Vegetarian McCartney Still Rocking at 69
Sir Paul is currently on a stadium tour that is receiving excellent reviews. At the recent Detroit show he and his band played for over 2.5 hours for about 38,000 people. The pop music writer for the Detroit Free Press said, “At times stirring, at times triumphant, and always irresistibly fun, this was Paul McCartney’s night in Detroit. ” (Source: Detroit Free Press)
One online user posted this comment on the official review, “Before, during, and after Paul said his good-byes to the crowd and thanked us for coming out, the refrain from ‘Hey Jude’ carried out for AT LEAST 10 minutes. EVERYONE in the park was singing it at the top of their lungs. It was an incredible moment. I have been to a million concerts and there have been FEW moments that come close to paralleling that experience. It was truly electric.” (Source: Detroit Free Press)
McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in pop music history, says the Guinness Book of World Records. One of his songs, Yesterday, has been covered by at least 2,200 musicians. His personal fortune is vast and he has supported many charities over the years as well. He also has been vegetarian for about forty years. He and his now-departed wife Linda switched to a vegetarian diet at the same time, when they were eating lamb for dinner in their home and then had an awakening, “We were eating roast lamb for Sunday lunch and it was the lambing season and there were all these beautiful little lambs gambolling around. Then we just looked at the lamb on our plate and looked at them outside again and thought ‘we’re eating one of those little things that is gaily running around outside.’ It just struck us, and we said, ‘Wait a minute maybe we don’t want to do this.’” (Source: eatveg.com)
Linda switched her meat-based cooking style, which Paul said was very effective, to a meat-free one for their home-cooked meals. Then they decided she might try to start her own company to make meat-free products commercially. This company is still in business decades later, making vegetarian food for the public. Paul and Linda’s daughter, Mary, raised her children without cooking meat in her family home, though she gave them the freedom to choose their own diets. They chose vegetarianism.
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