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Paul Weller celebrates Paul McCartney’s 70th with Beatles cover

The Modfather's version of the Beatles' Birthday will be available for one day only
  
  

When royalty celebrates a significant anniversary, the pop world leaps to attention, guitars aloft in salute. And so it is this month, as rock's uncrowned king, Sir Paul McCartney, turns 70 and Paul Weller marks the day with a one-off tribute.

On Monday, McCartney's birthday, Weller will release a digital single covering the Beatles' Birthday. The song will be available for one day only through digital retailers, with Weller's proceeds going to the War Child charity.

"I wanted to do something for Paul's 70th, the man's been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place," Weller said. "I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band's love for him and his music. Rock on Macca."

In further McCartney news, the former Beatle gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph. The man who in 1971 sang Give Ireland Back to the Irish took time to praise the Queen for being "fabulous".

"She is the rock'n'roll queen," he said. "Weirdly enough, that is one of the things her reign will be remembered for. Queen Elizabeth I, we remember Raleigh; Queen Elizabeth II it's gonna be the Beatles … I totally understand the republican point of view but then I think if they got rid of the royals, who are you gonna replace them with? A politician? I'm not sure that would be an improvement."

 

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