, Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Steve Holley, Ringo Starr and Paul himself. An excerpt recently appeared in Billboard.

Meanwhile, Abbey Road on the River announced an October event today called “To Sir, With Love.” To be held in Louisville, Ky. from Oct. 22-24, the event will feature Peter Asher, Denny Laine, Laurence Juber, BritBeat, The Jukebox and Johnny Heywood and Friends. Tickets go on sale July 1.

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